[cayugabirds-l] Yellow rumped warbler in renwick

2020-03-09 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Female type with obvious butter butt. Maybe one of two. On Creek shore. Just 
upstream from huge tree fall lying in water.

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[cayugabirds-l] 65 brant at Stewart park

2019-10-31 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Flock of 65 brant at Stewart park 0900h

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[cayugabirds-l] TEWAs in CU Bot. Gdns. Crabapples

2018-05-17 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Vociferous Tennessee warblers in flowering crabapples near pond in CU Botanical 
gardens. Synaesthesia! Aromatherapy.

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[cayugabirds-l] Am. Redstart SSW Powerline cut

2017-04-28 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Make Calling at East end of powerline cut now. 

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[cayugabirds-l] White-crowned sparrow on Wilson trail north.

2017-04-28 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Seen by Becky Hanson and me a few yards west if the feeder blind 0900 h

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[cayugabirds-l] birding guide book found on Woodcrest Ave. on Monday 4/24

2017-04-26 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
A friend found a birding guide book in the middle of Woodcrest ave. in the 
Belle Sherman area this past Monday 4/24.  To retrieve it the owner can contact 
Donald Specker at donald.spec...@gmail.com<mailto:donald.spec...@gmail.com>


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[cayugabirds-l] RED NECKED GREBE AT SALT POINT

2016-11-13 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Spotted by CBC field trippers from Myers. Better viewing from northernmost salt 
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[cayugabirds-l] Surf scoters

2016-10-30 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Besides 2 female type SUSC near red lighthouse there is a breeding plumage male 
far to north toward west shore. Two Bonapartes gulls on red jetty. Viewing from 
hog hole trail shore near white lighthouse

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[cayugabirds-l] Black Scoter still at Myers 1545h

2016-10-19 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
South of light house ca. 600 m. Not diving. 

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[cayugabirds-l] followup to Stewart Park birds: Cuckoo still present by dock at 0920 h

2016-10-18 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Just after running into Mark Chao on his way out of Stewart Park I tried 
unsuccessfully to find the warbler flock by the aluminum dock mid park.  I did, 
however, see a cuckoo, presumably the YBCU from yesterday, moving around in the 
3rd willow east of the dock around 0920 AM.

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[cayugabirds-l] Drive in Acadian Flycatcher - Leonard rd.

2016-05-29 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
At the first pull off on the right .2-.3 miles up Leonard rd from bottom I 
heard 2-3 pizza vocalizations from an Acadian Flycatcher at 0800 h. Have 
recording of one  burst to vet. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Red Tailed Hawk not OWLS NOT on nest in NEWMAN

2016-05-15 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Whoops.  Paul Pflanz gave me a heads up that he photographed Red-tails on the 
nest in newman yesterday.  The wind was whipping up ‘horns’ on the adult on the 
nest in Newman this monring so after searching in vain for the owlets and 
freezing down in Jetty Woods I am now convinced that I wishfully turned hawks 
on nest into owls.  Stuart 


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[cayugabirds-l] Great horned owl's at Newman golf course

2016-05-15 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Adult with two fledglings hunkered on nest. Brrr!  Better angle from Vicinity 
of maintenance building. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Great horned owl fledgling on old nest.

2016-05-15 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Fledgling sitting on previously occupied nest in the middle of Newman golf 
course.1130 h. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Also WW SCOTERS

2016-01-08 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Ann Mitchell found two WW SCOTERS Earlier. Diane redound them with a large 
flock of goldeneyes closer to the western shore.

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[cayugabirds-l] Long-tailed Duck East Shore park

2016-01-08 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Male seen 1 k north

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[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine at compost

2016-01-02 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Until the very moment I commenced to thumb this message there was a peregrine 
falcon at the compost piles Perching on a short horizontal branch of the only 
sizable tree south of the piles. If it returns it should be visible from 
Stevenson Road.

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[cayugabirds-l] Make that 2 RUTU ON SPIT

2015-06-05 Thread Stuart Krasnoff


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[cayugabirds-l] Ruddy turnstone at Myers

2015-06-05 Thread Stuart Krasnoff

On spit

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[cayugabirds-l] Redstarts at jetty woods

2015-05-02 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
A few.

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[cayugabirds-l] American Bittern at swan pen

2015-04-30 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Out in open on log at end on peninsula. 0900 h

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[cayugabirds-l] Eurasian wigeon @ Knox Marsellis

2015-04-25 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Seen from East Rd, maybe same bird seen at Tschache earlier. 

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[cayugabirds-l] REDPOLL FLOCK TRIPHAMMER TERRACE

2015-02-14 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Flock of about 30 Redpolls in birches on Trip TERR. And hill rest. 1050 h. 

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[cayugabirds-l] PEREGRINE STIILL AT BRADFIELD

2015-01-11 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
East side. Viable from greenhouses. 

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[cayugabirds-l] No Willet at Myers

2014-08-24 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
No sign of Willet at Myrrs or Salt Pt. This morning.  Semipalmated Plover and 
Sandpiper plus Least on spit at  0740. Just one Spotted there now. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Sanderling continues at Myers Pt.

2014-07-25 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
The Sanderling was at Myers Pt. last evening and this morning as well as of 
0745 h.  I saw 3 Least Sandpipers around the islands in the creek and 2 
Semipalmated Sandpipers on the spit...Stuart



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[cayugabirds-l] Black-crowned Night Heron continues at Swan Pen

2014-07-24 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I saw the Black-crowned Night Heron juv. at the Swan Pen this morning ca. 8 AM 
along with 2 Great Blue Herons, a Green Heron and two Belted 
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Friday the 13th-Blow flies from Bluebird box and other ghoulish breeding season phenomena

2014-06-13 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Re: Richard's insects.  My guess would be blow flies (family Calliphoridae) 
from a cadaver.  I dont think they'd pose a threat to a living bird best to get 
the adults and take them to Jason Dombroskie in Entomology for id.

Given today's date, I thought i'd share another grisly observation from a few 
weeks ago.  Judy Abrams and I were scoping the Heron rookery in the swamp south 
of  the W. Danby firehouse on June 1.   Just as we were starting to enjoy 
discovering chicks in one nest one of the brood of 4(!) starting hammering the 
runt with its beak and it looked like it was trying to flip it over the side 
and out of the nest.  I didn't see anything fall,  but I did see what looked 
like feeding (pecking and possible flesh rending) on something out of sight low 
in the nest ,so maybe cannibalism could be added to the rapsheet in addition to 
fratricide.  The internet yielded abundant reports of this phenomenon in 
ardeids.  It's all right there in the The Selfish Gene (I mean literally-I 
think there was a chapter on conflict of interest among sibs), but it turned a 
'cute' baby bird into an evil-eyed dinosaur in a West Danby minute.   BTW,  I  
haven't noticed other postings on the collection of active nests out there.  Is 
this a perennial rookery? If so, maybe Geo can comment on its history.

Good luck for the rest of the day...Stuart




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[cayugabirds-l] MOURNING WARBLER in SSW

2014-05-23 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
MOWA SINGING BY DUCKWEED POND NEAR SHERWOOD. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Ah, the Prickilie Bush...

2014-05-08 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I dropped into the Hawthorn Orchard a little before noon to find an abundance 
of bare sticks, but a paucity of foliage and birds.  A westerly pass along the 
northern edge yielded a small flock of White-throated sparrows and a Baltimore 
Oriole.  The perennial Great-crested Flycatcher was doing its wheepy thing in 
the open area west of the NE corner.  I went down the paved trail a few hundred 
yards and checked Chris T-H's Cape-may Warbler magnets, the two scraggly 
spruces on the north edge of a private yard just off the trail to the west, but 
there was no magnetism happening there at noon. Then I cut back into the grassy 
field south of the Hawthorn plot and found a Yellow Warbler working the big 
willow on the south edge of the strip, where, I assume, the Nashville and Cape 
May were found this morning.  It's the only respectably flushed out tree 
around. After some judicious spisshing (say that ten times fast and birds just 
pour out of the bush) I had Yellow-rumped, Blackburnian, Nashville, and 
Willson's Warbler as well as a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a vireo I couldn't id 
with certainty although I'm pretty sure it was a Red-eyed.  It's humbling to 
struggle with a bird that I've read is the most common breeding passerine in 
northeastern deciduous forests (here i am, where are you?).  So...until the 
Hawthorns green up that willow tree may be a micro-hotspot on east hill.  
Yeah...spring fever.

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[cayugabirds-l] Laughing Gull

2014-05-01 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I found the Laughing Gull at 1345 h sleeping on the grass with Ring-billed 
Gulls across the cass park marina inlet. Something spooked the gulls  and they 
took off. When they resettled the LAGU was replaced by a Caspian term. I then 
refound the LAGU swimming by the jetty. 

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[cayugabirds-l] NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH

2014-04-26 Thread Stuart Krasnoff

NOWA SINGING NOW AT WOODLETON. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Brown Thrasher on South Hill

2014-04-13 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
This morning at 0730 I was surprised to hear a Brown Thrasher singing away here 
in suburbia.  I caught a brief glimpse of the singer before he took off.  
Around 0810 a Pine Warbler was singing on Comstock Knoll as if he intended to 
stay.

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[cayugabirds-l] Horned grebe near east shore

2014-04-05 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
There's a nice breeding plumage horned Grebe at east shore park south of the 
most southerly docks.

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[cayugabirds-l] Whoops Pied billed

2014-04-05 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I guess I hallucinated nice orange horns on a pied billed grebe when from 
Stewart Park but I can only find pie billed from the southern end of the 
Eastshore sailing docks.

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[cayugabirds-l] Birding by Nose for field birds

2014-01-20 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Followiing up on the McGowans'  followup on Bob McGuire's tip about field birds 
in Lansing I drove up Davis Rd. around noon today.  I don't think I've ever 
been there before so I didn't know what to expect and where to look, but when 
the fumes of manure started to displace all the oxygen in my vehicle I figured 
I was in the right place, i.e. just north of Town Line Rd. where Davis Rd. 
becomes Mahaney.  The flock was in the field on the east side of the road 
across from the big bunker on the biosecure farm lot.  Maybe the meth 
chemists use the same olfactory cues to find what they're looking for.  I found 
~200 Horned Larks, ~10 Snow Buntings, and 2-4 Lapland Longspurs (I did not see 
the numbers of the latter reported yesterday).

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[cayugabirds-l] Scoter Flock on south end of Cayuga Lake still growing (47 from East Shore!)

2014-01-16 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I've been following reports on ebird of the flock of Scoters that has been 
growing in numbers over the past week or so at the south end of Cayuga Lake.  
Jay McGowan's ebird report from yesterday gave an exact count of 38 all 
confirmed as White-winged.   I've seen this flock several times in very poor 
light and very far off from both the east and west shores.  With today's 
sunshine promising a better look I visited East Shore Park at noon and finally 
got a well-lit, if distant, view.  Eye-commas were visible on several males and 
many of the female types displayed white wings either at rest or in display.  
Today, I got a count of 47 from East Shore.  I also saw about 20 Long-tailed 
Ducks and at least 12 Horned Grebes, some near the Scoter flock.  Later, 
viewing from Stewart Park, I relocated the Scoters pretty much in the middle of 
the lake and noticed a distinct group of 9 female types, moving in and out of 
the main flock at times separating by 100 yards or more.  This 9 plus Jay's 38 
matches the 47 count I got earlier.  I'm not sure of the id of the putative 
newcomers.  In saltier or bigger bodies of water these birds can be a lot less 
elusive and mysterious than they are around here, so it's gratifying to have 
them hanging around even if they do insist on keeping their distance.

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[cayugabirds-l] East shore Aythya raft.

2013-12-22 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Thousands of Aythya right off east shore park 1010 h. Mostly Redhead. 

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[cayugabirds-l] South end of Cayuga waterfowl including Long-tailed Duck and White-winged Scoters

2013-12-19 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I scoped from East Shore Park this morning from 0830-9 and got a distant view 
of the spectacular assemblage of waterfowl from the the Hog Hole up the west 
shore of the lake. Notable were 20+ Tundra Swans, a female Log-tailed Duck 
fishing around the cluster piling, and a male/female pair of White-winged 
Scoters 200-300 yards out from the East Shore.  I'm hoping that Dave Nutter, 
who is down along near the west shore, will post a detailed list from that area.

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[cayugabirds-l] Binocular Case Found at East Shore Park

2013-10-31 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I found a soft binocular case at East Shore Park this morning (Thurs).  Contact 
me off-list to recover.

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[cayugabirds-l] 2 White-winged Scoters from east shore park.

2013-10-25 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
2 WWSC males flew to middle of lake at 0910. 

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[cayugabirds-l] 100's (really!) of White-throated Sparrows at Bluegrass Lane (Tues AM)

2013-10-15 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
In the last 36 hours I  made 3 trips to Bluegrass Lane to not see the vaunted 
Blue Grosbeak, arriving once just after it was spotted and waiting an hour for 
it not to reappear, and twice leaving just before it was re-reported.  But 
enough about the thrill of the vain chase...during my visit to the locale early 
this morning (ca. 0730 h) I flushed a Wilson's Snipe along the northern edge of 
the southwest cornfield near the cattails.   Then I walked the southern edge of 
that field down the road that runs west from where the John Deere is currently 
parked.  There I witnessed an astonishing migration manifestation:  throngs of 
White-throated Sparrows were emerging from the corn and rising into the trees 
to the south.  Besides a few Song Sparrows, a Field Sparrow, a Ruby-crowned 
Kinglet, a House Finch, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Gray Catbird and a Robin or 
two, everything I got my binoculars on during an intense twenty minutes was a 
WTSP.  As I walked along, snatches of song praising Canada and hailing Sam 
Peabody floated down from the trees and I could hear wings whirring in the corn 
as the sparrows flushed in front of me.  I continued to where the road turns to 
the north and then started back.  As I retraced my steps the sparrows were just 
exploding from the corn in wave after wave of 10-15 birds.   Along one 50 yard 
stretch I counted ~165 birds pass in front of me in 30 seconds.  I estimated 
the total at 200 and think this may have been conservative.  Wow!  It occurred 
to me that there must be some kind of highly constrained post-season 
superlative that I could apply to the experience...how about largest flock of 
non-introduced non-icterine migrating passerines ever observed below eye-level 
by a Cayuga-birder during a government shutdown?
 



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[cayugabirds-l] Olive-sided Flycatcher on South Hill RecWay

2013-09-14 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I took a stroll on the South Hill Recreationway from 6-7 PM.  Pretty cool and 
quiet but...I saw an Olive-sided Flycatcher perched in the open on a snag below 
the trail behind the Northview drive backyards.  The bird was showing the white 
rump patches of a juvenile.  This was a first for me in my local patch.

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[cayugabirds-l] Worm-eating Warbler persists at Lindsay Parsons on Railbed

2013-07-07 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I walked the tracks south from Station Rd. both yesterday (Sat) and today.  
Yesterday I searched in vain for Worm-eating Warbler on the Lindsay-Parsons 
blue trail at the base of the pinnacles where Jay M. and LIvia S. reported 
seeing several Worm-eating Warblers last week.  On my way back I ran into the 
Ann M., Donna S., and Judy T. who had just seen a WEWA on the railbed. This 
morning as I heard and then saw what is possibly the same bird in the same 
area.  At about 0815 this morning I heard a Black-and-white Warbler and also a 
dry triller singing near the railroad bridge with new catwalks.  Just north of 
this bridge is a 'restrict spray' sign. I eventually saw what may be the same 
WEWA as Ann et al. saw yesterday.  I ran into Bruce Packard on the LP blue 
trail and we revisited the WEWA location and refound the bird.  Later Sandy and 
Bill Podulka reported that they also heard this bird.  July in the serene Inlet 
Valley!

Stuart K.

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[cayugabirds-l] Clay-colored sparrow persists at LP

2013-06-22 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Clay-colored sparrow singing (0615h-) at Lindsay-Parsons. NE of first field 
where mowed path bends to east along hedgerow.

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[cayugabirds-l] Common Nighthawk on Inlet; Myers; add Canada Warbler at Sapsucker Woods

2013-05-22 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I stopped at Myers this morning at ca. 0720h.  I didn't see any migrant 
shorebirds.  An Osprey was on the snag at Salt Pt. and the expected residents 
were about including both Common and Hooded Mergansers with brood.

I also want to add a vocal Canada Warbler to Mark and Tilden Chao's list from 
this morning.  Jesse Ross and I saw the bird in the buckthorns on the high end 
of the pond leg of the Wilson North at about 0830.

Late yesterday I birded Inlet Rd. which should be pinned on the google map link 
below.  At about 1930h I saw a Common Nighthawk rock and roll up the inlet and 
off to the southwest.  I had another sighting far off to the south at about 
2030h which I thought might have been the same bird I saw earlier. Seems like a 
good spot to look for nighthawks .

Stuart



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Inlet Rd. near Railroad Bridge, Ithaca, NY, Tompkins, US-NY
May 21, 2013 7:25 PM - 8:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments: br /Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.3
22 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  50
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  8
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  14 4 adults; brood of 10
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  4
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  24 Kettle far to south
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  1
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)  1 Flew up inlet and away to SE.
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  1
Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  2
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  1

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[cayugabirds-l] Philadelphia Vireo @ SSW

2013-05-21 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Singing quietly near pallet in pond on Wilson north. 0830h.

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[cayugabirds-l] Kip's Island FIelds Location info: 42° 59' 49.61, -76° 43' 8.40

2013-05-13 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
This is in response to several requests for location info on Kip's Island 
Fields which I had never heard of before Tim Lenz's CayugaRBA of Glossy Ibis 
and Ruff from there and Jay McGowan's relay to the list.

I was with Gary Kohlenberg last Friday and did not see either rare bird but 
reported Black-bellied Plover.  I have gotten several requests for location 
info.   Gary found the site by using Tim Lenz's ebird checklist map info.

Tim Lenz's checklist corresponding to his original report :

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has the location of

Kip Island Fields (SE of SR 90  I-90 Thruway), Cayuga County, New York, US 

as

42.997114, -76.718999‎ or
+42° 59' 49.61, -76° 43' 8.40

If you are coming from the north go south through the village of Montezuma.  
Stay on NYS 90 and run along the thruway and look for the dirt parking area as 
described below.

If you are coming up from Union Springs on 90 just where it bends to the 
northeast to run along the Thruway there's a dirt parking area with some heavy 
equipment parked there.  There's a Refuge sign on a gate.  We  saw distant 
shorebirds far to the left (est. 500-700 meters off).

Maybe Tim could refine this if it needs any correction.

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[cayugabirds-l] Kipp Island (not Kip's Island)

2013-05-13 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Kip has a barn but, apparently, not an island.  The erstwhile haunt of the Ruff 
and Glossy Ibis is Kipp Island, not Kip's Island.  And therefore never send to 
know for whom
the bell tolls; It tolls for thee...

http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lon=-76.7263402lat=42.9967316datum=nad83

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[cayugabirds-l] Friday-Black-bellied Plover at Kips Island

2013-05-11 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Sorry for the late post, but I thought I should add that late Friday afternoon 
Gary Kohlenberg and I had a distant Black-bellied Plover (as well as two 
Sandhill Cranes, a displaying tom turkey and 5 hens  at the Kips Island site 
where we searched in vain for Ibis.





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[cayugabirds-l] CBC field trip: Saturday, 4/27/2013; South Hill Recreationway

2013-04-28 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
On Saturday morning (4/27/13) I led a CBC field trip on the South Hill 
Recreationway in the Town of Ithaca.  Our group of seven started out at the 
Juniper Drive gate where we observed several foragaing Ruby-crowned Kinglets.  
These birds were vocalizing everywhere throughout the morning and the total of 
7 reported for the trip is very conservative, possibly by a factor of 2x-3x.  A 
Ruffed Grouse was drumming in the thicket to the north of the grassy path below 
the Juniper gates.  We proceeded up the main rail trail and soon encountered 
the first of several Blue-headed Vireos we would eventually see/hear.  This one 
was foraging in the same tree as a pair of Purple Finches.  Farther along we 
had two Eastern Towhees countersinging from fields on either side of the main 
trail.

 We then explored some of the woodland trails that run along the gorges feeding 
Six-mile Creek.  One of these yielded a singing Lousiana Waterthrush within 200 
meters of the main trail.  This is presumably the same bird I heard in the  
same area last week.  Farther downstream we heard a single bout of song from a 
Winter Wren who then went silent and, like the Waterthrush, defied our efforts 
to get a look at him.  Later, we all had rewarding sunlit views of another 
Blue-head Vireo foraging at close range while yet another sang in the distance. 
 We flushed a second grouse on the narrow grassy trail that runs below and 
parallel to the main trail between Northview creek and Juniper.  We also 
scanned the old reservoir from a vantage point far above 2nd dam where scores 
of Red slider turtles were sunning themselves.  In the distance we picked out a 
pair each of Common Mergansers and Canada Geese.

While we ended up doing a bit more hiking than we might have done if some of 
more of the hoped-for migrants and returning residents had been in evidence it 
was a glorious spring morning to be out on our local trails. My ebird report 
follows.

South Hill Recreation Way, Tompkins, US-NY
Apr 27, 2013 6:48 AM - 10:58 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: CBC Birdwalk with Klaus, Paul, David, Lee, Susan, Loretta, Becky. 
Clear, cool starting in the high 30s;  up to the low 50s.
33 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  3
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  2
Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)  2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  3
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  5
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1
Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  7
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  4
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)  1
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  3
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  3
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  4

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[cayugabirds-l] BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER etc. on So. Hill RecWay

2013-04-24 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I birded the So. Hill RecWay and adjacent trails this morning hoping the wind 
blew in some migrants that will stick around for Saturday's CBC field trip 
(7:30-noon;  meet at the end of Juniper Dr.)  Highlights this morning included 
Purple Finch, a Lousiana Waterthrush singing in the gorge about halfway between 
Juniper and Burns Rd., two Blue-headed Vireos, one singing, deep in the woods, 
and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER singing in the brushy woods below the trail 
behind the Northview Drive backyards.

Best...Stuart




South Hill Recreation Way, Tompkins, US-NY
Apr 24, 2013 6:35 AM - 8:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: 45-50 F. wind from south 5-10 mph.  br /Submitted from BirdLog 
NA for iOS, version 1.5.3
23 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  6
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  5
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  2
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)  1 In gorge below prairie heard 
about 100 yards down north ridge trail.
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1 Singing near dey's
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  2
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  3
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  5
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1 Singing over the junco spruces below 
main trail.

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South Hill Recreation Way, Tompkins, US-NY
Apr 24, 2013 6:35 AM - 8:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: 45-50 F. wind from south 5-10 mph.  br /Submitted from BirdLog 
NA for iOS, version 1.5.3
23 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  3
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  6
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  5
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  2
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)  1 In gorge below prairie heard 
about 100 yards down north ridge trail.
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1 Singing near dey's
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  2
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  3
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  5
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1 Singing over the junco spruces below 
main trail.

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[cayugabirds-l] Rusty Blackbirds now east of CLO

2013-04-22 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Rusty Blackbirds now east of CLO between Powerlines and trail to south. 1400h.

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[cayugabirds-l] Rusty Blackbirds just flew toward WILSON north.

2013-04-22 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Rusty Blackbirds just flew toward WILSON north. 1410 h.

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[cayugabirds-l] Virginia Rail continues at SSW

2013-04-20 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Calling now in wetland behind 3rd lot. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Woodcocks, Winter Wren on South Hill Trail

2013-03-13 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I heard three Woodcocks on the South Hill trail above Juniper this morning 
around 0645-0710h  dst.  Two were spaced about 150 yards apart in the thick 
brush below the trail opposite the backyards of the houses on Northview.  I 
heard one definite display flight.  I heard the third bird peeting from a field 
off the trail to the east about a half-mile uptrail from Juniper.  On my return 
trip I heard a Winter Wren singing near the Northview backyards. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Yikes! Shrikes!

2013-01-05 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
At 4 PM Friday I went up to the Equine Research Lab to find the Northern Shrike 
reported by Dave Nutter.  It flew into the 'top of a tall tree behind the lab 
buildings and showed itself briefly but brightly in the fading sunlight, 
disappeared and did not reappear in the next 15 minutes.  Then, I headed up 
Scofield Rd. and saw yet another Northern Shrike on the east side of the road 
opposite the house at 436 Scofield.  Whence this plenitude of shirkes?  A quirk 
of sampling due to January enthusiasm?


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[cayugabirds-l] Acadian Flycatchers at Ford Hill

2012-06-11 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I spent a few hours Sunday morning in the Ford Hill area.  I heard an Acadian 
Flycatcher singing intermittently from the south side of the creek in the area 
where Jay reported one a few weeks ago.  I also heard and saw a Yellow-throated 
Vireo.  I then crossed to the north side of the creek and up to an area that 
held among other birds, singing Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Hooded 
Warbler, an active family of Baltimore Orioles, and another singing warbler I 
recorded but couldn't id.  I then went back to the north bank of the creek and 
down into it at the spot where I'd heard the Acadian previously thinking the 
hike out would be easier in the creek bottom (it wasn't--there's a tricky 
ten-foot waterfall to scale).  While I was down there two Empidonax flycatchers 
flew up and down the creek just over my head. i didn't get great looks, but 
they weren't Pewees or Phoebes so I think it's reasonable to conclude they were 
Acadians.

Stuart

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[cayugabirds-l] MERLIN (nesting?) in City Cemetary

2012-05-12 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
After a discussion about Cape May Warblers  I decided to stop at the Ithaca 
City Cemetary to  check the tall spruces.  I didn't get that far. Just below 
the Stewart Ave. entrance  there's a short road that goes off sharply to the 
north and over that road and up toward Stewart Ave. stands a white pine with 
its top 20' dead and sere.  I saw a lump near the top that turned out to be a 
MERLIN with its back to me, either grooming or picking at some food.  After a 
minute of watching it, it dive bombed a cardinal and then flew to the south 
into another white pine.  I refound it perched near a dense packing of sticks 
that might be a nest. To find the putative nest tree find the bench with the 
short flagpole on the left of the main road where it bends sharply to the 
right.  Stand across the road (on the north side) at the bend and sight to the 
left of the flagpole looking SSE.  There are several pines up there just 50 
yards or so below Stewart AVe.  The bird and nest (or collection of sticks) was 
in the left-most tree maybe 20-25'  from its top.  Merlins have been reported 
thereabouts perennially but this the first one I've found there.

Marginal digivideo through my scope at: http://youtu.be/azf-ZZlmi9Q

Best...Stuart

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[cayugabirds-l] Cemetary Merlin Video link revised

2012-05-12 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Cemetary Merlin Video link revised:

http://youtu.be/wm8ZK_gFdDA

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[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn additions

2012-05-07 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I must have just missed Chris in the Hawthorn's where I meandered from about 
0845 to 1000 h.  Most of the same birds for me including the singing WIlson's 
Warbler in the north central part of the tract.  I can add a Black-throated 
Blue Warbler male singing briefly and a Red-eyed Vireo both on the slope to the 
ravine where I also had eye-level views of the Great-crested Flycatcher.

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[cayugabirds-l] Northern Parula in Hector reported by Judy Abrams

2012-04-29 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Judy Abrams just called to report that she saw a NORTHERN PARULA with a flock 
of Chickadees in Hector.  She was in the woods about a half-mile north of the 
parking area on Seneca Rd. between Potomac and Warner Corners Rd.

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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park SPOTTED SANDPIPERS; South Hill Louisiana Waterthrush

2012-04-16 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I made two circles of the Swan Pen this morning looking for warblers but didn't 
find any.  I did see two SPOTTED SANDPIPERS along the shore.  Later from the 
eastern park shore I saw a RED-THROATED LOON and two HORNED GREBES.  There was 
also a flock of 9 Scaup I took to be Greater (smooth low head-profiles).  If 
anyone else who sees them thinks they are Lesser please let me know. 

Later around home I heard a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH singing in a small gorge that 
feeds 6-mile Creek just below 30' dam.  The spot is about a 1 minute scramble 
from where the lower leg of the rail-trail (the old railroad 'spur' which 
starts at Hillview)  bends up to east below the playground by Iacovelli Park.  
There's a gate you can go through into the woods and then if you start to walk 
left and clockwise around the hill in front of you you can work your way down 
to the gorge edge   Like Dave Nutter I put in some time trying to find the 
singing bird but eventually gave up.  I was about 30' feet about the gorge at 
that point and he was above me.  I've heard La. Waterthrushes here in past 
years and also heard them from the Mulholland side of 6-mile where this this 
gorge meets the main stream.

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[cayugabirds-l] 50 snipe at Bennington? Really?

2012-04-14 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
 I was not on a college tour in Vermont today.  Siri made  Bennington out 
'Benning'. and I didn't catch it.  Sorry about that.  I'll spare you how she 
voice-recognized Two Fox Sparrows in tree in Earhardt's yard.

 A few highlights from a full day of birding locally and around the lake:

I tried unsuccessfully for Vesper Sparrow by the lone tree west of Liddell lab 
this morning before 7 AM.  I did see a Coyote in the field to the southeast of 
the grass track and then another one to the south, each at about 300 yards. 
They briefly checked me out before slipping into the woods.  One them had a 
yellowish pelt .  They me the primal willies (they make me feel like food).  

At  0735 I found a very cooperative Vesper Sparrow singing persistently on the 
northwest corner of Cherry Rd. and Warren Dr.  near Ithaca Airport.

Around noon at Aurora Boathouse I saw a flock of 8 Long-tailed Ducks about 500 
yards out and another pair flying up the east shore of the lake.  

I saw Northern Harriers today in the Rafferty Rd. area, Lake Rd., and 
Montezuma.  Just before stopping at Benning a male Harrier was doing courtship 
loops and stoops over the marsh to the south.

Benning (really) was crawling with shorebirds as reported by others and most 
were in great light and fairly close to the wildlife drive.  I counted 55 
Wilson's Snipe and probably missed a few. The Pectorals and Dunlin were also 
putting on a show.

I struck out on BC Night Heron at Towpath but I did see a cooperative Ruby 
Crowned Kinglet on the way out to Puddlers where there were 9 Caspian Terns 
fishing and loafing with Herring and Ring-billed gulls.  I also saw a lone 
Great Egret, presumably the same one reported yesterday.

Good birding tomorrow.

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[cayugabirds-l] Bonaparte's Gull at Stewart Park

2012-04-02 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
A Bonaparte's Gull was fishing just offshore on the eastern side of Stewart 
Park this morning at 7:20.  Stuart
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[cayugabirds-l] Cackling Goose at Sheldrake on Saturday

2012-01-29 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Sorry for the late post.  There were a lot geese (1000's)  in the Sheldrake 
area yesterday.   At the park I saw two possible Cackling Geese.  #1 looks a 
bit less likely than #2 to me.  Videos for vetting are posted:

Goose #2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-wKF8wwV1o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvwFbpxRSaw

Goose #1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6G1OA2ajTM


Sheldrake also hosted 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye 
and Mallard.


Judy Abrams reported seeing a Brown-headed Cowbird at 9045 Seneca St. in T'burg.


Best...Stuart




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[cayugabirds-l] Common Ravens on Burdick Hill Rd.

2011-12-30 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Sorry for the late post. Yesterday (Thursday 12/27/11) at about 12:45 PM I 
pulled into the TIkkun V'or parking lot on N. Triphammer Rd. and Burdick Hill 
Rd. and saw two Common Ravens soaring and rolling over the field just south of 
Burdick Hill Road.  They descended on a carcass and began to pick nervously at 
what I assumed to be an erstwhile deer.  As I scoped the action I noticed a 
third bird.  After looking at a bit of video I took of the scene the third bird 
revealed itself as a Turkey Vulture.  Others of its ilk were circling overhead.

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[cayugabirds-l] erratum on the date for the ravens

2011-12-30 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
whoops.  you lose track of time when you're on use-or-lose vacation 
timeYesterday was apparently 12/29/2011. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Horned Grebe, Pintail @Stewart Pk; Red-throated Loon at Myers

2011-11-24 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
A quick note before attending to the plucked bird in the fridge...There was a 
Horned Grebe at Stewart Park off the west.  There was also a male Northern 
Pintail, a pair of Common Goldeneye, 30 Bufflehead, 2-4 Redhead, ca. 8 
Ring-necked Ducks, some Lesser Scaup, along with Coot, Goose, and Mallard.  
Myers was quiet but I did find a Red-throated Loon  a few hundred yards off the 
point, and 5 Common Loons.  Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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[cayugabirds-l] Myers (Dunlin and Surf Scoters) and Mt. Pleasant (Pipits)

2011-11-06 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Despite a paucity of birds (no shooting or ducks of wood, styrofoam or other 
polymers either) I spent an hour around Myers and Salt Points this morning from 
about 9-10 (EST! yeah!).  There was a lone DUNLIN on the spit with 2-3 dozen 
plus Ring-Billed Gulls and a few Herring Gulls.  Lots of Mallards scattered 
about hither and yon, plus 1 Common Merganser.  However, In the Salt Point cove 
in the lee of the howling south wind I saw three juvenile SURF SCOTERS.  there 
was a Grea Blue Heron on the shore and a Common Loon up close that I couldn't 
refind after it submerged.  It may have been the same individual I saw later 
farther out to the north. No grebes for me.  Not a Canada Goose to be seen.

Encouraged by recent reports on the list I declared today The Day of the Pipits 
and headed up to Mt. Pleasant and spent another hour (1045-1145 h) there trying 
to find some.  I soon saw/herd  a flock of 80-100 American Pipits a few hundred 
yards east of the road to the towers.  They were pretty much constantly on the 
move in the fields near the tower access road down to Mineah Rd.  At one point 
there were about 20 of them bobbing and twitching on the Mount Pleasant Rd. 
asphalt.

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[cayugabirds-l] Lesser Yellowlegs and Least Sandpiper Tues AM @ Myers Pt.

2011-08-16 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I had one Lesser Yellowlegs and one Least Sandpiper at 0730h @ Myers Pt. this 
morning.  Neither stayed very long.  The peep was attempting forage amongst the 
forest of Canada Goose legs that were studding the point.  The Yellowlegs was 
in the little side pool off  and took off up the lake tooting as soon as I got 
out of my vehicle. 

total count as follows:

Myers Point, Tompkins, US-NY
Aug 16, 2011 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
17 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  50
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  30
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  3
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)  1
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  30
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  2
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)  5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  X
Purple Martin (Progne subis)  20
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  20
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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[cayugabirds-l] Hooded Warbler and Hermit Thrush Singing near South Hill Rail Trail

2011-05-31 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I hiked off-trail below the South Hill Rail Trail near the Burns Rd. entrance 
this afternoon between 1::00 and 3:00 PM.  I had two encounters with birds I've 
never heard singing in those woods. One was a Hermit Thrush singing 
sporadically in tall timber on the edge of a gorge.  About an hour later I had 
a Hooded Warbler singing persistently in another area about 1/4 mile away from 
the thrush .  With no encouragement from me the Hooded came down to check me 
out and we made naked-eye contact.  I watched him sing for a few minutes and 
observed some brief aerobatic interactions with another bird.  A singing Tufted 
Titmouse and a foraging Red-eyed Vireo were nearby so it could have been either 
one of them, or maybe...I'd like to think... it was a Hooded female.  I've had 
both these species in the area in the past but never singing as if on 
territory. I'd be interested in any observations anyone might have suggesting 
either of these species might be regular breeders in the lower Six-mile Basin.  
If anyone (the  June counter for this area?)  wants to know how to find the 
exact location for these birds please contact me off-list. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-billed Cuckoo on South Hill; Bay-breasted Warblers continue at Hawthorns (late morning)

2011-05-13 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I birded around home and then walked the off-the-rail-trail-trails  below 
Juniper Drive on South Hill this morning from about 5:30 to 9:00 AM.  The 
highlight was a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO I spotted at about 7:30.  About an hour 
later on my way back I was about 200 meters from where I saw the cuckoo earlier 
when I heard  soft keeowp calls, but I could not find a cuckoo producing them 
at first.   I did see a rotund lump of Ruffed Grouse in a tree whence the 
keowping issued.  The Grouse eventually took off and the keeowping continued so 
I circumambulated a bit and finally located the Cuckoo in the same tree that 
the Grouse had occupied and watched it call for awhile.  Warblers were few and 
far between.  I managed a quick glimpse of a Magnolia and a Chestnut-sided and 
heard a few American Redstarts and Yellow Warblers.  In between Cuckoo 
sightings I climbed up to the high flat knoll that overlooks the second dam 
(and lower Reservoir).  I heard a Scarlet Tanager singing sporadically in the 
tree-tops up there and watched what looked like two conspecific song birds 
engaged in a high-speed treetop chase for about 20 minutes.  The interaction 
looked more agonistic than amatory although I am aware that there is a fine 
line between the two categories of behavior throughout the animal kingdom.  
There were Red-eyed Vireos singing on territory everywhere in the vicinity this 
morning and my best guess is I was watching two males of the species arguing 
over control of the mountain top.

When I got home and read about the warbler extravaganzas at the Hawthorns and 
Sapsucker Woods I felt compelled to my mini-vacation and ducked into the 
Hawthorns from about 10-11.  Besides Larry Hymes and the more common migrants 
and residents reported by Bob and Chris,  I found 1 Blackburnian Warbler, 3-5 
Magnolias, and a pair of male Bay-breasted Warblers in two different locations. 
No YB Cuckoo, Golden-winged Warbler, or Yellow-bellied Flycatcher for me at 
that hour.

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[cayugabirds-l] Blackburnian in Sapsucker Woods near

2011-05-01 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Brown Creepers and Ovenbirds seemed to be singing everywhere in Sapsucker Woods 
this morning from about 8:30-9:30.   At the Woodleton I saw the northside 
Northern Waterthrush and heard the southside half of that duelling pair.  I 
then ran into an incredible profusion of Yellow-rumped Warblers on the eastern 
north-south leg of the East Trail by the swampy pond and shelter.  Everything 
that moved seemed to be a Rumpie and I was just about to give up finding any 
other migrants when I ran into Karen, a California Park Ranger from Yosemite.  
While we were comparing notes on east and west-coast birds (it's chastening to 
be reminded how stunning Northern Cardinals and Blue Jays are) she found a 
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER which obliged us with brief but excellent views.

Stuart



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[cayugabirds-l] More Pine Siskins (lower South Hill)

2011-04-23 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Me too for Pine Siskins;  Tos at our feeder on Juniper Dr.  Saturday morning 
~8:45.
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[cayugabirds-l] Triphammer Terrace Redpoll flock now 100

2010-12-29 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I checked for the Redpolls again this morning and am giving myself another 
chance to try to type 'flock' .  At ca. 0800 h I counted 105 Redpolls in two 
adjacent birches.  Yesterday a Red-tailed Hawk cruised over and the flock 
briefly evacuated the triangular patch of birches.  Today, a Red-tailed was 
sitting in a birch when I drove up, but the Redpolls were going about their 
business about 100 yards away...Stuart



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[cayugabirds-l] Now approx. 60 Redpollin Lansing fglock

2010-12-28 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
 I trailed other Cayuga birders to the Common Redpolls feeding on Birch catkins 
in the patch between Triphammer Terr. and Hillcrest. Yesterday there were ca. 
30 birds at 1030 h.  Today, also at ca. 1030 h, the flock had increased to ca. 
60.Yesterday I also saw a Rough-legged Hawk patrolling the fields south of  
Burdick Hill Rd. and a Common Raven soaring over Esty Dr. at 34B.
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[cayugabirds-l] King Eider back at Myers

2010-11-28 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Paul Anderson had the King Eider at Myers Pt. at ca. 0930h.



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[cayugabirds-l] ID problem: female Black Scoters or winter male Ruddy Ducks at Dryden Lake?

2010-11-22 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Hi all,

 Bird ID problem...
 
 see:  
 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GixbxmtaGY8
  
 
 I took this at Dryden lake late yesterday (Sunday morning).
 
  My first impression before looking carefully was Ruddy Duck winter males.  
 Once I scoped them I started to doubt and wondered  if they were Black Scoter 
 females.  
 
 any help would be appreciated.
 
 Stuart

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[cayugabirds-l] dead coot @ stewart park, etc.

2010-11-21 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
In response to Mary W's question...Saturday morning at Stewart Park (8-9 AM) I 
did indeed see a dead coot near the entrance to the Swan Pen trail. It looked 
so fresh that I checked to see if was warm (it wasn't)  but it was not stiff 
and I could not see any rips or tears.  I had just seen an adult Bald Eagle 
strafe the waterfowl on the lake and there were maybe half dozen Great 
Black-backed Gulls scattered about in the water way offshore.  I didn't any 
birds on the jetty.

Besides many Mallards and Canada Geese I saw 4 Tundra swans, 3 adults and a 
juvenile. One of them was persistently producing a dove-like cooing 
vocalization accompanying the ducking of its head. The four swans took off up 
Fall Creek while I was checking out the coot.  I also saw a mixed flock of 50 
Aythya, 4 spp. present, mostly Redheads, with at least one male of each Scaup, 
and at least two CANVASBACK. 3 Hooded Mergansers took flight when the eagle 
made its pass, there were ca. 50 Bufflehead about, 5 Gadwall well offshore, a 
Kingfisher and Great Blue Heron in the Lagoon, and a Carolina Wren calling near 
the Swan Pen.  I did not hear TIm's WInter Wren. 

Good birding...Stuart


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[cayugabirds-l] Long-Tailed Duck at Myer Pt. Sunday morning

2010-11-21 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
sorry for the late post.  I saw a female Long-tailed Duck at 0930 this morning 
at Myers.  it was about 30 yards off the point.
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[cayugabirds-l] Nashville Warbler above Plantation Rd. by Vet School

2010-09-13 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I can add a bright Nashville Warbler male and a Scarlet Tanager to Hope's list 
of CU campus birds along the southern slope of Fall Creek.  There are some 
feeders behind Schurman Hall and there was a flurry of vociferous Chickadees, 
Titmice, and House Finches visiting them this morning around 9 AM.  The 
Nashville popped out of the brush on the slope above Plantation Rd. for a few 
seconds as if to see what going on.

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[cayugabirds-l] Great Horned Owl - Juniper Drive

2010-09-01 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I heard a Great Horned Owl hoot briefly this morning at 0530 h.  It was 
probably in the vicinity of the gate at the end of Juniper where it meets the 
South Hill rail trail.  I have observed much concerted crowing of crows down 
there over the past 10 days and have wondered if there was a big owl about.  
There was this morning.

I was at Myers and Salt Pt. shortly after 6, saw gulls, mallards, mergansers, 
spotties, Killdeer, etc., a well-dispersed case of Keystone Light MTs (the 
devil's brew).  Absolutely no connection attributed to the latter but just as a 
heads-up to the birding community I also observed much concerted deployment of 
Canada Goose decoys off the points and heard some gunfire from the west shore.  
A September goose hunting window opened today until until 9/25 
(http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28496.html).

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[cayugabirds-l] Plantations Rd. HOODED WARBLER, etc.

2010-08-24 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
 I also birded the greater Fall Creek Gorge area on CU campus from 0900-0930 h 
 this morning mostly standing in one place looking down into Mundy from the 
 K-permitted area on Plantations Rd. behind the Plant Pathology greenhouses.  
 There was a flurry of activity as the sun flushed the area below with Robins 
 and Waxwings dominating the action with a Pewee and Carolina Wren singing.  
 Visual highlights were an Ovenbird, a Scarlet Tanager male showing irregular 
 patches of scarlet on the mostly greenish-yellow breast and a bright male 
 Hooded Warbler seen just below the rock wall.   In addition, I watched a 
 warbler I couldn't definitively identify foraging farther down--olive-yellow 
 above, yellow breast and belly, noticeable white on tail visible from above, 
 no eye ring or wing-bars - swayed by the presence of a male I am guessing 
 female Hooded Warbler.


 Number of species: 20
 
 Rock Pigeon - Columba livia 10
 Mourning Dove - Zenaida macroura 1
 Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens 2
 Eastern Wood-Pewee - Contopus virens 1
 American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos X
 Carolina Wren - Thryothorus ludovicianus 1
 American Robin - Turdus migratorius 10
 Gray Catbird - Dumetella carolinensis 3
 European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris 5
 Cedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum 15
 American Redstart - Setophaga ruticilla 1
 Ovenbird - Seiurus aurocapilla 1
 Hooded Warbler - Wilsonia citrina 1
 Chipping Sparrow - Spizella passerina 4
 Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis 2
 Scarlet Tanager - Piranga olivacea 2
 Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis 2
 House Finch - Carpodacus mexicanus 2
 American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis 5
 House Sparrow - Passer domesticus 10
 
 This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)


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[cayugabirds-l] Canada Warbler low on Hammond Hill; winged warbler singing like Golden-winged at Park Preserve

2010-05-24 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Sorry for the late and lengthy post.  The gist of it is there's a Canada 
Warbler singing very close to Hammond Hill Rd. near Irish Settlement and a 
winged warbler of indeterminate parentage in the Park Preserve not-seen 
but-heard singing alot like a Golden-winged.  

Details and other highlights are as follows:  After a visit to Salt Pt., which 
was alive with Orchard Orioles, Willow Flycatchers, Warbling Vireos and Yellow 
Warblers early yesterday (Sunday) morning, I headed up to Hammond Hill and ran 
into Sandy, Bill, and Lisa Podulka who, along with Lynn Leopold, directed me to 
a Canada Warbler singing on the brushy slope above the road near the 
intersection with Irish Settlement Rd.  I headed back down to the spot, quickly 
located the bird by ear, and then persisted for 15 minutes before getting a 
glimpse of it.  A little later I got better views of either the same bird and 
or a second one ca. 100 yards up the road on the same side.  This time the song 
lacked the distinct chip note before the burst that I'd heard in the earlier 
bout of singing leading me to think it might be a second bird.

I then went to the Park Preserve where I walked down the Blue Trail past a 
singing a Blue-winged Warbler, an Alder Flycatcher along the creek, and other 
expected residents. Near the beginning of the Red Trail I heard a singing 
Magnolia Warbler in the spruces and while trying to get a look at it, a 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo with nesting material in its bill popped out of a nearby 
spruce 20 feet away at eye-level and retreated just as I got it focussed in my 
scope for a digishot that never happened.  As I continued to look for the 
Magnolia the cuckoo popped out twice, each time retreating before I could get 
off a shot. 

Just past where the Red Trail meets the Orange Trail a Prairie Warbler was 
singing persistently in a clearing (with several 20-foot white pines that have 
had their lower branches neatly trimmed) and while I was maneuvering to locate 
him I heard a winged warbler singing a 5-syllable song that sounds like the 
first sample of Golden-winged Warbler on the Stokes Guide CD.  I did not see 
the bird, but I recorded the song and got opinions from knowledgeable birders 
that range from possible Golden-winged, through probable hybrid, to possible 
Blue-winged singing Golden-winged.  I will try to post an mp3 to the web, but 
in the meantime if anyone is interested please contact me off-list and I will 
send the sound file by email.

Today, a little past noon, I went back and after several circumambulations I 
located what I think is the same bird, singing the same song-variant that I 
recorded yesterday.  I recorded it again today.  I found this bird on the blue 
trail just past (if you're headed in) where the red trail branches off to the 
right.  It was in or near some white pines that sit above the end of the narrow 
goldenrod meadow that runs along the creek.  Once again I did not see the bird 
but heard it close to the trail and then down in the thick brush at the end of 
the meadow, so it was 150 to 200 yards away from where I heard it yesterday and 
moving yet further away when I left.   On the way out today on the Blue trail 
pretty close to the lean-to I heard and saw what I believe is the same Blue 
Winged Warbler I digiscoped yesterday and then I am pretty sure I heard yet 
another Blue-winged singing bee-bizz while the first one foraged.

One more thing...on the way into the Park Preserve today I heard a Raven 
croaking and looked up to see a Turkey Vulture, a Red-tailed Hawk, 6-8 crows, 
and the noisy Raven gyring about and mixing it up.

Best...Stuart




  





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[cayugabirds-l] Broad-winged Hawk over East Hill

2010-04-30 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I was in the lot behind the Rite Aid across from East Hill Plaza checking out a 
singing/foraging Yellow Warbler when I .I saw a Broad-winged Hawk flying north 
high over the cemetery (ca. 0900 h).

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[cayugabirds-l] Spotted Sandpipers - Salt Pt. and Private Marina; Yellow-rumped Warbler - Stewart Park

2010-04-16 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
At ca. 7:30 this morning there were 3 Killdeer around the pool on the north 
side of the spit at Myers.  One was vocalizing persistently from a brooding 
posture on a low mound of beach gravel near the pool.  Later, In the bird's 
absence, I could see what looked like a nest excavation at the site.  Around 
that time I saw a Spotted Sandpiper across the creek at Salt Pt.   Later I saw 
what I presumed was a second one working the beach at the Private Marina.

At ca. 8:20 I saw a bright male Yellow-rumped warbler at the Swan Pen in 
Stewart Park.  Also in the vicinity were 5 Hooded Mergansers, a Fish Crow, and 
a Red-bellied Woodpecker.

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[cayugabirds-l] Found - Bottle-Cap Digiscope Adapter at Myers Pt.

2010-04-12 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I found a home-made digiscope Bottle-Cap camera Adapter at Myers Pt. on Sunday. 
Please email me off-list if it's yours and you want to retrieve it.
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[cayugabirds-l] Presumed Bonaparte's gull with red legs at Armitage plushttp://picasaweb.google.com/booleanquery/BirdsForID# Montezuma miscellany

2010-04-03 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I posted some frame captures of digivids I took of the black-headed gull (all 
lower case) that Dave Nicosia found at Armitage Rd. Saturday afternoon (2 
April).  Please forgive the quality...I picked frames to try to show variation 
in appearance of the leg color (which I would describe as Freshly Nitrited 
Nova Lox ) as well as the bill-shape and proportion, and the extent of black 
and sides of the head (this bird certainly did not show the fingers of black 
descending from crown to eye and ear that Sibley figures.   Find photos at:

http://picasaweb.google.com/booleanquery/BirdsForID#

The ID consensus there on the dike looking north northwest at about 1700h was 
Bonaparte's based on maximum likelihood, but ...the gull gave a bulkier, 
chestier appearance than Bonaparte's to me (Bill Evan's saw the videos and 
voiced that impression as well).  One of the frames has a Ring-billed Gull in 
it which is closer, but may give a sense of size.  Also the bill appeared 
somewhat longish for a Bonaparte's.  For comparison to a Bonaparte's with red 
legs see:

http://jrscience.wcp.muohio.edu/birds/ohio_birds/Bonaparte_Gull_Red_Legs.html

I would appreciate opinions from laridoligists far and wide on range of color 
in the legs of these gulls (which Sibley describes as 'pink').Other 
observations from the Montezuma area that might be relevant to vistors this 
weekend:

 After several Greater Yellowlegs and a furtive Wilson's Snipe at Larue's I 
think I had 2 Lesser Yellowlegs in Benning Marsh, but am still mulling over 
photos.  I will post some shots of them for interested dichomtomizers.

I ran into two DEC guys (Jim and another who's name I didn't get) at the new 
shore bird spot (1 Killdeer and many Green-winged Teal among other ducks) who 
said that there were 17 Pectoral Sandpipers and a Dunlin at Van Dyne Spoor in 
the morning.  The presumption was they were the same bunch seeni n previous 
days at Armitage.  I spent an hour (ca. 2-3 PM) -at Van Dyne Spoor and din't 
see any shorebirds (lots of Pintail, GW Teal etc., 1 Sandhill Crane, 2 
Trumpeter Swans, 6-7 probable Tundra Swans, a circling Rough-legged Hawk, the 
expected No. Harrier).   At Armitage I looked for the Pectorals for awhile and 
finally found 8-9 about 125 yards east of the dike on the western edge of the 
fields to the north of the road.  The Dunlin was there with them.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] photo of dark-mantled Gull found by Ken Rosenberg @ Stewart Pk. Sunday 10 Jan

2010-01-11 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Here's a link to a photo (video frame grab) I uploaded of the gull with the 
dark mantle that Ken Rosenberg found off Stewart Park Sunday (1/10):

http://picasaweb.google.com/booleanquery/BirdsForID#5425506357720418146

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[cayugabirds-l] White-winged Scoters, Red-breasted Mergansers at Sheldrake

2009-12-28 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
On my way up to the Thruway on Thursday and on my way back yesterday I checked 
the lake shore around Sheldrake Pt.  I found 2 male White-winged Scoters on 
Thursday (12/24).   They were still there Sunday (12/27) about 50 yards 
offshore near 7225 Wyers Pt. Rd.  On Sunday there were two Red-breasted 
Mergansers in the same vicinity.
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[cayugabirds-l] Long-tailed Duck @ Stewart Park this AM

2009-11-04 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
There was a female Long-tailed Duck at Stewart Park this morning in  
the company of 3 Bufflehead,8-9 Ruddy Ducks, and 5 Aythya including 1  
Ring-necked Duck, 2 Lesser Scaup, 1 Greater Scaup, and 1 yet-to-be- 
determined that Dave Nutter was studying when I left.  The birds were  
about 250 yards out from the tennis courts.  There was also a flock of  
6 Hooded Mergansers that were in the eastern park at about 0845h and  
flew toward the inlet at about 0920.


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[cayugabirds-l] South Hill - Sunday - Swainson's Thrush, Blue-headed Vireo, etc.

2009-09-21 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
Apologies for the late post...I spent Sunday morning on and around   
the South Hill Rail Trail.  Highlights were a male Pileated Woodpecker  
feasting on grapes, a solitary Blue-headed Vireo, an Ovenbird, and a  
lingering encounter with a SWAINSON'S THRUSH that kept its buffy eye- 
ringed eye on me from about 20 feet into the dense brush near the  
southeast end of a trail that runs parallel to the main trail 50 -100  
yards below it. 


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Mixed flock w/ Magnolia, Blackburnian Warblers near So. Hill Rail Trail

2009-08-28 Thread Stuart Krasnoff
I ran into a small chickadee-anchored mixed flock this morning (0730  
H) in the woods below the So. Hill Rail Trail near Juniper Dr.  I got  
the sense of quite a few migrants about that I couldn't  get good  
looks at,  but I did spot at least 1  Blackburnian Warbler, two  
Magnolia Warblers.  There was also a Red-eyed Vireo n the vicinity.


Stuart Krasnoff
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