[nysbirds-l] Listening to birds outside with Bill Evans' mic

2018-04-28 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

Last couple of days I have been listening via Bill Evans' mic on my roof and 
recording the calls with computer I hear around my house. I am amazed at all 
the birds I hear.  I live in a suburban location. I am appending ebird list for 
two days where you can also listen to the sounds too.  Plus, I can hear the 
night flight calls and record them.  Tonight, I had quite a few American Tree 
Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows and a few Chipping Sparrows including many other 
calls I have to yet identify. I am waiting for the warblers!

Vow what varieties fly over my house!


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Cheers

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center and New York Sea Grant are sponsoring a free screening of the environmental documentary "A Plastic Ocean"

2017-03-29 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
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Re:[nfc-l] fantastic night flight calls

2016-05-27 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Thanks Ken for posting! I saw it today morning. But during the night I was 
awake several times and my bed room window was open and I could hear several 
Swainsons Thrushes and at least one Gray-checked Thrush flying overhead.


Cheers

Meena


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From: bounce-120522275-10061...@list.cornell.edu 
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Sent: Friday, May 27, 2016 12:33:17 AM
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Subject: [nfc-l] fantastic night flight calls

Just spent over an hour listening to night flight calls in my front yard 
(Ithaca, NY). Definitely my best spring night ever, with wave after wave of 
thrushes (mostly Swainson’s but many Gray-cheeked, and several high-pitched 
enough to be Bicknell's), both cuckoos, Alder Flycatcher, and flocks of 
shorebirds — calling and singing Dunlin, Spotted Sandpipers, Black-bellied 
Plovers, possible Whimbrel, and some weird calls we couldn’t identify. Jay 
McGowan was listening (and recording) from his nearby yard as well.

Still lots of calls after midnight, as light rain started, so if you’re a night 
owl, get out there and listen!

KEN


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[cayugabirds-l] Reminder: It is this Sunday. the movie "The Messenger" April 10 at 4.30 PM

2016-04-08 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal






Hi all,

You, your family and friends are invited to the movie screening on April 10 
2016 at 4.30 pm to be followed by a reception and post movie discussion.  It is 
a movie worth seeing.  Make sure you bring your kids and other younger 
audience. The movie is about 90 minutes long and here is the  trailer of the 
movie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjQtRr4CKcc


For those who are coming from far probably there may be still the Western 
Tanager hanging around Cornell store, close to this film location. It was last 
seen and photographed on April 3.




CORNELL CINEMA AND THE CAYUGA BIRD CLUB PRESENT

THE MESSENGER

- CORNELL CINEMA - WILLARD STRAIGHT HALL -

APRIL 10 - 4:30 PM



There will be a post-film reception and discussion featuring our guests:

Bill Evans - expert in the study of nocturnal bird migration

Andy Farnsworth - researcher with expertise in bird migration with the Cornell 
Laboratory of Ornithology

Christopher Guglielmo - physiological ecologist, Ontario, Canada

TICKETS: $5.50 AT THE DOOR



Parking at Garage on Hoy Road near Schoellkopf Field 
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.4453044,-76.4814685,16.25z?hl=en




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Re: [cayugabirds-l] fox sparrows

2016-04-04 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi Colleen,

I sent an email to Cayugabirds regarding the about 30 Fox Sparrows I saw along 
Hunt Hill, Hurd Road, Thomas Road and Synder Hill Road all together.  I sent 
the email three times but it did not get posted. So I am not sure what is going 
on. May be I am barred from posting.


So never mind about them I saw plenty of them for my whole life.


BTW, I have eight more people  want to get tickets the movie. I will wait for a 
couple more days then we can decide totally how many we need to reserve for the 
movie.


Cheers

Meena



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From: cl...@juno.com <cl...@juno.com>
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] fox sparrows

Hadn't seen a fox sparrow amongst the 15 species at our feeders this weekend, 
but there was one alongside Wood Rd (Etna) this afternoon.
Colleen Richards

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Roadside birds

2016-04-03 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

In the morning when I checked the winds, just around the latitude of Ithaca or 
slightly lower and till above to Watertown area there was a strong West-East 
wind of 34 kmph.  And mild wind below these latitudes. So all these birds we 
are seeing must of come across the strong West east wind and dropped down in 
our area.

Blackbirds I posted several hours ago were hanging out in my neighborhood 
almost till 1.00 pm and now they are missing.


I also had a Sapsucker and several Juncos along with other species of local 
residents (I think) like 2 Hairys, 2 Downies, several Blue Jays, Robins (which 
have been feeding along the roadside or on the driveways.


Now encouraged by Laura's posts, I might go and take a spin along and Hunt and 
Hurd roads to look at the Fox Sparrows. I seem to have heard them twice but not 
seen one.


Cheers


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From: bounce-120330425-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Laura Stenzler 

Sent: Sunday, April 3, 2016 1:32 PM
To: Kevin J. McGowan
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Roadside birds

In addition to the birds Kevin has mentioned along the roadside in Dryden, 
there are many fox sparrow and Song sparrows. I just drive up Hunt hill Road 
and counted 15 Fox sparrows along the road.
Laura

Laura Stenzler
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On Apr 3, 2016, at 1:14 PM, Kevin J. McGowan 
> wrote:


Dryden back road edges are covered in robins and pipits. Also savannah 
sparrows, killdeer, and a few flickers.
Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 3, 2016, at 12:55 PM, "David Nicosia" 
> wrote:


American Pipits in many locales down here in Broome co too. Many close up.  
Must have been a big fallout of this species last night.

On Apr 3, 2016 10:51 AM, "Paul Anderson" 
> wrote:
At Myer's Point just now, where the strong North wind is brutal, there was a 
remarkable number of American Pipits on the road along Salmon Creek leading up 
to the spit. I estimate at least fifty.

At Ladoga, where it was more sheltered but still unpleasant, - more Pipits! 
Eight on the road in, and another six or so by the shore. South of the shore 
was a flock of thirteen Red-breasted Mergansers. A flock of about twenty Tree 
Swallows were flying around by the docks. An Osprey was carrying nesting 
material.

I had come from leading the beginner bird walk at Sapsucker Woods where four 
visitors were brave enough to join. We encountered many flocks of Rusty 
Blackbirds, but it was impossible for me to tell for sure how many in total 
because they were moving around so much. I would guess about 20-30 individuals. 
My guests were happy to see their first Sapsucker ever.

-Paul

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[cayugabirds-l] Blackbird s in the yard

2016-04-03 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,
For about 10 minutes a flack of about 300 blackbirds consisting of 50/50 
Red-winged and Grackles spent time I'm my yard. Now they have landed on the 
spruces of my neighbor and crows are not very happy about it as they probably 
have nesting female on the eggs I think.
It was nice on windy cold wintery day.
Meena
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[cayugabirds-l] some new arrivals

2016-04-01 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
For last couple of days there have been some new arrivals in my neighborhood. 
There is persistent Eastern Phoebe who is declaring my neighbor's yard as his 
own. There are two Northern Flickers, one in the backyard of my northern 
neighbor and the other one is two houses left of me. Both have been in a 
flicking duet almost all day.  There is also a Carolina Wren, he visited my 
yard a couple of times but remains mostly in the house opposite to me across 
route 79, but he is also very vocal often changing his phrases.  My Song 
Sparrow now he is occupying mostly my neighbors yard hedgerow has also arrive 
in last two days and has been singing on and off.

Plus, a Pileated gave a visit to my yard this afternoon. I also feel happy when 
a bunch of Juncos feed on the native grass seeds.

While working in the garden today I saw an eagle flying very high in the sky. I 
ran into the house to get my binoculars, by the time I came out he had 
disappeared.


Cheers

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Woodcocks

2016-03-27 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
On Dodge Rd there are curremtly five woodcocks displaying. Plus a bonus 
winnowing snipe. Right now about 400 ft from Ellis Hollows road jct two of the 
woodcocks calling quite close to the road.
Meena
Ps lots of spring peepers too

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[cayugabirds-l] Lesser Black-backed Gulls continue at Stewart Park

2016-03-25 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

Yesterday I saw at least 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls still at Stewart Park, one 
was a young bird,  probably a second year bird. Three of them were at least 
look like the same individuals I had photographed last week.


Cheers

Meena



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[cayugabirds-l] Robins

2016-03-21 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

This morning is the first time my Robin has been singing since dawn. He knew it 
is spring! He has been hanging around and often chukchuking last few days.


Yesterday I was at Sapsucker Woods. There were three robins - two males and one 
female. One male was in attendance with the female followed her where ever she 
went. I also think she was building a nest as I her beak was very muddy. That 
is she was in mud patching stage of nest building. The other male sat in a 
shadow of a branch at mid height as if hiding but was singing a  mostly high 
pitched vocalizations. He was brighter male with very dark reddish breast and 
beautiful. I think he was trying to get the attention of the female who was 
already engaged to the other male. I watched them for sometime. The second 
sneaky male was really trying to get the female's attention by flying in 
awkward places and signing. May be he was a young male still unattached, while 
the other male was her older partner of some years.  But it was fun watching 
the second male's behavior.


On Thursday I watched a Mourning Dove carry nesting materials of large dry 
leaves into cedars near flat rock.


Cheers

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Yesterday's Lesser Balck-backed gulls and others

2016-03-19 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Here is a link to yesterday's gulls. Look at the black spots of the bills of 
LBBG and HEGU.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/91426175@N00/albums/72157663742709034/with/25249075664/


Meena


PS:  I hope to go again today and see if I find the same gulls again


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[cayugabirds-l] Lesser black- backeds at Stewart Park

2016-03-19 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
At least six adults close to shore.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Western Tanager location

2016-03-19 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
There is no restriction so as to use of the lenses and tripods on the campus.  
I think so as long as you are not harassing the bird. It is only ethical 
question. If you see the bird is getting stressed then you stop.



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Sent: Saturday, March 19, 2016 10:06 AM
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Western Tanager location

Is it ok to use tripod and large lens on campus?

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 19, 2016, at 9:30 AM, Cynthia Marino 
> wrote:

Hi Cayuga birders,

I will be coming to Ithaca from Rochester today.  Just want to check on 
location for the bird. Is it at the Cornell Store on campus at 135 Ho Plaza? 
Thanks for your help.

Cindy Marino
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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart park this afternoon

2016-03-18 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

I wanted to test a lens, so I went to Stewart park in search of subjects.  I 
did find lots of gulls to photograph. But the highlight was three adult Lesser 
Black-backed gulls. Each of them could be distinguished by the amount of black 
on the red spot of their beaks. Two of them were close by and the third one was 
standing separately. In hurry, in anticipation of photography, I forgot even to 
take my binoculars. But the gulls were close enough to the shore and I could 
see their legs clearly through my camera.


I  saw a pair of Common and Hooded mergansers on the Fall Creek.  Also a pair 
of Green-winged Teals that flew across Fall creek.


Near Willow street on route 13 there was a single Tree Swallow floating around!


Cheers

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Sawwhet owl

2016-03-12 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Around 4.00 am I woke up to what it sounded to me like tooting, heard about 5 
toots. Bird sounded as if it was far away. I did not have my windows open. I 
have been awake since. Once more I heard around 4.41 am another 5 or 6 toots.  
Not heard since then again.

Meena

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[cayugabirds-l] Fw: bird

2016-03-11 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal


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From: Ngampit Jagacinski
Sent: Friday, March 11, 2016 10:07 AM
To: Meena Madhav Haribal
Subject: bird



I saw a flock of snow geese in the corn field on Hanshaw Rd. ——— really a lot 
of them.
ngampit





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Re: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake Osprey Trail is open to exploration

2016-03-09 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Great Job Candace and Karen!


I loved it!


Cheers

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From: bounce-120250176-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
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Sent: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 8:04 AM
To: Candace Cornell
Cc: John Confer; Robert A. Cowie; John Bowdoin Greenly; Melissa Groo; Marney 
Thomas; Nancy L. Ostman; Robert Rieger; Carolyn Richards; Dave Nutter; John and 
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Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake Osprey Trail is open to exploration


Hi all. ..

Please note that the link to the interactive map is
http://tinyurl.com/CayugaLakeOspreys. The graphic is missing a critical "s".

On Mar 9, 2016 6:04 AM, "Candace Cornell" 
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At long last, the Cayuga Lakes Osprey Trail is ready to explore. Ospreys should 
be returning to the lake by the end of March-beginning of April. Pick a few 
nests to observe and enjoy!
Candace[Inline image 1]
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[cayugabirds-l] Red-winged Blackbirds

2016-03-01 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

As I was waiting for the bus at BTI, Veronique and I had two Red-winged 
Blackbirds fly overhead from northwest to southeast around 4.50 pm. Again 
another 15 minutes later I saw one more at the junction of Pine Tree road and 
Snyder Hill road.


It was so nice to see them.


Cheers

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[cayugabirds-l] Some birds on today's hike and Sawwhet owl info

2016-02-28 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

I did a 9.5 mile Monkey Run north and south loop hike with some friends.

The highlights were -  I heard at least three or four Pine Siskins in the white 
pines on the North Monkey Run hike  about a mile from Rt 13 Bridge end.  I also 
saw and heard several Brown Creepers, a Golden-crowned Kinglet and a beautiful 
display of a male and female Downy woodpeckers.  Their calls were very unusual. 
I wish I had my recorder with me.  Other than that there were some usual birds, 
plus a pair of Red-tailed hawks were displaying with their swinging flights 
over the Cornell fields near Freese road .


I was talking to Cindy, one of the co hikers. She told me that she has been 
hearing some digital alarm clock early in the mornings between 4.30 and 5.30 am 
for last few days and that has been waking her up. She whistled the call to me. 
So I played her the sound of Sawwhet owl and she said that was it!. She said 
she has lots of spruces and pines around her house on Hanshaw road. I will give 
the exact location for those who want to try to listen quietly without playing 
the playback as I do not want the whole neighborhood to be woken up by lots of 
people playing calls. E-mail me if you are interested.


Cheers

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Western Tanager

2016-02-26 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

It is in the vicinity still. But seem to be feeling cold so trying to hide from 
the wind by taking shelter next to wall. Once a couple of people walked within 
two feet of the bird but it was hanging around in the same location with a 
little bit of movement.


We saw it eating two kinds of berries. One was climbing ivy berries, which  
seems to be abundant in that area on the building walls.


It frequents the area near the back entrance of Day Hall, Campus store east 
entrance, and Olin Library  south wall.


Next few days are warmer, so hope the bird feels comfortable.


Cheers

Meena



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[cayugabirds-l] Fw: eBird Report - East Ithaca, E Ithaca Recreation Way, Feb 25, 2016

2016-02-25 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal


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From: ebird-checkl...@cornell.edu <ebird-checkl...@cornell.edu>
Sent: Thursday, February 25, 2016 2:05 PM
To: Meena Madhav Haribal
Subject: eBird Report - East Ithaca, E Ithaca Recreation Way, Feb 25, 2016

East Ithaca, E Ithaca Recreation Way, Tompkins, New York, US
Feb 25, 2016 12:25 PM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 kilometer(s)
Comments: It was very balmy and sounded like I was walking in spring 
weather. lots of birds singing and geese migrating north. Temperature was 
around 40 deg F but bright and cloudy.
15 species

Canada Goose  400 Lots of high flying migrating geese in several skiens 
throughout the walk. But also there were several individual pairs lower and 
flying together while calling. Saw at leat five pairs like that
Red-tailed Hawk  1 cirlcing just above my house
Mourning Dove  5 all along the walk a different locations
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1 from Hawtrhorn Orchards
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  40 Several groups all very noisy.
Black-capped Chickadee  4 Singing
Tufted Titmouse  5 Singing at various locaitons
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  2 A pair landed in a thicket just close to Maplewood 
apartments. I believe it was male and female. Male burst into cheery song of 
"thikhai thikhai" for quite sometime
American Robin  100 Two large flocks of Am Robin flew in from somewhere 
northeast of Maplewood apartments and continued south west.
Dark-eyed Junco  4 All four males trilling and each one ahd a different song
Northern Cardinal  6 5 males at different locations were singing different 
phrases along the trail
House Finch  5 Two group. It seemed males were chasing the females with song
House Sparrow  30 Lots of house sparrows were making noise. some were 
singing and others were calling

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[cayugabirds-l] Chipmunk

2016-02-25 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

I just saw a chipmunk running around and being chased by the squirrel in my 
yard. So hawk food is available now in the form of chipmunk! I also heard a 
Cardinal singing "Kiddo Kiddo Kiddo" . I think it has started thing of kids 
now!.



Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Glaucous Gulls and merlin

2016-02-20 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

I decided to walk Waterfront trail from Stewart Park side to Farmers Market and 
also look for Great-horned owls.  I decided to do only with binoculars and no 
scope.

There were thousands of Redheads scattered all around the south-end of the lake 
and not in a tight group as we see them very often in winter. Among them, I 
spotted a few Common Mergansers and Scaups. There were lots of gulls sitting 
along the edge of the ice and in the water.  So I was scanning for a white 
winged gull. I did not see any. I continued  walking. As I was coming to the 
Rowing club end suddenly all gulls took to the air. I did not see anything that 
could have spooked them. I thought that was good time to look for white winged 
gulls. After I scanned a few gulls from one side, I was soon on  a white winged 
gull. I followed it for some time in my binocular view. There came a second 
white looking gull t as big as the Glaucous for short time in my view. But I 
tried to follow the first  bird, So I lost sight of the second bird. Both birds 
were flying next to each other for some time one had some darker colors. My 
brain did not take in all the details, but it looked different from the first 
one. I thought it might be another Glaucous juvenile.  I hope I will get chance 
to study lot more of these Glaucous and Iceland Gulls in a next few days in 
Iceland! It seems by summer Iceland Gulls become scarcer in Iceland!


I later searched the Golf course for GHO nest but I did not see any signs. 
Interestingly in one of the oaks, right in the center where several branches 
were coming out, I saw a white egg like shape. I was excited. so I went closer 
to look at it closely. It turned out to be a  golf ball!


There were lots of Canada Geese on the course. At one point there was lots of 
honking going on. So I looked at the location form where the noise was coming. 
In the center of several geese there were two groups of geese of each about 5 
to 6 birds. Each side was facing the other side and honking and walking closer 
to meet in the middle.  One stood in front of another from the other group and 
honked in its face. Second chased away one from the other group and third also 
did the same and rest of them stood facing each other a meter away and honking. 
It was so funny to watch them. I wonder what was all that about, while the 
others peacefully continued to feed around these guys. I wish I had my video 
camera to shoot the behavior.


Then I continued the walk and took a turn and headed back to Stewart Park. As I 
was nearing the TCAT garage a falcon flew over from IHS and flew fairly low 
over the golf course towards the geese. It turned out to be a Merlin.


In the cottonwoods of the Stewart Park, there was an Eastern Bluebird singing a 
strange repeated single note call which I have never heard before.


Overall it was a very pretty day to be out  walking!


Cheers

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Golden eagle

2016-02-13 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Yesterday as I was just about to leave my driveway at 2.41 pm to a doctors 
appointment, I generally looked up to the sky. I saw a low flying eagle above 
my yard with a short head and tail. I stopped and got my binoculars out to view 
a beautiful adult Golden Eagle. I watched it for sometime. It did not strike to 
me that I could take a video as my camera was lying just nearby. 
As I continued to East Hill, I saw two TVs circling.

It has been a weird winter.

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[cayugabirds-l] Ravens getting ready!

2016-02-07 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

Yesterday I hiked about 4 mile loop of  Bob Cameroon loop in the afternoon with 
Cayuga Trails Club. Only bird on the hike was one Chickadee.  Of course I do 
not spish or use playbacks.

As we were leaving Tower station on Tower road there was a crisp shiny Raven 
circling and calling.


Today I hiked Sweedler Preserve of Lick Brook with another group, we 
encountered the same pair of Ravens flying back and forth several times over 
our head often calling. This pair has nested in the ledges near the fall.  This 
time also they seemed to be preparing for nesting in the same area.


Other birds of interest were a couple of Downy, several Chickadees, a 
Red-belied and a pair of Golden-crowned Kinglets.


I returned via King Road. On King Road just past the junction of Sand Banks 
road there was a pair of ravens on a electrical pole. One of them was shining 
and gorgeous looking and I think it was he as he was doing a some kind of 
display with head movements.


So it was ravenous week-end!


Cheer

Meena


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow musings - possible intergrade at Liddell?

2016-01-31 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

Talking about Fox Sparrow, there are several reports of Fox Sparrows in the 
Northeast.  Mild winter to blame I guess.  I have not looked at ebird 
distributions. Also several reports of Grey Catbirds too. At least some of them 
have gone where they are supposed to be i.e. in Yucatan.


I took a 2+ mile walk along Six Mile Creek in beautiful afternoon. Nothing much 
except for a few Hairy woodpeckers and Chickadees.


BTW, I had posted about a familiar call of a Mexican bird a few days ago. Now I 
know the bird. They were Collared Forest Falcons. It just clicked me yesterday 
that it was falcon, then on trying a few calls of different species, I came 
upon Forest Falcon!


Cheers

Meena


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Sent: Sunday, January 31, 2016 8:17 PM
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow musings - possible intergrade at 
Liddell?

Hey all,
Thought I would chime in briefly about the Fox Sparrow. I agree that it is 
darker than the majority of the birds we get passing through the area. I don't 
think it is out of the range of variation for Red, although it could perhaps be 
indicative of a more western-breeding populations (zaboria). Either way, good 
observation by Dave and Gary, certainly worth studying out-of-season 
individuals even more carefully than we would normally do. Here are a few 
semi-obscured photos of the bird in question:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27121735

In a similar vein, Livia and I found what I believe to be an immature Gambel's 
White-crowned Sparrow with two leucophrys immatures in a tree sparrow flock 
along Park Road in Canoga, Seneca County, yesterday. Photos here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27204380
This is a rare but regular and undoubtedly overlooked vagrant in the east, 
something to keep an eye out for.

Good birding,
Jay

On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 7:58 AM, Gary Kohlenberg 
> wrote:
I'm glad Dave worked so hard to get this bird and make such detailed notes, 
because I really struggled to call this one for eBird. Every Fox Sparrow I've 
seen in the basin over the years has been an obvious Red (Taiga) subspecies. 
Always so red that coloration is the first thing to catch my eye in the 
underbrush, only then do I notice the size difference. This bird was distinctly 
brown and rechecking Sibley he speaks of "a confusing array of intergrades" so 
it certainly seems possible our visitor is a little more than our typical 
migrant. There may be a dedicated sparrow guide out there with photos of 
variations in Fox Sparrow that would be fun to see, but I don't know of one. If 
anyone hasn't seen this bird it is worth a look if for no other reason than to 
contrast with future sightings.
Gary

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Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2016 8:37 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow musings - possible intergrade at Liddell?

To me, Fox Sparrows are a special challenge, even though they are big, boldly 
colored, and easy to ID for a sparrow. We typically only see them here during 
migration because they breed in the boreal forest across Canada and they winter 
in the southeastern US. That narrows the time frame to see them. Their prefered 
habitat is brushy woods where they hide pretty well, and I don’t get to those 
places enough during that window. The folks who have the best luck live next to 
such habitat and set up a bird feeder which spills seed on the ground. There a 
Fox Sparrow will scratch as it eats, sometimes becoming hidden in a small 
crater. I haven’t tried such a feeding station in my yard, as it would be 
awkward to watch from the house. Perhaps I should, because once I did see a Fox 
Sparrow in my yard. That was after a heavy April snowfall. The bird was resting 
in my weed-filled vineyard, but it was probably present because of my next-door 
neighbor’s feeding station, which is annoyingly difficult for me to monitor.

This year the opportunity to see a Fox Sparrow was greatly expanded when Tom 
Schulenberg found one on New Year’s Day as part of the Christmas Bird Count. It 
was near Freese Road in brushy habitat by the pond at the Liddell Lab. Over the 
next few days several other people saw it, but I failed. That lab has many 

[cayugabirds-l] Tufted titmouse singing!

2016-01-27 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal


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[cayugabirds-l] Jan 23 birding

2016-01-24 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

I spent Saturday afternoon birding west shore of Cayuga lake in the hopes of 
winter birds.


Highlights are as follows:-


A large flock of Horned Larks (about 150 or so) with 2 Snow Buntings on Seybolt 
road between Knutytown Rd and County road 121.


Another large flock of mixed Snow Buntings and Horned Larks of about 150 birds 
on manure spread fields off of Rt 89 just at the south end of Canoga.


A large flock of 1000+ Snow Geese on Rt 89 in Sheldrake near Wyers Point road. 
Some of them were feeding and others were heading south west. So I tried to 
follow the south west roads but did not find the additional flocks.


Raptors included 2 Turkey Vultures, 6 or 7 Red-tailed Hawks, 2 Kestrels and a 
Northern Harrier.  No Rough-legged Hawks anywhere along the route.


Cheers

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Saturday Cayuga Bird Club to Sodus Bay

2016-01-14 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
The Cayuga Bird Club is travelling to Sodus Bay, on  Lake Ontario to see winter 
water fowl, snowy owl, Purple Sandpiper and other winter rarities. All levels 
of birders are welcome. Trip is open to public. Bring your binoculars and scope 
 if you have one.


Date: Jan 16 Saturday 2016, weather date Jan 17 Sunday 2016


Trip leader: Gladys Birdsall

For more information or questions contact g...@cornell.edu or call at 
607-2273970


Meet at Lab of O parking lot at 8.00 AM.

This will be whole a day trip, we will be returning around 4.00 PM.


Please dress warmly in layers for the weather. Lake shore could be really cold. 
Bring lunch and snack and beverages. There will stops at a couple of gas 
stations where you can buy some food and coffee.


 Hope to see some of you there.


Gladys and Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] First bird of the year 2016

2016-01-10 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
An hour ago, when the sun broke out first, I heard the first bird of the basin. 
A cardinal was singing. He sang for a minute plus!  It was so nice to hear him.


Now I will go out to see what else is around in the neighborhood!


Happy 2016 to all!


Meena


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Windmap

2015-12-29 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Thank you Wade and Melissa! Cool site! I like we can see temperatures and 
pressure and other bells and whistles too. Great information.  But only thing I 
did not like is the color combinations. Reds and oranges don't go very well 
with the greens. I have bookmarked the site.


As for the birds, yesterday around 10.30 am while I was driving on rt 70 
towards Elmira, somewhere close to Eddy street in Collegetown, a Raven flew 
over followed by a crow.


All the way to Elmira -Corning airport, I did not see any other birds except a 
few crows here and there. I was hoping to see a shrike or a turkey.


Cheers

Meena


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[mailto:bounce-120015273-26966...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Peter
Sent: Monday, December 28, 2015 1:17 PM
To: Meena Madhav Haribal; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Windmap



Incredible the online things that exist to help us better understand the 
natural world. They make the teaching of concepts a thousand times easier and 
more fun than they use to be!
Happy New Year!

On 12/27/2015 12:47 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal wrote:

Thanks Peter! Previously I used to use the map link you sent. But the one I 
sent was colorful so I fell in love with this windmap. It is amazing how sharp 
is the demarcation in both versions. I thought it was a front, but as you 
mention I too  have never seen anything so clearly dividing the country. I 
think it is an unusual front.

I would keep watch to see how it changes over time!



I am always fascinated by the wind energy!



Cheers

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[cayugabirds-l] Windmap

2015-12-27 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

I was looking at the windmap to see where the snow geese would be moving if 
they are and saw this strange line.  http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/

[http://earth.nullschool.net/sample.png]

earth :: a global map of wind, weather, and ocean 
conditions
earth.nullschool.net
No news. earth ? Date | Data | Scale | Source | Control | Now « - < - > - » ? 
Grid



Can anyone ( Dave Nicosia?? Bill Evans??) explain why the winds are forming a 
kind of line across the country (see pictures below) where to the south of it 
the winds are blowing from south to north and to the north of it the winds are 
blowing from north to south? Is this pertaining to the way the front is moving? 
I don't think there is any physical barrier such as mountain range or am I 
wrong?


https://www.flickr.com/photos/91426175@N00/23377535704/in/dateposted-public/


https://www.flickr.com/photos/91426175@N00/23710051640/in/dateposted-public/


Thanks in advance.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Windmap

2015-12-27 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Thanks Peter! Previously I used to use the map link you sent. But the one I 
sent was colorful so I fell in love with this windmap. It is amazing how sharp 
is the demarcation in both versions. I thought it was a front, but as you 
mention I too  have never seen anything so clearly dividing the country. I 
think it is an unusual front.

I would keep watch to see how it changes over time!


I am always fascinated by the wind energy!


Cheers

Meena


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From: Peter <psara...@rochester.rr.com>
Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2015 12:13 PM
To: Meena Madhav Haribal; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Windmap

Hi Meena.
As a Meteorology instructor, I've often seen wind map sites where cooler, 
drier, polar air from the north/northwest meets warmer, moister air from the 
southeast (a "front") but have never seen it depicted like the one you've sent.
My best guess is that it IS a frontal boundary between the cooler Canadian Air 
and the warmer, more moist Gulf aira classic cold front.
See this site below for future use. In fact, it is now showing such a frontal 
boundary (at 12:12 p.m. on the 27th.)
http://hint.fm/wind/
Hope this helps.
Pete Sar


On 12/27/2015 11:38 AM, Meena Madhav Haribal wrote:

Hi all,

I was looking at the windmap to see where the snow geese would be moving if 
they are and saw this strange line.  <http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/> 
http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/

[http://earth.nullschool.net/sample.png]<http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/>

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No news. earth ? Date | Data | Scale | Source | Control | Now « - < - > - » ? 
Grid



Can anyone ( Dave Nicosia?? Bill Evans??) explain why the winds are forming a 
kind of line across the country (see pictures below) where to the south of it 
the winds are blowing from south to north and to the north of it the winds are 
blowing from north to south? Is this pertaining to the way the front is moving? 
I don't think there is any physical barrier such as mountain range or am I 
wrong?


https://www.flickr.com/photos/91426175@N00/23377535704/in/dateposted-public/


https://www.flickr.com/photos/91426175@N00/23710051640/in/dateposted-public/


Thanks in advance.


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[cayugabirds-l] today's bird notes

2015-12-20 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

Today I wanted to check the performance of a new teleconverter to my video 
camera. So I decided to go to Cornell dump and try some gulls.


As I was at the corner of the Dodge road and Stevenson Road, I saw a Red-tailed 
Hawk sitting on a fence and there were three Turkey Vultures in the pheasant 
pen. So I thought they were waiting to eat some dead thing in the pen.  I 
pulled my car to the side and got my camera out and took some pictures and 
video. Around that time a car passed very near it. The hawk did not budge. Soon 
it turned towards the pen and flew through the grass setting several pheasants 
in flight. I still thought it was trying to grab something dead. Then it flew 
again to another spot and tried to grab a live pheasant, which escaped. Then I 
realized it was trying to get one. And the vultures were waiting in the hopes 
of red-tail killing one. I spent next half an hour watching and taking video of 
the hawk. It made 7 to 8 passes at the pheasanst and every time the pheasants 
escaped.  Finally it decided to sit in the pen. I spent next ten minutes and 
there was no movement, so I deiced to move on along the dirt road hoping to 
look for gulls. To my surprise there were almost no gulls at the dump except 
for a few of them.  I headed back and on the way back I found the redtail was 
sitting on a tree. At my approach it moved to another tree further away. 
Finally, the hungry hawk was unsuccessful and deiced to give it up. I always 
thought they took the weaker or dead ones, I did not think they hunted for a 
live pheasant!


>From here I decided to try my camera in the arboretum where I know there are 
>generally  lots of fruit eating birds hanging around the crab apples. When I 
>reached the spot I did not see a single bird.  I drove around the road and at 
>one location I found there were lots of birds near another grove of crab 
>apples. Here I spent almost an hour watching and taking pictures of the 100s 
>of Cedar waxwings and several of American Robins. Starlings never gave me a 
>chance to photograph them. I have never been successful ever.

One of the Robins after eating some fruits rested and slowly started singing 
softly as if humming. I could hear him, never saw his mouth open but by the 
movements of his tail and his gently rising and falling breast one could say he 
was singing. After some time he stopped singing and yawned a couple of times. 
Around four pm all of a sudden all robins and waxwings flew away together to 
north of the plantations. I first thought probably there was a hawk or 
something that scared them. I looked around and found nothing. May be it was 
just time to get to ready to go to bed.


I was returning home, near the Cornell Orchards store on 366 I found lots of 
Starling sitting on wire and some of them were coming down to a crab apple 
tree. So I thought I might have a chance to photograph. I stopped there I was 
still trying to get my gear ready. Lots of starlings were on wire sitting 
pretty close to each other. One of the starling decided to land in between to 
two closely sitting starling. This made one starling move to the right a bit 
and that made the next starling move to the right. That ended up in a chain 
reaction where some twenty starlings one by one moved to the right in the form 
of ripple effect till there was no starling in the immediate vicinity. It was 
so amazing to watch as they hopped aside one by one to make space for the 
other. That was so cute! I thought these guys are very cooperative!   I wish I 
could have filmed the whole episode but was little too slow to catch this 
effect.


As I got out of my car in my driveaway, a Hairy Woodpecker was making known his 
presence to me by calling loudly.


Cheers

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Great Horned Owl

2015-12-15 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
A few minutes ago, a Great Horned  owl hooted a couple of times from outside my 
house.


Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy owl and the wierd Turkey

2015-12-13 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

I too made a journey to Seneca Falls to see the Snowy Owls. It is amazing, I 
think it is the fourth year the Snowy owls have showed up in the same vicinity.


I did see the Snowy Owl and Kevin McGown on Seybolt road. It was rather at some 
 distance. SO I thought may be the one on martin Road would be closer. Actually 
I am not even sure if I saw one. At a very far distance among the cows, I 
thought I saw the owl. But did not see it move. So I am not hundred percent 
sure if it was an owl or not.


On the way on Seybolt, near Martin road, I saw a bird atop a bush, I was 
excited and was hoping it would be a No. Shrike. But as I  pulled my car closer 
to it, I found  it had round head and breast  I knew I was looking at a No. 
Mockingbird, which was mocking a shrike.


Then at the corner near Canoga Rd, I saw a single turkey. I had seen it when I 
went towards Martin road earlier. As I saw it again in the same location I 
thought I will watch it. Initially, it hid behind the trees and occasionally 
tried to watch me like a peek a boo game. As I waited it became bold.  I pulled 
 my car on the wrong side of the road closer to the turkey. It looked like a 
young first year bird. The turkey walked up to me and said something in its own 
language and started looking at its reflection on my car. I did not want him to 
peck my car, so I put my hand out to shoo it away. It thought I am feeding it 
or something equivalent so it came closer to my window and raised it neck to 
see me from the window. It hung around my car and picking something off my car 
tires. It would not move away form the car but often went to the front of the 
car. So I had to get out of my car and scare it around the car to the back of 
the car, so I could drive away. But it was not afraid of me, but just walked 
ahead of me looking expectantly.  I felt sorry for the lone turkey. Probably he 
wanted someone to do turkey talk.


 May be Gladys knows the history of this turkey, whether it was raised by hand 
on the farm.


And at home around 10.00 am I heard a Raven croak above my house. It hung 
around for quite sometime in my neighborhood.


I thought of stopping for the Pacific Loon, but as there was a screening of 
Downton Abbey in Cinemapolis, I decided to skip the stop. I enjoyed the first 
episode of the season 6. It Is very different to watch on a big screen versus 
22 inches screen.


Cheers

Meena


Cheers

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[cayugabirds-l] Niagara Trip gulls at Unity Island

2015-12-09 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,
Recently, this past week-end some of us went on a Cayuga Bird Club trip to 
Niagara river to look for gulls. Unfortunately, I took out my camera only at 
the last stop on Unity Island, where we were lucky to see a Black-headed Gull. 
So here is the link to some of the photographs I took of the above gull with 
other gulls. It will be a good quiz to look at the photographs to identify the 
right bird!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/91426175@N00/sets/72157662049028731/with/23253789529/


Cheers
Meena

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[cayugabirds-l] Fw: White winged Turkey Vulture

2015-12-01 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
I sent this on Sunday but it did not make it to the list. So I am resending 
this.


Meena


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From: Meena Madhav Haribal
Sent: Sunday, November 29, 2015 7:26 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: White winged Turkey Vulture


Hi all,

Today I was in Lansing area. When I was near Asbury Cemetery, I saw an eagle. 
so pulled into Asbury Rd and watched the bird. It was another Golden Eagle. 
This year so far I have seen three of them in the Fall. As I was watching it 
there were lots of Turkey Vultures also in the sky and some of them were 
mulling around.  I got my camera out to take picture of the eagle, but by the 
time I was ready with my camera, the bird had become a tiny speck in  the  sky. 
But I could take some video of Turkey Vultures. While I was looking at them, I 
saw this  white -winged Turkey Vulture circle a couple of times. Later I could 
get it in the video for a short 3 sec.


Here is the link to the video and the vulture with white wing is seen between 
41 sec to 44 sec of the video. You can see the white wing if you see it as full 
screen video.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85jmrn-QtLc<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85jmrn-QtLc=share>

[https://i.ytimg.com/vi/85jmrn-QtLc/hqdefault.jpg]<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85jmrn-QtLc=share>

Turkey Vultures with white winged Turkey Vulture
On 11/29/15 I saw about 50 plus Turkey Vultures along with one of the partially 
albino winged Turkey vulture. This could be seen in the video btween 41 to 44...
Watch now...<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85jmrn-QtLc=share>


Cheers

Meena




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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Feather Atlas

2015-11-22 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Thanks Bob!  Just right in time this email came.


I was sitting with a few feathers in my coat pocket, which I collected them 
from Arboretum a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was from Ring-necked 
Pheasant, something had killed this bird and eaten most of it except for a 
bunch of feathers lying on the ground. But I wanted to confirm it.


Now with the feather ID page I did confirm it as Ring-necked Pheasant. Must 
have been killed by a fox or some larger bird like Great horned Owl.


 Nice collection of feather photos!


Meena


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From: bounce-119924233-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of bob mcguire 

Sent: Sunday, November 22, 2015 7:21 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Feather Atlas

I may be the last one to find out about this - but if not . . . . .

Brought to my attention by Bill Hecht: the US FWS "Feather Atlas: Flight 
Feathers of North American Birds". An amazing resource for identifying birds 
from a single feather (wing or tail).

http://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/index.php

Bob McGuire

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[cayugabirds-l] The Messenger Movie

2015-11-22 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

Thanks for all the replies! I thought I should let you know the results. I got 
reply from about 30 people that they are interested in screening the movie in 
Ithaca, some via Doodle and some directly to me and preferred time period was 
April.  I am glad to know so many of you are interested in the movie.


But there is a slight twist, it seems Linda Orkin had started already some 
negotiation with the officers of the CBC and she thought I was jumping her guns 
and I had no clue about it. Only my goal was I wanted to see the movie and  as 
it was not being shown anywhere near Ithaca, I decided to check with the 
distributors and based on their communication I thought it would be nice to 
bring the movie here if there is enough interest.


So currently, I am not sure if the CBC wants to have it as a CBC  event or not.


But anyway, we should get this movie here in Ithaca during early spring.


Thank you for your interest, I will let you know in due course what is 
happening.


As for birding today, I spent most of my time in my house and spent 10 minutes 
out in the yard trying to photograph the NFC mic on my roof for an article, 
that is when I heard two Downies drumming on one of my dead trees and were 
playing a game of peek a boo. Actually, I think one was chasing away the other 
female from her territory as they have no time for fun games I think.


Cheers

Meena




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[cayugabirds-l] The Messenger : A movie about songbirds

2015-11-20 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,
Since it has been produced, I have been keen on seeing this film. So I want to 
get this film "The Messenger" about songbirds, which has features from Bill 
Evan's Migratory study project to Ithaca as it is not being shown here.  There 
are various ways one could get this film to be viewed by the group. We can hire 
a theater such as Cornell Cinema or Cinemapolis, this would involve no upfront 
payment or we can show it in a hall where there is digital projector available. 
 It is nice to see on a big screen with surround sound set up. The cost per 
person can vary from $4 to 7 per person depending on the size of the crowd we 
are getting. But before deciding where we would like to show, I would like to 
know from the community if you would be interested in such a screening. If so 
please respond to me to this Doodle query 
http://doodle.com/poll/e3v8na7zpi8tmmsq

This could be done under any auspices for example if Cayuga Bird Club is 
willing to host then it would be awesome.  First I am seeing how much of 
interest is there in bringing it to Ithaca, then I will look for a sponsorship 
if necessary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjQtRr4CKcc


Dr. Meena Haribal
409, Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI)
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] and back to birds - MERLIN, LOONS

2015-11-17 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
I had arranged one Ithaca 'pelagic' after one of the hurricanes a few, may be 
ten or more years ago. We were looking for Petrels and other pelagic birds. I 
don't remember the boat's name right now. I think Jeff Wells took the picture 
of the boat from East Shore. It should be great to have one more on a very cold 
day when the scoters etc. are migrating. 

Meena 


-Original Message-
From: bounce-119906877-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-119906877-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 3:11 PM
To: John and Sue Gregoire
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] and back to birds - MERLIN, LOONS

Hi John, you wrote:
> 
> A Cayuga and/or Seneca "pelagic" would be a fun fall/winter cruise.

Yeah! Fun to dream, anyway.

A few weeks ago I dropped  some friends off at the dock for an Ithaca Boat Tour 
on the HAENDEL. I hadn't previously been up close to that steel-hulled vessel. 
It reminded me of the old LAKE DIVER IV over on Seneca Lake, which used to take 
research parties out weekly in all kinds of winter conditions. Pretty frigid 
sometimes (though there was a good-sized heated cabin)! Seeing the HAENDEL made 
we wonder if anyone has ever approached Ithaca Boat Tours about a winter 
birding charter? 

-Geo
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca City ban on hunting

2015-11-16 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Thanks Ken for doing this and for the details!

There is mention of the map.  But there is no link to map. Can we get the map 
too?

 Cheers

Meena



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From: bounce-119903533-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Kenneth V. Rosenberg 

Sent: Monday, November 16, 2015 8:40 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca City ban on hunting

Hi everyone,

The following media release was sent to a number of outlets today - this should 
clarify any uncertainty on the part of the City.

KEN


-- Forwarded message --
From: "Jamie Williamson" 
>
Date: Nov 16, 2015 2:57 PM
Subject: [IW] Take 2
To: "Media" >, "Kathy, 
Zoner" >, 
"iw...@ithacawest.org" 
>, 
"ithaca-l...@googlegroups.com" 
>, 
"fcna-ith...@googlegroups.com" 
>, 
"spencerr...@googlegroups.com" 
>, 
"klans...@tompkins-co.org" 
>, 
"kmo...@tompkins-co.org" 
>, 
"jsteinm...@cayuga-heights.ny.us" 
>, 
"jwri...@cayuga-heights.ny.us" 
>, 
"tbur...@fltg.net" 
>, 
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>, 
"cdra...@tompkins-co.org" 
>, 
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>, 
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>, 
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>, 
"washington-park-neighborhood-wa...@googlegroups.com"
 
>,
 "shca-l...@yahoogroups.com" 
>, "Terri, Stewart" 
>
Cc:

The Media Release is attached to this email.

-Jamie


Officer Jamie Williamson
Public Information Officer
Ithaca Police Department
120 East Clinton Street
Ithaca, New York 14850 USA
Office 607-216-3221
Cell 607-327-0759


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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca City ban on hunting: I found the map

2015-11-16 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
I found the map!


http://www.ithaca.com/news/reminder-no-duck-hunting-in-the-city/article_1fe3d86a-8ca0-11e5-a922-23f6859327c9.html?mode=image=0

[http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/ithaca.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/2f/52f48194-8ca2-11e5-a904-c3ea380fca5c/564a3f7b64e1d.image.jpg?resize=760%2C527]<http://www.ithaca.com/news/reminder-no-duck-hunting-in-the-city/article_1fe3d86a-8ca0-11e5-a922-23f6859327c9.html?mode=image=0>

Reminder: No Duck Hunting in the City
SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/ithacatimes/Desktop/1116_NL_huntingprohibition.doc
Read 
more...<http://www.ithaca.com/news/reminder-no-duck-hunting-in-the-city/article_1fe3d86a-8ca0-11e5-a922-23f6859327c9.html?mode=image=0>







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From: bounce-119903749-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
<bounce-119903749-3493...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Meena Madhav Haribal 
<m...@cornell.edu>
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2015 10:16 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L; Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca City ban on hunting


Thanks Ken for doing this and for the details!

There is mention of the map.  But there is no link to map. Can we get the map 
too?

 Cheers

Meena



Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850
42.429007,-76.47111
http://www.haribal.org/
http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/
Ithaca area moths: https://plus.google.com/118047473426099383469/posts
Dragonfly book sample pages: http://www.haribal.org/dragonflies/samplebook.pdf






From: bounce-119903533-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
<bounce-119903533-3493...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Kenneth V. Rosenberg 
<k...@cornell.edu>
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2015 8:40 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca City ban on hunting

Hi everyone,

The following media release was sent to a number of outlets today - this should 
clarify any uncertainty on the part of the City.

KEN


-- Forwarded message --
From: "Jamie Williamson" 
<jwilliam...@cityofithaca.org<mailto:jwilliam...@cityofithaca.org>>
Date: Nov 16, 2015 2:57 PM
Subject: [IW] Take 2
To: "Media" <me...@cityofithaca.org<mailto:me...@cityofithaca.org>>, "Kathy, 
Zoner" <k...@cornell.edu<mailto:k...@cornell.edu>>, 
"iw...@ithacawest.org<mailto:iw...@ithacawest.org>" 
<iw...@ithacawest.org<mailto:iw...@ithacawest.org>>, 
"ithaca-l...@googlegroups.com<mailto:ithaca-l...@googlegroups.com>" 
<ithaca-l...@googlegroups.com<mailto:ithaca-l...@googlegroups.com>>, 
"fcna-ith...@googlegroups.com<mailto:fcna-ith...@googlegroups.com>" 
<fcna-ith...@googlegroups.com<mailto:fcna-ith...@googlegroups.com>>, 
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<spencerr...@googlegroups.com<mailto:spencerr...@googlegroups.com>>, 
"klans...@tompkins-co.org<mailto:klans...@tompkins-co.org>" 
<klans...@tompkins-co.org<mailto:klans...@tompkins-co.org>>, 
"kmo...@tompkins-co.org<mailto:kmo...@tompkins-co.org>" 
<kmo...@tompkins-co.org<mailto:kmo...@tompkins-co.org>>, 
"jsteinm...@cayuga-heights.ny.us<mailto:jsteinm...@cayuga-heights.ny.us>" 
<jsteinm...@cayuga-heights.ny.us<mailto:jsteinm...@cayuga-heights.ny.us>>, 
"jwri...@cayuga-heights.ny.us<mailto:jwri...@cayuga-heights.ny.us>" 
<jwri...@cayuga-heights.ny.us<mailto:jwri...@cayuga-heights.ny.us>>, 
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<tbur...@fltg.net<mailto:tbur...@fltg.net>>, 
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<groto...@policeone.com<mailto:groto...@policeone.com>>, 
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<ddona...@tompkins-co.org<mailto:ddona...@tompkins-co.org>>, 
"lshurtl...@tompkins-co.org<mailto:lshurtl...@tompkins-co.org>" 
<lshurtl...@tompkins-co.org<mailto:lshurtl...@tompkins-co.org>>, 
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[cayugabirds-l] Binocluar eye piece cap found

2015-11-14 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

Today morning Loon Watch trip somebody seem to have lost the eye piece cap for 
Nikon binoculars. If it is yours please send me an email at m...@cornell.edu.


We did have an incredible loon flight today morning of over 2000 loons. More 
details will come from the trip leader Wes or Diane.


On the way to loon count near Cayuga Nature Center, I saw Northern Flicker 
flying across the road.


Cheers

Meena


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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Loon watch and foy here

2015-11-14 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
John, 
I am not sure if they are following Susquehanna or they are just taking a 
direct route. If you look up on the map, it seems they can fly directly to 
Chesapeake Bay in direct line, they don't need to follow Route 15 as we do.  
Route 15 is at least 20 miles left to their target destination in our area. 
Also, as I mentioned earlier the Cayuga Lake southern tip bends to east 
substantially by about  4 or 5 miles to the east from Taughannock State park if 
draw straight line south.  They know what they are doing!

Cheers
Meena 

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From: John and Sue Gregoire <k...@empacc.net>
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 3:03 PM
To: Meena Madhav Haribal
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: Loon watch and foy here

Meena pls pass to Wes and Diane. Sue and I continued on to Seneca Lake where we
found no loons. In thinking about those high Southwestward flyers we believe 
they
had plenty of altitude to spot the Susquehanna and thus took a bit more direct 
route
down Rte 15! (runs alongside the river from Corning south).

At home we also had Fox Sparrow and our FOY American Tree Sparrow.

Terrific morning with good company!

John
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On Sat, November 14, 2015 10:37, Meena Madhav Haribal wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> Today morning Loon Watch trip somebody seem to have lost the eye piece cap 
> for Nikon



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[cayugabirds-l] Loon watch Trip tomorrow Nov 14

2015-11-13 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal

Weather forecast is for Northwest wind and low temperatures.  So hopefully we 
will have a decent flight tomorrow. Many loons have accumulated on the lake so 
earlier part of the morning might be better.


On Saturday, November 14, Wes Blauvelt will lead a Loon Watch at Taughannock 
State Park, from 7 am to 9 am. Every year, thousands of migrating Common Loons 
pass over Cayuga Lake on their way south. The numbers are especially 
concentrated shortly after dawn during the month of November. We will meet at 
the north end of Taughannock State Park, where Taughannock Creek enters the 
lake (we'll watch from south of the creek). If coming from Ithaca, enter the 
park (lake side) before crossing the bridge over Taughannock Creek and park at 
the north parking lot near the point.  Other migrating waterfowl, including 
Brant, Long-tailed Ducks and scoters may also be seen from this location. 
Participants should dress very warmly, as standing by the lake with a North 
breeze can be very cold.

For more information about these field trips, contact Wes Blauvelt at 
wwblauvelt at gmail.com or Meena Haribal at mmh3 at cornell. edu. Both field 
trips are open to all.





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[cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vultures

2015-11-13 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,
Turkey vultures in this stiff west wind are enjoying themselves I think. They 
are flying across the wind at 90 deg and falling a free fall and then arrest 
themselves  and again dribble down in the wind and back.  So it is such fun to 
watch their behavior over computer screen.

As for the serious discussion that is happening, I support Ken's email about 
resolving the issues and I also appreciate what Dave did. I am for all things 
alive!

Also this forum is to discuss about the live birds and anything that is related 
to live birds in the Cayuga lake basin (with an occasional foray to outside 
CLB), so if hunters on this list serve don't like the majority of this listerve 
members' thoughts then perhaps they should consider joining the more 
appropriate lists that covers their interest, so they don't have to read topics 
they don't like or if they want to continue on the list then they should just 
delete those emails.

Cheers
Meena

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[cayugabirds-l] Winds

2015-11-12 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
I am at the bus stop and lower winds are coming from the south west with gusts 
and above them i see higher clouds going south, meaning north wind. So higher 
loons can still get the tail winds for migration.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone


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[cayugabirds-l] Raven Croaking in my yard

2015-11-10 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal


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[cayugabirds-l] photos of another hybrid Cinnamon TealXBlue-winged teal from the web

2015-11-08 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
I just came across this while looking for something else.


http://henrymauer.phanfare.com/6881279#imageID=237404413

http://henrymauer.phanfare.com/6881279#imageID=237404412


I thought Cayugabirders might appreciate the photos.


Meena




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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Owl Night Photos

2015-11-08 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Great pictures Suan! Thanks for bringing your fancy gadget! we enjoyed watching 
critters through your camera!


Meena


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From: bounce-119872544-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Suan Yong 

Sent: Sunday, November 8, 2015 7:25 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Owl Night Photos

Here are some photos and videos from last night's bird club owl prowl, 
including footage from my infrared camera:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskokXKNA

Suan
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[cayugabirds-l] Owling trip tomorrow by CBC

2015-11-06 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,


This is Cayuga bird Club trip announcements.  Members of the public are also 
invited to attend this trip.

Details are as follow:




The Owling field trip on November 7 will be led by Wes Blauvelt and Meena 
Haribal.  Participants should meet at the Lab of Ornithology parking lot at 
6:30 pm. Wes and Meena will then lead the group to various locations to look 
for owls, including Great Horned, Barred, Eastern Screech and Saw-whet Owls. 
Included in this trip will be a stop at John Confer's Hammond Hill Owl Site 
(HHOWLS) to see how Northern Saw-whet Owls are banded.  If we are lucky, we 
might get one close enough to see in hand. Participants should bring a headlamp 
or flashlight and dress warmly, with gloves and hats, for standing in the cold 
listening for owls. This trip will be canceled if it is raining. We will return 
to the Lab of O at approximately 10:30 pm.



Meena



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[cayugabirds-l] "Rounding up: New species and rediscoveries of Asian birds" at Mann Library

2015-11-05 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Though it is almost late. But some of you who are on the campus  can make it I 
guess.

http://events.cornell.edu/event/seap_gatty_lecture_series_4054

Meena

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[cayugabirds-l] Pergrine on Bradfield hall on the sotuwestern ledge

2015-11-05 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Now eating something

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[cayugabirds-l] OT: Northern Lights

2015-11-03 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi Folks,

Just to let you know that there are good chances of seeing northern lights if 
you are out chasing owls to night. I did spend sometime out there but so far no 
luck with either owls or lights. If you see one please let others know.


http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/northern-lights-aurora-borealis-viewing-conditions-clouds-space/53372720

[http://vortex.accuweather.com/adc2004/pub/includes/columns/newsstory/2015/650x366_11032041_page.jpg]

Northern Lights May Glow Over Northeast, Midwest This Week
Stargazers may be in for a rare cosmic light show this week as the northern 
lights dance across the night sky.
Read 
more...







Cheers

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] OT: Niagara Falls trip Dec 5 and 6

2015-11-01 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,


I thought the Cayugabird-l community would be interested in this trip. It was 
announced in the Cayuga Bird Club Newsletter today, but many of you may have 
not read it for some reasons and other who are not members of the club might be 
induced  to become a member of this wonderful club as it is currently members 
only trip. We would like to know if you are committed to go this trip by Nov 5.


This is the announcement.



Sign up Now for Field Trip to Niagara Falls December 5-6

Join renowned local birder Jay McGowan on an overnight trip to Niagara Falls 
December 5-6 to look for rare gulls and other species.  This trip will provide 
an opportunity to learn tips for gull identification and to see other birds 
that congregate along the cold waters of the Niagara River. Many species of 
gulls in a variety of plumages can be found here and may include Little Gull 
and Black-legged Kittiwake. There is also a chance for finding uncommon 
waterfowl such as Harlequin Duck.

We are looking into renting a van for up to 10 people, and plan to leave the 
Lab of Ornithology at 7 am on Saturday, December 5th, and to return at 
approximately 8 pm on Sunday, December 6th.  We will be crossing into Canada 
and will stay at a hotel on the Canadian side of the river, so remember to 
bring a passport or enhanced drivers license for the border crossing. The 
weather may be very cold; participants should wear very warm clothing, warm 
boots, gloves, and jackets and hats that provide protection against wind and 
possible snow. Bring snacks and/or lunch, but there will be stops on the way to 
Niagara Falls to purchase food.

The trip cost is anticipated to be $130 per person for transportation and one 
night's accommodation (this is for a shared room, the cost will be somewhat 
more if you request a private room).

If you are interested in signing up for this field trip, please contact both 
Jay McGowan, jw...@cornell.edu, and Field Trip 
Coordinator Meena Haribal, m...@cornell.edu, by 
November 5 so that we can make room reservations and plan transportation. In 
your email, please include a phone number and whether you prefer a shared or 
single room. This trip is limited to Cayuga Bird Club Members (membership is 
$15 per family per year or $10 for students).



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[cayugabirds-l] GHO and something else calling

2015-10-28 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Since last 10 minutes a GHO has been calling outside my bedroom window. But I 
also heard another call sounded like choweyy, which was repeated every second 
or so.  I have recorded it on my nexus. I will post it tomorrow morning.  I am 
wondering if it is one of the sawwhet owl's calls. It just started to rain now.

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[cayugabirds-l] Golden Eagle over Vet School complex

2015-10-23 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
At 1.03 PM I saw this beautiful bird circling over the Vet School complex.

Meena

From: Meena Madhav Haribal
Sent: Friday, October 23, 2015 1:23 PM
To: Meena Madhav Haribal
Subject: BirdsEye-Ithaca, 709-727 Dryden Rd-2015-10-23

Observer: Meena Haribal
2015-10-23 13:03
Ithaca, 709-727 Dryden Rd
Protocol: Incidental
Observers: 1
All birds reported? No
Comments: beautiful sunny day with temps in 40s

XGolden Eaglea beautiful young bird circled over vet school 
complex, fairly low and headed into the sun. watched it for five minutes
1Sharp-shinned Hawkcircling along with the golden eagle. looked so 
small in front of golden eagle.
XRing-billed Gullmany heading to cornell dump
XBlue Jaymany hiding oak acorns under the conifer
1Fish Crowalong vet school complex
1Ruby-crowned Kingleta few in the arboretum, cornell plantation
2White-crowned Sparrowjuvenile or first year bird in crop of the 
world on cucurbit drive


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Deer ticks

2015-10-22 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal


Their purpose is to control human beings by spreading the microbes that harm 
them! I take it back, actually it is the disease spreading spirochetes that 
control the ticks. Probably it is not good for the ticks too when the 
spirochetes are growing in them as they will be demanding nutrition from the 
ticks. So don't blame the poor ticks. They are as helpless as we are!.

Meena

From: 
bounce-119810283-3493...@list.cornell.edu
 [mailto:bounce-119810283-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of AB Clark
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2015 3:30 PM
To: Asher Hockett
Cc: Melanie Uhlir; Paul Anderson; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Deer ticks

Oxpeckers and such birds on other continents could give us some purposes.  
Although apparently the story is muddy:   see 
http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/content/11/2/154.full

Anne


On Oct 22, 2015, at 3:12 PM, Asher Hockett 
> wrote:

Once I tried to persuade to my wife that all creatures have a purpose in the 
scheme of nature, and she responded with, "Ticks, even?" I must admit I was at 
a loss to reply.

On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 2:59 PM, Melanie Uhlir 
> wrote:
Eeeew. Ticks are one species I would love to see become extinct.

On 10/22/2015 2:46 PM, Paul Anderson wrote:
A couple of years ago when we had that mild winter, I got a tick on the 
Christmas Bird Count. Not the FOY species I was hoping for!

-Paul

On 10/22/2015 2:22 PM, Donna Lee Scott wrote:
Some of my animals and I have all had multiple ticks on us in the last 2 weeks, 
after a summer of relative freedom from them.
I am a tick magnet and had 3 on my levis yesterday, then one trying to embed in 
my thigh, later!  Ick!
Donna

Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY

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[mailto:bounce-119809930-15001...@list.cornell.edu]
 On Behalf Of Melanie Uhlir
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2015 2:17 PM
To: Carolyn McMaster >; 
'Ann Mitchell' >; 
CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Deer ticks

Good grief! Thank you for the heads-up!!

Melanie

On 10/22/2015 1:39 PM, Carolyn McMaster wrote:
Dr. Carolyn McMaster here,
Just a note of caution for all you fellow birders.  This is the season
when ticks are most active.  Even after it freezes, if it goes above
freezing during the day, the ticks will be foraging for a blood meal.
Only after continual hard frosts will they go dormant.  Lyme disease
is becoming more and more common around here.
Carolyn

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 On Behalf Of Ann
Mitchell
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2015 9:33 AM
To: cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Deer ticks

Just a heads up. I know I am attracted to ticks, or the other way
around, but they are still with us. I discovered one on me after a
walk at Roy Park Preserve last evening.
Good birding,
Ann

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[cayugabirds-l] TVS moving

2015-10-19 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
I just looked above my computer screen, I saw a huge flock of TVs heading 
south. I counted so far 35 there are more coming. At least 12 more are circling 
over and still being joined by more. May be a Black Vulture I might see today.

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Tomorrow on Fresh Air: Gerrit Vyn and Scott Widensaul to be interviwed by Terry Gross

2015-10-19 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,


FYI:

Tomorrow on Fresh Air: Gerrit Vyn and Scott Widensaul to be interviwed by Terry 
Gross about their new book Living Birds on WSKG at 6.00 PM (Ithaca time).


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[cayugabirds-l] Merlin over Triphammer Road in Lansing

2015-10-17 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
I saw a Merlin flyover Triphammer Road in Lansing today.


Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Raven

2015-10-16 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Today while I was plucking last few leaves of the basil plants, a Raven 
followed by an American Crow  almost skimmed low over my head to avoid the crow 
before flying high up in the sky and beyond my neighbor's house. Yesterday 
early morning at 2.34 am a Screech Owl was calling as that was the time I spoke 
to my nice when she reached home in San Fransisco. It did get recorded in 
through my mic from 2.37 am to 2.42 am as bits and pieces.


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[cayugabirds-l] FYI: Bill Evans's talk in Ithaca,com

2015-10-16 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
http://www.ithaca.com/news/better-siting-of-turbines-saves-bird-lives/article_bec91b00-728a-11e5-aa4b-7b49bcb88fcf.html

[http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/ithaca.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/f4/0f4f7cfe-728b-11e5-895d-27f65f8ae7c5/561e79b57f41b.image.jpg]

Better Siting of Turbines Saves Bird Lives
A birder's feelings toward wind energy tend to fluctuate, Bill Evans of Old 
Bird Inc. told the Cayuga Bird Club during a Monday, Oct. 12 talk at the 
Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He showed a hand-drawn line of peaks and valleys in 
graph form, which documented his personal journey on the subject of wind power 
turbines. The vertical axis ranged from "1"-equal his highest esteem for wind 
turbines-down to zero-meaning"no way."
Read 
more...





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RE: [cayugabirds-l] meadowlark migration question

2015-10-07 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Thanks Geo! For the first time I saw the whole account from Bent. It is 
impressive and in such details too.  I had no clue I could get this book on the 
internet.
Thanks for sharing this!
Meena

From: bounce-119750245-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-119750245-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2015 12:01 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] meadowlark migration question

Bent says that Meadowlarks form roving bands in August, after the breeding 
season is done, and that by mid-October most of these have left Ontario and 
Quebec for points south. So it seems likely that migrants from north of the 
border are now moving through our area.

http://birdsbybent.netfirms.com/ch91-100/meadowla.html


(Scroll WAY down to the last few paragraphs)

-Geo

On Oct 6, 2015, at 3:52 PM, Eric Banford 
> wrote:
We have meadowlarks breeding in the fields around our house every year, and I 
haven't heard or seen them since August, but suddenly there were some singing 
and foraging again this weekend. Have they been around but silent? Do they 
migrate after their young fledge and these are migrants from further north? Why 
the disappearance and sudden reappearance? Any insight greatly appreciated.

I certainly enjoyed hearing them again!
Eric
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[cayugabirds-l] Tvs migrating

2015-10-04 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
So far 34

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[cayugabirds-l] Ed Hart's Obituary in Ithaca Journal

2015-10-01 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

I knew Ed through being his  and his neighbors Dobsons land steward for FLLT  
for several years. Then he also became Cayuga Bird Club member. He was the one 
who taught me about peripheral vision and told me mine was excellent as I could 
see the birds lot more quickly. He was one of the nicest persons I have met in 
my life.



http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/local/2015/09/30/edward-hart-civil-rights-champion-runner-doctor/73040610/


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[cayugabirds-l] Save The Boreal Bids campaign

2015-09-30 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,
Some you might have received the email from different organization. So sorry 
for duplicating this. But if you have not received please help save the Boreal 
birds. Think Warblers and Thrushes!

http://borealbirdsneedhalf.org/en/?utm_source=Boreal+Birds+E-Update_campaign=02a1817c49-BSI_E_Update_September_2015_medium=email_term=0_9809595286-02a1817c49-216701001



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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Save The Boreal Bids campaign

2015-09-30 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Ok not Bids "BIRDS"

Cheers
Meena

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'oneidabi...@yahoogroups.com'
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Save The Boreal Bids campaign

Hi all,
Some you might have received the email from different organization. So sorry 
for duplicating this. But if you have not received please help save the Boreal 
birds. Think Warblers and Thrushes!

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[cayugabirds-l] OT: Total lunar eclipse

2015-09-30 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Link to photos of TLE

https://www.flickr.com/photos/91426175@N00/sets/72157656925307783

Lunar Eclipse 27 Sep 2015
Eclipse was observed from Ithaca NY, my backyard.

[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/738/21818080091_f25c3c33b2_q.jpg][https://farm1.staticflickr.com/601/21620704138_9f9a899819_q.jpg][https://farm1.staticflickr.com/634/21782431836_9770be25da_q.jpg][https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5831/21782426656_9a91a40ed7_q.jpg][https://farm1.staticflickr.com/651/21620532890_5cc453480a_q.jpg][https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5831/21796782802_3afa77491c_q.jpg][https://farm1.staticflickr.com/769/21185836714_ce29112f3c_q.jpg][https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5690/21620685228_f59b893014_q.jpg]

View all 10 photos on 
Flickr...




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[cayugabirds-l] Blue Jays Migrating

2015-09-29 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
As my computer was booting up, from above the screen I could see Blue Jays 
Flying overhead. I started to count and counted 32 of them. They have very 
characteristic flights can't be mistaken for anything else. While the Blue Jays 
were heading south a flock of a dozen of Cedar Waxwings flew directly north.
Yesterday also I saw quite a few flocks of Blue Jays heading south.

Meena

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Screech owl and eclipse

2015-09-28 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Animals sense the eclipse. We did experiments to study effect of Total Solar 
eclipse on animal behaviors in India. They become quite restless. So night 
animals might have something similar effect on total lunar eclipse.

I am glad so many got to see the eclipse, the weather god cooperated with us!

I also took the opportunity to look at the two galaxies when there was 
totality. I could see very clearly Andromeda and the galaxy in Cassiopeia.

Meena

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[mailto:bounce-119713060-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Sally Eller
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Screech owl and eclipse

Same thing happened here... West shore of Cayuga Lake, Romulus.

Sally Eller

On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM, John Greenly 
> wrote:
Our local Screech Owls were calling continuously last night as the eclipse 
began, but they went silent as the moon dimmed into totality.  Coincidence??

John Greenly
Ludlowville


On Sep 28, 2015, at 7:36 AM, M & K Mannella wrote:


On both Saturday and Sunday morning we heard the whinny call of a screech owl 
just before 6:am. Seems we are a stopping ground for screechies on the move 
over the last three years-and just for a couple of days in the fall.

While watching the eclipse from our driveway we had a super clear and cloudless 
view. The Milky Way was bright and we saw two amazing shooting stars. Gorgeous 
evening.

Michele
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[cayugabirds-l] GHO calling from game farm road

2015-09-27 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
I went to East Hill Athletic field to look at the moon. It was beautiful as it 
was getting out of the cloud. There was a Great Horned Owl calling along with a 
couple of Killdeer.
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[cayugabirds-l] Two more GHOs

2015-09-27 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Right from my yard since last ten minutes i have been hearing two more GHOs 
calling from Six Mile Creek.
And the moon is almost half devoured by the earth, at least that is what we 
were told when young.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] GHO calling from game farm road

2015-09-27 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
I heard one call which sounded to me like Rose-breasted Grosbeak. So I noted 
the time to see if anything was recorded at the same time on my detector. But 
nothing was recorded by mic. I was probably 15 to 20 feet away from the mic in 
the horizontal direction. So I am not sure if the bird was too far to be heard 
by the mic.


But Great Horned Owl went on for almost an hour.


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From: Kevin J. McGowan
Sent: Sunday, September 27, 2015 9:35 PM
To: Meena Madhav Haribal
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Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] GHO calling from game farm road


Thanks, Ken. Seriously, Meena? Where are you? We count on you for things like 
this. Really!  ;^)



I was just looking out my window and admiring the moon a little bit ago, before 
the eclipse started. When Ken wrote I looked out and the moon was hidden behind 
leaves and clouds. It just became visible here. Now that I know, I will keep 
watching.



Thanks, Ken, and thanks, Meena for all your past alerts.



No birds calling from my deck, just to keep on topic. Ken, any NFCs?



Kevin



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I hope everyone knows about the Super Blood Lunar Eclipse starting right now- 
usually Meena is the one to alert us :)



Ken

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I went to East Hill Athletic field to look at the moon. It was beautiful as it 
was getting out of the cloud. There was a Great Horned Owl calling along with a 
couple of Killdeer.
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[cayugabirds-l] Mundy during lunch

2015-09-25 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,
I did get to spend some time at Mundy today. There were lots of birds right at 
the center of Mundy. But birds were coming in one by one giving a good chance 
to observe them. First I had three Swainsons Thrushes feeding on some fruits, I 
could not say what those fruits were because canopy was meshed with different 
trees.

Then I came across mixed hunting flock with chickadees- this consisted of 
Northern Parula (2), Tennessee (at least two but could have been more), 
Black-throated Green (2), a Pine warbler, a Blackburnian, a Blackpoll and a 
beautiful Blue -headed vireo who looked like he had dressed up in crisp clean 
dress, his throat was 'Tinopal' white, a Yellow-throated Vireo and Red-eyed 
vireos.

There were more birds but I did not have time enough to look at all of them.

This year I have seen very few Blue-headed Vireos and only once I have seen 
Blue Grey Gnatcatchers.

Cheers
Meena

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[cayugabirds-l] East Hill Osprey still looking for fish in Beebe lake!

2015-09-21 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Just flew over my office.

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[cayugabirds-l] Mcukrace 2015

2015-09-20 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

Muckrace highlights were a total of 181 species were found in the MWC by 36 
teams and 131 participants! The birds included a Connecticut Warbler taking 
bath in the roadside puddle on Towpath (I believe), a Ross Goose at Mud Lock 
and Yellow-headed Blackbird at Van Dyne Spoor. Last two species have been seen 
at the same locations for quite a few weeks now.


Our own team had a modest total of 96 species. Highlights included a Phalarope 
species in the fading light of the evening at Eaton marsh which we finally 
concluded as Wilson's Phalarope and next day (i.e. Saturday) seeing one more 
Wilson's at Montezuma Audubon  center, thanks to 'Arrogant Bustards' .  But the 
shorebirds at MAC were very easy to see and very plenty in numbers. This was 
one of my most memorable shre bird viewing in the basin. Low lights were we did 
not see birds like Chipping Sparrow, Cowbird, Kingbird etc.


Overall it was a great fun to do it again. This is my 16 th Muckrace and I have 
missed only three of them in between. The first ever Muckrace with Cayuga Bird 
Club as Bard's Sandpiper, when Bard Prentiss was  President of the club and Tom 
Nix was our leader in 1997. It seems so very long ago it all happened. Over the 
years I have muckraced with so many different people on different teams with 
different team names! I have enjoyed all of those trips immensely and have  
life lasting memories of each and every race!


Cheers

Meena


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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Mcukrace 2015

2015-09-20 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
One more thing, I was pleased to see lot of younger people that included 
students from many local colleges and universities and also kids and families 
taking part in it!

I thought Ithaca was under represented in these categories. Where were all the 
Cornell students?

Meena



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Sent: Sunday, September 20, 2015 8:18 AM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Mcukrace 2015


Hi all,

Muckrace highlights were a total of 181 species were found in the MWC by 36 
teams and 131 participants! The birds included a Connecticut Warbler taking 
bath in the roadside puddle on Towpath (I believe), a Ross Goose at Mud Lock 
and Yellow-headed Blackbird at Van Dyne Spoor. Last two species have been seen 
at the same locations for quite a few weeks now.


Our own team had a modest total of 96 species. Highlights included a Phalarope 
species in the fading light of the evening at Eaton marsh which we finally 
concluded as Wilson's Phalarope and next day (i.e. Saturday) seeing one more 
Wilson's at Montezuma Audubon  center, thanks to 'Arrogant Bustards' .  But the 
shorebirds at MAC were very easy to see and very plenty in numbers. This was 
one of my most memorable shre bird viewing in the basin. Low lights were we did 
not see birds like Chipping Sparrow, Cowbird, Kingbird etc.


Overall it was a great fun to do it again. This is my 16 th Muckrace and I have 
missed only three of them in between. The first ever Muckrace with Cayuga Bird 
Club as Bard's Sandpiper, when Bard Prentiss was  President of the club and Tom 
Nix was our leader in 1997. It seems so very long ago it all happened. Over the 
years I have muckraced with so many different people on different teams with 
different team names! I have enjoyed all of those trips immensely and have  
life lasting memories of each and every race!


Cheers

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] mundy post lunch today and yesterday's two falcons and a peep's story

2015-09-14 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

I came across a flock of birds almost at the same location like Friday, new 
birds for me were an Orange crowned warbler which was repeatedly being harassed 
by a Chickadee. It almost looked like the chickadee was trying to peck the 
warbler. I did not see anything in the mouth of the OC warbler. May be they 
both chased the same insect ad OC warbler got it while the Chickadee missed it. 
Also there was a  Yellow-throated Vireo which spent quite sometime in the 
sycamore looking for something.


Other birds included, a Blackpoll, Black-throated greens, Blackburnian, 
Nashvilles, plenty of magnolias, one of them while I was watching through the 
binoculars flew straight into my binocular-view as it came closer it became 
bigger and last moment it changed the direction. I spent only about 30 minutes 
watching warblers.


Yesterday I was parked at the pullout at the end of the Benning's Marsh and was 
talking to my brother in India. I looked ahead of me saw a swallow like bird 
being chased by a merlin.  Then I realized it was a peep, meaning a small 
sandpiper. The peep was doing lots of ups and downs at one time it flew right 
in front of the red truck on I90. I thought both prey and predators are going 
to be hit. But both survived. I started giving commentary to my brother about 
their progress. Many time I thought the peep was going to be nailed, but peep 
kept the Merlin at least 5 to 6 feet from it. They zigzagged over I 90 and the 
wildlife drive and then went over my car. I could not see them. Then I realized 
there was a sunroof on my car so I opened it and I could see both the birds 
still in sight through the roof.  The all of a sudden another larger falcon 
came into the view and started chasing the peep, while Merlin was still 
following it. Now the peep started diving down away from the Peregrine and 
Merlin. Peregrine gave it a few rounds of chase and then again Merlin took 
over, finally, I saw the peep dive into Mays point south eastern end. The 
peregrine decided it had enough of thrill so it flew over I 90 and on to the 
wildlife drive. While Merlin lost the bird due to the Peregrine's interference 
flew over Mays Point marsh, but the peep was saved in two birds fight.  The 
whole episode was about 5+ minutes but seemed for ever. And I was continuing my 
commentary to my brother on phone he was also relieved that the peep was saved, 
but I was rather not sure of my feelings for the falcons. I felt sorry for 
them, but happy for the brave peep. The peep was flying as fast as Merlin and 
always kept some distance from the merlin.


Eaton marsh had eaten all the shorebirds that Mike Tetlow and group had seen 
the previous day. Only shore birds there were  each of Greater and Lesser 
Yellowlegs and a Killdeer. Plus there were four great egrets and I did not see 
any bands and a couple of Great Blue Herons.


Right now over my house, I think a few of the Magnolias, two Bay-breasted 
types, one ovenbird, one Tennessee/ Black throated green kinds, at least 31 
warblers have passed in about 50 minutes!


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[cayugabirds-l] Golden plovers are still at knox marsellus

2015-09-13 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal


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[cayugabirds-l] Mundy warblers

2015-09-11 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal

At least 12 species of warblers in mundy
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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Mundy warblers

2015-09-11 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Warblers in Mundy
Blackburnian
Black and White
Ovenbird
Wilson’s warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Nashville
Chestnut-sided
Tennessee
Bay-breasted
Northern Parula
Magnolia
Black-throated Blue
Common Yellowthroat
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
I thought of Gladys’s report on Ovenbird and was looking for one there it 
popped up in front of me as if asking what Ovenbird? I am here.
Then I thought of Wilson’s shortly I saw Wilson’s. Same with Black throated 
blue and Black and White. Then I became greedy and thought of Golden-winged 
warbler and Mourning warbler but no luck with them.  Initially they were 
against the sun and moving interior in the Mundy. So  I anticipated them to 
come to a perfectly lighted patch. And there they were. I stood at one location 
and they moved.
I must have totally walked just a quarter of mile in Mundy.


Meena


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At least 12 species of warblers in mundy
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[cayugabirds-l] Nightflight calls yesterday night

2015-09-11 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

I have the new Bill Evans' mic on my roof and have been trying to detect and 
identify calls of the creatures that fly over my head while I am asleep. Today 
I had blast in the morning while looking at the spectrograms to see what flew 
over my head. The mic with the software recorded about 375 calls of which 347 
were of warblers and sparrows and some other species. Only one of the kind Rose 
Breasted Grosbeak/ Swainson's thrush.


It is an addicting phenomenon. I got up early hoping I will spend sometime out  
looking for birds, but got carried away by the recordings, I spent most of the 
time trying to look what exciting birds were flying overhead.


I am sure people will find lots of birds today on the ground!


Cheers

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Arboretum birds

2015-09-11 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
I spent ¾ of an hour at the arboretum in the morning.  As I about to leave the 
actions started to happen. A Chickadee flock came with assorted species of 
warblers. Interestingly all warblers dove in the same trees and spent some time 
there and then to a next tree. They spent a lot of time in ash, walnut and 
oaks.  The flock consisted of
American redstarts.
Magnolia lots of them
Canada Warbler
Chestnut-sided (2)
Common Yellowthroat
Black-throated Greens (several)
Blackburnian
Hooded Warbler female or a young (which came very close to me and sat on an 
exposed branch for several seconds
Philadelphia Vireo and nice little plum and chunky bird
Red-eyed Vireos
Then it was time to head back.
But it was soul satisfying!

I will try going during lunch hours a little later!

Cheers
Meena



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[cayugabirds-l] OT: Bird food related talk. GoBotany: Sep 9 at 2.30 Pm in BTI auditorium

2015-09-04 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,
How many times you have wished you knew what the birds are eating or where the 
bird is sitting and wring your hands for not knowing the name of the plants. 
Now there is an interactive app available similar to your bird apps to nail the 
plant. Recently, I was in Montana and was watching White-tailed Ptarmigan with 
zest tear the seeds out of several species of plants, at least one was an 
Epilobium species but would love to identify all the plants it was feeding 
from.  This app is special for New England, which shares lots of plants with 
New York state.
Cheers
Meena





GoBotany: An app for identifying the more than 4000+
plants with simple keys
By Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth

[cid:image010.jpg@01D0E700.9D12DDE0]

Sept 9 2015, 2.30 to 3.30 pm. Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) Auditorium, Tower 
Road Ithaca NY

Do you wonder how I am going to identify the plant I have seen from about 5000 
species found in our area?
Then this workshop/talk is for you.
Imagine being able to easily identify plants and learn all about them using an 
innovative set of keys and search tool on your smart phone, tablet, or desktop 
computer.  That is the vision of Go Botany: an award-winning, free, 
user-friendly, interactive web tool created by New England Wild Flower Society 
with funding from the National Science Foundation. Go Botany is the definitive 
on-line Flora of New England, covering more than 3,500 taxa, much of which we 
share with New York.  In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to use Go 
Botany's many features, including multiple-access keys, a clickable dichotomous 
key, teaching resources, and PlantShare -- a virtual community for plant 
enthusiasts.
Do you have a plant you need to identify? Bring you picture for this workshop 
to get it identified!
https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/

Map showing BTI Auditorium and parking for people coming from outside the 
Cornell can pay at the meter per hour at Peterson or Vet School parking lots.

 [Vet school metered parking lot] [cid:image012.png@01D0E705.84B21360] 
[cid:image014.png@01D0E705.84B21360] [Peterson metered parking lot] [BTI] 
[cid:image020.jpg@01D0E700.9D12DDE0]

Elizabeth Farnsworth, Ph.D. is Senior Research Ecologist with the New England 
Wild Flower Society, and a biologist, educator, and scientific illustrator. She 
is currently directing a project to develop the Society's first online courses 
for teaching botany. She co-directed a National Science Foundation-funded 
project to develop the award-winning Go Botany web application: a comprehensive 
guide to all of the plants of New England. She is co-author of the Connecticut 
River Boating Guide: Source to Sea and the Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of 
Northeastern North America. She has illustrated the Flora Novae Angliae (Yale 
University Press), A Field Guide to the Ants of New England (Yale University 
Press), The Nature of New Hampshire, and five other books on ferns, coastal 
ecology, climate change, statistics, and spiders. She is also Senior Editor of 
the botanical journal, Rhodora. She has served on the science faculties of 
Smith College, Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 
the University of Rhode Island, and the Conway School of Landscape Design. She 
is a Research Associate and former Bullard Fellow of the Harvard Forest. She 
has conducted biological research in many ecosystems around the world, with a 
focus on plant physiological and evolutionary responses to climate change and 
the conservation biology of rare plants. She holds a PhD from Harvard 
University in Biology, MSc from University of Vermont, and BA from Brown 
University.

Hope to see some of you!

Dr. Meena Haribal
409, Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI)
Ithaca NY 14853 USA
Email: m...@cornell.edu


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Garbled Posts

2015-08-31 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

It think it has to do with the settings of the sender's and receivers email set 
up. Some people send emails in the MIME format, I think that is what Dave is 
doing and his set up is configured for that. Multipurpose Internet Mail 
Extensions (MIME) is an Internet Standard that extends the format of e-mail to 
support.

Some email readers are configured to read these messages and some digests are 
not configured to read these. Cornell email users can see these formats if 
individual emails are being looked at. If it comes in the digest then it cannot 
read as the digest has already garbled format. It happens a lot with digests. 
Sometimes I too get such messages on Neoorn list, which I receive as a digest.


So I think Dave has to look into the format he is set up with and see if he can 
change to other formats.

I am not a computer guru either, but this is what I believe happens.



Meena


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From: bounce-119591758-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of M Miller 

Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 3:55 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Garbled Posts

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):

Delivered-To: abamailingli...@gmail.com
Received: by 10.37.44.207 with SMTP id s198csp262590ybs; Fri, 28 Aug 2015
16:27:32 -0700 (PDT)
X-Received: by 10.140.195.148 with SMTP id q142mr20849585qha.92.1440804452155;
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Received-SPF: pass (google.com: domain of
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.

Mark Miller

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[cayugabirds-l] Screech Owl

2015-08-30 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,

Last night I heard an Eastern Screech Owl trilling and in between trilling he 
made some kind of squeaky cooing noises. This is the first time I have heard 
such calls. So I dragged myself out of my bed to fetch the recorder which was 
still packed away in my bag from my trip to Montana. By the time I got it out 
the screech owl had moved on or shut up.

Talking about Montana trip, I spent six days in Glacier National Park and had 
numerous encounters with Dusky and Spruce Grouses and a long interaction with 
White-tailed Ptarmigans. A very short encounter with a Sharp-tailed grouse. But 
unfortunately, I had to cut my trip short for about 3 days as the whole of 
Montana was filled with smoke due to forest fires in the state and mostly from 
its neighboring states of Washington and Idaho. This is my first experience 
with large forest fires. My god, they are scary to the wildlife and people who 
live there. I heard stories about how black bears and mountain lions were 
roaming around in the Great Falls neighborhood. I could not stand the smoke any 
more so I had to call the airlines to change my ticket for immediate return.  
More detailed trip report I will make it later and send a link to those who are 
interested.


Cheers

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Common Nighthawks

2015-08-30 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,


I was listening to the radio program 'wait wait don't tell me' while I was 
roasting whole wet peanuts on the stove. So in between  I just looked out of my 
front door.  Between a meter gap of two massive Norway maples, I had glimpses 
of a bird some 500 ft away in the skyline flying above Six miles Creek 
upstream. It looked like a possible nighthawk. Then there was no gap in the 
tree almost till about 400 ft to the left of the first gap above the Six Mile 
Creek. So I thought if it was a migrating nighthawk I might see it after a few 
minutes.


After a couple of minutes keeping watch in the gap I did see a bird come into 
view and it did look like a NIGHTHAWK. So I kept looking in that direction. 
Soon I saw three birds circling in the sky, I was pretty sure they were 
Nighthawks. In between I had to stir the peanuts so that they would get burnt. 
So I did that and came out to look still those birds were flying around. Next 
thing I had to do was to get my binoculars from my car which would take at 
least a minute.  But I took risk and went a got my binoculars. Those birds were 
still flying. I got very good looks at them with beautiful white wing patch 
visible.


Then the luck got much better. They decided come closer to where I was standing 
then I realized there were more than three, at least five of them. Then two of 
them decided  fly above my yard and house and return back to the Six Mile 
valley.  This all happened while I was still listening to the radio but not 
with full attention and occasionally stirring the peanuts.  The time between 
the Nighthawk's first seeing and last sight was two interviews - one of Brooke 
shields and the other of Rob Lowe and it was almost 16+ minutes!!!


It was very enjoyable!!! Then I stood there for another 20 minutes but no more 
birds.


Earlier, the post of Buff-breasted Sandpiper made me take a trip to MNWR. But 
there were no sandpipers nor any other shorebirds except a small flock of which 
looked like  peeps got disturbed by a low flying female Northern Harrier and 
they disappeared somewhere and a Killdeer (heard only) at Puddlers.


I visited Red-headed Woodpecker's spot at May's Point pool. There was a this 
year's almost grown up young was busy fly catching, while the parent nervously 
watched it from a distance. The young behaved in a typical flycatcher manner. I 
watched it take a large flying insect in midair.


Otherwise I saw an oddly paired darner, where the male had released female's 
head  but the female was still attached to his second segment and the male was 
trying to get free, but could not do so as he was still stuck to the female. 
Two Monarch butterflies, and a few Wandering Gliders were other sightings of 
interest.


Cheers

Meena





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[cayugabirds-l] Moth size

2015-08-16 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Yeah Dave you are right. Please read it as 70-80mm!


Meena


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From: Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015 12:03 AM
To: Meena Madhav Haribal
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ruby throated Hummingbird

70-80 cm is 27.5 - 31.5 inches. That's a big moth!

--Dave Nutter

On Aug 15, 2015, at 06:22 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal m...@cornell.edu wrote:



Today morning at my moth sheet there were three large Catocala moths and all 
three  were Oldwife Underwing, Catocala paleogamma. Each moth has a wingspan of 
about 70-80 cm with yellow hindwing with black border.  Besides these there 
were at least 20 more species of moths including a Leopard moth and several 
individuals of Pale Panthea.


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[cayugabirds-l] Ruby throated Hummingbird

2015-08-15 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Last two days a Ruby-throated Hummingbird female has started visiting my 
garden. Yesterday I saw her on burdock flowers today I saw her cardinal 
flowers. She spent approximately five minutes at the cardinal flowers.


A young Robin has been calling fairly incessantly but I don't see any parents 
nearby. I think they have left the juvenile to fend itself while they are 
starting another family.


A cute family of Chipping Sparrows have been spending time in the yard. Babies 
don't know where to go they seem so confused while the parent seem to be 
collecting grass seeds and feeding them.


Also a chickadee family also spent a fair bit of time in the yard in the 
morning.


Today morning at my moth sheet there were three large Catocala moths and all 
three  were Oldwife Underwing, Catocala paleogamma. Each moth has a wingspan of 
about 70-80 cm with yellow hindwing with black border.  Besides these there 
were at least 20 more species of moths including a Leopard moth and several 
individuals of Pale Panthea.


Finally, my fat woodchuck was out and feeding. He did not suspect me opening 
the door. After a few seconds he realized I was standing there. We both stared 
at each other for a few seconds and then seeing no threat he continued feeding. 
He took offense to my calling him rascal and that is when he bolted.


Cheers

Meena



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[cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird

2015-08-15 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Guess what, i just came out of my back door and hummingbird bolted from the 
moth sheet. she has found my moth sheet. There were some small tiny totricids, 
which catbird cannot see are now gone.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone


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[cayugabirds-l] EIRW birds.

2015-08-15 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
This evening I took a walk along EIRW from Honness lane to Maplewood and back.

I came across following birds. I think some of them were migrants.


A balding Brown Thrasher (may not be a migrant)

American Redstart (male)

Tennessee warbler first year bird

Scarlet (actually Yellow) Tanagers 3

Carolina Wren

Red-eyed Vireo (several)


Meena


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] upcoming shorebird walks at Knox-Marsellus, Montezuma NWR

2015-08-14 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
I am just wondering loudly how is it if a fewer people go at various times vs 
50 s going at time to view birds makes difference so often.
So when more than 50 people are there, aren't birds disturbed?  If not then why 
there is restriction on individuals going makes the difference?  As it is in 
spite of  being on the dike the birds are still far away from any decent 
distance unlike in other wildlife refuges where birds are five feet away from 
you and busily feeding as they get used to people. Benning's Marsh was ideal 
location and we used to see so many shorebirds there before in late 90s. Then 
May's point pool we started  visiting as the hydrology of Benning's Marsh was 
changed and water level became too high. I think May's Point pool was still 
much closer even though at that time we were thinking viewing is too far.  
Hydrology of this location also changed. Now we are going to Knox-Marsellus 
which is further away than May's Point Pool. If you don't use scope you can't 
see birds except as brown blobs even with a good pair of binoculars.
Just trying to understand the logic here why so many changes have been 
occurring and why walking is not allowed on the dikes, when once upon a time 
even driving was permitted on some of the roads of Puddler's Marsh area and it 
is even now permitted to hunters only. May be someone will answer these for us.

Cheers
Meena




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[mailto:bounce-119533362-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Dave Nutter
Sent: Friday, August 14, 2015 4:44 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] upcoming shorebird walks at Knox-Marsellus, Montezuma 
NWR

This weekend there will be a shorebird walk at Knox Marsellus on SATURDAY 
morning 15 August leaving from the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center at 8am, led by 
Steve and Linda Benedict.

NEXT weekend there are 2 choices of Knox-Marsellus shorebird walks, later and 
earlier:
Saturday 22 August leaving the Visitor Center at 11am, led by Mike Tetlow, and 
including other parts of the refuge.
Sunday 23 August leaving the Visitor Center at 7am, led by me, Dave Nutter

Shorebirds this past week have included on Tuesday the continuing Red-necked 
Phalarope in K-M seen from the East Rd overlook and both a Wilson's Phalarope 
and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the duckweed in Puddler seen from the end of 
horrible Towpath Rd by me and Ann Mitchell. We did not go out on the dikes, but 
we did see some intriguing unidentified large shorebirds which flew away. There 
were also several Black-bellied Plovers, and the day before Dave Kennedy saw an 
American Golden-Plover. Meanwhile on Tuesday a Sanderling was found at Myers 
Point by Chris Wood, and a Wilson's Snipe or 2 was reported from Larue's Lagoon 
on the Wildlife Drive. And there may be Dowitchers to try to speciate at 
K-M So, there are lots of possibilities.

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[cayugabirds-l] Early morning migrants

2015-08-12 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Today at 5.10 am when I was looking at moth, I heard a quite a few birds 
descend on the Six Mile Creek. I would say at least 20 calls I heard in about 
15 minutes. Most of them sounded like Rose-breasted Grosbeak and couple of them 
were warblers and some unidied calls. It was very nice to hear them as there 
was lull in traffic noise at that time.

Cheers
Meena

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[cayugabirds-l] MNWR shorebird sighitngs Please post.

2015-08-09 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
I plan to head that way sometime in the afternoon. Please post what were your 
highlights for the shorebird trip today morning.


Thanks in advance.

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] OT: Montana Birding

2015-08-08 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,


I plan to visit Montana and Glacier National park for a more than a week in 
late August. Does anyone have any insights as to what place would be good for 
birding in August?  I have ordered Montana Birding guide (Falcon).

If you have suggestions please email me at m...@cornell.edu


Thanks in advance.


Cheers
Meena



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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey at Britt Road

2015-08-07 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Hi all,
I was out in the corn field helping colleagues to weed their corn plots on 
Britt Road near Poplar Ridge. There is a medium sized farm pond. Here we 
observed an Osprey diving into the pond for a fish and came up with nothing and 
dove again and finally picked up a fish and headed towards in the direction of 
lake.  So there must be a nest somewhere in that direction. I don't remember 
one near Aurora being reported.  Does anyone know any location south of Aurora?

Also I saw several time a pair of Horned Larks, Red-tailed Hawk, lots of Barn 
and Tree Swallows with a few Rough-winged swallows and lots of odonates.

Meena

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