Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron continues at Taughannock SP

2021-07-04 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I saw him yesterday evening. If he makes it safely through this holiday weekend 
I will be amazed. Kids and dogs and boats seem like a recipe for disaster. Poor 
guy needs to fly to Montezuma. 




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> On Jul 3, 2021, at 5:27 PM, Duane  wrote:
> 
> Letting everyone know the Yellow-crowned Night-heron is continuing this 
> afternoon at 530.  Good views at the marina.
> 
> Duane
> 
>> On Fri, Jul 2, 2021, 10:50 AM Muhammad Arif  wrote:
>> Great views this morning. I have uploaded a few photos to eBird: 
>> https://ebird.org/checklist/S91114530
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>> 
>> From: Dave Nutter
>> Sent: Friday, July 2, 2021 7:22 AM
>> To: CayugaBirds-L b
>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron continues at Taughannock 
>> SP
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> The very rare local chance to observe a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron continues 
>> this morning. 
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Jay McGowan confirmed that this immaculately plumaged juvenile is still at 
>> the small marina in Taughannock Falls State Park. 
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Distinguishing this bird from juveniles of our more common Black-crowned 
>> Night-Heron are the smaller rounder head, the thicker shorter black bill, 
>> the longer legs, the longer thinner neck (often extended), and the tiny 
>> whitish spots instead of longer whitish teardrops at the tips of the 
>> feathers on the folded wings. 
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Yellow-crowned Night-Herons specialize in eating crabs, and this bird has 
>> been eating crayfish. 
>> 
>> - - Dave Nutter
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[cayugabirds-l] Is this in NY as well?

2021-07-02 Thread Nancy Cusumano
It doesn't seem so from the report. Hopefully will not come this way...but
migration will worsen it?

https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/game-commission-details.aspx?newsid=479=IwAR2X5nK0NACICRPWjmeuX2RiUVy-s3P1uoJmDj6DAGfCpiG1vU8h83wEDeY


Nancy

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Injured Kestrel

2021-06-26 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Morgan Hapeman of Finger Lakes Raptor Center is on her way to get this bird. 
She is a licensed rehabber in Lodi.




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> On Jun 26, 2021, at 7:08 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:
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> I just got a call from Reuben Stoltzfus. A Mennonite friend of his who lives 
> just north of the former Seneca Army Depot has a slightly injured Kestrel 
> which he would like to give to someone who can either care of it or take it 
> to someone who can (a rehabber or the Swanson Center at Cornell for example). 
> The bird can fly some but not very well, and I understand it is currently 
> captive and being given food & water. 
> 
> If you can help, please call 
> Cleason Horst
> 315-521-1488
> He is at 4396 MacDougal Center Rd, which is a block east of 96A in the block 
> which is north of 336 and south of Leader Rd.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-20 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I have been thinking about this too. And to me the issue is, what is in it
for the farmer? If we are going to ask them to cut their fields up to go
around nesting sites, is the bird conservation issue enough for them? What
is the carrot, I guess is my question. I don't know the answer.
Also, if fields are cut down around nesting birds, does that leave them
enough grassland to continue? Will they abandon?

I think a trial at CU fields is a great idea if we can float it to them.

Nancy


On Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 6:05 PM Suan Hsi Yong  wrote:

> Thanks, Dave.
>
> As Cayuga Bird Club I've been wondering what, if anything, we could do
> about the situation. One dimension would be outreach and education and
> increasing general awareness, for which CAC chair Jody has stepped up to
> solicit volunteers, thanks! But I'd also toyed with a pipedream idea of
> whether the club could establish a corps of volunteer surveyors who, upon
> request by any interested farmer, would go to a field and try to map out
> nest sites and mark off sub-sections of the field that the farmer may be
> willing to leave alone for the sake of the birds.
>
> I've never tried finding nest sites of field birds before; I suspect it
> can be hard. I'd be interested to hear of any work or techniques that can
> be workable to "an average volunteer". Perhaps Reuben has some hints or
> suggestions. I know that Reuben is a very acute observer of birds, and
> would place his skills at above average; ideally, we would like to
> establish some methodology that can be effectively applied by one of
> "average" observational skills.
>
> Just spitballing, I imagine a workable technique would involve first
> installing flags to establish a grid over the field, then having at least
> two observers situated on orthogonal axes communicating with walkie-talkies
> to triangulate the grid location of an observed bird flying into or out of
> a likely nest. Flag installation should probably happen a day or two in
> advance, and could conceivably be done by the farmer ahead of time. Flag
> installation may also flush birds from potential nest sites, and notes on
> such observations should be taken as well. The flags will need to be marked
> such that they can be read from both axes, and be easy to interpolate.
> Using letters and numbers is the obvious choice, but the markings would
> have to be on stiff cards facing both axes. Another option is to use color
> coded flags, but interpolation may be tricky, as one needs to be able to
> quickly locate the grid "between the green and blue flags", say. Something
> involving two digits of rainbow colors could be workable, but it gets
> complicated fast with two axes to label.
>
> If anyone is interested in volunteering for such a survey, please email
> me. I don't know if this idea will go anywhere, but having a sense of
> potential interest could be a starting point. Also, if any farmers are
> willing to let us test out techniques, email me as well. I suspect we won't
> be able to do anything this season, but if the stars align (enough
> volunteers sign up and a farmer offers a field to test) we could
> potentially try doing something within the next week or two of peak
> nesting. More likely is to think about possibly doing something next
> season, perhaps on one of Cornell's agricultural fields that started this
> thread?
>
> Curious to hear people's thoughts.
>
> Suan
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-15 Thread Nancy Cusumano
For hay/farm fields, yes. But these fields of Cornell’s are not hay fields. Are 
they? They just mow it down and leave it there.
That’s was my understanding.




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> On Jun 15, 2021, at 8:56 PM, Donna Lee Scott  wrote:
> 
> Related to discussion on migratory bird act & lack if protections: 
> New York has a
> “Right to Farm” law. 
> I have not read it, but it probably would muddy the waters further. 
> 
> Donna Scott
> Lansing
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Jun 15, 2021, at 8:47 PM, Alicia  wrote:
> 
>> I have zero expertise in this area, but it looks like the courts have at 
>> best a mixed record in interpreting unintentional negative effects as 
>> violations of the MBTA. Take a look at this summary, and also this one. 
>> Based on these summaries, it looks like courts are divided on the question 
>> of whether criminal behavior under the MBTA is limited "to deliberate acts 
>> done directly and intentionally to migratory birds" or if actions that 
>> incidentally hurt birds/nests/etc also are covered. 
>> 
>> A 43 yr old case from the 2d Circuit, which includes NY, 
>>> "affirmed the conviction of a manufacturer of pesticides for migratory bird 
>>> deaths. United States v. FMC Corp., 572 F.2d 902 (2d Cir. 1978). Still the 
>>> FMC court stated misgivings (a “construction that would bring every killing 
>>> within the statute, such as deaths caused by automobiles, airplanes, plate 
>>> glass modern office buildings or picture windows into which birds fly, 
>>> would offend reason and common sense”) and suggested possibly limiting 
>>> incidental takes to “extrahazardous” activities ... ."
>>  (Entire quote from second summary linked above.)  FWIW, I doubt that a 
>> farmer cutting hay would be considered engaged in an extra-hazardous 
>> activity in a legal sense, even though farming itself is a hazardous 
>> occupations.
>> 
>> Later cases in other circuits aren't as willing to assign criminal blame 
>> when the intent was not specifically to harm birds. The 5th Circuit ruled in 
>> 2015 that
>>> we agree with the Eighth and Ninth circuits that a “taking” is limited to 
>>> deliberate acts done directly and intentionally to migratory birds. Our 
>>> conclusion is based on the statute’s text, its common law origin, a 
>>> comparison with other relevant statutes, and rejection of the argument that 
>>> strict liability can change the nature of the necessary illegal act.
>> Looking at a somewhat similar fact pattern, federal district courts have 
>> held that timber operations are not criminally liable under the MBTA for 
>> felling trees when that activity takes out nests, for example in Curry v. 
>> U.S. Forest Service, 988 F.Supp. 541, 549 (W.D. Pa. 1997); and Mahler v. 
>> U.S. Forest Service, 927 F. Supp. 1559, 1573-83 (S.D. Ind. 1996).  (Again, I 
>> am relying on the summaries above and haven't read the cases but the 
>> summaries seem evenhanded and well done.)
>> 
>> Conclusion?  This is not a clear area of the law.  At some point perhaps the 
>> US Supreme Court will agree to hear a case and clarify it, but I'm not 
>> holding my breath that this particular Supreme Court would rule the way we 
>> would wish if it came before them, particularly if it involves farmers 
>> cutting hay rather than, say, an oil spill caused by the negligence of a 
>> large corporation.
>> 
>> Alicia
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> On 6/15/2021 6:43 PM, david nicosia wrote:
>>> The MBTA is completely ignored in this case and has been for decades. Why 
>>> is that? Anyone know?
>>> 
>>> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
>>> 
>>> On Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 6:27 PM, Kevin J. McGowan
>>>  wrote:
>>> I don’t think that’s true. Birds, nests, eggs, and their parts all come 
>>> under protection from the MBTA. If feathers are covered, nestlings are 
>>> covered.
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>> Kevin
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>> From: bounce-125714362-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
>>>  On Behalf Of david nicosia
>>> Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 5:55 PM
>>> To: darlingtonbets ; Nancy Cusumano 
>>> ; Kenneth V. Rosenberg 
>>> Cc: Linda Orkin ; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>>> 
>>> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>> Young nestling birds aren't protected by the migratory bird act. I guess 
>>> that is true since this has been going on for decades. W

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-15 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Ken,

May I use your words in my letters? I think I will go straight to the top
with this issue.

I will paraphrase...

Nancy

On Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 4:07 PM Kenneth V. Rosenberg 
wrote:

> Linda, thanks for bringing this mowing to everyone’s attention. In a
> nutshell, what is happening today in those fields, repeated over the entire
> U.S., is the primary cause of continued steep declines in Bobolink and
> other grassland bird populations.
>
>
>
> Last year, because of the delays in mowing due to Covid, the fields along
> Freeze and Hanshaw Roads were full of nesting birds, including many nesting
> Bobolinks that were actively feeding young in the nests at the end of June.
> In the first week of July, Cornell decided to mow all the fields. Jody Enck
> and I wrote letters and met with several folks at Cornell in the various
> departments in charge of managing those fields (Veterinary College,
> University Farm Services) – although they listened politely to our concerns
> for the birds, they went ahead and mowed that week as dozens of female
> bobolinks and other birds hovered helplessly over the tractors with bills
> filled food for their almost-fledged young.
>
>
>
> The same just happened over the past couple of days this year, only at an
> earlier stage in the nesting cycle – most birds probably have (had)
> recently hatched young in the nest. While mowing is occurring across the
> entire region as part of “normal” agricultural practices (with continued
> devastating consequences for field-nesting birds), the question is whether
> Cornell University needs to be contributing to this demise, while
> ostensibly supporting biodiversity conservation through other unrelated
> programs. Jody and I presented an alternative vision, where the
> considerable acres of fields owned by the university across Tompkins County
> could serve as a model for conserving populations of grassland birds,
> pollinators, and other biodiversity, but the people in charge of this
> management were not very interested in these options.
>
>
>
> And there we have it, a microcosm of the continental demise of grassland
> birds playing out in our own backyard, illustrating the extreme challenges
> of modern Ag practices that are totally incompatible with healthy bird
> populations. I urge CayugaBirders to make as much noise as possible, and
> maybe someone will listen.
>
>
>
> KEN
>
>
>
> Ken Rosenberg (he/him/his)
>
> Applied Conservation Scientist
>
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>
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>
> Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
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> Wk: 607-254-2412
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> Cell: 607-342-4594
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>
>
>
> *From: *bounce-125714085-3493...@list.cornell.edu <
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> *Date: *Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 3:02 PM
> *To: *CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> *Subject: *[cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.
>
> After a couple year hiatus in which the Freese Road fields across from the
> gardens have been mowed late in the season allowing at least Bobolinks to
> be done with their nesting and for grassland birds to be lured into a false
> feeling of security so they have returned and I’ve counted three singing
> meadowlarks for the first time in years,  Cornell has returned to early
> mowing there as of today. And so the mayhem ensues. How many more
> multitudes of birds will die before we believe our own eyes and ears. Mow
> the grass while it’s still nutritious but are we paying attention to who is
> being fed. Grass taken from the land to pass through animals and in that
> inefficient process turning to food for humans.
>
> Linda Orkin
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] YB Cuckoo

2021-06-09 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Interesting!  I heard a cuckoo early this morning, distantly and though
Black billed. But now that you say that, it was just the single call. So
now we have also had both in the area, after having neither for several
years. I wonder if it is the gypsy moth caterpillars that are bringing them
into the  area?

Thanks!

Nancy

On Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 10:23 AM Donna Lee Scott  wrote:

> Earlier in season I had BB Cuckoo here on Lans. Station Rd.
> Lately, I have heard only YB Cuckoo.
>
> Donna Scott
> Lansing
> Sent from my iPhone
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> On Jun 9, 2021, at 10:17 AM, Suan Hsi Yong  wrote:
>
> Just heard the repeated single calls of a yellow-billed cuckoo outside
> my home / office. Coupled with the BBCU from last month, that's both
> cuckoos as new yard birds for me this season! Again, once I got
> outside it stopped calling and could not be found.
>
> Is it just me, or have the black-billed cuckoos, who seemed to be
> singing everywhere earlier in the season, been replaced by
> yellow-billed cuckoos lately? We had looks and calls from
> yellow-billed cuckoos on our Connecticut Hill field trip last Sunday.
> I also heard then saw one that afternoon at Lindsay-Parsons
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black billed cuckoo

2021-05-26 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I also had a yard Black billed cuckoo two days ago. It sang twice. We are
now hearing it up and down Houghton Rd, at the intersection with Duboise.
Haven't had one locally in about 10 years. So nice to have them back. I
hope he finds a mate!

On Sat, May 22, 2021 at 7:38 AM Suan Yong  wrote:

> New yard bird for me (actually a house bird): a black billed cuckoo was
> singing a long series of po-po-po-po outside my house in Commonland. When I
> got outside with my binoculars and camera, it didn't sing again and was not
> found.
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] transport a mallard to Swanson?

2021-05-12 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Thank you for trying.

On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 4:12 PM William Baker  wrote:

> We were unable to catch it.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On May 12, 2021, at 4:05 PM, William Baker  wrote:
>
> Hi all- I am here with Melissa Groo. Who ever else comes down will need a
> net. The bird can fly short distances and there is the risk of it getting
> into the water
>
> Bill Baker
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On May 12, 2021, at 2:44 PM, Nancy Cusumano 
> wrote:
>
> 
> this is from the Mutual Aid Tompkins county FB page, is there anyone
> downtown who could collect and transport him?
>
> Any wildlife rescuers downtown? There is a male duck sitting in the grass
> just off of the wood chip path at Titus Triangle Park. The duck’s back
> right food is tangled in fishing line with a large weight attached to it.
> The duck’s
> location is roughly across the street from 413 S Titus.
> Cornell Wildlife Swanson Center has been called. Is anyone available to
> bring the duck to them (covering the duck with a towel and putting it in a
> box). FYI, its mate is hanging out in the grass a few feet away. There is
> someone who can go back after 4:15 to help but, if someone is available
> sooner, that’d be ideal since the duck seems pretty uncomfortable.
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[cayugabirds-l] transport a mallard to Swanson?

2021-05-12 Thread Nancy Cusumano
this is from the Mutual Aid Tompkins county FB page, is there anyone
downtown who could collect and transport him?

Any wildlife rescuers downtown? There is a male duck sitting in the grass
just off of the wood chip path at Titus Triangle Park. The duck’s back
right food is tangled in fishing line with a large weight attached to it.
The duck’s
location is roughly across the street from 413 S Titus.
Cornell Wildlife Swanson Center has been called. Is anyone available to
bring the duck to them (covering the duck with a towel and putting it in a
box). FYI, its mate is hanging out in the grass a few feet away. There is
someone who can go back after 4:15 to help but, if someone is available
sooner, that’d be ideal since the duck seems pretty uncomfortable.

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[cayugabirds-l] Hangar Theatre osprey platform

2021-05-10 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I meant to send this on Friday. Both Thursday and Friday (laat week) when I
went past it, there was an osprey sitting on the perch at the platform
nearest the Hangar, or near the park workmen's building. There were more
sticks on the platform than had been previously.

Maybe a new nest?

Nancy

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Golden-winged warbler!

2021-05-04 Thread Nancy Gil
Prothonotary warbler today at Armitage Road swamp just east of the bridge 

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> On May 4, 2021, at 11:07 AM, Jessica Kerns  wrote:
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> I arrived home from a very quiet morning birding Shindagin Hollow and the 
> Hawthorne Orchard to find my backyard completely full of song. Much to my 
> surprise, among the constant sound of blue-winged warbler was a singing male 
> golden-winged warbler! He was kind enough to stick around for me to record 
> his song and get a few pics. Definitely a new yard bird. Maybe he liked what 
> he saw and will be back!
> Happy birding,
> Jessica Kerns 
> Mt Pleasant Rd, Ithaca, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] FOY Towhee

2021-03-31 Thread Nancy Cusumano
In our front yard this afternoon. Have good pics!

That seems early!

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

2021-03-30 Thread Nancy Cusumano
And because it comes up here enough, and because we are coming into baby
season, here's what to do if you find an injured or orphaned bird/animal.

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/hospitals/janet-l-swanson-wildlife-hospital/what-do-if-you-find-injured-animal
<https://www.vet.cornell.edu/hospitals/janet-l-swanson-wildlife-hospital/what-do-if-you-find-injured-animal>

First, Make sure it is really orphaned. Often, parents will come back for a
baby, especially fawns but other mammals as well.

If it is really orphaned, as in no parents for several hours, you can
collect the animal if it is safe to do. ALWAYS wear gloves. Have a box or
animal crate ready.
If it is injured, call Swanson Wildlife Center at 256-3060. This will get
you to the main vet school desk and they will connect you to Swanson, which
is located at the top of Hungerford Hill Rd off Snyder Hill Rd. You will
have to bring it to them, they do not come get it.
If you cannot get it, you can try calling a local rehabber for help.
Sometimes they have volunteers who can come and assist. For a list of
licensed rehabbers, you can search here, by county.
https://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/sls_searches/index.cfm?p=live_rehab


Swanson does not take rabies vector species-those are racoons, skunks and
bats. There are very few rabies-vector rehabbers left in NY. There is a
good one in Ithaca. But once he is full, that is it. There is only so much
one person (with volunteers) can do.

Swanson is a great resource and we are lucky to have them in the area. And
as Linda mentions, they are a great place to donate to, as are any of your
local rehabbers, who do everything out of pocket.

Happy Spring!

Nancy



On Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 11:47 AM Linda Orkin  wrote:

> That’s a great read and reminds me again how very lucky we are here in
> Ithaca to be able to feel comfortable rescuing animals in trouble.  I have
> brought many suffering beings to them.  This whole philosophy of treating
> wild creatures as individuals is a recent concept in the history of animal
> compassion. I am glad to see it in action here.  A good place to donate to.
>
> Thanks Deb
>
> Linda Orkin
> Ithaca NY
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> On Mar 30, 2021, at 9:31 AM, Deb Grantham  wrote:
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[cayugabirds-l] OOB redpolls

2021-03-22 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I’m house sitting for friends, located on one of the hills south of Binghamton. 
There are still a dozen redpolls here. They only show up in the cool mornings. 
I was surprised to see them still here.

Nancy Cusumano 




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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow geese and bald Eagles

2021-03-17 Thread Nancy Cusumano
They were all heading north as we were leaving, like half as many on the water 
as wine we arrived. Will the come back south again tomorrow, or keep goin? 
Anyone want to guess?

It was a truly amazing sight and sounds. The amount of birds in the air at any 
one time made it look like the sky was fluttering.

Nancy




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> On Mar 17, 2021, at 8:31 PM, Poppy Singer  
> wrote:
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> What is the chance of them being there come late morning tomorrow?
> 
>> On Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 8:21 PM Elaina M. McCartney 
>>  wrote:
>> It was worth the drive—astonishing numbers close to shore at Cayuga Lake 
>> State Park!
>> 
>> Elaina
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> From:  on behalf of Deb Grantham 
>> 
>> Reply-To: Deb Grantham 
>> Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:12 PM
>> To: "Johnson, Alyssa" , Nancy Cusumano 
>> , Marc Devokaitis 
>> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Snow geese and bald Eagles
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Nancy and I were just up there – I would believe 400,000!!
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Deb
>> 
>>  
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> From: bounce-125469616-83565...@list.cornell.edu 
>>  On Behalf Of Johnson, Alyssa
>> Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 6:25 PM
>> To: Nancy Cusumano ; Marc Devokaitis 
>> 
>> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow geese and bald Eagles
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> We received a count from a very experienced birder after I left the area, he 
>> estimated 400,000! I came back a few hours later in the afternoon and the 
>> flock had definitely grown from when I saw it around 11:30 am. 
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Magical.
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Get Outlook for iOS
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>> From: Nancy Cusumano 
>> Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 5:19:35 PM
>> To: Marc Devokaitis 
>> Cc: Johnson, Alyssa ; CayugaBirds-L b 
>> 
>> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow geese and bald Eagles
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Thanks Marc. I was debating. You clinched it!
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> On Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 4:44 PM Marc Devokaitis  
>> wrote:
>> 
>> phenomenon ongoing. definitely hundreds of thousands, close in, starting at 
>> lower lake rd, proceeding north. Absolutely astounding. 
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Marc Devokaitis
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> On Wed, Mar 17, 2021, 11:26 AM Johnson, Alyssa  
>> wrote:
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>> I’m saying over 200,000 now. THEY KEEP COMING!!! :)
>> 
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>> From: bounce-125468279-79436...@list.cornell.edu 
>>  on behalf of Johnson, Alyssa 
>> 
>> Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 11:13:53 AM
>> To: Cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu 
>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snow geese and bald Eagles
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> 40+ bald eagles being seen along the Seneca river viewed from the Morgan Rd 
>> DEC office in Seneca Falls.
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> 50,000 snow geese in a raft on Cayuga Lake viewed from the State Park boat 
>> launch. 
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>> TONS of divers and tundra swans too 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow geese and bald Eagles

2021-03-17 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Thanks Marc. I was debating. You clinched it!

On Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 4:44 PM Marc Devokaitis 
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> phenomenon ongoing. definitely hundreds of thousands, close in, starting
> at lower lake rd, proceeding north. Absolutely astounding.
>
> Marc Devokaitis
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> On Wed, Mar 17, 2021, 11:26 AM Johnson, Alyssa 
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>> I’m saying over 200,000 now. THEY KEEP COMING!!! :)
>>
>> Get Outlook for iOS 
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>> *From:* bounce-125468279-79436...@list.cornell.edu <
>> bounce-125468279-79436...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Johnson, Alyssa
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>> *Sent:* Wednesday, March 17, 2021 11:13:53 AM
>> *To:* Cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu 
>> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Snow geese and bald Eagles
>>
>> 40+ bald eagles being seen along the Seneca river viewed from the Morgan
>> Rd DEC office in Seneca Falls.
>>
>> 50,000 snow geese in a raft on Cayuga Lake viewed from the State Park
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[cayugabirds-l] old Nikons for donation

2021-03-15 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I have a pair of older roof prism Nikon 8x30, in the original case I would
like to donate.THey are in very good condition, the eye cups are not
brittle or anything. Still a nice sharp image.

Do any of you know of a program that accepts binos for youth who are just
getting into birding or any kind of program like that?

Thanks!

Nancy

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] swans overhead

2021-03-03 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I also saw/heard them, I am on the west side of Cayuga and they were flying
west. Very distinctive sound.

On Wed, Mar 3, 2021 at 11:30 AM Donna Lee Scott  wrote:

> I think swans flew north by my place on lake after John’s sighting, too.
>
> I just heard them, but was busy filling feeders under roofed deck, so did
> not see them in sky.
> Had a hat on so hearing was muffled. Calls could have been from over cliff
> on lakeshore maybe.
> Went from south to north.
>
> Donna Scott
> Lansing
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> On Mar 3, 2021, at 9:24 AM, Karen  wrote:
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> Hi All,
>
>After living in the same place for 40+ years, I don't very often get a
> new yard bird. However, a flock of Tundra Swans calling as they flew over
> was pretty nice. Maybe you can see them at the north end of the lake.
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins

2021-02-16 Thread Nancy Cusumano
There have been robin flocks in the Dubois area for a couple weeks now.
Duboise, Perry City, Houghton, Garrett, Kraft the whole area is full of
them. They are eating sumac, hawthorn, every kind of berry they can find.

On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 3:38 PM Geo Kloppel  wrote:

> At about 2:45 pm on February 5th, I was driving south along Dubois Road.
> Between Perry City Road and Indian Creek Road it was continuous Robins,
> scattering from the road shoulders ahead of me. They must have totaled
> several hundred. There was one dead in the middle of the road, presumably
> the victim of a collision with a car.
>
> Yesterday one died on my road, probably taken by a Cooper’s Hawk. All
> there was to see was a patch of blood and a whole lot of plucked feathers.
>
> -Geo
>
>
> On Feb 16, 2021, at 3:06 PM, Bill McAneny  wrote:
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> 
>
> Hello Dave,
>
> I wonder if your flock of robins was the same one as my flock.  About
> mid-afternoon (maybe) we noticed a few robins flying about the yard.  Then
> we noticed most of them in a crab apple tree loaded with little (quarter
> inch) red-brown fruits.  Not loaded any more.  I was able to count about 45
> birds, which is close to the size of one of your flocks. Some of them were
> on the snow under the tree, salvaging the fruit dropped by other birds. The
> flock was very active and hard to count.  My count could easily be off by
> 10 on the low side to 20 or 30 on the high side.  We kept watching for
> waxwings but saw none.
>
> Bill McAneny (same side of lake as Dave Nutter but 7 miles north.)
> On 2/15/2021 8:02 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
>
> My first 2021 American Robin was on the Count on New Year’s Day, a single
> bird in the suburban neighborhood above my home on Ithaca’s West Hill. It
> was over a month before I saw another Robin: On February 6th, around the
> time that other folks began writing on CayugaBirds-L about flocks of them,
> I happened to be staring out a window with my scope aimed toward the
> Collegetown skyline when a few distant passerines crossed my view. They
> were substantial and dark but didn’t have fast and regular wingbeats of
> Starlings. Fortunately, they were tracking toward me, and I stayed on one
> until it surprised me with a telltale white lower belly and undertail
> coverts contrasting with brick red elsewhere below. Closer, and the fuller
> wings and longer tail supported the ID as well. How novel to see a Robin
> shape! Scanning nearby, I confirmed 4 of them before they went out of view.
> Neat, but a bit weak as a contribution to discussions of flocks. Sorry.
>
> Yesterday, while trying to write, I kept being distracted by individual
> birds flying past the window, too far away for an easy naked-eye ID, but
> too fast for me to get binoculars on them. Eventually I gave up and went to
> the window as they became more organized. They were Robins, and at least 40
> of them went past toward the bit of woods nearby, but they didn’t seem to
> be feeding.
>
> Today we were expecting a delivery, so I set up closer to the window. I
> didn’t get much of my writing project done. The Robins came back. Many
> settled into a Hawthorn tree whose numerous fruits I had assumed nobody
> liked. But they were tasty enough today. Another little tree that I hadn’t
> thought much about also had fruit, and the Robins covered that tree, too,
> and brought a few Cedar Waxwings along. Birds were busy emerging from the
> woods, eating, and resting in nearby trees. I tried to count them and got
> to at least 60 Robins. A few other birds tagged along - a Starling, a male
> and a female Red-bellied Woodpecker, a male Hairy, and also a gorgeous
> Flicker. I showed Laurie, who declared the array well worth looking at.
> She’s getting a bit tired of the small dull-colored birds.
>
> Then a Red-tailed Hawk, who had spent the morning next door quietly
> sitting atop a large tree, tried to join the party. Awkward! That so-called
> raptor was really bad at hunting songbirds in the woods, and after a few
> short flights and asymmetrical landings, it gave up and left. I hope it
> finds a nice, fat, slow squirrel crossing the snow. Within a minute the
> birds were back at the berries. A dozen Robins were thirsty enough that
> they came down to the pavement to sip at wet spots. I kept scanning through
> all the birds, hoping for a Hermit Thrush. No luck there, but I did notice
> something atop a tree about a quarter mile away: a young Cooper’s Hawk who
> has graced my yard many times this season without catching anything that I
> saw. How could it not notice the activity here? When my attention wandered
> I suddenly saw several Robins start a rush straight for the woods. Yup, the
> Cooper’s Hawk came ripping past, but veering off, again unlucky, I think.
> Still, everyone took this predator seriously, and the feeding session
> seemed to be over. A little while later I noticed Robins leaving the woods
> to fly away over downtown. There were 2 groups totaling about 75. The
> 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Rechargeable hand warmers?

2021-01-21 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I have these things called Heat Solution by Prism. You boil them to reset them, 
the press the little metal disk inside to release heat. They are sort of bulky 
so good for inside gloves. I’ve had them for year they still work. 
https://www.gearx.com/pristech-heat-solutions-zap-pac?gclid=CjwKCAiA6aSABhApEiwA6Cbm_yVGBrgj2rqDdkxc6XvfpLWtPJl65xNnOEY-WHCMgo8tqmnKJsNrTxoCxAYQAvD_BwE
 



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> On Jan 21, 2021, at 8:47 PM, Poppy Singer  
> wrote:
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> My son uses a pair of rechargable battery heated gloves.
> 
>> On Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 2:56 PM Betsy Darlington  
>> wrote:
>> Have any of you tried rechargeable hand warmers (foot warmers, too)? I use 
>> the disposable type (Yak-Trax) which is good for about 7 hours, and hate 
>> being so wasteful. Any advice?
>> Thanks!
>> Betsy  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy owl near Treman Marina

2021-01-20 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I saw this bird yesterday, sitting in hogs hole on the ground, and then
later on a tree just at the point of hogs hole and treman marina. I looked
this morning but did not refind but agree he is probably around. I got 1
decent pic which is in ebrid. It is a heavily barred youngster.

On Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 9:43 AM Tom Schulenberg  wrote:

>
>
> I'm at Hog Hole now, just ran into the fellow who saw the Snowy Owl. his
> sighting was yesterday; he looked for it today, but didn't see it. still
> could be around, though!
>
> tss
>
> My brother, who works at Treman Marina at the southwest corner of Cayuga
>> Lake in Ithaca, reports a sighting of a Snowy Owl along the lakeshore this
>> morning.  The owl may or may not be easily visible from the marina, as he
>> says he only saw her/him after walking west along the lake shore (where the
>> low water level has exposed some of the lake bottom) "until the large
>> roadside ditch joins the lake," near the first house on Route 89.  He was
>> able to get a decent cell-phone photo of the owl in flight, and another --
>> from a distance, but still recognizable -- of her/him sitting on the shore.
>>
>> -Allison Myers
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake may be in danger

2021-01-11 Thread Nancy Gil
There must be 1000 redhead ducks close to shore in Aurora right now at 10 am. 

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> On Jan 11, 2021, at 8:22 AM, Suan Hsi Yong  wrote:
> 
> Has this been reported in any of the local presses? That might be a
> good place to start increasing awareness.
> More generally, I'm not finding any web presence at all describing
> this issue with any authority.
> 
> Are the homeowners along the lakeshore and nearby aware of this? They
> would seem most likely to be directly impacted, and most motivated to
> actively do something about it.
> 
> Suan
> 
> 
>> On Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 3:18 PM Bard Prentiss  wrote:
>> 
>>  The Dryden Lake that we know and love is in serious danger of reverting to
>> 
>> its primitive original form as a shallow pond.
>> 
>>  The dam is beginning to leak a bit and its current owner NYS DEC
>> 
>> may not wish to spend the money for a proper replacement of concrete
>> 
>> nor are they interested in repairing and maintaining the current dam.
>> 
>> The town is also resistant to assuming the costs and responsibility for
>> 
>> either idea, although there has been a dam there since the late1700s.
>> 
>>  It is unlikely given the way things happen these days that the dam will
>> 
>> be allowed to just rot away. It will probably have to be destroyed soon,
>> 
>> for liability reasons, and the lake drained to primitive levels.
>> 
>>  Such action would dramatically effect the lives of persons throughout the
>> 
>> region. The lake would, in effect, become relatively useless to its current
>> 
>> large, diverse crop of users. It would have little appeal to the large number
>> 
>> of boaters currently dotting its waters throughout the warmer
>> 
>> months. Its shallow nature would limit the species of fish that
>> 
>> could live there to pan fish.
>> 
>>  The current Dryden Lake Park would be difficult to justify and the trail
>> 
>> would have little relationship to the remaining pond.
>> 
>> The current lake’s great value to birders and naturalists
>> 
>> would be seriously reduced.
>> 
>>  The lake attracts thousands of visitors yearly
>> 
>> for all the activities mentioned above as well as for public gatherings,
>> 
>> picnicking and relaxing.
>> 
>>  The loss of the lake would have a major economic impact on the region.
>> 
>> It would be truly serious for the area to loose Dryden Lake.
>> 
>> We can’t let it happen!
>> 
>> Attached is a resolution by the Town of Dryden
>> 
>> Conservation Board.
>> 
>>  To strengthen the case for keeping a dam individuals might write to
>> 
>> the NYSDEC Region 7, Fisher Ave, Cortland, N Y 13045 and the
>> 
>> Dryden Town Board, 93 E Main St. Dryden, N Y 13053 expressing
>> 
>> the importance of the lake to them personally.
>> 
>>  PS: Feel free to post this any where it might further spread the word.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Conservation Board Resolution Recommending Preservation of Dryden Lake Dam

2021-01-09 Thread Nancy Cusumano
This may be a separate issue, but I would hope the high levels of harmful
algae that Dryden lake is prone to every year might be addressed somehow in
this process. I am a rare visitor to the lake during the summer, but I have
to say, I would not dare to put even my kayak in that water. The color. The
smell!  The runoff of it downstream and all that that affects. I know that
algae is difficult to eradicate...but maybe dredging or somehow increasing
the circulation of that body of water could help?

As I say, maybe a separate issue but one that surely needs to be addressed
as well.

Thank you for listening.

On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 3:05 PM Regi Teasley  wrote:

> I would love to see birders, as birders, taking an active role in
> supporting local environmental protection.
> Regi
>
> 
> *“The future of the world is nuts.”  Philip Rutter, founder of the
> American Chestnut Foundation*
>
>
> On Jan 9, 2021, at 2:32 PM, Marie P. Read  wrote:
>
> 
> ...or maybe I should have said “...help support financially.”
>
>
> Get Outlook for iOS 
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> *From:* bounce-125276647-5851...@list.cornell.edu <
> bounce-125276647-5851...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Marie P. Read <
> m...@cornell.edu>
> *Sent:* Saturday, January 9, 2021 2:30:01 PM
> *To:* Bard Prentiss ; CAYUGABIRDS-L <
> cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>; NATURAL-HISTORY-L <
> natural-histor...@list.cornell.edu>
> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Conservation Board Resolution
> Recommending Preservation of Dryden Lake Dam
>
> Good news...losing Dryden Lake would be a tragedy for wildlife and humans
> alike. If/when the expected grumbling about finding the needed funds and
> how that would affect local taxes comes up, this should be a project that
> the local birding community could support financially?
>
> Marie
>
> Get Outlook for iOS 
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> *From:* bounce-125276602-5851...@list.cornell.edu <
> bounce-125276602-5851...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Bard Prentiss <
> bvanwoer...@gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Saturday, January 9, 2021 1:12:35 PM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L ; NATURAL-HISTORY-L <
> natural-histor...@list.cornell.edu>
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Conservation Board Resolution
> Recommending Preservation of Dryden Lake Dam
>
>  v
>
> DRAFT 12/29/2020
>
> Dryden Conservation Board Resolution Recommending Preservation of Dryden
> Lake Dam
>
> Whereas there has been a dam at Dryden Lake Dryden, NY since circa 1801;
> and
>
> Whereas the body of water known as Dryden Lake, created by the building of
> the dam, has provided numerous benefits to the citizens of the Town of
> Dryden and surrounding areas for over two hundred years, with its benefits
> changing and expanding over two plus centuries; and
>
> Whereas the lake originally provided power for a sawmill and ice
> harvesting, it created additional waterfowl and wildlife habitat that has
> made the lake today a birding “hot spot” with 228 species observed,
> providing migratory bird rest areas and nesting and foraging habitat
> (Canada geese, ducks, loons, herons, Bald Eagles) as well as habitat for
> numerous mammals, amphibians, turtles, etc; and
>
> Whereas Dryden Lake and its surrounding areas provides many forms of year
> round recreation for town and surrounding area residents, such as fishing,
> ice fishing, hiking, jogging, dog walking, biking, cross country skiing,
> snow shoeing (on the Jim Schug trail), kayaking, canoeing, ice skating,
> hunting, trapping, bird watching, picnicking, etc; and
>
> Whereas Dryden Lake and its surrounding natural areas are an important
> educational resource, being used both for formal classes in ecology and
> natural resources (Cornell University) and informal education of everyone
> from young children to lifelong education participants; and
>
> Whereas the Town of Dryden currently provides a community park at the Lake
> under an agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental
> Conservation; and
>
> Whereas the Dryden Lake park is a popular location for many community
> events with the lake being the center piece for those events; and
>
> Whereas the lake has a rich historical and cultural value to the citizens
> of the town; and
>
> Whereas the NYS DEC is considering the removal of the dam and the
> elimination of Dryden Lake in the form it has existed for over two hundred
> years; and
>
> Whereas the Dryden Town Board has requested a recommendation from the
> Conservation Board on the future of the Dryden Lake dam and ultimately
> Dryden Lake itself.
>
> Therefore, let it be resolved that the Town of Dryden Conservation Board
> recommends to the Dryden Town Board that the latter take all necessary
> action to ensure the preservation of a dam and the body of water known as
> Dryden Lake, maintaining its current contribution to the recreational and
> ecological benefits provided to the Dryden community.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] cranes at MNWR

2020-12-10 Thread Nancy Cusumano
There were 53 cranes in the pool by the visitor center. We got great looks
and got to see them preening and dancing. There are a huge number of geese
and swans behind this small pool, I was very surprised at the number of
swans, as I first mistook them for snow geese.

Several small groups of cranes flew off while we were there, there were 30+
still there when we left. Very glad we made the drive, it was just what my
heart needed today.

Thanks!

Nancy

On Thu, Dec 10, 2020 at 2:27 PM Barbara Bauer Sadovnic 
wrote:

> On Tuesday, in the early afternoon there were about 65 cranes at the
> visitor center pool.  When I came back around 3:30 there weren’t any.
>
> Barbara
>
> On Dec 10, 2020, at 11:37 AM, Johnson, Alyssa 
> wrote:
>
> Hi Nancy,
>
> I was out yesterday on a birding tour in the snow, and could not find
> evidence of any cranes! Much of the wetlands, especially the shallow ones,
> are iced over here. I expect that with this weekend’s warmer temps, that
> will melt. I don’t know though if they’ve taken off for the winter!
>
> I checked Sandhill Crane Unit on VanDyne Spoor Road, Knox Marsellus Marsh
> on East Road, and the Refuge visitor center flooded field. No cranes. Also
> checked the usual corn fields I can find them in. Someone did report to me
> that they saw a few on the Route 31 Muck Flats somewhere, but not sure
> exactly when or where.
>
> Curious if others are seeing them!
>
> Alyssa
>
> --
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> Environmental Educator
> 315.365.3588
>
> *Montezuma Audubon Center*
> PO Box 187
> 2295 State Route 89
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>
> *From:* bounce-125209393-79436...@list.cornell.edu <
> bounce-125209393-79436...@list.cornell.edu> *On Behalf Of *Nancy Cusumano
> *Sent:* Thursday, December 10, 2020 10:52 AM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] cranes at MNWR
>
> Are cranes still being seen at Montezuma? I am thinking of heading up
> there today
>
> Nancy
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[cayugabirds-l] cranes at MNWR

2020-12-10 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Are cranes still being seen at Montezuma? I am thinking of heading up there
today

Nancy

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[cayugabirds-l] late season yellow rump

2020-11-02 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Currently at our feeders!

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[cayugabirds-l] Mass collision event in Philly

2020-10-28 Thread Nancy Cusumano
In a single day, more than 1,000 migrating birds collided with buildings
within a small area in downtown Philadelphia, killing a particularly large
number of Parula, Magnolia, Black-and-white, and Black-throated Blue
Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, and Ovenbirds as well as smaller numbers of
many other species. Birds collide with many types of buildings on a regular
basis, and nearly half of the buildings involved are less than three
stories tall. But, this October day was extraordinarily disastrous.


https://www.audubon.org/news/philadelphia-sees-largest-mass-collision-event-city-70-years?ms=digital-eng-social-facebook-x-20201000_fb_nas_link_-_pa_mass_collision_source=facebook_medium=social_campaign=20201000_fb_nas_link_-_pa_mass_collision=IwAR3ZD0bPm1dnX-m2cR60SErjqQNk4YLJTTec13n81rd-pm8e1y5MaOv7pfE

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[cayugabirds-l] bird sightings - Duboise Rd - west side of the lake

2020-10-26 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Had a late season Phoebe today on Houghton Rd, along with the already
mentioned white throated sparrow.

The local bluebird family is quite active, sitting on/in/around their nest
box, sometimes all 4 of them at once.

Was it Marty Schlabach who was asking about mockingbirds? There is an
extended family of 6-8 also on Houghton rd that stay around all year. At
least a couple of them have been going through their repertoire, mostly on
sunny days but one was doing it this morning. I hear them a couple times a
week singing away.

Nancy Cusumano

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bittern? behind Sherwin Williams

2020-08-09 Thread Nancy Tonachel Gabriel
Not sure it’s related, but a friend and I had a good long look at a green heron 
working the edges of the lagoon in Stewart Park, last Wednesday morning between 
9 & 10 AM. As it worked its way around counterclockwise from the east side, it 
flew a few feet to perch on a log quite close to where we were sitting, on the 
northwestern edge of the lagoon on the shore of that large lawn.  When it 
noticed us, it flew up to grasp on one of the strands of the huge willow there, 
remarkably camouflaged.  It did not vocalize at all.  Best look I’ve ever had 
of a green heron at work.

Nancy

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On Aug 9, 2020, at 4:22 PM, Tobias Dean 
mailto:tdea...@twcny.rr.com>> wrote:

 I was strolling towards Lowes from Wegmans Friday morning and there is a 
separate lagoon I believe next to the inlet that goes behind Wegmans and 
startled what I thought at first was a green heron but then it seemed a bit 
bigger. It flew up to a tree and hid, emitting an unlikely croak.  I may be 
wrong but if someone is down there it may be worth a look. There is also a 
Kingfisher that hangs out back there.

Toby Dean
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] [VTBIRD] BBS cancelled

2020-04-15 Thread Nancy Cusumano
This means the NY breeding bird atlas work is also off? Or is that separate?

Thank you!

Nancy

On Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 9:27 AM Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <
c...@cornell.edu> wrote:

> Below is what I’ve gleaned online, Marie. Also, John and Sue, I hadn’t
> considered that many Federal and State roads are now closed to access,
> thereby preventing ability to conduct many BBS routes.
>
>
> https://ornithologyexchange.org/forums/topic/42854-breeding-bird-survey-cancelled-for-2020/?tab=comments#comment-46346
>
> This was posted by Ellen Paul, an administrator on the Ornithology
> Exchange:
>
> Posted Friday at 04:18 PM
> <https://ornithologyexchange.org/forums/topic/42854-breeding-bird-survey-cancelled-for-2020/?do=findComment=46346>
>
> We hope you and your loved ones are doing well during this trying time.
> After much careful deliberation, the U.S. Geological Survey, Canadian
> Wildlife Service, and Mexican National Commission for the Knowledge and Use
> of Biodiversity have decided to cancel all North American Breeding Bird
> Survey (BBS) field activities for 2020.
>
> We would prefer to be in the field collecting BBS data this spring,
> however, potential exposure to the health risks and hardships of COVID-19
> is too great. Furthermore, the suspension of nonessential travel and
> activities in many locales as well as diminished access to roadways used by
> BBS routes due to public land closures would make conducting a BBS route
> illegal, if not impossible in many areas. Also, with national BBS staff
> having to work from home, we are unable to prepare or mail out your annual
> BBS packets/kits this season. As a result, we have decided that it is in
> the best interests of everyone to cancel the survey, to help ensure that we
> have a healthy team of participants for the 2021 season.
>
> The BBS staff at the national offices will not be idle during this time.
> We will instead take advantage of the next few months to make progress on
> exciting new developments outlined in the forthcoming “Strategic Plan of
> the North American Breeding Bird Survey: 2020-2030", which we will share
> with you soon.
>
> In the meantime, we hope that you will safely continue to sharpen your
> birding skills, using resources such as Dendroica or Merlin, in
> anticipation of the 2021 field season when we will continue our important
> BBS work. Please stay safe by following national and local COVID-19
> response guidelines. Take care of yourself and of your families.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> BBS National Offices
>
> Sincerely,
> Chris T-H
>
>
> On Apr 15, 2020, at 7:35 AM, Marie P. Read  wrote:
>
> Is this for real? I’m still not seeing any mention of cancellation on the
> USGS site, PWRC site or on eBird.
>
> Marie
>
> Ps Merlins were copulating at Myers Park yesterday morning
>
> !
> Marie Read Wildlife Photography
> 452 Ringwood Road
> Freeville NY  13068 USA
>
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> Website: http://www.marieread.com
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> Birds and Their Behavior
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> 
> From: bounce-124548385-5851...@list.cornell.edu [
> bounce-124548385-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Christopher T.
> Tessaglia-Hymes [c...@cornell.edu]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 4:37 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [VTBIRD] BBS cancelled
>
> FYI...I hadn’t heard this and am somewhat surprised.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: Gretchen Nareff mailto:marshbir...@gmail.com
> >>
> Date: April 14, 2020 at 16:17:39 EDT
> To: vtb...@list.uvm.edu<mailto:vtb...@list.uvm.edu>
> Subject: [VTBIRD] BBS cancelled
> Reply-To: Vermont Birds mailto:vtb...@list.uvm.edu>>
>
> This was announced on Friday, but I learned today that the entire North
> American Breeding Bird Survey was cancelled for 2020. I suspect this has
> never happened before, so although it is understandable in these crazy
> times, I was shocked to hear it. It was announced on Ornithology
> Exchange—it's
> not showing on the USGS BBS website yet.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eastern towhee

2020-04-12 Thread Nancy Cusumano
We had one on the black diamond trail this morning, between Garrett and
Perry City but closer to Garrett.

On Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 4:48 PM Magnus Fiskesjo 
wrote:

>
> One sang in my yard in Forest Home, Ithaca -- but after singing for 2
> days, it stopped and was gone. Migrating, just passing through perhaps?
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> Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2020 4:37 PM
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> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Eastern towhee
>
> We had a beautiful Eastern Towhee foraging and singing in the yard this
> afternoon. I think this is the first time that I've had one as a yardbird
> here in 30 years.
>
> Salmon Creek valley
> Lansing, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Wildlife drive?

2020-03-21 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Does anyone know if the wildlife drive is open yet for the season?
Seems like that might be a good solitary endeavor.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] snow buntings

2020-01-21 Thread Nancy Cusumano
There are often buntings on/around Perry City rd, at intersection with
Krums Corners going N, and the fields around that area.

On Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 2:49 PM Dave Nutter  wrote:

> I also saw Snow Buntings today, my first this year - a flock of about 60
> flying over a cornstubble field on the south side of Perry City Rd east of
> Waterburg Rd in Ulysses. They alit atop a large bare tree in the hedgerow
> on the far side, and I got a good enough scope view to confirm my initial
> impression of the ID.
>
> - - Dave Nutter
>
> On Jan 21, 2020, at 12:53 PM, Marty Schlabach  wrote:
>
> Saw a small flock of snow buntings on Bromka Rd, about 15 birds in
> flight.  It was between Log City Rd and CR 129 in Romulus, Seneca County.
>
>
>
> Marty
>
> ===
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[cayugabirds-l] 6 Flickers

2020-01-19 Thread Nancy Cusumano
There are 6 Flickers in our yard right now, altogether on one large black
locust tree.  What a nice January treat!

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: backpack for scope - free

2020-01-06 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Pack is pending pick up,

Thanks all for the interest

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From: Nancy Cusumano 
Date: Sun, Jan 5, 2020 at 10:45 AM
Subject: backpack for scope - free
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 


I have a backpack that is designed to carry a scope and not much else. It
works, I have used it.
Free if anyone wants to try it. I can send pics. Please message me off list
if you are interested.

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[cayugabirds-l] backpack for scope - free

2020-01-05 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I have a backpack that is designed to carry a scope and not much else. It
works, I have used it.
Free if anyone wants to try it. I can send pics. Please message me off list
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[cayugabirds-l] Horned lark flock

2019-11-08 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Steve says there's a flock of 20 or so horned larks in the ag field across
from our house on Duboise Rd. A first for this winter?

nancy

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Monday Night Seminar

2019-11-05 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Will the recording be available?

On Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 8:52 PM Carol Keeler  wrote:

> Thank you so much for live streaming Ken Rosenburg’s talk.  It was
> excellent!  I don’t drive at night so I can’t make it down to Ithaca for
> the Monday night seminars.  This was a wonderful way for me to be further
> informed.  Thanks again.
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[cayugabirds-l] West side Ravens

2019-10-28 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I don't know h ow often you all see Ravens. We have a family up here, see
them pretty much daily so I forget how uncommon they are for most. The
local pair fledged 4 young this year. We see them singly or in pairs
regularly and today one landed in the field across the street, where he was
almost immediately mobbed by Crows.We hear them more than see them.

So if you need a Raven fix, come up to Dubois rd, north end between
Houghton and Kraft. You are likely to see/hear them. Or walk the Black
Diamond Trail.

Nancy

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lots O Loons

2019-10-28 Thread Nancy Cusumano
We tried just south of Taughannock, and from north point. Had only 2 from
the south and none from the northside. They must like Myers better!

On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 12:36 PM Laura Stenzler  wrote:

> Good afternoon! Cayuga Lake at Myers Park is like glass, making it easy to
> see the 18 Common Loons I just counted. Quite a sight.
>Now I’m off to Aurora to see if there are still hundreds, as Bob
> McGuire reported yesterday.
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> Laura
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Avian Pox Virus

2019-07-18 Thread Nancy Cusumano
HI Anne Marie,

I believe it is illegal to catch and keep it, not catch it and take it for
treatment. If that were the case then every citizen who rescues a bird and
brings it to a rehabber or vet for treatment would be breaking the law,
which I do not believe is the case.

Nancy


On Thu, Jul 18, 2019 at 8:59 AM Anne Marie Johnson  wrote:

> It is illegal to capture most wild birds unless under the direction of
> someone licensed to do so. I don’t know if House Finches are protected in
> this way, but it is always best to leave the capturing and/or treatment of
> sick or injured birds to the professionals. I am copying Victoria Campbell
> on this message. She is a local, licensed wildlife rehabilitator who can
> assist you.
>
>
>
> Anne Marie Johnson
>
>
>
> *From:* bounce-123756235-9846...@list.cornell.edu <
> bounce-123756235-9846...@list.cornell.edu> *On Behalf Of *Nancy Cusumano
> *Sent:* Thursday, July 18, 2019 6:06 AM
> *To:* Carol Cedarholm 
> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Avian Pox Virus
>
>
>
> Carol,
>
>
>
> If there is any way you could catch this bird, maybe with a net, it could
> go to the Swanson Wildlife Center at the vet school. They could maybe treat
> him, but it is an advanced case and may euthanize but at least it would be
> out of pain.  Poor thing.
>
>
>
> Nancy
>
>
>
> On Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 7:58 PM Carol Cedarholm 
> wrote:
>
> Hello all,
>
> I have a mourning dove with avian pox virus sores around its beak coming
> to my feeders. Am I correct that this is very contagious to other birds?
> Should I stop filling my feeders?
>
> Thanks,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Avian Pox Virus

2019-07-18 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Carol,

If there is any way you could catch this bird, maybe with a net, it could
go to the Swanson Wildlife Center at the vet school. They could maybe treat
him, but it is an advanced case and may euthanize but at least it would be
out of pain.  Poor thing.

Nancy

On Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 7:58 PM Carol Cedarholm  wrote:

> Hello all,
> I have a mourning dove with avian pox virus sores around its beak coming
> to my feeders. Am I correct that this is very contagious to other birds?
> Should I stop filling my feeders?
> Thanks,
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[cayugabirds-l] Bird survey from Boise State

2019-05-24 Thread Nancy Cusumano
On birding and bird conservation. Takes a few minutes but worth it.

https://boisestate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8B4hsye6hIsgSkl?fbclid=IwAR0ZijtTTttv2Xx0yT7UhnQEGc3SXbFcvDEsUPNb_ETUBchz8p7QUiIQfJQ

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Baby nuthatch at greenstar parking lot

2019-05-23 Thread Nancy Cusumano
The parents are probably around. If a safe place can be found for it until
they return that is a much better option than a rehabber.

I can't get down there until 4:30 so if someone can move the little tyke to
safety that would be great.

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> outdoor area at greenstar dodging cars and feet. I have twin infants in my
> car and have to get home but if anyone is rehab-minded or could search for
> a safer place to deposit it nearby I’m sure the little guy/gal would
> appreciate it. It’s making little frog like noises. Likely not safe from
> cars or well-meaning humans who want a pet.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Female Towhee

2019-04-30 Thread Nancy Cusumano
We had 2 under ours this morning. Took us a while to ID her. First thought
it was a fox sparrow, but that beautiful white breast!

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> Had a female RUFOUS-SIDED TOWHEE this morning.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Thermal Woodcocks

2019-04-10 Thread Nancy Cusumano
When is the woodcock and owl walk and is there registration needed?

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> Continuing with woodcock week: while scouting for this weekend's field
> trip, I got the following thermal infrared footage of woodcock courtship
> and, I believe, mating, followed by a celebratory skydance. Same video on
> both facebook and youtube (quality may differ between the platforms, not
> sure):
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>   https://youtu.be/basYq15QoO4
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[cayugabirds-l] Winter and Spring

2019-03-02 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Yesterday at the lot behind Morrison Hall, some of the 40 or so robins that
have been hanging out there were singing their Cheerup  Cheerio song. It
was good to hear.

Just now walking the dogs, there are still about 20~ snow buntings in the
field across from our house. They are almost impossible to see down in the
corn stubble until something like a fly-over red tail puts them up. They
have been around at least a month or two,  but I hear more than see them.

Nancy

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[cayugabirds-l] redpoll

2019-02-20 Thread Nancy Cusumano
We have one lone Redpoll on our feeders today, west side of Cayuga near
Glenwood Pines.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fox (W t) sparrow

2018-11-16 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Thanks all.  Sure looks like one to me, doing his little hoppy dance
Great to see one out in the open. The only other times I have seen them in
the yard has been under an evergreen in the shady dark.

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On Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 4:42 PM Marie P. Read  wrote:

> I have had A Fox Sparrow under the feeder several times over the past
> couple of days.
> M
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> bounce-123112597-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Nancy Cusumano [
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> I believe I have a winter fox sparrow under my feeders right now.  Never
> had one here in winter before, only spring.
> Likelihood of this?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] W t sparrow

2018-11-16 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I believe I have a winter fox sparrow under my feeders right now.  Never
had one here in winter before, only spring.
Likelihood of this?

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[cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird this morning

2018-09-15 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I thought all my hummers were gone, but I saw  one this morning, a plump
little female, sitting on the garden fence and sipping from the red bee
balm. My feeders are still up too!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] No hummers or house sparrows

2018-09-03 Thread Nancy Cusumano
We still have plenty of hummers on the feeders and at the red bergamot (bee
balm).
There are also LOTS on the shores of Seneca lake, just north of Lodi.

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On Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 1:27 PM John and Fritzie Blizzard <
job121...@verizon.net> wrote:

> On 26 Aug. 2018 I saw the last male hummingbird.  28 Aug. I saw the last
> female at my feeders.  As I stood watching the goldfinches & nuthatch in
> the crab apple tree outside my window, I realized that for more than a
> wk.,  I hadn't see *ANY* of the 25-30 (English), predominately male,
> house sparrows  that have been here since before last winter. Not one. May
> they not return! They killed too many tree swallows & bluebirds. The
> chipping sparrow(s), not unexpectedly, are also gone.
>
> I am pleased to see many different butterflies & many, many more monarchs
> than I have seen in years. Must be my imagination but the monarchs seem
> larger than in the last few yrs.. They visit my cosmos more than any other
> flowers in my flower bed.
>
> We're still seeing occasional young ospreys as we're out along Rte. 90.  A
> few T. vultures that roost down in the village are still here.
>
> My thrill was being outside early last wk. to see 6 chimney swifts go down
> into the tall chimney of the girl's dorm at the US Academy. I hadn't been
> able to be outside in the evening to see them & indeed, thought repairs to
> the chimney last fall may have included covering the chimney with screen.
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Where are the birds?

2018-06-18 Thread Nancy Cusumano
It really is an odd summer!  We also are missing "our" peewee, who has been
here reliably for the 14 years I have lived in this house. Missing him!
There are at least 2 pair of great crested flycatchers and on Friday an
Indigo bunting showed up and is still around singing his head off from the
tops of the black locust trees.
There are sapsucker babies (that sound like they are humming in morse code
from inside the tree) and bluebirds too.  So down one peewee, up a bunting?
Guess I would call that OKbut I want my peewee back.

thanks for everyone's comments on this thread.

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On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 1:28 PM,  wrote:

> Hi!
>
> Over 30years of banding, migration and population study here and we
> experienced and ever increasing paucity of birds. About 15 years ago I
> wrote a report citing these losses. While many can be linked to loss of
> habitat mainly due to factory farming, that didn't account for the lack of
> song. We prognosticated at the time that populations within species were
> undergoing a drastic diminishment.That has since been shown to be even
> worse than we guessed ( based on American Bird Conservancy data sets).
>
> A result most noticeable was in song. With fewer competitors, birds in
> lesser numbers arrive on native land and , if they find it still existent,
> establish a territory. With little or no competition, the territorial song
> is short lived -after all, why expend energy needlessly? Defense of
> territory is seldom needed so in season song is greatly diminished.
>
> That doesn't mean it stops entirely but certainly far less than what we
> new 50, 40 or 30 years ago.
>
> Fast forward to the crazy migration we experienced this spring. Expected
> species have still not checked in and we guess they either overflew or were
> content to our south. We have the same experience with Veery here and Wood
> Thrush has been declining steadily. Least Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo are
> all missing and the fancy Thrushes once a stopover certainty haven't been
> seen for several years. Yesterday, we finally had a single Pewee. On the
> positive side we are inundated with Grosbeaks, Purple Finch, Great-crested
> Flycatchers, cuckoos and others that are normally here in much smaller
> numbers.
>
> Looking South to the greater DC area, many of these species are still
> there and that's abnormal. Check the ADK reports and they are also having a
> strange year although I've not seen any thoughts on the subject from that
> area.
>
> The short answer is an unusual migration window with lots of weather
> effect, rapidly declining populations creating an environment where our old
> expectations are no longer valid.
>
> I liked it much better several decades ago. We have stopped banding
> passerines and happy we did as the disappointment would be even greater.
>
> Best,
>
> John
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> On 2018-06-18 15:45, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
>
> I have noticed, as have others, that the woods have not been as plentiful
> with bird song as normal.  On my recent walks at Upper Buttermilk I have
> been very disappointed in the total absence of Wood Thrush, Veery, and
> Scarlet Tanager.  By this time in past years I've always have several of
> these birds.  On my most recent walk (Friday) I was wonderfully surprised
> to hear 2 Wood Thrush and 2-3 each of Veery and Scarlet Tanager.  Why the
> sudden "reappearance"??  I know I'm going to be criticized for asking, but
> could some birds (species) still be migrating in?  If not, then why did
> they finally "show up"?  Some could argue they were busy with nesting.  But
> I've never experienced birds remaining completely mum during the nesting
> season.  Another argument could be that they are now moving around after
> the first brood.  I doubt that would explain the numbers of these species I
> had all of a sudden plopping down in Upper Buttermilk?  By the way, we
> picnicked at Upper Treman yesterday and bird song was relatively
> infrequent.  Do any of you have any thoughts on this subject??
>
> Larry
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] A question on Eastern Bluebirds trails

2018-06-15 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I am on Dubois Rd, between Rt 96 and 89, near Jacksonville and we have
plenty of swallows and blue birds both. We have lots of farm land, but they
do less spraying (thankfully). I do agree that some species are really
taking a hit this year, though. We had two sets of nesting Carolina wrens,
neither of which were successful. Seems like we have less chickadees and
nuthatches as well. And the chipmunks are my nemesis. We have a yard full
of old black locust trees that are riddled with cavities. There are 5
species of woodpecker we saw courting and mating, but so far no sign of
young. I hope they are all ok too. Oh, and our very fist house sparrow in a
nest box!

The only birds that seem to have an advantage are the Orioles, of which
there are more than I have ever seen in the area.

One funny anecdote, I was walking on the black diamond trail a little while
ago and looked up to find the cedar waxwings I was hearing eating cherries.
In the middle of this big old cherry tree were two sleeping raccoons! They
did not move a muscle, maybe with a belly full of fruit they were having
their siesta. Pretty funny sight!

Enjoy,

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On Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 5:21 PM, John and Fritzie Blizzard <
job121...@verizon.net> wrote:

> With the decline in food supply (insects) over fields, thanks to farmers'
> spraying, we have almost no swallows *of any kind*. I have one pair now
> on eggs. Their first eggs were destroyed by a male house sparrow.� I put
> a groc. bag over a nearby box to keep out the house sparrows. Surprisingly,
> they have left the swallows alone since then but for the 1st time I can
> recall, the male swallow seems to be going into the box to sit on the eggs
> when the female leaves & is more alert at being protective to chase away
> the sparrows.
>
> I saw maybe all of 8 tree swallows here at home with 100 acres of fields
> all around us this spring � & one barn swallow ... at MNWR.�
>
> Blue birds seem more inclined to look for larvae/worms than small flying
> insects caught mid air. One of my boxes had a successful brood of bluebirds
> as did 2 trees with holes in dead wood.� A chipmunk ran by me 2 wks. ago
> with a bird in it's beak, probably taken from a nest in the nearby spruce
> trees.� On the 12th, my daughter saw a chickadee come out of a tiny hole
> in a dead tree carrying an egg sac. I saw it yesterday. I was afraid the
> striped rats (chipmunks) had discovered the hole & managed to get the adult
> &/or babies. I read a study several yrs. ago saying that chipmunks are by
> far the most destructive of any animals combined when it comes to killing
> birds.
>
> Be gentle 
>
> Fritzie
> On 6/15/2018 3:13 PM, Mona Bearor wrote:
>
> In recent years it seems that Eastern Bluebird trails are raising more
> Tree Swallows than bluebirds if they are anywhere near water.� Has there
> been any research on whether we are artificially raising the numbers of
> Tree Swallows by placing bluebird nestboxes in proximity to water?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bobolink presentation tonight

2018-05-29 Thread Nancy Cusumano
What time will the talk be?

Thanks!

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> Tom Gavin, biologist and author, will be giving a talk titled “Ecology,
> Behavior, and Conservation of Bobolinks in Upstate New York” at Danby Town
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> Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Gavin studied Bobolinks in
> New York over several decades and is one of the world’s experts on the
> species.
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> The ecology & behavior of the Bobolink is astonishing. Folks with
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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park goose?

2018-05-03 Thread Nancy Tonachel Gabriel
This goose is swimming in the creek & pond near the bat house at the east end / 
Fuertes woods side of Stewart Park, sticking close to a Canada. Ideas?


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2018-05-01 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I have to say, I LOVE seeing ospreys every morning on my drive to work. I
see them along the inlet and the hogs hole/Cass park area and it brightens
my morning so much!

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> Perched atop a branch in my dead White Oak on cliff overlooking lake.
>
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> Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] osprey on hogs hole platfrom

2018-04-25 Thread Nancy Cusumano
This morning as I drove by, there was an osprey sitting on the platform
that is just north of hogs hole, but south of the Hangar, right along rt
89. There is often red tail who hunts from that platform but this is the
first time I've seen an osprey on it. It also looked like there was a new
stick or maybe sticks on it. I will keep a watch, as I drive past 2x a day.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey spotted - Ernsberger Road

2018-04-21 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I saw one today on Rt 96 near Interlaken sitting on a pole eating a fish.

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> Yesterday we saw one Osprey on the nest at the top of the hill on
> Ernsberger Road, Romulus. Near Knapp Winery.
> Coordinates are 42.7645507 X 76.778507
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> This is the first Osprey that I have seen on this nest.
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[cayugabirds-l] West side Harriers

2018-03-25 Thread Nancy Cusumano
For a week or so, Steve and I have been seeing a Norther Harrier almost
every afternoon when we walk the dogs, no matter which direction we walk,
and I saw one one afternoon looking for snow geese towards Rt 96. We are on
Dubois Rd and walk the Dubois/Albrechston/Krums Corners area. We had
commented that it was unusual to see one so often in our area.

Yesterday, we saw 2 together! Maybe they are a pair? One seemed quite a bit
lighter, so maybe it is a juvenile.  But that could explain why we have
been seeing them so often - that there are 2 of them.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2018-03-19 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Hi Candace,

There’s an osprey nest, at least there was last summer, across the lake from 
the one you are talking about but it’s on private property. It is just south of 
Taughannock st Park, and just south of a home my neighbors have. It is by no 
means the tallest tree, though, as the lake shore cliff rises above it. They 
were feeding young when we were there last August. Lots of ospreys around these 
days, so good to see.

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> On Mar 19, 2018, at 6:27 PM, Candace Cornell <cec...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> I'd love to find that osprey's nest—I have been looking for a few years. 
> Ospreys don't nest in woods, but in the open where they can see 360 degrees 
> to spot predators—eagles and great horned owls. So if you are looking for the 
> nest, look in fields or on a cliff face in the area. There can not be any 
> trees around that are taller than the nest.
> 
> PLEASE let me know if you find it!
> Candace
> 
>> On Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 8:48 AM, Donna Lee Scott <d...@cornell.edu> wrote:
>> Reported fishing off shore by Lansing Station Rd, 700 house #s area. 
>> (Lansing, Cayuga Lake)
>> Neighbor who reported it, thinks a pair nests in woods north of junction of 
>> Algerine rd. & Lans. Stat. Rd.
>> She watched a pair flying that direction repeatedly while she kayaked last 
>> summer!
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[cayugabirds-l] West End Merlin

2018-03-03 Thread Nancy Cusumano
I'm pretty sure I saw the west end Merlin again this afternoon. I was
sitting at the light at Taughannock Blvd and Buffalo St, adjacent to Mickey
Roof Jeweler. The Merlin flew out of one of the trees in the vacant lot  on
the inlet side, flew right across in front of my car at windsheild height,
and up over Island Fitness toward the inlet. It was so fast I only got a
look at the back and fanned tail. He was tipping and turning as they do
when flying through woods.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Quick & dirty summary of Ithaca bird count 1 Jan 2018

2018-01-02 Thread Nancy Cusumano
HI Dave,

Scott Sutcliffe, myself and our group saw an immature common loon from the
yacht club, pretty close in and quite verifiable by the whole group.

thanks for checking

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> The species below were reported for the Ithaca “Christmas” Bird Count on 1
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> five species at a time here.
> * new high count
> ** new to the Ithaca CBC
> Species found by a single party in a single place are so credited. I’m
> still working on this, so please correct me where info is wrong and inform
> me where info is missing.
>
> 12 Snow Goose
> 1 Cackling Goose (Ken Rosenberg, East Shore Park, Ithaca)
> 5784 Canada Goose
> * 7 Mute Swan (Jessie Barry & Chris Wood, Stewart Park, Ithaca)
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=Stewart+Park,+Ithaca)+12=gmail=g>
> 12
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=Stewart+Park,+Ithaca)+12=gmail=g>
> Tundra Swan
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> 7 Gadwall
> 2 American Wigeon
> 18 American Black Duck
> 635 Mallard
> 3 Northern Pintail (Kevin McGowan, Ladoga, Lansing)
>
> 2 Green-winged Teal (Kevin McGowan, Ladoga, Lansing)
> 57 Canvasback
> * 16,401 Redhead
> * 250 Ring-necked Duck
> ** 1 Tufted Duck (Stuart Krasnoff, SW Cayuga Lake, Ithaca)
>
> 9 Greater Scaup (may be revised: Jessie Barry & Chris Wood saw 30 at
> Stewart Park, Ithaca)
> * 501 Lesser Scaup
> 1 Surf Scoter (by Kevin McGowan & Stephanie Herrick, East Shore Park,
> Ithaca)
> * 7 White-winged Scoter
> * 47 Long-tailed Duck
>
> 5 Bufflehead
> * 204 Common Goldeneye
> 2 Hooded Merganser (by Stuart Krasnoff, SW Cayuga Lake, Ithaca)
> * 216 Common Merganser
> *21 Red-breasted Merganser
>
> 2 Ruddy Duck (may be revised: Ann Mitchell saw 4, SW Cayuga Lake, Ithaca)
> 1 Ruffed Grouse (by John Fitzpatrick along Cascadilla Cr, Caroline/Dryden)
> 65 Wild Turkey
> 1 Red-throated Loon (Ken Rosenberg & Paul Rodewald, Stewart Park, Ithaca)
> 1 Common Loon (by whom where in area 7 on west side of lake?)
>
> 4 Horned Grebe
> 1 Double-crested Cormorant (Ken Rosenberg & Paul Rodewald, Stewart Park,
> Ithaca)
> 2 Great Blue Heron
> ** 3 Black Vulture (Anne Clark at roost north of Dryden Rd west of Forest
> Home Dr, Varna, Dryden)
> 26 Turkey Vulture
>
> 3 Northern Harrier
> 6 Sharp-shinned Hawk
> 18 Cooper’s Hawk
> * 14 Bald Eagle
> 114 Red-tailed Hawk
>
> 1 Rough-legged Hawk (Bill Evans, Sandbank Rd, Ithaca)
> 216 Ring-billed Gull
> 1006 Herring Gull
> 2 Iceland Gull (Ken Rosenberg & Paul Rodewald, Stewart Park, Ithaca)
> 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Ken Rosenberg & Paul Rodewald, Allan Treman
> State Park, Ithaca)
>
> 140 Great Black-backed Gull
> 737 Rock Pigeon
> 723 Mourning Dove
> 30 Eastern Screech-Owl
> 6 Great Horned Owl
>
> 1 Barred Owl (John Fitzpatrick along Cascadilla Cr, Caroline/Dryden)
> 1 Northern Saw-whet Owl (Ann Mitchell, Caswell Rd, Dryden)
> 1 Belted Kingfisher (Marie Read near Mt Pleasant, Dryden)
> 1 Red-headed Woodpecker (Tom Schulenberg in Palmer Woods, Cayuga Hts,
> Cornell U, Ithaca)
> 219 Red-bellied Woodpecker
>
> 5 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
> 357 Downy Woodpecker
> 162 Hairy Woodpecker
> 12 Northern Flicker
> 28 Pileated Woodpecker
>
> 2 American Kestrel
> 2 Peregrine Falcon
> 1032 Blue Jay
> 1686 American Crow
> 2 Fish Crow (Paul Rodewald near NYS-13 & Third Street, Ithaca; may be
> revised: Kevin McGowan reported 3 on Washington Street, Ithaca)
>
> 22 Common Raven
> 91 Horned Lark
> 1516 Black-capped Chickadee
> 312 Tufted Titmouse
> 10 Red-breasted Nuthatch
>
> 272 White-breasted Nuthatch
> 19 Brown Creeper
> 2 Winter Wren
> 34 Carolina Wren
> 32 Golden-crowned Kinglet
>
> 74 Eastern Bluebird
> 1 Hermit Thrush (Larry Hymes, East Ithaca Recreationway, Ithaca)
> 14 American Robin
> 14 Northern Mockingbird
> 2345 European Starling
>
> 68 Cedar Waxwing
> 882 Snow Bunting
> 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler
> 345 American Tree Sparrow
> * 1514 Dark-eyed Junco
>
> * 9 White-crowned Sparrow
> 213 White-throated Sparrow
> 1 Savannah Sparrow (Kevin McGowan, Blackchin Dr, Lansing)
> 67 Song Sparrow
> 7 Swamp Sparrow
>
> 1 Eastern Towhee (Steve Kress, Snyder Hill Rd, Caroline)
> 402 Northern Cardinal
> 12 Red-winged Blackbird (Sarah Wagner, Sapsucker Woods,
> Lansing/Dryden/Ithaca)
> 2 Rusty Blackbird (Tracy McLellan, Lansing Center Trail, Lansing)
> 3 Brown-headed Cowbird
>
> House Finch (number not final at tally)
> 22 Purple Finch
> ** European Goldfinch (Bob McGuire, Whitted R

[cayugabirds-l] male cowbird

2017-12-23 Thread Nancy Cusumano
There's a stray male brown-headed cowbird under our feeds currently.
He's pretty wet and bedraggled. And lost?



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[cayugabirds-l] Hogs Hole raft?

2017-12-20 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Has anyone had a chance to check out the big raft of duck in the Hogs Hole
area? I have not and curious as to the make up of the raft.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goose down on the commons

2017-12-13 Thread Nancy Tonachel Gabriel
Just saw a lone goose walking eastward on Court St nearing intersection with 
Linn st.


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On Dec 13, 2017, at 12:53 PM, Nancy Cusumano 
<nancycusuman...@gmail.com<mailto:nancycusuman...@gmail.com>> wrote:

So the one on the commons has been gone for about 10 minutes, on his own it 
seems.
Couldn't be the same one, could it?

Anyway, no more commons rescue needed.

Thanks.

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On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 12:51 PM, Corinne Morton 
<renecorinne...@hotmail.com<mailto:renecorinne...@hotmail.com>> wrote:
Strangely , I just got a call from a friend on Tioga who said a goose is oddly 
sitting in his front lawn like the commons goose and won't move . It also keeps 
stretching its neck out flat but nobody is around.  I am at work and can't get 
there myself.  He's never had a goose in his lawn on Tioga before. It might be 
ill but he  said it doesn't look injured.

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On Dec 13, 2017, at 11:51 AM, Linda Orkin 
<wingmagi...@gmail.com<mailto:wingmagi...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Candace, I remember that you said you are being trained for transport.  Does 
this goose fit into your parameters?

Linda Orkin
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Date: Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 11:45 AM
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Goose down on the commons
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
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Apparently there is a goose sitting on the commons, sitting on the walkway and 
been there several hours. Can anyone co check on him and maybe bring to Swanson 
if necessary? Doesn't seem a likely spot for one...

Photo attached.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goose down on the commons

2017-12-13 Thread Nancy Cusumano
So the one on the commons has been gone for about 10 minutes, on his own it
seems.
Couldn't be the same one, could it?

Anyway, no more commons rescue needed.

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On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 12:51 PM, Corinne Morton <renecorinne...@hotmail.com
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> Strangely , I just got a call from a friend on Tioga who said a goose is
> oddly sitting in his front lawn like the commons goose and won't move . It
> also keeps stretching its neck out flat but nobody is around.  I am at work
> and can't get there myself.  He's never had a goose in his lawn on Tioga
> before. It might be ill but he  said it doesn't look injured.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> On Dec 13, 2017, at 11:51 AM, Linda Orkin <wingmagi...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Candace, I remember that you said you are being trained for transport.
> Does this goose fit into your parameters?
>
> Linda Orkin
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> Date: Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 11:45 AM
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Goose down on the commons
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> Apparently there is a goose sitting on the commons, sitting on the walkway
> and been there several hours. Can anyone co check on him and maybe bring to
> Swanson if necessary? Doesn't seem a likely spot for one...
>
> Photo attached.
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[cayugabirds-l] Goose down on the commons

2017-12-13 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Apparently there is a goose sitting on the commons, sitting on the walkway
and been there several hours. Can anyone co check on him and maybe bring to
Swanson if necessary? Doesn't seem a likely spot for one...

Photo attached.

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[cayugabirds-l] Downtown Kestrel or Merlin?

2017-12-10 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Driving on Meadow St this morning, near Meadow Fulton office complex, I saw a 
small falcon land on a power pole where Fulton and Meadow come back together. I 
was unable to pull over for a closer look, but it was either a Kestrel or 
Merlin, judging by size. That seemed like an unlikely Kestrel spot. Do our 
local Merlins migrate? 

Cool to see it downtown no matter what.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker -- Continuing at Palmer Woods

2017-11-25 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Perfect directions Nard and Gin! We got great looks at him this morning, 
storing and caching and flying around. Life bird for my husband, and I’d only 
seen one one other time. Beautiful guy.

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> On Nov 24, 2017, at 4:36 PM, Nari Mistry  wrote:
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> Gin & I got to see the RH Woodpecker at Palmer Woods around noon today, 
> courtesy of Wes Blauvelt  who kindly showed us where he had just seen it . We 
> had been walking in the woods looking in all the wrong places around the top 
> of the rise, but enjoying the balmy weather anyway when Wes came along and 
> helped us out. 
> It was where it has been reported all along, on the large oak close to the 
> Red marked trail, ~300 yds southwards from the head of the trail at 
> Triphammer Rd. just opposite Iroquois Rd.  
> Our only earlier sighting in Ithaca had been on Coddington Road ages ago. 
> Hope everyone gets to go see this friendly Ithaca rarity.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] 65 Sandhill Cranes

2017-10-28 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Anyone know if the cranes are still there?
May head up today.

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On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 7:49 PM, Jennifer  wrote:

> Maybe just a "band" of cranes (or anything else). Usually evokes a loose
> or temporary association for a particular purpose, something for which they
> banded together...
>
> On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 8:40 AM, Dave Nutter  wrote:
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>> “Cranery” sounds like a nest colony (they don’t do that) or communal
>> roost. Also auto-spell-correct changes cranery to cranberry. How about
>> “cranefield” for where a large group feeds?
>> - - Dave Nutter
>>
>>
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>> Nice. Is ‘cranery’ a word yet? Maybe we should start pushing it! Oxford
>> Dictionary, here we come!
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[cayugabirds-l] Flock of cormorants

2017-10-26 Thread Nancy Cusumano
This morning about 9:45 as I was driving Rt 89 along Cass Park, there were
probably 100+ double crested cormorants in two big flocks. I don't think
I'd every seen flocks of cormorants before. It seemed like they were
getting ready to head in a southerly direction.
The flock was very messy, not at all like a goose flock. From a distance I
thought they were crows but when I got under I was able to ID better.

Always interesting to see new things on my everyday drive.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] injured gull

2017-10-12 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Another lady had already called Swanson and is on the way with it. Badly
injured herring gull

On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 5:11 PM Anne Marie Whelan <gardensfi...@gmail.com>
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> Nancy Cusumano volunteered to check on the injured gull.  Thank you Nancy!
>
> On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 4:13 PM, Anne Marie Whelan <gardensfi...@gmail.com
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>> A friend just told me that he just saw an injured gull by the big gas
>> tanks at Andree's Petroleum near the waterfront.  (I'm not sure if it's
>> still called Andre's - it's just up from the Cornell Boathouse on the way
>> to Aldi's.)   He said it appeared to be in great distress, chewing on its
>> wing.
>>
>> Anne Marie
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>> Date: Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM
>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] About that injured hawk
>> To: CayugaBirds-L b <cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu>
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>> On Friday evening a friend called me saying friends of hers had a
>> Red-tailed Hawk with an injured wing under their porch in downtown Ithaca.
>> I asked CayugaBirds-L if someone was willing to help them. Candace Cornell
>> quickly volunteered. I gave her the contact info, and she and her husband
>> were immediately on their way.
>>
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>> with such a large injured bird:
>> 1) protect your eyes and hands (talons are raptors’ threat, although the
>> stabbing bill of birds like loons, herons, or the chomping bill of a
>> Cardinal can hurt you)
>> 2) toss a large towel or blanket over the bird
>> 3) put the blanketed bird in a cardboard box either by quickly scooping
>> it up or by putting the box over it and flipping them over together, then
>> cover/close the box (not airtight of course)
>> 4) take it to the Cornell University Vet School’s Swanson Wildlife
>> Clinic. It’s on Hungerford Hill Rd on the east/uphill side near the end at
>> Snyder Hill Rd. They can be reached at 607-253-3060 or there is an
>> emergency button to push there. They have a vet on call 24/7. The service
>> is free.
>>
>> Candace reported that the finders misidentified the large injured bird at
>> night under their porch, which is not surprising. What is surprising is
>> that it was a female Ring-necked Pheasant, which I have never seen in
>> downtown Ithaca. Candace suspected it had been struck by a car. I wonder if
>> it also had ridden clinging to the grille to the downtown location. She did
>> not know whether the wildlife vets would try to save a pheasant, a
>> non-native species which is raised to be shot. Two pieces of good news,
>> though: No hawk got hurt, and Candace was happy to rescue the bird
>> regardless of species.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] White winged tern?

2017-08-13 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Is there a park or specific location that's the best place to view this
bird?

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On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 8:00 PM, Gary Kohlenberg <jg...@cornell.edu> wrote:

> It's totally still there. Ann Mitchell and I enjoyed wonderful views of
> this terrific bird today with dozens of others. Well worth the 90 min.
> drive !
> Gary
>
> On Aug 12, 2017, at 7:30 PM, Brad Walker <bm...@cornell.edu> wrote:
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> Not sure if it's still around, but it's real.
>
> https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?date.beginMonth=1=
> species=1900=2017=
> whwter=Gallery=US-PA=show=YALL
> endMonth=12=false=true
> monthRange=M1TO12=0=30=Audio,
> Photo,Video=upload_date_desc=White-winged%20Tern%20-
> %20Chlidonias%20leucopterus=White-winged%20Tern%20-%20Chlidonias%
> 20leucopterus=Pennsylvania,%20United%20States%20(US)
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>> Can anyone in this list confirm this sighting? Is it still around?
>> http://www.mytwintiers.com/news/local-news/extremely-
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[cayugabirds-l] White winged tern?

2017-08-12 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Can anyone in this list confirm this sighting? Is it still around?
http://www.mytwintiers.com/news/local-news/extremely-rare-bird-discovered-in-pennsylvania/787221646

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question

2017-07-13 Thread Nancy Cusumano
It took several months for my husband to get his and he applied on line.
There is a "last minute rush" on them with the price increase looming.

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On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 11:46 AM, Claire Damaske  wrote:

> The Women's Historic Park in Seneca Falls.
>
> Claire Damaske
>
> On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 10:59 AM Chris R. Pelkie 
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>> Finger Lakes NF - Hector Station 607-546-4470 <(607)%20546-4470> Hector
>> NY https://www.fs.fed.us/r9/gmfl/contact/offices.htm YES YES
>>
>> The YESes are for Senior Pass and Access Military 4th Grade
>>
>> Taken from:
>> https://store.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/PassIssuanceList.pdf
>>
>> I have not tried this source myself.
>>
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>> Might anyone know where one could purchase a Senior park pass to our
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>> selling them.
>>
>> Much obliged.
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[cayugabirds-l] Two questions

2017-07-12 Thread Nancy Cusumano
There have been so many public osprey nests failing this year - seems like
many of the nest cam nests have had one tragedy or another. Does anyone
know how the many local osprey nests are doing? Candace can you give an
update?  Thanks.

Second question - we are kayakers and always see a small shorebird along
the river shores. Merlin tells me it is a spotted sandpiper, but my husband
says they are smaller than the 7" given in books and AllAboutBirds.
Without a photo (super hard to get them as they are moving and so are we)
can anyone confirm this is what we are seeing? It doesn't seem like there
are any other good options, as Solitary is out of area for us, right?

Thanks for whatever assistance you can give!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds

2017-06-18 Thread Nancy Cusumano
The other thing that's missing is bats. Haven't seen a one.
I also saw some fire flies at a friend's in Enfield, but none here in 
Jacksonville.

Thirdly, there are a lot of cottonwood that are looking awful. Many dead or 
dying branches. Maybe drought damage from last yearbut the sum total of all 
these things missing is pretty darn scary.

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> On Jun 18, 2017, at 9:48 AM, Glenn Wilson <wil...@stny.rr.com> wrote:
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> In Union Center (Endicott), do not have any Tree Swallows that I know of. 
> 
> BUT the Spring Street feeders are very active with Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, 
> Cardinals, Juncos with young, White and Red breasted Nuthatches, Mourning 
> Doves, at least two Hummingbirds, one pair of nesting Bluebirds, two nests of 
> Prairie Warblers, calling Ovenbirds and Towhees, and a very vocal Phoebe. 
> Can't forget Purple Finches, nesting House Finches, and two active House Wren 
> nests
> 
> Other than Tree Swallows, I would say this location is pretty normal. No 
> Great Blue or Green Herons after the goldfish yet but no doubt they will 
> come. 
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Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow

2017-06-17 Thread Nancy Cusumano
We are kayaker, and there are plenty of birds along the rivers. Yellow 
warblers, Baltimore orioles and especially cedar waxwings.
Around our house, same as others are reporting.

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> On Jun 17, 2017, at 11:32 AM, Terry P. Mingle <tmin...@twcny.rr.com> wrote:
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> We have a TON of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at camp (Forest Lake Campground, 
> in Truxton).  Not so many in Cortland (where we live).
> 
> Also I've seen almost all the usual suspects in Cortland this year (sans the 
> hummingbirds).
> 
> At camp, plenty of assorted swallows (Tree and Barn) Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 
> Scarlet Tanagers, and assorted warblers, along with our resident Barred Owl, 
> hawks, etc.
> 
> Oh, and insects, too.  (Which I guess, is good AND bad…. could sure do 
> without the flies and mosquitoes!)
> 
> Hoping to re-energize the "party"….   :-D
> 
> --Terry
> 
> =
> 
>> On Jun 17, 2017 , at 11:20 AM, "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" 
>> <c...@cornell.edu> wrote:
>> 
>> Oh, yeah. I forgot about Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. I remember when we used 
>> to have them in the Northeast. They used to be a really common and cheerful 
>> species of the summer. People used to put out these feeders filled with 
>> sugar-water to attract them to their house for viewing pleasure. They were 
>> these super tiny birds, about the size of a very large bee, and used to 
>> hover from flower to flower feeding on nectar, and would glean insects from 
>> spider webs from under the eaves of our house.
>> 
>> I’m obviously being facetious, but I’m greatly concerned that we are now 
>> beginning to visibly see the effects of the greatest environmental 
>> catastrophe since the fifth mass extinction – and this one being entirely 
>> caused by human activity. Are we seeing the death of the canaries in the 
>> coal mine? Is this finally becoming more visible and working it’s way up the 
>> food chain? I haven’t seen a single fly-by Ruby-throated Hummingbird or 
>> heard any chittery territorial calls from them this season.
>> 
>> Past few summers, insect numbers have been WAY down. Remember those longer 
>> road trips across country, or just after a road trip for a few hours? My 
>> windshield would get smattered solid with insect splatter – not so much any 
>> more.
>> 
>> I’m concerned that we are all becoming complacent with these changes, and 
>> accepting them as the “new norm”. This isn’t normal, this is a huge red 
>> flag, and something should be done about it – the question is: what?
>> 
>> Party-pooper,
>> Chris
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Morning birds

2017-04-27 Thread Nancy Tonachel Gabriel
Driving up the lower part of Stone Quarry Road, we caught a great view of a 
brightly red-topped Pileated woodpecker getting breakfast from a small tree 
right at the road's edge.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Invasivo plant at swan pen - lesser celandine

2017-04-26 Thread Nancy Tonachel Gabriel
In some places where little else grows it is an erosion guard; I am thinking of 
the steep hillside between Incodema and the children's garden south of Cass 
Park.

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 26, 2017, at 12:46 PM, AJ Patterson 
<ajpforbusin...@gmail.com<mailto:ajpforbusin...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Lesser celandine superficially resembles marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) . . 
. count the petals before you pull!

On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 3:20 PM, Robbie Sanders 
<sandersrobbi...@gmail.com<mailto:sandersrobbi...@gmail.com>> wrote:

This is not a plant we want. It has taken over,  creek sides, yards, wooded 
areas and strangles everything else. A friend on the Green Spaces committee for 
the city says they are overwhelmed by the plant and how fast it spreads. Heres 
an article that might be helpful.
http://urbanecologycenter.org/blog/invasive-plant-to-watch-lesser-celandine-ranunculus-ficaria.html
Robbie Sanders

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On Apr 25, 2017, at 2:26 PM, Linda Orkin 
<wingmagi...@gmail.com<mailto:wingmagi...@gmail.com>> wrote:

It is an early nectar source for pollinators. Before we remove we need to 
decide what we'll replace it with. In my opinion.

Linda Orkin


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On Apr 25, 2017, at 2:11 PM, Nancy Cusumano 
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Dear friends,

I helped pick up trash on Saturday morning around the swan pen, and noticed 
quite a bit of this invasive around the lake side of the path.  There's not so 
much there not that it could not be dug up and stopped or at least slowed down 
as of yet.

I'm not sure if that is something this group would take on?
Or maybe I should let the parks dept know as well.

Suggestions would be appreciated.

http://www.nyis.info/index.php?action=invasive_detail=71

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Invasive plant at swan pen - lesser celandine

2017-04-25 Thread Nancy Cusumano
It's is growing up through the mulch in the pathway. It shouldn't be where
it is...
but how about Henbit or ground ivy? Both are early flowering, and thought
not native too well established here to be removed.
http://identifythatplant.com/three-easily-mixed-up-early-spring-plants/
The Celandine is much more of a problem I would think.
There are a couple of invasive plant websites  that show how this stuff can
take over.
Like this one
http://urbanecologycenter.org/blog/invasive-plant-to-watch-lesser-celandine-ranunculus-ficaria.html

Again, just my opinion...

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On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 2:26 PM, Linda Orkin <wingmagi...@gmail.com> wrote:

> It is an early nectar source for pollinators. Before we remove we need to
> decide what we'll replace it with. In my opinion.
>
> Linda Orkin
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> On Apr 25, 2017, at 2:11 PM, Nancy Cusumano <nancycusuman...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> Dear friends,
>
> I helped pick up trash on Saturday morning around the swan pen, and
> noticed quite a bit of this invasive around the lake side of the path.
> There's not so much there not that it could not be dug up and stopped or at
> least slowed down as of yet.
>
> I'm not sure if that is something this group would take on?
> Or maybe I should let the parks dept know as well.
>
> Suggestions would be appreciated.
>
> http://www.nyis.info/index.php?action=invasive_detail=71
>
> Nancy
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[cayugabirds-l] Invasive plant at swan pen - lesser celandine

2017-04-25 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Dear friends,

I helped pick up trash on Saturday morning around the swan pen, and noticed
quite a bit of this invasive around the lake side of the path.  There's not
so much there not that it could not be dug up and stopped or at least
slowed down as of yet.

I'm not sure if that is something this group would take on?
Or maybe I should let the parks dept know as well.

Suggestions would be appreciated.

http://www.nyis.info/index.php?action=invasive_detail=71

Nancy



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Warblers at MAC

2017-04-23 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Has anyone seen the Stilt today (Sunday)

Thanks!

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[cayugabirds-l] Free screening of A Plastic Ocean

2017-03-28 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Hello friends, wearing my work hat here...

The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center and New York Sea Grant
are sponsoring a free screening of the environmental documentary "A Plastic
Ocean" on Monday April 24 at 7pm in Willard Straight Theatre (Cornell
Cinema).

Public is invited. I watched it last night and it is a stunning work that
anyone who cares about birds, animals, the ocean and the planet should see.

There is a section on tropical birds ingesting plastic that is just
heartbreaking.

The trailer can be watched here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zrn4-FfbXw

Please put this important event on your calendars (only 2 days after Earth
Day) and invite friends as well.

Thanks so much,

Nancy Cusumano

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lab of O documentary?

2017-01-31 Thread Nancy Tonachel Gabriel
check the Cornell Cinema schedule

On Jan 31, 2017, at 12:41 PM, Jackie wrote:

I would simply like to add that this is one of the best movies I have seen!  It 
will not disappoint.
Jackie

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On Jan 31, 2017 12:35 PM, "Sandra J. Kisner" 
> wrote:

Are you thinking of “The Eagle Huntress”?  That’s at Cornell Saturday at 2:00 
and Sunday at 4:30, but it’s not about or by the Lab of O.  I don’t see 
anything at Cinemapolis or the mall that seems to fit the bill.

Sandra



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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Lab of O documentary?



Does anyone know anything about  a preview of a Lab of O documentary that is 
supposed to be showing this week in ithaca?

Carol Cedarholm

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[cayugabirds-l] Pippits at Myers

2016-11-23 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
Had a few minutes to spare during my holiday visit, so stopped at Myers Point. 
A flock of 8 pippits flew in, each calling as it arrived. I watched them work 
the shoreline for a while, well camouflaged among the pebbles. 

These were long-sought lifers for me!

Nancy Dickinson
Visiting from Maine

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Meeting and SPEAKER DINNER -- October 10

2016-10-07 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Will the talk be webcast?

Thank you
Nancy

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> and maybe the field trip for sparrows with Mark Chao tomorrow (see
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[cayugabirds-l] Injured mallard

2016-09-23 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Just throwing this out there...
There's an injured female mallard swimming in the inlet behind The Dock. Either 
it's tongue or lower jaw is hanging. She would be hard to catch as is mobile. 
Anyone interested?

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[cayugabirds-l] Interesting downy woodpecker behavior

2016-07-09 Thread Nancy Cusumano
It seem our little downy has learned how to sip from the humming bird
feeder.
I find this to be such an interesting learned behavior.
Has anyone else seen anything like this?

Bad video attached -  I didn't want to move the curtain and spook him.
And you can hardly tell it is a downy, but it is.
Pics also posted to FB pages.

https://youtu.be/5Q5bhkJ6PeQ

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stilt updates ?

2016-06-20 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Any more stilt updates? Worth heading there now?

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> > Any reports, positive or negative, today on the Montezuma B-n Stilt
> would be appreciated.
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> still there this morning, per rba text from Nathan Golberg
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[cayugabirds-l] White Throated sparrow

2016-02-14 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Currently there is a white throat under our feeders!
Jacksonville area.
Silly thing is eating black oil seed with the finches and juncos.

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[cayugabirds-l] Turkey vultures

2016-01-03 Thread Nancy
Today around 12 noon there were 12+ turkey vultures around Cayuga Compost and 
surrounding area, Agard Rd Trumansburg.

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] [nysbirds-l] Interesting Bird?? Take Off on Radar this morning

2015-12-25 Thread Nancy Jane Kern
I have been too busy this week to get my bird reports in, but the 
Valatie/Stuyvesant area had a dense murmuration of thousands of black 
birds with many European Starlings, Common Grackles, Brown-headed 
Cowbirds, and a few Red-winged Blackbirds in the past few days. These 
birds have been feeding on cornfields and soybean fields and perching in
 woods along these fields.

There have been some flocks of a few hundred Canada Geese, but I doubt these 
have been significant on radar.

Nancy Kern
Austerlitz, Columbia Co., NY




  
 


From: c...@cornell.edu
To: daven102...@gmail.com
CC: bmvando...@gmail.com; jwk...@fastmail.fm; cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu; 
nysbird...@list.cornell.edu
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nysbirds-l] Interesting Bird?? Take Off on Radar 
this morning
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2015 16:23:43 +






I'm guessing these are a liftoff echoes of Canada Geese from Kinderhook Lake in 
Niverville, Columbia County, NY. Depending upon liftoff angle and altitude, the 
reflectivity echo may be off slightly from actual location of liftoff.



Good birding and Happy Holidays!



Sincerely,
Chris T-H



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On Dec 25, 2015, at 10:59, David Nicosia <daven102...@gmail.com> wrote:






That's a good point Ben. Plus why right at sunrise for geese??  We see this 
with swallows a lot which roost in marshes and take off in the morning to feed. 
Geese roost in the fields? I thought they fed in the fields. Interesting stuff 
nevertheless. 





On Fri, Dec 25, 2015 at 10:24 AM, Benjamin Van Doren 
<bmvando...@gmail.com> wrote:


Interesting. I could well be wrong, but I wouldn't typically think of geese 
departing farm fields as doing so relatively uniformly on a broad circular 
front. Some groundtruthing might be worthwhile...



Benjamin 




On Fri, Dec 25, 2015 at 10:20 AM David Nicosia <daven102...@gmail.com> wrote:







thanks. I didn't think of geese. we often see swallows do this but it makes 
sense.





On Fri, Dec 25, 2015 at 8:25 AM, John Kent 
<jwk...@fastmail.fm> wrote:




That is geese you're seeing. Large numbers of them roost in farm fields there 
at this time of year, and I have seen the same thing on radar in December 
before. It's probably mostly Canadas, but sometimes there are also lots of Snow 
Geese there.



John Kent
Selkirk, NY




On Dec 25, 2015, at 8:12 AM, David Nicosia <daven102...@gmail.com> wrote:














All, 




I noticed on the Albany National Weather Service radar between 617 am and 654 
am Christmas morning a circular pattern on radar like swallow morning take off 
patterns we see in the late summer. This pattern was seen originating from 
Valtie, NY... 42.41N and
 73.68W (roughly). Below are 5 radar images that I grabbed which show this. 




 https://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/albums/72157662199366610




The question is...are these radar echoes even birds or maybe insects?? And, if 
so, what specie of bird (if they are birds)? I would say probably starlings???  
They couldn't be tree swallows since they should be long gone.  Anyway, I have 
never seen this in
 the winter before.  Any thoughts on this please share. 




Merry Christmas to all 




David Nicosia 





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RE: [cayugabirds-l] [nysbirds-l] Interesting Bird?? Take Off on Radar this morning

2015-12-25 Thread Nancy Jane Kern
My first thought was also it had to be Santa. With his blur of deliveries he 
could do a job on our radar systems!

Nancy Kern



  
 


Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2015 11:46:53 -0500
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nysbirds-l] Interesting Bird?? Take Off on Radar 
this morning
From: eart...@gmail.com
To: kerns...@hotmail.com
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jwk...@fastmail.fm; cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu; nysbird...@list.cornell.edu

My two cents, flocks of Santa sleighs returning northwards after a busy night.
On Fri, Dec 25, 2015 at 11:28 AM, Nancy Jane Kern <kerns...@hotmail.com> wrote:



I have been too busy this week to get my bird reports in, but the 
Valatie/Stuyvesant area had a dense murmuration of thousands of black 
birds with many European Starlings, Common Grackles, Brown-headed 
Cowbirds, and a few Red-winged Blackbirds in the past few days. These 
birds have been feeding on cornfields and soybean fields and perching in
 woods along these fields.

There have been some flocks of a few hundred Canada Geese, but I doubt these 
have been significant on radar.

Nancy Kern
Austerlitz, Columbia Co., NY




  
 


From: c...@cornell.edu
To: daven102...@gmail.com
CC: bmvando...@gmail.com; jwk...@fastmail.fm; cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu; 
nysbird...@list.cornell.edu
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nysbirds-l] Interesting Bird?? Take Off on Radar 
this morning
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2015 16:23:43 +






I'm guessing these are a liftoff echoes of Canada Geese from Kinderhook Lake in 
Niverville, Columbia County, NY. Depending upon liftoff angle and altitude, the 
reflectivity echo may be off slightly from actual location of liftoff.



Good birding and Happy Holidays!



Sincerely,
Chris T-H



Sent from my iPhone









On Dec 25, 2015, at 10:59, David Nicosia <daven102...@gmail.com> wrote:






That's a good point Ben. Plus why right at sunrise for geese??  We see this 
with swallows a lot which roost in marshes and take off in the morning to feed. 
Geese roost in the fields? I thought they fed in the fields. Interesting stuff 
nevertheless. 





On Fri, Dec 25, 2015 at 10:24 AM, Benjamin Van Doren 
<bmvando...@gmail.com> wrote:


Interesting. I could well be wrong, but I wouldn't typically think of geese 
departing farm fields as doing so relatively uniformly on a broad circular 
front. Some groundtruthing might be worthwhile...



Benjamin 




On Fri, Dec 25, 2015 at 10:20 AM David Nicosia <daven102...@gmail.com> wrote:







thanks. I didn't think of geese. we often see swallows do this but it makes 
sense.





On Fri, Dec 25, 2015 at 8:25 AM, John Kent 
<jwk...@fastmail.fm> wrote:




That is geese you're seeing. Large numbers of them roost in farm fields there 
at this time of year, and I have seen the same thing on radar in December 
before. It's probably mostly Canadas, but sometimes there are also lots of Snow 
Geese there.



John Kent
Selkirk, NY




On Dec 25, 2015, at 8:12 AM, David Nicosia <daven102...@gmail.com> wrote:














All, 




I noticed on the Albany National Weather Service radar between 617 am and 654 
am Christmas morning a circular pattern on radar like swallow morning take off 
patterns we see in the late summer. This pattern was seen originating from 
Valtie, NY... 42.41N and
 73.68W (roughly). Below are 5 radar images that I grabbed which show this. 




 https://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/albums/72157662199366610




The question is...are these radar echoes even birds or maybe insects?? And, if 
so, what specie of bird (if they are birds)? I would say probably starlings???  
They couldn't be tree swallows since they should be long gone.  Anyway, I have 
never seen this in
 the winter before.  Any thoughts on this please share. 




Merry Christmas to all 




David Nicosia 





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Re: [cayugabirds-l] No hunting reminder in paper today

2015-11-19 Thread Nancy Cusumano
It's Karen's map I believe, she is a local GIS specialist

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> person who was behind this!  (Karen Edelstein?)
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Roots Cayuga wetland project

2015-11-10 Thread Nancy Cusumano
There already is an active and quite healthy cat tail marsh in Hog's Hole,
where water flowing from the creek flows into the lake, thereby being
filtered by the cattails (if their logic follows). Might this be a place
they could conduct their study without adding cattails to the lake edge?
Just a thought.

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> I attended the BPW meeting yesterday evening and was able to hear the New
> Roots presentation and BPW discussion. The description was vague in some
> ways: it's unclear where the cattails would go. And I think it was
> erroneous and not well thought out in other ways. The BPW discussion was
> supportive anyway, and next meeting, two weeks from last night, BPW could
> decide to approve their request.
>
> The reason I think the Cayuga Bird Club should be involved is that we may
> be getting a cattail marsh in Stewart Park. That's a good thing for some
> species, but cattails grow tall & thick enough to block views, and
> depending on where it is located it could hide more currently viewable
> birds from us than it shows us. If it gets established along the lakeshore
> (I'm not sure it could) it could spread widely, block a lot (all?) of
> lakeviewing, and cause trouble to remove.
>
> The Swan Pond (Fuertes Bird Sanctuary) is a potential site which the
> Superintendent of Public Works supports off the top of his head. I suspect
> he considered the pond unused space, not a bird sanctuary. Cattails might
> fill up the entire pond and block views across the pond but also allow
> close viewing of the cattails from many angles. Establishment there seems
> more likely because they won't be destroyed by wave action, but it seems
> like a less useful location if New Roots is serious about studying how
> cattails filter water, since there is relatively little flow in and out of
> the Swan Pond.
>
> Suan & Ken, I assume you are the "others in the birding community" the
> principal refered to who have "been involved." Anyone else fit that
> description? Where exactly did you suggest the cattails should go, and why?
> Anyone else, do you have opinions?
>
> I sent the letter below to New Roots staff, the BPW, and Rick Manning. I
> tried to send it to CayugaBirds-L but I think the attachment from New Roots
> describing the project made it too large. Or it's just plain too long.
> Anyway I can send their proporal separately to anyone who is interested.
>
> --Dave Nutter
>
> - - - - - -
>
> Thanks for writing, Ms Nilsen-Hodges.
>
> I've been thinking about the proposal as written and as presented yesterday 
> to the BPW. I urge the sponsors at New Roots to review their reasoning, to 
> consider carefully what they are trying to accomplish, and, if they still 
> intend to create a cattail marsh at Stewart Park in summer 2016, to work with 
> the Cayuga Bird Club to identify a mutually agreeable site. I urge the Cayuga 
> Bird Club to identify where, if anywhere, in Stewart Park a cattail marsh 
> would be best for overall bird habitat and for overall viewing of birds 
> within the cattail marsh, and around the Fuertes Sanctuary / Swan Pond, and 
> on Cayuga Lake, considering the value of the existing birding opportunities 
> and the potential for uncontrolled expansion of a cattail marsh. And I urge 
> the BPW to delay approval until New Roots and the Cayuga Bird Club agree on a 
> location for the cattail marsh.
>
> The reasoning behind the project seems to be this: Swimming is fun. Therefore 
> we want to swim at Stewart Park. Swimming was banned decades ago at Stewart 
> Park. Therefore, pollution must be a problem. Cattails are used elsewhere for 
> some stage of sewage treatment. There is no longer a huge cattail marsh 
> filtering the water flowing into Cayuga Lake. But we can plant cattails in 
> the lake and a marsh will grow. This can solve the pollution problem (and 
> help birds, too). We will test the water before and after to show this. Then 
> we can swim at Stewart Park. The project can't do any harm, because cattails 
> are native, and nobody is using the lake there.
>
> Several facts are strung together by many assumptions. I question the 
> assumptions.
>
> I believe that the reason swimming has been banned at Stewart Park for 
> decades is not pollution. It is lifeguarding standards developed in the 20th 
> century after some bad experiences. The water at Stewart Park is shallow very 
> far out. Anyone in water deep enough to swim is too far from shore to be 
> rescued because one cannot get out there quickly by either swimming or 
> running. The viewing angle at that distance does not allow one to see into 
> the water. The bottom is muddy. Anyone wading or touching the bottom stirs up 
> silt. Waves stir it up, too, and every rainstorm brings another dose of silt. 
> A person underwater in the shallows off Stewart Park would be too 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Caspian Terns night flight

2015-08-08 Thread Nancy Cusumano
Multiple flyover Caspian Terns this morning over Women Swimmin' or the same
bird more than once.
Beautiful morning on the water.

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On Sat, Aug 8, 2015 at 1:27 PM, Geo Kloppel geoklop...@gmail.com wrote:

 One or more Caspian Terns passed over West Danby last night around 9:30,
 calling repeatedly throughout their passage from north to south.

 -Geo
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Injured raptor in Ithaca

2015-07-19 Thread Nancy Cusumano
So a young redtail did hit a window and was stunned but has since recovered
on its own. I heard one begging when I pulled up but could not locate. Must
be there is a west hill nest too? Heading home.
On Jul 19, 2015 12:41 PM, Kelly Lee Smith kl...@cornell.edu wrote:

  Call received at the lab regarding an injured raptor at 302 Elm St in
 Ithaca (West Hill area).  Anyone available to assist?


  Kelly
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