[cayugabirds-l] possible Bicknell's Thrush, Deer Creek Marsh, Oswego County

2020-05-23 Thread Mickey Scilingo
I ran into this thrush at the Deer Creek Marsh WMA on Sunday morning, May 23 
that I am fairly certain is a Bicknell's Thrush.  I pasted a link to my eBird 
checklist below which has some photos, my thoughts and a small section of a 
recording that I tried to make of the bird's song.  Unfortunately, I was unable 
to clearly record the song and it is almost completely drowned out by the 
surrounding birds.  I would appreciate any thoughts and opinions from anyone 
with more experience with this species.  
Thanks!



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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [OneidaBirds] Syracuse Pelican

2016-01-16 Thread Mickey Scilingo
Mickey ScilingoConstantia, Oswego Countymickey.scili...@gte.net315-679-6299--Original Message--From: "Mickey Scilingo mickey.scili...@gte.net [oneidabirds]" <oneidabirds-nore...@yahoogroups.com>Date: Jan 16, 2016 3:27:38 PMSubject: [OneidaBirds] Syracuse PelicanTo: oneidabi...@yahoogroups.com, nysbird...@cornell.edu, northern_ny_bi...@yahoogroups.com, mickey.scili...@gte.net   The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was still present this morning at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse at 11:00 AM.  Easy access to the creekwalk from the parking lot on Van Rensselaer St.  The Pelican spent its time swimming back and forth between the Inner Harbor area and the Bear St Bridge.  Mickey ScilingoConstantia, Oswego Countymickey.scili...@gte.net315-679-6299__._,_.___  Posted by: Mickey Scilingo <mickey.scili...@gte.net>   Visit Your Group   New Members  1 • Privacy • Unsubscribe • Terms of Use __,_._,___

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tips for observing songbird migration wanted

2015-10-25 Thread Mickey Scilingo
Hi Sandy,My apologies for taking so long to respond.  Unfortunately, I do not have nearly enough free time as I would like - especially during the work week.  I would guess that the 2 most important parts of trying to observe songbird migration would be timing and location.  You need to be out when the birds are moving and you need to be at a place where the birds are moving through.  Sounds simple enough, right?  For me, a third part pertains to my life and work schedule.  That whole "not having enough free time" that I mentioned earlier leaves me very few opportunities to visit my favorite birding spots.  Instead, I quell my birding jones by spending at least a few minutes every day birding in my yard.  My property is located along the eastern part of the north shore of Oneida Lake in Oswego County,  Oneida Lake is 22 miles long, and acts as a 22 mile barrier to birds that are headed south in the Fall.  Birds are reluctant to fly across the lake because there are no safe places to escape predators while they are out over the water,  Instead, they turn right or left and fly around the lake, and in my instance, right over my yard.  My life schedule keeps me awake at sunrise for just about every day of the year, and provides me the opportunities to get out into my yard and bird during the prime early morning hours, when birds are most active.  Whenever the conditions are right for a good migration day, then birding in my yard can become quite spectacular. In general, any location that contains or creates any type of geographical barrier would be a good place to watch migrant songbirds.  That's what makes places like Derby Hill and Cape May the special places they are.  Understanding how birds adjust to and are affected by weather patterns can also assist you in seeing migratory songbirds. Mickey ScilingoConstantia, Oswego Countymickey.scili...@gte.net315-679-6299 On 10/20/15, Sandy Wold wrote: Thanks for sharing, Mickey.  I was blown away by all you saw.  Can you and others give tips on how to see songbird migration?  I was unfortunately indoors most of today and yesterday.  I remember last year Meena invited people to go to Montezuma (a certain date in November?) to watch tens of thousands of the Red-winged Blackbirds come in at sunset.  It was amazing!  Are there other good places to watch songbird migration?  Is it hit or miss?  do you watch some kind of radar channel and know it's coming  Do you live on a hilltop?  could you say generally where you live and saw this?  Is October 19th a day you have seen so many songbirds before so you knew to be on the look out???  I don't think any of this was mentioned in SFO, was it?  Thank you!  Tips from all welcome!!!  I'd also like tip on how to watch/hear nocturnal migrants...and where.  --Cayugabirds-L List Info:Welcome and BasicsRules and InformationSubscribe, Configuration and LeaveArchives:The Mail ArchiveSurfbirdsBirdingOnThe.NetPlease submit your observations to eBird!--

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl at Hancock Airport

2015-01-01 Thread Mickey Scilingo
I saw 2 SNOWY OWLS at the Syracuse Airport this morning around 9:30.  The first 
was a lightly barred individual perched on a light post alongside the East-West 
runway straight out from the public observation area.  The second was a more 
heavily barred bird sitting on a long snow bank on the north side of the fence 
near the overflow parking area.  I also saw a PEREGRINE FALCON flying over the 
parking garage.



Mickey Scilingo
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From: Paul Schmitt 
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 3:42 PM
To: Cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl at Hancock Airport

I have a friend who is returning to France in a few months and would love to 
see a Snowy before leaving.  Have there been any more sightings at Hancock 
Field since December 26?

Appreciate any update.  

Thanks, 

Paul Schmitt   pschmi...@gmail.com
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] American White Pelican continues at Knox-Marsellus, East Rd, Tyre

2013-07-29 Thread Mickey Scilingo
Dave,  

I was at Knox Marsellus marsh briefly on Saturday morning and I watched the 
pelican feed while it was swimming across the shallow pool.  It would lower its 
head almost completely underwater while slowly swimming forward.  After a few 
seconds, it would raise its head up and swallow whatever was unfortunate enough 
to be in its path.   It did this multiple times and at one point swallowed on 9 
consecutive attempts.  I wondered what it was eating, but I could never really 
see what it was picking up.   

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On Jul 29, 2013, at 12:35 AM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote:

 This evening the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN again spent most of its time standing 
 and preening, but toward sunset I saw it swim a couple times, then stand in a 
 new place in the water and preen some more - especially under the wings, 
 which emphasizes the bizarre shape of this bird. During one of the swims it 
 also tried feeding by stretching its neck forward low to the water, rotating 
 its head 90°, and laterally biting the water ahead of it. I did not see it 
 obviously catch anything, nor did it seem very enthusiastic in this brief 
 activity. I imagine that a solo bird is at a disadvantage if it typically 
 feeds with a group of pelicans all herding fish into the shallows before 
 dipping them up. Such a massive bird must need a lot of food, and I haven't 
 heard other reports of it feeding. 
 
 Does anyone know who found the American White Pelican on 20 July? Mark Miller 
 said it was reported to him around 2pm when he was volunteering at the 
 Montezuma NWR headquarters, but he didn't know the name of reporter or 
 finder, and no one has reported it to eBird on this date. Earliest observer 
 gets their name on the Cayuga Lake Basin 2013 First Records list, along with 
 all the associated fame  glory.
 --Dave Nutter
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[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeak

2012-09-17 Thread Mickey Scilingo
There is currently a heavily molting but definitively male EVENING GROSBEAK 
scrapping with the Blue Jays for a position on my feeders. 




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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Marcellus-Knox Marsh migrants

2012-08-20 Thread Mickey Scilingo


I spent a few hours along East Rd yesterday between 8 and 11 AM with results 
similar to Drew's and Gary's.  No Buff-breasted Sandpiper or Red-necked 
Phalarope for me either, but I did see 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES, 1 AMERICAN 
GOLDEN-PLOVER, a few WILSON'S SNIPE and an EURASIAN WIGEON, plus 1 seemingly 
early DUNLIN.  There were also 20 or more Dowitchers, which I took for 
Short-billed.

I experienced Drew's BOBOLINK movement as well, but I was on Rt 89 along the 
Seneca/Wayne County border watching some juvenile Horned Larks around 7:45.  I 
didn't observe any other noticeable landbird migration yesterday, but I did 
have a WHIP-POOR-WILL make a few quick calls around 8:15 from somewhere in the 
woods behind me.  This was while I was at the first cut out in the treeline 
along Towpath Rd.   


Mickey Scilingo
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  - Original Message - 
  From: Gary Kohlenberg 
  To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
  Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2012 9:12 PM
  Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Marcellus-Knox Marsh migrants


  I spent time on East Road today, but later than Drew's report. Around noon I 
had 2 Black-bellied Plovers and 2 Wilson's Phalaropes but no Buff-breasted or 
A. Golden-Plovers. The second trip back in the late afternoon had me scanning 
with Dominic Sherony. We eventually found 6 A. Golden-Plover and 3 
Black-bellied Plover. I missed seeing Red-necked Phalarope and Buff-breasted 
again, but did see a Eurasian Wigeon. 
  The viewing is so distant and unpredictable that I wouldn't be surprised if 
the Buff-breasted is still there somewhere. 


  Gary






  On Aug 19, 2012, at 4:47 PM, Drew Weber wrote:


  I spent a couple hours birding along Towpath Rd from 6-9:30am. Early on there 
was fog moving in and out, but I found a Red-necked Phalarope and 1 (and 
possibly a second) Wilson's Phalarope among the more numerous shorebird 
species. I was unable to refind the previously reported Buff-breasted Sandpiper 
or American Golden-Plovers from East Rd. 


  There were a number of passerine migrants as well. Warblers included-


  American Redstart - 3
  Cerulean Warbler - 3 (including one adult male)
  Blackburnian Warbler - 1
  Yellow Warbler - 2
  Chestnut-sided Warbler - 2


  There was a good northward movement of Bobolinks, particularly in the first 
couple hours I was there. 


  Full checklist link below.


  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S11396248


  -- 
  Drew Weber


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[cayugabirds-l] Ruff at Montezuma

2012-06-25 Thread Mickey Scilingo
David Wheeler reports that the RUFF reported yesterday from Montezuma NWR is 
still present today around noon.  It is a molting adult male and is being seen 
at Puddler's Marsh from Towpath Rd.

If I am correct, Puddler's Marsh is the name for the impoundment beyond the 
dike which is located roughly 0.8 miles down Towpath Rd.



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] RFI: Muckrace Sedge Wren Long-eared Owl

2011-09-25 Thread Mickey Scilingo
Dave,

Marty Mau and I heard the LONG-EARED OWL on Friday night, Sep 9 around 9 PM 
along the wooded section of Van Dyne Spoor Rd, just west of the Sandhill Crane 
Unit Marsh area. In fact, we had a quartet of owls along this stretch, with 
BARRED, EASTERN SCREECH, and NORTHERN SAW-WHET all calling at the same time. 
The latter 3 were calling from the south side of the road, with the Screech 
calling to our west, the Saw-whet calling almost directly in front of us, and 
the Barred calling to the east. The LONG-EARED OWL called 3 times from the 
north side of the road, and from an area closer to the marsh.

I suspect this will be a popular area to visit during next year's Muckrace.


Mickey



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  - Original Message - 
  From: Dave Nutter 
  To: cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu 
  Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2011 12:59 AM
  Subject: [cayugabirds-l] RFI: Muckrace Sedge Wren  Long-eared Owl


  I'm trying to update the first 2011 records for the Cayuga Lake Basin Sedge 
Wren and Long-eared Owl were first reported on the Montezuma Muckrace.  If 
anyone can tell me who observed either species, the location, and which date 
(Friday evening 9 September, or Saturday 10 September), I would be most 
grateful.

  --Dave Nutter

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[cayugabirds-l] Van Dyne Spoor Rd, Sunday evening

2010-02-22 Thread Mickey Scilingo
I took a quick trip to Van Dyne Spoor Rd near sunset last evening in search of 
Short-eared Owls, with no luck.  But I did see a few raptors:


1 Red-tailed Hawk patrolling the forest edge

1 Northern Harrier hunting out over the fields between Rt 31 and VDS Rd

a single Rough-legged Hawk making a beeline northward just before 6 PM, no 
doubt headed to its night roost

2 adult Bald Eagles sitting on the nest along the western forest edge visible 
from both the potato building and VDS Rd (at least for now)

and 1 honorary raptor - I missed the action, but I turned around just in time 
to watch a Northern Shrike flying away with what I assume was one of theTree 
Sparrows that were feeding in the shrubs.


Mickey


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