Re: [cayugabirds-l] Broad-winged Hawk

2016-04-29 Thread Susan Fast
Could be.  I just spent 2 hours on Mt. Pleasant and had only 2 hawk migrants--a SHARP-SHINNED and a BROAD-WING.     Steve Fast On Sunday, April 17, 2016 12:55 PM, Geo Kloppel wrote: I believe my local Broad-winged Hawk has returned today. For several hours it

[cayugabirds-l] waterthrush

2016-04-08 Thread Susan Fast
I flushed a LA. WATERTHRUSH from the creekbed along Leonard Rd. this morning. Town of Caroline.  Steve Fast,  Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant; T. of Dryden; Tomp. Co.

2015-10-07 Thread Susan Fast
I was looking for migrants on Mt. Pleasant from 1145 till  1345 today.  A little slow, but a flock of 60 AMER. PIPITS flew over low.  About 1300, I spied 2 large, dark birds way to the east.  Both in the same field of view briefly.  I picked one to follow with the scope and determined, mostly

[cayugabirds-l] Bats

2015-05-08 Thread Susan Fast
I was out front of the house just now, looking for BATS.  At 2047, 2 appeared flying in tandem.  In the next fifteen minutes, they flew over 8 times, always in tandem, from 1' to 4' apart.  They moved very quickly;  this was not typical foraging behavior.  It looked to me like a synchronized

[cayugabirds-l] hummers

2015-05-05 Thread Susan Fast
Yesterday evening, at 1815, I saw a female RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD at one of our feeders.  She drank her fill, then flew off.  Less than a minute later, a male RTH flew in, same feeder, same port.  I'm wondering if some hummingbirds migrate as mated pairs?   Have not seen them today. S.

[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Hollow

2015-05-04 Thread Susan Fast
Best news is this is a great year for TROUT LILLIES.  All along the road.  I prefer them to the masses of white trilliums which should be out in force by this weekend.  Bird news: other than about 10 OVENBIRDS, I found no other warblers there.  And most activity took place before 0830; very

[cayugabirds-l] OB--Sayre

2015-05-01 Thread Susan Fast
I was driving down the street in Sayre, Pa. this afternoon, windows down, enjoying the sun, when the song of a N. PARULA intruded.  Must have been pretty close, but I didn't stop; it'll be here tomorrow. Steve Fast -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Dawn chorus?

2015-04-29 Thread Susan Fast
Last night, around 1:00 a.m., I stepped outside to check the moon, and was greeted with a lot of different birds singing.  Somewhat taken aback, I thought this was a bit too early for the dawn chorus, and further reflection indicated that MOCKINGBIRDS often sing at night.  I haven't heard our

[cayugabirds-l] Baldwin Preserve, Irish Settlement Rd.

2015-04-29 Thread Susan Fast
I walked all around the Baldwin Preserve (aka Park Preserve, South Unit) this morning.  An observation:  following the path from the parking area along the small creek, ALL the bird songs emanated from the scrubby unmanaged area across this creek, to the north. I heard nothing from the

[cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Preserve - woodcock, snipe

2015-04-27 Thread Susan Fast
Curious about WOODCOCKS and weather conditions, I went to the Goetchius Preserve this evening from about 8:00 until 8:30.  Preserve is on Flatiron Rd., Town of Caroline, just off Rt. 79 E.  Heavy overcast, a spitting rain, breeze from the NW, temp. around 40 F.  I parked at the small lot next

[cayugabirds-l] loons at Sayre: a happy adventure

2015-04-07 Thread Susan Fast
One of my daughters lives in a house fronting one of 2 ponds next to the Guthrie Medical Complex in downtown Sayre, Pa.  She called last evening to report 4 large black and white birds on her pond.  I immediately thought common merganser, but she then described what were obviously COMMON

[cayugabirds-l] tree swallows

2015-04-06 Thread Susan Fast
Late this morning atop Mt. Pleasant, I watched a pair of TREE SWALLOWS, at one of the nest boxes along the road to the towers, starting territory and courtship behaviors.  The female (presumably) hung on the front, looking in the hole, while the male (presumably) did flutter flight over her

[cayugabirds-l] Leonard Rd.

2015-04-04 Thread Susan Fast
This afternoon I walked almost to the top of Leonard Rd. ( Town of Caroline) and saw only 1 bird, a WINTER WREN.  Fortunately for me, this was the species I had trudged up there to seek. Steve FastBrooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Killdeer Courtship at Myers

2015-03-27 Thread Susan Fast
One recent good description of poses, etc. is the Stokes Nature Guides, Guide to Bird Behavior, vol. 2.The original Saunders source is Saunders, Aretas Andrews, The Summer Birds of Central New York Marshes  Roosevelt Wild Life Bulletin. vol. 3 , pp. 335-475.  1926Also A. C. Bent's Life

[cayugabirds-l] swans

2015-03-27 Thread Susan Fast
I'm not aware of any migrating swan reports, so will add that a fine-looking Vee of 38 TUNDRA SWANS flew over my house about 1100 this morning.  I don't usually see groups this large. Steve FastBrooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: feathers from a crime (dinner) scene

2015-03-24 Thread Susan Fast
I thought they looked like Arctic Kite. Nonny  Mouse On Tuesday, March 24, 2015 5:29 PM, Kevin J. McGowan wrote: #yiv0249705726 #yiv0249705726 -- _filtered #yiv0249705726 {font-family:Helvetica;panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4;} _filtered #yiv0249705726

[cayugabirds-l] Signs of Spring

2015-03-22 Thread Susan Fast
I heard my FOY RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH in Summerhill SF this morning.  This is the first of this species that I have found there all winter.  Still very much winter up there.And 1 TURKEY VULTURE has returned to the leaning barn in Slaterville. Steve FastBrooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] cranes

2015-03-19 Thread Susan Fast
I went up to the N. Montezuma WMA today looking for SANDHILL CRANES, which I found.  Saw 2 in looking north from Morgan Rd.; probably the usual pair.Then drove to the east end of VanDyne Spoor Rd.  Had to park at the pavement end and walk in; looked too formidable for my 4WD truck.  As I

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant

2015-03-16 Thread Susan Fast
Just came down from the hill.  Had to leave at Noon.  Not much happening, although the wind was in my face when I was looking south.   Hundreds of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, several very small flocks of CANADA GEESE,  no raptors, 5 RAVENS gamboling, partnering up, then switching off.  2 BALD

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake area

2015-03-15 Thread Susan Fast
I checked the Dryden Lake area later yesterday afternoon.  The lake is still frozen; the walking trail looks rough with slushy snow.  As an alternative to looking over an expanse of water (Cayuga Lake), one could stop along Purvis Rd. and gaze over an almost unlimited expanse of cow poop. 

[cayugabirds-l] Shrike food

2015-03-14 Thread Susan Fast
There is a 40 acre hay field across from my house with an ash tree in the center surrounded by thick bushes.  I noticed a bird flying out of the tree and down to the deep snow surface, picking up something, and returning to the tree.  This was an adult N. SHRIKE.  I saw it drop down several

[cayugabirds-l] robins

2015-03-10 Thread Susan Fast
Just had a flock of 7 ROBINS fly over the house, headed N.  S. FastBrooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: ARCHIVES:

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant

2015-03-10 Thread Susan Fast
I went up to Mt. Pleasant after my morning chores, assuming Ken would be there.  Hopefully he found something else useful to do.  I also expected balmy zephyrs, but that didn't happen either.  From 1030 till 1145 I saw 1 ROBIN.  But then things picked up and in the next 45 minutes I had 3

[cayugabirds-l] new Yard bird

2015-03-08 Thread Susan Fast
I have been out 5 times since the end of February, scanning the southern skies for migrants of some kind.  So far nothing.  But today I got a new Yard bird when I watched a REDHEAD (as in the duck) circling the Firehall 4 times low.  Not sure it was migrating, but it probably thought the

[cayugabirds-l] West Side

2015-02-26 Thread Susan Fast
I checked the west side of Cayuga Lake today.  Taughannock was mostly ice-bound, as was Sheldrake south of the point.  Open water north of the point, but scoping found only lots of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.  Poplar Beach was good--open water and scoping from one point only, I counted 22

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Grebe fallout?

2015-02-17 Thread Susan Fast
Thanks to Bill for stimulating me to get out of the shop and check the west side of Cayuga Lake.  Beautiful day!  No wind; crisp air; I could see all the way across the lake.  No heat shimmer till noon.  Sporadic ice until just south of Taughannock; then open.  No ice along the shore on the

[cayugabirds-l] Shrike, eared grebe, 5 SE owls, etc.

2015-01-22 Thread Susan Fast
Late this morning, while I was out, my daughter saw an unknown light-gray bird perched in our backyard.  She is familiar with mockingbirds and that's what I suspected it was.  I grilled her for a detailed description and every point resonated with N. SHRIKE. I then showed her pictures of both

[cayugabirds-l] Blue jay behavior,

2015-01-11 Thread Susan Fast
About 1230 today, I was deep in the heart of the McIlroy Preserve (Summerhill), when I heard a BLUE JAY calling loudly a couple times just to the south.  Immediately a second BLUE JAY arrived from the north and began calling loudly.  Although I couldn't see them, they were above me in the

[cayugabirds-l] Gos

2015-01-09 Thread Susan Fast
I just came home after a fruitless search for the Iceland gull, glanced out the kitchen window, and perched in the middle of the backyard near the feeders, bigger than a whing-ding, was an adult N. GOSHAWK.  Probably a female, judging by size, grayish breast with many horizontal stripes, and a

[cayugabirds-l] Short-eared owl

2015-01-05 Thread Susan Fast
One SHORT-EARED OWL seen this afternoon next to the Long Point Winery.  It appeared at 1703, light dim and owl did not appear to be troubled by the wind.  Disappeared in 5 minutes. Steve FastBrooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant

2014-12-21 Thread Susan Fast
On a 2 hour walk along the E. end of Mt. Pleasant Rd (Town of Dryden) this morning, I encountered approx. 100 SNOW BUNTINGS, 22 HORNED LARKS, 11 CEDAR WAXWINGS, and 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS.  No longspurs seen, by me anyway.    Lots of CROWS. Steve FastBrooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] siskins

2014-12-19 Thread Susan Fast
Just got 12+ PINE SISKINS at the feeders; first of the year. Steve FastBrooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] meadowlark

2014-12-15 Thread Susan Fast
Just flushed a MEADOWLARK, presumably EASTERN, from grassy ditch along Central Chapel Rd. in Brooktondale. S. Fast -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Southern Highlands

2014-12-01 Thread Susan Fast
I spent yesterday touring the so-called Southern Highlands, starting at the Tioughnioga WMA outside Woodstock (S. of Cazenovia) and moving south through a number of hilltop State Forest conifer plantations, ending in the Pharsalia area.  Looked for birds and cones in Norway and white spruce,

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fairhaven SP Glaucous Gull

2014-11-17 Thread Susan Fast
I'm not sure what thunder Bob is taking about--my thunderous voice; the thunder when I walk across the floor; the thunderous applause when I get a bird ID right; or the intestinal thunder which ensues after one of my favorite diner meals?  Anyway, a total of 5 of us zipped up to Fair Haven

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake

2014-11-15 Thread Susan Fast
Stop at Dryden Lake this morning about 1000 found Common merganser    38Hooded merganser    12Mallard  X -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake

2014-11-15 Thread Susan Fast
Computer got anxious and sent this out before I finished the list Amer. wigeon    1Gadwall 6Horned grebe   1Ring-billed gull    2Bonaparte's gull   1Ring-necked duck 4Canada geese    XBufflehead    1 S. FastBrooktondale On Saturday, November 15, 2014 12:48 PM, Susan

[cayugabirds-l] migrating stuff

2014-10-23 Thread Susan Fast
0900.  Lots of stuff going over.  18 TV; 100 RWBB; some Rusties; 1 RT hawk;    and 8 LOONS in a flock heading NORTH.(?)   Steve FastBrooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] humbird

2014-10-11 Thread Susan Fast
While working in the yard yesterday, and wearing a bright red baseball cap, a HUMMINGBIRD buzzed by. That's all I can tell you, but be alert as the coming week will be warm. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Owls, falcon, etc.

2014-09-28 Thread Susan Fast
This morning, at 0330, I was awakened by the singing of a BARRED OWL from the woods way south of the house. In my 13 years here, this is only the second time I've heard this species from the premises. I got up, of course, and once outside picked up the begging calls of my resident juvenile

[cayugabirds-l] summer tanager

2014-08-24 Thread Susan Fast
At 1145, I heard a different bird song from the large maple over the house.  Robin-like series of phrases, each phrase of three parts.  I listened to it sing for about 10 minutes before it flew out into view--about robin sized; large, thick bill; splotched yellow-orange.  Most probably a female

[cayugabirds-l] Playbacks

2014-05-13 Thread Susan Fast
I can agree with most of what Ken has clearly stated.  As I indicated in my original post, I see no problem with valid scientific studies, censuses, or instructional matters involving bird identification, appreciation, or even photography methods.   I also agree that breathtaking photographs

[cayugabirds-l] playback tapes

2014-05-11 Thread Susan Fast
There have been several reports recently of local birdwatchers using playback tapes.  Call me an old Fudd, but I remember not too long ago a lively discussion on the ethicality of using these tapes during the breeding season for personal gratification.  But maybe there has been some recent

[cayugabirds-l] Bobolinks

2014-05-05 Thread Susan Fast
This morning at 0700, Susan heard BOBOLINKS in the big field opposite the house.  I walked the field immediately and found 12.  Along Burns Rd, at another large hay field, I could hear many more singing.  Yay! S. Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Baldwin (Park) Preserve

2014-05-04 Thread Susan Fast
I walked about the old Baldwin Preserve early this morning.  I found 2 enigmas.  I left the preserve to the east, walking down the trail to 6-Mile Creek.   Towards the bottom was a small bunch of feathers; small ones gray, but several longer ones of a deep metallic green color.  One feather I

[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Hollow walk

2014-04-12 Thread Susan Fast
There's still some ice on the road at the bottom of Shindagin Hollow, but it's navigable. Unlooked for highlight was listening to a singing HERMIT THRUSH in the cool early morning fog. Also 2 singing BLUE-HEADED VIREOS. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake, etc.

2014-04-11 Thread Susan Fast
Late afternoon, I stopped by Dryden Lake.  The only new bird was a male LONG-TAILED DUCK, still mostly in winter plumage.  There are more HORNED and PIED-BILLED GREBES scattered over the lake than I'm used to seeing. Then stopped at the Pond with no birds (next to Rt. 38, just south of Dryden

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mars with Woodcock

2014-04-10 Thread Susan Fast
Mars is still a little orange disk, dropping toward the Thatcher Pinnacles, to the accompaniment of MY front yard Woodcock.  Cold out there. S. Fast On Wednesday, April 9, 2014 8:22 PM, Geo Kloppel wrote: Mars is a little orange disk in my scope, rising over Thatcher's

[cayugabirds-l] woodcocks

2014-04-05 Thread Susan Fast
This morning, at 0600, while getting the morning paper, I heard a WOODCOCK peenting and chirping from the field close-by.  I could make out another one singing farther to the west.  They quit at 0615.  Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake Trail

2014-03-29 Thread Susan Fast
I got my first-of-the-year usual walk along the Dryden Lake Trail this morning.  Found 40 species, which is pretty good for this time of year, and included 15 types of waterfowl (listed below). The Trail is mostly soft with some icy spots which can be avoided.  Lake is still ice-covered with

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Cranes

2014-03-29 Thread Susan Fast
This is, I believe, near East Venice Rd. where it intersects Rt. 90.  There has been a pair of cranes nesting there for quite a few years.  The nest used to be in a small wetland behind a farmhouse  just to the SW of the south end of E. Venice Rd (across Rt. 90).  A group from the Crane

[cayugabirds-l] N. Montezuma--Sandhill, others

2014-03-27 Thread Susan Fast
I went up to Northern Montezuma area to see if the sandhill pair has returned.  No sign of them, but I did find a single SANDHILL CRANE hunkered down in the tall grasses off the end of Morgan Rd.  It appears to be an immature, as the light-colored area under the eye is dirtyish and not bright

[cayugabirds-l] meadowlark

2014-03-25 Thread Susan Fast
Just located an E. MEADOWLARK singing from a treetop in a nearby field.  That is, I can see it singing, but it's too away for me to hear. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] crows nesting

2014-03-20 Thread Susan Fast
What I assume are two of our Yard crows have been working on a nest for about a week.  It's approx. 60-70 feet up in a white pine and I can see parts of the nest from our kitchen.  Earlier today, one carried a mouthful of twigs to the site, then repeated this.  They took a break for a couple

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake

2014-03-15 Thread Susan Fast
I headed for the Dryden Lake area this afternoon in hopes of finding my first grackle of the year.  The Lake has open water at both ends, plus the long pond.  Waterfowl found: Canada goose    34 Mallard  5 Redhead   3 males Canvasback  1 female Common

[cayugabirds-l] Singin' in the Rain

2014-03-12 Thread Susan Fast
Just now, male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD arrived with young friend.  Feeder area under water, so they will probably move on. S. Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Non-context Yard bird

2014-03-07 Thread Susan Fast
I went into the large field across the road from my house at 1030 this morning to see what might go over.  I saw 2 local RED-TAILED HAWKS being harassed by some of the local CROWS, BLUEBIRDS singing, and 2 RAVENS soaring about.  Then a largish bird flew in from the south, red-tail size, dark

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant = eagles, etc.

2014-03-06 Thread Susan Fast
As the day looked good for eagle watching, I went up on Mt. Pleasant, arriving at 1100 and vowing to stay until 1400.  There was an active flock of 25  SNOW BUNTINGS foraging about, and at one point, most perched on the utility wires near the towers.  The wind picked up, gusting from the SE,

[cayugabirds-l] Ravens - group courtship behavior

2014-03-02 Thread Susan Fast
After the snow stopped this afternoon, I set up my scope to do a little driveway birding.  I noticed some dark specks over Buffalo Hill;  these showed to be 3 pairs of RAVENS, each pair flying wingtip-to-wingtip as mated pairs often do during courtship.  All 3 pairs were in a kettle, circling

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Song Sparrow

2014-02-25 Thread Susan Fast
There was a flock of 50 almost certainly red-winged blackbirds humming north over Mays Point on Sat..  They were not starlings or grackles, but I was not close enough for a positive ID.   S. Fast On Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:40 AM, W. Larry Hymes wrote: Just had our

[cayugabirds-l] Red-necked grebes

2014-02-22 Thread Susan Fast
Today, around 0900, there were 9 RED-NECKED GREBES in the bay just to the north of Taughannock Falls SP.  I continued north, checking various spots, but could find no more. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] N. Mockingbird at feeder

2014-02-10 Thread Susan Fast
I've had a N. MOCKINGBIRD at my feeders for 3 days now. First ever.  I arrived Sat. morn., where I first saw it at the suet-cake cages. It was having trouble, as it still does, hanging low on the side, but it can manage.  I'm not sure what attracted it to the compostpile at the back of the

[cayugabirds-l] Additional freezing info

2014-02-09 Thread Susan Fast
A. R. Cahn in The freezing of Cayuga Lake in its relation to bird life.  Auk 29:437-444 reports that the lake was completely frozen over in 1796, 1816, 1826, 1856, 1875, 1884, 1904, and 1912.  A couple of these were thought due to volcanic eruptions in other parts of the world. Steve Fast --

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Field Trip Sunday

2014-02-08 Thread Susan Fast
I think the following is apropos:  From a column by Rick Marsi in the Ithaca Journal--- One stares at manure with mixed feelings. On the positive side, a swath of freshly spread manure can turn a farmer's field into a songbird harvest table. As for negatives, manure is manure, and driving

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe, Myers Point

2014-01-30 Thread Susan Fast
I was there and saw the eared.  Also found 2 RED-NECKED GREBES after Bob left.  To me, the eared didn't look like the one at Aurora, so we met there later and found only HORNED GREBES off the Boathouse.  After a fine lunch at Dories, I headed down to Long Point SP and found the Aurora EARED

[cayugabirds-l] Mud Lock eagles

2014-01-09 Thread Susan Fast
After a great lunch at Dories in Aurora (one meets the greatest people there), I stopped at Mud Lock where I saw 2 adult BALD EAGLES perched side-by side in a dead tree next to the old nest (the northernmost one). After a bit, they flew to the new nest, perching in the tops of 2 dead trees there.

[cayugabirds-l] longspurs, shrike

2014-01-05 Thread Susan Fast
I stopped at a traditional field bird spot (intersection of Salt, W. Malloryville, and Peruville Rds.) and found 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS in among approx. 75 each HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS. Viewing was not easy. Also saw a N. SHRIKE at a traditional spot for them of Ellis Hollow Creek and Turkey

[cayugabirds-l] Another shrike, etc

2014-01-05 Thread Susan Fast
Late afternoon, I went trolling for owls. I, too, found a dark phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK in a tree top along Creamery Rd., outside of Slaterville. Then at the crest of Hart Rd., Town of Dryden, an adult NORTHERN SHRIKE was hunting in the hedgerow there, at 1630h. No owls. Steve Fast

[cayugabirds-l] Swans = Brooktondale

2013-12-30 Thread Susan Fast
I was out shoveling this morning, heard a few swans call, and looked up to see a flock of 20 TUNDRA SWANS right over the house. New Yard Bird. They were headed NW toward the Big Lake. But I kept hearing them off and on for the next 15 minutes. Apparently their leader got confused by heading

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant

2013-12-28 Thread Susan Fast
On a walk along Mt. Pleasant Rd. this morning, I located 15 species, about average for this time of year. By a very rough count, there were 110 SNOW BUNTINGS. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] N. shrike

2013-12-27 Thread Susan Fast
1130. Just noted an adult NORTHERN SHRIKE perched in a treetop in a hedgerow along the field across from my house. How's that for a sentence? It's December; right on time. Beautiful in the softly falling snow. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] cedar waxwings-- flake-catching

2013-12-24 Thread Susan Fast
I walked around the Cornell Plantations early this morning and discovered around 200 CEDAR WAXWINGS perched in the top of an unknown species of oak. Small groups would fly down to an adjacent crabapple to get a fruit or two, then return to the oak. I spent some time watching, looking for

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Stevenson Road Compost-Horned Larks

2013-12-19 Thread Susan Fast
I have 3 yard crows this winter. For the past week two of them have been perching side-by-side quite often, one solicits preening by exposing the nape or the throat, and the other preens it. I have assumed this is the mated pair. The third crow mostly hangs off to the side in another tree. I

[cayugabirds-l] SE owl--Dryden

2013-12-07 Thread Susan Fast
Several years of stakeouts finally paid off when I got a good look at a SHORT-EARED OWL (very light underside, buffy patches prominent on distal parts of upper wing) cruising over a field along Hart Rd. (Town of Dryden). Field was just across the road from the gravel pit and near the George Jr.

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant-midday-5 eagles

2013-11-29 Thread Susan Fast
Beautiful day atop Mt. Pleasant-cool NW breeze, some sun, puffy clouds. Had 1 Noonloon. From 1230 til 1300, 4 BALD EAGLES and 1 GOLDEN EAGLE showed up. All adults. The bald were together, soaring, diving, feet out sometimes. One of them, for a while, soared with wings at a distinct dihedral,

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Crow-chipmunk

2013-11-28 Thread Susan Fast [] On Behalf Of Susan Fast Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 2:04 PM To: 'CAYUGABIRDS-L' Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Crow-chipmunk I've spent much of this morning watching red squirrel interactions in our yard; stuff I haven't seen before. Anyway

[cayugabirds-l] Crow-chipmunk

2013-11-27 Thread Susan Fast
I've spent much of this morning watching red squirrel interactions in our yard; stuff I haven't seen before. Anyway, on to birds. We also have still one CHIPMUNK which has daily been filling its cheeks with seeds (yesterday it had a tail; today no tail, but that is a rodent-rodent interaction

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant

2013-11-23 Thread Susan Fast
I was doing yard work this morning, when the sky suddenly cleared off. So I thought maybe some large birds would go over Mt. Pleasant ahead of the approaching front. I spent about 2 hours up there mid-day and saw 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. No eagles. It was a bit windy at times, but neat

[cayugabirds-l] Rusty blackbirds---Brooktondale

2013-11-12 Thread Susan Fast
We just had 6 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS checking our feeder area. I think the damned MOURNING DOVES intimidated them, and also probably had eaten all the seed on the ground. The blackbirds left after a minute. 2 obvious females, 2 obvious males; the other 2 a cross plumage between the male and female.

[cayugabirds-l] Golden eagle---Brooktondale

2013-11-03 Thread Susan Fast
I felt lazy today; it's also cold, so I went to the center of the large field across from my house to see what might go over. It's also south of Mt. Pleasant, so anything over there has got to come my way, just higher. I had put in enough time so that my thoughts were dwelling on a big, hot bowl

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Golden eagle---Brooktondale

2013-11-03 Thread Susan Fast [] On Behalf Of Susan Fast Sent: Sunday, November 03, 2013 12:39 PM To: 'CAYUGABIRDS-L' Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Golden eagle---Brooktondale I felt lazy today; it's also cold, so I went to the center of the large field across from my house

[cayugabirds-l] Carncross Rd. Sandhills

2013-11-02 Thread Susan Fast
Some may be interested to know that the SANDHILL CRANE family (2 adults, 2 juveniles) continues in the Carncross Rd. vicinity; i.e.Nothern Montezuma. There were a lot of hunters in the area today, so the adults were very vigilant, while the young foraged in the corn stubble almost constantly. The

[cayugabirds-l] Mourning doves rain

2013-10-31 Thread Susan Fast
I was looking out the kitchen window when I noticed large white blobs appearing and disappearing in a couple of small trees in the yard. Turned out to be 6 MOURNING DOVES. It's raining, temp. = 54 deg. Each would extend the wing on one side almost fully, turn slightly on a branch so that the

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant; Interesting behavior

2013-10-28 Thread Susan Fast
This was not a good raptor-migration day up there, even with a NW breeze and low clouds. I was on the Tower side. There were 2 large groups of birds that did the same thing. First was a flock of 28 D.-C. CORMORANTS; the next was a flock of 75 BRANT. Both appeared, coming from the north, just

[cayugabirds-l] Summerhill

2013-10-26 Thread Susan Fast
I spent 2 hours this morning walking Salt, Hoag, and Dresser Rds. in Summerill SF. Bleak. Almost no cones on any of the conifers and a little fruit on winterberry holly bushes led me to expect to find little of avian life, and so it turned out. Species with numbers follow: blue jay 8

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Field birds

2013-10-17 Thread Susan Fast
this species as a new Yard Bird. Steve _ From: [] On Behalf Of Susan Fast Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 3:29 PM To: 'CAYUGABIRDS-L' Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Field birds I spent some time early

[cayugabirds-l] Field birds

2013-10-16 Thread Susan Fast
I spent some time early this afternoon wandering about 2 local mown hay fields. The grass is quite short (ave. 4-6 inches) in both. In the first, I flushed a bird that, as Sibley says, was only a glimpse of a small brown bird flying away. It was up for less than 2 seconds, travelled about 30’,

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Big thrush flight

2013-10-15 Thread Susan Fast
Acting on this, I went outside at 2100. Even with stiff competition from several SPRING PEEPERS, I heard 4 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES. Alas, this was not enough to keep me awake, and I retired at 2130. Worth it though. Steve Fast Brooktondale -Original Message- From:

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant birds

2013-10-12 Thread Susan Fast
Intrigued by Marie's measurements from yesterday, I walked Mt. Pleasant Rd. this morning. Not much in the fields, but the woods and brushy areas had more birds than I have seen up there in a long time. Going from Mineah to Baker Hill Rds. I encountered ROBINS --About a hundred or so

[cayugabirds-l] pipits

2013-09-29 Thread Susan Fast
On my morning walk along Mt. Pleasant Rd., I was fortunate to run into a flock of 30-40 AMER. PIPITS. Also 2 HORNED LARKS. No rare warblers. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] pine warbler

2013-09-27 Thread Susan Fast
I decided to take a break from watching house paint dry and check the yard. I found 2 NASHVILLE WARBLERS and a new YARD bird, a PINE WARBLER. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] geese

2013-09-23 Thread Susan Fast
I saw my first high, migrating flock of CANADA GEESE this afternoon over Shindagin Hollow. S. Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Broad-winged hawks migrating now

2013-09-15 Thread Susan Fast
I was at Mt. Pleasant during the brief clear period and could find only 12 BROADWINGS (which is about right as my eyes are only 1/2 as good as Ken's). I, too, had 2 OSPREYS.Steve -Original Message- From:

[cayugabirds-l] sandhill

2013-09-15 Thread Susan Fast
I was out painting the house when I heard, then saw, a single SANDHILL CRANE flying south. Yard bird! Early migrant, I suppose. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] broadwings

2013-09-13 Thread Susan Fast
Shortly after lunch, I noticed a patch of blue over the house, went outside and saw about 6 TURKEY VULTURES soaring about, so grabbed raincoat, scope, etc. and headed for the open field opposite. The hole was not large, but I was rewarded by seeing 3 BROADWING HAWKS rising up in it. They

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant hawkwatch

2013-09-08 Thread Susan Fast
I started my Fall season today atop Mt. Pleasant, from 1120 til 1420, hoping for very early broadwing kettles. The earliest I have noted kettles there is Sept. 11, and I saw none today. I did watch 2 interesting behavioral encounters, however. First was a pair of RAVENS who appeared in view off

[cayugabirds-l] black vulture

2013-09-03 Thread Susan Fast
I was out in our front yard shortly after 7 PM looking for nighthawks when I noticed a large, dark bird far to the SE. It was coming slowly toward me and against the air flow (clouds moving from the NW). It got fairly close, then suddenly turned about and headed back the way it had come. I

[cayugabirds-l] nighthawk

2013-08-30 Thread Susan Fast
I had just got home from work (2015), and thought to step out front for a last peek at the sky. As I reached the edge of the driveway, a COMMON NIGHTHAWK tilted over, not 10' up. The wife was standing on the porch and I shouted look! She went Wha? I said nighthawk. She responded with Yea!!!

[cayugabirds-l] Nighthawks

2013-08-25 Thread Susan Fast
The East Brooktondale NIGHTHAWK Observation Station (EBNOS), reports 3 of said species seen this evening. Time frame was 1935 to 1945. Still 8 BATS in the vicinity. Gorgeous sunset! Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Bats

2013-08-19 Thread Susan Fast
I started my occasional nighthawk survey from my house this evening. None of those yet, but a scan with the scope revealed 11 BATS! This is far more than I usually see here, and is an encouraging sign. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

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