[cayugabirds-l] Birding and hiking

2022-06-05 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
The summer season of wandering the NYS parks and forests has started.  On 
Saturday, Steve and I went to Fillmore Glen State Park.  The gorge trail is 
open again, after being partially closed for the last couple of years.  One of 
our beautiful parks in the Finger Lakes - a lovely creek and waterfalls running 
through a hemlock-shaded gorge. Birds, mostly heard, but not seen in the dense 
foliage: red-eyed vireo, many black-throated green warblers, an occasional 
black-throated blue warbler, chickadees and juncos; special bird was a 
blue-headed vireo.
Birding trip followed by a visit to Prison City Brewing in Auburn; excellent 
food and beer with outdoor dining.

Today we headed up to Hammond Hill State Forest.  Again, birds mostly heard but 
not seen: about equal numbers of black-throated blue warblers and 
black-throated green warblers, chickadees, wood thrushes, hermit thrushes, oven 
birds, robins, a scarlet tanager, and a field sparrow near the bench 
overlooking the field close to Star Stanton. Usually I hear a raven in the 
forest, but not today. We also saw many interesting native plants along the 
trail.

-Liisa



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[cayugabirds-l] NYS Birding Trail

2022-05-24 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
I noticed in the most recent Wildlife, Fish, & Marine Life email newsletter 
from the DEC that the,
"Central – Finger Lakes and Hudson Valley Regions of the NYS Birding Trail Are 
Live!"
https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/109900.html#Map_of_Trail

I haven't investigated the page too much, but it looks like there's a lot of 
useful information.  If you want to nominate a birding location not on the map, 
there's a way to do that, too.

Now NYS just needs a way to overlay the birding trail, the Empire State Trail 
(https://empiretrail.ny.gov/map), the various wine, beer, and cheese maps, and 
we'll be all set.  Problem is, we'll never want to return to work since we'll 
be wandering the state. :)

-Liisa

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[cayugabirds-l] Indigo Bunting in Varna near Monkey Run

2022-04-30 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
I saw an Indigo Bunting at the feeder a few minutes ago.  It flew off and 
hasn't returned.
We're in the general Monkey Run South area, between the Monkey Run parking area 
and the old FH Fox bridge in Varna.
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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park cleanup Fwd: Emergency Call for Volunteer Rakers at Stewart Park

2021-06-24 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
Stewart Park must still be closed.  The Friends of Stewart Park sent out this 
request yesterday to help clean up storm debris for Friday afternoon, 4-6pm, 
and asked to share this message widely.  Please note the DON’T BRING SAWS 
warning!
More info in the email, below.  I am not an organizer of the event, so it would 
best to contact Friends  of Stewart Park for more info.
Thanks,
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Begin forwarded message:

From: Janelle Mattson 
Date: June 23, 2021 at 4:02:43 PM EDT
Subject: Emergency Call for Volunteer Rakers at Stewart Park
Reply-To: jane...@friendsofstewartpark.org



Dear Liisa,

As you likely know, Monday afternoon, Stewart Park was hit with a storm that 
caused unbelievable amounts of damage. Trees are uprooted and giant branches 
are all over the ground. Also all over the ground, tons and tons of leaves and 
small branches.

City crews have taken care of hazards and will continue large scale clean up, 
but Stewart Park urgently needs your help. We now have been given the go-ahead 
by the city to call out for volunteers.

The City and Friends of Stewart Park request volunteers bring their work gloves 
and rakes down to the park FRIDAY 4-6 PM to work.


Rake piles of debris out of the lawns over to the closest road's edge so city 
crews can easily pick them up. Small branches can be pulled to the edge of the 
road and lined up with broken ends on one side and leaves on the other, making 
them easier for the city to throw into the chipper. Storm debris can be found 
everywhere in the park, but the areas near the playground footbridges are of 
highest need. Volunteers are asked to just pick a spot that needs to be raked, 
especially on this western end of the park, just rake to the closest road. 
Please handle only small branches and DO NOT BRING OR USE SAWS.

Cleaning up this debris is a huge task, but many hands make light work. Please 
share this so more potential volunteers will see it and we can get Stewart Park 
in time for its 100th birthday party on July 4th.  If you cannot make the 
Friday 4-6, you are invited to come rake on your own time, following the 
instructions above.

Safety note: The City underscores that all volunteers use caution areas that 
have been marked as hazardous and in general around fallen limbs and trees and 
under trees. Only attempt to move small branches, sticks and leaves, and do not 
bring or use saws.

Thank you for helping Stewart Park!

Janelle Alvstad-Mattson
Communications & Administration


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[cayugabirds-l] Pine warbler at feeder today

2020-03-31 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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 
quite loudly.
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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine on Bradfield Hall at Cornell

2020-02-25 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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 sculpture, then look 
up at the high ledges on Bradfield, to the left of center.  
-Liisa

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[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip Report: Monkey Run South (April 20)

2019-04-21 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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 on a telephone pole.  
Then we went to look for the ruffed grouse we heard nearby -  Suan had sent me 
a video clip of the ruffed grouse drumming, with instructions to find it on a 
bright green, moss-covered log near the parking area.  We found the log, not 
the bird.
We continued on our way upstream, and found that some of the trails were now 
tiny streams, and some of the creeks were a bit high from the rains the night 
before.  We saw several ruby-crowned kinglets, and a large flock (40) of cedar 
waxwings.  We were able to make good progress until about a half mile up we 
reached a usually easy-to-cross creek that was now 3-4 feet deep!  Lacking a 
bridge or a boat, we headed back the way we came, then continued to follow the 
path downstream, noting Canada geese, wood ducks, and common mergansers.
Now veering away from Fall Creek, we headed slowly up the muddy, 
tree-root-covered hill towards a pine grove - lots of action here - a 
blue-headed vireo, a pine warbler, a yellow-rumped warbler, a ragged-looking 
raven flying close overhead, and at least three people heard a black-throated 
green warbler.  At the top of the hill, we encountered another winter wren 
foraging under and over logs near a small creek, and heard brown creepers 
singing; we then curved around to head back through the woods, and entered 
woodpecker territory - we saw multiple yellow-bellied sapsuckers and northern 
flickers.  We made our way back to the parking area, but stopped to see if we 
could locate the ruffed grouse - no luck, again!  Overall, we saw 30 species in 
2 hours, 45 minutes, according to the eBird list that Diane entered.  All in 
all, I think everyone had fun, despite the mud and high water!
eBird list here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55166828

-Liisa


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[cayugabirds-l] CBC Field Trip: Monkey Run South on Saturday

2019-04-18 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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 bolt, and raindrops.  I can’t say I’ve ever seen that icon 
before – at least it didn’t include an image of Thor with his hammer.  Assume 
changeable weather.

Since it is supposed to rain quite a bit tomorrow night, expect muddy and 
slippery conditions.  It’s been drier in the woods this year than last, but 
tomorrow night’s rains might change that.

For more details about the trip, refer to the Cayuga Bird Club calendar: 
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/

Thanks,
Liisa

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[cayugabirds-l] OOB bird art and birding/hiking in western Finger Lakes

2018-07-21 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
Hi everyone-
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.
http://www.rmsc.org/cumming-nature-center/exhibits/item/544-birds-in-art

Great show!  We went to see it today.  Show ends August 12, according to the 
website.

Steve and I followed up with hiking at High Tor wildlife management area near 
Naples.  Walked on the marsh trail on Parish Rd  - on the southern part of the 
marshy area, with parking at the trail between routes 245 and 21.  
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/105960.html
The highlight for birding was a sandhill crane that landed on the trail about 
30 feet in front of us.  We stayed back a bit, as it continued to walk away 
from us, seemingly unconcerned.  It finally took off, soared and circled above 
the marsh, croaking away, and finally landing a bit farther away in the marsh.
FYI- if you decide to hike High Tor south of route 245, be prepared for steep 
climbs!  We recorded an elevation gain of over 1200 feet.  Plus, the birds 
seemed more numerous in the marshy area.
-Liisa


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[cayugabirds-l] CBC field trip on Sunday, April 29, at Monkey Run South, 7:30am-10am

2018-04-27 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
Hi everyone-

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 irregular footing.

Meet at the parking area at the end of Monkey Run Road, off of Rte 366 at 7:30 
am. (link to map: https://goo.gl/maps/2Cv5kJo1v6C2)

Hope to see you there!

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[cayugabirds-l] Red headed woodpecker still in Palmer Woods

2017-12-03 Thread Liisa S. Mobley

It is flitting around a lot from tree to tree. Walk up to the top of the knoll 
on the red-blazed trail.
-Liisa
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[cayugabirds-l] slightly off-topic - 18th century maps of Montezuma and Cayuga Lake

2017-07-05 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
Hi everyone-
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 know of as the 
Montezuma Wildlife Refuge as ""Resort of gees and ducks of all sorts all the 
year."

http://www.newyorkupstate.com/ithaca/2017/07/cornell_buys_rare_map_showing_upstate_ny_before_revolutionary_war.html

If you click on the image at the top, the gallery will open; images number 3 
and 7 show the Montezuma area, and number 9 shows where there was a "tarry" or 
canoe ferry to take people across the north end of the lake.  This would be 
useful for those days when you see an interesting bird on the lake, and the 
bird somehow always seems closer to the other shore.

-Liisa


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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake birding trail

2017-06-17 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
Hi Dave-
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:
http://aba.org/resources/birdingtrails.html
The descriptions of each are helpful, and it seems as though there's some 
variety in what a trail includes. Contacts are listed for the bird trails, too, 
so you might be able to get advice from other folks.
-Liisa


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On Jun 17, 2017, at 12:03 AM, Upstate NY Birding digest 
> wrote:

CAYUGABIRDS-L Digest for Saturday, June 17, 2017.

1. Re: Cayuga Lake Birding Trail
2. Tree swallow

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Subject: Re: Cayuga Lake Birding Trail
From: Jody Enck >
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:46:50 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Hello Dave,

I think it would be a wonderful idea to work toward a Cayuga Lake Birding
Trail!
Given the foundation that already exists through the great book about where
to bird in the Cayuga Lake Basin that involved a number of members from the
Cayuga Bird Club, I think it is a logical next step to work towards the
goal of having a recognized birding trail.  I definitely am willing to help
out.  I encourage others to join in, too.

Thanks
Jody

On Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 11:14 PM, Dave Nutter 
> wrote:

As you have gone birding around the lake, you may have noticed an
occasional sign, "Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway," along the loop which includes
NYS-34B, NYS-90, NYS-5/US-20, & NYS-89. Like me, you may have said, "Yep,
it's scenic, glad someone noticed." And, like me, you may not have realized
that this Scenic Byway is not simply a recognition by NYSDOT, it is also
managed by a non-profit whose board consists of government & business folks
from Cayuga, Seneca, & Tompkins Counties. Given that knowledge, however, I
was not surprised that one of their goals is to promote tourism.

It turns out that this board wants to develop a "Cayuga Lake Birding
Trail," and that a member of that board has asked me to help. That person
is Andrea Van Beusichem, who has previously asked me to lead late-summer
shorebird field trips into otherwise off-limits parts of Montezuma NWR.
Given that the commitment is only one meeting every other month, I said,
"Sure!," even though I'm not fond of commitments to be indoors, nor am I
sure exactly what they have in mind as an end product, nor do I bring all
the necessary skills to the group.

I figure birding and birders will benefit if we do a decent job. Birders,
particularly from out of the area, may have an easier time knowing where to
go, when to go there, and what to look for. People who are not (yet)
birders, may get some interest, or at least some respect for the activity.
Families vacationing in the area can split their time if some members are
more outdoorsy than others. Landowners may be more willing to permit
birders access to lakeshore viewing points and even take pride in unusual
birds found there. Businesses may take an interest in selling the things
that we seek, such as gasoline, coffee and donuts, sandwiches, or ice cream
as the price for access to a bathroom, or full sit-down meals, or hotels
rooms for out of town folks, or outdoor gear, or optics, particularly if we
highlight their business and send patrons their way. Governments may
recognize that birders, along with birds and their habitats, are a
constituency worth maintaining.

I'm looking for additional people who may be interested (Jody or another
Cayuga Bird Club representative &/or someone from the Campus Bird Study
Group?).

I'm looking for opinions as to what a "birding trail" should entail. I
figure at a minimum there should be some on-line information, signage at
important sites, enthusiastic promotion of _The Cayuga Bird Club guide to
Birding the Cayuga Lake Basin Edited by Bob McGuire_, an invitation to
subscribe to CayugaBirds-L, and basic instruction on the use and usefulness
of eBird.

Are there potentially great birding sites around the lake that could use
more definite permission to access, or clearer terms? I'm hoping that we
can scan the lake from some of the places which the Cayuga Lake Blueways
Trail is using for lake access for people using canoes, kayaks, &
paddleboards.

I also want to encourage people using bikes to bring binoculars, go slow,
listen and look for birds, stop frequently, enjoy birding, gorges, trees,
and vistas at rest stops, and generally cultivate the opinion that these
values can outweigh the distance, speed, or exercise tallied on a ride.

In addition to the birds that particularly thrill us as unusual, what
species are people not from here most likely to be impressed by even though
they are not hard for us to find?

If we want to negotiate access to more sites, I want help from a more

[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine at Myer's eating a gull

2017-02-05 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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.
-Liisa

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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine on Bradfield

2017-01-15 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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.  
-Liisa

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> 
> Subject: Peregrine falcon
> From: Carol Cedarholm 
> Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:32:22 +
> X-Message-Number: 5
> 
> Has anyone spotted the peregrine falcon in bradfield recently?
> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine back at bradfield hall/Cornell

2016-11-28 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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 with lighter 
feathers underneath at one point when the bird turned its head.  I think the 
other blob was a squirrel, its tail hanging over the edge.  

The ledge was the one with the most fresh white poop markings on it. It is near 
the corner of the building on the side facing the greenhouses and Minn's 
garden, and close to Tower Rd.  I had noticed a couple of weeks ago that the 
white streaks were looking pretty fresh, so I have been waiting to see the 
falcon again.
-Liisa

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[cayugabirds-l] osprey activity at Treman

2016-04-10 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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, and a bit of 
mating activity took place.  Cool! - yet I always feel a bit like obnoxious 
paparazzi when I have my binoculars aimed on the couple.  After two or three 
minutes, one of the ospreys flew off, and the female (?) continued to call for 
a while longer.  Perhaps eggs and chicks to come.

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[cayugabirds-l] Western tanager still here

2016-03-08 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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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[cayugabirds-l] Western tanager

2016-03-01 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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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[cayugabirds-l] FOY birds (for me, at least)

2015-05-03 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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 neighborhood.  
Gray Catbird made a noisy return to my backyard today, enjoying the birdbath.  
Yellow-rumped warbler at Salt Point in lansing.  Indigo Bunting female on wire, 
also at Salt Point - drab brown bird, with pale throat and bunting bill - 
didn't recognize it at first, but fit the descriptions of drabbest bird (but 
beautiful in its own way!)

OOB - well, way, way out of basin, but a couple of weeks ago I was at the Grand 
Canyon, and saw a California Condor as Steve and I hiked up the Bright Angel 
Trail :-). Very close in, tagged on both wings, but I couldn't read the tags.  
Soared nearby for a couple of minutes.  Of course, my camera was in my pack, 
but I savored the sight with my binoculars.  Snapped a couple of pictures with 
the phone before it disappeared into the distance.  Definitely a lifer.
-liisa

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[cayugabirds-l] baltimore oriole

2015-04-30 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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) farther down the slope, 
near the museum.  The larch is host to other birds as well - goldfinches, house 
finch, and others.
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[cayugabirds-l] Red-throated loon earlier today

2015-03-29 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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.
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[cayugabirds-l] Large numbers of geese

2015-03-26 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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.
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[cayugabirds-l] myer's saturday afternoon

2015-03-15 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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 blacked-back, and 
ring-billed gulls,  mergansers, canvasbacks, scaup, redheads in the open 
waters, the public marina, and the spit.
Forgot to bring a small recording device my son loaned me - I would have liked 
to have recorded the coots  and numerous ducks in the public marina and the 
sounds of ice and water.  Apparently, I'm an unprepared birder this year!
By the way, plentiful snow banks make it hard to park - seemed easiest to park 
by the public marina and walk to the spit and to the lighthouse from there.  
Maybe they will melt this week.  Many birds taking advantage of the mud.
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine, I think

2015-03-13 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
Thanks, Karel-
This is very interesting.
-Liisa 

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 On Mar 13, 2015, at 12:43 PM, Karel V. Sedlacek k...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 There was a brief flyover/circle overhead by a Peregrine of BR as she sat on 
 the top SE corner of Bradfield yesterday after work.  No dive bombing or 
 talons.  The PEFA then continued on toward the Vet School area.   Ezra was 
 sitting in the 2012 nest cup at the time and appeared unconcerned.  Not sure 
 that the PEFAs have been driven off per se, as we haven't seen any recent 
 confrontations.  We are assuming that the PEFAs may 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.
 -Original Message-
 From: Liisa S. Mobley 
 Sent: Friday, March 13, 2015 12:37 PM
 To: Karel V. Sedlacek
 Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: Re: Peregrine, I think
 
 I wonder if the redtails have driven off the peregrines, then?
 Thanks,
 Liisa
 
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 On Mar 13, 2015, at 11:27 AM, Karel V. Sedlacek k...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 Lisa,
 Ezra and Big Red have been in the 2012 nest, on Weill and on the NW corner 
 of Bradfield.  I think what you are seeing is Ezra facing Beebe Lake.
 Karel
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 Sent: Friday, March 13, 2015 11:21 AM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Peregrine, I think
 
 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 the 
 angle and lighting were awkward - that's why I'm not absolutely positive.  
 But, it didn't seem like a redtail.  Had an overall dark grayish cast on its 
 back, which is mostly what I  could see.  Just thought I'd mention it, as no 
 one has recently reported the peregrines.
 Thanks,
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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine, I think

2015-03-13 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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 the angle and 
lighting were awkward - that's why I'm not absolutely positive.  But, it didn't 
seem like a redtail.  Had an overall dark grayish cast on its back, which is 
mostly what I  could see.  Just thought I'd mention it, as no one has recently 
reported the peregrines.
Thanks,
Liisa

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[cayugabirds-l] 2 bald eagles stewart park

2014-12-28 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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 aggressively.  They seemed to be flying in synchronicity - 
swooping at the same time, and similar wingbeat timing.  They flew over the 
willow where I was standing a couple of times, then back out to the lake.  The 
adult flew at the juvenile with talons out, and I believe it gripped the young 
one just briefly - but my view was blocked by the juvenile.  Then the chase 
quickened, the adult still in pursuit.  Both flew off towards Renwick Woods, 
and separated at that point.  
Other birds in that corner of the lake - mallards close in, redheads and coots 
and mallards in mixed flock by East Shore Park, Canada geese, one lone 
cormorant which flew off during the eagle escapades, and a couple of gulls.  
Wind off the lake quite chilly.
-liisa

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[cayugabirds-l] Birders - please see survey about Stewart Park use, improvements

2014-12-03 Thread Liisa S. Mobley

Hi everyone-
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 also raises the possibility of
allowing dogs on leashes, controlling geese, etc.
I was not able to attend the informational meeting
Thanks,
Liisa

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[cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

2014-02-09 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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 their surface 
area frozen.  
 Great Lakes Freezing Over: Dave Eichorn's Blog
 http://bit.ly/1gcubdX

Where do all the birds go?  Lake Ontario is only about half frozen, so maybe 
they go there.

You'll notice in the photo that Cayuga and Seneca are not frozen.  Not sure why 
they don't freeze over, too.  And, no, they are not deeper than the Great 
Lakes, except for Erie.  (This is kind of bugging me, so let me know if you 
have a good answer!)
-Liisa

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

2014-02-09 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
Hi everyone
Thank you for all of the stimulating
and informative answers!
Ice is interesting.  My favorite ice image this year was the snowy owl at 
Stewart Park gently bobbing up and down on a small chunk of ice at dusk.
-Liisa

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On Feb 9, 2014 6:30 PM, Tom atvaw...@gmail.com wrote:
Linda,

Didn't the Lake actually freeze from shore to shore @ Aurora in '78-'79 when 
Sissy Farenthold declared it so  cancelled Wells classes?

And Ms Mobley,
A short answer to why Seneca  Cayuga don't freeze easily is that they are 
examples of the surface area to volume problem.  Although their absolute 
depth isn't as great as the Great Lakes, their shape means their surface area 
is small compared to their depth and volume.  Since heat is lost thru the 
surface, they don't cool as fast as lakes w/ larger relative surfaces areas.  
In addition, they both lie in a general NW-SE orientation, with a long fetch 
to the prevailing NW winds, which keep the water stirred up.  When they do  
freeze, it's most likely after a series of very clear, very calm nights, when 
cold water (4 C) can accumulate and freeze on the surface.  Once there's 
enough ice to resist break-up when winds resume, the lake will remain frozen 
with ice and 0 C water at the top and 4 C water all the way to the bottom.

Physical limnology is very cool!

Tom Vawter


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 On Feb 9, 2014, at 2:27 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk l...@cornell.edu wrote:

 As of noon today, Cayuga was pretty much frozen from Chris's hill north.  
 Chris's hill is the big rise north of Levanna, if one doesn't know local 
 names.  South of that, the lake was a combination of frozen patches and open 
 patches.  This is the most ice I've seen since 1994, and then it didn't last, 
 since 1994 was windy, though it was also cold.

 -Original Message-
 From: bounce-112539549-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 [mailto:bounce-112539549-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel
 Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2014 8:29 AM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

 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:

 http://www.gflrpc.org/Publications/SenecaLakeWMP/chap6a.pdf

 -Geo Kloppel

 On Feb 9, 2014, at 7:20 AM, Liisa S. Mobley ls...@cornell.edu wrote:

 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 
 their surface area frozen.
 Great Lakes Freezing Over: Dave Eichorn's Blog http://bit.ly/1gcubdX

 Where do all the birds go?  Lake Ontario is only about half frozen, so maybe 
 they go there.

 You'll notice in the photo that Cayuga and Seneca are not frozen.  Not
 sure why they don't freeze over, too.  And, no, they are not deeper
 than the Great Lakes, except for Erie.  (This is kind of bugging me,
 so let me know if you have a good answer!) -Liisa

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[cayugabirds-l] lake ontario/higher levels of botulism affecting diving birds this past fall

2013-12-08 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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 illness and death usually 
ends in late november, but dead birds might continue to wash up on shore.  
People finding dead birds should report them to the DEC, according to the DEC 
press release, below.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/94733.html
-Liisa


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[cayugabirds-l] possible to see snowy owls?

2013-11-24 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
Hi everyone-
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 
from Commanland.
She thought at first it was a gull due to its brightness, but quickly realized 
that it wasn't a gull due to its size, and especially when she saw it had an 
owl-like face.  When I showed her some pictures of birds, the snowy owl seemed 
to match up best in her opinion.  She's not a birder, and she didn't have 
binoculars with her, but she is very good at noticing details.

My Audubon birding guide app has ebird data built into it, so I looked up to 
see if there had been any recent reports in the eastern Finger Lakes, and I 
didn't see anything.  However, yesterday I saw the snowy owl map (link below), 
in my twitter feed, and snowy owls have, indeed, been on the move, and people 
have been spotting them farther south than ithaca.  Here's a link to the Roger 
Tory Petersen Institute blog posting, in case the twitter link doesn't work: 
http://rtpi.org/snowy-owl-invasion-coming/

So, is it possible she saw a snowy owl?  She also thought she saw one a couple 
of weeks ago flying above her apt on South Hill in Ithaca.

Thanks,
Liisa


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Begin forwarded message:


It was just past second dam last time

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   Wilson Ornith Soc (@WilsonOrnithSochttps://twitter.com/wilsonornithsoc)
11/23/13, 11:18 
AMhttps://twitter.com/wilsonornithsoc/status/404282754101039104
MT @RTPInstitutehttps://twitter.com/RTPInstitute 
@Team_eBirdhttps://twitter.com/Team_eBird Snowy Owl map for November 2013: 
irruption underway? pic.twitter.com/Wn8dtvaCsahttp://t.co/Wn8dtvaCsa


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[cayugabirds-l] FW: Government Shutdown; Montezuma NWR CLOSED

2013-10-01 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
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 
archive webpage.
-Liisa

Liisa Mobley
Electronic Resources Coordinator, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY 14853
phone (607) 255-3241, fax (607) 255-6110

From: Van Beusichem, Andrea [mailto:andrea_vanbeusic...@fws.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 9:19 AM
To: Andrea Van Beusichem
Cc: Tom Jasikoff; Linda Ziemba
Subject: Government Shutdown; Montezuma NWR CLOSED

Dear Refuge Patrons and Friends,

As you may know, the federal government has shut down.  This means that 
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is CLOSED until further notice, when the 
government resumes regular business.  No timeline has been told to us.  Here is 
our official statement:

Due to a lapse in appropriations, all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands, 
including National Wildlife Refuges, are closed for the duration of the federal 
government shutdown.  All programs and activities are cancelled.  For more 
information, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdownhttp://www.doi.gov/shutdown.
What that means for you is:

VISITOR CENTER VOLUNTEERS - The entrance road and access to all viewing areas 
and trails are closed.  The Visitor Center and the Lodge are closed.  Please do 
not report to work until further notice.  Lodge Store Manager, please do not 
report to work on-site until further notice.

MARSH! VOLUNTEERS - The Wednesday, Oct. 2 MARSH! work day will go on at Seneca 
Meadows, and will be hosted by the DEC.  The Saturday, Oct. 5 MARSH! work day 
is cancelled.

PHOTOGRAPHERS - All areas of the refuge are closed; you may not operate under 
your special use permit until further notice.

WATERFOWL HUNTERS - Unless we are back in business on Thursday, Oct. 3, we will 
NOT be taking reservations for the YOUTH HUNT, and if we are still closed Oct. 
12, we will not have a youth hunt.  If we are not back in business by Oct. 17, 
we will not be taking reservations for OPENING DAY.  Upon my return to work 
once we re-open, I will let you know how we will handle reservations and the 
hunts.

DEER HUNTERS - Archery on the refuge opens Nov. 1.  Let's hope we're re-opened 
by then!!!  Stay tuned.

DEER HUNT CONSULT MEETING PARTICIPANTS - If we are not re-opened by October 15, 
our 6:00 PM meeting will be postponed.  I will let you know how we will handle 
this upon my return to the office once we re-open.

SCHOOL GROUPS - Your scheduled field trips to Montezuma will be cancelled if we 
are not open by your scheduled date.  Consider visiting the Montezuma Audubon 
Center or Seneca Meadows Environmental Education Center as a Plan B.

If you attempt to go on our website, it will be redirected to a general 
shutdown message.  Our emails and voicemail will give you the same message.  No 
one will answer the check station phone and there will be no message because 
the phone line is not working properly.

Wish us luck, etc.!
Andrea

Andrea VanBeusichem
Visitor Services Manager
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
3395 U.S. Route 20 East
Seneca Falls, New York 13148
315/568-5987, extension 228

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[cayugabirds-l] Ravens on east hill

2013-06-09 Thread Liisa S. Mobley
Hi everyone,
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 happens is that I'll see and hear 
the raven, then it will disappear behind the trees.  A minute later, I'll see 
the raven being escorted back to the woods by a couple of crows ;).  This 
morning the raven seemed to escape the attention of the crows, even though it 
was making a fair bit of noise.
I don't remember seeing ravens from my yard before this year, so it is a nice 
treat.
-Liisa

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 Subject: Ravens continue
 From: Meena Madhav Haribal m...@cornell.edu
 Date: Sat, 8 Jun 2013 21:39:41 +
 X-Message-Number: 6
 
 Ravens seem to continue in the yard and neighboring area.  A neighboring 
 squirrel died in a car accident and the ravens are waiting for the meal. 
 Because the squirrel was in the middle of the road, I moved it into my 
 neighbors yard, (no one lives there it is some cult group property).  I 
 waited for ravens to return to take some video. But they saw me and refused 
 to be there anywhere near. I hid behind trees, when American Crows discovered 
 the squirrel. I did not want the squirrel to be their dinner (sorry Anne) so 
 moved out of the tree Am. Crows vanished. Before they did so I got a nice 
 recording of American Crows squabbling as there were no cars for a few 
 seconds. Almost around that time the raven family circled and one parent flew 
 right over my head belching out a loud craww that I could record and luckily 
 no cars at that time.
 
 Right now the ravens flew over to Strawberry circle and that is somewhere 
 they seem have nested in Northeast direction.
 
 It was great to watch them!
 
 
 
 Cheers
 
 Meena
 
 
 
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 Ithaca NY 14850
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