[cayugabirds-l] Lansing marina rules?

2013-04-06 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Bob or anyone else, what is the understanding (if any) with the owners of the Lansing Marina, the private part, not the public area? I know in past SFOs, the leaders merrily led us in there and it is normally a great spot to pick up a number of ducks, mergansers, and coots, but yesterday when I

[cayugabirds-l] New nester

2013-04-28 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I'm as thrilled as a new pappy to announce that the owl box I built and erected last June, for the first time today was occupied by a red morph probably female EASTERN SCREECH-OWL! Whoo-hoo-hoo-hoo. She (I'm being optimistic there are more in the box) sunned herself all morning with that dreamy

[cayugabirds-l] Pics of the screechie

2013-04-30 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
A couple people asked, so I put a couple images on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/73284351@N03/8696531183/in/set-72157633375403153/ I misspoke about my owl house design: the hinges are above (not below) the hole, but the idea of hinging at top front rather than at bottom or hinging the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mississippi Kite over Ithaca, Wed 5/22

2013-05-22 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Chance favors the prepared mind. chris.pel...@cornell.edumailto:chris.pel...@cornell.edu On May 22, 2013, at 21:08, Mark Chao markc...@imt.orgmailto:markc...@imt.org wrote: On Wednesday evening at about 6:20 PM, Tilden and I, plus a bemused umpire and a dugout full of youth

[cayugabirds-l] Windy day makes great swallowing!

2013-05-25 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I went up to Myers/Salt Pt on a lark, so to speak, knowing the NW winds were fast and furious. And they were! White caps, 2-3 foot waves, rollers, crashing on the shore, spray hitting the side of the Myers lighthouse which I was soon standing behind. Now, you might expect there would be

[cayugabirds-l] Backyard/woods observations

2013-06-23 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
As it turned out, the rufous Screechie I reported in late April did not nest this year, but did appear virtually every day in the box hole for about 10 days. Over the past week, I was out several clear nights with the telescope and heard 1 or 2 different calling Screechies in the nearby area,

[cayugabirds-l] More on Great Crested Flycatchers

2013-06-28 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Yesterday, I was watching the nest box again when a big yellow flurry appeared at the nest hole. At first, I thought a Flicker was raiding the box (I had just found a dead, intact Flicker on the ground nearby; my only theory was it flew into a tree and broke its neck while chasing around with

[cayugabirds-l] Common Nighthawks and Olive-sided Flycatcher Lansing

2013-08-27 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
About 45 min ago, we had a group of 5 COMMON NIGHTHAWKs appear over our neighborhood (W Meadow Dr Lansing). I first saw only 4 as I had just turned around from spotting some Cedar Waxwing flyovers, so only got the new group disappearing behind trees, but a good enough view of the white wing

[cayugabirds-l] Black Vultures and Broad-winged Hawks

2013-08-30 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Having the day off, I got over to Stevenson Rd about 1030, arriving at the same time as Bud, where we found Reed and Eric. Reed and Eric had already scouted the vultures and found at least two BLACK VULTURES as they took wing and started circling higher. This gave me time to see them in binocs

[cayugabirds-l] Earthflight (PBS)

2013-09-03 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Just noticed a series coming up called Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation that purports to be a bird's-eye tour of 6 continents, observing animal migrations, etc. This Sat on PBS at 8pm (and probably other times): North America, snow geese, pelicans, bald eagles... Appears to be the

[cayugabirds-l] Screech Owl in the box

2013-10-20 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Following Robyn's report of the return of her screechie, I was pleased to see for the 2nd time in a month, an owl sunning itself in my box, here in S Lansing. Just shy of a month ago (9/23), I spotted an owl one afternoon, but without my binocs, and because the box faces East and this was 4pm,

Re: [cayugabirds-l] mottled robin

2013-10-29 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Yes, very interesting. I think this is probably what I saw very briefly in the thicket on N Wilson trail today (maybe there's a run on mottled Robins this year). I saw only enough of the rufous side with white below to start imagining I had seen a Towhee; but watching the same thicket for a

[cayugabirds-l] Owl not (yet) seen this AM

2013-12-11 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Anne Klingensmith and I independently arrived behind Target around 7am this morning but neither of us saw the Snowy this morning from that position. I scanned the mall and BJs and the woods for about 15 min. Of course it might be over on the fire station again or just hidden on the mall roof.

[cayugabirds-l] Freeville snowy

2014-01-16 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I was happy to see others already posted (I was poring over the pictures I finally got). The recent lack of postings re the Freeville Snowy might have discouraged some, but it is still there, as of 400pm this afternoon. I pulled up just as two of the farm workers were getting out of their

[cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings

2014-01-19 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Forgot to mention that on the way back from Freeville, we swung down to come across on Snyder Rd: no Snowy Owl, several other birders in quest of one, but I spotted and photographed a drift of at least 46 SNOW BUNTINGs almost at the intersection of Snyder and Warren foraging in the gravel edge

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Freeville Snowy owl subject heading in Junk

2014-01-19 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Anything “Free” on the internets is probably a scam! (:-) It is not happening to me (different spam blocker, I guess: I use SpamSieve on Mac Mail). Chrisp On Jan 17, 2014, at 18:06 , Meena Madhav Haribal m...@cornell.edumailto:m...@cornell.edu wrote: Hi all, I seem to be having trouble about

[cayugabirds-l] Possible shrike at Cayuga Vista

2014-01-25 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I had a distant view of what is likely a Northern Shrike at Cayuga Vista Dr Lansing about 1130am today. When I pulled up, the candidate was on one of the low trees near the road, but flew down and into the hedge just as I brought my binocs up so I got nothing that time. I waited a while, got

Re: [cayugabirds-l] bird hydration

2014-01-30 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Two days ago, I went to the CLO Observatory on lunch break and watched a lone American Crow, moving around on the pond ice (30’ away so easy to watch with binocs), selecting morsels of ice (small balls it appeared) and ingesting them. Later it moved over to an area where there were black bits,

[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Trail note

2014-02-26 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I did a lunchtime turn around Hoyt-Pileated inner loop back to Wilson yesterday. I took and would highly recommend you take trekking poles: it is seriously treacherous out there with the frozen snow/ice/footprint holes. It was cold and crisp but not snowing (yesterday), so good exercise but few

[cayugabirds-l] Chicken eye displays unique arrangement of cells

2014-02-26 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/26/chicken-eye-weird-state-of-matter_n_4854897.html __ Chris Pelkie Research Analyst Bioacoustics Research Program Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Non-context Yard bird

2014-03-07 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Stoneflies close and raptors distant. Reminded me of: Poe: The Sphinx (short story, good quick read) http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/eapoe/bl-eapoe-sphinx.htm Enjoy while waiting for the ice to break! __ Chris Pelkie Research Analyst Bioacoustics Research Program

[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese

2014-03-14 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Roughly coincident with George and Meena’s observations and possibly one of the same huge flocks, I saw hundreds and hundreds of Snow Geese in a vast boiling flock probably 3 mi distant to the east from CLO (I was on Sherwood Platform at about 1215). Too distant to hear of course. If they had

[cayugabirds-l] GBHE Myers

2014-03-15 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Nothing of particular note at Myers or Salt Point at noon, but as I was pulling out, a GREAT BLUE HERON flew out of Salmon Creek toward the lake. I saw one Monday just before sundown flying north over my house and wondered where it would find open water. Maybe this is where… White-winged

[cayugabirds-l] TVs and a bone mystery at Asbury

2014-03-20 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
The Turkey Vultures have been reappearing in numbers this week over my house and woods and landing in the pines on Asbury Rd just east of the cemetery (corner of Triphammer and Asbury) and occasionally in the neighbors’ large pines next to our sunroom. We have had resident pair or two all

[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

2014-03-21 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
As I stepped out of the truck in my driveway at 1545 yesterday, the barky honking of a large ‘disorganized’ flock of SNOW GOOSE was heard overhead. I did a quick count of a subset and estimated about 400. They were relatively low (under 1000’ probably). I grabbed binocs but only had time to look

[cayugabirds-l] Huge snow goose flocks ssw now

2014-03-21 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Many hundreds some blue chris.pel...@cornell.edu -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] Eastern Towhee

2014-04-13 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
First of yard year EASTERN TOWHEE showed up today (W Meadow Dr Lansing) singing his head off but with an unusual (and at first baffling) added strong second syllable that challenged my memorized pattern to something at first unidentifiable: drink-a-you-TEEE or drink-you-your-TEEE; the trill was

[cayugabirds-l] Swamp Sparrows SSW

2014-04-14 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Numerous singing SWAMP SPARROWs in the field/marsh east of 3rd parking lot. They were sitting high so easy to see their fresh plumage in the rising sun. I heard some ‘quarter-clicking’ and low grunty sounds but could not say if it was a Rail or not. It was near me and made many of the grunts

[cayugabirds-l] Heron nest falling at SSW

2014-04-17 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
A sharper eyed colleague pointed out during our noon fire drill today that the heron nest on the big snag at SSW pond is falling out of the tree. I haven’t been watching the nest cam: is that Mallard jumping up and down or something? ChrisP -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cornell Arboretum this AM

2014-04-21 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I had definitely 3 yesterday noon. The singing bright M, the brown F (faint streaks on sides, not the RCKI, though that was also singing), plus another rather yellow but not as bright one moving, foraging, and I believe singing. By climbing to the top of the knoll, they came down to our level

[cayugabirds-l] Broad-winged Hawk etc.

2014-04-22 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
While we were finishing dinner in our glass-roofed conservatory, I saw a crow-sized bird soar in and begin circling overhead. Hoping for a raven, I grabbed the binocs at hand and was as happy to see it was a BROAD-WINGED HAWK (not a new yard bird but first of year for me and for yard). It

[cayugabirds-l] Great Blue

2014-04-24 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
While many people saw at least one Great Blue Heron at SSW over the past month, and the nest on the snag is in fact falling apart, I wanted to note for the record that while unsuccessfully looking for the pesky vireo today at noon, I came upon a GBHE striding through the pool just behind the

[cayugabirds-l] SSW Wood Thrush

2014-05-01 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
730a NW corner of Wilson (where the vireo was), several phrases from a skulking WOOD THRUSH same general location also a singing COMMON YELLOWTHROAT __ Chris Pelkie IT Support Assistant Bioacoustics Research Program Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca,

[cayugabirds-l] Belated post re probable Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

2014-05-06 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
At about 1230pm at the NW corner of the SSW pond, in a tree where I have seen Least Flycatchers in the spring several times, I had what I assumed at first was this year’s FOY (for me) of same (knowing others already have reported one at SSW). However, from a rather close distance and with 10x

[cayugabirds-l] SSW Barred Owl etc

2014-05-12 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
At 815am, several crows alerted me to a possible threat (to them). I vectored in on a big ‘beech’ (I think, light gray) and in the V of two large trunks sat one of the BARRED OWLs. It was about 15m up and about 50m from me inside the deer exclosure, seen from Severinghaus Trail about 50m down

[cayugabirds-l] Missed Kittiwake

2014-05-17 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
When I arrived about 830-845 there were no gulls on the Myers spit but some on the lighthouse jetty. I waited for about half an hour and the gulls filtered back in from breakfast and settled on the spit. Reexamining them several times (as more arrived), I thought I had the Kittiwake when I

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sparrows in the area

2014-05-21 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Great resource list, Dave. Thanks! Richard: I was killing time before a doctor appt at Arrowwood Dr this AM and there were 2 singing Eastern Towhees, one right at the right angle corner (where the Town Trail starts) and another back in the woods. I did not try to find the close one but it was

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Night Flight - Etna, NY: 5/28-5/29

2014-05-30 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Thanks for these postings: I was on cuckoo alert because of them, and got a Yellow-billed calling in the dawn chorus yesterday at 530am (heard from bed: I am an adherent of the Rosenberg-Yong School of Recumbent Birding now) and again yesterday about 430pm as I stepped out to walk the dog. So

Re: [cayugabirds-l] dark red-tailed hawk

2014-06-16 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I’m hoping Chris Wood or someone who has birded the desert Southwest will take a look. I did some research after Ryan’s post and find the Zone-tailed Hawk a fascinating possibility which does seem to match many images I find online (in Hawkwatch sites, not generic and untrustworthy Google

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Owl seduction

2014-06-30 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
When I was researching screech owl box plans, everyone seems to have converged on a shape about 8 in sq and 10-12 deep from the entry hole which is about 2.5-3” diameter about 3-4” below the roof. So deep cavity like a hollow in a tree, basically. You might get away with attaching a latch to

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Purple Sandpiper

2014-10-29 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Belatedly, I wanted to note that when I found it last week, it was happily lurking amidst the gulls on the point. It was completely hidden by them as they are 3x bigger than it and when clustered together made a complete wall. Then, it is also the same color as the beach rocks. It has been

[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow Wilson North

2014-10-29 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Quick turn around north Wilson Trail, found FOS FOX SPARROW foraging near the rise. In the creekbed by the footbridge, two gorgeously rusty RUSTY BLACKBIRDs. I think every one I’ve ever seen before was basically black but these two were really handsome brown backed, dark underside, with those

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow Wilson North

2014-10-29 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
, 2014, at 13:09, Jay McGowan jw...@cornell.edumailto:jw...@cornell.edu wrote: Would those be White-throated Sparrows? On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM, Chris R. Pelkie chris.pel...@cornell.edumailto:chris.pel...@cornell.edu wrote: Quick turn around north Wilson Trail, found FOS FOX SPARROW foraging

[cayugabirds-l] Upcoming documentary

2014-12-04 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I just spotted a listing for an upcoming 2014 doco called “From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction” on PBS. One listing is for WCNY HDTV Dec 9 at 2pm. Look up your local listing for your favorite PBS station. I have not seen this yet, so am informing not recommending.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Long-eared Short-eared Owls

2014-12-22 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I think we (Ann’s group) were pleasantly surprised the SEOWs were so active in mid-afternoon on Sat. However, it was a leaden sky so maybe they thought dusk had arrived earlier. At Long Pt (which we skipped that day), they seem to wait until pre-dusk before magically appearing; there is still

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Long-eared Short-eared Owls

2014-12-23 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
is baldwisville nature ctr? Thanks. Ann Sent from my iPhone On Dec 22, 2014, at 4:47 PM, Chris R. Pelkie chris.pel...@cornell.edumailto:chris.pel...@cornell.edu wrote: I think we (Ann’s group) were pleasantly surprised the SEOWs were so active in mid-afternoon on Sat. However, it was a leaden sky

Re: [cayugabirds-l] COMMON EIDER (?

2014-12-27 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
It would be great if an Eider appeared, but a note of caution: on 12/15/2014 I scoped a big black and white Mallard (probably x Domestic) on Dryden Lake. I think Jay had reported this previously. I can easily see how it could be confused with an eider for the coloration, but the bill on my

[cayugabirds-l] On the TUDU list

2015-01-23 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
3rd time the charm: last Sat I spent 1.5 hrs looking at the 4000 Redheads/ 1000 Scaup raft off Hog Hole and never seeing the blasted Tufted Duck, even though another birder told me it was there (he was already packed and leaving, so gave me general directions, for which I was grateful).

[cayugabirds-l] Peregrine still on bradfield

2015-01-15 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Easily seen closely from plant Sci loading dock, only 1 at present On a small projection 3/4 way up wall chris.pel...@cornell.edu -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bald eagles?

2015-02-19 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
We’re assuming you are in the Cayuga Basin, but not sure where. Near open water? That sounds like a good description of BALD EAGLE as Turkey Vulture would not show a light/white head or tail but would be large and dark bodied. __ Chris Pelkie Information/Data Manager; IT

[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck photos

2015-01-23 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73284351@N03/ has 3 shots from today of the Tufted Duck for your reference. Also, a recent visit to our owl box by a different EASO than the one in 2013 (also in this photo stream) ChrisP -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Saturday Birding

2015-03-09 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I wonder if when the half of the duck’s brain is sleeping the opposite foot is kicking randomly like my sleeping dog does (and maybe I do it too!). Or maybe this is akin to a screensaver: the duck keeps one leg kicking so it doesn’t freeze in place! Just some random theories…. ChrisP

Re: [cayugabirds-l] IYC Wednesday

2015-03-04 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Bob or Jay or anyone: what are the access rights to the Yacht Club? I don’t want to trespass and have never been there so don’t know the signage or access. For what it’s worth (and I think it is): I did stop at the Lansing Marina back in the Fall and personally asked the manager if it was OK to

[cayugabirds-l] A few items from today (SSW item for Linda)

2015-04-02 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I headed out for the Loon and stopped at Cass Park for the GREAT-HORNED OWL.. I parked in the first lost, and ended up walking about halfway up the walk scanning the tall trees at Newman (cause I forgot the excellent directions someone else provided). When I spotted it, it was really obvious,

[cayugabirds-l] SSW this morning

2015-04-30 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I was a half hour behind Mark, I guess: from 7-745 I walked the northern end of Hoyt-Pileated, finding 3 BLUE-HEADED VIREOs, 2 of whom were interacting vocally and by chasing each other through the treetops, while the other was some distance away singing. Numerous BROWN CREEPERs in full song;

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods worm eating warbler

2015-05-06 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
This was an interesting exchange: I wondered if WEWA foraged and sang from very high perches, since I think of them as low bush skulkers. But I have much to learn about such things and no guarantee all of a species do the same thing anyway. ChrisP On May 6, 2015, at 12:01, Brad Walker

[cayugabirds-l] Really cool wind map

2015-05-11 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
This one is even cooler than the one I sent last year: https://www.windyty.com Check it out, birdy weatherwatchers! Be sure to note that you can choose the altitude of interest and you’ll find amazing differences. For example, last evening, surface winds were very mild and non-directional.

[cayugabirds-l] Upcoming Nature show

2015-05-13 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
This is the show Paul mentioned a couple CBC meetings ago: it had a sneak preview at Cinemapolis but now is going national. Produced by the Multimedia Group at the Lab of O. The Sagebrush Sea makes its broadcast premiere May 20, on

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tennessee warbler song

2015-05-14 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I’ve located and visually verified two different Chestnut-sided Warblers this spring that were not singing the ‘normal’ song we know and love. Close but off enough that I was going through Magnolia, Redstart, and Yellow-rump thoughts before seeing the Chestnut face and/ or sides. Good stuff on

[cayugabirds-l] A few Sapsucker items

2015-04-16 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
A couple days ago at lunch, my FOY RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET appeared in the trees behind the lab, only ‘chirring’ one syllable of the song while foraging up high. Yesterday morning, I set out at around 7am to pick up SWAMP SPARROW in the field east of the north parking lot and found one easily only

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-billed cuckoo SSW

2015-06-10 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
At noon, I heard a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO do 3 series of 6-8 single coo’s from the exclosure area just south of the covered shelter on Wilson. I was close enough by the third series to ensure myself it wasn’t a squirrel, though the pacing and separation of series had already indicated that.

[cayugabirds-l] Modified report

2015-06-10 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
In light of an offline conversation with T-H, I want to amend my observation to Cuckoo sp. until someone gets a visual. He has come across Black-billed doing single call series in the past, whereas I thought they were usually double (cu-cucu-cu) patterned. Considering all the other strange

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Weekend Bird walk reports.

2015-07-27 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Speaking of compliant Phoebes, I walked to Sherwood Platform at lunch and met (first time) a visitor/birder from NYC. As he was turning to leave and I was approaching, I spotted a Phoebe on the hand rail and pointed it out to him. It was 5’ away. Then it hopped to a closer post and eventually

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-throated Vireo

2015-07-13 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Yellow-throated Vireo in full dress color, yellow spectacles, actively feeding near the green scummy pond on West Wilson Trail. He’s making a lot of squeaks that sound like a wet thumb dragged quickly over a rubber balloon (not real loud, but frequent) which helps locate him as he moves around

[cayugabirds-l] Crows vs TVs

2015-11-12 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I mentioned seeing my first of season ‘big’ crow assemblage at the CBC meeting last week, of about 100 American Crows doing small wheelies in a large group swirling over my house (I first thought it was gulls, in fact). Over the last week, I’ve seen similar numbers streaming over at dusk,

[cayugabirds-l] Poster

2015-10-30 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I just ordered one of these for myself. Thought others might find it nice too (I haven’t seen it in the flesh yet): http://popchartlab.com/collections/prints-nature/products/birds-of-north-america 740 North American birds on one poster for $38 unframed. Framed option available also. ChrisP

Re: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

2015-09-10 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Chipmunks make excellent fox food. I enjoy the Red Foxes that have taken up nesting, breeding, cavorting, and howling at my place in the last few years. For better or worse, we have a nice selection of chipmunks, red squirrels, and gray squirrels, along with voles, deer mice, etc. to keep them

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: hurt bird question

2015-09-11 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Forwarded for a friend in Ithaca not on the list: not sure who might help, Victoria? or is this a vet school question? Thanks __ Chris Pelkie Information/Data Manager; IT Support Bioacoustics Research Program Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY

Re: [cayugabirds-l] a mystery---goldfinchs

2015-09-11 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
On 9/10/2015 10:14 AM, Chris R. Pelkie wrote: Chipmunks make excellent fox food. I enjoy the Red Foxes that have taken up nesting, breeding, cavorting, and howling at my place in the last few years. For better or worse, we have a nice selection of chipmunks, red squirrels, and gray squirrels, alon

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Windmap

2015-12-29 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Of course you discovered you can zoom in with mouse or fingers on iPad, etc.. And if you click the speed scale legend it will cycle to your favorite unit (knots, mph, etc.). And there’s a bit of history you can roll back to on the time line: I just dialed up last night’s blow to see how bad it

[cayugabirds-l] Noah Strycker broke birding’s worldwide Big Year record.

2016-01-11 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2016/01/noah_strycker_broke_birding_s_worldwide_big_year_record.html eBird mentioned in passing chris.pel...@cornell.edu -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Starling murmuration downtown ithac

2016-01-13 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
> On Jan 13, 2016, at 19:59 , Anne Marie Whelan wrote: > > Yes, quite a flock of starlings blew into the West End this morning and > swirled around and hung out for a bit on and around my crabapple tree and > feeder. Quite startling! > >

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Morning voices

2016-03-10 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Before a week ago, I had observed Pileated, Hairy, Downy, Flicker, and Sapsuckers at one point or another (in past years) doing the ‘flicka-flicka’ type interaction where a pair (sometimes M-F, sometimes M-M) were ascending a pole or tree and playing hide-and-seek while doing this vocalization.

[cayugabirds-l] Perverse chuckle of the day

2016-03-15 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I get a regular ‘deal’ email from B and spotted this oddity this morning: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1197974-REG/snypex_9842_lrf1800_snypex_knight_lrf1800_laser.html?utm_medium=Email_campaign=Promotion_source=WeeklySpecials%20160314_content=Retail_term=Knight-8x42-LRF-1800 It’s a pair

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Possible leucistic Canada at SSW

2016-03-14 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Is there any significance to the mostly yellow bill with black tip? And the yellow legs and feet? With little experience in picking apart weird plumages, I also leaned toward domestic or hybrid and away from Canada because of those marks. Unless leucism can impart those color shifts as well.

[cayugabirds-l] TuVu

2016-03-30 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
22 TURKEY VULTUREs playing on the wind this evening over Gulf Creek at Triphammer, Asbury, plus one RED-TAILED HAWK One of the TUVU had the all white outer half of left wing, haven't seen that one here for a couple years though it was seen last year in the Basin as I recall First song of yard

[cayugabirds-l] Bufflehead at SSW

2016-04-12 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
This one I saw! Single individual BUFFLEHEAD diving right outside the big window (near the bubbler). Either female or 1st winter male, methinks, prominent cheek patch and small white patch near wingtips (folded) but not a breeding male. Went out to check on what sounded like Towhee song (we

[cayugabirds-l] Barred Owl recall

2016-04-11 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I’ve been informed by a reliable source that he (human) was doing BARRED OWL (voice not playback I think) from Woodleton at 1pm which explains the location and the lack of finishing growl. Also explains the oddness of a mid-day Strix varia aria. Drat! ChrisP __ Chris Pelkie

[cayugabirds-l] Barred Owl _SSW, interesting Phoebe call

2016-04-11 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
At 1pm I was just about to set foot on the south end of Podell Boardwalk returning from a lunchtime circuit of the pond but lingered to watch 2 HAIRY WOODPECKER females chasing each other from tree to tree. Interesting that they were both female: much squeaking and peeking but no flicka’ing

Re: [cayugabirds-l] White-throated Sparrows

2016-04-26 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Yes same in my yard. They (WTSP) are dominating the dawn chorus. Difficult to get an accurate count but probably 12-20 easily. I noticed few Robins which are normally the main component of dawn chorus this time of year (some but not as many). ChrisP __ Chris Pelkie

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Swan Pen Yellow-rumped Warbler

2016-04-15 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Kevin pointed out another Yellow-rumped Warbler yesterday up here on the North Wilson side of the Sapsucker Pond, but I only heard it then. Today, I heard then caught up with it for some good looks. This is FYI for Sapsucker Woods walkers this weekend. It was near the beaver exclosure cage both

[cayugabirds-l] SPEAKING OF NATURE: Fishers are back | Lifestyle | fltimes.com

2016-09-04 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
http://www.fltimes.com/lifestyle/speaking-of-nature-fishers-are-back/article_d7d8fafe-6cba-11e6-ab55-038e8d6a63c3.html Thought the many of us who go to montezuma would find this interesting. Justifying posting to Cayuga birds as John says that crows found his fisher for him. Keep watching the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] ID help? Whistling at night

2016-09-22 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I’ll defer to the experts but would not rule out Screech-owl. I’ve heard that also: clear descending rather than whinny descending but followed by other EASO distinct sounds, so concluded it was the same bird. I’ve been hearing EASO loud whinnies just in the last couple of weeks, first time

[cayugabirds-l] Barred owl ssw this am

2016-10-18 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Sorry for late post but I was walking to frog barn this am when a large bird jumped up From ground to 12' branch,. On trail between parking area gate and fb. Thought Cooper's hawk, stopped, crept forward to find baow staring back w big black eyes Jumped in truck and drove here to VA Beach,

[cayugabirds-l] A Legend Who Persuaded a Generation to Love Birds, Wild Places and Science Has Passed

2017-03-21 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/3/21/1645790/-A-Legend-Who-Persuaded-a-Generation-to-Love-Birds-Wild-Places-and-Science-Has-Passed Chandler Robbins, in case you don't like to click links chris.pel...@cornell.edu -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] does anyone have an extra copy of the book, not CDs, from Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs 1997

2017-04-16 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Forgot to look til now. i have the booklet if you want to borrow it to scan to PDF or some such. Let me know and I will bring it to the Lab this week. ChrisP __ Chris Pelkie Information/Data Manager, Application Systems Analyst Bioacoustics Research Program Cornell Lab of

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [clo_brp-l] For you birders

2017-03-31 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Forwarding this to the wider birding audience in the area. We (BRP) have 30 of our newly developed Swift recorders (TARUs or terrestrial audio recording units) spread throughout SSW recording 24/7 as part of a long-term biodiversity measure. The avicaching will assist as ground truth as we

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question

2017-07-13 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Finger Lakes NF - Hector Station 607-546-4470 Hector NY https://www.fs.fed.us/r9/gmfl/contact/offices.htm YES YES The YESes are for Senior Pass and Access Military 4th Grade Taken from: https://store.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/PassIssuanceList.pdf I have not tried this source myself. ChrisP

[cayugabirds-l] Praying mantises regularly hunt and kill small birds

2017-07-06 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Here's something you probably didn't want to know... http://newatlas.com/praying-mantis-killing-birds-study/50346/?li_source=LI_medium=default-widget Chris Pelkie -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] SSW this AM

2017-05-17 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
First for me this year, several EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE singing on Hoyt-Pileated. Also saw NASHVILLE at power line cut, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH(es) at Woodleton, heard singing BROWN CREEPER (still), numerous Common Yellowthroat and Ovenbird. Followed HAIRY WOODPECKER to the underside of a large high

[cayugabirds-l] Best Binoculars: The Cornell Lab Review 2013 | All About Birds

2017-06-19 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/best-binoculars-the-cornell-lab-review-2013/ For the binoc request, see if yours are in here Chris Pelkie -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Guess which bird made the front page of the Scottish BBC news...

2017-05-01 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
The things some people get excited about… (:-) __ Chris Pelkie Information/Data Manager, Application Systems Analyst Bioacoustics Research Program Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 Begin forwarded message: Subject: Guess which bird made

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Guess which bird made the front page of the Scottish BBC news...

2017-05-02 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
: bounce-121484551-3493...@list.cornell.edu<mailto:bounce-121484551-3493...@list.cornell.edu> [mailto:bounce-121484551-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Chris R. Pelkie Sent: Monday, May 01, 2017 11:24 AM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu<mailto:cayugabird...@list.corne

[cayugabirds-l] Bioacoustics site is up and check out the Red-eyed Vireo movie

2017-06-05 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
All of us in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bioacoustics Research Program (BRP) are pleased to share our new site with you all: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/ In particular, I think many of you in the CBC will enjoy this video that Russ put together (and which I tantalized Suan with a

Re: [cayugabirds-l] New post published Meeting on Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Plan

2017-08-21 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I recently read this thesis: https://books.google.com/books/about/Factors_Affecting_Avian_Diversity_in_a_N.html?id=xnVPYAAJ produced by Tom Litwin in 1986, discussing the changes in Sapsucker Woods in both avian type and foliage type, over the hundred years up to that time. Amazing that

Re: [cayugabirds-l] New post published Meeting on Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Plan

2017-08-21 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Ithaca, NY 14850 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/ On Aug 21, 2017, at 07:44, Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pel...@cornell.edu<mailto:chris.pel...@cornell.edu>> wrote: something to the affect -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.Northeas

Re: [cayugabirds-l] 65 Sandhill Cranes

2017-10-26 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Nice. Is ‘cranery’ a word yet? Maybe we should start pushing it! Oxford Dictionary, here we come! __ Chris Pelkie Information/Data Manager; IT Support Bioacoustics Research Program Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Collective noun

2017-10-28 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
+1 for pun! Chris Pelkie On Oct 28, 2017, at 09:07, Tony Shrimpton > wrote: How about a “desert” of Sandhills?  Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crested Caracara in Wayne County

2018-02-06 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Whoo-ee! THAT's a yard bird! __ Chris Pelkie Information/Data Manager; IT Support Bioacoustics Research Program Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/ On Feb 6, 2018, at 11:57, Brad Walker

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Some kind of thrush?

2018-04-16 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
I’d so no. Thrasher bill is pronouncedly longer. __ Chris Pelkie Information/Data Manager; IT Support Bioacoustics Research Program Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/ On Apr 16, 2018, at 11:04, Dimitri

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