[cayugabirds-l] OOB: photos of birds taking flight

2013-06-21 Thread nutter.dave
Here's an interesting news story about a photographer and the pictures he's taken of birds being released after being mist-netted and banded. It's amazing to see how thin and flexible the small songbirds' flight feathers are, and the contortions the birds make as they flee. The photos are very

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lindsay-Parson's--this morning and questions

2013-06-21 Thread nutter.dave
In the past I have thought that the best way to find a Worm-eating Warbler was to walk off trail on the huge extremely steep hillside in the dry oak forest below the elevation of blueberry ground cover and above the elevation of maples, starting from the red or blue trail at the bottom, the Abbott

[cayugabirds-l] Lindsay-Parsons Clay-colored Sparrow, Lawrence's Warbler

2013-06-15 Thread nutter.dave
I spent most of the morning at Lindsay-Parsons with Bob McGuire. The goal was to re-find the Worm-eating Warbler nest I found awhile back. We climbed from the bottom, starting at the right place south of Celia's cup, all the way to the Thatcher's Pinnacle overlook, wandering a lot in between, but

[cayugabirds-l] basin 2013 first records list updated

2013-06-06 Thread nutter.dave
I've updated the 2013 list of first records for the Cayuga Lake Basin:http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/cayuga-lake-basin-first-recordsThis includes a number of corrections as well as adding everything of which I'm aware since mid-May. Please let me know of more additions, corrections, or

[cayugabirds-l] Clay-colored Sparrow in Summerhill

2013-06-04 Thread nutter.dave
This morning I re-found the CLAY-COLORED SPARROW in Summerhill reported Sunday by Jay McGowan, Livia Santana, and Brent Bomkamp in the Christmas tree farm on the west side of Lick St just north of NYS-90. I agree with Jay that the bird is quiet and hard to find, although others may have better

[cayugabirds-l] dawn Black-billed Cuckoo

2013-05-31 Thread nutter.dave
I slept with windows open last night because of the days' heat. It was still pretty dark at 4am when I got up for work, but when I neared the window I heard a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO calling vigorously from my backyard (first yard record!). I think maybe it was replying to my alarm clock, which has a

[cayugabirds-l] nesting Worm-eating Warbler

2013-05-30 Thread nutter.dave
I spent a looonnngg time at Lindsay-Parsons today, first an hour before sunrise on the west side of 34/96 by Sylvan Dr, then almost 7 hours on the east side, hiking south from Station Rd, then descending and walking the trails. I never heard any Worm-eating Warblers, but the highlight of the day

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Windy day makes great swallowing!

2013-05-26 Thread nutter.dave
As I walked into Stewart Park along Fall Creek Saturday morning about 9:30am I heard CHIMNEY SWIFTS overhead and looked up in time to see a squadron of at least 13 of them coming erratically downstream above tree top level. While Stuart I waited by the swan pond for Ann's arrival we saw BARN,

[cayugabirds-l] up the lake, afternoon of Sat 18 May

2013-05-18 Thread nutter.dave
A few quick notes from a trip up the lake:Frontenac Harbor (formerly Castelli's Marina) in Union Springs: 9 (nine) COMMON TERNS on the break wallLarues had at least120 DUNLIN,3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS,8 LESSER YELLOWLEGS,1 SOLITARY SANDPIPER,1 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER,2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS,and an

Re: [cayugabirds-l] ravens

2013-05-17 Thread nutter.dave
I have been surprised to see a Common Raven a couple times this spring along major roads between Ovid and Seneca Falls, which I hadn't figured on being their habitat, (but neither did I think Pine Tree Road in Ithaca was). I also saw a possible Northern Goshawk thereabouts, but perhaps it was

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Montezuma Refuge Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan Environmental Assessment

2013-05-15 Thread nutter.dave
I just got this and haven't read it yet, but it's doubtless interesting and important to many birders.--Dave NutterBegin forwarded message:From: geneseebirds-l-requ...@geneseo.eduDate: May 15, 2013 3:11:00 PMMontezuma Refuge Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan Environmental Assessment (Lynn A.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Renwick versus Fuertes

2013-05-14 Thread nutter.dave
What can or should be done to educate the public, now that we know that Fuertes' name was attached to the swan pond area, not the woods south of Stewart Park?* Website: It ought to be easy to get the City of Ithaca Website changed from Fuertes to Renwick.* Arch: As part of the Cayuga Bird Club

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Palmer Woods RBA just in.

2013-05-14 Thread nutter.dave
Palmer Woods is just one of many Cornell Plantations natural areas, listed in publications on line. Palmer Woods is great for students living in Ecology House across Triphammer Rd, but difficult for car-dependent people without Cornell parking passes.Anyone who has heard the Yellow-throated

[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca birding highlights, Sunday 12 May

2013-05-13 Thread nutter.dave
The day had promise: an AMERICAN REDSTART sang from a flowering tree at the Farmers' Market, and an immature BALD EAGLE soared high overhead as I biked through.I got a late start, so maybe that was why I didn't hear the Yellow-throated Warbler along Pier Rd between 10:08 and 10:14am, although it

[cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Kip's Island FIelds Location info: 42° 59' 49.61, -76° 43' 8.40

2013-05-13 Thread nutter.dave
One of the confusing things about the eBird name for Kip Island Fields (other than that I too never saw any other reference to it) is that it describes the location as SE of the two highways, whereas maps clearly show the area to be SW of the conjunction of those two roads. I am not immune to

[cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Kip's Island FIelds Location info: 42° 59' 49.61, -76° 43' 8.40

2013-05-13 Thread nutter.dave
As I said, I occasionally screw up E W, and I even did it in that email. My parenthetical sentence"I guess it is SW of I-90, but it's W of NYS-90"should have said"I guess it is SE of I-90, but it's W of NYS-90"Meanwhile the good folks at eBird have ALREADY corrected the SE/SW confusion as well as

[cayugabirds-l] 2013 basin first records list

2013-05-13 Thread nutter.dave
I think I have the 2013 Cayuga Lake Basin First Records list up to date. Please let me know if you think I've got something wrong, and I'll try to rectify it.http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/cayuga-lake-basin-first-records--Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: Welcome and

[cayugabirds-l] Ruff Glossy Ibis near village of Montezuma

2013-05-10 Thread nutter.dave
Tim Lenz just reported a male Ruff and a Glossy Ibis at Kip Island Fields, located along NYS-90 south of the village of Montezuma and south of I-90.--Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: Welcome and Basics Rules and Information Subscribe, Configuration and Leave

[cayugabirds-l] YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, Pier Rd, Newman Golf Course, Ithaca

2013-05-09 Thread nutter.dave
Ken Rosenberg just reported the apparent return of last spring's YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER to the stand of Sycamores near the north end of Pier Rd, by the 3rd tee of Newman Golf Course and just south of the firefighters' training center.--Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma NWR Wildlife Drive shorebirds 9 May

2013-05-09 Thread nutter.dave
Shorebirds along the Wildlife Drive at Montezuma NWR this afternoon (9 May) included:Black-bellied Plover - 1 on mud at south end of Main PoolKilldeerSemipalmated Plover - 2 mainly in Larue'sGreater YellowlegsLesser YellowlegsSolitary Sandpiper - 4 = 2 in Larue's, 2 in slough between Larue's and

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Ave Redtail Chick

2013-05-03 Thread nutter.dave
Last Sunday (28 April) I stopped on the Stewart Avenue bridge to rest after biking up from downtown and to check on the Red-tailed Hawk nest. I seemed to have arrived toward the end of a feeding session. A single fuzzy white chick stared intently at its parent. The little one was clearly

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Migration on radar?

2013-05-02 Thread nutter.dave
Alicia ( all),I looked at the radar last night shortly after you wrote, but didn't have time to respond. I know a little about radar, but unfortunately I was locked out of Dave Nicosia's lecture, so maybe others know more. Short answer: It looked like bird migration to me, but as Suan mentioned I

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Migration on radar?

2013-05-02 Thread nutter.dave
Here's the Weather Underground site I use for radar of our area, from the Binghamton

[cayugabirds-l] [OT] Sapsucker Woods events

2013-05-02 Thread nutter.dave
I had occasion to be in the neighborhood, so I took a walk in Sapsucker Woods even though it was mid-afternoon and about 80°F, therefore very quiet in terms of birds. It was so summer-like that I heard my FOY Bullfrog calling, "Wawaron"(or "Ouaouaron," which is the Québécois term for the critter,

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park pied starling

2013-04-25 Thread nutter.dave
Yesterday at Stewart Park I saw a European Starling which I recognized from last year. It has small patches of white feathers distributed fairly evenly over its body, and a large patch of white feathers on the right breast. I'm wondering if anyone else has seen this bird.--Dave Nutter --

[cayugabirds-l] rail rusties

2013-04-16 Thread nutter.dave
I spend most of today at the Lab of O preparing for a skins lab for SFO tomorrow. On my way in I heard Chris Pelkie's VIRGINIA RAIL near the northeast parking lot. On my way out I heard and saw 8 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS in the trees between the parking lots. That'll have to do for today.--Dave Nutter --

[cayugabirds-l] Swallows from Stewart: odd Barn v Cliff

2013-04-15 Thread nutter.dave
Okay, here's what happened: Early this cloudy morning I was scanning the jetties from Stewart Parkwith my window-mounted scope from the parked taxi,which is considerably farther than scoping from the path around the swan pond. There were 6 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, but no terns for me. Then I saw a cloud

[cayugabirds-l] Sparrows

2013-04-14 Thread nutter.dave
I counted 6 VESPER, 4 SAVANNAH, 3 AMERICAN TREE and 2 FIELD SPARROWS along Sapsucker Woods Road at the second bend from NYS-13. If there were any Chipping Sparrows in that flock, I missed them at noon and at 3:30pm.However I did have CHIPPING SPARROWS and lots of DARK-EYED JUNCOS several places

[cayugabirds-l] grebes, warblers, etc.

2013-04-13 Thread nutter.dave
I spent the late morning and much of the afternoon at Newman Golf Course, the Cornell Biological Field Station (aka Jetty Woods), the whtie lighthouse, Renwick Sanctuary, and Stewart Park.I think the biggest story was the number of grebes. In a single scan from the white lighthouse I saw 31

Re: [cayugabirds-l] raven

2013-04-12 Thread nutter.dave
I have seen a single COMMON RAVEN in that area a couple of times recently, once flying north low alongside Pine Tree Rd by the Oxley Equestrian center at dawn, and once later in the day in the field opposite the end of Snyder Hill Rd stretching down to the East Ithaca Recreationway. I'm curious

[cayugabirds-l] terns, gulls, ducks

2013-04-10 Thread nutter.dave
At 5:30 this morning I was driving people to the Ithaca Airport through darkness and dense fog, a cloud whose bottom intersected with NYS-13 between the Cayuga Heights Rd and Triphammer Rd exits, entirely enveloping Warren Rd and making my work uncomfortable. I don't know if my passengers'

[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca to Montezuma, first day of SFO overnight

2013-04-06 Thread nutter.dave
Today my SFOgroup tallied 76 species as we worked our way up the east side of Cayuga Lake and around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.Highlights included:Dozens of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on Drake Rd in Lansing, thanks to Meena, plus 1 or 2 CEDAR WAXWINGS in the same flock;20 species of waterfowl, 3

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carncross Road shorebirds

2013-04-06 Thread nutter.dave
At dusk a flock of 23 same sized Yellowlegss, presumably the Greaters, flew south together towards Morgan Rd.--Dave NutterOn Apr 06, 2013, at 09:30 PM, Jay McGowan jw...@cornell.edu wrote:Livia and I birded up the lake today. We saw many of the same birds as others. In the late afternoon we found

[cayugabirds-l] migration on radar again

2013-04-05 Thread nutter.dave
The weather radar is showing night migration again now (4-5 April). What's moving in, or through, or away? Anybody got your ears to the skies? What will be different out there today? Last time there seemed to be an influx of Eastern Phoebes, American Robins, Song Sparrows, some other sparrows

Re: [cayugabirds-l] BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at Sapsucker Woods

2013-04-03 Thread nutter.dave
Thanks for the details. I had a few thoughts about your report:1) Anyone who is still at work after 5:30, who sees something wished-for but wildly unlikely which no one else has seen and which mysteriously disappears the moment they glance away... mybe that person has been working too hard.2)

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Phoebe @ Renwick

2013-03-31 Thread nutter.dave
Also a couple of Eastern Phoebes along the Jim Schug trail near Dryden Lake this morning.--Dave NutterOn Mar 31, 2013, at 12:01 PM, Suan Yong suan.y...@gmail.com wrote:FOY eastern phoebe at Renwick Woods, foraging silently in a tree by Fall Creek. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com

[cayugabirds-l] OT: seek restaurant reviews Montezuma area

2013-03-30 Thread nutter.dave
I'm looking for recommended restaurants where a group of birders could go after a full day of birding for a decent, reasonably-priced, hot, sit-down meal which with fast enough service to allow the group to predictably be out at dusk looking for Short-eared Owls in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] impossible bird song?

2013-03-30 Thread nutter.dave
Not impossible, but not likely either. Common Yellowthroat typically shows up in the basin in the latter half of April, but it does winter in the southern U.S. and isn't as predictable in its arrival time as the neotropical migrants. I think it's been found on the Christmas Bird Count on occasion.

[cayugabirds-l] migration on radar now

2013-03-30 Thread nutter.dave
Tonight's calm air has allowed some pent-up migration to occur, visible right now on the

Re:[cayugabirds-l] snow goose neck collar

2013-03-28 Thread nutter.dave
On 9 March in the flock of Snow Geese estimated by Chris Wood et al at 123K at the north end of Cayuga Lake, viewed from Lower Lake Rd, Bridgeport, Town of Seneca FallsI noted several yellow neck collars with 4-digit letter/number combinations. I reported the info and learned that all were female

[cayugabirds-l] n Cayuga L Montezuma NWR: hybrid Ross's Goose, etc.

2013-03-28 Thread nutter.dave
This afternoon Ann Mitchell I drove to the north end of the Cayuga Lake basin, visiting Lower Lake Rd, Mud Lock, Montezuma NWR Visitor Center Wildlife Drive open to Seneca Spillway, Tschache Pool, Mays Point Pool, East Rd, Railroad Rd, and Van Dyne Spoor Rd.Lower Lake Rd: Flock of 43 SNOW GEESE

[cayugabirds-l] SFO Sunday 24 March 2013

2013-03-24 Thread nutter.dave
I led Spring Field Ornithology Group 6 around Sapsucker Woods, then down to Stewart Park this morning. A walk around the Wilson Trail was more productive than I expected, considering the mostly frozen conditions.First, among the MALLARDS on the pond outside the Lab windows when we arrived was a

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Peregrine Falcon on Ithaca Gun smokestack

2013-03-22 Thread nutter.dave
Usually I see a Red-tailed Hawk there.--Dave NutterOn Mar 22, 2013, at 09:14 AM, "Russell A. Charif" r.cha...@cornell.edu wrote:Last seen at 8:55 this morning.I have actually seen the bird there many mornings in recent weeks, when I drive by the Gun Hill apartments on Lake St. (between 8:35 and

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Twin Sheds Draft Plan: Hammond Hill and Yellow Barn Forests.

2013-03-20 Thread nutter.dave
FYI. The Canaan Institute, which Mike Ludgate runs, is on Canaan Road, the south entrance to Hammond Hill SF.--Dave NutterBegin forwarded message:From: Michael Ludgate michael.ludg...@gmail.comDate: March 20, 2013 10:32:05 AMTo: Natural History Network natural-histor...@list.cornell.eduSubject:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Osprey platform and Killdeer

2013-03-20 Thread nutter.dave
Thank you to the people responsible for the Osprey platform.Robyn, was your husband involved along with NYSEG as at Portland Point?To add to the Killdeer reports yesterday, in the late afternoon I saw a pair along Snyder Road north of the airport, sometimes on the gravel shoulder, sometimes in the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] OT: Comet visible in western sky now

2013-03-20 Thread nutter.dave
On the evening of 17 March I was birding in the Montezuma area. The clearing sky inspired me to stay and look for the comet. I chose Olmstead Road, which is the first right turn off Armitage Road when you go west from where NYS-89 turns. Olmstead is on the crest of a drumlin with no trees, so

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: GW Teal and other on Dryden

2013-03-18 Thread nutter.dave
Nita Irby reports ducks "dropping out of the sky" to Dryden Lake this evening, including a dozen Green-winged Teal in a small bit of open water at the north end. Also on Dryden Lake were Common Hooded Mergansers and Wood Ducks. She also had 2 Northern Shrikes at her feeders which have had few

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Byron - WF Goose + 7 Lesser Black-back Gulls (Jerry Lazarczyk)

2013-03-12 Thread nutter.dave
Interesting coincidence:There was a single Greater White-fronted Goose for a few hours on Sunday afternoon (10 March 2013) at Stewart Park on the south end of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca. During that time 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (7 adults and 1 second year) accumulated there as well. The trip is

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question about lower lake road

2013-03-12 Thread nutter.dave
The ice edge is a gathering place for ducks throughout the winter, but Lower Lake Road provides a prime spot for viewing.The melting of the southern ice edge northwards up to Lower Lake Road in early March typically coincides with the arrival of many Anas ducks, so it's a good time to search for

Re: [cayugabirds-l] TV's

2013-03-12 Thread nutter.dave
On my walk home from work yesterday evening (in daylight now that the clocks have changed), I saw TURKEY VULTURES slowly gathering in the air and kettling over downtown Ithaca. My maximum count from the corner of Meadow, Fulton, Clinton about 6pm was 41, but they were hard to keep track of, and

[cayugabirds-l] ducks leaving south end of Cayuga Lake

2013-03-08 Thread nutter.dave
On Tuesday afternoon (5 March 2013) there was still a flock of hundreds of REDHEADS near the docks by the southwest corner of Cayuga Lake. Mixed in were a few RING-NECKD DUCKS and LESSER SCAUP, 4 GREATER SCAUP, 1 CANVASBACK, and at least 20 RUDDY DUCKS. Out in the lake were 11 HOODED MERGANSERS

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: The City Dark: documentary discussion next Wednesday (2/27)

2013-02-19 Thread nutter.dave
Sounds like this film has relevance for birds and natural history in general.--Dave NutterBegin forwarded message:From: Jing Jin jj...@cornell.eduDate: February 19, 2013 4:06:35 PMTo: hu...@cornell.edu,snr...@cornell.edu,lightsof...@cornell.edu,kyotonow-member...@cornell.edu,takebackthetap-l

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crows mobbing Great Horned Owl on nest

2013-02-18 Thread nutter.dave
I'm thinking more about crows and owls. It's a substitute for actually knowing, so please chime in, Anne, or anyone else who knows better than I do what really goes on.I've been impressed by how much the Great Horned Owls in Renwick have withstood crows' harassment, and that impression flavored my

Re: [cayugabirds-l] PEREGRINE FALCON on snag by swan pond, Stewart Par...

2013-02-14 Thread nutter.dave
I still hope Melissa has a chance to write her story and show any photos (of any quality) soon. She described to me what I interpreted as TWO Peregrine Falcons cooperatively and successfully hunting a gull and then sharing the meal, includingcalling, begging, and allo-feeding. Maybe the Peregrines

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eagle moving nest???

2013-02-14 Thread nutter.dave
Many observers have noticed this new nest-building activity over the past several months. I think the question is, what will happen to the photogenic nest atop the pylon? Are there enough Bald Eagles around for another pair to use it? Would they even tolerate being so close? Will Ospreys reclaim

[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagles nesting again in Ulysses

2013-02-14 Thread nutter.dave
For the 4th year Bald Eagles are nesting in Tompkins County on the west side of the lake. Knowing exactly where to set up my scope, this afternoon (14 February) I was able to look between branches of the high, deep nest and see the yellow-orange bill changing position against the white of the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] NO. SHRIKE

2013-02-13 Thread nutter.dave
When I first read the subject line, I thought it was reporting the absence of a shrike: no shrike. Then I realized that it was an abbreviation for Northern Shrike. I often think it's worth the small extra effort to write the whole name of any bird in order to be clear, and I celebrate the very

Re: [cayugabirds-l] PEREGRINE FALCON on snag by swan pond, Stewart Par...

2013-02-13 Thread nutter.dave
About 11:30am I got a phone call from Melissa Groo, who had gone to Stewart Park in search of the Peregrine. If she doesn't post to the list by tomorrow morning what she told me she saw and photographed, I will do so. For the moment I will just say that Stewart Park is pretty special.--Dave

[cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe, yes. Tufted Duck, no.

2013-01-31 Thread nutter.dave
I spent about an hour and a half at the southwest corner of Cayuga Lake this morning. The west side is sheltered, and now that the temperature has dropped again, and the wind is not from the land to the south, there was almost no heat distortion over the water. There were waves in the middle and

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow Headed Blackbird 1/19 Armitage Rd

2013-01-20 Thread nutter.dave
The YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was with a flock of European Starlings yesterday in the first block west of the corner of NYS-89 Armitage.--Dave NutterBegin forwarded message:From: geneseebirds-l-requ...@geneseo.eduDate: January 19, 2013 4:39:06 PMTo: geneseebird...@geneseo.eduSubject: GeneseeBirds-L

[cayugabirds-l] OOB/OT: avoiding bird strikes by aircraft

2013-01-17 Thread nutter.dave
Europeans are finding ways to monitor birds to avoid risks to airplanes in real time:http://www.airtrafficmanagement.net/2013/01/as-the-crow-flies/--Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: Welcome and Basics Rules and Information Subscribe, Configuration and Leave

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park hybrid goose white breast-band

2013-01-14 Thread nutter.dave
Yesterday afternoon at Stewart Park I saw and heard a/the distinctive Canada X domestic Greylag Goose among Canadas, Mallards, and American Coots in the shallow water and rotting ice at the southeast corner of the lake. This time I also noticed a broad clean white stripe on it between the gray

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lone snow goose, Candor

2013-01-14 Thread nutter.dave
A single Snow Goose by the Wells College boathouse in Aurora on Sunday is interesting to me because on Saturday I saw from that location a flock of about a thousand of them out in the middle of the lake. Perhaps they were all off feeding when you arrived, and this was just the first to return, or

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park

2013-01-07 Thread nutter.dave
Today during taxi breaks I managed to visit Stewart Park East Shore Park several times. I missed the Peregrine. Early in the morning there was a GREAT BLUE HERON in the bit of stream which flows through the lagoon, but it flushed when I stopped to look at it, which surprised me. An adult LESSER

[cayugabirds-l] 2013 basin first records list

2013-01-07 Thread nutter.dave
The 2013 Cayuga Lake Basin First Records List is now underway and (I think) up to date. View it on the Cayuga Bird Club website under Resources here:http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/cayuga-lake-basin-first-recordsPlease let me know of errors or omissions.--Dave Nutter --

Re: Re:[cayugabirds-l] (Long comment) Exempt part of Cayuga Lake from hunting diving ducks

2013-01-06 Thread nutter.dave
I agree with John Confer and others. I think his arguments should be more clearly and succinctly stated in order to be clear to others and effective to those who make decisions. I'm not volunteering or attempting to do so here, just adding some observations.The number and variety of waterfowl

[cayugabirds-l] Saturday birding, Ithaca to Union Springs

2013-01-06 Thread nutter.dave
Some friends and I had a great day of birding yesterday. Our itinerary included Stewart Park, East Shore Park, a shrike search, Ladoga and Myers point, a quest for winter field birds, the Wells College boathouse and the bluffs to the south, the ponds and Frontenac Park in Union Springs, and

[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca, Dryden, Lansing birding totals

2013-01-06 Thread nutter.dave
I made tables to be filled in with birders' yearly species totals for the Town ( City) of Ithaca, the Town of Dryden, and the Town of Lansing. As Kevin McGowan noted, he could not find these for 2012, which was because I hadn't created the tables. Now I have, and while I was at it, I started

[cayugabirds-l] The Cup updated

2013-01-06 Thread nutter.dave
The site for the David Cup now starts witha table for the Cayuga Lake Basin for 2013, below which is the CLB table for 2012, and below that there arenow tables for counties for 2012:http://cayugabirds.pbworks.com/w/page/6630177/FrontPageSeveral of these tables should be sorted onto different pages

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crows coming in to roost

2013-01-06 Thread nutter.dave
Late this afternoon Laurie and I went on a short walk on the Cayuga Waterfront Trail between NYS-89 and the Flood Control Channel along Cass Park. I brought my scope in hopes of seeing a Turkey Vulture over Cayuga Heights, but no such luck. Instead, while skies over me were empty, I saw a steady

[cayugabirds-l] Redpoll, finally

2013-01-05 Thread nutter.dave
On Thursday Isort ofjoined the club, even though I can't claim big flocks are coming to my feeders, and I don't worry about what they consume. When I went out for a walk that afternoon the first bird I saw fly up from the ground behind my next door neighbor's house turned out to be a COMMON

Re: [cayugabirds-l] white-winged, but not a scoter, poor thing

2013-01-05 Thread nutter.dave
The bird which I counted as a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at East Shore Park today was initially on the water far to the northwest. Bob McGuire had been watching it and thought that's what it was, although I was initially unsatisfied with the view. About 9am it flew much farther north low over the lake

[cayugabirds-l] to reduce double-counting in future counts

2013-01-04 Thread nutter.dave
Observers should note the time and direction of flyovers, so that duplicate observations of the same bird(s) can be deleted. Instructions should be explicit as to when this rule applies. This suggestion is from John Gregoire, who used it on other counts. --Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carcase identification-murder most foul

2013-01-03 Thread nutter.dave
From this should we assume that there was a live Wood Duck in the count circle during count week or in the basin in 2012?--Dave NutterOn Jan 03, 2013, at 11:28 AM, "Kevin J. McGowan" k...@cornell.edu wrote:That’s a Wood Duck. Note the yellowish, webbed feet, the shiny patch on the top of the wing

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carcase identification-murder most foul

2013-01-03 Thread nutter.dave
I meant 2013. Even typing I'm not used to the new year.--Dave NutterOn Jan 03, 2013, at 01:15 PM, nutter.d...@me.com wrote:From this should we assume that there was a live Wood Duck in the count circle during count week or in the basin in 2012?--Dave NutterOn Jan 03, 2013, at 11:28 AM, "Kevin J.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] More CBC birds for 2013

2013-01-03 Thread nutter.dave
Quite a few birders spend part of the count day dutifully covering their territory, and another part poaching on other territories. That's what I did, but I spent so much time on my own area that it was getting dark by the time I got to the lake. I wasn't able to find as much as I hoped, but I did

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carcass identification-murder most foul

2013-01-03 Thread nutter.dave
I thought the amount of snow on top of it might indicate how long it had been there.--Dave NutterOn Jan 03, 2013, at 01:23 PM, Meena Haribal m...@cornell.edu wrote:Dave, I guess you have to prove that it was alive in 2013. So need to do accurate time of death on this bird even to count for the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] More CBC birds for 2013

2013-01-03 Thread nutter.dave
There was some discussion of potential multiple-counting of Tundra Swan flocks,but not a flock-by-flock analysis, and I don't think any adjustments were made among sectors at the compilation. Sector leaders may have tried to adjust among parties in their sector beforehand. I think it would be a

[cayugabirds-l] grebes, loons, coots, a few odd ducks, and a Peregrine

2013-01-03 Thread nutter.dave
This afternoon I walked to the southwest part of the lake hoping to bolster my 2013 Luddite List with waterfowl (I was so late on count day that I drove there), but numbers and variety of waterfowl were down due to a party of gunners next to the red lighthouse. Still, I found some cool

Re: [cayugabirds-l] town lists for 2012

2013-01-02 Thread nutter.dave
Kevin (and other Ithaca, Dryden, Lansing, Tompkins Cayuga Lake Basin listers),Sorry, I was pretty lazy with the Cup wiki for 2012. Instead of saving all the 2011 stuff on another page, I made a 2012 Cayuga Lake Basin table but put it on the regular page above the 2011 CLB table.In 2011 there was

[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Christmas Bird Count 1/1/2013 - quick dirty data; what to look for

2013-01-01 Thread nutter.dave
From my notes at the compilation of today's Ithaca Christmas Bird Count:These 95 Species (plus 1 hybrid) were found on today's count:Snow GooseCackling Goose - 2 at Stewart Park by Ken RosenbergCanada GooseTundra Swan - new high of 396: many flocks migratingGadwall5American Wigeon - 2 at Stewart

[cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vulture roost possibilities

2012-12-31 Thread nutter.dave
I don't know for certain where the Turkey Vultures are roosting, but I suspect the evergreens west of Community Corners from Spruce Lane south. Another place I've seen them gathering near dusk is along NYS-366 just east of the Cornell fleet garage in evergreens on the slope down to Varna. I've

Re: [cayugabirds-l] More Snow Geese depart

2012-12-30 Thread nutter.dave
Last night about 1015pm as I was shoveling my sidewalk one last time before going to bed, I heard geese overhead. They were fairly low, and not particularly going south. I don't know why they were wandering around in the low clouds lit up by Ithaca's street lights. Mostly they were Canadas, but I

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca count week

2012-12-30 Thread nutter.dave
This afternoon I returned and added several species for count week:SNOW GOOSE - single white adult alone in the middle of the lake.TUNDRA SWAN - a pair of adults to the northwestGADWALL - pairs and small groups scattered on lake, along shore and with groups of other speciesAMERICAN WIGEON - 3

[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca count week

2012-12-29 Thread nutter.dave
In case there are species of birds within the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count which we miss on count day (1 January 2013), we can add them to our total if we find them in the 3 days prior to or the 3 days subsequent to count day. That started today. Please report any unusual birds starting today so

[cayugabirds-l] mockingbirds in winter

2012-12-25 Thread nutter.dave
On Sunday there were 2 Northern Mockingbirds together in Staghorn Sumac and another small fruiting weed-tree I don't know by name along the edge of Cayuga Inlet in Cass Park. What surprised me was that there were 2 of them close together, and they seemed amicable during the moments I saw them.

[cayugabirds-l] geese falcon reported

2012-12-18 Thread nutter.dave
Norm ( all),A couple possibilities for the goose similar to a Canada but with extra speckling on the head and neck: First, it's not too rare to see variants among the thousands of Canada Geese which pass by here, including individuals with a few - or even a lot - of white feathers on the head and

[cayugabirds-l] Townsend's Solitaire continues at Sampson SP

2012-12-11 Thread nutter.dave
Shortly after 8am today David Weber reported that the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, discovered on 9 December by Tim Lenz, continues at Sampson State Park. The park is in the Town of Romulus in Seneca County on the east side of Seneca Lake. From the park entrance on NYS-96A go west to the large traffic

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Townsend's Solitaire continues at Sampson SP

2012-12-11 Thread nutter.dave
This afternoon Ann Mitchell I looked for the Townsend's Solitaire. We arrived about noon and found about half a dozen birders in the vicinity on the paved roads. A couple said they had seen the bird earlier for about 15 minutes perched atop a deciduous tree 100 yards to the west. Soon after we

Re: [cayugabirds-l] TOWNSEND SOLITAIRE - Sampson State Park - Seneca Lake

2012-12-09 Thread nutter.dave
B Van Doren texted to the RBA at 12:52 that the Townsend's Solitaire is still in the original location and calling.--Dave NutterOn Dec 09, 2012, at 11:00 AM, "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" c...@cornell.edu wrote:Tim Lenz texted a message to the CayugaRBA alert system that there is a TOWNSEND

Re: [cayugabirds-l] TOWNSEND SOLITAIRE - Sampson State Park - Seneca Lake

2012-12-09 Thread nutter.dave
I just talked to Jerry Lazarczyk at 1:40pm who had just seen the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, as had the Tetlows earlier. Jerry said to go in the main entrance to the park, then turn right at the circle and the bird is about 100 - 200 yards from the end of this road which has a green gate. Although it

Re: [cayugabirds-l] TOWNSEND SOLITAIRE - Sampson State Park - Seneca Lake

2012-12-09 Thread nutter.dave
2:25pm Jerry says the Townsend's Solitaire has moved beyond the end of this road toward the lake along another road. Still 6 or more people watching it.--Dave NutterOn Dec 09, 2012, at 01:53 PM, nutter.d...@me.com wrote:I just talked to Jerry Lazarczyk at 1:40pm who had just seen the TOWNSEND'S

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Townsend's Solitaire-Sampson State Park

2012-12-09 Thread nutter.dave
Last seen around 3:40pm. Thanks to Tim Lenz for his find text RBA, to Benjamin Van Doren, Jerry Lazarczyk, Chris Tessaglia-Hymes for updates. This was also cross-posted several times to Cayugabirds-L by Chris TH myself.--Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: Welcome and Basics

[cayugabirds-l] Common Redpolls on N Triphammer in Lansing

2012-12-08 Thread nutter.dave
Bob McGuire just called me to report a flock of 40 COMMON REDPOLLS (but no Hoary Redpolls) in the birches in the triangle of land between North Triphammer Road, Hillcrest Road, and Triphammer Terrace in the Town of Lansing. He thinks they may be there awhile.--Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L

Re: [cayugabirds-l] The white left-winged Turkey Vulture flew from roo...

2012-11-28 Thread nutter.dave
I was able to stop in the empty taxi and get a binocular view of this unique TURKEY VULTURE with white outer half of left wing except for a small normal patch on the wrist as seen from below. It even had the single outermost *right* primary white, as Chris Pelkie noted in his photo from last year.

[cayugabirds-l] Freese Rd 20 Nov harrier, snipe, etc

2012-11-21 Thread nutter.dave
I did get a fine look at a male NORTHERN HARRIER low over the fields to the northwest, and I flushed a WILSON'S SNIPE from the grassy fringes of the marsh northeast of the pond, and there were a few RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS among the EUROPEAN STARLINGS working the fields.

[cayugabirds-l] Freese Rd LeConte's Sparrow NOT re-found 20 Nov

2012-11-20 Thread nutter.dave
The Le Conte's Sparrow was NOT re-found this morning near the pond or in adjacent grassy and weedy fields on Freese Road, although several birders quietly searched and waited for it to show up throughout the morning. Given its secretive nature it is possible that the bird is still around, and that

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Fuertes Le Conte's Sparrow

2012-11-19 Thread nutter.dave
Matt,Yes, your memory is correct. This is from the account for Le Conte's Sparrow in John Bull, _Birds of New York State_, 1974, with 1976 supplement, reissued 1985:"Status: Casual -- two proved records for New York: (1) specimen collected at the head of Cayuga Lake, near Ithaca, Oct. 11, 1897

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayugarba red phalarope on nw lakeshore treman/hog...

2012-11-06 Thread nutter.dave
Still present when I left at 4:10pm as the sun went behind West Hill and the temperature dropped. The bird slowly worked its way back and forth several times along the length of the muddy lakeshore west of the northwest corner of the mowed loop path. It spun in the water for a couple minutes at

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma area Cattle Egret

2012-10-29 Thread nutter.dave
I would guess that means NYS-89 by the giant goose (Goose Haven) between 520 and I-90. I found a Cattle Egret among the cattle there late in a previous year.--Dave NutterOn Oct 28, 2012, at 10:26 PM, Jay McGowan jw...@cornell.edu wrote:No more information so far, hopefully we can get more

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