Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black vultures

2018-01-28 Thread anneb . clark
All 4 soaring together over Stevenson e of compost. High but very pretty in sun. Sent from my iPhone > On Jan 28, 2018, at 12:09 PM, > wrote: > > At 10:45 the black vultures were in some trees just south of the bridge on > Dodge Rd. They then flew

[cayugabirds-l] Iceland gull juv at Compost

2018-02-24 Thread anneb . clark
As it was last weekend, 1 juvenile Iceland Gull is foraging among great black backs, herring and 2 ringbilled gulls at the Stevenson Road Compost mounds. Along with the essential crows. Anne Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow billed cuckoo

2018-10-22 Thread anneb . clark
Just seen at 1 pm on fall creek rd just e of Freeville at cook rd. Big as life but looked cold. Dropped wing showed the russet and the 30 mph zone let me have a good look before pulling over. Dropped down in foraging move. Back up and then I lost it. Pretty late I think. Put in eBird. Anne

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crows at my feeders

2019-01-21 Thread anneb . clark
And deep snowy. They can deal with cold if they can reach the ground to forage. Bet the thousands that have been foraging nearer Syracuse and Auburn are finding it VERY challenging. Sent from my iPhone > On Jan 21, 2019, at 9:40 AM, Rachel wrote: > > Crows (4 to 12 at a time, who knows if

[cayugabirds-l] Fox sparrow refuging

2018-11-21 Thread anneb . clark
Under feeder. Just outside basin on Hile School Rd. Along with several tree sparrows and the very usual feeder birds: chickadees, cardinals, titmice, blue jays, juncos, redbellied woodpecker male, downy woodpecker, cowbird female, purple finches, House finches, a few starlings.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] White Crowned Sparrow

2018-11-25 Thread anneb . clark
One here on Hile School rd on Friday. Brown crown, alone and not associating with other species incl white throats. Sent from my iPhone > On Nov 24, 2018, at 7:44 AM, Carol Keeler wrote: > > I’d had mostly the brown crown ones, but yesterday I had a beautiful white > crown Sparrow. I

[cayugabirds-l] Ring neck ducks

2019-04-07 Thread anneb . clark
6 males 1 female Ringneck ducks on pond across Thornwood drive from Langmuir Lab. Very Photogenic if I had a longer lens. Anne. Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Crows a nesting

2019-03-18 Thread anneb . clark
Active nest building by at least two families. (Salem area). All reports appreciated! Anne and the Crowers. Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Female robin/singing bluebird

2019-03-09 Thread anneb . clark
Near von Engeln Preserve, the first decidedly female robin I have seen this year. There have been a few small groups of male robins on Hile school rd east and west of Ed hill rd and sometimes briefly in my yard but no females. Also a bluebird singing rather faintly near one of our nest boxes

[cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskins

2019-05-21 Thread anneb . clark
Suddenly 4 Pine Siskins blew in this morning to my yard on Hile School rd just out of Basin. Feeder focused. Males and females. Unusual visitors here. Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Osprey duo over Hile school rd

2019-04-30 Thread anneb . clark
2 osprey are circling back and forth between 38 and EdHill rd. Both high and low. Not usually seen overhead. Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird and white-crowned sparrow

2019-05-04 Thread anneb . clark
An FOY hummingbird carefully (urgently?) foraging along my gooseberry bushes an hour ago so the FOY feeders are now out. Not sure if male or female. Distant and watched without binocs. Unexpected white-crowned sparrow under the feeders. Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Eastern kingbird. Ithaca country club

2019-05-05 Thread anneb . clark
At about 10 am an eastern kingbird was hawking insects (assumed) from tips of white pine crowns in woods between Pleasant Grove road and the country club proper, until chased off by a nesting crow which has a nest very near to its activity. Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] FOY green heron

2019-04-21 Thread anneb . clark
In the Hile School Rd wetland today. Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] My first Am Tree Sparrow

2019-11-12 Thread anneb . clark
At feeder looking eager for its breakfast. Just one so far. Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Crows calling after dark

2019-10-27 Thread anneb . clark
This is pretty weird. If roosting near lights they do talk after dark like a slumber party. Like downtown Auburn. But roosts in more natural settings are quiet in dark. I could only locate them with a receiver and radio tagged birds. But they don’t fly in the dark well and I would assume that

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Angry birds (Am robins!)

2019-10-26 Thread anneb . clark
And I am living proof that eating young pokeweed is not deadly. We didn’t use 3 waters either, although drained it. But I am NOT suggesting everyone try it. Young spinach causes less panic. Or try lambs quarters. Anne Sent from my iPhone > On Oct 26, 2019, at 9:56 AM, Regi Teasley wrote: >

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Angry birds (Am robins!)

2019-10-26 Thread anneb . clark
Yup everyone, I am fully aware of the toxicity of pokeweed and allow a nice big plant to grow up where I can see it fruit every year without any problems. There are many berries toxic to humans out there. And toxic plants. But they feed birds and other wildlife. Pokeweed berries are especially

[cayugabirds-l] Angry birds (Am robins!)

2019-10-26 Thread anneb . clark
This morning I have a large number of robins all age/sexes foraging on my productive pokeweed berries and scratching leaves AND chasing each other hard and long. More athletic long chases than I am used to associating with robins. They are not just chasing around the berries although I

[cayugabirds-l] Probable Sora Hile School Wetland

2019-10-14 Thread anneb . clark
About 3 pm Sunday 14 Oct. Small dark bird whipped low across road N-S about 5 meters onto the unfinished road going east from 38. It scurried immediately into the dense weeds and bushes. I couldn’t relocate it after stopping car. Thinking maybe Sora, I played some calls but it was not

[cayugabirds-l] Smpw grrse

2020-02-23 Thread anneb . clark
About 250 going west over Mallorybille. Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] Osprey over Hile school rd Wetland

2020-04-05 Thread anneb . clark
Second time I have been sure this year. Late last week was first. Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm

[cayugabirds-l] Tree swallows above Mundy Garden

2020-03-31 Thread anneb . clark
Foraging but also contact fight? In air. No social distance. About 6-7 seen. Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] The phoebe is back!

2020-03-26 Thread anneb . clark
The male phoebe ( or A male phoebe) just landed confidently on our deck railing and surveyed the yard! We have had a pair nesting here for last three years and they love foraging off the fence and grabbing insects from the green woven wire. This bird looked like it was familiar with the

[cayugabirds-l] Wetlands vireo. Feeder WC sparrow

2020-05-01 Thread anneb . clark
At 5:20 pm Hile School Wetlands in wet mists, there was a beautiful Blue-headed Vireo among willows etc along road on se side. First hard to see way back in greyness and then came out and turned and sat and turned. Gorgeous Then at 7:11 pm an adult White-crowned Sparrow visited my feeder,

[cayugabirds-l] A new hunter at Hile School Wetland

2020-05-04 Thread anneb . clark
Heading out on errands at 3pm today, saw an osprey on the largest dead tree over north Wetland open water. Then when I returned at almost 5, it was still there. Exact same spot. A lovely addition to a grey day on the Wetland. Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Kestrel over Hanshaw marshland

2020-04-26 Thread anneb . clark
For those keeping track of kestrels, one was perched over the marshland east of Hanshaw just s of the Neimi rd intersection. With a red- tailed hawk. But where is there not a red- tailed hawk?? Speaking of which, yesterday April 25th, I watched and have pictures of a red- tail pair above 302 E

Re: [cayugabirds-l] molting birds question

2020-05-13 Thread anneb . clark
I will just offer the observation made several times while studying nesting redwinged blabkbirds at the Cornell ponds that no males arrived with bald heads but quite a few Showed missing patches during EARLy breeding season while disputes were common. At least once a fully feathered banded male

Re: [cayugabirds-l] First

2020-05-14 Thread anneb . clark
Orioles, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Catbirds and indigo bunting (1?) and finally this am a hummer are turning my feeders into something a bit tropical looking. More mild aggressive displays than I have ever seen. Catbirds doing a cute little wide beak gape. Fruit update: grosbeaks and maybe

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dawn birds

2020-05-03 Thread anneb . clark
FOY oriole just arrived also and a catbird was quietly exploring scrubby places outside my window earlier! The mounting house wren tensions are audible. I think another 2 males might be on site. Look like bees chasing. Sent from my iPhone > On May 3, 2020, at 7:26 AM, Donna Lee Scott wrote:

[cayugabirds-l] Black bellied whistling duck

2020-09-06 Thread anneb . clark
Ok. I am a terrible birder. But saw the report today and suddenly was able to explain what I saw fairly late on Friday. A lone odd shaped duck far to s edge of water in Wetland s of the road with a way too orange Bill. I couldn’t quite make out any markings with my binocs and because the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] GH Owl Singing

2020-10-05 Thread anneb . clark
The crows would prefer they sit still hooting and not floating silently around in the canopy of pine grove roosts. Sent from my iPhone > On Oct 5, 2020, at 9:38 PM, Linda Orkin wrote: > > We’ve been hearing one and two Great-horned owls from Muriel street sounding > like they’re over

[cayugabirds-l] Black-billed cuckoos

2020-05-25 Thread anneb . clark
Heard the low repeated harsh call and to make sure played the song and calls. Wow! Got one swooping me and hanging up in trees , long lens inside of course. Following second playback there were two, one flying closely after other. Not sure what sort of scenario I introduced. But two of them are

[cayugabirds-l] First fledgling Red-bellied Woodpecker

2020-07-01 Thread anneb . clark
Arrived in the ash tree over the garden this morning. Was just wondering if our pair had succeeded. Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] The Wilson snipe persists

2020-07-12 Thread anneb . clark
9-1030am. Hanging out in SE back edge of Hile School rd Wetland with pair of killdeer that has been there for about 2 weeks or more. Clearly visible to eye/ binocs as it preened and then probed but camera obscured by sedges and grasses. Also great close looks at 2-3 Virginia rails. 2 seen along

[cayugabirds-l] Don’t underestimate swallows.

2020-07-01 Thread anneb . clark
A red-tailed hawk just sailed over my house very low surrounded on all sides by shrieking and Tees-zweeting swallows, both tree and barn and perhaps 20 total. Looked like some slower flying, shorter tailed juv barn swallows in the mix. They were really really committed to seeing the hawk off.

[cayugabirds-l] Kingbird nest

2020-06-18 Thread anneb . clark
In case visitors to Hile School rd Wetland are interested in the kingbird pair there, the female is pretty tight on a nest in a little crotch high in “tree” that comes out of island made by the beaver lodge, N side of road. Can be seen hugging the west side of of one of taller trunks. More

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Writing from a black birder

2020-06-07 Thread anneb . clark
Thanks, Elaina! Sent from my iPhone > On Jun 7, 2020, at 5:38 AM, Elaina M. McCartney > wrote: > > This piece written in 2016 by birder J. Drew Lanham, Birding While Black, > speaks to the hearts of birders anywhere, anytime, but is particularly > relevant this week. > >

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle

2020-11-29 Thread anneb . clark
An adult Bald Eagle, presumably one of Dryden Lake pair, has frequently been perched in the dead trees of the little lake/heron colony south of the Nature Conservancy larch stand along east Malloryville rd (across from the von engeln preserve). Very picturesque. Sent from my iPhone > On Nov

[cayugabirds-l] Pileated pair and sumac

2021-01-05 Thread anneb . clark
A lovely pair of Pileated woodpeckers had a protracted morning tea on sumac seed headsmaking the sumac look very spindly! As always am working on ways to increase the sumac population. Beauty and utility! Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Nita Irby's post

2021-01-10 Thread anneb . clark
Please remember that at this time the DEC controls the dam and thus lake. Writing the DEC and also being alert for a public comment period once they decide on their choice of action (repair, replace or remove) will be the most direct routes to influence. You certainly should register support

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinches molting in mid-January?

2021-01-15 Thread anneb . clark
Some of mine are similar but my impression without photo documentation is that some never fully lost yellow patches or black flecks. Sent from my iPhone > On Jan 15, 2021, at 5:18 PM, Dave Nutter wrote: > > On a recommendation I looked at Macaulay’s winter photos and saw plenty of >

[cayugabirds-l] Nice Snow Bunting flock

2021-01-30 Thread anneb . clark
On Hile School Rd today 30 Jan 21 at ca 345pm, just west of Ed Hill intersection. About 80 scudding back and forth across the road. All buntings. First ones I have seen. None seen along Red Mill’s S-curve which is also a good spot. Anne Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-15 Thread anneb . clark
That is a critical piece that has made it hard for me, on Hile School rd, to help the farmers meet me more than half way. I end up saying after the 4th, but the later the better. After years of redwing work in and around the pond units in the 1990s, our usual pattern was a sharp decline in

Re:[cayugabirds-l] hayfield mowing for helping grassland birds

2021-06-16 Thread anneb . clark
Thanks, Donna. Anne knows about redwing specifics! July 4 just gets on the downside of peak for redwings, who are pretty early returnees. As mentioned bobolinks seem later. I suspect many sparrows go later and renests remain at risk. july 22 would be much safer but a lot harder to get

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fields being mowed.

2021-06-21 Thread anneb . clark
Speaking as someone who spent years locating redwing nests, I think this is a mountain not a molehill. Locating nests in grassland is HARD on purpose. Birds make it that way. Feeding females do t go down to their nests. They drop and walk to the nest. One makes paths tromping through the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Michigan State Forest Chenango Co. Red Crossbills, probable singing Bay breasted Warbler

2021-06-05 Thread anneb . clark
Wonderful list. Interesting to have more Ravens than crows. One factor other than the increasing number of nesting Ravens is the difference in nest stage. Raven fledglings were mostly out first and seem to be on the move for first forays with parents. American crows are just now fledging,

[cayugabirds-l] Downy use of h- bird feeders

2021-05-24 Thread anneb . clark
I finally confirmed with binocs that the persistently visiting Downy Woodpeckers at my hummingbird feeders are getting their tongues down into the nectar. I can see the water shimmer below where the bill is positioned These are the flat style feeders with openings in the top cover. Did

[cayugabirds-l] A sign of not- spring?

2021-05-02 Thread anneb . clark
A very sharp looking white- crowned sparrow turned up in my yard this pm. No grosbeaks or orioles or hummingbirds, though. The sparrow looked hopefully under the feeders and then more or less attacked a dandelion plant. Anne Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Towhee at my door!

2021-04-22 Thread anneb . clark
Lovely male E Towhee foraged and back kicked snow on my deck about 12” from the sliding door this am. Quite a sight in the fluffy snow and a first for the fenced yard. Anne Sent from my iPhone -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] House wrens-3 and squabbling

2021-04-28 Thread anneb . clark
Or does that go without saying. Appears to be one female looking at a traditional nest site in an overhead yard light. And 2 males singing at and displacing each other. Also singing grey tree frogs. Both species= my first certain sightings or hearings this spring. Anne Sent from my iPhone

[cayugabirds-l] Blue winged warbler

2021-05-03 Thread anneb . clark
Shortly after I got my first view of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak male rather than just a song, a Blue-winged Warbler male investigated the bushes where one set of feeders sits - and took a miscalculated bounce off my screen. Unfortunately my camera was not at hand to record this surprise. Anne

Re: [cayugabirds-l] FOY Phoebe & Armitage Rd

2021-03-25 Thread anneb . clark
And I have two Phoebes back in my yard just now, one singing and one foraging in usual areas A cowbird at feeders. Song sparrow singing and meadowlarks in field west on Hile School rd from my house on Tuesday. Last two evenings, Hooded and common merganser pairs in Wetland with black duck

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin reports

2021-03-25 Thread anneb . clark
Interesting. They have more 2020 crow nests to rent in the Birchwood area than near that sycamore. But it will be interesting to see if one pair is searching the whole area. The nest used last year was either a recently depredated American crow nest or a takeover, the reason for the crow nest

[cayugabirds-l] Redpolls polls and a science question

2021-03-14 Thread anneb . clark
This winter my first- ever redpoll flock has been eating niger almost faster than I can stock it. They do NOT like the fancy finch mix, their bill flips have informed me. So I have been looking at the wild differences in cap and breast and belly colors. The caps are a distinctly more classic

[cayugabirds-l] Peenting woodcock

2021-03-19 Thread anneb . clark
A ghost like bird seeming a little larger than a m-dove flew across Hile School rd in front of us at deep dusk 720 ish. Then a few min later from our driveway, I heard the buzzy peents of a displaying woodcock, repeated several times. I never located it visually sadly. But of course I wasn’t

[cayugabirds-l] Pipits, lots of them,’Hile School rd

2021-03-16 Thread anneb . clark
Just put in eBird which didnt believe my estimated number of 80. I think actually there were initially more 45 min earlier than my count- by- 10s at 1800 EDT. Unmistakable long legged sparrow streaked birds with flashing outer tail feathers. It was hard to keep an eye on all the sub-flocks each

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!

2021-02-25 Thread anneb . clark
There seems to be an inexaustible supply! My feeders now support about 50 and a nippy disputatious bunch they are. Lots of pics of heads forward, low, bills open until another moves. Niger is one focus. The other is bits of suet on the ground from sloppy eaters. Lots of really bright rosy

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!

2021-02-20 Thread anneb . clark
My two redpolls that have been here for a week apparently got outed and more arrived today. Not 20 yet but 6-7 and feisty! Niger and those peanut suet blocks. Took a close up video of one at suet 5 inches from sliding door. Competition from red bellied woodpecker and Pileated is a little one