[cayugabirds-l] New subscriber, east shore Seneca Lake, Fayette NY

2011-04-14 Thread Mark Miller
Hi, I know it's not Cayuga basin but thought I'd mention a couple finds this morning: Besides the resident 2-3 pair of Buffleheads, had 4 Red-breasted Mergansers (3 female, 1 male) moving south down the lake about a mile south of 96A/East Rd junction. Also had a single Barn Swallow, a very

[cayugabirds-l] Caspian Terns, Pectoral Sandpipers, and more.

2011-04-15 Thread Mark Miller
A quick run through Montezuma brought fewer ducks than last couple weeks but did see 15 Caspian Terns and about a dozen Pectoral Sandpipers, all in the new shorebird pool (before curve). East Road, Van Dyne Spoor Railroad roads had a lot of Wood Ducks, DC Cormorants, 1 Horned Grebe, and a pair

[cayugabirds-l] Sunday at MWR

2011-04-25 Thread Mark Miller
Sorry about the late post - just a quick run down on some sightings Sunday morning: No Marbled Godwit on the auto route but did have a Sandhill Crane pass over the shorebird unit and a few Dunlin. A few ducks around; N. Shovelers, BW GW Teal, Mallards, Redhead, Ring-neck, Gadwall, N. Pintail,

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR late Sat

2011-09-24 Thread Mark Miller
Marsh by the time I left May's Point. Mark Miller -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com

[cayugabirds-l] MWR/Savannah area

2011-10-07 Thread Mark Miller
This is just a quick note to let everyone know that the area off Railroad Rd. in Savannah (North of Montezuma) is having a youth hunt on Saturday morning (10/8). This is being coordinated through the Audubon Center (MAC), so you may want to plan to bird elsewhere. An additional note; the Esker

[cayugabirds-l] Phalarope at Montezuma

2011-10-08 Thread Mark Miller
I didn't see the Cackling or Greater White-fronted Geese this morning, but the resident Graylag is back with several Canada Geese at La Rue's Lagoon. I also spotted a Phalarope (Red-necked) in the shorebird unit (just before the sharp curve on the auto route) about 8:30 this morning. I went

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Phalarope

2011-10-08 Thread Mark Miller
Just a note to my previous post, I reviewed my photos and the Phalarope's beak seems very thick with a trace of yellow on the base. As I said I'm no expert but my Sibley's guide seems to lean towards a Red Phalarope, not a Red-necked. If anyone wants to see a photo, I'll be working at the

[cayugabirds-l] Red Phalarope

2011-10-08 Thread Mark Miller
Final note on the subject, the Phalarope at Montezuma's Shorebird Unit is a Red Phalarope. Thanks Jay Meena for your help. I last saw it near the bend on the auto route about 4:30 PM Saturday. It was moving around through the open water, often close to the road. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Grebes

2011-10-10 Thread Mark Miller
After reading the post about possible red-necked grebes off Van Dyne Spoor Rd (Savannah NY), I went out to check the area. All I could find was the usual pied-billed grebes, coots, common gallinules, cormorants, and ring-billed gulls. I spent about 20 minutes at the turn-around and didn't see

[cayugabirds-l] Esker Brook Trail

2011-10-16 Thread Mark Miller
I took a mid morning hike along the Esker Brook/South Spring Pool trail at Montezuma. Not any great finds but did have a lot of sparrows; Field, Song, White-throated, and Savannah. The RC Kinglets were abundant and quite a few Rusty Blackbirds were along the Ridge trail (south end). Also had a

[cayugabirds-l] Godwit at MWR

2011-10-28 Thread Mark Miller
Just made a run over to Montezuma today (didn't do the auto route), the visitor center pool was full of C. Geese, assorted ducks, and a Godwit (Hudsonian, non-breeding?). Also hiked Esker Brook/South Spring Pool trail and found a lot of robins, (hermit) thrush, several rusty blackbirds, YR

[cayugabirds-l] more at MWR

2011-10-28 Thread Mark Miller
A few other birds at Montezuma today (after reviewing my photos) include American Tree Sparrows Fox Sparrow (Esker Brook Trail). At May's Point a few Great Egrets remain along with a large group of Hooded Mergansers. An imm. Peregrine Falcon and a Kingfisher were in the dead wood section near

[cayugabirds-l] MWR

2011-11-04 Thread Mark Miller
Just an update on some things around Montezuma this afternoon. A mature Bald Eagle and Imm. Peregrine Falcon were harassing the dunlin, ducks geese at the visitor's center. A young Brant at Larue's Lagoon (faint trace of a white collar) was in with other C. geese and random ducks (Life Bird,

[cayugabirds-l] Nature of Montezuma series

2011-11-11 Thread Mark Miller
Not a lot going on Thursday afternoon at MWR, Brant still at Larue's Lagoon, lots of swans, snow geese, ducks at Knox-Marsellus along with a couple Tree Sparrows on Towpath. I did want to pass on the lecture series Nature of Montezuma will present a 1 to 1 1/2 hour slide presentation on the

[cayugabirds-l] Sodus Point

2011-11-19 Thread Mark Miller
Was up to Sodus Point from noon to 2 PM Saturday, at the pier and lighthouse museum overlook. About a hundred common mergansers in a feeding frenzy, 5 white-winged scoters, a couple small groups of bufflehead, several long-tailed ducks, assortment of gulls (gbb, ring-billed, herring,

[cayugabirds-l] Carolina Wren

2011-12-01 Thread Mark Miller
Talking about strange vocalizations, a few times in the last week or two I've found a Carolina Wren (got a visual ID at about 5' away) making a croaking sound. It was definitely not it's typical song, but each time was at 7 AM and it flies off before it gets light enough to photograph. This was

Re: [cayugabirds-l] MWR Fairhaven

2011-12-02 Thread Mark Miller
As far as the Purple Sandpipers go, I did look for them but didn't see any. It was rather windy rainy so they may have not been out, or I could have missed them (wasn't sure of where exactly they had been sighted). From: Joseph Brin Sent: Friday, December 02, 2011 4:14 PM To: Mark Miller

[cayugabirds-l] Purple Sandpipers

2011-12-04 Thread Mark Miller
Went back to Fairhaven State Park today, found 3 Purple Sandpipers on the south side of the pier despite the 50+ mph winds that almost knocked me off the pier. They were on a little spit of sand rocks just before the pier turns right along the channel. (Don't know how they could stand the

[cayugabirds-l] Swans, ATSparrows, Horned Larks

2011-12-17 Thread Mark Miller
Around Montezuma this morning at sunrise, some C. Geese, 1 mature Bald Eagle, 1 male Hooded Merganser, couple N. Harriers Red-tailed hawks. Over to East Rd/Potato shed lots of geese (Snow Canada) but no Snowy Owl. Gulls all over this morning with some ducks (mostly Mallards). A pair of Horned

[cayugabirds-l] Railroad/VanDyne Spoor roads - no shrike, no owls

2011-12-24 Thread Mark Miller
Spent the morning around Knox-Marsellus, East Rd, VanDyne Spoor/Wright/Railroad roads and didn't see the shrike or any owls. I did have about a million snow geese (at least a couple thousand) take off from knox-marsellus and 14 sandhill cranes on the frozen puddlers marsh. Had a dozen or more

[cayugabirds-l] Snowy-life bird!

2011-12-29 Thread Mark Miller
I finally got to see a Snowy Owl after trying for a couple years! The owl was across the Thruway from the Waterloo Outlet Center about 2 PM, then flew to the corner tower by Timberland. From there it landed atop a telephone pole behind the northwest corner of the outlet center. I spotted it

[cayugabirds-l] No Snowy, Montezuma

2011-12-30 Thread Mark Miller
Spent early morning at Montezuma (auto route), lots of C. Geese, T. Swans, Am Tree Sparrows, and a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds. Also had a few N. Harriers, mature Bald Eagle, Ring-necked and Scaup (Lesser?) in/along the Seneca River. Lots of Mallards Gadwall flying around. More T. Swans N.

[cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swan clarification Turkeys

2011-12-31 Thread Mark Miller
I abbreviated Tundra Swans in my earlier post (T. Swans) by mistake, sorry for the confusion. They are still being seen all around Montezuma (main pool, East Rd, etc). I also had a flock of turkeys by the corner of Sutterby and Lamb Rds, just NW of the village of Tyre on Friday AM. --

[cayugabirds-l] Outlet Owl Savannah area

2012-01-01 Thread Mark Miller
Just a couple of points on the Waterloo Premium Outlets; the Snowy Owl was on the NW corner of the cupola by the Under Armour Store, mainly visible from behind the stores (I could see top of head from way across parking lot though). If you use the signs on the back side of the stores for a

[cayugabirds-l] question on Snowy's locale

2012-02-01 Thread Mark Miller
Just wondering if you had a better location for possible Snowy Owl location by Chiropractic College (Seneca Falls). The campus doesn't actually lie along routes 520. Maybe they meant route 89 and E. Bayard St. (NE corner of campus)? -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Cayuga State Parks

2012-02-03 Thread Mark Miller
Spent an hour or 2 driving around north ends of Seneca Cayuga lakes. Seneca Lake State Park had it's normal mallards black ducks, along with a female long-tailed duck, several bufflehead, and 1 pair of common mergansers getting busy until a GBB gull dived at them. Gulls were mainly

[cayugabirds-l] Geneva Coots

2012-02-03 Thread Mark Miller
Forgot to mention, next to the pier in Geneva (west of the chamber of commerce) was a raft of about 100 coots. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] swan correction, Esker Brook Trail, Sodus Point

2012-02-04 Thread Mark Miller
I meant Tundra Swans (most likely) at Cayuga State Park Friday, but it was too far for positive ID's. Dozens were flying by the park and congregating about 1/4 mile south of the park. Saturday morning Esker Brook Trail at Montezuma offered several E. Bluebirds, but didn't see any GC Kinglets

[cayugabirds-l] Crow hunting regulations

2012-02-09 Thread Mark Miller
In NYS the crow season is Sep 1, 2011 to Mar 31, 2012 (all of upstate and Long Island, excluding NYC) but only on Fri, Sat, Sun, Mondays. There is no daily limit or possession limit. They are also exempt for HIP registration and may be hunted with rifles and use of electronic calls. (from the

[cayugabirds-l] Crows

2012-02-10 Thread Mark Miller
I didn't mean to start any battles, I was just relaying the info from the NYS Hunting Regulations (www.dec.ny.gov). Although I have hunted in the past (not for a few years), I have never shot a crow and was taught that you always eat what you kill. I grew up in a single income family of 8 and

[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Lake St Park, Sodus Point

2012-02-18 Thread Mark Miller
Quick notes on Seneca Lake St Park for Sat AM. Bald Eagle (mature) is still hanging out across the canal from the marina, Am Wigeon, C. Goldeneye, C. Mergansers, Bufflehead, Mallards, Black Ducks all present. Couple swans too far out for an ID. No sign of the Egyptian Goose. Sodus Pt pier (1

[cayugabirds-l] Merritt Island Refuge GBH White Morph

2012-03-10 Thread Mark Miller
It's definitely not Cayuga basin but I ran into enough locals while there to post this note. Had a Great Blue Heron (aka Great White Heron) white morph at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge at the north end of the Bio Lab Rd. I don't have posting access to any of the FL birdingonthe.net sites so

[cayugabirds-l] MWR Eagles, ducks, C. geese

2012-03-11 Thread Mark Miller
A pair of eagles are back at the mud lock nest, alternating on off. A few Canada Geese and assorted ducks at the pool by the MWR visitor's center (GW teal, Mallards, N. Pintail). Visitor's Center is due to open Friday (3/16) but auto route isn't suppose to open until 3/31 ( ? ). --

[cayugabirds-l] Waxwings?

2012-03-21 Thread Mark Miller
Has anyone heard anything about the Bohemian Waxwings up at Wehle Park in the last day or 2? I'm thinking of heading up that way and would greatly appreciate any updates or any specific areas to look. Thanks. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] oops?!!

2012-03-28 Thread Mark Miller
Okay, just had to comment! I was at MWR (visitor center) last weekend when a lady came in with a report of a Smew by mud lock (thanks to Linda B. for checking it out), now a report of lots of Cinnamon Teal at MWR? Well the Smew turned into an old Long-tailed duck decoy that had floated away and

[cayugabirds-l] Lake Ontario Savannah area

2012-04-27 Thread Mark Miller
Went up to Braddock Bay, weather not cooperating, Owl Prowl Woods only offered a quick glimpse of a Great Horned Owl (and a few BC Chickadees BG Gnatcatchers). Stopped in the warbler banding station to see mostly RC Kinglets and 1 N. Waterthrush 1 Brown Creeper getting banded. No raptors

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma

2012-05-04 Thread Mark Miller
Hiked the Esker Brook Trail and drove towpath rd at Montezuma this afternoon, Spring is definitely here! This is a list of species seen (didn't track numbers). I probably won't remember everything, but here it goes; Yellow-rumped Warblers Yellow Warblers White-crowned Sparrow White-throated

[cayugabirds-l] Cerulean - Howland's Island

2012-05-05 Thread Mark Miller
I also had a Cerulean Warbler (male) near S. Winter pond on Howland's Island (north of Port Byron). Photo posted on Eaton Birds Facebook page. Had many RB Grosbeaks, several Am Redstarts, Scarlet Tanager, pair of Wood Thrushes, Yellow Yellow-rumped Warblers, YT Vireos, Great Crested

[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods

2012-05-20 Thread Mark Miller
As with Mark Chao's report, not as much activity this morning. I did see a few things though; 3 wood thrushes (all together) red-eyed vireo (with a dragonfly snack) red-tailed hawk (along the trail in the lower canopy) great crested flycatcher belted kingfisher carolina wrens cedar waxwings

[cayugabirds-l] Fairground clarification

2012-05-21 Thread Mark Miller
Just hoping to avoid confusion, and I assume the Seneca Co Fairground post was actually the Lott Farm (aka Empire Farm Days site). The Lott farm is located near the Finger Lakes airport (originally Seneca Falls airport) on Martin Rd and route 414 just south of the (former) village of Seneca

[cayugabirds-l] MWR

2012-06-02 Thread Mark Miller
Didn't see the phalarope, but Hudsonian Godwit is still at Benning Marsh (about 9 AM), also had a pair of Spotted Sandpipers at Benning. Tschache Pool had a Great Egret in the tree next to the tower, Towpath (very muddy) had a lot of ducks, GB herons, and shorebirds (on the far side). Had a

[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Meadows birds

2012-06-05 Thread Mark Miller
Went on a 5 mile hike around the Seneca Meadows Wetland Complex (Seneca Falls) today. Lots of Song Savannah sparrows all over, a few Bobolinks around the prairie sections. Had an American Bittern near the parking lot, and a Brown Thrasher, Pileated, and Least Bittern all on the east end of the

[cayugabirds-l] Raven? MWR

2012-06-13 Thread Mark Miller
I'm about 95% sure this was a raven and not a crow, seen along the auto route ay Montezuma, sitting on the new muck piles (near the heavy equipment). Not much else seen along the drive, GBH, killdeer, Am crows, C. geese goslings, etc. Did have a male N. Harrier fly over. I will post the Raven

[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Meadows

2012-07-21 Thread Mark Miller
A couple hours at the Seneca Meadows Wetland Complex this morning (Black Brook Rd Seneca Falls) failed to find the Dickcissel but did see lots of Bobolinks in transition to nonbreeding plumage, several Marsh Wrens, couple Red-bellied Woodpeckers, an Indigo Bunting (also in transition), and a

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma - shorebirds

2012-08-08 Thread Mark Miller
Not much this evening until you get to Benning Marsh on the auto route. Tons of Yellowlegs (both), solitary least sandpipers. Also had a pectoral sandpiper and a wilson's snipe, all close in to the road. Did have a nice view of a rainbow on the drive through. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Fairgrounds

2012-08-11 Thread Mark Miller
I don't mean to harp on the point, just want to avoid confusion. The Lott farm is the location of Empire Farm Days (which ended Thursday) on the corner of route 414 and Martin Rd, south of the (former) village of Seneca Falls. The SMS Fair ground site is about a mile north on route 414, just

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma

2012-09-02 Thread Mark Miller
Around the refuge this morning (9/2/12): South Spring Pool (Esker Brook Trail) Philadelphia Vireo Great Crested Flycatcher Magnolia Warbler Green Heron Common Yellowthroats GW Teal Yellowlegs (both) Auto Route Dowitchers GBB Gull Semipalmated Plovers Least Sandpipers Yellowlegs American Golden

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-bellied Flycatcher N. Waterthrush at MWR

2012-09-07 Thread Mark Miller
A short walk around South Spring Pool at Montezuma (off the route 89 parking area) around 1 PM Friday produced very few birds but did see a Northern Waterthrush and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher on the north side of the path, about 100 yards or so past the overlook platform. Also had a bunch of

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Sat AM

2012-09-29 Thread Mark Miller
Spent the morning at Montezuma, great day to be outside birding! (finds at Knox-Marsellus were with the Rochester Birding Association - thanks Mike). Auto Route: Pectoral Sandpipers Trumpeter Swans (family of 5) Bald Eagles (2 adult/ 2 Imm.) American Pipits Savannah Sparrows Am Wigeon

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Cleveland OH

2012-10-08 Thread Mark Miller
It's a little out of the local area but thought it of interest, a Black-billed Magpie has supposedly been seen in on the west side of Cleveland OH. (per whatbird.com post). Locally, both Franklin Gull Avocet are still at Know-Marsellus Puddler's marsh, along with a nice male N. Harrier, all

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Seneca Lake Park

2012-11-02 Thread Mark Miller
The wildlife drive at Montezuma was a little sparse, few ducks Canada Geese (A. Wigeon, Gadwall, Shovelers, Black Ducks, Mallards, GW Teal, N. Pintail, Coots). Also had Pectoral ( Semipalmated?) Sandpipers at Benning Marsh and a Peregrine Falcon near the spillway. Knox-Marsellus/Puddlers had