Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-15 Thread Sheila Ann Dean
I don't know anything about why fields are mowed, or when, but I've noticed
this year and last that the far Mineah Road fields have been mowed when
Bobolinks are nesting. I believe that's Cornell land.
Sheila

On Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 3:02 PM Linda Orkin  wrote:

> After a couple year hiatus in which the Freese Road fields across from the
> gardens have been mowed late in the season allowing at least Bobolinks to
> be done with their nesting and for grassland birds to be lured into a false
> feeling of security so they have returned and I’ve counted three singing
> meadowlarks for the first time in years,  Cornell has returned to early
> mowing there as of today. And so the mayhem ensues. How many more
> multitudes of birds will die before we believe our own eyes and ears. Mow
> the grass while it’s still nutritious but are we paying attention to who is
> being fed. Grass taken from the land to pass through animals and in that
> inefficient process turning to food for humans.
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Hooded warbler

2019-08-27 Thread Sheila Ann Dean
When the sun just came out, suddenly there were so many birds. This warbler
landed on the window sill while I was washing dishes! I thought I'd heard
them here, but had never seen any. Maybe not again till next winter?

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[cayugabirds-l] Golden-crowned Kinglet

2018-04-01 Thread Sheila Ann Dean
Having moved to a new house in the woods, a distance from the road, I hung
feeders up a few weeks ago. Birds have been gradually discovering them. I
saw this Kinglet today and my notes tell me I saw one at my old house, a
few miles up the road, on this very same day (April 1) in 2007.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] 65 Sandhill Cranes

2017-10-28 Thread Sheila Ann Dean
I went by Thursday around noon and they weren't there. But evidently they
were that morning. Maybe they would return to feed in the evening?
Sheila

On Sat, Oct 28, 2017 at 7:51 AM, Nancy Cusumano <nancycusuman...@gmail.com>
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> Anyone know if the cranes are still there?
> May head up today.
>
> Thanks.
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> On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 7:49 PM, Jennifer <zjenr...@gmail.com> wrote:
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>> Maybe just a "band" of cranes (or anything else). Usually evokes a loose
>> or temporary association for a particular purpose, something for which they
>> banded together...
>>
>> On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 8:40 AM, Dave Nutter <nutter.d...@me.com> wrote:
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>>> “Cranery” sounds like a nest colony (they don’t do that) or communal
>>> roost. Also auto-spell-correct changes cranery to cranberry. How about
>>> “cranefield” for where a large group feeds?
>>> - - Dave Nutter
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[cayugabirds-l] Question on merganser

2017-05-16 Thread Sheila Ann Dean
Yesterday at Monkey Run I saw a merganser with babies on her back. She sure
looked like a red-throated, but aren't they migrants? Perhaps she was too
low in the water to see the white, but she also had quite a crest.
Unfortunately I startled her, and she seemed to not be able to swim away
fast enough with her baby burden, so she dumped them, took off at a brisk
clip, tsk, tsk, tsking for her brood to follow. They would all catch up,
climb back on, and then she dumped them again to swim farther. This went on
several times until it seemed she felt they'd escaped danger.

I also saw a scarlet tanager, and heard a white-throated sparrow on the
upland part of the trail (south side of Fall Creek). Near the water saw an
American redstart, a Blackburnian warbler, rose-breasted grosbeak, Canada
geese. And distant hawk, blue jay, and goldfinches. I'm sure there was tons
more there, but I'm a beginner, and had to get back to work.

Sheila

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

2016-03-09 Thread Sheila Ann Dean
Yes. Like birds, my dog would also appreciate it.

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> Absolutely!!
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>> Would anyone support asking our City/town and local colleges to go with
>> silent fireworks such as in this town in Italy?
>>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pileated clock time & Spring rituals.

2016-03-04 Thread Sheila Ann Dean
I must not live too far from Nari, and I have two *female* woodpeckers who
seem to visit my yard every day. I'll have to start checking the time to
note if they're as regular as her males. I always look for males, but these
are two females, always busy feeding on trees both dead and alive, and
they've been coming the last few years or so. And they are always a
spectacular sight. I live on Ellis Hollow, about one mile up from Rt. 79
and about one mile from Ellis Hollow Creek Road, so wonder if they could be
wandering that far from her two chaps.

Sheila Dean

On Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 5:36 PM, Nari Mistry  wrote:

> For some weeks now, at 4pm every day (within 5 minutes or so), two male
> Pileated Woodpeckers arrive and loudly announce their presence from our
> neighbor's tree. Sometimes they fly over to the box-elder next to our house
> to our suet feeder..
>
> Today Gin and I went for a walk down Dodge Rd and on the way back
> encountered the two down near the spruce woods at about 3:45pm. I said,
> "let's watch, they will be at our house when we get back there." Sure
> enough, at 4:01pm we got to our back yard to loud "Wuk,wuk,." cries
> from next door. One flew back across Ellis Hollow Rd but the other stayed
> on the tree. This is a daily ritual by which I can tell the time within 5
> minutes.
>
> Later in March the two will come and chase each other around our yard,
> sometimes displaying up and down parallel trees. This has been going on for
> many years.
> Here is a quote from my email to Cayugabirds-L on March 20, 2008:
> "As I worked at my desk at home, a few minutes ago first one and then
> another brilliant Pileated woodpecker flew in to a  spruce trunk just
> outside my window. One brilliant scarlet crest was fully raised. I think
> both were males. Before I could get my camera they began a dance around the
> trees and then flew from tree to tree all around the house, west to north
> to east and finally around to the backyard (south) again, before flying
> off. All this was at upstairs window height, fully displaying their awesome
> shapes as they flew around while we watched. "
> Here is another excerpt from March 9, 2013:
> "A few minutes ago, as we were having lunch, two gorgeous male Pileated
> Woodpeckers flew down just outside our window, one low on the box-elder the
> other low on a black locust nearby. I think they were sizing up each other,
> in an annual Spring ritual in our yard. In my bird archives I see that last
> year they appeared on Feb. 12, and in 2011 on March 20, when they chased
> each other repeatedly all around our yard."
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> It's tempting to believe these are the same two every year, but who knows
> .
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[cayugabirds-l] Nightjuncos?

2014-01-28 Thread Sheila Ann Dean
A couple of nights ago I went outside around 9:30 to exercise my dog and
look at the stars. Our movement or my voice evidently disrupted a junco (I
know some roost in conifer shrubs near the feeder). One started flitting
about in a way that seemed aimless and disoriented, and it also appeared to
be attracted to the porch lights, almost like a moth. Soon another one
joined it. I went inside, and with peeking through the curtain, saw them
continue to flit about a bit, but eventually they (hopefully) settled down
again. I never saw them nab a midnight snack at the feeder. But several
were at the feeder the next morning so seemed not to suffer from the
interrupted roosting.

With some reading, I find that juncos migrate at night. I wonder if this
makes them light sleepers.

Sheila

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