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.  
> 
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>> 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:
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> 
> 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?
>> 
>>  
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>> Marc
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>> 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!
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>> Best,
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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:
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> Drew Lanham spoke at RIT in September of 2016.  An excellent presentation.
> 
> MJ
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>> On Jun 7, 2020, at 5:39 AM, Elaina M. McCartney 
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>> 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:
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> 
> 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:
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> 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
> 
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>> On May 3, 2020, at 1:47 PM, shendrickson...@gmail.com wrote:
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>> 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
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> 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
>
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>
> On Sun, Apr 26, 2020 at 8:29 PM Magnus Fiskesjo <
> magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu> wrote:
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>>
>> 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
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>> Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2020 7:58 PM
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>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Of Unleashed Dogs and Waterthrushes
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>> 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

Sent from my iPhone

The great philosopher Schopenhauer, in criticizing how some Christians treat 
animals, wrote, “Shame on such a morality that fails to recognize the eternal 
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

Sent from my iPhone

> "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 20, 2020, at 3:17 PM, AB Clark  wrote:
> 
> 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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[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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[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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> 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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> "Create and Conserve Habitat"
> 
> 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.

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> 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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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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> 
> If you permit 
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> 
> -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
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> 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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> 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
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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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> 
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> 


> 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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> 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:
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> 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.
> 
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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
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> 
> 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
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>> 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
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>> Website: http://www.marieread.com
>> Follow me on Facebook:  
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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
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>> 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 

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> 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:  
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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
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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
>>>
>>>
>>> ---
>>> John and Sue Gregoire
>>> 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
>>> <https://maps.google.com/?q=5373+Fitzgerald+Rd+Burdett,+NY+14818=gmail=g>
>>> 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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> 42.443508000, -76.758202000
>
> 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
>
> --
>
> 
> W. Larry Hymes
> 120
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=120+Vine+Street,+Ithaca,+NY+14850=gmail=g>
>  Vine
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>  Street,
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>  Ithaca,
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>  NY
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=120+Vine+Street,+Ithaca,+NY+14850=gmail=g>
>  14850
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=120+Vine+Stre

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!
>
> Marie
>
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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. 

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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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> 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

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> 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?
>
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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.
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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 
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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. 

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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
Ithaca, NY

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> Last time I wrote on early territorial calling behavior, several people wrote 
> and "definitively" asserted that this breeding behavior is day 
> 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.
Ithaca  ny. 

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> He is singing as I type!
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[cayugabirds-l] Weekend walks!!

2018-02-22 Thread Linda Orkin
 Hey Everyone, spring is springing. Come out for some bird walks at
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.

Linda Orkin

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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


On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 11:49 AM, Ann Mitchell <annmitchel...@gmail.com>
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> Anyone know their address to send condolences?
> Thanks, Ann
>
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> On Jan 9, 2018, at 11:46 AM, Linda Orkin <wingmagi...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> 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.
> Ithaca, NY
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> On Jan 9, 2018, at 10:21 AM, Donna Lee Scott <d...@cornell.edu> wrote:
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> It is with great sadness that I learned that formerly active Cayuga Bird
> Club member Cyndi Tkachuck died at Mathew House Hospice in Auburn on Jan 6.
> She & husband Richard did our club newsletter from Sept 2012 until June
> 2015 & took part in some of the work of the club Directors.
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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. 
Ithaca, NY 

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> It is with great sadness that I learned that formerly active Cayuga Bird Club 
> member Cyndi Tkachuck died at Mathew House Hospice in Auburn on Jan 6.
> She & husband Richard did our club newsletter from Sept 2012 until June 2015 
> & took part in some of the work of the club Directors.  
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> An obituary appeared in today's Ithaca Journal. 
> Our thoughts are with Richard & their family. 
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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

Linda Orkin
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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 

Linda Orkin

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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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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...

Photo attached.

Nancy


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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!!

Thanks 

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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

On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 11:21 AM, Asher Hockett <veery...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Are you sure they were NOT Double-crested Cormorants? They are plentiful
> in that area.
>
> On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 10:44 AM, Fredric Kardon <fredrickar...@gmail.com>
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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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> 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@
> list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Peter [psara...@rochester.rr.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 9:02 AM
> 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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> 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


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> On Jul 12, 2017, at 2:55 PM, Brad Walker  wrote:
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> 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:
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> 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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>>>> 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,
>>>> 
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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 
> wrote:
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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:
> 
> 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:
>> Please keep voting for trail all this week. It could mean $100,000 funding
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
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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
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> From: bounce-121504884-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
> <bounce-121504884-3493...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of W. Larry Hymes 
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> 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:
> 
> 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/
>>> 
>>> Linda Orkin
>>> Ithaca, NY
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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

On Wed, May 3, 2017 at 10:59 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/
>
> 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/
>>
>> On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 2:37 PM, Bard Prentiss <bvanwoer...@gmail.com>
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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.
>
> http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60418376/
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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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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 
> sister-in-law and I went through the same sequence Easter weekend -- 
> 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 
> try titmouse. (Thank you, All About Birds!). One thing we got hung up on was 
> the volume of the sound. High decibel-to-gram ratio, there.
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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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>>> 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 
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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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> I helped pick up trash on Saturday morning around the swan pen, and noticed 
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> 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 
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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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> Dear friends,
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> 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 
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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.

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[cayugabirds-l] Eastern phoebe.

2017-03-31 Thread Linda Orkin
Beebe lake 

Ithaca ny

Linda Orkin. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Woodcock?

2017-03-17 Thread Linda Orkin
There was just an alert on Facebook that Woodcocks are really suffering due
to the snowstorm as they have migrated in only to find no ground and no
earthworms available.  I hope that your stream may have some open muddy
areas along the edge.

Linda Orkin
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> I was out on snowshoes in my backyard around 7:30 last night (dusk). I was
> going down towards the stream when a bird in flight caught my eye. It was
> headed up the stream bed and it landed out of sight near the stream. It
> made no noise – neither vocalizations nor wing noise. It appeared to be
> football-shaped and not a very big bird (large robinesque). There is nearby
> a known habit for Woodcock and I’m thinking that’s what it might have
> been.  Any other thoughts for me to consider?
>
>
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant birds...

2017-02-24 Thread Linda Orkin
I was awake a lot last night and heard geese flying for s good part of the 
time. It was wildly beautiful. 

Linda Orkin
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> As others have noted, lotsa geese going over right now (and have been all 
> morning)
> 
> Also on Mt Pleasant:
> 
> Killdeer 
> Horned Lark (one singing briefly plus a flock of about 25 flying around)
> Red-winged Blackbird
> 
> Another Red-winged Blackbird is already noisily claiming part of the beaver 
> marsh behind my property.
> And a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers has been enjoying the suet for a couple of 
> weeks. (The female's been around all winter)
> 
> Sounds a bit like spring out there.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Interesting downy woodpecker behavior

2016-07-09 Thread Linda Orkin
I have seen Downy Woodpeckers sipping from YB Sapsucker wells. Very cool. 

Linda Orkin
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> It seem our little downy has learned how to sip from the humming bird feeder.
> I find this to be such an interesting learned behavior.
> Has anyone else seen anything like this?
> 
> Bad video attached -  I didn't want to move the curtain and spook him.
> And you can hardly tell it is a downy, but it is.
> Pics also posted to FB pages.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Heil School Rd GH Owl Rescued

2016-06-26 Thread Linda Orkin
Great job everyone. Hope she makes it. 

Linda

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> The GreatHornedOwl that was frequenting the Heil School Rd was found on the 
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> with an injury to the left eye, the owl was captured by Ann and transported 
> to the Vet School wildlife clinic.
> Ann will post an update on the Owl's recovery.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Virginia Rail still here

2016-05-09 Thread Linda Orkin
Would be so cool if  they familied there again!! As they did about 5 years
agowhat excitement it was seeing those black fuzzy chicks scurrying
around.  One can hope.


Linda Orkin

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> Just heard singing from the marsh at the northeast corner of the Lab.
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[cayugabirds-l] Bird walk. SSW. Least flycatcher, Common Yellowthroat

2016-05-07 Thread Linda Orkin
I invite everyone to enjoy this very nice report from this morning's walk at 
SSW. Ken is new to our leader group, but an obvious asset.

A reminder to all, bird walks at Sapsucker Woods happen every Saturday and 
Sunday. Led by a wonderful group of bird club/CLO volunteers.

See below. And enjoy. 

Linda Orkin
> 
> This morning was overcast and cool as I lead a group of about 10 people into 
> Sapsucker Woods. Most of the action came early at our first stop - the Owens 
> Observation Platform and nearby area. We all got good looks at Yellow Warbles 
> (male and female), Yellow-rumped Warblers, Warbling Vireo and a Least 
> Flycatcher. An up close look at a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the shrubs along 
> the start of the Wilson trail by the pond, and distant Wood Ducks, both on 
> the water and  two of them at the top of the snag in the pond. At the 
> Sherwood Platform we pick up a singing Swamp Sparrow, a Kingfisher and a 
> Great Blue Heron working on getting a big fish down its gullet. Reversing our 
> path, we heard Common Yellowthroat and Eastern Towhee between the pond and 
> Fuller Wetlands.
> 
> On a more personal note, I saw my FOY Scarlet Tanager singing form atop an 
> oak tree in my front yard on my way out to the Visitor Center. I had a great 
> time and everyone really enjoyed themselves. Thank you for letting me be a 
> part of this.
> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cornell Arboretum, Goetchius birds

2016-05-04 Thread Linda Orkin
I heard three Baltimore Orioles in the woods across from the arboretum.
Possibly the same three and they moved to more open locations.  But maybe a
different three.

Linda Orkin

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> New at the Cornell Plantations Arboretum this a.m. were 3 Baltimore Oriole
> males. The first one was singing its heart out when I first arrived 7:30 or
> so. Later it joined two others in a tree and they all sat looking at each
> other. I bet they all arrived last night (didn't hear any there yesterday).
>
> FLLT's Goetchius Preserve yielded a calling Wilson's Snipe (heard only),
> and 2 Solitary Sandpipers (true to their names, one in each of the two
> shallow ponds). Also a singing Gray Catbird along the hedgerow.
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Volunteer Flier.pdf

2016-03-18 Thread Linda Orkin (via Google Drive)
I've shared an item with you:

Volunteer Flier.pdf
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_sdGQy0CnzAT0Vubi1FNkROSi1CMkRZQTN5T0w3STB0OWxV/view?usp=sharing=CJqRu28=56eb0f73

It's not an attachment -- it's stored online. To open this item, just click  
the link above.

Some of you may be interested in this program.  Contact Lisa Kopp as noted.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Apiarian Question

2016-03-08 Thread Linda Orkin
It would seem as though your feeders are providing a needed resource to
these very endangered creatures.  I can't see any harm in leaving them up
for the duration.

Linda Orkin

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> neighborhood beekeeper.
> The swarm has doubled since earlier this morning and now the birds are
> staying away, except for the woodpeckers.
> I think that when it gets dark and the bees are gone I will remove my seed
> feeders for a few days. Hopefully that will solve the problem.
>
> Thanks
> Carl
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[cayugabirds-l] 2/13 and 2/14 bird walks canceled

2016-02-12 Thread Linda Orkin
Hello all

Ithaca Sapsucker Woods weekend bird walks will be canceled this weekend due to 
plunging temperatures and dangerous wind chill

Walks will resume next weekend as usual  

Please pass this along

Thank you  

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Bird Walks

2015-12-23 Thread Linda Orkin
Hey All,

Saturday December 26 bird walk is cancelled.

Sunday December 27 walk is on.  9 AM.  Hope to see you there.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds at the feeder today

2015-11-24 Thread Linda Orkin
Interesting that Cowbirds and a Grackle showed up today.  In multiple
locations.

Linda

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> 2 males, one probably young, and a female were there this afternoon, with
> an American Tree Sparrow (and the regulars of woodpeckers, chickadees,
> titmice, etc).  I haven’t seen cowbirds in weeks, since late October,
> perhaps, when they were in mixed flocks with Redwinged and Rusty Blackbirds.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Guns in the park

2015-11-13 Thread Linda Orkin
I stand in support of Dave Nutter's account of illegal carrying of guns in a 
park where birders and other non-consumptive users congregate. It is important 
to alert people to a potentially dangerous situation. 

I can see this thread is quickly going to degenerate into pro versus con but I 
still feel compelled to support this

Linda Orkin
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> Mr. Borden is correct. 
> The post by Mr. Nutter was not appropriate for this forum.
> The political tone was especially revolting.
> Posting the license numbers is so far over the top that I am disgusted.
> 
> I shall send a formal complaint to the list administrator. (I suppose I 
> should include the license plate number of Mr. Nutter with it.)
> Rod Davis
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[cayugabirds-l] Even bad days can be good days!

2015-10-28 Thread Linda Orkin
Paul Anderson's report from his bird walk on Sunday at Sapsucker Woods,
Ithaca where he had 6 people show up on an iffy day.

We had an inauspicious start due to it being unpleasantly cold and wet and
with poor visibility. However, as we were waiting for people to arrive we
noticed a group of about twenty Cedar Waxwings in the tree just outside the
visitor center where they were carefully plucking berries and eating them.
We went round the Wilson trail and were surprised by how much activity
there was despite the weather. After about 30 minutes, the rain stopped.
The best spot was the platform overlooking the pond from which we saw lots
of Rusty Blackbirds, a very close Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and a Coopers Hawk
on a tree by the pond. A very nice day after all.

Don't forget, walks are Saturday and Sunday at 9AM throughout the winter.
All are welcome and walks are targeted towards beginners.

Hope to see you there.

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[cayugabirds-l] Bird Walks at Sapsucker Woods, October 17 and 18.

2015-10-19 Thread Linda Orkin
Read about this past weekend's walks led by Cayuga Bird Club volunteers.
Getting out in  your warm clothes and bringing your nature enthusiasm is a
great way to get through the winter.  Every Saturday and Sunday, now at 9.
If you have any questions feel free to get in touch with me.  Linda Orkin,
Ithaca, NY

Diane Morton's walk on Saturday at Sapsucker Woods was well-attended by 15
people.  Read her report here...

Given the cold weather, I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people
who came on this morning's bird walk. Most were from out of state--
Michigan, Minnesota, Massachusetts. All of the club's binoculars were put
to use. We only needed the scope once, for seeing a single Wood Duck out on
the main pond. Other Wood Ducks were heard flying by, but out on the pond
only Mallards and a few Canada Geese were visible. Best sighting-- a flock
of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Yellow-Rumped Warblers very close to the path
for all to see.

Suan Hsi Yong's walk on Sunday with our first flurries had 4 people come
out.  And enjoy!

After overnight temps dipped below freezing, some morning sun brought
optimism to the four attendees today. Wood ducks gathered in good numbers
in the far pond, giving good scope views from various vantages. Fresh signs
of beaver damage were seen at various spots. A kingfisher perched briefly
while white-throated sparrows flitted through the trees. Approaching
Sherwood Platform, we found a good flock of yellow-rumped warblers and
ruby-crowned kinglets, and beyond them in the leaf litter were a foraging
group of rusty blackbirds who eventually emerged into the trees to reveal
their numbers to be in the dozens. A cooper's hawk patrolled the ponds
giving brief looks, and a great blue heron eventually landed on a snag
overlooking the wood ducks and mallards. It was around then that the
sleetstorm began; it was a surreal experience walking through the woods
sounding like heavy rain, but being pelted only by small balls of sleet
bouncing off and gathering atop leaves and collected by cobwebs. Another
pleasant morning of birding in what would normally be considered bad
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> CAYUGABIRDS-L Digest for Saturday, October 10, 2015.
>
> 1. Re: Prothonotary Warbler, Myers Point 2. Dickcissel - Freese Rd 3. Re:
> Cornell Community Gardens - imminent conversion, weekend walks, M-Th recap
> 4. =?utf-8?B?UmU6IFtjYXl1Z2FiaXJkcy1sXSBDb3JuZWxsIENvbW11bml0eSBHYXJkZW5z?=
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> Subject: Re: Prothonotary Warbler, Myers Point
> From: Jay McGowan 
> Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2015 09:43:10 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 1
>
> The bird is still present this morning along the southern shore of Salt
> Point, working up and down near the creek but often hard to see.
> On Oct 9, 2015 5:34 PM, "Jay McGowan"  wrote:
>
> > A bright and absurdly late, not to mention just plain rare,
> > PROTHONOTARY WARBLER is currently foraging along Salmon Creek at Myers
> > Point and just flying across to Salt Point.
> >
> > Jay
> >
>
> --
>
> Subject: Dickcissel - Freese Rd
> From: Dave Nutter 
> Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2015 14:25:17 +
> X-Message-Number: 2
>
> Tom Schulenberg reported a Dickcissel in the NE corner of the Freese Rd
> Community Gardens a few minutes ago. Town of Dryden a quarter mile south of
> Hanshaw Rd, east side.
>
> --Dave Nutter
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> Subject: Re: Cornell Community Gardens - imminent conversion, weekend
> walks, M-Th recap
> From: Paul Anderson 
> Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2015 11:53:11 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 3
>
> All:
>
> The Freese Road gardens situation isn't as dire as it sounds. I have a
> plot there so I have received emails about it from the organizers.
> Here's a snippet from one:
>
> > Dear Gardening Friends,
> >
> > I’m very sorry to tell you that there will be a major change at
> > Cornell Garden Plots next year (2016).
> >
> > The Cornell Agriculture department, who allows us to use the land on
> > which we garden, told us that we need to move out of the gardens in
> > 2016 so the land can be cover cropped.  Apparently we have been using
> > the same soil for so long that disease spores have built up and are
> > blowing around, which negatively effects nearby research plots. By not
> > growing vegetables and by cover cropping instead, we can greatly
> > reduce the diseases in our soil.  They have agreed to allow us to stay
> > at the Freese Road location and garden this year while they look for a
> > new location to move us to in 2016.
> >
> > Once they move us in 2016 we will stay in the new location for a
> > couple of years while they cover crop our Freese Road gardens.  Then
> > we would move back to Freese Road, but we would continue to rotate
> > between the two locations every couple of years so that diseases
> > don’t build up again.
> >
> > I’m letting you know about this now since you may be considering
> > installing structures or buying perennial plants for your “permanent
> > plot†.  Unfortunately it will no longer be permanent.
> >
> > The people in charge of these decisions want us to continue to garden,
> > they also need to protect the research projects going on nearby.  They
> > have been nothing but encouraging and positive in our interactions.
> > Overall this will make the gardens better, it will unfortunately mean
> > the end of the permanent plots.
> >
> Unfortunately there has been no success at finding an alternative spot for
> us gardeners. A location on Dodge Road was identified, but it needs work
> for drainage and a road and there is no money to pay for it, so until we
> can return to Freese Road, the club will be on hiatus.
>
> As a birder and a gardener, I am doubly saddened by the loss of this spot,
> but I am hopeful that we might get it back in a couple of years.
> And who knows? Maybe it will continue to be a good 

[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods walk reports from last weekend

2015-09-11 Thread Linda Orkin
Hope these tempt you to come out this weekend.  7:30 Saturday and Sunday.
Led by bird club members.  Sponsored by the Cayuga Bird Club and the Lab of
Ornithology.  Linda Orkin

Lisa Wood's 9/5 walk  20 attendees..

Had a great three-hour walk around the Wilson Trail this morning. Thanks to
Paul Anderson for coming along to be the point person for an Ithaca Times
journalist who is writing an article about the Cayuga Bird Club. Bill
Chaisson, managing editor of the Times and a former/returning bird walk
leader, was also there and helped out with our fairly big, enthusiastic
group (which included my daughter and sister, both visiting from out of
town). On the main pond we had a Green Heron and a couple of Wood Ducks.
There were a few small migrant flocks, with Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, and
Wilson’s warblers IDed, as well as a close, eye-level (though brief) look
at two Wood Thrushes, probably an adult and a juvenile. Paul found a
Cooper’s Hawk and offered us all nice views through his scope. A Great Blue
Heron at the back of the pond was beautiful through the scope as well (the
bird's eye was stunning). We also watched several Eastern Phoebes hawking
over the water. Noted absences were Red-winged Blackbirds and Eastern
Kingbirds—perhaps owing to the Cooper’s keeping a keen eye on things about
the pond. Unfortunately, the walk ended on a sad note back at the Visitors
Center, where we found a dead Ovenbird that had flown into the glass near
the entrance.

Suan Hsi Yong's 9/6 walk 21 attendees

We were greeted immediately at the footbridge by a small mixed warbler
flock -- black-and-white, black-throated-green, and tennessee warblers --
en route to the pergola with three interacting GBHs (two looking juvenile)
and a green heron, while grackles and waxwings gathered on treetops and
various woodpecker family groups moved about. Our group eventually grew to
21 people, almost all out-of-towners, from Cincinnati, Connecticut, DC, two
from New Mexico. We eventually made it to the parking lot where there were
a few more warblers, from which I only definitively identified one as
bay-breasted, showing reddish stains on its sides. A grosbeak chipped but
flew away when we approached. A sapsucker worked a tree right by the trail
for close if obscured looks by all. Fuller's three wood ducks flushed, but
later everyone got scope views of two other young wood ducks at Sherwood.
There was warbler activity near the feeder blind, of which I only clearly
saw one magnolia, but their movement was too fleeting for this group of
mostly casual birders. Continuing activity from great blue and green herons
kept everyone happy, though. A final highlight in the woods was a pileated
woodpecker working on one spot in a nearby tree for scope views by all.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker woods

2015-09-06 Thread Linda Orkin
On a quick walk through the woods this morning looking for the owners who had 
left two chihuahuas in a car Sara Jones spotted and I confirmed,  a Ruffed 
Grouse running along the floor of the forest. In a brief surprise altercation 
with a chipmunk she flared her tail. This was just by the Podell Boardwalk. And 
neat to see. 

Linda Orkin. 

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> On Sep 6, 2015, at 11:59 AM, Suan Hsi Yong <suan.y...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Earlier with the weekend morning bird walk, we started near the pergola with 
> Black-and-White, Black-throated-Green, and Tennessee -- the last one showed a 
> hint of a white spot on the wing which made me wonder if it wasn't a 
> black-throated-blue. By the parking lot was a cooperative bay-breasted with 
> some nice side staining, who hung out with a few others flitting through the 
> foliage that I didn't get on. Later near the feeder blind was at least a 
> magnolia among other flitters.
> 
> Suan
> 
> 
>> On Sun, Sep 6, 2015 at 10:49 AM, Laura Stenzler <l...@cornell.edu> wrote:
>> There are a few migrants around along the Wilson trail at Sapsucker woods 
>> this morning including a Wilsons warbler, magnolia and Nashville warblers. 
>> The Wilsons has been staying along the first (north) part of the trail. Also 
>> seen were rose-breasted grosbeak, phoebe, least flycatcher, lots of 
>> Goldfinches, common yellowthroats and cedar waxwings.
>>Now, back to the trail...
>> 
>> Laura
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[cayugabirds-l] Walk report from Sapsucker Woods Cornell Lab of O

2015-08-24 Thread Linda Orkin
Diane Morton's  very nice report from the Sunday, August 23  bird walk that
she ledenjoy and come next time! And thank to Diane and all the other
volunteers who do this each weekend throughout the year.

Eight people attended this morning’s bird walk, 2 from Boston, 2 from
Syracuse and 4 Ithacans. Ken also came along, helping to lead and to get
the spotting scope on birds that we found. Right away we saw a Green Heron
and Great Blue Heron on the pond and a small raptor perched in a tree (more
on that bird at the end)—a great start for this enthusiastic group. At the
Owens platform we watched four young Eastern Phoebes sallying out to catch
insects. This seemed to be the day when young birds were learning how to
feed themselves, in the company of adult birds. We had great views of five
Green Herons on the pond at once! They were accompanied by a Belted
Kingfisher family of three actively fishing. At the Sherwood platform we
saw one female Wood Duck and one juvenile. Grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds
and Northern Cardinals also gave us a chance to look at both adults and
immature birds. A Pileated Woodpecker was a popular bird—heard first and
then spotted through the trees. When we had circled around the pond back to
the spot where we began, the young raptor was still perched in a tree. We
had some discussion about whether this was an immature Cooper’s Hawk or
Merlin, and leaned toward Merlin. However, Ken and I looked at more images
when we got home, and concluded that it was, instead, a young Cooper’s
Hawk, based on the head markings, eye, and relative size to nearby birds.
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[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca, Sapsucker Woods walk, Sunday AM

2015-08-10 Thread Linda Orkin
Lisa Woods bird walk report from Sunday, August 9. Happening again next
weekend, Saturday and Sunday, and every weekend. Check out
Cayugabirdclub.org
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for calendar and times and read onAn even dozen people joined me for
this morning’s walk, including a six-year old who has taken out every field
guide available from his local library. The fog was dense and lingered
until well past 9:00, when the sun finally prevailed. Avian highlights were
a sandpiper sp. hurrying across the lilypads (only to disappear
completely), a Green Heron devouring a fish (we just missed the actual
catch), a pair of Common Yellowthroats, and a Pine Warbler. Non-avian
highlights were almost exclusively spiderwebs, which were everywhere,
easily visible in the moist air—some tiny and others bigger than dinner
plates.

Thanks,

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods on Sunday

2015-08-06 Thread Linda Orkin
Suan's walk report from Sunday August 2. I'm posting this a little late,
but I hope that this might remind you to come on out this weekend, either
Saturday or Sunday at Sapsucker Woods for a bird walk.  Linda
4 people came. This beautiful morning's walk started with a family of wood
ducks resting on a small island not too far from the pergola. By Owens a
loud thumping soon pointed us to a pileated woodpecker putting on a good
show while a second unseen bird continued thumping away presumably on the
other side of a tree. By the beaver dam a green heron fished on a near
branch in perfect light for the photographer in the group, while several
others hung out in nearby trees. Past the footbridge something flew low and
landed close but invisible, and when we approached it flew off with the
twittering wingbeats of a woodcock. All throughout the walk the chink of a
grosbeak seemed to follow us, but it never presented itself visually.
Mosquitoes were tolerable until I brought up

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Weekend Bird walk reports.

2015-07-27 Thread Linda Orkin
I thought people might be interested in reading these.  The leaders write
up these reports each week and they are posted on the Cayugabirdclub.org
website under About us, and then field trips. Hope you enjoy. I plan on
posting them each week, as long as this is okay with the list
administrator.   Linda Orkin

Reports from this past weekend's beginner bird walks led by Cayuga Bird
Club Members.
*Saturday from Lisa Wood*. 22 participants. Big group today, so I was
grateful for help from CBC member Donna Coventry Wray, who’s been on many,
many of these walks and is a multiple-year SFO alumna. A few “townies” were
mixed in with the many visitors. We had several memorable experiences in
the 2.5 hours it took us to get all the way around the Wilson Trail. First,
we had good looks at a silent Yellow Warbler pair foraging in full sun near
the Owens Platform boardwalk. From the platform itself, we watched a long
and daring (and comical) “tightrope“ walk by a Green Heron across a section
of the wire above the pond. From the Sherwood Platform, everyone enjoyed
watching Eastern Kingbirds feeding busily and noisily above the lily pads.
Having seen a Great Crested Flycatcher earlier, we declared it a flycatcher
day when, by the pergola, we were repeatedly “buzzed” by a brave little
Eastern Phoebe. The bird first flew from the island over to the shore and
perched above us, quite close. That was a nice treat, but then it actually
flew to a couple of us, close to our faces and above our heads/hats—close
enough that those of us in the front couldn’t help but flinch. Evidently
the bird was after the mosquitoes that were after us! It successfully
caught prey several times while we stood there—what a thrill for all of us!

*And Sunday from Paul Anderson* 10 participants.I had ten people show up: a
group of six students from Colombia, a couple from New Jersey and a two
ladies from Binghamton. There was a lot to see, even if little of it was
unusual. Many juveniles of many species were out begging. We saw more
flycatchers - mostly Phoebes - than I've ever seen on one of these walks.
The mosquitoes were voracious. An early highlight was a Green Heron on the
main pond, but everybody's favorite was a group of three baby Wood Ducks.
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] media request

2015-07-26 Thread Linda Orkin
Would anyone like to respond to this please?  

Linda. 

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 On Jul 26, 2015, at 8:18 AM, sue heaven suehea...@frontiernet.net wrote:
 
 Hi Linda,
 I remember talking with you back in 2012 for an article about Birding the 
 Cayuga Lake Basin .
 Now I'm working on something for Ithaca Child - with a quick deadline (this 
 Wed!)- and I hope you can help me out.
 I'm writing about fall raptor migration. which can begin in mid-to-late 
 August and go through the fall.
 
 What I'd like to do is include some hawk-watching spots near Ithaca. I've got 
 the observatory in Freeville, but do you know of any others? (closer than the 
 Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Sanctuary in Oneonta)
 
 Thanks,
 Sue
 659-3022
 (out collecting water samples this afternoon but around this evening  Monday 
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[cayugabirds-l] Common Yellowthroat

2015-05-05 Thread Linda Orkin
Bull pasture pond, blue grass lane. 

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, my

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[cayugabirds-l] Blue-winged warbler

2015-05-02 Thread Linda Orkin
South Hill rec way. Heard only. At 2.5 grey mile marker heading south.  And an 
oven bird. 

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Ithaca ny 



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