[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant, migrants, 10/10/09

2009-10-10 Thread Susan Fast
I watched for migrants on the tower side of Mt. Pleasant from 1245 till 1515 (starting just as sky began to clear). Wind = NW (strongish) Monarch butterfly = 5 Canada geese = 66 (3 flocks) Sharp-shinned Hawk = 3 Bald eagle = 1 (adult) Kestrel = 2 Peregrine falcon = 1 (juv.) N.

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Stray GBHeron

2009-10-16 Thread Susan Fast
Nari, This is about the time when great blue herons abandon somewhat their traditional frog hunting, as the frogs are headed into the mud. I saw 2 GBH yesterday foraging in hay fields. They are after Microtus p.(a vole). A couple years ago we had a juvenile that spent much of 3-4 days hunting

[cayugabirds-l] Weekend birds: Fox sparrow; R.-l. hawk, goshawks

2009-10-18 Thread Susan Fast
Just to note several recent migrants into the area: I saw a FOX SPARROW in with some WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLETS this morning during a walk along Salt Rd. in Summerhill SF. Susie and I observed a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK along Harford Rd., south of Dryden Lake, yesterday

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR = plovers, cranes

2009-10-24 Thread Susan Fast
Susie I went up to Lake Ontario today. We stopped this morning at the Mucklands, corner of Rts. 31 and 89 to scan for cranes. We saw none then but found 3 AMER. GOLDEN PLOVERS in the open field there. On our return thru MNWR late this afternoon, we found 7 adult SANDHILL CRANES in a partially

[cayugabirds-l] FW: NNYBirds: Early bat sightings(long)?

2010-01-16 Thread Susan Fast
Bill; This might be useful information about the bat sighting. It doesn't look good. Steve _ From: northern_ny_bi...@yahoogroups.com [mailto:northern_ny_bi...@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Brian J. McAllister Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2009 12:25 PM To:

[cayugabirds-l] Saw-whet

2010-02-04 Thread Susan Fast
In Hammond Hill SF this evening, I got 2 separate, long, tooting-responses from a SAW-WHET OWL. It was far off, and I have made the assumption that it was the same owl. The number of night-skiing yahoos and barking dogs is increasing dramatically out there. Steve Fast Brooktondale --

[cayugabirds-l] OT: bobcats

2010-02-05 Thread Susan Fast
I have frequently checked the local bobcat highway (location not given) this winter, and have occasionally found one set of tracks; either moving one way or the other. So I was excited today to see two sets of fresh tracks, both headed the same direction. Like domestic cats, the following cat

[cayugabirds-l] Rough-legged hawk

2010-02-20 Thread Susan Fast
On a windy walk late yesterday morning in Brooktondale, I came upon what l was sure was an early turkey vulture-long wings (a bit narrow, though); long, straight tail; very dark above and below; pronounced dihedral to wings; and the characteristic rocking motion. As it flew over me, the head

[cayugabirds-l] turkey vulture Q

2010-02-20 Thread Susan Fast
There was a recent question about a turkey vulture being early in Vestal. I haven't seen it answered on the general list, so will try to do so. No, not early. A good reference for questions like this at this time of year (or any time) is www.birdcount.org http://www.birdcount.org/ . This gets

[cayugabirds-l] Fish crows??

2010-02-26 Thread Susan Fast
On my morning walk, I passed a local creek where I found 2 CROWS (presumably AMERICAN) standing in the middle of it, in 2 of rapidly flowing water, poised like herons. It appeared they were waiting for little fishies to swim by. Unfortunately, they caught sight of me and flew off before I could

[cayugabirds-l] E. grosbeak

2010-02-28 Thread Susan Fast
Just noticed a female EVENING GROSBEAK at my feeders in East Brooktondale. Thanks for sending her on, Bill; what do you need?-I'll send something down towards you. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

Re:[cayugabirds-l] snow geese

2010-03-12 Thread Susan Fast
I drove up the east side of Cayuga Lake early this morning, expecting to come upon hordes of snow geese at some point. There were none at the north end of the lake, and I made it to East Rd. before I had 2 SNOW GEESE fly over. Nothing in the Mucklands, but at Carncross Rd., I was just in time to

[cayugabirds-l] woodcocks

2010-03-15 Thread Susan Fast
I heard 1 WOODCOCK peenting atop Bald Hill south of Brooktondale this evening. Also heard 1 peenting in the big, recently mowed field along Boiceville Rd., along with several sounds that Stokes describes as kakak calls, which indicate aggressive interactions between individuals-so at least 3

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Hunt Hill Golden Eagles

2010-03-21 Thread Susan Fast
I was just outside, raking the lawn, and thinking of Laura's eagles. So I came in to get my binos just in case. Back outside, I had just picked up the rake, and looking up, saw a beautiful juvenile GOLDEN EAGLE!!! gliding low, on a straight line, to the northeast, right over the house. Binos

[cayugabirds-l] phoebes X 2

2010-03-21 Thread Susan Fast
While continuing my search for golden eagles from my front yard (Susie found a BALD EAGLE to the south, and far off), an E. PHOEBE flew by my head, joining up with another at the far side of the yard, and heading into the soon-to-be sunset. S. S. Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List

[cayugabirds-l] Field sparrow

2010-03-23 Thread Susan Fast
I have a single FIELD SPARROW at my feeders this morning. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] Snipes are here

2010-03-26 Thread Susan Fast
On 3/24, I flushed a COMMON (WILSON'S) SNIPE from a ditch in Brooktondale. And this evening, while listening to AMER. WOODCOCK atop Bald Hill, another WILSON'S (COMMON) SNIPE flew by, giving its flight call, and heading for a small pond nestled in a nearby valley. Cold out there. Steve Fast

[cayugabirds-l] Yard birds, 3/27/10

2010-03-28 Thread Susan Fast
On Saturday, Susie I had brief yard visits from our first-of-year YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and NORTHERN SHRIKE. The latter was a bit surprising as I had thought they had all gone north. While working, I watched the sky in the afternoon, but saw only a few locals. Apparently Ken and Derby Hill

[cayugabirds-l] winter wrens

2010-04-03 Thread Susan Fast
Susie I spent most of the early morning picking up trash along Leonard and Bald Hill School Rds. in Caroline. We encountered 2 WINTER WRENS on Leonard, one singing. S. S. Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Hollow = B.-h. vireos

2010-04-11 Thread Susan Fast
On a walk along Shindagin Hollow Rd. this morning, I met with 4 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS. The RED-SHOULDERED HAWK is back, as are 4 BROWN CREEPERS, and 6 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS abound. 2 RAVENS were seen together, and we saw 2 (the same?) in the field across from our house

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant--vesper sparrow

2010-04-14 Thread Susan Fast
I walked along Mt. Pleasant Rd. this morning. Nothing unusual. TURKEY VULTURE, male N. HARRIER, KESTREL. Then a walk through the fields near the towers, where I flushed several SAVANNAH SPARROWS and one VESPER SPARROW. I stopped at the Ringwood Preserve, and except for the Canada geese, it

[cayugabirds-l] Goshawk, mink-muskrat encounter

2010-04-20 Thread Susan Fast
I started the morning by walking the Baldwin Preserve on Irish Settlement Rd. Going east from the parking lot, on the main trail, I noted that about 90% of the bird singing was coming from the scraggy property just to the north. The FLLT managed property was almost silent. I finally heard a

[cayugabirds-l] BAT behavior

2010-04-20 Thread Susan Fast
For the last 2 days, in the afternoon, I have been working in the woods on Bald Hill, in Caroline. There is a pond there. Yesterday, a warmish, sunny day, I saw a small BAT fluttering over the pond. It dipped down twice to get a drink of water. I noted this, but unfortunately did not pursue

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Shiindagin Hollow

2010-04-21 Thread Susan Fast
It's kind of funny, but I don't go down there anymore-it's too dam crowded. Steve -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html 2)

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake Trail 4/23/10

2010-04-23 Thread Susan Fast
I spent almost 3 hours combing the Dryden Lake Trail for new migrants this morning. No warblers at all. 41 species total, but nothing new. While watching 2 N. FLICKERS copulate, I saw the female turn her head around toward the back, while the male leaned forward and to the side, and they

[cayugabirds-l] coot copulation

2010-04-24 Thread Susan Fast
Susie I walked about at Martens Tract (Northern Montezuma WMA) late this morning. We came upon 2 COOTS in the water. There was some chasing of one by the other, then the chasee grabbed the other by the back of the neck and jumped on its back. At this point, both dove and were underwater for

RE: [cayugabirds-l] orioles

2010-05-04 Thread Susan Fast
We have a pair of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and 2 TUFTED TITMICE eating our apple and wild cherry blossoms. I wonder how many other species eat these petals? S. S. Fast Brooktondale -Original Message- From: bounce-5730114-9286...@list.cornell.edu

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel at Myers, Th 5/6

2010-05-07 Thread Susan Fast
Maybe, but a brief note would have alerted others that a whimbrel was moving north and may land. It also would have given a general heads-up that there probably are more in the area. To my knowledge, none of the three people involved have rarely, if ever, posted anything, by themselves, to this

RE: [cayugabirds-l] OOB/Chimney Swifts

2010-05-15 Thread Susan Fast
Last evening, Susie I noted a large handful of CHIMNEY SWIFTS flying over the Firehouse Diner in downtown Candor, NY. And for years, we have watched another bunch of them over the ice cream stand in Richford, NY. (not every day, of course) S. S. Fast Brooktondale _ From:

[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Hollow, Sat. 5/15/10

2010-05-15 Thread Susan Fast
I did a walk through Shindagin Hollow this morning. It was probably one of the best walks I've had there in years, birdwise, especially for warblers. Soon after starting I encountered a large feeding flock of the little guys. I stood, literally, in one spot on the road and identified 13 species

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Black Vulture - Dryden

2010-05-21 Thread Susan Fast
Susie saw 2 BLACK VULTURES over K-Mart in Ithaca several days ago. Steve Fast -Original Message- From: bounce-5851644-9286...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-5851644-9286...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Tom Johnson Sent: Friday, May 21, 2010 2:04 PM To: cayugabirds Subject:

[cayugabirds-l] Star Stanton Hill

2010-05-29 Thread Susan Fast
I walked up, around, and down Star Stanton Hill this morning, mainly on Trail Y-2. At the top, it was a different experience from what I usually find. The hard freeze of a couple weeks ago killed the newly emerged sugar maple leaves, and it took out most of the leaves of the red oaks as well.

[cayugabirds-l] Nighthawks

2010-05-31 Thread Susan Fast
This afternoon I decided to follow Ken's example and, after my obligatory nap, stationed a chair in the front yard with myself in it. Not much the first hour, just the pair of TURKEY VULTURES that breed locally, and 1 CHIMNEY SWIFT. Almost at the point of despair, I finally noted a flock of 5

[cayugabirds-l] Sandhill cranes chicks

2010-06-10 Thread Susan Fast
I spent much time this morning on Carncross Rd. (N. Montezuma Wetlands Complex) watching the 2 adult SANDHILL CRANES and their 2 CHICKS. The chicks are about half grown now, walk like the adults, forage for themselves, and have a good growth of primaries on their long wings. They cannot fly yet,

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Woodcock family found

2010-06-12 Thread Susan Fast
On the hayfields I help manage, we have both young turkeys and ruffed grouse in the tall grass. It's good cover and also provides a lot more bugs than the stubble after cutting. We put off cutting until the end of June, but I personally would prefer the middle of July. Steve -Original

[cayugabirds-l] Another Sandhill Crane family, 6/23/10

2010-06-23 Thread Susan Fast
I spent 3 hours this morning viewing the SANDHILL CRANE family-first from Carncross Rd., then from Morgan Rd. About 1100, I witnessed some really cool aggressive behavior from presumably the male, in defense of his family from a perceived human threat (not me). Anyway, Chuck Gibson dropped by to

[cayugabirds-l] Summerhill

2010-07-05 Thread Susan Fast
Susie I got off fairly early today, stopped for a great breakfast at the Dryden Hotel, then continued to Summerhill area. We walked Hoag and Dresser Rds. Highlight was 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS (2 singing). Also encountered were 3 WINTER WRENS, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH,

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Is this a Red-shouldered Hawk I see before me?

2010-07-22 Thread Susan Fast
This is interesting. Susie I just returned from the Utah Shakespearean Festival where we heard a RAVEN calling right over the outdoor theatre during an evening performance. And a year ago, during the performance of one of the Bard's plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, a RAVEN

[cayugabirds-l] Brooktondale birds

2010-10-13 Thread Susan Fast
On a walk in Brooktondale this morning I heard a KINGFISHER, saw 2 ROBINS lustily singing from treetops, counted 11 E. MEADOWLARKS in a short, grassy field, and found a DOR (freshly mangled) NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH in the road (a CROW soon carried it off). Steve Fast Brooktondale --

[cayugabirds-l] Rafferty Rd.: 2 out of 3

2010-10-22 Thread Susan Fast
Susie I traveled to southern Cayuga County late this afternoon, scouting for short-eared owls. We managed to achieve 2 out of 3 items on our itinerary. 1. Excellent supper at the BE HAPPY Café in Union Springs, 2. Fabulous orange-red sunset at Aurora, but 3. No owls at Rafferty

[cayugabirds-l] Loons

2010-10-23 Thread Susan Fast
This morning, Susie had a craving for Triangle Diner chili, while I had a hankering for to see some COMMON LOONS. So we went N. around mid-day and found what we sought. I counted the listed number of loons on the lake at the following locations; most counts fairly accurate-no estimates. 360

[cayugabirds-l] bluebirds

2010-10-27 Thread Susan Fast
While at work early this morning in Caroline, I heard a plethora of E. BLUEBIRD call notes. Looking up, I counted about 125 of them, heading south. Largest flock of bluebirds I've ever seen. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Eve. grosbeaks

2010-11-02 Thread Susan Fast
I listened to 3 male EVENING GROSBEAKS calling for almost an hour this afternoon from a large cottonwood just to the north of Shindagin Hollow. S. Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant: ruffies

2010-11-20 Thread Susan Fast
I spent a couple hours on Mt. Pleasant mid-day (11/20) waiting for eagles, to no avail. But I did have 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS sail by-one light morph, and one dark. Also 2 flocks of AMER PIPITS, totaling 27 birds. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Cornell Plantations

2010-11-25 Thread Susan Fast
Susie I took a walk through the Cornell Plantations this morning early. Highlights included a BOHEMIAN WAXWING among a small flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS, a couple RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 2 BROWN CREEPERS, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and 2 TURKEY VULTURES. There was a possible N. Shrike at the corner

RE: [Bulk] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Northern Shrike- Ellis Hollow Cr. Rd

2010-12-05 Thread Susan Fast
I checked my records and find a shrike at that exact location on Dec. 23, 2002. Looked like the same one to me. Steve Fast Brooktondale _ From: bounce-7489550-9286...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-7489550-9286...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Asher Hockett Sent: Thursday,

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Lansing Short-eared Owls

2010-12-18 Thread Susan Fast
I spent some time this evening on Hart Rd., town of Dryden, hoping for an owl or two. Shortly after 1700, I saw an EARED OWL flying towards Hart Rd. from the east (direction of high school). It was relatively high up and showed the somewhat irregular, floppy flight that I've seen in short-ears.

[cayugabirds-l] Birdseed-eating rabbit

2010-12-24 Thread Susan Fast
I scatter birdseed on the ground under my feeders, in the dark, so that the sparrows will have something when they arrive at 0700. Today, at 0710, I noted a RABBIT (EASTERN COTTONTAIL) sitting in the middle of the seed pile and chowing down. Mammals continue to amaze. Steve Fast

[cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, larks

2010-12-29 Thread Susan Fast
Susie I found about a dozen COMMON REDPOLLS in the tamaracks at the end of Signal Hill Rd., off Tehan, off Irish Settlement Rd. this morning. Also 49 HORNED LARKS along Red Mill Rd. in the Town of Dryden. And, a DARK-PHASE ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at the north end of George Road. Steve Fast --

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Saw Whet Owl

2011-01-04 Thread Susan Fast
It's really annoying. This has got to stop. I just got home and read Geo's post. I've been out in the Hammond Hill area for 1.5 hours, getting snowed on, wet, cold, disillusioned, all by myself with no warm, friendly hearth just a step away, all for one (1) little rubber-ducky squeak of a

[cayugabirds-l] Morning over Buffalo Hill

2011-01-13 Thread Susan Fast
I was outside this morning clearing a runway for my wife to fire off to work, and had started on my own section, when I noticed the sunrise. There was a golden torch peeking over Buffalo Hill that brightened perceptibly as I shoveled, finally becoming too bright to look at just prior to the sun

[cayugabirds-l] OOB: Harlequin duck

2011-01-17 Thread Susan Fast
Susie I traveled up to Syracuse this morning to see the male HARLEQUIN DUCK that's been all the rage in that area for a while now. I'm just mentioning this as I'm not aware of any notices about this bird posted on this listserv. We watched it for maybe 15 minutes until our eyeballs glazed over

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Short eared Owls?

2011-01-23 Thread Susan Fast
Bard, Susie I stopped at Rafferty Rd. (King Ferry area) late this afternoon and saw 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS. All were easily seen from the road, near the red barn. The first appeared at 1729, the other two, a minute later. We watched them for 10 minutes until the light faded. One was on the

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant: tree sparrows

2011-01-24 Thread Susan Fast
On an early afternoon walk along Mt. Pleasant Rd., I came upon a flock of about 70 AMER. TREE SPARROWS. They were feeding on the seeds of Lamb's Quarters (Chenopodium album), a bunch of plants on the north side of the road between Mineah Rd. and the road to the towers. These are the same plants

[cayugabirds-l] bald eagle @ Brooktondale

2011-01-27 Thread Susan Fast
I had just started my morning walk, when I heard one of the local AMER. CROW clans (Gang of 5) greatly excited about something. Assuming it was one of the local red-tailed hawk pair, I was surprised to see an immature BALD EAGLE lifting off from my neighbor's back yard. It followed Boiceville

[cayugabirds-l] Hawk squirrel

2011-01-28 Thread Susan Fast
At 0800, I was getting ready to head to work, when I saw one of our local RED-TAILED HAWKS swoop through our feeder area. It perched in a large willow nearby, getting nothing. Our yard crows were going ape; then suddenly it got very quiet-crows gone. I thought the hawk was too, but closer

[cayugabirds-l] Around Cayuga Lake

2011-01-29 Thread Susan Fast
Susie I took a leisurely trip around Cayuga Lake today. Lots of waterfowl. Notable for us were 2 RED-NECKED GREBES and 5 LONG-TAILED DUCKS at Sheldrake. I scanned for some time from the observation tower at the Visitor's Center at MNWR. I saw no birds but the view was interesting; many

[cayugabirds-l] Dryden birding

2011-02-07 Thread Susan Fast
I spent a couple hours early this afternoon birding in the Dryden (NY) area. While driving down Cornell Lane (Harford), I was accompanied by a RED-TAILD HAWK coasting about 30' over a white, featureless field with its legs down like an airliner approaching a runway. It never landed, but flew

[cayugabirds-l] song sparrow

2011-02-10 Thread Susan Fast
On a morning walk, I heard my first SONG SPARROW singing, along Burns Rd. The tone was brave, but a little doubtful. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] Green-winged Teal, Dryden Lake

2011-02-14 Thread Susan Fast
Hi, Around noon today (Monday), I saw a single GREEN-WINGED TEAL in the northeast corner of Dryden Lake. Steve Fast -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] Roosting cedar waxwings

2011-02-17 Thread Susan Fast
I have never given much thought to what birds do at night, except for owls. Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting in our kitchen counting our feeder birds, when something caught my eye. I looked at a 35' black walnut tree standing by itself in the yard about 40' from the house, and saw a couple

[cayugabirds-l] Killdeer

2011-02-18 Thread Susan Fast
I heard a KILLDEER flying over Brooktondale this morning. S. Fast, Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html 2)

[cayugabirds-l] Brooktondale--grackles rwbb

2011-03-02 Thread Susan Fast
Stopped home for lunch and found 15 GRACKLES 25 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS at our feeders. Steve Fast -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] redwings cowbird grackle

2011-03-03 Thread Susan Fast
This morning at our feeders we have 25 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 1 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, and 1 GRACKLE. Stay tuned for possible exciting updates. S. S. Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] rusty bb

2011-03-04 Thread Susan Fast
I have a RUSTY BLACKBIRD (non-breeding male plumage) at our feeders today, along with the other usual blackbirds. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Red-winged blackbirds

2011-03-06 Thread Susan Fast
In addition to these, the flowing field across from our house has had 3 female RWBB (for those who keep track of such things, like me), 3 KILLDEER, and one each male and female RUSTY BLACKBIRD in breeding (alternate) plumage. No meadowlarks yet, but the day is young. Steve Fast Brooktondale

[cayugabirds-l] GBH's

2011-03-13 Thread Susan Fast
We just passed the FLLT heron rookery on Irish Settlement Rd. and noted a single GREAT BLUE HERON standing in each of three of the nests there. Do the same herons use the same nests year after year, or is it first-come-first-served? Nests were unoccupied yesterday. S. S. Fast Brooktondale

[cayugabirds-l] Rwbbs

2011-03-24 Thread Susan Fast
The female RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS are starting to pour in-at my feeders just now = 1 male and 25 females. Go girls! (or is it chicks?) Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Golden Eagle

2011-04-23 Thread Susan Fast
Derby Hill recorded 7 golden eagles yesterday. They also recorded over 100 chickadees moving. This is interesting, as 2 weeks ago, while at Fair Haven Beach SP, Susie I saw a large group of small birds kettling over a tree along the shore. We thought they were chickadees, but did not believe

[cayugabirds-l] killdeer

2011-08-15 Thread Susan Fast
Around 1300, over Brooktondale, in a period of 10 minutes, about 30 KILLDEER flew by the house low. They moved from NW to SE, straight-line flight. There was a group of 10, some smaller groups, and some singles. All the singles called, and in the groups, only one bird of the group called. The

RE: [cayugabirds-l] bird sound or frog sound?

2011-10-14 Thread Susan Fast
Spring (or Fall) Peepers _ From: bounce-38153248-9286...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-38153248-9286...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Dave Bulatek Teresa Wagner Bulatek Sent: Friday, October 14, 2011 10:31 AM To: Birding List Subject: [cayugabirds-l] bird sound or frog sound?

[cayugabirds-l] snipe

2011-11-04 Thread Susan Fast
Early this evening, Susie I saw a WILSON'S SNIPE fly in front of our car on Boiceville Rd., Town of Caroline.  It apparently was looking for a former wetland there which has recently been covered over by a cancerous housing development.  Sad.   S. S. Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Hammond Hill Goshawk

2011-12-26 Thread Susan Fast
On Sunday morning, I too walked around the Star Stanton/Hammond Hill area. Not too many birds. However, along the ridge top, in an area of Norway spruce, I came upon some CROW feathers--11 flight feathers and half a dozen tufts of small body feathers. One of the flight pinions had a dollop of

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Gary K. and R L hawks

2011-12-28 Thread Susan Fast
Bill Shirley, Susie I stopped for lunch at Wolffys a couple weeks ago. We concur with your assessment. This is the old Marina's. There is a deck overlooking the lake, and of special interest to the Cornell folks, a full BAR. Service was excellent. S. S. _ From:

[cayugabirds-l] Cooper's hawk in Brooktondale

2011-12-29 Thread Susan Fast
Hi, Birders, Steve had posted that we had a large Cooper's Hawk in our backyard, 1 mile east of Brooktondale. A friend of ours had left us a chunk of deer carcass, set on top of the brush pile. Crows worked it over for a couple of days, eating, and hiding suet over in the field across the

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Bohemian Waxwing Cemetary L.

2012-01-22 Thread Susan Fast
Dave other frantic listers, There was a small flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS along with about 50 ROBINS and 60 STARLINGS feeding on the orn. cherry berries along the big shrubby slope at the Cornell Plantations yesterday. This might be a good place to check; we've found Bohemians (the bird) there

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Purple Finch- Richford

2011-04-01 Thread Susan Fast
Me too. One singing in Brooktondale this morning.S. Fast _ From: bounce-13035435-9286...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-13035435-9286...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Kevin J. McGowan Sent: Friday, April 01, 2011 8:55 AM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Purple

[cayugabirds-l] wood ducks

2011-04-03 Thread Susan Fast
Speaking of yard birds, we just recorded a hard-to-get species when a pair of WOOD DUCKS flew very low over our yard, just above the feeders. Tick. S. S. Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] crow nesting

2011-04-04 Thread Susan Fast
I just looked out in back and saw our pair of yard AMER. CROWS sitting side-by-side on a willow branch, each with its mouth stuffed with the shredded inner bark of a nearby dead willow. What a great missed photo op! They flew off to the west, so apparently are not using their old nest from last

[cayugabirds-l] OOB: Fair Haven SP

2011-04-09 Thread Susan Fast
Susie I headed up to Lake Ontario today. First stop was BARB'S DINER in LOCKE for a wonderful way to start the trip. Then on to Fair Haven Beach State Park. On arrival we were surprised to see a veritable mass of TURKEY VULTURES overhead, no flapping, no circling; all in loose formation

[cayugabirds-l] crow commensalism

2011-04-12 Thread Susan Fast
This morning, in a field at the corner of Flatiron and Harford Rds., I saw an AMER. CROW with a large tuft of long-dead raccoon fur in its beak. Presumably nesting material. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] brown thrasher

2011-04-13 Thread Susan Fast
I listened for a while to a BROWN THRASHER on Burns Rd. in Brooktondale this morning. Also FOX SPARROW R.C. KINGLET. S. Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES ARCHIVES: 1)

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Hammond Hill SF

2011-04-17 Thread Susan Fast
...@cornell.edu] Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2011 10:30 AM To: Susan Fast; CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Hammond Hill SF Steve, what is the loop you walk? Just to clarify, crow begging right now indicates a breeding female on a nest, not fledged young. A couple of our nests should have

[cayugabirds-l] Hammond Hill SF

2011-04-22 Thread Susan Fast
Susie I spent 1.5 hrs. at the large parking lot at the end of the paved portion of Hammond Hill Rd., hoping for goshawk courtship displays. The goshawks did not show there, but a pair of RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS emerged from the woods. One did a series of steep dives and calls before drifting to

[cayugabirds-l] scarlet tanager

2011-04-26 Thread Susan Fast
Just arrived in the topmost branches of our tallest maple tree: a SCARLET TANAGER, singing loudly. Hooray for Spring! Susie Fast, Valley Road, Brooktondale, NY -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Bobolink

2011-05-01 Thread Susan Fast
My wife, poor thing, is confused. Substitute BOBOLINK for B. oriole. I did hear a B. ORIOLE in the yard yesterday, however, which got her very excited. Steve _ From: bounce-24055424-9286...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-24055424-9286...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Susan Fast

[cayugabirds-l] Baldwin Preserve: serendipity

2011-05-01 Thread Susan Fast
After my walk this morning on Mt. Pleasant, where I found no pipits, I had just energy enough to walk around the Baldwin (nee Park) Preserve. Coming in, I heard 4 songs of a PRAIRIE WARBLER, coming from the small pines on the private property just to the north. Did not see it. Continuing, I had

RE: [cayugabirds-l] Sandhills

2011-05-07 Thread Susan Fast
...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Susan Fast Sent: Saturday, May 07, 2011 12:20 PM To: 'CAYUGABIRDS-L' Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Sandhills For the record, Susie I have located an active SANDHILL CRANE nest with the female incubating, the male in attendance. As we kept discretely well away

[cayugabirds-l] Mimidae

2011-06-28 Thread Susan Fast
On my Brooktondale walk this morning, I encountered all three of our local Mimidae within about 200 yds. on Burns Rd. The BROWN THRASHER was lustily belting out its song in about equal 2 and 3 note segments, with even one segment of 4 notes. The MOCKINGBIRD was blasting out the most vocal

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant--raptors

2011-09-10 Thread Susan Fast
I spent from 1150 until 1400 on the tower side of Mt. Pleasant, practicing my hawk ID skills for the coming season. I didn't expect much, but it turned into a pretty good day, for me. Osprey1 Bald eagle2 (1 adult, 1 2nd year) Kestrel5 (local family) Merlin 1 Turkey

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant

2011-09-16 Thread Susan Fast
I took a long walk along Mt. Pleasant Rd. just after lunch. I was hoping for hawks and such, but saw very few. Near a brushy area, however, I stopped to listen to some CHICKADEES, and out pooked a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER. It was VERY yellow, even the eyering Then another flitted out, not so

[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Hollow--a sad day

2011-10-12 Thread Susan Fast
My daughter and I took a walk through Shindagin Hollow late this morning. We found a WINTER WREN squashed flat in the road. How?? We did hear a live WINTER WREN berating us from the woods, however. We saw 2 HERMIT THRUSHES, and were vocally abused by a RED-TAILED HAWK. Steve Fast

[cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant: crows and hawk

2011-11-12 Thread Susan Fast
I had just parked at the east end of Mt. Pleasant Rd. at 0715 this morning and noted about 50 AMER. CROWS feeding in the just-harvested corn field there. Another 40 or so crows were flying in a slow, loose stream toward the trees to the south where another 20 crows were already perched. I noted

[cayugabirds-l] WW crossbills

2011-11-30 Thread Susan Fast
Just reading Matt Y.s post (our computer is slowly dying), reminded me that I saw 2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS our yard in Brooktondale on Sunday, Nov. 27. They appeared to be first year males. Steve Fast -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Shindagin: purple finches

2011-12-04 Thread Susan Fast
On a very early morning walk along Shindagin Hollow Rd. today, I had stopped and was conversing with a foraging flock of CHICKADEES, when several suddenly gave warning calls. I saw nothing, but immediately a group of PURPLE FINCHES emerged out of the goldenrod in a clearing. I counted 20.

[cayugabirds-l] Question: Pileated WP

2011-12-13 Thread Susan Fast
We have a PILEATED WOODPECKER coming daily to our suet feeders. I thought it was a female as it lacked the red cheek stripe. However, the red crest extends forward of the eye to the base of the bill, as Sibley shows for the male. What's happening here? Steve Fast Brooktondale --

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma area, etc.: snowy owl

2011-12-16 Thread Susan Fast
Susie I started the day by going for breakfast at the Meetinghouse Café (Diner) at the corner of Salt Rd. and State Rt. 90 in Summerhill. Friendly folks, reasonable prices. They serve SCRAPPLE. It’s not on the menu; you have to ask. Also there is the finest bathroom that we have ever seen in

RE: [cayugabirds-l] spectacular viewing Stewart Park

2011-12-18 Thread Susan Fast
I guess the other 99+% of the geese are no-good? -Original Message- From: bounce-39017438-9286...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-39017438-9286...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Kenneth Victor Rosenberg Sent: Sunday, December 18, 2011 2:29 PM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: [cayugabirds-l]

[cayugabirds-l] Coopers hawk

2011-12-27 Thread Susan Fast
Several days before Xmas, a friend of ours brought over the remains of a deer torso he had shot. We threw it on top of a large brushpile in the yard to keep the coyotes from dragging it off. So far it has been a boon to our 4 YARD CROWS who have spent some of their daytime activities pulling

[cayugabirds-l] Sat. birding

2011-12-31 Thread Susan Fast
We drove over to Lilley's Tack Feed north of Dryden late this morning for bird seed. Near TC3 we saw a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and a GREAT BLUE HERON. There was a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK hunting at the corner of Ferguson and Irish Settlement Rds. At the end of Signal Tower Rd., we watched about 500 SNOW

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