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3/4/21 8:44 am Judith Thurber <jathurber...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] The joy they bring!
3/4/21 8:33 am Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> [cayugabirds-l] The joy they bring!
3/4/21 7:45 am Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> [cayugabirds-l] Redwings
3/3/21 1:41 pm Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...> [cayugabirds-l] Waterfowl at Montezuma Wetlands Complex/Cayuga Lake
3/3/21 1:17 pm <bsadovnic...> <bsadovnic...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-winged Blackbird
3/3/21 12:59 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Kestrel
3/3/21 11:48 am John Gregoire <johnandsuegregoire...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] swans overhead
3/3/21 8:32 am Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] swans overhead
3/3/21 8:30 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] swans overhead
3/3/21 6:23 am Karen <confergoldwing...> [cayugabirds-l] swans overhead
3/3/21 5:59 am Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...> [cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Cranes
3/3/21 5:49 am John Gregoire <johnandsuegregoire...> [cayugabirds-l] Red-winged Blackbird
3/2/21 9:28 am Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Nielsen Rd Larks and Sunflower seeds
3/1/21 5:12 pm Candace E. Cornell <cec222...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey
3/1/21 11:41 am Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey
3/1/21 11:35 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey
3/1/21 11:33 am Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA
3/1/21 8:59 am Colleen Richards <clr82...> [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club March 2021 meeting/webinar
3/1/21 8:09 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] possible Vega Gull at SW corner of Cayuga Lake yesterday
3/1/21 5:26 am Susan Evans-Pond <sevans7pond...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Bluebirds
2/28/21 6:53 pm David Nicosia <daven102468...> [cayugabirds-l] ZOOM Virtual Webinar on NY BBA Wednesday March 3rd 730-9pm
2/28/21 5:53 pm Whitings <whitings...> [cayugabirds-l] Osprey
2/28/21 2:19 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Bluebirds
2/28/21 1:21 pm Susan Austern <susanaustern...> [cayugabirds-l] Bluebirds in front of the department of public works in Dawn redwood trees
2/28/21 9:41 am Diane Morton <dianegmorton...> [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Zoom Social Hour Monday 7:30pm
2/28/21 9:32 am Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> [cayugabirds-l] Flickers
2/28/21 5:15 am Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Crow "snow-bathing"!
2/27/21 3:30 pm Kevin J. McGowan <kjm2...> RE:[cayugabirds-l] American Crow "snow-bathing"!
2/27/21 1:42 pm Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Crow "snow-bathing"!
2/27/21 1:37 pm Whitings <whitings...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Crow "snow-bathing"!
2/27/21 12:45 pm Laura Stenzler <lms9...> [cayugabirds-l] Union Springs ducks
2/27/21 11:11 am Marie P. Read <mpr5...> [cayugabirds-l] American Crow "snow-bathing"!
2/27/21 9:49 am Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...> [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Audubon Center Programming
2/27/21 6:06 am Chris Lajewski <lajewskic...> [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Wetlands Complex Sandhill Cranes
2/26/21 12:47 pm Katherine Elizabeth Welch <kew99...> [cayugabirds-l] Cornell Lab Webinar: Backyard Bird Nest and Egg ID with NestWatch
2/25/21 5:07 pm <anneb.clark...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!
2/25/21 4:20 pm Laura J. Heisey <ljh2...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!
2/25/21 4:04 pm Gmail <rollandmary...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!
2/25/21 1:12 pm Susan Gateley <susan...> [cayugabirds-l] ducks
2/25/21 12:10 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!
2/25/21 8:20 am Deb Grantham <dgg3...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] gynandromorph cardinal
2/25/21 7:48 am Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] gynandromorph cardinal
2/25/21 7:26 am Lois E. Chaplin <lec4...> [cayugabirds-l] Carolina Wren
2/25/21 7:13 am <metetlow...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] gynandromorph cardinal
2/24/21 1:39 pm Kevin C Packard <kcp48...> [cayugabirds-l] Gyandromorph cardinal seen in NW PA
2/24/21 7:26 am Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...> [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [sustainable_tompkins-l] Open Space Institute Launches $18M Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund to Accelerate Land Conservation to Fight Climate Change
2/24/21 4:46 am Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon with Mallard
2/23/21 7:03 pm Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon with Mallard
2/23/21 6:45 pm Paul Schmitt <pschmitt9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] No Birds
2/23/21 6:18 pm Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon with Mallard
2/23/21 5:47 pm Deb Grantham <dgg3...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Large Crow flight
2/23/21 3:28 pm Marie P. Read <mpr5...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] No Birds
2/23/21 2:32 pm Todd Beeton <toddbeeton...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] No Birds
2/23/21 2:24 pm Carl Steckler <simmshill40...> [cayugabirds-l] No Birds
2/23/21 6:32 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] New feeder birds
2/22/21 9:19 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Large Crow flight
2/22/21 4:17 pm Martha Fischer <mf26...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Question
2/22/21 3:57 pm Alicia Plotkin <tess...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Question
2/22/21 2:39 pm Elaina M. McCartney <elaina.mccartney...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Large Crow flight
2/22/21 2:37 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Question
2/22/21 2:33 pm Tim Gallagher <twg3...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Question
2/22/21 1:55 pm Tom Fernandes <tomfernandes3127...> [cayugabirds-l] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Question
2/22/21 11:10 am Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA
2/22/21 8:05 am Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead birds under the thistle feeder
2/22/21 8:03 am Sandy Podulka <sgp4...> [cayugabirds-l] Sheldrake ducks, geese, pipit, buntings
2/22/21 7:29 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead birds under the thistle feeder
2/22/21 6:56 am Wesley M. Hochachka <wmh6...> RE:[cayugabirds-l] Dead birds under the thistle feeder
2/22/21 6:36 am Michael Ludgate <michael.ludgate...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead birds under the thistle feeder
2/22/21 6:30 am Patrizia Sione <ps39...> [cayugabirds-l] Dead birds under the thistle feeder
2/21/21 5:19 pm Deb Grantham <dgg3...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Color change without molt
2/21/21 2:41 pm Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Color change without molt
2/21/21 1:49 pm Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> [cayugabirds-l] Color change without molt (cont'd.)
2/21/21 1:43 pm Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> [cayugabirds-l] Color change without molt
2/21/21 1:20 pm Paul Anderson <fishoak...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Surprises at Salt Point
2/21/21 1:03 pm bob mcguire <bmcguire...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Surprises at Salt Point
2/21/21 12:08 pm Paul Anderson <fishoak...> [cayugabirds-l] Surprises at Salt Point
2/21/21 8:20 am Bill Evans <wrevans...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] Massive Solar Farm coming to Cayuga County
2/21/21 5:42 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Snow geese
2/21/21 4:34 am jimnorwalk <jimnorwalk...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Seneca Lake Tufted duck and Aythya hybrids
2/20/21 9:12 pm John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...> [cayugabirds-l] apex sighting ... goose on a pole per Colleen Richards 2/15/21
2/20/21 4:17 pm Jay McGowan <jwm57...> [cayugabirds-l] Seneca Lake Tufted duck and Aythya hybrids
2/20/21 3:14 pm <anneb.clark...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!
2/20/21 11:52 am Colleen Richards <clr82...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?
2/20/21 11:43 am Ken Haas <waxwing...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] new vs. old niger seed
2/20/21 11:21 am Tim Gallagher <twg3...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?
2/20/21 11:03 am Liz Brown <etb2...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?
2/20/21 10:23 am Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?
2/20/21 10:22 am Carol Keeler <carolk441...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] new vs. old niger seed
2/20/21 10:18 am Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] new vs. old niger seed
2/20/21 10:00 am Suan Yong <suan.yong...> [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?
2/20/21 9:57 am Laura Stenzler <lms9...> [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!
2/20/21 9:13 am Marty Schlabach <mls5...> [cayugabirds-l] new vs. old niger seed
2/20/21 8:38 am Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...> RE:[cayugabirds-l] [oneidabirds-l] Short-eared Owls in Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/20/21 7:47 am Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...> [cayugabirds-l] Short-eared Owls in Montezuma Wetlands Complex
2/20/21 7:44 am Marty Schlabach <mls5...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Massive Solar Farm coming to Cayuga County
2/20/21 7:17 am Alicia Plotkin <tess...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Massive Solar Farm coming to Cayuga County
2/20/21 6:17 am Patricia Keen <prkeen816...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: February 20, 2021
2/20/21 6:12 am Tobias Dean <tdean10...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Massive Solar Farm coming to Cayuga County
2/20/21 5:32 am david nicosia <daven1024...> [cayugabirds-l] Massive Solar Farm coming to Cayuga County
2/19/21 6:03 pm Bill Roberts <bluehorsestudiobr...> [cayugabirds-l] American Robins
2/18/21 1:34 pm Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> [cayugabirds-l] Harriers hunting redpolls
2/18/21 11:30 am Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Always something to see
2/18/21 9:27 am Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Always something to see
2/17/21 6:27 am Elaina M. McCartney <elaina.mccartney...> [cayugabirds-l] Large Crow flight
2/16/21 1:58 pm Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
2/16/21 12:38 pm Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
2/16/21 12:13 pm Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm <mo...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 37 Red Tail Hawks in McGowan Wds
2/16/21 12:06 pm Bill McAneny <bmcaneny1...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
2/16/21 10:59 am Judith Jones <jwj2...> [cayugabirds-l] 37 Red Tail Hawks in McGowan Wds
2/15/21 6:06 pm John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...> [cayugabirds-l] apex sighting ... goose on a pole
2/15/21 5:03 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
2/15/21 4:23 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA
2/15/21 3:20 pm Colleen Richards <clr82...> [cayugabirds-l] apex sightings
2/15/21 2:40 pm bob mcguire <bmcguire...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
2/15/21 1:19 pm Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
2/15/21 12:50 pm Todd Beeton <toddbeeton...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
2/15/21 12:37 pm Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
2/15/21 12:24 pm Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
2/15/21 11:07 am david nicosia <daven1024...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
2/15/21 11:02 am Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
2/15/21 9:43 am Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> [cayugabirds-l] Florida siskins
2/15/21 8:29 am Judith Jones <jwj2...> [cayugabirds-l] Cass yesterday pm
2/15/21 7:06 am <browncreeper9...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] RFI Historical Ithaca Lark Sparrow report
2/14/21 4:49 pm david nicosia <daven1024...> [cayugabirds-l] Zoom Virtual Meeting: NY Breeding Bird Atlas III Training Wednesday March 3rd 730 pm
2/14/21 10:14 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] RFI Historical Ithaca Lark Sparrow report
2/13/21 2:04 pm Alicia <tess...> [cayugabirds-l] SPRING ORNITHOLOGY
2/13/21 8:03 am Diane Morton <dianegmorton...> [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club scholarships for youth and educators to learn about birds
2/13/21 5:57 am Mona Bearor <conservebirds...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Question on water quality for birdbaths
2/12/21 11:34 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Nuthatch/sapsucker
2/12/21 11:20 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lansing, Storm Rd. / Holden Rd intersection field birds
2/12/21 11:20 am Kevin C Packard <kcp48...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] Lansing, Storm Rd. / Holden Rd intersection field birds
2/12/21 11:14 am Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25...> [cayugabirds-l] Lansing, Storm Rd. / Holden Rd intersection field birds
2/11/21 8:09 am Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...> [cayugabirds-l] Winter Raptors of the NE presentation 2/13
2/10/21 1:41 pm Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Robins
2/10/21 1:36 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Robins
2/10/21 1:02 pm Susan Evans-Pond <sevans7pond...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Robins
2/10/21 11:46 am Todd Beeton <toddbeeton...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Robins
2/10/21 11:45 am William Baker <bilbaker...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Robins
2/10/21 11:37 am marsha kardon <mfkardon...> [cayugabirds-l] Robins
2/10/21 10:58 am Jody Enck <jodyenck...> [cayugabirds-l] Conservation action committee
2/9/21 7:17 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Reds
2/8/21 3:59 pm Deb Grantham <dgg3...> [cayugabirds-l] golden eagle
2/8/21 3:28 pm Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> [cayugabirds-l] Field Birds
2/8/21 1:11 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA
2/8/21 8:12 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Question on water quality for birdbaths
2/8/21 7:30 am Mona Bearor <conservebirds...> [cayugabirds-l] Question on water quality for birdbaths
2/7/21 5:58 pm Laura Stenzler <lms9...> [cayugabirds-l] From Jaguars to Jacamars: Exploring the Wildlife of the Pantanal -Cayuga Bird Club Meeting, Monday Feb 8
2/7/21 1:21 pm Matthew Medler <mdm2...> [cayugabirds-l] Glaucous Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull
2/7/21 11:38 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow buntings and larks
2/6/21 2:39 pm Chris Lajewski <lajewskic...> [cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vulture and American Robin
2/6/21 1:36 pm Trisha Vanable <trishav...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird/trail cam
2/6/21 12:38 pm John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...> [cayugabirds-l] Albatross Wisdom hatched a new chick!
2/6/21 11:39 am Mary Jane Thomas <mjbt40...> [cayugabirds-l] Bird/trail cam
2/6/21 8:46 am Laura Stenzler <lms9...> [cayugabirds-l] Snow buntings and larks
2/5/21 8:24 am Katherine Elizabeth Welch <kew99...> [cayugabirds-l] Cornell Lab of Ornithology Webinar: How to Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count
2/5/21 7:35 am Randi Minetor <writerrandi...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings
2/4/21 6:31 pm Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...> [cayugabirds-l] Birding Savannah to FL Airport
2/4/21 5:43 pm Marty Schlabach <mls5...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings
2/4/21 3:48 pm Jared Dawson <jaredwdawson...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings
2/4/21 11:55 am Marilyn Ray <mlr17...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
2/4/21 10:05 am John Gregoire <johnandsuegregoire...> [cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings
2/4/21 7:09 am Linda Post Van Buskirk <lpv1...> [cayugabirds-l] lakeshore birds
2/3/21 3:43 pm Whitings <whitings...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
2/3/21 12:42 pm Carol Cedarholm <ccedarho...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
2/3/21 12:07 pm Marilyn Ray <mlr17...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
2/3/21 9:51 am Bob Anderson <AlyceBob...> [cayugabirds-l] Unusual flock
2/3/21 8:40 am Bobbie Monroe <bobbiek6...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
2/3/21 8:08 am Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50+ Robins /Florida Robins
2/3/21 6:57 am Laura J. Heisey <ljh2...> [cayugabirds-l] Bluebird sleeping quarters
2/3/21 6:40 am Diane Morton <dianegmorton...> [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club scholarships for youth and educators to learn about birds
2/3/21 6:09 am Jody Enck <jodyenck...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Northward Bird migration already Lower Mississippi Valley / Texas
2/3/21 5:55 am Wes Blauvelt <ravenbarnconsulting...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Northward Bird migration already Lower Mississippi Valley / Texas
2/3/21 5:04 am David Nicosia <daven102468...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50+ Robins /Florida Robins
2/2/21 1:50 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> RE:[cayugabirds-l] 50+ Robins /Florida Robins
2/2/21 1:45 pm David Ruppert <dr24...> [cayugabirds-l] 50+ Robins
2/2/21 12:27 pm Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
2/2/21 11:35 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
2/2/21 11:23 am Linda Post Van Buskirk <lpv1...> [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
2/2/21 11:21 am Linda Post Van Buskirk <lpv1...> [cayugabirds-l] swans and larks
 
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Date: 3/4/21 8:44 am
From: Judith Thurber <jathurber...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] The joy they bring!
With Spring! ... on their wings.

Judy Thurber
Liverpool

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 4, 2021, at 11:33 AM, Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> wrote:
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> I'm having a wonderful morning here in Oaks Corners, NY. Have counted at least 14 redpolls (which are so beautiful against the backdrop of the snow flurries), at least 25 siskins, tree sparrows, goldfinch, juncos, bluejays, at least 14 redwings, a flicker...and to top it off, the quality of the sunlight against the falling snow and the brisk wind is a reminder that Spring is beginning to tug at ole Winter's sleeve!
> A beautiful day to be alive.
> Sar
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Date: 3/4/21 8:33 am
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] The joy they bring!
I'm having a wonderful morning here in Oaks Corners, NY. Have counted at
least 14 redpolls (which are so beautiful against the backdrop of the snow
flurries), at least 25 siskins, tree sparrows, goldfinch, juncos, bluejays,
at least 14 redwings, a flicker...and to top it off, the quality of the
sunlight against the falling snow and the brisk wind is a reminder that
Spring is beginning to tug at ole Winter's sleeve!
A beautiful day to be alive.
Sar

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Date: 3/4/21 7:45 am
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Redwings
Flock of redwings just showed at my feeders!
Pete Sar

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Date: 3/3/21 1:41 pm
From: Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Waterfowl at Montezuma Wetlands Complex/Cayuga Lake
Hi all,

We've been starting to get calls inquiring about Snow Geese in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. I have yet to see any in the area, and have only heard of a few smaller (couple hundred birds or less) flocks in the Finger Lakes. We expect the big push to start maybe next week? It all depends on the weather. The marshes and fields are still pretty frozen, as well as much of the northern end of Cayuga Lake. Once that thaws, they'll be coming in by the hundreds of thousands!

I did make it out for some birding this afternoon, and here's what I saw:

-Route 31 Muck Flats I was surprised, as it is still frozen, to see Canada Geese and unidentified ducks (probably Mallard) landing in the fields on the north side of 31. This will become the hotspot soon, but I was surprised to see them! It's a welcome sight.

-Mud Lock/North end of Cayuga Lake has open water (with some small ice sheets floating) north of the train trestle that runs across. South of the trestle, down to almost Union Springs is still iced over. Quite a few swans, ducks (mostly Mallards, did see a few Bufflehead), Canadas at the Mud Lock area, and saw 2 Bald Eagles courting or fighting in the air, hard to tell. It was a ways off, but there is a known nest in that immediate area!

-Mill Pond in Union Springs had Redheads, Mallards, Buffleheads, and a few Common Goldeneye! Good spot to stop always.

-Just south of that at Frontenac Park, the ice was mostly broken up off the boat launch and there were quite a few Mallards, Canadas, and swans milling around. They were fairly close, and this was the best viewing. I could see a raft of thousands of divers way out there, but I didn't have a scope and all I could see were that there were ducks of some kind out there. Another eagle flyover!

If you are interested in Snow Goose updates, I will try and keep our FB page (https://www.facebook.com/MontezumaAudubonCenter) updated with when and where they're being seen!

Have a good evening,
Alyssa

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Date: 3/3/21 1:17 pm
From: <bsadovnic...> <bsadovnic...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-winged Blackbird
We had three red-winged blackbirds this morning, and later, five grackles. I think we had three RWBL on Monday, for 20 seconds, but they flew away before I could get a good look!

Enfield, corner of Halseyville and Aiken Rds.

> On Mar 3, 2021, at 8:49 AM, John Gregoire <johnandsuegregoire...> wrote:
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> First one (male) this morning. Fitzgerald Rd, Burdett.
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Date: 3/3/21 12:59 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Kestrel
American Kestrel male
On wire on Holden Rd btw Brooks Hill & Storm Rds, Lansing.

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Date: 3/3/21 11:48 am
From: John Gregoire <johnandsuegregoire...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] swans overhead
No swans her but at about the same time we had a large V of Snow Geese
heading north. (Fitzgerald Rd.)

On Wed, Mar 3, 2021 at 11:32 AM Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...>
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> I also saw/heard them, I am on the west side of Cayuga and they were
> flying west. Very distinctive sound.
>
> On Wed, Mar 3, 2021 at 11:30 AM Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:
>
>> I think swans flew north by my place on lake after John’s sighting, too.
>>
>> I just heard them, but was busy filling feeders under roofed deck, so did
>> not see them in sky.
>> Had a hat on so hearing was muffled. Calls could have been from over
>> cliff on lakeshore maybe.
>> Went from south to north.
>>
>> Donna Scott
>> Lansing
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On Mar 3, 2021, at 9:24 AM, Karen <confergoldwing...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi All,
>>
>> After living in the same place for 40+ years, I don't very often get a
>> new yard bird. However, a flock of Tundra Swans calling as they flew over
>> was pretty nice. Maybe you can see them at the north end of the lake.
>>
>> John
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Date: 3/3/21 8:32 am
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] swans overhead
I also saw/heard them, I am on the west side of Cayuga and they were flying
west. Very distinctive sound.

On Wed, Mar 3, 2021 at 11:30 AM Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:

> I think swans flew north by my place on lake after John’s sighting, too.
>
> I just heard them, but was busy filling feeders under roofed deck, so did
> not see them in sky.
> Had a hat on so hearing was muffled. Calls could have been from over cliff
> on lakeshore maybe.
> Went from south to north.
>
> Donna Scott
> Lansing
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Mar 3, 2021, at 9:24 AM, Karen <confergoldwing...> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> After living in the same place for 40+ years, I don't very often get a
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> was pretty nice. Maybe you can see them at the north end of the lake.
>
> John
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Date: 3/3/21 8:30 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] swans overhead
I think swans flew north by my place on lake after John’s sighting, too.

I just heard them, but was busy filling feeders under roofed deck, so did not see them in sky.
Had a hat on so hearing was muffled. Calls could have been from over cliff on lakeshore maybe.
Went from south to north.

Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

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Hi All,

After living in the same place for 40+ years, I don't very often get a new yard bird. However, a flock of Tundra Swans calling as they flew over was pretty nice. Maybe you can see them at the north end of the lake.

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Date: 3/3/21 6:23 am
From: Karen <confergoldwing...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] swans overhead
Hi All,
   After living in the same place for 40+ years, I don't very often get a new yard bird. However, a flock of Tundra Swans calling as they flew over was pretty nice. Maybe you can see them at the north end of the lake.
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Date: 3/3/21 5:59 am
From: Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Cranes
Currently watching 5 Sandhill Cranes feeding in the partially flooded/field on the south side of Carncross Road, Savannah!

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Date: 3/3/21 5:49 am
From: John Gregoire <johnandsuegregoire...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Red-winged Blackbird
First one (male) this morning. Fitzgerald Rd, Burdett.

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Date: 3/2/21 9:28 am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Nielsen Rd Larks and Sunflower seeds
While watching Horned Larks near the top of the hill, I had a chance to talk to the birder friendly farmer who owns the fields along Nielsen Rd.
FYI, he is selling this years crop of Black-oil Sunflower Seeds $15/40lbs.....20 and 10 Lb quantities available.
Located on the corner of Nielsen Rd and Rt 96A ~3miles South of Yellow Tavern Rd x 96A, Seneca County.
You can call or text Delbert at 315-730-2502.


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Date: 3/1/21 5:12 pm
From: Candace E. Cornell <cec222...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey
This sighting is very early for an Osprey. The Osprey used to arrive in the
Cayuga Lake Basin around April 1 like the swallows of Capistrano. For their
first three years, the Salt Point Natural Area pair would reunite on
April 5 like clockwork. Six years ago, things started changing. The Osprey
started arriving earlier, by a few days, each year. Last year they skipped
a week and the male returned on March 15. There was an earlier sighting,
around March 1, but I did not have confidence in that sighting. However,
Diana Whitings knows her birds and has confidence in her sister's ID. I'm
not sure what to think as this can be a confusing time with eagles as Dave
Nutter stated especially when compounded with the affects of climate change.

Please keep your eyes posted and report any Osprey sighting—thank you!

Don't be taken aback by the 4-5 Canada Geese decoys along Rt. 90. NYSEG put
them up to keep the Ospreys from nesting in those places. I don't think the
Osprey will be intimidated, but we'll see.

Eyes to the sky!

Candace



On Mon, Mar 1, 2021 at 2:41 PM Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
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> Last spring the osprey began occupying the nests along 5&20 near the
> Refuge in early April. About the time the white Pelican was first seen at
> the north end of Cayuga Lake.
> But hey, like they say - if the book says one thing and the bird says the
> other.....believe the bird!
> Stay safe all. Getting psyched for Migration, and I bet I have lots of
> company!!
> Sar
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> On Mon, Mar 1, 2021, 2:35 PM Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> wrote:
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>> Hi Diana,
>>
>> Osprey would be new for the Cayuga Lake Basin 2021 list. This is early
>> though. It’s so early that there is only one eBird record ever for Osprey
>> in February in NYS north of Long Island, and that was several years ago
>> south of Kingston in Ulster County. This year the northernmost eBird report
>> of Osprey in the past month was on the 27th in Maryland.
>>
>> It’s certainly possible. Birds fly. There have been plenty of south winds
>> lately. Ospreys nest along 5&20 by the refuge. I am as interested as anyone
>> in finding out if birds are migrating sooner, and Ospreys have surprised me
>> with early returns to Myers in the recent past.
>>
>> But a report of Osprey even at the very end of February suggests some
>> care be taken, particularly since there are plenty of immature Bald Eagles
>> around, and in some plumages they share some of the color pattern of
>> Ospreys. Bald Eagles also nest earlier than Ospreys and have even been
>> known to take over Osprey nests before the Ospreys return, so Bald Eagles
>> or Red-tailed Hawks or other raptors might be near those nests.
>>
>> So, I’m wondering if you would mind asking your sister what about the
>> bird said “Osprey” to her instead of some other large raptor - shape,
>> behavior, pattern, etc. Thanks so much. And thanks for your photos and
>> reports. It’s a joy to hear what is happening all around us.
>>
>> - - Dave Nutter
>>
>> On Feb 28, 2021, at 8:53 PM, Whitings <whitings...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi All,
>> My sister saw an osprey flying on Rt. 20 near the entrance to the refuge
>> yesterday. Also, a Sandhill crane was seen at Mercer Park in B’ville.
>> Spring is in the air!
>>
>> Diana Whiting
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Date: 3/1/21 11:41 am
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey
Last spring the osprey began occupying the nests along 5&20 near the Refuge
in early April. About the time the white Pelican was first seen at the
north end of Cayuga Lake.
But hey, like they say - if the book says one thing and the bird says the
other.....believe the bird!
Stay safe all. Getting psyched for Migration, and I bet I have lots of
company!!
Sar

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> Hi Diana,
>
> Osprey would be new for the Cayuga Lake Basin 2021 list. This is early
> though. It’s so early that there is only one eBird record ever for Osprey
> in February in NYS north of Long Island, and that was several years ago
> south of Kingston in Ulster County. This year the northernmost eBird report
> of Osprey in the past month was on the 27th in Maryland.
>
> It’s certainly possible. Birds fly. There have been plenty of south winds
> lately. Ospreys nest along 5&20 by the refuge. I am as interested as anyone
> in finding out if birds are migrating sooner, and Ospreys have surprised me
> with early returns to Myers in the recent past.
>
> But a report of Osprey even at the very end of February suggests some care
> be taken, particularly since there are plenty of immature Bald Eagles
> around, and in some plumages they share some of the color pattern of
> Ospreys. Bald Eagles also nest earlier than Ospreys and have even been
> known to take over Osprey nests before the Ospreys return, so Bald Eagles
> or Red-tailed Hawks or other raptors might be near those nests.
>
> So, I’m wondering if you would mind asking your sister what about the bird
> said “Osprey” to her instead of some other large raptor - shape, behavior,
> pattern, etc. Thanks so much. And thanks for your photos and reports. It’s
> a joy to hear what is happening all around us.
>
> - - Dave Nutter
>
> On Feb 28, 2021, at 8:53 PM, Whitings <whitings...> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
> My sister saw an osprey flying on Rt. 20 near the entrance to the refuge
> yesterday. Also, a Sandhill crane was seen at Mercer Park in B’ville.
> Spring is in the air!
>
> Diana Whiting
>
> dianawhitingphotography.com
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Date: 3/1/21 11:35 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey
Hi Diana,

Osprey would be new for the Cayuga Lake Basin 2021 list. This is early though. It’s so early that there is only one eBird record ever for Osprey in February in NYS north of Long Island, and that was several years ago south of Kingston in Ulster County. This year the northernmost eBird report of Osprey in the past month was on the 27th in Maryland.

It’s certainly possible. Birds fly. There have been plenty of south winds lately. Ospreys nest along 5&20 by the refuge. I am as interested as anyone in finding out if birds are migrating sooner, and Ospreys have surprised me with early returns to Myers in the recent past.

But a report of Osprey even at the very end of February suggests some care be taken, particularly since there are plenty of immature Bald Eagles around, and in some plumages they share some of the color pattern of Ospreys. Bald Eagles also nest earlier than Ospreys and have even been known to take over Osprey nests before the Ospreys return, so Bald Eagles or Red-tailed Hawks or other raptors might be near those nests.

So, I’m wondering if you would mind asking your sister what about the bird said “Osprey” to her instead of some other large raptor - shape, behavior, pattern, etc. Thanks so much. And thanks for your photos and reports. It’s a joy to hear what is happening all around us.

- - Dave Nutter

> On Feb 28, 2021, at 8:53 PM, Whitings <whitings...> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
> My sister saw an osprey flying on Rt. 20 near the entrance to the refuge yesterday. Also, a Sandhill crane was seen at Mercer Park in B’ville. Spring is in the air!
>
> Diana Whiting
>
> dianawhitingphotography.com
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Date: 3/1/21 11:33 am
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA

RBA

 

*  New York

*  Syracuse

* March 01, 2021

*  NYSY  03. 01. 21

 

Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert

Dates(s):

February 22 to March 01, 2021

to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com

covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),

Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland

compiled: March 01 AT 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

compiler: Joseph Brin

Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org

 

 

#741 

Monday March 01, 2021

 

Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 

February 22, 2021

 

Highlights:

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SNOW GOOSE

WOOD DUCK

NORTHERN SHOVELER

KING EIDER

SURF SCOTER

TURKEY VULTURE

BLACK SCOTER

ICELAND GULL

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

SHORT-EARED OWL

SAW-WHET OWL

NORTHERN SHRIKE

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET

HERMIT THRUSH

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER

LAPLAND LONGSPUR

BOHEMIAN WAXWING

EVENING GROSBEAK

PINE GROSBEAK

HOARY REDPOLL
















Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)

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     2/24: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on the Esker Brook Trail.

     2/15: A SHORT-EARED OWL and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR. were seen in the Mucklands on Rt.31 just west of the Seneca River.







Cayuga County

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     2/28: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen at Fair Haven State Park.







Onondaga County

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     COMMON REDPOLLS and PINE SISKINS are still being seen at many feeders.

     2/23: A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen at the Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

     2/24: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on Monroe Road in Camillus.

     2/26: A HERMIT THRUSH was seen on Buckley Road in Liverpool.

     2/27: An ICELAND GULL was seen along the Creek Walk near Destiny in Syracuse.

     3/1: A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER continues at Radisson River Park (private) on River Road north of Rt. 31 in Baldwinsville.







Oswego County

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     2/26: BLACK SCOTERS, SURF SCOTERS, an ICELAND GULL and a NORTHERN SHOVELER were all seen in Oswego Harbor. Most were seen through yesterday. A WOOD DUCK was seen at Indian Point on the Oswego River north of Fulton.

     2/28: A WOOD DUCK was seen at Point Ontario on Lake Ontario.







Madison County

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     2/23: SNOW GEESE were heard in flight in Hamilton.

     2/25: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again on Eaton Brook Road near Erieville.







Oneida County

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     2/27: A HOARY REDPOLL was seen near Forestport.







Herkimer County

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     2/22: 5 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were at a residence in Salisbury Corners.

     2/23: A HOARY REDPOLL was at a feeding station in Dolgeville. It was present again on the 27th.

     2/24: An EVENING GROSBEAK and 5 PINE GROSBEAKS were at a residence in Salisbury Corners.

     2/26: A SAW-WHET OWL was seen at a residence on the Military Road north of Dolgeville.

     2/28: A NORTHERN SHRIKE were seen near a residence in Salisbury Corners.

         

   







----End Report







Joseph Brin

Baldwinsville NY

Region 5






  
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Date: 3/1/21 8:59 am
From: Colleen Richards <clr82...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club March 2021 meeting/webinar
Next Monday, March 8, at 7:30 pm will be the next monthly meeting of the Cayuga Bird Club. Dr. Stephen Kress will give his presentation, "Saving Seabirds with Social Attraction".
About one third of all seabird species are threatened because of effects of invasive mammals, marine pollution, loss of forage fish and climate change. Against this grim background, Stephen Kress' presentation offers hope that people can bring seabirds back to historic nesting places and expand ranges by using innovative restoration methods based on animal behavior. Steve will explain how seabird biologists are saving species by restoring nesting colonies using methods that were first developed on the Maine coast where Steve's pioneering research using decoys, audio recordings and mirrors has become known as social attraction. This method, often combined with translocation of seabird chicks, is now helping at least 95 seabird species in 25 countries. Steve will explain how these techniques brought puffins and terns back to nesting islands on the Maine coast and how others are using the methods to save endangered seabirds worldwide.

Stephen Kress is the founder of National Audubon Society's Project Puffin and a Visiting Fellow of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He previously served as Vice-President for Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society and Director of the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Bremen, Maine. His research focus is development of techniques for managing nesting seabirds. Hundreds of professional seabird biologists can trace their first interest in seabirds to internships with Project Puffin and many innovative seabird conservation methods that he developed in Maine are now standard practice worldwide. Dr. Kress received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and his Masters and undergraduate degrees from Ohio State University. He is coauthor with Derrick Z. Jackson of Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird back to Egg Rock and the recently published The Puffin Plan, an autobiography for 12+ readers. He is also author of many books on bird watching and gardening for birds. Many Ithacans know Steve from his popular Spring Ornithology courses at the Lab of Ornithology. This spring he is teaching it as a Zoom course for the Cayuga Bird Club.
Register for Zoom meeting:
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Date: 3/1/21 8:09 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] possible Vega Gull at SW corner of Cayuga Lake yesterday
Hi All,

Yesterday (28 Feb) I went to Allan H Treman State Park to check on the progress of migration (big news: the Northern Pintails - at least 10 - from the day before had all departed, and the Lesser Scaups were the #2 Aythya species in the raft, Canvasback numbers being a tenth of what they had been).

At about 12:25 I noticed a gull standing on the ice in the very corner of the lake, a gull which I thought might be a juvenile Glaucous Gull because it looked very pale, and it had a long pink bill with a small black tip. It had to be bigger than a Herring Gull which was in the foreground, although given the variation in size among Herring Gulls, and that their distance away from each other was small compared to their distance to me, their difference in size may not have been significant. I took a photo of it through my scope then continued viewing it while I waited for a view of its wingtips. When the birds shifted I was disappointed to see its wingtips were not white but light brown, darker than the body generally, which I figured ruled out Glaucous Gull. I also noticed that the darkest and most distinct feature of its plumage was on the row of overlapping feathers on the folded wing which would be the upper inner trailing edge of the wing. Each of these feathers had a long oval of light brown surrounded by white along the length of the feather, and their effect should produce a relatively dark bar next to the trailing edge of the inner wing. I figured this must be an example of the tremendous variation in Herring Gulls - I’ve seen some immatures which are extremely faded in Summer - and I didn’t pay more attention at the time. But late last night as I was writing up details of my list for eBird, I got to wondering if this might be a Glaucous hybrid. I double-checked my Sibley for the Glaucous-like bill on Herring Gulls, and a picture jumped out at me. The first summer Vega (Siberian) Herring Gull most resembled my bird, although the bird I saw was even faded compared to that Sibley plate. I have no experience with Vega Gull, but I’m putting it out there as a possibility, for gull experts to consider. I’m hoping someone has seen this bird or will see it, or can form an opinion from my photo & notes. I never saw the bird’s tail, nor did I see it with spread wings, nor did I see it directly next to another gull, so I apologize for the limited information.

Reference to my updated eBird list is below, which also shows up in the Tompkins County rare birds list with less detailed notes.

Meanwhile I saw again a banded immature Great Black-backed Gull with a black plastic band on its left leg with white lettering saying “4JF”. This bird was hatched on Appledore Island, home of the Shoals Marine Lab, off the coast of the Maine - New Hampshire border, and this is the second winter I have seen it in Ithaca. Another observer this winter had remarked on how small this bird looked and unlike a Great Black-backed. My photos show that while it may be smaller than another Great Black-backed Gull, it is larger than a couple of Herring Gulls, and it is much larger than a Ring-billed Gull.


- - Dave Nutter


> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: March 1, 2021 at 11:00:05 AM EST
> To: <nutter.dave...>
> Subject: eBird Report - NY:TOM:Ithaca: home to Cayuga L: Cass Pk - AHTreman SMP, Feb 28, 2021
>
> NY:TOM:Ithaca: home to Cayuga L: Cass Pk - AHTreman SMP, Tompkins, New York, US
> Feb 28, 2021 9:57 AM - 2:20 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: Walked N on CWT W, BDT, driveway, NYS-89; E on AHTSMP entrance road; N on walkway to Hangar; N, E, N, & E on Hangar parking lots, sidewalk, & driveway; N on maintenance building driveway, paved trail, trampled snow shortcut, & snow/ ice covered gravel path; CW around N Field; S on ice-covered paved path through & snow-covered grass path E/ N Woods; SW on trampled snow path across grass field; S on mostly ice-covered paved path; W along cleared S edge of marina; CW on cleared lane in boat ramp parking lot; S on CWT E; W across NYS-89 & Turtle Ln S; S on spur & CWT W home. Totally cloudy, low 40sF, light but increasing S breeze/ wind, liquid FCC except near marina & bay by college boathouses; Williams Glen Estuary has cut a stream through the ice in the SW corner of lake; Treman lakeshore generally ice-free; considerable but deteriorating ice shelf off Stewart Park (Fall Creek not seen but presumed eroded through ice). Lake calm, low shimmer.
> 39 species (+3 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 80 ~30 grazing on limited snow-free part of Union Field; 6 & 10 flying seen from BDT. 3 flying over AHTSMP marina. Very few & uncounted on lake (sorry, eBird). ~30 flying near golf course (doubtless more grazing there).
> Gadwall (Mareca strepera) 3 2 males & 1 female, all together, in Aythya raft.
> American Wigeon (Mareca americana) 8 4 males & 2 females separate in Aythya raft, 1 male & 1 female on ice in corner of lake.
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) X
> American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 9
> Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid) (Anas platyrhynchos x rubripes) 1 1 near SW corner of lake with Mallards & American Black Ducks, like an American Black Duck with yellow bill and green wash over brow.
> Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 0 All Northern Pintails (at least 4 males & 6 females) from yesterday were gone, solid gone.
> Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) 33 33, mostly males but several females, among Aythya raft in SW part of lake.
> Redhead (Aythya americana) 0 Hundreds, majority in raft in SW part of lake, but I got sick of counting after getting good numbers for several species (sorry, eBird).
> Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 27 25 males & 2 females in/ near raft in SW part of lake.
> Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 18 14 males & 4 females in/ near Aythya raft in SW part of lake.
> Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 105 Exact count in SW part of lake, all in/ near raft, 2nd most numerous Aythya after Redheads.
> Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 19 2 males & 2 females among raft (probable undercount), 12 together N/ raft. 2 males & 1 female on FCC flushed from W side opp Farmers’ Market.
> Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) X
> Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 3 2 females & 1 non-breeding plumage male sleeping separate in Aythya raft.
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 2 2 flying NW over W Hill seen from BDT.
> American Coot (Fulica americana) 24 24 among raft of ducks in SW part of lake (same number in 2 sweeps).
> Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1 1 heard calling at 1158 behind me as I scanned ducks from Treman lakeshore. I turned & looked around but only saw a gull overhead. FOY.
> Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X Several on ice by college boathouses. Singles scattered elsewhere.
> Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X Scores on Stewart Park ice shelf, several harassing ducks for food, even those plucking aquatic vegetation.
> Herring Gull (Vega) (Larus argentatus vegae) 1 In the SW corner of Cayuga Lake about 12:25pm I saw standing on the ice a large very pale gull with a long pink bill with a short black tip like an immature Glaucous Gull. Before seeing its wingtips I photographed it. Then birds shifted positions and I saw it had light brown wingtips & a row of overlapping feathers all alike in the folded wing, each with a light brown lengthwise oval ringed by white near the tip, that together should produce a dark bar next to the trailing edge of the inner wing on the top side. I did not see the tail. It appeared to be slightly larger than an adult Herring Gull which was in the same view and in the photo, but given that this photo was taken through my scope and the difference in their distances was a snap proportion of their distance away from me, and that there is a great deal of variation in Herring Gull size, this size difference may not be significant. I did not take more photos or pay much attention to the bird when it appeared not to be a Glaucous Gull. But I began wondering later if it was a Glaucous hybrid or a very faded Herring Gull (although the most faded Herring Gulls I’ve noticed have been in Summer, as i recall), and checking Sibley about bill color on young Herring Gulls I saw a pretty good match with immature Vega, a variety of gull with which I have no prior experience. Has anyone else seen such a gull as this at the Cornell compost piles or at Cayuga Lake, or do birders more expert than I have an opinion about this bird? Apologies for the late report & meager documentation.
> Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) 1 1 juvenile continuing in SW corner of lake.
> Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) 1 1 breeding plumage adult resting on ice off Stewart Park. White head, slate gray ( not black) back & wings, much smaller than adjacent Great Black-backed Gull, & seemingly a bit smaller than nearby Herring Gulls. Also seen there yesterday.
> Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 72 31 on Red Lighthouse Breakwater, 39 on Stewart Park ice shelf, 2 in nearby Cayuga Lake. Among them first in SW corner of lake & later on Red Lighthouse Breakwater was immature with left white-lettered black plastic leg band 4JF, repeat sighting, banded as chick on Appledore I, Maine. Photos. Said to be small by another observer, and while smaller than some Great Black-backeds, definitely larger than some Herrings, and far larger than a Ring-billed.
> Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 5 4 remaining on Red Lighthouse Breakwater after 1 flew SE.
> Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1 1 flying SW over marina.
> Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2 2 heard W/ BDT near Linderman Creek.
> Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 2 1 on tree NW/ 156. 1 in woods W/ BDT. 1 on Cattails in melting marsh E/ driveway betw BDT & NYS-89.
> Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus) 1 1 heard in N Woods & seen flying W & on tree on knoll.
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2 1 heard W/ BDT. 1 heard unseen apparently in pine N/ boat ramp parking lot, but only 2 crows flew out.
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 7 3 separate heard along BDT. 2 heard from Treman lakeshore. 2 more over AHTSMP.
> crow sp. (Corvus sp. (crow sp.)) 3 1 WB over Incodema parking lot & Cliff St Woods. 2 silently flying SW from pine between boat ramp parking lot & park office after an unseen Blue Jay screamed there for awhile (interrupting crows’ early thoughts on nesting?)
> Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4 1 in W yard. 1 in Linderman Creek gorge. 2 high in tree E/ Hangar.
> Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3 1 heard from 156. 2 seen in woods near Linderman Creek gorge.
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 4 1 heard singing SW/ 243 Cliff perhaps responding to Cardinal songs. 2 singing W/ BDT & 1 in Linderman Creek gorge.
> European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1 Perched in tree between singing male Eastern Bluebird and female Eastern Bluebird near potential food. Hmm...
> Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 2 1 male singing & 1 female near Sumacs, near Birding Kiosk & Coach’s Crossing bridge along CWT E.
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 40 Estimate of Robins in Linderman Creek gorge, in woods to N, in brush just N & W/ BDT, & in trees, on vines, on privet, in marsh, on forest floor & at puddles along S end of driveway betw BDT & NYS-89.
> House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 3 1 female on Denmans’ S lawn. 1 heard in Children’s Garden near Hawthorns & nest box. 1 heard singing S/ AHTSMP maintenance building.
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 4 1 male & 1 female flew S up from driveway to treetop by BDT. 1 male & 1 female later emerged from brush at bottom of hill on same driveway.
> American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea) 1 1 on Denmans’ S lawn.
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) 1 1 on Denmans’ S lawn.
> White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 2 2 on Denmans’ S lawn.
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 8 1 male & 1 female on Denmans’ S lawn; shortly later 1 male (same?) singing atop tree SW 156 on slope to Incodema parking lot, another simpler song series of notes from W/ 243 Cliff (same female?). 1 heard singing near S end BDT; 1 female seen W/ BDT; 1 male seen singing W/ BDT farther N; 1 E/ driveway betw BDT & NYS-89; 1 heard singing in N part of Cass Park. 1 singing near N Woods heard from Treman lakeshore.
>
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>
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Date: 3/1/21 5:26 am
From: Susan Evans-Pond <sevans7pond...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Bluebirds
Six bluebirds at Elm and Coy Glen, Friday.

Susan Evans-Pond

West Hill



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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bluebirds



On a short Sunday drive in southern Cayuga county & North Lansing, I saw some Snow Buntings, including 2 that stood out in a largish (40?) flock of flying Redpolls!



Saw a few little flocks of Horned Larks, then a larger flock at Belltown Dairy, Mahaney Rd. at town/ county line,

then found 3 lovely Bluebirds in a tall bare tree on Davis Rd (Lansing).

Donna Scott

Lansing

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Date: 2/28/21 6:53 pm
From: David Nicosia <daven102468...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] ZOOM Virtual Webinar on NY BBA Wednesday March 3rd 730-9pm
All,

Here is another reminder on my first ZOOM Virtual NYBBA webinar meeting
March 3rd 730-9 pm. I plan on going over use of eBird, basics of Atlas,
progress in central NY from 2020, priorities for 2021 and an overview of
the whole process from start to finish. I will also be available for your
questions. Please plan on attending. The focus for this is central NY. But
all are welcome.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Mar 3, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: NY Breeding Bird Atlas III E-Bird Tutorial , Year 1 results, and
Basics on Atlasing March 3rd 730 pm

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Date: 2/28/21 5:53 pm
From: Whitings <whitings...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey
Hi All,
My sister saw an osprey flying on Rt. 20 near the entrance to the refuge yesterday. Also, a Sandhill crane was seen at Mercer Park in B’ville. Spring is in the air!

Diana Whiting

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Date: 2/28/21 2:19 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bluebirds
On a short Sunday drive in southern Cayuga county & North Lansing, I saw some Snow Buntings, including 2 that stood out in a largish (40?) flock of flying Redpolls!

Saw a few little flocks of Horned Larks, then a larger flock at Belltown Dairy, Mahaney Rd. at town/ county line,
then found 3 lovely Bluebirds in a tall bare tree on Davis Rd (Lansing).

Donna Scott
Lansing
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Date: 2/28/21 1:21 pm
From: Susan Austern <susanaustern...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bluebirds in front of the department of public works in Dawn redwood trees
Hi Birders… This afternoon we saw Bluebirds flying back-and-forth between 2 dawn redwood trees right in front of the department of public works parking lot...What a lovely sight to see on a grey Ithaca Sunday.🦋


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Date: 2/28/21 9:41 am
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Zoom Social Hour Monday 7:30pm
The Cayuga Bird Club will be having its monthly Zoom Social Hour
tomorrow (March1)
at 7:30pm. This is an informal get-together to see each other and share our
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Date: 2/28/21 9:32 am
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Flickers
This is wired but cool. I currently have SIX flickers beneath my feeders
poking at the ground. 2 are male.
Pete Sar

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Date: 2/28/21 5:15 am
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Crow "snow-bathing"!
Chickens do this too.

-Geo
> 
> I recently watched snow buntings do this.
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Date: 2/27/21 3:30 pm
From: Kevin J. McGowan <kjm2...>
Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] American Crow "snow-bathing"!
I've seen them do it infrequently. I've never been able to get a good photograph of it. Marie, did you?

It's described in the BNA/Birds of the World account. Interestingly the description they cite said there was no preening afterward. I thought I had seen that.

It's always fun to see how birds bathe in things other than standing water, such as snow, dirt, rain, dew, or wet leaves.

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From: <bounce-125423235-3493952...> <bounce-125423235-3493952...> On Behalf Of Marie P. Read
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] American Crow "snow-bathing"!

Hi everyone,

Earlier today, while it was still cloudy and drizzly, I was watching an American Crow in the snow-covered field opposite my house do something I'd never seen before. While it was walking along, several times it squatted down into the snow and shuffled its wings just like birds do when they're bathing in water. Sometimes it also dug into the snow with its bill as if to loosen the snow around it. Then it preened a bit then repeated the process, maybe 7 or 8 times in the space of a few minutes, before finally flying off with another individual.

Very cool behavior! Has anyone seen them do this before?

Marie

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Date: 2/27/21 1:42 pm
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Crow "snow-bathing"!
I recently watched snow buntings do this.
Pete Sar

On Sat, Feb 27, 2021, 4:37 PM Whitings <whitings...> wrote:

> Hi,
> I have seen other birds do these, most recently snow buntings, horned
> larks and tree sparrows.
>
> Diana
>
> dianawhitingphotography.com
>
>
> On Feb 27, 2021, at 2:11 PM, Marie P. Read <mpr5...> wrote:
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> 
> Hi everyone,
>
> Earlier today, while it was still cloudy and drizzly, I was watching an
> American Crow in the snow-covered field opposite my house do something
> I'd never seen before. While it was walking along, several times it
> squatted down into the snow and shuffled its wings just like birds do when
> they're bathing in water. Sometimes it also dug into the snow with its bill
> as if to loosen the snow around it. Then it preened a bit then repeated the
> process, maybe 7 or 8 times in the space of a few minutes, before finally
> flying off with another individual.
>
> Very cool behavior! Has anyone seen them do this before?
>
> Marie
>
> Marie Read Wildlife Photography
> 452 Ringwood Road
> Freeville NY 13068 USA
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Date: 2/27/21 1:37 pm
From: Whitings <whitings...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] American Crow "snow-bathing"!
Hi,
I have seen other birds do these, most recently snow buntings, horned larks and tree sparrows.

Diana

dianawhitingphotography.com


> On Feb 27, 2021, at 2:11 PM, Marie P. Read <mpr5...> wrote:
>
> 
> Hi everyone,
>
> Earlier today, while it was still cloudy and drizzly, I was watching an American Crow in the snow-covered field opposite my house do something I'd never seen before. While it was walking along, several times it squatted down into the snow and shuffled its wings just like birds do when they're bathing in water. Sometimes it also dug into the snow with its bill as if to loosen the snow around it. Then it preened a bit then repeated the process, maybe 7 or 8 times in the space of a few minutes, before finally flying off with another individual.
>
> Very cool behavior! Has anyone seen them do this before?
>
> Marie
>
> Marie Read Wildlife Photography
> 452 Ringwood Road
> Freeville NY 13068 USA
>
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Date: 2/27/21 12:45 pm
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Union Springs ducks
Large raft of ducks at Union Springs. Seen well from town offices. Thousands! 3:45 pm Saturday.

Laura

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Date: 2/27/21 11:11 am
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] American Crow "snow-bathing"!
Hi everyone,

Earlier today, while it was still cloudy and drizzly, I was watching an American Crow in the snow-covered field opposite my house do something I'd never seen before. While it was walking along, several times it squatted down into the snow and shuffled its wings just like birds do when they're bathing in water. Sometimes it also dug into the snow with its bill as if to loosen the snow around it. Then it preened a bit then repeated the process, maybe 7 or 8 times in the space of a few minutes, before finally flying off with another individual.

Very cool behavior! Has anyone seen them do this before?

Marie

Marie Read Wildlife Photography
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Date: 2/27/21 9:49 am
From: Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Audubon Center Programming
Good afternoon!

Things are starting to thaw out here in Montezuma, but we still do have quite a bit of snow and Cayuga Lake still has a lot of ice on it. I expect with these warming temps and rain, that will disappear soon and the waterfowl migration will be upon us! At this point, there have not been any huge numbers of Snow Geese being reported yet in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. When I look at eBird, I see a smattering of a few here and there but not the hundreds of thousands we are expecting.

Follow us on Facebook, and we will be updating when they are in the area.

Three programs coming up this week:

Montezuma Bird Watching Tour
Wednesday, March 3
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Please note: This tour will depart from the Montezuma Audubon Center (2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY).
Winter is nearly over and the Montezuma Wetlands Complex is full of life! Follow behind the Audubon van in your own vehicle to explore several birding hotspots as we look for wintering waterfowl and Bald Eagles along Cayuga Lake.
To register: https://act.audubon.org/a/montezuma-bird-watching-tour-3321

All About Snow Geese
Friday, March 5
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is a critically important stopover for Snow Geese during their spring migration. Log on for this virtual presentation to learn all about the natural history of these beautiful geese and tips on when and where to find them.
To register: https://act.audubon.org/a/all-about-snow-geese-3521

Virtual Bird Banding with Dr. John Van Niel
Saturday, March 6
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
It will be explained how researchers safely capture and handle songbirds, the scientific reasons for placing bands on birds and what information researchers can obtain from a bird "in the hand". Expect to see many common feeder birds like Dark-eyed Juncos, American Goldfinches, Downy Woodpeckers, and many more.
*Please note that bird banding is a weather-dependent activity. If it is too wet, windy, or cold, we will reschedule the event.
To register: https://act.audubon.org/a/virtual-bird-banding-dr-john-van-niel-3621

For a listing of all of our programs, visit our website: https://ny.audubon.org/education/montezuma-audubon-center-programs-and-events

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Date: 2/27/21 6:06 am
From: Chris Lajewski <lajewskic...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Wetlands Complex Sandhill Cranes
Two Sandhill Cranes were observed over the Montezuma Audubon Center
yesterday afternoon (Feb. 26). Two cranes (same birds?) were also seen
flying over Deep Muck near Savannah-Spring Lake Road at sunset.
Chris Lajewski
Center Director
Montezuma Audubon Center
2295 Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146
315-365-3588
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Date: 2/26/21 12:47 pm
From: Katherine Elizabeth Welch <kew99...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cornell Lab Webinar: Backyard Bird Nest and Egg ID with NestWatch

[cid:<image002.jpg...>]<http://bit.ly/NestWatchWebinar2021>Webinar: Backyard Bird Nest and Egg ID with NestWatch
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Have you ever found a bird's nest you couldn't identify? It's both an exciting and puzzling moment! On March 2 at 12 p.m. Eastern, join our conversation with NestWatch Project Leader Robyn Bailey and Project Assistant Holly Grant as they share tips and tricks for identifying common backyard nests and eggs. We'll discuss how to safely monitor nests and baby birds and reveal features of a good birdhouse. Discover how you can turn your observations of nesting birds into scientific data with NestWatch. Register to attend our free webinar: http://bit.ly/NestWatchWebinar2021


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Date: 2/25/21 5:07 pm
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!
There seems to be an inexaustible supply! My feeders now support about 50 and a nippy disputatious bunch they are. Lots of pics of heads forward, low, bills open until another moves.
Niger is one focus. The other is bits of suet on the ground from sloppy eaters.
Lots of really bright rosy breast feathers.

No Hoary Redpolls though.

Anne

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> On Feb 25, 2021, at 7:20 PM, Laura J. Heisey <ljh2...> wrote:
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> I've had 2 Redpolls at my feeders for a week or so, first year to see any stick around my Newfield neighborhood.
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> A RB Nuthatch has been here all winter. It's a joy to see one nearly every day!
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> Laura
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> We’ve had two at our sunflower seed feeder on Bald Hill in Danby!
> Mary
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>> Today, I saw not only "my" Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 different times,
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>> First time to see Redpolls in my yard.
>>
>> RB Nuthatch was chopping up peanuts and stashing pieces in tree bark
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Date: 2/25/21 4:20 pm
From: Laura J. Heisey <ljh2...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!
I've had 2 Redpolls at my feeders for a week or so, first year to see any stick around my Newfield neighborhood.

A RB Nuthatch has been here all winter. It's a joy to see one nearly every day!

Laura

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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!

We’ve had two at our sunflower seed feeder on Bald Hill in Danby!
Mary

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> On Feb 25, 2021, at 3:10 PM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:
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> Today, I saw not only "my" Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 different times,
> front a= nd back yards, but also saw 4 Redpolls under feeders in back about 2 PM !
> First time to see Redpolls in my yard.
>
> RB Nuthatch was chopping up peanuts and stashing pieces in tree bark
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> Donna L. Scott
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Date: 2/25/21 4:04 pm
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!
We’ve had two at our sunflower seed feeder on Bald Hill in Danby!
Mary

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> On Feb 25, 2021, at 3:10 PM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:
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> Today, I saw not only "my" Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 different times, front a=
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> First time to see Redpolls in my yard.
>
> RB Nuthatch was chopping up peanuts and stashing pieces in tree bark and cr=
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> Donna L. Scott
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Date: 2/25/21 1:12 pm
From: Susan Gateley <susan...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] ducks
many ducks nice variety on open water at nw corner of Little Sodus Bay
afternoon of Feb 25 goldeneye, white winged scoter redheads pintail, a few
long tail lots of common mergansers, some courting behavior - very
colorful selection

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Date: 2/25/21 12:10 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!
Today, I saw not only "my" Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 different times, front and back yards, but also saw 4 Redpolls under feeders in back about 2 PM !
First time to see Redpolls in my yard.

RB Nuthatch was chopping up peanuts and stashing pieces in tree bark and cracks in branches.

Donna L. Scott
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Date: 2/25/21 8:20 am
From: Deb Grantham <dgg3...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] gynandromorph cardinal
Also, many soaps and cosmetics have hormone distruptors in them. It gets into the water and so everyone and everything drinking that water is exposed.

Deb


From: <bounce-125417911-83565122...> <bounce-125417911-83565122...> On Behalf Of Regi Teasley
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] gynandromorph cardinal

Atrazine affects frogs, might if affect birds as well?
Regi
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Non- birders have asked me about this and whether the bird could just be half male/female just in pigment. I notice the article says “possible Gynandromorph”. Does anyone know if there have been cases of just plumage dimorphism? Mike Tetlow

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Date: 2/25/21 7:48 am
From: Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] gynandromorph cardinal
Atrazine affects frogs, might if affect birds as well?
Regi

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Date: 2/25/21 7:26 am
From: Lois E. Chaplin <lec4...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Carolina Wren
Reynold the wren has been a regular around the feeders and has totally taken advantage of the mix I have kept out for him (lard, peanut butter, chick mash etc.). The Titmice have also been feeding on it. Yesterday, he beckoned in the Spring-like weather by starting his Teakettle song. Up to this point, all I'd hear were little chatters. And, this confirms it's a male. Here's hoping he finds a mate and hangs around.

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Date: 2/25/21 7:13 am
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Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] gynandromorph cardinal
Non- birders have asked me about this and whether the bird could just be half male/female just in pigment. I notice the article says “possible Gynandromorph”. Does anyone know if there have been cases of just plumage dimorphism? Mike Tetlow

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Date: 2/24/21 1:39 pm
From: Kevin C Packard <kcp48...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Gyandromorph cardinal seen in NW PA
Hi everyone,

I was reading with interest today that a gyandromorph northern cardinal (having a functional ovary and one functioning testis) was photographed in Warren County in NW Pennsylvania recently. Has there been any records of gynadromorphs of any common species here in the Cayuga Basin?


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56189600


Cheers,
Kevin


Kevin C Packard
364 Ives Hall East
Department of Social Statistics, ILR School
Cornell University
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607-255-5381



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Date: 2/24/21 7:26 am
From: Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [sustainable_tompkins-l] Open Space Institute Launches $18M Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund to Accelerate Land Conservation to Fight Climate Change
Birders,
Here is information that will be of interest.
Regi

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> From: Maura Stephens <maurastephens1...>
> Date: February 24, 2021 at 10:23:43 AM EST
> To: CPNY General List <cpny-general...>
> Subject: [sustainable_tompkins-l] Open Space Institute Launches $18M Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund to Accelerate Land Conservation to Fight Climate Change
> Reply-To: Sustainability in Tompkins County <sustainable_tompkins-l...>
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> 
> Please share with organizations in our Appalachian region that might benefit from this fund.
> PRESS RELEASE
>
>
> Open Space Institute Launches $18M Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund to Accelerate Land Conservation to Fight Climate Change
>
>
> NEW YORK, NY (Feb. 18, 2021)—Seeking to accelerate land conservation in the eastern U.S. to counter climate change and its impacts, the Open Space Institute (OSI) today announced the launch of its $18 million Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund (ALPF). This first-of-its-kind fund is aimed specifically at protecting some of the nation’s most biologically rich and climate-resilient landscapes. The initiative aligns with the Biden administration’s recently announced plan to conserve 30 percent of U.S. land and waters by the year 2030 to leverage natural climate solutions, protect biodiversity, and slow extinction rates.
>
> Harnessing the carbon-capturing role of forests to combat climate change, the ALPF’s goal is to conserve 50,000 acres along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains, which contain the world’s largest broadleaf forest, are responsible for a majority of US forest carbon sequestration, and provide essential climate refuge for plants and animals (maps and photos available here: https://openspaceinstitute.canto.com/b/SME5F). OSI has initially identified three specific regions that are priorities for conservation based on their intact habitat and ability to serve as corridors for migrating wildlife, contiguous forests, and to protect and increase carbon storage in vast forest resources that also provide clean water and recreational opportunities for millions of people. The three large-scale forested target areas, ranging in size from three to seven million acres, are: (1) the Cradle of Southern Appalachia, (2) the Middle Atlantic, and (3) the Northern Appalachians.
>
> To date, OSI has secured a $6 million grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and $6 million from six other regional foundations toward its $18 million goal. Additional funding will allow for further investment in the three target areas and/or the geographic expansion of the program.
>
> “Now more than ever, our future depends on forests. By putting climate change front and center, the Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund will help protect the land that matters most as we take on the largest environmental challenge of our time,” said Kim Elliman, president and CEO of OSI. “While a changing climate can create overwhelming uncertainty, the conservation of forests can go a long way toward helping wildlife and people adapt, while reducing emissions through carbon storage and sequestration.”
>
> To achieve critical, climate-related conservation goals, OSI is providing grants and loans for the acquisition of land and conservation easements that will leverage an additional $66 million in matching public and private funds. The Fund also advances efforts by states, local communities, Native American tribes, and land trusts, to align their conservation goals around climate priorities. The ALPF will ease funding requirements for organizations that identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-led that are at heightened risk of being negatively impacted by the climate crisis.
>
> The ALPF is part of a growing national effort to increase use of strategic land conservation to combat climate change. Forests, their trees, and soil are critical to storing carbon; and, when managed correctly, forests can also play a critical role in capturing the carbon emissions that are being produced today.
>
> …
>
> Please see the full text of the release here: https://www.openspaceinstitute.org/news/open-space-institute-launches-18-million-appalachian-landscapes-protection-fund-to-accelerate-land-conservation-to-fight-climate-change

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Date: 2/24/21 4:46 am
From: Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon with Mallard
Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon with Mallard

Cool Dave.
Where is the Iron Works?
Pete Sar

On Tue, Feb 23, 2021, 9:18 PM Dave K <fishwatchers...><mailto:<fishwatchers...>> wrote:
~5PM I came across the Gyrfalcon that had a Mallard on a field South of Seneca Iron Works. The Mallard was still moving when I arrived but I didn't see the catch. The Gyrfalcon had to fend off two hawks but managed to keep its prey.
Between hawks and despite traffic it fed steadily and eventually left the Mallard and flew to a tree perch on the West edge of the field.
Some (bloody) pics at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/50974933716/in/datetaken/
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Date: 2/23/21 7:03 pm
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon with Mallard
Cool Dave.
Where is the Iron Works?
Pete Sar

On Tue, Feb 23, 2021, 9:18 PM Dave K <fishwatchers...> wrote:

> ~5PM I came across the Gyrfalcon that had a Mallard on a field South of
> Seneca Iron Works. The Mallard was still moving when I arrived but I didn't
> see the catch. The Gyrfalcon had to fend off two hawks but managed to keep
> its prey.
> Between hawks and despite traffic it fed steadily and eventually left the
> Mallard and flew to a tree perch on the West edge of the field.
> Some (bloody) pics at
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/50974933716/in/datetaken/
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Date: 2/23/21 6:45 pm
From: Paul Schmitt <pschmitt9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] No Birds
I agree with Marie and add that sometimes they find something better-
less wind exposure or richer food. My hummingbirds disappear for about 8
to 10 days each summer and I figure there is a temporary food source they
prefer. The squirrels disappeared from the feeders here for about 5 days,
and then were back.

Paul Schmitt

On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 6:28 PM Marie P. Read <mpr5...> wrote:

> My bet would be the weather. Yesterday was cold and windy...birds are more
> hungry in those circumstances.
> Today it's much milder.
>
> Marie
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> On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 5:24 PM Carl Steckler <simmshill40...>
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> Yesterday there were dozens of birds at my feeders. So many that I had to
> refill the seed cake feeders.
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> Today I have not seen any birds at all.
>
> Very strange , any one have any ideas?
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Date: 2/23/21 6:18 pm
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon with Mallard
~5PM I came across the Gyrfalcon that had a Mallard on a field South of Seneca Iron Works. The Mallard was still moving when I arrived but I didn't see the catch. The Gyrfalcon had to fend off two hawks but managed to keep its prey.
Between hawks and despite traffic it fed steadily and eventually left the Mallard and flew to a tree perch on the West edge of the field.
Some (bloody) pics at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/50974933716/in/datetaken/

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Date: 2/23/21 5:47 pm
From: Deb Grantham <dgg3...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Large Crow flight
I live up on Sheffield Road, Ithaca/Enfield town line. I used to see many, probably hundreds, crows commuting up here every morning not long after it got light. They’d come from the southeast, City of Ithaca (I actually followed and backtracked them a couple of times), heading northwest. As they got up to this area, they’d start to disperse. Some would stop in the immediate area, many would keep going.

Then before dark, the commute would reverse.

I haven’t seen it happening in the last couple of years, though.

Deb


From: <bounce-125409465-83565122...> <bounce-125409465-83565122...> On Behalf Of Dave Nutter
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:19 AM
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Large Crow flight

About that time, I was walking toward the lakeshore at Treman to survey the waterfowl in the SW part of the lake. As I passed between the frozen marina and the woods of the Hog Hole swamp, I saw an estimated 450 crows commuting east overhead. It sounded like there were more on the way but not yet visible. The light was starting to dim, and I chose to look at the birds on the lake, so it’s possible that hundreds more crows commuted behind my back. There were hundreds of ducks of at least a dozen species stretching north into the distance, nothing new, but lots of fun if you don’t stress about numbers. (Clarification: hundreds of Redheads, Canvasbacks and Common Mergansers, and much smaller numbers of the other 9 species I saw). I didn’t count the geese on the lake, mostly along the west shore, but did note that about 80 Canada Geese flew low both north and south from the middle of Allan Treman State Marine Park just south of the knoll. My guess is that they had been trying to graze where the land was windswept, but it looked like tough going. An immature Iceland Gull continues in the SW corner of the lake. Lots of Great Black-backs dominating the ice-covered Red Lighthouse Breakwater. Many of the Herring Gulls are now in sleek breeding plumage. No Ring-billeds that I saw. 4 Double-crested Cormorants rested atop the piling cluster.
- - Dave Nutter

On Feb 22, 2021, at 5:39 PM, Elaina M. McCartney <elaina.mccartney...><mailto:<elaina.mccartney...>> wrote:
Approximately 5:20 pm today I noticed a steady flight of Crows from my vantage just north of Hog Hole, heading approximately toward Cayuga Heights/Cornell Campus, moving in the approximately the opposite direction of the large morning flight of 2/17. I don’t know the extent of today’s flight, I assume it had been going on for a while before I looked up and noticed—pretty gray out there. I don’t have complete numbers, but did a quick count of maybe 100+ birds in less than a minute. Looked like an evening “return” flight.
Elaina

From: <bounce-125394393-3494066...><mailto:<bounce-125394393-3494066...>> on behalf of Elaina McCartney <elaina.mccartney...><mailto:<elaina.mccartney...>>
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Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9:27 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...><mailto:<CAYUGABIRDS-L...>>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Large Crow flight

Shortly before sunrise this morning I noticed out the window a stream (actually a river) of Crows flying north following the west shore of Cayuga Lake. To attempt to count them I recorded a 20 sec video, and was able to count 270 by examining it slowly. The steady flight, which seemed to originate somewhere southish of Hog Hole, lasted at least 15 minutes at a rate of approximately 800 per minute. I don’t know how long it had been going on when I first noticed it, but there were upwards of 12,000 individuals while I watched them pass at a steady rate. Some stragglers in groups of 8-10 followed up until about 7 am.

During the GBBC I observed three immature Bald Eagles simultaneously from my window, making passes over a large raft of aythya and Canada Geese, just north of Hog Hole. It was the first time I’d seen more than two at a time. Yesterday I observed a mature Bald Eagle land in a nearby tree during a brief snow flurry. Last fall a neighbor had limbs removed from a large, dying red oak tree for safety, and constructed an osprey platform on what’s left of the tree. Hoping there will be some nesting interest.

Elaina
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Date: 2/23/21 3:28 pm
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] No Birds
My bet would be the weather. Yesterday was cold and windy...birds are more hungry in those circumstances.
Today it's much milder.

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On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 5:24 PM Carl Steckler <simmshill40...><mailto:<simmshill40...>> wrote:
Yesterday there were dozens of birds at my feeders. So many that I had to refill the seed cake feeders.

Today I have not seen any birds at all.

Very strange , any one have any ideas?
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Date: 2/23/21 2:32 pm
From: Todd Beeton <toddbeeton...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] No Birds
After a couple of weeks of nonstop action out at my feeders (I'm in Geneva)
it's been more than a week without a single bird. The high activity of
mostly sparrows, chickadees and a couple woodpeckers and nuthatches at my
feeders corresponded with flocks of robins and starlings that took over my
neighborhood thanks to some nearby berry trees. But they did all seem to
leave at once. I've changed the seed as well as the location of my suet
feeder, to no avail. The squirrels are quite content not to have the
competition. But I am similarly puzzled.

On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 5:24 PM Carl Steckler <simmshill40...> wrote:

> Yesterday there were dozens of birds at my feeders. So many that I had to
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> Very strange , any one have any ideas?
> Carl
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Date: 2/23/21 2:24 pm
From: Carl Steckler <simmshill40...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] No Birds
Yesterday there were dozens of birds at my feeders. So many that I had to
refill the seed cake feeders.

Today I have not seen any birds at all.

Very strange , any one have any ideas?
Carl

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Date: 2/23/21 6:32 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] New feeder birds
Nope. Not the hoped-for Redpolls !
( altho, there are some redpolls in the general vicinity, seen on both Algerine & Emmons Roads).

It’s a pair of Mallards who started out under the street-side feeder & ground food areas the last 2 days. I saw them, as well as their footprints in several places in front.

Today, however, they are eating seeds under the backyard-lakeside feeders, along with my usual crows, mourning doves, blue jays & cardinals (& of course, squirrels).
The smaller birds stay up on the various feeders when all these big guys are here.

Several years ago, I had a whole flock of Mallards regularly flying in from the lake to eat under feeders in back/lakeside yard. Had to buy big bags of cracked corn to scatter. This flock included a mostly white mallard which I don’t think was a domestic bird.

Donna Scott
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Date: 2/22/21 9:19 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Large Crow flight
About that time, I was walking toward the lakeshore at Treman to survey the waterfowl in the SW part of the lake. As I passed between the frozen marina and the woods of the Hog Hole swamp, I saw an estimated 450 crows commuting east overhead. It sounded like there were more on the way but not yet visible. The light was starting to dim, and I chose to look at the birds on the lake, so it’s possible that hundreds more crows commuted behind my back. There were hundreds of ducks of at least a dozen species stretching north into the distance, nothing new, but lots of fun if you don’t stress about numbers. (Clarification: hundreds of Redheads, Canvasbacks and Common Mergansers, and much smaller numbers of the other 9 species I saw). I didn’t count the geese on the lake, mostly along the west shore, but did note that about 80 Canada Geese flew low both north and south from the middle of Allan Treman State Marine Park just south of the knoll. My guess is that they had been trying to graze where the land was windswept, but it looked like tough going. An immature Iceland Gull continues in the SW corner of the lake. Lots of Great Black-backs dominating the ice-covered Red Lighthouse Breakwater. Many of the Herring Gulls are now in sleek breeding plumage. No Ring-billeds that I saw. 4 Double-crested Cormorants rested atop the piling cluster.

- - Dave Nutter

> On Feb 22, 2021, at 5:39 PM, Elaina M. McCartney <elaina.mccartney...> wrote:
>
> Approximately 5:20 pm today I noticed a steady flight of Crows from my vantage just north of Hog Hole, heading approximately toward Cayuga Heights/Cornell Campus, moving in the approximately the opposite direction of the large morning flight of 2/17. I don’t know the extent of today’s flight, I assume it had been going on for a while before I looked up and noticed—pretty gray out there. I don’t have complete numbers, but did a quick count of maybe 100+ birds in less than a minute. Looked like an evening “return” flight.
> Elaina
>
> From: <bounce-125394393-3494066...> on behalf of Elaina McCartney <elaina.mccartney...>
> Reply-To: Elaina McCartney <elaina.mccartney...>
> Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9:27 AM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Large Crow flight
>
> Shortly before sunrise this morning I noticed out the window a stream (actually a river) of Crows flying north following the west shore of Cayuga Lake. To attempt to count them I recorded a 20 sec video, and was able to count 270 by examining it slowly. The steady flight, which seemed to originate somewhere southish of Hog Hole, lasted at least 15 minutes at a rate of approximately 800 per minute. I don’t know how long it had been going on when I first noticed it, but there were upwards of 12,000 individuals while I watched them pass at a steady rate. Some stragglers in groups of 8-10 followed up until about 7 am.
>
> During the GBBC I observed three immature Bald Eagles simultaneously from my window, making passes over a large raft of aythya and Canada Geese, just north of Hog Hole. It was the first time I’d seen more than two at a time. Yesterday I observed a mature Bald Eagle land in a nearby tree during a brief snow flurry. Last fall a neighbor had limbs removed from a large, dying red oak tree for safety, and constructed an osprey platform on what’s left of the tree. Hoping there will be some nesting interest.
>
> Elaina
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Date: 2/22/21 4:17 pm
From: Martha Fischer <mf26...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Question
At our house in Enfield, a juvenile Sapsucker has been visiting our suet feeder regularly over the last week.

Martha Fischer
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A friend a mile away reports one is regular at his feeder this winter. Don't remember reports of any over-wintering here on the west side of Ovid before this year, and there is only one report in eBird for Dec-Feb in the Seneca drainage of Ovid before 2021 (assuming Dave Kennedy was on the Ovid side of the line in Willard Town Park when he made his report in 2018).


On 2/22/2021 5:32 PM, Tim Gallagher wrote:
I saw a sapsucker in Freeville last Friday morning.

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There seems to be numerous reports of sapsuckers in CNY this winter. In my thirty plus years living here I don't recall ever seeing one in the winter. Here in McGraw I have one visiting my feeders for the past few weeks. How common is it for them to winter in our area?

Thanks, Tom Fernandes

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Date: 2/22/21 3:57 pm
From: Alicia Plotkin <tess...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Question
A friend a mile away reports one is regular at his feeder this winter.
Don't remember reports of any over-wintering here on the west side of
Ovid before this year, and there is only one report in eBird for Dec-Feb
in the Seneca drainage of Ovid before 2021 (assuming Dave Kennedy was on
the Ovid side of the line in Willard Town Park when he made his report
in 2018).


On 2/22/2021 5:32 PM, Tim Gallagher wrote:
> I saw a sapsucker in Freeville last Friday morning.
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> There seems to be numerous reports of sapsuckers in CNY this winter.
> In my thirty plus years living here I don't recall ever seeing one in
> the winter. Here in McGraw I have one visiting my feeders for the past
> few weeks. How common is it for them to winter in our area?
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Date: 2/22/21 2:39 pm
From: Elaina M. McCartney <elaina.mccartney...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Large Crow flight
Approximately 5:20 pm today I noticed a steady flight of Crows from my vantage just north of Hog Hole, heading approximately toward Cayuga Heights/Cornell Campus, moving in the approximately the opposite direction of the large morning flight of 2/17. I don’t know the extent of today’s flight, I assume it had been going on for a while before I looked up and noticed—pretty gray out there. I don’t have complete numbers, but did a quick count of maybe 100+ birds in less than a minute. Looked like an evening “return” flight.
Elaina

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Large Crow flight

Shortly before sunrise this morning I noticed out the window a stream (actually a river) of Crows flying north following the west shore of Cayuga Lake. To attempt to count them I recorded a 20 sec video, and was able to count 270 by examining it slowly. The steady flight, which seemed to originate somewhere southish of Hog Hole, lasted at least 15 minutes at a rate of approximately 800 per minute. I don’t know how long it had been going on when I first noticed it, but there were upwards of 12,000 individuals while I watched them pass at a steady rate. Some stragglers in groups of 8-10 followed up until about 7 am.

During the GBBC I observed three immature Bald Eagles simultaneously from my window, making passes over a large raft of aythya and Canada Geese, just north of Hog Hole. It was the first time I’d seen more than two at a time. Yesterday I observed a mature Bald Eagle land in a nearby tree during a brief snow flurry. Last fall a neighbor had limbs removed from a large, dying red oak tree for safety, and constructed an osprey platform on what’s left of the tree. Hoping there will be some nesting interest.

Elaina
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Date: 2/22/21 2:37 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Question
Immature Sapsucker in my area of Lansing Station Rd.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Feb 22, 2021, at 5:33 PM, Tim Gallagher <twg3...><mailto:<twg3...>> wrote:

I saw a sapsucker in Freeville last Friday morning.

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There seems to be numerous reports of sapsuckers in CNY this winter. In my thirty plus years living here I don't recall ever seeing one in the winter. Here in McGraw I have one visiting my feeders for the past few weeks. How common is it for them to winter in our area?

Thanks, Tom Fernandes

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Date: 2/22/21 2:33 pm
From: Tim Gallagher <twg3...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Question
I saw a sapsucker in Freeville last Friday morning.

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There seems to be numerous reports of sapsuckers in CNY this winter. In my thirty plus years living here I don't recall ever seeing one in the winter. Here in McGraw I have one visiting my feeders for the past few weeks. How common is it for them to winter in our area?

Thanks, Tom Fernandes

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Date: 2/22/21 1:55 pm
From: Tom Fernandes <tomfernandes3127...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow Bellied Sapsucker Question
There seems to be numerous reports of sapsuckers in CNY this winter. In my
thirty plus years living here I don't recall ever seeing one in the winter.
Here in McGraw I have one visiting my feeders for the past few weeks. How
common is it for them to winter in our area?

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Date: 2/22/21 11:10 am
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA

RBA

 

*  New York

*  Syracuse

* February 22, 2021

*  NYSY  02. 22. 21

 

Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert

Dates(s):

February 15 to February 22, 2021

to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com

covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),

Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland

compiled: February 22 AT 12:00 p.m. (EDT)

compiler: Joseph Brin

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#740 

Monday February 22, 2021

 

Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 

February 15, 2021

 

Highlights:

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WOOD DUCK

NORTHERN SHOVELER

KING EIDER

SURF SCOTER

TURKEY VULTURE

PEREGRINE FALCON

GLAUCOUS GULL

ICELAND GULL

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

SNOWY OWL

SHORT-EARED OWL

NORTHERN SHRIKE

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET

SAVANNAH SPARROW

FOX SPARROW

BROWN THRASHER

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER

RUSTY BLACKBIRD

EVENING GROSBEAK

PINE GROSBEAK

HOARY REDPOLL

RED CROSSBILL













Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)

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     2/19: 1 SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from Loop Road north of Rt. 31 near the Hamlet of Montezuma.

     2/21: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from Loop Road.







Cayuga County

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     2/15: 6 HOARY REDPOLLS were seen in a group of over 900 Common Redpolls on Maiden Lane Road north of Port Byron. Also seen there was a SAVANNAH SPARROW.

     2/18: A FOX SPARROW was seen near Rt. 34 south of Cato.

     2/22: 3 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS on Jordan Road north ofJordan.







Onondaga County

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     An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continues at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville. A HOARY REDPOLL continues frequently at the Marshy Pits area on Onondaga Lake south of the Honeywell Center. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS continue at many locations throughout the county.

     2/16: An ICELAND GULL was seen from Mercer Park in Baldwinsville. 

     2/17: A NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen from the Marshy Spits area. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen near Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse.

     2/18: A pair of WOOD DUCKS continue at the Inner Harbor on Onondaga Creek north of Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse.

     2/21: 5 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen at Radisson 

river Park (private) on River Road north of Rt. 31 in Baldwinsville. 3 PINE SISKINS were seen at Harrington Road in Syracuse. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.

     2/22: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was again seen near Barry Park in Syracuse.







Oswego County

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     2/18: Up to 3 KING EIDERS and an adult male BLACK SCOTER were seen from Fort Ontario Park in Oswego Harbor. They were seen through the 21st.

     2/20: A SURF SCOTER was seen in Oswego Harbor. It was relocated on 2/21.

     2/19: A BROWN THRASHER was seen on West Lake Road in Oswego.A GLAUCOUS GULL, a RED-THROATED LOON and an ICELAND GULL were seen in Oswego Harbor.

     2/21: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen near Oswego Harbor.







Madison County

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     2/17: A TURKEY VULTURE and a COMMON GRACKLE were seen at Sullivan Town Park in Chittenango.

     2/18: a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Eden Hollow Road east of Erieville. A SNOWY OWL was again seen on Bellinger Road near the Fenner Wind Farms. 2 PINE SISKINS were seen on Skyline Drive in Morrisville.







Oneida County

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     2/16: 4 RED CROSSBILLS were seen from Kellog Street in Clinton. 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Potato Hill Road in Boonville. 







Herkimer County

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     2/15: 2 PINE SISKINS were seen on Dropp Road north of Richfield Springs.

     2/16: 7 PINE GROSBEAKS and a HOARY REDPOLL were seen at a feeding area in Salisbury Corners north of Dolgeville.

     2/18: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Salisbury Corners.




     

   







----End Report







Joseph Brin

Baldwinsville NY

Region 5


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Date: 2/22/21 8:05 am
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead birds under the thistle feeder
If you do find dead birds like this (if they're fresh and not freeze-dried
or damaged) you can store them in your freezer in plastic bag so they can
be donated to the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates the Cornell Lab of
Ornithology (when they eventually are open for the public again). I'm not
sure if there's any system in place currently for accepting specimens. If
you decide to store one, you should put a little slip of paper in the bag
that says the date, location, and how the bird died (or how you found it).
You don't have to worry about identifying the bird if you don't know what
it is. And freezer bags are always better, since they're made for keeping
things safe in a freezer.

--Brad

On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 10:29 AM Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:

> Over a month ago, I found one dead Siskin under my backyard feeders.
> 16 others seemed fine & later moved on to somewhere else.
>
> Donna Scott
> Lansing
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Feb 22, 2021, at 9:56 AM, Wesley M. Hochachka <wmh6...> wrote:
>
> If the dead birds were siskins, redpolls, or goldfinches, my first
> reaction is that the birds died from salmonellosis, and potentially you
> might have observed these birds sitting motionless and incredibly puffed up
> near the bird feeder at some point before you found the dead bird on the
> ground.
>
> Salmonellosis outbreaks, which particularly hit siskins and redpolls, are
> an unfortunately predictable corollary of irruptions of these species.
> Taking down your thistle feeder to disperse the birds might reduce further
> transmission, but it's hard to tell because the birds could just start
> congregating (maybe in larger numbers) at some other bird feeder in the
> area.
>
> Wesley Hochachka
>
>
>
>
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> From: <bounce-125406737-3494022...> <
> <bounce-125406737-3494022...> On Behalf Of Patrizia Sione
> Sent: Monday, February 22, 2021 9:30 AM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dead birds under the thistle feeder
>
> Hello all,
>
> In the course of the past 10 days, we have discovered a dead bird under a
> feeder in three separate occasions, the latest this morning. No apparent
> injury. The thistle is fresh (it goes pretty quickly) and we keep the
> feeders clean and sanitized. We called the Cornell hospital but they did
> not accept our request to have a necropsy conducted on the birds (we kept
> two of them in a sealed freezer bag outside). We have decals and nets
> outside our windows to prevent birds from hitting them.
>
> Any ideas about what could be causing this and how to prevent it from
> happening again? It is the first time it has ever happened to us in the 10
> years we’ve lived in our present location, and all this time we’ve fed
> birds.
>
> Many thanks,
> Patrizia Sione
>
>
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Date: 2/22/21 8:03 am
From: Sandy Podulka <sgp4...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Sheldrake ducks, geese, pipit, buntings
Yesterday my daughter, Lisa, and I birded around the west side of
Cayuga Lake. We found a nice concentration of ducks and geese at
Sheldrake--many Canada Geese, Canvasbacks, and Mallards. Smaller
numbers of Trumpeter Swans, Redhead, Common Mergansers, Ring-necked
Ducks, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Red-breasted Mergansers. We
also saw 5 Snow Geese on shore, including one blue phase, and a
single Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, and Black Duck. The viewing
is nice because things are close. I just wish there were places for
birders to pull over along the road.

On Morgan Road, which leads down to Sheldrake, there was a good-sized
flock (I'm terrible at estimating numbers, so we'll leave it at that)
of Snow Buntings at moderately fresh manure. Smaller numbers of
Horned Larks, and one American Pipit right along the road, bobbing its tail.

eBird checklist with terrible pipit photos
here: https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S82133028

If you want to see Redhead, head to Seneca Lake State Park--huge raft
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Date: 2/22/21 7:29 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead birds under the thistle feeder
Over a month ago, I found one dead Siskin under my backyard feeders.
16 others seemed fine & later moved on to somewhere else.

Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 22, 2021, at 9:56 AM, Wesley M. Hochachka <wmh6...><mailto:<wmh6...>> wrote:

If the dead birds were siskins, redpolls, or goldfinches, my first reaction is that the birds died from salmonellosis, and potentially you might have observed these birds sitting motionless and incredibly puffed up near the bird feeder at some point before you found the dead bird on the ground.

Salmonellosis outbreaks, which particularly hit siskins and redpolls, are an unfortunately predictable corollary of irruptions of these species. Taking down your thistle feeder to disperse the birds might reduce further transmission, but it's hard to tell because the birds could just start congregating (maybe in larger numbers) at some other bird feeder in the area.

Wesley Hochachka




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From: <bounce-125406737-3494022...><mailto:<bounce-125406737-3494022...> <bounce-125406737-3494022...><mailto:<bounce-125406737-3494022...>> On Behalf Of Patrizia Sione
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2021 9:30 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...><mailto:<CAYUGABIRDS-L...>>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dead birds under the thistle feeder

Hello all,

In the course of the past 10 days, we have discovered a dead bird under a feeder in three separate occasions, the latest this morning. No apparent injury. The thistle is fresh (it goes pretty quickly) and we keep the feeders clean and sanitized. We called the Cornell hospital but they did not accept our request to have a necropsy conducted on the birds (we kept two of them in a sealed freezer bag outside). We have decals and nets outside our windows to prevent birds from hitting them.

Any ideas about what could be causing this and how to prevent it from happening again? It is the first time it has ever happened to us in the 10 years we’ve lived in our present location, and all this time we’ve fed birds.

Many thanks,
Patrizia Sione



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Date: 2/22/21 6:56 am
From: Wesley M. Hochachka <wmh6...>
Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] Dead birds under the thistle feeder
If the dead birds were siskins, redpolls, or goldfinches, my first reaction is that the birds died from salmonellosis, and potentially you might have observed these birds sitting motionless and incredibly puffed up near the bird feeder at some point before you found the dead bird on the ground.

Salmonellosis outbreaks, which particularly hit siskins and redpolls, are an unfortunately predictable corollary of irruptions of these species. Taking down your thistle feeder to disperse the birds might reduce further transmission, but it's hard to tell because the birds could just start congregating (maybe in larger numbers) at some other bird feeder in the area.

Wesley Hochachka




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Sent: Monday, February 22, 2021 9:30 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dead birds under the thistle feeder

Hello all,

In the course of the past 10 days, we have discovered a dead bird under a feeder in three separate occasions, the latest this morning. No apparent injury. The thistle is fresh (it goes pretty quickly) and we keep the feeders clean and sanitized. We called the Cornell hospital but they did not accept our request to have a necropsy conducted on the birds (we kept two of them in a sealed freezer bag outside). We have decals and nets outside our windows to prevent birds from hitting them.

Any ideas about what could be causing this and how to prevent it from happening again? It is the first time it has ever happened to us in the 10 years we’ve lived in our present location, and all this time we’ve fed birds.

Many thanks,
Patrizia Sione



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Date: 2/22/21 6:36 am
From: Michael Ludgate <michael.ludgate...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dead birds under the thistle feeder
There have some been problems with pesticides in birdfeed in the past
https://www.audubon.org/news/pesticides-bird-seed-scotts-miracle-gro-fined-125-million

Cheers,
-Mike :-)

*Michael Ludgate*
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Quarantine photos; mostly from near our home https://adobe.ly/3fLCiU3



On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 9:30 AM Patrizia Sione <ps39...> wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> In the course of the past 10 days, we have discovered a dead bird under a
> feeder in three separate occasions, the latest this morning. No apparent
> injury. The thistle is fresh (it goes pretty quickly) and we keep the
> feeders clean and sanitized. We called the Cornell hospital but they did
> not accept our request to have a necropsy conducted on the birds (we kept
> two of them in a sealed freezer bag outside). We have decals and nets
> outside our windows to prevent birds from hitting them.
>
> Any ideas about what could be causing this and how to prevent it from
> happening again? It is the first time it has ever happened to us in the 10
> years we’ve lived in our present location, and all this time we’ve fed
> birds.
>
> Many thanks,
> Patrizia Sione
>
>
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Date: 2/22/21 6:30 am
From: Patrizia Sione <ps39...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dead birds under the thistle feeder
Hello all,

In the course of the past 10 days, we have discovered a dead bird under a feeder in three separate occasions, the latest this morning. No apparent injury. The thistle is fresh (it goes pretty quickly) and we keep the feeders clean and sanitized. We called the Cornell hospital but they did not accept our request to have a necropsy conducted on the birds (we kept two of them in a sealed freezer bag outside). We have decals and nets outside our windows to prevent birds from hitting them.

Any ideas about what could be causing this and how to prevent it from happening again? It is the first time it has ever happened to us in the 10 years we’ve lived in our present location, and all this time we’ve fed birds.

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Patrizia Sione



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Date: 2/21/21 5:19 pm
From: Deb Grantham <dgg3...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Color change without molt
I read about that, too, although can’t remember where.

Deb


From: <bounce-125404995-83565122...> <bounce-125404995-83565122...> On Behalf Of Peter Saracino
Sent: Sunday, February 21, 2021 4:44 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Color change without molt

I recently read a curious account in "Naturally Curious Day by Day" (Mary Holland) concerning the plumage of snow buntings. According to Ms. Holland, the totally white head and belly and jet-black head of a breeding plumage male is not the product of a Spring molt. Evidently snow buntings molt their feathers once/year in late summer. The breeding change in the Male's plumage is due to the fact that beneath the colored feather tips, the back feathers are pure black and the body feathers are all white. The male wears off all of the feather tips by actively rubbing them on snow, which reveals his black-and-white breeding plumage. So says the book.
Today I was watching a huge flock of snow buntings on Fort Hill Rd on the boundary between the Phelps/Seneca Townline, north of Geneva, NY. They were working a manure spread that was sandwiched between 2 strips of snowy field. To my surprise and amazement, many of the birds were rubbing their bellies in the snow! Some of the birds simply rubbed their bellies while other rubbed their bellies and also tossed some snow around with their head and beak. This time of year their heads are brownish but will be all white come time to breed.
Anyway it was a cool thing to observe so hot on the heels of having read about it.
The things we see when we look!
Pete Sar
P.S. I see that Sibley actually has a nice drawing of this in his "Birds East" book, pg. 333.
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Date: 2/21/21 2:41 pm
From: Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Color change without molt
Very interesting, Pete.
Bob, Diane, Ken and I watched Snow Buntings "digging" and rubbing in the snow today, too. One was practically flinging snow around cartoon style. In Lansing.

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To: Cayuga birds <Cayugabirds-L...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Color change without molt

I recently read a curious account in "Naturally Curious Day by Day" (Mary Holland) concerning the plumage of snow buntings. According to Ms. Holland, the totally white head and belly and jet-black head of a breeding plumage male is not the product of a Spring molt. Evidently snow buntings molt their feathers once/year in late summer. The breeding change in the Male's plumage is due to the fact that beneath the colored feather tips, the back feathers are pure black and the body feathers are all white. The male wears off all of the feather tips by actively rubbing them on snow, which reveals his black-and-white breeding plumage. So says the book.
Today I was watching a huge flock of snow buntings on Fort Hill Rd on the boundary between the Phelps/Seneca Townline, north of Geneva, NY. They were working a manure spread that was sandwiched between 2 strips of snowy field. To my surprise and amazement, many of the birds were rubbing their bellies in the snow! Some of the birds simply rubbed their bellies while other rubbed their bellies and also tossed some snow around with their head and beak. This time of year their heads are brownish but will be all white come time to breed.
Anyway it was a cool thing to observe so hot on the heels of having read about it.
The things we see when we look!
Pete Sar
P.S. I see that Sibley actually has a nice drawing of this in his "Birds East" book, pg. 333.
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Date: 2/21/21 1:49 pm
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Color change without molt (cont'd.)
My apologies. In describing the breeding plumage of the bunting male I
meant to write " white head and belly and jet-black BACK".
SAR

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Date: 2/21/21 1:43 pm
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Color change without molt
I recently read a curious account in "Naturally Curious Day by Day" (Mary
Holland) concerning the plumage of snow buntings. According to Ms. Holland,
the totally white head and belly and jet-black head of a breeding plumage
male is not the product of a Spring molt. Evidently snow buntings molt
their feathers once/year in late summer. The breeding change in the Male's
plumage is due to the fact that beneath the colored feather tips, the back
feathers are pure black and the body feathers are all white. The male wears
off all of the feather tips by actively rubbing them on snow, which reveals
his black-and-white breeding plumage. So says the book.
Today I was watching a huge flock of snow buntings on Fort Hill Rd on the
boundary between the Phelps/Seneca Townline, north of Geneva, NY. They were
working a manure spread that was sandwiched between 2 strips of snowy
field. To my surprise and amazement, many of the birds were rubbing their
bellies in the snow! Some of the birds simply rubbed their bellies while
other rubbed their bellies and also tossed some snow around with their head
and beak. This time of year their heads are brownish but will be all white
come time to breed.
Anyway it was a cool thing to observe so hot on the heels of having read
about it.
The things we see when we look!
Pete Sar
P.S. I see that Sibley actually has a nice drawing of this in his "Birds
East" book, pg. 333.

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Date: 2/21/21 1:20 pm
From: Paul Anderson <fishoak...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Surprises at Salt Point
I see that Pipits are tail-bobbers too, so that's likely what I saw. Sorry
for the false alarm!

-Paul

On Sun, Feb 21, 2021 at 4:02 PM bob mcguire <bmcguire...>
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> Diane, Rachel, Ken, and I were at Myers mid-morning as five American
> Pipits flew in front the direction of Salt Point (north shoreline) to
> forage for ten minutes along the edge of Salmon Creek directly in front of
> us. Although the field marks you describe do fit PIWA, you might consider
> pipit as well.
>
> While we were there a pair of White-winged Scoters flew in from the south
> and landed in the cove just north of Salt Point. And there was the
> continuing Killdeer across the creek from us, hunkered down at first, then
> foraging in the gravel.
>
> Bob McGuire
>
> On Feb 21, 2021, at 3:08 PM, Paul Anderson <fishoak...> wrote:
>
> I just got back from a walk around Salt Point. The first surprise was a
> Killdeer.
>
> The second surprise was what I am 90% sure was a Palm Warbler, possibly
> even two. I heard flight calls and followed the bird in flight to where it
> perched in a tree. It was backlit, so I was not able to make out many field
> marks, but I did get a strong impression of the yellow undertail coverts,
> and it was bobbing its tail vigorously. As I was watching that one, I could
> hear another in flight, but the sun was in my eyes so I never picked that
> one up. This was right on the north shore near where the Little Free
> Library is.
>
> In the water, amongst the usual suspects were two White-winged Scoters,
> and three Red-breasted Mergansers. Further to the north was a large
> spread-out raft of probable Canada Geese, but I didn't have my scope so I
> couldn't confirm.
>
> Visibility and wind conditions are excellent. I wouldn't be surprised if
> there were more interesting waterfowl further out. If only I had brought
> that scope....
>
> -Paul
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Date: 2/21/21 1:03 pm
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Surprises at Salt Point
Diane, Rachel, Ken, and I were at Myers mid-morning as five American Pipits flew in front the direction of Salt Point (north shoreline) to forage for ten minutes along the edge of Salmon Creek directly in front of us. Although the field marks you describe do fit PIWA, you might consider pipit as well.

While we were there a pair of White-winged Scoters flew in from the south and landed in the cove just north of Salt Point. And there was the continuing Killdeer across the creek from us, hunkered down at first, then foraging in the gravel.

Bob McGuire

> On Feb 21, 2021, at 3:08 PM, Paul Anderson <fishoak...> wrote:
>
> I just got back from a walk around Salt Point. The first surprise was a Killdeer.
>
> The second surprise was what I am 90% sure was a Palm Warbler, possibly even two. I heard flight calls and followed the bird in flight to where it perched in a tree. It was backlit, so I was not able to make out many field marks, but I did get a strong impression of the yellow undertail coverts, and it was bobbing its tail vigorously. As I was watching that one, I could hear another in flight, but the sun was in my eyes so I never picked that one up. This was right on the north shore near where the Little Free Library is.
>
> In the water, amongst the usual suspects were two White-winged Scoters, and three Red-breasted Mergansers. Further to the north was a large spread-out raft of probable Canada Geese, but I didn't have my scope so I couldn't confirm.
>
> Visibility and wind conditions are excellent. I wouldn't be surprised if there were more interesting waterfowl further out. If only I had brought that scope....
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> -Paul
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Date: 2/21/21 12:08 pm
From: Paul Anderson <fishoak...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Surprises at Salt Point
I just got back from a walk around Salt Point. The first surprise was a
Killdeer.

The second surprise was what I am 90% sure was a Palm Warbler, possibly
even two. I heard flight calls and followed the bird in flight to where it
perched in a tree. It was backlit, so I was not able to make out many field
marks, but I did get a strong impression of the yellow undertail coverts,
and it was bobbing its tail vigorously. As I was watching that one, I could
hear another in flight, but the sun was in my eyes so I never picked that
one up. This was right on the north shore near where the Little Free
Library is.

In the water, amongst the usual suspects were two White-winged Scoters, and
three Red-breasted Mergansers. Further to the north was a large spread-out
raft of probable Canada Geese, but I didn't have my scope so I couldn't
confirm.

Visibility and wind conditions are excellent. I wouldn't be surprised if
there were more interesting waterfowl further out. If only I had brought
that scope....

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Date: 2/21/21 8:20 am
From: Bill Evans <wrevans...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Massive Solar Farm coming to Cayuga County
There are 60+ solar projects in various stages of development across NY. The big one in Cayuga County is call the Garnet Energy Center. The siting approval process can be followed at: http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/MatterManagement/CaseMaster.aspx?MatterSeq=61792&MNO=20-F-0043

The solar panels and facility will be built on 1300 of the 2000 acre project. There is an Intervenor group formally involved in the proceeding called the Rural Preservation and Net Conservation Benefit Coalition. They are not trying to stop the project, but trying to encourage pollinator friendly planting and get some mitigation land set aside. I haven’t seen any sign that the developer is consenting.

The documentation of the impact to breeding Horned Lark and Vesper Sparrow appears like it will be limited, so folks birding in the proposed project area (not far from Montezuma NWR) can contribute by looking for these two species and submitting sitings to eBird, especially this May and June. The project area has recently grown and maps can be found at the link above.

Besides the renewable energy benefit, taking fields of neonic-laden corn and soy seeds and their associated herbicides out of production is a good thing.

As far as we know, solar is more friendly to migratory birds than big wind regarding direct impacts, however no follow-up fatality studies are currently planned for ANY solar projects in NY. Substantial avian impacts from solar have apparently been a well-kept secret in California, so we need to keep an eye on it and push for some NY solar fatality studies. How could a grebe mistake a solar field for water? I don’t know, but it happens.

In my current understanding, a 200 MW solar project in NY would have much less avian impact than the equivalent energy production from 70 600-ft high wind turbines in the same location.

Bill Evans
Danby

From: david nicosia
Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:31 AM
Subject: Massive Solar Farm coming to Cayuga County

All,

see https://www.syracuse.com/news/2020/02/monster-cny-solar-farm-would-replace-corn-and-soybeans-with-power-for-30000-homes.html


Does anyone have any more details on this? If it is done with wildlife in mind this could be a good thing. If they plant pollinator friendly and native grasses this could be a positive. But if it is just plain grass it could be at best just a trade-off and at worse a negative. These solar farms could be good for birds and pollinators. see
https://www.audubon.org/news/can-solar-plants-make-good-bird-habitat


Maybe you are all aware of this but the big renewable energy push through solar farms could be an opportunity to improve bird and pollinator habitats. Anyway, just wondering if any folks have information on this or have contacted solar farm companies on this.

Best,
Dave





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Date: 2/21/21 5:42 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snow geese
~300 in raft near west shore Cayuga Lake, opposite lansing Station Rd.

Swam north, then flew north out of sight.

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Lansing
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Date: 2/21/21 4:34 am
From: jimnorwalk <jimnorwalk...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Seneca Lake Tufted duck and Aythya hybrids
If it matters the Seneca Yacht Club is different than the Geneva Boat and Beach Club. The Yacht Club is off 96a at the mouth of the Seneca Canal across from the far end of the state park and the Boat and Beach Club is I'm guessing 3 miles south of Geneva on 14 on the west side of the lake. Excellent sightings. Sent from my Galaxy
-------- Original message --------From: Jay McGowan <jwm57...> Date: 2/20/21 7:17 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Cayugabirds-L <Cayugabirds-L...>, <Nysbirds-l...> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Seneca Lake Tufted duck and Aythya hybrids After an absence of over two weeks, an adult male TUFTED DUCK reappeared on Seneca Lake yesterday, found at the Seneca Yacht Club at the northeast corner of the lake by Dave Kennedy. It was not there this morning, but presumably the same bird was refound by Tim Lenz down along the west side of the lake south of Geneva. My checklist with photos and the exact location here:https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S82004482While I was searching for the Tufted earlier in the morning, I came across a nice variety of Aythya hybrids in the several thousand ducks at the north end of the lake. First, a RING-NECKED DUCK x SCAUP SP. HYBRID in the large flock off the middle of Seneca Lake State Park. I didn't get a photo, but it looked likely to be the same bird that had been in the flocks on the west side of the lake. Some poor photos of that bird from two weeks ago here:https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S80410040Then at Long Pier at the west end of the Geneva Lakefront Park area, the smaller Aythya flock close to shore contained a REDHEAD x SCAUP SP. HYBRID, a REDHEAD x RING-NECKED DUCK HYBRID, and most notably, an apparent CANVASBACK x REDHEAD HYBRID that Tim had noticed earlier. This cross is one of the tougher to pick out in my experience, looking mostly like a dingy Canvasback at first glance. The headshape is indeed intermediate between the two species, but with a sloping enough forehead it doesn't immediately stand out as not being a Canvasback. On this individual, the blue markings on the bill are perhaps the most noticeable feature, along with overall slightly grayer body color. The eye is also subtly more orange than Canvasbacks, although still much darker red than Redhead. They always recall Common Pochard, but the bill pattern is usually distinctly different.Photos of these three hybrids here:https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S82005647Meanwhile, here in Ithaca we still have a decent sized Aythya flock in the southwest corner of the lake, but the only birds of note there lately have been two more REDHEAD x SCAUP SP. HYBRIDS. Photos of both (nearly identical) individuals here:https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S80888034Good birding,Jay-- Jay McGowanIthaca, <NYjwm57...>

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Date: 2/20/21 9:12 pm
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] apex sighting ... goose on a pole per Colleen Richards 2/15/21
Colleen saw a goose on a utility pole along Rte. 90 but it wasn't real.



Subject: [cayugabirds-l] apex sighting ... goose on a pole
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 21:05:48 -0500
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...>
To: Colleen Richards <clr82...>, Cayuga Birds
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Colleen .... That goose is a "dummy" put there by NYSEG to keep ospreys
from building a nest there until an extension can be put on the poles
/well above the transformers/ before the ospreys return.� Daughter,
Becky Sewell, who monitors the osprey nests for Candace Cornell since
I'm no longer able, knows where /all three of them/ are.

***** One is on the transformer pole on the west side of 90, between the
Union Springs Fire Department and the casino (Lakeside Entertainment).
Map coordinates are 42.852716, -76.690844.

***** South of Union Springs is one on the transformer pole on the west
side of 90, across from Great Gully Road. Map coordinates are 42.811910,
-76.699376.

***** Another is on the pole on the west side of 90, at the northeast
(toward Union Springs) corner of a little patch of trees at the top of
the hill above Cayuga Lake Farm, (north of Levanna) with a nice view of
the lake (from the top of the pole, anyway). Coordinates are 42.795959,
-76.710332.

Last fall, Becky actually "rescued" a NYSEG man at the Great Gully Rd.
utility pole when the engine on his truck quit & his fully extended
lift, with him in it, wouldn't go down. He was stuck! She had seen him &
stopped to ask why the osprey nest had been removed & why a fake Canada
goose had been put atop the pole. I'm sure he was glad for a "nosy"
female 'cause she did what he told her so he got down okay.

_So_ ... _*yes*, there really is a Canada goose balancing atop a utility
pole._ The three /rigid, unmoving decoys/ have been securely fastened to
the poles, so if NYSEG may never take them down, the poor ospreys will
simply move their operations to other transformer poles since those are
their favorite places, on the twin cross-arms above the transformers.

Oh, and last week, Becky found that a new, sturdier, bald eagle nest has
been built in a taller tree in the hedgerow south of Backus Rd. which
goes west, down to Hibiscus Harbor just north of Rte. 326. It is
replacing the former red-tail hawk/bald eagle nest, still seen in a
slightly shorter tree about halfway down the hedgerow behind the Union
Springs casino/fire station/Lakeside Trading gas station. It is highly
visible from 90, at the storage units at the intersection of 90 and 326.
She saw an adult eagle in the tree yesterday. Until trees leaf out, the
nest(s) can be seen from the parking lots of those places & from Backus
Rd., esp. from the 2nd curve, under the osprey nest pole. The new nest's
higher position lifts it above the shorter trees that typically obscured
the older, lower nest, giving much nicer, clearer views of the nest and
hopefully its occupants! Its APPROXIMATE coordinates (it doesn't show on
Googlemaps) are 42.857367, -76.697237, or very nearby.

BTW, there is also a red-tail hawk nest in the first clump of trees
north of Backus Road after leaving 90. It was occupied in 2020 at least.
Map coordinates are 42.860886, -76.695246.

Fritzie B.

Union Springs, NY

On 2/15/2021 6:18 PM, Colleen Richards wrote:
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> ......� Sunday afternoon, completing a circling of Seneca and Cayuga
> Lakes, something else odd appeared on the top of a telephone pole
> along Rt. 90. Unless someone was playing a joke, a Canada Goose
> appeared to be trying to balance on *that* apex by raising and
> lowering his head and neck!
> Strange sightings indeed!
> Colleen Richards

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Date: 2/20/21 4:17 pm
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Seneca Lake Tufted duck and Aythya hybrids
After an absence of over two weeks, an adult male TUFTED DUCK reappeared on
Seneca Lake yesterday, found at the Seneca Yacht Club at the northeast
corner of the lake by Dave Kennedy. It was not there this morning, but
presumably the same bird was refound by Tim Lenz down along the west side
of the lake south of Geneva. My checklist with photos and the exact
location here:
https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S82004482

While I was searching for the Tufted earlier in the morning, I came across
a nice variety of Aythya hybrids in the several thousand ducks at the north
end of the lake. First, a RING-NECKED DUCK x SCAUP SP. HYBRID in the large
flock off the middle of Seneca Lake State Park. I didn't get a photo, but
it looked likely to be the same bird that had been in the flocks on the
west side of the lake. Some poor photos of that bird from two weeks ago
here:
https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S80410040

Then at Long Pier at the west end of the Geneva Lakefront Park area, the
smaller Aythya flock close to shore contained a REDHEAD x SCAUP SP. HYBRID,
a REDHEAD x RING-NECKED DUCK HYBRID, and most notably, an apparent
CANVASBACK x REDHEAD HYBRID that Tim had noticed earlier. This cross is one
of the tougher to pick out in my experience, looking mostly like a dingy
Canvasback at first glance. The headshape is indeed intermediate between
the two species, but with a sloping enough forehead it doesn't immediately
stand out as not being a Canvasback. On this individual, the blue markings
on the bill are perhaps the most noticeable feature, along with overall
slightly grayer body color. The eye is also subtly more orange than
Canvasbacks, although still much darker red than Redhead. They always
recall Common Pochard, but the bill pattern is usually distinctly different.

Photos of these three hybrids here:
https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S82005647

Meanwhile, here in Ithaca we still have a decent sized Aythya flock in the
southwest corner of the lake, but the only birds of note there lately have
been two more REDHEAD x SCAUP SP. HYBRIDS. Photos of both (nearly
identical) individuals here:
https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S80888034

Good birding,
Jay

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Date: 2/20/21 3:14 pm
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!
My two redpolls that have been here for a week apparently got outed and more arrived today. Not 20 yet but 6-7 and feisty! Niger and those peanut suet blocks. Took a close up video of one at suet 5 inches from sliding door. Competition from red bellied woodpecker and Pileated is a little one sided., of course.

This is on Hile School rd. Been putting in eBird here and there

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> Finally, we have a small flock of Redpolls coming to our feeders! FIrst it was 2 or 3 every other day or so, for about 15 minutes each day over the last 2 weeks. Then they discovered the one niger seed sock feeder that has been up there since fall. Yesterday, there were about 5 on that sock so I rushed out to buy two mesh niger feeders and more seed and today there are about 20 on and off all day. Fun! I've also seen them eating suet. They mostly ignore the sunflower seeds now. At times there are 8 or more squeezing onto each of the mesh feeders, and on the sock!
> This is all happening on Hunt Hill Road, 7 miles east of Ithaca (town of Dryden).
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> Now, where are those Evening Grosbeaks.........
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Date: 2/20/21 11:52 am
From: Colleen Richards <clr82...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?
We seem to have a group of 30-40 chickadees around our neighborhood quite frequently. Not sure if they are always the same but I often see one of my backyard "buddies" amongst the group - a bird that was attacked by something last spring and is missing about half of the feathers on his crown and nape whom we dubbed "Baldy". - Colleen Richards

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From: Liz Brown <etb2...>
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>, Suan Yong <suan.yong...>, Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2021 19:03:02 +0000


I was xc skiing on CT Hill about 10 years ago, and I came across a deer carcass - a skeleton, really, with bits of flesh clinging to it. It was covered with chickadees, like flies. At least 30 of them were working away at it, tugging and pecking at scraps of fat and meat. It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen, and I'm kind of glad that it was pre-cell-phone-camera, and I just carry the image in my mind. -Liz Brown From: <bounce-125403508-25000997...> <bounce-125403508-25000997...> on behalf of Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...>
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To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>; Suan Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock? I once encountered A LOT of chickadees along Cayuga Lake. There was a row of trees beside the road, and as a couple of us were birding the lake, there was a steady stream of chickadees moving past us in the trees headed north, so it was easy to tell they weren't the same birds. I don't see my eBird checklist (maybe I didn't make one, I can't remember), so I don't have any more exact numbers, but we were all impressed with the number of chickadees that went by and I'm sure it was over 50. Not sure why or what they were up to! From: <bounce-125403482-81221466...> <bounce-125403482-81221466...> on behalf of Suan Yong <suan.yong...>
Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2021 1:00 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock? While cross-country skiing through Hammond Hill, I saw a flock of about 50 small birds moving through some evergreens, in fairly tight quarters, in waves of 5-10 at a time. The only sounds I could hear and identify were chickadee chips and calls. I'm used to only encountering chickadees in small flocks of maybe 5-10, and this big flock seems unusual. They were too far to ID without binoculars. Conceivably they were redpolls or something else, but I heard nothing to suggest anything besides chickadees.

Suan
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Date: 2/20/21 11:43 am
From: Ken Haas <waxwing...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] new vs. old niger seed
From 2004 to 2008 I worked part time at The Wild Bird Center near Reading, Pa. We had several customers that would leave Nyjer seed in the feeder for too long. It absorbs moisture faster than sunflower or safflower and can get moldy quickly if left unattended. Even when stored inside the bag, it will go bad as it has a relatively short shelf life. I use a “sock” type of feeder and have found it works well because it can get more air than when it’s in a tube feeder. I offer nyjer in a dual sock feeder and every couple of days, I go out and shake the seed up a bit. If it’s in a tube feeder I’d recommend shaking the feeder by turning it upside down a few times just to move the seed around a bit inside. You’ll find that it will stay fresh a bit longer.

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> On Feb 20, 2021, at 1:21 PM, Carol Keeler <carolk441...> wrote:
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> Yes, I’ve found that too. Niger seed gets old. I read somewhere that it’s good when it’s shiny.
>
> Sent from my iPad
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>> On Feb 20, 2021, at 12:13 PM, Marty Schlabach <mls5...> wrote:
>>
>> 
>> I’ve been feeding niger seed all season. Even though we have plenty of birds coming to our feeders, few birds have been visiting the niger feeders and I rarely have to refill them. The seed is some I purchased last season.
>>
>> The other day I decided to purchase new niger seed. The birds are now clamoring to get to the feeder and refilling needs to happen regularly.
>>
>> Must be that niger seed does not age well. The benefits of aging will have to remain with things like wine.
>>
>> Marty
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Date: 2/20/21 11:21 am
From: Tim Gallagher <twg3...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?
I've seen a Louis Agassiz Fuertes painting just like that, with chickadees picking meat from a deer's ribs.

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From: <bounce-125403547-10557144...> <bounce-125403547-10557144...> on behalf of Liz Brown <etb2...>
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?

I was xc skiing on CT Hill about 10 years ago, and I came across a deer carcass - a skeleton, really, with bits of flesh clinging to it. It was covered with chickadees, like flies. At least 30 of them were working away at it, tugging and pecking at scraps of fat and meat.

It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen, and I'm kind of glad that it was pre-cell-phone-camera, and I just carry the image in my mind.

-Liz Brown
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?

I once encountered A LOT of chickadees along Cayuga Lake. There was a row of trees beside the road, and as a couple of us were birding the lake, there was a steady stream of chickadees moving past us in the trees headed north, so it was easy to tell they weren't the same birds. I don't see my eBird checklist (maybe I didn't make one, I can't remember), so I don't have any more exact numbers, but we were all impressed with the number of chickadees that went by and I'm sure it was over 50. Not sure why or what they were up to!

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?

While cross-country skiing through Hammond Hill, I saw a flock of about 50 small birds moving through some evergreens, in fairly tight quarters, in waves of 5-10 at a time. The only sounds I could hear and identify were chickadee chips and calls. I'm used to only encountering chickadees in small flocks of maybe 5-10, and this big flock seems unusual. They were too far to ID without binoculars. Conceivably they were redpolls or something else, but I heard nothing to suggest anything besides chickadees.

Suan
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Date: 2/20/21 11:03 am
From: Liz Brown <etb2...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?
I was xc skiing on CT Hill about 10 years ago, and I came across a deer carcass - a skeleton, really, with bits of flesh clinging to it. It was covered with chickadees, like flies. At least 30 of them were working away at it, tugging and pecking at scraps of fat and meat.

It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen, and I'm kind of glad that it was pre-cell-phone-camera, and I just carry the image in my mind.

-Liz Brown
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?

I once encountered A LOT of chickadees along Cayuga Lake. There was a row of trees beside the road, and as a couple of us were birding the lake, there was a steady stream of chickadees moving past us in the trees headed north, so it was easy to tell they weren't the same birds. I don't see my eBird checklist (maybe I didn't make one, I can't remember), so I don't have any more exact numbers, but we were all impressed with the number of chickadees that went by and I'm sure it was over 50. Not sure why or what they were up to!

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?

While cross-country skiing through Hammond Hill, I saw a flock of about 50 small birds moving through some evergreens, in fairly tight quarters, in waves of 5-10 at a time. The only sounds I could hear and identify were chickadee chips and calls. I'm used to only encountering chickadees in small flocks of maybe 5-10, and this big flock seems unusual. They were too far to ID without binoculars. Conceivably they were redpolls or something else, but I heard nothing to suggest anything besides chickadees.

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Date: 2/20/21 10:23 am
From: Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?
I once encountered A LOT of chickadees along Cayuga Lake. There was a row of trees beside the road, and as a couple of us were birding the lake, there was a steady stream of chickadees moving past us in the trees headed north, so it was easy to tell they weren't the same birds. I don't see my eBird checklist (maybe I didn't make one, I can't remember), so I don't have any more exact numbers, but we were all impressed with the number of chickadees that went by and I'm sure it was over 50. Not sure why or what they were up to!

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?

While cross-country skiing through Hammond Hill, I saw a flock of about 50 small birds moving through some evergreens, in fairly tight quarters, in waves of 5-10 at a time. The only sounds I could hear and identify were chickadee chips and calls. I'm used to only encountering chickadees in small flocks of maybe 5-10, and this big flock seems unusual. They were too far to ID without binoculars. Conceivably they were redpolls or something else, but I heard nothing to suggest anything besides chickadees.

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Date: 2/20/21 10:22 am
From: Carol Keeler <carolk441...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] new vs. old niger seed
Yes, I’ve found that too. Niger seed gets old. I read somewhere that it’s good when it’s shiny.

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> On Feb 20, 2021, at 12:13 PM, Marty Schlabach <mls5...> wrote:
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> 
> I’ve been feeding niger seed all season. Even though we have plenty of birds coming to our feeders, few birds have been visiting the niger feeders and I rarely have to refill them. The seed is some I purchased last season.
>
> The other day I decided to purchase new niger seed. The birds are now clamoring to get to the feeder and refilling needs to happen regularly.
>
> Must be that niger seed does not age well. The benefits of aging will have to remain with things like wine.
>
> Marty
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Date: 2/20/21 10:18 am
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] new vs. old niger seed
I’m glad you mentioned this, because I thought it was just me having that experience. It was frustrating as I don’t see how I could tell without trying it myself ;)

Gary

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Date: 2/20/21 10:00 am
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Chickadee flock?
While cross-country skiing through Hammond Hill, I saw a flock of about 50 small birds moving through some evergreens, in fairly tight quarters, in waves of 5-10 at a time. The only sounds I could hear and identify were chickadee chips and calls. I'm used to only encountering chickadees in small flocks of maybe 5-10, and this big flock seems unusual. They were too far to ID without binoculars. Conceivably they were redpolls or something else, but I heard nothing to suggest anything besides chickadees.

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Date: 2/20/21 9:57 am
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls!
Finally, we have a small flock of Redpolls coming to our feeders! FIrst it was 2 or 3 every other day or so, for about 15 minutes each day over the last 2 weeks. Then they discovered the one niger seed sock feeder that has been up there since fall. Yesterday, there were about 5 on that sock so I rushed out to buy two mesh niger feeders and more seed and today there are about 20 on and off all day. Fun! I've also seen them eating suet. They mostly ignore the sunflower seeds now. At times there are 8 or more squeezing onto each of the mesh feeders, and on the sock!
This is all happening on Hunt Hill Road, 7 miles east of Ithaca (town of Dryden).

Now, where are those Evening Grosbeaks.........

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Date: 2/20/21 9:13 am
From: Marty Schlabach <mls5...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] new vs. old niger seed
I've been feeding niger seed all season. Even though we have plenty of birds coming to our feeders, few birds have been visiting the niger feeders and I rarely have to refill them. The seed is some I purchased last season.

The other day I decided to purchase new niger seed. The birds are now clamoring to get to the feeder and refilling needs to happen regularly.

Must be that niger seed does not age well. The benefits of aging will have to remain with things like wine.

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Date: 2/20/21 8:38 am
From: Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...>
Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] [oneidabirds-l] Short-eared Owls in Montezuma Wetlands Complex
A follow up to my previous post, and many thanks to bringing this up, Diana.

I am aware that the Short-eared Owl viewing situation at Nations Road in Avon, NY is nothing short of a 3-ring circus at times. (And probably other places too) Some of the human activity has perhaps become disturbing to the owls. I haven't been there, so I'm unaware of what it's been like first hand, but I can imagine.

Considering the well-being of the wild animal you're trying to enjoy or photograph, is paramount to me. Many of these seasonally exciting birds, like the Short-ear and Snowy Owls, have traveled far distances and may be weak, hungry, and exhausted. Please respect the space needed by these birds to roost and hunt. Disturbing them during either could very well lead to their death. Maybe not because one person flushed one, but if many people are visiting and getting out of cars, talking loudly, walking around, and maybe getting too clsoe, you can see how it can quickly get out of hand.

The locations I mentioned are, by their nature, not that accessible unless you are dedicated to tromp through FEET of snow to get closer to the hunting grounds. There are great viewing opportunities from the roads or parking lots, depending on where you go. Some will suggest staying in your car, and I don't disagree. If you do want to get out to get a better view or angle, use your car as a blind. There were 15 of us last night, and we kept the cars between us and the field where the owl was hunting. There was no indication that we were disturbing the owl as it was actively hunting, and coming close and moving away equally as it was perusing the field. I read or heard a good thing to remember: Don't sacrifice the well-being of the animal by approaching for a better look, just because you don't have the gear to get those good views. Invest in binoculars, a scope, a lens, and you will have great opportunity to watch these birds with out getting too close.

I'll end with this link for more information regarding ethical birding/photography. This comes from Braddock Bay Raptor Research in Greece, NY: https://bbrr.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/owl-trail-rules.pdf


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From: Diana Green <dgreen97...>
Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2021 11:00 AM
To: Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...>
Subject: RE: [oneidabirds-l] Short-eared Owls in Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Dear Alyssa, Thanks for this wonderful information. Some people are saying that the SEOWs (snowy owls I'm assuming) are being adversely affected by the commotion of many people & photographers. Should we be aware of this & what precautions do you recommend?

From: <bounce-125403319-88442971...><mailto:<bounce-125403319-88442971...> [mailto:<bounce-125403319-88442971...>] On Behalf Of Johnson, Alyssa
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Subject: [oneidabirds-l] Short-eared Owls in Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Hi all,

Just wanted to share a few spots where SEOW viewing is possible.

Last night about 5:30, I drove through the "Route 31 Muck Flats" and on the eastern half, before you go over the Seneca River bridge I saw two flying high together. They were fighting or playing, not sure because I was driving and couldn't stop there. But they were definitely SEOWs and interacting. A friend of mine drove through that same spot an hour prior and said she had great views of them as she was driving, and even one landing and sitting in a tree right along 31.

From there, I was headed to West Loop Rd/CR 38 in Montezuma. Once you go over the bridge (on 31) look for W. Loop Rd on your left, turn up there. In 2018-19 (I believe) the DEC and Ducks Unlimited were working on a big project at the flood plain there right between West Loop Rd and the Seneca River. That's a seasonally flooded area, and gets quite wet in the spring. Last year record numbers of Northern Pintails were counted there in March during the peak of the waterfowl migration. At this time of year though, it's a frozen grassland/wetland and has been a regular viewing area for SEOWs and Northern Harriers. They are repeatedly being documented during the Winter Raptor Survey the DEC conducts. I wanted to see if I could find them there, and as I was driving up, I saw one immediately. There is a little gravel pull off similar to the one on East Road, but it hasn't been plowed. There are quite a few houses on the east side of the road, but on the west side, that gives the better viewing, there are not. It's a pretty quiet road, especially at SEOW time of day (after 4pm). Just be careful as there are not great shoulders to pull off, with all this snow! Please be cognizant of not blocking driveways, we don't want to wear out our welcome. I plan on speaking with homeowners along there when given the opportunity and share with them what we're looking at! We got to watch it hunting in the snow until it was too dark to see. It gave us great views flying back and forth, getting fairly close a few times, and diving for prey. Here's a map: https://goo.gl/maps/1dHfjU47ViK11TVRA I will definitely return with a tour group to share these owls with them.

Also, I haven't personally seen owls here recently, but they are also being seen from Carncross Road (The seasonal part of the road IS NOT PLOWED, I highly advise to not drive down towards the Island, YOU WILL GET STUCK). And also from Morgan Road at the end where the DEC offices are.

Earlier in the afternoon, I checked the Reese/Seyboult Rd gas well Snowy Owl spot, and did not see an owl. I very briefly pulled into the Finger Lakes Regional Airport, hoping to ask an employee for intel, but no one was around. I was leading a tour, so time was of the essence, I didn't have time to spend a ton of time there and scope. The snow banks were high, so it's hard to see in the fences there at the terminal building. I did not drive the block around the airport and look either. We did have some great views of Horned Larks there in the snow by the driveway!

All in all, great trip. The antics of the SEOWs really made the day!

Stay warm!
Alyssa

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Date: 2/20/21 7:47 am
From: Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Short-eared Owls in Montezuma Wetlands Complex
Hi all,

Just wanted to share a few spots where SEOW viewing is possible.

Last night about 5:30, I drove through the "Route 31 Muck Flats" and on the eastern half, before you go over the Seneca River bridge I saw two flying high together. They were fighting or playing, not sure because I was driving and couldn't stop there. But they were definitely SEOWs and interacting. A friend of mine drove through that same spot an hour prior and said she had great views of them as she was driving, and even one landing and sitting in a tree right along 31.

From there, I was headed to West Loop Rd/CR 38 in Montezuma. Once you go over the bridge (on 31) look for W. Loop Rd on your left, turn up there. In 2018-19 (I believe) the DEC and Ducks Unlimited were working on a big project at the flood plain there right between West Loop Rd and the Seneca River. That's a seasonally flooded area, and gets quite wet in the spring. Last year record numbers of Northern Pintails were counted there in March during the peak of the waterfowl migration. At this time of year though, it's a frozen grassland/wetland and has been a regular viewing area for SEOWs and Northern Harriers. They are repeatedly being documented during the Winter Raptor Survey the DEC conducts. I wanted to see if I could find them there, and as I was driving up, I saw one immediately. There is a little gravel pull off similar to the one on East Road, but it hasn't been plowed. There are quite a few houses on the east side of the road, but on the west side, that gives the better viewing, there are not. It's a pretty quiet road, especially at SEOW time of day (after 4pm). Just be careful as there are not great shoulders to pull off, with all this snow! Please be cognizant of not blocking driveways, we don't want to wear out our welcome. I plan on speaking with homeowners along there when given the opportunity and share with them what we're looking at! We got to watch it hunting in the snow until it was too dark to see. It gave us great views flying back and forth, getting fairly close a few times, and diving for prey. Here's a map: https://goo.gl/maps/1dHfjU47ViK11TVRA I will definitely return with a tour group to share these owls with them.

Also, I haven't personally seen owls here recently, but they are also being seen from Carncross Road (The seasonal part of the road IS NOT PLOWED, I highly advise to not drive down towards the Island, YOU WILL GET STUCK). And also from Morgan Road at the end where the DEC offices are.

Earlier in the afternoon, I checked the Reese/Seyboult Rd gas well Snowy Owl spot, and did not see an owl. I very briefly pulled into the Finger Lakes Regional Airport, hoping to ask an employee for intel, but no one was around. I was leading a tour, so time was of the essence, I didn't have time to spend a ton of time there and scope. The snow banks were high, so it's hard to see in the fences there at the terminal building. I did not drive the block around the airport and look either. We did have some great views of Horned Larks there in the snow by the driveway!

All in all, great trip. The antics of the SEOWs really made the day!

Stay warm!
Alyssa

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Date: 2/20/21 7:44 am
From: Marty Schlabach <mls5...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Massive Solar Farm coming to Cayuga County
Jenny Landry, who supervises the DEC raptor survey in Region 8, which focuses on grassland species like short eared owls and northern harriers, has mentioned there are a lot of solar farms being proposed and reviewed right now. They are trying to compile as much grassland data as possible. She would be a good place to start with the DEC. Region 8 does not include Cayuga County.

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Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2021 10:17 AM
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Massive Solar Farm coming to Cayuga County

Great idea! The Syracuse article you linked to says that a number of these mega-farms are in the planning stage for NYS. Maybe an approach through the permitting process or legislation would be more effective than approaching them individually? Does anyone on this list have good DEC or legislative contacts?

Does Audubon or the Sierra Club or anyone else have an updated report on how this can work, perhaps analyzing the effect of the Minnesota law mentioned in your other link - what regulations work best & why they don't cost taxpayers or solar farms much? For that matter, is Audubon already working on this in NYS?

Alicia

On 2/20/2021 8:31 AM, david nicosia wrote:
All,

see https://www.syracuse.com/news/2020/02/monster-cny-solar-farm-would-replace-corn-and-soybeans-with-power-for-30000-homes.html


Does anyone have any more details on this? If it is done with wildlife in mind this could be a good thing. If they plant pollinator friendly and native grasses this could be a positive. But if it is just plain grass it could be at best just a trade-off and at worse a negative. These solar farms could be good for birds and pollinators. see
https://www.audubon.org/news/can-solar-plants-make-good-bird-habitat

Maybe you are all aware of this but the big renewable energy push through solar farms could be an opportunity to improve bird and pollinator habitats. Anyway, just wondering if any folks have information on this or have contacted solar farm companies on this.

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Date: 2/20/21 7:17 am
From: Alicia Plotkin <tess...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Massive Solar Farm coming to Cayuga County
Great idea!  The Syracuse article you linked to says that a number of
these mega-farms are in the planning stage for NYS.  Maybe an approach
through the permitting process or legislation would be more effective
than approaching them individually?  Does anyone on this list have good
DEC or legislative contacts?

Does Audubon or the Sierra Club or anyone else have an updated report on
how this can work, perhaps analyzing the effect of the Minnesota law
mentioned in your other link - what regulations work best & why they
don't cost taxpayers or solar farms much?  For that matter, is Audubon
already working on this in NYS?

Alicia


On 2/20/2021 8:31 AM, david nicosia wrote:
> All,
>
> see
> https://www.syracuse.com/news/2020/02/monster-cny-solar-farm-would-replace-corn-and-soybeans-with-power-for-30000-homes.html
> <https://www.syracuse.com/news/2020/02/monster-cny-solar-farm-would-replace-corn-and-soybeans-with-power-for-30000-homes.html>
>
>
> Does anyone have any more details on this? If it is done with wildlife
> in mind this could be a good thing. If they plant pollinator friendly
> and native grasses this could be a positive. But if it is just plain
> grass it could be at best just a trade-off and at worse a negative.
> These solar farms could be good for birds and pollinators. see
> https://www.audubon.org/news/can-solar-plants-make-good-bird-habitat
> <https://www.audubon.org/news/can-solar-plants-make-good-bird-habitat>
>
> Maybe you are all aware of this but the big renewable energy push
> through solar farms could be an opportunity to improve bird and
> pollinator habitats. Anyway, just wondering if any folks have
> information on this or have contacted solar farm companies on this.
>
> Best,
> Dave
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Date: 2/20/21 6:17 am
From: Patricia Keen <prkeen816...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: February 20, 2021
About 20 feeding on the red berries of a Buck Hawthorne in Caroline midweek!

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Date: 2/20/21 6:12 am
From: Tobias Dean <tdean10...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Massive Solar Farm coming to Cayuga County
Note that the 2K acres is not entirely panels- some of the extra is buffers
for sensitive riparian areas which would be critical.
Some towns have tried to work in requirements about decommissioning
panels in the future.
There are some smaller farms that run sheep for grazing- not sure this
is practical for this size. At some point growth of brush would have to be
checked and it would be interesting to know how they plan to do that.
Big solar supporter but it would be a bit alarming to be living in the
middle of this. I kind of prefer less concentrated solar farms. On the
other hand it’s location next to large transmission lines make it sensible
and such a large area where people rarely go could make great habitat for
birds.

TD

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> All,
>
> see
> https://www.syracuse.com/news/2020/02/monster-cny-solar-farm-would-replace-corn-and-soybeans-with-power-for-30000-homes.html
>
>
> Does anyone have any more details on this? If it is done with wildlife in
> mind this could be a good thing. If they plant pollinator friendly and
> native grasses this could be a positive. But if it is just plain grass it
> could be at best just a trade-off and at worse a negative. These solar
> farms could be good for birds and pollinators. see
> https://www.audubon.org/news/can-solar-plants-make-good-bird-habitat
>
> Maybe you are all aware of this but the big renewable energy push through
> solar farms could be an opportunity to improve bird and pollinator
> habitats. Anyway, just wondering if any folks have information on this or
> have contacted solar farm companies on this. The Mail
> <http://www.mail-archive.com/<cayugabirds-l...>/maillist.html>
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Date: 2/20/21 5:32 am
From: david nicosia <daven1024...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Massive Solar Farm coming to Cayuga County
All, 
see https://www.syracuse.com/news/2020/02/monster-cny-solar-farm-would-replace-corn-and-soybeans-with-power-for-30000-homes.html

Does anyone have any more details on this? If it is done with wildlife in mind this could be a good thing. If they plant pollinator friendly and native grasses this could be a positive. But if it is just plain grass it could be at best just a trade-off and at worse a negative. These solar farms could be good for birds and pollinators. seehttps://www.audubon.org/news/can-solar-plants-make-good-bird-habitat 

Maybe you are all aware of this but the big renewable energy push through solar farms could be an opportunity to improve bird and pollinator habitats. Anyway, just wondering if any folks have information on this or have contacted solar farm companies on this. 
Best,Dave  





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Date: 2/19/21 6:03 pm
From: Bill Roberts <bluehorsestudiobr...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] American Robins
At about 4:40 pm this afternoon there were approximately 75-100 American
Robins in the trees adjacent to the west parking lot of the Island Fitness
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Date: 2/18/21 1:34 pm
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Harriers hunting redpolls
So I'm on Johnson rd. watching a group of 20-30 redpolls on the shoulder of
the road. A bit south of them I see a harrier flying from the west and it
crosses the road thru the small apple orchard. I keep watching the
redpolls when suddenly, and seemingly out of nowhere, the harrier strafes
the redpolls and flies out into the field and commences to have a late
lunch (or early dinner)...redpoll on toast???
I imagine with the snow cover it's pretty slim pickings for the harriers
(and short-earred owls) and a redpoll will do in a pinch...
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Date: 2/18/21 11:30 am
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Always something to see
Dave I've read where migrating American golden plovers stash food items in
their plumage from S. American to the N. American continent for a quick
bite when needed. I'll be darned but I can't seem to remember what the
items were. I'll look it up when I go home. Maybe your Scoters do the same.
Pete Sar

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> caught by Scoter. Hmm, did the scoter just arrive from a salt water
> location...how did the crab survive the sub freezing flight (or did
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> Pics on eBird Submission Seneca County, NY 2-18-21, Willard Town Park
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Date: 2/18/21 9:27 am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Always something to see
While watching WW Scoters at Willard Town Park today, one caught a crayfish......when reviewing pics at home later, one of the Scoters appears to have had a saltwater crab attached to its chest.....as the WW Scoter rises to stretch its wings the crab is visible, appears to detach and be caught by Scoter. Hmm, did the scoter just arrive from a salt water location...how did the crab survive the sub freezing flight (or did it)....is that a crab defense? Always something to see.
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Date: 2/17/21 6:27 am
From: Elaina M. McCartney <elaina.mccartney...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Large Crow flight
Shortly before sunrise this morning I noticed out the window a stream (actually a river) of Crows flying north following the west shore of Cayuga Lake. To attempt to count them I recorded a 20 sec video, and was able to count 270 by examining it slowly. The steady flight, which seemed to originate somewhere southish of Hog Hole, lasted at least 15 minutes at a rate of approximately 800 per minute. I don’t know how long it had been going on when I first noticed it, but there were upwards of 12,000 individuals while I watched them pass at a steady rate. Some stragglers in groups of 8-10 followed up until about 7 am.

During the GBBC I observed three immature Bald Eagles simultaneously from my window, making passes over a large raft of aythya and Canada Geese, just north of Hog Hole. It was the first time I’d seen more than two at a time. Yesterday I observed a mature Bald Eagle land in a nearby tree during a brief snow flurry. Last fall a neighbor had limbs removed from a large, dying red oak tree for safety, and constructed an osprey platform on what’s left of the tree. Hoping there will be some nesting interest.

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Date: 2/16/21 1:58 pm
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
There have been robin flocks in the Dubois area for a couple weeks now.
Duboise, Perry City, Houghton, Garrett, Kraft the whole area is full of
them. They are eating sumac, hawthorn, every kind of berry they can find.

On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 3:38 PM Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> wrote:

> At about 2:45 pm on February 5th, I was driving south along Dubois Road.
> Between Perry City Road and Indian Creek Road it was continuous Robins,
> scattering from the road shoulders ahead of me. They must have totaled
> several hundred. There was one dead in the middle of the road, presumably
> the victim of a collision with a car.
>
> Yesterday one died on my road, probably taken by a Cooper’s Hawk. All
> there was to see was a patch of blood and a whole lot of plucked feathers.
>
> -Geo
>
>
> On Feb 16, 2021, at 3:06 PM, Bill McAneny <bmcaneny1...> wrote:
>
> 
>
> Hello Dave,
>
> I wonder if your flock of robins was the same one as my flock. About
> mid-afternoon (maybe) we noticed a few robins flying about the yard. Then
> we noticed most of them in a crab apple tree loaded with little (quarter
> inch) red-brown fruits. Not loaded any more. I was able to count about 45
> birds, which is close to the size of one of your flocks. Some of them were
> on the snow under the tree, salvaging the fruit dropped by other birds. The
> flock was very active and hard to count. My count could easily be off by
> 10 on the low side to 20 or 30 on the high side. We kept watching for
> waxwings but saw none.
>
> Bill McAneny (same side of lake as Dave Nutter but 7 miles north.)
> On 2/15/2021 8:02 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
>
> My first 2021 American Robin was on the Count on New Year’s Day, a single
> bird in the suburban neighborhood above my home on Ithaca’s West Hill. It
> was over a month before I saw another Robin: On February 6th, around the
> time that other folks began writing on CayugaBirds-L about flocks of them,
> I happened to be staring out a window with my scope aimed toward the
> Collegetown skyline when a few distant passerines crossed my view. They
> were substantial and dark but didn’t have fast and regular wingbeats of
> Starlings. Fortunately, they were tracking toward me, and I stayed on one
> until it surprised me with a telltale white lower belly and undertail
> coverts contrasting with brick red elsewhere below. Closer, and the fuller
> wings and longer tail supported the ID as well. How novel to see a Robin
> shape! Scanning nearby, I confirmed 4 of them before they went out of view.
> Neat, but a bit weak as a contribution to discussions of flocks. Sorry.
>
> Yesterday, while trying to write, I kept being distracted by individual
> birds flying past the window, too far away for an easy naked-eye ID, but
> too fast for me to get binoculars on them. Eventually I gave up and went to
> the window as they became more organized. They were Robins, and at least 40
> of them went past toward the bit of woods nearby, but they didn’t seem to
> be feeding.
>
> Today we were expecting a delivery, so I set up closer to the window. I
> didn’t get much of my writing project done. The Robins came back. Many
> settled into a Hawthorn tree whose numerous fruits I had assumed nobody
> liked. But they were tasty enough today. Another little tree that I hadn’t
> thought much about also had fruit, and the Robins covered that tree, too,
> and brought a few Cedar Waxwings along. Birds were busy emerging from the
> woods, eating, and resting in nearby trees. I tried to count them and got
> to at least 60 Robins. A few other birds tagged along - a Starling, a male
> and a female Red-bellied Woodpecker, a male Hairy, and also a gorgeous
> Flicker. I showed Laurie, who declared the array well worth looking at.
> She’s getting a bit tired of the small dull-colored birds.
>
> Then a Red-tailed Hawk, who had spent the morning next door quietly
> sitting atop a large tree, tried to join the party. Awkward! That so-called
> raptor was really bad at hunting songbirds in the woods, and after a few
> short flights and asymmetrical landings, it gave up and left. I hope it
> finds a nice, fat, slow squirrel crossing the snow. Within a minute the
> birds were back at the berries. A dozen Robins were thirsty enough that
> they came down to the pavement to sip at wet spots. I kept scanning through
> all the birds, hoping for a Hermit Thrush. No luck there, but I did notice
> something atop a tree about a quarter mile away: a young Cooper’s Hawk who
> has graced my yard many times this season without catching anything that I
> saw. How could it not notice the activity here? When my attention wandered
> I suddenly saw several Robins start a rush straight for the woods. Yup, the
> Cooper’s Hawk came ripping past, but veering off, again unlucky, I think.
> Still, everyone took this predator seriously, and the feeding session
> seemed to be over. A little while later I noticed Robins leaving the woods
> to fly away over downtown. There were 2 groups totaling about 75. The
> maximum number of Cedar Waxwings I saw at once was only 5. There is still
> some fruit, so I hope they come back.
>
> I still need to go out and try to ID that mystery tree. And get back to
> the other writing project.
>
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Date: 2/16/21 12:38 pm
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
At about 2:45 pm on February 5th, I was driving south along Dubois Road. Between Perry City Road and Indian Creek Road it was continuous Robins, scattering from the road shoulders ahead of me. They must have totaled several hundred. There was one dead in the middle of the road, presumably the victim of a collision with a car.

Yesterday one died on my road, probably taken by a Cooper’s Hawk. All there was to see was a patch of blood and a whole lot of plucked feathers.

-Geo


> On Feb 16, 2021, at 3:06 PM, Bill McAneny <bmcaneny1...> wrote:
>
> 
> Hello Dave,
>
> I wonder if your flock of robins was the same one as my flock. About mid-afternoon (maybe) we noticed a few robins flying about the yard. Then we noticed most of them in a crab apple tree loaded with little (quarter inch) red-brown fruits. Not loaded any more. I was able to count about 45 birds, which is close to the size of one of your flocks. Some of them were on the snow under the tree, salvaging the fruit dropped by other birds. The flock was very active and hard to count. My count could easily be off by 10 on the low side to 20 or 30 on the high side. We kept watching for waxwings but saw none.
>
> Bill McAneny (same side of lake as Dave Nutter but 7 miles north.)
>
> On 2/15/2021 8:02 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
>> My first 2021 American Robin was on the Count on New Year’s Day, a single bird in the suburban neighborhood above my home on Ithaca’s West Hill. It was over a month before I saw another Robin: On February 6th, around the time that other folks began writing on CayugaBirds-L about flocks of them, I happened to be staring out a window with my scope aimed toward the Collegetown skyline when a few distant passerines crossed my view. They were substantial and dark but didn’t have fast and regular wingbeats of Starlings. Fortunately, they were tracking toward me, and I stayed on one until it surprised me with a telltale white lower belly and undertail coverts contrasting with brick red elsewhere below. Closer, and the fuller wings and longer tail supported the ID as well. How novel to see a Robin shape! Scanning nearby, I confirmed 4 of them before they went out of view. Neat, but a bit weak as a contribution to discussions of flocks. Sorry.
>>
>> Yesterday, while trying to write, I kept being distracted by individual birds flying past the window, too far away for an easy naked-eye ID, but too fast for me to get binoculars on them. Eventually I gave up and went to the window as they became more organized. They were Robins, and at least 40 of them went past toward the bit of woods nearby, but they didn’t seem to be feeding.
>>
>> Today we were expecting a delivery, so I set up closer to the window. I didn’t get much of my writing project done. The Robins came back. Many settled into a Hawthorn tree whose numerous fruits I had assumed nobody liked. But they were tasty enough today. Another little tree that I hadn’t thought much about also had fruit, and the Robins covered that tree, too, and brought a few Cedar Waxwings along. Birds were busy emerging from the woods, eating, and resting in nearby trees. I tried to count them and got to at least 60 Robins. A few other birds tagged along - a Starling, a male and a female Red-bellied Woodpecker, a male Hairy, and also a gorgeous Flicker. I showed Laurie, who declared the array well worth looking at. She’s getting a bit tired of the small dull-colored birds.
>>
>> Then a Red-tailed Hawk, who had spent the morning next door quietly sitting atop a large tree, tried to join the party. Awkward! That so-called raptor was really bad at hunting songbirds in the woods, and after a few short flights and asymmetrical landings, it gave up and left. I hope it finds a nice, fat, slow squirrel crossing the snow. Within a minute the birds were back at the berries. A dozen Robins were thirsty enough that they came down to the pavement to sip at wet spots. I kept scanning through all the birds, hoping for a Hermit Thrush. No luck there, but I did notice something atop a tree about a quarter mile away: a young Cooper’s Hawk who has graced my yard many times this season without catching anything that I saw. How could it not notice the activity here? When my attention wandered I suddenly saw several Robins start a rush straight for the woods. Yup, the Cooper’s Hawk came ripping past, but veering off, again unlucky, I think.
>> Still, everyone took this predator seriously, and the feeding session seemed to be over. A little while later I noticed Robins leaving the woods to fly away over downtown. There were 2 groups totaling about 75. The maximum number of Cedar Waxwings I saw at once was only 5. There is still some fruit, so I hope they come back.
>>
>> I still need to go out and try to ID that mystery tree. And get back to the other writing project.
>>
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Date: 2/16/21 12:13 pm
From: Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm <mo...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 37 Red Tail Hawks in McGowan Wds
The hawk population there is crazy! Have you all noticed the TVs who perch
in those trees as well, posturing and posing above the road?

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Date: 2/16/21 12:06 pm
From: Bill McAneny <bmcaneny1...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
Hello Dave,

I wonder if your flock of robins was the same one as my flock. About
mid-afternoon (maybe) we noticed a few robins flying about the yard. 
Then we noticed most of them in a crab apple tree loaded with little
(quarter inch) red-brown fruits.  Not loaded any more.  I was able to
count about 45 birds, which is close to the size of one of your flocks.
Some of them were on the snow under the tree, salvaging the fruit
dropped by other birds. The flock was very active and hard to count.  My
count could easily be off by 10 on the low side to 20 or 30 on the high
side.  We kept watching for waxwings but saw none.

Bill McAneny (same side of lake as Dave Nutter but 7 miles north.)

On 2/15/2021 8:02 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
> My first 2021 American Robin was on the Count on New Year’s Day, a
> single bird in the suburban neighborhood above my home on Ithaca’s
> West Hill. It was over a month before I saw another Robin: On February
> 6th, around the time that other folks began writing on CayugaBirds-L
> about flocks of them, I happened to be staring out a window with my
> scope aimed toward the Collegetown skyline when a few distant
> passerines crossed my view. They were substantial and dark but didn’t
> have fast and regular wingbeats of Starlings. Fortunately, they were
> tracking toward me, and I stayed on one until it surprised me with a
> telltale white lower belly and undertail coverts contrasting with
> brick red elsewhere below. Closer, and the fuller wings and longer
> tail supported the ID as well. How novel to see a Robin shape!
> Scanning nearby, I confirmed 4 of them before they went out of view.
> Neat, but a bit weak as a contribution to discussions of flocks. Sorry.
>
> Yesterday, while trying to write, I kept being distracted by
> individual birds flying past the window, too far away for an easy
> naked-eye ID, but too fast for me to get binoculars on them.
> Eventually I gave up and went to the window as they became more
> organized. They were Robins, and at least 40 of them went past toward
> the bit of woods nearby, but they didn’t seem to be feeding.
>
> Today we were expecting a delivery, so I set up closer to the window.
> I didn’t get much of my writing project done. The Robins came back.
> Many settled into a Hawthorn tree whose numerous fruits I had assumed
> nobody liked. But they were tasty enough today. Another little tree
> that I hadn’t thought much about also had fruit, and the Robins
> covered that tree, too, and brought a few Cedar Waxwings along. Birds
> were busy emerging from the woods, eating, and resting in nearby
> trees. I tried to count them and got to at least 60 Robins. A few
> other birds tagged along - a Starling, a male and a female Red-bellied
> Woodpecker, a male Hairy, and also a gorgeous Flicker. I showed
> Laurie, who declared the array well worth looking at. She’s getting a
> bit tired of the small dull-colored birds.
>
> Then a Red-tailed Hawk, who had spent the morning next door quietly
> sitting atop a large tree, tried to join the party. Awkward! That
> so-called raptor was really bad at hunting songbirds in the woods, and
> after a few short flights and asymmetrical landings, it gave up and
> left. I hope it finds a nice, fat, slow squirrel crossing the snow.
> Within a minute the birds were back at the berries. A dozen Robins
> were thirsty enough that they came down to the pavement to sip at wet
> spots. I kept scanning through all the birds, hoping for a Hermit
> Thrush. No luck there, but I did notice something atop a tree about a
> quarter mile away: a young Cooper’s Hawk who has graced my yard many
> times this season without catching anything that I saw. How could it
> not notice the activity here? When my attention wandered I suddenly
> saw several Robins start a rush straight for the woods. Yup, the
> Cooper’s Hawk came ripping past, but veering off, again unlucky, I think.
> Still, everyone took this predator seriously, and the feeding session
> seemed to be over. A little while later I noticed Robins leaving the
> woods to fly away over downtown. There were 2 groups totaling about
> 75. The maximum number of Cedar Waxwings I saw at once was only 5.
> There is still some fruit, so I hope they come back.
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Date: 2/16/21 10:59 am
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] 37 Red Tail Hawks in McGowan Wds
watching the Pheasant Farm, got a picture if wanted


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Date: 2/15/21 6:06 pm
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] apex sighting ... goose on a pole
Colleen .... That goose is a "dummy" put there by NYSEG to keep ospreys
from building a nest there until an extension can be put on the poles
/well above the transformers/ before the ospreys return.� Daughter,
Becky Sewell, who monitors the osprey nests for Candace Cornell since
I'm no longer able, knows where /all three of them/ are.

***** One is on the transformer pole on the west side of 90, between the
Union Springs Fire Department and the casino (Lakeside Entertainment).
Map coordinates are 42.852716, -76.690844.

***** South of Union Springs is one on the transformer pole on the west
side of 90, across from Great Gully Road. Map coordinates are 42.811910,
-76.699376.

***** Another is on the pole on the west side of 90, at the northeast
(toward Union Springs) corner of a little patch of trees at the top of
the hill above Cayuga Lake Farm, (north of Levanna) with a nice view of
the lake (from the top of the pole, anyway). Coordinates are 42.795959,
-76.710332.

Last fall, Becky actually "rescued" a NYSEG man at the Great Gully Rd.
utility pole when the engine on his truck quit & his fully extended
lift, with him in it, wouldn't go down. He was stuck! She had seen him &
stopped to ask why the osprey nest had been removed & why a fake Canada
goose had been put atop the pole. I'm sure he was glad for a "nosy"
female 'cause she did what he told her so he got down okay.

_So_ ... _*yes*, there really is a Canada goose balancing atop a utility
pole._ The three /rigid, unmoving decoys/ have been securely fastened to
the poles, so if NYSEG may never take them down, the poor ospreys will
simply move their operations to other transformer poles since those are
their favorite places, on the twin cross-arms above the transformers.

Oh, and last week, Becky found that a new, sturdier, bald eagle nest has
been built in a taller tree in the hedgerow south of Backus Rd. which
goes west, down to Hibiscus Harbor just north of Rte. 326. It is
replacing the former red-tail hawk/bald eagle nest, still seen in a
slightly shorter tree about halfway down the hedgerow behind the Union
Springs casino/fire station/Lakeside Trading gas station. It is highly
visible from 90, at the storage units at the intersection of 90 and 326.
She saw an adult eagle in the tree yesterday. Until trees leaf out, the
nest(s) can be seen from the parking lots of those places & from Backus
Rd., esp. from the 2nd curve, under the osprey nest pole. The new nest's
higher position lifts it above the shorter trees that typically obscured
the older, lower nest, giving much nicer, clearer views of the nest and
hopefully its occupants! Its APPROXIMATE coordinates (it doesn't show on
Googlemaps) are 42.857367, -76.697237, or very nearby.

BTW, there is also a red-tail hawk nest in the first clump of trees
north of Backus Road after leaving 90. It was occupied in 2020 at least.
Map coordinates are 42.860886, -76.695246.

Fritzie B.

Union Springs, NY

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> ......� Sunday afternoon, completing a circling of Seneca and Cayuga
> Lakes, something else odd appeared on the top of a telephone pole
> along Rt. 90. Unless someone was playing a joke, a Canada Goose
> appeared to be trying to balance on *that* apex by raising and
> lowering his head and neck!
> Strange sightings indeed!
> Colleen Richards

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Date: 2/15/21 5:03 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
My first 2021 American Robin was on the Count on New Year’s Day, a single bird in the suburban neighborhood above my home on Ithaca’s West Hill. It was over a month before I saw another Robin: On February 6th, around the time that other folks began writing on CayugaBirds-L about flocks of them, I happened to be staring out a window with my scope aimed toward the Collegetown skyline when a few distant passerines crossed my view. They were substantial and dark but didn’t have fast and regular wingbeats of Starlings. Fortunately, they were tracking toward me, and I stayed on one until it surprised me with a telltale white lower belly and undertail coverts contrasting with brick red elsewhere below. Closer, and the fuller wings and longer tail supported the ID as well. How novel to see a Robin shape! Scanning nearby, I confirmed 4 of them before they went out of view. Neat, but a bit weak as a contribution to discussions of flocks. Sorry.

Yesterday, while trying to write, I kept being distracted by individual birds flying past the window, too far away for an easy naked-eye ID, but too fast for me to get binoculars on them. Eventually I gave up and went to the window as they became more organized. They were Robins, and at least 40 of them went past toward the bit of woods nearby, but they didn’t seem to be feeding.

Today we were expecting a delivery, so I set up closer to the window. I didn’t get much of my writing project done. The Robins came back. Many settled into a Hawthorn tree whose numerous fruits I had assumed nobody liked. But they were tasty enough today. Another little tree that I hadn’t thought much about also had fruit, and the Robins covered that tree, too, and brought a few Cedar Waxwings along. Birds were busy emerging from the woods, eating, and resting in nearby trees. I tried to count them and got to at least 60 Robins. A few other birds tagged along - a Starling, a male and a female Red-bellied Woodpecker, a male Hairy, and also a gorgeous Flicker. I showed Laurie, who declared the array well worth looking at. She’s getting a bit tired of the small dull-colored birds.

Then a Red-tailed Hawk, who had spent the morning next door quietly sitting atop a large tree, tried to join the party. Awkward! That so-called raptor was really bad at hunting songbirds in the woods, and after a few short flights and asymmetrical landings, it gave up and left. I hope it finds a nice, fat, slow squirrel crossing the snow. Within a minute the birds were back at the berries. A dozen Robins were thirsty enough that they came down to the pavement to sip at wet spots. I kept scanning through all the birds, hoping for a Hermit Thrush. No luck there, but I did notice something atop a tree about a quarter mile away: a young Cooper’s Hawk who has graced my yard many times this season without catching anything that I saw. How could it not notice the activity here? When my attention wandered I suddenly saw several Robins start a rush straight for the woods. Yup, the Cooper’s Hawk came ripping past, but veering off, again unlucky, I think.
Still, everyone took this predator seriously, and the feeding session seemed to be over. A little while later I noticed Robins leaving the woods to fly away over downtown. There were 2 groups totaling about 75. The maximum number of Cedar Waxwings I saw at once was only 5. There is still some fruit, so I hope they come back.

I still need to go out and try to ID that mystery tree. And get back to the other writing project.

- - Dave Nutter


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Date: 2/15/21 4:23 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA

RBA

 

*  New York

*  Syracuse

* February 15, 2021

*  NYSY  02. 15. 21

 

Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert

Dates(s):

February 08 to February 15, 2021

to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com

covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),

Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland

compiled: February 15 AT 6:00 p.m. (EDT)

compiler: Joseph Brin

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#739 

Monday February 15, 2021

 

Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 

February 08, 2021

 

Highlights:

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WOOD DUCK

BLUE-WINGED TEAL

SURF SCOTER

TURKEY VULTURE

MERLIN

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK

GLAUCOUS GULL

ICELAND GULL

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

SNOWY OWL

SHORT-EARED OWL

NORTHERN SHRIKE

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET

SAVANNAH SPARROW

EASTERN TOWHEE

RUSTY BLACKBIRD

EVENING GROSBEAK

HOARY REDPOLL













Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)

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     2/9: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS and a SAVANNAH SPARROW were observed from West loop Road north of Rt. 31 just east of the Seneca River.







Cayuga County

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     2/14: A GLAUCOUS GULL was see at West Barrier Bar County Park in Fair Haven. A MERLIN was seen at the Sterling Nature Center.







Onondaga County

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     WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS are now being seen in various locations. Look for them with American Tree Sparrows and White-Throated Sparrows in bushy areas and along roadsides. An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continues daily at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville.

     2/9: A HOARY REDPOLL was again seen at the Marshy Spits area of the west side of Onondaga Lake. This area is south of the Honeywell Center. The bird was seen again today. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was again seen near Barry Park in Syracuse.

     2/10: A SURF SCOTER was seen from the Marshy Spits area of Onondaga Lake.

     2/12: 2 WOOD DUCKS were seen at the Inner Harbor north of Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse. They were observed again today.

     2/14: 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen from the Marshy Spits area. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor.

     2/15: A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen on Potter Road in the Three rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.







Oswego County

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     2/11: A HOARY REDPOLL was seen at a private residence in Constantia. A SNOWY OWL was see at Port Ontario on Lake Ontario

     2/13: A EASTERN TOWHEE was seen on County Route 85 west of Battle Island Golf course. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen near Lock 2 in fulton.

     2/14: 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Bergdorf Road in Parish.







Madison County

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     2/9: A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was siin in Chittenango.

     2/12: 11 EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeding station on Carpenter Road near Sheds.

     2/13: 3 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen from Indian Lookout Road north of Cazenovia.

     2/14: 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Musicians Road in Earlville. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen of Eden Hollow Road. A SNOWY OWL was again seen on Mile Strip Road near the Fenner Wind Farm.







Oneida County

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     2/13: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Griffiss Business and Tech Park near Rome.

     2/14: A TURKEY VULTURE was again seen in Clinton.







Herkimer County

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     2/9: 2 BLACK VULTURES were seen on the Benton Hall Academy in Little Falls. 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on the Military Road north of Dolgeville.

     2/11: 6 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on the Newport-Gray Road.

     2/12: 6 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Kohler Road in the Town of Ohio. A HOARY REDPOLL was seen near Salisbury Corners.

     2/14: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Rt. 170A north of Little Falls.




     

   







----End Report







Joseph Brin

Baldwinsville NY

Region 5






  
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Date: 2/15/21 3:20 pm
From: Colleen Richards <clr82...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] apex sightings
Have been away for a few days without computer, but wanted to share an out-of-basin as well as in-basin pair of sightings. While driving on Rt.17/86 E late Friday afternoon, I saw a large, light-colored bird on the very top (hence apex) of a pine tree making it eye level with the highway. Raptor yes, but hawk no! It was a short-eared owl!Then Sunday afternoon, completing a circling of Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, something else odd appeared on the top of a telephone pole along Rt. 90. Unless someone was playing a joke, a Canada Goose appeared to be trying to balance on that apex by raising and lowering his head and neck! Strange sightings indeed!Colleen Richards
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Date: 2/15/21 2:40 pm
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
I just got back from a walk with the dogs along Whitted Road (Snyder Hill area, Town of Dryden). We had a flock of at least 140 American Robins. None appeared to be feeding, but were moving leisurely from tree-to-tree in a SE direction.

Bob

> On Feb 15, 2021, at 4:19 PM, Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> wrote:
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> There have been well over 100 around my place on Tupper Road in West Danby for several days. They’ve stripped all the sumac fruits, the privet berries and the wild grapes. One stretch of road shoulder looks like the goose-fouled lawns at lakeside parks, but the droppings are deep purple instead of green.
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Date: 2/15/21 1:19 pm
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
There have been well over 100 around my place on Tupper Road in West Danby for several days. They’ve stripped all the sumac fruits, the privet berries and the wild grapes. One stretch of road shoulder looks like the goose-fouled lawns at lakeside parks, but the droppings are deep purple instead of green.

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Date: 2/15/21 12:50 pm
From: Todd Beeton <toddbeeton...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
Haven't seen the 50+ Robins that had swarmed Castle Heights in Geneva to
feed off my neighbor's berry tree since Saturday when they all but
decimated it.

My neighbor says she's had the tree for years but this was the first winter
she's seen anything like this.

On Mon, Feb 15, 2021 at 3:37 PM Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25...> wrote:

> I was at the Reservoir yesterday, not far from your place, and had 38
> Robins drinking at a small puddle in the frozen river. There were more in
> the nearby trees I’m sure.
> Gary
>
> On Feb 15, 2021, at 2:03 PM, Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> wrote:
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> window here in Commonland on East Hill / Six-Mile Creek. They hung out
> in the trees for about a minute before flying off. 50 is a
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Date: 2/15/21 12:37 pm
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
I was at the Reservoir yesterday, not far from your place, and had 38 Robins drinking at a small puddle in the frozen river. There were more in the nearby trees I’m sure.
Gary

On Feb 15, 2021, at 2:03 PM, Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> wrote:

Just had at least 50 American Robins fly into the trees outside my
window here in Commonland on East Hill / Six-Mile Creek. They hung out
in the trees for about a minute before flying off. 50 is a
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departed, there were small waves flying by from out of view, so there
could well have been 100.

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Date: 2/15/21 12:24 pm
From: Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
Hi Suan,
My daughter just called me to report hundreds in her yard on Turkey Hill!

On Mon, Feb 15, 2021 at 2:02 PM Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> wrote:

> Just had at least 50 American Robins fly into the trees outside my
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Date: 2/15/21 11:07 am
From: david nicosia <daven1024...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
I have noticed a LOT of robins lately.  All over down here in Broome Co. 
On Monday, February 15, 2021, 02:02:47 PM EST, Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> wrote:

Just had at least 50 American Robins fly into the trees outside my
window here in Commonland on East Hill / Six-Mile Creek. They hung out
in the trees for about a minute before flying off. 50 is a
conservative lower-bound count of what I could see. When they
departed, there were small waves flying by from out of view, so there
could well have been 100.

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Date: 2/15/21 11:02 am
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Robins
Just had at least 50 American Robins fly into the trees outside my
window here in Commonland on East Hill / Six-Mile Creek. They hung out
in the trees for about a minute before flying off. 50 is a
conservative lower-bound count of what I could see. When they
departed, there were small waves flying by from out of view, so there
could well have been 100.

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Date: 2/15/21 9:43 am
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Florida siskins
My cousin tells me their seeing siskins at feeders in Florida!!!
Sar

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Date: 2/15/21 8:29 am
From: Judith Jones <jwj2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cass yesterday pm
Saw bluebirds feeding on staghorn sumac repeatedly.


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Date: 2/15/21 7:06 am
From: <browncreeper9...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] RFI Historical Ithaca Lark Sparrow report
Hi, Dave,



The searchable Kingbird Archive which anyone can access through the NYSOA website mentions the report in the Winter 1980 issue. The only additional detail was that the observer was Steve Sabo. An asterisk by his initials indicates that details were on file. Since NYSARC reviewed it, the details should be on file with NYSARC. Jay McGowan is currently on the committee and may know how to access the details.



-- Bill Ostrander











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Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2021 1:15 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] RFI Historical Ithaca Lark Sparrow report



Hi all,



I just noticed that last year an historical report of a LARK SPARROW in Ithaca was added to eBird, referencing the 1979 New York State Avian Records Committee (NYSARC )Annual Report, published in the Kingbird Volume 30, Number 4. Looking at that online, as far as I can tell, all it says is that there was a singing adult on 5 September 1979 in Ithaca, and that it was “about the 8th” record in NYS. Does anyone know (or know how to find out) more specifically where it was or who observed it? Thanks!

- - Dave Nutter

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Date: 2/14/21 4:49 pm
From: david nicosia <daven1024...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Zoom Virtual Meeting: NY Breeding Bird Atlas III Training Wednesday March 3rd 730 pm
All, 
I am planning on doing several zoom meetings leading up to the peak breeding season. We are going to focus on how to use ebird for the atlas, look at results of last year's efforts, what we need to focus on this year, and some basic atlasing, like blocks, breeding codes etc. Another thing I will discuss it the possibility of doing COVID-safe bird atlas walks in June for training purposes (central NY only).  I will also be on hand to answer questions. Please join me and consider helping in the NY BBA.  The audience is intended for folks in central NY but all in NY can attend. I just won't be able to do atlas training bird walks if you are far from central NY! 
Also please spread this email to as many birders, clubs as you sed fit. I tried to include the folks I know or the various central NY email listservs.  Some of these listservs don't seem to work anymore. So I would ask you to forward to all lists that you have.  Thanks. 
see below to sign up. 
Best,Dave Nicosia,  NYSBBA III Central Region Coordinator
David Nicosia is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: NY Breeding Bird Atlas III  E-Bird Tutorial , Year 1 results,  and Basics on Atlasing  Time: Mar 3, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Date: 2/14/21 10:14 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] RFI Historical Ithaca Lark Sparrow report
Hi all,

I just noticed that last year an historical report of a LARK SPARROW in Ithaca was added to eBird, referencing the 1979 New York State Avian Records Committee (NYSARC )Annual Report, published in the Kingbird Volume 30, Number 4. Looking at that online, as far as I can tell, all it says is that there was a singing adult on 5 September 1979 in Ithaca, and that it was “about the 8th” record in NYS. Does anyone know (or know how to find out) more specifically where it was or who observed it? Thanks!

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Date: 2/13/21 2:04 pm
From: Alicia <tess...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] SPRING ORNITHOLOGY
Please share this scholarship announcement with anyone you think may be
interested in applying for a scholarship for our upcoming course, Spring
Ornithology with Steve Kress. We hope to make the course available to
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afford the course fee. Instead of the full $125 course fee for the
eight-week course, scholarship recipients will be asked to pay $15,
which includes Cayuga Bird Club membership.


*Applications for youth and young adults are welcome from people ages
14-25.*

*Applications for educators are welcome from teachers, naturalists, and
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*/Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress/* will be held by Zoom webinars on
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Course information and scholarship application forms are available for
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years, will include discussion of bird migration, courtship, family
life, and conservation. Each weekly presentation features a group of
birds that are at the peak of their spring migration, with beautiful
photos and sound recordings. Lectures will also be recorded and shared
with participants for later viewing if they are unable to attend a
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renowned for his entertaining and engaging teaching style, and loves
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Date: 2/13/21 8:03 am
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club scholarships for youth and educators to learn about birds
Please share this scholarship announcement with anyone you think may be
interested in applying for a scholarship for our upcoming course, Spring
Ornithology with Steve Kress. We hope to make the course available to
educators and young people who may be interested in birds but unable to
afford the course fee. Instead of the full $125 course fee for the
eight-week course, scholarship recipients will be asked to pay $15, which
includes Cayuga Bird Club membership.


*Applications for youth and young adults are welcome from people ages
14-25.*

*Applications for educators are welcome from teachers, naturalists, and
other youth mentors.*

*Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress* will be held by Zoom webinars on
Tuesday evenings, March 30 - May 18, 2021, 7 - 9 pm.

Course information and scholarship application forms are available for
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are at the peak of their spring migration, with beautiful photos and sound
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Date: 2/13/21 5:57 am
From: Mona Bearor <conservebirds...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Question on water quality for birdbaths
Apologies for my delay in sending my thanks for this detailed explanation.
I am relieved that I haven't been causing the birds any health problems. I
appreciate the time you took to reply.

Mona Bearor
Stuart's Draft Hwy, Staunton



From: Donna Lee Scott [mailto:<dls9...>]
Sent: Monday, February 8, 2021 11:12 AM
To: Mona Bearor <conservebirds...>; CAYUGABIRDS-L
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Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Question on water quality for birdbaths

Hi Mona,

I looked up the sodium content of softened water, sunflower seed meats, corn
kernals, and shelled peanuts.

The amount of sodium in softened water depends on the hardness (called
"grains per gallon") of the original water, which determines how much salt
has to be added to the water to
"soften" it. That added sodium has to be added to the amount of sodium in
the original water to get an exact figure.
But in an example:
If the water hardness is 18 grains, the recommended added salt to the
softener would give about 35 mg of added sodium per 8 oz. glass of water.
(See www.purewaterproducts.com <http://www.purewaterproducts.com> for more
info).

Hulled sunflower seeds, 1 cup (8 oz dry) has about 13 mg sodium.
Hulled peanuts, 5 oz. has 454 mg of sodium, or 726 mg sodium in 8 oz./1 cup.
Corn kernals, 4 oz. has 230 mg sodium, so 8 oz. corn has 460 mg sodium.

So, I would say that the amount of sodium added to the water from your
softener (depending on the grains of hardness in the original water) is a
figure between the sunflower seed meats and the hulled peanuts, and is much
nearer the lower amount of sodium in the sunflower seeds.

Therefore, if it was my water situation, I would go ahead and use the
softened water in the birdbath, since the amount of added sodium the birds
would get from their tiny drinks would probably be well less than the amount
of sodium they are getting from peanuts and near the amount they would get
from sunflower seeds.

I hope this is helpful.

Donna Scott

Donna L. Scott
Retired Food Scientist

535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882
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[mailto:<bounce-125369359-15001843...>] On Behalf Of Mona Bearor
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To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Question on water quality for birdbaths

I keep my birdbath clean and heated in the winter, however I have moved to
where a water softener is required. I am wondering if this water is
affecting the health of the birds. All our water goes through the softener -
even the outside spigots - so if I should purchase water at the market
should I buy distilled, spring water, or purified water?
Thank you for your knowledge and thoughts on this subject,
Ramona Bearor
Staunton, VA
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Date: 2/12/21 11:34 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Nuthatch/sapsucker
While walking around outside the house in my patch here for GBBC, I found ‘my’ Red-breasted Nuthatch near the front yard.
It was going in & out of last summer’s hanging oriole nest & tooting the whole time!
Then it visited the feeder & snagged a peanut.

Just after this, I found a juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the trees over a little stream!

At the back deck after I came inside to warm up, I saw that 1 of ‘my’ 2 Carolina Wrens had discovered the mealworms I just put out in a small hanging tray used for jelly in summer!

And the 44 Mourning Doves obligingly showed up, so the GBBC is off to a good start.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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Date: 2/12/21 11:20 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lansing, Storm Rd. / Holden Rd intersection field birds
I saw over 30 S Buntings & 20 H Larks down by the heifer barns & tenant houses towards south end of Holden rd. Tuesday afternoon.
At one point I saw the flock of buntings on a pile of old bedding in a farm wagon, well off Brown Hill Rd. Which runs along south side of all the farm buildings.
Also 100s of Starlings & a few pigeons.

I know the farm owners & think I might ask permission to walk around close to buildings.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Feb 12, 2021, at 2:14 PM, Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25...><mailto:<jgk25...>> wrote:

I haven’t found many good areas for field birds this winter in Tompkins Co. Indian Field Rd. road shoulders have been OK, but the road is very busy making viewing difficult.

Storm Road / Holden Rd. intersection area, in Lansing, is the best so far. The nearby farm is spreading manure / bedding on the snow parallel to Holden Rd. for about 0.1 mi. The best viewing is from Storm Rd.

I was here yesterday and didn’t see much, but the spread was new. Today it is a larger area. There are Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and I’ve saw one Lapland Longspur, before the tractor stirred thing up. I suspect it will get better as the day goes on.

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Date: 2/12/21 11:20 am
From: Kevin C Packard <kcp48...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Lansing, Storm Rd. / Holden Rd intersection field birds
Hi everyone,

I was there at Holden Rd and Storm Rd earlier this morning and saw a nice sized (45) mixed flock of snow buntings and horned larks https://ebird.org/checklist/S80939956. I wasn't able to pick out any longspurs (kudos to you, Gary!), but the flock was hanging out in the middle of Storm Rd as well as flying over fields east and west of the road and should make for good viewing.

Cheers,

Kevin


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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Lansing, Storm Rd. / Holden Rd intersection field birds

I havent found many good areas for field birds this winter in Tompkins Co. Indian Field Rd. road shoulders have been OK, but the road is very busy making viewing difficult.

Storm Road / Holden Rd. intersection area, in Lansing, is the best so far. The nearby farm is spreading manure / bedding on the snow parallel to Holden Rd. for about 0.1 mi. The best viewing is from Storm Rd.

I was here yesterday and didnt see much, but the spread was new. Today it is a larger area. There are Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and Ive saw one Lapland Longspur, before the tractor stirred thing up. I suspect it will get better as the day goes on.

Gary
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Date: 2/12/21 11:14 am
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Lansing, Storm Rd. / Holden Rd intersection field birds
I haven’t found many good areas for field birds this winter in Tompkins Co. Indian Field Rd. road shoulders have been OK, but the road is very busy making viewing difficult.

Storm Road / Holden Rd. intersection area, in Lansing, is the best so far. The nearby farm is spreading manure / bedding on the snow parallel to Holden Rd. for about 0.1 mi. The best viewing is from Storm Rd.

I was here yesterday and didn’t see much, but the spread was new. Today it is a larger area. There are Horned Larks, Snow Buntings and I’ve saw one Lapland Longspur, before the tractor stirred thing up. I suspect it will get better as the day goes on.

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Date: 2/11/21 8:09 am
From: Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Winter Raptors of the NE presentation 2/13
Good morning,

This Saturday, 2/13, the Montezuma Audubon Center will be hosting Daena Ford from Braddock Bay Raptor Research, and she will be talking all about the raptors you might find in the Northeast during winter months. She may even bring a live bird or two on screen as well!

Please see the registration info here:

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Saturday, February 13

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Daena Ford comes to us virtually from Braddock Bay Raptor Research in Rochester, NY where as President she oversees various raptor research projects and educational programming. Daena has a wealth of knowledge of all resident and migratory raptors that may pass through the Northeast during migration and will be presenting specifically about those birds of prey you may spot in the winter months. Some live here all year long and some are just passing through and visiting.



-After registering, you will receive the Zoom link in the confirmation email.

-For more information about Braddock Bay Raptor Research, please visit http://www.bbrr.org<http://www.bbrr.org/>.

-Fee: $5/person, $15/family.

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Date: 2/10/21 1:41 pm
From: Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Robins
We had a large flock drop by yesterday afternoon to eat the “berries” on the Hawthorns.
Regi
West Hill in Ithaca

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> On Feb 10, 2021, at 4:36 PM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:
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>  Some robins stay here all winter.
> I have had 2 diff flocks in my yard eating cedar berries.
>
> Donna Scott
> Lansing
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>> On Feb 10, 2021, at 4:02 PM, Susan Evans-Pond <sevans7pond...> wrote:
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>> Likewise, 10-15 robins in flying around and perching in the forest trees and bushes on the east side of Westhaven Road (West Hill) behind the houses. They were curious, sometimes perching quite close to where I was snow-shoeing. Also lurking high in the trees were 3 Cedar Waxwings and the usual and very plentiful cardinals, chickadees, white-throated and house sparrows, chickadees, crows, juncos and starlings.
>> A beautiful morning.
>>
>> From: <bounce-125377575-86332160...> <bounce-125377575-86332160...> On Behalf Of marsha kardon
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>> I saw about 15 robins flying together and perching in the trees by the side of Bundy Road at about 1pm today. I haven't seen any other robins since the fall. Have they migrated back here already, or do some stay here all winter? Marsha Kardon
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Date: 2/10/21 1:36 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Robins
Some robins stay here all winter.
I have had 2 diff flocks in my yard eating cedar berries.

Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 10, 2021, at 4:02 PM, Susan Evans-Pond <sevans7pond...><mailto:<sevans7pond...>> wrote:

Likewise, 10-15 robins in flying around and perching in the forest trees and bushes on the east side of Westhaven Road (West Hill) behind the houses. They were curious, sometimes perching quite close to where I was snow-shoeing. Also lurking high in the trees were 3 Cedar Waxwings and the usual and very plentiful cardinals, chickadees, white-throated and house sparrows, chickadees, crows, juncos and starlings.
A beautiful morning.

From: <bounce-125377575-86332160...><mailto:<bounce-125377575-86332160...> <bounce-125377575-86332160...><mailto:<bounce-125377575-86332160...>> On Behalf Of marsha kardon
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I saw about 15 robins flying together and perching in the trees by the side of Bundy Road at about 1pm today. I haven't seen any other robins since the fall. Have they migrated back here already, or do some stay here all winter? Marsha Kardon
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Date: 2/10/21 1:02 pm
From: Susan Evans-Pond <sevans7pond...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Robins
Likewise, 10-15 robins in flying around and perching in the forest trees and bushes on the east side of Westhaven Road (West Hill) behind the houses. They were curious, sometimes perching quite close to where I was snow-shoeing. Also lurking high in the trees were 3 Cedar Waxwings and the usual and very plentiful cardinals, chickadees, white-throated and house sparrows, chickadees, crows, juncos and starlings.

A beautiful morning.



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I saw about 15 robins flying together and perching in the trees by the side of Bundy Road at about 1pm today. I haven't seen any other robins since the fall. Have they migrated back here already, or do some stay here all winter? Marsha Kardon

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Date: 2/10/21 11:46 am
From: Todd Beeton <toddbeeton...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Robins
Same here. Quite surprised to see so many robins here (in Geneva) with so
much winter left yet to come. Although I noticed what drew them: my
neighbor has a berry tree that they are gorging on. Fun to watch them take
the berries up to the roof of my garage and feast, then wash it down with
water from the rain gutter.

It has also attracted a flock of starlings, who are also trying -- and
mostly failing -- to eat from my feeder.

Sadly I've only seen one cardinal in my yard all winter. I've bought some
new feed meant to attract them, so hopefully they will make my yard home as
well.

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Date: 2/10/21 11:45 am
From: William Baker <bilbaker...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Robins
There will almost always be some Robins that stay this far north in winter.
Bill Baker

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Date: 2/10/21 11:37 am
From: marsha kardon <mfkardon...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Robins
I saw about 15 robins flying together and perching in the trees by the side
of Bundy Road at about 1pm today. I haven't seen any other robins since
the fall. Have they migrated back here already, or do some stay here all
winter? Marsha Kardon

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Date: 2/10/21 10:58 am
From: Jody Enck <jodyenck...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Conservation action committee
Hi All,

I will be scheduling a meeting soon of the Conservation Action Committee of
the Cayuga Bird Club. I already have a list of folks who have participated
in committee activities in the past, but want to reach out in case new
folks want to join in the fun. If you would like to participate in a zoom
meeting of the committee to discuss action items for spring, please send me
your email address so I can include you in a doodle poll of possible dates.

Thanks
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Date: 2/9/21 7:17 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Reds
Yesterday was a red letter day (as Grandpa Scott used to say) for birds on Lansing Station Road!

Besides “my” faithful feeder Cardinals, Sarah Blodgett had two Redpolls at her feeders, I had a Red-breasted Nuthatch on my suet/nut cake,
and later in the 300 block of LS Rd. I saw a RED Screech Owl roosting in a woodpecker hole in an old tree!

Later, I thoroughly enjoyed Sandy Podulka’s CBC webinar on birds & critters in the Pantanal.

Donna Scott
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Date: 2/8/21 3:59 pm
From: Deb Grantham <dgg3...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] golden eagle
Golden eagle about 4:45 pm on east side of Route 89 in Seneca County, a ways north of Van Doren Beach Road. Sitting in a tree, high up, and then flew.

Also, gray catbird under Eastern cedar in my yard on Sheffield Road (about mile north of Rt. 79). They are around all year, a number of them. Also plenty of mockingbirds, including more than one today. Carolina wrens in horses run ins.

And another bird I can't be sure of - there were 3 or 4 but I got to watch one for a minute or two. It was on the ground under a big spruce tree (also in my yard), so lots of cover, scratching around in the litter on the ground. Had striking eye lines, dark ones above and below eye. Kind of plump body, but maybe because it was fluffed up. Buff upper body, no strong markings, and very light underbody. Bobbed tail like a wren but seemed too big for Carolina wren and eye markings were very dark, black in my binos.

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Date: 2/8/21 3:28 pm
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Field Birds
With the sunny weather I decided to take the afternoon off and drive
around north of Lansing looking for field birds. With the high snow
depth they were pretty easy to encounter, foraging by roadsides and
flushing on approach. Those wanting to look for them, just drive
slowly along any of the less-traveled roads between big fields.

I stopped to photograph three main groups with different dynamics. The
first had about a dozen each of Horned Larks and Snow Buntings, and
they tended to hang out with their own species but loosely associated
with each other. This was somewhere along Conlon Road, I think (I need
to take better mental notes). Also had a Common Redpoll flock of about
a dozen somewhere here. The second group along Indian Field Road just
north of 90 was smaller, about a dozen Horned Larks with 3-4 Snow
Buntings and two Lapland Longspurs (lifers for me, actually). I'm
guessing because the Snow Bunting number was smaller, the group tended
to stay together more as one group. Before I left a lone Common
Redpoll also joined this group. The third group was a very large flock
of 100+ snow buntings around Fennel and Snushal Roads, big enough to
murmurate like starlings.

An interesting observation was that the smaller groups were more
approachable than the large flock. The common redpoll flock was most
approachable, while the smaller field bird flocks were a close second.
I'm guessing that the flushing dynamic of these flocks relates to a
single individual sounding an alarm that triggers the flush, and that
the large flock was more likely to have the one jumpy individual to
sound the alarm to trigger the flock to flush, but this is just
conjecture. Also, flushing behavior on foot vs. by car was noticeably
different: on foot they tended to fly farther away while in the car
they seemed to only flush a shorter distance. When the birds were
backlit I actually had trouble driving to the other side of the flock,
as I just kept pushing them down the road bit by bit -- I might have
had better luck if I drove by fast.

Finally, at Salt Point I flushed a/the continuing Killdeer from the beach.

Suan

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Date: 2/8/21 1:11 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA

RBA

 

*  New York

*  Syracuse

* February 08, 2021

*  NYSY  02. 08. 21

 

Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert

Dates(s):

February 01 to February 08, 2021

to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com

covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),

Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland

compiled: February 08 AT 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

compiler: Joseph Brin

Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org

 

 

#738 

Monday February 08, 2021

 

Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 

February 01, 2020

 

Highlights:

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AMERICAN WIGEON

CANVASBACK

PEREGRINE FALCON

FERRUGINOUS HAWK (Extralimital)

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK

ICELAND GULL

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

SNOWY OWL

SHORT-EARED OWL

NORTHERN SHRIKE

WINTER WREN

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET

HERMIT THRUSH

GRAY CATBIRD

LAPLAND LONGSPUR

BALTIMORE ORIOLE

WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW

SAVANNAH SPARROW

COMMON GRACKLE

EVENING GROSBEAK

HOARY REDPOLL

RED CROSSBILL













Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)

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     2/1: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from Carncross Road.

     2/6: A SAVANNAH SPARROW and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR were found on East Road. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen from Armitage Road.







Cayuga County

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     2/7: A WINTER WREN was found on Jensvold Road in Sterling.







Onondaga County

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     An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL is still being seen daily either at Mercer Park or Marble Street Island in Baldwinsville.

     2/4: A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was found at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse. 8 RED CROSSBILLS and an EVENING GROSBEAK were seen on Shakham Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest. A HOARY REDPOLL continues with Common Redpolls in the Marshy Spits area south of the Honeywell Center on Onondaga Lake. A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen on Nottingham Road in Syracuse.

     2/5: An AMERICAN WIGEON was seen near the Marshy Spits area of Onondaga Lake. 5 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen on Dunham Road west of Baldwinsville. A COMMON GRACKLE continues on Sunview Drive in Elbridge. 3 GADWALL and 3 CANVASBACKS were seen near the Marshy Spits area of Onondaga Lake. An ICELAND GULL was seen in the Inner Harbor south of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse.

     2/7: A HOARY REDPOLL was seen on Harrington Road in Syracuse. 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS continue on East Sorrell Hill Road south of Baldwinsville. 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were seen hunting at a feeder on East Mud Lake  Road near Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville. A HERMIT THRUSH was seen on Towne Isle Road in Manlius.

     2/8: 26 RED CROSSBILLS were seen on Shakham Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest. 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on Daboll Road in Memphis.







Oswego County

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     2/1: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Bishop Road near Richland.

     2/2: 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder in Hastings.

     2/4: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen at Oswego Harbor.

     2/5: A HOARY REDPOLL was seen near hastings.







Madison County

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     2/3: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on Indian Lookout Road north of Cazenovia.

     2/6: A SNOWY OWL was again seen on Bellinger Road near the Fenner wind Farm.

     2/7: A SNOWY OWL was again seen near the Fenner wind farm, this time from West Mile Strip Road.A COMMON GRACKLE was seen on Baily Street in Chittenango.

     2/8: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Williams Road in Morrisville.







Oneida County

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     2/5: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Harris Road near Poland.







Herkimer County

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     2/2: 18 EVENING GROSBEAKS and a GRAY CATBIRD were seen in Salisbury Corners. 

     2/4: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen near the McDonald’s Restaurant in Little Falls. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Salisbury Corners. 

     2/5: 17 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on the Military Road north of Dolgeville.







Extralimital

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     The FERRUGINOUS HAWK in Orange County south of Goshen was again seen yesterday. The location was the Black Dirt area south of Lower Road. 

     




   







----End Report







Joseph Brin

Baldwinsville NY

Region 5






  
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Date: 2/8/21 8:12 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Question on water quality for birdbaths
Hi Mona,

I looked up the sodium content of softened water, sunflower seed meats, corn kernals, and shelled peanuts.

The amount of sodium in softened water depends on the hardness (called "grains per gallon") of the original water, which determines how much salt has to be added to the water to
"soften" it. That added sodium has to be added to the amount of sodium in the original water to get an exact figure.
But in an example:
If the water hardness is 18 grains, the recommended added salt to the softener would give about 35 mg of added sodium per 8 oz. glass of water.
(See www.purewaterproducts.com<http://www.purewaterproducts.com> for more info).

Hulled sunflower seeds, 1 cup (8 oz dry) has about 13 mg sodium.
Hulled peanuts, 5 oz. has 454 mg of sodium, or 726 mg sodium in 8 oz./1 cup.
Corn kernals, 4 oz. has 230 mg sodium, so 8 oz. corn has 460 mg sodium.

So, I would say that the amount of sodium added to the water from your softener (depending on the grains of hardness in the original water) is a figure between the sunflower seed meats and the hulled peanuts, and is much nearer the lower amount of sodium in the sunflower seeds.

Therefore, if it was my water situation, I would go ahead and use the softened water in the birdbath, since the amount of added sodium the birds would get from their tiny drinks would probably be well less than the amount of sodium they are getting from peanuts and near the amount they would get from sunflower seeds.

I hope this is helpful.

Donna Scott

Donna L. Scott
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535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882
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From: <bounce-125369359-15001843...> [mailto:<bounce-125369359-15001843...>] On Behalf Of Mona Bearor
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Question on water quality for birdbaths

I keep my birdbath clean and heated in the winter, however I have moved to where a water softener is required. I am wondering if this water is affecting the health of the birds. All our water goes through the softener - even the outside spigots - so if I should purchase water at the market should I buy distilled, spring water, or purified water?
Thank you for your knowledge and thoughts on this subject,
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Date: 2/8/21 7:30 am
From: Mona Bearor <conservebirds...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Question on water quality for birdbaths
I keep my birdbath clean and heated in the winter, however I have moved to
where a water softener is required. I am wondering if this water is
affecting the health of the birds. All our water goes through the softener -
even the outside spigots - so if I should purchase water at the market
should I buy distilled, spring water, or purified water?
Thank you for your knowledge and thoughts on this subject,
Ramona Bearor
Staunton, VA

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Date: 2/7/21 5:58 pm
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] From Jaguars to Jacamars: Exploring the Wildlife of the Pantanal -Cayuga Bird Club Meeting, Monday Feb 8
Hi All,
Please join the Cayuga Bird Club for our monthly Zoom meeting, Monday Feb 8, at 7:30 pm, to hear Sandy Podulka share her stories and photos of her 2019 trip to the Pantanal of Brazil.

The meeting starts at 7:30 pm with Sandy's talk, followed by our usual business meeting. All are welcome to attend. For further details about the talk and to REGISTER for the Zoom link, go to http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/webinars

Cheers!
Laura

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Date: 2/7/21 1:21 pm
From: Matthew Medler <mdm2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Glaucous Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull
Hi All,

For those interested in Seneca Lake and Schuyler County birding, there is a nice flock of gulls at Clute Park in Watkins Glen that contains an adult Glaucous Gull and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. These two species are both infrequently reported here in Schuyler County.

Good birding,
Matt Medler

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Date: 2/7/21 11:38 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow buntings and larks
Today, “besides” the Snow Buntings & Horned Larks, there are about 10 Redpolls working the roadside at rt. 90 /Lake Road triangle west of King Ferry!

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Feb 6, 2021, at 11:46 AM, Laura Stenzler <lms9...><mailto:<lms9...>> wrote:

Hi all
Manure has been spread along the west side of Rte 90, where Lake Rd joins 90 and it has attracted a nice flock of snow buntings and horned larks. This is near the old triangle diner.

Laura

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Date: 2/6/21 2:39 pm
From: Chris Lajewski <lajewskic...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Turkey Vulture and American Robin
I saw one Turkey Vulture and one American Robin near Mynderse Academy
in Seneca Falls this afternoon. The sun feels so good today.
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Date: 2/6/21 1:36 pm
From: Trisha Vanable <trishav...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird/trail cam
I love this - I've been using it for a couple of weeks - it's NOT wireless,
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Date: 2/6/21 12:38 pm
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Albatross Wisdom hatched a new chick!
I saw this article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and thought you might
find it interesting:_
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Date: 2/6/21 11:39 am
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bird/trail cam
Hi -

Any recommendations/suggestions for a trail camera for outside our home? We're interested in buying one but would appreciate any advice.

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Date: 2/6/21 8:46 am
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snow buntings and larks
Hi all
Manure has been spread along the west side of Rte 90, where Lake Rd joins 90 and it has attracted a nice flock of snow buntings and horned larks. This is near the old triangle diner.

Laura

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Date: 2/5/21 8:24 am
From: Katherine Elizabeth Welch <kew99...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cornell Lab of Ornithology Webinar: How to Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count
[cid:<image001.jpg...>]<https://hubs.ly/H0FZV-J0>Watch Birds and Share the Joy: How to Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count
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Winter is a great time for watching birds close to home-there's even an event built around it. Every February, people from around the world spend time watching and counting birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). You too can join the count running from February 12-15 to celebrate the birds near you while contributing to science! To learn more about the wonders of our backyard birds and how to participate in the GBBC, tune into our conversation with project coordinators from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon, and Birds Canada on February 9 at 12 p.m. Eastern. Register to watch the webinar on the Lab's Facebook Livestream: https://hubs.ly/H0FZV-J0.
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Date: 2/5/21 7:35 am
From: Randi Minetor <writerrandi...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings
We had a flock of about 150 snow buntings yesterday on Billsboro Road south of Geneva. Also 6 snow buntings, 8 horned larks and 1 Lapland longspur on Reed Road a little further south.

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> On Feb 4, 2021, at 8:41 PM, Marty Schlabach <mls5...> wrote:
>
> The day before we got this last snow, I estimated a flock of 600 snow buntings in the field next to our house. The field was a new seeding to hay last season and many annual weeds came up with the hay and went to seed, giving the snow buntings lots to pick from. We’ve been seeing numerous flocks between Interlaken, Lodi and Hector. Usually some horned larks mixed in as well.
>
> Marty
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> 8407 Powell Rd. home 607-532-3467
> Interlaken, NY 14847 cell 315-521-4315
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>
> From: <bounce-125360711-3494012...> <bounce-125360711-3494012...> On Behalf Of Jared Dawson
> Sent: Thursday, February 4, 2021 6:48 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings
>
> I just got in from Seneca County and had several flocks of Horned Larks, 2 of which also had Snow Buntings. I saw no large flocks of buntings, but was happy to have excellent scope views of several of them along with the larks when they settled in the roadway. The mixed flocks were, first, on Thorpe Rd immediately west of the Finger Lakes airport, and later near dusk on Kings Corners Rd just north of McCulloch. In one field the larks were leaping up and snagging seeds from the head of plants, presumably assisted by the height of the snow cover.
> Jared Dawson
> Trumansburg
>
> On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 1:05 PM John Gregoire <johnandsuegregoire...> <mailto:<johnandsuegregoire...>> wrote:
> Anyone near the SW corner of the CLB may want to check around the intersection of Newtown and Fitzgerald Rds as we had a large mixed flock of buntings, larks and tree sparrows there before noon. These fields are immediately west and NW of our sanctuary on Fitzgerald.
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Date: 2/4/21 6:31 pm
From: Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Birding Savannah to FL Airport
I took a drive today around the Northern Montezuma WMA and down along Cayuga Lake to the Airport in Seneca Falls. It was a quick trip, just the long way home so I didnt linger long at each place.

From N to S: Directly across route 89 from the Montezuma Audubon Center is an ATT cell tower. The pair of local Bald Eagles were hanging out up there today. Theres remnants of an old Osprey nest up there, maybe theyll attempt to nest there. Its about that time for them!

Carncross Rd is not plowed beyond the only house. I was there around 2:30, too early for Short-eared Owls, but Ive seen them there recently. You can watch from the point where plowing ends and have great views of them hunting.

VanDyne Spoor Rd is plowed until just beyond the last house on the road, where the pavement ends. A few of the parking areas for the different marshes off VDS Rd are plowed out, including Guys Marsh. Thats about 1.5 miles to walk the berm around the wetland and would be great for snowshoes and xcountry.

East Rd is plowed end to end, just slippy on the middle section that is unplowed. The entire Knox Marsellus Marsh is frozen, theres a lot of water in there and is going to be awesome for waterfowl migration. I heard a Northern Cardinal from this spot singing his spring song.

Next stop was along Cayuga Lake on route 89. The entire north end of the lake is iced over, from just about the state park and northward. Id be interested to know where the ice stops?Tons of swans and geese hanging out around a pocket of water just on the north side of the railroad tracks that cross the lake. Also noticed a steady stream of American Crows coming in from west to east, crossed over 89, and across the lake towards Auburn to roost. This was at 4:45ish. Saw no other waterfowl the entire drive along Lower Lake Rd because it was all frozen. I pulled into the boat launch at Cayuga Lake SP and there was nothing to see, all ice. Then suddenly I saw 3 ducks flying north to south, out over the ice, and two more flew at me towards the boat launch but one was actually a falcon chasing a Mallard! The duck somehow evaded capture and disappeared behind a dock. The falcon flew right in front of us standing there and landed in a nearby tree where we got good looks through the scope. I first IDd it as peregrine, a duck hawk chasing a duck obviously. But it was very light in color and very spotty. After mulling it over, I believe I actually saw a (the?) local Gyrfalcon! The Seneca Stone quarry is only 4-5 miles away. This happened around 4:45 pm. I have a short video and a few pics on my iPhone. I posted them in the CBC FB group of anyone wants to see: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cayugabirdclub/permalink/3700652486639206/

If its a Gyrfalcon, that is a life bird for me and one that Ive missed 3 other times! A peregrine is still awesome, especially with the drama of the duck hunt!

We also heard another singing Northern Cardinal and a flock of 25 American Robins flew over.

Last stop was by the Finger Lakes Regional Airport. Lots of snow, and very tall snow banks. I didnt see any Snowy or Short-eared owls, but I didnt spend a ton of time looking. I did a quick drive around the block but didnt see anyone else but a small flock of Snow Buntings.

Thats all! It was a really quick birding trip but I think really rewarding! Crossing my fingers for the Gyrfalcon.


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Date: 2/4/21 5:43 pm
From: Marty Schlabach <mls5...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings
The day before we got this last snow, I estimated a flock of 600 snow buntings in the field next to our house. The field was a new seeding to hay last season and many annual weeds came up with the hay and went to seed, giving the snow buntings lots to pick from. We’ve been seeing numerous flocks between Interlaken, Lodi and Hector. Usually some horned larks mixed in as well.

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From: <bounce-125360711-3494012...> <bounce-125360711-3494012...> On Behalf Of Jared Dawson
Sent: Thursday, February 4, 2021 6:48 PM
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings

I just got in from Seneca County and had several flocks of Horned Larks, 2 of which also had Snow Buntings. I saw no large flocks of buntings, but was happy to have excellent scope views of several of them along with the larks when they settled in the roadway. The mixed flocks were, first, on Thorpe Rd immediately west of the Finger Lakes airport, and later near dusk on Kings Corners Rd just north of McCulloch. In one field the larks were leaping up and snagging seeds from the head of plants, presumably assisted by the height of the snow cover.
Jared Dawson
Trumansburg

On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 1:05 PM John Gregoire <johnandsuegregoire...><mailto:<johnandsuegregoire...>> wrote:
Anyone near the SW corner of the CLB may want to check around the intersection of Newtown and Fitzgerald Rds as we had a large mixed flock of buntings, larks and tree sparrows there before noon. These fields are immediately west and NW of our sanctuary on Fitzgerald.
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Date: 2/4/21 3:48 pm
From: Jared Dawson <jaredwdawson...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings
I just got in from Seneca County and had several flocks of Horned Larks, 2
of which also had Snow Buntings. I saw no large flocks of buntings, but was
happy to have excellent scope views of several of them along with the larks
when they settled in the roadway. The mixed flocks were, first, on Thorpe
Rd immediately west of the Finger Lakes airport, and later near dusk on
Kings Corners Rd just north of McCulloch. In one field the larks were
leaping up and snagging seeds from the head of plants, presumably assisted
by the height of the snow cover.
Jared Dawson
Trumansburg

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Date: 2/4/21 11:55 am
From: Marilyn Ray <mlr17...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
We live on the edge of Brooktonville.

On 2/3/2021 3:41 PM, Carol Cedarholm wrote:
> I'm wondering where you all live? In the country? I have had one only
> rarely and live in town in Ithaca.  But the last few weeks I have had
> one almost every day.
>
> On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 3:07 PM Marilyn Ray <mlr17...>
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> About seven or eight winters ago, we had a pair of white throats
> all winter and have had them ever since until last year when we
> had our usual pair plus maybe two more and nor we've had about six
> or seven all this winter.  The first winter the pair only ate from
> fallen seeds beneath the feeders, but the last few winters they
> hav gradually learned to use he feeders and use them most of the
> time.
>
> On 2/2/2021 3:27 PM, Gary Kohlenberg wrote:
>> I usually have 2-6 at my feeders all winter. They breed in the
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>> On Feb 2, 2021, at 2:23 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk
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Date: 2/4/21 10:05 am
From: John Gregoire <johnandsuegregoire...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Buntings
Anyone near the SW corner of the CLB may want to check around the
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Date: 2/4/21 7:09 am
From: Linda Post Van Buskirk <lpv1...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] lakeshore birds
From Rt 90, just north of Aurora

A good flock of mostly redheads; I was very pleased to see quite a few canvasbacks, some scaup, and some little ones that were obscured by the trees. An adult eagle few over. Several minutes later, my collie alerted me to two immature eagles perched on the lakeshore trees. The flock soon flew north. I'm assuming that the immatures were progeny of the pair that nests at Paine's Creek.

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Date: 2/3/21 3:43 pm
From: Whitings <whitings...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
Hi,
I have had three or four all winter and I live in the village of Skaneateles. They are very reliable.

Diana Whiting

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> On Feb 3, 2021, at 3:42 PM, Carol Cedarholm <ccedarho...> wrote:
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> 
> I'm wondering where you all live? In the country? I have had one only rarely and live in town in Ithaca. But the last few weeks I have had one almost every day.
>
>> On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 3:07 PM Marilyn Ray <mlr17...> wrote:
>> About seven or eight winters ago, we had a pair of white throats all winter and have had them ever since until last year when we had our usual pair plus maybe two more and nor we've had about six or seven all this winter. The first winter the pair only ate from fallen seeds beneath the feeders, but the last few winters they hav gradually learned to use he feeders and use them most of the time.
>>
>> On 2/2/2021 3:27 PM, Gary Kohlenberg wrote:
>>> I usually have 2-6 at my feeders all winter. They breed in the woods around my house east of Ithaca.
>>> Gary
>>>
>>> On Feb 2, 2021, at 2:23 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk <lpv1...> wrote:
>>>
>>> 
>>> How common is it for them to winter here? I have one or possibly a pair at my feeders this week.
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Date: 2/3/21 12:42 pm
From: Carol Cedarholm <ccedarho...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
I'm wondering where you all live? In the country? I have had one only
rarely and live in town in Ithaca. But the last few weeks I have had one
almost every day.

On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 3:07 PM Marilyn Ray <mlr17...> wrote:

> About seven or eight winters ago, we had a pair of white throats all
> winter and have had them ever since until last year when we had our usual
> pair plus maybe two more and nor we've had about six or seven all this
> winter. The first winter the pair only ate from fallen seeds beneath the
> feeders, but the last few winters they hav gradually learned to use he
> feeders and use them most of the time.
>
> On 2/2/2021 3:27 PM, Gary Kohlenberg wrote:
>
> I usually have 2-6 at my feeders all winter. They breed in the woods
> around my house east of Ithaca.
> Gary
>
> On Feb 2, 2021, at 2:23 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk <lpv1...>
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Date: 2/3/21 12:07 pm
From: Marilyn Ray <mlr17...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
About seven or eight winters ago, we had a pair of white throats all
winter and have had them ever since until last year when we had our
usual pair plus maybe two more and nor we've had about six or seven all
this winter.  The first winter the pair only ate from fallen seeds
beneath the feeders, but the last few winters they hav gradually learned
to use he feeders and use them most of the time.

On 2/2/2021 3:27 PM, Gary Kohlenberg wrote:
> I usually have 2-6 at my feeders all winter. They breed in the woods
> around my house east of Ithaca.
> Gary
>
> On Feb 2, 2021, at 2:23 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk <lpv1...>
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> How common is it for them to winter here?  I have one or possibly a
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Date: 2/3/21 9:51 am
From: Bob Anderson <AlyceBob...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Unusual flock
This morning in the middle of a downtown snow squall a swarm of birds
descended on my ornamental crab apple. There were about 40 CEDAR
WAXWINGS, 3 ROBINS and 4 STARLINGS. They zoomed around for several
minutes before being scared off by a passing snowplow. Very exciting.

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Date: 2/3/21 8:40 am
From: Bobbie Monroe <bobbiek6...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
On 2/2/2021 2:34 PM, Donna Lee Scott wrote:
> I often have had WT Sparrows here in winter.
> I have 2 now eating off ground where i scatter bird seed mix.
>
> Donna Scott
> Lansing
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Feb 2, 2021, at 2:23 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk <lpv1...>
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>> How common is it for them to winter here?  I have one or possibly a
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Date: 2/3/21 8:08 am
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50+ Robins /Florida Robins
My cousin in northwestern Florida also reporting lots of Robin's in his
lawn!
Pete Sar

On Wed, Feb 3, 2021, 8:04 AM David Nicosia <daven102468...> wrote:

> I saw a nice flock of around 20 american robins on lower lake road
> northwest Cayuga Lake January 23rd. There were probably even more.
>
> On Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 4:50 PM Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:
>
>> Meanwhile, my brother in Bradenton Florida, south of Tampa Bay, reports
>> that 1000s of Robins are coming into roost overnight in the mangroves
>> across the Braden River from his house! Hundreds are lined up on the high
>> power line that crosses the river there.
>>
>> In the past, I have seen this while visiting him there.
>>
>>
>>
>> Donna L. Scott
>>
>> 535 Lansing Station Road
>>
>> Lansing, NY 14882
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* <bounce-125353610-15001843...> [mailto:
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>> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 02, 2021 4:45 PM
>> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
>> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] 50+ Robins
>>
>>
>>
>> About 50 American Robins flew into our yard along Ellis Hollow Creek Road
>> slightly after 4pm this afternoon. It appears that they are planning to
>> roost here for the night.
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Date: 2/3/21 6:57 am
From: Laura J. Heisey <ljh2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bluebird sleeping quarters
Each night, there are 4 Eastern Bluebirds tucking themselves into crooks and crannies of a locust tree behind my house. They gather on the tree in the afternoon and emerge at first light. I can't tell them apart so I wonder if they each go to the same spot or if they vie for the choicest spots.

I've been watching two of them tuck in from my "office" (aka dining room table) while I'm working from home. Two others stay in spots on the tree that I can't see, but they all gather for a few minutes in the morning.

It's been going on for at least two weeks, probably longer. I doubt it's unusual but I have never seen it before, and it's so much fun to watch!

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Newfield, NY

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Date: 2/3/21 6:40 am
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club scholarships for youth and educators to learn about birds
Cayuga Bird Club is pleased to announce that we are making several
scholarships available for young people and educators for our online
course, *Spring Ornithology with Steve Kress*. This eight-week course will
be held by Zoom webinars on Tuesday evenings, March 30 - May 18, 2021, 7 -
9 pm.


We hope to make this course available to a broader audience of people who
may be interested in birds but unable to afford the course fee. Instead of
the full $125 course fee, scholarship recipients will be asked to pay
$15, which will include Cayuga Bird Club membership.


*Applications for youth and young adult scholarships are welcome from
people ages 14-25.*

*Applications for educator scholarships are welcome from teachers,
naturalists, and other youth mentors.*

Lectures by Dr. Stephen Kress, well-known for teaching a Spring Field
Ornithology course at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for more than 40
years, will include discussion of habitat, migration, courtship, family
life, and conservation. Each weekly presentation features a group of birds
that are at the peak of their spring migration, with beautiful photos and
sound recordings. Lectures will also be recorded and shared with
participants for later viewing if they are unable to attend a session, or
if they’d just like to watch again to review. Dr. Kress is renowned for his
entertaining and engaging teaching style, and loves sharing his extensive
knowledge of bird life.

Course information and scholarship application forms are available for
download at www.cayugabirdclub.org/spring-ornithology. You may also request
application materials by emailing <dianegmorton...> The application
deadline is March 1, 2021.


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Date: 2/3/21 6:09 am
From: Jody Enck <jodyenck...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Northward Bird migration already Lower Mississippi Valley / Texas
Purple Martins also have been reported in the states bordering the Gulf for
the last 2 weeks or so.


Jody W. Enck, PhD
Conservation Social Scientist, and
Founder of the Sister Bird Club Network
607-379-5940


On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 8:55 AM Wes Blauvelt <ravenbarnconsulting...>
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> I noticed sightings of Tree Swallows at Breezy Point, Queens a couple of
> days ago. Perhaps the radar is seeing early swallow arrivals as they
> prepare to move up the Mississippi river valley?
>
> On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 6:14 AM David Nicosia <daven102468...>
> wrote:
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>> All,
>>
>> I noticed some bird migration echoes in the lower Mississippi valley and
>> Texas early this morning. It's only early February. Birdcast shows this
>> early migratory push. see
>>
>> https://birdcast.info/migration-tools/live-migration-maps/
>>
>> The birds were moving north so they are not wintering birds pushing
>> further south. There are southwest winds in this area. Does anyone have an
>> idea on what species of birds these may be? I know Horned Larks can nest
>> early. I am unfamiliar with the timing of migration in this area.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Dave Nicosia
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Date: 2/3/21 5:55 am
From: Wes Blauvelt <ravenbarnconsulting...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Northward Bird migration already Lower Mississippi Valley / Texas
I noticed sightings of Tree Swallows at Breezy Point, Queens a couple of
days ago. Perhaps the radar is seeing early swallow arrivals as they
prepare to move up the Mississippi river valley?

On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 6:14 AM David Nicosia <daven102468...> wrote:

> All,
>
> I noticed some bird migration echoes in the lower Mississippi valley and
> Texas early this morning. It's only early February. Birdcast shows this
> early migratory push. see
>
> https://birdcast.info/migration-tools/live-migration-maps/
>
> The birds were moving north so they are not wintering birds pushing
> further south. There are southwest winds in this area. Does anyone have an
> idea on what species of birds these may be? I know Horned Larks can nest
> early. I am unfamiliar with the timing of migration in this area.
>
> Thanks,
> Dave Nicosia
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Date: 2/3/21 5:04 am
From: David Nicosia <daven102468...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 50+ Robins /Florida Robins
I saw a nice flock of around 20 american robins on lower lake road
northwest Cayuga Lake January 23rd. There were probably even more.

On Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 4:50 PM Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:

> Meanwhile, my brother in Bradenton Florida, south of Tampa Bay, reports
> that 1000s of Robins are coming into roost overnight in the mangroves
> across the Braden River from his house! Hundreds are lined up on the high
> power line that crosses the river there.
>
> In the past, I have seen this while visiting him there.
>
>
>
> Donna L. Scott
>
> 535 Lansing Station Road
>
> Lansing, NY 14882
>
>
>
> *From:* <bounce-125353610-15001843...> [mailto:
> <bounce-125353610-15001843...>] *On Behalf Of *David Ruppert
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 02, 2021 4:45 PM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] 50+ Robins
>
>
>
> About 50 American Robins flew into our yard along Ellis Hollow Creek Road
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Date: 2/2/21 1:50 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] 50+ Robins /Florida Robins
Meanwhile, my brother in Bradenton Florida, south of Tampa Bay, reports that 1000s of Robins are coming into roost overnight in the mangroves across the Braden River from his house! Hundreds are lined up on the high power line that crosses the river there.
In the past, I have seen this while visiting him there.

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882

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Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2021 4:45 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] 50+ Robins

About 50 American Robins flew into our yard along Ellis Hollow Creek Road slightly after 4pm this afternoon. It appears that they are planning to roost here for the night.
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Date: 2/2/21 1:45 pm
From: David Ruppert <dr24...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] 50+ Robins
About 50 American Robins flew into our yard along Ellis Hollow Creek Road slightly after 4pm this afternoon. It appears that they are planning to roost here for the night.

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Date: 2/2/21 12:27 pm
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
I usually have 2-6 at my feeders all winter. They breed in the woods around my house east of Ithaca.
Gary

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How common is it for them to winter here? I have one or possibly a pair at my feeders this week.
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Date: 2/2/21 11:35 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
I often have had WT Sparrows here in winter.
I have 2 now eating off ground where i scatter bird seed mix.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Feb 2, 2021, at 2:23 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk <lpv1...><mailto:<lpv1...>> wrote:

How common is it for them to winter here? I have one or possibly a pair at my feeders this week.
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Date: 2/2/21 11:23 am
From: Linda Post Van Buskirk <lpv1...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] question about white-throated sparrows
How common is it for them to winter here? I have one or possibly a pair at my feeders this week.

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Date: 2/2/21 11:21 am
From: Linda Post Van Buskirk <lpv1...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] swans and larks
Nice flock of about 15 swans, including several young ones, just off my lakeshore, just north of the Aurora village line.

People looking for larks should try the Springport/Aurelius Townline road, and Benham road, which tees off the Townline road. I see flocks of larks there every day, and on some days, snow buntings. I have not seen any longspurs.

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