RE: [cayugabirds-l] Crow gang wars

2010-02-20 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Wow. Interesting observations. Like all the other resident birds, the crows are feeling the increasing day length and are getting ready to breed. Although they shouldn't have eggs until the last week of March or so, now is the time to get back into the swing of keeping everyone else out of

[cayugabirds-l] Northern Shrike

2010-02-22 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
There is currently an adult Northern Shrike sitting in the middle of the Great Blue Heron nest out in the Lab pond. Kevin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

RE: [cayugabirds-l] crow catches mouse!

2010-02-25 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Very cool observation! Most likely that was a shrew not a mouse. Blarina brevicauda, the short-tailed shrew, largest shrew in New York, is the most likely creature to make tunnels under the snow to your bird feeder, and is also the most likely small mammal to be caught and killed by crows.

Re:[cayugabirds-l] crow behavior

2010-03-13 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I've been out of the country for two weeks and just saw these posts as I was scanning Birdingonthe.net to see what was happening in the basin. Carol, very nice images! The crow was not amusing itself or playing with the vole, it was trying its best to kill and eat it. Crows love to eat mice,

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Am. Robin w/white head

2010-03-18 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Interesting sighting! I remember almost exactly 10 years ago today seeing a similar bird in Cayuga Heights. I was just getting totally jazzed about digiscoping, and these were the first interesting shots I took through binoculars. I remember leaning backwards over the seats to take the photo

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Aurora Raven

2010-03-21 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Ravens along the lake are scarce, but a pair has been nesting in Taughannock gorge for several years. I've also seen them at Portland Point and just up from there at Drake Road several times. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-5460247-3493...@list.cornell.edu

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Black-capped chickadee

2010-03-22 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Yes. Check out http://picasaweb.google.com/KevinJ.McGowan/BasinSpecies2009#5286788581196008386. Kevin From: bounce-5462191-3493...@list.cornell.edu [bounce-5462191-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of David Werier [nak...@lightlink.com] Sent:

[cayugabirds-l] Iceland and Lesser Black-backed gulls at compost

2010-03-29 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Not many gulls left at the Stevenson Rd compost, but I did have on 1cy Iceland and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. We are setting up trapping crows again, so please stay away from the cage at the far end. Kevin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden birds: snipe, rough-legged hawk

2010-04-04 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
After some crow trapping at the compost today (2 crow species; raven came down but didn't stay), I went out to chase the birds that other people had in Dryden today. I found a couple of PECTORAL SANDPIPERS on George Rd, and also 4 sleeping WILSON'S SNIPE along the fence that goes into the pond

[cayugabirds-l] New Brown Creeper behavior information!

2010-04-12 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I'm kind of jazzed today because this morning I documented a bit of Brown Creeper behavior that has never been published: When they scratch their head they reach their foot over the back of their wing to do it! Ok, I know that this is not earth-shattering news. But when I saw it I realized

RE: [cayugabirds-l] New Brown Creeper behavior information!

2010-04-12 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Yeah, sure, but every bird that scratches in the air scratches directly, or else they'd crash. ;^) Seriously. I think I've seen crows scratch in flight, and it was direct. When I was studying Florida Scrub-Jay fledglings I watched a very young one try several times to put its wing down and

RE:[cayugabirds-l] vulture problem

2010-04-14 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I do not think vultures would mess with a crow nest. But anything too big or too close would elicit an enthusiastic response from a crow. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-5584132-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-5584132-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Nancy W

[cayugabirds-l] same heron

2010-04-15 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
A number of people have wondered if the Great Blue Herons nesting at the Lab are the same pair as last year. Tonight I was reviewing some photographs I took of the male out foraging the other night, and I noticed that his right rear toe was short, missing the claw and apparently the last

[cayugabirds-l] Great Blue Herons

2010-04-16 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I have put some photos of the male heron's feet, showing his missing right hallux at http://picasaweb.google.com/KevinJ.McGowan/Birds2010. I put up one from last year that shows the same injury. When I looked through this year's first photos I was a little surprised to see the first male to

[cayugabirds-l] no intergrade flickers

2010-04-30 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
-shafted Flickers and have none in their recent ancestry. Honeysuckle berries seems the most obvious hypothesis. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Instructor Home Study Course in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 k...@cornell.edu 607-254-2452

RE:[cayugabirds-l] no intergrade flickers

2010-04-30 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Interesting. I have been out of touch with what salvage has come in to the museum for the last 9 years. I wonder if a gap would be noticeable there. Best, Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Instructor Home Study Course in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca

[cayugabirds-l] Least Flycatcher

2010-05-01 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Not as much noise around the property this morning as I hoped, but I had a LEAST FLYCATCHER make a brief, but loud appearance over my deck, and a Brown Thrasher is singing along the power cut. Kevin Yellow Barn Road, Freeville Ithaca, NY

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Canada Warbler low on Hammond Hill

2010-05-24 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Yesterday afternoon I stopped by Hammond Hill and was surprised to hear Stuart's Canada Warbler just as I turned off Irish Settlement. I heard at least 2 more Canada Warblers singing along the next stretch of road before the V intersection, and another up Star Stanton a short ways. I also had

[cayugabirds-l] Stilt Sandpiper, Towpath Road

2010-07-16 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Had a good day birding, but missed Chris's two best birds. Best we could find was a pale basic-plumaged STILT SANDPIPER with about a dozen Short-billed Dowitchers along Towpath Road. Kudos to the Montezuma crew for creating a number of openings in the vegetation that allow some close

[cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird pollination

2010-08-12 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Nice to see Marie’s photographs of the hummingbird and flower. I’m always jealous. I had taken some photos in the bird feeding garden at the Lab a couple of weeks ago illustrating the same thing. The best is at http://picasaweb.google.com/KevinJ.McGowan/BasinBirds2010#5504584615438712834.

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow Barn warblers

2010-09-08 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I had lots of little birds moving through the treetops off my deck this morning. Notable were Ovenbird, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler (female), Black-throated Green Warbler, American Redstart (male), and multiple Scarlet Tanagers. Kevin -- Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow Barn birds

2010-09-14 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I had a few nice birds in the yard this morning — a wing-flipping GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH just above my head, a yard-first and rare at this elevation BLUE-GRAY GNATCHER, and a more common but very cooperative NASHVILLE WARBLER. Kevin -- Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Instructor Home Study Course in Bird

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Odd waterfowl at Stewart Park

2010-09-17 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html 2) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html 3) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ -- -- Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Instructor Home Study

[cayugabirds-l] Connecticut Warbler?

2010-09-27 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Anyone care to share any information about the Connecticut Warbler reported on Freese Road yesterday? Kevin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] Saturday in Dryden

2010-10-10 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
An oil leak in my car prevented me from doing the birding I had planned on Saturday and made me head home instead. On the way I made 7 stops at scrubby places around northern Dryden and teased chickadees in hopes they would bring interesting birds into the sunshine to be photographed. I was

[cayugabirds-l] Gray-cheeked Thrush on my deck

2010-10-18 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I just got home and was sitting on the floor of my kitchen petting my cat while she ate (her favorite thing), and I happened to look up and out the window toward the feeders. A junco was on the feeder and a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was perched on the railing below it, flicking its wings. I

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Cattle Egrets - Sauquoit/Cortland County too

2010-10-26 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
A Cattle Egret was picked up last week in Horseheads and taken to a wildlife rehabilitator. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-7164620-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-7164620-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of grosb...@clarityconnect.com Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2010

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma bits - blue phase Ross's x Snow goose

2010-11-14 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
A quick visit to Montezuma on Saturday, 13 Nov 10, after a brief glimpse of the McGraw Summer Tanager turned only a few interesting birds, although the day was glorious. A flock of 12 SNOW BUNTINGS was foraging in the dark hummocks of Benning Marsh. Know-Marcellus, as viewed from East Road,

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma - Dunlin, Greater White-fronted Goose

2010-11-17 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Now that's poetic! From: bounce-7383224-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-7383224-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Tim Lenz Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 6:59 PM To: Jane Graves Cc: W Larry Hymes; cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma - Dunlin, Greater

RE: [cayugabirds-l] ID problem: female Black Scoters or winter male Ruddy Ducks at Dryden Lake?

2010-11-22 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Yes, Black Scoter females. There was also a pair of Common Goldeneye present; both very good birds for Dryden. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Instructor Home Study Course in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 hst...@cornell.edu 607-254-2452 From

[cayugabirds-l] King Eider photos (bad)

2010-11-24 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I put a few photos of the King Eider male at Myers Point this morning at the bottom of this page: http://picasaweb.google.com/KevinJ.McGowan/Birds2010. The distance and choppy water made it difficult to get much of anything, and I didn't manage to get much of anything. But, there they are.

[cayugabirds-l] 6 gull species at compost

2010-11-29 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I spent an hour at the Cornell compost facilities yesterday (Sunday, 28 Nov 10). Few crows to be seen, but I did see single individuals of ICELAND GULL - A rather robust, dirty-looking 1st cycle that has been around for a few weeks; France Dewaghe had it at Stewart Park on the 12th or so, and

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Crows?

2010-12-16 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
and Ithaca Country Club golf courses before heading to the main roost. Exactly where the final roost is changes between and within seasons. I have not been downtown in the evening, and I do not know where the final roost is at this time. Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Instructor Home Study Course in Bird

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Crows?

2010-12-16 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I have an explanation of roosts at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/crows/crowfaq.htm#roost Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D. Instructor Home Study Course in Bird Biology Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 k...@cornell.edumailto:k...@cornell.edu 607-254-2452 From: bounce

[cayugabirds-l] Lansing Short-eared Owls

2010-12-17 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I took the long way home this evening and looked for Short-eared Owls in a couple of spots more or less on the way home. I had brief views of one owl far out in the fields south of Burdick Hill Road (along with dozens and dozens of deer). I had better looks at another owl at the airport. I

RE:[cayugabirds-l] three swans a-swimming

2010-12-22 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Looks like a family of Tundra Swans. Everyone has prominent eyes and rather short, kind of up-turned bills. The dark neck and face indicates a young of the year. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-7597918-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-7597918-3493...@list.cornell.edu]

[cayugabirds-l] CBC tomorrow

2010-12-31 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I just want to remind people that we have a dish-to-pass compilation dinner and event at the Lab at the end of the day. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. We have the potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. followed by the compilation of sightings at 7:15 p.m. Bring a dish to share, your own table service, and

RE: [cayugabirds-l] 1) Owl Prowl by lwr Buttermilk anyone? 2) e-bird/CBC ?

2010-12-31 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Lee Ann, Good luck with your owling. No, entering sightings into eBird will not get them on the Christmas Count. Go ahead and enter them, but make sure you also send your data to your area coordinator, or if you're doing feeder watching to Holly on the phones at the Lab (254-bird). Kevin

[cayugabirds-l] Purple Finch and Field Sparrow at Lab main feeders

2011-01-21 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Taking a quick break and looking at the Lab feeder garden, I saw a female PURPLE FINCH among the House Finches and Common Redpolls, my first for the year. Also present was the continuing FIELD SPARROW, pointed out to me by Caroline Manring. Kevin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Now crow roost gathering

2011-01-22 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
At least for this week, this seems to be the final roosting spot. Seems as if the roost has been a bit more mobile this year than most. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-7680179-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-7680179-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Lee Ann van

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Juncos learn new trick, Lab feeder favs

2011-01-22 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
The feeders off my deck are the second storey from the sloping ground below (which is why the flying squirrels like them so much). When I have no other feed on the ground or on the deck, my juncos do perch occasionally on the perches of my hanging tube feeder. But, no juncos today, just

RE:[cayugabirds-l] TV is back

2011-01-25 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
There were 6 or more Turkey Vultures at the Cornell compost facility on Saturday. Kevin From: bounce-7715564-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-7715564-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of J. Gary Kohlenberg Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 11:32 AM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject:

[cayugabirds-l] crow roost help

2011-02-19 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
of crows congregating around town from about 6:30 PM or later. Reports from night owls who find them much later would be appreciated too. Please email off list to me or my collaborator, Anne Clark, acl...@binghamton.edumailto:acl...@binghamton.edu. Many thanks for your help. Kevin Kevin J

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

2011-03-03 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I don't think I've ever seen one of those hawks with a mouse or rat. Lots of pheasants, though. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-8672579-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-8672579-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Tim Gallagher Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2011 4:29 PM

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Sat. PM yard migrants

2011-03-12 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Just for the record, there were NO gulls at the compost piles on Stevenson today, at least between 10:30 and 1:30. Not sure where they were, or where Ken's flyover came from. Wish I knew. Only other birds of note that I can offer for the day are a HORNED GREBE and calling EASTERN TOWHEE at

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Purple Finch- Richford

2011-04-01 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I wonder if some just came in. I had a Purple Finch singing outside the Lab when I came in this morning. Kevin From: bounce-13033424-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-13033424-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of David McCartt Sent: Friday, April 01, 2011 8:48 AM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L;

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Red Tail with Crow

2011-04-04 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Interesting observation. To crows Red-tailed Hawks are kind of like traffic: if you pay attention you'll almost never get hurt, but if you don't, it will kill you. I think a Red-tail might take an incubating female crow, but again, she would have to be not paying attention. Certainly Great

[cayugabirds-l] Ruby-crowned Kinglet and lots of others in the yard this morning

2011-04-11 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
What a difference a day (or night) makes! I woke up this morning to a yard full of noisy birds that weren't there yesterday: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2) Northern Flicker Eastern Phoebe RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET And about 10 times more Dark-eyed Juncos. My yard was a seething carpet of juncos,

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Hammond Hill SF

2011-04-17 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Steve, what is the loop you walk? Just to clarify, crow begging right now indicates a breeding female on a nest, not fledged young. A couple of our nests should have hatched this weekend, but they were early and most of the 60+ nests we're following are on a later schedule, with fledging in

[cayugabirds-l] way too early Scarlet Tanager, and other Ithaca birds

2011-04-23 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
While I was waiting for 2 crows to point out their nest to me at the turf management area along Bluegrass Lane (they didn't), I heard an unmistakable chik-burr of a SCARLET TANAGER come from the woodlot south of the road, between the buildings and the Cornell golf course. I heard a few more

RE: [cayugabirds-l] See see see suzee

2011-04-24 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I just had a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER sing off my deck on Yellow Barn. It didn't stay. Must be following the BLUE-HEADED VIREO that called twice a few hours ago. Kevin From: bounce-21271423-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-21271423-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of wrevans

[cayugabirds-l] snow goose in dryden

2011-04-26 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I checked only a few Dryden spots on the way home with nothing remarkable to report (no warblers or shorebirds). Best bird I had was a white SNOW GOOSE with about 150 or more Canada Geese in corn stubble on the west side of Irish Settlement Rd, just south of rt 13. I did check the Canadas to

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Wetland- Common Loon --looks like same loon as two weeks ago

2011-04-28 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
From: Melissa Groo [mailto:melg...@hotmail.com] Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2011 11:37 AM To: Kevin J. McGowan; mccart...@yahoo.com; CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Wetland- Common Loon --looks like same loon as two weeks ago I'll defer to your judgement, Kevin. Unfortunately I

[cayugabirds-l] White-eyed Vireo, Cape May plus along Mitchell St

2011-04-30 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I had some crow work to do today over by East Hill Plaza, so it was purely coincidental that I started the (late) morning trying to find Chris T-H's WHITE-EYED VIREO in the Hawthorns. I eventually did, but it was just about the only bird I had in there. The place was leafless and birdless

[cayugabirds-l] UFO on Stevenson Rd

2011-05-02 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
. An interesting addition to my doesn't count Basin life list. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan Ithaca, NY k...@cornell.edumailto:k...@cornell.edu 607-254-2452 -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http

[cayugabirds-l] crow and pizza

2011-05-06 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Nice crow observation, Mark. Bad pun. Crows like pizza, I guess. I have a series of photos of one hiding a piece of pizza at https://picasaweb.google.com/KevinJ.McGowan/CrowBehavior#5603657845859633634. Kevin From: bounce-26131504-3493...@list.cornell.edu

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Sun 5/15

2011-05-15 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
The Blue-winged Warbler has been present near the second footbridge for more than a week, although I haven't heard it sing there. I put a photo of it bathing in the stream while a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak watches at https://picasaweb.google.com/KevinJ.McGowan/Birds2011#5606746028382005762.

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Why cowbirds foster their eggs to other birds

2011-06-26 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Before we start expert-bashing, let's hear some facts. Who exactly said what? There are a number of theories that have been put forth for the origin of brood parasitism in cowbirds (more than one species, by the way). I doubt if any real expert is convinced any one is the correct one or

[cayugabirds-l] George Rd Great Egret

2011-07-23 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
A few minutes ago I had a GREAT EGRET foraging with a couple of Great Blue Herons in the western shallows of the wetlands along George Rd, west of Dryden. The egret was visible from Hart Road looking SW, but not from George Rd. Kevin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park scaup

2011-08-23 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Does anyone have photographs of the male scaup that has been hanging around off Stewart Park this summer? I see that people have been reporting it to eBird as a Greater. I haven't been birding there much and have only seen the bird once. At that time I had only one brief view before it dived

RE: [cayugabirds-l] 2011 Muckrace

2011-09-11 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Bob, Thanks for posting. Last year a full report never was posted to the list. Can you tell us who won? Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-38025639-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-38025639-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of bob mcguire Sent: Sunday, September 11,

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Renwick owl tree is down

2011-09-24 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
that, with no harm coming to the birds, is worth its weight in gold. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan Ithaca, NY k...@cornell.edu -Original Message- From: bounce-38081740-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-38081740-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Suan Yong Sent: Saturday, September 24

[cayugabirds-l] Around the lake - Prothonotary breeding probable

2011-07-02 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I went around the lake today and saw many of the same birds Dave Nutter just posted. I have a few observations to add. I had nothing at Myers Point, but had a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW on Long Point Rd, and one RED-HEADED WOODPECKER just south of Aurora. At East Road/Towpath I had 75 Lesser

[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin on Yellow Barn Rd, Dryden

2011-07-05 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
As I was preparing to leave for work this morning I glanced out at my feeder and was surprised to find a PINE SISKIN with a batch of American Goldfinches. Yellow Barn Road is west of the village of Dryden in Tompkins Co. Kevin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Mundy on Wednesday lunch time

2011-10-19 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Migrating birds put on huge amounts of fat. The weights of Hermit Thrushes skinned here at Cornell range from 23 g to 37 g, about the same as the other thrush species. The 14 g difference is likely a difference in accumulated fat. For Swainson's Thrush the range is 23 to 45 g, nearly a

RE: [cayugabirds-l] remains of a ? in Bradfield parking lot

2011-11-07 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Yep, American Woodcock. Something ate its brains; how seasonal. Kevin From: bounce-38239487-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-38239487-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Ray Zimmerman Sent: Monday, November 07, 2011 10:38 AM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: [cayugabirds-l] remains of a ?

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Beebe lake this morning - Cayuga Duck

2011-11-10 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
For what it's worth, the dark, shiny-all-over ducks are the domestic breed known as Cayuga Duck. Kevin From: bounce-38253692-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-38253692-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Scott Haber Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2011 11:31 AM To: Michele Mannella;

[cayugabirds-l] FW: Sick robins?

2011-11-11 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Vet school got a report of dead robins. Anyone seeing anything like that outside this one spot? Could just be a single application of pesticide. Kevin On Nov 11, 2011, at 8:05 AM... wrote: Hi anne, anyone seeing sick or dead robins around ithaca? We have one report over in freeville of

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Prey for Merlin

2011-12-06 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Rock Pigeon is too large. I saw them bringing House Sparrows to one nest, and urban Merlins are known to specialize, more or less, on them. Horned Lark seems to be their specialty in the Great Plains. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-38924844-3493...@list.cornell.edu

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin food

2011-12-08 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Since it has been mentioned that Merlins taking mostly House Sparrows (no one has ever mentioned starlings that I know of) is hogwash, I thought it might be useful to look at the available data. I copy here Appendix 1 from the BNA Merlin account, which lists the results of 6 published studies

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Towhee

2011-12-18 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Eastern Towhee is indeed an unusual bird around here at this time of the year. It has been recorded on the Ithaca Christmas Count 17 of the last 48 years. Rarely do we ever record more than one, although last year we had two. High count was six in 1982. Kevin From:

[cayugabirds-l] Iceland Gulls at Stevenson Rd

2011-12-21 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I had two ICELAND GULLS at the Cornell compost facility this morning. One was a first-cycle youngster with an all-black bill (just a bit of pale at the base of the lower mandible), pale and patterned tertials and tail feathers, and a fair amount of dusky in the wingtips. The other was a 2-year

[cayugabirds-l] Western Grebe - NO Thursday morning

2012-01-12 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
LESSER SCAUP on shore in the private marina fraternizing with three female REDHEADS while a male BELTED KINGFISHER looked on. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan Ithaca, NY k...@cornell.edumailto:k...@cornell.edu -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http

[cayugabirds-l] Freeville Northern Shrike

2012-01-31 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
The NORTHERN SHRIKE that Jay and I saw on Sunday was still present along Johnson Rd this morning. It was at the top of a bare tree east of the road, just southeast of the gun club, south of Freeville. Kevin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Question on the Western Grebe ID

2012-02-05 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Great shots, guys! Wow, you sure saw it better than I did. It's an interesting question about species ID. I don't have enough experience with the species pair to be overly confident, but I'd have to come down on the side of Western here, or perhaps a hybrid. The face appears paler than a

[cayugabirds-l] Killdeer and Lesser Black-back at compost

2012-02-07 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
A quick lunchtime trip to the Cornell compost facility on Stevenson Rd turned up a KILLDEER (seen and heard) between the piles and a 3rd cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Several FISH CROWS around as well. Kevin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Crow appreciation in Montour Falls

2012-02-08 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
is free and open to the public. Several of my crow research collaborators and I will be there to talk crows, show photos and videos, and pass out crow trading cards. We will have chocolate, too. Come on over and see the crow show. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan Ithaca, NY k...@cornell.edumailto:k

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Saturday

2012-02-11 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I long scan at East Shore and Stewart parks this morning turned up no grebes. I did have two RED-THROATED LOONS swimming together and a couple more COMMON LOONS far to the northwest. Lots of COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON MERGANSERS, a few BUFFLEHEAD, a single male RUDDY DUCK, 2 GADWALL, 6 AMERICAN

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Robin!

2012-02-15 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
What's up with robins today? I had a flock of at least 400 fly over my house this morning and another 100+ greeted me on Sapsucker Woods Rd. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-40213061-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-40213061-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Carol

[cayugabirds-l] George Rd ducks - Northern Shoveler

2012-02-24 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
This morning I checked on the George Road pond that is just west of Dryden and found it partially open and with waterfowl. Most surprising was a trio of NORTHERN SHOVELERS (2 males, 1 female). I also saw 5 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 14 NORTHERN PINTAILS, a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS, and 5 Killdeer.

[cayugabirds-l] Pine Warbler

2012-03-15 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
of the ID, and am happy to have confirmed it with some good views this evening. Also yesterday a WINTER WREN was singing in the valley and my landlord had an EASTERN PHOEBE on his window today. Kevin J. McGowan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http

[cayugabirds-l] Pine Warbler photos

2012-03-15 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I stuck a few photos of my Pine Warbler at http://picasaweb.google.com/KevinJ.McGowan/Spring2012Birds. On the downside, I had to close my screened door tonight because the mosquitoes were too bad. Where is that wonderful 10 days of warm weather without bugs? Not going to happen this year, I

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake day

2012-03-29 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I don't check Dryden Lake the way I used to, but today seemed like a good day for it. This evening I had 4 male WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 3 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 1 HORNED GREBE, 3 Greater Scaup, 26 Lesser Scaup, 2 Buffleheads, 5 Ring-necked Ducks, 1 male RUDDY DUCK, a couple of Canada Geese, and a

[cayugabirds-l] avoid Portland Point

2012-04-01 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I went down Portland Point Rd today to look at the new Osprey platform, and I do not recommend going anywhere near. There is no convenient place to park on the entire road, and the far end is closed. Good birds there, but not worth it. Kevin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin at Lab of O

2012-04-06 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
A MERLIN just took a goldfinch at the feeders on the north side of the Lab of Ornithology. Kevin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin photo

2012-04-06 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I threw a couple photos up on my Picasa site of the Merlin with goldfinch in talons. http://picasaweb.google.com/KevinJ.McGowan/Spring2012Birds -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] FW: Can you post this?

2012-04-13 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Still looking for a few more volunteers for Hog's Hole clean up on Sunday... Hello birders, Each year for Christmas Bird count, a bunch of us walk along the edge of the lake and into Hog's Hole. This year, the amount of trash that was out there floored me. I've called the good folks at Treman

[cayugabirds-l] Louisiana Waterthrush in Dryden

2012-04-17 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH is singing outside my window on Yellow Barn Rd. Kevin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES:

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow Barn Blackburnian Warbler

2012-04-29 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I had a silent male BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER today in the spruces along the southern section of Yellow Barn RD at the sportsman's club. Kevin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Bobolink flyover

2012-04-30 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
While I was doing a brief nest watch of a crow nest located along the runway approach east of the outer Lab parking lot, I heard a BOBOLINK singing as it flew over. The weather makes it seem like the bird is early, but it really isn't. Kevin -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-throated Warbler photo

2012-05-07 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
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[cayugabirds-l] at least one migrant left

2012-05-22 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
On a short walk around the Wilson trail loop north of the Lab pond at lunch time I found a silently foraging PHILADELPHIA VIREO in the willow at the pond outflow. Everything else seemed to be the normal breeders. (But, where are the redstarts?) A Gray Catbird just outside the staff gate was

RE: [cayugabirds-l] witnessed bird drama

2012-05-22 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I agree. The second bird is taking the opportunity to get some punches in while the other bird is down. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-59404695-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-59404695-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Marie P Read Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

RE: [cayugabirds-l] witnessed bird drama

2012-05-22 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I am very aware that birds have attachments; crows are some of the most caring family members in the bird world. I have photographic documentation of them feeding a sick family member, and have witnessed them quietly attending the death of a relative from West Nile virus. No one knows if they

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-throated Warbler PAIR at Ithaca City Golf Course

2012-05-25 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Very cool. I commented when I saw it on the 7th that there really was no reason for the bird to leave because the habitat was great, and wouldn't it be fun if it attracted a mate. Yellow-throated Warblers are rare breeders in New York, found in only 5 atlas blocks during the last New York

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Mob of crow (or is it called death of crow?)

2012-06-01 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
It's a flock. Murder is an insulting term, poetic or not. Kevin -Original Message- From: bounce-61033781-3493...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-61033781-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of John Wobus Sent: Friday, June 01, 2012 2:25 PM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L Cc: John Wobus Subject:

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Ravens

2012-06-13 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Very cool observations. The preening of each other, called allopreening, occurs in crows and ravens, but not jays. The fact that it was forceful suggests to me that the birds involved were a parent and a juvenile, not the pair. For a similarly forceful allopreening interaction among crows,

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Merganzer w/ 30 ducklings

2012-06-20 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Fun to see. Because ducks don’t feed their chicks, it costs a mother nothing to take on the young of other females. And, the probability of a predator taking one of her young from the crèche goes down. Kevin From: bounce-61078452-3493...@list.cornell.edu

[cayugabirds-l] lots of birds around!

2012-06-26 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Last Sunday Lee Ann van Leer and I did a breeding season Basin big day. I really enjoyed the June Counts we did back in the day; this area is a wonderful mix of breeding species from south and north. My goal was to help Lee Ann see more than 100 species in one day, and we easily exceeded that

RE: [cayugabirds-l] lots of birds around!

2012-06-27 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
All the birds singing from the posts appeared to be adults. We saw some run off through the grass, but couldn't tell if any were large chicks. Kevin From: Dave Nutter [mailto:nutter.d...@me.com] Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 11:00 PM To: Kevin J. McGowan Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: Re

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