[cayugabirds-l] Why I'm Voting NO on the ICSD Budget: Urgent Need for Climate Focus

2018-05-06 Thread Sandy Wold
I am sharing my thoughts in communities I am a part of because
​1.  Our planet is in crisis and quickly approaching 2020; and we are at
1.5 degrees Celsius.  We can't go to 2.0 Celsius, or the planet will be
unlivable by 2050.  We need to mitigate both CO2 and CH4!  Eating less meat
and more veggies = cooler planet. Divest from natural gas.  Eat less rice.
...go solar!
2. ​

​Greenhouse gas mitigation
 has everything to do with bird
​ conservation​

​3.  ​M
any of the birders are
​ tax paying​
parents who want their children to enjoy the birds we all love!
​4.  ​M
arshland birds are threatened because of rising tides.  Seabirds are
further threatened because fish they need to feed their young are going
deeper or farther north to seek cooler waters.
5.  Endemic birds in the Caribbean are threatened by decreasing habitat due
to people, and bigger hurricanes make this problem worse than it already
is.
​
​Please, everyone who cares about the planet, don't get annoyed that I am
"off topic."  Instead, step into your power and write a letter to the
school board to support my letter and to city council to not sell off the
Green Street parking garage to another luxury apartment developer
ASAPthese issues are all connected!!!  We need green affordable housing
to address the poverty and reduce Carbon emissions.




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> Why is this on the ebird list? It has nothing to do with birds. This is
> the most inappropriate item to appear on our list in all of my years of
> being on the list. Shame on you for using it.
>
> Alyce Anderson
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Why I'm Voting NO on the ICSD Budget: Urgent Need for Climate Focus

2018-05-06 Thread Sandy Wold
acceptable. The working poor have been forced to move 30-45 minutes
away, making their children (*our* ICSD children) more vulnerable to the
rise in gas prices and food insecurity in many areas.  We need a formula
that is transparent and correlates Cornell wealth with our poverty rate and
a formula that itemizes the City services that Cornell staff and students
have on our roads, water/sewer, and fire/police, plus the accelerated
deterioration of infrastructure. Cornell's voluntary contribution of $6.2
million per year is considered very low compared to other universities, and
is inadequate. Given our lack of affordable housing and that we have the
third highest poverty rate in New York State, this is not acceptable.

In conclusion, like the air we breathe, sustainability, equity, and social
justice need to be woven into every school and City decision. Please see
links below for background info, and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
Sincerely,

Sandy Wold
Ithaca, NY 14850
ICSD Budget Hearing: Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the District Office
Board Room at 400 Lake Street. If you cannot make it, there is a tele-Town
Hall meeting that same night at 7pm.
http://www.ithacacityschools.org/districtpage.cfm?pageid=214
https://datausa.io/profile/geo/ithaca-ny/
http://www.ihstattler.com/static/february2008/view.php?a=_nC
ornellContributions
http://www.ithaca.com/news/cornell-compared-ithaca-mayor-cal
ls-out-his-alma-mater-on/article_e8e56ab4-93e9-11e3-90ed-0019bb2963f4.html
https://shadowproof.com/2018/05/02/labor-progressive-organiz
ations-seattle-ramp-pressure-amazon-fund-affordable-housing/
http://www.restroomdirect.com/elkay-water-cooler-LZS8WSLK.aspx?gclid=
Cj0KCQjw5fDWBRDaARIsAA5uWTjmFLnRoiUjBIi_wF_lN9EKQZh_
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[cayugabirds-l] cat bib recommendation during bird fledge time

2018-05-03 Thread Sandy Wold
A neighbor recommended this bib and says it works!  https://catgoods.com//


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[cayugabirds-l] My work with an NGO in the Republic of Georgia

2018-05-02 Thread Sandy Wold
I have been traveling internationally to raptor "bottlenecks" to learn and
write for children about the conservation issues.  Last Fall, I traveled to
Batumi, Georgia to volunteer with the international NGO Batumi Raptor Count
and ended up working in the schools:  Go to page 22 to learn more.

http://www.batumiraptorcount.org/sites/default/files/imce/Member-Magazine/BRC-Member-Magazine-2017.pdf


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Looking for writer's retreat

2018-04-30 Thread Sandy Wold
Hi Susan,
I think it is better if you try to resolve the posting problem and then
post yourself. This is the address I use to post: cayugabirds-l@
list.cornell.edu
There is IT support if you hunt around, you should be able to figure it out
or call IT: https://it.cornell.edu/lyris
Chance are you subscribed from a different email address and can only post
from that email address.  Good luck!

Sandy


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On Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 11:08 AM, Susan Gateley <su...@silverwaters.com>
wrote:

> Hey can you post this to bird watcher list? I can 't seem to make it go.
>
> Thanks!
> Looking for ideas to help Fair Haven Ospreys
>
>
> *We suspect the recent waterfront home erected by Mr. and Mrs Osprey on
> the end of the Fair Haven west pier is going to lead to some conflicts
> later in the summer with the two legged neighbors.*
>
> *The Coast Guard might intervene and remove the nest though it may not be
> interfering with the nav aid right now. At some point though I’m worried a
> trigger happy local might get mad at the preemption of his fishing spot.Or
> some kid might get dive bombed by a pissed off protective parent bird.*
>
>
> *Providing alternative nest platforms is chancy.I've seen the birds
> relocate to another utility pole rather than use a nice platform made for
> em. Any ideas out there on how to make one more attractive to fish hawks? *
>
>
> *Susan P. Gateley   su...@silverwaters.com <su...@silverwaters.com>*
>
>
>
>
>
> On Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 7:12 AM, Sandy Wold <sandra.w...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I am working on several art and writing projects and am looking for a
>> place to do writing retreats.  Ideally, it would have any of the following:
>>
>> --I can pay rent or do pet-sitting (I love dogs/cats)
>> --location (nearby, in the U.S. or in a Spanish-speaking country)
>> --birding/hiking opportunity
>> --quiet location (no noisy neighbors)
>> --reliable electricity/wifi
>> --could be for several weeks or months (now-September)
>> --could be in winter (January-May)
>> --non-smoking, clean, no strong fragrance cleaners
>>
>> Please keep my name.  Thank you in advance!
>> Sandy
>>
>>
>> *---**CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION YOU CAN TAKE: Divesting from animal
>> agriculture by switching to a plant-based diet can help our planet
>> transform.  A vegan diet is heart-healthy, non-violent, anti-colonial, and
>> sustainable! **Pledge the **Ithaca *
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>>
>> *---**Sandy Wold, **sustainability educator/artist*
>> B.S. Chemistry/Biochemistry, University of Florida
>> M.S. Science Education​, UC Santa Cruz/SUNY Cortland
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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Bustle

2018-04-28 Thread Sandy Wold
This morning 8:30-10am I saw so many birds in my loop through Renwick Woods
to the Swan Pond and then through the Golf Course.

Here are the highlights and many FOYs for me:
--flicker kek-kek-keking incessantly near the top of a tree near a snag.  I
think it was a she (no mustache)
--I estimate that there were at least 12 Golden-rumped Warblers.  They were
all sitting around the main pond on shrubs or up in trees darting out to
snag a bug over the water and back.  This was happening so fast, I could
not accurately count them.  The loud music and yelling over with the crew
team did not seem to affect them or their calling.
--By 9:30am, I noticed a second warbler, the Yellow Warbler!  They had more
of a swallow-like insect hunting behavior.  At times I thought I saw a
third species of warbler and other species of swallow, and then they
disappeared.  I thought I heard a flycatcher a few times, but never saw
it.  The swallows showed up soon thereafter, and I think they sound
slightly different.
--Then by 10am, a huge swarm of swallows arrived, about 30!  They were all
over the pond zipping back and forth.  I watched to see if the GRWs
stopped.  They seemed to break for a minute or two, but then they went back
at it.  It was quite the choreography, and they seemed to operate at
different heights above the pond. I definitely saw Barn Swallows and think
I may have seen one of the other kinds.
*---As all of this was going on, the bull frogs started up.*
*--As I walked across the golf course, the tree frog went at it.*
*--Heard but not seen: Kingfisher, Song Sparrow, American Redstart*

*Welcome back friends!!!*

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[cayugabirds-l] Looking for writer's retreat

2018-04-26 Thread Sandy Wold
I am working on several art and writing projects and am looking for a place
to do writing retreats.  Ideally, it would have any of the following:

--I can pay rent or do pet-sitting (I love dogs/cats)
--location (nearby, in the U.S. or in a Spanish-speaking country)
--birding/hiking opportunity
--quiet location (no noisy neighbors)
--reliable electricity/wifi
--could be for several weeks or months (now-September)
--could be in winter (January-May)
--non-smoking, clean, no strong fragrance cleaners

Please keep my name.  Thank you in advance!
Sandy


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[cayugabirds-l] Killdeer, Bluebirds, Osprey

2018-04-25 Thread Sandy Wold
All heard and seen at Stewart Park yesterday!  Happy spring!


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[cayugabirds-l] Tamron 150-600mm lens for sale

2018-04-14 Thread Sandy Wold
Excellent condition!  Compatible with Nikon camera body.  Willing to do
partial barter for 8 x 40 binoculars.
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[cayugabirds-l] Alizé Carrère Talk Recorded?

2018-03-19 Thread Sandy Wold
Does anyone know if the talk from last week by Alizé Carrère was recorded
and available online?  Thank you.
Sandy

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[cayugabirds-l] Early Woodcock Peenting

2018-02-27 Thread Sandy Wold
Last time I wrote on early territorial calling behavior, several people
wrote and "definitively" asserted that this breeding behavior is day
light-dependent.  ...but if it is "definitively" dependent on the amount of
light in a day, then why would the woodcock be showing up a week or so
earlier?Could there be a gene that tells a woodcock to migrate when the fat
reserves are high enough?  and if these woodcocks are from a coastal
location, as suggested by Pete, then it seems to me that the coastal
woodcocks are responding to temperature, or is this a random group of
woodcocks who have enough fat reserves and are willing to be hungry in
order to get the best breeding spot, so maybe it's worth it? And are
they eating if they show up in a snow storm?  Very interesting to ponder!


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Being non-vegan is taking a side.
It is taking the side of the oppressor.
It is not a neutral position.
It is a pro-actively violent position.

Switch sides.  Go vegan.

Christopher Sebastian McJetters


*---**Sandy Wold, **sustainability/nutrition lecturer **and concerned
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*for climate change, free speech, and democracy *
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[cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?

2018-02-13 Thread Sandy Wold
Maybe this is obvious to everyone on this list with people reporting the
call of a cardinal or "raven with nest material" in February.  But I also
have been noticing sounds of spring (cardinal, titmouse, Carolina Wren,
...), crows checking out tree tops and pairing, crows bombing raptors,...
since February 1st (maybe even second or third week of January?).  I meant
to write dates and temps in my notebook this year, but didn't.

It seems like all of this is happening a month or two early, am I wrong?
Are there any scientific studies that show what triggers the timing of
these territorial behaviors? Could it be a certain number of days above
freezing?  I know the media talks about the growing seasons lengthening and
things blooming earlier,... but I haven't seen anything written on bird
nesting behavior.  Just curious, thanks!
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: December 18, 2017

2017-12-18 Thread Sandy Wold
Does the Lab of Ornithology have any information?  How are their feeders
doing? any info from their Feeder Watch data collection?  Sorry if I missed
this info.  My feeders have been relatively silent since years past as
well.  But it seems that the juncos go crazy when I'm not around.  When I
come home, I see their cute little footprints all over the ground within a
five foot radius of the feeder.  I did note several chickadees and two
titmice about a month ago at my feeder, and heard a downy or hairy
woodpecker, but that's about it.  When looking for the Red-headed
Woodpecker in Palmer Woods, which I still have not seen, grrr, I noted many
cardinals, blue jays, juncoes, bluebirds, downy or hairy woodpeckers
feeding in the shrubs which were bountiful with berries and sumac.  I have
noticed *all* conifer trees at the Plantations especially to be bountiful
this year.

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[cayugabirds-l] Native Pagoda Dogwood offer - u dig

2017-10-26 Thread Sandy Wold
I have a Native Pagoda Dogwood I need to rehome. It needs more sun than I
can give it and is supposed to grow about 3ftx3ft, but is growing taller
and spindly because not enough sun on the west side of my house and partly
shaded by a mature tree, and I wonder if it was mislabeled and could become
more of an understory tree.  I think it would do well on the east side of a
house with no shade.  Sunday afternoon would be a good day to come get it.
I can help dig.  It's been there about three years.  I am located near
Hickey's Music, downtown Ithaca.  Please contact me off-list.


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[cayugabirds-l] Where are all my feeder birds?

2017-10-26 Thread Sandy Wold
I was noticing an eerie silence in my garden since this original post but
did have a few Tufted Titmouses (Titmice?) show up that day at my feeder
along with a group of chickadees and jays.  I think it is cool that feeder
birds continue to scout and forage for the "good" stuff and then probably
also communicate with others about it.  Isn't the bounty due to the amazing
rains we had this past springbut I am noticing some growth spurts on my
fruit trees now after the recent rains, when they should be dropping leaves
by now.  Freaky.


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[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker

2017-09-04 Thread Sandy Wold
Woh, ho!  I've been waiting to hear news like this   I had a
feeling we should be seeing more of them in the Finger Lakes, shouldn't
we???!   I never hear it reported other than near Montezuma (or did I miss
meetings where it was reported). Thanks for sharing, Shawn, and thanks to
Dave Toews for finding it!!!

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Highlights - Correction

2017-08-19 Thread Sandy Wold
Thanks, Ann. There was a guy from Brooklyn there who said it was Clapper
Rail and got a good photo of it when it came out from behind the reeds.
Then when I checked my Peterson's Guide, it seemed to match the
description, but you are right!  I forgot to check its region!  Boy, the
power of suggestion (and intimidation of those honking-big bazooka
cameras!) Gotta always check region, no matter what!  Thanks for the
reminder!

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[cayugabirds-l] Looking for 65mm field scope

2017-08-05 Thread Sandy Wold
I know this is a long-shot, bt does anyone have a field scope they
aren't using?  Any suggestions for a field scope that would be good to view
raptors?  From what I've read, it sounds like straight (vs. angled) is
better for tracking. I'm going to be a volunteer with the Batumi Raptor
Count this fall, run by an NGO conservation group, and they want me to
bring one; but I can't afford the Swarovski 65mm field scope.  Last year, I
saw some of the raptor migration as they crossed from a place near Tarifa,
Spain to northern Africa, and it was one of the most exhilarating
experiences of my life - if not   t h e   most exhilarating. The perils
these birds face is astonishing, and I am working on an art education
project for children about them.

Would love to find a decent second-hand field scope that is not too heavy?
3.5 pounds is the current weight, and I noticed a Nikon 50mm is only about
1 pound.  I don't know scopes well enough to know if the 50mm is adequate.
I suspect not.  Also, where I am going has a lot of clouds, so light entry
into the scope is a huge factor.  I know, a long-shot; but miracles do
happen!  Thanks in advance for any suggestions or advice.  I've learned and
continue to learn so much from you all and am so grateful

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: LATC Senior discount for lifetime national parks price going up soon!

2017-07-14 Thread Sandy Wold
from someone who
...recently purchased my national parks lifetime pass for seniors for this
reason.  You can get yours from the Finger Lakes National Forest office in
Hector.  Call ahead - they sometimes run out of passes and have to wait for
more.

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[cayugabirds-l] Good News: Harry's back at it! (sic)

2017-06-25 Thread Sandy Wold
I've been hearing the Hairy Woodpeckers calling to each other again for a
few days now and drilling out a new nest (mature Silver Maple)!

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[cayugabirds-l] Hairy Woodpecker Nest Update

2017-06-19 Thread Sandy Wold
Sadly, yesterday's storm with high winds destroyed the Hairy Woodpecker I
reported yesterday. Now the nest is silent, and I saw the dad perched on a
telephone pole calling.  I have not heard the female responding yet (would
she have been the one in the nest at night?), and I do not know what to do
but am asking around and notified the City forester.  I assume the babies
may have succumbed to hypothermia by now.  I have pictures before and
after.  I guess this is what to expect with greater storm intensity.

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[cayugabirds-l] Close Encounters: Hairy Woodpecker Behavior in Fall Creek

2017-06-17 Thread Sandy Wold
Last week, on June 11th, I found the nest hole of a pair of Hairy
Woodpeckers in a mature 100+ year old Sugar Maple which hangs over into my
yard. According to allaboutbirds.org, it will be another two weeks from now
before they fledge.  The perfectly round hole is about 30 feet up on a
dying limb of the tree.  Today, before I took off on my bike, I heard a
Pileated(?) woodpecker calling in the tree of the nest.  It called for
about a minute, then flew off, and has not been calling from here for
months. I couldn't help but think the bird was coming by to visit (like an
auntie) to check on the babies!  I could not make out the bird, but it was
large, mostly black and surprisingly close to the nest cavity (about five
feet, maybe less).  I do not think this was an accident as I have not heard
the Pileated or the Red-bellied for several months.  I later read that
Hairy woodpeckers sometimes follow Pileated woodpeckers to eat the bugs
they miss, but no mention was made of the other way around.

Shortly thereafter, four blocks from my house near the corner of Yates and
Cayuga, while I was on my bike, a black and white bird undulated in front
of me and landed in a small tree near me.  I stopped to watch and saw it
was a Hairy.  Since it was so close to my house, I suspect it was likely
the female I have been watching all week, and that she was foraging for
insects for her babies.  It then went from its perch to the rooftops and
looked in gutters and peaked in several holes of uncaulked crevices of
houses.  The male called from down the street, and the female responded.
It looked like she had a "routine" path, as if she knew where the insect
"hiding hotspots" were.  Why do I say this?  Because it would fly directly
to a gutter corner, then zig zag backwards to a crevice, then up to a roof,
look under a loose shingle, then without hesitation bolt between two houses
to the tree behind.  The bird appeared to "know" where she was going as she
promptly left for the next spot if no bug or spider was found.  Very cool!
Kind of like how squirrels "remember" where they hide their nuts (and my
stolen unripe peaches)?

So I am left wondering does anyone else have these kinds of
close-encounters? I was on my way to the library, minding my own business,
when the Hairy flew a few feet in front of me, at eye level, and landed in
a young tree.  What kind of coincidence is this? What are the chances that
a Hairy would pass me as I was biking???  That's almost as crazy as the
time I felt the tail wind of a Sharp-shinned Hawk swoop up and over my
helmet as I was on my bike at Newman Golf Course and it was hunting a flock
of Mourning Doves (or were they sparrows?).  It came out of no where and
suddenly swooped up behind, over, and in front of me while I was peddling
hard.  Both of these incidents were so close I could have easily collided
into these bird(s) with only a mili-second in time difference.
Coincidence???  Clearly, they are agile and highly skilled flyers who know
their abilities and can out-maneuver me; but why did they choose to go in
front of me instead of wait until I passed by?  I have my theories,
wondering what others think or have experienced.

Regardless, the entire experience helped me better understand why the
parents can be gone for 15-20 minutes at a time before returning to the
nest to feed the noisy nestlings!  Also, I have even greater appreciation
for birds, especially those who reduce the number of spiders and bugs on
our houses!

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[cayugabirds-l] Grackle and Fish Crow(?) Observation

2017-06-07 Thread Sandy Wold
Yesterday, while working in my garden in downtown Ithaca, I noticed out of
the corner of my eye a black bird fly into the Norway Maple.  I assumed it
was a grackle as they are nesting in the tree (and had a fledgling recently
land in the street).  A Fed Ex guy stopped last week to relocate it to the
grass.  Anyway, I then heard a loud scuffle in the tree, looked up, saw a
larger-than-grackle sized bird bolt out with something in its mouth.  My
first thought was, "crow took a chick!"  Then about eight grackles chased
after the crow scolding it up and over the towering Sugar Maple nearby.  I
did not have my binoculars, but the object in the crow's mouth appeared to
be about walnut-size or avocado-pit-size and black.  The object was
predominantly round in and ball-shape, but I could kind of make out a large
head and tiny body with damp feathers as the chase zipped by me in all of
about two seconds before the crow and object were out of my view.

After the excitement, or trauma, depending on your perspective, I guessed
it was a Fish Crow on the grounds that
1.  they have been the dominant crow call I've heard in my neighborhood
this spring
2.  it almost passed for a grackle based on size (so smaller than American
Crow)
3.  I heard a Fish Crow call about thirty minutes later and no American
Crows all day.  Last year, American Crow was the dominant crow call I heard.

I found many things interesting about this observation.
1.  It appears there is a colony in this tree, and this is the first time I
observed a visible count of what appeared to be an entire colony defense
system.  There was silence in the tree as the chase ensued.  Did any stay
behind?  This flying after a crow is different than watching a robin or
sparrow fly into the tree and just get scolded (not chased)...where I could
only hear but not visibly count.
2.  The crow flew in as if it "knew" exactly what it wanted, where to go,
and how it would leave.  The entire theft took about five seconds from
start to flight over maple.  I've heard it calling all spring from within a
block of my house.  So it probably has been "watching" grackles to figure
out where it nestsa bit creepy.  Yes, so intelligent, as we know!!!
3.  I usually hear the Fish Crows dominate about five blocks in another
direction, and have never seen grackles nest in my yard.  So I think this
explains why a bird would want to change nest locations every year.  And
has anyone ever speculated why the Osprey at the inlet at the Newman Golf
Course stopped building its nest?  Great Horned Owl?  Did the GHO nest
again nearby?
4.  I have since noticed one grackle "standing on guard" perched on a phone
wire looking directly at the nesting tree.  I never thought about it
before, but after this incident, I think that is what it may be doing.
5.  I did see a grackle once dash into the nesting tree like a lightening
bolt when a robin entered.  Robin left promptly but lagged for a moment.

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[cayugabirds-l] Hog Island carpool?

2017-06-05 Thread Sandy Wold
Is anyone going to Hog Island to work at the upcoming workshop starting
this Sunday and would like to carpool?  If so, please contact me.  Thank
you.
Sandy

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[cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?

2017-05-25 Thread Sandy Wold
Hi Melanie,
I share your challenge, and often bird in the early evening. My typos and
word jumble mistakes posted on this list I attribute to a year of sleep
deprivation. You might really enjoy the path along the inlet in Renwick
Woods (closer to the "stone" arch entrance near the RR tracks).  There I
hear reliable Wood Thrush, Oven Bird, Yellow Warbler, and many other
incredible sounds in the last 2-3 hours of the day!!!  Mosquitoes were
merciless, be prepared!

I was there yesterday around 6pm, all of these birds were there, and I am
99% sure I had a Wilson's Warbler!  It was backlit and high up in the tree
tops, so I could not be sure.  I saw the underside of the tail which was
white/light gray with darker gray tips.  Its call matched the recording and
responded to it; and I heard the same song at Fuertes Bird Sanctuary the
week before.
Happy bird listening!
Sandy

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[cayugabirds-l] Lab of O and Fuertes Highlights

2017-05-16 Thread Sandy Wold
Lab of O. main trail and Fuertes Bird Sanctuary (both = *)
Canada Warbler
Yellow Warbler*
Yellow-rumped Warbler*
Baltimore Orioles*
Warbling Vireo*
Blue-winged Vireo (Fuertes only)
As I was admiring the shiny blue iridescent heads of two grackles, one of
them pecked a Bull Frog in the butt and harassed it for a few more moments
after it jumped into the water.  It then went back to flipping the leaves
and bark as it and a friend went along foraging along fallen logs in a
swampy part of the pond.  I had no idea birds might have a sense of humor!
Maybe more likely to be seen when food is abundant and weather is nice.  :)
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[cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird tongue video 2011

2017-05-11 Thread Sandy Wold
https://www.wired.com/2011/05/hummingbird-tongue-drinking/

I did not know the hummingbird tongue splits/operates like this!  Did
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[cayugabirds-l] Chickadee Drive-by (Part II): Nest material feedback received

2017-04-25 Thread Sandy Wold
Feedback received from recent posting:

--do *not* put out string; entanglement issues reported
--stuff nesting material into mesh bag, grapevine ball, suet cage, tree
cavity,...
--if you read the allaboutbirds link (posted again below), note the
discussion at the very end.  It reveals potential problems reported with
providing string, human hair, animal hair, colorful fabrics/pile, dryer
lint,...  best solution sounds like learning what in your garden they like
for nesting, encourage that to grow, and set aside in a pile for birds
--let the garden "go" wild in fall through late spring if you can
--be mindful when "spring cleaning in the garden" (e.g. set aside pine
needles, plant fluff like milkweed,...)

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/providing-nest-material-for-birds-dos-donts/

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[cayugabirds-l] Chickadee Drive-by

2017-04-25 Thread Sandy Wold
Yesterday, while sitting with a friend in the warm sunshine, having dinner
on the patio, and admiring the many birds calling and coming to the feeder,
a chickadee landed on the thistle feeder.  Maybe they always land with
aggression, but this time it seemed to be a "don't mess with me" grip.
Maybe I read too much into things, but just then it came full speed, like a
bullet, right toward us, between us, under the table umbrella, about two
inches from my head, and headed up to the Norway Maple nearby.  It was
close enough to make me scream (and laugh with surprise)!

I looked at my friend and said, "that was *no* accident!"  The chickadees
usually fly *over* the umbrella and up to the tree when leaving the
feeder.  As we went back to our conversation, the chickadee returned
without warning (from direction of the tree), this time even closer to my
head.  So close, I flinched, turned away to avoid impact, and heard the
wind of its path!  We laughed again, and I said, "see, that was *no*
accident!  It's after me!  What does it want?" and before I could answer
the question, it came back a third time, making me scream and duck again!
The chickadee might have been screaming too.  I don't know but would love
to have seen this on video in slow motion.

I have light blonde hair.  My friend's hair is a darker blonde.  I think it
wanted my hair, so I pulled out as much hair as I could and left some
behind before going back inside, but I'd like to know what else would be
eco to leave out as an offering?  I will look for some string today, and
thought I'd share this article about the do's and don'ts of leaving out
nesting material:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/providing-nest-material-for-birds-dos-donts/

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[cayugabirds-l] Goldfinch behavior and Fall Creek Highlights

2017-04-22 Thread Sandy Wold
Two days ago, in the early evening, when the heavens opened up and heavy
rains fell steady, cold, and dreary, I was outside and ran to seek
shelter.  As I entered my back porch, I turned around to watch the rain and
noticed several small birds fluttering in an amongst a tall and leaning
Norway Maple.  My first thought was hummingbird because they appeared so
small with the naked eye and momentarily would hover, but I knew it was too
early for them.

Turns out they were five goldfinches looking for the best spot to wait out
the storm.  Within a few moments, they settled down for the storm.  I
watched them for about thirty minutes, and I noticed the following.  One
brightly colored male took a position very close to the tree trunk.  The
position was ideal as there was a limb immediately above him that protected
him from the rain like an umbrella.  He looked quite content yet stared
intently at the female who perched about an inch or two from him.  She
looked miserable and held a steady gaze back at him.  I kept scanning the
tree and noticed others chose similar spots or spots with less rain
falling, but had to shake off water periodically. A few times, one or two
or three would take flight and settle somewhere else.  There was one moment
where the first male lunged out and pecked at the female, who I think tried
to get closer to him and get more shelter.  After that peck, she stayed put
and did not try again.

At the same time, a Chipping Sparrow caught my eye in the adjacent
crabapple tree.  He also found an amazing shelter spot, similar to the
first male goldfinch I described (but better):  in a nook where two limbs
were close together, one on top of the other, creating a nook and a
shelter.  This sparrow stayed put through out the storm, rhythmically
looking left and right, and center.  I did not see any other sparrows in
that tree until the rain lightened up.  When the rain slowed down, there
was movement in both trees.

Other bird highlights in my yard I've seen/heard in past few days
(*photographed):
--at or below the feeder or in my garden:  Golden-winged Warbler* (yes!),
 Chipping Sparrows*, White-crowned Sparrows*, doves, grackles, juncoes,...
--passersby heard/nearby: kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, bluebird
--heard in higher tree tops of mature trees: titmouse, cardinal,
chickadees, ...
--missing for months:  Pileated, Downy, and Hairy woodpeckers

I am so grateful for this birding community.  My life is so much more rich
because of it.  Thank you.

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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Highlights

2017-04-22 Thread Sandy Wold
Yesterday around 7pm, I saw three sandpipers on the rocky shore of Fall
Creek near the Cascadilla Boat house.  I think they were juvenile Spotted
Sandpipers:  bobbing tails, pink/orange bills with a dark tip on the bill,
thrush-like markings on the upper breast, soft peeping calls, flew off
toward Jetty Woods.  Last year, they hung out on the jetty where the
concrete pebbles are loose.

After that, I watched the 154+ cormorants settling in for the night on the
top of the sycamores over at Jetty woods; I couldn't help but be curious
how a handful of them would suddenly leave their roost, bolting upstream
high above the creek, and then make a sharp u-turn near the bridges, and
then glide back to the roost.  Then another handful would leave and do the
same thing.  This went on for about twenty minutes, and I wondered if it
was just juveniles who did this; but then all of a sudden, the entire tree
load of cormorants (about 116, leaving the dead one which is still in the
tree) took off and did the exact same thing as the previous cormorants.  It
seemed to me that they were enjoying the fun of flying as fast as they
could with the wind (upstream) and then gliding back on the wind.

I couldn't help by see how much that was a bit like the fun that can be had
when kayaking white water, but in reverse:  paddle as hard as you can
against the current, then make a sharp u-turn, and go as fast as you can
with the current.  Or even a bike:  peddle hard up a long windy road, then
coast as fast as you can down the other side.

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[cayugabirds-l] Dead Cormorant in Tree at Jetty Woods

2017-04-15 Thread Sandy Wold
Yesterday early evening at Jetty Woods, after I picked up a few handfuls of
styrofoam cup aquatic debris deposited after recent flooding, I noticed the
entire herd of cormorants were back, and one was dangling from a tree.  The
others went about perching normally in the tree. Bald-headed Eagle?

This bird had what looked to me like breeding plumage (black tufts on top
of head).  I could not see any orange and not sure if that was because of
the angle.  Do birds lose their color after death?  If so, how long is it
before the color starts to diminish?
Sandy

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[cayugabirds-l] DIY Bird Saver for Window Treatment

2017-03-20 Thread Sandy Wold
Thanks for recent posts.  Looks like American Bird Conservancy also offers
tips on how to make your own "Acopian Bird Saver"
https://www.birdsavers.com/ (click "Make Your Own")
or go here:
https://www.birdsavers.com/buildyourown.html

They look nice on the bigger windows and look easy to make.

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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park / Fall Creek Highlights

2017-03-19 Thread Sandy Wold
Today, I heard a bluebird in a Sugar Maple outside my window in Fall Creek,
first time!.  I usually see them around Boynton Middle School in years
past, and today I saw a pair today down near the inlet near the fire
practice area with two finches that had a rosy blush on the chest.  They
left before I could get my binoculars on them.

At the Fuertes Sanctuary, I came across a Red-tailed Hawk resting on a log
near the water.  Looked like it had just eaten given blood stains around
its mouth.  I could not see perfectly without a scope, but from the black
and white markings, size, and shapes, it looked like there were many Hooded
Mergansers and possibly four Buffleheads.

Could hear lots of starlings and blackbirds along the inlet, mourning
doves.  I'm finding I am getting lazy when I hear a bird I know the call
of.  I don't even bother to pick up my binoculars any more.  I guess I
should because there might be other species mixed in.  Gorgeous day
nonetheless, hope everyone got to get out or will get out soon!

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[cayugabirds-l] Downy woodpecker behavior question

2017-03-09 Thread Sandy Wold
I've been meaning to post this for a few months.  I noticed a female downy
at my feeder about six weeks ago who did not move for about 25 minutes.  I
was super busy that day going in and out of the kitchen, and after about
two or three minutes, noted she had never moved her position. Usually, she
does not stay for more than a few minutes, but this day she was so still
that I could see her inner eye cover things blink over her eyes.  A few
times she moved her eyes to look, but stiller than still.  I tried to see
what it was she was looking at but saw no hawks...later, I remembered
hearing American crows coming from the direction of the tree she was
looking up at, and they were calling the entire time.  So I am wondering if
anyone has ever seen a crow go after a downy

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[cayugabirds-l] Pixar Short Film on Sandpiper

2017-02-13 Thread Sandy Wold
Enjoy!!!
https://vimeo.com/199896284

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[cayugabirds-l] Travel Vest for Sale

2017-02-04 Thread Sandy Wold
Brand new, did not use for a trip I went on.  Paid $73, would love to get
$65price has increased, almost double, since I bought it last year!
Says, women's large, and it could pass for unisex.  Sizing info on one of
the photos on this link:

SCOTTeVEST Women's RFID Travel Vest, Gray, Large



https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MTZBFH6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8=1

I can bring to next CBC meetingle'me know!

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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Highlights

2017-01-29 Thread Sandy Wold
I walked through the woods along Fall Creek to the Boat House and along the
shore of Stewart Park.  I saw Common Mergansers and heard a kingfisher
along the creek.  I saw two cormorants out on a log, far out; and then what
I thought might have been two grebes, but they were dabbling far out.  They
came closer, and I could see dark markings as a cap and eyeline, body brown
like a female mallard, tail had black on the upper side, legs orange, lower
mandible yellow.  I'm still not sure what they were.  any suggestions?
juvenile BLACK DUCKS?

There were many geese and gulls, as usual.  Then I had a nice surprise: two
swans very close to shore, bathing, then standing.  They were twice as big
as the Canada geese nearby.  I could not see any yellow lore and their
heads/necks/wings looked very dirty, so I'm thinking juvenile TRUMPETER
SWANS?  If anyone can verify or correct me, that would be great!  Thanks.

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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Highlights Today

2016-07-16 Thread Sandy Wold
Today, Ann Mitchell and I assisted this morning's Lab of O's Bird Sleuth
Summer Educator Retreat bird walk in Stewart Park (7-8:30am).  Participants
included a middle school teacher from Los Angeles who teaches an eighth
grade ornithology elective for 80 students in addition to a birding section
in her 7th grade science class.  Her district supports her in offering this
class, and she got a grant to buy binoculars for the class!  They go out
once a week to bird and four days are spent in class.  She was very excited
to get 23 new life birds on this outing. There were also two Peruvian
Amazonian tour guides among many educators.

It was a gorgeous morning and very bird active along the shore.   Jody
simultaneously met another group out at Cass Park.   Highlights included:
 three Green Herons flying from the Swan Pond and then from willow to
willow down the shoreline and back around to the pond.  They
"chirped/squawked" loudly within the trees.  I don't remember seeing these
guys last year, and I am wondering if they are part of the migration Dave
Nutter announced?

Last year, I recall the American Bittern was hanging out in this pond for
most of the summer. Did it return?

Other highlights for participants:  Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow Warbler,
female or immature Hooded Merganser hanging out with 4 Mallards, Northern
Flicker adult and immature, Fish Crows and American Crows calling, Wood
Frog calling, Cedar Waxwing, DC Cormorants, GB Gull, highly cooperative
Kingfishers, female Wood Duck, 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds, Osprey, kingbirds
begging and being fed by a parent at the pond, ...  I think Jody said we
got about 46 species today compiled.

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[cayugabirds-l] Perennial Bird Garden, pre-Fall Creek Garden Tour, Sunday, July 10

2016-07-05 Thread Sandy Wold
On Sunday, July 10, 11-3, is the annual Fall Creek garden tour, pick up
maps at Thompson Park.  I am not on this list but am opening my perennial
bird garden from 8-11am that same day.  I live downtown on the border of
Renwick Woods, Fall Creek, and Newman Golf Course and have over 30 species
of birds that either visit or fly by from the inlet to the lake/creek (e.g.
kingfisher, Screech Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey, starlings, grackles,
killdeer, gulls, vultures,...).  .  I know this is nothing compared to the
65+ species some people get out in the countryside, but if you are
interested in urban birding, maybe you might like to visit my garden?

Regular backyard/neighborhood birds include: doves, two species of finches,
chickadees, cardinals, woodpeckers, juncoes, nuthatches, Tufted Titmouse,
Baltimore Oriole, Blue Jays, two species of wren, four species of sparrow,
juncoes, robins, hummingbird, ...  Higher in the canopy yard birds include:
Merlin, Northern Parula, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglets...and
I painted a bird mural on the front porch to honor them!

Mature maples surrounding the house and a crabapple help lure the birds
nearby, but some of them really like the seeds/ flowers and berries I am
growingand because I don't mulch all of my garden, many (dove, robin,
wren, juncoes, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow,...) like to
peck at the soil.  I just planted native serviceberries, dogwood, and
chokecherry.   Please RSVP, and I'll send you my address.  Children welcome.

Good birding!


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[cayugabirds-l] Jetty Woods Highlights

2016-06-22 Thread Sandy Wold
Sorry to hear that the merlin nests did not do well this year.  Today, I
was happy to see a baby oriole pop its head then full body launched out
suddenly and perch on the top of the nest ..or possibly its sibling's head?
  The nest is extremely well concealed.  I only noticed because mom and dad
had been feeding them.

The nestling flicked its wings and preened a bit, looked around for the
longest time, then returned deep into its nest, which silenced the
squawking sibling.  The nest is hanging well hidden over the gravel road
that goes to Jetty Woods, near the utility building

I am also seeing baby robins everywhere, saw a baby song sparrow trying to
sing and sounding hoarse, and hearing the wren nest next door go crazy ever
15 minutes.  Momma Wood Duck and her five ducklings paddled around the
light house, goslings are looking huge!  Is this the second round of
hatchlings?

The wild flowers blooming on and around the base of the jetty are
absolutely stunning and magnificent right now.  Other highlights:  Eastern
Kingbird, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Catbirds, Osprey with fish in
air, many swallows,...

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[cayugabirds-l] Close Encounter Mystery Bird

2016-06-21 Thread Sandy Wold
Yesterday, late in the sweltering heat of late afternoon, when I was
watering a plant in my garden, a bird flew from behind me and landed about
a foot from my feet.  Without hesitation, it promptly stepped in to drink
voraciously.  I thought it was going to open its mouth to let water pour
in, it was that close; but drank from the ground instead.  The soil was
gravely, so the water puddled for only a second before the ground soaked it
up.  We watched for the water pool again, and it drank again. This lasted
for all of about a minute because the water I had left was very little.  So
interesting that it chose to drink next to a human in my small yard
downtown rather than go to the creek two blocks away!  I guess my garden is
pretty sweet.

As it stood there, I could not for the life of me identify it!...  size of
a starling, maybe a bit bigger, mostly a dull black all over with brown
under the wing (sweat spot) and underside.  The slope of the head and bill
were low, that of a Red-winged Blackbird.  I could have sworn I was looking
at yellow lore spots, and this really through me off...everything matches a
female Grackle, except the yellow lores.  any ideas?  was I hallucinating
in the heat?

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[cayugabirds-l] Audubon double-elephant exhibit today, 10:30-4?

2016-06-11 Thread Sandy Wold
Sorry for late posting.  I think today is the "open house" for the Cornell
Rare Manuscript Library's Audubon double-elephant prints, 10:30-4pm.


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[cayugabirds-l] Bird Attractor Native Tree Info Satisfied- No more needed, Thank you!

2016-06-05 Thread Sandy Wold


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird attractor tree recommendations UPDATE

2016-06-05 Thread Sandy Wold
Thanks for all of the great advice everyone!  I just have time and room in
my small yard for two trees!  I mainly wanted a short list of trees to give
to the City and unfortunately don't have time to read the great readings
out there.


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On Sun, Jun 5, 2016 at 6:48 AM, Diane Morton <dianegmor...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Sandy,
>
> Another book that is very good for helping to decide which trees and
> shrubs to plant for birds is
>
> The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds: Creating Natural Habitats
> for Properties Large and Small
>  by our own Stephen Kress.
>
> It had a broad scope, so only parts of the book pertain to a city yard in
> the northeast, but the lists within the book are useful.
>
> I am considering planting a Hawthorn, especially given how many migrating
> warblers seem to like the insects that come to these trees at the Hawthorn
> orchard.  But we may also go with Serviceberry.
>
> Diane
>
>
>
>
>
> On Sat, Jun 4, 2016 at 10:17 PM, Sandy Wold <sandra.w...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Update:  I have received two recommendations for native trees that will
>> attract birds...would love to have more to add to a list to possibly give
>> to the City of Ithaca forester and nurseries..., not sure if she has a list
>> or what her list is...  has the CBC ever offered a "recommended" list?
>> It's one thing to go to a nursery and buy a proclaimed "bird attractor"
>> bush or tree, but I'd prefer a list of birder-proclaimed native trees.  By
>> the way, I bought a "native butterfly bush" from a reputable nursery and
>> later learned the one I bought was considered "invasive" and controversial
>> by some.
>>
>> Here is a start:
>>
>> Serviceberry, *Amelancier arborea*, white flowers spring, orange/gold
>> fall, 30 ft. after 20 years, purchased at Dickman's in Auburn
>>
>> Chokecherry Canada Red, *Prunus virginiana*, 15 ft. after 3 years,
>> purchased at Agway
>>
>>
>> Does anyone know anything about the Chanticleer Pear, *Pyrus calleryana*
>> tree? native or non-native?  It flowers and holds small fruits thru winter,
>> 25-35ft x 15-25ft
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Bird attractor tree recommendations UPDATE

2016-06-04 Thread Sandy Wold
Update:  I have received two recommendations for native trees that will
attract birds...would love to have more to add to a list to possibly give
to the City of Ithaca forester and nurseries..., not sure if she has a list
or what her list is...  has the CBC ever offered a "recommended" list?
It's one thing to go to a nursery and buy a proclaimed "bird attractor"
bush or tree, but I'd prefer a list of birder-proclaimed native trees.  By
the way, I bought a "native butterfly bush" from a reputable nursery and
later learned the one I bought was considered "invasive" and controversial
by some.

Here is a start:

Serviceberry, *Amelancier arborea*, white flowers spring, orange/gold fall,
30 ft. after 20 years, purchased at Dickman's in Auburn

Chokecherry Canada Red, *Prunus virginiana*, 15 ft. after 3 years,
purchased at Agway


Does anyone know anything about the Chanticleer Pear, *Pyrus calleryana*
tree? native or non-native?  It flowers and holds small fruits thru winter,
25-35ft x 15-25ft

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[cayugabirds-l] Bird attractor tree recommendations wanted

2016-06-04 Thread Sandy Wold
I'm looking to plant one or two trees for birds to also shade a parking
area...any suggestions?

Crab apple seems good but wondering if anyone has other suggestions as I
already have two. Anything native? with leaves smaller than a maple? not
too messy with droppings?

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[cayugabirds-l] Turtle at Sapsucker

2016-06-03 Thread Sandy Wold
Last year, I watched a 2+ foot long Snapping Turtle lay a clutch of about
five eggs on the edge of Sapsucker Woods, where the trails cross from one
side to the other and where it was sandy.  I contacted a herpatologist from
SUNY Cortland (former professor) and asked if it was a Snapping Turtle if I
should try to move it to the other side of the road where it looked like it
was going.  He said to let it be and hope for the best!  It hissed when I
came close to it anyway.


Subject: Blue-winged Warbler singing on Sapsucker Woods Rd
From: Anne Marie Johnson 
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2016 12:44:46 +
X-Message-Number: 2

There's a Blue-winged Warbler singing on Sapsucker Woods Road right across
from the visitor entrance to the Lab.

There is also a turtle digging into the dirt at the edge of the pavement on
the same side of the street as the visitor entrance, to the right of the
entrance. Is it planning to lay eggs there?!

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[cayugabirds-l] Kildeer Update, Raptors, and Mammals at Newman Golf Course

2016-05-24 Thread Sandy Wold
The skinny:  the mowers were already aware of the Kildeer nest and had it
staked off, said the babies run, but they are mindful.  The shared amazing
raptor and fox stories with me...read on!  Am in a hurry, so pardon any
future mistakes.

The long story:  Everyone at Newman was super nice and caring!  I called
the main number and talked to a Mike who thought I was a prank caller and
then passed me on to the superintendent, who is also named Mike, who said I
should come down and go in the golf cart and show him where the birds
were...in the meantime, Mike#1 walks outside and see the mowers who tell
him they already know about the Killdeer.  I arrive an hour later and talk
to Mike #1 thinking he is Mike #2.  After we sort out a lot of confusion :)
  the mower shows up, and we talk birds!

He tells us of the time he and other mowers saw a Bald Eagle coming in to
get an owlet mid air and the momma owl dive-bombing the Bald Eagle out of
nowhere sending the eagle pummling (sp?) to the ground.  another time
 (last year) he said the owl was taking two ducklings at a time up to the
nest.  Recently, he said they watched a red fox hunting geese or ducklings
and taking them back to her cubs, teaching them how to hunt.  He also said
something about trying to round up the Mallard ducklings to save them from
the owl, but the owl was faster and won.  I might be confusing a few
details here, but you can see the mowers are animal lovers, and Mike #1 is
going to be looking for the Killdeer chicks tonight when he goes golfing.
 (I showed him a video of what they look like.)

I told them about the mink.  In case I was not clear in my last report, it
was a mink I saw on the inlet near the docks transporting a kit in her
mouth.  They had another story about an osprey and four foot long carp
story...which took me to my osprey story where I saw one hunting in the
inlet last year.  It landed on the water as if to bring up a fish, it
struggle to lift off, then it was gone with bubbles coming up.  I have
since seen similar bubble where it is a beaver...so I really don't know
what I saw; it is still a mystery.  Mike #1, who is a local fisherman, said
a large Pike could have done that.

So, that's the news from Newman Golf Course!!!
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[cayugabirds-l] Jetty Woods Bird and Mammalian Highlights

2016-05-19 Thread Sandy Wold
I walked Renwick Woods, across the golf course, through Jetty woods and
looped around the golf course to the bird feeder at the marina.

The forest seemed especially vibrant, busy, joyfully noisy, and alive this
morning:  starlings and grackles in and out of holes in trees, Common
Mergansers dashing here, there, everywhere over water, through the forest,
pausing in a tree(?)  It was rush hour for birding parents.  Many
flycatchers, warblers, vireos.  Such a contrast to winter.

I got close views and long serenade this morning by a WOOD THRUSH in
Renwick Woods.  As I walked across the golf course, I saw 2 then 3 adult
KILLDEER and 3 baby chicks.  I was concerned because the mower was out and
then the golf carts.  Should the bird club ask them to slow down or hold
off during 5/14-20?  I found half of an egg shell on 5/14 in the taller
grass.  It was all white with black splotches, like a sea bird.  Now, I
realize it was a Kildeer egg.  The shell was gone today.  But there was
another half egg shell today in the tall grass: very small, a bit smaller
than a robin egg, and all white.

In Jetty Woods;  the owlets were back, three SPOTTED SANDPIPERS on the
jetty again.  They let me get within five feet of them.  On the way back
out of the woods, I saw a RED FOX lurking behind a fallen tree on the
bank.  As I move onward, I heard chirping and turned around.  It was a
female HUMMER.  She grabbed some of the old nest in a tree and hummed off.
The nest she visited was a very small nest that was dangling from a tree
(reusing?).

On the way back on the inlet side of the golf course, I caught a glimpse of
a sleek black mammal carrying a kit in its mouth.  My first thought was
MINK, then fisher, then marten.  And then I started to doubt myself and
thought strange stray cat?  As I paused, it came back out of its den on the
bank and under the willow and just stared at me.  It must have been mammal
day because a moment later I noticed a GROUND HOG watching me and then a
CHIPMUNK ran by!

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[cayugabirds-l] Jetty Woods Update - GH Owls fledged?

2016-05-14 Thread Sandy Wold
I saw the mother and two babies Wednesday, thanks to Jay and Livia being
there at the time.  The huge steel plate on the trail is a good marker for
where to stop and look east to the farthest and tallest tree.  I went back
yesterday around 7pm, and they were in the same tree.  Sarah Blodgett
showed up, and we watched.  One just sat, the other hopped around, took a
short flight from one branch to another, toddled for a bit, sat, toddled
like a toddler, then took off suddenly.  It might have been their first
flight, and it was so exciting!   I took several photos, but not sure yet
how good they are.

Diane and Ken showed up shortly thereafter, and we tried to find them
again, but no luck.

Other birds seen in the area:  redstarts, Yellow Warblers, 3+ Common Terns
(far out on the logs spotted by Ken), Great Blue Heron, Song Sparrow, Barn
Swallow, Tree Swallow, cormorants, catbirds, Wood Thrush (calling), Wood
Ducks,...  On Wednesday I also saw four male Brown-headed Cowbirds and one
female, two Yellow-rumped Warblers, and possibly a vireo (white eye ring,
bluish back, white underside, warbler-size/behavior).  There is a nesting
Canada Goose on the jetty at the entrance to the jetty, papa goose will let
you know!

I've been picking up garbage around the place and piling it up near the
City building at the end of the jetty.  I called Streets & Facilities to
pick up.  If they don't pick up by next Friday, could someone else give
them a call?

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[cayugabirds-l] Warblers at Stewart Park - correction

2016-04-24 Thread Sandy Wold
I meant to say I saw four Bufflehead today (not Hooded Mergansers)...one
male was displaying and three females.

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[cayugabirds-l] Warblers at Stewart Park!

2016-04-24 Thread Sandy Wold
I walked through Renwick Woods today and saw a warbler up high in a tree
with yellow belly and black streaks, but forgot the facial markings when I
saw the stunning Yellow-rumped Warbler later at Fuertes.  It might have
been a Magnolia Warbler, but I am not sure.  Renwick was loaded with
robins, starlings, grackles, a few ducks (Mallards?), and one Red-winged
Blackbird.  There was also a Red-bellied Woodpecker, a Northern Flicker,
and a Downy Woodpecker.

Along the inlet were many geese, and a pair with four goslings!  Isn't it
early for goslings???   They looked to be a few weeks old.  The tribe of
cormorants is back (about 37 in the trees at Jetty Woods and another 20+
out on in the water.  As I walked into Fuertes, I was greeted by a
Yellow-rumped Warbler with stunning blue slate, black, yellow, and white
colors in the shrubs and gave me close views with lots of calling.  I
thought there were four of them, but heard only one calling and figured
that there were only two circling around me.  A Song Sparrow was up high,
and I flushed out two small shorebirds.  They were smaller than killdeer,
not calling, and had one white stripe on the wings and no strong markings
otherwise.

Lastly, there were 4 Hooded Mergansers, one male displaying vigorously and
3 female.  On the way home, I heard the kingfisher zip by, heard and saw
six swifts hunting furiously and high over Fall Creek and what I think
might have been one Bank Swallow (lightness under the chin).

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[cayugabirds-l] Fish Crows, Bat, and White-throated Sparrow

2016-04-18 Thread Sandy Wold
I'm behind in reporting:
Last Thursday, I saw ten Fish Crows flying over Fall Creek toward
Cascadilla gorge.  All were calling; that is how I know.

Sunday, I saw a small bat hunting for insects around 5pm at Ithaca Falls.

Yesterday, I think I had a Chipping Sparrow fly into my garden then up to
my feeder:  white throat, black eyeline, rufous head, two wing bars, grey
above the black eyeline.   House Finches seem to be hanging around more
than in past.

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[cayugabirds-l] Audubon: The Film... needs 9 more to make happen, by 3/10, 7pm

2016-03-09 Thread Sandy Wold
Jae, If you used the link Marc sent out, check your spam folder.  I got
email notification within a minute.  Also, I think they (Tugg ticket
reservation platform) are holding tickets and charging after the magic
number is reached, then they will send email notification of how to pick up
tickets.  I think they will let you choose if you want to print out,
electronic, or Cinnemapolis will hold at the door for you.  If that doesn't
solve it, I'd call Cinemapolis to see if they can look up and see if your
reservation went through!  Glad you are going!

51 signed up, 9 MORE NEEDED to make this event happen!
https://www.tugg.com/events/92425?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews_campaign=970fbb23c1-Sapsucker_Woods_Events_Feb2016_medium=email_term=0_47588b5758-970fbb23c1-277945065






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> Who is handling the reservations?
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> I signed up for two tickets but did not receive a confirmation...?
>
> I was told that I would receive one.
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> Jae
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> Reserve your ticket by tomorrow, March 10, 7pm.  We need at least 16 more
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> and won't charge unless the event is happening.  I forwarded and invited
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[cayugabirds-l] Audubon: The Film... needs 16 more to make happen, by 3/10, 7pm

2016-03-09 Thread Sandy Wold
Reserve your ticket by tomorrow, March 10, 7pm.  We need at least 16 more
to do this or the film will be canceled!  They take your credit card info
and won't charge unless the event is happening.  I forwarded and invited
friends via Facebook.

P.S.  I really want to go see the originals of his work up in the Rare
Manuscripts at Cornell.  Anyone have tips or want to join me, let me know.

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[cayugabirds-l] Silent Fireworks for City of Ithaca and campuses?

2016-03-09 Thread Sandy Wold
Would anyone support asking our City/town and local colleges to go with
silent fireworks such as in this town in Italy?

http://travel.excite.co.uk/town-in-italy-starts-using-silent-fireworks-as-a-way-of-respecting-their-animals-N52632.html?utm_source=fb_medium=ed_campaign=Facebook%3A+ExciteUK


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[cayugabirds-l] Audubon: The Film... needs 16 more to make happen

2016-03-09 Thread Sandy Wold
Thanks for posting, Marc!   I reserved a ticket, and the message said
sixteen more were needed today(?) to make the film happen!  Unless I
misunderstood...I don't see why we could not make this happen.  The preview
looks wonderful!

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[cayugabirds-l] Northern Parula at IHS? mystery partly solved

2016-03-08 Thread Sandy Wold
Thanks to all who wrote trying to help me solve this mystery and to Dave
Nutter who went out this morning to help me identify one of the two calls.
We walked on both sides of the creek south of Ithaca High, and it was
loaded with birds!  The monotonic warble call was indeed a Dark-eyed Junco!

http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/169037

The zipper-like call, which we did not hear today, was suggested by Asher
to possibly be a Tufted Titmouse if it had a sound like a plastic comb
being pulled along a hard edge.  I could not find a Tufted Titmouse
recording that matched in the Macauly Library.  I could not go through all
100 Pine Siskin calls in the library, but the few I went through were not
what I think I heard.

Learning to bird by ear is hard work!

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Northern Parula at IHS?

2016-03-07 Thread Sandy Wold
Several people have written to suggest I heard a Pine Siskin, and I
listened to all four recordings on the Macaulay Library, and none match.
What I heard matches Northern Parula (first place) and Pine Warbler (second
place)I"ll try to record on my phone next time.


On Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 3:19 PM, Sandy  wrote:

> I know it's early for a parula. Have there been any reports?  But I think
> I heard a parula (FOY) calling from up high In a pine tree on the west side
> of the high school close to the creek today about 10AM. There were two
> sounds. First one was a pulsing cricket or cicada-like sound, second one a
> long-stretched out and higher pitched zipper-like sound.
>
> I heard similar sounds nearby in my neighborhood nearby last year all
> spring!  And I could not figure it out until fall when a parula was
> confirmed!
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> Sent from my iPhone

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[cayugabirds-l] Texas Hollow Highlights

2016-02-28 Thread Sandy Wold
I spent four hours hiking the Texas Hollow Finger Lakes Trail with a
friend.  I know this is outside of the Cayuga Basin, but I hope it's OK to
post anyway.  Here are the highlights:

Driving 227 to Perry City
I know this is probably way too early for swallows, but I could have sworn
I saw a Barn Swallow swoop down into a marshy ditch and then up again out
to through the corn field.  I saw pointy forked tail and flash of rusty
brown chest and white belly.  On the way back, in almost the same area, I
saw one lone male Horned Lark in the corn field.

On the way to TX Hollow, I saw a large raptor circle around and dive-bomb
down.  The behavior reminded me of the territorial behavior of a Golden
Eagle, but it was too far away and backlit for me to verify.

Throughout the hike, I heard high-pitched "sip-sip" sounds high in the
scotch pine and hemlock tree tops, wherever evergreen clusters were found.
I am pretty sure it was a Golden-crowned Kinglet, so that is a first for
me!  I saw a large black eye and black stripe on the crown, but no color
showing.  Lastly, I think I heard a Red-breasted Nuthatch, which would be
another first if it was indeed one.  It sounded similar to the
White-breasted Nuthatch but different and almost matched the Lab of O
recording.

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[cayugabirds-l] Seeking birdwatching books and tips for CR and SPAIN

2016-02-27 Thread Sandy Wold
I am planning trips to Costa Rica and Andalusia region of Spain.  If anyone
has any books/maps they are willing to pass on, loan, or sell, please let
me know. Also, any tips for birding "don't miss" sites, I'd greatly
appreciate!. I am especially interested in learning about endemic species.
I plan to blog, map, and illustrate my trips and interact with classrooms.
If anyone knows anyone who might want to help me or collaborate, please
feel free to pass this email on or let me know.  I will be reaching out to
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[cayugabirds-l] Rough-legged Hawk

2016-02-17 Thread Sandy Wold
Seen flying over Wegmans parking lot 3:30pm flying east.  I reported one a
few months ago in this area, slightly south of Wegmans and flying in the
same direction.

There was a second hawk sitting in a tree nearby the inlet, where I was
standing.  It sat with its back to me, and I could not make out what it
was.  It had a very dark back with a small gold patch on each shoulder, and
it was Red-tailed Hawk-size.

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[cayugabirds-l] Spring calls in Fall Creek

2016-02-02 Thread Sandy Wold
A glorious chorus this morning: Carolina Wrens are back in my back yard
after having been away for several months, calling incessantly since 8am.
I heard one calling at a certain pitch and then it shifted to a half or
whole-note higher while the other one listened.  It made a second call too,
which was a very different rhythm.  Chickadees chasing each other and doing
the tee-hoo sound. Several robins calling and chasing each other.  Large
flock, about 10 juncos. Jays and cardinals have also returned to my
backyard after having been gone for about a month or so.  All of these
birds usually are daily birds among others in warmer seasons, but they do
go away for several weeks at a time in winter, and it is always such a
treat when they return!  I had grackles here two years ago for months
November 2014, not seen since.

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[cayugabirds-l] Hold on to your hats! Agressive Sharp-shinned at Newman Golf Course?

2016-01-31 Thread Sandy Wold
I just had an interesting experience.  It was dusk, about 5:30pm, and I was
sprinting home on my bike from Stewart Park with a friend passing by the
Golf Course where I was dive-bombed by a falcon-shaped bird.  It was quite
thrilling as I felt it come behind me and swoop over my off-white knit
hat!  Was it checking out my fibers  Seconds before, three
sparrow-sized birds swooped close in front of me from my left and over my
right shoulder (I was pedaling fast at the time).  As the sparrow-sized
birds passed on, I heard Mourning Doves dashing all around.  It was too
dusky to identify anything other than the doves who were all around and
scuffling with each other for who was going to get which tree.  I could
hear their wing beats and see silhouettes:

We followed the predator bird into a tall dense evergreen and waited.  The
person with me, riding behind me, said she saw the predator bird scuffle
with a smaller bird as it approached my head with the smaller bird
deferring and moving to my left.  After a few minutes at the evergreen, the
predator flew out toward me (again) and behind and circled me heading away
from me and toward a deciduous tree about 100 yards away where I was able
to see a clear silhouette.  Tail pointed straight downward when perched,
almost as long as its torso, had a straight edge on its perching tail,
definitely saw a hawk-like bill shape.  When it flew, I saw falcon-points.
The person with me saw white on the underside...It flew from this last tree
to a bramble clump in the middle of the golf course.  We walked all around
the dense bramble and could not find the bird. Any ideas?  My first choice
is Sharp-shinned Hawk for tail length and silhouette, but perigrine for
flight shape.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Recent highlights -- Newman Golf Course, lake, Plantations

2016-01-31 Thread Sandy Wold
Thanks for posting and sharing, Mark.

As much as I would like to think birds like me as much as I like them, and
hence they want to get as close to me as possible, now I see this was a
hectic survival moment I biked into.  I was laughing by the surprise of it
all, but now I see the birds were freaking out (no laughable).  The doves
were flying like bullets into the evergreens.  It felt like the hawk was
intentional with its contact with me, but now I think I was just in its way
and that it was super hungry!  Now it all makes sense that as my friend and
I waited at the evergreen, there was a scuffle after a few minutes and a
mourning dove came bolting out, faster than I've ever saw one fly!  It shot
right into another evergreen, and the hawk came out shortly thereafter (not
immediately), and probably flipping me a birdie.  And that is when I got
the view of it flying away from me (again) and then seeing its silhouette
in a tree.   Given it was probably super hungry, I'll think twice before I
track an "aggressive" hawk as I might be interfering with its survival. (I
hope it will be OK.)

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[cayugabirds-l] Bluebird downtown Ithaca

2016-01-30 Thread Sandy Wold
Early afternoon yesterday, I had to do a triple-take when I heard and then
saw a bluebird out the window in a tree around the back side of Boynton
Middle School!  It was hanging out with chickadees and juncos who all
seemed interested in a bramble patch and/or tall grasses in a gully there.

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[cayugabirds-l] Syracuse pelican autopsy results

2016-01-30 Thread Sandy Wold
Syracuse journalists did a great job and followed up with the DEC.  Here
are the sad results.  http://s.syracuse.com/YUwJ1Fb

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[cayugabirds-l] Pelican

2016-01-27 Thread Sandy Wold
Thanks for posting, Diana.  I haven't been following the pelican; was this
in Syracuse?  Can someone let us know how or why it died? who pulled it out
of the water? will professionals be involved in figuring this out?
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[cayugabirds-l] Scofield Road to Lansing Highlights

2016-01-21 Thread Sandy Wold
I took a friend with me to look for the Snow Buntings and Horned Larks on
Scofield Rd.today about 2:30pm today.  We first came upon a Rough-legged
Hawk that flew to rest in a tree near us and then off to the other side of
a field where it hovered for about ten minutes and then disappeared into or
over a hedgerow.  Then we saw about a flock of six.  At first I thought
they were Snow Buntings because I saw tan colors around the face, but then
saw black necklaces...no hornsit could have been a mixed flock.  They
did not stay long, but then we rounded the corner and found another six or
so, not sure if these were the same ones.  These ones were definitely
Horned Larks with black under the eyes, yellow under bill, and black
choker...but no horns! Maybe those develop in spring?  Pileated Woodpecker
was seen at the intersection of VanOstrand and forgot the name of this
road.  Red-tailed Hawk was in the same tree as lat year at the intersection
of 34B and forgotton road.

At Lansing Recreation Trail, we saw a Northern Harrier  hovering over a
field.  We saw the white rump, and there was a Chipping Sparrow a
hedgerow.  There were two other bird species in there, but I could not find
them.  One was tapping some wood.

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[cayugabirds-l] Too much email in your inbox? Reminder, choose the "digest" option

2016-01-10 Thread Sandy Wold
I have heard from several people that they unsubscribe from this listserv
because it can have a heavy load of email.  When I tell them about the
"digest" option, they usually do not know.  I think you have to go into
your listserv settings to set it.  Also, note that the digest usually is
sent out around 12:05AM...so you won't be able to read about the birds
being reported as promptly.  For me, it is worth it to have the digest.

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[cayugabirds-l] Thank you CBC plus Snow Geese footage

2015-12-30 Thread Sandy Wold
This was my first full year of "serious" birding thanks to an upgrade in
binoculars.  It's been a memorable year.

Highlights in the Cayuga Basin for me were:  the elusive Tufted Duck, the
American Avocet at Montezuma last winter, the Great Horned Owl and her two
chicks, the massive Snow Geese cloud landing on Cayuga Lake, all of the
local waterfowl, learning to bird my yard by ear, ..shorebirds on the
SFO NJ trip, hawk migration, seeing and hearing the Woodcock fly up/down
with Bob's SFO group, the Eastern Screech Owl on Suan's infrared camera and
later watching the tagging of a Northern Saw-whet Owl at John Confer's
house, hearing the Short-eared Owl barking on Ann's outing, Snowy Owl in
the middle of a snowy field in Interlaken with Dave Nutter, and so much
more!

Highlights from my back yard in Fall Creek:  the Red-tailed Hawk and
squirrel drama, seeing five different warblers this fall.  Osprey circling
Fall Creek daily for weeks, Kingfisher flybys at the end of every day in
summer, Merlin eating Black-capped Chickadee in Norway Maple, Eastern
Screech Owl trilling from Ithaca Falls area, Turkey Vulture flybys (way up
high), ...am still waiting for the two Red-headed Woodpeckers to return to
my feeder.

Thank you CBC officers/members who keep the club going and leaders of trips
and presenters at meetings for sharing your time, knowledge, and experience
and thank you to SFO and CLO staff.  Our lives are richer as a result! and
if we are lucky, maybe we'll inspire others to watch and advocate for
conservation.  (I'm happy to say my 21 year old daughter has the birding
bug now!)

 I finally uploaded film footage taken last March of thousands of Snow
Geese landing on Cayuga Lake.  Only a few minutes of the total thirty
minutes or so of the footage was accepted by Youtube, enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt9oSHN5_6w_comment_id=z13ihnjgkri4sphjd04cgtyhqr3sz1h4owo0k_view_type#gpluscomments

Happy New Year, and I hope to see many of you at the Christmas Bird Count
potluck!
Sandy

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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Highlights Today and Yesterday

2015-12-25 Thread Sandy Wold
I hope everyone got to go out and bird today!!!  What a gorgeous day!!!

Today, 12:15-2:15
Downy, Hairy, Red Bellied Woodpeckers at boatyard feeders at inlet
5-10 bluebirds, goldfinches, and possible Purple Finch (have a blurry
picture) in tree with tons of seeds, behind firefighter training area near
wood pile
Common Mergansers all along inlet and south shore of park
35 GBB gulls
1 Snow Goose
1 hybrid Mallard
Bufflehead flotilla
I think I heard Cedar Waxwing multiple times; other birds nearby made it
hard to be certain.

Yesterday 3:30pm- sunset
Common Mergansers (32 female, 5 male)
Bufflehead (13 female, 3 male)
2-3 GBB Gulls
Hybrid Mallard

Near sunset, a massive fish leapt out of the shallow waters.   I was able
to see its entire head and half of its torso. It leapt immediately beside a
Common Merganser raft; they did not flinch for a moment.  I would say it
was about 3x the size of a Common Merganser, so from head to tail it was
about 3+ feet long.

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[cayugabirds-l] Squirrel and Blue Jay Conflict in Crabapple Tree

2015-12-24 Thread Sandy Wold
I have a about six Blue Jays that frequent my yard in Fall Creek, one of
which has a hoarse call.  I call it Horse, for lack of a better name.  I
hadn't heard Horse for a few months but heard it yesterday and looked out
my kitchen window to see what was going on.  It was scolding a squirrel
that was eating the very last crabapples in my neighbor's tree.  This went
on for about five minutes while they took turns lunging at each other.
First, the jay lunged at the squirrel, leaping from about three or four
feet away from the squirrel in the same tree.  The squirrel consequently
leaped to another branch, seamlessly pursuing his red bounty.  After a
minute more of scolding, the squirrel suddenly took a three foot leap at
the jay who immediately took the squirrel's former spot. A few more
do-si-do's and the last of the fruit was devoured.  This was a tree that
had several hundred if not well over a thousand crabapples a few months
ago, now all gone.

It has been so much fun to watch how much life and activity one tree can
support. I've seen almost every local bird in this relatively small tree,
including a Northern Parula, who visits briefly from time to time to glean
insects in summer and fall.  Most local birds (DE Junco, Mourning Doves,
Gold Finches, White-throated Sparrow, House Sparrows, Black-capped
Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpeckers, Grackles,...) use it
as a place to perch before they prepare to approach my feeders or the
garden or to plan the trajectory for their next destination.

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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese and a magical moment in the sun

2015-12-20 Thread Sandy Wold
Today, I found myself very fortunate to be looking up just as a glorious
flock of Snow Geese flying high, so high I could not hear them, and flying
southbound.  Hundreds of geese glistened and sparkled like jewels in the
bright sun.  I savored this sight for less than two minutes, until their
angle of reflection changed.  About 200-300 individuals danced through the
sky in a loose but connected formation of V's and v's which rippled about
but stayed connected.  It was nothing less than spectacular!  Seen from
Cascadilla Gorge, Fall Creek this morning around 8:30AM.

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[cayugabirds-l] Thank you, birding community

2015-12-14 Thread Sandy Wold
Amen to Michele's message.  I feel equally grateful to the many birders who
are so generous with their time, knowledge, and resourcesand especially
when birders model precision in word choice, using "improbable" instead of
"impossible" makes such a huge difference to us less experienced birders.

Sandy

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[cayugabirds-l] Southwest Park, Ithaca

2015-12-11 Thread Sandy Wold
>From Home Depot to Fish Ladder along Buttermilk Creek around 3:15pm: many
dozens of American Starlings, dozens of DE Juncos, 3 American Crows, many
Rock Pigeons, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 male Mallard, 2 or more
White-breasted Nuthatch, many Black-capped Chickadee heard, 1 Downy
Woodpecker heard, 1 (maybe 2) Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1 possible
Rough-legged Hawk flying northward (got a decent picture with dark marks on
wrists and dark head).

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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Today

2015-11-27 Thread Sandy Wold
11-13 female and 2 male Bufflehead (constantly diving so hard to count!) on
the south east side of the park

many, many Canada Geese, Herring Gulls
5 Ring-Billed Gulls being fed bread by people at the inlet
4-5 Black-Backed Gulls
male and female Mallards
3 Turkey Vultures soaring

possible Bald Eagle (flying high and away from me, silhouette seen with
very straight T with wings and body, gliding, slight flip up at the wing
tips)

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Today - Reminder Raptor Day today 2-4pm

2015-11-21 Thread Sandy Wold
Today I took two visiting scholars, one from Lebanon and one from China to
Montezuma, and we saw the following:

MUDLOCK
2 Bald Eagles (near the nest)

VISITOR CENTER
Green-winged Teal (many)
Canada Geese (someone on staff counted 14,600 the other day!)

WILDLIFE DRIVE
Green-winged Teal (many)
1 Blue-winged Teal
Northern Pintail (many)
Gadwall (many)
6-12 Swans (too far away to identify)
Bufflehead (a few)
Scaup (many)
2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers
Large raptor (immature Bald Eagle?)
Mallards (many)
Coots (many)
Wood Duck (a few)
1 Pied Billed Grebe
1 Red-tailed Hawk

Thanks to Frank Woythal who passed on extra binoculars to me for times like
this!  It made the experience for my visitors much more enjoyable!

REMINDER - RAPTOR DAY TODAY 2-4PM AT MONTEZUMA!

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[cayugabirds-l] The Messenger

2015-11-21 Thread Sandy Wold
Thank you for bringing this film to our attention, Meena!  It looks like an
amazing film, and I wonder if there is interest in turning the film into an
even bigger event... where we invite teachers to tie the content into
school curricula and and invite bird/nature conservation clubs all over the
world to host a showing for a week as part of a global event (Earth
Day/Week?).  Is there interest in having a club project committee form to
work on this?  I'd be willing to help work on this!


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[cayugabirds-l] guns at Stewart Park - next steps?

2015-11-14 Thread Sandy Wold
As someone who frequents Fuertes Bird Sanctuary, I greatly appreciated
Dave's courage and posting and the resulting discussion this brought up.
Since tickets were not issued and the hunters were bitter, shouldn't we
follow up - especially because this has happened before (re: picture of
hunters with buoys facing the direction of rowers).  It's not harassment if
these guys were violating park rules, right?  Who would we (as individuals
or as a club?) ask to make/post signage?  DPW? and who would we ask to send
reminders of local law and to which hunter organizations?

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[cayugabirds-l] Fall Creekers: Look up in your trees TODAY!!!

2015-10-21 Thread Sandy Wold
To my Fall Creek Neighbors and Interested Birders:

I have five new yard birds today in downtown Fall Creek:  Golden-rumped
Warbler, Northern Parula, Cedar Waxwing, Chipping Sparrow, Ruby-crowned
Kinglet.  Thanks to an expert birder who dropped by to help me confirm
these!I just started birding seriously last November and live near the
high school surrounded by tall mature maples.  The trees are teeming with
insectivores today (I noticed them starting around 1PM, seen especially in
the Sugar and Norway Maples and a locust-like(?) tree loaded with seeds
(birds like the bugs hidden among the leaves and bark... and crabapple bark
if you have them:

...and the regular insectivores were here as well (Dark-eyed Junco,
White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Black-capped
Chickadee, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers). Other birds seen in my yard today
from 1-4PM: American Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Blue Jay, and I think I
heard the Pileated Woodpecker (not sure) today.   Not sure if this will
happen tomorrow or the next day; likely; so keep a look out!  Some of these
birds will stick around through winter but others will move to a warmer
location. Turkey Vultures can be seen intermittently high in the sky
soaring and have already begun their migration.

As the sun begins to recline, I just heard a shrill Cedar Waxwing call and
then witnessed a huge swarm of Cedar Waxwing lift out of the trees around
me.  They lifted, hovered, condensed, flew around the Jay and Auburn block
and headed toward Stewart Park, where I assume they will roost for the
night.  Still more Cedar Waxwing can be heard in the distance but now
quickly fading as I finish this email. American Robin, Northern Cardinal,
chickadee, crickets purr, a church bell, crow off in the far distance,
goldfinch undulating on by way up high, and the sounds of Route 13 remain.
We are so lucky to live in this special place!!!
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[cayugabirds-l] Tips for observing songbird migration wanted

2015-10-20 Thread Sandy Wold
Thanks for sharing, Mickey.  I was blown away by all you saw.  Can you and
others give tips on how to see songbird migration?  I was unfortunately
indoors most of today and yesterday.

I remember last year Meena invited people to go to Montezuma (a certain
date in November?) to watch tens of thousands of the Red-winged Blackbirds
come in at sunset.  It was amazing!  Are there other good places to watch
songbird migration?  Is it hit or miss?  do you watch some kind of radar
channel and know it's coming  Do you live on a hilltop?  could you say
generally where you live and saw this?  Is October 19th a day you have seen
so many songbirds before so you knew to be on the look out???  I don't
think any of this was mentioned in SFO, was it?  Thank you!  Tips from all
welcome!!!  I'd also like tip on how to watch/hear nocturnal migrants...and
where.

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma yesterday (Saturday)

2015-10-18 Thread Sandy Wold
The following was seen 10AM-11AM yesterday around the Visitor Center:  I
estimate two or three dozen Short-billed Dowitcher with two Long-billed
Dowitchers (which were a few inches taller) and one dunlin in the mix.
 (apologies if I wrote greater and lesser on my phone!  was very excited
and wanted to share!)  Peter Saracino was there with his scope helping out
visitors, and he confirmed.  We could hear Killdeer, saw two Northern
Harriers, and two Greater Yellowlegs as well.

Wildlife Drive (11AM-12:30PM):  so many ducks!!!  Up close to the road for
excellent views seen of two Northern Shovelers and dozens of Green-winged
Teal, ringed-necks, pintails (with awesome blue-color in the bill),
American wigeons,  and about six coots.  Farther out I could see what
looked like many hundreds of scaup with many many Ringed-necks in their
mix.  I identified the farther ones out by their white markings (no
scope!).  The sun cooperated perfectly to make this easy!  Lastly, I saw a
few solitary Pied-billed Grebes here and there...and one lone Tree Swallow
(based on tail and teal color) hunting over the marsh!

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[cayugabirds-l] Addition to Mark's Cornell Community Garden Report

2015-10-04 Thread Sandy Wold
I want to add that we also saw a huge kettle of Turkey Vultures in the
Stevenson Road direction.  When we first looked, I saw about ten or so.  As
I left the group, I counted at least 50, so hard to count, as there were so
many flying in a tight circle and relatively small diameter and a handful
flying away from the vortex in all four directions.  It could have been as
many as 75.

Today, from Fall Creek, looking directly upward into the gorgeous blue sky
with thin clouds, I was amazed at how many gulls I saw soaring up with the
thermals, so high I almost could not see them.  I estimate there were ten
or more at the highest level (almost cloud level) and several others lower
down.  They just seemed to keep going higher and higher.

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Mill pond path...Union Spring (new idea, any former scouts out there?)

2015-09-29 Thread Sandy Wold
Thanks for the update, Fritzie.  I am sad to hear this news, and I wonder
if any former scouts or scout leaders on this list would be willing to
speak up and speak to the scout master who issues the merit.  I would think
a merit is earned in such a way that respects the democratic process and
seeks to meet the needs of a greater goodseeking a win-win solution.
Sounds like local politics at play.  Perhaps former scouts on this list
could approach the scout master and ask him(?) if he would be willing to
withhold the merit until a solution has been foundand some of us need
to meet to help find a win-win solution.  Did we dropped the ball by only
writing letters and not seeing this all the way through???  It sound like
at this point things could be allowed to grow back???  I am willing to help.
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[cayugabirds-l] Need Someone to Deliver Birding Guidebooks to Montezuma this weekend?

2015-09-11 Thread Sandy Wold
I need nine birding guide books picked up from my house (near Ithaca High)
and delivered to the gift shop.  Hours are 10-3, but if you arrive earlier
than 10am, you can drop the books off at the office as early as 8am-4:30pm,
which is a small building located in the same vicinity opposite the visitor
center, same parking lot.   This may be urgent as they want them for the
MuckRace, and I don't know what that is or when it is.  Please write to me
by end of the day tomorrow, Saturday, if you can help.  After that, I might
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[cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs - correction

2015-09-11 Thread Sandy Wold
I stand corrected (and happy to have learned something new, thanks, Scott):
 European Starlings are NOT in the same family as grackles...I was using
the term "family" loosely, thinking "blackbird" family as the starling is
found on the same page as a Red-winged Blackbird in the American Bird
Conservancy's Field Guide, "All the Birds of North America," 1997.  I see
now that starlings are not blackbirds; rather, they are grouped in the
"blackbird-size straight bills" group in said book.





On Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 10:35 AM, Scott Haber <scotthab...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Sandy,
>
> Starlings aren't blackbirds. They're in their own unrelated family.
>
> Best,
> Scott
>
> On Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 10:02 AM, Sandy Wold <sandra.w...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> I have been watching goldfinches a lot lately, but I wonder if they were
>> doing what I recently saw a mob of chickadees and a nutchatch do recently.
>> Nuthatch came first, then a mob of chickadees followed; all landed on my
>> patio umbrella and were going crazy, gleening something from the underside
>> of the umbrella underside where the rods insert into canvas pockets.  They
>> spent about ten minutes doing this.  After they left, I went up close to
>> see if I could figure out what they were eating, but saw nothing.  I can
>> only figure it was some kind of insect or insect egg, and the canvas was
>> completely clean.  Perhaps the goldfinch saw some kind of insect eggs or
>> insect hatchlings in the corner of those windows???
>>
>> Regarding the headless nestlings, I have heard the grackles bite off the
>> heads of baby birds.  I've noticed that Starlings have returned to urban
>> trees this week, after having been gone all spring and summer. Being
>> blackbirds, perhaps they do that too?
>>
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[cayugabirds-l] Owl and hawk excitement in sleepy Fall Creek!

2015-09-10 Thread Sandy Wold
Around 9:15pm last night, I heard what almost matches the "montonic trill"
of an Eastern Screech Owl coming from a few blocks away of the West Jay and
Auburn Street intersection.  I called for about 15 minutes, and it moved
toward the Ithaca Falls.  Around 10am today, I stepped outside and heard a
huge scuffle in the squirrel nest vicinity of a massive Silver Maple next
to my house.  I saw large dark wings spreading to either side of the large
tree trunk up high and then a large bird departing with clearly visible red
tail.  It left behind a very distressed squirrel that was sounding its
alarm call in the tree.  If my eyes saw correctly, I saw a Red-tailed Hawk
holding a small mammal in its claws and then returned it to the tree or
-more likely -the squirrel lunged toward the tree at the same time the RTH
decided to fly away.  It was a loud tussle, and I tried to soothe the
squirrel (with my voice) afterward.  It looked very upset.  At one point,
no lie, it took its right paw and slowly moved it and placed it on its
heart/chest where it held its palm for a few minutes keeping its eyes
locked on me for most of the time. As it relaxed, it would periodically
look around.  Then it resumed business.  Very cool!
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[cayugabirds-l] Wanted: Used Binoculars

2015-08-30 Thread Sandy Wold
I am looking to buy one or two used binoculars (reasonable quality) for
when I host international visitors.  I sent my last pair home with an
Indian student, and now I have no extra.  If you have upgraded recently and
won't be using your old pair, please send me details!  Thank you!
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[cayugabirds-l] Black-crowned Night Heron on Montezuma Wildlife Drive

2015-08-29 Thread Sandy Wold
I forgot to post this yesterday!  Is this a rare bird sighting?  I have
pictures, and there is no mistaking this red-eyed beauty!  It was about
11am on Friday hunting in a low-leveled water area, on Wildlife Drive.  Are
they usually nocturnal?  I did not note the name of the  pull-over photo
opportunity area, but as you drive north on the drive, and make the first
bend left, it was the first or second pull-over.
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[cayugabirds-l] Knox-Marsellus Sunday, part II

2015-08-24 Thread Sandy Wold
I'll add to Dave's highlight...I showed up late as the fog was lifting,
about 9:30am.  I arrived as three SAND HILL CRANES flew from behind me,
calling loudly, and over me, exhilarating but too fast for me to get my
camera in position!  I then saw 10 LESSER DOWITCHERS and yellowlegs.  I
watched swallows and saw a flock fly under a bank out of view and then
heard what sounded like sandpipers peeping from under the bank.  Then I
asked the swallows to cooperate and let me get a good picture of one of
them.  Shortly thereafter, a swallow started circling me about five feet
away.  It was so close I could barely shoot it, but by the fifth time it
circled me I did get two shots that confirmed a Bank Swallow by the neck
marks and non-pointy tail.

I finally caught up to Dave Nutter's group, about nine of us, including
three visitors from NYC (a dad and two sons, Asher and Isaiah, who made a
special trip to Montezuma at Isaiah's request).  Isaiah, age 15, is a
serious long-time birder who told me (I asked) it was a photo of the
Scarlet Tananger that got him into birding at age 9.  I hope to meet up
with him to bird Central Park in September.  Anyway, the highlights for me
were seeing the feeding behaviors of the RED-NECKED and WILSON'S PTHALAROPE
(skimming for insects) vs. the yellow legs and dowitcher and seeing the
STILT SANDPIPER with its head in the water more of the time than out of the
water.   Lastly, we saw about eight GREEN-WINGED TEAL fly in.  It was a
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Knox-Marsellus Sunday, part II - correction

2015-08-24 Thread Sandy Wold
Correction:  I meant SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, not Lesser.Is it obvious
that I misspoke?  If I had said LESSER YELLOWLEGS but meant
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, then I think a correction is necessary; but if it
is a mis-speak, then what is the listserve protocol:  post a correction
or let it go?

Corrections always appreciated nevertheless!


On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 10:43 AM, Sandy Wold sandra.w...@gmail.com wrote:

 I'll add to Dave's highlight...I showed up late as the fog was lifting,
 about 9:30am.  I arrived as three SAND HILL CRANES flew from behind me,
 calling loudly, and over me, exhilarating but too fast for me to get my
 camera in position!  I then saw 10 LESSER DOWITCHERS and yellowlegs.  I
 watched swallows and saw a flock fly under a bank out of view and then
 heard what sounded like sandpipers peeping from under the bank.  Then I
 asked the swallows to cooperate and let me get a good picture of one of
 them.  Shortly thereafter, a swallow started circling me about five feet
 away.  It was so close I could barely shoot it, but by the fifth time it
 circled me I did get two shots that confirmed a Bank Swallow by the neck
 marks and non-pointy tail.

 I finally caught up to Dave Nutter's group, about nine of us, including
 three visitors from NYC (a dad and two sons, Asher and Isaiah, who made a
 special trip to Montezuma at Isaiah's request).  Isaiah, age 15, is a
 serious long-time birder who told me (I asked) it was a photo of the
 Scarlet Tananger that got him into birding at age 9.  I hope to meet up
 with him to bird Central Park in September.  Anyway, the highlights for me
 were seeing the feeding behaviors of the RED-NECKED and WILSON'S PTHALAROPE
 (skimming for insects) vs. the yellow legs and dowitcher and seeing the
 STILT SANDPIPER with its head in the water more of the time than out of the
 water.   Lastly, we saw about eight GREEN-WINGED TEAL fly in.  It was a
 great day!!!  Thanks again, Dave!
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[cayugabirds-l] Purple Martin house at Swan Pond, Stewart Park?

2015-08-10 Thread Sandy Wold
Anyone know the history of the purple martin house at Swan Pond?  Who built
it? Was it ever successful?  would it be a good idea for the Cayuga Bird
Club to build a new one?  I just read that purple martins eat 2000
mosquitoes per day, http://www.purplemartin.org/update/MosCont.html

Maybe there is not enough mosquito habitat at Swan Pond???  definitely more
mosquitoes in the Fuertes Bird Sanctuary, but not the right habitat.  Was
the golf course once a marshland that the purple martins would have thrived
then?  If not feasible at Swan Pond, where else in Ithaca can one see them
(easily?) in spring?  I love seeing the ones at Montezuma.
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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey in Fall Creek, downtown Ithaca

2015-08-04 Thread Sandy Wold
I've been seeing Osprey flying low in Fall Creek on three different days
this week, each time calling.  One over Gimme Coffee and twice over my
house within 100 feet above, and calling.  Once there were two of them.
 they circle around and then head back in the direction of Stewart
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[cayugabirds-l] Carpool Ithaca to Montezuma CBC Trip tomorrow morning?

2015-07-31 Thread Sandy Wold
I am looking for a ride and can pitch in on gas...or could offer to drive.
I live in Fall Creek with lots of parking if anyone wants to meet at 6:45am
and coordinate.  Let's lower the Carbon footprint!  Thank you!
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[cayugabirds-l] Newman Golf Course and Swan Pond Highlights and New Map Project

2015-07-24 Thread Sandy Wold
Yesterday from 7-9pm, I saw two or possibly more INDIGO BUNTINGS (immature?
 moulting?) in the cypress trees and cottonwoods along the main road going
left and right as you hit the T-of that road.  COMMON YELLOW THROATS at
Jetty Woods, tons of vicious mosquitoes.  CHIPPING SPARROWS hopping around
the grass and cypress tree trunks and EASTERN KINGBIRDS perching on tree
tops making sudden dashes for an insect.  They seemed to be everywhere
calling on the Newman Golf Course (heard and seen) all the way to the Swan
Pond.  I did not see or hear the Green Herons this time.  The pond had
become pea soup since a few days ago; perhaps that affected their hunting?
Also did not see or hear or the Cedar Waxwings this time.  I saw a Great
Blue Heron doing what appeared to be trick maneuvers in the air over the
Fall Creek inlet.  It was flying horizontally toward me, then suddenly turn
90 degrees perpendicular, returned to level, then 90 the other way, then
made a quick U-turn and flew upstream up the creek, all of this under 15
seconds and looking like it knew what it was doing (little or no wobble
coming out of the turns).  WOOD THRUSH heard for the first time ever (by
me) coming from Fuertes Bird Sanctuary, nearer to Route 13 and the creek
shore side.

I bumped into a birder who told me he had seen in past winters: Peregrine
Falcons hunting over the inlet, a coyote out on the lighthouse strip eyeing
the waterfowl, and an osprey diving at a GBH multiple times...I am going to
start mapping the inlet area and welcome input or unique stories or
patterns birders have noticed in this area over time.  I love this area of
the lake so much, and would love to see the Cascadilla Boat House restored
and used for educational purposes to further the mission of local education
institutions.   Perhaps having a detailed map of the area might illuminate
its (obvious) unique properties but maybe it might show something unseen
yet valuable for educational purposes. Perhaps people who don't make it up
to the Laboratory of Ornithology or the Cayuga Nature Center might be
reached by having a lake habitat location?

I'd love to see that building completely restored with original wrap-around
porch and scopes on all four sides with sit spots for people to sit and
watch for hours!!!  I'd love for there to be an emphasis on art as tool for
educating/learning about natural history and seasonal cycles...offering
sustainability workshops/events... Anyone else agree?  Other ideas for use
for the upstairs part of the building (assuming the rowing group is
staying)? Does this project appeal to anyone?  Does anyone know how to find
out the current status of the boat house?  I actually looked into a similar
idea back in 1996, but the idea was not well received.  Now that the rent
has been raised, maybe sharing the space is a more viable idea.  (I plan to
call the City and find out more.)  Any thoughts about whether the Lab of O
or other organizations (e.g. Cayuga Nature Center, New Roots, Sustainable
Tompkins, Cayuga Watershed Network, senior citizens,...) might be
interested in exploring how this building could serve the greatest number
of people and give them access to all the lake has to offer, which is so
much!!!  We have a great quality of life here in Ithaca, and the Cayuga
Waterfront Trail is such a great gift.  Wouldn't having the boat house
restored be icing on the cake!
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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Swan Pond Highlights and Aspirations

2015-07-20 Thread Sandy Wold
On my way biking over to the Swan Pond, I saw a Downy Woodpecker gleaning
insects? off of a six foot flowering stalk of the Mullein.  I started
walking around the Swan Pond going clockwise where the west entrance would
be 9:00 to the boat house.

noon: Cedar Waxwing.

1:00:  Looking north, out to the lake, sitting on a log, were four female
Common Mergansers (?).  I did not have my notebook or camera phone with me.


1:00:  Looking south toward the Cascadilla Boat House and the island:
 immature Green Heron (striped nape, orange bill, yellow near the bill,
white stripes under the eye and another beneath that).  Another heron flew
by and into a tree (possibly the adult, but I only saw all grey back).  As
I watched the herons, out paddled six Wood Ducks (one female with her white
eye ring and five immatures, the immatures are starting to differentiate in
marking; and I could see one of the four was definitely going to be a male).

2:00 flycatcher (Eastern Phoebe?) perching high in the trees.

I so love this trail, the bird sanctuary, and the park.  Does anyone know
the status of the boat house?  i don't think having it be a historic center
is the best use of that building.  I would love to get a committee together
to brainstorm ideas for an educational center located upstairs.  Anyone
interested?  I'd love to see a school like New Roots based there in
collaboration with the Lab of Ornithology and offering another great place
to offer bird walks. The Cayuga Bird Club talked about sponsoring signage
there, and I think that is great; but I envision a generous donor giving
money to fully restore the building and installing an awesome scope for the
public!

Did anyone worry about how the birds in Stewart Park were doing during the
4th of July fireworks?



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[cayugabirds-l] and thank you, Dave Nutter!

2015-07-12 Thread Sandy Wold
... for your eloquent synopsis of the Golden-cheeked Warbler conservation
status, educating and updating us, modeling a graceful (also fair and
balanced) assessment of a potentially controversial issue, modelling how to
acknowledge the contribution of all parties concerned, and (finally)
sharing your personal conclusion (absent of any arm-twisting).  You not
only saved some of us a lot of time, but I am now personally motivated to
read more about this!

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-throated Vireo in Fall Creek?

2015-07-12 Thread Sandy Wold
Is it possible I saw a Yellow-throated Vireo this morning about 10AM?  The
Merlin ID app says they are uncommon.   I live on the flyway between
Fuertes Bird Sanctuary and Cayuga Heights/Ithaca Falls (Jay and Cayuga
streets).

I heard a lot of protesting coming from the crabapple tree in my next door
neighbor's yard and figured cats were bothering them; so I took a peak to
see and did see a cat.  As I peaked around the fence and looked up, I saw a
yellow bird looking back at me:  yellow head and throat, two bold wing
bars, smaller than a robin and bigger than a sparrow.  It was curious about
me and did not get spooked, maybe because it's young?  or it could only see
my face.

Merlin says it is a Yellow-throated Vireo.  I played the call and have
never heard it in my neighborhood before; so I assume it is passing
through.  Boy, it's so great to work from home and get to see so much.
Exciting!  New life bird!!!   This tree has been so great for attracting
birds, that I have planted a second one!




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