Re: [cayugabirds-l] egrets

2021-08-27 Thread Linda Orkin
That is an interesting spot. I wonder what effect abundant rain and water flow 
might have had on this spot that perhaps made it more attractive and lured them 
there. 

Linda Orkin’s 

> On Aug 27, 2021, at 12:57 PM, Jay McGowan  wrote:
> 
> 
> Other observers reported three Great Egrets (the much more expected species, 
> black legs with yellow bills) at this location last night. Interesting spot 
> for them, so cool observation.
> 
> Jay
> 
>> On Fri, Aug 27, 2021 at 12:49 PM Norm Trigoboff  wrote:
>> Three snowy egrets fishing and enjoying the spray at the base of Ithaca 
>> Falls.  (They had black legs at any rate. If they're another kind of egret, 
>> please tell me off list.)
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] bald bluejays

2021-08-18 Thread Linda Orkin
Astrid yes. A cooomon observation at this time of year. 

https://feederwatch.org/learn/unusual-birds/bald-headed-birds/

Linda Orkin
Ithaca NY

> On Aug 18, 2021, at 11:34 AM, Astrid Jirka  wrote:
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> Hi folks,
> 
> I have at least 2, if not 3, blue jays coming to my feeder in the last 3 days 
> who have no feathers on their heads. Any ideas as to what's going on?
> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cedar waxwings fly catching?

2021-08-13 Thread Linda Orkin
I have seen Cedar Waxwings do this quite a few times also. At beebe lake and 
flat rock. I was also surprised the first time. Very cool to  feel like you 
discover this yourself by keen observation. I also saw them one time in my 
black cherry passing cherries along the branch to each other. Which Donald and 
Lillian Stokes say is just a myth but I saw it with my own eyes. 

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY



> On Aug 13, 2021, at 6:57 PM, Jill Holtzman Leichter  wrote:
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> 
> Yep I saw them doing that at Dryden Lake last year. A lot of young birds too. 
> 
> Get Outlook for iOS
> From: bounce-125832567-87248...@list.cornell.edu 
>  on behalf of Deb Grantham 
> 
> Sent: Friday, August 13, 2021 6:50:07 PM
> To: Regi Teasley ; Sara Jane Hymes 
> Cc: madonna stallmann ; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> 
> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Cedar waxwings fly catching?
>  
> I saw cedar waxwings hunting insects one time years ago over Dryden Lake.
>  
>  
>  
> From: bounce-125832497-83565...@list.cornell.edu 
>  On Behalf Of Regi Teasley
> Sent: Friday, August 13, 2021 6:23 PM
> To: Sara Jane Hymes 
> Cc: madonna stallmann ; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
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> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cedar waxwings fly catching?
>  
> Sure. Why not if it’s easy pickins?   I have read of this behavior.
> Regi
> 
> 
> “If we surrendered to the earth’s intelligence, we could rise up rooted, like 
> trees.” Rainer Maria Rilke
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> 
> On Aug 13, 2021, at 6:04 PM, Sara Jane Hymes  wrote:
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>  Just the other day I saw about a dozen Cedar Waxwings fly catching over the 
> stream, as viewed from East Hill Rec Way, on the bridge which is near the 
> intersection of 366/Dryden Rd.  I believe this is something they do 
> frequently, as it is a good spot to find Waxwings.
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> On Aug 13, 2021, at 5:52 PM, madonna stallmann 
>  wrote:
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> Hello!
> My husband and I were at the bridge over Upper Taughanack Falls at Taughanack 
> State Park today and observed something we've never seen in our thirty years 
> of birding...a flock of cedar waxwings fly catching from the trees alongside 
> the creek out over the top of the falls. 15 - 20 birds repeatedly flying out 
> over the falls & in to the trees presumably catching bugs.
> All my information tells me that cedar waxwings are not so enthusiastic about 
> insects. I would like to know if anyone else has observed this and what 
> information you have about cedar waxwings fly catching.
> Thank you!
> Madonna Stallmann
> Newfield, NY
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Injured Great Blue Heron

2021-08-10 Thread Linda Orkin
People are working on relocating this bird but meanwhile Christine Bogdanowicz 
had the following app recommended to her. Might be good to have this on your 
phone 

>  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/animalhelpnow/id511153457

And keep your eyes out. 

Linda



> On Aug 10, 2021, at 12:40 PM, Christine C. Bogdanowicz  
> wrote:
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>  Thank you Linda!
> I’m hoping to hear from Krissy that she’s found the bird again — stay tuned.
> 
> p.s. Morgan Hapeman suggested I use the “Animal Help Now" app to find help, 
> and I did! https://apps.apple.com/us/app/animalhelpnow/id511153457. We have 
> an Ithaca-based rehabber on call right now. Perhaps it would be helpful to 
> post this information on the listserv? There’s also a website for those w/o a 
> smartphone: https://ahnow.org/
> 
> All the best,
> Christine 
> 
> 
>>> On Aug 10, 2021, at 10:15 AM, Linda Orkin  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Good luck everyone and to you too Heron. 
>>> 
>>> Linda
>>> 
>>> On Aug 10, 2021, at 8:55 AM, Christine C. Bogdanowicz  
>>> wrote:
>>> 
>>>  OK, thanks Krissy!
>>> 
>>> Christine Bogdanowicz
>>> Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
>>> Cornell Wildlife Health Center
>>> Cornell University
>>> 607.379.3341
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>>> 
>>>> On Aug 10, 2021, at 8:52 AM, Kristine Boys  wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> I will have time to look around Flat Rock at noon today.
>>>> 
>>>> Get Outlook for iOS
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> From: Christine C. Bogdanowicz 
>>>> Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 8:51:24 AM
>>>> To: Linda Orkin 
>>>> Cc: Kristine Boys ; Suzanne A. Horning 
>>>> ; Morgan Hapeman 
>>>> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Injured Great Blue Heron
>>>>  
>>>> Dear Linda,
>>>> Thank you for sending this message along. My friend Krissy Boys (Cornell 
>>>> Botanic Gardens staff) told me about this bird yesterday afternoon and I 
>>>> hadn’t though to post on the list serve!
>>>> 
>>>> Krissy contacted the Cornell Wildlife Clinic and I contacted some rehabber 
>>>> friends as well, but nobody with experience catching a GBH was available 
>>>> to help. Morgan Hapeman from the Finger Lakes Raptor Center in Lodi 
>>>> suggested we contact the local branch of the DEC, so I’m hoping do that 
>>>> this morning.
>>>> 
>>>> Thanks again—hoping we can help this bird.
>>>> 
>>>> Take care,
>>>> Christine
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Christine Bogdanowicz
>>>> Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
>>>> Cornell Wildlife Health Center
>>>> Cornell University
>>>> 607.379.3341
>>>> c...@cornell.edu
>>>> 
>>>>> On Aug 10, 2021, at 8:31 AM, Linda Orkin  wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> Hello all,
>>>>> 
>>>>> This morning along Forest Home Drive near Flat Rock a young Great Blue 
>>>>> Heron with an apparent wing injury was seen. Attempts to approach only 
>>>>> resulted in him disappearing into the woods. This is just a heads up that 
>>>>> if anyone is in that area today keep an eye out. And I don’t have any 
>>>>> idea how this bird could be caught and restrained and rescued but I’m 
>>>>> sure there are people out there with experience. Sad time of year for 
>>>>> young naive beings. 
>>>>> 
>>>>> Linda Orkin
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[cayugabirds-l] Injured Great Blue Heron

2021-08-10 Thread Linda Orkin
Hello all,

This morning along Forest Home Drive near Flat Rock a young Great Blue Heron 
with an apparent wing injury was seen. Attempts to approach only resulted in 
him disappearing into the woods. This is just a heads up that if anyone is in 
that area today keep an eye out. And I don’t have any idea how this bird could 
be caught and restrained and rescued but I’m sure there are people out there 
with experience. Sad time of year for young naive beings. 

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY
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Re: More on Merlin Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin results/Turkey Vulture

2021-07-09 Thread Linda Orkin
Very good point Dave.  I was thinking the same. I am slightly competent with 
bird vocalizing id but if I uploaded a recording I would not be comfortable 
saying what it was unless I saw it, especially with these confusing and 
overlapping ones. Two years ago there was a particular junco singing in the 
woods above flat rock. It was the driest insect like trill you could ever 
imagine. I tried 5 different times before I found him and could be sure he 
wasn’t some rare other guy. 

Thanks Sandy too. I seemed to remember from previous years that pine warbler 
would continue singing deep into the season

Linda Orkin 



> On Jul 9, 2021, at 3:28 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:
> 
> Hi all, 
> I think the Library of Natural Sound used to ask, when archiving audio, 
> whether the bird was seen to make the call. Now, when people include audio 
> with eBird submissions, that question is not asked, and sometimes people are 
> clearly guessing, even against the advice of apps intended to help them ID 
> the calls. I recently checked Macaulay trying to learn more about 
> Black-billed Cuckoo calls. Because at many places and times the species is 
> not rare, I think the recordings go directly from eBird to Macaulay without 
> any review. Before I found any audio recordings which were verified by sight, 
> I found 2 examples of people labeling Chipmunk calls as cuckoos and 1 
> Yellow-billed labeled as Black-billed. My confidence in Macaulay as a source 
> of information was shaken.
> 
> Recently an enthusiastic young collector of rare bird reports claimed on the 
> basis of hearing alone that there were 2 Worm-eating Warblers singing at a 
> new location in Tompkins County, a county where the species is always rare 
> yet is regularly found in one location where it’s a lot of trouble to climb a 
> steep slope. Maybe that person is competent to make that judgement. Maybe 
> there are plenty of birders who can. I know I can’t, and clearly Merlin 
> can’t. I sure would appreciate people noting in their eBird reports whether 
> their audio contributions are of birds they also identified by sight while 
> the bird was recorded making the noise, or whether the bird was not seen. 
> 
> - - Dave Nutter
> 
>> On Jul 9, 2021, at 2:11 PM, Linda Orkin  wrote:
>> 
>> Thanks Jay and Alicia. I didn’t see first reply though I was looking for it. 
>> Appreciate it. 
>> I am going to try the uploading to eBird. I didn’t know you could do that 
>> It’s interesting looking at the spectrogram and comparing between the 
>> trillers too. Although obviously not foolproof it can help you hear the 
>> notes in a slightly different  way. 
>> 
>> Linda 
>>> On Jul 9, 2021, at 1:42 PM, Alicia  wrote:
>>> 
>>>  Hi Linda,
>>> 
>>> Jay replied a couple days ago - forwarded  below.
>>> 
>>> Best -
>>> 
>>> Alicia
>>> 
>>> 
>>>  Forwarded Message 
>>> Subject:Re: [cayugabirds-l] Possible Worm-eating Warblers in Lansing NY
>>> Date:   Wed, 7 Jul 2021 12:02:10 -0400
>>> From:   Jay McGowan 
>>> Reply-To:   Jay McGowan 
>>> To: Linda Orkin 
>>> CC: Barbara Bauer Sadovnic , KitKat PonyBird 
>>> , Cayugabirds-L 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Hi Linda,
>>> Yes, clicking that will give us a record of it, but it won't be a lot to go 
>>> on otherwise. One thing that will help long-term would be to make a 
>>> recording of the bird, then upload it to an eBird checklist (doing some 
>>> light editing following our best practices whenever possible). This won't 
>>> have any immediate effect on the model of course, but longer term it will 
>>> provide us with more diverse examples to train on.
>>> 
>>> Jay
>>> 
>>> On Wed, Jul 7, 2021 at 11:34 AM Linda Orkin  wrote:
>>>> Jay I wonder if you can say what we should do if we know song ID is 
>>>> incorrect. I got worm eating warbler for chipping sparrow down by vas’s 
>>>> park rink today and I clicked no match. Is that the best way to tri and 
>>>> alert Merlin to an incorrect choice?
>>>> 
>>>> Linda Orkin
>>>> 
>>>>> On Jul 6, 2021, at 10:32 AM, Jay McGowan  wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> This is a good reminder that the new Sound ID function in Merlin is a 
>>>>> great way to cue into new sounds and learn to ID birds, but should never 
>>>>> be taken as the final word on an identification. In this case, trilling 
>>>>> species like Worm-eating Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, and 
>>

Re: More on Merlin Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin results/Turkey Vulture

2021-07-09 Thread Linda Orkin
Thanks Jay and Alicia. I didn’t see first reply though I was looking for it. 
Appreciate it. 
I am going to try the uploading to eBird. I didn’t know you could do that 
It’s interesting looking at the spectrogram and comparing between the trillers 
too. Although obviously not foolproof it can help you hear the notes in a 
slightly different  way. 

Linda 
> On Jul 9, 2021, at 1:42 PM, Alicia  wrote:
> 
>  Hi Linda,
> 
> Jay replied a couple days ago - forwarded  below.
> 
> Best -
> 
> Alicia
> 
> 
>  Forwarded Message 
> Subject:  Re: [cayugabirds-l] Possible Worm-eating Warblers in Lansing NY
> Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2021 12:02:10 -0400
> From: Jay McGowan 
> Reply-To: Jay McGowan 
> To:   Linda Orkin 
> CC:   Barbara Bauer Sadovnic , KitKat PonyBird 
> , Cayugabirds-L 
> 
> 
> Hi Linda,
> Yes, clicking that will give us a record of it, but it won't be a lot to go 
> on otherwise. One thing that will help long-term would be to make a recording 
> of the bird, then upload it to an eBird checklist (doing some light editing 
> following our best practices whenever possible). This won't have any 
> immediate effect on the model of course, but longer term it will provide us 
> with more diverse examples to train on.
> 
> Jay
> 
> On Wed, Jul 7, 2021 at 11:34 AM Linda Orkin  wrote:
>> Jay I wonder if you can say what we should do if we know song ID is 
>> incorrect. I got worm eating warbler for chipping sparrow down by vas’s park 
>> rink today and I clicked no match. Is that the best way to tri and alert 
>> Merlin to an incorrect choice?
>> 
>> Linda Orkin
>> 
>>> On Jul 6, 2021, at 10:32 AM, Jay McGowan  wrote:
>>> 
>>> 
>>> This is a good reminder that the new Sound ID function in Merlin is a great 
>>> way to cue into new sounds and learn to ID birds, but should never be taken 
>>> as the final word on an identification. In this case, trilling species like 
>>> Worm-eating Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, and even Pine 
>>> Warbler can be challenging for even experienced birders to identify with 
>>> confidence, and the sound ID model has trouble being sure as well. Juncos 
>>> in particular pose a challenge, with their extreme variation between 
>>> individuals. So certainly, if you're in the right habitat, look a little 
>>> harder for a bird flagged as a possible Worm-eating, but in the cases you 
>>> describe, these were almost certainly Chipping Sparrows.
>>> 
>>> P.S. I'd be happy to take a listen to a recording if you want to send it 
>>> privately.
>>> 
>>> Jay
>>> 
>>> On Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 6:38 PM Barbara Bauer Sadovnic  
>>> wrote:
>>>> The same thing happened to me today, also while eating breakfast on my 
>>>> porch, in Enfield!  I also tried BirdNET, and got the same result, 
>>>> although that might have been a “wild guess.” When I went looking for it I 
>>>> thought I saw a chipping sparrow, but couldn’t get a good look.
>>>> 
>>>> Later in the day the bird (I think the same bird) was closer, and was 
>>>> identified as a chipping sparrow. But I couldn’t find it.
>>>> 
>>>> Just now I heard it again, and again Merlin thought “worm-eating warbler.” 
>>>>  When I got closer Merlin changed his mind to chipping sparrow, and when I 
>>>> finally got a good look, I did see chipping sparrow, singing.
>>>> 
>>>> I am really enjoying the new Merlin.
>>>> 
>>>>> On Jul 4, 2021, at 1:15 PM, KitKat PonyBird  
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> While enjoying breakfast on my back porch today, I heard an unfamiliar 
>>>>> bird.  The new Sound ID on the Merlin app came up with Worm-eating 
>>>>> Warbler.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Merlin says this bird is rare for this area.  I heard at least three of 
>>>>> the same song from different locations at nearly the same time.  Still 
>>>>> hearing them around.
>>>>> 
>>>>> I did a couple of recordings, but don't know (yet) how to share them.  
>>>>> It's definitely different from the chipping sparrows I usually hear.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Wish I'd been able to get a visual.
>>>>> 
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More on Merlin Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin results/Turkey Vulture

2021-07-09 Thread Linda Orkin
The worm eating warbler is a interesting weak link. For all the trillers I 
capture it has said worm eating except for one time ChIpping Sparrow corrector 
id’d and one time pine warbler which I thought was likely wrong although it 
could have been right as it was at the top of the hill in the arboretum where 
there are pine warblers. It would just seem late in the season to me but that’s 
just me guessing on timing. 
I asked but no one answered so maybe no one knows but if you know Merlin choice 
is inaccurate are you supposed to click “no match”? 

It’s very fun to use Merlin especially to confirm your own vocal id. One thing 
I’m really liking is the number of other vocalizations like chips and flight 
calls that are also available
 
Linda Orkin 

> On Jul 9, 2021, at 10:20 AM, Peter Saracino  wrote:
> 
> 
> I played the song of a junco from IBird pro on one electronic device and 
> listened using Birdnet with another electronic device. The devices were side 
> by side.
> Birdnet said it was a worm eating warbler. I did so after having been fooled 
> by juncos at Lindsay Parsons a number of times.
> After birdnet failed I didn't feel so badly...
> Pete Sar
> 
> 
>> On Fri, Jul 9, 2021, 10:07 AM Donna Lee Scott  wrote:
>>  I have been “testing” the Merlin bird sound ID here on Lans. station Rd. 
>> with birds I know ( or think I know).
>> This morning it correctly ID’d an atypical, more squeaky call of E. Phoebe. 
>> Later, it quickly ID’d a singing Brown Thrasher & a couple minutes later, 
>> the mimic serenade of a Gray Catbird about 70 feet away from the tree 
>> Thrasher was in. 
>> I notice that when a few different birds are calling or singing, Merlin 
>> posts all of them in a list of birds ID’d. 
>> & in a yard first, I now have a Turkey Vulture perched atop one of my bird 
>> feeder posts! It’s wings are spread out in the sun. 
>> 
>> Donna Scott
>> Lansing
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Possible Worm-eating Warblers in Lansing NY

2021-07-07 Thread Linda Orkin
Jay I wonder if you can say what we should do if we know song ID is incorrect. 
I got worm eating warbler for chipping sparrow down by vas’s park rink today 
and I clicked no match. Is that the best way to tri and alert Merlin to an 
incorrect choice?

Linda Orkin

> On Jul 6, 2021, at 10:32 AM, Jay McGowan  wrote:
> 
> 
> This is a good reminder that the new Sound ID function in Merlin is a great 
> way to cue into new sounds and learn to ID birds, but should never be taken 
> as the final word on an identification. In this case, trilling species like 
> Worm-eating Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, and even Pine Warbler 
> can be challenging for even experienced birders to identify with confidence, 
> and the sound ID model has trouble being sure as well. Juncos in particular 
> pose a challenge, with their extreme variation between individuals. So 
> certainly, if you're in the right habitat, look a little harder for a bird 
> flagged as a possible Worm-eating, but in the cases you describe, these were 
> almost certainly Chipping Sparrows.
> 
> P.S. I'd be happy to take a listen to a recording if you want to send it 
> privately.
> 
> Jay
> 
>> On Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 6:38 PM Barbara Bauer Sadovnic  
>> wrote:
>> The same thing happened to me today, also while eating breakfast on my 
>> porch, in Enfield!  I also tried BirdNET, and got the same result, although 
>> that might have been a “wild guess.” When I went looking for it I thought I 
>> saw a chipping sparrow, but couldn’t get a good look.
>> 
>> Later in the day the bird (I think the same bird) was closer, and was 
>> identified as a chipping sparrow. But I couldn’t find it.
>> 
>> Just now I heard it again, and again Merlin thought “worm-eating warbler.”  
>> When I got closer Merlin changed his mind to chipping sparrow, and when I 
>> finally got a good look, I did see chipping sparrow, singing.
>> 
>> I am really enjoying the new Merlin.
>> 
>>>> On Jul 4, 2021, at 1:15 PM, KitKat PonyBird  
>>>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>> 
>>> While enjoying breakfast on my back porch today, I heard an unfamiliar 
>>> bird.  The new Sound ID on the Merlin app came up with Worm-eating Warbler.
>>> 
>>> Merlin says this bird is rare for this area.  I heard at least three of the 
>>> same song from different locations at nearly the same time.  Still hearing 
>>> them around.
>>> 
>>> I did a couple of recordings, but don't know (yet) how to share them.  It's 
>>> definitely different from the chipping sparrows I usually hear.
>>> 
>>> Wish I'd been able to get a visual.
>>> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee learning

2021-07-05 Thread Linda Orkin
I would guess that that is two adults Pete. We had a family nesting in a nest 
box hanging from our birdfeeder tree a couple of years ago. The parents were 
frantically gathering beakfuls of insects and zooming into the box then 
stopping for a quick sunflower seed on their way back to hunt for the kids’ 
meal. They didn’t want to take the more nutritious food for themselves was my 
interpretation

Linda

> On Jul 5, 2021, at 12:42 PM, Peter Saracino  wrote:
> 
> 
> Very cool.
> I have a brood of chickadees who will be fledging soon. An adult has been 
> feverishly bringing caterpillars for days. They decided to nest in a old 
> decorative log on my porch that has a woodpecker hole in it.
> They are wonderful company.
> Pete Sar
> 
> 
>> On Mon, Jul 5, 2021, 12:38 PM Linda Orkin  wrote:
>> I’m sitting on my front porch on Muriel street listening to a young 
>> chickadee practicing and mimicking adult parent’s song. His song has a more 
>> slurry less crisp whistle to it and he’s mostly just doing the first note of 
>> “hey sweetie”. The adult is up on a higher branch and singing his complete 
>> hey sweetie clear whistled song around every fifth time the young one tries. 
>> And then the  the young one  holds the whistled   tone more clearly and is 
>> more likely to be able to complete the phrase. He also tries to accompany 
>> simultaneously. Very neat. 
>> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Chickadee learning

2021-07-05 Thread Linda Orkin
I’m sitting on my front porch on Muriel street listening to a young chickadee 
practicing and mimicking adult parent’s song. His song has a more slurry less 
crisp whistle to it and he’s mostly just doing the first note of “hey sweetie”. 
The adult is up on a higher branch and singing his complete hey sweetie clear 
whistled song around every fifth time the young one tries. And then the  the 
young one  holds the whistled   tone more clearly and is more likely to be able 
to complete the phrase. He also tries to accompany simultaneously. Very neat. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chimney Swifts

2021-06-27 Thread Linda Orkin
As Jody said would be hard to tell at this point. They were in smaller groups 
kind of merging and parting. Perhaps an opportune feeding moment. Definitely 
notable to me due to good numbers. 

Linda

> On Jun 27, 2021, at 1:57 PM, Joshua Snodgrass  wrote:
> 
> 
> I ran a USGS BBS route last week that goes through Ithaca on Green St. with 
> the library as one of the stops. I only had 5 or so Chimney Swifts at that 
> time. I wonder if several groups have merged (there were other small groups 
> of swifts at nearby stops), or maybe there are some recently fledged young in 
> the group you saw. I'm not sure how one would be able to differentiate the 
> young though. I love those Swifts with their enthusiastic chattering.
> -Josh
> 
>> On Sun, Jun 27, 2021, 1:04 PM Linda Orkin  wrote:
>> There are approximately 10 Swifts foraging and twittering over the Tompkins 
>> County library. They so gladden me. I hope they’re finding enough to eat. 
>> 
>> Linda Orkin
>> Ithaca, NY
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Follow-up communication to Cornell re mowing of hay at peak nesting time

2021-06-27 Thread Linda Orkin
Just wonderful Jody, and everyone who contributed and moved this discussion 
forward so meaningfully and substantially. 

Cannot wait to hear a positive reply. 

Linda Orkin

> On Jun 27, 2021, at 2:56 PM, Poppy Singer  
> wrote:
> 
> 
> Superb letter!
> 
>> On Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 2:42 PM Jody Enck  wrote:
>> Hello birders,
>> 
>> After receiving lots of input, ideas, and resources from many of you, I put
>> together the letter below and sent it to the President and one of the Vice
>> Presidents at Cornell (as noted in the letter).  Thanks to all who have
>> expressed their concern and who provided important input to this very first
>> step in developing a solution.  Special shout out of thanks to Nancy
>> Cusumano for her initial contact with the President, and to Suan Yong, Josh
>> Snodgrass, and Ken Rosenberg for comments on an earlier draft of the
>> letter.
>> 
>> Martha E. Pollack
>> 
>> President, Cornell University
>>  
>>26 June 2021
>>  
>> Dear President Pollack,
>>  
>> I am writing as Chair of the Conservation Action Committee of 
>> the Cayuga Bird Club to communicate and amplify public dismay about recent, 
>> poorly-timed mowing for forage hay crops on Cornell lands during the peak 
>> nesting period for grassland bird species listed as being of special 
>> conservation concern by the New York State Department of Environmental 
>> Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  I have been contacted 
>> by many local birders, including farmers and members of the Cornell 
>> University community who are saddened and angry about the situation.  Recent 
>> research lead by Cornell scientists and published in the journal Science 
>> (see Rosenberg, K. V., et al. 2019. Decline of the North American avifauna. 
>> Science 365(6461)) found that nearly 3 billion birds have been lost from the 
>> U.S. and Canada just since 1970.  Populations of grassland bird species like 
>> Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Grasshopper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, and 
>> others have declined the most, down 53% in aggregate, accounting for more 
>> than 720 million grassland birds.  Poorly timed mowing of hay crops, 
>> especially throughout the Northeast, is a major contributing factor in the 
>> decline in grassland bird populations. 
>>  
>> Rather than contributing to the problem, Cornell can help remedy 
>> population declines of grassland bird species by developing a plan for 
>> sustainable management of the substantial acreage of hayfields and other 
>> non-woody habitats under the University’s control.  The Cayuga Bird Club 
>> stands ready to collaborate with Cornell in developing a plan.  We already 
>> have accumulated relevant documents about research and practices aimed at 
>> timing of mowing and other management actions that would be of great use in 
>> developing a Cornell sustainable grassland management plan.  For example, 
>> mowing earlier in the season before establishment of nests and when growing 
>> hay is of high forage quality can have nearly as much conservation benefit 
>> as delaying mowing to a time when quality of the hay forage is lower.  We 
>> also have established contacts with federal and state natural resource 
>> agencies who are knowledgeable of possible financial reimbursement 
>> opportunities for which the University may qualify. 
>>  
>> Cornell University has an opportunity to be a leader among all 
>> Land Grant Universities by developing a model grassland management plan that 
>> could be adopted by other institutions throughout the Northeast and beyond.  
>> Such a management plan also could be consistent with Cornell’s 
>> sustainability initiatives.  While the current initiatives are laudable, the 
>> focus on renewable energy, transportation and built environments, and even 
>> economic sustainability miss an important need.  All of these actions are 
>> means to achieving the fundamental end of a full and functioning ecosystem 
>> of which we humans are a part and are on which we are dependent for our 
>> survival.   
>>  
>> The modern concept of “sustainability” emerged fairly recently 
>> in the famous 1987 Brundtland report, “Our Common Future”, prepared for the 
>> U.N.  In that report, sustainability was described in terms of conserving 
>> the ecosystems and natural capital which are necessary for the basic needs 
>> and well-being of humans.  The fundame

[cayugabirds-l] Chimney Swifts

2021-06-27 Thread Linda Orkin
There are approximately 10 Swifts foraging and twittering over the Tompkins 
County library. They so gladden me. I hope they’re finding enough to eat. 

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-15 Thread Linda Orkin
After a couple year hiatus in which the Freese Road fields across from the 
gardens have been mowed late in the season allowing at least Bobolinks to be 
done with their nesting and for grassland birds to be lured into a false 
feeling of security so they have returned and I’ve counted three singing 
meadowlarks for the first time in years,  Cornell has returned to early mowing 
there as of today. And so the mayhem ensues. How many more multitudes of birds 
will die before we believe our own eyes and ears. Mow the grass while it’s 
still nutritious but are we paying attention to who is being fed. Grass taken 
from the land to pass through animals and in that inefficient process turning 
to food for humans. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] YB Cuckoo

2021-06-09 Thread Linda Orkin


> On Jun 9, 2021, at 11:49 AM, Jgaffne2  wrote:
> 
> We have had YB cuckoos, I think at least two based on hearing them from 
> different directions closely together, at our home on Turkey hill
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>>> On Jun 9, 2021, at 11:23 AM, Deb Grantham  wrote:
>>> 
>> 
>> I’ve been hearing a yellow-billed off and on all spring, up here on 
>> Sheffield Road.
>>  
>> Deb
>>  
>>  
>> From: bounce-125699133-83565...@list.cornell.edu 
>>  On Behalf Of Nancy Cusumano
>> Sent: Wednesday, June 9, 2021 10:36 AM
>> To: Donna Lee Scott 
>> Cc: Suan Hsi Yong ; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>> 
>> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] YB Cuckoo
>>  
>> Interesting!  I heard a cuckoo early this morning, distantly and though 
>> Black billed. But now that you say that, it was just the single call. So now 
>> we have also had both in the area, after having neither for several years. I 
>> wonder if it is the gypsy moth caterpillars that are bringing them into the  
>> area?
>>  
>> Thanks!
>>  
>> Nancy
>>  
>> On Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 10:23 AM Donna Lee Scott  wrote:
>> Earlier in season I had BB Cuckoo here on Lans. Station Rd. 
>> Lately, I have heard only YB Cuckoo. 
>> 
>> Donna Scott
>> Lansing
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>> On Jun 9, 2021, at 10:17 AM, Suan Hsi Yong  wrote:
>> 
>> Just heard the repeated single calls of a yellow-billed cuckoo outside
>> my home / office. Coupled with the BBCU from last month, that's both
>> cuckoos as new yard birds for me this season! Again, once I got
>> outside it stopped calling and could not be found.
>> 
>> Is it just me, or have the black-billed cuckoos, who seemed to be
>> singing everywhere earlier in the season, been replaced by
>> yellow-billed cuckoos lately? We had looks and calls from
>> yellow-billed cuckoos on our Connecticut Hill field trip last Sunday.
>> I also heard then saw one that afternoon at Lindsay-Parsons
>> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Info and action on proposed fast track approval for siting of wind farm in NYS

2021-06-07 Thread Linda Orkin
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] because there have been a few questions

2021-03-30 Thread Linda Orkin
That’s a great read and reminds me again how very lucky we are here in Ithaca 
to be able to feel comfortable rescuing animals in trouble.  I have brought 
many suffering beings to them.  This whole philosophy of treating wild 
creatures as individuals is a recent concept in the history of animal 
compassion. I am glad to see it in action here.  A good place to donate to. 

Thanks Deb 

Linda Orkin
Ithaca NY

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> A local resource: Caring for wildlife in Cornell’s own backyard | Alumni, 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question about "blackbirds."

2021-03-13 Thread Linda Orkin
Liz that’s   a great question that I’ve wondered about myself. Hope 
answers/guesses get posted here. Starlings aren’t even related. 

Linda Orkin 
Ithaca 



> On Mar 13, 2021, at 11:58 AM, Liz Brown  wrote:
> 
> 
> Here's something I wonder about every spring, when the big mixed flocks of 
> grackles, blackbirds, cowbirds, and starlings show up:
> 
> Why do all our black passerines (with the exception of crows and ravens) hang 
> out together? There aren't any small black birds who DON'T join these big 
> flocks, are there? 
> Or, to flip the question around - why are these birds all black?
> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Fish Crows

2021-03-09 Thread Linda Orkin
I heard and saw my first Fish Crows this morning at blue grass lane. I don’t 
know enough about them to surmise where they’ve been or if they’ve been here 
and quiet since the summer. Regardless it was another very welcome voice added 
to the morning mix. 

Linda Orkin Ithaca NY


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cedar Waxwings

2021-01-23 Thread Linda Orkin
Carol what were yours eating? 

Linda Orkin. 

> On Jan 23, 2021, at 11:02 AM, Carol Cedarholm  wrote:
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> 
> What are they eating?
> 
>> On Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 10:55 AM Robin Cisne  wrote:
>> Several times this winter I've seen a flock at the south end of Lackawanna 
>> Road in Brooktondale.
>> 
>>
>> 
>> 
>>> On Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 10:45 AM Carol Cedarholm  wrote:
>>> Just saw a flock of 20 Cedar Waxwings in my backyard in downtown Ithaca. 
>>> Has anyone else been seeing them? 
>>> Carol Cedarholm
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[cayugabirds-l] YB Sapsuckers

2021-01-09 Thread Linda Orkin
Just had two YB Sapsuckers on cherry tree trunk  at the side of our house on 
Muriel Street. I’ve heard them around a few times but seeing them like that 
made me wonder if bright sun today could be making sap run at all. Anyone?  

Linda Orkin
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ned Brinkley

2020-11-23 Thread Linda Orkin
Rick I do not see any news here. Ned was such a force for all of us getting 
into birding in the early nineties. He was so generous with his knowledge, his 
tone and his absolutely boundless love for birds and nature, getting together 
with all of us newbies at the drop of a hat. Taking us far and wide and when 
something like weather interfered-with owling He would  switch gears 
immediately and take us to Blue Grass Lane to look for migrating salamanders 
that would be brought out by the rain. 

Is there a link or something for what you are referencing? 

Linda Orkin

> On Nov 23, 2020, at 9:01 AM, Rick Bonney  wrote:
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> 
> So sorry to hear this news. 
> 
> One of my favorite Ned stories: We invited him to give a Monday Night Seminar 
> back in the old Lab building (and thus the old Fuertes Room).
> 
> After introducing him, he said "I'm so honored to give a talk here in this 
> room, the Sistine Chapel of Ornithology."
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[cayugabirds-l] Ruby-crowned Kinglets

2020-10-23 Thread Linda Orkin
I’m on my porch watching two Ruby-crowned Kinglets foraging in dogwood shrubs 
plucking stuff from the leaves. So flitty and busy. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] GH Owl Singing

2020-10-06 Thread Linda Orkin
 Deep songs of owls' nuptials float far on gentle night currents
Songbirds shiver on shadow shrouded boughs in dread of lurking silence

Linda

On Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 12:29 AM Kenneth V. Rosenberg 
wrote:

> Linda, I've been hearing them too -- sounded like one was in my backyard
> or towards your yard, but if you hear it towards the school, those loud
> voiced carry far!
>
> KEN
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> On 10/5/20, 9:39 PM, "bounce-125008573-3493...@list.cornell.edu on
> behalf of Linda Orkin"  behalf of wingmagi...@gmail.com> wrote:
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> We’ve been hearing one and two Great-horned owls from Muriel street
> sounding like they’re over towards northeast elementary. Heard them at
> least 4 times in the last two weeks. Sounding like a male and female. Two
> times around 9 PM and two times in the early hours of morning around 3.
> Very neat.  Although I doubt the Crows agree that it’s neat.
>
> Linda Orkin
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> > On Oct 5, 2020, at 8:13 PM, Suan Hsi Yong 
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> > repeating the classic sequence of hoots starting around 7pm from the
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] GH Owl Singing

2020-10-05 Thread Linda Orkin
We’ve been hearing one and two Great-horned owls from Muriel street sounding 
like they’re over towards northeast elementary. Heard them at least 4 times in 
the last two weeks. Sounding like a male and female. Two times around 9 PM and 
two times in the early hours of morning around 3. Very neat.  Although I doubt 
the Crows agree that it’s neat. 

Linda Orkin 
Ithaca NY

> On Oct 5, 2020, at 8:13 PM, Suan Hsi Yong  wrote:
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> A Great Horned Owl was singing this evening at Six-Mile Creek,
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> suppose.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

2020-09-18 Thread Linda Orkin
The huge migration in our area last night and this mass mortality event in the 
southwest of what are apparently emaciated birds has started me wondering what 
kind of monitoring is done on condition of migrating birds. How much data is 
collected each fall at banding stations, how widely is that info disseminated? 
How much can we know about the food supply that was available all season on 
breeding territories throughout the summer based on the birds‘ migration 
condition? 
This seems to me to be an extremely early movement of such large numbers of all 
species. I’m know  the assumption that migration is triggered by ideal weather 
Is true but ideal weather can occur of course at the end of September to middle 
of October and I am wondering if anyone has the sense that such large movement 
is at also connected to low food supplies which is another major motivator of 
migration. I am going by Chris T-H post of the stream of migrants that he 
detected last night while listening. And of course perhaps I am mistaken that 
this is early. 

Maybe some people like John and Sue can weigh in on fall migration banding, 
bird condition and if there are detectable trends. 

Thank you. I hope this is an ok discussion at this time. 

Linda Orkin
Ithaca NY

> On Sep 18, 2020, at 8:53 AM, Jeff Gerbracht  wrote:
> 
> 
> While this is an interesting discussion, we have certainly veered far off the 
> topic of Cayuga Birds.   It might be time to move this specific thread to a 
> private discussion.  
>Thanks.  
> 
> 
>> On Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 12:26 AM David Nicosia  wrote:
>> 
>> This analogy is not true. The atmosphere doesn't work this way. Greenhouse 
>> gases are not a lid on the atmosphere. They absorb and emit infrared 
>> radiation in all directions some back to the Earth.  This keeps the Earth 
>> 33C warmer than if the Earth was a blackbody radiator, i.e no atmosphere. 
>> The sun gives us about 239 W/m2 of energy if you take geometry into account. 
>> The blackbody radiation temperature associated with this is 255K or -18C or 
>> 0F. By increasing greenhouse gases, the emission layer rises to a higher 
>> altitude which is colder thus there is less emission. The earth must warm up 
>> some to balance the reduced IR emission. A lid just increases the pressure 
>> from steam in a boiling pot. That would make currents up and down a lot 
>> stronger. But it is the increase in pressure that causes this. Greenhouse 
>> gases don't increase atmospheric pressure at all. If you hold all else 
>> equal, a doubling of our CO2 content from pre-industrial times leads to 
>> about 1.2C of warming which is pretty benign and could even be beneficial to 
>> many. The Earth has warmed almost 1C since the late 1800s some of this 
>> before large scale fossil fuel burning. After a temporary cool down between 
>> the 1940s and 70s, the Earth has warmed about .6C since the late 70s. This 
>> in the grand scheme of things is very small considering that 8000 years ago 
>> based on pollen samples the NH was likely 2-4C warmer than present. This 
>> area was covered in a more southern type of forest similar to Virginia. The 
>> spruce and fir zone was higher in our mountains and the tree line was 
>> farther north in Canada.  So I think our birds will be pretty adaptable if 
>> the climate warms as predicted. They adapted before, why not now? Our 
>> species composition would probably change as suggested by some authors. 
>> 
>> The fires in the west, hurricanes and record cold in the Rockies recently is 
>> just weather. Weather can be extreme at times. That has always been the 
>> case. Back in the day we didn't have 24 hour news, media hype and social 
>> media to notice as much. The bottom line, if the Earth continues to warm as 
>> predicted it warms more at the poles vs the tropics. This weakens the jet 
>> stream which would weaken storms. Storms derived their energy from the jet 
>> stream and baroclinic instability. Baroclinic instability is stronger when 
>> there is a stronger temperature contrast between the poles and tropics. If 
>> global warming continues and the Arctic warms at a much faster rate as 
>> predicted, storms will be weaker. Cold outbreaks will be less frequent. Hope 
>> this helps. 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 1:07 PM Dave Nutter  wrote:
>>> Thank you to everyone who has helped address the issues of the NM migrant 
>>> die-off, the surprising weather, and some effects of climate change. Here’s 
>>> a very generalized view and analogy about weather, global warming, and 
>>> climate change which I have found helpful: 
>>> 
>>> Sunlight heats th

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Migratory Bird Teaty Act

2020-06-16 Thread Linda Orkin
Also it’s my understanding the eastern House Finches are expanding westward and 
western Native House Finches expanding eastward and yes, the twain shall meet. 
Again, how would you even determine if you suddenly have a totally native 
western finch as opposed to geographically introduced native finch. 

Linda Orkin. 

The bottom line for me, law or not, is that we should tolerate a And welcome 
this meeting in a world we have made so inimical for wild life survival. That’s 
what I would do, not disturb these birds at all. 

> On Jun 16, 2020, at 11:50 AM, Suan Hsi Yong  wrote:
> 
> 
> Lynn Bergmeyer wrote:
>> I'm all for leaving the nest alone is best. I do have a question though.  I 
>> thought house finches were non native?
> 
> House finches are native to the west, and were introduced to the east where 
> they have established themselves.
> Since they're still a native of North America, they are covered under the 
> MBTA.
> 
> Suan
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] The Bald Eagle: A Conservation Success Story

2020-06-15 Thread Linda Orkin
I agree with Asher. If you cannot tolerate purple finches nesting on your porch 
for a few weeks you need to move the whole basket. I cannot imagine how you 
would fasten the nest securely in the tree otherwise. But be aware that it is 
illegal to mess around with an active nest, meaning one with eggs or babies, 
for good reasons,  so I think the best thing you can do for the Purple Finches 
is to spread a tarp under their nest and enjoy them. 

Linda Orkin 

> On Jun 15, 2020, at 9:06 AM, Asher Hockett  wrote:
> 
> 
> I suggest you move the entire basket.
> 
>> On Mon, Jun 15, 2020, 6:00 AM Rustici, Marc  wrote:
>> Good Morning,
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> I am hoping someone can tell me or direct me to some information, please.
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> We have some purple finches nesting on our front porch in a hanging basket.  
>> I saw they have laid eggs.  My wife wants them gone (I am the softee..) as 
>> they make quite a mess when the young hatch…It was suggested I move the 
>> nest to an very nearby weeping birch (where they perch). 
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Is this a viable option?
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Marc
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> From: bounce-124701128-62610...@list.cornell.edu 
>> [mailto:bounce-124701128-62610...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of 
>> k...@empireaccess.net
>> Sent: Sunday, June 14, 2020 12:36 PM
>> To: lajews...@yahoo.com
>> Cc: Cayugabirds
>> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] The Bald Eagle: A Conservation Success Story
>> 
>>  
>> 
>>  
>> 
>>  
>> Attention: This email came from an external source outside Arnot Health. 
>> Please use caution when opening attachments or clicking links from unknown 
>> senders or unexpected email.
>> .
>>  
>>  
>>  
>> 
>> Wish I could hear this Chris but have eschewed zoom. It's a great story 
>> nationwide. I had the honor of being the first survey and banding crews in 
>> the Chesapeake Bay Region back in the early 70s. These were done by a group 
>> called the Raptor Information Center under the aegis of The National 
>> Wildlife Foundation. We based in the DC/MD area and worked the watershed of 
>> three states. A handful of nests in the whole area and very low reproduction 
>> rate at the beginning. Climbing into an eagle nest was amazing and locked me 
>> into ornithology for life and a new career field. It is so satisfying to see 
>> the tremendous increase in these terrific birds with the less than ferocious 
>> voices!
>> 
>> Best,
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>> On 2020-06-14 12:38, lajews...@yahoo.com wrote:
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>> Tuesday, June 16 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> The Bald Eagle: A Conservation Success Story
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> A symbol of national strength and unity, the Bald Eagle has also become a 
>> parable for nature's unshakable ties to humans. Estimated to have numbered 
>> 100,000 in pre-colonial times, shooting, cutting of forests, and finally 
>> pesticides, took a toll on the bird, bringing it to the brink of extinction 
>> by the early 1960's. Join Montezuma Audubon Center Director Chris Lajewski 
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>> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Writing from a black birder

2020-06-07 Thread Linda Orkin


Thank you for this and for the reminder that just being out there can be so 
dangerous and frightening for black people. 

Linda Orkin
> On Jun 7, 2020, at 9:51 AM, Mary Jane Thomas  wrote:
> 
> Drew Lanham spoke at RIT in September of 2016.  An excellent presentation.
> 
> MJ
> 
> Sent from my iPad
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>> On Jun 7, 2020, at 5:39 AM, Elaina M. McCartney 
>>  wrote:
>> 
>> This piece written in 2016 by birder J. Drew Lanham, Birding While Black, 
>> speaks to the hearts of birders anywhere, anytime, but is particularly 
>> relevant this week.
>> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Listening to birds

2020-06-01 Thread Linda Orkin
Not to forget a wonderful recorder Bob McGuire!!

Linda 

> On Jun 1, 2020, at 9:25 AM, Peter Saracino  wrote:
> 
> 
> Right you are Bob (about our fine and talented local folks)!
> Pete Sar
> 
>> On Mon, Jun 1, 2020, 9:21 AM bob mcguire  wrote:
>> Thanks, Pete, for posting. And note that the sounds come from local folks - 
>> the best in the business! Lang Elliott, Matt Medler, Greg Budney, Will 
>> Hershberger.
>> 
>> Bob McGuire
>>> On Jun 1, 2020, at 9:16 AM, Peter Saracino  wrote:
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Oriole

2020-05-03 Thread Linda Orkin
Heard many Baltimore Orioles around in walks today. And my granddaughter and my 
daughter saw Red-bellied Woodpeckers copulating. They thought that was neat to 
observe. 

Linda Orkin 
Northeast Ithaca. 

> On May 3, 2020, at 2:38 PM, Ken Haas  wrote:
> 
> Like Stephanie, I too found my FOY Baltimore Oriole today. Also FOY 
> Chestnut-sided Warbler. Plus, today is a 6 woodpecker day! That would be 
> Downey, Hairy, YB Sapsucker, Red-bellied, Flicker and Pileated! I tried to 
> list those in order of size. ;)
> 
> Ken Haas
> 
> Mecklenberg
> 
>> On May 3, 2020, at 1:47 PM, shendrickson...@gmail.com wrote:
>> 
>> FOY Baltimore Oriole for me today in our hedgerow.  The brightest of orange 
>> I have ever seen!  Absolutely stunning!
>> 
>> Canoga, NY
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Of Unleashed Dogs and Waterthrushes

2020-04-27 Thread Linda Orkin
This sure stirred up a can of worms. I remember one person once was
mentioning how his dog had flushed out snipe. And another woman at Monkey
run reassuring me her dog who was racing through the woods wouldn’t bother
us he only loved hunting and killing chipmunks. As a dog owner who always
has her dog leashed it would be impossible for me to even keep count of the
number of “perfect “ unleashed dogs have suddenly completely gone off
script and approached my dog with much aggressive posturing. I feel a total
anxiety attack while walking my dog and I have never been afraid of dogs.
It is inconceivable tinned how people can do totally disregard both signs
and the comfort of others. And the impact of their canines on the woodland
creatures off trail.  I am wondering if the unleashed dogs who behave
always stay at their owners sides.

Linda Orkin living near Sapsucker woods. And also witnessing dogs there.

 And having people come very close to my face to retrieve their growling
dogs.

On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 7:47 AM Glenn Wilson  wrote:

> Shepherds are the worst. Pitt Bulls scare me to death. I’ve had way too
> many run-ins with Shepard’s lunging at me gnashing their teeth holding me
> against rivers and lakes. All dogs are great to their owners. Lots of dogs
> are friendly and harmless but I’ve even had a muddy lab (one of the best
> breads) jump on my back and nearly knock me over because I didn’t see it
> coming. Dogs keep me from birding many hotspots. I won’t mention how I
> protect myself.
>
> Glenn Wilson
> Endicott, NY
> www.WilsonsWarbler.com
>
> On Apr 27, 2020, at 7:18 AM, Robin Cisne  wrote:
>
> 
> As the owner of a *well-behaved *dog who prefers to be unleashed and
> leaves other people alone, I'm very sorry this happened to you.
> Inconsiderate jackasses like that ruin it for the rest of us.
>
> Robin
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Sun, Apr 26, 2020 at 8:29 PM Magnus Fiskesjo <
> magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu> wrote:
>
>>
>> Nice poem!
>>
>> One of your dog men at least said sorry. At Hog hole the other day,
>> ignoring all the signs that say dogs-on-leash-only, a man unleashed his
>> oversized filthy dog, and it rushed at and jumped at my wife, who was quite
>> scared, as she tried to defend herself and fend it off. The man did not say
>> one word of apology, evidently could not care less. I wanted to bash his
>> head in, or that of his dog, but did neither. The stupid dogs aren't guilty
>> of course, it's the dogs' masters. There is something profoundly unseemly
>> and deeply intolerant in how these people wield their dog slaves to insult
>> and impose on others, both on other people, and on wildlife.
>>
>> --yrs.
>> Magnus Fiskesjö
>> n...@cornell.edu
>> _
>> From: bounce-124583580-84019...@list.cornell.edu [
>> bounce-124583580-84019...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Suan Hsi Yong [
>> suan.y...@gmail.com]
>> Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2020 7:58 PM
>> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Of Unleashed Dogs and Waterthrushes
>>
>> Despite the drenching rain today, I did my daily jog.
>> Around the trails of six-mile creek I passed two groups with dogs.
>> The first dog came a-leapin' at my thigh, against my wish.
>> The owners said their sorries as they feigned to tend its leash.
>>
>> The second dog, also unleashed, was sniffing as it roamed,
>> an area where a Waterthrush had surveyed for a home.
>> Meanwhile from way up in the tree the Waterthrush did sing,
>> O'er heavy rain and rushing creek the melody did ring.
>> The song seemed more insistent, although I can't be sure,
>> As if announcing to the world, "hey dog, get outta here!"
>> Both dog and man soon left the scene, no harm it seems inflicted.
>> As spring rolls on I hope to see if nesting was affected.
>>
>> Suan
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird-Safe Collars for cats

2020-03-17 Thread Linda Orkin
I wonder what would happen if I bought several and distributed them to my 
neighbors. Thanks Candace. 

Linda Orkin Ithaca, NY

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essence that exists in every living thing, and shines forth with inscrutable 
significance from all eyes that see the sun.” All of us are celebrations of 
infinite mysterious Spirit, deserving of honor and respect.
> "For the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun 
> and the light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into 
> the world to enjoy" Plutarch
> 
> If you permit 
> this evil, what is the good
> of the good of your life?
> 
> -Stanley Kunitz...
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] singing House Finches

2020-02-20 Thread Linda Orkin
Not trying compete but House Finches on Muriel street and downtown Ithaca heard 
singing very sweetly and complete. Also heard what I believe was Purple Finch 
singing around my house the other day. 

Linda Orkin
Ithaca NY

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> and the light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into 
> the world to enjoy" Plutarch
> 
> If you permit 
> this evil, what is the good
> of the good of your life?
> 
> -Stanley Kunitz...
> 


> On Feb 20, 2020, at 3:17 PM, AB Clark  wrote:
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> Not very organized song but trying out the old syringeal muscles after some 
> down time.
> 
> anne
> 
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[cayugabirds-l] There male redwings

2020-02-18 Thread Linda Orkin
There are currently three male Red-winged Blackbirds on the ground under our 
feeders on Muriel Street in Ithaca NY. Nice to see. Welcome back guys. Linda 
Orkin

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[cayugabirds-l] Cancellation of Sapsucker woods beginner bird walk for Saturday.

2020-02-07 Thread Linda Orkin
Please note we are cancelling this 8 AM Saturday February 8 walk due to weather 
and trail conditions. Sunday’s will go on as usual. 

Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Thanks 

Linda Orkin 

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> and the light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into 
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods bird walk Sunday December 1

2019-11-29 Thread Linda Orkin
This walk will be canceled due to impending complicated weather forecast for 
snow, sleet and freezing rain. Stay warm and safe all. 

Thanks much. 

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY

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> and the light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into 
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> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Take action

2019-09-21 Thread Linda Orkin
Hey all,

I hope this can be considered appropriate use of the listserv and many may have 
already read this, but there’s an opportunity to express support for pending 
legislation in this article and I hope we can all do so. 

https://www.audubon.org/news/new-seabird-study-highlights-importance-healthy-forage-fish-populations-warming?emci=00b41d4d-d5db-e911-b5e9-2818784d6d68=08477eda-71dc-e911-b5e9-2818784d6d68=651366=policy-adv-email-ea-x-engagement_20190921_advisory_source=ea_medium=email_campaign=engagement_20190921_advisory

Thanks much. 

Linda Orkin. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nysbirds-l] Fwd: News Alert: North America has lost 29% of its birds since 1970, study finds. Experts blame habitat loss, pesticides, light pollution and cats.

2019-09-20 Thread Linda Orkin
Perhaps it’s only because friends and family know me and know of my passion for 
justice for all beings and it is that which is driving the multiple forwards to 
me,  but it does feel that this horrible news in this blunt and data driven 
report has  awakened many to realities we all try to avoid.  I hope down to my 
very bones that the “despair leading to change” has good staying power.  


Linda Orkin  


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> "For the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun 
> and the light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into 
> the world to enjoy" Plutarch
> 
> If you permit 
> this evil, what is the good
> of the good of your life?
> 
> -Stanley Kunitz...
> 


> On Sep 20, 2019, at 6:21 AM,   wrote:
> 
> 
> -
> 
>  Original Message 
> 
> Subject:  Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nysbirds-l] Fwd: News Alert: North America 
> has lost 29% of its birds since 1970, study finds. Experts blame habitat 
> loss, pesticides, light pollution and cats.
> Date: 2019-09-20 10:19
> From: k...@empacc.net
> To:   David Nicosia 
> 
> Dave, the tower lighting change is not an immediate mandate but voluntary 
> until replacement takes place. At that time the new type must be installed. 
> All new towers are to use the new lighting. It's going to take a long time!
> 
> As a side note, when ABA started this drive we were able to pass a local law 
> in the town of Hector that prohibits any structure above 200 ft AGL which is 
> when lighting is mandatory. As it turns out we were first in the nation to do 
> so. One tower remains in the National Forest with the old lights and is now 
> scheduled for light replacement.
> 
> Of interest, one of the fall outs of public meetings required before enacting 
> the local law was a complaint from those suffering certain seizures as strobe 
> lights appear to be a trigger for some with that condition.
> 
> I agree with your other comments and would add the trend locally for dairy 
> farms to become agribusinesses with thousands of cows. Each cow by law 
> mandates a certain amount of acreage for manure disposal which has caused the 
> removal of hedgerows, the deforestation of woodlots, the monocropping of 
> fields with non-bird and prey species friendly crops and a new methods of 
> harvest that leaves little gleaning for the bottom of the food web. Put 
> together this is a massive hit to the avian community.
> 
> John
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> 
> On 2019-09-20 00:03, David Nicosia wrote:
> 
> 
> 1. Why are european starlings declining?  That is crazy but concerning when a 
> seemingly adaptable invasive specie is dying off. 
> 2. Could it be related (in part) to West Nile Virus? 
> https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/11/west-nile-virus-still-wiping-out-birds-across-north-america
> 3. Grassland birds have been declining for decades and will continue unless 
> farming practices are changed and more bird friendly.  In the northeast U.S, 
> we have lost many farms and they have reverted back to woodlands. I see this 
> in many areas of Bradford Co. PA where I grew up. I remember a lot of field 
> birds in places that are now full of saplings 30 feet tall. 
> 4. Rampant deer populations destroying undergrowth for many ground nesters.  
> The DEC locally needs to find a solution here. This is manageable! 
> 5. Pesticides and herbicides (especially the lawn treatments) which are so 
> common. I always wonder how this affects Robins and other birds that forage 
> on the ground. I never use this stuff on my "lawn" and it has a lot of weeds. 
> So what.  I could care less what people think.  
> 6. Spruce budworm population cycles in our boreal forests. This could explain 
> decline in warblers since there was a massive outbreak of budworms in the 70s 
> and 80s. Many warbler's populations are tied to these cycles. The 1990s and 
> 2000s there was a lull and now they are on their way up again. This could 
> explain a more natural cycle in warbler populations independent of vireos. 
> (this is speculation). 
> 7. More towers and wind farms?  If a wind farm and tower are lighted properly 
> does it kill that many songbirds at night?  The FCC has new guidelines which 
> supposedly reduces tower kills. 
> https://abcbirds.org/article/communication-tower-owners-change-lighting-protect-birds/
>Not sure if this is working but hopefully so. 
> 8. Invasive species.  Look at the wholesale changes when all of our ash trees 
> die, hemlocks and others. Also invasive fish

[cayugabirds-l] Northern Waterthrush

2019-05-18 Thread Linda Orkin
Singing once again at Wodleton in Sapsucker Woods. 

Have a beautiful weekend all. 

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Th 5/16

2019-05-16 Thread Linda Orkin
Sounds like a wonderful  morning.  Glad you were out there.

Interestingly we did not hear any Northern Waterthrush along the Woodleton
Boardwalk yesterday either and they are so reliably persistent, usually.

Linda Orkin
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On Thu, May 16, 2019 at 12:47 PM Mark Chao  wrote:

> I walked around much of Sapsucker Woods with visiting scientist Martin
> Stervander.  It was by far the best morning of the spring for me, probably
> a top-ten day for me ever in the sanctuary, all the more so because we
> picked up many lifers for Martin.  The treetops from Sherwood Platform past
> the Charley Harper Bench all the way to the road were teeming with great
> numbers of at least 19 warbler species, including CAPE MAY (4+ M, 1 F),
> BAY-BREASTED (3+), TENNESSEE (3+, one confirmed by sight), BLACKBURNIAN
> (8+), NORTHERN PARULA (7+), PINE (1 M, surprising to see by Fuller
> Wetlands, not near any pines – confirmed by photo), BLACK-THROATED BLUE (4
> M, 1 F), BLACK-THROATED GREEN (6+), CHESTNUT-SIDED (6+), NASHVILLE (2,
> heard only), BLACK-AND-WHITE (1 seen, 1+ heard only), WILSON’S (seen by
> Martin, missed by me), and one HOODED (heard only, but I feel sure).
> Northern Waterthrush would have made 20 warbler species for the morning,
> but somehow we didn’t hear any along the Woodleton Boardwalk.  We also
> found a couple of YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS and BLUE-HEADED VIREOS.
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[cayugabirds-l] Chimney Swift’s

2019-05-06 Thread Linda Orkin

Flying and twittering. Downtown Ithaca. 

Linda Orkin
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> "For the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun 
> and the light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into 
> the world to enjoy" Plutarch
> 
> If you permit 
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> 
> -Stanley Kunitz...

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] "tethered raptor"!

2019-04-09 Thread Linda Orkin
Wow Tobias  I think we'll all be heading out to see this.  Thanks for the
update.  I, for one, am relieved.

Linda Orkin

On Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 9:47 AM Tobias Dean  wrote:

>
>
> Lest any anxious readers of this list saw my message last night, after a
> West End appointment this morning I went to see for myself and immediately
> saw the tethered critter was an admittedly realistic bird scare kite
> attached to the Cornell Boat House.
>  Messages have been sent, eye appointments made etc. I myself have
> never seen such an effective kite before.
>
>It will be interesting to see if the gulls become habituated to it over
> the season.
>
> My apologies
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Saturday morning bird walks at Stewart Park

2019-04-05 Thread Linda Orkin
Jody and all,

How great that the bird club has taken on this stewardship of Stewart Park for 
birds and for learning about birds. The park’s history and the club’s history 
have been intertwined throughout both of their pasts. I thank everyone involved 
for doing this and encourage people to take part. 

I wanted to remind everyone that the Cayuga Bird Club also leads bird walks in 
Sapsucker Woods on both Saturday’s and Sunday’s at 8:30. These go on all year 
but heyspring is here. No better time. Binoculars are available for these 
also. 

Linda Orkin



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> "For the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun 
> and the light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into 
> the world to enjoy" Plutarch
> 
> If you permit 
> this evil, what is the good
> of the good of your life?
> 
> -Stanley Kunitz...
> 


> On Apr 5, 2019, at 6:47 AM, Jody Enck  wrote:
> 
> Hi everyone,
> 
> This year the Cayuga Bird Club is leading public bird walks in Stewart Park 
> on Saturday mornings in April and May.  Walks start at 9am and will last 
> about an hour.  The Club purchased 5 new binoculars this winter to use on 
> bird walks like these.  So, folks who don't have binoculars of their own can 
> come out and enjoy the birds.
> 
> The Club also is putting final touches on a new Purple Martin house to be put 
> in Stewart Park, is putting up nest boxes for Prothonotary Warblers and other 
> small, cavity-nesting birds in both Renwick Woods adjacent to Stewart Park 
> and in Lighthouse Point Woods / Jetty Woods across Fall Creek.  We also are 
> doing other habitat improvement work in LPW / JW.  We encourage folks to go 
> birding there to check it out.
> 
> Please let me know if you'd like other information about the walks, nest 
> boxes, or habitat work, or if you'd like to get involved.
> 
> Thanks
> Jody Enck
> 
> 
> Jody W. Enck, PhD
> Conservation Social Scientist, and
> Founder of the Sister Bird Club Network
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] phoebe

2019-03-28 Thread Linda Orkin
 I also heard an Eastern Phoebe singing early this morning at Sapsucker
Woods.  Very nice and made me feel spring.

Linda Orkin

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> Saw a first of the year phoebe on Bundy Road just now.  Also, this morning
> a wren flew out of my wooden newspaper delivery cubby and I found a
> completed nest deep inside.  I removed it since I thought it would be
> hazardous to the eggs (none yet) and parent and baby birds if a newspaper
> were blocking their exit, or was pushed in too far.  Marsha Kardon
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Update

2019-02-01 Thread Linda Orkin
I don’t know how others responded but perhaps the tree provides some specific 
site related shelter from the cold that may not be true or necessary at other 
times or in the past. I sound think you would see them foraging if they were. 

Keep watching and see what you see. 

Linda Orkin 
Ithaca NY

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> "For the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun 
> and the light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into 
> the world to enjoy" Plutarch
> 
> If you permit 
> this evil, what is the good
> of the good of your life?
> 
> -Stanley Kunitz...
> 


> On Feb 1, 2019, at 4:17 PM, Carol Keeler  wrote:
> 
> Thanks to all the people who responded to my query.  Your ideas sure gave 
> some food for thought.  I looked out this afternoon at the Cedar and it was 
> covered in birds!  It looked like a birdy Christmas tree.  I counted 25 House 
> Finches on the side that I could see.  There were many more birds in the 
> trees all around the Cedar.  I’ve seen all my yard birds on it except for the 
> woodpeckers.  I’ve yet to see a bird try to eat anything from the seed cones 
> though which hang at the bottom of the ferny sprays.  Maybe they don’t know 
> how to get to them.  It’s very interesting behavior for birds that never go 
> to that tree.  Thanks again.
> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sunday January 18 field trip and bird walk CANCELLED

2019-01-18 Thread Linda Orkin


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> "For the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun 
> and the light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into 
> the world to enjoy" Plutarch
> 
> If you permit 
> this evil, what is the good
> of the good of your life?
> 
> -Stanley Kunitz...
> 


> On Jan 18, 2019, at 8:42 AM, Diane Morton  wrote:
> 
> Due to the severe winter weather that is headed our way, we have cancelled 
> this Sunday's Cayuga Bird Club "winter birds" field trip. The Sunday Beginner 
> Bird Walk at Sapsucker Woods is also cancelled.
> 
> However, the Saturday Bird Walk at Sapsucker Woods is still ON, as the heavy 
> snowfall is expected later. Meet at the Lab of Ornithology Visitor Center at 
> 8:30am for that walk, led by Paul Anderson.
> 
> Diane Morton
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Suet question

2018-12-16 Thread Linda Orkin
I mane vegan diet with organic peanut butter organic vegetable shortening and 
corn meal.  For this worry and for other concerns. 

Linda Orkin

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> "For the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun 
> and the light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into 
> the world to enjoy" Plutarch
> 
> If you permit 
> this evil, what is the good
> of the good of your life?
> 
> -Stanley Kunitz...
> 


> On Dec 16, 2018, at 12:52 PM, Carol Keeler  wrote:
> 
> Good question.  I’d never considered that and I do use it.
> 
> Sent from my iPad
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>> On Dec 16, 2018, at 11:30 AM, Martin Fellows Hatch  wrote:
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>> Hi,
>> I’ve been wondering if the beef suet I get at the market for my suet feeder 
>> cage has accumulated toxins strong enough to harm birds.
>> 
>> Marty Hatch
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: August 21, 2018

2018-08-21 Thread Linda Orkin
Sorry. I was confused too. I voted yes. 

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> On Aug 21, 2018, at 9:07 AM, Rising, Gerald  wrote:
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> Linda, I am confused by your message. You argue for YES but indicate that you 
> have voted NO. Gerry
> ____
> From: Linda Orkin 
> Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 8:58 AM
> To: Marie P. Read
> Cc: Rising, Gerald; CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: August 21, 2018
> 
> I too voted no. In a time when any regulations to protect the environment and 
> its wild inhabitants are anathema even such an informal vote is doomed but it 
> would be great if all who agreed with the premise would vote. I’m pretty sure 
> people don’t enjoy licensing their dogs but it’s come to be accepted as a 
> norm.
> 
> Linda Orkin
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Aug 21, 2018, at 8:16 AM, Marie P. Read  wrote:
>> 
>> Hi all,
>> I just voted FOR cat licensing, mostly for the first reason that Gerald 
>> mentioned below.
>> 
>> Marie
>> 
>> Marie Read Wildlife Photography
>> 452 Ringwood Road
>> Freeville NY  13068 USA
>> 
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>> 
>> From: bounce-122789659-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
>> [bounce-122789659-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Rising, Gerald 
>> [insr...@buffalo.edu]
>> Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 7:57 AM
>> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
>> Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: August 21, 2018
>> 
>> Currently a vote is being taken by an Albany station whether or not to 
>> license cats. As I write, the NO vote is winning. I urge anyone concerned 
>> about this issue, for or against, to vote. I favor licensing for several 
>> reasons that are becoming increasingly clear. This is not the time to spell 
>> them out, but I will at least these: the serious effect on wildlife 
>> populations of depredation by this introduced species, the spread of 
>> tooplasmosis, and the increasing incidence of cab-borne rabies.
>>The vote is being taken at: 
>> www.news10.com/news/local-news/local-group-calling-for-statewide-cat-licensing-law/1382965895
>> 
>> G. Rising
>> Amherst
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: August 21, 2018

2018-08-21 Thread Linda Orkin
I too voted no. In a time when any regulations to protect the environment and 
its wild inhabitants are anathema even such an informal vote is doomed but it 
would be great if all who agreed with the premise would vote. I’m pretty sure 
people don’t enjoy licensing their dogs but it’s come to be accepted as a norm. 

Linda Orkin 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 21, 2018, at 8:16 AM, Marie P. Read  wrote:
> 
> Hi all,
> I just voted FOR cat licensing, mostly for the first reason that Gerald 
> mentioned below.
> 
> Marie
> 
> Marie Read Wildlife Photography
> 452 Ringwood Road
> Freeville NY  13068 USA
> 
> Phone  607-539-6608
> e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
> 
> Website: http://www.marieread.com
> Follow me on Facebook:  
> https://www.facebook.com/Marie-Read-Wildlife-Photography-104356136271727/
> 
> From: bounce-122789659-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
> [bounce-122789659-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Rising, Gerald 
> [insr...@buffalo.edu]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 7:57 AM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: August 21, 2018
> 
> Currently a vote is being taken by an Albany station whether or not to 
> license cats. As I write, the NO vote is winning. I urge anyone concerned 
> about this issue, for or against, to vote. I favor licensing for several 
> reasons that are becoming increasingly clear. This is not the time to spell 
> them out, but I will at least these: the serious effect on wildlife 
> populations of depredation by this introduced species, the spread of 
> tooplasmosis, and the increasing incidence of cab-borne rabies.
> The vote is being taken at: 
> www.news10.com/news/local-news/local-group-calling-for-statewide-cat-licensing-law/1382965895
> 
> G. Rising
> Amherst
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods bird walk cancelled

2018-06-23 Thread Linda Orkin


Hey all. 

Due to illness the 8:30 AM Saturday bird walk will not be led by anyone. 

Sorry for any inconvenience

Linda Orkin
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Where are the birds?

2018-06-20 Thread Linda Orkin
In addition, the lack of flying insects, especially ones of large and more
nutritious sizes is also well documented in many countries. And there is
the phenomenon of "thinning" , localized large decreases in numbers that
are not initially noticed and hard to enumerate.

Here is an article from the Guardian.  There is no lack of warnings about
these declines.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/18/swifts-tragic-decline-birds

Linda Orkin

On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 2:00 PM, Marc Devokaitis 
wrote:

> One thing Dave didn't mention is the possibility of the (increasingly
> <https://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/news/even-familiar-birds-risk-extinction-new-study-finds>
> ) well-documented
> <https://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/science/report-finds-north-american-skies-quieter-by-15-billion-fewer-birds/article31876053/>
>  songbird
> declines following suit from a sharp decline in (and to also timing
> mismatches with) the invertebrate prey that nearly all songbirds rely on to
> some extent throughout their breeding cycle.
>
> The latest of lots and lots of stories about this over the past couple of
> years below. Europe seems to be more on top of studying and spreading the
> word about this.
> https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/17/where-ha
> ve-insects-gone-climate-change-population-decline
>
> “If all humankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to
> the rich state of equilibrium that existed 10,000 years ago. If insects
> were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” E.O.Wilson
>
> Marc
>
>
> On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM, David Nicosia 
> wrote:
>
>> I remember this conversation last year. If there is a marked rapid
>> decline in song birds as reported, then something has occurred in the past
>> couple years that is wiping our birds out. Habitat loss is a gradual slow
>> process that would not be so readily noticed on a wide scale from year to
>> year. The weather patterns, I don't believe were bad enough for massive
>> mortality events (although I haven't looked into this in full depth). Wind
>> farms keep popping up, but again its a gradual pressure that wouldn't
>> manifest itself in 1-2 years for such reported rapid declines. The only
>> thing I can think of is if there is a disease (west nile?) that is
>> affecting songbirds and other species? This could explain two poor breeding
>> seasons. Does anyone know if this is being reported in species of
>> songbirds???
>>
>> Dave
>>
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 2:10 PM  wrote:
>>
>>> The current "record" based on banded birds returned to the wild is 8
>>> years 2 months. That said, Nancy may well have been enjoying the progeny of
>>> that first pair as their site fidelity is high.
>>>
>>> John
>>>
>>>
>>> ---
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>>> Field Ornithologists
>>> Kestrel Haven Migration Observatory
>>> 5373 Fitzgerald Rd
>>> <https://maps.google.com/?q=5373+Fitzgerald+Rd+Burdett,+NY+14818=gmail=g>
>>> Burdett, NY 14818
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>>> 42.443508000, -76.758202000
>>>
>>> On 2018-06-19 17:17, Asher Hockett wrote:
>>>
>>> Likely "your" pewee was at least two different birds, as their lifespan
>>> is ~7 years.
>>>
>>> On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 7:57 PM, Nancy Cusumano <
>>> nancycusuman...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> It really is an odd summer!  We also are missing "our" peewee, who has
>>>> been here reliably for the 14 years I have lived in this house. Missing 
>>>> him!
>>>> There are at least 2 pair of great crested flycatchers and on Friday an
>>>> Indigo bunting showed up and is still around singing his head off from the
>>>> tops of the black locust trees.
>>>> There are sapsucker babies (that sound like they are humming in morse
>>>> code from inside the tree) and bluebirds too.  So down one peewee, up a
>>>> bunting? Guess I would call that OKbut I want my peewee back.
>>>>
>>>> thanks for everyone's comments on this thread.
>>>>
>>>> Nancy
>>>>
>>>> Cayuga Dog Rescue has saved more than 578! dogs since 2005!
>>>> Learn more at cayugadogrescue.org
>>>>
>>>> On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 1:28 PM,  wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Hi!
>>>>>
>>>>> Over 30years of banding, migration and population study 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Where are the birds?

2018-06-18 Thread Linda Orkin
Thanks for your astute analysis John.  It is sad to be an observer of all
this as I only learned so much of what I didn't know about the birds around
us in 1990 and since then have watched what I consider to be a precipitous
decline, especially in more marginal habitats.  Those on the frontlines as
banders etc really see these effects so poignantly and knowledgeably

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY

On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 1:28 PM,  wrote:

> Hi!
>
> Over 30years of banding, migration and population study here and we
> experienced and ever increasing paucity of birds. About 15 years ago I
> wrote a report citing these losses. While many can be linked to loss of
> habitat mainly due to factory farming, that didn't account for the lack of
> song. We prognosticated at the time that populations within species were
> undergoing a drastic diminishment.That has since been shown to be even
> worse than we guessed ( based on American Bird Conservancy data sets).
>
> A result most noticeable was in song. With fewer competitors, birds in
> lesser numbers arrive on native land and , if they find it still existent,
> establish a territory. With little or no competition, the territorial song
> is short lived -after all, why expend energy needlessly? Defense of
> territory is seldom needed so in season song is greatly diminished.
>
> That doesn't mean it stops entirely but certainly far less than what we
> new 50, 40 or 30 years ago.
>
> Fast forward to the crazy migration we experienced this spring. Expected
> species have still not checked in and we guess they either overflew or were
> content to our south. We have the same experience with Veery here and Wood
> Thrush has been declining steadily. Least Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo are
> all missing and the fancy Thrushes once a stopover certainty haven't been
> seen for several years. Yesterday, we finally had a single Pewee. On the
> positive side we are inundated with Grosbeaks, Purple Finch, Great-crested
> Flycatchers, cuckoos and others that are normally here in much smaller
> numbers.
>
> Looking South to the greater DC area, many of these species are still
> there and that's abnormal. Check the ADK reports and they are also having a
> strange year although I've not seen any thoughts on the subject from that
> area.
>
> The short answer is an unusual migration window with lots of weather
> effect, rapidly declining populations creating an environment where our old
> expectations are no longer valid.
>
> I liked it much better several decades ago. We have stopped banding
> passerines and happy we did as the disappointment would be even greater.
>
> Best,
>
> John
>
>
>
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>
> On 2018-06-18 15:45, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
>
> I have noticed, as have others, that the woods have not been as plentiful
> with bird song as normal.  On my recent walks at Upper Buttermilk I have
> been very disappointed in the total absence of Wood Thrush, Veery, and
> Scarlet Tanager.  By this time in past years I've always have several of
> these birds.  On my most recent walk (Friday) I was wonderfully surprised
> to hear 2 Wood Thrush and 2-3 each of Veery and Scarlet Tanager.  Why the
> sudden "reappearance"??  I know I'm going to be criticized for asking, but
> could some birds (species) still be migrating in?  If not, then why did
> they finally "show up"?  Some could argue they were busy with nesting.  But
> I've never experienced birds remaining completely mum during the nesting
> season.  Another argument could be that they are now moving around after
> the first brood.  I doubt that would explain the numbers of these species I
> had all of a sudden plopping down in Upper Buttermilk?  By the way, we
> picnicked at Upper Treman yesterday and bird song was relatively
> infrequent.  Do any of you have any thoughts on this subject??
>
> Larry
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Monkey Run south Scarlet Tanager

2018-05-09 Thread Linda Orkin
I heard one  also on the walkway  at the end of Muriel Street this
morning.  It was fun to hear that burry song again.  I didn't look for him,
just enjoyed his music.

Linda

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> Scarlet Tanager male just west of the parking area. Gorgeous!
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Ospreys harassed

2018-04-21 Thread Linda Orkin
Hey all. 

My daughter Jessica was at the dog park early this morning. She watched a man 
and his dog go right up to the base of the osprey nest and was pointing his 
camera straight up at them. They were quite agitated and left the nest and then 
returned vocalizing in distress. Jess was trying to yell at him from a 
distance. I won’t repeat what she said. 

I don’t know how people can be prevented from this. Just wanted to alert you 
all. 

Thanks. 

Linda Orkin 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrows in Tompkins County (long)

2018-04-20 Thread Linda Orkin
Thanks for that suggestion Kevin. I just tried it. Much quicker than eBird. 
Thanks. 

Linda Orkin

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> On Apr 20, 2018, at 8:35 PM, Kevin J. McGowan <k...@cornell.edu> wrote:
> 
> I've still got a few Fox Sparrows, too. I can't ever remember waking up to 
> them singing in my yard for over a week before. It always seemed that a few 
> would be present a few days in the spring and fall, and that was it.
> 
> No doubt our lingering winter is to blame. They don't go far south for the 
> winter, but they go pretty far north to breed, so it makes sense that they 
> should be aware of local weather and be cautious before they make the final 
> move.
> 
> A fun new addition to the Merlin app (free!) for your phone is that when you 
> browse birds in a specific area, you see bar charts of the likelihood of 
> occurrence for the whole calendar year. You can find the same information in 
> eBird, but it takes more finagling to find it there. In Merlin, go to 
> "Explore Birds" from the main screen, go up to the icon at the top that looks 
> like lines and spots, click "Likely Birds," then filter by your current 
> location and date. I suggest using "Family - Most Likely." That puts all the 
> sparrows together, all the ducks, etc. Scroll down to the sparrows, and 
> there, 11th on the list is Fox Sparrow. You can see by the bar chart that 
> it's never abundant, but that it's usually seen in March and April, and that 
> we're getting to the end of the narrow window when they normally occur.
> 
> If you browse the sparrows, you see that the next most/least likely sparrow 
> here this time of year is White-crowned. But, comparing the two bar charts 
> shows that Fox Sparrows should be on their way out, while White-crowns should 
> just be coming in. 
> 
> Also interesting, if you browse farther down the list, is that we have just 
> gone through the peak time of Vesper Sparrow reports. And, unlike the other 
> two species, they breed here! But, apparently they show up more on eBird 
> checklists during April as they arrive and can't get to their breeding 
> grounds yet, what with the snow and all, and show up in parking lots and 
> roadsides the way they have done this last week or two. There have been 
> dozens of Vesper Sparrow reports all over the county this last week and a 
> half, and that perfectly reflects the bar chart in Merlin based on ebird 
> checklists.
> 
> I've been a half-hearted endorser of Merlin over the last few years because, 
> frankly, I don't need the help identifying birds. But, the app is becoming 
> much more than what it started as, and it's growing all the time. It's now 
> one of the fastest and easiest portals to finding what birds are to be 
> expected at a specific time of year, pretty much everywhere in the world. 
> Soon it is going to be a reference source for birds all over the world, with 
> photos, songs, and maps. Already it covers all of the US and Canada, Mexico, 
> and most of Central America, as well as parts of Colombia and northwestern 
> Europe. And it's growing every day.
> 
> I did a West Coast business trip in February, and I used Merlin to tell me 
> what birds to expect in the places I visited. I went to Oregon, and Merlin 
> told me that Acorn Woodpeckers would be common in Medford, west of the 
> Cascade Mountains, but would be rare in Klamath Falls, east of the mountains. 
> It told me that I'd be seeing California Quail all along most of my drive to 
> San Diego, but when I went to Joshua Tree National Park, I would be seeing 
> Gambel's Quail.
> 
> So, just a head's up to the birding community. The Cornell Lab's Merin app is 
> not just some cute toy for beginners. (Although, it did get my bird-averse 
> sister to start liking looking at birds.) It's becoming a powerful tool for 
> traveling birders to use all over the world. Currently, it only has photos, 
> maps, and information for the areas I mentioned above. But, it already can 
> give you a list of the most likely birds you will see anywhere on earth. 
> Well, anywhere there are eBird checklists. But, every eBird checklist you put 
> in from some exotic locale helps the program refine its results and improve 
> the accuracy of its predictions. And, every photo you upload to an eBird 
> checklist from a foreign location gets Merlin closer to being able to 
> identify that species from photos, and closer to having photos available in 
> the app. 
> 
> Latin America has an avid and active birding presence, so we can expect big 
> strides there in the near future. But, it also has the most diverse and 
> complex suite of birds on the planet, so, that's a hurdle. I personally hope 
> that southern and eastern Europe will be covered co

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Very strange spring!

2018-04-20 Thread Linda Orkin
I think everyone is struggling to find any kind of food in this spring that
is mostly devoid of insects.  Leaf litter would be a logical place to look.

Linda Orkin

On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 3:40 PM, W. Larry Hymes <w...@cornell.edu> wrote:

> While walking through Mundy Wildflower Garden today, I came across both
> RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS foraging together.  That in itself
> is not so unusual.  What was really strange, however, was they were
> foraging among the leaf litter *on the ground*!!  That's a first for me!
>
> We are still having FOX SPARROWS --- 9 days in a row, and counting!  I
> tried to trade a Fox Sparrow for Ann Mitchell's Towhee, but she hasn't seen
> it for awhile.  How about you, Asher.  Got anything good to swap for one of
> "my" Fox Sparrows?
>
> Larry
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eastern Phoebe

2018-04-18 Thread Linda Orkin
I am so distressed for all the returning insect eating birds.  Yes, I know
they have other strategies etc etc but still.  And on top of declining
numbers of insects in general, especially high quality big ones.

Thanks for noting this too Sara Jane.

Linda Orkin

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> I had my first PHOEBE today on Eastern Heights walkway near water tower.
> It was desperately trying to find a bug to catch in the cold weather!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree Swallows

2018-03-28 Thread Linda Orkin
Cool!!  I’ve been expecting them. 

Thanks. 

Linda 

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> I just had s flock of 22 Tree Swallows feeding  over Cayuga Lake along Route 
> 89 right at the town of Fayette sign south of Canoga. Mike Tetlow
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[cayugabirds-l] Weekend bird walks at Sapsucker Woods

2018-03-01 Thread Linda Orkin

Hey All,

Just a reminder weekend bird walks at Sapsucker Woods will be taking place this 
weekend although please be sure to check cayugabirdclub.org for any changes in 
case the “blizzard” persists. 

Migration has begun, as in these past days we have welcomed Redwing Blackbirds, 
Song Sparrows, Wood Ducks, Grackles and others. Resident birds are singing 
loudly and clearly. 

Please come on out. Dress warmly and wear winter footwear. These walks are good 
for any level birder but we’re always especially excited to share the joys of 
the bird world with beginners. 

8:30 Saturday and Sunday. Meet at the Visitors Center Cornell Lab of 
Ornithology, binoculars available for loan. 

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Early Woodcock Peenting

2018-02-27 Thread Linda Orkin
My autocorrect is going crazy these days. This paragraph should say 

 the other day referred to local non-migratory birds already loosely on 
territory all winter,  and lengthening days elicit territorial singing. Also 
birds do call while speaking to each other all throughout the year. This is 
different than singing. 



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> the other day referred to local non-migratory birds already loosely on 
> territory all winter and lengthening days elicit territorial singing. Also 
> birds do call on speaking to each or her all throughout the year. This is 
> different than singing. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Early Woodcock Peenting

2018-02-27 Thread Linda Orkin
Last year or maybe the year before there was a huge mortality event of woodcock 
in nyc during a snowstorm. Birds can exercise different strategies when 
migrating. Get there early and get best breeding territory while risking 
encountering death dealing weather. 

The discussion the other day referred to local non-migratory birds already 
loosely on territory all winter and lengthening days elicit territorial 
singing. Also birds do call on speaking to each or her all throughout the year. 
This is different than singing. 

Thanks Sandy. 

Linda Orkin
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> Last time I wrote on early territorial calling behavior, several people wrote 
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> light-dependent.  ...but if it is "definitively" dependent on the amount of 
> light in a day, then why would the woodcock be showing up a week or so 
> earlier?Could there be a gene that tells a woodcock to migrate when the fat 
> reserves are high enough?  and if these woodcocks are from a coastal 
> location, as suggested by Pete, then it seems to me that the coastal 
> woodcocks are responding to temperature, or is this a random group of 
> woodcocks who have enough fat reserves and are willing to be hungry in order 
> to get the best breeding spot, so maybe it's worth it? And are they 
> eating if they show up in a snow storm?  Very interesting to ponder! 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Rosebreasted Grosbeak!?!

2018-02-25 Thread Linda Orkin
 I’d say a singing rose-breasted grosbeak on February 25 is extremely unusual. 

Wow. 

Linda Orkin.
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[cayugabirds-l] Weekend walks!!

2018-02-22 Thread Linda Orkin
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Sapsucker Woods(Cornell Lab of Ornithology) this weekend,February 24 and
25, Saturday and Sunday at 8:30. Meet at the Visitors Center. Redwing
blackbirds and Song Sparrows arrived Thursday AM, singing away. It may be
rainy so just put on the right clothes and come on out. This is really good
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Killdeer

2018-02-21 Thread Linda Orkin
 Several  Song Sparrows and two Redwings singing at  Sapsucker woods
Ithaca, NY this morning also. And so it begins and makes itself noticed.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods walks this weekend.

2018-02-09 Thread Linda Orkin
The beginner bird walks at Sapsucker Woods this coming Saturday February 10 and 
Sunday February 11 are canceled. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods walks this weekend.

2018-02-09 Thread Linda Orkin
The beginner bird walk at Sapsucker Woods this coming Sunday February 11 is 
canceled. And stay tuned cause we might cancel Saturday also. Go to 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cyndi Tkachuck

2018-01-09 Thread Linda Orkin
Ann I found this in the white pages and then I remembered.


1406 Cloverleaf Road
Locke, NY 13092

The club should also send a card. I am copying Wes on this.

Linda


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> also including hosting board meetings in their lovely home. Cyndy will
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cyndi Tkachuck

2018-01-09 Thread Linda Orkin
I’m very sorry that to hear this. Cyndy and Richard were shining lights in our 
bird club during their active years. As president at the time I was so thrilled 
with their willingness to take on our newsletter and they did so with amazing 
enthusiasm and dedication. They stepped in in many other areas also including 
hosting board meetings in their lovely home. Cyndy will certainly be missed. 

Linda Orkin. 
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> She & husband Richard did our club newsletter from Sept 2012 until June 2015 
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[cayugabirds-l] Weekend walks

2018-01-05 Thread Linda Orkin
Hey all, 

Weekend bird walks at Sapsucker Woods are cancelled this weekend due to extreme 
weather. 

Go to cayugabirdclub.org for updated information.

Thanks

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[cayugabirds-l] SSW Saturday Beginner bird walk Canceled

2017-12-22 Thread Linda Orkin
Hey All,  

The morning weather is predicted to be miserable so the 8:30 walk will be 
canceled. 

Thanks 

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Fwd: [cayugabirds-l] Goose down on the commons

2017-12-13 Thread Linda Orkin
Candace, I remember that you said you are being trained for transport.
Does this goose fit into your parameters?

Linda Orkin
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Goose down on the commons
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Apparently there is a goose sitting on the commons, sitting on the walkway
and been there several hours. Can anyone co check on him and maybe bring to
Swanson if necessary? Doesn't seem a likely spot for one...

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[cayugabirds-l] Saturday Bird Walk Canceled

2017-11-10 Thread Linda Orkin
Hey All. 

Tomorrow’s 8:30 beginner bird walk at Sapsucker Woods is canceled due to cold. 
Sunday is on. Come on out Sunday for the start of winter birding!!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Loons at inlet?

2017-09-25 Thread Linda Orkin
We were at Cass Park yesterday. Cormorants flying everywhere.


Linda Orkin

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>> About 9:30 AM today while walking from Cass Park to Hog Hole,  we saw
>> what we thought were loons swimming near the red buoy/lighthouse past the
>> jetty at the south end of Cayuga Lake.  There were about 35.  I wanted to
>> report them to Ebird but was advised they are rare for this date and
>> location, so I haven't reported them yet.  The other possibility is that
>> they were grebes.  When I put in PBGR,I was told this is a high count for
>> this date and location.Based on size and sillhouette we think they are
>> loons.  We only had binoculars with us.  Any suggestions?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] When to stop feeding hummers AND Orioles

2017-08-16 Thread Linda Orkin
And when all have migrated through. It is my understanding that migratory
hummingbirds are able to find and utilize feeders as they travel.

https://www.thespruce.com/when-to-take-down-hummingbird-feeders-385959

Linda Orkin
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On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 1:26 PM, Marie P. Read <m...@cornell.edu> wrote:

> After they've left on migration!
> Feeding them isn't going to prevent them from migrating, if that's what
> you were worried about.
>
> Marie
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> From: bounce-121727479-5851...@list.cornell.edu [bounce-121727479-5851667@
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> To: Jay McGowan; CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] When to stop feeding hummers AND Orioles
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> Can someone suggest an appropriate time to stop feeding hummers sugar
> water and orioles jelly?
> Thanks
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!

2017-07-27 Thread Linda Orkin
I had one in my garden yesterday, visiting my monarda.  Haven't seen one
since late spring when I saw what I call a "wild one" in the woods at the
end of Muriel Street.  I give you huge kudos for maintaining your feeder
all this time with no apparent rewards!! Glad you got a brief reward.

Linda Orkin




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> As we were talking with our son Chris in our living room on Tuesday, he
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> out of sight, but soon returned.  We had not seen one at our feeders since
> May 11
> I've written about this phenomenon before.  To paraphrase the "Field of
> Dreams" movie, when he's here, the birds will come!  This is probably
> purely a matter of coincidence.   HOWEVER,  it has happened enough times
> before to make me suspect that perhaps other "forces" may be at play.
>
> Have others of you been seeing hummingbirds of late?  If not, maybe I
> could send our son to your house!
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Two questions

2017-07-12 Thread Linda Orkin


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 12, 2017, at 2:55 PM, Brad Walker  wrote:
> 
> It's probably a spotted sandpiper. It's never a good idea to go solely by 
> measurements such as total length in the field.
> 
>> On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 2:47 PM Nancy Cusumano  
>> wrote:
>> There have been so many public osprey nests failing this year - seems like 
>> many of the nest cam nests have had one tragedy or another. Does anyone know 
>> how the many local osprey nests are doing? Candace can you give an update?  
>> Thanks.
>> 
>> Second question - we are kayakers and always see a small shorebird along the 
>> river shores. Merlin tells me it is a spotted sandpiper, but my husband says 
>> they are smaller than the 7" given in books and AllAboutBirds.  Without a 
>> photo (super hard to get them as they are moving and so are we) can anyone 
>> confirm this is what we are seeing? It doesn't seem like there are any other 
>> good options, as Solitary is out of area for us, right?
>> 
>> Thanks for whatever assistance you can give!
>> 
>> Nancy
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker woods Sunday walk Canceled

2017-06-03 Thread Linda Orkin
Hello All

Due to a family emergency the beginner bird walk at Sapsucker Woods, Cornell 
Laboratory of ornithology due to take place at 7:30 Sunday morning will be 
canceled  

Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Linda Orkin 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?

2017-05-24 Thread Linda Orkin
Hey. That wasn't directed at you per se. It was in quotes so we knew someone 
else said it. Keep enjoying!!

Linda

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> On May 24, 2017, at 2:33 PM, Melanie Uhlir <mela...@mwmu.com> wrote:
> 
> Everyone! 
> 
> I didn't mean to offend!!
> 
> I knew someone once who would tease me because I would get so excited when I 
> saw a bird I'd never seen before. I was gushing about Snow Buntings one 
> winter and he said, "Oh, that's a trash bird." Or maybe "dirt bird," as in 
> "common as dirt." But he was being facetious, just teasing me for getting so 
> excited about a bird that isn't all that difficult to find. He has nothing 
> but appreciation for birds and wildlife in general. Just teasing me for being 
> so wide-eyed.
> 
> I should have said, "too easy." Some birders I've met seem to be super 
> interested in challenging birds and racking up numbers, but I know that 
> doesn't mean they don't appreciate and respect all bird species.
> 
> I apologize!!
> 
> Thank you so much to everyone who had wonderful tips for my spotty birding 
> endeavors!! I appreciate your help so much!!!
> 
> Sincerely,
> Melanie
> 
>> On 5/24/2017 10:06 AM, Linda Orkin wrote:
>> Donna. Thanks for this gentle reminder that we appreciate not denigrate the 
>> birds we share the works with. Well done!
>> 
>> Linda Orkin
>> Ithaca NY
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On May 24, 2017, at 9:51 AM, Donna Lee Scott <d...@cornell.edu> wrote:
>> 
>>> Melanie, if you don't have the excellent "Cayuga Bird Club Guide To Birding 
>>> In The Cayuga Lake Basin", I highly recommend it. Tells all the great 
>>> places with maps & how to get there, plus which birds might be there. You 
>>> can get it at Wild Birds Unlimited store in the Lab of O bldg. the Science 
>>> Center store may still have some too. 
>>> 
>>> Also, a gentle note: birders of any experience who are in tune with Nature 
>>> do not call ANY bird a 'trash' bird! Not even our common, numerous 
>>> Starlings & House Sparrows, who are here in   the western 
>>> hemisphere only due to misguided importation by humans in the past. 
>>> 
>>> Good birding-
>>> Donna Scott
>>> Sent from my iPhone
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>>> On May 24, 2017, at 1:09 AM, Melanie Uhlir <mela...@mwmu.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Hello birders!
>>>> 
>>>> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep 
>>>> disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage to 
>>>> get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I 
>>>> might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?
>>>> 
>>>> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love 
>>>> thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song 
>>>> that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some 
>>>> hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy 
>>>> to find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first 
>>>> time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats 
>>>> my birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that you can 
>>>> recommend I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
>>>> 
>>>> Thank you for your patience!
>>>> 
>>>> Sincerely,
>>>> 
>>>> Melanie
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?

2017-05-24 Thread Linda Orkin
Donna. Thanks for this gentle reminder that we appreciate not denigrate the 
birds we share the works with. Well done!

Linda Orkin
Ithaca NY

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> On May 24, 2017, at 9:51 AM, Donna Lee Scott <d...@cornell.edu> wrote:
> 
> Melanie, if you don't have the excellent "Cayuga Bird Club Guide To Birding 
> In The Cayuga Lake Basin", I highly recommend it. Tells all the great places 
> with maps & how to get there, plus which birds might be there. You can get it 
> at Wild Birds Unlimited store in the Lab of O bldg. the Science Center store 
> may still have some too. 
> 
> Also, a gentle note: birders of any experience who are in tune with Nature do 
> not call ANY bird a 'trash' bird! Not even our common, numerous Starlings & 
> House Sparrows, who are here in the western hemisphere only due to misguided 
> importation by humans in the past. 
> 
> Good birding-
> Donna Scott
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On May 24, 2017, at 1:09 AM, Melanie Uhlir <mela...@mwmu.com> wrote:
> 
>> Hello birders!
>> 
>> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep disorder 
>> I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage to get out of 
>> the house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I might get the 
>> most birding bang for my precious morning buck?
>> 
>> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love 
>> thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song 
>> that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some 
>> hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy to 
>> find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first time 
>> I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my 
>> birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend 
>> I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
>> 
>> Thank you for your patience!
>> 
>> Sincerely,
>> 
>> Melanie
>> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Whoops, I forgot yesterday.....!! Dryden to Ithaca Trail VOTE

2017-05-08 Thread Linda Orkin
We have five more days to get this done...so let's bring it!!  Linda

http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60418376

>
> On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 2:37 PM, Bard Prentiss 
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>> Please keep voting for trail all this week. It could mean $100,000 funding
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Nearly 400 migratory birds die from striking Texas skyscraper | Reuters

2017-05-07 Thread Linda Orkin
I think what's freakish is that anyone noticed. 

Linda 

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> On May 7, 2017, at 5:07 PM, Regi Teasley  wrote:
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> And has anyone learned anything from this?  What is "freakish" about this, 
> the building manager's ignorance?  
> 
> http://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-birds-idUSKBN18203M
> 
> Regi
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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden to Ithaca trail....time to vote again.

2017-05-06 Thread Linda Orkin


> 
> http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60418376/
> 
>> On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 2:37 PM, Bard Prentiss  wrote:
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>> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Further info Yellow House Finch

2017-05-05 Thread Linda Orkin
I would imagine no one can be surprised at poor condition in these birds this 
year with the dearth of carotenoid source fruits and berries over this past 
fall and winter. This would not be permanent but could be corrected with better 
diet, correct Kevin? 

Thx 

Linda Orkin

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> On May 5, 2017, at 5:23 PM, Kevin J. McGowan <k...@cornell.edu> wrote:
> 
> No, the most likely explanation is that it is a young male in relatively poor 
> condition. The captive experiments showed that poor diet makes for more 
> yellow and less red birds. Those ideas apply to wild birds, as well. 
> Yellowish House Finches are relatively common. I usually see a few each year.
> 
> 
> But, since you brought up the topic. I had occasion the other day to see the 
> same phenomenon (I am guessing) in PURPLE Finches, which I don't think I've 
> ever seen before. Photos of a yellowish male coming to my feeder can be seen 
> at https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35976663.
> 
> 
> Best,
> 
> 
> Kevin
> 
> 
> 
> Kevin J. McGowan
> Project Manager
> Distance Learning in Bird Biology
> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
> 159 Sapsucker Woods Road
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> k...@cornell.edu
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> From: bounce-121504884-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
> <bounce-121504884-3493...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of W. Larry Hymes 
> <w...@cornell.edu>
> Sent: Friday, May 5, 2017 4:53 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Further info Yellow House Finch
>  
> Upon reading the literature, it appears that captive house finches can 
> have yellow coloration because of the lack of carotenoids in their 
> diet.  Would the most likely explanation for this particular bird be 
> that it escaped from captivity?
> 
> Larry
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Vote for the trail....

2017-05-05 Thread Linda Orkin
Thanks Lea. I'm not at work today so I forgot. Good to have a lot of us bring 
proactive. 

Linda. 

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> On May 5, 2017, at 2:53 PM, Lea LSF <leaelles...@gmail.com> wrote:
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> Just did it, and will do it every day when I am reminded.  Reminders like 
> this popping up in mailboxes are helpful!
> 
>> On Thu, May 4, 2017 at 11:15 AM, Linda Orkin <wingmagi...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> Each of us can vote EACH day till May 12. 
>>> 
>>> Vote people...it's easy. Imagine the Jim Shug trail in Dryden extended to 
>>> intersect with Ithaca trails!!
>>> 
>>> http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60418376/
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[cayugabirds-l] Vote for the trail....

2017-05-04 Thread Linda Orkin
Each of us can vote EACH day till May 12.
>
> Vote people...it's easy. Imagine the Jim Shug trail in Dryden extended to
> intersect with Ithaca trails!!
>
> http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60418376/
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden to Ithaca trail

2017-05-03 Thread Linda Orkin
Just as a hint on an easy way to do this. If you leave the tab open in your
browser on your computer you can just refresh it each day and vote again.

Linda

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> Each of us can vote EACH day till May 12.
>
> Vote people...it's easy. Imagine the Jim Shug trail in Dryden extended to
> intersect with Ithaca trails!!
>
> http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60418376/
>
> Linda Orkin
> Ithaca, NY
>
> On Tue, May 2, 2017 at 1:39 PM, Linda Orkin <wingmagi...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Just voted again.
>>
>> http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60418376/
>>
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>>> funding
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden to Ithaca trail

2017-05-03 Thread Linda Orkin
Each of us can vote EACH day till May 12.

Vote people...it's easy. Imagine the Jim Shug trail in Dryden extended to
intersect with Ithaca trails!!

http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60418376/

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY

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> Just voted again.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] hummer!

2017-05-02 Thread Linda Orkin
Here's the link on Amazon.


https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BUEPBEA/ref=ox_sc_
act_title_1?ie=UTF8=1=A11GPMLU3DAQ41

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> Do you have the bird tape on your window?  I just got it and am putting it
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>
> Linda Orkin
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] hummer!

2017-05-02 Thread Linda Orkin
Do you have the bird tape on your window?  I just got it and am putting it
up.

Linda Orkin
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden to Ithaca trail

2017-05-02 Thread Linda Orkin
Just voted again.

http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60418376/

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden to Ithaca trail

2017-05-01 Thread Linda Orkin
Please provide the link again.



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mystery bird revealed elsewhere, too

2017-04-29 Thread Linda Orkin
I always say if you don't line what it is it's probably a titmouse. One time I 
heard a very dry chuff kind of croaking repeated sound. Searched and searched 
and finally found the titmouse. Although I gotta say he probably was not going 
to end up with a wife with that song. 

Linda Orkin. 

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> Too late to solve Betsy's mystery, but wanted to write to say that my 
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> unfamiliar song, three clear identical notes, walked around block following 
> bird but couldn't find it. We live right in Trumansburg and see the same 
> bunch of backyard birds over and over again, so Occam's razor suggested it 
> must be a bird we knew. It took us an embarrassingly long time to think to 
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[cayugabirds-l] Swamp Sparrow

2017-04-26 Thread Linda Orkin
Up and singing at the Sherwood Platform Sapsucker Woods Ithaca. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Invasive plant at swan pen - lesser celandine

2017-04-25 Thread Linda Orkin
Thanks Jody. Good update and I will be attending. 

Linda. 

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> On Apr 25, 2017, at 2:54 PM, Jody Enck <jodye...@gmail.com> wrote:
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> Hi All,
> Thanks to Nancy C. for pointing out some of the specific invasive plant 
> species growing around the Swan Pen at Stewart Park.
> Thanks to Linda O. for mentioning that a plan needs to exist for restoring 
> any habitat structure that is lost by removing invasive plant species there.
> 
> The good news is that both the Cayuga Bird Club and the Friends of Stewart 
> Park group are both aware of this issue and working (albeit slowly because it 
> involves many stakeholder groups) toward a solution.  The Friends of SP group 
> has been working with the City of Ithaca and others on a master plan for the 
> park that includes planting of a substantial amount of native-plant habitat 
> for birds and other wildlife.  The area around the Swan Pen is just one of 
> focal areas for such plantings in the park.  
> 
> The Cayuga Bird Club will be provided the opportunity to weigh-in 
> substantially on things like location of bird habitat plantings and specific 
> plants to include.  One of several issues that need to be addressed first is 
> raising of funds.  All readers of this listserv can help by attending a 
> bird-related benefit for Stewart Park at 7pm on Tuesday May 9th at 
> Cinemopolis.  Two of our Cayuga Bird Club members (Sarah Blodgett and Marie 
> Read) will be featured artists at the benefit.  Below is the post that Marie 
> Read mentioned about it recently on the Cayuga Bird Club Facebook page.
> 
> Please join us in supporting Stewart Park revitalization by attending this 
> multi-media benefit event. Photographers Dede Hatch, Sarah Blodgett, and I 
> will be showing images accompanied by live string music from Rick Manning and 
> his group, as well as Djug Django, and Tensin Chopak.
> 
> 
> Thanks again to Nancy and Linda for starting this thread.  Please come and 
> support this fund-raising event for an important, local birding spot.
> 
> Jody
> 
> 
>> On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 2:26 PM, Linda Orkin <wingmagi...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> It is an early nectar source for pollinators. Before we remove we need to 
>> decide what we'll replace it with. In my opinion. 
>> 
>> Linda Orkin
>> 
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>>> wrote:
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>>> Dear friends,
>>> 
>>> I helped pick up trash on Saturday morning around the swan pen, and noticed 
>>> quite a bit of this invasive around the lake side of the path.  There's not 
>>> so much there not that it could not be dug up and stopped or at least 
>>> slowed down as of yet.
>>> 
>>> I'm not sure if that is something this group would take on? 
>>> Or maybe I should let the parks dept know as well.
>>> 
>>> Suggestions would be appreciated.
>>> 
>>> http://www.nyis.info/index.php?action=invasive_detail=71 
>>> 
>>> Nancy
>>> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Invasive plant at swan pen - lesser celandine

2017-04-25 Thread Linda Orkin
Wasn't there going to be some planting of native species done by Friends of 
Stewart Park? Rick Manning would probably be the one to approach about this b

Linda 

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> On Apr 25, 2017, at 2:11 PM, Nancy Cusumano  wrote:
> 
> Dear friends,
> 
> I helped pick up trash on Saturday morning around the swan pen, and noticed 
> quite a bit of this invasive around the lake side of the path.  There's not 
> so much there not that it could not be dug up and stopped or at least slowed 
> down as of yet.
> 
> I'm not sure if that is something this group would take on? 
> Or maybe I should let the parks dept know as well.
> 
> Suggestions would be appreciated.
> 
> http://www.nyis.info/index.php?action=invasive_detail=71 
> 
> Nancy
> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Invasive plant at swan pen - lesser celandine

2017-04-25 Thread Linda Orkin
It is an early nectar source for pollinators. Before we remove we need to 
decide what we'll replace it with. In my opinion. 

Linda Orkin


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> On Apr 25, 2017, at 2:11 PM, Nancy Cusumano <nancycusuman...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Dear friends,
> 
> I helped pick up trash on Saturday morning around the swan pen, and noticed 
> quite a bit of this invasive around the lake side of the path.  There's not 
> so much there not that it could not be dug up and stopped or at least slowed 
> down as of yet.
> 
> I'm not sure if that is something this group would take on? 
> Or maybe I should let the parks dept know as well.
> 
> Suggestions would be appreciated.
> 
> http://www.nyis.info/index.php?action=invasive_detail=71 
> 
> Nancy
> 
> 
> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Weekend beginner and up bird walks

2017-04-07 Thread Linda Orkin
Hey all 

Just a reminder about ongoing weekend walks at Sapsucker Woods, Cornell 
Laboratory of Ornithology. Walks are  at 7:30 both Saturday and Sunday morning. 

Binoculars available for loan. Meet at the front door of the Visitors Center. 

Led by members of the Cayuga Bird Club. Targeted towards beginners but great 
for everyone. 

Email me if you have any questions. 

The weather should be improving and good for birds. Dress warmly. 

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Bird walks-Sapsucker woods Ithaca.

2017-03-31 Thread Linda Orkin
Weekend bird walks at sapsucker woods continue year round. We switch to the 
earlier time tomorrow. Meet at the visitors center at 7:30. Targeted for 
beginners so they can feel comfortable but great for all levels. Binoculars 
available. Both Saturday and Sunday.

Linda Orkin

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