[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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[cayugabirds-l] Baltimore Oriole

2013-05-08 Thread Tom Vawter
Our annual Baltimore oriole is once again foraging and singing in the tops
of our backyard ashes.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question about lower lake road

2013-03-11 Thread Tom Vawter
Yes, marshes and agricultural land is important.  In addition to the rafts
of waterfowl on the lake near Lower Lake Road, there were large
congregations--mostly snows--on the mucklands around Savannah yesterday
(3/10).  The western shore of the lake is also in the more protected,
windward side.

Tom Vawter

On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 8:05 AM, Geo Kloppel geoklop...@gmail.com wrote:

 I imagine a number of factors contribute to the attractive power of that
 area. Here's one: the lake is still broad there, but it's very shallow,
 mostly 5 - 6 ft.

 -Geo

 On Mar 11, 2013, at 1:29 AM, Barbara B. Eden b...@cornell.edu wrote:

  I am curious why that is the place where the snow geese and tundra swans
 congregate
 
  Thanks,
  Barbara

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Candor - Killdeer

2013-03-11 Thread Tom Vawter
We saw a single killdeer in flight last Sat eve (3/9) just N of the
Triangle in King Ferry.

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On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM, Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm 
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 I could have sworn I heard one yesterday but shook it off as wishful
 thinking. Sure enough, when I turned the corner off of our driveway
 and drove by a large field, there they were!

 I also have recorded their arrival on this day in 2010 and 2006.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Several thousand snow geese lower lake rd west side northern cayuga lake

2012-12-01 Thread Tom Vawter
The huge raft of snow geese was quite a sight on the azure lake in the
bright sun on Thursday as I drove down Pumpkin Hill into Aurora.  Too far
to the west side of the lake to get any detail w/ my binoculars, but
unmistakeable.

Tom

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] pecking order

2010-02-08 Thread Tom Vawter
This winter, unlike previous ones, we've been besieged by jays.  I've
counted, what I think is probably an extended family of 7 or so all fighting
for control of the one platform feeder and/or the two cylinders in which I
offer sunflower seeds.  The jays seem to be top dogs, and it irks me,
because I know they're just filling their crops and storing seeds somewhere
where they'll forget about later.  I have to fill the feeders that much more
often.  But I do love corvids, and they are fun to watch.

I've noticed that they're not at the very top of the dominance hierarchy,
however. They move aside quickly when the red-bellied lands on the feeder.
Looking at the comparative armament, I don't blame the jays.  We have fewer
hairies, and they interact less frequently with the jays.  The hairies and
the downies do seem to prefer the suet to the seeds, whereas the
red-bellieds take seeds from both the platform and the cylinders frequently.

Tom V

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Contrary to many bucolic paintings, I have never seen two species
  feeding together.  Suet is survival.

 I  have seen (and photographed) Downy and Hairy feeding together (in fact
 it's a photo I've strived for because it shows the difference between the
 two and points out how to tell them apart), but the Downies are definitely
 the more timid of the two.

 Marie





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Re: [cayugabirds-l] ROBINS

2010-01-06 Thread Tom Vawter
I noticed robins, not in large flocks but a few, around our place in
Lansing.  They hadn't been in evidence for most of the winter so far.  The
birds I saw were foraging in the few areas of open ground--mostly under
parked cars--free from the recent snow cover.  My guess was that the recent
snows had covered foraging areas they'd been using most of the mostly
snow-free winter, but that the snow and colder weather had forced them to
congregate in suitable areas.  Winter roosting aggregations is an
interesting question.

On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 1:02 PM, Linda P Van Buskirk l...@cornell.eduwrote:

  While walking the dogs over the years, it has seemed to me that the robins
 cluster in the deeper gullies woods during harsh weather.  The behavior may
 have something to do with wind speed and temperature.  Also, if they roost
 en masse, they will be warmer.  A response to the North Atlantic
 Oscillation??


 At 06:46 PM 1/5/2010, Eben McLane wrote:

 Here in Scipio at the edge of forest above Owasco Lake I also saw and heard
 an unusual number (maybe 50 or so)  of AMER. ROBINS at dusk in the trees and
 along the driveway; when they left they seemed to be headed north and into a
 snow squall. Never saw this behavior before in these conditions--wind
 strengthening from the NW. I'd like to hear more about this, too.

 Eben McLane

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 At 1615 this afternoon, I was driving down Dixon Rd. (N. of King Ferry),
 then turned west on Rafferty.  I noticed a bunch of birds flying NORTH over
 the road, in the distance.  Coming up to them, I noted they were AMER.
 ROBINS, so I stopped to watch.  The sky was pretty much full of what turned
 out to be a long and wide straggling stream.  They continued overhead for at
 least 8 minutes.  The stream stopped, so I drove on to Rt. 90 and turned
 south. After a mile, the stream started again and continued till a couple
 miles south of the Triangle Diner, where I ran out of birds.  I didn’t
 actually count them, but my conservative estimate is 3000.  I thought they
 might be going to some preselected roost (following them was not an option
 today), but why so many this time of year?  Constructive ideas welcomed.

 Steve Fast
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