Re: [cayugabirds-l] Swifts

2021-04-25 Thread Steve Benedict
Thanks for the heads up RE the Swifts being back.   Built a tower this
spring.   I won't hold my breath, but it would be fun to have a pair move
in.  Large chimney was torn down in Newark this past winter, so who knows,
maybe housing is in short supply.
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On Sat, Apr 24, 2021 at 4:28 PM Bard Prentiss  wrote:

>  I haven’t been watching until but the chimney Swift’s are back in Dryden
> Best,
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] nesting outcomes (OOB)

2018-08-06 Thread Steve Benedict
This was our first year tracking a trail of boxes.  Linda has some data.  I
may try some of the PVC style houses next yr. Thanks for the report.

On Mon, Aug 6, 2018, 10:01 PM  wrote:

> My nestboxes on the property (3 acres) here at home in Canandaigua were
> pretty successful for the most part this yr. 3 pairs of Bluebbirds were
> successful in fledging 27 young this yr. 1 pair nested 3 times fledging a
> total of 13 young (they lost 1 nestling in a brood of 4 during the
> inclement weather early in the season), a 2nd pair nested twice fledging 10
> young. The 3rd pair nested twice but the 1st clutch had a House wren remove
> the 1st egg laid. The Bluebirds laid 3 more eggs however but none hatched &
> I suspect they were infertile. This pair (I'm reasonably sure it was the
> same pair) moved to another house & raised a brood of 4. 5 of the 6
> Bluebird broods were raised in a PVC style nestbox. Another pair nested on
> adjacent property in a house I installed but I didn't monitor that nestbox.
> A Chickadee was successful in raising 6 young and 2 House wrens nested,
> raising 9 young total. A Tree swallow lost a clutch of 6 eggs (possibly
> removed by a Purple martin, nest was in a martin complex. Martins did not
> nest). The swallows did not renest unfortunately.
> The Bluebirds and Chickadees were supplemented with daily (sometimes twice
> daily) offerings of mealworms and the adults and fledglings are still
> coming for them.
> A very interesting & enjoyable nesting season overall.
> Kyle Gage
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mucklands

2017-03-23 Thread Steve Benedict
I was at Puddler last night... Raptor survey,. I didn't see any snow geese
at that time.   Flock of Tundra swans was there.

On Mar 22, 2017 7:35 PM, "Mary Jane Thomas"  wrote:

> Hi -
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> Has anyone been to the Mucklands recently and, if so, are there many Snow
> Geese there?
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> Thanks.
>
> MJ
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[cayugabirds-l] Hudsonian Godwit

2015-09-27 Thread Steve Benedict
FYI, Mark Miller just called to say he has a HUGO at the North end of Eaton
Marsh (MNWR) about 100' from the drive

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] ...pedestrians on the Wildlife Drive :(

2014-08-04 Thread Steve Benedict
Kevin makes some very good points.   One complaint, often heard, is that
people drive too fast on the drive.   I expect these are folks who don't
know what to look for.  They don't see anything of interest and are bored
with endless cattails.   It would be nice if we could get them to stop, and
with a little guidance, begin to see what they have been missing.   Once a
year (Oct?), NWR day (?), volunteers  position ourselves along the drive
with scopes, and purposely flag down vehicles, to get people out to look.
Great fun to have them see something they have never seen before, and/or
didn't know was there to be seen.


On Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 1:15 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal m...@cornell.edu
wrote:

 Sorry for the major typo- read comprises and compromises!

 -Original Message-
 From: Linda Orkin [mailto:wingmagi...@gmail.com]
 Sent: Monday, August 04, 2014 1:12 PM
 To: Meena Madhav Haribal
 Cc: Kevin J. McGowan; CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] ...pedestrians on the Wildlife Drive :(

 Kevin and Meena's points and passions are wonderful guiding principles on
 the ways we interact with, enjoy, and respect nature. I would love to be
 involved in some group discussions and creative recommendations. They don't
 say get out into nature...but stay in your car while doing it.

 Linda

 Sent from my iPhone

 On Aug 4, 2014, at 12:44 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal m...@cornell.edu
 wrote:

  Hi Kevin and all,
 
  Great thoughts Kevin! I am with you on these points!
 
  Also I would like enjoy other creatures too, it is a wildlife refuge not
 just for birds. I would like to see a dragonfly  or a flower or a digger
 wasp making it home for its progeny. You can't see a digger wasp from your
 car!  So the refuges are not meant for specifically birds or birders.
 
  Unless people enjoy the nature they will not support nature
 conservation. Most of the people who come there want to enjoy nature not
 just birders.
 
  Basic thing needed is educating the public about their behavior. If a
 person stands at one location for long time enough without harassing a bird
  then they are as effective as cars. Also everybody  is not interested in
 photographing a bird. If they see some actions by birds they are happy
 about it!
 
  Having said that, I would also suggest that there could be comprises. At
 strategic locations there could be blinds or shelters. Also walks could be
 open for certain time of the day, so as to get birds a chance to do what
 they are supposed to do. For example the dykes on the Knox Marsellus could
 be open to public to walk for certain hours of the day. As it is birds are
 miles away.
 
  If we all together put in our efforts we can make solid recommendations
 to the refuge or if the refuge managers are reading e-mails they themselves
 can think of some of the alternatives.
 
  If we want people to enjoy nature they should see them up close, a
 shorebird three miles away has not effect on a general public than a bird
 close at hand and watching its behaviors. Then only they will support
 conservation!
 
  We need people to enjoy the nature and love it!
 
  Hope we will make some changes!
 
  Cheers
  Meena
 
 
 
  -Original Message-
  From: bounce-117686987-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:
 bounce-117686987-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Kevin J. McGowan
  Sent: Monday, August 04, 2014 12:03 PM
  To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
  Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] ...pedestrians on the Wildlife Drive :(
 
  Of course birds let you get closer when you're in a car. That's as true
 at Stewart Park and along any back road as it is in Montezuma. I do a ton
 of observation and photography from my car, sometimes even in my own
 driveway.
 
  That's great for one person, but it stinks for groups.
 
  Having to remain in a car on the wildlife drive diminishes the possible
 experience of any group, especially a group with a scope, which cannot be
 used by multiple people (the best teaching tool for groups). It also
 diminishes the potential experience for kids and anyone who would like to
 get out and get a closer look.
 
  I'm hearing a lot of 1%-er talk, I want to optimize my experience, and
 the riff-raff should just stay away (or stay in their cars). I am as
 guilty (or more) as anyone of wanting to have the entire refuge to myself.
 But in the bigger picture, I don't see having too many people enjoying
 nature at Montezuma as the problem.  I think it's quite the opposite: there
 are too FEW people learning about nature there.
 
  Those of us interested in nature and supportive of the National Wildlife
 Refuge system should want EVERYONE to get out of their cars and poke
 around. I WANT people to peer through the reeds and see a turtle (or maybe
 a rail).  I WANT people to stop and take pictures of the flowers.  I WANT
 people to get out and marvel at a muskrat mound, and then have a young Bald
 Eagle fly over their heads. (It's hard to look up from a back seat.)
 
  In my personal opinion, anything 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [OneidaBirds] Late Report: Lark Sparrow and Shorebirds at Montezuma

2014-05-30 Thread Steve Benedict
43°04'46.9N 76°42'54.9W  should get you in the neighborhood


On Fri, May 30, 2014 at 7:36 AM, Nancy nancycusuman...@gmail.com wrote:

 Can someone post the coordinates for Carncross Rd? I have been there, but
 it has been a while and I'm not sure I could find it again.Thanks,
 Nancy

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 On May 30, 2014, at 6:33 AM, Jay McGowan jw...@cornell.edu wrote:

 Waiting for more details now, but anyone going to Montezuma should be on
 the lookout for this bird.

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 Dave Nash, Dave Perrin, and I birded Montezuma NWR Wednesday, May 28,
 Wildlife Drive was all but devoid of birds except for the rare treat of a
 Lark Sparrow. The bird was in the grass between the drive and the canal,
 about 100 feet before the hard left before Bennings Pond.

 Most of the action, however, was on Carncross Road, where we joined a
 number of birders already enjoying the show. Feeding in the shallows and
 along the mudflats a were number of shorebirds, including a female
 Red-necked Phalarope and a Red-necked Grebe, both in breeding plumage; a
 Short-billed Dowitcher; a transitional Black-bellied Plover; 60+ Dunlin;
 and Semi-palmated Sandpipers and Plovers. A lone Ruddy Duck was seen at the
 back of the pool..

 Other birds of note were five Black Terns, two Trumpeter Swans, a Common
 Gallinule, and a Willow Flycatcher at Tschache Pool.

 Thanks to Bill Purcell,  Gregg Dashnau, and Doug Daniels for helping us
 locate the Carncross birds.

 Good birding--
 Rose DeNeve
 Liverpool, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Blind RTHA

2013-08-09 Thread Steve Benedict
Fred Bertram reportsCould someone post this on cayugabirds for me,I
cannot from this device. There is a juv rth on sand road northeast of
aurora that is down, it has no eyes. I have tried several contacts without
success , it is 100 yards south of gully road on the east side. Thanks, moe
later.

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