[cayugabirds-l] Robins

2021-02-10 Thread marsha kardon
I saw about 15 robins flying together and perching in the trees by the side
of Bundy Road at about 1pm today.  I haven't seen any other robins since
the fall.  Have they migrated back here already, or do some stay here all
winter?  Marsha Kardon

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[cayugabirds-l] Mandatory masks

2020-05-18 Thread marsha kardon
FYI I was birding on the Black Diamond Trail Sunday morning and was
disappointed to find that some bicycle riders, runners, birdwatchers and
walkers were not wearing masks as they passed me.  The trail is not very
wide, and the bicycle riders did not even try to stay on the opposite side
of where I was, even though I had a mask on and was clearly trying to stay
as far to one side as I could. I have to wear glasses and they fog up when
I wear a mask, making birdwatching difficult.  But, I pull up my mask if I
can see anyone coming in either direction and wish all others also would
cooperate with Gov. Cuomo's order stating that everyone is required to wear
a face covering when unable to maintain physical distancing.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] First

2020-05-14 Thread marsha kardon
We've had more orioles this year at our orange feeder (and sometimes peanut
feeder) than ever - at least 4 males and 3 females.  They also perch on our
window mullions and are often sitting in the bushes near the feeders.  I
hope this is because they're having a great year as a species.  Also we've
had more sightings of both male and female rose-breasted grosbeaks than
ever before.  Still waiting for an indigo bunting.Marsha Kardon

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> I just had my first ever Oriole at my feeders here in Dryden. Just as I
> was taking photos of the Oriole an Indigo Bunting showed up for a few
> nice photos.
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> I just did better in five minuted that Meg and I did all afternoon at MNWR.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Meadow lark

2020-01-21 Thread marsha kardon
What city is this in?


On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 9:41 PM Whitings  wrote:

> Hi All,
> Today I found a Meadow Lark on Center St. just east of Route 129. I
> noticed it’s silhouette in a shrubs and was able to make out some color
> besides the shape against the sun. Then it flew across the road landing low
> in the grass where I was able to get a couple very distant poor but
> identifying photos which are on ebird. I think it was an eastern variety,
> but not confident enough to make the call. Very quiet day otherwise.
>
> Diana
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[cayugabirds-l] binoculars for children

2019-12-01 Thread marsha kardon
Any suggestions for binoculars for our grandson who will turn six this
month and is 44 inches tall?  He was able to focus on a perched bald eagle
at Dryden Lake recently with Marsha's Zeiss Conquest HD 8 X 32 binoculars.
Thanks, Marsha and Fred Kardon

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[cayugabirds-l] Wood Thrush

2019-05-02 Thread marsha kardon
Heard a wood thrush (FOY) this morning in the woods behind my house on west
hill.  Marsha Kardon

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[cayugabirds-l] phoebe

2019-03-28 Thread marsha kardon
Saw a first of the year phoebe on Bundy Road just now.  Also, this morning
a wren flew out of my wooden newspaper delivery cubby and I found a
completed nest deep inside.  I removed it since I thought it would be
hazardous to the eggs (none yet) and parent and baby birds if a newspaper
were blocking their exit, or was pushed in too far.  Marsha Kardon

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[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake this morning

2018-05-11 Thread marsha kardon
At Dryden Lake this morning, Barbara Bauer and I saw lots of yellow-rumped
warblers, yellow warblers, catbirds, and, foy for both of us, a kingbird
and a solitary sandpiper.

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[cayugabirds-l] Baltimore Oriole and Common Yellowthroat

2018-05-02 Thread marsha kardon
We looked out of our dining room window early this morning to find a male
Common Yellowthroat hopping around in the grass where he remained for
several minutes.  Then, we arrived home at 11:45 from Sapsucker Woods to
find our foy male Baltimore Oriole at our orange feeder.  We weren't as
lucky as many others at Sapsucker Woods but did have some nice sightings of
yellow-rumped (Myrtle) warblers, a yellow-bellied sapsucker. eastern wood
pewee, black and white warbler, towhee, and downy and hairy woodpeckers.
Marsha and Fred Kardon

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chipping sparrows

2018-04-14 Thread marsha kardon
We had 6 Chipping Sparrows, 3 Field Sparrows, 3 Tree Sparrows and 2 Song
Sparrows all together in the grass in our back yard on west hill in the
town at 1 pm.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Ospreys, and other stuff

2018-04-02 Thread marsha kardon
Walking with Barbara Bauer in Cass Park today between 1 and 2:15 we saw
three ospreys flying near the platform that is in what I think is Union
Field.  Two of them seemed to be interacting, possibly aggressively; one
would land on a light, and the other would fly over and land there and the
first would fly away.  This happened repeatedly.  The third one didn't seem
to engage in this behavior, but flew around the area while this happened,
occasionally landing on the nest.  We continued on to Hogs Hole, and there
was one osprey on that nest.  I can't be sure that it wasn't one of the
ones we saw at Union Field, though we didn't see it fly overhead while we
were walking there. Marsha Kardon

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> This morning (31 March) I went to Mount Pleasant, joined by Ann Mitchell
> and later Gary Kohlenberg. We were all hoping the south wind would bring
> migrating raptors.
>
> Local birds included singles and pairs of Red-tailed Hawks near & far, an
> occasional Common Raven (including one who was accompanied/chased for
> awhile by a Red-tail who mimicked its every move), Turkey Vultures,
> Killdeer, an Eastern Meadowlark that visited the single tree near the
> observatory, an American Kestrel hovering over the valley between Mt
> Pleasant’s twin “peaks”, a possible distant Red-shouldered Hawk, a large
> Accipiter in deep-flapping display flight far to the south, and American
> Crows busy flying back and forth and tormenting any Raven they found.
>
> Migrants included a flock of 14 Great Blue Herons, a few small flocks of
> Canada Geese (<100 birds in 3 hours), lots of small flocks of Common
> Grackles and a few flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds (in addition to a
> near-constant background of scattered northbound Icterids), American Robins
> singly or in small flocks, small flocks of roaming Horned Larks with 3
> probable American Pipits near or among them.
>
> Migrant raptors were few: a couple Turkey Vultures, a couple Red-tailed
> Hawks, at least one Cooper’s Hawk, and a Northern Harrier. Among the best
> was a northbound OSPREY (year bird for me!) passing to the west of us.
> Perhaps it was bound for some nest in the basin, but evidently not down in
> Ithaca.
>
> When I got home, I decided to heed Candace’s call to keep track of Osprey
> nests. I took a quick bike ride around Cass Park combined with a walk
> around Treman Marina. In short order I saw one Osprey flying south past the
> Children’s Garden hunting over Cayuga Inlet, even though the water was
> muddy and a racing crew meet was underway.
>
> I continued north on the Cayuga Waterfront Trail. No Ospreys were perched
> at or near the Union Field nest, nor the Hog’s Hole nest platform, nor the
> Newman Golf Course nest platform.
>
> But the Treman Marina nest (#59 on the Osprey Trail) had one Osprey on the
> nest and a second Osprey on one of the attached perches. They stayed there
> during the time I walked the path around the field. I also saw 3 Tree
> Swallows over the field, two of which perched atop nest boxes for awhile.
> The south end of the lake is muddy from yesterday’s rain, so waterbirds
> were few. A Double-crested Cormorant on the snag in the lake east of the
> White Lighthouse appeared to be too dark and too high out of the water to
> be the injured immature who overwintered.
>
> When I got back to the Parks office by the mouth of the marina, I heard an
> Osprey call: it was hunting over the marina. I looked back at the Treman
> Marina platform, and it was empty. A little later I saw an Osprey
> apparently over Fall Creek near Renwick Wildwood. As I passed Union Fields,
> I saw an Osprey overhead near the Inlet, but not associated with that nest.
>
> So, I saw at least 2 Ospreys, and they acted liked they owned a nest. As
> for all the single-bird-in-flight sightings, I don’t know whether they mean
> there were 4 Ospreys, or whether all my observations simply demonstrate
> that I cannot keep track of one large easy-to-ID bird. Regardless, I am
> confident that Ithaca again has Ospreys.
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[cayugabirds-l] Rochester birding

2018-02-26 Thread marsha kardon
I'll be in Rochester in a couple of weeks meeting a friend from California
who is a beginner - intermediate birder.  He will be recovering from
surgery so may not be up to birding many sites.  I'm wondering if someone
familiar with the "birding hotspots" listed on the Rochester Bird Club
website and could suggest which ones might be most rewarding to visit
around March 10 - 13.  Marsha Kardon

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[cayugabirds-l] injured female cardinal

2017-09-11 Thread marsha kardon
In a neighbor's yard there is a female cardinal who appears to have an
injured leg.  It can fly but not perch or walk.  Is there someone who would
care for this bird?  Marsha Kardon

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[cayugabirds-l] savannah sparrow and northern flicker

2017-04-14 Thread marsha kardon
A Savannah sparrow hopping around in the dried grasses in our back yard
this afternoon, a foy for us.  Also a northern flicker calling from the top
of a tree beside our driveway, also a foy for us.  Marsha Kardon

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sign of the Season

2017-03-27 Thread marsha kardon
Yes, the world is a richer place for me since I began birding; I hear and
see so much more beauty.

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> A nice sign of the season.goldfinches starting to gain their color
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!

2017-03-20 Thread marsha kardon
Please consider this in your efforts to minimize your contribution to
climate change:

Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving cars, UN report
warns

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29 November 2006 – Cattle-rearing generates more global warming greenhouse
gases, as measured in CO2 equivalent, than transportation, and smarter
production methods, including improved animal diets to reduce enteric
fermentation and consequent methane emissions, are urgently needed, according
to  a new
United Nations report released today.

“Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most
serious environmental problems,” senior UN Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) official Henning Steinfeld said. “Urgent action is
required to remedy the situation.”

Cattle-rearing is also a major source of land and water degradation,
according to the FAO report, Livestock’s Long Shadow–Environmental Issues
and Options
, of
which Mr. Steinfeld is the senior author.

“The environmental costs per unit of livestock production must be cut by
one half, just to avoid the level of damage worsening beyond its present
level,” it warns.

When emissions from land use and land use change are included, the
livestock sector accounts for 9 per cent of CO2 deriving from human-related
activities, but produces a much larger share of even more harmful
greenhouse gases. It generates 65 per cent of human-related nitrous oxide,
which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this
comes from manure.

And it accounts for respectively 37 per cent of all human-induced methane
(23 times as warming as CO2), which is largely produced by the digestive
system of ruminants, and 64 per cent of ammonia, which contributes
significantly to acid rain.

With increased prosperity, people are consuming more meat and dairy
products every year, the report notes. Global meat production is projected
to more than double from 229 million tonnes in 1999/2001 to 465 million
tonnes in 2050, while milk output is set to climb from 580 to 1043 million
tonnes.

The global livestock sector is growing faster than any other agricultural
sub-sector. It provides livelihoods to about 1.3 billion people and
contributes about 40 per cent to global agricultural output. For many poor
farmers in developing countries livestock are also a source of renewable
energy for draft and an essential source of organic fertilizer for their
crops.

Livestock now use 30 per cent of the earth’s entire land surface, mostly
permanent pasture but also including 33 per cent of the global arable land
used to producing feed for livestock, the report notes. As forests are
cleared to create new pastures, it is a major driver of deforestation,
especially in Latin America where, for example, some 70 per cent of former
forests in the Amazon have been turned over to grazing.

At the same time herds cause wide-scale land degradation, with about 20 per
cent of pastures considered degraded through overgrazing, compaction and
erosion. This figure is even higher in the drylands where inappropriate
policies and inadequate livestock management contribute to advancing
desertification.

The livestock business is among the most damaging sectors to the earth’s
increasingly scarce water resources, contributing among other things to
water pollution from animal wastes, antibiotics and hormones, chemicals
from tanneries, fertilizers and the pesticides used to spray feed crops.

Beyond improving animal diets, proposed remedies to the multiple problems
include soil conservation methods together with controlled livestock
exclusion from sensitive areas; setting up biogas plant initiatives to
recycle manure; improving efficiency of irrigation systems; and introducing
full-cost pricing for water together with taxes to discourage large-scale
livestock concentration close to cities.

On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:55 AM, Martha Fischer  wrote:

> Dear All -
>
> Please make a commitment to USE LESS ENERGY.
>
> Turn off lights that are not being used.
>
> Reduce your use of the clothes dryer and other conveniences.
>
> Accept inconvenience.
>
> And then let¹s have this discussion.
>
> Take care,
>
> Martha Fischer
> Town of Enfield
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> On 3/20/17, 9:48 AM, "bounce-121351030-3494...@list.cornell.edu on behalf
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> >be aware of imminent developments along Dodge Rd.
> >
> >The massive industrial scale solar farm proposed in all the Cornell
> >owned fields along Dodge Rd and Stevenson Rd (as well as Turkey 

[cayugabirds-l] FOY Eastern Towhee

2017-01-05 Thread marsha kardon
Hi - The towhee was back eating millet on the ground under spirea bushes
this morning at about 8am. Cold days seem to be the days we can be sure it
will be there. We submitted a photo on ebird.

 Marsha and Fred Kardon

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] 1 Jan 2017 Ithaca "Christmas" Bird Count preliminary results

2017-01-04 Thread marsha kardon
This morning we added the Dec. 31 Towhee observation to ebird.  This makes
a total of 11 days in December that we've reported the bird being seen.
Marsha Kadon

On Mon, Jan 2, 2017 at 6:10 PM, marsha kardon <mfkar...@gmail.com> wrote:

> The Eastern Towhee has been seen in our back yard eating millet we spread
> on the ground most days since we first noticed it.  It was definitely there
> on Dec. 31.  Not today, though.  I'll watch for it tomorrow.  Marsha Kardon
>
> On Sun, Jan 1, 2017 at 11:18 PM, Dave Nutter <nutter.d...@me.com> wrote:
>
>> The following species were reported at the tally this evening for the
>> Ithaca count. For species found only by one party I try to provide the
>> name(s) of the initial observer(s) and a general description of the
>> location, including the town. This information will also go in the first
>> records list for the Cayuga Lake Basin on the Cayuga Bird Club website.
>> Please send me corrections or missing information. Thanks.
>> --Dave Nutter
>>
>> SNOW GOOSE
>> ROSS'S GOOSE Ken Rosenberg Stewart Park ice shelf and adjacent
>> Cayuga Lake, Ithaca (This bird was present for awhile this morning then
>> disappeared for the day but returned at dark with Canada Geese to the east
>> end of the ice shelf.)
>> CANADA GOOSE
>> GADWALL
>> AMERICAN WIGEON
>> 5
>> AMERICAN BLACK DUCK
>> MALLARD
>> NORTHERN PINTAIL Ken Rosenberg et al Stewart Park, Ithaca
>> REDHEAD
>> RING-NECKED DUCK
>> 10
>> LESSER SCAUP Ken Rosenberg et al Stewart Park, Ithaca
>> LONG-TAILED DUCK Ken Rosenberg et al Stewart Park, Ithaca
>> BUFFLEHEAD
>> COMMON GOLDENEYE
>> HOODED MERGANSER
>> 15
>> COMMON MERGANSER
>> RED-HEADED MERGANSER
>> RUDDY DUCK Scott Sutcliffe et al?  Treman Marine State Park, Ithaca?
>> RUFFED GROUSE
>> WILD TURKEY
>> 20
>> COMMON LOON
>> PIED-BILLED GREBE
>> HORNED GREBE
>> DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT  7 birds was a new high
>> GREAT BLUE HERON
>> 25
>> TURKEY VULTURE
>> BALD EAGLE (Single birds reported in adjacent sectors 6, 7, & 8. The
>> one in sector 7 was in adult plumage except it had a narrow dark band near
>> the tip of the otherwise white tail. Were the others different?)
>> SHARP-SHINNED HAWK
>> COOPER'S HAWK
>> RED-TAILED HAWK
>> 30
>> ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
>> AMERICAN KESTREL
>> MERLIN Elliot MillerBluegrass Lane, Ithaca
>> PEREGRINE FALCON3 reports from sector 8, possibly of the same bird
>> peregrinating
>> AMERICAN COOT
>> 35
>> RING-BILLED GULL
>> HERRING GULL
>> ICELAND GULL Kevin McGowan Portland Point
>> LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
>> GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL
>> 40
>> ROCK PIGEON
>> MOURNING DOVE
>> EASTERN SCREECH-OWL
>> GREAT HORNED OWL
>> BARRED OWL Sandy Podulka   Caroline Depot Rd, Caroline
>> 45
>> BELTED KINGFISHER
>> RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER
>> YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER Dave Nutter Warren Pl north of Richard
>> Pl, West Hill, City of Ithaca
>> DOWNY WOODPECKER
>> HAIRY WOODPECKER
>> 50
>> NORTHERN FLICKER
>> PILEATED WOODPECKER
>> NORTHERN SHRIKE (1 on Hile School Rd which is outside the basin, the
>> other which is in the basin by Meena Haribal on Irish Settlement Road,
>> Dryden)
>> BLUE JAY
>> AMERICAN CROW
>> 55
>> FISH CROW
>> COMMON RAVEN
>> HORNED LARK  (2 sites in sector 1)
>> BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE
>> TUFTED TITMOUSE
>> 60
>> RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
>> WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH
>> BROWN CREEPER
>> CAROLINA WREN
>> HOUSE WREN Scott Sutcliffe et al Cass Park vicinity? City of
>> Ithaca
>> 65
>> WINTER WREN
>> GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET
>> EASTERN BLUEBIRD
>> HERMIT THRUSH John Fitzpatrick Thomas Rd, Dryden/Caroline
>> AMERICAN ROBIN
>> 70
>> NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD
>> EUROPEAN STARLING
>> CEDAR WAXWING
>> SNOW BUNTING
>> YELLOW-RUMPED (MYRTLE) WARBLER Asher Hockett, Sandy Woldbehind
>> former NCR factory, South Hill, Ithaca
>> 75
>> AMERICAN TREE SPARROW
>> SONG SPARROW
>> SWAMP SPARROW John Fitzpatrick Thomas Rd, Dryden/Caroline
>> WHITE-THROATED SPARROW
>> WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW Jay McGowan Stevenson Rd hedgerow, Dryden
>> 80
>> DARK-EYED (SLATE-COLORED) JUNCO
>> NORTHERN CARDINAL
>> RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD Susan Soboroff et al location?
>> BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD
>> PURPLE FINCH Paul Anderson along railro

Re: [cayugabirds-l] 1 Jan 2017 Ithaca "Christmas" Bird Count preliminary results

2017-01-02 Thread marsha kardon
The Eastern Towhee has been seen in our back yard eating millet we spread
on the ground most days since we first noticed it.  It was definitely there
on Dec. 31.  Not today, though.  I'll watch for it tomorrow.  Marsha Kardon

On Sun, Jan 1, 2017 at 11:18 PM, Dave Nutter <nutter.d...@me.com> wrote:

> The following species were reported at the tally this evening for the
> Ithaca count. For species found only by one party I try to provide the
> name(s) of the initial observer(s) and a general description of the
> location, including the town. This information will also go in the first
> records list for the Cayuga Lake Basin on the Cayuga Bird Club website.
> Please send me corrections or missing information. Thanks.
> --Dave Nutter
>
> SNOW GOOSE
> ROSS'S GOOSE Ken Rosenberg Stewart Park ice shelf and adjacent
> Cayuga Lake, Ithaca (This bird was present for awhile this morning then
> disappeared for the day but returned at dark with Canada Geese to the east
> end of the ice shelf.)
> CANADA GOOSE
> GADWALL
> AMERICAN WIGEON
> 5
> AMERICAN BLACK DUCK
> MALLARD
> NORTHERN PINTAIL Ken Rosenberg et al Stewart Park, Ithaca
> REDHEAD
> RING-NECKED DUCK
> 10
> LESSER SCAUP Ken Rosenberg et al Stewart Park, Ithaca
> LONG-TAILED DUCK Ken Rosenberg et al Stewart Park, Ithaca
> BUFFLEHEAD
> COMMON GOLDENEYE
> HOODED MERGANSER
> 15
> COMMON MERGANSER
> RED-HEADED MERGANSER
> RUDDY DUCK Scott Sutcliffe et al?  Treman Marine State Park, Ithaca?
> RUFFED GROUSE
> WILD TURKEY
> 20
> COMMON LOON
> PIED-BILLED GREBE
> HORNED GREBE
> DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT  7 birds was a new high
> GREAT BLUE HERON
> 25
> TURKEY VULTURE
> BALD EAGLE (Single birds reported in adjacent sectors 6, 7, & 8. The
> one in sector 7 was in adult plumage except it had a narrow dark band near
> the tip of the otherwise white tail. Were the others different?)
> SHARP-SHINNED HAWK
> COOPER'S HAWK
> RED-TAILED HAWK
> 30
> ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
> AMERICAN KESTREL
> MERLIN Elliot MillerBluegrass Lane, Ithaca
> PEREGRINE FALCON3 reports from sector 8, possibly of the same bird
> peregrinating
> AMERICAN COOT
> 35
> RING-BILLED GULL
> HERRING GULL
> ICELAND GULL Kevin McGowan Portland Point
> LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
> GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL
> 40
> ROCK PIGEON
> MOURNING DOVE
> EASTERN SCREECH-OWL
> GREAT HORNED OWL
> BARRED OWL Sandy Podulka   Caroline Depot Rd, Caroline
> 45
> BELTED KINGFISHER
> RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER
> YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER Dave Nutter Warren Pl north of Richard
> Pl, West Hill, City of Ithaca
> DOWNY WOODPECKER
> HAIRY WOODPECKER
> 50
> NORTHERN FLICKER
> PILEATED WOODPECKER
> NORTHERN SHRIKE (1 on Hile School Rd which is outside the basin, the other
> which is in the basin by Meena Haribal on Irish Settlement Road, Dryden)
> BLUE JAY
> AMERICAN CROW
> 55
> FISH CROW
> COMMON RAVEN
> HORNED LARK  (2 sites in sector 1)
> BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE
> TUFTED TITMOUSE
> 60
> RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
> WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH
> BROWN CREEPER
> CAROLINA WREN
> HOUSE WREN Scott Sutcliffe et al Cass Park vicinity? City of Ithaca
> 65
> WINTER WREN
> GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET
> EASTERN BLUEBIRD
> HERMIT THRUSH John Fitzpatrick Thomas Rd, Dryden/Caroline
> AMERICAN ROBIN
> 70
> NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD
> EUROPEAN STARLING
> CEDAR WAXWING
> SNOW BUNTING
> YELLOW-RUMPED (MYRTLE) WARBLER Asher Hockett, Sandy Woldbehind
> former NCR factory, South Hill, Ithaca
> 75
> AMERICAN TREE SPARROW
> SONG SPARROW
> SWAMP SPARROW John Fitzpatrick Thomas Rd, Dryden/Caroline
> WHITE-THROATED SPARROW
> WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW Jay McGowan Stevenson Rd hedgerow, Dryden
> 80
> DARK-EYED (SLATE-COLORED) JUNCO
> NORTHERN CARDINAL
> RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD Susan Soboroff et al location?
> BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD
> PURPLE FINCH Paul Anderson along railroad tracks south of Cayuga
> Inlet fish ladder, Town of Ithaca
> 85
> HOUSE FINCH
> AMERICAN GOLDFINCH
> HOUSE SPARROW
> 88 species on Count Day. Am I missing something? There were also the
> hybrid "Mallard X American Black Duck" and the not identified to species
> "Scaup sp".
>
> Not found on Count Day but possibly around for Count Week (29 Dec through
> 4 Jan)
> CACKLING GOOSE reported 28 Dec by Adriaan Dokter on Cayuga Inlet from
> Jetty Woods
> CANVASBACK CW: 1 male with Redheads off Treman Marine SP on 29 Dec by
> Dave Nutter
> GREATER SCAUP CW: 3 off Treman Marine SP on 29 Dec per Dave Nutter
> BLACK SCOTER CW: 1 female seen from Treman Marine SP by piling clus

Re: [cayugabirds-l] blessedly quiet morning...

2016-07-31 Thread marsha kardon
The drought is terrible in most ways but there is one thing I appreciate
about it.  I can eat dinner on my screened porch, or walk around in my
garden without hearing lawn mowers!  My neighborhood has many HUGE lawns
and most summers it is unusual to be outside without hearing at least one,
often more.   The quietness is wonderful!

On Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 10:30 AM, Donna Lee Scott  wrote:

> …on rural Lansing Station Rd by Cayuga Lake. Mostly nature sounds and no
> lake-enhanced human voices, lawn mowers or motor boats, as I enjoy my
> coffee on the screened part of the back deck that is surrounded by huge oak
> branches! It is truly a tree house.
>
>
>
> The local Common Loon uttered its haunting cry a couple times right here
> at #535; yesterday it was up north by Milliken Point.
>
> A male Rose Breasted Grosbeak had a standoff with a Blue Jay on the perch
> of my squirrel-proof sunflower feeder and won.
>
>
>
> A mother BC Chickadee finally seems to have taught its juvenile how to get
> seeds from this feeder on the open part of my deck. Yesterday I saw her
> laboriously peck open a seed and feed the contents to the baby, who then
> turned around and seemed to get its own seed. The A. Goldfinch gang is on
> the Nyjer seed feeder as usual, and the Mo Does are cooing on the platform
> feeder in the yard, often joined by C. Grackles.
>
>
>
> The Downy Woodpecker is pecking the wooden trim on my house (sigh) between
> getting seeds. Its relatives, the Red Bellied and the Hairy fly in now and
> then. The Tufted Titmouse family zooms in too and the Carolina Wren is
> calling nearby. Somebody flew out from my front porch ceiling bird nest
> basket area when I went out there earlier – a late nest?
>
>
>
> The quiet continues at 10:20, a nice interlude in the usual noisy hum of
> human motors and activities.
>
>
>
>
>
> Donna L. Scott
>
> 535 Lansing Station Road
>
> Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorne Orchard

2016-05-03 Thread marsha kardon
The woods were quiet early this morning but we did have a good sighting of
a great crested flycatcher, foy for us.  Marsha and Fred Kardon

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] foy Palm Warbler

2016-04-28 Thread marsha kardon
Oops, looked again and found the Palm Warbler sighting on 4/2.

On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 8:19 AM, marsha kardon <mfkar...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm posting this now because I didn't see a palm warbler on the 2016
> Cayuga Lake Basin First Records list that Dave posted:  Barbara Bauer and I
> saw a Palm Warbler in the bushes near the swan pen overlook yesterday,
> 4/27, at about 9am.  It had a beautiful bright rusty cap and very visible
> yellow under-tail area.  Marsha Kardon
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[cayugabirds-l] foy Palm Warbler

2016-04-28 Thread marsha kardon
I'm posting this now because I didn't see a palm warbler on the 2016 Cayuga
Lake Basin First Records list that Dave posted:  Barbara Bauer and I saw a
Palm Warbler in the bushes near the swan pen overlook yesterday, 4/27, at
about 9am.  It had a beautiful bright rusty cap and very visible yellow
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[cayugabirds-l] foy Towhee

2016-04-26 Thread marsha kardon
Heard a towhee singing loudly in a tree outside our garage, but it was
raining too hard to find it.

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[cayugabirds-l] killdeer

2016-03-12 Thread marsha kardon
This afternoon at about 3:30 we saw and heard at least two killdeer in the
field on Hopkins Rd near Hayts Rd, FOY for us.  Lots of red winged
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yesterday Snowy owls. Seybolt Road and North End of Cayuga lake. probable Common Yellowthroat.

2016-02-08 Thread marsha kardon
Thanks for your help with directions - the snowy owl was on the gas
installation at about 11:15 this morning.

On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 10:06 PM, Peter <psara...@rochester.rr.com> wrote:

> It's Reese Rd. and it runs into Seybolt Rd. in the town of Fayette.
> Hope this helps.
> Pete Sar
>
>
> On 2/4/2016 6:09 PM, marsha kardon wrote:
>
> I can't find a Freese Rd in Seneca Falls on Google maps - can you help?  I
> do find Seybolt Rd.
>
> On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 5:54 PM, Michael Tetlow <mjtet...@frontiernet.net>
> wrote:
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>> the Snowy Owl was seen again on the west side of Seybolt Road just north of
>> Freese road in Seneca Falls.(I know I missed it last week as did others).
>>
>> Later, I and 2 helpers were working on the Montezuma Raptor survey at
>> Cayuga marsh walking the tracks in from route 89 opposite the village of
>> Cayuga. We totaled 10 Northern Harriers and I Short-eared Owl. On the south
>> side of the tracks a probable Common Yellowthroat called a couple times
>> from the marsh just east of the wooded edge. I know the call I just prefer
>> to see the bird to be sure.
>>
>>  Just before dark a Snowy owl appeared on the top of the tallest
>> power pole farthest to our east along the railroad tracks. Don’t know where
>> it was when I was viewing the 2000 plus Tundra Swans from Mud Lock earlier.
>> With no ice it could have been anywhere. 1000’s(probably 15) of Snow Geese
>> flew in from the north and joined the swans to roost south of Mud lock.
>>
>>  Several  groups of around 1000 Redhead each were spread out from
>> Cayuga Lake State Park on the west to south to Union springs on the east.
>> The west side birds, although distant, had a good number of Canvasback
>> (50ish) mixed in and the union spring birds had a few of both Scaup species
>>  and close to 500 Ring-necked Ducks.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yesterday Snowy owls. Seybolt Road and North End of Cayuga lake. probable Common Yellowthroat.

2016-02-04 Thread marsha kardon
I can't find a Freese Rd in Seneca Falls on Google maps - can you help?  I
do find Seybolt Rd.

On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 5:54 PM, Michael Tetlow 
wrote:

>  Sorry to post late but I just wanted to send a note that yesterday
> the Snowy Owl was seen again on the west side of Seybolt Road just north of
> Freese road in Seneca Falls.(I know I missed it last week as did others).
>
> Later, I and 2 helpers were working on the Montezuma Raptor survey at
> Cayuga marsh walking the tracks in from route 89 opposite the village of
> Cayuga. We totaled 10 Northern Harriers and I Short-eared Owl. On the south
> side of the tracks a probable Common Yellowthroat called a couple times
> from the marsh just east of the wooded edge. I know the call I just prefer
> to see the bird to be sure.
>
>  Just before dark a Snowy owl appeared on the top of the tallest power
> pole farthest to our east along the railroad tracks. Don’t know where it
> was when I was viewing the 2000 plus Tundra Swans from Mud Lock earlier.
> With no ice it could have been anywhere. 1000’s(probably 15) of Snow Geese
> flew in from the north and joined the swans to roost south of Mud lock.
>
>  Several  groups of around 1000 Redhead each were spread out from
> Cayuga Lake State Park on the west to south to Union springs on the east.
> The west side birds, although distant, had a good number of Canvasback
> (50ish) mixed in and the union spring birds had a few of both Scaup species
>  and close to 500 Ring-necked Ducks.
>
>  Mike Tetlow
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[cayugabirds-l] Baltimore oriole at Treman Marina!

2016-02-02 Thread marsha kardon
At about 2pm we were watching a flock of at least 5 bluebirds in the trees
between the boat docks at Treman marina and the solar panels in the next
parking lot. Then a male Baltimore Oriole flew into the same trees and
allowed us excellent views of his beautiful plumage in the bright
sunlight.  After he flew deep into the evergreens along the driveway toward
Hangar Theater, we walked to Hogs Hole where we saw goldeneye, one gadwall,
common and hooded mergansers, black ducks and bufflehead.  In the distance
at Stewart Park, we could see a raft of redheads about the size of the raft
I'd seen at Hogs Hole several days ago.  We also saw Cedar Waxwings and
house finches in the Hawthorne trees by solar array.  Marsha and Fred
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Big Snow Goose movement this afternoon

2016-01-03 Thread marsha kardon
At 2:30pm today there were, I'm guessing very roughly, about 700 snow geese
in the field across from 222 Bundy Road on west hill in Ithaca.  As I
walked by about half of them flew up and circled, then settled again.  So
beautiful!  Marsha Kardon

On Sun, Jan 3, 2016 at 3:03 PM, Scott Haber <scotthab...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Several huge skeins of Snow Geese were flying high and southbound over the
> Village of Lansing around 3PM today.
>
> My conservative estimate was about 4,000 individuals, but more may be
> coming.
>
> -Scott
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[cayugabirds-l] bird guides at Joshua Tree National Park

2015-11-30 Thread marsha kardon
I'm planning a trip to Joshua Tree in March and am considering hiring a
guide for birding.  Does anyone have any experience there with this?
Thanks, Marsha Kardon

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[cayugabirds-l] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

2015-05-21 Thread marsha kardon
I've never seen a blue-gray gnatcatcher on our property before, but one has
come to a tree just outside one of our windows most days, around mid-day,
for the last week.  It calls loudly and sometimes hovers just outside the
window.  Marsha Kardon

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[cayugabirds-l] Song Sparrow!

2015-03-18 Thread marsha kardon
The first song sparrow I've seen this year was huddled in the Japanese
Maple outside my kitchen door this morning.  It wasn't singing, but that's
something to look forward to.  Marsha Kardon, 2 Perry LN Ithaca

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[cayugabirds-l] Hog Hole raft and possible human protector

2015-01-04 Thread marsha kardon
I was at Hog Hole at about 10:45 am, and in the midst of a small raft of
Canvasbacks and Scaup perhaps 400 ft off shore there was what appeared to
be an open kayak with a person lying in it occasionally taking smart phone
photos of the ducks.  I only saw the back of this person's head and one end
of the kayak.  Near the shore there were two men in camouflage, apparently
hunters, standing in the water with their aluminum motor boat in front of
them, looking at the raft and presumably the person in the midst of it.
I'm guessing that this person was protecting the raft from the hunters,
(and if so, thanks!) but I'm not sure.  Does anyone know about this? Marsha
Kardon

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[cayugabirds-l] Grackles at our feeders

2014-03-12 Thread marsha kardon
At 5:15pm today we had about 9 grackles at our peanut and sunflower seed
feeders.  We've never seen grackles at the feeder before.  Marsha and Fred
Kardon

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[cayugabirds-l] sapsucker sighted

2014-02-17 Thread marsha kardon
10:30 AM I was surprised to look out my window and see a male YBSA busy
punching holes in a nearby tree.
Fred Kardon

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[cayugabirds-l] Snowy owl

2013-12-27 Thread Marsha Kardon
Seen on the roof of barn west of the potato building on the opposite side of rt 
31 at 4 pm


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Public bird bath!

2013-07-31 Thread Marsha Kardon
I've seen this at our bird baths.  Once there were three species using a small 
bath:  2 goldfinches and a catbird in it, and a cardinal drinking from the 
side!  We've also seen catbirds waiting in queue.  Marsha Kardon



 From: Meena Madhav Haribal m...@cornell.edu
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu 
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 8:51 AM
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Public bird bath!
 


 
I have found this happen very often, i.e. using public baths. I have watched 
starlings wait in queue for other starlings to finish their baths to visit ‘the 
bath’, while there are plenty of pools or even the whole stream as in case of 
Cascadilla Gorge nearby.
In spring, I watched a similar event where Yellow-rumped warblers, Yellow 
warbler, two cardinals and two starlings take bath in a pool in Hawthorn 
orchard.
 
It is quite  an interesting behavior as to why do they do this. But I think 
such behaviors are ways of transferring feather mites and ticks from one bird 
to another.
 
Cheers
Meena
 
From:bounce-104414905-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-104414905-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of 
job121...@verizon.net
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:16 PM
To: W Larry Hymes; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Public bird bath!
 
I can't find the LIKE button!! Wonderful reporting of a wonderful experience. 
Thanks for sharing. Fritzie
 
 
On 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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[cayugabirds-l] foy field sparrows

2013-04-16 Thread Marsha Kardon
We have three foy for us field sparrows foraging in the mulch in our garden.  
Marsha Kardon
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[cayugabirds-l] robins

2013-03-14 Thread Marsha Kardon
This morning there was a flock of about 30 robins in the woods on the north 
side of Bundy Road in Ithaca, not far from Cayuga Landscape's tree nursery 
there.  A few years ago I saw a flock of hundreds of robins in the same woody 
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[cayugabirds-l] Carolina wren!

2013-03-07 Thread Marsha Kardon
We saw two Carolina wrens in our back yard on west hill this morning, FOY for 
us.  We're looking forward to hearing them.  Marsha and Fred Kardon
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[cayugabirds-l] turkeys

2013-03-01 Thread Marsha Kardon
On a walk up Bundy Road in Ithaca yesterday I saw a flock of about 40 turkeys 
in the fields on the south side of Bundy Road west of the intersection of Bundy 
and Hopkins Road.  I haven't seen turkeys since the late fall, though I see 
them frequently in the summer and fall usually in yards and fields along Bundy. 
 I don't know if that's because they spend the winter in other locations or 
because I tend to walk earlier in warmer weather.  It's good to know they've 
made it through the winter.  Marsha Kardon
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] duck hunting IN Stewart Park

2013-01-13 Thread Marsha Kardon
Does anyone know if the duck hunting behavior in Stewart Park that Kevin 
McGowan described is legal?



 From: Kevin J. McGowan k...@cornell.edu
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu 
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2013 8:50 AM
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] duck hunting IN Stewart Park
 

 
I’ve stayed out of this discussion, but this morning four duck hunters were 
shooting ducks in Stewart Park, just off the tennis courts.  Although they 
might technically be legally “offshore”, they could have walked to the parking 
lot without getting their feet wet. And they barely got their feet wet to pick 
up their ducks; not even knee high water.  One could argue where the shoreline 
actually is when the lake level is down or the edge frozen.  For all intents 
and purposes they were IN the park.  
 
I’m pro hunting, but not in my city park!
 
Kevin


   
 
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