[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Saturday - late post

2009-10-11 Thread Asher Hockett
An obnoxious wasp at the Montezuma Audubon Center cut a pleasant birding day short after: MAC: E Phoebes Yellow-rump Warblers E Bluebirds Northern MNWR area (nest north from Carncross: White-crowned Sparrows Bobolink TVs Bald Eagle GBH Knox-Marcellus overlook: Northern Harrier Trumpeter Swans

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Danby white hawk has died

2009-10-16 Thread Asher Hockett
loss. Asher Hockett On Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 10:15 AM, Frank Darrow fwdar...@twcny.rr.comwrote: The white Red-tailed Hawk that has been seen in the Comfort Road -- Miller Road area in Danby was found dead in a nearby resident's wood pile yesterday. For several days the bird had been reportedly

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk

2010-02-15 Thread Asher Hockett
Since the Ithaca leucistic Red-tail apparently bred successfully last year one has to wonder about any passing on of aberrant plumage genes. There was another heavily, but not all-white, leucistic RT which was often sighted in the vicinity of the King Rd/Rt 96B intersection, and its proximity to

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Musicofnature.org

2010-04-21 Thread Asher Hockett
That site is insanely great. Free entertainment of the best kind. WOW! Thanks, Bob! Asher On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 7:22 PM, bob mcguire bmcgu...@clarityconnect.comwrote: I'd like to bring folk's attention to a new website, musicofnature.org. It features nature near at hand and brings together

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Worm-eating Warblers

2010-05-03 Thread Asher Hockett
Well, the Alpine terrain may be a deterrent to observation for some more daunted than our good Geo, but thanks to him, I will be on the way shortly. Still looking for my first Worm-eater. (Now, where is that static rope?) Asher On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 9:23 AM, Geo Kloppel geoklop...@gmail.com

[cayugabirds-l] Worm-eaters NOT

2010-05-05 Thread Asher Hockett
On an early morning visit to the upper reaches of Lindsay-Parsons just below the north pinnacle I was unable to see any Worm-eating Warblers, although I believe I heard one, once. It was relatively quiet. Present in numbers were Ovenbird, Wood thrush (but no Hermits, which are usally prevalent

[cayugabirds-l] current Shrike likelihood

2010-06-28 Thread Asher Hockett
In *dim* dusk light tonight I thought I saw a shrike, perched in a treetop. I could make out a curved stocky bill and an eye mask. It flew into low thorny cover with red berries. I think of Northern Shrike as winter visitors, and have not seen one this time of year, so what are the possibilities?

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Loggerhead Shrike Binghamton NY

2010-08-16 Thread Asher Hockett
Despite no confirmation of my earlier sighting in Danby this summer, this report certainly makes me even more sure of what I saw then. On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 12:23 PM, david nicosia daven1...@yahoo.com wrote: All, A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was found Friday August 13th on private property in the

[cayugabirds-l] English sighting of YBFC (OOB)

2010-09-27 Thread Asher Hockett
(Really) Out of basin: Passed onto me this morning: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/09/27/hundreds-of-birdwatchers-flock-to-the-norfolk-coast-to-see-rare-yellow-bellied-flycatcher-115875-22590261/ -- asher -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] English sighting of YBFC (OOB)

2010-09-27 Thread Asher Hockett
all indicate Alder (as well as migration timing and distance). eBird Neotropical Birds Project Leader Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York http://ebird.org http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu On Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 11:34 AM, Asher Hockett veery...@gmail.comwrote: (Really) Out

Re: [cayugabirds-l] English sighting of YBFC (OOB)

2010-09-27 Thread Asher Hockett
Here is another news item - points at Alder - this one reads that they solicited approval from North America. Was dat you Chris? On Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 1:47 PM, Asher Hockett veery...@gmail.com wrote: Chris, Mark ,et al, There were comments on the news article about the photo, and I can't

[cayugabirds-l] help with sound

2010-10-11 Thread Asher Hockett
Yesterday, working outside, I heard a mechanical rattling/chattering sound followed by a pair of loud trumpets. I looked up, and saw nothing, but then I heard the two trumpet sounds again, further south and then a few seconds later I heard them again, even further away. I am not sure if the

[cayugabirds-l] Pacific Loon question

2010-11-08 Thread Asher Hockett
I may have asked this before - recycling questions for me is becoming more frequent - so forgive if a repeat. Every year for 6 or so years we've had a Pacific Loon at Sheldrake. I believe it is likely the same bird, but until one of us gets a lot closer that will remain speculation. If it isn't

[cayugabirds-l] sunshiny white throats

2010-12-08 Thread Asher Hockett
A flurry of activity this morning at home in Danby, as the sun shone for the first time in days, had a flock of brightly colored White-throated Sparrows with a few Golden-crowned Kinglets mixed in. There were also a mix of finches, but no siskins and I tore myself away to go to work already late

[cayugabirds-l] Danby sector Ithaca Christmas Bird Count

2010-12-12 Thread Asher Hockett
Seasons Greetings, listmates! Anyone who would like to participate in counting in Danby on Jan 1st, please contact me. Your assistance will be appreciated. -- asher Asher Hockett 342-5074 274-6323 work -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crows?

2010-12-15 Thread Asher Hockett
Large roosts of crows are famous. A few years ago, Auburn, NY, near the upper reaches of Cayuga Lake, had to resort to drastic (but non-violent) measures to rid the city of tens of thousands of them. Maybe Ithaca has a reputation for being more crow friendly. Here we have our own reverse pied

[cayugabirds-l] siskins!

2010-12-25 Thread Asher Hockett
I took some time out to watch my feeders this afternoon, looking for Redpolls, and a trio of Pine Siskins parked themselves at the Nyger seed instead. First in several years. They just sit and feast. I am sure the Redpolls are not far off. -- asher -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca CBC: more results info, sort of

2011-01-03 Thread Asher Hockett
, AND also attributed by Annette Nadeau to Asher Hockett at an unknown location but presumably in his sector which I think was #4, AND also attributed by Elaina McCartney to Scott Sutcliffe at the Hog Hole in Sector 7. I think we have a communication problem here, or a memory problem, or perhaps

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Saw Whet Owl

2011-01-04 Thread Asher Hockett
As far as I know - not. Asher On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 5:49 PM, Geo Kloppel geoklop...@gmail.com wrote: Last night I stood in my driveway and whistled for Northern Saw Whet Owl. I got just one rubber ducky squeak in reply. This evening I tried again at dusk, and this time a cute little owl

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crests

2011-01-13 Thread Asher Hockett
I think some birds may show a crest when the feathers on the head have been disturbed mechanically - blown by the wind or moved by contact with a branch or another bird. Crested birds have feathers structured to make the crest and some can raise or lower it with the underlying musculature. Some

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Now crow roost gathering

2011-01-22 Thread Asher Hockett
Early this week they were heading to East Hill at dusk, but the past few days they do seem to be congregating along the ridge of South Hill below Emerson and east and west (or north and south?) of that. On Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 5:22 PM, Lee Ann van Leer l...@earthlink.netwrote: Not sure if this

Re: [cayugabirds-l] ID help needed

2011-02-02 Thread Asher Hockett
Red-bellied WPs do have a red belly. Not very red, but red. None of our local woodpeckers show a crown other than the Pileated, but it can happen - there's a recent discussion here about crowns on birds which typically aren't known for them. The only other candidates size-wize would be Northern

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Why don't RTHA eat all the pheasants at the game farm?

2011-03-03 Thread Asher Hockett
I agree with Meena on the preferred food thing. Yet, it helps to remember that there has been a huge proliferation in RTHA since the interstate highway sysem was initiated and opened up a huge feeding opportunity for them. Maybe there is some connection between the two species through that link.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Why don't RTHA eat all the pheasants at the game farm?

2011-03-03 Thread Asher Hockett
It seems like the Game Farm must have been in violation (unless they were permitted otherwise) of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, as well as the esteemed professor: Establishment of a Federal prohibition, unless permitted by regulations, to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, attempt to take,

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Why don't RTHA eat all the pheasants at the game farm?

2011-03-03 Thread Asher Hockett
Yes, the latter. On Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 2:47 PM, Bill Evans wrev...@clarityconnect.comwrote: Has anyone ever seen a hawk take/eat a pheasant at the game farm? -- asher -Never play it the same way once. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Danby Osprey?

2011-03-05 Thread Asher Hockett
In our Danby Area News a local resident reported sighting 2 Osprey in Danby on Feb 3rd. Since this is about 7 weeks earlier than then mean spring arrival date in the Cayuga Bird Club list of same, I question the report's veracity. The individual claimed to have immediately referred to his field

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: NNYBirds: OT-Amazing peregrine hunting video

2011-03-11 Thread Asher Hockett
Sometimes I wonder why someone thought to introduce starlings to North America. This jaw-dropping video makes it easier to understand. On Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 9:26 PM, joe Diana whiti...@roadrunner.comwrote: It's amazing to watch the fight patterns and the way it must confuse the falcon.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] stranded common loon to be rescued Sun.

2011-04-16 Thread Asher Hockett
I am going to write here what I feel needs to be. Birders! Please resist the urge to witness the rescue, and potentially compromise the rescue effort. . Stay away and let the rehab person do her job. Read about it here - LATER! Please!! On Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 9:21 PM, Glen

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Male N. Harrier

2011-04-23 Thread Asher Hockett
I also had a male Northern Harrier coursing over the fields east of Comfort Rd on my way home yesterday afternoon. On Sat, Apr 23, 2011 at 6:18 AM, Linda Orkin wingmagi...@gmail.com wrote: Hey All, Meant to report this before. On Thursday, a beautiful male Northern Harrier flew over the

[cayugabirds-l] Swan Pen Tues. late morning

2011-04-26 Thread Asher Hockett
Location: SP Swan Pen Observation date: 4/26/11 Notes: NO Palm Warbler Number of species: 25 Canada Goose X + a pair doing their necking American Wigeon 1 Mallard 5 mixed raft offshore of: Greater/Lesser Scaup X Bufflehead X Common Goldeneye X Hooded Merganser 4 Common Merganser 5 Ring-billed

[cayugabirds-l] Lindsay Parsons Thurs afternoon

2011-05-06 Thread Asher Hockett
Yesterday afternoon at 3:30 I hiked for about an hour and a half at the Lindsay Parsons Biodome. It was sunny/passing clouds and quite windy, which prpbably accoutns for how quiet it was. Most of what I heard, other than frogs, a Grey Catbird, and some crows and a bluejay, were chip notes. Most of

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Fri 5/6

2011-05-06 Thread Asher Hockett
And why does a crow soak his pizza? Caws. On Fri, May 6, 2011 at 1:24 PM, Mark Chao markc...@imt.org wrote: Miyoko Chu and I walked through Sapsucker Woods together on Friday morning (7:55-8:50 AM). Migrants were widely and rather sparsely scattered. We found BLACK-THROATED GREEN ,

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Possible Mississippi Kite

2011-06-01 Thread Asher Hockett
If not mistaken, that area had a report of a mississippi Kite last year. On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 10:42 AM, grosb...@clarityconnect.com grosb...@clarityconnect.com wrote: Hello, On the way home yesterday I spotted what looked like a very buoyant light gray colored raptor flying over Fall

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead Birds - Mulberry Tree

2011-06-23 Thread Asher Hockett
A couple of thoughts: Alcohol poisoning. With the recent very hot spell, coinciding with sugar development in the berries, fermentation is a good liklihood. The link posted by Geo refers to mild toxicity. However, that is directed at us for human consumption. Birds have a lower threshold for

[cayugabirds-l] Cornell pinnacles

2011-09-12 Thread Asher Hockett
Reading Geo's post got me looking out my office window which faces the Cornell campus from 6 floors over Green St. I found a handy kettle of about 9 or 10 birds circling over the libe tower, but was only able to tease out TVs. The kettle eventually disipated and some flew off while some remained,

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park 29Sep11 - waterfowl, tragedy

2011-09-29 Thread Asher Hockett
So maybe we need to consider constructing, w/DEC et al permission, an artificial snag. We build Osprey platforms, why not a perching snag? Surely a potential CLO/Citizen Science project. On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 4:19 PM, RICHARD JILL WOOD rwood...@msn.com wrote: That's terrible. I can remember

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Aurora Bay Aythya raft

2011-01-31 Thread Asher Hockett
That photo reminds me of those MagicEye images where when you hold it close and move it slowly away you will be able to see a hidden picture. This one has Donald Duck, I think. On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 3:43 PM, Marie P Read m...@cornell.edu wrote: Aurora Bay hosted an enormous raft (actually

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hawk ID

2011-02-11 Thread Asher Hockett
Elena, Well it's one of those! My sense is Sharpie, the tail is fairly square, but it is kind of big-headed. On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 4:52 PM, Elaina McCartney elaina.mccart...@cornell.edu wrote: Longish tail, whitish at the tip, smaller than Red-tail, wings not particularly long in flight—I

Re: [cayugabirds-l] abbreviations

2011-03-15 Thread Asher Hockett
First Of Year, NOrthern MOckingbird. On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 4:55 PM, nealda...@aol.com wrote: umm - me too please! what are those abbreviations? -Original Message- From: Donna Scott d...@cornell.edu To: Chris Pelkie chris.pel...@cornell.edu; CAYUGABIRDS-L

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dickcissel - 7 October 2011 @ 2:47AM - Etna, NY

2011-10-07 Thread Asher Hockett
We have had some fairly atypical weather patterns recently - large low pressure systems which have moved north and northwest and even some moving west. Those could have picked up migrants and swept them east on their south-west quadrants. Just speculation from someone who watches the radar a lot.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] CayugaRBA PEREGRINE FALCON atop Holiday

2012-01-05 Thread Asher Hockett
Thanks for that. I can see it from the 6th floor of the Mental Health building. Still there. On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 3:32 PM, 6072292...@vtext.com wrote: CayugaRBA PEREGRINE FALCON atop Holiday Inn, Ithaca --Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Danby Shrike

2012-01-10 Thread Asher Hockett
The Northern Shrike posted by Eric Banford is still around. I stopped at the intersection of E. Miller Rd and Nelson Rd just before 10 this morning to get some looks. As Eric posted, the bird is frequenting the tops of the round hay bales. I watched as it caught what appeared to be a caterpillar

[cayugabirds-l] Western Grebes...

2012-02-08 Thread Asher Hockett
Jerry Lazarczyk is a very credible seasoned birder who spends much time verifying RBA sightings for some organization - NYSARC I think. So it would appear that Matt Medler's query about the presence of 3 Western Grebes on Cayuga Lake has a positive response. -- asher -Never play it the same way

[cayugabirds-l] return of the RWBB

2012-02-26 Thread Asher Hockett
Today our meadow is once again graced with the Red-wings. This is a full week earlier than any year since I moved to Danby. -- asher -Never play it the same way once. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] help to ID gray and white bird

2012-03-29 Thread Asher Hockett
Considering the belly color and where it begins on the flanks, and the dark eye, I think your guess is a good one. -- asher -Never play it the same way once. On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM, M Kardon mk2...@pol.net wrote: Could someone help to identify the bird we saw this morning on the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hawk Mt. trip

2012-04-04 Thread Asher Hockett
Carl, While Hawk Mountain is an incredible location, the trip is fairly long and the spring count is relatively low numbers compared to the count in the fall. Having been to both Derby Hill and Hawk Mountain, I suggest you'd see a lot more birds at Derby Hill this time of year. April counts for

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese at Dusk over muckland

2012-01-11 Thread Asher Hockett
Jaw dropping, emotionally stirring video, Meena! Thanks! On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 9:55 PM, Meena Haribal m...@cornell.edu wrote: Hi all, I had an errand to run along the lake, so after the errand (which did not work out), I decided to head further north in the hopes of seeing Snow Geese.

[cayugabirds-l] Chestnut-sided Warbler?

2012-04-16 Thread Asher Hockett
I thought I heard a Chestnut-sided Warbler yesterday near the Rockwell Azalea Garden on Tower Rd. I only heard it once, but it was distinctive. Considering this is about 10 days earlier than the 4/26 date reported from 2008-11 on the Cayuga Bird Club arrival records page, I think it likely I

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mundy Lunch walk House and Carolina Wrens, Rough-winged Swallows etc.

2012-04-16 Thread Asher Hockett
Not only is it free, but you find out who's around without even having to look! Whenever I see folks walking or running this time of year with their earbuds in, I feel sad for them. The best things on Earth are indeed free. On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 5:23 PM, Carol Keeler

[cayugabirds-l] new sightings/hearings

2012-05-01 Thread Asher Hockett
Put up a new feeder along with the older ones at home in Danby and immediately had a Chipping Sparrow on one side and Field Sparrow on the other. Bluebirds are checking our the box where they were successfull last year. The Brown Thrashers are back working my driveway and I heard Eastern Towhees

[cayugabirds-l] Male Blue Grosbeak

2012-05-08 Thread Asher Hockett
Just now (6:45PM) at our feeders in Danby. Life bird and yard bird in one. We saw the blue and snagged the bins and when it returned (here again right now} made a positive ID. Blue with some reddish cheek spots (1st year?), chestnut-red wing bars, an absolutely gorgeous bird! Lot of activity at

[cayugabirds-l] Oranges

2012-05-10 Thread Asher Hockett
For the past few years we've put oranges at our feeders. We have a suet feeder built like a wee house, made of resin/wood composite. I drilled two holes in the roof and screwed some long exterior screws - the kind you drive with a phillips screw gun - from the underside so they stick out of the

[cayugabirds-l] phoebe feeding swallow?

2012-06-26 Thread Asher Hockett
I was watching our box of tree swallows. One young bird has found it's way out and to the top of the box where it begs in vain when its mother returns and feed chicks still in the box. I was wondering if it would get fed when an Eastern Phoebe appeared, hovered/almost stood on the box and seemed

[cayugabirds-l] swallow fedgelings gone, nest too

2012-06-30 Thread Asher Hockett
We have been watching our Tree Swallows as they have been preparing to leave. Yesterday two were poking their heads out and the parent was feeding them. Today, seeing no activity, we checked, and the nest was gone - only a few pieces of grass left. I did find parts of the nest on the ground

[cayugabirds-l] swallow follow up

2012-06-30 Thread Asher Hockett
We have now seen at least two swallows and perhaps 3, so I believe all is well with the birds which were still in the box yesterday. What happened to the nest remains a mystery. -- asher -Never play it the same way once. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] MNWR Thursday

2012-09-07 Thread Asher Hockett
It has only been a few years and now we seem to be taking Peregrines for granted. Not criticizing, but you know what I mean. Any day with a Peregrine is a gift! On Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 6:21 PM, tigge...@aol.com wrote: I didn't come up with much on the Wildlife Drive other than Merlin and

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question

2012-10-22 Thread Asher Hockett
I am sure this is not a similar report - but last week on Comfort Rd a bunch of crows were harrassing a male Ringnecked Pheasant which was standing in the road. As we approached the crows flew and the pheasant moved slowly on foot towards the shoulder. On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 11:03 AM, Susan

Re: [cayugabirds-l] And MORE as I typed previous message!!!!

2012-12-27 Thread Asher Hockett
And MORE over Ithaca. From the top of the MH building on Green St, skein after skein, some quite low and others almost too high to see. Thousands and thousands. Some even flying north. On Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM, Geo Kloppel geoklop...@gmail.com wrote: Just passed over my house (West

Re: [cayugabirds-l] AMERICAN ROBIN in crabapple northwest of Johnson A...

2013-01-02 Thread Asher Hockett
Sector VI had 8 American Robins, ticked off by Bill Evans at Ithaca College. You have it on your earlier totals. On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 9:35 AM, 6072292...@vtext.com wrote: AMERICAN ROBIN in crabapple northwest of Johnson Art Museum 927am. Count week bird! --Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Swan count for CBC

2013-01-04 Thread Asher Hockett
Thanks, Jody, for a really excellent post! Birds have a bad habit of flying! This leads to their having a propensity for being in two or more places nearly at once. Behind the old NCR building on 96B, we flushed a Red-tail. A few minutes later we saw another gliding overhead in the opposite

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Basin Highlights of 2012

2013-01-08 Thread Asher Hockett
Compared to Chris I am barely a birder, and considering the amount of time spent birding in 2012, I am even less of one. However, on May 8, at our feeders we had a Blue Grosbeak. Carmen Hockett spotted it first and she knew it was different. I was so consumed with eyeballing it that the camera,

[cayugabirds-l] OT - cat tracks

2013-03-29 Thread Asher Hockett
A friend who lives on Durfee Hill has taken some photos of large cat tracks, w/ a ruler for scale, and I am wondering who might be willing to look at them for ID purposes. Please contact me off-list. Thanks! -- asher -Never play it the same way once. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Request for this listserve.....

2013-05-03 Thread Asher Hockett
*I can tell you from substantial experience that giving the county, township and road is not nearly enough information to get most birders onto the birds whose absence I was reporting yesterday.* Yes, indeed!! It's very hard to get onto them when they are absent! asher -Never play it the same

[cayugabirds-l] Cardinal song?

2013-05-17 Thread Asher Hockett
Yesterday I heard a song, a thrice repeated ascending arpeggio, roughly a musical perfect 4th between each: g c f, g c f, g c f (just to give an idea). This was downtown, S Albany St a block north of the traffic circle. They are whistling or piping sounds, quite musical. Fairly easy to imitate by

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cardinal song?

2013-05-17 Thread Asher Hockett
#107306 at Macaulay Library? Eben McLane On May 17, 2013, at 10:52 AM, Suan Hsi Yong suan.y...@gmail.com wrote: On Fri, May 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM, Asher Hockett veery...@gmail.com wrote: Yesterday I heard a song, a thrice repeated ascending arpeggio, roughly a musical perfect 4th between each: g

[cayugabirds-l] cardinal song

2013-05-17 Thread Asher Hockett
Folks have suggested C Wren and B Oriole, but don't think so. This bird was in the lower branches of a tree I drove under, and the song was 9 evenly spaced and equal length notes, like the third phrase in Taps ( *From the lake, from the hills, from the sky*), but more than a major 3rd between the

[cayugabirds-l] cardinal song

2013-05-18 Thread Asher Hockett
After listening to a myriad of Macaulay Libarry recordings of Carolina Wren and Baltimore Oriole, I still think what I heard was a Cardinal. The C Wren has a much qucker tempo - the song I head was about a second for each upward arpeggio, or 3 seconds for the whole 9 note song. I am going to

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher oddness

2013-05-31 Thread Asher Hockett
Perhaps it is trying to dissapate heat. It is awfully warm today. On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 1:07 PM, Chris Pelkie chris.pel...@cornell.eduwrote: I just took a brief lunchtime walk on the northern part of Wilson Trail at SSW. I saw a small bird flit to a low shrub only 10-12' from me, got on it

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Unknown warbler

2014-04-19 Thread Asher Hockett
My guess is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet - not a warbler, and the crown usually not seen, http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/ruby-crowned_kinglet/id On Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM, Richard Tkachuck rictkal...@gmail.comwrote: While in the woods around our house, we saw a warbler very briefly with

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Rose Breasted Grosbeak

2014-04-29 Thread Asher Hockett
Melissa Groo reported one yesterday. On Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 1:35 PM, Carol Keeler carolk...@adelphia.netwrote: A friend in Jordan, NY just had a RB Grosbeak at her feeder. Has anyone seen them in the Cayuga bird list area? I don't remember seeing any mentioned. Any Hummingbirds yet?

[cayugabirds-l] new yard and new birds

2014-05-13 Thread Asher Hockett
A recent move to South Danby Road has me hearing different voices. This morning a B-t Green Warbler was zee zee zee zoo zeeing from the canopy of the conifers around our new house. Redstarts also abound here in the more heavily wooded habitat. Neither of these are commonly heard at the Comfort Rd

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ravens over Ithaca

2014-05-16 Thread Asher Hockett
In my (new) neck of the woods on S Danby Rd, ravens are an almost daily sighting, either at home or on the way down the hill to 96. It is wonderful to have them around after so many years without them until just a few years ago. On Thu, May 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM, Paul Anderson p...@grammatech.com

[cayugabirds-l] Saw Whet calling

2014-07-29 Thread Asher Hockett
A bit of a late post - sorry. On Sunday afternoon about 5:30, we heard a few calls from a Saw Whet Owl. Carmen heard it first, and drew my attention to it. This is not a bird sound I have a lot of experience with, but after listening we went inside to the computer and listened to the sounds at All

Re: [cayugabirds-l] MNWR Caspian Terns and pedestrians on the Wildlife Drive :(

2014-08-02 Thread Asher Hockett
And maybe close it to vehicles!! It's a long walk, though. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1)

Re: [cayugabirds-l] MNWR discsussion

2014-08-06 Thread Asher Hockett
I can remember CARavaning as a Spring Field Ornithology field trip where we used cellphones, radios, and car horns (attention - there's a Ruddy Duck!) a few years (10 maybe) ago. No one got out where they were not supposed to and everyone got to see lots of birds - lifers, even. I know I

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Golden-crowned Kinglet

2014-11-13 Thread Asher Hockett
I often get them on the Xmas bird count. On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM, Paul Schmitt pschmi...@gmail.com wrote: I was out trying to photograph wild turkeys in a friends woods just south of Corning. Among the small birds was a golden-crowned kinglet. It was so close, 3 feet, that I could

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Raven inquiry

2014-12-11 Thread Asher Hockett
In my neighborhood on S Danby Rd, we have a fair number of Ravens. More often than not we hear them but do not see them, and the range of sounds they produce is truly staggering. This year I have heard at least 4 vocalizations which were new to me. On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM, Ray Zimmerman

[cayugabirds-l] Danby Christmas counters needed

2014-12-11 Thread Asher Hockett
This is an appeal for folks to participate in counting birds in the Danby Sector (VI) of the upcoming Christmas Bird Count on January 1st. If you have counted for Danby before, or if you are new to the count, we need you in Danby. Please respond to veery...@gmail.com, or call me at 342-5074.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Un Sprgs Mill Pond, Scout Project

2014-12-19 Thread Asher Hockett
I really like idea #2. Planting bird-friendly native plants would be the perfect way to upgrade the birding opportunities to be found there. On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM, Donna Scott d...@cornell.edu wrote: This is great news, Fritzie. Now it is up to us to come up with a do-able plan

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vulture

2015-02-25 Thread Asher Hockett
I have seen TVs in Danby now and then all winter long, and an occasional one over Rt 13 on the hillside. On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 1:03 PM, W. Larry Hymes w...@cornell.edu wrote: About 20 minutes ago I was very surprised to see a TURKEY VULTURE soaring about near East Hill Plaza. Having heard

[cayugabirds-l] late posted Sandbank Rd dark phase Roughleg

2015-03-23 Thread Asher Hockett
On Saturday afternoon around 2pm there was Rough-legged Hawk hunting the fields on either side of upper Sandbank Rd (downhill from the King Rd intersection. It was the darkest dark-phase Roughie I have ever seen, with barely a smidgen of white between the wrist and wing tips. I saw no other light

[cayugabirds-l] birding where I go

2015-05-06 Thread Asher Hockett
Yesterday morning found me birding the woods after a shopping trip behind Maines and Walmart (from outside the fence and No Trespassing signs), where a Baltimore Oriole was singing brightly. There were a half dozen or more Gray Catbirds, and some audible Yellow Warblers as well. Then back home a

[cayugabirds-l] new arrival

2015-05-07 Thread Asher Hockett
Our late populating South Danby elevation has an added voice this morning - a Wood Thrush singing his incredible suite of joy. -- asher -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Orchard: 12 May 2015 - Fantastic!

2015-05-13 Thread Asher Hockett
That it was close to the ground is another pretty typical Mourning clue. On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 7:31 PM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote: It sounded like typical Mourning Warbler to me, a low-pitched, burry chorry-chorry-che-che-chew repeatedly sung. I kept looking for the bird as it

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Urban Merlin fledgling compressed images

2015-06-29 Thread Asher Hockett
Since the listowner has been silent on this - The list rules: http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ask us not to include images or other attachments. Links to image-containing sites are the accepted method of sharing such. On Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 7:06 AM, John Confer

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Deer ticks

2015-10-22 Thread Asher Hockett
Once I tried to persuade to my wife that all creatures have a purpose in the scheme of nature, and she responded with, "Ticks, even?" I must admit I was at a loss to reply. On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 2:59 PM, Melanie Uhlir wrote: > Eeeew. Ticks are one species I would love to see

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cornell Community Gardens - imminent conversion, weekend walks, M-Th recap

2015-10-09 Thread Asher Hockett
It's a wonderment to me that Cornell with its extensive holdings would see some advantage to repurposing that site considering how small it is. Maybe there is something special about its riparian proximity, or to the adjacent Dyce bee research facility, but otherwise it seems a strange decision.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] K-M shorebird walk, meet MNWR VC 7am Saturday

2015-08-28 Thread Asher Hockett
I looked at the ABA posts taken from CayugaBirds. Dave Nutter's show header information and the content appears to be lacking. I doubt this has anything to do with his posting, but rather something which happens when ABA lifts the CB data. On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 10:11 AM, Peter

[cayugabirds-l] Danby sector Christmas Bird Counters wanted

2015-12-08 Thread Asher Hockett
experience levels are welcome. The more the merrier. -- asher hockett -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http

Re: [cayugabirds-l] CBC Owl Prowl

2015-12-15 Thread Asher Hockett
John, Being that's Danby and you added your numbers to our sector count last year, I not only encourage you to repeat, I will meet you there. I usually go there a bit later, but as they say, no sacrifice is too small. On Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 2:40 PM, John Confer wrote: > Hi

Re: [cayugabirds-l] CBC Owl Prowl

2015-12-15 Thread Asher Hockett
I forget to add that my hearing is also compromised Can two birders with bad hearing hear more than !? On Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 2:40 PM, John Confer wrote: > Hi Folks, > > For a couple decades, I tried a Cayuga Bird Club Christmas Bird Count > owl prowl (That would be CBC

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Silent Fireworks for City of Ithaca and campuses?

2016-03-09 Thread Asher Hockett
Absolutely!! On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 10:15 AM, Sandy Wold wrote: > Would anyone support asking our City/town and local colleges to go with > silent fireworks such as in this town in Italy? > > >

[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2016-03-13 Thread Asher Hockett
Our niger sock saw several Pine Siskins this weekend, where the goldfinches have been regular partakers. I wouldn't have noticed had one not sat facing me on the deck railing and its streaky breast caught my eye. And the wife says she saw a small bird with a red crest, and some Cedar Waxwings.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] NOW they show.

2016-03-15 Thread Asher Hockett
Tree Sparrows winter as for south as the northern part of southern states like Texas and Alabama, so the bird your saw today may be on its way back to the northern tundra border where they breed. Or it might have been here all winter and is just waiting for the right conditions to head north. Too

[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2016-04-06 Thread Asher Hockett
Lately out niger seed sock has been busy with Pine Siskins. Not a goldfinch among them. We did have A. Goldfinches until recently, but now, just those siskins. Maybe our habitat - we're in a Hemlock forest - is more welcoming to these charming little streaky ones. If they are truly just moving

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Etna: House Wren

2016-04-23 Thread Asher Hockett
I heard a House Wren downtown Friday, on W Buffalo St, On Sat, Apr 23, 2016 at 11:53 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes < c...@cornell.edu> wrote: > Did anyone else notice if House Wren arrived in their neighborhood today? > One has been bubbling away in our yard all morning, bouncing from

[cayugabirds-l] feeder Raven

2016-05-01 Thread Asher Hockett
We have had our feeder visited the past few days by a Raven. It appears he is trying to figure out how to get to the suet. There is no close perch so he sits on the railing which puts it about two inches out of his reach. Perhaps we'll scatter some peanuts or corn, but the squirrels may be a

[cayugabirds-l] new visitors!

2016-05-04 Thread Asher Hockett
Yesterday I spent the day at home adding feeding stations. We had a beautiful Yellow-rumped Warbler eating suet scraps from the deck railing - he had the brightest and most distinct yellow crown I have ever seen on a Y-r, not fuzzy at all like Sibley's. The male R-b Grosbeak was parked alternately

[cayugabirds-l] R-b Grosbeak

2016-05-02 Thread Asher Hockett
The Raven dominated my brain so much that I forgot to mention we also had our first R-b Grosbeak on Saturday. Nyger socks now shared by goldfinches and Pine Siskins. Hummingbird feeders up for nearly two weeks now, but no sign of them. -- asher -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Red Breasted Nuthatches

2016-09-19 Thread Asher Hockett
Carol's post reminded me that we have had RB Nuthatches visiting our feeder for most of the summer. Lately it's been two (at least) at a time. These birds are not flustered in the slightest by my presence near the feeders. We take them down every night to discourage raccoon visits, and the

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