[cayugabirds-l] Orioles eating tomatoes

2019-09-19 Thread psaracin
Folks I'm getting a complaint that Orioles have been eating a friend's 
tomatoes. Might this be true? Thanks much.Pete Saracino Sent from my Verizon, 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Shorebird Walk Today August 25th, 2019 Montezuma NWR

2019-08-26 Thread psaracin
Thanks for agreeing to lead the trip Dave. Great fun. Great to also be a 
witness to the vast movement of birds across the continentah, the mystery 
and wonder of migrationPete SarSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy 
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 Original message From: David Nicosia  
Date: 8/25/19  9:36 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: NY Birds , 
Cayuga birds , BroomeBirds 
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Shorebird Walk Today 
August 25th, 2019 Montezuma NWR All, We had another very successful shorebird 
walk today Sunday August 25th along the dike between Knox-Marsellus Marsh and 
Puddler’s marsh. Between 715 am and 200 pm, we had a total of 70 people from 
different bird clubs around the area. I began with the group mostly  from the 
Cayuga Bird Club. The Rochester Birding Association and Rochester Young 
Birder’s club met up with us around 9-10 am. I birded with these groups until 
around 2 pm as the Cayuga Group left around noon.  This was the highest 
attendance I have ever experienced with these shorebird walks. I would like to 
thank all those who brought their expertise and assisted.  We were lucky to 
have some "world class" birding talent with us from the Lab of O as Dave Nutter 
mentioned in his email.  We also had many scopes which helped get people on 
birds. The success was because of the cooperative effort of all. Thank you!Now 
onto the birds…Rarities included continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN in the 
morning which took off before 10 am. LAUGHING GULL dropped back in with the 
gulls in KM marsh during the early afternoon. As for shorebirds there were more 
than I saw Friday. The habitat is getting better with more mudflats than 
Friday. Thanks to Linda Ziemba who has worked to prepare the habitat for 
shorebirds. Its working!Ann Mitchell got on a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, Dr. Shawn 
Billerman got on a molting AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, and Dave Nutter found the 
first of several STILT SANDPIPERS. There were many SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, a 
few possible LONG-BILLED candidates that no one could confirm. There were many 
yellowlegs of both species with the GREATER outnumbering the LESSER. LEAST and 
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were all over. We also had several PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. 
Pat Martin and I got on a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER that flew fairly close to the 
dike near some dowitchers. The white rump in flight was a give away. The bird 
was slate gray, longer than nearby SESAs, and primary projection past tail.  
This bird didn’t last long as it disappeared among a bunch peeps that flew by. 
The BAIRD’S was re-found by Jay McGowan later in the morning. Unfortunately we 
didn’t refind the White-rumped. There were also 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS at the 
beginning of the canal and 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER in transitional plumage. Jay 
found a WILSON’S SNIPE in flight and we had both KILLDEER and SEMIPALMATED 
PLOVERS. This makes 15 species of shorebirds! Later with the Rochester Birding 
Group many of the shorebirds came closer to the dike including the AMERICAN 
GOLDEN-PLOVER. This bird was joined by another golden-plover. We had great 
views of these birds and other of the above species. Unfortunately the BAIRD’S 
SANDPIPER was not re-found this time.Jay McGowan put together a comprehensive 
list that totaled 91 species which can be found 
here…https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59248832I did my own list because I 
stayed later with the Rochester group until about 2 pm. I totaled 75 species 
but had 4 additional species that were not seen on Jay’s list. That makes at 
least 95 species!My list is here…  
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59252385the birds I had in addition to the 91 
species were the LAUGHING GULL(landed on mudflat early afternoon), HAIRY 
WOODPECKER , BLUE JAY and NORTHERN FLICKER  (woods by beginning of trail on way 
out early afternoon).  These birds were heard only.I was wondering if we could 
ever get to 100 species collectively and in the coming weeks with passerine 
migration picking up, shorebirds still coming through and of course waterfowl 
and waders I bet it will happen. There is tremendous diversity in this marsh 
and these walks are so great in getting people to learn about and appreciate 
our birds. Thanks again to Andrea and Linda from Montezuma!Best,Dave Nicosia  

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[cayugabirds-l] Turkey eggs question.

2019-07-10 Thread psaracin
One of Janet Aiken's son's guy hit a turkey nest while mowing. Ryan found it 
this morning there are six eggs out of nine not broken. Anyone know if they 
could still be incubated or is it to late?ThanksPete Sar on behalf of JanetSent 
from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone_._,_._,_Sent from my Verizon, 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma shorebirds and babies.

2019-07-08 Thread psaracin
And so the "Fall" migration of shorebirds has begun.SarSent from my 
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 Original message From: metet...@gmail.com Date: 7/7/19  7:36 
PM  (GMT-05:00) To: Cayuga Birds  Subject: 
[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma shorebirds and babies. Joann and I drove through 
Montezuma this afternoon. We knew a few Yellowlegs had dropped in Friday but 
surprised to find 32 Lessers and 1 Greater plus 1 Least and 1 Spotted Sandpiper 
in the flooded grasses near the channel halfway down the main pool. Then 
another 27 Lesser and 3 Greater Yellowlegs at Eaton marsh. Shorebird Flats had 
2 Pied-billed Grebe families. One with 2 young, the other with 4. A Common 
Gallinule family there had 7 young. Up at the west end of Benning Marsh there 
was a Female Gadwall with 8 new babies. At Morgan Road a flock of 18 Sandhill 
Cranes were on the back edge of the cornfield on the right just before the 
first house. 2 more Cranes( no young)were on Carncross. Also the first time 
we’ve heard Cerluean Warbler in the woods just north of Carncross. Mike and 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red Knots NJ Delaware Bay Good News

2019-05-27 Thread psaracin
Cool!!!Great news.Here's hoping the trend continues.Pete SarSent from my 
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 Original message From: David Nicosia  
Date: 5/26/19  7:08 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: Cayuga birds 
, BroomeBirds  
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Red Knots NJ Delaware Bay Good News I have been in 
south NJ past couple days for the annual spring shorebird migration and I had a 
conversation with one of the folks who works with the Red Knots and other 
shorebirds. He told me that the preliminary numbers from last night's aerial 
survey is 30,000 Red Knots which is way above the 10 to 13 thousand that they 
have seen for many years. Of course, he cautioned it is a preliminary number 
but it falls in line with the horseshoe crab moratorium put into place 11 years 
ago in NJ. It takes 10 years for the crab to mature and they are seeing a 
rebound in horsecrabs as well. There is a long way to go but it is encouraging. 
There are also many more RUDDY TURNSTONES, and DUNLIN. SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS. 
Dave Nicosia 

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[cayugabirds-l] Black bellies plovers

2019-05-03 Thread psaracin
9 black bellied plovers on wildlife drive (MNWR). South of spillway and pretty 
far out west of drive. Observer Jackie Bakker. Scribe Pete Sar.Sent from my 
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[cayugabirds-l] Female Wilson's Phalarope

2019-05-03 Thread psaracin
Female Wilson's Phalarope MNWR  Main Pool halfway to spillway from start of 
Drive. Observer Jackie Bakker. Scribe Peter Saracino.Sent from my Verizon, 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Upland sandpipers & Lott Farm

2019-04-22 Thread psaracin
Just a brief point of clarification concerning my recent post about upland 
sandpipers on the Lott Farm. I went there on a tip from Dave Nutter who said 
Reuben had seen 2 of them the day before. Somine was NOT the first sighting 
of the year. That belongs to Reuben S.Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Upland Sandpipers

2019-04-19 Thread psaracin
2 upland sandpipers thia afternoon at Lott farm. Out behind cement " structure" 
straight out from where you pull in 9ff of Rt. 414.SarSent from my Verizon, 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Galinules!!

2019-04-19 Thread psaracin
2 galinules at MNWR (Sandhill Crane Unit).Observer = Jackie Bakker. Scribe = 
Pete Saracino.Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Green heron

2019-04-19 Thread psaracin
Green heron at MNWR (East Rd).SarSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Upland Sandpiper

2019-04-18 Thread psaracin
Cool. Back from the Argentine. 4000 miles- give or take.Sent from my 
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 Original message From: Dave Nutter  Date: 
4/18/19  4:29 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: CayugaBirds-L b  
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Upland Sandpiper Yesterday, 17 April, Reuben Stoltzfus 
saw 2 Upland Sandpipers at the Lott Farm, which is east of NYS-414 and north of 
Martin Rd  in Seneca Falls. I believe this is new for the Cayuga Lake Basin for 
the year, and I have added it to the list on the Cayuga Bird Club website, 
Resources page.- - Dave Nutter
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[cayugabirds-l] Blue wing teal

2019-03-31 Thread psaracin
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8 blue wing teal (mixed sexes) at Northern Montezuma today along Savannah 
Springs Lake  Rd. at Shorebird Flats.Pete Saracino 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Salt Point Osprey Nest Camera is On-line!

2019-03-31 Thread psaracin
Thanks! Osprey are returning to their nests atop towers along rt. 5&20 on the 
Montezuma Refuge.Pete SarSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 Original message From: Salt Point Osprey Camera 
 Date: 3/30/19  9:53 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: cayugabirds-l 
, oneidabi...@yahoogroups.com, 
geneseebird...@geneseo.edu Cc: Cindy Sedlacek , Susan Ruoff 
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Salt Point Osprey Nest Camera is 
On-line! Salt Point Osprey Nest Camera is On-line!Salt Point Osprey Nest 
Camerahttp://tinyurl.com/Salt-Point-Osprey-CamWatch Salt Point's Ophelia and 
Orpheus court, incubate eggs, raise their family, and help them fledge on the 
nest camera in Lansing. Since there is no WiFi, the footage cannot be broadcast 
live, but it is uploaded daily on the Salt Point Osprey Camera channel on 
YouTube. So far, the recordings show Orpheus delivery countless sticks (at 
least 20-40 per day) refurbishing the nest for Ophelia's arrival. His building 
was painfully slow: for almost every stick he'd bring, another would fall off 
the nest. Eventually, after seven days of work, the nest is a few inches higher 
and has fresh leaves and grasses in the nest bowl—ready to entice and welcome 
Ophelia.And it did. Ophelia arrived at the Salt Point nest at about 6:00 pm 
tonight and the pair was seen sitting in the nest together and then copulating 
on the nest perch at 6:32 pm. It's a relief to have them both back from their 
long migrations. (Ophelia arrived on March 30 last year also.) This week should 
bring many ospreys back to the area.Please report any osprey sightings you have 
and let me know if you find a new nest not listed in the Cayuga Lake Osprey 
Trail. This information is used for a survey of the osprey population in the 
Cayuga Lake Basin and the eleven Finger Lakes. Thank you very much!CandaceEYES 
ON OSPREYSRead!On Osprey TimeWatch!Salt Point Osprey Nest CamExplore!Cayuga 
Lake Osprey Trail

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] FOY Pine Warbler

2019-03-30 Thread psaracin
Yeah!SarSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
 Original message From: Joshua Snodgrass  
Date: 3/30/19  12:06 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] FOY Pine Warbler Just 
had my FOY Pine Warbler pass through my yard in Interlaken. Here they come!-Josh

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lesser-Heard Sounds of Spring

2019-03-26 Thread psaracin
Thanks Suan. The sounds of the planet coming to Life!I heard peepers last night 
near the intersection of Rt. 14 and Cross Rd. a bit north of Geneva NY.Sent 
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Date: 3/26/19  12:13 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Lesser-Heard Sounds 
of Spring Sunday afternoon I sat at Stewart Park looking out at the relative 
low bird count. Of interest were two American Wigeons foraging "somewhat" close 
(I was hoping they'd get closer for better photos, though they never did), and 
11 Northern Pintails flying back and forth trying to decide whether to land 
(again, I had my camera settings poised for them to land right in front of me, 
but instead they decided to continue north and away). At one point two male 
Green-Winged Teals appeared, and coincident with their appearance I started 
hearing short "prrt" calls, reminiscent of tree frog. I checked my Sibley App 
and sure enough, they were indeed from the GW Teals, a vocalization I'd never 
heard, or maybe just never noticed, before. (The recording "male lands and 
peeps NE" has a sequence of them, whereas what I heard were single "peep"s 
about ten seconds apart, not sure if coming from one of the birds or both in 
turn.)Yesterday afternoon while walking around Commonland, a Cooper's Hawk flew 
to the top of a tree and sat vocalizing for a while, with a "mek mek mek" call 
I don't think I've heard before. It was reminiscent of Common Gallinule, but in 
a falcon-like repetitive pattern. The only other Cooper vocalization I remember 
was at Steve Kress' house a number of years back, which was a single longer 
call was reminiscent of sapsucker.Also, heard one Pine Siskin singing yesterday 
morning outside my house, but had no binoculars.Suan

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ringwood Rd Northern Cardinal

2019-01-30 Thread psaracin
Yes, embrace!!!And try to remember, no Winter lasts forever.Stay warm all!Pete 
Sar


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 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ringwood Rd Northern 
Cardinal 
Despite the temp being -6 F here on the mountain earlier this morning, there 
was a Northern Cardinal singing in the yard. 
Embrace winter! 

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield - redpoll food

2019-01-09 Thread psaracin
Marie, I believe I saw some Queen Anne's Lace in there the other day as 
well.Pete


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 Original message From: "Marie P. Read"  
Date: 1/9/19  8:22 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: Regi Teasley , 
Rachel Lodder  Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
, Barbara Bauer Sadovnic  
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield - redpoll food 
Re. redpolls: 

The Mt Pleasant Rd redpolls were eating the seeds of various weeds in the 
field, many of which actually are introduced species. Over the past few weeks I 
have tried to identify them from the dead plant stems and seed heads...it's not 
easy. Some of them (I think) are chicory, goldenrod (native), dock (not 
burdock), plantain, hyssop, bedstraw and I'm sure there are others. 

BTW, the redpolls are now frequenting the even-weedier field immediately west 
of the white observatory building on Mt Pleasant Rd.

Are there any reports of redpolls at feeders?

Marie




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From: bounce-123232231-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-123232231-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Regi Teasley 
[rltcay...@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 4:56 PM
To: Rachel Lodder
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L; Barbara Bauer Sadovnic
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield

Thanks for this.  Does anyone know what they are eating?

Regi
What good is a house if you don’t have a tolerable planet to put it in?  Henry 
David Thoreau

On Jan 9, 2019, at 4:40 PM, Rachel Lodder 
mailto:rachel.lod...@outlook.com>> wrote:

I saw them there today at 2 pm, as well - maybe 130-40? It was really difficult 
counting them in the wind!
They were about 1/4 mile down from the corner of Tucker and Aiken Roads, on the 
east side of Tucker, feeding in the brush and vegetation alongside the road. 
Very easy to see! Great!


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mailto:bounce-123228757-81221...@list.cornell.edu>>
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield

At least 100 redpolls were at the corner of Aiken and Tucker Roads, and in the 
weeds further up Tucker today.  I’ve seen them several times here in the last 
few weeks, but this was the first time they let themselves be photographed 
(badly!) and counted!


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] FOS American Tree Sparrow

2018-11-21 Thread psaracin
Had one here near Phelps, NYSar


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[cayugabirds-l] FOS American Tree Sparrow 

Had our first two visit the feeders today.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] FW: [eatonbirdingsociety] Snowy owl

2018-10-30 Thread psaracin
And so it begins.Pete SarSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] FW: 
[eatonbirdingsociety] Snowy owl 

 
 
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Subject: [eatonbirdingsociety] Snowy owl
 


There is a snowy owl in a cornfield on the west side of Number Nine Rd about 
one-half mile south of Leet Rd.


 


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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Dunlin

2018-10-19 Thread psaracin
Flock of 200+ Dunlin at MNWR Visitors Center pool today (Friday) around 4:45 
p.m. I have never seen so many in one place!Pete Saracino


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[cayugabirds-l] Ring bills

2018-10-14 Thread psaracin

There are a GAZILLION ring-billed gulls at the Tops plaza in Geneva I have 
never seen so many in my life!!!
Migrants staging?

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

2018-10-07 Thread psaracin
And both species of yellowlegs! Thanks to the Ithaca contingent for helping us 
spot the Godwit!


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 Date: 10/7/18  10:56 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: jay 
mcgowan  Cc: Cayugabirdlist , 
nysbird...@cornell.edu, geneseebirds-l , 
oneidabi...@yahoogroups.com Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hudsonian Godwit, 
Montezuma NWR 
Thanks for posting, Jay.
Several of us had the HUDWIT in the pool at the refuge visitor’s center 
yesterday, early afternoon. Good looks from the balcony. About 15 minutes after 
being first seen it took off and flew NNE until we lost sight of it. It 
appeared to be heading towards K-M. We checked there an hour later and were 
unable to spot it. 
The visitor’s center pool held an ever-changing set of shorebirds: Long-billed 
Dowitchers, Stilt Sandpiper, and Dunlin.
Bob McGuire
On Oct 7, 2018, at 10:36 AM, Jay McGowan  wrote:
The HUDSONIAN GODWIT that has been reported intermittently the last few days is 
currently in Knox-Marsellus Marsh at Montezuma NWR as viewed from East Road 
(Seneca County). It seems to be favoring a more vegetated area in the middle of 
the marsh but will come out to more open areas in the northast section 
occasionally.
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] White rumps at Montezuma

2018-09-18 Thread psaracin
Nice flock of 13 white rumps at Benning Marsh (MNWR) today in late 
afternoon...along with a few stilts, and a bunch of least, and semipalmated 
sandpipers and plovers.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Montezuma NWR.

2018-09-13 Thread psaracin
Thanks Dave. Just in time for the Muckrace!!Sar


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9/13/18  10:01 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: CayugaBirds-L b  
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Montezuma NWR. 
I was at the Montezuma NWR scoping Knox-Marsellus marsh from the East Road 
overlook this afternoon with Bob McGuire, Ann Mitchell, & Diane Morton, and I 
believe we saw at least 2 and possibly as many as 5 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS on 
the distant mud, along with numerous Semipalmated Plovers, Semipalmated 
Sandpipers, and Least Sandpipers.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Today's Guided Montezuma Shorebird Walk Knox-Marcellus Marsh

2018-08-25 Thread psaracin
Thanks again Dave, et.al. for sharing your time and expertise. Once again an 
enjoyable outing with great company and birds.Pete Sar


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 Original message From: David Nicosia  
Date: 8/25/18  4:54 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: Cayuga birds 
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 Cc: "Van Beusichem, Andrea" 
, "Ziemba, Linda"  Subject: 
[cayugabirds-l] Today's Guided Montezuma Shorebird Walk Knox-Marcellus Marsh 
All, 
We had an awesome day, people were very nice, weather was perfect, habitat 
excellent and there were good numbers and variety of shorebirds and other birds 
too.  We had great views of BAIRD'S, WHITE-RUMPED, SEMIPALMATED, LEAST, 
PECTORAL and STILT SANDPIPERS. Also present were both species of yellowlegs, 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and of course KILLDEER. Some of us 
also got on a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER which was among SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. A 
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was also spotted by Chris Wood from East Road but we 
weren't able to relocate it. A PEREGRINE FALCON was really stirring up the 
shorebirds by this time.  The immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was still 
present. All in all, a great day. Special thanks to Dave Nutter, Bob McGuire, 
Jay McGowan and Tim Lenz would assisted me in finding birds and helping make 
sure people got on many of these birds. Ebird list is below. Please email me if 
you want me to share this ebird list with you. I already have received a couple 
emails and shared this list. 
Montezuma NWR--Knox-Marsellus Marsh, Seneca, New York, US
Aug 25, 2018 7:16 AM - 11:01 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Montezuma NWR Guided Shorebird walk. 28 people in attendance. 
Partly Sunny, temperatures in the 60s and 70s, nice breeze, low humidity, water 
levels and habitat excellent for shorebirds.
61 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  35    Estimated. probably many more.
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)  6
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  2
Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)  14
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)  2
Gadwall (Mareca strepera)  1
American Wigeon (Mareca americana)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  250    Estimated
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  2
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  16
Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis)  100    Estimated
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)  6
Sandhill Crane (tabida/rowani) (Antigone canadensis tabida/rowani)  9
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)  5    Adults in worn breeding 
plumage.
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)  45    Estimated
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  40    Estimated
Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus)  2    adults almost molted to basic 
plumage. some hints of barring on the belly.
Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii)  1
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  150    Estimated. Mostly juveniles
White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis)  12    adults varying from worn 
breeding plumage with still fairly "neat" striping on the upper breast to the 
more slate-gray plumage closer to basic plumage. Most individuals were well 
into molt.
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)  50    Estimated
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)  75    Estimated. many juveniles.
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)  11    Juveniles. birds showed 
rich coloration still, with patterning on tertials evident.
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)  1    Bird was similar in size 
to the SBDOs but had more grayish plumage on the upper breast and sides, and no 
patterning evident on the tertials.
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  8
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)  250    Estimated
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  28
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  2    adults.
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)  13    several juveniles being fed by adults.
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  5
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) (Ardea herodias [herodias Group])  50    Estimated
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  25    Estimated
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1    immature.
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)  1    Continuing immature.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)  2
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  3    1 adults and 2 immatures.
Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) (Buteo jamaicensis borealis)  1
Great Horned Owl (Great Horned) (Bubo virginianus [virginianus Group])  1    
Calling beginning
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) (Dryobates pubescens pubescens/medianus)  1
Peregrine Falcon (North American) (Falco peregrinus anatum)  1    chasing 
shorebirds.
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  3
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  55
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)  1
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)  100
swallow sp. (Hirundinidae sp.)  750    

[cayugabirds-l] Odd hummer behavior

2018-08-25 Thread psaracin
Hi folks. My brother has a hummingbird feeding at his feeder who then flies 
right up to his face and stares at him. Might it be a young bird of this year 
who has yet to become afraid of people?Thanks!Pete Saracino


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[cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Today’s ‘Shorebird Walk’ and Montezuma NWR

2018-08-19 Thread psaracin
Thanks for sharing your time and knowledge with us Dave!!Pete Sar


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8/18/18  9:55 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: CayugaBirds-L b , 
andrea_vanbeusic...@fws.gov Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Today’s ‘Shorebird Walk’ 
and Montezuma NWR 
Refuge staff worked to drain Knox-Marsellus marsh of the rain which accumulated 
this week, but despite the effort the water today was so high that there was no 
mud, and the shallows were mostly among weeds. With considerable effort we were 
able to see Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs separately in K-M Marsh, and with 
good luck we also saw them flying together, although it appeared that some were 
leaving headed south. We also had very close looks at a juvenile plumage 
Spotted Sandpiper who stood on the pipe in the NE corner of the K-M Marsh while 
we on the adjacent dike. We found no other shorebirds. However I understand 
that this coming Saturday, 25 August, Dave Nicosia plans to do another 
shorebird walk, and meanwhile efforts to bring water levels down should 
continue while more shorebirds migrate into the area. After today’s walk I 
checked the Wildlife Drive and found a few shorebirds at Benning Marsh, 
including at least one Greater Yellowlegs, several Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Least 
Sandpipers, and 4 adult Dowitchers.  
Despite the paucity of shorebirds, our group of 16 birders had a pleasant walk 
in comfortable temperatures, under clouds and occasional very light rain. 
Highlights included: 
A trio of Trumpeter Swans who spent the day at K-M, sometimes joined by the 
single who has been there previous days. This trio frequently gave double-noted 
clarinet-like calls (I think the species was mis-named), which were new to some 
birders. 

Various eclipse plumage dabblers, including Wood Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged 
Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, and American Wigeon. 
An Osprey who caught a fish very close to us. 
A Peregrine Falcon who repeatedly strafed K-M on 2 occasions rousing many of 
the birds. 
An adult Bald Eagle who also hunted in K-M, again raising a cloud of birds, 
while we were by Puddler.
Northern Harriers hunting over K-M, Puddler, and areas to the NE, including 
female, male, and immature plumages. 
The continuing immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron who flew past us from 
Puddler toward K-M, a life bird for some. I stayed late and refound it in K-M. 
Immature and adult Black-crowned Night-Herons were more obvious.  
At least 22 Great Egrets. 
Winter-plumage Bobolinks calling over head and perched in weeds outside the 
dikes. 
All the usual Swallows except Cliff, plus Chimney Swift. There were more 
mosquitos for them to eat than on past walks. 
In all I tallied 51 species of birds. 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Larue St. Clair

2018-07-17 Thread psaracin
Rest in Peace Larue.Pete Saracino


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, oneida birds  Subject: 
[cayugabirds-l] Larue St. Clair 
Our wonderful friend & avid birder, Larue St. Clair, died in the Auburn 
hosp. 13 July 2018 at age 92. Terribly lonely after his wife died he 
became interested in birding. He had volunteered for 25 yrs. at 
Montezuma NWR & made many friends over those yrs..

His contributions to MNWR were many. With Jackie Bakker as chauffeur in 
later yrs., they made a great team in spotting, faithfully reporting &  
posting birds seen. We're all the better for what he & they did.

Rest in well deserved peace, Larue. You'll not be forgotten.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Shorebirds

2018-07-14 Thread psaracin
Thanks Chris. Solitary sandpipers are also arriving as are Caspisn terns (seen 
on our Friday  Refuge survey).Pete Saracino


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, Cayugabirds , 
Geneseebirds  Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma 
Shorebirds 
It was 90 degrees yesterday but the presence of 100 shorebirds on the Monteuma 
Audubon Center mudflats signifies the beginning of the autumn bird migration. 
Least Sandpipers and Lesser Yellowlegs dominated the landscape but breeding 
Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers were also found feasting on insects. Good 
birding!
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[cayugabirds-l] Next generation and a hint of Passage...

2018-07-03 Thread psaracin
Lesser and greater yellowlegs beginning to make their way back this way on 
their return journey South (Failed breeders? Females?). More of the lesser 
yellowlegs than greater. Also a few semipalmated sandpipers as well. Seen with 
Jackie Baker along Puddler's Dike during weekly Refuge Survey today (July 3rd). 
Caspian terns beginning to arrive in small numbers as well. In the meantime we 
are seeing the next generation of mallards, hooded mergs, wood ducks, coots, 
gallinules, pied-billed grebes and even spotted sandpipers. It's cool to see 
the explosion of new life even as the Yellowlegs' arrival reminds us that no 
Summer lasts forever. Enjoy these long days!!
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Mz White-rumped

2018-06-14 Thread psaracin
Mike we've been watching the Spotteds courting and sparking over Seneca Flats 
way. Nice to know they have a family!!Pete Sar


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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Mz White-rumped 

> 
> White-rumped Sandpiper with 24 Semi-palmateds along MZ wildlife drive right 
> at Eagle sculpture. 4 baby Spotteds on Seneca Flats-way better!!Mike Tetlow 
> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Directions needed

2018-06-08 Thread psaracin


Hi folks. Can anyone tell me how to reach BY  CAR the section of Lindsay 
Parsons closest to where the wormeating warblers tend to hang out? I know how 
to get to Lindsay Parsons itself. Thanks!Pete Saracino
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[cayugabirds-l] Yet another sandhill crane family?

2018-06-02 Thread psaracin
Today while  at Knox Marcellus (MNWR) I noticed a pair of sandhills with 1 colt 
 in their usual spot. As I was leaving and heading toward the south end of East 
Rd I spied another pair with a colt! Combined with the pair on Rt. 89 and the 
one recently observed along Rt. 31 this may make for the 4th family observed on 
the Reguge this Springtime will tell.Pete Sar


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[cayugabirds-l] Another crane family near refuge.

2018-05-29 Thread psaracin

New family of cranes (1 colt) walking in field across from potato barn on Rt 
31. Made a quick trip to Knox and located the Knox family to be sure we weren't 
seeing the Knox/Marcellus family near the potato barn. Seen with Jackie Baker 
at today's conclusion of Refuge survey.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma NWR Tschache Pool Spring Shorebird Walk May 26th, 2018

2018-05-27 Thread psaracin
Thanks to YOU Dave for taking the time and energy and talent to set this up. 
Great experience with lots of good, knowledgeable people. I've definitely grown 
in my confidence with  shorebird identification.See you again in late 
summer!Pete Sar


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Date: 5/27/18  9:59 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: NY Birds , 
Cayuga birds , broomebi...@googlegroups.com Cc: "Van 
Beusichem, Andrea" , "Ziemba, Linda" 
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma NWR Tschache Pool 
Spring Shorebird Walk May 26th, 2018 
All, 
We had an awesome turnout for the second spring shorebird walk along part of 
the restricted area of Tschache Pool.  I estimated at least 45 people as some 
came later and others left  earlier. There were 27 cars parked at the parking 
area by the tower at Tschache at one point! This was the second walk for the 
spring shorebird season at Tschache allowed by the Montezuma Refuge staff. Much 
thanks to 

Andrea VanBeusichem for organizing these walks.  
The weather was very warm and humid and after a string of warm days and south 
winds we did't have the numbers of shorebirds as last week as many have moved 
on. However, we still had 9 species of shorebirds which offered excellent looks 
including close views of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, DUNLIN (breeding plumage), 
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (breeding plumage), SEMIPALMATED and LEAST SANDPIPERS. 
There was also a nice adult breeding EURASIAN WIGEON. We had many top-notch 
birders along which made a big difference in finding birds and teaching people 
about shorebirds for such a large group. I couldn't have done this alone.  A 
BIG thanks to these folks.  I would also like to thank Mike DeWispelaere who 
came up with me all the way from Norwich and took some nice photos and kept the 
checklist. We totaled 72 species many of which we heard in the woods adjacent 
to Tschache. 
Our ebird list can be found here with 
photoshttps://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46038624

Best,Dave Nicosia 





 


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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill cranes and colt

2018-05-23 Thread psaracin

2 sandhill cranes with one colt at Wilgoose/MNWR/Rt.89 near Goose Haven seen 
tonight (5/23/18) with Jackie Baker after eagle nest check durvey. 






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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma birds today

2018-04-10 Thread psaracin
 Some cool birds observed today (4/10/18) during part one of weekly survey of 
the Montezuma Refuge:1 Common Moorehen on Main Pool4 Great Egrets at Tschache 
Pool1 Greater Yellowlegs at Seneca FlatsHundreds of tree swallows perched on 
marsh vegetation at May's Point Pool.Migration IS underway!!Jackie BakerPete 
Saracino.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ospreys

2018-04-08 Thread psaracin
Candace is there anyone you can give that feedback to?Pete Sar


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 Original message From: Candace Cornell  
Date: 4/7/18  9:55 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: Robyn Bailey , Carol 
Keeler , cayugabirds-l  
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ospreys 
Plastic saucers called nesting dishes are used extensively by utility companies 
throughout Florida to attract ospreys and eagles. Now, the National Grid is 
using them in Central NY. Unfortunately, the installers of the new nest dish 
off Rt. 89 at the Oak Orchard Campground does not appear to be seeded. It will 
be a hard beginning to the mating season to have to rebuild your nest from 
scratch without the stimuli of the seeded twigs. 



I don't care for these nesting dishes for several reasons. I don't think the 
dishes have enough drainage holes for severe rains storms. They also do not 
provide a perch from which the adults keep guard of the nest. With no real 
sides, these dishes do not prevent nest from blowing off the platform.​​​Eyes 
to the Sky,Canace​
On Fri, Apr 6, 201

8 at 10:59 AM, Robyn Bailey  wrote:
Hi Carol,



I'm told this is a National Grid "nest", not NYSEG, and that the disk is 
specifically made for eagles/ospreys. It might even be made out of fiberglass 
(rather than metal), as it is a commercial product popular with the southern 
utility companies who have LOTS of Ospreys.



That's all I know about it right now. But, I would be interested in any reports 
on whether or not it is accepted and successful.



Best,

Robyn Bailey



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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ospreys



Two ospreys on the beams on route 89 over the Clyde river and locks. Old nest 
was removed and replaced with a metal disk.



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

2018-04-01 Thread psaracin
Osprey!!!


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Date: 4/1/18  3:11 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: Candace Cornell <cec...@gmail.com>, Dave 
Nutter <nutter.d...@mac.com>, cayugabirds-l <cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu>, Cindy 
Sedlacek <c...@cornell.edu> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Ospreys, and 
other stuff 
If not reported I sorry on nest at Refuge (st. 5 and 20) as of Tuesday 
last...Pete Sar

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Date: 4/1/18  9:48 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: Dave Nutter <nutter.d...@mac.com>, 
cayugabirds-l <cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu>, Cindy Sedlacek <c...@cornell.edu> 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Ospreys, and other stuff 
Thank you Dave and Cindy to everyone for reporting yesterday's arrival of the 
ospreys. We should see most ospreys returning to their nests in the next two 
weeks. Unmated adult birds will also be checking out vacant nest boxes and 
vying for mates. Young osprey, hoping to breed, usually arrive a week or so 
after the adult wave, many acting like intruders and pestering nesting pairs.
So far Olive and Olin have returned to their McGovern Fields, Ophelia and 
Orpheus to Salt Point, the Treman Marine Park pair are on the nest, as well as 
the Union Fields ospreys. I have not seen the Cargil pair yet, but the always 
arrive at least a day before the Salt Point ospreys and are probably here.
Keep you eyes on the vacant nest platforms at Dryden Lake, Taughannock Park, 
and in Ithaca (the suspension bridge nest in Stewart Park, Hog's Hole, Newman 
Golf Course, and Cherry St.).  Around Lansing, there are vacant platforms at 
Millikan Station, Salmon Creek at Salt Point, Church Hill, and two on Portland 
Point. At least a few of these will be utilized this year.
Keep your eyes to the sky and please keep reporting any ospreys you see nesting!
Many thanks,Candace
On Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 8:49 PM, Dave Nutter <nutter.d...@mac.com> wrote:
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

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

2018-04-01 Thread psaracin
If not reported I sorry on nest at Refuge (st. 5 and 20) as of Tuesday 
last...Pete Sar

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 Original message From: Candace Cornell  
Date: 4/1/18  9:48 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: Dave Nutter , 
cayugabirds-l , Cindy Sedlacek  
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Ospreys, and other stuff 
Thank you Dave and Cindy to everyone for reporting yesterday's arrival of the 
ospreys. We should see most ospreys returning to their nests in the next two 
weeks. Unmated adult birds will also be checking out vacant nest boxes and 
vying for mates. Young osprey, hoping to breed, usually arrive a week or so 
after the adult wave, many acting like intruders and pestering nesting pairs.
So far Olive and Olin have returned to their McGovern Fields, Ophelia and 
Orpheus to Salt Point, the Treman Marine Park pair are on the nest, as well as 
the Union Fields ospreys. I have not seen the Cargil pair yet, but the always 
arrive at least a day before the Salt Point ospreys and are probably here.
Keep you eyes on the vacant nest platforms at Dryden Lake, Taughannock Park, 
and in Ithaca (the suspension bridge nest in Stewart Park, Hog's Hole, Newman 
Golf Course, and Cherry St.).  Around Lansing, there are vacant platforms at 
Millikan Station, Salmon Creek at Salt Point, Church Hill, and two on Portland 
Point. At least a few of these will be utilized this year.
Keep your eyes to the sky and please keep reporting any ospreys you see nesting!
Many thanks,Candace
On Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 8:49 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:
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.



- - Dave Nutter





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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Woodcock Peenting

2018-02-26 Thread psaracin
I read in "Bulls Birds of New York State (1998 edition) that 
woodcock".among our earliest breeders, with males reported in display as 
early as the last week in January and, commonly, by the last week of 
February."(pg. 268) That being said, these reports could possibly be from other 
(coastal?/southern?) N.Y. State.


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 Original message From: k...@empacc.net Date: 2/26/18  7:45 AM  
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Woodcock Peenting 

Wow! The 31 year norm here, just about 2 miles and a bit higher than you, is 
3/18 and the earliest was 3/8. Congrats Ken.
John


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On 2018-02-25 23:41, Ken Haas wrote:
Yesterday, Dave Nutter was riding with me as we participated in Suan's CBC 
field trip around the lake. Great trip, by the way many thanks to Suan and 
others. Dave suggested that I start listening for woodcock by the field next to 
where I live - just West of Mecklenberg on Rt. 79. So, 6:25PM this evening, I 
walked down the road to the field and PRESTO! There he was and I could hear him 
peenting clearly. Thanks Dave. Looks like Spring is trying to poke through 
Winter's shroud.
 
Ken Haas
 

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2018-02-21 Thread psaracin
Thanks Bob.Big flocks of  SNOW Geese south of Seneca Falls flying southeast of 
Fayette quarryno falcon in sight, Snowy owl near end of runway at SFNY 
Airport. No Slaty at VanCleef Lake.. 


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 Date: 2/21/18  1:59 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: Geo 
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese 
Just returned from a waterfowl count in the Montezuma Complex. Several thousand 
Snow Geese in the Rt 31 Mucklands. Much of the ponds/wetlands are still frozen 
(in general about 80% ice cover). Nevertheless, Northern Pintails, American 
Wigeon were there by the hundreds as well as a few GW Teal, Gadwall, Wood 
Ducks, Mallards and Black Ducks, and at least one Northern Shoveler. And quite 
a few Red-winged Blackbirds filtering in.

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

> West Danby - lots of Snow Geese have been re-entering the basin this morning 
> on a tail wind out of the south.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2018-02-21 Thread psaracin
2nd Snowy Owl at  SFNY Airport. Half way down runway atop a black box. Good 
view from parking lot off Peterman Rd.


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Date: 2/21/18  2:57 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: bob mcguire 
<bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com>, Geo Kloppel <geoklop...@gmail.com>, 
CAYUGABIRDS-L <cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 
Snow Geese 
Thanks Bob.Big flocks of  SNOW Geese south of Seneca Falls flying southeast of 
Fayette quarryno falcon in sight, Snowy owl near end of runway at SFNY 
Airport. No Slaty at VanCleef Lake.. 


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<bmcgu...@clarityconnect.com> Date: 2/21/18  1:59 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: Geo 
Kloppel <geoklop...@gmail.com>, CAYUGABIRDS-L <cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu> 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese 
Just returned from a waterfowl count in the Montezuma Complex. Several thousand 
Snow Geese in the Rt 31 Mucklands. Much of the ponds/wetlands are still frozen 
(in general about 80% ice cover). Nevertheless, Northern Pintails, American 
Wigeon were there by the hundreds as well as a few GW Teal, Gadwall, Wood 
Ducks, Mallards and Black Ducks, and at least one Northern Shoveler. And quite 
a few Red-winged Blackbirds filtering in.

Bob
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> West Danby - lots of Snow Geese have been re-entering the basin this morning 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2018-02-21 Thread psaracin
Cool. Saw,a nice flock in Yellow,Tavern Rd. south and east of Geneva, NY this 
past Saturday.


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Date: 2/21/18  10:54 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese 
West Danby - lots of Snow Geese have been re-entering the basin this morning on 
a tail wind out of the south.

-Geo 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?

2018-02-14 Thread psaracin
Thanks Dave but that data does not address the issue of daylength (which has 
remained essentially the,same for the time period you mentioned). Again I say 
the behavior is much more related to photoperiod (day length) than any other 
thing.Anyone else care to weigh in.


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Date: 2/14/18  8:30 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: Sandy Wold <sandra.w...@gmail.com>, 
Upstate NY Birding digest <cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu>, psaracin 
<psara...@rochester.rr.com> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier 
Spring? 

I have heard Cardinals, titmice, chickadees, and carolina wrens 
sing on clear, sunny mornings with light winds and temperatures near zero in 
February for years. Plus, looking at the long term temperature records for 
Ithaca NY (from the Cornell U. site), surprisingly there has been no long term 
trend in temperatures, even in the winter. I checked Jan-March, no trend and 
annually, which was slightly negative(probably not statistically significant). 
This means that from the late 1800s to present, there has been no warming and 
possibly even slight cooling at Ithaca! There has been a warming trend since 
the 1960s, which was the coolest part of the 20th century. Many people are 
comparing today's temperatures locally to the 60s.  If you look before that 
time period it was warmer and for some locations, like Ithaca, slightly warmer 
than today. So the argument about earlier spring weather locally does not apply 
to our birds based on this long running dataset. Of course, this is just 
locally. Not speaking to what is happening globally! 






On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 11:13:11 PM EST, 
psaracin <psara...@rochester.rr.com> wrote:





Sandy, I, too, have heard titmice and cardinals. I believe 
such behavior is more tied to hormonal responses brought on by increased 
daylength but am no ornitholigist.


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Date: 2/13/18  9:56 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: Upstate NY Birding digest 
<cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier 
Spring? 
Maybe this is obvious to everyone on this list with people reporting the call 
of a cardinal or "raven with nest material" in February.  But I also have been 
noticing sounds of spring (cardinal, titmouse, Carolina Wren, ...), crows 
checking out tree tops and pairing, crows bombing raptors,... since February 
1st (maybe even second or third week of January?).  I meant to write dates and 
temps in my notebook this year, but didn't.
It seems like all of this is happening a month or two early, am I wrong? Are 
there any scientific studies that show what triggers the timing of these 
territorial behaviors? Could it be a certain number of days above freezing?  I 
know the media talks about the growing seasons lengthening and things blooming 
earlier,... but I haven't seen anything written on bird nesting behavior.  Just 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?

2018-02-13 Thread psaracin
Sandy, I, too, have heard titmice and cardinals. I believe such behavior is 
more tied to hormonal responses brought on by increased daylength but am no 
ornitholigist.


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 Original message From: Sandy Wold  
Date: 2/13/18  9:56 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: Upstate NY Birding digest 
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier 
Spring? 
Maybe this is obvious to everyone on this list with people reporting the call 
of a cardinal or "raven with nest material" in February.  But I also have been 
noticing sounds of spring (cardinal, titmouse, Carolina Wren, ...), crows 
checking out tree tops and pairing, crows bombing raptors,... since February 
1st (maybe even second or third week of January?).  I meant to write dates and 
temps in my notebook this year, but didn't.
It seems like all of this is happening a month or two early, am I wrong? Are 
there any scientific studies that show what triggers the timing of these 
territorial behaviors? Could it be a certain number of days above freezing?  I 
know the media talks about the growing seasons lengthening and things blooming 
earlier,... but I haven't seen anything written on bird nesting behavior.  Just 
curious, thanks!Sandy---
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owls Finger Lakes Airport

2018-01-12 Thread psaracin
Actually a,3rd one around the corner atop a telephone pole on Hoster Rd.


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Snowy Owls Finger Lakes Airport 
There are currently 2 Snowy Owls visible right out by the runway.
Mike Gullo

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] the four Black Vultures

2017-12-27 Thread psaracin
Hi Kevin. Is the vultures' presence a sign of their creeping advance into the 
state?Thanks.Pete


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 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] the four Black 
Vultures 


Yesterday I got a good look at the four Black Vultures that have been hanging 
around. They were sitting together on one of the compost piles at the Cornell 
facility on Stevenson Road. Two of the four had very black faces and feathers 
higher
 up on the back of the head, indicating that they are young birds hatched this 
year. The other two had gray, wrinkled faces of adults.
 
I saw both juveniles interact with an adult, pecking at each other’s bill in 
what looked like an “affectionate” way. (We use the term “affiliative behavior” 
for things like grooming and other positive interactions.) They may have done 
some
 brief allopreening, but I couldn’t tell for sure.
 
Black Vultures are known to have a complex social system where they associate 
and cooperate with kin. Young Black Vultures are known to hang out with their 
parents up until the next breeding season.
 
I suspect this group is a mated pair with two offspring. That would explain why 
we always see the four together.
 
Also present was the leucistic Turkey Vulture that has been seen off and on for 
a number of years.
 
I have photos at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41325840.
 
Kevin
 
 

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