Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls

2011-01-27 Thread John Confer
Until two days ago, we were having occasional, small flocks of redpolls at our feeder, and I was jealous of others with consistent, nice-sized flocks. Starting on Tuesday, we have had a flock of about 150 birds that come in to feed (largely on sunflower seeds) about 3 times a day. It is neat

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

2011-03-03 Thread John Confer
Hi Folks, I have talked with the Game Farm manager. He told me that they try to release about 130,000 pheasant each fall, that the captive flock starts in fall at about 35,000, and that they loose about 7000 to predation every year. Since the potential for the weight of snow and ice on

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

2011-03-03 Thread John Confer
, Profesor Whittaker, the famous ecologist of the widely-used text, called up the Hawk Barn, while it was still in Ithaca, to say that they should come and capture the Cooper's Hawk feeding at his bird feeder or he would take care of the hawk himself. Yeah, values do change. Cheers, John Confer

[cayugabirds-l] South winds brought NSWO

2011-04-04 Thread John Confer
sitting near jet engines. For some reason, two pair of Barred Owl were calling throughout the 1.5 hours I visited the nets. Looks like salamander migration tonight. Spring is so much fun. Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

[cayugabirds-l] Unsuccessful loon attempt

2011-04-18 Thread John Confer
- we could see it diving, swallowing, bill dipping in the turbid water. The creek is runoff from the wetland on the west side of Flat Iron Rd, and was high and rapid from the latest rain storm. John (Confer) visited the loon several times and notice that when it was flapping its wings, one

[cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Preserve, if not bored with loony loon and more

2011-05-02 Thread John Confer
together. No Soras responded to a Sora playback, although the Virginia did respond to the Sora playback. So far, I've only heard one meadowlark at a time. It is nice to hear that others have seen a few bobolinks back on the preserve. John Confer Rules and Information http

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird nest que.

2011-10-18 Thread John Confer
Hi Betsy, My bet is on chickadees. Check out John Confer On 10/18/2011 3:02 PM, Betsy Darlington wrote: What cavity-nesting bird(s) use a lot of moss in their nests? We were cleaning out our boxes yesterday (we have 14

[cayugabirds-l] Banding saw-whets

2011-10-27 Thread John Confer
:00. Please respond OFFLINE to I do need to be able to control the number of people, should there be numerous, wacko potential helpers. Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Karen's Fox Sparrow

2012-03-05 Thread John Confer
Some of us spent the day, Sunday, standing on windy, snow-swept shorelines looking through incredibly large flocks for Ross Geese and Eurasian Widgeon without success (Well OK, there was the Ross Goose overhead, but you might have seen it while staying in the car.) Others stayed at home, slept

[cayugabirds-l] winter finches, a teaser

2012-03-07 Thread John Confer
On 3/5/2012 10:01 PM, Bill Addison wrote: This has been the winter of finches, flock after flock of them. They are eating up to 4 litres of black sunflower seed a day, if we give them that many. These photos have pine grosbeaks, redpolls and pine siskins. The male pine grosbeaks (red ones)

[cayugabirds-l] Mount Pleasant Ves. Sp., Pine War (2), Goetchius

2012-04-04 Thread John Confer
in this part of Goetchius this spring. Makes me wonder, coincidence or cause. Spring is great. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Has birding ethics changed?

2012-04-09 Thread John Confer
by the weather condition and somewhat by the stage of courtship and nest building. In terrible weather, turn the audible off, and also if it is apparent that the pair is just forming a pair bond. Cheers, John Confer On 4/9/2012 2:13 PM, wrote: Hi Nari, As John said, it used

[cayugabirds-l] CBC Sunday Trip around lake

2012-04-16 Thread John Confer
now that water level is dropping. Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow throated warbler update

2012-05-07 Thread John Confer
Some of you youngsters may not know that this bird was once called the Sycamore Warbler. John Confer On 5/7/2012 12:17 PM, Jay McGowan wrote: Right before the fire department training center, in the tall sycamores on the golf course. On May 7, 2012 11:56 AM, Brad Walker

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gonewit?

2012-06-04 Thread John Confer
I believe Paul's observation was based on a Sunday visit. The godwit was present on Saturday, which may have been its last day at our latitude. Hopefully, by now is up on the tundra. Cheers, John On 6/3/2012 12:50 PM, wrote: I tried to find the Godwit at Benning this

[cayugabirds-l] Towpath Van Dyne Spoor Tu and Su last week

2012-06-04 Thread John Confer
forgotten the name of the person who showed it to us. Let me know, thanks.) The day and weather was great, especially since the forecast was pretty bad. Got to enjoy those birds and the help of local birders. Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] a few Sunday birds-Cerulean

2012-06-04 Thread John Confer
nemesis bird, even though for me Ceruleans have been a dime for a dozen. John Confer On 6/4/2012 11:34 AM, Kenneth Victor Rosenberg wrote: There was at least 1 CERULEAN on River Rd. near Mud Lock last year, although I did not hear one last weekend. They seem to still be numerous in all

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Management Plan Urgent-rush.

2012-06-22 Thread John Confer
the deadline. Comments can be submitted via email to (please put Montezuma NWR in the subject line) John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Banding saw-whets

2012-08-06 Thread John Confer
evening. For the birds welfare and the accuracy of data recording, I can not have unscheduled drop-ins. Please, if you are interested in watching the banding process, you must call me first and schedule a time to come out. John Confer (Home = 539-6308

[cayugabirds-l] (Long comment) Exempt part of Cayuga Lake from hunting diving ducks

2013-01-03 Thread John Confer
enough to allow hunting success. I believe that argument is valid and support its philosophy. Some portions of the Cayuga Lake shoreline, which are attractive to diving ducks, should be exempt from hunting. Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Hoary or not?

2013-01-27 Thread John Confer
I think the genetic analyses provide very strong evidence for a lack of speciation between/among redpolls. Providing additional very weak support, I have been able to watch 20-100 redpolls on the railing of our deck about 10' from our dining table. It has seemed to me that there is a

[cayugabirds-l] Around the lake 10 Feb

2013-02-11 Thread John Confer
Almost every day around the lake is well spent. This not spectacular trip had its great moments. We started at Andy's house near Game Farm Rd and Rt. 366 and counted 47 red-tails at the nearby game farm and continued to see numerous red-tails during the trip, perhaps 80 or 90 for the day.

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Shrike in Danby and at Goetchius

2013-02-13 Thread John Confer
I presume the same shrike, still at Goetchius on 12 Feb. in tree top near parking/bridge area. It is not always readily seen. I see it near the road on my commute route about 1 out of 6 trips by the Preserve and about 1 out of 3 times I walk around in the

[cayugabirds-l] Eagle moving nest???

2013-02-14 Thread John Confer
Does it seem to others that the pair of eagles at the lock at the outlet of Cayuga Lake has moved its nest to the south? I didn't see any activity at the electric poles at the lock and the nest there seemed shrunken. And, there is a large pile of sticks farther to the south in a very large

[cayugabirds-l] Goetchius: 2 sp shorebirds 3/11

2013-03-11 Thread John Confer
Of course, you guessed that they were Killdeed (3) and Am. Woodcock. You've got to like spring. Cheers, John From: [] on behalf of John A-X. Morris

[cayugabirds-l] More early birds: WIWR

2013-03-12 Thread John Confer
It is so much fun when birds that become fairly regular by summer can give you a charge when you first ID them for the year. In our backyard, Karen and I had a Winter Wren trying to do his song, but doing a poor job of it this morning. Cheers, John -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Goetchius shrike, Lake Rd. Harriers.

2013-03-17 Thread John Confer
birders seeing them for the first time and comparing them to Spanish birds. Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] A long comment on Draft Plan for Hammond Hill and Yellow Barn State Forests

2013-03-20 Thread John Confer
The Unit Management Plan (UMP) proposes forest regeneration cuts in areas with moderate density of aspens to create habitat for shrubland species such as field sparrows, chestnut-sided warblers, blue-winged and golden-winged warblers, yellow warblers, etc. I have seen dozens of other

[cayugabirds-l] Great feeder day

2013-04-13 Thread John Confer
Evening Grosbeak (5), Redpoll (3), Purple Finch (3), Towhee (1), Tree (2), Song (2), Fox Sparrow (7), Junco (120), Goldfinch (5), very pale and large female Sharshinned Hawk perched at seed feeder, 30+ Turkey with several displaying toms, and yesterday, Sapsucker, Downy, Hairy, Pileated and

[cayugabirds-l] Goetchius vesper sparrow

2013-04-14 Thread John Confer
, does this make the Goetchius bird better?) Incidentally, this vesper is new to the cummulative Goetchius list as kept by the Finger Lakes Land Trust. One of the great things about birding is that you don't know what new observation may occur anywhere. John Confer

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Ringwood Rd Brown Thrasher

2013-04-20 Thread John Confer
this morning. Beautiful, tame little bird. Cheers, john confer From: [] on behalf of bob mcguire [] Sent: Saturday, April 20, 2013 12:30 PM

Re: [cayugabirds-l] 6:30 AM

2013-04-23 Thread John Confer
to run our dog and fill the feeders. So, maybe 23 April is the end for lingering Fox Sparrow. I'll miss their beautiful song, but hope they are fat and healthy when they leave for the northern limits of the boreal forest. John Confer On 4/23/2013 7:41 AM, Geo Kloppel wrote: 6:30 AM; 32 degrees

[cayugabirds-l] Goetchius: 6 Snipe, 1 Meadowlark - Home: Prairie Warbler

2013-04-28 Thread John Confer
Goetchius wetlands becoming very shallow to only damp. Wood Frog and salamander eggs, some with tadpolls already free swimming, in danger of dessication. Funny sort of forested wetland restoration. Cheers, John From:

[cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Solitary Spotted Sandpipers

2013-04-29 Thread John Confer
Solitary Sandpiper conviently in east end of new pond closest to parking lot. Pair of Spotted Sandpiper in west end of new pond to the north of parking area. I'm still trying to figure out if there is just one or maybe two singing meadowlarks (You would think that would be easy, buy they/it

[cayugabirds-l] Stefan Karkuff + J Confer Big Day

2013-05-07 Thread John Confer
Symbolically , we missed staked out brids such as Screech Owl at two locations, Sora Rail, Black and White Warbler., the Glossy Ibis, or Tri-colored Heron, Orchard Oriole at two locations, yet we were at 100 species before driving into Montezuma. Monday, 6 May, was much too early for the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lone snow goose

2013-05-11 Thread John Confer
Hi Folks, It is possible that the same bird is flying around this area. I didn't see it until about 10 days ago after several scans of the Thomas Rd wetlands when I spent enough time that I think I would have seen it if it were there. It was at the Thomas Rd wetlands last Friday at about

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Goose and Sora

2013-05-16 Thread John Confer
The location Jeff mentions for the Sora is the same as where I heard one about 2 weeks ago. Nice to know it may be staying around. The darn bird did not respond to playbacks on my Big Day. It certainly is not a bird that I am very fond of. Cheers, John On 5/16/2013 10:50 AM, Jeff Gerbracht

[cayugabirds-l] Life member Karen Allaben-Confer - RTPI show

2013-07-29 Thread John Confer
Karen Allaben-Confer, life member of the Cayuga Bird Club, has a retrospective art show at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown, NY. The show runs from August 9 to October 29 with the opening from 5:00 to 7:00 Friday, August 9. Karen's work was

[cayugabirds-l] Hammond Hill Owl Site (HHOWLS)

2013-08-12 Thread John Confer
else permission to come, if you hope to see our marriage continue, which was jeopardized last year. Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Wo caching food

2013-08-22 Thread John Confer
I have seen Red-headed Woodpeckers caching acorns. At at least one location, they cached food somewhat as I have seen in videos of Acorn Woodpeckers, putting them in shallow, tiny holes in the surface of the tree trunk. This was at Presquille in fall probably a couple decades ago. so you might

[cayugabirds-l] Political: Managing St. Lawrence River water level for wetlands

2013-08-27 Thread John Confer
very pleased to meet with us on this matter. John Confer Original Message Subject:FW: Action Alert and Sign on Letter in Support of Plan 2014 Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:41:02 -0400 From: Andrew Mason To: John Confer, Gerry

[cayugabirds-l] NYSOA Annual Long Island meeting

2013-10-15 Thread John Confer
The New York State Ornithological Association meeting on 1-3 Nov is at Long Island this year. Next year we are hosting the meeting. I am going to go to the meeting, but registered for a motel room at a late date. Sat field trips go out to Long Island, business meeting (which would be

[cayugabirds-l] Travel to NYSOA meeting

2013-10-22 Thread John Confer
. Cheers, John Confer Please leave a message at 539-6308. I do not check email very often but will check the home phone daily. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Saw-whet migration FYI

2013-10-29 Thread John Confer
to older birds was about 6 to 1 and this year it is less than 1 to 6. Great fun banding, but a strong indication of very low reproductive success this past breeding season. Listen for those little owls passing us by during the night. Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

[cayugabirds-l] Volunteer for color-banded bird study

2013-12-03 Thread John Confer
hours. Anyone need help for say, ~5-10 hours a week for a month or so? Please call numbers below. Cheers, John Confer 539-6308 274-3978 -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bats!

2013-12-06 Thread John Confer
to the ambient and metabolism will not slow down enough to make the body fuel last until spring. The chance that the bats have rabies, which they do carry, is very small. They do poop and pee during the winter, which can leave stains and smells. Otherwise, they are harmless and interesting. John Confer

[cayugabirds-l] CBC Owling company?

2013-12-27 Thread John Confer
of this, and I wouldn't mind someone else doing part of it. I've said that misery loves company, and if anyone wants to join me at anytime between 3:15 and 5:00, we can correspond offline or by phone about where I will be. Good Birding, John Confer 539-6308 PS. So far, all I have heard about means

[cayugabirds-l] Screech roost cavity

2014-01-27 Thread John Confer
. It takes about 30 seconds to drive by and check if he is filling up the hole with fluffy feathers, closed eyes, and little ear tufts. Enjoy, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

[cayugabirds-l] SNOW HELP-Please

2014-01-27 Thread John Confer
be a significant experience for students in the class. Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: ARCHIVES: 1) http

Re: [cayugabirds-l] SNOW HELP-Please-Thanks

2014-01-29 Thread John Confer
before legal sundown, way later than 3:30. I think the Montezuma timing is based on a lot of previous experience so the short-ears near the winery seem to be the exception. Thanks so much to the listserve, John Confer I will have my cell phone (607-229-5952) with me throughout the day

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Article about great lakes freezing over

2014-02-09 Thread John Confer
seem odd coming from a birder, but my grad work was in limnology with half the research since grad school was on lakes.) John Confer On 2/9/2014 7:20 AM, Liisa S. Mobley wrote: There's been a bit of discussion about the Finger Lakes freezing over, as well as the Great Lakes, on the Cayuga Birds

[cayugabirds-l] thanks for SNOW guidance +Longspur

2014-02-10 Thread John Confer
Hi Folks, The class field trip was postponed from last week to 9 Feb. Of course it snowed, made roads slippery and we turned around to get home earlier than intended. But ... . We go two Snowy Owls, one along Rt 34 just north of Lane Rd and about 1 mile south of Genoa on a fence

[cayugabirds-l] crow count MOVED LOCATION

2014-03-02 Thread John Confer
Hi Folks, The crows have moved their roost to the trees west of Ithaca College campus between NCR and Longview. A quick scan yesterday suggested about 10,000 crows. Count from just west of entrance to IC from 4:30 to 6:00. Please call 539-6308 if you would like to come. Cheers, John --

[cayugabirds-l] crow roost - count

2014-03-03 Thread John Confer
I counted 4549 crows coming to the roost located primarily west of Rt96B opposite the IC campus with some birds roosting on the east side of 96B near the circle apartments: Sunday, 1 March, 2014. I couldn't see if there were any birds coming from the south or west. On 1

[cayugabirds-l] Spring - Fox Sp and Winter Wren

2014-03-05 Thread John Confer
We've had Fox Sparrow singing around our feeder since 1 March, and this morning (5 March ) a Winter Wren chimed in with its incredibly long song. Spring is absolutely marvelous. Just pay attention to the photoperiod and forget about the temperature. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Amherst Island needs help

2014-03-05 Thread John Confer
Subscribers to the list may be interested in the letter Karen and I sent to Suzanne Edwards of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Use as you may wish. John Confer To: Susanne Edwards, Ontario Ministry of the Environment cc to above email addresses. I am a strong

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Inebriation in birds

2014-03-06 Thread John Confer
Clearly, the FAA is not acting in a responsible manner. The IC campus has numerous ornamental cherry trees, some very close to the center of campus and in locations with heavy human traffic. Cedar Waxwing flocks, occasionally as large as several

[cayugabirds-l] Short-eared Owls - Ithaca Airport

2014-03-10 Thread John Confer
Two Short-eared Owls flying inside chain link fence at about 7:20 Sunday evening. First spotted by Bob, eagle eye, McGuire who was still sitting inside a car after all the rest of us had gotten out of three different cars and did not notice anything. And the

[cayugabirds-l] Silk purse from sow's ear.

2014-03-10 Thread John Confer
So, my calendar says I was leading a Cayuga Bird Club trip on Sunday, 9 March. Knowing my success with owls, this may have been doomed from the start. Apparently, the entire rest of the world thought I was leading an owl prowl on Saturday, 8 March. O dear. I'm sorry. Ann Mitchell was kind

[cayugabirds-l] new yard bird

2014-03-13 Thread John Confer
Trivia follows After 65 years of extensive feeding of birds in my yard, (OK, including homes of parents for Karen and John and our previous homes) and with dispersal of up to ~100 lb/wk of bird seed when there has been frequent, fresh snow fall, and after thousands of hours of observation;

Re: [cayugabirds-l] killdeer

2014-03-14 Thread John Confer
Killdeer must have been on the move. I saw 11 Killdeer in half a mile along flooded fields on Flatiron Rd., Caroline just before it turned bitter cold with snow. I wonder how many survived. John Confer On 3/12/2014 6:53 PM, wrote: *Cayugabirds-L List Info:* -- Cayugabirds-L

[cayugabirds-l] mega flock Snow Geese Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, Rusty Blackbird

2014-03-22 Thread John Confer
I think I deleted my previous email attempt from yesterday, so again. On Friday afternoon, Snow Geese: flock near north end of lake, distant view in middle of lake, on ice, raft more than a mile long G-w Teal and Ruddy Duck at extreme sw corner of Cayuga Lake. 25 Rusty Blackbird just east

[cayugabirds-l] Rusty Blackbird continue at same Slaterville Springs place.

2014-03-24 Thread John Confer
25 Rusty Blackbird just east of Slaterville Springs (50 m) in wet woods north of Rt 79, between Rt. 79 and Slaterville-Harford Rd. Birds have been here up to Sunday evening for 3 days. Having said that, they are sure to fly away over night.

[cayugabirds-l] Sunday around Cayuga Lake

2014-03-31 Thread John Confer
they go north?) It does pay to go out on very uncomfortable days. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: ARCHIVES: 1

[cayugabirds-l] Goetchius - beautiful morning - Am Bittern

2014-05-04 Thread John Confer
7:00-8:00 AM Aside from one previous report of a calling Am. Bittern for Goetchius, aided by a very flexible boundary, this was the first AM BI sighting within the Goetchius and actually this was in the NY DOT portion of the wetland, that I have heard about. A female Harrier coursing over

[cayugabirds-l] Big Day Bust or Great?

2014-05-10 Thread John Confer
Bald Eagles than Red-tailed Hawks and Am. Kestrel summed together? Was this a bust day with few species for the effort and time of year, or a great day? Birding is unpredictably fun John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

Re: [cayugabirds-l] playback tapes

2014-05-12 Thread John Confer
to wildlife for our pleasure. But, I don't think a few minutes of audio playback by one or two or three individuals makes any difference. Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Winged Warbler songs

2014-05-18 Thread John Confer
PM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Winged Warbler songs Hi All, We are fortunate to have John Confer, one of the world's foremost experts on Blue-winged Warbler and Golden-winged Warbler, in our midst, so I'm hoping that he can provide a more insightful commentary on this topic than I

[cayugabirds-l] Question about eBird regions

2014-05-22 Thread John Confer
Generally speaking, I hate computers. I go birding so that I can get away from this necessary evil and the hours I think I must spend at a computer. I don't like having computers or electronic communication cluttering up my life. I really hate using time on computers and other electronics. I

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Owl seduction

2014-06-30 Thread John Confer
up and hope. Good luck, John Confer I think this is entirely appropriate for the list serve. On 6/29/2014 5:57 PM, Robin Cisne wrote: I hope you'll excuse this being somewhat off-topic, but I could use some sage counsel. I have an old mailbox that I was thinking I could nail up

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Least Bittern and Red-Headed Woodpecker.

2014-07-07 Thread John Confer
A couple weeks ago, I went around the main dike auto tour route and saw two Least Bittern flying by less than 10 yards apart: near the first segment of the drive that goes north-South just where the dense cattails open up so that you can see several hundred yards of more or less open water. I

[cayugabirds-l] Saw-whet owl banding

2014-08-20 Thread John Confer
that are captured are already banded and foreign recoveries of banded birds are frequent. Banding must be carried out following specific conditions and procedures. If interested in helping three or more nights as a BANDING ASSISTANT, please email off-list to John Confer mailto:con

[cayugabirds-l] possible Connecticut

2014-08-26 Thread John Confer
recollection is that fall Connecticut are more often than not reported by sound recognition than by sight. Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] possible Connecticut

2014-08-26 Thread John Confer
[] On Behalf Of John Confer Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:00 PM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: [cayugabirds-l] possible Connecticut Just a heads up. I heard out my bedroom window a possible (well, it made my year list) Connecticut Warbler. It took

[cayugabirds-l] Rough-legged Hawk-Slaterville

2014-11-19 Thread John Confer
And more hawks A rough-legged hawk flew by the western edge of Slaterville Springs crossing Rt 79. John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Asher's phone # and CBC

2014-12-10 Thread John Confer Thanks John Confer I hope you don't mind using the listserve for this, thanks. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Short-eared Owls and other raptors at Lake Rd. 12/12

2014-12-12 Thread John Confer
Bob and Joan Horn, Karen and John Confer Indian Farm Rd: 1 Red-tailed Hawk, junco, tree Spa, and Horned Larks Poplar Ridge Rd; accipiter and probable N. Harrier Lake Rd/Long Point Winery: from ~~3:00-3:45 and primarily west or toward lake from winery, 1 male Am. Kestrel, 1 light

[cayugabirds-l] Christmas Bird Count - Owl Route

2014-12-15 Thread John Confer
. I guess comments about where someone does pre-dawn owling are fine for the listserve. *If some other fool would like to join me at 4:00 AM at lower Buttermilk Falls St. Pk. please respond to or 539-6308* Hoot, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Northern Goshawk Fingerlakes National Forest, Schuyler Co.

2015-01-16 Thread John Confer
Observatory 5373 Fitzgerald Road Burdett,NY 14818-9626 N 42 26.611' W 76 45.492' Website: Conserve and Create Habitat On Thu, January 15, 2015 16:03, John Confer wrote: HI Folks, The barn door is open or the cat is out of the bag, BUT I HAVE

[cayugabirds-l] 50+ red-wings

2015-01-22 Thread John Confer
So we do have global climate change and the photoperiod is getting longer.. Still, I wonder if the 50+ male red-wings, all of them quiet, at Montezuma last night are going to pass on any genes for arriving this early. Surely we'll get at least one big snow storm that would be potentially

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Northern Goshawk Fingerlakes National Forest, Schuyler Co.

2015-01-15 Thread John Confer
HI Folks, The barn door is open or the cat is out of the bag, BUT I HAVE A CONCERN ABOUT DESCRIBING LOCATIONS OF N GOSHAWK WHEN THEY ACT SOMEWHAT AS IF THEY HAD A TERRITORY. Northern Goshawk are known among banders who climb to hawk nests to frequently abandon a nest, especially early in

[cayugabirds-l] Dandy's dandy drive-by screech - again

2015-01-29 Thread John Confer
I stop by the Slaterville Springs Dandy store several times a week to get a newspaper on my way to/from work. I hadn't seen the owl or months. It really surprised me that David saw it, and also gave me considerable pleasure. I looked at the cavity at about 11:00 this morning. It wasn't there

[cayugabirds-l] Serendipitous raptor observations- long rambling

2015-03-21 Thread John Confer
serendipity: the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for, refers to the fairy tale characters who were always making discoveries through chance. Cayugabirds-l has carried two recent reports of serendipitous raptor observations. A+ ratings: Kevin

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bradfiled Peregrines?

2015-03-11 Thread John Confer
I checked Bradfield twice on Sunday, 8 March, once at about 7:45 and once at about 4:00 with no luck. Whitewash, which I guess was from Peregrines, was all over the brick walls with a few places of concentration. One of the three students whom I picked up, Menachem, said he saw a Peregrine fly

[cayugabirds-l] Fresh, fragrant manure - How lovely

2015-03-07 Thread John Confer
Just ~200 yds southeast of the Triangle Diner is a newly spread patch of manure. There were ~50 Horned Larks and ~75 Snow Bunting close to the road. And about a half mile south of there on Center Rd, which has a T-junction with Lake Rd at the Treleavan Winery, there were ~6 Lapland Longspurs

[cayugabirds-l] Sunday CBC Field Trip- daylight savings

2015-03-07 Thread John Confer
Do remember to move the time on your clocks one hour forward, i.e., less sleep. See you tomorrow at 7:45 at the parking lot opposite the Dairy Bar., or at the Lab before 8:00 Should you forget, our first stop of considerable duration will be at Myer's Point, but don't forget. Tufted Duck,

[cayugabirds-l] Raven courtship

2015-03-04 Thread John Confer
Spring around our house includes Raven courtship. I heard and saw a pair of ravens flying from _south _of Rt 79 over Goetchius Preserve and up Hammond Hill and across to Robinson Hollow ( from a field you can see and hear them from a large distance away). The entire time they flew very close

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Yacht Club

2015-03-05 Thread John Confer
, but did not consider the possibility of many other visitors. Cheers, John Confer On 3/5/2015 9:37 AM, Sandy wrote: I think the idea of getting permission to bird there is a good idea. Anyone know who to call? I followed the footprints to the patio and stayed there. I also drove up

Re: [cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest - correction: owls there Thursday 4/16 morning.

2015-04-20 Thread John Confer
P. Read [] Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 6:08 PM To: John Confer; CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest John Confer wrote: We drove over to the golf course and first stopped to see the Great Horned Owl nest. To our total surprise

[cayugabirds-l] Merlins

2015-04-22 Thread John Confer
Well I'm hopeless looking for raptor nests. I went by Christopher Lane between 6:30 and 7:00 when I thought would be the best times, and didn't see the Merlin once. Nice that Mark saw it though. I would like to know of other Merlin sightings, please. (Not that I'm going to see it.) John Confer

[cayugabirds-l] Downtown Ithaca Merlin pair

2015-04-25 Thread John Confer
Ken Kemphues first noted Merlins in the 400 block of N. Titus. At about 7:15, a pair was sitting in a tree in the middle of the block between N. Titus and Center Street. I moved to get a better view and the female disappeared as my view was blocked so I don't have a clue about the nest

Re:[cayugabirds-l] SFO learns alchemy - GH Owl nest - correction:

2015-04-20 Thread John Confer
, john Confer On 4/20/2015 9:59 AM, Gary Kohlenberg wrote: Hi John, Yes the nests are very close. From the buss garage the RTHA nest is easier to see. It is in the tree with the painted 150 yd. marker. It was only after people reported seeing Owls after I left that I started to get suspicious

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Thursday + Eurasian Widgeon

2015-05-01 Thread John Confer
: on behalf of bob mcguire Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2015 5:49 PM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Thursday John Confer and I spent the morning helping out

[cayugabirds-l] N Titus Merlin nest - location correction for Fish Crow.

2015-05-06 Thread John Confer
N. Titus x Plain x Center Sts: I watched the male Merlin fly toward, briefly perch, and fly away from a bundle of sticks in an exceptionally tall Sycamore along Center St., which parallels N. Titus and is the next street north. Not proof, but an indication of an actual, active nest. The nest

Re: [cayugabirds-l] House Sparrow advice - hire Merlin

2015-05-10 Thread John Confer
Hire a Merlin. So far all the prey I have identified, i.e., a small sample of 3, have been House Sparrows. John __ From: on behalf of Melanie Uhlir Sent:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Basin Big Day Saturday- Congratulations

2015-05-11 Thread John Confer
What an exceptionally great day. Thanks for taking the time to compile the observations. John On 5/10/2015 4:26 PM, Jay McGowan wrote: Livia and I had a fun day yesterday. We had a few setbacks: slow migrant birding in Ithaca; missing some know stakeouts like Upland Sandpiper, Rusty

[cayugabirds-l] 4 downtown merlins, Fish Crow nest with rambling story

2015-05-05 Thread John Confer
. Cheers, John Confer -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin preempt Fish Crow nest.

2015-05-18 Thread John Confer
Bob McGuire described hearing Merlin along Cascadilla Creek between Aurora and Tioga on 3 May. Since then I have made 6 visits to find the nest because I wanted to monitor it and determine nesting success. I heard/saw Merlins on 5 visits in the the block between Aurora and Tioga. On 5 May,

[cayugabirds-l] Horned Grebe courtship-song + Merlin Aurora

2015-04-13 Thread John Confer
Sunday, 12 April, The Wells College boathouse provided: 50+ Horned Grebes close to the dock. Some in breeding plumage and even began their courtship dance and song. Fabulous. A Merlin, or possibly two, called off and on for about two minutes from about 100 yds east of boatchouse and

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake Ospreys

2015-04-09 Thread John Confer
This is just awesome. I can hardly wait to see the map by you and Karen. Is there some way we general public could contribute to some guesstimate of the number fledged from all these nests? And to think, in the middle of the DDT usage, there were no active Osprey nests in upstate New York.

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