Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cedar Waxwings

2021-01-23 Thread Robin Cisne
Several times this winter I've seen a flock at the south end of Lackawanna
Road in Brooktondale.




On Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 10:45 AM Carol Cedarholm  wrote:

> Just saw a flock of 20 Cedar Waxwings in my backyard in downtown Ithaca.
> Has anyone else been seeing them?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] GH Owl Singing

2020-10-07 Thread Robin Cisne
Enlighten me:  I thought GHO courted in January.  If they are courting in
October, won't the females be brooding and then raising owlets in the
middle of winter?






On Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 1:56 PM Linda Orkin  wrote:

> Deep songs of owls' nuptials float far on gentle night currents
> Songbirds shiver on shadow shrouded boughs in dread of lurking silence
>
> Linda
>
> On Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 12:29 AM Kenneth V. Rosenberg 
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>> Linda, I've been hearing them too -- sounded like one was in my backyard
>> or towards your yard, but if you hear it towards the school, those loud
>> voiced carry far!
>>
>> KEN
>>
>> Ken Rosenberg
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>> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
>> American Bird Conservancy
>> Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
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>> Cell: 607-342-4594
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>> On 10/5/20, 9:39 PM, "bounce-125008573-3493...@list.cornell.edu on
>> behalf of Linda Orkin" > behalf of wingmagi...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> We’ve been hearing one and two Great-horned owls from Muriel street
>> sounding like they’re over towards northeast elementary. Heard them at
>> least 4 times in the last two weeks. Sounding like a male and female. Two
>> times around 9 PM and two times in the early hours of morning around 3.
>> Very neat.  Although I doubt the Crows agree that it’s neat.
>>
>> Linda Orkin
>> Ithaca NY
>>
>> > On Oct 5, 2020, at 8:13 PM, Suan Hsi Yong 
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > A Great Horned Owl was singing this evening at Six-Mile Creek,
>> > repeating the classic sequence of hoots starting around 7pm from the
>> > hills south of the second dam reservoir. Let the courting begin, I
>> > suppose.
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[cayugabirds-l] Hudsonian Godwit

2020-09-24 Thread Robin Cisne
  John just called from Montezuma to say that he watched a Hudsonian
Godwit land in the pool that is just inside the entrance.  Several other
cars have stopped to see it, too.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] John James Audubon's Birds of America | Audubon

2020-07-23 Thread Robin Cisne
  I had the pleasure of seeing a few of the original Audubon paintings at
the New York Historical Society a few years back, and they were a
revelation in their stunning attention to detail and subtle use of color.






On Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 8:41 PM Chris R. Pelkie 
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> Download high res images from Birds of America. 435 of them!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] arrogant dogowner going viral

2020-05-26 Thread Robin Cisne
Magnus, your last paragraph linking unleashed dog-walking to the
depravities of colonialism is an ambitious overreach, and an outrageous
conjecture unsupported by fact.  I assume you meant to type "setting their
*dogs* on birds and people."  No evidence has been offered, either in this
forum or by Christian Cooper, that any owners of unleashed dogs have
deliberately sicced 'em on innocent bird watchers.  You are not a victim.

I am a birder and the responsible, unarrogant owner of a frequently
unleashed dog who is not permitted to bother people (and generally ignores
them anyway).  The great outdoors is big enough for all of us, even for
people eager to police others.





On Tue, May 26, 2020 at 7:40 PM Magnus Fiskesjo 
wrote:

>
> Connecting to the recent discussion here, about arrogant dog-owners, this
> case in Central Park, NYC is relevant.
>
> The sister of the birdwatcher in the incident sent around his original
> film, which is going viral and reaching millions now:
> https://twitter.com/melodyMcooper/status/1264965252866641920
>
> The BBC reports: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52759502
>
> But, because the birdwatcher who reminded the woman she is required to
> have her dog leashed in the park, was a Black man, Christian Cooper, most
> attention has understandably turned to her astounding attempt to call in
> the police on account him being a Black person -- and less attention seems
> to be paid to her arrogance against our feathered friends ... which is why
> he told her.
>
> Some people online have tried to highlight the guy's identity as a
> birdwatcher also.
>
> Here is Christian Cooper the man talking about the excitement of
> birdwatching:
> https://twitter.com/JoshuaPotash/status/1265338098256424973
>
> Also his friend said this - turns out he's a TV host, “Birds of North
> America”:
> https://twitter.com/JasonWardNY/status/1265353355150450690
>
> All in all, I think this incident actually brought out how the arrogance
> of the dogowners setting their down on birds and people, is actually
> intimately related to the deeper history of colonialist appropriation (the
> "I, me, mine" selfishness of grabbing, owning, excluding others), and the
> racism that goes with it ... and apraently lurks right under the surface,
> consciously or not.
>
> (ps. I live in both Ithaca and NYC and often birded in Central Park, and I
> often have chatted with fellow birdwatchers while waiting for birds in the
> Ravine and other places. I think I may have run into Cooper a few years ago)
>
> --Sincerely,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Of Unleashed Dogs and Waterthrushes

2020-04-27 Thread Robin Cisne
As the owner of a *well-behaved *dog who prefers to be unleashed and leaves
other people alone, I'm very sorry this happened to you.  Inconsiderate
jackasses like that ruin it for the rest of us.

Robin






On Sun, Apr 26, 2020 at 8:29 PM Magnus Fiskesjo 
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>
> Nice poem!
>
> One of your dog men at least said sorry. At Hog hole the other day,
> ignoring all the signs that say dogs-on-leash-only, a man unleashed his
> oversized filthy dog, and it rushed at and jumped at my wife, who was quite
> scared, as she tried to defend herself and fend it off. The man did not say
> one word of apology, evidently could not care less. I wanted to bash his
> head in, or that of his dog, but did neither. The stupid dogs aren't guilty
> of course, it's the dogs' masters. There is something profoundly unseemly
> and deeply intolerant in how these people wield their dog slaves to insult
> and impose on others, both on other people, and on wildlife.
>
> --yrs.
> Magnus Fiskesjö
> n...@cornell.edu
> _
> From: bounce-124583580-84019...@list.cornell.edu [
> bounce-124583580-84019...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Suan Hsi Yong [
> suan.y...@gmail.com]
> Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2020 7:58 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Of Unleashed Dogs and Waterthrushes
>
> Despite the drenching rain today, I did my daily jog.
> Around the trails of six-mile creek I passed two groups with dogs.
> The first dog came a-leapin' at my thigh, against my wish.
> The owners said their sorries as they feigned to tend its leash.
>
> The second dog, also unleashed, was sniffing as it roamed,
> an area where a Waterthrush had surveyed for a home.
> Meanwhile from way up in the tree the Waterthrush did sing,
> O'er heavy rain and rushing creek the melody did ring.
> The song seemed more insistent, although I can't be sure,
> As if announcing to the world, "hey dog, get outta here!"
> Both dog and man soon left the scene, no harm it seems inflicted.
> As spring rolls on I hope to see if nesting was affected.
>
> Suan
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe

2020-03-23 Thread Robin Cisne
No photos, but Horned Grebes have been carefully ruled out.





On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 2:31 PM Jay McGowan  wrote:

> Any photos yet? There have been up to a dozen Horned Grebes, many in
> confusing transitional plumage, around the south end of Cayuga Lake the
> last couple of days, so those should be ruled out when identifying an Eared.
>
> Jay
>
> On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 2:10 PM Magnus Fiskesjo <
> magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu> wrote:
>
>> It's here: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L140301
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>> From: bounce-124486653-84019...@list.cornell.edu [
>> bounce-124486653-84019...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Lanie Wilmarth [
>> lwilmarth...@gmail.com]
>> Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 2:06 PM
>> To: Robin Cisne
>> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
>> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe
>>
>> Which one is east shore park?
>>
>> On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 2:01 PM Robin Cisne > rfci...@gmail.com>> wrote:
>> The good news is that there is an Eared Grebe close to shore right now at
>> East Shore Park (1:55 pm).  The bad news is that the roads are pretty
>> slippery.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe

2020-03-23 Thread Robin Cisne
   East Shore Park is off East Shore Drive, about .5 mi north of
Stewart Park.  It's next to the Cornell sailing facility.





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> Which one is east shore park?
>
> On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 2:01 PM Robin Cisne  wrote:
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>> The good news is that there is an Eared Grebe close to shore right now at
>> East Shore Park (1:55 pm).  The bad news is that the roads are pretty
>> slippery.
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[cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe

2020-03-23 Thread Robin Cisne
The good news is that there is an Eared Grebe close to shore right now at
East Shore Park (1:55 pm).  The bad news is that the roads are pretty
slippery.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Wildlife drive?

2020-03-21 Thread Robin Cisne
Montezuma wildlife drive opens April 1st.






On Sat, Mar 21, 2020 at 8:28 AM Nancy Cusumano 
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> Does anyone know if the wildlife drive is open yet for the season?
> Seems like that might be a good solitary endeavor.
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[cayugabirds-l] FOY RWBB

2019-03-13 Thread Robin Cisne
Year after year, it's still a wonderful thing to hear one's first
Red-Winged Blackbird of spring (SE corner of Slaterville and Landon Roads).




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[cayugabirds-l] Bobolinks are here!

2018-05-08 Thread Robin Cisne
They weren't there yesterday, but today the Bobolinks are exuberantly back
on Landon Road in Brooktondale.  ☺




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[cayugabirds-l] Semi-palmated Plover

2018-03-18 Thread Robin Cisne
On the move this morning, seen twice in the field at the southwest corner
of Route 79 & Landon Road.



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goose down on the commons

2017-12-13 Thread Robin Cisne
My dog and I inadvertently surprised a goose on the north end of Tioga
Street at about 2.30 pm.  He took off squawking, flying south.





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On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 2:42 PM, Nancy Tonachel Gabriel 
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> Just saw a lone goose walking eastward on Court St nearing intersection
> with Linn st.
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Dec 13, 2017, at 12:53 PM, Nancy Cusumano 
> wrote:
>
> So the one on the commons has been gone for about 10 minutes, on his own
> it seems.
> Couldn't be the same one, could it?
>
> Anyway, no more commons rescue needed.
>
> Thanks.
>
> Cayuga Dog Rescue has saved more than 555! dogs since 2005!
> Learn more at cayugadogrescue.org
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> On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 12:51 PM, Corinne Morton <
> renecorinne...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Strangely , I just got a call from a friend on Tioga who said a goose is
>> oddly sitting in his front lawn like the commons goose and won't move . It
>> also keeps stretching its neck out flat but nobody is around.  I am at work
>> and can't get there myself.  He's never had a goose in his lawn on Tioga
>> before. It might be ill but he  said it doesn't look injured.
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On Dec 13, 2017, at 11:51 AM, Linda Orkin  wrote:
>>
>> Candace, I remember that you said you are being trained for transport.
>> Does this goose fit into your parameters?
>>
>> Linda Orkin
>> -- Forwarded message --
>> From: Nancy Cusumano 
>> Date: Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 11:45 AM
>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Goose down on the commons
>> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>>
>>
>> Apparently there is a goose sitting on the commons, sitting on the
>> walkway and been there several hours. Can anyone co check on him and maybe
>> bring to Swanson if necessary? Doesn't seem a likely spot for one...
>>
>> Photo attached.
>>
>> Nancy
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinch Lifespan

2017-05-30 Thread Robin Cisne
How long, on average, do goldfinches live?





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> Folks.
>
> I've read in both the book "Into the Nest (by Laura Erickson & Marie Read)
> and on the Lab's Birds of North America online that, on the average, male
> goldfinch live longer than females. Can anyone shed light on  why this is
> so? I recently purchased a new niger tube feeder that is 3 feet long with a
> spiral wrap-around perch. It can handle many finches and is not
> disappointing!So far I've had a total of 8 finches there at the same time.
> But I AM seeing many more males than females and hence my question. Thanks
> for the help!!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] A Crow flight

2016-12-15 Thread Robin Cisne
And yesterday at the same time, when I was near Beechtree Care Center (cor.
Clinton & Albany), hundreds were streaming overhead from the north.

I always think that crows must enjoy the winter as a fun, social
alternative to the summertime responsibilities of raising their nuclear
families.  Perhaps these community exercises are when then young check out
potential mates.





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On Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 5:00 PM, Ann Mitchell 
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> I saw hundreds of crows flying down Rte 13 heading towards Cornell around
> 4:30.
> Ann
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> On Dec 14, 2016, at 4:24 PM, Donna Lee Scott  wrote:
>
> For almost 25 minutes that I have been here, a steady flow of AMERICAN
> CROWS are flying over South Lansing from NE to somewhat SW over East Shore
> Drive.
> They are coming from North Lansing at least. I am now on Conlon rd north
> of rt. 34B/ Ridge Rd. and see some crows stopping briefly in a line of
> trees south of a large corn stubble field. Some stopped in the corn field,
> too.
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Kingbirds flocking

2016-08-17 Thread Robin Cisne
Until this morning, I had only seen Kingbirds alone, but today there was a
whole big flock assembling in the scrubby field (bushes, thistles, and
teasels, etc.) at the corner of Route 79/Slaterville Road and Landon Road.




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[cayugabirds-l] A first for my neighborhood?

2016-03-24 Thread Robin Cisne
I just saw eight very large birds flying in a line formation over the
fields just south of Route 79 + Landon Road in Brooktondale.  At first I
thought they were GBHs, but after studying pictures, etc., I'm inclined to
think they were Sandhill Cranes (they were silent).  Any confirmation or
correction would be welcome.

They were headed southeast, which seems odd.



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Off topic: old computers

2015-12-12 Thread Robin Cisne
The Tompkins County Solid Waste facility on Commercial Ave. off Route 13S
handles them if they're only good for trash.  Otherwise, the ReUse Store in
the Triphammer Mall fixes and resells them, but I would call first.
256-9699.




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On Sat, Dec 12, 2015 at 10:33 AM, Richard Tkachuck 
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> I have heard that there is a place in Ithaca that recycles old computers.
> Where might this be?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mrs Robin reuses her nest!

2015-06-28 Thread Robin Cisne
I thought robins usually did that, as long as the subsequent clutches are
in the same year.  A pair that nested under our covered patio one year
raised two batches in the same nest.

On Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 2:13 PM, Marie P. Read m...@cornell.edu wrote:

 It's highly unusual for a songbird to reuse a cup nest, but outside my
 kitchen window I have a female robin refurbishing the nest from which she
 (presume the same female) and her mate successfully raised three young a
 few weeks ago. Haven't yet got a good look at exactly what material she is
 bringing in.

 Marie


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] equine hummingbird - is this legit?

2015-06-25 Thread Robin Cisne
No, it's good — I've seen it elsewhere.

Robin

On Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 10:29 AM, Donna Lee Scott d...@cornell.edu wrote:

  I am suspicious of emails with no message in the body and with a link to
 a website.

 So, I will not open this one.



 Betsy, if this is really you, please send a brief message with it.



 Donna Scott

 Lansing



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Great Big Indigo Bunting west side of Seneca Lake

2015-05-15 Thread Robin Cisne
The giant Pileated Woodpecker is pretty good, too!  BTW, I've had one at my
suet feeder lately — I'm assuming a female piling on needed calories.

Robin

On Thu, May 14, 2015 at 4:18 PM, Regi Teasley rltcay...@earthlink.net
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 Fellow Birders,

  Tuesday several other birders and I saw a REALLY big Indigo Bunting
 on the West Side of Seneca Lake.  OK, actually it was a puppet and we were
 protesting gas storage under the lake. For more information and photos:
 http://www.wearesenecalake.com/nature-lovers/

  We had a good time and did some birding while there, including seeing a
 juvenile Bald Eagle.  If you might be interested in joining us for some
 future gatherings, follow this link: 
 http://www.wearesenecalake.com/pledge-protect-seneca-lake/
 http://www.wearesenecalake.com/pledge-protect-seneca-lake/

 Maybe our children can have a future in which they, too, can enjoy
 birding in this area.

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[cayugabirds-l] Owl seduction

2014-06-29 Thread Robin Cisne
I hope you'll excuse this being somewhat off-topic, but I could use some
sage counsel.  I have an old mailbox that I was thinking I could nail up in
a tree in hopes an owl would roost in it.  Am I deluding myself?  If this
is a realistic possibility, are there things I could do to make it more
attractive?  I put up a bat house a couple of years ago and am disappointed
that it remains unused.
Thanks for your help,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] So you think you know your yard?

2014-05-07 Thread Robin Cisne
This may not be strictly legit, but for my own private, informal purposes
my yard extends down the road a half-mile past the open fields, which my
dog and I walk every morning.  Thus far this spring I've got a royal flush
of hawks: Red-tailed, Broad Winged, Marsh/Northern Harrier, Red-Shouldered,
Cooper's, and Sharpie.

If I have six of kind does that prove that I've got something up my sleeve?
; )




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 now, introducing the Big Yard.

 After finding out over the past few days, just by paying much closer
 attention, that my own yard can yield almost fifty species in a single day
 (and counting!!), I'm inaugurating a new game in the vein of staycations,
 small carbon footprints, making do, and discovering what's right under your
 nose: The Big Yard, May 7-31, 2014.

 Anyone can participate (so go ahead and forward this to anyone not on this
 list who might want to play).

 The rules are:
 1) all birds counted must be visible and/or audible from your property
 2) day tallies must be made within one day (12:00am to 11:59pm), with a
 new tally starting on the next or any subsequent day. At the end of the
 month, you submit to me, via email, your biggest day's species total, with
 street address, approximate property size, and any notes you want to
 include.
 3) you can borrow a friend's yard if you don't have one of your own, but
 no one can combine two yards for any one day.
 4) no calling Sapsucker Woods your yard! The idea is to stay more or less
 where you are.
 5) you may recruit helpers (kids, partners, friends welcome), and your
 efforts may be combined for the same Yard. Be wary, though, of the
 enthusiast who lets her imagination create Little Blue Herons at her feeder.

 Winners may occur in the following categories, plus any others that seem
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 Most Species in a Single Day,
 Most Species of the Game (5/7-5/31 species total)
 Best Behavioral Observation,
 Best Reporting Style,
 Most Yard Lists Submitted to eBird, and
 A Bird Poker Award (full house of woodpeckers? Royal flush of
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 Prizes are TBA, but in the spirit of the game, they'll likely be
 no-marginal-cost and/or imaginary, and will include having your newly-won
 title announced formally to the venerable Cayugabirds list-serve, with
 highlights from your daring feats of observation.

 I'll be the judge, will not be allowed to win anything, and will consult
 experts as needed.

 I encourage you to submit all of your tallies to eBird!! Who says only the
 hotspots are hot spots?? Let's populate eBird with new heavily-birded
 locations!

 Reply off-list if you want to say you're participating or if you have
 questions. I look forward to hearing what you find. You can do this game
 even if you can only bird your yard once or twice between now and the end
 of the month.

 Think you have only House Sparrows and an occasional American Goldfinch? I
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] A hint of things to come...

2014-03-05 Thread Robin Cisne
Yet another reason to love birds:  after a certain point in late winter,
they say, To hell with the temperature, I'm getting on with it!


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 Things are looking up. Mr. Cardinal just fed Mrs. Cardinal in a tree near
 my feeders.

 Think Spring!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Robins

2014-02-27 Thread Robin Cisne
And bluebirds in Danby and Brooktondale


On Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 7:48 AM, Linda Madeo lwma...@gmail.com wrote:

 I'm thinking that they are starting to filter in .. there does seem to be
 a big influx recently.


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 Lots of robins about...I just haven't posted about it! Scores of them
 feeding on the still-fruit-laden the crabapples in the Cornell Plantations,
 lots of them singing. Scores also on bare grass patches in a backyard along
 Mt Pleasant Road (around Baker Hill area).
 Would people agree there's been a big influx? Or have they all just been
 hiding somewhere...my take is that a lot of robins that have been hanging out
 south of here have started to filter north again.

 Marie

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 Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 6:52 PM
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 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Robins

 Just looking through the digests for the last few days and saw no mention
 of robins.  We saw about a dozen robins on Sunday afternoon.  They were
 browsing in a patch of bare grass on swamp college rd in Jacksonville.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bats!

2013-12-06 Thread Robin Cisne
I installed a bat house on the southeast side of my house over a year ago,
but haven't attracted any customers.  There aren't any bat lures, are
there?  ; )

Robin


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  I spent a summer banding bats in Indiana as part of an undergrad project
 from Earlham College. It was supervised by Jim Cope, father of Ed Cope of
 our Ithaca community. We banded 10,000in one summer mainly from large
 breeding colonies. My first science paper was on the results of that bat
 study.

 Probably the red bat was the Red Bat Lasiurus borealis. As Alyssia said,
 some bats hybernate at our latitude. The temperature needs to be not too
 cold, or they will use up all of their energy trying to keep warm before
 spring returns, but not too warm, or their temperature will drop to the
 ambient and metabolism will not slow down enough to make the body fuel last
 until spring.
 The chance that the bats have rabies, which they do carry, is very small.
 They do poop and pee during the winter, which can leave stains and smells.
 Otherwise, they are harmless and interesting.

 John Confer

 On 12/5/2013 5:34 PM, alyssajohns...@aol.com wrote:

 Betsy, I'd love to see your picture. Also, there are both tree and cave
 bats it NY. Typically the tree bats are here in summer and migrate. Cave
 bats are the ones we find in our attics this time of year. Attics make
 great pseudo caves! There are multiple species of each. I recently wrote a
 blog entry on them, if interested!


 http://blog.timesunion.com/nywildlife/readers-write-in-bats-of-ny/1762/




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 I'd be interested in the answers you get. We have had bats hibernating in
 our garage for years. We've sealed up every possible entry space but they
 still get in. They live in our bat house in the summer but they prefer the
 warm garage in the winter. We had a beautiful orange (!) bat on a deck
 railing last month. I can send a picture if anyone can identify it for me.
 Thanks, Elizabeth King

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 Does anyone know of a bat expert in Ithaca - perhaps at Cornell or IC?  We
 had two bats show up in our house last night, a little after midnight!  We
 have no idea how they got in, and we were unable to catch them in our bat
 net and release them, so they no doubt will show up again.  They didn't fly
 around much, unlike the ones that get in during the summer.  Does anyone
 know if they hibernate in people's attics in Ithaca or should they be off
 in a cave somewhere?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Screech-owl

2013-03-06 Thread Robin Cisne
I'm glad to hear that Marc's owl recovered quickly.  Last fall I witnessed
a young Red-Tailed Hawk, inexpertly hunting, collide with a car, and I
ended up taking it to CU's Wildlife Rehab facility on Hungerford Hill Rd.
Weeks later they emailed to say that it was expected to make a complete
recovery and would be released back into the wild.  I'm so glad to know
that we have professional, emergency wildlife care in the area.

And the RWBBs were back in Brooktondale this morning.  And the geese are
migrating!

Robin

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 Driving east (30mph) on Slaterville/Harford road (Caroline?) at about
 7:15PM yesterday evening, my companion and I were startled by a collision
 and accompanying loud thud on the passenger side of the windshield of my
 early model Nissan Sentra.  After a few breathless seconds we stopped,
 turned around, and found the object of our unfortunate encounter--a gray
 Eastern Screech-owl, sitting motionless, eyes closed, right in the center
 of the poorly-lit road.

 I pulled the car to the side of the animal and put my flashers on. Keeping
 the owl in the indirect beam of the headlights, I squatted close to take a
 look. It was clearly sitting upright, and there was no visible external
 damage. As soon as I was on the owl's level, it shuffled itself a bit and
 within a moment, opened wide its calm, yellow-green eyes.  It turned its
 head and looked at me. I said some gentle words of sincere apology. It
 blinked, and made a single, plaintive noise that I can best describe as a
 sonorous peep. It was a ridiculously adorable creature.

 Still quite unsure of the overall condition of this being, I timidly
 stroked the back of its head.  He bristled mildly.  Sensing the bird was
 coming out of being stunned, I thought the most important thing was to
 determine whether the wings were damaged.  I prodded a bit more insistently
 on its back, hoping to get it to stretch its appendages a bit.  It obliged,
 and after the briefest of self-exploratory motions, the owl whisked itself
 out of sight into the adjacent woods.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] British bird watchers

2013-02-05 Thread Robin Cisne
That manly crowd makes me wonder:  if the British have a problem with
football hooligans, are there also birder hooligans?

On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard 
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 Looks pretty much like a man's world. Must have pretty tolerant employers!!

 Fritzie

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Peterson Field Guide photos coming to auction

2012-08-04 Thread Robin Cisne
Also, a 1986 Audubon Society baby elephant folio edition of J.J. Audubon's
Birds of America (published under the supervision of Roger Tory Peterson)
will be up for sale next Sunday, Aug. 12 at noon at National Book Auctions,
1429 Danby Rd. in Ithaca.

Robin

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[cayugabirds-l] yet another Belted Kingfisher

2011-12-27 Thread Robin Cisne
They're everywhere!  They're everywhere!  (well, almost:)

We saw one yesterday in Center Lisle as we were speeding south on Route
79.  There's a little pond near the Dudley Diner, visible from the road,
and a wire crosses right over the pond.  The kingfisher was in the middle
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[cayugabirds-l] Bluebirds in B-dale

2011-12-20 Thread Robin Cisne
This morning I saw three bluebirds on Vandermark Road in Brooktondale — a
very cheerful and welcome sight in December!

Happy Solstice —

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[cayugabirds-l] snowy owls

2011-12-20 Thread Robin Cisne
While perusing USA Today in Wegman's Cafe, I read a brief article about a
surprising abundance of eight Snowy Owls counted in Kansas.  The phenomenon
was linked to a normal, cyclical low in the number of arctic rodents,
driving the owls south.  If so, perhaps we too shall be lucky.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER

2011-09-08 Thread Robin Cisne
That reminds me of a (slightly) funny story.  Some years ago I had to go to
Tulsa on business.  I'd never been to that part of the country before, and
really wanted to see a Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher (the state bird!).  But I
didn't see one, and I kept not seeing one, and was telling the cab driver
about my frustration on the way to the airport; when —* mirabile dictu* — I
finally saw one perched on the chain-link fence outside the airport.  I got
very excited, which made the cab driver protest, Hey lady, it's not like
it's the Amazon!

I feel like rushing all the way across town to see if I can see this
striking bird.  Enjoy him if you see him!

Robin



On Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 3:13 PM, John Greenly j...@cornell.edu wrote:

 The dregs of this tropical storm appear to have brought us more than rain-
  I was just shown a very clear cell-phone photo of a SCISSOR-TAILED
 FLYCATCHER perched on a horizontal wire, said to have been taken just a few
 minutes ago on the grounds at Sterling House of Ithaca, which is on Bundy Rd
 just off 96, on the left on the way up to the hospital.  It is a retirement
 community, I don't know anything about the situation for public access.

 --John Greenly

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