[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 although Ring-necks do tend to hide among the distant cattails
so I'm sure some were missed.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32616439.

Also on Wednesday evening at knox-marcellus I was able to get an
accurate count as 54 Sandhill Cranes flew out to the corn fields and the
remaining 18 all put their heads up. So 72. We'll see if more come in on
this front or if that's it.

 I also had a flock of about 200 Horned larks with at least 2 longspurs
followed by a flock of about 200 Snow Buntings all flying west over East
road around 2:30 pm. Mike Tetlow 

 


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[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
the main pool early this morning) from the original 7.  As we left the
refuge area around 4:40 all 8 were back at goose haven on route 89. The
visitor center had 1 killdeer for our only shorebird species and only one
Snow Goose still.  2 Common Ravens soared up from the woods to  SW and flew
right over the visitor center. 1 Dark Rough-legged Hawk drifted to the SE.
Another light morph was at the NW corner of the main pool marsh. (4
Rough-legs were seen there yesterday by Dan Niven Chris wood and Brian
Sullivan). Hitting Knox-Marcellus at 4:00  with 3 tries I counted  70 then
71 Sandhill cranes.(others counted 70 yesterday.Mike and Joann Tetlow 


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[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 so
teal are dropping in to complete hiding. Seneca Flats is the only shorebird
habitat and was empty except a few ducks. The main pool had even higher
number of Ring-necks, Coot, Am. Wigeon and Gadwall. I found only one
lingering Common gallinule. A large group of about three hundred Redheads
with 50ish Lesser Scaup joined the increased number of Ruddies. My first
pair of Canvasback and a single Bufflehead were new for me. I couldn't find
Snipe at Benning or along the north shore. The graylag type domestic goose
has moved over to the pond by the eagle sculpture. The only shorebird was a
dunlin that flew north  over the wildlife drive. Tschasche had the
highlights where a light morph Rough-legged Hawk harassed one of the 10
Northern Harriers until it dropped its rodent. The Rough-leg disappeared for
a while as it ate but reappeared soaring only to be harassed by a young
probably male peregrine that passed back and forth not even flushing ducks.
There were no teal there to flush but 8ish hundred No. Pintail some
Mallards, Black Duck and again good numbers of Wigeon and Gadwall. I suspect
the Eurasian Wigeon was there as it was reported there yesterday and May's
Point had a few less but still good numbers of Wigeon, Gadwall and
Shovelers. There were a couple hundred GW Teal hiding in the back edges of
May's Point so looking there for that rarity is probably a good idea. Many
Rusty Blackbirds were in the trees above the deck. 22 Sandhill cranes were
along the  dike at Tschasche and another 8 were along route 89 between East
road and the 31 mucklands. They are just cutting the corn on the mucklands
and one field had the lone Snow Goose waiting for his friends to return. The
fields on both sides of Armitage road west of 89 are now flooded with a few
Trumpeter Swans mixed with the geese and mallards. A nice flock of 15 wood
ducks were in the SE corner on the south side of the road. Likely the same
Peregrine appeared and was in pursuit of, maybe, that same dunlin. They
disappeared to the south. 1 Greater yellowlegs calling from there was the
only other shorebird.  Knox-Marcellus and Puddler's have water but most
ducks were invisible unless they flushed. Hunter were scattered around
Carncross and Marten's tract so the only highlight was a singing young male
Purple Finch at eh beginning of Carncross. Good birding,  Mike Tetlow 

 


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[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 included 2 Gadwall and 2 American Wigeon. A Trumpeter Swan flew in
after the group moved on and was only seen by those who were at the end of
the trip and heard that a WILSON's PHALAROPE was found there by Kim Sucy and
were able to go back and find this very pale , likely basic adult. 

The birds most enjoyed there at the start by the original 35 attendees
were the beautiful adult Bald eagle soaring directly overhead and the 2
Peregrine Falcons that hunted together and even called as they passed over
together. Missed by only me!

Further down the Wildlife drive we had the benefit of getting out with
our scopes and closely studying the juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher with a
couple yellowlegs at the Seneca Flats. Expecting the small falcon coming
down the drive to be the fairly regular Merlin we were surprised that it was
a Kestrel. Moving on to Benning Marsh we scanned thoroughly and Dominic
found a secretive juvenile Long-billed Dowitcher  followed by Kyle Gage and
Pete Saracino finding 2 out of 3 barely visible Snipe. A good find was Wood
Duck surprisingly absent up until that point as the high winds kept
waterfowl except Coot hidden on the main pool. 

   After some braved the terrifying restroom building at Tschasche Pool we
move to May's Point pool where we missed the recent Sandhill cranes and
walked down to look for Red-headed Woodpecker which likely have moved on
already.

At the East road overlook of Knox-Marcellus marsh we discussed how the
shorebird walk would have proceeded had there been any early season rains
and what concentrations we would normally find there. Birds there were a
single Northern Harrier, the lingering Snow Goose  and Graylag type Goose
plus a few Great-Blue Herons. Not even a token yellowlegs in the remaining
puddle.

On to Morgan Road where the impoundment still had plenty of habitat but
there was only a small flock pf peep flushed by a Cooper's hawk. In flight
we heard the call of Least Sandpiper and Semi-palmated Plover but only a
Least returned to join 2 Greater yellowlegs. The highlight was 2 American
Pipits flying and calling overhead.

All in all we had 65 species and a beautiful day to be out. Guided
shorebird walk may not have been the best title but plenty of birds kept
everyone happy.  Mike Tetlow  


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[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
Flats on the south side of Savannah-Spring-Lake Road just west of Morgan
Road-no birds yet. They have almost finished a new overlook platform at the
Martens Tract

The visitor center had 40ish Lesser Yellowlegs and good numbers of
Pintail, Shoveler and both Teal.

A Merlin taking a dust bath on the wildlife drive was a nice surprise. A
young Virginia rail  was calling opposite laRues in the late afternoon heat
with mom and dad(2 different birds) grunting back occasionally.  Mike Tetlow


 

Dominic entered this ebird checklist for Morgan Road

Montezuma (NMWMA)--Morgan Rd. Marshes, Wayne, New York, US Sep 7, 2016 12:00
PM - 1:30 PM

Protocol: Traveling

1.0 mile(s)

35 species

 

Canada Goose  24

Wood Duck  4

American Black Duck  1

Mallard  34

Blue-winged Teal  7

Green-winged Teal  8

Pied-billed Grebe  3

Double-crested Cormorant  4

Great Blue Heron  10

Great Egret  12

Turkey Vulture  3

Osprey  1

Northern Harrier  1

Bald Eagle  1

Common Gallinule  2

Semipalmated Plover  1

Killdeer  12

Least Sandpiper  30

White-rumped Sandpiper  2

Pectoral Sandpiper  13

Semipalmated Sandpiper  6

Red-necked Phalarope  1

Greater Yellowlegs  2

Lesser Yellowlegs  25

Ring-billed Gull  X

Merlin  1

Eastern Wood-Pewee  1

Eastern Kingbird  1

Tree Swallow  2

Marsh Wren  1

Common Yellowthroat  1

Swamp Sparrow  2

Bobolink  2

Red-winged Blackbird  X

American Goldfinch  2

 

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[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


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[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 out
of the cattails along the channel.

  Looking from the first small pull off on the drive past the cattails
we were surprised to find 2 Black-crowned Night Herons feeding,
successfully, quite far from any cattails out with the Coot, Grebes and a DC
Cormorant at 2:30 in the afternoon. The birds were about 200 feet south of
the continuing male Ring-necked Duck. 

 Up to Eaton marsh, which is being further engulfed by smartweed, but
still had 4 Greater and 6 Lesser Yellowlegs plus 1 Short-billed Dowitcher.
Vegetation is already making it more difficult to find birds in Benning
Marsh but a flock of 12 Lesser Yellowlegs joined the 3 we had found. 1
single, lighter colored than Least, peep flew in but turned out to be a
Semi-palmated not the hoped for Baird's. 

 May's Point pool is the most encouraging but also frustrating. A couple
dozen yellowlegs and an equal number of peep flew up along the far edge when
a young Harrier flew along the far edge. We had seen an adult male and a
molting female Harrier earlier on the NW edge of the main pool marsh so they
may have had success. Scrutinizing the closer reeds we found 1 Long-billed
and 3 Short-billed Dowitchers plus 20+ more Lesser Yellowlegs. We did not
scope this so I would suggest thorough scrutiny as birds were scattered
everywhere. The Trumpeter Swan family persists there.

 On to the totally shorebird free Knox-Marcellus Puddle where the lack
of shorebirds was obvious. A pair of Sandhill Cranes with a very young(downy
with adorable wing stubs) colt made up for it.YES!!. I'm guessing a second
attempt. The only other success I have heard of on the refuge were 2 young
on Tschasche back in late May or early June and a possible teenager on
Morgan Road 2 weeks ago. We didn't scope the nest tree areas but were very
surprised to see only 1 Immature Bald Eagle. Mike and Joann Tetlow  


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[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 which
has good habitat.  Lesser yellowlegs were also scattered among the muskrat
houses at may's point. 8 Great Egrets were in the pools along the thruway
and 6 more at May's Point. The best bird at Knox was my first juvenile
Caspian Tern of the season. The best spot was the pool at Howland's Island.
I added the checklist from Howland's Island to Dominic's post below).  

*** Mike Tetlow and I went to Montezuma NWR and then to Howland's Island
yesterday.  Know-Marsellus pond is almost dried up and we had only a couple
of yellowlegs there.  The cranes were not present in the afternoon when we
arrived.  There are some yellowlegs in the shorebird flats at the north end
of the Wildlife Drive before the west turn.

We went to Howland's Island and entered from the south end near the boat
launch on the Seneca River.  We walked to a pond on the road that is the
first left turn from the main northbound entrance road, after crossing the
bridge at the Seneca River.  We saw 9 species of shorebirds in this pond
including a single molting Stilt Sandpiper and had a good mix of passerines
on our walk.

-Original Message-
From: ebird-checkl...@cornell.edu [mailto:ebird-checkl...@cornell.edu] 
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2016 1:52 PM
To: mjtet...@frontiernet.net
Subject: eBird Report - Montezuma (NMWMA)--Howland Island--East, Jul 20,
2016

Montezuma (NMWMA)--Howland Island--East, Cayuga, New York, US Jul 20, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: Mike Tetlow and I walked in at the south end of Howland's
Island and walked a loop, first north and then turned west past Goose Pond,
then north, then east and back south.
49 species

Canada Goose  22
Wood Duck  15
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
Killdeer  24
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Solitary Sandpiper  13
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  14
Stilt Sandpiper  1
Least Sandpiper  12
Pectoral Sandpiper  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Willow Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Marsh Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Eastern Bluebird  2
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  5
European Starling  30
Cedar Waxwing  15
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  1
Cerulean Warbler  1 1 female carrying food.
Yellow Warbler  4
Song Sparrow  7
Swamp Sparrow  3
Scarlet Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  4
Red-winged Blackbird  3
American Goldfinch  7

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[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)


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Finger Lakes Regional Airport (0G7), Seneca, New York, US
Feb 10, 2016 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
1 species

Snowy Owl  1 Very light plumage. likely a first year male. 1/2 mile out 
along west. confirmed by airport manager. only the second he or i knew of this 
year.

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Seybolt Rd. at Reese Rd., Fayette, Seneca, New York, US
Feb 10, 2016 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
1 species

Snowy Owl  1 Continuing female on well head.

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Seneca Stone, Seneca, New York, US
Feb 10, 2016 2:45 PM - 2:50 PM
Protocol: Stationary
1 species

Common Raven  2 Road the west winds along the quarry edge a few seconds 
apart. 20 mph wind was tossing crows around. These birds flew low over the rim 
and trees steadily off to the NW. Landfill future destination?

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[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
Cayuga marsh walking the tracks in from route 89 opposite the village of
Cayuga. We totaled 10 Northern Harriers and I Short-eared Owl. On the south
side of the tracks a probable Common Yellowthroat called a couple times from
the marsh just east of the wooded edge. I know the call I just prefer to see
the bird to be sure.

 Just before dark a Snowy owl appeared on the top of the tallest power
pole farthest to our east along the railroad tracks. Don't know where it was
when I was viewing the 2000 plus Tundra Swans from Mud Lock earlier. With no
ice it could have been anywhere. 1000's(probably 15) of Snow Geese flew in
from the north and joined the swans to roost south of Mud lock.

 Several  groups of around 1000 Redhead each were spread out from Cayuga
Lake State Park on the west to south to Union springs on the east. The west
side birds, although distant, had a good number of Canvasback (50ish) mixed
in and the union spring birds had a few of both Scaup species  and close to
500 Ring-necked Ducks.

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[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 updates.  Mike Tetlow mjtet...@frontiernet.net
  


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[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
changed as a VERY blue-winged teal flew from the main pool into the north
end of the pool. The hybrid Cinnamon x Blue-winged Teal landed, gave us
great views for a minute, then quickly swam behind the reeds out of sight.
As reported before, the light face crescent and rump patch are more obvious
now and the cinnamon color seems brighter even in dim light. The blue-wing
patches really stand out against the dark body in flight.

   A/the imm. Peregrine falcon buzzed the ducks along the main pool edge
before sitting in a dead treetop across the canal. Several flocks of30+
Tundra swans flew in from the north. 3 Cackling geese were together at Eaton
marsh.

   We arrived at east road very close to dark and, according to another
observer just missed the sight or 46 Sandhill Cranes flying in from the NW
and joining the family  group of 3 for the night. About 400 Snow geese flew
in from the north but we missed Jay's Ross's geese. The puddle ducks
circling the north side of the route 31 muck lands as we left was
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[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.

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Montezuma NWR--Knox-Marsellus and Puddler Marshes, Seneca, New York, US Nov 1, 
2015 5:15 PM - 5:35 PM
Protocol: Stationary
1 species

Sandhill Crane  71 Counted after sunset in the fading light as the last 6 
flew in from the west to join the 65 roosting on KM. others had counted 59 and 
61 earlier!

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[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 hidden in the 
flooded grasses. The godwit was reported at Eaton Marsh around noon but was not 
there when I went through around 3 pm. However, a large flock of 23 Long-billed 
Dowitchers and 4 Dunlin were there close to the drive due to the deeper water.  
Mike Tetlow 


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Montezuma NWR--East Rd., Seneca, New York, US Oct 2, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Birds on Knox-Marcellus and Puddlers'
26 species

Snow Goose  3
Canada Goose  X
Trumpeter Swan  4
Mallard  8
Green-winged Teal  4
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Northern Harrier  2
Bald Eagle  1
Sandhill Crane  11
Greater Yellowlegs  12
Lesser Yellowlegs  25
Hudsonian Godwit  1
Stilt Sandpiper  4
Pectoral Sandpiper  25
Long-billed Dowitcher  3
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  8
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  15
American Pipit  12
Red-winged Blackbird  X
American Goldfinch  4

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[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 wildlife drive near the end of  Larue's Lagoon the large number
of swallows in the Smartweed include Tree, Barn, Bank, Cliff and
Rough-winged. 

Eaton's marsh had 1 Cackling Goose, 7 Stilt, 1 White-rumped, 2
Semi-palmated, 6 Least and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 14 Long-billed and 1
Short-billed Dowitcher, 1 Wilson's snipe, 3 Black-bellied and 2
Semi-palmated plovers. An observer ahead of us reported a Hudsonian Godwit
flying out to the north just before we got there around noon. She had
received a text of a godwit at Knox-Marcellus at the same time; 1 or 2? We
saw neither. It was nice to hear 2 Bald Eagles calling as they soared above
us there.

 The Montezuma Audubon Center south pool is gradually filling but still
had  good mudflats but only 8 Lesser Yellowlegs  and 13 Least Sandpipers. 4
Great Egrets was our highest concentration for the day.  2 Sandhill cranes
flew to the west.

 Knox-Marsellus had 3 Sandhill Cranes with another 4 at Puddler's, with
2 Trumpeter Swans.  Arriving there around 4:30 we saw no shorebirds and a
couple Harrriers hunted the marsh. A half hour later a small flock of peep
came in with 2 Baird's and several Least Sandpipers. They stayed only
briefly when another small flock flew in with a Dunlin; again only landing
for a short time.

 Back at Puddler's we again started with no shorebirds until a
Black-bellied plover was spotted among the geese. A short time later 5
Golden Plovers and a Dunlin  flew in to join it. Next a flock of 13
Semi-palmated Plovers and several leasts came in and stayed as we left. A
high flying northbound Peregrine Falcon made a half-hearted attempt at a
swallow then moved on.  Mike Tetlow 


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[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 and
kept warm and dry over a wet 2 mile walk by very motivated parents.

  We were discouraged by the report from the previous day of NO
shorebirds but hoped the rain would ground migrants and not just soak us.
>From the East Road overlook we started with the 3 Sandhill Cranes and 3 Am.
Golden plovers on the mudflat followed by a flock of 11 Am. Golden plovers
flying out overhead to the west. There was an unusually large number of
swallows either feeding or sitting on all the mudflats and as we reached the
bottom of the hill we were able to pick out Bank, Barn,Rough-winged,Tree and
a single Cliff Swallow, all at eye level or lower. Looking past the blur of
swallows we found another Golden Plover plus a Ruddy Turnstone followed by a
beautiful Buff-breasted Sandpiper; all three of which never left the NE
corner of Knox and gave us great views. Also there: 2 Greater and 4 Lesser
yellowlegs, 6 Least,8 Pectoral Sandpipers and 1 distant White-rumped
Sandpiper. That bird was seen briefly on Puddler's where we picked up a
juvenile Black-bellied Plover  and a group of 6 Semi-palmated Plovers. We
had at least 8 Black-crowned Night herons around the traditional large roost
trees on the north edge of the marsh. The surprise there was a cooperative
American Bittern spotted in the culvert along the dike. Very few shorebirds
compared to past years but a great mix! The Northern Shoveler and
Green-wingedTteal numbers are creeping up a bit there but no Wigeon for us.


 The next stop was back to the Visitor Center. They have disked the
majority of the meadow there and water was collecting but only a couple
Lesser Yellowlegs and several Solitary Sandpipers stopped in briefly then
flew on. 

Starting the wildlife drive, the first puddle held the usual 2 Solitary
Sandpipers and Lesser Yellowlegs. Larue lagoon was occupied by Wood ducks
and a couple Mallards. The main pool is now being filled and a flock of 13
No. Pintail circled it. 

Onward to Eaton marsh (previously Shorebird Flats) where all the birds
were close and good studies. These included 8 Stilt,6 Pectoral, 8 least and
6 Semi-palmated sandpipers, great looks at both Yellowlegs and at least 10
Short-billed and 4 Long-billed dowitchers. A surprise to me was a winter
plumage adult Long-billed(already). A Snipe feeding out in the middle of the
pond was a surprise but 2 found hidden in the reeds were the ones we worked
for. Sharp ears picked out the call of the first of 3 Snipe to fly out.
There was only a single Great Egret there and the 2 Trumpeter Swans seen
earlier by others had moved on.

   Cold and wet, we scanned Benning Marsh quickly and didn't count the good
numbers of Lesser Yellowlegs(20 plus) or Pectoral sandpipers(about a dozen).
The thruway ponds only produced a couple Great Egrets.

The last stop was the weigh station along route 89 where a look behind
the buildings produced 16 Great Egrets on a pretty good mudflat.
Unfortunately the lead car missed the Peregrine Falcon sitting treetop along
the road-better there than chasing our shorebirds on the mudflats.

 Thanks for all who attended and stuck it out helping us find a great
mix totaling 58 species.  Mike Tetlow 


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[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
highlights included American Bittern opposite Larues Lagoon in plain sight.
Eaton Marsh had great looks at both Yellowlegs, both Dowitchers, 2 Pectoral,
2 Stilt and 2 White-rumped Sandpipers. Nice close looks at the 12 great
Egrets at Benning marsh.

At Knox-Marsellus the light was excellent so we could pick out 2 Baird's
among the peep, Pectorals and Semipalmated Plovers on the mudflat. Good
Dowitcher numbers there but no sign of the Buff-breasts. We could see
Killdeer at Puddler's so if they were there we should have seen them unless
they were in the tall grass feeding with the Ring-billed Gulls.

Another  surprise was the large group of Purple Martins circling and
coming to roost on the cell tower on the east side of route 89 opposite the
Montezuma Audubon Center. We counted 140 flying in to join those already
circling and landing on the highest point of the tower. So easily 300+. 

FYI the shorebird flats along Savannah Spring lake road have been mowed
and waiting to be flooded for muckracers.  Mike and Joann Tetlow  

 


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[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 summer/
fall congregation with 11. How many later this year?  Returning around 4pm I
could not relocate the flock even after driving towpath all the way to the
back of puddler's. Working on the shorebirds at Knox produced highlights of
1 Black-bellied Plover (seen well in flight to confirm),15 Semi-palmated
plovers, 7 SB Dowitchers, 11 Stilt, 15 Pectoral and good numbers of
Semi-palmated and Least Sandpipers. 200+ Lesser Yellowlegs plus 50 at
Puddler's. Surprised by only about a dozen Greater's. Green-winged teal
numbers are building with a Gadwall and a couple Am. Wigeon mixed in. No
phalaropes for me.

Around the refuge ,Larues' lagoon had a few yellowlegs and 2 Solitary
Sandpipers as did the ponds along the thruway. There were still about 80
Least Sandpipers on the last of the main pool mudfalts, many right along the
edge of the channel close to the drive. One No. Pintail was there near the
pool outlet.  Great egrets were spread around the main pool with a total of
18 around the wildlife drive, 5 on North spring pool and 10 more visible
from the parking area on route 89. Good luck tomorrow!  Mike Tetlow 

 


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[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 already very close to the 
far dike except at the north end of the pool. Mike Tetlow

 

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Subject: Montezuma NWR 

 

Mike Tetlow and I spent the better part of today at Montezuma NWR.  The 
following are highlights:

 

Main Pool:

 

~250 Least Sa.

5  Semipalmated Sa

4 Pectoral Sa

~250 Lesser Yellowlegs, (did a count)

4 Greater Yellowlegs

14 Short-billed Dowitchers

1 Semipalmated Plover

~40 Killdeer

1 Bonaparte’s Gull, adult

 

At Knox Marcellus:

 

~100 Yellowlegs, mostly Lesser but some Greater

1 Bonapart’s Gull

17 Great Egrets

 

At VanDyneSpoor Rd.

 

at least 10 Black Terns with at least 2 immatures

2 Least Bitterns

 

 


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[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 tiny baby
Spotted Sandpipers with parent on the main pool edge opposite Benning Marsh.
They were very difficult to find as their peeping sounded like it was 30
feet away from where they were.

- The family of Wood Ducks continues at Larue lagoon and a small family
with only 3 young was at the last pool at the very end of the wildlife
drive.

 - 4 teenage Hooded Mergansers were on a log in the same pond.

 - Common Gallinules had 3 brand new babies at the south end of Eaton
Marsh and a dense clump at the north end held a Gallinule on the nest.

 - Pied-billed Grebes had a teenager at Eaton Marsh and one on a nest
near the end of Van Dyne Spoor Road.

 - Trumpeter Swans with young were on Tschasche pool with 1 Common Tern
feeding around them.

 - We had no luck with the Red-headed Woodpeckers at May's Point and
although, hopefully wrong, Starlings were all around the previously
contested nest hole. 

 - Sandhill Cranes with their colt were still reported at Knox-Marcellus
marsh but not seen by us.

 - A Horned Lark took a  mouthful of insects into the grass along East
Road and fed a tailless barely feathered fledgling.

 - 2 Black-crowned Night Herons were seen at Van Dyne Spoor Road with
one carrying a long stick out to about the middle of the marsh.

 -Black Terns were represented at every cattail marsh with one carrying
food at both the main pool and Van Dyne Spoor Road.

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[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

Gadwall  2

Eurasian Wigeon  1 Single male, seen with American Wigeon in clear
light, red head, grayish body, had been previously reported.

American Wigeon  6

American Black Duck  5

Mallard  420

Blue-winged Teal  2

Northern Shoveler  2

Northern Pintail  2 One drake and hen feeding, no queston about ID.

Green-winged Teal  1

Redhead  1

Wild Turkey  1

Great Blue Heron  X

Great Egret  4

Green Heron  1

Black-crowned Night-Heron  2

Sandhill Crane  3 Colt was very nice to see well, usually was kept
hidden.

Black-bellied Plover  3

Semipalmated Plover  18

Killdeer  10

Spotted Sandpiper  2

Ruddy Turnstone  28

Dunlin  100

Least Sandpiper  10

White-rumped Sandpiper  1

Semipalmated Sandpiper  540

Caspian Tern  7

Black Tern  14

Mourning Dove  2

Tree Swallow  X

Bank Swallow  2

Barn Swallow  X

Wood Thrush  1

American Robin  2

Yellow Warbler  2

Savannah Sparrow  1

Song Sparrow  1

Red-winged Blackbird  X

 

Montezuma NWR--Wildlife Drive, Seneca, New York, US May 29, 2015 4:00 PM -
5:15 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

Comments: Mike and Joanne Tetlow and I did the wildlife drive, all
numbers are counts.

44 species

 

Canada Goose  50

Wood Duck  17 3 adults and 14 chicks.

American Black Duck  2

Mallard  100 Rough estimate.

Blue-winged Teal  2

Double-crested Cormorant  8

Great Egret  X

Turkey Vulture  2

Virginia Rail  1

Common Gallinule  5

Black-bellied Plover  14

Semipalmated Plover  24

Killdeer  6

Spotted Sandpiper  4

Greater Yellowlegs  1

Lesser Yellowlegs  1

Dunlin  2

Least Sandpiper  1

White-rumped Sandpiper  1

Semipalmated Sandpiper  6

Short-billed Dowitcher  1

Mourning Dove  4

Black-billed Cuckoo  1

Alder Flycatcher  1

Willow Flycatcher  1

Great Crested Flycatcher  1 Near lookout tower.

Warbling Vireo  1

American Crow  1

Purple Martin  30

Tree Swallow  10

Barn Swallow  10

Marsh Wren  3

American Robin  4

European Starling  X

Common Yellowthroat  4

Yellow Warbler  3

Chipping Sparrow  1

Savannah Sparrow  1

Song Sparrow  2

Swamp Sparrow  4

Red-winged Blackbird  X

Brown-headed Cowbird  1

Baltimore Oriole  2

American Goldfinch  2

 

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[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 species

Canada Goose  150 estimate

Wood Duck  2

Gadwall  2

American Wigeon  6

Mallard  200 estimate

Northern Shoveler  1

Green-winged Teal  2

Redhead  1

Great Blue Heron  16

Great Egret  3

Sandhill Crane  3

Black-bellied Plover  3

Killdeer  2

Ruddy Turnstone  10 exact count

Dunlin  30 estimate

Semipalmated Sandpiper  500 counted by 2's by Mike Tetlow; also a
similarly sized flock found earlier today in the Rochester area

Wilson's Phalarope  3 exact count

Caspian Tern  2

Black Tern  3

Great Crested Flycatcher  1

Tree Swallow  4

Barn Swallow  14

American Robin  2

Yellow Warbler  2

Savannah Sparrow  1

Bobolink  X heard faintly, far away

Red-winged Blackbird  X

 

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Just a few notes to add to Pat Martin's post. The main one being the 3
Sandhill Cranes were actually 2-1/4 as one is a baby! I had counted 590
Semi-palmated sandpipers and there were 5 Semi=palmated plovers. The wires
at the southern end of east road held at least 120 bank swallows.

 The main pool did have one small section with 15 BB Plovers, 4 Ruddy
Turnstones and 2 Dunlin. 1 Virginia rail called from Larue's lagoon.  Thanks
to pat for doing the main list.  Mike Tetlow 

 

 


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[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
extrapolated to 6 flocks when all in flight)

100+ Semipalmated Plovers

4 Black-bellied Plovers

20 Short-billed Dowitchers

100 (approx.)Lesser Yellowlegs

5 Greater Yellowlegs

1 Semipalmated Sandpiper 

2 White-rumped Sandpipers

3 Solitary Sandpipers

5 Spotted Sandpipers

2 Sandhill Cranes  

The adult Peregrine Falcon flushed everything once but all returned. Orchard
oriole was singing halfway down the drive but not seen.

The pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers were active at may's point. 

Mike and Joann Tetlow, Dominic Sherony(I believe Dominic is
submitting a more complete ebird checklist) 

 


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[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 

 

Knox-Marcellus Marsh: A lot of habitat for 1 Dunlin, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 1
pr. Common Mergansers, many Shoveler and GW Teal. Some Wigeon and Gadwall. 5
Black-crowned Night Herons roosting in trees in the SW corner behind the
house with the pond. Very difficult to see. Look east down the row of
bluebird houses on the house property line.

 

Visitor center: 37 Caspian terns, 1 American Bittern flew up from the marsh
west of the visitor center pond.  Nice numbers of BW Teal and Common
gallinule around wildlife drive. 1 muskrat house alone had a nesting Canada
Goose a pair of canvasback and a pair of ring-necks, all sleeping.

 

Gravel road south of route 318 in flooded field: 16 Greater Yellowlegs and I
Snipe.

  Mike and Joann tetlow

 


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[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 barn peak. There were no ducks in the little open  stream
along Canoga road so there was no bait there. I followed crows up 89 until
they broke off toward Mud lock across the lake. Continuing on 89 northbound
there was a young Bald Eagle sitting over the frozen canal. Turning up to
East Road the heartrate kicked up a notch at the sight of a dark bird
smaller than an Eagle and heftier than a Peregrine in the eagle tree. Oh
well, just a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk. Swinging through downtown Seneca
Falls hoping the Gyr roosts downtown or feeds on Rock Doves, again the
heartrate jumped as a bird plowed through the Rock Doves and landed on a
chimney; Cooper's hawk. One last approach to the Seybolt/Stahl intersection
at sunset and the starling cloud was up again. This time a large bird was in
the center of the swarm swooping like a falcon but it was just a hungry
Red-tailed hawk.

   Consolation on the way home, thanks to the report from the Howe's, I went
along Yellow Tavern Road and just west of 414 a Snowy Owl got up from behind
the first barn. A second bird was on 96a on the first silo North of the
yellow tavern intersection.  Mike Tetlow 


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[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 there
earlier this season.

On the way back there was a first year Glaucous gull right near the
roadside shoreline at Pultneyville.

 2 adult Bald Eagles circled over the fields SE of Ginna.   Mike and
Joann Tetlow 


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[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
100M. they all flew toward the lake at around 3 pm when hunters shots went
off in the woods. The Peregrine Falcon hunting Starlings at the nearby farm
was a nice addition when he/she decided to fly through the goose masses.

A Snowy owl reported at Sodus point yesterday was still there this
evening at the tip of the east pier.

Only 32 Sandhill cranes standing on the ice at Knox-Marcellus marsh on
the way through.   Mike Tetlow  


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[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 will
be opened after that. Scoping from the visitor center overlook we found at
least 950 Tundra Swans and a surprisingly large group of Ring-necked ducks
(2000+?) considering the date and how much of the pool was frozen. Coot
seemed to have moved on but several groups of Gadwall remained.  The first
large flocks of Snow Geese that we have seen were flying southbound overhead
and they continued for a couple hours until right before the snow started
around 3:30. Probably 3000 total.

   On Knox-Marcellus from East Road there were another 53 tundra Swans and
49 Sandhill Cranes.

   On Van-dyne Spoor Road a Cooper's Hawk hunted the hedgerow which turned
out to have 40 Tree and 1 Song Sparrows. 1 No. Harrier and 1 Rough-legged
hawk had success hunting over the wetland to the south where they flushed
up 2 Green-winged Teal. Then the snow came.  Mike Tetlow and Dominic Sherony


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[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
of newly arrived Mallards and Black ducks. We had 20 bald eagles on the
muskrat houses there and 4 more on the Tschasche pool ice.

 In the pool behind may's point there were 43 Hooded Mergansers  to look
down on from route 89.

 We had heard that of three groups of birders that had looked over Knox
Marcellus marsh this week only 4 Sandhill Cranes were seen so we were again
surprised to find a large flock totaling 71!! This was around 2:30.  The
next surprise was the number of Mallards and Black ducks there. The mudflats
and shallows were nearly covered. We counted the tip of one peninsula and
came up with 800 birds. Extrapolated from there and came up with a very
conservative 8000 birds with Blacks Ducks making up about 2 %. 

 We checked the corn fields along route 31 as 4 of the cranes flew that
way. We found them but no others. Canada geese and another approx. 200
Tundra swans were feeding in those fields. Out of all these waterfowl we
found 1 single Snow goose (no, not a Ross's)  on the corn fields. Where are
they?

 Up to Sodus bay the Third Creek outlet cove (west of Shaker's heights)
had a nice small  mixed flock of both scaup species, Redhead, Canvasback,
Bufflehead, Hooded Mergansers, Coot, Ruddy ducks and 1 Tundra swan. 2 Horned
grebes and a Red-throated loon were farther out in the cove.

 We finished at Sodus Point where a Snowy owl was resting on the lower
level of the east break wall. Only a few gulls on the sandbars and a group
of 10 Bufflehead were the only meal possibilities in sight for him. We
believe this bird was more heavily marked on the flight feathers and back
than the bird seen there on the 7th and 8th , but still (probably) a fairly
mature male. Mike Gullo had just seen 6 small shorebirds fly out the channel
in the dim light but we couldn't relocate them.   Mike and Joann Tetlow


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[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 the adult and immature ibis were out preening around 2pm but
quickly split up; one disappearing into the reeds to the north and the other
into the back edge cattails to the south. The Am. Avocet was very
cooperative.

 The biggest change from last week was the large number of Lesser Scaup(
with a few Greater's and Redhead mixed in) on the north end of the main
pool.

 At Knox-Marcellus 48 Sandhill cranes were very active. When we arrived
around 3 pm there were 7 Ross's Geese among the 500 or so Snow Geese.
Several groups flew out and we could not find a Ross's among the100 or so
remaining. There were a few Trumpeter swans mixed in with 100 plus Tundras
there and a larger group(maybe 15) of Trumpeter's on Armitage Road, one of
which had a green wing tag. Way back at Puddler's  there were at least 2 of
both Greater and Lesser yellowlegs. No Great Egrets.  Mike and Joann Tetlow 

 

 p.s.On a sad note here is a post from Oneida Birds as I know some have
regularly  checked on this bird.

 

Subject: Route 31 Snowy Owl
Date: Sun Nov 9 2014 10:22 am
From: oneidabirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 

I talked to Jean and Leonard Soprano of Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife

Rehabilitation Center this morning. They informed me that the Snowy Owl

that has been hanging around the shopping plaza on Route 31 in Clay is now

at their facility. It was brought to them this morning. The owl was

struck by a car and is underweight.



Jim Tarolli

- See more at:
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[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
Greater Yellowlegs and 12 Dunlin.  Mike and JoannTetlow


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[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


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[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
there from east road. Another dozen were in the harvested corn field on the
south side of route 89 just west, uphill from the route 31 junction.
Speaking of route 31; the Snowy Owl is still hanging around the
Walmart/Target/Home Depot Plaza on route 31 in Liverpool/Clay. This evening
just east of Walmart. Mike and Joann Tetlow

 

 

 


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[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
drew a few pectoral sandpipers and yellowlegs but little else. Off to East
Road where accessing the dikes gave us hope of finding close viewing of
shorebirds. That went out the window as after a mile walk in the hot sun,
only 15 Pectoral Sandpipers and 5 Greater Yellowlegs were on the flats. The
7 strutting Sandhill Cranes on puddler's quickly made up for that and things
got even better when 6 more flew in from the north and 2 more joined them on
knox-marcellus to give us 15 total. 7 Cackling Geese, part of a group found
by others, flew across with everyone getting a chance to separate their
calls from the many Canada Geese. 2 Black-crowned Night Herons flying out
early from their roost trees were a nice sight.

   Back to the Visitor's center area for lunch our numbers had dwindled
to a manageable group. The best birds there were the 2 Solitary Sandpipers
at the start of the wildlife drive, the 2 Trumpeter swans on the main pool
and a Blue-headed Vireo only seen by 2 observers. The main pool was loaded
with No.Pintails and Green-winged Teal as we made our way to the shorebird
flats along the wildlife drive.  There we were rewarded by close looks at a
nice variety of shorebirds highlighted by 3 Long-billed Dowitchers plus 1
White-rumped and 1 Stilt Sandpiper. 3 Dunlin reminded us of what the date
really is. Keen eyes picked out 2 American Bitterns; one of which was
probably no more than 10 yards away the whole time we were there until it
decided to be seen. 2 Snipe were the next secretive birds to be picked out
of the reeds with some hard work by one of the leaders.

   On to Tschache Pool where the highlight was the Trumpeter Swan
family. We could see 7 of the 9 family members from our vantage point. Here
was the formal end of the trip and you can read the e-bird checklists below.
69 species were tallied (more than 1 per person :)).

  A small group of us said what the heck and decided to check
Knox-marcellus one more time from East Road hoping for some Black-bellied
plovers that were seen earlier in the morning. We were greeted by large
flocks of mostly Pectoral and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs and
over there; 12  Black-bellied and 2 Golden Plovers.  5 Black-crowned Night
Herons came out of hiding to tell us that it was too late and we had too
little energy left to use our access privileges to get close to all those
shorebirds. Where were those 550 birds the first time we were down there!

   2 hot air balloons rose to our south to end a beautiful day with a
lot of new faces; everyone happy to share scopes and point out birds of
interest to those eager to learn.

   Thanks to the refuge personnel for allowing us access to the dikes
even if the birds didn't all co-operate. Mike and Joann Tetlow

 

Montezuma NWR--Visitor Center area, Seneca, US-NY Sep 27, 2014 11:00 AM -
12:00 PM

 

Canada Goose  300

Mallard  5

Northern Pintail  2

Green-winged Teal  1

Turkey Vulture  5

Osprey  1

Northern Harrier  1

Bald Eagle  1

Killdeer  15

Greater Yellowlegs  2

Lesser Yellowlegs  1

Pectoral Sandpiper  5

Ring-billed Gull  25

Blue Jay  5

European Starling  20

American Pipit  3

Yellow-rumped Warbler  5

 

Montezuma NWR--Knox-Marsellus and Puddler Marshes, Seneca, US-NY Sep 27,
2014 12:10 PM - 2:00 PM

 

Cackling Goose  7 calling flock

Canada Goose  950

American Black Duck  3

Mallard  20

Hooded Merganser  1

Common Merganser  1

Double-crested Cormorant  50

Great Blue Heron  30

Great Egret  14 No bands

Black-crowned Night-Heron  2

Northern Harrier  1

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Sandhill Crane  15 7 at Puddler's. 6 Flew in from the north and joined 2
already at knox for a total of 15

Greater Yellowlegs  5

Pectoral Sandpiper  15

Ring-billed Gull  40

Herring Gull  2

American Kestrel  1

American Crow  4

Barn Swallow  1

European Starling  12

American Pipit  15

Common Yellowthroat  1

Yellow-rumped Warbler  1

Song Sparrow  1

Swamp Sparrow  2

Red-winged Blackbird  5

American Goldfinch  3

 

Montezuma NWR--Visitor Center area, Seneca, US-NY Sep 27, 2014 2:10 PM -
3:00 PM

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1

Downy Woodpecker  2

Eastern Phoebe  1

Blue-headed Vireo  1

Black-capped Chickadee  3

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

Carolina Wren  1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1

American Robin  1

Yellow-rumped Warbler  20

White-throated Sparrow  2

Northern Cardinal  1

 

Montezuma NWR--Wildlife Drive, Seneca, US-NY Sep 27, 2014 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 

Trumpeter Swan  2

Wood Duck  12

Gadwall  2

American Wigeon  20

American Black Duck  8

Mallard  X

Blue-winged Teal  9

Northern Shoveler  1

Northern Pintail  300 Probably at least another 100 out there among the
reeds