[cayugabirds-l] Phalarope off Stewart Park

2020-09-14 Thread Suan Yong
I was windsurfing between east shore park and the piling cluster. Somewhere near the middle of the lake, just south of the piling cluster, I was surprised to see a little shorebird flying away from me. "What are you doing out here, peep?" I thought, and then saw the bird land just a few feet

[cayugabirds-l] Inlet nighthawk

2020-09-01 Thread Suan Yong
A common nighthawk just flew north along the inlet from the octupus. Seen from our concert band's distanced outdoor rehearsal. An adult bald eagle also made an appearance. Really augmenting my "concert band birding list". Suan _ Composed by thumb and autocorrect. --

[cayugabirds-l] Merlins at Buffalo and Schuyler Pl

2020-07-05 Thread Suan Yong
Yesterday evening around 7, while biking up Buffalo St, I heard some strange vocalizations that eventually included some more familiar merlin calls as one bird flew over to a tree at the corner with Schuyler Place. No binoculars so did not see the noisemakers, but the unusualness could be a

[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin "Bittern"

2020-06-06 Thread Suan Yong
When I arrived at Shindagin Hollow's little wetland area, a largish brown heron flushed up to a tree. My first thought was "Bittern in a tree would make for an interesting photo". My first thought should've been "that's strange", as after slowly approaching the tree and scanning through the

[cayugabirds-l] Turnstones at Myers

2020-06-01 Thread Suan Yong
3 ruddy turnstones and one semi plover at Myers north edge of parking lot while kids play at spit. Suan _ Composed by thumb and autocorrect. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary @ Howland

2020-05-02 Thread Suan Yong
FOY prothonotary warbler at Howland island by kayak. Water level is high, Carncross Road is flooded past the bridge towards the high parking lot. Also in the flooded woods are at least two northern waterthrushes. Suan _ Composed by thumb and autocorrect. -- Cayugabirds-L

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Louisiana Waterthrush, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush

2020-04-11 Thread Suan Yong
“My” six-mile-creek Louisiana Waterthrush is also back this afternoon, not singing like I was listening for, but calling its sharp chip calls as it surveyed its turf up back and forth along the creek before landing fairly close on a tree for good ID-confirming views of its tail-pumping

[cayugabirds-l] RC Kinglet

2020-04-11 Thread Suan Yong
FOY Ruby-crowned Kinglet singing its bubbly song here in Commonland. Suan _ Composed by thumb and autocorrect. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] FOY4me Sparrows

2020-04-07 Thread Suan Yong
Savannah Sparrow at Long Point (plus meadowlark), Field Sparrow at Aurora Bluffs, Swamp Sparrows along Wildlife Drive (westbound leg mainly). Shovelers and Green-Winged Teals are the main birds at MNWR. Several shovelers were happily foraging close to the wildlife drive while Meena and I looked

[cayugabirds-l] On Stevenson Road

2020-04-01 Thread Suan Yong
On Stevenson Road I was biking, A meow from the hedge was most striking, The tone wasn’t hoarse, Not a catbird, of course, Sapsucker! I said, to my liking. But the next meow came out all flat, It sounded just like... a house cat!? Then some chirps, then a jeer, The ID became clear, ‘Twas a

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Many Horned Grebes on the south end of Cayuga

2020-03-27 Thread Suan Yong
Two horned grebe on Jennings Pond also, one in confusing transitional plumage, with the facial pattern looking more like an “ear” than a “horn”, but I think I spied a white tip on the bill. Also had 17 green-winged teals, I think, which took off and flew away when flushed on my kayak. Suan --

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Rough-legged downtown!

2020-02-24 Thread Suan Yong
Circles over again low, got this iPhone photo. Chris Wood ID’ed as redtail. Suan _ Composed by thumb and autocorrect. > On Feb 24, 2020, at 12:18 PM, Suan Yong wrote: > > Walking along busy Meadow St by the Mobil (State St), I just saw two buteos > circlin

[cayugabirds-l] Rough-legged downtown!

2020-02-24 Thread Suan Yong
Walking along busy Meadow St by the Mobil (State St), I just saw two buteos circling and moving slowly towards NE. Without binoculars one was too high to ID but the other was low and showed the dark wrist of a rough legged, and was soaring with a slight dihedral. Looked smaller than a redtail,

[cayugabirds-l] Cape May? @ Salt Point

2019-11-09 Thread Suan Yong
Just had a brief look at a warbler at Salt Point that suggested Cape May Warbler, but flew off before it could be more definitively ID’ed, towards the middle where I’ve thus far been unsuccessful at relocating. Impression was too much yellow on the breast to be myrtle (though lighting was bad)

[cayugabirds-l] Merlins @ GIAC

2019-05-16 Thread Suan Yong
I’m right now listening to and watching two Merlins calling to each other from deciduous trees in the block north of GIAC (Albany and Court) around the swimming pool and field. Saw them copulating I think (no binoculars). Not sure where the nest might be. There might actually be three Merlins

[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn poss Phila V

2019-05-04 Thread Suan Yong
Brief stop at Hawthorn this morning found the trees hopping with Wilson, blue wing, chestnut, Nashville; poss vireo sweep with red-eye, warbling, blue-headed, and a sorta-yellow sorta-warblerish bird high in the tree that could be a Philadelphia video. May or may not have gotten lousy photos to

[cayugabirds-l] Louisiana Waterthrush

2019-04-12 Thread Suan Yong
FOY Louisiana Waterthrush heard from six mile creek behind Commonland, upstream from second dam. Also heard from same spot a Winter Wren and Brown Creeper. Suan _ Composed by thumb and autocorrect. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] SSW Fox Sparrow etc

2018-11-24 Thread Suan Yong
A beautiful fox sparrow is hanging around at the Sapsucker Woods feeder area with the juncos and white-throated sparrows and American tree sparrows. A cooper flushed the lot so they’re in hiding right now, but are probably still around. Not wanting to be too cavalier about broadcasting owl

[cayugabirds-l] OOB Cortland Nighthawks

2018-09-02 Thread Suan Yong
Just had two nighthawks fly low over a friend’s house in Cortland near Yaman Park, just east of I-81. Suan _ Composed by thumb and autocorrect. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Yes Knot

2018-09-02 Thread Suan Yong
Red knot still at Myers along shore of salmon creek just past parking area. Suan _ Composed by thumb and autocorrect. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip This Sunday: Connecticut Hill

2018-06-07 Thread Suan Yong
Hi all, Dave Gislason and I will be leading a Cayuga Bird Club field trip this Sunday to Connecticut Hill. Meet to carpool at 7:30 in the Wegmans parking lot (SW corner, away from the store, next to the water channel), or meet at the intersection of Boylan and Connecticut Hill and Lloyd Starks

[cayugabirds-l] Urban pewee

2018-05-28 Thread Suan Yong
I was surprised to hear an eastern wood-pewee singing in the fall creek neighborhood, one block north of the baseball field north of BJM school/GIAC. Suan _ Composed by thumb and autocorrect. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] OOB Lawrence’s Warbler @ Logan Hill

2018-05-13 Thread Suan Yong
Went to FLLT’s Logan Hill Preserve in Candor this morning, in the first field at the top where the road turns a corner, I heard a blue-winged warbler which I got visuals on, and saw a nice black throat and eye triangle on an otherwise yellow bird: a Lawrence’s Warbler (Blue-Winged x

[cayugabirds-l] Fweep!

2018-05-04 Thread Suan Yong
Went searching for whippoorwill at Hawthorn this morning with my thermal camera: no luck. The muddy heart of the orchard was quiet, though I did see a Hermit Thrush. The northern slope and ravine area had more activity, with a dozen or more White-Throated Sparrows foraging and singing. In the

[cayugabirds-l] Winter wren @ Mulholland

2018-03-01 Thread Suan Yong
Winter wren singing its beautiful song at Mulholland wildflower preserve, just past the first sharp bend on the trail from the parking lot. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Am Pipit @ Salt Pt

2017-12-24 Thread Suan Yong
There was one American Pipit at salt point, flew off when I wasn't looking. Also a northern mockingbird by the parking lot. Suan _ Composed by thumb and autocorrect. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed WP @ Palmer Woods

2017-11-18 Thread Suan Yong
Red-headed woodpecker continues at the same white oak in Palmer Woods this morning (as pointed out to me by CU student Jeremy), hanging out on the north facing side, looking to be making OCD adjustments to its granary. I had a follow-up message last week, including photos, that may have been

[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed WP @ Palmer Woods

2017-11-12 Thread Suan Yong
There's a red headed woodpecker at Palmer Woods, north side, 42.461656 N 76.481159 W, first seen attacking a pileated woodpecker who held fast for a bit before fleeing. It's been foraging and stashing food in a white oak, and making occasional forays to shoo off interloping blue jays. It

[cayugabirds-l] SSWainson's thrush

2017-09-30 Thread Suan Yong
Morning walk at sapsucker woods had a swainson's thrush at Charlie Harper bench foraging on red berries. Also the quiet singing of a winter wren, I thought. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Painted ladies

2017-09-24 Thread Suan Yong
Big Painted Lady irruption this year, was detected early elsewhere, and now coming through our neck of the woods. The species has an almost worldwide distribution, and is famous for their migrations, but they're irruptive and irregular (another way of saying we don't fully understand when and

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR least bittern show

2017-07-22 Thread Suan Yong
Arrived around 10am at Larue's lagoon to enjoy the least bittern show (second pool to the right), with first one then two birds hunting out in the open (albeit tending towards the far side of the pool) and at least two more calling from shuffling patches of cattails, every now and then one

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Two questions

2017-07-12 Thread Suan Yong
Spotted sandpiper is more commonly encountered along riverbanks and especially lakeshores around here, but I've certainly come across a few solitary sandpipers as well, especially in the Cayuga Inlet. Spotted is horizontal and "flatter", solitary is taller with long legs and neck, and will

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Lindsay-Parsons mystery song

2017-06-06 Thread Suan Yong
So, to my mystery song query below, some have suggested white-throated sparrow or yellow-throated warbler (out of range here, and thus unfamiliar to many here), but most had the same conclusion I had, which is a prairie warbler, in particular this fellow:

[cayugabirds-l] Connecticut Hill

2017-06-04 Thread Suan Yong
In spite of rain and thunder in the forecast, six people joined Dave Gislason and I on the CBC field trip to Connecticut Hill. While looking for a singing chestnut-sided warbler with my thermal infrared camera, I found instead a ruby-throated hummingbird sitting in its tiny lichen-lined nest

[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip Tomorrow: Connecticut Hill

2017-06-03 Thread Suan Yong
Hi all, I'll be leading a Cayuga Bird Club field trip tomorrow (Sunday, June 4) to Connecticut Hill. We'll meet 7:30am at the Wegmans parking lot (Southwest corner, by the little creek, away from the store), and proceed to the intersection of Connecticut Hill Rd., Boylan Rd., and Lloyd Starks

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Warbler

2017-05-21 Thread Suan Yong
Yesterday our SFO group had a pine warbler at Greensprings Cemetery (in Newfield) singing from one of the scattered smallish pines (~20 feet tall) in the mostly open fields. Great eye-level looks for this species, from a tree that looked (to me) too small and isolated to be good habitat. And it

[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Swainson

2017-05-17 Thread Suan Yong
Just photographed a low close silently foraging swainson's thrush in the hawthorn orchard's "crossroad piazza" along the north trail. It was moving south. Earlier had an uncooperative singing hooded which I think I saw fly away into the distance, and I can hear tennessee, alder flycatcher,

[cayugabirds-l] Chimney Swifts

2017-05-01 Thread Suan Yong
And if it hasn't been reported yet, chimney swifts are back chittering over the "foothills under collegetown", around Stewart and Seneca. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] C.Loon @ Six-Mile Creek Second Reservoir

2017-04-30 Thread Suan Yong
On an evening outing around the second dam reservoir of six-mile creek, I was surprised to surprise a common loon fishing at the mouth of the creek entering the reservoir, getting to about 30 feet of the bird who dove and swam away upstream with intent but not too much urgency. Suan --

[cayugabirds-l] Winter Wrenwick, Stewart Ave Redtail, etc

2017-04-02 Thread Suan Yong
Hung out for a few midday hours at Stewart Park on this beautiful sunny day. In the morning a juvenile bald eagle was perched over the lagoon, giving good looks to SFO groups, other birders and photographers, and passers-by alike. Meanwhile across the way the osprey continued adding sticks to

[cayugabirds-l] Winter Wren @ Fischer Old Growth

2017-03-25 Thread Suan Yong
Had a winter wren this morning at the Fischer Old Growth Forest in Newfield, singing a slower-than-normal song. Recording here (song starts around the 8th second): https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2O4mzxCPxvYYkVzWEVsTno5NE0 Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L

[cayugabirds-l] Hoster Raptor

2017-02-27 Thread Suan Yong
During a fun CBC field trip yesterday, we scoped this fellow in the quarry at Canoga and Hoster. Can anyone help turn it into a gyrfalcon? :-) https://www.facebook.com/groups/cayugabirdclub/permalink/1252166368154509/ Meanwhile, the shrike continues to hang out cooperatively at the corner of

[cayugabirds-l] Pipits @ Myers

2017-02-26 Thread Suan Yong
At least 14, possibly 25 pipits were at Myers, flew towards Salt Point. Very windy. A couple were still on the salmon creek island with robins. Also bluebird, kingfisher, flickers, many grackles at the FL marina. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip this Sunday

2017-02-24 Thread Suan Yong
This Sunday I'll be leading a Cayuga Bird Club field trip up the lake. We'll meet 8am in the Lab of O parking lot, and plan to return by 4 or 5. Don't be fooled by this week's 60's temps: winter will be returning Sunday (30's and moderately windy), so dress warm. We'll make pit stops along the

[cayugabirds-l] Siena Screech

2017-01-30 Thread Suan Yong
Thanks to Mark Chao, I got some nice photos of the Siena Drive screech owl two weekends ago in the nice afternoon sun: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10212243852629469 (And if you're wondering about the camera angle on the last shot: yes, I was standing on the roof of my CRV :-)

Re: [cayugabirds-l] RED NECKED GREBE AT SALT POINT

2016-11-13 Thread Suan Yong
Meant to send this to the list, but replied to Stuart alone instead. At 2pm: Red necked grebe probably closer to and best viewed from Taughannock now. My paddling up to see it ended up nudging it in that direction. -- Earlier, at Park Preserve South there was a chickadee with an entirely white

[cayugabirds-l] Ringwood warblers, red-shouldered hawk, barred owl

2016-10-02 Thread Suan Yong
Took a walk through Ringwood preserve this morning. Lots of chipmunks about. Eventually I found a small mixed flock including two LBJs which I think are Bay-breasted warblers (faint streaks around neck area, legs not yellow, small-head/short-tail look), then a beautiful hooded warbler who soon

[cayugabirds-l] Brown Booby Photos (SFW)

2016-09-18 Thread Suan Yong
Around 11 this morning I arrived at Harris Park in Cayuga to find Chris T-H and company with scopes aimed at buoy 49 about two miles away showing two bumps perched at its base: the bigger a Great Black-Backed Gull, the smaller the Brown Booby, I was told. Cool, I shrugged with a mix of awe and

[cayugabirds-l] C. Gallinule @ Swan Pen

2016-09-08 Thread Suan Yong
Juvenile common gallinule continues at swan pen, resting on log to right of Fuertes overlook. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle @ Commonland

2016-09-01 Thread Suan Yong
An adult bald eagle was flying low above the intersection of 79 and Lois Lane 10 mins ago as I left for work, flapping then circling to gain elevation, as if it had just taken off from a nearby perch. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR AMBI LEBI SORA

2016-08-28 Thread Suan Yong
Having not come up to Montezuma for way too long, I dragged myself out of bed to get here early. In the first marshy channel to the left along the drive, I soon found with the help of my infrared camera a sora foraging just in the shadows of the reeds, never really coming out in the open until

[cayugabirds-l] Banded Canada Geese

2016-08-07 Thread Suan Yong
FYI, Canada geese with yellow neck bands NY06, NY12, and NY17 are currently loafing in a flock of ~30 CANGs in Salmon Creek between Myers and Salt Point. Not sure who's keeping track and what's the best avenue for reporting these; I know there's some local interest, presumably even in tracking

[cayugabirds-l] Lansing Ctr Orchard Oriole, Bobolink

2016-07-24 Thread Suan Yong
Sorry for the empty earlier message (blame the iPhone :-). Yesterday evening I spent some time at Salt Point watching the ospreys, of which one of the young was enjoying flying in the NW breeze. En route I saw a male orchard oriole with food in its mouth, and later was able to see at least

[cayugabirds-l] Lansing actor

2016-07-24 Thread Suan Yong
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[cayugabirds-l] BB Whistling Duck photos

2016-07-10 Thread Suan Yong
Here are a few nice shots of the ducks at Treman Marina this evening: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10210160767713648 They were relaxed and at ease and many people got to see them. Around 7:30 a dog walker approached the area and flushed the surrounding gulls, but the ducks

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin(s) @ Cayuga Heights

2016-06-14 Thread Suan Yong
At 7:30 this evening as we were about to enter the First Congregational Church on Highland Avenue in Cayuga Heights, we heard a Merlin calling from a pine tree up the hill SE of the church. Soon we saw a Merlin circle around in a display flight. I couldn't be sure, but it felt like the

[cayugabirds-l] Connecticut Hill

2016-06-04 Thread Suan Yong
Had a nice CBC field trip this morning, starting with a willow flycatcher at the Wegmans parking lot. With Dave Gislason leading us through a variety of interesting trails at Connecticut Hill, the seven of us ended up with a good variety of species, though most were visually rather

[cayugabirds-l] CBC Field Trip tomorrow to Connecticut Hill

2016-06-03 Thread Suan Yong
Hi all, Tomorrow morning I'll be leading a Cayuga Bird Club field trip to Connecticut Hill. Meet at 7:30 am at the Wegmans parking lot (away from the store, by the inlet) or around 7:50 am at the intersection of Connecticut Hill Rd., Boylan Rd., and Lloyd Starks Rd. We'll plan to finish around

[cayugabirds-l] YT Vireo @ Commonland

2016-05-27 Thread Suan Yong
A yellow-throated vireo was singing at Commonland yesterday and this morning, from high in the trees behind the small pond. New yard bird for me. Stared at those trees for some time this morning but failed to see it. The resident male red-winged blackbird was very unhappy with my stroll around

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin nests including Wells C.

2016-05-25 Thread Suan Yong
While biking home this evening around 8pm, I heard what I'm pretty sure was a Merlin calling from a deciduous tree behind 210 Park Place. Without binoculars I never sighted the bird. It was calling very continuously, with a few breaks in between and some "chink" calls reminiscent of grosbeak.

[cayugabirds-l] East Shore and Second Dam

2016-05-08 Thread Suan Yong
Windsurfing from East Shore at noon today in spite of the cold air and water temps, I flushed up a number of adult Bonaparte's Gulls, along with cormorants and some unidentified small ducks or grebes. There were also many Chimney Swifts flying low over the lake with the swallows, something I'd

[cayugabirds-l] Green heron

2016-04-21 Thread Suan Yong
My friend in Newfield (off Horton Road) who's had green herons nesting on her property reported this morning that they were back. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Winter Wren & La Waterthrush @ RH Treman

2016-04-19 Thread Suan Yong
Touring the local waterfalls with my out-of-town friend this morning, at Upper Treman I heard a winter wren singing, then at least two locations with Louisiana Waterthrush songs, possibly same or different birds. Later at Buttermilk falls, also a couple of Louisiana Waterthrush songs, again

[cayugabirds-l] Woodcock interactions

2016-04-10 Thread Suan Yong
Meanwhile, in the world of woodcockery: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10209416615430306 Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Red-shouldered @ Sapsucker Woods

2016-04-10 Thread Suan Yong
During this morning's CBC walk around sapsucker woods, I heard from Podell Boardwalk the call of a red-shouldered hawk. Around then, the cacophony of bird sounds went silent, as we watched a red-bellied woodpecker freeze itself at a spot on a tree trunk. Soon a Cooper-sized raptor came by low

[cayugabirds-l] Infrared Skydance III

2016-03-26 Thread Suan Yong
Best skydance video yet. Watch til the landing, then listen for the soft "gulp" before the peents: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10209252257281455/ There was a second woodcock sitting nearby, which once vocalized a funny higher-pitched peent, and eventually took off. A female,

[cayugabirds-l] Full Woodcock Skydance IR

2016-03-13 Thread Suan Yong
After a long day around the lake (report later, maybe tomorrow), I should've gone home to reclaim that lost hour of sleep. Instead, I went back to Edward Lake Cliffs Preserve where I got a much better infrared video of a full skydance: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10209109147263794

[cayugabirds-l] LP Red-Shouldered Hawk

2016-03-06 Thread Suan Yong
A red-shouldered hawk was calling at Lindsay-Parsons, from the woods just past Celia's Cup. It called several times from a seemingly close distance, but I could never get a visual. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Pine siskins

2016-03-06 Thread Suan Yong
Had at least six Pine Siskins this morning here at Commonland, singing with some regularity, along with a foy4me Red-Winged Blackbird, plus songs from Carolina Wren, cardinal, chickadee, titmouse, mourning dove (FOY cooing song for me). Suan _ http://suan-yong.com --

[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle Downtown

2016-03-04 Thread Suan Yong
An adult bald eagle was just circling its way southward over downtown, fairly low, as seen from Meadow Street looking eastward. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Sumac-sunflower hybrid

2016-02-22 Thread Suan Yong
On Saturday I was photographing this chickadee making its rounds on a sumac tree, picking at the bobs until it eventually found... a sunflower seed! Photos here: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10208933688957446 This was not far from some feeders, from where I assume it'd earlier

[cayugabirds-l] Two-Owl Weekend

2016-02-21 Thread Suan Yong
Yesterday while strolling through Lime Hollow, I was drawn off-trail by some complaining chickadees; when I arrived in their midst, all I saw was scattered foraging, with occasional "chickadee-dee-dee" calls slowly decreasing in frequency. Figuring the threat, if any, had passed, I hung out a

[cayugabirds-l] Crow breakfast

2016-02-15 Thread Suan Yong
This morning, in one of the quieter corners of Esty Street, about 10 crows had gathered to work on a squirrel pancake (this squirrel was _flat_). One had a white wing tag I couldn't read without binoculars. I assumed they were American, but then one on the wire above gave a fish crow call,

[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle @ Second Dam

2016-01-30 Thread Suan Yong
Had an adult bald eagle this morning at the Second Dam of Six-Mile Creek, soared, circled a few times to gain elevation, and continued upstream into the southerly wind. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Eagles!!!!!!

2016-01-15 Thread Suan Yong
My friend from Trumansburg sent a nice account of his encounter with eagles, which I thought would be of interest to others. See below. Suan Begin forwarded message: > From: Geoffrey Moore > Date: January 13, 2016 at 7:18:59 PM EST > Subject: Eagles!! > > On my

[cayugabirds-l] Downtown Raven

2016-01-13 Thread Suan Yong
At around 9:15am a cronking raven flew over Hudson and Aurora, a stone's throw from the Ithaca Commons, heading SW. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Killdeer @ Myers

2016-01-09 Thread Suan Yong
Don't remember this having been reported at or since the CBC, but there's a killdeer in the gravel island of salmon creek by Myers - or there was until the hunters started firing nearby. I don't see it anymore, but can hear it calling from nearby somewhere. Also, lots of bluebirds near the

[cayugabirds-l] Pipits @ Salt Pt

2016-01-09 Thread Suan Yong
At least 3, maybe 5, American Pipits foraging invisibly on the beach on the north side of Salt Point (flushed there by me from closer to the point). Still struggling to photograph them. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Pipits @ Salt Pt

2016-01-09 Thread Suan Yong
I posted some photos of today's pipits, including the infrared image, on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10208622363774511 If you can't see the IR image, I posted it here too: https://flic.kr/p/CrsRQa I did eventually see all seven fly together a short distance. Suan

[cayugabirds-l] Ring-necked duck @ Mulholland

2016-01-05 Thread Suan Yong
I was surprised to see a ring-necked duck swimming in a narrow portion of Six-Mile Creek not far from the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve parking lot this morning. It took off when I jogged past unavoidably close to it; I didn't turn to see if it flew far. Suan _

Re: [cayugabirds-l] OT: Snowy Owl Seneca Falls Seybolt Rd

2015-12-20 Thread Suan Yong
The snowy owl was present at 11:30 when I arrived at Seybolt Road, on the gas pipe installation across from Reese Road about 300 yards out. Semi-recognizable with binoculars; much better with a scope. It swiveled its head quite frequently, keeping a lookout in several directions, before

[cayugabirds-l] Owl Night Photos

2015-11-08 Thread Suan Yong
Here are some photos and videos from last night's bird club owl prowl, including footage from my infrared camera: https://flic.kr/s/aHskokXKNA Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Roosting TVs @ Commonland

2015-10-22 Thread Suan Yong
14 turkey vultures are roosting on trees between Penny Lane and the Second Dam of Six-Mile Creek. Haven't seen that here before. The surrounding passerines seem a little unsure about what to make of these big and somewhat-but-not-quite raptor-scarry-looking visitors. Suan _

[cayugabirds-l] Freese Road Dickcissel etc.

2015-10-11 Thread Suan Yong
I didn't post my dickcissel photos from yesterday because they were unfocused and overexposed, but I got some better ones today late in the morning, perched nicely under a coneflower stalk, then flying out into the sun briefly before dipping into the northeast-most corner plot. Those photos,

[cayugabirds-l] Freese Road Sunday

2015-10-05 Thread Suan Yong
Sunday morning was again good at the Freese Road gardens, attracting a good assortment of both birds and birders. Besides the sparrows, among which Mr. Lincoln was again a star attraction, there was a passing Northern Harrier, a House Wren, and at one point a largish bird looked to me like a

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cornell Community Gardens, Sat 10/3

2015-10-03 Thread Suan Yong
I uploaded my sparrow photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/50094151@N03/sets/72157659370215976 Some of these were taken after the walk when the light was slightly better and some of the birds allowed closer approach - in particular, a most cooperative Lincoln's sparrow. Thanks, Mark, for

[cayugabirds-l] RN Pheasant at Salt Point

2015-09-27 Thread Suan Yong
This evening a brief stroll through Salt Point flushed a female ring-necked pheasant from the brush. Same one as Diane's this morning? Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Crow Mob

2015-08-02 Thread Suan Yong
This morning there was a large mob of crows cawing in the woods by my house in Commonland. I did not try to count, but it sounded like dozens high in the pine trees. When I got close a neighbor who was also watching said there's an injured one, and when I looked with my binoculars, sure enough

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Elm Beach Road, Town of Romulus

2015-06-17 Thread Suan Yong
I was at RH Treman SP Sunday afternoon watching a northern rough-winged swallow fly in and out of one of the holes in the stone wall holding up the changing room plateau, just downstream from the swimming area. Last year there was an occupied hole high in the wall, just a few feet from the top

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cedar waxwing

2015-06-10 Thread Suan Yong
There is a newish cedar waxwing nest just outside the lab of o main entrance, above the earlier active robin nest, directly across from the building ledge with the mourning dove nest (that was built on top of an old robin nest). The CEDW nest was undergoing finishing touches last Tuesday (not

[cayugabirds-l] Nighthawk @ Fall Creek neighborhood

2015-05-24 Thread Suan Yong
Sitting in the back yard of a friend's house in northern Fall Creek (a few blocks south of Northstar) I just heard and then saw a nighthawk circling about not too high (visible with naked eye, but not low enough to discern the white wing patches). Suan _

[cayugabirds-l] OOB Greensprings Cuckoos

2015-05-17 Thread Suan Yong
After this morning's half-day SFO visit to Arnot (highlighted by a good number of scope warblers), I stuck around Greensprings Cemetary to photograph bobolinks, and presently witnessed three black-billed cuckoos involved in a chase (presumably 2 males with a female observer) around the same

[cayugabirds-l] YBCuckoo @ Commonland

2015-05-16 Thread Suan Yong
Surprise bird this morning in the forest edge around my cluster at Commonland was a silent yellow-billed cuckoo, first I've seen here. Less surprising highlights include blackburnians, bay-breasted, and chestnut-sided. Inspired by Meena's post, I bought a spectrogram app and with the Blue Mike

[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn happening

2015-05-10 Thread Suan Yong
So far blackpoll, magnolia, parula, chestnut-sided, nashville, many many tennessees, bay-breasted. Others have seen blackburnian, and others I forget. Much better than yesterday's SFO visit (where we did at least see hooded and bw). Suan _ http://suan-yong.com --

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow Barn SF

2015-05-07 Thread Suan Yong
Since I was in the area, I decided to take an evening stroll through Yellow Barn State Forest, from Yellow Barn Road to Tehan Road. First bird I saw was a Blackburnian - a propitious first bird - one of two countersinging high in the trees. Other warblers include redstart, black-throated blue,

[cayugabirds-l] LP Chestnut-Sided, etc

2015-05-02 Thread Suan Yong
A morning walk around Lindsay Parsons yielded many field sparrows, at least two prairie warblers, seemingly ubiquitous singing from invisible towhees and black-and-white warblers. An adult bald eagle sat on a branch over the northern side of Coleman Lake, unfazed by my presence. Approaching the

[cayugabirds-l] Commonland skydance

2015-04-26 Thread Suan Yong
This evening at 8:30 (as I jogged home on the final leg of my long commute from Malaysia), I heard loud peents in the small clearing along the trail from Penny Lane to the second dam. I stood and waited, and soon could hear the fluttering skydance move around a fairly wide area before

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-throated Loon

2015-03-29 Thread Suan Yong
On Mar 29, 2015, at 6:59 PM, Glenn Wilson wil...@stny.rr.com wrote: Is the Red-throated Loon at Treman Park in winter plumage? Yes. Ridiculous closeups from this afternoon: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10206425672538603 After my report this morning, I was told that a boat came

[cayugabirds-l] RTLoon @ Treman Marina, Siskin @ SSW

2015-03-29 Thread Suan Yong
Our SFO group saw from Jetty Woods across the inlet a/the RED-THROATED LOON fishing just off the mouth of the Treman Marina, very close, along with a nice assortment of waterfowl (including a lone snow goose in very bad shape: injured back and bill). A/the BONAPARTE'S GULL continues in the

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Ave Redtail

2015-03-25 Thread Suan Yong
Yesterday afternoon I stopped by the Stewart Avenue bridge over Fall Creek to check out the redtail nest, which was occupied by one brooding red-tailed hawk. One week ago, there was no bird but plenty of fresh evergreen boughs (spruce?). Looking east (upstream), it is along the north cliff. At

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