[cayugabirds-l] Ducks off Stewart Park, including Eurasian Wigeon

2021-03-14 Thread Paul Anderson
There's a very nice selection of ducks visible from Stewart Park this
morning, and viewing is good if you can bear the stiff north wind. The list
includes the Eurasian Wigeon, and also American Wigeon, Pintail,
Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Hooded
Merganser, Mallard, Black Duck, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Pintail,
Gadwall.

Also seen or heard there or in Remington Woods: Killdeer, Red-winged
Blackbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Song Sparrow, Carolina Wren.

And of course the usual suspects: all three Gulls, Chickadees, Robins,
Geese, Crows.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Surprises at Salt Point

2021-02-21 Thread Paul Anderson
I see that Pipits are tail-bobbers too, so that's likely what I saw. Sorry
for the false alarm!

-Paul

On Sun, Feb 21, 2021 at 4:02 PM bob mcguire 
wrote:

> Diane, Rachel, Ken, and I were at Myers mid-morning as five American
> Pipits flew in front the direction of Salt Point (north shoreline) to
> forage for ten minutes along the edge of Salmon Creek directly in front of
> us. Although the field marks you describe do fit PIWA, you might consider
> pipit as well.
>
> While we were there a pair of White-winged Scoters flew in from the south
> and landed in the cove just north of Salt Point. And there was the
> continuing Killdeer across the creek from us, hunkered down at first, then
> foraging in the gravel.
>
> Bob McGuire
>
> On Feb 21, 2021, at 3:08 PM, Paul Anderson  wrote:
>
> I just got back from a walk around Salt Point. The first surprise was a
> Killdeer.
>
> The second surprise was what I am 90% sure was a Palm Warbler, possibly
> even two. I heard flight calls and followed the bird in flight to where it
> perched in a tree. It was backlit, so I was not able to make out many field
> marks, but I did get a strong impression of the yellow undertail coverts,
> and it was bobbing its tail vigorously. As I was watching that one, I could
> hear another in flight, but the sun was in my eyes so I never picked that
> one up. This was right on the north shore near where the Little Free
> Library is.
>
> In the water, amongst the usual suspects were two White-winged Scoters,
> and three Red-breasted Mergansers. Further to the north was a large
> spread-out raft of probable Canada Geese, but I didn't have my scope so I
> couldn't confirm.
>
> Visibility and wind conditions are excellent. I wouldn't be surprised if
> there were more interesting waterfowl further out. If only I had brought
> that scope
>
> -Paul
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Surprises at Salt Point

2021-02-21 Thread Paul Anderson
I just got back from a walk around Salt Point. The first surprise was a
Killdeer.

The second surprise was what I am 90% sure was a Palm Warbler, possibly
even two. I heard flight calls and followed the bird in flight to where it
perched in a tree. It was backlit, so I was not able to make out many field
marks, but I did get a strong impression of the yellow undertail coverts,
and it was bobbing its tail vigorously. As I was watching that one, I could
hear another in flight, but the sun was in my eyes so I never picked that
one up. This was right on the north shore near where the Little Free
Library is.

In the water, amongst the usual suspects were two White-winged Scoters, and
three Red-breasted Mergansers. Further to the north was a large spread-out
raft of probable Canada Geese, but I didn't have my scope so I couldn't
confirm.

Visibility and wind conditions are excellent. I wouldn't be surprised if
there were more interesting waterfowl further out. If only I had brought
that scope

-Paul

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Results from the 2021 Christmas Bird Count Ithaca Circle

2021-01-06 Thread Paul Anderson
Sorry, it looks like I sent out the link to the 2020 sheet by mistake. The
2021 link is this:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qKBp_qY7ZAw6ZPxMNjmfb9bjPjUDNFaH/view.

Thanks to those who pointed this out.

-Paul

On Tue, Jan 5, 2021 at 8:16 PM Paul Anderson  wrote:

> All:
>
> The Christmas Bird Count and the count week is now over. We had the
> meeting last night to unveil the numbers, which many of you probably
> attended. I suspect there will be a few minor changes before we're
> completely done and ready to upload to Audubon, but I don't think any of
> the major conclusions will be upended.
>
> I have uploaded the spreadsheet with the results here:
> https://drive.google.com/open?id=18fVU66lwWkJgcXKVIZwiXWMak_TOC9nK. Note
> that this has not just the numbers for this year, but all numbers for all
> counts back to the first one in 1963. Feel free to download and browse. In
> the sheet named '2021', see column V for this year's totals, and columns E
> through K for historical data. Also, you can find the map and other
> information here:
> http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/christmas-bird-count.
>
> Here's a summary of the interesting information:
>
>- *181 people* participated, breaking the previous record of 165 from
>2017
>- Participants walked *315 miles* in *305 hours*, and spent another *94
>hours* birding from the car, and *24 hours* owling
>- We had *89 species* on the day, and *10 count week species*, one of
>which is new for the count
>- *15 species* had record highs, and two tied the previous record
>high. We've never broken so many records before!
>- No record lows or big misses, although a few species were much lower
>than we have been used to in recent years
>
>
> We had a great year for woodpeckers and other feeder birds, as well as a
> few others. The record high counts were for these species:
>
>- White-winged Scoter
>- Turkey Vulture
>- Red-bellied Woodpecker
>- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
>- Downy Woodpecker
>- Hairy Woodpecker
>- Pileated Woodpecker
>- Common Raven
>- Tufted Titmouse
>- Red-breasted Nuthatch
>- White-breasted Nuthatch
>- Brown Creeper
>- Carolina Wren
>- Eastern Bluebird
>- Hermit Thrush
>
> Ties for record highs:
>
>- Winter Wren
>- Northern Saw-whet Owl
>
> Count week species
>
>- Tundra Swan
>- Gadwall
>- Ring-necked Duck
>- Red-breasted Merganser
>- Ring-necked Pheasant
>- Black Vulture
>- Gyrfalcon - this was new for the count
>- Peregrine Falcon - we only just today confirmed this sighting on
>12/31.
>- Northern Shrike
>- Snow Bunting
>
>
> The total number of birds counted was 30,293, about 16% down from the
> 10-year average.
>
> At the meeting there was lots of speculation about causes for these
> numbers. It seems fair to conclude that the record effort yielded record
> numbers of birds, a theory that is supported by the fact that we had a
> similar amount of effort in 2011 when we also set many records for many of
> the same birds. The low total is likely mostly due to our part of the lake
> being more empty of birds than we have been used to. Those waterfowl were
> just elsewhere on the day.
>
> Finally, although we all agreed that we were sad not to have the in-person
> dinner at the Lab, all the area leaders were greatly appreciative of the
> extra time to collate numbers. Consequently, we are discussing breaking
> with tradition and doing the dinner on the day after the count instead.
>
> Thanks to everyone who participated and helped out. This was fun!
>
> -Paul
>

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[cayugabirds-l] Results from the 2021 Christmas Bird Count Ithaca Circle

2021-01-05 Thread Paul Anderson
All:

The Christmas Bird Count and the count week is now over. We had the meeting
last night to unveil the numbers, which many of you probably attended. I
suspect there will be a few minor changes before we're completely done and
ready to upload to Audubon, but I don't think any of the major conclusions
will be upended.

I have uploaded the spreadsheet with the results here:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=18fVU66lwWkJgcXKVIZwiXWMak_TOC9nK. Note
that this has not just the numbers for this year, but all numbers for all
counts back to the first one in 1963. Feel free to download and browse. In
the sheet named '2021', see column V for this year's totals, and columns E
through K for historical data. Also, you can find the map and other
information here:
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/christmas-bird-count.

Here's a summary of the interesting information:

   - *181 people* participated, breaking the previous record of 165 from
   2017
   - Participants walked *315 miles* in *305 hours*, and spent another *94
   hours* birding from the car, and *24 hours* owling
   - We had *89 species* on the day, and *10 count week species*, one of
   which is new for the count
   - *15 species* had record highs, and two tied the previous record high.
   We've never broken so many records before!
   - No record lows or big misses, although a few species were much lower
   than we have been used to in recent years


We had a great year for woodpeckers and other feeder birds, as well as a
few others. The record high counts were for these species:

   - White-winged Scoter
   - Turkey Vulture
   - Red-bellied Woodpecker
   - Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
   - Downy Woodpecker
   - Hairy Woodpecker
   - Pileated Woodpecker
   - Common Raven
   - Tufted Titmouse
   - Red-breasted Nuthatch
   - White-breasted Nuthatch
   - Brown Creeper
   - Carolina Wren
   - Eastern Bluebird
   - Hermit Thrush

Ties for record highs:

   - Winter Wren
   - Northern Saw-whet Owl

Count week species

   - Tundra Swan
   - Gadwall
   - Ring-necked Duck
   - Red-breasted Merganser
   - Ring-necked Pheasant
   - Black Vulture
   - Gyrfalcon - this was new for the count
   - Peregrine Falcon - we only just today confirmed this sighting on 12/31.
   - Northern Shrike
   - Snow Bunting


The total number of birds counted was 30,293, about 16% down from the
10-year average.

At the meeting there was lots of speculation about causes for these
numbers. It seems fair to conclude that the record effort yielded record
numbers of birds, a theory that is supported by the fact that we had a
similar amount of effort in 2011 when we also set many records for many of
the same birds. The low total is likely mostly due to our part of the lake
being more empty of birds than we have been used to. Those waterfowl were
just elsewhere on the day.

Finally, although we all agreed that we were sad not to have the in-person
dinner at the Lab, all the area leaders were greatly appreciative of the
extra time to collate numbers. Consequently, we are discussing breaking
with tradition and doing the dinner on the day after the count instead.

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped out. This was fun!

-Paul

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[cayugabirds-l] Christmas Bird Count results

2021-01-03 Thread Paul Anderson
All:

I've been tallying the numbers from the Christmas Bird Count that was held
on New Year's Day. We're going to unveil the numbers at the Zoom meeting on
Monday. Until then, here is a teaser.

   - *181 people participated*, breaking the previous record of 165 from
   2017
   - Participants walked *315 miles* in 305 hours, and spent another *94 *hours
   birding from the car, and *21 *owling
   - We had *88 species* on the day, and at this point have 4 count week
   species, one of which is new for the count
   - *15 species had record highs*, and two tied the previous record high.
   We've never broken so many records before!
   - *No record lows or big misses*, although a few species were much lower
   than we have been used to in recent years

Please join us for the Zoom call on Monday at 7:30 for a presentation of
the details. Register with this link: https://tinyurl.com/cbc-2021-01-cbc.
Please note that we already have 60 people signed up, and our maximum
capacity is 100, so sign up soon!

Thanks,

-Paul

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[cayugabirds-l] Myers and Sapsucker Woods this morning: Snow Buntings then Fox Sparrow and GH Owl

2020-11-21 Thread Paul Anderson
I went to Myers at about 8:45 this morning in the hope of seeing some loons fly 
by. The first thing I noticed however was a hooting coming from across the 
creek in Salt Point. It sounded just like a classic Northern Saw-whet Owl 
except that the hoots were a fair bit longer. It only lasted about 30 seconds 
or so and I didn't go over to investigate further.

I ran into Kevin Packard there and we did see about 7-8 Common Loons, only one 
of which was in flight, and that one was going north and landed. We had two 
Bald Eagles too. The best treat though was two Snow Buntings that flew in close 
to us.

>From there I went to Sapsucker Woods and was delighted to find a Fox Sparrow 
>in the feeder garden along with a generous helping of the usual suspects: 
>Goldfinch, Chickadees, W-b Nuthatches, House Finches, Mourning Doves, 
>Cardinals, Blue Jays, Titmice, and Downy, Hairy, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. 
>Also one White-throated Sparrow.

In the tall pine tree close to where the Wilson Trail meets the Severinghaus 
Trail, I found a Great-horned Owl glaring at me menacingly from about 40 feet 
up.

I have some photos that I'll post to the FB group later.

-Paul

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[cayugabirds-l] Glaucous gull at Stewart Park

2020-03-22 Thread Paul Anderson
The birding at Stewart Park this morning was enormously satisfying. It was 
chilly but beautifully clear, and very still. Among the usual suspects were a 
Glaucous Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Bonaparte's Gulls, Red-breasted 
Mergansers, Ruddy Ducks, Green-winged Teal. And I got my FOY Tree Swallow. See 
ebird for the full list.

Then in Renwick Woods, the crows alerted me to the resident Great-horned Owl.

-Paul

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[cayugabirds-l] Christmas Bird Count spreadsheet

2020-02-09 Thread Paul Anderson
I finally got round to uploading the spreadsheet from the Christmas Bird Count. 
It can be found here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=18fVU66lwWkJgcXKVIZwiXWMak_TOC9nK

-Paul

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RE: [External] - [cayugabirds-l] Photos of white duck now on Ebird

2020-01-25 Thread Paul Anderson
Fred:

I saw that same bird on the Christmas Bird Count (that’s my patch) and took a 
couple of photos too. I judged it most likely to be a domestic, although I 
concede that it isn’t as chunky as most domestics seem to be. I’m interested to 
hear other opinions though.

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From: bounce-124315301-7546...@list.cornell.edu 
 On Behalf Of Fredric Kardon
Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2020 3:18 PM
To: Cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu
Subject: [External] - [cayugabirds-l] Photos of white duck now on Ebird

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On Jan 3 I tried to attach a link to the photos on the listserv but failed.  I 
have entered a checklist for the "Wegmans canal area" hotspot on Ebird.  If you 
click "view details' you will see my listing of "duck sp." with photos as the 
11th entry.
I only had my phone, no binoculars.  It looked like a pure white mallard.  Is 
this a domestic duck or an albino?
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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip on Saturday

2019-11-17 Thread Paul Anderson
I was joined by 12 eager birders on this sunny but very chilly Saturday 
morning. We started by going to Stewart Park to see what was on the water. On 
the east side of the park we were treated to a nice collection of waterfowl, 
with highlights including Wood Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, and a few Aythya including 
Lesser Scaup, Redheads, and Ring-necked Ducks. It was hard to see much that was 
far out on the water because of the extreme shimmer. The Swan Pen area was 
lively with Passerines, including Goldfinch, House Finch, countersinging 
Carolina Wrens, and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Here's the Ebird checklist: 
https://ebird.org/checklist/S61487073.

We then went North, stopping first at Ladoga where we the best find was a pair 
of Long-tailed Ducks, and a pair of White-winged Scoter. At Myer's, we found a 
nice Lesser Black-backed Gull on the spit, but diversity was otherwise very 
low: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61492343.

We headed towards the Aurora Boathouse, first stopping in King Ferry at the 
coffee shop. As we descended into Aurora, we could see huge rafts of Snow Geese 
far out on the lake. Just judging from the scale, there must have been tens of 
thousands of birds in three large groups. At the boathouse itself, the wind had 
picked up a bit to make it quite cold , and the shimmer again made it really 
difficult to see far away birds, so we could only barely make out the distant 
snow geese. In consolation we had a Bald Eagle soaring over the location where 
they nest. https://ebird.org/checklist/S61492068.

Finally, we decided to make one last stop at Long Point on the way home. This 
yielded a few loons, but not much else: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61491877. 
The only other bird of note was a Pheasant that flew across the road on the way 
back.

Despite the cold, the shimmer, and the low diversity, we all had a great day.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip on Saturday

2019-11-15 Thread Paul Anderson
Hi everyone!

I'll be leading a half-day club trip on Saturday to "where the birds are". This 
will undoubtedly include stopping at a few places on the lake, so it may be a 
bit chilly. Bring your scope.

Meet at 8am at the Lab of Ornithology parking lot to carpool to the locations. 
The plan is to be done by about noon.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club field trip to Park Preserve on Sunday

2019-05-31 Thread Paul Anderson
I'll be leading a trip to the Park Preserve on Sunday from 7-12. Meet at 
the CLO parking lot at 7 to carpool. All are welcome.


This and all other club trips can be found on the club calendar, visible 
on our website at http://cayugabirdclub.org.


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[cayugabirds-l] Sandpipers on Hanshaw Road

2019-05-18 Thread Paul Anderson
In the field opposite 1460 Hanshaw Road is a muddy pool. At about 5:15 
today I found there a Solitary Sandpiper and a Semipalmated Sandpiper. 
They were oblivious to the cars buzzing past, but a cyclist went by, 
they and the Blackbirds and Starlings in the vicinity all flew off.


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[cayugabirds-l] Red-shouldered Hawk in Mecklenburg Cemetery

2019-05-11 Thread Paul Anderson
Early this afternoon I heard what I believe to be the loud and insistent 
calls of a Red-shouldered Hawk. I did not have time to stay and get a 
visual confirmation unfortunately, but I can't think of a plausible 
alternative.


Mecklenburg Cemetery is a little tricky to find. I didn't even know it 
was there until today. It's just off Rt 79. Coming from Ithaca, as you 
come down the hill into Mecklenburg, just after the post office look for 
a small lane on the right. There's a telecom company flag by that 
entrance and one of their little buildings is right there too. You'll 
see the stone pillars leading to the cemetery. That lane is marked as a 
road on Google maps: 
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.4556008,-76.7094307,17.62z.


The lane itself runs alongside a little creek and is quite birdy. 
Without really trying I found Wood Duck, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow 
Warbler, Northern Parula, Baltimore Oriole, and others.


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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake this morning

2019-04-06 Thread Paul Anderson
I can't go on the club walk tomorrow, so I took myself to Dryden Lake 
this morning and found it satisfyingly birdy.


The highlights were a Bald Eagle carrying a branch to the nest where the 
partner was waiting, two very close-in Common Loons, and lots of 
sparrows including Song, Swamp, Chipping, Field, and Savannah. Ebird 
list is below.


-Paul

Dryden Lake, Tompkins, New York, US
Apr 6, 2019 8:20 AM - 9:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
36 species

Canada Goose  X
Wood Duck  5
Mallard  X
Ring-necked Duck  15
Bufflehead  3
Hooded Merganser  4
Common Merganser  X
Red-breasted Merganser  10
Horned Grebe  5
Mourning Dove  2
Ring-billed Gull  1
Common Loon  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Bald Eagle  2
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
American Robin  X
European Starling  X
American Goldfinch  X
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Savannah Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  X
Swamp Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
Northern Cardinal  1

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[cayugabirds-l] Christmas bird count final spreadsheet

2019-02-02 Thread Paul Anderson
I finally finished the count spreadsheet. For those that are interested, 
it can be found here: 
https://drive.google.com/open?id=19G1vyet0UhwZi4mjdNIN5s_X237NgI-r. 
(Note that Google Sheets doesn't render things perfectly; some of the 
conditional formatting is not the same as when you look at it with Excel.)


On examination, the Bald Eagle numbers didn't hold up, so we ended up 
with 11, tying the record high count from last year.


On the other hand, the Turkey Vulture total was wrong and after 
correction upwards to 63, this breaks the previous high count of 59 from 
2016.


Enjoy!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] 2019 Ithaca Christmas Bird Count results

2019-01-02 Thread Paul Anderson
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: December 29, 2018

2018-12-29 Thread Paul Anderson

Randy:

Yes 1963 was the earliest (or at least the earliest that was recorded). 
All the data from all years can be seen here: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/19EWVe-v5fKI3s93ciNoNwy2Wpp-GpNg6/view.


There were 61 species observed in 1963. Of those, two have not shown up 
on the count since: Dickcissel and Green-tailed Towhee!


-Paul

On 12/29/2018 10:16 AM, Randolph Scott Little wrote:
When was the first Ithaca Christmas Bird Count?  It may have been 
1/1/63, as that is the earliest NYIT CBC that I could find in the 
National Audubon Society web archive.  Perhaps I could find it 
somewhere in my old files, as I recall working
with Dorothy McIlroy to establish the first circle, whose center has 
since been moved slightly.  Good birding!  --Randy


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[cayugabirds-l] Jetty Woods on Saturday afternoon

2018-05-06 Thread Paul Anderson
I visited the Great Horned Owls at the golf course yesterday (thanks 
Mark) and continued on to Jetty Woods with two others.


The entrance was buzzing with activity with Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 
Redstarts, a Warbling Vireo, a Yellow Warbler, an Oriole, and a 
Blackburnian.


We walked to the end and back; most remarkable was a faint but clear 
call of a Black-billed Cuckoo.


Full ebird list is below:

Canada Goose  X
Hooded Merganser  1
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Blue Heron  1
Ring-billed Gull  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Black-billed Cuckoo  1 Heard calling once only but unmistakable.
Great Horned Owl  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Warbling Vireo  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  2
European Starling  X
American Redstart  6
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  6
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Northern Cardinal  4
Baltimore Oriole  1
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
House Sparrow  X

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip to the Park Preserve tomorrow

2018-05-05 Thread Paul Anderson
A fine time was had this morning on this field trip. We met at the CLO 
parking lot, and while waiting there we were treated to a nice view of a 
Common Raven being harassed by crows and blackbirds. It landed on one of 
the utility poles and croaked its displeasure.

On the way to the preserve we spotted a Red-tailed Hawk on the ground in 
a field on Freese Road, where it was being mobbed too. At the same point 
one of our party observed a Bobolink and a flyover Pileated Woodpecker.

At the preserve we started at the SW entrance and did the loop down to 
the creek including the ravine. Our first observation was of singing 
Towhees and a distant Prairie Warbler. Large numbers of American 
Goldfinch were present near the entrance. A few Juncos kept making 
appearances. Further in we heard and saw first Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 
then some Golden-crowned. Several White-throated Sparrows were singing 
lustily. An enthusiastic Ovenbird popped into sight and sang. A couple 
of Field Sparrows sang too. Two Broad-winged Hawks flew over.

As we entered the woods leading down to the creek we heard 
Black-throated Green, and probable Magnolia (we never got visuals). At 
the creek we struck out on the Louisiana Waterthrush we had hoped to see.

We bumped into a couple of other birders who had seen a Black-throated 
Blue and a Blackburnian, and heard a Winter Wren at the ravine. We did 
not succeed in repeating their success, but were compensated by the 
sight of a pair of Hermit Thrushes.

Back at the entrance we decided to go to the other parking area and do 
the boardwalk. There we added Solitary Sandpiper, Chestnut-sided, Common 
Yellowthroat, and a flyover Cooper's Hawk.

As a bonus, on the way back we bumped into John Fitzpatrick on Mt. 
Pleasant Road who pointed out the location of Horned Larks. A lovely 
male Harrier was there too. A bit further up we got out of the car when 
we heard a Savannah Sparrow, and then got great scope views of a singing 
male Bobolink at the very top of a tree.

Thanks to everyone who participated. It was well worth the effort.

-Paul


On 5/4/2018 7:49 AM, Paul Anderson wrote:
>
> I'm leading a field trip tomorrow to the Park Preserve. Details are on 
> the calendar at http://cayugabirdclub.org and below.
>
> The 300 acre Park Preserve offers a mix of habitats from conifer 
> plantations to hardwoods and ravines. Magnolia Warblers, Indigo 
> Buntings, Prairie Warblers and Louisiana Waterthrush are just a few of 
> the birds that breed here. Bring insect repellent for those deer 
> ticks! We'll meet at the North parking lot of the Cornell Lab of 
> Ornithology at 7:00 am for carpooling (SFO field trips will also be 
> meeting at 7:00 am). Contact me at 607 216-5389 or fish...@gmail.com 
> <mailto:fish...@gmail.com> if you have questions.
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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip to the Park Preserve tomorrow

2018-05-04 Thread Paul Anderson
I'm leading a field trip tomorrow to the Park Preserve. Details are on 
the calendar at http://cayugabirdclub.org and below.

The 300 acre Park Preserve offers a mix of habitats from conifer 
plantations to hardwoods and ravines. Magnolia Warblers, Indigo 
Buntings, Prairie Warblers and Louisiana Waterthrush are just a few of 
the birds that breed here. Bring insect repellent for those deer ticks! 
We'll meet at the North parking lot of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at 
7:00 am for carpooling (SFO field trips will also be meeting at 7:00 
am). Contact me at 607 216-5389 or fish...@gmail.com 
<mailto:fish...@gmail.com> if you have questions.

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[cayugabirds-l] Preliminary results of Christmas Bird Count

2018-01-02 Thread Paul Anderson
Yesterday was a remarkable day in the history of the count. Below are 
some of the preliminary results.

We set many records:

  * Our species count was 102 on the day, beating the previous record of
99 set in 2013
  o We also have two count week species so far
  * We had lots of high counts:
  o 7 Mute Swans (prev 2 in 2002)
  o 16401 Redhead (prev 13412 in 2001)
  o 250 Ring-necked Duck (prev 116 in 2013)
  o 501 Lesser Scaup (prev 330 in 2000)
  o 7 White-winged Scoter (prev 2 in 2014)
  o 47 Long-tailed Duck (prev 14 in 2009)
  o 272 Common Goldeneye (prev 126 in 2009)
  o 216 Common Merganser (prev 127 in 2009)
  o 21 Red-breasted Merganser (prev 19 in 1988)
  o 14 Bald Eagle (prev 9 in 2016) (This is probably an overcount
and is likely to be revised)
  o 1514 Dark-eyed Junco (prev 1185 in 2016)
  o 9 White-crowned Sparrow (prev 8 in 1976)
  * We had three species never seen on the count before:
  o Black Vulture (3)
  o Tufted Duck
  o European Goldfinch

The total count of individual birds was 40536, which is just above our 
10-year average of 38328, and well short of the 2016 record of 59611.

122 people went out, and we had 12 feeder watchers.

Unlucky misses include Ring-necked Pheasant, Merlin and Northern Shrike. 
Keep an eye out for these species in the next three days.

These numbers may be amended as we double check the figures and as new 
observations trickle in. Most of the records are likely to stand.

Thanks are due to everyone who contributed, especially the area leaders.

-Paul

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] the four Black Vultures

2017-12-28 Thread Paul Anderson
gt;
>> Also present was the leucistic Turkey Vulture that has been seen
>> off and on for a number of years.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park this morning - two Greater White-fronted Geese

2017-12-27 Thread Paul Anderson
I just learned that two domestic geese have been hanging around in 
Stewart Park, and that they were seen this afternoon at the high school 
playing fields. I think I jumped to the wrong conclusion; the geese I 
saw were sleeping and tightly tucked up, so I didn't get to see any 
patterns on the head. I think it is more likely they are the same two 
domestics seen later.


Sorry if I sent anyone on wild goose chase!


On 12/27/2017 12:02 PM, Kevin J. McGowan wrote:

I just tried and failed for Paul's geese. Perhaps the 5 Bald Eagles (3 adults, 
2 immatures) hunting over the park had something to do with it. The dead goose 
on the ice looked to be a Canada.

Kevin

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park this morning - two Greater White-fronted 
Geese

The viewing conditions from the East side of Stewart Park this morning were 
quite good; it's bright and although it is quite cold, there is very little 
wind.

The most notable birds were two Greater White-fronted Geese sleeping next to a 
small group of gulls and easy to find. If these two stick around for the bird 
count we will have a record. The species has been seen only twice before, and 
only solo.

I searched in vain for a Glaucous gull, but found none.

The raft of ducks is visible from there, but they are much better seen from 
East Shore Park. Among them were two Pintail, two Ruddy Ducks, a handful of 
Lesser Scaup, and a few Ring-necked Ducks. I was surprised to find no 
Canvasback.


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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park this morning - two Greater White-fronted Geese

2017-12-27 Thread Paul Anderson
The viewing conditions from the East side of Stewart Park this morning 
were quite good; it's bright and although it is quite cold, there is 
very little wind.


The most notable birds were two Greater White-fronted Geese sleeping 
next to a small group of gulls and easy to find. If these two stick 
around for the bird count we will have a record. The species has been 
seen only twice before, and only solo.


I searched in vain for a Glaucous gull, but found none.

The raft of ducks is visible from there, but they are much better seen 
from East Shore Park. Among them were two Pintail, two Ruddy Ducks, a 
handful of Lesser Scaup, and a few Ring-necked Ducks. I was surprised to 
find no Canvasback.



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[cayugabirds-l] TVs on the move

2017-10-27 Thread Paul Anderson
From my office window on Esty St in Ithaca, I can see lots of Turkey 
Vultures flying south. It's been a constant sequence of clumps for the 
past hour. I've counted about 60, but there are probably very many more 
that I can't see.


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[cayugabirds-l] Bird club trip to Park Preserve

2017-04-29 Thread Paul Anderson
I led a trip this morning to the Park Preserve; about 15 people took 
part. Although a few drops of rain fell as I was driving to the meeting 
point, the threatened precipitation failed to materialize, so we enjoyed 
our birding dry in cool mid-50s temperatures.


We started at the South entrance. Although we heard quite a few birds, 
this trip was remarkable in that we saw very few of of them. We heard 
Prairie Warbler, Eastern Towhee, several Black-throated Green Warblers, 
a probable Chestnut-sided Warbler, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, 
Louisiana Waterthrush, Flicker, and Carolina Wren. We did get to see 
Hermit Thrush, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a possible Sharp-shinned Hawk 
(although it looked much too large, it had all the right characteristics 
otherwise.) Kathy arrived a little later and as she was catching up with 
us, flushed a Ruffed Grouse.


Of course, the more common usual suspects were there too: Chickadees, 
Goldfinch, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, 
Canada Goose, Crow, Grackle, and Red-winged Blackbird.


We then went to the entrance further North, where the boardwalk is. We 
immediately got treated to a few nice sparrows: Song, Field, Chipping, 
and Swamp. A Green Heron flew over; there were Tree and Barn Swallows, a 
Phoebe, and a couple of male Common Mergansers in one of the distant 
ponds. A Broad-winged Hawk and a Turkey Vulture flew over too.


Finally we used up our final half hour by going back to Sapsucker Woods 
so that we could see the White-crowned Sparrows in the feeder garden.


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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club field trip on Saturday 4/29 to the Park Preserve

2017-04-27 Thread Paul Anderson


I am leading a Cayuga Bird Club field trip to the Park Preserve this 
Saturday 4/29 from 7:30am until about noon. All are welcome, regardless 
of experience or level of expertise.


Meet at the CLO parking lot to carpool to the preserve. Or, meet us at 
the South entrance to the preserve (the one closest to the junction with 
Hurd Road). I expect we'll arrive there between 7:45 and 8:00 am.


The weather forecast predicts temperatures in the 60s and a 30% chance 
of rain, and we may venture into muddy areas, so dress accordingly. 
Insect repellent is likely to be useful too.


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[cayugabirds-l] Preliminary bird count results

2017-01-01 Thread Paul Anderson

We just did the bird count compilation. Below are some preliminary 
highlights based on today's numbers and comparison with data from all 
previous 54 years.

90 species were seen today. This was the same as last year.

We observed 41875 individuals, up from our 10-year average of 37638.

We have 1 count week species confirmed (Glaucous gull). Last year we had 
10 count week species.

We had these high counts:

  * Bufflehead: 27; previous high was 21
  * Hooded Merganser: 67; previous high was 52
  * Ruddy Duck: 30; previous was 23
  * Double-crested Cormorant: 7; previous was 6

The only bird never seen before on the count day was the Ross's Goose. 
This was a count week species in 2012.
A House Wren was reported in area 7, only the second time one has been 
reported on the day (1994).

A few notable misses:

  * Canvasback (also missed last year, but was previously 48/54)
  * Northern Harrier; first miss since 1988, previously 43/54.

And finally a few that we got by the skin of our teeth (1 individual, 
but where we were expecting more):

  * Purple Finch
  * Swamp Sparrow
  * Yellow-rumped Warbler

I'll post more details as these numbers get double-checked and confirmed.

-Paul


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[cayugabirds-l] Jetty Woods Orchard Oriole

2016-05-08 Thread Paul Anderson
I went looking for the GH Owls at Jetty Woods this morning, but I was so 
pressed for time that I had to leave before I found them.


My consolation prize (as well as many of the other migrants already 
reported) was an Orchard Oriole right by the building at the entrance to 
the trail.


-Paul

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[cayugabirds-l] Pipit party at Myers

2016-04-03 Thread Paul Anderson
At Myer's Point just now, where the strong North wind is brutal, there 
was a remarkable number of American Pipits on the road along Salmon 
Creek leading up to the spit. I estimate at least fifty.


At Ladoga, where it was more sheltered but still unpleasant, - more 
Pipits! Eight on the road in, and another six or so by the shore. South 
of the shore was a flock of thirteen Red-breasted Mergansers. A flock of 
about twenty Tree Swallows were flying around by the docks. An Osprey 
was carrying nesting material.


I had come from leading the beginner bird walk at Sapsucker Woods where 
four visitors were brave enough to join. We encountered many flocks of 
Rusty Blackbirds, but it was impossible for me to tell for sure how many 
in total because they were moving around so much. I would guess about 
20-30 individuals. My guests were happy to see their first Sapsucker ever.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] help determining the time to mow fields

2016-03-15 Thread Paul Anderson
Thanks Geo for this suggestion. I just added this document to the 
Resources section of the CBC website: 
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources. It's right at the end.

I'm more than happy to accept other suggestions for similar additions.

-Paul

On 3/15/2016 10:13 AM, Geo Kloppel wrote:
> I would like to suggest that the Hayfields & Grassland Birds link 
> below might be a useful addition to the Cayuga Bird Club webpage, so 
> that club members and visitors can easily re-locate this valuable but 
> rather deeply buried resource.
>
> http://www.nysenvirothon.net/Referencesandother/Hayfields_Grassland_Birds.pdf
>
> -Geo
>
>
> On Mar 15, 2016, at 9:41 AM, Geo Kloppel <geoklop...@gmail.com 
> <mailto:geoklop...@gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>> Prompted by Mike Palermo to go to the _correct_ section, I find that 
>> the collection of Cooperative Extension documents he shared does 
>> contain just what the livestock guy at Winter Market needs. Readers 
>> can navigate to it as Mike described (you have to hunt for the link 
>> labeled "Hayfields & Grassland Birds", _not_ the one that says 
>> "Fields & Grassland Birds"), but here's a more direct link right to 
>> that section:
>>
>> http://www.nysenvirothon.net/Referencesandother/Hayfields_Grassland_Birds.pdf
>>
>> It's a beautiful treatment, and I thank Mike for his patience in 
>> leading my eye to it.
>>
>> -Geo
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Deer ticks

2015-10-22 Thread Paul Anderson
A couple of years ago when we had that mild winter, I got a tick on the 
Christmas Bird Count. Not the FOY species I was hoping for!


-Paul

On 10/22/2015 2:22 PM, Donna Lee Scott wrote:

Some of my animals and I have all had multiple ticks on us in the last 2 weeks, 
after a summer of relative freedom from them.
I am a tick magnet and had 3 on my levis yesterday, then one trying to embed in 
my thigh, later!  Ick!
Donna

Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY

-Original Message-
From: bounce-119809930-15001...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-119809930-15001...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Melanie Uhlir
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2015 2:17 PM
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<annmitchel...@gmail.com>; CAYUGABIRDS-L <cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Deer ticks

Good grief! Thank you for the heads-up!!

Melanie

On 10/22/2015 1:39 PM, Carolyn McMaster wrote:

Dr. Carolyn McMaster here,
Just a note of caution for all you fellow birders.  This is the season
when ticks are most active.  Even after it freezes, if it goes above
freezing during the day, the ticks will be foraging for a blood meal.
Only after continual hard frosts will they go dormant.  Lyme disease
is becoming more and more common around here.
Carolyn

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Mitchell
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2015 9:33 AM
To: cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Deer ticks

Just a heads up. I know I am attracted to ticks, or the other way
around, but they are still with us. I discovered one on me after a
walk at Roy Park Preserve last evening.
Good birding,
Ann

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cornell Community Gardens - imminent conversion, weekend walks, M-Th recap

2015-10-10 Thread Paul Anderson
All:

The Freese Road gardens situation isn't as dire as it sounds. I have a 
plot there so I have received emails about it from the organizers. 
Here's a snippet from one:

> Dear Gardening Friends,
>
> I’m very sorry to tell you that there will be a major change at 
> Cornell Garden Plots next year (2016).
>
> The Cornell Agriculture department, who allows us to use the land on 
> which we garden, told us that we need to move out of the gardens in 
> 2016 so the land can be cover cropped.  Apparently we have been using 
> the same soil for so long that disease spores have built up and are 
> blowing around, which negatively effects nearby research plots. By not 
> growing vegetables and by cover cropping instead, we can greatly 
> reduce the diseases in our soil.  They have agreed to allow us to stay 
> at the Freese Road location and garden this year while they look for a 
> new location to move us to in 2016.
>
> Once they move us in 2016 we will stay in the new location for a 
> couple of years while they cover crop our Freese Road gardens.  Then 
> we would move back to Freese Road, but we would continue to rotate 
> between the two locations every couple of years so that diseases don’t 
> build up again.
>
> I’m letting you know about this now since you may be considering 
> installing structures or buying perennial plants for your “permanent 
> plot”.  Unfortunately it will no longer be permanent.
>
> The people in charge of these decisions want us to continue to garden, 
> they also need to protect the research projects going on nearby.  They 
> have been nothing but encouraging and positive in our interactions. 
> Overall this will make the gardens better, it will unfortunately mean 
> the end of the permanent plots.
>
Unfortunately there has been no success at finding an alternative spot 
for us gardeners. A location on Dodge Road was identified, but it needs 
work for drainage and a road and there is no money to pay for it, so 
until we can return to Freese Road, the club will be on hiatus.

As a birder and a gardener, I am doubly saddened by the loss of this 
spot, but I am hopeful that we might get it back in a couple of years. 
And who knows? Maybe it will continue to be a good spot for fall 
sparrows regardless.

Paul

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[cayugabirds-l] Louisiana Waterthrush on Kline Road

2015-05-12 Thread Paul Anderson
As I drove my son to school this morning a Louisiana Waterthrush was 
singing from the gorge next to Kline Road.  This is on the part of Kline 
Road between Needham Road and Lake Street, just uphill from the Ithaca 
High School.


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[cayugabirds-l] Spring Waterfront Cleanup this weekend

2015-04-08 Thread Paul Anderson


The annual Stewart Park/Waterfront Cleanup is this Saturday from 10am to 
noon. The Cayuga Bird Club invites members and non-members alike to 
participate. We will meet at the Swan Pen at 10am and will proceed to 
clean that area and then Jetty Woods. It's very satisfying and more fun 
than it sounds. A good sighting of a Great-horned Owl is practically 
guaranteed! Please join us.


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[cayugabirds-l] Jetty Woods this morning

2015-04-06 Thread Paul Anderson
The Red-throated Loon was still present this morning (about 9am) just 
west of the white lighthouse.


As I scoped towards the east I saw in the far distance just north of 
Stewart Park a bird that I believe was a Tree Swallow. I couldn't swear 
by it, and I lost it after about five seconds due to the great distance. 
Are they back?


I had some other FOYs for me: Great-blue Heron, Pied-billed Grebe (about 
4), two Double-crested Cormorants.


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[cayugabirds-l] Reminder: CBC meeting: Share your photo night THIS EVENING

2015-01-12 Thread Paul Anderson


Everyone is invited to join us this evening for the Cayuga Bird Club 
meeting. The meeting will start at 7:30 with some bird club business, 
then will continue with our annual Share Your Photo night hosted by 
Kevin McGowan.


Hope to see you all there.

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[cayugabirds-l] Bird Club Meeting reminder - Share Your Photos night

2015-01-06 Thread Paul Anderson
January 12, 2014

Cayuga Bird Club Meeting

Title: Share Your Photos Night

Host: Kevin McGowan, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Kevin McGowan will once again host the Cayuga Bird Club’s annual “Share 
Your Photos Night.”

Club members can share a maximum of *five photos* during the 3 minutes 
you will have to take the stage. Send them by January 8 to Kevin at 
k...@cornell.edu. The Subject Line on the email MUST BE “Bird club photo 
submission Jan2015.” Kevin will send an acknowledgement when he receives 
them. IF you do not get an acknowledgement, contact Kevin again WELL 
before the meeting date. Remember, you must attend the meeting to show 
your photos. Don’t be shy! Share! Although submission is limited to club 
members, the meeting is open to all!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Christmas Bird Count unofficial summary

2015-01-02 Thread Paul Anderson
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1 found by Kevin McGowan at Portland Point, Lansing)
 Eastern Bluebird
 Hermit Thrush (1 found by Gary Kohlenberg at Monkey Run south)
 American Robin
 75
 Gray Catbird (1 found by Bill Podulka on RR grade by Belle School Rd 
 in Caroline. Is this in Cayuga Lake Basin?)
 Northern Mockingbird
 European Starling
 Cedar Waxwing
 Orange-crowned Warbler (1, life bird for Paul Anderson along railroad 
 south of Fish Ladder in Ithaca)
 80
 Eastern Towhee (1 found by Bill Podulka on RR grade by Belle School Rd 
 in Caroline. Is this in Cayuga Lake Basin?)
 American Tree Sparrow
 Field Sparrow (1 found by Bill Podulka on RR grade by Belle School Rd 
 in Caroline. Is this in Cayuga Lake Basin?)
 Savannah Sparrow (Bluegrass Lane and near Wegmans)
 Song Sparrow
 85
 Swamp Sparrow
 White-throated Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow (1 each in Areas 7  8, I neglected to get more 
 info)
 Dark-eyed Junco (1118, a new high)
 Northern Cardinal
 90
 Brown-headed Cowbird (flock of 35 at Cornell compost piles, found by 
 Anne Clark)
 Purple Finch (1 reported at feeder on Caroline Depot Rd)
 House Finch
 Common Redpoll (6 found by Ann Mitchell on Baker Hill Rd)
 American Goldfinch
 95
 House Sparrow
 96

 I thought Paul said the total was 97 but I only count 96. Explanations 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Christmas Bird Count unofficial summary

2015-01-02 Thread Paul Anderson




Question: does the Barred Owl sighting fall within Area VIII (west of 
Sapsucker Wood Road) or Area II (east)?

Never mind. I just found out it was seen on the East side.

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[cayugabirds-l] Orange-crowned Warbler today

2015-01-01 Thread Paul Anderson
I'm not sure what the etiquette of posting on bird-count day is, but 
rather than wait until the evening compilation to announce this, I 
thought it would be best to get the word out while there is still enough 
light for others to try and see this bird.


I saw a single ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER about 100-200 yards south of the 
dam/fish ladder at the south end of the inlet. It was on the west side 
of the railroad tracks feeding on berries when I first found it. Look 
for a scrubby tree with very dark colored berries.


Never having seen one of this species before, I was a bit unsure of what 
it was. However having reviewed my copy of Stephenson and Whittle's The 
Warbler Guide carefully, I am now quite convinced that this is what it was.


Good luck to others who attempt to find it.

If you wish to get there, probably the easiest way is to find the road 
that goes between the tracks and Nate's Floral Estates, and drive as far 
south as you can. Park there and the spot is a short walk further south.


My other sightings are below.

-Paul

Canada Goose  518
Mallard  160
Green-winged Teal  1
Common Merganser  10
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Ring-billed Gull  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  64
Mourning Dove  14
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  7
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  12
Black-capped Chickadee  24
Tufted Titmouse  16
White-breasted Nuthatch  11
Carolina Wren  8
Eastern Bluebird  9
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  823
Orange-crowned Warbler  1 Seen about 100-200 yards south of the dam. First 
spotted feeding on berries. Stayed in plain sight for two minutes before 
leaving. It then returned for another minute or so. Bird was mostly yellowish, 
with a slightly paler throat and drab grey upperparts. UnTC were yellowish in 
contrast to pale grey tail.
American Tree Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  5
Northern Cardinal  9
American Goldfinch  15
House Sparrow  5


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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club photo night on January 12th

2014-12-27 Thread Paul Anderson


Kevin McGowan will once again host the Cayuga Bird Club’s annual “Share 
Your Photos Night” on January 12th.


Club members can share a maximum of five photos during the 3 minutes you 
will have to take the stage. Send them by January 8 to Kevin at 
k...@cornell.edu. The Subject Line on the email MUST BE “Bird club photo 
submission Jan2015.” Kevin will send an acknowledgement when he receives 
them. IF you do not get an acknowledgement, contact Kevin again WELL 
before the meeting date. Remember, you must attend the meeting to show 
your photos. Don’t be shy! Share! Although submission is limited to club 
members, the meeting is open to all!


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Basin Bird Lists

2014-12-09 Thread Paul Anderson


 The front desk does not have any Basin Bird Lists, we haven't had any 
 for some time.

The basin checklist can be downloaded from the Resources page of the 
Cayuga Bird Club website:
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources. It's the first link.

Enjoy!

Paul

 Mary E. Winston

 Public Outreach Assistant

 Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 607-254-2473

 me...@cornell.edu mailto:me...@cornell.edu

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club meeting tonight

2014-09-08 Thread Paul Anderson


The first bird club meeting of the season will be tonight at 7:30 at the 
Lab of Ornithology. There are two main items of business:


1. We have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming NYSOA meeting 
starting on the 19th. We will describe the activities that have been 
planned and will be asking for volunteers to help with various tasks.


2. We will present candidates for the elections to be held in October.

These meetings are open to everyone. Please come join us!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Reminder: Cayuga Bird Club picnic and panel unveiling today

2014-06-10 Thread Paul Anderson


Thanks to everyone who came to the event yesterday.

Someone left a rain jacket behind. Contact me off list to retrieve it.

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[cayugabirds-l] Reminder: Cayuga Bird Club picnic and panel unveiling today

2014-06-09 Thread Paul Anderson


All:

Our panel is being installed right now so we are all set for our 
unveiling later. Here's the announcement again.


Remember that if you are staying for the dish-to-pass picnic at the 
Large Pavilion you should bring your own plate, cup and utensils.


And yes, there will be birthday cake.

The Cayuga Bird Club annual dish-to-pass picnic will be held Monday June 
9th at the Large Pavilion at Stewart Park, immediately preceded by the 
official unveiling of the Renwick Woods panel to mark our 100th 
anniversary.


The panel will be unveiled at the location where it is mounted - on the 
boardwalk connecting the bridge over the pond to the bridge over Fall 
Creek. Please come right to that location at about 6pm; there will be a 
brief ceremony and the panel will be unveiled at about 6:15.


The dish-to-pass picnic will be held at the Large Pavilion. It is likely 
to be most convenient to park there first, drop off your food or drinks, 
then walk over to the boardwalk. I will arrange for a volunteer to stay 
at the Pavilion during the ceremony to look after stuff that is left 
there and to direct people to the boardwalk.


This event is open to members and their families and guests. Other 
birders and friends of the birding community are welcome to attend too. 
Please come and help us celebrate our 100th birthday!


Directions:
The large pavilion is to the right as you enter Stewart Park. See here 
for a picture: 
http://www.cityofithaca.org/departments/iyb/pavilionrentals.cfm.


The boardwalk is in the Southwest of the park. From the entrance to the 
park, take a left then follow the road round the one-way system and past 
the boathouse until you see the footbridge on the right.


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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club picnic and panel unveiling next Monday

2014-06-05 Thread Paul Anderson


All:

The Cayuga Bird Club annual dish-to-pass picnic will be held next Monday 
June 9th at the Large Pavilion at Stewart Park, immediately preceded by 
the official unveiling of the Renwick Woods panel to mark our 100th 
anniversary.


The panel will be unveiled at the location where it is mounted - on the 
boardwalk connecting the bridge over the pond to the bridge over Fall 
Creek. Please come right to that location at about 6pm; there will be a 
brief ceremony and the panel will be unveiled at about 6:15.


The dish-to-pass picnic will be held at the Large Pavilion. It is likely 
to be most convenient to park there first, drop off your food or drinks, 
then walk over to the boardwalk. I will arrange for a volunteer to stay 
at the Pavilion during the ceremony to look after stuff that is left 
there and to direct people to the boardwalk.


This event is open to members and their families and guests. Other 
birders and friends of the birding community are welcome to attend too. 
Please come and help us celebrate our 100th birthday!


Directions:
The large pavilion is to the right as you enter Stewart Park. See here 
for a picture: 
http://www.cityofithaca.org/departments/iyb/pavilionrentals.cfm.


The boardwalk is in the Southwest of the park. From the entrance to the 
park, take a left then follow the road round the one-way system and past 
the boathouse until you see the footbridge on the right.


Best regards,

Paul

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma area shorebirds

2014-05-26 Thread Paul Anderson

At the Armitage Road flooded field at about 4pm yesterday I saw no 
Yellowlegs or Dowitchers, but I did have two Ruddy Turnstones.

Paul

On 5/25/2014 11:48 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
 I went north today seeking the Prothonotary Warbler (no luck for me, 
 although others heard it earlier in the distance), and shorebirds, 
 which turned out to be more interesting. In fact it was shorebirds 
 that delayed my arrival at the hardwood swamp on Armitage Road where 
 the Prothonotaries have been. The field on the south side of Armitage 
 is still flooded, and the northeast corner (where one can conveniently 
 pull off with a car and set up a scope) hosted a goodly number and 
 variety of shorebirds. Although they flushed, flew, rearranged, and 
 returned or added several times while I was there, I saw:

 1 KILLDEER
 5 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS
 3 LESSER YELLOWLEGS
 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER
 47 DUNLIN
 25 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER - most arrived in a later batch
 100 LEAST SANDPIPER (estimate)
 1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. Although I was unable to pick it out when 
 they flushed, and didn't refind it afterward, and was a bit frustrated 
 while viewing it, I've become more confident of the ID based on large 
 size, including width end-on, and rufous stripe on back. The spotting 
 on the side was minimal, but the breast  face were streaked with gray 
 a bit more than I would expect on Semipalmated.)

 Later Ann Mitchell, Gary Kohlenberg  I found some shorebirds and 
 others at the flooded field (in distant cornstubble on the west side) 
 on Carncross Rd in Savannah:

 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER - several
 KILLDEER - at least 1
 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. The bird I studied most (which was plenty 
 orange-red on face, neck,  breast) appeared to be Short-billed based 
 on gold-spotted back, whitish lower belly  undertail, and more white 
 than black top of tail seen during preening. Another individual showed 
 a flat back when feeding.
 50 DUNLIN
 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER - several
 LEAST SANDPIPER - several
 1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, flew into my scope view with 4 Semipalmated 
 Sandpipers, it was similarly grayish tan  white in color but 
 substantially larger and with a slightly downcurved bill, and as it 
 alit I saw the broad white band across the upper tail. Unfortunately 
 it landed behind a dense row of cornstubble, so Gary  Ann did not get 
 to see it.

 Other neat birds at Carncross included a breeding plumage RED-NECKED 
 GREBE swimming, diving and sleeping near a female RUDDY DUCK, a male 
 NORTHERN PINTAIL (late), a male (American) GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and 2 
 adult SANDHILL CRANES which observers from a different vantage said 
 had 2 youngsters. An AMERICAN BITTERN gallunked from the north side of 
 the road and then flushed when a car stopped on the road nearby. MARSH 
 WRENS were unusually visible.

 At the Sandhill Crane Unit (the flooded land south of Van Dyne Spoor 
 Rd) we scoped a distant pair of SANDHILL CRANES with at least 1 
 youngster atop a muskrat mansion.

 The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER pair continues to give a fine show in the 
 dead trees on South May's Point Rd. While there I heard a single song 
 which made me think of Yellow-throated Warbler (a full clear tuwee, 
 tuwee, tuwee, tu tu) but was probably something else, like a 
 Baltimore Oriole. I also heard a BLACKPOLL WARBLER sing nearby.

 My last new bird, found as I was about to leave the Tschache Pool 
 tower parking lot, was a single west-bound BLACK TERN.

 By the way, there were lots of fine songbirds singing in the woods 
 along Van Dyne Spoor Rd and along Armitage Rd, although most were 
 invisible.
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[cayugabirds-l] Ravens over Ithaca

2014-05-15 Thread Paul Anderson


Yesterday I finished Berndt Heinrich's Mind of the Raven, which I can 
highly recommend. Today at about 6pm waiting at the stop light at the 
Dey St. exit from Rt 13, two Ravens flew over in the direction of the 
farmer's market. One was being harassed by a blackbird.


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[cayugabirds-l] Bird club field trip today

2014-05-10 Thread Paul Anderson


I had planned to lead the field trip today to Lindsay Parsons, but only 
two people showed up and because so much had been going on locally we 
decided to change our plans and went to the Hawthorn Orchards instead. 
We immediately ran into Chris Tessaglia-Hymes who was listening to the 
Yellow-breasted Chat. We heard it too and before long it made itself 
visible. In that same spot was a pair of Scarlet Tanagers, a Wilson's 
Warbler, a Nashville, Common Yellowthroat, a flyover Indigo Bunting or 
two and an Ovenbird. We spent about an hour in that spot enjoying the 
Chat as it came and went.


The walk through the Orchards was rewarding, but it wasn't nearly as 
busy as I had hoped. The full eBird list is below.


Green Heron  1
Killdeer  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Least Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
European Starling  X
Ovenbird  1
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  2
Magnolia Warbler  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  X
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  X
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X


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[cayugabirds-l] Bird club field trip tomorrow to Lindsay Parsons

2014-05-09 Thread Paul Anderson


I am leading a bird club trip tomorrow to Lindsay Parsons. Everyone is 
welcome, even non-members, regardless of experience or ability.


Meet in the Wegmans parking lot furthest from the store at 7:30am. We 
will carpool out to Lindsay Parsons and hike through the preserve. If 
there is enough interest and if conditions are favorable, we will then 
drive round to Thatcher's Pinnacles to check for Worm-eating Warbler.


The weather is expected to be overcast in the morning with the 
probability of rain increasing from 12% to 38% by noon. We should be 
done in the main part of the park by noon. If we do go on to the 
Pinnacles, we should be done by 2pm.


It is a moderately strenuous hike in and out of the preserve, so bring 
water and appropriate footwear. Also note that this location is 
notorious for ticks.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Prairie Warbler

2014-05-03 Thread Paul Anderson

Here's a photo of the Prairie Warbler I found on the CBC field trip this 
morning, by the Sherwood platform. This is the same pic I uploaded to 
the club Facebook group.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-2Oq-5z5Rz20/U2UfARK4aQI/JfI/jxsky4l3JZs/w1391-h927-no/IMG_7066.jpg

On 5/3/2014 10:26 AM, Tom Schulenberg wrote:

  Hi all, Scott Haber and I took a steel through Sapsucker Woods this 
 morning and found a few new arrivals, including a BALTIMORE ORIOLE and 
 a PRAIRIE WARBLER singing from the powerline cut as we left.
 

 There may have been two Prairies, as I was with a group that had a 
 singing Prairie at the footbridge on the Wilson Trail.

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: CRESLI 2014 Great South Channel whale and pelagic bird trips -

2014-03-11 Thread Paul Anderson
All:

This might be of interest to local birders. I went on one of these trips 
a couple of years ago and enjoyed it.

Paul


 Original Message 
Subject:CRESLI 2014 Great South Channel whale and pelagic bird trips -
Date:   Fri, 7 Mar 2014 18:30:27 -0500
From:   Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph.D. presid...@cresli.org
To: Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph.D. presid...@cresli.org



*2014 Great South Channel trip -- August 10-12, 2014.  Same price as 
last year. Reservations are required and can be made as of at 
http://www.cresli.org/cresli/reservations/offshore_res.html. *

The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island is a 
non-profit research and education organization.  Our mission is:  To 
promote and foster understanding and stewardship of coastal ecosystems 
through research and education .  Part of our work is to observe and 
document the whale and sea bird populations of NY and New England and to 
take people to see these animals in the wild. Since 2002 we have been 
offering  incredible and successful multi-day offshore pelagic bird and 
whale observation trips.

Our trips have been 100% successful and we have encountered thousands of 
pelagic birds over the years . We've also encountered fin, minke, sei, 
and right whales; common, white-sided, dolphins, pilot whales

We are planning  one trip to the Great South Chanel in August 10-12, 
2014 (51 hours).   The vessel is the 140' Viking Starship that can sleep 
up to 65 passengers in navy style bunks. Excellent food will be 
available at reasonable prices. Passengers may bring their own food as 
well. The trips will be led by a seasoned marine mammal biologist and 
professor. Volunteers from CRESLI will assist in photo-identification 
spotting and data collection.

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and Red Phalaropes; Pomarine, and Parasitic Jaegers; South Polar Skua; 
Greater Black-backed, Herring, Bonaparte's Gulls.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Rules for the David Cup

2014-01-17 Thread Paul Anderson
Richard:

I don't know that the rules are written down anywhere! Try here: 
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/the-david-cup

Paul

On 1/17/2014 9:46 AM, Richard Tkachuck wrote:
 Is there anywhere where the rules for the David Cup are posted?
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[cayugabirds-l] Upcoming CLO webinars

2013-10-18 Thread Paul Anderson

Hi all:

I'm forwarding this announcement because it is likely to be of interest 
to listserv readers.

Paul

Dear Webinar alum,

The Education department at the Cornell Lab will be running another set 
of waterfowl ID webinars in a couple of weeks.

The schedule is as follows:

Beginning Waterfowl ID 1: The most important things to know

Monday, October 28 -- Noon and 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Tuesday, October 29 -- 9:00 p.m. Eastern

Beginning Waterfowl ID 2: What else can you use?

Monday, November 4 -- Noon and 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Tuesday, November 12 -- 9:00 p.m. Eastern

Beginning Waterfowl ID 3: Dabbling ducks

Monday, November 18 -- Noon and 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Tuesday, November 19 -- 9:00 p.m. Eastern

Beginning Waterfowl ID 4: Diving ducks

Monday, November 25 -- Noon and 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Tuesday, November 26 -- 9:00 p.m. Eastern

Beginning Waterfowl ID 5: Not everything that swims is a duck

Monday, December 2 -- Noon and 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Tuesday, December 3 -- 9:00 p.m. Eastern

Each one-hour seminar costs $10, and can be purchased at 
http://store.birds.cornell.edu/category_s/55.htm. More information can 
be found at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/courses/home/webinars/.

For those who participated in this series before, note that I've divided 
the ducks into two sessions so we can go over them more slowly.  But, be 
warned, I always have a lot to say about birds, and it's hard for me to 
talk slowly when I'm excited!  ;^)

Best,

Kevin

Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] CayugaRBA going bye bye ?

2013-10-16 Thread Paul Anderson

All:

I hear from Jay that textmarks has in fact terminated the free service 
so we need to set up an alternative for CayugaRBA. I propose that the 
Cayuga Bird Club takes on the responsibility of setting this up and 
maintaining it for the long term. I understand there are free 
alternatives, at least for the present, so we would pursue one of these. 
If at some point in the future, no free service is available, the club 
would have to discuss and come to an agreement whether we would pay for it.

I am the Webmaster and now the President of the club, so making this 
happen would mainly fall to me.

I will of course share anything I learn with Oneida birders.

Paul

On 10/15/2013 10:18 PM, Judith Thurber wrote:
 Dave,  if 50 birders put up $5 each could oneidarba and cayugarba 
 share one textmark account?  I think if mentioned at meetings there 
 would be enough interest to keep an alert system going.   (By the way, 
 would someone who has had my problem of not receiving these texts, but 
 being able to generate them have that problem resolved?)

 Just thinking out loud.

 Judy Thurber
 Liverpool


 Sent from my iPad

 On Oct 15, 2013, at 8:59 AM, Ann Mitchell annmitchel...@gmail.com 
 mailto:annmitchel...@gmail.com wrote:

 It is not good news. Who actually gets the money??

 Ann Mitchell
 Sent from my IPhone

 On Oct 15, 2013, at 8:36 AM, Meena Madhav Haribal m...@cornell.edu 
 mailto:m...@cornell.edu wrote:

 It depends on how much you love chasing birds and if you think it is 
 worth $250 a year! CayugaRBA usage is low except for one guy (I want 
 to think it is a guy) who keeps posting messages that he is busy in 
 a meeting!

 Otherwise we can resort back to phone tree or mass texting or 
 emailing as now a day’s everyone has emailing capacity on their phones!

 *From:*bounce-108821863-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 mailto:bounce-108821863-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 [mailto:bounce-108821863-3493...@list.cornell.edu] *On Behalf Of 
 *Gary Kohlenberg
 *Sent:* Tuesday, October 15, 2013 8:21 AM
 *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L
 *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] CayugaRBA going bye bye ?


 I hadn’t heard this yet and it isn’t good news for our RBA
 system.  RIP


 OneidaRBA text message system
 
 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oneidabirds/message/11488;_ylc=X3oDMTJzcWpzZGpoBF9TAzk3MzU5NzE1BGdycElkAzE2NTk5NzU0BGdycHNwSWQDMTcwNTA2NTc4NwRtc2dJZAMxMTQ4OARzZWMDZG1zZwRzbGsDdm1zZwRzdGltZQMxMzgxODM5MjYw


 Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:34 am (PDT) . Posted by:


   krankykestrel
   
 mailto:tigge...@aol.com?subject=Re%3A%20OneidaRBA%20text%20message%20system

 Textmarks has informed users of free text alerts that these are 
 expiring October 15th. The only options to continue are $250+ per 
 year and current usage of OneidaRBA implies that is too high. I 
 believe this change will also affect CayugaRBA. I'll report back if 
 any good options surface.

 David Wheeler
 N. Syracuse, NY


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[cayugabirds-l] CBC field trip Sunday AM

2013-09-15 Thread Paul Anderson


I led the CBC field trip this morning to Montezuma.

We started at 7:30am at the CLO and headed straight up north with our 
only stop being a brief one at Myers where we had the usual suspects 
plus a single Semipalmated Plover on the spit.


We stopped at the MNWR visitors center where we were to rendezvous with 
others. From there we saw many Yellowlegs and at least two, maybe three 
Pectoral Sandpipers.


We then drove Wildlife Drive, which we found more teeming with birds 
than we had expected. At least two prowling Harriers were scaring birds 
out of the reeds. Most striking were the hundreds of Blue-winged Teal, 
lots of Marsh Wrens calling, and 6-8 very vocal Sora.


Next stop was Towpath Road, where we picked up some other people. At 
this point our group was up to about 40! We had special permission from 
the managers of the reserve to go out on the dikes, so we trekked out a 
few hundred yards on the middle dike. It was great that we were able to 
do so as it allowed us to get much better views than we would otherwise 
have managed. Although at first some of the cormorants flew as we got 
close, the other birds seemed oblivious to our presence, and at various 
points several shorebirds flew right over our heads and then settled in 
quite close.  Best of all, the great variety of birds and the relatively 
close distance allowed us to compare different species directly, both in 
flight and on the ground. The mild weather meant that viewing was great 
with little shimmer.


As we arrived a Forster's Tern that had been with the gulls flew up and 
out of sight. The first special shorebird was a Whimbrel foraging alone 
in the grass. The two White Pelicans were together and treated us to an 
aerial display as they flew up, circled and came back down again. We saw 
a distant Red-necked Phalarope that kept moving and eventually was 
nowhere to be found. We had three American Golden Plovers, and three 
Black-bellied Plovers. Among the peeps were several White-rumped 
Sandpipers. A Merlin buzzed over and then settled on the shore in the 
distance. Several Black-crowned Night Herons were visible in the little 
cattail island in Puddlers. A juvenile Sanderling showed up mixing with 
some peeps, affording very nice views.


There were of course many other species I haven't mentioned. Jay McGowan 
was taking notes and photos and was kind enough to put everything in 
eBird. I encourage readers to take a look at the photos in the eBird 
listing.


Myers: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15183618
Knox-Marsellus: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15183646

Thanks to everyone who showed up to enjoy this wonderful spot, and 
especially to Andrea at MNWR who helped get us permission to view from 
the dikes.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] CBC field trip on Sunday Sept 15th - Montezuma, dikes included

2013-09-11 Thread Paul Anderson
Linda:

Thanks! What location should I tell them to congregate at?

Paul

On 9/11/2013 2:14 PM, Linda Orkin wrote:
 Thanks Paul, I can pick Cornell Students up if they want to go.

 Linda


 On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 1:52 PM, Paul Anderson p...@grammatech.com 
 mailto:p...@grammatech.com wrote:

 I will lead the first Cayuga Bird Club field trip of the season to
 Montezuma this Sunday. As usual, this trip is open to members and
 non-members alike.

 I have permission to take the field trip onto the dikes at
 Knox-Marsellus and Puddlers. This will allow us to get a bit
 closer to the shorebirds.

 We will carpool from the CLO parking lot at 7:30 and drive to the
 Montezuma visitor's center to pick up others at 9:00 am. From
 there we will take in Wildlife Drive then go to Towpath Road to
 walk out on the dikes. I expect we'll spend most of the time in
 that location, but depending on circumstances, we may try other
 spots in and around the refuge.

 Bring a scope if you have one, and be prepared to share looks with
 others.

 I have to get back to Ithaca by about 1pm, but others are welcome
 to continue the field trip without me after I leave.

 If any Cornell students need a ride from the campus, let me know
 and I am sure we can arrange a pickup.

 If you wish to attend, please let me know in advance so I can
 estimate numbers.

 Thanks!

 -Paul

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[cayugabirds-l] Most unusual flyover ever at Van Dyne Spoor Road

2013-08-21 Thread Paul Anderson


I had to go to Syracuse this morning, so I drove over to Montezuma to 
see what was there. My first sighting was John Confer. At the visitor's 
center we saw a Bonaparte's Gull, both Yellowlegs, G-w Teal, Ring-billed 
Gulls, Caspian Terns, Killdeer, a Pectoral Sandpiper, and very scruffy 
looking Canada Geese. There was little of interest on Wildlife drive. We 
then stopped at East Road to look over Knox Marcellus. The water level 
was much lower than when I had last seen it two and a half weeks ago, so 
the shore had receded and the majority of the birds were even further 
away than usual. We could make out peeps, dowitchers, yellowlegs, a few 
Black Terns, the Pelican, lots of Herons and Egrets, two Sandhill 
Cranes, anstd a Harrier. At that distance it was impossible to be more 
specific. John and I parted company and I went out Towpath Road where 
the viewing was a bit better, although I didn't see any new species.


I went to see the Red-headed Woodpeckers, hoping to see them bring food 
to the nest. They were foraging - hawking insects and eating wild 
grapes, but I didn't see them bring any home.


My last stop was Van Dyne Spoor Road where there was an Osprey on a pole 
and a couple more Bald Eagles. There were very many Gallinules and 
Coots, a few Pied-billed Grebes and a Green Heron in the marsh.


On the way out I stopped to check out a freshly plucked and almost 
completely devoured bird on the roadside - probably a young gallinule. I 
heard a couple of large helicopters coming right towards me. I looked up 
to see that the one in the lead was Marine One - probably with Obama 
himself inside!



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[cayugabirds-l] Getting wet at Lindsay Parsons

2013-06-02 Thread Paul Anderson


I led the bird club trip of 8 people this morning to Lindsay Parsons. It 
started out clear but muggy, but we were rained on towards the end. 
Nevertheless we had a good day.


From the parking lot we had Barn and Tree Swallows, two Kingbirds, a 
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Mourning Dove, a Flicker, a 
Black-throated Blue Warbler, Cardinal, Goldfinch, Cowbird and Song Sparrow.


We took the blue trail and first stopped at the little bridge just down 
from the kiosk. We heard and saw little from there, but as we were about 
to move on, a Woodcock flushed from right under our noses.


Further on, we stopped just after where the path first goes into the 
meadow. Vigorous chipping from the trees led us to two Field Sparrows. 
The one that was chipping had a live green caterpillar in its bill. The 
other was flitting about in the same vicinity. We wondered if this was 
juvenile begging behavior, but that didn't seem to fit exactly. At one 
point a Yellow Warbler joined them and seemed to eye the caterpillar 
before deciding not to attempt to steal it. After a few minutes, the 
sparrow gobbled the morsel down.


We had heard a Prairie warbler from here, and were able to pick it up 
with the scope in some bushes. A Yellow-throated Vireo was singing from 
across the field. Suan's mystery chipper was heard coming from the 
trees so we decided to solve the mystery. This bird sounded like a bit 
like a Junco, but also like a Field Sparrow with an irregular song. It 
was clearly coming from high in the tree, which seemed less likely of 
the sparrow. After a traipse through the wet vegetation, we finally 
picked it up in the scope to find it was indeed the Field Sparrow.


We visited the ponds next, where we found at least twenty Wood Ducks, 
most of which decided we were too close and flew off. In the distance we 
found a female leading a group of about six chicks. A female Kingfisher 
was also visible, as were about ten Canada Geese.


Back to the meadows. We had been hearing faint Indigo Bunting song, and 
when we moved to the next field Bob found it perched high on the dead 
tree at the end of the trail. The song seemed strangely feeble and 
easily drowned out by the other birds. Curiously, on the return, the 
bird was in the same spot, but singing much more strongly.


Beyond the meadow, the trail goes between low bushes before joining the 
woods. We first found a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, got good looks at a 
Chestnut-sided Warbler, and then found a Blue-winged Warbler and a 
Black-and-white. Into the woods, we heard a singing Scarlet Tanager, but 
did not get a visual. Also heard was an Ovenbird.


At the bottom of the trail just before crossing the railroad tracks, 
were two Eastern Phoebes over the creek.


On the other side it started to rain so we paused until it let up. We 
then took the right branch of the loop, and soon heard an atypical song 
that turned out to be a Magnolia. From there we also heard a Hooded 
Warbler and another Black-and-white.


As we went round the loop, the rain started in earnest, so we hurried 
along. By the time we were back to the meadows, it had eased somewhat. 
Here we heard a Veery singing from the woods.


Returning to the cars, the only item of note were eight Double-crested 
Cormorants circling over, possibly going to the large pond there.


Finally, we decided to stop at the Fire house to check out the drowned 
trees there. We found four Great-blue Heron nests, two of which 
contained quite large chicks that were visible. Also seen there were 
four Green Herons and another Kingfisher. A single female Wood Duck here 
was being followed by no fewer than twenty chicks.


Of course we had some of the other usual suspects along the way. Below 
is the ebird list.


Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve, Tompkins, US-NY
Jun 2, 2013 7:50 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.7
47 species

Canada Goose  40
Wood Duck  20
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Blue Heron  1
American Woodcock  1
Mourning Dove  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Eastern Phoebe  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  1
Veery  2
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
European Starling  X
Ovenbird  2
Blue-winged Warbler  2
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  X
Hooded Warbler  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  4
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
Prairie Warbler  5
Eastern Towhee  X
Field Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  X
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  X
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  X



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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Kayaking field trip

2013-04-20 Thread Paul Anderson

All:

I am working on arranging a new kind of field trip for the bird club. 
The idea is to go up to the Montezuma area and explore some of the 
waterways by kayak. I have talked with an outfitter who can provide all 
the gear and lead the trip. I'm now looking for people who are 
interested in coming along.


The exact details are still up in the air, but I thought we would go to 
the Howland Island area and spend between 4 and 6 hours on the water. 
The outfitter is familiar with the area and can take us to interesting 
spots. The open dates are the 6th and the 13th of July. It will cost 
between $50-$60 for each individual. We need at least six people for it 
to be feasible, but we can probably take as many as 20.  . Members of 
the club will get priority, but if there is room we can take non-members 
too.


Please let me know by email if  you would like to go on this trip, and 
the date you prefer, by the end of next week. I need to give the 
outfitter a deposit soon so that we can reserve the date, so I need at 
least four firm commitments before I can do that.


Thanks!

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-headed Blackbird reported on Murfield Road

2013-04-17 Thread Paul Anderson


A friend of mine was surprised to see an unusual bird at his feeder 
early this morning. He and his wife looked through their field guide and 
concluded it was a Yellow-headed Blackbird. It feasted for about 10-15 
minutes before flying off.


This was at 70 Murfield Road. The feeder is at the back of the house and 
can probably be seen from Waterwagon or Ryan's Way.


I have asked them to call and take photos if it shows up again.

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[cayugabirds-l] First record predictions from 14 years ago...

2013-04-17 Thread Paul Anderson


All:

Back in 1999 some of the local birders who were doing the David Cup held 
a survey amongst themselves to determine which birds were predicted to 
show up for the first time in the basin. The top ten predictions were 
the following:


10. Boreal Owl
9. Pacific Loon
8. Pomarine Jaeger
7. California Gull
6. Eurasian Collared-Dove
5. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
4. Mississippi Kite
3. Cave Swallow
2. Great Cormorant
1. Tufted Duck

If I recall correctly, as of about this time last year 7 of the 10 had 
been found. At that time neither Great Cormorant nor Tufted Duck had yet 
been seen. How cool is it that both of these just showed up within a few 
weeks of each other? And how cool is it that those predictions were so 
spot on?


I don't remember what the one remaining species is, but I think it must 
be either Boreal Owl or Pomarine Jaeger.


The newsletter that the David Cuppers maintained at that time is 
archived at the CBC web site. The issue that showed the top ten is here: 
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/the-david-cup/year-5-issue-8. 
There's plenty of other good stuff in there too. Enjoy!


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[cayugabirds-l] CBC field trip today

2013-04-07 Thread Paul Anderson
I led a group of four on a Cayuga Bird Club field trip today: Caroline, 
Judy, Lee-Ann and Becky. Given the very strong South winds, I was 
hopeful that something interesting had arrived, but no luck. The 
starlings in the trees teased us with their imitations of Meadowlarks, 
Towhees and Red-tailed Hawks, but there were few real birds of interest 
among those trees other than an Eastern Phoebe. Looking out on the lake 
we saw the usual three gulls, Mallards, Common Mergansers, Bufflehead, 
Canada Geese, and a single Common Loon. To the East were flocks of 
Coots, Scaup (both), three Ruddy Ducks. If there had been Shovelers and 
Lesser Black-backed Gulls around then, I think we would have found them, 
so they must have arrived later. An adult Bald Eagle flew over as we 
were scoping, a female Belted Kingfisher strafed the surface, and a few 
Tree Swallows flew around the mouth of the inlet. Further in the inlet 
were Wood Ducks, more Bufflehead, more Common Mergansers, several Hooded 
Mergansers, and a Pied-billed Grebe.


We then headed into Renwick in the hope of finding the Great-horned Owl. 
No luck. There were many more Wood Ducks though, at one point a flock of 
about eight males flew over above the treetops. We found a female 
perched high in a tree.


The possibility of Bohemian Waxwings was too good to pass up, so we then 
headed to Drake Road. No luck on those, but we did add a few more 
species: Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Flicker.


We then stopped at Myers, and picked up three Killdeer, a small flock of 
Redhead and another Common Loon.


Finally we went to Sapsucker Woods, starting with the field beyond the 
far parking lot. There we found about half a dozen Golden-crowned 
Kinglets that were very cooperative. A single American Tree Sparrow was 
mixing with the Song Sparrows. We then walked along the first stretch of 
the Wilson Trail hoping to find a Fox Sparrow or two. No luck there 
either, but we did find a couple of White-throated Sparrows.


Despite missing our target species and that fierce wind, it was still a 
great day to be out.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] PEREGRINE FALCON on snag by swan pond, Stewart Par...

2013-02-14 Thread Paul Anderson
A single Peregrine Falcon was in a tree in Jetty Woods across from the 
Swan Pond again this morning.

-Paul

On 2/14/2013 6:47 AM, nutter.d...@me.com wrote:
 I still hope Melissa has a chance to write her story and show any 
 photos (of any quality) soon. She described to me what I interpreted 
 as TWO Peregrine Falcons cooperatively and successfully hunting a gull 
 and then sharing the meal, including calling, begging, and 
 allo-feeding. Maybe the Peregrines are just passing through, but I 
 think about courtship and the possibility of a pair breeding locally. 
 Everyone in the Cornell community can be part of the eco-system and 
 contribute with their food scraps which go to the compost piles and 
 feed the gulls.
 --Dave Nutter

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 About 11:30am I got a phone call from Melissa Groo, who had gone to 
 Stewart Park in search of the Peregrine. If she doesn't post to the 
 list by tomorrow morning what she told me she saw and photographed, I 
 will do so. For the moment I will just say that Stewart Park is 
 pretty special.
 --Dave Nutter

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 PEREGRINE FALCON on snag by swan pond, Stewart Park.
 --Dave Nutter

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[cayugabirds-l] Possible Hoary Redpoll?

2013-01-19 Thread Paul Anderson
Redpolls started showing up at my feeder this week. This morning I saw 
one that looked and behaved quite differently than the others. I've 
never seen a Hoary Redpoll, so I can't be sure, but this one seems to 
have some of the hallmarks. Slightly larger, looks plumper, much paler. 
He did not mix with the others at the frenzy at the feeder, but held 
back on his own and lingered even when the others had gone.


I posted a photo on the facebook group: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cayugabirdclub/


I'd love to know what people think.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] OT: 2013 Ithaca Christmas Bird Count

2012-12-10 Thread Paul Anderson

All:

The link Linda gave may not work for all users. Try the following instead:

http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/christmas-bird-count

-Paul

On 12/10/2012 3:23 PM, Linda Orkin wrote:


Hello to All of You,

Just wanted to let everyone know that the Cayuga Bird Club is once 
again organizing the Christmas Bird Count to be held, as always, on 
January 1, 2013.


As co-coordinators, Bob McGuire and I are always interested in getting 
as many people involved as we can.  It is a very prodigious endeavor 
and has been going on for 113 years.  An amazing data collection and 
these statistics become ever more important as we strive to document 
and minimize our negative impacts and birds and equally, labor to help 
all bird species. And this will be the 60th consecutive year that the 
Cayuga Bird Club has organized this.


There are several ways you can participate, you can choose one or do 
all.  We have area leaders for all nine areas of a 15 diameter count 
circle centered in Ithaca, each of them will greatly welcome your 
inclusion in their area. They will tell you where to go within their 
slice   You can do a feeder count at your own feeder and submit 
those numbers by phone as described on our website. Or you can choose 
to count birds on your own property as your count site and then submit 
these numbers to the appropriate area leader.  You should let me know 
in advance if you plan to do this so I can advise the area leaders.


Instead of putting all the details in this email, I invite you to go 
to this  link on the Cayuga Bird Club website.


https://sites.google.com/site/cbc14850/Resources/christmas-bird-count?pli=1

There you will see a map and descriptions of the  nine areas.

You will note when you read this that we will find ways for all to get 
involved.  If you would like to practice the counting protocol, I am 
willing to meet people at Sapsucker Woods on Saturday Dec 15 and/or 
Saturday, Dec. 22 in the morning at 8:30. We can go on a bird walk and 
tally birds as we would for the count.  Please respond to this email 
off list if you are interested in doing this.


I hope all will join in, there are several area leaders pleading for 
more help.


Feel free to email me with any questions.

Thanks very much.

Linda Orkin
2013 CBC Christmas Bird Count Coordinator








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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga lake basin map

2012-12-09 Thread Paul Anderson
All:

 I often get question about Cayuga lake Basin map used for bird 
 reports. Here is map that shows you the boundaries.

 https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTFmsa=0msid=214805312847666779826.0004b7e99f502b6d9f5ff


The club website also has a map that shows that same boundary, but with 
the hotspots overlaid. There is also a link there that shows it overlaid 
on a very detailed topological map.  See 
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/where-to-bird.

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[cayugabirds-l] Eurasian wigeon reported yesterday at Stewart Park

2012-11-07 Thread Paul Anderson

Hi:

Last night I met someone who birds regularly with a group of people from 
the Cornell Campus Club. She said that they found a Eurasian wigeon at 
Stewart Park yesterday morning, apparently in with a group of Am. 
Wigeons. Has anyone else seen this bird?


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club November Newsletter

2012-11-04 Thread Paul Anderson

All:

Thanks Linda for the mention, but that link is a bit intimidating looking.

It's better to find your way there using 
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/newsletters, from where you can get 
directly to the PDF or to individual articles.

My favorite article this month: 
http://cayugabirdclub.blogspot.com/2012/11/2012-2013-winter-finch-forecast.html

Enjoy!

Paul

On 11/4/2012 3:58 PM, wingmagi...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hello All,

 I am providing a link to the November newsletter of the Cayuga Bird 
 Club which is posted on our  website.
   We are very proud of this online version and invite you all to enjoy 
 it.

  We thank both our editor of 10 years, Anne Marie Johnson, who did a 
 splendid job compiling a our newsletter
  each month, and now thanks to RIchard and Cyndy Tkachuck for stepping 
 up with such enthusiasm
 and creativity to keep the tradition going.  And thanks to Paul 
 Anderson who has created a wonderful, easy access
 website for us.

 The link follows


 https://d6d414a4-a-62cb3a1a-s-sites.googlegroups.com/site/cbc14850/newsletters/November2012.pdf?attachauth=ANoY7cr4Agh9Xk5CzaQykgPO7hGkDqtmp0vOHxSRZIqRzAi_U6qr6J04oFRT_7QFxoJrp1SeUiCgdBFkGNgtypAKi3ptPznDquGEEMyOOI4UD-LtR5uO7rM8YeJjlET30ZoLmMw8DsXzsAIpJCsqiVbnGqewfzWksDXe25Uu-aeAR0ToDrAf6sE2dyLARDUvLe08zShCaLH_6k67-w-on3h7Bxpa5kGSuniFZOYterNmWMhGm7hCXKg%3Dattredirects=0


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 Linda Orkin
 President, Cayuga Bird Club (a reminder, we do not administer this list)

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club field trip this weekend - meet at CLO, NOT at Stewart Park

2012-09-13 Thread Paul Anderson

All:

I am leading a field trip this Saturday. This had been scheduled to meet 
at Stewart Park, but I just realized that the Aids ride for life is 
starting from there at 7am. We will instead meet at the Lab of O parking 
lot and proceed from there, leaving about 7:10 or so. From there the 
plan is to go up the lake, returning by 4pm.


Huge apologies to anyone who is inconvenienced by this last-minute change.

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[cayugabirds-l] Facebook group for the Cayuga Bird Club

2012-08-24 Thread Paul Anderson

All:

In my role as webmaster for the Cayuga Bird Club, I just created a 
Facebook group. It's open to all-comers, so please join, contribute and 
enjoy!


See https://www.facebook.com/groups/cayugabirdclub/.

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[cayugabirds-l] Myers and Hog Hole this morning, plus the hazards of discarded fishing line

2012-08-19 Thread Paul Anderson
Below are my eBird reports for Myers Point and Hog Hole - nothing too 
surprising in either location.

However, at Myers in a tree by the creek a Kingfisher had gotten trapped in 
fishing line with predictable and tragic results.

Don't look if you are easily upset...
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/VB5Pmc14LEr9HVGdHnGVhdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink

-Paul



Myers Point, Tompkins, US-NY
Aug 19, 2012 8:30 AM - 9:18 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.1 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
22 species

Canada Goose  1
Mallard  21
Common Merganser  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Osprey  1
Ring-billed Gull  190
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Red-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  X
Tree Swallow  X
Bank Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  X
Yellow Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  2
Common Grackle  1


Hog Hole Ithaca, Tompkins, US-NY
Aug 19, 2012 9:49 AM - 10:18 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
16 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  3
Mallard  29
Double-crested Cormorant  39
Green Heron  1
Osprey  2
Killdeer  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Ring-billed Gull  26
Herring Gull (American)  8
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Caspian Tern  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
American Crow  X
swallow sp.  X
Gray Catbird  1
Song Sparrow  12
American Goldfinch  X

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods this morning

2012-08-18 Thread Paul Anderson

I led the CLO walk round the woods this morning. No major surprises, but 
highlights were three Green Herons, two Scarlet Tanagers, and two young 
Pewees being fed by a parent. Cedar Waxwings were abundant, with lots of 
juveniles.

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The full list is below.

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Sapsucker Woods--Wilson Trail North, Tompkins, US-NY
Aug 18, 2012 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
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33 species

Canada Goose  4
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  X
Great Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Belted Kingfisher  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  6
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  40
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  5
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
House Finch  X
American Goldfinch  X

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods this morning

2012-08-18 Thread Paul Anderson
Linda:
 Paul. Sounds like another lovely morning leading the public SSW walk.

 Logistically, just wondering. Did you incorporate your postings to 
 Bird Log into walk discussions?  Or did you post surreptitiously?  I 
 am thinking and being inspired that it really will be a great thing to 
 involve walk participants in, as long as the group is small enough. 
  To generate data and spread the word about ebird.
I'm still getting used to using Bird Log, so I didn't want my fumbling 
with it to ruin the flow of the walk. I posted everything later when I 
got home. I didn't mention it during the walk.

-Paul

 Thx on advance for feedback.

 Linda


 Sent from my iPhone

 On Aug 18, 2012, at 10:04 AM, Paul Anderson p...@grammatech.com 
 mailto:p...@grammatech.com wrote:


 I led the CLO walk round the woods this morning. No major surprises, 
 but highlights were three Green Herons, two Scarlet Tanagers, and two 
 young Pewees being fed by a parent. Cedar Waxwings were abundant, 
 with lots of juveniles.

 I am finding it very convenient to enter eBird sightings using Bird 
 Log on my smartphone: 
 http://birdseyebirding.com/products-pricing/birdlog. The full list is 
 below.

 -Paul

 Sapsucker Woods--Wilson Trail North, Tompkins, US-NY
 Aug 18, 2012 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
 Protocol: Traveling
 0.5 mile(s)
 Comments: Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
 33 species

 Canada Goose  4
 Wood Duck  3
 Mallard  X
 Great Blue Heron  2
 Green Heron  3
 Red-tailed Hawk  1
 Spotted Sandpiper  1
 Belted Kingfisher  3
 Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
 Downy Woodpecker  2
 Hairy Woodpecker  1
 Northern Flicker  4
 Pileated Woodpecker  1
 Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
 Red-eyed Vireo  2
 Blue Jay  X
 American Crow  X
 Black-capped Chickadee  X
 Tufted Titmouse  6
 White-breasted Nuthatch  2
 American Robin  X
 Gray Catbird  6
 European Starling  X
 Cedar Waxwing  40
 Common Yellowthroat  2
 Yellow Warbler  1
 Song Sparrow  5
 Scarlet Tanager  2
 Northern Cardinal  2
 Red-winged Blackbird  X
 Common Grackle  X
 House Finch  X
 American Goldfinch  X

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods this morning

2012-03-10 Thread Paul Anderson


I led the SSW walk this morning from 9:30 to 11:00.  On the pond were 
three Ring-necked Ducks (1f,2m), five Wood Ducks and at least six Hooded 
Mergansers. By the feeder on the Wilson Trail a Fox Sparrow was foraging 
under the bushes affording very satisfying looks to all.


Further round the Wilson Trail someone picked out a large buteo-like 
raptor with a big head to the south relatively low in the sky.  We 
concluded that the available evidence pointed to it being an adult 
Golden Eagle. I last saw it descending in a shallow stoop.


After the walk, I went to Hanshaw Road where I picked it up again 
further to the south. This time I followed it through the scope for a 
little while before it disappeared behind the trees going in the 
direction of Rt 366 and Freese Road. I chased it again, but didn't find it.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Broken-bill Loon

2012-01-12 Thread Paul Anderson
As promised:

http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/rarities-curiosities-and-old-friends

Right now, I only have a page for the aforesaid loon. I think I can find 
enough material on the Goose to be respectable.

If someone has a photo and information about the Lansing brown/silver 
crow, I'd be happy to put it up.

Finally a reminder: I am more than happy to give edit permissions on the 
site to any club member who wants to contribute material directly.

Paul

On 1/10/2012 5:25 PM, Anne Marie Johnson wrote:
 The paragraph I put in the CBC newsletter about this bird is on page 3 
 of the January 2010 issue, available on the club website here:
 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/cayugabirdclub/pdf/January2010.pdf

 It provides a very short summary of the sightings reported to the 
 email list.

 Anne Marie Johnson

 
 *From:* bounce-39130778-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 [bounce-39130778-3493...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Paul Anderson 
 [p...@grammatech.com]
 *Sent:* Tuesday, January 10, 2012 4:23 PM
 *To:* Dave Nutter
 *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L
 *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Broken-bill Loon

 I had been thinking of doing something like this, with a title of 
 something like Old Friends. I have some material I can start with, 
 but will need volunteers to supply text and photos.

 Paul

 On 1/10/2012 3:08 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
 How about a page on the Cayuga Bird Club website to track sightings 
 (with photos too) of individually recognizable birds such as

 * Broken-billed Loon wintering off Myers.
 * Turkey Vulture with white outer left wing (and right outermost 
 primary)
 * Canada X domestic Greylag Goose resident at Stewart park since 
 hatched there 2004? (Kevin McGowan's photos document the family) and 
 still being seen early January 2012
 * silver American Crow near Drake Rd/Atwater Rd/East Shore Dr, Lansing

 --Dave Nutter

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Broken-bill Loon

2012-01-10 Thread Paul Anderson
I had been thinking of doing something like this, with a title of 
something like Old Friends. I have some material I can start with, but 
will need volunteers to supply text and photos.

Paul

On 1/10/2012 3:08 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
 How about a page on the Cayuga Bird Club website to track sightings 
 (with photos too) of individually recognizable birds such as

 * Broken-billed Loon wintering off Myers.
 * Turkey Vulture with white outer left wing (and right outermost primary)
 * Canada X domestic Greylag Goose resident at Stewart park since 
 hatched there 2004? (Kevin McGowan's photos document the family) and 
 still being seen early January 2012
 * silver American Crow near Drake Rd/Atwater Rd/East Shore Dr, Lansing

 --Dave Nutter

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[cayugabirds-l] New Cayuga Bird Club website.

2011-12-16 Thread Paul Anderson

  
  
All:

As was discussed at the December meeting of the club, I have been
giving the web site a complete overhaul, with the goal of making it
a much more useful resource for members. A key aspect of this was
to make it easy for members to contribute content. To accomplish
this, I acquired the domain cayugabirdclub.org, created a new site
hosted by Google, moved most of the existing content over, and
created a number of useful new pages. See http://cayugabirdclub.org. 

The Calendar is
now a Google calendar. This means that it is very convenient to
update, and anyone who already uses Google calendars at work or at
home can easily integrate with it.

One of the new features I hope will be popular is the Gallery. This is
intended for members to share their photos and videos. I already
have four photo albums up there, and have been soliciting others to
contribute. Instructions for how to share photos are at the bottom
of that page. I will probably also create a "Rarities" album and a
"Photo of the month" feature on that page too.

I created a new Where to Bird
section. That page boasts an amazing interactive Google map that
shows dozens of birding sites in the Finger Lakes area. I can't take
credit for it though; the map was created collaboratively by Mike
Harvey and several other local birders. It has been incredibly
useful to those of us who have heard about good sites, but didn't
know exactly where they were.

This page also lists the fourteen sites that were described on the
old website. Each site now has its own page with a "season rating"
(based on my own impressions), a map, a slideshow, and a link to the
eBird report for that site. I have kept the original description for
now. I am hoping to recruit volunteers to give these a refresh and
to write new descriptions for the sites that have none yet.

To encourage visitors to get the most out of their time here, I have
created a Trip

  Recommendations page and wrote up a few suggestions for places
to go depending on the season and the amount of time available. I
also created a Field

  Trips page that I hope to keep populated with reports from our
club trips. See the report for the 11/19

  trip for a model.

I encourage everyone to check this out at http://cayugabirdclub.org.
Please let me know if I made any errors and give me feedback on what
works and what doesn't. I am more than happy to give edit
permissions to any member who wants to contribute. It is very easy
to create and edit pages, and no-one who does so should be worried
about accidentally breaking it. I will keep an eye on things to keep
it in order and can revert to a previous version with little effort.
Just email me: p...@grammatech.com.

- Paul Anderson

PS. Note that at the time of writing the old site is still active
and Google searches will favor that site. I will change it to
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[cayugabirds-l] Northern Shrike, Ellis Hollow Creek Road

2011-11-12 Thread Paul Anderson


Hi!

I found a Northern Shrike on Ellis Hollow Creek Road this morning at 
about 10am, just east of the junction with Turkey Hill Road. There is a 
field there with horses and a few barns. To the right of the barns are 
some bushes that follow the line of a small stream. The bird was in 
those bushes.


Previously I had stopped on Mt Pleasant hoping to find Pipits. No luck 
there, but I did find a pair of Horned Larks.


-Paul

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[cayugabirds-l] Muscovy duck by Freese Road

2011-04-30 Thread Paul Anderson


In the vain hope that a Whip-poor-will might fly by, I checked out the 
fields on Hanshaw Road this evening. In the pond across from the 
community gardens was a domestic Muscovy Duck.


A little earlier I was in Sapsucker Woods and found likely the same 
Veery I saw on Sunday. It was on wooded side of the path of the Wilson 
trail between the platform and the bench.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods and Monkey Run North, Sun 4/24

2011-04-24 Thread Paul Anderson
I was in Sapsucker Woods this morning too. I saw the Veery, though I 
confused it with a Swainson's Thrush at first :-(


I saw probably between 60-80 Rusty Blackbirds first on the Wilson trail, 
then possibly the same flock on the Podell boardwalk.


On the East trail was a flock of warblers, maybe 8-10 Yellow-rumped, but 
also two singing Black-throated Greens.


-Paul


Sapsucker Woods continues to host various birds that exemplify this brief
window of late mid-April, and also one surprising early arrival.  Here are
some highlights, mostly shared with Bill Baker's SFO group.

* 1 silent VEERY just north of the Sherwood Platform.  Several others and I
plainly saw light tawny-rufous upperparts, reddest around the head, with
faint breast spots.  Recognizing the variability of Hermit Thrushes and
their greater abundance at this time in our area, I am still certain about
the ID.  (According to data on the Cayuga Bird Club website, the average
first-arrival date of Veery in our area is around May 1, with a standard
deviation of about four days.)
* 20+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, including a few small flocks flying over and
alighting in trees, plus nine foraging on the ground by the Podell Boardwalk
* 3 HERMIT THRUSHES, including two countersinging, at the Hermit Thrush spot
just east of the north end of the Woodleton Boardwalk
* 2 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES countersinging by the Woodleton Boardwalk
* 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS lingering in the feeder garden
* 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER first spotted by Chris Pelkie in the SFO group, in the
back of the main pond

plus Purple Finches, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Swamp
Sparrows, Wood Ducks, a flyover Common Merganser, a Pied-billed Grebe, a
distant southbound Sharp-shinned Hawk, and others.

I also spent part of the morning with Linda Orkin.  We decided spontaneously
to visit the initial straightaway of Monkey Run North in search of Pine
Warblers.  We heard only one, which sang just once, but we did get nice
views of three Hermit Thrushes together.

Mark Chao




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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine at Stewart Park

2011-02-24 Thread Paul Anderson
At Stewart Park this morning, a Peregrine Falcon was perched in the tree 
opposite the boathouse.


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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Peregrine

2011-01-27 Thread Paul Anderson
At about 8:45 this morning in the tree opposite the boat house was a 
single Peregrine Falcon, that I think is a juvenile male.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park 04 January - Pied-billed Grebe, White-winged Scoter

2011-01-04 Thread Paul Anderson

All:

At about 8:30am this morning I had what Mike had, plus one HORNED GREBE 
very far out and mostly underwater, and about 8 RUDDY DUCKs all the way 
to the west.


Paul

Hi all,

I made a quick stop at Stewart Park this morning to scope the lake
from the eastern corner of the park.  Very few birds were settled when
I arrived, presumably flushed by gunshots from the western corner of
the lake and/or a BALD EAGLE soaring overhead.  During my 20 minutes
scoping the lake I found the WHITE-WINGED SCOTER directly north from
where I stood, about 100 yards off the ice shelf, and a raft of
REDHEADS and SCAUP continued to build immediately off of the ice.  A
female COMMON GOLDENEYE was by herself just off the ice in the center
of the park.

I did not find the Cackling Goose previously reported, nor any
white-winged or Lesser Black-back gulls.  The biggest surprise was a
PIED-BILLED GREBE swimming north towards East Shore Park, continually
flicking its head to scope side-to-side in that nervousy, grebey way
they have.

Good birding,
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Date: Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 10:31 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Stewart Park Ithaca , 1/4/11

Location: Stewart Park Ithaca
Observation date: 1/4/11
Notes: Several gunshots throughout my observation period from the
western corner of the lake.  Ducks were just settling when I arrived,
I suspect due to the eagle and hunting activities.  Aythya raft was
just off the ice shelf in the eastern corner of the lake and continued
to build throughout my observation period.  Conditions: 28*F, 100%
cloud cover, light breeze from the south, no precipitation.
Number of species: 20

Canada Goose 120
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 80
Canvasback 2
Redhead 220
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 40
Greater/Lesser Scaup 60
White-winged Scoter 1 Not associating with Redhead/Scaup raft,
approximately 100m off of the ice shelf on the east side of the park.
Common Goldeneye 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1 Observed in the direction of East Shore
Park as it swam north near the eastern shore of the lake.
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Ring-billed Gull 65
Herring Gull 4
Great Black-backed Gull 28
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Carolina Wren 1
European Starling 46
Northern Cardinal 1
American Goldfinch 2

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] King Eider back at Myers

2010-11-28 Thread Paul Anderson

All:

Paul Anderson had the King Eider at Myers Pt. at ca. 0930h.
  
The King Eider was fairly close to shore when I got to Myers at about 
9:15 and because the lake was relatively calm it allowed very nice 
views. I watched it on and off for about an hour and a half, during 
which time it dived infrequently and slowly drifted south. I then went 
to the Marina for about 20 minutes where I picked it up again, and it 
was still very visible when I left.


Also notable were two Black Scoters seen from Myers and one Red-necked 
Grebe seen from the Marina.


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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park this morning

2010-11-02 Thread Paul Anderson
Almost no wind today meant conditions for viewing at Stewart Park this 
morning were much better than yesterday, although light fog and shimmer 
limited distance.


A new arrival of the season was a single Common Goldeneye.

In a flock of Aythya was a single much darker bird that was the shape 
and size of a female Black Scoter. However, it didn't seem to have the 
light patch on the head that I would have expected. Was the Black Scoter 
seen in recent days consistent with this?


-Paul

Canada Goose X
American Black Duck 3
Mallard X
Green-winged Teal 1
Canvasback 1
Redhead X
Ring-necked Duck 2
Greater/Lesser Scaup 30
Bufflehead 25
Common Goldeneye 1
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 1
Pied-billed Grebe 30
Double-crested Cormorant X
Bald Eagle 1
American Coot X
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull X
American Crow X
Eastern Bluebird 1
European Starling X
House Sparrow X


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[cayugabirds-l] Black-crowned Night Heron in inlet behind Barnes and Noble

2010-10-31 Thread Paul Anderson


Inspired by the report from yesterday, I went looking and at 2:30 found 
a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron perched in a tree on the far side 
of the inlet directly behind Barnes and Noble.


Nearby, by the entrance to Nate's Floral Estates was what I think was a 
Muscovy Duck.


Happy Halloween!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe at Stewart Park - No sign

2010-09-23 Thread Paul Anderson


There was no sign of the Eared Grebe this morning from Stewart Park.

Among the other birds were two Northern Shovelers, about ten 
Green-winged Teal, a single Wigeon, and of course the other usual suspects.


An adult Bald Eagle flew in from the North and perched in the tree 
opposite the boat house. It had a red band on the left foot labeled P31 
and a white one on the right.


-Paul

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[cayugabirds-l] Odd waterfowl at Stewart Park

2010-09-17 Thread Paul Anderson

Hi:

On a quick visit to Stewart Park this morning I spotted five waterfowl 
near the east shore. I'm confused because I don't know what they are! 
They seem to be the size of a Brant. Their plumage varies considerably. 
One looks a bit like a pintail. Another is almost completely black with 
a small white breast patch. Yet another is uniformly gray. The others 
have a very dark head, with a buffy body.


I suspect they are some kind of domestic variant, but I don't know for sure.

I had little time, so all I was able to do was to grab some shaky video: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGKe3R63KQo.


Enjoy!

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[cayugabirds-l] Is this a Red-shouldered Hawk I see before me?

2010-07-18 Thread Paul Anderson
At the Ithaca Shakespeare Company's production of Macbeth this evening 
outdoors at the Plantations, (highly recommended: 
http://ithacashakespeare.org), additional entertainment was furnished by 
a hawk. It began by calling from among the trees, then flew behind and 
right above the on-stage action several times. I got a reasonable 
naked-eye look. The call seemed to be to be that of a Red-shouldered 
Hawk, and the visual was consistent with that id.


Fittingly, birds of prey make several appearances in the script:
http://www.twelfth-night.info/clicknotes/macbeth/Birds.html.

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma this morning

2010-05-30 Thread Paul Anderson
I had a good day solo birding, mostly to Montezuma. Below are the 
highlights.


I started the day at 7am with a visit to Myers where there was a single 
Common Tern fishing off the point. Every time he caught something the 
local gulls bullied him to give it up, which was frustrating for him 
probably, but very entertaining for me to watch the gulls catch falling 
fish.


Next stop was Lake Road in Ledyard where I heard a singing Grasshopper 
Sparrow, but failed to get visual. There were dozens of Bobolinks there too.


At the pool by Montezuma visitor's center were Semipalmated Sandpipers 
and a pair of Spotted Sandpipers.


On Wildlife Drive was little of interest except a single Graylag Goose 
in with the Canadas.


From Tschache, I counted 135 Great Blue Herons and 8 Bald Eagles, all 
juveniles. A single Trumpeter Swan was there too. A couple of Black 
Terns showed up.


At May's Pt Pool I was surprised to find a single Redhead. What I 
suspect was a Sora was calling. More Black Terns were seen here.


The Knox-Marcellus overlook is the place to go to see shorebirds, but 
the distance and shimmer was challenging. There were between 20-30 
peeps, about 6 Dunlin and one Semipalmated Plover.


Railroad Road had several calling Soras (at least 3), which was a treat 
because it is now a confirmed life bird for me. Also calling was a 
single Virginia Rail. There are many calling Marsh Wrens there, but 
despite my patient efforts I never caught so much as a glimpse of one.


Happy birding!

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[cayugabirds-l] Swan pen this morning

2010-04-21 Thread Paul Anderson

Sorry for the late post :-(

At the swan pen this morning at about 8:10 was a single Yellow-rumped 
Warbler, and a CHIMNEY SWIFT high up making its way south along the inlet.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Leucistic duck on Factory St. Pond

2010-02-08 Thread Paul Anderson




All:

This is a picture of the duck that Dave mentioned that was around
Stewart Park. This picture was from November 19th.

http://picasaweb.google.com/fishoak/Birds#5405810352034722434

Enjoy!

Paul

  
  
  
  
  Frritzie ( all),
That sounds like a bird I've seen several times at Union Springs, 
Myers Point and Stewart Park.  It looks to me like a leucistic 
female Mallard.  I don't know whether it has some recent domestic 
heritage or is just a sport.  I'm no expert on the subject, but offhand 
I didn't  notice any pattern or color or shape to indicate it's a hybrid. 
Still, knowing Mallards, a hybrid is always a possibility with an odd 
duck.
Sorry not to have answered the phone.  I'm in Canada with the Cayuga 
Bird Club overnight field trip to Amherst Island.  So far we've seen 
Snowy, Short-eared, Barred, Northern Saw-whet, and Boreal Owls.
--Dave Nutter

On Saturday, February 06, 2010, at 01:56PM, "John and Fritzie Blizzard" job121...@verizon.net wrote:

  
  
  Hi folks, 
  
  

  
  John saw, without binox,a light
colored duck on the Factory St. pond when he went for
mail this morning. We went back down  looked at the bird with the
scope. It was rather cream colored all over with somemedium tan
markings on shoulders  wing tips. I say that rather hesitantly
because the bird had it's head tucked under the wing  it was
angled away from me so determining where the darker markings were was
not particularly easy. I believe from what I could see that the bill
wasa light color.
  
  

  
  The duck was in a group of about 10
mallards over under the tree whose limbs hang in the water on the north
edge of the pond so I suspect from the shape that it is a mallard
altho' I couldn't see any curled feathers, as a male would have had,
under the tail. Tried to call Dave Nutter ... (only one whose phone
number I had along with me but got no answer) ... to have him post it
in case any other birders were up this way. Kathy Strickland was
birding around the lake with Lynn from Roch. but I couldn't get any
reply from her on her cell phone. S. Maybe someone else will see
it. Screechie had put in an appearance between the time John was there
 the time we went back down. Such a cutie!!
  
  

  
  The large raftsof Redheads were
spread out down along the lake between Gully Rd  the Aurora Post
office. Canadas  Goldeneye were in the rafts.
  
  

  
  Saw about 6turkeys just up Poplar
Ridge Rd. 1/2 mi.  then another 24 over along the woods east of
Dixon Rd.. 
  
  

  
  Nasty day to be out of the car or
house. Thermometer in the car registered 14 degrees but the wind chill
felt like -14  snow was blowing north to south across the
roads.I'm glad I'm not down in my birthplace in the mountains west of
Harrisonburg, VA nor at John's in Westminster, MD. today. The last few
yrs.bothplaces havehad more snow  colder weather than we've had
here. Yep! As I said before, I'll take beautifulNY. 
  
  

  
  Keep warm.
  
  

  
  Fritzie Blizzard
  
  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  
  



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] 57+ p-b grebes stew pk

2009-10-16 Thread Paul Anderson

All:

 57+ p-b grebes stew pk 0735 16 oct -dave nutter
  

I was also just there at 8:30 and counted 80+ p-b grebes.

Along with the usual suspects I also had:
 1 BRANT
 1 Ruddy duck
 4 Ring-necked ducks
 3 Lesser Scaup
 2 Bufflehead
 3 Wood ducks (in the pond)
 1 Gadwall
 2 Am Wigeon


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