Re: [cayugabirds-l] because there have been a few questions

2021-03-30 Thread Melissa Groo
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30

2020-05-31 Thread Melissa Groo
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Female RBGR here at noon today.

2020-04-29 Thread Melissa Groo
Rose-breasted Grosbeak male just now appeared on my backyard deck in
Brooktondale! So beautiful!

Melissa Groo

On Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 12:49 PM  wrote:

> We captured some nice images as female Purple Finch and Female Grosbeak
> posed side by side on a black oil feeder this noon.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eastern towhee

2020-04-12 Thread Melissa Groo
Our Towhee is back today (or at least this morning is the first time I've
heard him) here at our home in Caroline. Just repeatedly uttering the
"drink" part of "drink-your-tea."
One day earlier than I registered his return last year.
Melissa

On Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 5:00 PM Nancy Cusumano 
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> We had one on the black diamond trail this morning, between Garrett and
> Perry City but closer to Garrett.
>
> On Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 4:48 PM Magnus Fiskesjo <
> magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu> wrote:
>
>>
>> One sang in my yard in Forest Home, Ithaca -- but after singing for 2
>> days, it stopped and was gone. Migrating, just passing through perhaps?
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>> Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2020 4:37 PM
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>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Eastern towhee
>>
>> We had a beautiful Eastern Towhee foraging and singing in the yard this
>> afternoon. I think this is the first time that I've had one as a yardbird
>> here in 30 years.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Winter Wren

2020-03-27 Thread Melissa Groo
Yesterday my husband said he thought he heard a Winter Wren for the first
time this spring, from down along the stream below our house next to and
north of Shindagin Hollow State Forest in Caroline. This morning I was
thrilled to wake up to the sound of one singing at around 6:40 am, from
down in the ravine. No more wonderful sound of spring to me!

Melissa

On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 1:35 PM bob mcguire 
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> I just returned from a long morning’s walk in the McIlroy Preserve,
> Summerhill NY. By far the greatest highlight was a WINTER WREN singing
> lustily from along side the yellow trail (keep right on the way in). It
> came to within 20 feet of me in response to playback and went on to sing
> continuously for at least five minutes.
>
> The other highlight was a Red-bellied Woodpecker calling and drumming in
> the marshy area at the SW corner of the preserve. It eventually disappeared
> from view and then emerged (head only) from a cavity, continuing to call.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dandy's dandy drive-by Eastern Screech Owl

2018-11-20 Thread Melissa Groo
Too funny, John! I happened to check for it just yesterday too, for some
reason felt compelled to, though it had been a long time since I had. I was
able to photograph him, and he had his eyes open, as a delivery truck below
was unloading boxes for the store and making a racket. A low res photo
attached if people would like to see it.
At some point I'll try to compare this screech's markings to my photos of
the owl in there from last winter to see if anything seems to match up.
My apologies if sending an attachment is still discouraged.
Melissa

On Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 5:12 PM John Confer  wrote:

> It is back, or at least another gray phase bird is back in the same hole.
>
>
> In the northwestern corner of the parking area for Slaterville's Dandy
> Market, the bird was there yesterday (Monday). It is back in the same hole
> which has had a screech for at least three years. In the past I recall it
> sitting with only its head in the opening. This time almost its entire body
> was visible, including a white v in the lower part of the chest.
>
>
> I use Dandys several times a week and check the hole every time. I
> have not seen an owl in that cavity since last winter.
>
>
> hoot, hoot
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[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeaks - Brooktondale

2018-11-01 Thread Melissa Groo
Two Evening Grosbeaks just now visiting my platform feeder on Shindagin
Hollow Rd in Brooktondale! And holding their own against the
not-very-welcoming blue jays and red-belled woodpecker.

Melissa

On Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 2:35 PM Regi Teasley  wrote:

> The little group of Evening Grosbeaks continues to show up at my feeder on
> West Hill.
> I feel very lucky.
>
> Regi
>
> *Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.   Mother Jones*
>
> On Nov 1, 2018, at 10:30 AM, Marie P. Read  wrote:
>
> Two Evening Grosbeaks (male and  female) were on my feeders briefly, and
> are currently (10:30) feeding in the ash tree out front along with several
> Purple Finches.
> (Folks who came yesterday - I checked the tree many times and did NOT see
> them yesterday)
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Clear cutting under powerlines

2018-06-08 Thread Melissa Groo
I recently received a postcard from nyseg saying that it will be soon
happening at my place in Brooktondale. I called to speak to the supervisor
for my area to express my concern. He said they wouldn’t be getting to my
road till August. But I have been seeing it happening elsewhere.
Others might want to call proactively.

Melissa

On Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 8:44 AM AB Clark  wrote:

> The powerlines from Warren Road to Dankert Park were also brush hogged and
> cleared of similarly dense growth—many birds along there.  About 10 days
> ago.
>
> Anne
>
> Anne B Clark
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>
>
>
> On Jun 8, 2018, at 9:28 AM, Karen Edelstein  wrote:
>
> I was dismayed to see that NYSEG has been clearcutting/brush-hogging
> vegetation down to bare ground under the powerlines on Salmon Creek Rd.
> With the nesting season still well in process, I'm very concerned about the
> probable mortality of birds that has resulted in this area of (formerly)
> dense growth.
>
> While I do not know whether this vegetation removal is happening elsewhere
> in the county, I would like to see if we can prevail on NYSEG to delay
> cutting at least until later in the summer.
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Baltimore Oriole in Brooktondale

2018-05-02 Thread Melissa Groo
At my feeder today, a male and female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and at my
orange I just put out today, a female Baltimore Oriole. The RBG is 9 days
later here than last year, the oriole 4 days later.

On Shindagin Hollow Rd in Brooktondale.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] PIne Siskins

2018-01-14 Thread Melissa Groo
A lone Pine Sisken and a lone male Purple Finch out a mile or so past Jeff
this morning. In Brooktondale at my feeder.

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> We had a lone PISI yesterday at our feeders, joined this morning by 6
> more.   Now just waiting for the Redpolls !!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] [cayugabirds- H Sparrows

2017-11-08 Thread Melissa Groo
Maybe getting insects that are embedded in tires? I've certainly seen house
sparrows going for insects on car grilles in parking lots.

On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 9:38 AM, d...@cornell.edu <d...@cornell.edu> wrote:

> Feisty House Sparrows were landing on my car tires yesterday!
>  I was sitting in parked car in driveway doing something & saw them all
> fly from bush down onto front tire! They made noise while there.
> Perhaps emulating the Black Vultures in The Everglades trying to chew off
> the rubber??
>
> Donna Scott
> Lansing by Cay. Lake
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 8, 2017, at 8:58 AM, AB Clark <anneb.cl...@gmail.com> wrote:
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> Among a lot of feisty House Finches, I think it is just one American Tree
> Sparrow—the first I have seen this fall.  But the flock is flitting in and
> out, so maybe more.
>
> Anne B Clark
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[cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Brooktondale, slightly OOB)

2017-04-24 Thread Melissa Groo
Yesterday and today a single, very shy Rose-breasted Grosbeak has been
fleetingly seen at our feeder. Slightly out of basin, on Shindagin Hollow
Rd. in Brooktondale, but thought folks would be interested. Happy spring!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: March 19, 2017

2017-03-19 Thread Melissa Groo
Mary Jane, seems like you might need more than decals on those particular
windows. American Bird Conservancy has some great options for homeowners
here:

https://abcbirds.org/get-involved/bird-smart-glass/

Thanks for caring.

Melissa

On Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 7:27 AM, Gerry Rising <insr...@buffalo.edu> wrote:

>
> Mary Jane, I suspect windows. A few years a go I had a call about two
> birds found together on a patio at this time of year. They were fox
> sparrows, both in near perfect condition. Especially when birds can see
> light coming though from other windows they think that they can fly
> through. And your decals won't help with that. Sad to lose birds this way.
> Good that you keep your cats indoors. Gerry
>
>
> On 3/19/17 12:02 AM, Upstate NY Birding digest wrote:
>
>> CAYUGABIRDS-L Digest for Sunday, March 19, 2017.
>>
>> 1. Woodcocks, Cardinals
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>> Subject: Woodcocks, Cardinals
>> From: Mary Jane Thomas <mjb...@jt-mj.net>
>> Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:29:55 -0400
>> X-Message-Number: 1
>>
>> An interesting article about Woodcocks from today’s NY Times.
>>
>> https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/nyregion/an-early-bird-ge
>> ts-caught-in-the-snowstorm.html?emc=edit_th_20170318=toda
>> ysheadlines=28196654
>>
>> On another topic.  The other day I found a dead male Cardinal on our side
>> patio.  There was no sign of trauma.  However, it reminded me of the awful
>> day last spring when I found 4-5 dead Cardinals lined up on the same
>> patio.  Again, no sign of trauma.  There are windows they could have
>> struck; I have decals on them to help with prevention (I’m aware the
>> decals are not a complete solution).  But they were lined up so neatly I
>> couldn’t believe it was accidental.  Had they been killed by a hawk, I
>> would not have expected the bodies to be there.  We have indoor cats but
>> they never go out.  There are other cats around but not that close to the
>> house;  even if they were close our cats would let us know I’m sure.
>>
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>> I would really be interested in any ideas, advice, etc. anyone has.
>>
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[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeaks in Brooktondale

2016-11-03 Thread Melissa Groo
Four evening grosbeaks made an appearance at my feeder this morning at
8:30. In Brooktondale, on Shindagin Hollow Road next to the forest. Joy!

Ps. I have a show opening at Mockingbird Paperie on the commons tomorrow
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the year.

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[cayugabirds-l] Red-Headed Woodpecker-- Brooktondale

2016-05-10 Thread Melissa Groo
Incredible yard bird tonight, from about 5 on, visiting our suet, a
beautiful Red-headed Woodpecker. We are on the northern edge of Shindagin
Hollow State Forest.
I'll be sharing a photo later on Facebook, if anyone is on FB and wants to
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[cayugabirds-l] question on Sandbank Rd fields

2015-04-01 Thread Melissa Groo
Got a question for others from the manager of some of the land at the
corner of King Rd and Sandbank Rd I had written him last year to ask about
his mowing plans, wanted to make sure he knew it was important nesting
habitat for bobolinks among others, and he was aware and sensitive to that.
He has just written me again, with the following note, which is pasted
under mine, and I wonder if anyone could help him with his questions. His
name is Steve Selin and his email is steve.se...@gmail.com.
Maybe it would be helpful for responses to be cced to the list so we'll
know when someone has helped him (and we won't inundate him)? Plus, the
answers might be instructive for us all.
Thanks so much for any guidance.
Melissa
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I don’t know if I updated you on this field that you contacted me about.
Last year we worked with the owner on establishing a conservation easement
so it will never be subdivided. I am planting an orchard on a few acres of
it, and there rest is still open. I would like to keep it in field, and
would like to manage it with the lowest impact on the birds while also
keeping the trees and shrubs from coming back. Historically this would be
done by letting a hay farmer cut hay. However they often need to cut during
breeding seasons. Do you know anyone around here who knows what options
there are for help in managing the fields without disturbing the breeding
birds? 

I think that brush-hogging it later in the summer would work, but would
cost money, as opposed to having a hay farmer hay it for free or for a
small lease amount.Sometimes there are DEC programs to help with management
like this. Are you aware of any programs to help keep fields open but
without negatively impacting wildlife.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] question on Sandbank Rd fields

2015-04-01 Thread Melissa Groo
Thanks Judy! I am in the Bahamas right now and not on email much so it will
be hard for me to monitor and forward responses. So it would be great if
people could write him directly. He is not on the listserv but his email
address is in the original email I sent.

On Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 11:05 AM, Judy Cuyle gnatca...@yahoo.com wrote:

 Peter Moore on Gunderman Road cuts hay in a lot of places in Danby. He
 often cuts late. I think you could work with him to be sure he does yours
 after the nesting is completed. He does that on another birding owner's
 land.

 If interested, e-mail me privately and I'll give you his phone number.

 Judy Cuyle



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 Got a question for others from the manager of some of the land at the
 corner of King Rd and Sandbank Rd I had written him last year to ask about
 his mowing plans, wanted to make sure he knew it was important nesting
 habitat for bobolinks among others, and he was aware and sensitive to that.
 He has just written me again, with the following note, which is pasted
 under mine, and I wonder if anyone could help him with his questions. His
 name is Steve Selin and his email is steve.se...@gmail.com.
 Maybe it would be helpful for responses to be cced to the list so we'll
 know when someone has helped him (and we won't inundate him)? Plus, the
 answers might be instructive for us all.
 Thanks so much for any guidance.
 Melissa
 ---

 I don’t know if I updated you on this field that you contacted me about.
 Last year we worked with the owner on establishing a conservation easement
 so it will never be subdivided. I am planting an orchard on a few acres of
 it, and there rest is still open. I would like to keep it in field, and
 would like to manage it with the lowest impact on the birds while also
 keeping the trees and shrubs from coming back. Historically this would be
 done by letting a hay farmer cut hay. However they often need to cut during
 breeding seasons. Do you know anyone around here who knows what options
 there are for help in managing the fields without disturbing the breeding
 birds? 

 I think that brush-hogging it later in the summer would work, but would
 cost money, as opposed to having a hay farmer hay it for free or for a
 small lease amount.Sometimes there are DEC programs to help with management
 like this. Are you aware of any programs to help keep fields open but
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[cayugabirds-l] turkey vultures in Slaterville Springs

2015-03-22 Thread Melissa Groo
My favorite harbingers of spring, besides the robins and flocks of
red-winged blackbirds visiting my yard, are the pair of turkey vultures
that return to the lean-to along Route 79 in Slaterville Springs (just west
of Midline Rd). I saw them sitting on the listing shack this afternoon.

Does anyone know how many years they've taken up residence there?

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Injured Black-crowned Night-Heron

2014-09-21 Thread Melissa Groo
I believe Candace Cornell was going to pick it up, we spoke just after Jeff
posted.
Melissa

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wrote:

 Does somebody have this?


 Cayuga Dog Rescue has saved more than 475 dogs since 2005.
 Learn more at cayugadogrescue.org

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 wrote:

 If someone is looking for a good deed and some excitement this afternoon

 There is an imm BCNH @ the swan pen which appears to be badly injured
  Its lying on the ground with its legs trailing behind and it appears that
 the legs may be broken.  I expect it could be easily caught with a blanket
 (to avoid the dagger like bill) and taken to the vet schools wildlife
 clinic whom I understand  should be called first.  The bird is right where
 the spit of land extends into the pond from the trail. It's on the right,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] MNWR discsussion

2014-08-06 Thread Melissa Groo
If there is one thing I've learned, it's that people won't care about
protecting wild spaces and wild animals if they don't see how special these
spaces and animals are.

Yes, the most important charge of these refuges is to provide a haven for
wildlife in protected, vitally important habitat. But nwrs also see public
education and the affording of recreation (birding, hiking, fishing,
hunting, photography) as an important part of their mission. I spent some
time talking to refuge managers on a recent trip to North Dakota and
learned firsthand about the importance of this.

From the NWRA web site, at
http://refugeassociation.org/what-we-do/friends-groups-engagement/recreation/

At least one national wildlife refuge is located in every U.S. state and
territory. These areas are set aside primarily to protect wildlife and
habitats, but they are also created for the use and enjoyment of the
public. These landscapes belong to all of us, and we each have the right to
explore refuges responsibly, with an eye to safeguarding them for future
generations to enjoy.

I think thoughtful, responsible use of a refuge is in the best interests of
both wildlife and people, and I hope that moving forward, Montezuma NWR can
find that sensitive balance.

Melissa




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 Yes, wildlife refuges are not nature parks, they are set aside to
 provide a refuge…for the wildlife, a refuge from HUMANS and their
 encroachment!

 Marie (yes I'm a human, yes I encroach with the best of 'em!)

 Marie Read Wildlife Photography
 452 Ringwood Road
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 Phone  607-539-6608
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 Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake BasinAvailable here:


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 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] MNWR discsussion

 Many interesting points have been mentioned and certainly are worthwhile
 exploring
 if they fall within the purview of MNWR. Certainly out of car areas could
 be
 established  once the major construction is complete. The north area would
 be ideal
 and still allow the first portion of the drive through Benning to be
 pedestrian
 free. But, before we go saying things like MNWR is a bug and butterfly
 refuge or
 primarily a place to bird and study nature we should know what a NWR is and
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Support NW Refuges

2014-08-05 Thread Melissa Groo
FYI, the Duck Stamp is only available at the Warren Rd post office in the
Ithaca area, I bought mine there a couple weeks ago when the new one first
became available (after going to the downtown p.o. which didn't have it).
You can also order it via the American Birding Association (even if you're
not a member), which is a nice way to make your purchase count as a
birder. Go here: http://aba.org/stamp/
I agree that we need to help support our wildlife refuges and make them as
inviting as we can to as many people as we can.
Melissa


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 Have all you birders considered buying a duck stamp to help Pay for all
 these wildlife refuges we use  enjoy?

 I just bought mine at the US Post Office for $15. It has a beautiful
 painting of Canvasbacks.
 Yep, hunters go there too, but if we want large habitats like this to be
 preserved  maintained, we millions of birders could really add a lot of
 support.

 PS: I agree with Kevin and others on the  educational value of helping
 people to learn about birds by having pedestrians allowed in some format at
 MNWR.

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[cayugabirds-l] chipmunk and Robins

2014-06-14 Thread Melissa Groo
This morning, my husband called me out of the house to witness a fracas
taking place in a spruce tree in our yard. A pair of Robins were
frantically alarm-calling and repeatedly flying at a chipmunk sitting on a
branch near their nest, and in the midst of eating one of their nestlings.
We did but we could to scare away the chipmunk, but the damage was done. As
the chipmunk took off, it dropped the nestling, which I found in the tall
grass. It was perhaps a couple days old, Quite dead, with a hole in its
chest. We are hoping there were other nestlings in there, but the nest is
too high up to see inside. Thought I'd share as I recall the earlier
conversation on the listserv about chipmunks and nestlings.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] interesting WB nuthatch behavior

2014-05-12 Thread Melissa Groo
I've seen White-Breasted Nuthatches do the same sort of thing at a platform
feeder of mine (throughout the year, not just spring), a very dramatic
wingspread that I always took to be a threat display, as it seems to do it
when others come near the seed the nuthatch is eating from. I've always
wanted to photograph it but of course it happens infrequently and
unexpectedly! It's a dazzling display.
Would be interested to hear what others think.
Melissa


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 Yesterday, in the midst of a flurry of activity at the feeder, with visits
 from a large flock of goldfinches, several male indigo buntings,
 rose-breasted grosbeaks, Baltimore orioles, and several woodpeckers, I
 observed a new behavior in a white-breasted nuthatch. The nuthatch was at
 the tube feeder, and suddenly spread its wings and rotated its entire body
 about 120 degrees like a pendulum. It then swung upright, and did the same
 maneuver in the opposite direction, wings widespread. Mating displays of
 birds of paradise came to mind immediately. This was the only nuthatch in
 the near vicinity. Thoughts on what was going on?

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[cayugabirds-l] Arnot Forest and Shindagin

2014-05-08 Thread Melissa Groo
Last night at my house on Shindagin Hollow Rd I had my first BALTIMORE
ORIOLE, and a couple of NORTHERN PARULAS. I went into the forest at sundown
and sat quietly under a tree for about a half hour while a male RUFFED
GROUSE strutted around me, a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER explored the
ground and low branches about 15 feet away, and two WOOD THRUSHES dueled in
song on either side of me. Pretty heavenly.

This morning I went out to Arnot Forest and saw CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS,
VEERY, AMERICAN REDSTARTS, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER,
KINGFISHER, ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, and heard the following: SCARLET TANAGER
(1); BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS, RED-EYED VIREO, BROWN CREEPER, YELLOW
WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH. BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS and OVENBIRDS
seemed to predominate. There may have been other warblers that my
still-learning ear could not identify. I stalked a singing WINTER WREN
along a steep incline for a half hour, but never got an eye on it. That is
my nemesis bird and favorite singer. If anyone comes across a cooperative
one, please let me know!

I also found a ROBIN settling into a very photogenic nest.

Such a beautiful day out there!
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[cayugabirds-l] Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

2014-04-28 Thread Melissa Groo
This morning as I woke I thought I heard the clear sweet song of a
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. This was confirmed for me when a stunning male RBG
showed up at my feeder after I put the seed out. In Brooktondale, at edge
of Shindagin Hollow State Forest (slightly out of basin).

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black capped YB Sapsucker

2014-04-21 Thread Melissa Groo
I photographed a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Brooktondale last summer
and after doing some research was surprised to discover how little
information there was in the field guides on that variation.

On Monday, April 21, 2014, Kevin J. McGowan k...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Good spotting, Donna!  Although it's not mentioned in any field guides
 that I have seen, a black crown occurs in about 20% of Yellow-bellied
 Sapsuckers in our area (based on specimens in the Cornell collection).

 Kevin


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 Found at Sapsucker Woods. I went on Linda Orkin's SSW /CBC bird walk this
 morning.
 We got several good looks at a YELLOW  BELLIED SAPSUCKER with a BLACK cap
 on top of its head, rather than a reddish cap. It had all the other marks
 of a mature bird. No red at all.
 In woods south of main pond.

 Did not find Ken's White Eyed Vireo, altho we did find Ken right after he
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[cayugabirds-l] Myers Pt this morning

2014-04-18 Thread Melissa Groo
Early this morning at Myers Point, while photographing a pair of HORNED
GREBES in breeding plumage at the mouth of Salmon Creek, a pair of HOODED
MERGANSERS suddenly flew in and landed in front of me, pursued closely by a
PEREGRINE FALCON. The Peregrine made a swipe at the male, but was
unsuccessful, and circled around right over me and headed south. For about
five minutes the female Hooded Merganser vocalized, with a very erect
crest, and an eye to the sky, while the male preened. I found it very
interesting that they stayed very close to me where earlier in the morning
they had kept their distance. Sometimes I wonder if birds use people as
safety, knowing that predators are less likely to come near people (as long
as they have figured out those particular people aren't predators
themselves!).
I also heard a COMMON LOON, and saw and heard at least a couple OSPREY. A
flock of male COMMON MERGANSERS circled the creek several times.

Happy Spring,
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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl location info

2013-12-28 Thread Melissa Groo
It would be a great help if people would put the names of towns with the street 
names when reporting locations of Snowys. Having it in subject line would be 
terrific too. Several times I've been stumped by these reports and when I put 
the street name(s) into google maps I found all kinds of results. Thanks much.

Melissa Groo


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 1:05 PM today..Snowy Owl on Lott Farm easily viewed from Martin Rd.
 1:20..Snowy Owl in field West side of Seybolt just North of Reese. 
 Northwest of 'gas well'.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bats!

2013-12-05 Thread Melissa Groo
I would contact Victoria of Wild Things Sanctuary, you can find contact
info for her at:
http://www.wildthingssanctuary.org/
She takes care of a lot of bats.
Melissa


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  I'd be interested in the answers you get. We have had bats hibernating in
 our garage for years. We've sealed up every possible entry space but they
 still get in. They live in our bat house in the summer but they prefer the
 warm garage in the winter. We had a beautiful orange (!) bat on a deck
 railing last month. I can send a picture if anyone can identify it for me.
 Thanks, Elizabeth King


 At 05:00 PM 12/5/2013, Betsy Darlington wrote:

 Does anyone know of a bat expert in Ithaca - perhaps at Cornell or IC?  We
 had two bats show up in our house last night, a little after midnight!  We
 have no idea how they got in, and we were unable to catch them in our bat
 net and release them, so they no doubt will show up again.  They didn't fly
 around much, unlike the ones that get in during the summer.  Does anyone
 know if they hibernate in people's attics in Ithaca or should they be off
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[cayugabirds-l] killdeer nest

2013-05-11 Thread Melissa Groo
I walked by the killdeer nest Suan mentions, later in the morning yesterday, 
and saw how vulnerable it was to the softball players who kept running over the 
culvert to collect wayward balls. Along with a couple friends I was with, we 
did a bit of cordoning off of the nest area with rocks and sticks. I wonder if 
it can be officially roped off, though, and would appreciate any tips from 
anyone on whom to contact to ask about this. Thanks, 
Melissa


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 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] eBird -- Hawthorn Orchard -- May 10, 2013
 From: suan.y...@gmail.com
 Date: Fri, 10 May 2013 12:37:09 -0400
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L@cornell.edu
 
 My addition to the hawthorn reports is a (the?) yellow-throated vireo which 
 sang from a tall tree across the recway from the SW entrance, flying a couple 
 times but not staying put long enough to get my binoculars on it before 
 flying off.
 
 Also a green heron calling from the small pond.
 
 I saw a BW warbler foraging quietly and close at three locations in 
 succession: couldn't tell if it was the same bird following me (maybe it was 
 attracted to my shiny orange jacket :-).
 
 I left just as a softball game was starting, with one of the teams warming up 
 on the culvert with the killdeer nest (four eggs today). The birds were going 
 crazy, and the players had no clue. Incredibly camouflaged are those eggs.
 
 Suan
 
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Ave Redtail Chick

2013-05-03 Thread Melissa Groo
I photographed the nest a week ago, on the 26th of April. There were two chicks 
and they looked pretty freshly hatched. One was being fed by a parent, but I 
never saw the other one move. I've put up two pics (not very good and heavily 
cropped to show detail) on the CBC web site in my photo album at:
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/gallery

A couple days ago I went back and didn't get a glimpse of a chick, but did see 
a nice cache near the sitting parent of a chipmunk and starling...

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 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Ave Redtail Chick
 From: suan.y...@gmail.com
 Date: Thu, 2 May 2013 21:49:31 -0400
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L@cornell.edu
 
 At the Stewart Avenue bridge over Fall Creek the red-tailed hawk was feeding 
 a lone chick this evening. Initially there looked to be two furry blobs, but 
 one of them turned out to be a squirrel. A passerby who checks out the nest 
 when he walks by every day said this was the first time he'd seen the mother 
 stand up to reveal a chick.
 
 For the photographer, the shadow of the bridge falls upon the nest around 
 6pm: before that you get a late afternoon sun; after you get a nice even 
 shadow.
 
 The annoying fence remains.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Northern Shrike - Brooktondale (slightly out of basin)

2013-03-18 Thread Melissa Groo

This morning my 7-year-old daughter said excitedly, There's an unusual looking 
bird at the feeder. Last time she said that, it turned out to be an Evening 
Grosbeak (many months ago), so I ran over, to find a grayish bird with black on 
its wings, sitting on a branch a few feet from our platform feeder. My mind 
tried to compute what it was, and first went to mockingbird, which is pretty 
rare to begin with around here, but then I realized it was a Northern Shrike, 
as I took in the distinct mask and hooked beak. Soon after it took off in 
pursuit of a mourning dove, perched atop a tall tree across the road for a bit 
while the chickadees went crazy vocalizing, and then finally flew off. 
I did manage to get some snapshots for documentation from inside the house when 
I first saw it. 
A first ever yard bird for us!

Melissa Groo
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Brooktondale, NY


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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park PEREGRINE FALCON pair, pictures online (from yesterday)

2013-02-14 Thread Melissa Groo

Finally had some time to go through my images and choose some pictures of the 
peregrine falcon pair to share with the listserv. As Dave mentioned, I was at 
Stewart Park yesterday morning, had gone there after dropping my daughter off 
at school, as I'd seen Dave's email about the peregrine. I found one sitting on 
a tree in Jetty Woods, across from the boathouse, at about 9:30. After about 20 
minutes, it suddenly took off in hot pursuit of a gull that was flying by. It 
swooped down on the gull which screamed repeatedly and did its best to evade 
the falcon. I realized that there was a third bird in the air and that it was 
another peregrine, also chasing the gull. The three of them took off north and 
rounded the corner there by the Swan Pen and were out of sight. I ran around 
the Swan Pen the other way, camera in hand, and when I got to the point I saw 
them on the ice, quite far out, to the northwest. The gull lay lifeless and the 
considerably larger peregrine of the two, which I'll refer to as the female, 
was busily plucking the gull's feathers while the other rested on a perch 
nearby. After a few minutes, the male approached, making a chirping (begging?) 
sound, and the female allowed him to eat, even offering some of her bites. She 
soon moved away and stood by for a few minutes, and then returned and ate along 
with the male. She repeated this behavior a few times, walking away for a bit, 
then returning and joining in. After a while, the male flew away to a mound at 
the edge of the ice, close to the many geese that had landed there while they'd 
been feeding. He did what looked like a retching action for a while, and may 
have been coughing up a pellet. As you can see in the some of the later 
pictures, their crops were very full. The female flew off soon after, south 
along the inlet and out of my sight. The male began to call and I heard her 
respond. Soon after he took off (though I didn't see in which direction as I 
was looking away). All in all I watched them for about an hour and a half. It 
was a huge thrill for me as it was only the 2nd time I'd ever seen a peregrine 
falcon. And to watch that cooperative hunting and feeding was just fascinating.
I hope someone can identify the hapless gull. I included a couple of pictures 
that show the tail and a wing. I was too dazzled by the action to identify it 
while it was in the air. 
I've put up 32 images in my gallery on the CBC web site, at 
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/gallery 
I shot the pictures with 700mm (a 500mm lens plus a 1.4x teleconverter), and 
still had to crop pretty heavily, so please excuse the image quality. There was 
not much light and I was handholding. 
I hope people enjoy the pictures. I'm glad to have the opportunity to share the 
experience.

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[cayugabirds-l] Brooktondale Redpolls

2012-12-09 Thread Melissa Groo

Here too for the first time, 2 redpolls at my feeder right now! I'm about a 
mile from Jeff, in Brooktondale. 

Melissa 
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[cayugabirds-l] Flock of Evening Grosbeaks, Brooktondale

2012-10-29 Thread Melissa Groo

Today while slavishly attending to my feeder, hoping to fortify my yard birds 
(Purple Finches, Goldfinches, Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Red-Breasted and 
White-Breasted Nuthatches, and 1 White-Crowned Sparrow) for the impending 
storm, I realized mid-afternoon that I had a flock of EVENING GROSBEAKS 
visiting. 8 in all. I was so excited I barely remembered how to use my camera, 
but did get a few mediocre, grainy snaps through the rain streaked window, for 
documentation's sake. For those interested, I've put up 3 of these in the 
Cayuga Bird Club Gallery, see:
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and click on my Gallery album.
The Evening Grosbeaks returned several times until nightfall. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeak, Brooktondale

2012-10-28 Thread Melissa Groo


This morning a lone male EVENING GROSBEAK arrived at my feeder. It's been many 
years since I've seen one here. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Merlin and Northern Harrier - Danby

2012-09-11 Thread Melissa Groo

Yesterday morning after dropping my daughter at school on King St, I drove down 
Nelson Rd in Danby and noticed a raptor sitting on a hay bale. I pulled over to 
look at it more closely and realized it was a male NORTHERN HARRIER. I watched 
it fly low, tilting and hovering against the strong west winds while it hunted 
over the fields. Later that day, while returning along the same road, I found a 
MERLIN hunting from the wires, swooping down and sending flocks of starlings 
aloft. 
I got a few pics of the two, and have uploaded them to the Cayuga Bird Club 
gallery, please click below if you'd like to see (the link brings you to the 
main gallery page, then you have to click on my album). 

http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/gallery

Melissa


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] plus the hazards of discarded fishing line - a new club project?

2012-08-19 Thread Melissa Groo


I think that's a good idea Marie has. I also think it would be good if some 
kind of project could clean up the accumulated fishing debris that's already 
out there, not just at Myers but also Stewart Park. I'd be happy to do what I 
can from my kayak when I go out but not sure it would be safe or that I would 
have the proper tools. Whom can we contact to share this photo, encourage this 
kind of clean up, and perhaps volunteer to help with the process? I've noticed 
a lot of tangled fishing wire and other trash along the inlet shore at Stewart 
Park when I am out in my kayak. Perhaps there are already regularly scheduled 
clean ups in place by park personnel but just thought I'd ask. 
Melissa 


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 From: m...@cornell.edu
 To: p...@grammatech.com; cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu
 Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] plus the hazards of discarded fishing line - a 
 new club project?
 Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2012 16:11:06 +
 
 I wonder whether the Bird CLub should take up a new project:  a sign, using a 
 photo such as Paul's (I couldn't actually bring myself to look at it), the 
 sign to include something like Dispose of your used line wisely, to be 
 placed near fishing areas, would make people pay more attention to this awful 
 issue. It would be controversial and upsetting to some peoplebut then, so 
 what?? STuff happens that way.
 
 Marie
 
 Marie Read Wildlife Photography
 452 Ringwood Road
 Freeville NY  13068 USA
 
 Phone  607-539-6608
 e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
 
 http://www.marieread.com
 
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[cayugabirds-l] bird injury/pecking

2012-06-12 Thread Melissa Groo

I thought some might be interested in my anecdote about an injured bird and its 
companion, as I remembered the discussion a few weeks ago about behavior of 
birds when one is injured and the other is pecking at it. I observed a similar 
scenario.

I was driving along Ellis Hollow Rd on Sunday when a Baltimore Oriole flew 
close to my hood before I could react. I couldn't tell if it had made contact 
but in the rear view mirror I saw it flutter down to the ground on the road 
shoulder. My heart sinking, I turned around, thinking if it were injured I 
could take it to Victoria at Wild Things Sanctuary or, if it were just slightly 
stunned, at least move it somewhat off the road till it recovered. When I 
pulled up on the opposite side of the street from the bird, I realized that 
there were two birds there, one prone, the other, a male oriole, standing by 
it, pecking at its chest. The male flew up to a nearby tree when it saw me. As 
he flew, the struck bird's feet were suddenly up in the air, twitching a bit. I 
thought those were the death throes and I looked up in the nearby tree where 
the male had alit, and saw it preening itself. When I looked back at the bird 
on the road--it was on its feet and in the next second, in flight. The male 
followed it. 

Can anyone tell me if the one my car struck is an adult female or a juvenile? 
It looks diminutive in my photo but it seemed near adult size if not full; the 
sudden drop of the roadside has hidden its lower body. My hurried pictures 
taken from the car can be seen at my album on the Cayuga Birding web site: 
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/gallery

Melissa Groo






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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Red-necked Phalarope and other birds there (PHOTOS)

2012-05-24 Thread Melissa Groo

For Sandy and others who might have missed seeing this beauty in person, I have 
posted 5 or so photos I took yesterday of the phalarope, in my album on the 
Cayuga Bird Club web site, if you'd like to see. 
Link at 
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Warm wishes,
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Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 09:31:46 -0400
To: cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu
From: s...@cornell.edu
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-necked Phalarope and other birds there



Still no Phalarope at 9:30 am. Sorry I was busy with my
other springtime activity, gardening, and missed the emails last night!
--Sandy Podulka


At 08:48 AM 5/24/2012, David McCartt wrote:

Unfortunately, I did not learn
about this Red-necked Phalarope until until last night.  I stopped
by this morning, 5/24, but alas it was NOT there.  I talked to a
couple of residents and they had not seen it either today.  I did
see 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and 3 KILLDEER.


David McCartt


--- On Wed, 5/23/12, Jeff Gerbracht
ja...@cornell.edu wrote:





From: Jeff Gerbracht ja...@cornell.edu


Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-necked Phalarope and other birds
there


To: cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu


Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 7:39 PM



This pond has been good for shorebirds since it was created, I
just


looked through my eBird reports and the first record I have is a


Lesser Yellowlegs on May 3 and Dunlin on May 5.  I've made this
an


eBird hotspot so it'll be easier for everyone to find and enter
their


birds.


   Cheers,


Jeff



On Wed, May 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM, 

bilba...@pop.lightlink.com wrote:


 I came home from errands to Shannon telling me about Steve's
report of a


 Red-necked Phalarope in Brooktondale.  I went right back
out





 As of 2 PM the bird was still at the small man made pond on
Boiceville Rd,


 having been seen and photographed by a number of people. This is
a


 beautiful breeding plumage bird that is very cooperative, coming
and


 feeding within 20 yards of people at one point. Aside from the
birding


 community there were at least 6 people who lived right
there that got very


 good views and were interested in it.





 Thanks Steve for finding and posting this wonderful bird!





 Also there were Killdeer,  a Spotted Sandpiper, and 3 Least
Sandpipers that


 I didn't notice until they finally flew.





 The pond itself is only about 3 weeks old. I spoke with one of
the


 contractors there and he said it is only 2 feet deep at it's
deepest. As


 much as I regret what had been a great field for Woodcocks and
field birds


 becoming a small development,  it seems the pond has at
least some


 potential..





 Bill


 Baker





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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-Headed Blackbird, photos

2012-04-30 Thread Melissa Groo

Got some photos of the Yellow-Headed Blackbird in Endicott, yesterday. You can 
view them online at the Cayuga Bird Club site in my gallery, at:
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/gallery

I also included a heavily cropped photo of a MERLIN whizzing by high over the 
swamp (though please let me know if I've misidentified it). 

Melissa Groo


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 To: cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fw: [bluewing-group] YHBB
 From: daven1...@yahoo.com
 Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:41:44 +
 
 Yellow headed blackbird STILL present swamp in Endicott!  
 
 Dave Nicosia
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 Sender: bluewing-gr...@googlegroups.com
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 Subject: [bluewing-group] YHBB
 
 YHBB, still there at the swamp in endicott. 
 
 Mike. 
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey and Raven

2012-04-19 Thread Melissa Groo

Yesterday on the west side of Hog Hole I photographed an OSPREY sitting atop a 
snag, eating a fish. It called back and forth to another, just out of sight, 
who soon flew in and perched on a branch nearby with its own fish. 
The day before, Tuesday, I kayaked on Dryden Lake and watched as two OSPREY 
circled around quite close, diving periodically for fish. I also found a lone 
HORNED GREBE, saw a small group of PIED-BILLED GREBE, and in the distance could 
make out the silhouettes of a pair of loons, though they were far off, the 
water was very choppy due to high winds, and the sun was in my eyes, so it was 
hard to identify them. Returning home from kayaking, along Irish Settlement Rd 
where it meets Hammond Hill Rd, I spotted a RAVEN sitting in the field on the 
west side of the road, being dive bombed by two CROWS. The RAVEN flew a short 
distance and landed again, and was attacked in short order. It finally flew off 
up Hammond Hill. There was a raccoon carcass nearby on the road, which may have 
been the point of contention. 
I have photos of 3 of the 4 Osprey in my CBC photo album, as well as one of the 
Horned Grebe, and some dramatic but not very sharp images of the raven vs crow 
fight. See:
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/gallery

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[cayugabirds-l] Hermit Thrush, Brooktondale

2012-04-10 Thread Melissa Groo

Heard my first-of-year HERMIT THRUSH sing a few faltering times this morning 
outside my window at 6 a.m., out here on Shindagin Hollow Rd in Brooktondale, 
next to the state forest. It was soon replaced by the robust song of the WINTER 
WREN that sings every morning in the valley below.

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[cayugabirds-l] Brooktondale Shrike

2011-12-08 Thread Melissa Groo

Drove up Boiceville Rd today towards Route 79 (about 1:30 p.m.), and spotted a 
juvenile N Shrike in a bare tree to the right along the road, just a bit down 
from (south of) the metastasizing Schickel shacks. It allowed me to pull over 
and et off a few shots before it flew. If interested, you can see a photo of it 
at
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[cayugabirds-l] Jaeger pics

2011-09-09 Thread Melissa Groo

Sorry for the delay, I was out all day. My pics are up at 
https://picasaweb.google.com/ruby612/JaegerSept92011.
Please forgive the bad quality, the bird was far away and there wasn't much 
light. But hopefully there will be enough information there to i.d. the bird 
successfully. 
Melissa Groo

 Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2011 14:59:46 -0500
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Jaeger
 From: ke...@nepabirdproject.org
 To: cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu
 
 So everyone knows, I wondered about that too, as I got a different
 impression this morning, but, being a realist, I thought it was more
 likely I was mistaken in the morning fog than I was lucky enough to get 2
 jaegers at the same spot on the same day! I usually have the worst birding
 luck so this would make me play the lotto. It is to my understanding that
 most Jaegers on the lake are 10 minute birds and we did just have some
 hurricanes and tropical storms, so we'll never know. For my own list I'm
 leaving it at just the one since that makes me feel a little more
 comfortable (I'm fine with thinking I was wrong more than incredibly
 lucky).
 
 The first bird did continue south but it could have always hooked into
 that creek and came back up at some point. I lost it to the treetops. This
 was at about 7:40am.
 
 I had the pm bird in scope for like a half hour waiting for people to show
 up before I had to head back to the lab. I found it first sitting in the
 water, then it chased some gulls, sat in the water some more, chased some
 gulls... you get the picture.
 
 I can't wait to see the pics!
 
 
 yours,
 Kevin
 
  I would think it could be a different bird?  The jaeger you saw this
  morning
  looked like it was headed straight over Ithaca right?  Also I was birding
  Stewart Park from 8:20-10:00 and didn't see any Jaegers.
 
 
  On Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 12:25 PM, ke...@nepabirdproject.org 
  ke...@nepabirdproject.org wrote:
 
  And this better look I think it's long tailed. My bad. Thought I saw
  neck
  band in morning mist look.
 
  Yours,
  Kevin Ripka
  www.tekbirdr.com
  leaflittercritters.blogspot.com
 
  Dallas, Pa
  Luzerne Co.
 
  Ithaca, NY
  Tompkins Co.
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[cayugabirds-l] Photos of some recent sightings - Great Horned Owls, Common Tern, Northern Waterthrush

2011-05-04 Thread Melissa Groo

Last Sunday Harold Mills and I went into the Fuertes Sanctuary in Stewart Park 
in search of owls. We found ourselves in even deeper water than we had 
anticipated--it quickly overcame our tall boots but we soggily waded on. 
Finally found two GREAT HORNED OWL fledglings sitting snuggled together on an 
upper branch of the cavity tree. One was quite a bit smaller than the other. 
Photo can be seen at the below link. I have also put a photo I took about 4 
days prior to that of a parent and young one, and a photo I took of an adult in 
the woods in mid April. The dates are below the photos. 
Have also posted a pic of what Harold and I guess is a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, 
taken near
 the swan pen that same morning shortly before we ventured into the 
woods. It never sang but the habitat (dense shrubs
 near slow-moving or standing water vs. more open areas with flowing 
water) and yellowish tinge to the eyebrow suggested 
Northern to us rather than Louisiana. Please weigh in if this needs 
correction. 
Have also posted pictures I took yesterday early evening of a tern, I believe a 
COMMON TERN, fishing a lake up on Honeypot Rd (Candor). My husband spotted it 
while driving home from teaching in Candor. Light was poor and the bird was 
fast; hard to get a good shot.
This morning I spotted a gull on Jennings Pond in Danby as I was driving by. 
Not sure what it was, but posted a bad pic of it I took from car. If you can 
identify it, please make a comment under photo (Bonaparte's?) 

Link for photos:
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Here at home in Brooktondale, my feeders are awash in color with 4+ 
Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, 2+ Baltimore Orioles, Purple Finches, Goldfinches, a 
Red-Bellied Woodpecker, and a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker (coming in for cracked 
corn). (can you pls send the Indigo Bunting over this way, Charles? I need some 
blue...)

Melissa Groo


  
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Wetland- Common Loon --looks like same loon as two weeks ago

2011-04-28 Thread Melissa Groo

I went to Goetchius at 9:30 and took some hurried shots in bad light, compared 
them to my shots of the loon a couple weeks ago (taken on April 15). It looks 
to me like it's the same loon, but would be interested to know what others 
think. I'm concluding this particularly from looking at the last few rows of 
the larger markings on the back. 
I've posted the pics for anyone who's interested, at 
http://tinyurl.com/3sttrou

Melissa Groo

Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 05:42:33 -0700
From: mccart...@yahoo.com
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Wetland- Common Loon
To: cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu

I drove by Goetchius this morning just before 8am and found a COMMON LOON in 
the same spot as the the one from a week and a half ago.  I only spent a few 
seconds watching it but it looked healthy.

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[cayugabirds-l] Eastern Kingbird and Raven

2011-04-27 Thread Melissa Groo


Photographed an EASTERN KINGBIRD today midday on a wire near the road at 
Goetchius Preserve on Flatiron Rd. Also a COMMON RAVEN yesterday at roadkill on 
Central Chapel Rd. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey at Jennings Pond

2011-04-18 Thread Melissa Groo

No Caspian terns at Jennings Pond this morning (Danby), but at about 9:30 I 
watched an OSPREY circle and hover, and finally make off with a big fish. I've 
posted a pic post-catch at 

http://tinyurl.com/3ruajl4

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Ring-necked Pheasant question --Northern Bobwhites

2011-04-10 Thread Melissa Groo

Well at least some NORTHERN BOBWHITES made it through this winter, as this 
morning at 10:15 I saw a covey of 10 off in a field on the south side of Route 
79--just west of the intersection with Snyder Hill Rd, in fact.

Melissa Groo

 CC: cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu
 From: bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com
 To: m...@cornell.edu
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ring-necked Pheasant question
 Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2011 19:43:27 -0400
 
 It's been a few years, but Judy and I had a family of pheasants here  
 on Whitted Rd: male, female, and several chicks. And from time to time  
 we still encounter a pair. I suspect that a few of the released birds  
 manage each year to survive long enough to mate and provide juicy  
 young morsels for the local coyotes, Red-tails, etc.
 
 I recall that we had the same thing with Northern Bobwhites awhile  
 back. Calling throughout the breeding season but never making it  
 through the winter. Those were likely birds raised and released by  
 Steve Kress farther up Snyder Hill Rd. Raptor food. Fertilizer.
 
 Bob McGuire
 On Apr 10, 2011, at 7:34 PM, Marie P Read wrote:
 
  Speaking of Ring-necked Pheasants, does anyone know of evidence that  
  they breed successfully in the Basin? Perfect habitat would be in  
  the Rafferty Rd area. but I don't recall any observations of  
  pheasant hens with chicks there. Certainly we hear the males giving  
  their crowing calls during the courting season.
 
  Given that Ring-necked Pheasant is an introduced species, we still  
  count as valid our observations of birds seen in the wild even  
  though it seems like the populations are maintained by regular  
  reintroduction of those raised for hunting (according to Sibley  
  Guide). So the pheasants raised at the Stevenson Rd Game Farm  
  presumably end up in wild populations, but we don't count  
  observations of the species when we see the birds in their pens!  
  Seems a little odd...although all I'm doing is playing devil's  
  advocate here...
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Winter wren - Brooktondale

2011-03-29 Thread Melissa Groo

This morning I woke to my favorite sound of early spring, the exuberant, 
spilling song of a Winter Wren in the valley by my house, next to Shindagin 
Hollow State Forest. Six days later than I noted a winter wren's first arrival 
here last year.

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