[cayugabirds-l] Orioles! 2 species!

2021-05-05 Thread Marie P. Read
Well, that was a first for my yard: a Baltimore AND an Orchard Oriole on an 
orange-half at once (well, for a second anyway). The latter is a new yard 
species for me.

Spring!
Marie

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[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeak!

2021-05-03 Thread Marie P. Read
A male Evening Grosbeak is currently sharing my backyard sunflower seed feeder 
with a Purple Finch. It’s lime green bill is stunning. A surprise in any year, 
but especially so in Spring.

Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Common Redpolls...still!

2021-04-14 Thread Marie P. Read
I still have several Common Redpolls visiting my nyjer feeder daily...today 
there are four including a nice pink breasted male.
Marie

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Redpoll

2021-04-08 Thread Marie P. Read
I still have a couple of redpolls visiting the Nyjer feeder too.
Marie

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I was surprised to find a Redpoll eating Niger seed on my deck rail just now!

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[cayugabirds-l] American Crow "snow-bathing"!

2021-02-27 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi everyone,

Earlier today, while it was still cloudy and drizzly, I was watching an 
American Crow in the snow-covered field opposite my house do something I'd 
never seen before. While it was walking along, several times it squatted down 
into the snow and shuffled its wings just like birds do when they're bathing in 
water. Sometimes it also dug into the snow with its bill as if to loosen the 
snow around it. Then it preened a bit then repeated the process, maybe 7 or 8 
times in the space of a few minutes, before finally flying off with another 
individual.

Very cool behavior! Has anyone seen them do this before?

Marie

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] No Birds

2021-02-23 Thread Marie P. Read
My bet would be the weather. Yesterday was cold and windy...birds are more 
hungry in those circumstances.
Today it's much milder.

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On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 5:24 PM Carl Steckler 
mailto:simmshil...@gmail.com>> wrote:
Yesterday there were dozens of birds at my feeders. So many that I had to 
refill the seed cake feeders.

Today I have not seen any birds at all.

Very strange , any one have any ideas?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] help please with ID

2021-01-24 Thread Marie P. Read
Yes it’s a young Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, molting into adult plumage. An adult 
male would have a red throat, so I’d guess this was a young female.
Nice bird!
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Hello, This bird has been coming to our feeders in Syracuse, alone, for the 
last week or so. Is it a juvenile male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker? Otherwise, we 
are stuck for identification.

We've never seen one here before. We live in a residential neighborhood in the 
city.

Wish we weren't dealing with the pandemic or we would invite you all over for a 
look. Meredith Leonard and Ed Pitts

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Common Redpolls flock on alders again

2021-01-14 Thread Marie P. Read
Thank you!

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Subject: Re: Common Redpolls flock on alders again

Location correction: the westernmost part of the row of alders.



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Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Common Redpolls flock on alders again

The flock is still feeding in the alders now. In the easternmost of the row of 
trees.

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Redpolls are there again NOW.

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Common Redpolls flock on alders

This morning between about 9:15-10:00, I watched and video'd a flock of Common 
Redpolls (about 20) feeding in the tall line of (Speckled) Alder trees along Rt 
366 just adjacent to the Cornell Orchards. I was actually scouting for 
waxwings, checking the various crabapple trees around the area and I was 
sitting in Cornell's A-Lot parking lot, when I noticed these little birds 
flitting around in the alders across the road.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Common Redpolls flock on alders again

2021-01-14 Thread Marie P. Read
Redpolls are there again NOW.

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Common Redpolls flock on alders

This morning between about 9:15-10:00, I watched and video'd a flock of Common 
Redpolls (about 20) feeding in the tall line of (Speckled) Alder trees along Rt 
366 just adjacent to the Cornell Orchards. I was actually scouting for 
waxwings, checking the various crabapple trees around the area and I was 
sitting in Cornell's A-Lot parking lot, when I noticed these little birds 
flitting around in the alders across the road.

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[cayugabirds-l] Common Redpolls flock on alders

2021-01-13 Thread Marie P. Read
This morning between about 9:15-10:00, I watched and video'd a flock of Common 
Redpolls (about 20) feeding in the tall line of (Speckled) Alder trees along Rt 
366 just adjacent to the Cornell Orchards. I was actually scouting for 
waxwings, checking the various crabapple trees around the area and I was 
sitting in Cornell's A-Lot parking lot, when I noticed these little birds 
flitting around in the alders across the road.

They have since flown and I could not relocate them, but it's worth a heads-up 
to birders to check these trees and other redpoll natural foods, such as other 
alder species, birches, plus weedy areas of fields. There are still a few 
redpolls being seen occasionally in the fields along Mt Pleasant Rd but they 
are nowhere near as consistent as they were there 2 years ago.

I will post some video when I get the chance to process it.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Conservation Board Resolution Recommending Preservation of Dryden Lake Dam

2021-01-09 Thread Marie P. Read
...or maybe I should have said “...help support financially.”


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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Conservation Board Resolution Recommending 
Preservation of Dryden Lake Dam

Good news...losing Dryden Lake would be a tragedy for wildlife and humans 
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that would affect local taxes comes up, this should be a project that the local 
birding community could support financially?

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Conservation Board Resolution Recommending 
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 v

DRAFT 12/29/2020

Dryden Conservation Board Resolution Recommending Preservation of Dryden Lake 
Dam

Whereas there has been a dam at Dryden Lake Dryden, NY since circa 1801; and

Whereas the body of water known as Dryden Lake, created by the building of the 
dam, has provided numerous benefits to the citizens of the Town of Dryden and 
surrounding areas for over two hundred years, with its benefits changing and 
expanding over two plus centuries; and

Whereas the lake originally provided power for a sawmill and ice harvesting, it 
created additional waterfowl and wildlife habitat that has made the lake today 
a birding “hot spot” with 228 species observed, providing migratory bird rest 
areas and nesting and foraging habitat (Canada geese, ducks, loons, herons, 
Bald Eagles) as well as habitat for numerous mammals, amphibians, turtles, etc; 
and

Whereas Dryden Lake and its surrounding areas provides many forms of year round 
recreation for town and surrounding area residents, such as fishing, ice 
fishing, hiking, jogging, dog walking, biking, cross country skiing, snow 
shoeing (on the Jim Schug trail), kayaking, canoeing, ice skating, hunting, 
trapping, bird watching, picnicking, etc; and

Whereas Dryden Lake and its surrounding natural areas are an important 
educational resource, being used both for formal classes in ecology and natural 
resources (Cornell University) and informal education of everyone from young 
children to lifelong education participants; and

Whereas the Town of Dryden currently provides a community park at the Lake 
under an agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental 
Conservation; and

Whereas the Dryden Lake park is a popular location for many community events 
with the lake being the center piece for those events; and

Whereas the lake has a rich historical and cultural value to the citizens of 
the town; and

Whereas the NYS DEC is considering the removal of the dam and the elimination 
of Dryden Lake in the form it has existed for over two hundred years; and

Whereas the Dryden Town Board has requested a recommendation from the 
Conservation Board on the future of the Dryden Lake dam and ultimately Dryden 
Lake itself.

Therefore, let it be resolved that the Town of Dryden Conservation Board 
recommends to the Dryden Town Board that the latter take all necessary action 
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maintaining its current contribution to the recreational and ecological 
benefits provided to the Dryden community.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Conservation Board Resolution Recommending Preservation of Dryden Lake Dam

2021-01-09 Thread Marie P. Read
Good news...losing Dryden Lake would be a tragedy for wildlife and humans 
alike. If/when the expected grumbling about finding the needed funds and how 
that would affect local taxes comes up, this should be a project that the local 
birding community could support financially?

Marie

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Conservation Board Resolution Recommending 
Preservation of Dryden Lake Dam

 v

DRAFT 12/29/2020

Dryden Conservation Board Resolution Recommending Preservation of Dryden Lake 
Dam

Whereas there has been a dam at Dryden Lake Dryden, NY since circa 1801; and

Whereas the body of water known as Dryden Lake, created by the building of the 
dam, has provided numerous benefits to the citizens of the Town of Dryden and 
surrounding areas for over two hundred years, with its benefits changing and 
expanding over two plus centuries; and

Whereas the lake originally provided power for a sawmill and ice harvesting, it 
created additional waterfowl and wildlife habitat that has made the lake today 
a birding “hot spot” with 228 species observed, providing migratory bird rest 
areas and nesting and foraging habitat (Canada geese, ducks, loons, herons, 
Bald Eagles) as well as habitat for numerous mammals, amphibians, turtles, etc; 
and

Whereas Dryden Lake and its surrounding areas provides many forms of year round 
recreation for town and surrounding area residents, such as fishing, ice 
fishing, hiking, jogging, dog walking, biking, cross country skiing, snow 
shoeing (on the Jim Schug trail), kayaking, canoeing, ice skating, hunting, 
trapping, bird watching, picnicking, etc; and

Whereas Dryden Lake and its surrounding natural areas are an important 
educational resource, being used both for formal classes in ecology and natural 
resources (Cornell University) and informal education of everyone from young 
children to lifelong education participants; and

Whereas the Town of Dryden currently provides a community park at the Lake 
under an agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental 
Conservation; and

Whereas the Dryden Lake park is a popular location for many community events 
with the lake being the center piece for those events; and

Whereas the lake has a rich historical and cultural value to the citizens of 
the town; and

Whereas the NYS DEC is considering the removal of the dam and the elimination 
of Dryden Lake in the form it has existed for over two hundred years; and

Whereas the Dryden Town Board has requested a recommendation from the 
Conservation Board on the future of the Dryden Lake dam and ultimately Dryden 
Lake itself.

Therefore, let it be resolved that the Town of Dryden Conservation Board 
recommends to the Dryden Town Board that the latter take all necessary action 
to ensure the preservation of a dam and the body of water known as Dryden Lake, 
maintaining its current contribution to the recreational and ecological 
benefits provided to the Dryden community.

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[cayugabirds-l] 2021 redpolls!

2021-01-01 Thread Marie P. Read
Best bird of 2021 so far: Common Redpolls a flock of 60-70 in the field 
opposite my house on a Mineah Road. Yay 2021!


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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Rough-legged Hawk

2020-12-22 Thread Marie P. Read
Around 11 this morning, I watched a Rough-legged Hawk circling over the fields 
along Mt Pleasant Road, before making its way slowly westward toward the 
observatory. Hope it sticks around...it's been a number of years since this 
species spent the winter on Mt Pleasant.

Also, yesterday around the same time, I glimpsed what I presume was the Common 
Redpoll flock foraging far on the south side of the Mt Pleasant weedy field 
(south side of the road)

Marie

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Wisdom...the world's oldest wild bird...here's the link!

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Some moving words about the albatross "Wisdom", thought to be the world's 
oldest wild bird...from amazing poet, ornithologist and Cornell alumnus, Pepper 
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[cayugabirds-l] Wisdom...the world's oldest wild bird...

2020-12-13 Thread Marie P. Read
Some moving words about the albatross "Wisdom", thought to be the world's 
oldest wild bird...from amazing poet, ornithologist and Cornell alumnus, Pepper 
Trail.

M

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Common Redpolls

2020-12-13 Thread Marie P. Read
Around 11:30 this morning (Sunday) Gladys Birdsall and I watched a large of 
flock of (Common) Redpolls flying around the fields just east of the towers on 
Mt Pleasant Road. She estimated 200 birds and I agree. More than there have 
been of late up there.

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Common Redpolls

2020-12-07 Thread Marie P. Read
Around 11 this morning, I caught sight of a largish flock of Common Redpolls 
swirling over the clover field along the dirt road to the communication towers 
on Mt Pleasant Rd. This is essentially where Gladys Birdsall first found them a 
couple of weeks ago. I go up there most days, and while the redpolls are not 
consistently visible, I bet they're around.

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Common Redpolls...

2020-11-27 Thread Marie P. Read
Around 3pm I and several others saw a/the redpoll flock flying overhead a 
couple of times, at one point landing to feed on weeds in the very field where 
they spent several weeks two years ago. This is the overgrown field just before 
the crest of the first hill as you travel west up Mt Pleasant Rd,on the south 
side of the road. So cool to see them back again and hear those chittery calls! 
Thanks to Gladys for alerting us all.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeak! flown now...

2020-10-19 Thread Marie P. Read
The Evening Grosbeak moved to the top of a large spruce across the road from my 
property where she sat calling for many minutes, but has now flown off. Laura 
Stenzler she headed your way!

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I am watching a female Evening Grosbeak on my sunflower feeder right now! (Just 
displaced by a Blue Jay and she flew into apple tree in the yard.)
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[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeak!

2020-10-19 Thread Marie P. Read
I am watching a female Evening Grosbeak on my sunflower feeder right now! (Just 
displaced by a Blue Jay and she flew into apple tree in the yard.)
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[cayugabirds-l] American Kestrels - 12 on Mt Pleasant!

2020-09-15 Thread Marie P. Read
Every time I take my daily walk up Mt Pleasant Rd I wonder whether this will be 
the day when finally the late summer kestrels will have left for the year...but 
no! There were twelve American Kestrels arrayed along the wires on the dirt 
road to the radio tower a couple of hours ago!

Cool!

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Hummingbirds?

2020-09-12 Thread Marie P. Read
Had a female/imm Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the feeder around 6:45pm. Saw two 
yesterday feeding from the few remaining bee-balm flowers.
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Last night was a big migration night. (Check out 
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Has anyone seen hummingbirds today? Ours seem to have left.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Bb whistling ducks mnwr - photo link

2020-09-09 Thread Marie P. Read
I've posted a photo of today's Black-bellied Whistling Ducks on the Cayuga Bird 
Club's Facebook page:

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Four black-bellied whistling ducks in main pool about an hour ago. Flew south 
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[cayugabirds-l] Bb whistling ducks mnwr

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Four black-bellied whistling ducks in main pool about an hour ago. Flew south 
and may have landed but I am on my second circuit and unable to relocate them. 
They were originally halfway down the area of open water on wildlife drive.

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant American Kestrels

2020-07-22 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi Cayugabirders,

The annual late-summer build-up of (presumably pre-migration) American Kestrels 
has begun on Mount Pleasant. I counted 11 kestrels yesterday afternoon, and saw 
at least 9 this afternoon. You can see them perched on the wires and utility 
poles along the dirt road to the large communication towers on the north side 
of Mt Pleasant Road. On breezy days they often hover over the fields before 
plunging down after prey. Wonderful to watch.

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler

2020-05-18 Thread Marie P. Read
Geo, do you think they're tent caterpillars? That's what I thought...
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From: Geo Kloppel [geoklop...@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, May 18, 2020 9:12 AM
To: Marie P. Read
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler

It looks like there was an egg mass right on the box, and they’ve all just 
hatched. Be climbing the trees soon.

-Geo

> On May 17, 2020, at 6:59 PM, Marie P. Read  wrote:
>
> Hi Diana and Cayugabirders,
>
> Here is what birdsoftheworld.org (formerly Birds of North America online) 
> says about Prothonotary Warbler nesting:
>
>  Selection Process
> Males establish territories around one or several suitable nest sites, and 
> place moss inside cavities before females arrive. Male displays at each 
> cavity. Female selects nest cavity from among those available. Settlement by 
> female is related partly to quality or number of nest cavities available>
> and
>  Construction Process
> Male places moss in potential nest sites. Amount of moss varies from several 
> pieces to foundation 1–8 cm deep, and male may fashion nest cup in moss. 
> Female alone constructs remainder of nest and lining, with male accompanying 
> but not assisting. >
> and
>  Males place various amounts of moss (but not complete nests) in all available 
> cavities within their territory.>
>
> No mention of larvae. I can't quite tell what kind of larvae they are from 
> the one photo I can see on your site. But very interesting observation. I 
> didn't notice anything like this obvious new hatch of larvae on the 3 boxes I 
> observed there last week at Armitage Rd. I also saw/heard at least 3 
> different males along the road.
>
> Marie
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler

2020-05-17 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi Diana and Cayugabirders,

Here is what birdsoftheworld.org (formerly Birds of North America online) says 
about Prothonotary Warbler nesting:

 
and 

and


No mention of larvae. I can't quite tell what kind of larvae they are from the 
one photo I can see on your site. But very interesting observation. I didn't 
notice anything like this obvious new hatch of larvae on the 3 boxes I observed 
there last week at Armitage Rd. I also saw/heard at least 3 different males 
along the road.

Marie










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Sent: Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:02 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler

Hi All,
I was able to watch the Prothonotary Warbler on Armitage Rd. For.  an extended 
period of time. In the morning it was mostly foraging and singing as well as 
displaying periodically. Then in mid day, it started bringing moss into the 
nest box. I was wondering if this is the male making moss offerings. I never 
saw more than one bird together that day.  Occasionally it would leave with a 
pale green larvae in it’s peak. After looking at photos when I got home, I 
noticed that there was a whole area of larvae around the nest box hole. Someone 
else who was observing at a different angle thought it was adhering insects to 
the box. I only could see the bird bringing back moss, but can anyone explain 
the larvae at the nest hole? There are a few photos 
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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Purple Martins

2020-05-07 Thread Marie P. Read
At the end of my wanderings for errands this morning, I checked out Stewart 
Park where to my delight four Purple Martins were on and flying around the 
martin house set up by the Cayuga Bird Club. Love their bold songs!

Marie

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Bobolinks!

2020-05-03 Thread Marie P. Read
Hello Cayugabirders!
Bobolinks have returned to the hayfields on Mt Pleasant Road. So wonderful to 
hear their songs.

Marie


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RE:[cayugabirds-l] [VTBIRD] BBS cancelled

2020-04-15 Thread Marie P. Read
Is this for real? I’m still not seeing any mention of cancellation on the USGS 
site, PWRC site or on eBird.

Marie

Ps Merlins were copulating at Myers Park yesterday morning

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From: bounce-124548385-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-124548385-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Christopher T. 
Tessaglia-Hymes [c...@cornell.edu]
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [VTBIRD] BBS cancelled

FYI...I hadn’t heard this and am somewhat surprised.

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Reply-To: Vermont Birds mailto:vtb...@list.uvm.edu>>

This was announced on Friday, but I learned today that the entire North
American Breeding Bird Survey was cancelled for 2020. I suspect this has
never happened before, so although it is understandable in these crazy
times, I was shocked to hear it. It was announced on Ornithology Exchange—it's
not showing on the USGS BBS website yet.
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Bennington, VT
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[cayugabirds-l] Salt Pt loons, Caspian tern...

2020-04-07 Thread Marie P. Read
I took a walk at Salt Pt this morning. Highlights were 2 Common Loons foraging 
not too far from shore and a Caspian Tern on one of the sand banks...which duly 
pulled up a "rare bird, please describe ID" message on eBird! I guess we don't 
usually see them there in spring, mostly in late summer post-breeding.

Yes, I am actually atlasing using the eBird app on my phone! Proof that old 
fossils can learn new tricks!

Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Rd. Red-tailed Hawks with nest material!

2020-04-02 Thread Marie P. Read
On my walk up Mt Pleasant Rd this afternoon I watched a Red-tailed Hawk pair 
circling over Gladys Birdsall's woods, a couple of minutes later one of them 
came cruising low over the woods with a trailing clump of grasses in its 
talons...nesting material. It headed slowly west and disappeared behind the 
trees which makes me think the possible nest might be a bit beyond Gladys' 
property. First I've seen evidence of nesting in this spot although I have 
often seen RTHA there, usually in winter. I HAVE seen evidence of RTHA nesting 
at the junction of Mt Pleasant Rd and Baker Hill Rd, but maybe this is a 
different pair.

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca airport Meadowlarks / with a warning

2020-03-19 Thread Marie P. Read
WH! Things are getting seriously weird.

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca airport Meadowlarks / with a warning

This afternoon, Thursday 19 March 2020, traveling along Snyder Rd. at Ithaca 
Tompkins Airport to listen for meadowlarks singing.

We did hear two different singing birds, and saw one singing from the airport 
fence.

Then, the airport police caught up with us and wanted to know what we were 
doing! I told them we were out to listen for the beautiful song of the 
meadowlark. In the end, 6 police cars showed up (airport and county sheriff), 
writing down all my details and asking the same questions.

What a story.

In the end, the airport police said, if you give them a call beforehand and 
tell them you are coming, you are allowed to birdwatch.

But NO cameras!

I suggested to them to add that, to the NO TRESPASSING signs.

--sincerely,

Magnus Fiskesjö, PhD

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Goose island, FOY Sandhill Cranes

2020-03-05 Thread Marie P. Read
I was a bit north of you enjoying the many Tundra / Trumpeter Swans along Lower 
Lake Road and north of Cayuga Lake State Park.. That WAS an impressive raft of 
Snows!

Marie


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[bounce-124429665-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Suan Hsi Yong 
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Goose island, FOY Sandhill Cranes

Took the afternoon off hoping to find the snow geese at Mucklands, but en route 
I found a/the massive snow goose island between Dean's Cove and Aurora, so I 
parked at Dean's Cove hoping to see and video a full eruption which never came 
to pass, just a couple of "minor tremors". Starting around 4pm skeins started 
departing towards the NW or WNW, which is to say, not towards the Mucklands. At 
this point, the island was stretched pretty long and thin, but still contained 
an impressive number of birds, echoing a distant cacophony.

Also had six Sandhill Cranes fly over, and a few Common Loons fishing and 
wailing in the beautiful gentle sun.

Suan

PS. No pink-footed goose :-).
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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Goose migration NOW!

2020-03-02 Thread Marie P. Read
Lots Snow Geese passing over Mount Pleasant this morning, headed north. 
WoooHooo!

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[cayugabirds-l] Pileated Woodpecker drumming

2020-01-21 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi all,

On my walk on Mt Pleasant Road this morning, around 11 I heard the drumming of 
a Pileated Woodpecker echoing from deep in the woods on the south side of the 
road. With the lengthening days, it won't be long before some of our other 
winter residents start adding to the chorus. Maybe they already are elsewhere 
in the region?
Also a lone Snow Bunting along the roadside. 'Bout time they showed up!

Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Golden Eagle

2019-11-17 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi Cayuugabirders,
This morning 10:30 ish I was walking on Mt Pleasant Rd when I noticed two 
raptors slowly approaching from the north, both soaring with a slight dyhedral 
wing shape . One was confirmed as a Turkey Vulture after it was close enough 
for me to see its red head, but the other gave me pause: very large size, no 
obviously unfeathered head, very dark overall including underneath, no white or 
light underwing pattern, not a flat enough wing position for a Bald Eagle. I 
kept it in my binocular view as it approached and finally flew directly above 
me, when I got a brief of its golden brown head/nape. So I'm calling it an 
adult Golden Eagle.
WOW!

Marie



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[cayugabirds-l] Hermit Thrush photos

2019-11-15 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi Cayugabirders,

The Hermit Thrush I first saw (and initially mid-identified) in my backyard a 
couple of days ago has been coming to feed on the blue "berries" on my 
scavenged eastern red-cedar branches throughout the day so I set up a blind and 
spent the afternoon photographing it. 
If you'd like to see a couple of images, here's the link:

https://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery/Hermit-Thrush/GY7piNSkqoZc/CPFy0a8.dFXI

Also a Fox Sparrow scuffing around under my blue spruce where I've tossed some 
seed.

Marie





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RE:[cayugabirds-l] (Swainson's) most likely a Hermit Thrush

2019-11-13 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi again folks,

Well I managed to sneak up on the thrush and get a few photos this afternoon, 
and after discussion with Jay McG I'm going to change my ID to Hermit Thrush.

A nice bird anyway, and cool to see it feeding on the cedar berries. Hope it 
sticks around a few more days.

Marie

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[bounce-124115215-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Marie P. Read 
[m...@cornell.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 3:34 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Swainson's Thrush

Hi Cayugabirders,

On a walk along Long Point Road a couple of weeks ago, I came across numerous 
Eastern Red Cedar branches chopped down by, presumably, the Aurora roads dept 
to clear the roadside and left in place. The branches were loaded with berries 
so I filled the back of my car with as many as I could, and then set them up 
among the now-depleted winterberry shrubs in my backyard.

This afternoon, a Swainson's Thrush, several  House Finches and a couple of 
American Robins are eating them. Hope the thrush sticks around so I can 
photograph it tomorrow.

Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Swainson's Thrush

2019-11-13 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi Cayugabirders,

On a walk along Long Point Road a couple of weeks ago, I came across numerous 
Eastern Red Cedar branches chopped down by, presumably, the Aurora roads dept 
to clear the roadside and left in place. The branches were loaded with berries 
so I filled the back of my car with as many as I could, and then set them up 
among the now-depleted winterberry shrubs in my backyard.

This afternoon, a Swainson's Thrush, several  House Finches and a couple of 
American Robins are eating them. Hope the thrush sticks around so I can 
photograph it tomorrow. 

Marie




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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Attention Ithaca area bird photographers: upcoming presentation. - Tonight!

2019-11-07 Thread Marie P. Read


This didn’t seem to go through the first time so I’m sending again. Apologies 
if you get it twice.

Just a reminder that this is TONIGHT!



Hello Cayugabirders,

If you're interested in bird photography, you might be interested:

I'll be speaking at the Cayuga Nature Photographers monthly meeting, Thursday 
November 7th, 7:30 pm, on the topic of Capturing the Spirit of Birds. You can 
expect an engaging mix of equipment and technique chat, bird natural history as 
it pertains to photography, and of course lots of great images. I'll also be 
talking about my transition from Canon to Sony gear and will have signed copies 
of Mastering Bird Photography available for purchase.

Location: Whetzel Room, Plant Science Building Rm 404, Cornell University, 
Ithaca. New York.

Hope to see some of you there!

Marie





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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Attention Ithaca area bird photographers: upcoming presentation. - Tonight!

2019-11-07 Thread Marie P. Read
Just a reminder that this is TONIGHT!



Hello Cayugabirders,

If you're interested in bird photography, you might be interested:

I'll be speaking at the Cayuga Nature Photographers monthly meeting, Thursday 
November 7th, 7:30 pm, on the topic of Capturing the Spirit of Birds. You can 
expect an engaging mix of equipment and technique chat, bird natural history as 
it pertains to photography, and of course lots of great images. I'll also be 
talking about my transition from Canon to Sony gear and will have signed copies 
of Mastering Bird Photography available for purchase.

Location: Whetzel Room, Plant Science Building Rm 404, Cornell University, 
Ithaca. New York.

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[cayugabirds-l] Attention Ithaca area bird photographers: upcoming presentation.

2019-10-30 Thread Marie P. Read
Hello Cayugabirders,

If you're interested in bird photography, you might be interested:

I'll be speaking at the Cayuga Nature Photographers monthly meeting, Thursday 
November 7th, 7:30 pm, on the topic of Capturing the Spirit of Birds. You can 
expect an engaging mix of equipment and technique chat, bird natural history as 
it pertains to photography, and of course lots of great images. I'll also be 
talking about my transition from Canon to Sony gear and will have signed copies 
of Mastering Bird Photography available for purchase. 

Location: Whetzel Room, Plant Science Building Rm 404, Cornell University, 
Ithaca. New York. 

Hope to see some of you there!

Marie





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[cayugabirds-l] Woodcock and waterthrush...interesting yard birds!

2019-07-29 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi  everyone,

I found a couple of interesting "yard" birds as I made my way through the woods 
edge on my property to see what was around in the beaver pond next door.
First, up from the ground flew a chunky medium-sized bird which fluttered off 
twittering into the woods and landed on the ground again. Too small for a 
Ruffed Grouse (which ARE there occasionally) and wrong habitat for a snipe, so 
I'm going to call it an American Woodcock.

Second, on my way back I was brought up short by a loud ticking call and on a 
branch over the stream was a Northern Waterthrush. I do seem to have them come 
through this time of year some years, but they don't nest on the property.

Finally, another somewhat unusual bird for my yard is the Carolina Wren that's 
been around for most of this week, in fact there may be two. What an 
interesting variety of songs and calls they make! Never used to see them up 
here at this elevation, but with climate change who knows what may show up next!

And as a follow-up to my search for Caspian Terns at Myers Pt, I did find five 
of them there a couple of days ago and was able to get some photos. All adults, 
but I'm sure the fledglings will show up soon with their parents and that will 
make for some good photo ops.

Marie




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[cayugabirds-l] Salt Pt Baltimore and Orchard Orioles

2019-07-25 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi all,

I took a short walk around Salt Pt this morning (9-10 am) with the goal of 
checking out Myers Pt spit for Caspian Terns. None of those yet but I did see 
some cool birds, the best of which was multiple Baltimore Orioles (adult male 
and female, plus at least 4 juveniles all foraging in the same tree). Later a 
male Orchard Oriole that flew with a more olive/brown companion possibly a 
female or juvenile.
And 
Yellow Warbler
(Willow) Flycatcher
Group of drab vireos that I presume were Warbling (some checking out 
honeysuckle fruits)
2 Eastern Kingbirds
And the usual cast of geese, Mallards, gulls.

Marie




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[cayugabirds-l] Reeeep!!!

2019-05-03 Thread Marie P. Read
Great Crested Flycatcher just arrived in the yard, calling loudly!
And yesterday an Eastern Kingbird was hawking bugs over the pond (along with 2 
Eastern Phoebes and many swallows).

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[cayugabirds-l] Mount Pleasant Bobolinks!

2019-05-02 Thread Marie P. Read
Around 10:30 this morning I hear my first Bobolinks of the season in the field 
overlooked by the communications tower on Mt Pleasant Rd. (Although because of 
the socked-in fog I couldn't see them).

Also, some of you will have noticed that the eastern end of Mt Pleasant Rd has 
sprouted 8 new utility poles where there were none before. While that has 
forever changed Mount Pleasant's "Big Sky" feel, I'm trying to stay positive in 
the hopes that now more raptors will perch there (think Rough-legs in winter 
and, who knows, maybe a SEOwl!!).

Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Stew Pk Baltimore Oriole

2019-04-30 Thread Marie P. Read
Heard the bright fanfare of a Baltimore Oriole from high in the trees at 
Stewart Park around 9:30 this morning. Did not see the bird though.

Marie


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Ring neck ducks

2019-04-07 Thread Marie P. Read
6 of them on the ponds in the Cornell Arboretum...fairly approachable. They've 
been there a few days.

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6 males 1 female Ringneck ducks on pond across Thornwood drive from Langmuir 
Lab. Very Photogenic if I had a longer lens.
Anne.


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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant COMMON REDPOLLS

2019-03-29 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi everyone,

Around 11 this morning (Friday) I found a flock of 100 or so Common Redpolls 
along the edge of the road at the easternmost end of Mt Pleasant Road, same 
field where they spent much of the past winter. Cool that they are still 
around...some of the males are getting very pink!

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Common Redpolls...singing!

2019-03-24 Thread Marie P. Read
Around 2:45 this afternoon, I found a flock of Common Redpolls in the trees 
above Gladys B’s house, opposite the communications tower on Mt Pleasand Rd. 
Hard to get an accurate count but I’d say 40-ish...and many were singing their 
high trilling song. Delightful! They took off further into the woods and 
disappeared.

Marie

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Snow Geese

2019-03-11 Thread Marie P. Read
Some asked about Snow Goose movements. A flock of 30 or so flew north over Mt 
Pleasant around 10:30 this morning. And a large flock of Canadas much higher.
Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Common Redpolls - still...

2019-03-11 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi everyone,

Yesterday (Sunday) afternoon there was a flock of 100 or so Common Redpolls 
over the weedy field between the radio tower on Mt Pleasant Rd and the farm in 
the dip between the hills. Later (around 3pm) I saw presumably the same flock 
in the weedy field on the easternmost hill of MT Pleasant Rd where they spent 
many weeks previously. Despite many weed stems, there are very few seeds left 
in these fields, but I am still only getting a couple of redpolls at my feeders 
each day. So the large flock must be finding plenty of wild food.

And on another topic, anyone seeing Wild Turkeys displaying yet? 

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[cayugabirds-l] FW: Salt Point meadow

2019-03-07 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi again,

I just received this update from Katrina Binkewicz- Lansing Town Board. It 
sounds like the meadow eventually will be improved after the dredging in Salmon 
Creek is complete. I am relieved.

Marie


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Subject: Fw: Salt Point meadow

Hi Marie-
Just a note of update. You can repost to Cayugabirds.
No worries. The final product will be better than what was there.

That section of Salmon Creek has not been dredged since 1997. The section above 
the railroad bridge was accomplished several years ago and Lansing Highway 
Department has not been able to get into the creek to complete the job till 
this winter due to heavy snow melts, rain events, and higher than average lake 
winter levels. This dredging project was critical because of the heavier than 
usual rain events of the last several years combined with a reduction in 
carrying capacity due to sedimentation. The water displacement caused by gravel 
bar build-up at Myers Park put Salmon Creek at high risk of stream bank breach. 
The structural damage to Myers Park from an overflow would have been truly 
astronomical.

The dredge product is required to be de-watered on site by the DEC. The piles 
should be fully removed by May, the meadow regraded, and surface soil textured 
so that replanting will be fully effective. The center of that meadow rarely 
has much milkweed and as of last dredging was never replanted thus allowing a 
great deal of weed growth, primarily Artemesia and Goldenrod.
The meadow will be reseeded promptly with a native grass and herbaceous mix.

Thank you for your interest and concern.

Katrina Binkewicz- Lansing Town Board
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[cayugabirds-l] Salt Point update?

2019-03-07 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi everyone, 
I was just at Myers and Salt Point. Salmon Creek is being dredged (from the 
Salt Point side) and there is currently a huge heap of dredged soil filling 
much of Salt Point's "bluebird meadow". The milkweed area ("Monarch 
Waystation") has been protected. Does anyone know what the ultimate fate of 
that dredged soil will be? It's currently rather shocking to see, but maybe the 
town/village of Lansing has plans to landscape and reseed?

Marie



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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Snow Buntings

2019-02-28 Thread Marie P. Read
And in the same area, around 10am I spotted a flock of about 100 Common 
Redpolls in the field where they spent several weeks previously...that is the 
weedy field just below the crest of the hill at the easternmost end of Mt 
Pleasant Rd.
Marie


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Around 50-60 Slow Buntings now feeding at edge of the field across from my 
driveway at 631 Mt. Pleasant. Oops- Car just went by and they flew further 
back(north) in field.

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Update - another vote for shelter

2019-02-01 Thread Marie P. Read
I was going to suggest something similar to Linda: any type of conifer can 
provide shelter for birds, particularly in the cold, windy weather we've had 
over the past couple of days. I have watched birds actually going to roost (at 
dusk) in certain spruces on my property in the past.

Marie

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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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On Feb 1, 2019, at 4:17 PM, Carol Keeler 
mailto:carolk...@adelphia.net>> 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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[cayugabirds-l] RingwoodRd Common Redpoll!

2019-01-31 Thread Marie P. Read
Well, whoop-tee-dooo, I have a Common Redpoll on one of my feeders! AND it's a 
male.
'Bout time...

Bring 'em on.
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[cayugabirds-l] Ringwood Rd Northern Cardinal

2019-01-30 Thread Marie P. Read
Despite the temp being -6 F here on the mountain earlier this morning, there 
was a Northern Cardinal singing in the yard. 
Embrace winter! 

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[cayugabirds-l] Aurora Redhead raft etc

2019-01-28 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi all,

I took a photo/birding trip to the north end of the lake this morning. The lake 
was frozen north of Union Springs, but there was open water at Mud Lock where 
around 7:45 am I found numerous Tundra Swans sleeping along the ice edge but 
uncooperative for my camera. Also several Bald Eagles, including one adult, 
cruised by. After an hour or so I decided to head back south, and just outside 
Aurora (ie north of) I screeched to a halt at the sight of a large raft of 
Redheads (with a few Ring-necks and at least 1 Canvasback) close to shore. 
Spent an hour or so capturing stills and video as they all slowly swirled 
around feeding, and at one point yet another enormous raft swam in to join 
them. A couple of thousand birds I'd guess in total. (If you go, be aware that 
the road is very narrow there...be careful of traffic)

750 images later, and no longer able to feel my fingers, I headed into Aurora 
and pulled in to the Village Park parking lot to try to rescue one of my thumbs 
from possible frostbite (!). That was quickly forgotten at the sight of several 
hundred Red-breasted and Common Mergansers spread out in long strings on the 
lake! Several other large flocks of ducks (possible Gadwall) flew past too.

Finally at Salt Point there were quite a few Common Goldeneye, another goal 
bird for me. 

(The thumb is still alive, BTW!)

Marie



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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant COMMON REDPOLLS - a few

2019-01-24 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi all,

There was a small (20 or so) flock of Common Redpolls near the roadside on Mt 
Pleasant Rd about 1 hour ago.
And just now in my yard, a male House Finch was softly and tentatively warbling 
his song from hidden in a shrub as the rain turns to snow!

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield - redpoll food

2019-01-09 Thread Marie P. Read
Re. redpolls: 

The Mt Pleasant Rd redpolls were eating the seeds of various weeds in the 
field, many of which actually are introduced species. Over the past few weeks I 
have tried to identify them from the dead plant stems and seed heads...it's not 
easy. Some of them (I think) are chicory, goldenrod (native), dock (not 
burdock), plantain, hyssop, bedstraw and I'm sure there are others. 

BTW, the redpolls are now frequenting the even-weedier field immediately west 
of the white observatory building on Mt Pleasant Rd.

Are there any reports of redpolls at feeders?

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From: bounce-123232231-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-123232231-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Regi Teasley 
[rltcay...@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 4:56 PM
To: Rachel Lodder
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield

Thanks for this.  Does anyone know what they are eating?

Regi
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David Thoreau

On Jan 9, 2019, at 4:40 PM, Rachel Lodder 
mailto:rachel.lod...@outlook.com>> wrote:

I saw them there today at 2 pm, as well - maybe 130-40? It was really difficult 
counting them in the wind!
They were about 1/4 mile down from the corner of Tucker and Aiken Roads, on the 
east side of Tucker, feeding in the brush and vegetation alongside the road. 
Very easy to see! Great!


From: 
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mailto:bounce-123228757-81221...@list.cornell.edu>>
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield

At least 100 redpolls were at the corner of Aiken and Tucker Roads, and in the 
weeds further up Tucker today.  I’ve seen them several times here in the last 
few weeks, but this was the first time they let themselves be photographed 
(badly!) and counted!


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake - Stewart Park Friday observation

2019-01-05 Thread Marie P. Read
On the other hand, on Saturday morning (Jan 5th) as I drove down Rt 13 around 
915 am, I saw a large raft of ducks just off Stewart Park (within a hundred 
yards or so), went to check it out and it seemed to be Aythya but mostly 
sleeping so hard to ID with just binoculars.

Marie

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Sent: Saturday, January 5, 2019 11:24 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake - Stewart Park Friday observation

Yesterday, Friday, 4 January, around 11:30am, Stewart Park was also strangely 
devoid of birds and wondered if someone came through with dogs? There were 
absolutely no Canada Geese on the lawns, but ample fresh green poop everywhere 
(as usual). I found several dozen hugging the lake shoreline from west to east 
with a few mallards, and I think I saw four sandpiper-size/shape birds flush 
and peep as they flew (not sure, did not have my binoculars with me).





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[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Common Redpolls new location

2019-01-05 Thread Marie P. Read
At around 9am this morning, a large flock of Common Redpolls was flying around 
the field just west of the observatory, south side of the road. Lots of very 
dense weed stems in here, so they’re hard to see unless they’re in flight.
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[cayugabirds-l] Evening GROSBEAKS - Ringwood Rd

2019-01-03 Thread Marie P. Read
27 Evening Grosbeaks at my feeders NOW!
Marie


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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant redpolls still there (correction...)

2018-12-29 Thread Marie P. Read
Well a walk this afternoon up to the redpoll hotspot forces me to revise my 
flock size count...there were about 150 Common Redpolls up there around 2:15. 
(Last I saw, they were making plans to be in Area III next Tuesday despite what 
Bob McGuire says!!!)

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Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2018 12:39 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant redpolls still there (but fewer)

In preparation for the Christmas Bird Count next week I’ve been keeping an eye 
out for the Common Redpolls on Mt Pleasant Rd. This morning I saw them twice: 
about 10:15 and just now about 12:10. They are more difficult to see with no 
snow. Two days ago I estimated 50, but today only about 25, down from 150 or so 
in recent weeks Why aren’t the others showing up at our feeders?!!

Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant redpolls still there (but fewer)

2018-12-29 Thread Marie P. Read
In preparation for the Christmas Bird Count next week I’ve been keeping an eye 
out for the Common Redpolls on Mt Pleasant Rd. This morning I saw them twice: 
about 10:15 and just now about 12:10. They are more difficult to see with no 
snow. Two days ago I estimated 50, but today only about 25, down from 150 or so 
in recent weeks Why aren’t the others showing up at our feeders?!!

Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeaks Ringwood Rd

2018-12-29 Thread Marie P. Read
25 Evening Grosbeaks at my feeders, in the ash tree, and drinking from the 
stream in my backyard starting 9am. Still here over an hour later.
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[cayugabirds-l] Christmas Bird Count Jan 1st 2019 - Counters urgently needed for Area III

2018-12-28 Thread Marie P. Read
Hello Cayugabirders,

The local Christmas Bird Count is coming up: January 1st 2019. I am Area 
Coordinator for Area III which includes much of Dryden including Hammond Hill 
and Yellow Barn Forests and I need a few more counters to have complete 
coverage of the area. I currently have no-one covering the Village of Dryden 
and environs, so I'd be delighted to have some help. 

There are two main areas to cover:
1. The southern side of Dryden, including the village south of Rt 13, Kimberley 
Drive, Keith Lane, plus lower Beam Hill Road and other roads on the west of Rt 
38. Note that the area includes only the very western tip of Dryden Lake but 
does NOT include the section of the Dryden Lake Trail ("Jim Schug trail") 
southward along the lake. However it DOES include the section of the Jim Schug 
Trail that starts at Keith Lane and goes northward toward the village. This 
trail is likely to be snow-free and is a great spot for American Tree Sparrows 
and other species.

2. The northern side of Dryden, including the village north of Rt 13, George 
Rd, Schoolhouse Road, and roads northward to Fall Creek Rd in Freeville. A bit 
more driving than walking in this route but good for open country birds, 
waterfowl, raptors.

If you want to join in the fun, please let me know ASAP so I can add you to the 
roster and give you more details.

Thanks
And Happy New Year Birding!

Marie












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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Common Redpolls - still...

2018-12-24 Thread Marie P. Read
Around 10:45 this morning, 150+ Common Redpolls on Mt Pleasant Rd east end, 
with some Snow Bunting mixed in. In the usual field (south side of the road).

Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Irish Settlement Rd EVENING GROSBEAKS!

2018-12-11 Thread Marie P. Read
I found a large flock (40 or so) Evening Grosbeaks that landed atop a tall 
spruce on the Hammond Hill side of Irish Settlement Rd about 10:15 this 
morning. This was between Hammond Hill Rd and the Park Preserve.

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Common Redpolls - YES!

2018-12-04 Thread Marie P. Read
A flock of about 30 Common Redpolls continues to associate with the growing 
Snow Bunting flock on Mt Pleasant Rd this morning. They all were in the weedy 
field opposite the communications tower, both around 10:30 when I first saw 
them and around 11:30 when I returned. Basically the same spot as I saw them 2 
days ago.
Tip for spotting the redpolls: look for the birds that are clinging to the 
plant stems...that would be the redpolls, whereas the Snow Buntings are mostly 
foraging on the ground.

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant COMMON REDPOLLS!

2018-12-02 Thread Marie P. Read
It's been quite the birdy day up here on the mountain.

A flock of 13 Common Redpolls was feeding alongside the road when I came back 
from my walk in the rain (11 am). They were feeding on chickory seeds, and flew 
off into the weedy field opposite the radio tower on Mt Pleasant Rd to join a 
growing flock of Snow Buntings that I have seen there regularly over the past 
few days. It will be well worth checking that field if you are in the area.

Earlier a flock of at least 16 Evening Grosbeaks visited the feeders for 15 
mins or so, sometimes also joining a flock of at least twice that many Cedar 
Waxwings to feed on buckthorn berries in a tree just beyond my feeders.

That's cheered up my mood on this rainy day considerably!!

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Snow Buntings!

2018-11-29 Thread Marie P. Read
A flock of ~50 Snow Buntings over the fields and landing on the road, Mt 
Pleasant Rd opposite communications tower about an hour ago.

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Fox (W t) sparrow

2018-11-16 Thread Marie P. Read
I have had A Fox Sparrow under the feeder several times over the past couple of 
days.
M 

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I believe I have a winter fox sparrow under my feeders right now.  Never had 
one here in winter before, only spring.
Likelihood of this?

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Rd Eastern Meadowlarks

2018-11-02 Thread Marie P. Read
I saw a flock of 7 Eastern Meadowlarks flying and landing in one of the fields 
on the north side of Mt Pleasant Rd (east end) on my walk earlier this morning. 
Later, a flock of 30-ish of what I'm going to call Horned Larks based on their 
calls.

And one female Evening Grosbeak was around the ash tree and under my feeder for 
a while 8:30 or so.

Several of the Mt Pleasant fields were left unplanted this past summer and 
there are lots of weeds. That's a good sign for later this winter when the snow 
flies...weed seeds form an important food for Snow Buntings, pipits, longspurs 
and other field birds.

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] EVENING GROSBEAKS - Ringwood Rd - still here

2018-11-01 Thread Marie P. Read
Still around as of 12:45...mostly on or under the sunflower seed feeder now.

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] EVENING GROSBEAKS - Ringwood Rd

Two Evening Grosbeaks (male and  female) were on my feeders briefly, and are 
currently (10:30) feeding in the ash tree out front along with several Purple 
Finches.
(Folks who came yesterday - I checked the tree many times and did NOT see them 
yesterday)

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[cayugabirds-l] EVENING GROSBEAKS - Ringwood Rd

2018-11-01 Thread Marie P. Read
Two Evening Grosbeaks (male and  female) were on my feeders briefly, and are 
currently (10:30) feeding in the ash tree out front along with several Purple 
Finches.
(Folks who came yesterday - I checked the tree many times and did NOT see them 
yesterday)

Marie


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RE:[cayugabirds-l] EVENING GROSBEAKS NOW! Ringwood Road - They're BAAACK!

2018-10-30 Thread Marie P. Read
5 Evening Grosbeaks feeding in same tree as yesterday. 4 females, 1 male.

Birders welcome...but the birds may not stay long...

M

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] EVENING GROSBEAKS NOW! Ringwood Road

There are 5 Evening Grosbeaks feeding on ash seeds on the tree outside my house 
on Ringwood Road NOW!

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] EVENING GROSBEAKS NOW! Ringwood Road - GONE

2018-10-29 Thread Marie P. Read
They flew off to the west, landed on the tree ridge in Ringwood Reserve and 
then took off again toward Mt Pleasant.
The ash tree has loads of seed so maybe they will return...

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There are 5 Evening Grosbeaks feeding on ash seeds on the tree outside my house 
on Ringwood Road NOW!

Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] EVENING GROSBEAKS NOW! Ringwood Road

2018-10-29 Thread Marie P. Read
There are 5 Evening Grosbeaks feeding on ash seeds on the tree outside my house 
on Ringwood Road NOW!

Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Snow Bunting

2018-10-25 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi everyone,

I found a single Snow Bunting along the roadside on Mt Pleasant Rd, opposite 
the communications tower, about 10:15 this morning.

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Ash seeds and blackbirds

2018-10-20 Thread Marie P. Read
I had Purple Finches and House Finches eating ash seeds a couple of days ago in 
the yard!

Marie

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ash seeds and blackbirds

Another eager cluster of redwinged blackbirds is eating the ash seeds from the 
apparently still healthy ash trees.  This has happened several times this month.

Maybe this is well appreciated, but I had no idea that ash seeds were such a 
resource for fall feeding birds.

Anne

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Bald Eagle!

2018-10-09 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi all,

During my morning "maintaining sanity" walk up Mt Pleasant Road, I watched a 
handsome adult Bald Eagle making its way steadily south against the south wind. 
Also a Northern Harrier at one point mobbing a Red-tailed Hawk.

And for the crow watchers, an individual wing tagged AI with color legs bands 
silver/blue/orange on the left.

Sanity maintained!

Marie





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[cayugabirds-l] Migrating Blue Jays & Merlin - Mt Pleasant

2018-09-28 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi everyone,

Just back from a nice walk on Mt Pleasant Road with a fun bird sighting.
At the farmhouse "dip" east of the observatory, over the stand of large spruces 
I noticed a large flock of Blue Jays approaching from the north. I counted 14 
as they took off over the open fields flying high and I was struck how silent 
they were . Minutes later another large flock took flight, but they backtracked 
(back-winged?) and started calling. A Merlin was in the vicinity and for 
several minutes the jays mobbed it as it alternately swooped around chasing 
them or perched atop one of the spruces. The Merlin eventually took off 
straight south and disappeared over the horizon. Shortly after that the flock 
of 30+ jays took off, again completely silently, and flew over the woods to the 
south.

Such fun to experience birds' lives this way!

Marie




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RE:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: August 21, 2018

2018-08-21 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi all,
I just voted FOR cat licensing, mostly for the first reason that Gerald 
mentioned below.

Marie

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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
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines

2018-06-08 Thread Marie P. Read
I just sent NYSEG the following email:

"I am hearing from others in Tompkins County that clear cutting/brush hogging 
under powerlines is currently being done in the area. I want to stress that 
this is entirely the WRONG time of year to do this! There are numerous birds 
nesting in the utility access areas whose breeding efforts will be destroyed 
when vegetation is removed. Have a heart PLEASE. At this time of year, this 
removing vegetative cover is cruel and unnecessary. Please wait until autumn 
when the birds have finished nesting and are leaving the area for the winter. 
Thanks!"

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines

I was dismayed to see that NYSEG has been clearcutting/brush-hogging vegetation 
down to bare ground under the powerlines on Salmon Creek Rd. With the nesting 
season still well in process, I'm very concerned about the probable mortality 
of birds that has resulted in this area of (formerly) dense growth.

While I do not know whether this vegetation removal is happening elsewhere in 
the county, I would like to see if we can prevail on NYSEG to delay cutting at 
least until later in the summer.

Your thoughts?
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins (3+)

2018-06-05 Thread Marie P. Read
I had a single Pine Siskin a few days ago at my feeder, and I had the same 
experience as Asher...very tame bird, but looked adult...
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Our siskins are generally tame. I can approach within a few feet of the feeders 
before they flee. And they don't seem to react at all to my calling the cat, 
whereas the jays and squirrels run like heck.

On Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 6:24 AM, John Confer 
mailto:con...@ithaca.edu>> wrote:

Two days ago (3 June) I heard what I thought was siskin calls near our feader 
and yesterday two landed on our feeder while at least one more was in a nearby 
tree. One at the feeder was extremely tame allowing approach within a few feet. 
Seemed like possible fledgling, but that's only a guess. I haven't heard/seen 
any other siskins since winter incursion. If they nested in the area, it wasn't 
very close.


John

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Juncos

2018-05-18 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi Jim,

It would not be legal to move it, and not likely to work anyway.
You might try putting a chicken wire fence around the nest—several feet in 
diameter so the adults can come and go easily. Hopefully when the young fledge 
they will go up into the bush and not onto the ground. But at that point you 
should keep your eye on the nest/the fledglings in case any rescuing is needed.
And you might consider keeping your cat indoors near fledging time.
Some people also use cat bibs on their cats. They are not 100% effective by any 
means, but the theory is that they interfere with the cat's pounce and 
therefore slow them down. Cats generally quickly get used to having to wear one.

Finally, please consider keeping your cat indoors. I have had outdoor cats in 
the past, but having seen the havoc they wreak first hand, I was determined 
that my most recent one would be indoors only. He is happy and healthy, and my 
backyard birds are now safe.

Marie

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Juncos

In our perennial garden there is a junco nest with at least 3 eggs in the 
leaves at the base of a bush. Our cat has not found it yet but when they hatch 
I am afraid they are goners. I have relocated a junco ground nest to a platform 
near by before and they were abandoned. There is a small tree nest to their 
home. Should I 1) leave it alone 2) try to protect it better without moving it 
3) put it in the low branches of the adjacent tree 4)any other thoughts other 
than removing our cat
Thanks for any advise
Jim Gaffney

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] oriole

2018-05-16 Thread Marie P. Read
Both male and female Baltimore Orioles can be pretty variable in coloration. 
I've watched many orioles, and I've seen yellow-looking males, and at the other 
extreme, I've seen quite male-like females. There is currently a pair nesting 
in the Newman Arboretum of which the female is very orange, dark-headed and 
confusingly male-like (yes, I've seen the male of the pair and he is even 
brighter!). In my experience the comparative blackness of the head (male) and 
presence of brownish coloration on the head and back (female) are good ways to 
tell them apart conclusively.

Enjoy these gorgeous birds!

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We have our first oriole, a very pale, almost yellow male - it has a black hood 
but otherwise looks more like a female. I haven't seen this pale color in an 
oriole before.

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[cayugabirds-l] Monkey Run south Scarlet Tanager

2018-05-09 Thread Marie P. Read
Scarlet Tanager male just west of the parking area. Gorgeous!

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[cayugabirds-l] Request for leads: birds for photo project

2018-05-07 Thread Marie P. Read
Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a few specific birds/situations for a special photo project 
this spring/summer and would appreciate any information you're willing to share:

Killdeer nest on the ground in accessible spot
Tree Swallow nest in natural cavity, but only if less than 6 ft high (ditto 
Eastern Bluebird)
Ruffed Grouse drumming log in accessible spot
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker sap wells (low)

Tall order—all of them—I'll admit!  But THANKS in advance for any info.

I'll be happy to share the details of the project if you contact me directly.
And happy to hear of any other photo ops you know of.

Enjoy the spring!
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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Horned Lark song-flight

2018-05-06 Thread Marie P. Read
At the end of my morning walk, I was happy to hear, and eventually, see a 
Horned Lark performing its flight display high in the sky. Usually I have seen 
them doing this much earlier in the year, even in early March if it's mild. 
They are known to start nesting very early, so maybe this year I have missed 
the displays. But my inner pessimist wonders whether the display is happening 
now because last year's corn field at the crest of the hill was just plowed. 
This would have destroyed an early nest and stimulated the male to get 
territorial again. He DID land in the plowed field at the end of the flight 
display.
Did the group up there yesterday see/hear any Horned Larks singing?

A number of Bobolink males are also putting on a show in several of the fields, 
but no females yet.

Enjoy the spring!

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Bobolinks

2018-05-03 Thread Marie P. Read
Bobolinks heard and seen in the distance in several of the fields on Mt 
Pleasant Rd an hour ago. Also a Nashville Warbler.

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[cayugabirds-l] House Wren - Ringwood Rd

2018-05-02 Thread Marie P. Read
Just heard the merry bubbling song of a House Wren in the backyard! Spring!

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-rumped Warbler eating suet!

2018-04-27 Thread Marie P. Read
Yes, you read that correctly: a male Yellow-rumped Warbler delicately picking 
at the suet block after a Downy Woodpecker had left. I guess there aren't many 
insects around...

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[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Rd Pine Siskins

2018-03-22 Thread Marie P. Read
My daily walk this morning took me farther west of the observatory than usual, 
and where the utility cut crosses Mt Pleasant Rd I was excited to find a pair 
of Pine Siskins at the top of a tree.

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Peregine Falcon - typo

2018-03-18 Thread Marie P. Read
pake-breasted = pale-breasted!

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[cayugabirds-l] Peregine Falcon

2018-03-18 Thread Marie P. Read
I headed up to Aurora this morning early hoping to find photographable 
Red-breasted Mergansers near the boathouse.
En route, just south of the ex-Triangle Diner (about 7:30 am), I passed a 
pake-breasted raptor in a tree, too big for a kestrel, too small for a buteo, 
so I back up and identified a Peregrine Falcon! (Not relocated when I came back 
a couple of hours later.

At the Aurora Boathouse, the RB Mergs were few and uncooperatively distant, but 
a bunch of Buffleheads kept me entertained with their courtship displays.
Other species seen were Common Mergansers and Snow Geese.

Salt Pt had distant flocks of Common Goldeneye performing displays, driving 
this photographer nuts with frustration! Need a 6000mm lens!!!

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