Mt. Pleasant Bobolinks, Indigo Buntings - Friday am

2009-08-07 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, Carpal-tunnel surgery has banned me from camera, steering wheel, and too much Photoshop for a while, so to keep from losing my mind I am now taking TWO Mt Pleasant walks a day! Fortunately I can type one-handed. Anyway, my morning walk today turned up two delights. A flock of 40 or so

Mt. Pleasant Monday am

2009-08-10 Thread Marie P Read
A hot walk up the mountain this morning turned up the following: 2 American Kestrels (there have usually been 4 up there of late) Assorted Bobolinks in various spots flying and landing in the long grass 2 Eastern Kingbirds Numerous Barn Swallows 12 Cedar Waxwings feeding on black cherry fruits 2

[cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird late date....

2009-09-24 Thread Marie P Read
For those interested in keeping records of Ruby-throated Hummingbird departure dates, I just noticed one at my feeder. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com

[cayugabirds-l] RFI: MNWR Tree Swallow roost location?

2009-10-06 Thread Marie P Read
HI all, I was wondering if anyone has noticed where Tree Swallows are roosting at Montezuma this fall? I was up there about 3 weeks ago until dark but was unable to find where they might be roosting, despite looking in most of the spots they've used in past years. I hope to go up in the next

[cayugabirds-l] Ringwood Rd Ruffed Grouse

2009-10-14 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, As I drove up Ringwood Road from Ellis Hollow just now, near the crest of the hill there was a somewhat foolhardy Ruffed Grouse strolling nonchalantly out into the road. I swerved and luckily it flew off unharmed. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY

[cayugabirds-l] Just OOB Yellow Rail in Caroline on Saturday[Fwd: Yellow Rail]

2009-10-18 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, John Confer, who is no longer a Cayugabirds subscriber, asked me to forward this to the list. John's water spaniel caught a Yellow Rail near his home on Flatiron Road in Caroline on Saturday. Read John's exciting story below: Original Message

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant American Pipit

2009-10-18 Thread Marie P Read
HI all, On my afternoon walk today on somewhat breezy Mount Pleasant, I heard an American Pipit in flight. A couple of days ago there was a sizable flock of either American Pipits or Horned Larks way out in the fields, spooked up by a Northern Harrier, but I was unable to identify them. Marie

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Cornell Arboretum

2009-10-22 Thread Marie P Read
Sorry for the late post, but Mt Pleasant yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon hosted several Horned Larks as well as a largish flock of American Pipits (great views of them foraging on the ground in the field opposite the observatory). Also a Common Raven was heard calling. And this morning I was in

Re: [cayugabirds-l] robins

2009-12-16 Thread Marie P Read
I wrote: I have one American Robin in my yard also. Pretty late for this species up here on the mountain. The bird's been feeding on my winterberry and I am about to go out and try to photograph it. And I DID! Photos here:

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Snow Buntings

2009-12-19 Thread Marie P Read
A mini-flock of 9 Snow Buntings was foraging alongside Mt Pleasant Road near Mineah intersection around 11:30 this morning. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Snow Buntings

2010-01-02 Thread Marie P Read
A flock of six Snow Buntings was foraging alongside Mt Pleasant Road just east of the observatory as I drove past around 9:30 this morning, a species conspicuously absent when I walked that route for the CBC yesterday. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068

Re: [cayugabirds-l] gettin' frisky?

2010-01-07 Thread Marie P Read
These remind me too that when I was downtown yesterday I heard my first cardinal of the year singing (albeit a rather understated song and for just a few seconds). And yet, when I was in CT for Christmas (a bit farther south, it's true) the titmice, chickadees, cardinals, WB Nuthatches and

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Snow Buntings

2010-01-15 Thread Marie P Read
For the past few days I have been seeing two different flocks of Snow Buntings on Mt Pleasant: one flock of 8 or 9 birds is usually at the edge of the road where there is exposed vegetation in which they forage, the other flock of more like 20-25 birds is usually in flight over the fields. And

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Snow Buntings

2010-01-17 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, A small flock of Snow Buntings is consistently foraging in one spot on Mt Pleasant Road, for those that would like to see them. Driving east on Mt Pleasant Road, get to the crest of the last hill just before it starts down to Mineah Rd., slow down and look to your right (south) as you

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Snow Buntings

2010-01-31 Thread Marie P Read
There was a flock of 40+ Snow Buntings flying around when I took my walk on the hill around 2:30 pm today. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com http://www.agpix.com/mari --

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Common Ravens

2010-02-03 Thread Marie P Read
Two Common Ravens were feeding from a deer carcass next to the road just east of the observatory on Mt Pleasant Road when I drove by 11:30 this morning and also on my way back at 1:30. Very cool to see these birds up close. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY

[cayugabirds-l] Love is in the air!

2010-03-15 Thread Marie P Read
I watched my male Northern Cardinal feeding his mate in the apple tree outside my kitchen window this morning. Very sweet! Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com

[cayugabirds-l] Common Raven gets the Manager's Special

2010-03-20 Thread Marie P Read
(Meant to post this yesterday but life got in the way). A large black bird laboring under the weight of something pale that it was carrying in its bill caught my eye as I headed home from my Mt Pleasant walk Friday afternoon. As I continued up the hill, a second one took off from the road—they

[cayugabirds-l] Common Mergansers - photos

2010-03-21 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, I've been enjoying photographing Common Mergansers in Stewart Park for the past few days, and if anyone would like to see photos of some of the cool activities they've been getting up to, there are some images here: http://www.marieread.com/cpg/thumbnails.php?album=448 Marie Marie

[cayugabirds-l] Fox Sparrow!

2010-03-23 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, There is a Fox Sparrow scratching around under my feeders as I type! Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com http://www.agpix.com/mari -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Am Kestrels back on Mt Pleasant - Wednesday

2010-03-25 Thread Marie P Read
Ooops, too busy to post this yesterday, but a/the American Kestrel pair has arrived on Mt Pleasant as of Wednesday afternoon. While I was on my afternoon walk, I was thinking about how it must be time for them to return by now, when a falcon-winged bird flew across the road in front of me. My

[cayugabirds-l] Ruby-crowned Kinglet

2010-04-04 Thread Marie P Read
New to my Ringwood Road yard 7:00 Sunday morning are a singing Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a drumming Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Happy Easter all! Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Eastern Meadowlark

2010-04-08 Thread Marie P Read
An Eastern Meadowlark was singing from the easternmost fields on Mt Pleasant Road around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, when I took my walk up the hill. It was much closer to the road on my way back and I got good looks at it amid the grass. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road

[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Hollow - Tuesday morning

2010-04-13 Thread Marie P Read
A trip down Shindagin Hollow Road this morning (around 9-11:30) turned up: Winter Wren - 2 singing close to the road, different territories. Red-shouldered Hawks - pair circling around and calling together Common Ravens - pair flying off together, one possibly carrying food. Purple Finch Wood

[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Hollow BW Warbler

2010-04-21 Thread Marie P Read
New (for me anyway) on Shindagin Hollow Road this morning was a Black-and-White Warbler. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com http://www.agpix.com/mari -- Cayugabirds-L List

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Bobolinks

2010-04-30 Thread Marie P Read
Two male Bobolinks have arrived in the easternmost fields along Mt Pleasant Road as of around 4:00 this afternoon. I only glimpsed them briefly and they are not yet singing. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail

[cayugabirds-l] Park/Baldwin Prairie Warbler

2010-05-02 Thread Marie P Read
Heard Prairie Warbler twice at the Park/Baldwin Preserve this morning (Sunday), although I did not venture very far into the preserve. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com

RE: [cayugabirds-l] orioles

2010-05-04 Thread Marie P Read
Re. birds eating petals, I have seen Northern Cardinals and House Finches do this too. Red-winged Blackbirds have been feeding in my apple tree in addition to the Baltimore Orioles. Having watched this behavior in orioles a lot, I'm convinced that the orioles are probing for insects as much as

FW: [cayugabirds-l] Nighthawks - extremely OOB

2010-05-31 Thread Marie P Read
The posting from Steve Fast reminded me that I had wanted to express my joy to Cayugabirders a few weeks ago while I was in Lawton, Oklahoma (my pied-a-terre for Wichita Mtns NWR). Finally. a place where Common Nighthawks are thriving. And where could this place be? The parking lot of the

RE:[cayugabirds-l] hay cutting question

2010-06-16 Thread Marie P Read
Mid-June cutting will destroy Bobolink nests. Mid-JULY on the other hand will probably be after most Bobolink young will have fledged, so it is my understanding that that is an OK earliest date to cut. Marie (currently in CA) Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY

[cayugabirds-l] Northern Waterthrush

2010-07-27 Thread Marie P Read
Hi Cayugabirders, For the second day in a row there has been a Northern Waterthrush along the stream that borders my property. Its alarm calls alerted me to its presence. Quite a good yard bird really! Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Bobolinks

2010-07-31 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, A flock of 30-40 (possibly more) of Bobolinks was flying around the switchgrass field, which is across from the observatory and downhill slightly toward the farm. Most were juvenile/non-breeding plumage, but I noticed one recognizable but heavily molting male. Marie Marie Read

[cayugabirds-l] Red-shouldered Hawk - a poignant moment......

2010-08-29 Thread Marie P Read
Just before noon (Sunday), at the very moment my husband drove off southward to start his long research trip to Central Africa, a Red-shouldered Hawk took off, flew past me, circled into the sky a couple of times, then lazily flapped off in the same direction. I'm not usually one to make much

[cayugabirds-l] Canada Goose migration!

2010-10-01 Thread Marie P Read
A number of very high vees of Canada Geese heading south passed over Mount Pleasant while I was on my walk just now. Taking advantage of the north wind. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu

[cayugabirds-l] Bird-friendly Gardening presentation TONIGHT!

2010-10-06 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, I know it's short notice, but I'm giving a presentation Bird-friendly Gardening - the Lazy Way! to the Homer Garden Club tonight (Wednesday October 6th) at 7:00. The meeting is in the basement of St Margaret's Church, corner of Cortland and Copeland Streets, Homer NY. There'll be lots

[cayugabirds-l] Am Pipits Mt Pleasant

2010-10-19 Thread Marie P Read
A flock of 30-ish American Pipits made a brief appearance above a field at the junction of Mt Pleasant Road and Mineah Road this afternoon (4:00 pm or so), before landing in the field and becoming invisible! Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA

[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2010-11-03 Thread Marie P Read
As I write, there are three Pine Siskins feeding among the goldfinches on my nyjer feeder here. Bring on the redpolls!! Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin - photos

2010-11-14 Thread Marie P Read
Hi Cayugabirders, I spent time in Stewart Park both Saturday and Sunday mornings, primarily to take scenic photos for the soon-to-be-updated Basin Birding Site Guide. The biggest excitement though was several raptor experiences that easily distracted me from the waterfowl flocks. Yesterday

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Snow Buntings

2010-12-10 Thread Marie P Read
Driving home over Mt Pleasant Road about 1:30 I watched a flock of 21 Horned Larks and, a little farther down the road, a flock of 14 Snow Buntings. All were in the cornfield on the south side of Mt Pleasant Road just west of its junction with Mineah Road. A couple of days ago, 27 Wild Turkeys

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Crows?

2010-12-16 Thread Marie P Read
I happened to be driving to Rochester through Geneva a week ago at dusk, and there was a huge roost (or pre-roost staging area) of crows gathering in the park at the north end of Seneca Lake too. Thousands of crows silhouetted in the trees at sunset. Very cool to watch. Marie Marie Read

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Snow Buntings

2010-12-18 Thread Marie P Read
In stubble field on Mt Pleasant Road NOW (11:55 am Saturday). Large flock (I'll upsize yesterday's estimate by double, so possibly 120 or more), actively flying around the field. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail

[cayugabirds-l] Black-capped Chickadee singing!

2010-12-23 Thread Marie P Read
As if on cue immediately after Winter Solstice, there was a Black-capped Chickadee singing its fee-bee-bee song as I got into my car this morning! Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Lapland Longspur

2010-12-24 Thread Marie P Read
Well, darn it! Steve Fast beat me to it re. posting Lapland Longspur on Mt Pleasant today, but on my way out to buy ingredients for Christmas Pudding around 9:15 am, I saw one longspur foraging quite close to the road in the corn stubble field where Snow Buntings, crows, turkeys etc have been

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Lapland Longspur - photos

2010-12-25 Thread Marie P Read
HI all, The Mt Pleasant Lapland Longspur was feeding on corncobs in the same place as yesterday with a single Horned Lark and two Snow Buntings. Close to the road at times and easily visible. I was there between 10:00 and 11:30 am. Some photos are posted here:

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Rafferty Rd - Snow Bunting roosts

2010-12-25 Thread Marie P Read
Here's what Birds of North America Online says for roosting behavior in Snow Bunting: *** Sleeping, Roosting, Sunbathing In winter, roosts in slight scrapes in snow in open areas; average distance between roosting birds 2.5 m, rarely 30 cm (Vincent and Bédard 1976). Only roosts behind

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Snow Bunting flock - size estimate

2010-12-26 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, I spent over three hours this morning photographing the large Snow Bunting flock on Mt Pleasant. I took more than 1000 images so it will take me a while to get any of them online, but I did use one of my photos to count the birds and estimate the size of the flock. The number of

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Triphammer Terrace Redpoll flock - Wednesday pm

2010-12-29 Thread Marie P Read
I found the redpolls this afternoon (Wednesday) around 4:15. There are a number of birches in this area, but the redpolls are focussing their attention on the few that have catkins remaining. As Stuart mentioned to me, this food source may not last much longer. The large Snow Bunting flock on

[cayugabirds-l] Common Redpolls!

2011-01-02 Thread Marie P Read
Not a Snow Bunting to be seen on Mt Pleasant for yesterday's count, nor did I see them today (yet), but I was consoled by having several gorgeous male Common Redpolls at the feeder just now. Cool! I'll reiterate Dave Nutter's plea that anyone seeing Snow Bunting (even just one!) yesterday,

[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca CBC Snow Bunting report for January 1st!

2011-01-02 Thread Marie P Read
We're saved! I just heard from my neighbor's friend, Mary beth Norton, that she saw a flock of 20 - 30 Snow Buntings flying on Mt Pleasant on January 1st 2011, so we can include that record in our Christmas Bird Count. She and I have been talking about the buntings ever since they've been up

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Snow Buntings

2011-01-06 Thread Marie P Read
A brief glimpse of a flock of about 200 Snow Buntings this morning around 11:15. First time I'd seen them since Dec 31. They were initially flying around in the field opposite the observation tower, but soon after I noticed them they flew up high and off to the north. (Are they trying to tell

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Snow Buntings....they're BACK!!!

2011-01-06 Thread Marie P Read
The big flock of Snow Buntings (probably 1000+) was back on Mt Pleasant at around 4:10 this afternoon, in the corn stubble field. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com --

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Crests

2011-01-13 Thread Marie P Read
Carol, I don't think all birds can do this, but yes many birds can raise their crown feathers, often during alarm or during various interactions with other birds of the same or even different species. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Common Redpolls

2011-01-14 Thread Marie P Read
A large flock (I'd say 100+) Common Redpolls is now consorting with the even larger flock of Snow Buntings on Mt Pleasant. As of this morning they were foraging on the north side of Mt Pleasant Rd, from 8:30 until around 10:30 am they were in the field just east of the radio tower, but now have

[cayugabirds-l] Aurora Bay Aythya raft

2011-01-31 Thread Marie P Read
Aurora Bay hosted an enormous raft (actually several) of mostly Redheads with some Ring-necked Ducks mixed in this morning. The flock was almost directly below the Lake Road bluffs when I arrived around 9:15 am and had slowly moved southward farther along the lake when I returned around 10:45

[cayugabirds-l] Aurora Bay / Union Springs and waterfowl count question

2011-02-04 Thread Marie P Read
At Aurora Bay this morning, unfortunately the Redhead raft was NOT present, nor could I see any sign of it from Long Pt State Park looking south and across the lake. At Union Springs, the Factory Street pond hosted several Redhead and Gadwall pairs, as well as Mallards. The famous Screechie was

[cayugabirds-l] FW: CAYUGABIRDS - Redhead Raft at Myers Pt

2011-02-04 Thread Marie P Read
A. [hopki...@airproducts.com] Sent: Friday, February 04, 2011 5:35 PM To: Marie P Read Subject: CAYUGABIRDS - Redhead Raft Marie, I saw your post on CAYUGABIRDS about the redheads having moved on, and thought I'd reply (I'm not on the listserve - I'm just visiting Ithaca for the weekend). Feel free

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Song Sparrow and Redpolls

2011-02-06 Thread Marie P Read
I also had a Song Sparrow here at the feeders today - first one since last fall. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com From:

[cayugabirds-l] Northern Cardinal singing!

2011-02-07 Thread Marie P Read
From high in a snow-covered tree early this morning came the song of a male Northern Cardinal. What a delight! Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Singing today.....

2011-02-17 Thread Marie P Read
Today's singers in the backyard include Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, and (very briefly) Dark-eyed Junco. House Finches were chirruping away merrily when I came out of the Lab of O mid-morning. Yesterday there were several male Horned Larks singing from the

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant birds

2011-02-20 Thread Marie P Read
On Sunday afternoon, around 3:30, there was a flock of 12 Horned Larks with about half as many Snow Buntings flying in the fields at the eastern end of Mt Pleasant Rd. The same number of Horned Larks were also in the same area, feeding in the snow-free patches of ground, on Friday afternoon.

[cayugabirds-l] OT: Ithaca's 3rd Annual Designing With Native Plants Conference

2011-02-24 Thread Marie P Read
HI Folks, People interested in native plants and gardening, including bird-friendly gardening, might be interested in attending this local conference: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e34lo0nn53db6548llr=qhf8yceab Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant birds

2011-02-26 Thread Marie P Read
Mt Pleasant hosted a flock of 140+ Cedar Waxwings in the shrubby area just west of the observatory, feasting on buckthorn berries around 11:15 this morning. Also a Rough-legged Hawk perched in a tree by the roadside a bit farther east. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road

RE: [cayugabirds-l] OOB but entertaining

2011-01-21 Thread Marie P Read
Entertaining? I feel very sorry for that hawk.hope it can get out safely. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com From:

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Mud Lock Bald Eagles ? Old Montezuma. Canandaigua Barrow's Goldeney

2011-03-13 Thread Marie P Read
I saw them a little over a week ago - 1 in nest, 1 in tree. Marie (currently in south TX where it's hot and humid) . Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com ***NEW*** See my beautiful

[cayugabirds-l] Random bird observations - Wednesday March 30

2011-03-30 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, Stewart Park this morning: the Common Mergansers are performing their courtship flights/chases and pairs are looking at nest sites. Mt Pleasant this afternoon (1:30 to 2:30) has its first Killdeer of the season, and while I was watching that, a magnificent male Northern Harrier flew up

[cayugabirds-l] Singing Pine Siskin

2011-04-10 Thread Marie P Read
I have a singing Pine Siskin in the yard this morning. Someone yesterday mentioned a similar observation (I think it was on the Confers' excellent Goetchius Preserve walk Saturday evening). Also, singing American Tree Sparrow, a bird whose song I just learned. Marie Marie Read Wildlife

[cayugabirds-l] Cornell Arboretum birds

2011-04-12 Thread Marie P Read
Killing time while my car was being repaired in Varna, I walked into the Cornell PLantations Arboretum this morning around 8:30. I watched Canada Geese and American Robins during territorial fights, and noted Dark-eyed Juncos, Northern Cardinals, Song Sparrows and American Robins singing. But

[cayugabirds-l] RFI: Golden-crowned Kinglet/Barred Owl

2011-04-13 Thread Marie P Read
Hi everyone, One of my goal birds to photograph this spring is Golden-crowned Kinglet. I know a couple of traditional spots locally, but if anyone has any local leads on where to find one consistently I'd really appreciate hearing about it. Ditto for Barred Owl. In fact, I'd appreciate

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Spotted Sandpiper @ Stewart Park; + ~25 Bonaparte's Gulls.

2011-04-13 Thread Marie P Read
Folks who're seeing the Bonaparte's Gulls: are they in breeding plumage? still changing? I'm the photo editor for the bird club's upcoming book about birding sites in the basin, in which we include small photos of some typical birds for each site. I have the option of choosing a Boney in

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake, Saturday pm

2011-04-23 Thread Marie P Read
Cayugabirders Well, I simply couldn't being myself to join the bird club's Dryden Lake trip in this morning's horrendous weather, and I do hope that the intrepid souls that did were amply rewarded. But I did go there at 4:00 this afternoon with the sun finally shining. I walked the length of

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake, Saturday pm

2011-04-23 Thread Marie P Read
=0 From: bounce-21176762-5851...@list.cornell.edu [bounce-21176762-5851...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Marie P Read [m...@cornell.edu] Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2011 6:13 PM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake, Saturday pm

[cayugabirds-l] Newman Arboretum - poss Baltimore Oriole

2011-04-26 Thread Marie P Read
Stunned by the appearance of a strange, bright object in the sky, I headed to Newman Arboretum for some photography. While video-ing Red-winged Blackbirds displaying, females calling, American Robins singing, and Northern Flicker foraging on the ground, I twice heard a bright song that could

[cayugabirds-l] Newman Arboretum - poss Baltimore Oriole

2011-04-26 Thread Marie P Read
(Sent this earlier but apparently it did not go through: - did anyone get it?) Stunned by the appearance of a strange, bright object in the sky, I headed to Newman Arboretum for some photography. While video-ing Red-winged Blackbirds displaying, females calling, American Robins singing, and

[cayugabirds-l] Newman Arboretum - Magnolia Warbler

2011-04-27 Thread Marie P Read
New at the Newman Arboretum this morning was a Magnolia Warbler. Also two singing Warbling Vireos in what seemed to be a territory dispute. (I did NOT hear or see yesterdays heard-only possible Baltimore Oriole.) Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant American Pipits

2011-04-30 Thread Marie P Read
There was a flock of 13 or so American Pipits flying around the field at the intersection of Mineah and Mt Pleasant Roads (on the south side of Mt Pleasant Rd) around 4:30 pm today. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail

RE: [cayugabirds-l] OT -White-faced Ibis video

2011-05-01 Thread Marie P Read
OMG!!! Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com ***NEW*** See my beautiful photo notecards: http://www.marieread.com/cpg/displayimage.php?album=478pos=0

[cayugabirds-l] Hammond Hill birds and backyard PIne Siskins

2011-05-04 Thread Marie P Read
A very chilly scouting trip to Hammond Hill this morning turned up singing Winter Wren, Blue-headed Vireo, and Ovenbird, plus calling Common Raven and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Back home, a flock of 18+ PIne Siskins has taken over the nyjer feeder and many are singing wheezily away! Marie

[cayugabirds-l] Mundy WFG early afternoon

2011-05-04 Thread Marie P Read
While taking photos for the basin birding site guide in Mundy Wildflower Garden around 2:00 today, I heard the buzzy song of a Blue-winged Warbler and later the bright song and chatter calls of a Baltimore Oriole. The wildflowers are looking lovely! Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452

[cayugabirds-l] Rusty Blackbird: an interesting article and a photo

2011-05-07 Thread Marie P Read
Here's an interesting article about the Rusty Blackbird that appears in Northern Woodlands magazine (a very nice publication with all kinds of natural history tidbits, although with a definite focus on forestry, for those who aren't familiar with it)

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant birds: American Pipits etc

2011-05-12 Thread Marie P Read
A quick walk up on Mt Pleasant Rd this morning netted the following: American Pipits several in the newly ploughed field opposite the radio tower. There was also a flock of Horned Larks there the day it was ploughed, not new arrivals, I surmise, but simply those unfortunate individuals whose

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant birds: American Pipits - addition

2011-05-12 Thread Marie P Read
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RE: [cayugabirds-l] Why cowbirds foster their eggs to other birds

2011-06-26 Thread Marie P Read
Hi Marilyn, Well, I don't see anything in this article that suggests any reason that cowbirds STARTED laying their eggs in other birds nests. We are talking about something that happened way back during the cowbird's evolutionary history here, tens or hundreds of thousands of years ago. So in

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Cardinal Singing non stop for three hours

2011-07-28 Thread Marie P Read
A male cardinal was just singing up a storm in my yard too, making washing the dinner dishes a lot more pleasurable! Bet he and his mate are nesting again too, but I wonder at what stage they are to stimulate this resurgence of song - just starting a new clutch? Or are there recent fledglings

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Bobolink flocks

2011-08-07 Thread Marie P Read
The highlight of my walk earlier this morning on Mt Pleasant Rd were the numerous Bobolinks perched and flying around in several loose flocks. They were mostly near/in the unharvested grain field (wheat?), and once many were perched on the edge of the road. I counted 63 at one point but there

[cayugabirds-l] NY Bluebird Society Annual Fall Meeting—bird photography presentation

2011-09-20 Thread Marie P Read
Hi Cayugabirders, I'll be giving a presentation at the upcoming Annual Fall Meeting of the New York Bluebird Society this coming Saturday, 24th September 1:00 pm, at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. http://www.nysbs.org/msgboard/viewtopic.php?t=267sid=c6c105a55645198efec3f89107127019 In

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinch conjunctivitis?

2011-09-27 Thread Marie P Read
I have had a young goldfinch with what looks to be conjunctivitis at my feeder lately. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com Now on FaceBook

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Am. Robin behavior question

2011-10-12 Thread Marie P Read
Competition for fruit, I wonder? Pileateds eat a lot of fruit this time of year. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com Now on FaceBook

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant American Pipits

2011-10-23 Thread Marie P Read
HI all, There was a flock of American Pipits in the field east of the radio tower and adjacent to Mineah Rd. late this afternoon. Visible only when they flew, and identified by call. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail

[cayugabirds-l] Ringwood raven

2011-11-02 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, Recovering from knee surgery a week ago Monday, I was able to totter at glacial speed down to Ringwood Reserve and back just now. The highlight was a Common Raven flyover, making the weirdest cronking I have ever heard. These birds never fail to amaze me with their vocal variety.

[cayugabirds-l] Birds eating ash seeds

2011-11-02 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, I was just watching 3 House Finches feeding on the numerous ash seeds hanging from the trees in my yard. Shortly after, 2 goldfinches joined in the feast but seemed not to have such as easy job of eating the seeds. There is such a glut of ash seeds this year I wonder what bird species

[cayugabirds-l] Ringwood Rd Fox Sparrow

2011-11-06 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, There was a Fox Sparrow perched in the trees near my bird feeders a short while ago. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com Now on FaceBook

[cayugabirds-l] EHill Rec Way Am Tree Sparrows

2011-11-09 Thread Marie P Read
Took a walk along the East Hill Rec Way this morning: highlight was a flock of American Tree Sparrows, several of which were singing fragmented songs. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Snow Buntings

2011-11-21 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, Just as I was wondering when they might show up..there were 3 Snow Buntings in a flock of 20 or so Horned Larks (I think...from their calls...didn't sound like pipits) at the easternmost end of Mt Pleasant Rd around 4pm today. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood

[cayugabirds-l] Very OT: Film-related photo stuff FREE

2011-11-28 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, Anyone out there still shooting film? I have several FilmShield lead-lined bags to protect film from X-rays. One brand new and still in unopened box. Free for the asking. Also, does anyone have any interest in a Kodak Ektagraphic slide projector, almost new, with good lens and several

RE:[cayugabirds-l] Very OT: Film-related photo stuff - Projector taken

2011-11-28 Thread Marie P Read
Thanks everyone, I now have a taker and several backups for the projector. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com Now on FaceBook

[cayugabirds-l] An interesting (sound) observation...etc

2011-12-01 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, Walking back from the back of my yard just now, I heard a distant Northern Cardinal singing. Wondering where it was, I went a little further and to my surprise the song immediately changed direction. Listening carefully, I realized that it was not distant at all, but was coming from my

[cayugabirds-l] Eastern Bluebirds: bird garden pays off!

2011-12-03 Thread Marie P Read
HI all, Over the past couple of days there have been 3-4 Eastern Bluebirds visiting my winterberry patch briefly. Today they stuck around long enough for me to sneak into the blind that I'd put nearby and get some shots. Also with them was a flock of Cedar Waxwings. Here's a link to one of

[cayugabirds-l] Photo request for Basin Birding Site Guide - RNGrebe

2011-12-08 Thread Marie P Read
Hi all, As some of you know, I'm acting as photo editor for the upcoming Cayuga Basin Birding Site Guide soon to be published by the Cayuga Bird Club, and I am hoping one of you photographers or digiscopers out there can help me. I need a good quality image of a Red-necked Grebe in winter

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Snow Buntings

2011-12-10 Thread Marie P Read
There were 3 Snow Buntings on the road at the easternmost end of Mt Pleasant Rd around 3pm today. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu http://www.marieread.com Now on FaceBook

[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Horned Larks

2011-12-11 Thread Marie P Read
A flocklet of 7 Horned Larks flew over the field opposite the observatory on Mt Pleasant just as I crested the hill on my morning walk, around 11:30 am today. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA Phone 607-539-6608 e-mail m...@cornell.edu

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