Date: 6/11/18 7:17 am
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] West Danby marsh birds
Hi Ken and all,

A good candidate marsh for Harrier nesting is just west of the capped landfill, beside the long-abandoned Center Schoolhouse Road. I’ve seen female Harriers in there during past breeding seasons. Also Virginia Rails In there. The marsh itself is Tompkins County property. The property line is the midline of the old road. The road is all grown-in, nearly obliterated. You can see it on the USGS West Danby quad. It’s also featured in the 1981 book:

Where to Find Birds in New York State: The Top 500 Sites
By Susan Roney Drennan

Besides that location and the known pair in Michigan Hollow Marsh, yet another Danby marsh has hosted nesting Harriers not too many years back: the marsh across 96B from the north end of South Danby Road. A friend of mine who lives just above there on Travor Road has seen a Harrier a few times this spring, so I’m kinda curious about whether they might still breed there.

I haven’t visited the Worm-eating Warblers since mid-May. I usually go to a different place, just below the _north_ pinnacle, which is about half a mile from the central pinnacle familiar to hikers on the Abbott’s Loop Trail. Maybe I can stop by in a day or two, see what they’re up to...

-Geo

> On Jun 11, 2018, at 9:21 AM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg <kvr2...> wrote:
>
> I made a rare trip to Danby area yesterday, and we had a male Northern Harrier over the wetland on Hillview Rd and the grassy capped landfill to the south. Not sure how close that is to Walding Lane. Also Virginia Rails in that wetland.
>
> Thanks Geo for keeping track of Acadian Flycatchers in that area as well— we saw the loudly calling bird on Michigan Hollow Rd. We could not find a Worm-eating Warbler, however, despite spending more than an hour scrambling on the steep slope where they usually are. Does anybody know of a territory that is active this summer?
>
> Ken
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jun 11, 2018, at 7:45 AM, Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> wrote:
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>> In the cattail marsh just south of Walding Lane, West Danby, I’ve got more Marsh Wrens, a nice pair of very vocal Virginia Rails out in plain sight, and a male Northern Harrier (used to breed along here, probably still do).
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>> -Geo
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