[cayugabirds-l] Bird tour at Montezuma Audubon Center 10/11/17

2017-10-11 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good afternoon everyone, I'm a new staff member here at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah, NY. I'm from Western NY and the Finger Lakes region, and have lived and worked all over the country chasing birds. Just 3 weeks ago, I joined the MAC as an environmental educator! This evening,

[cayugabirds-l] Happy Owl-Ween at the Montezuma Audubon Center

2017-10-19 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good afternoon bird fiends and friends, The Montezuma Audubon Center staff is happy to welcome back Jean Soprano, of Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation, who will have live owls on display during her presentation about the silent hunters of the night. Then, join the Montezuma Audubon

[cayugabirds-l] Snowy owl

2017-11-18 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
A snowy owl has been spotted by one of our visitors! On Route 89 in the town of Tyre (I believe), as you come out of the Montezuma NWR wildife drive, turn left (south). It was seen in a tree near the first pull off parking area on the left. Happy owling! Best, Alyssa Johnson Environmental

[cayugabirds-l] SNOW GOOSE

2017-11-15 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Hi everyone, I got an error message last night, so I'm not sure if my email sent to the list, so I'll try again: I saw my FOY Snow Goose on the north end of Seneca Lake on the "kayak beach", just north of the Ramada last night on 11/15/17 around 6pm. It was on the beach with a couple CAGOs,

[cayugabirds-l] Corncrake on Long Island

2017-11-08 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good afternoon, I realize that a corncrake (Crex crex) isn't a Finger Lakes visitor, but it is such a rarity that I wanted to share it here! I myself have not seen the bird, but belong to the groups "Birds of the Eastern United States" and "New York Birders" on Facebook, and have been seeing

[cayugabirds-l] Trumpeter swans and Sandhill cranes

2017-11-01 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Hi all, currently right now 1:51p Nov 1st, 50+ TRUMPETER SWANS on both north and south sides of Armitage Road between Olmsted and where the canal goes under the road to the west of the flats. Many other ducks and geese present as well. 1 adult Sandhill and 1 juvenile on the south side of

[cayugabirds-l] Sandill Cranes

2017-12-01 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good morning! On my way into work this morning around 10:20 there were probably 40ish Sandhill cranes spread out on either side of Armitage Road, just west of Olmstead Rd. Happy birding! Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 P.O. Box 187 Savannah, New

[cayugabirds-l] Birding at Montezuma NWR

2018-05-11 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Last night (5/10/18) I led a bird-watching tour through the refuge wildlife drive. Birds of interest, in order of sighting: -Common gallinule along the beginning of the drive, in the narrow channel to the left of the drive -American white pelican (sleeping with head tucked most of the viewing

[cayugabirds-l] Western meadowlark

2018-05-04 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
I observed the WESTERN MEADOWLARK sitting on the electrical lines this morning on Olmstead Road, just north of Armitage Road at 9:15am. It sat for a moment- long enough for me to see spots, and as I approached in my car it took off and flew down into the field. I wasn't looking for this bird,

[cayugabirds-l] American avocet

2018-05-18 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
American avocet continues to be showy in the Benning Marsh today at 12pm at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Best, Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 PO Box 187 Savannah, NY 13146 ajohn...@audubon.org (315) 365-3588 -- Cayugabirds-L List

[cayugabirds-l] Wildlife Fest at the Montezuma Audubon Center 5/5

2018-05-01 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Happy May 1st, and what a beautiful spring day it is! Please consider joining us this weekend- there will be something for everyone at the Montezuma Audubon Center's 12th Annual Wildlife Festival in Savannah, NY on Saturday, May 5th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ! KrittrKris and Feathered Friends,

[cayugabirds-l] Baltimore oriole

2018-05-03 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
What a gorgeous morning! On my way to work this morning, I saw my FOY Baltimore oriole fly across the road in Tyre, NY. I've had my oranges hanging in the trees at the Audubon Center for 5 days, I hope today they find them! Happy birding. Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator Montezuma

[cayugabirds-l] Willet

2018-05-03 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
I am almost positive that I just flushed a flock of 16 Willet off the stone beach, just north of the Ramada and the iron foot bridge, on Seneca Lake in Geneva. White and black bars on the wings, a white rump patch and they were vocalizing a nasally high pitch sound as they flew over and

Re: [cayugabirds-l] 65 Sandhill Cranes

2017-10-26 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Sandhill cranes still in the field on Armitage rd as of 9:30 Thursday morning. Not sure of exact count, didn't have binoculars with me- is "a lot" good enough? :) Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 PO Box 187 Savannah, NY 13146

[cayugabirds-l] First Day Hike at Montezuma Audubon Center

2017-12-30 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Jan. 1, Monday, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm First Day Snowshoe Hike! Join us as we celebrate the first day of the New Year with a snowshoe hike! Weather permitting, we'll hike through snow muffled forests, across grasslands and out to the usually inaccessible Crusoe Lake shoreline to explore hearty

[cayugabirds-l] Winter migration van tour w/ Audubon!

2018-01-17 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Greetings all, I have spaces left in my van tour for tomorrow January 18, 2018. We'll meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center at about 1:45pm, and depart at 2pm. I plan to bird our way down to Cayuga Lake,

[cayugabirds-l] Bird banding demo at Montezuma Audubon Center 2/3/18

2018-01-25 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Nature of Montezuma Lecture Series: Bird Banding with Dr. John Van Niel Feb. 3, Saturday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Dr. John Van Niel, a Professor of Environmental Conservation at Finger Lakes Community College, has been a bird bander since 1999 and he will share with participants how to safely

[cayugabirds-l] Barred owl dissection

2018-02-08 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Mar. 3, Saturday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Owl Dissection & Discussion Workshop Please join the Audubon staff for our first public owl dissection and discussion! Learn how we came to be in possession of these federally protected birds and about the management efforts that are occurring in the

[cayugabirds-l] FOY Grebe

2018-03-09 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
This morning during a home school student migration tour, we spotted a FOY (for me!) pied-billed grebe actively feeding in the Crane Unit, off of VanDyne Spoor Rd, Savannah, Wayne County. The side of the road that the grebe was on is considered Refuge lands, and the other side is state land.

[cayugabirds-l] Spring migration at Montezuma

2018-02-28 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good afternoon fellow birding community! The birding in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex is heating up, just in time to be cooled down by the week's end snow storm that's predicted. Just now I am watching 15 TURKEY VULTURES in a kettle to the east of the Montezuma Audubon Center. I saw my FOY

[cayugabirds-l] Egrets

2018-04-12 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
FOY 6 great egrets for me yesterday at Tschache Pool at Montezuma NWR! They were flying as a group, to the north. Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 P.O. Box 187 Savannah, New York 13146 (315) 365-3588 Audubon NY-

[cayugabirds-l] W. Meadowlark

2018-04-17 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good morning all- I'm interested in tracking down the original spotter for the Western meadowlark on Armitage Rd. I'm curious as to how it was identified initially and how it was determined it was Western vs Eastern. What a neat sighting for our neck of the woods. Has anyone seen/heard it in

[cayugabirds-l] Spring programs at Montezuma Audubon Center

2018-03-27 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Hi everyone, I tried posting our schedule last week, and forgot I couldn't use attachments! Here is the link to all of our upcoming spring programming at the Audubon Center in Savannah, NY. http://ny.audubon.org/education/montezuma-audubon-center-programs-and-events Hope to meet you soon, or

[cayugabirds-l] Derby Hill Van Trip

2018-03-16 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Join Montezuma Audubon Center staff for a van trip to Derby Hill Bird Observatory on WEDNESDAY MARCH 28 or SATURDAY APRIL 28. Visit Lake Ontario for the spectacular spring raptor migration and leave the driving to us! We have a few spots left in each trip in our van Travel with other birders in

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Wetland Complex updates

2018-10-24 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good morning! Some of the harvested corn fields along Armitage Rd. in Savannah are being currently flooded by the landowners (waterfowl hunters) and it's getting VERY birdy. During my commute this morning I saw gulls, geese, swans, and ducks (sorry I can't be more specific) but I expect if one

[cayugabirds-l] Biking at Howland's Island

2018-09-18 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good afternoon- I have several spots open still for my BYOBike Tour of Howland's Island (hosted by Montezuma Audubon Center). Please see below for more information! Sept. 22, Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Howland's Island BYOBike Tour [Image result for bike tour clip art] Join us

[cayugabirds-l] Upcoming Montezuma Audubon Center programs

2018-09-11 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Hi, all! Coming up in the next few weeks at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah, NY: >Sept. 13, Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Montezuma Bird Watching Van Tour The summer is coming to a close but the autumn bird migration is well underway. Join us as we look for raptors, waterfowl,

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma bird walk and photo safari for kids!

2018-07-12 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
I have 2 public programs running this Saturday, July 14th via the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah, NY. 4July 14, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Montezuma Heritage Park Birding Walk If you're interested in Erie Canal history, and the birds that call the Montezuma Wetlands Complex their

[cayugabirds-l] Afternoon bird tour with Audubon

2018-06-05 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
June 7, Thursday 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Montezuma Birdwatching Tour The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is teeming with migratory songbirds, marsh birds, and other wildlife this time of year. Join us for an afternoon van tour through the Montezuma's marshes, forests and grasslands to explore the

[cayugabirds-l] Black terns

2018-06-08 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Hi all, During an Audubon van tour yesterday, 6/7, we observed several black terns swooping and feeding above the water at the "Crane Unit" on the end of VanDyne Spoor Rd in Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. I didn't know immediately what they were, and was happy to add them to my life list!

[cayugabirds-l] Last minute spots for birding tour!

2018-06-14 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Hi everyone, I have a few spots left in my Audubon Van Tour this Saturday, the 16th. We're meeting at the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah) at 7:45am with an 8:00am departure. On the tour, I will take you to lesser know birding hot spots in the Northern Montezuma portion

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Moth Night 8/10/18

2018-07-28 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Friday, August 10, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. *RAINDATE 08/11/2018, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Montezuma Moth Night Join us as we welcome Dr. Meena Madhav Haribal, a semi-retired Chemical Ecologist from Cornell University, for our first ever "Moth Night" at the Montezuma Audubon Center! Dr. Haribal

[cayugabirds-l] Audubon programs this weekend

2018-08-08 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good afternoon everyone, We have 2 great programs lined up for this weekend at the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah). Please call (315) 365-3588 to register, or feel free to reply back to this message! Friday, August 10, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. *RAINDATE 08/11/2018, 7:00

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Audubon Center Summer Programs

2018-06-28 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Hello everyone, Please see the link below for all of our upcoming Summer 2018 programs at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah, Wayne County, NY. http://friendsofmontezuma.org/summer-2018-programs-at-the-montezuma-audubon-center/ Hope to see some familiar faces, as new as new program

[cayugabirds-l] Summer solstice paddle with Audubon TOMORROW

2018-06-20 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
June 21, Thursday 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Summer Solstice Celebration Paddle Celebrate the longest day of the year with us! We'll paddle a 2-mile section of the Seneca River around Howland's Island and enjoy the sights and sounds of the first day of summer. We'll search for nesting birds, basking

[cayugabirds-l] Bats of Montezuma

2018-08-15 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good afternoon- I so appreciate this platform to share programs and events with the birding community across Western NY. Last week we held a moth program at the Montezuma Audubon Center, and had participants from as far as Buffalo attend because of this listserve. I wanted to share our next

[cayugabirds-l] RWBB

2019-03-02 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Got our First of Year red-winged blackbird at our feeders at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah this morning! Best, Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 PO Box 187 Savannah, NY 13146 ajohn...@audubon.org (315) 365-3588 -- Cayugabirds-L

[cayugabirds-l] Bird dissection at Audubon

2019-02-19 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Mar. 2, Saturday, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Bird Dissection & Discussion Workshop Join us for a bird dissection and discussion to learn about the interesting differences and similarities between various species. If you have ever wanted to examine birds up close and personal, this is your chance. There

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Dead Eagle

2019-08-10 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Please contact NYSDEC officer, if you haven’t already. Too bad! Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator Montezuma Audubon Center PO Box 187 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, New York 13146 (315) 365-3588 ajohn...@audubon.org From:

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Moth Night and other events!

2019-08-07 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good morning- The Montezuma Audubon Center is hosting a great event this Friday, Aug. 9th from 7pm-9:30pm: Montezuma Moth Night! Fri., August 9, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Montezuma Moth Night Join us as we welcome Dr. Meena Madhav Haribal, semi-retired Chemical Ecologist from Cornell University who

[cayugabirds-l] Swallows eating mushrooms

2019-08-01 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good morning, I observed something so strange this morning. There are several dozen juvenile tree swallows all over the back lawn at the Montezuma Audubon Center (presumably staging?) fluttering in the air and landing on the ground. I watched multiples feeding on these small white mushrooms,

[cayugabirds-l] Red-winged blackbird

2019-12-07 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
This morning I watched the feeders at the Montezuma Audubon Center for about 5 minutes. The usual crew was there, including a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD. I tried to manipulate eBird to tell me the most recent sightings in this area, and I couldn't figure it out. I know it's not unusual to see RWBBs

[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese and Red wings

2019-03-12 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
This morning I observed 20-30 SNOW GEESE flying north over Geneva. We are all eagerly awaiting their mass arrival, and we've been getting calls the last week or so at the Audubon Center from folks anxious to see them! For updates on their arrival and activity in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex,

[cayugabirds-l] Spring Montezuma Tours

2019-04-25 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good afternoon, I wanted to share a few tour opportunities coming at the Montezuma Audubon Center during the month of May. Going on tours led by Audubon Staff is a great way for beginners to learn all the hot spots of Montezuma birding, or if you're a bit more advanced...well it's nice to be

[cayugabirds-l] FOY migrants at Montezuma Audubon

2019-05-03 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
At the Montezuma Audubon Center (Route 89, Savannah) we had our FOY Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Baltimore Oriole's on Thursday 5/2, and a FOY Ruby-throated Hummingbird today, 5/3! RBGR was seen feeding on black oil sunflower seeds on the ground. BAOR was enjoying fresh oranges and nectar from

[cayugabirds-l] Barn swallows & female RWBB

2019-04-19 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Both BARN SWALLOWS and female RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS seem to have arrived overnight last night to the Montezuma Audubon Center! RWBBs are seen under the feeders with male RWBB, common grackle, and brown-headed cowbirds. Barn swallows are swooping around with tree swallows and purple martins, and

[cayugabirds-l] Cornell Lab of O Tour

2019-04-23 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good afternoon! Montezuma Audubon Center staff has facilitated an exciting behind-the-scenes tour of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a guided hike through Sapsucker Woods! We have several seats left in the van that will be leaving and returning to the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah,

[cayugabirds-l] Killdeer and E. Meadowlark

2019-03-14 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
FOY Killdeer calling and FOY Eastern Meadowlark singing- both heard, not seen, in the Montezuma Audubon Center fields. -- Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator 315.365.3588 Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89 P.O. Box 187 Savannah, New York 13146 Audubon NY-

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma migration van tour

2019-03-16 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Saturday the 23rd of March I am offering a last minute van tour on behalf of the Montezuma Audubon Center. I've had a lot of interest in the tours we offer, so I thought I'd add one more. Migration has really begun here and the theme of the tour is migratory waterfowl species, but of course

[cayugabirds-l] Birding Northern Montezuma 3/23

2019-03-23 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
I took two groups birding today, and what great people I got to spend my Saturday with. Despite the biting cold and blinding sun and snow glare, we saw: -4 killdeer flushed as we were pulling out of the MAC parking lot -thousands of pintail on south side of carncross rd, as well as multiple

[cayugabirds-l] Bird list from Montezuma Audubon Center 4/13

2019-04-13 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good afternoon all, It's a beautiful, warm, breezy day. We had a great group of volunteers here this morning helping to remove the invasive honeysuckles that inhabit our woodland. Lot's of birding done while yanking bushes out! And many birds enjoyed on a walk afterwards. Here is the bird list

[cayugabirds-l] Added birding tour with Montezuma Audubon

2019-03-19 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Hi Folks, I received great interest in offering a birding tour this Saturday March 23rd in the morning, from 10am-12pm. At this time, I only have 1 spot left in the van. I have added another tour for that day in the afternoon, from 1pm-3pm with 8 spots open. There is a cost of $15/person,

[cayugabirds-l] Audubon Tour of Howland's Island

2019-05-14 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good afternoon- We had so much interest in the AM tour on Howland's Island, that we are offering an afternoon tour as well. H.I. is in the NYSDEC Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area. Please see details below. Saturday, May 25th, 1:00pm-3:30pm Howland's Island Van Tour Spring songbird

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Audubon Center Winter 2020 Events

2019-12-20 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good evening all! The Montezuma Audubon Center has just posted our event schedule coming up beginning on Jan 1 with a First Day Hike! I've highlighted several events below, but please see our complete listing at: Montezuma Audubon Center Winter 2020

[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese

2020-02-25 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
This morning I saw up to 10,000 snow geese in the air in the Seneca Falls/Waterloo area. All headed south-ish, probably to go to the lake. I haven't seen any on the ground in the Montezuma area yet, but we will keep our social media updated! Montezuma Audubon

[cayugabirds-l] Last minute openings for birding tour

2020-03-04 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Hi everyone, We have a few spots open for this afternoon's Montezuma Migration Birding Tour. The snow geese are here, as well as many other ducks showing up! This is a great time of year to go out birding! Details are below, you'd have to be to the Montezuma Audubon Center by 1:45pm. Feel free

[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese

2020-03-04 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Around 230/3 pm we watched tens (hundreds?) of thousands of snow geese flying NW off Cayuga Lake. We were at the Cayuga Lake State Park and down near Wolff’s Grill. It was quite a sight to be seen! Headed up to the muck flats on 31 to see if they would come in for the night, but they didn’t.

[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese at Montezuma

2020-03-03 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
I had the supreme pleasure of having 100,000+ snow geese to myself tonight! I found them on Route 31 between the town of Montezuma and where 31 turns north and joins up with Route 89 towards Savannah. They were on the north side of 31 in the muck flats. If you’re familiar with the area, the

[cayugabirds-l] Northern end of Cayuga Lake waterfowl

2020-02-27 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
East side of Cayuga Lake was HOPPING today! Thousands of waterfowl. I started at Cayuga Lake SP. To the right and left, birds dotting the water as far as I could see. 1 lone eagle soaring around. I was here Monday and there were 10 eagles on the ice, ice is gone now though. Here I saw tundra

[cayugabirds-l] "Bird Friendly" Chocolate Tasting event

2020-01-29 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good morning, This Saturday, Feb 1, I am hosting chocolate tasting event at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah, NY. All chocolates are made with birds, sustainability, and good farming practices in mind. After the tasting, we will head out for a 1-mile bird walk on the trails (this was

[cayugabirds-l] "Bird Friendly" chocolate tasting EDIT

2020-01-29 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
My apologies- something just happened on my end and the email sent while I was in the middle of writing it! Please see below: Good morning, This Saturday, Feb 1, I am hosting chocolate tasting event at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah, NY. All chocolates are made with birds,

[cayugabirds-l] Intro to eBird and the Breeding Bird Atlas III workshop

2020-01-03 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Happy New Year! The Montezuma Audubon Center is offering an “Introduction to eBird and the Breeding Bird Atlas III” as a workshop on Saturday, January 18th. See below for more information. Introduction to eBird and the New York State Breeding Bird Atlas Saturday, Jan. 18, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

RE: [cayugabirds-l] NY BBA 3 has started

2020-01-01 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
The Montezuma Audubon Center is holding an intro workshop with Ms. Julie Hart. See below for info on how to register: Introduction to eBird and the New York State Breeding Bird Atlas Saturday, Jan. 18, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Jumpstart your birdwatching adventures by learning about two community

[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese in Savannah

2020-03-06 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
If anyone is out looking for snow geese right now (5pm Friday 3/6) I think a huge huge flock is landing in a corn field north of where 31/89 split, but before Savannah on the east side of the road. They left the muck flats as I was pulling into the potato barn spot. Alyssa Johnson

[cayugabirds-l] Weekend bird tours at Montezuma

2020-03-11 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good afternoon, I have a few spots open in the Saturday morning tour, and 9 spots open in the afternoon tour. Please call (315) 365-3588 or email me here (do not 'Reply All') to register. We are at peak numbers for waterfowl migration, it's a great time of year to bird! Montezuma Migration

[cayugabirds-l] History of Howland's Island presentation at 11 am TODAY

2020-04-11 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good morning, I will be offering a live presentation about the history of the last 90 years of Howland's Island. If you are unfamiliar, this is a part of the NYSDEC Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area and is fantastic for birding, hiking, paddling, and many other outdoor activities!

Re: [cayugabirds-l] [VTBIRD] BBS cancelled

2020-04-15 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
BBA is still on. I was confused about this as well, and emailed NYS BBA coordinator Julie Hart and she said they are different efforts and BBA is still on :) Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator 315.365.3588 Montezuma Audubon Center PO Box 187 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, New York 13146

[cayugabirds-l] History of Howlands Island

2020-04-23 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good evening! Several weeks ago I gave a live virtual presentation on the topic of “The History of Howland’s Island”. Thank you to any who may have joined in! If you missed it, here is the link! https://www.facebook.com/99208163066/posts/10157389933203067/?vh=e=n I had to re-record it because

[cayugabirds-l] Blue grosbeak

2020-05-06 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
A lifer for me! I work at the Montezuma Audubon Center, and earlier today someone sent us a picture saying she thinks her husband saw a blue grosbeak at work, which is at the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Waterloo. I confirmed the picture ID, and made some calls and was able to meet up with the

Re: Fwd: [cayugabirds-l] Blue grosbeak

2020-05-08 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Center PO Box 187 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, New York 13146 montezuma.audubon.org From: Cordia Popp Sent: Thursday, May 7, 2020 9:22:15 PM To: Johnson, Alyssa Subject: Re: Fwd: [cayugabirds-l] Blue grosbeak Great thanks! I’ll forward it to Daniel. Glad he

[cayugabirds-l] Horned larks

2020-05-14 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Yesterday I was birding for Audubon New York’s fundraising Birdathon, and I had a fantastic day sighting or hearing 74 species. Highlights: Geneva, home- AM: FOY house wren Seneca Meadows Landfill: blue grosbeak, white-crowned sparrow Montezuma NWR wildlife drive: American bittern, least

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Wildlife drive?

2020-03-21 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Hi everyone, even though we are not at work, we are going to try and keep the Montezuma Audubon Center fb page updated, along with the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex fb page as well. Follow along. Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator 315.365.3588 Montezuma Audubon Center PO Box 187

Re:[cayugabirds-l] My first kestrel of the season

2020-03-22 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
I was under the impression that they were present year round. I noticed one back in February at the FL airport. Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator 315.365.3588 Montezuma Audubon Center PO Box 187 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, New York 13146 montezuma.audubon.org

[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill cranes and Snow geese

2020-03-07 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Not my sighting, but a report that came to the Audubon FB page of 3 Sandhill cranes seen from the end of Morgan Rd by the DEC buildings in Savannah. First of the year, to my knowledge! Snow geese are being reported from the Route 31 muck flats, and a large raft on Cayuga Lake viewed from

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Howland Island question

2020-05-20 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
From: Johnson, Alyssa Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:37 PM To: Sandra Lynn Babcock Subject: Re: Howland Island question This is the response (plus a little more) that I sent to Sandra: I work at the Audubon Center which is very close, just a few miles from HI

[cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary warbler

2020-05-30 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
I had great views of the prothonotary warbler on Armitage Rd earlier this afternoon. As soon as I stepped out of my car, I heard singing from the nest box! See Montezuma Audubon Center on Facebook for a video, or find us on Instagram: montezuma_audubon_center. Alyssa Johnson Environmental

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Audubon Backyard Birding Kit

2020-05-26 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
If you're looking to take your backyard birding to the next level, consider purchasing a Backyard Birding Kit from the Montezuma Audubon Center. Each kit includes: -A bluebird house kit including pre-drilled holes, hardware, and directions to build the box; -An Audubon singing bird (stuffed

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Howland Island question

2020-05-22 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Hi everyone! I’ve heard some rumors going around, and we got a question at the MAC, that Carncross Rd leading to Howland’s Island has been washed out at some point. I haven’t been in the area recently so I checked with the DEC on Morgan Rd. The road is not washed out. There was water over the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma

2020-09-16 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Both the visitor center field and Carncross Rd fields are bone dry. I was there this morning! Get Outlook for iOS From: bounce-124946009-79436...@list.cornell.edu on behalf of Carol Keeler Sent: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 9:32:43 AM

[cayugabirds-l] Towhee at feeders

2020-10-28 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
We have had an Eastern Towhee hanging out at our feeders for the last 2 days here at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah. Very cooperative to watch, feeding on the ground! Our facility IS open, by the way. If you visit Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, once you finish the wildlife

[cayugabirds-l] Warbler ID help

2020-06-18 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Today is my first day back at the Montezuma Audubon Center, so you know I had to take a walk on the trails! I thought I heard a Connecticut Warbler, but looking at eBird, it's considered rare for this area and 2 of the 3 sightings were later in the summer, probably migration. What is something

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Warbler ID help

2020-06-19 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Box 187 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, New York 13146 montezuma.audubon.org From: Peter Saracino Sent: Friday, June 19, 2020 9:00:53 AM To: k...@empireaccess.net Cc: Leona Lauster ; Johnson, Alyssa ; CayugaBirds post Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Warbler ID help

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma crane breeding success?

2020-12-05 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
All, I counted 176 last year at once in Knox Marsellus. That was the highest number I had come across until Pete Saracino's 256 yesterday! What an amazing story, huh? -- Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator 315.365.3588 Montezuma Audubon Center PO Box 187 2295 State Route 89 Savannah, NY

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sandhills

2020-12-04 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Anyone have eyes on the cranes at 10 am at Knox Marsellus? Driving to work on Hogback and came across several hundred in a corn field. Took off and flew too fast for a solid count, but wonder if this is the same group. They were across from Dickens Farms and flew off to the SE. I have to get to

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sandhills

2020-12-04 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Sorry they were on Wiley road (that turns into Hogback about a half mile north), on the west side right across from Dickens Farm. Get Outlook for iOS<https://aka.ms/o0ukef> From: bounce-125192353-79436...@list.cornell.edu on behalf of Johnson, Alyssa

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma birds this morning

2020-12-02 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Hello all, It was a very cold and blustery morning, but had good birding. Here are a few notes about my trip: -I did not see any cranes at the Sandhill Crane Unit on Van Dyne Spoor Rd. Many ducks out in the distance! Hard to see with the snow. White-crowned sparrows were making some noise on

RE: [cayugabirds-l] cranes at MNWR

2020-12-10 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Hi Nancy, I was out yesterday on a birding tour in the snow, and could not find evidence of any cranes! Much of the wetlands, especially the shallow ones, are iced over here. I expect that with this weekend’s warmer temps, that will melt. I don’t know though if they’ve taken off for the

[cayugabirds-l] Greater Yellowlegs

2020-11-18 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Yesterday, I saw 6 Greater Yellowlegs in the freshly drained Storage Pond on Howland's Island in Savannah. It was flurrying so hard, it was hard to see at times! I hope they get a move on and head south sooner rather than later. Other birds of note on the island- 1 Belted Kingfisher, ~20 Snow

[cayugabirds-l] Birding Savannah to FL Airport

2021-02-04 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
I took a drive today around the Northern Montezuma WMA and down along Cayuga Lake to the Airport in Seneca Falls. It was a quick trip, just the long way home so I didn’t linger long at each place. >From N to S: Directly across route 89 from the Montezuma Audubon Center is an >ATT cell tower.

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin reports

2021-03-26 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Last spring, I was working from home so had ample time to walk around my neighborhood midday, and discovered a Merlin nest site in the Washington Street Cemetery on Washington Street in Geneva. Their NOISE is what attracted my attention first. Then I found where I thought the nest was (30+ feet

[cayugabirds-l] FOY Phoebe & Armitage Rd

2021-03-25 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Good morning! I drive along Armitage Road in Savannah/Tyre (not sure township) on my way to work every day, and the "wet woods" were hopping with bird sounds today! Also, unfortunately, a lot of squished frogs in the road. I stopped to looked initially for salamanders, didn't see any. But, I

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Basin Osprey Nest Tracking

2021-03-31 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Hi all, I was given permission to share this information with everyone, regarding the Osprey nest removal on 5 & 20. Jenny Landry is a NYSDEC Wildlife Biologist for Region 8, and is available for questions. -Alyssa Good morning folks! I know you have likely been fielding lots of calls

RE: [cayugabirds-l] snow geese...?

2021-03-11 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Don't be fooled by the "snow geese" on the south side of Route 31, there is a large spread of decoys in front of a hunting blind there. Much of the land on either side of the road is privately owned (except for the eastern-most portion along the Seneca River, that's USFWS owned). There is also

[cayugabirds-l] Nesting Mourning Dove

2021-03-18 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
The past few mornings of walking my dog, I have noticed a Mourning Dove on an old Robin nest on the side of a house. The mate is nearby, keeping a watchful eye. I got fairly close to the nest on the house before realizing the bird was on the nest, but she didn't budge. Is this early for

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese and bald Eagles

2021-03-17 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
I’m saying over 200,000 now. THEY KEEP COMING!!! :) Get Outlook for iOS<https://aka.ms/o0ukef> From: bounce-125468279-79436...@list.cornell.edu on behalf of Johnson, Alyssa Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 11:13:53 AM To: Cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu S

[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese and bald Eagles

2021-03-17 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
40+ bald eagles being seen along the Seneca river viewed from the Morgan Rd DEC office in Seneca Falls. 50,000 snow geese in a raft on Cayuga Lake viewed from the State Park boat launch. TONS of divers and tundra swans too Get Outlook for iOS -- Cayugabirds-L List

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese?

2021-03-19 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Check the east side of the lake between Cayuga and Union Springs. Some folks who came into the MAC told us they saw them across the lake from Cayuga Lake SP. I've also seen in a hunting group I'm in, that they've been seen in the air over Auburn. I'm not sure if they are leaving us yet, we

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese on Cayuga Lake

2021-03-19 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Can confirm! No where near the numbers we had on 3/17 (conservatively 400,000), but there are two large rafts on the lake as of 5:20pm. One raft can be viewed from Cayuga Lake SP and the larger group viewed from Wolffy’s Grill & Marina/Lower Lake Rd. The may be the last weekend to see them, I

[cayugabirds-l] Snow geese

2021-03-20 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
2 very large rafts of snow geese on the Cayuga lake viewed from the state park and lower lake road. VERY conservative estimate is 200k but the heat shimmer and water makes it hard to see. Get Outlook for iOS -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey

2021-03-20 Thread Johnson, Alyssa
Not that it would be unlikely to see osprey now, I saw Turkey Vultures sitting in a nest there earlier today. I thought they were osprey too until I got closer. Maybe there are osprey! But those TUVUs tricked me. -- Alyssa Johnson Environmental Educator 315.365.3588 Montezuma Audubon Center PO

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