Re: [cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Herons

2018-03-20 Thread Donna Lee Scott
Oh I forgot- We also saw a Great Blue Heron fly over at Long Pt yesterday 
evening. Yay!

Donna Scott
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On Mar 19, 2018, at 8:36 PM, Dave Nutter 
> wrote:

Today’s sign of spring for me was a close trio of GREAT BLUE HERONS flying 
north this morning above Floral Avenue. They have seemed very scarce to me this 
winter, and these were my first in Ithaca.

- - Dave Nutter
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[cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Herons

2018-03-19 Thread Dave Nutter
Today’s sign of spring for me was a close trio of GREAT BLUE HERONS flying 
north this morning above Floral Avenue. They have seemed very scarce to me this 
winter, and these were my first in Ithaca. 

- - Dave Nutter
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Herons

2014-03-23 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Hi all,

   I don't think that it was just local Great Blue Herons that were moving 
around the Basin yesterday.  In addition to seeing one heron hanging around 
Myers point on Saturday morning, for the second week in a row, I also saw three 
high-flying herons together heading northeast over the Farmers' Market area 
yesterday morning that looked like they had no intention of stopping off in the 
area.  These three birds were making very impressive time, taking advantage of 
yesterday's strong, favourable tailwinds.

Wesley Hochachka



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[mailto:bounce-113532972-3494...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of W. Larry Hymes
Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2014 10:14 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Herons

While traversing Upper Buttermilk Park (muddy, icy), I was surprised to find 2 
GREAT BLUE HERON flying about the Lake Treman area together.  
There is some open water there, and 11 Canada Geese were also present.  
I assume the two birds were a pair that was checking out this area as a 
possible nest site.

Larry

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[cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Herons

2014-03-22 Thread Tobias Dean
First of the year for us. Two dropped down onto the still frozen farm pond
behind us on South Hill. Expert flying as they dropped almost vertically in
the stiff NW wind. Not sure they would want to take off in this wind, in
spite of frozen water.

Toby

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[cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Herons

2014-03-22 Thread W. Larry Hymes
While traversing Upper Buttermilk Park (muddy, icy), I was surprised to 
find 2 GREAT BLUE HERON flying about the Lake Treman area together.  
There is some open water there, and 11 Canada Geese were also present.  
I assume the two birds were a pair that was checking out this area as a 
possible nest site.


Larry

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120 Vine Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
(H) 607-277-0759, w...@cornell.edu



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[cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Herons at SSW (6 briefly)

2011-04-20 Thread Chris Pelkie
I took a quick walk this AM at 715 along north Wilson, listening to many 
Black-capped Chickadees, American Robins, White-throated Sparrows, Red-winged 
Blackbirds, Common Grackles, observing a Mallard on the trail (then in the 
water), Canada Geese, a pair of Common Mergansers, and one PIED-BILLED GREBE 
who arrived a few days ago.

I saw the head of one Great Blue Heron (GBHE) apparently incubating on the big 
snag, then spotted the mate fishing next to the berm. I stopped to watch as the 
fisher had caught a bright white fish, probably 5-6 in long, but oddly didn't 
turn it and gulp it, but dropped it back in the water. I thought maybe it was 
either not a fish or a bad-tasting one, but then the bird deliberately stuck 
its head into the water and 'fished' it out again (apparently the same one, and 
already dead). It did this a couple of times before finally consuming it.

Seemed like the show was over, so I moved on 100' but turned back just as i 
approached the rise and noticed a flight of 4 GBHEs arriving over the pond. 
That made the fisher fly up to the nest and the flock of 4 wheeled around and 3 
alit on various branches while the 4th continued to wheel (probably no room to 
land!). The nest bird rose up to help in the defense, so I had a nice view of 5 
big birds arrayed on the snag tree for about 20 secs before the interlopers got 
the hint and flew off together. Though after I walked to the platform and was 
returning I saw a third bird getting 'franked' at by what I assume was the nest 
male. So a busy heron day.

Also heard a NORTHERN FLICKER 'flicking' and Tufted Titmouse pealing.

Before I left home this morning (4 mi N of SSW), I also heard the 
characteristic knock then the cat-like whine of a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 
though I saw one at home a couple days back for my first of year.

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Chris Pelkie
Research Analyst
Bioacoustics Research Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850


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