[cayugabirds-l] begging baby Goldfinches

2009-10-15 Thread CFSchmitt
Forgot to mention that our lake feeders are busy with baby Goldfinches, really begging hard from their parents. Fluttering wings and babyish demeanors succeed in getting the parents to really stuff them with birdseed. Seems kind of late, even for these late breeders, isn't it? Carol S. --

[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine NW corner Bradfield 4:45pm Thurs

2010-01-21 Thread cfschmitt
Thanks to Ann Mitchell for noting this corner spot for the Peregrine yesterday. We drove up at 4:45 and found it immediately, perched on the very outer NW top corner of Bradfield. After it surveyed it's world for a while, it turned, leaned down and fell straight down like a bungee jumper,

[cayugabirds-l] Up the lake: Hooded Merg, Horned Grebes, etc

2010-01-22 Thread cfschmitt
No Eared Grebes in Aurora, but 3 Horned. Many Red-breasted Mergs around the lake shore. 3 Mute Swans and a thousand Tundras, but just couldn't make one into a Trumpeter. There was a handsome Hooded Merg. too, up in the village of Cayuga. Bluebirds, Kestrels, etc. and gas is $2.70/9 in

[cayugabirds-l] Red-shouldered,Rough-legged, Sharpie, GHOwl, Buntings

2010-01-23 Thread cfschmitt
A couple stolen hours away from the office yielded: Great-Horned Owl in her Stewart Park nest hole, Red-shouldered Hawk west of Kip's Barn, screaming from a perch on a utility pole, Rough-legged Hawk and Snow Buntings on Mt. Pleasant, and then a Sharpie posed in a branch over the road, coming

[cayugabirds-l] crow catches mouse!

2010-02-25 Thread CFSchmitt
Just watched a Crow standing under our feeders in an odd, crouched position. Suddenly he jabbed into the snow, and brought up a mouse! After a quick kill, he made a good bloody mess on the snow pecking at it, and has now flown off with it. Also, a large flock of Robins are at our

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Aurora Raven

2010-03-23 Thread CFSchmitt
Last summer I saw a Raven on Gully Road, (north of Aurora) just up the road a little bit from the lake. Carol Schmitt -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] sounded like a Least Bittern

2010-04-01 Thread CFSchmitt
Last night after sunset we enjoyed the Woodcock display up at the airport, on Warren Drive before it bends left onto Snyder Rd. Coming from the marshy area at the curve, we heard a call that I have to admit I couldn't i.d. It was a fairly quick, low whu whu whu sound, almost owl-like. We

[cayugabirds-l] Linda Orkin on WHCU6:45amWed Xmas Count

2010-12-28 Thread CFSchmitt
Everyone set your alarm and get up to listen to Linda Orkin on WHCU tomorrow morning at 6:45 am (Wed. 12/29), talking about the Jan. 1st Christmas Count !!! She'll be interviewed by Dave Vieser again this year, giving our club some good publicity, so tune in to hear her! Cheers, Carol

[cayugabirds-l] swans, pheasants, etc

2011-01-21 Thread CFSchmitt
Thanks to Bob McGuire's email earlier this week, yesterday afternoon we could get the 4 pheasants on Rafferty/Dixon Rd., pecking around under the cow's feet like barnyard chickens. Two Mute Swans were close to shore just before the Lake Rd. bluffs, courting a bit by nodding their heads and

[cayugabirds-l] OT: penguin video

2011-01-27 Thread CFSchmitt
I sure wouldn't normally forward Internet videos, but this seem pretty unusual to me (and cute!) so I couldn't resist. Are their long treks to a food source the basis of this? Carol Schmitt Subject: FW: Penguin goes shopping This 10-year-old King  Penguin was rescued from a fisherman's line

[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Sun. 11am Aurora

2011-05-22 Thread CFSchmitt
Thanks for alerting everyone about the Red-headed Woodpecker. We easily saw it this morning where described, flying back and forth across the road a few times. It landed deeper in the grove of trees in the south east corner of Rte. 90 and Poplar Ridge Rd., and then more than once flew back

[cayugabirds-l] previous Red-headeds in Aurora

2011-05-22 Thread CFSchmitt
Red-headed Woodpeckers were regularly seen on the Wells College golf course many many years ago, so there is a history of them in the area, for sure. Carol Schmitt -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] any news on Snowy Owl?

2012-01-04 Thread CFSchmitt
Has anyone seen the Waterloo Outlet Snowy Owl recently??? Carol S -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] OT: Eagle Owl in slo-mo

2012-04-10 Thread CFSchmitt
This is quite lovely. Carol http://www.dogwork.com/owfo8/ -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] Lab front areas need names!

2012-04-16 Thread CFSchmitt
A modest proposal --- Maybe I've missed something, but I don't believe that the various small areas in front of the Lab have ever had any names. When something is sighted around the entrance ponds and little woodlots, like the recent Bittern, it seems that we struggle to describe exactly what

[cayugabirds-l] Aurora Borealis

2011-10-24 Thread CFSchmitt
Oh, Meena! Thanks so much for the sky alert! We rushed right out and in spite of suburban lights and many trees, a terrific broad streak of deep pink stretched overhead and lasted a few minutes before fading. A great sighting. Carol Schmitt -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] swallow fedgelings gone, nest too

2012-06-30 Thread CFSchmitt
Hi Asher, I suspect that the news isn't good, and that the nest was predated. I do suggest that you think about attaching predator guards to any nest box you have. These seem to work quite well for us. Carol Schmitt -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] CBC prez Linda on the radio!

2012-12-28 Thread CFSchmitt
Hi Everyone, Linda was interviewed on WHCU and did a terrific job promoting the Christmas Count. If you missed it, you can hear the podcast http://www.whcu870.com/ and click on Recent Podcasts. Good job, Linda! Carol Schmitt -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Larue's honor

2013-11-04 Thread CFSchmitt
How delightful to hear that Larue's Lagoon is now official, and Larue St. Clair has been honored in this way for all his efforts! I will now proudly admit that Ron and I originated the name Larue's Lagoon, in Sept. of 1995. When that area was first created, and given such a pitiful name,

[cayugabirds-l] Linda Okin's radio interview

2013-12-30 Thread CFSchmitt
Linda had a great interview about the Count with Lee Rayburn this morning on WHCU. You can go to the WHCU webpage and listen to the podcast. http://whcuradio.com/morning-newswatch/cayuga-bird-count-wednesday/ Nice job, Linda! Thanks, Carol Schmitt -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Baby bird video

2014-03-08 Thread CFSchmitt
This was forwarded from a birding friend in Maine. How many of us would even take this on, much less succeed? http://www.trueactivist.com/a-man-going-for-a-jog-found-this-baby-bird-you-have-to-see-next-36-days/ Carol S. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Ques. on nest boxes/blow flies screens

2014-06-18 Thread CFSchmitt
We recently bought a nicely made bamboo nest box from Agway, and it has a screen at the bottom, presumably to help prevent blow fly larva from getting to the nestlings. If this actually works, I'd like to add screens to my other nest boxes. Does anyone know how effective this really would be

[cayugabirds-l] I won binoculars/question

2015-01-21 Thread CFSchmitt
Just thought I'd tell people that I won a nice pair of Opticron Natura binoculars from Bird Watching magazine! I vaguely remember clicking on a contest a while back when looking at their website or something, and recently got an email that I'd won. Sure enough, they arrived yesterday. A

[cayugabirds-l] Scoffield owls

2015-01-09 Thread CFSchmitt
We saw 2 Short-eareds swooping around the barn west of Scoffield, just as darkness was falling a few minutes after 5pm yesterday. Sorry, Marie! They appeared about 2 minutes after you left! I wonder -- will the food supply last all winter in this one area, or will they deplete it and

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Great Horned Owl Golf Course

2015-03-24 Thread CFSchmitt
Donna, Thanks for very exacting directions. That's always a big help. Lovely owl soaking up the sunshine in an old Red-tail nest, easy to see through the group of bare trees, northwest from the parking lot. Carol S. Newman -Ithaca City golf cs.  Good way to see nest w/o getting in way