[cayugabirds-l] 20+ Wood Ducks @ Stewart

2009-10-17 Thread Suan Yong
I'm counting 22 wood ducks in the pond at Stewart Park, including 10 beautiful mature males. Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES Archives: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] Crazy Canadas

2009-10-25 Thread Suan Yong
Yesterday (Sat) afternoon I was at Stewart Park watching a flock of ~40 brants circle and eventually land and settle in just beyond the canadas. Suddenly, seemingly at an untold signal, the canadas shifted into a state of itchiness, flapping their wings frequently, scratching frantically,

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dozen COMNIG flew south, 4

2010-08-25 Thread Suan Yong
Thanks for the alert, Dave, without which I would not have kept my eyes to the sky and sighted the eight or so nighthawks working over my place in Commonlands this evening at 7:30, a couple low enough to discern the white wing patch with the naked eye. They presently made their way SE, more or

[cayugabirds-l] SFO Arnot

2011-05-15 Thread Suan Yong
Today, 16 diehard SFOers took part in the full-day trip to Arnot Forest. Arriving at Greensprings Cemetary as the first drizzles started to fall, the feeders hosted a number of wet rose-breasted grosbeaks (both MF), some white-crowned sparrows on the ground, and female purple finches for good

[cayugabirds-l] MAC Purple Martin, Myers black scoters, etc.

2012-04-08 Thread Suan Yong
It was a great two days of birding for SFO overnight group 1, seeing many of the highlights already described. Sighting I don't remember seeing already mentioned are a male purple martin at the MAC today at noon, and Saturday morning's first stop at the marina with a female goldeneye reasonably

[cayugabirds-l] Renwick owl tree is down

2011-09-24 Thread Suan Yong
I don't recall anyone reporting this, but I was surprised to find that the owl tree in Renwick woods is down. You can follow the trunk to a cavity (possibly the nest hole) now a sorry looking flooded basin. Before making this sad discovery, upon entering the woods from the north, I was

[cayugabirds-l] Salt Point shrike

2011-11-27 Thread Suan Yong
I drove to Salt Point around 2pm, parked at the northernmost gravel loop and was surprised to see a N Shrike at the tip of a bush by the water's edge some 30 feet away. I should've driven away and parked elsewhere, instead, my egress from the car caused it to fly down to the next bush

[cayugabirds-l] OOB Geneva Female Eider

2011-12-02 Thread Suan Yong
En route to Rochester I stopped at Geneva (Seneca Lake SP) at 3pm to scan the lake from the first bench east of the entrance station. SE of there was a lone female eider (king, I'm pretty sure, based on its relatively small head size, though I didn't check the field guide there, and it was too

[cayugabirds-l] Sweazey screechless, but...

2012-01-28 Thread Suan Yong
Checked out the hole at Sweazey Road at 2pm, no screech owl, but when I first approached I thought I saw the corner of some being peek out the hole then disappear back into the depths. I waited around for a few minutes but it did not reemerge. So, to the question of where else the owl may be

[cayugabirds-l] Freese Vesper, Snipe

2012-04-14 Thread Suan Yong
A vesper sparrow was still across from Freese Road late this morning, flushing up to the lone tree for good looks by SFO groups 1 and 2, rufous shoulder and all. As our group approached the tree, we flushed a snipe from about 10 feet away, who flew a good distance away and melted into the

[cayugabirds-l] Osprey @ Treman platform

2012-04-14 Thread Suan Yong
An osprey is perched on the platform at Treman/Hog's Hole right now, preening itself. There are a few twigs on the platform, though I don't know if they were put there by bird or human. Suan PS. Stewart park had a green-winged teal couple and a wood duck couple. -- Cayugabirds-L List

Re: [cayugabirds-l] MERLIN (nesting?) in City Cemetary

2012-05-12 Thread Suan Yong
I've been sitting the last hour here in the cemetary, watching a (presumably) female merlin hanging out on the highest naked snag atop a pine, calling regularly and making frequent flycatcher-style forays. Then, a moment ago, a slightly different call signaled the arrival of a (presumably) male

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve (FLLT SBQ), Sun 5/27

2012-05-27 Thread Suan Yong
Mark: Before meeting the group, I spent 45 minutes birding alone on the west side of the preserve, near the West Danby fire station. The surpassing highlight here was an active GREAT BLUE HERON nest above the pond, which the Land Trust owns, next to the fire house. After the walk a few of

[cayugabirds-l] Y-T Vireo @ Treman Marina

2012-05-27 Thread Suan Yong
At 6:20 as I paddled up the inlet I heard a yellow-throated vireo sing from just north of the Treman marina in the woods by the water. The song was just off enough that I lamented having forgotten my binoculars, but thankfully this individual was kind enough to come close for a great naked-eye

[cayugabirds-l] Sycamore Wood Ducks

2012-05-31 Thread Suan Yong
This evening I biked down to the golf course where for the first time in some four or so attempts I heard then saw one yellow-throated warbler, in the sycamores around tee 3 next to the fire training area. That little guy was hard to spot, but gave good looks when found. While waiting for it to

[cayugabirds-l] Sunday Van Dyne Terns (Black and Least Bit)

2012-06-13 Thread Suan Yong
Here's a delayed report on a noteworthy visit to Van Dyne Spoor last Sunday at noon (after an unremarkable drive up the east shore of the lake*). The field south of the spoor has grown to be a lush wetland habitat - which is to say, poor viewing due to dense vegetation. The one open area is the

[cayugabirds-l] SSW Barred Owl

2012-06-15 Thread Suan Yong
Leading a bunch of kids on a walk this morning, just south of the Podell Boardwalk I heard the loud insistent chick-bing of a scarlet tanager, and was surprised when the brilliant male bird came down low and close enough for great naked-eye looks by most of the kids. It eventually moved a

[cayugabirds-l] Von Engeln ovenchick

2012-06-30 Thread Suan Yong
Late this morning I visited the Von Engeln preserve in Malloryville for the first time. Neat place. While standing at the kiosk a question mark butterfly landed on my fingertip and fed for a good two minutes. A good omen, I thought. Alas my two hands were clasped together at the time, and when

[cayugabirds-l] Summerhill broadwing

2012-07-08 Thread Suan Yong
The forested portions of SSW were full of mosquitoes and other biting things this morning; looking to run away from them I ended up at Summerhill on Hoag Road - still full of bugs but at least somewhat manageable on the road. The first two minutes were most eventful: a winter wren serenading

[cayugabirds-l] MARSH wrens, cranes; Catherine rails

2012-07-29 Thread Suan Yong
Yesterday (Saturday) morning I joined the Montezuma Alliance for the Restoration of Species Habitat (MARSH*) volunteer group to pull out invasive frogbit from Tschache Pool. The part of the pool we worked, far to the north of the lookout tower and off-limits to the public, was very birdy in

[cayugabirds-l] Mud Lock duck

2012-08-11 Thread Suan Yong
I stopped by Mud Lock this morning at 8:30 for a casual scan. Across the channel was presumably one of the scaup that has been reported all summer, hanging out interestingly with a cormorant. When I took a closer look, however, I was perplexed. This scaup had femalish colors: brown head, yellow

[cayugabirds-l] Philadelphia Vireo

2012-08-30 Thread Suan Yong
Outside my window at Commonland the cottonwood and sycamore hosted a small mixed flock including a PHILADELPHIA VIREO and NASHVILLE WARBLER and a couple more flitting too quickly and dressed too confusingly to be ID'ed by my half-asleep self. Later a strange sparrow sunned itself for a while

[cayugabirds-l] Sunday SSW Marsh wren, GCFly?

2012-09-18 Thread Suan Yong
Last Sunday's morning walk around SSW had a couple of interesting birds in retrospect. First, from the Sherwood platform we heard a few repeated fweeps of a Great Crested Flycatcher. eBird wanted a confirmation, which reminded me of the CBC trip earlier this spring to Bear Swamp where we also

[cayugabirds-l] Mall Merlin

2012-10-21 Thread Suan Yong
At 4:45 as I drove south along Tripphammer past the mall I noticed a medium sized raptor perched on snags across from the car wash. I pulled into the car wash and with my binoculars ID'ed it as a merlin (bluish-gray back, weak mustache). When I switched from binoculars to camera it flew away.

[cayugabirds-l] Swan Pen Merlin

2012-10-27 Thread Suan Yong
A Merlin has been perched on a snag at the swan pen (the westernmost snag hanging over the water) for at least an hour preening and being cooperative. When I got to the swan pen earlier the willow by the boat house was abuzz with activity (yellow rumps, both kinglets, a mockingbird, 40+

[cayugabirds-l] Tundra Swan @ Stewart

2012-11-18 Thread Suan Yong
A lone tundra swan is hanging out at Stewart park near the dock. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Ring-necked @ second dam

2013-03-21 Thread Suan Yong
About 300 ring-necked ducks are hanging out in the unfrozen half of the second dam reservoir of six-mile creek. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Av Redtail

2013-03-23 Thread Suan Yong
A redtail hawk was sitting (brooding?) on the nest visible from the Stewart Ave bridge over Fall Creek, on the northside cliff looking east (upstream). This has got to be one of the most incredible nest vantages anywhere, ever. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L

[cayugabirds-l] Peents @ Hawthorn

2013-03-28 Thread Suan Yong
Jealous or recent skydance reports but too lazy to drive up to the airport, I decided to try closer to home and walked to the big fields south and east of the hawthorn orchards. A small flock of American tree sparrows were the only noteworthy sightings as I waited in the twilight. At 8pm when

[cayugabirds-l] Phoebe @ Renwick

2013-03-31 Thread Suan Yong
FOY eastern phoebe at Renwick Woods, foraging silently in a tree by Fall Creek. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Re: [cayugabirds-l] BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at Sapsucker Woods

2013-04-03 Thread Suan Yong
On Apr 3, 2013, at 7:07 AM, Chris Pelkie wrote: Google Glasses are the answer. Check out Eagle Optics' new Wild Turkey binoculars, just introduced on Monday: http://youtu.be/a53w35--K8k Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Female RWBlackbird

2013-04-05 Thread Suan Yong
Saw my FOY female red-winged blackbird this morning at Commonland. The 100+ ring-necked ducks that were still at the second dam yesterday morning were gone this morning. Saw my FOY sapsucker yesterday near the Giles St footbridge - a brilliant male, yellow belly and all. Suan PS It would be

[cayugabirds-l] Skydance @ Edwards Lake Cliffs

2013-04-05 Thread Suan Yong
I had some spare time before pickup hockey at The Rink, so I decided to take an evening walk in the Edwards Lake Cliffs preserve, not really expecting to see anything special. To my surprise a loud peent emanated from the brush next to one of the small open areas, and continued while I tried to

[cayugabirds-l] SFO Montezuma Day 1

2013-04-06 Thread Suan Yong
Our group had similar sightings to Bob's (sans grebes), plus: foraging mockingbird at Myers; from the bluffs approaching Aurora from Long Point, tree+barn+NRW swallows, a goldeneye couple, and a large nearly-all-white-looking Glaucous gull first found sleeping by Dave Nutter, later flushed

[cayugabirds-l] SFO Montezuma Day II

2013-04-07 Thread Suan Yong
To help plan our trip around the forecast strong south winds with possible rain, I checked the satellite last night and found the entire national map aglow with migration - actually, starting south of the PA boundary - and by this morning it seemed that a new crew had arrived. We started the

[cayugabirds-l] Winter wren @ Monkey Run South

2013-04-14 Thread Suan Yong
Our SFO group heard the beautiful song of a winter wren this morning at Monkey Run South (along the muddy SW loop trail). I heard one/it yesterday also, but it was abbreviated and sufficiently off that I wasn't 100% sure that's what I heard. Other notable sightings there include a pair of

[cayugabirds-l] La Waterthrush @ Mulholland

2013-04-16 Thread Suan Yong
FOY louisiana waterthrush is/are singing from two spots along six-mile creek - may or may not be the same bird. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Black and white warbler @ Mulholland

2013-04-19 Thread Suan Yong
Black and white warbler singing and foraging in the trees around the Mulholland parking lot, heard then found with Stuart K. Also FOY blue-headed vireos deeper in the woods and up by the second dam, where four ring-necked ducks (3m 1f) continue to linger. Very birdy morning. Suan

[cayugabirds-l] Gnatcatchers @ Renwick

2013-04-20 Thread Suan Yong
FOY blue-gray gnatcatcher briefly chased a ruby-crowned kinglet for a good comparison of small eye-ringed flitters. Almost certain that a second individual was about. This is in the eastern end of the woods, near the stone arch. A downed tree and some flooding makes trail conditions less than

[cayugabirds-l] SSW yellow palm, rusty

2013-04-27 Thread Suan Yong
This morning's SSW walk saw a yellow palm warbler on the island from the pergola (along with two yellow-rumpeds). Later, in the woods, was a large flock of rusty blackbirds, conservatively 50, possibly 100+, subflocks continuously emerging previously unseen from depressions in the woods.

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Ave Redtail Chick

2013-05-02 Thread Suan Yong
At the Stewart Avenue bridge over Fall Creek the red-tailed hawk was feeding a lone chick this evening. Initially there looked to be two furry blobs, but one of them turned out to be a squirrel. A passerby who checks out the nest when he walks by every day said this was the first time he'd seen

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mourning Warbler at Hammond Hill

2013-05-04 Thread Suan Yong
Steve Fast wrote: Excellent. That would be Trail Y-1 in the area of a blowdown a number of years ago. Canada warblers and winter wrens should be there also. Winter wren was there, singing and popping up briefly to be seen by some of the ~20 participants of today's CBC field trip. Some also

[cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Solitary Sandpipers

2013-05-04 Thread Suan Yong
At Geotchius this afternoon were at least six not-so-SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, and no spotteds that I could find. Also, it seems the song sparrows there have a bit of a RWBB* accent, incorporating some konkeree in their songs. Did not reliably hear any meadowlarks (still haven't at all this year -

[cayugabirds-l] L-P YTVireo, Kingbird

2013-05-05 Thread Suan Yong
The yellow-throated vireo was singing at Lindsay-Parsons this morning, same area as last year, by the next-to-last open area before the blue trail crossed the woods to the railway tracks - as heard by our SFO group this morning, although only seen poorly and briefly by one student (as a yellow

Re: [cayugabirds-l] eBird -- Hawthorn Orchard -- May 10, 2013

2013-05-10 Thread Suan Yong
My addition to the hawthorn reports is a (the?) yellow-throated vireo which sang from a tall tree across the recway from the SW entrance, flying a couple times but not staying put long enough to get my binoculars on it before flying off. Also a green heron calling from the small pond. I saw a

[cayugabirds-l] SSWainson's Thrush

2013-05-11 Thread Suan Yong
Becky Hansen and I are looking at a Swainson's Trush at SSW Hoyt Pileated trail a little west of the junction to the north exit to the power cut. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Unconfirmed Pileated Nesthole

2013-06-06 Thread Suan Yong
I'm looking now, without binoculars, at a pileated woodpecker sticking its head out from the hole described below. Can't tell without binos if it's a young or a roosting adult. Suan On May 9, 2013, at 7:35 PM, Suan Hsi Yong suan.y...@gmail.com wrote: At the Mullholland wildflower preserve,

[cayugabirds-l] Nighthawks over Commonland

2013-08-26 Thread Suan Yong
Just had at least six nighthawks foraging over Commonland (East Hill/Six-Mile Creek), moving to the southeast. After retrieving my binoculars from the house, they were gone. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Larch Meadows

2013-09-14 Thread Suan Yong
Randomly decided to walk the Larch Meadows trail at Buttermilk Falls, a pleasant trail except for the persistent noise from Route 13. Ran into a nice mixed flock including Nashville, BTGreen, BTBlue, Chestnut-sided, Black-and-white, and possible Parula. Pewees were active and feeding young.

[cayugabirds-l] Kingsbury Woods

2013-09-28 Thread Suan Yong
Around noon today I checked out Kingsbury Woods conservation area on Jersey Hill Road. While listening to the radio in the car a Nashville Warbler came down to forage in the bushes right in front of the car, ID-able with the naked eye. A good omen, I thought, along with the yodeling pileateds

[cayugabirds-l] K33 and A21

2013-12-27 Thread Suan Yong
My Christmas day tour of some recent snowy owl spots - Ovid, Aunkst, Martin, Potatoes - found none, though there was a nice gathering of birders at the Potatoes building braving the cold together. In the Union Springs Mill Pond were two swans with yellow wing tags (K33, A21) as has been

[cayugabirds-l] Long Point Short Eared Owls

2013-12-28 Thread Suan Yong
The Short Eared Owls put on a good show this afternoon in the field around the Long Point winery, with one of the birds favoring a vineyard post as a perch (the NW-most post, occasionally the SW one). The clear skies and low sun made for great photography conditions with the birds getting

[cayugabirds-l] Yes Snowy @ Indian Field

2014-01-05 Thread Suan Yong
Indian Field Poplar Ridge intersection, about 50 yds south of intersection looking east, about 100 yds out. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Yes Snowy @ Indian Field

2014-01-05 Thread Suan Yong
Closer view from Poplar Ridge just as it descends, not the greatest spot to pull over. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com On Jan 5, 2014, at 10:19 AM, Suan Yong suan.y...@gmail.com wrote: Indian Field Poplar Ridge intersection, about 50 yds south of intersection looking east

[cayugabirds-l] Winter wrenS @ Mulholland

2014-03-10 Thread Suan Yong
Two winter wrens are countersinging at Mulholland/Six-Mile Creek, just past the first bend. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Snowstorm @ Potatoes Building

2014-03-22 Thread Suan Yong
Enormous gathering (~10k if not ~100k) of snow geese in the mucklands of Savannah, SE and SW of the Potatoes building. Not terribly close to the road, but close enough during a big repositioning event to just make you stare in awe. With them are many swans, and a good sized flock of pintails

[cayugabirds-l] Yard birds: winter wren, purple finch

2014-04-09 Thread Suan Yong
Two new yard birds for me this morning in Commonland: a winter wren singing rather loudly (thus presumed close) outside my window which faces the woods, and a purple finch heard singing while a female sat feeding on sycamore seeds. A red-breasted nuthatch had been a feeder regular for a couple

[cayugabirds-l] Merlin @ Giles St

2014-04-10 Thread Suan Yong
Sitting high on a tree behind 140 Giles, just off Hudson. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Stealth Duck (and ID quiz)

2014-04-12 Thread Suan Yong
So I was eating lunch at Stewart Park in the beautiful weather, casually watching lesser scaups and redheads loafing about as close to shore as I've ever seen, and a muskrat swimming past even closer. I picked up my binoculars to get a closer look at the muskrat, and instead saw a duck!

Re: [cayugabirds-l] East Hill osprey

2014-04-22 Thread Suan Yong
Over the weekend I pulled over by those soccer fields but found no sign of a nest. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com On Apr 22, 2014, at 9:39 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal m...@cornell.edu wrote: I think someone, probably Chris Tessaglia-Hymes reported seeing an Osprey carrying

[cayugabirds-l] Palm Pine @ Plantation

2014-04-25 Thread Suan Yong
At this morning's bird walk at the arboretum, our group of 10 found a yellow palm warbler foraging in the leaf litter by the pond south of the bridge, while a yellow-rumped hung around chasing off goldfinches. Up among the pines we found two pine warblers, one breeding male singing proudly, a

[cayugabirds-l] osprey @ commonland

2014-04-27 Thread Suan Yong
An osprey just flew by low over Commonland, pausing briefly over the little community pond before continuing westward. New yard bird! Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] BW @ Mulholland

2014-05-01 Thread Suan Yong
Saw a black and white warbler in the Mulholland wildflower preserve this morning, accompanied by a backlit plain-colored warblerish friend I wasn't able to see clearly but am guessing was a blue-headed vireo, which was heard singing elsewhere in the woods. In the (presumed) redtail nest atop

[cayugabirds-l] Hawthorn Flycatchers

2014-05-02 Thread Suan Yong
Decided to go for a morning walk through the Hawthorn orchards hoping to find some new arrivals from last night's apparent big movement. Plenty of RC Kinglets and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers and #foy4me Brown Thrashers (very vocal and giving great looks), but nothing new until a loud fweep and some

[cayugabirds-l] New Yard Warblers

2014-05-03 Thread Suan Yong
Just spent the last few minutes being entertained by the foraging antics of a black-and-white warbler working the trees outside my window, close enough to see its beautifully checkered undertail coverts. Earlier this morning I had a fleeting look at what I'm pretty sure was a male

[cayugabirds-l] Ibises @ VC

2014-05-04 Thread Suan Yong
Two ibises at MNWR visitor center, looking WNW into the wind, on far bank with Canada geese. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Yard CSWA

2014-05-08 Thread Suan Yong
Just had two (possibly three) chestnut-sided warblers working the catkins outside my window (I'm embarrassed to still not know what trees they are, and will have to find out when/if they leaf out). If the narrative is to be believed, this means I've seen more chestnut-sided warblers from the

[cayugabirds-l] Wilson, Blackburnian, parula

2014-05-08 Thread Suan Yong
... are among the foy4me warblers in the trees between Commonland and second dam that arrested my attempt to walk to work after getting off my couch. Should be a good hawthorn day if anyone can make it. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Blackpoll!?!

2014-05-09 Thread Suan Yong
Backlit and high in the low predawn light, but I'm pretty sure I saw the unmistakeable half-and-half facial pattern on a blackpoll warbler, hung out briefly with a btgreen and a third bird I couldn't get on. New couch bird. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List

[cayugabirds-l] Va Rail @ Arboretum Pond

2014-05-09 Thread Suan Yong
Virginia rail kiddicking in the cattails across the footbridge/structure of the pond. Bird walk starts in 7 minutes :-) Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Red-headed @ Mays Point

2014-05-10 Thread Suan Yong
Don't remember it having been reported, but a red-headed woodpecker is back at Mays Point, excavating a cavity towards the west side of the snag stands east of Mays Point Pool, 20 feet from the road, great viewing angle. Look for a barkless tree with a 2-foot-high girdle of bark about 20 feet

[cayugabirds-l] Orange-crowned @ MNWR Esker Brook

2014-05-11 Thread Suan Yong
Got home late last night and forgot to mention that we got an orange-crowned warbler yesterday evening at esker brook trail, the northernmost bend of the trail, in a low mixed foraging group that included cape may (should we declare May 10 Cape May Day? :-), btgreen, nashville, etc. A/the?

[cayugabirds-l] Thrushes @ SSW

2014-05-11 Thread Suan Yong
With one of this morning's SFO local group, I saw what I'm pretty sure was a Swainson's Thrush (tawny spectacles) along the connector trail from Hoyt-Pileated, the one that isn't the power cut. Only had a brief look before I could get anyone else on it and got distracted by a much more

[cayugabirds-l] Woodcock at SSW

2014-05-15 Thread Suan Yong
During this morning's Kids Discover the Trails walk, one of the kids spotted a woodcock some ten feet off the trail (a short distance from the split in Wilson trail north, opposite end from the footbridge). It sat motionless like a large strange mushroom, then relieved itself and scuttled into

[cayugabirds-l] Como esta bien

2014-05-24 Thread Suan Yong
After this morning's well-attended spring bird quest at the McIlroy bird sanctuary (highlights for me included a pair of close low Blackburnians and a singing Magnolia along with alder flycatchers and other expected species), I pulled over with Rick L by the Branch Road bridge over Lake Como to

[cayugabirds-l] Prothonotary @ Conn Hill

2014-06-01 Thread Suan Yong
Had a prothonotary warbler this morning at Connecticut Hill, near the intersection of Boylan, Lloyd Starks, and Connecticut Hill Roads. SSW of that intersection is a pond with a beaver dam at the south end, and the bird was singing from a willow across the pond. It is accessible via some

[cayugabirds-l] Ct Hill - no Protho

2014-06-08 Thread Suan Yong
Seven of us explored Connecticut Hill this morning for the CBC field trip. No prothonotary, nor in fact any of the highlights from scouting (I should stop scouting before trips, as they always seem to find more stuff than the actual trip :-). But we did get good scope looks at a cooperative

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Mulholland Pileated Nest III

2014-06-08 Thread Suan Yong
Saw a young pileated this evening in the cavity described below, not quite yet sticking its neck out to explore the world. Did not wait around for a feeding. Looks like this is the week to start seeing some action. Beware the wood nettles covering the forest floor. Direction of hole favors

[cayugabirds-l] No pileated @ Mulholland

2014-06-14 Thread Suan Yong
Finally had a chance to stake out the pileated nest hole at Mulholland this morning, alas there was no activity, though I did hear two bouts of not-too-distant yodeling. 'til next year, then... Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Commonland Prairie Warbler!?

2014-06-18 Thread Suan Yong
This morning as I biked up Lois Lane in Commonland, the southern corner of Lois and Penny hosted a cacophony of bird noises, mostly goldfinchy, but in their midst I'm pretty sure I heard one spaceship taking off (prairie warbler). Sorry for the late report; the should've been pleasant bike ride

[cayugabirds-l] Mich Hollow Red-Shoulders and Acadian

2014-06-21 Thread Suan Yong
Decided to bike Michigan Hollow today. Where the FLT crosses the road, I heard a red-shouldered hawk (which I'd filed in my mind as sounding like a repeating sapsucker), and looked up to see... an osprey? Puzzled, I kept looking and soon two red-shouldered hawks swooped by to harass the osprey.

[cayugabirds-l] Shed open briefly

2014-07-13 Thread Suan Yong
There's a storm arriving in a couple hours (if not less), and some wind right now that may get strong. Read the south wind guidelines if you want to come. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Shed open briefly

2014-07-13 Thread Suan Yong
, Suan Yong suan.y...@gmail.com wrote: There's a storm arriving in a couple hours (if not less), and some wind right now that may get strong. Read the south wind guidelines if you want to come. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http

[cayugabirds-l] Young yellowthroat

2014-08-31 Thread Suan Yong
My decision to let the little garden patch outside my picture window turn into a tangle of overgrown goldenrod just yielded a young male yellowthroat foraging close, to within two feet of me. Quite a treat to watch. Yesterday morning's walk at Sapsucker Woods found a Wilson's warbler and yellow

[cayugabirds-l] SSW Blackburnian, winter wren

2014-09-27 Thread Suan Yong
Morning bird walk was very productive. Big tree by the Owens platform junction had Blackburnian, BTGreen, and Wilson's warblers. At the Sherwood platform, I was surprised to hear a few bouts of winter wren song coming from the bushes to the north. Many other singers: chickadees, yellowthroat and

[cayugabirds-l] Fox sparrows @ LP

2014-11-09 Thread Suan Yong
Lots of fox sparrows at lindsay parsons today, along with am tree sparrows, robins, etc. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] No Avocet

2014-11-15 Thread Suan Yong
The night was colder than I realized and Eaton Marsh is now the Easton Ice Rink, with a few loafing gulls and, interestingly, three dunlins working some small open areas. I can hear yellowlegs tew-tew-tewing but none in sight. Duck variety is good in the main pool with a line of swans on the

[cayugabirds-l] SSW marsh wrens(?) and GBH

2014-11-23 Thread Suan Yong
During this morning's walk around sapsucker woods, I heard an unfamiliar chip in several locations along the wilson trail, a nasal call reminiscent of red-bellied woodpecker but higher pitched and coming from the brush. Eventually one of the callers popped up by the Charlie Harper bench showing

[cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese in Lansing

2014-12-13 Thread Suan Yong
At 11am a friend reported a flock of snow geese landing in the field south of water wagon road in lansing. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Slaterville Screech

2015-02-08 Thread Suan Yong
Screech owl was present at Slaterville Springs gas station this afternoon at 3:30, was absent at 9:30am. No cel reception there, apparently. Yesterday only one person (Eva) joined me on the CBC field trip, which ended up going around the lake. Highlights include Iceland gulls at East Shore amid

[cayugabirds-l] Faux flycatchers @ Jetty Woods

2015-01-04 Thread Suan Yong
My evening walk to Jetty Woods from the suspension bridges was greeted by one bout of pewee song, two bouts of phoebe, and one killdeer. I assume all were starlings who were quite talkative in the pleasant lull between winds. Didn't check out the lakeshore from Stewart Park, alas. Suan

[cayugabirds-l] Commonland Peent!

2015-03-19 Thread Suan Yong
At 7:45 this evening I was surprised to hear several loud peents in the small open area along the trail off of Penny Lane before entering the woods towards the second dam overlook. Have never heard woodcocks here before in my 7 years living here. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Called-in possible Arctic Kite

2015-03-21 Thread Suan Yong
I was in the area today (before reading this message) on Michigan Hollow road, and at one point heard a sequence of three broad-wing squeals. They fit in nicely between several blue jay vocalizations, from roughly the same direction, so without visual confirmation, and given the early (?) date,

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-throated Loon

2015-03-29 Thread Suan Yong
On Mar 29, 2015, at 6:59 PM, Glenn Wilson wil...@stny.rr.com wrote: Is the Red-throated Loon at Treman Park in winter plumage? Yes. Ridiculous closeups from this afternoon: https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10206425672538603 After my report this morning, I was told that a boat came

[cayugabirds-l] RTLoon @ Treman Marina, Siskin @ SSW

2015-03-29 Thread Suan Yong
Our SFO group saw from Jetty Woods across the inlet a/the RED-THROATED LOON fishing just off the mouth of the Treman Marina, very close, along with a nice assortment of waterfowl (including a lone snow goose in very bad shape: injured back and bill). A/the BONAPARTE'S GULL continues in the

[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Yale Farm

2015-02-28 Thread Suan Yong
After visiting the Kime/Yellow Tavern snowy, I drove by Yale Farm Road where I saw another snowy just east of McGrane, on a water tank on the south side of the road. Also scared off a rough legged from a power post on Yale Farm. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com -- Cayugabirds-L

[cayugabirds-l] Surf scoter @ Myers

2015-02-28 Thread Suan Yong
Beautiful sunny day to be out. In reviewing photos I took at Myers of the aythya (etc) flocks flying back and forth, I found an apparent surf scoter: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206193005962084 Suan -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Ave Redtail

2015-03-25 Thread Suan Yong
Yesterday afternoon I stopped by the Stewart Avenue bridge over Fall Creek to check out the redtail nest, which was occupied by one brooding red-tailed hawk. One week ago, there was no bird but plenty of fresh evergreen boughs (spruce?). Looking east (upstream), it is along the north cliff. At

[cayugabirds-l] LP Chestnut-Sided, etc

2015-05-02 Thread Suan Yong
A morning walk around Lindsay Parsons yielded many field sparrows, at least two prairie warblers, seemingly ubiquitous singing from invisible towhees and black-and-white warblers. An adult bald eagle sat on a branch over the northern side of Coleman Lake, unfazed by my presence. Approaching the

[cayugabirds-l] Commonland skydance

2015-04-26 Thread Suan Yong
This evening at 8:30 (as I jogged home on the final leg of my long commute from Malaysia), I heard loud peents in the small clearing along the trail from Penny Lane to the second dam. I stood and waited, and soon could hear the fluttering skydance move around a fairly wide area before

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