[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker woods

2021-05-03 Thread Laura Stenzler
Very bird there this morning. Yellow throated vireo, nashville warbler. 

Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods: Greater Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpiper continuing

2020-11-06 Thread Diane Morton
Two Greater Yellowlegs and 1 Pectoral Sandpiper are still present this
morning at Sapsucker Woods pond. Viewed from the Sherwood Observation
platform. Lots of other bird activity, including brown creeper and
golden-crowned kinglets, on this sunny morning.

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Tues 4/14

2020-04-14 Thread Mark Chao
I saw a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER in the Fuller Wetlands in Sapsucker Woods a
little past midday on Tuesday.  I also saw a COMMON RAVEN flying by,
eastbound.  I looked for Vesper Sparrows around the far parking lot and
roadsides, but I didn’t find any.



(Over the past couple of weeks, foot traffic around Sapsucker Woods has
been much heavier than usual, especially with a lot more joggers and
families enjoying the trails.  It’s not easy to completely avoid
overlapping airspaces unless one stays along the road and parking lots.)



Mark

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker again

2020-04-05 Thread Gladys J Birdsall
This morning as I walked the dogs I also heard my FOY Yellowbellied 
Sapsucker drumming in the woods behind our house on Mt. Pleasant Rd.

Gladys

On 4/5/2020 11:52 AM, Laura Stenzler wrote:
> Sapsucker drumming on Hunt Hill Rd, Dryden as well.
>
> Laura
>
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>> On Apr 5, 2020, at 10:58 AM, Annette Nadeau  wrote:
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>> It's drumming -- not vocalizing.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker again

2020-04-05 Thread Laura Stenzler
Sapsucker drumming on Hunt Hill Rd, Dryden as well.

Laura

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On Apr 5, 2020, at 10:58 AM, Annette Nadeau  wrote:


It's drumming -- not vocalizing.

Annette
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker again

2020-04-05 Thread Annette Nadeau
It's drumming -- not vocalizing.

Annette

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker

2020-04-05 Thread Annette Nadeau
Hearing my FOY Y-bSapsucker in the woods off Rumsey Road in Trumansburg.

Annette

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods bird walk Sunday December 1

2019-11-29 Thread Linda Orkin
This walk will be canceled due to impending complicated weather forecast for 
snow, sleet and freezing rain. Stay warm and safe all. 

Thanks much. 

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Th 5/16

2019-05-16 Thread Anne Marie Johnson

  
  
This morning I heard a Northern Waterthrush near the Sherwood
Platform, and this afternoon I heard one along the Woodleton
Boardwalk at 4:45. It wasn't singing when I was on the boardwalk at
4, but when I came back through at 4:45, it was singing. I think
they typically sing less often around now.

Anne Marie Johnson


On 5/16/2019 3:01 PM, Ann Mitchell
  wrote:


  
  Last time I heard one there was the 9th, but I don’t go there
  every day.
  Ann

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  On May 16, 2019, at 2:35 PM, Linda Orkin 
  wrote:
  


  

  Sounds like a wonderful  morning.  Glad you were out
there.
  
  
  Interestingly we did not hear any Northern
Waterthrush along the Woodleton Boardwalk yesterday
either and they are so reliably persistent, usually.  
  
  
  
  Linda Orkin
  Ithaca, NY
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  



  On Thu, May 16, 2019 at
12:47 PM Mark Chao 
wrote:
  
  

  
I walked around much of
  Sapsucker Woods with visiting scientist Martin
  Stervander.  It was by far the best morning of the
  spring for me, probably a top-ten day for me ever
  in the sanctuary, all the more so because we
  picked up many lifers for Martin.  The treetops
  from Sherwood Platform past the Charley Harper
  Bench all the way to the road were teeming with
  great numbers of at least 19 warbler species,
  including CAPE MAY (4+ M, 1 F), BAY-BREASTED (3+),
  TENNESSEE (3+, one confirmed by sight),
  BLACKBURNIAN (8+), NORTHERN PARULA (7+), PINE (1
  M, surprising to see by Fuller Wetlands, not near
  any pines – confirmed by photo), BLACK-THROATED
  BLUE (4 M, 1 F), BLACK-THROATED GREEN (6+),
  CHESTNUT-SIDED (6+), NASHVILLE (2, heard only),
  BLACK-AND-WHITE (1 seen, 1+ heard only), WILSON’S
  (seen by Martin, missed by me), and one HOODED
  (heard only, but I feel sure).  Northern
  Waterthrush would have made 20 warbler species for
  the morning, but somehow we didn’t hear any along
  the Woodleton Boardwalk.  We also found a couple
  of YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS and BLUE-HEADED VIREOS.
 
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Th 5/16

2019-05-16 Thread Ann Mitchell
Last time I heard one there was the 9th, but I don’t go there every day.
Ann

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 16, 2019, at 2:35 PM, Linda Orkin  wrote:
> 
> Sounds like a wonderful  morning.  Glad you were out there.
> 
> Interestingly we did not hear any Northern Waterthrush along the Woodleton 
> Boardwalk yesterday either and they are so reliably persistent, usually.  
> 
> Linda Orkin
> Ithaca, NY
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
>> On Thu, May 16, 2019 at 12:47 PM Mark Chao  wrote:
>> I walked around much of Sapsucker Woods with visiting scientist Martin 
>> Stervander.  It was by far the best morning of the spring for me, probably a 
>> top-ten day for me ever in the sanctuary, all the more so because we picked 
>> up many lifers for Martin.  The treetops from Sherwood Platform past the 
>> Charley Harper Bench all the way to the road were teeming with great numbers 
>> of at least 19 warbler species, including CAPE MAY (4+ M, 1 F), BAY-BREASTED 
>> (3+), TENNESSEE (3+, one confirmed by sight), BLACKBURNIAN (8+), NORTHERN 
>> PARULA (7+), PINE (1 M, surprising to see by Fuller Wetlands, not near any 
>> pines – confirmed by photo), BLACK-THROATED BLUE (4 M, 1 F), BLACK-THROATED 
>> GREEN (6+), CHESTNUT-SIDED (6+), NASHVILLE (2, heard only), BLACK-AND-WHITE 
>> (1 seen, 1+ heard only), WILSON’S (seen by Martin, missed by me), and one 
>> HOODED (heard only, but I feel sure).  Northern Waterthrush would have made 
>> 20 warbler species for the morning, but somehow we didn’t hear any along the 
>> Woodleton Boardwalk.  We also found a couple of YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS and 
>> BLUE-HEADED VIREOS.
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> Mark Chao
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Th 5/16

2019-05-16 Thread Linda Orkin
Sounds like a wonderful  morning.  Glad you were out there.

Interestingly we did not hear any Northern Waterthrush along the Woodleton
Boardwalk yesterday either and they are so reliably persistent, usually.

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY





On Thu, May 16, 2019 at 12:47 PM Mark Chao  wrote:

> I walked around much of Sapsucker Woods with visiting scientist Martin
> Stervander.  It was by far the best morning of the spring for me, probably
> a top-ten day for me ever in the sanctuary, all the more so because we
> picked up many lifers for Martin.  The treetops from Sherwood Platform past
> the Charley Harper Bench all the way to the road were teeming with great
> numbers of at least 19 warbler species, including CAPE MAY (4+ M, 1 F),
> BAY-BREASTED (3+), TENNESSEE (3+, one confirmed by sight), BLACKBURNIAN
> (8+), NORTHERN PARULA (7+), PINE (1 M, surprising to see by Fuller
> Wetlands, not near any pines – confirmed by photo), BLACK-THROATED BLUE (4
> M, 1 F), BLACK-THROATED GREEN (6+), CHESTNUT-SIDED (6+), NASHVILLE (2,
> heard only), BLACK-AND-WHITE (1 seen, 1+ heard only), WILSON’S (seen by
> Martin, missed by me), and one HOODED (heard only, but I feel sure).
> Northern Waterthrush would have made 20 warbler species for the morning,
> but somehow we didn’t hear any along the Woodleton Boardwalk.  We also
> found a couple of YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS and BLUE-HEADED VIREOS.
>
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Th 5/16

2019-05-16 Thread Mark Chao
I walked around much of Sapsucker Woods with visiting scientist Martin
Stervander.  It was by far the best morning of the spring for me, probably
a top-ten day for me ever in the sanctuary, all the more so because we
picked up many lifers for Martin.  The treetops from Sherwood Platform past
the Charley Harper Bench all the way to the road were teeming with great
numbers of at least 19 warbler species, including CAPE MAY (4+ M, 1 F),
BAY-BREASTED (3+), TENNESSEE (3+, one confirmed by sight), BLACKBURNIAN
(8+), NORTHERN PARULA (7+), PINE (1 M, surprising to see by Fuller
Wetlands, not near any pines – confirmed by photo), BLACK-THROATED BLUE (4
M, 1 F), BLACK-THROATED GREEN (6+), CHESTNUT-SIDED (6+), NASHVILLE (2,
heard only), BLACK-AND-WHITE (1 seen, 1+ heard only), WILSON’S (seen by
Martin, missed by me), and one HOODED (heard only, but I feel sure).
Northern Waterthrush would have made 20 warbler species for the morning,
but somehow we didn’t hear any along the Woodleton Boardwalk.  We also
found a couple of YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS and BLUE-HEADED VIREOS.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Fri 5/10

2019-05-10 Thread Mark Chao
This morning I visited the Wilson Trail North in Sapsucker Woods between
spells of rain.   It seemed that the mix of birds has remained essentially
unchanged since Tuesday’s influx  – a female BAY-BREASTED WARBLER along the
pond edge; five or more CAPE MAY WARBLERS around the flowering trees at the
footbridge over the pond outflow; a WILSON’S WARBLER singing between this
bridge and the Sherwood Platform; plus CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER,
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and other
expected songbirds between the platform and the Charley Harper bench.
Also, a MARSH WREN continues to sing in the reeds out from the Ruth Davis
arbor south of the visitor center.  (To my knowledge, no one has found the
Golden-winged Warbler since Tuesday afternoon.)



Mark Chao

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Tues 5/7

2019-05-07 Thread Colleen Richards
Still there in the rain at 1:30 this afternoon.Colleen Richards

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Date: Tue, 7 May 2019 10:51:02 -0400


On Tuesday morning in Sapsucker Woods, I joined Tom Hoebbel, Holly Adams, Diane 
Morton, Laurie Ray, Leigh Stivers, and several others in watching at least one 
female and six male CAPE MAY WARBLERS in the flowering pear trees at the 
footbridge at the western split of the Wilson Trail North.  The gray sky and 
the near-constant zooming combat among the males made for challenging viewing, 
but with patience, we all got extremely good looks.  I donât 
think Iâd ever previously seen so many Cape May Warblers so close 
together for so long. 
 
NORTHERN PARULAS were offering excellent views here too.  Other warblers were 
a bit harder to find, but collectively I think we found at least a dozen other 
species, including WILSONâS, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN, 
BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLUE-WINGED, BLACK-AND-WHITE, and 
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH.
 
Mark Chao
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Tues 5/7

2019-05-07 Thread Mark Chao
On Tuesday morning in Sapsucker Woods, I joined Tom Hoebbel, Holly Adams,
Diane Morton, Laurie Ray, Leigh Stivers, and several others in watching at
least one female and six male CAPE MAY WARBLERS in the flowering pear trees
at the footbridge at the western split of the Wilson Trail North.  The gray
sky and the near-constant zooming combat among the males made for
challenging viewing, but with patience, we all got extremely good looks.  I
don’t think I’d ever previously seen so many Cape May Warblers so close
together for so long.



NORTHERN PARULAS were offering excellent views here too.  Other warblers
were a bit harder to find, but collectively I think we found at least a
dozen other species, including WILSON’S, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN,
BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLUE-WINGED, BLACK-AND-WHITE,
and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Tues 4/23

2019-04-23 Thread Mark Chao
Here are some highlights from Sapsucker Woods on Tuesday morning:



* NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH seen singing for a long time from a perch along
Woodleton Boardwalk

* PINE WARBLER in pines along north edge of sanctuary, along power line cut
(ground is very wet here)

* COMMON YELLOWTHROAT singing by hidden pond under power lines

* Western PALM WARBLER with YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS along north edge of main
pond

* 30+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS around main pond, especially near southern end of
Podell Boardwalk

* Several PURPLE FINCHES seen singing at beginning of Wilson Trail North

* Many singing RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS throughout

* Two GREEN HERONS flying together to Fuller Wetlands



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods this morning

2019-04-15 Thread Colleen Richards
Sorry for the late posting, but we were doing a day-long refresher training at 
the Ornithology Lab today and most of these are from our morning walk. Walking 
the Wilson trail loop around 10:30 we saw Pileated woodpecker, yellow-bellied 
sapsucker, and downy in a two minute span. Later we added northern flicker and 
red-bellied. A pine warbler was foraging through leaf litter and fallen logs 
for several minutes very near the trail (tried to re-find twice after lunch, 
but it was gone). Other highlights were a ruby-crowned kinglet, a small flock 
of rusty blackbirds, and a flyover by 14 double-breasted cormorants. Total of 
19 bird species plus many trees, wildflowers and other plants. Colleen Richards

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Tues 4/9

2019-04-09 Thread Mark Chao
On Tuesday morning, a VESPER SPARROW was offering very long and close views
along the far parking lot and roadside portions of the nest-box knoll in
Sapsucker Woods.  This lot is perennially an excellent location for close
viewing of this species in the second week of April (including the gravel
portions out toward Route 13, as well as the grassy edges and small nearby
trees).



I also saw a WILSON’S SNIPE in the Fuller Wetlands.  I spent a few minutes
scanning for Sunday’s woodcock near the Podell Boardwalk, but didn’t find
it.



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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 4/7

2019-04-07 Thread Mark Chao
On Sunday morning, I had one of the better early-April birding outings I’ve
ever had in Sapsucker Woods.  Here are some highlights, which I enjoyed
with various others.



* AMERICAN WOODCOCK, found by Wee Hao Ng south of the Lab at 9:20 AM.  The
bird was foraging along the first wooded stretch of the Wilson Trail, south
of the feeder garden area, north of the Podell Boardwalk, between the trail
and the road.  We and a few passersby had very fine views of this bird
within about 20 feet from the trail and especially from the road.  It was
still there when we left at around 10:20 AM.



* At least three EASTERN MEADOWLARKS seen and heard (both fluting song and
long sparky rattling sequences, as well as electric buzzes) around the
knoll with nest boxes, and also in the airport zone east of the far parking
lot.



* NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD atop a tree north of building near pond.



* Three FOX SPARROWS together under brush at north edge of woods, where
trail connects utility corridor and Hoyt-Pileated Trail



* Two FIELD SPARROWS together along the side of the road, with Song
Sparrows.



* Male and female EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and 2+ TREE SWALLOWS on and around the
nest boxes on the knoll.



* COMMON RAVEN perched on a utility pole, before heading north.



* GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS throughout, especially along first stretch of
Wilson Trail North.



* PURPLE FINCHES singing north of Sherwood Platform; one immature confirmed
by sight.



* Six RING-NECKED DUCKS and a female HOODED MERGANSER on main pond.



* A pair of WOOD DUCKS perched in a tree near Podell Boardwalk, plus at
least one flying over.



Full eBird checklist, including some photos to be posted later, is here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54667204.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Mon 3/18

2019-03-18 Thread Mark Chao
Barred Owl perched low in hollow of dead tree just to west of eastern
Severinghaus/Wilson Trail node.  Wonderful views.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 2/10

2019-02-10 Thread Mark Chao
On Sunday at 9:45 AM, the BARRED OWL was sleeping in the tall pine next to
the shelter by the Wilson/Severinghaus intersection in Sapsucker Woods.
This is the fifth or sixth day out of the last seven that the owl has
roosted in this tree.



In my visits this week, this owl has shown a striking inclination to sleep
through human observation and songbird mobbing.  Certainly, just in terms
of roost choice from hour to hour and from day to day, this is by far the
most easily refindable Barred Owl I’ve ever known in our area.  All the
same, Chris Pelkie was right to warn against excessive intrusiveness –
especially because this owl’s fidelity to the tree might indicate incipient
breeding activity nearby.  I hope that the owl continues to find reason to
stay, and thus also to keep offering such fine viewing to so many of us.



Mark Chao

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Th 2/7 (Barred Owl reported again)

2019-02-07 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I observed it in the fog at 745am but chose not to report it.

I’d like to ask all to be aware that the last time I did, the crowd that showed 
up scared it off.
Raptors have better eyesight than you and get edgy when a cluster of people 
gather under the tree. (which is a lousy viewpoint since it is 40’ up)
Give the owl some breathing room this time so it isn’t scared off this 
conveniently visible roost.

Thanks!

ChrisP
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Information/Data Manager; IT Support
Bioacoustics Research Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/

On Feb 7, 2019, at 09:16, Mark Chao mailto:markc...@imt.org>> 
wrote:

Tom Schulenberg reports that the BARRED OWL has returned to the tall pine tree 
by the shelter at the Wilson/Severinghaus intersection in Sapsucker Woods on 
Thursday morning.

Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Th 2/7 (Barred Owl reported again)

2019-02-07 Thread Mark Chao
Tom Schulenberg reports that the BARRED OWL has returned to the tall pine
tree by the shelter at the Wilson/Severinghaus intersection in Sapsucker
Woods on Thursday morning.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Mon 2/4

2019-02-04 Thread Mark Chao
A Barred Owl is sleeping in the lone pine by the Wilson/Severinghaus
shelter in Sapsucker Woods (Monday 12:25 pm).

Mark Chao

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 10/14

2018-10-14 Thread Mark Chao
MERLIN still present in same tree (just past noon -- 90 minutes and
counting!), unfazed by foot traffic right below. Also BLACK-THROATED GREEN
WARBLER seen and another WINTER WREN seen and heard (jif-jif call notes)
next to base of Woodleton Boardwalk.

Mark Chao

On Oct 14, 2018 11:02 AM, "Mark Chao"  wrote:

Extremely cooperative MERLIN perched with prey in talons for last 35+
minutes (now 11 am) right by the parking space closest to start of Wilson
Trail North and pillar marking Robert M. and Mary M. Baker Memorial
Entrance. Also singing Winter Wren at Sherwood Platform.

Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 10/14

2018-10-14 Thread Mark Chao
Extremely cooperative MERLIN perched with prey in talons for last 35+
minutes (now 11 am) right by the parking space closest to start of Wilson
Trail North and pillar marking Robert M. and Mary M. Baker Memorial
Entrance. Also singing Winter Wren at Sherwood Platform.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Th 9/27

2018-09-27 Thread Mark Chao
Cape May Warbler again giving tremendous open views on ground by Charley
Harper bench along Wilson Trail North in Sapsucker Woods (11:45 AM). Other
warblers around too...mostly Yellow-rumped but also N. Waterthrush, et al.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Tues 9/25

2018-09-25 Thread Mark Chao
On Tuesday morning, I went to Sapsucker Woods, thinking that last night’s
storm might have downed some boreal thrushes and other birds.  I found
almost nothing on the Wilson Trail, but eventually found a warbler flock by
the shelter on the East Trail, including an adult male CAPE MAY WARBLER and
a few BLACKPOLL WARBLERS.  I didn’t detect any Catharus species at all,
despite some effort.



Then, having seen on eBird that Ruth Bennett had found many warblers and
vireos at noon along the Wilson Trail North, I created an excuse to return
in mid-afternoon.  Where the trail enters the woods just past the Owens
Platform, I found a little flurry of songbirds -- at least two WILSON’S
WARBLERS, a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN
WARBLER, and a BLUE-HEADED VIREO, plus a BROWN CREEPER and many chickadees.



A few quiet minutes later, I approached the Charley Harper bench.  I saw
two birds foraging on the ground.  One was a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, right
on schedule, behaving just as I had seen in past Septembers and Octobers.
But the other – what a splendid surprise!  It was another CAPE MAY
WARBLER.  This bird eventually stayed long past the Yellow-rumped, offering
me about 30 minutes of close, unobscured views and very good photo ops,
right there in front of the bench.  It was much duller than the Cape May
Warbler that I saw in the morning.  I’m still not sure, however, of the age
and sex of the afternoon bird.



Here is my afternoon eBird checklist, which contains some photos.



https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48743798



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods--Wilson Trail north-- Sep 17, 2018

2018-09-17 Thread Laura Stenzler
There's alot going on at Sapsucker Woods, although you need to have some time 
to walk slowly along the trails. Below is my ebird list from this morning, 
10:45 to noon.

Have fun!

Laura


Laura Stenzler
l...@cornell.edu



From: Laura Stenzler
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2018 12:43 PM
To: Laura Stenzler
Subject: eBird -- Sapsucker Woods--Wilson Trail -- Sep 17, 2018

Sapsucker Woods--Wilson Trail
Sep 17, 2018
10:45 AM
Traveling
0.50 miles
114 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.7.1 Build 26

1 Great Blue Heron
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker -- Male
2 Northern Flicker
1 Blue-headed Vireo
3 Red-eyed Vireo
12 Blue Jay
8 Black-capped Chickadee
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Carolina Wren
16 American Robin (I'm sure this is an underestimate. There were loads of all 
ages, eating berries along the trails)
6 Gray Catbird
1 Cedar Waxwing
8 Purple Finch (many young in confusing plumages)
5 American Goldfinch
2 Tennessee Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Magnolia Warbler
3 Bay-breasted Warbler
1 Blackburnian Warbler
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Scarlet Tanager
2 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Number of Taxa: 25


Laura

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker woods

2018-09-17 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
I also encountered one or two large warbler flocks in Sapsucker Woods at lunch 
time. The first one was near the eastern intersection of the Wilson Trail and 
the Severinghaus Trail, past the Podell boardwalk from the CLO building. This 
flock was moving toward the building. About 30 minutes later I found a flock 
along the trail across the street from the visitor parking lot where the trail 
from the powerline cut hits the road. This flock was moving toward the 
powerline cut. In both flocks I found multiple Bay-breasted as well as at least 
one Black-throated Green and one Blackpoll Warbler. In the second flock I also 
found a Northern Parula and a Magnolia. In the first flock Blackpoll and 
Bay-breasted individuals came down to eye level, making for a great comparison 
and allowing me to see the yellow feet of the Blackpolls, and one Bay-breasted 
came to the ground close to the trail. 

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker woods Wilson north

2018-09-17 Thread Laura Stenzler
Hi there are quite a few warblers and other migrants along the north part of 
the Wilson trail now including a group of 3 or 4 bay breasted warblers near the 
Sherwood platform. 11:30 am. 

Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods and Cornell Community Gardens, Tues 9/11

2018-09-11 Thread Mark Chao
On Tuesday morning, I hitched along with Gladys Birdsall and a very large
group of birders from Campus Club at Cornell on the Wilson Trail North in
Sapsucker Woods.  We found a modest scattering of warblers, including one
each of BAY-BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACK-AND-WHITE,
and probable TENNESSEE, as well as COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and an OVENBIRD that
Gladys scoped but I missed.  Regrettably, these birds weren’t very
cooperative for many in the group.  Then a small subset and I proceeded
over to the road and the east side of the sanctuary, but we found no
warblers at all.



Since last week, a few eBird users have reported seeing BOBOLINKS in the
Cornell Community Gardens along Freese Road.  Last week I went looking
among the plots and found only one, but today, Kevin McGowan tipped me off
that many more Bobolinks are in the uncultivated expanse south of the
parking area.  I found at least 33 of them here today, mostly staying
undercover under the waving foxtail grasses, but sometimes taking flight,
perching up on grass heads or weeds.  By walking north very slowly in the
shallow trench that bisects this field, from the southern hedgerow back to
the parking lot, I managed to see many birds at pretty close range,
sometimes many at once in one field of view.  Great birds!  Thanks for the
tip, Kevin!



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sat 9/8

2018-09-08 Thread Mark Chao
I visited Sapsucker Woods twice on Saturday.  Though I found no very
unusual species, both outings stand among the most rewarding I’ve had in
recent autumns, with much frenetic migrant activity and countless excellent
views.



On my first visit, Poppy Singer, Gary Fine, and I found rather few birds on
the Wilson Trail North at around 8 AM, but about an hour later, the three
of us and Kevin Cummings ran into an impressive mixed flock by 91 Sapsucker
Woods Road (the “frog barn”).  Then, noting not only the excellent birding
but also the relative absence of mosquitoes, I went home and persuaded my
wife Miyoko Chu to return to this spot with me.  We didn’t find much
together at 11 AM.  But I stuck around alone, met Paul Anderson and Gary
Kohlenberg, widened my search, and eventually found quite a lot of birds
again, especially in a dazzling flock along the Wilson Trail North.



My warbler tally is as follows:



CANADA (1 M at western bend in pondside branch of Wilson Trail North)

BAY-BREASTED (very abundant and conspicuous -- 3 near frog barn, 7+ along
Wilson Trail North)

BLACK-THROATED BLUE (1 F along road in late morning – no sign of a white
wing spot, but I’m sure of the ID)

BLACK-THROATED GREEN (several in each of the two main flocks)

MAGNOLIA (very abundant and conspicuous – 10+ near frog barn, 7+ along
Wilson Trail North)

CHESTNUT-SIDED (only a little less abundant than Magnolia in both main
flocks)

BLACKBURNIAN (1 M along Wilson Trail North)

BLACK-AND-WHITE (1+ M, 1 F along Wilson Trail North)

TENNESSEE (2 in Fuller Wetlands, 4+ along Wilson Trail North)

NASHVILLE (1 in Fuller Wetlands)

NORTHERN PARULA (1+ in each of the main flocks)

AMERICAN REDSTART (1 in each of the main flocks)

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT (a couple near each of the main flocks)



In addition to the Orange-crowned Warbler that Laura Stenzler mentioned
earlier (great find – looking forward to the details), I also missed a CAPE
MAY WARBLER and probable YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER that Gary Kohlenberg found.
So there are probably at least 16 warbler species in Sapsucker Woods today,
comprising dozens and dozens of individual birds.



Other highlights include a bright PHILADELPHIA VIREO along the pondside
branch of the Wilson Trail North, a molting male SCARLET TANAGER feeding a
begging juvenile along the driveway to the frog barn, and a BARRED OWL that
Poppy, Gary Fine, and I heard hooting somewhere out along the East Trail.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker is hopping!

2018-09-08 Thread Laura Stenzler
Many many warblers in the Wilson trail north. Orange crowned, bay breasted  and 
more. Also flycatchers and grosbeak. Full report later. Get here now!  9:18. 

Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods-late morning

2018-09-07 Thread Laura Stenzler
Hi all,

 As soon as I saw Mark Chao's report of warblers at Sapsucker Woods, I headed 
over there (around 10 am).  I first walked the north part of the Wilson Trail, 
up to the Sherwood Platform but didn't come across any migrant flocks. I headed 
back toward the building, going along the pond. As I approached the trail that 
heads north (by the fence/gate), I found one black and white warbler.  Then I 
realized there were more birds flitting around and found a flock that consisted 
of:

1 scarlet tanager

2 northern parula warblers

2 red-eyed vireos

1 bay breasted warbler.

And, lots of mosquitoes


That was around 10:30.  I then crossed the road to bird on the east side of 
Sapsucker Woods and found a second flock as I was walking along the Woodleton 
boardwalk. This was around 11:30.  As I stood on the boardwalk facing north, a 
flock approached me, feeding low in the trees as the birds flew over my head 
and continued south. It was really nice!

2 black-throated green warblers

1 bay breasted

2 magnolia warblers

2 chestnut sided warblers

1 northern parula

1 common yellowthroat

1 Nashville warbler

1 black and white warbler


And more that I couldn't get on fast enough.


I was happy to find this flock so late in the morning!

Laura

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Fri 9/7

2018-09-07 Thread Tom Schulenberg
> Excellent warbler numbers and diversity by Sherwood Platform in Sapsucker
> Woods on Friday (9:30 am). Cape May (2+), Wilson's, N. Parula,
> Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, several
> Chestnut-sided, Nashville, et al. I haven't even checked the north side of
> the pond yet.
>

good diversity along Sapsucker Woods Road north of the gates, similar mix
but also several Bay-breasted, gnatcatcher, pair of Purple Finches, etc.

tss

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Fri 9/7

2018-09-07 Thread Mark Chao
Excellent warbler numbers and diversity by Sherwood Platform in Sapsucker
Woods on Friday (9:30 am). Cape May (2+), Wilson's, N. Parula,
Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, several
Chestnut-sided, Nashville, et al. I haven't even checked the north side of
the pond yet.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Mon 8/20

2018-08-20 Thread Jody Enck
 Mark, what a fabulous report of the fall warbler migration at Sapsucker
Woods!  In my yard yesterday (I live 0.8 miles south of the lab near the
intersection of Hanshaw and Freese Roads), I also saw a Bay-breasted
Warbler in plumage more typical of a spring male.  Yes, eBird flagged my
sighting, too.  I was just as surprised as you at that plumage as I had not
remembered seeing it on fall birds before.  Just goes to show how much we
have to learn about these birds.  Do some of these birds breed more locally
than we realized?  Do they all molt consistently before, during, after
migration.  Do they migrate to some particular lat/long to undergo molt.
Are they more variable in when/where they molt than we realized, or are
there just some oddballs among their species?  Many cool questions emerge
from these sightings.  This stimulates me to put as much information into
my eBird reports as possible (age/sex, breeding codes, comments, etc.).


Other warblers at my house yesterday were Canada, Nashville, and
Black-and-White.  Today I noticed a Wilson's among busily feeding birds.

Thanks for your report.
Jody

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Founder of the Sister Bird Club Network
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On Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 11:52 AM, Mark Chao  wrote:

> At least some of the warblers from yesterday’s impressive influx remain in
> Sapsucker Woods on Monday – two BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, at least two
> BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, two juvenile CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, and an
> AMERICAN REDSTART.  I also saw a juvenile BROAD-WINGED HAWK circling over
> the main pond.
>
>
>
> On each of my three recent visits to the sanctuary, the hotspot for
> warblers has been along the road and the East Trail, between the gated
> trailheads and 91 Sapsucker Woods Road.  I think that the noise of teeming
> family groups of titmice, chickadees, and nuthatches might be attracting
> incoming migrants.  It is definitely worthwhile to follow your ears to the
> flocks here.  Be ready for swarms of voracious cloth-penetrating mosquitoes.
>
>
>
> Yesterday’s Bay-breasted Warbler got an eBird quality-control prompt, but
> today’s did not.  Still, today’s birds were actually much more surprising
> to me because of their plumages, which looked plainly like those of a
> spring adult male (solid black face, bay crown and throat, contrasting
> cream-colored neck patch) and a spring adult female (muted black face,
> trace of chestnut along throat down to sides, also with contrasting pale
> neck patch).  I don’t recall previously seeing Bay-breasted Warblers
> looking like this in fall – especially not the one in breeding male
> plumage.  Given that yesterday’s bird had the more expected greenish face
> and back, I feel certain that there have been at least three individual
> Bay-breasted Warblers in this area over these two days.
>
>
>
> By the way -- since yesterday, people have collectively found at least 18
> warbler species in Sapsucker Woods – Bay-breasted (1 adult M, 1 apparent
> adult F, 1 first-year), Cape May (1 adult M, 1 first-year F), Blackburnian
> (multiple individuals across full range of plumages, including adult males
> in near-peak brightness), Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Magnolia, Black-throated
> Blue, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, American Redstart,
> Blue-winged, Tennessee (1 adult M, 1 first-year), Nashville, Northern
> Parula, Ovenbird, Hooded, Canada (both sexes), and Common Yellowthroat.
> What a great start to this season of songbird migration!
>
>
>
> Mark Chao
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Mon 8/20

2018-08-20 Thread Mark Chao
At least some of the warblers from yesterday’s impressive influx remain in
Sapsucker Woods on Monday – two BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, at least two
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, two juvenile CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, and an
AMERICAN REDSTART.  I also saw a juvenile BROAD-WINGED HAWK circling over
the main pond.



On each of my three recent visits to the sanctuary, the hotspot for
warblers has been along the road and the East Trail, between the gated
trailheads and 91 Sapsucker Woods Road.  I think that the noise of teeming
family groups of titmice, chickadees, and nuthatches might be attracting
incoming migrants.  It is definitely worthwhile to follow your ears to the
flocks here.  Be ready for swarms of voracious cloth-penetrating mosquitoes.



Yesterday’s Bay-breasted Warbler got an eBird quality-control prompt, but
today’s did not.  Still, today’s birds were actually much more surprising
to me because of their plumages, which looked plainly like those of a
spring adult male (solid black face, bay crown and throat, contrasting
cream-colored neck patch) and a spring adult female (muted black face,
trace of chestnut along throat down to sides, also with contrasting pale
neck patch).  I don’t recall previously seeing Bay-breasted Warblers
looking like this in fall – especially not the one in breeding male
plumage.  Given that yesterday’s bird had the more expected greenish face
and back, I feel certain that there have been at least three individual
Bay-breasted Warblers in this area over these two days.



By the way -- since yesterday, people have collectively found at least 18
warbler species in Sapsucker Woods – Bay-breasted (1 adult M, 1 apparent
adult F, 1 first-year), Cape May (1 adult M, 1 first-year F), Blackburnian
(multiple individuals across full range of plumages, including adult males
in near-peak brightness), Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Magnolia, Black-throated
Blue, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, American Redstart,
Blue-winged, Tennessee (1 adult M, 1 first-year), Nashville, Northern
Parula, Ovenbird, Hooded, Canada (both sexes), and Common Yellowthroat.
What a great start to this season of songbird migration!



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 8/19

2018-08-19 Thread Mark Chao
Fantastic flock of early migrant warblers along Sapsucker Woods Road
(Sunday 9:15 AM). Bay-breasted, Cape May, Tennessee, Canada, Hooded, 5+
Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, Chestnut-sided, probable Black-throated
Blue, plus a Merlin, Chimney Swifts, et al.

Wow
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 8/12 (Golden-winged Warbler)

2018-08-12 Thread Dick Feldman
During the Saturday morning CBC walk at Sapsucker, mostly in light rain, we 
also saw one Blue-Winged Warbler 50 feet from the building near the pond 
overlook.
Dick Feldman

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On Aug 12, 2018, at 11:31 AM, Mark Chao 
mailto:markc...@imt.org>> wrote:

On Sunday morning at 8:40, I found a male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER in Sapsucker 
Woods, just north of 91 Sapsucker Woods Road. This bird was in a loose flock 
with many titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, Red-eyed Vireos and others. Jay 
McGowan and Nancy Brooks responded to my RBA message in time to refind the bird 
with me about 20 minutes later. We also found a juvenile CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER 
and a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER here.

Later in the power-line corridor on the Dryden side at the north edge of the 
sanctuary, we again found a young Chestnut-sided Warbler and a female 
Blue-winged Warbler, plus two female-type AMERICAN REDSTARTS.

Here is my eBird checklist, including a poor but definitive photo of the 
Golden-winged Warbler. Jay got much better photos, which seem to confirm the 
absence of hybrid field marks.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47800932

Mark Chao
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 8/12 (Golden-winged Warbler)

2018-08-12 Thread Mark Chao
On Sunday morning at 8:40, I found a male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER in
Sapsucker Woods, just north of 91 Sapsucker Woods Road. This bird was in a
loose flock with many titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, Red-eyed Vireos and
others. Jay McGowan and Nancy Brooks responded to my RBA message in time to
refind the bird with me about 20 minutes later. We also found a juvenile
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER and a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER here.

Later in the power-line corridor on the Dryden side at the north edge of
the sanctuary, we again found a young Chestnut-sided Warbler and a female
Blue-winged Warbler, plus two female-type AMERICAN REDSTARTS.

Here is my eBird checklist, including a poor but definitive photo of the
Golden-winged Warbler. Jay got much better photos, which seem to confirm
the absence of hybrid field marks.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47800932

Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods bird walk cancelled

2018-06-23 Thread Linda Orkin


Hey all. 

Due to illness the 8:30 AM Saturday bird walk will not be led by anyone. 

Sorry for any inconvenience

Linda Orkin
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 5/13

2018-05-13 Thread Mark Chao
For the past 8 hours (since before 6 AM on Sunday), we have been seeing a
NASHVILLE WARBLER and a pair of YELLOW WARBLERS in our next-door neighbors’
flowering pear tree in northeast Ithaca.  It sure seems like the same three
individual birds, without turnover.



My expectations bolstered a little by that unexpected Nashville Warbler, I
went to Sapsucker Woods to see if any other new birds had arrived
(6:30-8:20 AM).  I did find a few candidates along the Wilson Trail North
-- female CANADA WARBLER, male MAGNOLIA WARBLER, male BLACK-THROATED BLUE
WARBLER, a singing YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, a rather cooperative LINCOLN’S
SPARROW, and a silent LEAST FLYCATCHER, plus what seemed to me to be both
territorial and sojourning AMERICAN REDSTARTS and RED-EYED VIREOS.
Otherwise, throughout the sanctuary on both sides of the road, migrants
seemed very sparse.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods today, so far

2018-05-02 Thread Laura Stenzler
Hi
Lots of new migrants along the Wilson trail this morning. I arrived at 7 am. So 
far:
Yellow-rumped warblers -, many, many
Northern waterthrush
Yellow warbler 
Black-throated green warbler
Palm warbler
Parula warbler
Redstart
Black and white warbler
Great crested flycatcher 
Ruby crowned kinglet
Swamp sparrow
White throated sparrow
Wood ducks 

And I haven’t walked the entire trail yet

Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods and Newman Municipal Golf Course, Tues 5/1

2018-05-01 Thread Mark Chao
I had a lot of gratifying bird encounters around Ithaca on Tuesday
morning.  Here are some highlights.



* The GREAT HORNED OWL mother and her two chicks still at their nest in the
center of the Newman Municipal Golf Course (5:50 AM).  The chicks are now
about 4/5 the size of the mother, but are still covered with down.  As far
as I can tell, one owlet has essentially fully mature flight feathers,
while the other’s secondaries are still encased in their long sheaths, at
least on one wing.



Even aside from their outward physical development, it’s clear that the
owlets are very close to leaving the nest.  Maybe especially in the early
morning, they stand at the lip of the nest like little kids at the edge of
a pool, half-petrified and half-eager to take the plunge.  They stretch and
flap their new wings.  They bob their heads restlessly, side to side and
back to front to back, like Pernell Whitaker slipping punches.  They gaze
around, often straight up to the sky, evidently absorbing and mentally
mapping all the new sights and sounds around them.  It doesn’t take a lot
of imagination to see child-like wonder in their eyes at these times.



On Sunday evening, I saw the mother for the first time this spring away
from the nest, about 30 meters away in a separate patch of trees.  I don’t
know if she was encouraging the babies to branch out, or just giving
everyone a bit more space, or preparing to forage.  (I have seen the adult
male nearby a few times this spring, but not for a couple of weeks now.)



* A pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS building a nest in a box on the berm that
crosses the main pond in Sapsucker Woods.



* A pair of COMMON RAVENS flying in wide circles around the main pond,
sometimes chased by crows and once by a COOPER’S HAWK.  Prior to this year,
I had seen ravens only as solitary flyby birds, but this year many birders
have been seeing one or two every day over the past couple of weeks.  I
heard a mind-boggling rumor this morning that people have seen at least one
of these ravens taking Canada Goose eggs.  Has anyone confirmed other
behavior that would indicate or confirm breeding here?



* Two NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES countersinging across the Woodleton Boardwalk,
and another Northern Waterthrush singing at the edge of the green pond
across the trail from the Sherwood Platform.  The latter waterthrush sang a
very distinctive song that ended with a high squeak.



* One BROWN THRASHER also across the trail from the Sherwood Platform.  At
one point I had both the thrasher and the waterthrush in the same field of
view, which I think must have been a first for me.  The thrasher eventually
sang a little too.



* A dazzling BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER singing and working his way south
from near the thrasher/waterthrush area to the Charley Harper bench.



* A western PALM WARBLER also along the western pond edge.



* One BROAD-WINGED HAWK perched near the Wilson/West intersection, then
flying through the treetops to the west.  Later, I saw another Broad-winged
Hawk flying west over the Woodleton Boardwalk.  (I am looking forward to
seeing how many people count over the next few days…)



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Fri 4/27

2018-04-27 Thread Mark Chao
On Friday morning in Sapsucker Woods (~8:50 AM), I saw six GREAT EGRETS fly
in together from the east, pass over the Sherwood Platform, and then
continue out to the west.  Later I heard a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT singing near
the road along the mulched spur that leads to the power lines and the
Hoyt-Pileated Trail.  Yesterday I found at least five western PALM WARBLERS
loosely together along the Wilson Trail North (others found at least one of
the eastern race), but today I found only one or two.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 4/15

2018-04-15 Thread Mark Chao
A short but slow walk in the Sapsucker Woods on Sunday (8:00-10:50 AM)
turned out to be one of the better early-spring outings I’ve ever had in
the sanctuary.  Here are some highlights, mostly shared with Suan Yong and
two other participants in Suan’s guided walk.



* 11 sparrow species, a probable site record for me, including

-- VESPER SPARROW (one at border of grit and grass along far parking
lot, in the section closest to Highway 13)

-- SAVANNAH SPARROW (two along road north of Kip’s Barn – like Vesper,
uncommon for Sapsucker Woods but probably perennial at this time of April
at these very spots)

-- FOX SPARROW (one heard along utility corridor north of Hoyt-Pileated
Trail, another later confirmed by sight by young Fenya along Wilson North)

-- FIELD SPARROW (with Savannah; also by feeder garden)\

-- plus American Tree, Chipping, Song, Swamp, White-throated, Dark-eyed
Junco, and Eastern Towhee

* WINTER WREN seen and also heard singing partial song by Sherwood Platform
(maybe two different individuals)

* 15+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, including a flock of 11 near the feeder garden

* At least one eastern PALM WARBLER seen and heard singing along the
pondside branch of the Wilson Trail North

* Two HERMIT THRUSHES near green pool across trail slightly north of
Sherwood Platform

* One PINE SISKIN seen and possible additional individuals heard around
feeder garden

* One NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, presumably continuing from yesterday

* COMMON RAVEN seen flying by and perching briefly atop power pole in
Fuller Wetlands; also confirmed by sound

* A pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL flying over the pond and departing to the
north, plus the continuing female REDHEAD and at least a couple of pairs of
WOOD DUCKS

* Six GREAT BLUE HERONS wheeling slowly around together and descending to
the trees around the main pond

* An OSPREY catching and deliberately consuming a fish

* An AMERICAN KESTREL by Kip’s Barn



We also enjoyed watching many active and cooperative birds of the most
expected species, including kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, flickers,
sapsuckers, and others, as well as a mink and a muskrat.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods this morning

2018-04-14 Thread Diane Morton
Ken Kemphues and I led a bird walk around the Wilson Trail this morning at
Sapsucker Woods that included several first-of-year birds for us. A
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was circling low over the pond to give us
good looks- the only swallow we saw on our walk.

Over by the Sherwood platform, two EASTERN TOWHEES foraged next to the
path. Seconds later a PALM WARBLER appeared above us, tail-pumping, as it
flew among the tree branches.
We also found several yellow-rumped warblers and two PINE WARBLERS. We were
able to watch one of them singing its trilling song.

Two FOX SPARROWS and three HERMIT THRUSHES appeared as we rounded the trail
after the Harper bench, and three YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS chased each
other through the trees, with squeaky vocalizations. We spotted both
GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and could see the colorful crowns
of each.

Turned out that this foggy spring morning was a great time to be out.

Diane Morton

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Sandhill Cranes

2018-03-28 Thread Brad Walker
Hi all,

At dusk this evening I had three Sandhill Cranes flying very low over route
13 headed east, seen from the parking lot at Sapsucker Woods closest to the
airport. They looked like the might be landing somewhere nearby, so it
might be worth checking the area in the morning if you want to see them.
-- 
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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods walks this weekend.

2018-02-09 Thread Linda Orkin
The beginner bird walks at Sapsucker Woods this coming Saturday February 10 and 
Sunday February 11 are canceled. 
 Go to cayugabirdclub.org calendar for up-to-date info.

Thanks

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods walks this weekend.

2018-02-09 Thread Linda Orkin
The beginner bird walk at Sapsucker Woods this coming Sunday February 11 is 
canceled. And stay tuned cause we might cancel Saturday also. Go to 
cayugabirdclub.org calendar for up-to-date info.

Thanks

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker; Crows

2018-01-14 Thread Donna Lee Scott
While I was outside walking, I found a pretty female YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER 
eating cedar tree berries in my woods across from house. It was hanging around 
with a DOWNY WOODPECKER.

All day I have enjoyed watching 5 AMERICAN CROWS feeding under the trees and 
feeders in my yard. 1 or 2 sit up in the trees while the other 3-4 feed on the 
ground, I presume they might be acting as "guards or lookouts".

No Siskins or Redpolls - yet.

Donna Scott

535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882


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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Fri 10/20

2017-10-20 Thread Mark Chao
Fun birding on Friday morning in the power-line corridor between the
parking lots and the Hoyt-Pileated Trail in Sapsucker Woods. At least 20
noisy Pine Siskins (3+ different vocalizations -- chatter, smooth long
"zip," harsh riffling "krrrip"), Rusty Blackbirds, Eastern
Bluebirds, Eastern Towhees, other sparrows so far (first 15 minutes).

Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 10/15

2017-10-15 Thread Mark Chao
On Sunday morning, I went looking for birds in Sapsucker Woods, mostly with a
group led by Becky Hansen. We all had very fine views of a young
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON by the Owens Platform -- a rare species for the
sanctuary. Apparently this bird has been present around both the main pond
and the Fuller Wetlands since Thursday.

Other highlights:

* two HERMIT THRUSHES together along the Wilson/Severinghaus overlap in the
woods
* five EASTERN BLUEBIRDS together around the knoll and power lines by the
second staff parking lot
* many GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, giving good views
especially by the arbor south of the feeder garden
* a BLUE-HEADED VIREO along the East Trail (one along the Hoyt-Pileated
Trail yesterday too)

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker woods Sunday walk Canceled

2017-06-03 Thread Linda Orkin
Hello All

Due to a family emergency the beginner bird walk at Sapsucker Woods, Cornell 
Laboratory of ornithology due to take place at 7:30 Sunday morning will be 
canceled  

Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Linda Orkin 

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Fri 5/26

2017-05-26 Thread Mark Chao
On Friday morning, a male PINE WARBLER was singing continuously and
exclusively from tall pines on both sides of Sapsucker Woods Road, north of
the gated trailheads. I confirmed this bird by sight after much effort.  I
believe that this is not quite the latest in the season that I've ever
found this species in the sanctuary, but it's close.  This one seemed to be
acting territorial.

I also heard and saw a BLACKPOLL WARBLER on Simsbury Drive at dawn, and saw
five or six WILD TURKEYS in the field along Hanshaw Road between Freese
Road and Bluegrass Lane.

Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sat 5/20

2017-05-20 Thread Mark Chao
Someone is persistently singing a three-syllable song very much like that
of a Golden-winged Warbler, in the power-line corridor north of the Wilson
Trail North this morning. This is pretty typical Blue-winged Warbler
habitat, so I expect a Blue-winged or a hybrid. I haven't seen the bird
despite a lot of waiting and searching.

Willow and Alder Flycatchers also here, plus the usual expected breeding
species.

Mark Chao

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Wed 5/17

2017-05-17 Thread Susan Gateley
I'm an unskilled bird watcher but I listened to the Internet and discovered
a black billed cuckoo calling next to my garden this AM

On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 7:35 AM, Mark Chao  wrote:

> Birding has been very slow for me in Sapsucker Woods so far on Wednesday.
> Despite my usual rather wide coverage, I've found about one-tenth of the
> volume and diversity of yesterday's passage migrants --today, only one
> Rusty Blackbird, a couple of Yellow-billed Warblers, a female
> Black-throated Blue, a silent male Magnolia, and a subadult male American
> Redstart, plus some "dzzt" notes moving overhead. I hope others find what
> I've been missing...
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Wed 5/17

2017-05-17 Thread Mark Chao
Sorry for not catching the annoying auto-correct in my last message -- I
meant Yellow-rumped Warblers, not more interesting yellow-billed birds.

It is still beautiful here, with several singing Scarlet Tanagers, more
Veeries than I've found previously, and my first Eastern Wood-Pewee of the
spring. Just not a lot of sojourning boreal birds that I've found.

Mark


On May 17, 2017 7:35 AM, "Mark Chao"  wrote:

Birding has been very slow for me in Sapsucker Woods so far on Wednesday.
Despite my usual rather wide coverage, I've found about one-tenth of the
volume and diversity of yesterday's passage migrants --today, only one
Rusty Blackbird, a couple of Yellow-billed Warblers, a female
Black-throated Blue, a silent male Magnolia, and a subadult male American
Redstart, plus some "dzzt" notes moving overhead. I hope others find what
I've been missing...

Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Wed 5/17

2017-05-17 Thread Mark Chao
Birding has been very slow for me in Sapsucker Woods so far on Wednesday.
Despite my usual rather wide coverage, I've found about one-tenth of the
volume and diversity of yesterday's passage migrants --today, only one
Rusty Blackbird, a couple of Yellow-billed Warblers, a female
Black-throated Blue, a silent male Magnolia, and a subadult male American
Redstart, plus some "dzzt" notes moving overhead. I hope others find what
I've been missing...

Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Tues 5/16

2017-05-16 Thread Mark Chao
Many migrants on Wilson Trail North this morning. Bay-breasted, Cape May,
Tennessee, Wilson's, N. Parula, good numbers of other more common species.

Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods -- May 9, 2017

2017-05-09 Thread Laura Stenzler
I walked around Sapsucker woods this morning. Here is my ebird report.

Laura

Laura Stenzler
l...@cornell.edu

Begin forwarded message:

From: Laura Stenzler >
Date: May 9, 2017 at 11:01:04 AM EDT
To: Laura Stenzler >
Subject: eBird -- Sapsucker Woods -- May 9, 2017

Sapsucker Woods
May 9, 2017
9:13 AM
Traveling
1.00 miles
106 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

13 Canada Goose
1 Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron
5 Mourning Dove
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Eastern Phoebe
7 Blue Jay
1 Tree Swallow
9 Black-capped Chickadee
3 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Wood Thrush
12 American Robin
3 Gray Catbird
2 Ovenbird
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Black-and-white Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Palm Warbler
2 Song Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrow
3 Northern Cardinal
12 Red-winged Blackbird
8 Common Grackle
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
3 Baltimore Oriole
14 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 34


Laura

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods migrants

2017-05-04 Thread Brad Walker
New migrants today included Indigo Bunting near the powerline cut,
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler and a MOURNING WARBLER
that sang several phrases near the powerline cut. I was not able to locate
it.

Also, on Tuesday I had the Great Horned Owl getting mobbed by American
Crows near the East Trail map. The trees are beginning to leaf out so it's
getting harder to see into its roosting area.

- Brad

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods this morning

2017-04-28 Thread Brad Walker
In addition to the tanager there were several more migrants around
Sapsucker Woods this morning:

Baltimore Oriole, Warbling Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, many Yellow-rumped
Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Gray Catbird, Great Crested Flycatcher and a
group of at least 100 White-throated Sparrows moving through the brush.

I also watched a Great Blue Heron carrying a stick  as it headed towards
Route 13, seen from the powerline cut.

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RE:[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods--Palm Warbler

2017-04-27 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
There’s a Palm Warbler foraging along the Podell Boardwalk. Turned out to be a 
life bird for two visitors from Harrisburg, PA!

Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods

2017-04-27 Thread Rebecca Hansen
There was also an Eastern Kingbird by the small pond on the Wilson Trail this 
morning.
Becky Hansen
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods this morning

2017-04-27 Thread David McCartt
And a Brown Thrasher was singing near the far parking lot.

David McCartt

On Apr 27, 2017, at 9:09 AM, Brad Walker 
> wrote:

An Ovenbird was also singing on and off near the eastern edge of the east side 
this morning, too. A Rose-breasted Grosbeak, a Nashville Warbler, and a number 
of Yellow-rumped Warblers were also on the Wilson Trail at about 7am.

On Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 8:58 AM Anne Marie Johnson 
> wrote:
There’s more activity this morning than in recent days. Most noticeable are 
lots of White-throated Sparrows. Wes Hochachka alerted me to a Black-and-White 
Warbler and pointed out a Ruby-crowned Kinglet near the small bridge on the 
Wilson Trail and told me others had heard a Warbling Vireo there. I later heard 
a Warbling Vireo briefly near the Fuller Wetlands. There were lots of birds 
singing, but no other new arrivals that I could identify on my quick loop 
around the Wilson Trail.

Anne Marie

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods this morning

2017-04-27 Thread Brad Walker
An Ovenbird was also singing on and off near the eastern edge of the east
side this morning, too. A Rose-breasted Grosbeak, a Nashville Warbler, and
a number of Yellow-rumped Warblers were also on the Wilson Trail at about
7am.

On Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 8:58 AM Anne Marie Johnson  wrote:

> There’s more activity this morning than in recent days. Most noticeable
> are lots of White-throated Sparrows. Wes Hochachka alerted me to a
> Black-and-White Warbler and pointed out a Ruby-crowned Kinglet near the
> small bridge on the Wilson Trail and told me others had heard a Warbling
> Vireo there. I later heard a Warbling Vireo briefly near the Fuller
> Wetlands. There were lots of birds singing, but no other new arrivals that
> I could identify on my quick loop around the Wilson Trail.
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods this morning

2017-04-27 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
There's more activity this morning than in recent days. Most noticeable are 
lots of White-throated Sparrows. Wes Hochachka alerted me to a Black-and-White 
Warbler and pointed out a Ruby-crowned Kinglet near the small bridge on the 
Wilson Trail and told me others had heard a Warbling Vireo there. I later heard 
a Warbling Vireo briefly near the Fuller Wetlands. There were lots of birds 
singing, but no other new arrivals that I could identify on my quick loop 
around the Wilson Trail.

Anne Marie


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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Tues 4/25

2017-04-25 Thread Mark Chao
Two Barred Owls together along Severinghaus Trail, in first tall pine south
of Dayhoff Boardwalk. Two crows just chased one owl into center of woods,
but one owl remains in the pine.

At least one Northern Waterthrush is singing along the Woodleton Boardwalk
this morning too.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Tues 4/18

2017-04-18 Thread Mark Chao
On Tuesday morning, I watched 14 American Crows trying to persuade a GREAT
HORNED OWL to volunteer to give up its perch in the hemlocks by the East
Trail gate.  Eventually, the crows re-accommodated the owl to another dense
hemlock stand in the center of the East Trail loop.  Alas, they were now so
far from the trail that I could hardly see the crows, let alone the owl.
But probably anyone on the whole east side of the sanctuary could have
heard the crows continuing relentlessly to blame the owl for at least half
an hour.



This was the first Great Horned Owl that I’ve found by day on any of my
countless trips to Sapsucker Woods.  The owl’s first perch was also
probably the lowest I’ve ever seen for this species – probably only about
6-8 feet off the ground.



Other highlights include a bright yellow BLUE-HEADED VIREO singing by the
Severinghaus Trail gate and a HERMIT THRUSH near the shelter on the East
Trail.



For at least a couple of weeks, one AMERICAN WOODCOCK has been displaying
in the weedy field north of the overflow parking lot of the YMCA in south
Lansing, near Ciao! and BJ’s.  I find that this bird is a little easier to
spot during takeoff and descent than usual, maybe because of the lighting
or the small size of the plot.  But you’ll probably need your binoculars if
you want to watch the whole display flight against the dark sky.  Most
nights, I hear just one woodcock here, but last night I heard a second far
to the north, plus this first woodcock’s echo against the wall of the Y.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods and Edwards Lake Cliff Preserve, Sat 4/15 and Sun 4/16

2017-04-16 Thread Mark Chao
I found a couple of target birds this weekend (BROWN THRASHER at entrance
of Edwards Lake Cliff Preserve on Sunday, three HERMIT THRUSHES along the
East Trail in Sapsucker Woods on Saturday).   But the best moments came
from common species doing uncommon things.



* Along the Woodleton Boardwalk on Saturday, I watched a female American
Robin repeatedly issuing an unfamiliar  * kh *.  Later I found a
study saying that robins make this sound specifically when they see aerial
predators.  This surprised me because I felt certain that I had triggered
the call, given how this bird and her mate fixed their gaze on me the whole
time.  I flatter myself that a bird might think I’m a predator, but I am
100 percent sure that no one would ever mistake me as aerial.  So maybe the
paper’s conclusion is wrong.  Or maybe there was a hawk or owl perched
nearby, seen by the birds but not by me.



It was all very mysterious and enlightening.  But mainly that sound was
just beautiful – long, luminous, extremely high, exquisitely pianissimo.
It was as if she were a violinist coaxing a pristine final note out of her
E string, fragile and tender and masterly, while I listened from my seat in
a hushed concert hall.



* Several of the eponymous Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers of Sapsucker Woods
have found fantastic resonant substrates to bang on.  Maybe the best is a
hollow cylinder of a former tree near the East Trail gate.  Today a male
had been knocking loudly here for a while, when a white-throated sapsucker
with a brownish back flew in to the top of the trunk, about six feet
above.  The white-throated bird double-tapped, paused for a long time, then
double-tapped again.  The red-throated male stayed silent and still, eyeing
the bird above, then let out another full stuttering, slowing cadence.  The
white-throated bird responded with a full decelerating phrase.  Then the
first bird chased the second one out of view.



At the time I wasn’t sure what all this meant. I knew that female
sapsuckers have white throats, but I didn’t remember whether first-spring
male sapsuckers ever also have white throats.  I also wasn’t sure if female
sapsuckers ever drum.  As I watched, I thought that maybe the red-throated
male might be similarly confused.  Was this a rival male, not yet in his
full colors?  Or was it an interested potential mate?



A little research reveals that the most likely answer is neither.
Apparently the white throat does definitively indicate a female.  Females
do sometimes drum.  So when this female flew in, the male was probably
thinking, “Either she wants me, or she wants this drumming surface for
herself.”  Too bad for him this time.



* The green pond by the shelter on the East Trail always seems to have Wood
Ducks in it.  Today I managed to approach very slowly without flushing one
female.  She drifted in the open water, issuing single “hwaak” notes.
Eventually she flew up to a branch, where she bowed forward a few times and
issued an unfamiliar, more forced sound.  More reading indicates that these
vocalizations signal availability to potential mates.  She did seem a
little lonely.



Finally, an off-topic note – the trails of the Edwards Lake Cliff Preserve
were rife with big beautiful snails on Sunday morning.  Miyoko and I found
more than 150 of them without even looking very widely or carefully.  As
Miyoko said, it was like an Easter egg hunt, but even better.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods

2017-04-03 Thread Rebecca Hansen
Enjoyed seeing Golden-Crown Kinglets, Fox Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 
and Rusty Blackbirds on my walk in Sapsucker this morning.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Acoustic Monitoring Project

2017-03-31 Thread Christopher Wood
Good afternoon everyone,

The Bioacoustics Research Program and Information Science team at the Cornell 
Lab of Ornithology are collaborating on an initiative that we are calling the 
Sapsucker Woods Acoustic Monitoring Project (SWAMP) to understand the 
complimentary roles of acoustic monitoring and eBirding to develop novel ways 
of understanding bird distribution and abundance.

We need your help. Many of you are already eBirding around Sapsucker Woods – in 
the last three days alone there have been more than 100 checklists submitted 
from various sites around Sapsucker Woods. All eBirding around Sapsucker Woods 
this spring will help with this research. We ask that you also consider 
stationary counts at the 10 sites around Sapsucker Woods. You will find these 
sites on eBird and linked to in the map below, which are called Sapsucker Woods 
Avi1, Sapsucker Woods Avi2 . . . through Sapsucker Woods Avi10.

All you need to do is visit these locations referenced in the map below, submit 
at least one short stationary checklist, and join in the fun. Each checklist 
you submit, earns you one more chance to win prizes, fame, and glory. The 
project starts tomorrow, 1 April 2017. We’ll be collecting this information 
until at least 1 July 2017.

This page has all the information you need:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/avicaching/swamp/

Here are some additional details.

About the Science
The Cornell Lab deployed 30 in-house developed acoustic recorders (called 
SWIFT) which are configured to continuously monitor the soundscape in the 
Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary. Each of the units records acoustic data at 48 kHz 
sampling rate covering the frequency of all bird calls occurring in SWS. 
Scientific objectives we hope to address through this study are briefly 
outlined below:

  *   Ecology of vocalizations.  The sensor array at Sapsucker Woods will allow 
us to get a better handle on variation in behavior/activity/song rates as a 
function of a variety of factors such as the time of day, Julian Date, and 
weather. Comparing these with eBird submissions will also allow us to 
understand how these influence detection rates using two types of methods 
(acoustic, and eBird).
  *   Bird Habitat usage. The collected acoustic data will be used to model 
heterogeneity in detectability of different bird species in SWS with high 
temporal and spatial resolution.
  *   Noise impact assessment. The collected data will allow us to assess how 
noise originating from Highway 13 traffic and the airport (aircraft operations 
including engine ignition, takeoff and landing) propagates throughout the 
sanctuary. We furthermore want to study how the propagation of sound varies 
with environmental conditions (weather, vegetation etc.), and if the 
anthropogenic noise impacts the vocal behavior of birds in the SWS.
  *   Acoustic biodiversity study. The Cornell Lab is currently working with 
several national and international partners on the development of new acoustic 
analysis techniques to extract biodiversity and ecosystem health information 
from acoustic data. Visual bird surveys with avicaching and general eBird 
submissions for the SWS will be crucial to groundtruth our results. The dense 
array of recorders, the extended recording period, and many checklist 
submissions from eBird will provide us with the best possible data set to 
tackle this research project!
  *   Automated Sound ID. The data will also be used within the scope of a new 
Cornell Lab project, BirdVox, which aims to develop advanced methods for the 
detection and classification of bird vocalizations.

Where do I go?
Check out the locations here. If you want 
to load a map on your phone for easier navigation, here’s the Google Map 
link.
 And, of course, these locations are also visible in eBird mobile on iOS and 
Android when you submit checklists.

Scoring
You will earn one point each time you visit an SWAMP avicache and submit a 
complete, stationary checklist of 5-60 minutes duration.

Prizes and Rankings
Each point enters your name once into a random drawing for a prize. For 
example, if you submit 10 qualifying checklists, you have 10 points, and ten 
chances to win. If you have 100 checklists, that’s  100 points = 100 times. 
There will be two winners drawn from participants; each of the prize winners 
will have the choice of a free eBird t-shirt or ballcap and there will be a 
special surprise thrown in as well.
There is also a ranking for the most species seen in Avicache locations: a Top 
100 for the cumulative Avicache list. The eBirder who reports the highest 
species list from all Avicaches cumulatively through the end the Avicaching 
period will win in the species category. As of right now there is no prize for 
this category aside from the glory of seeing the most species. Of course, the 
real prize 

[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker

2017-03-28 Thread W. Larry Hymes
Just had our first of year YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (male).  Migration 
is proceeding!!


Larry

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Egret

2017-03-28 Thread Brad Walker
A Great Egret was perched on the pond this morning. I turned around for a
minute and it disappeared. Not sure if it flew off or tucked in somewhere.

It was on the back pond near the Sherwood Platform.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Blue-winged Teals

2017-03-27 Thread Anne Marie Johnson
On a lunchtime walk today several of us saw 3 Blue-winged Teals on the pond 
near the islands. Someone was there taking pictures of them when we 
arrived. The ducks quickly disappeared out of sight heading left towards 
the Podell Boardwalk. I looked for them at 2:00 from the staff lounge and 
could not find them. Also on the pond was a pair of Hooded Mergansers.


Anne Marie Johnson

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 3/19

2017-03-19 Thread Mark Chao
Highlights from Sapsucker Woods on Sunday morning (8:45-10:15 AM):



* A marvelous and mystifying creature out on the tallest snag in the main
pond.  At first I thought it was an alien robot pod because its tapered
shape and face panel seemed superficially similar to those of EVE from
WALL-E.  But then, from a better angle, I realized that it was more likely
an actual alien LIFE FORM (!), not a mere robot – and indeed probably an
intelligent one because it was wearing a thick, shaggy gray shawl.  (Of
course one can also infer its intelligence simply because it somehow got
here from wherever it is from.  But I did not find any signs of a
spacecraft.)



Animal taxonomy on this creature’s planet is evidently nothing like ours,
but from its various features, one can see analogies to our lepidopterans
(a pair of droopy antennae on a tiny black head), our macaques (a white
mane/beard), and even our birds (one long leg, not two, but with a
bird-like foot at the end).  I know it is a little reckless to
anthropomorphize, but the white beard and contemplative hunched posture
make me think it could be a wise elder or even a royal figure in its
society.



I got a couple of photographs.



https://goo.gl/photos/UUcGZgv96hEu4yLK8

https://goo.gl/photos/Z7hHAvTakYqVHvyXA



This snag is where a pair of GREAT BLUE HERONS, including a male with a
missing toe, nested a few years ago.  The nest fell in high winds around
2014, but the male returned in 2015 and 2016 during the day in spring and
summer to forage.  Coincidentally, one of my photos shows the alien
creature with three toes on its bird-like foot, just like that male heron.
But my other photo shows four toes.



This post isn’t entirely OT (or ET)…I had some nice bird moments too.



* A male WOOD DUCK in the outlet stream along the Wilson Trail North. (I
was hoping to find a woodcock, but alas, the snow still extended all the
way to the edge of the stream, with no exposed ground anywhere.)



* A FOX SPARROW in the feeder garden, among many American Tree Sparrows,
one Song Sparrow, and one White-throated Sparrow.



* Marie Read’s photo exhibit in the Visitor Center’s auditorium.  It is a
truly stirring and revelatory collection.  Congratulations and many thanks,
Marie!



* Encounters with a couple of moms and precocious young kids building bonds
and sharing learning moments over birds by the feeder garden.  After
picking through several species with his mother and sister, one boy
exclaimed that he saw a “penguin bird.”  His mom patiently tried to divert
the conversation back to the real birds before us, including Red-winged
Blackbirds and a male Northern Cardinal.  But the boy continued,
insistently, “I saw a penguin bird!  It had a black head, and its back was
all black too, and it was all white here [pointing to his own belly]!”
 Another glance at the garden, and I understood.  If you squint and free
your imagination, Dark-eyed Juncos DO look a little like puny penguin-birds
on the deep snow…



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker

2016-12-20 Thread Ken Smith
I also had a female Y-B Sapsucker at the suet yesterday and today.

Ken Smith
Hills of Groton

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Fri 9/30

2016-09-30 Thread Mark Chao
Excellent variety of songbirds along East Trail near small pond by 91
Sapsucker Woods Road, 2:05 pm.  Multiple Bay-breasted, B-t Green, N.
Parula, etc. plus a calling raven across the little pond. I could use help
sorting through everything, actually...

Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods highlights, incl Green Heron buoyancy trials

2016-09-17 Thread Mark Chao
I’ve visited Sapsucker Woods on several mornings this week, finding a
modest array of migrants each day, but nothing very rare.  TENNESSEE,
NASHVILLE, and MAGNOLIA WARBLERS have been especially evident.  Yesterday I
found my first SWAINSON’S THRUSH of the season along the little spur
connecting the road and the power-line corridor on the Dryden side.  Many
details from many birders are available every day from eBird’s “Explore a
Region” tool.



Even when the songbirds are hard to find, multiple GREEN HERONS have
offered consistently excellent viewing throughout September.  Particularly
entertaining were one adult’s efforts yesterday to defy Archimedes and
traverse the lily-strewn Fuller Wetlands like an aspiring Northern Jacana.
I think we all feel like this bird sometimes…



https://youtu.be/37eidfPFq_U



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Tues 9/6

2016-09-06 Thread Mark Chao
My son Tilden Chao and I took a short walk on the Wilson Trail North on
Tuesday morning.  Here are some highlights.



* YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER along the north edge of the pond.  This bird
plainly showed its muted yellow belly, sharp black-and-white wings, bold
eye rings, and very bright orange lower mandible.

* At least four TENNESSEE WARBLERS along the Owens Platform in the Fuller
Wetlands, showing a striking variety of plumages, from green-and-gray to
almost completely yellow, but all with obvious white undertail coverts.

* Two or three GREEN HERONS, including one that offered fine views from the
Owens Platform.

* At least six juvenile WOOD DUCKS, full-grown but still in their finely
streaked juvenile plumage, in the Fuller Wetlands.  I think we would have
found more Wood Ducks from the Sherwood Platform, but we couldn’t get there
because of some ambitious trailside maintenance going on.



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here:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31449541.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Wed 5/25 and Finger Lakes Land Trust SBQ reminder

2016-05-25 Thread Mark Chao
Motivated mostly by a desire to check in on the breeding Blue-headed
Vireos, I visited the East Trail in Sapsucker Woods again on Wednesday
morning.  I found neither bird of that pair, but did hear a singing
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, and YELLOW-THROATED
VIREO.



I also watched a VEERY collecting nest material – several leaves as long
and broad as itself, at least one long dry stalk more than twice as long as
itself, and some small twigs.  The nest must be quite a wild and impressive
feat of art and engineering.  Alas, it is totally invisible from the trail,
hidden on the ground under a blanket of ferns and other plants.



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I am looking forward to seeing many of you on the Finger Lakes Land Trust
Spring Bird Quest (SBQ) walks this weekend.  Please note the new slate of
sites, highlighting some of the Land Trust’s big recent acquisitions.  The
list of destinations is below.  For directions and parking instructions,
please visit http://www.fllt.org/events/.



(Come prepared for warm weather and possible showers.  I will show up to
lead the walks rain or shine, but will be ready to curtail them on the spot
if needed.)



Thank you to all of you who have pledged donations to the Land Trust in
association with the SBQ.  If you would like to pledge per species, please
contact me, or visit http://www.fllt.org/donate/ to pledge a flat amount,
noting SBQ in the “in honor of” field.



Mark Chao













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Saturday, May 28

8:00 AM

High Vista Nature Preserve

Village of Scott



Woods and streams near Skaneateles Lake.  Breeding Hooded Warbler, Mourning
Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and
Louisiana Waterthrush have all been found here in recent years.  Former
spot for Cerulean Warbler.



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Saturday, May 28

10:00 AM

Hinchcliff Family Preserve

Town of Spafford



206 acres of fields and mixed hardwoods, with sweeping views of Skaneateles
Lake.   I’ve never birded here in spring, but I am optimistic that we will
find a lot of charismatic species.  This preserve is just a few miles up
the road from the High Vista Nature Preserve.



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Sunday, May 29

8:00 AM

Logan Hill Nature Preserve

Town of Candor



Mixed woods and fields filled with birds and butterflies.  On May 29, 2015,
Betsy Darlington and I found Hooded and Prairie Warblers among 48 bird
species.  No promises, but this is the best place I know in the area for
finding American Woodcocks on the ground by day.





Monday, May 30

8:30 AM

VanRiper Conservation Area

Town of Romulus



A steep walk down to 1400 feet of lake shore, plus early successional
upland woods.  I think that Prairie and Blue-winged Warblers breed here,
and possibly Hooded too.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Tues 5/24

2016-05-24 Thread Mark Chao
Another little pulse of migrants seems to have arrived in our area today.
Many people have submitted interesting eBird reports in Tompkins County,
including observations of Canada, Wilson’s, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll,
Tennessee, Blackburnian, and other warblers.  See
http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational2/US-NY-109/activity and look around a
bit for information on observer, location, and all species.



As for me, I heard a few warblers calling in the treetops on the East Trail
in Sapsucker Woods late this morning, but didn’t manage to see them.  I did
have two sightings of SWAINSON’S THRUSH on this trail south of the roadside
gate.  I also saw a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO flying across the southern part of
Sapsucker Woods Road.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sat 5/21

2016-05-21 Thread Mark Chao
On Saturday morning in Sapsucker Woods, I heard a PRAIRIE WARBLER singing
in the power-line cut east of where the trail enters the woods.  This was
arguably the most unexpected bird observation I’ve had this spring.   This
spot also remains a great place for viewing a singing CHESTNUT-SIDED
WARBLER and his presumed mate.



Otherwise, despite hours of simmering clouds of presumed migrant birds on
radar last night, evidence of sojourning passage migrants this morning
seemed very sparse – one male and one female MAGNOLIA WARBLER and a
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on the East Trail, and an unidentified warbler high
in the treetops above the Wilson/Severinghaus shelter – plus a SCARLET
TANAGER seen by Miyoko Chu at our home in suburban northeast Ithaca.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Fri 5/20

2016-05-20 Thread Mark Chao
I think that I heard a HOODED WARBLER singing a few times in Sapsucker
Woods on Friday morning.  The song sounded entirely typical to me (two
short rising phrases with rich tone quality, followed by a big 360-degree
flourish).  The bird seemed to be near the southern pond edge.   But I was
far away on the Wilson/Severinghaus trail overlap and couldn’t get sight
confirmation.



I found several other warbler species, including WILSON’S (1 M singing
two-part song ending with a vaguely cowbird-like plinking trill, at the
bend in Wilson Trail North), BLACK-THROATED BLUE (1 singing M, same
location), MAGNOLIA (1 M, where trail enters Hoyt-Pileated woods from power
lines) and CHESTNUT-SIDED (apparent pair at this location).  Improbably, I
missed American Redstarts today.



Other highlights:



* One SOLITARY SANDPIPER and two brawling NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES near Ruth
Davis’s pergola south of the building



* In separate locations, a WARBLING VIREO and an OVENBIRD each extending
herself prone, fluttering her wings, and raising her tail, as if inviting
copulation from a nearby male.  All four birds involved seemed to notice me
and get shy.  So I left both pairs without witnessing consummation.



* BLUE-HEADED VIREO still present along the East Trail near the Lucente
building (I referred to this building as green the other day, but actually
it is white.  Sorry for my mistake.)



* Two very unwary VEERIES along the pond edge by 91 Sapsucker Woods Road
(southern stretch of East Trail), plus several others throughout the woods.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Barred Owls

2016-05-18 Thread Diane Morton
Last night I went out to Sapsucker Woods to look for the Olive-sided
Flycatcher, with no success.  On the south side of the trail I suddenly
heard two soft hoots and looked up to see a Barred Owl looking down at me
(around 7:30 pm).  I took a few iphone images of its silhouette (it wasn't
dark yet, so I could see the bird clearly, but the iphone couldn't).  It
silently watched me.  Then as I departed, I heard another Barred Owl
calling from a bit further off.
I always love the surprise of coming upon one of these owls!

Diane

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Tues 5/17

2016-05-17 Thread Mark Chao
Here are some highlights from Sapsucker Woods on Tuesday morning.



* A pair of BLUE-HEADED VIREOS close together along the East Trail, near
the green Lucente building.  One of these birds had beautiful intense
colors, with yellow sides and a dark head, while the other appeared only
gray and white.  I saw the duller vireo carrying a fecal sac away, but did
not find the nest.



* Thirteen warbler species, including:



WILSON’S WARBLER (three males along Wilson North – one seen singing
normally by Fuller Wetlands, one seen foraging silently at the same time,
and one singing an atypical two-part song ending in a short smooth trill by
the green pond across the trail from the Sherwood Platform)

BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER (1 M, 1 F along power-line cut and
Hoyt-Pileated Trail, respectively)

BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER (1 M, Hoyt-Pileated)

MAGNOLIA WARBLER (Wilson North, Hoyt-Pileated, and East)

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (parking lot)

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (at least one vociferously defending territory under
power lines). Thanks to Jay McGowan, who tipped me off about good warbler
diversity on the east side.

BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (silent M, Hoyt-Pileated)

NORTHERN PARULA (singing alternate multisyllabic song, East Trail)



(I missed Brad’s BAY-BREASTED WARBLER and also a PALM WARBLER found by
Nancy Brooks.  So the warbler species tally today is at least 15.)



* WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW under the power lines on the east side



* PINE SISKIN calling by Lucente building



* A pair of WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES at an apparent nest hole in a tall
tree, East Trail



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Migrants

2016-05-17 Thread Brad Walker
There were several flocks of warblers around Sapsucker Woods today.
Highlights included a LINCOLN'S SPARROW singing near the north side of the
building, a male BAY-BREASTED WARBLER at the Sherwood Platform and a
WILSON'S WARBLER just east of the Sherwood Platform.

- Brad

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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 5/15

2016-05-15 Thread Wesley M. Hochachka
Adding to Mark’s observations, I’ll add a potential Willow Flycatcher or 
Eastern Wood-Pewee in the same general area as the Lincoln’s Sparrow.  I only 
saw the flycatcher for a handful of seconds in the shrubs along the edge of the 
pond, but in that time I failed to see a partial or complete white eye-ring (I 
looked specifically for this), and grey and not crisply-white wing bars (both 
of which I would expect on a Least Flycatcher).

Wesley Hochachka



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[mailto:bounce-120487691-3494...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Mark Chao
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 5/15

I thought that the birding was just as good in the sheltered wooded areas of 
Sapsucker Woods on Sunday as it was under much more temperate conditions on 
Saturday.  Here are some highlights.

* LINCOLN’S SPARROW along the edge of the small pond by the maintenance 
building, East Trail

* Thirteen warbler species, including CANADA (1 silent M, Wilson Trail North), 
PALM, BLACK-THROATED BLUE (1 F, aforementioned pond edge along East Trail), 
BLACK-THROATED GREEN (1 F, Wilson/Severinghaus), MAGNOLIA (1 M and 1 F, Wilson 
North), CHESTNUT-SIDED (Wilson North), NORTHERN PARULA (2 singing, north end of 
Woodleton Boardwalk), and several YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS throughout

* Six male and four female WOOD DUCKS together on the main pond, plus two pairs 
in the woods, one on each side of the road

* Two Blue Jays giving quiet alarm calls and converging tentatively near an 
American Mink

* A singing Baltimore Oriole in female-like plumage.   The Birds of North 
America account says that second-year males in subadult plumage sing, and adult 
females sing too, but both only rarely.

And here in northeast Ithaca, my wife Miyoko “The Bluebird Whisperer” Chu saw 
an adult female EASTERN BLUEBIRD perched out in our yard this morning.  So 
Miyoko ran out and took a quick look inside this bird’s nest box.  There are 
five chalk-blue eggs in the nest!

Mark Chao






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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 5/15

2016-05-15 Thread Mark Chao
I thought that the birding was just as good in the sheltered wooded areas
of Sapsucker Woods on Sunday as it was under much more temperate conditions
on Saturday.  Here are some highlights.



* LINCOLN’S SPARROW along the edge of the small pond by the maintenance
building, East Trail



* Thirteen warbler species, including CANADA (1 silent M, Wilson Trail
North), PALM, BLACK-THROATED BLUE (1 F, aforementioned pond edge along East
Trail), BLACK-THROATED GREEN (1 F, Wilson/Severinghaus), MAGNOLIA (1 M and
1 F, Wilson North), CHESTNUT-SIDED (Wilson North), NORTHERN PARULA (2
singing, north end of Woodleton Boardwalk), and several YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLERS throughout



* Six male and four female WOOD DUCKS together on the main pond, plus two
pairs in the woods, one on each side of the road



* Two Blue Jays giving quiet alarm calls and converging tentatively near an
American Mink



* A singing Baltimore Oriole in female-like plumage.   The Birds of North
America account says that second-year males in subadult plumage sing, and
adult females sing too, but both only rarely.



And here in northeast Ithaca, my wife Miyoko “The Bluebird Whisperer” Chu
saw an adult female EASTERN BLUEBIRD perched out in our yard this morning.
So Miyoko ran out and took a quick look inside this bird’s nest box.  There
are five chalk-blue eggs in the nest!



Mark Chao

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sat 5/14

2016-05-14 Thread Laura Stenzler
In addition to Mark's birds, my SFO group and I heard an Eastern wood Peewee.

Laura

Laura Stenzler
l...@cornell.edu

On May 14, 2016, at 9:40 AM, Mark Chao 
> wrote:

I found some migrants scattered around Sapsucker Woods on Saturday (6:15-8:55 
AM).

CANADA WARBLER (1 singing M seen on island in Fuller Wetlands - strange place 
for this species)
WILSON'S WARBLER (1 or 2 singing males, confirmed once by sight, on lower 
stretch of Wilson Trail North)
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER (1 silent M by small footbridge on Wilson Trail North, 1 
silent M on southern stretch of East Trail by pond near maintenance building, 
and 1 F by small pond with shelter along East Trail)
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER (2 males, one singing a few times, together by small pond 
with shelter, East Trail)
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER (1 F along southern East Trail, 1 F on Wilson Trail 
North)
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (2 with Blackburnians and female Bay-breasted, a couple 
along Wilson Trail North)
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (4+ along Wilson Trail North)
NORTHERN PARULA (1 heard only)

So including expected five breeding warbler species (Yellow, American Redstart, 
Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat), my warbler tally for the 
morning reached a somewhat satisfying 13.  On the whole, though, I was struck 
by how few migrant warblers I heard singing - probably fewer than ten 
individuals.  I was very surprised not to find any Magnolia Warblers or 
Black-throated Green Warblers at all.

But I did greatly enjoy just watching common breeding birds, especially 
Baltimore Orioles (one male singing about three meters away, two pairs in an 
apparent territorial boundary standoff, etc.), Veeries (singing throughout the 
woods, also tolerating close approach), Wood Ducks, and many more.

Mark Chao


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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sat 5/14

2016-05-14 Thread Mark Chao
I found some migrants scattered around Sapsucker Woods on Saturday
(6:15-8:55 AM).



CANADA WARBLER (1 singing M seen on island in Fuller Wetlands – strange
place for this species)

WILSON’S WARBLER (1 or 2 singing males, confirmed once by sight, on lower
stretch of Wilson Trail North)

BAY-BREASTED WARBLER (1 silent M by small footbridge on Wilson Trail North,
1 silent M on southern stretch of East Trail by pond near maintenance
building, and 1 F by small pond with shelter along East Trail)

BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER (2 males, one singing a few times, together by small
pond with shelter, East Trail)

BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER (1 F along southern East Trail, 1 F on Wilson
Trail North)

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (2 with Blackburnians and female Bay-breasted, a
couple along Wilson Trail North)

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (4+ along Wilson Trail North)

NORTHERN PARULA (1 heard only)



So including expected five breeding warbler species (Yellow, American
Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat), my warbler
tally for the morning reached a somewhat satisfying 13.  On the whole,
though, I was struck by how few migrant warblers I heard singing – probably
fewer than ten individuals.  I was very surprised not to find any Magnolia
Warblers or Black-throated Green Warblers at all.



But I did greatly enjoy just watching common breeding birds, especially
Baltimore Orioles (one male singing about three meters away, two pairs in
an apparent territorial boundary standoff, etc.), Veeries (singing
throughout the woods, also tolerating close approach), Wood Ducks, and many
more.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Fri 5/13

2016-05-13 Thread Mark Chao
At midday on Friday, I found a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER (heard and confirmed by
sight), probable BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (heard but not seen), and one or
two BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS by the roadside gates in Sapsucker Woods.
There seemed to be a few more COMMON YELLOWTHROATS throughout than I’ve
noticed in past days, plus two countersinging CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS in
the power-line corridor on the Dryden side.  Otherwise, I found no new or
unusual birds.



Mark Chao

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Wed 5/11

2016-05-11 Thread Mark Chao
The alarm calls of several Blue Jays and American Crows drew me over to the
eastern Severinghaus/Wilson nexus in Sapsucker Woods on Wednesday morning
(6:40 AM).  There I found two BARRED OWLS.  One owl fought back, especially
chasing the crows (first time I’ve seen counter-aggression from this
species), while the other owl perched quietly, apparently unseen by the
corvid mob.



On Monday, I believe that many people saw one Barred Owl along this stretch
where the two trails overlap, between the map stand (the aforementioned
eastern intersection point), and the shelter (the western intersection
point).  On Monday, Miyoko and I saw this owl north of the trail toward the
pond, but today, the owls were south of the trail.



I am mindful that these owls are presumably breeding here, and that
disturbance could stress them at a sensitive time.  But I hope that other
people might happen upon these birds as I did.  Certainly, a chorus of
alarm calls in this area is worth checking out!



I didn’t find too many other migrants on a quick circuit of the pond – a
NORTHERN PARULA, an OVENBIRD possibly newly arrived on a territory, a
SOLITARY SANDPIPER, an EASTERN KINGBIRD, and others.  I hope I was just too
early, and that some more new birds are around.  (Radar indicated
descending birds at 5 AM today.)



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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Marsh Wren

2016-05-06 Thread Brad Walker
Hi all,

A singing MARSH WREN was found a little while ago by several Lab employees.
It was singing and foraging at the end of the Sherwood Platform. You can
hear some recordings here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29436625


- Brad

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Virginia Rail update

2016-05-05 Thread Brad Walker
Hi all,

Now that my hands are free: This bird was found by Martha Fischer in the
small marshy areas near the staff entrances to the Lab of Ornithology. It's
moving between the two marshy areas along the wast side of the building
(sometimes running through the culverts) but it is frequenting the
north-most cattail filled bit. The bird had been giving its grunting call
on and off for half an hour. You should be able to hear it from anywhere in
the immediate vicinity if it does that.

- Brad

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker rail

2016-05-05 Thread Brad Walker
There is currently a Virginia Rail running around the marshes and on the
east side of the lab building.

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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Wed 5/4

2016-05-04 Thread Mark Chao
On Wednesday morning, Annie Wexler, Tony Gaenslen, and I saw a VEERY and a
WOOD THRUSH on the Hoyt-Pileated Trail in Sapsucker Woods, while an
OVENBIRD,  BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and BROWN CREEPER sang nearby.  We also heard
two NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER around the
Woodleton Boardwalk.  The Wilson Trail North was pretty quiet -- one YELLOW
WARBLER, one BALTIMORE ORIOLE, a few YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and several
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, but no other passage migrants or new arrivals for
me.  A couple of birders shared a report of a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER here
earlier in the morning.



A pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS is continuing their unlikely nesting attempt in
our 0.2-acre backyard in northeast Ithaca.  I believe that I saw a second
female around yesterday – maybe a brief visitor, or a competitor, or a
cooperative-breeding helper.  We also saw a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW by our
feeders today, and several PINE SISKINS on Tuesday.



Mark Chao

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