[cayugabirds-l] Mill pond .. Union Springs 11/22/16

2016-11-22 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Gadwall (10-12)Buffles, (didn't count - no time -they kept diving)   
A. wigeon (6)   G.W. Teal (1)  at 2:30 p.m.


Fritzie


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[cayugabirds-l] Mill pond sign in Union Springs

2016-07-08 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Failed to mention that I have contacted Mrs. Aguilar, the scout's 
mother, to commend her son for his project & hard work but also to point 
out a glaring error on the sign/kiosk. He has the picture of a Green 
heron listed as a Pileated woodpecker. :-(


Hopefully he can correct that ASAP.

Only bird on Mill  pond today is the lingering redhead duck that appears 
to be in molt. The water level is up, indicating that the overflow pipe 
is partially blocked, either by brush or else another beaver is trying 
to build a dam. Didn't take time to look.


Fritzie


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[cayugabirds-l] Mill pond path ... Union Springs

2015-09-29 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Today I walked along the new "path" along the south side of Mill pond. 
Needless to say, it left me feeling angry that the scout's mother, who 
admitted to me that she knew next to nothing about birds & their needs, 
pushed through their (her) agenda of making the path, DESPITE all the 
letters you caring, knowledgeable birders wrote. Letters that were 
polite, filled with suggests & reasons why the path should not be there.

This was a mother pushing her shy son into something she thought he/they 
could do so he could become an Eagle Scout. I understand ...  it's hard 
to find projects that would earn a merit badge. (The roofless, gazebo 
with no seats was one.)

  I don't know who on the village board gave the final approval or if 
liability has been considered. I do know that the former mayor who 
recently resigned, was ready to give immediate approval at that 1st 
meeting after only the _barest_ of plans were presented. Indeed, there 
were no _real_ plans presented at the meeting I attended. It was _just a 
proposal_ with the boy to give more thorough plans at a future date as 
to what part the village would play & what the boy was to do. Oh, & he 
proposed erecting a sign about the birds that stop there.

So folks, today I did a slow boil as I walked the rough path which still 
needs a LOT of clearing, leveling, digging out stumps & putting in wood 
chips. The path is as close as 5' from the water (with no bushes to hide 
walkers) & as far as 20'. Beware, in places there is poison ivy 
underfoot & along the path. A beaver has dropped a tree into the water. 
I was happy to see a catbird in bushes between me & the water. ALL the 
ducks were at the NE area of the pond. Not unusual but what will it be 
like when the pond is full? Futile question.

Thank you all who tried, as did I, to keep the pond edge & the pond as a 
safe haven & home for "our" birds.

Fritzie    24 yrs. here, loving & enjoying the birds of Union Springs.



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mill pond path ... Union Springs

2015-09-29 Thread Paul Schmitt
If This  follows the pattern of many Eagle Scout projects that lack a 
commitment for maintenance, the trail will be gone in ten years.

Paul Schmitt

Sent from my iPad

> On Sep 28, 2015, at 9:38 PM, John and Fritzie Blizzard 
>  wrote:
> 
> Today I walked along the new "path" along the south side of Mill pond. 
> Needless to say, it left me feeling angry that the scout's mother, who 
> admitted to me that she knew next to nothing about birds & their needs, 
> pushed through their (her) agenda of making the path, DESPITE all the letters 
> you caring, knowledgeable birders wrote. Letters that were polite, filled 
> with suggests & reasons why the path should not be there. 
> 
> This was a mother pushing her shy son into something she thought he/they 
> could do so he could become an Eagle Scout. I understand ...  it's hard to 
> find projects that would earn a merit badge. (The roofless, gazebo with no 
> seats was one.) 
> 
>  I don't know who on the village board gave the final approval or if 
> liability has been considered. I do know that the former mayor who recently 
> resigned, was ready to give immediate approval at that 1st meeting after only 
> the barest of plans were presented. Indeed, there were no real plans 
> presented at the meeting I attended. It was just a proposal with the boy to 
> give more thorough plans at a future date as to what part the village would 
> play & what the boy was to do. Oh, & he proposed erecting a sign about the 
> birds that stop there. 
> 
> So folks, today I did a slow boil as I walked the rough path which still 
> needs a LOT of clearing, leveling, digging out stumps & putting in wood 
> chips. The path is as close as 5' from the water (with no bushes to hide 
> walkers) & as far as 20'. Beware, in places there is poison ivy underfoot & 
> along the path. A beaver has dropped a tree into the water. I was happy to 
> see a catbird in bushes between me & the water. ALL the ducks were at the NE 
> area of the pond. Not unusual but what will it be like when the pond is full? 
> Futile question. 
> 
> Thank you all who tried, as did I, to keep the pond edge & the pond as a safe 
> haven & home for "our" birds.  
> 
> Fritzie    24 yrs. here, loving & enjoying the birds of Union Springs.
> 
> 
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[cayugabirds-l] Mill Pond, Union Springs

2015-02-06 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Along with 5 other adults   one juvenile is a neck-banded Tundra Swan 
on Mill Pond. The band is turned in such a way that I couldn't see the 
number. Perhaps someone with a good scope can see it  post their 
findings. The swans have been on the pond for a couple wks..

Gadwall continue on both ponds along with mallards, wigeon  buffles. 
Haven't taken time to look for the g-w teal. About three +- wks. ago I 
saw traps along the east shore of Cayuga Lake, north of Aurora with good 
nos. of black ducks inside  out, awaiting banding. This was the most 
blacks I've seen there for probably 8 yrs..

Factory St. pond water level, thanks to a busy beaver, is higher than I 
have ever seen it, with geese  ducks actually able to swim above the 
grassy area that is lawn in summer. I hope the rocks at the overflow are 
well anchored, otherwise, when that water gets high enough  washes away 
the dirt fill along the rocks, the pond will be pretty well drained.

Gas at Byrne in Auburn was $2.13.9 yesterday. The former Union Springs 
Cayuga Nation _Lakeside Trading_ gas station is now called Union Springs 
Mart. Gas is priced 5 cents higher than in Auburn. It's getting _very_ 
_little_ business.

Fritzie B.



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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mill Pond ... Union Springs

2014-12-02 Thread Dave Nutter
I recommend that people check out the waterfowl on Mill Pond from the sidewalk 
area *before* venturing into the brushy woods along the south side, if you feel 
a need to go there at all, because going into those woods where the path and 
benches are proposed may scare off the waterfowl.

About mid-day Sunday I parked on the east side of N. Cayuga St (NYS-90), and 
saw no reaction from waterfowl. When I crossed the street to the sidewalk and 
adjacent lawn to look scan the birds, those along the east shore moved away 
from the shore but otherwise continued their activities. I counted 135 Gadwall, 
22 American Wigeon, 1 American Black Duck, 67 Mallard, 13 Green-winged Teal, 10 
Redhead, and 19 Bufflehead. When I moved to the gazebo to continue viewing (the 
first time I've used it), birds in the southeast corner of the pond were more 
agitated and several flew as they moved to other parts of the pond. After 
putting my scope back in the car I walked around the south edge of the woods 
near the store, noting litter along that edge and a Pileated Woodpecker moving 
repeatedly west away from me within the woods. Then I returned to the sidewalk 
and´╗┐ walked quietly into the woods along a path which may be what the scout 
proposes to widen and promote. I was pleased to see that after a few yards 
there was no litter. However the waterfowl were alarmed even though there was 
plenty of brush between me and the south shore. At first there was a northward 
migration within the pond, but by the time I got as far west as about the 
midpoint of the pond the ducks began to flush. As soon as they began flying out 
I turned back, but more than half the waterfowl left the pond altogether. My 
next stops were Frontenac Park and the Factory Street pond but neither of these 
areas held the ducks that left Mill Pond. My apologies to those hoping to see 
those birds. I hope they returned.

--Dave Nutter


On Dec 01, 2014, at 02:25 PM, John and Fritzie Blizzard job121...@verizon.net 
wrote:

 Thanks to all who have written to me.

 I agree with Donna Scott about personal, paper letters. If necessary, I can 
 print letters to present to the mayor. I would like to have copies of 
 whatever is sent to the Mayor.

 Letters should be addressed to:

 Mayor Ed Trufant and
 Board of Trustees, Village of Union Springs
 Chapel St. on the Lake
 Union Springs, NY 13160

 *** The path specs are: Path is to be about 90 meters long, 1.5 meters wide  
 is to be 3 meters from the pond at the west end  at the widest point will 
 be10 meters from the pond. (At one of the narrowest points about 1/3 of the 
 way down the pond, is where I have observed the wood ducks  babies entering 
 the pond. Whether their nest tree is still there, I can't say because I never 
 walked along the pond since it was private property.)

 Dave Nutter has walked the perimeter  has presented good observations. (His 
 precise pond bird counts yesterday were great!) Weather is getting nastier 
 but if anyone else can,  cares to walk the proposed trail area  state an 
 opinion, please do so. Note that the cleared area to the north of Shurfine is 
 private property so walk from Rte. 90 westward. (A LOT of the litter comes 
 from people who buy  eat their lunches at Shurfine  the pizza shop  throw 
 their trash out the vehicle windows.) 

 I have a copy of the lad's proposal. He quotes:

 There was an interest expressed in the public surveys of having a nature 
 center and trails within the community. Pg. 46

 The Village Comprehensive Plan Recommendations for Natural Resources section 
 says: Promotion of nature trails or a nature center in the vicinity of these 
 sensitive environmental area(s) (the North and South ponds) would also aid in 
 the protection of the area. Pg. 37.

 (If I recall, this Village Plan was written in relation to the first meeting 
 I attended 2 yrs. ago.)

 The lad said, I think building the trail would help to enhance the natural 
 setting of the Mill Pond  . would promote a deeper appreciation for the 
 bird life that uses the pond by educating the people who use the (proposed) 
 trail, through trail signs. It would offer a quiet place for people in our 
 village to come and enjoy some of the most beautiful wetland areas in the 
 region. It would enhance our village, by developing a natural resource that 
 we have  making it more accessible to our people.

 He proposes small signs (miniature bird box shapes) along the trail that 
 identify some of the local bird species that trail-walkers might see nesting 
 or resting as they travel along their migratory route. ... would like to make 
 a sign that welcomes people  serves as a location to share information about 
 the history of the pond ... add 2 or 3 benches (along the path) to allow 
 people to sit  enjoy the natural setting of the pond as well as observe  
 appreciate the natural wildlife that inhabits it.

 If the Board accepts my proposal, I understand I will need to offer up 
 another 

[cayugabirds-l] Mill Pond ... Union Springs

2014-12-01 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Thanks to all who have written to me.

I agree with Donna Scott about personal, paper letters. If necessary, I 
can print letters to present to the mayor. I would like to have copies 
of whatever is sent to the Mayor.

Letters should be addressed to:

Mayor Ed Trufant and
Board of Trustees, Village of Union Springs
Chapel St. on the Lake
Union Springs, NY 13160

***_The path specs are_: Path is to be about 90 meters long, 1.5 meters 
wide  is to be 3 meters from the pond at the west end  at the widest 
point will be10 meters from the pond. (At one of the narrowest points 
about 1/3 of the way down the pond, is where I have observed the wood 
ducks  babies entering the pond. Whether their nest tree is still 
there, I can't say because I never walked along the pond since it was 
private property.)

Dave Nutter has walked the perimeter  has presented good observations. 
(His precise pond bird counts yesterday were great!) Weather is getting 
nastier but if anyone else can,  cares to walk the proposed trail area 
 state an opinion, please do so. Note that the cleared area to the 
north of Shurfine is private property so walk from Rte. 90 westward. (A 
LOT of the litter comes from people who buy  eat their lunches at 
Shurfine  the pizza shop  throw their trash out the vehicle windows.)

I have a copy of the lad's proposal. He quotes:

There was an interest expressed in the public surveys of having a 
nature center and trails within the community. Pg. 46

The Village Comprehensive Plan Recommendations for Natural Resources 
section says: Promotion of nature trails or a nature center in the 
vicinity of these sensitive environmental area(s) (the North and South 
ponds) would also aid in the protection of the area. Pg. 37.

(If I recall, this Village Plan was written in relation to the first 
meeting I attended 2 yrs. ago.)

The lad said, I think building the trail would help to enhance the 
natural setting of the Mill Pond  . would promote a deeper 
appreciation for the bird life that uses the pond by educating the 
people who use the (proposed) trail, through trail signs. It would offer 
a quiet place for people in our village to come and enjoy some of the 
most beautiful wetland areas in the region. It would enhance our 
village, by developing a natural resource that we have  making it more 
accessible to our people.

He proposes small signs (miniature bird box shapes) along the trail 
that identify some of the local bird species that trail-walkers might 
see nesting or resting as they travel along their migratory route. ... 
would like to make a sign that welcomes people  serves as a location to 
share information about the history of the pond ... add 2 or 3 benches 
(along the path) to allow people to sit  enjoy the natural setting of 
the pond as well as observe  appreciate the natural wildlife that 
inhabits it.

If the Board accepts my proposal, I understand I will need to offer up 
another proposal that specifies more clearly the specific materials we 
would use  a clearer time frame for its completion.

I must make a correction on my 1st letter. He identified a Red-necked 
grebe as being a red necked duck, not an eared grebe, as I wrote.

Thanks again for taking up this not-well-thought-out proposal which has 
good intentions but needs birder level input. I don't want to squash his 
willingness. Perhaps some think we as birders are selfish in wanting to 
keep the pond a /nature/ environment for us  the birds. My feeling 
also is that Frontenac Park has lots of walking, sitting area for the 
public to enjoy nature  birds that aren't so close as to be easily 
disturbed. Dogs are not permitted there (supposedly) but the ponds don't 
have that protection.

Fritzie





















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[cayugabirds-l] Mill Pond, Union Springs 1:30 p.m.

2014-03-15 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Tucked hard against Mill Pond west shore, sheltered from fierce winds; 

5 prs. wood ducks, 4 male hooded megansers, 1 female red-breasted merganser

Other: redheads, buffles, mallards, ring-billed ducks, 1 Canada, (?) scaup, 
gadwall, coot, 2 horned grebes (still!!) No wigeon.

A rustic-looking gazebo has recently been put between the sidewalk  the pond!! 
Unfortunately, it appears that it will have not sheltering roof. Maybe, in due 
time. Hope so. 

No snows seen here yet. Much snow has melted leaving LOTS of bare ground  mud. 
43 deg.. Strong wind from north. Gas is $3.61.9. 

Fritzie
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mill Pond, Union Springs 1:30 p.m.

2014-03-15 Thread Glenn Wilson
Fritzie, 
We we there about an hour ago and there were two American Wigeons right up 
close to the road - close enough for pictures   We did see one of your horned 
grebes almost on the far shore - first grebe of the drain for us. 

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
www.WilsonsWarbler.com

On Mar 15, 2014, at 3:21 PM, John and Fritzie Blizzard job121...@verizon.net 
wrote:

Tucked hard against Mill Pond west shore, sheltered from fierce winds;
 
5 prs. wood ducks, 4 male hooded megansers, 1 female red-breasted merganser
 
Other: redheads, buffles, mallards, ring-billed ducks, 1 Canada, (?) scaup, 
gadwall, coot, 2 horned grebes (still!!) No wigeon.
 
A rustic-looking gazebo has recently been put between the sidewalk  the pond!! 
Unfortunately, it appears that it will have not sheltering roof. Maybe, in due 
time. Hope so.
 
No snows seen here yet. Much snow has melted leaving LOTS of bare ground  mud. 
43 deg.. Strong wind from north. Gas is $3.61.9.
 
Fritzie
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[cayugabirds-l] Mill Pond Horned Grebes

2014-03-11 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
With the bright sunshine today the grebes were extra beautiful. Along with 
several Canada geese (please don't call them Canadian geese) were mallards, 
wigeons, redheads, buffles, a canvasback, one coot  2 female common mergs. 
Beavers have begun to thin trees along the north side of Mill pond  gr.

Yesterday afternoon about 25 swans flew over the field behind our house. Becky 
heard them long before they came into view flying SSW. Many gulls are now back 
in our area, mostly ring-bills.

This evening, when almost dark, as Becky  I came through Auburn we saw the 
most massive  fantastic numbers of crows we've ever seen coming into the city 
to roost, all seemingly from the SW, all seeming to be heading to the same area 
for the night. Normally they come from every direction  scatter as they get 
into different areas of the city.

Two bluebirds were on my clothesline this a.m. with another inside one of the 3 
boxes on the clothesline arms.

55 deg. here all day. Now 40. What will morning bring??? I saw crocus tips 
today.

Be safe .. Fritzie


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[cayugabirds-l] Mill Pond Union Springs

2014-03-03 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Along with regulars today: 
 More Am. Wigeon than seen thus far this mo..
1 male Green-winged teal
1 male Red-Breasted Merganser.  Flew in just after I arrived at 1:15 p.m.
1 male  female Merganser, a pr. ... slim  trim but mist too thick with sun 
glare to ID
1 Horned Grebe ... other one may have been there but mist rising from water was 
too thick to see the back of the pond. 

Fritzie
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[cayugabirds-l] Mill Pond

2014-02-22 Thread Ann Mitchell
There are 2 Horned Grebes and 1 Red-necked Grebes. Also, one male Wood Duck.

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[cayugabirds-l] Mill Pond, Union Springs

2012-11-26 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
Lots of Gadwall  Mallards plus 1 Pintail, 2 Redheads,  several pr. of A. 
Wigeon. Buffles have been there but weren't when I was at 11 a.m. today. 
Factory pond had 7 Mallards but they flew when I drove by. What a sad mess on 
Factory pond!!

Fritzie
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