Re: [cayugabirds-l] YR Warbler

2021-04-23 Thread bob mcguire
They’re back! I just had my first-for-the-year Yellow-rumped Warbler at Salt 
Point, plus a Palm and several kinglets.

Bob McGuire

> On Apr 23, 2021, at 12:13 PM, Donna Lee Scott  wrote:
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> FOY Yellow-rumped Warbler 698 Lansing Station Rd. !
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Help with ID

2021-03-29 Thread bob mcguire
Yes. Pine Warbler. Good for you!

Bob

> On Mar 29, 2021, at 10:29 AM, Diane Morton  wrote:
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> Pine Warbler!
> 
> Diane Morton
> 
> On Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 10:27 AM Barbara Chase  > wrote:
> Who was at my feeder in Enfield for about 2 minutes this morning.. It had a 
> very thin narrow bill.
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> Thanks,  Barbara
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] OOB redpolls

2021-03-22 Thread bob mcguire
Same here. A small group has been regular at the sunflower feeder for the past 
few weeks. Snyder Hill area, Ithaca.

I wonder when they will decide to head back north? I’ll miss them!

Bob

> On Mar 22, 2021, at 9:42 AM, Christie Rochester 
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> I still have a few (4) that come to my feeders in the morning in Victor, NY. 
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> On Mon, Mar 22, 2021, 8:30 AM Nancy Cusumano  > wrote:
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> Binghamton. There are still a dozen redpolls here. They only show up in the 
> cool mornings. I was surprised to see them still here.
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[cayugabirds-l] Red-winged Blackbird

2021-03-06 Thread bob mcguire
First Red-winged Blackbird of the year sharing the feeder, briefly, with a few 
Redpolls!  Snyder Hill area.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Surprises at Salt Point

2021-02-21 Thread bob mcguire
Diane, Rachel, Ken, and I were at Myers mid-morning as five American Pipits 
flew in front the direction of Salt Point (north shoreline) to forage for ten 
minutes along the edge of Salmon Creek directly in front of us. Although the 
field marks you describe do fit PIWA, you might consider pipit as well. 

While we were there a pair of White-winged Scoters flew in from the south and 
landed in the cove just north of Salt Point. And there was the continuing 
Killdeer across the creek from us, hunkered down at first, then foraging in the 
gravel.

Bob McGuire

> On Feb 21, 2021, at 3:08 PM, Paul Anderson  wrote:
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> I just got back from a walk around Salt Point. The first surprise was a 
> Killdeer.
> 
> The second surprise was what I am 90% sure was a Palm Warbler, possibly even 
> two. I heard flight calls and followed the bird in flight to where it perched 
> in a tree. It was backlit, so I was not able to make out many field marks, 
> but I did get a strong impression of the yellow undertail coverts, and it was 
> bobbing its tail vigorously. As I was watching that one, I could hear another 
> in flight, but the sun was in my eyes so I never picked that one up. This was 
> right on the north shore near where the Little Free Library is.
> 
> In the water, amongst the usual suspects were two White-winged Scoters, and 
> three Red-breasted Mergansers. Further to the north was a large spread-out 
> raft of probable Canada Geese, but I didn't have my scope so I couldn't 
> confirm.
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> Visibility and wind conditions are excellent. I wouldn't be surprised if 
> there were more interesting waterfowl further out. If only I had brought that 
> scope
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins

2021-02-15 Thread bob mcguire
I just got back from a walk with the dogs along Whitted Road (Snyder Hill area, 
Town of Dryden). We had a flock of at least 140 American Robins. None appeared 
to be feeding, but were moving leisurely from tree-to-tree in a SE direction.

Bob

> On Feb 15, 2021, at 4:19 PM, Geo Kloppel  wrote:
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> There have been well over 100 around my place on Tupper Road in West Danby 
> for several days. They’ve stripped all the sumac fruits, the privet berries 
> and the wild grapes. One stretch of road shoulder looks like the goose-fouled 
> lawns at lakeside parks, but the droppings are deep purple instead of green. 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Shorebird at Myers

2020-12-09 Thread bob mcguire
Thanks all for responding with suggestions for the ID of a shorebird observed 
yesterday at Myers. My friend tells me that Purple Sandpiper looks to be the 
most likely. I haven’t seen any reports of one down this way this year, but 
keep your eyes open -  it’s not impossible.

Bob

> On Dec 8, 2020, at 10:58 PM,  
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> Hi, Bob,
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> Dunlin might be a good candidate this late in the year.
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> -- Bill Ostrander
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> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Shorebird at Myers
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> I have a request for ID suggestions from a friend who had a shorebird on the 
> spit at Myers at 3 pm today:
> 
> "I just saw a plump shorebird about the size of a robin with medium length 
> narrow bill picking along the stones at Myers point. Gone before I could get 
> digiscope.”
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> Any thoughts on ID?
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[cayugabirds-l] Shorebird at Myers

2020-12-08 Thread bob mcguire
I have a request for ID suggestions from a friend who had a shorebird on the 
spit at Myers at 3 pm today:

"I just saw a plump shorebird about the size of a robin with medium length 
narrow bill picking along the stones at Myers point. Gone before I could get 
digiscope.”

Any thoughts on ID?

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[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Falls Gyrfalcon Continues

2020-12-03 Thread bob mcguire
Diane, Ken, and I arrived at the quarry along Hoster Road at 7:10 this morning 
to stake out the Gyrfalcon that has been reported there the past few days (and 
has wintered in the vicinity the past few winters - though perhaps not the same 
bird). Apparently the Gyr roosts on the west wall of the quarry and sallies 
forth each morning in search of prey. Between the pools at the Refuge, the 
north end of Cayuga lake, and the open stream that runs out through Canoga, 
there is certainly a robust selection of waterfowl to keep it well fed. 

Our plan was to set up there at sunrise and wait until the Gyr headed out for 
breakfast. At 8:25 the bird flew into the bare trees just beyond the green 
machinery (rock-crusher?) and began to preen. We were fortunate that the light 
was strong and low, there was no wind, and the bird was not obscured by 
branches - and were able to observe it for a good half hour before leaving. A 
report from another birder a while later noted that it was no longer present. 
As noted in the eBird report, it is a large-bodied bird (full, deep chest) with 
gray mustache stripe (not as pronounced as with Peregrine), and gray-brown 
breast spots.

One additional note here: Shortly after we arrived (around 7:25) a largish 
raptor flew rapidly past us, just above ground level, from south to north and 
disappeared between gravel piles back into the quarry. It happened so fast that 
we were not able to get any optics on it nor really fix on any significant 
field marks. I could have been the Gyr - or a Peregrine or, possible, a 
Cooper’s Hawk.

Bob McGuire



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[cayugabirds-l] Taughannock Loon Watch

2020-11-21 Thread bob mcguire
I arrived at the NE corner of the south portion of Taughannock Park, began 
counting loons at 6:50, and left at 8:40 when the number of migrating loons 
dropped to three in the final 15 minute period. In total, I had 169 Common 
Loons flying south and 3 flying north. The morning began at 42 degrees with a 
10 mph breeze out of the north and ended at 46 degrees, wind up to 15 mph. In 
addition to the loons, I had a Peregrine Falcon circling high overhead and a 
single Cackling Goose in a passing flock of Canadas. 

COLO count:

Per 1   15
Per 2   89
Per 3   8
Per 4   9
Per 5   10
Per 6   32
Per 7   3

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[cayugabirds-l] Red Crossbills

2020-11-12 Thread bob mcguire
I just posted several photos of Red Crossbills at Shackham Road on the Cayuga 
Bird Club FB page  (https://www.facebook.com/groups/cayugabirdclub 
)

Bob
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[cayugabirds-l] Winter Finches/ Red Crossbills

2020-11-10 Thread bob mcguire
I spent four+  hours yesterday morning at the corner of Shackham and Herlihy 
Roads (SW corner of Onondaga County  42.794626, -76.009667) observing and 
recording multiple flocks of finches (Red Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks, Pine 
Siskins) as they flew over, circled around, and came in the feed and grit (some 
of them, anyway).  Checklist: https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S76042255

This has turned out to be the go-to place for crossbills this entire fall and 
now for the influx of “winter finches”. The spot is easy to get to, open and 
easy to move around in, and provides multiple food sources (cones, fruits and 
berries). The dirt surface of Herlihy Road seems to be a favorite spot for the 
crossbills to pick up grit - and brings the birds down for extended, close-up 
viewing. The first birds tend to arrive right around sunrise, with additional 
flocks and family groups scattered throughout the morning. I was about to leave 
at 10:30 (after a quiet hour or so) when a small group came in, perched for a 
few minutes, then dropped down right in front of me to grit.

I am still going through my recordings, but it appears that there are several 
“types” of Red Crossbills represented there. Type 1 seems to dominate, with 
either Type 10 and/or Type 2 in the mix. In addition, there have been numerous 
juvenile crossbills (fledged within the last several months and now molted into 
early adult plumage). A few weeks ago the juries were still giving their 
“chit-too” begging calls. Yesterday I was able to pick out most to the 
crossbill repertoire: flight call (as they passed overhead and circled), 
various contact calls (while perched in the poplars alongside the road, and 
even some song fragments. 

In addition to the crossbills (red only for me, though there have been reports 
of white-winged in the mix), there was an early, noisy flock of Evening 
Grosbeaks that came in with the crossbills, perched for several minutes, then 
flew off to the south. And - another noisy flock of some 50 Pine Siskins that 
flew in and out of the spruces just to the north of the corner. There is plenty 
of gone-to-seed goldenrod around, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ll get some 
Common Redpolls shortly.

Note: If you get there early enough, you might still hear the Barred Owl 
calling from down on Shackham Pond.

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[cayugabirds-l] Flight of Blue Jays

2020-09-22 Thread bob mcguire
Nothing says “first day of fall” to me like a flock of some 50 Blue Jays 
winging south just above the treetops right after sunup. Even the dogs stopped 
to look up and watch. One of our local jays took ofter the flock, then thought 
better of it and headed back to the feeder.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Listening to birds

2020-06-01 Thread bob mcguire
Thanks, Pete, for posting. And note that the sounds come from local folks - the 
best in the business! Lang Elliott, Matt Medler, Greg Budney, Will Hershberger.

Bob McGuire
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[cayugabirds-l] Least Bittern

2020-05-26 Thread bob mcguire
I just returned (9:30pm) from a brief recording trip to the North Montezuma 
Complex. The highlight, and reason for this post, was a pair of LEAST BITTERNs 
first seen flying in and then heard counter-calling. From the tower at Guy 
Baldessare (sp?) Marsh. The pitch of each bird’s song/call was different, 
leading me to believe that they were male and female - perhaps a mated pair.

Also present were two Virginia Rails, an American Bittern, and a Wood Duck 
family with six young.

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[cayugabirds-l] Up the Lake Today.

2020-04-05 Thread bob mcguire


Ken, Diane, and I drove up the lake today in search of migrants. I am sorry 
that we were not able to invite others as it would have meant a long string of 
cars. It was a great day to be out, and there were lots of parties along the 
Wildlife Drive. 

Diane has already posted the major find of the day - a Little Gull foraging 
serenely just offshore south of the Aurora Bluffs. It was a perfect 
waterfowl-viewing day: no wind, no shimmer. The LIGU was in a flock of up to 
100 Bonaparte’s Gulls and gave great looks for the 45 minutes that we were 
there. We first noticed it because it was strikingly smaller than the 
surrounding BOGUs, and the tips of the folded primaries were white. At one 
point it took flight, displaying the dark undersides and rounded tips of the 
wings. 

Other birds of note were: two distant Red-necked Grebes off Myers Park, a pair 
of FOY Blue-winged Teal on the Wildlife Drive, Sandhill Cranes at 
Knox-Marcellus and Marten’s Tract, a Virginia Rail kick-kidicking at Marten’s, 
Greater Yellowlegs and a single Dunlin at Carncross Rd, and Ospreys everywhere 
(it seemed).

I really, really regret having to cancel the CBC field trips for this spring - 
and hope that everyone will make an effort to get out birding and report their 
experiences here.

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[cayugabirds-l] Winter Wren

2020-03-26 Thread bob mcguire
I just returned from a long morning’s walk in the McIlroy Preserve, Summerhill 
NY. By far the greatest highlight was a WINTER WREN singing lustily from along 
side the yellow trail (keep right on the way in). It came to within 20 feet of 
me in response to playback and went on to sing continuously for at least five 
minutes.

The other highlight was a Red-bellied Woodpecker calling and drumming in the 
marshy area at the SW corner of the preserve. It eventually disappeared from 
view and then emerged (head only) from a cavity, continuing to call.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Wildlife drive?

2020-03-21 Thread bob mcguire
You don’t need to wait for the Wildlife Drive to open! There are thousands of 
waterbirds (ducks, swans, cranes) in readily accessible areas of the entire 
Montezuma Complex. 

Check Knox/Marsellus Marsh (MNWR) and Carncross, Morgan, and Vay Dyne Spoor 
Roads in Savannah.

Bob McGuire
> On Mar 21, 2020, at 8:38 AM, Geo Kloppel  wrote:
> 
> The MNWR website says the Wildlife Drive will open on April 1st, weather 
> permitting. The Visitor Center will remain closed.
> 
> https://www.fws.gov/refuge/montezuma/ <https://www.fws.gov/refuge/montezuma/>
> 
> -Geo
> 
> 
>> On Mar 21, 2020, at 8:27 AM, Nancy Cusumano  
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>> 
>> Does anyone know if the wildlife drive is open yet for the season?
>> Seems like that might be a good solitary endeavor.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Goose island, FOY Sandhill Cranes

2020-03-05 Thread bob mcguire
Ken and I were a bit farther north, doing the waterfowl count at Knox/Marsellus 
& Puddlers for the DEC/Refuge folks. Still a lot of ice, but the ducks were 
beginning to fill in. There was a report from one of the counters of some 
15,000 NOPI at West Loop Road!

Bob
> On Mar 5, 2020, at 8:32 PM, Marie P. Read  wrote:
> 
> I was a bit north of you enjoying the many Tundra / Trumpeter Swans along 
> Lower Lake Road and north of Cayuga Lake State Park.. That WAS an impressive 
> raft of Snows!
> 
> Marie
> 
> 
> Marie Read Wildlife Photography
> 452 Ringwood Road
> Freeville NY  13068 USA
> 
> e-mail   m...@cornell.edu
> Website: http://www.marieread.com
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> AUTHOR of:
> Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing 
> Birds and Their Behavior
> 
> https://rockynook.com/shop/photography/mastering-bird-photography/?REF=101/
> 
> From: bounce-124429665-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
> [bounce-124429665-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Suan Hsi Yong 
> [suan.y...@gmail.com]
> Sent: Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:45 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Goose island, FOY Sandhill Cranes
> 
> Took the afternoon off hoping to find the snow geese at Mucklands, but en 
> route I found a/the massive snow goose island between Dean's Cove and Aurora, 
> so I parked at Dean's Cove hoping to see and video a full eruption which 
> never came to pass, just a couple of "minor tremors". Starting around 4pm 
> skeins started departing towards the NW or WNW, which is to say, not towards 
> the Mucklands. At this point, the island was stretched pretty long and thin, 
> but still contained an impressive number of birds, echoing a distant 
> cacophony.
> 
> Also had six Sandhill Cranes fly over, and a few Common Loons fishing and 
> wailing in the beautiful gentle sun.
> 
> Suan
> 
> PS. No pink-footed goose :-).
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[cayugabirds-l] Saturday Bird Club Trip Postponed

2020-02-27 Thread bob mcguire
This coming Saturday’s trip around the lake has been postponed until Sunday, 
March 1st. Meet at Stewart Park at 8:00 am for carpooling.

Even though I wholly prescribe to Kevin McGowan’s adage “Bad Weather = Good 
Birding”, the weather for Sunday looks much better which will, hopefully, 
encourage more folks to come out.

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[cayugabirds-l] Saturday Field Trip

2020-02-20 Thread bob mcguire
Finally some decent weather for a winter trip!

Feb. 22 8:00 am - 12:30 pm - Suan Yong - Winter Birds

Join Suan for a half day trip to look for winter birds. This will include 
waterfowl on the lake as well as field birds such as Horned Larks and Snow 
Buntings. Meet at the east end of Stewart Park at 8:00 am for carpooling. Dress 
warmly and bring a scope if you have one. Questions? Contact Suan: 
suan.y...@gmail.com <mailto:suan.y...@gmail.com>

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[cayugabirds-l] Saturday's Field Trip

2020-02-13 Thread bob mcguire
Saturday morning Matt Young will lead a morning trip to explore the Lime Hollow 
Nature Center. This is an area just south of Cortland with an extensive network 
of trails through diverse habitats. I will meet folks at the Lab of O for 
carpooling at 7:30. We will then meet up with Matt at the LHNC visitor’s center 
on McLean Road at 8:00. It’s going to be cold early on, so bundle up!

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Trip Today

2020-02-09 Thread bob mcguire
Today’s trip "around the lake” was just about the best winter birding trip here 
that I can remember! And it’s too bad that only four people joined me. 

We started off at the south end of the lake, just up from Stewart Park, picking 
through several flocks of loafing gulls. After getting everyone on a Lesser 
Black-backed Gull, Ken Kemphues spotted what appeared to be an adult 
Bonaparte’s Gull. After much discussion and a call with photo to Jay McGowan, 
we realized that we were looking at a mega-rarity: BLACK HEADED GULL. During 
the hour that ensued as we waited for others to arrive, we picked out both 
Iceland and Glaucous Gulls as well.

>From there we made stops at Myers, Aurora bluffs and boathouse, and the 
>various ponds in Union Springs adding most of the expected species of 
>waterfowl, including several Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Horned 
>Grebes, and a single White-winged Scoter. We also encountered several flocks 
>of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks (no longspurs). 

On the way back down the west side we tried for Snowy Owl, both at the Seneca 
Falls airport and the gas well on Seybolt Road - to no avail. And, of course, 
no Gyrfalcon.

The weather was perfect (for winter): lots of sun, light breeze, and temps into 
the high 30’s. Next time, I hope that more folks will join us.

Bob McGuire



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[cayugabirds-l] CBC Field Trip Postponed

2020-02-07 Thread bob mcguire
The Bird Club field trip planned for tomorrow (Saturday) has been postponed 
until Sunday. Same trip - better weather. Meet at Stewart Park at 8 am for 
carpooling.

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[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip Saturday

2020-02-06 Thread bob mcguire
Please join me Saturday for an all-day bird club trip around the lake. As is 
customary this time of year, we will focus on waterfowl (see if we can find the 
Green-winged Teal in Union Springs) but also spend some time on the back roads 
looking for field birds - larks, buntings, and longspurs. And Snowy Owls, of 
course! Meet at the east end of Stewart Park at 8 am to carpool. We will stop 
at the top end of the lake for lunch. At this point it looks to be cold and 
cloudy with considerable snow on the ground. If I see any reason to cancel or 
postpone (til Sunday), I will post it here. Questions? Contact me at 
bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com

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[cayugabirds-l] CBC Trip Around the Lake

2020-01-10 Thread bob mcguire
Please join me for a full day trip around the lake this coming Sunday. We will 
meet at Stewart Park at 8 am and will be back before dark. 

We will be checking various lake access points for waterfowl, a field or two 
for larks/longspurs/buntings, and the area south of Seneca Falls for the 
wintering Snowy Owls and possible sighting of the Gyrfalcon.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Horned lark flock

2019-11-08 Thread bob mcguire
Marie and I had Horned Larks flying around, calling, while doing a loon count 
on Mt Pleasant this morning. Zero loons!

Bob
> On Nov 8, 2019, at 9:55 AM, Nancy Cusumano  wrote:
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> Steve says there's a flock of 20 or so horned larks in the ag field across 
> from our house on Duboise Rd. A first for this winter?
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[cayugabirds-l] Dawn Chorus

2019-10-29 Thread bob mcguire
I awoke this morning to the song a Winter Wren outside the bedroom window. Its 
first song was a short version of normal song but was followed by several bouts 
of typical, long song. In the middle of one of those songs, a Carolina Wren 
piped up with its trilling song. Neither bird is a resident for us, and I 
wished them well on their way south. 

Speaking of migration, we banded two Saw-whets at John Confer’s station last 
night, in spite of a light southerly breeze. One of them was a hatch year bird, 
only the second (or third?) of 28 this year. It was obviously a bad year for 
voles up north. Most of the birds banded this year have been second year birds 
(and later). The vast majority of the birds caught last year were hatch year so 
the second year birds this year are the survivors.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sunday's Bird Club Trip Up the Lake

2019-10-28 Thread bob mcguire
Ken Kemphues and I led a bird club trip up and around the lake yesterday. 
Actually, we WERE the trip as no one else showed up to brave the rain/wind 
(which ended by the time we got to Aurora). Loons were abundant (including one 
Red-throated seen by Bob) and even more so, the ducks. From the single 
Long-tailed Duck at the visitor’s center to the hundreds of Ring-necked Ducks 
in the main pool to the group of 59 Ruddy Ducks at the north end of the lake, 
we had a great time working through the various stages of plumage (juvenile to 
non-breeding to breeding, and everything in between). We were treated to a 
dance from a pair of Sandhill Cranes and close looks at a feeding American 
Bittern. There will be a full report in the next CBC newsletter. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip Sunday

2019-10-24 Thread bob mcguire
I will be leading a trip “up the lake” this coming Sunday. Meet at Stewart park 
(east side) at 7:30am. I am well aware that the forecast calls for rain and 
strong southerly winds. Based on Kevin’s infamous adage, “bad weather = good 
birding” I AM going to go - and welcome all additional hardy souls. We can 
always cut it short if conditions warrant.

Shorebird migration is still in progress and rain + south winds increases the 
chance that birds will be knocked down and hanging out on the spit at Myers 
(and elsewhere). Also, the ducks have begin to appear in numbers at the Refuge. 
The cranes, of course, are still there (70 +/-).

Email with questions.

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[cayugabirds-l] 2019 Muckrake Report

2019-09-19 Thread bob mcguire
The Cayuga Bird Club sponsored two teams in this year’s Montezuma Muckrace, 
held over a week ago. The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the 
Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Over the past 23 years it has raised over $145,000 
for projects in the Complex. If you would like to donate you may do so at 
https://friendsofmontezuma.org/projects-programs/muckrace/ 
. 

 I have prepared a rather lengthy report for our team - the ARROGANT BUSTARDS 
(Susan Danskin, Diane Morton, Deirdre Anderson, Dave Nutter, Ken Kemphues, Gary 
Kohlenberg, and myself) - for the October CBC newsletter. Several people have 
asked, “So, how did you do?”. Here is a brief summary. 

This year some 34 teams (more than 145 participants) over the course of 24 
hours (7pm September 6 - 7pm on the 7th) tallied more than 150 species. The 
winning competitive team was From rochester with 119. The winning recreational 
team had 130. The high count for photographers was 70 (Suan Yong and Mark 
Miller). Both of the CBC-sponsored teams came in with 91! 

Most of the participants agreed that it was an uncommonly slow day this year. 
Shorebird habitat was in short supply and for some reason (perhaps the recent 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Woodcock and waterthrush...interesting yard birds!

2019-07-29 Thread bob mcguire
Thanks Marie!

Funny about the woodcock. Last night, as I lay in bed, I heard the 
wing-feathers whistling of a woodcock right outside the window. No “peanuts”, 
no sky display with chirps. Just a woodcock on the move. We had as many as 5 
woodcocks in our fields this spring, and I often hear them displaying here in 
early fall.

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> I found a couple of interesting "yard" birds as I made my way through the 
> woods edge on my property to see what was around in the beaver pond next door.
> First, up from the ground flew a chunky medium-sized bird which fluttered off 
> twittering into the woods and landed on the ground again. Too small for a 
> Ruffed Grouse (which ARE there occasionally) and wrong habitat for a snipe, 
> so I'm going to call it an American Woodcock.
> 
> Second, on my way back I was brought up short by a loud ticking call and on a 
> branch over the stream was a Northern Waterthrush. I do seem to have them 
> come through this time of year some years, but they don't nest on the 
> property.
> 
> Finally, another somewhat unusual bird for my yard is the Carolina Wren 
> that's been around for most of this week, in fact there may be two. What an 
> interesting variety of songs and calls they make! Never used to see them up 
> here at this elevation, but with climate change who knows what may show up 
> next!
> 
> And as a follow-up to my search for Caspian Terns at Myers Pt, I did find 
> five of them there a couple of days ago and was able to get some photos. All 
> adults, but I'm sure the fledglings will show up soon with their parents and 
> that will make for some good photo ops.
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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Crane Ithaca

2019-05-04 Thread bob mcguire
I was just about to come in for lunch when I heard the unmistakable calling of 
a SANDHILL CRANE. I spotted the bird, almost overhead, flying NW. When it got 
over the Ithaca reservoir it circled several times then disappeared beyond the 
treeline, still headed NW. First for the yard for me!

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[cayugabirds-l] Lindsay Parsons This Morning

2019-05-02 Thread bob mcguire
I got in an hour of hill climbing behind the fire station this morning before 
the rain set in. And it seemed like every few steps I took, another species 
began to sing!

Highlights of the walk were, for me, FOY Canada, Prairie, Black and White and 
Black-throated Green Warblers, Ovenbird, Evening Grosbeak and Baltimore 
Orioles, Hermit and Wood Thrushes. The Canada Warbler was an especially 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Upland Sandpipers

2019-04-19 Thread bob mcguire
Thanks Pete, for posting this information on the newly-arrived UPLAND 
SANDPIPERS at the Lott Farm in Seneca Falls.

Now that “Uppie” season is with us again, it is worth noting that, while the 
Farm is private property, the owners (primarily, I believe, Mrs Lott) do 
welcome birders to drive through in search of the birds. However, they request 
that one phone before entering  - simply to let them know that you will be 
there. Call 315 568-9501 and tell whomever answers that you are in 
such-and-such car and will be looking for the sandpipers. Or leave a message.

Good birding!

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[cayugabirds-l] Possible Little Gull

2019-04-19 Thread bob mcguire
I was on the spit at Myers Town Park earlier this morning, scoping the lake for 
recent arrivals. There was a moderate south breeze and significant “heat 
shimmer” making distant viewing of objects close to and on the water difficult. 
I first noticed four BONAPARTE’S GULLS milling around straight out from the 
park. They would fly north a bit then turn south and disappear when they landed 
on the water. As I followed them I noticed that all had dark gray underwings 
causing me to wonder about Little Gull. Eventually I spotted a larger group of 
21 Bonaparte’s Gulls flying south a bit above the water. They ALL had the dark 
underwings except for one bird with noticably darker, almost black, underwings. 
I lost the group in the shimmer, went to check for its possible arrival at East 
Shore Park, and found nothing. I suppose I should have checked from Portland 
Point first.

In any case, I’d say that there is a strong possibility of a LITTLE GULL on the 
lake today, so keep eyes open.

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[cayugabirds-l] Size of Owl vs Pitch of Call

2019-04-14 Thread bob mcguire
Thanks Alicia Plotkin for pointing this out: in spite of the fact that the 
female Barred Owl is larger than the male, the call of the male IS pitched 
lower than the female. So, from what I recall, it was the male that came in 
first to our playback followed a short time later by the female. It makes sense 
that the male would have the primary role in driving away intruders.

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[cayugabirds-l] Woodcock/Owl Crawl Saturday Evening

2019-04-14 Thread bob mcguire
The CBC trip led by Suan Young and myself broke into two groups before heading 
off to look for woodcocks and owls. I led my group to the corner of Snyder Hill 
and Whitted Roads. We got out of the cars at a minute before 8 pm, just as the 
woodcock uttered its first “peent” of the night. We were able to follow its 
flight several times before attempting to get a closer look at it on the 
ground. Unfortunately (for us), the brush had grown up in the past year, and we 
just couldn’t manage a sighting.

Following that we drove over to Hunt Hill Road for a staked-out Barred Owl. 
After a little more than ten minutes, the owl did come in and begin to call. It 
was the presumed female, based on the lower frequency call. Shortly after that, 
the male arrived, and we were treated to a duet that lasted for several minutes!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Woodcocks

2019-03-15 Thread bob mcguire
Woodcocks here, too. 5 of them. Began peenting at 7:28 pm.

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> it was very windy. Spring is almost here!
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[cayugabirds-l] Red-winged Blackbird

2019-03-10 Thread bob mcguire
FOY Red-winged Blackbird singing in the yard. Must have come in on the strong 
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[cayugabirds-l] CBC Field Trip Today

2019-02-24 Thread bob mcguire
In spite of the dire weather prediction for today, four folks showed up to join 
me for a drive around the lake. I will save a full report for the CBC March 
newsletter, but want to share the highlights now. A FOY (first-of-year) 
KILLDEER greeted us as we got out of the cars at Myers, foraging on the gravel 
bar along side the creek. We also had a variety of ducks, including 3 
Long-tailed Ducks and 3 White-winged Scoters (birds that have been there for 
the past few weeks). 

We received the RBA message of a BOHEMIAN WAXWING in Groton, which would have 
been a life bird for several of us, and decided to chase it. By the time we got 
there the flock of 35 waxwings (as reported) had dwindled to 32, and the 
Bohemian was missing!

Somewhat disappointed, we continued north and encountered a large flock of Snow 
Buntings (approx 500) along Davis Road. They were far back in the corn stubble, 
constantly in flight and, try as we might, we were unable to pick out any 
Lapland Longspurs.

Aurora Bay was empty of grebes; there was no sign of Friday’s Gyrfalcon in the 
vicinity of Great Gully (didn’t really expect it to be that cooperative). 

We found a few Green-winged Teal along the shore to the north of Frontenac 
Park. There was nothing out of the ordinary on the ponds in Union Springs nor 
on the water at Mud Lock. 

Next we checked the Finger Lakes airport for Snowy Owls (none) and the area of 
the quarry for Gyrfalcon (nothing). 

The view from Sheldarake Park was unremarkable. And from there we ran ahead of 
the cold front (wind and rain) all the way home.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-winged Blackbird

2019-02-12 Thread bob mcguire
A strange day at the feeders today! We have 10 male and 6 female NORTHERN 
CARDINALS coming in with the WT Sparrows, Juncoes, and Chickadees.

Bob
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> Braving the cold and wind.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle

2019-02-04 Thread bob mcguire
I am amazed - and heartened - by the continued (and increasing) reports of BALD 
EAGLES in the area. I have been looking into their increase in numbers because 
of my interest in the case of the shooting in Caroline in December. An article 
in Wikipedia noted that the US population crashed from some 300,000-500,000 
birds in the 18th century to only 412 nesting pairs in the Lower 48 by the 
1950’s. The primary causes of the decline were loss of habitat, shooting, and 
the effects of DDT (weakening eggshells so that they collapsed under the weight 
of the nesting adults).

With the passage of several laws (1918 Migratory Bird Treaty and 1950 Bald and 
Golden Eagle Protection Act) the population rebounded to some 100,000   birds 
in the early 1980’s. In the mid-1970’s New York State launched the most 
comprehensive restoration program in the country. In1976 a site was chosen at 
Tschache Pool in the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge for the first hacking 
tower in the state with young wild birds brought in from the upper midwest. 
That program was discontinued in 1989 when the goal of ten nesting pairs was 
reached. The large Bald Eagle statue along the wildlife drive was recently 
installed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the start of that program.

Today the MNWR boasts ten active nests with several more in the North Montezuma 
Wetlands Complex. During a recent winter raptor survey LaRue St. Clair spotted 
59 birds in one morning. In recent days the agglomeration of nearly 50 roosting 
Bald Eagles at the east end of Onondaga Lake has drawn national attention. See 
this article: 
https://www.syracuse.com/outdoors/2019/01/how-to-see-wintering-bald-eagles-on-onondaga-lake.html

For us at the south end of Cayuga Lake, there has been an active nest at 
Maplewood for several years now as well as a nest in Spencer Marsh (I believe). 
 And it appears that the eagle shot in Caroline may have been prospecting for a 
nest site in the Geotchus Preserve on Flat Iron Road. 

Bob McGuire
(I am happy to be corrected/updated on any of the above information.)

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[cayugabirds-l] Barred Owl in Sapsucker Woods

2019-02-04 Thread bob mcguire
I’d like to thank Mark Chao for his timely report of a snoozing BARRED OWL in 
Sapsucker Woods this noon. Later in the afternoon I slipped/shuffled along the 
trail in from SSW Road towards the lone white pine with the roosting owl. Along 
the way I scored a near-perfect suite of woodpeckers: Pileated, Red-bellied, 
Downy, and then a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER that flew in quietly to a tree right 
beside me. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Myers This Morning

2018-12-15 Thread bob mcguire
A few minutes scoping from Myers point this morning turned up an adult ICELAND 
GULL in with the flock of Herring Gulls.

Salt Point had at least three CAROLINA WRENS countersinging.

And a stop along the RR tracks just before the road out to Ladoga found the 
same WINTER WREN that Jay McGowan turned up there yesterday. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Screech-Owl

2018-11-23 Thread bob mcguire
I got up in the middle of the night to put wood on the fire, and it was quite 
light outside: full moon and cloudless skies. As I walked past the porch door I 
noticed a familiar silhouette, an Eastern Screech-Owl perched on a box about a 
foot from the glass! Our heat loss was its gain, I hope.

Bob McGuire
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[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeak

2018-11-18 Thread bob mcguire
A pair (m & f) Evening Grosbeaks just cruised through our feeder. Off of Snyder 
Hill Rd.

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[cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeak

2018-11-16 Thread bob mcguire
Female Evening Grosbeak under the feeder NOW! Picking up spilled sunflower seed 
along with Mourning Doves, Juncoes, and a Tree Sparrow. The Bluejays keep the 
feeder to themselves, filling their crops then flying off to stash their dinner.

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[cayugabirds-l] CBC Owling Field Trip

2018-11-04 Thread bob mcguire
Something over 30 people joined Suan and me for last night’s owl crawl. It was 
impossible to get an exact count because folks joined and left as the evening 
progressed. Nevertheless, I was astounded - over 30, in the dark, on a cold and 
blustery night! 

We got started a little after dark at Bull Pasture Pond on Bluegrass Lane and 
quickly had a Screech-owl respond to playback. With Suan’s help (and his 
thermal imaging camera) we were able to locate it and get good looks. From 
there we drove up Mt Pleasant Road to try for Great Horned Owl opposite the 
observatory - no luck. Then on to the Park Preserve North for Barred Owl. 
Again, no luck and none again from the parking lot at the end of Hammond Hill 
Road. 

With success/failure hanging in the balance, we headed out to John Confer’s 
banding station in Caroline. Although it was a slow night for migrating owls, 
he had a Saw-whet ready for us. The entire crew got to see a live owl, up 
close, and to hear about the capture, banding, and information-gathering 
process. 

Many thanks to Suan for co-leading, to John for opening his nets, and for Julia 
for showing us the little owl. The great irony for me was that, after missing 
Barred and Great Horned Owls all evening, I was awakened by a pair of Great 
Horneds dueting outside my window in the middle of the night!

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hudsonian Godwit, Montezuma NWR

2018-10-07 Thread bob mcguire
Thanks for posting, Jay.

Several of us had the HUDWIT in the pool at the refuge visitor’s center 
yesterday, early afternoon. Good looks from the balcony. About 15 minutes after 
being first seen it took off and flew NNE until we lost sight of it. It 
appeared to be heading towards K-M. We checked there an hour later and were 
unable to spot it. 

The visitor’s center pool held an ever-changing set of shorebirds: Long-billed 
Dowitchers, Stilt Sandpiper, and Dunlin.

Bob McGuire
> On Oct 7, 2018, at 10:36 AM, Jay McGowan  wrote:
> 
> The HUDSONIAN GODWIT that has been reported intermittently the last few days 
> is currently in Knox-Marsellus Marsh at Montezuma NWR as viewed from East 
> Road (Seneca County). It seems to be favoring a more vegetated area in the 
> middle of the marsh but will come out to more open areas in the northast 
> section occasionally.
> 
> Jay McGowan
> Ithaca, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Montezuma NWR Shorebird Walk This Saturday 1 September 7 am

2018-08-28 Thread bob mcguire
Forwarded at Dave Nicosia’s request.

> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> From: David Nicosia 
> Subject: Fwd: Montezuma NWR Shorebird Walk This Saturday 1 September 7 am
> Date: August 28, 2018 at 4:44:08 PM EDT
> To: Jay McGowan , Ann Mitchell , 
> bob mcguire , Dave Nutter , 
> nutter.d...@mac.com
> 
> I got permission for another shorebird walk at KM and Puddler Marsh this 
> Saturday 1 Sept 7 am.  Sometimes my emails get spammed out of Cayugabirds 
> listserve, can you make sure folks know about the shorebird walk this coming 
> Saturday? Thank you! 
> 
> -- Forwarded message -
> From: David Nicosia mailto:daven102...@gmail.com>>
> Date: Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 4:41 PM
> Subject: Montezuma NWR Shorebird Walk This Saturday 1 September 7 am
> To: Cayuga birds  <mailto:CAYUGABIRDS-L@cornell.edu>>, NY Birds  <mailto:nysbird...@cornell.edu>>, BroomeBirds  <mailto:broomebi...@googlegroups.com>>
> Cc: Van Beusichem, Andrea  <mailto:andrea_vanbeusic...@fws.gov>>, Ziemba, Linda  <mailto:linda_zie...@fws.gov>>
> 
> 
> All, 
> 
> This coming Saturday morning, 1 September, there will be another shorebird 
> walk into normally restricted areas at the Montezuma National Wildlife 
> Refuge. 
> 
> At 7am we will caravan from the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center to the East Rd 
> overlook. Folks can meet us at the East Road overlook at 715 am if they want. 
> 
> Directions: 
> The Montezuma NWR Visitor Center address is 3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca 
> Falls, a road also known as NY-5/US-20 or simply “5 & 20”. The refuge 
> entrance is between intersections with NY-90 and with NY-89 and located just 
> west of the bridge over the Seneca River which forms the border between the 
> Cayuga County Town of Montezuma in and the Seneca County Town of Tyre. 
> From that driveway:
> 
> Turn right/west on NY-5/US-20, and go 1.6 miles to the traffic light, 
> Turn right/north on NY-89, and go 3.9 miles,
> Just after crossing the big bridge over the Clyde River and Erie Canal, turn 
> right/east onto North Mays Point Rd, and go 1/10 mile, 
> Turn left/north onto unmarked East Rd, and go 7/10 mile to the gravel parking 
> area for the Knox-Marsellus Marsh overlook.
> 
> Assemble about 7:15am at the parking area overlook on East Rd, joining people 
> who have gone there directly. 
> 
> After a brief introduction & scan of the marsh from the overlook, we will 
> walk down to the north dike of Knox-Marsellus Marsh, probably continuing to 
> the northeast dike of Puddler Marsh, and possibly along the dike in between 
> the two impoundments as well. 
> 
> Our primary goal is to observe shorebirds on their southbound migration who 
> stop here to feed and rest in the shallow water, on the mud, and in the 
> nearby short vegetation within the impoundments. Other birds and wildlife are 
> also of interest. 
> 
> Bring binoculars and a field guide. If you have a spotting scope, please 
> bring it. 
> The trip is open to the public and there is no fee, but I ask that people 
> participate in these ways: 
> If you have ID expertise, please share it. 
> If you have ID questions, please ask them. 
> If you notice birds or behaviors that other folks seem not to have yet 
> noticed, please point them out. 
> Although shorebirds are fairly tolerant of people, other birds may move away 
> from us, such as herons, ducks, and songbirds. Please try to stay with the 
> group enough that we can communicate and enable the most people to observe 
> any birds before or when they flush. 
> I will be compiling a list of the birds we observe to share with 
> CayugaBirds-L and refuge staff, so please tell me what you find.
> These trips are a great opportunity to learn about shorebirds, and with luck 
> we will see and compare several species. 
> 
> This will be a slow walk with much stopping and standing on grass & weeds 
> which have been mowed awhile back and also driven upon by refuge vehicles. 
> Most of it is level, but East Rd is atop a drumlin above the impoundments, so 
> there is a substantial hill at the beginning and the end of the walk. The 
> round trip distance is only a couple miles, but we could be out until noon, 
> although certainly anyone can leave early. Dress for the weather, as there is 
> no shelter. Bring water & a snack. Insects have not been much of a problem, 
> but you should probably make some effort to deter ticks and check for them 
> afterward. 
> 
> Thank-you to the refuge staff for maintaining the habitat for shorebirds. 
> It’s actually not easy to have expanses of mud and shallow fresh water on 
> demand for several months in a place where vegetation can quickly overgrow 
> it, or ev

[cayugabirds-l] Sharp-shinned Hawk Nest

2018-07-08 Thread bob mcguire
(Sharp- not Shark! I thought I was so careful with proof-reading.)

I am closing in on 600 ABA birds recorded - and just noticed that I have never 
recorded Sharp-shinned Hawk! It may be too late in the season to catch a family 
in/on/around a nest, but I’d like to try. Does anyone know of an active nest? 
Recording simply entails standing on the ground in the vicinity of the nest 
which, at this stage, should elicit alarm calls but not cause anyone to abandon 
the nest.

I you can help, please contact me off-list.  bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com 
.

Thanks in advance for any tips!

Bob
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[cayugabirds-l] Shark-shinned Hawk nest?

2018-07-08 Thread bob mcguire
I am closing in on 600 ABA birds recorded - and just noticed that I have never 
recorded Sharp-shinned Hawk! It may be too late in the season to catch a family 
in/on/around a nest, but I’d like to try. Does anyone know of an active nest? 
Recording simply entails standing on the ground in the vicinity of the nest 
which, at this stage, should elicit alarm calls but not cause anyone to abandon 
the nest.

I you can help, please contact me off-list.  bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com.

Thanks in advance for any tips!

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[cayugabirds-l] A Spring Morning Bird Walk - podcast from Lang Elliott

2018-04-23 Thread bob mcguire
https://musicofnature.com/backyard-bird-walk-22-april-2018/?mc_cid=1770f3ce7b_eid=4409afd669


Many of you on CayugaBirds know Lang, and some of you may even subscribe to his 
podcasts. The link above is to the one he just posted: a spring morning bird 
walk. As we have all noted, spring is a bit tardy this year. Lang’s recording 
pretty well covers the soundscape of backyard birds in the Ithaca area right 
now - shortly before it becomes overwhelmed with warblers, vireos, and 
flycatchers.  

Bob McGuire
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[cayugabirds-l] What a Morning!

2018-04-23 Thread bob mcguire
What a morning! 

I went out first thing every morning last week to my favorite Louisiana 
Waterthrush spot on Leonard Road (Caroline), watching for the bird’s first 
arrival. For the past two years I have recorded one, sometimes two, LOWA 
singing an aberrant (and unique) song, and I was interested to see if the same 
bird would return this year. I went out again this morning and - bingo - the 
bird was singing as I drove up the road. I really don’t know if it IS the same 
bird as in the past two years, but it was singing the same (or similar) song. I 
will have to download my recordings and look at it more closely.

While there I was hit by number of newly-arrived (and singing) birds. A HERMIT 
THRUSH called softly (not yet singing). A PILEATED WOODPECKER called maniacally 
in the distance (thanks Dave Nutter for that description - I think it fits 
beautifully), A COOPER’S HAWK flew in, perched for a bit, then flew off. And, 
finally, my first-of-year BLUE HEADED VIREO was singing as I drove back down 
the road.

After all that, it seemed like everyone I ran into downtown was smiling! It 
must be the change in weather. For me, it’s the birds.

Bob McGuire



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[cayugabirds-l] Up the Lake Today

2018-04-15 Thread bob mcguire
What an amazing day for birding (in spite of the fact that the weather was 
atrocious)!

Susan, Ann, and I headed out early, intent on being on Armitage Road just after 
the WESTERN MEADOWLARK woke up. We got to the corner of Rt 89 and Armitage, 
with just a little speeding, at 8:00 and, as we drove west on Armitage, less 
than 100 feet along, we heard the bird sing loudly three times. We jumped out 
of the car - and couldn't find it anywhere. We never heard it again. We ran 
into Micky Scilingo just up the road. He had seen and heard it earlier in the 
same area, but that was it.

>From there we headed for Carncross Road to look for the RUFF. Viewing was a 
>bit difficult as we were forced to scope into a fierce, cold easterly wind. 
>The reeds and the trees behind us were coated with ice and made a pleasant 
>jingling sound as the wind played with them. We found a few yellowlegs and a 
>small flock of Dunlin, but no ruff. We checked Marten's Tract (the ramp up to 
>the pavilion was iced over, and we could skate down) and the Morgan Road 
>ponds/marshes to no avail. Then we drove out Railroad Road. The marsh is 
>filling in with reeds and should be great rail habitat soon. The big surprise 
>was the 50-odd WILSON'S SNIPE that we flushed as we drove along. There were 
>certainly several times that number farther out in the marsh, but we never 
>even got out of the car.

Someone had the bright idea to check the sometimes-good shorebird habitat at 
the end of West Shore Trail. That's the dirt road left off of Van Dyne Spoor 
Road, heading east. We scoped the flooded corn field and found only a few 
Greater Yellowlegs as well as two Trumpeter Swans, a few Shovelers, Teal, 
Buffleheads and an Eastern Phoebe. At one point two yellowlegs flew in to just 
below us, calling loudly. Then another, somewhat similar-sized shorebird flew 
in, circled several times, and settled briefly near the yellowlegs. As it flew 
we observed the unique pattern on the upper surface of the tail: a solid black 
line down the center of the back that tapered out before the tip of the tail, a 
white "U" on either side of that line out to the tip of the tail. The bird 
landed facing away from us and we observed the broadly-barred tertials and the 
large, mottled feathers on its back (not the speckled, black/white pattern of a 
yellowlegs). We were able to take two photos and, putting it all together, 
concluded that it was a/the REEVE. The bird then flew back to the north end of 
the field and was not seen again. 

At that point (11:30) we were thoroughly chilled and welcomed the fact that 
Dave's (now Rose's) in Savannah had hot soup and tea. After lunch we checked 
Carncross again (no Reeve), Armitage again (no meadowlark) and headed back down 
the lake to see if we could find the CAVE SWALLOW that had been reported at 
Salt Point. 

There were hundreds of Tree Swallows, dozens of Barn Swallows, ten or so 
Rough-winged Swallows, and a couple of Bank Swallows foraging in the bay just 
north of Salt Point. Most of them were stretched out into the lake over the 
outlet of Salmon Creek. We walked west along the beach to get as close as 
possible. Shortly after we got there Susan called out "There it is" and, sure 
enough, the CAVE SWALLOW flew past us - then returned. For the next 15 minutes 
we stood on the shore as that bird swirled around us, sometimes coming as close 
as five feet from our heads. It felt that we could have caught it with a 
butterfly net!

It was already feeling like great day. After all, the drizzle had stopped and 
the temperature has risen into the high 30's. We made one more stop at east 
Shore Park where Ken Kemphues had found a SURF SCOTER earlier in the day. It 
was easy to find, close in, and surrounded by over a dozen horned Grebes. We 
watched it until a sailboat came by and flushed it towards Stewart Park. What 
were sailboats doing out there on a day like this??

Never have I seen so many rare/unusual birds on one day, at least around here.

Bob McGuire

 



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[cayugabirds-l] Around the Lake Today

2018-03-29 Thread bob mcguire
Diane, Ken, and I drove around the lake today looking for new arrivals. The 
rain held off until we were almost home. We did have a few good birds! (Aren’t 
they all?)

The south end of the lake was surprisingly empty of most water birds. There 
were only a few gulls and geese off Stewart Park. The Swan Pen was quiet. We 
heard no peeps from Renwick Woods (no phoebe, winter wren). Likewise, there 
were only a few gulls off Myers Park. 

>From the bluff south of Aurora we scoped some 28 White-winged Scoters and over 
>a dozen Horned Grebes (no Eared or Red-necked). Here we had our first new bird 
>of the day - a trio of newly-arrived TREE SWALLOWS. At the Wells College 
>boathouse we got closer looks at the grebes and watched one pair in a brief 
>mating dance (the first I had ever seen from this bird). 

We stopped at Frontenac Park in Union Springs to scope the lake, hoping for 
Bonaparte’s Gulls and Blue-wing Teal (none). Our first OSPREY flew over as we 
drove north from Union Springs (the second was on a nest along Rts 5 & 20). The 
north end of the lake around Mud Lock was likewise almost devoid of water 
birds. A small flock of Ruddy Ducks remained.

The Wildlife Drive remained closed (open this weekend?), but the pond at the 
Visitor’s Center still hosted numerous Green-winged Teal and the continuing 
Eurasian GW Teal (good, close looks). 

Tschache Pool held numerous ducks, mainly GW Teal, Pintail, Gadwall, and 
Shovelers. The big surprise there was the large number of Great Blue Herons. We 
counted at least 25 in the pool and another 25+ on nests in the rookery to the 
west of the tower. eBird had a problem when we tried to enter “50 Great Blue 
Herons"!

Knox-Marcellus still holds a lot of water and many ducks, again mainly GW Teal, 
Pintail, Gadwall and Shovelers. The best bird there was a flyover GREATER 
YELLOWLEGS, calling only once (“tew-tew-tew”). I know that this “flyover, 
calling, yet unseen” yellowlegs sounds a bit sketchy (I had the same experience 
the other day at Myers). But we considered long and hard the alternatives, and 
nothing else really matched. There were GW Teal giving occasional “peep” calls, 
but none in the proper 3-note sequence with the pitch falling off slightly 
through the sequence. I’d still like to SEE one of those guys this year!

We went as far north as Carncross Road & Marten’s Tract, hoping again for 
shorebirds or Blue-winged Teal (none). We did, however, hear our FOY SWAMP 
SPARROW singing a slow song from the distant cattails and the single bugling 
call of a Sand Hill Crane.

On a tip from Dave Kennedy we drove Lake Road south from Cayuga Lake State Park 
and eventually found the three foraging BLUE-WINGED TEAL just short of 
Woolfy’s. Again, the lake was almost empty of ducks, and the teal stood out 
beautifully!

Bob McGuire


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[cayugabirds-l] Yellowlegs

2018-03-27 Thread bob mcguire
I spent a half hour at Myers this morning, watching the lake and hoping for a 
flight of Bonaparte’s Gulls. There was a strong southerly breeze, and not much 
going on. The gull numbers were way down from the past few days, but there was 
one juvenile Iceland Gull chasing a Herring Gull with a stick in its mouth. All 
of a sudden I heard a “tew-tew-tew” call, repeated twice, as an unseen GREATER 
YELLOWLEGS flew over headed north. I looked all around to see if it had landed 
anywhere. But, apparently, it was just passing through and checking (with its 
call) to see if there were any mates on the spit. It is only three days early 
from the mean/median date on Matt Medler’s  2000 - 2009 list so definitely one 
of the expected birds for this week.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2018-03-18 Thread bob mcguire
Wasn’t that amazing???  We observed that extended flock - and another one 
farther south, opposite Aurora - this afternoon. We gave up trying to count 
(and looking for Ross’s Goose) and made a “questimate” of at least ONE MILLION. 
I wonder if anyone actually has a count?

Bob
> On Mar 18, 2018, at 7:01 PM, Candace Cornell  wrote:
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> I saw thousands of, if not tens of thousands of, snow geese at 330 pm today 
> off Cayuga State Park on the northwest side of the lake.  A dozen or so swans 
> (sp?), swimming on the periphery of the rafts looked like they were herding 
> the geese. The gang was wonderfully loud.
> Candace
> 
> On Sun, Mar 18, 2018 at 10:17 AM, Donna Lee Scott  > wrote:
> Yesterday and today, moderate-sized rafts on Cayuga Lake off Lansing Station 
> Road, Lansing. 
> 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] RW Blackbirds, Fisher

2018-03-14 Thread bob mcguire
300+ blackbirds descended on our feeders this morning. Mainly grackles, but 
many red-wings as well. They went through about a gallon of sunflower seeds 
before leaving for - ?

And the other poor feeder birds! They just had to wait it out. Now they’re 
back, trying to catch up on calories.

Bob
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> About 50-60 Red Winged Blackbirds have joined "my" regular troop of A. 
> Goldfinches at my feeders & ground food. Quite a cacophony of sounds!
> 
> Also , OT, Sunday last, my near neighbors here at Lansing Station Rd saw a 
> Fisher going north on RR track. 
> Last night a beautiful fox was in front yard. I believe it was a grey one, 
> but I didn't leave the light on long because the porch light startled it, so 
> not positive as to color. 
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[cayugabirds-l] Salt Point Pipits

2018-03-09 Thread bob mcguire
While checking on the goldeneye in the cove on the north edge of Salt Point 
this morning - I flushed a pair of American Pipits. They flew north, but I 
suspect that they returned after I left.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Song Sparrow

2018-03-03 Thread bob mcguire
Ditto here (Snyder Hill area). Our first Song Sparrow, female Red-wing. Along 
with a large (20) flock of Grackles. All yesterday. Oh - and our first Woodcock 
doing it’s sky dance at 6 am Thursday morning. Now, where’s the Towhee??

Bob
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> ago Sara Jane saw our first female RED-WING, and I saw one today.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2018-02-21 Thread bob mcguire
Just returned from a waterfowl count in the Montezuma Complex. Several thousand 
Snow Geese in the Rt 31 Mucklands. Much of the ponds/wetlands are still frozen 
(in general about 80% ice cover). Nevertheless, Northern Pintails, American 
Wigeon were there by the hundreds as well as a few GW Teal, Gadwall, Wood 
Ducks, Mallards and Black Ducks, and at least one Northern Shoveler. And quite 
a few Red-winged Blackbirds filtering in.

Bob
On Feb 21, 2018, at 10:54 AM, Geo Kloppel  wrote:

> West Danby - lots of Snow Geese have been re-entering the basin this morning 
> on a tail wind out of the south.
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[cayugabirds-l] Bob's Talk on Siberia

2018-02-13 Thread bob mcguire
Lee Ann Van Leer was kind enough to record my talk last night to the Cayuga 
Bird Club. It is now available for viewing on Vimeo 
(https://vimeo.com/255607751). The sound quality leaves something to be 
desired, and we cut off the question/answer period because the questions could 
not be heard. 

Yes, it really was - the trip of a lifetime!

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [birding-club-at-cornell-l] Feb 23-25: Coastal Massachusetts Trip

2018-02-08 Thread bob mcguire

Sounds like a great trip!

Bob
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> From: Alex Wiebe 
> Subject: [birding-club-at-cornell-l] Feb 23-25: Coastal Massachusetts Trip
> Date: February 8, 2018 at 8:34:18 PM EST
> To: birding-club-at-cornel...@cornell.edu
> Reply-To: Alex Wiebe 
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> Last weekend we had a group of seven people along for a fantastic Algonquin 
> trip. The highlight was undoubtedly a Northern Hawk Owl seen at close range 
> on Friday near Ottawa - the best way to kick off a weekend of winter birding 
> in the northeast! We also had a great finch showing with many Red and 
> White-winged Crossbills and Pine and Evening Grosbeaks, among more common 
> species. The full species list can be found below.
> 
> Our next trip will be to coastal Massachusetts on Feb 23-25. We will be 
> leaving after classes the afternoon of Friday, Feb 23, and will return Sunday 
> evening. This is another cold trip, but there is some really cool species 
> potential! The trip ran for the first time last year, and some highlights 
> included lots of alcids (both murres, Dovekie, and Black Guillemot) and other 
> coastal winter species like Lapland Longspur and Iceland and Glaucous Gulls. 
> We will also target Barrow's Goldeneye, King Eider, Black-legged Kittiwake, 
> and Purple Sandpiper, among other species.
> 
> If you are interested in this trip, please send me an email to get on the 
> list - we may have limited space!
> 
> Thanks,
> Alex
> 
> Algonquin Trip List:
> Trumpeter Swan (2)
> Gadwall (2)
> Redhead (1)
> Greater Scaup (50)
> Lesser Scaup (1)
> White-winged Scoter (80)
> Long-tailed Duck (40)
> Bufflehead (2)
> Common Goldeneye (31)
> Common Merganser (42)
> Red-breasted Merganser (52)
> Ruffed Grouse (1)
> Wild Turkey (10)
> Red-tailed Hawk (6)
> Rough-legged Hawk (2)
> Ring-billed Gull (515)
> Herring Gull (410)
> Iceland Gull (2)
> Lesser Black-backed Gull (1)
> Glaucous Gull (3)
> Great Black-backed Gull (57)
> Rock Pigeon (100)
> Mourning Dove (20)
> Snowy Owl (2)
> Northern Hawk Owl (1)
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> Pileated Woodpecker (1)
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> Blue Jay (36)
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[cayugabirds-l] European Goldfinch

2018-01-25 Thread bob mcguire
A (the) European Goldfinch put in a very short appearance at one of our feeders 
this morning. This time without the company of House Finches - just two Juncos. 
I assume that this is the same bird that had observed here off & on since early 
December. I have not seen it for the past few weeks and had assumed that it had 
perished. I posted a photo with my (today’s) eBird list.

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[cayugabirds-l] No Gyrfalcon today - but lots of gulls

2018-01-16 Thread bob mcguire
Dave Nutter and I drove up the west side of the lake this morning for a meeting 
at the Refuge. On the way we drove past and around the quarry on Canoga Road 
with no sighting of the Gryfalcon. This was around 9:30 am. 

After the meeting, around noon, we headed back to the quarry, stopping first at 
Van Cleef Lake to see if there were any gulls on the ice. When we stopped there 
Sunday as part of the CBC field trip the lake was completely frozen over, 
snow-covered, and devoid of gulls. Today there were some 350 gulls out loafing 
and preening in the snow. We quickly picked out a first year Iceland Gull. 
Then, as the birds shuffled around, we began to see more. Eventually we tallied 
an adult Iceland, a Thayers type (now, once again, lumped with Iceland), and an 
adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. Most of the rest were Herring gulls with some 7 
Great Black-backed Gulls thrown in. Viewing conditions were ideal: diffuse 
light, no wind, and the birds only about 100m away.

On the way home we again checked the quarry and surrounding roads. We had a 
Harrier and Red-tails, but again no Gyr.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Trip Sunday

2018-01-15 Thread bob mcguire
No idea!
On Jan 15, 2018, at 3:28 PM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <c...@cornell.edu> 
wrote:

> PS - One more thought: has a falconry bird been ruled out?
> 
> Thanks
> 
> Sincerely,
> Chris
> 
> On Jan 15, 2018, at 3:05 PM, bob mcguire <bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com> wrote:
> 
> Here is my report on yesterday’s trip around the lake. Of particular note: 3 
> Snowy Owls, Gryfalcon, Wood Duck, Glaucous Gull.
> 
> Bob McGuire
> 
> 
> Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip 14 January 2108
> 
> Seven well-bundled up folks joined Ken and me for a day-long jaunt around the 
> lake. This trip was postponed from the previous weekend due to the cold and 
> wind. The conditions today were not much better, starting out around zero but 
> no wind. 
> 
> Because the south end of the lake was misted over, we began to bird in 
> earnest at Ladoga where we quickly got on a pair of Trumpeter Swans. 
> Trumpeters are not unusual in the Basin, but they are a rare sight in 
> Tompkins County. Our ABA on the birds brought several more birders out to see 
> them. Then, following up on the sound of distant Cardinal, we are drawn to 
> nearby feeders and were able to add Pine Siskin and Northern Mockingbird to 
> several people’s year lists. From the spit at Myers we were able to look past 
> a couple of hunters to add two Long-tailed Ducks.
> 
> The next stop was Belltown Dairy to try for field birds. We were hugely 
> rewarded with a large flock of Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, and two Lapland 
> Longspurs feeding intermittently in the middle of the road and in the 
> adjacent field. The view of a Longspur on stubby legs, hunkered in the middle 
> of the road some 50 feet away, was the best that I have ever had!
> 
> We picked up Wild Turkey along Route 90 north of King Ferry and the 
> continuing Glaucous Gull from the bluffs just south of Aurora. There we also 
> had our first and rather small flock of Aythya ducks plus four White-winged 
> Scoters and a couple of Horned Grebes. I should note there that we never did 
> come across the large numbers of Aythya (numbering in the thousands) that had 
> been seen the previous week along the east side of the lake.
> 
> In Union Springs, the Factory Pond held the usual collection of Gadwall, 
> Buffleheads, Mallards, and Black Ducks as well as three Green-winged Teal and 
> a single Common Goldeneye. On to the Mill Pond we were able to pick out the 
> single Wood Duck amid the thousands of Canada Geese and assorted Aythya, 
> Mallards, Wigeon, and Gadwall. A quick check of the outlet creek yielded the 
> day’s only Belted Kingfisher and Song Sparrow. At this point we were already 
> well past lunch time and took a short break at the Nice ’n Easy - where we 
> ran into Gary Kohlenberg with great directions to the Seneca Falls Snowy Owl.
> 
> We found the first Snowy in a field just east of the airport runway and a 
> second one perched atop one of the hangers. At that point we were pretty much 
> done for the day and headed south to check on an earlier report of another 
> owl. As we passed the quarry on Hoster Road Diane said something like “That 
> looks the right shape for a falcon”. We stopped and, for the next hour, with 
> help from Kevin McGowan, tried for good scope views of a large, dark bird 
> with a consistently dark face that was perched in the tall trees above the 
> quarry and, maddeningly, obscured by branches. Photos were taken and the 
> field marks were discussed, to the ultimate conclusion that there was, again 
> this year, a Gyrfalcon in the area.
> 
> After that we really did head for home, with a quick stop along Ridge Road 
> for the third Snowy Owl of the day. The trip went a little longer than 
> planned, but the weather really wasn’t a deterrent. I’d have to say that it 
> was a successful trip!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Trip Sunday

2018-01-15 Thread bob mcguire
Good questions. I think it will become clearer as more/better photos come in.  

Along those lines, how is it that the Snowy Owls find their way, year after 
year, to the area of the Seneca Falls Airport? The assumption is that all of 
these are hatch year birds (with no memory of having done it before).

Bob
On Jan 15, 2018, at 3:26 PM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <c...@cornell.edu> 
wrote:

> Thanks also for these details, Bob.
> 
> Some questions I have are: is there any reason to suggest this was the 
> identical individual Gyrfalcon as the one seen last year? Or, is there a 
> possibility that this is a new/different bird? If the latter, how did this 
> one come to settle near or at the same quarry as the Gyrfalcon from last year?
> 
> Thanks
> 
> Sincerely,
> Chris
> 
> 
> On Jan 15, 2018, at 3:05 PM, bob mcguire <bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com> wrote:
> 
> Here is my report on yesterday’s trip around the lake. Of particular note: 3 
> Snowy Owls, Gryfalcon, Wood Duck, Glaucous Gull.
> 
> Bob McGuire
> 
> 
> Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip 14 January 2108
> 
> Seven well-bundled up folks joined Ken and me for a day-long jaunt around the 
> lake. This trip was postponed from the previous weekend due to the cold and 
> wind. The conditions today were not much better, starting out around zero but 
> no wind. 
> 
> Because the south end of the lake was misted over, we began to bird in 
> earnest at Ladoga where we quickly got on a pair of Trumpeter Swans. 
> Trumpeters are not unusual in the Basin, but they are a rare sight in 
> Tompkins County. Our ABA on the birds brought several more birders out to see 
> them. Then, following up on the sound of distant Cardinal, we are drawn to 
> nearby feeders and were able to add Pine Siskin and Northern Mockingbird to 
> several people’s year lists. From the spit at Myers we were able to look past 
> a couple of hunters to add two Long-tailed Ducks.
> 
> The next stop was Belltown Dairy to try for field birds. We were hugely 
> rewarded with a large flock of Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, and two Lapland 
> Longspurs feeding intermittently in the middle of the road and in the 
> adjacent field. The view of a Longspur on stubby legs, hunkered in the middle 
> of the road some 50 feet away, was the best that I have ever had!
> 
> We picked up Wild Turkey along Route 90 north of King Ferry and the 
> continuing Glaucous Gull from the bluffs just south of Aurora. There we also 
> had our first and rather small flock of Aythya ducks plus four White-winged 
> Scoters and a couple of Horned Grebes. I should note there that we never did 
> come across the large numbers of Aythya (numbering in the thousands) that had 
> been seen the previous week along the east side of the lake.
> 
> In Union Springs, the Factory Pond held the usual collection of Gadwall, 
> Buffleheads, Mallards, and Black Ducks as well as three Green-winged Teal and 
> a single Common Goldeneye. On to the Mill Pond we were able to pick out the 
> single Wood Duck amid the thousands of Canada Geese and assorted Aythya, 
> Mallards, Wigeon, and Gadwall. A quick check of the outlet creek yielded the 
> day’s only Belted Kingfisher and Song Sparrow. At this point we were already 
> well past lunch time and took a short break at the Nice ’n Easy - where we 
> ran into Gary Kohlenberg with great directions to the Seneca Falls Snowy Owl.
> 
> We found the first Snowy in a field just east of the airport runway and a 
> second one perched atop one of the hangers. At that point we were pretty much 
> done for the day and headed south to check on an earlier report of another 
> owl. As we passed the quarry on Hoster Road Diane said something like “That 
> looks the right shape for a falcon”. We stopped and, for the next hour, with 
> help from Kevin McGowan, tried for good scope views of a large, dark bird 
> with a consistently dark face that was perched in the tall trees above the 
> quarry and, maddeningly, obscured by branches. Photos were taken and the 
> field marks were discussed, to the ultimate conclusion that there was, again 
> this year, a Gyrfalcon in the area.
> 
> After that we really did head for home, with a quick stop along Ridge Road 
> for the third Snowy Owl of the day. The trip went a little longer than 
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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Trip Sunday

2018-01-15 Thread bob mcguire
Here is my report on yesterday’s trip around the lake. Of particular note: 3 
Snowy Owls, Gryfalcon, Wood Duck, Glaucous Gull.

Bob McGuire


Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip 14 January 2108

Seven well-bundled up folks joined Ken and me for a day-long jaunt around the 
lake. This trip was postponed from the previous weekend due to the cold and 
wind. The conditions today were not much better, starting out around zero but 
no wind. 

Because the south end of the lake was misted over, we began to bird in earnest 
at Ladoga where we quickly got on a pair of Trumpeter Swans. Trumpeters are not 
unusual in the Basin, but they are a rare sight in Tompkins County. Our ABA on 
the birds brought several more birders out to see them. Then, following up on 
the sound of distant Cardinal, we are drawn to nearby feeders and were able to 
add Pine Siskin and Northern Mockingbird to several people’s year lists. From 
the spit at Myers we were able to look past a couple of hunters to add two 
Long-tailed Ducks.

The next stop was Belltown Dairy to try for field birds. We were hugely 
rewarded with a large flock of Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, and two Lapland 
Longspurs feeding intermittently in the middle of the road and in the adjacent 
field. The view of a Longspur on stubby legs, hunkered in the middle of the 
road some 50 feet away, was the best that I have ever had!

We picked up Wild Turkey along Route 90 north of King Ferry and the continuing 
Glaucous Gull from the bluffs just south of Aurora. There we also had our first 
and rather small flock of Aythya ducks plus four White-winged Scoters and a 
couple of Horned Grebes. I should note there that we never did come across the 
large numbers of Aythya (numbering in the thousands) that had been seen the 
previous week along the east side of the lake.

In Union Springs, the Factory Pond held the usual collection of Gadwall, 
Buffleheads, Mallards, and Black Ducks as well as three Green-winged Teal and a 
single Common Goldeneye. On to the Mill Pond we were able to pick out the 
single Wood Duck amid the thousands of Canada Geese and assorted Aythya, 
Mallards, Wigeon, and Gadwall. A quick check of the outlet creek yielded the 
day’s only Belted Kingfisher and Song Sparrow. At this point we were already 
well past lunch time and took a short break at the Nice ’n Easy - where we ran 
into Gary Kohlenberg with great directions to the Seneca Falls Snowy Owl.

We found the first Snowy in a field just east of the airport runway and a 
second one perched atop one of the hangers. At that point we were pretty much 
done for the day and headed south to check on an earlier report of another owl. 
As we passed the quarry on Hoster Road Diane said something like “That looks 
the right shape for a falcon”. We stopped and, for the next hour, with help 
from Kevin McGowan, tried for good scope views of a large, dark bird with a 
consistently dark face that was perched in the tall trees above the quarry and, 
maddeningly, obscured by branches. Photos were taken and the field marks were 
discussed, to the ultimate conclusion that there was, again this year, a 
Gyrfalcon in the area.

After that we really did head for home, with a quick stop along Ridge Road for 
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the weather really wasn’t a deterrent. I’d have to say that it was a successful 
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Re: GYRFALCON - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe Rd. Snowy Owl on MLK Day

2018-01-15 Thread bob mcguire
The quarry is private property. And as of yesterday they were not plowed out. I 
did hear that last year folks were able to get permission at the office to 
drive in. Otherwise, it’s viewing from either Hoster or Canoga Roads. Look for 
the bird in the trees above the quarry.

Bob
On Jan 15, 2018, at 1:44 PM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <c...@cornell.edu> 
wrote:

> Thank you all for posting more details to Cayugabirds-L, as I’m sure there 
> are others who are not on the GroupMe RBA, nor received any text alerts about 
> the eBird submissions, who would like to attempt to see this bird.
> 
> Are there any caveats or issues of private landownership that need to be 
> expressed here, now?
> 
> Sincerely,
> Chris T-H
> 
> 
>> On Jan 15, 2018, at 1:34 PM, Ethan Chaffee <echaffe...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Tim Carroll of Oswego 10 minutes ago just reported viewing Gyrfalcon at 
>> quarry from vantage on Hoster Rd. per Judy Thurber RBA text. 
>> 
>> On Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 12:08 PM, bob mcguire <bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com> 
>> wrote:
>> Hoster Road, not Hosner.
>> 
>> Bob
>> 
>> On Jan 15, 2018, at 12:01 PM, bob mcguire <bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com> 
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> Chris and all -
>>> 
>>> Sorry for the lack on information. Ken Kemphues and I let a CBC trip 
>>> yesterday - up and around the lake, mainly targeting water birds but also 
>>> scanning the bunting/lark flock at Belltown Dairy for Longspurs (2 found). 
>>> The other main target was the Snowy Owls at the Seneca Falls Airport. 
>>> Thanks to Gary’s hard work, we quickly found the first one just east of the 
>>> runway, then a second one atop one of the hangers. From there we headed 
>>> over to Hosner Road to look for the repported third owl (also found on 
>>> Ridge Road). While driving past the quarry we noted a “falcon candidate” 
>>> perched in the tall trees just in from the main, green building. It was  
>>> partly obscured by branches. After 45 minutes, nine scopes, and the help of 
>>> Kevin McGowan we were able to confidently ID it as GYRFALCON. 
>>> 
>>> I went into eBird this morning to search for that sighting and discovered 
>>> that they have a filter that blocks the exact location of sensitive 
>>> species. However, for anyone searching for it in the future, it was perched 
>>> in the same group of trees as last year, best seen from either Hosner or 
>>> Canoga Roads.
>>> 
>>> Bob
>>> On Jan 15, 2018, at 11:37 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
>>> <c...@cornell.edu> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> What GYRFALCON...?
>>>> 
>>>> Is this being kept secret? Is it on private land?
>>>> 
>>>> Thanks in advance for any more details anyone can take the time to provide 
>>>> and share with the broader group.
>>>> 
>>>> Sincerely,
>>>> Chris
>>>> 
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>>> On Jan 15, 2018, at 10:29, Gary Kohlenberg <jg...@cornell.edu> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> One Snowy Owl is on Thorpe Rd. by the Fingerlakes Airport again this 
>>>>> morning. 
>>>>> 
>>>>> No sign of the Gyrfalcon yet today. 
>>>>> 
>>>>> Gary 
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Re: GYRFALCON - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe Rd. Snowy Owl on MLK Day

2018-01-15 Thread bob mcguire
Hoster Road, not Hosner.

Bob
On Jan 15, 2018, at 12:01 PM, bob mcguire <bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com> wrote:

> Chris and all -
> 
> Sorry for the lack on information. Ken Kemphues and I let a CBC trip 
> yesterday - up and around the lake, mainly targeting water birds but also 
> scanning the bunting/lark flock at Belltown Dairy for Longspurs (2 found). 
> The other main target was the Snowy Owls at the Seneca Falls Airport. Thanks 
> to Gary’s hard work, we quickly found the first one just east of the runway, 
> then a second one atop one of the hangers. From there we headed over to 
> Hosner Road to look for the repported third owl (also found on Ridge Road). 
> While driving past the quarry we noted a “falcon candidate” perched in the 
> tall trees just in from the main, green building. It was  partly obscured by 
> branches. After 45 minutes, nine scopes, and the help of Kevin McGowan we 
> were able to confidently ID it as GYRFALCON. 
> 
> I went into eBird this morning to search for that sighting and discovered 
> that they have a filter that blocks the exact location of sensitive species. 
> However, for anyone searching for it in the future, it was perched in the 
> same group of trees as last year, best seen from either Hosner or Canoga 
> Roads.
> 
> Bob
> On Jan 15, 2018, at 11:37 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
> <c...@cornell.edu> wrote:
> 
>> What GYRFALCON...?
>> 
>> Is this being kept secret? Is it on private land?
>> 
>> Thanks in advance for any more details anyone can take the time to provide 
>> and share with the broader group.
>> 
>> Sincerely,
>> Chris
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> On Jan 15, 2018, at 10:29, Gary Kohlenberg <jg...@cornell.edu> wrote:
>>> 
>>> One Snowy Owl is on Thorpe Rd. by the Fingerlakes Airport again this 
>>> morning. 
>>> 
>>> No sign of the Gyrfalcon yet today. 
>>> 
>>> Gary 
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Re: GYRFALCON - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Thorpe Rd. Snowy Owl on MLK Day

2018-01-15 Thread bob mcguire
Chris and all -

Sorry for the lack on information. Ken Kemphues and I let a CBC trip yesterday 
- up and around the lake, mainly targeting water birds but also scanning the 
bunting/lark flock at Belltown Dairy for Longspurs (2 found). The other main 
target was the Snowy Owls at the Seneca Falls Airport. Thanks to Gary’s hard 
work, we quickly found the first one just east of the runway, then a second one 
atop one of the hangers. From there we headed over to Hosner Road to look for 
the repported third owl (also found on Ridge Road). While driving past the 
quarry we noted a “falcon candidate” perched in the tall trees just in from the 
main, green building. It was  partly obscured by branches. After 45 minutes, 
nine scopes, and the help of Kevin McGowan we were able to confidently ID it as 
GYRFALCON. 

I went into eBird this morning to search for that sighting and discovered that 
they have a filter that blocks the exact location of sensitive species. 
However, for anyone searching for it in the future, it was perched in the same 
group of trees as last year, best seen from either Hosner or Canoga Roads.

Bob
On Jan 15, 2018, at 11:37 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes  
wrote:

> What GYRFALCON...?
> 
> Is this being kept secret? Is it on private land?
> 
> Thanks in advance for any more details anyone can take the time to provide 
> and share with the broader group.
> 
> Sincerely,
> Chris
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> 
> 
>> On Jan 15, 2018, at 10:29, Gary Kohlenberg  wrote:
>> 
>> One Snowy Owl is on Thorpe Rd. by the Fingerlakes Airport again this 
>> morning. 
>> 
>> No sign of the Gyrfalcon yet today. 
>> 
>> Gary 
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[cayugabirds-l] European Goldfinch

2017-12-09 Thread bob mcguire
Yesterday afternoon we had a surprise visitor to our feeders: a European 
Goldfinch! It showed up at first light this morning but hasn’t been seen for 
the past couple of hours.

It's bright, eye-piping coloration (broad yellow wing band, black/red/white 
face) really stood out against the gray flagstones and then the snow-dusted 
grass. I have no idea where it may have come from. There are no recent reports 
of the species on eBird. Most likely it is an escapee (or release). It was 
feeding with a flock of House Finches, and its native range map shows that it 
is capable of surviving cold winters in Europe. 

Unfortunately it is not an ABA countable bird - but lots of fun to see around 
here. Certainly a bright spot in an otherwise gray winter day!

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[cayugabirds-l] Howland Island

2017-10-29 Thread bob mcguire
I spent a delightful morning yesterday walking around Howland Island. Waterfowl 
season was just beginning: there was a lot of gunshot and very few ducks in 
evidence  (in contract to the thousands in the MNWR main pool). Best birds were 
a softly calling Hermit Thrush and a lone female Rusty Blackbird in a flock of 
robins.

The main reason for writing this up is to alert folks to a new resource. Jim 
Eckler and Frank Morlock (DEC Morgan Road) have recently acquired a drone with 
camera, and they have been posting aerial photos of the various DEC properties 
in the Northern Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Think Howland Island, Martens 
Tract, Railroad Road, etc. They intend to post updated photos throughout the 
season. It’s fascinating to see, from the air, exactly what is out there beyond 
the cattails and phragmities. Go to https://friendsofmontezuma.org and find the 
“what’s new” section at the top-center of the page.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] 65 Sandhill Cranes

2017-10-28 Thread bob mcguire
The Sandhill Cranes were not in evidence on Armitage Road at 11 this morning. 
Lots of hunters, though. 9 Cranes flew in, calling, when I checked 
Knox-Marsellus at 10:45. I have no idea where the rest of them found refuge. 

If you drive up there today, check on the 2 newly-arrived CATTLE EGRETS at 
Goose Haven on Rt 89. 

The shorebird mix at Bennings Marsh kept changing. At one point there were 9 
Long-billed Dowitchers, 7 Pectoral Sandpipers, and some 30 Dunlin. Plus one 
each of Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs.

Bob McGuire
On Oct 28, 2017, at 7:51 AM, Nancy Cusumano <nancycusuman...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Anyone know if the cranes are still there?
> May head up today.
> 
> Thanks.
> 
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> On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 7:49 PM, Jennifer <zjenr...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Maybe just a "band" of cranes (or anything else). Usually evokes a loose or 
> temporary association for a particular purpose, something for which they 
> banded together...
> 
> On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 8:40 AM, Dave Nutter <nutter.d...@me.com> wrote:
> “Cranery” sounds like a nest colony (they don’t do that) or communal roost. 
> Also auto-spell-correct changes cranery to cranberry. How about “cranefield” 
> for where a large group feeds?
> - - Dave Nutter 
> 
> 
> On Oct 26, 2017, at 7:08 AM, Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pel...@cornell.edu> wrote:
> 
>> Nice. Is ‘cranery’ a word yet? Maybe we should start pushing it! Oxford 
>> Dictionary, here we come!
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[cayugabirds-l] Bat Detector

2017-09-27 Thread bob mcguire
Does anyone on the List have experience with bat detectors? Anything that you 
can recommend for casual (not pro) use?

I see that there are stand-alone devices & clip-on modules for iPhone costing 
from $150 on up. I see reviews for various items, but no overall evaluation of 
what is available. 

Thanks for any help.

Bob McGuire

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[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip Sunday

2017-09-08 Thread bob mcguire
I will lead a trip up the lake on Sunday. Meet at 7:30 in the parking area, 
east side of Stewart Park to car pool. This will be an all-day trip, getting 
back to Ithaca late in the afternoon.

I expect to visit several of the lakeside spots (east side) to check for newly 
arrived shorebirds and ducks, then explore the Montezuma refuge and some of the 
DEC hotspots to the north of there.

Bring snacks and lunch (if you wish). I do plan a stop to buy lunch either at 
the gas station on rts 5 & 20 or in Savannah.

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[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorns Today

2017-05-16 Thread bob mcguire
Most of the action in the Hawthorn Orchard this morning was in the NE corner - 
best observed from the edge of the softball field. Birds of most interest 
included:

Black-and-white Warbler 2
Nashville Warbler   2
Mourning Warbler (singing)  1
American Redstart   1
Magnolia Warbler2
Blackburnian Warbler1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Canada Warbler (singing)1
Yellow Warbler  4

In addition there were several Wood Thrushes (both calling and singing), Least 
Flycatchers, and a “traill’s” - type flycatcher which never vocalized for me.

As I was leaving I noticed Chris T-Hymes heading into the tangle and now 
eagerly await his report.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Orchard

2017-05-09 Thread bob mcguire
Just returned from there. Lots going on. Multiple warbler species plus Wood 
Thrush. 

Bob McGuire
On May 9, 2017, at 10:30 AM, Peter <psara...@rochester.rr.com> wrote:

> I was wondering if anyone can tell me how the warblers have been over at 
> Hawthorn Orchard. I've read in the Basin Birding Book that it's a good spot 
> for them. Has anyone birded it yet this year?
> 
> And how would that location compare with Shindagin Hollow?
> 
> Thanks much.
> 
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[cayugabirds-l] This Weekend's SFO Trips to the Braddock Bay Bird Banding Station (long)

2017-05-07 Thread bob mcguire
left the 
banding station to, just like yesterday, walk the trail in Owl Woods. Today was 
a bit different. It was colder (low 40’s) with a stiff westerly wind. And the 
Woods was silent! We heard one Cardinal, one chickadee, two House Wrens, and a 
couple of odd chip notes. No feeding flock. No great looks at warblers. We ate 
a quick picnic at the cars and headed around the corner to Braddock Bay State 
Park. On advice from Sandy, we walked out the short boardwalk into the marsh 
below the hawk watch platform. Even facing into the brisk west wind, we were 
able to pick out Mute Swans, Ruddy Ducks, and Greater Scaup on the water, and 
both Marsh Wrens and Swamp Sparrows in the cattails. We should have skipped Owl 
Woods and gone straight there! After awhile we drove out to the lakeshore, and 
thought we didn’t see the Spotty (or the Pipit), we did get multiple 
Double-crested Cormorants and Caspian Terns flying past. At that point we 
decided we had seen enough (it was already 3 pm) and should head home. 

I had received an RBA earlier in the morning about a flock of Brant at the 
north end of Seneca Lake. With only a short detour we got to Seneca Lake State 
Park, scoped the water, and NO Brant! But what we did find was a group of 7 
Horned Grebes in breeding plumage and close to shore. And a couple of Common 
Loons. And some Greater Scaup. And a singing Yellow Warbler. And some distant 
Bonaparte’s Gulls. I was more than satisfied that we had seen a lot and 
suggested that we finally head home. Then, about a mile down Rt 96 I got 
another RBA that the Brant were on the lawn at the Geneva Visitor’s Center. We 
turned around and raced back along the lake, pulled into the VC parking lot, 
and there were the 23 Brant calmly foraging on the lawn. Of course, with the 
scope already set up, we kept looking - and spotted several Common Terns out 
over the lake and a Purple Martin in its condo on the shore. 

Today, after being shut out in Owl Woods and with all the cold and wind, I had 
figured by lunch time that the day was going to be a bust. But with a couple of 
fortunate stops at Braddock Bay and then Seneca Lake, we were able to agree - 
success!

Two different days, back-to-back, and two completely different experiences. Two 
long days, and now it’s time for bed. Thanks to all my group participants and 
to Sandy and Andrea (at the BBBO) helping make it a great weekend.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sanderlings at Myers

2017-05-02 Thread bob mcguire
I checked the spit at Myers around 8 this morning especially to look for any 
migrating birds forced down by yesterday’s storm. I passed Jay on the way in 
and, because he did not signal anything unusual, I wasn’t expecting much. One 
of the resident SPOTTED SANDPIPERS flew up the creek as I drove up. And there 
was the usual congregation of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls both on the spit 
and the woody debris just offshore - accompanied by several Double-crested 
Cormorants. A Killdeer was giving alarm calls from the beach. Going to check it 
out, I spotted first one, then a second SANDERLING running along the shoreline 
- first north, then south, under the new swimming dock and beyond. I called Jay 
to come back and settled in to keep an eye on them. Unfortunately, I got 
distracted by my eBird app as I tried to enter the morning’s birds. When I 
finally looked up, the Sanderlings were gone.

I am new to the eBird-app-on-phone thing and, while I find it handy, it is also 
addicting (and distracting)!  So I have to figure out some sort of work flow 
that doesn’t detract from actually looking for and observing birds.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mystery bird revealed!

2017-04-29 Thread bob mcguire
Betsy & Geo: You might be interested to know that Lang recorded that titmouse 
(Audubon #3) in Ohio years ago!

Bob
On Apr 29, 2017, at 10:01 AM, Geo Kloppel  wrote:

> Oh yeah, I've heard Tufted Titmouse do that! In fact, there's a recording of 
> just such a song in the Audubon Birds app (Tufted Titmouse, Track #3), and 
> it's pitched right on the open E string of the violin. Any violinist would 
> notice the resemblance.
> 
> -Geo
> 
> On Apr 29, 2017, at 9:04 AM, Betsy Darlington  
> wrote:
> 
>> Well, my mystery bird is a Tufted Titmouse!  It finally landed on a nearby 
>> branch, continued to toot that same high-ish E, and was soon joined by what 
>> was probably a female, since the singer didn't chase it away.  I have never 
>> heard a titmouse make that sound.  Must have been pretty appealing to his 
>> lady friend!
>> Betsy
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[cayugabirds-l] Salt Point Tuesday

2017-04-25 Thread bob mcguire
A walk around Salt Point this morning yielded FOY (for me) Blue-gray 
Gnatcatcher and Warbling Vireo. The gnatcatcher was actively foraging in the 
center of the shrubby area, calling all the while. The vireo was singing from 
the tops of trees close to the north shore. 

In addition, there were a pair of Brown Thrashers, several Yellow-rumped 
Warblers and an almost equal number of Northern Rough-winged Swallows in with 
the Tree swallows. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Article & Photos by Marie Read

2017-04-24 Thread bob mcguire
Just received my copy of “Birding” for April. It features a multi-page spread 
of photos & commentary by Marie Read.  Congratulations Marie!

If you don’t subscribe (membership in the American Birding Association), I bet 
the library at the Lab has a copy.

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[cayugabirds-l] Louisiana Waterthrush

2017-04-11 Thread bob mcguire
A single LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (first of year for me) was singing on Leonard 
Road this morning. Not the song that I have heard from the birds there in the 
past.

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[cayugabirds-l] TC SandhIll Cranes

2017-04-05 Thread bob mcguire
A pair of SANDHILL CRANES was calling (10 am) from the marsh just south of 
where Hile School Road crosses the marsh. Within Tompkins County - out of the 
Basin.

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[cayugabirds-l] New Birds

2017-04-03 Thread bob mcguire
I spent last night at Marten’s Tract in order to record the various ducks 
feeding/courting there. A major bonus of being there in the evening, then at 
first light this morning, was the encounter with several recently-returned 
birds.

An AMERICAN BITTERN called several times from the reeds along the south dike at 
Marten’s. I flushed a WILSON’S SNIPE from the marsh straight east from the 
parking area. There was a SWAMP SPARROW singing along Carncross Road, and four 
GREATER YELLOWLEGS feeding at the edge of the flooded cornfield there.

The most amazing sight was a massive flock of blackbirds that flew over the 
marsh at dusk to roost in the trees along the river next to Howland Island. I 
tried to count as they flew over - and got lost. My best guestimate was 10,000 
birds (which prompted eBird to remark that that was the “high count” for that 
location!)

On the way home this morning I stopped to scan the lake from the Aurora 
Boathouse. Along with some 35 Common Loons, there was a single RED-NECKED GREBE 
fairly far out.

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[cayugabirds-l] Owling Trip

2017-03-27 Thread bob mcguire
We had an interesting experience last night. John Confer led an “owing trip” 
for the CBC. Our first stop was Wood Road north where it is broken by a stream 
crossing. John tried unsuccessfully for saw-whet, screech, and then great 
horned owls - we have had some of them at that location in past years. As is 
got dark, Suan pulled out his infared camera and began scanning the woods for 
“warm bodies”. What he picked up was amazing! A RUFFED GROUSE perched high in a 
tree (probably poplar - probably feeding on the new buds or the catkins). We 
then listened to several woodcocks penning and then follow one of them (on the 
camera screen) as it took of, flew its loops, then settled to the ground again. 
What an asset that camera is for night-time birding!

The only owl we were able to find was a saw-whet that gave a short response 
call to playback at the bottom of Star Stanton Road.

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[cayugabirds-l] Ducks

2017-03-25 Thread bob mcguire
Lots of ducks (and geese) on the move today. I spent a half hour at Myers this 
morning. Salmon Creek is high, with thick, chocolaty water. Killdeer calling in 
the background and a small number of gulls still around. But mainly I noticed 
ducks flying up the lake. One group of 5 BLACK SCOTERS. Several groups of 
BUFFLEHEADS. One group of 6 NORTHERN PINTAIL. A “V” of Snow Geese, and multiple 
flocks of Canadas.

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[cayugabirds-l] Observations

2017-03-19 Thread bob mcguire
I spent an hour at Myers Town Park this morning, listening to (and recording) 
the many different calls of Herring and Ring-billed Gulls. Conditions were 
perfect - no wind ( the lake was like glass) and little traffic noise except 
for one slow-moving helicopter.

There was a group of 8 American Pipits foraging along the shore, and well as 
two Killdeer and some 20 Robins. The Robins, in particular, were finding food 
on top of the snow, so I assumed that there had been some sort of insect hatch. 

More interesting, many of the Ring-billed Gulls were swimming up & down the 
creek, picking something from the surface (or just under it) of the water. 
Again, I assume some sort of insect hatch. The Herring Gulls, however, ignored 
whatever the Ring-bills were feeding on and continued loafing in shallow water. 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] snow geese

2017-03-17 Thread bob mcguire
I stopped by Stewart park at noon today - and was surprised to see three Snow 
Geese drop onto the lawn to join a group of Canadas.

Bob
On Mar 17, 2017, at 2:30 PM, Bill Mcaneny  wrote:

> There have been 2000-3000 SNOW GEESE in the air over our place since noon or 
> so today.  Generally headed north.  Now from our kitchen window we can see a 
> raft of Snows on the lake.  They would be about a mile north of Taughannock 
> Falls SP.  I am headed out to see if there is a closer view suitable for some 
> pictures.
>  
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Deep snow

2017-03-14 Thread bob mcguire
And I’m wondering about the woodcocks and meadowlarks!

Bob McGuire
On Mar 14, 2017, at 7:08 PM, Geo Kloppel <geoklop...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm feeling sorry for Fox Sparrows. Early this morning they were still 
> working the ground under  sheltering spruces, rummaging among the snow-dusted 
> leaves, but all that is buried now.
> 
> Grackles and Red-wings occupied the sunflower feeder, dispossessing some of 
> the smaller birds. A Raven attempted to land at our crow-feeding station, but 
> stiff aerial opposition from the Crows prevented that.
> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Eurasian Wigeon

2017-03-03 Thread bob mcguire
Just in - results from today’s waterfowl count in the Montezuma Complex: 5 
EURASIAN WIGEON at Tschache Pool. (2 more elsewhere in the Complex).

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[cayugabirds-l] Massive Blackbird Flock

2017-02-25 Thread bob mcguire
I encountered a massive flock of blackbirds this morning near the DEC 
Headquarters building at the end of Morgan Road - one of the best sightings I 
have had so far this year (along with the Gyrfalcon, Snowy Owls, and vocalizing 
Iceland Gulls on PEI). The flock contained Common Grackles, Red-winged 
Blackbirds, and Brown-headed Cowbirds (no Rusty Blackbirds that I could pick 
out) and was alternately foraging on the ground and moving amoung the trees. It 
is difficult to estimate numbers with such a large and mobile target, but I can 
confidently say that there were at least 2,000 Red-wings, 800 Grackles, and 60 
Cowbirds. Among the red-wings there were a few females (the males typically 
arrive first; the females much later) and many first - year males that, on 
first glance, looked like females. The flock was quite vocal, the volume 
overwhelming (much like an evening crow roost).

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Today

2017-02-24 Thread bob mcguire
Diane, Ken, and I took part in the Montezuma waterfowl count this morning. Our 
territory was Knox-Marsellus and Puddlers Marsh. Both areas were entirely 
ice-free and harbored a large number of birds. Several thousand Snow Geese took 
off from K-M as we arrived and flew north into the Mucklands. What remained was 
a good selection: Mallards and Black Ducks, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal 
and Northern Shovelers, Gadwall, American Wigeon and a single EURASIAN WIGEON. 
Also a dozen Tundra Swans, two Hooded Mergansers and a single Wood Duck. 

None of the counters reported Sandhill Cranes. One of them had a single Common 
Loon at Kip’s Marsh.

On the way home we noted hundreds (if not thousands) of Tundra Swans in the 
water north of the RR tracks - and a huge flock of diving ducks at the north 
end of the lake, out from Harris Park in the Village of Cayuga.

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[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Falls Gryfalcon

2017-02-06 Thread bob mcguire
Jim Goetz and I spotted the continuing GRYFALCON at the quarry on Hoster Road 
yesterday shortly before 2 pm. Scanning the top of the talus pile at the 
northeast end of the property from Hoster Road, we noticed a large raptor 
perched on a piece of debris. It had a medium grey head, back, and tail, with 
light belly. Interestingly, it was slowly bobbing its tail (kestrel-like). 
After a few minutes it took off, flew up and then back into the quarry where it 
disappeared from sight. Slow, powerful wingbeats; pointed wing tips; prominent, 
folded tail. The timing of this sighting suggested to us that the bird may be 
spending a good part of the day in the quarry, not just returning from foraging 
at the end of the day.

Also of note from the vicinity: the continuing Northern Shrike on the wire, 
corner of Seybolt & Canoga Roads; NO Snowy Owls that we could find at the Lott 
Farm or at & around the airport.

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[cayugabirds-l] Birds of North America Paper Series - FREE

2017-02-03 Thread bob mcguire
I just spoke with Lang Elliott. He is cleaning out in preparation for his trip 
- and is getting rid of his paper version of "The Birds of North America”. This 
is some 600+ pamphlets, one on each bird. Free to the first comer. Contact Lang 
directly:  langelli...@mac.com

Bob McGuire
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[cayugabirds-l] Barred Owl

2017-01-28 Thread bob mcguire
At the end of the afternoon I was headed out to run an errand - and came across 
a Barred Owl foraging at the bottom of the driveway. As I approached in the car 
it dropped to the ground out of a pine, sat with its feet buried in the snow 
for a minute, then took off and flew to the southwest. I’ve heard them calling 
from our woods back in the Fall, but I never expected to come across one 
foraging in the daytime!

Bob McGuire
Whitted Road - off Snyder Hill Rd.
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[cayugabirds-l] Robins

2017-01-19 Thread bob mcguire
I just stepped outside to the chittering sound of American Robins - a huge 
flock of some 200+ birds! They are feeding on multiflora rose and buckthorn 
berries. I always thought that buckthorn was the fruit of last resort, passed 
over by our winter birds and available for the early spring arrivals (like 
robins!). 

Anyway, for all those who used to think that robins all went south in the fall 
and who eagerly awaited their return in the spring - no more!!

With the robins is a lone Cedar Waxwing. (And no grosbeaks.)

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