[cayugabirds-l] Dunlin

2021-05-14 Thread Peter Saracino
20 + on Main pool MNWR.
Sar

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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Family

2021-05-14 Thread Peter Saracino
Pair of sandhills on Main Pool mud with a chick/colt. Seen just as you get
to the part where the Main Pool opens up.
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[cayugabirds-l] Armitage Rd. Warblers

2021-05-06 Thread Peter Saracino
Both prothonatory (west side of one-way bridge) and cerulean (east side of
bridge) continue on Armitage Rd. north of the MNWR.
Sar

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[cayugabirds-l] Rose breasted grosbeak

2021-05-01 Thread Peter Saracino
Just returned from a trip looking for warblers to be greeted by a beautiful
male rose-breasted grosbeak at my lilac bush.
Sar

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] large dark bird

2021-04-22 Thread Peter Saracino
Sibley:
Ravens 24" long
Crows 17.5 " long

On Thu, Apr 22, 2021, 1:24 PM Sandra J. Kisner  wrote:

> I suggested raven to her, but it was an awful lot larger.  Is there that
> much difference between crows and ravens?
>
> Sandra
>
> 
> From: Donna Lee Scott 
> Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:45 PM
> To: Sandra J. Kisner
> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] large dark bird
>
> Ravens hang around where eagles are, but i am not sure crows would
> tolerate being next to them.
> Kevin McGowan would know.
>
> Donna Scott
> Lansing
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Apr 22, 2021, at 12:41 PM, Sandra J. Kisner  s...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
>
> By appearance the eagle seems more likely than a vulture (the neck was
> short), but would crows tolerate it?  I'll suggest it to her; I don't
> actually know where she lives, so I don't know if bald eagles are likely to
> be in the area.
>
> Sandra
>
> 
> From: Joshua Snodgrass mailto:cedarsh...@gmail.com>>
> Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:11 PM
> To: Sandra J. Kisner
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] large dark bird
>
> Any chance it was a juvenile Bald Eagle? Young birds are very dark, but
> have white markings. It would be huge compared to crows.
>
> On Thu, Apr 22, 2021, 10:19 AM Sandra J. Kisner  s...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
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> promised I'd try.  A friend showed me a short video on her phone of a group
> of crows that she puts food out for near the end of her long (rural)
> driveway, with a large dark bird apparently feeding with them.  The shot is
> from far away; not knowing that I would have guessed it was a bunch of
> grackles being joined by a crow, but she assures me they are her usual
> crows.  The guest is rather stocky, with a short (broad?) tail.  The crows
> weren't in the least disturbed by the visitor, so it's not likely it was a
> hawk.  At one point she pointed out what looked like a white wing bar (very
> hard to see at that distance).  She also occasionally sees turkeys, but
> this didn't look like a turkey to me.  Any ideas?
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] large dark bird

2021-04-22 Thread Peter Saracino
Raven?
Sar

On Thu, Apr 22, 2021, 12:41 PM Sandra J. Kisner  wrote:

> By appearance the eagle seems more likely than a vulture (the neck was
> short), but would crows tolerate it?  I'll suggest it to her; I don't
> actually know where she lives, so I don't know if bald eagles are likely to
> be in the area.
>
> Sandra
>
> 
> From: Joshua Snodgrass 
> Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:11 PM
> To: Sandra J. Kisner
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] large dark bird
>
> Any chance it was a juvenile Bald Eagle? Young birds are very dark, but
> have white markings. It would be huge compared to crows.
>
> On Thu, Apr 22, 2021, 10:19 AM Sandra J. Kisner  s...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
> I'm afraid I don't have much information to base my question on, but I
> promised I'd try.  A friend showed me a short video on her phone of a group
> of crows that she puts food out for near the end of her long (rural)
> driveway, with a large dark bird apparently feeding with them.  The shot is
> from far away; not knowing that I would have guessed it was a bunch of
> grackles being joined by a crow, but she assures me they are her usual
> crows.  The guest is rather stocky, with a short (broad?) tail.  The crows
> weren't in the least disturbed by the visitor, so it's not likely it was a
> hawk.  At one point she pointed out what looked like a white wing bar (very
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> this didn't look like a turkey to me.  Any ideas?
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cardinals and cherry blossoms

2021-04-20 Thread Peter Saracino
Good idea Donna!
Pete

On Tue, Apr 20, 2021, 6:45 AM Dave K  wrote:

> I came across 3 House Finch feeding on blossoms at the start of Towpath
> Rd. yesterday. At one point the Male was feeding blossoms to one of the
> females.
> Some pics in a video format:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/51128144595/in/photostream/
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> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Cardinals and cherry blossoms
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> Folks - a question.
> Today I watched a male Cardinal in a cherry tree. He was picking at the
> blossoms, putting them in his mouth, then quickly discarding them. He was
> grabbing them from the stem end and not the blossom end.  He was doing it
> for quite some time. The path beneath the trees was covered with discarded
> blossoms.
> Any idea(s)?
> Thanks.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cardinals and cherry blossoms

2021-04-19 Thread Peter Saracino
Thanks Sandy and Jill. It was cool to watch.
Pets

On Mon, Apr 19, 2021, 9:33 PM Jill Holtzman Leichter 
wrote:

> Maybe sucking on the nectar? Have you ever done that to a jasmine flower?
> Jill
>
>
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> *From: *bounce-125558311-87248...@list.cornell.edu <
> bounce-125558311-87248...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Peter Saracino <
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> *Date: *Monday, April 19, 2021 at 9:19 PM
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> *Subject: *[cayugabirds-l] Cardinals and cherry blossoms
>
> Folks - a question.
>
> Today I watched a male Cardinal in a cherry tree. He was picking at the
> blossoms, putting them in his mouth, then quickly discarding them. He was
> grabbing them from the stem end and not the blossom end.  He was doing it
> for quite some time. The path beneath the trees was covered with discarded
> blossoms.
>
> Any idea(s)?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Pete Sar
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[cayugabirds-l] Cardinals and cherry blossoms

2021-04-19 Thread Peter Saracino
Folks - a question.
Today I watched a male Cardinal in a cherry tree. He was picking at the
blossoms, putting them in his mouth, then quickly discarding them. He was
grabbing them from the stem end and not the blossom end.  He was doing it
for quite some time. The path beneath the trees was covered with discarded
blossoms.
Any idea(s)?
Thanks.
Pete Sar

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[cayugabirds-l] Upland sandpiper at Lott farm

2021-04-18 Thread Peter Saracino
Upland sandpiper found this morning by Dave Kennedy continues at Lott farm.
I tried around noonish from Martin Rd. but with no luck. Returned around
2:30 and a family member was on the property and gave permission to drive
the grounds. Found the bird way toward the back by the cut corn field. It
was feeding in the section closest to the crushed limestone driveway. At
one  point it got up on a tall telephone pole and spread its wings and gave
that "strange" vocalization it is known for. I salute the courage and
endurance of this hemispheric traveler now back from the Argentine!

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma eaglets

2021-04-10 Thread Peter Saracino
Hey all.
I just wanted to alert folks to a cool thing currently happening (and
easily seen with a scope) at the Refuge. It concern a relatively new eagle
nest that's directly across the river from the Spillway on the Wildlife
Drive. While at the Spillway fence look east across the river to see the
nest. It currently houses 2 adults and 2 eaglets. This afternoon I watched
as the adult male calmly and very effortlessly plucked fish from the
relatively shallow waters of the Main Pool and brought them to the nest
across from the Spillway. At the nest the adult female could easily be seen
tearing the fish apart and feeding it to two young eaglets. The two young
eaglets were easily seen.
So if you like eagles it's a wonderful chance to see their  "child" rearing
lives up close and personal before the trees leaf out and the opportunity
is lost till next April.
Do not delay.
The golden moments fly!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Martins

2021-04-09 Thread Peter Saracino
Very cool!
Sar

On Fri, Apr 9, 2021, 12:20 PM Johnson, Alyssa 
wrote:

> The Montezuma Audubon Center, too! Yesterday I heard them first, then saw
> a few landing and flitting around the houses.
>
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> *From:* bounce-125529740-79436...@list.cornell.edu <
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> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Martins
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> Martins have returned to the Refuge. I see at least one near the houses.
> May be a scout.
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[cayugabirds-l] Martins

2021-04-09 Thread Peter Saracino
Martins have returned to the Refuge. I see at least one near the houses.
May be a scout.
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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [eatonbirdingsociety] Osprey

2021-04-03 Thread Peter Saracino
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From: Peter Saracino via groups.io 
Date: Sat, Apr 3, 2021, 8:53 AM
Subject: [eatonbirdingsociety] Osprey
To: 


2 osprey sitting atop 2 different dishes (the new ones) along routes 5 & 20
near Refuge entrance.
Here's hoping!
爛
Sar
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[cayugabirds-l] Blue-winged teal

2021-03-29 Thread Peter Saracino
6 seen at Refuge Visitors Center yesterday - first spied by Janet Aiken.
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[cayugabirds-l] Tree swallows

2021-03-28 Thread Peter Saracino
They have returned and are darting here and there over the pool at the
Refuge Visitors Center!
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[cayugabirds-l] Coots and grebes

2021-03-24 Thread Peter Saracino
Both have returned to the Refuge!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls polls and a science question

2021-03-17 Thread Peter Saracino
Hi Anne.
Great questions.
Don't know about redpolls but I just read today ( Sibley's "What Its Like
To Be A Bird") that with chickadees the birds, themselves, can tell make
from female because the black bib on the males fluoresce more deeply than
on the female.
Trouble is, THAT is something OUR brains aren't wired to see.
Pete

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> This winter my first- ever redpoll flock has been eating niger almost
> faster than I can stock it. They do NOT like the fancy finch mix, their
> bill flips have informed me.
>
> So I have been looking at the wild differences in cap and breast and belly
> colors. The caps are a distinctly more classic red, while rest can be deep
> rose.
> But the caps!  I will bet that their red caps fluoresce in the daylight
> UV,  intensifying the “brightness”. This is what budgie yellow caps- in
> exactly that area of feathers-do. Just the cap, not a whole yellow head.
>
> Anyone?  Testable with UV lamp and maybe Collections specimens?
> Fluorescence in the visible range will be spectacular. Budgies look like
> miners with little head lamps.
>
> Also note. Like budgies, the caps/polls do not differentiate males and
> females. I think accentuating them helps detect flock mate scanning and
> flying during flock foraging.
>
> I am probably wrong but would love to know.
> Anne
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[cayugabirds-l] Sibley blog

2021-03-14 Thread Peter Saracino
Found while searching for other things.
Blog - Sibley Guides
https://www.sibleyguides.com/blog/
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[cayugabirds-l] Mocking bird

2021-03-12 Thread Peter Saracino
I have a mocking bird on my tray feeder this morning!!??!!
Sar

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[cayugabirds-l] Tree swallows

2021-03-11 Thread Peter Saracino
I sent a brief email earlier today but have yet to see it posted. I was
surprised to see 3 tree swallows this afternoon at the north end of Cayuga
Lake along lower Lake Rd. where it reunites with Rt. 89. They were
relatively close to the shore and winging southward.
Pete Sar

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> Woodcock peents heard just now near Willow Creek Rd, Ulysses.
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[cayugabirds-l] Tree swallows (cont.)

2021-03-11 Thread Peter Saracino
Where lower lake road rejoins Rt 89.
Sorry.
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[cayugabirds-l] Tree swallows

2021-03-11 Thread Peter Saracino
3 tree swallows north end Cayuga lake near where it rejoins Rt. 89.
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[cayugabirds-l] Grackles

2021-03-10 Thread Peter Saracino
They arrived!
Lots.
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[cayugabirds-l] Hoary redpoll question.

2021-03-08 Thread Peter Saracino
Hi folks. I was watching some birds on a tray feeder recently -some
redpolls, tree sparrows, siskins and a few house sparrows. One redpoll
looked suspiciously like a hoary. While I've definitely seen 3 hoaries this
winter, I haven't yet seen enough to feel really confident in positively
identifying one.
Needless to say the house sparrows were bullying the other birds, and all
the other birds soon scattered. All but one - the "hoary"  It would have
none of the sparrows' bullying and, in fact, was quite aggressive toward
them. It charged at them and caused THEM to flee.
I was quite surprised by this so my question is this - do hoary redpolls
tend to be more aggressive than common redpolls? Might this be another
"mark" to help identify one?
Thanks for the help.
Pete Sar

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Diving Mallard Video

2021-03-06 Thread Peter Saracino
Interesting Dave
I wonder how deep the water IS there. Also do you have a sense from your
experience as to how long they can stay under?
Pete Sar

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> I've seen Mallards diving along the Cayuga Lake SP shore this season,
> maybe more than usual, maybe not.
> Yesterday I had a chance to watch one diving at Oak Island in Waterloo.
> The Mallard flock gathers around a Hen with a visible, bright speculum
> (top left of video) that is diving for food.
> If diving is a learned behavior the 100 other Mallards aren't getting it
> and she's the only one eating.
> The melee continues until the Domestics move in and break it up.
> Video at
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/51008681556/in/datetaken/
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redwings

2021-03-04 Thread Peter Saracino
With all due respect Joe, I think not. I anticipate the usual late winter
invasion any day now - for ALL to see.
Be well.
Pete Sar



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> On Mar 4, 2021, at 10:45 AM, Peter Saracino 
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> Flock of redwings just showed at my feeders!
> Pete Sar
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[cayugabirds-l] The joy they bring!

2021-03-04 Thread Peter Saracino
I'm having a wonderful morning here in Oaks Corners, NY. Have counted at
least 14 redpolls (which are so beautiful against the backdrop of the snow
flurries), at least 25 siskins, tree sparrows, goldfinch, juncos, bluejays,
at least 14 redwings, a flicker...and to top it off,  the quality of the
sunlight against the falling snow and the brisk wind is a reminder that
Spring is beginning to tug at ole Winter's sleeve!
A beautiful day to be alive.
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[cayugabirds-l] Redwings

2021-03-04 Thread Peter Saracino
Flock of redwings just showed at my feeders!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2021-03-01 Thread Peter Saracino
Last spring the osprey began occupying the nests along 5&20 near the Refuge
in early April. About the time the white Pelican was first seen at the
north end of Cayuga Lake.
But hey, like they say - if the book says one thing and the bird says the
other.believe the bird!
Stay safe all. Getting psyched for Migration, and I bet I have lots of
company!!
Sar

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> Hi Diana,
>
> Osprey would be new for the Cayuga Lake Basin 2021 list. This is early
> though. It’s so early that there is only one eBird record ever for Osprey
> in February in NYS north of Long Island, and that was several years ago
> south of Kingston in Ulster County. This year the northernmost eBird report
> of Osprey in the past month was on the 27th in Maryland.
>
> It’s certainly possible. Birds fly. There have been plenty of south winds
> lately. Ospreys nest along 5&20 by the refuge. I am as interested as anyone
> in finding out if birds are migrating sooner, and Ospreys have surprised me
> with early returns to Myers in the recent past.
>
> But a report of Osprey even at the very end of February suggests some care
> be taken, particularly since there are plenty of immature Bald Eagles
> around, and in some plumages they share some of the color pattern of
> Ospreys. Bald Eagles also nest earlier than Ospreys and have even been
> known to take over Osprey nests before the Ospreys return, so Bald Eagles
> or Red-tailed Hawks or other raptors might be near those nests.
>
> So, I’m wondering if you would mind asking your sister what about the bird
> said “Osprey” to her instead of some other large raptor - shape, behavior,
> pattern, etc. Thanks so much. And thanks for your photos and reports. It’s
> a joy to hear what is happening all around us.
>
> - - Dave Nutter
>
> On Feb 28, 2021, at 8:53 PM, Whitings  wrote:
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> Hi All,
> My sister saw an osprey flying on Rt. 20 near the entrance to the refuge
> yesterday. Also, a Sandhill crane was seen at Mercer Park in B’ville.
> Spring is in the air!
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[cayugabirds-l] Flickers

2021-02-28 Thread Peter Saracino
This is wired but cool. I currently have SIX flickers beneath my feeders
poking at the ground. 2 are male.
Pete Sar

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Crow "snow-bathing"!

2021-02-27 Thread Peter Saracino
I recently watched snow buntings do this.
Pete Sar

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> Hi,
> I have seen other birds do these, most recently snow buntings, horned
> larks and tree sparrows.
>
> Diana
>
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>
> On Feb 27, 2021, at 2:11 PM, Marie P. Read  wrote:
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> 
> Hi everyone,
>
> Earlier today, while it was still cloudy and drizzly, I was watching an
> American Crow in the snow-covered field opposite my house do something
> I'd never seen before. While it was walking along, several times it
> squatted down into the snow and shuffled its wings just like birds do when
> they're bathing in water. Sometimes it also dug into the snow with its bill
> as if to loosen the snow around it. Then it preened a bit then repeated the
> process, maybe 7 or 8 times in the space of a few minutes, before finally
> flying off with another individual.
>
> Very cool behavior! Has anyone seen them do this before?
>
> Marie
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon with Mallard

2021-02-23 Thread Peter Saracino
Cool Dave.
Where is the Iron Works?
Pete Sar

On Tue, Feb 23, 2021, 9:18 PM Dave K  wrote:

> ~5PM I came across the Gyrfalcon that had a Mallard on a field South of
> Seneca Iron Works. The Mallard was still moving when I arrived but I didn't
> see the catch. The Gyrfalcon had to fend off two hawks but managed to keep
> its prey.
> Between hawks and despite traffic it fed steadily and eventually left the
> Mallard and flew to a tree perch on the West edge of the field.
> Some (bloody) pics at
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/50974933716/in/datetaken/
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[cayugabirds-l] Color change without molt (cont'd.)

2021-02-21 Thread Peter Saracino
My apologies. In describing the breeding plumage of the bunting male I
meant to write " white head and belly and jet-black BACK".
SAR

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[cayugabirds-l] Color change without molt

2021-02-21 Thread Peter Saracino
I recently read a curious account in "Naturally Curious Day by Day" (Mary
Holland) concerning the plumage of snow buntings. According to Ms. Holland,
the totally white head and belly and jet-black head of a breeding plumage
male is not the product of a Spring molt. Evidently snow buntings molt
their feathers once/year in late summer. The breeding change in the Male's
plumage is due to the fact that beneath the colored feather tips, the back
feathers are pure black and the body feathers are all white. The male wears
off all of the feather tips by actively rubbing them on snow, which reveals
his black-and-white breeding plumage. So says the book.
Today I was watching a huge flock of snow buntings on Fort Hill Rd on the
boundary between the Phelps/Seneca Townline, north of Geneva, NY. They were
working a manure spread that was sandwiched between 2 strips of snowy
field. To my surprise and amazement, many of the birds were rubbing their
bellies in the snow! Some of the birds simply rubbed their bellies while
other rubbed their bellies and also tossed some snow around with their head
and beak. This time of year their heads are brownish but will be all white
come time to breed.
Anyway it was a cool thing to observe so hot on the heels of having read
about it.
The things we see when we look!
Pete Sar
P.S. I see that Sibley actually has a nice drawing of this in his "Birds
East" book, pg. 333.

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[cayugabirds-l] Harriers hunting redpolls

2021-02-18 Thread Peter Saracino
So I'm on Johnson rd. watching a group of 20-30 redpolls on the shoulder of
the road. A bit south of them I see a harrier flying from the west and it
crosses the road thru the small  apple orchard. I keep watching the
redpolls when suddenly, and seemingly out of nowhere, the harrier strafes
the redpolls and flies out into the field and commences to have a late
lunch (or early dinner)...redpoll on toast???
I imagine with the snow cover it's pretty slim pickings for the harriers
(and short-earred owls) and a redpoll will do in a pinch...
Sar

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Always something to see

2021-02-18 Thread Peter Saracino
Dave I've read where migrating American golden plovers stash food items in
their plumage from S. American to the N. American continent for a quick
bite when needed. I'll be darned but I can't seem to remember what the
items were. I'll look it up when I go home. Maybe your Scoters do the same.
Pete Sar

On Thu, Feb 18, 2021, 12:27 PM Dave K  wrote:

> While watching WW Scoters at Willard Town Park today, one caught a
> crayfish..when reviewing pics at home later, one of the Scoters appears
> to have had a saltwater crab attached to its chest.as the WW Scoter
> rises to stretch its wings the crab is visible, appears to detach and be
> caught by Scoter. Hmm, did the scoter just arrive from a salt water
> location...how did the crab survive the sub freezing flight (or did
> it)is that a crab defense? Always something to see.
> Pics on eBird Submission Seneca County, NY 2-18-21, Willard Town Park
> 8:10AM
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[cayugabirds-l] Florida siskins

2021-02-15 Thread Peter Saracino
My cousin tells me their seeing siskins at feeders in Florida!!!
Sar

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50+ Robins /Florida Robins

2021-02-03 Thread Peter Saracino
My cousin in northwestern Florida also reporting lots of Robin's in his
lawn!
Pete Sar

On Wed, Feb 3, 2021, 8:04 AM David Nicosia  wrote:

> I saw a nice flock of around 20 american robins on lower lake road
> northwest Cayuga Lake January 23rd. There were probably even more.
>
> On Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 4:50 PM Donna Lee Scott  wrote:
>
>> Meanwhile, my brother in Bradenton Florida, south of Tampa Bay, reports
>> that 1000s of Robins are coming into roost overnight in the mangroves
>> across the Braden River from his house! Hundreds are lined up on the high
>> power line that crosses the river there.
>>
>> In the past, I have seen this while visiting him there.
>>
>>
>>
>> Donna L. Scott
>>
>> 535 Lansing Station Road
>>
>> Lansing, NY 14882
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* bounce-125353610-15001...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:
>> bounce-125353610-15001...@list.cornell.edu] *On Behalf Of *David Ruppert
>> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 02, 2021 4:45 PM
>> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] 50+ Robins
>>
>>
>>
>> About 50 American Robins flew into our yard along Ellis Hollow Creek Road
>> slightly after 4pm this afternoon.  It appears that they are planning to
>> roost here for the night.
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[cayugabirds-l] Turkey vultures

2021-01-24 Thread Peter Saracino
Small kettle of 5 and 1 flying by its lonesome a bit south and east of
Peterman Rd. in the village of Seneca Falls.
Pete Sar

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[cayugabirds-l] Crossbill techniques

2021-01-16 Thread Peter Saracino
Enjoy:
How Nature Works: White-winged Crossbill Feeding Technique
https://youtu.be/1NvU8WG9bg0
Sar

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[cayugabirds-l] Swans P.S.

2021-01-12 Thread Peter Saracino
Though the Wildlife Drive is currently closed for the season, many  of the
birds we saw today ARE visible from the Observation Tower along the Seneca
Trail. The Seneca Trail is open.
Pete Sar

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[cayugabirds-l] What to make of 1000 Swans

2021-01-12 Thread Peter Saracino
Today we conducted a brief survey at the Montezuma Refuge (Wildlife Drive
only) while also looking for the locations of some possible new eagle
nests. In addition to a good number of ducks (mostly mallards, blacks, ring
necks, a few geese and one redhead), we encounterd over 1000 swans - mostly
tundra with some trumpeters as well. Most were simply sitting on the ice
and many appeared to be sleeping. A number of young were among the larger
group. So I'm wondering if their presence in mid-January is simply a
testament to the mild winter we've had thus far?  Will more severe weather
send them packing? Have they given up the thought of Migration this year?
Thoughts, opinions, musings all appreciated.
Thank you.
Pete Sar

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Future of Lott Farm & Basin Upland Sandpipers?

2021-01-09 Thread Peter Saracino
Given how rare the bird is, How about getting NY Audubon involved? Would
there be a role for them to play?
Pete Sar

On Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 9:15 PM Deb Grantham  wrote:

> That’s a good idea.
>
>
>
> Deb
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* Regi Teasley 
> *Sent:* Saturday, January 9, 2021 9:06 PM
> *To:* Deb Grantham 
> *Cc:* Dave Nutter ; CAYUGABIRDS-L <
> cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>
> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Future of Lott Farm & Basin Upland
> Sandpipers?
>
>
>
> Might Finger Lakes Land Trust help with this?
>
> Regi
>
> 
>
> *“The future of the world is nuts.”  Philip Rutter, founder of the
> American Chestnut Foundation*
>
>
>
>
>
> On Jan 9, 2021, at 8:51 PM, Deb Grantham  wrote:
>
> 
>
> NRCS has incentives/subsidies for ag land placed in conservation
> easements, including for wildlife habitat. I don’t know that it would be
> enough for them, though.
>
>
>
> Probably going through the Seneca County Soil & Water Conservation
> District is the way to go. I can check around a bit.
>
>
>
> Deb
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* bounce-125276871-83565...@list.cornell.edu <
> bounce-125276871-83565...@list.cornell.edu> *On Behalf Of *Dave Nutter
> *Sent:* Saturday, January 9, 2021 8:17 PM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Future of Lott Farm & Basin Upland Sandpipers?
>
>
>
> As many of you know, the private Lott Farm, located on the NE corner of
> NYS-414 and Martin Rd on the south border of the Town of Seneca Falls, has
> long been the site for the August farm equipment fair called Empire Farm
> Days. Therefore it has fortuitously been managed as an extensive grassland.
> It is the only remaining breeding site in the Cayuga Lake Basin for Upland
> Sandpipers (They bred between Wood Rd & Caswell Rd in Dryden years ago,
> before a few houses went in there.) as well as a great place for many other
> breeding grassland birds, the occasional rare Dickcissel, plus fairly
> regular Snowy Owls in winter. Furthermore, the owner has been gracious in
> granting access, without charging any fee, to birders who simply request
> permission, describe their vehicle, and agree to remain on the gravel
> roads.
>
>
>
> In talking to Reuben Stoltzfus this evening I learned that we cannot take
> for granted the situation which had simply been the result of good luck and
> generosity. This past year, the Empire State Farm Days event did not take
> place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But also the event is now under new
> management who have chosen a different site for the future. This means that
> whatever profit and benefit which the Lott Farm gained from that event is
> gone. And they never got any benefit except good will from us birders.
>
>
>
> While Reuben has not talked to the farm owner and did not know of any
> plans for this land which had been managed as grassland, I think it’s safe
> to assume that there is a strong incentive for the owner to find some use
> which will pay the taxes or turn a profit, and that grassland bird habitat
> may not be in the picture unless action is taken quickly to encourage
> future management to allow these birds to continue, before decisions are
> made  - if they have not been finalized already - for the plowing or
> construction season this spring.
>
>
>
> Is this something about which local bird clubs would want to work with the
> owner of Lott farm? Are there DEC programs which can reimburse landowners
> for maintaining such habitat? Would bird clubs want to help more directly?
> Would birders be willing to pay a small fee for the privilege of birding
> there or to become members of some organization for the pride of knowing
> they are helping some regionally rare birds survive where we can sometimes
> see them?
>
>
>
> These are just some ideas based on very limited information. I know there
> are people reading this who are far better than I am at organizing,
> networking, researching, and promoting these things. Please think about it,
> discuss it, and help ensure that come mid-April the Upland Sandpipers have
> a home to return to. Thanks.
>
> - - Dave Nutter
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Re: FW: [cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vultures

2020-12-24 Thread Peter Saracino
Thank you folks for all the responses. It certainly helps confirm my
sightings. Any ideas why they're still er?
Pete Sar

On Wed, Dec 23, 2020, 4:22 PM Donna Lee Scott  wrote:

> I have seen 2 or 3 turkey vultures each time I drive from northwest
> Lansing towards the mall or Ithaca in the past weeks.
>
>
>
> Donna L. Scott
>
> 535 Lansing Station Road
>
> Lansing, NY 14882
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* bounce-125245046-15001...@list.cornell.edu [
> mailto:bounce-125245046-15001...@list.cornell.edu
> ] *On Behalf Of *Peter
> Saracino
> *Sent:* Wednesday, December 23, 2020 4:09 PM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vultures
>
>
>
> Has anyone seen turkey vultures around? I was driving the back road from
> Geneva to Waterloo this morning (River Road) and in the distance saw what
> appeared to be a kettle of 8 very large, dark  birds behaving like vultures
> in a kettle.slow, circular motion. I had no binocs to confirm. Just
> before seeing this I was alerted to a dark bird flying across a farm field
> we with a distinct dihedral and am certain it wasn't a harrier. I pulled
> over to look and the bird was nowhere to be found. That's when I caught
> site of the "kettle" in the distance of birds too large to be crows.
>
> Pete Sar
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[cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vultures

2020-12-23 Thread Peter Saracino
Has anyone seen turkey vultures around? I was driving the back road from
Geneva to Waterloo this morning (River Road) and in the distance saw what
appeared to be a kettle of 8 very large, dark  birds behaving like vultures
in a kettle.slow, circular motion. I had no binocs to confirm. Just
before seeing this I was alerted to a dark bird flying across a farm field
we with a distinct dihedral and am certain it wasn't a harrier. I pulled
over to look and the bird was nowhere to be found. That's when I caught
site of the "kettle" in the distance of birds too large to be crows.
Pete Sar

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Brown-headed Cow Birds

2020-12-20 Thread Peter Saracino
I had one near Phelps, NY a day or so ago.
Pete Sar

On Sun, Dec 20, 2020, 12:16 PM Rachel Lodder 
wrote:

> I had one at my feeders this past week, too. In Newfield, the day before
> the storm. I haven't seen it since.
>
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> bounce-125235438-81221...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Regi Teasley <
> rltcay...@gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:30 AM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Brown-headed Cow Birds
>
> Just now (10:30 am) we have three Brown-Headed Cow Birds on our tray
> feeder and on the ground.
>
> Regi Teasley
> West Hill in the city
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Seneca Falls Gyrfalcon continues

2020-12-17 Thread Peter Saracino
Beautiful pix Dave!
Sar

On Thu, Dec 17, 2020, 12:29 PM Dave K  wrote:

> Went out hoping for some roadside birds after a ~6inch snowfall overnight
> but didn't see a one,
> Came across the Gyrfalcon pole sitting and managed some pics...
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/50730304126/in/datetaken/
> before it flew to a tree overlooking a goose flock. The geese did not
> seem concerned by this.
> A jittery mixed flock of Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs
> were distant in a field North of Stahl Rd.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] cranes at MNWR

2020-12-10 Thread Peter Saracino
Not sure Nancy.
We stopped doing surveys for the season last week. If you're going, check
ebird and at the Refuge check the visitor Center pool, east rd. (Knox
Marcellus and Puddler marshes), sandhill crane unit (van dyne-spoor rd.),
and Armitage rd.
Good luck. Hope ya see some!
Pete Sar

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> Are cranes still being seen at Montezuma? I am thinking of heading up
> there today
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] CBC: Spring Ornith. with Steve Kress--birder gift, long distance, please share...

2020-12-09 Thread Peter Saracino
Thanks Sandy. Are any field trips (day and/or weekend) part of the course
this time around?
Thank you.
Pete

On Wed, Dec 9, 2020, 10:11 AM Sandy Podulka  wrote:

> Hi Folks,
>
> The Cayuga Bird Club is running "Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress" via
> Zoom again this spring (sigh). BUT, because we know this ahead of time, we
> can use it as an opportunity to give as a gift to friends/relatives beyond
> driving distance (or, anywhere!!).  Here's our announcement--please share
> widely and think about people who could take it this year who normally
> can't--in nursing homes, with commitments in the evening, and so on. Check
> out our web page for details!
>
> Thanks!!
> Sandy Podulka
>
> p.s. 12 Wild Turkeys at our feeders this morning.
> \\
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> *Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress: *If you’re looking for a holiday
> gift for your favorite birder (or yourself), this might be it!  This
> Spring, the  Cayuga Bird Club will once again host our popular 8-week
> course, *Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress*, online.
>
> Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, March 30 to May 18, 2021, from 7
> to 9 pm. Lectures also will be recorded and posted for later viewing, so
> you can watch or review them at your convenience.
>
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> might be interested, including those well beyond driving distance from
> Ithaca who could actually participate this year because it will be over
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> enthusiasts throughout the country. Discussions and Q & A will include the
> locations where students live.
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> recordings, will focus each week on a group of migratory birds that are at
> the peak of spring migration, with discussions about bird song, migration,
> courtship, family life, conservation, attracting birds, and creating a
> bird-friendly habitat.
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> Audubon Camp in Maine. He is the author of more than ten books about
> birding, gardening for birds, and seabirds. His lectures about birds have
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma crane breeding success?

2020-12-05 Thread Peter Saracino
Mike and all.
One November a few years back I attended the "Festival of the Cranes" at
Bosque Del Apache NWR in New Mexico. Many cranes winter there (including
members of the lesser race of sandhills that hale from as far away as
western Alaska and Siberia!!). Anyway down that way they called them the
"sirloin of the skies" and said they were quite delicious. I must confess
I've never tasted one.
I suppise the positive side of a future hunting season for the eastern
crane population would be that their numbers had grown to such a healthy
extent that a limited season would be in order.
THAT being said, it IS difficult to ponder so beautiful a creature being
"taken" on the wing. But I suppose the same could be said for a snow
goose
Just thinking out loud.
Pete Sar



On Sat, Dec 5, 2020, 11:28 AM  wrote:

> The numbers of Sandhill Cranes are now about double any previous year by
> my marginal memory’s recollection.  The highest I remember 2 years ago was
> around 127 (but eBird search experts can correct me). If y happy just
> enjoying the beautiful flock stop reading.! Based on this year’s nesting
> stories that I either saw, heard or read about the refuge didn’t contribute
> much. First, I read of a pair that had 2 young near the main pool
> observation tower. That went down to one young then I heard none. The DEC
> staff told me that a pair at Morgan road had one bird disappear long enough
> to hopefully incubate but rejoined the other with no young in tow. The
> Carncross Road pair appeared together often but no baby. Joann and I found
> one on a nest at the Sandhill Crane unit. They hatched one young but that
> bird disappeared a short week later. Finally a pair at Knox showed up with
> a fledgling and as far a I know that was the only refuge success. I hope
> others have better stories as I heard talk of pairs on Howland Island and
> at the MAC. The first post nesting gathering at Knox that I saw were
> consistent with this as I remember a dozen with 1 juvenile. Then they came
> from everywhere apparently. Yay!
>This number also starts concerns with me about potential future
> hunting. I don’t know where our birds winter but know that the eastern
> population can be hunted in Tennessee, Kentucky and starting last year
> Alabama. Its pretty unlikely that the hunters here won’t want to shoot the
> “ribeyes of the sky” so start campaigning to have them protected! Mike
> Tetlow
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sandhills

2020-12-04 Thread Peter Saracino
Hi Alyssa.
I had 256 cranes at Knox a bit after sunrise today. Little by little most
of them left in groups of 5-10 birds and soon only about 30 were left
before I left.
Pete Saracino

On Fri, Dec 4, 2020, 10:02 AM Johnson, Alyssa 
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> Anyone have eyes on the cranes at 10 am at Knox Marsellus? Driving to
> work on Hogback and came across several hundred in a corn field. Took off
> and flew too fast for a solid count, but wonder if this is the same group.
> They were across from Dickens Farms and flew off to the SE. I have to get
> to work otherwise I’d go check at Knox Marsellus myself!
>
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> Correction- 256 cranes
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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhills

2020-12-04 Thread Peter Saracino
Correction- 256 cranes

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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhills

2020-12-04 Thread Peter Saracino
At least 250 Sandhill Cranes currently at Knox Marcellus Marsh (MNWR).
Pete Sar

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] MNWR cranes?

2020-12-03 Thread Peter Saracino
Sorry Laura just now saw this. There have been sizable numbers of Cranes in
the Visitors Center pool this year - more than are customarily there. This
past Sunday there were 70+ birds there. Yesterday at the end of our survey
(3p.m.) there were 60+ birds there. I guess I'm trying to say that if you
missed them today the chances are good some will be there tomorrow- or on
other parts of the Refuge (especially Knox Marcellus/Puddler Marsh areas.
Pete Sar

On Thu, Dec 3, 2020, 11:39 AM Laura Stenzler  wrote:

> Thanks everyone for answering! I’m on my way there. The cranes were there
> this morning and there are lots at Knox Marcellus.
>
> Laura
>
> Laura Stenzler
> l...@cornell.edu
>
> > On Dec 3, 2020, at 11:33 AM, Johnson, Alyssa 
> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Laura,
> >
> > I don't know if anyone responded to you about the cranes yet... I
> haven't been there today, but they have been pretty consistently hanging
> out there. We were treated to 52 yesterday!!! Of course they could move at
> any time, but I'd say it's a good chance they're there.
> >
> > Good luck!
> >
> > --
> > Alyssa Johnson
> > Environmental Educator
> > 315.365.3588
> >
> > Montezuma Audubon Center
> > PO Box 187
> > 2295 State Route 89
> > Savannah, NY 13146
> > Montezuma.audubon.org
> >
> > -Original Message-
> > From: bounce-125189219-79436...@list.cornell.edu <
> bounce-125189219-79436...@list.cornell.edu> On Behalf Of Laura Stenzler
> > Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:58 AM
> > To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> > Subject: [cayugabirds-l] MNWR cranes?
> >
> > Can anyone tell me if the cranes are at the visitor center pool this
> morning (Montezuma NWR)?  It’s almost 10 am.
> >
> > Laura
> >
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Caching seed

2020-11-22 Thread Peter Saracino
Very cool.
Pete Sar

On Sat, Nov 21, 2020, 11:52 AM W Larry Hymes  wrote:

> Once upon a time I was sitting of my front porch reading the paper.  I
> noticed a chickadee coming in.  Not moving the paper I felt the bird land
> near my foot.  It felt it do something around my foot, and then it flew
> off.  Upon inspection I found a black oil seed neatly tucked into my shoe.
> I reluctantly removed it, with the thought it would not remember where it
> had stashed the seed.
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches

2020-11-20 Thread Peter Saracino
Thanks for sharing gentlemen.
I absolutely love these stories!!
In this Season of Thankfulness I'm truly thankful for the joy these
creatures bring to our lives.
Stay safe and well all.
Pete Sar

On Fri, Nov 20, 2020, 7:08 PM Kevin J. McGowan  wrote:

> My best memory of feeder birds caching was a number of years ago on a warm
> fall/winter day and I had my sliding door open so I could take pictures of
> the birds coming to the feeders on my deck. I had my camera on a tripod
> just inside the open door. I was doing something on the computer on the
> kitchen table and a Red-breasted Nuthatch flew into the house with a
> sunflower seed in its bill. It landed on the tripod, looked around, and
> tucked the seed into a crevice where a leg came off the base, then flew
> away back outside. Six feet away from me.
>
>
>
> No matter how good their spatial memory, I knew it wasn’t going to
> retrieve that one.
>
>
>
> I love Red-breasted Nuthatches!
>
>
>
> Kevin
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* bounce-125158003-3493...@list.cornell.edu <
> bounce-125158003-3493...@list.cornell.edu> *On Behalf Of *Robyn Bailey
> *Sent:* Friday, November 20, 2020 4:33 PM
> *To:* Chris R. Pelkie ; Peter Saracino <
> petersarac...@gmail.com>
> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> *Subject:* RE: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
>
>
>
> Working from home, and my home being a log cabin, I see birds throughout
> the day coming and caching seeds in between the logs and
> windowsills…anywhere they can fit it. Mostly chickadee, titmouse, and
> red-bellied woodpecker are the ones I see doing it.
>
>
>
> It’s fun to think of them using my house as a larder, and using their
> spatial memory (or some luck) to find them later. I wonder how many pounds
> of seeds are collectively stashed in the crevices of my house right now?
>
>
> 
>
> Robyn Bailey
>
>
>
> *From:* bounce-125157588-15067...@list.cornell.edu <
> bounce-125157588-15067...@list.cornell.edu> *On Behalf Of *Chris R. Pelkie
> *Sent:* Friday, November 20, 2020 2:29 PM
> *To:* Peter Saracino 
> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
>
>
>
> You’ll want to pry them out. Some years ago, a squirrel stashed sunflower
> seeds into my exhaust pipe.
>
> OMG, there’s nothing on earth that stinks as bad as burning sunflower
> seeds!
>
> (:-)
>
> __
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>
>
> On Nov 20, 2020, at 12:37 , Peter Saracino 
> wrote:
>
>
>
> So I hung strings of  Christmas lights on the porch the other day but
> didn't put the bulbs in yet. They're easier to string without the bulbs. I
> finally got around to screwing the bulbs in this morning only to find
> single, unopened black oil sunflower seeds in a few of the places into
> which one would screw the actual bulb. I began to wonder how they ever
> could have gotten into so tight a space until I realized they must be
> places where the birds I'm feeding are catching food for a later date!
>
> I think that's kind of neat!
>
> The birds are helping me decorate! Well, sort of.
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches

2020-11-20 Thread Peter Saracino
So I hung strings of  Christmas lights on the porch the other day but
didn't put the bulbs in yet. They're easier to string without the bulbs. I
finally got around to screwing the bulbs in this morning only to find
single, unopened black oil sunflower seeds in a few of the places into
which one would screw the actual bulb. I began to wonder how they ever
could have gotten into so tight a space until I realized they must be
places where the birds I'm feeding are catching food for a later date!
I think that's kind of neat!
The birds are helping me decorate! Well, sort of.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

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[cayugabirds-l] Short eared owls

2020-11-13 Thread Peter Saracino
2 Owls on Johnson Rd. In Phelps Township tonight around 5:05 pm.
Pete Saracino

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[cayugabirds-l] Loon migration

2020-11-11 Thread Peter Saracino
Hi folks. Tomorrow looks to be a great day for observing migrating loons
and am wondering if anyone has plans to observe from Taughannock Falls
Stare Park.
Thanks!
Pete Sar

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[cayugabirds-l] Winter finches!

2020-10-21 Thread Peter Saracino
Folks
30 pine siskins and at least one evening grosbeak at my feeders near
Phelps, NY!!
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[cayugabirds-l] Siskins

2020-10-18 Thread Peter Saracino
Make that at least 8 siskins on a tray feeder near Phelps, NY
Sar

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2020-10-18 Thread Peter Saracino
Hi all.
At least 2 pine siskins and a red breasted nuthatch at my feeders near
Phelos, NY!
Pete Sar

On Sat, Oct 17, 2020, 5:44 PM Sandy Podulka  wrote:

> We have two at our feeders in Brooktondale as of today, also. Saw 3 a few
> days ago near the house.
>
> At 09:52 AM 10/17/2020, Kevin J. Cummings wrote:
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> Hi all,
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> I was very excited to see two Pine Siskins among the feeder birds here in
> Dryden this morning.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Need help

2020-09-28 Thread Peter Saracino
Looks like a pectoral sandpiper.
Pete Saracino

On Mon, Sep 28, 2020, 9:32 PM Jim and Kay Burkett 
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> We saw this bird at Montezuma feeding near the road in the pool south of
> the visitors center. Can anyone help us identify the bird?
>
> Thank you
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma

2020-09-16 Thread Peter Saracino
The Refuge is currently short-staffed. Work on flooding the Visitors Center
pool was scheduled to begin last week but problems were encountered with
the pump. They are working hard to resolve the problem. I wouldn't be
surprised but in the next few days there will be water in that area. Not
sure if water levels at Carncross can be manipulated.
Hope this helps.
Pete Saracino



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> Both the visitor center field and Carncross Rd fields are bone dry. I was
> there this morning!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

2020-09-16 Thread Peter Saracino
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/16/birds-falling-out-of-the-sky-in-mass-die-off-in-south-western-us-aoe


On Tue, Sep 15, 2020, 6:47 PM Tom  wrote:

> I just learned of the mass mortality of migrating birds in New Mexico.  I
> read a CNN report.  Is there any new information on the cause?  They’re
> talking hundreds of thousands, even millions.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Radar showing large nocturnal flight tonight in NY

2020-09-14 Thread Peter Saracino
Thanks Dave!
Pete Sar

On Mon, Sep 14, 2020, 8:41 PM David Wheeler  wrote:

> I'm hearing lots of low-flying thrushes. Not a lot else so far.
>
> Dave W
>
> On Mon, Sep 14, 2020, 8:25 PM David Nicosia  wrote:
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>> All,
>>
>> Radars in NY state are exploding with bird echoes after sunset. These are
>> the biggest radar migration signatures I have seen so far this fall.
>> Tomorrow could be really good. Hope you can get out there.
>>
>> All the best and stay safe!
>>
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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Moments: The Times They Are A Changing

2020-09-04 Thread Peter Saracino
While conducting the twice-weekly survey of the Montezuma Refuge Jackie
Bakker, Linda Benedict and I are often privileged to witness some
incredible natural events - a great blue heron in the process of gulping
down an entire muskrat; a peregrine falcon knocking an immature black crown
night heron out of the air; a huge flock of green winged teal engaged in a
breathtaking starling-like murmuration; the raucous Spring arrival of a
huge flock of greater yelowlegs;  the early morning wonder of coming upon
the overnight roost of a host of migrant monarch butterflies.
Yesterday was no exception.  In response to the dwindling amount of solar
energy being received in the northern hemisphere, change is rapidly
occurring. Two events yesterday confirmed this. As we drove along the
Tschache Pool dike we were treated to the presence of 30+ bald eagles - of
all ages - from this year's hatch on up to 4 year old birds and a few
adults. The birds were perched in trees, on logs and stumps in the pool,
flying along the dike or soaring overhead. The second episode occurred at
Puddler Marsh. As we drove along the dike we witnessed 85 black-crowned
night herons (young and old) leaving the trees along the dike where they
commonly roost. We were stunned as the birds just kept coming out of those
trees.and coming and coming and coming!
Noble Laureate, Bob Dylan, once sang that "the times they are a changing".
While he wasn't talking about bird migration, his words can certainly be
applied to these early September days as the planet's creatures prepare in
myriad ways for the leaving of the light.
I hope that in many ways you each can experience the bittersweet beauty
inherent in this changing time of the year.
Pete Sar

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Virtual Shorebird Walks: 2 YouTube videos

2020-08-31 Thread Peter Saracino
Thanks Dave. I'll take a look. I'm especially interested in learning to
better i.d. those darn baird's. Thanks to both you and Feris for agreeing
to do this for Andrea so we could at least experience our beloved
shorebirds - if only vicariously. Thanks as well for taking the time to
share with the rest of us. Take care and stay safe.
Pete Sar

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> The COVID-19 pandemic caused Montezuma NWR to modify the popular Guided
> Shorebird Walks this summer, so that we no longer have dozens of birders
> crowding to get views, share scopes, and discuss IDs. Instead, the former
> guides were asked to gather material for social media with only one or two
> assistants. Perhaps some of you have been wondering, “What ever became of
> those ‘Virtual Shorebird Walks’?”  Well, I want to share some stuff with
> you. But first some introductory info.
>
> Preparing media material takes more time than just going out in the field
> together, finding birds, and discussing them, so there has been some delay.
> I invited Ferris Akel to join me on the dikes, because for a number of
> years he has been doing live-streamed video when he goes birding, and one
> of his favorite places to go is Montezuma NWR.
>
> We are not the BBC and David Attenborough well supplied with staff, time,
> and money. We are a couple of volunteers who live in the area, and love
> birding, and are trying to share our skills in hopes of being helpful. What
> we show is not TV or movie quality. Instead it is what we actually
> encountered. When you go birding you contend with the everyday conditions
> of lighting, heat, wind, noise, distance, fussy equipment, the challenge of
> describing to someone where to see the bird you are looking at, the
> distraction of multiple birds at a time, and the frustration of an
> interesting bird hiding or leaving. We played the hand we were dealt, and
> it’s all there in the live-streamed versions which are archived on YouTube.
>
> Ferris has also gone the extra mile to do some recording and editing to
> produce shorter versions which leave out some of the walking, searching,
> and confusion to concentrate on the views and discussion of the birds. I
> try to focus on how to ID birds with or without comparisons between similar
> species, and interesting behavior. While shorebirds were a priority, darned
> if we were going to ignore everything else. Our first try working together
> is in a 51:17 edited version, which you can find if you google this title:
>
> Knox-Marsellus Marsh With Dave Nutter, 8/15/2020 (HD)
>
> In this first video we see backlit eclipse Mallards and Blue-winged Teal
> (the Green-winged Teal for comparison went AWOL), Greater and Lesser
> Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper,
> Semipalmated Sandpiper, and Solitary Sandpiper. Although Killdeer and
> Semipalmated Plover are also shown, I did not discuss their ID and
> comparison because I was concentrating on the sandpipers, but to sum up
> their comparison, a Semipalmated Plover is like a half Killdeer - 45g v
> 95g, a single dark stripe across the breast instead of two, a bill which is
> closer to a quarter the length of the head instead of a half, a half-length
> tail, and half as flamboyant - no orange rump, and not *vociferus *(the
> Killdeer’s appropriate specific Latin name).  A family of Sandhill Cranes
> also makes an appearance.
>
> When you do that Google search,  another 11:44 video may pop up alongside
> it entitled:
>
> Bird Watching Challenging Situations, 8/22/2020 (HD)
>
> This is an edited portion of our trip the following weekend. It starts
> with a chance to see in better light both Mallard and Blue-winged Teal
> which we showed and discussed in the previous video. Then there’s a fun
> view of a flock of ducks flying while I remark on a couple of species that
> were flying in a different flock. This nicely lit portion was from the east
> dike at Knox-Marsellus near Towpath Rd.
>
> But we also went to Van Dyne Spoor Road, where we had some terribly
> backlit views of distant sandpipers accompanied by other people talking as
> well as our struggles to point one another to birds among bits of stubble
> and weeds on the mud. I think Ferris was reluctant to include this video
> because the views are not aesthetically pleasing. Understandably, he would
> rather highlight the many more beautiful parts of his work. I have tried to
> make the argument to him that this is educational. What we demonstrate is
> that even with very few clues, it is possible to ID a bird.
>
> Ferris first shows a bird which I had initially overlooked in my scope as
> a piece of fluff, and then when I glanced at his view-finder I did not see
> enough detail to ID it. However, looking at his longer video afterward, I
> saw the bird turn its head so that I could ID it as a Semipalmated
> Sandpiper on the basis of a straight bill about the length of the head
> along with a plain pale breast. 

[cayugabirds-l] Field by Refuge Visitors Center

2020-08-29 Thread Peter Saracino
FYI
The field in front of the Refuge Visitors Center has been turned over. It
has yet to be "watered" but I assume that will happen very soon. They are
very short-staffed these days. It looks to be great habitat.
Pete Saracino

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[cayugabirds-l] Hawk Migration Resource

2020-08-21 Thread Peter Saracino
https://ny.audubon.org/get-outside/hawkwatch

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[cayugabirds-l] Birds and Lyme Disease

2020-08-19 Thread Peter Saracino
An interesting fact I just now read. I'm wondering if anyone cares to shed
further light on this:
"Several recent studies show that wild birds transport ticks and their
associated diseases during migration. Also, a number of bird species are
able to contract the bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi) causing Lyme Disease,
and transport it to uninfected ticks that parasitize the birds for a blood
meal. Since ground-feeding species like cardinals, catbird, song sparrows
and Robin's spend a significant amount of time foraging for food at the
optimum height for ticks, they are excellent hosts and have all
demonstrated the ability to infect ticks with with the bacterium during
their first blood meal."
"Naturally Curious Day by Day..."
Mary Holland
August 19 entry

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Knox-Marsellus shorebirds

2020-08-10 Thread Peter Saracino
Thanks for the heads up Jay!
As a follow up, best times for viewing the Van Dyne Spoor Rd. location
(Sandhill Crane Unit) are early morning when the sun is at one's back.
On another note, the Refuge WILL be discing and then partially flooding the
field by the Visitor Center to create additional habitat- either in late
August or early September.
Pete Sar

On Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 7:01 AM Jay McGowan  wrote:

> Hi all,
> I stopped at East Road at Montezuma NWR last night just before sunset, and
> although I didn't quite have time to do a thorough scan, the shorebird
> array was quite impressive. Peeps and yellowlegs numbered in the several
> hundreds, and other species I was able to pick out included RED-NECKED
> PHALAROPE, DUNLIN (early), STILT SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and
> SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. Viewing is challenging as always (don't expect to
> identify more than egrets and geese without a powerful scope), but the
> habitat is great right now, and interesting things will surely show up
> there in the coming weeks. Light is best in the evening.
>
> On Saturday, Van Dyne Spoor Road was also good for shorebirds, with
> hundreds visible in flight at times, but viewing is even more challenging
> there, with distance, backlighting, and stubbled habitat all playing a role.
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Shorebird plumages and an Observation

2020-08-09 Thread Peter Saracino
While performing my duties as a volunteer Roving Naturalist at the
Montezuma  Refuge yesterday I set up shop along the narrow channel just
before Larue's lagoon. All morning there have been a few solitary, spotted
and least sandpipers. With the spotted and solitary there have been some
wonderful opportunities to compare juvenille with adult plumages. The
juvies were so clean and fresh and crisp in both species. It was really
telling - and easily seen.
On another note, one spotted sandpiper was running thru a cloud of small
insects (midges?) that were floating at ground level just snapping and
gobbling them up. I couldn't help think that midges were experiencing what
was tantamount to a velociraptor running thru a crowd of people!!
The things one sees when one looks!!
Cool stuff.
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[cayugabirds-l] Crane Unit

2020-08-05 Thread Peter Saracino
FYI.
The Refuge Sandhill Crane Unit is on Van Dyne Spoor Road in Savannah NY.
We had 101 great egrets at the Crane Unit alone today.
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[cayugabirds-l] Great egrets

2020-08-05 Thread Peter Saracino
A good number of great egrets currently at Crane Unit at MNWR. On their
return trip..
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[cayugabirds-l] Swallows mobbing a raptor

2020-07-17 Thread Peter Saracino
So I go outside to get some parsley out of the garden and am suddenly met
with the "squeaky" calls of birds and look up to see close to 20 tree
swallows mobbing a sharp shin hawk! The hawk flushes and the swallows give
chase and the raptor lands in another tree. The swallows are going crazy
and the raptor finally leaves. The swallows continue to fly/soar about and
finally vanish to who knows where.
A very cool experience!
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[cayugabirds-l] Swallows mobbing raptor

2020-07-17 Thread Peter Saracino
So I go outside to get some parsley out of the garden and am suddenly met
with the "squeaky" calls of birds and look up to see close to 20 tree
swallows mobbing a sharp shin hawk! The hawk flushes and the swallows give
chase and the raptor lands in another tree. The swallows are going crazy
and the raptor finally leaves. The swallows continue to fly/soar about and
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[cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Don’t underestimate swallows.

2020-07-01 Thread Peter Saracino
Anne I've had barn swallows nesting in a small shed on my property come way
up to the house and dive bomb my cat - and the cat was far from the nest
and no apparent threat! I love it when I'm out to mow and they go about
wake hunting as they catch the insects my mowing stirs up. It is a sad day
indeed in late August when I am mowing and the swallows are no more. What a
gift the natural world.
Pete Sar


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> sides by shrieking and Tees-zweeting swallows, both tree and barn and
> perhaps 20 total. Looked like some slower flying, shorter tailed juv barn
> swallows in the mix.  They were really really committed to seeing the hawk
> off. How would a redtail ever grab a swallow?  They clearly thought it
> possible.
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[cayugabirds-l] Insect-hawking Waxwings

2020-07-01 Thread Peter Saracino
Had a cool experience on the leg of the Ontario Pathways/Rt. 96 today near
Phelps; NY. I was standing on the second bridge from the road and
encountered a very big hatch of tiny insects over the stream. A number of
waxwings were perched in a tree over the stream and would fly into the
insect swarm, snapping their bill's as they did so, and consume the
insects. They would then return to their perch for a bit of a rest and then
proceed to go hawking again. They were acting like they've found the
Motherload! I've never seen anything quite like it like it! It was very
cool.
The things we see when we're out there observing!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] RIP Chuck Hetzel

2020-07-01 Thread Peter Saracino
Rest in Peace Chuck.
Pete Saracino

On Wed, Jul 1, 2020, 9:53 AM Donna Lee Scott  wrote:

> Some in this birding community may have known Charles (Chuck) Hetzel from
> Philadelphia who was an expert Birder & champion for good bird habitats
> Chuck, age 90,  died early this morning near Media, Pennsylvania where he
> was in assisted care near his daughter’s home.
>
> In the 1990s Chuck, his wife, Karen, and I found a Cerulean Warbler at the
> Salmon Creek Rd. Preserve just as we walked up into the tall trees near
> Brooks Hill Road.
> He was also studying Swamp Sparrows at Niemi Rd.
>
> Later, I asked him how he learned all the birds and their calls so well,
> and in his quiet, terse way, he replied “the Hard Way”.
>  Chuck was a man of few words but many talents.
>
> Donna Scott
> Lansing
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Warbler ID help

2020-06-19 Thread Peter Saracino
A Connecticut warbler was observed at Firehouse woods this Spring/late May
near Braddock Bay. Not long after, another was observed near Sodus point.
Neither appeared to remain long. But hey, ya never know.
Pete Sar

On Thu, Jun 18, 2020, 4:05 PM  wrote:

> Hi to you both. My hearing is pretty well dead these days but the
> phenology for Connecticut here is mostly as a rare fall migrant and a fins
> at this time would be incredible. Even in fall when we were an active
> passerine banding station (30 years) we had but a very few.
> Our one spring sighting was in the Finger Lakes National Forest many years
> ago.
> John
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>
> On 2020-06-18 19:45, Leona Lauster wrote:
>
> Hi Alyssa,
>  My my iBird Pro app says similar sounds for Connecticut Warbler are
> Common Yellowthroat & Northern Waterthrush.
>  Hope this helps.
> Leona Lauster
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> On Jun 18, 2020, at 3:24 PM, Johnson, Alyssa 
> wrote:
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>
>
> Today is my first day back at the Montezuma Audubon Center, so you know I
> had to take a walk on the trails! I thought I heard a Connecticut Warbler,
> but looking at eBird, it's considered rare for this area and 2 of the 3
> sightings were later in the summer, probably migration. What is something I
> could be confusing his song with?
>
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[cayugabirds-l] How hummingbirds actually drink

2020-06-13 Thread Peter Saracino
Cool and brief video on how hummingbirds actually drink.
 https://journeynorth.org/tm/humm/tongue_fluid_trap.html

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[cayugabirds-l] BirdNet App

2020-06-09 Thread Peter Saracino
Hi fellow birders.
I'm having fun playing around with the Cornell app "BirdNet" (currently for
android only). It allows you to record a song and then tries to identify
the bird making the sound. It then provides a Wikipedia page with info.
about that bird. It's still in the developmental stage but I've been trying
it out and so far it's been correct on a number of species including a
rather distant warbling vireo! The only bird it got wrong so far was a
wormeating warbler. I played its song using my Ibird pro app and BirdNet
said it was a chipping sparrow (the songs are similar).
Anyway, am wondering if anyone else out there has been using it and with
what degree of success. So far it's been spot on for Oriole, cardinal,
house wren, red-bellied woodpecker, indigo bunting, wood thrush, warbling
vireo and robin (those are the only ones I've tried so far in real life).
Thanks.
Pete Sar

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[cayugabirds-l] Cowbirds revisited

2020-06-06 Thread Peter Saracino
"The female cowbird lays up to 40 eggs in one summer, which explains why
there are 214 species of birds known to have been parasitized."
"Naturally Curious A Photographic Guide and Month-by-Month Journey through
the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England."
By Mary Holland
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Listening to birds

2020-06-01 Thread Peter Saracino
Right you are Bob (about our fine and talented local folks)!
Pete Sar

On Mon, Jun 1, 2020, 9:21 AM bob mcguire 
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> Thanks, Pete, for posting. And note that the sounds come from local folks
> - the best in the business! Lang Elliott, Matt Medler, Greg Budney, Will
> Hershberger.
>
> Bob McGuire
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> On Jun 1, 2020, at 9:16 AM, Peter Saracino 
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[cayugabirds-l] Listening to birds

2020-06-01 Thread Peter Saracino
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/31/nyregion/coronavirus-birding-nyc.html

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30

2020-05-31 Thread Peter Saracino
Last year while doing our weekly survey at the refuge, Jackie Bakker and I
watched as a great blue heron patiently worked at swallowing a muskrat
whole!!
All that was left to go down were the feet- at which point the bird coughed
the entire rat up and out.only to start over. At another time, Reuben
Stofus and I watched as a great blue was having a pi-billed grebe for lunch.
I guess it's literally "dog-eat-dig out there
Pete Sar

On Sun, May 31, 2020, 7:34 PM Glenn Wilson  wrote:

> We watched a turtle grab a Pied-billed Grebe and pull it under. It got
> free and the turtle did it again. The second time, the Grebe flew away
>
> Glenn Wilson
> Endicott, NY
> www.WilsonsWarbler.com
>
> On May 31, 2020, at 2:40 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk 
> wrote:
>
> 
> Consider the snapping turtle as a possibility.  They have been known to
> attack mature ducks as well as to take ducklings, which is more common.
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> bounce-124666854-3493...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Gary Kohlenberg <
> jg...@cornell.edu>
> *Sent:* Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:29 PM
> *To:* Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
> *Cc:* Sandy Podulka ; CAYUGABIRDS-L <
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> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30
>
> I hadn’t thought of Mustelid or Possum as Wes suggested as a culprit.
>
> As only one bird lost his head that could be predation after death. One
> other bird dead with head attached and another dying with possible neck
> issues makes the suggestion of botulism by Kevin Cummings and Morgan
> Hapeman interesting. I know Montezuma has had problems with this in the
> past. The water in Shindagin is pretty stagnant which could be a problem.
> It also better answers the unlikely idea of multiple birds shot in such a
> manner.
>
> Gary
>
> On May 31, 2020, at 11:53 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <
> c...@cornell.edu> wrote:
>
>  Just throwing this out there as another possibility: weasel or ferret.
>
> This is, as I understand it, classic kill method used by these Mustelids.
> They’ve been know to kill off an entire flock of chickens in a night,
> severing heads with minimal disruption to the rest of the body.
>
> Thoughts?
>
> Sincerely,
> Chris T-H
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
>
> On May 31, 2020, at 11:07, Sandy Podulka  wrote:
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> That is also one of my favorite places!
>
> I have seen 4 male Mallards in that small pond consistently this spring
> (but not today, and I guess I now know why).
> I have no idea what could kill so many birds in such an odd way except a
> hunter, or maybe a group of hunters--I would think an owl wouldn't have a
> chance at all of them at once, as the others would fly off.
>
> So sorry to hear this. As we are learning in so many ways these days,
> people can be truly cruel.
>
> Sandy Podulka
>
> At 10:08 AM 5/31/2020, Gary Kohlenberg wrote:
>
> Saturday I walked with my daughter down Shindagin Hollow Rd., in the State
> Forest, to the intersection with Gulf Creek Rd. for exercise, fun and to
> show her the area. It was very birdy and beautiful as usual especially the
> beaver pond at the bottom of the hill. This place always reminds me of the
> Adirondacks and is a favorite of mine.
>
> There was a surprising amount of traffic on Shindagin Rd. both cars and
> mountain bikers savoring the nice day. Some out of state plates on cars of
> dozens parked at the intersection and FLT crossing. I was reminded how
> popular this area is and how much we need wild areas during a pandemic.
>
> We were amazed at how many Red Newts were crossing the road. Some didn’t
> make it unharmed, but most of them did. I learned about their life cycle,
> that they are toxic, but contain off the charts cuteness. We tried to help
> a couple on the journey, but they are very independent minded and don’t
> need any intervention.
>
> We noticed a dead bird in the pond by the outflow pipe under the road; a
> dead male Mallard. Kayla thought it quite interesting and checked to find
> it had no head. I thought that was weird, but I have seen it before, and
> guessed maybe an owl had decapitated it. I’m not actually positive owls
> would or could do this, but seem to remember some discussion about this. If
> anyone knows if it can be a thing please enlighten me.
>
> I scanned the pond and saw movement which was another male Mallard
> struggling in the water. His body floated with the head hanging underwater
> unable to lift it up. He may have had a broken neck. I wasn’t able to
> reach the poor guy to end his misery which made me sad. More scanning found
> a third male Mallard floating in the pond dead. I didn’t see any more,
> but there could have been one in the grass. Three seems like a typical
> total for this small water to hold on any particular day.
>
> My hypothesis is that they were all shot on the water with a shotgun. To
> cleanly decapitate a bird the shot would have to be at very close 

[cayugabirds-l] Dave Nicosia's prediction.

2020-05-24 Thread Peter Saracino
I'd like to give a shout-out to Dave Nicosia for his recent comments
concerning the southerly air flow and the warblers in its tow.
I had a wonderful day birding with my friend, Linda, along the southern
shore of Lake Ontario (Church Woods/Firehouse Woods/ BraddocknBay Eastern
Spit).
Between these 3 locations we got 21 species of warblers!!!
Not to mention various thrushes, various, woodpeckers, vireos, a screech
owl, and waterfowl.
I think we had 54 species in all.
The woods were dripping with warblers - no lie/exaggeration and many were
low like Magee Marsh - a real fallout...5 Canadas, 2 mournings, tons of
magnolias and bays, wilsons, blackpolls etc.
Dave's hit the nail on the head with his timely illustration of the
connection between Meteorology and Ornithology.
I am grateful for his contribution(s) to the listserve.
Thanks for the heads-up Dave.
Pete Sar

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Prolonged Period of South Winds Tonight through Wednesday Night

2020-05-23 Thread Peter Saracino
Thanks for the heads-up Dave!
Pete Saracino

On Sat, May 23, 2020, 7:00 PM David Nicosia  wrote:

> All,
>
> Beginning tonight and lasting right through at least Wednesday night, we
> will see  southerly winds in central NY. I expect a lot of nocturnal
> migration each night. Temperatures also are expected to be in the 70s
> Sunday and Monday and 80s Tuesday-Thursday. I can see a rapid period of
> migration as birds hurry to get to their breeding grounds up north. The
> weather is going to feel like summer Tuesday- Thursday, Humidity also will
> come up to seasonal summer levels. I see a rapid leaf out of our trees. I
> wouldn't be surprised if the neotropical passerines that nest north of
> central NY are gone by Wed or Thurs.  Shorebird migration will pick up
> significantly for our area as well.
>
> Good luck, good birding and stay safe!
> Dave Nicosia
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] molting birds question

2020-05-13 Thread Peter Saracino
Very interesting!
Thank you Anne.
Yeah - these redwings around my house are losing head feathers NOW - and
not post-breeding.
Pete Sar

On Wed, May 13, 2020, 3:01 PM  wrote:

> I will just offer the observation made several times while studying
> nesting redwinged blabkbirds at the Cornell ponds that no males arrived
> with bald heads but quite a few
> Showed missing patches during EARLy breeding season while disputes were
> common. At least once a fully feathered banded male had a down and out
> fight, flew off but was back trying to retake his territory the next
> day...with a bald spot.
>
> Whatever other explanations may pertain, male-male fights contribute I
> feel sure.
> Balding blue jays show up after breeding during post-juvenile and post
> breeding molts, I agree. Have seen. Not just their heads look ratty.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On May 13, 2020, at 12:20 PM, Peter Saracino 
> wrote:
>
> Thanks!
> Pete Saracino
>
> On Wed, May 13, 2020, 9:27 AM Tim Gallagher  wrote:
>
>> Here's a link to a piece they ran a few years ago on the Lab of
>> Ornithology website:
>> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/i-have-a-bald-bird-at-my-feeder-is-it-sick/
>>
>> <https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/i-have-a-bald-bird-at-my-feeder-is-it-sick/>
>> I have a bald bird at my feeder. Is it sick? - All About Birds
>> <https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/i-have-a-bald-bird-at-my-feeder-is-it-sick/>
>> We receive many inquiries about bald birds, especially Blue Jays and
>> Northern Cardinals. In late summer and fall, when a bird molts, it usually
>> grows and replaces its feathers gradually, but occasionally a bird loses
>> all the feathers on its head at once. This is particularly true of Blue
>> Jays, m ...
>> www.allaboutbirds.org
>>
>>
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>> petersarac...@gmail.com>
>> *Sent:* Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:58 PM
>> *To:* Linda Clark Benedict 
>> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] molting birds question
>>
>> Thanks for the info. Must be so m.j e as re molting non-essential
>> feathers?
>>
>> On Tue, May 12, 2020, 2:37 PM Linda Clark Benedict 
>> wrote:
>>
>> We had a bald rose-breasted grosbeak at our feeder.
>>
>> On Mon, May 11, 2020, 3:35 PM Peter Saracino 
>> wrote:
>>
>> Hi folks.
>> Recently I have seen one "bald" redwing on a tray feeder and another that
>> was nearly bald. Now I see what appears to be an adult Oriole "losing" some
>> of the black on its head. Is it normal for these birds to molt some of
>> their non-flight feathers at this time of year?
>> Thanks for the help.
>> Pete Sar
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] molting birds question

2020-05-13 Thread Peter Saracino
Thanks!
Pete Saracino

On Wed, May 13, 2020, 9:27 AM Tim Gallagher  wrote:

> Here's a link to a piece they ran a few years ago on the Lab of
> Ornithology website:
> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/i-have-a-bald-bird-at-my-feeder-is-it-sick/
>
> <https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/i-have-a-bald-bird-at-my-feeder-is-it-sick/>
> I have a bald bird at my feeder. Is it sick? - All About Birds
> <https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/i-have-a-bald-bird-at-my-feeder-is-it-sick/>
> We receive many inquiries about bald birds, especially Blue Jays and
> Northern Cardinals. In late summer and fall, when a bird molts, it usually
> grows and replaces its feathers gradually, but occasionally a bird loses
> all the feathers on its head at once. This is particularly true of Blue
> Jays, m ...
> www.allaboutbirds.org
>
>
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> bounce-124627147-10557...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Peter Saracino <
> petersarac...@gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:58 PM
> *To:* Linda Clark Benedict 
> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] molting birds question
>
> Thanks for the info. Must be so m.j e as re molting non-essential feathers?
>
> On Tue, May 12, 2020, 2:37 PM Linda Clark Benedict 
> wrote:
>
> We had a bald rose-breasted grosbeak at our feeder.
>
> On Mon, May 11, 2020, 3:35 PM Peter Saracino 
> wrote:
>
> Hi folks.
> Recently I have seen one "bald" redwing on a tray feeder and another that
> was nearly bald. Now I see what appears to be an adult Oriole "losing" some
> of the black on its head. Is it normal for these birds to molt some of
> their non-flight feathers at this time of year?
> Thanks for the help.
> Pete Sar
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[cayugabirds-l] Location of clay colored sparrows/Ontario County

2020-05-12 Thread Peter Saracino
Hi Folks.
Reuben Stolfus asked that I post this for folks interested in possibly
seeing the clay colored sparrows that Kyle Gage posted today (5/12/20).
The location I will describe is on PreEmption Rd. (also called County Rd.
6) heading south of Geneva, NY.
It is suggested one gets permission before attempting to go onto the land
where the sparrows are. The property is owned by a Mr. Wilson Nolt. His
phone is 315-759-5100. He doesn't mind "visitors" but - out of respect - it
is wise to call beforehand to let him know the reason for your visit.
His house number is 5134 PreEmption Rd. It sits on the west side (right
side) of the road as you head south on PreEmption Rd. That being said, you
will need to turn LEFT into a stone/gravel driveway that is just north of
-  and on the opposite side of the road of - his house. Reuben says this
left will be just past an old barn. The road/drive goes back thru an old
apple orchard. So, as you are heading south on PreEmption Rd, you will be
turning LEFT to get onto this road. Once on the road Reuben advised that
you drive along for about 1/4 mile. At about this point you will see a
loading dock at which point you are now to head about 100 feet south. From
THAT point, go about 100 feet east. You will see that the owner has cleared
some of the rows of trees and the birds were heard and seen mostly on the
NORTH side of the driveway - among the bushy cleared area between the
cleared rows.
Hope these directions are not too confusing and good luck.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] molting birds question

2020-05-12 Thread Peter Saracino
Thanks for the info. Must be so m.j e as re molting non-essential feathers?

On Tue, May 12, 2020, 2:37 PM Linda Clark Benedict 
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> We had a bald rose-breasted grosbeak at our feeder.
>
> On Mon, May 11, 2020, 3:35 PM Peter Saracino 
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>
>> Hi folks.
>> Recently I have seen one "bald" redwing on a tray feeder and another that
>> was nearly bald. Now I see what appears to be an adult Oriole "losing" some
>> of the black on its head. Is it normal for these birds to molt some of
>> their non-flight feathers at this time of year?
>> Thanks for the help.
>> Pete Sar
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[cayugabirds-l] molting birds question

2020-05-11 Thread Peter Saracino
Hi folks.
Recently I have seen one "bald" redwing on a tray feeder and another that
was nearly bald. Now I see what appears to be an adult Oriole "losing" some
of the black on its head. Is it normal for these birds to molt some of
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[cayugabirds-l] Correction on Cerulean post

2020-05-07 Thread Peter Saracino
Hi folks- one correction to my recent post about the cerulean warbler and
waterthrush on Armitage Rd. I saw the cerulean on the WAYNE county [north]
side of the road.
Sorry for any confusion.
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[cayugabirds-l] Cerulean Warbler and Northern Waterthrush

2020-05-07 Thread Peter Saracino
Cerulean warbler today on Armitage Rd. Seneca County Side (north side) of
road - west side of one lane bridge - very near current location of the
prothonatory nest box.
Also there is a northern waterthrush on both sides of Armitage Rd. (I heard
one and heard and saw the other) around the same location.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] My FOY hummingbird!

2020-05-04 Thread Peter Saracino
Horray!
Sar

On Mon, May 4, 2020, 12:13 PM Robyn Bailey  wrote:

> I just had my FOY hummingbird, a male, at my feeders here in Lansing! Yay,
> such a nice surprise on a gray day.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Golden-winged Warbler

2020-05-04 Thread Peter Saracino
Susan might the bird nest there?
Thank you.
Pete Saracino

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> Seen  this morning on exact day and time as last year at Brookton
> Cemetery.  Male feeding on tall Spruce trees.  7:30am
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> Sue Henne
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[cayugabirds-l] Northern Waterthrush

2020-05-03 Thread Peter Saracino
Northern waterthrush continues in wooded/swampy area on Armitage road -
seen on Seneca County side (south side of road) directly across from
prothonatory nest box.
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