[cayugabirds-l] Only FOY sightings welcome?!

2009-10-18 Thread Alicia Plotkin
, or if it was the first or second or whatever seen in the basin this year - I just want to hear about the birds! Alicia Plotkin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES Archives: 1) http

[cayugabirds-l] snows - buntings and geese

2010-12-10 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, A flock of 35-40 snow buntings has been hanging around the intersection of Munson Rd Hall Rd (town of Ovid) this week; and a flock of ~200 snow geese was foraging through the stubble of a corn field just south of Interlaken, in the bend of Rte 96, at 11:30 this morning.

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Red Winged Blackbirds/Grackles

2011-03-06 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, For the first time in the 20 yrs we have been here, our yard with its two modest feeders has transformed into a set from The Birds - over a hundred grackles, RW blackbirds, and a few starlings have taken over the feeders, driving away the usual titmice, nuthatches, chickadees,

[cayugabirds-l] SSW at 1:00 pm today

2011-05-25 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Had a few minutes on the Wilson Trail after lunch - best bird was a Wilson Warbler working the shrubs just north of the foot bridge on the branch of the Wilson Trail that is closer to the wetlands - very cooperative and visible bird. Also, with others, saw a YB Sapsucker completely flattened

Re: [cayugabirds-l] downtown pileated woodpecker/waxwings

2011-06-05 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Cedar Waxwings also were in the midst of the furor in Bank Alley yesterday, calmly eating cornelian cherries (I think) while the Physics Guys shot puffs of air in their direction. Alicia On 6/4/2011 8:39 PM, M Kardon wrote: I was surprised to see a pileated woodpecker on

[cayugabirds-l] Eagles at Mud Lock

2011-06-29 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, I have a young (10 yr old) friend visiting from France who is not a birder but who is interested in seeing an adult Bald Eagle this week. Are the mud lock eagles still in the general area of the nest? Are any other adult eagles likely to give good looks and, if so, what's the best

[cayugabirds-l] Eagles 7/1 - and just how many RH woodpeckers are there in Aurora?

2011-07-02 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, Thanks to all for suggestions on the best places for eagles - we did succeed yesterday. As many suggested, we drove up the east side of Cayuga, stopping first to watch the Red-Headed Woodpeckers at the intersection of Poplar Road Rte 90. We had a late start and didn't get to

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crow hunting regulations

2012-02-09 Thread Alicia Plotkin
On 2/9/2012 9:05 PM, Mark Miller wrote: ... but if you happen to be from Geneva or Auburn it's kind of hard to find anyone pro crow due to the devastation they cause. The rules are designed to help maintain population levels at healthy limits. Just FYI, I had a flock (murder) of about 1000

Re: [cayugabirds-l] snow geese movement

2012-02-20 Thread Alicia Plotkin
the river of flocks continued. They were flying pretty much parallel to Cayuga Lake, hard to say just where they were headed. Alicia Plotkin Ovid On 2/20/2012 8:25 PM, Eben McLane wrote: Owasco Lake 4:30 PM Monday: enormous flight of several thousand snow geese flying SW, low in the sky

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Field Sparrows?

2011-05-23 Thread Alicia Plotkin
I'm over in the Seneca Basin, but there seems to be one or two singing males in each of the usual fields near our house in Ovid, FWTW. Alicia Ovid On 5/23/2011 12:39 PM, Annette Nadeau

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary Warblers

2011-05-30 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, Prothonotaries were observed photographed carrying food to peeping nestlings at a nest site in a cavity in a dead tree that arced over the Canal, just south of this same bridge, in the early 1990's.* They continued to nest there for two or three years, until the tree fell into the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Rufuous Hummingbird

2012-10-26 Thread Alicia Plotkin
I stopped in to the Schlabachs around 1:15 this afternoon and also got to enjoy a couple visits by the hummingbird, about 20 minutes apart. I echo Candace's thanks to Marty Mary Jean - just sitting in the sun at their picnic table waiting for the hummer was lovely: an Amish man with a team

[cayugabirds-l] Raptor Love is in the Air

2013-01-06 Thread Alicia Plotkin
, still there without changing their position when I had to leave after 5 minutes. Alicia Plotkin Ovid -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http

[cayugabirds-l] OT: Comet visible in western sky now

2013-03-20 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, In case I'm not the only one who has searched fruitlessly for Comet PanSTARRS, it is visible right now, significantly north of west, and higher in the sky than I expected - maybe ~6 full moon diameters (?) above the horizon - I'm even worse at astronomical descriptions than bird

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma?

2013-04-06 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, Have a friend who was thinking about going up the west side of Cayuga and checking out Montezuma tomorrow. Anyone go up today who could give us an idea of what is there this weekend? Alicia Plotkin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

[cayugabirds-l] Migration on radar?

2013-05-01 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Could someone more learned than I - which is just about anyone - interpret what is happening on radar right now what it might mean for tomorrow morning? I'm hoping good things ... Thanks! Alicia -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] More on SSW today a question about the BirdCast forecast

2013-05-10 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Usually 11 warblers on May 10th isn't so exceptional, but this year it felt like a jackpot! Late in the morning there was a (live) BLACK-THROATED BLUE hanging out with two or three BLACK-THROATED GREENS at the northeast corner of the Hoyt Pileated Trail. Initially he sang a weird song partway

[cayugabirds-l] Lumpy Hooded Warblers?

2013-05-14 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, Many hooded warblers are sleek little birds, looking much like this http://www.greglasley.net/hoodedwarbler.html. A couple days ago, I was watching the local male signing, and he had a distinct hump on his back, like this

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lumpy Hooded Warblers? - better link!

2013-05-14 Thread Alicia Plotkin
, Alicia Plotkin wrote: Hi, Many hooded warblers are sleek little birds, looking much like this http://www.greglasley.net/hoodedwarbler.html. A couple days ago, I was watching the local male signing, and he had a distinct hump on his back, like this http://www.lilibirds.com/gallery2/v

[cayugabirds-l] meadowlark question

2013-06-26 Thread Alicia Plotkin
A meadowlark was singing on territory in neighbor's hayfield at least by April 28th this year. I heard him regularly, early in the day, for over a month and then my schedule changed so I do't really know if he still is singing there mornings or not. To my surprise, our neighbor just asked

Re: [cayugabirds-l] count v hunting: a possible solution

2013-12-31 Thread Alicia Plotkin
As Dave may remember from his days skirmishing with dog walkers at Treman Marina, the City neither owns nor controls what happens offshore in Cayuga Lake. The lake bottom, and what happens above it, is regulated solely by the state of NY. (Unlike most bodies of water in NYS, both Cayuga and

Re: [cayugabirds-l] American three-toed woodpecker

2014-03-09 Thread Alicia Plotkin
I can't remember whether it was a Black-Backed or Three-Toed Woodpecker, but one of these was seen 20-25 years ago by an experienced birder from the Eaton Birding Society - maybe Lyn Jacobs? - at her home near Canandaigua Lake. The sighting pre-dates eBird and apparently never was entered but

[cayugabirds-l] Injured Red-Tailed Hawk

2014-04-01 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, On my way home from work, at 5:30 PM, an injured mature (and gorgeous) red-tailed hawk was in a field just south of Interlaken. It was able to jump and flap for very short distances - maybe 3' in lift and 10' in distance - and was progressing through a series of flap/hops, but

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Injured Red-Tailed Hawk - update request for help

2014-04-01 Thread Alicia Plotkin
4G LTE Smartphone -- Original message-- *From: *Alicia Plotkin *Date: *Tue, 4/1/2014 6:08 PM *To: *CAYUGABIRDS-L; *Subject:*[cayugabirds-l] Injured Red-Tailed Hawk Hi, On my way home from work, at 5:30 PM, an injured mature (and gorgeous) red-tailed hawk was in a field

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: RE:[nysbirds-l] Willow Ptarmigan Point Peninsula YES [OOB]

2014-04-26 Thread Alicia Plotkin
More info on the Willow Ptarmigan at Point Peninsula as posted to the NYS BIrds list Original message From: Arie Gilbert ariegilb...@optonline.net Date: 04/26/2014 12:15 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Arie Gilbert ariegilb...@optonline.net Subject: RE: Willow Ptarmigan Point Peninsula

Re: [cayugabirds-l] ANy resource for hybrid warbler photos?

2014-05-14 Thread Alicia Plotkin
markings on the body. Take a look at some photos on the web and see if that seems reasonable for what you saw. -Jay On Wed, May 14, 2014 at 11:52 AM, Alicia Plotkin t...@zoom-dsl.com mailto:t...@zoom-dsl.com wrote: Hi, As often happens after storms in May, we had a bunch

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sparrows in the area

2014-05-21 Thread Alicia Plotkin
On 5/21/2014 8:15 PM, Chris R. Pelkie wrote: ... Our recent mob of singing White-crowned Sparrows have headed north as have our winter feeder Juncos. ChrisP Chris Richard, Keep in mind that there may not be mobs of them time time of year, but juncos do breed here. A junco has been

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Fairgrounds Access

2014-06-26 Thread Alicia Plotkin
TMI on Seneca Falls and fairgrounds: There actually /is/ something called the Seneca County Fairgrounds, but they have nothing to do with the Lott Farms and in fact are in Waterloo, on the north edge of the village off Swift Street. Every year the Seneca County Fair is held there in mid-July.

[cayugabirds-l] OOB Red-Headed Woodpecker in Ovid

2014-06-29 Thread Alicia Plotkin
For the second time in 20 years, we had a brief visit from an adult RH woodpecker this morning. The first time, which was at least 15 yrs ago, one stopped in for a quick bite at our sunflower seed feeder in early spring. This morning's bird snacked on ripe cherries. (The tree has small

[cayugabirds-l] YB Chat in FL National Forest

2014-07-11 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Hi, This was a life bird for me so I came home to do some checking before posting. At 2:30 PM today I saw a yellow-breasted chat next to the Ravine Trail in the FL National Forest in Hector. The bird was first near the short wooden stairs that are just northeast of the turn around

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Support NW Refuges

2014-08-05 Thread Alicia Plotkin
This might just be an Ithaca policy. We get one every year haven't done that yet for 2014-15, but at least as of last year we always were able to pick it up at our local post office in Ovid. Best - Alicia On 8/5/2014 12:31 PM, Melissa Groo wrote: FYI, the Duck Stamp is

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Suing over Bald Eagle deaths (explanation, perilously close to off-topic ...)

2014-08-15 Thread Alicia Plotkin
This is a fascinating article and I hope everyone reads beyond the headline if they click through to it. Money is indeed at the heart of it, but the groups suing aren't making any money except to get the costs for bringing the lawsuit reimbursed - /the money here is what the industry claims

[cayugabirds-l] Wake of vultures?

2014-09-10 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Heading north on Rt 414 this morning at 7:30 AM, about 2 miles north of the 96/96A intersection in Ovid, at least 30 Turkey Vultures were scattered around the ground in a field that appeared to have had hay cut recently (maybe yesterday judging by the dark green color) and gathered into long

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Impacts of approved casino at Tyre:OT?

2014-12-21 Thread Alicia Plotkin
The casino is likely to be the anchor for other major development in the immediate area. One $100,000,000 project already has been presented to the Planning Board, to be located a little further west on Rte 318, and proposing hundreds of thousands of sq feet of retail commercial space on a

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpoll !

2015-01-30 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Also here in Ovid. Hard to tell for sure how many redpolls, but at least two different males and one female in the swirl of goldfinch, house finch juncos at the feeders. First ones since January 2013. Alicia --- This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.

[cayugabirds-l] Ovid Siskins and White-Crowned Sparrows

2015-02-14 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Yesterday we had our first pine siskins, two females, and today we had a male and female, on our nyger feeder. We also continue to have one or two redpolls on the same feeder most days and the female flicker continues at the suet as do(es) a carolina wren or wrens - usually we have two but

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Waterfowl hunting regulation

2015-01-08 Thread Alicia Plotkin
In 2005 the Ithaca City Court ruled that only the State of New York can regulations activities in or on Cayuga Lake because the State has retained its rights to regulate the lake. The court cited a Court of Appeals case that ruled on jurisdiction over activity in Canandaigua Lake. (The

[cayugabirds-l] multitudes of snow geese, Town of Covert

2015-03-25 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Tried to send this as soon as I got home, but just found a message from Lyris saying it had bounced because the original subject line referred to South Seneca County and Lyris said that sounded like spam for a vacation home rental! So blame Lyris for it being send so late ...

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Please Consider Assisting with the Rusty Blackbird Blitz

2015-04-01 Thread Alicia Plotkin
This is forwarded from another state bird list, but maybe some people on Cayuga Birds might appreciate the reminder if they are going to be out and about birding tomorrow? Alicia Forwarded Message To help conserve this elusive and vulnerable songbird, consider

[cayugabirds-l] (Only) 3 Snowy Owls Seneca Falls this PM + ducks

2015-04-02 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Thanks to Dave's posting, I slipped the traces and headed out to find some birds this afternoon. Great Blue Herons seemed to be in every puddle and shallows, and clouds of blackbirds (starlings, grackles and redwings) also swirled around. I headed up 89 then cut over to 414 and up to Martin

[cayugabirds-l] Bonaparte's Gulls, Varick

2015-04-20 Thread Alicia Plotkin
As of 12:30 pm today, there were abundant Bonaparte's Gulls flying in streams up and down the lake off E. Varick, in the same area as described in yesterday's emails. The lake was choppy and white capped, the light was very bright and flashing off the waves, and I have no idea if any Little

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Old Birds/New Birds

2015-05-06 Thread Alicia Plotkin
: What do Indigo Buntings eat at a feeder? I will buy LOTS of it! On 5/6/2015 2:35 PM, Alicia Plotkin wrote: Nothing borrowed but something definitely blue: brilliant male Indigo Bunting is sharing our feeders with four Pine Siskins. Weird year. Alicia --- This email has been checked for viruses

[cayugabirds-l] Old Birds/New Birds

2015-05-06 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Nothing borrowed but something definitely blue: brilliant male Indigo Bunting is sharing our feeders with four Pine Siskins. Weird year. Alicia --- This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software. http://www.avast.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] In lobbying, the medium actually is the message!

2015-07-12 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Mr. Steckler is correct. I was told the same thing by both a congressional aide and a state agency staffer, namely that contact from citizens has impact increasingly in the following order: * electronic petitions carry the least weight * followed by form emails * followed by

[cayugabirds-l] Chartering the MV Haendel - no actual birding content ...

2015-11-17 Thread Alicia Plotkin
(1) A group of birders chartered the Haendel awhile ago - maybe 10 yrs ago? - for some mid-lake birding, and & then reported back to this list. Any of the folks who did that still on the list? (2) I am on the board of The Floating Classroom

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Western tanager still here

2016-03-18 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Thanks to Liisa, at 10:25 this morning I was able to spot him in the two smallish trees just west of the benches in Wee Stinky Glen. He was eating some of the dessicated fruit in one tree (crab apple?), then went down to the water to get a drink, then flew back up and spent quite awhile in

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Seneca Falls birds: Snowy Owl and four swan species

2017-01-07 Thread Alicia Plotkin
We lived in Seneca Falls from 1985-1995 and during at least part of that time, there was a pair of black swans on a pond that I think belonged to the Lotts - at any rate, near the intersection of 414 and County House Road. I watched one Snowy Owl at the Lott Farm from 12:45 to 2:15

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Important Lyme Disease info!

2017-03-26 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Apparently anaplasmosis also has made its way to central NY. Our dog became extremely ill and nearly died last November. Her symptoms were odd and it wasn't clear what the cause of her problems were until the test for anaplasmosis came back positive. She already was somewhat on the mend by

[cayugabirds-l] Mockingbird mocking

2017-03-19 Thread Alicia Plotkin
We went to Sampson State Park again today where we heard a mockingbird singing a full repertoire of songs from apparently across the large field judging by the quality of the sound and the volume. Except then I saw the bird, only about 50' away - he was singing in a full but very quiet voice,

[cayugabirds-l] Eagles and Snow Geese

2017-03-17 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Beautiful day to be outside! We took our dog for a walk at Sampson State Park this afternoon and as we were walking on the road that leads to the gate on the north end, where the private housing abuts the park, we saw hundreds of Snow Geese flying just above the lake from north to south. We

Re: [cayugabirds-l] N. Parula??? [was Prairie Warbler???]

2017-04-21 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Was wondering where these lucky folks were birding? No Parula's are showing up in eBird in NYS except for a posting from Sullivan County, haven't seen anything posted to this list, either. An eBird listing might require moderator approval but would hope that was happening quickly this time

Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow

2017-06-17 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Thank you for sending this - it is exactly my experience & my concern. I don't worry quite so much about migration, which can skip over us easily due to weather patterns. In fact there was an odd weather pattern in late April that seemed to sling a lot of 'my' warblers up to the coast of

[cayugabirds-l] Subj should be "Sampson SP Lake Trail mess!"

2019-09-03 Thread Alicia Plotkin
Apparently I was too angry to accurately identify where the Lake Trail is!  It starts at the south tip of Sampson SP.  To get there, you'd take the road that runs through the village of Willard and past the grounds of the old Williard Psych Center, now partly occupied by the shock