[cayugabirds-l] Egret - Saturday

2016-11-07 Thread tigger64
Close to sunset on Saturday a small white egret flew over the Mays Point 
observing corral heading toward Wildlife Dr/Main Pool.  I didn't see it until 
it was far past and heading directly away and assume it was a Cattle Egret but 
could not tell for sure.  It might have come from the back of Tschache Pool or 
other points north or northwest, which as far as I know the Cattle Egrets have 
not been seen.


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[cayugabirds-l] Derby Hill Hawk Watch, 2015 report

2015-08-12 Thread tigger64

The final report for the 2015 hawk watch season at Derby Hill is available at:


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[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Friday

2015-08-01 Thread tigger64
Main highlights came from Knox-Marsellus Marsh in the form of a 
breeding-plumaged Ruddy Turnstone.  There was a plover I thought was Am. Golden 
Plover but in retrospect didn't look at carefully so entered in eBird as 
Black-bellied/Am. Golden Plover.  Most phalarope candidates eventually became 
Lesser Yellowlegs with a little more watching.  Having bad luck catching up to 
Wilson's that have been reported.  The only shorebird I saw that never moved 
was a Red-necked Phalarope floating on the water.  Smaller size, face pattern, 
and bill profile looked good for RN.  Plenty of peeps to look through, Stilt 
Sandpipers, and SB Dowitchers.  Puddler had some yellowlegs.


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[cayugabirds-l] MNWR - Saturday evening

2015-07-26 Thread tigger64
Most of the shorebird diversity is way out on the Main Pool, continuing to 
follow the shrinking wet spot.  Of course rain could change that.  Birds 
flushed at one point and there was another group out of sight even farther 
back.  One phalarope I thought was Wilson's was seen, maybe a female, but it 
was far out and I entered in eBird as phalarope species.  Thruway ponds are 
getting birds.  Water level at Knox-Marsellus has improved and there's good 
shorebird habitat but few shorebirds.  Lots of other goodies to look at.  I was 
never able to catch up with the Bonaparte's Gull that has been seen recently.


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[cayugabirds-l] Binocular eye cup found - Derby Hill

2015-03-26 Thread tigger64

The screw-in eye cup from a binocular was found at Derby Hill North Lookout.  
Please e-mail if anyone is missing it.  I know there was a field trip from the 
MAC center, possibly one of the participants?


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[cayugabirds-l] Sodus, Geneva, and goldeneye photos

2015-01-22 Thread tigger64
Wednesday at Sodus Bay saw the usual (excellent) concentration of ducks.  
Highlights were 4 Surf Scoter (1 adult male) plus at least 3 female Common 
Goldeneye with entirely orange bills, essentially the same as the Irondequoit 
Bay bird.  Very poor gull numbers.  Roost flight at the Geneva waterfront found 
a good number of Canada Geese and ~1000 gulls roosting on the ice.  By the time 
I caught up with them they were too far out for good viewing.


I've put up my own photos of the I-Bay bird, plus a photo showing the two head 
shapes of Common Goldeneye (round and angular), and photos of 2 different 
female Barrow's that were at Brewerton, NY last winter.  The birds were easily 
separable, both because of small differences in plumage and because one bird 
was always seen with its neck outstretched and the other with its head tucked.  
None so far this year but there aren't any goldeneye there yet.  With the naked 
eye, under any good light, the bright yellow bill on the Barrow's roared out of 
the dull-billed goldeneye flock like a tiny sun.  


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[cayugabirds-l] Upcoming weather MNWR

2014-12-28 Thread tigger64
With cold weather coming I think the huge bird numbers at the Savannah mucks 
and Knox-Marsellus will be coming to an end soon.  Prediction for Sunday-Monday 
overnight is mid-20's but I'm more worried about the Mon-Tues overnight when it 
will hit mid-20s but with no recovery the next day, a pattern repeating for the 
following two overnights where it will hit mid-teens.  Wind might help keep K-M 
open but this could be it for the mucks, at least temporarily.


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[cayugabirds-l] MNWR - Friday

2014-12-27 Thread tigger64
Lots of action at the Savannah mucklands and Knox-Marsellus Marsh.  As on 
Tuesday, a good number of gulls continue to pull worms from the mud - about 
50/50 Ring-bill/Herring. Lots of geese at both spots including White-fronted at 
K-M and a white goose I couldn't decide on at the mucks.


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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake Snow Geese other highlights

2014-12-27 Thread tigger64
Good numbers of Canada Geese at the Geneva waterfront, but Seneca Lake was 
rough on moderate SW winds. While passing through Waterloo, the evening gull 
roost-flight (from the Seneca Falls landfill to Cayuga Lake) was on and I 
decided to follow it.  Lots of other birds moving about and I finally caught up 
with a Snow Goose raft far out in the lake and viewable for many miles along 
Lower Lake Rd.  Over to Knox-Marsellus Marsh at dusk found it too late to go 
through the many birds there.  These shallow water spots will freeze and the 
fun will be over.


I've put up a few photos of the Snow Goose group, one taken from the hillside 
at Cayuga Lake SP and the other from the very south end of Lower Lake Rd.  Also 
a few bill-detail close-ups.  There are also some shots illustrating the 
gull-flock scene at the Savannah mucklands, taken earlier in the week.


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[cayugabirds-l] Knox-Marsellus Thursday - Owls, Cranes, odd goose

2014-12-04 Thread tigger64
Staking out the roost flight found lots of waterfowl moving around but the big 
Snow Geese numbers may have reached Cayuga Lake.  Two Short-eared Owls appeared 
at dusk and I counted 82 Sandhill Cranes.  There's an odd Canada Goose that's 
not like any I've seen before.  


- noticeably paler body, back, and wings (golden rather than dark brown) but 
with normal Canada Goose patterning (direct comparison)
- obvious, wide, complete white neck ring
- size like other Canada Geese, or at least not Cackling-sized
- very small bill given its size
- unusually wide white chin strap


The noticeably paler color is probably the best scan feature.


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[cayugabirds-l] Fair Haven Monday - prob. Black-headed Gull

2014-11-25 Thread tigger64
Jim Tarolli and I had poor looks from the east/west breakwall as it headed 
west, but review of bad photos suggest Black-headed.  First photo is unedited, 
second crops and lightens to show bright orange/red bill.  Unfortunately I had 
been messing with the camera to take silhouettes against bold cloud patterns or 
a better shot would have been possible.  There are Bonaparte's hanging around 
on both the bay and pond and it may still be in the area - we're not sure if it 
continued west or looped back into the bay.


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[cayugabirds-l] MNWR - Wednesday highlights

2014-11-06 Thread tigger64
The main attraction right now is the large number of birds at the Main Pool and 
K-M/Puddler's Marsh.  Bald Eagles were flushing the ducks from time to time and 
creating great clouds of waterfowl on the Wildlife Drive.  I looked for the 
Eared Grebe but did not see it and only one ibis was present.  A Canvasback was 
new for me on the Main Pool, among many wigeon, Ruddy Ducks, Lesser Scaup, 
coots, pintail, Gadwall, and Green-winged Teal.  I noticed only 1 Black Duck 
and no Blue-winged Teal.


Over to East Rd where the visibility was excellent.  I spent several hours 
going through geese etc.  The very back edge of Puddler had three Greater 
Yellowlegs barely visible under very clear conditions.  Herring may have 
replaced Ring-bill as the dominant gull.  44 Sandhill Cranes flew in on the 
evening roost flight.  Back to the Wildlife Drive where evening flight was also 
fully on.  Most exciting was 40 (exact count) Dunlin which flew in to Eaton 
Marsh (had not been present earlier).


At Clay Marsh in Clay on Tuesday the evening blackbird roost flight was 
impressive.  I clicked 40,000 by hundreds but missed birds coming in from other 
directions.  Dominant species were Red-winged Blackbird (mostly) with some 
grackles mixed in and probably a lot of Rusties.  Virtually nothing was flying 
until about 4:05pm when great rivers began.  Red-wings and Rusties were singing.


I put photos up illustrating the great duck and blackbird clouds.  Also coots 
flying, a coot revealing his tail (much more detail to it than I would have 
thought), plus the 44 cranes flying in, the 40 Dunlin, Ruddy Ducks diving, and 
dabblers tipping.


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[cayugabirds-l] MNWR highlights

2014-10-27 Thread tigger64

Eared Grebe and Ibis continue, as do the Ross's Geese. I have some close photos 
of the ibis. I personally think the eye is on its way to being reddish and the 
bare skin on its way to being pinkish. 


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[cayugabirds-l] MNWR - Wednesday

2014-10-23 Thread tigger64
Many thousands of ducks/geese in at the Main Pool - both dabblers and divers.  
At least one Eurasian Wigeon continues but I missed the Eared Grebe.  
Shorebirds included both yellowlegs, 2 Stilt Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, and 2 
White-rumped Sandpiper.  Over at Knox-Marsellus the Avocets continue.  Many 
geese there also plus a few distant shorebirds, presumably yellowlegs.


Some photos at the link below:  Common Gallinule stretching wings, doing 
feather maintenance, scratching.  Also Peregrine Falcon, Harrier, PB Grebe 
diving and standing out of water showing amazing feet, Ruddy Duck diving, lots 
more on the photostream and pending upload.  Away from MNWR there are Wigeon 
flying with Gadwall at Fair Haven, Brant flocks on Lake Ontario, a Caspian Tern 
flying in front of a fire hydrant, a Kingbird (and its shadow) dive-bombing a 
Bald Eagle, etc.


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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Northern Wheatear

2014-09-23 Thread tigger64
Jim Tarolli and I were there Monday just before sunset and the bird was feeding 
in the backyard of the house and invisible to the naked eye (and inconspicuous 
generally).  


If you're standing roughly across from the old silo, sweep right and look to 
the back edge of the cut area.  There is a an old red mailbox post with a white 
mailbox on it, and an old red metal chair (the flash of red is visible to the 
naked eye).  Last night the bird was feeding in the cut area in front of those. 
 It is about 125 yards from the road and is inconspicuous in binoculars but can 
be seen well in the scope.  Some left/right movement on the road may give a 
better view.  


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[cayugabirds-l] N. Wheatear report - Stony Point

2014-09-21 Thread tigger64
Tony Shrimpton texted the CNY RBA to report:


Northern Wheatear Bill-Abetta Roberts (blue) house, 1162 Whiney Rd (sic), 
Stony Point, Henderson, Jefferson County, 2:15


I believe Whiney should be Whitney.  Tony has a camp on Stony Point but I'm not 
sure if he's passing it along or saw it himself.


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[cayugabirds-l] Stony Point Wheatear - Yes

2014-09-21 Thread tigger64
Wayne Fidler reports that the bird is still there.


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[cayugabirds-l] Mississippi Kite - Derby Hill, juv. Dunlin - Sodus Point

2014-09-05 Thread tigger64
Today on south winds a Mississippi Kite passed low for good looks.  Photos on 
Jim Tarolli's page:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/jtarolli9/


Thursday at Sodus Point a (mostly) juvenile-plumage Dunlin was present.  Photos 
at:


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[cayugabirds-l] Saturday hawks, Sunday shorebirds/nighthawks

2014-09-01 Thread tigger64
On south winds Saturday a decent flight of young hawks passed Derby Hill, 
mostly Red-tails and Bald Eagles but all the expected raptors were represented. 
 Sunday afternoon, Sodus Point produced 8 species of shorebirds: Baird's, 
Least, Semi-p Sandpipers, Black-bellied  Semi-p Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, 
Sanderling, and Lesser Yellowlegs.


Link below to photos of the Baird's and BBPL in flight, plus some flying flock 
shots and Baird's, Least, and Semi-p in the same frame for comparison.  On the 
way home I lucked into 6 Common Nighthawks feeding low over Rte 104 near 
Wolcott.  In spite of the late hour they were so close as to still capture some 
detail and even a couple upper-wing pictures.


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[cayugabirds-l] Red Knot other photos

2014-08-29 Thread tigger64
Jim Tarolli tells me it was not at Sodus Pt this morning.  I've added more 
photos of the Knot with other shorebirds, plus some great ones of Semipalmated 
Plover.  Speaking of semipalmated, it appears in my photos that Lesser 
Yellowlegs also has semi-p feet (which I did not know).  Also a few shots of 
the juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker at Fair Haven.  


While the roost itself is not visible, the Great Egret roost flight is. The sky 
was very dramatic on Wednesday and I have put up some of the 126 birds that 
flew by my perch.



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[cayugabirds-l] Wed. - Sodus Red Knot; MNWR

2014-08-28 Thread tigger64
Sodus Point had a juv. Red Knot, first on the pier then on the beach.  30 
Sanderlings and 8 SESA joined a single Lesser Yellowlegs.  Good stuff. Photo 
here of the gorgeous Red Knot:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/krankykestrel/



On trip to MNWR I did not check the MAC ponds.  I did stop at K-M and found 
shorebird madness.  At least a 1000 peeps are there plus many others.  I looked 
only for conspicuous or exciting species, so a proper check is needed.


Finally, I counted 126 Great Egrets flying to roost.  Dramatic sky led to 
awesome backdrop for many Egret photos.


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[cayugabirds-l] Recent sightings - Ontario Lakeshore

2014-08-26 Thread tigger64

Monday 8/25 on the Ontario Lakeshore between Oswego and Sodus Pt, with Jim 
Tarolli:


Oswego Harbor: (presumed) Short-billed Dowitcher on the outer breakwall - very 
distant but we thought dowitcher
Fair Haven: 1 Ruddy Turnstone (juv)
Sodus Pt:  2 Ruddy Turnstone (ad and juv), 1 AG Plover, 2 BB Plover, 2 SP 
Plover, many peeps. Missed the Lesser BB Gulls.


Last visit to Montezuma had high water at Knox-Marsellus but it has now been a 
few days.



Photos of the recent Willet at Myers Pt (Tompkins County) are below.  Also, 
closeups of many shorebirds including Spotted, Sanderling, SP Sand, SP Plover, 
Least Sand. Some shots of semi-palmated ('piper and plover) feet. I also have 
Caspian Terns diving, Bald Eagle with muskrat, Turkey Vulture sunning, 
Ring-billed Gull close-up calling, Osprey with a big shad, American Bittern, 
Great Egret flock, a very worn and wet Herring Gull, tucked-wing flight shot of 
RH Woodpecker, etc.  They should all be on the first page of the photostream.




https://www.flickr.com/photos/krankykestrel/


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[cayugabirds-l] Derby Hill Wednesday - Laughing Gull, Jaeger

2014-08-13 Thread tigger64
On 25 kt West winds, the main highlight was a Laughing Gull (non-breeding 
adult), and a distant jaeger (probably Long-tailed).  Many Black Terns, 
Commons, Caspians, Herring Gulls.


Link to photos of Laughing Gull:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/krankykestrel/


There is also a nice sequence of Osprey catching fish, Caspian Terns drinking, 
flock of Great Egrets, American Bittern series.


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[cayugabirds-l] Black Skimmer Friday - No

2014-08-02 Thread tigger64
The Black Skimmer found by John Germain and seen Wed and Thurs on Fulton's Lake 
Neatahwanta was not seen on Friday. Observers were present from 4pm until 9pm.  
I'm not suggesting it's gone or won't come back - the lake itself seems good 
for it but does not have a lot of loafing areas.


Here's a link to a cell-phone photo of John's camera screen.  The bird was 
perched on a concrete drainage pipe on the frontage road (Barrett Dr) in the 
northeast corner of the lake just south of the bend in Rte 3. John also saw it 
skimming the near-shore areas.


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[cayugabirds-l] Great Shearwater - bad news

2014-07-20 Thread tigger64
With sadness I have to report the Great Shearwater did not survive.  I think 
plans are for it to go to the American Museum of Natural History.


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[cayugabirds-l] Great Shearwater photos

2014-07-19 Thread tigger64
I've put up several photos of the Great Shearwater.  There are also photos of 
an unusual-for-July Snowy Owl being harassed by a Northern Mockingbird.  Many 
songbirds-in-flight photos from May are also up: grackles, orioles, tanagers, 
waxwings, Purple Martin, Seymour the pheasant (a.k.a. Fred), raptors, etc.  I 
have organized albums by taxonomic grouping as well as things like diving 
ducks in the act of diving.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/krankykestrel/


https://www.flickr.com/photos/krankykestrel/sets/


Jim Tarolli also has a nice photo of the shearwater here:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/jtarolli9/


I had a vague recollection of another proper rarity on DeRuyter Reservoir and 
found the record:  Brown Pelican in September '03, presumably having received 
an assist from Hurricane Isabel.


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[cayugabirds-l] More bluebird photos

2014-07-02 Thread tigger64
I've posted more photos of the bluebird from 9 May.  At the moment they are at 
the top of the photostream and I have grouped them in a folder of their own.


Photostream:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/krankykestrel/


Taxonomic Groups:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/krankykestrel/sets/


Bluebird:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/krankykestrel/sets/72157645468229712/


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[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle and other photos up / Derby Hill Tues.

2014-07-01 Thread tigger64
Strong south winds brought a few raptors past Derby Hill today, mostly 
Red-tails and Bald Eagles.  I've put up a bunch of photos on Flickr, including 
the eagles, Kingfisher flying with a fish, etc.  Many new photos of birds in 
flight are now sorted by taxonomic group.


There is also a photo of an interesting bluebird, possibly Mountain Bluebird, 
that passed with a flock of E. Bluebirds in May.  


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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Geneseo - Wegman's pond

2014-06-04 Thread tigger64

Infer: no TCHE.  Original observer still unknown.
Dave W


Forwarding from GeneseeBirds:


Subject: Geneseo: Wegman's pond
Date: Wed Jun 4 2014 8:58 am
From: geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu 
I stopped by the pond at the southwest corner of Geneseo's Wegman's plaza
this morning.  Just as I got there a Green Heron flew up from the pond,
calling as it went into trees just west of the pond.  I could see it moving
a little in the trees and it is certainly possible that it/they are nesting
in there somewhere - the habitat is good.  There is thick brush and trees
for some distance south and west of the pond and it looks like excellent
habitat for lots of things.  I heard two each singing Baltimore Orioles and
Cardinals singing, along with Song Sparrow, Yellow Warbler, Redwing, etc.

Jim Kimball
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[cayugabirds-l] Tri-colored Heron report - Geneseo

2014-06-03 Thread tigger64
Forwarding from GeneseeBirds:


Subject: GeneseeBirds-L Digest, Vol 130, Issue 83
Date: Tue Jun 3 2014 15:53 pm
From: geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu 


Tri-colored Heron at Geneseo Wegman's plaza.  Habitating at the retention pond 
behind the western-most end of the plaza.

Sent from my iPad



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[cayugabirds-l] Derby Hill - Wed/Thurs incl. Swallow-tailed Kite

2014-05-15 Thread tigger64
I'm woefully behind on putting up photos.


Wednesday - light to medium songbird flight in the morning.  Shortly after the 
raptors got up, Hawk Counter Steve Kolbe spotted a Swallow-tailed Kite on the 
near horizon.  The bird spiraled and worked its way slowly toward the lookout, 
eventually passing over the third field.  About 10 minutes into the encounter I 
could still see it in the scope spiraling on the east lakeshore before being 
lost due to distance.  An hour or so later a lake breeze kicked in and the 
flight moved to the South Lookout, which has a better view of the east and 
south horizon.  I thought we might see the Kite come back but did not.  I 
wondered if it might think this is far enough.  I suspect the current weather 
situation may have been at least partially responsible for it getting here.


Thursday - strong SE winds but little migration.  It's tempting to wonder how 
such a thing is possible.


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[cayugabirds-l] Recent Montezuma sightings

2014-05-06 Thread tigger64
Birding Friday with Steve Kolbe and Jim Tarolli, highlights included:


Savannah Mucks: Peregrine Falcon chasing Am. Golden Plover.  Lengthy pursuit, 
we did not see who prevailed.
Savannah-Spring Lake Rd. at the bridge north of Van Dyne Spoor:  Steve picked 
out a Eurasian Green-winged Teal.  Yellowlegs and 4 Dowitchers were also 
present.
Visitor Center: Glossy Ibis flew in
Wildlife Drive: at least one Raven and a light immature Rough-legged Hawk
Deep Muck overlook: Eurasian Wigeon


Monday highlights, birding with Jim Tarolli:


Visitor Center: 3 Sandhill Cranes soaring high
Carncross Rd: Glossy Ibis north of the bridge to Howland Island.  We also saw a 
distant Green-winged Teal seemingly with both horizontal and vertical white 
stripes thus a possible intergrade.  Definitely not the bird from Friday.
Marten's Tract: Eurasian Wigeon
We also checked for Cerulean's and Prothonotary - not yet.


David Wheeler
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[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Lake, Monday (late) - Eu. Wigeon, Ross's Goose

2014-03-27 Thread tigger64
Birding the Geneva waterfront on Monday with Jim Tarolli, we found a Eurasian 
Wigeon at Seneca Lake State Park and had a flyover Ross's Goose with a few 
Snows.  Also a N. Shrike and many thousands of geese at close range.  I'll put 
up a folder of photo highlights.

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [OneidaBirds] adult Mew Gull - Inner Harbor

2014-03-26 Thread tigger64


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Sent: Wed, Mar 26, 2014 10:49 pm
Subject: [OneidaBirds] adult Mew Gull - Inner Harbor


 
  

  
This pm I found what I believe to be an adult MEW GULL.  The bird was on the 
lawn at the Inner Harbor.  After being flushed, the birds resettled and I 
eventually relocated the bird.  I had good looks before it flew, and saw it 
well and at close range in flight. It landed on the pier and had more looks.

The bird has an unmarked, unbanded yellow bill, dark eye, and is small in size. 
 Some bad photos here, which show the unmarked bill and dark eye:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/


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[cayugabirds-l] (2) Eurasian Wigeon - Harris Park

2014-03-23 Thread tigger64
I'm pretty sure there's two there a couple hundred yards south of Harris Park.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Crane - Clay Marsh; Bald Eagle carrying Am. Coot - Geneva

2014-03-22 Thread tigger64
Friday night at Clay Marsh a Sandhill Crane flew by.  Derby Hill reports seeing 
it pass this morning.  Earlier in the week a Bald Eagle was seen carrying an 
American Coot on Seneca Lake at the Geneva Waterfront.  Cackling Goose at the 
north end of Cayuga Lake.  Staging/migration of geese has begun in a big way, 
with a massive roost-flight to Seneca Lake on Monday.  Large numbers of ducks 
at north ends of both Cayuga and Seneca.

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[cayugabirds-l] Mucks Cayuga Lake north end - Tuesday

2014-03-13 Thread tigger64
I statused the Savannah Mucklands and north end of Cayuga Lake on Tuesday 
afternoon before the return to winter.

Mucks (east end) - still frozen

Mucks (west end) - dabblers and Canada Geese but poor numbers and little 
diversity for the date.  More Pintails than on previous visit but otherwise 
little evidence of migration and few birds that weren't there two weeks ago.  
Lots of birds flying about but nothing like it should be.  Only two Snow Geese.

Cayuga Lake (west shore to Lower Lake Rd) - frozen as far as could be seen from 
Lower Lake Rd.  Ice fishing still viable so I don't think it's opening 
imminently.

Mud Lock - north end entirely frozen.  Open water near the railroad bridge with 
birds.  I didn't scope them.

Harris Park - two small open spots mostly near the railroad track and halfway 
across.  Packed with birds but distance and heat shimmer a major issue.  
Increase in Ring-necked ducks.  Several Green-winged Teal were the only 
dabblers that didn't winter there.  Several hundred gulls but nothing unusual.  
Aythya ducks coming in from the south but no roost flight of geese (the small 
number I saw were traveling west and not stopping).

Mucks (sunset) - I thought there might be a roost flight of geese but there was 
not.  My guess is they are going to Seneca Lake at Geneva.  Two late and 
distant Short-eared Owls.

Regarding the spring Snow Goose movement, we normally enjoy a pre-flight 
staging period on Cayuga Lake and at the Mucklands.  We may be mostly losing 
that this year or it may be very short in duration.  Snows mostly seem to avoid 
crossing Lake Ontario, presumably because they have no interest in stopping on 
it, and sometimes come back when they encounter frozen water and farm fields 
to our north. Much, if not most, of the Cayuga Lake Snow Geese overfly Derby 
Hill so we should know more before long.

David Wheeler
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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [OneidaBirds] oswego river harlequin

2014-03-09 Thread tigger64
Forwarding for Mary.

Dave

 

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Sent: Sun, Mar 9, 2014 8:48 pm
Subject: [OneidaBirds] oswego river harlequin


 
  

  
I have sad news, my son and I looked for the harlequin behind the Post Office 
late this afternoon, only to find it floating dead against the rocks on the 
east shore.  At least we all had over a week to view this beautiful bird. This 
has been a very rough winter for ducks on the river.
 Mary Magistro




 
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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [GeneseeBirds-L] Red-breasted Mergansers - cause of death

2014-03-09 Thread tigger64

 This was posted to GeneseeBirds but may not have been forwarded.  Preliminary 
evidence points to starvation as the main cause of death, rather than disease.  

I have recently seen an RB Merg come up from below with a crayfish or at least 
a shell fish of some kind.  The bird didn't quite look like it was sure how to 
eat it and maybe it couldn't.  I will post some photos.

Dave W.

 




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Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Red-breasted Mergansers
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FYI: A decent article that summarizes what as been going on with the sick and 
dying ducks including some of our preliminary pathology results.
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/environment/frozen-waters-causing-ducks-to-starve-to-death-20140304
 
 

 


Jenny Landry
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
6274 East Avon-Lima Road
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[cayugabirds-l] Geneva Waterfront - Monday - Canvasback x Redhead, Intersex Mallard

2014-02-25 Thread tigger64
The north end of Seneca Lake is one of my personal-favorite birding 
destinations in winter.  Jim Tarolli and I hit all the waterfront spots in 
Geneva on Monday, coming up with thousands of Redhead and Canada Geese, at 
least 100 Canvasback, and an arrival of Wigeon.  Birds were at all different 
distances from very close to a mile or more out in the lake.  Highlight was 
a/the hybrid Canvasback x Redhead, essentially looking like the bird 
photographed by Chris Wood on Cayuga Lake.  Head and bill showed the Canvasback 
influence while the back and sides were a touch paler than Redhead and darker 
than Canvasback.  It was at medium distance and inconspicuous with the 200 or 
so Redheads it was with (seen in direct comparison with both species).  We 
debated various methods of photography but the bird was diving constantly and 
we eventually gave up for a number of reasons.  The bill had a little blue tint 
and in retrospect we should have considered Common Pochard.

Earlier, Jim spotted a bird that we thought possibly an intersex Mallard.  A 
strong roost flight happened between 5-6pm and the north mile or so of the lake 
was a blanket of birds.  Some photos of the dusk madness (including three 
distant Coots getting airborne), plus diving Redhead, Canvasback, and the 
Mallard.  

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/

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N. Syracuse, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Savannah Mucks/N. Cayuga Lake

2014-02-23 Thread tigger64
Most of the flooded parts of the Mucks were still frozen but I could see 
dabblers and geese moving around between the other spots.  A strip of open 
water runs from Mud Lock south to the railroad bridge and it is loaded.  Many 
Ring-necked Ducks and Canvasbacks among the other Aythya ducks, Goldeneye, and 
who-knows-what.  Halfway out from Harris Park there were two small open spots 
that were packed.  Light and distance were bad from Harris Park so I went to 
the other side but the birds were just as far or farther.  Hundreds of 
Canvasbacks.  Evening roost flight never happened back at the Mucks (maybe it 
was on at Mud Lock).  Van Dyne Spoor Rd was frozen.  Some highlight photos here 
at my new-and-improved Flickr page:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/

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N. Syracuse, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [OneidaBirds] Thayer's Gull, Inner Harbor, Syracuse

2014-02-04 Thread tigger64


-Original Message-
From: Lewis Grove zugun...@gmail.com
To: oneidabirds oneidabi...@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Tue, Feb 4, 2014 10:46 pm
Subject: [OneidaBirds] Thayer's Gull, Inner Harbor, Syracuse


 
  

  

Hey all,


I was fortunate to be present at the Inner Harbor just after 4 PM today when 
Dave Wheeler picked out a juvenile THAYER'S GULL from among the many gulls 
present in the harbor.  I've got some notes and link to a few of the more 
diagnostic photos further below in my post.


We saw seven gull species total; in addition to the regular three, we found at 
least 16 ICELAND GULLS, at least 1 GLAUCOUS (a 1st yr bird), and at least 1 
adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED (found at first on the lawn by Sam Hough when he 
arrived).  Dave really was doing most of the heavy picking here, so he may have 
higher numbers for the latter two.


Other highlights in the harbor this evening were the continuing RED-NECKED 
GREBE, a handful of REDHEADS, good close looks at HOODED MERGANSERS, GREAT BLUE 
HERON, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, FISH CROW, and other harbor regulars.


The Iceland Gulls were fantastic; maybe 10 or more were first-year, ranging 
from some very nice pale birds to some worn darker birds.  It was really an 
excellent chance to study these, as they were often close and actively 
swimming, flying or trundling about the ice edges.


As for the Thayer's, Dave was on the bird before I arrived and already thought 
it was a good candidate.  I'm not much good on gulls myself, and I've never 
seen a Thayer's I felt good about - but the features that convinced me on this 
bird over nearly two hours of study (and the photos, below) were: 
clearly-contrasted two-toned primaries on a spread wing, with darker outer 
vanes and pale inner vanes, often appearing dark from the top (when the outer 
vane was mostly visible) and nearly entirely silver or grey underneath (when 
the inner vane was most visible); fine white edgings on dark brown primaries on 
the folded wing when standing; a conspicuous brown tail band; and 
dark-brown-centered tertials with paler edges.


Thayer's Gull: http://zugunlew.smugmug.com/Birds/Gulls--Terns/i-9kBfLTj/A




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[cayugabirds-l] Digiscoping Adapter for smartphones - homemade pocket version

2014-01-27 Thread tigger64
This one is pocketable and uses about $2 in Home Depot parts.  Requires 
cutting, bending, drilling, plus tweaking to match eyepiece and phone.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/sets/72157640220964506/

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Interesting gull - Syr Inner Harbor

2014-01-26 Thread tigger64
The photos don't do it justice but the key points are: large size, uniform dark 
coloration, folded wingtips concolor with the rest of the bird.  Possibilities:

Glaucous Gull - large size, concolor wingtips, but darkness of bird seems too 
much for the species. Patterning on bill seems wrong to me - black is smudgy 
and not boldly-defined.
Nelson's Gull hybrid - not what I expect from Nelson's, but ?
Other hybrids might be considered, mainly Glaucous-winged x Herring, GW x 
Western, or GW x Glaucous.
Glaucous-winged seemed a good fit actually, but should have an all-black bill.
Glaucous-winged x Herring also seems possible.

In some of the photos the folded wing-tips are edge-on and look darker than in 
real life. It is a very single-color bird.
 
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[cayugabirds-l] North End Cayuga/Seneca Lake

2014-01-06 Thread tigger64
Birding today with Jim Tarolli, we saw one Snowy Owl at the mucklands before 
heading down the west shore of Cayuga Lake.  The north end of the lake was 
frozen with the ice edge maybe a mile south of the south end of Lower Lake Rd. 
and 1/2 mile north of Parker Rd (Canoga).  We spent a fair time scoping from 
Parker and saw many birds (Parker is across the lake from Frontenac Park).  The 
lake was open as far south as could be seen.  Highlight was a male Harrier 
working its way along the ice edge.  We turned toward Seneca Lake before Dean's 
Cove.  A quick run through Sampson SP found too much wind for passerines.  Up 
to the Geneva waterfront where there were many birds visible in the scope.  
Highlights were a Peregrine Falcon and 3 Pintails.  A strong roost flight of 
Canada Geese was happening after 4 pm, but they were going way out.  I thought 
I saw one non-Canada descend.

David Wheeler
North Syracuse, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake Swans

2014-01-03 Thread tigger64
Not sure if these are FOY for the basin, but on Jan. 1 there were 3+ Trumpeters 
south of Mud Lock, and 2 Mute seen from Harris Park.  Many Tundras obviously.  
Good numbers of geese, very few ducks.  Several hundred distant Herring Gulls 
on the ice edge as seen from Lower Lake Rd.

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[cayugabirds-l] MNWR highlights Friday

2013-12-07 Thread tigger64
Birding with Jim Tarolli, first stop was the Rte 31 mucklands where many 
(~1500) gulls were present, about 50-50 Herring and Ring-billed.  We found a 
2nd-cycle Iceland and adult Lesser BB Gull.  Not a lot of geese at that moment, 
ie, few Canadas and no Snows.  Little species diversity in the dabblers 
(Mallards/Blacks).  4 Snowies.  Off to K-M Marsh much of which is frozen but a 
Snow Goose flight started up while we were on East Rd.  Down to Cayuga Lake 
State Park and Lower Lake Rd, where at the south end of Lower Lake Rd we found 
most of the winter songbirds but not a lot of duck concentration and few geese 
(still 28 species at that one spot).  Expected waterfowl scattered around in 
small numbers throughout the viewing vista.  From CLSP we could see Bonaparte's 
Gulls rafting with RB Mergs if I remember correctly.  Nothing unusual we could 
find with them.  More small groups of ducks scattered about the lake.

On to Mud Lock where we could see ducks at the south end.  We were running out 
of time and did not try Harris Park.  More Snow Geese on the move.  While 
watching them, five brown geese (not Canadas) flew over higher up and in 
binoculars-only we thought White-fronted heading for the mucks.  Back to Rte 31 
where gull numbers were down a bit but the Iceland and LBBG were still around.  
4 Snowies and three Red-winged Blackbirds.  We eventually turned up a fifth 
Snowy while looking for SE Owls (no luck).

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N. Syracuse, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] also... Sandhill Cranes

2013-12-07 Thread tigger64
I neglected to mention 20-30 Sandhill Cranes at the west end of the mucks, 
difficult to see.  Apologies to the cranes.

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[cayugabirds-l] Elegant Tern - LI bird vs. Niagara River

2013-11-21 Thread tigger64
Photos I've seen of the Long Island bird from 4-4.5 months ago show it in a 
similar plumage. Perhaps comparing photos will find something that confirms 
same/different bird, especially as more photos of the Niagara River bird emerge.

Congratulations to Vicki Rothman on a great find!

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[cayugabirds-l] Additions

2013-11-02 Thread tigger64
MNWR Saturday sightings not posted elsewhere: 

2 Common Gallinule (or possibly 1 fast-paddling) at VanDyne Spoor Rd.
Ross's Goose at Knox-Marsellus at sunset
3 Long-billed Dowitchers flying around K-M at sunset

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[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma - late Monday

2013-10-29 Thread tigger64
After dipping on Purple Sandpiper at Fair Haven, Jim Tarolli and I hit the 
Colvin Marsh spot on Rte 89 just south of the MAC. Highlight was 7 Long-billed 
Dowitchers (I really wondered about one of them) and 1-2 White-rumped 
Sandpipers. Also a few Pipits and a good number of Dunlin. We did not see any 
swallows and could not find Stilt Sandpiper or any of the small peeps. 
Shorebirds were up to their feathers in water and bills under water most of the 
time too. We headed over to Knox-Marsellus Marsh to watch the 
goose/duck/gull/Sandhill Crane roost flight. Aside from 17 Sandhill Cranes, the 
highlight was a handsome pale-brown-bodied Canada Goose. Many geese were in the 
farm fields rather than flying in. A good buildup of gulls by dusk. We didn't 
look all that carefully at the many ducks.

David Wheeler
N. Syracuse, NY


Fair Haven SP, Cayuga, US-NY
Oct 28, 2013 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: br /Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
23 species

Brant  3
Canada Goose  2
Mute Swan  22
Greater Scaup  6
Ruddy Duck  10
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  5
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  45
Greater Yellowlegs  4
Dunlin  5
Bonaparte's Gull  4
Ring-billed Gull  30
Herring Gull  30
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  5
Brown Creeper  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Snow Bunting  25

Montezuma Colvin Marsh (NMWMA), Wayne, US-NY
Oct 28, 2013 4:40 PM - 5:10 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: br /Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
16 species

Green-winged Teal  20
Great Blue Heron  2
Sandhill Crane  3
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Dunlin  20
White-rumped Sandpiper  2
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Long-billed Dowitcher  7
Wilson's Snipe  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Robin  2
European Starling  5
American Pipit  10
Swamp Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1

Montezuma NWR Knox-Marsellus Marsh, Seneca, US-NY
Oct 28, 2013 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: br /Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
22 species

Snow Goose  50
Canada Goose  1000
Trumpeter Swan  15
Mallard  5
Northern Pintail  X
Common Merganser  5
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Blue Heron  2
Northern Harrier  1
American Coot  2
Sandhill Crane  17
Greater Yellowlegs  4
Pectoral Sandpiper  40
Ring-billed Gull  100
Herring Gull  30
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Northern Flicker  1
European Starling  X
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] White-faced Ibis, Montezuma

2013-10-17 Thread tigger64

As Jay points out, the adult is obviously White-faced. The immature bird 
perhaps raises the question: which species is to be expected in mid-October?  
If either.  I'm not sure.

If the birds don't come back to Benning or turn up at Knox-Marsellus, I would 
recommend watching to see if they fly in to roost with whatever Great Egrets 
remain.  ie, stake out the egret roost and look for the ibis. This worked with 
the Little Blue a few months ago, and the TWMA White Ibis of 2009 or 2010 was 
found the same way.

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Arctic Tern back

2013-10-05 Thread tigger64
Judy Thurber called to confirm that the Arctic Tern is back. There are now 12 
Common Terns.

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[cayugabirds-l] Monday Highlights - BV, Olive-sided Fly, Red Knot, Whimbrel, Buff-breasted

2013-09-03 Thread tigger64

Birding with Jim Tarolli, we first saw two Black Vulture at Stevenson Rd in 
Ithaca. Proceeding up to Mud Lock we were lucky enough to see Red-headed 
Woodpecker and Olive-sided Flycatcher. At Towpath Rd we found Red Knot, 
Whimbrel, Buff-breasted, and White Pelican. We couldn't find the Eurasian 
Wigeon or any small terns.

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[cayugabirds-l] Ref photo - Wilson's vs Semi-palmated Plover

2013-08-03 Thread tigger64
Here is a reference photo I scanned from The Shorebird Guide by O'brien, 
Crossley, and Karlson.  It shows Wilson's and Semi-p Plover together. Note that 
if turned around, the short bill of Semi-p would not reach the eye, being less 
than half the width of the bird's head. The bill on Wilson's if turned around 
would reach well past the eye and more than half the width of the head.  
Otherwise, as shown in the photo, the two can be very similar.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/9426949119/

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[cayugabirds-l] White Pelican continues at K-M

2013-07-31 Thread tigger64
Rose DeNeve texted that the White Pelican continues at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

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[cayugabirds-l] Little Blue Heron - Monday night

2013-07-23 Thread tigger64
Stakeout of the new Great Egret roost 500 yards south of Van Dyne Spoor Rd, 
MNWR, started at 7:30pm with 20 birds.  Another ~20 flew in between 8:00-8:15 
(these presumably from Knox-Marsellus).  At 8:28pm Jim Tarolli spotted the juv. 
Little Blue flying in.  It was the last bird of the day and marginally visible 
once landed.  One really needs to see it fly in and hopefully perch atop the 
brush (or at least where it lands).  It was coming from the south or southwest 
which could mean anywhere in the main MNWR complex.

Dave Wheeler
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[cayugabirds-l] Little Blue Heron - Van Dyne Spoor Rd. MNWR

2013-07-21 Thread tigger64
A Great Egret roost has formed in the bushes out in the marsh at Van Dyne Spoor 
Rd.  Watching this roost, a juv. Little Blue Heron flew in. Plenty of 
highlights I can post later.

-Dave Wheeler birding with Jim Tarolli and Drew Weber.

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[cayugabirds-l] Saturday highlights - Chat no, MNWR

2013-05-26 Thread tigger64

Very windy at the Chat spot southeast of Red Creek so not good conditions to 
expect it to sing or be seen.

At Montezuma, the Kipp Island field was loaded with shorebirds.  Highlight was 
a Wilson's Phalarope and 16 SB Dowitcher among hundreds of Dunlin.  Distance 
makes it hard to say what might actually be in there - recommend checking 
carefully on every visit.  Highlights from the Wildlife Drive were a Stilt 
Sandpiper at the Main Pool and White-rump at Benning Marsh. Virtually no Pecs, 
Solitary, or yellowlegs left.  A few spots with good shorebird habitat but few 
birds may get something on the next wave.  At least that's the theory.

Jim Tarolli picked out a Least Bittern flying away from the reeds across from 
Benning Marsh.

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Kipp Island Fields (SW of SR 90 and I-90 Thruway), Cayuga, US-NY
May 25, 2013 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.7
17 species

Canada Goose  8
American Black Duck  6
Mallard  10
Green-winged Teal  1
Hooded Merganser  1
Wild Turkey  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  1
Semipalmated Plover  50
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  X
Least Sandpiper  X
Dunlin  400 estimated; very high numbers this year for MNWR
Short-billed Dowitcher  16
Wilson's Phalarope  1

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Montezuma NWR Wildlife Drive, Seneca, US-NY
May 25, 2013 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: with Dave W.!
34 species

Snow Goose  2 One at visitor center, one across from shorebirds flats
Canada Goose  6
Mallard  10
Blue-winged Teal  3
Least Bittern  1
Great Blue Heron  15
Great Egret  4
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  4
Semipalmated Plover  X
Killdeer  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  X
Least Sandpiper  X
White-rumped Sandpiper  1
Dunlin  X hundreds presumably
Stilt Sandpiper  1 adult, breeding plumage; bad photos (seemingly more 
curve 
in the bill than the Benning Marsh bird of 5/17)
Short-billed Dowitcher  2
Herring Gull  5
Eastern Kingbird  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  X
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Marsh Wren  1
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  5
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  5
Baltimore Oriole  1

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[cayugabirds-l] Ruff update and other sightings

2013-05-14 Thread tigger64
Tony Shrimpton reports that the Ruff was at Howland Island this noontime, but 
was just flushed with yellowlegs by a flyby falcon (probably the Merlin seen 
yesterday).  So far he hasn't seen them come back but of course they may.  

I would also issue a plea for updates if anyone sees the Tricolored Heron (yes 
I'm perhaps the only one not to see it).  Monday I looked for it on Seneca 
Trail and from the Rte 5/20 bridge (which offers a great view of the river in 
that area) but could not find.  I know it has been seen on and off at the spot 
so may not be gone.  

No Glossy Ibis at Kipp Island or anywhere else that Rose DeNeve and I went.  
Shorebirds continue on the Main Pool but I could only find Dunlin, Least, and 
the two yellowlegs sp.  Morning light is highly recommended for both Main Pool 
and Kipp spots unless overcast.

Four Lesser Scaup were with 10 Ruddy Ducks at K-M marsh but ran out of light at 
Puddler's.  Photo of the Ruff here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/8739033634/in/photostream

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[cayugabirds-l] Tricolored Heron this weekend?

2013-05-12 Thread tigger64
Any updates on the Tricolored Heron would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

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N Syracuse, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Tuesday MNWR Cayuga Lake

2013-03-26 Thread tigger64
Tuesday birding with Derby Hill Hawk Counter Steve Kolbe had many highlights.  
Our first stop was Knox-Marsellus Marsh where we met up with Joe Brin and Jim 
Tarolli.  Not much was really happening until a group of Canada Geese flew in 
and Steve immediately picked out a Pink-footed Goose  We never saw the legs 
(the bird was on the water) but there was nothing suspicious about it.  

Numerous other stops found a general lack of the recent dabbling ducks.  The 
north end of Cayuga Lake continues to be super-loaded, as seen from Harris 
Park, Cayuga Lake State Park, and Lower Lake Rd.  Glare, distance, and heat 
shimmer made it difficult to pick out anything unusual.  Snow Geese numbers are 
down but there are still some left to go.

We saw the goose fairly close in but others may have better photos.  Here are 
mine and Jim's.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/8594323682/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jtarolli9/

David Wheeler
N. Syracuse, NY 

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[cayugabirds-l] Blue-winged Teal - Mays Point (late report)

2013-03-22 Thread tigger64
Apologies for the lateness of this post.  Jim Tarolli and I found a Blue-winged 
Teal, a female, on March 17th at Mays Point Pool (MNWR).  I think it's a 
first-of-season for the Basin.  There were many many dabblers there and 
probably male BW Teal somewhere.

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[cayugabirds-l] PF Goose - AM update

2013-03-19 Thread tigger64

I know there are people looking but have not heard anything so I assume the 
bird has not been relocated.  A few inches of snow fell and roads are messy.  
If all else fails one might try to follow an evening roost flight of geese in 
the area and get to that spot (possibly Biddlecum Rd at 264) and watch for the 
Pink-footed (and White-fronted too) to fly in.

I've added a few photos to Flickr from the last few days.  Most interesting was 
a discolored (yellow/orange) Herring Gull at the Madison County Landfill.

David Wheeler
N. Syracuse, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Pink-footed Goose - Pennellville (Oswego County)

2013-03-18 Thread tigger64
Though it was not the first goose flock I looked through today, it was the 
first goose I put binoculars on in that particular flock.  Originally found on 
CR-264 just north of the CR-54 intersection in Pennellville, the geese took 
flight after other birders arrived but was found close by on CR-54, then behind 
the Pennellville Post Office, then in a knee-high corn field on CR-10.  Good 
coordination and communication by birders led to most getting to see the bird.

The bird has bubble-gum pink legs that were conspicuous among Canada Geese, and 
a small, mostly black bill with small pink area (none of my photos managed to 
capture the bill well).  The bird has an interesting tail pattern and is 
overall noticeably paler when flying with Canada Geese.

The loop formed by CR-264, CR-54, Peter Scott Swamp Rd, Godfrey Rd, and 
Biddlecum Rd is recommended for future searching.

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake Snow Geese - Big PM movement

2013-03-08 Thread tigger64
After finding rough winds and sun glare at other spots, I hit the jackpot at 
the south end of Lower Lake Rd on Cayuga Lake's west shore.  Many thousands of 
Snow Geese and ducks were in close (300 yds), with calm water provided by the 
ice shelf to the north.  Snow Geese numbers started around 20,000+ at 3:45pm, 
flying out over an hour or so, and ending with 2,000 at 6pm.  I think they were 
waiting for sunny skies and perhaps the wind to let up a little.  I couldn't 
find anything unusual in spite of massive numbers of close birds for a single 
viewing spot.  

At 6:15pm I tried the MNWR Visitor Center and could see a good number of 
distant Red-winged Blackbirds and the west horizon was loaded with long rivers 
of Snow Geese (est. 5000 in view at once).  Most of these should go by Derby 
Hill, and the Hawk Counter's report indicates it didn't start today so I'm 
guessing Saturday or possibly Sunday for a big Snow Goose flight there.  I 
think the Snows want sunny skies and don't care about wind direction.  Or they 
may stage first at the Savannah mucklands.

Lots at Harris Park but bad sun glare.  2 Ruddy Duck north of the railroad 
bridge and still lots in that area today but far south of Mud Lock.  I regret 
not checking the Northern Montezuma spots, which may have the Canada Geese and 
dabbling duck diversity.

Dave Wheeler
N. Syracuse, NY


Cayuga Lake--Lower Lake Rd (S of Cayuga Lake SP), Seneca, US-NY
Mar 8, 2013 3:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Water kept calm by ice shelf north of position; sunny; Snow Geese 
mostly leaving
22 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow Goose  2 Max count at start of period, only 2000 left at end of 
period; estimates
Canada Goose  100
Tundra Swan  500
Gadwall  5
American Wigeon  150
American Black Duck  10
Mallard  100
Northern Pintail  500
Canvasback  500 estimate
Redhead  1 max count at end of period; estimate
Ring-necked Duck  20
Greater Scaup  X
Lesser Scaup  X
Greater/Lesser Scaup  5000 or more; estimate only
Bufflehead  2
Common Goldeneye  5
Hooded Merganser  1
Common Merganser  1000 or more; estimate only
Bald Eagle  2
Ring-billed Gull  100
Herring Gull  250
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Black-capped Chickadee  1

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Montezuma NWR Visitor Center, Seneca, US-NY
Mar 8, 2013 6:15 PM - 6:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
2 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow Goose  5000 Visible in a long river on the sunlit west horizon
Red-winged Blackbird  X
blackbird sp.  500

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake (North End) - Huge numbers/new arrivals

2013-03-06 Thread tigger64
Arriving at the Savannah Mucklands at 2pm Wednesday, it was obviously at the 
leading edge of new migrants/movement.  On to Mud Lock, Harris Park, Cayuga 
Lake SP, and Lower Lake Rd.  The ice edge starts south of Harris Park and 
extends to the area of CLSP.  The ice edge is leading to calm waters and dense 
concentration.  Distant but good viewing.  Huge numbers of birds.

Many new migrants in evidence, primarily Pintails, Black Ducks, Wigeon, 
Ring-necked Duck.  I couldn't find anything unusual.  The spectacle is 
excellent but won't last long.  I think the Snow Geese may stage at the Mucks 
but go on the next sunny morning (which I think will be Saturday).

Dave Wheeler
N Syracuse, Ny

Cayuga Lake - North End, Seneca, US-NY
Mar 6, 2013 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: Includes viewing from Mud Lock to the RR Bridge, Harris Park, 
Cayuga Lake SP, Lower Lake Rd; NE winds 10mph; ice shelf from 1/2 mile south of 
Harris Park to just south of CLSP but some open edge spots; big concentrations
30 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow Goose  3 or more; estimated; strong evening flight to the south 
ice 
edge coming mostly from the west
Canada Goose  1000
Mute Swan  1
Tundra Swan  500 estimated
Gadwall  300 or more, possibly double this number
American Wigeon  500 or more, possibly double this number
American Black Duck  300 or more, possibly double this number
Mallard  300 or more, possibly double this number
Northern Shoveler  2
Northern Pintail  3000 estimated
Canvasback  2000 estimated
Redhead  15000 estimated
Ring-necked Duck  800 estimated
Greater Scaup  X no estimate of the fractions
Lesser Scaup  X no estimate of the fractions
Greater/Lesser Scaup  1 estimated
Bufflehead  6
Common Goldeneye  100 probably missed some
Hooded Merganser  10
Common Merganser  500
Great Blue Heron  1
Bald Eagle  2
American Coot  20
Ring-billed Gull  100
Herring Gull  100
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
American Crow  20
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Red-winged Blackbird  75 small groups migrating along Lower Lake Rd (same 
as 
last year)

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Savannah Mucklands (Seneca Co), Seneca, US-NY
Mar 6, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: East side of the Mucks still frozen; leading edge of new birds 
and 
movement
14 species

Snow Goose  500 mostly on the move
Canada Goose  750 mostly on the move
Tundra Swan  200 mostly on the move
American Black Duck  150
Mallard  250
Northern Pintail  800
Northern Harrier  2
Bald Eagle  2
Ring-billed Gull  200
Herring Gull  200
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Merlin  1
American Crow  20
Horned Lark  1 singing

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[cayugabirds-l] Barrow's Goldeneye - Fair Haven; Oswego SB Gull - No

2013-03-02 Thread tigger64

As far as I know, the Slaty-backed Gull was not found today at Oswego Harbor.  
I know Judy Thurber and Andrew VanNorstrand looked and found a Lesser 
Black-backed Gull.  Lisa Welch and I looked between 2:15-2:45 pm with Bill 
Purcell but there were few large gulls.  We checked again between 6:00-6:15 pm 
and found a few Great Black-backs and the Lesser BB but no sign of the 
Slaty-backed.  It was too dark to say for sure but the LBBG was a 2nd or 
3rd-cycle bird without conspicuous white marks in the primary tips and a 
narrow-at-best tertial crescent and no white skirt.

Over at Fair Haven, a female (or possibly 1st-year male) Barrow's Goldeneye was 
with Common Goldeneye near the entrance to the channel.  These birds are easily 
spooked and will flush and may not come back right away from the Lake - 
observing at a distance is recommended.  I'm pretty sure this is not the same 
one that was at Oneida Lake in January.  It has a tiny but more dull yellow 
bill with dusky base, very steep (nearly vertical) forehead, and a long, 
bulbous mane.  It is best (and easily) picked out in silhouette since the 
yellow color does not leap off the bill as was the case with the bird at 
Brewerton.

Dave Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY


Fair Haven - Little Sodus Bay and channel, Cayuga, US-NY
Mar 2, 2013 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: With Lisa Welch; birds easily spooked
15 species (+1 other taxa)

Mute Swan  12
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  4
Redhead  150 estimated
Greater Scaup  X plenty; not sure of the fraction of Greater/Lesser
Lesser Scaup  X plenty; not sure of the fraction of Greater/Lesser
Greater/Lesser Scaup  300 estimated
White-winged Scoter  50 estimated
Long-tailed Duck  10
Common Goldeneye  200 estimated
Barrow's Goldeneye  1 female or 1st-year male; tiny bill, dull yellow with 
dusky base, nearly vertical forehead and large mane; easily distinguished in 
silhouette; believe not the Oneida Lake bird
Common Merganser  200 estimated
Red-breasted Merganser  50
Ring-billed Gull  400
Herring Gull  75
Great Black-backed Gull  20

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Oswego Harbor - Breitbeck Park, Oswego, US-NY
Mar 2, 2013 5:55 PM - 6:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Too dark for a meaningful count
10 species

Canada Goose  30
White-winged Scoter  X
Long-tailed Duck  X
Common Merganser  X
Red-breasted Merganser  X
Ring-billed Gull  300
Herring Gull  30
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Mourning Dove  2

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[cayugabirds-l] Additional Slaty-backed Gull photos

2013-03-01 Thread tigger64
Link below to photos taken by Jim Tarolli.  Photos 6  7 show the bird with 
other gulls (it is the bird facing away).  

This will be a good chance for those looking to use the OneidaRBA text-message 
system if they find the bird (send the text to 41411 and use the keyword 
OneidaRBA, which is not case-sensitive, as the first word of the message as in  
  Oneidarba Slaty-backed Gull still at Oswego).  Please include your name also.

If the bird sticks around it should not be difficult to spot.  In real life it 
doesn't look much like LBBG and only suggests that when standing with GBBG (and 
then only briefly).  When with Herrings the almost-black back color and big 
size suggest GBBG.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jtarolli9/sets/72157632886582820/

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[cayugabirds-l] Slaty-backed Gull candidate - Oswego

2013-02-28 Thread tigger64

Jim and I studied the bird extensively and thought it was a Slaty-backed.  We 
saw it fly briefly but in a swirling mass of gulls and wingtips.  I thought I 
could see the string of pearls but can't be sure.

-conspicuous bubble-gum pink legs
-proper back and wing color darker than LBBG but slightly paler than GBBG
-obvious white skirt
-proper size, too large for LBBG and too small for GBBG
-proper eye color

I won't go through all the reasons it's not a Lesser BB Gull or Great BB Gull.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/sets/72157632885966646/ 

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Mount Pleasant Golden Eagle

2013-02-27 Thread tigger64
Tuesday afternoon we had an adult Golden Eagle go by Derby Hill on 15 mph 
ESE-SE winds.  SE and ESE winds virtually guarantee that birds originating 
south of Lake Ontario will hit the lakeshore and make the turn north in the 
Derby Hill area, a unique situation that allows us to speculate whether it is 
the same bird.  It would need to have traveled about 80 miles in 4-ish hours 
and implies an average ground speed of ~20 mph, which seems reasonable for a 
bird spiraling on thermals and gliding out (over and over) and with a small 
tailwind.

Had the winds been SW the bird might have never made it to the Ontario 
lakeshore and made the northward turn somewhere off the east end of the Lake.

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N Syracuse, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Oswego (Tufted Duck), Fair Haven, Sodus, Morgan Rd

2013-02-23 Thread tigger64

South winds strong enough to keep Lake Ontario flat led to excellent birding 
and many highlights.  At Oswego Harbor there was a surprising amount of ice.  
The most interesting bird was a Ring-billed Gull (link below to photo) with 
almost white mantle/wings.  Primary tips, bill, and legs were all normal for 
adult Ring-bill.  After Jim Tarolli spotted the continuing Surf Scoter we 
bemoaned the lack of scaup and went on a search east of the harbor hoping to 
relocate the female Tufted Duck.  Along the lakeshore near Rudy's and SUNY 
Oswego we found the scaup and indeed the Tufted Duck was with them.

On to Fair Haven where we stumbled on point-blank eye-level views of a Barred 
Owl.  Lots of birds there but we could not come up with anything unusual.  A 
lot going on in the open water with most of the bay and virtually all of the 
pond still frozen.  We saw a properly migrating Rough-legged Hawk on the way 
out.  

Over at Sodus Point we found at least 5 Black Scoter and at least 4 Surf Scoter 
(including an adult male) among hundreds of White-winged Scoter.  3000 gulls on 
the ice yielded a disappointing two species.  Again, a surprising amount still 
frozen.  At Morgan Rd a whopping six predatory species were in evidence.

Dave Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY

Leucistic/partially albinistic gull:  
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/8502488086/in/photostream


Oswego Harbor, Oswego, US-NY
Feb 23, 2013 11:10 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:  Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
16 species

Mallard  40
Greater Scaup  10
Lesser Scaup  10
Surf Scoter  1
White-winged Scoter  80
Long-tailed Duck  10
Common Goldeneye  5
Common Merganser  20
Red-breasted Merganser  20
American Coot  5
Ring-billed Gull  1500 Including a leucistic bird; bill color/markings and 
leg color normal for adult Ring-bill; primaries looked normal for adult
a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/8502488086/; 
title=Ring-billed Gull (leucistic) - Oswego Harbor, 2/23/13 by krankykestrel, 
on Flickrimg 
src=http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8251/8502488086_86e3f89b82.jpg; 
alt=Ring-billed Gull (leucistic) - Oswego Harbor, 2/23/13/a
Herring Gull  30
Iceland Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Rock Pigeon  40
Northern Cardinal  1

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SUNY Oswego--Lakeshore, Oswego, US-NY
Feb 23, 2013 12:24 PM - 12:44 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:  Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
11 species (+1 other taxa)

Mute Swan  3
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  2
Redhead  50
Tufted Duck  1 female
Greater/Lesser Scaup  200
Long-tailed Duck  2
Bufflehead  15
Common Goldeneye  40
Red-breasted Merganser  25
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1

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Fair Haven Beach St. Park, Cayuga, US-NY
Feb 23, 2013 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:  Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
21 species (+1 other taxa)

Mute Swan  X
Gadwall  3
American Wigeon  3
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  25
Redhead  150
Ring-necked Duck  12
Greater/Lesser Scaup  150
White-winged Scoter  75
Long-tailed Duck  10
Bufflehead  2
Common Goldeneye  100
Common Merganser  200
Red-breasted Merganser  200
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Bald Eagle  1
Rough-legged Hawk  1 light, migrating
Ring-billed Gull  1000
Herring Gull  75
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Barred Owl  1
American Crow  10

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Sodus Bay--Sodus Point, Wayne, US-NY
Feb 23, 2013 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments: south winds
21 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  1
Mute Swan  20
Tundra Swan  10
Gadwall  6
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  2
Canvasback  4
Redhead  30
Ring-necked Duck  8
Greater/Lesser Scaup  60
Surf Scoter  4 1 ad male, 2 first year male, 1 female
White-winged Scoter  500 guesstimated
Black Scoter  5 no adult males
Long-tailed Duck  100
Bufflehead  8
Common Goldeneye  50
Common Merganser  50
Red-breasted Merganser  75
American Coot  8
Ring-billed Gull  3000
Herring Gull  100
European Starling  10

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Montezuma Morgan Road Marshes (NMWMA), Wayne, US-NY
Feb 23, 2013 5:15 PM - 6:13 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:  Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
7 species

Canada Goose  75
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Rough-legged Hawk  1
Short-eared Owl  6
Northern Shrike  1

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[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga lake north end

2013-02-22 Thread tigger64
After viewing the continuing American Pipit at Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery 
in Elbridge (and enjoying lots of other songbirds) Jim Tarolli and I birded the 
north end of Cayuga Lake from Mud Lock and stopping at all the usual spots 
south to Aurora Bay.  There is open water off Harris Park and in spots between 
the railroad bridge and Mud Lock. The ice starts just at Harris Park and goes 
only a couple of miles south though there is an excellent shore-bound ice edge 
at Frontenac Park in Union Springs (the lake is open north-to-south farther 
out).  I don't think the ice will last long at this point.

Highlights were ~15,000+ waterfowl, gulls, swans, Bald Eagles, Red-tails, etc. 
The only duck we saw only one of was a White-winged Scoter at Harris Park; the 
only loons/grebes were 5 Horned Grebe and a Common Loon at Aurora (did not see 
the Eared Grebe).  We ended watching the goose roost fly-in at Mud Lock.  It 
was clear a fly-in to the ice edge was also happening at Frontenac and Harris 
Parks.  Some checklists below.

Dave Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY

Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery, Onondaga, US-NY
Feb 22, 2013 11:10 AM - 12:47 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:  Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
17 species

Rock Pigeon  8
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
Eastern Bluebird  8
Northern Mockingbird  1
American Pipit  1 feeding around trout ponds.
American Tree Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  10
Northern Cardinal  4
House Sparrow  3

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Cayuga Lake - Mud Lock, Seneca, US-NY
Feb 22, 2013 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:  Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
16 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  750
Trumpeter Swan  2 with green wing tags, numbered 202 and 205.
Tundra Swan  1000 estimate
Gadwall  30
American Wigeon  4
American Black Duck  20
Mallard  100
Northern Pintail  1
Ring-necked Duck  26
Greater/Lesser Scaup  3
Bufflehead  2
Common Goldeneye  25
Common Merganser  20
Ring-billed Gull  10
Herring Gull  50
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2

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Cayuga Lake--Harris Park, Cayuga, US-NY
Feb 22, 2013 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:  Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
22 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  100
Mute Swan  2
Tundra Swan  100
Gadwall  125
American Wigeon  30
American Black Duck  25
Mallard  300
Northern Pintail  2
Canvasback  6
Redhead  300
Ring-necked Duck  10
Greater/Lesser Scaup  5
White-winged Scoter  1
Bufflehead  3
Common Goldeneye  30
Hooded Merganser  6
Common Merganser  300
Bald Eagle  2
American Coot  1
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  50
Great Black-backed Gull  5
American Crow  15

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Frontenac Park, Cayuga, US-NY
Feb 22, 2013 3:50 PM - 4:35 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:  Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
15 species

Canada Goose  4
Tundra Swan  10
Gadwall  2
American Black Duck  30
Mallard  300
Redhead  1
Bufflehead  2
Common Goldeneye  50
Common Merganser  300
Bald Eagle  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Herring Gull  20
Great Black-backed Gull  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Robin  2

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Aurora Bay, Cayuga, US-NY
Feb 22, 2013 4:56 PM - 5:31 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:  Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
7 species

Snow Goose  200
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  125
Bufflehead  3
Common Goldeneye  6
Common Loon  1
Horned Grebe  5

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Cayuga Lake - Mud Lock, Seneca, US-NY
Feb 22, 2013 5:55 PM - 6:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: properly dark. close birds only noted.  Submitted from  BirdLog 
for Android v1.6
7 species

Canada Goose  2000
Trumpeter Swan  1
Tundra Swan  X
American Black Duck  X
Mallard  X
Ring-necked Duck  4
Common Goldeneye  X

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[cayugabirds-l] Monday, Savannah mucks - lots of birds

2013-01-15 Thread tigger64
No luck on the Gyrfalcon.  Our mid-winter thaw has loaded the mucklands with 
gulls and ducks (mostly Mallards).  Numbers are only a guess.

Dave Wheeler
N Syracuse


Savannah Mucklands (Seneca Co), Seneca, US-NY
Jan 14, 2013 10:25 AM - 12:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
19 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow Goose  7
Canada Goose  500
Tundra Swan  500
American Black Duck  50
Mallard  400
Northern Pintail  2
Bald Eagle  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Rough-legged Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  1000
Herring Gull  500
Iceland Gull  2
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Glaucous Gull  1
Herring x Glaucous Gull (hybrid)  1 presumed Nelson's, first winter
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Rock Pigeon  15
Peregrine Falcon  1 adult
American Crow  20
European Starling  6


Cayuga Lake SP, Seneca, US-NY
Jan 14, 2013 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
30 species

Canada Goose  500
Tundra Swan  5
Gadwall  30
American Black Duck  75
Mallard  25
Canvasback  4
Redhead  600
Ring-necked Duck  15
Greater Scaup  50
Lesser Scaup  250
Bufflehead  10
Common Goldeneye  8
Hooded Merganser  3
Common Merganser  12
Pied-billed Grebe  1
American Coot  2
Ring-billed Gull  50
Herring Gull  25
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Crow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  2
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  1
European Starling  6
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  6
Northern Cardinal  5
House Finch  4
 

Tyre, 56-138 State Highway 89, Seneca, US-NY
Jan 14, 2013 3:50 PM - 4:01 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
3 species

Sharp-shinned Hawk  1 male
Red-headed Woodpecker  1 immature, photos.
Black-capped Chickadee  1

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[cayugabirds-l] Madison Landfill gulls Friday - poss. Thayer's Gull

2012-12-08 Thread tigger64

I'm linking to some photos of an interesting 1st-year gull.  The bird was 
substantially smaller than Herring and slightly larger than Ring-billed in 
direct comparison.  Other features are a very rounded head with eye seemingly 
right in the middle, and a tiny bill.  Tertials dark-centered and primaries 
dark brown/virtually black.  I don't think it can really be a Kumlein's-type.  
Thayer's seems the most likely but I thought some issues exist (I won't bias 
the viewer with what they are), then a very small Herring next.  I considered 
California but don't think so.  Comments welcome.

There's been some other interesting gulls there and one I took to be a hybrid, 
possibly of Lesser x Great Black-backed (or at least that seems to be the 
combination suggested).  I'll eventually get the photos up.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/sets/72157632196951477/

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N Syracuse, NY


Madison County Landfill, Madison, US-NY
Dec 7, 2012 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Calm winds, light rain.  Gull commute back to Oneida Lake began 
in earnest around 3:30
8 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  100
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Ring-billed Gull  600
Herring Gull  600
Iceland Gull  2 first winter
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1 adult
Glaucous Gull  1 dark end of the spectrum
Great Black-backed Gull  25
gull sp.  1 seemingly a good candidate for Thayer's

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[cayugabirds-l] eBird data and Kingbird Regional Reports

2012-10-24 Thread tigger64
Using Chris Wood's excellent discussion about the complexities of eBird data 
(on the NYSBirds list) as a segue...

Long-time Regional Editor Bill Purcell (Region 5) is passing the torch and Matt 
Perry and I have agreed to take over.  eBird records for a season number 
between 20,000 to 200,000 depending on the number of observers in the Region.  
To help in analyzing this data I have written a program in VISUAL Basic to 
perform various sorting and logical functions, including evaluating records in 
the split counties where the Regional boundary does not follow county lines.  
The program also generates maximum and average counts, first-of-season, 
last-of-season, contributor lists, species category evaluation, validity, and 
much more. 

With a full month left before the end of the Fall reporting period, I'm going 
to send an e-mail to Regional Editors outlining the program, what it needs as 
input, what it generates as output, and all the other Frequently Asked 
Questions.  Those that wish to use the output data will have time to become 
familiar with the format and look for errors (none known as of version 1.11), 
idiosyncrasies, shortcomings, etc.  There are many capabilities planned, and I 
hope it well help in reducing the large number of records to a managable 
summary.

The program is parametrically-driven and functions both to generate 
Kingbird-specific data, but can equally well be a general-purpose 
data-evaluation tool.  Regional Editors I know about will receive an e-mail in 
the next few days.  If you do not receive it, or have an interest in the 
subject generally, please e-mail me below and I will add you to the list.

David Wheeler
North Syracuse, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Franklin's Gull at K-M continues, Sunday PM

2012-10-07 Thread tigger64
The Franklin's Gull found by Tim Lenz and Brad Walker was present at 
Knox-Marsellus this afternoon.  A surprisingly strong roost flight of Canada 
Geese occurred during the last hour before dusk.  Sparrows everywhere, wish it 
hadn't been raining.  Flock of 16-17 dowitchers presumed to be Long-billed.

Dave Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY


Montezuma NWR Knox-Marsellus  Puddler Marshes, Seneca, US-NY
Oct 7, 2012 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: With Jim Tarolli; raining; didn't look carefully at ducks; lots 
of 
sparrows calling in the last half hour and optics and observer too wet to spend 
much time
30 species (+2 other taxa)

Snow Goose  5
Canada Goose  2500 All but 100 came in during evening roost flight starting 
at sunset minus 30 mins
Trumpeter Swan  3
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  X
Green-winged Teal  X
Common Merganser  1
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Blue Heron  X
Great Egret  2 came in on roost flight; no wing tags seen
Northern Harrier  2
Sandhill Crane  5
Black-bellied Plover  5
American Avocet  1 continuing
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Pectoral Sandpiper  25
Long-billed Dowitcher  16 presumed - too far and too dark to tell whether 
there might be a SBDO in there; possibly a Stilt Sandpiper in with them
shorebird sp.  3 suspicious birds flew in at dusk; dark, rain; possibly 
LEYE, possibly phalaropes or Stilt Sandpiper
Franklin's Gull  1 gorgeous adult bird found by Tim Lenz and Brad Walker; 
dark legs, medium-dark mantle, partial hood, small size, large white mirrors in 
wingtips; photographed
Ring-billed Gull  200
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Peregrine Falcon  1 imm. bird
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  X much smaller numbers than on Friday
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Pipit  X looked very much like Least Sandpipers on the mudflat; 
number unknown
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
sparrow sp.  X lots of calls heard
Red-winged Blackbird  X

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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: MNWR Western Sandpiper report

2012-09-19 Thread tigger64
Reported to eBird.  GPS coordinates in the eBird comment put it at LaRue's.
 

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Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) (1)
- Reported Sep 19, 2012 13:40 by Wade  Melissa Rowley
- Montezuma NWR, Seneca, New York
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[cayugabirds-l] Hudsonian Godwits - MNWR

2012-09-11 Thread tigger64
Jim Tarolli and I made a sunset trip to Knox-Marsellus and Puddler's Marsh.  We 
were hoping to see the Avocets even in fading light, and I wondered if maybe a 
Laughing Gull might get in with all the Ring-bills now there.  Highlight around 
dusk turned out to be 4 Hudsonian Godwits in Puddler's Marsh.  Only about 20 
Great Egrets seen today.  Darkness was the enemy and we didn't have time to do 
anything resembling a good survey of all that was going on.

Dave Wheeler  Jim Tarolli

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[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Thursday

2012-09-07 Thread tigger64
I didn't come up with much on the Wildlife Drive other than Merlin and 
Peregrine.  There were a decent number of Semi-p Sandpiper at Benning, renewing 
hope for a Western.  At dusk, Knox-Marsellus had 82 Great Egrets, one with an 
orange wing tag, and 325 Great Blue Herons amidst the other birds people have 
been reporting.

I'm also including an eBird checklist from August 27th for K-M which featured a 
flyby Whimbrel (it was circling in the K-M airspace for a few minutes but never 
seen on the ground).  Apologies for forgetting to post.

Dave W.
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Montezuma NWR Knox-Marsellus Marsh, Seneca, US-NY
Sep 6, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Hot and humid with a light breeze; hoping for something new but 
seemingly the same basic cast of characters; not a careful survey of the 
shorebirds but a scan for something new; listened to Sonic Youth while driving 
to/from MNWR
45 species

Canada Goose  20
Trumpeter Swan  1
Wood Duck  X
American Wigeon  X
American Black Duck  X
Mallard  X
Blue-winged Teal  X
Northern Shoveler  X
Green-winged Teal  X
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  325 counted twice, +/- 10 birds
Great Egret  82 counted twice, +/-3 birds; one bird had orange wing tag
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  2
Sandhill Crane  2
Black-bellied Plover  X
American Golden-Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  X
Killdeer  X
Greater Yellowlegs  X
Lesser Yellowlegs  X
Semipalmated Sandpiper  X
Least Sandpiper  X
Pectoral Sandpiper  X
Stilt Sandpiper  X
Short-billed Dowitcher  X
Wilson's Phalarope  1
Red-necked Phalarope  1
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Caspian Tern  3
American Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  X
Purple Martin  X
Tree Swallow  X
Bank Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Gray Catbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Song Sparrow  2
Bobolink  1
Red-winged Blackbird  X
American Goldfinch  X


Montezuma NWR Knox-Marsellus Marsh, Seneca, US-NY
Aug 27, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments: With Jim Tarolli; light rain; observing from both Towpath Rd in 
rain and East Rd (no rain)
32 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  20
Trumpeter Swan  3
Wood Duck  X
Mallard  X
Green-winged Teal  X
Ring-necked Duck  1 Possibly an eclipse-plumaged male but I don't remember
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Blue Heron  X
Great Egret  X
Black-crowned Night-Heron  4
Osprey  2
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  1
Common Gallinule  2
Sandhill Crane  2
Black-bellied Plover  3
Semipalmated Plover  X
Killdeer  X
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  X
Whimbrel  1 Spiraled over K-M marsh for about 5 mins (stayed on it the 
entire time in the scope); eventually joined up with ~15 other (smaller but 
medium-sized) shorebirds and flew to the south; a long-awaited first Whimbrel 
for me at MNWR; possibly put down to the mudflats by rain but I never saw it on 
the ground
Sanderling  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  X
Least Sandpiper  X
White-rumped Sandpiper  X
Pectoral Sandpiper  X
Stilt Sandpiper  X
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher  X
Wilson's Phalarope  1
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Caspian Tern  X
Black Tern  2



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[cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel today?

2012-08-25 Thread tigger64
Has anyone seen the Hanshaw Rd Whimbrel today?  I presume many are out looking 
for the Curlew Sandpiper.

Dave Wheeler
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[cayugabirds-l] Knox-Marsellus Marsh - Friday PM

2012-08-18 Thread tigger64
Lots of BC Night Herons out at dusk, but too far and dark to tell if YCNH was 
with them.  I did not see it from Towpath either.  5 RN Phalaropes and 1 
Wilson's Phalarope were the shorebird highlights.  Good numbers, lots of 
distant birds I would have liked a better look at.

David Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY


Montezuma NWR Knox-Marsellus Marsh, Seneca, US-NY
Aug 17, 2012 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
36 species

Canada Goose  6
Trumpeter Swan  3
Wood Duck  X
Gadwall  X
American Wigeon  X
Mallard  X
Blue-winged Teal  X
Northern Shoveler  X
Northern Pintail  X
Green-winged Teal  X
Great Blue Heron  X hundreds
Great Egret  X
Black-crowned Night-Heron  8 juv. plus one adult; too dark to say whether 
YCNH was with them
Osprey  2
Northern Harrier  2
Bald Eagle  2
Common Gallinule  6
Sandhill Crane  2
Black-bellied Plover  2 incl. a non-breeding bird with Lesser Yellowlegs 
standing in deep water
Semipalmated Plover  X
Killdeer  X
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  X
Semipalmated Sandpiper  X
Least Sandpiper  X
White-rumped Sandpiper  X
Baird's Sandpiper  1
Pectoral Sandpiper  X
Stilt Sandpiper  X
Short-billed Dowitcher  X distant
Wilson's Phalarope  1
Red-necked Phalarope  5
Ring-billed Gull  100
Herring Gull  2
Caspian Tern  25
Eastern Screech-Owl  1 or someone imitating one; from Towpath Rd.



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[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Monday shorebirds

2012-07-03 Thread tigger64
Good numbers of shorebirds in at Puddler's Marsh, mostly Lesser Yellowlegs.  
Highlight was STILT SANDPIPER, a few GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and two SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHER.  Good numbers of Killdeer and Spotted Sandpiper.  Dickcissel singing 
various versions of the song over at Seneca Meadows.

David Wheeler
NSyracuse NY


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Jul 2, 2012 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments: With Jim Tarolli; visibility improving over observation period
29 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  25
Mallard  6
Green-winged Teal  10
Great Blue Heron  5
Green Heron  2
Osprey  1
Killdeer  X good numbers
Spotted Sandpiper  10
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Lesser Yellowlegs  300 approximately
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Least Sandpiper  10
Stilt Sandpiper  1 adult bird, first of season
peep sp.  25
Short-billed Dowitcher  2
Ring-billed Gull  30
Caspian Tern  15
Willow Flycatcher  1
Warbling Vireo  1
American Crow  8
Tree Swallow  X
House Wren  1
Veery  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  X
Yellow Warbler  2
Song Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Baltimore Oriole  1


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[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Ruff at Jamaica Bay (MNWR bird?)

2012-07-01 Thread tigger64
Maybe (probably?) the Montezuma bird 


Subject: (7-1) Ruff @ JBWR Queens County...
From: Andrew Baksh birdingdude AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:10:37 +

Heydi Lopes and I just found a male (molting) Ruff on the North End of the East 
Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Currently being seen just past Dead Man's 
Cove. 

Good and responsible birding!
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Queens NY
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Ruff at Jamaica Bay (MNWR bird?)

2012-07-01 Thread tigger64
Apologies for not signing the previous post.  Perhaps there will be good enough 
photos to tell if the same bird.

David Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-headed Blackbird continues

2012-05-07 Thread tigger64
Jim Tarolli and I watched it for at least two hours today.  Highly recommended.

David Wheeler
N Syracuse NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Derby Hill Friday - Swallow-tailed Kite

2012-05-05 Thread tigger64
Just to follow up since it hasn't been cross-posted:

Friday at 1:21 pm EDT, Hawk Counter Kyle Wright spotted a Swallow-tailed Kite 
loosely traveling with Broad-winged Hawks over the South Lookout at Derby Hill. 
 This is possibly the same bird that passed the Hamburg Hawk Watch on Wednesday 
afternoon and we were on the lookout for it.  The bird joined Broad-wings in 
a thermal and gave great looks over the next few minutes.  I could still see it 
in the scope five minutes later winging north up the east lakeshore on stiff, 
slow wingbeats.

As noted by Kyle in his Hawkcount write-up, the only previous record at Derby 
Hill was April 16, 1976.

Dave W.
N Syracuse, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Madison County landfill gulls, aberrant Herring

2012-02-11 Thread tigger64
Both the pond and hillside were loaded with gulls when I arrived at 11am to the 
Madison County landfill on Buyea Rd (south of Wampsville).  

Highlight was a 1st-winter gull presumed to be a smallish Herring, with slim, 
long, all-yellow bill.  Olsen/Larsson in Gulls of N.A., Europe, and Asia have 
a brief discussion of abnormal bills on page 18, and show a 1st-cycle Herring 
with long, decurved, mostly yellow bill.  Comments welcome if anyone thinks it 
could be something else.  I thought the gull was within the (wide) spectrum of 
Herring Gull.

Other highlights included 4 Lesser Black-backed including a 2nd-winter bird 
with black bill and yellow tip.  No serious rarity candidates were seen, but 
after a Peregrine passed at noon many of the gulls departed.  I had completed a 
number of decent scans but had not looked carefully at every search feature 
yet.  The gulls stayed away for 1.5 hours then a few returned, but the cold 
front had passed and I called it a day at the four-hour mark. 

The link below has photos of the day's highlights, including a video of the 
Peregrine-induced gull cloud, Lesser Black-backed, and curious Herring Gull.  
Apologies in advance for the disorganized state of my Flickr page.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/sets/72157629278228883/with/6859603787/

David Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY


Madison County Landfill, Madison, US-NY
Feb 11, 2012 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Four long hours.  Pond and hillside loaded when I arrived.  Good 
observing conditions with temp around freezing and little wind.  Imm. Peregrine 
flushed everything at noon and it took 1.5 hours for a few gulls to return.  
Cold front passed about noon also and it was bitter and windy afterward.  
Listened to SU game against UConn on radio while waiting for gulls to return.
11 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Peregrine Falcon  1 immature
Ring-billed Gull  15 pure guesswork
Herring Gull  1500 rough-order-of-magnitude only
Iceland Gull  6 or more; 1st-winter plus one adult
Lesser Black-backed Gull  4 3 adults (two relatively white-headed, one 
heavily streaked) and one 2nd-winter with black bill and yellow tip.  Photos.
Glaucous Gull  2 Both 1st-winter; no sign of the smallish adult bird seen 
on 
Tuesday
Great Black-backed Gull  150
gull sp.  1 1st-winter; long, slim, all-yellow bill; presumed to be a 
Herring Gull with abberant bill, ref. Olsen/Larsson page 18 discussion of 
abnormal bills, and Fig. 7 on the same page.  Photos.
American Crow  X
European Starling  1000 guesstimate

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[cayugabirds-l] December reports summary

2012-02-11 Thread tigger64
Over on GeneseeBirds there is a summary of December 2011 eBird reports, posted 
by Kurt Fox.  It includes a King Rail at Montezuma (Van Dyne Spoor).

Dave Wheeler
N Syracuse NY

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[cayugabirds-l] Western Grebe - No (Hog Hole) Sunday PM

2012-02-05 Thread tigger64
For what it's worth, Bernie Carr and I spent several hours at the south end of 
Cayuga Lake on Sunday afternoon and could not find the Western Grebe.  We 
looked from what we took to be Hog Hole and could see two Red-throated Loons 
close together, and a Common Loon several hundred yards away.  The RT Loons 
were distant and we looked at them carefully but still thought they were both 
Red-throated Loons.  Over at East Shore Park we could see the same two birds 
and thought they were both RT Loons from that position, plus a total of three 
Common Loons.  We didn't go up Rte 89 and were out of time and did not go north 
of East Shore Park.  We also dipped on the White-winged Crossbills at 
Summerhill, finding only Pine Siskins plus a single Goldfinch at the Hovel 
Chalet.

Dave Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY



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[cayugabirds-l] Sodus Geneva highlights - Thurs. 2/2/12

2012-02-03 Thread tigger64
The ice edge at Sodus has receded so far into the bay that much of the action 
is beyond scope range.  Female King Eider continues and an adult male Surf 
Scoter finally showed up.

Over at the Geneva waterfront, not much change.  By far the most unexpected 
bird was an Egyptian Goose grazing in the grass all alone at Seneca Lake SP.  
This is an incredibly beautiful bird and highly recommended even though 
presumed an escapee from captivity.  Photo on my (not used nearly enough) 
Flickr page at the link below.

A good sunset fly-in of Canada Geese also took place with 2000-3000 birds.  I 
wasn't in position early enough to properly monitor it and didn't come up with 
anything unusual.

Dave Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY

Egyptian Goose:  
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[cayugabirds-l] NW Cayuga Lake - Eurasian Wigeon, Cackling Goose, roost flight

2012-01-30 Thread tigger64
Thinking there might be an impressive roost flight on the NW corner of Cayuga 
Lake, Jim Tarolli and I started at Cayuga Lake State Park.  The first bird Jim 
put bins on was a beautiful EURASIAN WIGEON.  It flew around with Am Wigeons 
and we eventually lost sight of it.  I was glad Gary and Ann relocated it.  
Looks like the text message system worked well.

Huge numbers of geese and ducks and gulls in the NW corner, and we found a 
close Cackling Goose.  A strong roost flight developed into the ice edge along 
Lower Lake Rd near Noble Rd.  About sunset, 1000 Herring Gulls were 100 yards 
away on the ice edge.  3 Iceland Gulls found each other, 1 adult and 2 
first-winter.  2 Lesser Black-backed Gull adults didn't find each other.  
Careful observation of this large group saw some weird ones but nothing really 
unusual. Aside from Cackling we couldn't find any others among an estimated 
5000 Canada Geese.  

Jim posted some photos of the Cackling Goose and Eurasian Wigeon at: 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/44545168@N06/

David Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY


Cayuga Lake SP, Seneca, US-NY
Jan 30, 2012 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: With Jim Tarolli; strong evening roost flight of Herring Gulls, 
Canada Geese, ducks into the ice edge south of Cayuga Lake State Park
29 species

Cackling Goose  1
Canada Goose  5000 estimated
Mute Swan  1
Trumpeter Swan  1 Wing-tagged immature
Tundra Swan  X
Gadwall  50 or more
American Wigeon  30
American Black Duck  100
Mallard  100
Northern Pintail  3
Redhead  1
Ring-necked Duck  1
Common Goldeneye  7
Hooded Merganser  6
Common Merganser  X
Great Blue Heron  2
Bald Eagle  1
Ring-billed Gull  100
Herring Gull  1000 on the ice edge at sunset
Iceland Gull  3 two first-winter birds joined an adult
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2 adults
Great Black-backed Gull  25
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Crow  X Strong roost flight over the lake going south, taking 
place 
at a higher altitude than the geese and gulls; presume the crows were traveling 
farther
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
European Starling  1
Northern Cardinal  1


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[cayugabirds-l] Savannah Mucklands - Saturday PM

2012-01-29 Thread tigger64
Two hours at the Mucklands and the roost flight appeared to be into the mucks 
rather than away from them.  Many gulls (1000), most very distant, and mostly 
Herring with some Ring-bills mixed in.  Good numbers of distant ducks but I 
could only find 3 species.  Snow goose numbers building from 1 to 1200 during 
the roost flight, but coincided with frontal passage and strong wind and rain.  
May have missed one of the unusual geese.  Best part of the fly-in was really 
unbirdable except from the car.

David Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY


Savannah Mucklands (Seneca Co), Seneca, US-NY
Jan 28, 2012 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Wind building to 20kt SW made observing very difficult from 4:30 
pm on
10 species

Snow Goose  1200 estimated; all but 1 came in on the roost flight
Canada Goose  600
Tundra Swan  3
American Black Duck  70 or more
Mallard  500 or more
Northern Pintail  20 or more
Bald Eagle2
Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  X many
Herring Gull  500 or more


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[cayugabirds-l] Mucks Sodus - Tuesday

2012-01-25 Thread tigger64

I was hoping the Savannah mucklands might have birds after a couple days of 
thawing temps.  Jim Tarolli and I were surprised to find decent numbers of 
Canada Geese, Mallards, Black Ducks, gulls, and raptors. Good movement of birds 
flying around and into the mucks from other places.  We couldn't find anything 
unusual.  Stopping back at dusk, the roost flight was not into the mucks but to 
Cayuga Lake.  Thursday through Saturday will have temps to 40F and possibly 
more will come in.

On to Sodus Bay where the female King Eider gave good looks.  We didn't see the 
Barrow's or hybrid Goldeneye but there is constant exchange with birds on the 
lake.  Good numbers of everything and a modest evening flight of gulls to the 
ice edge (much more water open).

David Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY


Savannah Mucklands (Seneca Co), Seneca, US-NY
Jan 24, 2012 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: With Jim Tarolli; recent thaw had much of the Mucks open and 
attracting birds; we checked back later but it appeared the evening roost 
flight 
was away from the Mucks rather into the Mucks (presumably birds going to Cayuga 
Lake)
15 species

Snow Goose  64
Canada Goose  400
Tundra Swan  9
American Black Duck  20 or more, estimated
Mallard  100 or more, estimated
Northern Pintail  2
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Rough-legged Hawk  3
Ring-billed Gull  150 estimate
Herring Gull  10 guesstimate
American Crow  5
Horned Lark  10
American Tree Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  1


Sodus Bay--Sodus Point, Wayne, US-NY
Jan 24, 2012 2:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: With Jim Tarolli; 15 kt WSW winds
24 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  75
Mute Swan  X
Mallard  10
Canvasback  10
Redhead  1000 estimated
Ring-necked Duck  6
Greater Scaup  X
Greater/Lesser Scaup  X many
King Eider  1 female
Surf Scoter  2 females
White-winged Scoter  200 estimated
Black Scoter  1 female
Long-tailed Duck  X
Bufflehead  10
Common Goldeneye  350 or more
Red-breasted Merganser  X
Common Loon  1
Horned Grebe  3
Bald Eagle  1
American Coot  25
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  200
Iceland Gull  1second-winter
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  8





 

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[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Meadows landfill

2012-01-24 Thread tigger64
Perhaps this is old news, and not a big surprise, but I was not aware they were 
using Peregrines.  Jim Tarolli provided me with this link.

http://blog.syracuse.com/outdoors/2012/01/video_trained_falcons_is_used.html

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Meadows landfill

2012-01-24 Thread tigger64

 Good catch!  I was too busy hyperventilating over the thought of 50,000 gulls 
to notice which species of falcon they were using.  Also, the link didn't come 
through but it would be interesting to see which ones are scaring all my gulls 
away!

Dave Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY


Subject: Re: Seneca Meadows landfill
From: Carolyn Jacobs jaclyn AT rochester.rr.com
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 22:54:01 -0500

Unless things have changed, the falcons they use are non-native species. I
took these pictures at a Seneca Meadows Landfill open house in 2005. I do
not recall the species--possibly from the Middle East.

Seneca Meadows 
falcons 


Lyn Jacobs

 

 

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From: tigger64 tigge...@aol.com
To: cayugabirds-l cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu
Sent: Tue, Jan 24, 2012 10:21 pm
Subject: Seneca Meadows landfill


Perhaps this is old news, and not a big surprise, but I was not aware they were 
using Peregrines.  Jim Tarolli provided me with this link.

http://blog.syracuse.com/outdoors/2012/01/video_trained_falcons_is_used.html

Dave Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY

 

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[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon - Oswego Harbor (not relocated)

2012-01-18 Thread tigger64
Last seen going east.  Subsequent check of shoreline trees east of the Oswego 
River did not find it.  Probably went past Derby Hill and up the east 
lakeshore, or perhaps will come back to Oswego or maybe Sodus.  Fair Haven was 
a big disappointment but another place to check.  
  
This particular individual is not ambiguous and does not superficially resemble 
a Peregrine beyond being a falcon.  If seen perched at a distance one might 
think an imm. Bald Eagle or dark-morph Rough-leg.  More description in eBird 
entry below.  No falconry attachments were noticed hanging off its legs.
  
I suspect the abrupt change in weather is what had it moving along the 
lakeshore, which is why I was moving along the lakeshore.
  
David Wheeler
N Syracuse, NY
  

Oswego Harbor, Oswego, US-NY
Jan 18, 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Abrupt change in weather over previous 24 hours; south winds 
followed by 40-45 kt sustained W winds overnight, subsiding to 15-20 kts NW at 
the time of observation
14 species

Canada Goose  100
Mallard  X
Redhead  2
Greater Scaup  5
White-winged Scoter  1
Long-tailed Duck  20
Red-breasted Merganser  X
Red-throated Loon  1
Red-necked Grebe  1
Gyrfalcon  1 Flew directly overhead at low altitude and commenced chasing 
gulls for ~20 seconds, then flew east flushing a Canada Goose flock on the lawn 
at Fort Ontario; well seen in binoculars and spotting scope at 25-75 yards; 
thought to be a dark morph or possibly an imm. gray morph; a huge, 
massive-bodied (like a bulging, over-pressurized 2-liter bottle of root beer) 
plain brown falcon; dark brown back and head with no hint of mustache or 
sideburns; dark eye; big tapered tail with brown/black banding; slow, 
powerful 
wingbeats; carefully observed to eliminate Peregrine but the bird bore no 
superficial resemblance to Peregrine aside from being a falcon.  Suspect abrupt 
weather change is responsible for it moving along the lakeshore on this 
particular day.  No falconry attachments noticed.
Ring-billed Gull  200
Herring Gull  100
Glaucous Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  20

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[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcons and the Montezuma mucks

2012-01-18 Thread tigger64
I suppose it's worth remembering that the Mucklands have a history of 
attracting Gyrfalcons (and falcons in general).  I presume the Mucks are frozen 
now but there's a modest four-day warm-up predicted (starting Sunday-ish) and 
geese, ducks, and gulls may end up back in there.  For that matter, the ice 
edge on Cayuga Lake has a history of attracting Gyrfalcons

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N Syracuse, NY



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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Western Grebe?

2012-01-11 Thread tigger64
For what it's worth, Jim Tarolli and I looked for it yesterday between 4:15 and 
5:00pm and didn't see it.  We were scoping from the lighthouse.  I am by no 
means suggesting that it is gone, and I hope others have better luck.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe

2011-12-09 Thread tigger64
If anyone gets photos of the bird, even really bad ones, I would appreciate it 
if they could post them.  I am curious about the plumage details and if they 
are similar to a grebe I saw on Monday on Onondaga Lake.  (presuming the 
Onondaga Lake bird has left -off to look right now).  Thanks!

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