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11/29/20 1:46 pm Kevin J. McGowan <kjm2...> RE:[cayugabirds-l] Bald eagle at Game Farm
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11/29/20 8:06 am Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...> [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Audubon Center programs week of 11/30
11/29/20 5:39 am Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Greater White Fronted Geese
11/28/20 1:46 pm Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25...> [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon at Hoster Rd. Quarry
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11/28/20 9:49 am John Gregoire <johnandsuegregoire...> [cayugabirds-l] Loons over Seneca
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11/25/20 9:50 am Bard Prentiss <bvanwoert13...> [cayugabirds-l] special year
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11/24/20 2:05 pm Bill McAneny <bmcaneny1...> [cayugabirds-l] Purple finches
11/24/20 10:55 am Marty Schlabach <mls5...> [cayugabirds-l] northern harriers
11/23/20 3:44 pm Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> [cayugabirds-l] Shackham Red Crossbills
11/23/20 3:19 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA
11/23/20 12:12 pm Allison Myers <alli_kitty2002...> [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake dam: Zoom link for Conservation Board meeting 11/24
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11/22/20 3:11 pm Kevin J. McGowan <kjm2...> [cayugabirds-l] Former Ithaca birder Ned Brinkley has passed
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11/22/20 10:40 am <shendrickson796...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cranes
11/22/20 7:39 am Sandy Podulka <sgp4...> [cayugabirds-l] Female Eastern Towhee and Fox Sparrows
11/21/20 3:56 pm Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Dryden Lake dam removal
11/21/20 10:55 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration alert - Sat morning
11/21/20 10:34 am Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Odd Junco Hoster Rd
11/21/20 10:21 am Laura Stenzler <lms9...> [cayugabirds-l] Cranes
11/21/20 10:18 am bob mcguire <bmcguire...> [cayugabirds-l] Taughannock Loon Watch
11/21/20 9:40 am Kevin J. Cummings <kjc39...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-throated Loon
11/21/20 8:59 am Wes Blauvelt <ravenbarnconsulting...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration alert - Sat morning
11/21/20 8:53 am Paul Anderson <paul...> [cayugabirds-l] Myers and Sapsucker Woods this morning: Snow Buntings then Fox Sparrow and GH Owl
11/21/20 8:52 am W Larry Hymes <wlh2...> [cayugabirds-l] Caching seed
11/21/20 7:56 am Bill Evans <wrevans...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] Loon migration alert - Sat morning
11/21/20 7:22 am Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> [cayugabirds-l] Loon Count - West Danby
11/20/20 4:17 pm Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
11/20/20 4:08 pm Kevin J. McGowan <kjm2...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
11/20/20 2:22 pm Judith Jones <jwj2...> [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma/swans
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11/20/20 11:29 am Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
11/20/20 10:07 am Karen <confergoldwing...> [cayugabirds-l] darn turkeys
11/20/20 9:37 am Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
11/20/20 6:50 am Bill Evans <wrevans...> [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration alert - Sat morning
11/19/20 6:48 pm Whitings <whitings...> [cayugabirds-l] American Widgeon with yellow cheeks
11/19/20 3:51 pm Alicia Plotkin <tess...> [cayugabirds-l] The saw whet that got away!
11/19/20 7:22 am Kevin J. Cummings <kjc39...> [cayugabirds-l] Red-throated Loon
11/19/20 5:34 am Diane Morton <dianegmorton...> [cayugabirds-l] CBC Motus Station - Fall detections
11/18/20 5:56 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hooded Mergansers
11/18/20 5:43 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] American Tree Sparrows; Peregrine Falcon
11/18/20 5:36 pm Judith Jones <jwj2...> [cayugabirds-l] Hooded Mergansers
11/18/20 5:24 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration report 18 November
11/18/20 11:01 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Birdy day
11/18/20 10:58 am Jay McGowan <jwm57...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldeneye Sheldrake Pt
11/18/20 9:41 am Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Goldeneye pic
11/18/20 9:40 am Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Goldeneye Sheldrake Pt
11/18/20 7:44 am Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...> [cayugabirds-l] Greater Yellowlegs
11/18/20 6:22 am Kevin J. Cummings <kjc39...> [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake birds
11/17/20 11:30 am Kevin J. Cummings <kjc39...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake swans
11/17/20 11:15 am Kevin J. Cummings <kjc39...> [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake swans
11/17/20 8:43 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration tomorrow?
11/16/20 4:00 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA
11/15/20 11:02 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 4 loons on the inlet by Stewart Park?
11/15/20 7:40 am Susan Austern <susanaustern...> [cayugabirds-l] 4 loons on the inlet by Stewart Park?
11/15/20 6:09 am Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Owl gone
11/15/20 6:02 am Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl Seneca Yacht Club
11/14/20 8:49 am Laura Stenzler <lms9...> [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park ducks
11/13/20 2:17 pm Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> [cayugabirds-l] Short eared owls
11/13/20 1:51 pm JoKayaks <jokayaks...> [cayugabirds-l] Guyana field guide recommendations
11/13/20 9:31 am Karen <confergoldwing...> [cayugabirds-l] saw-whets at HHOWLS
11/13/20 7:28 am Katherine Elizabeth Welch <kew99...> [cayugabirds-l] Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Winter Bird Feeding 101
11/12/20 11:41 pm Sandy Podulka <sgp4...> [cayugabirds-l] Crossbills, Siskins, Redpolls, Shrike at Morgan Hill SF
11/12/20 3:16 pm Marty Schlabach <mls5...> [cayugabirds-l] FW: Fire x Fauna webinars (November 16-20, 2020 @ 2-3pm EST): Wildfire & prescribed fire effects on wildlife
11/12/20 9:51 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
11/12/20 9:10 am bob mcguire <bmcguire...> [cayugabirds-l] Red Crossbills
11/12/20 8:09 am Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
11/12/20 7:57 am Bill Evans <wrevans...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
11/12/20 7:08 am Alicia Plotkin <tess...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
11/12/20 6:57 am Wes Blauvelt <ravenbarnconsulting...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
11/12/20 6:50 am Kenneth V. Rosenberg <kvr2...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
11/12/20 6:25 am Jane Leff <janeleff134...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
11/12/20 6:23 am Todd Beeton <toddbeeton...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
11/12/20 6:12 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
11/12/20 6:07 am Martha Fischer <mf26...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
11/11/20 3:45 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration
11/11/20 3:40 pm Peter Saracino <petersaracino...> [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration
11/11/20 1:23 pm Bill Evans <wrevans...> [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
11/10/20 10:14 am Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...> [cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Cranes at Montezuma NWR
11/10/20 8:02 am bob mcguire <bmcguire...> [cayugabirds-l] Winter Finches/ Red Crossbills
11/9/20 3:35 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] RE: location: Peregrine’s meal
11/9/20 1:29 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA
11/9/20 11:51 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Peregrine’s meal
11/9/20 11:49 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Peregrine’s meal
11/9/20 11:48 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Peregrine’s meal
11/9/20 11:02 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Peregrines
11/9/20 8:51 am Robyn Bailey <rb644...> [cayugabirds-l] Survey re: Lansing parks and natural areas
11/9/20 7:46 am Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...> [cayugabirds-l] Guided birding tours of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex
11/8/20 8:29 am Colleen Richards <clr82...> [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club November 9th Meeting / Webinar reminder
11/7/20 12:14 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] W Danby fire hall pond
11/6/20 6:45 am Diane Morton <dianegmorton...> [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods: Greater Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpiper continuing
11/4/20 1:16 pm Bill McAneny <bmcaneny1...> [cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeaks !!
11/3/20 8:17 am Whitings <whitings...> [cayugabirds-l] Platform feeders
11/3/20 4:54 am Diane Morton <dianegmorton...> [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Meeting November 9: Cooperation in Bornean Songbirds
11/2/20 2:22 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA
11/2/20 9:03 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration
11/2/20 8:40 am Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...> [cayugabirds-l] late season yellow rump
11/2/20 8:21 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration
11/1/20 6:08 am Karin Suskin <karinleesus...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: November 01, 2020
10/31/20 12:48 pm Suan Yong <suan.yong...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] Orange Crowned @ Salt Point
10/31/20 11:47 am Suan Yong <suan.yong...> [cayugabirds-l] Orange Crowned @ Salt Point
10/31/20 10:44 am Suan Yong <suan.yong...> [cayugabirds-l] 50 Bonapartes @ Stewart
10/31/20 7:52 am Laura Stenzler <lms9...> [cayugabirds-l] Snow buntings at Myers
10/31/20 6:19 am Carol Keeler <carolk441...> [cayugabirds-l] New bird
10/31/20 5:31 am Carol Keeler <carolk441...> [cayugabirds-l] Yard birds
10/30/20 1:08 pm John Bowdoin Greenly <johngreenly...> [cayugabirds-l] Snow Bunting Myers
10/30/20 9:06 am Andrew David Miller <andrew.miller...> [cayugabirds-l] Ringwood Rd. Birds
10/30/20 7:21 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Evening grosbeaks
10/30/20 7:03 am Laura Stenzler <lms9...> [cayugabirds-l] Lots’O cormorants
10/30/20 6:29 am Laura Stenzler <lms9...> [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake
 
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Date: 11/29/20 4:36 pm
From: <anneb.clark...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle
An adult Bald Eagle, presumably one of Dryden Lake pair, has frequently been perched in the dead trees of the little lake/heron colony south of the Nature Conservancy larch stand along east Malloryville rd (across from the von engeln preserve). Very picturesque.

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> On Nov 29, 2020, at 4:09 PM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:
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>  Adult Bald Eagle, perfectly lit by setting sun, perched near its nest in Aurora, near Cayuga lake & intersection of NY RT. 90 & Poplar Ridge Rd.
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> Donna Scott
> Lansing
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Date: 11/29/20 2:31 pm
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon, Cornell arboretum
A leisurely stroll around the Newman Arboretum at the edge of Cornell
Campus this afternoon around 2:00 took a dramatic turn when a huge falcon
flew in to chase off the Turkey Vultures that were sitting on the tower at
the top of the hill (far east end of road, here
<https://goo.gl/maps/h7GUG3huUYMhwrQK9>.) Although gyr was my immediate
first impression, the surrealness of the situation made it take a couple of
minutes to convince myself that it was indeed a dark juvenile GYRFALCON and
not a monstrous Peregrine. It sat on the tower for a few minutes before
taking off again to head away to the WNW, where we quickly lost it behind
trees. I didn't really get a sense for how far it went or where it was
headed, but much of campus or the south end of Cayuga Lake are in that
direction. A quick check of Stewart Park immediately after did not turn up
any raptors or agitated-looking waterfowl.

It was much browner and streakier than the birds I'm used to seeing, but
the overall size and shape, especially in direct flight, screamed Gyr. I
could see the legs fairly well in photos, and it did not show any bands or
jesses. It's a sensitive species on eBird so the checklist link won't help,
but you can see the photos in media search:
https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=gyrfal&mediaType=p&regionCode=US-NY-109&cap=all&includeUnconfirmed=T

And of course, it's clearly a different bird than the adult being seen near
the quarry near Seneca Falls (which was seen this afternoon as well as the
past couple of days).

Jay

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Date: 11/29/20 1:46 pm
From: Kevin J. McGowan <kjm2...>
Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] Bald eagle at Game Farm
A few years ago I was photographing an immature Bald Eagle perched in the big tree on Dodge Rd just south of Stevenson. It started staring at the pheasant pens and then took off in a power flight. I didn't see any feathers fly, and when it came back to the same perch a moment later, it was carrying a RAT! It sat there and picked it apart and ate it. Is fur better than feathers?

Kevin



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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bald eagle at Game Farm

2:25 pm. There is an adult bald eagle sitting in a tree above Game Farm Rd, between Stevenson and Rte 365. He’s eyeing the pheasants. Also 14 red tailed hawks on the fences around the pheasant farm.

Laura

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Date: 11/29/20 1:09 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle
Adult Bald Eagle, perfectly lit by setting sun, perched near its nest in Aurora, near Cayuga lake & intersection of NY RT. 90 & Poplar Ridge Rd.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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Date: 11/29/20 11:49 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Horned Larks
~25 at 3245-3275 Bruton Rd, Scipio Center. East of NY RT 34.

Foraging in rather short, thick grass growing in corn stubble-field, north side of this dirt road.

Donna Scott
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Date: 11/29/20 11:26 am
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bald eagle at Game Farm
2:25 pm. There is an adult bald eagle sitting in a tree above Game Farm Rd, between Stevenson and Rte 365. He’s eyeing the pheasants. Also 14 red tailed hawks on the fences around the pheasant farm.

Laura

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Date: 11/29/20 8:06 am
From: Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Audubon Center programs week of 11/30
Even though the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Drive is set to close for the season on Dec 1, there are many other places to bird in and around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex! Joining us for a tour is great way to learn some of these lesser known birding hotspots that can be enjoyed year-round!


Montezuma Bird Watching Tour
Wednesday, December 2
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is teeming with migratory waterfowl, Bald Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, and more this time of year. Follow behind the Audubon van in your own vehicle to Montezuma's marshes, forests, and grasslands to explore several birding hotspots and the abundant wildlife as they go about their daily activities. Participants will receive a conference call phone number to hear the Audubon educator narrate the tour and ask questions between stops. Guests are welcome to get out of their vehicles at each stop so facial coverings will be required and we will follow physical distancing guidelines. Bring your binoculars and camera to capture images of the beautiful habitats and wildlife.

*This tour will depart from the Montezuma Audubon Center located at 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.
Space is limited and pre-paid reservations are required.
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Date: 11/29/20 5:39 am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Greater White Fronted Geese
3 on visitor center pond at 8:30 a.m.

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Date: 11/28/20 1:46 pm
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon at Hoster Rd. Quarry
After missing the Gyrfalcon in the Seneca Stone Quarry, Hoster Rd., this morning it returned about 2:45 pm to the trees on the mound near the big rock crusher.
Flying in low from the lake to the trees have us wonderful views. Unfortunately where it perched in the fork of a cottonwood tree it was partially obscured and later dropped out of sight.
As in previous years the prime time seems to be early morning and mid to late afternoon. Presumably it’s hunting in between times near the lake and roosting at the Quarry.

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Date: 11/28/20 10:13 am
From: Jane Leff <janeleff134...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Common Redpolls...
At 1pm, redpolls are still there! I parked at the corner of Mount Pleasant
and the unmarked road of towers, (not to be confused with Tower Rd.) About
0.2 mile up that unmarked road, on left in the overgrown fields, were
swarms of redpolls! I cheated and used the Merlin recordings to attract
them & boy did it work! They came right up to me and swarmed all around me.
Heaven!
Janie Leff

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> Around 3pm I and several others saw a/the redpoll flock flying overhead a
> couple of times, at one point landing to feed on weeds in the very field
> where they spent several weeks two years ago. This is the overgrown field
> just before the crest of the first hill as you travel west up Mt Pleasant
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> those chittery calls! Thanks to Gladys for alerting us all.
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Date: 11/28/20 9:49 am
From: John Gregoire <johnandsuegregoire...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Loons over Seneca
Did anyone do a watch on Cayuga today? While the winds weren't all that
promising it looked like the last possibility for a good while so
for comparison's sake I checked out Seneca Lake at Smith Park.

It was dismal. Had 1 between 0715 and 0730 then 13 between 0800 and 0830.
By 0900 it began to rain and I left.

There were several Loons in the water, calling now and then. Had a lot of
fun watching a Pileated feeding on wild grapes hanging from a tree.

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Date: 11/28/20 6:18 am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Cranes Knox Marcellus
Counted 250+ on the ground 9am today and don't know how many had already left as there was a steady flight to the North.
I'm betting over 300 are in the area.

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Date: 11/27/20 2:08 pm
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Common Redpolls...
Around 3pm I and several others saw a/the redpoll flock flying overhead a couple of times, at one point landing to feed on weeds in the very field where they spent several weeks two years ago. This is the overgrown field just before the crest of the first hill as you travel west up Mt Pleasant Rd,on the south side of the road. So cool to see them back again and hear those chittery calls! Thanks to Gladys for alerting us all.

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Date: 11/27/20 12:02 pm
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] FOY snow geese over Union Springs
Daughter, Becky Sewell & I saw several large flocks of snow geese this
morning flying east to west towards Cayuga Lake. A very few Canadas flew
much lower, maybe 50 compared to a couple thousand snows. We saw Snows
much earlier in Nov. last yr., perhaps because it was colder, & we also
had snow squalls & flurries last yr. . According to my Oct-Nov. NYSEG
bill, this yr. has been 6 deg. warmer than last yr..

The Mill pond along Rte. 90 here in Union Springs has been empty of
ducks except for a few buffles 3 wks. ago. Factory St. pond has more
ducks now. For now, it's not worth a trip to look for much here or even
along the lake which was absolutely bare when I made a trip to Ithaca
last Sunday. When I came back home on Rte. 89, I saw only a few mallards
along Sheldrake except looking down from the bluffs north of Sheldrake
where I saw a large flock of buffles diving & playing (?) &  being
observed by maybe 6 female mallards.

Be aware if you are planning a trip north that the 34B bridge in Lansing
by the elementary school is closed for the next 2 yrs.. The aged & weary
bridge over the gorge is being demolished to be replaced by a different
type. Detour takes you over on Rte. 34. Some folks are going down Myers
Rd. to get around. There are other ways to go on 34 & then get back to
34B without going the steep hills on Rte. 90   between Genoa & King Ferry.

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Date: 11/27/20 10:13 am
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls on Mt. Pleasant
I spent time at the Mt. Pleasant East fields this morning most of the time with Sandy Podulka looking at Redpolls. There were several flocks flying around and disappearing in the grass to feed. As Gladys noted they could disappear and you had to have a good angle and elevation to see them.
We were able to get some good views and Sandy was able to photograph a few. I had one candidate for possible Hoary Redpoll. The flocks would separate and reconvene making accurate counts difficult, but my total estimate of widely separate groups was 150 birds.
It’s a nice day and birds are visible from the main or side road to the tower if your patient.
Gary

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Sorry-late post. I walked the dogs a short ways down the tower road yesterday 11/26. (Hunting in the woods at the end of that road) As we were walking back towards Mt. Pleasant a flock of birds swirled up from the east side of Tower Rd. I suspected Red Polls and returned just after 10 am with my binocs and scope.

So-from tower rd. going east, there are plots where they planted potatoes-no potatoes, etc. The flock was in the second strip of dead grass/red clover. They were fairly close to Mt. Pleasant road, and would keep coming down in the dead grassy/clover strip. They would dissapear! I managed to find a few running around on the ground but very hard to see. At one point the flock flew up and went to the field to the west of Tower Rd. They quickly flew up onto the wires at the intersection of Tower rd and Mt. Pleasant. When they were swirling and flying around I estimate there may have been about 40 of them.

There are several strips of the grassy/red clover plots, going east from the tower rd., they are dark brown and about knee high.

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Date: 11/27/20 8:42 am
From: Yvette De Boer <ydeboer...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma
Hi all!  I am wondering whether what birds might still be migrating through Montezuma right now. Sand hill cranes?  Bald eagles?  Snow geese? Other migrating ducks? 
Please email off list unless others are interested. Thanks!
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Date: 11/27/20 5:42 am
From: Gladys J Birdsall <gjb5...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls on Mt. Pleasant
Sorry-late post.  I walked the dogs a short ways down the tower road
yesterday 11/26.  (Hunting in the woods at the end of that road) As we
were walking back towards Mt. Pleasant a flock of birds swirled up from
the east side of Tower Rd.  I suspected Red Polls and returned just
after 10 am with my binocs and scope.

So-from tower rd. going east, there are plots where they planted
potatoes-no potatoes, etc.  The flock was in the second strip of dead
grass/red clover.  They were fairly close to Mt. Pleasant road, and
would keep coming down in the dead grassy/clover strip. They would
dissapear!  I managed to find a few running around on the ground but
very hard to see.  At one point the flock flew up and went to the field
to the west of Tower Rd.  They quickly  flew up onto the wires at the
intersection of Tower rd and Mt. Pleasant.  When they were swirling and
flying around I estimate there may have been about 40 of them.

There are several strips of the grassy/red clover plots, going east from
the tower rd., they are dark brown and about knee high.

Good birding,
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Date: 11/25/20 12:40 pm
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon
Gyrfalcon scene today around 3:20 p.m. on its usual perch

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Date: 11/25/20 9:50 am
From: Bard Prentiss <bvanwoert13...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] special year
Just had 10 siskins and a pair of purple finches in my feeder.
The siskin flock is quite large and both species have been scarce
in recent years. I bodes well for a special feeder year.

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Date: 11/24/20 2:26 pm
From: John Gregoire <johnandsuegregoire...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Loons over Seneca
There was a small showing this morning, just 55 birds heading south, 5
heading north. Began at 0700 and stayed until 0830 under northwesterly
winds.

Most were singles, a few groups of two or three and one group of seven.

Also had two adult Bald Eagles and an immature.

Sue G.

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Date: 11/24/20 2:05 pm
From: Bill McAneny <bmcaneny1...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Purple finches
Purple finches here for a week. First just one (f) then 11, today 13 one
male rest Fem, or first year males. Never had them here before. What's next?


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Date: 11/24/20 10:55 am
From: Marty Schlabach <mls5...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] northern harriers

In anticipation of participating in the DEC raptor survey this season again, Mary Jean, Phil and I scouted a couple of locations for raptors yesterday afternoon. We spent a bit of time at Neal Rd (Lodi) and didn't see anything. It was early in the afternoon and still too bright when we arrived to expect to see short ears. But we didn't even see a northern harrier.

We then drove to Dean Rd, also Lodi. We arrived about 4:25 and immediately saw two Harriers, a female and a male. They were mainly flying over the fields on the south side of the road. Soon we saw a second male. The numbers gradually increased and then there were 7 harassing a large bird in a tree at the south edge of the field to the south of the road. And they were vocalizing. Without a scope we couldn't confirm what bird they were harassing, but we think it was a great horned owl. We did not see any short eared owls.

None of us had seen that many harriers at once before.

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Date: 11/23/20 3:44 pm
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Shackham Red Crossbills
Here's a video I took on Saturday of the red crossbill flock at the
corner of Shackham and Morgan Hill Roads.

https://youtu.be/HJ3KyhCsoxQ

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Date: 11/23/20 3:19 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA

RBA

 

*  New York

*  Syracuse

* November 23, 2020

*  NYSY  11. 23. 20

 

Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert

Dates(s):




November 16 to Novenber 23, 2020

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: Novenber 23 AT 4:30 p.m. (EDT)

compiler: Joseph Brin

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#727 

Monday November 23, 2020

 

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

November 16, 2020

 

Highlights:

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RED-THROATED LOON

GREAT EGRET

PINK FOOTED GOOSE

CACKLING GOOSE

BLACK SCOTER

SURF SCOTER

BLACK VULTURE

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK

PURPLE SANDPIPER

WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER

DUNLIN

SANDHILL CRANE

FRANKLIN’S GULL

GLAUCOUS GULL

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

SNOWY OWL

SHORT-EARED OWL

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

NORTHERN SHRIKE

LAPLAND LONGSPUR

EVENING GROSBEAK

COMMOM REDPOLL

HOARY REDPOLL

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL

RED CROSSBILL










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

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     11/20: 2 late DUNLIN were at the Wildlife Drive. 60 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from VanDyne Spoor Road.

     11/21: 10 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Audubon Center north of Savannah. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen in the mucklands on Rt.31 west of the Seneca River.

     11/22: 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 6 DUNLIN and 15 SANDHILL CRANES were all found at the visitor’s Center. 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from Carncross Road.







Cayuga County

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     11/17: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen on Humphrey Road in Cato.

     11/21: A SNOWY OWL and a PURPLE SANDPIPER were found at Fair Haven State Park.







Onondaga County

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     Up to 125 RED CROSSBILLS were seen during the week at the Corner of Shakham Road and Morgan Hill Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest near the Cortland County Line. On 11/22 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found also.

     11/17: The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was again seen at Old Fly Marsh south of Pompey. It was relocated again on the20th. and the 21st. but not since. Oddly enough a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was seen on the 21st. in Malone in Franklin County but it is doubtful this bird could have gotten from here to there in 4 hours. 2 BLACK SCOTERS were seen from the West shore Trail of Onondaga Lake and have been seen throughout the week.

     11/16: A CACKLING GOOSE was with the Canadas in the Old Fly Marsh where the Pink-footedGoose was seen.

     11/18: 5 PINE GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on River Road east of Baldwinsville.

     11/19: A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER is coming to a feeder on Sunview Drive in Elbridge.

     11/20: A GREAT EGRET was seen at the Marshy Spits area on Onondaga Lake which is on the west side south of the Honeywell Center.

     11/21: A BLACK VULTURE was seen near Jamesville-Dewitt High School in Dewitt. A HOARY REDPOLL was seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.

     11/22: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen on Tracy Lake near Tully. A PINE GROSBEAK was seen at the corner of Shakham Road and Morgan Hill Road in the Morgan Hill State forest.







Oswego County

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     11/16: A RED-THROATED LOON and a BLACK SCOTER were seen from the bluff at Derby Hill.

     11/17: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen near Minetto and Willianstown.

     11/19: 4 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen near a residence in Minetto. A late GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen at Port Ontario on the Salmon River. a late FOX SPARROW was at a feeder in Hastings.

     11/20: A GLAUCOUS GULL and 53 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at the Sandy Pond Outlet on Lake Ontario.

     11/21: A SURF SCOTER was seen from Derby Hill. 2 SNOWY OWLS were seen on the break walls in Oswego Harbor.

     11/22: 2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at a residence in Constantia. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Sandy Pond state Park on Lake Ontario. 3 RED-THROATED LOONS were seen in Oswego Harbor.







Madison County

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     11/17: A FRABKLIN’S GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota. A FOX SPARROW was seen in Chittenango.

     11/20: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on Burleson Road near Oneida. Another was seen at the same location on the 21st. 12 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Ditchbank Road.

     11/21: A SURF SCOTER was seen at the South end of Cazenovia Lake.

     11/22: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road. RED CROSSBILLS were seen at the south end of Cazenovia lake. 30 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at the Sky High Sod Farm on Lakeport Road north of Chittenango.







Oneida County

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     11/18: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Jug Point Road east of Verona Beach. 

     11/19: A NORTHERN SHRIKE and nearly 100 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on Judd Road in Oriskany.

     11/21: A BLACK SCOTER was seen at Verona Beach State Park on Oneida Lake. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen on Perimeter Road in Rome.







Herkimer County

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     EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen throughout the week at Feeders in Salisbury Corners and on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

     11/18: A late FOX SPARROW was at a feeder on The Military Road north of Dolgeville.




    

        




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Date: 11/23/20 12:12 pm
From: Allison Myers <alli_kitty2002...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake dam: Zoom link for Conservation Board meeting 11/24
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Date: 11/23/20 11:17 am
From: Allison Myers <alli_kitty2002...>
Subject: Fw: [cayugabirds-l] Dam at Dryden Lake


----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Nita L. Irby <nli2...>To: Allison Myers <alli_kitty2002...>Sent: Monday, November 23, 2020, 01:52:29 PM ESTSubject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dam at Dryden Lake
Hello!I don’t know how to mail the list but here is the Zoom link, etc from the Town web site.
Thanks for sending the above info!Nita Irby
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dam at Dryden Lake Hi all,
I emailed the Dryden Town Clerk asking whether the topic of the dam at Dryden Lake would be on the Conservation Board's agenda for their meeting tomorrow.  I'm sharing her response here in case anyone else is interested:
[<TownClerk...>]: "There is some discussion going on about the dam at Dryden Lake. The DEC has told the town that the dam needs attention. The situation was discussed at a recent Conservation Board meeting and there were differences of opinion on how to proceed. Note that the final decision does not rest with the Conservation Board but with the Town Board.
The Conservation Board is scheduled to meet tomorrow [Tuesday, November 24] night at 7:00 p.m. I haven’t yet seen an agenda. I expect the log in details will be posted on the town’s website today or tomorrow.
I’ve copied the Town Supervisor, Jason Leifer [<Supervisor...>], on this response so that he is aware of your interest. You should include him in further communications."
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Date: 11/23/20 8:56 am
From: Allison Myers <alli_kitty2002...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dam at Dryden Lake
Hi all,
I emailed the Dryden Town Clerk asking whether the topic of the dam at Dryden Lake would be on the Conservation Board's agenda for their meeting tomorrow.  I'm sharing her response here in case anyone else is interested:
[<TownClerk...>]: "There is some discussion going on about the dam at Dryden Lake. The DEC has told the town that the dam needs attention. The situation was discussed at a recent Conservation Board meeting and there were differences of opinion on how to proceed. Note that the final decision does not rest with the Conservation Board but with the Town Board.
The Conservation Board is scheduled to meet tomorrow [Tuesday, November 24] night at 7:00 p.m. I haven’t yet seen an agenda. I expect the log in details will be posted on the town’s website today or tomorrow.
I’ve copied the Town Supervisor, Jason Leifer [<Supervisor...>], on this response so that he is aware of your interest. You should include him in further communications."
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Date: 11/23/20 6:35 am
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ned Brinkley
Rick I do not see any news here. Ned was such a force for all of us getting into birding in the early nineties. He was so generous with his knowledge, his tone and his absolutely boundless love for birds and nature, getting together with all of us newbies at the drop of a hat. Taking us far and wide and when something like weather interfered-with owling He would switch gears immediately and take us to Blue Grass Lane to look for migrating salamanders that would be brought out by the rain.

Is there a link or something for what you are referencing?

Linda Orkin

> On Nov 23, 2020, at 9:01 AM, Rick Bonney <reb5...> wrote:
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> So sorry to hear this news.
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> One of my favorite Ned stories: We invited him to give a Monday Night Seminar back in the old Lab building (and thus the old Fuertes Room).
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> After introducing him, he said "I'm so honored to give a talk here in this room, the Sistine Chapel of Ornithology."
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Date: 11/23/20 6:01 am
From: Rick Bonney <reb5...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ned Brinkley
So sorry to hear this news.

One of my favorite Ned stories: We invited him to give a Monday Night Seminar back in the old Lab building (and thus the old Fuertes Room).

After introducing him, he said "I'm so honored to give a talk here in this room, the Sistine Chapel of Ornithology."

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Date: 11/22/20 5:59 pm
From: Carol Schmitt <cfschmitt...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Former Ithaca birder Ned Brinkley has passed
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Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Former Ithaca birder Ned Brinkley has passed

#yiv8566033918 P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}I'm so sorry to hear that, Kevin. Ned got in touch with me just three months ago, and I was helping him arrange a trip to the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico. I'm just amazed. He was so full of life.
Tim
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Former Ithaca birder Ned Brinkley has passed I just got a phone call from former Cornell undergrad and super birder Adam Byrne that our good friend Ned Brinkley died today in Ecuador on a birding trip. No details except he was hiking up a trail, got short of breathe, sat down and died. For those of you who were around in the 1990s, you will remember that Ned Brinkley was an irresistible force of nature who transformed the birding community here. He was getting his Ph.D. in German, but spent all his daylight hours birding. I think he only slept about 4 hours a night. When he was in charge of the Cayuga Bird Club field trips, and they were trying to decide on whether to have them on Saturdays or Sundays, Ned decided that we would do them on BOTH days, and he would lead them. He taught the Lab’s World Series of Birding team, the Sapsuckers, how to win, turning us from a middle-of-the-pack team to champions! I’m not going to do an obituary tonight. I just wanted to get the word out. I know there are people on this list that knew Ned in the day, and will be saddened to learn of his death. Kevin Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D.
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Date: 11/22/20 5:47 pm
From: Eveline V. Ferretti <ef15...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-throated Loon
Saw these beauties (the red-throated loon and the mergansers) on my walk along Dryden lake today as well!

Spotted the loon doing some deep dives on my way up the lake (from Dryden Village) at about 11:15a; then the merganser group (one pair of Hoodies among about 7 or 8 Common Mergansers) on the upper part of the Lake, headed peacefully direction Village, on my way back, c. 12:30p). Amazing, the way these feathered creatures can add a quiet silver glow to a gray autumn day.


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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-throated Loon

Hi all,

The Red-throated Loon is still present on Dryden Lake, along with several Hooded and Common Mergansers.

Kevin


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Date: 11/22/20 3:36 pm
From: Tim Gallagher <twg3...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Former Ithaca birder Ned Brinkley has passed
I'm so sorry to hear that, Kevin. Ned got in touch with me just three months ago, and I was helping him arrange a trip to the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico. I'm just amazed. He was so full of life.

Tim

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Former Ithaca birder Ned Brinkley has passed


I just got a phone call from former Cornell undergrad and super birder Adam Byrne that our good friend Ned Brinkley died today in Ecuador on a birding trip. No details except he was hiking up a trail, got short of breathe, sat down and died.



For those of you who were around in the 1990s, you will remember that Ned Brinkley was an irresistible force of nature who transformed the birding community here. He was getting his Ph.D. in German, but spent all his daylight hours birding. I think he only slept about 4 hours a night. When he was in charge of the Cayuga Bird Club field trips, and they were trying to decide on whether to have them on Saturdays or Sundays, Ned decided that we would do them on BOTH days, and he would lead them. He taught the Labs World Series of Birding team, the Sapsuckers, how to win, turning us from a middle-of-the-pack team to champions!



Im not going to do an obituary tonight. I just wanted to get the word out. I know there are people on this list that knew Ned in the day, and will be saddened to learn of his death.



Kevin



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Date: 11/22/20 3:35 pm
From: Marty Schlabach <mls5...>
Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] Former Ithaca birder Ned Brinkley has passed
Very sad news. Ned was an amazing birder and larger than life influence on Basin birding during his time in Ithaca.
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Former Ithaca birder Ned Brinkley has passed

I just got a phone call from former Cornell undergrad and super birder Adam Byrne that our good friend Ned Brinkley died today in Ecuador on a birding trip. No details except he was hiking up a trail, got short of breathe, sat down and died.

For those of you who were around in the 1990s, you will remember that Ned Brinkley was an irresistible force of nature who transformed the birding community here. He was getting his Ph.D. in German, but spent all his daylight hours birding. I think he only slept about 4 hours a night. When he was in charge of the Cayuga Bird Club field trips, and they were trying to decide on whether to have them on Saturdays or Sundays, Ned decided that we would do them on BOTH days, and he would lead them. He taught the Lab's World Series of Birding team, the Sapsuckers, how to win, turning us from a middle-of-the-pack team to champions!

I'm not going to do an obituary tonight. I just wanted to get the word out. I know there are people on this list that knew Ned in the day, and will be saddened to learn of his death.

Kevin

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Date: 11/22/20 3:11 pm
From: Kevin J. McGowan <kjm2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Former Ithaca birder Ned Brinkley has passed
I just got a phone call from former Cornell undergrad and super birder Adam Byrne that our good friend Ned Brinkley died today in Ecuador on a birding trip. No details except he was hiking up a trail, got short of breathe, sat down and died.

For those of you who were around in the 1990s, you will remember that Ned Brinkley was an irresistible force of nature who transformed the birding community here. He was getting his Ph.D. in German, but spent all his daylight hours birding. I think he only slept about 4 hours a night. When he was in charge of the Cayuga Bird Club field trips, and they were trying to decide on whether to have them on Saturdays or Sundays, Ned decided that we would do them on BOTH days, and he would lead them. He taught the Lab's World Series of Birding team, the Sapsuckers, how to win, turning us from a middle-of-the-pack team to champions!

I'm not going to do an obituary tonight. I just wanted to get the word out. I know there are people on this list that knew Ned in the day, and will be saddened to learn of his death.

Kevin

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Date: 11/22/20 11:18 am
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Caching seed
Very cool.
Pete Sar

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> off. Upon inspection I found a black oil seed neatly tucked into my shoe.
> I reluctantly removed it, with the thought it would not remember where it
> had stashed the seed.
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Date: 11/22/20 10:40 am
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cranes
Here now, nothing at first, waited a few minutes and 8 cranes flew in. First time I’ve seen a Sandhill Crane.
Stephanie

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> There is still a large number of sandhill cranes seen from the far end of Vandyne Spoor Road. At least 100.
> Montezuma NWR. 1:20 pm Saturday.
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Date: 11/22/20 7:39 am
From: Sandy Podulka <sgp4...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Female Eastern Towhee and Fox Sparrows
At our feeders in Brooktondale, along with 2 Song Sparrows. Have not
seen a towhee for a few weeks.

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Date: 11/21/20 3:56 pm
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Dryden Lake dam removal
Hi all,

---------- Begin Forwarded message ---------

This is a head’s up that the Dryden Conservation Board is considering
removing the dam at Dryden Lake. It’s leaking and needs to be
repaired/replaced. Somebody said they should just take it out and
“free the rivers,” and it’s being considered.

There has been a dam there since the early 1700s, and removing it
would cause major environmental disruption, it seems to me. Pro-dam
people are looking for opinions from the local community that uses the
lake, and I’m sure they would welcome something from the Bird Club
about how important it is to birds and birders.

I don’t have time to say more or talk about this today, but I wanted
to get people aware. The Conservation Board meets next Tuesday. We
could get a letter read or even have someone speak if we wanted to
take a side.

Best,

Kevin

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At this point I have no further information. If anyone thinks this
warrants a coordinated effort, and wants to do the legwork under the
aegis of the Cayuga Bird Club, let me know.

Suan

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Date: 11/21/20 10:55 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration alert - Sat morning
This morning (21 Nov) from the NW end of the NYS-89 bridge over the Flood Control Channel I watched for loons for 3 hours starting 15 minutes before sunrise. The temperature was in the 40sF, the NW wind was not too strong, the sky was mostly cloudy, and there were quite a few loons, all of which made it much more satisfying (not too cold, easier to see loons, saw more loons) compared to last time when I gambled with the snow and lost. Here’s my count, by 15-minute Meade Periods:

1) 24 flew south (2 singles, 7 groups); -0- flew north.
2) 56 flew south (9 singles, 11 groups); 3 singles flew north
3) 13 flew south (7 singles, 1 group); 1 flew north
4) -0- flew south; 2 singles flew north
5) 9 flew south (4 singles, 1 group); -0- flew north
6) 36 flew south ( -0- singles, 6 groups); 1 flew north
7) 17 flew south (8 singles, 3 groups); -0- flew north
8) 3 flew south (1 single, 1 group); -0- flew north
9) 5 flew south (-0- singles, 2 groups); -0- flew north
10) 2 flew south (2 singles, -0- groups); -0- flew north
11) 2 flew south (2 singles, -0- groups); 1 flew north
12) 5 flew south (-0- singles, 1 group); 2 singles flew north

Totals: 173 seemed to migrate south past me (37 singly, and the other 136 in 33 groups of 2 or more), but 10 flew north, all singly.
One loon flew in a complete circle, seeming to wait for another loon to catch up, whom it joined to continue flying south together - a friend? - or someone who knew the way better?

Other birds of note: An immature Bald Eagle seen 3 times in various places was presumed to be the same bird. At 0801 a long narrow V of 18 Tundra Swans (positive ID by voice) flew south over Cornell U.

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Date: 11/21/20 10:34 am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Odd Junco Hoster Rd
When I first saw this bird it was head first and had a Yellow/green hue.
That color is not very pronounced in the pics but can be seen on the throat.
Looked at alot of Junco pics without a good match.
Maybe a late nesting immature?
Seen today on the West side of Hoster near the end of the pine row just South of Stahl.
A 10 pic clip at
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Date: 11/21/20 10:21 am
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cranes
Hi
There is still a large number of sandhill cranes seen from the far end of Vandyne Spoor Road. At least 100.
Montezuma NWR. 1:20 pm Saturday.
Laura

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Date: 11/21/20 10:18 am
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Taughannock Loon Watch
I arrived at the NE corner of the south portion of Taughannock Park, began counting loons at 6:50, and left at 8:40 when the number of migrating loons dropped to three in the final 15 minute period. In total, I had 169 Common Loons flying south and 3 flying north. The morning began at 42 degrees with a 10 mph breeze out of the north and ended at 46 degrees, wind up to 15 mph. In addition to the loons, I had a Peregrine Falcon circling high overhead and a single Cackling Goose in a passing flock of Canadas.

COLO count:

Per 1 15
Per 2 89
Per 3 8
Per 4 9
Per 5 10
Per 6 32
Per 7 3

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Date: 11/21/20 9:40 am
From: Kevin J. Cummings <kjc39...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Red-throated Loon
Hi all,

The Red-throated Loon is still present on Dryden Lake, along with several Hooded and Common Mergansers.

Kevin


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Date: 11/21/20 8:59 am
From: Wes Blauvelt <ravenbarnconsulting...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration alert - Sat morning
I observed 2 loons at 7:31 AM on a heading of 150* SSW from my location on
Park Hill Road in the Town of Erin. The site is at 1840’ elevation with an
open sky view following the Wyncoop Creek valley towards Chemung. I think
there is a good chance these birds started their day on Seneca Lake. Wes

On Sat, Nov 21, 2020 at 10:56 AM Bill Evans <wrevans...>
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> I counted 347 loons in southward migration over Danby from 6:52-9:06
> (Comfort Rd. migration watch site adjacent to the Finger Lakes Trail
> crossing, 1/4 mile south of Lieb Rd).
>
> Meade Period 1-9 totals: 11,22,60,12,22,52,66,49,32.
>
> Most of the flight was to the east of the watch. >90% were less than 600
> feet above my ground level and the early flight was seemingly at eye level
> coursing over the Michigan Hollow Valley.
>
> Bill
>
> *From:* Bill Evans <wrevans...>
> *Sent:* Friday, November 20, 2020 9:50 AM
> *To:* Cayuga Birds <cayugabirds-l...>
> *Subject:* Loon migration alert - Sat morning
>
> Thanks to all who posted loon migration reports last week. While I realize
> my credibility has taken a hit as a big flight prognosticator, all signs
> look good for a HEFTY loon flight tomorrow morning (Saturday 21Nov).
>
> If you’d like to report numbers using the old protocol developed by Bob
> Meade, tally totals for 15-minute periods with period 1 the 15 minutes
> before sunrise, period 2 the first 15 minutes after sunrise, and so forth.
> The peak loon flight typically comes off Cayuga & Seneca Lakes in periods
> 1-3 and the Lake Ontario peak passes over the Ithaca/Watkins Glen area and
> a broad swath of the Southern Tier during periods 5-9. Based on past
> reports, it seems loon migration largely finishes crossing the region by
> the end of period 10.
>
> Sunrise tomorrow in Ithaca is 7:06, so the Meade periods Saturday are:
>
> Period 1 – 6:52-7:06
> Period 2 – 7:07-7:21
> Period 3 – 7:22-7:36
> Period 4 – 7:37-7:51
> Period 5 – 7:52-8:06
> Period 6 – 8:07-8:21
> Period 7 – 8:22-8:36
> Period 8 – 8:37-8:51
> Period 9 – 8:52-9:06
> Period 10 – 9:07-9:21
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Date: 11/21/20 8:53 am
From: Paul Anderson <paul...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Myers and Sapsucker Woods this morning: Snow Buntings then Fox Sparrow and GH Owl
I went to Myers at about 8:45 this morning in the hope of seeing some loons fly by. The first thing I noticed however was a hooting coming from across the creek in Salt Point. It sounded just like a classic Northern Saw-whet Owl except that the hoots were a fair bit longer. It only lasted about 30 seconds or so and I didn't go over to investigate further.

I ran into Kevin Packard there and we did see about 7-8 Common Loons, only one of which was in flight, and that one was going north and landed. We had two Bald Eagles too. The best treat though was two Snow Buntings that flew in close to us.

From there I went to Sapsucker Woods and was delighted to find a Fox Sparrow in the feeder garden along with a generous helping of the usual suspects: Goldfinch, Chickadees, W-b Nuthatches, House Finches, Mourning Doves, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Titmice, and Downy, Hairy, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Also one White-throated Sparrow.

In the tall pine tree close to where the Wilson Trail meets the Severinghaus Trail, I found a Great-horned Owl glaring at me menacingly from about 40 feet up.

I have some photos that I'll post to the FB group later.

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Date: 11/21/20 8:52 am
From: W Larry Hymes <wlh2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Caching seed
Once upon a time I was sitting of my front porch reading the paper. I noticed a chickadee coming in. Not moving the paper I felt the bird land near my foot. It felt it do something around my foot, and then it flew off. Upon inspection I found a black oil seed neatly tucked into my shoe. I reluctantly removed it, with the thought it would not remember where it had stashed the seed.

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Date: 11/21/20 7:56 am
From: Bill Evans <wrevans...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Loon migration alert - Sat morning
I counted 347 loons in southward migration over Danby from 6:52-9:06 (Comfort Rd. migration watch site adjacent to the Finger Lakes Trail crossing, 1/4 mile south of Lieb Rd).

Meade Period 1-9 totals: 11,22,60,12,22,52,66,49,32.

Most of the flight was to the east of the watch. >90% were less than 600 feet above my ground level and the early flight was seemingly at eye level coursing over the Michigan Hollow Valley.

Bill

From: Bill Evans
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2020 9:50 AM
To: Cayuga Birds
Subject: Loon migration alert - Sat morning

Thanks to all who posted loon migration reports last week. While I realize my credibility has taken a hit as a big flight prognosticator, all signs look good for a HEFTY loon flight tomorrow morning (Saturday 21Nov).

If you’d like to report numbers using the old protocol developed by Bob Meade, tally totals for 15-minute periods with period 1 the 15 minutes before sunrise, period 2 the first 15 minutes after sunrise, and so forth. The peak loon flight typically comes off Cayuga & Seneca Lakes in periods 1-3 and the Lake Ontario peak passes over the Ithaca/Watkins Glen area and a broad swath of the Southern Tier during periods 5-9. Based on past reports, it seems loon migration largely finishes crossing the region by the end of period 10.

Sunrise tomorrow in Ithaca is 7:06, so the Meade periods Saturday are:

Period 1 – 6:52-7:06
Period 2 – 7:07-7:21
Period 3 – 7:22-7:36
Period 4 – 7:37-7:51
Period 5 – 7:52-8:06
Period 6 – 8:07-8:21
Period 7 – 8:22-8:36
Period 8 – 8:37-8:51
Period 9 – 8:52-9:06
Period 10 – 9:07-9:21

Urbi et Orbi!

Bill Evans
Town of Danby
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Date: 11/21/20 7:22 am
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Loon Count - West Danby
This morning between 7:15 and 9:15 I counted 113 Loons migrating south over West Danby. All appeared to be following the line of the upper Cayuga Inlet Valley.

The Meade Period breakdown was:
Period 3 - 8 Loons
Period 4 - 7 Loons
Period 5 - 1 Loon
Period 6 - 10 Loons
Period 7 - 61 Loons
Period 8 - 6 Loons
Period 9 - 20 Loons

My count experience at the summit of Benjamin Hill last year, when every Loon seen was passing well to the east along the inlet valley, suggested that I should be able to count the same birds more easily from my own backyard, so that’s what I did this morning.

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Date: 11/20/20 4:17 pm
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
Thanks for sharing gentlemen.
I absolutely love these stories!!
In this Season of Thankfulness I'm truly thankful for the joy these
creatures bring to our lives.
Stay safe and well all.
Pete Sar

On Fri, Nov 20, 2020, 7:08 PM Kevin J. McGowan <kjm2...> wrote:

> My best memory of feeder birds caching was a number of years ago on a warm
> fall/winter day and I had my sliding door open so I could take pictures of
> the birds coming to the feeders on my deck. I had my camera on a tripod
> just inside the open door. I was doing something on the computer on the
> kitchen table and a Red-breasted Nuthatch flew into the house with a
> sunflower seed in its bill. It landed on the tripod, looked around, and
> tucked the seed into a crevice where a leg came off the base, then flew
> away back outside. Six feet away from me.
>
>
>
> No matter how good their spatial memory, I knew it wasn’t going to
> retrieve that one.
>
>
>
> I love Red-breasted Nuthatches!
>
>
>
> Kevin
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* <bounce-125158003-3493952...> <
> <bounce-125158003-3493952...> *On Behalf Of *Robyn Bailey
> *Sent:* Friday, November 20, 2020 4:33 PM
> *To:* Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...>; Peter Saracino <
> <petersaracino...>
> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
> *Subject:* RE: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
>
>
>
> Working from home, and my home being a log cabin, I see birds throughout
> the day coming and caching seeds in between the logs and
> windowsills…anywhere they can fit it. Mostly chickadee, titmouse, and
> red-bellied woodpecker are the ones I see doing it.
>
>
>
> It’s fun to think of them using my house as a larder, and using their
> spatial memory (or some luck) to find them later. I wonder how many pounds
> of seeds are collectively stashed in the crevices of my house right now?
>
>
> 😊
>
> Robyn Bailey
>
>
>
> *From:* <bounce-125157588-15067888...> <
> <bounce-125157588-15067888...> *On Behalf Of *Chris R. Pelkie
> *Sent:* Friday, November 20, 2020 2:29 PM
> *To:* Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
>
>
>
> You’ll want to pry them out. Some years ago, a squirrel stashed sunflower
> seeds into my exhaust pipe.
>
> OMG, there’s nothing on earth that stinks as bad as burning sunflower
> seeds!
>
> (:-)
>
> ______________________
>
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> Data Manager; IT Support
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> 159 Sapsucker Woods Road
> Ithaca, NY 14850
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> http://www.birds.cornell.edu/ccb/
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> On Nov 20, 2020, at 12:37 , Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
> wrote:
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> didn't put the bulbs in yet. They're easier to string without the bulbs. I
> finally got around to screwing the bulbs in this morning only to find
> single, unopened black oil sunflower seeds in a few of the places into
> which one would screw the actual bulb. I began to wonder how they ever
> could have gotten into so tight a space until I realized they must be
> places where the birds I'm feeding are catching food for a later date!
>
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Date: 11/20/20 4:08 pm
From: Kevin J. McGowan <kjm2...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
My best memory of feeder birds caching was a number of years ago on a warm fall/winter day and I had my sliding door open so I could take pictures of the birds coming to the feeders on my deck. I had my camera on a tripod just inside the open door. I was doing something on the computer on the kitchen table and a Red-breasted Nuthatch flew into the house with a sunflower seed in its bill. It landed on the tripod, looked around, and tucked the seed into a crevice where a leg came off the base, then flew away back outside. Six feet away from me.

No matter how good their spatial memory, I knew it wasn’t going to retrieve that one.

I love Red-breasted Nuthatches!

Kevin


From: <bounce-125158003-3493952...> <bounce-125158003-3493952...> On Behalf Of Robyn Bailey
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2020 4:33 PM
To: Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...>; Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches

Working from home, and my home being a log cabin, I see birds throughout the day coming and caching seeds in between the logs and windowsills…anywhere they can fit it. Mostly chickadee, titmouse, and red-bellied woodpecker are the ones I see doing it.

It’s fun to think of them using my house as a larder, and using their spatial memory (or some luck) to find them later. I wonder how many pounds of seeds are collectively stashed in the crevices of my house right now?

😊
Robyn Bailey

From: <bounce-125157588-15067888...><mailto:<bounce-125157588-15067888...> <bounce-125157588-15067888...><mailto:<bounce-125157588-15067888...>> On Behalf Of Chris R. Pelkie
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2020 2:29 PM
To: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...><mailto:<petersaracino...>>
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...><mailto:<CAYUGABIRDS-L...>>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches

You’ll want to pry them out. Some years ago, a squirrel stashed sunflower seeds into my exhaust pipe.
OMG, there’s nothing on earth that stinks as bad as burning sunflower seeds!
(:-)
______________________

Chris Pelkie
Data Manager; IT Support
Center for Conservation Bioacoustics
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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http://www.birds.cornell.edu/ccb/

On Nov 20, 2020, at 12:37 , Peter Saracino <petersaracino...><mailto:<petersaracino...>> wrote:

So I hung strings of Christmas lights on the porch the other day but didn't put the bulbs in yet. They're easier to string without the bulbs. I finally got around to screwing the bulbs in this morning only to find single, unopened black oil sunflower seeds in a few of the places into which one would screw the actual bulb. I began to wonder how they ever could have gotten into so tight a space until I realized they must be places where the birds I'm feeding are catching food for a later date!
I think that's kind of neat!
The birds are helping me decorate! Well, sort of.
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Date: 11/20/20 2:22 pm
From: Judith Jones <jwj2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma/swans
Very satisfying trip to Montezuma today. Tundra swans the star of the
trip. About 75 in the bays off Rt 89N that were no longer there on the
return trip at 3. Several thousand ducks in the main pool.  As we
watched about 200 Tundra swans came floating in over a period of maybe 5
minutes. Spectacular, magical. Saw 3 S Cranes in the main pool and about
120 later at the end of VanDyneSpoor Rd.


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Date: 11/20/20 1:32 pm
From: Robyn Bailey <rb644...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
Working from home, and my home being a log cabin, I see birds throughout the day coming and caching seeds in between the logs and windowsills…anywhere they can fit it. Mostly chickadee, titmouse, and red-bellied woodpecker are the ones I see doing it.

It’s fun to think of them using my house as a larder, and using their spatial memory (or some luck) to find them later. I wonder how many pounds of seeds are collectively stashed in the crevices of my house right now?

😊
Robyn Bailey

From: <bounce-125157588-15067888...> <bounce-125157588-15067888...> On Behalf Of Chris R. Pelkie
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2020 2:29 PM
To: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches

You’ll want to pry them out. Some years ago, a squirrel stashed sunflower seeds into my exhaust pipe.
OMG, there’s nothing on earth that stinks as bad as burning sunflower seeds!
(:-)
______________________

Chris Pelkie
Data Manager; IT Support
Center for Conservation Bioacoustics
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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On Nov 20, 2020, at 12:37 , Peter Saracino <petersaracino...><mailto:<petersaracino...>> wrote:

So I hung strings of Christmas lights on the porch the other day but didn't put the bulbs in yet. They're easier to string without the bulbs. I finally got around to screwing the bulbs in this morning only to find single, unopened black oil sunflower seeds in a few of the places into which one would screw the actual bulb. I began to wonder how they ever could have gotten into so tight a space until I realized they must be places where the birds I'm feeding are catching food for a later date!
I think that's kind of neat!
The birds are helping me decorate! Well, sort of.
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Date: 11/20/20 11:29 am
From: Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
You’ll want to pry them out. Some years ago, a squirrel stashed sunflower seeds into my exhaust pipe.
OMG, there’s nothing on earth that stinks as bad as burning sunflower seeds!
(:-)
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On Nov 20, 2020, at 12:37 , Peter Saracino <petersaracino...><mailto:<petersaracino...>> wrote:

So I hung strings of Christmas lights on the porch the other day but didn't put the bulbs in yet. They're easier to string without the bulbs. I finally got around to screwing the bulbs in this morning only to find single, unopened black oil sunflower seeds in a few of the places into which one would screw the actual bulb. I began to wonder how they ever could have gotten into so tight a space until I realized they must be places where the birds I'm feeding are catching food for a later date!
I think that's kind of neat!
The birds are helping me decorate! Well, sort of.
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Date: 11/20/20 10:07 am
From: Karen <confergoldwing...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] darn turkeys
First of all, I love my turkey coming in to my feeder, BUT
They are large and hungry.
In early fall, a flock of 21 started to come in eating the whole kernel and cracked corn I put on the ground. At first they were wary. If I walked out to the car they took flight banging into branches and going a long distance. So I tried to condition them to my presence. I walked slowly, clucked before coming into their line of sight, and didn't wave arms. Now they usually walk away if I come into their view. So I pour out about 8 quarts of corn sort of in a line and now 29 turkey eat it. It is really neat to see all the heads going like a sewing machine all in a line. So far so good.
Turkeys eat a lot. They eat everything I put out on the first trip. So sparrows, jays, doves don't get anything. OK. I put out another 8 quarts. The turkey walk a short distance and are back eating before I get back in the house. 29 big turkeys can eat many gallons of food. I now have to put feed out three times a day in order for the little ones to get any food. 
Anyone want a few turkeys?
John Confer
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Date: 11/20/20 9:37 am
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Birds' secret caches
So I hung strings of Christmas lights on the porch the other day but
didn't put the bulbs in yet. They're easier to string without the bulbs. I
finally got around to screwing the bulbs in this morning only to find
single, unopened black oil sunflower seeds in a few of the places into
which one would screw the actual bulb. I began to wonder how they ever
could have gotten into so tight a space until I realized they must be
places where the birds I'm feeding are catching food for a later date!
I think that's kind of neat!
The birds are helping me decorate! Well, sort of.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

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Date: 11/20/20 6:50 am
From: Bill Evans <wrevans...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration alert - Sat morning
Thanks to all who posted loon migration reports last week. While I realize my credibility has taken a hit as a big flight prognosticator, all signs look good for a HEFTY loon flight tomorrow morning (Saturday 21Nov).

If you’d like to report numbers using the old protocol developed by Bob Meade, tally totals for 15-minute periods with period 1 the 15 minutes before sunrise, period 2 the first 15 minutes after sunrise, and so forth. The peak loon flight typically comes off Cayuga & Seneca Lakes in periods 1-3 and the Lake Ontario peak passes over the Ithaca/Watkins Glen area and a broad swath of the Southern Tier during periods 5-9. Based on past reports, it seems loon migration largely finishes crossing the region by the end of period 10.

Sunrise tomorrow in Ithaca is 7:06, so the Meade periods Saturday are:

Period 1 – 6:52-7:06
Period 2 – 7:07-7:21
Period 3 – 7:22-7:36
Period 4 – 7:37-7:51
Period 5 – 7:52-8:06
Period 6 – 8:07-8:21
Period 7 – 8:22-8:36
Period 8 – 8:37-8:51
Period 9 – 8:52-9:06
Period 10 – 9:07-9:21

Urbi et Orbi!

Bill Evans
Town of Danby
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Date: 11/19/20 6:48 pm
From: Whitings <whitings...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] American Widgeon with yellow cheeks
Hi All,
Today I saw an American Widgeon with different colored cheeks than what I think would be normal. They were a golden yellow color. When I tried to look it up, I found it to be called a variant color. Anyway it was in the main pool and enjoying a lot of stolen meals from the coots.
https://www.dianawhitingphotography.com/Galleries/Birds/Ducks/i-Prc4B7K/A


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Date: 11/19/20 3:51 pm
From: Alicia Plotkin <tess...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] The saw whet that got away!
Hi,

I'm not on social media & stumbled on this
<https://www.facebook.com/1404058576543469/posts/2833723070243672/?d=n>
randomly - if everyone already saw it, apologies for clogging you inboxes!

Have a good weekend & a safe holiday -

Alicia

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Date: 11/19/20 7:22 am
From: Kevin J. Cummings <kjc39...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Red-throated Loon
Hi all,

There is currently a Red-throated Loon on Dryden Lake.

Kevin


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Date: 11/19/20 5:34 am
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] CBC Motus Station - Fall detections
I wanted to let area birders know about Cayuga Bird Club's Motus station at
Myers Park, and the migratory birds we've detected there this season.

Motus tracking, which uses tiny radio transmitters attached to birds or
other wildlife to follow their movements, depends on having an array of
receiving stations to detect the tagged individual as it passes by. That
information is then relayed to the Motus network, where it can be accessed
by migration researchers throughout the international Motus network.

Last Fall, Cayuga Bird Club voted to install a Motus station in southern
Central New York, filling a gap in the array of Motus receivers. Bryant
Dossman, a Cornell graduate student who studies migration, helped us build
the tower and get the receiver up and running. The town of Lansing was very
supportive in allowing us to locate the receiving tower at Myers Park.

After putting up the tower in late October, 2019, we had our first
detection -- of an American Woodcock -- on November 7. The bird had been
detected just three hours earlier on the same evening at Amherst and Wolfe
Islands in Ontario, about 150 miles north of us! 33 hours later, the bird
was in North Carolina. You can see the map of this woodcock's migratory
movements here: https://motus.org/data/track?tagDeploymentId=24936.

This Fall, our Myers Point receiving station has detected six migratory
birds: a nightjar (probably Common Nighthawk), Blackpoll Warbler,
White-throated Sparrow, two Rusty Blackbirds, and an American Pipit.
The blackbirds were tagged at L’Observatoire d’Oiseaux de Tadoussac, QC;
one was detected on 10-25 and the second on 10-31 at Myers Point. These
maps of these two blackbirds show remarkably similar trajectories. The two
blackbirds were most recently detected by receivers in Northern Maryland
that are 27 miles apart from one another. (Maryland detections on November
12 and November 6). https://motus.org/data/track?tagDeploymentId=30032 and
https://motus.org/data/track?tagDeploymentId=22981.

We've added a Motus page to our CBC website about birds detected at Myers
Point: http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/motus. Please, check it out! It can be
quite interesting to see the migratory maps for different species. We also
provide instructions there for exploring our detections on the
motus.org website.


Pretty fun!

Diane Morton
Cayuga Bird Club

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Date: 11/18/20 5:56 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hooded Mergansers
This reminds me, during my Loon Watch this morning I was impressed by about 40 Hooded Mergansers on the Inlet to my north opposite the CU & IC crew boathouses, but 150 really is a lot! I thought I heard gunfire far to the north and wondered if the Hooded Mergansers were taking refuge from the lake. In addition to the large number of Hooded Mergansers, I saw a more typical 9 Common Mergansers, and among them two female Red-breasted Mergansers, which is very unusual in Cayuga Inlet. If I had been looking from my windows or deck, instead of from the NYS-89 bridge, they could have been new yard birds. I saw one of them catch a fish.

Also I saw groups of 8, 2, and 20 Double-crested Mergansers in more-or-less southbound flight, which is more than I have seen on the south end of Cayuga Lake recently.

- - Dave Nutter

> On Nov 18, 2020, at 8:36 PM, Judith Jones <jwj2...> wrote:
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Date: 11/18/20 5:43 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] American Tree Sparrows; Peregrine Falcon
Today’s snowy weather brought at least 3 and maybe as many as 5 American Tree Sparrows to feed in the weeds surrounding my garden, a first for the season in the yard.

And during my Loon Watch I saw a Peregrine Falcon passing just to my north flying east at 0806, maybe going toward Cornell. Later I scoped the west face of Bradfield Hall but did not see any bird sitting on the usual perch there. However, at 1450 I did notice a Peregrine Falcon perched on the SW edge of the top of the old gray smokestack for the abandoned Morse Chain / Emerson Power Transmission Factory low on South Hill in Ithaca. It was still there at dusk. That’s the second time this autumn that I have seen a Peregrine atop that smokestack, so maybe it’s a regular perch to keep an eye on. It’s closer to my home than Bradfield, so I find these scoped “yard bird” Peregrine views more satisfying.

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Date: 11/18/20 5:36 pm
From: Judith Jones <jwj2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Hooded Mergansers
Saw about 150 Hooded Mergansers at 4:30 pm today on the Cayuga Inlet
between the Marina entrance and the boat houses. Also a single
mockingbird in the brush at the edge of the golf course.


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Date: 11/18/20 5:24 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration report 18 November
This morning starting at 0653 I spent 2 hours at the north end of the NYS-89/Flood Control Channel bridge at the south end of Cass Park in Ithaca watching for migrating loons. Sunrise was nominally at 0702, but add about 20 minutes for it to come into view at this west edge of the valley floor, although the sun was mostly not visible anyway. Despite the prediction of a 30-something-percent-and-dropping chance of precipitation, snow fell during most of the observation time, which may have reduced my ability to see loons or reduced loons’ inclination to fly. Maybe I was unlucky, or maybe I was in the 30% of Ithaca which had all the snowfall: Many times when driving taxi and heading toward Ithaca from the airport or the hospital I have seen the Cayuga Lake Valley occupied by a big sausage of cloud. This morning under what may have been such a local cloud I could look up through the falling snow and clouds and see that there was some blue sky above. I should not have been surprised if this was locally-enhanced lake-effect snow, because the below-freezing wind was aligned with Cayuga Lake.

I don’t know if loons were deterred from migrating by the snow & clouds, or whether they flew above it or flew straight where the lake valley bends at Taughannock to bypass Ithaca, but I did not see a big loon migration. I’d like to hear if other folks observed migrating loons today. On the other hand, there was a non-zero number of migrating loons. All appeared to be Common Loons. The heading I give is the direction that loons appeared to leave, even if they changed direction while I saw them.

0653 start of observation ... no loons seen for 29 minutes....
0722 1 flying SE during a brief respite in snowfall
0756 1 flying NW
0801 1 flying SE
0802 3 flying SE
0804 19 flying SE
0807 13 flying SE
0810 1 turning clockwise to head N
0811 1 flying ESE
0821 1 flying S
0822 1 flying SE
0853 end of observation.

Loons were particularly sparse during the period when one would expect them to arrive from Cayuga Lake if they took off around sunrise. All loons in groups were late enough to have been from Lake Ontario. The two large groups were particularly high, and one of them was found in the background of the binocular view of a closer bird, making me wonder if I overlooked other groups. Nearly all loons appeared to head SE toward South Hill rather than follow the Cayuga Inlet Valley and bend to the SW, perhaps relying on the glow of the sun as a general compass.

I also happened to see several loons from my east-facing windows during less diligent observations later in the day:

1134 1 flying S
1145 1 flying S
1148 1 flying S
1149 2 flying S
1204 4 flying S

It’s possible that with reduced snowfall and increased sunshine, these later loons followed a different trajectory. It’s also possible that the view from my windows means that loons hugging my side of the valley and going more directly south are more likely to be seen or that in this more limited view they are more likely to appear to be going south.

In other loon migration news Sue Gregoire doing a loon watch from the dock at Smith Park on Seneca Lake from 0705 to 0815 saw 54 southbound and 17 northbound loons, while as I understand it, John Gregoire watching from the Kestrel Haven Bird Observatory on Fitzgerald Rd in Hector saw none.

Sue Gregoire also mentioned that hundreds of thousands of gulls were also migrating south along Seneca Lake. I did not try to count gulls, some of which were wheeling in kettles and some of which flew more directly, but I would also say that there were thousands - far more than the local few hundred I have seen resting on the Red Lighthouse Breakwater or the Allan H Treman marina docks - and they were generally southbound.

My CayugaBirds-L post yesterday prompted a secondhand report by Reuben Stoltzfus that on 14 November Adam Troyer saw 204 loons, presumably from his family’s farm high on the hill east of Candor, and on 16 November Adam saw 3 loons, including a Red-throated Loon, which is an unusual find in Tioga County, NY.

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Date: 11/18/20 11:01 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Birdy day
Snowy weather has brought lots of birds to my feeding areas here in Lansing. Plus I heard a Loon on lake.

So far I have seen 16 pine siskins FOY here !, a red-breasted nut hatch, a beautiful fox sparrow, 20 mourning doves, 6 dark-eyed juncos, a Carolina Wren, 4 cardinals, lotsa blue jays, & several other usual feeder birds!

Is eBird still “closed”?
Donna

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Date: 11/18/20 10:58 am
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldeneye Sheldrake Pt
Hi Dave and all,
Thanks for posting this. Definitely an interesting bird, and nice job
picking it out. While it does have some characteristics you might look for
in a female Barrow's Goldeneye, ultimately this seems to be an
orange-billed Common Goldeneye, an uncommon but regular variant. In fact,
it looks quite similar to a bird (an apparent Common) I photographed just
north of Sheldrake in December 2018 (photos here
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S50367585>, though they won't be visible until
the eBird maintenance is complete later today or tomorrow). Particularly
the length of bill is unlike typical Barrow's Goldeneye. Hard to be sure
these birds aren't hybrids of course, and it would be hard to tell, but the
general consensus seems to be they are more likely aberrant/variant Commons.

There is also a similar bird <https://ebird.org/checklist/S21487989> that
has returned for several years around Irondequoit Bay.

And Dave's photo again, for comparison:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/50617077583/in/datetaken/

Jay

On Wed, Nov 18, 2020 at 12:40 PM Dave K <fishwatchers...> wrote:

> Forehead and bill size aside....it is different from the other three.
> Yellow bill, different color head (darker brown?) and iris (darker yellow).
> Seen this morning on Cayuga Lake South of Sheldrake Pt. just beyond
> Deerlick Springs Rd.
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Date: 11/18/20 9:41 am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Goldeneye pic
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/50617077583/in/datetaken/

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Date: 11/18/20 9:40 am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Goldeneye Sheldrake Pt
Forehead and bill size aside....it is different from the other three. Yellow bill, different color head (darker brown?) and iris (darker yellow).
Seen this morning on Cayuga Lake South of Sheldrake Pt. just beyond Deerlick Springs Rd.
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Date: 11/18/20 7:44 am
From: Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Greater Yellowlegs
Yesterday, I saw 6 Greater Yellowlegs in the freshly drained Storage Pond on Howland's Island in Savannah. It was flurrying so hard, it was hard to see at times! I hope they get a move on and head south sooner rather than later.

Other birds of note on the island- 1 Belted Kingfisher, ~20 Snow Buntings feeding in a ag field, and a small flock of American Tree Sparrows. Tried to submit to eBird, but it's down for some scheduled maintenance!

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Date: 11/18/20 6:22 am
From: Kevin J. Cummings <kjc39...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake birds
Hi all,

There are many Bufflehead, Hooded Mergansers, Common Mergansers, and Mallards on Dryden Lake right now, plus two Common Loons. I don't see yesterday's Tundra Swans.

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Date: 11/17/20 11:30 am
From: Kevin J. Cummings <kjc39...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake swans
Viewing has improved, and I believe they are Tundra Swans instead.

Kevin


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Date: 11/17/20 11:15 am
From: Kevin J. Cummings <kjc39...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake swans
Hi all,

There is currently a trio of Trumpeter Swans on Dryden Lake.

Kevin


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Date: 11/17/20 8:43 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration tomorrow?
Yesterday I saw 34 Common Loons on the southern part of Cayuga Lake. I was scoping from the lakeshore at Allan H Treman State Marine Park, and with air temperatures in the 40s - close to the water temperature, there was not much distortion, so I was able to discern the heads of loons pretty far north. All but one of the loons were farther north than a feeding flock of 100 Common Mergansers, so the loons were by no means crowding Treman and Stewart Parks, nor hungry enough to compete for whatever attracted the attention of the smaller Common Mergansers. Still, I think 34 Common Loons is a significant presence. I figure it means that either the remaining loons on the lake are numerous enough to simply spread this far south, or that they are nudging southward in anticipation of migration. At any rate they haven’t all left, and it’s getting toward the season - the 3rd week of November - when we see big loon migration events, according to eBird records (which are unavailable for the next 2 days due to eBird data housekeeping).

There was definite loon flight and migration on November 2nd and the 12th, although not as numerous as some hoped. The conditions have mostly continued to argue against migration, with either calm, or winds from the south, or precipitation. This morning there was snow in the air. That unhelpful pattern will continue through Sunday the 22nd, which is as far as the NWS hourly weather graph ventures to predict, with the possible exception of tomorrow.

Tonight temperatures are predicted to fall below freezing, and the chance of snow is over 60% in the middle of the night, or about 2 to 1 in favor of precipitation. I figure that such wintry weather should get the attention of loons and remind them that migration is a good idea. The winds will be from the NW (ideal), and by dawn about 11 mph (good) and rising (better), but the chance of precipitation will be dropping through 30% (2 to 1 against precipitation). Whether we will have enough of a break in any snowfall early enough for the loons to decide it’s a good day to migrate is still “up in the air” (sorry, I couldn’t resist). Even if they take off, there’s the matter of cloud ceiling, for which I have no information, although I’m sure other folks do. Loons might leave Cayuga Lake and head up the valley but have to turn back if the valley is ultimately blocked by clouds. That would mean we get to see them 3 times, as they try going south, get turned back, and try again another day.

Anyway, it looks to me like tomorrow morning (Wednesday 18 November) is the best chance of loon migration for awhile. While the following days all have much less chance of precipitation, the winds will argue against migration: On Thursday, Friday, and Sunday at daybreak the winds are predicted to be about 10mph from S, SW, and S respectively. On Saturday the wind should be lighter but from the W, which is also not helpful.

So anyway, I intend to be watching for airborne loons again tomorrow, and I hope others will, too. If anyone else has ideas about the chance of loon migration tomorrow - or any other day - I welcome hearing other analyses. Also, I have only looked at weather, in my limited way, for Cayuga Lake, not Lake Ontario.

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Date: 11/16/20 4:00 pm
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA

RBA

 

*  New York

*  Syracuse

* October 27, 2020

*  NYSY  10. 27. 20

 

Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert

Dates(s):




October 19, 2020 to October 27, 2020

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: October 27 AT 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

compiler: Joseph Brin

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#726 

Monday October 27, 2020

 

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

October 19, 2020

 

Highlights:

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RED-THROATED LOON

GREAT EGRET

PINK FOOTED GOOSE

CACKLING GOOSE

BLACK SCOTER

SURF SCOTER

NORTHERN GOSHAWK

GOLDEN EAGLE

SANDHILL CRANE

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER

GLAUCOUS GULL

ICELAND GULL

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

SABINE’S GULL

SHORT-EARED OWL

MARSH WREN

VARIED THRUSH

LAPLAND LONGSPUR

EVENING GROSBEAK

COMMOM REDPOLL

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL

RED CROSSBILL
















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

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     11/13: A SHORT-EARED OWL was found at VanDyne Spoor Road.

     11/14: A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a MARSH WREN were at the Visitor’s Center. Another MARSH WREN was at Martens Tract. A  CACKLING GOOSE and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER WERE seen on the Wildlife Drive. 38 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at VanDyne Spoor road and 49 were counted on Armitage Road.

     11/15: A BLACK SCOTER was seen on the Wildlife Drive. 







Onondaga county

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     RED CROSSBILLS and a few WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue at the corner of Shakham Road and Morgan Hill Road near the the Cortland County Line. COMMON REDPOLLS continue in good numbers on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.

     10/10: Up to 3 BLACK SCOTERS were seen from the West Shore Drive of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse. They were reported through the 15th.

     11/11: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Dunham Road west of Baldwinsville.

     11/12: 2 SURF SCOTERS were seen from the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. A late EASTERN PHOEBE was seen on Sunview Terrace in Elbridge. EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen in Adath Jeshurun Cemetery in Syracuse. 

     11/13: A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. 

     11/14: A GOLDEN EGLE was seen on Shakham Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest.

     11/15: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a residence on Fenner Road west of Baldwinsville.

     11/16: An extremely rare for our area PINK FOOTED GOOSE was found at Old fly Marsh south of Pompey. 







Oswego County

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     11/10: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Derby Hill. A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen on Kibbe Road in Constantia.

     11/11: 11 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario.

     11/14: A SABINE’S GULL and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK were seen at Derby Hill. An extremely rare for our area VARIED THRUSH was seen at a residence on Kibbe Road in Constantia. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on Lake Ontario just north of Oswego Harbor. A WHITE-RUMBED SANDPIPER and a GLAUCOUS GULL were seen at the Sandy Pond outlet on Lake Ontario.

     11/15: 8 BLACK SCOTERS were seen at Derby Hill. Some were seen on the 16th. also. 







Madison County

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     11/12: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Bonney Hill Road north of Hamilton.

     11/14: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on Burleson Road south of Canastota.

     11/15: 2 ICELAND GULLS, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a GLAUCOUS GULL were at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.







Oneida County

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     11/13: 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found in Waterville. 15 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on Sterling Road in Oneida.

     11/14: 2 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at the Erie Canal Lock 21 in Oneida.







Herkimer County

------------11/11: EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder in Salisbury Corners north of Dolgeville.

     11/12: EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on the Military Road north of Dolgeville.

     




        




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Date: 11/15/20 11:02 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 4 loons on the inlet by Stewart Park?
Short answer: I only saw other birds, not Loons, in Fall Creek.

I just got back from a quick bike ride on the Cayuga Waterfront Trail to Fall Creek by Stewart Park and back (barely beating the rain) to check out this report.

This is what I found along the north end of Fall Creek: Upstream of the anglers’ parking area at the end of Pier Road, Fall Creek is so shallow that there were pebbles visible most of the way across, so I did not check there for loon-like birds, and although there was water next to the parking area, I saw no birds in it. Just upstream of the green suspension bridge over Fall Creek, I saw 5 Common Mergansers diving. Common Mergansers are long and low like Common Loons, so my guess is these were the birds in question. These Common Mergansers were all either females or males who had not yet molted into breeding plumage, with distinctly brown heads sharply contrasting with plain light gray bodies and some white on the chin and neck. Breeding plumage males would have green heads, creamy white neck, breast & sides, and black on the back. Common Loons at this time of year are smudgy dark gray on the body, back of the neck, most of the face, and the top of the head, with white on the chin, front of the neck, and breast. They have no big brown areas like the head of a female Common Merganser.

Farther downstream on Fall Creek, between Stewart Park and Jetty Woods I saw a group of 10 breeding plumage male Mallards gathered around 1 female Mallard.

And in the mouth of Fall Creek between the White Lighthouse Jetty and the Swan Pond I saw 2 separate pairs of Hooded Mergansers. They are more compact-bodied than Common Mergansers or Common Loons. The heads of the females are more of a dark grayish brown contrasting less with the darker gray body and lacking white on the neck and breast. The males, now in breeding plumage, have a bold pattern of black and white on the head, breast and back.

There are pictures of male and female Common and Hooded Mergansers on the poster along the boardwalk part of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail between the two suspension bridges.

I was there at least 2 hours after the original report, and birds swim and fly, so there could have been other birds earlier, but loons are unlikely in Fall Creek. Common Loons tend to stay in Cayuga Lake rather than going upstream on the creeks, probably because they need about 1/4 mile of straight open water to run on in order to take flight. Once a few winters ago a much less common Red-throated Loon spent a few weeks on Cayuga Inlet as far upstream as the Farmers’ Market, but they need less room for take-off, and Cayuga Inlet is very wide from there all the way to its mouth between Treman marina and the White Lighthouse Jetty.

- - Dave Nutter

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> Just ran through Stewart Park and by the Inlet part where people usually fish ....(after the bridges heading back into town, before the fire testing area) , looks like possibly 4 loons ....My running partner saw them yesterday, too… if you’re there please confirm... we didn’t have binoculars...Thanks
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Date: 11/15/20 7:40 am
From: Susan Austern <susanaustern...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] 4 loons on the inlet by Stewart Park?
Good morning
Just ran through Stewart Park and by the Inlet part where people usually fish ....(after the bridges heading back into town, before the fire testing area) , looks like possibly 4 loons ....My running partner saw them yesterday, too… if you’re there please confirm... we didn’t have binoculars...Thanks


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Date: 11/15/20 6:09 am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Owl gone

After I finish posting I looked up and the owl was gone. Don't know where it went. Will add pictures to eBird later
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Date: 11/15/20 6:02 am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl Seneca Yacht Club
9AM sitting on the concrete breakwall.
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Date: 11/14/20 8:49 am
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park ducks
Hi,
A brief (cold) stop at Stewart Park this morning yielded a nice mixed raft of ducks, including 4 white-winged scoters.
Here is my ebird list:
Redhead 85
Ring-necked Duck 4
Greater/Lesser Scaup 20 (I think a mix of greater and lesser, but could not be sure)
White-winged Scoter 4 (female plummaged)
Bufflehead 12
Ruddy Duck 3

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Date: 11/13/20 2:17 pm
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Short eared owls
2 Owls on Johnson Rd. In Phelps Township tonight around 5:05 pm.
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Date: 11/13/20 1:51 pm
From: JoKayaks <jokayaks...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Guyana field guide recommendations
Hello,
I am planning a trip to Guyana in January 2022 and am looking for bird field guide recommendation—both comprehensive and an easy to carry in your back pack edition for quick reference. Please reply off list.

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Date: 11/13/20 9:31 am
From: Karen <confergoldwing...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] saw-whets at HHOWLS
Last year the Hammond Hill Owl Station banded on 19 nights, caught 37 birds, and had 145 visitor-nights.This year HHOWLS banded on 7 nights, caught 82 birds with one foreign recaptures and one local recapture banded here four years earlier. This year the age of owls was dominated by Hatch Year birds. We had 36 visitor-nights from 8 individuals. With this number we were able to keep appropriate social distancing (We hope.)
Last night (12 Nov) as we arrived for one net check 45 minutes after the preceding check, we had a Barred Owl and 5 Northern Saw-whet Owls in the nets. The Barred Owl was a foot away from one of the saw-whets, most likely its intended meal. When we removed all owls, one person had the barred, two people had two saw-whets apiece, and one person had one saw-whet. As we started to walk away from the nets back to the banding shed with hands full of owls, two more saw-whets flew into the nets. Later last night we ended our season with frost on the nets and on eyebrows and on cold fingers.
No owls were hurt during this process. All flew upwards on release.
One bird injured earlier was rehabed successfully by Finger Lakes Raptor Center. It flew strongly away on release. Thanks Morgan
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Date: 11/13/20 7:28 am
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Winter Bird Feeding 101
Winter Bird Feeding 101 with Project FeederWatch
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Date: 11/12/20 11:41 pm
From: Sandy Podulka <sgp4...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Crossbills, Siskins, Redpolls, Shrike at Morgan Hill SF
Had a great, but very cold, dark morning yesterday at Red Crossbill
site in Morgan Hill State Forest (as described by Bob McGuire).
Flocks of Pine Siskins, Red Crossbills, and Common Redpolls as well
as a Northern Shrike. Birds were still active in the area at 11 am,
when I left. Gritting, eating larch cones, and biting at
twigs--possibly for lichen, bark, or insects. There were many
flyovers, long intervals with no birds, and then times when many
birds were nearby. Dress warmly!
https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S76181348

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Date: 11/12/20 3:16 pm
From: Marty Schlabach <mls5...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] FW: Fire x Fauna webinars (November 16-20, 2020 @ 2-3pm EST): Wildfire & prescribed fire effects on wildlife
FYI.


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Date: 11/12/20 9:51 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
For a broader view of the sky than my driveway, my Loon Watch this morning from 6:40am to 9:40am was from the north end of the NYS-89 bridge over the Flood Control Channel. There were loons, but it didn’t seem like a big obvious migration. Maybe the wind and temperature were not enough to trigger a huge movement. Maybe the birds who were more intent on migrating left the valley somewhere over the lake to go directly south, passing west of Ithaca. Maybe I missed some - it’s spooky the way a single loon will suddenly appear high nearly overhead, and sometimes it will soon suddenly have others with it that were also invisible moments earlier.

The valley bends a bit here, SSE from Myers to here, then SSW from here to Robert Treman, and the loons don’t all react the same way. Some follow the valley with a fairly smooth turn. Some get indecisive - one turned clockwise in more than a complete circle before continuing up the valley. Early on I saw 3 loons together at intervals of a couple minute going various directions, and my guess is that it was the same family every time. Some loons appear following the valley and seem to ignore the bend to continue straight toward South Hill, but I lose sight before finding out whether they continue SSE, or use South Hill’s updraft for extra elevation, or they make a late turn and continue SSW up Inlet Valley. A few loons - including a group of 8 - went E overhead, which I simply don’t understand. Most of the instances of northbound loons were singles, but there was also a northbound group of 4.

How many Common Loons did I see flying this morning? If I assumed all individuals seen were unique it would be 110, but subtracting the birds who did not end up going more-or-less south last I saw them, and assuming that the birds who went back north didn’t change their minds again and come south again (except that trio which I imagine was parents with a reluctant youngster), I think the number was 80.

- - Dave Nutter


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Date: 11/12/20 9:10 am
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Red Crossbills
I just posted several photos of Red Crossbills at Shackham Road on the Cayuga Bird Club FB page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/cayugabirdclub <https://www.facebook.com/groups/cayugabirdclub>)

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Date: 11/12/20 8:09 am
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
At Taughannock this morning 11 loon watchers showed up without prior
arrangement. I arrived just before sunrise (6:53am):

6:53-7:08 : 10 southbound 1 northbound 10 on water
7:08-7:23 : 56 southbound 5 northbound
7:23-7:38 : 9 southbound 1 northbound 11 on water
7:38-7:53 : 7 southbound 1 northbound
7:53-8:08 : 11 southbound 5 on water
8:08-8:23 : 14 southbound 6 northbound
8:23-8:38 : 49 southbound 8 northbound or circled north

The first wave were almost all low (slightly above treeline at the
highest) and following Cayuga's South-easterly trajectory.
The gap felt longer than we'd hoped.
The second wave were mostly high-flying dots, a good number heading
directly overhead or south-westerly perhaps towards Watkins Glen, fun
challenge to pick them out amid the flock of ring-billed gulls that
decided to kettle high in our northwest sky for some reason.

Good fun with the gathered crowds. Thanks especially to eagle-eyed
Aaron visiting from Colorado who was especially good at spotting
faraway birds.

Suan

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Date: 11/12/20 7:57 am
From: Bill Evans <wrevans...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
A mindboggling paucity of loons and migratory waterfowl in general! I counted 27 loons flying south from my watch site on a hilltop in south Danby. I didnt see my first until 7:41. 16 passed between 7:54-8:09 and 7 passed between 8:09-8:23.

Good to see all the reports even though a big flight didnt materialize. I guess we can chalk it up as a warm for the next morning that looks promising.

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Date: 11/12/20 7:08 am
From: Alicia Plotkin <tess...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
East side of Seneca Lake in Ovid, was out from 7:30-7:40 and 7:50-8:45
(maybe too late). Saw the following:

7:30-7:40: 0
7:50-8:00: 5 in single group, a tad lower than expected but still
migration height - moving very fast with the wind, a couple hundred
yards inland of the shore
8:00-8:15: 1, same height/speed/track as the first 5
8:15-8:30: 1, very very high up, over center of lake, beating its wings
hard & moving south to north - wouldn't have seen it with naked eye but
was bored so looking at one of the resident eagles soaring high up & the
loon crossed behind it as small blurry bird so focused on it & could
make out characteristic torpedo shape & flight style
8:30-8:45: 0

Have been small numbers of loons on the lake here for the past week but
none this morning when I got out.




On 11/12/2020 9:07 AM, Martha Fischer wrote:
> Are birds moving?
>
> Get Outlook for iOS <https://aka.ms/o0ukef>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* <bounce-125123331-3494015...>
> <bounce-125123331-3494015...> on behalf of Bill Evans
> <wrevans...>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, November 11, 2020 4:23:29 PM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
>
> Folks, the conditions look excellent and such an opportunity doesnt
> happen every year, so plan your morning accordingly!
>
> Favorable forecast for observing a large loon flight tomorrow morning
> (Nov 12):
>
> 1.We are in the window when big fall flights have been documented in
> the past.
>
> 2.Weve had southerly winds with no loon movement since Nov 3^rd (8
> days) - the spring is loaded.
>
> 3.Weather forecast tomorrow is for NNW wind @ 7 mph - perfect for the
> spring to unload.
>
> 4.Viewing conditions should be good mostly cloudy with no lake
> effect snow.
>
> 5.Temp ~43 F, so not brutally cold.
>
> Loons from current migratory aggregations on the Finger Lakes and
> southern Lake Ontario are likely to embark for southbound passage as
> early as 6:40 am. The main flight off Cayuga & Seneca Lake will mostly
> vector down the lake basins and have passed on by 7:30 am.So places
> like Stewart Park and Clute Park (Watkins Glen) should offer good
> viewing. If you can get there in time, Taughannock State Park can be a
> wonderful site to view the early flight down Cayuga.
>
> The peak of the flight off Lake Ontario will likely pass over
> Ithaca/Watkins Glen latitudes between 7:45 and 8:30, with lesser
> magnitude continuing thereafter. The densest flight vectors from Lake
> Ontario have been noted in the past coursing down the east side of the
> Seneca Lake Basin and the west side of the Cayuga Lake Basin, but the
> flight off Lake Ontario can be seen to some degree from high terrain
> anywhere in the southern Finger Lakes and Southern Tier counties of NY.
>
> If you have the opportunity to observe, please post your results here
> and/or eBird including the location & time period you counted,
> direction of flight, and the percentage of loons estimated to be
> flying below 1000 feet/300 m above ground level.
>
> Best wishes!
>
> Bill Evans
>
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Date: 11/12/20 6:57 am
From: Wes Blauvelt <ravenbarnconsulting...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
Hello all - I had 3 loons fly directly overhead on a 180* heading between
7-8:30 AM at the very south end of Michigan Hollow Road. Wes Blauvelt

On Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 9:50 AM Kenneth V. Rosenberg <kvr2...>
wrote:

> I had a total of 140 loons from Bluegrass Lane in Ithaca. All were far to
> the west, moving south in small groups of 5-20 birds. So, possibly also
> counted by others farther west than where I was.
>
> There were large distant flocks of blackbirds moving south, and a few
> other interesting flyovers including a single COMMIN REDPOLL and SNOW
> BUNTING.
>
> Ken
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 12, 2020, at 9:07 AM, Martha Fischer <mf26...> wrote:
>
> 
>
> Are birds moving?
>
> Get Outlook for iOS <https://aka.ms/o0ukef>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* <bounce-125123331-3494015...> <
> <bounce-125123331-3494015...> on behalf of Bill Evans <
> <wrevans...>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, November 11, 2020 4:23:29 PM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
>
>
> Folks, the conditions look excellent and such an opportunity doesn’t
> happen every year, so plan your morning accordingly!
>
>
>
> Favorable forecast for observing a large loon flight tomorrow morning (Nov
> 12):
>
> 1. We are in the window when big fall flights have been documented
> in the past.
>
> 2. We’ve had southerly winds with no loon movement since Nov 3rd (8
> days) - the spring is loaded.
>
> 3. Weather forecast tomorrow is for NNW wind @ 7 mph - perfect for
> the spring to unload.
>
> 4. Viewing conditions should be good – mostly cloudy with no lake
> effect snow.
>
> 5. Temp ~43 F, so not brutally cold.
>
>
>
> Loons from current migratory aggregations on the Finger Lakes and southern
> Lake Ontario are likely to embark for southbound passage as early as 6:40
> am. The main flight off Cayuga & Seneca Lake will mostly vector down the
> lake basins and have passed on by 7:30 am. So places like Stewart Park
> and Clute Park (Watkins Glen) should offer good viewing. If you can get
> there in time, Taughannock State Park can be a wonderful site to view the
> early flight down Cayuga.
>
>
>
> The peak of the flight off Lake Ontario will likely pass over
> Ithaca/Watkins Glen latitudes between 7:45 and 8:30, with lesser magnitude
> continuing thereafter. The densest flight vectors from Lake Ontario have
> been noted in the past coursing down the east side of the Seneca Lake Basin
> and the west side of the Cayuga Lake Basin, but the flight off Lake Ontario
> can be seen to some degree from high terrain anywhere in the southern
> Finger Lakes and Southern Tier counties of NY.
>
>
>
> If you have the opportunity to observe, please post your results here
> and/or eBird including the location & time period you counted, direction of
> flight, and the percentage of loons estimated to be flying below 1000
> feet/300 m above ground level.
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Date: 11/12/20 6:50 am
From: Kenneth V. Rosenberg <kvr2...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
I had a total of 140 loons from Bluegrass Lane in Ithaca. All were far to the west, moving south in small groups of 5-20 birds. So, possibly also counted by others farther west than where I was.

There were large distant flocks of blackbirds moving south, and a few other interesting flyovers including a single COMMIN REDPOLL and SNOW BUNTING.

Ken

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Folks, the conditions look excellent and such an opportunity doesn’t happen every year, so plan your morning accordingly!



Favorable forecast for observing a large loon flight tomorrow morning (Nov 12):

1. We are in the window when big fall flights have been documented in the past.

2. We’ve had southerly winds with no loon movement since Nov 3rd (8 days) - the spring is loaded.

3. Weather forecast tomorrow is for NNW wind @ 7 mph - perfect for the spring to unload.

4. Viewing conditions should be good – mostly cloudy with no lake effect snow.

5. Temp ~43 F, so not brutally cold.



Loons from current migratory aggregations on the Finger Lakes and southern Lake Ontario are likely to embark for southbound passage as early as 6:40 am. The main flight off Cayuga & Seneca Lake will mostly vector down the lake basins and have passed on by 7:30 am. So places like Stewart Park and Clute Park (Watkins Glen) should offer good viewing. If you can get there in time, Taughannock State Park can be a wonderful site to view the early flight down Cayuga.



The peak of the flight off Lake Ontario will likely pass over Ithaca/Watkins Glen latitudes between 7:45 and 8:30, with lesser magnitude continuing thereafter. The densest flight vectors from Lake Ontario have been noted in the past coursing down the east side of the Seneca Lake Basin and the west side of the Cayuga Lake Basin, but the flight off Lake Ontario can be seen to some degree from high terrain anywhere in the southern Finger Lakes and Southern Tier counties of NY.



If you have the opportunity to observe, please post your results here and/or eBird including the location & time period you counted, direction of flight, and the percentage of loons estimated to be flying below 1000 feet/300 m above ground level.



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Date: 11/12/20 6:25 am
From: Jane Leff <janeleff134...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
Well folks, from 7:50-8:40 this morning, no migration of loons visible at
Stewart Park. But I saw st least a dozen birders.
Janie Leff

On Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 9:13 AM Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:

> From my lans. stat. Rd. dock on east side, I saw ~8 Loons up & Down lake
> , all diving & feeding. Nobody took off flying.
>
> Another Loon flew low from N to S, but then circled back north & landed.
> I did not see this bird take off, so don’t know how far it flew before
> landing.
>
> Donna Scott
> Lansing Station/Cayuga L.
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 12, 2020, at 9:07 AM, Martha Fischer <mf26...> wrote:
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> Are birds moving?
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> Get Outlook for iOS <https://aka.ms/o0ukef>
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> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
>
>
> Folks, the conditions look excellent and such an opportunity doesn’t
> happen every year, so plan your morning accordingly!
>
>
>
> Favorable forecast for observing a large loon flight tomorrow morning (Nov
> 12):
>
> 1. We are in the window when big fall flights have been documented
> in the past.
>
> 2. We’ve had southerly winds with no loon movement since Nov 3rd (8
> days) - the spring is loaded.
>
> 3. Weather forecast tomorrow is for NNW wind @ 7 mph - perfect for
> the spring to unload.
>
> 4. Viewing conditions should be good – mostly cloudy with no lake
> effect snow.
>
> 5. Temp ~43 F, so not brutally cold.
>
>
>
> Loons from current migratory aggregations on the Finger Lakes and southern
> Lake Ontario are likely to embark for southbound passage as early as 6:40
> am. The main flight off Cayuga & Seneca Lake will mostly vector down the
> lake basins and have passed on by 7:30 am. So places like Stewart Park
> and Clute Park (Watkins Glen) should offer good viewing. If you can get
> there in time, Taughannock State Park can be a wonderful site to view the
> early flight down Cayuga.
>
>
>
> The peak of the flight off Lake Ontario will likely pass over
> Ithaca/Watkins Glen latitudes between 7:45 and 8:30, with lesser magnitude
> continuing thereafter. The densest flight vectors from Lake Ontario have
> been noted in the past coursing down the east side of the Seneca Lake Basin
> and the west side of the Cayuga Lake Basin, but the flight off Lake Ontario
> can be seen to some degree from high terrain anywhere in the southern
> Finger Lakes and Southern Tier counties of NY.
>
>
>
> If you have the opportunity to observe, please post your results here
> and/or eBird including the location & time period you counted, direction of
> flight, and the percentage of loons estimated to be flying below 1000
> feet/300 m above ground level.
>
>
>
> Best wishes!
>
>
>
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Date: 11/12/20 6:23 am
From: Todd Beeton <toddbeeton...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
Saw 5 loons fly low north over Clute Park and land in Seneca Lake to feed
it seems.

Added bonus: a bald eagle flying west and landed in a tree in Watkins Glen.

On Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 9:12 AM Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:

> From my lans. stat. Rd. dock on east side, I saw ~8 Loons up & Down lake
> , all diving & feeding. Nobody took off flying.
>
> Another Loon flew low from N to S, but then circled back north & landed.
> I did not see this bird take off, so don’t know how far it flew before
> landing.
>
> Donna Scott
> Lansing Station/Cayuga L.
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 12, 2020, at 9:07 AM, Martha Fischer <mf26...> wrote:
>
> Are birds moving?
>
> Get Outlook for iOS <https://aka.ms/o0ukef>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* <bounce-125123331-3494015...> <
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> *Sent:* Wednesday, November 11, 2020 4:23:29 PM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
>
>
> Folks, the conditions look excellent and such an opportunity doesn’t
> happen every year, so plan your morning accordingly!
>
>
>
> Favorable forecast for observing a large loon flight tomorrow morning (Nov
> 12):
>
> 1. We are in the window when big fall flights have been documented
> in the past.
>
> 2. We’ve had southerly winds with no loon movement since Nov 3rd (8
> days) - the spring is loaded.
>
> 3. Weather forecast tomorrow is for NNW wind @ 7 mph - perfect for
> the spring to unload.
>
> 4. Viewing conditions should be good – mostly cloudy with no lake
> effect snow.
>
> 5. Temp ~43 F, so not brutally cold.
>
>
>
> Loons from current migratory aggregations on the Finger Lakes and southern
> Lake Ontario are likely to embark for southbound passage as early as 6:40
> am. The main flight off Cayuga & Seneca Lake will mostly vector down the
> lake basins and have passed on by 7:30 am. So places like Stewart Park
> and Clute Park (Watkins Glen) should offer good viewing. If you can get
> there in time, Taughannock State Park can be a wonderful site to view the
> early flight down Cayuga.
>
>
>
> The peak of the flight off Lake Ontario will likely pass over
> Ithaca/Watkins Glen latitudes between 7:45 and 8:30, with lesser magnitude
> continuing thereafter. The densest flight vectors from Lake Ontario have
> been noted in the past coursing down the east side of the Seneca Lake Basin
> and the west side of the Cayuga Lake Basin, but the flight off Lake Ontario
> can be seen to some degree from high terrain anywhere in the southern
> Finger Lakes and Southern Tier counties of NY.
>
>
>
> If you have the opportunity to observe, please post your results here
> and/or eBird including the location & time period you counted, direction of
> flight, and the percentage of loons estimated to be flying below 1000
> feet/300 m above ground level.
>
>
>
> Best wishes!
>
>
>
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Date: 11/12/20 6:12 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
From my lans. stat. Rd. dock on east side, I saw ~8 Loons up & Down lake , all diving & feeding. Nobody took off flying.

Another Loon flew low from N to S, but then circled back north & landed.
I did not see this bird take off, so don’t know how far it flew before landing.

Donna Scott
Lansing Station/Cayuga L.
Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 12, 2020, at 9:07 AM, Martha Fischer <mf26...><mailto:<mf26...>> wrote:

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT


Folks, the conditions look excellent and such an opportunity doesn’t happen every year, so plan your morning accordingly!



Favorable forecast for observing a large loon flight tomorrow morning (Nov 12):

1. We are in the window when big fall flights have been documented in the past.

2. We’ve had southerly winds with no loon movement since Nov 3rd (8 days) - the spring is loaded.

3. Weather forecast tomorrow is for NNW wind @ 7 mph - perfect for the spring to unload.

4. Viewing conditions should be good – mostly cloudy with no lake effect snow.

5. Temp ~43 F, so not brutally cold.



Loons from current migratory aggregations on the Finger Lakes and southern Lake Ontario are likely to embark for southbound passage as early as 6:40 am. The main flight off Cayuga & Seneca Lake will mostly vector down the lake basins and have passed on by 7:30 am. So places like Stewart Park and Clute Park (Watkins Glen) should offer good viewing. If you can get there in time, Taughannock State Park can be a wonderful site to view the early flight down Cayuga.



The peak of the flight off Lake Ontario will likely pass over Ithaca/Watkins Glen latitudes between 7:45 and 8:30, with lesser magnitude continuing thereafter. The densest flight vectors from Lake Ontario have been noted in the past coursing down the east side of the Seneca Lake Basin and the west side of the Cayuga Lake Basin, but the flight off Lake Ontario can be seen to some degree from high terrain anywhere in the southern Finger Lakes and Southern Tier counties of NY.



If you have the opportunity to observe, please post your results here and/or eBird including the location & time period you counted, direction of flight, and the percentage of loons estimated to be flying below 1000 feet/300 m above ground level.



Best wishes!



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Date: 11/12/20 6:07 am
From: Martha Fischer <mf26...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT


Folks, the conditions look excellent and such an opportunity doesnt happen every year, so plan your morning accordingly!



Favorable forecast for observing a large loon flight tomorrow morning (Nov 12):

1. We are in the window when big fall flights have been documented in the past.

2. Weve had southerly winds with no loon movement since Nov 3rd (8 days) - the spring is loaded.

3. Weather forecast tomorrow is for NNW wind @ 7 mph - perfect for the spring to unload.

4. Viewing conditions should be good mostly cloudy with no lake effect snow.

5. Temp ~43 F, so not brutally cold.



Loons from current migratory aggregations on the Finger Lakes and southern Lake Ontario are likely to embark for southbound passage as early as 6:40 am. The main flight off Cayuga & Seneca Lake will mostly vector down the lake basins and have passed on by 7:30 am. So places like Stewart Park and Clute Park (Watkins Glen) should offer good viewing. If you can get there in time, Taughannock State Park can be a wonderful site to view the early flight down Cayuga.



The peak of the flight off Lake Ontario will likely pass over Ithaca/Watkins Glen latitudes between 7:45 and 8:30, with lesser magnitude continuing thereafter. The densest flight vectors from Lake Ontario have been noted in the past coursing down the east side of the Seneca Lake Basin and the west side of the Cayuga Lake Basin, but the flight off Lake Ontario can be seen to some degree from high terrain anywhere in the southern Finger Lakes and Southern Tier counties of NY.



If you have the opportunity to observe, please post your results here and/or eBird including the location & time period you counted, direction of flight, and the percentage of loons estimated to be flying below 1000 feet/300 m above ground level.



Best wishes!



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Date: 11/11/20 3:45 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration
Just after sunset, I saw a group of 10+ and a group of 3 C. Loons over on the west side of the lake.
They were probably having a last minute, pre-migration planning meeting!

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


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Hi folks. Tomorrow looks to be a great day for observing migrating loons and am wondering if anyone has plans to observe from Taughannock Falls Stare Park.
Thanks!
Pete Sar
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Date: 11/11/20 3:40 pm
From: Peter Saracino <petersaracino...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration
Hi folks. Tomorrow looks to be a great day for observing migrating loons
and am wondering if anyone has plans to observe from Taughannock Falls
Stare Park.
Thanks!
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Date: 11/11/20 1:23 pm
From: Bill Evans <wrevans...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] LOON MIGRATION ALERT
Folks, the conditions look excellent and such an opportunity doesn’t happen every year, so plan your morning accordingly!



Favorable forecast for observing a large loon flight tomorrow morning (Nov 12):

1. We are in the window when big fall flights have been documented in the past.

2. We’ve had southerly winds with no loon movement since Nov 3rd (8 days) - the spring is loaded.

3. Weather forecast tomorrow is for NNW wind @ 7 mph - perfect for the spring to unload.

4. Viewing conditions should be good – mostly cloudy with no lake effect snow.

5. Temp ~43 F, so not brutally cold.



Loons from current migratory aggregations on the Finger Lakes and southern Lake Ontario are likely to embark for southbound passage as early as 6:40 am. The main flight off Cayuga & Seneca Lake will mostly vector down the lake basins and have passed on by 7:30 am. So places like Stewart Park and Clute Park (Watkins Glen) should offer good viewing. If you can get there in time, Taughannock State Park can be a wonderful site to view the early flight down Cayuga.



The peak of the flight off Lake Ontario will likely pass over Ithaca/Watkins Glen latitudes between 7:45 and 8:30, with lesser magnitude continuing thereafter. The densest flight vectors from Lake Ontario have been noted in the past coursing down the east side of the Seneca Lake Basin and the west side of the Cayuga Lake Basin, but the flight off Lake Ontario can be seen to some degree from high terrain anywhere in the southern Finger Lakes and Southern Tier counties of NY.



If you have the opportunity to observe, please post your results here and/or eBird including the location & time period you counted, direction of flight, and the percentage of loons estimated to be flying below 1000 feet/300 m above ground level.



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Date: 11/10/20 10:14 am
From: Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Sandhill Cranes at Montezuma NWR
Good afternoon!

Just got in from birding, and there were approximately 150 Sandhill Cranes seen from the end of VanDyne Spoor Rd in Savannah. Here is a dropped pin to find it if you need: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0440721,-76.7219586,16.55z?hl=en

There were also 10 +/- Sandhill Cranes at the Knox Marsellus Marsh on East Road, Savannah. Here is a pin for that too: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.011617,-76.758675,281m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

As the days go on, we hopefully will see more and more Sandhill Cranes showing up to the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.

Happy birding!


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Date: 11/10/20 8:02 am
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Winter Finches/ Red Crossbills
I spent four+ hours yesterday morning at the corner of Shackham and Herlihy Roads (SW corner of Onondaga County 42.794626, -76.009667) observing and recording multiple flocks of finches (Red Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins) as they flew over, circled around, and came in the feed and grit (some of them, anyway). Checklist: https://ebird.org/atlasny/checklist/S76042255

This has turned out to be the go-to place for crossbills this entire fall and now for the influx of “winter finches”. The spot is easy to get to, open and easy to move around in, and provides multiple food sources (cones, fruits and berries). The dirt surface of Herlihy Road seems to be a favorite spot for the crossbills to pick up grit - and brings the birds down for extended, close-up viewing. The first birds tend to arrive right around sunrise, with additional flocks and family groups scattered throughout the morning. I was about to leave at 10:30 (after a quiet hour or so) when a small group came in, perched for a few minutes, then dropped down right in front of me to grit.

I am still going through my recordings, but it appears that there are several “types” of Red Crossbills represented there. Type 1 seems to dominate, with either Type 10 and/or Type 2 in the mix. In addition, there have been numerous juvenile crossbills (fledged within the last several months and now molted into early adult plumage). A few weeks ago the juries were still giving their “chit-too” begging calls. Yesterday I was able to pick out most to the crossbill repertoire: flight call (as they passed overhead and circled), various contact calls (while perched in the poplars alongside the road, and even some song fragments.

In addition to the crossbills (red only for me, though there have been reports of white-winged in the mix), there was an early, noisy flock of Evening Grosbeaks that came in with the crossbills, perched for several minutes, then flew off to the south. And - another noisy flock of some 50 Pine Siskins that flew in and out of the spruces just to the north of the corner. There is plenty of gone-to-seed goldenrod around, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ll get some Common Redpolls shortly.

Note: If you get there early enough, you might still hear the Barred Owl calling from down on Shackham Pond.

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Date: 11/9/20 3:35 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] RE: location: Peregrine’s meal
Hi Christine, & others,

I was at Seneca Meadows, just off south end of the parking lot near piles of stone dust and gravel.

Earlier, while eating my lunch in car, I saw 2 Peregrine Falcons fly across the lot from the east and all around west of lot near some tall trees.
I hopped out of the car and grabbed my scope, which I did not need at first because they were in easy binoc range.
They flew after each other several times and at one time one bird had a small stick in its talon and the other chased it! They called a few times

Then, I watched both of them perched a little ways away from each other in one of the tall trees (with binocs and scope). Then I lost them for a minute while I watched some ducks in the pond in front of the trees.
Then I searched the tall trees again and saw one of the falcons with a dead bird (Pigeon?) in its talons. It must have just caught it.
So, I watched the falcon partially pluck the bird, then start eating it. I think it ate the head first!
I watched from different angles. Really great views of these incredible birds!

Donna

Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 14882
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From: Christine C. Bogdanowicz
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2020 6:16 PM
To: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Peregrine’s meal

That’s so cool Donna!! Where did you see this PEFA??

Happy trails,
Christine

Christine Bogdanowicz
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Wildlife Health Center
Cornell University
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On Nov 9, 2020, at 2:48 PM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...><mailto:<dls9...>> wrote:

Lousy scope -phone photo of Peregrine eating bird soon after flight with the stick.

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Date: 11/9/20 1:29 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA

RBA

 

*  New York

*  Syracuse

* October 27, 2020

*  NYSY  10. 27. 20

 

Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert

Dates(s):




October 19, 2020 to October 27, 2020

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: October 27 AT 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

compiler: Joseph Brin

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#726 

Monday October 27, 2020

 

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

October 19, 2020

 

Highlights:

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RED-THROATED LOON

GREAT EGRET

CACKLING GOOSE

KING EIDER

BLACK SCOTER

SURF SCOTER

NORTHERN GOSHAWK

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK

GOLDEN EAGLE

SANDHILL CRANE

PURPLE SANDPIPER

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER

RED PHALAROPE

BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE

LITTLE GULL

GLAUCOUS GULL

SABINE’S GULL

LITTLE GULL

POMERINE JAEGER

PARASITIC JAEGER

SAW-WHET OWL

SNOWY OWL

NORTHERN SHRIKE

EASTERN TOWHEE

TENNESSEE WARBLER

NORTHERN PARULA

EVENING GROSBEAK

PINE GROSBEAK

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL

RED CROSSBILL

HOARY REDPOLL







Compilers note:

     This seems to be an irruption year for PINE SISKINS, EVENING GROSBEAKS and recently COMMON REDPOLLS, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS. RED CROSSBILLS are also present but seem to be limited almost exclusively to Morgan Hill State Forest near Shakham Road south of Truxton.  I will not be listing individual sightings since they are now so numerous.







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

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     11/2: 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were still around at the visitor’s Center.

     11/6: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen from East Road. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at the Deep Muck and Mitigation area. A late COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.

     11/7: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on the Wildlife Drive.

     11/8: 15 SANDHILL CRANES and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen on the Wildlife Drive.







Cayuga County

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     11/3: 3 KING EIDERS were seen in the channel between the break walls at Fair Haven State Park. They were reported through the 7th.The season’s first PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen from the east break wall at Fair Haven State Park. It stayed through the 5th. A BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE was seen from the bluff at Fair Haven.

     11/4: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

     11/5: A SNOWY OWL was seen at West Barrier Bar in Fair Haven. 

     11/6: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seeen at Fair Haven.

     11/7: 12 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen at Fair Haven. 

     11/8: 4 RED-THROATED LOONS were seen at West Barrier Bar in Fair Haven.







Onondaga County

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     11/2: A late TENNESSEE WARBLER was seen at Hamlin Marsh in Clay.

     11/3: The SABINE’S GULL found last week was seen last on this day at the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. A BLACK-SCOTER and a PINE GROSBEAK were seen on the west shore trail. A late EASTERN TOWHEE was seen at a feeder in Baldwinsville.

     11/4: A HOARY REDPOLL was seen on the West Shore Trail and relocated on the 7th. 

     11/6: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA in Baldwinsville. A RED-THROATED LOON was found at the Liverpool marina on Onondaga Lake. 

     11/8: A late PARULA WARBLER was seen on the West Shore Trail.







Oswego County

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     11/2: A great flight at Derby Hill on Lake Ontario produced 6 KING EIDERS, 4 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 2 RED PHALAROPES, a POMERINE JAEGER, a PARASITIC JAEGER4 BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKES, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and an ICELAND GULL.

     11/6: A LITTLE GULL was found at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario and was present up to the 7th.

     11/8: A PINE GROSBEAK was seen in Constantia.







Madison County

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     11/3: 2 SURF SCOTERS were seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

     11/5: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Indian Point Lookout Road in Cazenovia.







Oneida County

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     11/3: 3 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen on Hinkley Reservoir. A SAW-WHET OWL was found in Remsen.







Herkimer County

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     11/8: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen and photographed on Bald Mountain near Old Forge.




    




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Joseph Brin

Baldwinsville NY

Region 5



   
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Date: 11/9/20 11:51 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Peregrine’s meal
Lousy scope/phone photo of Peregrine eating bird.

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Date: 11/9/20 11:49 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Peregrine’s meal

From: <dls9...><mailto:<dls9...>
Date: November 9, 2020 at 2:47:59 PM EST
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...><mailto:<CAYUGABIRDS-L...>>
Subject: Peregrine’s meal

Lousy scope -phone photo of Peregrine eating bird soon after flight with the stick.

[cid:78859FAA-AE50-4DD8-82E1-32417740A0FF]


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Date: 11/9/20 11:48 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Peregrine’s meal
Lousy scope -phone photo of Peregrine eating bird soon after flight with the stick.

[cid:78859FAA-AE50-4DD8-82E1-32417740A0FF]


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Date: 11/9/20 11:02 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Peregrines
Watching 2 Peregrine Falcons from near parking lot at Seneca Meadows.
They every so often fly around after each other, calling, & at 1 point seemed to be tussling over a stick that one had in its talons!

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Date: 11/9/20 8:51 am
From: Robyn Bailey <rb644...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Survey re: Lansing parks and natural areas
Hi all,

The Town of Lansing would like your help in completing an online community survey regarding its parks, recreation and trails master plan. If you have birded Myers Park, Salt Point, Lansing Center Trail, Ludlowville Park, or used any of the Town of Lansing's recreational facilities (pavilions, playgrounds, and ball fields, etc), please consider taking the survey to let the Town know what your priorities are (or what your mobility or physical limitations may be if you have not been able to enjoy these parks and trails but otherwise would have).

The survey link is here: https://www.lansingparksandtrailsplan.com/community-survey

Best regards,

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Date: 11/9/20 7:46 am
From: Johnson, Alyssa <Alyssa.Johnson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Guided birding tours of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex
The Montezuma Audubon Center is offering two guided bird watching tours this week! This is a great way to learn about the birds and other wildlife that live in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex year round, or who are just passing through.



November 10 @ 10 AM - 12:30 PM
Register here https://act.audubon.org/a/montezuma-bird-watching-tour-11102020

November 14 @ 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Register here https://act.audubon.org/a/montezuma-bird-watching-tour-11142020



The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is teeming with migratory waterfowl, birds of prey and Sandhill Cranes this time of year. Follow behind the Audubon van in your own vehicle to Montezumas marshes, forests and grasslands to explore several birding hotspots and the abundant wildlife as they go about their evening activities. Participants will receive a conference call phone number to dial into and hear the Audubon educator narrate the tour and ask questions between stops. Guests are welcome to get out of their vehicles at each stop so facial coverings will be required and we will follow physical distancing guidelines. Bring your binoculars and camera to capture images of the beautiful habitats and wildlife. Space is limited and pre-paid reservations are required. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $15/family.

For questions, please feel free to email me directly.




Alyssa Johnson

Environmental Educator

315.365.3588<tel:315.365.3588>



Montezuma Audubon Center

PO Box 187

2295 State Route 89

Savannah, NY 13146

Montezuma.audubon.org<http://montezuma.audubon.org/>



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Date: 11/8/20 8:29 am
From: Colleen Richards <clr82...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club November 9th Meeting / Webinar reminder
This is a reminder for the Cayuga Bird Club's November 9th meeting / webinar with Dr. Sara Kaiser, Research Ecologist with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, presenting: "Cooperation in Bornean Songbirds: The Unique Social Lives of Year-round Foraging Groups" For a Zoom registration link (free) and more information go to:www.cayugabirdclub.org/webinars. The island of Borneo is a biodiversity hotspot in Southeast Asia where, even today, countless new species remain to be discovered. The island is home to as many as 633 bird species, including 50 endemics, most of which are montane residents. Little is known about the life history of most of these species. Sara Kaiser will describe what has been learned from her long-term study of the life histories of the montane bird community in Kinabalu Park, located in the northern state of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo.

In the Old World tropics, birds often form cooperative associations in conspecific foraging groups that are maintained year-round, including the breeding season. Dr. Kaiser will share discoveries about the remarkable social systems of this unusual type of group living in grey-throated babblers and the endemic chestnut-crested yuhina. The Old World tropics remain disproportionately less studied than other regions, even relative to tropical regions in the Western Hemisphere.
Join us to become inspired to visit this birding hotspot in the tropical, montane rainforests of Borneo.


Cayuga Bird Club meetings start at 7:30pm on the second Monday of each month, September through June, and are open to the public. Each virtual meeting will begin with the speaker's presentation, followed by club business.
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Date: 11/7/20 12:14 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] W Danby fire hall pond
On this glorious day in W Danby, Along with at least 11 Hooded Mergs, 2 Great Blue Herons, a Belted Kingfisher, aBC Chickadee, & 2 un-IDd pass. Sp. hiding in reeds ,
I saw 2 Beavers & 2 River Otters in the pond by fire hall!

Donna Scott
Lansing
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Date: 11/6/20 6:45 am
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods: Greater Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpiper continuing
Two Greater Yellowlegs and 1 Pectoral Sandpiper are still present this
morning at Sapsucker Woods pond. Viewed from the Sherwood Observation
platform. Lots of other bird activity, including brown creeper and
golden-crowned kinglets, on this sunny morning.

Diane Morton

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Date: 11/4/20 1:16 pm
From: Bill McAneny <bmcaneny1...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeaks !!
Finally eleven found the west side of Cayuga L. and flew to our platform
feeder to feast on black oil sf seeds for about 15 min. about a half
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Date: 11/3/20 8:17 am
From: Whitings <whitings...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Platform feeders
Hi All,
My husband is going to build me a couple platform feeders. I am a little concerned about birds getting their feet caught in the screen. Does anyone have any suggestions or experience to prevent that, but also allow for drainage and cleaning ?

Diana

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Date: 11/3/20 4:54 am
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Meeting November 9: Cooperation in Bornean Songbirds
Cayuga Bird Club will have Dr. Sara Kaiser, Research Ecologist with the
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, present "Cooperation in Bornean Songbirds: The
Unique Social Lives of year-round foraging groups" for our November Cayuga
Bird Club webinar on Monday, November 9, 7:30 pm.
For a Zoom registration link (free) and more information go to:
www.cayugabirdclub.org/webinars.

The island of Borneo is a biodiversity hotspot in Southeast Asia where,
even today, countless new species remain to be discovered. The island is
home to as many as 633 bird species, including 50 endemics, most of which
are montane residents. Little is known about the life history of most of
these species. Sara Kaiser will describe what has been learned from
her long-term
study of the life histories of the montane bird community in Kinabalu Park,
located in the northern state of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo.

In the Old World tropics, birds often form cooperative associations in
conspecific foraging groups that are maintained year-round, including the
breeding season. Dr. Kaiser will share discoveries about the remarkable
social systems of this unusual type of group living in grey-throated
babblers and the endemic chestnut-crested yuhina. The Old World tropics
remain disproportionately less studied than other regions, even relative to
tropical regions in the Western Hemisphere.
Join us to become inspired to visit this birding hotspot in the tropical,
montane rainforests of Borneo.

About the Speaker: Sara Kaiser is a Research Ecologist at the Cornell Lab
of Ornithology, with interests in exploring the diversity of avian mating
systems in underrepresented regions. Her training includes a Ph.D. from
Cornell University in behavioral ecology, an interdisciplinary M.S. from
Michigan State University in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior,
and a B.S. from Iowa State University in zoology. She conducted
postdoctoral research at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Smithsonian
Migratory Bird Center, and Smithsonian Center for Conservation Genomics.

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Date: 11/2/20 2:22 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse area RBA

RBA

 

*  New York

*  Syracuse

* October 27, 2020

*  NYSY  10. 27. 20

 

Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert

Dates(s):




October 19, 2020 to October 27, 2020

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: October 27 AT 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

compiler: Joseph Brin

Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org

 

 

#726 

Monday October 27, 2020

 

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

October 19, 2020

 

Highlights:

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RED-THROATED LOON

GREAT EGRET

CACKLING GOOSE

BLACK SCOTER

GOLDEN EAGLE

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK

OSPREY

SANDHILL CRANE

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER

AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER

DUNLIN

SANDERLING

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER

BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE

SABINE’S GULL

LITTLE GULL

FORSTER’S TERN

PARASITIC JAEGER

SHORT-EARED OWL

NORTHERN SHRIKE

GRAY CATBIRD

EASTERN PHOEBE

BLUE-HEADED VIREO

TENNESSEE WARBLER

NORTHERN PARULA

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK

EVENING GROSBEAK

LINCOLN’S SPARROW

SAVANNAH SPARROW

VESPER SPARROW

LAPLAND LONGSPUR

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL

RED CROSSBILL







Compilers note:

     This seems to be an irruption year for PINE SISKINS, EVENING GROSBEAKS and recently COMMON REDPOLLS. RED CROSSBILLS are also present but seem to be limited almost exclusively to Morgan Hill State Forest near Shakham Road south of Truxton.  I will not be listing individual sightings since they are now so numerous.







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

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     10/28: 24 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at VanDyne spoor Road.

     10/31: 7 CACKLING GEESE were seen from East road. 3 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were still at the Visitor’s Center. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, 4 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on Armitage Road.

     11/1: 38 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road.







Cayuga County

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     10/27: I mentioned the MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD last week since it was so rare but also seen that day at Fair Haven were 2 FORSTER’S TERNS and 2 early ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS.

     10/29: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Fair Haven State Park. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.







Onondaga County

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     10/27: 5 DUNLIN were seen at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake in Liverpool.A late NORTHERN PARULA was seen on the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake. 

     10/28: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Beaver Lake Nature Center west of Baldwinsville.A late LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse. A late GREAT EGRET was seen in Tully.A late EASTERN PHOEBE was seen in Marcellus.

     10/30: A late OSPREY, a late BLUE-HEADED VIREO and a WHITE-WINGED OSPREY were all seen at Oneida Shores County Park on Oneida Lake. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in flight near Syracuse University.

     10/31: An extremely rare for our area SABINE’S GULL was found on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake near the Ampitheater. Fortunately it has been seen close up on the lake and on the parking lot feeding. It is still being seen today. Also seen on the West Shore Trail was a VESPER SPARROW, RED-THROATED LOON and a COMMON GALLINULE. A late ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen in Marcellus. 

     




Oswego County

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     10/27: 2 CACKLING GEESE were seen on Lake Neatahwanta in Fulton. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Three Mile Bay on Oneida Lake.

     10/29: A LITTLE GULL and an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were seen at the outlet of Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on South Daysville Road near Richland.

     11/2: A BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE and 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen from the bluff at Derby Hill.







Madison County

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     10/27: A late CATBIRD was seen near Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

     10/30: A NORTHERN SHRIKE and a COMMON REDPOLL were seen on Carpenter Road near Sheds.







Oneida County

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     10/27: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in Waterville and stayed till the 30th. A late EASTERN PHOEBE was seen on the Rayhill Memorial Trail west of Utica.

     10/28: A late OSPREY was seen in Rome.

     10/30: A BLACK and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were seen on Hinkley reservoir.







Herkimer County

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     10/27: A late SAVANAH SPARROW was seen at Salisbury Corners north of Dolgeville.

     10/30: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 54 BLACK SCOTERS were seen at the McKoons wetland north of Richfield Springs. On the 31st. 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen there.










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Joseph Brin

Baldwinsville NY

Region 5



   
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Date: 11/2/20 9:03 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration
Actually I was outside in order to see more of the sky, and it was a bit cold, but somewhat sheltered, so not nearly as harsh as at Taughannock. On the other hand, I did not get to see loons on the lake, and I did not have a definite line past which they could travel to be counted as going south. Some seemed to be circling for more altitude, and they have a huge turning radius, while a few seemed to be going back north, but the highest (some not visible naked-eye) were the most consistently resolutely southbound.

- - Dave Nutter

> On Nov 2, 2020, at 11:36 AM, Candace E. Cornell <cec222...> wrote:
>
> Lucky you! You didn't have to stand out in the cold to see them!
> Candace
>
>> On Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 11:21 AM Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> wrote:
>> This morning I’ve seen over a hundred migrating Common Loons from my home near the NYS-89 bridge over the Flood Control Channel. The largest group was over 30 birds about 9am. I stopped watching around 10am but noticed three migrating loons at 11:09.
>>
>> - - Dave Nutter
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Date: 11/2/20 8:40 am
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] late season yellow rump
Currently at our feeders!

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Date: 11/2/20 8:21 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Loon migration
This morning I’ve seen over a hundred migrating Common Loons from my home near the NYS-89 bridge over the Flood Control Channel. The largest group was over 30 birds about 9am. I stopped watching around 10am but noticed three migrating loons at 11:09.

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Date: 11/1/20 6:08 am
From: Karin Suskin <karinleesus...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: November 01, 2020
Salt point 8-9am:
Brilliant Baltimore Oriole male
Bluebirds
Kinglets
Cedar Waxwings
Blue headed vireos
Yellow rumped warblers
Blackburnian

On Sun, Nov 1, 2020 at 12:02 AM Upstate NY Birding digest <
<cayugabirds-l...> wrote:

> CAYUGABIRDS-L Digest for Sunday, November 01, 2020.
>
> 1. Yard birds
> 2. New bird
> 3. Snow buntings at Myers
> 4. 50 Bonapartes @ Stewart
> 5. Orange Crowned @ Salt Point
> 6. Re: Orange Crowned @ Salt Point
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: Yard birds
> From: Carol Keeler <carolk441...>
> Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2020 08:31:15 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 1
>
> I got a rarity to my yard this morning- a fox sparrow! I’m still getting
> one White Throat. I have been getting a few Pine Siskins. No Evening
> Grosbeaks yet. I’m lucky to get any birds here with the roofers here many
> days. They finished yesterday so maybe those Grosbeaks will finally show
> up. I’m pleased to get the Fox Sparrow.
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: New bird
> From: Carol Keeler <carolk441...>
> Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2020 09:19:10 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 2
>
> I wrote too soon. I’ve got 2 Fox Sparrows. Then an American Tree Sparrow
> showed up, FOS. After that a large group of Juncos showed up, but I’ve
> been getting them. The Red Bellied Woodpeckers have shown up. I’ve rarely
> had them for the past year so I’m delighted to see them regularly again.
> Still hoping for Grosbeaks.
>
> Auburn
>
> Sent from my iPad
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> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: Snow buntings at Myers
> From: Laura Stenzler <lms9...>
> Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2020 14:51:57 +0000
> X-Message-Number: 3
>
> 12 Snow Buntings on the spit at Myers Park.
>
> Laura
>
> Laura Stenzler
> <lms9...>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: 50 Bonapartes @ Stewart
> From: Suan Yong <suan.yong...>
> Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2020 13:44:21 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 4
>
> There's a raft of some 50 or so Bonaparte's Gulls off Stewart Park, easier
> to ID with scope than binoculars.
>
> Suan
> _____________________
> Composed by thumb and autocorrect.
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: Orange Crowned @ Salt Point
> From: Suan Yong <suan.yong...>
> Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2020 14:47:17 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 5
>
> Saw what I'm pretty sure was an orange crowned warbler at salt point, in
> an active area between south trail and salmon creek, with many waxwings, a
> black-throated green and a yellow-rumped warblers.
>
> Suan
> _____________________
> Composed by thumb and autocorrect.
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: Re: Orange Crowned @ Salt Point
> From: Suan Yong <suan.yong...>
> Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2020 15:47:33 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 6
>
> The salt point flock continues to produce neat birds, including
> blue-headed vireo and pine siskins, and what I thought was a black-throared
> green is looking more like a Blackburnian. Have yet to relocate the
> orange-crowned candidate after it became camera sky and darted off.
>
> Suan
>
> > On Oct 31, 2020, at 2:47 PM, Suan Yong <suan.yong...> wrote:
> >
> > Saw what I'm pretty sure was an orange crowned warbler at salt point,
> in an active area between south trail and salmon creek, with many waxwings,
> a black-throated green and a yellow-rumped warblers.
> >
> > Suan
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Date: 10/31/20 12:48 pm
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Orange Crowned @ Salt Point
The salt point flock continues to produce neat birds, including blue-headed vireo and pine siskins, and what I thought was a black-throared green is looking more like a Blackburnian. Have yet to relocate the orange-crowned candidate after it became camera sky and darted off.

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> On Oct 31, 2020, at 2:47 PM, Suan Yong <suan.yong...> wrote:
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> Saw what I'm pretty sure was an orange crowned warbler at salt point, in an active area between south trail and salmon creek, with many waxwings, a black-throated green and a yellow-rumped warblers.
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Date: 10/31/20 11:47 am
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Orange Crowned @ Salt Point
Saw what I'm pretty sure was an orange crowned warbler at salt point, in an active area between south trail and salmon creek, with many waxwings, a black-throated green and a yellow-rumped warblers.

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Date: 10/31/20 10:44 am
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] 50 Bonapartes @ Stewart
There's a raft of some 50 or so Bonaparte's Gulls off Stewart Park, easier to ID with scope than binoculars.

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Date: 10/31/20 7:52 am
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snow buntings at Myers
12 Snow Buntings on the spit at Myers Park.

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Date: 10/31/20 6:19 am
From: Carol Keeler <carolk441...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] New bird
I wrote too soon. I’ve got 2 Fox Sparrows. Then an American Tree Sparrow showed up, FOS. After that a large group of Juncos showed up, but I’ve been getting them. The Red Bellied Woodpeckers have shown up. I’ve rarely had them for the past year so I’m delighted to see them regularly again. Still hoping for Grosbeaks.

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Date: 10/31/20 5:31 am
From: Carol Keeler <carolk441...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Yard birds
I got a rarity to my yard this morning- a fox sparrow! I’m still getting one White Throat. I have been getting a few Pine Siskins. No Evening Grosbeaks yet. I’m lucky to get any birds here with the roofers here many days. They finished yesterday so maybe those Grosbeaks will finally show up. I’m pleased to get the Fox Sparrow.

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Date: 10/30/20 1:08 pm
From: John Bowdoin Greenly <johngreenly...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Bunting Myers
There’s a Snow Bunting, I believe a first-winter female, on the spit at Myers at 4 pm.
Foraging along the creek shore just outside the last tree as you go out to the point.


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Date: 10/30/20 9:06 am
From: Andrew David Miller <andrew.miller...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ringwood Rd. Birds
For the last two weeks we have had 1-2 evening grosbeaks at the feeder; however, this morning we were overwhelmed by a flock of ~30 birds with a roughly 70:30 ratio of females to males. They have been very flighty and have been spooked several times by passing ravens and most recently headed southeast towards the Ringwood Ponds nature preserve. The usual feeder birds over the last several days include red and white breasted nuthatches, downy, red-bellied, pileated, and hairy woodpeckers, white throated sparrows, purple finches, pine siskins, goldfinches, titmice, chickadees, cardinals, and bluejays.

I had a late towhee and phoebe off Pleasant Hollow Rd. a few days ago.

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Date: 10/30/20 7:21 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Evening grosbeaks
8-9 EVENING GROSBEAKS at ~ 652 Lansing Station Rd. In backyard of my neighbor.
Yay!

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Date: 10/30/20 7:03 am
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Lots’O cormorants
Several large (100+) flocks of cormorants flying down the lake and over Stewart Park (Ithaca), some landing. Quite impressive. Only bufflehead visible at Stewart Park this morning.

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Date: 10/30/20 6:29 am
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dryden Lake
Hi all
9:25am Friday at a misty, foggy Dryden Lake - a raft of 37 bufflehead and one nearby pied-billed grebe.

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