Re: [cayugabirds-l] Massive Solar Farm coming to Cayuga County

2021-02-20 Thread Tobias Dean
Note that the 2K acres is not entirely panels- some of the extra is buffers
for sensitive riparian areas which would be critical.
   Some towns have tried to work in requirements about decommissioning
panels in the future.
 There are some smaller farms that run sheep for grazing- not sure this
is practical for this size. At some point growth of brush would have to be
checked and it would be interesting to know how they plan to do that.
Big solar supporter but it would be a bit alarming to be living in the
middle of this. I kind of prefer less concentrated solar farms. On the
other hand it’s location next to large transmission lines make it sensible
and such a large area where people rarely go could make great habitat for
birds.

TD

On Sat, Feb 20, 2021 at 8:31 AM david nicosia  wrote:

> All,
>
> see
> https://www.syracuse.com/news/2020/02/monster-cny-solar-farm-would-replace-corn-and-soybeans-with-power-for-3-homes.html
>
>
> Does anyone have any more details on this? If it is done with wildlife in
> mind this could be a good thing. If they plant pollinator friendly and
> native grasses this could be a positive. But if it is just plain grass it
> could be at best just a trade-off and at worse a negative. These solar
> farms could be good for birds and pollinators. see
> https://www.audubon.org/news/can-solar-plants-make-good-bird-habitat
>
> Maybe you are all aware of this but the big renewable energy push through
> solar farms could be an opportunity to improve bird and pollinator
> habitats. Anyway, just wondering if any folks have information on this or
> have contacted solar farm companies on this. The Mail
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[cayugabirds-l] Bittern? behind Sherwin Williams

2020-08-09 Thread Tobias Dean
 I was strolling towards Lowes from Wegmans Friday morning and there is
a separate lagoon I believe next to the inlet that goes behind Wegmans and
startled what I thought at first was a green heron but then it seemed a bit
bigger. It flew up to a tree and hid, emitting an unlikely croak.  I may be
wrong but if someone is down there it may be worth a look. There is also a
Kingfisher that hangs out back there.

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[cayugabirds-l] Piebald Cardinal

2020-07-17 Thread Tobias Dean
 This poor guy was in the yard perhaps after black caps. Did a double
take cause he was really red with a bright red beak. But no feathers on his
head, no crest! apparently his skin is very dark because he presented
basically a black head and red everything else. I'm curious what might
cause this.

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[cayugabirds-l] Whippoorwill

2020-05-25 Thread Tobias Dean
Is this possible? we are listening to it from the woods off Yaple Rd in
Danby
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[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle on West King Rd

2020-05-01 Thread Tobias Dean
on an electric pole watching ravens eat a deer carcass, about 1/2 mile
north of Sandbank Rd
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[cayugabirds-l] Merlin and Swallows

2019-06-30 Thread Tobias Dean
Lots of drama over the past week. We have a colony of barnswallows that
live in one of our barns. Approx 25-45 individuals but they are hard to
count. Plus tree swallows in nest boxes. What I am pretty sure is a Merlin
has been coming around and driving them absolutely crazy. both Swallow
species mob this bird. The fledglings are coming out and I assume the bird
is trying to get one but I haven't seen one taken. the falcon may actually
fly into the barn on occasion.
   The Merlin comes by at least 3-4 times a day and I can hear the general
outcry from inside the house. The falcon doesn't seem terribly worried
about the attack of the swallows but circles around as they fly all around
him/her.

I don't recall this kind of predation over a long period from previous
years.

 I wonder if egg laying will be reduced from the stress of these
attacks. This is happening on South Hill near the intersection of King and
Yaple Rd in Danby. You are welcome to check this out, just let me know in
advance.

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[cayugabirds-l] Raptor possibly trapped by cable on Cornell Boathouse

2019-04-09 Thread Tobias Dean
   My wife met friends at the Boatyard grill and saw a large raptor,
possibly an osprey, that seemed to be tethered by some line on the higher
part of the CU boathouse. she noticed it at 6 and it was still there when
she left more recently. It seemed to hover quite a bit and a pole was
leaning as it did so. She tried the vet school and a nuisance wildlife
person with no luck.
  I am wondering if someone from the lab would have a better idea of
how to approach this issue.

 Thanks  Toby Dean

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[cayugabirds-l] "tethered raptor"!

2019-04-09 Thread Tobias Dean
Lest any anxious readers of this list saw my message last night, after a
West End appointment this morning I went to see for myself and immediately
saw the tethered critter was an admittedly realistic bird scare kite
attached to the Cornell Boat House.
 Messages have been sent, eye appointments made etc. I myself have
never seen such an effective kite before.

   It will be interesting to see if the gulls become habituated to it over
the season.

My apologies


Toby Dean

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[cayugabirds-l] Multiple thousands of geese

2018-02-24 Thread Tobias Dean
More than I personally have ever seen at once flying north over Danby. At
least 15 minutes or more of V's crossing the sky at high altitude. there
are subsequent groups going over.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] New post published Meeting on Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Plan

2017-08-21 Thread Tobias Dean
 I agree with Mr. Confer and Mr. Pelkie. Though it may look a bit
shocking to see the immediate aftermath of cutting, inspections every few
months especially in the following spring will show how Nature rebounds
with benefits for wildlife.
 A note on cutting the red pines; these were planted in the '30's by
the CCC on grids in old pastures. These trees have limited commercial value
and without thinning don't seem to gain much size. I am not even sure they
are native to our woods.

On Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 7:44 AM Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pel...@cornell.edu>
wrote:

> I recently read this thesis:
>
> https://books.google.com/books/about/Factors_Affecting_Avian_Diversity_in_a_N.html?id=xnVPYAAJ
> produced by Tom Litwin in 1986, discussing the changes in Sapsucker Woods
> in both avian type and foliage type, over the hundred years up to that time.
>
> Amazing that grazing, lumbering, and fire have all passed through SSW
> prior to its ‘sanctuary’ days.
> The charted changes in nesters (Canada Warblers were once frequent!) is
> very informative.
>
> My only point here is that Tom says early on something to the affect that
> there is a difference between ‘conservation’ and ‘preservation’ and that
> distinction had never hit home before so clearly.
> Not to bend the Latin (and PIE) roots too far, but ‘con’ (from Latin ‘cum’
> with or together) and ‘serve’ (‘ser’ protect) is not the same as ‘pre’
> (beforehand) and ‘serve’.
> Protecting together, as John C eloquently described, is not the same
> business as protecting the same static thing forever.
>
> I finally grasped why the south side of the SSW is so barren of lower tier
> breeders, after looking at Litwin’s historic maps of the woods.
> Frankly, I prefer the north and east for diversity; the south high closed
> canopy has its interesting but quite different residents (thrushes,
> tanagers, barred owl, pileated et al., high canopy warblers in migration,
> and ovenbirds to give one forest floor denizen his due.)
>
> The occasional cutting, as horrifying as it seems, breathes and welcomes
> new life into the tired old forest, when done intelligently and in
> moderation.
> I would like to think that keeping an eye on the DEC efforts is worthy,
> but that DEC is not rapacious in intent.
>
> ChrisP
> __
>
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> On Aug 18, 2017, at 13:07, John Confer <con...@ithaca.edu> wrote:
>
> HI Dave,
>
> It still surprises me that even among environmentalists, biodiversity
> is still a matter of contention. There are ecological reasons to support
> biodiversity, often thought to enhance the mega goal of biostability.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow

2017-06-17 Thread Tobias Dean
we usually have at least 2 nesting pairs of tree swallows in boxes furthest
from house. I haven't seen any in our boxes this year. barn swallows made
it however.

On Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM <k...@empacc.net> wrote:

> We have 17 boxes active, one with bluebirds, two with House Wren, a one
> with chickadees and the remainder with Tree Swallows. Probably another good
> year after a 100% occupancy/success rate last year. We believe this is due
> to effective placement and predator guards that function well. john
>
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> On 2017-06-17 12:40, Glenn Wilson wrote:
>
> We usually have a dozen or so flying and nesting until mid summer. I
> haven't seen a single one since early swallow migration.
>
> Glenn Wilson
> Endicott, NY
> www.WilsonsWarbler.com
>
> On Jun 17, 2017, at 8:34 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard <
> job121...@verizon.net> wrote:
>
> We've had one nesting pr. with 5 young expected to fledge in 11 days.
> Usually have at least 3 pr. with many others flying about. Not so this yr..
> Same with barn swallows. For the last 2 yrs. we've not had more than a doz.
> of either lining up on our power line in late summer before migration. Used
> to be many, many dozens. :'(
>
> The 100 acres behind us were mowed on Wed.. I didn't see a swallow. Same
> when the school lawns are being mowed. Always before the birds were
> swooping overhead in great numbers to get insects. We no longer see those
> many insects.
>
> Rachel Carson ... we need you again to lead a new fight.
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!

2017-03-20 Thread Tobias Dean
I am not sure if the admins of this list want this subject covered here but
I can't embrace this viewpoint. Small patches of woods are constantly being
cut for residential development without the benefit of providing clean
energy. Cornell owns these woods I presume.
 I don't have any more details than provided here so perhaps I don't
have the full story. We can continue to get our energy from far away which
involve fracking or coal burning and I think all birders agree these have
an enormous impact on wildlife.
  Or we can learn to tolerate this kind of development.
  Interestingly I just noticed some local resistance to a solar farm
proposed adjacent to a rural cemetery out Groton/Cortland way.


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> There is urgent need for lovers of birds and wildlife along Dodge Rd. to
> be aware of imminent developments along Dodge Rd.
>
> The massive industrial scale solar farm proposed in all the Cornell
> owned fields along Dodge Rd and Stevenson Rd (as well as Turkey Hill
> Rd.) is planning to start construction in a few weeks.  There was a
> hearing in Dryden last Thursday at which many residents spoke out
> against the massive scale of the project which will devastate wildlife
> habitat.
>
> We have just learned this morning from a member of the Dryden
> Conservation Board that they are proposing to cut down the Spruce Woods
> bordering the WEST side of Dodge Rd. because they will shadow the panels
> slated to go right along the very edge of Dodge R. next to a
> (barbed-wire topped) fence!
>
> If you are concerned about this assault and the effect of replacing all
> the grassland in the fields with sod under the panels (and
> herbicides???), please write immediately to the Dryden Town Board and
> ATTEND THE PLANNING BOARD MEETING  scheduled on THIS Thursday March 23,
> at 7pm at the Dryden Town Hall on Main Street.
>
> Please express your opinion that may help reduce the scale of this
> commercial operation that will devastate wildlife in this favorite
> location for viewing wildlife!
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Incubating Merlin - S Titus Ave

2016-05-07 Thread Tobias Dean
Perhaps the same Merlin I witnessed nailing a redwing or starling on
Spencer Rd. near the roundabout. He attacked across the northbound lane,
luckily there was no southbound traffic and I was able to stop to hold off
the truck behind me and the catch was flown off back across the lane into
the trees on the uphill side.

On Sat, May 7, 2016 at 9:40 AM, John Confer  wrote:

> A pair of Merlins are incubating in White Pine on South Titus AVe. The
> nest and the favorite plucking tree = sentinel tree are easily seen from
> public land, particularily the dike along Six-mile Creek (beware of dog
> poop). The nest is in the western-most block of S. Titus Ave., behind
> Meadow Court on south side of road.
>
>
> The nest was built this year by a quartet of Fish Crow.
>
>
> Respect private property, please.
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Heron

2016-04-10 Thread Tobias Dean
First one for us this year, up on a pond on Comfort Rd in Danby, near
Jersey Hill Rd.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] barn swallows

2015-04-29 Thread Tobias Dean
Our barn swallows arrived yesterday during the morning hours, 3 in total.
Many more than that left here last fall, I always wonder if some of the
others succumbed to the stress of the trip or moved elsewhere. It looks
like there is enough insect activity for them.
tree swallows seem to have come this morning and are occupying one of the
birdhouses.
  Ditto on the welcome, don't know what we do without them!
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[cayugabirds-l] Male wood duck

2015-03-10 Thread Tobias Dean
Mixed in with the mallards at the little bit of open water next to Wegmans
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[cayugabirds-l] Swan mortality

2015-03-07 Thread Tobias Dean
Another ski on the inlet today revealed the carcass of the aforementioned
swan, now moved near the park police building. Head and neck missing.

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[cayugabirds-l] On the inlet in Ithaca

2015-03-02 Thread Tobias Dean
I was able to enjoy two of my interests by skiing on the inlet, starting at
Cherry St and heading out to the white lighthouse. A steady north wind made
returning easier.
 there was what seemed to be a solitary tundra swan possibly in
distress just south of the entrance to the Marina. It was sitting and did
not get up as I skied by, about 50' away. It opened its black bill though
it wasn't making any noise.
 Mainly I saw  Canadian Geese flying up to the open water, wherever
that is, as they have been doing each day. I see them daily flying back and
forth above Inlet Valley on South Hill.  Also some occasional duck species
too high up for me to identify.
 I heard a mockingbird on Cherry st. when I started out.

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[cayugabirds-l] barn swallows

2014-08-29 Thread Tobias Dean
Our barn swallows left yesterday, some may have left a few days earlier but
there was a core group that waited until sometime during the day to
depart.   I had counted 3 individuals in the spring, there may have been
more that straggled in. A couple of weeks ago I counted around 40
individuals, though that may be under the actual group that breeds in our
out buildings. It is always a sad day not to see them in the morning,
though that is the annual cycle. Godspeed to them over the Gulf of Mexico,
and many thanks for keeping our yard relatively bug free.
  I was curious about their cousins, the  tree swallows. They arrived
before the barn swallows, took up nest boxes away from the buildings and
hunted along with the barnies.  At some point in the summer they
disappeared, and I noticed a few individuals in the last few days near the
barn swallows. Where did the tree swallows go for the summer?

Toby Dean,  North Danby

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[cayugabirds-l] FOY phoebe

2014-03-29 Thread Tobias Dean
Here at North Danby near Upper Buttermilk.


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[cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Herons

2014-03-22 Thread Tobias Dean
First of the year for us. Two dropped down onto the still frozen farm pond
behind us on South Hill. Expert flying as they dropped almost vertically in
the stiff NW wind. Not sure they would want to take off in this wind, in
spite of frozen water.

Toby

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[cayugabirds-l] A murder of crows

2013-12-18 Thread Tobias Dean
Before 7:30 this morning we observed a murder of crows, I would just
estimate at close to 1000?, multiple hundreds anyway, come up along the
tree line heading south right over our house on South Hill past Upper
Buttermilk Park.  I was struck at how low they were flying, and they just
kept coming for at least 15 minutes. Just a very few rested awhile in a
treetop at the intersection of Sandbank Rd. and W.King road and then kept
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[cayugabirds-l] The trials of a Bluebird family

2013-07-19 Thread Tobias Dean
   While at the Grassroots Festival yesterday I noticed a bluebird with
an insect hovering and perching around the entrance to the infield area.
Its a  sort of bottleneck created by fences, where hundreds of people pass
through on their way to the camping, infield stage and track every hour.
The passage is about 8' wide, with an 8' pressure treated post dividing the
opening.
 This was in the early evening. There was a momentary lull in the
traffic and I watched the parent glide down to the top of the post, and
slip right down inside the end of it.
 I don't know if that one came out again but a few minutes later
another feeding was waiting to be delivered, but the numbers of people kept
growing and the parent didn't seem to feel comfortable risking it. As far
as I could see no one but me noticed this little drama.
 I hope the early morning hours give the family a chance to be fed. I
suppose they can deal with the rain that must get in a vertical hole.
Maybe someone with a proper camera can get a shot of the parents entering.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Audubon's warbler

2013-04-19 Thread Tobias Dean
the Yellow Rumped warblers ( I saw two at least) were there battling the
wind and staying low where it was easy to see them at about 4:30 today.
 A heads up, one of the big willows near where you walk in on the East
side  and leaning in over the pond is split and looks like it could go at
any minute. dont stand underneath it too long!

Toby


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 Audubon's yellow rumped Warbler still in swan pen area, Stewart Park. Fly
 catching over water, then foraging along trunk of moss covered fallen lg.
 tree near dog house on penninsula in pond along w/ Myrtle Yellow Rumps.

 Got very good looks!
 Also, Yellow Warbler here.

 Sent from my iPhone
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 not very good photo of the Audubon's warbler. So he is still there.
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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park 11 AM

2013-04-16 Thread Tobias Dean
Kind of late I guess but I finally got my visual memory set for Common
Merganser, there were at least 3. Lots of canvas backs, kingfisher,
possible yellow rumped warbler but I am still learning those. I didnt see,
or recognize any terns.
  also, one woodchuck that seems to live under the stones on the
little promontory of the pond where I used to feed wonderbread to a zillion
ducks when I was a kid. ( which eventually poisoned the water)
   there were barn swallows and I think tree swallows there also.
 At home in  North Danby I saw my FOY Phoebe and Tree swallows.
Last year the barn swallows arrived here last weekend, but there isnt much
to eat now.
  Does anyone know anything about the martin house rotting away on
a pole by the old duck pond? (Is that Hogs Hole?) I would consider
rebuilding it if there was any chance Martins would occupy it. I have no
interest in providing dwellings for starlings and house sparrows.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] raven

2013-04-12 Thread Tobias Dean
If anyone wants to observe Ravens come to my house. They have been nesting
in the tall pines at the end of Yaple Rd(and King Rd.)
for at least 2 years. I am a bit concerned they are going to go after my
peaches, they certainly like my compost.
Last summer there was a family hanging around, and I have seen more than 2
so far.
 Toby


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 I have seen a single COMMON RAVEN in that area a couple of times recently,
 once flying north low alongside Pine Tree Rd by the Oxley Equestrian center
 at dawn, and once later in the day in the field opposite the end of Snyder
 Hill Rd stretching down to the East Ithaca Recreationway. I'm curious
 whether it's a young unmated bird or whether it's foraging while its mate
 tends a nest somewhere in the neighborhood. I wouldn't have guessed this as
 raven habitat, but then I'm not a raven.

 --Dave Nutter


 On Apr 12, 2013, at 07:42 AM, Ray Zimmerman r...@cornell.edu wrote:

 RAVEN about 7:30 flying over horse pastures on Pine Tree Rd toward East
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[cayugabirds-l] missed the Bohemians, but saw something else

2013-04-08 Thread Tobias Dean
at the Bird Lab. standing on the bridge opposite the main entrance I saw a
larger bird on the far side of the pond, roosting fairly high. My poor old
binochs just weren't up to a very good look at it. I thought it might be
another Great Blue H. but it did seem a bit smaller, with the nesting pair
to compare with.
 I know the Bird club is meeting( cant make it alas) so thought someone
could identify it for me.
ThanksToby


I did see my FOY tree swallow, and a redtail(?_ hawk on the power pole near
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[cayugabirds-l] birding and beer

2013-03-17 Thread Tobias Dean
At the Ithaca Beer company last night I spotted something up high, I had my
binocs. and rushed outside and saw 3 Sandhill cranes heading north up the
Inlet Valley. At first I thought they might be herons but there were 3
flying tightly together and they were way bulkier than herons. I have only
seen them once before in Northern Ontario.
The brewery has a great outdoors patio looking south across a farm
field, with a pond that will be filling in. Should be a good birding spot
while enjoying good beer.
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[cayugabirds-l] New bird for me-Snipe

2013-03-10 Thread Tobias Dean
And right on the other side of the road from my house, about 30' into the
empty mowed field next to an iced over wet spot. 2 common snipe, feeding or
trying to feed. I had a great look at them for quite awhile before they
left.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hawks at Game Farm Rd.

2013-03-04 Thread Tobias Dean
thanks all for the advice. I observed these hawks for a while to try to set
the details in my mind. I thought they were red tails, as that is the type
I see the most often, but wanted to make sure. Great spot for observing
them in different positions.
  Toby


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  Hi Toby,
 Red-tail Hawks. That area is locally famous for large numbers of these
 beauties. Other raptors will hunt this area also. I think the yellow tinge
 under the tail was caused by light through the red above.
 Cheers ,
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[cayugabirds-l] Hawks at Game Farm Rd.

2013-03-03 Thread Tobias Dean
Driving by at 4:45 PM there were at least half a dozen hawks that looked
like the same species eying the pheasants. When they soared the underside
of the tails seemed to have a yellowish tinge, but the tails seemed red
above.
I would love a more expert observer to identify them for me.

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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy owl?

2013-02-28 Thread Tobias Dean
Second hand sighting: Wife Elizabeth said a very large owl, very white with
beige markings evenly spread on wings and back, flew right in front of her
at headlight level last night on E.King Rd. in Ithaca.
She didn't get a good look at the head.
this was well after dark.

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[cayugabirds-l] British bird watchers

2013-02-05 Thread Tobias Dean
I found this picture amusing.

they are watching a long-billed murrelet

http://www.surfbirds.com/media/Photos/appletonmurrecrowdlarge.jpg


 could we muster this many at once on Cayuga Lake?

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[cayugabirds-l] Carcase identification-murder most foul

2013-01-03 Thread Tobias Dean
Yesterday I found this mostly consumed corpse in the ditch very close to
our house on South Hill. I can guess at an identification but I am sure the
group will know.  I saw crow or raven tracks around it in the snow but
could it have been a car strike or a larger hawk?
 Also, would the Lab of O be interested in this if most of it is
gone?

https://plus.google.com/photos/101389825425162872761/albums/5829231409341707361?authkey=COCAnMafkduk0AE

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carcase identification-murder most foul

2013-01-03 Thread Tobias Dean
The feet are 3 toed, hawklike, I was wondering if it is a Coopers Hawk? I
am not
clear on the size being correct for Coopers, the glove shows its fairly
small
size.


On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 10:29 AM, Tobias Dean tobydea...@gmail.com wrote:

 The feet are 3 toed, hawklike, I was wondering if it is a Coopers Hawk?
 not clear on the size being correct for Coopers, the glove shows fairly
 small size.


 On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM, Ryan Bakelaar rbakel...@aol.com wrote:

  Looks like a Wood Duck.  The beige flank feathers with the white tips
 are diagnostic.  It looks like a decent spread wing (or two) can be made
 from the specimen, so the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates (located at
 Sapsucker Woods) could put the carcass to good use.

 Yesterday I found this mostly consumed corpse in the ditch very close to
 our house on South Hill. I can guess at an identification but I am sure the
 group will know.  I saw crow or raven tracks around it in the snow but
 could it have been a car strike or a larger hawk?

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 From: Tobias Dean tdea...@twcny.rr.com
 To: cayugabirds-L cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu
 Sent: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 9:43 am
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Carcase identification-murder most foul

   Yesterday I found this mostly consumed corpse in the ditch very close
 to our house on South Hill. I can guess at an identification but I am sure
 the group will know.  I saw crow or raven tracks around it in the snow but
 could it have been a car strike or a larger hawk?
   Also, would the Lab of O be interested in this if most of it is
 gone?


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   thanksToby Dean
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carcase identification-murder most foul

2013-01-03 Thread Tobias Dean
John, you are right, I didn't look at the feet closely enough. So, would
this bird have been hit in the air nearby and eaten here, or attacked down
near Treman Lake nearby and carried over here? Or left elsewhere and
carried by a fox or coyotes? guess we will never know.  Thanks for the help
and  I will drop off at the Lab as soon as I can. There has been a red
tailed hawk around lately.
Toby


On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM, John VanNiel vanni...@flcc.edu wrote:

 Those are webbed feet. I was thinking wood duck as well given the
 irridescence on the back.

 
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 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carcase identification-murder most foul

 The feet are 3 toed, hawklike, I was wondering if it is a Coopers Hawk? I
 am not
 clear on the size being correct for Coopers, the glove shows its fairly
 small
 size.


 On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 10:29 AM, Tobias Dean tobydea...@gmail.commailto:
 tobydea...@gmail.com wrote:
 The feet are 3 toed, hawklike, I was wondering if it is a Coopers Hawk?
 not clear on the size being correct for Coopers, the glove shows fairly
 small size.


 On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM, Ryan Bakelaar rbakel...@aol.commailto:
 rbakel...@aol.com wrote:
 Looks like a Wood Duck.  The beige flank feathers with the white tips are
 diagnostic.  It looks like a decent spread wing (or two) can be made from
 the specimen, so the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates (located at Sapsucker
 Woods) could put the carcass to good use.
 Yesterday I found this mostly consumed corpse in the ditch very close to
 our house on South Hill. I can guess at an identification but I am sure the
 group will know.  I saw crow or raven tracks around it in the snow but
 could it have been a car strike or a larger hawk?
 -Original Message-
 From: Tobias Dean tdea...@twcny.rr.commailto:tdea...@twcny.rr.com
 To: cayugabirds-L cayugabirds-L@cornell.edumailto:
 cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu
 Sent: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 9:43 am
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Carcase identification-murder most foul

 Yesterday I found this mostly consumed corpse in the ditch very close to
 our house on South Hill. I can guess at an identification but I am sure the
 group will know.  I saw crow or raven tracks around it in the snow but
 could it have been a car strike or a larger hawk?
  Also, would the Lab of O be interested in this if most of it is
 gone?


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carcase identification-murder most foul

2013-01-03 Thread Tobias Dean
  I am kind of surprised that people can shoot wood ducks, I have no
problem with the common ducks and geese being hunted but wood ducks just
seem too special to me. Are there sufficient numbers of wood ducks to
maintain a breeding stock?
and on another note regarding carcasses, in the fall I found a
pigeon(rock dove) with an aluminum band apparently from a Schenectady
homing pigeon breeder, at least that is what I gleaned from the
abbreviations on the band online. I tried calling but got no answer and was
going to mail it the address I found but haven't gotten around to it.
  Now on to observing live birds.


On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM, John VanNiel vanni...@flcc.edu wrote:

 Any of those theories are possible. Let me add one more: Could it have
 been a waterfowl hunter that crippled the bird and couldnt recover it for
 whatever reason?

 Birds of prey will typcially breast out a bird like that.



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls today

2012-12-24 Thread Tobias Dean
We had a mockingbird in our orchard on South Hill today. It was having a
territorial dispute with a crow.
   I dont recall seeing them in wintertime.

  Toby Dean


On Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM, bilba...@pop.lightlink.com wrote:

 This morning (Mon), after I left for Handwork,  Shannon looked out the
 windows at our feeders to find that the flock of 6 Redpolls we had
 yesterday had become a flock of about 25 this morning

 Bill
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