[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

[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

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

[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! Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[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

[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. Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[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! Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[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

[cayugabirds-l] White-crowns

2013-05-10 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
Eight White-crowned Sparrows singing while dining under my feeders this morning! Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] witchety witchety

2013-05-08 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
I finally heard a Common Yellowthroat in our yard today. It seems late. Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg Make a little birdhouse in your soul. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] La waterthrush

2013-04-30 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
Singing and displaying at mill in Treman Park. Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] Nashville

2013-04-28 Thread Nancy W. Dickinson
A singing Nashville Warbler joined the dawn chorus in our yard today. Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[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. Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg Make a little birdhouse in your soul. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

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

[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. Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg Make a little birdhouse in your soul. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

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:

[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 Mecklenburg Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[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

[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 Mecklenburg -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[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! Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[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. Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[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 Make a little birdhouse in your soul. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[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

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

2012-09-27 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
27, 2012 9:47 AM To: Nancy W Dickinson Subject: eBird Report - Wise Acres, Sep 27, 2012 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

[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

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

[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

[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,

[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.

[cayugabirds-l] Hooded Warbler, CNC

2012-05-13 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
, 2012 11:55 AM 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

[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

[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 [bounce-53933389-3493...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Nancy W Dickinson [n...@cornell.edu] Sent: Tuesday, May 01

[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!)

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

2012-04-08 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
, 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 From: do-not-re...@ebird.org [do-not-re...@ebird.org] Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2012 10:59 AM To: Nancy W

Re: [cayugabirds-l] forsythia for birds

2012-04-02 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
; 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

Re: [cayugabirds-l] forsythia for birds

2012-04-02 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
, 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

[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

[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 Mecklenburg -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[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

[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

[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. Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[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. Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[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. Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg Make a little birdhouse in your soul. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[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. Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg Make a little birdhouse in your soul. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] shrike vocalization

2011-11-15 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
it sounded, very odd. Begin forwarded message: From: Nancy W Dickinson n...@cornell.edumailto:n...@cornell.edu Date: November 14, 2011 8:47:33 AM EST To: CAYUGABIRDS-L cayugabird...@list.cornell.edumailto:cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu Subject: [cayugabirds-l] shrike Reply-To: Nancy W Dickinson

[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! Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg Make a little birdhouse in your soul. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[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. Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] fruity sapsuckers

2011-06-30 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
cherry in her mouth. Maybe she meant to feed it to some young? Nancy W. Dickinson Director's Administrative Assistant Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 254-4597 -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http

[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

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

2011-05-08 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
...@ebird.org] Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2011 11:05 AM To: Nancy W Dickinson 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

[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! Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] redpolls continue

2011-04-05 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Three Redpolls, who arrived Sunday, continue at our feeders this morning. Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg Make a little birdhouse in your soul. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

[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. Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

[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

[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. Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

[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

[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.

[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

[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

[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

[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

[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

[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

[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

[cayugabirds-l] house wren

2010-04-22 Thread Nancy W Dickinson
Our first House Wren arrived to sing brightly this morning. Nancy Dickinson Mecklenburg Make a little birdhouse in your soul. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

[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

[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

[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

[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.