[cayugabirds-l] 2 DICKCISSELS singing at Seneca Meadows

2012-07-01 Thread nutter.dave
...just reported 9:09am to CayugaRBA by Tom Johnson with Chris Wood, Jessie Barry, and BC(?).Seneca Meadows is on Black Brook Rd south of NYS-318, north of Seneca Falls. There are lots of trails through grassland and by marshes. I don't know details of where the birds are.--Dave Nutter --

Re: [cayugabirds-l] 2 DICKCISSELS singing at Seneca Meadows

2012-07-01 Thread nutter.dave
Tom says they are on the southern section of the main trail south of the big dark sprawling oak.--Dave NutterOn Jul 01, 2012, at 09:21 AM, nutter.d...@me.com wrote:...just reported 9:09am to CayugaRBA by Tom Johnson with Chris Wood, Jessie Barry, and BC(?).Seneca Meadows is on Black Brook Rd south

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dickcissels seen heard vs. what may be there.

2012-07-05 Thread nutter.dave
I had originally intended to send this message to the whole list serve, but instead it just went to Wes (who said he had covered a large area and not heard any more Dickcissels nor any Henslow's Sparrows).In Dave Nicosia's photo

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dickcissels seen heard vs. what may be there.

2012-07-06 Thread nutter.dave
I think skunks would not hesitate to eat eggs or young they found in a nest on the ground.--Dave NutterOn Jul 05, 2012, at 11:06 PM, MW gon...@gmail.com wrote:My wife and I observed 2 males between the trail intersection and the Oak tree. One male flew south toward the observation platform shortly

Re: [cayugabirds-l] American White Pelican and American Avocet Montezuma Aug 2 2012 - unconfirmed ebird reports

2012-08-03 Thread nutter.dave
Thanks for the eTT info and the idea about messing around with the start of the alphabet. I wonder if someone, rather than simply messing around, started at "A" and got overwhelmed by "B" even though they began trying to submit more or less real observations. When I think about American White

[cayugabirds-l] American White Pelican info

2012-08-04 Thread nutter.dave
Although I haven't tracked down the original eTT reporter(s) from Thursday August 2, I got some additional corroborating details from Loreta Rumsey. As she posted, she was having lunch by Tschache Pool when a large white bird with black wing edges flew in and landed close by. It was larger than

[cayugabirds-l] Treman Marina Ospreys, Solitary Sandpipers, etc.

2012-08-04 Thread nutter.dave
At dusk I ventured out, and finding the temperature pleasant I walked to the lakeshore.CASPIAN TERNS provided entertainment by diving in the inlet. They didn't get any fish that I saw.There were at least 25 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS roosting in treetops across the inlet from the boat ramp.5 HOODED

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Seneca Meadows plant walk

2012-08-09 Thread nutter.dave
For those of you interested in this site and how it came to be such good bird habitat, here's an opportunity to find out from the folks hired to perform that transformation. The plant people will probably be happy to learn of birds you see and hear as well.--Dave NutterBegin forwarded

[cayugabirds-l] Treman Marina Ospreys fledged this afternoon

2012-08-12 Thread nutter.dave
At mid-day when I canoed to the lake I saw Ospreys flying around, and I saw Gary Kohlenberg along the shore, who later confirmed that there were 3 Ospreys on the platform. This evening at dusk on my walk I saw at the platform nor obvious around the park.--Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Treman Marina Ospreys fledged this afternoon

2012-08-13 Thread nutter.dave
That is, zero OSPREYS around Treman Marine Park at dusk, but there were:2 HOODED MERGANSERS1 GREEN HERON2 KILLDEER,6 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS,7 LEAST SANDPIPERS,1 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER,27 CASPIAN TERNS,The many swallows over the Inlet and the lake earlier in the day seemed to be majority BANK SWALLOWS

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Treman Marina Ospreys

2012-08-13 Thread nutter.dave
Today (13 August) at Stewart Park (I forget what time that brief taxi break was) I saw 2 OSPREYS flying over the water. I think at least one was an adult, but I don't know about the other. This evening around 8:30pm a single adult OSPREY sat for a few minutes on one of the perches of the nest

[cayugabirds-l] mat/mud off Hog Hole; red lighthouse breakwater

2012-08-17 Thread nutter.dave
Along the lakeshore at Treman Marine Park this evening6 Least Sandpipers2 Spotted Sandpipers1 Green Heron25 Caspian Terns1 Hooded Merganser2 Common Mergansera couple each Great Black-backed Herring Gullsplenty Ring-billed Gulls, Mallards.--Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma, etc

2012-08-18 Thread nutter.dave
Bob McGuire, Ann Mitchell I spent today birding from Stewart Park to Montezuma. Stewart Park had the usual suspects for this time of year, including BARN SWALLOWS, BANK SWALLOWS, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, CASPIAN TERNS, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, BELTED KINGFISHERS, ten COMMON MERGANSERS on a log (the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] 2 COMMON TERNS on red lighthouse breakwater. --Dav...

2012-08-20 Thread nutter.dave
One of the Common Terns was in breeding plumage, the other was not, but I don't know how old. It was not brown above (fresh juvenile) and I did not notice any pale barring on the gray (worn juvenile) but distance and lighting did not favor seeing that, and I did not notice any particular begging

[cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel today opposite SPCA, Hanshaw Rd

2012-08-29 Thread nutter.dave
Lee Ann Van Leer reports that her mother, Carolyn, saw a/the WHIMBREL in a plowed field across Hanshaw Road from the SPCA at 1:30pm while she was walking dogs.--Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: Welcome and Basics Rules and Information Subscribe, Configuration

[cayugabirds-l] late, second-hand Yellow-throated Warbler

2012-09-02 Thread nutter.dave
I learned this evening that my friend Stefhan Ohlström, who lives near Eco-Village on Ithaca's West Hill, saw a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERin his yard earlier this week. Of course I double-checked whether he meant Common Yellowthroat, as mixing up the names is common. He meant what he said, describing

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Tuesday

2012-09-11 Thread nutter.dave
I was also at Sapsucker Woods this morning, from 7:20 to 9:40am. For me most of the birds were near the parking lots and the Lab entrance. In addition to the warblers Bob mentioned, I saw:NASHVILLE WARBLERCOMMON YELLOWTHROATYELLOW WARBLERCHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERPALM WARBLERWILSON'S WARBLERThere were

[cayugabirds-l] birds and plans for Stewart Park

2012-09-13 Thread nutter.dave
Sorry I was not at the Cayuga Bird Club meeting on Monday. Perhaps this got mentioned, but I want to spread the word to others who missed the meeting as well. Rick Manning of the Cayuga Waterfront Initiative and Friends of Stewart Park has asked the Cayuga Bird Club for input about Stewart Park

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cattle egret request

2012-09-15 Thread nutter.dave
I met the Cayuga Bird Club field trip at Montezuma NWR today (Saturday 15 September) andlooked for the Cattle Egret around Benning'sbut without luck. I'd also like to know if it is refound.I overheard someone say they'd seen a Least Bittern today at Benning.At Larue's there was a cooperative

[cayugabirds-l] Cattle Egret at Bennings 11:30am Sun

2012-09-16 Thread nutter.dave
Hope Batcheller just posted an RBA that a/the Cattle Egret is now at Benning's Marsh, on the Wildlife Drive at Montezuma NWR.--Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: Welcome and Basics Rules and Information Subscribe, Configuration and Leave Archives:

[cayugabirds-l] Freese Rd gardens, Sunday morning

2012-09-23 Thread nutter.dave
Apologies for the late report. I have been busy ever since my morning visit to the Freese Rd community gardens. I spent a couple hours there, and saw my first LINCOLN'S SPARROW (of at least 4, I believe) even before I saw any of the many SONG SPARROWS. Also present were several SAVANNAH SPARROWS,

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hog Hole Saturday

2012-09-29 Thread nutter.dave
I missed the Swainson's Thrush, Lincoln's Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Philadelphia Vireo, as well as the Great Crested Flycatcher which I think Bob mentioned he Stuart saw before I arrived.Other species Bob omitted or missed included: American Black Duck,3 Pied-billed Grebes in lagoon

[cayugabirds-l] Franklin's Gull at Towpath Road, Montezuma NWR

2012-10-07 Thread nutter.dave
Tim Lenz just reported a subadult FRANKLIN'S GULL on the mudflats off Towpath Road.--Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: Welcome and Basics Rules and Information Subscribe, Configuration and Leave Archives: The Mail Archive Surfbirds

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Franklin's Gull at Towpath Road, Montezuma NWR

2012-10-07 Thread nutter.dave
Not only is Jay faster, but more accurate. I guess I scanned through Tim's username, "seabamirum" , and ran it into the word adult.--Dave NutterOn Oct 07, 2012, at 01:00 PM, nutter.d...@me.com wrote:Tim Lenz just reported a subadult FRANKLIN'S GULL on the mudflats off Towpath Road.--Dave

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma area Cattle Egret

2012-10-29 Thread nutter.dave
I would guess that means NYS-89 by the giant goose (Goose Haven) between 520 and I-90. I found a Cattle Egret among the cattle there late in a previous year.--Dave NutterOn Oct 28, 2012, at 10:26 PM, Jay McGowan jw...@cornell.edu wrote:No more information so far, hopefully we can get more

[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca BRANT arrival 5:15pm Sunday

2012-10-29 Thread nutter.dave
As I was finishing a walk to Treman Marine Park Sunday afternoon I saw a flock of ~75 BRANT flying south fairly low over the Inlet. They quickly changed their collective mind and circled the Stewart/Treman area for a couple minutes. I last saw them on a glide path for the southwest part of the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayugarba red phalarope on nw lakeshore treman/hog...

2012-11-06 Thread nutter.dave
Still present when I left at 4:10pm as the sun went behind West Hill and the temperature dropped. The bird slowly worked its way back and forth several times along the length of the muddy lakeshore west of the northwest corner of the mowed loop path. It spun in the water for a couple minutes at

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Fuertes Le Conte's Sparrow

2012-11-19 Thread nutter.dave
Matt,Yes, your memory is correct. This is from the account for Le Conte's Sparrow in John Bull, _Birds of New York State_, 1974, with 1976 supplement, reissued 1985:"Status: Casual -- two proved records for New York: (1) specimen collected at the head of Cayuga Lake, near Ithaca, Oct. 11, 1897

[cayugabirds-l] Freese Rd LeConte's Sparrow NOT re-found 20 Nov

2012-11-20 Thread nutter.dave
The Le Conte's Sparrow was NOT re-found this morning near the pond or in adjacent grassy and weedy fields on Freese Road, although several birders quietly searched and waited for it to show up throughout the morning. Given its secretive nature it is possible that the bird is still around, and that

[cayugabirds-l] Freese Rd 20 Nov harrier, snipe, etc

2012-11-21 Thread nutter.dave
I did get a fine look at a male NORTHERN HARRIER low over the fields to the northwest, and I flushed a WILSON'S SNIPE from the grassy fringes of the marsh northeast of the pond, and there were a few RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS among the EUROPEAN STARLINGS working the fields.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] The white left-winged Turkey Vulture flew from roo...

2012-11-28 Thread nutter.dave
I was able to stop in the empty taxi and get a binocular view of this unique TURKEY VULTURE with white outer half of left wing except for a small normal patch on the wrist as seen from below. It even had the single outermost *right* primary white, as Chris Pelkie noted in his photo from last year.

[cayugabirds-l] Common Redpolls on N Triphammer in Lansing

2012-12-08 Thread nutter.dave
Bob McGuire just called me to report a flock of 40 COMMON REDPOLLS (but no Hoary Redpolls) in the birches in the triangle of land between North Triphammer Road, Hillcrest Road, and Triphammer Terrace in the Town of Lansing. He thinks they may be there awhile.--Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L

Re: [cayugabirds-l] TOWNSEND SOLITAIRE - Sampson State Park - Seneca Lake

2012-12-09 Thread nutter.dave
B Van Doren texted to the RBA at 12:52 that the Townsend's Solitaire is still in the original location and calling.--Dave NutterOn Dec 09, 2012, at 11:00 AM, "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" c...@cornell.edu wrote:Tim Lenz texted a message to the CayugaRBA alert system that there is a TOWNSEND

Re: [cayugabirds-l] TOWNSEND SOLITAIRE - Sampson State Park - Seneca Lake

2012-12-09 Thread nutter.dave
I just talked to Jerry Lazarczyk at 1:40pm who had just seen the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, as had the Tetlows earlier. Jerry said to go in the main entrance to the park, then turn right at the circle and the bird is about 100 - 200 yards from the end of this road which has a green gate. Although it

Re: [cayugabirds-l] TOWNSEND SOLITAIRE - Sampson State Park - Seneca Lake

2012-12-09 Thread nutter.dave
2:25pm Jerry says the Townsend's Solitaire has moved beyond the end of this road toward the lake along another road. Still 6 or more people watching it.--Dave NutterOn Dec 09, 2012, at 01:53 PM, nutter.d...@me.com wrote:I just talked to Jerry Lazarczyk at 1:40pm who had just seen the TOWNSEND'S

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Townsend's Solitaire-Sampson State Park

2012-12-09 Thread nutter.dave
Last seen around 3:40pm. Thanks to Tim Lenz for his find text RBA, to Benjamin Van Doren, Jerry Lazarczyk, Chris Tessaglia-Hymes for updates. This was also cross-posted several times to Cayugabirds-L by Chris TH myself.--Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: Welcome and Basics

[cayugabirds-l] Townsend's Solitaire continues at Sampson SP

2012-12-11 Thread nutter.dave
Shortly after 8am today David Weber reported that the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, discovered on 9 December by Tim Lenz, continues at Sampson State Park. The park is in the Town of Romulus in Seneca County on the east side of Seneca Lake. From the park entrance on NYS-96A go west to the large traffic

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Townsend's Solitaire continues at Sampson SP

2012-12-11 Thread nutter.dave
This afternoon Ann Mitchell I looked for the Townsend's Solitaire. We arrived about noon and found about half a dozen birders in the vicinity on the paved roads. A couple said they had seen the bird earlier for about 15 minutes perched atop a deciduous tree 100 yards to the west. Soon after we

[cayugabirds-l] geese falcon reported

2012-12-18 Thread nutter.dave
Norm ( all),A couple possibilities for the goose similar to a Canada but with extra speckling on the head and neck: First, it's not too rare to see variants among the thousands of Canada Geese which pass by here, including individuals with a few - or even a lot - of white feathers on the head and

[cayugabirds-l] mockingbirds in winter

2012-12-25 Thread nutter.dave
On Sunday there were 2 Northern Mockingbirds together in Staghorn Sumac and another small fruiting weed-tree I don't know by name along the edge of Cayuga Inlet in Cass Park. What surprised me was that there were 2 of them close together, and they seemed amicable during the moments I saw them.

[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca count week

2012-12-29 Thread nutter.dave
In case there are species of birds within the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count which we miss on count day (1 January 2013), we can add them to our total if we find them in the 3 days prior to or the 3 days subsequent to count day. That started today. Please report any unusual birds starting today so

Re: [cayugabirds-l] More Snow Geese depart

2012-12-30 Thread nutter.dave
Last night about 1015pm as I was shoveling my sidewalk one last time before going to bed, I heard geese overhead. They were fairly low, and not particularly going south. I don't know why they were wandering around in the low clouds lit up by Ithaca's street lights. Mostly they were Canadas, but I

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ithaca count week

2012-12-30 Thread nutter.dave
This afternoon I returned and added several species for count week:SNOW GOOSE - single white adult alone in the middle of the lake.TUNDRA SWAN - a pair of adults to the northwestGADWALL - pairs and small groups scattered on lake, along shore and with groups of other speciesAMERICAN WIGEON - 3

[cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vulture roost possibilities

2012-12-31 Thread nutter.dave
I don't know for certain where the Turkey Vultures are roosting, but I suspect the evergreens west of Community Corners from Spruce Lane south. Another place I've seen them gathering near dusk is along NYS-366 just east of the Cornell fleet garage in evergreens on the slope down to Varna. I've

[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca Christmas Bird Count 1/1/2013 - quick dirty data; what to look for

2013-01-01 Thread nutter.dave
From my notes at the compilation of today's Ithaca Christmas Bird Count:These 95 Species (plus 1 hybrid) were found on today's count:Snow GooseCackling Goose - 2 at Stewart Park by Ken RosenbergCanada GooseTundra Swan - new high of 396: many flocks migratingGadwall5American Wigeon - 2 at Stewart

Re: [cayugabirds-l] town lists for 2012

2013-01-02 Thread nutter.dave
Kevin (and other Ithaca, Dryden, Lansing, Tompkins Cayuga Lake Basin listers),Sorry, I was pretty lazy with the Cup wiki for 2012. Instead of saving all the 2011 stuff on another page, I made a 2012 Cayuga Lake Basin table but put it on the regular page above the 2011 CLB table.In 2011 there was

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carcase identification-murder most foul

2013-01-03 Thread nutter.dave
From this should we assume that there was a live Wood Duck in the count circle during count week or in the basin in 2012?--Dave NutterOn Jan 03, 2013, at 11:28 AM, "Kevin J. McGowan" k...@cornell.edu wrote:That’s a Wood Duck. Note the yellowish, webbed feet, the shiny patch on the top of the wing

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carcase identification-murder most foul

2013-01-03 Thread nutter.dave
I meant 2013. Even typing I'm not used to the new year.--Dave NutterOn Jan 03, 2013, at 01:15 PM, nutter.d...@me.com wrote:From this should we assume that there was a live Wood Duck in the count circle during count week or in the basin in 2012?--Dave NutterOn Jan 03, 2013, at 11:28 AM, "Kevin J.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] More CBC birds for 2013

2013-01-03 Thread nutter.dave
Quite a few birders spend part of the count day dutifully covering their territory, and another part poaching on other territories. That's what I did, but I spent so much time on my own area that it was getting dark by the time I got to the lake. I wasn't able to find as much as I hoped, but I did

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carcass identification-murder most foul

2013-01-03 Thread nutter.dave
I thought the amount of snow on top of it might indicate how long it had been there.--Dave NutterOn Jan 03, 2013, at 01:23 PM, Meena Haribal m...@cornell.edu wrote:Dave, I guess you have to prove that it was alive in 2013. So need to do accurate time of death on this bird even to count for the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] More CBC birds for 2013

2013-01-03 Thread nutter.dave
There was some discussion of potential multiple-counting of Tundra Swan flocks,but not a flock-by-flock analysis, and I don't think any adjustments were made among sectors at the compilation. Sector leaders may have tried to adjust among parties in their sector beforehand. I think it would be a

[cayugabirds-l] grebes, loons, coots, a few odd ducks, and a Peregrine

2013-01-03 Thread nutter.dave
This afternoon I walked to the southwest part of the lake hoping to bolster my 2013 Luddite List with waterfowl (I was so late on count day that I drove there), but numbers and variety of waterfowl were down due to a party of gunners next to the red lighthouse. Still, I found some cool

[cayugabirds-l] to reduce double-counting in future counts

2013-01-04 Thread nutter.dave
Observers should note the time and direction of flyovers, so that duplicate observations of the same bird(s) can be deleted. Instructions should be explicit as to when this rule applies. This suggestion is from John Gregoire, who used it on other counts. --Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List

[cayugabirds-l] Redpoll, finally

2013-01-05 Thread nutter.dave
On Thursday Isort ofjoined the club, even though I can't claim big flocks are coming to my feeders, and I don't worry about what they consume. When I went out for a walk that afternoon the first bird I saw fly up from the ground behind my next door neighbor's house turned out to be a COMMON

Re: [cayugabirds-l] white-winged, but not a scoter, poor thing

2013-01-05 Thread nutter.dave
The bird which I counted as a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at East Shore Park today was initially on the water far to the northwest. Bob McGuire had been watching it and thought that's what it was, although I was initially unsatisfied with the view. About 9am it flew much farther north low over the lake

Re: Re:[cayugabirds-l] (Long comment) Exempt part of Cayuga Lake from hunting diving ducks

2013-01-06 Thread nutter.dave
I agree with John Confer and others. I think his arguments should be more clearly and succinctly stated in order to be clear to others and effective to those who make decisions. I'm not volunteering or attempting to do so here, just adding some observations.The number and variety of waterfowl

[cayugabirds-l] Saturday birding, Ithaca to Union Springs

2013-01-06 Thread nutter.dave
Some friends and I had a great day of birding yesterday. Our itinerary included Stewart Park, East Shore Park, a shrike search, Ladoga and Myers point, a quest for winter field birds, the Wells College boathouse and the bluffs to the south, the ponds and Frontenac Park in Union Springs, and

[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca, Dryden, Lansing birding totals

2013-01-06 Thread nutter.dave
I made tables to be filled in with birders' yearly species totals for the Town ( City) of Ithaca, the Town of Dryden, and the Town of Lansing. As Kevin McGowan noted, he could not find these for 2012, which was because I hadn't created the tables. Now I have, and while I was at it, I started

[cayugabirds-l] The Cup updated

2013-01-06 Thread nutter.dave
The site for the David Cup now starts witha table for the Cayuga Lake Basin for 2013, below which is the CLB table for 2012, and below that there arenow tables for counties for 2012:http://cayugabirds.pbworks.com/w/page/6630177/FrontPageSeveral of these tables should be sorted onto different pages

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crows coming in to roost

2013-01-06 Thread nutter.dave
Late this afternoon Laurie and I went on a short walk on the Cayuga Waterfront Trail between NYS-89 and the Flood Control Channel along Cass Park. I brought my scope in hopes of seeing a Turkey Vulture over Cayuga Heights, but no such luck. Instead, while skies over me were empty, I saw a steady

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park

2013-01-07 Thread nutter.dave
Today during taxi breaks I managed to visit Stewart Park East Shore Park several times. I missed the Peregrine. Early in the morning there was a GREAT BLUE HERON in the bit of stream which flows through the lagoon, but it flushed when I stopped to look at it, which surprised me. An adult LESSER

[cayugabirds-l] 2013 basin first records list

2013-01-07 Thread nutter.dave
The 2013 Cayuga Lake Basin First Records List is now underway and (I think) up to date. View it on the Cayuga Bird Club website under Resources here:http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/cayuga-lake-basin-first-recordsPlease let me know of errors or omissions.--Dave Nutter --

[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park hybrid goose white breast-band

2013-01-14 Thread nutter.dave
Yesterday afternoon at Stewart Park I saw and heard a/the distinctive Canada X domestic Greylag Goose among Canadas, Mallards, and American Coots in the shallow water and rotting ice at the southeast corner of the lake. This time I also noticed a broad clean white stripe on it between the gray

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lone snow goose, Candor

2013-01-14 Thread nutter.dave
A single Snow Goose by the Wells College boathouse in Aurora on Sunday is interesting to me because on Saturday I saw from that location a flock of about a thousand of them out in the middle of the lake. Perhaps they were all off feeding when you arrived, and this was just the first to return, or

[cayugabirds-l] OOB/OT: avoiding bird strikes by aircraft

2013-01-17 Thread nutter.dave
Europeans are finding ways to monitor birds to avoid risks to airplanes in real time:http://www.airtrafficmanagement.net/2013/01/as-the-crow-flies/--Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: Welcome and Basics Rules and Information Subscribe, Configuration and Leave

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow Headed Blackbird 1/19 Armitage Rd

2013-01-20 Thread nutter.dave
The YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was with a flock of European Starlings yesterday in the first block west of the corner of NYS-89 Armitage.--Dave NutterBegin forwarded message:From: geneseebirds-l-requ...@geneseo.eduDate: January 19, 2013 4:39:06 PMTo: geneseebird...@geneseo.eduSubject: GeneseeBirds-L

[cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe, yes. Tufted Duck, no.

2013-01-31 Thread nutter.dave
I spent about an hour and a half at the southwest corner of Cayuga Lake this morning. The west side is sheltered, and now that the temperature has dropped again, and the wind is not from the land to the south, there was almost no heat distortion over the water. There were waves in the middle and

Re: [cayugabirds-l] NO. SHRIKE

2013-02-13 Thread nutter.dave
When I first read the subject line, I thought it was reporting the absence of a shrike: no shrike. Then I realized that it was an abbreviation for Northern Shrike. I often think it's worth the small extra effort to write the whole name of any bird in order to be clear, and I celebrate the very

Re: [cayugabirds-l] PEREGRINE FALCON on snag by swan pond, Stewart Par...

2013-02-13 Thread nutter.dave
About 11:30am I got a phone call from Melissa Groo, who had gone to Stewart Park in search of the Peregrine. If she doesn't post to the list by tomorrow morning what she told me she saw and photographed, I will do so. For the moment I will just say that Stewart Park is pretty special.--Dave

Re: [cayugabirds-l] PEREGRINE FALCON on snag by swan pond, Stewart Par...

2013-02-14 Thread nutter.dave
I still hope Melissa has a chance to write her story and show any photos (of any quality) soon. She described to me what I interpreted as TWO Peregrine Falcons cooperatively and successfully hunting a gull and then sharing the meal, includingcalling, begging, and allo-feeding. Maybe the Peregrines

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Eagle moving nest???

2013-02-14 Thread nutter.dave
Many observers have noticed this new nest-building activity over the past several months. I think the question is, what will happen to the photogenic nest atop the pylon? Are there enough Bald Eagles around for another pair to use it? Would they even tolerate being so close? Will Ospreys reclaim

[cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagles nesting again in Ulysses

2013-02-14 Thread nutter.dave
For the 4th year Bald Eagles are nesting in Tompkins County on the west side of the lake. Knowing exactly where to set up my scope, this afternoon (14 February) I was able to look between branches of the high, deep nest and see the yellow-orange bill changing position against the white of the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crows mobbing Great Horned Owl on nest

2013-02-18 Thread nutter.dave
I'm thinking more about crows and owls. It's a substitute for actually knowing, so please chime in, Anne, or anyone else who knows better than I do what really goes on.I've been impressed by how much the Great Horned Owls in Renwick have withstood crows' harassment, and that impression flavored my

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: The City Dark: documentary discussion next Wednesday (2/27)

2013-02-19 Thread nutter.dave
Sounds like this film has relevance for birds and natural history in general.--Dave NutterBegin forwarded message:From: Jing Jin jj...@cornell.eduDate: February 19, 2013 4:06:35 PMTo: hu...@cornell.edu,snr...@cornell.edu,lightsof...@cornell.edu,kyotonow-member...@cornell.edu,takebackthetap-l

[cayugabirds-l] ducks leaving south end of Cayuga Lake

2013-03-08 Thread nutter.dave
On Tuesday afternoon (5 March 2013) there was still a flock of hundreds of REDHEADS near the docks by the southwest corner of Cayuga Lake. Mixed in were a few RING-NECKD DUCKS and LESSER SCAUP, 4 GREATER SCAUP, 1 CANVASBACK, and at least 20 RUDDY DUCKS. Out in the lake were 11 HOODED MERGANSERS

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Byron - WF Goose + 7 Lesser Black-back Gulls (Jerry Lazarczyk)

2013-03-12 Thread nutter.dave
Interesting coincidence:There was a single Greater White-fronted Goose for a few hours on Sunday afternoon (10 March 2013) at Stewart Park on the south end of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca. During that time 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (7 adults and 1 second year) accumulated there as well. The trip is

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question about lower lake road

2013-03-12 Thread nutter.dave
The ice edge is a gathering place for ducks throughout the winter, but Lower Lake Road provides a prime spot for viewing.The melting of the southern ice edge northwards up to Lower Lake Road in early March typically coincides with the arrival of many Anas ducks, so it's a good time to search for

Re: [cayugabirds-l] TV's

2013-03-12 Thread nutter.dave
On my walk home from work yesterday evening (in daylight now that the clocks have changed), I saw TURKEY VULTURES slowly gathering in the air and kettling over downtown Ithaca. My maximum count from the corner of Meadow, Fulton, Clinton about 6pm was 41, but they were hard to keep track of, and

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: GW Teal and other on Dryden

2013-03-18 Thread nutter.dave
Nita Irby reports ducks "dropping out of the sky" to Dryden Lake this evening, including a dozen Green-winged Teal in a small bit of open water at the north end. Also on Dryden Lake were Common Hooded Mergansers and Wood Ducks. She also had 2 Northern Shrikes at her feeders which have had few

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Twin Sheds Draft Plan: Hammond Hill and Yellow Barn Forests.

2013-03-20 Thread nutter.dave
FYI. The Canaan Institute, which Mike Ludgate runs, is on Canaan Road, the south entrance to Hammond Hill SF.--Dave NutterBegin forwarded message:From: Michael Ludgate michael.ludg...@gmail.comDate: March 20, 2013 10:32:05 AMTo: Natural History Network natural-histor...@list.cornell.eduSubject:

Re: [cayugabirds-l] New Osprey platform and Killdeer

2013-03-20 Thread nutter.dave
Thank you to the people responsible for the Osprey platform.Robyn, was your husband involved along with NYSEG as at Portland Point?To add to the Killdeer reports yesterday, in the late afternoon I saw a pair along Snyder Road north of the airport, sometimes on the gravel shoulder, sometimes in the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] OT: Comet visible in western sky now

2013-03-20 Thread nutter.dave
On the evening of 17 March I was birding in the Montezuma area. The clearing sky inspired me to stay and look for the comet. I chose Olmstead Road, which is the first right turn off Armitage Road when you go west from where NYS-89 turns. Olmstead is on the crest of a drumlin with no trees, so

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Peregrine Falcon on Ithaca Gun smokestack

2013-03-22 Thread nutter.dave
Usually I see a Red-tailed Hawk there.--Dave NutterOn Mar 22, 2013, at 09:14 AM, "Russell A. Charif" r.cha...@cornell.edu wrote:Last seen at 8:55 this morning.I have actually seen the bird there many mornings in recent weeks, when I drive by the Gun Hill apartments on Lake St. (between 8:35 and

[cayugabirds-l] SFO Sunday 24 March 2013

2013-03-24 Thread nutter.dave
I led Spring Field Ornithology Group 6 around Sapsucker Woods, then down to Stewart Park this morning. A walk around the Wilson Trail was more productive than I expected, considering the mostly frozen conditions.First, among the MALLARDS on the pond outside the Lab windows when we arrived was a

Re:[cayugabirds-l] snow goose neck collar

2013-03-28 Thread nutter.dave
On 9 March in the flock of Snow Geese estimated by Chris Wood et al at 123K at the north end of Cayuga Lake, viewed from Lower Lake Rd, Bridgeport, Town of Seneca FallsI noted several yellow neck collars with 4-digit letter/number combinations. I reported the info and learned that all were female

[cayugabirds-l] n Cayuga L Montezuma NWR: hybrid Ross's Goose, etc.

2013-03-28 Thread nutter.dave
This afternoon Ann Mitchell I drove to the north end of the Cayuga Lake basin, visiting Lower Lake Rd, Mud Lock, Montezuma NWR Visitor Center Wildlife Drive open to Seneca Spillway, Tschache Pool, Mays Point Pool, East Rd, Railroad Rd, and Van Dyne Spoor Rd.Lower Lake Rd: Flock of 43 SNOW GEESE

[cayugabirds-l] OT: seek restaurant reviews Montezuma area

2013-03-30 Thread nutter.dave
I'm looking for recommended restaurants where a group of birders could go after a full day of birding for a decent, reasonably-priced, hot, sit-down meal which with fast enough service to allow the group to predictably be out at dusk looking for Short-eared Owls in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.

Re: [cayugabirds-l] impossible bird song?

2013-03-30 Thread nutter.dave
Not impossible, but not likely either. Common Yellowthroat typically shows up in the basin in the latter half of April, but it does winter in the southern U.S. and isn't as predictable in its arrival time as the neotropical migrants. I think it's been found on the Christmas Bird Count on occasion.

[cayugabirds-l] migration on radar now

2013-03-30 Thread nutter.dave
Tonight's calm air has allowed some pent-up migration to occur, visible right now on the

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Phoebe @ Renwick

2013-03-31 Thread nutter.dave
Also a couple of Eastern Phoebes along the Jim Schug trail near Dryden Lake this morning.--Dave NutterOn Mar 31, 2013, at 12:01 PM, Suan Yong suan.y...@gmail.com wrote:FOY eastern phoebe at Renwick Woods, foraging silently in a tree by Fall Creek. Suan _ http://suan-yong.com

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

2013-04-03 Thread nutter.dave
Thanks for the details. I had a few thoughts about your report:1) Anyone who is still at work after 5:30, who sees something wished-for but wildly unlikely which no one else has seen and which mysteriously disappears the moment they glance away... mybe that person has been working too hard.2)

[cayugabirds-l] migration on radar again

2013-04-05 Thread nutter.dave
The weather radar is showing night migration again now (4-5 April). What's moving in, or through, or away? Anybody got your ears to the skies? What will be different out there today? Last time there seemed to be an influx of Eastern Phoebes, American Robins, Song Sparrows, some other sparrows

[cayugabirds-l] Ithaca to Montezuma, first day of SFO overnight

2013-04-06 Thread nutter.dave
Today my SFOgroup tallied 76 species as we worked our way up the east side of Cayuga Lake and around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.Highlights included:Dozens of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on Drake Rd in Lansing, thanks to Meena, plus 1 or 2 CEDAR WAXWINGS in the same flock;20 species of waterfowl, 3

Re: [cayugabirds-l] Carncross Road shorebirds

2013-04-06 Thread nutter.dave
At dusk a flock of 23 same sized Yellowlegss, presumably the Greaters, flew south together towards Morgan Rd.--Dave NutterOn Apr 06, 2013, at 09:30 PM, Jay McGowan jw...@cornell.edu wrote:Livia and I birded up the lake today. We saw many of the same birds as others. In the late afternoon we found

[cayugabirds-l] terns, gulls, ducks

2013-04-10 Thread nutter.dave
At 5:30 this morning I was driving people to the Ithaca Airport through darkness and dense fog, a cloud whose bottom intersected with NYS-13 between the Cayuga Heights Rd and Triphammer Rd exits, entirely enveloping Warren Rd and making my work uncomfortable. I don't know if my passengers'

Re: [cayugabirds-l] raven

2013-04-12 Thread nutter.dave
I have seen a single COMMON RAVEN in that area a couple of times recently, once flying north low alongside Pine Tree Rd by the Oxley Equestrian center at dawn, and once later in the day in the field opposite the end of Snyder Hill Rd stretching down to the East Ithaca Recreationway. I'm curious

[cayugabirds-l] grebes, warblers, etc.

2013-04-13 Thread nutter.dave
I spent the late morning and much of the afternoon at Newman Golf Course, the Cornell Biological Field Station (aka Jetty Woods), the whtie lighthouse, Renwick Sanctuary, and Stewart Park.I think the biggest story was the number of grebes. In a single scan from the white lighthouse I saw 31

[cayugabirds-l] Sparrows

2013-04-14 Thread nutter.dave
I counted 6 VESPER, 4 SAVANNAH, 3 AMERICAN TREE and 2 FIELD SPARROWS along Sapsucker Woods Road at the second bend from NYS-13. If there were any Chipping Sparrows in that flock, I missed them at noon and at 3:30pm.However I did have CHIPPING SPARROWS and lots of DARK-EYED JUNCOS several places

[cayugabirds-l] Swallows from Stewart: odd Barn v Cliff

2013-04-15 Thread nutter.dave
Okay, here's what happened: Early this cloudy morning I was scanning the jetties from Stewart Parkwith my window-mounted scope from the parked taxi,which is considerably farther than scoping from the path around the swan pond. There were 6 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, but no terns for me. Then I saw a cloud

[cayugabirds-l] rail rusties

2013-04-16 Thread nutter.dave
I spend most of today at the Lab of O preparing for a skins lab for SFO tomorrow. On my way in I heard Chris Pelkie's VIRGINIA RAIL near the northeast parking lot. On my way out I heard and saw 8 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS in the trees between the parking lots. That'll have to do for today.--Dave Nutter --

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