[cayugabirds-l] Pintail ducks ... Union Springs

2016-02-20 Thread job121830
Fri. 19 Feb. 2015 about 4 p.m.  on Mill pond along Rte. 90  I observed:2 Male & 1 female PINTAIL ducks close to the East side of the pond.Also saw redheads, mallards, gadwall, buffleheads, A. wigeon & Canada geese.Mill pond & outlets from Mill & Factory St. ponds, have sheltered several thousand Canadas since more of the lake has been frozen, with many also over around Frontenac Island. We see thousands of geese coming in to roost about 4 p.m..Factory St. pond still has a few ducks, VERY FEW compared to the abundant numbersin yrs. past. Some days I'm lucky if I  see more than two. The pond looks dead withno obvious plants. While ducks dive, I see few there or on Mill coming up with any plants.For those who voiced concern about the Scout project last yr., the path was made & nowyou can see 6 benches placed for "viewing comfort." The far western one, I believe, isplaced in a bed of poison ivy, so beware.Fritzie Blizzard

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[cayugabirds-l] Redhead duck, 40 turkey vultures, 2 osprey

2015-09-22 Thread job121830
Union Springs this a.m..Finally got to Mill Pond & saw the/a Redhead duck along with the semi-resident,log-sitting mallards.In a tree west of Mill Pond, north of the old Mill, I saw 2 ospreys.On my way for mail I saw 40 turkey vultures sitting/lounging on the black, warmroof of our church. Fritzie B.

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[cayugabirds-l] Dispatching house sparrows ... 5/18/15

2015-05-18 Thread job121830
For those who are fed up with damage done by house/English sparrows.   www.sialis.org/hospdispatch.htm  

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[cayugabirds-l] Crows raid Wendy's trash can in Auburn 3/8/15

2015-03-08 Thread job121830
Most interesting to watch as 3 crows kept trying to get a bag containing French fries  other food items from the small trash bin at the front entrance to Wendy's today. Each would grab the bag  try to pull it from the partially enclosed bin. Occasionally one would shake loose a French fry  leave with it. Finally, after about 10 min. one managed to sit precariously on the bin lip edge with its head under the cover  got a good grip on the bag  succeeded in pulling it out onto the ground. Whooppee!! Lots of food came tumbling out  the 3 crows were joined by several others who quickly grabbed the treats  flew away  and I didn't have a camera!!! I am often amazed at the cunning  intelligence of crows. Our 7 check out my garden compostevery day, several times a day  also look under the feeders for dropped seed. No matter how careful I am to try to stay hidden in the house while trying to observe them, the sentinel must see me  off they go. Now if only the squirrels were as observant  would leave!Several yrs. ago I was in front of the old P  C store in Auburn when I heard the very loud  persistent call of a gull. I saw none anywhere around. NONE! I happened to glance to the roof of the P  C  there was a crow, mimicking a gull. Next I heard a phone ringing  ringing but no one was in the parking lot. NO ONE! I glanced up at the crow  saw he was making the noise. Since no other store where he sat on the roof was open, I came to the conclusion he was mimicking the ringing phone in the Sakura restaurant which he could hear but I couldn't. Has anyone else had such an experience?? It left me thrilled  amazed.Fritzie Blizzard, Union Springs, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Open waters, new osprey platforms feathers

2015-03-08 Thread job121830
Two new osprey platforms have been placed atop elec. poles: one across from Union Springs High School driveway at the water plant. Another is north of the RR track at the 2nd fire lane. Can't think of the name on the driveway sign or what the firelane no. is. Maybe there are only crossed oars on the sign.Down Backus Rd. in Hibiscus Harbor is a nest in a bad location, ... on top of a polewhich has 2 transformers on it. Some sticks actually rest on the transformers. With leaves off trees, now is the time to be looking for such nests  to let Candace Cornellknow about them since she is co-ordinating such information.Open water north of the RR bridge/Harris Park is refuge for great nos. of ducks  swansbut few geese at this time. A few tiny areas just south of Harris Park had some open water with mostly common mergansers. The channel from the RR bridge to the lock is mostly open  full of ducks. I saw many common  red-breasted mergs, goldeneye,redhead, canvasbacks, redheads  scaup. Whatever else was there, I didn't take time tolook ... oh yes, maybe 60 + swans  less than a doz. Canadas. What amazed me was the great number of ducks right at the lock  also on the river south of 5  20. In Auburn I saw many ring billed (garbage) gulls over the Bed, Bath  Beyond mall parking lot but only two north of Cayuga. Saw no evidence of eagle activity on the nest at Mud Lock. Out on the ice at Mud Lock I saw a female common merganser that looked disoriented withfeathers that appeared to be quite water soaked. She didn't look healthy. Along Rte. 90 north of the Lettie Cook Woods entrance were 2 dead deer lying together along the shoulder, the first road kill I've seen in maybe 2 mos.. Becky released a male skunk fromher neighbor's live trap this evening. :) He stomped his feet repeatedly at her  curled his tail up over his back but she said sweet nothings in his ears as she covered the trap with a blanket,put him in her car  took him away from the very worried neighbor.Tomorrow, despite all I have to do that is more important, I hope to go to Oswego  look for the magnificent male harlequin on the Oswego river below the bridge. Hopefully he will spend anotherday there.Fritzie, Union Springs

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[cayugabirds-l] Goldfinches

2015-01-13 Thread job121830
We have had about 8 goldfinches at our finch feeder for many wks.. That number has increased to at least 24 in the last few days. In Dec. I saw my first two house finches with diseased eyes. Wehave more house finches this winter than for several yrs..I saw the Cooper's hawk chasing birds from the feeders yesterday.Fritzie, Union Springs

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[cayugabirds-l] Adult Bald Eagle over Union Springs

2015-01-09 Thread job121830
Saw an adult bald eagle fly SW towards the lake just west of our house yesterday 9 a.m.. At 2 p.m. when I was at the post office, 1/2 mi. from our house, I again saw an adult bald eagle flying SW towards the lake. I hope it is able to take a goose or duck for food since fish are probably down too deep in the lake now. Goose hunting season ends 11 Jan.. Duckseason ended today (9 Jan.). Snow goose season begins 16 Jan.  runs through 15 April. Canadas were flying westward over our house (we're 1/2 mi. from the lake)in great nos. about 4:30 p.m.. Mill pond already had several hundred on it whenthe evening flocks came over in great nos.. Ducks seemed to have decided Factorypond was the wiser place to be as I saw only a few on Mill but many gadwall mallards on Factory along with a couple buffles as well as some Canadas. Lots of ice from Frontenac Park out to Frontenac Island. Beware if you drive on Rte. 90 here in Union Springs. Traffic is a nightmare by the gambling hall because the Cayugas have brought in a trailer  are selling cigarettes there instead of at thegas station. Cars are lined up IN THE ROAD WAY going north along the side going south, but not completely off the road. With all the big rigs  many NYC garbage trucks using Rte. 90, I can see some road rage occurring, esp. if someone gets sideswiped.I was not pleased at having to wait in line as one car at a time was able to turn into the driveway  of course, the gamblers tryingto enter or leave weren't helping. Fire trucks  ambulancesGas in Auburn city, not on the western outskirts, is $2.41.9. Fritzie

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[cayugabirds-l] Purple Sandpiper

2014-10-28 Thread job121830
Daughter Becky  I saw it last evening for 1/2 hr. until it was too dark to see more. Diana Whiting  I had been there before noon  watched it. Diana took lots of pix. When Becky got off workat 5 p.m. I took her back to Myers  she was delighted to see it. Perhaps we were the last to see it.Coming home I swerved to miss a screech owl sitting in the road at Levanna. I stopped so Beckycould get it off the road before someone came along  ran over it. It was under a pole light, maybe getting insects. Tiny as it looked, when it flew we were amazed at the size of the wings.On our way to Myers we saw an adult bald eagle next to the nest tree along the lake shore at GreatGully Farm south of Union Springs. All-in-all, we felt we had a very successful trip.The lake was like glass  we saw a bright sun dog. The eventual sunset was beautiful with reflections on the water.Gas was $3.19.9 in Auburn on Mon.. Native Am. squabble continues to keep gas station closed here.Fritzie B.Union Springs 

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[cayugabirds-l] Union Springs Ponds

2014-09-16 Thread job121830
Only thing of interest on the ponds is mallards  the one redhead that spent the last 2 winters herewith a female mallard.Factory St. pond has a couple of mallards but the brush has grown up along the fence to the point thatit's frustrating, disgusting  almost futile to even go there. I've been seeing 1 to 6 Monarchs flying over almost every day since we returned from Hades (CorpusChristi, TX) 10 days ago after being there out of necessity  NOT vacation, for 6 1/2 wks. with temps to 115 deg.  HIGH humidity. Believe me, we love NY, even when winter weather hits. We got to Aransas NWR where Whooping Cranes winter from the end of Oct. 'til April. Not too muchbird variety there now. Maybe when we go back in a couple mos. we'll get to see them.You Muckrace participants did a great job despite nastier than nasty weather. Congratulations!!Fritzie BlizzardUnion Springshumidity. 

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[cayugabirds-l] More info about avoiding Rte. 90

2014-07-26 Thread job121830
I'm sitting in HOT, HUMID, flat Corpus Christie, TX . NOT a pleasant place to spend our 61st wedding anniv. (today) but family death/settling estate, brings us away from our wonderful NYS. Many thanks to Kathy Strickland for getting our flights  wheelchairs at each airport! A Godsend!An addenda to Donna's routing away from Cayuga via 34B. Begin looking for Ridge Rd. after you pass 3 or 4 blue Harvestore silos. Past them you'll see Walter Rd.  Mosher Rds. on the right  soon to the curve at the big white Scipioville Bapt. church ... be careful of oncoming traffic as you veer left (before entering the curve) at the Y onto Ridge, a really straight rd. to where you turn right off Ridge Rd. onto Rte. 326 which goes to Half Acre ( then right on into Auburn.) Go straight ahead there for maybe 3/4 mi.  you go directly to Rtes. 5  20 where you turn left /west  on to Rte. 90  to familiar territory. It's easier than going left (west) on Genesee  trying to decide which side rd. gets you to 5  20. Hope you aren't t confused . BUT .. unless you LOVE yard sales  dangerous congestion where numbskulls think nothing of parking right in the lane of traffic, you'll avoid all of Rte. 90.Enjoy your cooler weather for us. It's FritzieOn 07/26/14, Donna Scottdls...@me.com wrote: Marie Read noted that this weekend the huge Rt 90 yard sale is stalling traffic up the lake on  rt 90 to Rt 20  MNWR. Here us an alt.  route. Take 34B from Lansing to Ridge rd turn-off N of Scipioville, (~1.5 mi after Empire Fence sign) , at curve go left onto Ridge Rd.  if you pass Scipioville Baptist church U have gone past it.  then take third left to meet Rt. 326. Turn right to go north on 326. After this I am not sure, but where 326 runs into what I think is Genesee St, turn left off 326 onto Gen st. ( 326 curves east to go to Auburn there someplace. )Then soon, take a country road Right to reach US 20. Use your phone map. Avoid village of Cayuga this way since that is one of most congested spots. Donna Scott

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[cayugabirds-l] Osprey nests.

2014-04-21 Thread job121830
These are all nests with visible birds.I went back twice to check. I'm swamped with work so will check on a couple other nests soon as I have time but not before the end of the mo. atthe rate I'm going. Hope this helps/clarifies.Fritzie**Rte. 90  Cayuga Lake Farms .. on the hill north of Levanna Rd. (farm sign is no longer there.)Union Springs  Center St./Number One Rd. at NYSEG relay station.Union Springs ... Dildine Rd. at Hardy Rd.Union Springs ... Across from US High School driveway at village water dept.. Backus Rd.  that goes to Hibiscus Harbor just north of Union Springs.Rte. 90  Conners Rd. Fire Lane 15/16 ... North of US. Rte. 90  Gorwydd. Fire Lane 17/18 ... North of US at lakeside by yellow house.Rte. 90  1st fire lane north of the RR tracks. North of US.Rte. 90 ... south edge of Cayuga (new platform this yr.)Harris Park ... Cayuga.Mud Lock ... old tower nest.Rte. 5  20 ... east of Rte. 90 in tall power line pole, can be seen from intersection.Rte. 5  20 ... platform along Seneca R. seen from the bridge on right/north side.Rte. 5  20 ... 2 separate nests on power poles. Rte. 318 ... Glenwood Farms Mennonite store ... on power pole out in field across from store.Gravel Rd left side off Rte 318 ... on power pole.Rte. 89  North Pool on low platform (sometimes occupied by a Canada goose.)Rte. 89  west side of road seen from the bridge at May's.That's 19 confirmed occupied.Nests previously occupied, not occupied that I can confirm as of today: A 2nd one on Dildine Rd..Beacon Mills in Cayuga. Nest was occupied last wk.. Wind has blown sticks off.I haven't checked Armitage Rd. but last yr. saw at least one nest. Another nest, now completely missing was at the lock at Mays.

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[cayugabirds-l] falcons no longer hawks

2014-04-14 Thread job121830
Thisfrom Hawkwatch International; sort of a tweat, if you will.Falcons No Longer Hawks!If you're expecting this announcement to be followed by a text version of the classic April Fools shout, sorry, this is for real.If you're still incredulous, just have a gander at the newSibley Guideto Birdsand see if the Falcons are stillButeoadjacent; the taxonomy is achangin'.The American Birding Associationexplains the adjustmentnicely:Recent genetic studies found that falcons are much more closely relatedto songbirds than to other “hawks”—quite a jolt to our traditional belief.According to this research, falcons' closest relatives are a group (or clade) consisting of the parrots and the passerines.The American Ornithologist's Union has moved the Falcon Family out of the Hawks and placedthem between the Parrots and the Woodpeckers on their North Americanchecklist. Only time will tell, but it is likely that our forays into the geneticwonderland will soon reveal even moresurprises.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] white-thoated sparrow heard at CLO this morning

2014-04-12 Thread job121830
I saw it under the feeders at CLO yesterday afternoon.Fritzie On 04/12/14, Melissa Craven Fowlerm...@cornell.edu wrote:--

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[cayugabirds-l] Bluebirds in the rain

2014-02-21 Thread job121830
Saw 13-15 bluebirds here this a.m. in the pouring rain.Seven goldfinches are at the feeders now along with many house finches.Fritzie, Union Springs

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[cayugabirds-l] Redhead duck continues on Mill Pond

2013-08-11 Thread job121830
Daughter Becky  I have seen the male redhead duck on Mill Pond all summer, nearly every time we goby. Sometimes he is alone. Other times a hen is with him, or nearby, but neither of us has had a scope withus to determine if it his hen or a mallard. We have never seen him fly so assume he was injured somehow.I think I recall Kathy Strickland saying she thought she had seen him in June or early July.Two fish have been put in Factory St. pond. I saw them with fins out of the water, swimming close togetherthrough the thick, disgusting slime. I suppose they might be carp with someone hoping they will eat the slime. A mallard hen has been on the pond with several babies since the end of July. I continue to see a kingfisher on both ponds, possibly the same one,  a GBH on Mill. The mess on  around Factory St. pond continues.Becky  I went late to East Rd. yesterday. Readily saw many swallows, rwbb, a juv. bald eagle, the whitepelican, sandhill crane, many GBHs  great egrets, Canadas, ducks, rb gulls, black  Caspian terns. We were standing at the edge of the deep grass when an eastern meadowlark flew in front of us at almost eyelevel 3 different times. Neither of us can ID the many shorebirds/peeps unless they are right in front of us then with much doubt. We continue to see ospreys at most nests. Ours on Center St. continue. I washappy to see a red-tailed hawk over our house a few days ago, first in a couple mos.. I have been amazed at the nos. of mocking birds I have seen here  just about everywhere we have traveledthis summer. Having a brown thrasher nesting again in the hedge row has been a treat. Catbirds, too. Blue jaysreturned 2 wks. ago with 3 youngsters. Chimney swifts are still around but I'm not outside to watch for them.All to soon we'll be seeing increasing nos.of Canadas  other feathered friends that signal a change for which  we aren't ready. Feels  looks like fall . far too early. Unfortunately we can't flip the calendar pages back. At the intersection of Rtes. 90, 5  20 across from the gas station, the sumac already is yellow  flame red.We appreciated our long sleeves last evening!!Fritzie  in Union Springs

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Public bird bath!

2013-07-30 Thread job121830
I can't find the LIKE button!! Wonderful reporting of a wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing. FritzieOn 07/30/13, W. Larry Hymesw...@cornell.edu wrote:Today Sara Jane and I went to Knox-Marsellus and successfully found the WHITE PELICAN, as well as 2 SANDHILL CRANE, 50+ GREAT EGRET, 100+ GREAT BLUE HERON, and many CASPIAN TERNS.  After doing Van Dyne Spoor, we decided to drive out Wright Road for the first time.  This is a dead end road that parallels Railroad Road, but on the opposite side of the tracks.  It is bordered by corn fields, except for a small section that runs through the woods.  On our return trip we stopped to check out some birds flitting about in the bushes in the wooded area (REDSTART  CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER).  Where we stopped was a short distance before a mud puddle, which was about 5' in width.  Little did we suspect that this puddle was actually a public bath!!  The first birds to bathe were a couple of ROBINS, followed soon by a COWBIRD.  A few minutes later two YELLOW WARBLERS decided to jump in (they stayed close to shore).  Then to our great surprise an OVENBIRD walked out of the shrubs and began pacing around the edge of the bath waters.  It finally got up enough courage to join in the fun and began splashing about.  Then a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE, not wanting to be left out,  took a brief dip.  Had we not stopped at that moment in time to try and identify some birds in the bush, we probably would have missed this once in a lifetime spectacle!!Larry --

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