Re: [cayugabirds-l] uploading pictures to ebird?

2021-09-09 Thread Leona Lauster
I was having trouble adding photos on my computer one evening. Later I tried 
using my iPad and it was easy!
 It makes me wonder if many people are having trouble. I often see reports 
that say photos but when you click on the report there are NO photos posted.
?? ?
Leona Lauster


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> On Sep 9, 2021, at 3:17 PM, Pat Martin  wrote:
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> Anyone out there also having trouble uploading photos to their ebird reports 
> today? Doesn't seem to be a computer issue, as I'm having the same problem on 
> both my and my husband's computer.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Spring Bird Videos

2020-07-14 Thread Leona Lauster
They are wonderful; thank you!

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> So this spring I started dabbling in the annoyingly time-consuming art of 
> bird videos instead of just photos. I've uploaded a selection to this YouTube 
> playlist. Enjoy!
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>   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL82kt6INyDLjPuX_6Xyw4IvAk3PbiWBv- 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Warbler ID help

2020-06-18 Thread Leona Lauster
Hi Alyssa, 
 My my iBird Pro app says similar sounds for Connecticut Warbler are Common 
Yellowthroat & Northern Waterthrush. 
 Hope this helps.
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> Today is my first day back at the Montezuma Audubon Center, so you know I had 
> to take a walk on the trails! I thought I heard a Connecticut Warbler, but 
> looking at eBird, it’s considered rare for this area and 2 of the 3 sightings 
> were later in the summer, probably migration. What is something I could be 
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[cayugabirds-l] Western MeadowLark

2018-04-28 Thread Leona Lauster
 The Western Meadowlark is still singing from the wire on Olmstead  Rd., 
Savannah, NY
this morning.

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[cayugabirds-l] pintails

2016-03-05 Thread Leona Lauster
Van Dyne Spoor Rd. was very muddy with few birds late this afternoon until I 
spotted a falcon get a lot of ducks in the air to the north.  They were south 
of the railroad tracks so  I went out Wright Rd and found it full of Northern 
Pintails and Mallards in the corn stubble. There were also Black Ducks, 
American Wigeon and Horned Larks in the fields.  When we get the warmer weather 
that is coming they will probably show up in the muck lands along route 31.

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[cayugabirds-l] coots

2014-12-02 Thread Leona Lauster
The coots may have moved to the Sodus Bay Bridge Area. I saw about 400 of them 
there on Sunday 11/30/14.
Also 9 Bonaparte’s Gulls and a nice variety of ducks and Tundra and Mute Swans.

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 As previously posted on Genesee birds the wildlife drive and the area 
 around the observation tower and bathrooms are closed until December 16th for 
 deer hunting. As I complained to the office they cited too many deer in that 
 area. They will reevaluate after this trial. Weather permitting it will be 
 opened after that. Scoping from the visitor center overlook we found at least 
 950 Tundra Swans and a surprisingly large group of Ring-necked ducks (2000+?) 
 considering the date and how much of the pool was frozen. Coot seemed to have 
 moved on but several groups of Gadwall remained.  The first large flocks of 
 Snow Geese that we have seen were flying southbound overhead and they 
 continued for a couple hours until right before the snow started around 3:30. 
 Probably 3000 total.
On Knox-Marcellus from East Road there were another 53 tundra Swans and 49 
 Sandhill Cranes.
On Van-dyne Spoor Road a Cooper’s Hawk hunted the hedgerow which turned 
 out to have 40 Tree and 1 Song Sparrows. 1 No. Harrier and 1 Rough-legged 
 hawk had success hunting over the wetland to the south where they flushed  up 
 2 Green-winged Teal. Then the snow came.  Mike Tetlow and Dominic Sherony
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[cayugabirds-l] Avocet at Eaton Marsh

2014-11-15 Thread Leona Lauster
Many people saw the American Avocet today.  I was there around 1:00 pm. It was 
very active  I took photos.
Leona Lauster
Lyons, NY

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 The night was colder than I realized and Eaton Marsh is now the Easton Ice 
 Rink, with a few loafing gulls and, interestingly, three dunlins working some 
 small open areas. I can hear yellowlegs tew-tew-tewing but none in sight. 
 Duck variety is good in the main pool with a line of swans on the far side 
 taking off in shifts to the north.
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eaton Marsh in MNWR

2014-11-07 Thread Leona Lauster
It used to be Shorebird Flats.

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 Hi all,
 Which is Eaton marsh in MNWR?  Every day I learn new names for old locations.
 Thanks in advance.
  
 Meena
  
  
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[cayugabirds-l] Red-necked Phalarope

2014-05-27 Thread Leona Lauster
The RNPH is still at Carncross Rd. now.

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[cayugabirds-l] photo of the Potato Building

2013-12-27 Thread Leona Lauster
For those looking for the potato building here is a link to a photo taken in 
2006.

https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#A4JtdOXmkWoeL;6299277A-F247-4D53-B1F1-4B114A09BD80
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[cayugabirds-l] Baby Red-headed Woodpecker

2013-08-25 Thread Leona Lauster
At Mays Point Now.  Others have seen it earlier but it is sticking its head out 
of the nest hole now.
Leona Lauster.

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[cayugabirds-l] Knox-Marsellus this afternoon

2013-08-09 Thread Leona Lauster
From the Knox-Marsellus overlook this afternoon I found the Wilson's Phalarope 
and two Black-bellied Plovers along with other shorebirds that have been 
reported recently.  Then something put everything up in the air and I couldn't 
find the BBPLs.  I didn't look for long though because it started to sprinkle. 
 I did find a lump moving along in the water which turned out to be a very 
large   snapping turtle.  I had a wonderful look at the American White Pelican 
standing alone in the water and then in flight.  
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[cayugabirds-l] Common Loon

2013-05-21 Thread Leona Lauster
Chuck Gibson called to report a Common Loon now at Tschache Pool MWR.  He says 
it was seen Friday also. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Ruff photos

2013-05-10 Thread Leona Lauster
I found this breeding plumaged Ruff at Larue’s Lagoon on the drive at MNWR.  I 
watched it for awhile.  Then Mark Miller showed up and he took some more 
photos.  I posted it with BirdLog NA.   I called others to come and look but 
the bird flew off to the north.

https://plus.google.com/photos/101627732132660516717/albums/5876467921138118449

Leona Lauster 
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It was a little cloudy and I’m still getting used to the camera.
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[cayugabirds-l] Tricolored Heron this evening

2013-05-05 Thread Leona Lauster
I was at an Organ Concert when I read the email alert of the Tricolored Heron 
on my phone during intermission.  This is not the place you want to be when you 
get one of these but since I was with someone and more interested in the second 
half I stayed.  I decided I might have a better chance in the evening so after 
dinner I went to Van Dyne Spoor Road with no other directions for this great 
bird.  I arrived at 6:30 pm and after more than an hour I found it.  First I 
found a Black-crowned Night-Heron and watched it for awhile then 3 or 4 
juvenile BCNHs arrived and dropped into the marsh.  I watched the adult for 
awhile and then 3 more adults arrived and they all stayed up in the small trees 
staring down into the marsh.  Then I looked back where the first adult was and 
in its place was the Tricolored Heron and the adult was BCNH was underneath the 
same tree.  Then they changed places again and the Tricolored Heron stayed 
nearby down on the ground. When the Tricolored was in the tree I got a good 
look at the bill which was longer and thinner than the Black-crowned 
Night-Herons. The TRHE was a dark purplish gray and when it flew from the tree 
I could see the white, chest, body and underwings.   It seemed to stay on the 
ground for a long long time and I wanted to watch the night herons but I was 
afraid I would loss it.  I watched it fly one more time and then settle less 
than 12 feet away.  I watched it stretch its long neck out.  It may stay right 
there all night.  I’d like to be there in the morning to see. 
 Here are directions to this spot:  I was near the middle of the road past 
the trees.  I was between telephone poles 296 and 297 just to the east of a 
small white NWR sign.  Looking south from there is a small narrow channel of 
open water.  The trees the herons were in are just to the left (east) of this. 
Go get it!
As I left Savannah it sounded like rain as the bugs hit my windshield.

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[cayugabirds-l] Wilson's Phalarope Sandhill Cranes.

2013-05-04 Thread Leona Lauster
This morning I was with Linda  Steve Benedict when they found a beautiful 
Wilson's Phalarope on Carncross Road. The bird was a male in breeding plumage. 
It was fairly easy to see but not easy to photograph as it swam though the 
short corn stalks there. The phalarope was sticking pretty close to a Greater 
Yellowlegs; I guess the yellowlegs was stirring up some food for it. 
  We also saw and heard two Sandhills Cranes in flight.
I reported the birds at the sight with BirdLog NA.

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[cayugabirds-l] Purple Martin

2013-04-12 Thread Leona Lauster
The first Purple Martin of the season just showed up at the Montezuma Audubon 
Center in Savannah. 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Blue-winged Teal - Mays Point (late report)

2013-03-23 Thread Leona Lauster
I had a male Blue-winged Teal at Morgan Road on March 16th.  Sorry I didn't 
post it. I was visiting my mother in Savannah and was very busy getting ready 
for our Eaton Bird Club trip to Texas.



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 Apologies for the lateness of this post.  Jim Tarolli and I found a 
 Blue-winged Teal, a female, on March 17th at Mays Point Pool (MNWR).  I think 
 it's a first-of-season for the Basin.  There were many many dabblers there 
 and probably male BW Teal somewhere.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Possible Yellow Rail

2012-05-02 Thread Leona Lauster
I have been in contact with Eric Lewis. I asked him if the bird could
have been a Sora.  He said he thought about it but the bird was way
too small.  He said he saw one bird and heard another which was a long
series of clicks def. not a Sora.  He found these birds at Huckleberry
Swamp.  I can't get there for several days as my husband just had an
operation. Still waiting for him to come out of Anesthesia- all went
well so far.
Leona Lauster
Lyons, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Report of Yellow Rail

2012-05-01 Thread Leona Lauster
Eric Lewis of Lyons reported being 3 ft from a Yellow Rail in central
Wayne County to Eaton Birding Society Facebook. No further details. I
don't know him.
Leona Lauster
Lyons, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Common Gallinule on Van Dyne Spoor Road

2012-04-22 Thread Leona Lauster
These photos are not great but they prove the ID.  Several birders have heard 
the Common Gallinule recently and some doubted the reports.  Ebird wanted them 
confirmed so I took the photos.  Sorry the light wasn’t better.  Mark Miller 
also saw this bird today.  In one photo you can see the little fish the bird 
caught.


https://plus.google.com/photos/101627732132660516717/albums/5734394500626620993

Other birds on Van Dyne Spoor Road: Bald Eagle, American Bittern in flight, 
Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and 9 Rusty Blackbirds. Also many 
Tree and Barn Swallows and one Rough-winged Swallow.

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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl

2011-12-31 Thread Leona Lauster
Still at the mall on pole number 27 near the entrance and J. Crew.

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[cayugabirds-l] Swainson's Thrush Sandhill Cranes

2011-10-01 Thread Leona Lauster
I birded Van Dyne Spoor Road this morning even though it was drizzling and then 
raining.  My best find was a beautiful Swainson’s Thrush.  It was near 
telephone pole number 310 on the south side of the road; the spicebush there 
had a lot of reddish fruits which thrushes like. I stopped there to look at two 
small Black Tupelo trees that I found in August; I wanted to see how they were 
showing their fall colors.  They are turning red and are on the north side of 
the road. In August I noticed them because they have very shiny leaves.

Canada Goose  110
Pied-billed Grebe  7
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Bald Eagle  2
American Coot  16
Ring-billed Gull  18
Herring Gull  2
Mourning Dove  1
Northern Flicker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
Swainson's Thrush  1 Great look:  I saw a buff eye-ring, an olive-brown 
solid back, buffy cheeks and breast with spots and light pinkish gray legs.  I 
also heard a couple whit calls.
Gray Catbird  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  80

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Two Sandhill Cranes have been hanging out at Muckrace Flats.
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Lyons, NY


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[cayugabirds-l] Photos of 5 Black White Crows

2011-07-17 Thread Leona Lauster
I saw these 5 Black  White Crows yesterday in the driveway next to the Lyons 
Public Library.  Click on the link


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[cayugabirds-l] Grasshopper Sparrow - Yates County photos

2011-06-19 Thread Leona Lauster
When I heard Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks and Savannah Sparrows this morning 
on Johnson Road in Yates County I thought this looks like a good spot for 
Grasshopper Sparrows and soon I found one.  There may even be more than one 
spot on Johnson Road for the GRSP.  It took me a long time to finally see  the 
meadowlark.  I saw a Bobolink caring food. 
The photos were cropped; I don’t own a great camera and I couldn’t digiscope 
this one.


https://picasaweb.google.com/leona.lauster/GrasshopperSparrow?authkey=Gv1sRgCP-g8didpc-JLA#slideshow/5619634638005722978

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[cayugabirds-l] Huss

2010-10-10 Thread Leona Lauster
Hudsonian Godwit at the Mnwr visitors center now to the north.
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[cayugabirds-l] Greater-White fronted Geese 7 were at the visitors center

2010-10-10 Thread Leona Lauster
At MNWR Saturday afternoon. Sorry I had posting issues that are fixed now.

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[cayugabirds-l] Saturday at MNWR Greater-White fronted Geese

2010-10-10 Thread Leona Lauster
Sorry I didn't get this out earlier.

Bob Guthrie and I spent a long and nice day at Montezuma NWR Saturday.  
Highlights follow.
East Road early: 100 goldfinches in field and trees with several White-crowned 
and White-throated Sparrows
Visitor's Center morning: Black-bellied Plovers, Dunlin, Solitary Sandpiper, 
Lesser Yellowlegs.
Drive: Ring-necked Ducks, American Coot, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Gadwall, 
Northern Shoveler
Benning Marsh: White-rumped Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper
Tschache:  2 Great Egrets in a tree south from the tower
Towpath: 9 Sandhill Cranes, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows, 
Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers
We looked over the Snow Geese for Ross's Goose but could not find one - many 
geese had their heads tucked in (morning  afternoon).
Most of the Tree Swallows today were at Van Dyne Spoor Road but we found 1 Barn 
Swallow, 2 Rough-winged Swallows and a Tree Swallow at May's Point
Visitor's Center afternoon: 7 Greater-White fronted Geese that we showed to 
many people, White-rumped Sandpipers, Dunlin, Semipalmated Sandpiper  the 
plovers
North Spring Pool: a Peregrine Falcon in a close dead tree.
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Lyons, NY


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[cayugabirds-l] Little Blue Heron Franklin's Gull

2010-09-08 Thread Leona Lauster
I  looked for the Franklin's Gull for a couple hours from the towpath on this 
cloudy afternoon with no luck.  Then as I was leaving the sun came out so I 
decided to check Knox-Marcellus from East Road and found it.  I first noticed 
it flying along with shorebirds that got up.  I followed it with my scope and 
when it landed I could see the dark cheeks.
The Little Blue Heron was at May's Point Pool this afternoon at 3:50 pm.  It 
was straight out from the viewing platform and then it flew to the right and 
landed along the far edge.  I did not see the Glossy Ibis today.
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[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Meadows Environmental Education Center

2010-07-10 Thread Leona Lauster
Location: Seneca Meadows Environmental Education Center from Black Brook 
Road, Seneca County
 7/10/10  This is a great locations but requires a lot of walking with almost 
no shade so start early and or pick a day that won't be too hot.  I think the 
official opening is in August.
Notes: With Bob Guthrie ,Lyn Jacobs and Lynn Donaldson. We all had great 
close looks at 3 Least Bittern that I called in, 2 Grasshopper Sparrows, and 
the Virginia Rail.  We found a flock of Bobolinks at the bench at the end of 
the woodchip trail.  We heard many Marsh Wrens calling from several locations 
but only saw one.  Savannah Sparrows are everywhere but we only found one Swamp 
Sparrow.  We were puzzled for awhile about an odd call and after some study 
decided it was an American Golden-Plover which called repeatedly early from 
near the parking area by Black Brook Road, Seneca County.  If Lyn Jacobs also 
posts I'm usually more conservative with my numbers.  I think this is the best 
location ever for Least Bittern.

Wood Duck 3
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 6
Blue-winged Teal 1
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Least Bittern 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 2
Common Moorhen 2
American Golden-Plover 1
Killdeer 1
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Tree Swallow 70
Bank Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 30
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Marsh Wren 12
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 4
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 30
Common Yellowthroat 2
Savannah Sparrow 20
Grasshopper Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Bobolink 70
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Eastern Meadowlark 8
Common Grackle 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
House Sparrow 2

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] [Eatonbirds] Seneca Meadows Environmental Education Center

2010-07-10 Thread Leona Lauster
Lyn just emailed me this:.now that I have done further research...AMGP has 
NEVER been reported in July or even in the first month of Aug in Seneca Co. I 
think we need to go back tomorrow and chase that bird.  
Maybe we can figure it out.
Leona


From: Leona Lauster 
Sent: Saturday, July 10, 2010 1:34 PM
To: Eatonbirds ; geneseebird...@geneseo.edu ; Cayugabirds 
Subject: [Eatonbirds] Seneca Meadows Environmental Education Center


  

Location: Seneca Meadows Environmental Education Center from Black Brook 
Road, Seneca County
 7/10/10  This is a great locations but requires a lot of walking with almost 
no shade so start early and or pick a day that won't be too hot.  I think the 
official opening is in August.
Notes: With Bob Guthrie ,Lyn Jacobs and Lynn Donaldson. We all had great 
close looks at 3 Least Bittern that I called in, 2 Grasshopper Sparrows, and 
the Virginia Rail.  We found a flock of Bobolinks at the bench at the end of 
the woodchip trail.  We heard many Marsh Wrens calling from several locations 
but only saw one.  Savannah Sparrows are everywhere but we only found one Swamp 
Sparrow.  We were puzzled for awhile about an odd call and after some study 
decided it was an American Golden-Plover which called repeatedly early from 
near the parking area by Black Brook Road, Seneca County.  If Lyn Jacobs also 
posts I'm usually more conservative with my numbers.  I think this is the best 
location ever for Least Bittern.

Wood Duck 3
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 6
Blue-winged Teal 1
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Least Bittern 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 2
Common Moorhen 2
American Golden-Plover 1
Killdeer 1
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Tree Swallow 70
Bank Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 30
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Marsh Wren 12
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 4
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 30
Common Yellowthroat 2
Savannah Sparrow 20
Grasshopper Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Bobolink 70
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Eastern Meadowlark 8
Common Grackle 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
House Sparrow 2

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[cayugabirds-l] Van Dyne Spoor Road evening

2010-07-08 Thread Leona Lauster
Van Dyne Spoor Road
 7/8/10 8:00 pm
Notes: The deer flies were terrible; I couldn't roll down the window to 
listen much.  
Number of species: 23

Trumpeter Swan 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Black Tern 2
Mourning Dove 3
Chimney Swift 4
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 8
Marsh Wren 2
Veery 2
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 6
European Starling 300
American Redstart 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 16
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
American Goldfinch 2

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[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Ruddy Turnstone, Hudsonian Godwit more

2010-06-11 Thread Leona Lauster
Thought you would all like to know that LaRue St. Clair found 2 Ruddy 
Turnstones and one Hudsonian Godwit from the towpath road this morning.  I 
talked to him and he said they were along the first impoundment about a third 
of the way in the towpath.  I looked at 1:00 pm and did not see them.  It was 
hot, the road is in terrible condition and you can't see in from very many 
spots.  We (Bob and I) did find the nice assortment of ducks LaRue also 
reported:  Gadwall, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, 1 Blue-winged Teal and 
of course many Wood Ducks and Mallards.  We all saw two Sandhill Cranes from 
East Road; they are very easy to spot.
 The auto loop drive has changed.  You now drive till the photo blind 
turnoff and turn around and come back.  The drive past the blind area is 
blocked off.  On the shorten drive today Bob and I saw 3 adult Spotted 
Sandpipers and 4 chicks.  The chicks were tiny and very cute when they bobbed 
just like the adults.  They would have made a wonderful video but they weren't 
close enough for that.
 At the Visitors Center early: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Killdeer and 2 
Semipalmated Sandpipers. The Hummingbird feeder has been filled so 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Cerulean Warblers still calling.  A Cedar Waxwing 
nest in one of the trees along the entrance road. 
 Lots of birds at South Spring Pool.  We followed a couple Black-billed 
Cuckoos along the path. Also Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Green Heron  here and 
many more.  
I hope you have better luck finding the godwit than I have had,
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[cayugabirds-l] Wilson's Phalarope

2010-05-19 Thread Leona Lauster
I found the female Wilson's Phalarope this afternoon on the near (west) edge of 
Knox-Marcellus Marsh with many Dunlin, a couple Greater Yellowlegs and a couple 
Semipalmated Plovers.  
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[cayugabirds-l] Horned Grebe not Eared and photos

2010-04-20 Thread Leona Lauster
In a effort to verify the Eared Grebe at Van Dyne Spoor this morning I 
unfortunately found a Horned Grebe in breeding plumage in the same location.  
I'm sorry for any trouble the other post caused anyone. 
So unless someone finds an Eared Grebe here I will delete my Eared Grebe from 
my ebird.  I also found a Pied-billed Grebe not far from this bird.  The Horned 
Grebe is a beautiful bird but it can disappear fast so you might want to stay 
in your car while you look.  

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[cayugabirds-l] Black Vulture, Peregrine Falcons and more

2010-03-28 Thread Leona Lauster
 Bob Guthrie and I spent several hours today at Broadway Road, Wayne County 
watching the hawks.  With the wind it was cold so I'm sorry to say we stayed in 
the car most of the time. We might have missed a few hawks this way but we 
still enjoyed the show.
 The Black Vulture came by at 1:15 pm.  It was a close low bird and I first 
noticed the lighter tips to its wings. Then it was easy to see the very short 
blunt tail.  Bob Guthrie got a photo of it which confirms the ID.  It will be 
interesting to see if Derby Hill reports one today or tomorrow.
 The Peregrine came through early at 10:45 am and flew low over the road 
right in front of us.  We were able to clearly see the face pattern.  The 
second Peregrine Falcon we had later in the day 4:20 pm on our Eaton Bird Club 
trip to Van Dyne Spoor Road; it was sitting in the field.  Then we watched it 
fly over many Northern Pintails and harass a Bald Eagle.  I also saw 8 Northern 
Harriers, 2 Bald Eagles and a Red-tailed Hawk at this location.  Then it 
started to rain so we didn't stay to see if any owls came out.
Broadway Road Hawks:   
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 202
Northern Harrier 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 
Cooper's Hawk 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 17
Rough-legged Hawk 3
American Kestrel 11
Peregrine Falcon 1

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[cayugabirds-l] 1 Western Grebe photo 3/19/10 this afternoon

2010-03-19 Thread Leona Lauster
The Western Grebe was in close enough for a digiscoped photo today at 1:00 pm.  
It took forever to get a photo though because it kept diving.  It was to the 
right of the right No Swimming sign and then it moved to the left so that it 
was straight out but also farther out.  Bob Guthrie also found one Red-throated 
Loon.  Also at the park was one Sharp-shinned Hawk.


http://picasaweb.google.com/leona.lauster/WesternGrebeAndChimneyBluffs#

We went to Broadway Road this morning but the hawks just weren't moving enough 
for us.  We saw one Red-shouldered Hawk here and a couple TVs.  We found 
another Red-shouldered Hawk at Fields Hill Road but our best sighting was from 
the road near Huckleberry Swamp.  This bird was calling loudly and Bob got 
photos.  Huckleberry Swamp had a sign on it: CLOSED FOR THE WINTER.  Does that 
mean it opens tomorrow for the first day of Spring?
Leona Lauster
Lyons, NY



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[cayugabirds-l] Western Grebe Tuesday 3/16/10

2010-03-16 Thread Leona Lauster
I missed the Western Grebe late yesterday afternoon and then read the post from 
Jerry Lazarczyk this morning and decided to try again on the eastern access to 
Chimney Bluffs.  It was a much better day to try as there was less wind and 
therefore less wave action and there was better light today.  We arrived at 
11:00 am and found Curt Fox searching.  Bob found the Grebe in just minutes.  
It was out to the west or left from the parking area.  Too far away for a photo 
for us.  Then it swam in closer.  Then Jean Skelly arrived and got a look 
through Bob's scope before it disappeared behind the cliffs.  Curt climbed the 
walk to the top of the bluffs and saw it from there.  It might have been 
possible to see it from the beach also but we didn't try that as I had to get 
back to work.
Leona Lauster
Lyons, NY
Thanks again to Chuck Gibson.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] north and south basin, 18 Oct - apologies

2009-10-20 Thread Leona Lauster

Dave and all,
I apologize to you and your group for the mention of a Western Sandpiper at 
the MNWR Visitor's Center Sunday.  I saw the bright rufous upper scapulars 
and thought Western but I now realize it would be in a different plumage at 
this time of year.

Leona Lauster
I have also learned that I can't begin the subject line of a post with the 
word delete - it is a command to the list serve and will not work.  Oops 
again.


- Original Message - 
From: Dave Nutter nutter.d...@mac.com

To: cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2009 8:09 PM
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] north and south basin, 18 Oct


Bob McGuire, Susan Danskin, Ann Mitchell  I spent the day (Sun 18 Oct) 
birding.  The other 3 started out at Stewart Park waiting for me then we 
left as soon as I arrived, so I know little of what was there, except that 
there was one distant COMMON LOON and, as reported, many PIED-BILLED 
GREBES, though not nearly as many as Saturday and Friday.


We went to Myers Point where we did not refind yesterday's Sanderling or 
Cackling Goose, but did find 10 DUNLIN, 2 KILLDEER, several GREEN-WINGED 
TEAL, and a hybrid MALLARD x AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, plus the usual gulls, 
geese, ducks  cormorants.


We then went to Freese Road where we birded with Bill Baker  Stuart 
Krasnoff.  We did not refind yesterday's Orange-crowned Warbler or Vesper 
Sparrow, but did see numerous WHITE-CROWNED, SONG, and (some confusing) 
CHIPPING SPARROWS plus a few WHITE-THROATED, SWAMP, and one possible 
LINCOLN'S which Ann saw.  There were also a flock each of RED-WINGED 
BLACKBIRDS, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, CEDAR WAXWINGS, HOUSE FINCHES, and AMERICAN 
GOLDFINCHES.   On our way we stopped on Benson Road where we found a flock 
of ~30 DARK-EYED JUNCOS in a roadside hedgerow and a flock of ~20 KILLDEER 
in a distant harvested field.


We four then went north toward Montezuma, on the way encountering Tim 
Lenz, Mike Harvey, and Shawn Billerman, and we crossed paths several times 
into the afternoon.


Long Point had very few birds on the lake for us: 4 COMMON LOONS, 4 
AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 2 MALLARDS, 2 RING-BILLED GULLS, and a few very 
distant CANADA GEESE.  There were gulls and geese at the mouth of Paine's 
Creek at the south edge of Aurora, but we did not stop because we heard 
they had been scanned and were the usuals with a few SNOW GEESE.


The breakwater at Castelli's Marina in Union Springs appeared to have only 
RING-BILLED GULLS.


The pond at the Montezuma NWR Visitors' Center had many CANADA GEESE (no 
Bar-headed, etc.), NORTHERN SHOVELERS, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and GREEN-WINGED 
TEAL.  There were also 30+ DUNLIN, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 2 sleeping 
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS (Thanks, Shawn!) and 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS.  We 
first heard and then saw a distant calling flying group of 5 SANDHILL 
CRANES which landed and disappeared in the marsh near the caretaker's 
house on NYS 89.  We missed a reported Western Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper 
and Pectoral Sandpiper.


Larue's is still overgrown and appears to lack water.  The Main Pool has 
water, but the smartweed is still so tall and dense as to make viewing 
difficult except in the distance where there were many CANADA GEESE and 
one sleeping probably SWAN, and along the channel by the drive, which had 
several GADWALL, AMERICAN COOT, and a RUDDY DUCK.  Beyond the Main Pool we 
saw ~6 TREE SWALLOWS overhead and a GREAT BLUE HERON beside a channel. 
Bennings had CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, and NORTHERN PINTAIL in some distant 
unobscured water.


Tschache had many distant AMERICAN WIGEON and one male EURASIAN WIGEON, 
several GADWALL, PIED-BILLED GREBES, RING-BILLED GULLS, and DOUBLE-CRESTED 
CORMORANTS.


May's Point Pool had CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS and GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and 
possibly other distant ducks.  The Knox-Marcellus overlook on East Road 
had hundreds of SNOW GEESE and CANADA GEESE, 7 DUNLIN, 1 PECTORAL 
SANDPIPER, 1 LEAST SANDPIPER, several  NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS high 
overhead, 1 distant light ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK being harassed by 2 NORTHERN 
HARRIERS, and probably other stuff which I overlooked or forgot, but Lenz, 
Harvey  Billerman have probably entered in eBird.


Our next stop was Martens Tract, where the pond held 1 immature COMMON 
MOORHEN and several PIED-BILLED GREBES.  Joined by Judy Thoroughman we 
waded through the vegetation in the vicinity of the several east-west 
ditches which are south and east of the parking area.  Bob waded more 
seriously than the rest of us and found at least one NELSON'S SPARROW 
which eventually gave us all an excellent look.  There were also SONG 
SPARROWS, a SWAMP SPARROW, and a MARSH WREN, but many glimpses of birds 
were unidentifiable by us.


Muckrace Flats on Savannah-Spring Lake Road near Bixby Woods Road had 1 
basking turtle, but zero birds that we noticed in a quick binocular scan 
despite a very attractive expanse of mud and shallow water.


The end of Van Dyne Spoor Road had 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 1 LEAST

[cayugabirds-l] Tschache Pool Walk 10/18/09

2009-10-19 Thread Leona Lauster
For National Wildlife Refuge Week the dike at Tschache Pool was open for a walk 
which Bob Guthrie and I led Sunday 10/18/09.  We walked out just to the turn 
and this got us close enough that everyone in the group got a good look at the 
Eurasian Wigeon.  When we returned a Bald Eagle was perched in a tree right 
next to the tower.

Canada Goose 
Gadwall 
Eurasian Wigeon 1
American Wigeon 
Northern Shoveler 
Green-winged Teal 
Ring-necked Duck
 Scaup 
Pied-billed Grebe 
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle 
Red-tailed Hawk 
Ring-billed Gull 
Herring Gull 
Pileated Woodpecker flyover
American Crow 
Black-capped Chickadee
Eastern Bluebird 
American Robin 
Chipping Sparrow 
Song Sparrow 
White-crowned Sparrow 
Red-winged Blackbird 
This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org/ny)
Leona Lauster
Lyons, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Towpath this afternoon Cackling Goose 10/16/09

2009-10-16 Thread Leona Lauster

It was sunny here this afternoon so I decided to try again to find a Cackling 
Goose.  I succeeded because I've spent a lot of time search and because I dared 
to drive down the muddy towpath which is also full of potholes.Notes: The 
Cackling Goose was much smaller than the Canada Geese and it had a very small 
bill. Its chest was darker than the Canada Goose.  When I looked at some photos 
I saw 2 smaller geese and one had a lighter breast so I think there were 2 
Cackling Geese.
Number of species: 19

Snow Goose 400
Cackling Goose 1
Canada Goose 2000
American Wigeon 4
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 8
Northern Pintail 4
Green-winged Teal 10
Great Blue Heron 10
Bald Eagle 1
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Herring Gull 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
European Starling 250
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 10
Red-winged Blackbird 20

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[cayugabirds-l] also at Knox-Marsellus this week

2009-10-16 Thread Leona Lauster
On the 14th:
2 Sandhill Cranes 
5 Great Egrets
8 Ruddy Ducks
and a Northern Harrier every afternoon Tuesday to Friday.

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Lyons, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Pre and Post Visits MNWR 9/26/09

2009-09-27 Thread Leona Lauster
Dawn at Knox-Marsellus was beautiful and cold.  The marsh was full of birds but 
it was too dark to identify much.  
(An hour later when the first NYSOA trip came through it was almost empty.)
An American Bittern flew over the marsh.
There were 6 or more Sandhill Cranes.

Knox-Marsellus Marsh at 2:30 pm
Snow Goose 190
American Black Duck 6
Double-crested Cormorant 44
Great Blue Heron 12
Great Egret 15
Bald Eagle 1
Sandhill Crane 8  They were fun to watch on the close edge of the marsh; 
they were leaping! 
Tree Swallow 24

North May's Point Loop at 3:00 pm
Black-capped Chickadee 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Cedar Waxwing 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
American Goldfinch 4

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Lyons, NY




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