[cayugabirds-l] Raptors at Seneca Falls

2021-01-26 Thread Ed Gooding
A male Snowy Owl, nearly all white, was visible from the Peterman Road curve 
looking toward the airport at around 3 PM on Sunday. It was sitting on the 
field about 100’ from the road. As we watched, a pair of ravens stopped by to 
harass the owl. One became very confrontational, drawing a line in the snow, 
hopping in place and repeatedly asking whether the owl wanted a piece of it, 
whilst the other called encouragement from a safe distance. After about ten 
minutes of this the owl flew east, accompanied by both ravens shouting abuse. 

A goshawk was perched on 414 just south of the village and another (or 
conceivably the same one) on Hoster Rd at the quarry. The gyrfalcon was perched 
on a tall tree toward the middle of the quarry near the intersection of Hoster 
and Canoga.

Both eagles were perched near their nest in Aurora.

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[cayugabirds-l] Raptors at Montezuma

2020-09-13 Thread Donna Lee Scott
While many were watching the Broad-winged Hawk migration extravaganza near the 
Tompkins SPCA, I was in the Montezuma complex yesterday afternoon.

I saw 1 adult BALD EAGLE at the Mont. Aud. Ctr.
& About 3:45 pm
3 more adults scaring ducks by the main pool on Wildlife Dr.
Saw one then unsuccessfully fishing in Seneca River.

Then near the carp place, I got great looks at a MERLIN atop a large bare dead 
tree.

Then I saw a GOLDEN EAGLE flying towards me , then away. First sighting in long 
time for me!

No sign of BB Whistling Ducks.

Saw lots of hunters; hearing regular gunshots across Cay. Lake (practicing?).
What is (will be) in season?

Donna Scott
Lansing
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[cayugabirds-l] Raptors, swans, ducks

2019-01-04 Thread Dave Nutter
Yesterday afternoon (Thursday 3 Jan) Ann Mitchell & I went north toward Fayette 
& Seneca Falls townships looking for raptors with some success: in addition to 
the ubiquitous Red-tailed Hawks we saw an adult Cooper’s Hawk on a pole in 
Covert, a male American Kestrel and a Merlin about a quarter mile apart on 
Seybolt Rd, a female Northern Harrier atop a mound of brush & wood along 
Peterman Rd, and two Snowy Owls, one on Seybolt Rd, another at the Fingerlakes 
Regional Airport, so that was a success. 

On our way back we made the tough choice to check out the lake rather than seek 
Short-eared Owls. The lake was calm and temperatures not extreme, so there was 
very little heat shimmer. We scanned from the boat ramp at Cayuga Lake SP while 
several boats of gunners came in for the day. I’m used to the shallow north end 
of Cayuga Lake being frozen for several miles in winter, but there was no ice 
at all. And when there’s no ice, or as the shelf is melting back in mid-March, 
I’m used to seeing hordes of northbound ducks diving near the ice edge. 
Yesterday the lake appeared eerily empty. In a complete scan I saw 3 pairs of 
Mallards scattered along the west shore along with 1 male Hooded Merganser 
(perhaps his mate eluded me?), a pair of breeding plumage Long-tailed Ducks far 
to the SE which flushed as one of the boats approached them, and another group 
of 9 Long-tailed Ducks already in flight farther south. That was it for ducks. 
There were dozens of Herring Gulls along with a few Great Blacked Gulls on the 
water far to the east, but all of the above birds except one pair of Mallards 
required a scope. 

There were small flocks of Canada Geese coming in overhead from the NW. The 
most interesting find from Cayuga L SP was a probable family group of 5 Mute 
Swans on the lake to the east of the boat ramp. They also took flight between 
when I found them and when Ann looked through my scope. They continued flying 
south out of sight. The Mute Swans I believe are a first for 2019 for the 
Cayuga Lake Basin (the table of 2019 basin firsts has been filled out and 
should be up on the Club website shortly). 

Along Lower Lake Rd we saw a handful of scattered Ring-billed Gulls, and from 
NYS-89 as we drove south we saw small separate groups of American Black Duck 
(11), Common Goldeneye (9), Bufflehead (10?), Red-breasted Merganser(3), and 
American Coot(~35), and Snow (2) and Canada Geese. The diversity aded up after 
awhile, but still the impression was of an empty lake. The only exception was 
the large raft of Snow Geese in the middle of the lake off Poplar Beach Rd by 
the Beer Garden, viewed from NYS-89. We didn’t go down to Sheldrake.  

- - Dave Nutter 




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[cayugabirds-l] raptors

2014-12-18 Thread Bill Mcaneny
Around 50 minutes ago, a SHARPSHINNED HAWK landed on a branch next to a bird
feeder just outside our kitchen window.  Stayed for about 20 minutes and
left hungry.  Flew towards the other end of the house but out of sight.
Probably a young bird as it was not very red on the breast.  Within a few
minutes, a buteo landed on a cedar down by Rte 89.  Its head was rather
white, just like the juvenile Swainson's in Sibley, but the feathers on the
back were speckled white like a red-tail, so I will call it a Red-Tail with
a whitish head. The tail was plain but not red, so I will call it a juvenile
Red-Tail with a whitish head. So there you go.

BTW, we have not seen a Sharpie here in a decade.

 

Bill McAneny, TBurg

 

 


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[cayugabirds-l] raptors, SE Owls

2013-12-26 Thread Donna Scott
My sister and I drove from Lansing to Long Pt. Road along Rt. 90 starting at 
3:30 pm today.

Near the NYS DEC deer hunting check-in building just past the Triangle diner, 
we saw a ROUGH LEGGED HAWK cross in front of us and fly across a barren field 
west of Rt. 90.

Then as we approached Long Pt. Rt., we saw an A. KESTREL on the wire above the 
ditch on the east side of Rt. 90.

Immediately on arriving on Long Pt. Rd. by the winery we spotted another 
raptor, then lost it before we could ID it, then a few minutes later we saw our 
first SHORT EARED OWL in the field south of the winery building. It landed in 
the mostly dead tree on the right end of the tree line, the field beyond the 
grape vines. 

Looking up towards the picturesque old barn across the road, we then saw a male 
NORTHERN HARRIER in the field there.

We then drove over the hill, down the road a bit, below the white house on the 
north side of the road, because we thought we saw another owl over the field 
towards the lake.  Sure enough, soon we saw two SHORT EARED OWLS interacting 
with each other in the air. They did this a bit, then separated. We parked 
below the house and watched the two owls fly and hover over the fields on both 
sides of the road for quite awhile until the cold wind drove us back to the 
warm car.

We also got to watch a nice, pink winter sunset.
Nice Christmas present!

Donna L. Scott
Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882
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[cayugabirds-l] Raptors around Ithaca, Mon/Tues 9/9 and 9/10

2013-09-11 Thread Mark Chao
Late on Monday morning, just when the winds were shifting from northerly to
southerly, Tilden and I saw six BROAD-WINGED HAWKS over the Dryden side of
Sapsucker Woods.  Two birds flew west quite low over and possibly into the
treetops.  Two rose on a thermal and drifted south.  One glided fast and
very high on pointed wings straightaway to the south.  One flew east.  Now I
am looking forward to seeing what Broad-winged Hawk liftoffs or passages we
might see on Friday.

 

We found almost no other migrants on Monday, except for one Magnolia
Warbler.

 

Also, on Tuesday, we saw an immature BALD EAGLE flying north at about 5 PM
over Tutelo Park off of Route 13A in Ithaca.

 

Mark Chao


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Raptors around Ithaca, Mon/Tues 9/9 and 9/10

2013-09-11 Thread Dave Nutter
It's fascinating that the Broad-winged Hawks had apparently been roosting together, yet went so many different directions when they took off for the day. I wonder if they were hunting rather than migrating, and whether they would somehow gather again later to roost or migrate.--Dave NutterOn Sep 11, 2013, at 10:39 AM, Mark Chao markc...@imt.org wrote:Late on Monday morning, just when the winds were shifting from northerly to southerly, Tilden and I saw six BROAD-WINGED HAWKS over the Dryden side of Sapsucker Woods. Two birds flew west quite low over and possibly into the treetops. Two rose on a thermal and drifted south. One glided fast and very high on pointed wings straightaway to the south. One flew east. Now I am looking forward to seeing what Broad-winged Hawk liftoffs or passages we might see on Friday.
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[cayugabirds-l] Raptors et al on Cayuga Today

2013-08-06 Thread Michael W. Duttweiler
Caught a nice boat ride today before the clouds rolled in.  Saw 3+ bald
eagles - one on a crag on the cliffs below Bolton Point, a likely one flying
at the same location maybe an immature bird, another in a crag below Lansing
Station, and another in the bay just above Millikan.  The latter gave us a
good show diving for something on the lake surface a couple of hundred yards
away.  Ospreys were out in force as well, one on a utility post on the white
pier at the foot of Cayuga, the two adults and immature birds on the nest at
Salt Point, and one more above Millikan.  Also saw a Black Crowned Night
Heron in a tree in the bay just above Taughannock, 8 terns (Common?) on the
red pier at the foot of the lake, and the usual Great Blue Herons, ducks,
gulls, cormorants, and shorebirds.   


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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Raptors near Ithaca Airport

2013-03-25 Thread Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm
I think the Harrier was there again today. He soared over the field
that looks like a practice ground for the fire department and then
perched on the fire tower for quite some time, upsetting a crowd of
geese by the sounds of it.
This is my regular walking route at lunchtime, and I obviously need to
bring my binos so I can glass those fields better!

On Sat, Mar 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM, Donna Scott d...@cornell.edu wrote:
 After going on the Spring Field Ornithology class field trip this morning
 (in the snow  wind), Ann Mitchell and I decided to take a quick trip over
 to the Ithaca airport.

 It was raptor day over there! We drove along Snyder Road and saw an
 AMERICAN KESTREL, probably female, fly off the airport fence into the field
 to the south.
 Drove to Mohawk Rd. and didn't see anything until we returned down Snyder
 towards Cherry and Warren Rds.
 Over the grassy areas near the junk cars by the fence we saw a light phase
 ROUGH LEGGED HAWK soaring and hovering over the fields inside the airport
 fence. After admiring that bird, we came around the corner approaching
 Cherry Road and saw a beautiful male NORTHERN HARRIER soaring and hovering
 over the fields there.

 When we turned left off Cherry into Warren Rd., we again saw the ROUGH
 LEGGED HAWK and then possibly the same KESTREL over the field west of Warren
 Road and adjacent to the Borg Warner factory.  Just down the road from that
 field, on the airport fence east of the road, was perched a RED TAILED HAWK,
 then as we drove south I saw another RED TAILED HAWK perched on a branch
 right over the road to the west!

 I drove Ann back to her car at the O Lab, and yet another RED TAILED HAWK
 sat in a tree on the south side of Rt. 13.  As I returned down Warren Road
 heading north to go home, I spotted two TURKEY VULTURES soaring over the
 woods west of Warren Rd. near the airport entrance.

 Donna Scott
 Lansing Station Road
 Lansing, NY
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[cayugabirds-l] Raptors near Ithaca Airport

2013-03-23 Thread Donna Scott
After going on the Spring Field Ornithology class field trip this morning (in 
the snow  wind), Ann Mitchell and I decided to take a quick trip over to the 
Ithaca airport.

It was raptor day over there! We drove along Snyder Road and saw an AMERICAN 
KESTREL, probably female, fly off the airport fence into the field to the south.
Drove to Mohawk Rd. and didn't see anything until we returned down Snyder 
towards Cherry and Warren Rds.
Over the grassy areas near the junk cars by the fence we saw a light phase 
ROUGH LEGGED HAWK soaring and hovering over the fields inside the airport 
fence. After admiring that bird, we came around the corner approaching Cherry 
Road and saw a beautiful male NORTHERN HARRIER soaring and hovering over the 
fields there. 

When we turned left off Cherry into Warren Rd., we again saw the ROUGH LEGGED 
HAWK and then possibly the same KESTREL over the field west of Warren Road and 
adjacent to the Borg Warner factory.  Just down the road from that field, on 
the airport fence east of the road, was perched a RED TAILED HAWK, then as we 
drove south I saw another RED TAILED HAWK perched on a branch right over the 
road to the west!

I drove Ann back to her car at the O Lab, and yet another RED TAILED HAWK sat 
in a tree on the south side of Rt. 13.  As I returned down Warren Road heading 
north to go home, I spotted two TURKEY VULTURES soaring over the woods west of 
Warren Rd. near the airport entrance.

Donna Scott
Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 
d...@cornell.edu
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[cayugabirds-l] Raptors and Odonates

2010-09-13 Thread Meena Haribal
Hi all,
I saw some black dots in the sky, so looked at them in the binoculars, an 
Osprey, a couple may be TVS and one hawk, but the most surprising thing was 
there were hundreds of Darners heading north. Even now they are going! At least 
three or four in the binocular view any given time! That would mean 10 or so 
per sec in the limited location I am watching. They are about 300 to 500 meter 
from the ground level.
Because I used 7X25 I could see the darners if I had used 10x45 to focus on 
birds I would have missed darners!
Several Pantala flavescens are hanging outside my window.

Meena


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