[cayugabirds-l] Wolfe Island Mortality

2014-03-06 Thread John and Sue Gregoire
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 came from an analysis by our own Bill Evans. The link to that article is below. Not to belabor the point but John Confer's last paragraph goes

[cayugabirds-l] Ice mid lake/Snowy Owl Genesee Co.

2014-03-06 Thread Donna Scott
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

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ice mid lake/Snowy Owl Genesee Co.

2014-03-06 Thread Linda Orkin
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. Linda Orkin Ithaca where it was -10 this morning... On Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 8:51 AM,

[cayugabirds-l] CBC Owl Prowl this Saturday, March 8

2014-03-06 Thread Linda Orkin
All, 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

[cayugabirds-l] Inebriation in birds

2014-03-06 Thread W. Larry Hymes
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, fermented or

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Inebriation in birds

2014-03-06 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
Larry, 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

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Ice mid lake/Snowy Owl Genesee Co.

2014-03-06 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
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

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Inebriation in birds

2014-03-06 Thread Marie P. Read
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

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Inebriation in birds

2014-03-06 Thread Dave Nutter
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Inebriation in birds

2014-03-06 Thread Weinberg, Kathy C.
Besides, the FAA will not allow the birds to fly with elevated blood alcohol levels. Kathy C. Weinberg Jenner Block LLP 1099 New York Avenue, N.W. Suite 900, Washington, DC 20001-4412 | jenner.comhttp://www.jenner.com (202) 639-6868 | TEL (214) 673-1300 |

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Wolfe Island Mortality

2014-03-06 Thread Bill Evans
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

[cayugabirds-l] Freese Road Larks, Compost Glaucous

2014-03-06 Thread Brad Walker
Hi all, 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,

[cayugabirds-l] chickadees and climate change

2014-03-06 Thread Laura Stenzler
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,

[cayugabirds-l] Robins and cedar waxings

2014-03-06 Thread Michael O. Engle
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. Michael

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant = eagles, etc.

2014-03-06 Thread Susan Fast
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,

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Inebriation in birds

2014-03-06 Thread John Confer
Clearly, the FAA is not acting in a responsible manner. 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

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Inebriation in birds

2014-03-06 Thread Anne Clark
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

[cayugabirds-l] Inebriated robins in FL

2014-03-06 Thread John and Fritzie Blizzard
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

[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Red-necked Grebes, etc

2014-03-06 Thread Dave Nutter
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