[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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[cayugabirds-l] Quoth the raven

2013-08-17 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
Never more-
As I finished loading the car yesterday and took a last look at my beloved 
farm, the Mecklenburg raven circled low over the yard and croaked goodbye. I 
don't believe in signs but it seemed significant since the first bird I saw 
in our new yard in Maine, on top of a rocky hill, was a raven. I will greatly 
miss the variety of birds I found in our farm's yard and especially my friends 
in Ithaca who helped me learn to appreciate them all. 
But if any of you come up to Hog Island or that area please look me up- or find 
me volunteering there as I did at the Lab of O 20 years ago. My email will 
remain the same and I will always be reading this delightful list serve. 
Thanks, and good birding !
Nancy Dickinson 

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] fireflies

2013-07-03 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
I actually noticed fireflies on the night of June 21!  I had just finished 
telling our houseguests that it was too bad they weren't here in July when the 
fireflies make beautiful circular flights over our fields.  It was the night 
before the super moon and as we walked out to look at it, the fireflies were 
already putting on such a display that we were enchanted.


On Jul 2, 2013, at 9:50 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal wrote:


Today afternoon while I was seeing some awesome insects like Green Darners and 
Black Saddlebags and a Ixodontia wasp carrying long grass blades (7 to 8 inches 
long) to some location under my office window, I watched an adult Bald Eagle 
circle around in front of my office window for a few minutes before heading off 
towards Lab of O I presume!



Finally, they are here. The Fireflies!  About 30 + flying in the front and back 
yard. Till yesterday I had not seen them, so I was wondering if changes in the 
plant compositions changed the habitat for them. But no, I think they just were 
late in emerging this year. I went out to switch on moth lights, and was glad 
to observe fourth of July fireworks in the yard!



I know Karen Edelstein posted seeing them a couple of weeks ago. Has anyone 
else seen them earlier this year?



Cheers

Meena


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[cayugabirds-l] Heron dinner

2013-06-27 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
Imagine my surprise to find a shiny green mini lobster (crayfish) dead but 
intact on my garden path. I assume a green heron dropped it en route from 
Taughannock Creek to the nest in our spruce trees. Imagine their disappointment!

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[cayugabirds-l] bird habitats real estate

2013-06-17 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
This morning the Wood Thrush in our yard started singing before dawn, starting 
the chorus that we listen to through the window as we wake, and continuing past 
8:00.  We've never had a Wood Thrush stay beyond migration before, but this one 
has been singing in the same place since May 21.  I take this as evidence that 
the little wooded area along the hedgerow has become sufficiently thick to suit 
him.  As I walked the dog after sunrise, the thrush was singing from a large 
snag between the woods and our neighbor's hayfield, where it was briefly joined 
by a singing Meadowlark; the latter scolded and chased the thrush back into the 
woods, and then returned to the hayfield. ( A moment later the tree held 3 
Cedar Waxwings and two Grackles.)  As I looped around toward our little (but 
tall) spruce grove, I heard the shrieking Green Heron who's been hanging out 
(nesting?) there, and saw him hopping from one treetop to the next.  In our 
open field the House Wrens and Field Sparrows were singing, while the Baltimore 
Oriole and Scarlet Tanager vocalized from the cherry tree... and so on.  What a 
fine morning.

I have counted 91 species in the yard so far this year, and 126 over the past 
23 years, largely due to the nice mix of habitats.  The 19-acre property, with 
antique farmhouse and two sturdy red barns, is now for sale, and I would dearly 
love for it to be bought by someone who will appreciate the birdlife.  If 
anyone here is interested, please contact me off-list or see 
carolbushberg.comhttp://carolbushberg.com.  (Sorry for the self-promotion.)

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[cayugabirds-l] Tennessee Warbler

2013-05-18 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
Tracked it down in my hawthorns, chugging out its mechanical song loudly and 
endlessly. Not much to look at but a new one to learn. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Scarlet Tanager

2013-05-17 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
Singing nonstop, lit up by rising sun, atop a hickory in our yard at 6 am. Joy!
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[cayugabirds-l] Blue-wings

2013-05-14 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
Two newly-arrived Blue-winged Warblers are singing on our hillside today.

And a Baltimore Oriole is singing the funniest ditty while snacking on various 
trees around the yard-- since 5:30 am it has been whistling yoo-hoo just like 
my iPhone does.  Over and over and over and over, it makes me laugh.

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[cayugabirds-l] White-crowns

2013-05-10 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
Eight White-crowned Sparrows singing while dining under my feeders this morning!
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[cayugabirds-l] witchety witchety

2013-05-08 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
I finally heard a Common Yellowthroat in our yard today. It seems late.

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[cayugabirds-l] La waterthrush

2013-04-30 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
Singing and displaying at mill in Treman Park. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Nashville

2013-04-28 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
A singing Nashville Warbler joined the dawn chorus in our yard today. 
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[cayugabirds-l] RC Kinglet

2013-04-08 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
A Ruby-corwned Kinglet was singing excitedly in our fir tree this morning!  
Happy happy.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Woodcocks????

2013-04-05 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
I saw and heard 3 woodcocks last evening.  But the first chorus of peepers was 
even more exciting!

On Apr 5, 2013, at 9:11 AM, bob mcguire wrote:

Has anyone been hearing/seeing woodcocks in the past few days?

Back at the beginning of March we had several here on Whitted Rd (Snyder Hill). 
And in years past we have had up to seven in our and neighboring fields. I went 
out last night around 8 pm to survey and could not find a one. It was 
relatively mild and I did hear an occasional peeper. It doesn't seem reasonable 
that they would have taken a step back south. Are this year's numbers down? 
Does anyone have any idea?

Bob McGuire



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[cayugabirds-l] tree swallow

2013-04-04 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
At noon today the first Tree Swallow of the season was perched, sunning and 
twittering on a branch near our nest boxes.

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Brown headed cowbird

2013-04-01 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
Not sure if one should brag about them, but I recorded a cowbird on my 
Feederwatch list on March 16.  Also Song Sparrow and Fox Sparrow at my feeders 
that day. But numbers of cowbirds are much higher today :(

Nancy Dickinson
Mecklenburg

From: bounce-77960342-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-77960342-3493...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Linda Orkin 
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Brown headed cowbird

Oh sorry. I forgot to report Brown-headed Cowbird at my feeder yesterday. Quite 
strikingly handsome in the sunlight.

Linda Orkin
Muriel Street
Ithaca, NY

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On Mar 31, 2013, at 8:37 AM, Donna Scott d...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Eating seeds on my deck rail in Lansing. FOS.

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese

2013-03-24 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
I just watched a large swarm of Snow Geese over my yard, amused by their rude 
barking calls, and noted that while they had distinctly black wing tips they 
were more gray than white-- I think they may be muddy!
Nancy Dickinson
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[cayugabirds-l] woodcock encounter

2013-03-20 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
I had a theory that woodcocks didn't dance when it was too cold or snowy, so 
last evening when I took the dog out around 7:40 I was surprised to hear them 
as we stepped from the lawn to the edge of a brushy field.  There was one 
woodcock just landing (and warbling) to my right, and one peenting very nearby 
on my left, so close that I was frustrated not to see it against the snow.  
Suddenly the one to my right made a sound I'd never heard, a gruff alarm like 
hehehehehehehehehe and with that it flew right past me towards the other bird.  
Then they both rose together in a twittering flight, silhouetted against the 
sky.  The dog began to bark, and the birds vanished.  But it seemed that they 
were competing over the territory?  And maybe in fact the moonlit snow gives 
them a good dancefloor, as long as it isn't too deep.

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[cayugabirds-l] migrants

2013-03-10 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
New to our yard for the year today are a couple of robins, and also two Turkey 
Vultures.  And slightly out of basin, I heard a Killdeer through our open 
sunroof as we drove back from Two Goats in Hector.  A springy day indeed!

Nancy Dickinson
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[cayugabirds-l] Woodcock

2013-03-10 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
I knew the weather was right, and sure enough I just listened to 3 rounds of a 
woodcock's Sky dance over our soggy field. Happy Spring!
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[cayugabirds-l] Creeper

2013-02-24 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
A Brown Creeper has been running up and down my two suet/feeder trees this 
weekend.  What a treat!  I haven't seen it actually eat the suet, but did see 
it collect some suet crumbs from the roots of a tree.

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[cayugabirds-l] juncos, no redpolls

2013-01-21 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
The strange weekend weather blew away all my redpolls (which had varied between 
2 and 30) but increased my juncos to a record 28.

Nancy Dickinson
Mecklenburg

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[cayugabirds-l] rufous hummingbird- yes

2012-10-25 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
I topped off the gorgeous morning with a visit to Marty's porch, where I sat 
from 11:20 to 11:50.  To my surprise, the Rufous Hummingbird indeed came in at 
15-minute intervals and gave me ample opportunity to study it.  A very handsome 
life bird, and a beautiful spot-- no wonder he likes it there!  Seemed to be 
perching in the apple tree between visits.

Thanks so much, Marty and Mary Jean!

(I celebrated with some rufous pumpkin ice cream at the Creamery for lunch..of 
course.)

Nancy Dickinson

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[cayugabirds-l] FW: eBird Report - Wise Acres, Sep 27, 2012

2012-09-27 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
I had a wonderful walk around our hillside this morning with my dog, and found 
many birds (with many more hiding and whispering in the leaves).  I was 
especially excited by a clear view of a Swainson's Thrush, because just a week 
ago I studied my first one, on Monhegan Island with Jeff Wells and the Audubon 
camp! It was also interesting to have both young Purple Finch and RB Grosbeak 
near each other for comparison.  My eBird list follows.

Nancy Dickinson
Mecklenburg

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Wise Acres, Schuyler, US-NY
Sep 27, 2012 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Area
16.0 ac
Comments: sunny. 50 degrees
33 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  25
Northern Harrier  1
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
Swainson's Thrush  1
American Robin  20
Gray Catbird  18
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  12
Cedar Waxwing  6
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
warbler sp.  2
Eastern Towhee  2
Song Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  4

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[cayugabirds-l] no hummingbirds

2012-09-03 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
I see Laura has a hummingbird on her list, but mine seem to be, very suddenly, 
gone. All summer there was one at the feeder, or perched on a twig next to it 
waiting.  Sometimes there were arguments when two tried to visit at once.  But 
yesterday and today, the feeder and twig are empty.  (And I always wondered how 
many of them there actually were.)

Nancy Dickinson
Mecklenburg

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Podell Boardwalk

2012-09-02 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Sorry Mark-- Our Albert Podell is Cornell '58.  I have met him, and that photo 
doesn't look anything like him. Don't we have a AAD folks on here?

From: bounce-64005137-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-64005137-3493...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Mark Chao 
[markc...@imt.org]
Sent: Sunday, September 02, 2012 2:28 PM
To: Holly C. Adams; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Podell Boardwalk


The Podell Boardwalk is named for Albert Podell.  I know nothing specific about 
his association with the Lab, but it seems likely that he is the same guy 
featured in this article.



http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/29/garden/29breakers.html?_r=2pagewanted=18dpc



A Google search reveals more interesting info about the estimable Mr. Podell.  
Evidently he is not only a Lab supporter and a defiantly principled chooser of 
lifestyle and bed linens -- he is also a generous supporter of other charitable 
causes, a patron of the arts, a world traveler, filmmaker, and author.  I gotta 
give the guy credit – and not just because his namesake boardwalk is such a 
good place to find birds.



Alas, I didn’t check there this morning, but I did find a few migrants 
elsewhere in Sapsucker Woods – a female CANADA WARBLER by the Charley Harper 
memorial bench, a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH at the pond edge here, and a 
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER in the woods close to the Fuller Wetlands.



Mark Chao















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[mailto:bounce-64004159-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of holly adams

Sent: Sunday, September 02, 2012 12:55 PM

To: CAYUGABIRDS-L

Subject: [cayugabirds-l] off-topic but related question



Greetings, Birders!

Many of you post of sightings at the Podell Boardwalk here at the Lab. An 
elderly visitor of the same last name is keen to know for whom is it named? I 
have combed our website and the internet for the information and not finding 
anything, and I thought perhaps some of you have been part of the Lab or 
birding here since before said Boardwalk was created may know.



Many Thanks,

holly



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[cayugabirds-l] thrushes etc.

2012-08-30 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
A walk up our hill at dusk this evening yielded a bird I hadn't heard here in 
many years-- a Veery, repeating its name, vee-ur, a dozen times. What a treat!

Last weekend we were camping at Lake Durant in the Adirondacks, and a Hermit 
Thrush ran around our campsite much of the time, giving me ample time to 
observe its hunched posture and long pink legs, as well as the odd tail 
maneuver. In the trees all around our site were many warblers, clearly seen in 
standard plumage-- Blackburnian, BW, Black-throated Blue, Ovenbird (on the 
ground, actually) and an assortment of Yellow-rumps, some young and begging.  
The most surprising bird was a Woodcock foraging (trundling around) in the 
leaves near the lake.  These birds seemed to be locals?  Also many others... 
quite a surprising variety.

Nancy Dickinson
Mecklenburg


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[cayugabirds-l] fledglings

2012-06-29 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
An exciting time of year! In the past two days I have observed the begging 
fledglings of Phoebes, Grackles, Cardinals, Chickadees, and the defensive 
parenting of Common Yellowthroats, Song Sparrows, Hairy Woodpeckers, Field 
Sparrows, Towhees, and House Wrens.  Still singing are Brown Thrashers, 
Catbirds, Indigo Buntings, Robins, House Finches.  The season isn't over.  Keep 
watching!  Keep cool.

Nancy Dickinson
Mecklenburg

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[cayugabirds-l] last night

2012-05-14 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Took the dog for a walk at dusk last night and was surprised to hear a Woodcock 
performing its dance, which I hadn't heard since mid-March!  Might they be 
nesting a second time?

Also, later, the yard was a-twinkle with FIREFLIES!  Thought I was seeing 
things at first...seems way too early.

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[cayugabirds-l] Hooded Warbler, CNC

2012-05-13 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
This morning our small group found the Hooded Warbler on territory at CNC. It 
perched in plain sight, singing, for a good five minutes, and gave us quite a 
show.  Also exciting were a number of Veerys strolling along the path in front 
of us, giving long views but no songs, as well as male and female Scarlet 
Tanagers together, up close.  (We stayed in the woods and did not go up to the 
fields, so may have missed a few species up there.)

To find the Hooded Warbler, enter the woods on the right below the lodge, cross 
the bridge, and take the middle path to where it ends at another bridge (west 
side of the log cabin clearing).  The bird was defending the area on the left, 
where there are maple saplings.

My eBird report follows.  Happy Mother's Day!

Nancy Dickinson

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To: Nancy W Dickinson
Subject: eBird Report - Cayuga Nature Center, May 13, 2012

Cayuga Nature Center, Tompkins, US-NY
May 13, 2012 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: warm, sunny
40 species

Turkey Vulture  2
Killdeer  1
Chimney Swift  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  2
House Wren  1
Veery  5
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  8
Cedar Waxwing  6
Ovenbird  1
Blue-winged Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  4
Hooded Warbler  1
American Redstart  2
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  2
Scarlet Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  4

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[cayugabirds-l] new warblers etc.

2012-05-01 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
In my hawthorns this morning, in the mist, were my first-of-year Blue-winged, 
Chestnut-sided, and Yellow Warblers. Also yard FOY White-crowned Sparrow, Barn 
Swallow, Wood Duck and Blue-headed Vireo (kindly singing in a bare tree where I 
could actually study him closely.)  Heard Brown Thrasher and Catbird sing a 
confusing duet.

Can't wait to see what a little sunshine brings-- the bugs are already swarming.

Nancy Dickinson
Mecklenburg

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[cayugabirds-l] and turkey hunters

2012-05-01 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Also heard a lot of turkey hunters celebrating May Day loudly. I prefer to 
celebrate with flowers.

From: bounce-53933389-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
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[n...@cornell.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 9:38 AM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] new warblers etc.

In my hawthorns this morning, in the mist, were my first-of-year Blue-winged, 
Chestnut-sided, and Yellow Warblers. Also yard FOY White-crowned Sparrow, Barn 
Swallow, Wood Duck and Blue-headed Vireo (kindly singing in a bare tree where I 
could actually study him closely.)  Heard Brown Thrasher and Catbird sing a 
confusing duet.

Can't wait to see what a little sunshine brings-- the bugs are already swarming.

Nancy Dickinson
Mecklenburg
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[cayugabirds-l] Wood Thrush

2012-05-01 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
At noon on our hill I found a gorgeous male Baltimore Oriole singing in an 
apple tree, and while thrilling to that I was stunned to hear right behind me 
(in the spruce grove) the prolonged scolding of a Wood Thrush.  (Confirmed this 
with BirdTunes when I came in-- they call it pit volleys!)

And near the house a Warbling Vireo is combing the maple trees while humming to 
himself.

WOW.
Nancy Dickinson
Mecklenburg

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[cayugabirds-l] eBird Report - Cayuga Nature Center, Apr 8, 2012

2012-04-08 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Sunday morning birding has begun at Cayuga Nature Center, and we had a good 
time this morning, with good looks at a number of birds including Brown 
Creeper, Carolina Wren, Bluebird, and Towhee.  Heard Sapsucker and Field 
Sparrow repeatedly.

This is an easy walk through varied habitat, in a small group with an 
experienced guide with scope.  Great fun!  New birds arriving soon.  Sunday 
mornings through mid-May, 7:30 to 9:30.

Nancy Dickinson

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Cayuga Nature Center, Tompkins, US-NY
Apr 8, 2012 7:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Area
12.0 ac
34 species

Mallard  2
Wild Turkey  5
Great Blue Heron  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  20
Eastern Towhee  1
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  8
White-throated Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  1

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] forsythia for birds

2012-04-02 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
I will try to remember who I'm talking to next time I post anything!  ;) I am 
all for natural native plants, and have 19 acres of them, and a shelf full of 
books about them. But I do love my garden and the birds really love my 
forsythia (and the deer do not). Happy Spring!

Nancy

On Apr 1, 2012, at 10:19 PM, Linda Orkin wrote:

How about Native Plants for Native Birds put out by the Cayuga Bird Club?

For two years I have been planting Spicebush as a native alternative to 
forsythia. Little yellow flowers. Not that showy but great for habitat. 
Especially when they get their lovely ovoid red shiny fruits.

Linda.

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 1, 2012, at 10:12 PM, Terry P. Mingle 
tmin...@twcny.rr.commailto:tmin...@twcny.rr.com wrote:

Two great book titles for bird gardeners:

http://www.amazon.com/Audubon-Society-Guide-Attracting-Birds/dp/0801488648/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2

and

http://www.amazon.com/The-Bird-Garden-Stephen-Kress/dp/0789401398/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_3

--Terry



On Apr 1, 2012 , at 9:12 PM, Marie P Read wrote:

I heartily second Meena's encouragement to plant native plants—especially those 
that provide food in the form of fruit, seeds, or insects— and create native 
habitats for birds!
Marie


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 [bounce-44814036-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Meena Haribal 
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To: Ann Mitchell; M Kardon
Cc: Nancy W Dickinson; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] forsythia for birds

Hi all,



I am a little bit concerned about promoting Forsythia for birds. They are just 
good for landing and hiding for birds near bird feeders. But they really are 
not such healthy food for birds. 
http://www.ehow.com/list_6019009_pests-forsythia-bush.html Forsythia is 
promoted as the plant with no pests at all.



If you want birds and habitats for them why not plant some native plants. There 
is Native plants for native birds published by our on bird club for guidance. 
 You should look up some local plants that are good for birds and their food - 
insects that feed on them.



For example all kinds of dogwoods - Red Dozier, and Gray Dogwood are excellent 
plants, they produce fruits which are eaten by birds during fall migration, 
that is when the fruits are ready. But they host at least some known thirty 
species of moths and these moths as adults and as larvae are excellent food for 
birds and their young. Some of these moths include beautiful Polyphemus moth, 
Dogwood Thyatirid, Prominents, many geometrids, which are found in spring and 
summer. Of course some of these moths/larvae may not be directly useful to all 
birds but are of indirect use. Their caterpillars are beautiful with variety of 
shapes and structures and some of the adults are just awesome if you are 
looking for beauty.



I feel pained that native habitats are being destroyed and artificial habitats 
are being created.  So why not create real habitat, I know it is very hard to 
create and maintain, but at least one can give a try.



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] forsythia for birds

2012-04-02 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Of course, it's very important WHERE non-natives are planted.  My fields are 
absolutely overrun by bush honeysuckle that was once considered a good plant 
for birds, but is totally invasive, as are multiflora rose and Russian olive.  
They don't know how to behave when given room to spread.  Even staghorn sumac, 
which the birds rely on, spreads annoyingly.  In my garden I try to keep things 
under control.

Nancy

On Apr 2, 2012, at 8:55 AM, Linda Orkin wrote:

Hello Nancy,

Not to put words in Meena and Marie's mouths, but I think their comments were 
more directed to people who may be considering planting new shrubs and in that 
context, a gentle reminder that there may be better choices for birds.  Some 
people on the list may not  alradhy know about the resources they referenced.

You know, and so do we all, that your forsythia are doing a valuable service 
for your birds.  We need to stop and think before we plant something but also 
before we remove something.  The very old and healthy apple tree my neighbors 
just cut down is obviously not native but the craggy bark provided much good 
foraging for woodpeckers, the blooms provided food for pollinators and nectar 
feeders but most importantly, it was a safe staging area for birds coming to my 
feeder.  They also tore out a whole row of hedge which had grown up like crazy 
over many years,mostly privet and there was barberry in it, but it was also a 
protective nursery for a black cherry, a crabapple and a red oak, all of who 
grew to a deer safe size within this tangle. I managed to save the cherry and 
the crabapple but got home just as they were tearing out the oak. The birds 
loved this whole hedge right along the edge of my yard.  It was torn out and 
nothing was put there to replace it. i planted a gray dogwood, a black birch 
and those spicebush I mentioned, but how long will it be before they provide 
any habitat at all for safety?

So enjoy your forsythia and your birds and your wonderful other 19 acres.  I am 
envious.

Best
Linda Orkin
Muriel Street, Ithaca, NY

On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 8:27 AM, Nancy W Dickinson 
n...@cornell.edumailto:n...@cornell.edu wrote:
I will try to remember who I'm talking to next time I post anything!  ;) I am 
all for natural native plants, and have 19 acres of them, and a shelf full of 
books about them. But I do love my garden and the birds really love my 
forsythia (and the deer do not). Happy Spring!

Nancy

On Apr 1, 2012, at 10:19 PM, Linda Orkin wrote:

How about Native Plants for Native Birds put out by the Cayuga Bird Club?

For two years I have been planting Spicebush as a native alternative to 
forsythia. Little yellow flowers. Not that showy but great for habitat. 
Especially when they get their lovely ovoid red shiny fruits.

Linda.

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 1, 2012, at 10:12 PM, Terry P. Mingle 
tmin...@twcny.rr.commailto:tmin...@twcny.rr.com wrote:

Two great book titles for bird gardeners:

http://www.amazon.com/Audubon-Society-Guide-Attracting-Birds/dp/0801488648/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2

and

http://www.amazon.com/The-Bird-Garden-Stephen-Kress/dp/0789401398/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_3

--Terry



On Apr 1, 2012 , at 9:12 PM, Marie P Read wrote:

I heartily second Meena's encouragement to plant native plants—especially those 
that provide food in the form of fruit, seeds, or insects— and create native 
habitats for birds!
Marie


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Hi all,



I am a little bit concerned about promoting Forsythia for birds. They are just 
good for landing and hiding for birds near bird feeders. But they really are 
not such healthy food for birds. 
http://www.ehow.com/list_6019009_pests-forsythia-bush.html Forsythia is 
promoted as the plant with no pests at all.



If you want birds and habitats for them why not plant some native plants. There 
is Native plants for native birds published by our on bird club for guidance. 
 You should look up some local plants that are good for birds and their food - 
insects that feed on them.



For example all kinds of dogwoods - Red Dozier, and Gray Dogwood are excellent 
plants, they produce fruits which are eaten by birds during fall migration, 
that is when the fruits are ready. But they host at least some known thirty

[cayugabirds-l] forsythia for birds

2012-03-31 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Since this has been such a spectacular season for forsythia, I thought I'd 
mention that my bird feeding area is flanked on both sides by large forsythia 
bushes. In every season, the feeder birds find shelter there between feedings, 
and when danger threatens.  Right now the bushes are beautiful AND full of 
birds, and my FOY Chipping Sparrow just popped out of one for a few minutes of 
pecking at the seed on the ground.  One of my bushes is ancient and huge, and 
requires twice-a-year pruning (not to confine its shape, just its size), but 
the other is only a few years old, an off-shoot of the older one, and is a 
usual staging area for sparrows and juncos etc. on their way to the feeder.  A 
cheap, simple landscaping plant! I recommend it.  (Also, in cold winters, birds 
seem to eat the buds, and in those years, my forsythia blooms in October!)

Nancy Dickinson
Mecklenburg

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[cayugabirds-l] Field Sparrow

2012-03-20 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
A Field Sparrow joined the morning chorus here today.  It sang, Happy Spring 
(not Summer?)!

Nancy Dickinson
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[cayugabirds-l] more woodcocks

2012-03-13 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
At last it is really woodcock season in Mecklenburg.  At least 4 individuals 
were peenting and skydancing when I went out at 6 am, audible from every side 
of our house.  I heard them last evening in the rainy dusk, and they may have 
continued all night under the bright moon.  Anyone who lives in an open area 
should go out at twilight and listen.  (There were peepers calling from the 
creek, too.)

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[cayugabirds-l] WOODCOCK dancing

2012-02-24 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Hooray!!! I've just been out in this tumultuous weather listening to repeated 
skydance music from a woodcock in the field north of our house. The wind is so 
strong (and cold) I could hear it do the twittering ascent to circle overhead, 
and then the chirping descent, for 7 cycles, but couldn't hear it peent on 
the ground, nor did it do it for long before rising again.  I'm frozen-- how 
can the bird do it?

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[cayugabirds-l] bluebird singing

2012-02-16 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
In spite of the gloomy weather, a male bluebird is singing brightly in our 
yard, trying out his song from every treetop.

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[cayugabirds-l] snowbirds

2012-02-07 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
This afternoon my yard holds by far the biggest flock of juncos I've seen this 
year-- at least 20-- and I wonder if winter weather might finally be on the way.

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[cayugabirds-l] no owls for me

2012-01-26 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
I spent 45 minutes this morning looking for the snowy owl in Ovid.  No luck.  
Darn.

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[cayugabirds-l] robins

2012-01-19 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
In spite of the extreme cold, our dozen continuing robins greeted this 
morning's sun with their usual outburst of clucking and singing. And the 
hoarfrost was dazzling.

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[cayugabirds-l] shrike vocalization

2011-11-15 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
I didn't mention the sounds the shrike was making yesterday, because it was 
such an odd noise, that I looked around for a flock of starlings, and then 
decided it must be the trees squeaking in the wind. But last night I listened 
to the N Shrike on Birdtunes, and that was really how un-birdlike it sounded, 
very odd.

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Very cool to see a Northern Shrike surveying our yard from atop a smallish 
tree, early this morning.  Had a good long look at it.  A yard first!

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[cayugabirds-l] shrike

2011-11-14 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Very cool to see a Northern Shrike surveying our yard from atop a smallish 
tree, early this morning.  Had a good long look at it.  A yard first!

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[cayugabirds-l] tree sparrows

2011-10-23 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Of all the birds seen today while walking the dog around our place, the most 
surprising were 3 Tree Sparrows.  Is it really that late in the season?  A 
Towhee is still calling in our woods, and still some White-crowns are hanging 
out.

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[cayugabirds-l] fruity sapsuckers

2011-06-30 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Of all the birds enjoying our fruit-laden cherry tree right now, the most 
surprising is a pair of YB Sapsuckers.  I have seen them flying away with one 
cherry held in the beak; how they actually eat it I'm not sure.  This morning 
the female hopped around me, scolding while holding a fat ripe cherry in her 
mouth.  Maybe she meant to feed it to some young?

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[cayugabirds-l] flycatcher problem

2011-06-11 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
I have had in my field for many, many summers a bird that I'm pretty sure is a 
Willow Flycatcher.  I haven't seen breeding activity, but doubt that it would 
come back like clockwork every year if things weren't going well.  It perches 
here and there and makes a call like a boingy spring, or what I think of as a 
mechanical sneeze, morning through evening.  But this year, there is in the 
same field another singing flycatcher, which looks pretty similar, but sounds 
slightly different, with an upward-sounding exclamation.  I have listened to 
recordings repeatedly but can't tell if it might be an Alder, Acadian (not 
likely, right?) or weird Willow.  Such an odd sound to pin down in your mind!  
I'm going to have to go out there and play the recording and see who gets mad.

If anyone feels like an expert on the differences, please advise.  

But, really, I'm not sure that it matters, right ?!

Nancy Dickinson
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[cayugabirds-l] FW: eBird Report - Cayuga Nature Center , 5/8/11

2011-05-08 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Had a great morning at Cayuga Nature Center, with the following list.  In my 
yard in Mecklenburg, had newcomers of Indigo Bunting, Pine Siskin, 
Chestnut-sided and Cape May Warblers.

Happy Mother's Day to all!

From: do-not-re...@ebird.org [do-not-re...@ebird.org]
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Subject: eBird Report - Cayuga Nature Center , 5/8/11

Location: Cayuga Nature Center
Observation date: 5/8/11
Number of species: 42

Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
House Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 8
Gray Catbird 6
European Starling 4
Cedar Waxwing 10
Blue-winged Warbler 2
Nashville Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Ovenbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 3
Hooded Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow X
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 6

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)

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[cayugabirds-l] Towhee etc.

2011-04-11 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Came home to the song of a Towhee drinking his tea (with ice cubes, I hope).  
Nearby was a rollicking Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and at the feeder were both early 
Chipping Sparrow and  late Tree Sparrow.

Happiness!

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[cayugabirds-l] redpolls continue

2011-04-05 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Three Redpolls, who arrived Sunday, continue at our feeders this morning.

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[cayugabirds-l] white-crowned

2011-01-15 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
The White-crowned Sparrow continues to visit my feeder, with two White-throats. 
 Seems healthy.

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[cayugabirds-l] Meck Redpolls

2011-01-01 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
As I stood in the driveway at the conclusion of my own New Year's bird count, a 
flock of 20 Redpolls bounced into the yard and went to the feeders, where I 
could watch them for a few minutes.  Great way to start the year!  Earlier, I 
witnessed singing Tree Sparrows, White-throats and our lingering White-Crowned 
Sparrow, in the hedgerow, in concert.  Nice. Happy 2011!

Will report to the Schuyler County count...

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[cayugabirds-l] white-crowned

2010-12-12 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Today's unusual weather brought a White-Crowned Sparrow to our feeders, along 
with a late Song Sparrow.

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[cayugabirds-l] Mecklenburg birding

2010-11-06 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Our place was more interesting today than expected, given the dull weather.  I 
spent an hour circling our hillside and saw, among the usual suspects: 
thousands of blackbirds overhead, looking and sounding like redwings and 
grackles with who-knows-what mixed in, heading south.  Distant Canada Geese 
flocks seemed to be swirling north, to recently-harvested cornfields.  I 
counted at least 90 Cedar Waxwings in one tree, alternately perching and diving 
into nearby brush to feed.  Saw  a large, up-close Cooper's Hawk chase, and 
miss, a red squirrel in our woods.  Heard a few Tree Sparrows singing, and a 
few whistles from a Fox Sparrow.  Heard a lot of bluebirds-- not sure if was a 
local flock repeatedly or a stream of migrants.  And was surprised to look out 
the kitchen window and catch a Northern Mockingbird landing briefly in a yew-- 
I see about one a year here, and am glad to have seen this one!

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[cayugabirds-l] Fox Tree Sparrows

2010-10-10 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
This morning amid the huge number of singing White-throated Sparrows, accented 
with songs of several White-crowns and the chwinking of a couple of lingering 
towhees, I heard repeatedly the brilliant song of a Fox Sparrow.  Also, didn't 
hear but saw a handful of newly-arrived Tree Sparrows.  

Catbirds are suddenly absent, and Song Sparrows are dwindling.  Juncos returned 
earlier in the week (they always leave us for the breeding season.)

What a great weekend!

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Mecklenburg
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[cayugabirds-l] OT? field mowing

2010-10-08 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
We are greatly enjoying our newly opened-up fields which will hopefully attract 
woodcocks and other field birds in the coming years.  I found a guy with a 
mower that can remove giant multifora rosebushes, bush honeysuckle, and most 
small trees, creating a beautiful open grassland where there was recently 
impenetrable brush. (It hadn't been cleared in 12 years.) He went neatly around 
my bluebird boxes and a few larger trees, creating a perfect landscape for 
viewing birds.He was in the Pennysaver-- email me off-list if you want his 
name and number.

Nancy Dickinson

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[cayugabirds-l] thrushes etc.

2010-10-03 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Such a beautiful weekend, and so much confusion.

Keep seeing little flocks of warblers, and seriously cannot identify them, even 
when studying my various field guides.  They are warblers, but...  Sigh!

Our many fruiting trees and vines are attracting all kinds of birds.  This 
morning these included 4 very bold RC Kinglets, and two thrushes which I THINK 
are Swainson's, but, again, not 100% sure.  Eye-rings, creamy chest with spots, 
pip call-- but didn't really see their backs in good light.  Also, in these 
odd yellow-fruited crabapples we have a lot of, found yesterday 3 birds that I 
at first thought were RB Grosbeaks, but today decided, seeing them again, that 
they were Purple Finches.  Such a difference, and yet not so obvious from any 
distance.  If birds don't make a sound, I'm in trouble.  Whatever these trees 
are, the birds are gobbling the fruits.

Lot of sparrows, with white crowns and white throats.  And migrating jays.

Saw and heard a pair of kingfishers this morning, circling overhead for about 
five minutes, arguing with each other with prolonged rattling calls-- which way 
to migrate?  

What a fabulous season, but I'm worried about the accuracy of my eBird reports!

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Mecklenburg
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[cayugabirds-l] Olive-sided Flycatcher?

2010-08-11 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
This evening, walking our puppy at about 7:30  in hazy dusk, I saw a bird that 
I believe was an Olive-sided Flycatcher.  Dark, not small, short-necked, medium 
unmoving tail, large white wing-patch the only distinguishing mark, sitting 
very still (100 feet away? with binocs) on a roadside snag for a minute until 
it sallied a few feet, a few times, then went away.  I came in and looked in 
the old Peterson where I write such things, and saw that my first and only yard 
sighting of this (but not my only sighting ever) was on 8/27/97.  So I'm 
thinking it might not be too early, considering how this year has been?  I am 
pretty sure.  Sure it was cool.  

So many interesting things coming around.  Keep your eyes and ears open!

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Mecklenburg
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[cayugabirds-l] treetop fight

2010-05-26 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Last evening the peaceful singing of grosbeak, oriole, and tanager was 
interrupted by the piercing shrieks of a green heron and angry caws of a crow, 
both of whom claim a nesting spot in our little (1/2 acre?) spruce grove.  They 
went on and on, back and forth, and there was a lot of flapping and rustling in 
the treetops. Not sure if they fought each other or a third party.  A 
red-breasted nuthatch piped in below, and the red squirrel raised a ruckus.

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[cayugabirds-l] Meck warblerfest

2010-05-07 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
This morning there were so many warblers singing in our yard, I couldn't decide 
which ones to chase first.  Did have good looks at Cape May, Prairie, 
Blackpoll, and Chestnut-sided.  Many more heard but not confirmed by sight.  So 
many Yellows and C Yellowthroats fighting over territories it's crazy, and a 
Blue-winged seems to have decided to stay too.

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[cayugabirds-l] saw-whet owl

2010-05-04 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Unbelievably, I was awakened at midnight by the calling of a Saw-whet Owl right 
outside the open bedroom window.  It went on about 20 times, in slowly measured 
toots of equal length and spacing, then took a break and tooted some more.  The 
sound was so close that I sensed the breathiness, very much like a toy wooden 
train whistle my kids had, with multiple notes in a chord, puffed with air.  I 
had never heard this in person before, but have reviewed a couple of recordings 
this morning and am sure.  But isn't this an odd time to hear one?  This 
morning I went out and studied the dense blue spruce trees near the window, but 
couldn't see if anyone was hiding there.

What a spine-tingling thrill, even if it sounds crazy!

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Nature Center , 5/2/10

2010-05-02 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Attached is my eBird list from this morning's good walk at CNC.  Most notable 
were the (heard only) Hooded Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush, both on 
territories they have held for several years.  We did have a look at singing 
Wood Thrush, B Oriole and Towhee, among others.  Guided walks will continue the 
next two Sundays (May 9 and 16) at 7:30.


Location: Cayuga Nature Center
Observation date: 5/2/10
Number of species: 46

Canada Goose 1
Mallard 1
Ruffed Grouse 1
Wild Turkey 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 8
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Ovenbird 1
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Hooded Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 4

Nancy Dickinson

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[cayugabirds-l] house wren

2010-04-22 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Our first House Wren arrived to sing brightly this morning.

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[cayugabirds-l] vulture problem

2010-04-14 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
This evening at 7:35 I went out for a nice sunset walk, and heard 
spine-chilling, awful, distressed cries from my nesting crows-- and assumed 
there was a hawk or owl roosting in the same spruce grove who was upsetting 
them.  But then, against the sunset sky, I watched as one after another, up to 
9 or 10, Turkey Vultures flew out of the area.  I have often had them hover 
nearby, but never seen them invade or roost here, never at dusk.  The crows 
have been here for a long time, and I was upset on their behalf.  Question: Do 
TVs eat eggs, or invade nests?  I always thought they preferred dead things.  I 
could look this up, but wonder if anyone has witnessed this locally...

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[cayugabirds-l] field sparrows

2010-04-04 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Two Field Sparrows are visiting my feeder area this evening-- the first I've 
seen this season.  Nice to see them up close, in bright plumage (reddish caps, 
white eye-rings, gray face, pink bill (giving them the most wide-eyed cute 
look of our sparrows, I think).  They join the YB Sapsucker (drumming now in 
the front yard,) Chipping Sparrow, and Purple Finch who all arrived this 
weekend.

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[cayugabirds-l] phoebe

2010-03-27 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Our phoebe greeted me on my return from SFO this afternoon with a bright 
chip and a busy swooping about to pick up cluster flies.  I'm sure that of 
all the birds nesting and being raised in our bank barn, some return to the 
very same place each spring.  But never more than a few, and then they spread 
out around the neighborhood.  I find it comforting, especially the way they 
pick the same nesting spot, and the same perch on an old wire strung between 
the outbuildings.

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[cayugabirds-l] sparrows, Mecklenburg

2010-01-17 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
I was pleased (and puzzled, since it's warmer) to finally get a nice flock
of 12 Tree Sparrows at the feeders today, along with the two remaining
White-throats (remember when they used to be springtime migrants?)  The
Tree Sparrows were singing so happily that I could hear them through the
window.  Yes, we all have spring fever, way too early.

Also saw a Pileated WP, Carolina Wren, and RB Nuthatch making unusual
appearances in the yard.

Great weekend!
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Mecklenburg


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