[cayugabirds-l] Follow-up on injured GBH

2021-09-07 Thread Liz Brown
Thanks all, for your responses! The heron continues to arrive daily, and is 
hunting and eating. We've decided to just leave him alone.

Thanks again,
Liz

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[cayugabirds-l] Injured GBH

2021-09-04 Thread Liz Brown
Hi all,

A GBH comes to our small pond to hunt every day. Today he (I'll use that 
pronoun for simplicity's sake) showed up with a nasty wound on his right 
shoulder.  He can still fly, obviously, because he flew here. But the wound is 
large, and looks bad.

Is there anything we can or should do for him? Someone we should contact?

Thanks,
Liz

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[cayugabirds-l] Baltimore oriole and barn swallows

2021-04-27 Thread Liz Brown
FOY barn swallows and Baltimore oriole at my place in Mecklenburg today. The 
oriole is a week earlier than he's ever been.

Liz Brown



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Oddly colored red-winged blackbird

2021-04-23 Thread Liz Brown
No, it's definitely a red-winged blackbird. My best guess is that it's a 
juvenile male transitioning into adult plumage, but the clear division between 
the black and the streaky salmon is odd, and the noticeably white tail.

From: Jill Holtzman Leichter 
Sent: Friday, April 23, 2021 7:01 AM
To: sarah fern ; Liz Brown 
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Oddly colored red-winged blackbird

Orchard oriole?
Jill Leichter

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This looks to me like the bird has some Oriole genes. Same family.

Sarah Fern

On Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 6:32 PM Liz Brown 
mailto:e...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
I had an oddly colored red-winged blackbird at my feeder today. Head, breast, 
and back black like an adult male. Red and yellow epaulets. BUT - the black 
breast ends in a pretty clear line, and below that line, the breast is a 
streaky salmon color. There's also an additional thin white bar on each wing, 
below the epaulet, and lots of white on the tail.

Any ideas about what's going on?

Thanks,
Liz

(Excuse the picture quality - I took them all from inside.)

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[cayugabirds-l] Oddly colored red-winged blackbird

2021-04-21 Thread Liz Brown
I had an oddly colored red-winged blackbird at my feeder today. Head, breast, 
and back black like an adult male. Red and yellow epaulets. BUT - the black 
breast ends in a pretty clear line, and below that line, the breast is a 
streaky salmon color. There's also an additional thin white bar on each wing, 
below the epaulet, and lots of white on the tail.

Any ideas about what's going on?

Thanks,
Liz

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[cayugabirds-l] Question about "blackbirds."

2021-03-13 Thread Liz Brown
Here's something I wonder about every spring, when the big mixed flocks of 
grackles, blackbirds, cowbirds, and starlings show up:

Why do all our black passerines (with the exception of crows and ravens) hang 
out together? There aren't any small black birds who DON'T join these big 
flocks, are there?
Or, to flip the question around - why are these birds all black?

-Liz

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[cayugabirds-l] Woodcock in Mecklenburg

2021-03-11 Thread Liz Brown
I heard my first woodcock of the year this evening. A wonderful end to a 
beautiful day.
-Liz Brown

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?

2021-02-20 Thread Liz Brown
I was xc skiing on CT Hill about 10 years ago, and I came across a deer carcass 
- a skeleton, really, with bits of flesh clinging to it. It was covered with 
chickadees, like flies. At least 30 of them were working away at it, tugging 
and pecking at scraps of fat and meat.

It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen, and I'm kind of glad that it 
was pre-cell-phone-camera, and I just carry the image in my mind.

-Liz Brown

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Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2021 1:23 PM
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?

I once encountered A LOT of chickadees along Cayuga Lake. There was a row of 
trees beside the road, and as a couple of us were birding the lake, there was a 
steady stream of chickadees moving past us in the trees headed north, so it was 
easy to tell they weren't the same birds. I don't see my eBird checklist (maybe 
I didn't make one, I can't remember), so I don't have any more exact numbers, 
but we were all impressed with the number of chickadees that went by and I'm 
sure it was over 50. Not sure why or what they were up to!


From: bounce-125403482-81221...@list.cornell.edu 
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Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2021 1:00 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?

While cross-country skiing through Hammond Hill, I saw a flock of about 50 
small birds moving through some evergreens, in fairly tight quarters, in waves 
of 5-10 at a time. The only sounds I could hear and identify were chickadee 
chips and calls. I'm used to only encountering chickadees in small flocks of 
maybe 5-10, and this big flock seems unusual. They were too far to ID without 
binoculars. Conceivably they were redpolls or something else, but I heard 
nothing to suggest anything besides chickadees.

Suan
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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill crane

2017-02-22 Thread Liz Brown
Hi all,

A single sandhill crane passed over my place outside of Mecklenburg this 
morning, calling as it flew. Isn't it early?

-Liz

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[cayugabirds-l] Ravens on the move...

2016-09-25 Thread Liz Brown
Just now, out doing chores at our place in Mecklenburg, I watched  13 ravens 
drift south in a loose kettle. They were vocalizing, and doing some lazy 
acrobatics, but mostly just spiraling southward. We have a resident family 
group--and because we have a bakery on the property, with a delicious compost 
pile, we see a LOT of them--but I've never seen such a big group.


After a few minutes, 4 of them (I'm assuming "our" family) split from the rest 
and returned northward, 2 flying in a tight pair, and 2 following them. As soon 
as they left the group, the remaining 9 veered east, and began flying 
purposefully towards Ithaca.


Any ideas what that was all about?


Liz Brown

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[cayugabirds-l] Raven and goat

2015-03-21 Thread Liz Brown
While I was doing chores this morning (outside of Mecklenburg) I saw a 
wonderful interaction between a raven and my goat. I feed the crows, and it's 
not uncommon for our resident ravens to drop in and have a snack. This morning, 
as I was filling water buckets, I heard an odd, bell-like voice. It was a 
raven, sitting on the hayfeeder in the ram/goat pen, about 100' away. My big 
goat was standing with his front feet on the feeder, reaching up as far as he 
could, so that his nose was almost touching the raven. The raven was facing 
him, ruffling up his neck feathers, and gently pumping his wings - not opening 
them up all the way, just lifting them rhythmically up and down, a few inches 
away from his sides. He was vocalizing quietly - repeating a single, beautiful, 
metallic syllable.

I watched them for several minutes - the goat fascinated, trying to touch the 
raven, the raven, just out of reach, talking to him.


Then the crows arrived, and the raven flew off.


-Liz


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[cayugabirds-l] cowbird?

2015-02-12 Thread Liz Brown
Hi all,


This morning I had what looked like an all-black cowbird at my feeder in 
Mecklenburg - it had the overall shape and heavy bill of a brown-headed 
cowbird, and was roughly the same size, but it was black all over. I can say 
with certainty that it wasn't a blackbird or a grackle.


Any ideas? I'll try to get a picture if it comes back.


Thanks,

Liz Brown

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Mystery Mallard - Stewart Park today

2014-04-09 Thread Liz Brown
Here's information on the Cayuga duck from the American Livestock Breeds 
Conservancy:

http://www.livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/cayuga

I know of several small farm flocks in the Ithaca area.

-Liz Brown

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[mailto:bounce-114244248-25000...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of John and Sue 
Gregoire
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 2:06 PM
To: Jay McGowan
Cc: Judith W. Jones; Jason Huck; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mystery Mallard - Stewart Park today

A term we don't see around here these days, at least very often is Cayuga 
duck. We found that in common usage recently Ocean Cty, NJ. Looked like Black x 
Mallrd to me but there was/is such a domestic cross that originated somewhere 
on/near Cayuga Lake. Anyone have any solid info on that?
John
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On Wed, April 9, 2014 10:04, Jay McGowan wrote:
 Good guess, these often are confusing, but this bird looks more to me 
 like birds we call intersex, apparently often older female birds 
 that have increased testosterone production and end up developing 
 male-like characteristics. Others might be able to shed more light on 
 this phenomenon. This guy/gal looks may be the same one that was 
 around this winter down near Wegmans:
 https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/GPHW40BXyLHT9sZzY5uMMdMTjNZETYmy
 PJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 
 https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/SUtTd_O8tIfUR1lN30eWqdMTjNZETYmy
 PJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink


 On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 9:57 AM, Judith W. Jones j...@cornell.edu wrote:

  Check Sibley p 72 - has a picture under Black DuckxMallard Hybrid.


 On 4/8/2014 6:17 PM, Jason Huck wrote:

  Hi All,



 I am reaching out to the odd duck (although this one isn't overly 
 odd) experts to identify this mystery mallard that I discovered at 
 this morning Stewart Park along the creek (golf course bank).



 Domestic? Call duck?

 Hybrid? If so with what?



 The face struck me at first as gadwall, but none of the other 
 features seem to be there. Not much American Black Duck either...



 Here is some digiscoped video and photos:
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/69504362@N03/sets/72157643669301415/



 Thanks,

 Jason Huck
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[cayugabirds-l] Tues. April 15 at Mann Library, 'Falconry: An Ancient Art Lives On' with Tim Gallagher

2014-04-09 Thread Liz Brown
With ancient roots in Mesopotamia and Central Asia, falconry also finds 
impassioned practitioners in North America. Please join us for a talk with Tim 
Gallagher to learn more about the sport of falconry.


Falconry: An Ancient Art Lives on in America
Timothy Gallagher
Tuesday, April 15, 4:00pm
Mann Library, Room 160

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At a talk presented in conjunction with Mann Library's current exhibit, writer, 
wildlife photographer, and falconer Timothy Gallagher will present a history of 
this art, reflecting on its deep history and touching in particular on its 
current practice in the U.S.

Currently, editor-in-chief of Living 
Birdhttp://www.allaboutbirds.org/Page.aspx?pid=2580, the flagship publication 
of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Gallagher has had a lifelong interest 
in wilderness exploration and falcons. He has taken part in several research 
expeditions to Greenland, Iceland, northern Canada and Alaska to study falcons, 
raptors, and other endangered species.

This talk is being presented in conjunction with Mann's exhibit An Extreme 
Stirrer-Up of Passions: Falconry at Cornell and Beyond. Exploring the ancient, 
yet still vibrant world of falconry with gorgeous photography, fascinating 
artifacts, and items from Cornell University Library's extensive falconry 
collection, the exhibit is on display in the Mann Lobby and first floor Top 
Shelf Gallery through mid-May.

Refreshments available throughout the event. Exhibition and lecture funded by 
the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund and the Bondareff Family Fund for 
Mann Library.



Lynn M Bertoia
Program Coordinator
234 Olin Library
Cornell University
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Phone: (607) 255-4813
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] osprey at Salt Point

2014-03-31 Thread Liz Brown
As I was driving down Rte 89 towards Ithaca this morning, just past the Pines, 
an osprey carrying a big fish flew, low, several hundred yards along the 
roadway just in front of me.
-Liz

From: bounce-113837959-25000...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-113837959-25000...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of david nicosia
Sent: Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:09 PM
To: Candace Cornell; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] osprey at Salt Point

Our SFO group had an OSPREY perched in a tree at the Myer's Point Marina
this morning. I wonder if it is the bird you speak of??
On Sunday, March 30, 2014 1:04 PM, Candace Cornell 
cec...@gmail.commailto:cec...@gmail.com wrote:
Steve and Sue Ruoff saw the first osprey to come around Salt Point yesterday.. 
It was fishing and hanging out in the SP-Myers area, but did not show any 
particular interest in the nest. I also saw it fishing, but it was too far away 
to tell if it was either of the adults from last year—but it had a nice size 
lake trout.
Candace
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[cayugabirds-l] Starling poetry slam

2013-12-16 Thread Liz Brown
I still can't quite believe what I heard this morning, and I have to share it 
with someone:

This morning I opened the door to my chicken coop and found the girls inside 
riveted to an astonishing show. One of the coop windows broke recently;  I 
stapled plastic sheeting on the inside of the frame, and stuck  an old campaign 
yard sign on the outside, for security and added insulation. The sign isn't 
quite as wide as the frame, though - there's a gap about 3 wide. Two starlings 
had come in through the gap, and were having a ferocious battle in the space 
between the sign and the plastic sheeting. And here's what had the girls and me 
spellbound: the battle appeared to be as much about skill in mimicry as it did 
about physical strength.

When I hear starlings riffing in the treetops or rooftops, it's usually a 
mixture of mimicry and weird alien-radio-transmission whirrs, clicks, and 
whistles, and the mimicry is often clearly in the practice stage - the birds 
will repeat  and modify phrases. These two fighting birds were vocalizing  
constantly, and it was almost pure mimicry. Moreover, there was very little 
repetition, or variations on phrases - they were throwing down one new sound 
after another. I'm not great at bird songs, but I do know the yard birds, and I 
heard chickadee, cardinal, blue jay, titmouse, catbird, Carolina wren, 
red-tailed hawk, crow, raven, herring gull,  toad, many different chicken 
calls, our farm geese, the horses across the street, several different dogs, 
the tractor, and our neighbor's chainsaw. I've never heard such a virtuosic 
display from starlings before, ever. And this was all as they thrashed and 
kicked and pecked at each other.  The performance went on for several minutes 
before one of the birds scrambled out through the gap and fled, pursued by the 
other.

-Liz Brown

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] bird food question - natural history

2013-10-15 Thread Liz Brown
It looks like the seed capsule of some kind of agrimony (Agrimonia sp.). We've 
got several species around here.

-Liz Brown


From: bounce-108825112-25000...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-108825112-25000...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Kevin J. 
McGowan
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 10:30 AM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] bird food question - natural history

Does anyone know what this Black-capped Chickadee is eating in my photo:
http://plus.google.com/photos/101683745969614096883/albums/5915055030558568481/5932090311289075746?banner=pwapid=5932090311289075746oid=101683745969614096883https://plus.google.com/photos/101683745969614096883/albums/5915055030558568481/5932090311289075746?banner=pwapid=5932090311289075746oid=101683745969614096883?

Kevin


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Anyone missing a Red-tailed Hawk?

2013-04-22 Thread Liz Brown
There is a young falconer right in that neighborhood, on Bower Rd. She's a 
friend of my daughter's; I'll contact her to see if she's lost her hawk.

-Liz Brown

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[bounce-83898573-25000...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of John and Sue Gregoire 
[k...@empacc.net]
Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2013 11:14 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Anyone missing a Red-tailed Hawk?

We had a report of a RTHA with jesses seen at the intersection of Stillwell and
Sirrine Rds yesterday. This is a TBurg section of eastern Schuyler Cty near the
FLNF. We don't know of any falconers based operating in the area.
John
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