[cayugabirds-l] scarlet tanager yard bird

2021-05-17 Thread Robyn Bailey
A beautiful male Scarlet Tanager is singing in my yard right now! Another 
work-from-home win! And although I did not see it myself, my husband reports an 
Eastern Screech-Owl being harassed by a robin and cardinal in the yard last 
evening.

It's a good time to be working outside!

Robyn Bailey


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[cayugabirds-l] Ospreys back at Myer's Hill nest

2021-03-30 Thread Robyn Bailey
For those keeping track, I saw 2 Ospreys sitting on the Myers Hill nest 
platform in Lansing yesterday around 7:20pm.

I did hear one at Salt Point on Sunday, but I believe it was already reported.

Robyn Bailey



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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Bad news for Osprey along 5 & 20

2021-03-23 Thread Robyn Bailey
Hi Donna and Ann,

This work is being done by National Grid, not NYSEG. NYSEG does not own that 
particular stretch of transmission.
The discs are non-conductive, and from what I understand, they usually place 
some sticks into the disc to try and attract the Osprey. Let’s hope it works 
and is a safer solution for the birds.

Best,
Robyn Bailey

From: bounce-125487247-15067...@list.cornell.edu 
 On Behalf Of Donna Lee Scott
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 1:41 PM
To: Ann Mitchell 
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bad news for Osprey along 5 & 20

I have heard that ospreys don’t like those discs.
Nobody has used disc nest on rt 89 near East rd.
Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 23, 2021, at 1:07 PM, Ann Mitchell 
mailto:annmitchel...@gmail.com>> wrote:
The nests are being torn down and replaced with the discs.  No sign of Osprey.

Ann

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[cayugabirds-l] "my" phoebe is back!

2021-03-22 Thread Robyn Bailey
Every year, I look forward to the return of "my" phoebes. I just saw my first 
one near the back porch, where a pair has been nesting for years under the 
eaves. I hope they once again nest on my porch!

My unofficial "start of spring" has arrived.

Robyn Bailey


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches

2020-11-20 Thread Robyn Bailey
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

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 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!
(:-)
__

Chris Pelkie
Data Manager; IT Support
Center for Conservation Bioacoustics
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/ccb/


On Nov 20, 2020, at 12:37 , Peter Saracino 
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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] Survey re: Lansing parks and natural areas

2020-11-09 Thread Robyn Bailey
Hi all,

The Town of Lansing would like your help in completing an online community 
survey regarding its parks, recreation and trails master plan. If you have 
birded Myers Park, Salt Point, Lansing Center Trail, Ludlowville Park, or used 
any of the Town of Lansing's recreational facilities (pavilions, playgrounds, 
and ball fields, etc), please consider taking the survey to let the Town know 
what your priorities are (or what your mobility or physical limitations may be 
if you have not been able to enjoy these parks and trails but otherwise would 
have).

The survey link is here: 
https://www.lansingparksandtrailsplan.com/community-survey

Best regards,

Robyn Bailey

Town of Lansing Conservation Advisory Council (volunteer)



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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Howland Island question

2020-05-21 Thread Robyn Bailey
I’ve only been there once, but I recall Killdeer nesting on the open dirt 
tracks. Watch where you step!

Best,
Robyn

From: bounce-124645027-15067...@list.cornell.edu 
 On Behalf Of Lanie Wilmarth
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:20 PM
To: Sandra Lynn Babcock 
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Howland Island question

I, too, am interested in this location.  If anyone is responding—please post to 
the group.

On Wed, May 20, 2020 at 6:01 PM Sandra Lynn Babcock 
mailto:slb...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
I’m contemplating a trip to Howland Island tomorrow, but have never been before 
and am wondering if anyone has any tips.  Are there specific routes that are 
better for birders?  Do you recommend a driving loop or walking?

Thanks for any insights you can offer.

Best,

Sandra Babcock
Ithaca

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[cayugabirds-l] Orchard Oriole yard bird

2020-05-11 Thread Robyn Bailey
Just added Orchard Oriole to my yard list. Coming to a jam/orange feeder. I’m a 
stone’s throw from Salt Point. 

Yay,
Robyn Bailey

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] My FOY hummingbird! (& bunting)

2020-05-04 Thread Robyn Bailey
And now a male Indigo Bunting! Hard to get work done with all these migrants. I 
hope the Orioles are next.

Robyn

From: Peter Saracino 
Sent: Monday, May 4, 2020 12:15 PM
To: Robyn Bailey 
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] My FOY hummingbird!

Horray!
Sar

On Mon, May 4, 2020, 12:13 PM Robyn Bailey 
mailto:rb...@cornell.edu>> wrote:
I just had my FOY hummingbird, a male, at my feeders here in Lansing! Yay, such 
a nice surprise on a gray day.

Best,

Robyn Bailey
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[cayugabirds-l] My FOY hummingbird!

2020-05-04 Thread Robyn Bailey
I just had my FOY hummingbird, a male, at my feeders here in Lansing! Yay, such 
a nice surprise on a gray day.

Best,

Robyn Bailey

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[cayugabirds-l] Nashville Warbler in Lansing

2020-04-29 Thread Robyn Bailey
I had a Nashville Warbler outside my kitchen window in Lansing around 12:30. My 
first warbler of the year!

Cheers,

Robyn Bailey

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Flicker taking refuge on a trunk face

2020-04-10 Thread Robyn Bailey
Interesting observation, Anne.

A few months ago, we were startled by a banging sound on our back door at 
night. When I went to look, I found a flicker appearing to fly into the door 
repeatedly, but which might have just been it trying to perch on the wooden 
door edge (where it meets a glass pane). We wondered if the flicker had been 
startled from a roost and was confusedly trying to get purchase on the door. 
Above this door, on the back roofline, there is a gap in the underside which we 
knew had been used for roosting by someone, based on the droppings below. We 
suspected the flicker had been roosting in that hole because it was often seen 
in the area. The flicker might have been startled from its hole and trying to 
climb back into it. I don’t remember when exactly this was, but it was 
definitely winter (January or February).

We’ve also had a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker banging on our drainpipe every 
morning for the past week or so.

Carolina Wrens are sitting on eggs in my garage, and an Eastern Phoebe is 
building a nest on the back porch (with a female cowbird watching 
surreptitiously).

On April 2, I saw ~10 Rusty Blackbirds at Sapsucker Woods.

Despite the snow, spring is here!

Robyn

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 On Behalf Of AB Clark
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2020 12:23 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Flicker taking refuge on a trunk face

A pair of flickers just followed one after other up trunk of large ash, on E 
side of tree. After one flew, the other has clung to the trunk, with its head 
folded back, bill down into its feathers, in “roosting” position, if you can 
imagine.  A red v located very weirdly at the top off the body.,

Now it has turned to preening, after about 4 min in its “face in feathers” 
posture.

These are FOY Flickers seen in my yard.  Other than that, I and the sparrows 
are impressed at how aggressive purple finches are, not just males.


Anne B Clark
147 Hile School Rd
Freeville, NY 13068
607-222-0905
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[cayugabirds-l] Informative webinar from American Bird Conservancy

2019-11-07 Thread Robyn Bailey
Hi all,

Given the recent interest in online webcast opportunities, I thought I'd share 
this webcast that I came across today.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJRzx-fD3XY=

It's called "Cats Indoors: A conservation movement," and it details one of the 
seven simple actions that the Lab is recommending we take. I have heard the 
author (Grant Sizemore) speak in person, and have always found him to be 
even-tempered and respectful of cat-owners. Nothing in this talk raises the 
hackles of this cat-mom.

Best,
Robyn Bailey



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[cayugabirds-l] Scarlet Tanager yard bird

2019-05-27 Thread Robyn Bailey
Yay! I just had a male Scarlet Tanager in my yard. 

Robyn Bailey 



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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey at Myer's Point

2019-04-02 Thread Robyn Bailey
This morning there was a single Osprey at the Myer's Hill platform. Main Trail 
Nest #3 according to the Osprey 
map<https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=fb09815967204bfc9386fe2d4d78f1b0>.

Spring!

Robyn Bailey


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[cayugabirds-l] Phoebe

2019-03-30 Thread Robyn Bailey
I awoke to the sound of “my” Eastern Phoebe calling. Every year one nests on my 
house. I recall last year it was April 1 when I first heard the phoebe at home. 

Robyn Bailey 



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[cayugabirds-l] Booby sightings?

2016-09-25 Thread Robyn Bailey
Any new sightings today?
Donna Scott texted me that she doesn't see it at her place, and I don't see it 
at Harris Park. 

Thanks,
Robyn 

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[cayugabirds-l] Singing Bobolink

2016-05-01 Thread Robyn Bailey
Yesterday I had a singing male Bobolink at Lansing Center Trail. This was a 
first for me at the site despite my many trips there checking bird boxes all 
spring and summer. It was near the second entrance across from the ball fields, 
in some phragmites. 
Robyn Bailey 



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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park student project: wetland restoration

2015-11-06 Thread Robyn Bailey
Dave,

Here is what the City of Ithaca forester said about the wetlands project:
“Basically the students will be planting some cattails and sweet flag along the 
waters edge, maybe 50 linear feet.
Then they will do some water sampling through the summer. It's not a big 
project.”

Sorry I don’t have more details about when and where exactly.

Robyn Bailey


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[mailto:bounce-119864146-15067...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Dave Nutter
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2015 6:35 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L; rmann...@twcny.rr.com; Miguel Berrios
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park student project: wetland restoration

Students of New Roots charter school propose to do some sort of wetlands 
restoration project somewhere in the western part of Stewart Park. This Monday 
afternoon they will present their idea to the City of Ithaca Board of Public 
Works meeting, which starts at 4:45pm on the 3rd floor of City Hall. See item 
13B on the agenda below.

Does anyone know anything more about this project? (Where? How big? Doing what 
for how long? Sponsored by whom with what funding?) Can anyone attend the 
meeting? It would be difficult for me.

--Dave Nutter

Begin forwarded message:
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Date: November 05, 2015 9:19:13 AM
To: Undisclosed recipients: ;
Subject: FW: November 9, 2015 Board of Public Works Agenda
We have an amendment to the agenda.

As always, you may also access the agenda at any time on the City web site, 
either directly via the link pasted below or by going to the “Agenda Center” on 
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AMENDED AGENDA
Topic

Voting?

Presenter(s)

Time Allowed


1. Call to Order/Agenda Review

No

Mayor Myrick

5 min.


2. Mayor’s Communications

No

Mayor Myrick




3. Communications and Hearings from Persons Before the Board

No

Public

5-15 min.


4. Response to the Public

No

Commissioners




5. Reports

A. Special Committees of the Board

B. Council Liaison

C.Board Liaisons

D.Superintendent and Staff

No

Various

10 min.


6. New Project Presentation








A. 2015 Accomplishments & 2016 Draft Work Plan

No

Supt. Thorne

10 min.

A list of projects that the City completed in 2015 and a proposed work plan for 
2016 are attached for the Board’s information.


7. Administration & Communications








A. Approval of Meeting Minutes

1. November 10, 2014 Meeting Minutes

2. December 8, 2014 Meeting Minutes

Yes

Mayor Myrick

5 min.


8. Buildings, Properties, Refuse & Transit
















9. Highways, Streets & Sidewalks








A. Proposed Resolution – CEQR – Negative Declaration of Environmental 
Significance for purposes of the Environmental Review of the Discontinuance of 
Northern Portion of Lake Avenue and Eastern Portion of Adams Street

Yes

City Attorney Lavine

5 min.

A public hearing will be held after the Board votes on this resolution.


B. Public Hearing Regarding the Discontinuance of Northern Portion of Lake 
Avenue and Eastern Portion of Adams Street.

Yes

City Attorney Lavine

15 min.

A public hearing to receive public comment..


10.Parking & Traffic
















11.Creeks, Bridges & Parks
















12.Water & Sewer
















13.Discussion Items








A. Appeal of Water Bill for 113 Dryden Road

No

Asst. Supt. Whitney

10 min.

A very large bill was generated after the water meter was replaced and the 
property owner is disputing the amount.  See the enclosed documentation.


B. Request to Use a Portion of Stewart Park for a Cayuga Wetlands 
Restoration Project

No

Jhakeem Haltom, New Roots School

15 min.

New Roots School is requesting approval for their students to use a portion of 
the western end of Stewart Park for a restoration project.  Information will be 
distributed at the meeting.  In addition, two students are planning to make a 
short presentation during the meeting.


C.Street Vending Policy Discussion

No

Exec. Asst. Servoss

15 min.

Two issues have presented themselves to staff:  1) On July 1, 2015, the 
on-street parking rate in the City was changed from $1/hour to $1.50/hour.  
Mobile vending fees are still based on the $1/hour.  Staff would like Board’s 
approval to base the vending fees on the $1.50/hour parking fee.  2) The mobile 
food truck business has been increasing in Ithaca over the past year, and with 
it has come a very high demand for locations wit

[cayugabirds-l] Ride to Lab of O for field trip tomorrow am?

2015-10-23 Thread Robyn Bailey
Hello,
Is anyone going on the CBC boreal bird field trip tomorrow who would be willing 
to pick me up on their way? I live near Myer's Park in Lansing, which is about 
15-18 minutes from the Lab. I already have a seat in Carl's Jeep reserved and a 
ride home, so I just need transport to the Lab by 7am for the start of the trip.

Thanks, and please respond off-list if you can help!

Robyn Bailey

Pretty sure this is why they invented Uber...


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[cayugabirds-l] NYS Bluebird Society Annual Meeting

2015-09-10 Thread Robyn Bailey
Hi Cayugabirders,



I'll be giving a presentation at the upcoming Annual Fall Meeting of the New 
York State Bluebird Society on Saturday, September 26th at 10:30 am, at the 
Cornell Lab of Ornithology.



https://www.facebook.com/events/885602504830586/



I will be talking about the Lab's NestWatch<http://nestwatch.org/> program, a 
citizen-science nest monitoring project. I'll share some recent results and 
explain how to contribute your nesting observations for science. Following 
that, Sarrah Kaye, DVM, from the Vet School will talk about infectious diseases 
in NY passerines. Dr. Kaye is interested in emerging diseases of wildlife and 
their impact on endangered populations.



The meeting is open to all, but you must register (free) to 
nysbsreservati...@gmail.com<mailto:nysbsreservati...@gmail.com> by Saturday, 
Sept. 19th. If you'd like to have lunch between the two presentations with 
members of the Bluebird Society, please RSVP to the same email address by Sept. 
14 so you can be included in the catering headcount (lunch will be catered by 
Ithaca Bakery at a cost of $14.50).



Hope to see you there,

Robyn Bailey

NestWatch Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

2015-09-09 Thread Robyn Bailey
Re: Part 2…I have heard that this is a chipmunk M.O. Fortunately, have never 
had to witness it in person.

Robyn Bailey

From: bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-119633859-15067...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Susan Fast
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 3:20 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

I've been watching some inexplicable behavior (to me) by 1 or 2 goldfinches 
nesting in my yard.  There are 2 parts.

Part 1:  2 weeks ago I noticed a female goldfinch perching in bushes along the 
front of the house, then flying toward the upper lefthand corner of a large 
double-hung window, hovering for a second, then flying against the glass.  This 
was late afternoon and she repeated the behavior a dozen times.  I would scare 
her away, but she returned after several minutes.   Night fell and she 
desisted.  At 0700 next morning she was at it again.
I tightly closed the inside curtains.  No effect.  I then hung a painter's 
dropcloth over the whole window on the outside.  This stopped her briefly, but 
she then moved to the upper lefthand corner of an adjacent window (same size 
and shape, but 4' away) and continued.  I put a dropcloth over that window 
also.  I have 2 other identical windows in the second story over these, but she 
did not go up there, thankfully.   I didn't see her the rest of the day.  Next 
morning I took the cloths down and she did not reappear.

Part 2:  The last several days, I have seen a goldfinch flying repeatedly into 
the top (40' up) of a large sugar maple in our side yard.  Nest, I figured.   
About an hour ago, my daughter found a headless baby bird, still warm, on the 
ground under the tree.  The neck was still present, although skinless, the head 
gone except for the very bottom edge of it, apparently cleanly removed.  She 
called me out to look, and as we did so, another baby dropped onto the roof of 
her car.  Blood was still flowing from the point where the neck attaches to the 
body, but both head and neck were gone.  No other damage visible.
  Both babies have rudimentary wing feathers and patches of fuzz here and 
there.  At this time also, an adult goldfinch could be heard vocalizing from 
above in the tree.  Shortly thereafter, a female adult was seen moving about 
among the goldenrod and other weed heads below the tree and picking out seeds.  
She was also vocalizing (prob. same bird) initially, but stopped after a couple 
minutes.

Ideas welcome.

Steve Fast
Brooktondale


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[cayugabirds-l] Program tomorrow evening about Renwick Wildwood

2015-04-22 Thread Robyn Bailey
I thought some might be interested in this event tomorrow evening. Apologies if 
it was already posted; I've been out of town and may have missed it.

Revitalizing the Renwick Wildwood  Fuertes Bird Sanctuary Through 
Community-Conservation Efforts
Thursday, April 23, 6:30pm
@ Borg Warner Room, Tompkins Public Library, 101 E. Green Street, Ithaca
Learn about this project to conserve the bottomland forest at the Renwick 
Wildwood  Fuertes Sanctuary in Stewart Park, at this free presentation by 
project manager, Miguel Berrios.  Mr. Berrios will describe the various 
invasive plants targeted for removal from the project area, the native plants 
that have been chosen for replanting, and the timetable for accomplishing these 
efforts.  The project aims to conserve the biodiversity of the park forest 
while at the same time building capacity in the Ithaca communities that 
interact with it.  Learn more about the project, how you can be involved, and 
how Toyota TogetherGreen by Audubon and Friends of Stewart Park are 
collaborating with local partners to Revitalize Stewart Park.  For more 
information, visit Revitalizing Stewart Park on 
Fhttps://www.facebook.com/RevitalizingStewartParkacebook at 
https://www.facebook.com/RevitalizingStewartPark 
https://www.facebook.com/RevitalizingStewartPark%20 or direct questions to 
Mr. Berrios by the contact method listed below.
Miguel Berrios, MLA, LEED AP
Principal, Ecological Landscape Designer
e: mig...@landbeyondthesea.commailto:mig...@landbeyondthesea.com


Robyn Bailey


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[cayugabirds-l] Easter Towhee

2015-04-05 Thread Robyn Bailey
A beautiful male Eastern Towhee just showed up at my feeders on this snowy 
Easter. 

New feeder bird for us!

Robyn Bailey


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[cayugabirds-l] Portland Point Osprey

2015-04-04 Thread Robyn Bailey
Around 11:00am this morning, there was an Osprey bringing sticks to the 
established Portland Point nest. The platform was replaced this winter after an 
accident knocked down the pole. Glad to see that a bird was rebuilding the 
nest. 

No osprey sighting at the Salt Point nest today, but hopefully soon. 

Robyn Bailey

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Redpoll

2015-01-26 Thread Robyn Bailey
I had 4 Redpolls at my feeders in Lansing on Saturday. First ones in a long 
time.

Robyn

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[mailto:bounce-118740911-15067...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Carol Keeler
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 11:23 AM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Redpoll

Just had a Redpoll at my feeders here outside of Auburn.  First one this year.

Carol Keeler



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[cayugabirds-l] Screech owls calling

2014-09-05 Thread Robyn Bailey
I just heard a screech owl duet at the Brooktondale Community Center, near the 
basketball court. 

Robyn Bailey

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[cayugabirds-l] hawk-duck interaction

2014-08-14 Thread Robyn Bailey
Yesterday evening on my drive home from work, I heard the unmistakable shrill 
cries of a raptor, and since I was passing the Ladoga Wetland area by Myers, I 
slowed to see if it was an Osprey. It turned out to be a vociferous Red-tailed 
Hawk shrieking incessantly from the railroad tracks. I've never seen one do 
that, so I slowed down and pulled off to see if something was wrong with it. It 
flew away, and I noticed a dead bird on the track which was about the same size 
as the hawk. Thinking it might be a dead raptor, I walked over to check it out.

It was actually a dead 
mallardhttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=810160141426set=a.549564831516.2023935.100500325type=1theater,
 which had its mouth and head encircled by a ring of plastic (like a bridle). 
Either the bird had died from this entanglement and was scavenged by the hawk, 
or the hawk had picked it out as an easy target. Either way, I decided to 
remove the ring since I was already there, just in case the hawk or some other 
scavenger might get caught in it, too. It was very difficult to get it off...no 
way the mallard could have freed itself. I moved the carcass off the tracks but 
left it in plain sight in case the hawk came back. The hawk did fly around 
calling for about 15 minutes (crows were chasing it), but I didn't see it go 
back. The duck was gone this morning, so hopefully the hawk found it again.

Anyway, I'm telling this story because it made me really sad to see our 
wildlife strangled on plastic garbage. And it inspired me to tell this story 
and hope that it might inspire you to join the Conservation Action 
Committeehttp://cayugabirdclub.blogspot.com/2012/10/conservation-action-committee.html
 of the Cayuga Bird Club, of which I am a member. We have a lot of good ideas 
for projects, but not enough members to realize them all. One thing we do is 
participate in the annual clean-up of the Stewart Park/Renwick Woods area, and 
we'd like to do more fishing line recycling, etc. The results are tangible and 
local. Please consider joining this important committee; we need you. If you 
have questions, you can email me or Candace Cornell to find out more.

Thanks for reading,

Robyn Bailey
Lansing

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RE: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Black rat snake

2014-06-18 Thread Robyn Bailey
Speaking of Brown Thrashers, last year, I only had a migrating visitor. This 
year, we have had a thrasher in the yard regularly since May 10. I assume it is 
a female because I never hear any thrasher singing (last year, I found the 
individual singing). Presumably I just have one and not a nesting pair. Maybe 
next year, though, if I'm lucky.

I grew up with an abundance of thrashers in the south, and it's so nice to be 
able to see them (plus the mockingbird) with increasing frequency in Lansing.

Robyn Bailey



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[mailto:bounce-116364735-15067...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:26 PM
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Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Black rat snake

Several people have inquired off-list whether I intervened on behalf of the 
Catbirds. The answer is no, and the seemingly hard-hearted explanation is 
that Catbirds are pretty expendable, being very common breeders here. In fact 
they bear the burden of predation so well that I can claim to have witnessed 
the same predatory scenario in the very same clump of bushes a number of times 
in recent years, with no apparent diminution in the local prevalence of 
Catbirds.

Now, if it had been a Brown Thrasher's nest, I might possibly have been tempted 
to wave my arms...

-Geo 

On Jun 17, 2014, at 7:29 PM, Geo Kloppel geoklop...@gmail.com wrote:

 Catbird parents were making quite a fuss just now in a multiflora rose 
 thicket, on account of the big black rat snake raiding their nest!
 
 -Geo Kloppel

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[cayugabirds-l] weekend screech-owl youngster

2014-06-16 Thread Robyn Bailey
On Friday night, a group of scolding titmice and chickadees drew my  attention 
to an area of the yard just off my front porch, where I happened to be sitting 
at dusk. I then heard an adult Eastern Screech-owl calling in the vicinity, and 
suspected that the scolding was directed at the calling adult owl. But when I 
scanned around for the owl, I found a much closer baby screech-owl, perched not 
that far away, maybe 20 feet up in a tree, looking at my husband and me on our 
porch. I don't think the titmice were scolding this fledgling, but possibly 
they did see him/her but considered the adult more of a threat.

We moved inside to see whether more owls would materialize (we've had as many 
as 4 young in the yard in prior years), but we only saw this one baby. It 
scanned the area around our feeders looking for mice, then made a pass at the 
flying squirrels which come to our bark butter, missed, and landed on the power 
line that runs to our house. There it sat, with us watching from the window, 
until it was too dark to see. I checked briefly on Sat. and Sun. night for the 
owl(s), but didn't see any activity.

The other interesting report from my weekend was a vocal Alder Flycatcher in 
some brushy wet habitat at the Lansing Center Trail on Sunday. I walk this 
trail once a week, and this is the first time I've heard the species here. I 
also flushed Common Yellowthroats on 2 occasions that were in vegetation at the 
base of bluebird boxes (I'll be careful approaching those boxes in future).

Cheers,

Robyn Bailey

Lansing


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[cayugabirds-l] Alder Flycatcher @ SSW parking lot

2014-05-21 Thread Robyn Bailey
At about 9:15am, I heard and saw Alder Flycatcher at the edge of the third 
parking lot for the Lab of O. The bird was in a stand of young aspen just 
beyond the chained no parking here sign, going back and forth across the 
mowed trail and calling frequently. I recall this is exactly where someone 
found one last spring, because I went to see it then.

While watching, I also happened to see a chickadee carrying a caterpillar into 
a hole in a dead branch that was hanging downward at an angle just over the 
chain post on the left. I didn't hear any young begging though, so chicks were 
quiet.

Robyn Bailey

NestWatch
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[cayugabirds-l] SSW Bittern still there?

2014-05-12 Thread Robyn Bailey
Has anyone seen the American Bittern in SSW today? If so, whereabouts?
Thanks!

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[cayugabirds-l] Brown thrasher at home

2014-05-10 Thread Robyn Bailey
I just had a new yard bird: Brown Thrasher! Three orioles, a hummingbird, and a 
Great-crested Flycatcher have also graced our yard again.

Robyn Bailey
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[cayugabirds-l] Lansing migrants and night heron

2014-05-04 Thread Robyn Bailey
A walk around my wooded neighborhood in Myers area of Lansing was very 
rewarding this morning. For warblers, we had Black-and-White, Blackburnian, 
Black-throated Green, Yellow, Nashville, Myrtle, and American Redstart (males 
of all). Other migrants included Warbling Vireo, Eastern Kingbird, Ruby-crowned 
Kinglet, Solitary Sandpiper, Wood Duck, Chipping Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird, 
Gray Catbird, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and Barn Swallow.

At Myers Hill, an Osprey was gathering nest material, and the private pond 
across the road revealed an adult Black-crowned Night Heron (spotted and then 
harassed by grackles) plus a Green Heron. There were also Redheads and 
Blue-winged Teal on the pond, with the coots and mallards.

Some neighbors, spotting our binos, invited us to see the mallard nest on their 
lake-front property in the vicinity of the aforementioned pond (I don't know 
the name of that pond, but it lies along the railroad tracks). The mallard nest 
curiously contained a ladderball piece (two orange balls connected by a rope; 
photo posted to CBC Facebook group). While there, we also saw female Bufflehead.

All together, it is a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Robyn Bailey

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] How close to one another will Ospreys nest?

2014-03-27 Thread Robyn Bailey
Hi All,

To add my two bits to the conversation, I have seen a third Osprey circling 
over both the Portland Point nest and the Salt Point nest, while both 
parents and young were occupying the nests. My thoughts at the time were that 
it was possibly a floater adult (or two separate floaters) who had not found a 
nest site yet, and was looking for one to take over. Maybe the bird(s) did not 
have a take-over in mind, but there are nevertheless additional Ospreys in the 
area that are looking for places to breed. The new platform on the hill above 
Myers is meant to provide a nesting site for the third hoverer who likes to 
visit the other two established pairs.

With regards to Stewart Park, I have heard that an Osprey was seen trying 
(unsuccessfully) to pile sticks on top of a light post in a ball field. That 
sounds to me like they are trying to build a nest there anyway, and that maybe 
they could use a platform. At any rate, discussions are underway for whether a 
platform could go there as well. According to Paul, they were thinking of the 
point of land across the inlet from the old boathouse, visible for interested 
parties but well away from Stewart Park activity.

Like Bill, I think they are just limited by food availability and are not 
particularly territorial. I don't find the platforms to be an eyesore; on the 
contrary, it thrills me to see a raptor on the rebound, once rare in our 
community, but now coming back with a little help. And, like Geo mentions, part 
of the benefits to more platforms is that it may help avoid power line fires, 
which are dangerous for both birds and people. So bring on the Ospreys (or Bald 
Eagles, or Great Horned Owls)!

Best,

Robyn Bailey
Lansing

From: bounce-113699659-15067...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-113699659-15067...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Bill Mcaneny
Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:26 AM
To: 'Dave Nutter'; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] How close to one another will Ospreys nest?

Hi All.   My first thought is of the 6 or 7 nests on adjacent power poles along 
Rte 5/20 near the Montezuma NWR.  Also, I have seen at least two active osprey 
nests on the same power tower in N Carolina.  At Caumsett State Park on L.I., 
an osprey platform was occupied one year by a Canada goose family.  Near Sandy 
Hook, NJ, a platform was used as a nest site by a Great Horned Owl.  The owl 
nesting was done by the time the ospreys showed up.  On L.I., there was a nest 
of house finches immediately below an active osprey nest.
My point is, I don't think proximity to other nest platforms is a deterrent to 
ospreys and may even provide some surprise nesters.
Is there a down side?  For the ospreys, the limiting factor would be food 
availability.  If the fish supply dwindles, the birds will go elsewhere.  For 
humans, the presence of more raptors means more opportunities to observe how 
the natural world works, and that is not a bad thing.  My vote would be for 
more platforms.

Bill McAneny, TBurg


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[cayugabirds-l] Rusty Blackbird

2014-03-12 Thread Robyn Bailey
A single Rusty Blackbird was just camped out at my feeders for an hour. That's 
a new yard bird for me. 

Robyn Bailey
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[cayugabirds-l] Thanksgiving birds

2013-11-29 Thread Robyn Bailey
Yesterday at our house we had an early showing of Eastern Screech-owl in the 
nest box (~2pm), followed later that night by the hooting of a Great-horned Owl 
(8-ish). About 15-16 turkeys have been hanging around the house yesterday and 
today. This morning, I heard a resonant sound like someone banging a cowbell 
slowly. When I went to track down the sound, I found a turkey pecking at a 
painted slate sign that we have hanging low in the garden (it says Chipmunk 
Crossing and has a chipmunk painted on it). He would peck it, watch it swing 
back and forth a few seconds, then peck it again, and pick at the rope that it 
hangs on intermittently. He had a friend that was watching this nearby. I 
couldn't determine the turkey's motives for pecking the sign, whether for 
amusement or to tell the chipmunks where they could go.

It certainly was amusing for me!

Robyn Bailey
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[cayugabirds-l] Lansing Screech-owl

2013-11-22 Thread Robyn Bailey
Following Mark's email, I can report that the Screech-owl I noted in my box on 
Oct. 17 has been seen almost daily since then (at least, I assume it is the 
same one). That makes this over a month of roosting, and its patterns are 
similar to Mark's owl, except that I can't say that I've heard it calling 
lately. This morning, the owl appeared in the entrance, but was not completely 
flush with the entrance hole, presumably trying to stay dry but still see out. 
I hope that this owl intends to stay until the breeding season!

Best,

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[cayugabirds-l] Nest box trails report

2013-10-19 Thread Robyn Bailey
Hi all.   Wow, we got all the boxes up at Salt Point and 10 of the bluebird 
boxes at the Lansing Center Trail.  That is amazing!  So...if anyone wants to 
come back in the morning to help put up the last 5 bluebird boxes and possibly 
the screech owl box on the Short Line Spur, we are meeting again at 9 
amx-apple-data-detectors://0.

Something amazing happened at Salt Point as we were packing up to leave...I 
spotted several male bluebirds sitting on top of the bluebird boxes and looking 
in the holes  Lots of bluebirds were in the field. I have never seen a 
bluebird at Salt Point before.  It's incredible!

Thanks again to everyone who came!
Robyn Bailey


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[cayugabirds-l] screech-owl with breakfast

2013-10-17 Thread Robyn Bailey
This morning I noticed a screech-owl face in my owl box while eating my 
breakfast. I check the box every day and usually there is nothing there, maybe 
a flicker or titmouse if I'm lucky. But if I recall correctly, this is the time 
of year they start to roost in the box again.

Speaking of owl boxes, the Conservation Action Committee and Lansing Pathways 
will be installing 2 owl boxes and 2 kestrel boxes (same style box, different 
habitat) as part of the Salt Point and Lansing Center Trail nest box trails, in 
addition to small songbird boxes. There could potentially be more opportunities 
to spot small raptors on these trails, if they're successful. I invite anyone 
not going on the CBC field trip to join us at Salt Point in Lansing this 
Saturday, 9am-until done, to help install these nesting boxes. One benefit is 
that you will know the exact location of the owl boxes, should you ever want to 
check them.

Best,
Robyn Bailey
Lansing

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[cayugabirds-l] Help the town of Lansing install 2 new nest box trails!

2013-10-10 Thread Robyn Bailey
Fellow birders,

The CBC conservation action committee is organizing a fun work party. As some 
of you may know , the bird club's Conservation Action Committee has been 
working to bring two new nest box trails to the Lansing area. One trail will 
meander through the natural areas at Salt Point, near where the osprey platform 
recently went up. The other will follow the Lansing Center Trail, across from 
the Lansing Library. Target species include black-capped chickadee, eastern 
bluebird, eastern screech-owl, tree swallow, and other common cavity-nesting 
birds. The committee has staked out the trails and acquired the materials, 
together with the Lansing Pathways committee, but we are soliciting volunteers 
to help install these boxes.

The Conservation Action Committee, Lansing Pathways, and any other interested 
volunteers will be meeting at Salt Point on Sat., Oct. 19 at 9:00 am to install 
the nesting boxes. When Salt Point is finished, we will move up to the Lansing 
Center Trail to put boxes up there.  If needed, we will meet again on Sun., 
Oct. 20 at 9:00 am at the Lansing Center Trail to finish up. Come for as long 
as you can, and feel free to call/text on Sunday to check if we're still 
meeting (706.304.7984).

We will have all the nesting boxes, hardware, and a few ladders needed for the 
project.  Bring gloves, hammers, and cordless drills/screw drivers if you have 
them. Bring your binoculars, too, and bird while you work. [There will be a 
foot race at Myer's Park early Saturday, so please park along the gravel road 
in Salt Point near where the trail starts at the cement barriers, being careful 
not to block the road for runners.]

Please email me if you are able to help, just so I have an idea how many 
volunteers will be there.  Pass this email on to anyone you think may be 
interested in helping.

Happy nest trails,

Robyn Bailey
(together with Candace Cornell, Jody Enck, Meena Haribel, and Linda Orkin)


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Prairie at home, but not a companion

2013-06-11 Thread Robyn Bailey
Speaking of Kingfisher nest sites, I think I found one, too. Yesterday around 
8pm I was pulling up to the stop sign at the intersection of Myers Rd. and 
Lakeshore Rd. (near the entrance to Myers Park). A Kingfisher flew overhead 
with a fish in its bill. Looking in my rearview mirror, I could see a 
cliff-like projection with exposed soil (similar to what I have previously seen 
Kingfishers nest in), just behind the camp wood trailer. I drive this route 
every day to and from my home, and the Kingfisher is regularly seen here; this 
is the first time I've seen it carrying a fish to that area. I'll return and 
see if I can confirm the nest site, but anyone heading down to see the Salt 
Point Osprey could easily pull off at the turnout there and confirm my 
suspicions.

Robyn
Lansing

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[mailto:bounce-98063317-15067...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Susan Fast
Sent: Sunday, June 09, 2013 8:29 PM
To: Kevin J. McGowan; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Prairie at home, but not a companion

Speaking of PRAIRIES, Susie  I found 3 today:  one in white pines at the 
corner of Bald Hill School and Grove School Rds. in Brooktondale, and 2 among 
smallish white pines in an old field at the south end of Creamery Rd. near its 
intersection with Robinson Hollow Rd., town of Richford.  Also found a 
Kingfisher nest hole along Griggs Gulf Rd., Town of Harford.  This is only the 
second kingfisher nest we have ever found.

S.  S. Fast
Brooktondale



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[cayugabirds-l] looking for a bird guide for the weekend

2013-05-03 Thread Robyn Bailey
Hi everyone,

There is a couple visiting Ithaca this weekend for a workshop at the Lab, and 
they would be interested in going out birding with someone in the local bird 
club while in town. If anyone would be willing to take them birding on Sun. or 
Mon. morning (the 5th or 6th), please contact me and I will pass along your 
information.

Thank you,

Robyn Bailey


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[cayugabirds-l] Ospreys at nest in Lansing

2013-04-05 Thread Robyn Bailey
Yesterday evening, I spotted 2 Ospreys at the nest platform on Portland Point 
(Cargill plant). One was in the nest, and the other was eating a very orange 
fish (koi?) just below.

Robyn Bailey
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[cayugabirds-l] New Osprey platform and Killdeer

2013-03-20 Thread Robyn Bailey
I just wanted to let everyone know that a new Osprey nesting platform has gone 
up at Salt Point, in Lansing. This is close enough to the Portland Point 
platform that I'm hopeful it will attract one of the offspring from that pair's 
previous attempts.

I also saw 5 Killdeer yesterday. A single 'deer in the parking lot of the 
Cayuga radio group, and 2 pairs out in the fields across from the SPCA on 
Hanshaw Road. There were also 4 turkeys in the same field. It may not feel like 
the first day of spring, but the killdeer say otherwise.

Robyn Bailey
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[cayugabirds-l] Great Horned Owl hooting

2013-02-14 Thread Robyn Bailey
Last night I heard a Great Horned Owl hooting near my house at ~11:30pm. No one 
answered him, but I hope he finds a valentine tonight.

Robyn Bailey
Lansing


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[cayugabirds-l] Family Movie Day on Saturday - Pale Male

2013-01-30 Thread Robyn Bailey
FYI: The Lansing Community Library is showing the film The Legend of Pale Male: 
a hawk, a city, a love story this Saturday at 1:30 pm. 
http://www.lansinglibrary.org/sites/default/files/movie%20day.jpg

Cheers,

Robyn Bailey


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Screech-Owls

2013-01-09 Thread Robyn Bailey
We have one calling here tonight at our house.
Robyn Bailey
Lansing

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On Jan 8, 2013, at 9:32 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk 
l...@cornell.edumailto:l...@cornell.edu wrote:

Sunday evening we heard a screech owl n. of Aurora. I haven’t been outside 
tonight.

From: 
bounce-72565670-3493...@list.cornell.edumailto:bounce-72565670-3493...@list.cornell.edu
 [mailto:bounce-72565670-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Christopher Wood
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2013 5:39 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Screech-Owls

It may be a good evening to listen for screech-owls. Jeff Gerbracht mentioned 
his was calling. We have one vocalizing spontaneously here at Monkey Run too.

Cheers,
Chris


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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Basin Highlights of 2012

2013-01-08 Thread Robyn Bailey
The best bird of 2012 for me was not the most beautiful (Painted Bunting, 
Florida) or most longed-for bird (Burrowing Owl, also Florida). It was the one 
that made itself available for close and repeated observations: the Eastern 
Screech-owl. During the summer, we hosted a family of 2 parents and 3 
fledglings which hunted right outside our window for weeks- amazing! The first 
bird I saw on my birthday? A screech-owl. What bird kept me company while my 
fiancé was away for many weeks of Sandy relief? A screech-owl. There surely can 
be no doubt that 2012 was, for me, the Year of the Screech-owl, and it didn't 
even require any travel.

A close second was seeing the Osprey return to and successfully nest at their 
restored home on Portland Point Road. It was great to see them back and raising 
a family after their former nest burned down.

The best birds always have stories around them, don't they? May 2013 be full of 
stories for us all.

Robyn Bailey
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[cayugabirds-l] my Screechie remains

2012-11-12 Thread Robyn Bailey
My Screech-owl was very cooperative this weekend, making brief appearances in 
the nest box Sat. and Sun. evening, and this morning. If any of you 
photographer types would like to take a picture of it for me, I would 
appreciate it. I'm currently waiting for my scope's iPhone adapter to arrive, 
but would like to take advantage of the owl's cooperation while it lasts. Let 
me know off-list if you're game.

Best,
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[cayugabirds-l] Screech owl

2012-10-28 Thread Robyn Bailey
This morning, while eating breakfast, I discovered a Screech Owl roosting in a 
cavity not far from the house. It had some peace for an hour or so, but the 
chickadees have found it out now. 

We also have a new yard bird- Pine Siskin. Not a bad way to start my birthday!

Robyn Bailey
Lansing

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[cayugabirds-l] Still have a hummingbird

2012-09-12 Thread Robyn Bailey
At my feeder this morning @ 7:20. 

Robyn Bailey
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[cayugabirds-l] Cedar Waxwing nest

2012-08-22 Thread Robyn Bailey
Yesterday evening, I unexpectedly found a nest of Cedar Waxwings near my 
mailbox. There were 3 babies being fed by both parents. I watched a few 
feedings and found it especially cute when one of the chicks lifted up its tail 
to reveal the yellow-orange stripe on the edge. After a few feeding trips, mom 
settled down on the chicks and brooded them; I guessed they were done for the 
night, so I left.

Enlivened by that, I walked a little further down the railroad tracks by 
Cargill and saw 2 Yellow Warblers, a female Kingfisher, 1 Yellow-rumped 
Warbler, and a handful of Robins which were feasting on ripe cherries in a 
Black Cherry tree. Those are the highlights, but complete checklist is 
herehttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S11420337.

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[cayugabirds-l] E. Screech Owl returns

2012-06-04 Thread Robyn Bailey
Last night, we were prepared when the eastern screech owls came in ~8:30 pm. It 
started with a whinny heard through the open window. Then while doing laundry, 
I looked up to find an adult perched outside the window. With the earlier 
arrival time, I could clearly see a gray phase with minute ear tufts and bright 
yellow eyes looking at me.



What followed was a real treat. As it happens, we soon spotted 2 downy young 
floating through the trees, coming to land on a branch together. Watching their 
antics was so amazing... the exaggerated head bobbing, visits from mom, and the 
2 youngsters sitting side by side were well seen from inside. They were able to 
fly well enough that they could be seen moving to different perches. At one 
point, Paul noted that there was so much activity that there had to be a 3rd 
fledgling somewhere, although we only confirmed 2. That was enough, though; we 
were smitten. I actually squealed. We watched them for about half an hour.


In the context of the previous night, we now wonder if they'd brought their 
babies to our home to learn how to hunt easy targets (moths) in the light from 
our windows. After watching an adult execute a perfect grab-n-go of a large 
brown moth off our windowsill, we have to wonder if the previous clumsy-seeming 
attempts were either 1) mom showing a youngster how to hunt and purposefully 
diving at and missing the moth, and/or 2) a youngster's clumsy attempt to grab 
it (missing), which would explain the loud thud we heard/saw. I had put it down 
to the bird taking 3-4 tries to get the moth (glass + lights = confusion), but 
it makes more sense to me that she was teaching her young ones. When she did 
actually grab a moth after 3-4 attempts (demonstrations?) had been made, it was 
expertly done, nearly silent. We saw a similar technique used by Spotted Owls 
in California, where a mother SPOW flew at, but did not grab, an offered mouse 
in the presence of her baby. When the baby did not get the mouse, mom 
eventually got it and fed it to the baby. [Aside: offering mice is a way for 
researchers to determine if the mother has young somewhere, based on whether or 
not she eats it on the spot or carries it off to a nest.]

Anyway, that is my interpretation of what could have been happening. On Sunday 
night, there being no more gigantic moths, the adult continued to hunt in the 
light of our kitchen (in the bird feeding area). The fledglings remained unseen 
once real darkness set in. I now worry that our flying squirrels will be on the 
menu, since they were conspicuously eating bark butter in said bird feeding 
area.

Cheers,

Robyn Bailey
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[cayugabirds-l] Eastern screech owls hunting

2012-06-02 Thread Robyn Bailey
Tonight has proven very exciting as a pair of a screech owls have been buzzing 
our windows picking off moths. They continued to hunt from perches in trees 
very close to our home. We got great views of them hunting from inside. 

I definitely heard a screech owl calling, though it was hard to tell if it was 
coming from 1 of these 2 birds, or a more distant 3rd bird. It could have 
possibly been a 3rd, but we don't know for sure. We heard them calling often 
during winter, but not for a while until tonight. Needless to say, we are 
thrilled with tonight's entertainment. 

Robyn (and Paul)
Lansing 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hudsonian Godwit Still at Benning Marsh

2012-05-31 Thread Robyn Bailey
Now has moved to the wildlife viewing area. Seen from the turnout at 7:23.

Robyn

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On May 31, 2012, at 5:28 PM, Tom Fernandes 
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Finally got up to Montezuma and was happy to see that the Hudsonian Godwit was 
still there, actively feeding  this afternoon btwn 1-130pm  at Benning’s Marsh.
 Tom Fernandes
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[cayugabirds-l] PP Osprey nest

2012-05-10 Thread Robyn Bailey
I stopped by the Portland Point Osprey nest about 6:00 today. To my surprise, 
there were 3 adult ospreys at the nest; one was in the nest cup, one was 
perched on the nest rim, and the third was hovering over the two. I couldn't 
judge its intent but it left after a few minutes.  

I also noticed lengths of yellow nylon rope had been added to the nest. Since 
that can pose a threat to adults and nestlings, I plan to ask NYSEG to cut any 
loops that may be present at the end of the breeding season. I don't want any 
birds getting tangled in a loop of rope. 

Robyn

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird

2012-05-02 Thread Robyn Bailey
Me too. Coming to Fuschias! 

Robyn Bailey
Lansing 

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On May 2, 2012, at 6:41 PM, Laura Stenzler l...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Wow! We just had our first hummingbird at the feeder as well! 6:40 pm!
 Laura
 
 
 Laura Stenzler
 l...@cornell.edu
 
 From: bounce-54477039-8866...@list.cornell.edu 
 [bounce-54477039-8866...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Regi Teasley 
 [rltcay...@earthlink.net]
 Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 6:27 PM
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird
 
 I saw my first of year (male R-T) Hummingbird at the Bleeding heart
 flowers this evening.
 Wow.  Get out the feeders!
 
 Regi
 
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Hermit Thrush (behavior) and B. Thrasher in yard!

2012-04-23 Thread Robyn Bailey
Woke Sunday to a male turkey displaying to females inches from my bedroom 
window, also robins building a nest on the house.

I got 2 new yard birds on Earth Day: a singing BROWN THRASHER, and a HERMIT 
THRUSH scrounging around under feeders.  An interesting thing I noticed was the 
feet of the Hermit Thrush would alternately tremble very fast, twitching side 
to side. I didn't know if it was healthy, until I checked BNA this morning and, 
low and behold, this behavior is called Foot quivering.
From BNA:
Foot-quivering (using feet to shake and scare insects out of clumps of dead or 
newly regenerating grasses) has been observed as a foraging maneuver by Hermit 
Thrush... Interpreted by Dilger (1956a) and also Brown et al. (2000) as a 
ritualized ambivalent intention movement of simultaneous, conflicting drives to 
attack and to retreat; but also may serve as foraging technique used to locate 
insects under leaf litter. Brackbill (1960) and Kilham (1977) cite observations 
of foot-quivering while foraging, with no indication of the birds being 
disturbed.

Cheers,
Robyn Bailey
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[cayugabirds-l] Portland Point Osprey Incubating

2012-04-18 Thread Robyn Bailey
Liisa's observation reminded me to post that the Osprey at the Portland Point 
platform appear to have eggs. I stopped by yesterday (going only as far as I 
needed to in order to see the nest, as per K. McGowan's warning), and saw one 
adult sitting down in the nest cup. Didn't take long for them to accept their 
new platform nest!


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[cayugabirds-l] Portland Point Ospreys using nest

2012-03-30 Thread Robyn Bailey
I just got word from NYSEG that the Portland Point/Cargill Osprey platform has 
seen some activity today. I was told the Ospreys are using the nest, but I 
don't yet have details on what exactly that means.

So keep an eye out for the (returning?) Osprey pair, and please let me know if 
you observe them nest-building or perching near the platform.

Thanks,

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[cayugabirds-l] Sunday's birds

2012-03-12 Thread Robyn Bailey
Sunday I woke to the sound of crows mobbing a pair of Red-tailed Hawks on our 
property. They kept it up for a while, but the hawks didn't want to leave the 
creek area, rather just kept flying up and down the creek. A Blue Jay joined in 
the calling, but didn't actively pursue the crows. The Blue Jay then visited 
our feeders for the first time all winter (since Nov.).

We also had close looks at a Pileated Woodpecker pair, with Hairies, Downies, 
and Red-bellieds on the same tree, and a pair of Carolina Wrens have started 
building a nest near our garage. Robins abounded, cardinals and juncos were 
singing, and the goldfinches were everywhere. On Saturday, I saw American 
Pipit, A. Crows, mallards, and the usual gulls down at Salt Point.

Spring is almost here!
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[cayugabirds-l] White-winged TV

2012-02-16 Thread Robyn Bailey
Today over lunch, Anne Marie and I saw the white-winged Turkey Vulture from the 
staff lounge of CLO. It coasted over Sapsucker Woods Pond a few times before 
disappearing.  Both of us were seeing it for the first time; it looked like one 
wing had been dipped halfway in some bleach. Was in the company of another, 
normal-looking, TV.

Best,
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[cayugabirds-l] Portland Point Osprey Update

2012-02-02 Thread Robyn Bailey
Good morning. I have an update on the Osprey platform progress so far. Here is 
the report:

Great news!  Paul Batz, one of the Line Supervisors in Auburn, has agreed to 
build the Osprey platform this weekend - NYSEG will contribute all materials at 
no charge. We will also provide the Bucket Truck and labor to install the 
platform once it is ready. The pole extension has arrived here in Ithaca and 
will also be donated to the project. Paul built the platforms in Auburn and at 
Montezuma - he has a running permit with the Cortland region 7 DEC to work with 
Osprey and is thrilled to be assisting our community with this endeavor.  NYSEG 
will also install aluminum flashing 10' below the structure to deter predators.

Thanks to Ron Rohrbaugh and Alan Poole for helping out. Also thanks to those of 
you who have offered suggestions or contacts to me. Tompkins Weekly will be 
doing a story about this effort, so look for that as well.

Best,

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[cayugabirds-l] any Short-eared Owl sightings in Ovid?

2012-01-27 Thread Robyn Bailey
Has anyone seen the Short-eared Owls in Ovid today? I'm going to try and go 
Saturday and was hoping for an update!

Best,
Robyn Bailey
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[cayugabirds-l] Injured Saw-whet article

2012-01-25 Thread Robyn Bailey
I thought you all might be interested in this news piece from 
IthacaJournal.com:  Nature's ER: Cornell center vets treat wild 
animalshttp://www.theithacajournal.com/article/20120124/NEWS01/201240333/Nature-s-ER-Cornell-center-vets-treat-wild-animals?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Good to know this resource is available if any of us should find an injured 
bird.

Best,
Robyn Bailey

Lansing

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] great horned owls

2012-01-20 Thread Robyn Bailey
We heard one Great Horned Owl hooting about 5:45 am this morning from the 
woods, audible from right outside of our house. It stopped the instant daylight 
crept in. Second observation of GHOs hooting near our home, separated by a few 
months- here's hoping they will nest!

Robyn Bailey
Lansing, NY

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[mailto:bounce-39156550-15067...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Naomi Brewer
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] great horned owls

My son went outdoors about 11 pm, last night to check the outdoor furnace. He 
heard ,not far from the house, in the woods, to the north/west ---hoot, hoot. 
Then right away an answering hoot, hoot from the south.  After a minute another 
faint hoot, hoot still farther south (woods). 3 Great Horned Owls. Today there 
were rafts of Canada Geese all along the lake shore and doing a great lot of 
honking. Also all the usual birds at the feeders  suet.

Naomi Brewer
7214 Wyers Point Road,
Ovid, NY.
Cayuga Lake
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] NYSEG seeks help restoring Portland Point Osprey nest site

2012-01-18 Thread Robyn Bailey
Thank you all for your input and support! Ron Rohrbaugh has agreed to advise 
NYSEG on the project, and Alan Poole (The Osprey Man) also may get involved. 
I will help in whatever way I can, of course. I will facilitate a conversation 
with the right people, and we should be able to move forward soon hopefully.

To answer Dave's question, I think it will be possible to erect a platform of a 
plastic (nonconductive) material right above the old nest location. It will 
need to be far enough up that there is no chance of electricity arcing to the 
nest. However, the pole was also burned, and I'm not sure what the extent of 
the damage is. If the same post is not possible, they may have some 
decommissioned poles that might be repurposed into a free-standing Osprey 
platform. In the Big Flats area, they erected an old pole for an Eagle Scout 
who did all of the construction/design work.

Some of you have informed me of NYSEG-aided Osprey platforms in the surrounding 
areas (Auburn, Big Flats), and the appropriate contacts are now being reached 
about how they went about it. (It's worth noting that they are responding 
quickly!) It is so inspiring to see our birding community get behind this, and 
even have the different NYSEG divisions talking to each other about their 
independent Osprey circumstances. Keep in mind that storm season is upon us, 
and while I hope that March is a reasonable goal, it all depends on cooperative 
weather.

Thank you all for your contributions and such productive conversations!
Robyn Bailey


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[mailto:bounce-39148249-15067...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Dave Nutter
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 8:13 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Cc: Stephen W. Kress
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] NYSEG seeks help restoring Portland Point Osprey nest 
site

Thanks for the news. What a great opportunity!  Please help if you have 
knowledge or contacts.

I can understand NYSEG not liking fires atop their poles, especially with 
transformers, and Cargill not liking operations to be interrupted by flaming 
nests. Would they be interested in a platform higher on the same pole to 
separate the nest better from the wires, or are they considering putting up a 
separate pole in the vicinity with a nest platform? I suspect that the closer 
the new platform is to the original nest site, the more likely it is to be 
used. From a public relations and birding standpoint, it would be good if the 
nest were visible from the public road in a place where people can pull over in 
a car and not be in the way of Cargill's trucks. The previous site worked 
fairly well, I thought, but I was mostly there on weekends when there were no 
trucks, and Cargill may have a different opinion. They might like to have a 
small gravel pull-off on the shoulder for one or two cars for the public to see 
their operations - an amazing sight in itself - and the Osprey nest in the 
middle of it.

I don't know what types of Osprey nest platforms are most successful - I've 
seen many go unused for unknown reasons.  I believe the pole and platform at 
Treman Marine Park, which saw some Osprey interest last year after several 
initial barren years, was coordinated by Bill Evans (who I think is on this 
list) and Ronda Roaring (who may not be).  Perhaps Bard Prentiss (also on this 
list?) knows about or was involved in putting up a platform at Dryden Lake.  
Perhaps Steve Kress (cc) has contacts or info, too.  I hope they or others 
among the many people at the Lab with related experience, expertise, or 
contacts step forward.

This should be figured out pronto. The Ospreys will return in late March, and 
the first thing they are likely to do is start putting sticks atop that same 
pole unless there's a more attractive alternative close by.

--Dave Nutter



On Jan 17, 2012, at 12:19 PM, Robyn Bailey 
rb...@cornell.edumailto:rb...@cornell.edu wrote:
I spoke to the NYSEG lead forester for the Ithaca region (my fiancé) about the 
Osprey nest. I have a vested interest because this Cargill property abuts our 
own, meaning I could have Osprey on my yard list. :)  So, here is the scoop.

This past fall, the nest made contact with the lines and sparked a fire. The 
fire department and line crews responded appropriately to put out the fire, but 
sadly the nest could not be saved. NYSEG is willing to provide a riser and 
possibly the bucket trucks/necessary equipment to install it in a safer area so 
that the nest would be up off of the lines. They are aware that Osprey often 
return to the same locations year after year to nest. They are asking that 
someone from the birding/CLO community with expertise on providing nesting 
platforms please work with them by providing input and feedback on such a 
project. The timeline for this being done before Spring 2012 is on the table. 
We just need a volunteer to work with the crews to help advise on best 
practices.

If someone is willing to rise to the challenge

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Portland Point Osprey nest gone

2012-01-17 Thread Robyn Bailey
I spoke to the NYSEG lead forester for the Ithaca region (my fiancé) about the 
Osprey nest. I have a vested interest because this Cargill property abuts our 
own, meaning I could have Osprey on my yard list. :)  So, here is the scoop.

This past fall, the nest made contact with the lines and sparked a fire. The 
fire department and line crews responded appropriately to put out the fire, but 
sadly the nest could not be saved. NYSEG is willing to provide a riser and 
possibly the bucket trucks/necessary equipment to install it in a safer area so 
that the nest would be up off of the lines. They are aware that Osprey often 
return to the same locations year after year to nest. They are asking that 
someone from the birding/CLO community with expertise on providing nesting 
platforms please work with them by providing input and feedback on such a 
project. The timeline for this being done before Spring 2012 is on the table. 
We just need a volunteer to work with the crews to help advise on best 
practices.

If someone is willing to rise to the challenge, that would be great. This is a 
big company, but they are reasonably agile on things that benefit a community, 
in my experience. Feel free to reply all if you would like to work with me and 
NYSEG on this or if you just want to share ideas with us all.

Thanks Dave for bringing this to my attention.

Regards,
Robyn Bailey
Lansing

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[mailto:bounce-39136974-15067...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Dave Nutter
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2012 10:37 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Portland Point Osprey nest gone

Today while birding with Ann Mitchell on Portland Point Rd I noticed that the 
power pole in the Cargill mine complex which for the past couple years held 
Tompkins County's only Osprey nest of which I'm aware now only holds the 
intended trio of transformers and crossbar with insulators and wires.  Does 
anyone know when (and how?) it came down?  Be on the look-out for Ospreys with 
sticks around the southern part of Cayuga Lake come March and April.  Maybe 
this year they'll make a more serious effort atop the platform at Treman Marine 
Park.

We saw neither Red-necked Grebes nor Northern Shrikes from Portland Point Rd, 
but we did see at least four NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS.

We also went to Aurora to try to find the Eared Grebe.  Even though the water 
was still flat we only saw 5 HORNED GREBES from the Wells College boathouse, 
plus some expected waterfowl: CANADA GEESE, 2 SNOW GEESE (1 adult with 1 
immature), MALLARDS, AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, COMMON GOLDENEYE, 5 BUFFLEHEAD, 
singles of COMMON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, distant flying small REDHEAD 
flocks, plus a few of the usual RING-BILLED, HERRING, and GREAT BLACK-BACKED 
GULLS.

--Dave Nutter
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[cayugabirds-l] Pileateds and Hoodies

2011-12-16 Thread Robyn Bailey
I had a very fine pair of Pileated Woodpeckers at my home this morning (new 
yard bird), working the dead trees in our woodlot. I also just had a good look 
at a male and female Hooded Merganser on Sapsucker Woods pond just now 
(10:30am), visible from Staff Lounge.

Happy Friday to all,

Robyn Bailey
Lansing, NY (recently)


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[cayugabirds-l] Pileateds and Hoodies

2011-12-16 Thread Robyn Bailey
I had a very fine pair of Pileated Woodpeckers at my home this morning (new 
yard bird), working the dead trees in our woodlot. I also just had a good look 
at a male and female Hooded Merganser on Sapsucker Woods pond just now 
(10:30am).

Happy Friday to all,

Robyn Bailey
recently of Lansing, NY


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[cayugabirds-l] Chimney Swifts are back

2011-04-26 Thread Robyn Bailey
Our CHIMNEY SWIFTS are back finally!  We had a dozen or so flying over the 
house tonight.  Other birds in my yard tonight included NORTHERN FLICKER, WB 
NUTHATCH, pair of CARDINALS, T. TITMOUSE, pair of ROBINS, A. CROW, MOURNING 
DOVE, distant gulls, and chickadees.  But I'm especially glad about the return 
of the humble chimney swifts...perhaps because no one else took notice of them? 

Happy birding,

Robyn Bailey
downtown Cortland
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma: shrike, yellowlegs

2011-03-17 Thread Robyn Bailey
Regarding the fish-eating mammal observations, I asked my friend who studied 
mink in grad school (now he works for USFWS), and he says it's most likely a 
mink.  He says mink will often start at the tail end.

Robyn Bailey
Ithaca, NY

PS- This is my first post, so Hello! from a new subscriber.

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[mailto:bounce-9257212-15067...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Susan Fast
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 8:41 PM
To: 'Susan Fast'; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma: shrike, yellowlegs

I went to the noted area to maybe observe crane behavior; but no cranes were 
about.  The area north of Carncross Rd., to the dike, is flooded and had a skin 
of clear ice this morning.  There are scattered goldenrod/aster stalks sticking 
up, but it's pretty desolate-looking.  However, from the road, I noticed a N. 
SHRIKE flying from stalk to stalk.  I saw no small birds there, and the water 
precluded small mammals (I was wrong here, as somewhat later a STAR-NOSED MOLE 
swam right in front of me, under the ice.  It swam well, and disappeared into a 
hole in the bank).  The shrike appeared to be hunting, but what?  I was finally 
able to see that it was after inch long, cream-colored larvae that were on, not 
in, the stalks.  Occasionally the larvae would fall to the ice, where the 
shrike would land and gobble.  I saw it strike only one larva against a stalk, 
the rest (about 6) where quickly swallowed.  It wiped its bill after each 
successful capture.  The guides say that shrikes do eat insects; I haven't been 
aware of this before as all the shrikes I seen have been in the winter when 
insects are scarce.  Finally, I heard an odd call.  It was hard to distinguish 
at first as BLUEBIRDS and RING-BILLED GULLS were singing and making lots of 
racket.  I located the source-the shrike was near the top of one of the few 
trees, and singing!  Certainly not melodious, but then crows and jays aren't 
either (my opinion).

Another interesting observation involved fish and a mammal.  I walked out on 
one of the dikes at Martens Tract, and in one particular area, maybe 50' long, 
found dozens of dead fish, either on the bank or at the water's edge.  90% of 
the fish were bullheads (3 to 10 long), with a few panfish, and maybe a small 
carp or two.  Most interesting to me was a 12 whole BOWFIN.  This is only the 
second of this species I've ever seen in the wild.  Anyway, most of the fish 
had been partially eaten.  My experience with mustelids is that they generally 
start on the head end, but none of the bullhead front parts were eaten, just 
the tail end and guts.  It appears that either an OTTER or MINK spent the 
winter in a bank hole here.  I could find no evidence to indicate which of the 
two species it was.  Any ideas?

Steve Fast
Brooktondale


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[mailto:bounce-9256567-9286...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Susan Fast
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 4:32 PM
To: 'Cauyga Birds'
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma: shrike, yellowlegs

I spent the morning and part of the afternoon at the Carncross/Martens Tract 
area.  NORTHERN SHRIKE at Carncross with interesting feeding behavior which I 
may post later.  Also a GREATER YELLOWLEGS at the Visitor Center.

Steve Fast
Brooktondale

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