[cayugabirds-l] Big flight showing on Buffalo NEXRAD

2010-04-30 Thread Tigger64
Looks like the skies are full. I usually look at Base Reflectivity and Base Radial Velocity. David Wheeler _http://www.wunderground.com/radar/radblast.asp?ID=BUFregion=a5lat=42.8959 6558lon=-78.88545227label=Buffalo%2c%20NY_

[cayugabirds-l] 5 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS - Oneida Lake

2010-05-31 Thread Tigger64
Bill Purcell just called to report that there are 5 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks on Oneida Lake in Brewerton. He's viewing them from the fisherman's access point on the north side of the Oneida River where the river joins Oneida Lake. He is looking south and the birds are on a dock

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma shorebirds - Monday

2010-07-06 Thread Tigger64
Knox-Marcellus Marsh as seen from East Rd: 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER 1 SOLITARY SANDPIPER 2-3 SPOTTED ~30 LEAST ~40 LESSER YELLOWLEGS ~15 GREATER YELLOWLEGS I did not count Least Sandy or either Yellowlegs so only an estimate. I took the dowitcher to be Short-billed, with the bill at the

[cayugabirds-l] Red-necked Phalaropes - Montezuma (late report)

2010-08-23 Thread Tigger64
Apologies for the lateness of this report. Two Red-necked Phalaropes were at the mud-flat visible from behind the hunter's check-in station on Rte. 89, and also visible from the overlook pull-off just north. Seen Saturday afternoon by Dave Wheeler, Jim Pawlicki, Jay Powell, and Mike

[cayugabirds-l] Glossy Ibis continues at MNWR, +phalaropes Rte 89 overlook

2010-09-01 Thread tigger64
The Glossy Ibis continues at Mays Point in the Montezuma NWR. From the overlook on Rte. 89 (or behind the hunter check station), 3-5 phalaropes were seen in the distant mud flat. The closer ones were Red-necked; farther ones I did not have an opinion on given the distance. Plenty of

[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Falls Seneca Lake highlights

2011-01-14 Thread tigger64
An impressive group of large gulls were packed tightly together on Van Cleef Lake in Seneca Falls: ~750 HERRING GULL ~25 GREAT BLACK-BACKED 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED (adult) 1 ICELAND (adult) 1 GLAUCOUS (1st cycle) no Ring-bills Great birding conditions on the Geneva waterfront but nothing very

[cayugabirds-l] Thursday birding - Onondaga Seneca Counties

2011-01-21 Thread tigger64
A long cold day of birding with Jim Pawlicki had plenty of highlights. Shackham Rd at the Onondaga Cortland County border: 18+ Evening Grosbeak (including an adult male) 3 Redpoll 1+ Red-breasted Nuthatch Onondaga Lake's Inner Harbor in Syracuse had few gulls. Harlequin Duck

[cayugabirds-l] Savannah Mucks - 2 Eurasian Wigeon, Ross's Goose, SE Owls

2011-03-14 Thread tigger64
Many thousands of dabbling ducks are present at the Rte. 31 Mucklands in Savannah. Highlight was 2 EURASIAN WIGEON and I eventually found a ROSS'S GOOSE in among Snow Geese. I assume given the number of birds there are more of both than the ones I found. I didn't encounter a lot of

[cayugabirds-l] Knox-Marsellus Marsh - White-fronted Goose, Blue-winged Teal

2011-03-16 Thread tigger64
The afternoon started at the east end of the Savannah Mucklands, where 5 Canvasbacks were noted. I didn't search Snow Geese and didn't see any Eurasian Wigeon, but Doug Daniels stopped to say there was one farther back. Thousands of ducks, but nothing unusual. On to East Rd, where the

[cayugabirds-l] WHITE-FACED IBIS - MNWR

2011-05-16 Thread tigger64
Was at shorebird spot on wildlife drive, flew toward Mays. Will try to relocate. David Wheeler -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR White-faced Ibis not relocated

2011-05-16 Thread tigger64
The bird flew in to the new shorebird area near the turn on Wildlife Drive, it was there for a while, then flew toward Mays Pt pool. I watched it in the scope and thought it dropped into Mays along the far side (near the thruway). I then checked Benning, Tschache, and Mays Pt with no

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR White-faced Ibis photos

2011-05-18 Thread tigger64
Here's a link to two digiscoped photos. I haven't really given up on the bird still being around MNWR somewhere. David Wheeler http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/5734102146/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/5734102414/ -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Marbled Godwit - request for updates

2011-05-21 Thread tigger64
Greg Lawrence reported a MARBLED GODWIT at MNWR flying toward the new shorebird area on Wildlife Dr. Since tomorrow will be Sunday, any updates on the bird would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps it will stick around another day so those that didn't see it the first time can have a

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR highlights - Friday

2011-05-28 Thread tigger64
I missed the Whimbrel again and found little at the Visitor Center or Wildlife Drive spot. Over at Tschache Pool the highlight was a GREATER YELLOWLEGS, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, many DUNLIN, many peeps, and a good number of SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER. This was between ~3:30 - 6:00pm David Wheeler.

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Friday godwits

2011-05-30 Thread tigger64
I didn't know at the time that godwits had been reported, but I was on the Tschache tower from 4:15 to 5:30 pm on Friday. Visibility was very good and I scanned the flats at high power many times. I did look carefully at a distant Greater Yellowlegs, but don't think I missed a flock of

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Acadian Flycatcher - Armitage Rd.

2011-06-01 Thread tigger64
I was at the Prothonotary spot Tuesday for a while, and don't recall hearing Acadian Fly. Eastern Phoebe has fooled me in the past, where I was sure I was hearing Acadian but tried to get a look just to see it was an Empid but found a Phoebe instead. Later I discovered the sound was on the

[cayugabirds-l] Prairie Warblers - southern Seneca Co.

2011-06-12 Thread tigger64
On Saturday, one or more Prairie Warblers were heard singing from the field at the corner of Lodi Center Rd and Seneca Rd in the town of Lodi, at the Seneca/Schuyler county line (Seneca Rd is the line). I didn't spend that long at the spot and didn't hear one sing, but it looks real good for

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Shorebirds - Knox-Marsellus Marsh

2011-06-22 Thread tigger64
Lots of ducks and a few shorebirds. Highlight at Mays Pt was a Great Egret. Knox-Marsellus habitat looks like we'll get another good shorebird year. Montezuma NWR--Knox-Marcellus Marsh, Seneca, US-NY Jun 22, 2011 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Protocol: Stationary Comments: From the East Rd

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR - White-rumps

2011-06-23 Thread tigger64
In spite of the curious date and seemingly large number, everything in the field pointed to White-rumped Sandpipers and others e-mailed to say they also saw good numbers of White-rumps last weekend at Knox-Marsellus. A quick check of Bull '98 shows an inland maxima of 97 at MNWR on 30 May

[cayugabirds-l] Glaucous Gull - Oswego Harbor

2011-06-24 Thread tigger64
Probably not the only one around. Dave W. Oswego County Oswego Harbor, Oswego, US-NY Jun 24, 2011 2:00 PM - 2:10 PM Protocol: Stationary Comments: On the Marine Museum pier 4 species Ring-billed Gull 40 Herring Gull 1 Glaucous Gull 1 1st-summer; an extremely bright white bird

[cayugabirds-l] S-b Dowitcher, Black-bellied Plovers - MNWR Sunday

2011-06-27 Thread tigger64
Sunday highlights from Knox-Marsellus marsh included a Short-billed Dowitcher and influx of Lesser Yellowlegs, plus the continuing Dunlin. Two Black-bellied Plover were at Puddler's marsh. No peeps on either Saturday or Sunday. Saturday night on Van Dyne Spoor Rd found 5 American Bittern

Re:[cayugabirds-l] S-b Dowitcher, Black-bellied Plovers - MNWR Sunday

2011-06-28 Thread tigger64
The yellowlegs are early migrants in spring and could have been on territory for 6-8 weeks already, and thus bred successfully and now on their way south. I would consider them authentic fall migrants, and that would probably be the case with other species that migrate north in April or

[cayugabirds-l] More Yellowlegs S-b Dowitchers - MNWR

2011-06-29 Thread tigger64
4 (presumably) Short-billed Dowitchers and 35-40 Lesser Yellowlegs were the highlights from Knox-Marsellus marsh. Dave W. Oswego County Montezuma NWR--Knox-Marcellus Marsh, Seneca, US-NY Jun 29, 2011 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Protocol: Stationary Comments: Didn't look carefully at all the

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Sunday - S-b Dow, Greater 162 Lesser Yellowlegs

2011-07-03 Thread tigger64
Sunday highlights from Knox-Marsellus marsh included one Short-billed Dowitcher, one Greater Yellowlegs, 162 Lesser, and a few (7-12) distant peeps of uncertain identity. Puddlers marsh had a Common Tern. Mays Point had a Black-crowned Night Heron and two swans on a mound. I thought they

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR shorebirds Thursday - another big influx

2011-07-08 Thread tigger64
Not enough time to search the birds thoroughly, so probably missed some (counts low). Thought I saw a Stilt Sandpiper at one point but lost it in among the 900+ yellowlegs, couldn't find any Wilson's Phalarope. Didn't look carefully at the peeps but thought most were Least. Too dark by the

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR - Wednesday night

2011-07-15 Thread tigger64
Apologies for the lateness of this report. Wednesday night highlights at Puddler's marsh: ~1000 Lesser Yellowlegs a few Greater Yellowlegs ~500 Least Sandpiper 2 Stilt Sandpiper 2 Baird's Sandpiper 1 Wilson's Phalarope 2 Short-billed Dowitcher 1 Solitary Sandpiper many Killdeer and Spotted

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Glossy Ibis

2011-07-23 Thread tigger64
There don't appear to be any updates positive or negative yet, but I'm going out there now (1pm) and will try to send a message if I find it. Dave Wheeler Oswego County NY 315-373-5350 -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Saturday highlights - no Ibis

2011-07-24 Thread tigger64
I couldn't find the Ibis but it could still be there somewhere. I checked Puddler, Knox-Marsellus, Mays Point (twice), Visitor's Center, and Wildlife Drive. All were thorough checks except the Wildlife Dr shorebird spot where I regret not getting the scope out and scanning the edges more

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Mon.- Wilsons' Phalarope, no Red-necked

2011-07-25 Thread tigger64
I could find one Wilson's Phalarope and no Red-necked. Otherwise, things are much the same as on Saturday. Dave Wheeler -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR quick note

2011-07-29 Thread tigger64
I'll send a complete list on Sat. morning, but I thought there was a possible Western Sandpiper at the Visitor Center pool. It was relatively close and feeding near a Stilt Sandpiper. Dave W -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR - Friday night

2011-07-30 Thread tigger64
Seemed better than earlier in the week. Both the Visitor's Center pool and Wildlife Drive spot have good water levels and are attracting shorebirds. The Main Pool is getting herons in the open area and may get shorebirds at some point. Benning Marsh is also looking good. Highlight was a

[cayugabirds-l] Western or Semi-palmated

2011-07-30 Thread tigger64
I'm thinking it's a molting adult Western, and have put the best photo on my seldom-used Flickr page at the address below. I could be wrong however. http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/5991674485/in/photostream Dave Wheeler Oswego County NY -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR - Sunday night

2011-08-02 Thread tigger64
Apologies for the lateness of my report. Now 8 dowitchers at Puddler's Marsh, several with very long bills possibly outside the overlap zone but distance and poor lighting make it difficult to be sure of species. 125 Purple Martins near the spillway on the Wildlife Dr, while at the Visitor

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR hightlights - Sunday evening

2011-08-08 Thread tigger64
Puddler and Knox-Marsellus were much revitalized by the rain. There was a short period of excellent visibility, followed by diffuse sun, followed by fog. Visitor Center: water level good; 6 dowitchers - took photos but didn't look all that carefully at them in the field; 2 Great Egret

[cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel - Oswego Harbor

2011-08-10 Thread tigger64
2 WHIMBREL on the lighthouse breakwall before passage of the cold front. Good looks in scope. Photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/22183060@N08/6030752059/in/photostream/ Dave Wheeler Oswego, County Oswego Harbor, Oswego, US-NY Aug 10, 2011 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Protocol: Traveling

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR - Thursday evening

2011-08-19 Thread tigger64
I'm a bit behind on my eBird entries. Highlight was the first conspicuous evidence of fall passerine migration, with many Bobolinks and a few Kingbirds along the Wildlife Dr. An immature Peregrine Falcon was perched near the Seneca Spillway - presumably the same bird first seen by Joe

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Wednesday evening

2011-08-25 Thread tigger64
Water levels high, things much as they have been. Highlight was a Red-necked Phalarope picked out by Tony Shrimpton at Puddler's Marsh, and an excellent roost flight of blackbirds as seen from Mays Point. 58-60 Great Egrets at Mays between 7 and 8pm, about half of them in roost position.

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Monday - Mays Point

2011-08-30 Thread tigger64
Matters much as described by Jay McGowan (on Sunday) at Mays Point (on Monday). Excellent mudflats are emerging but most of the birds are in vegetation and obscured much of the time. Two MERLINS chased shorebirds (and each other) during the time I was there. Many peeps flying around -

[cayugabirds-l] LARK SPARROW fair haven west spit

2011-09-11 Thread tigger64
in the gravel parking lot at the tip of the west spit Dave W. 315-373-5350 -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1)

[cayugabirds-l] Oswego Harbor lakewatch - Pomarine Jaeger

2011-09-13 Thread tigger64
A close-passing POMARINE JAEGER was the highlight of 4.5 hours lakewatching (from Breitbeck Park) on 15 kt SSW winds. Also, an early-arriving GREATER SCAUP plus a few Black Ducks on the move and a hard-to-find-on-Lake-Ontario NORTHERN SHOVELER. A few shorebirds on the breakwall but no

[cayugabirds-l] Glossy Ibis, Avocet - MNWR

2011-09-17 Thread tigger64
The Ibis is at Knox-Marsellus marsh. I think it's a non-breeding adult Glossy, which would mean it's a different bird than the Railroad Rd bird (which I have seen 3 times and have lots of photos of). I also have distant photos of today's bird, which I thought lacked the whitish feathers on

[cayugabirds-l] Oswego Harbor - Godwits, Red Phalarope

2011-10-01 Thread tigger64
Highlights so far lakewatching from the fort bluff overlook include a distant phalarope on the water and thought to be Red. A flock of approx 25 large shorebirds went by. Some were Hudsonian Godwits, the others Marbled or possibly Whimbrels. I just couldn't tell in binoculars but could see the

[cayugabirds-l] FRANKLIN'S GULL - Derby Hill

2011-10-17 Thread tigger64
Flew by at 1:05 with a small number of Ring-bills, going west. First winter bird. One could try checking Oswego Harbor or Fair Haven if the bird hasn't left the area. Dave Wheeler -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR shorebirds - Monday

2011-11-08 Thread tigger64
Six species found (no Killdeer) on Monday afternoon: ~20 Dunlin 1 Pectoral Sandpiper at Visitor's Center 1 Brant continues at LaRue's on the Wildlife Dr no shorebirds seen at Benning Marsh 4 Long-billed Dowitcher, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Greater Yellowlegs at Mays Point 4 Black-bellied Plover, 2

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Eared Grebe

2011-12-09 Thread tigger64
If anyone gets photos of the bird, even really bad ones, I would appreciate it if they could post them. I am curious about the plumage details and if they are similar to a grebe I saw on Monday on Onondaga Lake. (presuming the Onondaga Lake bird has left -off to look right now). Thanks!

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Western Grebe?

2012-01-11 Thread tigger64
For what it's worth, Jim Tarolli and I looked for it yesterday between 4:15 and 5:00pm and didn't see it. We were scoping from the lighthouse. I am by no means suggesting that it is gone, and I hope others have better luck. Dave Wheeler N Syracuse, NY -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon - Oswego Harbor (not relocated)

2012-01-18 Thread tigger64
Last seen going east. Subsequent check of shoreline trees east of the Oswego River did not find it. Probably went past Derby Hill and up the east lakeshore, or perhaps will come back to Oswego or maybe Sodus. Fair Haven was a big disappointment but another place to check. This

[cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcons and the Montezuma mucks

2012-01-18 Thread tigger64
I suppose it's worth remembering that the Mucklands have a history of attracting Gyrfalcons (and falcons in general). I presume the Mucks are frozen now but there's a modest four-day warm-up predicted (starting Sunday-ish) and geese, ducks, and gulls may end up back in there. For that matter,

[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Meadows landfill

2012-01-24 Thread tigger64
Perhaps this is old news, and not a big surprise, but I was not aware they were using Peregrines. Jim Tarolli provided me with this link. http://blog.syracuse.com/outdoors/2012/01/video_trained_falcons_is_used.html Dave Wheeler N Syracuse, NY -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Seneca Meadows landfill

2012-01-24 Thread tigger64
the Middle East. Seneca Meadows falcons Lyn Jacobs -Original Message- From: tigger64 tigge...@aol.com To: cayugabirds-l cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu Sent: Tue, Jan 24, 2012 10:21 pm Subject: Seneca Meadows landfill Perhaps this is old news, and not a big surprise, but I was not aware

[cayugabirds-l] Mucks Sodus - Tuesday

2012-01-25 Thread tigger64
I was hoping the Savannah mucklands might have birds after a couple days of thawing temps. Jim Tarolli and I were surprised to find decent numbers of Canada Geese, Mallards, Black Ducks, gulls, and raptors. Good movement of birds flying around and into the mucks from other places. We

[cayugabirds-l] Savannah Mucklands - Saturday PM

2012-01-29 Thread tigger64
Two hours at the Mucklands and the roost flight appeared to be into the mucks rather than away from them. Many gulls (1000), most very distant, and mostly Herring with some Ring-bills mixed in. Good numbers of distant ducks but I could only find 3 species. Snow goose numbers building from 1

[cayugabirds-l] NW Cayuga Lake - Eurasian Wigeon, Cackling Goose, roost flight

2012-01-30 Thread tigger64
Thinking there might be an impressive roost flight on the NW corner of Cayuga Lake, Jim Tarolli and I started at Cayuga Lake State Park. The first bird Jim put bins on was a beautiful EURASIAN WIGEON. It flew around with Am Wigeons and we eventually lost sight of it. I was glad Gary and Ann

[cayugabirds-l] Sodus Geneva highlights - Thurs. 2/2/12

2012-02-03 Thread tigger64
The ice edge at Sodus has receded so far into the bay that much of the action is beyond scope range. Female King Eider continues and an adult male Surf Scoter finally showed up. Over at the Geneva waterfront, not much change. By far the most unexpected bird was an Egyptian Goose grazing in

[cayugabirds-l] Western Grebe - No (Hog Hole) Sunday PM

2012-02-05 Thread tigger64
For what it's worth, Bernie Carr and I spent several hours at the south end of Cayuga Lake on Sunday afternoon and could not find the Western Grebe. We looked from what we took to be Hog Hole and could see two Red-throated Loons close together, and a Common Loon several hundred yards away.

[cayugabirds-l] Madison County landfill gulls, aberrant Herring

2012-02-11 Thread tigger64
Both the pond and hillside were loaded with gulls when I arrived at 11am to the Madison County landfill on Buyea Rd (south of Wampsville). Highlight was a 1st-winter gull presumed to be a smallish Herring, with slim, long, all-yellow bill. Olsen/Larsson in Gulls of N.A., Europe, and Asia

[cayugabirds-l] December reports summary

2012-02-11 Thread tigger64
Over on GeneseeBirds there is a summary of December 2011 eBird reports, posted by Kurt Fox. It includes a King Rail at Montezuma (Van Dyne Spoor). Dave Wheeler N Syracuse NY -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME

[cayugabirds-l] Derby Hill Friday - Swallow-tailed Kite

2012-05-05 Thread tigger64
Just to follow up since it hasn't been cross-posted: Friday at 1:21 pm EDT, Hawk Counter Kyle Wright spotted a Swallow-tailed Kite loosely traveling with Broad-winged Hawks over the South Lookout at Derby Hill. This is possibly the same bird that passed the Hamburg Hawk Watch on Wednesday

[cayugabirds-l] Yellow-headed Blackbird continues

2012-05-07 Thread tigger64
Jim Tarolli and I watched it for at least two hours today. Highly recommended. David Wheeler N Syracuse NY -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Ruff at Jamaica Bay (MNWR bird?)

2012-07-01 Thread tigger64
Maybe (probably?) the Montezuma bird Subject: (7-1) Ruff @ JBWR Queens County... From: Andrew Baksh birdingdude AT gmail.com Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:10:37 + Heydi Lopes and I just found a male (molting) Ruff on the North End of the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Ruff at Jamaica Bay (MNWR bird?)

2012-07-01 Thread tigger64
Apologies for not signing the previous post. Perhaps there will be good enough photos to tell if the same bird. David Wheeler N Syracuse, NY -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Monday shorebirds

2012-07-03 Thread tigger64
Good numbers of shorebirds in at Puddler's Marsh, mostly Lesser Yellowlegs. Highlight was STILT SANDPIPER, a few GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and two SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. Good numbers of Killdeer and Spotted Sandpiper. Dickcissel singing various versions of the song over at Seneca Meadows. David

[cayugabirds-l] Knox-Marsellus Marsh - Friday PM

2012-08-18 Thread tigger64
Lots of BC Night Herons out at dusk, but too far and dark to tell if YCNH was with them. I did not see it from Towpath either. 5 RN Phalaropes and 1 Wilson's Phalarope were the shorebird highlights. Good numbers, lots of distant birds I would have liked a better look at. David Wheeler N

[cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel today?

2012-08-25 Thread tigger64
Has anyone seen the Hanshaw Rd Whimbrel today? I presume many are out looking for the Curlew Sandpiper. Dave Wheeler N Syracuse NY -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR Thursday

2012-09-07 Thread tigger64
I didn't come up with much on the Wildlife Drive other than Merlin and Peregrine. There were a decent number of Semi-p Sandpiper at Benning, renewing hope for a Western. At dusk, Knox-Marsellus had 82 Great Egrets, one with an orange wing tag, and 325 Great Blue Herons amidst the other birds

[cayugabirds-l] Hudsonian Godwits - MNWR

2012-09-11 Thread tigger64
Jim Tarolli and I made a sunset trip to Knox-Marsellus and Puddler's Marsh. We were hoping to see the Avocets even in fading light, and I wondered if maybe a Laughing Gull might get in with all the Ring-bills now there. Highlight around dusk turned out to be 4 Hudsonian Godwits in Puddler's

[cayugabirds-l] Fwd: MNWR Western Sandpiper report

2012-09-19 Thread tigger64
Reported to eBird. GPS coordinates in the eBird comment put it at LaRue's. Dave W. N Syracuse, NY From: ebird-al...@cornell.edu ebird-al...@cornell.edu;

[cayugabirds-l] Franklin's Gull at K-M continues, Sunday PM

2012-10-07 Thread tigger64
The Franklin's Gull found by Tim Lenz and Brad Walker was present at Knox-Marsellus this afternoon. A surprisingly strong roost flight of Canada Geese occurred during the last hour before dusk. Sparrows everywhere, wish it hadn't been raining. Flock of 16-17 dowitchers presumed to be

[cayugabirds-l] eBird data and Kingbird Regional Reports

2012-10-24 Thread tigger64
Using Chris Wood's excellent discussion about the complexities of eBird data (on the NYSBirds list) as a segue... Long-time Regional Editor Bill Purcell (Region 5) is passing the torch and Matt Perry and I have agreed to take over. eBird records for a season number between 20,000 to

[cayugabirds-l] Madison Landfill gulls Friday - poss. Thayer's Gull

2012-12-08 Thread tigger64
I'm linking to some photos of an interesting 1st-year gull. The bird was substantially smaller than Herring and slightly larger than Ring-billed in direct comparison. Other features are a very rounded head with eye seemingly right in the middle, and a tiny bill. Tertials dark-centered and

[cayugabirds-l] Monday, Savannah mucks - lots of birds

2013-01-15 Thread tigger64
No luck on the Gyrfalcon. Our mid-winter thaw has loaded the mucklands with gulls and ducks (mostly Mallards). Numbers are only a guess. Dave Wheeler N Syracuse Savannah Mucklands (Seneca Co), Seneca, US-NY Jan 14, 2013 10:25 AM - 12:25 PM Protocol: Traveling 0.5 mile(s) Comments:

[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga lake north end

2013-02-22 Thread tigger64
After viewing the continuing American Pipit at Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery in Elbridge (and enjoying lots of other songbirds) Jim Tarolli and I birded the north end of Cayuga Lake from Mud Lock and stopping at all the usual spots south to Aurora Bay. There is open water off Harris Park and

[cayugabirds-l] Oswego (Tufted Duck), Fair Haven, Sodus, Morgan Rd

2013-02-23 Thread tigger64
South winds strong enough to keep Lake Ontario flat led to excellent birding and many highlights. At Oswego Harbor there was a surprising amount of ice. The most interesting bird was a Ring-billed Gull (link below to photo) with almost white mantle/wings. Primary tips, bill, and legs were

Re:[cayugabirds-l] Mount Pleasant Golden Eagle

2013-02-27 Thread tigger64
Tuesday afternoon we had an adult Golden Eagle go by Derby Hill on 15 mph ESE-SE winds. SE and ESE winds virtually guarantee that birds originating south of Lake Ontario will hit the lakeshore and make the turn north in the Derby Hill area, a unique situation that allows us to speculate

[cayugabirds-l] Slaty-backed Gull candidate - Oswego

2013-02-28 Thread tigger64
Jim and I studied the bird extensively and thought it was a Slaty-backed. We saw it fly briefly but in a swirling mass of gulls and wingtips. I thought I could see the string of pearls but can't be sure. -conspicuous bubble-gum pink legs -proper back and wing color darker than LBBG but

[cayugabirds-l] Additional Slaty-backed Gull photos

2013-03-01 Thread tigger64
Link below to photos taken by Jim Tarolli. Photos 6 7 show the bird with other gulls (it is the bird facing away). This will be a good chance for those looking to use the OneidaRBA text-message system if they find the bird (send the text to 41411 and use the keyword OneidaRBA, which is not

[cayugabirds-l] Barrow's Goldeneye - Fair Haven; Oswego SB Gull - No

2013-03-02 Thread tigger64
As far as I know, the Slaty-backed Gull was not found today at Oswego Harbor. I know Judy Thurber and Andrew VanNorstrand looked and found a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Lisa Welch and I looked between 2:15-2:45 pm with Bill Purcell but there were few large gulls. We checked again between

[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake (North End) - Huge numbers/new arrivals

2013-03-06 Thread tigger64
Arriving at the Savannah Mucklands at 2pm Wednesday, it was obviously at the leading edge of new migrants/movement. On to Mud Lock, Harris Park, Cayuga Lake SP, and Lower Lake Rd. The ice edge starts south of Harris Park and extends to the area of CLSP. The ice edge is leading to calm waters

[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake Snow Geese - Big PM movement

2013-03-08 Thread tigger64
After finding rough winds and sun glare at other spots, I hit the jackpot at the south end of Lower Lake Rd on Cayuga Lake's west shore. Many thousands of Snow Geese and ducks were in close (300 yds), with calm water provided by the ice shelf to the north. Snow Geese numbers started around

[cayugabirds-l] Pink-footed Goose - Pennellville (Oswego County)

2013-03-18 Thread tigger64
Though it was not the first goose flock I looked through today, it was the first goose I put binoculars on in that particular flock. Originally found on CR-264 just north of the CR-54 intersection in Pennellville, the geese took flight after other birders arrived but was found close by on

[cayugabirds-l] PF Goose - AM update

2013-03-19 Thread tigger64
I know there are people looking but have not heard anything so I assume the bird has not been relocated. A few inches of snow fell and roads are messy. If all else fails one might try to follow an evening roost flight of geese in the area and get to that spot (possibly Biddlecum Rd at 264)

[cayugabirds-l] Blue-winged Teal - Mays Point (late report)

2013-03-22 Thread tigger64
Apologies for the lateness of this post. Jim Tarolli and I found a Blue-winged Teal, a female, on March 17th at Mays Point Pool (MNWR). I think it's a first-of-season for the Basin. There were many many dabblers there and probably male BW Teal somewhere. David Wheeler N. Syracuse, NY --

[cayugabirds-l] Tuesday MNWR Cayuga Lake

2013-03-26 Thread tigger64
Tuesday birding with Derby Hill Hawk Counter Steve Kolbe had many highlights. Our first stop was Knox-Marsellus Marsh where we met up with Joe Brin and Jim Tarolli. Not much was really happening until a group of Canada Geese flew in and Steve immediately picked out a Pink-footed Goose We

[cayugabirds-l] Tricolored Heron this weekend?

2013-05-12 Thread tigger64
Any updates on the Tricolored Heron would be much appreciated. Thanks, Dave Wheeler N Syracuse, NY -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Ruff update and other sightings

2013-05-14 Thread tigger64
Tony Shrimpton reports that the Ruff was at Howland Island this noontime, but was just flushed with yellowlegs by a flyby falcon (probably the Merlin seen yesterday). So far he hasn't seen them come back but of course they may. I would also issue a plea for updates if anyone sees the

[cayugabirds-l] Saturday highlights - Chat no, MNWR

2013-05-26 Thread tigger64
Very windy at the Chat spot southeast of Red Creek so not good conditions to expect it to sing or be seen. At Montezuma, the Kipp Island field was loaded with shorebirds. Highlight was a Wilson's Phalarope and 16 SB Dowitcher among hundreds of Dunlin. Distance makes it hard to say what

[cayugabirds-l] Little Blue Heron - Van Dyne Spoor Rd. MNWR

2013-07-21 Thread tigger64
A Great Egret roost has formed in the bushes out in the marsh at Van Dyne Spoor Rd. Watching this roost, a juv. Little Blue Heron flew in. Plenty of highlights I can post later. -Dave Wheeler birding with Jim Tarolli and Drew Weber. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Little Blue Heron - Monday night

2013-07-23 Thread tigger64
Stakeout of the new Great Egret roost 500 yards south of Van Dyne Spoor Rd, MNWR, started at 7:30pm with 20 birds. Another ~20 flew in between 8:00-8:15 (these presumably from Knox-Marsellus). At 8:28pm Jim Tarolli spotted the juv. Little Blue flying in. It was the last bird of the day and

[cayugabirds-l] White Pelican continues at K-M

2013-07-31 Thread tigger64
Rose DeNeve texted that the White Pelican continues at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Dave Wheeler N. Syracuse, NY -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Ref photo - Wilson's vs Semi-palmated Plover

2013-08-03 Thread tigger64
Here is a reference photo I scanned from The Shorebird Guide by O'brien, Crossley, and Karlson. It shows Wilson's and Semi-p Plover together. Note that if turned around, the short bill of Semi-p would not reach the eye, being less than half the width of the bird's head. The bill on Wilson's if

[cayugabirds-l] Monday Highlights - BV, Olive-sided Fly, Red Knot, Whimbrel, Buff-breasted

2013-09-03 Thread tigger64
Birding with Jim Tarolli, we first saw two Black Vulture at Stevenson Rd in Ithaca. Proceeding up to Mud Lock we were lucky enough to see Red-headed Woodpecker and Olive-sided Flycatcher. At Towpath Rd we found Red Knot, Whimbrel, Buff-breasted, and White Pelican. We couldn't find the Eurasian

[cayugabirds-l] Arctic Tern back

2013-10-05 Thread tigger64
Judy Thurber called to confirm that the Arctic Tern is back. There are now 12 Common Terns. Dave W. -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

Re:[cayugabirds-l] White-faced Ibis, Montezuma

2013-10-17 Thread tigger64
As Jay points out, the adult is obviously White-faced. The immature bird perhaps raises the question: which species is to be expected in mid-October? If either. I'm not sure. If the birds don't come back to Benning or turn up at Knox-Marsellus, I would recommend watching to see if they fly

[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma - late Monday

2013-10-29 Thread tigger64
After dipping on Purple Sandpiper at Fair Haven, Jim Tarolli and I hit the Colvin Marsh spot on Rte 89 just south of the MAC. Highlight was 7 Long-billed Dowitchers (I really wondered about one of them) and 1-2 White-rumped Sandpipers. Also a few Pipits and a good number of Dunlin. We did not

[cayugabirds-l] Additions

2013-11-02 Thread tigger64
MNWR Saturday sightings not posted elsewhere: 2 Common Gallinule (or possibly 1 fast-paddling) at VanDyne Spoor Rd. Ross's Goose at Knox-Marsellus at sunset 3 Long-billed Dowitchers flying around K-M at sunset David Wheeler N. Syracuse, NY -- Cayugabirds-L List Info:

[cayugabirds-l] Elegant Tern - LI bird vs. Niagara River

2013-11-21 Thread tigger64
Photos I've seen of the Long Island bird from 4-4.5 months ago show it in a similar plumage. Perhaps comparing photos will find something that confirms same/different bird, especially as more photos of the Niagara River bird emerge. Congratulations to Vicki Rothman on a great find! David

[cayugabirds-l] MNWR highlights Friday

2013-12-07 Thread tigger64
Birding with Jim Tarolli, first stop was the Rte 31 mucklands where many (~1500) gulls were present, about 50-50 Herring and Ring-billed. We found a 2nd-cycle Iceland and adult Lesser BB Gull. Not a lot of geese at that moment, ie, few Canadas and no Snows. Little species diversity in the

[cayugabirds-l] also... Sandhill Cranes

2013-12-07 Thread tigger64
I neglected to mention 20-30 Sandhill Cranes at the west end of the mucks, difficult to see. Apologies to the cranes. David Wheeler N. Syracuse, NY -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES

[cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake Swans

2014-01-03 Thread tigger64
Not sure if these are FOY for the basin, but on Jan. 1 there were 3+ Trumpeters south of Mud Lock, and 2 Mute seen from Harris Park. Many Tundras obviously. Good numbers of geese, very few ducks. Several hundred distant Herring Gulls on the ice edge as seen from Lower Lake Rd. David Wheeler

[cayugabirds-l] North End Cayuga/Seneca Lake

2014-01-06 Thread tigger64
Birding today with Jim Tarolli, we saw one Snowy Owl at the mucklands before heading down the west shore of Cayuga Lake. The north end of the lake was frozen with the ice edge maybe a mile south of the south end of Lower Lake Rd. and 1/2 mile north of Parker Rd (Canoga). We spent a fair time

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