[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle

2020-09-04 Thread W Larry Hymes
Late yesterday afternoon as I was beginning my walk around Beebe Lake, I was 
passing over the pedestrian bridge on the west end of the lake.  When I looked 
up, I saw a bird circling.  I was most surprised to see the bright white head 
of a BALD EAGLE.  Just at that moment another large bird flew overhead 
downstream.  It had a fish in its talons (headfirst).  I couldn’t tell if it 
was an osprey or an eagle, as it flew downstream into the sun and quickly 
disappeared.  Oh well! It could have been another eagle (immature).

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[cayugabirds-l] FOY White-crowned Sparrow

2020-05-04 Thread W Larry Hymes
We just had our FOY WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.  It fed momentarily, before being 
chase off by a squirrel.

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[cayugabirds-l] OOPS

2020-04-11 Thread W Larry Hymes
I meant to type MARCH 26th, rather than August.

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

2020-04-11 Thread W Larry Hymes
 This morning we had a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on our lilac outside our 
kitchen window.  Gorgeous bird.

I thought I had reported last week, but we had two FOX SPARROWS, 
scritchy-scratching on the ground.  We also SAW a CHIPPING SPARROW, rather than 
HEARD (as I had reported on August 26th).

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[cayugabirds-l] Chipping sparrow

2020-03-26 Thread W Larry Hymes
Heard the very distinctive trilling of a CHIPPING SPARROW this afternoon.  Very 
rapid and soft.

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[cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeak

2020-03-23 Thread W Larry Hymes
Somehow I got “credit” for seeing a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.  I did NOT see this 
bird.  I don’t know how this was reported.  (I only wish I had seen one!!!)

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[cayugabirds-l] Purple finches

2020-03-19 Thread W Larry Hymes
We just had 3 PURPLE FINCHES at our feeders.

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[cayugabirds-l] FOY Great Crested Flycatcher

2019-05-09 Thread W Larry Hymes
Heard a FOY GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER along Forest Home Drive yesterday.

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[cayugabirds-l] Female rose-breasted

2019-05-01 Thread W Larry Hymes
We had a female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK this morning.  We had three male 
Grosbeaks yesterday evening, but just very briefly.

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[cayugabirds-l] Female Towhee

2019-04-30 Thread W Larry Hymes
Had a female RUFOUS-SIDED TOWHEE this morning.

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[cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeak

2019-04-29 Thread W Larry Hymes
We had a male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK at out feeders today.  Finally a really 
and truly Grosbeak.

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[cayugabirds-l] Towhees

2019-04-21 Thread W Larry Hymes
We had 3 TOWHEES this morning.

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[cayugabirds-l] Phoebe, etc.

2019-04-02 Thread W Larry Hymes
I had a PHOEBE this morning on the Game Farm leg of the East Hill Rec. Way.  We 
also had CHIPPING SPARROWS yesterday at our feeders.

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[cayugabirds-l] Rose breasted grosbeak, etc.

2019-03-14 Thread W. Larry Hymes

Had a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (male) and a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD today.

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[cayugabirds-l] Grackles

2019-03-13 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Yesterday we had several GRACKLES at our feeders, as well as several 
ROBINS flitting about our yard.


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[cayugabirds-l] Where are the birds?

2018-06-18 Thread W. Larry Hymes
I have noticed, as have others, that the woods have not been as 
plentiful with bird song as normal.  On my recent walks at Upper 
Buttermilk I have been very disappointed in the total absence of Wood 
Thrush, Veery, and Scarlet Tanager.  By this time in past years I've 
always have several of these birds.  On my most recent walk (Friday) I 
was wonderfully surprised to hear 2 Wood Thrush and 2-3 each of Veery 
and Scarlet Tanager.  Why the sudden "reappearance"??  I know I'm going 
to be criticized for asking, but could some birds (species) still be 
migrating in?  If not, then why did they finally "show up"?  Some could 
argue they were busy with nesting.  But I've never experienced birds 
remaining completely mum during the nesting season.  Another argument 
could be that they are now moving around after the first brood.  I doubt 
that would explain the numbers of these species I had all of a sudden 
plopping down in Upper Buttermilk?  By the way, we picnicked at Upper 
Treman yesterday and bird song was relatively infrequent.  Do any of you 
have any thoughts on this subject??


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[cayugabirds-l] Great Crested Flycatcher

2018-05-09 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Just had our foy GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER calling lustily from a 
neighbor's tree.  Also,  PURPLE FINCHES are back singing their 
beautiful, rapid-paced song.


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[cayugabirds-l] Oriole Feeders

2018-05-06 Thread W. Larry Hymes
A couple days ago Sara Jane put out an Oriole feeder with jelly.  We 
just had a pair of BALTIMORE ORIOLES partake of the jelly -- 
raspberry!!  I'm assuming the flavor of jelly doesn't matter.  But those 
of you who have a long history with using jelly to attract Orioles, have 
you found any significant preferences?


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[cayugabirds-l] Another bird!!

2018-05-04 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Just had our _*FIFTH*_ first of year bird for today - a beautiful male 
HUMMINGBIRD!  The logjam is broken!!

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[cayugabirds-l] Spring is Busting Out All Over

2018-05-04 Thread W. Larry Hymes
This morning we had FOUR new yard birds:  3 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, 2 
CATBIRD, a female TOWHEE,  and a single WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.  WOW!!!


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[cayugabirds-l] Mockingbird surprise

2018-04-23 Thread W. Larry Hymes
As I just happened to glance out our kitchen window this morning, a new 
yard bird popped in and landed on our clothesline pole  -- MOCKINGBIRD!  
And I do mean popped in, as it was here for about 5 seconds before 
departing.  We haven't had a mockingbird in our yard since 2012. 


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[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle

2018-04-22 Thread W. Larry Hymes
This afternoon an adult BALD EAGLE flew over our house coming from a 
westerly direction and heading in the general direction of East Hill Plaza.


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[cayugabirds-l] Very strange spring!

2018-04-20 Thread W. Larry Hymes
While walking through Mundy Wildflower Garden today, I came across both 
RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS foraging together.  That in 
itself is not so unusual.  What was really strange, however, was they 
were foraging among the leaf litter *on the ground*!!  That's a first 
for me!

We are still having FOX SPARROWS --- 9 days in a row, and counting!  I 
tried to trade a Fox Sparrow for Ann Mitchell's Towhee, but she hasn't 
seen it for awhile.  How about you, Asher.  Got anything good to swap 
for one of "my" Fox Sparrows?

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[cayugabirds-l] Pine siskin

2018-04-18 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Finally!!  This morning we just got our first PINE SISKIN of the year (2 
birds)!  Also,  we still have FOX SPARROW, which makes 7 days in a row 
they've been in our yard.  


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[cayugabirds-l] Hermit Thrush/Fox Sparrow

2018-04-17 Thread W. Larry Hymes
This morning as I casually looked out our bay window to see how the 
birds were doing, a bird landed on our clothesline pole.  I could tell 
it was different from the others, so when I looked through binocs,  it 
turned out to be a HERMIT THRUSH.  This is an unusual bird for our 
residential location.  Anthropomorphizing this bird, it had a surprised 
look on its face as though saying, "Where the heck am I?!?  I must have 
taken a wrong turn somewhere?"  It only stayed momentarily.


Today we still have a FOX SPARROW (visual and singing), and yesterday we 
had 3 show up!  That makes 6 days they've been here --- in the past they 
have normally only stayed for a couple days.  I'm assuming the weather 
patterns have a big part to do with this --- stalled fronts to our north 
and no big push from the south to help/encourage them to move on?  Any 
thoughts about this from you professional or amateur meteorologists?


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[cayugabirds-l] More Fox Sparrows

2018-04-14 Thread W. Larry Hymes
There are now *FOUR Fox Sparrows* vigorously scratching in the leaves 
out back.  A new first --- one is the most we have ever seen before  
They must have flooded in recently!

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[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow

2018-04-14 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Yesterday afternoon we had a FOX SPARROW singing away in our 
neighborhood on East Hill (off Mitchell at city limits).  Very pleasant, 
and emphatic, song!


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[cayugabirds-l] More Chipping Sparrows

2018-04-13 Thread W. Larry Hymes

Just looked out the window again --- now have 6 CHIPPING SPARROWS.

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[cayugabirds-l] Chipping Sparrow

2018-04-13 Thread W. Larry Hymes
We returned from 3 weeks in Arizona on Wednesday -- Brrr!!!  We had 2 
SONG SPARROW yesterday and our first CHIPPING SPARROW of the year this 
morning.  We had a wonderful time birding in the southwest, but it's 
still good to be back and enjoy our New York birds!


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[cayugabirds-l] Song Sparrow

2018-03-03 Thread W. Larry Hymes
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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[cayugabirds-l] Actions of Red-Bellied young

2017-08-19 Thread W. Larry Hymes
This morning a male adult and young RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER landed on our 
silver maple.  At one point the young bird pecked very rapidly, and with 
great ferocity, while the adult sat calmly within a couple feet.  After 
its vigorous rapping, I can imagine the young bird saying something 
like, "Okay! Now what am I suppose to do!?" It then proceeded to walk up 
the trunk and right over top the adult, who didn't seem to mind.  If 
only we humans could show such patience with our young! 


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[cayugabirds-l] Red-tail crowd

2017-08-02 Thread W. Larry Hymes
While slowly cruising Armitage Rd. yesterday afternoon, I kept hearing a 
RED-TAILED HAWK constantly cheeeing.  As soon as I spotted the bird, 
3 other birds flew up to it wondering what all the fuss was about - 
GOLDFINCH, CEDAR WAXWING, and a tiny BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER that appeared 
to look the hawk directly in the face!  The hawk apparently didn't like 
the crowd and promptly flew off.


Sara Jane and I were treated to good looks of a LEAST BITTERN at Larue's 
Lagoon.  We got to show the bird to a family from Florida.  It's really 
nice to be able to get out of the car at designated areas along the 
wildlife drive!!


We, too, saw large numbers of GREAT EGRETS at Knox-Marcellus.

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[cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird!!!

2017-07-27 Thread W. Larry Hymes
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 
could send our son to your house!


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[cayugabirds-l] Downy feeding young

2017-07-11 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Sara Jane and I were amused this morning by the actions of two young 
downy woodpeckers being fed by the mother at our shell peanut feeder.  
They were obviously trying to get the hang of foraging for food.  They 
would peck randomly on whatever they could find, including the top of 
our platform feeder and even a metal post.  While the mother was 
extracting bits of peanut seed from the feeder, one of the young landed 
next to her and gave it a go at pecking on the peanut shells, but with 
little success.  I can imagine it thinking, "How am I suppose to do 
this.  I can't seem to make it work.  You make it look so easy!"  Unlike 
us humans who might become impatient with of our young for not getting 
it right, the mother downy just kept pecking away and feeding the 
young.  She knows that "leading by example" is the best teaching method, 
and the young birds would very soon be able to forage on their own.


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[cayugabirds-l] Kipp Island?

2017-07-10 Thread W. Larry Hymes
We're heading to MNWR today, and are not sure where Kipp Island is 
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[cayugabirds-l] FOY House Wren

2017-06-08 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Yesterday afternoon our first HOUSE WREN of the year popped into our 
yard and investigated one of our nest boxes.  This is around one month 
later than usual.  Also, on my walk around Beebe and Mundy yesterday I 
was hearing more RED-EYED VIREOS than I had before.  Are more birds 
still migrating in, or was this just coincidental?  We still haven't had 
any HUMMINGBIRDS, since seeing our first one on May 11.


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[cayugabirds-l] Pileated eating suet

2017-06-07 Thread W. Larry Hymes
In response to Nari's post, every once in awhile we too have had 
PILEATED WOODPECKERS working on our suet feeders -- both male and 
female.  It's a little comical watching such a large bird clinging to 
such a relatively small feeder and successfully extracting suet.


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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey, Pine Warbler, etc.

2017-05-23 Thread W. Larry Hymes
While walking Beebe Lake/Mundy early yesterday afternoon, I saw an 
OSPREY carrying a fish and heading in a generally easterly direction 
(going to Game Farm Road??).  Also, while walking Comstock Knoll, I once 
again heard a PINE WARBLER.  Finally, I ran into another birder at the 
upper end of Beebe (sorry, can't remember her name!).  When we see each 
other on rare occasions, we'll discuss what birds we've been seeing.  
She was puzzled by the call of one particular bird, which she described 
as like a Robin, but with a sore throat.  Focusing only on the "sore 
throat", I half-heartedly mentioned the possibility of yellow-throated 
vireo.  I didn't have time to stay there and think what else it might 
be, so we left each other, walking in opposite directions.  A very short 
time later it finally came to me.  I said to myself, you dummy it was a 
scarlet tanager!  By then we were too far apart for me to tell her.  I 
hope she reads this message! 

I had heard a scarlet tanager a few days before at Beebe doing the same 
song, and I too was initially perplexed.  It took me a short time, 
before the name of the bird came to me.  Being a mostly casual birder, 
at the start of each new season I find myself having difficulty pulling 
out the names of birds singing songs that sound all too familiar --- 
sort of like starting all over!!


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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Warbler

2017-05-19 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Early afternoon today I'm very confident that I heard a trilling PINE 
WARBLER on Comstock Knoll at the Cornell Botanical Garden.  The bird 
kept repeating the same relatively short pattern over and over.  Could 
not find it with naked eye.  When I did playback, it would stop trilling 
momentarily.   Definitely not chipping sparrow!  Has anyone else seen 
pine warbler at the knoll recently?


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[cayugabirds-l] Migration proceeding

2017-05-11 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Maybe more birds are starting to move north.  This morning we had our 
first R-T HUMMINGBIRD and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.  Also, we had _*three*_ male 
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK at our feeders.

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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2017-05-08 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Today around 12:30 I saw an OSPREY soaring about the Botanic 
Garden/Bebee Lake area.


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[cayugabirds-l] Indigo Buntings

2017-05-06 Thread W. Larry Hymes
We have had a real treat recently.  An adult INDIGO BUNTING has remained 
around our property for the past 4 days.  This afternoon it was joined 
by a blotchy first-year male!  Now the adult isn't lonely anymore!


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[cayugabirds-l] Further info Yellow House Finch

2017-05-05 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Upon reading the literature, it appears that captive house finches can 
have yellow coloration because of the lack of carotenoids in their 
diet.  Would the most likely explanation for this particular bird be 
that it escaped from captivity?


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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow House Finch

2017-05-05 Thread W. Larry Hymes
A couple days ago we had a *yellow* HOUSE FINCH show up at our feeders.  
I understand that male house finches can have red, yellow, or orange 
color.  But how common (uncommon) is this?

Also, we had our first *female* ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK today.

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[cayugabirds-l] Indigo Bunting

2017-05-03 Thread W. Larry Hymes
When I looked out our kitchen windows, I noticed a good-sized flock of 
sparrows.  As I proceeded to count their numbers, my eye picked up on a 
"blue patch" in the grass.  Turned out to be our foy INDIGO BUNTING.  
Hope it sticks around for a little while.  They typically pop in and 
then pop out.


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[cayugabirds-l] Catbird

2017-04-30 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Had our first of year CATBIRD this afternoon.  This is earlier than most 
years.


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[cayugabirds-l] Hermit Thrush

2017-04-29 Thread W. Larry Hymes
As I just happened to look out our kitchen window, I was very surprised 
to see a thrush, which turned out to be a HERMIT THRUSH.  It walked 
along our fence line for a minute or so before disappearing.  We live in 
a residential neighborhood.  The bird had a bewildered look on it face, 
as if saying to itself, "Where am I? How did I get here? This doesn't 
look anything like what I expected."  Presumably it will find a much 
more suitable habitat before long!


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[cayugabirds-l] White-crowned Sparrow

2017-04-28 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Our first WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW of the year popped into our yard around 
7:00 this evening (2 birds).


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[cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeaks

2017-04-27 Thread W. Larry Hymes
While working outside, just heard my first ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS.  
Beautiful song


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[cayugabirds-l] Phoebe

2017-04-24 Thread W. Larry Hymes
On my walk at Upper Buttermilk yesterday I saw my first PHOEBE flying 
about Lake Treman.


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[cayugabirds-l] Brown Thrasher

2017-04-21 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Our foy BROWN THRASHER showed up at 5:45pm.  It was rooting in the layer 
of mulch along our garden fence line.


For those curious about the PIGEON that had been in our yard for the 
past couple of days, I finally caught the bird and took it to the Janet 
Swanson (Cornell) Wildlife Rehab. Center off of Snyder Hill Rd.  To the 
untrained eye the bird looked healthy.  However, it couldn't fly very 
far, so we assumed it had a damaged wing.  When examined by a 
veterinarian, it turns out the bird was emaciated.  When I left the 
center, a rehab person was holding it in a towel and letting it munch 
away on a cup of seed.  It was a racing pigeon.  There was no charge to 
drop the bird off with them.  I felt compelled to make a donation!


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[cayugabirds-l] Banded pigeon

2017-04-20 Thread W. Larry Hymes
I have a banded pigeon that's feeding in our yard.  It has a yellow leg 
band on the left leg and has gray feathers.  Can't make out the number.  
Anyone know about banded pigeons in Ithaca?


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[cayugabirds-l] New yard birds

2017-04-16 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Timing is everything!  As I was heading to the compost, a foy 
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET began singing in the tree next to me.  It sang once 
more, then fell silent.  A short time later, as I glanced out the 
kitchen window, I saw our foy FLICKER.  The bird remained in the yard 
for a very short time, and then flew off.  Timing is everything


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[cayugabirds-l] Chipping Sparrow

2017-04-03 Thread W. Larry Hymes

Our first CHIPPING SPARROW of the year just showed up!

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker

2017-03-28 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Just had our first of year YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (male).  Migration 
is proceeding!!


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[cayugabirds-l] More Turkey Vultures

2017-03-26 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Just spotted a kettle of 8 more TURKEY VULTURES soaring south of 
Sapsucker Woods -- and another bird just north of our property.


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[cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vultures

2017-03-26 Thread W. Larry Hymes

Just had 6 TURKEY VULTURES soaring over our neighborhood on East Hill.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cowbirds

2017-02-07 Thread W. Larry Hymes
I was surprised to find a pair of COWBIRDS feeding in our yard this 
afternoon.  First of the season for us.


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[cayugabirds-l] Tree Sparrow

2016-12-21 Thread W. Larry Hymes

Yesterday we had our first TREE SPARROW of this winter season.

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[cayugabirds-l] Late Grackles

2016-12-17 Thread W. Larry Hymes
This afternoon I was very surprised to have 3 GRACKLES stop at our 
feeders, albeit only very briefly.  They better not dilly dally too much 
longer!!


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[cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Heron - Upper Buttermilk

2016-12-14 Thread W. Larry Hymes
On a walk around Upper Buttermilk yesterday afternoon I was surprised to 
see a GREAT BLUE HERON lift off and fly upstream from the marshy area at 
Lake Treman.  Don't see how it could find sufficient food there to 
survive, much less just keep warm.  Selfishly it would be nice to have 
it stick around for the Xmas Bird Count, but I would much prefer that it 
fly farther south where there is a much better source of food.


The only other birds seen were a flock of ROCK DOVE and a loudly calling 
PILEATED WOODPECKER.


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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl - Not

2016-10-27 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Just a little clarification.  Seeing this bird at a distance without 
binocs could leave the manager of the farm (a non-birder) with the 
impression that this was indeed a Snowy Owl.  This is especially so, 
since Snowys have shown up on the farm on rare occasions.  I did suggest 
to him that it might be an "albino" Red-tail, but he was reasonably 
certain in his mind that he was seeing a Snowy.  Thus my report to 
Cayugabirds, and Sara Jane's rare bird alert.


I thought this was much too early, but I don't know the earliest first 
arrival date in the fall/early winter of Snowy in the basin.  However, I 
do have a vague recollection of Snowys being seen as early as November.


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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl

2016-10-26 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Just got a call from the manager of the Thompson Veg. Research Farm that 
a SNOWY OWL is hanging around the farm.  The farm is just outside 
Freeville on the road that goes to McClean.  It was last seen in a 
cherry tree on the south side of the road near Fall Creek.  Isn't this 
way early


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[cayugabirds-l] Red-Breasted Nuthatch

2016-10-25 Thread W. Larry Hymes

This morning we had our first RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH of the fall.

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[cayugabirds-l] Yard birds

2016-10-24 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Have had some interesting birds at our feeders recently.  We've had a 
CHIPPING SPARROW every day since Thursday.  Yesterday a first-winter 
male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK stopped by briefly.  This morning there was 
a juvenile male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD feeding on the ground with the 
other birds.  It disappeared when a COOPER'S HAWK flew in and took one 
of the mourning doves.  It hasn't returned.


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[cayugabirds-l] Yes to White-Crowned Sparrow

2016-05-17 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Bill Mcaneny reported a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and asked if anyone else 
still has this species.  We had a small flock up until last Thursday.  I 
thought they had moved on.  But on Sunday a single White-Crowned showed 
up and is still making an appearance --- late straggler??  We also still 
have ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS.  Based on our records both species should 
have moved on by now.  But it's really nice to have them stick around 
longer.


Another surprise bird for our yard popped in today --- SWAINSON'S 
THRUSH!!  Was this a Hawthorn Woods bird that took a wrong turn???


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[cayugabirds-l] Surprise Wood Thrush

2016-05-08 Thread W. Larry Hymes
A little after 8:00 I stepped outside and was very surprised to hear a 
WOOD THRUSH doing its evening song somewhere behind our house.  It's 
rare for us to have this bird around our property (Vine St., just off 
Mitchell at the city line).


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[cayugabirds-l] Indigo Bunting

2016-05-07 Thread W. Larry Hymes

Just had our first INDIGO BUNTING of the year.

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[cayugabirds-l] RB Grosbeak

2016-05-04 Thread W. Larry Hymes
They're on the move.  We had both male and female ROSE-BREASTED 
GROSBEAKS at our feeders today.  This was our first female (saw a male 
on 4/28).


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[cayugabirds-l] Grosbeak, Sparrows, House Finch mating dance

2016-04-28 Thread W. Larry Hymes
They're on the move.  We had our first ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (male) at 
our feeders this morning.  Also, our WHITE-THROATED SPARROW numbers seem 
to have dropped off overnight.  Only counted 20 or so thus far today 
(45+ yesterday).  We now have 2 WHITE-CROWNS.  It's nice to hear their 
plaintive song again.


I was amused to watch 2 male HOUSE FINCH flitting (dancing?) up and down 
at each other on our roof, while a female sat next to them appearing to 
be totally uninterested in their shenanigans.  If I were to substitute 
members of our own species in this play,  I can imagine the female 
thinking to herself, "You guys are weird!"


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[cayugabirds-l] White-throats

2016-04-27 Thread W. Larry Hymes
As of this past Friday, we've been having large numbers of 
WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS.  Since Monday we've conservatively had 45 in 
our yard.  Before 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.


Today we had our first of the year WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.  It looked a 
bit perplexed being surrounded by the large number of White-Throats 
everywhere.


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[cayugabirds-l] Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush

2016-04-17 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Know others have already seen them, but I was very excited to find 3 
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS flitting about and vocalizing up in our scotch 
pine.  Saw them at 8:00am.  Perhaps they dropped in after migrating over 
night.  We also had a HERMIT THRUSH show up yesterday evening.  It was 
very vigorously scratching about under our neighbor's shrubs.  Another 
first of year for us!


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[cayugabirds-l] Field Sparrow

2016-04-14 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Of late our Junco numbers have begun dwindling.  Sorry to see them go, 
but at this time of year the call of nature compels them to start 
dispersing/migrating to their "nesting grounds".   The bright side of 
this is that often they are replaced, at least temporarily, with new 
birds.  This was the case this morning when I looked out the window and 
saw some different looking sparrows.  With binocs I was pleasantly 
surprised to see two very attractive FIELD SPARROWS foraging side by 
side.  They had apparently just "dropped in" (literally??) to see what 
all the bird activity was about.  Interestingly,  I seem to recall that 
whenever we've had this species in our yard, it has only been a single 
individual.


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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin

2016-04-06 Thread W. Larry Hymes
While eating lunch, I was very surprised to look out and see a PINE 
SISKIN (also eating lunch??) in among the Goldfinches.  This is our 
first of the year.  In fact, our first of last year was also seen in 
April.  Guess we seem to only have them at our feeders while they're 
migrating north.


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[cayugabirds-l] Brown Thrasher

2016-04-01 Thread W Larry Hymes
Had our first Brown Thrasher in our yard at 120 Vine St. in 
Ithaca. Beautiful
bird.  It was literally "excavating" for insect larvae with its long bill.=
 Since 1998, our earliest first yard sighting before this was April 
10!!

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[cayugabirds-l] Beebe Lake correction

2016-02-29 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Sorry!  Meant to say I walked around Beebe in early *PM!!! * I'm 
definitely not an early-bird birder!!


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[cayugabirds-l] Beebe Lake

2016-02-29 Thread W. Larry Hymes
On my walk around Beebe early AM today:  Quite a bit of open water with 
4 COMMON MERGANSER.  Also CANADA GEESE are apparently staking out 
nesting sites on the island towards east end of Beebe.  From other 
posts, seems birds are getting a jump on spring.


We had our first ROBIN of the season at our house.  Still waiting on our 
first Redwings and Grackles.


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[cayugabirds-l] Grackle

2015-11-24 Thread W. Larry Hymes
This morning Sara Jane saw a GRACKLE.  I assume a few are still hanging 
around.  Better not wait too long!!


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[cayugabirds-l] Counter-singing Scarlet Tanagers

2015-07-14 Thread W. Larry Hymes
This morning at Upper Buttermilk I came upon 2 SCARLET TANAGERS 
counter-singing across the road.  What was so unusual was the ferocity 
and speed by which one bird sang.  I've never heard a tanager singing so 
rapidly and with such intensity!


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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin

2015-07-09 Thread W. Larry Hymes

The PINE SISKIN has returned today.  Feeding on the finch food.

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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin

2015-07-08 Thread W. Larry Hymes
This afternoon we had a PINE SISKIN show up at one of our feeders, 
competing with the goldfinches.  Is it unusual to have that species here 
at this time?


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[cayugabirds-l] Orange-winged Blackbird

2015-05-08 Thread W. Larry Hymes
For the past couple days we've had a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD with ORANGE 
EPAULETS --- no red whatsoever.  Have others noticed this in this 
species before?


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[cayugabirds-l] Flicker

2015-04-09 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Yesterday had our foy FLICKER, a male.  Today we had a female.  
Beautiful birds!


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[cayugabirds-l] Migrants

2015-04-07 Thread W. Larry Hymes
While standing at our bay window looking at the birds, I noticed 
movement out of the corner of my eye.  As I slowly turned my head to 
look, I was wonderfully surprised to see a resplendent PINE SISKIN 
feeding at our window feeder.  Our FOY --- for a couple of years!  We 
also had our FOY PURPLE FINCH on Easter sunday (both male and female).  
Should also mention that we've been having a JUNCO subspecies intergrade 
with a light brown back and crown.  Its bill is also a lighter pink than 
the normal slate-colored birds.


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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

2015-02-26 Thread W. Larry Hymes
An absolutely gorgeous YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER male just came to one of 
our peanut feeders.  Doubtful this is a migrant, since our first 
sightings don't occur until April.


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[cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vulture

2015-02-25 Thread W. Larry Hymes
About 20 minutes ago I was very surprised to see a TURKEY VULTURE 
soaring about near East Hill Plaza.  Having heard no reports this 
winter, I'm assuming this is an early migrant.   I've often wondered why 
this bird, and the red-wing blackbirds


Considering the severe weather and heavy snow cover in our area, why 
would this bird, and the RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS that Dave Nutter saw on 
the 22nd, not delay their northward migration until conditions improve 
considerably?  As they move north, aren't they taking into account the 
conditions they are encountering and deciding whether to proceed or wait 
it out?  Any thoughts!?!?


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[cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vultures here all winter

2015-02-25 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Reports came out of the woodwork about Turkey Vultures hanging around 
our area all winter.  This shows I don't get out and do much birding 
during the winter months.  It's far more comfortable looking out our 
kitchen windows.


I still would like any thoughts you may have about true migrants like 
Red-Wings showing up at this time, when the weather is very harsh and 
the snow cover is very extensive.  Do they not have a way to evaluate 
conditions on their way north and decide to hold up awhile when 
conditions are especially bad?  Or is the timing of their northward 
migration pretty much fixed --- for example, this is the time when 
Red-Wings usually start to show up here.   So when the winds are 
favorable for migration, many of the birds take off and, flying at 
night, don't know what to expect until they land the next morning.  Then 
they have to make due with whatever they happen to find.  In this case,  
I would think they would have a more difficult time finding adequate 
food sources and good places to roost.  On the bright side of things, 
however, time is on their side --- the weather will continue to improve 
as the season progresses (although more slowly some years than 
others!!).  All they have to do is hang in there!


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[cayugabirds-l] Redpolls back

2015-02-13 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Two COMMON REDPOLL (M  F) returned to our yard today.  They seem to be 
feeding more comfortably with the other birds, so perhaps they will 
stick around for awhile.


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[cayugabirds-l] Redpoll in Ithaca proper

2015-02-12 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Maybe the REDPOLL are finally beginning to trickle into our urban 
environs from out of the sticks!  A while ago I had two birds briefly 
pop into our yard (120 Vine Street).  They may have been concerned with 
the frenzied feeding activity of the many larger birds at our feeders 
and decided to look elsewhere, as I have not seen them since.  I sure 
hope they decide to return, and I hope others of you in the city will be 
fortunate enough to have them come to your feeders.


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[cayugabirds-l] Yard Red-Tail

2015-01-02 Thread W. Larry Hymes
A RED-TAILED HAWK is sitting on a post at the corner of our garden, 
about 15' from our kitchen window.  I'm guessing its looking to take one 
of our many squirrels.  I recently put up a metal squirrel decoration on 
our dead tree out front (a Xmas present from our daughter).  Maybe the 
bird took it to be an invitation to come in and dine at our restaurant!


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[cayugabirds-l] First Sparrows

2014-11-30 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Re Jay's post:  Despite the sparrows being around for a couple of weeks, 
it's still very exciting for us stay-at-home birders to have them 
returning to our feeders.  As Jay suggested, the recent snowfall may 
have forced them to seek out other food sources, e.g., feeders.  
However, in my particular case I like to think that word quickly got out 
among our avian friends that that nice Mr. Hymes had just liberally 
sprinkled white millet seed in his yard for the first time!


Larry

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[cayugabirds-l] First sparrows

2014-11-29 Thread W. Larry Hymes
We too had our first TREE SPARROW and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW of the 
season.  Yahoo!!


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[cayugabirds-l] East Hill Bald Eagle

2014-10-19 Thread W. Larry Hymes
At around 5:30 I was amazed to see an adult BALD EAGLE soaring above the 
East Lawn Cemetery (just west of the East Hill Plaza).


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[cayugabirds-l] Possible female Orange-crowned warbler

2014-09-10 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Because of infrequent sightings of this species, it's with some 
trepidation that I file this report.   I saw the bird on Monday in the 
shrubby area outside the west gate at Mundy Wildflower Garden.  My 
attention was drawn to it by the sharp chip notes it was making.  The 
bird was uncooperative, so I only got very brief looks at it as it moved 
about in the plants.  It was around for only a short time.  The bird had 
uneven, very pale yellow coloration on its throat and breast.  It had an 
eye-line, and appeared to have an eye-ring.  The head and back were a 
light grayish-brown color.  There were no wing-bars.  Unfortunately, I 
could not see the undertail markings or the coverts.  The uneven'' 
color on the breast could have been due to streaking, but I didn't see 
the bird long enough to detect any definite streaking.  Looking through 
Sibley,  this is closest to what I saw.  Would this species be around at 
this time?


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[cayugabirds-l] Least Bittern and Red-Headed Woodpecker.

2014-07-05 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Sara Jane and I went to Montezuma today in hopes of seeing LEAST 
BITTERN.  We were most fortunate to have one land out in the open at 
Jay's Place across from Larue's Lagoon.  It very kindly posed for us 
for a whopping 20 seconds or so!!  About that same time we had a fly-by 
AMERICAN BITTERN.  Later we went to the DEC headquarters on Morgan Road 
and had another Least Bittern do a nice long fly-by for us, before it 
literally took a dive into the vegetation.  Based on the recent posts on 
this species, and our good fortune today, it would appear that the 
numbers of Least Bittern are significantly higher than in most years.  
Is this true??


We also stopped to see the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS over at Mays.  We saw 
the adults feeding a young bird.   They seemed to take their time coming 
to the nest hole with food, as though they were trying to coax the young 
bird into fledging.  At the same time I had the feeling that perhaps the 
young bird wasn't terribly anxious to go out and look for a job, 
preferring instead to stay home where it could have food brought to it 
in bed!


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[cayugabirds-l] Migration still going!

2014-05-16 Thread W. Larry Hymes
More birds apparently moved in last night.  We now have two! BROWN 
THRASHER feeding in our yard.  Thought for sure we had missed them this 
year.


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[cayugabirds-l] Confusing vireo song

2014-05-10 Thread W. Larry Hymes
The other day when birding around Treman Lake at Upper Buttermilk, I 
came upon a vireo singing.  As I listened, I was fairly confident it was 
a BLUE-HEADED.  A bit later I heard the bird again, but this time I 
decided I must have been wrong, as it sounded more like a RED-EYED.  The 
only problem was the bird was only singing once in awhile, not 
continuously as is often the case with the RED-EYED VIREO.  I kept 
hearing the bird sing off and on for some time, and I continued to 
vacillate between the two species.  I decided I had to see the bird to 
be sure, and eventually found a RED-EYED.  With my confidence shaken, I 
resigned myself to the fact that I must have been mistaken in thinking I 
had heard a BLUE-HEADED, and was in dire need of more practice.  Just 
about that time I caught sight of another bird within 5-10 feet of the 
RED-EYED.  Lo and behold it was a BLUE-HEADED VIREO!  It was then I 
realized that I had indeed been hearing the two singing near each other, 
_but only one at a time_.  Is it possible that two closely related 
species might engage in counter singing, or was this just a very unusual 
coincidence???

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[cayugabirds-l] Wood Pewee

2014-05-10 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Birded Upper Buttermilk and heard my first of year WOOD PEWEE.  I've 
been looking forward to again hearing its wonderful peew song.  
Seems like this bird arrives later than others, and from my experience 
also seems to be one of the later ones to depart in the fall.  Also, 
should mention that I'm fairly certain that the LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH 
are nesting in the shrubs overhanging the retaining wall at the low 
water crossing on the road between the two parking lots.


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[cayugabirds-l] Beebe/Mundy birding

2014-05-09 Thread W. Larry Hymes
After seeing 5 INDIGO BUNTINGS AND A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT at our house 
this morning, I suspected that there must have been an excellent 
fallout.  So for the first time this year I decided to take by binocs on 
my exercise walk around Beebe/Mundy.  Boy, am I ever glad I did!  I 
ended up spending a good half hour or more just standing on the trail 
that goes down into Mundy on the south side.  I was able to look into 
the canopy of the hemlocks and see the birds at eye-level.  I recorded 
11 warbler species from there, with killer looks at most, including 
CANADA, BLACKBURNIAN, PALM, MAGNOLIA, REDSTART, PINE, OVENBIRD, 
YELLOW-RUMP, AND COMMON YELLOWTROAT.  I also heard BLACK-THROATED GREEN 
AND PARULA.  What I found particularly interesting was finding the 
YELLOWTHROATS foraging up in the trees.  I always think of them being 
found in shrubby habitat near the ground.  Has anyone else ever observed 
this?


The other highlight was seeing/hearing all 5 vireo species that we have 
here - RED-EYED, BLUE-HEADED, YELLOW-THROATED, WARBLING, AND 
PHILADELPHIA.  I recorded a total of 48 species on my walk, and would 
have missed many of them without my trusty binocs!!  My list is reported 
on E-Bird.


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[cayugabirds-l] Catbirds and suet

2014-05-06 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Had our first of year CATBIRD and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.  The catbird 
went to our suet feeder, but couldn't figure out how to get to the 
suet.  We cut only the top off the package and hang it upside down 
inside the rest of the package to make it more difficult for starlings 
to feed.  Yesterday we hung a Wildbird's bark butter feeder (bought for 
Sara Jane's birthday) near the suet feeder.  After a few failed attempts 
with the suet feeder, the catbird noticed the bark butter feeder and 
began taking pieces off it.  It's been back a couple times.  We have 
never seen catbirds feed on suet.  Have any of you observed this?


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