[cayugabirds-l] Owasco Flats Bird Walk - Sat. May 21 @ 7:30 AM

2016-05-19 Thread Noelle Rayman
Good morning,

The Owasco Flats Nature Reserve will host a bird walk this coming Saturday, May 
21 at 7:30 AM. The walk may take a few hours depending on what we find.

The weather looks fantastic the rest of this week, but there still could be 
muddy spots in low areas of the trail so bring boots. Don't forget binocs and a 
scope, if you have one. A snack is good to bring too, in case we are out a 
while.

We will meet at the Rte. 38 parking area on the west side of Owasco Lake, about 
4 miles north of Moravia and just south of Southshore Marina. The is a large 
kiosk visible from the road.

Hope to see you there!

Noelle Rayman-Metcalf
Homer, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Follow up to OFNR bird trip, Sat. May 23

2015-05-25 Thread Noelle Rayman
Good evening,
 
Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend!  It was a great weekend to go 
birding.  I wanted to follow up with what we found during the birding trip at 
the Owasco Flats Nature Reserve on Saturday, May 23.  Thank you to those that 
participated.  It certainly was a chilly morning, but we still had some great 
birds.  See below for complete list in the order we saw or heard within a 3 
hour timeframe - 45 total spp:
 
Great-crested flycatcher (heard)
American crow
Red-eyed vireo
Common yellowthroat
Canada goose
Yellow warbler
Red-winged blackbird
Catbird
Bluejay
Scarlet tanager
Tree swallow
White-breasted nuthatch
Chipping sparrow
American goldfinch
Black-capped chickadee (heard)
Red-bellied woodpecker (heard)
Tufted titmouse (heard)
Song sparrow
Great blue heron
Eastern wood pewee
Northern flicker (heard)
Chestnut-sided warbler (many singing, heard only)
Wood duck
Yellow-throated vireo
Ring-billed gull
Northern oriole
Mourning dove
American robin
Green heron
Warbling vireo (heard)
Common grackle
Herring gull
Bank swallow
Belted kingfisher (heard)
Veery (heard)
Barn swallow
Mallard
Chimney swift
Eastern phoebe
Virginia rail (heard)
Ruby-throated hummingbird
Empidonax spp.  (guessing it was an Alder, but had trouble with lighting to 
identify correctly)
Pileated woodpecker (heard)
Blackpoll warbler
Northern cardinal
 
While you can bird the OFNR anytime, we won't have any scheduled bird trips now 
until the fall.  Our next event is a canoe/kayak trip on June 20.  Additional 
information on that will be forthcoming.
 
Thank you,
 
Noelle Rayman
  
 
  
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[cayugabirds-l] Owasco Flats Nature Reserve Birding Trip - Saturday, May 23 @ 7:00 AM

2015-05-22 Thread Noelle Rayman



 Good morning, Another birding trip is scheduled for the Owasco Flats Nature 
Reserve (OFNR) tomorrow, Saturday, May 23 starting at 7:00 AM.  The OFNR is 
located about 4 miles north of Moravia, NY on the west side of Owasco Lake.  It 
looks like the weather will be very nice, although probably a bit chilly in the 
morning.  The trails are definitely drier than they were in April, but you may 
want to bring muck boots in case a couple spots are muddy.  Please do not 
forget to bring binocs and/or scope, field guide, and drinks/snacks.  I will 
meet folks at the Rt. 38 pull-off area where the OFNR parking and kiosk are 
located.  We will bird the 1.0-mile  loop trail at the OFNR and Owasco Lake, 
which should take only a couple of hours. Please do not hesitate to contact me 
for more information.
Thanks and hope to see you Saturday!
Noelle   Noelle RaymanBiologistCortland, NY315-343-7397
  
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[cayugabirds-l] Follow-up to Owasco Flats Birding Trip Sat. April 18

2015-04-20 Thread Noelle Rayman
Good evening,
 
I just wanted to report out on our birding trip around the Owasco Flats Nature 
Reserve on Saturday, April 18.  Thank you to those that attended!  It was a 
beautiful morning despite it being fairly quiet and muddy!  We started around 
8:45 AM and ended about 11:30 AM, following the 1.0 mile loop trail that 
started at the Rte. 38 pull off.   For those that aren't familiar, from the 
parking lot, the trail follows an old railroad bed before winding towards 
Owasco Creek which you follow until you reach the southern end of Owasco Lake.  
The trail then proceeds along a gravel road before circling back onto the 
railroad bed again to the parking lot.  So there is a great mix of habitats to 
bird along the way...forested wetland, open marsh, the lake and upland forest.  
In short, all species heard or seen were very common (32 total), except for a 
lone calling Virginia rail along the north side of the gravel road. 
We saw...American robinWhite-breasted nuthatchWood duckRed-winged 
blackbirdBlack-capped chickadeeBlue jayDowny woodpeckerMallardGreat blue 
heronCanada gooseTufted titmouseHairy woodpeckerEuropean starlingSong 
sparrowTree swallowCommon grackleBuffleheadScaup 
spp.RedheadOspreyDouble-crested cormorantEastern pheobeNorthern cardinalHerring 
gullRing-billed gull
We heard...Red-bellied woodpeckerAmerican crowAmerican goldfinchNorthern 
flickerPileated woodpeckerChipping sparrowVirginia rail Other non-bird species 
observed or heard were painted turtles, spring peepers, northern leopard frog 
and several dead mudpuppies were found along the bank of the creek (presumably 
stranded from receding flood waters).
We will host another birding trip on Saturday, May 23 if you'd like to 
participate.  The start time is yet to be set, so stay tuned for that 
announcement as we get closer to the date.  It will most likely be earlier than 
this last trip.
Thanks and happy birding!
Noelle
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[cayugabirds-l] Birding Trip at Owasco Flats Nature Reserve - Saturday, April 18 @ 8:30 AM

2015-04-16 Thread Noelle Rayman
Good morning, I wanted to let this group know that the Owasco Flats Nature 
Reserve is hosting their first birding trip of the season this coming Saturday. 
 We will start at 8:30 AM, so not too early.  You should dress for the weather, 
bring binocs and/or scope, field guide, and drinks/snacks.  I will meet folks 
at the Rt. 38 pull-off area about 4 miles up the west side of Owasco Lake where 
the Reserve parking and kiosk are located.  We will bird the loop trail at the 
Flats and Owasco Lake. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more 
information.
Thanks and hope to see you Saturday!
Noelle   Noelle RaymanBiologistCortland, NY315-343-7397 
  
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