[cayugabirds-l] Thomas Bancroft describes findings of citizen scientist winter bird count

2010-01-07 Thread Eric Banford
90-sec and 8-min interviews: http://www.earthsky.org/interviewpost/biodiversity/thomas-bancroft-encourages-bird-count-during-christmas-holidays Great details on the history of the count and on species that have increased and decreased over time. Eric -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Grasshopper Sparrow in Danby, Cerulean Warbler near Belle Sherman

2010-06-08 Thread Eric Banford
Yesterday morning I stepped outside to check the weather and the first thing I heard was a tick tick BZZZ. Psyched, my second Grasshopper Sparrow ever. I put on my muck boots and grabbed my bins and was able to watch him sing from a bush for a few minutes. Other breeders singing at the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eastern Screech-owl

2010-08-31 Thread Eric Banford
Great account, Chris! And a funny ending. We had a Eastern Screech whinnying outside our window last night, much closer than it's usually been. We all had a good listen, but no stalking attempts here. This morning as I left the house at 7am, a Northern Harrier was cruising the fields at the

[cayugabirds-l] Rapid Waters Revised Meeting Notice - Thursday, April 14th

2011-03-28 Thread Eric Banford
For birders who would like to protect the Danby and Caroline State Forest areas, this is an important meeting to attend. The documentation says that there are currently no gas or oil leases, but that they will be considered in the future. Also in section one of the downloads is piece relevant

Re: [cayugabirds-l] blue-headed vireo

2011-04-15 Thread Eric Banford
Cool, I heard one too on my way to the bus this morning (at 7:40 if it matters as a basin first). Also year firsts for me were Fox Sparrow and White Crowned Sparrows both vocalizing in the same area. Add in Cardinal, Phoebe, Junco, and Purple Finch, and the air was *full* of beautiful song!

[cayugabirds-l] Attracting Birds to Your Garden

2011-04-16 Thread Eric Banford
Passing on an invitation from Greensprings Natural Cemetery who are sponsoring this event: Friends, We’d love to see you at this birding event: Attracting Birds to Your Garden:free presentation and slide show with Steve Kress, Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m. at the Sciencenter, 601 First Street

Re:[cayugabirds-l] April 23 9am Bird walk with Lynn Leopold

2011-04-22 Thread Eric Banford
Due to the rainy forecast, this bird walk is being postponed until Saturday April 30th, same time and place. Thanks From: Eric Banford brew_b...@yahoo.com To: cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu Sent: Sat, April 16, 2011 9:40:53 AM Subject: April 23 9am Bird walk

[cayugabirds-l] Danby: Bald Eagle, Brown Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler

2011-04-24 Thread Eric Banford
Yesterday I stopped at Jennings Pond and right away heard a large raptor calling. Looked up and there was a Bald Eagle soaring over the pond! Watched it fly across the pond and land in pines in the south west corner. It stayed there the whole time I walked around. As soon as I brought my bins

[cayugabirds-l] Northern Shrike in Danby

2011-12-19 Thread Eric Banford
We've had a Northern Shrike hanging out in the field north west of the corner of E Miller and Nelson Rds in Danby. We saw it yesterday and followed it for a while without very good looks. But today it appeared as we were driving up Nelson, it sat close to the road on a hay bale for a while

[cayugabirds-l] northern shrike back in Danby

2012-01-09 Thread Eric Banford
I had a stretch of not seeing the shrike from Dec 24 until this week, but it has been visible daily along both E Miller and Nelson Rds, near their intersection, flying from hay bale to hay bale. Eric -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] flycatcher problem

2011-06-14 Thread Eric Banford
It certainly doesn't matter, but it is nice to know, and having a real live species calling is a nice way to learn. What I do in your situation, is use All About Birds and eBird together to check things. First I browse AAB by family, and listen to the calls that are available:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] One special hunting season and two management proposals -black bear and Mute Swan.

2014-01-25 Thread Eric Banford
So the plan is to eradicate the Mute Swan in NY? I know it is invasive, but that seems a bit harsh. I just got this petition against this plan, in case anyone is interested:

[cayugabirds-l] Bobolinks in Danby

2014-05-06 Thread Eric Banford
Joyously heard my first Bobolink's this morning, with all of the construction going on around us I fear they will be pushed out of my neighborhood soon. So I will enjoy them while I can, and hope that someone with money and a conservation heart buys the 12 acres for sale across the street from

Re: [cayugabirds-l] bobolinks and yellowthroat

2019-05-03 Thread Eric Banford
Speaking of Bobolinks, my neighbor just asked me if it was ok to mow now before they make their nests. I wasn't sure of best timing for early mowing so wanted to touch base with the collective experience on this list. What are best practices I can share with my neighbors as far as when to NOT

[cayugabirds-l] Meadowlark in Danby

2020-03-11 Thread Eric Banford
Yesterday I heard my first meadowlark of the year but I couldn't locate it. Today it is singing in the field across the street and I was able to watch it for a while, a welcome splash of yellow in an otherwise brown field. I wonder what birds will return next... Bird!Eric -- Cayugabirds-L

[cayugabirds-l] sadly this Bobolink breeding ground is for sale

2020-07-14 Thread Eric Banford
Sadly a for sale sign just went up for the southwest corner of E Miller and Nelson Rds in Danby. As many of you know this has been an amazing spot for Bobolinks, Meadowlarks, and Savannah Sparrows to breed. We are managing some of our land contiguous to this for bird breeding and pollinator

Re:[cayugabirds-l] sadly this Bobolink breeding ground is for sale

2020-07-25 Thread Eric Banford
is to keep the land open and perhaps turn it into a park! So you never know, just put positive energy out there and you never know what's going to happen. ThanksEric On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 1:00:56 PM EDT, Eric Banford wrote: Sadly a for sale sign just went up for the southwest corner