RE: [cayugabirds-l] Crows?

2010-12-16 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
To clarify: Auburn is at the head of Owasco Lake, the small Finger Lake that lies between Cayuga Lake and Skaneateles Lake. Linda P. Van Buskirk, Ph.D. Sr. Lecturer in Communication Cornell University Ithaca, New York 607-255-2161; fax 607-254-1322 From:

[cayugabirds-l] woodcocks

2011-06-23 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Horseback riding in Aurelius on trails through wet fields/woods, the farm owner and I scared up a family of woodcocks: four flew, one went into the grasses by the trail. An exciting first for both of us. Linda -Original Message- From:

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Campus Screech-Owls

2011-07-13 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
While reading this email, I realized that I was hearing a GHorned owl - so I went outdoors with my laptop and played its song; though I couldn't pick it out in the foliage, it must have flown over my house to locate the call, since it definitely shifted position. It's calling all around the

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

2012-06-01 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Anglo-Saxon poetry, often and not surprisingly about war, death, and mayhem, associates ravens with battlefields. While a raven is not a crow, the association of death (murder) with black carrion eaters is not too far-fetched. Linda From:

[cayugabirds-l] Kingbirds

2012-08-05 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
On a casual evening dog walk up (little) Gully Road north of Aurora, I saw the usual clusters of robins and bluebirds, and a cluster of kingbirds - probably 5 to 7 or more - chipping sparrows aplenty, a house finch or two, a flicker, drumming and calling. The birds were concentrated about a

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Candor - Killdeer

2013-03-11 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Killdeers, a pair, appeared on Benham Road in Aurelius (Cayuga County) on February 28. From: [] On Behalf Of Tom Vawter Sent: Monday, March 11, 2013 11:32 AM To: Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm Cc:

[cayugabirds-l] great egret

2013-04-15 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
About 7:30 a.m. a great egret flew over route 90 just north of the DEC checkpoint (between King Ferry and Aurora). It was headed west. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] tundra swans

2013-12-19 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
A pair of tundra swans on the mill pond in Union Springs this morning about 10:45. Both had yellow tags on the wings; I could read only one: A21. Quite a few widgeons, a bufflehead, lots of Canadas. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

RE: [cayugabirds-l] K33 and A21

2013-12-27 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
When I saw them, I reported them as tundra, but my first thought had been trumpeter. The heads were stained yellowish, and I second-guessed myself – George Fearon photographed K33 clearly and reported it as a trumpeter. Linda Van Buskirk From:

[cayugabirds-l] tundra swans

2013-12-27 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
This evening, at dusk, I saw six tundra swans, one clearly a first year bird, just off the east shore of Cayuga Lake at (little) Gully Road. After having seen the trumpeters closely so recently in Union Springs, these were obviously tundras. Associated ducks, but it was getting too dark for

[cayugabirds-l] FW: Swan A21

2013-12-28 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Old info, but possibly relevant. From: George Fearon [] Sent: Friday, December 27, 2013 11:24 AM To: Linda Post Van Buskirk Subject: Swan A21 Linda, I posted the text below on Swan A21. I did have a picture with that tag number on it that I overlooked. I now

[cayugabirds-l] snowy owl

2013-12-31 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
I just had a call from a friend on Indian Field Road. Their snowy owl has been sitting on a pole just south (I believe) of the intersection of Indian Field Road and Poplar Ridge Road (Cayuga County; I'm not sure whether that's in Venice or Genoa; Indian Field is between 34 and 34B). --

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

2014-02-09 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
As of noon today, Cayuga was pretty much frozen from Chris's hill north. Chris's hill is the big rise north of Levanna, if one doesn't know local names. South of that, the lake was a combination of frozen patches and open patches. This is the most ice I've seen since 1994, and then it didn't

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Additional freezing info

2014-02-09 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
I wonder for how long. The lake can skim over with a sharp dip in temp, and then winds break up the ice. When we went down to the lakeshore Saturday morning (we're just north of the village of Aurora), the shore was covered with shards of ice, clear as glass-and then the water was indeed

RE: [cayugabirds-l] A hint of things to come...

2014-03-05 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
I assume it's hours of daylight rather than temperature that triggers behaviors. From: [] On Behalf Of Robin Cisne Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 9:33 AM To: Marie P. Read Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: Re:

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Ice mid lake/Snowy Owl Genesee Co.

2014-03-06 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
That large ice flow could be the chunk that broke off from the north end of the lake. It floated past Aurora the other morning. When the winter is cold enough so that good ice forms to the north (according to my fishing depth guide, where the lake is less than 100 feet deep), late winter and

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Mud Lock Eagles on nest

2014-03-08 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Red-breasted merganser was still there today, along with a stunning pair of canvasbacks, some widgeons, red-heads, buffleheads, a scaup, and some geese. I didn't look long, but did not find the grebes. Everybody seemed to be feeding happily. Linda From:

[cayugabirds-l] snowy

2014-03-11 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
My several drive-bys this winter had not yielded an Indian Field Road snowy, but last evening, one (very light) was perched on a utility pole near the intersection of Indian Field and Kenyon Road. How long will they stay in the area? Linda -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] bald eagle

2014-06-02 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
About 7:25 am, a mature bald eagle, flying low, direction nw, crossed Rt 90 at the Aurora south village limit. Glorious sight for a morning commute. In past years, an eagle has patrolled the east shore of the lake near Aurora, but usually later in the day. Linda Van Buskirk --

[cayugabirds-l] dead cooper's

2015-03-15 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
While cleaning up the yard yesterday, I found a dead cooper's hawk under our forsythia bushes (my grandson had reported a big bird hunting sparrows a while back). Heavily horizontally streaked breast, rounded tail. One would have thought that the English sparrow population would have kept it

[cayugabirds-l] short-eared owl

2015-03-09 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
The owl: this evening at 5:45, just south of Long Point Orchard, Rt 90, Ledyard. Geese eagerly eating newly exposed grass along the roadside in Aurora. Linda Van Buskirk -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] seowl

2016-04-13 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Just south of Long Point Orchard on Rt. 90, about 5:30 pm. West side of road. It's the first I've seen there this spring. Linda Van Buskirk -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Indigo buntings

2017-07-05 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
I am fortunate to have some fruiting mulberry trees that bear particularly delicious fruit. Indigo buntings are among the birds that savor the berries, and as I stand under the tree eating berries, I see buntings only 10 to 15 feet from me. What a treat! Also, towhees have been particularly

[cayugabirds-l] Aurora

2018-05-05 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Morning dog walk yielded an orchard oriole and a solitary vireo seeming to dispute over ownership of a particular branch on a cottonwood tree. Field sparrows and towhees are abundant this year, as usual. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Bird deaths in New Mexico

2020-09-18 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
I spoke with family in Harding County NM (remote NE of state). They started seeing bird deaths in August--disoriented birds flying into their porch area and outbuildings. Not good news. From: on behalf of Susan

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Murder most Fowl - Saturday 5/30

2020-05-31 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Consider the snapping turtle as a possibility. They have been known to attack mature ducks as well as to take ducklings, which is more common. From: on behalf of Gary Kohlenberg Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:29 PM To:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hoster-Stahl Gyrfalcon Video

2020-12-21 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Having watched the excellent video, I believe that I may have seen a gyrfalcon north of Aurora at Great Gully Cove. It took off just as I drove by. It was not a situation in which I could make a positive identification, but it sure looked like the bird in the video. Just about a mile further

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Rust Blackbirds

2021-01-29 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
A single Rusty Blackbird showed up at my feeder today, much to my surprise. From: on behalf of Joshua Snodgrass Sent: Friday, January 29, 2021 12:06 PM To: Claire Damaske Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l]

[cayugabirds-l] lakeshore birds

2021-02-04 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
>From Rt 90, just north of Aurora A good flock of mostly redheads; I was very pleased to see quite a few canvasbacks, some scaup, and some little ones that were obscured by the trees. An adult eagle few over. Several minutes later, my collie alerted me to two immature eagles perched on the

[cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows

2021-02-02 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
How common is it for them to winter here? I have one or possibly a pair at my feeders this week. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] swans and larks

2021-02-02 Thread Linda Post Van Buskirk
Nice flock of about 15 swans, including several young ones, just off my lakeshore, just north of the Aurora village line. People looking for larks should try the Springport/Aurelius Townline road, and Benham road, which tees off the Townline road. I see flocks of larks there every day, and on