We’ve had a pine warbler (FOY) today at our suet feeder here in Varna. Both
this morning and now in the last hour or so. This morning it was trilling
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This is the first time I’ve seen one this winter. I occasionally monitor the
poop streaks on the side of the building, and I thought a couple of them looked
a little fresher, which is sometimes a sign that a peregrine is back.
Best seen from the lawn in front of Fernow near the tree
Ten people joined me Saturday morning at Monkey Run. The downpours from Friday
night and early Saturday morning had cleared out, and we ended up with no rain,
but a cold, damp day. We headed first to look at a winter wren singing near
the parking lot, plus a yellow-bellied sapsucker drumming
I’ll be leading a field trip this Saturday, April 20th, 7:30-10:00, in Monkey
Run South. Please meet at the parking area.
I was just checking my Weather Channel app, and the icon used for most of
Saturday morning on the hourly forecast is a cloud, with the sun peaking out,
plus a thunder
If you like bird art, and are looking for a day trip to the western Finger
Lakes, check out the traveling exhibit, Birds in Art, at the Cumming Nature
Center in Naples, NY. It’s a show of some of the best contemporary bird art
from all over the world.
Hi everyone – here is the report for the CBC birding trip to South Monkey Run
this past weekend.
Seven birders joined me for a snowy morning walk, the last Sunday in April -
now a distant memory after the last few very warm days.
Despite the wet snow, which pelted our eyes and fogged up our
A quick reminder that I will be welcoming the return to winter with a CBC trip
at South Monkey Run on Sunday, April 29th, 7:30-10am. While making our way
through "delightful" snow in late April, we'll be looking for spring migrants
and more. Be prepared for some mud and
It is flitting around a lot from tree to tree. Walk up to the top of the knoll
on the red-blazed trail.
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I've been out of town, so I hope I am not duplicating anyone's previous email -
I know there are some other library people on this list.
I thought people might enjoy this tidbit from the Cornell University Library -
historic maps of NYS, including one which describes the area we
Sounds like an interesting project!
You mentioned that you were looking for opinions about what a birding trail
would include - after a quick search, I found a list of US birding trails on
the ABA site:
The descriptions of each are helpful,
If you want a close up of a peregrine, there's one on the ice just off the spit
at Myer's point! Of course, I don't have my camera today :-)
It's eating what looks like a ring-billed gull.
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I've been seeing the peregrine at least once a week on Bradfield. Always on a
ledge on the side facing towards the greenhouses and Minn's garden. I saw it
yesterday (Saturday) morning around 10am, as well as a couple of times earlier
in the week.
As I walked down Tower Rd, on the Cornell campus, I stopped to check Bradfield
Hall to see if the (same as last year?) peregrine had returned. Sure enough, I
saw a couple of dark blobs on one of the higher ledges. I didn't have my
binoculars, but I clearly saw the contrast of the dark hood
The osprey nest # 59: Treman Marina nest, on the Cayuga Lake Osprey map had
some promising activity today! While walking around the Treman Marina and lake
shore area at around 11:30 or noon, we saw and heard an osprey calling on the
nest. As we came closer to the nest, another osprey flew in,
In it's usual spot, eating berries and seeds near back entrance to Cornell
Store. Flew off to trees near wee stinky glen. I didn't have my binoculars,
so I didn't get a good look at plumage details, but it didn't appear to have
any major changes.
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Walked over to Cornell Store at 9:55, and it was sitting on the ground by the
back entrance (about 10-15 ft from door) eating berries. Flew off into willow
by wee stinky glen - startled by a few people walking by and rattling the door
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FOY Osprey yard bird - one just flew nearby by my yard (giles st in Ithaca)
going towards Six Mile Creek. Saw others at Salt Point and Myer's earlier, and
a couple around the Ithaca area in recent days, but this is the first time this
year I've seen the one (more than one?) that frequents my
I just found my FOY Baltimore Oriole in a large tree by the Johnson Art Museum
at Cornell. I heard its simple, yet rich sounding, song as I was sitting on
Libe Slope. I went to investigate, and found a bright orange splash at the top
of a larch (or whatever the NYS version of a larch is)
After dinner, went for a walk by the Treman Marina. We didn't have binoculars,
but I didn't need them as the red-throated loon was swimming in the channel of
the marina very close and was quite easy to see. Must be the same one reported
this morning and last week by the Farmer's Market.
I keep hearing both Canada and snow geese flying overhead this evening. They
seem to flying kind of along the Six Mile Creek corridor towards Cayuga Lake.
I tried recording them a couple of times, but I live too close to noisy
traffic to get any files worth saving.
I startled an Amer Pipit as I walked up to the lighthouse, and it flew up in
front of me landed on ice not too far out. No sign of the tufted duck, but I
also hit a spot of rain that made viewing difficult. Also, forgot to grab my
gloves, and my hands were freezing. Coots, herring, great
have made a play for
territory earlier this winter when they (she) attempted to dive-bomb BR,
talons down over at Humphreys unsuccessfully. We're guessing that they have
a scrape elsewhere to tend to / defend.
From: Liisa S. Mobley
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2015
I just walked up past Bradfield about a 1/2 hour ago (10:45?), and I think I
saw a peregrine on the roof on the NW corner. This particular corner has many
small antennas, and which kind of points towards Mann, so you wouldn't be able
to see it from Tower Rd. I did not have my binoculars, and
And not a whole lot more on this cold, windy day!
I was down at Stewart Park this morning (11am) near the southeast corner of the
lake, and an adult bald eagle flew in, leisurely, over the lake. Shortly
after, a juvenile bald eagle flew in, and the adult started chasing the
juvenile, but not
Apologies for any cross-posting.
I received an email from the Friends of Stewart Park yesterday -see below.
About halfway down the email, there is a link to a survey about use
of the park. I would recommend birders fill this out! The survey asks
about how people use the park, and
There's been a bit of discussion about the Finger Lakes freezing over, as well
as the Great Lakes, on the Cayuga Birds list in recent weeks. I came across
this article from one of the channel 9 (Syracuse) weathermen, which indicates
that the Great Lakes, as of last Friday, had more than 79% of
The full answer about the reluctance of Cayuga and especially Seneca to
completely freeze over is a bit complicated, but a primer on the physical
limnology can be read here:
On Feb 9, 2014, at 7:20 AM, Liisa S. Mobley ls
I was watching the Syracuse news this morning, and they mentioned that the DEC
reported that botulism has been causing a large number of diving bird deaths in
the eastern lake ontario basin. It is higher this year than it is normally.
Fortunately, the DEC says that usually this type of
A few days ago my daughter says she saw a very white bird near Six Mile Creek,
upstream from second dam. I don't know exactly where, but probably downhill
She thought at first it was a gull due to its brightness, but quickly realized
that it wasn't a gull due to
Apologies for cross-posting. I also get the digest of Cayuga birds, so I hope
this hasn't been posted by 10 people already, but I'm not seeing it on the mail
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I've also been enjoying the East Hill ravens, although I haven't seen any young
ones so far. I live just up from the upper trail going into Six Mile Creek, on
Giles St. Sometimes a raven will fly out from the woods, over Giles St, and
over the neighboring yards. Generally what
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