Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-21 Thread anneb . clark
Speaking as someone who spent years locating redwing nests, I think this is a 
mountain not a molehill. Locating nests in grassland is HARD on purpose. Birds 
make it that way.   Feeding females do t go down to their nests. They drop and 
walk to the nest. One makes paths tromping through the grass which neither 
farmer nor birds will benefit from. 

I was thinking about what long term obs and relatively few nesting areas it 
took for the one farm as described. 

No not impossible but much harder than it seems. And leaving clumps with nests 
as well as paths near them will increase predation. 

I am dubious as good as this sounds. 

Anne

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> On Jun 20, 2021, at 10:40 PM, Geo Kloppel  wrote:
> 
> I’ve been musing along a different line, wondering if a preemptive approach 
> is possible. 
> 
> It takes time to mow the big fields that grassland nesters favor, and the hay 
> farmer can’t mow all of them simultaneously. The work of haying season has to 
> begin somewhere, and start early enough that the farmer can get through it 
> all. So each year some field will be selected to go first, and another 
> second, and the rest must wait their turns. 
> 
> Clearly some fields that are later in the queue can produce a crop of 
> fledglings before it’s their turn to be mowed; otherwise we wouldn’t be 
> having this conversation. So, suppose for the moment that the decision about 
> which fields to mow early could be made before nesting had even begun. If 
> there was then some way to discourage the birds from selecting those 
> particular fields to nest in, the effect would be to direct them to the 
> fields slated for later mowing...
> 
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] hayfield mowing for helping grassland birds

2021-06-16 Thread anneb . clark
Thanks, Donna.  

Anne knows about redwing specifics!  July 4 just gets on the downside of peak 
for redwings, who are pretty early returnees.  As mentioned bobolinks seem 
later. I suspect many sparrows go later and renests remain at risk.  july 22 
would be much safer but a lot harder to get farmers to agree to.  

It’s a hard trade off.  A late July 1st-cutting will probably deny farmers a 
good second cutting that many take around here. And of course early cutting < 
May 14 in an unusual year of early growth would take out early nests and leave 
avian-everyone with no structure to nest in just when they are ready to do so. 

What happens to all these dates with climate change is anyone’s guess!  
Everything—different nesting species, different crops including different 
grasses—does not just move earlier. 

It is a wicked problem. 

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> On Jun 15, 2021, at 7:10 PM, Donna Lee Scott  wrote:
> 
> 
> Dear Bird Colleagues:
>  
> Attached is Cornell Cooperative Extension publication entitled
> “Hayfield Management and Grassland Bird Conservation”
> By Jim Ochterski, Jan. 2006. ja...@cornell.edu
>  
> Has a calendar to show farmers when not to mow to protect grass nesting 
> birds: May 14 to July 22. Much later than date July 4th that Anne Clark 
> suggested.
> But Anne probably knows more about bird specifics than the author does.
>  
> It discusses effects of later hay cutting on nutritional quality of the hay.
> “Delaying the cutting a week or two to allow for grassland birds to fledge 
> will usually lead to hay that is essentially overmature, but potentially 
> useful.”
> Goes on after that…
>  
>  
> Re Patrizia’s post:
> Cooperative Extension’s “Good Agricultural Practices” doesn’t have anything 
> to do with protecting birds and wildlife.
> Some good farm practices involve not polluting waterways with barnyard manure 
> run off, etc..
> The Good Ag Practices program begun in the late 1990s in my (former) 
> department of Food Science in the Ag School had to do with not contaminating 
> human food crops with human and animal waste, etc.
>  
> Mowing times are based on when the hay is best nutritionally, not on cutting 
> off weed seed heads.
>  
> Best regards,
> Donna Scott
>  
> Donna L. Scott
> Senior Extension Associate, retired
> Dept. of Food Science
> CALS, Cornell University
>  
> 535 Lansing Station Road
> Lansing, NY 14882
> d...@cornell.edu
>  
> 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-15 Thread anneb . clark
That is a critical piece that has made it hard for me, on Hile School rd, to 
help the farmers meet me more than half way. I end up saying after the 4th, but 
the later the better. 

After years of redwing work in and around the pond units in the 1990s, our 
usual pattern was a sharp decline in unfledged nests to low numbers by around 
the 4th. Year to year variation in first fledging week was strong. Could be in 
1st or second wk of June. I could go back and calculate a mean but it would be 
wrong in many years. 

My impression with the meadowlark and redwing activity here this year is that 
fledging is really going strong in last 4-5 days. Lots of parental yelling at 
my dog and I when we are in the road and a new call by the meadowlark pair.  So 
maybe “wait til the 4th” would do it this year. Warning though. There will be 
renests at that time and the later nestlings. Just fewer than now. And 
bobolinks are probably not on the same schedule quite and a miss is as good as 
a…

I have combed next door fields after a mowing with pictures and rescues in mind 
and nests are harder to find than you would think. Scavengers work fast and 
nests are pinned under swathes of grass. But pics would certainly be useful. 

So I will see if I can generate any 90s estimates for timing, but I think the 
4th is a pretty good date as compromise. 

Anne

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> On Jun 15, 2021, at 6:07 PM, Sandy Podulka  wrote:
> 
>  Ken and all,
> 
> Thank you so much for this clear, concise summary of this issue. I have some 
> friends I am trying to convince to not mow too soon, so will use your words 
> there, too.
> 
> Can anyone tell me what is a "safe" date for mowing?  Until when should I ask 
> them to delay?
> 
> Thanks,
> Sandy Podulka
> 
> At 04:07 PM 6/15/2021, Kenneth V. Rosenberg wrote:
> 
>> Linda, thanks for bringing this mowing to everyone’s attention. In a 
>> nutshell, what is happening today in those fields, repeated over the entire 
>> U.S., is the primary cause of continued steep declines in Bobolink and other 
>> grassland bird populations. 
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Last year, because of the delays in mowing due to Covid, the fields along 
>> Freeze and Hanshaw Roads were full of nesting birds, including many nesting 
>> Bobolinks that were actively feeding young in the nests at the end of June. 
>> In the first week of July, Cornell decided to mow all the fields. Jody Enck 
>> and I wrote letters and met with several folks at Cornell in the various 
>> departments in charge of managing those fields (Veterinary College, 
>> University Farm Services) – although they listened politely to our concerns 
>> for the birds, they went ahead and mowed that week as dozens of female 
>> bobolinks and other birds hovered helplessly over the tractors with bills 
>> filled food for their almost-fledged young. 
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> The same just happened over the past couple of days this year, only at an 
>> earlier stage in the nesting cycle – most birds probably have (had) recently 
>> hatched young in the nest. While mowing is occurring across the entire 
>> region as part of “normal” agricultural practices (with continued 
>> devastating consequences for field-nesting birds), the question is whether 
>> Cornell University needs to be contributing to this demise, while ostensibly 
>> supporting biodiversity conservation through other unrelated programs. Jody 
>> and I presented an alternative vision, where the considerable acres of 
>> fields owned by the university across Tompkins County could serve as a model 
>> for conserving populations of grassland birds, pollinators, and other 
>> biodiversity, but the people in charge of this management were not very 
>> interested in these options.
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> And there we have it, a microcosm of the continental demise of grassland 
>> birds playing out in our own backyard, illustrating the extreme challenges 
>> of modern Ag practices that are totally incompatible with healthy bird 
>> populations. I urge CayugaBirders to make as much noise as possible, and 
>> maybe someone will listen.
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> KEN
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Ken Rosenberg (he/him/his)
>> 
>> Applied Conservation Scientist
>> 
>> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
>> 
>> American Bird Conservancy
>> 
>> Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
>> 
>> k...@cornell.edu
>> 
>> Wk: 607-254-2412
>> 
>> Cell: 607-342-4594
>> 
>>  
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> From: bounce-125714085-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
>>  on behalf of Linda Orkin 
>> 
>> Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 3:02 PM
>> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.
>> 
>> After a couple year hiatus in which the Freese Road fields across from the 
>> gardens have been mowed late in the season allowing at least Bobolinks to be 
>> done with their nesting and for grassland birds to be lured into a false 
>> feeling of security so they have returned and I’ve counted three singing 
>> meadowlarks for the first time in years,  Cornell has returned to 

Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Michigan State Forest Chenango Co. Red Crossbills, probable singing Bay breasted Warbler

2021-06-05 Thread anneb . clark
Wonderful list. 
Interesting to have more Ravens than crows. One factor other than the 
increasing number of nesting Ravens is the difference in nest stage.  Raven 
fledglings were mostly  out first and seem to be on the move for first forays 
with parents. American crows are just now fledging, most are in the ‘brancher’ 
phase in the vicinity of nests, not yet able to go to the ground and back up. 
And their parents are at their most secretive except when trying to get their 
erratically gliding young to safer spots. 
Anne

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> On Jun 5, 2021, at 5:32 PM, David Nicosia  wrote:
> 
> 
> I did some atlas work in New Michigan State Forest Chenango co. this morning. 
> There were several flyover small flocks of Red Crossbills. I was able to get 
> a couple of poor recordings as they were flying birds.  I had a total of 13 
> RECR. Not sure of type. I sent my recordings to Matt Young. On Schwartz Rd 
> where the road crosses the swamp in some large spruces I heard a probable bay 
> breasted warbler, but only once! I didn't count it. I know this song well. 
> But I failed to get on it or hear it again.  It didn't respond to playback.  
> It could be a late migrant but what is interesting is I had a bay breasted 
> singing same spot May 26, 2020. I checked the spot last summer and didn't 
> hear it. But the habitat looks very good. Lots of spruces and some openings 
> near a swamp. I will have to keep an eye on this. It would be pretty cool to 
> have a bay breasted warbler in summer Chenango county. Mourning warblers are 
> becoming quite common in the cut over areas. I counted 18 in almost 10 miles. 
>  I had 66 blackburnians, 35 magnolia, 110 ovenbirds, 64 chestnut sided, 34 
> black throated blues, 16 black throated greens, and 8 Canadas among others. 
> There were 27 dark eyed juncos, 10 white throated sparrows, 7 winter wrens, 
> 27 golden crowned kinglets, 87 red eyed vireos, and 18 blue headed vireos.  I 
> had way more common ravens than american crows too.   
> 
> The habitat here continuing to change with more logging and strip cuts as 
> part of the DEC forest management plan.  There are more openings now vs 10 
> years ago hence mourning, Canada chestnut sided black throated blues have 
> really increased. Swainsons thrush is getting hard to find. I didn't get any 
> today.  But I assume there are still some around.  
> 
> My ebird lists are here with some poor to fair recordings of several 
> species:. 
> 
> https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S89665230
> 
> https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S89665436
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> https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S89665528
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> https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S89665826
> 
> Best, 
> Dave Nicosia. 
> 
> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Downy use of h- bird feeders

2021-05-24 Thread anneb . clark
I finally confirmed with binocs that the persistently visiting Downy 
Woodpeckers at my hummingbird feeders are getting their tongues down into the 
nectar. I can see the water shimmer below where the bill is positioned   These 
are the flat style feeders with openings in the top cover. 

Did everyone but me know that woodpeckers competed with hummingbirds for 
“anthropogenically sourced” nectar?

Anne

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[cayugabirds-l] Blue winged warbler

2021-05-03 Thread anneb . clark
Shortly after I got my first view of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak male rather than 
just a song, a Blue-winged Warbler male investigated the bushes where one set 
of feeders sits - and took a miscalculated bounce off my screen. Unfortunately 
my camera was not at hand to record this surprise. 

Anne

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[cayugabirds-l] A sign of not- spring?

2021-05-02 Thread anneb . clark
A very sharp looking white- crowned sparrow turned up in my yard this pm. No 
grosbeaks or orioles or hummingbirds, though. 

The sparrow looked hopefully under the feeders and then more or less attacked a 
dandelion plant. 

Anne

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[cayugabirds-l] House wrens-3 and squabbling

2021-04-28 Thread anneb . clark
Or does that go without saying. Appears to be one female looking at a 
traditional nest site in an overhead yard light. And 2 males singing at and 
displacing each other. 

Also singing grey tree frogs. 

Both species= my first certain sightings or hearings this spring. 

Anne

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[cayugabirds-l] Towhee at my door!

2021-04-22 Thread anneb . clark
Lovely male E Towhee foraged and back kicked snow on my deck about 12” from the 
sliding door this am. Quite a sight in the fluffy snow and a first for the 
fenced yard. 
Anne

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin reports

2021-03-25 Thread anneb . clark
Interesting. They have more 2020 crow nests to rent in the Birchwood area than 
near that sycamore. But it will be interesting to see if one pair is searching 
the whole area. The nest used last year was either a recently depredated 
American crow nest or a takeover, the reason for the crow nest failure. 
Anne 

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> On Mar 25, 2021, at 6:41 PM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg  wrote:
> 
>  Hi John
> 
> At least one Merlin has returned to the Northeast Ithaca  neighborhood. I say 
> “at least” one because there is a male perching regularly on the large 
> sycamore at the north end of Muriel St. (and calling in that area) and one 
> seen regularly (by Brad) flying around and calling on Birchwood Dr.  I live 
> about halfway between these areas on Tareyton and also see/hear one regularly 
> flying over— so we don’t know if this represents 1 or 2 birds. 
> 
> Interestingly there was a pair of Merlins (one noticeably larger) perched and 
> calling in the Muriel sycamore on a warm day in February— so they may have 
> been winteri g locally. 
> 
> KEN
> 
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>>> On Mar 25, 2021, at 6:18 PM, Karen  wrote:
>>> 
>> 
>> I love Merlins and Merlin reports and people who send in Merlin reports. I 
>> check them all out. . Thanks to such reports, I have observed an increasing 
>> number of incubated nests in Tompkins County as follows: 2 (2014), 6 (2015), 
>> 6 (2016), 5 (2017), 3 (2018), 6 (2019), 9 (2020).  These include pairs in 
>> Trumansburg, Lansing, Dryden, Freeville, Etna, and Ithaca (plus hints of a 
>> pair in Groton). Local observers provided guidance to almost all of these. I 
>> have written one paper on this, and am trying to write a more complete paper 
>> including habitat choice. Interestingly, all nests have been in 
>> urban/suburban areas. None in forests nor edge of forest nor edge of lake.
>> 
>> Merlins start egg-laying in early May. Observations in late March are 
>> helpful by providing a hint about where they may finally nest. For instance, 
>> the pair observed by so many at Myer's Pint never nested there. Weeks after 
>> being seen at Myer's Point, there was a pair about 800 m east closer to the 
>> Catholic church.
>> 
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>> confergoldw...@aol.com
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>> Thanks, 
>> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] FOY Phoebe & Armitage Rd

2021-03-25 Thread anneb . clark
And I have two Phoebes back in my yard just now, one singing and one foraging 
in usual areas 
A cowbird at feeders. Song sparrow singing and meadowlarks in field west on 
Hile School rd from my house on Tuesday. 
Last two evenings, Hooded and common merganser pairs in Wetland with black duck 
pair and several Mallard and Canada goose pairs. A woodcock belted past the 
house yesterday morning early, over the damp field where I heard peenting 
earlier in week. 
And I Think the one persistent Common Redpoll has bid farewell to the niger 
feeder. Haven’t seen it since Monday. 

Anne

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> Good morning!
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> I drive along Armitage Road in Savannah/Tyre (not sure township) on my way to 
> work every day, and the “wet woods” were hopping with bird sounds today! 
> Also, unfortunately, a lot of squished frogs in the road. I stopped to looked 
> initially for salamanders, didn’t see any.
> 
> But, I heard my FOY Eastern Phoebe! As well as Red-bellied/Pileated WPs, 
> American Robins, Common Grackles, Song Sparrows, Mourning Doves, etc. Nothing 
> *too* exciting yet, but if you’re in the area it’s worth a stop!
>  
> Have a beautiful day!
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[cayugabirds-l] Peenting woodcock

2021-03-19 Thread anneb . clark
A ghost like bird seeming a little larger than a m-dove flew across Hile School 
rd in front of us at deep dusk 720 ish. Then a few min later from our driveway, 
I heard the buzzy peents of a displaying woodcock, repeated several times.  I 
never located it visually sadly. 
But of course I wasn’t the one who was supposed to be watching. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Pipits, lots of them,’Hile School rd

2021-03-16 Thread anneb . clark
Just put in eBird which didnt believe my estimated number of 80. I think 
actually there were initially more 45 min earlier than my count- by- 10s at 
1800 EDT. Unmistakable long legged sparrow streaked birds with flashing outer 
tail feathers. It was hard to keep an eye on all the sub-flocks each time they 
settled. 

Anyway first I have seen this year. Last Friday there were still 4 horned larks 
but none today. 

Anne

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[cayugabirds-l] Redpolls polls and a science question

2021-03-14 Thread anneb . clark
This winter my first- ever redpoll flock has been eating niger almost faster 
than I can stock it. They do NOT like the fancy finch mix, their bill flips 
have informed me.  

So I have been looking at the wild differences in cap and breast and belly 
colors. The caps are a distinctly more classic red, while rest can be deep rose.
But the caps!  I will bet that their red caps fluoresce in the daylight UV,  
intensifying the “brightness”. This is what budgie yellow caps- in exactly that 
area of feathers-do. Just the cap, not a whole yellow head. 

Anyone?  Testable with UV lamp and maybe Collections specimens?  Fluorescence 
in the visible range will be spectacular. Budgies look like miners with little 
head lamps. 

Also note. Like budgies, the caps/polls do not differentiate males and females. 
I think accentuating them helps detect flock mate scanning and flying during 
flock foraging. 

I am probably wrong but would love to know. 
Anne

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!

2021-02-25 Thread anneb . clark
There seems to be an inexaustible supply! My feeders now support about 50 and a 
nippy disputatious bunch they are. Lots of pics of heads forward, low, bills  
open until another moves. 
Niger is one focus. The other is bits of suet on the ground from sloppy eaters. 
Lots of really bright rosy breast feathers. 

No Hoary Redpolls though. 

Anne

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> I've had 2 Redpolls at my feeders for a week or so, first year to see any 
> stick around my Newfield neighborhood.
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> A RB Nuthatch has been here all winter.  It's a joy to see one nearly every 
> day!
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> We’ve had two at our sunflower seed feeder on Bald Hill in Danby!
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>> Today, I saw not only "my" Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 different times, 
>> front a= nd back yards, but also saw 4 Redpolls under feeders in back about 
>> 2 PM !
>> First time to see Redpolls in my yard.
>> 
>> RB Nuthatch was chopping up peanuts and stashing pieces in tree bark 
>> and cr= acks in branches.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!

2021-02-20 Thread anneb . clark
My two redpolls that have been here for a week apparently got outed and more 
arrived today. Not 20 yet but 6-7 and feisty!  Niger and those peanut suet 
blocks. Took a close up video of one at suet 5 inches from sliding door. 
Competition from red bellied woodpecker and Pileated is a little one sided., of 
course. 

This is on Hile School rd.  Been putting in eBird here and there 

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> Finally, we have a small flock of Redpolls coming to our feeders!  FIrst it 
> was 2 or 3 every other day or so, for about 15 minutes each day over the last 
> 2 weeks. Then they discovered the one niger seed sock feeder that has been up 
> there since fall.  Yesterday, there were about 5 on that sock so I rushed out 
> to buy two mesh niger feeders and more seed and today there are about 20 on 
> and off all day. Fun!  I've also seen them eating suet. They mostly ignore 
> the sunflower seeds now. At times there are 8 or more squeezing onto each of 
> the mesh feeders, and on the sock!
>  This is all happening on Hunt Hill Road, 7 miles east of Ithaca (town of 
> Dryden).
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> Now, where are those Evening Grosbeaks.
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[cayugabirds-l] Nice Snow Bunting flock

2021-01-30 Thread anneb . clark
On Hile School Rd today 30 Jan 21 at ca 345pm,  just west of Ed Hill 
intersection. About 80 scudding back and forth across the road. All buntings. 
First ones I have seen. None seen along Red Mill’s S-curve which is also a good 
spot. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinches molting in mid-January?

2021-01-15 Thread anneb . clark
Some of mine are similar but my impression without photo documentation is that 
some never fully lost yellow patches or black flecks. 

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> On a recommendation I looked at Macaulay’s winter photos and saw plenty of 
> variety but no sense of whether the sample is biased for or against molting 
> birds. Then I recalled I own a reference, a bander’s ID guide. For American 
> Goldfinch it says: “Continuous, limited molting occurs throughout the 
> winter.”  Wild. Learn something new... Still, is this generally known among 
> feeder watchers? So much to learn.
> 
> It’s fun being able to recognize individual birds. Spock was back today.
> 
> - - Dave Nutter
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>> On Jan 15, 2021, at 2:21 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:
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>> For the last 10 months I have sharply curtailed my travel, both on account 
>> of the pandemic and to eliminate my birding carbon footprint. Meanwhile I 
>> have been paying closer attention to feeder birds than ever before. Maybe 
>> other folks who have longer experience carefully noting who comes to their 
>> feeders can answer me this: 
>> 
>> Is it unusual to have male American Goldfinches already beginning to molt 
>> into breeding plumage in the middle of January? Yesterday I noticed at least 
>> 2 with black speckles appearing on their foreheads, and one of those even 
>> has a single bright yellow arched eyebrow, like a tiny quizzical Mr. Spock. 
>> I noticed these birds at a time when I also had a new maximum number of 
>> American Goldfinches, so I guess it’s possible that it’s these individual 
>> birds’ presence rather than their plumage that has changed. So, my 
>> alternative question is: Have other feeder watchers seen male American 
>> Goldfinches retaining black speckles on the forehead or asymmetrical bright 
>> yellow patches beyond the typical autumn molt time and into the winter?
>> 
>> Thanks.
>> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Nita Irby's post

2021-01-10 Thread anneb . clark
Please remember that at this time the DEC controls the dam and thus lake. 
Writing the DEC and also being alert for a public comment period once they 
decide on their choice of action (repair, replace or remove) will be the most 
direct routes to influence. 

You certainly should register support for the lake and its value with Dryden 
government , but the Town Board does not at this time own or control decisions 
about  the dam. 

The Conservation Board sent the document to the Town Board as the body that we 
can advise directly. 

Best. Anne

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> the issue where ever else it might be appropriate.
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[cayugabirds-l] Pileated pair and sumac

2021-01-05 Thread anneb . clark
A lovely pair of Pileated woodpeckers had a protracted morning tea on sumac 
seed headsmaking the sumac look very spindly!

As always am working on ways to increase the sumac population. Beauty and 
utility!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle

2020-11-29 Thread anneb . clark
An adult Bald Eagle, presumably one of Dryden Lake pair, has frequently been 
perched in the dead trees of the little lake/heron colony south of the Nature 
Conservancy larch stand along east Malloryville rd (across from the von engeln 
preserve). Very picturesque. 

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>  Adult Bald Eagle, perfectly lit by setting sun,  perched near its nest in 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] GH Owl Singing

2020-10-05 Thread anneb . clark
The crows would prefer they sit still hooting and not floating silently around 
in the canopy of pine grove roosts.  

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> like they’re over towards northeast elementary. Heard them at least 4 times 
> in the last two weeks. Sounding like a male and female. Two times around 9 PM 
> and two times in the early hours of morning around 3. Very neat.  Although I 
> doubt the Crows agree that it’s neat. 
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>> A Great Horned Owl was singing this evening at Six-Mile Creek,
>> repeating the classic sequence of hoots starting around 7pm from the
>> hills south of the second dam reservoir. Let the courting begin, I
>> suppose.
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[cayugabirds-l] Black bellied whistling duck

2020-09-06 Thread anneb . clark
Ok. I am a terrible birder. But saw the report today and suddenly was able to 
explain what I saw fairly late on Friday.  A lone odd shaped duck far to s edge 
of water in Wetland s of the road with a way too orange Bill.  I couldn’t quite 
make out any markings with my binocs and because the light was bad  I decided I 
was hallucinating more than there was. A whistling duck never occurred to me. 

So this is just to say that it has been there several days and maybe is stable 
for a bit. I have my first visitor/family here since March so didn’t check out 
the Wetland from the road Sat or today. Maybe tomorrow but—good luck all. 

Anne 

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[cayugabirds-l] The Wilson snipe persists

2020-07-12 Thread anneb . clark
9-1030am. Hanging out in SE back edge of Hile School rd Wetland with pair of 
killdeer that has been there for about 2 weeks or more. Clearly visible to eye/ 
binocs as it preened and then probed but camera obscured by sedges and grasses. 
Also great close looks at 2-3 Virginia rails. 2 seen along road  in ditch at 
east edge of wettest land s of road. 1 scampered quickly away from calmly 
foraging other. Then (hour later) 1 was foraging on west border of marsh ( s of 
rd). Easily could have been 1 of first two. All looked adult. No calls. 

Lots of robins puddle bathing in road. Robins and redwings “all sorts” except 
*very* young fledglings. Duckweed adorned turtles and bull/green frogs 
everywhere. Maybe one slider??  

One kingbird only and previous nest gone. Kingfisher or green heron 
depredation?  (They were there!) Maybe kingbirds are renesting?  If so maybe NE 
corner N of road. 

And then it started to get hot again. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Don’t underestimate swallows.

2020-07-01 Thread anneb . clark
A red-tailed hawk just sailed over my house very low surrounded on all sides by 
shrieking and Tees-zweeting swallows, both tree and barn and perhaps 20 total. 
Looked like some slower flying, shorter tailed juv barn swallows in the mix.  
They were really really committed to seeing the hawk off. How would a redtail 
ever grab a swallow?  They clearly thought it possible. 

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[cayugabirds-l] First fledgling Red-bellied Woodpecker

2020-07-01 Thread anneb . clark


Arrived in the ash tree over the garden this
 morning.  Was just wondering if our pair had succeeded. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Kingbird nest

2020-06-18 Thread anneb . clark


In case visitors to Hile School rd Wetland are interested in the kingbird pair 
there, the female is pretty tight on a nest in a little crotch high in “tree” 
that comes out of island made by the beaver lodge, N side of road. Can be seen 
hugging the west side of of one of taller trunks. More detailed description if 
needed. Male has been sitting below at times. 

Might already have been noted in eBird. I haven’t checked. 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Writing from a black birder

2020-06-07 Thread anneb . clark
Thanks, Elaina!

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> relevant this week.
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[cayugabirds-l] Black-billed cuckoos

2020-05-25 Thread anneb . clark
Heard the low repeated harsh call and to make sure played the song and calls. 
Wow! Got one swooping me and hanging up in trees , long lens inside of course. 
Following second playback there were two, one flying closely after other. Not 
sure what sort of scenario I introduced. But two of them are very much here, in 
yard and scrub. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] First

2020-05-14 Thread anneb . clark
Orioles, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Catbirds and indigo bunting (1?) and finally 
this am a hummer are turning my feeders into something a bit tropical looking. 
More mild aggressive displays than I have ever seen. Catbirds doing a cute 
little wide beak gape. 

Fruit update:  grosbeaks and maybe catbirds like split open bananas to go with 
orange and peanut suet blocks. 

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> We've had more orioles this year at our orange feeder (and sometimes peanut 
> feeder) than ever - at least 4 males and 3 females.  They also perch on our 
> window mullions and are often sitting in the bushes near the feeders.  I hope 
> this is because they're having a great year as a species.  Also we've had 
> more sightings of both male and female rose-breasted grosbeaks than ever 
> before.  Still waiting for an indigo bunting.Marsha Kardon
> 
>> On Thu, May 14, 2020 at 11:09 AM Carl Steckler  wrote:
>> I just had my first ever Oriole at my feeders here in Dryden. Just as I 
>> was taking photos of the Oriole an Indigo Bunting showed up for a few 
>> nice photos.
>> 
>> I just did better in five minuted that Meg and I did all afternoon at MNWR.
>> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] molting birds question

2020-05-13 Thread anneb . clark
I will just offer the observation made several times while studying nesting 
redwinged blabkbirds at the Cornell ponds that no males arrived with bald heads 
but quite a few
Showed missing patches during EARLy breeding season while disputes were common. 
At least once a fully feathered banded male had a down and out fight, flew off 
but was back trying to retake his territory the next day...with a bald spot. 

Whatever other explanations may pertain, male-male fights contribute I feel 
sure.  
Balding blue jays show up after breeding during post-juvenile and post breeding 
molts, I agree. Have seen. Not just their heads look ratty. 

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> Thanks! 
> Pete Saracino
> 
>> On Wed, May 13, 2020, 9:27 AM Tim Gallagher  wrote:
>> Here's a link to a piece they ran a few years ago on the Lab of Ornithology 
>> website: 
>> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/i-have-a-bald-bird-at-my-feeder-is-it-sick/
>> 
>> I have a bald bird at my feeder. Is it sick? - All About Birds
>> We receive many inquiries about bald birds, especially Blue Jays and 
>> Northern Cardinals. In late summer and fall, when a bird molts, it usually 
>> grows and replaces its feathers gradually, but occasionally a bird loses all 
>> the feathers on its head at once. This is particularly true of Blue Jays, m 
>> ...
>> www.allaboutbirds.org
>> 
>> 
>> From: bounce-124627147-10557...@list.cornell.edu 
>>  on behalf of Peter Saracino 
>> 
>> Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:58 PM
>> To: Linda Clark Benedict 
>> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] molting birds question
>>  
>> Thanks for the info. Must be so m.j e as re molting non-essential feathers?
>> 
>> On Tue, May 12, 2020, 2:37 PM Linda Clark Benedict  
>> wrote:
>> We had a bald rose-breasted grosbeak at our feeder.
>> 
>> On Mon, May 11, 2020, 3:35 PM Peter Saracino  wrote:
>> Hi folks.
>> Recently I have seen one "bald" redwing on a tray feeder and another that 
>> was nearly bald. Now I see what appears to be an adult Oriole "losing" some 
>> of the black on its head. Is it normal for these birds to molt some of their 
>> non-flight feathers at this time of year?
>> Thanks for the help.
>> Pete Sar
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[cayugabirds-l] A new hunter at Hile School Wetland

2020-05-04 Thread anneb . clark
Heading out on errands at 3pm today, saw an osprey on the largest dead tree 
over north Wetland open water. Then when I returned at almost 5, it was still 
there. Exact same spot. A lovely addition to a grey day on the Wetland. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dawn birds

2020-05-03 Thread anneb . clark
FOY oriole just arrived also and a catbird was quietly exploring scrubby places 
outside my window earlier!  The mounting house wren tensions are audible. I 
think another 2 males might be on site. Look like bees chasing. 

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> FOY baltimore orioles & catbird singing! Oriole sitting in sun atop a tall 
> tree. What a gorgeous spring sight!
> Brown thrasher singing across road. 
> Kingfisher chattering by. 
> 
> Lake getting to minor flood stage. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Wetlands vireo. Feeder WC sparrow

2020-05-01 Thread anneb . clark


At 5:20 pm Hile School Wetlands in wet mists, there was a beautiful Blue-headed 
Vireo among willows etc along road on se side. First hard to see way back in 
greyness and then came out and turned and sat and turned. Gorgeous   

Then at 7:11 pm an adult White-crowned Sparrow visited my feeder, contesting 
access with a Purple Finch. I have had an immature here several times a couple 
of weeks ago but this is first adult since 2019 I think. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Kestrel over Hanshaw marshland

2020-04-26 Thread anneb . clark
For those keeping track of kestrels, one was perched over the marshland east of 
Hanshaw just s of the Neimi rd intersection. With a red- tailed hawk. But where 
is there not a red- tailed hawk??

Speaking of which, yesterday April 25th, I watched and have pictures of a red- 
tail pair above 302 E Upland rd where one broke a small maple branch off and 
sailed around the pines with it. Its presumed mate joined it and they turned 
west and plummeted (both in wings folded stoop, stick still in bill of the one) 
perhaps over or just beyond the Parkway. As some know, at least one pair is 
resident there.  But are they renesting??  Maybe owl disruption?? 

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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey over Hile school rd Wetland

2020-04-05 Thread anneb . clark
Second time I have been sure this year.   Late last week was first. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Tree swallows above Mundy Garden

2020-03-31 Thread anneb . clark
Foraging but also contact fight? In air. No social distance. About 6-7 seen. 

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[cayugabirds-l] The phoebe is back!

2020-03-26 Thread anneb . clark


The male phoebe ( or A male phoebe) just landed confidently on our deck railing 
and surveyed the yard!  We have had a pair nesting here for last three years 
and they love foraging off the fence and grabbing insects from the green woven 
wire. This bird looked like it was familiar with the fence and surround. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Smpw grrse

2020-02-23 Thread anneb . clark
About 250 going west over Mallorybille. 

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[cayugabirds-l] My first Am Tree Sparrow

2019-11-12 Thread anneb . clark


At feeder looking eager for its breakfast. Just one so far. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Crows calling after dark

2019-10-27 Thread anneb . clark
This is pretty weird. If roosting near lights they do talk after dark like a 
slumber party. Like downtown Auburn. But roosts in more natural settings are 
quiet in dark.  I could only locate them with a receiver and  radio tagged 
birds. But they don’t fly in the dark well and I would assume that calling was  
because of something that disturbed them and scared them up from a roost spot. 

Also they aren’t migrating now- at least no evidence but they are moving in 
daylight between foraging areas such as newly turned fields. 

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> I had a fire in my burn pit this evening well after sunset in the dark. I 
> thought I heard a crow caw in the distance a few times. Then I was certain as 
> the bird came pretty close to my house overhead. There was other american 
> crows cawing at times too for at least an hour or so between 800 and 900 pm 
> well after dark. They were not mobbing anything as they seemed to be flying 
> by singly. I couldn't ascertain direction but could they be migrating at 
> night? I don't believe I have ever heard a crow at night before. anyone ever 
> experience this?
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Angry birds (Am robins!)

2019-10-26 Thread anneb . clark
And I am living proof that eating young pokeweed is not deadly. We didn’t use 3 
waters either, although drained it. 
But I am NOT suggesting everyone try it. Young spinach causes less panic. Or 
try lambs quarters. 
Anne 
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> I understand Pokeweed is poisonous to humans.  Your thoughts on keeping these 
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>> This morning I have a large number of robins all age/sexes foraging on my 
>> productive pokeweed berries and scratching leaves AND chasing each other 
>> hard and long.  More athletic long chases than I am used to associating with 
>> robins. 
>> 
>> They are not just chasing around the berries although I watched some head 
>> lowered face offs ( before a chase) on the fence near pokeweed. 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Angry birds (Am robins!)

2019-10-26 Thread anneb . clark
Yup everyone, I am fully aware of the toxicity of pokeweed and allow a nice big 
plant to grow up where I can see it fruit every year without any problems. 

There are many berries toxic to humans out there. And toxic plants. But they 
feed birds and other wildlife. Pokeweed berries are especially used by birds 
around this time. 

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>> On Oct 26, 2019, at 9:01 AM, anneb.cl...@gmail.com wrote:
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>> 
>> This morning I have a large number of robins all age/sexes foraging on my 
>> productive pokeweed berries and scratching leaves AND chasing each other 
>> hard and long.  More athletic long chases than I am used to associating with 
>> robins. 
>> 
>> They are not just chasing around the berries although I watched some head 
>> lowered face offs ( before a chase) on the fence near pokeweed. 
>> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Angry birds (Am robins!)

2019-10-26 Thread anneb . clark


This morning I have a large number of robins all age/sexes foraging on my 
productive pokeweed berries and scratching leaves AND chasing each other hard 
and long.  More athletic long chases than I am used to associating with robins. 

They are not just chasing around the berries although I watched some head 
lowered face offs ( before a chase) on the fence near pokeweed. 

Anne 
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[cayugabirds-l] Probable Sora Hile School Wetland

2019-10-14 Thread anneb . clark
About 3 pm Sunday 14 Oct. Small dark bird whipped low across road N-S about 5 
meters onto the unfinished road going east from 38. It scurried immediately 
into the dense weeds and bushes. I couldn’t relocate it after stopping car. 
Thinking maybe Sora, I played some calls but it was not responsive. But no 
passerine popped up to prove me wrong. 

I was too unsure to put it in eBird but everything seems good. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2019-05-21 Thread anneb . clark
Suddenly 4 Pine Siskins blew in this morning to my yard on Hile School rd just 
out of Basin. Feeder focused. Males and females. 

Unusual visitors here. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Eastern kingbird. Ithaca country club

2019-05-05 Thread anneb . clark
At about 10 am an eastern kingbird was hawking insects (assumed) from tips of 
white pine crowns in woods between Pleasant Grove road and the country club 
proper, until chased off by a nesting crow which has a nest very near to its 
activity. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird and white-crowned sparrow

2019-05-04 Thread anneb . clark
An FOY hummingbird carefully (urgently?) foraging along my gooseberry bushes an 
hour ago so the FOY feeders are now out. Not sure if male or female. Distant 
and watched without binocs. 

Unexpected white-crowned sparrow under the feeders. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey duo over Hile school rd

2019-04-30 Thread anneb . clark
2 osprey are circling back and forth between 38 and EdHill rd. Both high and 
low. Not usually seen overhead. 

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[cayugabirds-l] FOY green heron

2019-04-21 Thread anneb . clark
In the Hile School Rd wetland today. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Ring neck ducks

2019-04-07 Thread anneb . clark
6 males 1 female Ringneck ducks on pond across Thornwood drive from Langmuir 
Lab. Very Photogenic if I had a longer lens. 
Anne. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Crows a nesting

2019-03-18 Thread anneb . clark
Active nest building by at least two families. (Salem area).  All reports 
appreciated!  

Anne and the Crowers. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Female robin/singing bluebird

2019-03-09 Thread anneb . clark
Near von Engeln Preserve, the first decidedly female robin I have seen this 
year. There have been a few small groups of male robins on Hile school rd east 
and west of Ed hill rd and sometimes briefly in my yard but no females. 

Also a bluebird singing rather faintly near one of our nest boxes this morning. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crows at my feeders

2019-01-21 Thread anneb . clark
And deep snowy.  They can deal with cold if they can reach the ground to 
forage. Bet the thousands that have been foraging nearer Syracuse and Auburn 
are finding it VERY challenging. 

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> Crows (4 to 12 at a time, who knows if they are the same birds, with more in 
> the trees) have ascended upon my bird feeders, eating spilled seed on the 
> ground. I've never had crows as a feeder bird before, although we have many 
> around our grain farm. Pretty impressive; they look huge next to the other 
> birds! They're very flighty, and easily spooked. I guess now we know it's 
> cold!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] White Crowned Sparrow

2018-11-25 Thread anneb . clark
One here on Hile School rd on Friday.  Brown crown, alone and not associating 
with other species incl white throats. 

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> I’d had mostly the brown crown ones, but yesterday I had a beautiful white 
> crown Sparrow.  I hadn’t seen any for weeks and then one shows up. 
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>> On Nov 23, 2018, at 10:21 PM, Kevin J. McGowan  wrote:
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>> We had two on Yellow Barn Rd yesterday, too. Both adults, which is sort of 
>> surprising. It seems that hatch-year birds, with brown crowns, are more 
>> frequently seen out of season than adults.
>>  
>> Kevin
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>> ...along with White Throated Sparrow scootching around in leaves under 
>> bushes today. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Fox sparrow refuging

2018-11-21 Thread anneb . clark
Under feeder. Just outside basin on Hile School Rd. 
Along with several tree sparrows and the very usual feeder birds: 
chickadees, cardinals, titmice, blue jays, juncos, redbellied woodpecker male, 
downy woodpecker, cowbird female, purple finches, House finches, a few 
starlings. 
Missing today are white-throated sparrows and E bluebirds that have been 
eating pokeweed berries all week. 

Blowing snow on the steppes of the east field. 
Anne

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow billed cuckoo

2018-10-22 Thread anneb . clark
Just seen at 1 pm on fall creek rd just e of Freeville at cook rd. Big as life 
but looked cold. Dropped wing showed the russet and the 30 mph zone let me have 
a good look before pulling over. Dropped down in foraging move. Back up and 
then I lost it. Pretty late I think. 
Put in eBird. 
Anne

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[cayugabirds-l] Iceland gull juv at Compost

2018-02-24 Thread anneb . clark
As it was last weekend, 1 juvenile Iceland Gull is foraging among great black 
backs, herring and 2 ringbilled gulls at the Stevenson Road Compost mounds. 
Along with the essential crows. 
Anne

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black vultures

2018-01-28 Thread anneb . clark
All 4 soaring together over Stevenson e of compost. High but very pretty in 
sun. 

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> At 10:45 the black vultures were in some trees just south of the bridge on 
> Dodge Rd. They then flew into the pheasant farm just in front of the little 
> hut facing Stevenson Rd. They were still there at 11:15.
> 
> Tom Frank
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>> small bridge between Dodge Road and the game farm.
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