[cayugabirds-l] Winter Birds and Winter Birding

2020-12-29 Thread Mike Powers
Hi everyone,

I set out with a couple of friends to look for some of the rarities that
have been recently reported. In spite of this being 2020, coupled with
the brutal combination of freezing temps and steady breeze, we happily
found all of our target birds for the day.

On our way out of Watkins Glen we stopped by Fitzgerald Road where we found
approximately 250 COMMON REDPOLLS moving quickly (and constantly) through a
weedy field. The entire time we were searching there were two ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWKS circling, then occasionally perching but never long enough for us to
put a scope on them.

We arrived at the stone quarry on Hoster Road at 9:15 and as we were
getting out of our cars we spotted the GYRFALCON flying from the quarry to
the east. It spent a few minutes flying/soaring above the open field,
during that time we didn't dare lower our binoculars so no photos of this
gorgeous bird before it disappeared behind the treeline towards Seybolt
road. We were unable to refind it, but during our search we did come across
a BALD EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED and RED-TAILED HAWKS, and perhaps the most
surprising bird of the trip, a KILLDEER along Stahl Road.

Deciding to press our luck, we headed to Martin Road and found the SNOWY
OWL along the runway where others have reported it: near Winsock B,
hunkered down in the wind, looking like a white gallon jug that
occasionally blinked and turned its head.  We went into the airport's
parking lot for a slightly better, but at least closer view.

We didn't find much in the way of waterfowl on our trip down the west side
of Cayuga Lake, nor at our final stop at Clute Park in Watkins Glen.

A sincere thank you to everyone who has posted about their hits or misses,
and especially to those that helped me nail down specific details about how
to best approach finding these elusive birds. It turns out the third time
visiting Hoster Road was the charm for me . . . this was a great way to end
2020!

Cheers,
Mike

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[cayugabirds-l] Update: Eurasian Wigeon in Queen Catharine Marsh (Watkins Glen)

2019-03-22 Thread Mike Powers
Earlier this week Jay McGowan posted information about a male Eurasian
Wigeon that was reported from the Queen Catharine Marsh between Watkins
Glen and Montour Falls (thanks, Jay!). I made a trip along Rock Cabin Road
(which runs along the west side of the marsh) Thursday evening and found
the bird hanging out with a small group of American Wigeon and a couple of
Gadwall. My (terrible) digiscoped photos are included this checklist:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54089475

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[cayugabirds-l] Garganey present - Thursday, June 16

2016-06-16 Thread Mike Powers
Hi everyone,

Just a quick note since I haven't seen any recent reports about the
Garganey at Montezuma. I spent a few hours at Knox-Marcellus Marsh in the
early-mid afternoon on Thursday and was able to see the Garganey for a few
minutes before it disappeared among the cattails. I missed the bird on
Saturday, and as it hadn't been reported since Sunday (as far as I can
tell) I was really happy to have this brief encounter with the bird.

Cheers,
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[cayugabirds-l] Western Tanager - Yes, March 10

2016-03-10 Thread Mike Powers
The Western Tanager was present outside of Day Hall just after noon today 
(Thursday, March 10). It took a while, but it eventually made an appearance 
with the House Sparrows visiting the seeds on a window ledge on Day Hall, then 
it disappeared into the conifers by the College store.

Thanks to everyone for posting about this bird, it was a treat to see it! 

Good birding,
Mike

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[cayugabirds-l] OOB - Lawrence's Warbler

2014-05-12 Thread Mike Powers
Hi everyone,

This evening, while on the evening dog walk around our yard in Horseheads,
NY (Chemung County), I found a new bird for our yard list. I first
identified it as a Blue-winged Warbler from next door (they breed in the
young forest/old field edge behind our house), but it turned out to be a
very charismatic LAWRENCE'S WARBLER. I was able to grab a couple photos for
documentation, embedded into the eBird checklist below; I think you have to
click through to see the photos.  Alternately, you can see the photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/noflickster/14193893553/in/photostream/

I'm not sure how frequently they are reported in our area, the only other
one I've ever seen was over a decade ago in neighboring Steuben County, so
I'm assuming they are not too common. It was singing emphatically as it
moved around our yard, often prominently from treetop to treetop, hopefully
it's staking out a territory and seeking a mate (though I wish it was
singing a Golden-winged song, that would be a new yard bird, too).

Good birding,
Mike

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Prospect Hill - Home, Chemung, US-NY
May 12, 2014 5:41 PM - 6:14 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments: br /Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
26 species (+1 other taxa)

Mourning Dove  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  2
Veery  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  3
European Starling  2
Ovenbird  3

LAWRENCE'S WARBLER (hybrid)  1
a href=https://www.flickr.com/photos/noflickster/13987138800;img src=
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7377/13987138800_bb0c4e77ed.jpg; //abr /
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https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7346/14193893553_8d6e8381ac.jpg; //a

Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  3
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Purple Finch  2
American Goldfinch  5

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[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Lake, West Side

2013-03-02 Thread Mike Powers
Hi all,

After getting a late start I spent a little time birding at the south end
of Seneca Lake (Schuyler Co.) and then scoping the lake near Dresden (Yates
Co.) today. Nothing really unexpected for this time of year, but since it
was the first time I've been up along the lake in a while a few
observations stood out, including:

Leaving our hill to head towards the lake (Horseheads):
1 Merlin, which has been sporadically hanging around the base of our hill
this winter

At Seneca Harbor Park (Watkins Glen):
7 Pied-billed Grebes
1 Greater Scaup
1 Double-crested Cormorant

At Long Point (Dresden):
4 Long-tailed Ducks
1 Belted Kingfisher
8 American Wigeon

The observation that stole the show, however, was a flock of Snow geese.
As I drove north on Rte. 14 I saw a few individual skeins moving east
towards Seneca Lake, a couple dozen birds in each.  As I approached Prejean
Winery (just south of Leach Rd.), I saw hundreds circling to the west and
appearing to land.  I headed west on Leach Rd. to see if, and where, they
were landing, and how many were in the flock.

The hundreds of geese turned out to be thousands, my estimate was 8,500
birds covering the fields and filling the air -- by far the largest flock
I've ever seen in New York, rivaling the numbers I've seen on their
wintering grounds in coastal Virginia or in Arkansas.  Many remained on the
ground, but there was a near constant swirling of birds above the field,
some birds settling down as others lifted off.  Two other cars of local
residents pulled over to watch, both commenting on the flocks they
typically encounter in their fields and how this spectacle dwarfed those
numbers.  Coupled with the steady cacophony of calling, it was truly an
amazing experience.

I did not note any rarities, but it wouldn't surprise me if I missed
something in there!

Good birding,
Mike

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] NEXRAD site

2012-04-28 Thread Mike Powers
Hi Sue,

Paul moved from Ithaca to Ohio and recently migrated (pun unintended,
but acknowledged) his radar composites as well.  I suspect he is not
updating the Cornell pages anymore, but continues to archive
composites here:

http://people.mbi.ohio-state.edu/hurtado.10/US_Composite_Radar/

Good birding,
Mike

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On Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM, John and Sue Gregoire k...@empacc.net wrote:
 The NEXRAD site I use has been stuck on 23 April for 5 days now. This site is 
 a
 great tool for monitoring migration and I'm really missing it. Anybody having 
 the
 same problem or is it me?

 http://www.cam.cornell.edu/~pauljh/US_Composite_Radar/

 Sue G.


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  Website: http://www.empacc.net/~kestrelhaven/
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[cayugabirds-l] 03 Feb - Western Grebe, RT Loon, SE OWL

2012-02-04 Thread Mike Powers
Hi all,

Apologies for the day-late posting.  At 4:30 yesterday afternoon
(Friday, 03 February) I stopped by Stewart Park in Ithaca with hopes
of spotting the WESTERN GREBE that Bob, Gary, and Jay reported a few
hours earlier from Hog's Hole.  My third attempt was the charm:
viewing conditions were excellent and it was fairly easy to pick it
out to the north of the red lighthouse.  Like others have reported, it
was actively diving but tended to resurface not too far from where it
dove.  While I watched it stayed solitary, not in the neighborhood of
the scaup (farther south) or goldeneye (farther north).  There was a
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT perched on a large log in the vicinity.

Much farther north was the RED-THROATED LOON that Bob also reported.

When I left at 4:45 both birds were still visible.

Finally, at 5:30 on Veteran Hill Road (Chemung County, about a half
mile north of Sutton Rd) I noticed a strange bump on a large roll of
hay that isn't usually there, a benefit of driving the same way to
work every day.  Having my fingers crossed for a Snowy Owl I turned
around but the lump had disappeared -- only to be refound much closer,
just about 25 meters from the road.  By far the best looks at a
SHORT-EARED OWL I've had in recent memory.  The ears weren't visible
as it actively scanned the field, eventually flying across the road
right in front of me, dropping into an adjacent field where it sat for
a few moments, then crossing back and disappearing.

Best commute home I've had in a long, long time!

Good birding,
Mike

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[cayugabirds-l] White-winged Crossbill

2011-12-08 Thread Mike Powers
Hi all,

The House Finches that rediscovered our feeding station in Horseheads about
a week ago were joined by a single WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL this morning.
While the finches came to the feeder, the crossbill moved to the spruce
trees, though I never noticed him feeding on the abundant cone crop.

Might be worth re-reading this story about crossbills, written during their
irruption in 2008-09:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/got-white-winged-crossbills

Good birding,
Mike

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[cayugabirds-l] OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER - Chemung Co., Horseheads

2011-05-29 Thread Mike Powers
My morning bird walk around the yard was producing mostly the usual
suspects for this time of year, but that was broken by a very nice
surprise in the form of a FOY and new yard bird: an OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHER. I first located it by it's song, then watched it for a few
minutes as it called regularly and then disappeared to the north.

A great start to a beautiful day!

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[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Orchard , May 19, 2011 - Golden-winged Warbler and more

2011-05-19 Thread Mike Powers
Hi all,

I made a lunch-hour run to the Hawthorn Orchard, hoping the excellent
variety of songbirds would be active in between rain showers.  I was
not disappointed (who could be?): when I arrived just after noon there
was a cacophony of warbler song as I entered the northeast section of
the orchard.  The highlight was a very vocal GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
which I heard almost immediately through the Tennessee, Blackpoll, and
Yellow Warbler song.  He was relatively easy to find, actively
foraging the the (low) tree tops.  When I left just after 1:00 PM he
was in the same area, softly vocalizing.

I'm not sure what happened, but shortly after I arrived (around 12:15)
the birds all got very quiet, and it remained that way through the
rest of my stay.  Songs were given periodically, many were softer than
when I arrived (like the Golden-wing), but visually the birds were
just as active.  I suspect the presence of an accipiter or other
predator given the behavior of a near-murder of crows who were mobbing
a tall conifer towards the middle of the orchard.

My full eBird list is below.

Cheers,
Mike

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Hawthorn Orchard, Tompkins, US-NY
May 19, 2011 12:05 PM - 1:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments:     Lunch-hour trip between rain showers, ideally to
photograph warblers.  Conditions:  77*F, 80% cloud cover, light
South/SouthEast breeze, no precipitation though dark clouds were
approaching when I left.
40 species

Mallard  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon  1
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  11     Mobbing a tall conifer (White Pine?) standing
southwest of the Northeast section of the orchard.  Never saw what was
in that pine.
Barn Swallow  7
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
Veery  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  2
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  2
Golden-winged Warbler  1
Tennessee Warbler  7
Nashville Warbler  1
Northern Parula  1
Yellow Warbler  3
Chestnut-sided Warbler  3
Magnolia Warbler  1
Cape May Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  4
American Redstart  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  2
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Baltimore Oriole  3
American Goldfinch  2

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] abbreviations

2011-03-16 Thread Mike Powers
Hi all,

Here is a nice write-up demystifying birder shorthand for those that
are interested in learning more:

http://www.nabirding.com/2011/03/11/birder-shorthand-demystifying-the-code-of-banders/

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On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 2:52 AM, Brenda Best bestb...@me.com wrote:
 At the opposite end of the spectrum, lots of people, especially beginners,
 may not know what a Gaviforme is without looking it up.

 Brenda
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 Durhamville, NY
 bestb...@me.com

 Sent from my iPad
 On Mar 15, 2011, at 7:36 PM, Jeff Holbrook mycte...@stny.rr.com wrote:

 To Those Who Maybe Interested,



 Just as an FYI, a great new resource for those who want to learn the four
 letter alpha codes or at least have a reference for those times when folks
 forget the cayugabirds-l and other list’s guidelines, the” Crossley ID Guide
 to Eastern Birds” is awesome. It is the first guide that I have seen that
 includes the alpha codes. Even the USGS web pages that list the codes are
 not as a good reference as this guide due to the splits and omissions.  For
 example, Gaviformes are typically not included as they don’t  typically
 migrate. Regardless, this is a great reference, but not so much a field
 guide, as reported by others on this list previously. With texting and space
 constrained social networks, i.e. Twitter, etc., four letter alpha codes are
 seeing increased usage by birders across the US.



 Just my two cents. I have no financial ties to anything relating to this
 post. I just thought some folks might like to know or be reminded of this.



 Kind Regards,

 Jeff Holbrook,

 Corning, NY





 From: bounce-9256884-3493...@list.cornell.edu
 [mailto:bounce-9256884-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of John and
 Fritzie Blizzard
 Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 17:56
 To: Jay McGowan; CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] abbreviations



 THANKS, JAY. I'm sure many folks on the listserv, especially, new
 birders, aren't happy with the shorthand/texting.



 Fritzie



 ***

 Jay wrote:



 While very useful as shorthand for both bird banders and general birders, we
 to avoid these abbreviations on the listserv, since not everyone knows them
 and they can get confusing when people try to use them without knowing the
 exceptions to the rules.

 Cheers.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] KING EIDER in Fall Cr

2010-12-07 Thread Mike Powers
The KING EIDER was still present between 9:30-9:45 and best seen from the
trail stretching from the Boathouse along the creek as it was slowly moving
north towards the lake.  While I was there (with other observers) it was
actively feeding, frequently diving and returning to the surface with
crayfish.

Good birding,
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On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 7:29 AM, 6072292...@vtext.com wrote:

  KING EIDER in Fall Cr by boathouse in Stewart Pk despite gathering ice,
 720am Tu 7 Dec
 --Dave Nutter



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[cayugabirds-l] KING EIDER continues - Seneca Lake State Park

2010-11-16 Thread Mike Powers
Hi all,

I made an early morning trip to Geneva this morning to try and find the
immature male KING EIDER that has been observed since last Friday (12
November).  I found the bird within a matter of seconds -- it was the third
bird I saw - loosely associating with a small raft of Buffleheads and
Mallards 40-60 yards from shore, directly south of the entrance to the
park.

Thanks to all who posted information about this bird!

Cheers,
Mike

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[cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swans

2010-10-01 Thread Mike Powers
Hi all,

This morning on my drive to work I observed two immature Tundra Swans on a
small wetland just south of Ithaca, at the T-intersection of Cox Road and
Rte. 13 in Newfield.  This seemed like an early sighting for Tundra Swans,
and a quick check in eBird showed only a handful of October sightings in
NY.  The majority of reports are from the last week of October, and there
are no October reports from Tompkins county.

Good birding,
Mike

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swans - More Info and a Step Back

2010-10-01 Thread Mike Powers
Hi all,

Apologies for not elaborating on my earlier Tundra Swan posting:  this is a
very early report for Tundra Swans and I rushed to get it out on the list
should someone else make their way to find them.

In my traditional bout of second-guessing, and given the ID challenges
between the swans, my too-limited experience with this group, and in this
case my less-than-desirable position on the shoulder of the road (which
didn't allow for the amount of study I would have liked), I need to step
back to what I should have written originally: it was my impression is that
these were immature Tundra Swans, but I really shouldn't have ruled out
Trumpeter or Mute.

I watched the birds for a few minutes, during which they moved around the
pond quite a bit, periodically disappearing behind the vegetation lining the
pond.  During this time I noted their plumage appeared brownish-white and
their bills were not black but pinkish, appearing brighter than the dusky
color I associate with an immature Mute Swan.  Their regal-like posture --
holding their head high on straight necks - also made me think
Tundra/Trumpeter.

The profile and shape of the head and bill seemed more akin to Tundra than
Trumpeter, but I realize this is a very difficult separation, one that I
shouldn't make on these birds.  There were no other birds on or near the
pond, in fact, I've never noticed birds down there, so I wasn't able to make
any meaningful size comparison.

I hope someone is able to re-find the birds and provide a more substantive
identification, regardless which species they are it's an interesting
sighting.  I'll be on the lookout on my way home this evening.  (Note to
self: travel somewhere to watch swans more often.)

Cheers,
Mike

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On Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 11:48 AM, Riko Stan rikos...@gmail.com wrote:

 That's funny. I also saw a few Tundra swans on the south end of Sodus Bay,
 just north of Ridge Road. Mute swans are fairly common on East bay, but
 these are the first Tundra swans I have seen in my admittedly short birding
 life.


 On Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 11:30 AM, Mike Powers noflicks...@gmail.comwrote:

 Hi all,

 This morning on my drive to work I observed two immature Tundra Swans on a
 small wetland just south of Ithaca, at the T-intersection of Cox Road and
 Rte. 13 in Newfield.  This seemed like an early sighting for Tundra Swans,
 and a quick check in eBird showed only a handful of October sightings in
 NY.  The majority of reports are from the last week of October, and there
 are no October reports from Tompkins county.

 Good birding,
 Mike

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Listening on Mt. Pleasant tonight

2010-09-17 Thread Mike Powers
Hi all,

Bill, I hope you had a nice flight at Mt. Pleasant tonight.  35 mi SW, in
Horseheads, we had cloudy skies with light winds from the northwest and
quite a few birds moving between 10:15 - 10:45.  The calls were
predominantly Swainson's Thrush with a fair number of Veery and I believe
few Red-breasted Grosbeak. I didn't note any other thrushes.  A Common
Yellowthroat was the only higher frequency call I noted during the 30
minutes I was listening.  Other calls of interest were Green Heron, a
Caspian Tern, and a very loquacious Eastern Screech-owl.

Cheers,
Mike

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  Greetings,

 Forecast is for clear skies and a light north wind early tonight. There may
 be some birds migrating early on, though I don't expect a huge flight. For
 anyone interested, I'll be up in the near vicinity of the Mount Pleasent
 Observatory (top of Mt. Pleasant Rd. a few miles east of Ithaca, NY) by 9PM
 and will have two audio stations available for listeners. It might be a good
 night to learn the night flight calls of Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Swainson's
 and Gray-cheeked Thrush, and some of the more distinctive warblers as they
 pass southward toward the tropics for the winter.

 If you come up, dress warmly and please drive carefully in the vicinity of
 the observatory as there may be people wandering about and cars turning
 around.  Parking is on the shoulder of Mt. Pleasant Rd.

 Should be a beautiful evening in any case, and I'm told Uranus will
 be visible with binoculars (and perhaps by eye) to the right of Jupiter.
 I'll be there until at least 11PM, later if the migration is good.

 Bill Evans




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[cayugabirds-l] Tanglewood Nature Center (Elmira, NY)

2010-05-02 Thread Mike Powers
Hi all,

I spent two hours birding at Tanglewood Nature Center (Elmira, Chemung
Co., NY) this morning and found an influx of new species for the
season. Highlights were a CERULEAN WARBLER (only my second in Chemung
County) that was working an oldfield/deciduous woods edge, and a CLIFF
SWALLOW (only the second time I've seen this species away from bridges
crossing the Chemung River) that was mingling with the Tree Swallows
that nest around the nature center and parking lot.

Several first of year birds are noted on my full eBird checklist, below.

Good birding!
Mike

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Location:     Gleason Meadows
Observation date:     5/2/10
Notes:     Excellent variety of new arrivals observed.  Cerulean
Warbler and Cliff Swallow were the two highlights. Cliff Swallow seen
and (badly) photographed mingling with Tree Swallows over the parking
lot; Cerulean first heard then spotted in an oldfield neighboring
deciduous forest (no photos).  Conditions: (end) 82*F, 80% cloud
cover, no winds, no precipitation.
Number of species:     56

Canada Goose     2
Ruffed Grouse     1
Great Blue Heron     1
Turkey Vulture     8
Sharp-shinned Hawk     1
Mourning Dove     5
Barred Owl     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     3
Downy Woodpecker     4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)     3
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Least Flycatcher     1  First for the year.
Eastern Phoebe     2
Blue-headed Vireo     4
Blue Jay     9
American Crow     5
Tree Swallow     16
CLIFF SWALLOW     1  First for the year.
Black-capped Chickadee     12
Tufted Titmouse     5
Red-breasted Nuthatch     1
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
Brown Creeper     2
House Wren     2
Eastern Bluebird     4
Wood Thrush     2  First for the year.
American Robin     22
Gray Catbird     4
Northern Mockingbird     1
Brown Thrasher     5
European Starling     2
Cedar Waxwing     12
Blue-winged Warbler     6
Nashville Warbler     1
Yellow Warbler     9
Black-throated Blue Warbler     1  First for the year.
Yellow-rumped Warbler     7
Black-throated Green Warbler     4
Prairie Warbler     2  First for the year.
Palm Warbler     2
CERULEAN WARBLER     1  First for the year.
Ovenbird     3
Common Yellowthroat     3
Scarlet Tanager     5  First for the year.
Eastern Towhee     7
Chipping Sparrow     2
Field Sparrow     9
Song Sparrow     7
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)     6
Northern Cardinal     3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     1  First for the year.
Red-winged Blackbird     7
Common Grackle     4
Brown-headed Cowbird     5
American Goldfinch     11

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bonaparte's gull @ stewart park

2010-03-25 Thread Mike Powers
Hi all,

Apologies for the late posting.  I also saw Dave's immature Bald Eagle
as I drove past Stewart Park yesterday (Wednesday) mid-morning, then
had stellar views of a PEREGRINE FALCON winging its way north along
the east side of Rte. 13.  The power in their wing beats is awe
inspiring!

Good birding,
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On Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 12:12 AM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@mac.com wrote:


 I neglected to mention yesterday at Stewart Park an immature BALD EAGLE
 flew west along the shore at treetop level carrying a fish and accompanied by
 several crows.  They all landed on a tree along the lakeshore by the swan 
 pond.
 I wish I'd seen how the eagle acquired the fish.  I also missed the raptor's 
 departure
 because I went back to scanning swallows.  There was a flock of 70 RING-NECKED
 DUCKS at Stewart Park yesterday, and about the same number this morning.
 --Dave Nutter


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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [GeneseeBirds-L] Fwd: Ivory Gull in Toronto, Ontario

2010-02-15 Thread Mike Powers
FYI.
-Mike

Michael Powers
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Date: Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM
Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Fwd: Ivory Gull in Toronto, Ontario
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Haven't seen anything forwarded yet, so just an FYI.

Please see two photos of the adult Ivory Gull this afternoon in
Toronto. There is more information in the photo captions.
http://www.jeaniron.ca/Gulls/2010/ivorygull.htm

Good birding,

Jean Iron
Toronto ON


This posting has been a little delayed since I was temporarily
unsubscribed - sorry about that. As it is, Jean Iron may already have
posted the sighting. If so, apologies for the repetition.

Jean Iron and I were scanning the thousands of gulls off Cherry Beach
at about 3.45pm this afternoon when an adult Ivory Gull flew in from
the east. The bird landed for about three minutes and then took off
when ring-bills and herring gulls got spooked by something (perhaps
just all the dog activity at Cherry Beach ...). Fortunately, the bird
circled with the mass of gulls and then landed at the extreme eastern
tip of the flock  but only rested for about another minute before
taking off - this time alone - and flying steadily west, out towards
and beyond the tip of the Leslie St. Spit. Jean speculated that it may
perhaps call in at Humber Bay (as happened a few years ago) or perhaps
might be headed for Hamilton Harbour. So, although, checking Cherry
Beach seems a little late now, it is certainly worth bearing Ivory
Gull in mind when visiting points west in the next little while.

Good luck - it's a cracker!!

Cherry Beach is reached by driving south along Cherry Street until you
hit Lake Ontario. To get to Cherry St, drive south off Lake Shore
Blvd. on Carlaw, then turn west on Commisioners and drive west to
Cherry St. (then turn south).
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