Re:[cayugabirds-l] Albino Purple Finch Correction

2015-05-01 Thread bilbaker
In my initial post the term leucistic would have been a more accurate description of the bird... Bill Baker - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Barred Owl

2015-05-01 Thread bilbaker
I left the bedroom window open last night for the first time this year and was rewarded by waking up at 4:30am to Barred Owl calling. We heard them last year as well from roughly the same place/direction. Bill Baker - This message was sent using

[cayugabirds-l] RB Grosbeaks, Siskins, David Kiehm demo

2015-04-30 Thread bilbaker
I guess this is the day for returning R-b Grosbeaks as they showed up at our house in Caroline Center this morning as well as everywhere else it seems. We are often a few days behind other locales when it comes to returning migrants so it seems like they showed up en mass last night/this morning.

Re:[cayugabirds-l] sisk-invasion

2015-04-21 Thread bilbaker
There were 2 Siskins here in Caroline Center today mixed in with the Goldfinches, Purple Finches and House Finches. Also heard the first Towhee singing here yesterday afternoon Bill Baker - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan.

[cayugabirds-l] Forster's Tern

2015-04-12 Thread bilbaker
I led one of the 2 SFO day trips to Montezuma today. We saw a nice variety of birds throughout the day, but the best sighting we had was a Forster's Tern at Mud Lock around noon. Everyone got good views of it both sitting and flying as initially it was sitting on a piece of wood less than than 30

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Jetty Woods theis AM Tree Swallows

2015-04-06 Thread bilbaker
The SFO group I was leading yesterday saw 8 Tree Swallows fly over the light house jetty as we were walking out to the light house. Bill Baker - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan. --

[cayugabirds-l] Red-winged Blackbirds

2015-03-14 Thread bilbaker
With the rain this morning the FOS Red-winged Blackbirds showed up at our feeders in Caroline Center. A flock of 6. - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Downtown Raven

2015-02-26 Thread bilbaker
While sitting at the light at the corner of State and Fulton Streets I saw a Raven flying not much higher that the nearby buildings east towards the center of downtown. I see Ravens in many places at this point, but this is the first time I've seen one right in downtown Ithaca. Bill Baker

[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club trip 2/22

2015-02-23 Thread bilbaker
I was joined by three people for the Cayuga Bird Club Trip on Sunday 2/22. This was a half day trip in which we made a number of stops going as far north up the lake as Aurora. It was a gray chilly day, but much warmer than it has been, and the sun made a brief appearance at the end of

[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club trip Sun. 2/22

2015-02-20 Thread bilbaker
I will be leading a half day local field trip for the Cayuga Bird Club on Sunday 2/22. This trip will meet at the Lab of Ornithology at 8 am and return around noon. While there is a possibility for snow on Sunday the temperatures will be relatively balmy with a high of 30 projected. Specific

[cayugabirds-l] Barred Owl

2014-09-29 Thread bilbaker
I stepped outside tonight at about 10 PM and immediately heard a Barred Owl calling from the NW. Earlier this year we heard them from th E to SE. Makes me wonder if this is part of the same family group or a new individual... Bill Baker - This message

[cayugabirds-l] Yard birds

2014-05-12 Thread bilbaker
Our Indigo Bunting population jumped to 4 yesterday, with all of them, 3 males and a single female all at the feeders at one time late yesterday afternoon. Along with the Purple Finches, R-b Grosbeaks and Goldfinches it was quite the show! Our first Orioles showed up yesterday as well We

[cayugabirds-l] Yard birds-Indigo Bunting, Barred Owl and others

2014-05-09 Thread bilbaker
For the second morning in a row there has been an Indigo Bunting at our feeders here on South Rd. Other feeder birds include White-crowned Sparrows, at least 2 pairs of Purple Finches, and 3 pairs of Rose-breasted GRosbeaks, and I think another male hanging around. For the first time this year

[cayugabirds-l] House Finch question

2014-05-09 Thread bilbaker
While we have at least 2 pairs of Purple Finches and more Goldfinches than I can easily count, as well as usual numbers of other common species, from what I have noticed we have no House Finches around at all, which is very unusual. Is this just here or are others finding less than usual

[cayugabirds-l] Killdeer

2014-03-24 Thread bilbaker
On my way home around 2:30 I spotted a Killdeer in the parking lot of the Caroline highway dept (Valley Rd, Brooktondale). Bill Baker - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan. -- Cayugabirds-L List

[cayugabirds-l] CAroline Center Snow Geese

2014-03-21 Thread bilbaker
We had a flock of about 350 snow geese fly over Caroline Center at about 2:15. They were heading NW towards the lake. Bill Baker - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Common Grackle

2014-03-09 Thread bilbaker
I just had a Common Grackle show up at our feeders here in Caroline Center. - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] CBC trip 1/26 cancelled

2014-01-25 Thread bilbaker
With regrets I am canceling the Cayuga Bird Club trip scheduled for tomorrow due to vehicle problems on my part. I am sorry for any inconvenience. Bill Baker - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan.

[cayugabirds-l] White-throated Sparrows

2013-04-30 Thread bilbaker
While we've had a single White-throated Sparrow around for at least 2 weeks, today all of a sudden we have at least 6. I kept looking for White-crowned but no luck so far. Other yard birds include 8+ Purple Finches, an Eastern Towhee singing throughout the day it seems, a Red-breasted

[cayugabirds-l] Sunday SFO Derby Hill trip group Y

2013-04-22 Thread bilbaker
Our group's experience at Derby Hill was very similar to the group led by Dave Nicosia with a few exceptions which are worth noting. At the lake overlook several of us had good looks at a Golden-crowned Kinglet in the pines on the west side of the overlook. From the N look out area we walked

[cayugabirds-l] Eastern Towhee

2013-04-15 Thread bilbaker
As soon as I stepped outside this morning I was greeted with the calls of our first of the year E. Towhee up the hill from the house. Bill Baker - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan. --

[cayugabirds-l] Bohemian Waxwings

2013-04-14 Thread bilbaker
SFO group 5 had great looks at 3 Bohemian Waxwings at the Edwards Cliff Preserve at the end of Teeter Rd. These particular birds were perched openly just inside the preserve to the south of the open area near the entrance. There was a flock of approximately 75 waxwings while we were in the

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Lingering Redpolls

2013-04-11 Thread bilbaker
We still have at least 10 here in Caroline Center. Also today our FOS Purple Finch. Bill Baker - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Sunday SFO Montezuma trip

2013-04-09 Thread bilbaker
Seven SFO participants joined me for an all day trip up the lake and in the Montezuma area on Sunday. The morning was very windy, overcast and chilly. While the afternoon brought out the sun, and a bit of warmth, the wind was relentless all day, which was a hindrance in finding and getting

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Woodcocks???? and Owls

2013-04-05 Thread bilbaker
Ann Mitchell and I went out looking for owls yesterday evening, stating early enough to heard Woodcocks as well. We found what I will confidently say were at least 5 individual Woodcock behind the airport near where Snyder and Mohawk meet. We were in the vicinity till well after 9 but could not

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Impossible bird song

2013-03-30 Thread bilbaker
Shannon called me at 8:40 this morning when she got to work in Johnson City because she heard what she was sure was a Common Yellowthroat. I suggested the possibility of Carolina Wren, but she was sure it wasn't. It is definitely early for Com. Yellowthroat, but this is an interesting

[cayugabirds-l] Yard birds-Sharp-shinned Hawk

2013-03-27 Thread bilbaker
I looked out the window at my feeders at about 2:15 to find a Sharp-shinned Hawk sitting on one of our platform feeders about 6 feet from the window. It sat for almost 30 seconds then noticed my movement and flew up into the nearby cedar when I tried to move to a different window. Very cool view!

[cayugabirds-l] Yard birds - Snow Geese and Redpolls

2013-03-13 Thread bilbaker
While I did not notice any geese going overhead last weekend here in Caroline Center last weekend (though I was outside very little) I did have flocks of Snow Geese go over several times today, as well as a Raven circling in a northerly direction, though it is certainly possible that was one of

[cayugabirds-l] Red-shouldered Hawk near Brooktondale

2013-02-13 Thread bilbaker
Around 4 PM on my way home from town I was stuck behind school bus traffic on Brooktondale Rd. about a 1/2 mile from Rt79. As I was waiting a fairly large hawk flew across the road towards Six Mile Creek. My initial reaction had been Coopers, but the tail was very dark with narrow white bands. It

[cayugabirds-l] late post: bird club trip 1/27/13

2013-01-29 Thread bilbaker
Donna Scott, Linda Orkin, Ann Mitchell and Judy Thoroughman joined me for a local half day of birding. When we met at the Lab at 7:30 it was snowing moderately. After a brief discussion we decided to go part way up the lake as far as Aurora. Before leaving we stopped at the feeders on the N side

[cayugabirds-l] Hoary Redpoll and Snow Buntings

2013-01-22 Thread bilbaker
This morning around 9:30 I looked out at the Redpolls and other birds at the feeders and found an overall lighter looking Redpoll with a white rump, and after a bit of watching, got a good enough look to confirm clean unstreaked under tail coverts, the first Hoary Redpoll on our yard list. It

[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Vista Shrike

2013-01-09 Thread bilbaker
I stopped at Cayuga Vista Lane this morning around 9:50 hoping the previously reported N Shrike would still be there, and it was. It was perched on the wires about 2/3 of the way down from Rt. 34 to where Cayuga Vista turns to the left. Bill Baker -

[cayugabirds-l] Redpolls today

2012-12-24 Thread bilbaker
This morning (Mon), after I left for Handwork, Shannon looked out the windows at our feeders to find that the flock of 6 Redpolls we had yesterday had become a flock of about 25 this morning Bill Baker - This message was sent using Endymion

[cayugabirds-l] Siskins and snow

2012-04-23 Thread bilbaker
Late yesterday afternoon I counted 5 Pine Siskins at our feeders, and this morning there are at least 8. We got about 5 inches of very wet snow here on South Rd in Caroline. This late snow could bring some interesting things into feeders so keep an eye out! Bill Baker

[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins and other yard birds

2012-04-12 Thread bilbaker
Shannon and I had six siskins (try saying that 10 times fast) at our feeders this AM joining with the resident Goldfinch flock. Also our first of year Y-B Sapsucker started clanging on the metal roof of the barn 2 days ago and I heard the first Field Sparrow here this morning. The Sapsuckers

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake (Rusty Blackbirds)

2012-04-03 Thread bilbaker
Shannon and I stopped at Dryden Lake mid morning, and found it very quiet, finding mostly the same as Collen R. Our most interesting sightings where Jane Graves, and a bit later on, the Rusty Blackbirds she had mentioned to us. They were along the Schug trail right near the bench marked 3.5 mi.

[cayugabirds-l] Siskins

2012-03-17 Thread bilbaker
I meant to post yesterday, but forgot...I haven't seen any Siskin postings recently. We still have a few at our feeders. Yesterday we had 3 when I first looked outside at 8 or so, and there were 3 around again this morning as well. Both times with the flock of Goldfinches that frequent the

[cayugabirds-l] Woodcock...finally

2012-03-17 Thread bilbaker
Shannon and I finally heard and saw a Woodcock this evening in the fields at the top of the property. Perhaps we had been going out too late given the lack of moonlight in the evening, or perhaps it was the elevation (1640-1680 Ft) but this was the first we've heard them this year. It was great

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park and yard birds

2012-02-20 Thread bilbaker
I made a brief stop at Stewart Park late this morning. The only species I noted that I did not see in the weekend reports was was a pair of N PINTAIL off the east side of the park. As a side note: There was a report this AM on the Natural History List of a dead Cormorant on the east side of the

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park addition

2012-02-20 Thread bilbaker
In my last note I forgot to mention a BALD EAGLE I saw perched both yesterday and today across the creek from the boathouse, but farther back, approx where the white lighthouse jetty starts. Bill Baker - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan.

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl

2012-01-24 Thread bilbaker
Shannon and I went with our friend Ellen up to Ovid this AM after getting the RBA report. As of 10:30 the Snowy Owl was still clearly visible to the SW of the intersection of Wycoff and Rock River Rds. Bill Baker - This message was sent using

[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2012-01-18 Thread bilbaker
Among the flock of 20 or so Am. Goldfinches that has been around we found two Pine Siskins this morning. We are on South Rd in Caroline. Bill Baker - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan. --

[cayugabirds-l] Feeder Birds Yellow-rumped Warbler

2012-01-05 Thread bilbaker
I should have posted this yesterdayWe had a Yellow-rumped Warbler at one of our feeders late yesterday (1/4) AM. Unfortunately we are outside of the Christmas count circle.It was seen once, and flew when (I'm assuming) it noticed my movement in the house. I have not seen it again today.

[cayugabirds-l] Common Grackle

2011-12-12 Thread bilbaker
Along with the more usual birds we have been graced both yesterday and today by a late Common Grackle at our feeders. Bill Baker Caroline Center - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan. --

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Dead Birds Mulberry Tree

2011-06-24 Thread bilbaker
Hi Bob, I have lived with Mulberries (both red and white varieties) in my yard at several points in my life and never seen anything like this. I have often eaten them myself. I have seen birds eating Mulberries to no ill effect, and I have seen birds intoxicated from Mulberries, as well as

[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker-Yes

2011-05-26 Thread bilbaker
Shannon and I drove up to Aurora this morning to look for the Red-headed Woodpeckers previously reported in Aurora. We were there for about 20 minutes before one flew from the west side of Rt. 90 to the woodlot where others had found them. The bird we saw flew initially to a tree on the edge and

[cayugabirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeaks

2011-05-04 Thread bilbaker
I arrived home from town this evening close to 7PM to a rather nice surprise - 4 male and 1 female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks on my porch feeders all at once. The feeders are about 2 ft apart, so I was able to see them all through a single window. I have never seen so many of this species in such

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Swan pen Nashville Warbler

2011-04-20 Thread bilbaker
I was at the Swan Pen around noon, and ran into several other birders including a woman who described a bird to me that we never actually saw. In retrospect the description she gave fits Nashville W. perfectly. Given how good her description was I badly miss IDed it at the time, my mind was in

[cayugabirds-l] Caroline Woodcocks

2011-03-18 Thread bilbaker
Inspired by Jays success last night Shannon and I checked several places in Caroline this evening for Woodcocks, hearing at least one at each stop we made. We stopped on Boiceville Rd (a total of 4 birds heard from both sides of the road despite the current Shickel shack construction going on),

[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club trip

2011-03-12 Thread bilbaker
While the Cayuga Bird Club trip this morning was small in participant numbers, just Bob McGuire and myself, we did find a very nice variety of birds. This was a half day trip, and we went up the east side of the lake to Mud Lock, at which time we split up, Bob heading farther north and I

[cayugabirds-l] lake birds

2011-03-03 Thread bilbaker
To add to the list of birds seen on lake trips the last few days- on a Sunday trip up the lake Shannon and I found a female WOOD DUCK on the Mill Pond in Union Springs. The only other birds we found that was not mentioned previously were the 3 Turkey Vultures we saw on Seybolt Rd (Town of Varick

[cayugabirds-l] Myers Tundra Swans

2011-02-09 Thread bilbaker
I made a brief and very chilly stop at Myers around 10 this morning, finding nothing unexpected at first. The surprise was 53 TUNDRA SWANS loafing and feeding to the west of Ladoga, as well as 3 in the private marina. There were 6 Canvasbacks just off Ladoga as well, which flew farther out into

[cayugabirds-l] Down town Raven

2011-01-25 Thread bilbaker
Late this morning while I was stopped at the light at Clinton St and Rt. 13 a Raven flew over Rt 13 flying basically west to east. This is the first Raven I have seen in the down town area. Have I just been missing them? I am curious if others have seen Ravens actually in down town. Bill Baker

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Raven

2011-01-25 Thread bilbaker
Hi all, Since I got an e-mail requesting what town, (and rightly so) I was refering to Ithaca, NY. Bill - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Cowbirds and Rough-legged Hawk

2011-01-19 Thread bilbaker
Yesterday afternoon around 3:30I had 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds show up at my feeders in Caroline Center. Shortly after 8 this morning while driving on Warren Rd I found a Rough-legged Hawk sitting on a small Cedar(?) across the road from the airport. Bill Baker

[cayugabirds-l] Redpolls

2011-01-07 Thread bilbaker
I came home from errands early this afternoon to a flock of 15 Common Redpolls crowded onto my porch feeder, causing a bit of confusion for the local B C Chickadee group. They couldn't even land on the feeder, much less get any seeds...The Redpolls are a new yard bird. Also I've had a Raven

[cayugabirds-l] Grasshopper Sparrow 5/26

2010-05-27 Thread bilbaker
After visiting a friend in King Ferry yesterday I drove up to Ledyard Rd. looking for Grasshopper Sparrow. There was one singing in the NE field at the corner of Rt 90 and Ledyard Rd. Surprisingly I found no Bobolinks, but did find E. Meadowlark and Savannah Sparrow... Bill Baker

[cayugabirds-l] Black-billed Cuckoo

2010-05-06 Thread bilbaker
While outside doing some work this morning I heard a Black-billed Cuckoo calling from up the hill in my yard. Bill Baker - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeak and other feeder birds

2010-02-27 Thread bilbaker
The female Evening Grosbeak I have previously reported is still here. I heard her yesterday late in the morning and she showed up early this afternoon at the feeders. One interesting behavioral note: she won't tolerate Blue Jays on the feeder when she is there. Today, for the fourth time since

[cayugabirds-l] feeder birds

2010-02-21 Thread bilbaker
Aside from the usually expected winter species I had a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD show up at my feeders this morning. The EVENING GROSBEAK is still hanging around, and gave Shannon goods looks at a life bird for her this morning. Bill Baker - This message

[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine

2010-02-17 Thread bilbaker
At about 9:30 I was driving south on Lake Ridge Rd from King Ferry and found a PEREGRINE FALCON sitting on the top of a tree right across from the Ferry Tales Gift Shop. She (pretty sure based on size) flew off across the field carrying part of a meal when I stopped and got out of my car for a

[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeak

2010-02-12 Thread bilbaker
The Evening Grosbeak that has been gracing my yard is still around. it showed up twice today, once early this am and once early in the afternoon. Bill Baker - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan.

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Saw-whet Owl

2010-02-08 Thread bilbaker
It is very possible that it had been hit or tumbled by a car. I've seen at least 2 instances of birds being hit and sort of stunned by cars, both involving larger birds (Am. Crow and Ring-billed Gull) where the birds were stunned, but were able to recover after a short while. This can happen

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeak

2010-02-03 Thread bilbaker
After an absence yesterday the Evening Grosbeak showed up again this morning at about 9:15. This is the 3rd time it has shown up at roughly that time. For those that are interested in trying for this bird please note that I am having work done outside tomorrow AM. Friday AM will be much quieter.

Re:[cayugabirds-l] (Downy) Woodpecker Drumming

2010-01-30 Thread bilbaker
There was a Black-capped Chickadee singing his sweet fee-bee song this morning from the conifers in my front yard. Bill Baker - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeak

2010-01-30 Thread bilbaker
While I have been in and out this AM, and could have easily missed it, I have not seen the Evening Grosbeak again today. Yesterday it did show up again in the early afternoon. BIll Baker - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan.

[cayugabirds-l] EVENING GROSBEAK

2010-01-29 Thread bilbaker
I just (8:15 AM) had a single female EVENING GROSBEAK at my porch sunflower seed feeder. The address is 10 South Rd in Caroline Center. This is just barely within the basin limits, but is definitely in. I will be out for much of the morning, but the feeder is visible from the road and the drive

[cayugabirds-l] Goldfinches

2010-01-24 Thread bilbaker
To answer Meena's commentary about Goldfinches, I've got a small flock here in Caroline Center on a regular basis. Bill Baker - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Aurora Earred Grebe and Bat

2010-01-16 Thread bilbaker
I spent the morning birding with a group of 7 folks, most of whom continued around the lake after we split up in Aurora. I needed to be home earlier. One bird and a surprising mammal were of note in Aurora. The EARRED GREBE, which was with a group of 9 Horned Grebes. was straight out from the

[cayugabirds-l] Sunday birding

2010-01-10 Thread bilbaker
Shannon and I made a few stops late this AM into very early afternoon. Birds of note were as follows: Myers Point and surrounding area (11AM-11:45) 7 HORNED GREBES close to the western side of the lake straight out from the point. (Probably the same Bob saw later this afternoon), 1 COMMON LOON

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Gettin' frisky?

2010-01-07 Thread bilbaker
I heard a Cardinal singing in my yard on Tuesday (1/5) morning... Bill Baker Caroline Center - This message was sent using Endymion MailMan. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Carolina Wrens

2009-12-27 Thread bilbaker
I went outside this bright sunny morning to get some firewood and was surprised to hear two Carolina Wrens singing from different parts of the yard. I had assumed I'd been seeing only one over the past month, but perhaps both are showing up at my feeders Bill Baker Caroline Center

[cayugabirds-l] Myers around 9:45A

2009-10-28 Thread bilbaker
I made a very brief rainy stop at Myers around 9:45 this morning. Visibility was lousy due to the rain and mist. Aside from the usual RB Gulls and Mallards I found a flock of about 100 Brant north of the point, and a flock of 50 DC Cormorants and a few Black Scoters just S of the point. There was

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park early afternoon

2009-10-19 Thread bilbaker
I stopped in at Stewart Park around 12:30 this afternoon while doing errands. The lake was perfectly calm. To add to Dave's list from this morning I found a single Ruddy Duck and a single Pied-billed Grebe, both off the west side of the park, as well as a total of 7 Wood Ducks in the lagoon.