[cayugabirds-l] Junco activity

2015-08-11 Thread Naomi Brewer
 

I have written before about a  Christmas wreath that has hung on the inside
wall of our front porch for years. Still full of the green, thick fir but
not so green. For years the Carolina

Wrens have had many batches of babies behind the , now drab, red ribbon. But
this year , because of the feisty House Wren, the Carolinas retreated to the
back of house. 

For the past two weeks, off and on, either my son or I have seen a
Dark-eyed Junco sitting on the front porch railing, friendly and chip
chipping away and looking up at the wreath..

Last week, I saw the Junco fly up to the center of the old wreath and down
behind the ribbon. It was there awhile then came up , stood, then flew into
a nearby tree.  It had no food

In its bill. Do you suppose it might have nested there ? I'm surprised it is
here in summer.

One of those hot days I watched the Junco enjoying the bird bath,
splashing, etc. then fly up to a hanging tree branch and  shake off the
water.

 In winter they have been right up on the feeders and cling to the suet
cake. They have graduated from just - ground feeders.

Just had to share,

Naomi Brewer,

Sheldrake/ Wyers Point Road.


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Mrs Robin reuses her nest!

2015-07-30 Thread Naomi Brewer
As I finally checked some e-mails I have overlooked, I came upon this and
want to tell you that as I was growing up in the 1930s  40s  there was a
shelf-like board  sticking out from the house on the front porch and above
the porch railing. A Robin built a nest on that board, raised young and for
5 years she or an offspring built a new nest on top of the existing ones.
They tolerated us humans coming in and out but they were  making a mess on
the porch with nest material, etc. so Mother finally took the nest down. I
always have wondered just how high they would go !
Naomi Brewer
Sheldrake/Wyers Point

-Original Message-
From: bounce-119412394-9392...@list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-119412394-9392...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Marie P.
Read
Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2015 4:50 PM
To: Robin Cisne
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Mrs Robin reuses her nest!

Well this is interesting...some people are telling me that robins indeed
have reused nests in their yards for multiple broods in one year, on the
other hand a local biologist just told me that her experience with rural
robins is that they never reused their nests. Maybe the reuse is an
urban/suburban phenomenon? Rural robins might simply have more locations in
which to build a nest, robins closer to human habitation may have limited
options so reuse is more common? Any thoughts?

Marie




Marie Read Wildlife Photography
452 Ringwood Road
Freeville NY  13068 USA

Phone  607-539-6608
e-mail   m...@cornell.edu

http://www.marieread.com

Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake BasinAvailable here:

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e-Basin/GNlCxX37uTzE/CBPFGij6nLfE

From: Robin Cisne [rfci...@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2015 3:23 PM
To: Marie P. Read
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mrs Robin reuses her nest!

I thought robins usually did that, as long as the subsequent clutches are in
the same year.  A pair that nested under our covered patio one year raised
two batches in the same nest.

On Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 2:13 PM, Marie P. Read
m...@cornell.edumailto:m...@cornell.edu wrote:
It's highly unusual for a songbird to reuse a cup nest, but outside my
kitchen window I have a female robin refurbishing the nest from which she
(presume the same female) and her mate successfully raised three young a few
weeks ago. Haven't yet got a good look at exactly what material she is
bringing in.

Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] osprey

2015-05-07 Thread Naomi Brewer
As of 3:30 p.m. on Wed. May 6th. there are no signs of an
Osprey nest on the new platform at Deans Cove near Cayuga Lake.

Naomi


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[cayugabirds-l] Indigo bunting and rose-breasted grosbeak

2015-05-04 Thread Naomi Brewer
 

At 7:30 a.m. this morning I watched a male Indigo Bunting at a sunflower
seed feeder near my house. He made several trips from nearby bushes.

On the other side of house, I soon after saw a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak
at the suet cake and then on a sunflower feeder there. 

My Carolina Wrens are nesting already in the very old Christmas wreath on
the front porch and yesterday I watched them chasing a House 

Wren away. 

Naomi Brewer

7214 Wyers Point Rd.,

Sheldrake

 

 

 

 

 

 


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Red-tailed Hawk Fight

2015-03-19 Thread Naomi Brewer
Great pictures but what were they thinking ? Probably a triangle love affair
!!

Naomi Brewer

Sheldrake/Wyers Point

 

From: bounce-118953781-9392...@list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-118953781-9392...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of joe  Diana
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 5:20 PM
To: Cayuga Birds
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Red-tailed Hawk Fight

 

Hi All,

 Yesterday, I came upon a pair of Red-tailed Hawks on Ledyard Road that were
locked in combat or that's what it appeared like. A man who saw it all start
said  there had been a third hawk there when it began. When I first saw
them, the hawk on the bottom was barely moving.  Then there would be brief
heavy moments of struggle with the top hawk being the aggressor. It appeared
like the bottom hawk did not escalate the fighting but remained in a
defensive posture, curling its wings and tail to protect itself. At the end,
they released, had a brief stare down and then the loser flew away. 

I am wondering if anyone would know the age of the two hawks and if that may
help tell the story.  I don't have the photos all up yet, but here are some
that show the wings and the tail feathers. It was fascinating if not a bit
worrisome watching them. I was relieved to see only a bit of blood where the
talons were grasping each others, and that they both flew away. I have many
more photos, but  I think there are enough angles here for id purposes.

 

http://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Birds/Red-tailed-Hawk-Fight
/48060565_ZVDm2x#!i=3936330011
http://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Birds/Red-tailed-Hawk-Figh
t/48060565_ZVDm2x#!i=3936330011k=cHcxwCf k=cHcxwCf

 

Diana Whiting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diana Whiting

http://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/

 

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[cayugabirds-l] swan and YBSapsucker

2015-02-12 Thread Naomi Brewer
 

Yesterday, Feb. 11th. there were 50 Tundra Swans between Sheldrake Point and
Kidders, in the afternoon.

One of the residents along there has had 1 -3 Mute Swans several times.

I don't understand why The Whistling Swan was renamed Tundra. I can stand on
my porch and hear Whistling.

For two days now I have watched a yellow bellied Sapsucker at my suet cakes.
He seems to be boring holes

Up and down like they do for sap. I get no work done (:J)

 

Naomi Brewer

Sheldrake/Wyers Point


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[cayugabirds-l] Orioles, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Wood Thrush !!

2014-05-08 Thread Naomi Brewer
  Yesterday (Wed.) late afternoon I saw 3 male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at my
hanging suet cake hanging near my window. They took turns standing on the
cage, leaning over and eating. They  had a fine time between the suet and
the big sunflower feeder.  When they were away from the suet, the male
Baltimore Oriole was eating the suet. This morning (Thur.) 6:30 the Oriole
was back on the suet cake.  Fly off and  then back on. Paid no attention to
the  Oriole nectar feeder hanging  nearby .

   From the porch at 7:15 a.m. I enjoyed listening to a wood thrush up,
back, in the woods.  Warblers flitting thru the tops of trees - hard to
identify at their speed. Yesterday 2:30 p.m. I drove on Rt. 89 past the
Osprey nest near Deans Cove.  The male was sitting up in a tree across the
road from the nest. I couldn't see the female on the nest but the nest looks
deep so she may not show up from the road.  

   Keeping track of all the birds leaves no time for work (:J)

 

Naomi Brewer

Sheldrake/Wyers Pt.

 


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Catbirds and suet

2014-05-08 Thread Naomi Brewer
I have never seen catbirds at my  suet feeder and a catbird nests each year
in my yard. I just wrote in a message about B. Orioles  RB Grosbeaks at my
suet. I have never had  them at my suet before.
Naomi
Sheldrake/ Wyers Point
Cayuga lake

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From: bounce-115187219-9392...@list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-115187219-9392...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of W. Larry
Hymes
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 11:36 AM
To: cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Catbirds and suet

Had our first of year CATBIRD and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.  The catbird 
went to our suet feeder, but couldn't figure out how to get to the 
suet.  We cut only the top off the package and hang it upside down 
inside the rest of the package to make it more difficult for starlings 
to feed.  Yesterday we hung a Wildbird's bark butter feeder (bought for 
Sara Jane's birthday) near the suet feeder.  After a few failed attempts 
with the suet feeder, the catbird noticed the bark butter feeder and 
began taking pieces off it.  It's been back a couple times.  We have 
never seen catbirds feed on suet.  Have any of you observed this?

Larry

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[cayugabirds-l] Orioles

2014-05-06 Thread Naomi Brewer
Monday, May 5th. about 3 p.m.  as I looked out the window, there on the suet
cake in its cage, stood a male Baltimore Oriole. He was standing on the top
of the cage which had a new block of suet in it. He was  eating the suet. He
flew off and  at 4 p.m. as I sat in front of the porch the female Oriole lit
on a ,very near ,branch of the maple tree right in front of me. She was soon
joined by the male. They stayed awhile then flew around the house. Just
beautiful. 

 

Naomi Brewer

Sheldrake/Wyers Point


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Robins and cedar waxings

2014-03-08 Thread Naomi Brewer
Many years ago while visiting my uncle in Bonita Springs, Florida - about
this time of year - Robins were eating some black berries.  The bushes were
along the yard and as I watched the Robins some of them would flop to the
ground, try to get up, stager and eventually be able to hop off or fly. They
were drunk from those berries.

Naomi Brewer

Sheldrake/ Wyers Point

 

From: bounce-112960153-9392...@list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-112960153-9392...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Michael O.
Engle
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2014 2:42 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Robins and cedar waxings

 

A large group of robins and cedar waxwings have been coming and going from
the red oak tree just north of Olin Library in the Arts Quad for hours. Many
more cedar waxwings are gathered in the pine trees near the southeast corner
of Olin Library by Stimson Hall right now.

 

Michael

 

+

Michael Engle | m...@cornell.edu

Reference Librarian 

Selector: Olin/Uris Reference  Anglo-American Newspapers

106 Olin Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

 

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Additional freezing info

2014-02-13 Thread Naomi Brewer
I have my Great Great Grandmother’s diaries. She was Carrie Coleman and with 
her son Myron R. Coleman owned and ran the Coleman Hotel at Kidders, N.Y.  She 
wrote that Cayuga Lake completely froze over in 1912. Then She wrote Feb. 4, 
1912 – Cayuga Lake has not frozen over since 1885. She continued:

Feb. 12, 1912 – A great many people are skating and walking on the lake.

  “  14 – At least 200 people were here at Kidders on the ice. Charlie 
White (Sheldrake) is out with his iceboat. Two other iceboats and many skaters 
came over from the other side.

   “ 16 -  Hundreds crossing the lake – Skating and walking. Two students 
were drowned a mile north of King Ferry. 

In the first 10 days of March she wrote of many in iceboats, 
skating and walking back and forth from both sides. Some came from Auburn or 
Ithaca on the train to King Ferry, then skated or rode on iceboats  over the 
lake to Kidders.  On St. Patrick’s Day, after five weeks of wonderful fun on 
the lake the ice broke up and moved north. With much ice moving up and down the 
lake as the wind changed, there were great fields of ice piling up on docks and 
boat houses.

Going back to the year 1885, Carrie Coleman wrote in her diary :

Feb. 17 , 1885 – The lake is frozen over. Myron (son) skated over to King Ferry 
after the mail. Many people skating on the lake.

Mar. 4, - Thawed and injured the skating. No wind for iceboats. 

   “  5,   - Ice is frozen over again. We all went out on the iceboat. Not 
much wind.

“ 6 – The ice  roared and groaned as it froze harder.

“ 7 – A party of young men came from Auburn then over on the iceboat.

“11 – Myron skated over after the mail. Then he and Fred (Wyer) skated 
to Aurora and back. 

“13 – Everyday people are on the lake. The iceboat sailed splendidly.  
Everyone was riding. I went over to meet the train and had a glorious sail.

Mar. 22 -  Men came from across the lake in a sleigh and horses and later went 
back. 

 “27 – Teams crossing on the ice.  Saw a horse and sleigh going to 
Ithaca – about in the middle of the lake.  The iceboats flew about and people 
skating. 

April 1 -  Mild and the ice is getting unsafe.

Naomi Brewer  (Sheldrake) 

7214 Wyers Pt Rd.

Ovid, N.Y.

 

From: bounce-112542730-9392...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-112542730-9392...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel
Sent: Monday, February 10, 2014 6:29 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Additional freezing info

 

Photos of the 1912 event show crowds of people out on the frozen lake; even 
horses. But two Cornell students skating near King Ferry were drowned when the 
ice gave way beneath them. Here's the Cornell Daily Sun article:

 

http://cdsun.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/cornell?a=d 
http://cdsun.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/cornell?a=dd=CDS19120219.2.1 
d=CDS19120219.2.1


-Geo Kloppel


On Feb 9, 2014, at 11:49 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk l...@cornell.edu wrote:

I wonder for how long.  The lake can skim over with a sharp dip in temp, and 
then winds break up the ice.  

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[cayugabirds-l] redhead ducks

2014-01-31 Thread Naomi Brewer
Yesterday, Jan. 30th. In front of my house at 7214 Wyers Point Road - north
of Sheldrake were about 500 Redhead Ducks. 

The raft was very tight and looked like a small island ! Near my dock then a
bit south where they were moving around and diving.

After awhile they drifted south. A great sight at 7:00 a.m.

 

Naomi Brewer


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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Grosbeak plus

2013-04-09 Thread Naomi Brewer
Hi all -  On Sunday last I watched a PINE GROSBEAK at the sunflower tube
feeder. Came off and on most of the day. I watched it easily from the window
as it cracked the seeds and dropped the husks to the ground. There was a
Song Sparrow on the ground looking for food. Also, an Eastern Phoebe has
arrived to take up residence, again, on my house. I'm, glad to see it.
Sunday there was a Common Loon swimming very near my dock. It was big and
very white throat  breast.

It is hard to stay inside these days (:J)

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[cayugabirds-l] red winged blackbirds

2013-02-27 Thread Naomi Brewer
Hi All - Yesterday all the usual feeder birds were busy at my feeders. Of
course many more Goldfinch  Chickadees than when I needed them for the
GBYBC.

Then Yesterday afternoon 3 Red-winged Blackbirds came to the
suet cake and ate about half of it. They ignored the sunflower tube right
near.

My DE Junco's are no longer ground feeders only. They are at
the hanging suet cake as well as the large tube feeder. That has a small
ledge and is filled with cracked corn, sunflower seeds and nijer seeds. 

 

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[cayugabirds-l] RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD

2012-10-20 Thread Naomi Brewer
HI ALL -

I have been reading all your messages about Rufous Hummers.
I live on Wyers Point Road on Cayuga Lake about 1 mile north of Sheldrake
Point and about 3 + miles from  my good friend, Marty Schlabach. On Sunday,
Sept. 16 , a beautiful day, I sat on the front porch with my binos and
enjoyed birds coming to the freshly cleaned Bird Bath -Cardinals washing up,
even a nuthatch family. Then coming from a clump of fall flowers was a
Hummingbird, flying slower than my usual hummers. It turned and I could see
the rusty side as it went for the bird bath. Got my Binoculars on it, by
then it was sitting on the edge of the bird bath. Its back was a dark green.
Then it flew up in a nearby Red Bud tree and I lost it under the leaves. 

I studied my Bird book and thought it was a female Rufous
but did not report it as I wanted to be very sure. I had hoped it would
stick around but I haven't seen it since. 

On Oct. 17th when I received Jay McGowan's message with the
good picture of the Rufous at Marty's house I knew that it was just like the
one at my house on Sept. 16th.  It may be the same one.

I can now add it to my life list.  !!!

 

Good Birding,

Naomi Brewer


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbirds

2012-09-07 Thread Naomi Brewer
The males arrive early and establish their territory, then they are very
busy all summer preforming their manly duties to all the females in their
area. Then no need to hang around.!!

Naomi

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[mailto:bounce-64145031-9392...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Marie P Read
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2012 11:02 AM
To: Sally Eller; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbirds

I am wondering why the males leave earlier than the females in the fall? 

Finally able to get away from the wife and kids for a well-earned break??
;-))

Just a joke, after all the only thing the male contributes is sperm!

Marie

Marie Read Wildlife Photography
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbirds

I am wondering why the males leave earlier than the females in the fall?  I
know that they return in May earlier to establish territory for mating, but
why do they leave earlier in the fall?

Sally Eller
West shore, Cayuga Lake
Ovid
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[cayugabirds-l] RT Hummingbirds

2012-09-06 Thread Naomi Brewer
I have been reading all your messages about our little
jewels.  It is early this year but I believe they are beginning to migrate
.  I always tell in my bird column, to keep their feeders  out through the
fall as there are Hummingbirds much farther north that need food as they
come along on their way south. The males do go on ahead.

Hummers do eat insects. Recently I was sitting out in the
lawn and watched one as it went along the undersides of leaves on my Red Bud
tree and right by me at the maple tree with wings whirring. One of my
feeders is near a window and they sometimes fly along the edges of the
window to get any spiders, etc. there.

I always have lots of boarders and they seem to have gone
earlier this year  - Catbirds, Robins, Bluebirds, etc. The orioles come
early, nest in a tall tree in my yard and mid- July they leave. 

Enjoy the Birds,

 

Naomi Brewer

Sheldrake/Wyers Point

On Cayuga Lake




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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Waxwings Tulip trees

2012-05-25 Thread Naomi Brewer
A few days ago I watched 5 Cedar Waxwings drinking water from my bird bath
and then they flew up in a tall tulip tree full of blossoms. The Baltimore
Orioles are calling from the tops of the same tree. They might nest up there
but I'm not sure if they enjoy the blossoms. We do find blossoms on the
ground and have blamed the squirrels. We have 5 tall Tulip Trees around the
yard.
Naomi Brewer
Sheldrake/Wyers Point


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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Waxwings  Tulip trees

I've been aware of flocks of Cedar Waxwings apparently feeding on tulip tree
flowers. Never noticed this before and didn't know that the nectar was
particularly sweet (bees don't seem very interested, anyway.) Perhaps a
silly question, but is this common CW feeding this time of year?
Eben McLane
Scipio, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Carolina wren babies

2012-04-28 Thread Naomi Brewer
Late afternoon yesterday, with much commotion on the parents parts, 3 baby
Carolina wrens left their nest, little things with no tails. Papa and mama
got them settled down before the adults made many trips to the suet feeder
and back to the babies. This morning I heart a lot of gentle chattering out
by the porch and now they are off on their first adventure. I guess the 1st
was getting through last night's cold weather.

 

Naomi Brewer

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[cayugabirds-l] flowering quince bush hummers

2012-04-01 Thread Naomi Brewer
My Flowering Quince bushes are now in bloom with beautiful red blossoms so
dear to Ruby throated hummingbirds and Baltimore Orioles who appear in time
to get the nectar. I have not seen either bird yet and since blossoms are
early this year, I'm wondering  if the blossoms will be gone before the
birds arrive. Has anyone seen a Hummer yet ? We better get our feeders out
and be prepared. 

Naomi Brewer

Sheldrake/ Wyers Point


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[cayugabirds-l] sunday birds

2012-03-12 Thread Naomi Brewer
HI All -

Yesterday  my son took a walk to the woods. My house faces
Cayuga lake and back of house is a hill. Over the hill is a big field with a
pond at the north end and near a woods. There on the pond he saw  1 Wood
Duck, a pair of Mallards and 3 Buffleheads. We often see  Woodies and
Mallards there but it was a surprise to see the cute Buffleheads. He was
careful not to scare them. Yes, the Cardinals are singing, the woodpeckers
are drumming and my pair of Carolina Wrens  are busy deciding just where to
make their nest on which porch of my house !! Late afternoon Friday there
was a large raft of Snow Geese way out on lake from Wyers Point.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Pileated woodpecker

2012-02-17 Thread Naomi Brewer
From 2:30 to 3 p.m. today I watched a good-sized male Pileated Woodpecker
just back of my house. He was tearing apart a pile of rotted logs that have
been there for years. He worked his way along the side and nearly under when
a gray squirrel came sauntering along down the side hill and too close to
Mr. Woodpecker. There was quite a flurry as the woodpecker tilted back,
wings outspread and with his feet let Mr. squirrel  have it ! The squirrel
left the area fast and the woodpecker continued his search for a good meal.
I often see the Pileated, sometimes 2 or 3 as there is a woods back of my
house and old trees in front along the lakeshore. Cardinals and Carolina
wrens are singing loud and clear now. The Robins that have stayed here this
winter will be heading back to Newfoundland to nest and the ones that went
further south will be coming back to us soon. It has been a joy to have them
around whichever way they are going.

 

Naomi Brewer

Sheldrake-Wyers Pt.

 


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[cayugabirds-l] great horned owls

2012-01-20 Thread Naomi Brewer
My son went outdoors about 11 pm, last night to check the outdoor furnace.
He heard ,not far from the house, in the woods, to the north/west ---hoot,
hoot. Then right away an answering hoot, hoot from the south.  After a
minute another faint hoot, hoot still farther south (woods). 3 Great Horned
Owls. Today there were rafts of Canada Geese all along the lake shore and
doing a great lot of honking. Also all the usual birds at the feeders 
suet.

 

Naomi Brewer

7214 Wyers Point Road,

Ovid, NY.

Cayuga Lake


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[cayugabirds-l] Canada Geese

2011-09-26 Thread Naomi Brewer
Hi All - Saturday morning at 9:20 I went outside my house and heard
thousands of Canada Geese flying way, way high overhead. So high I could not
see them but could hear them honking on their travels.

 

Naomi Brewer

Sheldrake,

7214 Wyers Pt. Rd.,

Ovid, N.Y. 14521


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[cayugabirds-l] excitement from my window

2011-04-26 Thread Naomi Brewer
Hi all -  from 7 am as I like to watch the news on TV, my gaze was turned to
my window. Right outside is a tube sunflower seed feeder  suet cake. On the
tube feeder was a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak and there was a male
red-bellied woodpecker on the suet and at the tube came 4 Purple Finch plus
8 male Goldfinch all trying to get at the seeds and swirling around. In the
background on a tree was a female Pileated Woodpecker -what a sight. 

Naomi Brewer

7214 Wyers Pt. Rd.

Ovid, NY. 


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] an ovenbirdish wren

2011-04-09 Thread Naomi Brewer
Here in the Sheldrake area we have Carolina Wrens year around and they have
several songs and chatters. One, in spring, it calls Teacher, Teacher over
and over. I always thought it was to call in a mate. They nest in my flower
basket hanging by my front door every year. And stand on porch railing
making little chatters to let babies know they're coming. They have a vocal
hiss when we come in or out the door when they are tending to babies. A
beautiful and friendly little bird. I always have suet out in winter and
they love it. Winters are hard on them and I lost one this winter - found it
laying on front porch. Two are about now  but I don't see signs of a nest
yet. Off and on they roosted in their nest this winter which is in the
center of a big Christmas wreath fastened up on the porch wall. It's not
nice an green any more but they like it.  Hope I haven't rambled on too
much. I could tell tales about my Carolina  Wrens enough for a book !!

Enjoy,

Naomi Brewer

 

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[mailto:bounce-15896423-9392...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Candace
Cornell
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2011 5:34 PM
To: cayugabirds-l
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] an ovenbirdish wren

 

I should have mentioned earlier that I am not 110% certain about the
Ovenbird ID, since it is early for an Ovenbird, and sincerely appreciate any
helpful comments. The bird I heard repeated a Teacher, Teacher phrase 12
times, with each repetition increasing in emphasis and volume as it built to
a crescendo. The song also had the emphatic insistence I associate with an
Ovenbird.

 

On the other hand, I thought I detected a slight difference in the clarity
of the song. The bird seemed to enunciate Teacher, Teacher a little too
clearly, a little too perfectly. I was not sure whether to attribute that
distinction to a local accent or the fact that I usually hear ovenbirds when
there are leaves muffling their songs a bit. 

 

Both Susan Fast and John Greenly wrote that they have heard Carolina Wrens
sing ovenbirdish songs and John, a Ludlowvillite, knows of one such wren
in the area where we heard the bird. I can imagine a clever wren turning
teakettles into teachers. However, I've listened to countless Ovenbird and
Carolina Wren recordings today and didn't hear any wren recordings that came
close to what I heard yesterday. Since locals usually know the quirks of
their neighborhood birds best, I'll assume it was a Carolina Wren, record it
as an unknown passerine, and go back to hopefully track down the singer
again.

 

 Thank you Susan and John! Have a good bird-filled weekend!

 

Candace

 

 


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Carolina Wren pair come to be counted today.

2011-02-21 Thread Naomi Brewer
Nari -
Your story of your squirrel made me want to share my story -
Saturday(2nd day of bird count) morning I noticed the cardinals flying to my
big green metal feeder, then flying away without stopping for food. I
thought it must be empty, my son thought not. He went out with a bucket of
food anyway and as he got to the feeder he could see gray fur where the
birds would eat so he carefully raised the metal cover and out flew a gray
squirrel. It had to have spent the night in there at least. And he had eaten
all the food.!!  I don't see how he got the metal cover up enough to get in.
My 4 pair of Cardinals and all the other birds are happy again. 
Naomi Brewer
7214 Wyers Pt. Rd.
Ovid, N.Y. 14521

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[mailto:bounce-8362824-9392...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Nari Mistry
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2011 12:17 PM
To: Cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Carolina Wren pair come to be counted today.

Both of the Carolina Wren pair appeared together today at our suet, just so
they could be counted for the GBBC. They were missing since last Thursday
and only one at a time has appeared sporadically last week. A red squirrel
happily sits all day inside the outer suet cage, discouraging small birds --
in spite of my efforts to persuade him away to seed elsewhere, cajole him,
threaten him.

In  past years a CAWren pair has stayed around all year and even once nested
in a brush pile. Hope they do again.
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[cayugabirds-l] Swans on cayuga

2011-02-02 Thread Naomi Brewer
My son just got home from work and driving from Kidders (153) along through
Sheldrake to  home at 7214 Wyers Pt. Rd. he counted 58 Swans. Didn't study
to determine if Tundra or Mute or a mixture. 

Naomi Brewer


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[cayugabirds-l] (cayugabirds-l) snow geese

2010-12-06 Thread Naomi Brewer
At 3:30 pm. This afternoon there were 2 flocks of Snow Geese flying north
over the field adjacent to Cayuga Lake at 7214 Wyers Point Rd. Ovid, NY.
Total of about 150.

I like to have my feeder birds eat what is available until
the snow flies so late yesterday afternoon we filled all feeders around the
house. This morning, early ,many species had found the sunflower seeds 
cracked corn and the cage of suet. It has been a busy place all day with - a
pair of Cardinals, 2 Carolina Wrens, 2 Tufted Titmice,1 Hairy 1 Downy
Woodpecker, 2 Goldfinch,  5 Chickadees. On the ground were 2 Mourning Doves
and 6 Dark-eyed Junco.

 

Naomi Brewer

7214 Wyers Pt. Rd.


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[cayugabirds-l] immature bald eagle

2010-06-30 Thread Naomi Brewer
Tuesday, June 29 I watched from my yard on Wyers Point Road, an immature Bald 
Eagle. It flew back and forth along the shoreline of Cayuga Lake. It wanted to 
land but had to circle around and around as a crow and several smaller birds 
were chasing it. It did succeed and I did not see it again, through the trees. 
I believe it was after a dead fish as one was seen floating earlier.
Last year there was a Bald Eagle that made a habit of sitting on a dead 
tree branch, near here and along the lakeshore. He was seen catching fish from 
the lake.
To have Eagles along here has been only for the past several years, that I 
know of. I think they are migrating up from Montezuma Wildlife Refuge at the 
end of the lake.

Naomi Brewer
7214 Wyers Point Road,
Ovid, N.Y. 14521
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[cayugabirds-l] /flying squirrel / bluebird

2010-04-05 Thread Naomi Brewer
Hi Birders -

Along the north edge of our lawn is a Bluebird house. Used some years and 
some not.
We cleaned it out last fall late and this last Saturday, I asked my son to 
take a look and see if mice had taken over. He looked and out came a Flying 
Squirrel. He found 3 babies so closed the front of the box and left. Minutes 
later I watched the Mama fly from tree to bush to bush and into the hole. 
There are other boxes in other parts of the farm for Bluebirds. Does anyone 
have Flying Squirrels ? They are beautiful but I have read that one of their 
food sources is bird's eggs  nestlings.
Easter Sunday , the air was full of birds calling and a number of 
Buffleheads on the Lake - all showing off and selecting mates.

Naomi Brewer
7214 Wyers Point Rd.
Ovid, N.Y. 14521

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