[cayugabirds-l] Swallows galore

2021-05-01 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Saw plenty of swallows yesterday as we made our way to and around Montezuma. The first sighting was from the Visitor Center parking lot, a mixed flock of Barn, Tree and Northern Rough-winged. They were busy flitting around the crane statue, presumably picking up insects There were swallows at

[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese, ducks

2021-03-11 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
I took a quick trip up the east side of the lake and then down to the State Park. The usual sites were quiet. When I had a view of the lake I could see white rafts in the middle. The water at the visitor center is opening up and there were a lot of Canada Geese and a variety of ducks. Down to

[cayugabirds-l] Carolina Wren

2021-02-25 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Reynold the wren has been a regular around the feeders and has totally taken advantage of the mix I have kept out for him (lard, peanut butter, chick mash etc.). The Titmice have also been feeding on it. Yesterday, he beckoned in the Spring-like weather by starting his Teakettle song. Up to

[cayugabirds-l] Evening grosbeaks

2020-10-28 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
A half dozen Evening Grosbeaks are at the feeders this morning once again. Lois Chaplin Beam Hill west Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeaks return

2020-10-27 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Two males and a female are at the feeders this morning. Lois Chaplin Beam Hill west -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeaks and Pine Siskins

2020-10-23 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Looked up to see a dozen or so Evening Grosbeaks at the feeders. There were several Pine Siskins dining here a few days ago. Lois Chaplin Beam Hill west -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-rumped warblers @ Dryden Lake

2020-04-25 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Other highlights included two Common Terns perched with a Cormorant on a log in the middle of the lake, two Osprey, two Eagles, a Kestrel, numerous Swamp Sparrows, Towhees, the regular raft of Common Mergansers, and one Bufflehead. We had to do some dodging along the trail as a pleasant

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake

2020-04-24 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Still lots of Common Mergansers hanging out on the lake. On Wednesday there was a pair of Long Tailed Ducks in the mix. Was pleased to have found Song, Swamp and Field Sparrows. There is a pair of very busy and vocal Kingfishers in the vicinity as well. Yesterday there were two Eagles at the

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake

2020-04-20 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Lots of activity on Dryden Lake. There were two Red Necked Grebes with a dozen or so Bonaparte's Gulls and three Ruddy Ducks. A group of Common Mergansers was fun to watch as they would all of a sudden disappear and then pop up a few moments later, obviously enjoying a meal. I saw an Osprey nab

[cayugabirds-l] Game Farm Road Osprey

2020-04-02 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Was watching a Red-tailed Hawk hunting the field adjacent to Ellis Hollow Road when I panned to the Osprey nest by the ball field. Looked like a head (in addition to the perch) sticking out. Lo and behold, the Osprey took flight and confirmed its identity. Lois Chaplin -- Cayugabirds-L List

[cayugabirds-l] Female Hummer

2019-05-05 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Had my first female hummer buzzing around the deck this morning. She was kindly suggesting I get a second feeder up. Done. Lois Chaplin Beam Hill -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Fallout on Beam HIll

2019-05-03 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Wow - what an eyeful of new arrivals in my yard this morning. Hummingbird (arrived yesterday) Oriole (had to scurry to get the orange out there) Indigo Bunting A flight of 13 Blue Jays arrived as well. Nesting Wood Ducks add to the color scheme, as does the Red-bellied Woodpecker. Lois

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake - Eagle, Mergansers

2019-04-01 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Enjoyed the sunshine this afternoon as I walked along the trail. It helped with the chill in the air. Saw Hooded, Common and Red-breasted Mergansers, numerous Bufflehead, one pie-billed grebe. Checked out the Eagle nest at the far end of the lake to discover it's occupied by an Eagle. This is

[cayugabirds-l] Bluebird and Pins Siskins

2019-03-23 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Enjoying all the bird activity in my back yard (from the warmth/comfort of the house). Have had as many as four Pine Siskins visiting the feeders over the past several days. I just spied a Bluebird checking out one of the nest boxes out back. This is earlier than I'm used to seeing them. So far

[cayugabirds-l] A most unusual Robin's nest

2018-08-02 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Earlier this year, a Robin that had built a nest on my infrequently used porch abandoned the nest and left four eggs behind. She was apparently distraught over the human activity. Fast forward a couple months - I return to the porch to discover that she had returned to the nest and had two

[cayugabirds-l] Woodcock?

2017-03-17 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
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

[cayugabirds-l] Loon on Cayuga Lake

2016-07-12 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
We launched a canoe at Salt Point this morning and headed north for a bit of a workout in anticipation of an upcoming Canadian paddle trip (Loon country). What a surprise to find a lone Loon hanging out about a mile or so north of Salt Point. He/she even gave us a vocalization, as if to

[cayugabirds-l] Father's Day Oriole

2016-06-19 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
The bird activity in my yard has been most entertaining of late. The Redwings were most disturbed by what turned out to be a weasel patrolling around the pond yesterday. Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, I heard chattering from what turned out to be an Oriole nest. Needless to say I was

[cayugabirds-l] Osprey activity

2016-04-11 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
There were two Osprey flying around the north end of Dryden Lake yesterday morning. One landed on the new platform. This morning, I noticed that there are sticks on the platform which I had not noticed before. At Myers Point yesterday afternoon, I caught site of two Osprey sitting in a tree. I

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Mrs Robin reuses her nest!

2015-06-29 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
There is a Robin’s nest in my (rural) carport that has been used for numerous years by Robins and there have been multiple broods in any given year. One year the nest fell down but it was rebuilt by a better nest builder. Right now there is a second batch incubating or hatched; I can’t quite

[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Cranes at Martens Tract

2015-04-07 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Three of us took the day to travel around Cayuga Lake today. The GREAT HORNED OWL chicks cooperated for good views for starters. We saw COMMON LOONS and HORNED GREBES at Meyers. There were numerous ducks at many of the stopping points along the east side of the lake. There were EAGLES on nests

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Now LOTS of Geese

2015-03-25 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Perhaps they are the ones we see in the potato fields. Snows and Canadas. Lois Chaplin Sent from my iPhone On Mar 25, 2015, at 10:30 AM, Laura Stenzler l...@cornell.edu wrote: Now the sky is full of geese. Many snows! Laura Laura Stenzler l...@cornell.edu -- Cayugabirds-L

[cayugabirds-l] Redwings like clockwork and an unusual one

2015-03-22 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
When I see the reports on this list of arrivals, I have learned what that means for when I can expect arrivals in my backyard on Beam Hill. Right on schedule for arrival here, Redwing Scout showed up on Wednesday; the gang of guys showed up at the feeders this morning. At first I saw a half

[cayugabirds-l] Hermits thrushes

2014-04-17 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
I was rewarded this afternoon to find four Hermit Thrushes in the woods behind my house. They were stealth but very busy picking through the leaf litter. I first came upon two of them in one section of woods. I stopped and watched them for several minutes. They too were curious , coming to

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake

2014-04-03 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
A visit to Dryden Lake at lunchtime was productive: One OSPREY A pair of HORNED GREBES, HOODED MERGANSERS At least 3 WOOD DUCKS (nestled along the far shore in the shrubs) Numerous RINGNECK DUCKS, WIGEONS PINTAIL MALLARDS, CANADA GEESE All from the fishing dock at the park entrance. Lois

[cayugabirds-l] Harris Park today

2014-04-01 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
We made a quick trip up the east side of the lake today. With more ice having melted, the birds are further out than they were a week ago. From Harris Park, we saw a few ducks including numerous BUFFLEHEAD and a pair of GOLDENEYE. We also saw an EAGLE perched in a tree on the near shore. In the

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake today

2014-03-25 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
A walk along the trail from Weber St. to the end of the lake was pleasant and productive for birds. There were numerous HOODED MERGANSERS, RED HEADED DUCKS, a pair of CANVASBACKS and MALLARDS along with geese and beaver. We rustled up two WOOD DUCKS near the far end of the lake. There were

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake Trail hatchlings

2012-05-03 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Earlier this week I was privy to a flotilla of Mallard ducklings making their way along the edge of the little pond that's south of the parking area off of Lake Road. Yesterday, I came across two different sets of goslings being herded by parents (total of about 16. Today, there were many

[cayugabirds-l] Gray crowned rosy finch

2012-03-19 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
Front page news of my hometown newspaper- the Boonville Herald - features the adventures of the Gray Crowned Rosy Finch in Locust Grove. It even made mention in George Capron's column, excerpts from calls he receives at the local radio station. Am happy to share if anyone is interested in

[cayugabirds-l] Beam Hill Red-shouldered Hawks, Siskins

2012-03-19 Thread Lois E. Chaplin
The Red-shouldered Hawks have returned to Beam Hill (west) and are making their presence known with lots of vocalizations and aerial displays. There are at least two who have been making regular appearances. My neighbor saw one with nesting material this morning. I witnessed one land at my