[cayugabirds-l] clay-colored sparrow & scarlet tanager

2018-06-01 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Both singing behind Warren Hall around 8:15 this morning. The clay-colored 
sparrow was by the parking lot, the scarlet tanager east a bit further, in the 
woods.

Ray


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[cayugabirds-l] house wren

2018-04-23 Thread Ray Zimmerman
I saw my FOY House Wren on Quarry Rd near Snyder Hill Rd. yesterday.

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[cayugabirds-l] tundra swans on Dryden Lake

2018-03-01 Thread Ray Zimmerman
A friend reported seeing what the thought was 15 Tundra Swans on Dryden Lake 
this morning.

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[cayugabirds-l] Bradfield Peregrine now

2016-12-20 Thread Ray Zimmerman
West side

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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine on Bradfield

2016-12-13 Thread Ray Zimmerman
There is a Peregrine Falcon on a ledge on the west side of Cornell's Bradfield 
Hall, enjoying its breakfast.

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[cayugabirds-l] swans on Dryden Lake

2016-11-22 Thread Ray Zimmerman
>From a friend who lives near Dryden lake …

There is a small flock of white swans with black bills out on Dryden Lake right 
now. They are absolutely beautiful.

Ray
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[cayugabirds-l] Eastern Heights to Cornell yesterday

2016-05-04 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Yesterday morning I walked to Cornell from Eastern Heights. Here are some 
highlights …

- about 30 Pine Siskins along Tudor Rd.
- a Solitary Sandpiper by the side of the trail near Hawthorne Woods
- a White-crowned Sparrow by Maplewood Apartments
- House Wrens galore
- a Brown Thrasher
- Eastern Tohee

Then later in the day, from my office in Rhodes Hall overlooking the gorge I 
saw, two small falcons fly over and a few seconds later another falcon (not 
sure if it was a 3rd or one of the original 2). Unfortunately, I was not able 
to tell if they were Merlins or Kestrels. Any good tips for distinguishing 
these 2 species quickly when you don’t have a good view?

And this morning I saw another White-crowned Sparrow along the path that runs 
behind Mann Library.

   Ray
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[cayugabirds-l] Bradfield Peregrine

2016-01-07 Thread Ray Zimmerman
There was a PEREGRINE FALCON on a ledge about 2/3 of the way up the SW corner 
of Bradfield at 4:45.

   Ray
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[cayugabirds-l] HUGE flock of snow geese - late post

2016-01-04 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Sorry for the late post, but around noon on Sat 1/2/16, as I returned to Ithaca 
from Auburn on Rt 34 I came across a field full of thousands, and I guessed 
probably 10’s of thousands of snow geese between Scipio Center and Genoa. 
Initially the flock was on both sides of the road, but part of the flock 
flushed and moved to the west side of the road during the 10 min or so I spent 
watching before I had to move on, but I did get some video …

https://www.dropbox.com/s/vqvoccmf1371yi3/IMG_2577.MOV?dl=0

(download the video for the best quality)

— Ray


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] HUGE flock of snow geese - late post

2016-01-04 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Pardon the multiple posts, but here’s a panoramic shot of what the west side of 
34 looked like when I arrived on the scene. 

   https://www.dropbox.com/s/q3lhxq7sop6jdvz/IMG_2572.JPG?dl=0

(zoom in to 100% to see the geese, and don’t be alarmed by the 
strange-looking 3-wheeled vehicle on the road ;-)

— Ray


> On Jan 4, 2016, at 2:11 PM, Ray Zimmerman <r...@cornell.edu> wrote:
> 
> Sorry for the late post, but around noon on Sat 1/2/16, as I returned to 
> Ithaca from Auburn on Rt 34 I came across a field full of thousands, and I 
> guessed probably 10’s of thousands of snow geese between Scipio Center and 
> Genoa. Initially the flock was on both sides of the road, but part of the 
> flock flushed and moved to the west side of the road during the 10 min or so 
> I spent watching before I had to move on, but I did get some video …
> 
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/vqvoccmf1371yi3/IMG_2577.MOV?dl=0 
> <https://www.dropbox.com/s/vqvoccmf1371yi3/IMG_2577.MOV?dl=0>
> 
>   (download the video for the best quality)
> 
> — Ray
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[cayugabirds-l] snow geese

2015-12-15 Thread Ray Zimmerman
As I walked from the bus to my office this morning I saw two high-flying flocks 
of SNOW GEESE over campus heading south, probably more than 1000 total. There 
were also a few smaller and lower flying flocks of CANADA GEESE, also heading 
south.

Ray


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[cayugabirds-l] Pheasant & wood ducks

2015-11-24 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Female ring necked pheasant by entrance to the Thompkins County recycling 
center. To male wood ducks with the mallards at Wegmans parking lot.

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[cayugabirds-l] Campus Peregrine

2015-11-11 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Just departed from Bradfield heading west. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine on Bradfield now

2015-10-30 Thread Ray Zimmerman
SW corner, 2/3 of the way up. 

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[cayugabirds-l] bald eagles

2015-03-02 Thread Ray Zimmerman
A colleague of mine just sent me some photos he took last Friday of bald eagles 
on the ice on Cayuga lake. One shot showed 6 eagles (1 adult and 5 juveniles). 
Four of the juveniles were clearly all trying to get their share of the same 
meal, complete with some in-air clashes. Taken from a house on Powers Rd., on 
the east shore a couple of miles north of the Cayuga Station power plant.

   Ray


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] peregrines on Bradfield Hall

2015-02-27 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Around 8:20am today, one was feeding in the same area you saw the male feeding 
two days ago. Btw, how do you distinguish gender? Just relative size?

Here’s an iPhone-through-binoculars photo: 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/16qr05mcz4fospr/2015-02-27-Bradfield-Peregrine.JPG

And, I agree that this pair deserves a nest box, complete with cameras.

Ray


 On Feb 25, 2015, at 7:16 PM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote:
 
 At 7:25am the male was feeding perched on one of 2 very high larger ledges in 
 the middle of the east side of the building, while the female was perched on 
 one of the small ledges 3/4 up the west side of the building. At 8:22am she 
 had not moved but he had moved down to a smaller ledge 3/4 up the east side. 
 My next chance to look was at 4:02pm when I saw none on either east or west 
 side. 
 
 Considering that there wouldn't even be Peregrine Falcons in eastern North 
 America today if not for the work of Tom Cade and others at Cornell in the 
 1970s, I think a nest box should be put on Bradfield Hall in their honor. 
 This pair of Peregrines clearly like this building. I'd love to see their 
 work truly come to fruition.
 --Dave Nutter
 
 On Feb 25, 2015, at 09:54 AM, Marty Schlabach m...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 About 9am this morning, there appeared to be 2 peregrine falcons on the east 
 side of Bradfield Hall on the Cornell campus.
  
 Wouldn’t this be a great and promising location for a nest shelf and a 
 camera???
  
 Marty
  
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] campus raven

2015-02-24 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Again today, same place … single RAVEN seen twice in the last few minutes.

  Ray

 On Feb 19, 2015, at 11:00 AM, Ray Zimmerman r...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 Minutes ago, RAVEN flying over Cascadilla Gorge behind Rhodes Hall (Cornell).
 
   Ray


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[cayugabirds-l] campus raven

2015-02-19 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Minutes ago, RAVEN flying over Cascadilla Gorge behind Rhodes Hall (Cornell).

Ray

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[cayugabirds-l] 2 peregrines

2015-01-28 Thread Ray Zimmerman
East side of Bradfield hall now.

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[cayugabirds-l] campus raven

2015-01-27 Thread Ray Zimmerman
A few minutes ago I saw a RAVEN flying lazily westward along the gorge outside 
my Rhodes Hall window.

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[cayugabirds-l] Friday 2 Bradfield Peregrines + territorial behavior?

2015-01-26 Thread Ray Zimmerman
A bit late posting about this … Friday afternoon around 4:45 as I waited for my 
bus across from Bradfield Hall, I saw one Peregrine perched on the usual ledge 
about 2/3 of the way up the SW corner of the building. Then, before I could 
reach the east side of the building to check the ledges there a 2nd Peregrine 
took flight from that area and headed in a direct line SSE. Fortunately, I had 
my binoculars with me and I was able to follow it all the way over near the 
power lines that cross Judd Falls Rd. I noticed another bird sitting on the 
power lines shortly before the Peregrine made a quick dive to take a swipe at 
it. The other bird dove and took off westward and the Peregrine didn’t appear 
to follow it aggressively, but unfortunately, at that moment a bus passed by 
right behind me and I was obligated to run to check if it was mine. It wasn’t, 
so I attempted to refind the Peregrine and quickly found it on it’s way in 
direct flight back to the top of Bradfield where it sat for 30 seconds or so 
before departing again, this time westward down Tower Rd. where it soon 
disappeared from view.

It’s too bad that I was too far away and that my attention was draw away just 
as it chased the other bird off the power line, so I was not able to identify 
it, but from the little I was able to observe, I’d guess it was another falcon, 
probably a Kestrel or Merlin. If so, was that some sort of territorial behavior 
on the part of the Peregrine … certainly seems like it traveled that 1/2 mile 
or so with the express purpose of dislodging the other bird.

   Ray


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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine on Bradfield

2015-01-20 Thread Ray Zimmerman
On ledge on SW corner of Bradfield Hall. Minutes ago.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Peregrine on Cornell campus

2015-01-09 Thread Ray Zimmerman
It was there again this morning around 10-ish.

   Ray


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 Bradfield Hall.  I heard it call before I looked up to see it.
  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Raven inquiry

2014-12-11 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Speaking of ravens, few days ago while waiting for the bus along Snyder Hill 
Rd. two ravens flew by. I noticed them when one vocalized, making a sound my 
neighbor described as a Star Wars light saber sort of sound, before reverting 
to the normal raven croaking. Sorry I don’t have a better description, but I 
was wondering if that is one of their known vocalizations? I don’t remember 
ever hearing it before.

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 you'd like to tell me about ravens, please contact me off list.
 
 Any help is appreciated. Even if you only ever see crows and hear ravens, 
 that would be interesting. Or if you found Kevin's video, Caw vs. Croak, 
 helpful.
 
 Thanks in advance,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] dark red-tailed hawk (zone-tailed hawk?)

2014-06-16 Thread Ray Zimmerman
 linings and underside of the body  head is true, not just 
 reddish which appears so dark because it's dull, backlit, and distant (as 
 our usual Broad-wingeds appear gray instead of pink on the breast when high 
 overhead), then I must admit that Zone-tailed seems possible. I think 
 Red-shouldered, although darker than Broad-winged, shouldn't be so 
 extensively dark, either. I'm just not familiar enough with Zone-tailed to 
 be confident. 
 --Dave Nutter
 
 On Jun 15, 2014, at 11:28 PM, Rbakelaar rbakel...@aol.com wrote:
 
 The photos seem to demonstrate barring on the primaries, more so than I 
 would expect on even a dark phase Broad-wing.  The molted out feather allows 
 this characteristic to be seen somewhat well.  This bird's proportions seem 
 to weigh against B-wing too.  The wings seem long and narrow, with only a 
 slight bulge of the secondaries.  Tail seems long as we'll.  The photos also 
 seem to show a black body.
  
 Any of our resident experts care to weigh in?
  
 Ryan.
 
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 I couldn't reconcile the red tail of photo 1 with the black and white 
 stripes of photo 3, even though I have seen various effects of looking 
 through backlit feathers. The reason I didn't say Red-shouldered Hawk is 
 that the white tail-band appeared too wide to me (but this may be a focus 
 issue, or may judgement may be wrong), and the white mark in the otherwise 
 even-colored primaries appears to me due to a molted missing feather on each 
 side, not a window across the primaries. The reason I said the only 
 species of Buteo around here is that Zone-tailed Hawk is way out of range, 
 and also is less familiar to me. My guess was that Zone-tailed would not 
 look so pale on the flight feathers of the wings. I am open to correction on 
 all points.
 --Dave Nutter
 
 On Jun 15, 2014, at 08:28 PM, Sandy Podulka s...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 As you know, I'm really just a beginner at hawks.. but...  What about a 
 Red-shouldered Hawk?  It's got the white windows and the banded tail. The 
 reddish appearance of the tail could just be sunlight shining through 
 brownish feathers, which can really play tricks on the eye. It seems like 
 the distribution of light and dark on the underside of the wings matches 
 that of Red-shouldered Hawk.
 
 Sandy
 
 At 08:09 PM 6/15/2014, Ann Mitchell wrote:
 
 I agree with Dave regarding a Broad-winged Hawk. Ann Mitchell
 
 Sent from my iPhone
 
 On Jun 15, 2014, at 5:28 PM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote:
 
 
 I am NOT an authority on raptors, but that has never stopped me from 
 commenting before, so here's my guess: 
 
 I think the first blurry photo looks like a dark type of Red-tailed Hawk 
 more typically found out west. 
 
 I think the second and third photos are of a different bird with a feather 
 missing from primaries on each side. The only species of Buteo around here 
 with such a wide bold white stripe in the tail is Broad-winged Hawk, which 
 also shows a black outline to the ends of the flight feathers on the entire 
 wing, as seen in the third photo. However, dark-type Broad-winged Hawks are 
 rare, and the wing shape looks too long and rounded to me, so I'm not at all 
 confident. I hope someone who really knows what they are talking about has a 
 look at your photos and sets me straight.
 
 --Dave
 Nutter
 
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 Today around 12:30pm as I stepped outside (in Eastern Heights, Ithaca) the 
 call of red-tailed hawk caught my attention and I quickly spotted it 
 circling overhead. As I grabbed my binoculars, I soon realized that it was a 
 very unusual red-tail (at least very different from the one’s I’m used 
 to seeing). As you can see from very bad photos linked below, it was quit 
 dark below.
 
 So is this a western bird, or is this just a variation I haven’t seen 
 around here before?
 
 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t7pw5hoifjpzeey/AABcyimp4JipHTo8DwZc0r8-a 
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] dark red-tailed hawk (zone-tailed hawk?)

2014-06-16 Thread Ray Zimmerman
It is not something that I noticed, but I didn’t look for it specifically 
either.

Ray

On Jun 16, 2014, at 1:40 PM, John Greenly j...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Ray, one question:  when you were observing through binocs, did you by any 
 chance notice yellow feet, or see the feet clearly as showing up 
 light-colored against the black undertail coverts?  A quite noticeable 
 feature of Zone-tailed as I remember.  
 
 --John
 
 
 On Jun 16, 2014, at 1:10 PM, Ray Zimmerman wrote:
 
 Thanks everyone for the helpful discussion and sorry for my silence (busy 
 with life). Here’s a bit more information. First of all, I’ve added a few 
 more photos, of even worse quality :-/  Here’s an updated link …
 
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nm25xfhyarydgxg/AAAvRHHfszKtNmiLRVoy-LYWa
 
 To recap, with a bit more detail. I first heard the bird vocalize, and to me 
 it sounded like a completely classical red-tail sound. I quickly located the 
 bird with my naked eye (90% sure it was the same bird). I did not see any 
 other raptors or TVs in the area. I stepped inside the garage to grab 
 binoculars from the car (15 secs or so), quickly relocated the bird and 
 began observing, still assuming “red-tail”. What I noticed first was the 
 dark underside. I observed through the binoculars for a few minutes before 
 asking my wife to go grab my son’s camera. As I continued watching, it 
 vocalized again. Up until this point, I was still certain it was an 
 unusually dark red-tail. I thought that I saw red on the upper side of the 
 tail a few times, but I’d put about 50% confidence on that statement.
 
 When my wife brought the camera, before I began taking pictures, my view of 
 the bird was blocked momentarily by some trees. When it emerged from behind 
 the trees I began snapping pictures. I’d say I’m at least 90% sure that the 
 bird I was observing through the binoculars, that I heard vocalizing, and 
 the one I got pictures of are the same bird. I’m 99% sure there was only 1 
 bird in the area while I was snapping pictures. I.e. they are all of the 
 same bird, including the one that looks like the tail is reddish.
 
 I’ve seen broad-winged hawks (though not dark morph), and I’m nearly certain 
 it was not a broad-wing. The wings and tail seemed too long to me and the 
 shape and flight style just didn’t seem right either. The vocalization 
 sounded nothing like the recordings I’ve heard of broad-wings. I’ve never 
 seen a zone-tailed hawk, but that does seem to be the one that matches best 
 with what I saw. I don’t recall that I ever saw it flap, but I do remember 
 thinking that it held it’s wings in a slight V and that there was something 
 else about the way it flew that seemed “different” (helpful, right? I know). 
 The vocalization, however, sounded more classical red-tail than the 
 recordings I’ve heard of the zone-tailed hawk.
 
 Afterward, I was very sorry I didn’t have a better camera and that the 
 autofocus had done such a poor job on so many of my shots. I thought I’d 
 taken plenty that I’d have multiple good ones to help with the ID.
 
 Based on the comments and my own looking at photos, listening to sounds, 
 etc. I’m leaning pretty strongly toward zone-tailed hawk, but would love to 
 hear any further comments.
 
 Ray
 
 
 On Jun 16, 2014, at 11:32 AM, John Greenly j...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 I have watched Zone-tailed in the SW, and they really do fly like Turkey 
 Vultures.  Everything I can see in the third picture does look very 
 consistent with Zone-tailed (except for one thing), but if you didn't 
 notice the flight style, it probably isn't one.  The one thing is the shape 
 of the wing trailing edge- it's a little bit bulged in the secondaries and 
 somewhat pinched in at the body, whereas Zone-tailed usually looks very 
 straight- see for instance the photo on the Wikipedia page of a Zone-tailed 
 from almost the same perspective as your third picture.  Was the bird 
 flapping when you took the second picture- I would expect more dihedral for 
 soaring Zone-tailed. I absolutely agree about the first picture- the 
 apparent color is false, due to out-of-focus chromatic aberration.
 
  If it's a B-wing, it's doing an amazing job of disguising itself: shape 
 and proportions don't look right at all.  The tail banding pattern is very 
 clearly visible, and not right for Red-shouldered. The sound of Zone-tailed 
 call is more pure whistle- less screechy or scratchy- than Red-Tailed, but 
 not so terribly different if you're not paying close attention.  But, would 
 a solitary, lost Zone-tailed be likely to be calling at all?  
 
 Interesting! But I'm definitely no expert.
 
 --John Greenly
 
 
 On Jun 16, 2014, at 10:22 AM, Gary Kohlenberg wrote:
 
 Ray,
 I think arguments could be made for a couple species / morphs based on the 
 backlit photos, and I have my opinion, but as you heard the bird call my 
 bet would be whatever the vocalization indicates. I don’t know if you are 
 solid on the calls

[cayugabirds-l] dark red-tailed hawk

2014-06-15 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Today around 12:30pm as I stepped outside (in Eastern Heights, Ithaca) the call 
of red-tailed hawk caught my attention and I quickly spotted it circling 
overhead. As I grabbed my binoculars, I soon realized that it was a very 
unusual red-tail (at least very different from the one’s I’m used to seeing). 
As you can see from very bad photos linked below, it was quit dark below.

So is this a western bird, or is this just a variation I haven’t seen around 
here before?

   https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t7pw5hoifjpzeey/AABcyimp4JipHTo8DwZc0r8-a

— Ray


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[cayugabirds-l] Brown Thrasher

2014-04-14 Thread Ray Zimmerman
There was a BROWN THRASHER singing away in the top of a small tree in the 
Cornell Plantations arboretum this morning. I also saw 3 CORMORANTS fly over 
while I was there.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cornell Peregrine

2014-02-13 Thread Ray Zimmerman
About an hour ago, while waiting for the bus at the Statler, I saw a PEREGRINE 
FALCON fly over … looked like it might have been heading toward Bradfield Hall.

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[cayugabirds-l] Bradfield peregrine

2013-12-19 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Peregrine on west side of Bradfield Hall now. 


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red headed woodpecker continues Mays point

2013-07-22 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Thanks for this pointer … my 12 yr old son was very happy to be able to add 
these to his summer bird photography project. We saw two red-headed woodpeckers 
among those dead trees and he got some nice photos and a bit of video of one of 
them in a bush eating berries.

Ray


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 Easy get. close at times in dead trees before bridge. Great views. 
 
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[cayugabirds-l] waterthrush ID help

2013-06-01 Thread Ray Zimmerman
My son took these pictures of a waterthrush this morning by the SSW - Podell 
Boardwalk …

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g38islyumjrlkb8/8B-UtAXVTt

Not being familiar with waterthrushes, I began looking at various books, 
web-sites, apps to try to figure out which one it was and was coming to the 
conclusion that it was a Louisiana until I checked eBird.

So which one is it?

Thanks,

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] waterthrush ID help

2013-06-01 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Thanks for everyone who answered … Northern it is.

   Ray

On Jun 1, 2013, at 5:22 PM, Ray Zimmerman r...@cornell.edu wrote:

 My son took these pictures of a waterthrush this morning by the SSW - Podell 
 Boardwalk …
 
 https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g38islyumjrlkb8/8B-UtAXVTt
 
 Not being familiar with waterthrushes, I began looking at various books, 
 web-sites, apps to try to figure out which one it was and was coming to the 
 conclusion that it was a Louisiana until I checked eBird.
 
 So which one is it?
 
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[cayugabirds-l] raven

2013-04-12 Thread Ray Zimmerman
RAVEN about 7:30 flying over horse pastures on Pine Tree Rd toward East Hill 
Plaza.

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[cayugabirds-l] mockingbird

2013-03-19 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Corner of Snyder Hill and Skyvue in Eastern Heights, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD 
evicts a male NORTHERN CARDINAL from his bush as Mrs Cardinal looks on, then 
proceeds to sing quietly (gloomily?).

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[cayugabirds-l] campus killdeer

2013-03-11 Thread Ray Zimmerman
KILLDEER flyover near CCC and Clark Hall just now. 

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[cayugabirds-l] redpolls

2013-02-07 Thread Ray Zimmerman
I know I'm late to the party, but we FINALLY had our first flock of about 25 
REDPOLLS drop in at our feeder in Eastern Heights this morning, if only for a 
few seconds.

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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine on plant science building

2013-02-06 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Now.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Peregrine on plant science building

2013-02-06 Thread Ray Zimmerman
After a few minutes it flew off toward the south across the athletic fields, 
taking the time for 3 swipes at a red-tail sitting on one of the light poles. 
It disappeared behind a building momentarily and I was unable to stay around to 
try to refind it.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Still have a hummingbird

2012-09-12 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Me too. About the same time today.

Ray
Eastern Heights, Ithaca

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 At my feeder this morning @ 7:20. 
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] red-headed woodpecker

2012-06-25 Thread Ray Zimmerman
The red-headed woodpecker has not been seen (as far as I know) since Friday, 
but here are two *very* blurry photos we got then.


https://picasaweb.google.com/zman.ray/RedHeadedWoodpecker62212EasternHeightsIthacaNY

- Ray


On Jun 22, 2012, at 4:14 PM, Ray Zimmerman wrote:

 My wife called (about 4:10pm) to say the red-headed woodpecker was just seen 
 again momentarily, almost landing at our feeder before disappearing over the 
 garage.
 
Ray
 
 On Jun 22, 2012, at 9:04 AM, Ray Zimmerman wrote:
 
 Of course, it flew away while I was posting. Will post again if any of my 
 family sees it come back anytime today.
 
 My wife and son saw it initially at our feeder (mixed seeds) outside our 
 window. She called me to report a different woodpecker with an entirely 
 red head. I arrived home around 10 minutes later and was moving around from 
 tree to tree around our house, vocalizing occasionally. I watched it for 
 maybe 10-15 minutes before it disappeared toward the woods behind our house 
 while I was posting. Was not able to re-find it in a very brief search 
 before heading to work.
 
 Nice treat to start my day!
 
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 phone: (607) 255-9645
 
 
 
 On Jun 22, 2012, at 8:20 AM, Ray Zimmerman wrote:
 
 Beautiful red-headed woodpecker at our feeder and around our yard as I post!
 
 Ray Zimmerman
 20 Settlement Rd., Ithaca, NY


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[cayugabirds-l] red-headed woodpecker

2012-06-22 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Beautiful red-headed woodpecker at our feeder and around our yard as I post!

Ray Zimmerman
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] red-headed woodpecker

2012-06-22 Thread Ray Zimmerman
My wife called (about 4:10pm) to say the red-headed woodpecker was just seen 
again momentarily, almost landing at our feeder before disappearing over the 
garage.

   Ray

On Jun 22, 2012, at 9:04 AM, Ray Zimmerman wrote:

 Of course, it flew away while I was posting. Will post again if any of my 
 family sees it come back anytime today.
 
 My wife and son saw it initially at our feeder (mixed seeds) outside our 
 window. She called me to report a different woodpecker with an entirely red 
 head. I arrived home around 10 minutes later and was moving around from tree 
 to tree around our house, vocalizing occasionally. I watched it for maybe 
 10-15 minutes before it disappeared toward the woods behind our house while I 
 was posting. Was not able to re-find it in a very brief search before heading 
 to work.
 
 Nice treat to start my day!
 
 -- 
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 Senior Research Associate
 419A Warren Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
 phone: (607) 255-9645
 
 
 
 On Jun 22, 2012, at 8:20 AM, Ray Zimmerman wrote:
 
 Beautiful red-headed woodpecker at our feeder and around our yard as I post!
 
 Ray Zimmerman
 20 Settlement Rd., Ithaca, NY
 
 
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[cayugabirds-l] another red-tailed hawk nest

2012-05-04 Thread Ray Zimmerman
A friend just told us about another red-tailed hawk nest near Cornell campus 
that I hadn't heard about. It's located on the north cliff wall of the Fall 
Creek gorge just above the Stewart Ave. bridge and below eye level when viewed 
from the bridge. When we looked about an hour ago, it looked like there are two 
youngsters that are possibly a little older than Big Red and Ezra's three. I'm 
not a photographer, but it seems like this nest would lend itself to some very 
nice photos.

Does anyone have more info on the history of this nest and pair?

Just a caution, anyone going to have a look should be very careful with the 
traffic there.

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[cayugabirds-l] TVs

2012-04-12 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Two Turkey Vultures just flew by my Rhodes Hall office window nice and close 
... one was scratching it's head with its foot as it glided by. Amusing sight.

 Ray


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] FW: [GeneseeBirds-L] Chipping Sparrow

2012-03-30 Thread Ray Zimmerman
We had a Chipping Sparrow at our feeder on Snyder Hill on the 24th (reported 
for FeederWatch), and I'm sure I first saw it a few days before that. Didn't 
realize it was one of the first sightings of the year in the area.

 Ray


On Mar 30, 2012, at 8:32 PM, Meena Haribal wrote:

 So the real question is, why did people first decide to report to several 
 listservs on one day, but quietly report to eBird for a couple weeks?
  
 Dave,
 My guess is that when lot of people from different list serve report on one 
 particular day, that day a big wave of birds arrived, so many people record 
 them. When individual birds are seen, they are either overwintering birds or 
 may  be small contingent of them may come at earlier dates but do not get 
 noticed so easily and do not get reported.
  
 As for reporting to e-bird list or to listserve or to both, which many do are 
 individual reporters choices.
 Meena 
  
  
 Meena Haribal
 Ithaca NY 14850
 http://haribal.org/
 http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/
  
 From: bounce-43804163-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 [bounce-43804163-3493...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Dave Nutter 
 [nutter.d...@me.com]
 Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 7:55 PM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] FW: [GeneseeBirds-L] Chipping Sparrow
 
 I thought Lisa Wood's Chipping Sparrow might have been a first arrival, but I 
 try to remember to check eBird records before I revise the list of first 
 arrivals to the Cayuga Lake Basin which is on the Cayuga Bird Club website 
 here:
 
 http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/cayuga-lake-basin-first-records
 
 Anyway, eBird surprised me. The earliest local report was one heard by Jane 
 Graves on Warren Rd on 20 March, and Tom Schulenberg had one at his place on 
 Hanshaw Rd by the 25th. Outside the basin, Dave Spier had one northwest of us 
 in Clifton Springs on the 21st, and southwest of us in Horseheads Mike Powers 
 had one on the 15th and Jan Murphey had one on the 11th!
 
 So the real question is, why did people first decide to report to several 
 listservs on one day, but quietly report to eBird for a couple weeks?
  
 --Dave Nutter
 
 On Mar 30, 2012, at 06:56 PM, Meena Haribal m...@cornell.edu wrote:
 
 So looks like Chipping sparrows have reached our latitude on same day!  In 
 last several years, I have found that first arrival of same species are 
 reported on same day to Cayugabirds, Geneseebirds and Oniedabirds often. 
  
 It is really interesting to see that they move approximately same distances 
 north.  What causes them to stop and not go further anymore?
  
 Meena 
  
  
  
 Meena Haribal
 Ithaca NY 14850
 http://haribal.org/
 http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/
 
 From: geneseebirds-l-boun...@geneseo.edu 
 [geneseebirds-l-boun...@geneseo.edu] on behalf of Michael and Joann Tetlow 
 [mjtet...@frontiernet.net]
 Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 5:38 PM
 To: geneseebird...@geneseo.edu
 Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Chipping Sparrow
 
 
 A Chipping Sparrow just arrived at our yard feeder in Fairport.  Our 
 previous earliest was April 7th last year. In the past we would normally 
 expect one around the 10th. Mike and Joann Tetlow
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] More Woodcock

2012-03-15 Thread Ray Zimmerman
We enjoyed watching about 5 display flights of a Woodcock from the field in the 
southeast corner of Snyder Hill Rd and Whitted Rd. on Tuesday evening at dusk.

   Ray


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 We were enjoying several displaying woodcock last night and figured we had 
 about
 five in a small area. As we were walking up the road, one timberdoodle flew 
 at head
 height across the road immediately in front of us and settled in a field. 
 Never
 heard peenting from that one and assume it was a responding female. Neat 
 experience
 -near mid-air with a woodcock!
 --
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 Field Ornithologists
 Kestrel Haven Avian Migration Observatory
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 Burdett,NY 14818-9626
 Website: http://www.empacc.net/~kestrelhaven/
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Ovid snowy-no; short-eared-yes

2012-01-29 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Today we saw a single SHORT-EARED OWL and a male NORTHERN HARRIER along Wycoff 
Rd about a 1/2 mile west of Rock River at about 5:15 pm. Unfortunately, no 
snowy.

Ray


On Jan 26, 2012, at 8:29 AM, Michele Mannella wrote:

 Last evening around 4:30 we looked for the Ovid snowy owl once again, with no 
 luck.
 
 We did see 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS on Wycoff/Rock River flying over the fields, 
 with fairly close viewing. 
 Just before it was too dark to see anything, a male NORTHERN HARRIER appeared 
 from the west, flying towards the east field and disappearing into the woods. 
 In my opinion, that is one of the most beautiful birds.
 
 Michele
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[cayugabirds-l] remains of a ? in Bradfield parking lot

2011-11-07 Thread Ray Zimmerman
This morning as I walked through the parking lot on the west side of Bradfield 
Hall, I noticed the remains of a bird's head lying in the parking lot, 
presumably left from some raptor's lunch eaten overhead. My best guess was an 
American Woodcock, but would love to have someone more knowledgeable correct or 
confirm it. I've put some lousy quality photos taken with my iPod here ...

  http://www.dropbox.com/gallery/145326/1/bird-remains?h=80e111

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[cayugabirds-l] vireo question

2011-07-05 Thread Ray Zimmerman
A vireo question from someone with little vireo experience. It is very 
difficult for me to distinguish between the songs of Red-eyed and Philadelphia 
vireos on the recordings I've heard. Here in the basin, how safe is it to 
assume that what I hear are Red-eyed and not Philadelpia?  Or does it depend on 
the time of year?

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[cayugabirds-l] Spanish names of local birds

2010-05-13 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Does anyone know where I can find the Spanish names of local birds?

Ray

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[cayugabirds-l] id help

2010-05-13 Thread Ray Zimmerman
About 1/2 an hour ago I saw a warbler-sized bird foraging on the ground under 
the trees in front of the parking spaces facing the pond at Cornell 
Plantations. It was a pretty uniform brown on top and streaked brown below with 
a yellow throat and yellow underside near the tail. The top of the head was 
more of a reddish brown. It had a thin bill and wagged it's tail up and down as 
it foraged. Unfortunately, I didn't have a camera with me.

Ideas?

   Ray
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] id help and Spanish bird names

2010-05-13 Thread Ray Zimmerman
Thanks, several others suggested Palm Warbler ... after looking at some more 
photos, I'm convinced that's what it was.

Thanks everyone ... for the ID help and the suggestions about Spanish names. 
For others interested in an on-line resource for the Spanish names, Alberto 
Lopez mentioned the following site: 
http://www.seo.org/centro_doc.cfm?idCategoria=334

Happy birding,

   Ray

On May 13, 2010, at 3:09 PM, Matthew Medler wrote:

 Hi Ray,
 
 Your mystery bird sounds like a western Palm Warbler.  Your plumage 
 description is good, and Palm Warblers are well-known for their tail wagging.
 
 Regarding your question about Spanish bird names, Kenn Kaufman put out a 
 Spanish-language version to his North American field guide a few years ago.  
 I don't know if it is readily available or not, but I'm sure you could find 
 out easily on Amazon.com or some other bookselling site.
 
 Best,
 Matt Medler
 Ithaca
 
 
 
 - Original Message 
 From: Ray Zimmerman r...@cornell.edu
 To: cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu
 Sent: Thu, May 13, 2010 3:02:33 PM
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] id help
 
 About 1/2 an hour ago I saw a warbler-sized bird foraging on the ground under 
 the trees in front of the parking spaces facing the pond at Cornell 
 Plantations. It was a pretty uniform brown on top and streaked brown below 
 with a yellow throat and yellow underside near the tail. The top of the head 
 was more of a reddish brown. It had a thin bill and wagged it's tail up and 
 down as it foraged. Unfortunately, I didn't have a camera with me.
 
 Ideas?
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Bradfield peregrine

2010-01-28 Thread Ray Zimmerman
As I got off the bus by Bradfield at about 8:15 this morning, I looked up and 
saw the Peregrine circling. It circled a number of times and then landed 
briefly on the SW corner and began vocalizing. Then it flew again and circled a 
few more times before landing on the SE corner where it was I left a few 
minutes later.

   Ray



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[cayugabirds-l] hummingbird!

2009-09-19 Thread Ray Zimmerman
I just saw a hummingbird fly by as I was sitting on my porch in  
Eastern Heights. Isn't he a little late in leaving?


Ray

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http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME
http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Archives:
1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html
2) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html

Please submit your observations to eBird:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

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