RE: [cayugabirds-l] Bobolinks

2020-06-29 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
I have a small amount of first-hand experience of searching for Bobolink nests during a study of the effects of habitat fragmentation on nesting success. My impression is that Bobolink nests can be extremely difficult to find, and I would discourage attempts to find a Bobolink nest for the

RE: [cayugabirds-l] ebird reporting question re: motion activated photos

2020-05-12 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hi everyone, As one of the people at the Lab of O who regularly works with data from eBird, I’ll give you my take on answering Deb’s question, from the perspective of someone who is interested in using the data from eBird for research, both for basic science, and applied conservation and

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Spotting scope question

2020-04-28 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
I doubt that there is any such thing as the “perfect” all-purpose spotting scope…regardless of price. So I think that it’s important to decide how a scope will typically be used, and then buy a style of scope that maximizes utility for the most likely use cases, without eliminating the

[cayugabirds-l] Newcastle Disease in cormorants in the Great Lakes (and Cayuga Lake too?)

2018-08-25 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Regarding the young, strangely behaving Double-crested Cormorant that was at the doors of the Lab of Ornithology about a week ago, I stumbled on a news item (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/cormorants-toronto-disease-1.4795873) that describes very similar behaviour of cormorants in

RE: [cayugabirds-l] FOY?

2018-05-09 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hello Judith, Yes, there have been a number of people seeing Warbling Vireos in the last several days. You can see a representative sample of this by looking at a map of the reports in eBird here: https://ebird.org/map/warvir?neg=true=false=false=Z=on=5=12=cur=2018=2018 . You will

[cayugabirds-l] BOHEMIAN WAXWING in Sapsucker Woods this morning

2018-02-16 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hi everyone, On my way in to work this morning, I encountered a Bohemian Waxwing with a small flock of Cedar Waxwings at the base of the boardwalk leading to the Sherwood Platform in Sapsucker Woods (for more information see this eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42834831).

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Super-black feathers in Birds of Paradise

2018-02-01 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
For anyone who is really curious the original article’s URL is here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-02088-w It looks like it’s an open-access paper, so anyone should be able to view it at no cost. There’s a photo of the gold-coated feather (that still looks black) at part of the

RE: [cayugabirds-l] OT- Finger Lakes NF sensitive species help

2017-03-16 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hi Geo, No, breeding-code information is a standard part of the most widely-used pre-packaged distribution of eBird data, the eBird Basic Dataset (EBD). You can't call up this information on the eBird website, if I'm not mistaken, but then I wouldn't recommend using website output to do

RE: [cayugabirds-l] birds and climate science

2017-03-13 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Pete, Would that be research done by locally-based researchers, or research based on data from this general area regardless of the physical location of the researcher(s)? Wesley From: bounce-121326792-3494...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-121326792-3494...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tundra swans flying over Caroline/Brooktondale

2016-12-10 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
There were three Tundra Swans just off Myer's Point this morning among a large group of Canada Geese, likely a family group (2 adult and one juvenile). Wesley Hochachka From: bounce-121073649-3494...@list.cornell.edu

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 5/15

2016-05-15 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Adding to Mark’s observations, I’ll add a potential Willow Flycatcher or Eastern Wood-Pewee in the same general area as the Lincoln’s Sparrow. I only saw the flycatcher for a handful of seconds in the shrubs along the edge of the pond, but in that time I failed to see a partial or complete

[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Black-throated Blue Warbler

2016-04-26 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
The best bird from my morning commute through Sapsucker Woods was a nice male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER near the western edge of the big pond, to the southwest of the Sherwood Platform. See this eBird checklist for more specific information:

RE: [cayugabirds-l] eBird mobile app question

2015-11-04 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hi, As best I know, there's a functioning alpha-test version of the Android eBird app that just appeared yesterday. So a beta test version is probably a small number of weeks away, and a publically released version some larger number of weeks (very small number of months?) away. Apologies

RE: [cayugabirds-l] OOB: Black Stork nest-cam in Latvia

2015-07-05 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Thanks for posting the link to the Black Stork nest Dave! Nest locations often seem to be closely guarded secrets in western Europe, and away from nests these birds don’t forage in areas where they can be watched easily. As best I know, with the exception of migrating birds (southern tip of

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow-billed cuckoo SSW

2015-06-11 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hi all, A (I’m assume the same) YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was singing this morning at about 7:30 AM to the west of the main pond at the Lab of O, somewhere to the west of the intersection of Wilson Trail North (just south of where the trail meets the side of the pond) and the West Trail (that

[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Louisiana Waterthrush this morning

2015-04-29 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hi everyone, It's a bit strange, but not unprecedented: I heard a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH singing for about 5 minutes in a low area of vernal pools in Sapsucker Woods, on the east side of Sapsucker Woods Road. While I first heard the bird from the Woodleton boardwalk, I tracked the sound to

[cayugabirds-l] likely Olive-sided Flycatcher north of Bluegrass Lane, on the edge of the natural area just s.w. of Equine Research Center

2014-08-11 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hi everyone, I'm a bit slow in reporting this, because I saw the bird en route to Cornell campus from the Lab of O and only recently got back to my office and computer. The bird wasn't an in-your-face bird when I saw it, but I stopped at a location that I often do when biking to campus

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Mockingbirds on our house

2014-06-08 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hi all, The idea of identifying winter ranges from songs that are mimicked is neat, and while it may not work for Northern Mockingbirds, it possibly could be used for other species. I know of only a single person who ever tried doing this (there could easily be more…I don’t know the song

[cayugabirds-l] kittiwake at Myers Pt at 06:30 this morning

2014-05-18 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hello everyone, The kittiwake was loafing with other gulls at the tip of Myer's Pt this morning at about 6:30, although by 7 AM I'd list it after it and most of the gulls flew up when a group of Canada Geese took flight. I was looking elsewhere at the time, so I didn't see where the

[cayugabirds-l] likely Golden-winged/Brewster's Warbler on Hammond Hill this morning

2014-05-17 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hi everyone, Apologies for my late posting, but I only now had a chance to scan through a large number of recordings of singing warblers, and concluded that there was either a Golden-winged or Brewster's Warbler on Hammond Hill this morning. The bird was heard by me, Scott Haber, and Brad

RE:[cayugabirds-l] likely Golden-winged/Brewster's Warbler on Hammond Hill this morning (more correct directions)

2014-05-17 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
would be on trail Yellow 6. At least the notes that I scribbled for myself this morning knew what was happening, even if my brain didn't... Wesley From: bounce-115597985-3494...@list.cornell.edu bounce-115597985-3494...@list.cornell.edu on behalf of Wesley M

[cayugabirds-l] PALM WARBLER, Sapsucker Woods, Owen's platform boardwalk

2014-04-14 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hi everyone, I had a rather surprising first-parulid-of-year-in-Sapsucker Woods just now: a PALM WARBLER. I saw the bird in the clump of alder shrubs/trees through which the boardwalk cuts, leading to the platform over the water to the south of Kip's Barn (the big white barn north of the

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Herons

2014-03-23 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hi all, I don't think that it was just local Great Blue Herons that were moving around the Basin yesterday. In addition to seeing one heron hanging around Myers point on Saturday morning, for the second week in a row, I also saw three high-flying herons together heading northeast over the

[cayugabirds-l] very likely an Olive-sided Flycatcher, Podell Boardwalk, Sapsucker Woods

2013-08-22 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hi everyone, On my way into the Lab of O this morning, I came in via the Podell Boardwalk (the boardwalk that is along the trial system if you exit the Lab's public entrance and head straight south parallel to Sapsucker Woods Rd. One of the birds that I saw was what I'm almost essentially

[cayugabirds-l] late report of late Lapland Longspurs

2013-05-10 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hello everyone, I have to apologize for the very late nature of this posting, but on Wednesday late afternoon, while touring a couple guests from the British Trust for Ornithology around, we encountered a flock that I estimated to be at least 100 LAPLAND LONGSPURs at Carncross Road near the

[cayugabirds-l] anyone still interested in Bohemian Waxwings? (90 in Sapsucker Woods this morning)

2013-04-08 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hi all, I've been away for the last while, and so I'm not sure if people have had their fill chasing BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, but at about 8 AM this morning I saw a flock of 90 perched in the trees a bit to the west of the white barn (Kip's Barn) in Sapsucker Woods. As far as I could tell with

[cayugabirds-l] Northern Saw-whet Owl, Sapsucker Woods n. side of main pond 9:45 PM

2013-02-11 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Hi everyone, After the seminar at the Lab of Ornithology tonight (Monday) I was walking home through Sapsucker Woods when I heard the moderately high-pitched, repeated tooting whistle of a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL (or alternatively someone doing a good imitation of a Saw-whet...in which case

RE: [cayugabirds-l] sick Redpoll

2013-01-18 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Donna, My guess is that the bird has salmonellosis. Unfortunately, I think that every year that there is a major redpoll irruption, some birds start dying of salmonellosis: we see redpolls that are listless, sitting for long periods of time motionless and with their feathers puffed up

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Fw: Birdhouse Roof Tile

2013-01-11 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Hmm...the wording isn't terribly clear, but it sounds like the idea is that the nest itself is below the tile and not entirely within the box: the box would just provide the entrance. I'm guessing this based on the article says that Birds often create nesting areas within the roofs of houses,

RE: [cayugabirds-l] 100+ Redpolls-for a minute

2013-01-09 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Hi everyone, Having watched a few winter irruptives over the last couple weeks, both redpolls and Bohemian Waxwings, while in Alberta I've been forming my own opinions about what these birds are doing. It's not just redpolls that are behaving as Laura described but I was watching a flock

[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Nelson's Sparrow

2012-09-30 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
There must be a lot of NELSON'S SPARROWs around, because this morning I has one pop up in the wetland to the north of the Lab of Ornithology this morning. It's a new Sapsucker Woods bird for me and in eBird. I saw the bird for about 30 seconds while I was standing on the short boardwalk

[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods (big) baby Barred Owl (e. side of Sapsucker Woods)

2012-07-08 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
With the regular Barred Owl these last few months just on the west side of Sapsucker Woods Rd, I had expected that a nest and nestlings might be in the area. So I was a bit surprised this morning to find at least one and maybe two juvenile BARRED OWLs in the forest just northeast of the

[cayugabirds-l] how many Dickcissels are at Seneca Meadows?

2012-07-05 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Hello everyone, I spent some quality time with the DICKISSELs at Seneca Meadows yesterday, mostly watching the nest-building pair near the large oak tree, and only occasionally hearing the second male that Jay McGowan wrote about yesterday. I finally saw a second male to the southwest of

RE:[cayugabirds-l] how many Dickcissels are at Seneca Meadows? (seems like only 3)

2012-07-05 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
it was to locate the known birds. I did a series of eBird point counts around the preserve to document that impression for posterity. Wesley Hochachka From: Kevin J. McGowan Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2012 9:45 AM To: Wesley M Hochachka; CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: RE: how many Dickcissels are at Seneca

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 5/20

2012-05-20 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Hi everyone, Somehow Mark and I didn't run into each other in Sapsucker Woods today, so maybe we were visiting different areas? Anyway, I did find a few different migrants than Mark, with both BLACKPOLL WARBLER (Podell boardwalk) and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER (Woodleton boardwalk) singing, but

[cayugabirds-l] migrant Red-breasted Nuthatches?

2012-05-03 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Hi everyone, I know that everyone's exuberantly welcoming the return of all of the spring migrant species this week, but has anyone else noticed Red-breasted Nuthatches in places where they normally are not? I'm asking because I did a long walk through Sapsucker Woods this morning on my

FW: [cayugabirds-l] OT: Guide to Birding in the Cayuga Lake Basin article

2012-04-11 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Hello, The only relevant research paper that I can think of using bird club-related data is this one: Butler, C. J. 2003. The disproportionate effect of global warming on the arrival dates of short-distance migratory birds in North America. Ibis 145:484–495. that made use of the weekly

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID

2012-02-05 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Hi all, I have been fortunate enough to have some experience comparing Western and Clark's Grebes side by side, both in the breeding season and winter. Relevant to this thread, my experience is that: - At a distance or first glance the most obvious difference between the species

[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Saw-whet Owll (heard only)

2012-01-26 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Hi everyone, On my way in to work this morning I heard a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL calling in the western part of Sapsucker Woods. I only heard and did not see the bird calling from near the top of a tall white pine located south across the path from the shelter that is at the intersection of

[cayugabirds-l] Redpoll sp, Mud Lock Sunday (15 Jan.) morning

2012-01-15 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Hi everyone, Eduardo Inigo kindly invited my along for an around-the-lake trip with himself and Maikel Canizares (visiting PhD student, now at the Lab of Ornithology), and while filling out my eBird checklists from the trip I noticed that we seem to have found the first COMMON REDPOLL for

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinch conjunctivitis?

2011-09-28 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Hello all, Yes, American Goldfinches can be infected with the same bacterium that causes conjunctivitis in House Finches, and infections can lead to the same sort of conjunctivitis disease. However, it appears that a much smaller proportion of goldfinches that are infected will actually

[cayugabirds-l] juv. LITTLE BLUE HERON (I think) Sapsucker Woods just west northwest of Owens platform (white barn pond)!

2011-05-05 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Hello all, I just happened to glance out my window a minute ago and saw a white large gull-like bird fly off of the pond near the white barn in Sapsucker Woods and into a tree about 40m west northwest of the platform. Through binoculars I think that it's a juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERON (white

[cayugabirds-l] OOB: SFO Braddock Bay trip (irony, and notes on basin-proximity birds moving in large numbers today)

2011-05-01 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Hello everyone, I was leading the 7 AM group today (Sunday) on the Spring Field Ornithology trip to the banding station at Braddock Bay. While not strictly speaking an all-birding trip (many uncountable birds in the hand...but really nice looks as a result), it was a very enjoyable time

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Swamp Sparrow Lab of O

2010-02-24 Thread Wesley M Hochachka
Hi all, I've been seeing a Swamp Sparrow off and on throughout the winter on the north side of the Lab of O building, although more likely in the flooded area just north of the inner employee parking lot. At some point there may have been multiple Swamp Sparrows, now that I think about it.