Re: [cayugabirds-l] Polyamorous Raptors (was Polygamous Osprey)

2022-05-09 Thread tess
For a dozen years, starting in the late 1980s, there were three Bald Eagles at Montezuma, two males and one female, who all stayed there year round.  They nested as a trio and successfully fledged young several years in a row.   If memory serves, only one of the males was ever observed

[cayugabirds-l] Make that two Baltimore Orioles

2022-04-27 Thread tess
There has been a male Baltimore Oriole at our feeders in SW Ovid off and on since Sunday morning.  This morning briefly there were two. Given the strong NW winds last night, seems less likely that a new one came in than that there have been two birds for at least 24 hrs. There frequently are

[cayugabirds-l] Baltimore Oriole

2022-04-24 Thread tess
Male was singing here in SW Ovid (Seneca Basin) at 7:30 am, it or another one was eating sunflower seeds (and ignoring the adjacent suet, which is what they normally prefer) on our feeder at 11:45. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Lone osprey on communication tower in Covert

2022-04-09 Thread tess
On Route 96, north of Trumansburg, one osprey was perched today at 11:25 am on the superstructure of the tower where they have nested for at least three years.  Someone (presumably whoever owns the tower) tore the 2021 nest down last summer pretty much the moment the nestling fledged, giving

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Song Sparrow and Tree Sparrow

2022-03-13 Thread tess
We do the same thing, but only put out white millet there. The squirrels are more interested in scavenging under the sunflower seed feeders, and the doves also prefer the sunflower seed, so the juncos & other sparrows mostly get the area under the picnic table to themselves. On 3/13/2022 8:16

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Overwintering Red-headed Woodpeckers generally

2022-03-01 Thread tess
Not in the basin, but several years ago one overwintered in Lodi, and pre-eBird we had one at our feeder in Ovid very early one year - I can't find the date for that right now but at that time we only put feed out in winter and very early spring, generally not after mid-March. Migration may be

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Not birds but.....

2022-01-15 Thread tess
Three options (at least): (1) Peter's resource is great because it seems like at least initially, the government will have kits on hand to send out. (2) But /in addition/_,_ for those who can find at-home tests for sale, anyone with health insurance /also/ can get 8 free tests/month.  So if

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Suet question

2022-01-09 Thread tess
I love Pine Tree Farms - nice people, good prices - and we get all our seed and suet there, but have never seen any suet there that didn't have seeds or peanuts in it.  You could try calling first - 607-532-4311. They also might have ideas for where to get some.  In decades of bird feeding, I

[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Falls Snowies - WARNING

2021-12-24 Thread tess
Hi, At 11:30 this morning there were two Snowy Owls at the airport.  One heavily bared bird was nestled against a runway light southeast of and not far from the main terminal building. A lighter individual was hunkered down farther away, on a ridge almost due east of the building.  Eight or

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Heat Pumps// A great read for birders to consider

2021-12-11 Thread tess
Hi Reggie, This isn't a hot water system heat pump, but we are very happy with the performance of the heat pump we tied into our forced air ventilation this summer.  It now is our heating source on days when it is above 25 or 30 degrees outside, and has the additional benefit that it can be

[cayugabirds-l] Tim Gallagher's article on Taughannock Peregrines wins first place for nature writing

2021-11-13 Thread tess
This may be old news to many, but Audubon just sent out an email out noting this award!  Link to the excellent story included in the quote below. > Three Award-Winning Stories from /Audubon/ Magazine >

[cayugabirds-l] Loon party on Seneca Lake

2021-10-29 Thread tess
There presently are at least 22 loons in a loose group, relatively close to the west shore midway down Seneca Lake.  None of them shows a trace of adult plumage so am guessing it's a group of juveniles who might be migrating together.  Lots of calling, some bathing and feeding activity.  Two

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [nysbirds-l] Swallow-tailed Kite continuing at location below, Yates Co., Penn Yan

2021-08-25 Thread tess
Haven't seen this on the list, in case anyone wants to head out to Penn Yan.  I have no info after this email about whether the bird still is being seen. Forwarded Message Subject:[nysbirds-l] Swallow-tailed Kite continuing at location below, Yates Co., Penn Yan

[cayugabirds-l] missing buteo?

2021-08-20 Thread tess
Hi, I think we may have spotted someone's hawk gone astray.  At 7:05 pm, we saw what we took to be a Red-Tailed Hawk on top of a utility pole.  It was standing in an odd position, almost like it was mantling something there.  We turned back, concerned that it's wing might be caught in a loop

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Seneca County Redpolls

2019-01-23 Thread tess
They were there this morning at 8:30 AM, feeding briefly on the standing (weed?) stalks and then flying up and moving 25 or 50 feet and settling down to feed briefly again, all the while calling continuously. At times they were right next to the road. I would have guessed 250 birds based on my

[cayugabirds-l] Eagle and Turkey Vulture southwest of Interlaken

2018-04-18 Thread tess
 Apparently there is a sizeable carcass of something in the middle of a field on the south side of Kellys Corners Road, maybe 1/4 mile west of Tunison.  At 1:00 pm this afternoon, a vulture was feeding on it and an adult Bald Eagle was standing 3-4 feet away, watching.  The instantaneous

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cedar Waxwings!

2018-04-04 Thread tess
I had a flock of 40 or more last week all afternoon and spent some time looking at them since they are such cool birds.  Oddly, not one had even a drop of red "wax" on its wings.  I know juveniles don't always show the red, so maybe the juvies flock up as a group and that was what these were, but

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Where are all my feeder birds

2017-10-25 Thread tess
Our (mostly red) oak trees had a huge mast year two years ago, but last year and this year the acorns have been at more normal production levels. Red oaks have a two year cycle for acorn production - the flowers from this year are next year's acorns - so it could be that 2018 will be another big

[cayugabirds-l] OT: anyone get a photo of the raccoon at Bock-Harvey on Sunday?

2017-05-30 Thread tess
I did not, and would love to have one if you are willing to share!  Pls pm any reply since attachments are verboten on this list. Thanks - Alicia  - Original Message - From: Mark Chao To:"Cayugabirds- L" Cc: Sent:Sun, 28 May 2017 17:34:33 -0400 Subject:[cayugabirds-l] Bock-Harvey and

[cayugabirds-l] Provisioned by an eagle

2017-05-09 Thread tess
In Bangladesh trained otters herd fish into fishing nets, and in Japan cormorants involuntarily fish for their owners, so maybe having fresh fish caught and delivered by an eagle isn't as special as I think but it was cool. Earlier today I was returning to our house after an hour of

Re: [cayugabirds-l] flock o' warblers - corection

2017-05-02 Thread tess
Apparently I got too excited: I meant *Golden-_Winged_ Warbler,* which I think is warbler species 26 for our yard. (It's golden crown made a big impression on me ... .) Thanks, Janet - Alicia On 5/2/2017 11:52 AM, Janet Akin wrote: > Golden Crowned Warbler? > > Sent from my iPhone > > On May

Re: [cayugabirds-l] URGENT ALERT: Dodge Rd Spruce Woods may be cut down for massive Solar Farm on Dodge rd, STARTING in APRIL !!

2017-03-20 Thread tess
Well, we always turn off lights not being used - and more importantly we have switched over to LED lights pretty much all through the house. We hang almost all of our laundry up to dry. We keep our thermostat very /very/ low all winter and do not have air conditioning. We have no 'instant

[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl, Ovid

2017-02-21 Thread tess
At 8:25 am today, an unusually white Snowy Owl was near the corner of Wycoff Road and Cty Rte 129 in the Town of Ovid.  It was about .2 mile south of the intersection, on the west side of 129, about 150' from the road on a small rise.  A female harrier was hunting in the same large field

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2016-12-06 Thread tess
At 8 am this morning, there were several thousand snow geese flying over and browsing in stubble in the northwest corner of Covert & south-central portion of the town of Ovid. All the flying geese were headed south, some funneling into the fields and the rest only moderately high up, looking

[cayugabirds-l] Flicker

2015-01-31 Thread tess
YS Flicker on our suet in Ovid. Only other winter flicker we have seen in 20+ yrs here was a sad pile of feathers under a cedar tree found in February 2012. Also have now been able to see both 2 male and 2 female redpolls simultaneously, so definitely have at least 4, am guessing between 4-8

[cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings Horned Larks

2015-01-31 Thread tess
A mixed flock of 200-300 snow buntings and horned larks was on Munson Road across from Countryside Market in Ovid at 2:00 and still at 3:30. Had no time to stop and check for longspurs or other more sought after birds. They were covering strips of bare ground where the snow had been blown

[cayugabirds-l] Wood duck family (OOB?)

2010-05-08 Thread tess
Hi, Was traveling between Interlaken and Lodi on Rte 96-A when a wood duck family scurried across the highway, the tiny ducklings strung so close together behind their mother that momentarily it looked like a strange long-tailed wood duck! Traffic on both sides hit the brakes and the

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk

2010-02-15 Thread tess
Hi, For over a decade there has been a white, but not albino, red tail on the west side of the town of Lodi, hanging around near Shaw Road. I have heard it is there year round but we don't drive by often enough in daylight in winter to confirm that it overwinters there. We have,