I was asked by some for the source of the quote that said Wolfe Island avian
mortality was the second highest in NA. After some searching we find that it
from an analysis by our own Bill Evans. The link to that article is below. Not
belabor the point but John Confer's last paragraph goes
Re our string 2 + weeks ago about ice on Cayuga Lake, I arrived home from Fla
yesterday when I awoke after a zero degrees night, today, I see huge sheets
of ice floating on lake here at Lansing Sta Rd where lake is 430 feet deep!
This has not happened here in many years.
Was in Batavia
Fingerlakes Weather guy on Facebook said it was -9 in Rochester this
morning and that is the coldest EVER March temperature recorded. The
closest was -7 in 1872.
Let's hope this warming trend takes hold.
Ithaca where it was -10 this morning...
On Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 8:51 AM,
Just a reminder and an invitation. John Confer will be leading a group to
look and listen for owls this coming Saturday, March 8. It promises to be
a fun evening, John has been out scouting his route.
Here's the description as is on the calendar.
Dress super-warmly related to weather of
I recently wrote about cedar waxwings consuming snow, while at the time
they were eating the dried fruit of Korean Ash. I raised the question
whether they were perhaps doing this to dilute the alcohol in the
fruit. Kevin expressed the opinion that there would be no juice,
You nailed it. I had forgotten you were in the Fruit and Vegetable department
of Cornell University! The fruits will contain some amount of moisture, I think
in crab apples there is much higher water content, almost 50 to 60% (at least
in my fruits). I was going to write this but
That large ice flow could be the chunk that broke off from the north end of the
lake. It floated past Aurora the other morning. When the winter is cold
enough so that good ice forms to the north (according to my fishing depth
guide, where the lake is less than 100 feet deep), late winter and
Ah…one of my favorite topics!
Here's what BNA online says about waxwings and fermented fruit:
Cedar Waxwing is vulnerable to alcohol intoxication and death after eating
fermented fruits. Two cases from s. California implicate fermented palm
(Phoenix sp.) fruits in mass mortality of Cedar
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Besides, the FAA will not allow the birds to fly with elevated blood alcohol
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I've been involved challenging the wind energy build out in Ontario since
2007, and along the way I've grown very appreciative of the wind energy
siting process we have in NYS, as guided by the NYDEC USFWS. The science
has been much better in NY and the resulting wind build out in NY arguably
After lunch today (at about 1:15), Tim Lenz and I had a group of between 30
and 50 HORNED LARKS in the field across from the Ithaca Community Gardens
on Freese Road. They seemed to be frequenting the patch that had truck
tracks all over it. Many of the birds were very dull and brown,
Scott Taylor, a postdoc in Irby Lovette's Evolutionary Biology lab at the
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is lead author on a study of Black-capped and
Carolina Chickadee hybridization and the effects of climate change on their
distribution. (Current Biology 24, 1-6, March 17, 2014,
A large group of robins and cedar waxwings have been coming and going from the
red oak tree just north of Olin Library in the Arts Quad for hours. Many more
cedar waxwings are gathered in the pine trees near the southeast corner of Olin
Library by Stimson Hall right now.
As the day looked good for eagle watching, I went up on Mt. Pleasant, arriving
at 1100 and vowing to stay until 1400. There was an active flock of 25 SNOW
BUNTINGS foraging about, and at one point, most perched on the utility wires
near the towers. The wind picked up, gusting from the SE,
Clearly, the FAA is not acting in a
The IC campus has numerous ornamental cherry trees, some very
close to the center of campus and in locations with heavy human
traffic. Cedar Waxwing flocks, occasionally as large as several
This may be of interest to the discussion. I cannot find it now, but there was
one other common berry (Serviceberry? I think not) connected with waxwing
suicides against glass. We have had regular deaths on (stupid) reflecting
glass (-my hawk shapes do help) when the birds ate off one tree
My Mother used to tell about when she lived there back in the '70s, how robins
became inebriated nearly every yr. in St. Petersburg, FL from eating the fruit
of the Florida Holly, a non-native invasive tree known as the Brazilian Pepper,
an exotic that can grow to 40 ft.. Newspapers usually
Today I walked to the lake along NYS-89. The main ice shelf was just shy of the piling cluster in the middle of the lake (out from #877), but considerable extra ice extended farther north along the shores. On the east, thin sheets, not all of them attached, were in front of the houses but not to
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