Re: [cayugabirds-l] eBird Question

2021-08-01 Thread Tom Schulenberg
another way to see these observations is to go to the Explore page on
eBird, then select Alerts, and look for eBird alerts for the relevant
region - the ABA area, state of Wisconsin, or whatever. this shows all
recent reports of eBird of rare species, regardless of whether the records
have been confirmed yet by an eBird reviewer. the key limitation here is
'recent', since this will show observations only from the past seven days -
but if what you are looking for is within this window, then this probably
is the most efficient way to tracking down observations of interest.

tss

I believe that the reason is that so far the eBird reviewers for that
> region have not confirmed any of the sightings reported in eBird.  The
> eBird outputs --- at least the maps --- will only directly display these
> flagged rarities after they have been given a status of "confirmed" by
> regional reviewers.
>
> However, you can see the checklists with flagged species, if you can guess
> at another species that is also present on the same checklist, display all
> of the checklists with this "surrogate" species, and then by trial and
> error check all of the these checklists containing reports of the surrogate
> until you find one with the flagged species on it.  For example, by
> searching for all recent checklists from the general area with Mallards, I
> found this checklists with a Common Shelduck photo:
> https://ebird.org/wi/checklist/S92590436
>
> Wesley
>
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>
>
> -Original Message-
> From: bounce-125804771-3494...@list.cornell.edu <
> bounce-125804771-3494...@list.cornell.edu> On Behalf Of Carl J. Steckler
> Sent: Sunday, August 1, 2021 12:40 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] eBird Question
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> For several days I have been getting eBird alerts about a Common Shelduck
> in Lake Winnebago  near Fond Du Lac WI. However when I search for this
> species on eBird it doesn't show.
>
> Does anyone know why this is?
>
> Carl
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[cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler still at Stewart Park? - maybe!

2021-06-09 Thread Tom Schulenberg
this afternoon I kayaked around the south end of the lake, from Stewart
Park over to Hog Hole. shortly after putting in at Stewart Park, directly
across from the Cascadilla Boat House, I heard what sounded for all the
world like a Prothonotary Warbler singing. it wasn't singing much
(admittedly, it was mid afternoon), but I heard at least four short song
bouts. unfortunately I never saw it, partly because it sang relatively
infrequently (hence difficult to track), and also in part because it seemed
to be moving in the opposite direction from me (the bird was moving
upstream, whereas my kayak party was heading out), so I never got a visual
confirmation. frustrating! but I strongly suspect that there still is a
Prothonotary at the south end of Cayuga Lake, perhaps spending as much or
more time in East Jetty Woods as in Stewart Park.

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[cayugabirds-l] sedge wren photo

2021-05-06 Thread Tom Hoebbel
I was able to get some good photos of the sedge wren Tuesday. I posted my
favorite on my instagram page:

https://www.instagram.com/tomhoebbel/

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[cayugabirds-l] sedge wren in brooktondale

2021-05-04 Thread Tom Hoebbel
Holly and I found a tiny sedge wren in a thicket in your back yard this
morning. It is quietly foraging giving us multiple great views.

Also, Chestnut Sided, B, yellow Warblers and common Yellowthroats.
and some wonderful white crowned sparrows


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeak!

2021-05-03 Thread Tom Fernandes
Over here in McGraw, for the past three days there has been 4 Evening
Grosbeak and a couple of pine siskin joined today by FOY B. Oriole at my
feeders. I concur a nice spring selection of birds . Now bring on the
warblers. Tom Fernandes


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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Question

2021-02-22 Thread Tom Fernandes
There seems to be numerous reports of sapsuckers in CNY this winter. In my
thirty plus years living here I don't recall ever seeing one in the winter.
Here in McGraw I have one visiting my feeders for the past few weeks. How
common is it for them to winter in our area?

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy owl near Treman Marina

2021-01-20 Thread Tom Schulenberg
I'm at Hog Hole now, just ran into the fellow who saw the Snowy Owl. his
sighting was yesterday; he looked for it today, but didn't see it. still
could be around, though!

tss

My brother, who works at Treman Marina at the southwest corner of Cayuga
> Lake in Ithaca, reports a sighting of a Snowy Owl along the lakeshore this
> morning.  The owl may or may not be easily visible from the marina, as he
> says he only saw her/him after walking west along the lake shore (where the
> low water level has exposed some of the lake bottom) "until the large
> roadside ditch joins the lake," near the first house on Route 89.  He was
> able to get a decent cell-phone photo of the owl in flight, and another --
> from a distance, but still recognizable -- of her/him sitting on the shore.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Mexico mass mortality

2020-09-23 Thread Tom Schulenberg
I just learned of the mass mortality of migrating birds in New Mexico.  I
> read a CNN report.  Is there any new information on the cause?  They’re
> talking hundreds of thousands, even millions.
>

here's one well-researched suggestion:

https://www.aba.org/the-data-behind-mysterious-bird-deaths-in-new-mexico/

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[cayugabirds-l] New Mexico Mass Motality

2020-09-15 Thread Tom
I just learned of the mass mortality of migrating birds in New Mexico.  I read 
a CNN report.  Is there any new information on the cause?  They’re talking 
hundreds of thousands, even millions.

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[cayugabirds-l] Tennessee Warbler and N. waterthrush in B-dale

2020-05-18 Thread Tom Hoebbel
I had a Tennessee Warbler foraging in my pear tree this morning feeding
from freshly opened blossoms. I also heard a N Waterthrush from my deck on
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[cayugabirds-l] Blue winged in brooktondale,

2020-05-16 Thread Tom Hoebbel
Having just returned from Orlando last night, I was excited to see our
migrating birds today.  A blue winged warbler popped into the yard along
with yellow and common yellowthroats. We are having a lot of orioles as I
have seen in friends facebook feeds and am happy to hear the white crowned
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] ebird reporting question re: motion activated photos

2020-05-12 Thread Tom Schulenberg
Maybe someone can clarify or refer me to the right place. I have lived and
> birded in the Cayugabirds region for 30+ years and use ebird
>
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questions regarding eBird should be directed to

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good birding,

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[cayugabirds-l] Mergansers

2020-04-29 Thread Tom
Will Red-breasted Mergansers breed/nest as far south as Cayuga Lake?  I find 
the females hard to differentiate from Common Mergansers.

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[cayugabirds-l] Screech and Barred owls

2020-04-05 Thread Tom Hoebbel
I just heard a screech owl and a barred owl as well as a woodcock
displaying during a short stroll in brooktondale



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[cayugabirds-l] FOY Phoebe in Brooktondale

2020-04-05 Thread Tom Hoebbel
Just heard one singing in my back trees.


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[cayugabirds-l] Woodcocks

2020-03-26 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We are hearing at lest 2 woodcocks penting in the back fields on Burns Rd
in Brooktondale.



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[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow in Brooktondale

2020-03-13 Thread Tom Hoebbel
Always fun to see them return.


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[cayugabirds-l] Seasonal changes in goldfinch feeding

2019-09-30 Thread Tom
I’ve noticed that American Goldfinches this fall seem to be largely ignoring my 
thistle-seed feeder in favor of sunflower seeds, while in spring and early 
summer thistle seemed to be the favorite.

Has anyone else notes this pattern?

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Knox-Marsellus Marsh Dike Walk Sun Sept 8th, 2019

2019-09-09 Thread Tom Fernandes
Dave Nicosia, Thank you so much for leading this past Sundays walk. For someone 
who mostly birds alone , it was a great learning experience and all the extra 
sets of eyes were quite helpful as well.Dave Nutter thanks so much for  the 
insight into Stilt Sandpiper feeding behavior it sure made locating them much 
easier!! The sedge wren imitator , yellow warbler I think you said ( or was it 
yellowthroat? Please correct me)was also very interesting. What a great 
experience birding with such a friendly, welcoming and extremely knowledgeable 
group.Thanks again  for a great time.   I highly recommend these walks for all 
levels of  birders!   Tom FernandesSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy 
smartphone
 Original message From: Dave Nutter  Date: 
9/9/19  3:38 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: David Nicosia  Cc: 
Cayuga birds , "Van Beusichem, Andrea" 
, "Ziemba, Linda"  Subject: 
Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Knox-Marsellus Marsh Dike Walk Sun Sept 8th, 2019 
Thanks, Dave Nicosia, for doing a great job leading the walks, keeping eBird 
lists, and writing summaries! I have a few things to add. First, it made a big 
difference that the dike had been widely mowed for the Muckrace, so it was easy 
to view the impoundment. Not only could we watch from more places, but several 
people could stand next to each other without anyone’s view being blocked, and 
short people could just plain see, all of which had been difficult when the 
vegetation was tall everywhere along the dike. Thank-you, Refuge staff.Second, 
it was Ken & Adriaan who found the small passerine flock in the SE corner of 
the woods, including Magnolia Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, a Red-eyed Vireo 
which surprisingly made a couple of wide sweeping sallies out from the woods, 
Swamp Sparrow, Song Sparrow (all of which I saw), and Least Flycatcher (which I 
missed).Dave Nicosia listed a flyover Wilson’s Snipe, but from farther along 
the dike I managed to follow such a bird in my scope until it alit on the open 
mud, barely visible to me as I looked over an island of cattails. With several 
other folks, I walked on the dike past the cattails and proudly aimed my scope 
at the Snipe who was walking toward a sleeping Greater Yellowlegs and a 
preening Pectoral Sandpiper on either side of an inconsequential bit of weed 
stubble. The first person looking through my scope had a great view, but the 
second person couldn’t find the Snipe. I looked again, and neither could I. 
Then someone looking through another scope saw the Snipe’s head move in the 
weed stubble, and people again took turns watching. When I got my scope back, I 
watched the Snipe for awhile, too. Eventually I realized that I really could 
see most of the Snipe, but it matched the weed stubble in height, color, and 
pattern. This was a life bird for one of the people with me. Early in the walk 
I had fallen behind Dave Nicosia, and I saw 3 American Golden-Plovers flying 
back and forth over the marsh. They started low, but gradually gained altitude 
and eventually appeared to fly off toward the Wildlife Drive. At least 2 of 
them were adults in transition to winter plumage but still with considerable 
blotches of black below. Much later I found a single such bird walking on the 
mud, so I told people about it, and when I looked again, there were 3 plovers. 
Maybe they were the same birds that I saw depart a couple hours earlier, having 
determined that Knox-Marsellus had the best shorebird habitat around. Again 
people were interested in the subtleties of Stilt Sandpiper ID, so we worked on 
that while watching their distinctive vertical ramming feeding behavior among 
the more randomly pecking Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs. And I talked about 
Pectoral Sandpipers, whose color & pattern are similar to Least, but whose 
shape differs, the larger species having a proportionately smaller head with an 
actual neck showing at times (Least & Semipalmated Sandpipers look neck-less to 
me). And I talked about how to use color and shape and proportions in shorebird 
ID generally.On our way out onto the dikes we saw several Long-billed 
Dowitchers, whose immaculate juvenile plumage had a cold grayish-tan hue 
overall and whose tertials were plain gray with narrow pale edges. When I was 
leaving, walking slow and falling behind everyone else, I discovered a juvenile 
Short-billed Dowitcher which must have just arrived. It had a warm overall 
orange glow in the sunlight from the edging on all the back & wing feathers, 
including the tertials, which had additional orange bars. I wished 

[cayugabirds-l] Orioles

2019-05-15 Thread Tom
After a slow start the Baltimore Orioles are entertaining us at our feeders 
here in Lansing.  What appears to be 2 pair seem to prefer the hummingbird 
feeder and peanuts. We’ll put out fruit or jam later today.

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[cayugabirds-l] bobolinks and yellowthroat

2019-05-03 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We have bobolinks in our back fields this morning and I heard my FOY common
yellowthroats.

Last evening I had 3 evening grosbeaks and 2 rose breasted grosbeaks at the
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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow warbler in brooktondale

2019-05-02 Thread Tom Hoebbel
I had a singing yellow warbler as I left home this morning at 7:30
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[cayugabirds-l] Rose Breasted Grosbeak in B-dale

2019-04-28 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We had a male Rose Breasted Grosbeak in our window this morning. A welcome
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[cayugabirds-l] pippits anf Towhee

2019-04-19 Thread Tom Hoebbel
I had a flock of American Pippist fly over yesterday and heard my first
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[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow in Brooktondale

2019-03-16 Thread Tom Hoebbel
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[cayugabirds-l] song sparrow

2019-03-05 Thread Tom Hoebbel
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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings

2019-02-19 Thread Tom
Yesterday afternoon there was a flock of about 30 Snow Buntings in a farmyard 
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count

2019-01-08 Thread Tom Schulenberg
bits and pieces of the story are coming out, which is great, but I have a
few more questions:

1) does anyone know when Allen's New Year's Day count was initiated? it
takes traditions a while to become, well, traditions, but I'm curious to
know just how early this became a focus of local birding.

2) the CBC had its (modest) origins in 1900, which is to say, before there
could have been much in the way of birding traditions in Ithaca. and it was
the brainchild of Frank Chapman, who was well known both to Allen and
(especially) to Louis Agassiz Fuertes. but I've found no evidence that
either Allen or Fuertes ever experimented with the CBC, even as others
across upstate New York began trying out the CBC from very early on. am I
the only one who thinks there's something odd about this? there's no record
of Allen's or Fuertes's thoughts on Chapman's CBC scheme?

3) I appreciate all the background on the phaseout of the Basin-wide New
Year's Day count in favor of the Ithaca CBC. but what's still not clear to
me is, was it Allen's initiative to make this change? and if so, what lead
him to the (late) embrace of the CBC? or was this a bottom up process,
whereby local birders began pushing to participate in an activity that they
could see going on all around them?

I'm probably decades too late in asking these questions, but I'm going to
throw them out there anyway, just to stir the pot.

> Randy:
>
> Good to hear from you, and thank you for including me in your
> correspondence.  I can contribute "the rest of the story," relating to the
> Ithaca Christmas Bird Count.  My information is based upon my chats with
> Paul Kellogg and Sally Spofford, when I was Paul's teaching assistant for
> his Summer CAU course in the early 1970s.
>
> Having an Ithaca Christmas Bird Count, following Audubon criteria, was the
> result of a compromise between Allen and National Audubon, facilitated by
> Roger Tory Peterson.  In its beginning, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count
> did not include 1 Jan among the acceptable dates for conducting a count.
> Allen agreed to initiate a Christmas Bird Count, following the Audubon
> criteria, if Audubon would agree to including 1 Jan within its time period
> for conducting the counts.  Audubon modified its count period to include 1
> Jan, and the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count, following Audubon criteria, was
> initiated on 1 Jan 1963.  So far as I know, the center of the count still
> was the intersection of Mount Pleasant and Turkey Hill Road for the 2017
> count (actually conducted 1 Jan 2018 -see
> http://netapp.audubon.org/cbcobservation/ ).
>
> I was pleased to learn of your role and Dorothy McIlroy's leadership in
> helping to define the original Ithaca Christmas Bird Count
> circle.  Incidentally, Allen's earlier 1 Jan counts accepted the
> delineation of the Cayuga Lake Basin, which was first published as a map in
> Wiegand and Eames, *Flora of the Cayuga Lake Basin, New York*, in 1926.
>
> Let me know the next time you're in Ithaca; maybe we could go birding.  I
> don't do much "bird-watching," but I've been fortunate to have had
> opportunities to study and survey birds in the field for a bit more than 60
> years, now, and am continuing to do so.  Best wishes for the new year.
>
> -- Charlie
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> *Sent:* Friday, January 4, 2019 9:32 PM
> *To:* Tom Schulenberg; Paul Anderson
> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L; gregbutche...@hotmail.com; Charles R. Smith;
> CAYUGABIRDS-L; Rick Bonney
> *Subject:* Re: history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count
>
> Hi Tom & Paul,
>
> You have done some good digging!  A check of my birding log brought
> disappointing results - it only goes back to 1968
> after I had graduated from Cornell and gone on to Ohio.  It may well be,
> and that 1968 timing would have been about right,
> that I included my earlier records in with the materials that I deposited
> in the Cornell Library archives.
>
> Yes, at least through the 1950's and early 1960's when I was in Ithaca,
> Doc Allen always kicked off the new year with
> a checklist of observations in the ent

Re:[cayugabirds-l] history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count

2019-01-04 Thread Tom Schulenberg
> Yes 1963 was the earliest (or at least the earliest that was recorded).
> All the data from all years can be seen here:
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/19EWVe-v5fKI3s93ciNoNwy2Wpp-GpNg6/view.
>
> There were 61 species observed in 1963. Of those, two have not shown up
> on the count since: Dickcissel and Green-tailed Towhee!
>
-Paul
>

that answer may depend upon how you define a Christmas Bird Count. I don't
doubt that the modern Ithaca CBC dates from 1963. but - with the important
caveat that it took decades for the CBC to assume its current form, and
that early CBCs had few guidelines (and, typically, very few participants)
- there were a few earlier Christmas counts from the Ithaca area.

before 1963, there were several single observer CBCs from Ithaca that were
published in Bird-Lore and Audubon Magazine. the earliest I have found is
one by Francis Harper from December 1904, which was only the 5th year of
the Christmas Bird Count - a very early contribution.

the next one that I know of was in December 1914, by Ludlow Griscom (!),
who I believe at that time was a graduate student at Cornell. John P. Young
submitted an Ithaca CBC for December 1922. and J. Kenneth Terres submitted
four consecutive single observer CBCs from Ithaca, from December 1938 to
December 1941.

there also was a count submitted from Trumansburg in December 1915, which
as far as I know never was repeated.

I've long been surprised by the fact that Ithaca did not develop its CBC
until relatively late in the game. a possible clue comes from this tidbit
in Greg Butcher's and Kevin McGowan's 1995 paper (History of ornithology at
Cornell University):

"[Arthur A.] Allen started a number of birding traditions in the Cayuga
Lake basin, including a New Year's Day Count (split in 1963 to become three
Christmas Bird Counts) and a May Big Day count. On New Year's Day, the
Allens hosted a turkey dinner for all participants; on the May Big Day, the
Allens provided a breakfast at their home and a picnic dinner at Montezuma
National Wildlife Refuge".

does anyone know when this New Year's Day Count was established, and
why?aside from the handful of CBCs mentioned above, by the 1950s the
Christmas Bird Count really was catching on. Ithaca was surrounded by
communities that already were doing CBCs, such as Cortland, Watkins Glen,
Elmira, Binghamton, and Syracuse. what was the allure of the New Year's Day
Count? for me, of course with the benefit of hindsight, the Ithaca birding
community of the 1950s (and earlier?) seems to have been
uncharacteristically out of step with trending approaches to birding and
ornithology when it comes to their delayed adoption of the Christmas Bird
Count. I'd very interested to know if anyone has more information on this
period of Ithaca birding history.

tss


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> > When was the first Ithaca Christmas Bird Count?  It may have been
> > 1/1/63, as that is the earliest NYIT CBC that I could find in the
> > National Audubon Society web archive.  Perhaps I could find it
> > somewhere in my old files, as I recall working
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[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2019-01-04 Thread Tom
There were about 100 Snow Geese in a field just north of Scipio Center in 
Cayuga Co. about noon on 29 Dec 2018.  Apparently Snow Geese got missed in the 
Christmas Count.

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[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeak in Brooktondale

2018-11-15 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We have our first evening grosbeak at our feeder on Burns Rd in
brooktondale. It is alifer for me. This one is a female...looking forward
to seeing the male.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Fri 9/7

2018-09-07 Thread Tom Schulenberg
> Excellent warbler numbers and diversity by Sherwood Platform in Sapsucker
> Woods on Friday (9:30 am). Cape May (2+), Wilson's, N. Parula,
> Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, several
> Chestnut-sided, Nashville, et al. I haven't even checked the north side of
> the pond yet.
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good diversity along Sapsucker Woods Road north of the gates, similar mix
but also several Bay-breasted, gnatcatcher, pair of Purple Finches, etc.

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[cayugabirds-l] FOY Tennessee Warbler and Savana Sparrow

2018-05-16 Thread Tom Hoebbel
The Tennessee was foraging in our Forsythia...first time I have seen that.
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[cayugabirds-l] Common Nighthawk in Collegetown?

2018-05-12 Thread Tom Hoebbel
Holly and I are pretty sure we heard a common nighthawk on Oak St, above
the gorge in Collegetown about 10 PM. Are they likely to be heard here at
this time of year? Is there something else it may have been that's call is
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[cayugabirds-l] eastern kingbird

2018-05-04 Thread Tom Hoebbel
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[cayugabirds-l] Cape May, B, Blue Winged, Common Yellowthroat, and Yellow Warblers in Brooktondale

2018-05-04 Thread Tom Hoebbel
All in my back yard, First ever Cape May at home...

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[cayugabirds-l] RB Grosbeak and WC Sparrow in Brooktondale

2018-05-02 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We had our FOY rose breasted grosbeak in the window today and I just heard
then saw a white crowned sparrow as well.

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[cayugabirds-l] yellow warbler in Brooktondale.

2018-04-28 Thread Tom Hoebbel
Just saw a yellow warbler at our tube feeder...wasn't eating seed, but
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[cayugabirds-l] Field Sparrow arrived today

2018-04-20 Thread Tom Hoebbel
I had a Field Sparrow in my window feeder today and I think it was there
yesterday too, but didn't recognize it right away as I have never had one
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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Warblers persisting

2018-04-20 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We now have 2 Pine Warblers in Brooktondale. One or the other has been
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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Warbler and N. Harrier in Brooktondale

2018-04-15 Thread Tom Hoebbel
I had a FOY Pine Warbler on my back deck this afternoon.

Also, a beautiful Male Northern Harrier has been appearing daily over the
fields on Burns Rd in Brooktondale.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Song Sparrow

2018-03-03 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We had 2 song sparrows yesterday too in Brooktondale. They seemed none too
pleased with the weather they arrived for.





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> Yesterday our first SONG SPARROW of the year made an appearance!!  Two
> days ago Sara Jane saw our first female RED-WING, and I saw one today.
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!

2017-07-28 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We too have seen more purple finches than ever and the RB Grosbeaks have
been very consistent as well.





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On Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 7:17 PM, Kevin J. McGowan  wrote:

> I've had normal hummingbird traffic at my feeder this year (and, in fact,
> need to refill it soon). There's one at it right now as I type!
>
>
> What I've been having that is a bit out of the ordinary is that I've been
> swarmed by Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Purple Finches all summer. I am now
> getting juveniles of both species hitting the feeders pretty hard. Just
> now, there were just at least 6 Purple Finches sitting on the single
> feeder. There was one adult male and 5 stripey ones that I suspect are
> juveniles.
>
>
> They've been going through half a feeder of sunflower seeds each day. The
> flying-squirrels clean out whatever is left each night.
>
>
> Kevin
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> *To:* Rustici, Marc
> *Cc:* Melanie Uhlir; W Larry Hymes; CAYUGABIRDS-L
> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!
>
> I have maintained a feeder all summer too with no results until yesterday
> when my husband saw one there briefly. We never seem to have any despite
> many plantings for them until August or when the Bee Balm and Rose of
> Sharon are flowering so I guess it is on time for our yard.
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> > On Jul 27, 2017, at 5:03 PM, Rustici, Marc 
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> > I have heard that you need more than one feeder or food source to
> consistently attract hummingbirds.  Do you have two sources of food for
> them or is my information incorrect?
> >
> > Thanks
> > Marc
> >
> > -Original Message-
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> > For a while the only evidence I had that hummingbirds were around was
> that the nectar level would drop in the feeders. However, woodpeckers like
> to drink the nectar too. But since my monarda started blooming I've been
> seeing them on a more regular basis and the past few days I've seen two at
> a time, chasing each other. I haven't seen an adult male for a few days. A
> hummingbird moth has joined in the monarda celebration.
> >
> > Melanie
> >
> >> On 7/27/2017 3:21 PM, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
> >> As we were talking with our son Chris in our living room on Tuesday,
> >> he exclaimed excitedly, "A hummingbird just came to your feeder!!"  It
> >> moved out of sight, but soon returned.  We had not seen one at our
> >> feeders since May 11
> >> I've written about this phenomenon before.  To paraphrase the "Field
> >> of Dreams" movie, when he's here, the birds will come! This is
> >> probably purely a matter of coincidence.   HOWEVER,  it has happened
> >> enough times before to make me suspect that perhaps other "forces" may
> >> be at play.
> >>
> >> Have others of you been seeing hummingbirds of late?  If not, maybe I
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Wetland Preserve and Roy H. Park Preserve, Mon 5/29

2017-05-29 Thread Tom Hoebbel
Thanks Mark for your inspiring and very enjoyable guidance on these walks. 
Looking forward to next year already. 

Tom

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> On May 29, 2017, at 1:13 PM, Mark Chao <markc...@imt.org> wrote:
> 
> With only moderate rain and no lightning at all, the conditions on Monday 
> morning allowed us to complete our scheduled Finger Lakes Land Trust Spring 
> Bird Quest (SBQ) walks after all.  It got pretty cold and wet, I admit, but 
> maybe an optimist could consider it half-warm and half-dry.  We did get our 
> share of rewarding moments too.
>  
> Four optimistic and hardy participants joined me at the Goetchius Wetland 
> Preserve at 6:30 AM.  We had several distant views of male BOBOLINKS in the 
> field by the parking lot, with one close look that left me wanting more but 
> also somehow feeling satisfied at the same time.  We also had an excellent 
> close look at a pair of SAVANNAH SPARROWS.  Feathers matted by the rain, 
> these birds issued sharp chips, evidently out of alarm at our proximity to 
> their nest.   
>  
> Down the road by the main wetland, Tom Hoebbel found the weekend’s only 
> PURPLE FINCH, an intensely dark-red male, in a bare shrub at the edge of the 
> pond.  To my equal surprise, we heard a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH singing far out 
> in the wetland, maybe all the way out in the trees on the opposite end.  And 
> as expected, we saw and heard both WILLOW FLYCATCHER and ALDER FLYCATCHER 
> from essentially the same vantage point along the road. 
>  
> At the Baldwin Tract of the Roy H. Park Preserve, our group size now up to 
> 10, our good luck with bird sightings seemed to run out.  But we did hear 
> many expected birds, most notably several MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, plus the 
> weekend’s only WINTER WREN and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, both singing 
> virtuosically and tirelessly at the confluence of streams below the lean-to 
> shelter.  We heard a few forced high notes in some spruces – a partial 
> BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER song, I think.  I also heard one PRAIRIE WARBLER singing 
> once, but I think that maybe the others in the group missed it.
>  
> It was also a fine day for newts.  We saw two adult Red-spotted Newts 
> crossing Flatiron Road near Goetchius, and one bright Red Eft at Park.
>  
> In the end, my SBQ bird species count reached 86 – not bad given today’s 
> suboptimal conditions – and just as gratifying, the participant tally nearly 
> touched 100 if you count repeat visitors each time.  The species tally will 
> probably yield at least a couple thousand dollars in support of the Land 
> Trust’s work on protecting habitats for birds, for all wildlife, and for us.
>  
> Thanks to all participants for your great company and support this weekend.  
> What a privilege and pleasure it is to spend time in such great places, amid 
> so many wonderful birds, with all of you!
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[cayugabirds-l] BT Blue and Indigo Bunting at home

2017-05-16 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We had a first ever Black Throated Blue Warbler pass through our yard
today...perching and singing just above our deck.  Also, I just saw an
Indigo Bunting in the back yard; the first in a few years here at home in
Brooktondale.
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[cayugabirds-l] Sora, Thomas Rd Brooktondale

2017-05-16 Thread Tom Hoebbel
Holly and I did a trip around the lake yesterday, but made our first stop
the pond on Thomas Rd off Rt 79.  We were able to hear the Sora that was
reported in ebird vocalizing off and on.  Lots of other great birds up the
east side of the lake and at Montezuma...glad to have the Seneca County Big
day report from Ken, Jay et al. to help us to know what to look for.





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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Guess which bird made the front page of the Scottish BBC news...

2017-05-01 Thread Tom Hoard
Maybe a juvenile?

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> On May 1, 2017, at 11:36 AM, Sandra J. Kisner  wrote:
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> Is that what they think a red-winged blackbird looks like?  Or is it just a 
> poor choice of illustration?
> 
> Sandra
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> From: bounce-121484551-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
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> Scottish BBC news...
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> The things some people get excited about… (:-)
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> 
> Red-winged blackbird spotted on North Ronaldsay - BBC News
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> be the first European sighting of a red-winged blackbird.
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[cayugabirds-l] Bobolinks and a Yellow Warbler

2017-05-01 Thread Tom Hoebbel
I had my FOY Yellow Warbler this morning and a B yesterday.  We also had
Bobolinks fly over toward our field here in Brooktondale, but I am not sure
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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin in B-dale

2017-04-26 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We have a Pine Siskin in Brooktondale today...It is the first one I think
we have had all year.



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[cayugabirds-l] FOY Field Sparrow

2017-04-07 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We have our first Field Sparrow under our feeder today...cleaning up the
millet that the other birds are forsaking.



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[cayugabirds-l] 4 Fox Sparrows in Brooktondale

2017-03-29 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We currently have 4 fox sparrows scratching among the leaves in our front
yard in Brooktondale




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[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow in Brooktondale

2016-11-25 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We have had one fox sparrow for the past couple days.  Burns Rd





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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stilt updates ?

2016-06-20 Thread Tom Schulenberg
> Any reports, positive or negative, today on the Montezuma B-n Stilt would
be appreciated.

still there this morning, per rba text from Nathan Golberg

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[cayugabirds-l] Virginia Rail still here

2016-05-09 Thread Tom Schulenberg
Just heard singing from the marsh at the northeast corner of the Lab.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] White-throats

2016-04-28 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We have had our most ever WT Sparrows this year too.  Holly counted 22 this
morning...normally we have 4-6 at a time.

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> As of this past Friday, we've been having large numbers of WHITE-THROATED
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> last Friday, we had been having very large numbers of JUNCOS -- as many as
> 60.  When the White-throats migrated in Thursday night, the bulk of the
> Juncos coincidentally migrated out (don't like each other?!?!?).  I've been
> making sure to keep the lawn at our back feeders well supplied with white
> millet.
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[cayugabirds-l] 4 fox sparrows

2016-04-05 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We have 4 fox sparrows under our spruce trees in Brooktondale...all trying
to scratch below the sno for food.


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[cayugabirds-l] Towhee

2016-03-24 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We have our FOY Eastern Towhee in Brooktondale today.



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[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow in Brooktondale

2016-03-13 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We have our FOY Fox Sparrow scratching under the spruce trees here in
Brooktondale...first American Woodcock in the fields last night as well.

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[cayugabirds-l] Meadowlark and Killdeer

2016-03-08 Thread Tom Hoebbel
Holly and I saw our first of year Eastern Meadowlark and Killdeer in our
back field in Brooktondale yesterday.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] [bsbp-discuss] Pileated Woodpecker?!

2016-03-04 Thread Tom Hoard
What I meant to say was that it is my understanding that the Pileated 
Woodpecker is protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Act, with stiff penalties 
for violation of the Act.   

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>> On Mar 4, 2016, at 1:30 PM, Andres, Jose <jose.and...@usask.ca> wrote:
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>> ​Well... here is a link to a relatively detailed description of their diet. 
>> There is variation amongst localities but they mostly feed on dead trees.
>> 
>> http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/148/articles/foodhabits
>> 
>> From: bounce-120235224-71681...@list.cornell.edu 
>> <bounce-120235224-71681...@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Michael O. Engle 
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>> 
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>> Woodpeckers are going after insects. I am no bird expert -- I don't know if 
>> their presence is an indication of a diseased tree and/or if they are 
>> actually preventing an infestation.
>> I am sure someone else can educate us.
>> 
>> Kris
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>>  
>> 
>> Hello All,
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>> Has anyone out there had any success ridding themselves and their trees of 
>> the pileated woodpecker?  It's almost unbelievable, the pileated woodpecker 
>> is going after some of my mature trees like a wood-chipper machine!
>> 
>> These birds are quickly becoming another species of urban wildlife on my 
>> elimination list.  Easier said than done, or so I'm finding, but I wonder if 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] [bsbp-discuss] Pileated Woodpecker?!

2016-03-04 Thread Tom Hoard


Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 4, 2016, at 1:30 PM, Andres, Jose  wrote:
> 
> ​Well... here is a link to a relatively detailed description of their diet. 
> There is variation amongst localities but they mostly feed on dead trees.
> 
> http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/148/articles/foodhabits
> 
> From: bounce-120235224-71681...@list.cornell.edu 
>  on behalf of Michael O. Engle 
> 
> Sent: Friday, March 4, 2016 12:16 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] FW: [bsbp-discuss] Pileated Woodpecker?!
>  
> Educational help from the list re pileateds for a neighbor, please.
> 
>  
> 
> +
> 
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> 
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> 
> Selector, Olin/Uris Reference and Anglo-American News
> 
> 106 Olin Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
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>  
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> From: bsbp-disc...@yahoogroups.com [mailto:bsbp-disc...@yahoogroups.com] 
> Sent: Friday, March 04, 2016 12:29 PM
> To: bsbp-disc...@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [bsbp-discuss] Pileated Woodpecker?!
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> Woodpeckers are going after insects. I am no bird expert -- I don't know if 
> their presence is an indication of a diseased tree and/or if they are 
> actually preventing an infestation.
> I am sure someone else can educate us.
> 
> Kris
> 
> On 3/4/2016 12:21 PM, Tessa Rudan tessaru...@gmail.com [bsbp-discuss] wrote:
> 
>  
> 
> Hello All,
> 
> Has anyone out there had any success ridding themselves and their trees of 
> the pileated woodpecker?  It's almost unbelievable, the pileated woodpecker 
> is going after some of my mature trees like a wood-chipper machine!
> 
> These birds are quickly becoming another species of urban wildlife on my 
> elimination list.  Easier said than done, or so I'm finding, but I wonder if 
> others have had better experiences.
> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Rough Legged Hawk in Brooktondale

2016-01-22 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We have a rough legged hawk circling our fields on Burns Rd in
Brooktondale.  It is the first I have seen here in about 3 years.


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[cayugabirds-l] pine siskins in Brooktondale

2015-11-21 Thread Tom Hoebbel
I saw our first Pine Siskins of the season at the feeders this morning.


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[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrows in Brooktondale

2015-11-14 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We have a couple Fox Sparrows under our feeder on Burns Rd in Brooktondale
this morning.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Ed Hart's Obituary in Ithaca Journal

2015-10-02 Thread Tom Fredericks
Being with Ed Hart just made you feel good.  What a wonderful man.  In the
mid '80s I ran a trail run on the FLT with him and a couple of dozen other
runners from Burdett to Ithaca called 'Ed's Ultra', named after him. We
stopped at lunchtime at the top of Connecticut Hill for a lunch arranged by
his wife Jocelyn.  In the years since it was always a pleasure to speak
with him as we occasionally crossed paths.  I'm very happy to have known
him, and saddened by his passing.

Tom Fredericks



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> From: Meena Madhav Haribal <m...@cornell.edu>
> To:
> Cc:
> Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 23:21:27 +
> Subject: Ed Hart's Obituary in Ithaca Journal
>
> Hi all,
>
> I knew Ed through being his  and his neighbors Dobsons land steward for
> FLLT  for several years. Then he also became Cayuga Bird Club member. He
> was the one who taught me about peripheral vision and told me mine was
> excellent as I could see the birds lot more quickly. He was one of the
> nicest persons I have met in my life.
>
>
>
>
> http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/local/2015/09/30/edward-hart-civil-rights-champion-runner-doctor/73040610/
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[cayugabirds-l] warblers in Brooktondale

2015-09-29 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We just had a wave of warblers come through.  I saw several Nashville, at
least two Magnolia and a Common Yellowthroat as well as a RC Kinglet
between downpours.



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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2015-07-22 Thread Tom Vawter
At ca. 19:25 this afternoon there were a pair of osprey on a power pole (no 
nest) on the E side of NYS 90, S of Aurora and a few hundred meters N of 
Ledyard Road.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mockingbird behavior

2015-07-05 Thread Tom
We've been watching our nestling bluebirds for the last 3 wks or so.  It's just 
our luck that they should fledge and abandon the nest box in the few days we 
were away and couldn't witness it.

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 The little ones fledged about 4 days ago, and the aggressive behavior has 
 lessened. However, they are not only feeding the fledglings, they have a new 
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 We have 3 mockingbird nestlings in a low shrub who look to be a few days 
 from fledging. When anyone walks through the yard the parents go on the 
 extreme defense and come out of nowhere to scare off the perceived 
 predators.  In past years they just make a fuss and come in close, but this 
 year they are actually making contact, and not just a slight tap. It is a 
 full force body slam right between the shoulder blades!!
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Nesting bluebirds

2015-05-30 Thread Tom
We finally have nesting bluebirds in a pair of back-to-back bird houses in our 
yard.  We've never been successful at getting nesting, 'though every year, some 
birds have in investigated our houses.

One of the 2 boxes has a confirmed adult and one egg.  The other had 3 young 
birds.  I didn't see an adult at that box, and chickadees had built nests in 
both houses earlier in the spring.  The nests in the 2 boxes looked similar, 
but it's possible only the one box has bluebirds.

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[cayugabirds-l] Orioles

2015-05-15 Thread Tom
Our pair of Baltimore orioles arrived 3 or 4 days ago.  I heard the male soon 
after they arrived, but only got a glimpse of him last evening.

Every year I struck by how difficult it can be to get sight of such a noisy, 
bright orange bird.

I'm glad they're back.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Orchard: 8 May 2015

2015-05-08 Thread Tom Hoebbel
It was our first trip to Hawthorn this year and very worthwhile.  In
addition to Chris' list we heard a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER repeatedly in the NE
corner of the orchard before he arrived.  Also we say a GREEN HERON as we
arrived around 7AM.



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  Good morning!

  I stopped by the Hawthorn Orchard this morning a tad later than
 yesterday.

  Ran into Nancy, Holly and Tom, and Jackie and Phil.

  Dynamic, relatively quiet, got quieter as the sun got higher and the
 heat began to intensify. Northeast corner around maple treetops seemed most
 active.

  As noted in my comment below, the hawthorn flowers are about to pop,
 which is probably the earliest I’ve ever observed. As a result, this could
 make for some very interesting birding there in the coming week or two, as
 food resources intensify. We could use some rain, though.

  Best birds were the CAPE MAY WARBLERS (early, there were two adult males
 in the top of the maple at the NE corner, which flew to the South; later,
 there were two adult males and a female which flew from the NE corner black
 walnut tree (?) into the maple treetops (in a South to Northeast direction)
 then all took flight and headed East toward East Hill Plaza), 1 NORTHERN
 PARULA (foraging in the Northeast corner), the 2 MERLINS in the spruces and
 white pines across Mitchell Street from the Hawthorn Orchard (perched and
 calling), and a single flyover COMMON LOON (for some reason, I always enjoy
 seeing high migrating Common Loons, with their distinctively direct and
 rubbery-winged flight).

  Good birding!

  Sincerely,
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 Bobolink  1
 Red-winged Blackbird  6
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[cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeak

2015-05-04 Thread Tom
The first rose-breasted grosbeak of the season--this time a female--just showed 
up at the feeders here in NW Lansing.

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[cayugabirds-l] A pair of grosbeaks

2015-05-04 Thread Tom
The male rose-breasted grosbeak has now joined the female at the feeders.

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[cayugabirds-l] Pine siskins

2015-04-27 Thread Tom
The pine siskins that have been conspicuously absent from my feeders all winter 
seem now to arrived in some numbers.

They're mixing with the goldfinches here on Ross Road in Lansing.

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[cayugabirds-l] field sparrow in Brooktondale

2015-04-21 Thread Tom Hoebbel
I heard our first Field Sparrow this morning on Burns Rd.



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[cayugabirds-l] Dunlin in ne Ithaca

2015-04-14 Thread Tom Schulenberg
1 basic plumaged dunlin and 13+ snipe in Hanshaw Road field - along wet
furrow with taller cirn stubbke in front of house 1469.

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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl S of Aurora.

2015-03-23 Thread Tom
The snowy owl is still in the vicinity of Rt 90  Lake Rd., just S of Aurora.  
50 m W of Rt 90, 200 m N of Lake Rd.  1600 hrs.

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[cayugabirds-l] brown creeper

2015-03-21 Thread Tom Hoebbel
We have a nice brown creeper picking through he bark of our spruce trees in
Brooktondale...it is the first I have seen in a long time.

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[cayugabirds-l] Ravens

2015-03-17 Thread Tom
Driving S on NYS 34B.  A pair of ravens feeding on a deer carcass just off the 
E side of the road.  1530 hrs

Tom Vawter

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck continues at Ithaca Yacht Club

2015-03-06 Thread Tom Schulenberg
also Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Horned Grebes, 2 Red-throated Loons, etc.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] REDPOLL FLOCK TRIPHAMMER TERRACE

2015-02-14 Thread Tom
Way outside the basin!

We've seen a total of 3 redpolls at our Lansing place, but as I type here in 
our camp near Old Forge, NY, I've counted no fewer than 15 right around the 
feeder.  That's my GBBC number, but they are so active they're hard to count.  
There may be twice that many in the trees nearby  around other corners of the 
camp.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Birding information

2015-02-11 Thread Tom
Gosh, if folks are reporting from Samtphones or using an eBird related app, 
they should have to give UTM coordiantes.

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 On Feb 11, 2015, at 6:38 PM, Don timbu...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 
 I certainly empathize with Meena's concern, and nobody wants the reporting of 
 locations to get tedious, but I'm hoping there could be a happy medium that 
 would be quick and easy, and more helpful.   In my view there are actually 
 many posts over time where the location is frustratingly ambiguous, but 
 constantly doing Google searches would be difficult or even impossible.  
 Remember that not everyone can afford a smartphone or an unlimited data 
 package (in fact, Ithaca has the lowest per-capita income of any city in NYS, 
 according to census data).  And some of us live in spots where phone or 
 Internet service is very weak or variable. Some on the listserv may simply 
 not be as familiar with specific locations as others, or may only consider 
 trying to find it if they are given a sense of where in the big picture the 
 location may be (oh, that's near Syracuse, too far away for today or oh, 
 just N of Lansing--I can do that after work) but still would love to know 
 approximately where the good birds are being sighted. 
  
 I even read an article recently that said there is currently a noticeable 
 uptick in sales of flip-phones (even among young people) not just because of 
 cost but because some folks are trying to reclaim time for themselves.  The 
 article even suggested that in some circles owning a flip-phone is starting 
 to become a status thing!  Maybe Henry David Thoreau would have been a 
 flip-phone guy (after, not during, his sojourn to Walden Pond).  But I 
 digress.
  
 In the interests of being inclusive, it would be wonderful if more of us 
 could at least try to add in some kind of overall orienting reference in 
 either the subject line or body of the text, perhaps like just N of Ovid or 
 E Hill, Ithaca.  Many people already do this, of course; and thanks!  
 Perhaps mentioning the county might only be necessary when there is no nearby 
 large town?  (It would be great if there were a button or app that would 
 automatically spell out the location in the body of the text (instead of, or 
 in addition to, numerical coordinates))!  It should only take a few seconds 
 (not sure where it starts to get onerous--perhaps around 10 seconds?).  It 
 would be much appreciated and would help to make this list more 
 user-friendly for all! 
  
 Thanks to everyone who does report, though!  Great list-serv and amazing 
 group of birders!  Bird On!
  
 Don Timmons
 Newfield
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 ---Original Message---
  
 From: Meena Madhav Haribal
 Date: 2/11/2015 12:24:36 PM
 To: Marty Schlabach;  rwb...@comcast.net;  Carl J. Steckler;  CAYUGABIRDS-L
 Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Birding information
  
 I guess you all are referring to the earlier posts of owls. If you read the 
 title of the message and then the rest of the message itself will give you 
 general idea of the locations. Of course the second one was about the 
 residence hall, so that must pertain to some college or university. A simple 
 Google search would take you to the location! And once you know the location 
 then you can deduce the county if you are keeping county list.
 
  
 
 I for one who feel that it is too much to write all those information 
 requested.
 
  
 
 Do some work for yourself as everyone on the list is probably not interested 
 in such details J And it is fun to find out new locations. We used to play it 
 (finding locations) as a game when we were kids!
 
  
 
 Cheers
 
 Meena
 
  
 
  
 
 From: bounce-118809677-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
 [mailto:bounce-118809677-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Marty 
 Schlabach
 Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:08 PM
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 Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Birding information
 
  
 
 And even for those still living in the Basin.
 
 --Marty
 
 ===
 
 Marty Schlabach   m...@cornell.edu
 
 8407 Powell Rd. home  607-532-3467
 
 Interlaken, NY 14847   cell315-521-4315
 
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 [mailto:bounce-118809642-3494...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of 
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 Agreed. County, township and common name make the posts more useful to those 
 who no longer live in Cayuga basin. 
 
 Rob Blye
 East Coventry, Chester County, PA
 CALS 1972
 
 
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 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Birding information
 
 This may sound a 

[cayugabirds-l] No siskins but redpolls

2015-02-09 Thread Tom
We got our first redpolls--just a few--last week, no siskins.  We see house 
sparrows at our feeders only rarely, but in today's storm, a small flock has 
appeared.

The jays, of course, monopolize the feeder, stuff their crops with my expensive 
sunflower seeds, only to go store them someplace where I doubt they are able to 
find them again.

Tom Vawter

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 Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m jealous of all those reports.  
 Usually get about 12-15 species per day at our feeders, but no redpolls or 
 siskins. 
  
 We have been getting a white crowned sparrow pretty regularly.
  
 Good Birding!
  
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[cayugabirds-l] Yesterday on Ross Road in Lansing

2015-02-03 Thread Tom
The cold temperatures and deep snow have increased morning activity at our 
feeders, but the diversity has been restricted mostly to the usual suspects.  
The white-throats appeared a few days ago and the Carolina wren is new.  We are 
blessed with woodpeckers-many downies and red-bellied and occasional hairies.

The numbers represent the largest number of ea. sp. seen at one time.

2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Downy Woodpecker
2 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Carolina Wren
4 Dark-eyed Junco
4 Northern Cardinal
5 House Finch
10 American Goldfinch
4 blue jays
3 white-throated sparrows

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[cayugabirds-l] more waterfowl

2015-01-17 Thread Tom Schulenberg
There also are very impressive numbers of Redhead quite close to shore at
East Shore Park, although with not too much else mixed in with them, and 62
(or so) Tundra Swans at Ladoga.

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[cayugabirds-l] one Cackling Goose in with the many Canadas on the pond at Sapsucker Woods

2015-01-05 Thread Tom Schulenberg
as of a few minutes ago, anyway


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[cayugabirds-l] Ocwa still present

2015-01-04 Thread Tom Schulenberg
I just relocated Paul Anderson's orange- crowned warbler, but north of
where he first found it. Along the tracks heading south from Cherry Street,
but * north *  of the bridge at the small dam, and next to a large (the
largest?) camp in the Jungle.

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[cayugabirds-l] Harriers

2014-12-25 Thread Tom
A beautiful pair of harriers over the fields to the W of Rt 90 between Ledyard 
Rd  the Triangle.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Short eared owls

2014-12-12 Thread Tom
I saw one in the wing at about 1530 today, over fields just south of Aurora off 
NYS Rte 90.  I and others have seen SEOs there many times in the past over the 
years.

Has anyone seen them recently near the Evergreen Cemetery W of NYS 34B on the 
Levana Road in
Scipio?

Tom V
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[cayugabirds-l] Short-eared Owl on Bluegrass Lane (northeast Ithaca)

2014-10-29 Thread Tom Schulenberg
Marshall Iliff, Ken Rosenberg, and I had a Short-eared Owl again this
evening over the field of tall switchgrass on Bluegrass Lane. This is the
first report from Bluegrass (that I know of) since Ken had a SEOW here last
Friday, but I don't know how many times it's been looked for since then.
Tonight it appeared at 18:23 and put on a very nice show; when we finally
lost sight of it, it was drifting east over the now fallow field along
Hanshaw Road.


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[cayugabirds-l] * possible * connecticut warbler off Bluegrass lane, ne ithaca

2014-08-24 Thread Tom Schulenberg
Emphasis on possible, since I couldn't get much of a look. Seemed to have
good white eyering and long undertail coverts. It was at the the edge of
the woods at the south end of the straight stretch on bluegrass - from the
south end of the red barn, walk west 100+ yards. Bird was just past the
patch of japanese knotwood, at the small gap.

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[cayugabirds-l] RHWO at sapsucker woods

2014-07-22 Thread Tom Schulenberg
There was an adult red-headed woodpecker in the tall snag at Sapsucker
Woods a few minutes ago. Lost sight of it as it flew west across pond.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Not birds-but FIREFLIES tonight

2014-06-29 Thread Tom Fernandes
Think it is a good year for fireflies!.  Jerseybirds had a post of a great 
display last week down in NJ. I also had one of the best displays in years in 
my yard in McGraw.

Tom Fernandes
 McGraw.NY
From: Linda Orkin 
Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2014 2:28 AM
To: Mike Pitzrick 
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS- L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Not birds-but FIREFLIES tonight

Thanks Mike and Dave. Mike, that chart is very illuminating. I had no idea 
there were that many species. Amber seems a good way to describe what I saw as 
red.  It seems a monumental brain task to sort out all the flashing going on 
but just having these different parameters in mind would help you to see 
better. 

Linda

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  Hi Linda,


  In order for a Doppler shift to noticeably change the color of light that 
much, the firefly would have to be traveling thousands of miles an hour!  It 
may be that what you are seeing are multiple species of firefly.  


  The Museum of Science in Boston has published some web pages with information 
about how to identify fireflies using their flash color and pattern.

  Types Of Fireflies


  Flash Chart


  Virtual Habitat (interactive tool to help you learn to identify firefly 
flashes)



  These web pages are part of a citizen science project called Firefly Watch, 
which is designed to find out more about the distribution of the various 
firefly species.

  -Mike 



  On Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 10:49 PM, Linda Orkin wingmagi...@gmail.com wrote:

Does anyone else notice that some of the flashes look like different 
colors. Reds and greens. Is this just like a Doppler shift type thing or are 
they really like that?

Linda



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[cayugabirds-l] singing mourning warbler in northeast Ithaca this morning

2014-06-24 Thread Tom Schulenberg
A little out of place on this date, at the Frog Barn (91 Sapsucker Woods
Road)

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[cayugabirds-l] Downy @ H-bird Feeder.

2014-06-23 Thread Tom
We're watching a male downy woodpecker moving among our feeders--sunflower 
seeds to suet to peanuts--but were surprised to see him spend a considerable 
time drinking from the hummingbird feeder.

Tom Vawter
Lansing

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Myers

2014-06-09 Thread Tom Schulenberg
No white-rumped sandpiper at the moment, but 2 common terns went by,
heading south.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] orange-eaters

2014-05-13 Thread Tom
Very cool.  Lucky you, Eben.

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 WOW this is cool behavior! Like shrikes…only vegetarian!
 
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 [bounce-115465004-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Eben McLane 
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 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] orange-eaters
 
 I’ve noted recently that orange-halves on the porch railing for orioles were 
 disappearing — not just pushed off the railing into the grass below. I 
 assumed crows. But this afternoon I came across one of the oranges impaled on 
 a hawthorn spike near the forrest edge, and I later saw a female 
 Rose-breasted Grosbeak feeding on the orange. A few hours later, pausing 
 while mowing the lawn, I saw a male B. Oriole knock an orange off the porch 
 railing onto the ground, dislodging some hungry black ants in the process; 
 then the oriole proceeded, with some comic difficulty, to convey the orange 
 half into the hawthorn/buckthorn grove, and then to secure the orange onto a 
 stout thorn. Very soon after, a female oriole arrived and had an orange meal 
 — courtesy of Wegman’s.
 
 I’ve not seen this behavior before, but I like it. From now on, I’m going to 
 spike my oranges on hawthorns.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] indigo bunting, brooktondale

2014-05-10 Thread Tom Hoebbel
A beautiful Indigo Bunting is gleaning food under our feeders on Burns Rd
in B-dale.  Beautiful bird.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummer

2014-05-09 Thread Tom
Didn't lay eyes on him/her, but I just heard that unmistakeable buzz of a RTH 
in a hurry going right over my head!  (Ross Road in Lansing)

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[cayugabirds-l] White-eyed Vireo on South Hill Recreation Way

2014-05-04 Thread Tom Schulenberg
Found by Dan Lane. Singing ca 1/2 mile from Burn Road, by bench on north
side of trail.

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