[cayugabirds-l] Life Bird Bullock'sXBaltimore Oriole

2019-05-21 Thread Melanie Uhlir

I just had a rather exciting visitor! He took me several minutes to
identify. At first glance (with his back to me, showing wing bars), I 
confusedly thought, "Giant goldfinch??" But
then I got to observe the bird for several minutes as it moved around to 
different perches, seeming to be undecided
whether to collect nesting material or look for food. I found a good ID 
illustration.


Bright golden yellow beneath, black chin, black speckles on head and
shoulders, white wing bars, pointed bill. Gorgeous bird!!

I wish any kind of oriole would nest here. I don't think we have the
preferred types of trees though.

Melanie
Freeville

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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine on Seneca Street?

2019-04-05 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Hi! I'm sorry for the late posting, but I was downtown for appointments 
yesterday and heard an unusual (to me), call and wondered if it's 
possible I hear a Peregrine? I found sound files on line and it seemed 
to match. I could not get a visual on the source of the sound. was 
midway between the intersection with Aurora and Quarry Street when I 
heard the vocalization. I was nearing the Cat Cafe.




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[cayugabirds-l] Black-billed Cuckoo!!

2018-07-27 Thread Melanie Uhlir

Holy cow!

I just heard a Black-billed Cuckoo calling from somewhere out in back of 
the house!!


Gonna try to see it!

Wood Road, Freeville

Melanie


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Brown Thrasher trapped in garage

2018-06-20 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I did put out a dish of water and also a dish of mealworms. I lead an 
odd life so I have not been outside yet. I will report as soon as I find 
out if the bird figured out how to fly down and out.

I love Brown Thrashers!

Melanie

On 6/20/2018 12:14 PM, Donna Lee Scott wrote:
> ? Put big shallow pan of water (1" deep water) on floor near door. 
> Maybe thrasher will come to drink then fly out.
>
> This morning at 6:30 I saw one of "my" brown thrashers in a dark place 
> in a bush. We looked at each other for a while. Nice start to day.
>
> Donna Scott
> Lansing
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jun 19, 2018, at 9:22 PM, Melanie Uhlir  <mailto:mela...@mwmu.com>> wrote:
>
>> Welp. Yeah. That's the only thing we could think of. I just want the 
>> bird to be okay and not get dehydrated in there.
>>
>> On 6/19/2018 8:34 PM, Regi Teasley wrote:
>>> Maybe just leave the garage open and give it space?
>>>
>>> Regi
>>>
>>> /Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.   Mother Jones/
>>>
>>>
>>> On Jun 19, 2018, at 8:32 PM, Melanie Uhlir >> <mailto:mela...@mwmu.com>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> I was thrilled to see a Brown Thrasher in our yard, until one went 
>>>> into the garage and didn't come out! Fledgling, maybe? There is a 
>>>> second, very concerned, Brown Thrasher calling anxiously. This 
>>>> second bird has some kind of larva in its mouth.
>>>>
>>>> Anyone know the best way to coax a bird out of the upper part of a 
>>>> garage?!?!
>>>>
>>>> Anxiously awaiting advice!
>>>>
>>>> Melanie
>>>>
>>>> Freeville
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Brown Thrasher trapped in garage

2018-06-19 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Welp. Yeah. That's the only thing we could think of. I just want the 
bird to be okay and not get dehydrated in there.

On 6/19/2018 8:34 PM, Regi Teasley wrote:
> Maybe just leave the garage open and give it space?
>
> Regi
>
> /Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.   Mother Jones/
>
>
> On Jun 19, 2018, at 8:32 PM, Melanie Uhlir  <mailto:mela...@mwmu.com>> wrote:
>
>> I was thrilled to see a Brown Thrasher in our yard, until one went 
>> into the garage and didn't come out! Fledgling, maybe? There is a 
>> second, very concerned, Brown Thrasher calling anxiously. This second 
>> bird has some kind of larva in its mouth.
>>
>> Anyone know the best way to coax a bird out of the upper part of a 
>> garage?!?!
>>
>> Anxiously awaiting advice!
>>
>> Melanie
>>
>> Freeville
>>
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[cayugabirds-l] Brown Thrasher trapped in garage

2018-06-19 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I was thrilled to see a Brown Thrasher in our yard, until one went into 
the garage and didn't come out! Fledgling, maybe? There is a second, 
very concerned, Brown Thrasher calling anxiously. This second bird has 
some kind of larva in its mouth.


Anyone know the best way to coax a bird out of the upper part of a 
garage?!?!


Anxiously awaiting advice!

Melanie

Freeville


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] oriole

2018-05-17 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Yesterday in the crabapple collection I got to see another gorgeous 
oriole and also got an all-too-brief but conclusive glimpse of a 
Magnolia Warbler. Heard but not seen were a Common Yellowthroat and a 
Yellow Warbler. Many robins were about. I saw one swallowing a food 
item. He didn't even notice me. Must have been a good snack!


Melanie

On 5/16/2018 8:37 PM, Marie P. Read wrote:

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

Enjoy these gorgeous birds!

Marie






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

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[cayugabirds-l] orioles and appleblossoms?

2018-05-15 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I have very much been enjoying the glorious and fragrant blossoms of 
crabapple trees, especially at the collection of said trees in the F.R. 
Newman Arboretum. I have further been delighted by the frequenting of 
these trees by orioles (I've only seen males so far). I am curious if 
anyone knows what they are gleaning from the buds and blossoms. They do 
not appear to be eating the buds or flower petals. They delicately put 
the bills in the blossoms, coming away with something that is invisible 
to me. Nectar? Pollen? Tiny insects? Stamens? Whatever they are doing it 
is certainly lovely to watch. And they like it so much that I saw two 
males in one tree seemingly oblivious to each other.



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] female redwing back

2018-03-19 Thread Melanie Uhlir
We've been getting mobs of redwing males for several days now. A dozen 
or so at a time. Plus some Common Grackles.

On 3/19/2018 9:20 AM, Carol Schmitt wrote:
> We had a female Redwing at our feeders yesterday. Isn't this a bit 
> early, or are they around already?
> Carol S.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Where are all my feeder birds

2017-10-18 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Interesting to see that this is happening on a widespread basis. I had 
been going through mealworms, suet, and thistle seed in my feeders like 
crazy and then all of a sudden -- no birds. I figured it probably had to 
do with the abundance of wild food available. I'm glad that seems to be 
the consensus.

Melanie

On 10/18/2017 1:39 PM, Glenn Wilson wrote:
> Same thing in Union Center near Endicott.
>
> I was scared it may have been due to West Niles Virus. We have, 
> however a good assortment of Chickadees, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Downey 
> Hairy Red-bellied and Pileated as well as a resident Golden-crowned 
> Kinglet all in the trees berry bushes and shorter plants with seeds.
>
> Thanks Kevin for reassuring us they will come back to the feeders!
>
> Glenn Wilson
> Endicott, NY
> www.WilsonsWarbler.com 
>
> On Oct 18, 2017, at 1:12 PM, Kevin J. McGowan  > wrote:
>
> This seems to be a widespread phenomenon. There is just so much food 
> in the woods right now, with huge crops of seeds and fruits that the 
> birds don’t need our feeders. They’ll be back.
>
> Kevin McGowan
>
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> [mailto:bounce-121960930-3493...@list.cornell.edu] *On Behalf Of 
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> *To:* Catherine Cooke >
> *Cc:* Barbara B. Eden >; 
> Donna Lee Scott >; 
> CAYUGABIRDS-L  >
> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Where are all my feeder birds
>
> I live in Canandaigua and the same thong here, very few birds compared 
> to last year. The sunflower seeds have been hardly touched by the few 
> chickadees, nuthatch and some gold finches.
>
> On Oct 18, 2017 1:05 PM, "Catherine Cooke"  > wrote:
>
> I notice the same thing at my apartment at North Woods.
>
> I filled my seed feeder up a few weeks ago and have had very few
> visitors.  Usually, it is empty in a few days.
>
> But the Downy Woodpeckers are still coming to my suet feeders, but
> not as frequently.
>
> I have not seen a squirrel in a long time.
>
> Cathy Cooke
>
> On Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 12:53 PM, Donna Lee Scott
> > wrote:
>
> Same here on Lansing Station Rd.
>
> Few feeder birds, last few weeks, & no squirrels, when I
> usually have 10.
>
> I thought this might be due to birds & SQs finding seeds &
> nuts from fall harvest in plants/trees nearby.
>
> However, this morning I heard a "dawn chorus" in woods across
> street. Mostly Blue Jays I think.
>
> Many come to my seeds on ground.
>
>
> Donna Scott
>
> Lansing
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
> On Oct 18, 2017, at 12:47 PM, Barbara B. Eden
> > wrote:
>
> For the past 2 months the resident birds that I daily feed
> have dropped in population This is the first time this has
> happened and even those pesky squirrels have left I live
> in Cayuga Heights and my backyard is a bird friendly habitat
> Any thoughts would be appreciated
> Thanks
> Barbara Eden
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hungry youngsters! and song question

2017-08-02 Thread Melanie Uhlir
We have had a hilariously raucous Blue Jay family around the yard the 
past couple of weeks or so (I failed to note the exact date that they 
started their residence). We also have a Chickadee family! I know we 
have several other species breeding here but it's easiest to notice the 
ones who come around the bird baths and feeders.


At Lime Hollow yesterday evening we were treated to several Towhee songs 
in different areas of the preserve. One from very close range who also 
let me see him. From close-by their song sounds very thrush-like and 
musical. If the mosquitoes hadn't been trying to exsanguinate me I would 
have stood there and listened until the bird flew off or stopped 
singing. So beautiful! He was also varying from the song I'm used to. 
Instead of "Drink your tea!" He sang, "Drink! Drink! [long pause, then 
extremely musical:] your Teaa!" Maybe that's not so unusual, but I 
don't remember hearing a Towhee do that variation of the song before. It 
was especially pretty.


But I have a question. As we were heading back toward the entrance I 
heard a bird singing near the semi-circular sculpture. This bird was 
singing with the more typical cadence of the phrase "Drink your tea!" of 
a Towhee, but each note was a clear whistle and the first two notes were 
the same pitch, with the last being approximately a fifth higher. Each 
note was of the same duration. I don't recall ever having heard that 
before, not that I'm great with bird songs. Any ideas what that bird 
might have been? There were many Grey Catbirds around but the vocal 
quality and style/pattern didn't sound like the Catbirds I hear on our 
property.


We also saw a number of Wood Ducks on one of the ponds.

Melanie

On 8/1/2017 5:08 PM, Geo Kloppel wrote:

Lots of hungry young birds around, but I especially feel for this fledgling 
Broad-winged Hawk, whose wails are not only piteous (all Broad-wings sound that 
way to me) but also right in my ears, because the bird favors the trees that 
shade my workshop.

Most years the Broad-wing fledglings take up begging stations several hundred 
yards away, overlooking secluded Maple Avenue, where their parents hunt, but 
this year is different for some reason...

-Geo
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[cayugabirds-l] Frivolity: celebrity (Broadway, film, and television), birder

2017-07-30 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Just a bit of fun: today on "Ask Me Another," an NPR pop-culture quiz 
show, I found out that the fine and fascinating actor Lily Taylor is an 
avid birder! During the course of her interview, she was asked if there 
were any unpopular birds. After defending some birds and categories of 
birds called out by the audience (vultures, Blue Jays, "pigeons"), she 
finally got around to naming House Sparrows and then explained why they 
are deservedly un-liked on this continent. Much to my relief, after 
sitting there and yelling, "HOUSE SPARROWS!" at my radio!!




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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!

2017-07-27 Thread Melanie Uhlir

Marc:

I have two feeders out. I usually also plant zinnias and hang a fuchsia 
out for them but I failed at gardening this year. They are visiting the 
daylilies, the monarda, the phlox, and the jewelweed in addition to the 
feeders.


I have read that it is helpful to hang at least two feeders in different 
locations in order to reduce competition and fighting.


Melanie

On 7/27/2017 5:03 PM, Rustici, Marc wrote:

I have heard that you need more than one feeder or food source to consistently 
attract hummingbirds.  Do you have two sources of food for them or is my 
information incorrect?

Thanks
Marc

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To: W. Larry Hymes; cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!

For a while the only evidence I had that hummingbirds were around was that the 
nectar level would drop in the feeders. However, woodpeckers like to drink the 
nectar too. But since my monarda started blooming I've been seeing them on a 
more regular basis and the past few days I've seen two at a time, chasing each 
other. I haven't seen an adult male for a few days. A hummingbird moth has 
joined in the monarda celebration.

Melanie

On 7/27/2017 3:21 PM, W. Larry Hymes wrote:

As we were talking with our son Chris in our living room on Tuesday,
he exclaimed excitedly, "A hummingbird just came to your feeder!!"  It
moved out of sight, but soon returned.  We had not seen one at our
feeders since May 11
I've written about this phenomenon before.  To paraphrase the "Field
of Dreams" movie, when he's here, the birds will come! This is
probably purely a matter of coincidence.   HOWEVER,  it has happened
enough times before to make me suspect that perhaps other "forces" may
be at play.

Have others of you been seeing hummingbirds of late?  If not, maybe I
could send our son to your house!

Larry




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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!

2017-07-27 Thread Melanie Uhlir
For a while the only evidence I had that hummingbirds were around was 
that the nectar level would drop in the feeders. However, woodpeckers 
like to drink the nectar too. But since my monarda started blooming I've 
been seeing them on a more regular basis and the past few days I've seen 
two at a time, chasing each other. I haven't seen an adult male for a 
few days. A hummingbird moth has joined in the monarda celebration.


Melanie

On 7/27/2017 3:21 PM, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
As we were talking with our son Chris in our living room on Tuesday, 
he exclaimed excitedly, "A hummingbird just came to your feeder!!"  It 
moved out of sight, but soon returned.  We had not seen one at our 
feeders since May 11
I've written about this phenomenon before.  To paraphrase the "Field 
of Dreams" movie, when he's here, the birds will come! This is 
probably purely a matter of coincidence.   HOWEVER,  it has happened 
enough times before to make me suspect that perhaps other "forces" may 
be at play.


Have others of you been seeing hummingbirds of late?  If not, maybe I 
could send our son to your house!


Larry





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Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?

2017-05-24 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Everyone!

I didn't mean to offend!!

I knew someone once who would tease me because I would get so excited 
when I saw a bird I'd never seen before. I was gushing about Snow 
Buntings one winter and he said, "Oh, that's a trash bird." Or maybe 
"dirt bird," as in "common as dirt." But he was being facetious, just 
teasing me for getting so excited about a bird that isn't all that 
difficult to find. He has nothing but appreciation for birds and 
wildlife in general. Just teasing me for being so wide-eyed.

I should have said, "too easy." Some birders I've met seem to be super 
interested in challenging birds and racking up numbers, but I know that 
doesn't mean they don't appreciate and respect all bird species.

I apologize!!

Thank you so much to everyone who had wonderful tips for my spotty 
birding endeavors!! I appreciate your help so much!!!

Sincerely,
Melanie

On 5/24/2017 10:06 AM, Linda Orkin wrote:
> Donna. Thanks for this gentle reminder that we appreciate not 
> denigrate the birds we share the works with. Well done!
>
> Linda Orkin
> Ithaca NY
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> On May 24, 2017, at 9:51 AM, Donna Lee Scott <d...@cornell.edu 
> <mailto:d...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
>
>> Melanie, if you don't have the excellent "Cayuga Bird Club Guide To 
>> Birding In The Cayuga Lake Basin", I highly recommend it. Tells all 
>> the great places with maps & how to get there, plus which birds might 
>> be there. You can get it at Wild Birds Unlimited store in the Lab of 
>> O bldg. the Science Center store may still have some too.
>>
>> Also, a gentle note: birders of any experience who are in tune with 
>> Nature do not call ANY bird a 'trash' bird! Not even our common, 
>> numerous Starlings & House Sparrows, who are here in the western 
>> hemisphere only due to misguided importation by humans in the past.
>>
>> Good birding-
>> Donna Scott
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On May 24, 2017, at 1:09 AM, Melanie Uhlir <mela...@mwmu.com 
>> <mailto:mela...@mwmu.com>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hello birders!
>>>
>>> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep 
>>> disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can 
>>> manage to get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some 
>>> places where I might get the most birding bang for my precious 
>>> morning buck?
>>>
>>> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I 
>>> love thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a 
>>> pretty song that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite 
>>> species. I know some hardcore birders probably call them "trash 
>>> birds" since they are so easy to find, but I find their song very 
>>> beautiful and uplifting. And the first time I laid bins on a 
>>> Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my birding boat, 
>>> if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend I 
>>> would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
>>>
>>> Thank you for your patience!
>>>
>>> Sincerely,
>>>
>>> Melanie
>>>
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[cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?

2017-05-23 Thread Melanie Uhlir

Hello birders!

As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep 
disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage 
to get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places 
where I might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?


My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love 
thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty 
song that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know 
some hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so 
easy to find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And 
the first time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know 
what floats my birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that 
you can recommend I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!


Thank you for your patience!

Sincerely,

Melanie


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bobolinks and a Yellow Warbler

2017-05-02 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I heard the Bobolinks for the first time this year this morning. Don't 
know if I've previously been sleeping through their boingy songs or if 
they've just arrived. I've yet to see or hear a warbler.

Melanie in Freeville

On 5/1/2017 10:30 AM, Tom Hoebbel wrote:
>
> I had my FOY Yellow Warbler this morning and a B yesterday.  We also 
> had Bobolinks fly over toward our field here in Brooktondale, but I am 
> not sure they stayed here.
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[cayugabirds-l] the colors of spring

2017-04-25 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I just had a delightful sight at the feeder: Brilliant male Northern 
Cardinal, Bright breeding-plumage male American Goldfinch, and a nice 
raspberry male Purple Finch all at once!!


Melanie

Freeville


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Phoebe!

2017-04-02 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Ours haven't arrived yet, that I know of. I'll have to keep ears and 
eyes open!!

On 4/2/2017 7:38 PM, AB Clark wrote:
> Phoebes apparently arrived en masse.  The first one I had was right 
> across from the Frog Barn on Sapsucker Woods Rd, on Thursday 30 March, 
>  12 noon.  Sounded a bit out of practice.
>
>  Then another was singing in my yard (oob) on HIle School Rd later 
> that afternoon.
>
> Anne B Clark
> 147 Hile School Rd
> Freeville, NY 13068
> 607-222-0905
> anneb.cl...@gmail.com 
>
>
>
>
>
>> On Apr 2, 2017, at 3:15 PM, Geo Kloppel > > wrote:
>>
>> First Phoebe for my yard today too. And arriving yesterday, six 
>> Purple Finches: 3 roseating  (purplescing?) males and 3 brown streaky 
>> basic types. These are the first Purple Finches to visit our feeders 
>> in months.  They're doing some singing! Also have Wood Ducks visiting 
>> our pond.
>>
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[cayugabirds-l] odd goose

2017-03-31 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Upon spotting a flock of Snow Geese at the tail end of a rather lovely 
and productive though brief birding trip with friends up the east side 
of Cayuga Lake as far as Union Springs, I saw an odd-looking bird in the 
Snow Goose flock. There were a couple of grey morphs, but one bird was 
mostly dark except for a white face patch. The only bird in our guides 
which it resembled, at a distance, was a Barnacled Goose which I assume 
is an impossibility. What other bird would have coloration and markings 
which resembled those of a Barnacled Goose? It was in a flock of Snow 
Geese in a field of stubble on route 34. Could it be some kind of hybrid?


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!

2017-03-22 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I wish all parking lots had solar panels over them. It would be win-win 
since it would shade the parking lots and they are giant heat-generators 
and wasted space anyway. Put solar panels on top of malls too. On top of 
hospitals, industrial buildings, schools. There are lots of non-habitat 
spaces solar panels ought to go instead of places that support wildlife. 
Why is that not happening?

(yard bird news: I still had 2 Fox Sparrows visiting as of yesterday. I 
haven't seen them today.)

On 3/21/2017 5:40 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
> If the goal is to reduce greenhouse gas production, then cutting down 
> trees
> is counterproductive when installing solar panels. Also cutting trees 
> down if they
> are just along the edge of the array makes little sense because the 
> great majority
> of solar energy is during the middle of the day, not early morning nor 
> late afternoon.
>
> Putting solar panels in places that are just creating heat islands, 
> not habitats, makes
> lots of sense. Put them on rooftops. Put them over parking lots. Put 
> them on lawns
> that were already getting mowed. That's why home solar is great, but 
> industrial scale
> makes problems. Those fields that are being replaced as solar "farms" 
> (cute name)
> will still get rain and have seeds blow in. How will succession be 
> blocked? Poisons?
>
> If Cornell first decided to put solar panels on all its rooftops and 
> over all its parking
> lots, then over, say, the Ag Quad, and had run out places where they 
> could put solar
> panels without being destructive, I'd be more supportive. I think that 
> grove is pretty
> special, having seen several Long-eared Owls and a Northern Saw-whet 
> Owl there.
>
> --Dave Nutter
>
> On Mar 20, 2017, at 12:18 PM, marsha kardon  > wrote:
>
>> Please consider this in your efforts to minimize your contribution to 
>> climate change:
>>
>>
>> Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving
>> cars, UN report warns
>>
>> 6.3K Share
>>
>> Print 
>>
>> 29 November 2006 – Cattle-rearing generates more global warming 
>> greenhouse gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation, 
>> and smarter production methods, including improved animal diets to 
>> reduce enteric fermentation and consequent methane emissions, are 
>> urgently needed, according to 
>>  a new 
>> United Nations report released today.
>>
>> “Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s 
>> most serious environmental problems,” senior UN Food and Agriculture 
>> Organization (FAO) official Henning Steinfeld said. “Urgent action is 
>> required to remedy the situation.”
>>
>> Cattle-rearing is also a major source of land and water degradation, 
>> according to the FAO report, Livestock’s Long Shadow–Environmental 
>> Issues and Options 
>> , 
>> of which Mr. Steinfeld is the senior author.
>>
>> “The environmental costs per unit of livestock production must be cut 
>> by one half, just to avoid the level of damage worsening beyond its 
>> present level,” it warns.
>>
>> When emissions from land use and land use change are included, the 
>> livestock sector accounts for 9 per cent of CO2 deriving from 
>> human-related activities, but produces a much larger share of even 
>> more harmful greenhouse gases. It generates 65 per cent of 
>> human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the Global Warming 
>> Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this comes from manure.
>>
>> And it accounts for respectively 37 per cent of all human-induced 
>> methane (23 times as warming as CO2), which is largely produced by 
>> the digestive system of ruminants, and 64 per cent of ammonia, which 
>> contributes significantly to acid rain.
>>
>> With increased prosperity, people are consuming more meat and dairy 
>> products every year, the report notes. Global meat production is 
>> projected to more than double from 229 million tonnes in 1999/2001 to 
>> 465 million tonnes in 2050, while milk output is set to climb from 
>> 580 to 1043 million tonnes.
>>
>> The global livestock sector is growing faster than any other 
>> agricultural sub-sector. It provides livelihoods to about 1.3 billion 
>> people and contributes about 40 per cent to global agricultural 
>> output. For many poor farmers in developing countries livestock are 
>> also a source of renewable energy for draft and an essential source 
>> of organic fertilizer for their crops.
>>
>> Livestock now use 30 per cent of the earth’s entire land surface, 
>> mostly permanent pasture but also including 33 per cent of the global 
>> arable land used to producing feed for livestock, the report notes. 
>> As forests are cleared to create new pastures, it is a major 

[cayugabirds-l] Now FOUR Fox Sparrows!!

2017-03-16 Thread Melanie Uhlir

FOUR!!
On 3/16/2017 11:46 AM, Melanie Uhlir wrote:

The Fox Sparrow count is now up to THREE here on Wood Road in Freeville!


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[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrows

2017-03-16 Thread Melanie Uhlir

The Fox Sparrow count is now up to THREE here on Wood Road in Freeville!


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Deep snow

2017-03-14 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Keeping a slovenly musician's schedule, I revere the Fox Sparrows for 
showing up at our feeder area in the afternoon. Our two gorgeous Fox 
Sparrow visitors continued into the evening, putting me at odds between 
not wanting to frighten them away and wanting to give them more food to 
scratch at. They finally retired and I put out extra seed in hopes to 
see them again and to help them on their way. Forgive me for being 
overly romantic. I haven't seen these absolutely beautiful and 
entertaining birds for decades! And thank you to everyone on this list 
for reporting this glorious species so I was on the lookout!! You all 
are the reason I lurk on this list


Melanie (who is irritating to hardcore birders)

On 3/14/2017 7:08 PM, Geo Kloppel wrote:

I'm feeling sorry for Fox Sparrows. Early this morning they were still working 
the ground under  sheltering spruces, rummaging among the snow-dusted leaves, 
but all that is buried now.

Grackles and Red-wings occupied the sunflower feeder, dispossessing some of the 
smaller birds. A Raven attempted to land at our crow-feeding station, but stiff 
aerial opposition from the Crows prevented that.

-Geo
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[cayugabirds-l] Great-horned Owl chorus

2016-12-11 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I was very lucky last evening to catch a Great Horned Owl call from a 
westerly direction while about to enter my house on Wood Road at about 
10:30 pm (12/10/2016). I put my musical equipment away and noticed that 
the moon was very bright on the freshly fallen snow. I went out to enjoy 
this seasonal beauty and heard some more owl calls. My partner and I 
then relaxed with some Netflix for an hour or so and afterward I decided 
to go out and listen for some more owl calls. I was more than rewarded 
by not only hearing more owl vocalizations from nearby, but also with 
seeing two separate dark, silent figures fly over the house, backlit by 
the moon -- and more than that! --  the further thrill of hearing a 
seemingly convergent group of owls coming closer and singing in seeming 
harmony, closing in from the south and west.


I'm sorry if this is something I should have researched on my own, but 
do owls hunt in family groups? I had never before been in the right 
place at the right time to have heard so many owl vocalizations in such 
close proximity! I feel very fortunate!!


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Interesting downy woodpecker behavior

2016-07-09 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Yes! I've had woodpeckers drinking from my hummingbird feeders for 
years. It's rather amusing to watch.

On 7/9/2016 10:14 AM, Nancy Cusumano wrote:
> It seem our little downy has learned how to sip from the humming bird 
> feeder.
> I find this to be such an interesting learned behavior.
> Has anyone else seen anything like this?
>
> Bad video attached -  I didn't want to move the curtain and spook him.
> And you can hardly tell it is a downy, but it is.
> Pics also posted to FB pages.
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> https://youtu.be/5Q5bhkJ6PeQ
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[cayugabirds-l] House Wren question

2016-06-26 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Once House Wrens have fledged, and the parents want to start a second 
brood, will they re-use their nest? Or should I clean out the nest box 
for them to start fresh?


Thank you for any advice.

Melanie


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[cayugabirds-l] article that may be of interest

2016-05-19 Thread Melanie Uhlir

Ivory Gulls have reportedly made a colony on an iceberg:

http://earthsky.org/earth/seagulls-on-an-iceberg


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[cayugabirds-l] Song Sparrow

2016-03-19 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Hearing my first Song Sparrow of 2016 here in Freeville. Also hearing Mourning Doves, goldfinches, redwinged blackbirds, and chickadees. Once in a while a cardinal. Spring!!
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[cayugabirds-l] Mall birds

2016-03-19 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Two Killdeer are pulling worms out of one of the planted barriers at The Shops at Ithaca Mall. They have 3 Starlings for company. 
 
It is the planted barrier btwn road lot opposite the unnamed entrance south of Bonton entrance. It has a lone crabapple tree.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mall birds

2016-03-19 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Correction: I think the lone tree is actually a cherry tree.

I know starlings are "bad birds" but their breeding plumage is actually 
quite striking in the sun.

Melanie

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> Two Killdeer are pulling worms out of one of the planted barriers at 
> The Shops at Ithaca Mall. They have 3 Starlings for company.
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> entrance south of Bonton entrance. It has a lone crabapple tree.
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free trees for bird shelter... Re: [cayugabirds-l] Union Springs 12/28/15

2015-12-28 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Related to the note about C'mas trees being good cover for birds:
Home Depot is giving away leftover trees FREE in case anyone wants them 
for mulch or cover for birds.

Melanie

On 12/28/2015 4:42 PM, John and Fritzie Blizzard wrote:
> _Mill pond_ finally has feathers on it!
>
> Redheads & Gadwalls ... at least 50 each
> Green-winged teal  1 pair
> Am. wigeon .. 2 pair
> Bufflehead  10-12
> Canada geese ... 12 +-
> Mallards . 12 +-
>
> _Factory St_. pond
>
> Gadwall . one lonely pair.
>
> _Overhead_, at home on east edge of the village:
>
> Snow geese . 1,000 minimum ... heading south
> Canadas .. 50+- ... going out to feed
>
> Have had bluebirds, titmice, juncos, nuthatch, red-tail hawk, harrier,
> red-bellied, downy & hairy woodpeckers, house & goldfinches,
> A. robins, far too many house sparrows, 100s of crows & starlings,
> night crawlers, flies & a honeybee.
>
> Cold weather has finally set in so maybe things will be back to normal.
> I scavenged a tossed C'mas tree, put it by a feeder on the clothesline
> arm that birds have ignored & within about 15 min. a goldfinch was at
> the feeder. Proof that birds prefer having "shelter" nearby.
>
> Happy New Year, everyone. May your blessings be many.
>
> Fritzie Blizzard
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[cayugabirds-l] Extremely O.T.

2015-12-23 Thread Melanie Uhlir

Hello!

This is an amphibian and botany related question:

Does anyone happen to know a local paludarium hobbyist with whom I could 
speak? I'm trying to re-create a miniature version of a Fall Creek 
habitat in my dining room and I'm a rank beginner. I wound up with a 
small population of Leopard Frogs (long story), and I'm trying to give 
them a mini-habitat.


Any help is greatly appreciated as is your patience with my 
non-bird-related question!!


Happy holidays and happy birding!

Sincerely,
Melanie

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[cayugabirds-l] Neimi Road Osprey

2015-11-12 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I decided to drive home via Neimi Road from an appointment, just on the 
off-chance of seeing any waterfowl on the ponds. The first bird I 
noticed was an Osprey on the post at the West corner of the fenced-in 
area! Have people seen Osprey near the experimental ponds before?


I didn't spot any other birds on the drive past.

Melanie
Freeville

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Deer ticks

2015-10-22 Thread Melanie Uhlir

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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From: bounce-119809930-15001...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-119809930-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of 
Melanie Uhlir

Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2015 2:17 PM
To: Carolyn McMaster <c...@briarpatchvet.com>; 'Ann Mitchell' 
<annmitchel...@gmail.com>; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
<cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>

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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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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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Deer ticks

2015-10-22 Thread Melanie Uhlir

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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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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Re: [cayugabirds-l] hummers

2015-10-01 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Hmm. I had just been wondering whether I should still be bothering with 
hummingbird feeders. I guess I will keep bothering a little while longer 
and try to get good looks at any bird who visits them!

Melanie

On 10/1/2015 1:11 PM, Jay McGowan wrote:
> Hi all,
> As Marty suggested,any "hummer" this late in the season is worthy of 
> scrutiny. Over the next few months, vagrant species, most often Rufous 
> Hummingbird, are almost as likely as lingering Ruby-throated. Please 
> keep that in mind if you have any hummingbird sightings from now on, 
> and post to the list if you have anything suspicious! Immature and 
> female Rufous are not as dramatically different from female 
> Ruby-throated as you might expect, so take a good look at the tail 
> pattern and color of the sides on any late-season birds.
>
> Jay
>
> On Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 1:03 PM, John Confer  > wrote:
>
> I, too, had a hummer this morning, after a long time with no
> sighting. Oddly, it flew with very direct line from plants with
> flowers in the front lawn to flowers that were out of line of
> sight in the backyard making me wonder if it was the return of a
> summer resident. Don't know. Interesting.
>
> John Confer
>
>
> On 10/1/2015 8:27 AM, Marty Schlabach wrote:
>>
>> I just saw two hummingbirds at our feeder in Interlaken.  We
>> haven’t seen a hummer at our feeders since Sept 13.  These both
>> look like female or young male ruby throated hummingbirds to me,
>> but then I’ve been wrong before!  3 years ago we had a rufous
>> hummingbird visit us for several weeks.  I’ve got some poor
>> pictures, which I might post to Cayuga Bird Club facebook page. 
>> Perhaps the weather brought in a couple of late migrants.
>>
>> Marty
>>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] GHO calling from game farm road

2015-09-28 Thread Melanie Uhlir
In Freeville the clouds didn't cover the moon until it was coming out of 
the eclipse. I did happen to see to meteor whilst admiring the "Super 
Blood Moon." The only soundtrack accompanying my moon-gazing was a very 
loud cricket chorus and what seemed to be all of two Katydids.

I used to hear both GHO and Barred Owls here pretty frequently but 
haven't heard either for a while. I also used to find owl pellets and 
hear a GHO calling from the little patch of coniferous woods in the back 
of the property. Once, but only once, I heard a Screech Owl. Shall I 
seed my property with extraneous mice to lure some owls back? I don't 
know what changed to make them move on. There are houses across the road 
which used to be a field but there is still a large field next to and 
behind our place (please may it always be so).

Melanie

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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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> Sent from my iPhone
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> On Sep 27, 2015, at 8:00 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal  > wrote:
>
>> 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.
>> Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] GHO calling from game farm road

2015-09-28 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Meant to say "TWO meteors"

On 9/28/2015 4:07 PM, Melanie Uhlir wrote:
>  I did happen to see to meteor whilst admiring the "Super Blood Moon."
> Melanie
>
> On 9/27/2015 9:07 PM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg wrote:
>> I hope everyone knows about the Super Blood Lunar Eclipse starting 
>> right now- usually Meena is the one to alert us :)
>>
>> Ken
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Sep 27, 2015, at 8:00 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal <m...@cornell.edu> 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> 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.
>>> Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone
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[cayugabirds-l] lone cormorant

2015-09-19 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Kayaking around on Dryden Lake yesterday I saw a lovely Green Heron, a 
circling Osprey (I was hoping it would dive near me and get a fish but 
it moved on), a Great Blue Heron and, most surprising to me, a Double 
Crested Cormorant, preening, sunning, diving, and resting on a piece of 
driftwood in the middle of the lake. And dozens upon dozens of basking 
turtles.


Melanie

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

2015-09-10 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Well, I do really like Red Foxes. I'm glad to know they like to eat 
chipmunks. I can't help but think Red Squirrels are cute. I blame 
Beatrix Potter.

I think some Disney films I was shown in early childhood damaged my 
ability to accept the food chain. I just want all the animals to be 
herbivores who are friends!

I guess I just have completely illogical biases for some creatures, but 
nature does not support favoritism based on cuteness.

Thank you for the gently phrased reality check, Chris.

Melanie

On 9/10/2015 10:14 AM, Chris R. Pelkie wrote:
> Chipmunks make excellent fox food.
> I enjoy the Red Foxes that have taken up nesting, breeding, cavorting, 
> and howling at my place in the last few years.
> For better or worse, we have a nice selection of chipmunks, red 
> squirrels, and gray squirrels, along with voles, deer mice, etc. to 
> keep them well-fed (in addition to the compost we toss out there).
> The circle goes on.
> ChrisP
> __
>
> Chris Pelkie
> Information/Data Manager; IT Support
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> Ithaca, NY 14850
>
> On Sep 9, 2015, at 20:05, Kathleen P Kramer <k...@cornell.edu 
> <mailto:k...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
>
>> Several years ago, I posted to Cayugabirds-L about seeing a chipmunk 
>> kill an adult female cardinal. The chipmunk and the cardinal were 
>> feeding, apparently companionably, on the ground beneath my dad’s 
>> bird feeder. Suddenly, the chipmunk lunged at the cardinal and 
>> grasped her in his/her mouth by the head. The cardinal flopped wildly 
>> from side to side, trying to escape. We ran outside, not able to 
>> repress that desire to save the bird, even knowing that as Rob says, 
>> “Nature is messy.”
>>
>> The chipmunk ran off, scolding loudly, but we were too late to help 
>> the cardinal. Her neck was broken. We had to go away from the house 
>> on an errand, so we placed the dead cardinal on a nearby stump. When 
>> we came back a short time later, the cardinal was gone. We know she 
>> didn’t leave under her own power, so the answer probably is that the 
>> chipmunk came back and dragged her away. Or perhaps a cat that wasn’t 
>> kept inside took her.  Pretty dramatic example of how predatory these 
>> little bundles of muscle really are.
>>
>> Kathy Kramer
>>
>>> On Sep 9, 2015, at 6:53 PM, Rob Blye <rwb...@comcast.net 
>>> <mailto:rwb...@comcast.net>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Chipmunks and squirrels do what they do without conscience or shame 
>>> as do all predators. Nature is messy. Good work for keeping your 
>>> cats inside.
>>>
>>> 
>>> *From: *"Melanie Uhlir" <mela...@mwmu.com <mailto:mela...@mwmu.com>>
>>> *To: *"Robyn Bailey" <rb...@cornell.edu <mailto:rb...@cornell.edu>>, 
>>> "Susan Fast" <sustf...@yahoo.com <mailto:sustf...@yahoo.com>>, 
>>> "CAYUGABIRDS-L" <cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu 
>>> <mailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>>
>>> *Sent: *Wednesday, September 9, 2015 4:17:23 PM
>>> *Subject: *Re: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs
>>>
>>> I guess I hate chipmunks now. Why didn't the vicious vermin eat the 
>>> murder victims??
>>>
>>> My cats are indoor-only. If I could train them to eat only chipmunks 
>>> and House Sparrows I would let them out.
>>>
>>> Melanie
>>>
>>> On 9/9/2015 4:11 PM, Robyn Bailey wrote:
>>>
>>> Re: Part 2…I have heard that this is a chipmunk M.O.
>>> Fortunately, have never had to witness it in person.
>>>
>>>
>>> Robyn Bailey
>>>
>>>
>>> *From:*bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu
>>> [mailto:bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu] *On Behalf
>>> Of *Susan Fast
>>> *Sent:* Wednesday, September 09, 2015 3:20 PM
>>> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L
>>> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs
>>>
>>>
>>> I've been watching some inexplicable behavior (to me) by 1 or 2
>>> goldfinches nesting in my yard.  There are 2 parts.
>>>
>>>
>>> Part 1:  2 weeks ago I noticed a female goldfinch perching in
>>> bushes along the front of the house, then flying toward the
>>> upper lefthand corner of a large double-hung window, hovering
>>> for a second, then flying against the gla

Re: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

2015-09-09 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I guess I hate chipmunks now. Why didn't the vicious vermin eat the 
murder victims??

My cats are indoor-only. If I could train them to eat only chipmunks and 
House Sparrows I would let them out.

Melanie

On 9/9/2015 4:11 PM, Robyn Bailey wrote:
>
> Re: Part 2…I have heard that this is a chipmunk M.O. Fortunately, have 
> never had to witness it in person.
>
> Robyn Bailey
>
> *From:*bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu 
> [mailto:bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu] *On Behalf Of 
> *Susan Fast
> *Sent:* Wednesday, September 09, 2015 3:20 PM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs
>
> I've been watching some inexplicable behavior (to me) by 1 or 2 
> goldfinches nesting in my yard.  There are 2 parts.
>
> Part 1:  2 weeks ago I noticed a female goldfinch perching in bushes 
> along the front of the house, then flying toward the upper lefthand 
> corner of a large double-hung window, hovering for a second, then 
> flying against the glass. This was late afternoon and she repeated the 
> behavior a dozen times.  I would scare her away, but she returned 
> after several minutes.   Night fell and she desisted. At 0700 next 
> morning she was at it again.
>
> I tightly closed the inside curtains.  No effect.  I then hung a 
> painter's dropcloth over the whole window on the outside.  This 
> stopped her briefly, but she then moved to the upper lefthand corner 
> of an adjacent window (same size and shape, but 4' away) and 
> continued.  I put a dropcloth over that window also.  I have 2 other 
> identical windows in the second story over these, but she did not go 
> up there, thankfully.   I didn't see her the rest of the day.  Next 
> morning I took the cloths down and she did not reappear.
>
> Part 2:  The last several days, I have seen a goldfinch flying 
> repeatedly into the top (40' up) of a large sugar maple in our side 
> yard.  Nest, I figured.   About an hour ago, my daughter found a 
> headless baby bird, still warm, on the ground under the tree.  The 
> neck was still present, although skinless, the head gone except for 
> the very bottom edge of it, apparently cleanly removed.  She called me 
> out to look, and as we did so, another baby dropped onto the roof of 
> her car.  Blood was still flowing from the point where the neck 
> attaches to the body, but both head and neck were gone.  No other 
> damage visible.
>
> Both babies have rudimentary wing feathers and patches of fuzz here 
> and there.  At this time also, an adult goldfinch could be heard 
> vocalizing from above in the tree.  Shortly thereafter, a female adult 
> was seen moving about among the goldenrod and other weed heads below 
> the tree and picking out seeds.  She was also vocalizing (prob. same 
> bird) initially, but stopped after a couple minutes.
>
> Ideas welcome.
>
> Steve Fast
>
> Brooktondale
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[cayugabirds-l] horrific imagery

2015-09-09 Thread Melanie Uhlir
That last message about Goldfinch murder victims could have used a 
trigger warning.


Most of you are a lot more hardened to the violence of birdwatching than 
I am. I know Nature is horrible, cruel, and violent but...


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[cayugabirds-l] Common Yellowthroat singing

2015-09-09 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I am new to Fall birding. I usually find the approach of Autumn 
crushingly depressing, so I don't know how common it is for migrating 
species to sing. A Common Yellowthroat was just "Witchity"-ing in my 
yard in South Freeville. Typical behavior? The species nests on our 
property each year. Would it be our local male singing or more likely a 
migrant moving through? Does the day length sometimes trigger their 
springtime hormones?


I apologize if these are stupid questions.

Melanie

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[cayugabirds-l] send me your Merlins, your owls, your ruthless House Sparrow haters

2015-09-07 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Is there any way to entice Merlin to our property? I read in this list 
that the Merlin in downtown Ithaca were preying heavily on accursed 
House Sparrows. Someone in the area of Freeville has seemingly been 
raising House Sparrows like a bloody crop (except with no harvest in 
sight). Never had any problem with the horrid things until this year. I 
had to take down all of my nestboxes except for the House Wrens' 
favorite, which they defended heroically and raised two broods 
successfully. I want the worthless House Sparrows exterminated, but I am 
not a James Bond-like assassin along the lines of Fritzie and cannot do 
it with my own bare hands.

Anyone want to buy (or hell, just take), my nestboxes? Our property has 
apparently been ruined for cavity nesters. Thank God for the other 
species who can still find the property hospitable for nesting.

Melanie

On 9/7/2015 7:37 PM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg wrote:
> Tom Schulenberg and I looked unsuccessfully between 5 and 7 pm. We 
> also searched nearby field areas south and east of the reported area 
> and along E King Rd.
>
> Some other interesting birds in the area including a WILLOW 
> FLYCATCHER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, 2 PINE WARBLERS, and a MERLIN.
>
> KEN
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Sep 7, 2015, at 7:06 PM, Jay McGowan  > wrote:
>
>> Here is a report from Ian Davies at 2:10PM indicating the bird might 
>> have been headed away.
>>
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24932954
>>
>> On Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 3:59 PM, david nicosia > > wrote:
>>
>> Not found between 230 and 4 pm. Joined by Stuart Krasoff and
>> another group of birders. We searched all around the area. Bird
>> is probably still around so good luck to anyone else who tries.
>>
>> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
>> 
>>
>> 
>> *From*:"Jay McGowan" >
>> *Date*:Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 1:27 PM
>> *Subject*:Re:[nysbirds-l] Western Kingbird, Newfield
>>
>> Note being seen along hedgerow east of Town Line Road just north
>> of intersection with Blakeslee Hill Rd.
>>
>> On Sep 7, 2015 12:44 PM, "Jay McGowan"  wrote:
>>
>> A WESTERN KINGBIRD is foraging in the back of the field
>> across from entrance to Sunrise Dr. on Blakeslee Hill Rd. in
>> Newfield, Tompkins Co. Found this morning by Lea Callan.
>>
>> Jay McGowan
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Garbled Posts

2015-08-31 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I'm sure this only muddies the waters further, but, receiving Dave 
Nutter's postings directly through the cayugabirdslist, I have on 
occasion, but only on occasion, had them come through in a mess of 
computer language. The fact that is only very occasional makes the 
phenomenon seem even more mystifying.

Melanie

On 8/31/2015 3:55 AM, M Miller wrote:
> 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;
> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:27:32 -0700 (PDT)
> Return-Path:
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> mx.google.com with SMTP id q61si9157091qgd.62.2015.08.28.16.27.31 for
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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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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Nightfall

2015-08-07 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Great Horned Owls are just one of a myriad reasons I am proud to keep my 
cats INdoors! Birds are safe from them, and they are safe from birds 
(and coyotes!).


I did not realize any bats were around all year long in this area! 
Floating on a pond to count them sounds rather idyllic!


Maybe the song-leader of your local pack is a coy-wolf. I recently 
enjoyed a documentary about the cross-breeding of certain populations of 
wolves and coyotes. We don't have any wolfy-sounding coyotes around 
here. Just the vocalizations that sound like a huge crowd of rowdy 
teenagers up to no good. Still a beautiful and haunting sound.


We have been getting visits from what seem to be a Northern Cardinal 
family group and a Black-capped Chickadee family group. Very noisy and 
amusing visitors.


Melanie

On 8/7/2015 9:15 PM, Geo Kloppel wrote:

I stepped out a few minutes ago to see what the dusk might bring. The local 
Barred Owls are quiet. I was looking right at the top of a balsam fir outlined 
against the lingering light in the west when a Great Horned Owl flew up and 
perched on the spire. Watch out, cats!

Several of our big year-round bats are out flying. Think I'll go down to the 
pond, try to get a count, and maybe float around for a while under the night 
sky.

One song-leader among our local coyote pack howls just like a wolf! That sets 
all the others to yipping and singing in proper coyote fashion, but the 
wolf-howl is just an amazing thing!

-Geo Kloppel
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[cayugabirds-l] sunbathing Chickadee

2015-07-22 Thread Melanie Uhlir
There is a little crop of fledgling Chickadees livening up the yard 
lately. Very active and vocal. One little cutie stopped to sunbathe on a 
porch step. They are such great little birds! If I had a good camera I 
would have taken a picture.


Next year I'll have to investigate the property more frequently to see 
if I can find out where any of the birds are nesting. I found a 
beautiful little cup nest on a low branch of a young white spruce. If 
I'd been looking around earlier in the season maybe I could have spied 
some nestlings. I know we usually have Catbirds, Robins, Song Sparrows, 
and Common Yellowthroats nesting here but I wonder how many other 
species might be around and about.


Next summer, less rehearsing, more birding!

Melanie

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[cayugabirds-l] Black-headed Grosbeak

2015-07-17 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I just had what looked for all the world like a female Black-headed 
Grosbeak at my feeder. At first I thought it was a Rose-breasted, but 
the markings on its head were much brighter than those of a female 
Rose-breasted and, more to the point, there was a very noticeable 
orange-y wash on its breast. Has anyone else ever seen Black-headed 
Grosbeaks around here?


A short while before that I had both a male Purple Finch and a male 
House Finch perched on the feeder demonstrating their differences in 
plumage. A male Goldfinch completed a very bright little group.


Melanie
Wood Road, Freeville (Wood Road south of the swamp)

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black-headed Grosbeak

2015-07-17 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I hadn't seen one for a long while and couldn't find any pictures in my 
bird guide. I was having to get ready to go do Shakespeare so I didn't 
have time to do a more thorough search. And it didn't look like any 
immature male I'd seen in the past. It really was a ringer for the 
illustration of the Black-headed female. But now I'm pretty sure it must 
have been just a new male Rose-breasted. I had seen young ones in sort 
of a speckled version of the adult male plumage before but never one in 
this particular plumage. It was very pretty.

Melanie

On 7/17/2015 7:12 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
 Why not immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak?
 --Dave Nutter

 On Jul 17, 2015, at 03:18 PM, Melanie Uhlir mela...@mwmu.com wrote:

 I just had what looked for all the world like a female Black-headed
 Grosbeak at my feeder. At first I thought it was a Rose-breasted, but
 the markings on its head were much brighter than those of a female
 Rose-breasted and, more to the point, there was a very noticeable
 orange-y wash on its breast. Has anyone else ever seen Black-headed
 Grosbeaks around here?

 A short while before that I had both a male Purple Finch and a male
 House Finch perched on the feeder demonstrating their differences in
 plumage. A male Goldfinch completed a very bright little group.

 Melanie
 Wood Road, Freeville (Wood Road south of the swamp)

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] heron near miss

2015-07-13 Thread Melanie Uhlir

WOW!! That sounds like quite a thrill!

That would indeed be a spectacular way for a birder to go, albeit pretty 
unpleasant for both bird and birder!


Melanie

On 7/13/2015 12:47 PM, John Greenly wrote:
I was out rowing on the lake last evening enjoying the quiet time 
after sunset, when the silence was shattered by a  GRRAAAWWWK followed 
instantly by two Great Blue Herons at eye level and so close that a 
set of primaries whooshed by within inches of my face. They had either 
failed to notice me crossing their flight path or miscalculated how 
fast I was going.


Wouldn't that be a spectacular way for a birder to go... skewered by a 
heron!  Much better than a falling coconut.


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Ludlowville



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] OOB: Black Stork nest-cam in Latvia

2015-07-06 Thread Melanie Uhlir
This Black Stork nest cam is wonderful!

The nestlings are stretching their wings and one of them just 
redecorated the nest. Picked up a stick from the left side and carefully 
brought it over and tucked it into the right side.

Off-topic: I got to have a really close look at a Yellow-shafted Flicker 
today. Boy, was he gorgeous!

Melanie

On 7/5/2015 2:01 PM, Wesley M. Hochachka wrote:

 Thanks for posting the link to the Black Stork nest Dave!  Nest 
 locations often seem to be closely guarded secrets in western Europe, 
 and away from nests these birds don’t forage in areas where they can 
 be watched easily.  As best I know, with the exception of migrating 
 birds (southern tip of Spain, western Black Sea coast south through 
 the eastern Mediterranean) and a couple of cliff nests in a national 
 part in western Spain that I can think of, birders basically don’t 
 have a lot of guaranteed opportunities to see Black Storks.  So that 
 webcam is pretty special.

 In the background this (Latvian) afternoon I’ve picked out European 
 Robin, Eurasian Wren, Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff briefly, and I 
 think a Garden Warbler.

 Wesley Hochachka

 *From:*bounce-119427645-3494...@list.cornell.edu 
 [mailto:bounce-119427645-3494...@list.cornell.edu] *On Behalf Of *Dave 
 Nutter
 *Sent:* Sunday, July 05, 2015 6:06 AM
 *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L
 *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] OOB: Black Stork nest-cam in Latvia

 A few days ago my Stefhan Ohlström sent me this link to a site with 
 several nest-cams in Latvia, which is east across the Baltic Sea from 
 the southern part of his native Sweden.
 https://www.eenet.ee/EENet/kaamerad
 Some of the nests were already empty, which may also be why some 
 cameras were not streaming, but the BLACK STORK nest is still active:
 https://www.eenet.ee/EENet/melnais-starkis
 This species was unfamiliar to me. I haven't traveled to its range. My 
 books tell me it's more uncommon, shy, and solitary than the familiar 
 rooftop-nesting White Stork of open farmland. The Black Stork 
 frequents lakes, rivers and marshes surrounded by woods.

 The broad platform nest is in a huge tree within forest. There are 2 
 nestlings, and they appear full-grown, so I don't know how much longer 
 they'll remain in view.  Despite their new feathers they look scruffy 
 to me. Their necks and backs are mottled with gray instead of pure 
 black; their legs are gray and bills yellowish rather than both being 
 bright red. Mostly they stand, quietly preening, or pacing slowly, 
 sometimes poking at sticks of the nest, or backing slowly toward the 
 edge to defecate. A couple times I have seen a single flap-hop. 
 Stretches of those black wings are impressive, but otherwise it's a 
 subdued scene. The background noise, in addition to wind, big 
 feathers, and a fly or two, seems to include a pigeon, a wren, and 
 some songbirds I don't recognize.

 It's worth waiting for a parent to show up, which I've now seen three 
 times. Even if you aren't watching, the sound will alert you. Suddenly 
 the youngters crouch down on their long tibio-tarsi and begin bobbing 
 their heads and calling. This can go on for several minutes while the 
 parent stands on a nearby branch, which may or may not be in view, or 
 may fly to a different branch and even seem to be uninterested. It can 
 take awhile for the adult to actually come to the nest and feed them. 
 I don't think the delay is from reluctance to face the huge and 
 intimidating babies. They actually look obedient, well-disciplined, 
 and patient, yet persistent, while they beg. Perhaps the adult needs a 
 lot of stimulation. Maybe the internal rearranging of food and 
 regurgitation-muscles takes awhile.

 Finally, wings spread above its children, the parent steps onto the 
 nest, extends its long neck forward and down between them, and opens 
 its bill. The excited youngsters are squealing, flapping their wings, 
 and poking and grabbing from either side when the parent coughs up 
 food. The first time I saw this the meal was a few anonymous bits 
 which were quickly gobbled up by both, then the parent departed.

 The second feeding I saw, the begging seemed interminable, during 
 which the sun rose through the leaves in the background. The meal was 
 a single fish almost the size of the bird's neck. It came out 
 suddenly. There was a very brief scuffle until one youngster got a 
 better grip and turned aside. I feared the fish would be lost 
 overboard, but the winner expertly swallowed it almost as rapidly as 
 it had been ejected from the parent. The sibling got nothing! I was 
 stunned. Then the parent bent over and produced a second, equally 
 large fish! Fortunately the hungry kid won that round and scarfed it 
 down. The parent flew off, leaving the youngsters to stand, rearrange 
 their swollen necks, and clatter their bills.

 As I was finishing writing, I was interrupted by a third feeding. This 
 time the parent flew almost directly to the nest, rapidly 

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

2015-06-28 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I always had that impression about Robins too.

On 6/28/2015 3:23 PM, Robin Cisne wrote:
 I thought robins usually did that, as long as the subsequent clutches 
 are in the same year.  A pair that nested under our covered patio one 
 year raised two batches in the same nest.

 On Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 2:13 PM, Marie P. Read m...@cornell.edu 
 mailto:m...@cornell.edu wrote:

 It's highly unusual for a songbird to reuse a cup nest, but
 outside my kitchen window I have a female robin refurbishing the
 nest from which she (presume the same female) and her mate
 successfully raised three young a few weeks ago. Haven't yet got a
 good look at exactly what material she is bringing in.

 Marie


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] equine hummingbird - is this legit?

2015-06-25 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Very funny! I sent it along to a couple of horse-people I know.

Melanie

On 6/25/2015 10:59 AM, Donna Lee Scott wrote:

 Very cute!

 Thanks all.

 Donna

 Donna L. Scott

 535 Lansing Station Road

 Lansing, NY 14882

 *From:*Pete M. Marchetto
 *Sent:* Thursday, June 25, 2015 10:50 AM
 *To:* Donna Lee Scott
 *Cc:* Betsy Darlington; CAYUGABIRDS-L
 *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] equine hummingbird - is this legit?

 It’s just a link to a funny picture that looks like this.

 -Pete

 On Jun 25, 2015, at 10:29 AM, Donna Lee Scott d...@cornell.edu
 mailto:d...@cornell.edu wrote:

 I am suspicious of emails with no message in the body and with a
 link to a website.

 So, I will not open this one.

 Betsy, if this is really you, please send a brief message with it.

 Donna Scott

 Lansing

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mourning Dove Behavior

2015-06-21 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I like that defense very much!

Melanie

On 6/21/2015 8:06 PM, Pete M. Marchetto wrote:
 Sandy,
 The defense for anthropomorphizing, in my opinion, is that humans are 
 animals, and who would know better than an animal how another animal 
 feels? We're a species with a talent for empathy (when we choose to 
 use it), and shouldn't shy away from applying it to other taxa. I'm 
 certain the doves don't mind it one bit!

 -Pete

 Sent from my iPhone

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 mailto:sandra.w...@gmail.com wrote:

 Has anyone any similar experience with Mourning Doves?  I am so 
 enjoying hanging out with two fledglings in my garden.  They have 
 been hanging out there for a few days now, taking naps in the sun on 
 the warm stones. They seem curious about me and do not spook too 
 easily.  Last night, as the sun was setting, one flew up to my patio 
 table and perched, struggled to stay awake, and took a nap for about 
 10 minutes.  I then hear the mother calling, swoop in, and they were 
 gone.  Shortly thereafter, the torrential rain came down.  I was 
 relieved to think that the babies were safe with their mother.

 Today, the mother hung out on the fence looking down at her two 
 babies as they sunned and explored my garden. She seemed curious 
 about me and not threatened as I weeded.  Just wondering if anyone 
 else has had similar experiences.  I realize I am anthropomorphizing. 
 They look so docile and sweet!  I am so grateful to have them around 
 and hear their cooing throughout the day.

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[cayugabirds-l] Downy Woodpeckers

2015-06-15 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I just saw a charming sight in one of our Scotch pines: a male Downy 
Woodpecker feeding a bit of suet to what appeared to be a fledgling.


And our House Wrens are doing fine so far in their preferred nest box, 
which is the only one I left up, since they were set on it. I see the 
adults coming and going and hear the nestlings twittering.


Melanie
Freeville

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dispatching house sparrows ... 5/18/15

2015-05-18 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I took down all my nestboxes except for the one that House Wrens have 
favored for years and already had a pair defending it from the damn 
House Sparrow (and the one covering a woodpecker hole in our front wall, 
the entry of which is plugged.) As I watched the tiny wrens ferociously 
defending their home (the entry hole of which appeared to be too big to 
allow the HOSP to enter), I hoped that perhaps the wrens would win by 
killing the HOSP so I wouldn't have to. I still hear the wren song but 
haven't heard the horrible, monotonous cheeping of a HOSP since I 
witnessed the battle. So I'm hoping that Team House Wren gave that HOSP 
some of his own medicine.

If I ever, gods forbid, need to dispatch House Sparrows, I would be 
happy to pay someone to do it for me as I am a big, squeamish baby who 
can't kill things. Otherwise I might just have to give all my nestboxes 
away to someone tougher.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black-billed Cuckoo

2015-05-18 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Correction: Apparently the road I'm on is Mohawk. The cuckoo seems to be calling from somewhere within the woods btween Mohawk and Neimi. Quite vocally birdy here at the moment.Melanie-- Original message-- From:Ann MitchellDate:Mon, 5/18/2015 8:48 AMTo:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu;Subject:[cayugabirds-l] Black-billed CuckooIt was calling incessantly from the southeast corner of the Hawthorn Woods at 7:45 a.m.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black-billed Cuckoo

2015-05-18 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Right now hearing a Black-billedCuckoo calling from north of Etna rd near airport. Pulled over just past the turn to check out a Pine Warbler. Going to head over to Mohawk/Neimi to try to see the bird!-- Original message-- From:Ann MitchellDate:Mon, 5/18/2015 8:48 AMTo:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu;Subject:[cayugabirds-l] Black-billed CuckooIt was calling incessantly from the southeast corner of the Hawthorn Woods at 7:45 a.m.
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[cayugabirds-l] Eastern Wood Peewee

2015-05-17 Thread Melanie Uhlir
On Friday while walking the trails near Flatrock, I heard my first of 
year Eastern Wood Peewee. Also hear Wood Thrush, Veery, Yellow Warbler, 
American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, and others. A few days ago, on 
the same trail, I heard an owl calling from up the hill somewhere. It 
sounded most like a Great Horned Owl but it was very faint so I couldn't 
be sure.


Melanie

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] New bird

2015-05-17 Thread Melanie Uhlir
We never got any White-throated Sparrows this year. Did get a couple of 
White-Crowned. We have a loyal population of Pine Siskins due to the 
thistle feeder I put up. They started hear when there was just sunflower 
seed but they really seem to love thistle seed.


A moment ago I thought I heard an Eastern Meadowlark singing from our 
front yard. And I'm finally consistently hearing Bobolinks from the 
adjacent field.


On a picnic with my dad at Filmore Glen I enjoyed observing the Barn 
Swallows and their nests inside the First Aid and Lifeguards building.


Melanie
Wood Road, Freeville

On 5/17/2015 1:31 PM, Carol Keeler wrote:

Well better late than never I guess.  I had a Pine Siskin, finally.  There may 
be two of them, but I only saw one.One was on the feeder and I thought I 
heard another vocalizing not far away.  The first time I ever had one in my 
yard was at this time of year.  My White Crown Sparrows, 4, are still here.  
Another one of my resident birds has shown up, a Willow Flycatcher.  I never 
saw him, but heard him fitz-bew.  I also am hearing the Yellow Warbler and 
Yellowthroat.  It was a great morning to be out.  The traffic on rt. 20 is 
less, thus it's quieter, and I can hear more birds.  The Warbling Vireo has 
been singing all day so far. I can hear him on the sunporch.

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[cayugabirds-l] Wood Road Oriole

2015-05-13 Thread Melanie Uhlir
OMG!! Gorgeous male (are the called Baltimore or Northern these 
days?) Oriole just stunned me by flying in and landing on a dogwood 
shrub right outside my window and investigated the grapevine for a 
minute or two. So orange!!! We don't get orioles in the yard very often. 
And now there are two female hummingbirds at the feeder! Finally!!


Wood Rd., Freeville

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[cayugabirds-l] House Sparrow advice

2015-05-10 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I can't remember who it was that posted about dealing with House 
Sparrows. I have a question/concern:


A pair of these murderous little creeps seem to be trying to move in to 
a nestbox nailed to our house to cover one of the numerous carpenter 
bee/woodpecker/squirrel holes. My husband plugged the hole to prevent 
them from entering. My concern/question is: Will preventing their access 
to that nestbox be more likely to cause them to attack the nearby House 
Wrens? I don't think the House Wrens are nesting yet, but I hear little 
Mr. House Wren(s?) singing quite a bit and at least one box is packed 
with sticks.


I have another box out back that has a LOT of various nesting material 
in it (feathers, grass, something fluffy, a few sticks). Once, when I 
was trying to figure out what was in there a small, brown bird was 
flushed, but that's all I got a chance to see.


Many thanks for guidance.

Melanie

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] House Sparrow advice - hire Merlin

2015-05-10 Thread Melanie Uhlir

Wouldn't that be grand? Is there a way I might attract Merlin?

Melanie

On 5/10/2015 5:44 PM, John Confer wrote:

Hire a Merlin. So far all the prey I have identified, i.e., a small sample of 
3, have been House Sparrows.

John

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] House Sparrow advice

I can't remember who it was that posted about dealing with House
Sparrows. I have a question/concern:

A pair of these murderous little creeps seem to be trying to move in to
a nestbox nailed to our house to cover one of the numerous carpenter
bee/woodpecker/squirrel holes. My husband plugged the hole to prevent
them from entering. My concern/question is: Will preventing their access
to that nestbox be more likely to cause them to attack the nearby House
Wrens? I don't think the House Wrens are nesting yet, but I hear little
Mr. House Wren(s?) singing quite a bit and at least one box is packed
with sticks.

I have another box out back that has a LOT of various nesting material
in it (feathers, grass, something fluffy, a few sticks). Once, when I
was trying to figure out what was in there a small, brown bird was
flushed, but that's all I got a chance to see.

Many thanks for guidance.

Melanie

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crows like toad liver

2015-05-06 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Very interesting. But I'm sad about the toad slaughter. I'm glad I've 
never noticed this in person!


I guess the toad populations are able to survive this seasonal 
devastation. Great White Sharks take advantage of seal breeding season 
in the same way. I think the sharks eat the whole seal though. Crows are 
gourmands. Or maybe there's a specific nutritional benefit to eating the 
toads' livers.


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I did a little reading on the subject, and it seems that Crows, being very 
intelligent, sometimes develop local traditions in which they annually take 
advantage of these pool parties to feast on toad livers.

This has been happening for years at my pond!

-Geo Kloppel
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[cayugabirds-l] Raven in West Freeville

2015-05-06 Thread Melanie Uhlir
A crow was chasing a loudly objecting Raven over what used to be a field 
to the west of my house on Wood Road. There are still (so far) enough 
open areas that Meadowlarks still occur but I never get to watch 
Northern Harriers hunting there anymore.


This is the second time in less than two weeks I've seen and heard a 
Raven being harassed in the area. The first incidence was on Neimi Road 
partway between the two farm houses, past the experimental ponds, and 
the bend where it becomes Mohawk Road. That time they were flying 
roughly north. This time the crow let the Raven continue west into the 
distance.


Very exciting to hear and see Ravens!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Old Birds/New Birds

2015-05-06 Thread Melanie Uhlir

What do Indigo Buntings eat at a feeder? I will buy LOTS of it!

On 5/6/2015 2:35 PM, Alicia Plotkin wrote:
Nothing borrowed but something definitely blue: brilliant male Indigo 
Bunting is sharing our feeders with four Pine Siskins.  Weird year.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ruby-throated Hummingbird!

2015-05-06 Thread Melanie Uhlir
A male Ruby-throated Hummingbird came and hovered near my face yesterday 
afternoon (Wood Road, Freeville), zipped over to where I had a feeder 
last year and left in disappointment. I quickly hung a second feeder in 
that spot but have seen or heard no sign of the bird since. It's 
possible the nectar isn't sweet enough?


Melanie

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...a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird at my feeder (Ringwood Road) and checking 
out the fuchsia just now!

Yippee!

Marie


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeak, etc

2015-05-05 Thread Melanie Uhlir
*Finally!*

A resplendent male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK visited my Wood Road in 
Freeville feeder today! I put out the grey-striped sunflower seeds in 
the nick of time!


Still having PINE SISKINS visit and today also a lovely WHITE-CROWNED 
SPARROW.


After Marie posted about having a hummingbird visit, I mixed up some 
nectar with the last
of the sugar in the house.

Melanie


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ruby-throated Hummingbird!

2015-05-05 Thread Melanie Uhlir

Hooray!

This makes me feel perfectly vindicated for buying a fuchsia last week!

Filled with hope and anticipation, I put out a feeder this morning.

I really enjoyed the seminar last night, Marie!

Melanie

On 5/4/2015 12:34 PM, Marie P. Read wrote:

...a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird at my feeder (Ringwood Road) and checking 
out the fuchsia just now!

Yippee!

Marie


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] FW: Photography Awards Winners

2015-04-27 Thread Melanie Uhlir
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That photogragh is absolutely stunning! Congratulations Melissa Groo! On both winning and for capturing such a beautiful image!-- Original message-- From:Kevin J. McGowanDate:Mon, 4/27/2015 10:19 AMTo:CAYUGABIRDS-L;Subject:[cayugabirds-l] FW: Photography Awards Winners



Look who won the grand prize!! Congratulations, Melissa!

Kevin



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[cayugabirds-l] Purple Finches!

2015-04-26 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I have been so jealous of people's yard Purple Finches! But I just had a 
gorgeous male and a very spiffy looking female along with a freshly 
painted male Goldfinch! What a delightful little group!


Wood Road in Freeville between Etna Road and Sheldon Road.

Both Park Preserves were pretty quiet yesterday morning. Too cold? 
Gorgeous day though.


Melanie

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Purple Finches

2015-04-26 Thread Melanie Uhlir

Oh no!

I confess that I try to avoid information about wildlife mortality due 
to excessively softhearted wishful thinking.


Is this sudden death of finches unusual, or is it due to possible 
starvation conditions due to the harsh and long winter, not remediable 
by the arrival of migrating birds finding stocked feeders?


On 4/26/2015 12:43 PM, Glenn Wilson wrote:

We had Three this morning 2 male one female. 1/2 hour later one was dead in the 
driveway. Right now it is on ice.  Not sure if it is unusual enough to cart to 
the lab. It is a male in very good condition. Endicott my.

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
www.WilsonsWarbler.com

On Apr 26, 2015, at 12:22 PM, Melanie Uhlir mela...@mwmu.com wrote:

I have been so jealous of people's yard Purple Finches! But I just had a 
gorgeous male and a very spiffy looking female along with a freshly painted 
male Goldfinch! What a delightful little group!

Wood Road in Freeville between Etna Road and Sheldon Road.

Both Park Preserves were pretty quiet yesterday morning. Too cold? Gorgeous day 
though.

Melanie

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] TVs

2015-04-17 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I hate to see people expressing violence toward cats but I understand.

I keep my cats indoors. It keeps area wildlife safe from them and them 
safe from area wildlife (including speeding cars and roving dogs, by 
some of which [dogs], I have been attacked while biking.)

But my neighbors let both cats and dogs go all over and do whatever. 
Extremely aggravating!!

On 4/17/2015 10:14 AM, Bill Mcaneny wrote:

 2 TVs sitting on my shop roof.  Ominous sign. A third on a branch over 
 the shop. Don’t think I will work in the shop today. May be a good 
 Idea to check behind the barns for something dead or dying. Hope it’s 
 the neighbor’s killer cat. Hope the neighbor is not on this listserv.

 Bill McAneny, TBurg

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[cayugabirds-l] hawk mortality question

2015-04-17 Thread Melanie Uhlir
Yesterday while walking on a trail near Flat Rock I saw a large cluster 
of spotted feathers, which I thought looked like hawk feathers, under a 
young hemlock tree. I thought a bird had been devoured at the spot. But 
as I continued on the path, walking away from the creek toward the 
stairway up to Forest Home Drive, I saw a deceased Red-tailed Hawk, 
lying belly down, with outspread wings. Could the unfortunate raptor 
have collided with a tree in pursuit of prey and sustained a serious 
enough injury to fall dead 30 or so yards (not sure of actual distance), 
away? It was a very sad sight.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hermit thrushes and insects

2015-04-16 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I was also astounded to see Odonates of various kinds when I visited 
Sapsucker Woods on Monday to see the Great Egrets. In fact, I was so 
surprised that I thought I was imagining them until several flew by at 
very close range. I am going to purchase Meena's book!! I didn't even 
realize Odonates were migratory!


-Melanie

On 4/16/2015 4:31 PM, Geo Kloppel wrote:

Meena's wonderful book (link below) gives some info on migration of odonates 
(page 117). Green Darner is one of the long distance migrants. Maybe these 
darners that are showing up now hatched in the deep south, or even in Veracruz, 
and came north on more-or-less the same timetable as the Broad-winged Hawks.

http://www.haribal.org/dragonflies/samplebook.pdf

-Geo
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Woodcocks

2015-04-15 Thread Melanie Uhlir
After reading the description of Woodcock lek habitat (am I using the 
term correctly??), it occurred to me that they might be present in the 
field next to and behind my house so I stomped out through my marshy 
backyard and through the little woodlot to the edge. Sure enough, I 
heard peenting! Didn't dare venture farther since a) I had foolishly 
neglected to bring a flashlight with which to find my way back; and b) I 
didn't want to risk disturbing the birds.


On Monday evening at the airport I heard peenting but could not get a 
visual. Tonight I tried again and heard both peenting and the whistling 
audio of the display but again could not find a bird with my binoculars. 
Also heard what sounded like a Great Horned Owl from somewhere in the 
woods east of Mohawk Road.


On 4/13/2015 6:10 PM, Carol Keeler wrote:

Does weather effect the Woodcock's sky dance?  Do they stay down when it's 
windy like today?  Or do hormones dictate their behavior and weather has no 
effect.

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[cayugabirds-l] Red-throated Loon still there

2015-04-03 Thread Melanie Uhlir
I was able to get very nice looks at the Red-throated Loon after the 
crew boats chased it back into the marina.


I had never known about this spot before! While there I also got stellar 
looks at a lone male Gadwall who seemed intent on making sure I got a 
good view of each of his field marks. He was hanging out near a group of 
Buffleheads in the open water between the shore and the jetty with the 
red lighthouse.


Also saw Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup, Redheads, an Osprey (or more 
than one but separately?), what was maybe a Great Black-backed Gull on 
the jetty with the red lighthouse.


Canada Geese of course. Heard but did not see a Red-bellied Woodpecker, 
saw a White-breasted Nuthatch. Heard and saw several Song Sparrows and 
Red-winged Blackbirds.


But the other highlight was a female Belted Kingfisher! I kept hearing a 
Kingfisher, but since I haven't birded in a while I didn't know if they 
would be in the area yet so I kept trying to get a visual and finally 
got lucky when I saw a bird land in a tree near the marina and locked my 
binoculars on her. I love Kingfishers.


The only downside of this otherwise wonderful afternoon was that I 
managed to lose a Peterson Eastern Guide. Thankfully not the one with my 
life list in it!



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