[cayugabirds-l] List Serve

2017-12-11 Thread William Roberts
I have not been receiving emails from Cayugabirds list serve. Please add my 
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list serve as I would like to receive daily reports  re bird reports in the 
Cayuga Basin. Many

Thanks. Bill Roberts


William Roberts

Aurora, New York  13026


bluehorsestu...@hotmail.com


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[cayugabirds-l] BALTIMORE ORIOLE in Aurora - 1242017

2017-12-04 Thread William Roberts
An unexpected visitor to our bird feeders was a pleasant surprise. This is the 
very first time I have seen or photographed a Baltimore Oriole in Aurora, N.Y. 
in December.
It was in stunning contrast to the leafless trees and the more drab usuals. Wow!


See photos: Bill Roberts ( icon is the head of a horse)

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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey Fatality

2015-07-23 Thread William Roberts
This evening around 4:45 pm I discovered an Osprey on Rt. 90, south of the
Village of Cayuga. It was in the north lane in front of the Mennonite farm
across from the nesting platform. It was apparently if not obviously the
result of having been hit by a vehicle. Part of one wing  was severed.

After retrieving the bird and severed wing I deposited both near the base
of the nesting platform; it appeared to me to be a mature unbanded bird.
The remaining Osprey seem to be in distress as it called from the tower. I
was unable to file a report from the site not having an internet-connected
phone.

Bill Roberts
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[cayugabirds-l] Meyers Pt.

2014-10-28 Thread William Roberts
I waited in vain from 4:00 - 6:30 pm this afternoon for the Purple Sandpiper's 
return. Even though the lighting was ideal for photography
the only occupants on the point were a handful (30-35) of R-bGs and a pair of 
Mallards. Bill Roberts

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[cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vultures

2014-08-09 Thread William Roberts
I had the good fortune of seeing the biggest kettle of TVs ever (for me) as 
they circled and swooped over the parking lot  and the general vicinity of 
Wegmans in Auburn, New York. I counted over 100 and approximated that possibly 
125 were participating.
I looked for Black Vultures but did not see any. Many landed on a nearby cell 
tower south of the Wegmans parking lot ( Genesee St. and  Loop Rd ). Bill 
Roberts

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[cayugabirds-l] FW: Short-eared Owl

2014-01-31 Thread William Roberts

 Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:16:23 -0500
 Subject: Short-eared Owl
 From: bluehorsestudi...@gmail.com
 To: cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu
 
 Around 3:30 p.m. earlier today while driving south on Rt. 90 near Lake
 Rd ( Long Point Winery) I observed one S-e O working the fields on the
 east side of Rt. 90 and a little south of the Pumpkin Hill Bistro.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] Possible Eared Grebes - Aurora Bay

2013-11-29 Thread William Roberts
At approximately 3:25 P.M. this afternoon while briefly scanning Aurora Bay, 
immediately south of the Wells College maintenance plant, I spotted what looked 
like a pair of Eared Grebes about 300-400 yards off shore. This was just behind 
and adjacent to the gas pumps. In addition there were 20 Bufflehead and a pair 
of Common Goldeneye nearby but moving in the direction of the Wells College 
Boathouse. The CG drake meandered away from the small raft but joined the group 
periodically. I am hopeful that more astute birders will be able confirm 
definitively the species of grebes.

In addition, between 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M., we saw an assortment of birds on 
various country roads in and around Aurora including Canada Geese, Snow Geese, 
American Crows, Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, D-e Juncos, Blue Jays, House 
Finches, House Sparrows, American Robins, European Starlings, Rock Pigeons, 
Red-tailed Hawks, Merlin, Northern Harrier, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downey 
Woodpecker, Northern Mockingbird, Mourning Doves, etc. An eBird report was 
filed. Good birding. Bill Roberts

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[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Wed 732013

2013-07-06 Thread William Roberts
Tom Riley of Oneida Birds and I birded Montezuma on Wednesday morning for about 
4 hours. One of the highlights was a young and healthy looking red fox which 
crossed the paved road  that leads to the Visitor's Center. 
The fox seemed mildly concerned with us as  it meandered on the road before 
trotting west into the wild flower section adjacent to the Visitor Center. The 
wildlife  drive was rather quiet however we did get a good look at
 an immature BE in the high snags to the left of the drive just after the sharp 
left turn approaching Benning Marsh. Mays Point proved to be the best 
and most productive stop of the morning. After seeing two Black Terns flying 
over the Mays Pt marsh we walked along Mays Pt. Rd. towards the Seneca River 
bridge. In addition to a pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers flying 
back and forth over the open area on the north side of the road we also saw the 
following:

Indigo Buntings
Yellow Warbler
Redstarts
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireos
Red-eyed Vireos
Swamp Sparrows
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrows
Turkey Vulture
Rock Pigeons
Red-bellied Woodpecker
northern Flicker
Red -winged Blackbirds
Green Heron
Bald Eagle
Great-crested Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe

After finishing at Mays Point Rd. we drove to Armitage Rd. to look for the 
Prothonotary Warblers and the Yellow-throated Vireos. After an unsuccessful 
search we were forced back to the car by 
unwelcoming mosquitos who tormented us at will. The forested section to the 
west of the bridge would have required either knee-high rubber boots or hip 
waders. Sorry for the late posting. 
Good birding. Bill Roberts

Aurora
  
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[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Swan Pen Saturday 4202013

2013-04-20 Thread William Roberts
I observed a pair of Yellow-rumped warblers at the Swan Pen between 4:20 p.m. 
and 5:20 p.m. I did not see the Audubon YrW.  In addition I did scope a Yellow 
Warbler(foy) on the east end of the Swan pen and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on the 
west end. There were also a dozen TVs circling the boat house for a brief 
period of time.

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[cayugabirds-l] American Woodcock

2013-03-25 Thread William Roberts
Lee Ann van Leer's earlier post  prompted me to visit the site near Snyder and 
Mohawk Rds. adjacent to the Tompkins County Airport this evening where I was 
not disappointed. I arrived at 7:20 p.m. and at approximately 7:35 p.m.  I 
began to hear the distinct peent sounds coming from the thickets on the north 
side of Snyder Rd. and about 75 feet from Mohawk Rd. Within five minutes to ten 
minutes the bird flew up about 25-30 feet and crossed over Snyder and over the 
gravel yard and descended into the hedgerow to the left (east). That was my 
only sighting but it was well worth the effort. Good birding.

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[cayugabirds-l] Brants in Skaneateles

2012-10-24 Thread William Roberts

I saw a flock of 50-60 Brants fly over Franklin St.  Elizabeth St. heading 
south in the direction of  the north end of Skaneateles Lake around 4:45 p.m. 
today. Bill Roberts
Aurora
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[cayugabirds-l] Owasco Inlet 9292012 -West Side

2012-09-29 Thread William Roberts

As a result of the postings yesterday regarding weather and fall out, Tom Riley 
and I decided to bird the west side of Owasco Inlet for approximately three and 
half hours this morning managing to observe 38 species including the following:
600+ Canada geese2 Wood Duck14 Mallard1 Pied-billed Grebe2 Double-crested 
Cormorant4 Great Blue Heron1 Bald Eagle (mature)1 Red-tailed Hawk38 Ring-billed 
Gull2 Belted Kingfisher3 Red-bellied Woodpecker4 Downy Woodpecker1 Hairy 
Woodpecker7 Northern Flicker2 Pileated Woodpecker1 Eastern Phoebe2 Blue-headed 
Vireo2 Red-eyed Vireo16 Blue Jay 7 American Crow 8 Black-capped Chickadee 7 
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Brown Creeper 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4 American Robin 
2 Gray Catbird 3 Eastern Starling 5 Nashville Warbler 1 Common Yellow Throat 1 
Magnolia Warbler35 Yellow-rumped Warbler 7 Black-throated Green Warbler 5 
White-throated Sparrow 3 Song Sparrow10 Swamp Sparrow 6 Northern Cardinal 6 
Red-winged Blackbird13 American Goldfinch
Thanks. Good birding!  Bill
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[cayugabirds-l] Possible Golden Eagle Over Aurora

2012-09-22 Thread William Roberts

I spotted what looked like an adult Golden Eagle flying at 200-300 feet and 
going south over Aurora about 30 minutes ago. Ithaca birders might be able to 
confirm or disprove the sighting if the bird stays on its course. I did not see 
any mottled feathering. Good luck. Bill
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[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Tonight - 7:30 pm until dark

2012-09-08 Thread William Roberts

While parked along the auto drive adjacent to LaRue's Lagoon I had the good 
fortune of observing a pair of American Golden - Plovers for the better part of 
an hour. Both birds seemed unwary but curious as they skittered about within a 
few yards of my vehicle; they foraged for food the entire time on the 
embankment between the auto drive and the wetlands on the east side. Both birds 
appeared to me to be in adult non-breeding plumage without any evidence of 
white or black. I am planning to return tomorrow morning to hopefully 
photograph the pair and confirm the identification.
In addition to the AG-Ps I also discovered a pair of Semipalmated Plovers that 
also stayed within the vicinity of my location but remained mostlyon small 
islands surrounded by shallow water. Both the AG-Ps and the S-Ps were easily 
observed with binoculars. Late evening sunlight made observation quite easy. 
Good birding.
Bill RobertsAurora
  
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[cayugabirds-l] Blackbirds Caspian Terns - Montezuma

2012-09-05 Thread William Roberts

At about 7:15 p.m. this evening there were huge flocks of blackbirds ( RwBs, C. 
Grackles, E. Starlings) converging on MNWR near the Visitor Center. My guess is 
that there were several hundred thousand birds swirling, swarming and streaking 
over and through the wetlands and trees for approximately forty-five minutes 
before all movement concluded as the birds descended into the rushes and nearby 
trees as the sun was setting. I felt privileged and very excited to be 
witnessing a magical spectacle. Occasionally a flock would dive low over my 
position making it possible to hear and feel the sound of the flock as it 
swooshed in an undulating or serpentine manner. Regrettably I did not have a 
video camera to record this amazing event.
In addition there were 16 Caspian Terns that flew in a very loose flock over 
the Visitor Center parking lot on a southern tack.
Bill RobertsAurora
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[cayugabirds-l] Swans and Geese - Village of Cayuga and MNWR

2012-02-24 Thread William Roberts

I saw approximately 300-400 swans on Cayuga Lake near the Village of Cayuga 
tonight; probably Tundras. Also thousands of Snow Geese and Canada Geese flew 
over Montezuma at sunset ( 5:20 to 5:50 p.m. Snows were flying south on the 
western side of Cayuga Lake and landing just off shore directly across from 
Cayuga and slightly south. Flock after flock of  Canadas were flying southeast 
and crossing over the canal slightly north of the Visitor Center.
 The swans were on the water gathered just north of the train trestle and 
300-400 yards west and northwest of the Cayuga Marina, formerly the Agway 
Plant.  In addition droves, flock after flock, of blackbirds were migrating 
through Montezuma from north to south directly over the parking lot adjacent to 
the Visitors Center. It was too dark to make positive identifications but 
shapes and flight patterns led me to believe that most were RwBs.
It was a great evening of birding.
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[cayugabirds-l] Sodus Bay

2012-02-09 Thread William Roberts

Tom Riley of Niles, New York and I had the pleasure of going to Sodus Bay on an 
absolutely beautiful day with perfect conditions. We discovered a flock of 
approximately 300 Long-tailed ducks  in the channel adjacent to the lighthouse. 
The ducks were very active moving about from one side of the channel to the 
other. There were a few White-winged Scoters and a Greater Scaup mixed in with 
the flock of Long-tailed ducks. No King Eider present.
We counted approximately 55 Trumpeter Swans around the edges of the of the back 
or the inland part of the Bay.
The final stop at Twin Oaks Campground added significantly to what was already 
a great day of birding. As Gary Kohlenberg reported we had the pleasure of 
witnessing a birding spectacle with over 15000 Redheads and a pair of Western 
Grebes for good measure. The Aythya flock was like watching a kinetic sculpture 
as the birds were either rising or descending or they were constantly swarming 
into various formations.
Bill RobertsAurora





  
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[cayugabirds-l] American Coots G-h Owl

2012-02-03 Thread William Roberts

At about 1:30 p.m. yesterday a raft of approximately 150 American Coots were 
gathered near the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake in Aurora between the Masonic 
Lodge and the United Ministry church.One lakeside resident reported that the 
Coots had been in the area for two or three days. 
This evening at approximately 5:40 p.m.,  two to three miles east of  Long 
Point state Park near Aurora,  I saw and heard a Great-horned Owl on Dixon Rd. 
south of Britt Rd. The owl moved from a tree next to the east side of Dixon Rd. 
several hundred yards further east to the top of a spruce. The location was 
approximately 200 to 250 yards south of Britt Rd. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Raft of S now Geese Aurora mile

2012-01-31 Thread William Roberts

There is a large raft of Snow Geese approximately a mile to a mile and a half 
off shore in Aurora. The raft is visible from the Wells College boat house. 
Bill RobertsAurora10:00 a.m.  
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] NO Red Phalarope - 4 to 7 p.m. Oct 10th.

2011-10-10 Thread William Roberts

I spent three hours (4:00 to 7:00 p.m.) tonight searching for the Red Phalarope 
along the autoloop and I also did not see the phalarope. I did see the same 
birds that Mike listed  as well as  a Northern Harrier and an American Bittern. 
There were sparrows flitting about  in the grass and bushes between the drive 
and the marsh approximately three or four hundred yards from the sharp left 
hand turn. It was too dark to make an id. Bill Roberts

Aurora___ 

 Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 12:32:04 -0400
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] NO Red Phalarope - 10 Oct AM
 From: noflicks...@gmail.com
 To: m...@cornell.edu
 CC: cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu
 
 Hi Matt (and everyone),
 
 I spent an hour (8:30 -  9:30) along the autoloop at Montezuma this
 morning, much of the time looking for the phalarope in the area where
 it was reported on Sunday (09 October).  The only species I found
 there were Greater Yellowlegs (2), Canada geese (16), Blue-winged Teal
 (4), and a single Northern Shoveler.
 
 Cheers,
 Mike
 
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 Mike Powers
 Horseheads, NY
 
 
 
 On Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 11:36 AM, Matthew Medler m...@cornell.edu wrote:
  Hi All,
  I'm wondering if anybody has looked for the Red Phalarope at Montezuma today
  (Monday, 10 October 2011). Any reports from today, either positive or
  negative, would be much appreciated!
  Thanks,
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[cayugabirds-l] Black-crowned Night Herons American Bittern -Thursday evening October 6th.

2011-10-06 Thread William Roberts

 I observed four Black-crowned Night Herons and one American Bittern fly from 
the north end of Tschache Pool across Rt. 89 into May's Point between 7:00 and 
7:35 p.m. earlier this evening. This of course was after sunset(6:38 p.m.) and 
identification was based on flight patterns and silhouettesenhanced by the 
bright-orange western sky and overhead moonlight (waxing gibbous 73%). 
I also observed numerous flocks of Teal flying back and forth from the main 
refuge and Tschache pool. There were approximately 9 Great Egrets at May's 
Point.
Bill RobertsAurora


  
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[cayugabirds-l] Eastern Meadowlark - Rodman Lott and Son Farm, Empire Farm Days - Seneca Falls

2011-09-28 Thread William Roberts

Steve Rae of Morristown, Vermont and I saw an Eastern Meadowlark at 
approximately 5:45 p.m. on the grounds at the Rodman Lott  Sons Farm in Seneca 
Falls yesterday after obtaining permission to look for birds. There were 
numerous small flocks of MoDos but we didn't see any Killdeer or Upland  
Uppies Sandpipers - we were hoping topossibly catch a late migrant(s).
Bill RobertsAurora, New York


  
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[cayugabirds-l] Roy Park Preserve

2011-09-17 Thread William Roberts

I looked unsuccessfully for the cw, covering both the blue and orange trails, 
from 11:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. today (Saturday). One other birder 
from Syracuse reported seeing a couple of B-tGWs
I did see a small flock of y-rws in the pines along the blue trail about a 
hundred yards from the bulletin board. In addition  the following were also 
seen:
Pileated- 1Hairy- 2Juncos  - 3BC 
Chickadees  - 12BJ- 6
Always good birding.
Bill RobertsAurora
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