[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Lake State Park - Wed. morning

2019-05-22 Thread M Miller
No luck on either the grebe or red knots, but did find a few birds of interest. 
20 Snow Geese hanging around the marina, with a Canvasback and few Redheads. 
Offshore were a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers, several Common Mergansers, and 
a pair of Bufflehead. Near the flagpole (east end of park) found a Blackpoll 
Warbler, Warbling Vireo, and Philadelphia Vireo. Also had a blackpoll warbler 
near the park entrance.

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[cayugabirds-l] Wildlife Drive Whimbrels & more

2019-05-19 Thread M Miller
Sunday morning about 9 AM found 2 Whimbrel, 1 Ruddy Turnstone, & 7 
Black-bellied Plovers in the open area just before the eagle sculpture on 
Montezuma's wildlife drive. There were also semi-palmated plovers and a few of 
sandpipers (mostly least?).

Originally thought there might be a couple Am. Golden-plovers in the mix, but 
after reviewing pics (and help from Jay) believe they were all Black-bellied, 
with a couple in transition & the rest in breeding plumage).

Not much else of note; except for a common loon out in the middle of the main 
pool (before the spillway), and both Virginia Rails & Willow Flycatchers 
calling along the drive.

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Esker Brook Scarlet Tanager & Bobolink, and others.

2019-05-10 Thread M Miller
Found FOY Scarlet Tanager on Orchard Trail (not far from parking lot) and a 
Bobolink on the north end of Orchard Trail about 2 PM Friday afternoon. Also 
had Blue-headed Vireo & Blackburnian Warbler on Ridge Trail (and lots of RB 
Grosbeaks & B. Orioles. Nashville Warblers near both e. Tyre Rd & rte 89 
parking lots. Lots of YRWA & YEWA everywhere.

2 Mute Swans were at the Visitor Center Pool, 2 Trumpeters at May's Point & 6 
Swans (at least 2 were Mute) at Knox-Marsellus.

Male & Female Prothonotary Warblers were active at the Armitage Rd box (west of 
canal bridge) along with numerous Am Redstarts & RB Grosbeaks.

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Main Pool Saturday Morning

2019-04-20 Thread M Miller
Wide variety of ducks on the main pool, including Common Merganser, Ruddy, 
Redhead, and all the usual ones. Virginia Rails calling near La Rue's Lagoon 
(both sides of the road). Counted 14 Great Egrets fairly far out on the main 
pool. Had at least 3 Wilson Snipe at Benning Marsh. Only other shorebirds on 
the drive were a few Yellowlegs & couple Killdeer. Song, Swamp, & Savannah 
Sparrows were around (mostly Eaton Marsh). Caspian Terns, Barn & Tree Swallows 
flying around.

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[cayugabirds-l] Off Topic - birding lists & ebird vs. ABA

2019-02-15 Thread M Miller
Hope no one minds this post, but I have recently been updating my life list and 
found a little conflict between ebird & the American Birding Association list 
rules. I was curious to see what others consider "countable" when it comes to 
their life lists. The ABA seems to make numerous changes to species, names, 
taxonomy several times each year. We have lost Thayer's Gull (now a subspecies 
of Iceland) as well as others. Purple Swamphen is now Gray-headed Swamphen per 
ebird, but not on ABA list. Magnificent Hummer is now Rivoli's Hummingbird (on 
both lists). Graylag Goose is countable on ABA, but not ebird. I understand the 
reason and science behind many of these changes, but I wonder how this affects 
those who keep life lists. Please feel free to comment to me by facebook or my 
email below, thanks.

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[cayugabirds-l] OOB Lapland Longspurs & Owls

2019-01-27 Thread M Miller
I'm not of the Genesee list so I'm posting here. Had a flock of 15-20 Lapland 
Longspur with 2 or 3 Horned Larks on Nations Rd (south of Avon) just south of 
Little Rd. 2 Short-eared Owls were on the corner of Little & Nations roads and 
2 Barred Owls were in the woods on north side of Little Rd. Photos on my 
facebook page. (Please feel free to re-post).

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[cayugabirds-l] Fayette Lapland Longspur

2019-01-25 Thread M Miller
About 1 PM Friday I found a flock of about 50+ Horned Larks along with one 
Lapland Longspur. They were along the shoulder of Fayette-Varick Townline Rd 
(west of Hoster Rd intersection). Also had a great view of a Merlin along Rte 
89, just south of Canoga (west side of the road). Tundra Swans, Redhead, 
Gadwall, Am Wigeon, Goldeneye, and lots of Common Mergansers were along the 
west shore of Cayuga Lake by the water plant off Rte 89 (south of Canoga). Pics 
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[cayugabirds-l] Martin Rd Seneca Falls/South Spring Pool

2018-05-02 Thread M Miller
Drove along Martin Rd (by the Lott Farm/Empire Farm Days site) Monday morning 
and had Eastern Meadowlarks, a Bobolink, & 3 Upland Sandpipers. (Please get 
permission before driving on the Lott Farm).

Also had 1 Yellow Warbler, 1 Palm, Warbler, & lots of Yellow-rumps on the South 
Spring Pool trail at Montezuma.

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[cayugabirds-l] South Spring Trail (Montezuma)

2018-04-21 Thread M Miller
Found a Solitary Sandpiper and a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets in with all the 
Golden-crowned along the South Spring Trail at Montezuma Saturday evening.

Pelican, Ross’s Goose, Tundra Swans still along the wildlife drive on Saturday 
(didn’t relocate Wilson’s Snipe from Friday). Western Meadowlark still being 
found along Armitage Rd (west of Rte 89 intersection).

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[cayugabirds-l] 2nd Gyrfalcon Seneca County?

2018-03-24 Thread M Miller
I found a Gyrfalcon on Yellow Tavern Rd, west of rte 414 in the town of Fayette 
Sat morning. It appears to be a more brownish morph, or possibly a juvenile 
gray morph. I don’t think it is the same bird that has been seen at the nearby 
stone quarry (along Canoga Rd) despite the close proximity. Photos are on the 
Eaton Birding Society facebook page.
Also had 3 Snowy Owls around the FL Airport/Lott Farm, all very close to the 
road. Thousands of Snow Geese still around many fields in the town of Fayette.

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[cayugabirds-l] Eurasian G-W Teal & Hybrid Goose

2018-03-19 Thread M Miller
In among the numerous Canada Geese at the Montezuma Visitor Center, I had a 
couple cackling geese & a hybrid Snow/Canada Goose (photos on Eaton Birding 
Society facebook page). Also had what appears to be a snow goose in the mix 
(had it’s head down the whole time). The duck variety included pintails, Am 
wigeon, Shovelers, wood ducks, black ducks, mallards, green-winged teal, and a 
Eurasian Teal. A couple Trumpeter Swans also flew over. Had trumpeter & tundra 
on Morgan Rd Sunday, along with 4 Sandhill cranes.

Mark Miller

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Still seeing a few Snowy Owls at the finger lakes airport (Seneca Falls).

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] RE; Purple Sandpiper, Montezuma VC

2017-10-22 Thread M Miller
Thanks guys, I appreciate the quick response.

Mark

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From: Jay McGowan<mailto:jmcgowa...@gmail.com>
Sent: ‎Sunday‎, ‎October‎ ‎22‎, ‎2017 ‎3‎:‎58‎ ‎PM
To: Joe DeVito<mailto:joeb...@yahoo.com>
Cc: Cayugabirds<mailto:Cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu>, M 
Miller<mailto:mmiller...@hotmail.com>

Mark,
This is the east spit at Fair Haven State Park on Lake Ontario, Cayuga County.

On Oct 22, 2017 3:54 PM, "Joe DeVito" 
<joeb...@yahoo.com<mailto:joeb...@yahoo.com>> wrote:
I apologize, I thought I sent it to Cayuga birds.

The purple sandpiper was along the pier hiding beneath the break wall. It would 
come out for a little and go back in.

Just passed the trees on the left, maybe 50 yards or so, there is a small mid 
flat.

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On Oct 22, 2017, at 3:24 PM, M Miller 
<mmiller...@hotmail.com<mailto:mmiller...@hotmail.com>> wrote:

Could you give a little more on the location of the Purple Sandpiper? (Also, 
could all posters please consider many of us that follow Cayuga Basin List 
aren’t always familiar with Ithaca locations, thanks.)


Had nice variety at the visitor center pool on Montezuma; Wilson’s Snipe, 
Dowitcher, Dunlin, Pectoral, Yellowlegs, and also an American Pipit..

Mark Miller

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[cayugabirds-l] RE; Purple Sandpiper, Montezuma VC

2017-10-22 Thread M Miller
Could you give a little more on the location of the Purple Sandpiper? (Also, 
could all posters please consider many of us that follow Cayuga Basin List 
aren’t always familiar with Ithaca locations, thanks.)


Had nice variety at the visitor center pool on Montezuma; Wilson’s Snipe, 
Dowitcher, Dunlin, Pectoral, Yellowlegs, and also an American Pipit.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vultures

2017-10-13 Thread M Miller
If anyone wants to see Turkey Vultures, just stop by the Seneca County 
Fairgrounds (Not the Lott Farm!) in the village of Waterloo (North Rd/Swift 
St). There are about 100 that roost in the morning & evening on the village 
water tower and any available pole/post on the fairgrounds.

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma birds

2017-08-26 Thread M Miller
Had a vew birds of interest at the refuge (didn’t go on Knox-Marsellus hike). 
Had a Wilson's phalarope along with pectoral, semi-palmated, & least sandpipers 
(and a couple unidentified as of yet). Also had both yellowlegs & Semipalmated 
plovers, all at Benning Marsh.

Esker Brook trail was very quiet, but did find red-eyed vireo, GC flycatcher, 
wood thrush, Wilson's warbler, Am redstart, eastern pewee & rusty blackbird 
(most near the north end of the trail).

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[cayugabirds-l] Park Passes

2017-07-13 Thread M Miller
I would highly recommend calling any place first before driving there to get a 
park pass, I was told Seneca Falls Women’s Park does not sell them (since they 
don’t charge an entry fee). You can try to purchase them on-line, but expect a 
long delay in receiving them. Be sure to try and purchase them before August 
28th, when the price goes from $10 to $80. (note: on-line purchases come with 
an added surcharge/processing fee).

Montezuma Nat Wildlife Refuge no longer sells any passes due to the added red 
tape and requirements the government has imposed in selling these passes.

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[cayugabirds-l] Howland's Island birds

2017-05-19 Thread M Miller
Carncross road to the parking area on Howland’s Island is now accessible and 
mostly dry. I stopped at the end of the wooded section (just before the parking 
area) and found quite a few birds. Indigo Buntings, Baltimore Orioles, RB 
Grosbeaks, and a pair of Yellow-billed Cuckoos. Also had Yellow, Blackpoll, 
Tennessee, Cerulean, Am Redstart warblers (to name a few). Found Warbling, 
Red-eye, & Yellow-throated Vireos and an E. Pewee too.

On Carncross Rd where the pavement turns to dirt/gravel, I found the reported 
Acadian Flycatcher and a Wilson’s Warbler in the small parking area.

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[cayugabirds-l] Esker Brook Trail migrants

2017-05-15 Thread M Miller
Sunday seemed to bring in a lot along the Esker Brook Trail. Found Blue-winged, 
Black & White, Blackburnian, BT Green, Am. Redstart, not to mention dozens of 
Yellow Warblers. Also had Scarlet Tanager, RB Grosbeak, and a Black-billed 
Cuckoo on the trail.

The steel deck bridge on Armitage Rd (west of the Rte 89 junction) offered up 
Cerulean and BT Blue on the east side, and the Prothonotary is being seen on 
the west side of the bridge.

Looked on Gravel Rd (south of Rte 318) for the Ruddy Turnstones, but they had 
left the pond, only found a few peeps, mostly Least Sandpipers.

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[cayugabirds-l] Fayette h. larks, s. buntings, lapland longspurs.

2017-03-19 Thread M Miller
Drove to Fayette around noon Sunday (Hoster/N. Town Line Rds) and had a few 
Horned Larks and Snow Buntings fairly close to the road (Southeast corner of 
intersection). In with the Snow Buntings I also had a pair of Lapland 
Longspurs. Photos available on the Eaton Birding Society facebook page.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake Park, FL Airport

2017-01-20 Thread M Miller
Didn’t re-find the Gyrfalcon or Shrike (didn’t put much effort in though). I 
did get good views of a Snowy Owl on the Lott Farm (after asking permission to 
drive there). The best birding was on Lower Lake Rd & Cayuga State Park where I 
found a single Black Swan and a Lesser Black-backed Gull near the south end of 
the road. Lots of Canada Geese & assorted ducks along the lake shore, and a 
large flock of Snow Geese off the park boat launch. Side note; watched a mink & 
numerous muskrat out on the ice around the boat launch.

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[cayugabirds-l] N Goshawk, Cattle Egrets

2016-11-27 Thread M Miller
Had a report of a juvenile N. Goshawk on rte 96 near Yellow Tavern Rd 
(Romulus/Fayette). The wildlife drive is still open at Montezuma, with large 
numbers of ducks (12+ species). Tundra Swans also being very vocal. Had at 
least 2 Cattle Egrets on East Tyre Rd (between Lay Rd & rte 89) in a horse 
pasture on east side of road. Lots of red-tails around and a couple of 
rough-legged hawks (as well as Bald Eagles).

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[cayugabirds-l] Cattle Egrets

2016-11-11 Thread M Miller
Forgot to add, at least 7 cattle egrets still at the Goosehaven farm on rte 89 
about a mile north of rtes 5 and 20 in the cow pasture.

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Drive Friday

2016-11-11 Thread M Miller
Despite the wind, a lot going on at the refuge. Thousands of ring-necked ducks 
with canvasback, redhead, ruddy, Am wigeon, gadwall, mallard, pintail, 
shovelers, to name a few. Had at least 6 Bald eagles on the drive (including 3 
juveniles together harassing the ducks). A group of 5 TUNDRA swans and 1 
Eurasian Wigeon. Also had a snow bunting along the road. Graylag goose is still 
around near the eagle sculpture.

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[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Lake St Park

2016-11-07 Thread M Miller
Drove around this morning, very few Canada Geese - no Greater-white Fronted 
seen, but did have 1 Brant near the canal entrance/marina. A few ducks included 
Mallard, Am Black, Scaup, Redhead, Bufflehead, & C. Mergansers. GBB Gulls have 
started showing up also. A juvenile Bald Eagle was perched near the entrance of 
the park.

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Wildlife Refuge

2016-10-15 Thread M Miller
I just wanted to add a couple comments to Donna Scotts post about the refuge. I 
drove around the drive this morning and was very impressed with the new eagle 
sculpture by a local artist. With a 25 foot wingspan, I think it will get 
noticed by most people on the thruway (at least those heading east). I know a 
lot of people have said how they have driven past the refuge many times before 
finally stopping to check it out, maybe this will encourage more to stop.

While the wildlife drive is not open to pedestrians or bicycles yet, there are 
plans to open sections along the drive, hopefully by next year. Currently there 
are 4 locations on the drive that you may get out of your car; by the spillway 
(next to the Carp sign), at the photo blind, at Benning Marsh, and at the new 
viewing platform (next to the eagle sculpture). Your cooperation (and following 
the 15 mph speed limit) are greatly appreciated. These rules are designed to 
reduce disturbance to wildlife (and it does make a difference). Also, be 
advised that due to construction on the drive, you may encounter 2-way traffic, 
thank you.

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[cayugabirds-l] OT - Eaton Birding Society program

2016-10-02 Thread M Miller
Monday night October 3rd at the Geneva Community Center (7 PM). Eaton Birding 
Society’s first meeting of the season presents “Birding along the Southeast 
Coast & Florida Keys”. An hour long  slide show that will highlight some great 
birding spots and many species unique to the southeast. This power-point 
presentation covers my recent 2 week birding trip to South Carolina, Georgia, & 
Florida last February. Great tips for beginning/intermediate birders on what 
you can find on your next visit to the sunny Southeast.

Directions to the Geneva Community Center:

On Carter Rd (off North Rd) drive past the high school and turn left (west 
side). Look for the big silver telephone cable box by the entrance drive. 
Non-members welcome.

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-crowned Night-heron at MNWR

2016-08-01 Thread M Miller
After reviewing the photos (and several inputs) I believe it was an immature 
Yellow-crowned Night-heron that was seen on the walk around Knox-Marsellus 
Sunday with Dave Nutter. It was located in a small pool along the north end of 
the dike that runs between Puddler’s & Knox-Marsellus. Photos are on the Eaton 
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[cayugabirds-l] Knox-Marsellus Sat evening

2016-07-02 Thread M Miller
I was able to see Jay’s Dowitchers and Wilson’s Phalarope (with the help of a 
couple Cornell students) Saturday evening from East Rd. Also had a pair of Snow 
Geese & a pair of Graylag Geese in with the Canada’s. Towards sunset, 14 
Sandhill Cranes flew in and a light sprinkle created a full rainbow over the 
marsh. Shorebird numbers are really climbing (mostly yellowlegs). The pair of 
Trumpeter Swans were also present.


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[cayugabirds-l] Garganey

2016-06-10 Thread M Miller
Was watching off & on as it would emerge from behind cattails/brush in the 
southwest corner of Knox-Marsellus. It was still present until it got too dark 
to see Friday night.


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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Egrets moved on

2016-05-28 Thread M Miller
I was at Knox-Marsellus until about 7:30 PM watching the pair of Snowy Egrets 
as they lifted off the marsh, circled a couple times, and headed south. I was 
unable to relocate them after a quick look at Mays Point & the Wildlife Drive.


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[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Palm Warbler

2016-04-02 Thread M Miller
Had a nice Eastern Palm Warbler along the Esker Brook/South Spring Trail today 
at Montezuma (south part of Ridge Trail). Also E. Phoebes, N Flickers, Hairy, 
Downy, GC Kinglets, Titmice (mouses?), WB Nuthatches, & 3 Sandhill Cranes flew 
over Saturday around noon.


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[cayugabirds-l] Spring birds around Savannah

2016-03-18 Thread M Miller
S is for Spring - and for Swans (Trumpeter), Shovelers, Sandhill Cranes, 
Swallows (Tree), Song Sparrows, & Savannah Sparrow. All were seen around 
Savannah (Carncross & Armitage Rds) along with GW Teal, Wood Ducks, N. Pintail, 
A. Wigeon, Gadwall, Ring-necked, Canvasback, Mallards, & Black Ducks.


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[cayugabirds-l] N. Saw-whet in Seneca County

2016-03-10 Thread M Miller
Northern Saw-whet Owl seen Thu night about 11 PM, off East Lake Rd in Fayette 
(off Rte 96A). Perched in a pine tree in a hedgerow.


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[cayugabirds-l] OT - Scopes

2016-01-23 Thread M Miller
Thanks to all that responded to my request on spotting scopes info/for sale. 
I’m still weighing the options but think I’ll hold off until this spring to 
acquire a new one.


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[cayugabirds-l] OT - spotting scopes

2016-01-21 Thread M Miller
Hope no one minds this off topic post, but I’m looking for recommendations on a 
lower priced scope ($300-$500 range). If anyone has any suggestions I’d be 
grateful, or if someone is looking to sell a used scope (price negotiable) 
please contact me at mmiller...@hotmail.com


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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Cranes in Savannah

2016-01-09 Thread M Miller
Had a pair of Sandhill Cranes at the Sandhill Crane Unit (Montezuma) on the 
south side of Van Dyne Spoor Rd around sunset Saturday. Also had a group of 
over 2 dozen Swans that appear to be Trumpeters. Photos available on Eaton 
Birding Society’s facebook page. (No Short-eared Owls seen, but several N. 
Harriers were flying around, along with lots of ducks & Canada geese).


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[cayugabirds-l] Message about birds

2015-11-21 Thread M Miller
Not to change the topic, but a trip thru Montezuma auto route yielded a lot 
fewer ducks than in past weeks. Still a good variety, Mallards, Gadwall, N 
Shoveler, GW Teal, Ruddy, Ring-necked, Scaup, Redhead, A. Wigeon, N Pintail, 
Pied-billed Grebe and A. Coots. Many Canada Geese still there, I didn’t stop on 
East Rd but 50+ Sandhill Crane were seen Friday morning at Knox-Marsellus.


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[cayugabirds-l] Cinnamon Hybrid WAS still there.

2015-11-13 Thread M Miller
Spent 20-30 minutes watching the hybrid Blue-winged/Cinnamon Teal at LaRues 
Lagoon (Montezuma) when a tug boat went smoking & chugging up the canal and 
spooked all the ducks & geese on LaRues. Most of them seemed to land in the 
main pool, but unable to relocate the hybrid teal. Hoping it will return 
tomorrow. Still a wide variety of ducks, but numbers down from couple weeks 
ago. 1 Yellowlegs (Greater?) and a few Dowitchers on Eaton Marsh, all seen 
about 3 PM Friday.


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[cayugabirds-l] Great Egret - Geneva

2015-11-09 Thread M Miller
Just had a Great Egret fly over 96A in Fayette (by Kime Rd) at 7 AM on its way 
towards Seneca Lake Park area. Thought it was a little late for them!


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[cayugabirds-l] White-cheeked Pintail, Montezuma

2015-10-17 Thread M Miller
Seen this morning on the Main Pool at Montezuma, among hundreds of N. Pintails. 
(Second hand report, but I saw the photos from the person who found it). White 
cheek, orange on bill, appears to be a positive ID. It was seen about halfway 
down the main pool. Spent an hour searching through thousands of ducks but did 
not find it again.


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[cayugabirds-l] Sabattis Bog Trip 10/24

2015-10-17 Thread M Miller
Had a question about this trip; is Sabattis Bog the same as the Circle 
Rd/Sabattis Rd area near Long Lake? If it is, my Google maps shows it just over 
4 hrs. from Ithaca (with Bloomingdale Bog another hour). With that in mind, I 
thought I would mention the EconoLodge in Malone (25-30 minutes north of Paul 
Smiths) had rooms for $70 a night (as of 10/9/15). I thought this might sound 
more appealing than making the drive back on the same day (something to 
consider anyway). I am thinking about joining the trip, however, since I live 
in Waterloo I would probably be driving myself and want to meet up at Ferd’s 
Bog. If anyone else from this area is interested in going along, please email 
me.




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[cayugabirds-l] Re: Gray Jays

2015-10-15 Thread M Miller
Carl,


Unfortunately I can’t go along next week but I just came back from there 
Saturday. Sabittis area was not as active as I had hoped, none of the good 
things posted by Joan Collins (Northern NY list). I didn’t have much luck at 
Bloomingdale Bog either, but I did talk to a couple who had just seen a Gray 
Jay near the feeders (by the Bloomingdale side of the bog trail). Paul Smiths 
didn’t have much to offer, but may be worth checking out if you’re up by 
Bloomingdale Bog. There were a lot of Ruffed Grouse around (with drumming going 
on). The trees were just about at peak, but chance of snow is getting more 
likely.


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[cayugabirds-l] RE: guidebooks to Montezuma (FYI)

2015-09-12 Thread M Miller
Sorry I am not be able to pick these up, but I wanted to comment on a couple 
things in your post. The weekend hours for the visitor center are 10 to 4 (Sat 
& Sun) and the 10 - 3 hours are Mon - Fri, also I believe the office is usually 
closed on weekends. 




The Montezuma Muckrace is an annual event held by the Friends of the Montezuma 
Wetland Complex every year as a fund raiser to support projects on the refuge 
and within the complex (like the deep muck viewing platform east of Savannah). 
It is starting at 7 PM Friday Sep 18 and runs until 7 PM Saturday Sep 19th. 
Around 30 teams compete in a Big Day to see how many bird species they can find 
within the complex. More info, or if anyone would like to contribute, you can 
go to friendsofmontezuma.org and select MUCKRACE.


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[cayugabirds-l] Garbled Posts

2015-08-31 Thread M Miller
To Dave (and others affected by this),


When I check the Cayuga List, I do it by going to the ABA.org Birding News and 
select New York - Cayuga (under the Eastern Region). With all other posters the 
message reads fine, however, with Dave Nutter, the message gets lost in 
computer jargon. Being very un-computer savvy myself, I have no idea what is 
causing this, but thought I would copy & paste a section of his last message. 
I’m hoping someone out there may be able to figure out what’s going on. This is 
the first part of his last message (as it appeared to me):


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bounce-119585683-21262...@list.cornell.edu designates 132.236.56.60 as
permitted sender) client-ip2.236.56.60; - See more at: 
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=977694=NY02=New York 
Cayuga#sthash.X5qMEthz.dpuf


As previously stated, whenever someone posts a reply to Dave’s post, his 
original message gets printed at the bottom and is completely readable. Hope we 
can figure out this glitch, thanks.


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[cayugabirds-l] Snows Snowy

2015-04-03 Thread M Miller
Responding to earlier post - had a large flock of snow geese east of 
Knox-Marsellus (Montezuma). They were in the field across the road from the 
potato shed (Rte 31 west of the village of Montezuma). Also found 1 of the 
snowy owls (appears to be almost pure white - male?) along Farron Rd on the 
east side of the Finger Lakes airport. The wildlife drive is also open at 
Montezuma (2 way traffic to the end of Benning Marsh). Many Ring-necked Ducks, 
a few Redhead, Hooded Mergansers, Am. Wigeon, Shovelers, Black Ducks  
Mallards. Also Osprey  1 Pied-billed Grebe. (Woodies  GB Herons also at 
Knox-Marsellus).


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[cayugabirds-l] Common Loons - Seneca Lake

2015-04-01 Thread M Miller
Had 4 Common Loons on the east side of Seneca Lake (near Kime Beach Rd). Also 
Redhead, C. Goldeneye, RB Mergansers, a few Canada  couple Snow Geese about 
7AM.


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[cayugabirds-l] Pipit, Snow Buntings, Killdeer

2015-03-15 Thread M Miller
Went on the Eaton Birding Society field trip this morning. Birds of note 
include several Killdeer, small flock of Snow Buntings,  a single Am. Pipit 
along Yale Farm Rd between Rtes 96  96A in Seneca County. Also had a nice 
selection of Canvasback, Redhead, Scaup, C.  RB Mergansers, RN Duck,  C. 
Goldeneye in the marina at Seneca Lake State Park. Photos on EBS facebook page 
(if you enjoy our facebook page/photos, please consider joining our club based 
in Geneva NY, thanks)


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[cayugabirds-l] Iceland Gull in Waterloo

2015-03-06 Thread M Miller
In among the RB  Herring Gulls on the frozen canal, there was at least 1 
immature Iceland Gull. Viewed from Oak Island (south end of Oak St off rtes 5  
20), about 4 PM Friday. The resident mallard flock (with a few domestic 
varieties) was also there.


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[cayugabirds-l] Suggestion on gyrfalcon

2015-02-27 Thread M Miller
Relaying some info that was given to me on the gyrfalcon. It seems that this 
bird may have a pattern where it shows up near the corner of Seybolt  Stahl 
Rds (township of Fayette) in the afternoons (around 3 PM). I had tried several 
mornings (a convenient time for me) without any luck. On Thursday afternoon I 
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[cayugabirds-l] Merlin, RL Hawk, no Gyr

2015-02-27 Thread M Miller
Spent the afternoon searching for the gyrfalcon around Seybolt Rd, without any 
luck. Did have a N. Harrier at Seybolt  Stahl Rds, a Merlin at Leader  Hoster 
Rds, and a Rough-legged Hawk (light morph) along rte 89 just north of E. Tyre 
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[cayugabirds-l] More info on gyrfalcon

2015-02-26 Thread M Miller
Just wanted to add that I first saw the gyrfalcon at 3 PM (thanks to the couple 
parked on Stahl Rd with a scope set up on it). It quickly flew south to land on 
the east side of Seybolt Rd (nabbing a duck dinner on it’s way) about 200 yards 
south of Stahl Rd. It stayed there for about 20 minutes, then flew back north a 
few hundred yards, and was still in the area when I left. Photos can be seen on 
the Eaton Birding Society facebook page.


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[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon - finally!

2015-02-26 Thread M Miller
The Gyrfalcon was on Seybolt Rd (south of Seneca Falls) around Stahl Rd. It was 
first perched north of the large barns on Stahl Rd, but flew south along 
Seybolt. I was able to see it capture a Mallard in mid-air and start feasting 
on it. A red-tail hawk took over the kill, soon to be followed by a second 
red-tail. The gyrfalcon continually harassed them until it was able to reclaim 
it’s meal. Amazing show - guess it pays to be persistent, this being about my 
6th try to find this life bird.


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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl - Fayette

2015-02-25 Thread M Miller
Had a heavily barred Snowy Owl in the field on the SW corner of 96A and Kime 
Rds this morning about 7 AM in the town of Fayette. No luck finding the 
Gyrfalcon around Seybolt Rd, but did have a male N. Harrier in the area, and an 
American Kestrel (along with many more RT Hawks).


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[cayugabirds-l] Butler's Pine Warbler within Cayuga Basin?

2015-02-18 Thread M Miller
I tried to post this a while ago, but it never appeared, so I will try again. 
According to waynecountynysoiland water.org (under What is a Watershed?) the 
entire Butler Creek drainage is into the Seneca River. However, another page on 
that site states that the Town of Butler lies within both Lake Ontario and 
Seneca River watersheds, which means if the Pine Warbler was sighted in the 
northern part of the town, it may not be in the Cayuga Basin.


Additionally, a water quality report from Brockport (Univ.?) states that Butler 
Creek drains into Crusoe Lake, which is in the Cayuga basin.


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[cayugabirds-l] Butler Creek drainage

2015-02-18 Thread M Miller
I did a brief review of the waynecountynysoilandwater.org site and found out a 
couple things. The town of Butler is listed as partly in the Lake Ontario 
watershed (basin drainage) and partly in the Seneca River Drainage. However, 
according to a watershed map, the entire Butler Creek lies within the Seneca 
River drainage basin.


(Note, look for “what is a watershed” and “why is AG conservation important?” 
on the website)








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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck Pine Siskin

2015-01-24 Thread M Miller
Spent a lot of time today at Hog Hole (8-11 AM  1-2 PM). Tufted Duck was 
there, diving frequently, and moving around quite a bit. Usually hanging out 
with a few Scaup. Was fairly close in this morning, further out in the 
afternoon.


Stopped at the Lab of O, not too much there, but did have a Pine Siskin hanging 
around the feeders (along with Chickadees, Juncos, Goldfinches, Titmouse, 
Downy, Hairy,  a White-throated Sparrow. Yesterday  about 4 PM had House 
Finches  a Carolina Wren at the feeders.


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[cayugabirds-l] Gull Correction - not Glaucous, Iceland

2015-01-18 Thread M Miller
After a more expert review of my photos, it is decided that the gull I saw in 
Waterloo Saturday (by the lock on route 96 in the village) is actually a very 
white Iceland Gull. Photos can be seen on facebook on the Eaton Birding Society 
page. Thanks to JM for the help.


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PS. Did not see it again on Sunday, but only made a brief drive-by of the area.








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[cayugabirds-l] Glaucous Gull on canal in Waterloo

2015-01-16 Thread M Miller
Friday afternoon had a juv. Glaucous Gull among the RB, Herring, GBB Gulls on 
the canal by the lock. (Viewed from Oak Island boat launch area at the south 
end of Oak St). Also an assortment of Mallards with the usual domestic and 
Pekin Ducks mixed in.








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[cayugabirds-l] Glaucous Gull in Waterloo

2015-01-16 Thread M Miller
Just wanted to clarify that I was referring to the lock in Waterloo, along 
route 96 in the Village. There is also a viewing platform on the east end of 
Oak Island, the picnic/boat launch area at the south end of Oak St (next to the 
Community Center). To get to Oak St, head west on 5  20 from the downtown 
route 96 intersection for 2 blocks and turn left (south) onto Oak St. The 
street is only 1 block long and ends at Oak Island. The Glaucous Gull was in 
with a mixed group of about 20-30 RB, Herring, GBB gulls. Photos can be seen at 
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[cayugabirds-l] No Warblers, just a TV

2015-01-10 Thread M Miller
I think it may be too cold in upstate NY for warblers to be out much, but I did 
have a Turkey Vulture fly over downtown Waterloo. Haven’t seen them around the 
fairgrounds lately (their local hangout in warmer weather, especially the water 
tower on Swift St). 


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[cayugabirds-l] Northern Shrike, Savannah, NY

2014-12-07 Thread M Miller
About 8:30 Sunday morning had a Northern Shrike along Van Dyne Spoor Rd in 
Savannah. It was on the north side of the road, about halfway along the open 
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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Wildlife Drive

2014-11-14 Thread M Miller
Can’t help with the owl questions, but the wildlife drive is open sunrise - 
sunset (weather permitting) until usually well into December. The Visitor 
Center will be open until Nov 30th (a Sunday). 


The American Avocet was still at Eaton Marsh (aka shorebird flats) at 4:30 
Friday night. Ibises weren’t seen, but they have often been back in the 
cattails hiding. Lots of eagles, ducks,  swans out on the main pool. Didn’t 
see the RT Loon, but it was getting dark when I went through, and a lot of 
waterfowl were out of binocular range.









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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Philly Vireo more

2014-08-30 Thread M Miller
Found a Philadelphia Vireo on the South Spring Trail (across from the 
platform/bench). Also had a few Common Yellowthroats, Belted Kingfishers,  
Cedar Waxwings. Along the drive, had a Green Heron  Virginia Rail across from 
LaRue’s Lagoon, lots of juvenile Eagles, Great Egrets, G  L Yellowlegs, 
assorted ducks (wood, mallard, am wigeon, g-w teal, n. pintail)  a few 
Pectoral Sandpipers.


Knox-Marsellus had a lot of sandpipers, assorted ducks, 2 Sandhill Cranes, 2 N. 
Harriers,  a Peregrine Falcon. The Hudsonian Godwits were seen just before I 
arrived. 




Some photos available on Eaton Birding Society facebook page.





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[cayugabirds-l] Caspian Terns, Am Bittern, Solitary Sandpipers at Montezuma

2014-08-03 Thread M Miller
Thought I would include what I saw to keep with the basic purpose of the list 
(no offense intended ). A quick drive through Sunday afternoon turned up 
plenty of Common Gallinules (with chicks/young), a couple Solitary Sandpipers, 
Green Herons, Caspian Terns (1 changing to non-breeding), American Bittern, 
Great Egrets,  at least 1 Snow Goose still hanging around. Also, all the 
“usual” residents; GB Herons, DC Cormorants, PB Grebes, Bald Eagles, Osprey, 
etc.


I am a frequent visitor to the refuge and although I was disappointed many 
years ago when my daily bike rides on the auto route were no longer allowed, I 
fully understand the reason for it. I also know that many refuges (I have 
visited over 100) do allow walking along their drives (but not all, such as 
Ottawa NWR in OH). As already mentioned, some areas the birds are more “immune” 
to human presence, such as Corkscrew Sanctuary or Ding Darling NWR in FL. Here 
at Montezuma, remaining in your vehicle does allow you to see much more 
(especially rails, sora, bitterns, etc.). It is also the law set down by the 
Fish  Game Service (this being Federal property). There are signs before  
during the drive that say to remain in your vehicle  that walking or bike 
riding are prohibited. The primary purpose of the US Refuge system is to 
provide suitable habitat for wildlife, the convenience of visitors is a 
secondary consideration only. Even so, there are several pull-out areas along 
the drive (and the photo-blind) that do allow you to get out of your vehicle. 


If you disagree with these laws, please feel free to voice your opinions to the 
refuge office (not the visitor center that is run by volunteers, we don’t have 
the authority to make or bend the rules). I also agree that enforcement should 
be more consistent, and maybe better signs are a good idea. I fully understand 
that refuge personnel don’t have the time to constantly stop every person that 
is out of their vehicle. I rarely get through the drive without seeing someone 
violating this rule.


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[cayugabirds-l] Hemlock Lake trail, Raven and more.

2014-07-27 Thread M Miller
Around noon Sunday, I took a short 20 minute hike on the trail located at the 
northwest corner of Hemlock Lake (just past the picnic area). Had numerous 
Hooded Warblers, a Warbling Vireo, a pair of Scarlet Tanagers, and Hairy  
Downy Woodpeckers. As I returned to the Kiosk/parking area, I thought I heard a 
Raven. I was able to verify with a photo (along with a Sharp-shinned Hawk).


Photos available on the Eaton Birding Society facebook page.








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[cayugabirds-l] Willow Ptarmigan retraction

2014-05-25 Thread M Miller
I just found out the Willow Ptarmigan was seen in VT before the last NY 
sighting, meaning there were at least two birds far away from their normal 
range. It is sad to hear that the NY bird was found dead, does anyone know the 
details/cause? While I was on Point Peninsula for several hours on 4/30, I met 
a few of the residents. Most were friendly and welcoming to the birders, but I 
did hear a couple negative comments, and since I work along a camp access road, 
I know that some of the homeowners value the peace and quiet that normally 
exists.


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[cayugabirds-l] Willow Ptarmigan in VT

2014-05-24 Thread M Miller
Just FYI, a willow ptarmigan was seen in VT a couple days after the last 
sighting in NY. From photos posted, it appears to look the same as the one on 
point peninsula (white phase). I’m not sure about the reports from Canton of 
the bird being found dead, it may have been to discourage people from invading 
point peninsula. (I know there was a lot of negative feelings from some of the 
locals about all the crowds that showed up - myself included).


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[cayugabirds-l] Willow Ptarmigan

2014-04-26 Thread M Miller
I last saw the Willow Ptarmigan at 1 PM along South Shore Extension (a 1/2 mile 
long dead end off S. Shore Rd). It was on the beach side of the road about 1/2 
way down towards the end. It had moved down the road from it’s earlier 
position. Best way to get there is to take rte. 57 to South Shore Rd, follow 
that down the west side of the peninsula. Where the road makes a left turn, the 
S. Shore Extension turns right. Please use care parking  walking, that is all 
private property.


Photos available on facebook (go to the Eaton Birding Society facebook page).


Also had Savannah Sparrow, E. Meadowlarks, Am Kestrels, Rough-legged hawk, 
red-tails, and a snowy owl in the area.


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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl in Fayette

2014-04-17 Thread M Miller
Seen at 6 AM Thursday on a telephone pole along Woodworth Rd. in Fayette (South 
of Geneva off 96A). Surprised to see that they are still around.








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[cayugabirds-l] Help Please suggestion

2014-04-04 Thread M Miller
A lot of outdoor restaurants string lines or netting over their decks to keep 
the birds away. This might be a fairly unobtrusive way to keep the birds away 
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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owls, Meadowlarks in Seneca County.

2014-04-01 Thread M Miller
Had a pair of Snowy Owls along Rte 96A between Woodworth  Kime Rds. They were 
hanging out together, female(?) was much more heavily barred than male(?). Also 
found 3 E. Meadowlarks along Stacy Rd. (off 96A by Kime/Yellow Tavern Rd 
intersection). Seneca Lake St Park was almost void of geese - no Snows, very 
few Canada (most of those were leaving by 8 AM). Lots of ducks, Hooded Mer., 
Common Mer., C. Goldeneye, Bufflehead, RN Ducks, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, A. 
Wigeon, etc.


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[cayugabirds-l] Duck die off

2014-03-11 Thread M Miller
Just an unofficial comment on the large number of waterfowl being found dead. 
It has been pointed out to me that with so much ice cover, so late in the 
season, the resources found in the few open water areas are probably being 
depleted rapidly. It isn’t so much low numbers of fish this year, but that the 
birds can’t reach them under so much ice. This is in evidence by the large 
numbers of waterfowl congregating in the few areas of open water. Many of 
these, such as Scaup, Goldeneye, Mergansers, etc. would normally be found out 
on Lake Ontario, but are forced inland to find open water. 


The death of the Harlequin Duck (which I fortunately got to see Sat., the day 
before it died) while tragic for birders, is the normal result of a severe 
winter. I am grateful it was retrieved and will be put to an educational use.


This is an example of why I support regulated hunting. Besides for the 
financial benefit from hunting licenses and fees, I would rather see more 
animals harvested each Fall, than left to starve during the Winter. That would 
not have changed things this year, a severe/extended winter season will still 
kill off large numbers of wildlife, but at least it isn’t as bad as if there 
was no hunting season. One other point to consider, by harvesting species that 
are more plentiful (Scaup, Mallards, etc.) it allows more resources for our 
rarer visitors such as the Harlequin  Barrow’s Goldeneye.


I realize there are many on this server that are opposed to hunting, I don’t 
mean to offend any of you, but I would hope that you would consider these facts 
and see the benefits, thank you.


Mark Miller




(FYI: I no longer hunt, except with a camera, but I still purchase licenses and 
Duck Stamps to support conservation efforts)


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[cayugabirds-l] Harlequin duck deceased?

2014-03-09 Thread M Miller
I have seen reports that the Harlequin Duck in Oswego has died, no details 
except that it happened about 2:30  PM while some birders were watching it. I 
saw it Saturday evening and it had it’s head tucked down most of the time I was 
there, moving very slowly upstream.








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[cayugabirds-l] Unknown Harlequin Duck

2014-03-08 Thread M Miller
The raptor on your flickr page is a rough-legged hawk (note underwing shoulder 
patch in flight). The Harlequin Duck was still in the Oswego River north of 
post office at 5 PM. Had a short-eared owl along rte 31 Montezuma, by the 
potato barn about dusk.








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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl - 3 sightings in 3 days

2014-02-26 Thread M Miller
Along 96A in the town of Fayette, between Kime Rd and Post Rd, I have seen 
“her” 3 times. Monday at 7 AM and again at 11 PM, and this morning (Wed.) about 
7 AM. She is fairly heavily barred, but there has also been a much lighter owl 
(male?) seen in the same area over the last month.

 


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[cayugabirds-l] Iceland Gulls, Lapland Longspur in Seneca County

2014-02-14 Thread M Miller
Near Ovid on county rd 129, south of Center St, had 2 flocks of snow buntings 
(about 100 in each flock) apart 1/2 mile apart. The flock on top of a barn had 
at least 1 Lapland Longspur. The other flock in a field had a few Horned Larks. 

 

In Waterloo, at Oak Island (by the lock) a flock of 60-70 gulls (mostly 
Herring) had a pair of 1st cycle Iceland Gulls. The resident Wood Duck wasn’t 
seen, but probably still present. (He has been with a flock of +50 Mallards 
over the last few weeks).

 


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[cayugabirds-l] More Snowy Owls (Montezuma)

2013-12-31 Thread M Miller
At 4 PM Tuesday, 2 owls were west of the potato barn on the poles along rte 31. 
One took off just before I left (unobserved) but the remaining one was still on 
a pole near the tater barn.


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[cayugabirds-l] Migratory Game Bird Seasons

2013-12-30 Thread M Miller
The question was asked who sets the dates for duck  goose seasons. According 
to the NY Hunting  Trapping guide “most Migratory game bird regulations are 
set by the Federal Government in late summer”. The guide goes on to state that 
all additional information in that section is tentative and finalized info will 
be on the DEC website and from license-issuing agents. 

 

I assume that the DEC (a NY state agency) does have some input, especially 
since seasons vary within the state according to regional boundaries.

 

Local governments may also have some say since the type of firearm (i.e. 
shotgun, rifle, etc.) varies from county to county (Ontario  Wayne counties 
just allowed the use of rifles for big game hunting this year).

 

That doesn’t actually answer the question, but I think it is more than just one 
agency that determine the actual dates. 

 

I support hunting, even though I sometimes wish that it wasn’t always allowed 
when I am trying to bird in their vicinity. Remember this quote from Gov. 
Cuomo; “hunting, fishing, and trapping are a key part of our tourism industry, 
generating more than $8.1 billion of economic activity in New York.”

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Diving birds

2013-12-30 Thread M Miller
They sound like Mergansers (either Common or Red-breasted) and they will dive 
all at once like that. I watched a group near Sheldrake a week or 2 ago, and 
they would completely disappear, then resurface a minute or so later.

 


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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Saturday

2013-10-26 Thread M Miller
Large variety of ducks along the drive; BW Teal, GW Teal, Mallard, Black Duck, 
Shoveler, Gadwall, Pintail, Ring-necked, Redhead, Coots  PB Grebes  C. 
Merganser. Both Ibises were still at Benning Marsh (but had moved back into the 
marshy brush, west of the open water). 6 Snow Bunting were along the road near 
the photo blind area.

 

Knox-Marsellus had the “usual”, Am White Pelicans are still there, couple 
Sandhill Cranes, about 100 Snow Geese (no Ross’s positively ID’d). Lots of 
Canada Geese, assorted ducks, Yellowlegs (Greater?), 26 Swans (3 were 
Trumpeters with green wing tags - unable to tell about the rest). Couple Great 
Egrets still around, Pileated Woodpecker (Towpath Rd), a Rusty Blackbird,  
assorted sparrows (WC, WT, Song, Tree,  Field).

 

South Spring Pool was pretty barren (winds  rain had picked up) but did have a 
Wood Duck, Belted Kingfisher,  Winter Wren.

 


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[cayugabirds-l] Moral ethical birding at Montezuma

2013-10-19 Thread M Miller
Following the thread about spooking birds, I would also like to ask birders to 
follow the traffic laws when on a Federal Wildlife Refuge. As I left the Ibises 
at Benning about 8:30 AM, another vehicle began to follow me out, only to turn 
around and drive the wrong way back to Benning Marsh so that he could take 
photos from the driver side of his car (while facing the oncoming traffic). 
It’s behavior like this that results in more restrictions and areas being 
closed to all visitors.

 

Besides for the Ibises, a large variety of ducks are present along the wildlife 
drive (most in the cattails of the main pool). A very large number of Rusty  
RW Blackbirds are around South Spring Pool as well as numerous YR Warblers.

 


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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma warblers

2013-09-29 Thread M Miller
Did fairly short walks on the Esker Brook/South Spring trails at Montezuma each 
of the last 3 days. Besides for dozens of yellow-rumped warblers and numerous 
GC Kinglets, I’ve found Blackpoll, Magnolia, Tennessee,  Hooded Warblers. Also 
had a N. Mockingbird and YB Sapsucker.


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[cayugabirds-l] RH Woodpecker

2013-08-20 Thread M Miller
Just a couple comments about the May's Point pair. I saw my first glimpse of a 
Red-headed Woodpecker on June 2nd (while on an Eaton field trip). It was only a 
brief glimpse before it was chased off by blackbirds, wasn't 100% sure (not 
having heard of any in the area) so I didn't report it.
 
I also have photos of it with a blackberry in it's mouth and a couple bees. It 
has also exhibited flycatching behavior.
 
  
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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma

2013-08-17 Thread M Miller
Knox-Marsellus is still the hot place to go, but Tschache Pool had some nice 
views (Eagles, Osprey, Willow Flycatcher family, etc.) The Am White Pelican is 
still around the east end of the first pond. A few (3 or 4) Phalaropes 
(Red-necked?) are also towards the NW corner in the little inlets. A juvy 
Peregrine was flying around, as well as juvy eagles. Lots of semi-palmated 
plovers, a couple bb plovers in breeding plumage, and many, many peeps. 
Hummingbird, cedar waxwings, Baltimore orioles, yellow warblers along towpath 
rd. (also had a juvy Wilson's warbler about a week ago). Almost forgot to 
mention, 5 Sandhill cranes in the middle of the pool Friday night.
The pair of red-headed woodpeckers on S. May's Point Road (deadwood section 
across from fishing access) are really active, offering great views.
 
  
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[cayugabirds-l] Photo equipment

2013-08-01 Thread M Miller
If you can’t find a home for your stuff, you could try the Village Camera Shop 
(routes 5  20 on west side of Seneca Falls). They might buy it off you, could 
pay the cost of gas to get there anyway. A lot of drugstores (Rite Aid?) will 
still scan slides and put them on CD for so much apiece.


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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Muckrace Sep 6-7

2013-07-26 Thread M Miller
I posted this on the Eaton Birds fb page, thought I’d put it up here too. I am 
thinking of entering a new team (recreational category) in the Montezuma 
Muckrace this year. The catch is that I want to count only birds that we can 
photograph (or video record). 

 

I’m looking for anyone interested in joining team “shutterbird”. You don’t need 
to be an expert photographer, or have fancy equipment, but a camera with a zoom 
lens would help. I could also use someone to help record/check off birds (as 
well as spot them). If anyone is interested, please email me at 
mmiller...@hotmail.com. Registration deadline is coming soon.

 

I  have been photographic support for the MAC during the muckrake for the last 
couple years. I thought this year I would try a new challenge. 

 

Mark Miller

 


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[cayugabirds-l] Muckrace team Shutterbird - wrong email

2013-07-26 Thread M Miller
The previous post changed my email address -it should read mmiller three 
hundred twenty-five @hotmail.com (use the number 325, no spaces). For some 
reason the numbers didn’t show on the post. You can also call me at 315 
224-5953. 

 

Mark Miller


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[cayugabirds-l] Am White Pelican

2013-07-20 Thread M Miller
Just passing on - an American White Pelican has been at Knox-Marselus 
(Montezuma) all afternoon. Best viewed from East Rd near the middle of the 
marsh in a few clumps of brush (to the left of the large group of 
cattails/brush). Also Black Terns all over Tschache, May’s Point,  K-M pools. 
Sandhill Cranes (2 on Main Pool,  2 at K-M).


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[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker at Mays Point

2013-06-02 Thread M Miller


Had a quick glimpse of a red-headed woodpecker on S. Mays Point Rd (across from 
fishing access) about 11 AM Sunday. It was getting mobbed by blackbirds and 
didn’t stay around long.
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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma shorebirds Glossy Ibis

2013-05-24 Thread M Miller
Friday afternoon was dark and rainy but lots of Dunlin, Semipalmated Plovers, 
and other peeps around. The Glossy Ibis was in easy viewing at Benning Marsh 
(directly across from the pull-out). It took off as an adult Eagle flew over, 
but circled around and landed in the same area.


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[cayugabirds-l] Hooded Warbler more at Montezuma

2013-04-27 Thread M Miller
Sat morning on the Esker Brook trail (Montezuma) had Yellow, Yellow-rump, Palm 
(not seen by me, but saw photo), and a Hooded Warbler. Also had usual variety, 
RC Kinglets, Song, Swamp, Tree Sparrows, and others.

 


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[cayugabirds-l] North end Seneca Lake

2013-01-25 Thread M Miller
Friday about noon I went around the north end of Seneca Lake (State Park  
Ramada Inn). Large group of GBB Gulls (+100) with Herring  Ring-billed mixed 
in. Am. Coots, pair Mute Swans, lots of Canada Geese and assorted ducks, to 
include; Mallard, Am Black, C. Merganser, HE. Merganser, Bufflehead, Am 
Goldeneye, Scaup (Lesser?), N. Pintail, and Redhead.
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[cayugabirds-l] correction on Seneca Lake

2013-01-25 Thread M Miller
Just FYI, the He. Merganser is Hooded Merganser (thank you autocorrect).
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[cayugabirds-l] 3rd time a charm? Correct Flickr address for pics

2013-01-20 Thread M Miller
Sorry from the technical errors - this flickr photostream is new to me. The 
correct address to view my pics at flickr is below:

flickr.com/photos/mmiller325/

Hopefully this will work for the pics I just posted Saturday from Esker Brook 
Trail (Montezuma).

Side note, a couple rafts of Redheads, with a few (Greater?) Scaup mixed in 
were north of Cayuga State Park. A few swans, C. geese, rb, herring,  gbb 
gulls were south of the park (and black ducks).
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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma

2013-01-19 Thread M Miller
South Spring Pool offered up a wide variety Saturday. Downy, Red-bellied, 
Hairy, Blue Jay, N Cardinal, Am Tree Sp, Song Sp, Tufted Titmouse, DE Junco, Am 
Goldfinch, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, BC Chickadees, Crows,  Canada Geese.

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[cayugabirds-l] Flickr account name

2013-01-19 Thread M Miller
In my last message about Montezuma birds, I listed an address for my flickr 
account to see the photos. For some reason the address didn't post correctly so 
I will try again.

mmiller...@yahoo.com  (It should read mmiller three-twenty-five at yahoo dot 
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