[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck - Ithaca

2020-01-18 Thread Riley, Mike
I found the continuing Tufted Duck off 829 Taughannock at ~10:45 am today. It 
was active and hanging with a group of scaup on the east side of the redhead 
raft. Really cool duck!

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, Ithaca

2020-01-11 Thread Jay McGowan
I just found a male TUFTED DUCK in the flock of many thousand Aythya,
mostly Redheads, at the far SW corner of Cayuga Lake, viewed from pulling
off on Rt. 89 or from the shore of Hog Hole (Alan Treman State Marine
Park). A male Redhead x scaup hybrid is also present in the flock.

Jay

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck off of 89 at south end

2019-01-16 Thread Joe Welklin
Hi all,

There is currently a tufted duck relatively close to shore off of 89
on the south
end of Cayuga. I live at 869 Taughannock Blvd and it's slightly north of me.

Checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51729347

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, Main Pool, Montezuma NWR

2018-10-28 Thread Dave Nutter
Jay McGowan just (11:23am) reported a male TUFTED DUCK in partly eclipse 
plumage on the main pool at Montezuma about halfway between Larue’s & Eaton in 
a huge Aythya flock.

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck on Canandaigua Lake

2016-03-12 Thread Sue Barth
Hello all, 

My apologies for this late report; I thought I had sent this note successfully 
from the field yesterday, but I mis-directed it!

The Tufted Duck, found by Brooke Morse last weekend,  was refound by Willie 
D'Anna yesterday.  The eBird hotspot is called "Canandaigua Lake - Vine 
Valley".  Better viewing can be found at times along S. Lake Rd. between 
houses.  The bird is hanging with a raft of Redheads and Lesser Scaup.

Good luck if you go and good birding!
~ Sue Barth

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, northern Cayuga Lake

2016-01-17 Thread Jay McGowan
Mark Miller just called to say he has the TUFTED DUCK now in a big Aythya
flock off of the north end of Kozy Kove Road where we had it yesterday.
On Jan 16, 2016 9:51 PM, "Jay McGowan"  wrote:

> Early this afternoon, Ken Rosenberg, Alex Lees, Nárgila Moura, and Tom
> Auer found a male TUFTED DUCK in a large, Redhead-based Aythya flock off of
> Twin Oaks Campground on northern Cayuga Lake just north of Union Springs.
> The flock shifted when an eagle came over and some birds moved south to off
> of Kozy Kove Road, where Ken's group obligingly refound the bird shortly
> thereafter. The flocks continued to shift, and we lost the bird around 1:30
> when most of the flock flew back north, perhaps to the Twin Oaks area
> again. List with photos here:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26937243
>
> Ken's group also found two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in the bay south of
> Hibiscus Harbor just north of Union Springs, as well as a SNOW x CANADA
> GOOSE hybrid. Photos here:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26933763
>
> Before this excitement, Livia and I were birding in Lansing. In addition
> to continuing AMERICAN PIPITS and KILLDEER on the shores of Salt Point, we
> found a GRAY CATBIRD along Portland Point Road, along with some impressive
> numbers of AMERICAN ROBINS and CEDAR WAXWINGS.
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26925025
>
>
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, northern Cayuga Lake

2016-01-16 Thread Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Jay, thanks for posting this summary. After a long day of waterfowl counting 
and then other obligations, I did not have a chance to post this.

Finding this TUFTED DUCK at Twin Oaks was a great stroke of luck — after 
sifting through these huge Aythya flocks for 20+ years looking specifically for 
this species, this is the first one I’ve been able to pick out (that wasn’t 
previously found by others). Although Alex Lees was able to confirm this bird, 
it quickly disappeared as an eagle scattered the flock before Tom and Nargila 
could get on it. It’s even more amazing that Tom Auer relocated the bird within 
30 seconds of us stopping at Kozy Kove, giving us much better and closer looks. 
I’m glad that Jay and Livia, and a large group of other Cayuga birders were 
able to join us quickly and see this great bird too.

Most of Cayuga Lake was strangely devoid of waterfowl today, but when we 
finally got to the ice edge at Twin Oaks Campground the spectacle of thousands 
and thousands of ducks and geese was a welcome sight. We finished our count 
with 1600 TUNDRA SWANS, and 7 calling TRUMPETER SWANS for comparison, along 
with several thousand more geese and ducks at Mud Lock.

Jay already mentioned the 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at Hibiscus Harbor — 
other highlights for us were a single LONG-TAILED DUCK and 2 WHITE-WINGED 
SCOTERS on Aurora Bay, 2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS seen far across the lake from Union 
Springs, a female NORTHERN SHOVELER on Mill Pond in Union Springs, a 
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at Long Point Sate Park (out on the point rather than in 
the cedars), and perhaps the oddest birds, 2 FISH CROWS flying around and 
calling at Farley’s Point. Although Fish Crows have been in Ithaca for 40 
years, oddly I’ve never seen one at any other point along the lake shore.

KEN


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On Jan 16, 2016, at 9:51 PM, Jay McGowan 
> wrote:

Early this afternoon, Ken Rosenberg, Alex Lees, Nárgila Moura, and Tom Auer 
found a male TUFTED DUCK in a large, Redhead-based Aythya flock off of Twin 
Oaks Campground on northern Cayuga Lake just north of Union Springs. The flock 
shifted when an eagle came over and some birds moved south to off of Kozy Kove 
Road, where Ken's group obligingly refound the bird shortly thereafter. The 
flocks continued to shift, and we lost the bird around 1:30 when most of the 
flock flew back north, perhaps to the Twin Oaks area again. List with photos 
here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26937243

Ken's group also found two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in the bay south of 
Hibiscus Harbor just north of Union Springs, as well as a SNOW x CANADA GOOSE 
hybrid. Photos here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26933763

Before this excitement, Livia and I were birding in Lansing. In addition to 
continuing AMERICAN PIPITS and KILLDEER on the shores of Salt Point, we found a 
GRAY CATBIRD along Portland Point Road, along with some impressive numbers of 
AMERICAN ROBINS and CEDAR WAXWINGS.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26925025


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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, Cliff and Barn swallows

2015-04-05 Thread Jay McGowan
The male TUFTED DUCK continues in thr Cayuga Inlet, viewed earlier from the
white lighthouse. It would have been close in off the shore of Treman but
probably not visible from the marina. It was visible later from the swan
pen, barely. Among the Tree Swallows foraging in the snow offshore were a
single BARN SWALLOW and a CLIFF SWALLOW. The Red-throated Loon continues at
the mouth of the marina as well.

At least 10 WILSON'S SNIPE are hunkered down in the wet area on the south
side of Hanshaw Road at Sapsucker Woods Road.

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted duck continues

2015-03-08 Thread Brad Walker
At yacht club

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck musings

2015-03-08 Thread Judith Thurber
Loved it!  Thanks so much.
Judy Thurber
Liverpool

Sent from my iPad

 On Mar 7, 2015, at 5:14 PM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote:
 
 Two points of potential interest about Tufted Ducks, in addition to the fact 
 that the short-tufted male continues (as late as 3:30pm) close to the point 
 at the Ithaca Yacht Club:
 
 I did not see the Tufted Duck in the Ladoga area but I am told that on 22 
 February it was seen to have a normal long tuft. Did other observers see 
 this? Does anybody have photos which might argue for this being the same bird 
 having lost tuft feathers or for it being a different bird based on some 
 other characteristics, such as bill markings? 
 
 If you are interested in the species in its native climes, albeit not a 
 totally natural situation, below is a link to a half-hour movie, 50 or more 
 years old, from Sweden, which Stefhan Ohlström sent me. The movie is in 
 black-and-white, which works fine for this species, and the narration, 
 without subtitles, is in Swedish, but this also doesn't matter a whole lot if 
 you don't listen Swedish, as the plot is pretty obvious. I will explain the 
 title, Viggen Viggo. You may have heard of the actor, Viggo Mortensen, who 
 my wife Laurie tells me is an Upstate New Yorker of Danish heritage. Viggo 
 is just a Scandinavian first name. But Vigg is the common Swedish name for  
 _Aythya fuligula_, what we call Tufted Duck. The suffix -en is the Swedish 
 way of indicating the article the. So the title means, Viggo the Tufted 
 Duck, but of course it is more cute in Swedish.
 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YiJ0b_3H-k
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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck musings

2015-03-07 Thread Dave Nutter
Two points of potential interest about Tufted Ducks, in addition to the fact 
that the short-tufted male continues (as late as 3:30pm) close to the point at 
the Ithaca Yacht Club:

I did not see the Tufted Duck in the Ladoga area but I am told that on 22 
February it was seen to have a normal long tuft. Did other observers see this? 
Does anybody have photos which might argue for this being the same bird having 
lost tuft feathers or for it being a different bird based on some other 
characteristics, such as bill markings?

If you are interested in the species in its native climes, albeit not a totally 
natural situation, below is a link to a half-hour movie, 50 or more years old, 
from Sweden, which Stefhan Ohlström sent me. The movie is in black-and-white, 
which works fine for this species, and the narration, without subtitles, is in 
Swedish, but this also doesn't matter a whole lot if you don't listen Swedish, 
as the plot is pretty obvious. I will explain the title, Viggen Viggo. You 
may have heard of the actor, Viggo Mortensen, who my wife Laurie tells me is an 
Upstate New Yorker of Danish heritage. Viggo is just a Scandinavian first 
name. But Vigg is the common Swedish name for  _Aythya fuligula_, what we call 
Tufted Duck. The suffix -en is the Swedish way of indicating the article 
the. So the title means, Viggo the Tufted Duck, but of course it is more 
cute in Swedish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YiJ0b_3H-k

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck continues at Ithaca Yacht Club

2015-03-06 Thread Tom Schulenberg
also Long-tailed Ducks, 2 Horned Grebes, 2 Red-throated Loons, etc.

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, Ithaca Yacht Club

2015-03-03 Thread Jay McGowan
All,
The short-crested male TUFTED DUCK continues at the Ithaca Yacht Club in
Ulysses this morning, sleeping with other Aythya close to shore just north
of the buildings.

Jay

On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 12:30 PM, Jay McGowan jw...@cornell.edu wrote:

 A male TUFTED DUCK was found this morning by Tim Lenz just offshore from
 the Ithaca Yacht Club on Glenwood Road off of Rt. 89 in the town of
 Ulysses, Tompkins County, west shore of Cayuga Lake. Good numbers of Aythya
 and mergansers were also present both north and south of the point, and
 good views of the ice edge to both the north and the south were possible.
 Other highlights from this spot this morning were at least 29 RED-NECKED
 GREBES, 3 HORNED GREBES, 2 RED-THROATED LOONS (one adult and one immature),
 9 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, well over 100 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, a male
 RING-NECKED DUCK x SCAUP HYBRID, as well as the usual five Aythya and other
 expected waterfowl.

 While the Tufted was an adult male and is almost certainly the same that
 has been around since January, I never saw a very long tuft on this bird,
 only a bit of a spiky crest. Compared to many of my looks at the bird off
 Hog Hole in January and at Myers last week where the long, drooping tuft
 was almost always visible, this bird seemed to have a much shorter crest.
 Still, it was diving a lot, so it may have just been slicked back and not
 showing the full extent of the feathers. Nevertheless, it's worth keeping
 on eye on this bird and continuing to check around Myers in the event that
 there are two different birds on the lake. Other than the apparent smaller
 crest, I didn't see any evidence that this morning's bird could be a hybrid.

 Full list here:
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, Ithaca Yacht Club

2015-03-02 Thread david nicosia
Thanks to the timely CayugaRBA I was able to get down to the Ithaca Yacht Club 
this afternoon soon after the TUFTED DUCK was seen. This is why I strongly feel 
folks should report rare birds as soon as possible so that others can enjoy. 
I was up birding around Myer's Point, and Ladoga with my friend Dan Watkins 
when the TUDU was reported. There was a lot more ice around these areas than on 
Saturday. The small open water hole in the ice off Ladoga where Jay originally 
found the TUFTED DUCK the other day was nearly void of Aythya species and 
really didn't have much more than a few COMMON MERGANSERS, GOLDENEYES etc this 
morning. There were much less waterfowl in general at Myer's than on Saturday. 
We did get the 2 SURF SCOTERS and 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS seen yesterday which 
were target birds. There was also one HORNED GREBE. Otherwise nothing different 
than what has been seen recently. 
We arrived at the Yacht Club around 1245 pm and the TUFTED DUCK was still very 
close to the shore. I got some nice photos and a short video
https://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/sets/72157651066408666/
As you can see in the photos the bird's tuft was not long and much more spiky 
as Jay mentions below. The bird was actively diving.
Thanks again for the timely rare bird alert!!!  Dave Nicosia 
   From: Jay McGowan jw...@cornell.edu
 To: Cayugabirds-L Cayugabirds-L@cornell.edu 
Cc: nysbird...@cornell.edu nysbird...@cornell.edu 
 Sent: Monday, March 2, 2015 12:30 PM
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, Ithaca Yacht Club
   
A male TUFTED DUCK was found this morning by Tim Lenz just offshore from the 
Ithaca Yacht Club on Glenwood Road off of Rt. 89 in the town of Ulysses, 
Tompkins County, west shore of Cayuga Lake. Good numbers of Aythya and 
mergansers were also present both north and south of the point, and good views 
of the ice edge to both the north and the south were possible. Other highlights 
from this spot this morning were at least 29 RED-NECKED GREBES, 3 HORNED 
GREBES, 2 RED-THROATED LOONS (one adult and one immature), 9 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 
well over 100 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, a male RING-NECKED DUCK x SCAUP HYBRID, 
as well as the usual five Aythya and other expected waterfowl.
While the Tufted was an adult male and is almost certainly the same that has 
been around since January, I never saw a very long tuft on this bird, only a 
bit of a spiky crest. Compared to many of my looks at the bird off Hog Hole in 
January and at Myers last week where the long, drooping tuft was almost always 
visible, this bird seemed to have a much shorter crest. Still, it was diving a 
lot, so it may have just been slicked back and not showing the full extent of 
the feathers. Nevertheless, it's worth keeping on eye on this bird and 
continuing to check around Myers in the event that there are two different 
birds on the lake. Other than the apparent smaller crest, I didn't see any 
evidence that this morning's bird could be a hybrid.
Full list here:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22142162


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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, Ladoga Pt., Lansing

2015-02-22 Thread Jay McGowan
Chris Stanger reported the Tufted Duck to eBird in the same area this
afternoon:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22025808

Many observers scoured the Stahl/Seybolt/Martin road area this afternoon
with no sightings as far as a I am aware of the Gyrfalcon.

On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 8:40 AM, Jay McGowan jw...@cornell.edu wrote:

 An adult male TUFTED DUCK, undoubtedly the same seen several weeks ago at
 the south end, is sleeping in the Aythya flock looking east off of Ladoga
 Point just east of Myers Point in Lansing on Cayuga Lake.

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck today NO!

2015-01-25 Thread Glenn Wilson
I would Love to know if anyone saw the Tufted today.

 

I arrived before the sun came up and stayed until 4PM (my second attempt at
this precious bird).

About every 2 hours I froze nearly solid and walked back to my car to thaw
out.

When the snow storm came, I did drive up to the compost pits in hopes of
seeing a gull with white-wing-tips. 

Dipped on those birds too but did catch up with Dr. Anne Clark!

The best bird of the day was a single Ruddy Duck somewhat near the red
lighthouse.

 

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Endicott, NY


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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck Pine Siskin

2015-01-24 Thread M Miller
Spent a lot of time today at Hog Hole (8-11 AM  1-2 PM). Tufted Duck was 
there, diving frequently, and moving around quite a bit. Usually hanging out 
with a few Scaup. Was fairly close in this morning, further out in the 
afternoon.


Stopped at the Lab of O, not too much there, but did have a Pine Siskin hanging 
around the feeders (along with Chickadees, Juncos, Goldfinches, Titmouse, 
Downy, Hairy,  a White-throated Sparrow. Yesterday  about 4 PM had House 
Finches  a Carolina Wren at the feeders.


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck continues visble near Hog Hole from Allan H Treman State Marine Park

2015-01-24 Thread david nicosia
Any updates on TUDU would be appreciated on this listserve or  cayuga rba. 
Heading up for attempt number two!

Thanks.  

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck continues visble near Hog Hole from Allan H Treman State Marine Park

2015-01-24 Thread Meena Madhav Haribal
?I should say I was lucky, finally I got to see the Tufted duck in few glimpses 
before it every time dived to eat something!  Initially, I scanned the flocks 
but no luck.  Joe Wing was standing nearby so I went to ask him if he had  seen 
it recently. Then both of us almost simultaneously saw the bird dive in again. 
It was very active and stayed above the water for a brief period.


As we were packing up and heading back, a new comer to the basin showed up and 
was interested in seeing the duck, but was without a scope and it would have 
been impossible to see without one. I have some plans for visiting Syracuse so 
I could not wait any longer, but Joe kindly offered to stay back and use his 
scope to relocate the bird. Thanks Joe for being helpful and I hope you could 
relocate the bird!  I know when I was without a scope how hard it was to find 
the birds while others with scope could see three different scoters together in 
one scope view.


Cheers

Meena



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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck continues near Allan H Treman State Marine 
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Having missed the Tufted Duck yesterday around sunset, unaware that nearby 
birders out of my view were watching it, I was back at dawn and soon refound 
the TUFTED DUCK in the flock of REDHEADS and LESSER SCAUP along the lakeshore 
of Treman, often close to the ice edge, sometimes out toward the piling cluster 
or the red lighthouse. It favors the Lesser Scaup. It was still there when I 
left about 9am.

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck continues near Allan H Treman State Marine Park

2015-01-24 Thread Dave Nutter
Having missed the Tufted Duck yesterday around sunset, unaware that nearby 
birders out of my view were watching it, I was back at dawn and soon refound 
the TUFTED DUCK in the flock of REDHEADS and LESSER SCAUP along the lakeshore 
of Treman, often close to the ice edge, sometimes out toward the piling cluster 
or the red lighthouse. It favors the Lesser Scaup. It was still there when I 
left about 9am.

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck photos

2015-01-23 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73284351@N03/

has 3 shots from today of the Tufted Duck for your reference.

Also, a recent visit to our owl box by a different EASO than the one in 2013 
(also in this photo stream)

ChrisP

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck

2015-01-23 Thread Jay McGowan
The male TUFTED DUCK is sleeping in a small scaup flock just offshore from
Hog Hole now.

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[cayugabirds-l] TUFTED DUCK refound 0830 Tues, search tactics, plus another cool duck

2015-01-20 Thread Dave Nutter
Although I don't know of the TUFTED DUCK being seen Monday, I just got a Rare 
Bird Alert from Tim Lenz that it is among active REDHEADS near the piling 
cluster.

I apologize for the confusing last sentence of my earlier reply about Tufted 
Duck ID. It should read:

There is just the one bird, and this is the THIRD winter that presumably the 
same individual has joined the many thousand Redheads here at the south end of 
Cayuga Lake.

Also I answered mainly about field marks, and I realize that Carol was asking 
about tactics as well. I agree that looking carefully at the margins of a flock 
is a good plan for finding rarities in general and this bird in particular. 
When I saw it, it slept on the margin toward the shore on Sunday, on Saturday 
it fed on margins of the Redhead flock, and reports I saw of Sunday are of 
similar feeding on the margin as well. There are at least two possible 
explanations for this: First, the extreme gregariousness of the main species, 
Redheads, simply attracts them to each other more strongly than between a 
Redhead and anything else, so nothing else is as likely to work its way into 
the interior of the flock or stay there. Second, the chaos of diving birds is 
harder to keep track of or see except at the edges, particularly the near edge.

Another interesting bird in the huge south Cayuga Lake Aythya flock is a BLONDE 
REDHEAD, which I assume is the same bird as seen among the Redheads last year. 
It is leucistic, streaky pale yellowish off-white all over, but has the same 
size shape and behavior as the other Redheads including gregariousness. It can 
give you a sense of how a single bird moves in such a flock. I tried to send 
out an email about it last night but it didn't seem to go through. I suspect 
there are filters somewhere which block subject lines including the term 
blonde redhead. We'll see if this try is any more successful.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] TUFTED DUCK refound 0830 Tues, search tactics, plus another cool duck

2015-01-20 Thread david nicosia
Anyone interested in searched for the Tufted Duck Wednesday morning? I plan on 
being at Hog Hole at 845 am or so. I could use the help in searching through 
all the ducks there. I appreciate all the ID help on this listserve...Jay's 
photos and Dave Nutter's comments especially. I also appreciate the updates on 
this bird on Cayuga RBA. Thanks to Jay for dealing with all the horrible issues 
and getting it back on-line in time for this great bird  This looks to be 
fun and challenging. It would be a life bird for me. 

ThanksDave Nicosia  

 

 From: Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com
 To: CAYUGABIRDS-L cayugabird...@list.cornell.edu 
 Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 8:36 AM
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] TUFTED DUCK refound 0830 Tues, search tactics, plus 
another cool duck
   
Although I don't know of the TUFTED DUCK being seen Monday, I just got a Rare 
Bird Alert from Tim Lenz that it is among active REDHEADS near the piling 
cluster.

I apologize for the confusing last sentence of my earlier reply about Tufted 
Duck ID. It should read:

There is just the one bird, and this is the THIRD winter that presumably the 
same individual has joined the many thousand Redheads here at the south end of 
Cayuga Lake.

Also I answered mainly about field marks, and I realize that Carol was asking 
about tactics as well. I agree that looking carefully at the margins of a flock 
is a good plan for finding rarities in general and this bird in particular. 
When I saw it, it slept on the margin toward the shore on Sunday, on Saturday 
it fed on margins of the Redhead flock, and reports I saw of Sunday are of 
similar feeding on the margin as well. There are at least two possible 
explanations for this: First, the extreme gregariousness of the main species, 
Redheads, simply attracts them to each other more strongly than between a 
Redhead and anything else, so nothing else is as likely to work its way into 
the interior of the flock or stay there. Second, the chaos of diving birds is 
harder to keep track of or see except at the edges, particularly the near edge.

Another interesting bird in the huge south Cayuga Lake Aythya flock is a BLONDE 
REDHEAD, which I assume is the same bird as seen among the Redheads last year. 
It is leucistic, streaky pale yellowish off-white all over, but has the same 
size shape and behavior as the other Redheads including gregariousness. It can 
give you a sense of how a single bird moves in such a flock. I tried to send 
out an email about it last night but it didn't seem to go through. I suspect 
there are filters somewhere which block subject lines including the term 
blonde redhead. We'll see if this try is any more successful.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] TUFTED DUCK refound 0830 Tues, search tactics, plus another cool duck

2015-01-20 Thread David Nicosia
Anyone interested in searched for the Tufted Duck Wednesday morning? I plan
on being at Hog Hole at 845 am or so. I could use the help in searching
through all the ducks there. I appreciate the ID help on this
listserve...Jay's photos and Dave Nutter's comments especially. I also
appreciate the updates on this bird on Cayuga RBA. Thanks to Jay for
dealing with all the horrible issues and getting it back on-line in time
for this great bird  This looks to be fun and challenging. It would be
a life bird for me.

Thanks
Dave Nicosia


On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 8:36 AM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote:

 Although I don't know of the TUFTED DUCK being seen Monday, I just got a
 Rare Bird Alert from Tim Lenz that it is among active REDHEADS near the
 piling cluster.

 I apologize for the confusing last sentence of my earlier reply about
 Tufted Duck ID. It should read:

 There is just the one bird, and this is the THIRD winter that presumably
 the same individual has joined the many thousand Redheads here at the south
 end of Cayuga Lake.

 Also I answered mainly about field marks, and I realize that Carol was
 asking about tactics as well. I agree that looking carefully at the margins
 of a flock is a good plan for finding rarities in general and this bird in
 particular. When I saw it, it slept on the margin toward the shore on
 Sunday, on Saturday it fed on margins of the Redhead flock, and reports I
 saw of Sunday are of similar feeding on the margin as well. There are at
 least two possible explanations for this: First, the extreme gregariousness
 of the main species, Redheads, simply attracts them to each other more
 strongly than between a Redhead and anything else, so nothing else is as
 likely to work its way into the interior of the flock or stay there.
 Second, the chaos of diving birds is harder to keep track of or see except
 at the edges, particularly the near edge.

 Another interesting bird in the huge south Cayuga Lake Aythya flock is a
 BLONDE REDHEAD, which I assume is the same bird as seen among the Redheads
 last year. It is leucistic, streaky pale yellowish off-white all over, but
 has the same size shape and behavior as the other Redheads including
 gregariousness. It can give you a sense of how a single bird moves in such
 a flock. I tried to send out an email about it last night but it didn't
 seem to go through. I suspect there are filters somewhere which block
 subject lines including the term blonde redhead. We'll see if this try is
 any more successful.

 --Dave Nutter

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[cayugabirds-l] TUFTED DUCK, Tues

2015-01-20 Thread Dave Nutter
In my haste to re-send Tim's message I screwed it up a bit. This morning the 
TUFTED DUCK has been among mainly LESSER SCAUP (not Redheads) near the piling 
cluster in the middle of the south end of Cayuga Lake. I refound it resting 
among about 100 Lesser Scaup about 10am south of the pilings, but shortly after 
I sent another text alert they became active, moved NW, and joined more feeding 
Lesser Scaup (mainly), about 200. Numbers of Redheads are down: I estimated 
2000. I last saw the Tufted Duck at 1126am diving in fairly wavy water.

More notes on its appearance: When simply swimming with its head up the crown 
shape is somewhat like a Greater Scaup, being higher toward the front, then 
sloping a bit to the rear, but then a bit flatter on top in the rear, not 
dropping down in a nice smooth curve the way Greater Scaup does. If the Tufted 
Duck is only on the surface of the water a couple seconds between dives, the 
tuft is usually slicked down and invisible. The Tufted Duck's white side patch 
is concave at the top on the forward 2/3, unlike scaup whose white sides are 
broadly oval and can appear to be against black when viewed from the rear. 
Ring-necked Duck's side patch has a more extremely curved top edge, and of 
course it is mainly gray with a white outline and a white vertical stripe in 
front, although it can appear whitish in some lighting and angles. Although the 
head shape of a sleeping Tufted Duck is similar to Lesser Scaup or Ring-necked 
Duck, it is not like them when it is awake. 

--Dave Nutter


On Jan 20, 2015, at 08:36 AM, Dave Nutter nutter.d...@me.com wrote:

 Although I don't know of the TUFTED DUCK being seen Monday, I just got a Rare 
 Bird Alert from Tim Lenz that it is among active REDHEADS near the piling 
 cluster.


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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck i.d. help

2015-01-19 Thread Dave Nutter
Carol ( all),
Male Tufted Duck in breeding plumage is an easy ID: The SIDE IS BOLD PURE WHITE 
in sharp contrast to the surrounding black everywhere else, in particular the 
BLACK BACK, but also the black fore and aft ends, the neck and the entire head. 
It is far whiter than the gray sides of the black-backed Ring-necked Duck, 
whiter than most Scaups which can be dingy on the sides and are pale gray on 
the back. It can be picked out at quite a distance. The problem is picking it 
out among thousands of Redheads and other Aythya ducks especially if they are 
all repeatedly diving or there are waves or heat shimmer. The top of the head 
of a sleeping Tufted Duck is pointy. The tuft, like a loose ponytail extending 
back off the top of the crown, is fun, but can be surprisingly hard to see 
because it is very flexible and flops down when the bird is sleeping, and it 
can catch in the wind and blow to odd angles or spread out. There is just the 
one bird, and this is the winter that presumably the same individual has joined 
the many thousand Redheads here at the south end of Cayuga Lake.

Check out the photos attached to Livia Santana's eBird report. The bird stands 
out like a black-and-white image badly photoshopped into a scene of muted tones:

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 17, 2015 14:48 by Livia Santana
- South End--845 Taughannock Boulevard, Tompkins, New York
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8t=pz=13q=42.46371,-76.52346ll=42.46371,-76.52346
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21394121
- Comments: Extremely rare, third Basin record. Adult male out in Redhead 
flock, found by Dave Nutter. Brilliant white sides, black back, head, and 
chest, long ragged tuft often blowing in wind.
a href=https://www.flickr.com/photos/jaymcgowan/16119029917; title=Tufted 
Duck by Jay McGowan, on Flickrimg 
src=https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7461/16119029917_7bb85ae8fd_z.jpg; 
alt=Tufted Duck //a
a href=https://www.flickr.com/photos/jaymcgowan/15684999093; title=Tufted 
Duck by Jay McGowan, on Flickrimg 
src=https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8590/15684999093_5e395c4aba_z.jpg; 
alt=Tufted Duck //a
a href=https://www.flickr.com/photos/jaymcgowan/16303087891; title=Tufted 
Duck by Jay McGowan, on Flickrimg 
src=https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8565/16303087891_580605025c_o.jpg; 
alt=Tufted Duck //a
a href=https://www.flickr.com/photos/jaymcgowan/16118719139; title=Tufted 
Duck by Jay McGowan, on Flickrimg 
src=https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7465/16118719139_29ac6a5651_o.jpg; 
alt=Tufted Duck //a
a href=https://www.flickr.com/photos/jaymcgowan/16304870225; title=Tufted 
Duck by Jay McGowan, on Flickrimg 
src=https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7477/16304870225_3b116e0ff6_o.jpg; 
alt=Tufted Duck //a

--Dave Nutter


On Jan 18, 2015, at 07:50 PM, cfschm...@aol.com wrote:

 Hi Guys,
 Well, I was about cross-eyed looking through the wonderful numbers of ducks 
 along Rte. 89 this afternoon, our car buffeted by passing traffic.  With 
 trees blocking sections of the whole raft, I tried to systematically look at 
 what was visible.
I could use some pointers -- I wasn't necessarily looking for the tuft, 
 but for the white sides and dark (not gray-ish) back.  Maybe a little smaller 
 size, more compact neck, etc.  How did you pick this guy out? 
I seem to remember Kevin saying that 'outlanders' are often on the edges 
 of a flock, so I always also make a point of scrutinizing the birds who have 
 kept themselves a bit to the side of the main group.  I don't know how often 
 this really would apply, but it seems to make some sense.
   At any rate, if you have the time, I'd appreciate a little guidance.  Maybe 
 the listserv would find your comments useful.
 Thanks!!!
 Carol S.
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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck

2015-01-19 Thread Glenn Wilson
Has anyone seen it this morning? Thank you. 

Glenn Wilson
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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, Hog Hole

2015-01-17 Thread Jay McGowan
Dave Nutter just called to say he has a male TUFTED DUCK in the duck flock
off Hog Hole.

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck - No

2014-02-16 Thread bob mcguire
I spent an hour or so along Rt 89 this morning, trying to get a good look from 
the road at the large mixed flock of ducks  geese north of the ice edge. 
Numerous Redheads, Canvasbacks, both Scaup, Goldeneye, Buffleheads, a couple of 
Ruddy Ducks. But NO Tufted Duck. Access to the lake shore is what was needed. I 
thought for a moment of walking up the ice from Elaina's but didn't. After 
Dave's sighting yesterday, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the TUDU was in 
that flock.

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck - No; hybrids - yes

2014-02-16 Thread Jay McGowan
Livia and I spent a couple of hours along the east shore of Cayuga Lake
from East Shore Park up to Myers Point. A good number of Aythya flocks were
tucked in along the houses and docks just north of East Shore, but
difficult to get good looks at. No sign of the Tufted on this side either,
but we did find two rarer ducks: Chris's REDHEAD X CANVASBACK hybrid from
yesterday, and an apparent SCAUP X REDHEAD HYBRID. The former was sleeping
in a Redhead flock and difficult to pick out, very similar in size and body
shape to the Redheads and only slightly paler-bodied. When it would briefly
put its head up, its longer, sloping Canvasback-like face was evident, but
it was generally uncooperative. The scaup hybrid was more awake but even
less cooperative, swimming with a line of Redheads and disappearing behind
a house, not to be refound by us. It also had a very Redhead-like
appearance. The back was gray, the sides pale gray, darker than a scaup but
paler than the surrounding Redheads. The head was the strange
reddish-purple color I have seen on other Redhead hybrids, not as black as
a scaup but with just a tinge of red (not the irridescent purple that a
Lesser Scaup often shows, rather a dull, matte blackish red.) I have poor
photos of both birds that I will post when I get a chance.

Otherwise, the usual waterfowl dominated. White-winged Scoters and
Red-breasted Mergansers continue (40+ and 22+ respectively). Myers was
relatively quiet, with the point unpleasantly windy and well snowed in.
Most of the activity was off the marina, but no unusual species.

-Jay


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bmcgu...@clarityconnect.comwrote:

 I spent an hour or so along Rt 89 this morning, trying to get a good look
 from the road at the large mixed flock of ducks  geese north of the ice
 edge. Numerous Redheads, Canvasbacks, both Scaup, Goldeneye, Buffleheads, a
 couple of Ruddy Ducks. But NO Tufted Duck. Access to the lake shore is what
 was needed. I thought for a moment of walking up the ice from Elaina's but
 didn't. After Dave's sighting yesterday, I wouldn't be at all surprised if
 the TUDU was in that flock.

 Bob

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[cayugabirds-l] TUFTED DUCK male dozing in SW corner Cayuga Lake n...

2014-02-15 Thread 6072292158
TUFTED DUCK male dozing in SW corner Cayuga Lake near ice.
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] TUFTED DUCK male dozing in SW corner Cayuga Lake n...

2014-02-15 Thread Dave Nutter
I decided to walk in search of Jay's reported Tufted Duck because, shamefully, I ended up driving to see the first-ever basin Tufted Duck last year. (First obliviousness and then drenched optics prevented my seeing that bird on a bike trip.) Yet I didn't want to walk on the roads or railroad (I got a late start and heard the train) or waterfront trail to East Shore Park because it would be a long and snowy hike, so I walked north on the plowed trail in Cass Park. When I got to the Treman Marina offices I could see birders in the pavilion at East Shore Park, and I could see people walking far out on the ice near a fishing hut, but at length I decided not to walk directly across the ice shelf, because I could see it meant trudging through some deep snow, and I wasn't sure whether the recent warmer weather and then the snow's insulation would have allowed the ice to melt dangerously from below, especially on the Inlet and Fall Creek. Instead, like the fool who moves to the streetlight to search for a set of dropped keys, rather than looking in the area where they fell, I decided to walk on Taughannock Boulevard to the west shore. I knew there would be ducks there, and they sometimes move back and forth. I arrived at 1:45pm. Eventually I got lucky. When the initial snow flurry stopped, and I could see across better, I tried to figure where the birders were looking from East Shore Park. Although I thought I could pick out the completely cream-colored leucistic REDHEAD which I've seen several times this winter, I wasn't able to pick out a Tufted Duck among the rafts on the far side. One white-sided Aythya drake I was scrutinizing flew west and alit nearby. It was a scaup. But I noticed more birds moving in my direction, while the East Shore Park birders' attention seemed to be waning and their numbers thinning. The bird wasn't obvious even to them on the east side of the lake, so I returned my concentration to closer ducks. Several times around 2:25pm I briefly saw a male Aythya with white sides and black fore, aft, head, and back too, I thought, diving among Lesser Scaups and Canvasback near the ice edge, but I only saw it just before it dove, then had trouble relocating it, and only once did I glimpse the tuft. Then It was another half hour before I refound and finally got a satisfactory view of the TUFTED DUCK. This time it was resting and very definitely black-backed. Usually its head was tucked, showing a distinctive shape, more pointed on top than a Lesser Scaup, and symmetrically convex fore and aft, unlike a Ring-necked Duck. The wispy tuft blew or fell to the side and did not show in side view, but showed well at times when the bird rotated for a more end-on view of the dozing bird's head. When it awoke, its head was more flat-topped than scaups' or Ring-necked Duck's, and the long thin tuft was obvious extending aft. The white patch - no gray - on the side of the otherwise black body had a distinctive shape: the forward end was slightly convex, the forward 2/3 of the top was concave, and the rear third of the white was strongly convex around the rear end. I watched the Tufted Duck for 40 minutes. After I'd heard that Garrett MacDonald had also seen it from NYS-89 using my texted information (although I didn't see him), and my feet began getting cold, and the bird woke up and started swimming to a more awkward area behind a tree, I packed up. The last I saw, as a snow squall obscured my view of the lake, all the ducks in its vicinity near the ice edge got up and flew northwest parallel to the edge, perhaps just to gather closer to the west shore but in a place and direction which would have been awkward for me to view. Perhaps from farther north it would have been visible after the squall passed, but meanwhile I walked home with a new species on my Luddite List, and removed from my BVD (Better View Desired) List. --Dave NutterOn Feb 15, 2014, at 03:06 PM, 6072292...@vtext.com wrote:TUFTED DUCK male dozing in SW corner Cayuga Lake near ice. --Dave Nutter 
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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck present then gone

2013-01-30 Thread Jay McGowan
Chris and Jessie and Jeff had the female type TUFTED DUCK earlier this
morning from Hog Hole, but at about 8:00 (I believe) it flew north out of
sight with a flock of Redheads. These Redhead flocks have been moving up
and down the lake so it may well return, but it is not being seen currently.

Jay

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, crappy tripod

2013-01-30 Thread Jeff Gerbracht
With Kevin's offer to lead the charitable efforts in ensuring I have a
replacement for my, apparently dysfunctional, tripod,  I thought I'd ask
folks on the list for their recommendations on good and EXPENSIVE ones.  If
I'll be lending out my tripod to Kevin more often in the future, I'm sure
he'd want me to have a good solid one on hand.  ;)
   Cheers,
  Jeff

On Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 7:37 PM, Kevin J. McGowan k...@cornell.edu wrote:

  Just wanted to say that despite the awful piece of equipment Jeff lent
 me, I was able to balance my scope on it in an adequate way that allowed me
 to have decent views of the EARED GREBE at Hogs Hole. After the thing
 dumped my spotting scope eyepiece-first into the mud first.  Still, a bad
 and infuriating tripod is better than none, and I am very much grateful and
 indebted to Jeff for having lent it to me.

 ** **

 Tufted Duck is such a great Basin bird that I suggest those of us who have
 seen it donate our quarters and half-a-dollars toward buying Jeff
 Gehrbracht a decent tripod in thanks. (Seriously, his stinks!)

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[cayugabirds-l] TUFTED DUCK at Hog Hole right off the ice

2013-01-29 Thread Tim Lenz
From Chris Wood and Jeff Gerbracht

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, Hog Hole, Ithaca

2013-01-29 Thread Christopher Wood
I think many people have heard that Jeff Gerbracht and I saw a Tufted Duck at 
Hog Hole, Ithaca NY today. Here are my checklist notes from eBird along with a 
link to my eBird checklist that includes photos and more comments. You can 
click the Map link in eBird if you are not familiar with Hog Hole. Hopefully 
careful checking of the south end of the lake tomorrow will allow others to see 
the bird.

eBird Checklist comments:

After an extended eBird meeting that went well into lunch, Jeff Gerbracht and I 
decided to go down to Hog Hole to look for the Eared Grebe that Dave Nutter had 
seen earlier in the day. We debated whether to scan from the highway or to come 
to Hog Hole. Since CLW keeps a Hog Hole list, he was very interested in going 
to see the grebe from Hog Hole and Jeff was more than accommodating. We arrived 
and after a few minutes of scanning found the Eared Grebe close to shore. 
Little did we know at the time, but the real treat was yet to come! Being good 
eBirders, we wanted to do good counts of all the ducks. As Jeff was carefully 
counting Redheads, he came upon a very interesting duck and quickly showed me 
through the scope -- TUFTED DUCK! Aging/sexing is complicated, but clearly not 
an adult male. As of this point I believe it is likely a first-year female, but 
need to be a bit more work to figure out timing of eye color changes, extent of 
white by age and sex, and timing of molt. We managed to get some video and a 
few images before the rain started pouring down.

WEATHER: Overcast, initially with light drizzle becoming a heavy and soaking 
downpour. 37F. Calm.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S12764792

Best wishes,
Chris

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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck at Hogs Hole

2013-01-29 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
I managed to squeeze seeing the TUFTED DUCK into a busy schedule today.  Here 
is my eBird description.

Met Chris Wood and Jeff Gehrbracht, who found it, in parking lot. Because of 
travel the day before, I forgot my tripod. Jeff kindly lent me his horribly 
defective one. Met up with Patrick Tanner who relocated the bird offshore, 
sleeping on the ice.

First Basin record, although overdue (I think this was one of my predictions 
for next Basin bird in The Cup over a decade ago). Spectacular find by Chris 
and Jeff. A difficult bird, much less obvious than the 2 males I saw before in 
NY.

Apparent female, or perhaps first-year male (can't find images of SY male). 
Brownish Aythya duck with paler sides, dark back matching chest and rear. 
Sitting on ice beside much larger Mallard male.

No real tuft, but it had a large bulge at 10 o'clock on the head in profile 
(cf. the 11 o'clock bump of Ring-necked Duck), and a flat top of the head. 
Profile distinctive.

Because I couldn't get my scope properly attached to Jeff's crappy tripod (and 
the rain), I didn't get adequate, relaxed looks at the bird beyond the 
identification minimum. However, from photos I thought I saw a hint of a white 
patch or line at the base of the bill and a shadow of a pale band behind the 
tip of the bill. No suggestion of eyering as on female Ring-necked Duck.

It stood up, showing a pale belly, then took flight, revealing a whitish belly 
contrasting with dark sides that appeared the same color (more or less) as the 
chest and rear. The wings appeared smooth gray below, not nearly the bright 
white suggested in Sibley guide. From above it showed a very white base to the 
secondaries, contrasting with pale, but grayer primary bases, much like a 
Lesser Scaup. The white in the secondaries was much more apparent than the pale 
gray in the wings of a female Ring-necked Duck.

Photos at 
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/zT5UdS4c1LOQ8pykKEplX9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink
 and following.

Kevin



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[cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, crappy tripod

2013-01-29 Thread Kevin J. McGowan
Just wanted to say that despite the awful piece of equipment Jeff lent me, I 
was able to balance my scope on it in an adequate way that allowed me to have 
decent views of the EARED GREBE at Hogs Hole. After the thing dumped my 
spotting scope eyepiece-first into the mud first.  Still, a bad and infuriating 
tripod is better than none, and I am very much grateful and indebted to Jeff 
for having lent it to me.

Tufted Duck is such a great Basin bird that I suggest those of us who have seen 
it donate our quarters and half-a-dollars toward buying Jeff Gehrbracht a 
decent tripod in thanks. (Seriously, his stinks!)

Kevin

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, crappy tripod

2013-01-29 Thread Jeff Gerbracht
Aww, come on.   It doesn't have any odor about it at all!!   And I did give
you fair warning ;) You have to talk nicely to it and kick out it's
legs once in awhile.
   Glad you saw the bird
  Jeff

On Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 7:37 PM, Kevin J. McGowan k...@cornell.edu wrote:

  Just wanted to say that despite the awful piece of equipment Jeff lent
 me, I was able to balance my scope on it in an adequate way that allowed me
 to have decent views of the EARED GREBE at Hogs Hole. After the thing
 dumped my spotting scope eyepiece-first into the mud first.  Still, a bad
 and infuriating tripod is better than none, and I am very much grateful and
 indebted to Jeff for having lent it to me.

 ** **

 Tufted Duck is such a great Basin bird that I suggest those of us who have
 seen it donate our quarters and half-a-dollars toward buying Jeff
 Gehrbracht a decent tripod in thanks. (Seriously, his stinks!)

 ** **

 Kevin
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, crappy tripod

2013-01-29 Thread Christopher Wood
That tripod works just fine! Well enough to find a female Tufted Duck!  If we 
gave him a real tripod, I'd never be able to find any birds before him!

Christopher Wood
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From: Jeff Gerbracht ja...@cornell.edumailto:ja...@cornell.edu
Reply-To: Jeff Gerbracht 
jeff.gerbra...@cornell.edumailto:jeff.gerbra...@cornell.edu
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 8:02 PM
To: Upstate Birding 
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, crappy tripod

Aww, come on.   It doesn't have any odor about it at all!!   And I did give you 
fair warning ;) You have to talk nicely to it and kick out it's legs once 
in awhile.
   Glad you saw the bird
  Jeff

On Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 7:37 PM, Kevin J. McGowan 
k...@cornell.edumailto:k...@cornell.edu wrote:
Just wanted to say that despite the awful piece of equipment Jeff lent me, I 
was able to balance my scope on it in an adequate way that allowed me to have 
decent views of the EARED GREBE at Hogs Hole. After the thing dumped my 
spotting scope eyepiece-first into the mud first.  Still, a bad and infuriating 
tripod is better than none, and I am very much grateful and indebted to Jeff 
for having lent it to me.

Tufted Duck is such a great Basin bird that I suggest those of us who have seen 
it donate our quarters and half-a-dollars toward buying Jeff Gehrbracht a 
decent tripod in thanks. (Seriously, his stinks!)

Kevin
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck, Hog Hole, Ithaca

2013-01-29 Thread Jeff Gerbracht
To add to Chris's comments, when I started to count the Redhead, this bird
appeared in my scope view, fairly dark sides and nearly black back started
my pulse going.  Then it turned and I saw the head well, including a short
tuft at which time I said something to myself like Holy Hey, Chris,
take a look at this bird !!   I've spent a little time looking into aging
and sexing these birds, though not nearly as much as Chris, and I'm also
leaning towards a female, though it's certainly not an easy or
straightforward call.
   Hope it sticks around,
   Jeff

On Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 7:18 PM, Christopher Wood chris.w...@cornell.eduwrote:

  I think many people have heard that Jeff Gerbracht and I saw a Tufted Duck
 at Hog Hole, Ithaca NY today. Here are my checklist notes from eBird along
 with a link to my eBird checklist that includes photos and more comments.
 You can click the Map link in eBird if you are not familiar with Hog Hole.
 Hopefully careful checking of the south end of the lake tomorrow will allow
 others to see the bird.

  eBird Checklist comments:

  After an extended eBird meeting that went well into lunch, Jeff
 Gerbracht and I decided to go down to Hog Hole to look for the Eared Grebe
 that Dave Nutter had seen earlier in the day. We debated whether to scan
 from the highway or to come to Hog Hole. Since CLW keeps a Hog Hole list,
 he was very interested in going to see the grebe from Hog Hole and Jeff was
 more than accommodating. We arrived and after a few minutes of scanning
 found the Eared Grebe close to shore. Little did we know at the time, but
 the real treat was yet to come! Being good eBirders, we wanted to do good
 counts of all the ducks. As Jeff was carefully counting Redheads, he came
 upon a very interesting duck and quickly showed me through the scope --
 TUFTED DUCK! Aging/sexing is complicated, but clearly not an adult male. As
 of this point I believe it is likely a first-year female, but need to be a
 bit more work to figure out timing of eye color changes, extent of white
 by age and sex, and timing of molt. We managed to get some video and a
 few images before the rain started pouring down.

 WEATHER: Overcast, initially with light drizzle becoming a heavy and
 soaking downpour. 37F. Calm.

  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S12764792

  Best wishes,
  Chris

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