[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Waterfowl. Snow buntings Larks, longspurs

2016-11-19 Thread Michael Tetlow
Yesterday Dominic Sherony and I put a fair amount of time in to estimating numbers and percentages of waterfowl on the main pool at Montezuma. Here is the ebird checklist. Particularly noteworthy for me is the decrease in Ring-necks and huge increase in Lesser Scaup over the last couple weeks

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Ravens, Cattle Egrets, Sandhill Cranes, Rough-legged Hawks

2016-11-13 Thread Michael Tetlow
This afternoon we started a short Montezuma tour with the Goose Haven field with decoys and no egrets. Trying to think of a nearby farm, around 2pm, we found the horse farm on East Tyre Road south of Lay road and now up to 8 Cattle Egrets (as reported by Ken on The Cayuga text alert flying SW over

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma highlights today. Rough-legged Hawk. many habitat changes from rain

2016-10-26 Thread Michael Tetlow
Visiting Montezuma today it was a whole new world from last week pre-rain. There were no shorebirds at the visitor center. It's too deep for all but the biggest if someone gets lucky. 50 plus No. Shoveler and only a couple GW Teal and No. Pintail. The Solitary spot is full and water is in Larue's

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma trip highlights. Wilson's Phalarope, Peregrines, Both Dowitchers

2016-09-11 Thread Michael Tetlow
Today Dominic Sherony and I led the last guided shorebird walk on the refuge this fall. The visitor center pond held good numbers of Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Greater Yellowlegs and 6 Pectoral Sandpipers among the Northern Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, black Duck and Mallards. New waterfowl arrivals

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Morgan Road Red-necked Phalarope. Muckrace Flats water

2016-09-08 Thread Michael Tetlow
Yesterday afternoon Dominc Sherony and I birded the area and found the Red-necked Phalarope all the way to the north end of the dike 200 yards into the cove looking SW. The other highlight was 2 White-rumped Sandpipers. Tuesday they began adding water to the occasionally productive Muckrace

[cayugabirds-l] FYI RBA Montezuma trip report 8/21

2016-08-24 Thread Michael Tetlow
No rarities but update on conditions for upcoming trips. Mike -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Orchard Oriole, BC Night Herons, Sandhill Cranes w/colt, some shorebirds

2016-07-29 Thread Michael Tetlow
This afternoon Joann and I did a quick sweep of Montezuma. The Seneca River spillway had 2 Leasts, 3 Solitary and 4 Lesser Yellowlegs. A short distance up in the main pool opposite Laure's lagoon a female Orchard Oriole flew in from the east to feed on some Black Raspberry bushes sticking up

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma/Holland's Island yesterday. Ring-necked duck and other additions.

2016-07-21 Thread Michael Tetlow
( A few additions to Dominic's post from our day yesterday. We found the previously reported male ring-neck on the north end of the main pool. Eaton also had a flock of a dozen least's along the muddy edge of the new portion. A snipe was reported by others with a few Yellowlegs at Benning marsh

[cayugabirds-l] Yesterday (2-10) Finger Lakes Regional Airport and Seybolt Road Snowy Owls. N. Hoster Road Ravens

2016-02-11 Thread Michael Tetlow
Sorry about the day late. Click the ebird reports for details. Mike Tetlow (P.S. the Ravens rode the west winds not road as I'm sure someone will point out) -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Yesterday Snowy owls. Seybolt Road and North End of Cayuga lake. probable Common Yellowthroat.

2016-02-04 Thread Michael Tetlow
Sorry to post late but I just wanted to send a note that yesterday the Snowy Owl was seen again on the west side of Seybolt Road just north of Freese road in Seneca Falls.(I know I missed it last week as did others). Later, I and 2 helpers were working on the Montezuma Raptor survey at

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma wildlife drive

2015-12-01 Thread Michael Tetlow
Yesterday Dominic Sherony and I were told the wildlife drive would be closed today through at least the end of deer season(12/13) but calling today(12/1), as Mike Gullo stated, the drive will be open through at least this upcoming weekend(12/7). After that, call the refuge at 1-315-568-5987 for

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma hybrid Teal ,LB Dowitchers, Sandhill Cranes.

2015-11-21 Thread Michael Tetlow
Joann and I dropped into the visitor center to join a great turnout for Raptor Day for a bit. Looking from the south end of the visitor center pool there were still 3 Long-billed Dowitchers and 1 killdeer. We arrived at Larue's Lagoon around 3:40 to find it totally empty. Our luck quickly

[cayugabirds-l] 71 Sandhill Cranes Montezuma NWR--Knox-Marsellus and Puddler Marshes, Nov 1, 2015

2015-11-03 Thread Michael Tetlow
Late post from Sunday evening. Missed the Teal but went to Knox after sunset to see just how many are roosting there. -Original Message- From: ebird-checkl...@cornell.edu [mailto:ebird-checkl...@cornell.edu] Sent: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 8:01 PM To: mjtet...@frontiernet.net Subject:

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Godwit, Dowitchers

2015-10-02 Thread Michael Tetlow
For those getting out for the weekend the Hudsonian Godwit was visible from East Road but only after a one hour search and after a large flock of Canada Geese got out of the way. The bird flew back to Puddler's at 5:15 feeding in the green algae. The other shorebirds listed here were often

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Rochester Birding Association field trip highlights.

2015-09-26 Thread Michael Tetlow
Just a quick note about a few of today' specialties. Highlights at the visitor center were 20+ Pectoral Sandpipers and 4 Black-bellied Plovers plus a Sandhill Crane flying straight at us and dropping in to the main pool. This was the only spot that we saw Blue-winged Teal. On the

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma NWR 9/12 Shorebird walk

2015-09-12 Thread Michael Tetlow
Eighteen people ignored the forecast today and joined Joann and I for the last shorebird walk of the season accessing the dikes at Knox-marcellus and Puddler's marshes. The first highlight for me was the youngest birder ever to attend one of our field trips-a bundled up 2 month old! Carried

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Wildlife Drive Bobolinks, MAC Purple Martin

2015-08-30 Thread Michael Tetlow
Highlights of a Montezuma ride this afternoon/evening included a cloud of starlings over the smartweed at the beginning of the wildlife drive that turned out to be Bobolinks. We counted 200 flying in to join the rest after the main group landed, so easily 1000+. Other wildlife drive

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Today-11 Sandhill Cranes plus

2015-08-01 Thread Michael Tetlow
Arriving at the Knox-Marsellus overlook at around noon the first thing I noticed was a grayish glump in front(west edge) of Puddler's marsh which turned out to be a tight flock of 8 Sandhill Cranes which all appeared to be adults. This in addition to the family below starts out the late

[cayugabirds-l] FW: Montezuma NWR, Bonaparte's Gulls etc.

2015-07-22 Thread Michael Tetlow
Dominic posted this to Genesee Birds for us today. Confirming 2 Bonaparte’s. An additional note is that the Main pool flats will be dry shortly but birds are starting to feed in the northern ponds along the thruway. Knox-Marsellus is getting low a little too quick with the mudflat edges

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma babies or future babies

2015-06-21 Thread Michael Tetlow
This afternoon a trip through the refuge brought nothing rare but higher water on the main pool diluted the smell of rotting carp and last week's congregation of 20+ eagles had moved on. Here are some family highlights of the day; - The winner of the cutest babies contest was a family of 3

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Wildlife Drive, Knox-Marcellus last evening no phalaropes but Eurasian Wigeon

2015-05-30 Thread Michael Tetlow
Montezuma NWR--Knox-Marsellus and Puddler Marshes, Seneca, New York, US May 29, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:40 PM Protocol: Stationary Comments: Mike and Joanne Tetlow including myself, all numbers are actual counts. 39 species Canada Goose 300 approximate overall estimate. Wood Duck 1

[cayugabirds-l] Knox-Marcellus last evening

2015-05-29 Thread Michael Tetlow
Here is a copy of Pat Martin's list from Genesee birds and my additions. Mike tetlow in'sMontezuma NWR--Knox-Marsellus Marsh, Seneca, New York, US May 28, 2015 5:45 AM - 7:10 AM Protocol: Stationary Comments: also present were Mike Tetlow, David Prill, Dave Nutter and Ann Mitchel 27

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma shorebirds. Peregrine falcon

2015-05-17 Thread Michael Tetlow
Just a quick summary of the huge concentration of shorebirds this afternoon at the main pool along the wildlife drive as the water is being drawn down: 550+Dunlin(counted the main group-others spread out) 3000+ Least Sandpipers(used Dunlin flock size and

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma area yesterday highlights. Carncross shorebirds

2015-04-27 Thread Michael Tetlow
Carncross Road corn field: 75+ Greater, 6 Lesser Yellowlegs, 5 Dunlin, 18 Snipe (mostly at east end-probably many more). 1 Sandhill Crane. Shorebird Flats: 1 Trumpeter Swan, 2 Greater Yellowlegs Morgan Road: 1 Virginia Rail replying to a Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Trumpeter Swan

[cayugabirds-l] No Gyrfalcon, Yes Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawk

2015-02-27 Thread Michael Tetlow
I spent from 3:20 until 5:00 in the Seybolt/Stahl/Canoga and martin road areas with no luck on the Gyrfalcon. Here's the story. The first approach to Stahl had a cloud of starlings but no sign of a raptor. The second time they were up again with a Sharp-shinned through the group landing on a

[cayugabirds-l] Sodus Bay Snowy Owls, Pultneyville Glaucous Gull

2015-01-04 Thread Michael Tetlow
This evening we had 2 Snowy Owls on the west side of Sodus bay along route 14. One was on the docks at Arney's Marina and the other on the docks at Sodus marina visible from Kaitlyn's Marine. Both were intermediate/darker plumage. Neither were the same plumage as the other 2 we have seen

[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese. Sodus Bay Snowy owl

2014-12-09 Thread Michael Tetlow
Dominic Sherony and I had a huge mass of Snow Geese along the west side of Seybolt Road south of the airport in Seneca falls this afternoon. I counted several flocks joining those in the field by 20's and got 5000. They made no difference in the appearance of the flock when they landed. Easily

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma area today. First large snow goose flocks, more tundra swans. Still 49 KM Sandhill Cranes. Closed wildlife drive.

2014-12-02 Thread Michael Tetlow
As previously posted on Genesee birds the wildlife drive and the area around the observation tower and bathrooms are closed until December 16th for deer hunting. As I complained to the office they cited too many deer in that area. They will reevaluate after this trial. Weather permitting it

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Sandhill Cranes, swans. Sodus Point Snowy Owl

2014-11-23 Thread Michael Tetlow
This afternoon we took a ride through Montezuma expecting little as so much had frozen earlier in the week. We were pleasantly surprised by the 300+ Tundra Swans in the main pool along with large numbers of lingering species like Ring-necks, Coot, Pintail and Gadwall plus even larger numbers

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Highlights/rarity timing.

2014-11-09 Thread Michael Tetlow
Our afternoon trip through Montezuma started with the Eared grebe along the wildlife drive in the first opening after the channel unlike earlier in the day reported further up the drive. It would be very easy to miss as for every 2 seconds it was up it spent 8 seconds underwater. Both

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma East road/KM 59 Sandhill Cranes

2014-11-02 Thread Michael Tetlow
This afternoon we counted 59 Sandhills as they flew from Knox Marcellus Marsh up to the field on East Road, stayed for a short time, then flew back down to the marsh. We heard that another observer got up to 60. 2 Glossy Ibis(I believe) were still at the shorebird flats(Eaton marsh now) with 3

[cayugabirds-l] Laughing Gull Canandaigua Pier

2014-10-19 Thread Michael Tetlow
Kurt Fox reports a first year laughing Gull at the Canandaigua City Pier now. Mike Tetlow -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Avocets, Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes. Clay Snowy Owl still

2014-10-11 Thread Michael Tetlow
This evening the 2 American Avocets were on Knox-Marsellus marsh along with 6 Snow Geese that rested awhile then flew off to the south. Finally some companions for this summer's loner. 3 Greater Yellowlegs were the only other shorebirds way back in Puddler's. We could see 6 Sandhill Cranes back

[cayugabirds-l] Rochester Birding Association/Montezuma Visitor Combined field trip.

2014-09-27 Thread Michael Tetlow
Today 26 Rochester Birding association members joined up with 32 birders that had signed up at the refuge for our joint field trip allowing access to the dike between Knox-marcellus and Puddler's marshes.(Yes, that's 58 people). The visitor center plowed field has some water in it now and