Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin

2009-10-06 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
I saw one individual pine siskin yesterday (Sunday) ~1pm at Ballard Pond in the Finger Lakes National Forest, amid a flock of chipping sparrows. Suan On Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 1:57 PM, Meena Haribal m...@cornell.edu wrote: Dave Tetlow reported two from Rochester area two days ago. So probably

[cayugabirds-l] Lindsay Parsons etc. Sunday: Y.B.Cuckoo etc.

2010-05-24 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
I was at Lindsay Parsons yesterday ~1-3pm, and the first loud voice I heard was one in a tree by the first field, which I could neither identify nor locate visually until, after some 10 minutes of repeating the same song, it flitted away across the field. I have a lousy iPhone-recording here:

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Lindsay Parsons etc. Sunday: Y.B.Cuckoo etc.

2010-05-25 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Thanks for the responses to my query about the Lindsay Parsons mystery song. The consensus is that it is a variant field sparrow song. Suan FWIW, here's the y.b.cuckoo: http://www.suan-yong.com/ithaca-2010/s4007-ybcuckoo.jpg On Mon, May 24, 2010 at 9:37 AM, Suan Hsi Yong suan.y...@gmail.com

[cayugabirds-l] Waxwings and catbird

2011-07-25 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Yesterday (Sunday) evening near the Taughannock swimming area, a not-quite-fledgling waxwing was on the grass presumably fallen from its nest. Its frequent trills alerted its presence to some of the many passers by, though on at least one occasion when it took a break from calling, someone almost

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park 29Sep11 - waterfowl, tragedy

2011-09-29 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
I did not notice its absence last Saturday; I distinctly remember it being still there two weekends ago, when a/the adult bald eagle was hanging out in a neighboring tree -- which seemed odd to me since I thought that snag was its favored perch. The cormorants, likewise, have eschewed this snag

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Surf Scoter, Genung Fox Sparrow, etc.

2012-03-31 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This morning, SFO Group 2 went first to Dryden Lake, where there was a surf scoter at decent scoping distance. Other highlights were fly-by osprey and great blue herons, many buffleheads, some lesser scaups, a pair of ring-necked ducks, and some ruddy ducks; red-bellied woodpecker and eastern

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Surf Scoter, Genung Fox Sparrow, etc.

2012-03-31 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Oh, I forgot to mention the horned grebe at Dryden Lake hanging out very close to the platform, showing off its confusing transitional plumage. Suan On Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 12:43 PM, Suan Hsi Yong suan.y...@gmail.com wrote: This morning, SFO Group 2 went first to Dryden Lake, where

[cayugabirds-l] SSW kinglets, sapsucker, etc.

2012-04-01 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This morning's bird walk around Sapsucker Woods, led by Becky and me, was very lively. Highlights included a flock of golden-crowned kinglets foraging in the bushes around the Sherwood platform, eye level, at times about ten feet away (my best looks at this species ever; naturally, I didn't have

[cayugabirds-l] Mulholland vireo

2012-04-12 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Had a vireo singing look at me, way up here, in the tree at six-mile creek (mulholland preserve, towards the second dam). No bins and no visuals, alas. My untrained and rusty ears thought it felt blue-headed. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eight inches of snow!

2012-04-23 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
My feeder was more popular than usual this morning, with handsome chipping sparrows milling about photogenically against the white backdrop. A songlike sparrow sat for a while looking almost lincoln-ish, but flushed before I could get my camera or otherwise convince myself that it wasn't just a

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Audubon app $1

2012-04-26 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM, Chris Pelkie chris.pel...@cornell.edu wrote: One of my deal sites just alerted me that for a short (indeterminate) time, both the Apple iTunes Store and the Android (Amazon AppStore) have the Audubon Birds app for $1 instead of $20. I have not used it yet, but

[cayugabirds-l] Ten-Legged Plover

2012-04-28 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Today's SFO local trip started at Myers Park, where our goal bird, the AMERICAN PIPIT, alighted by the parking lot shortly after our arrival, giving fantastic looks at its brown lightly-streaked featureless blandness. A number of pipits hung around the spits on both the Myers and Salt Point side.

[cayugabirds-l] Mulholland G.H. Owl

2012-05-09 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Walking to work today via 6-mile-creek/Mulholland, I found a great horned owl, my first ever unassisted owl sighting in the east (OK, assisted by a pair of crows). Other highlights of the walk were a pair of pileated woodpeckers, my FOY pe-o-weee, a scarlet tanager singing and chick-breeing

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Orchard - 13 and 14 May 2012 - Devoid of Migrants

2012-05-14 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Yesterday (Sunday, 5/13) our SFO group made a quick stop at the Hawthord Orchards at ~7:20am, where we heard a CANADA WARBLER singing in the NE corner (near the white house), saw a female BLACK-AND-WHITE WABLER, near the NE entrances, and saw/heard a BLUE-HEADED VIREO in that NE forest/ravine. We

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow Barn

2012-07-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Yesterday (Sunday) morning, after the morning bird walk at the lab, I drove up Tehan Road and walked down Signal Hollow Road on the edge of Yellow Barn State Forest to just past the pond and back. The power cut had a singing indigo bunting (up high, not seen) and a chestnut-sided warbler heard

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Yellow Barn

2012-07-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM, Suan Hsi Yong suan.y...@gmail.com wrote: At one point I heard what I thought was a double-veery, but when I reviewed the iPhone recording I made it sounded too high: http://suan-yong.com/sound/yellow-barn-mystery.wav Thanks to Jay and Chris, who both thought

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tagged Snow Goose

2012-12-03 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 5:47 PM, david nicosia daven1...@yahoo.com wrote: I have a photo of a tagged snow goose with a yelllow neck collar number 55AY http://www.cen.ulaval.ca/gon-gsg/ Looks like 55AY was banded April 2009 at Ile-aux-Oies (Quebec). Three years ago I reported two such yellow

[cayugabirds-l] Winter Wren? @ Six Mile Creek

2013-02-26 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
At the Mullholland preserve this morning I thought I heard a winter wren singing across the rippling sound from the creek, but when I got closer all I heard were junco trills. This was pretty close to the parking lot. At about the same time there was an odd whistling call -- something between a

[cayugabirds-l] Weekend SFO groups 1 5: rusty blackbird?

2013-03-25 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Like Meena I had a double-header weekend of SFO to kick off the season, though Saturday morning's cold dark drive to the lab on a snow-dusted road made one wonder how much spring there would be. But the enthusiasm of a mink bouncing about the small island across the open water of the lab brought

[cayugabirds-l] Common(land) Raven, Catbird, Pewee?

2013-04-29 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A raven was soaring all around commonland this morning (a bird which I would've seen if I'd walked back to my yard -- does that count? ;-D). In the thickets a FOY catbird was foraging and meowing, and in the woods a black-throated-green was singing. A towhee which I'd been hearing call for at

Re: [cayugabirds-l] WTS

2013-04-29 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
FYI, white-throated sparrows are not sexually dimorphic -- meaning a normal human can't tell male from female in the field. But they do have two morphs -- bright-striped and tan-striped -- with an interesting cross-preference relationship (see

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pretty quiet!

2013-05-01 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Jay wrote: Migrants seem very slow today Yeah, the satellite last night showed mass movements here and west of here and southwest (all the way to Georgia and Texas), but almost nothing due south of us -- i.e., many birds left us to go north, but few from south of us came up. I'd been looking at

[cayugabirds-l] Nothing @ Hawthorn

2013-05-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Did a quick round of Hawthorn, finding more birders than noteworthy birds: three yellow warblers; good numbers of white-throated and song sparrows skulking on the forest floor; house wren singing near the recway (FOY for me), and a chickadee continually singing the first part of its song followed

[cayugabirds-l] Unconfirmed Pileated Nesthole

2013-05-09 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
At the Mullholland wildflower preserve, not far from the parking lot, is a beautiful and photogenic cavity where on the morning April 22, I saw the face of a pileated woodpecker inside the hole. I have not seen any pileated activity at that hole since (on my 2-3 times a week passing that spot), so

[cayugabirds-l] Wilson's, Canada, Parula @ Hawthorn

2013-05-14 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Had a silent but active and easy-to-track WILSON'S WARBLER at Hawthorn this morning, this after meeting two birders (sorry, don't know your names) who directed me towards canada and mourning they'd seen earlier. I found the CANADA WARBLER singing near the NE entrance, eventually got decent looks,

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cardinal song?

2013-05-17 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Fri, May 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM, Asher Hockett veery...@gmail.com wrote: Yesterday I heard a song, a thrice repeated ascending arpeggio, roughly a musical perfect 4th between each: g c f, g c f, g c f (just to give an idea). This may be the Cardinal song I've nicknamed the bugle call, though I

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Flattened birds

2013-05-31 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On May 12, our SFO group at Arnot saw a brown creeper do the same pose but vertically on a trunk, remaining fully camouflaged when doing so. I wish I had my camera then. Anyhow, I assumed it was sunning itself, a reasonable assumption on that cool day (40s-50s). The fact that your gnatcatcher did

[cayugabirds-l] Lindsay Parsons mystery song

2013-06-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Visitors to Lindsay Parsons this year may have heard a strange trill from the first field, coming from the trees in the east. Our SFO group had heard this on May 5, during which I said it was probably an odd junco song. This morning's CBC field trip heard the song again. Here's an iPhone

[cayugabirds-l] Ovenbird nocturne

2013-06-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
I went to bed last night with my windows open, and at 11:40 I was surprised to hear an ovenbird's evening song -- a complicated melody reminiscent of winter wren with a few teachers thrown in. It kept me awake listening for more, but the bird did not sing again. A group of at least three ravens

[cayugabirds-l] Muckrace Photos

2013-09-13 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
I did my first Muckrace this year with Team Shutterbirds, comprising members from east, west, north, and south of Montezuma. For the added challenge, we only counted birds we could photograph (or in a few cases, audio record), and ended up with 88 species, with which I personally was impressed.

[cayugabirds-l] CBC Field Trip Saturday

2014-02-27 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
FYI, I'll be leading a field trip this Saturday (3/1). We'll meet at 8am at the lab parking lot, and plan to be back around 2pm. Forecast says cold and windy, so dress for cold and windy :-D. Likely destinations are along the lake up to Aurora, possibly Union Springs, and maybe the Indian Field

[cayugabirds-l] Myers Glaucous, Pintail, Cackler, etc.

2014-03-01 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Three hardy souls joined me on this cold breezy day for a CBC field trip. The lab parking lot saw much activity from tree sparrows, juncos, and goldfinches. Our first stop at East Shore Park found the ice too far out for decent views of buffleheads, goldeneyes, and mergansers, but Myers Park had

[cayugabirds-l] CBC Field Trip Sunday, 8:30am

2014-04-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Hi all, I'll be leading a field trip this Sunday at the late-bird hour of 8:30am, meeting at the Lab parking lot. Destination is still in flux (and subject to influence of attendees), but will likely be in the direction of Park Preserve and Dryden Lake. Trip will end around 1pm. All are welcome

[cayugabirds-l] White-Eyed Vireo Photos

2014-04-25 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
White-Eyed Vireo from 9:30am today: https://www.flickr.com/photos/50094151@N03/sets/72157644310674355/ Following the Wilson Trail where it skirts the pond past the feeder blind, when it starts curving away from the pond to the footbridge, there is a little clearing to the left. This is where

[cayugabirds-l] Sora @ SSW Sherwood

2014-05-07 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Sora seen in reeds across from Sherwood platform, first spotted (sans binoculars) by Colleen. Brief look before disappearing behind only giving hints of movement before disappearing altogether. Not heard. Many myrtles and palms and yellow warblers. Lots of rusty blackbird squeaks from the woods.

[cayugabirds-l] Mulholland Pileated Nest III

2014-05-23 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
For an incredible third consecutive year I've stumbled across a pileated nesthole at the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve. The bird alerted me with its squawking as I jogged past, looked at me nervously for a long moment before popping into the hole. I did not hear baby noises, so I assume it is

[cayugabirds-l] Hairy Nest @ SSW

2014-05-25 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A hairy woodpecker nesthole was actively being attended this morning during the bird walk, with the mother bringing two load of goodies while we watched. All feeding was in the hole thus not visible -- don't know if young hairies ever stick their heads out like pileateds.* The walk also found two

[cayugabirds-l] Fallen Pileated Nesthole Tree

2014-07-11 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Walking this morning through the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve at Six-Mile Creek, I found partially-toppled the dead tree that had hosted the pileated woodpecker nest earlier this year. I found the hole and got to peek in (with my phone) to find some interesting interior decorations. Photos here:

[cayugabirds-l] OT: Monarch caterpillar rescue opportunity?

2014-08-29 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This morning I found a small monarch caterpillar in an unlikely spot downtown, and my untrained instinct tells me it's unlikely to survive to adulthood at this location, so if anyone is up for it, I think it would be a good idea/opportunity for someone to effect some level of rescue, anything from

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Muckrace highlights, Fri 9/12 and Sat 9/13

2014-09-15 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
For the second year, I was happy to participate in the Muckrace in the new photography category, as part of Team Shutterbirds with Mark Miller and Marissa Newland (Eaton Birding Society). We tallied 70 species, which I was pleased with, given the mid-morning rain and the strong afternoon winds

[cayugabirds-l] 14 Fish Crows, Downtown Ithaca

2014-11-24 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Just had a loose flock of at least 14 crows fly by the BJM school area, frolicking in the warm south winds, with high-pitched cawing coming from at least three four individuals, so I presume the entire flock to be fish crow. Would be the largest number of fish crows I've noticed in Ithaca. Suan

Re:[cayugabirds-l] CBC Field Trip Saturday 8am-2pm

2015-02-04 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
I should add that all are welcome on this field trip, members and non-members, beginners and experts alike. Suan On Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 5:25 PM, Suan Hsi Yong suan.y...@gmail.com wrote: Hi all, Join me on a half-day Cayuga Bird Club field trip this Saturday, meeting at the lab at 8am

[cayugabirds-l] Rusty blackbirds, etc.

2015-03-28 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Our SFO group spent the morning at Newman golf course walking towards Jetty Woods, with the inlet hosting a good variety of waterfowl, including GW teals, pintails, gadwalls, redhead, canvasback,etc. A lone BONAPARTE'S GULL hung out cooperatively before flying right in front of us showing of its

[cayugabirds-l] Yard Screech

2015-03-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
The chickadees outside my front door were screaming away at something while I hurriedly put on my boots, and with the aid of my infrared camera I soon found in the spruce tree a screech owl tucked away in the thick boughs. Not an easy thing to see -- in fact, I could never get a view of its face,

[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Merlin?

2015-05-01 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Checked out the hawthorn orchards this morning (6-7am), which lacked anything too exciting (yellow warbler, ruby-crowned kinglets and many red-winged blackbirds), until at one point a killdeer-like call was followed by a falcon-like shape swooping north towards the cemetary/pharmacy area. I

[cayugabirds-l] ~OT: Infrared camera; Peterson

2015-05-18 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Some of you may have seen me play with my Therm-App infrared camera, which I'm trying to use with mixed success to find birds (some experiences are described in this blog which I'm failing misearbly at keeping up-to-date: http://infrared-birding.blogspot.com/ ). Anyhow, just though I'd mention

[cayugabirds-l] Great Horned Owl

2015-06-22 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 9:51 AM, Meena Madhav Haribal m...@cornell.edu wrote: PS: Yesterday around 5.00 am there was a Great Horned Owl calling from Strawberry Hills woods. On Friday night when I got home at 10:30pm, a Great Horned Owl was hooting away atop a spruce tree right outside my

[cayugabirds-l] Red-Eyed Vireo Cowbird(s)

2015-06-26 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
So a few weeks ago I found a low red-eyed vireo nest at the Mullholland Wildflower Preserve, and have been monitoring it off and on. Last week I saw the parents feeding at least two sizeable chicks - and collecting fecal sacs - and yesterday morning the nest was empty, but I did find a

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park student project: wetland restoration

2015-11-06 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Ken Rosenberg and I were at Stewart Park last month when three of them (don't remember names) came by, described the project briefly, and asked for advice. They initially considered using the central part of the lakeshore near the pavilion/floating dock, but we suggested instead the corner of the

[cayugabirds-l] Rusty Blackbirds @ SSW

2015-10-18 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
For this morning's bird walk, we had a flock of about a dozen rusty blackbirds near Sherwood Platform, first foraging low by one of the small ponds, then gathering in one of the trees. Also there were some yellow-rumped warblers and ruby-crowned kinglets, and many white-throated sparrows

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker woods

2015-09-06 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Earlier with the weekend morning bird walk, we started near the pergola with Black-and-White, Black-throated-Green, and Tennessee -- the last one showed a hint of a white spot on the wing which made me wonder if it wasn't a black-throated-blue. By the parking lot was a cooperative bay-breasted

Re: [cayugabirds-l] K-M shorebird walk, meet MNWR VC 7am Saturday

2015-08-28 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
The other two archive links in the list's email signature... ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html ... both seem to show Dave's emails fine,

[cayugabirds-l] Wood Duck @ Sapsucker Woods

2015-12-27 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On this morning's birdy walk (with the rain more bearable than I expected), there was a male wood duck with two mallards at Fuller, seen close from the Owens platform as it slinked behind the reeds. Plenty of activity from jingling tree sparrows, courting mallards, complaining blue jays, made for

[cayugabirds-l] Commonland Catbird

2015-12-24 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
The catbird at Commonland was calling again this morning, though my jog-by silenced it and my cursory glance into the thickets failed to locate it. Hope it sticks around for the CBC. Or not. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yesterday Snowy owls. Seybolt Road and North End of Cayuga lake. probable Common Yellowthroat.

2016-02-04 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
It's Reese Road and Seybolt. To the west about 300 yards away look for some gas pipe installation (or whatever it is). Each time I've seen the bird it's been on that installation. Suan On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 6:09 PM, marsha kardon wrote: > I can't find a Freese Rd in

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eastern Phoebe, Arts Quad

2016-02-01 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Yesterday morning at Sapsucker Woods, the starlings were doing kingbird and wood duck and meadowlark (among others, no doubt). Meanwhile, there was legitimate singing from chickadee, titmouse, cardinal: sounded and felt like spring! Suan On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 9:37 AM, cedar Mathers-Winn

[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip This Sunday, 8am

2016-03-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Hi all, Just a reminder that I'll be leading a CBC field trip up the lake this Sunday. Meet at the lab at 8am, which is earlier than you think due to spring ahead! Although scheduled to end at 4pm, I'm aiming to be back earlier than that, unless the snow goose spectacle is still around (are they

[cayugabirds-l] Sunday Field Trip Report: Around the Lake

2016-03-14 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Sunday I led a CBC full day around-the-lake field trip, joined by 8 others (2 staying only for the morning portion). The birding on the way up the lake was pretty sparse numbers-wise though reasonable species-wise, but mostly at scope distances. Thankfully, our scope-to-participant ratio was

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Myers Ospreys, Sat 9 Apr

2016-04-11 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On that same Saturday, our SFO group started at Myers Point. While at the spit an osprey approached and started hover-fishing Salmon Creek, pretty low and close to us. At one point it started diving, but aborted, denying us what would've been a spectacular sight at naked-eye distance. I have only

[cayugabirds-l] Ruby

2016-04-11 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
FOY for me ruby-crowned kinglet, singing from the spruce tree outside my house in Commonland, along with a singing pine siskin. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Woodcocks IV: Open Stage

2016-03-27 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
And just when I didn't think I could get a better woodcock video, I got this last night: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10209270510937785 I also put up the original MP4's as recorded by the ThermAppPlus camera here: http://suan-yong.com/woodcock-video/info.html for anyone who

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake: pipit, long-tail

2016-04-03 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Susan and I semi-co-led SFO groups this morning to Dryden Lake, where we were surprised to see an American PIpit along the Jim Schaug trail south of the park, in the little pond on the south side of the trail. I could not figure out its ID initially until Susan suggested pipit. Photo here:

[cayugabirds-l] Downy Woodpecker Leg Band

2016-03-28 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
So yesterday at Sapsucker Woods (near Owens Platform) I photographed a male Downy Woodpecker with a metal leg band, with enough resolution to read two sides of the band: http://suan-yong.com/banded/banded.html#dowo The front say "OPEN", the rear -- I initially guessed maybe ABRL (American Bird

[cayugabirds-l] Night Flight Infrared

2016-04-16 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Last night around 11pm, I decided to point my thermal infrared camera to the sky and see if anything would show up. To my surprise, I was able to observe a fairly steady stream of bird movement, some low and bright, others faint and barely discernible amid the noise from the sensor. It was quite

[cayugabirds-l] Great Horned Owls @ Jetty Woods

2016-05-07 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This morning our SFO group went to Jetty Woods to admire the Great Horned Owl and two fledglings reported earlier by Dave Nutter. From the pump station, go past the big puddle about 20 yards, look to the right for a large fallen log right next to the trail. That log log points approximately in the

[cayugabirds-l] Downtown Parula

2016-05-09 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
In the apple blossoms of Washington Park, a Northern Parula was singing both songs and foraging low and close enough to be admired with the naked eye (one of those "wish I had my camera with me" moments). Amid the wind-blown movement could be spotted at least three other warbler-like birds just in

[cayugabirds-l] Tennessee warbler

2016-05-12 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
New this morning at Hawthorn Orchard was a Tennessee warbler (possibly two), singing rather less incessantly than "normal", along with several Nashvilles, Blackburnian, Black-and-white, Blue-Winged, Magnolia, Yellow, and a quietly singing Canada Warbler first heard by Chris T-H in the ravine. All

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Virginia Rails (Saturday)

2016-05-23 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Saturday morning I went to Montezuma where at the start of the wildlife drive (across from Larue's Lagoon) a Virginia Rail was calling. With the help of my thermal infrared camera I was eventually able to get some looks and photos. I also captured some interesting video sequences, at the link

[cayugabirds-l] Connecticut Hill Photos

2016-06-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
FYI, I posted some photos from last Saturday's CBC field trip to Connecticut Hill here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1027965810574567 Thanks, again, to all who came on the trip. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] "Nola" Waterthrush @ Hawthorn Orchards

2016-06-15 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
This morning as I biked the East Ithaca Recway, just south of Mitchell Street I heard a waterthrush singing from the trees at the NW corner of the Hawthorn Orchard. Its first three notes had the plaintive slur of a Louisiana Waterthrush. This was followed by the choppy ending of a Northern

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road"

2016-09-22 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:31 AM, Peter wrote: > Folks - a question about the Booby. Is it more easily seen from Lower Lake > Rd. near Seneca Falls (west side of lake) or from the village of Cayuga > (east side of lake). > > Or perhaps it depends on the bird's mood?

Re: [cayugabirds-l] OOB: Tree swallow migration

2016-09-30 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
I was in Cape May on Monday, and saw a similarly large flock of tree swallows, first gathering, then murmurating like starlings. I did not try to estimate numbers. Here's a lousy iPhone video clip, barely hinting at the scale: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10210920362223036/ Suan

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin @ Esty & Washington

2017-03-08 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Just had a merlin sitting on a tree a few houses east of the CFCU on Meadow and Esty, presently shooed by two crows to a spruce tree one block east. My attention from the sidewalk may have contributed to the shooing :-D. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!

2017-07-12 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 12:54 PM, David Wheeler wrote: > I think it's also possible to go one-on-one with someone through GroupMe. > Thus one could direct a question back to the reporter alone rather than a > broadcast message. Not sure how many people know this is

Re: [cayugabirds-l] radar/migration

2017-07-25 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
If it's during the day in the summertime I think it's probably insects. This site seems to have a good intro: http://www.woodcreeper.com/radar-migration-faq/ For a bunch of links and archives: http://www.pauljhurtado.com/US_Composite_Radar/ Suan On Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 5:17 PM, Eben

Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!

2017-07-11 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
And it doesn't help that Kipp Island isn't even an island (anymore). :-) Suan PS. I posted on Facebook a couple of digiscoped videos of the ruff form Sunday. Should be viewable without a Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/pcb.1382246361813175/10213924592766922/

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ellis Hollow/George Rd. Comm. Solar Proj. Pub. Hearing Wed April 26, 7 pm--or email comments

2017-04-25 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
FWIW, on Saturday morning I stopped by the Dodge Road spruces and found a Great Horned Owl with my thermal camera (also being barked at by a bunch of crows). It flew off before I could get a photo, but it did later hoot for me once. Suan On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 1:37 AM, Sandy Podulka

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Orchard

2017-05-09 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
> On Tue, May 9, 2017 at 10:30 AM, Peter wrote: > I was wondering if anyone can tell me how the warblers have been over at > Hawthorn Orchard. I've read in the Basin Birding Book that it's a good spot > for them. Has anyone birded it yet this year? > > And how would

[cayugabirds-l] Empid nest etc, Danby State Forest

2017-05-29 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Saturday, after the Spring Bird Quest at Lindsay-Parsons, I drove around and up Michigan Hollow Road in Danby State Forest, and found three nest-builders (Chestnut-Sided, Empidonax sp, and Yellow Warbler). I've posted some videos of the latter two on Facebook: Empid sp:

[cayugabirds-l] Fledgling(?) Louisiana Waterthrush(es) @ Mulholland

2017-06-08 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Jogging through the Mulholland Preserve at Six Mile Creek this morning, I had two encounters with low-flying Louisiana Waterthrushes chipping loudly. Without binoculars, I got to see one close in a tree, looking fully fledged but lacking a tail (which didn't stop it from bobbing), behaving as if

[cayugabirds-l] Lindsay-Parsons mystery song

2017-06-05 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Lindsay-Parsons seems to harbor a lot of strange singers. During the Spring Bird Quest on Saturday, May 27, I recorded the following "ascending song", which starts around the 5-second mark in this clip: http://suan-yong.com/sound/lindsay-parsons-2017-05-27.wav What do you think it is? This

[cayugabirds-l] CBC Owling field trip, Saturday 6pm

2017-11-03 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Tomorrow evening, Bob and I will be leading a field trip to look and listen for owls. Saturday, November 4, 6:00pm, meet at the Cornell Lab parking lot to carpool. Dress warmly (as there will be much standing still in the cold), and bring a headlamp or flashlight. Forecast is calling for a slight

[cayugabirds-l] Photos of Lawrence's Warbler, Logan Hill, 2 weeks ago

2018-05-28 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Finally got around to posting photos of the Lawrence's Warbler (Blue x Golden -Winged Warbler) from Logan Hill two weeks ago (13 May 2018), embedded in this eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45628519 Also from that visit was this eye-level video of a singing Ovenbird:

[cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] 5 Ross’s Geese at Stewart Park

2017-12-24 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A good number of people enjoyed at Stewart Park not just the 5 Ross's Geese, but also two Snow Geese, six Greater White-Fronted Geese (not a-layin'), two Iceland Gulls, at least two Lesser-Black-Backed Gulls, some fly-by Northern Pintails, and a distant Red-Throated Loon. Pretty neat afternoon. A

[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip This Saturday 8am Stewart Park

2018-02-22 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Hi all, Two days ago I was rollerblading in shorts and T-shirt. Today I'm jogging through an inch of fresh snow. What will the birds make of all this? Let's find out together on a Cayuga Bird Club field trip around the lake: Saturday, February 24, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm (end time is

[cayugabirds-l] SSW Rusty Blackbirds, etc

2018-10-21 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Good variety of birds for this morning's SSW bird walk in the weather that soon turned to sleet. The clumps of ash seeds were hosting flocks of Rusty Blackbirds and Purple Finches (up to ten within a single binocular view) along the Wilson Trail north, just south of Owen's Platform. On the pond

[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip Saturday, 6pm

2018-11-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
The Cayuga Bird Club is hosting an owling field trip tomorrow (Saturday) from 6-10pm to look and listen for area owls. Co-led by Bob McGuire with his audio playback expertise, and me with my thermal infrared camera, we will meet at the lab parking lot and carpool to various spots heading

[cayugabirds-l] Nighthawk video from yesterday

2018-09-20 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Here's a video I took yesterday (Wednesday) during lunch at Sherwood Platform, Sapsucker Woods, of the Common Nighthawk: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/10217783338833162/?l=8661839843050610780 It shifted positions several times, and each time it did so it would sway back and forth,

[cayugabirds-l] Renwick Half-Hardies

2018-12-15 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A stroll through Renwick Wildwoods today found a yellow-bellied sapsucker, gray catbird, and belted kingfisher among more seasonal birds: brown creeper, northern flicker, golden-crowned kinglet, red-bellied and downy woodpeckers. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Lesser-Heard Sounds of Spring

2019-03-26 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Sunday afternoon I sat at Stewart Park looking out at the relative low bird count. Of interest were two American Wigeons foraging "somewhat" close (I was hoping they'd get closer for better photos, though they never did), and 11 Northern Pintails flying back and forth trying to decide whether to

[cayugabirds-l] Raptorous morning

2019-03-21 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On my jog to work from Commonland this morning I passed under two different Cooper's Hawks perched high on trees about 100 yards apart. I took the opportunity trying to tease out any nuances of the surrounding calls of Downy Woodpeckers and Carolina Wrens, filing them under "probable alarm calls".

[cayugabirds-l] Hurd Road Barred Owl

2019-03-02 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
While driving westward down Hurd Road towards Ellis Hollow Road, I was surprised to see a Barred Owl up on a tree next to the road, easily identifiable with the naked eye while driving. After I pulled over and exited the car, it flew deeper into the woods, though it perched for some time in a spot

[cayugabirds-l] Second-hand report of possible Lewis's Woodpecker

2019-02-01 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
A non-expert-birder friend thought he saw a Lewis's Woodpecker in the little grove of woods near the inlet, across 13A from Glenside, at 2:30pm this afternoon, fussing around the bottom of the trees. Details are scant, and probably a longshot, but I figure I'd post it in case anyone feels like

[cayugabirds-l] Thermal Woodcocks

2019-04-10 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Continuing with woodcock week: while scouting for this weekend's field trip, I got the following thermal infrared footage of woodcock courtship and, I believe, mating, followed by a celebratory skydance. Same video on both facebook and youtube (quality may differ between the platforms, not sure):

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Woodcock/Owl Crawl Saturday Evening

2019-04-14 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Our group went to Dodge Road, where the woodcocks started later than when I scouted, but with enough light to be easily seen. After a few skydances, those with muck boots and binoculars took a few steps into the muddy field where I was able to get my spotlight on the bird on the ground. The

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird survey from Boise State

2019-05-29 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
On Fri, May 24, 2019 at 4:21 PM Nancy Cusumano wrote: > On birding and bird conservation. Takes a few minutes but worth it. > > > https://boisestate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8B4hsye6hIsgSkl?fbclid=IwAR0ZijtTTttv2Xx0yT7UhnQEGc3SXbFcvDEsUPNb_ETUBchz8p7QUiIQfJQ > For anyone who saw the survey

[cayugabirds-l] Field Trip Saturday: Connecticut Hill

2019-06-06 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Hi All, There will be a CBC field trip this Saturday to Connecticut Hill, co-led by Dave Gislason and myself. Meet at either the Wegman's parking lot at 7:30am (towards the southwest corner by the water) or at 8am at the corners of Connecticut Hill, Boylan, and Lloyd Starks Roads. We plan to

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crow relationship .... Union Springs

2019-05-13 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Re allopreening: strangely I have only ever observed this among some critically endangered Bali Myna at the Hong Kong Aviary: http://suan-yong.com/hong-kong.php?s=Aviary=21442 What I found more fascinating than the allopreening was that the bird on the left had the muscular dexterity to lift

[cayugabirds-l] Nighthawk @ Commonland

2019-05-22 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
Just heard a Common Nighthawk buzzing over the woods south of my house in Commonland, over Six-Mile Creek, offering only a brief unbinoculared look at a small dot moving across the cloudy sky. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Purple Martins on Cayuga Lake (south end)

2019-05-21 Thread Suan Hsi Yong
>From about 2-3:30pm I was windsurfing from East Shore going west to the piling cluster located about 1/2 mile north of the lighthouse jetties. In that vicinity were several swallows, mostly barn, foraging on the water. I soon noticed that some seemed overweight and dark underneath, and soon found

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