[cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Open waters, new osprey platforms feathers

2015-03-10 Thread Dave Nutter
The Cayuga Inlet / Flood Control Channel in Ithaca is starting to open up. 
Monday evening as I left the taxi depot, which is right next to the Fish 
Ladder, I saw a quarter mile of water in the middle of the channel. There was 
one Tundra Swan along with three American Black Ducks, and a few of the more 
usual Canada Geese, Mallards, and Common Mergansers. I didn't wear boots to 
hike beyond the parking lot for other vantages, so there may have been more 
individuals or species.

Although Mallards have been frequenting the parking lot and entrance area of 
Wegmans in Ithaca, seemingly because the relief channel alongside the parking 
lot has been frozen, they actually have open water just downstream from Malone 
Dr and partway to State St, which was packed with a couple hundred Mallards, 
but no other species I could see.

Fall Creek is also open from the RR by NYS-13 and between Renwick Wildwood and 
the wood chip pile on Pier Rd, and more narrowly so by the parking area at the 
end of the road. I didn't have the chance yesterday to see who inhabits it, but 
in the depths of the cold awhile back I saw 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and a 
Common Goldeneye, which are pretty neat to see inland. Maybe there's enough 
water for a Phoebe to stop there.

On NYS-89 in Romulus just south of and across from Dean's Cove an Osprey nest 
that had been directly atop a power pole has been replaced by an new but empty 
platform. I hope the former inhabitants like it well enough to gather a new 
supply of sticks. They may not appreciate it but their fire risk will be 
greatly reduced.

From Harris Park on Sunday there were two polynyi, a small one at the end of 
the stone pier and a large one farther west. The larger one had many swans (a 
couple hundred?, mostly Tundras, but at least 2 Mutes) plus many ducks. It was 
a scope project. At Mud lock a handful of Tundra Swans rested on the ice along 
the far side near just upstream from the dam, but a pair of Trumpeter Swans 
was hidden among some pilings with big skirts of ice.  

A few Mute Swans were among the many Tundra Swans scattered along the west 
shore of the middle part of ´╗┐Cayuga Lake where there was open water in Varick 
and near Sheldrake.

The large polynya off Myers Point held many ducks on Sunday, including Surf and 
White-winged Scoters and a pair of WOOD DUCKS which Susan Danskin picked out. 
There were many Mallards around the edges but I didn't see any other Anas than 
a few American Black Ducks and a couple of Northern Pintail. That should be 
changing.

At Glenwood Point (the Ithaca Yacht Club) there was at least one male American 
Wigeon. Non-ducks at sunset on Sunday included a COMMON LOON, 5 or 6 
RED-THROATED LOONS, 1 or 2 RED-NECKED GREBES, 4 HORNED GREBES, and a 
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. Earlier a PIED-BILLED GREBE was photographed there. 
Although there were rumors of Trumpeter Swan there, I am unconvinced yet; all I 
saw were Tundras. All SIX species of Aythya were present and close along with 
all 3 mergansers, and both usual Bucephala. An immature Bald Eagle also kept 
things interesting.

--Dave Nutter


On Mar 09, 2015, at 12:01 AM, job121...@verizon.net wrote:

 Two new osprey platforms have been placed atop elec. poles: one across from
 Union Springs High School driveway at the water plant. Another is north of the
 RR track at the 2nd fire lane. Can't think of the name on the driveway sign or
 what the firelane no. is. Maybe there are only crossed oars on the sign.

 Down Backus Rd. in Hibiscus Harbor is a nest in a bad location, ... on top of 
 a pole
 which has 2 transformers on it. Some sticks actually rest on the 
 transformers. With
 leaves off trees, now is the time to be looking for such nests  to let 
 Candace Cornell
 know about them since she is co-ordinating such information.

 Open water north of the RR bridge/Harris Park is refuge for great nos. of 
 ducks  swans
 but few geese at this time. A few tiny areas just south of Harris Park had 
 some open
 water with mostly common mergansers. The channel from the RR bridge to the 
 lock is
 mostly open  full of ducks. I saw many common  red-breasted mergs, 
 goldeneye,
 redhead, canvasbacks, redheads  scaup. Whatever else was there, I didn't 
 take time to
 look ... oh yes, maybe 60 + swans  less than a doz. Canadas. What amazed me 
 was
 the great number of ducks right at the lock  also on the river south of 5  
 20.

 In Auburn I saw many ring billed (garbage) gulls over the Bed, Bath  Beyond 
 mall parking
 lot but only two north of Cayuga. Saw no evidence of eagle activity on the 
 nest at Mud Lock.
 Out on the ice at Mud Lock I saw a female common merganser that looked 
 disoriented with
 feathers that appeared to be quite water soaked. She didn't look healthy.

 Along Rte. 90 north of the Lettie Cook Woods entrance were 2 dead deer lying 
 together along
 the shoulder, the first road kill I've seen in maybe 2 mos.. Becky released a 
 male skunk from
 her neighbor's live trap 

[cayugabirds-l] Open waters, new osprey platforms feathers

2015-03-08 Thread job121830
Two new osprey platforms have been placed atop elec. poles: one across from Union Springs High School driveway at the water plant. Another is north of the RR track at the 2nd fire lane. Can't think of the name on the driveway sign or what the firelane no. is. Maybe there are only crossed oars on the sign.Down Backus Rd. in Hibiscus Harbor is a nest in a bad location, ... on top of a polewhich has 2 transformers on it. Some sticks actually rest on the transformers. With leaves off trees, now is the time to be looking for such nests  to let Candace Cornellknow about them since she is co-ordinating such information.Open water north of the RR bridge/Harris Park is refuge for great nos. of ducks  swansbut few geese at this time. A few tiny areas just south of Harris Park had some open water with mostly common mergansers. The channel from the RR bridge to the lock is mostly open  full of ducks. I saw many common  red-breasted mergs, goldeneye,redhead, canvasbacks, redheads  scaup. Whatever else was there, I didn't take time tolook ... oh yes, maybe 60 + swans  less than a doz. Canadas. What amazed me was the great number of ducks right at the lock  also on the river south of 5  20. In Auburn I saw many ring billed (garbage) gulls over the Bed, Bath  Beyond mall parking lot but only two north of Cayuga. Saw no evidence of eagle activity on the nest at Mud Lock. Out on the ice at Mud Lock I saw a female common merganser that looked disoriented withfeathers that appeared to be quite water soaked. She didn't look healthy. Along Rte. 90 north of the Lettie Cook Woods entrance were 2 dead deer lying together along the shoulder, the first road kill I've seen in maybe 2 mos.. Becky released a male skunk fromher neighbor's live trap this evening. :) He stomped his feet repeatedly at her  curled his tail up over his back but she said sweet nothings in his ears as she covered the trap with a blanket,put him in her car  took him away from the very worried neighbor.Tomorrow, despite all I have to do that is more important, I hope to go to Oswego  look for the magnificent male harlequin on the Oswego river below the bridge. Hopefully he will spend anotherday there.Fritzie, Union Springs

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