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7/24/17 10:08 am Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
7/23/17 11:23 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Least Bitterns, W. Pelican
7/23/17 7:42 am David Nicosia <daven102468...> [cayugabirds-l] Knox-Marcellus Marsh update??
7/22/17 8:48 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Ibis sighting Saturday 22 July at Tschache Pool
7/22/17 7:48 pm Suan Yong <suan.yong...> [cayugabirds-l] MNWR least bittern show
7/22/17 6:49 am Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Pelican continues in Benning Marsh
7/20/17 8:32 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Least Bitterns, Red-headed Woodpeckers, etc.
7/20/17 2:34 pm Matthew Medler <mdm2...> [cayugabirds-l] Ruff at Montezuma NWR yesterday
7/20/17 7:04 am Asher Hockett <veery715...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
7/20/17 4:30 am Peter <psaracin...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird update
7/20/17 3:50 am Marie P. Read <mpr5...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey and Blue Heron
7/19/17 7:56 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird update
7/19/17 7:48 pm Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...> [cayugabirds-l] Osprey and Blue Heron
7/19/17 6:02 pm AB Clark <anneb.clark...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bald Red-winged Blackbird
7/19/17 3:33 pm Annette Nadeau <anadeau336...> [cayugabirds-l] Bald Red-winged Blackbird
7/19/17 3:31 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 13+ BC Night-Herons from East Road
7/19/17 8:36 am Sandy Podulka <sgp4...> [cayugabirds-l] Virginia Rail yard bird in Brooktondale
7/18/17 8:22 pm Sandy Podulka <sgp4...> [cayugabirds-l] 13+ BC Night-Herons from East Road
7/18/17 4:53 am Chris Lajewski <lajewskic...> [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Birdwatching Tour July 20
7/17/17 3:14 pm Linda K Tuyn <ltuyn...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ruff updates?
7/17/17 8:16 am Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
7/16/17 1:07 pm Kenneth V. Rosenberg <kvr2...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ruff updates?
7/16/17 9:43 am Matthew Medler <mdm2...> [cayugabirds-l] Ruff updates?
7/15/17 5:56 pm Claire Damaske <cdamaske...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
7/15/17 9:40 am Joe DeVito <joebubo...> [cayugabirds-l] Updates
7/15/17 9:16 am Peter <psaracin...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
7/15/17 8:54 am Peter <psaracin...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
7/15/17 6:30 am Joe DeVito <joebubo...> [cayugabirds-l] Updates
7/15/17 4:33 am Kathy And Dan <kathyclem...> [cayugabirds-l] Downy sapsucker
7/14/17 3:16 pm <clr82...> <clr82...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] spotted sandpiper Hanshaw Rd.
7/14/17 2:56 pm <clr82...> <clr82...> [cayugabirds-l] spotted sandpiper Hanshaw Rd.
7/14/17 1:42 pm Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...> [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: LATC Senior discount for lifetime national parks price going up soon!
7/13/17 3:09 pm <metetlow...> [cayugabirds-l] No MZ Ruff
7/13/17 1:43 pm Asher Hockett <veery715...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Park Passes
7/13/17 1:25 pm M Miller <mmiller325...> [cayugabirds-l] Park Passes
7/13/17 10:39 am Asher Hockett <veery715...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
7/13/17 9:34 am Mike Pitzrick <mpitzrick...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
7/13/17 9:28 am Judith Thurber <jathurber...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
7/13/17 9:07 am Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
7/13/17 8:46 am Claire Damaske <cdamaske...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
7/13/17 7:59 am Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
7/13/17 7:51 am Peter <psaracin...> [cayugabirds-l] Question
7/12/17 5:59 pm Suan Yong <suan.yong...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Two questions
7/12/17 12:08 pm Linda Orkin <wingmagic16...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Two questions
7/12/17 11:56 am Brad Walker <bmw38...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Two questions
7/12/17 11:47 am Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...> [cayugabirds-l] Two questions
7/12/17 11:02 am Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
7/12/17 10:07 am David Wheeler <hoodedgull...> [cayugabirds-l] Eaton Marsh shorebirds
7/12/17 9:55 am David Wheeler <hoodedgull...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
7/11/17 8:01 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
7/11/17 4:15 pm David Nicosia <daven102468...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
7/11/17 3:37 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
7/11/17 3:33 pm Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
7/11/17 3:28 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
7/11/17 2:34 pm Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...> [cayugabirds-l] Earth's sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn | Environment | The Guardian
7/11/17 1:47 pm Jody Enck <jodyenck...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
7/11/17 12:01 pm David Nicosia <daven102468...> [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
7/11/17 8:51 am W. Larry Hymes <wlh2...> [cayugabirds-l] Downy feeding young
7/10/17 1:43 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
7/10/17 11:24 am Joshua Snodgrass <cedarshiva...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ruff kipp Island
7/10/17 6:23 am Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Ruff kipp Island
7/10/17 5:46 am Judy Read <jaread...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Kipp Island?
7/10/17 5:24 am W. Larry Hymes <wlh2...> [cayugabirds-l] Kipp Island?
7/10/17 5:17 am Janet Akin <jakin...> [cayugabirds-l] Male Ruff Kipp Island
7/9/17 4:02 pm Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Scoter
7/9/17 4:01 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Scoter
7/9/17 3:59 pm Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] ducks by Salt Point
7/9/17 3:56 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] ducks by Salt Point
7/9/17 3:55 pm Jay McGowan <jwm57...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Scoter
7/9/17 3:31 pm Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ribbon cutting for refurbished Fuertes overlook at Stewart Park
7/9/17 3:30 pm Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ribbon cutting for refurbished Fuertes overlook at Stewart Park
7/9/17 9:27 am Jay McGowan <jwm57...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Breeding plumage male RUFF, Eaton Marsh, Wildlife Dr, Montezuma NWR
7/9/17 6:42 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Scoter
7/9/17 6:06 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Breeding plumage male RUFF, Eaton Marsh, Wildlife Dr, Montezuma NWR
7/8/17 8:53 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Breeding plumage male RUFF, Eaton Marsh, Wildlife Dr, Montezuma NWR
7/6/17 7:51 pm Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...> [cayugabirds-l] Praying mantises regularly hunt and kill small birds
7/6/17 7:14 am Jay McGowan <jwm57...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Kingdom Rd. Dickcissel
7/6/17 6:56 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Indigo buntings/mulberries
7/6/17 6:54 am Peter <psaracin...> [cayugabirds-l] Kingdom Rd. Dickcissel
7/6/17 5:50 am Mary Anne Perks <maperks313...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: July 06, 2017
7/6/17 5:33 am <khmo...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gallimule tough love (I hope)
7/6/17 5:22 am Marie P. Read <mpr5...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Gallinule tough love
7/6/17 5:07 am AB Clark <anneb.clark...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gallimule tough love (I hope)
7/6/17 5:07 am Scott Haber <scotthaber1...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gallimule tough love (I hope)
7/6/17 4:33 am <khmo...> [cayugabirds-l] Gallimule tough love (I hope)
7/5/17 5:37 pm Linda Post Van Buskirk <lpv1...> [cayugabirds-l] Indigo buntings
7/5/17 3:41 pm <khmo...> [cayugabirds-l] MNWR highlights today
7/5/17 12:16 pm Liisa S. Mobley <lsk24...> [cayugabirds-l] slightly off-topic - 18th century maps of Montezuma and Cayuga Lake
7/5/17 5:44 am Bard Prentiss <bvanwoert13...> [cayugabirds-l] Eagles
7/4/17 5:15 pm Glenn Wilson <wilson...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dowitchers Reported Montezuma Wildlife Drive Today around 220 pm
7/4/17 5:05 pm David Nicosia <daven102468...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] Dowitchers Reported Montezuma Wildlife Drive Today around 220 pm
7/4/17 4:26 pm David Nicosia <daven102468...> [cayugabirds-l] Dowitchers Reported Montezuma Wildlife Drive Today around 220 pm
7/4/17 1:39 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
7/4/17 8:14 am Carol Cedarholm <ccedarho...> [cayugabirds-l] Eastern Towhee
7/4/17 8:10 am Carol Cedarholm <ccedarho...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] eagles ?
7/3/17 3:56 pm Bard Prentiss <bvanwoert13...> [cayugabirds-l] eagles ?
7/3/17 12:32 pm David Nicosia <daven102468...> [cayugabirds-l] Knox Marcellus Marsh habitat
7/3/17 12:17 pm Jody Enck <jodyenck...> [cayugabirds-l] Ribbon cutting for refurbished Fuertes overlook at Stewart Park
7/3/17 9:53 am David Nicosia <daven102468...> [cayugabirds-l] Seneca flats shorebirds Montezuma wildlife drive
7/2/17 2:42 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] update on hummingbirds
7/2/17 1:17 pm <metetlow...> [cayugabirds-l] MZ Eaton marsh Eurasian Wigeon
6/30/17 2:28 pm <wingmagic16...> [cayugabirds-l] Beginner bird walks at a Sapsucker woods, Cornell lab of ornithology.
6/29/17 4:54 pm Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpeckers Mays Point
6/29/17 1:07 pm Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis...> [cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker in Lansing
6/29/17 12:20 pm <metetlow...> [cayugabirds-l] May's point Red-headed woodpecker
6/29/17 10:49 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Mystery fledgling
6/28/17 6:36 pm tfernand <tfernand...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Birding in Nova Scotia
6/28/17 3:03 pm Peter <psaracin...> [cayugabirds-l] Birding in Nova Scotia
6/27/17 11:40 am Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Gadwall Brood MNWR Benning Marsh
6/27/17 9:19 am Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
6/27/17 8:10 am John Confer <confer...> [cayugabirds-l] Merlin misfortune
6/25/17 4:08 pm Glenn Wilson <wilson...> [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds - Not now!
6/25/17 1:11 pm Mark Chao <markchao...> [cayugabirds-l] Thayer and Sweedler Preserves (FLLT), Sun 6/25
6/25/17 9:31 am Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...> [cayugabirds-l] Good News: Harry's back at it! (sic)
 
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Date: 7/24/17 10:08 am
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
*  New York*  Syracuse
- July 24, 2017
*  NYSY  07.24.17 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 17, 2017 - July 24, 2017to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: July 24  AT 12:00 p.m. (EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 17, 2017.
Highlights--------------
AMERICAN WHITE PELICANLEAST BITTERNIBIS sp.BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONBRANTNORTHERN GOSHAWKSANDHILL CRANERUFFLONG-BILLED DOWITCHERSHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERSTILT SANDPIPERBLACK TERNCOMMON NIGHTHAWKRED-HEADED WOODPECKERACADIAN FLYCATCHER





Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)------------
     14 species of Shorebirds were reported at the complex this week. The RUFF seems to be gone but other goodies like STILT SANDPIPER and both DOWITCHERS are still being reported.     7/19: The last day the RUFF was reported. It was from Eaton Marsh. The last report of the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS from Mays Point Road although they may still be around.     7/21: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was reported at Benning Marsh on the Wildlife Trai. The Pelican was reported through yesterday both at Benning and at Tschache Pool.      7/22: An IBIS was spotted and photographed, somewhat distantly, along the Wildlife Drive but a positive ID could not be made. No reports since.BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and BLACK TERNS were reported at Morgan Road Marsh. LEAST BITTERN was reported at NanDyne Spoor Road, Howland Island and the Wildlife Drive.     7/23: BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Onondaga County------------
     7/17: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was sighted along the Erie Canal on Cedar Bay Road in Dewitt.     7/19: 2 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS continue at Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County------------
     7/19: 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario.     7/21: An early BRANT was seen at Oswego Harbor.     7/23: A LEAST BITTERN was seen at Snake Creek onLakeshore Road south of Oswego.

Cayuga County------------
     7/21: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was see on the bluff at Fair Haven State Park.

Madison County------------
     7/21: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was found at Morrow Mountain State Park south of Erieville.

Herkimer county------------
     7/22: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was found on Unclemier Road north of Middleville.
         
              
---end transcript
---Joseph BrinRegion 5 Baldwinsville, NY  13027  USA
  
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Date: 7/23/17 11:23 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Least Bitterns, W. Pelican
LEAST BITTERN show at MNWR still on at LaRue's. one was right out in open (low over water on skimpy cattail stand) at second pond & caught a sizable fish (for size of bird). I saw probably 3 flying too.
It is really great to park car & walk around.
WHITE PELICAN was at Benning Marsh when I finally got there. It preened a bit then took off flying towards main pond.
It has a growth of some sort on top of its upper beak, same yellow color as its bill.

Donna Scott
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Date: 7/23/17 7:42 am
From: David Nicosia <daven102468...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Knox-Marcellus Marsh update??
Does anyone know about the status of K-M marsh? I was there
yesterday and it doesn't like any decent shorebird habitat has emerged.
It looks like the water levels are too high. I know the Finger Lakes region
has seen over 200% of normal rainfall in the last few weeks. Is this
just mother nature or can they drain it? The shorebirds are coming
quick, especially next few weeks.

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Date: 7/22/17 8:48 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ibis sighting Saturday 22 July at Tschache Pool
This afternoon (Sat 22 July) Ferris Akel took video of a dark ibis flying over Tschache Pool at Montezuma NWR. Although Glossy Ibis is more common here than White-faced Ibis, both have been seen at Montezuma NWR in years past, and the video did not appear to me to be identifiable to species. This is the first ibis report in the area of which I am aware, so I am listing this as "Plegadis sp (Ibis)" in the 2017 Cayuga Lake Basin First Records unless/until someone gets a better look at such a bird in the area soon, and is able to see distinguishing field marks.

Ferris Akel does a remarkable weekly live-stream birding program called Birding with Ferris, often at Montezuma NWR or Sapsucker Woods. Viewers discuss what is heard and seen, come to a consensus, and submit an eBird report. The relevant part of today's show can be seen at

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/106116822

The ibis can be seen for about 10 seconds starting at about 55:30 and again at about 56:25 through about 59:04. It's distant, high-magnification, shaky, and often out of focus, but it shows an all-dark wader with long trailing legs, a long thin neck, a bulbous head thicker than the neck, a long down-curved grayish bill, and a fast steady wingbeat interrupted a few times by a short glide, all of which is typical of either Glossy Ibis or White-faced Ibis.

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Date: 7/22/17 7:48 pm
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] MNWR least bittern show
Arrived around 10am at Larue's lagoon to enjoy the least bittern show (second pool to the right), with first one then two birds hunting out in the open (albeit tending towards the far side of the pool) and at least two more calling from shuffling patches of cattails, every now and then one flying across the drive towards the main pool, and coming back. The ability to get out of the car made it much easier to notice these flights and hear the calls. At one point one of the birds was about 50 feet away, as close as one had been in the open all morning, and as three of us approached for a closer look it took off directly toward us, flew by about 5 feet in front of us, across the drive towards the main pool. I've only seen such close flybys either when being shooed off by a nest defender, or in places like the Galapagos where the birds have no fear of humans. (Of course, who's to say it isn't the cars-only policy that got these guys to not fear us?)

It was so much fun being able to stroll along the drive that I took four hours to reach the bend, trying to photograph the ubiquitously chattering but secretive marsh wrens, watching an adult bald eagle bring a fish from the main pool, waiting for kingbirds and sparrows to pose in the beautiful yellow blooms... With sightings of GBHs, green herons, great egrets, a close flyby juvenile black-crowned night-heron, and a flyover American Bittern, I ended up with a "local breeding" heron sweep.

White pelican was just chillin' at Bennings when I finally drove by after 2pm.

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Date: 7/22/17 6:49 am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Pelican continues in Benning Marsh

9:45 a.m. Pelican lounging in Benning Marsh. Close looks

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Date: 7/20/17 8:32 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Least Bitterns, Red-headed Woodpeckers, etc.
Coping with a bout of literal Empty Nest Syndrome, I joined Ann Mitchell for a birding trip to Montezuma NWR this morning.

Our first stop was the Myers/Salt Point/Ladoga Park area where we saw 1 each Spotted, Least, and Semipalmated Sandpiper on the Myers spit, at least 2 Green Herons, a possible family group of 4 Belted Kingfishers, and 3 large nestling Ospreys at Salt Point, and the male Redhead off Ladoga, but we failed to find any orioles nor the recent male White-winged Scoter.

At Montezuma NWR we took advantage of the new temporary policy regarding the Wildlife Drive. For the first time in many years, this year bicycling and walking are permitted, but only from 12 July to 15 August. The reasoning as I understand it is that nesting is generally over by mid-July but the influx of migrant waterfowl doesn't begin until mid-August, and refuge manager(s) at Montezuma fear that people walking or bicycling on the Wildlife Drive would disturb those birds' activities, even though walking and bicycling are allowed on similar drives at other National Wildlife Refuges year-round. Southbound shorebird migration, however, is underway starting in early July, and they are generally not bothered by people, so refuge managers are not concerned about them. Shorebirds' tolerance may have to do with people in this part of the world not shooting at them much anymore, in contrast to waterfowl, or managers' abundance of caution regarding the migrant waterfowl may be an over-reaction. In my experience around Cayuga Lake, as pedestrians, bike riders, or people outside of their motor vehicles, we can get good views of various migrant waterfowl calmly going about their business when & where there is not active shooting.

Anyway, this policy is a great start, in my opinion, and Ann & I enjoyed walking out along the left side, which is now covered in finer gravel, a.k.a. stone dust, and is more pleasant to walk and bike upon. I wish the whole Wildlife Drive used that surface, because it is far quieter! We went as far as the Seneca Flats area where we saw many Ring-billed Gulls, 9 Caspian Terns, a Great Egret, 2 Green Herons, a Killdeer, a Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers, and several Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers in addition to the local Canada Goose families and eclipse Mallards. Plus in the air there were many swallows (mainly Tree), a couple of immature Bald Eagles, a non-breeding plumage Black Tern, and several distant Ospreys. In the marsh along our way we also saw families of Common Gallinules (and even watched an adult vocalizing), saw and heard Willow Flycatchers and Swamp Sparrows, and heard one calling Virginia Rail and numerous persistently invisible singing Marsh Wrens and.

When we were alongside Larue's Lagoon a car pulled up alongside us on the drive. It was driven by Dave Kennedy, whom everyone on this list serve should know as the finder and photographer of many wonderful birds in the north basin, such as Gyrfalcons, a backyard Rufous Hummingbird, etc. It's worth looking at any eBird checklists which he posts, just to enjoy his photos. I find them in my eBird Seneca County year needs and rare bird reports. Dave was talking to us about the new pedestrian policy on the Wildlife Drive. Ann told him how nice it was to be able to hear so much more outside of a vehicle. I generally hear at least twice as many birds when I'm outside a vehicle, because the engine makes noise, the wheels make noise (especially on the Wildlife Drive's gravel!), and the cabin generally blocks a great deal of bird sound, even with the windows open. I started to tell him about how wonderful it was to see the entire sky, and Dave jokingly gave me a hard time for my arm gesture because it might scare birds. Then he told us about a LEAST BITTERN which he noticed moving in the cattails behind us on the opposite side of the channel. Even though we had been looking for this species, and thought we knew what to look for, Dave had to get out of his car and point it out to us. He took a few pictures and went on his way. Meanwhile, the bird stayed in view for many minutes while we enjoyed it. We photographed it in various positions as it perched atop a cattail fruit (what do you call that cylindrical brown thing?). We told occupants of another passing car about it, and they got out, saw it through our scopes (a life bird for at least one of them), and took their own photos including some in flight when the bird finally a short distance moved off to another part of the marsh. This was a wonderful experience, one of my best sightings of the species, and a year bird as well, and it was made possible by the new policy allowing people out of their cars on the Wildlife Drive. Later on I had a second glimpse of a Least Bittern briefly flying just above the cattail tops. I'm pretty sure I would not have been able to see it from the lower vantage of my car's seat because Ann, being shorter than I, missed that one.

Eaton Marsh had a couple Greater Yellowlegs and a dozen or so Lesser Yellowlegs, but no Ruff that we saw. It did have a single breeding plumage DOWITCHER which Ann confidently called LONG-BILLED. I agreed it had a prominent and ruffled hump on its back as it fed, but I didn't have a very good look at it otherwise from the right side of the car, nor am I as confident speciating dowitchers without a good long study. There was also a female REDHEAD at Eaton among the Mallards. Perhaps it bred at Montezuma.

There were 13 Great Egrets at Benning.

Another goal of our trip was to check on the Red-headed Woodpeckers which have again been nesting along South Mays Point Road. We had both seen them at their nest cavity earlier this year, thanks to Mike Tetlow, I believe, for discovering it in the dead top of a spreading multi-branched Cottonwood northeast of the community on the island between the Clyde River and the Erie Canal, and best viewed from S Mays Pt Rd just south of house #555. We got out our scopes and quickly located the nest hole. At least I thought we both did. Then Ann said she couldn't find it for awhile. It turns out that adult Red-headed Woodpeckers are very well named, but their young are not. On the other hand, it seems like a brilliant bit of adaptation that juveniles, who like to look out of the nest hole while they await the return of adults with food, are entirely covered on the head and neck with a fine streaking of brownish gray. It's very similar to the color of Cottonwood bark and it visually plugs the hole. See Ann's eBird report with photo referenced below. There appeared to us to be just one full-sized juvenile moving its head out and back into the cavity.

From East Road we saw several adults and one immature of the Black-crowned Night-Herons which Sandy Podulka mentioned near the north end of Knox-Marsellus, along with a Green Heron, several Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons, and an adult of what appeared to be a Trumpeter Swan although heat shimmer made details of its bill a bit uncertain.

We checked Kipp Island Fields South looking west from NYS-90 along the south side of I-90 (the Thruway). We saw no Ruff, but did see a few Yellowlegss and Semipalmated Sandpipers, and we wondered how much shorebird habitat was out of view in that region east of Eaton where Tim Lenz et al saw the Ruff head yesterday evening. There were also a couple of distant immature swans at Kipp, and their bills (in crappy heat shimmery light) appeared quite pink to me, so I wondered if they might be TUNDRAs? Anybody else have a good look and idea about them?

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Date: 7/20/17 2:34 pm
From: Matthew Medler <mdm2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ruff at Montezuma NWR yesterday
Hi All,

Last night, Tim Lenz, Bob McGuire, and I saw the RUFF that has been seen in the Montezuma area since Dave Nutter discovered it on Saturday, July 8. Like Dave, we saw the bird briefly at dusk at Eaton Marsh on the Montezuma NWR auto-loop. We had looked for the bird here and at Kips Island earlier in the evening, without success, but decided to return to Eaton Marsh at dusk in the hopes that it would join other roosting shorebirds there. Tim located the bird in amongst the many yellowlegs somewhere between 8:30 and 8:45, but shortly thereafter, the bird took flight with a few other shorebirds and left the area. Additional details, including a photo, can be found in Tim's eBird checklist:

https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38232573

It's worth noting here that the bird looks considerably different than it did when it was first found. The bird's black ruff is gone, and the bird has a striking white neck, throat, and upper breast.

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Date: 7/20/17 7:04 am
From: Asher Hockett <veery715...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
The ranger station at FLNF Hector is sold out of Senior passes and will not
be getting any more before the price increase.


On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 12:15 PM, Peter <psaracin...> wrote:

> One last time for those who tend to come this way to bird the Refuge.
> Passes can be purchased at the Woman's Historic Park in Seneca Falls.
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> Sar
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> On 7/15/2017 11:54 AM, Peter wrote:
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> Thanks folks.
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> On 7/13/2017 1:39 PM, Asher Hockett wrote:
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> You can purchase passes at:
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> *Hector Ranger Station*
> 5218 State Route 414
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> On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Mike Pitzrick <mpitzrick...>
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>> It looks like it would be a good idea to purchase a Senior Pass prior to
>> August 28, 2017.
>>
>> Changes to Senior Pass
>> <https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/senior-pass-changes.htm?utm_source=socialmedia&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=senior_pass>
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>>> I purchased mine at Wonderful Steamtiwn in Scranton but Ft Stanwix in
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Date: 7/20/17 4:30 am
From: Peter <psaracin...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird update
Thanks Dave. Cool.

Pete


On 7/19/2017 10:56 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
> Remember that hummingbird nest I mentioned awhile back? I checked it yesterday afternoon, and the 2 nestlings looked like actual birds. They were well past the lizard stage with wrinkly round chameleon eyes and serrated iguana ridges where pinfeathers were forming. They had grown real hummingbird beaks. One youngster was nicely contoured with a green tint above and a gray-speckled throat. The other looked a bit scruffier. It had all the feathers but they were not as open or lying as neatly, and they were more buff-tipped above. I could still see a bit of sheath on the outermost primary of that one, but the wings were generally hidden from view due to the upward viewing angle and the birds' position in the nest. Actually the nestlings were more on than in the nest for the past several days, and yesterday I could see a black-clawed pink toe gripping the rim.
>
> Standing side by side, they took turns exercising their wings behind the other's back. "Scruffy" was curious, probing the nest with its bill, tasting nearby leaves (including where they had defecated), and poking its sibling, not in a mean way, but not random either. "Svelte" looked dignified, and stayed still more, maybe having already done that exploration. Both tracked a nearby flying insect with their bills. And when mama alit on the rim they stretched up, and opened their rather dangerous bills to receive regurgitant pumped deep inside them through an even more dangerous bill.
>
> I checked again this morning about 5:45 between taxi calls, but the leaves were so droopy I couldn't see the nest in the sole sometimes-possible line of sight. (On Monday I had also looked from the taxi just before a storm. Those kids had quite a ride with the branch going up & down, but one of the leaves acted as a wind screen for them.) I checked again today from the taxi at 11:30am and finally got a view. The rim of the nest was an unbroken line, although the youngsters haven't been able to hide inside the cup for days. I got out for a closer look to double check. They were gone off into the wide world.
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> A bit more about this nest. It's on one of several branches drooping down toward Fall Creek. It's not close enough to the water to be in danger from flooding, but there are other risks. It's next to a popular fishing spot. There's line tangled in an adjacent branch, and one time I arrived to find an angler trying to yank free a line and hook caught in a different adjacent branch, but shaking everything nearby. I mentioned to the angler that there was a bird nest in there, and the person packed up and left, perhaps a bit embarrassed at catching the tree instead of a fish. Meanwhile, I moved to the one line of sight where I could view the nest, and it still had babies. Perhaps that event was just another storm to them. Another time when I saw someone move along the bank right next to the nest to fish, I pointed out the nest and asked that they be extra careful, and that person obligingly moved a bit farther away. It's true that the mama chose to nest there despite people along the path and people fishing and canoeing, so the bird was clearly somewhat tolerant of humans, but if it was going to get disturbed I didn't want it to be birders' fault. The mama definitely noticed me when I was close, so I was only close for limited periods and late in the nesting.
>
> Anyway, I apologize for not having shared the nest's location, and for being vague to people on the path who asked what I was looking at. I feared that a constant stream of birders trying to see and photograph it might be too much. I made one exception. Melissa Groo, whom you all know as a wonderful photographer, asked if she could discreetly try her hand, and I thought it would be good to have high quality documentation, knowing that she would be very careful. She made several visits despite a busy schedule and the fact that the nest was frustratingly hard to view among the leaves. I also documented the progress of the nesting, and my photography got better during that six weeks. I hope to put together a more complete and illustrated story which might be worthy of an article in the Cayuga Bird Club newsletter.
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Date: 7/20/17 3:50 am
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey and Blue Heron
Ospreys and Great Blue Herons often have a contentious relationship. These large herons compete with the Ospreys for nest sites and have been known to prey on osprey eggs. With their dagger-like bills they are well able to look after themselves even against a raptor, so I would not view this as heron being victimized. Nature is competition.

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Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 10:47 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey and Blue Heron

Twice this week I've been at Salt Point and witnessed an Osprey repeatedly attacking a Great Blue Heron in the water and in the air. The Heron squawks loudly each attack. It is distressing to see. Does anyone know what this is about?
(Mr. White-winged Scoter was still there as well)
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Date: 7/19/17 7:56 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbird update
Remember that hummingbird nest I mentioned awhile back? I checked it yesterday afternoon, and the 2 nestlings looked like actual birds. They were well past the lizard stage with wrinkly round chameleon eyes and serrated iguana ridges where pinfeathers were forming. They had grown real hummingbird beaks. One youngster was nicely contoured with a green tint above and a gray-speckled throat. The other looked a bit scruffier. It had all the feathers but they were not as open or lying as neatly, and they were more buff-tipped above. I could still see a bit of sheath on the outermost primary of that one, but the wings were generally hidden from view due to the upward viewing angle and the birds' position in the nest. Actually the nestlings were more on than in the nest for the past several days, and yesterday I could see a black-clawed pink toe gripping the rim.

Standing side by side, they took turns exercising their wings behind the other's back. "Scruffy" was curious, probing the nest with its bill, tasting nearby leaves (including where they had defecated), and poking its sibling, not in a mean way, but not random either. "Svelte" looked dignified, and stayed still more, maybe having already done that exploration. Both tracked a nearby flying insect with their bills. And when mama alit on the rim they stretched up, and opened their rather dangerous bills to receive regurgitant pumped deep inside them through an even more dangerous bill.

I checked again this morning about 5:45 between taxi calls, but the leaves were so droopy I couldn't see the nest in the sole sometimes-possible line of sight. (On Monday I had also looked from the taxi just before a storm. Those kids had quite a ride with the branch going up & down, but one of the leaves acted as a wind screen for them.) I checked again today from the taxi at 11:30am and finally got a view. The rim of the nest was an unbroken line, although the youngsters haven't been able to hide inside the cup for days. I got out for a closer look to double check. They were gone off into the wide world.

A bit more about this nest. It's on one of several branches drooping down toward Fall Creek. It's not close enough to the water to be in danger from flooding, but there are other risks. It's next to a popular fishing spot. There's line tangled in an adjacent branch, and one time I arrived to find an angler trying to yank free a line and hook caught in a different adjacent branch, but shaking everything nearby. I mentioned to the angler that there was a bird nest in there, and the person packed up and left, perhaps a bit embarrassed at catching the tree instead of a fish. Meanwhile, I moved to the one line of sight where I could view the nest, and it still had babies. Perhaps that event was just another storm to them. Another time when I saw someone move along the bank right next to the nest to fish, I pointed out the nest and asked that they be extra careful, and that person obligingly moved a bit farther away. It's true that the mama chose to nest there despite people along the path and people fishing and canoeing, so the bird was clearly somewhat tolerant of humans, but if it was going to get disturbed I didn't want it to be birders' fault. The mama definitely noticed me when I was close, so I was only close for limited periods and late in the nesting.

Anyway, I apologize for not having shared the nest's location, and for being vague to people on the path who asked what I was looking at. I feared that a constant stream of birders trying to see and photograph it might be too much. I made one exception. Melissa Groo, whom you all know as a wonderful photographer, asked if she could discreetly try her hand, and I thought it would be good to have high quality documentation, knowing that she would be very careful. She made several visits despite a busy schedule and the fact that the nest was frustratingly hard to view among the leaves. I also documented the progress of the nesting, and my photography got better during that six weeks. I hope to put together a more complete and illustrated story which might be worthy of an article in the Cayuga Bird Club newsletter.

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Date: 7/19/17 7:48 pm
From: Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey and Blue Heron
Twice this week I've been at Salt Point and witnessed an Osprey repeatedly
attacking a Great Blue Heron in the water and in the air. The Heron squawks
loudly each attack. It is distressing to see. Does anyone know what this is
about?
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Date: 7/19/17 6:02 pm
From: AB Clark <anneb.clark...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bald Red-winged Blackbird
Could be molt, and it might be exacerbated by a fight with another male. Seems late in the year for this, but I have watched fights between males (typically in late April or early May) that resulted in chunks of feather pulled out and bald or partly bald males.



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Date: 7/19/17 3:33 pm
From: Annette Nadeau <anadeau336...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bald Red-winged Blackbird
I have a bald Red-winged Blackbird visiting one of my feeders this evening
here in Brooktondale. I've seen bald Blue Jays, but this is a first for me.
He looks fine otherwise, so I'm guessing this is a molting phase.


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Date: 7/19/17 3:31 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 13+ BC Night-Herons from East Road
Who says it's not a rookery? In years past, my impression was that they probably nested along the channel on the south end of the west side. I heard that the trees there had been cut down, but perhaps they are nesting somewhere very nearby.
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Date: 7/19/17 8:36 am
From: Sandy Podulka <sgp4...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Virginia Rail yard bird in Brooktondale
After years of looking for rails and playing tapes unsuccessfully on
our property, we finally saw a Virginia Rail walking along the
driveway! It quickly ran into the grasses and called and another one
answered it. It's been a while since we had a new yard bird here in
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Date: 7/18/17 8:22 pm
From: Sandy Podulka <sgp4...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] 13+ BC Night-Herons from East Road
Montezuma was fairly quite this afternoon, but from the overlook on
East Road we could see 13+ adult Black-crowned Night-Herons foraging
in the marsh. The most I recall seeing outside of a rookery
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Date: 7/18/17 4:53 am
From: Chris Lajewski <lajewskic...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Birdwatching Tour July 20
July 20, Thursday, 6:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.Montezuma Birdwatching Van TourJoin Montezuma Audubon Center Director Chris Lajewski for a tour of Montezuma’s birding hotspots to search for raptors, waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds and observe the early fall migration. Chris will drive you to NYSDEC and USFWS habitats where dozens of species can be seen and heard! Binoculars and field guides will be provided. This tour is for all ages and experience levels. Fee: $10/child; $15/adult, $40/family. Register by calling 315-365-3588.
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Date: 7/17/17 3:14 pm
From: Linda K Tuyn <ltuyn...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ruff updates?
No ruff 6pm, but 3 close least bittern sightings Larue -- two seen at the
same time, and pretty sure the 3rd look was a third bird. Adults.

Linda T

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> I looked at Eaton around noon and at Kipps around 2 pm. Few birds and lots
> of heat waves, but doesn't mean it's not back in the corn stubble somewhere.
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Date: 7/17/17 8:16 am
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
*  New York*  Syracuse
- July 10, 2017
*  NYSY  07.10.17 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 04, 2017 - July 10, 2017to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: July 10  AT 4 p.m. (EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 04, 2017.
Highlights--------------
LEAST BITTERNBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONRUFFSHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERSTILT SANDPIPERUPLAND SANDPIPERRED-HEADED WOODPECKERACADIAN FLYCATCHERSWAINSON’S THRUSHDICKCISSEL (Extralimital)




Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)------------
     Eleven species of shorebirds were noted at the complex this week highlighted by the continuing male RUFF and also SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and STILT SANDPIPER. All three birds were seen at Kipp Island although the RUFF also made another appearance at Eaton Marsh on Saturday but was only seen by two people.     7/12: A STILT SANDPIPER was seen at Kipp Island.     7/14: The last report of the RUFF at Kipp Island although there may be other reports not on ebird.     7/15: The RUFF was seen at Eaton Marsh at about 11:30 but did not stay long and was not relocated the rest of the day . A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen at KippIsland. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and probably a family group continues at the end of Mays Point road on the south side in the cottonwood tree. Numerous people reported seeing a LEAST BITTERN on the WildlifeTrail near Larue’s Lagoon.

Onondaga county------------
     7/14: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow Nature Preserve west of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County------------
     7/12: A GREAT EGRET was south of Co. Rt. 49 west of Central Square.     7/14: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario. A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was found on Otto Mills Road in north of Redfield. A LEAST BITTERN was seen at Derby Hill. an UPLAND SANDPIPER continues at the Oswego County Airfield on Howard Road.

Madison County------------
     A pair of RING-NECKED DUCKS continue at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Extralimital------------
     Two DICKCISSELS were found at a stakeout on Kingdom Road south of River road between Seneca Falls and Waterloo in Seneca County.      
              
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Date: 7/16/17 1:07 pm
From: Kenneth V. Rosenberg <kvr2...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ruff updates?
I looked at Eaton around noon and at Kipps around 2 pm. Few birds and lots of heat waves, but doesn't mean it's not back in the corn stubble somewhere.

Ken

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Date: 7/16/17 9:43 am
From: Matthew Medler <mdm2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ruff updates?
Has anybody seen (or looked for) the Montezuma Ruff today? Any updates, positive or negative, from today (Sunday, July 16) would be appreciated!

Thanks,
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Date: 7/15/17 5:56 pm
From: Claire Damaske <cdamaske...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
Sorry, no they don't sell them at the Women's HIstoric Park. Hector or
online are the way to go.

On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 12:16 PM Peter <psaracin...> wrote:

> One last time for those who tend to come this way to bird the Refuge.
> Passes can be purchased at the Woman's Historic Park in Seneca Falls.
>
> Sar
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> On 7/15/2017 11:54 AM, Peter wrote:
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> Thanks folks.
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> On 7/13/2017 1:39 PM, Asher Hockett wrote:
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> You can purchase passes at:
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> *Hector Ranger Station*
> 5218 State Route 414
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> On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Mike Pitzrick <mpitzrick...>
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>> It looks like it would be a good idea to purchase a Senior Pass prior to
>> August 28, 2017.
>>
>> Changes to Senior Pass
>> <https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/senior-pass-changes.htm?utm_source=socialmedia&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=senior_pass>
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>> -Mike
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>>> I purchased mine at Wonderful Steamtiwn in Scranton but Ft Stanwix in
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>>>
>>> Judy Thurber, Liverpool
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>>> > Might anyone know where one could purchase a Senior park pass to our
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Date: 7/15/17 9:40 am
From: Joe DeVito <joebubo...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Updates
Anyone know recent sightings of the ruff or dickcissel?

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Date: 7/15/17 9:16 am
From: Peter <psaracin...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
One last time for those who tend to come this way to bird the Refuge.
Passes can be purchased at the Woman's Historic Park in Seneca Falls.

Sar


On 7/15/2017 11:54 AM, Peter wrote:
>
> Thanks folks.
>
>
> On 7/13/2017 1:39 PM, Asher Hockett wrote:
>> You can purchase passes at:
>> *
>> *
>> *Hector Ranger Station*
>> 5218 State Route 414
>> Hector, NY 14841
>>
>> On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Mike Pitzrick <mpitzrick...>
>> <mailto:<mpitzrick...>> wrote:
>>
>> It looks like it would be a good idea to purchase a Senior Pass
>> prior to August 28, 2017.
>>
>> Changes to Senior Pass
>> <https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/senior-pass-changes.htm?utm_source=socialmedia&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=senior_pass>
>>
>> -Mike
>>
>> On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 12:28 PM, Judith Thurber
>> <jathurber...> <mailto:<jathurber...>> wrote:
>>
>> I purchased mine at Wonderful Steamtiwn in Scranton but Ft
>> Stanwix in Rome NY probably also sells them. A bargain for sure.
>>
>> Judy Thurber, Liverpool
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>> > On Jul 13, 2017, at 10:51 AM, Peter
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>> pass to our National Parks? I got mine at the Refuge but am
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>> >
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>> >
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Date: 7/15/17 8:54 am
From: Peter <psaracin...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
Thanks folks.


On 7/13/2017 1:39 PM, Asher Hockett wrote:
> You can purchase passes at:
> *
> *
> *Hector Ranger Station*
> 5218 State Route 414
> Hector, NY 14841
>
> On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Mike Pitzrick <mpitzrick...>
> <mailto:<mpitzrick...>> wrote:
>
> It looks like it would be a good idea to purchase a Senior Pass
> prior to August 28, 2017.
>
> Changes to Senior Pass
> <https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/senior-pass-changes.htm?utm_source=socialmedia&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=senior_pass>
>
> -Mike
>
> On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 12:28 PM, Judith Thurber
> <jathurber...> <mailto:<jathurber...>> wrote:
>
> I purchased mine at Wonderful Steamtiwn in Scranton but Ft
> Stanwix in Rome NY probably also sells them. A bargain for sure.
>
> Judy Thurber, Liverpool
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> > On Jul 13, 2017, at 10:51 AM, Peter
> <psaracin...> <mailto:<psaracin...>>
> wrote:
> >
> > Might anyone know where one could purchase a Senior park
> pass to our National Parks? I got mine at the Refuge but am
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> >
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Date: 7/15/17 6:30 am
From: Joe DeVito <joebubo...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Updates
Anybody have updates on dickcissel or ruff?

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Date: 7/15/17 4:33 am
From: Kathy And Dan <kathyclem...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Downy sapsucker
I have at least one, maybe more, Downy Woodpeckers which have taken to drinking syrup from the hummingbird feeder from dawn to dusk.  I'm wondering if this steady diet of sugar water is good for them?  They also eat peanuts and sunflower seeds from my feeders but they really are going at the syrup like little addicts.  Any thoughts?  Now and then a hummer gets a drink but not often.
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Date: 7/14/17 3:16 pm
From: <clr82...> <clr82...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] spotted sandpiper Hanshaw Rd.
Correction! The pair was there in 2015, then only a single bird was spotted in 2016 (and it subsequently left). He just saw two juveniles joining the adults. Colleen Richards

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While checking his research fields across from the SPCA, my husband just now reported seeing two spotted sandpipers. A pair successfully nested and fledged 3 young there last year - this is the first sighting for this summer, though. Colleen Richards--Cayugabirds-L List Info:Welcome and BasicsRules and InformationSubscribe, Configuration and LeaveArchives:The Mail ArchiveSurfbirdsBirdingOnThe.NetPlease submit your observations to eBird!--

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Date: 7/14/17 2:56 pm
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] spotted sandpiper Hanshaw Rd.
While checking his research fields across from the SPCA, my husband just now reported seeing two spotted sandpipers. A pair successfully nested and fledged 3 young there last year - this is the first sighting for this summer, though. Colleen Richards
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Date: 7/14/17 1:42 pm
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: LATC Senior discount for lifetime national parks price going up soon!
from someone who
...recently purchased my national parks lifetime pass for seniors for this
reason. You can get yours from the Finger Lakes National Forest office in
Hector. Call ahead - they sometimes run out of passes and have to wait for
more.

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Date: 7/13/17 3:09 pm
From: <metetlow...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] No MZ Ruff
No Ruff at Kipp Island now or at 3:30. No shorebirds with high water at Eaton . Some birds including 3 dowitchers flew in north of the thruway at Kipp so who knows.
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Date: 7/13/17 1:43 pm
From: Asher Hockett <veery715...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Park Passes
I received positive confirmation from one individual who successfully
purchased a pass at the Hector station. Phoning first is a great idea. (607)
546 - 4470

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> purchase them before August 28th, when the price goes from $10 to $80.
> (note: on-line purchases come with an added surcharge/processing fee).
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> Montezuma Nat Wildlife Refuge no longer sells any passes due to the added
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Date: 7/13/17 1:25 pm
From: M Miller <mmiller325...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Park Passes
I would highly recommend calling any place first before driving there to get a park pass, I was told Seneca Falls Women’s Park does not sell them (since they don’t charge an entry fee). You can try to purchase them on-line, but expect a long delay in receiving them. Be sure to try and purchase them before August 28th, when the price goes from $10 to $80. (note: on-line purchases come with an added surcharge/processing fee).

Montezuma Nat Wildlife Refuge no longer sells any passes due to the added red tape and requirements the government has imposed in selling these passes.

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Date: 7/13/17 10:39 am
From: Asher Hockett <veery715...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
You can purchase passes at:

*Hector Ranger Station*
5218 State Route 414
Hector, NY 14841

On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Mike Pitzrick <mpitzrick...> wrote:

> It looks like it would be a good idea to purchase a Senior Pass prior to
> August 28, 2017.
>
> Changes to Senior Pass
> <https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/senior-pass-changes.htm?utm_source=socialmedia&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=senior_pass>
>
> -Mike
>
> On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 12:28 PM, Judith Thurber <jathurber...>
> wrote:
>
>> I purchased mine at Wonderful Steamtiwn in Scranton but Ft Stanwix in
>> Rome NY probably also sells them. A bargain for sure.
>>
>> Judy Thurber, Liverpool
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
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>> > On Jul 13, 2017, at 10:51 AM, Peter <psaracin...> wrote:
>> >
>> > Might anyone know where one could purchase a Senior park pass to our
>> National Parks? I got mine at the Refuge but am told they are no longer
>> selling them.
>> >
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Date: 7/13/17 9:34 am
From: Mike Pitzrick <mpitzrick...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
It looks like it would be a good idea to purchase a Senior Pass prior to
August 28, 2017.

Changes to Senior Pass
<https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/senior-pass-changes.htm?utm_source=socialmedia&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=senior_pass>

-Mike

On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 12:28 PM, Judith Thurber <jathurber...>
wrote:

> I purchased mine at Wonderful Steamtiwn in Scranton but Ft Stanwix in Rome
> NY probably also sells them. A bargain for sure.
>
> Judy Thurber, Liverpool
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jul 13, 2017, at 10:51 AM, Peter <psaracin...> wrote:
> >
> > Might anyone know where one could purchase a Senior park pass to our
> National Parks? I got mine at the Refuge but am told they are no longer
> selling them.
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Date: 7/13/17 9:28 am
From: Judith Thurber <jathurber...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
I purchased mine at Wonderful Steamtiwn in Scranton but Ft Stanwix in Rome NY probably also sells them. A bargain for sure.

Judy Thurber, Liverpool

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 13, 2017, at 10:51 AM, Peter <psaracin...> wrote:
>
> Might anyone know where one could purchase a Senior park pass to our National Parks? I got mine at the Refuge but am told they are no longer selling them.
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Date: 7/13/17 9:07 am
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
It took several months for my husband to get his and he applied on line.
There is a "last minute rush" on them with the price increase looming.

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On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 11:46 AM, Claire Damaske <cdamaske...> wrote:

> The Women's Historic Park in Seneca Falls.
>
> Claire Damaske
>
> On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 10:59 AM Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...>
> wrote:
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>> Finger Lakes NF - Hector Station 607-546-4470 <(607)%20546-4470> Hector
>> NY https://www.fs.fed.us/r9/gmfl/contact/offices.htm YES YES
>>
>> The YESes are for Senior Pass and Access Military 4th Grade
>>
>> Taken from:
>> https://store.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/PassIssuanceList.pdf
>>
>> I have not tried this source myself.
>>
>> ChrisP
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>> Might anyone know where one could purchase a Senior park pass to our
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Date: 7/13/17 8:46 am
From: Claire Damaske <cdamaske...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
The Women's Historic Park in Seneca Falls.

Claire Damaske

On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 10:59 AM Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...>
wrote:

> Finger Lakes NF - Hector Station 607-546-4470 Hector NY
> https://www.fs.fed.us/r9/gmfl/contact/offices.htm YES YES
>
> The YESes are for Senior Pass and Access Military 4th Grade
>
> Taken from:
> https://store.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/PassIssuanceList.pdf
>
> I have not tried this source myself.
>
> ChrisP
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> On Jul 13, 2017, at 10:51, Peter <psaracin...> wrote:
>
> Might anyone know where one could purchase a Senior park pass to our
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Date: 7/13/17 7:59 am
From: Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Question
Finger Lakes NF - Hector Station 607-546-4470 Hector NY https://www.fs.fed.us/r9/gmfl/contact/offices.htm YES YES

The YESes are for Senior Pass and Access Military 4th Grade

Taken from:
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I have not tried this source myself.

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Might anyone know where one could purchase a Senior park pass to our National Parks? I got mine at the Refuge but am told they are no longer selling them.

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Date: 7/13/17 7:51 am
From: Peter <psaracin...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Question
Might anyone know where one could purchase a Senior park pass to our
National Parks? I got mine at the Refuge but am told they are no longer
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Much obliged.

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Date: 7/12/17 5:59 pm
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Two questions
Spotted sandpiper is more commonly encountered along riverbanks and especially lakeshores around here, but I've certainly come across a few solitary sandpipers as well, especially in the Cayuga Inlet. Spotted is horizontal and "flatter", solitary is taller with long legs and neck, and will "stand tall" vertically when checking you out.

As for Osprey, I was surprised to find that the nest at the Cass Park baseball fields is hosting three sizeable nestlings that look ready to fledge soon. Watched a parent yesterday bring back a nice catfish (harassed by a neighborhood kingbird along the way) to feed them.

I've been thinking about hanging out there in the evenings and perhaps share the scope with baseball players and parents and anyone else that may come by. The weather hasn't cooperated with this plan, however.

Suan


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> There have been so many public osprey nests failing this year - seems like many of the nest cam nests have had one tragedy or another. Does anyone know how the many local osprey nests are doing? Candace can you give an update? Thanks.
>
> Second question - we are kayakers and always see a small shorebird along the river shores. Merlin tells me it is a spotted sandpiper, but my husband says they are smaller than the 7" given in books and AllAboutBirds. Without a photo (super hard to get them as they are moving and so are we) can anyone confirm this is what we are seeing? It doesn't seem like there are any other good options, as Solitary is out of area for us, right?
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Date: 7/12/17 12:08 pm
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Two questions


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> On Jul 12, 2017, at 2:55 PM, Brad Walker <bmw38...> wrote:
>
> It's probably a spotted sandpiper. It's never a good idea to go solely by measurements such as total length in the field.
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>> On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 2:47 PM Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...> wrote:
>> There have been so many public osprey nests failing this year - seems like many of the nest cam nests have had one tragedy or another. Does anyone know how the many local osprey nests are doing? Candace can you give an update? Thanks.
>>
>> Second question - we are kayakers and always see a small shorebird along the river shores. Merlin tells me it is a spotted sandpiper, but my husband says they are smaller than the 7" given in books and AllAboutBirds. Without a photo (super hard to get them as they are moving and so are we) can anyone confirm this is what we are seeing? It doesn't seem like there are any other good options, as Solitary is out of area for us, right?
>>
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>> Nancy
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Date: 7/12/17 11:56 am
From: Brad Walker <bmw38...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Two questions
It's probably a spotted sandpiper. It's never a good idea to go solely by
measurements such as total length in the field.

On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 2:47 PM Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...>
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> There have been so many public osprey nests failing this year - seems like
> many of the nest cam nests have had one tragedy or another. Does anyone
> know how the many local osprey nests are doing? Candace can you give an
> update? Thanks.
>
> Second question - we are kayakers and always see a small shorebird along
> the river shores. Merlin tells me it is a spotted sandpiper, but my husband
> says they are smaller than the 7" given in books and AllAboutBirds.
> Without a photo (super hard to get them as they are moving and so are we)
> can anyone confirm this is what we are seeing? It doesn't seem like there
> are any other good options, as Solitary is out of area for us, right?
>
> Thanks for whatever assistance you can give!
>
> Nancy
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Date: 7/12/17 11:47 am
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Two questions
There have been so many public osprey nests failing this year - seems like
many of the nest cam nests have had one tragedy or another. Does anyone
know how the many local osprey nests are doing? Candace can you give an
update? Thanks.

Second question - we are kayakers and always see a small shorebird along
the river shores. Merlin tells me it is a spotted sandpiper, but my husband
says they are smaller than the 7" given in books and AllAboutBirds.
Without a photo (super hard to get them as they are moving and so are we)
can anyone confirm this is what we are seeing? It doesn't seem like there
are any other good options, as Solitary is out of area for us, right?

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Date: 7/12/17 11:02 am
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 12:54 PM, David Wheeler <hoodedgull...>
wrote:

> I think it's also possible to go one-on-one with someone through GroupMe.
> Thus one could direct a question back to the reporter alone rather than a
> broadcast message. Not sure how many people know this is possible.
>

You can do that with the smartphone app, but not if you're subscribed via a
"regular" texting phone.

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Date: 7/12/17 10:07 am
From: David Wheeler <hoodedgull...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Eaton Marsh shorebirds
On Monday after sunset there were 300-350 Lesser Yellowlegs, 20 Greater, 18
SB Dowitcher, and a/the Stilt Sandpiper. Ruff came in on Sunday but
darker on Monday and did not see.

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Date: 7/12/17 9:55 am
From: David Wheeler <hoodedgull...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
I think it's also possible to go one-on-one with someone through GroupMe.
Thus one could direct a question back to the reporter alone rather than a
broadcast message. Not sure how many people know this is possible.

Dave Wheeler

On Jul 11, 2017 11:01 PM, "Dave Nutter" <nutter.dave...> wrote:

Yes, all those methods of finding a site work... for some people... at some
times. But for folks who are traveling and do not have internet but do have
text messaging, and I am in that category, it makes sense to me to add a
bit of traffic to the text rare bird alert system to clarify the location,
thus making the alert more functional. To me, this is not the same as
unnecessary replies, small talk, or off-topic messages on the rare bird
alert which also get sent to everyone. Theoretically, complete directions
would be best given as part of the initial alert, but I like to keep my eye
on the rare bird as much as possible, not on my phone, because more than
once rare birds have used the opportunity to leave while I am distracted
sending out the alert. In practice, when someone asks for directions, I
think that's also a very good time to give them, rather than adding traffic
by giving someone a hard time.
--Dave Nutter

On Jul 11, 2017, at 7:15 PM, David Nicosia <daven102468...> wrote:

You *don't need a smartphone* to look at ebird. A computer with internet
access is all you need. You don't even need an ebird account.
Just goto ebird.org and click "explore data" and then you have a
choice "explore a region" "explore hotspots" or "species maps."
There are multiple ways to find where birds are being seen.

Here is one way....go to "species maps" and type in RUFF or whatever specie
you want. Change the date to the current year etc, and zoom
into central NY. You will see markers where the bird of interest is being
seen. Change the map to the satellite view and zoom way in. You
could see where the parking area is in many instances. If the bird is being
seen at a hotspot there are directions via google maps.
They are other ways too.

I know there are folks who know far more about ebird than I and we are
fortunate that they are at the Lab of O. I am sure there are
many people that can assist you. If you get an account, you can set up rare
bird alerts, needs alerts per county or state etc. You will
get emailed daily or even hourly if you so choose. It has revolutionized
how I bird over the past dozen years or so.

Sorry if I sounded a little harsh but I hate to see people struggling to
get the info they need that is so readily available.

thanks
Dave Nicosia



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> As others on this bird list have pointed out in the past, it would be
> helpful to all listers if people who provide a bird alert would take an
> extra minute to write briefly the route # or street name & approximate
> location, if possible. If one is already taking time to alert people, why
> not give enuf info so people know where bird actually is?
>
> "Ruff at 'Kipp I. South' off NYS Rt. 90 next to south side of Thruway
> between US Rt. 20 & village of Montezuma" , for instance.
>
> Two cents from a retired dispenser of all sorts of info from Cornell
> Cooperative Extension.
>
> Donna Scott
> Who bought a smart phone so she could get bird apps , but hasn't learned
> enuf about what else phone can do, OR about eBird use.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jul 11, 2017, at 4:47 PM, Jody Enck <jodyenck...> wrote:
>
> Hi Dave and all,
>
> thanks for the info, but I do not have a smart phone. My little trac-fone
> does not even save phone numbers. I can reply to text message I receive
> from RBA, but I have no GPS on it. And, I cannot access eBird on it.
>
> Please remember that more than half (52% according to most recent research
> I have seen) of ebird users (much higher for birders in general) still do
> not have a smart phone.
>
> Also, just so everyone knows how mysterious the location is -- I stopped
> at the Montezuma village post office and the town office building, and
> nobody at either location had ever heard of it.
>
> Sorry to all for clogging the RBA with questions about where the location
> was, but what good is an RBA if the majority of the people who might be
> interested in seeing a bird have no idea where the location is? Seems to
> me that asking for a location is a legitimate follow-up use of the RBA text
> system. But that is just my opinion.
>
> Thanks for providing some help, but please don't assume that we can't find
> locations because we don't use eBird. I enter all my sightings from my
> laptop at home.
>
> take care,
> Jody
>
> On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 3:00 PM, David Nicosia <daven102468...>
> wrote:
>
>> If you use ebird, they have maps and locations in a format
>> that you can zoom in so far to see exactly where the bird
>> of interest is. I never even heard of Kipps Island before but I found
>> the hotspot on ebird and it was very easy to find. Often, if a bird
>> is not seen in a hotspot, a "stakeout" hotspot is created,
>> like the one for the Dickcissel on Kingdom Road for
>> example in Seneca Falls.
>>
>> I highly recommend folks learn and use ebird. Makes life
>> very easy when chasing rare birds reported by others...
>>
>> Dave Nicosia
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Date: 7/11/17 8:01 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
Yes, all those methods of finding a site work... for some people... at some times. But for folks who are traveling and do not have internet but do have text messaging, and I am in that category, it makes sense to me to add a bit of traffic to the text rare bird alert system to clarify the location, thus making the alert more functional. To me, this is not the same as unnecessary replies, small talk, or off-topic messages on the rare bird alert which also get sent to everyone. Theoretically, complete directions would be best given as part of the initial alert, but I like to keep my eye on the rare bird as much as possible, not on my phone, because more than once rare birds have used the opportunity to leave while I am distracted sending out the alert. In practice, when someone asks for directions, I think that's also a very good time to give them, rather than adding traffic by giving someone a hard time.
--Dave Nutter

> On Jul 11, 2017, at 7:15 PM, David Nicosia <daven102468...> wrote:
>
> You don't need a smartphone to look at ebird. A computer with internet access is all you need. You don't even need an ebird account.
> Just goto ebird.org and click "explore data" and then you have a choice "explore a region" "explore hotspots" or "species maps."
> There are multiple ways to find where birds are being seen.
>
> Here is one way....go to "species maps" and type in RUFF or whatever specie you want. Change the date to the current year etc, and zoom
> into central NY. You will see markers where the bird of interest is being seen. Change the map to the satellite view and zoom way in. You
> could see where the parking area is in many instances. If the bird is being seen at a hotspot there are directions via google maps.
> They are other ways too.
>
> I know there are folks who know far more about ebird than I and we are fortunate that they are at the Lab of O. I am sure there are
> many people that can assist you. If you get an account, you can set up rare bird alerts, needs alerts per county or state etc. You will
> get emailed daily or even hourly if you so choose. It has revolutionized how I bird over the past dozen years or so.
>
> Sorry if I sounded a little harsh but I hate to see people struggling to get the info they need that is so readily available.
>
> thanks
> Dave Nicosia
>
>
>
>> On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 6:27 PM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:
>> As others on this bird list have pointed out in the past, it would be helpful to all listers if people who provide a bird alert would take an extra minute to write briefly the route # or street name & approximate location, if possible. If one is already taking time to alert people, why not give enuf info so people know where bird actually is?
>>
>> "Ruff at 'Kipp I. South' off NYS Rt. 90 next to south side of Thruway between US Rt. 20 & village of Montezuma" , for instance.
>>
>> Two cents from a retired dispenser of all sorts of info from Cornell Cooperative Extension.
>>
>> Donna Scott
>> Who bought a smart phone so she could get bird apps , but hasn't learned enuf about what else phone can do, OR about eBird use.
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On Jul 11, 2017, at 4:47 PM, Jody Enck <jodyenck...> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi Dave and all,
>>>
>>> thanks for the info, but I do not have a smart phone. My little trac-fone does not even save phone numbers. I can reply to text message I receive from RBA, but I have no GPS on it. And, I cannot access eBird on it.
>>>
>>> Please remember that more than half (52% according to most recent research I have seen) of ebird users (much higher for birders in general) still do not have a smart phone.
>>>
>>> Also, just so everyone knows how mysterious the location is -- I stopped at the Montezuma village post office and the town office building, and nobody at either location had ever heard of it.
>>>
>>> Sorry to all for clogging the RBA with questions about where the location was, but what good is an RBA if the majority of the people who might be interested in seeing a bird have no idea where the location is? Seems to me that asking for a location is a legitimate follow-up use of the RBA text system. But that is just my opinion.
>>>
>>> Thanks for providing some help, but please don't assume that we can't find locations because we don't use eBird. I enter all my sightings from my laptop at home.
>>>
>>> take care,
>>> Jody
>>>
>>>> On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 3:00 PM, David Nicosia <daven102468...> wrote:
>>>> If you use ebird, they have maps and locations in a format
>>>> that you can zoom in so far to see exactly where the bird
>>>> of interest is. I never even heard of Kipps Island before but I found
>>>> the hotspot on ebird and it was very easy to find. Often, if a bird
>>>> is not seen in a hotspot, a "stakeout" hotspot is created,
>>>> like the one for the Dickcissel on Kingdom Road for
>>>> example in Seneca Falls.
>>>>
>>>> I highly recommend folks learn and use ebird. Makes life
>>>> very easy when chasing rare birds reported by others...
>>>>
>>>> Dave Nicosia
>>>> --
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Date: 7/11/17 4:15 pm
From: David Nicosia <daven102468...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
You *don't need a smartphone* to look at ebird. A computer with internet
access is all you need. You don't even need an ebird account.
Just goto ebird.org and click "explore data" and then you have a
choice "explore a region" "explore hotspots" or "species maps."
There are multiple ways to find where birds are being seen.

Here is one way....go to "species maps" and type in RUFF or whatever specie
you want. Change the date to the current year etc, and zoom
into central NY. You will see markers where the bird of interest is being
seen. Change the map to the satellite view and zoom way in. You
could see where the parking area is in many instances. If the bird is being
seen at a hotspot there are directions via google maps.
They are other ways too.

I know there are folks who know far more about ebird than I and we are
fortunate that they are at the Lab of O. I am sure there are
many people that can assist you. If you get an account, you can set up rare
bird alerts, needs alerts per county or state etc. You will
get emailed daily or even hourly if you so choose. It has revolutionized
how I bird over the past dozen years or so.

Sorry if I sounded a little harsh but I hate to see people struggling to
get the info they need that is so readily available.

thanks
Dave Nicosia



On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 6:27 PM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:

> As others on this bird list have pointed out in the past, it would be
> helpful to all listers if people who provide a bird alert would take an
> extra minute to write briefly the route # or street name & approximate
> location, if possible. If one is already taking time to alert people, why
> not give enuf info so people know where bird actually is?
>
> "Ruff at 'Kipp I. South' off NYS Rt. 90 next to south side of Thruway
> between US Rt. 20 & village of Montezuma" , for instance.
>
> Two cents from a retired dispenser of all sorts of info from Cornell
> Cooperative Extension.
>
> Donna Scott
> Who bought a smart phone so she could get bird apps , but hasn't learned
> enuf about what else phone can do, OR about eBird use.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jul 11, 2017, at 4:47 PM, Jody Enck <jodyenck...> wrote:
>
> Hi Dave and all,
>
> thanks for the info, but I do not have a smart phone. My little trac-fone
> does not even save phone numbers. I can reply to text message I receive
> from RBA, but I have no GPS on it. And, I cannot access eBird on it.
>
> Please remember that more than half (52% according to most recent research
> I have seen) of ebird users (much higher for birders in general) still do
> not have a smart phone.
>
> Also, just so everyone knows how mysterious the location is -- I stopped
> at the Montezuma village post office and the town office building, and
> nobody at either location had ever heard of it.
>
> Sorry to all for clogging the RBA with questions about where the location
> was, but what good is an RBA if the majority of the people who might be
> interested in seeing a bird have no idea where the location is? Seems to
> me that asking for a location is a legitimate follow-up use of the RBA text
> system. But that is just my opinion.
>
> Thanks for providing some help, but please don't assume that we can't find
> locations because we don't use eBird. I enter all my sightings from my
> laptop at home.
>
> take care,
> Jody
>
> On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 3:00 PM, David Nicosia <daven102468...>
> wrote:
>
>> If you use ebird, they have maps and locations in a format
>> that you can zoom in so far to see exactly where the bird
>> of interest is. I never even heard of Kipps Island before but I found
>> the hotspot on ebird and it was very easy to find. Often, if a bird
>> is not seen in a hotspot, a "stakeout" hotspot is created,
>> like the one for the Dickcissel on Kingdom Road for
>> example in Seneca Falls.
>>
>> I highly recommend folks learn and use ebird. Makes life
>> very easy when chasing rare birds reported by others...
>>
>> Dave Nicosia
>> --
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Date: 7/11/17 3:37 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
I was going to add that about Kipp not being an actual island anymore, but i was already being chatty enuf!

Donna Scott
Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 11, 2017, at 6:28 PM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...><mailto:<dls9...>> wrote:

As others on this bird list have pointed out in the past, it would be helpful to all listers if people who provide a bird alert would take an extra minute to write briefly the route # or street name & approximate location, if possible. If one is already taking time to alert people, why not give enuf info so people know where bird actually is?

"Ruff at 'Kipp I. South' off NYS Rt. 90 next to south side of Thruway between US Rt. 20 & village of Montezuma" , for instance.

Two cents from a retired dispenser of all sorts of info from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Donna Scott
Who bought a smart phone so she could get bird apps , but hasn't learned enuf about what else phone can do, OR about eBird use.

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 11, 2017, at 4:47 PM, Jody Enck <jodyenck...><mailto:<jodyenck...>> wrote:

Hi Dave and all,

thanks for the info, but I do not have a smart phone. My little trac-fone does not even save phone numbers. I can reply to text message I receive from RBA, but I have no GPS on it. And, I cannot access eBird on it.

Please remember that more than half (52% according to most recent research I have seen) of ebird users (much higher for birders in general) still do not have a smart phone.

Also, just so everyone knows how mysterious the location is -- I stopped at the Montezuma village post office and the town office building, and nobody at either location had ever heard of it.

Sorry to all for clogging the RBA with questions about where the location was, but what good is an RBA if the majority of the people who might be interested in seeing a bird have no idea where the location is? Seems to me that asking for a location is a legitimate follow-up use of the RBA text system. But that is just my opinion.

Thanks for providing some help, but please don't assume that we can't find locations because we don't use eBird. I enter all my sightings from my laptop at home.

take care,
Jody

On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 3:00 PM, David Nicosia <daven102468...><mailto:<daven102468...>> wrote:
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that you can zoom in so far to see exactly where the bird
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the hotspot on ebird and it was very easy to find. Often, if a bird
is not seen in a hotspot, a "stakeout" hotspot is created,
like the one for the Dickcissel on Kingdom Road for
example in Seneca Falls.

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Date: 7/11/17 3:33 pm
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
And it doesn't help that Kipp Island isn't even an island (anymore). :-)

Suan

PS. I posted on Facebook a couple of digiscoped videos of the ruff form
Sunday. Should be viewable without a Facebook account:

https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/pcb.1382246361813175/10213924592766922/
https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/videos/pcb.1382246361813175/10213924593126931/

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Date: 7/11/17 3:28 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
As others on this bird list have pointed out in the past, it would be helpful to all listers if people who provide a bird alert would take an extra minute to write briefly the route # or street name & approximate location, if possible. If one is already taking time to alert people, why not give enuf info so people know where bird actually is?

"Ruff at 'Kipp I. South' off NYS Rt. 90 next to south side of Thruway between US Rt. 20 & village of Montezuma" , for instance.

Two cents from a retired dispenser of all sorts of info from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Donna Scott
Who bought a smart phone so she could get bird apps , but hasn't learned enuf about what else phone can do, OR about eBird use.

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 11, 2017, at 4:47 PM, Jody Enck <jodyenck...><mailto:<jodyenck...>> wrote:

Hi Dave and all,

thanks for the info, but I do not have a smart phone. My little trac-fone does not even save phone numbers. I can reply to text message I receive from RBA, but I have no GPS on it. And, I cannot access eBird on it.

Please remember that more than half (52% according to most recent research I have seen) of ebird users (much higher for birders in general) still do not have a smart phone.

Also, just so everyone knows how mysterious the location is -- I stopped at the Montezuma village post office and the town office building, and nobody at either location had ever heard of it.

Sorry to all for clogging the RBA with questions about where the location was, but what good is an RBA if the majority of the people who might be interested in seeing a bird have no idea where the location is? Seems to me that asking for a location is a legitimate follow-up use of the RBA text system. But that is just my opinion.

Thanks for providing some help, but please don't assume that we can't find locations because we don't use eBird. I enter all my sightings from my laptop at home.

take care,
Jody

On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 3:00 PM, David Nicosia <daven102468...><mailto:<daven102468...>> wrote:
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that you can zoom in so far to see exactly where the bird
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is not seen in a hotspot, a "stakeout" hotspot is created,
like the one for the Dickcissel on Kingdom Road for
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Date: 7/11/17 2:34 pm
From: Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Earth's sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn | Environment | The Guardian
On our watch

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/10/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event-already-underway-scientists-warn


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Date: 7/11/17 1:47 pm
From: Jody Enck <jodyenck...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
Hi Dave and all,

thanks for the info, but I do not have a smart phone. My little trac-fone
does not even save phone numbers. I can reply to text message I receive
from RBA, but I have no GPS on it. And, I cannot access eBird on it.

Please remember that more than half (52% according to most recent research
I have seen) of ebird users (much higher for birders in general) still do
not have a smart phone.

Also, just so everyone knows how mysterious the location is -- I stopped at
the Montezuma village post office and the town office building, and nobody
at either location had ever heard of it.

Sorry to all for clogging the RBA with questions about where the location
was, but what good is an RBA if the majority of the people who might be
interested in seeing a bird have no idea where the location is? Seems to
me that asking for a location is a legitimate follow-up use of the RBA text
system. But that is just my opinion.

Thanks for providing some help, but please don't assume that we can't find
locations because we don't use eBird. I enter all my sightings from my
laptop at home.

take care,
Jody

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> that you can zoom in so far to see exactly where the bird
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> the hotspot on ebird and it was very easy to find. Often, if a bird
> is not seen in a hotspot, a "stakeout" hotspot is created,
> like the one for the Dickcissel on Kingdom Road for
> example in Seneca Falls.
>
> I highly recommend folks learn and use ebird. Makes life
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Date: 7/11/17 12:01 pm
From: David Nicosia <daven102468...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] RUFF location- made easy E-bird!!!
If you use ebird, they have maps and locations in a format
that you can zoom in so far to see exactly where the bird
of interest is. I never even heard of Kipps Island before but I found
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Date: 7/11/17 8:51 am
From: W. Larry Hymes <wlh2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Downy feeding young
Sara Jane and I were amused this morning by the actions of two young
downy woodpeckers being fed by the mother at our shell peanut feeder.
They were obviously trying to get the hang of foraging for food. They
would peck randomly on whatever they could find, including the top of
our platform feeder and even a metal post. While the mother was
extracting bits of peanut seed from the feeder, one of the young landed
next to her and gave it a go at pecking on the peanut shells, but with
little success. I can imagine it thinking, "How am I suppose to do
this. I can't seem to make it work. You make it look so easy!" Unlike
us humans who might become impatient with of our young for not getting
it right, the mother downy just kept pecking away and feeding the
young. She knows that "leading by example" is the best teaching method,
and the young birds would very soon be able to forage on their own.

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Date: 7/10/17 1:43 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
*  New York*  Syracuse
- July 10, 2017
*  NYSY  07.10.17 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 04, 2017 - July 10, 2017to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: July 10  AT 4 p.m. (EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 04, 2017.
Highlights--------------
COOMON LOONAMERICAN WHITE PELICANblack-crowned night-heronEURASIAN WIGEONNORTHERN GOSHAWKSANDHILL CRANERUFFSTILT SANDPIPERPEREGRINE FALCONRED-HEADED WOODPECKERPEREGRINE FALCONACADIAN FLYCATCHERGRASSHOPPER SPARROWDICKCISSEL (Extralimital)ORCHARD ORIOLERED CROSSBILL



Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)------------
Look out, here they come, Shorebirds that is. A nice grouping of migrating shorebirds showed up at the complex this week highlighted, of course. by the beautiful black maned male RUFF. In all10 species were reported. 
     7/5: RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue on Mays Point Road on the south side of the road near the dead end at the lock. They were seen again today. ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was again singing on Carncross Road.     7/6: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen along the Wildlife Drive and was reported through the 9th.     7/8: This was the initial date of the sighting of the RUFF and it was at Eaton Marsh on the Wildlife Drive. Since then it has also been seen at Kipp Island off of Co. Rt. 90 south of the Thruway where many people observed it today. It did return to Eaton Marsh from Kipp yesterday at dusk. Three SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Tschache Pool. An eclipse male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen along the Wildlife Drive.     7/9: An ORCHARD ORIOLE, a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and a STILT SANDPIPER were all seen along the Wildlife Drive.     7/10: 4 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen from East Road.

Onondaga County------------
     7/5: A PEREGRINE FALCON was spotted in Downtown Syracuse.     7/9: An early for our area COMMON LOON was seen on Onondaga Lake. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Green Lakes State Park. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the Dewitt Landfill along the Erie Canal Trail.

Oswego County------------
     7/10: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Derby Hill.

Madison County------------
     7/5: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported from Morrow Mountain State Forest south of Erieville.     7/6: 6 RED CROSSBILLS were found on Muller Hill Road south of Sheds.     7/9: A PEREGRINE FALCON and an ORCHARD ORIOLE were seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Herkimer County------------
     7/4: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Puskarenko Road in the Town of Stark.

Extralimital------------
     7/8: A DICKSISSAL was seen again on Kingdom Road south of Rt. 117 between Seneca Falls and Waterloo in Seneca County. 
              
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Date: 7/10/17 11:24 am
From: Joshua Snodgrass <cedarshiva...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ruff kipp Island
Ruff still present at Kipps island. 2:15pm. Keeps disappearing into the
stubble, but reemerges. Seen with ruff poofed chasing a yellowlegs. Awesome
bird! Tha KS for posting!
Josh
On Jul 10, 2017 9:23 AM, "Dave K" <fishwatchers...> wrote:

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> but appears to still be in the compound.
> fro Seen m parking area adjacent
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Date: 7/10/17 6:23 am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ruff kipp Island

Ruff Cooperative until 9:15. Moved slightly to the east and out of sight but appears to still be in the compound.
fro Seen m parking area adjacent
Thruway

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Date: 7/10/17 5:46 am
From: Judy Read <jaread...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Kipp Island?
Kipp Island is on this map:

https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/2016WATERFOWLHUNTREGULATIONS.pdfp

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Date: 7/10/17 5:24 am
From: W. Larry Hymes <wlh2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Kipp Island?
We're heading to MNWR today, and are not sure where Kipp Island is
located. Could someone enlighten me?

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Date: 7/10/17 5:17 am
From: Janet Akin <jakin...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Male Ruff Kipp Island
Posting for Pete Saracino and Kyle Gage. They have the Ruff in the first section of water from the pull off. Janet Akin

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Date: 7/9/17 4:02 pm
From: Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Scoter
Thank you, Jay, for the photos that's definitely him! And thanks for the
info about mixed groups as well.

On Sun, Jul 9, 2017 at 6:55 PM Jay McGowan <jwm57...> wrote:

> I did find a male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER in the Salt Point bay yesterday
> morning. An uncommon species in migration, this is an extremely rare bird
> in the summer. A couple of photos can be seen in this checklist:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38027854
>
> Poppy, it's extremely unlikely that the female with chicks you're seeing
> is also a scoter, since they normally breed on the tundra far to the north
> of us. Perhaps it could be another local species like a Mallard or Common
> Merganser?
>
> This scoter joins a host of other lingering diving ducks on Cayuga,
> Seneca, and Owasco lakes that include Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup, Redhead,
> Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Red-breasted Merganser.
> Taken with the lingering and breeding dabblers at Montezuma (including
> Eurasian Wigeon), one could see almost the full host of waterfowl right now
> as at any other time of year!
>
> Jay
>
> On Sun, Jul 9, 2017 at 9:42 AM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:
>
>> A friend of mine who lives on Cayuga L. just north of Salt Pt. saw what
>> was probably a WHITE WINGED SCOTER off his dock yesterday.
>> He ID-d it using his Peterson's guide.
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Date: 7/9/17 4:01 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Scoter
Robert (lives north of Salt pt a few hundred feet) confirmed just now that the Scoter he saw (again) is a female.

Donna Scott
Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 9, 2017, at 6:55 PM, Jay McGowan <jwm57...><mailto:<jwm57...>> wrote:

I did find a male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER in the Salt Point bay yesterday morning. An uncommon species in migration, this is an extremely rare bird in the summer. A couple of photos can be seen in this checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38027854

Poppy, it's extremely unlikely that the female with chicks you're seeing is also a scoter, since they normally breed on the tundra far to the north of us. Perhaps it could be another local species like a Mallard or Common Merganser?

This scoter joins a host of other lingering diving ducks on Cayuga, Seneca, and Owasco lakes that include Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Red-breasted Merganser. Taken with the lingering and breeding dabblers at Montezuma (including Eurasian Wigeon), one could see almost the full host of waterfowl right now as at any other time of year!

Jay

On Sun, Jul 9, 2017 at 9:42 AM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...><mailto:<dls9...>> wrote:
A friend of mine who lives on Cayuga L. just north of Salt Pt. saw what was probably a WHITE WINGED SCOTER off his dock yesterday.
He ID-d it using his Peterson's guide.


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Date: 7/9/17 3:59 pm
From: Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] ducks by Salt Point
That's where we are. But the female and ducklings that I see are not black.

On Sun, Jul 9, 2017 at 6:56 PM Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:

> Probably WHITE WINGED SCOTER.
> Robert R just saw female for second time north of Salt Point.
>
> Donna Scott
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> On Jul 9, 2017, at 6:31 PM, Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...>
> wrote:
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> He's a diving duck
>
> On Sun, Jul 9, 2017 at 6:29 PM Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...>
> wrote:
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>> I'm at salt point on boat. There is a male black headed duck with white
>> around the eye and white on the wing and orange beak and his mate and
>> ducklings. Merlin shows no such duck. Anyone know what this is?
>> Poppy
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Date: 7/9/17 3:56 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] ducks by Salt Point
Probably WHITE WINGED SCOTER.
Robert R just saw female for second time north of Salt Point.

Donna Scott
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He's a diving duck

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Date: 7/9/17 3:55 pm
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Scoter
I did find a male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER in the Salt Point bay yesterday
morning. An uncommon species in migration, this is an extremely rare bird
in the summer. A couple of photos can be seen in this checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38027854

Poppy, it's extremely unlikely that the female with chicks you're seeing is
also a scoter, since they normally breed on the tundra far to the north of
us. Perhaps it could be another local species like a Mallard or Common
Merganser?

This scoter joins a host of other lingering diving ducks on Cayuga, Seneca,
and Owasco lakes that include Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup, Redhead,
Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Red-breasted Merganser.
Taken with the lingering and breeding dabblers at Montezuma (including
Eurasian Wigeon), one could see almost the full host of waterfowl right now
as at any other time of year!

Jay

On Sun, Jul 9, 2017 at 9:42 AM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:

> A friend of mine who lives on Cayuga L. just north of Salt Pt. saw what
> was probably a WHITE WINGED SCOTER off his dock yesterday.
> He ID-d it using his Peterson's guide.
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> Donna Scott
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Date: 7/9/17 3:31 pm
From: Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ribbon cutting for refurbished Fuertes overlook at Stewart Park
He's a diving duck

On Sun, Jul 9, 2017 at 6:29 PM Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...>
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> I'm at salt point on boat. There is a male black headed duck with white
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> ducklings. Merlin shows no such duck. Anyone know what this is?
> Poppy
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Date: 7/9/17 3:30 pm
From: Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ribbon cutting for refurbished Fuertes overlook at Stewart Park
I'm at salt point on boat. There is a male black headed duck with white
around the eye and white on the wing and orange beak and his mate and
ducklings. Merlin shows no such duck. Anyone know what this is?
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Date: 7/9/17 9:27 am
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Breeding plumage male RUFF, Eaton Marsh, Wildlife Dr, Montezuma NWR
I haven't heard any reports of the Ruff being refound so far today, despite
considerable effort. So far no concentrations like Dave described, but
small numbers of yellowlegs in several spots on the drive, as well as
slightly higher numbers at Kipp Island just to the east. Best bird is a
breeding plumage STILT SANDPIPER currently at Seneca Flats, as well as the
continuing pelican out on the main pool.

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> To fill in my earlier report: Having looked more carefully at my photos,
> the male Ruff was in transition plumage with plenty of remaining long
> black(ish) feathers on the neck/head area, but I think it would look pretty
> ragged at rest in daylight, obviously different than other shorebirds, but
> not gorgeous. The face/head was blotchy, not uniformly dark. The underparts
> were whitish. In a couple of my photos I can tell that the slightly
> down-curved bill was orangish with a black tip. The bulkiness of the body,
> about twice the diameter of nearby Lesser Yellowlegs may have been
> emphasized by being generally fluffed up during preening, but of course the
> other reason is that, according to Sibley, a male Ruff weighs 181 grams
> compared to Lesser Yellowlegs' mere 80 grams and even Greater Yellowlegs'
> 160 grams, while a male Ruff is only slightly longer than a Lesser
> Yellowlegs due to Ruff's proportionally shorter legs, neck, & bill. To
> clarify about shorebird numbers, the estimate of 200 Tringa at Eaton was
> when Dave Wheeler & partner had joined me, which was far more than they had
> seen there earlier in the day.
> --Dave Nutter
>
>
>
>
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> > On Jul 8, 2017, at 11:52 PM, Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> wrote:
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> > On my way south to Ithaca this evening from the Renaissance Fair in
> Sterling NY, just east of Fair Haven Beach SP, Laurie & I swung through
> Montezuma NWR's Wildlife Drive. This morning there had been a rain shower
> there as we headed north, and I was hoping to see a Least Bittern or
> American Bittern, or perhaps the elusive American White Pelican. When we
> arrived, the sky was clear, but the sun was low. It was a challenge to view
> anything on the left on the first half of the drive, and I missed all my
> target species.
> >
> > At Eaton Marsh in the open water around a wire structure, which is
> perhaps a duck trap, there were several dozen large shorebirds resting, and
> I set about identifying them by silhouette through my window-mounted scope
> against the reflected sunset. There were a few Greater Yellowlegs mixed in
> with mostly Lesser Yellowlegs. Then I got to one with long feathers
> flopping out in all directions from its head and neck as it preened. It
> kept contorting itself, so it was difficult to get a photo that looked like
> a shorebird let alone one which showed its shorter curved bill compared to
> the Yellowlegss. Eventually I succeeded, and after the sun set I actually
> was able to pick out some of the more blotchy pattern on the back. I think
> the ruff was black but can't swear to it. I have no idea the color of the
> head. I am confident it was a male Ruff with a lot of breeding plumage
> consisting of feathers about the length of its head, but I can't say how
> ragged it will look in daylight. The bird appeared larger than the Lesser
> Yellowlegs nearby, probably due to it having all its feathers ruffled.
> >
> > As soon as I got some documentary photos I sent out a text Rare Bird
> Alert, then tried to get better photos. While I was checking the quality of
> them, the dang thing disappeared. I think it flew to the right and may have
> gone to a part of the marsh which was closer and more hidden by vegetation.
> Shortly thereafter Dave Wheeler showed up with a woman whose name I forget
> even though there were introductions all around - sorry. They had been on
> the Wildlife Drive earlier and were at East Road when they got my message.
> They said that there hadn't been nearly as many shorebirds at Eaton when
> they had looked and remarked that there were about a couple hundred
> Yellowlegss, which is also several times more than I had noticed at first.
> We scanned until it got too dark and mosquitoey, but did not re-find it. On
> the other hand, neither did we see shorebirds leaving, and the only other
> place we had seen shorebirds was Seneca Flats, the new area just past
> Larue's Lagoon, which had several Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs and Least
> Sandpipers. I hope somebody re-finds it tomorrow. I want to know what it
> looks like!
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Date: 7/9/17 6:42 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Scoter
A friend of mine who lives on Cayuga L. just north of Salt Pt. saw what was probably a WHITE WINGED SCOTER off his dock yesterday.
He ID-d it using his Peterson's guide.


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Date: 7/9/17 6:06 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Breeding plumage male RUFF, Eaton Marsh, Wildlife Dr, Montezuma NWR
To fill in my earlier report: Having looked more carefully at my photos, the male Ruff was in transition plumage with plenty of remaining long black(ish) feathers on the neck/head area, but I think it would look pretty ragged at rest in daylight, obviously different than other shorebirds, but not gorgeous. The face/head was blotchy, not uniformly dark. The underparts were whitish. In a couple of my photos I can tell that the slightly down-curved bill was orangish with a black tip. The bulkiness of the body, about twice the diameter of nearby Lesser Yellowlegs may have been emphasized by being generally fluffed up during preening, but of course the other reason is that, according to Sibley, a male Ruff weighs 181 grams compared to Lesser Yellowlegs' mere 80 grams and even Greater Yellowlegs' 160 grams, while a male Ruff is only slightly longer than a Lesser Yellowlegs due to Ruff's proportionally shorter legs, neck, & bill. To clarify about shorebird numbers, the estimate of 200 Tringa at Eaton was when Dave Wheeler & partner had joined me, which was far more than they had seen there earlier in the day.
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> On my way south to Ithaca this evening from the Renaissance Fair in Sterling NY, just east of Fair Haven Beach SP, Laurie & I swung through Montezuma NWR's Wildlife Drive. This morning there had been a rain shower there as we headed north, and I was hoping to see a Least Bittern or American Bittern, or perhaps the elusive American White Pelican. When we arrived, the sky was clear, but the sun was low. It was a challenge to view anything on the left on the first half of the drive, and I missed all my target species.
>
> At Eaton Marsh in the open water around a wire structure, which is perhaps a duck trap, there were several dozen large shorebirds resting, and I set about identifying them by silhouette through my window-mounted scope against the reflected sunset. There were a few Greater Yellowlegs mixed in with mostly Lesser Yellowlegs. Then I got to one with long feathers flopping out in all directions from its head and neck as it preened. It kept contorting itself, so it was difficult to get a photo that looked like a shorebird let alone one which showed its shorter curved bill compared to the Yellowlegss. Eventually I succeeded, and after the sun set I actually was able to pick out some of the more blotchy pattern on the back. I think the ruff was black but can't swear to it. I have no idea the color of the head. I am confident it was a male Ruff with a lot of breeding plumage consisting of feathers about the length of its head, but I can't say how ragged it will look in daylight. The bird appeared larger than the Lesser Yellowlegs nearby, probably due to it having all its feathers ruffled.
>
> As soon as I got some documentary photos I sent out a text Rare Bird Alert, then tried to get better photos. While I was checking the quality of them, the dang thing disappeared. I think it flew to the right and may have gone to a part of the marsh which was closer and more hidden by vegetation. Shortly thereafter Dave Wheeler showed up with a woman whose name I forget even though there were introductions all around - sorry. They had been on the Wildlife Drive earlier and were at East Road when they got my message. They said that there hadn't been nearly as many shorebirds at Eaton when they had looked and remarked that there were about a couple hundred Yellowlegss, which is also several times more than I had noticed at first. We scanned until it got too dark and mosquitoey, but did not re-find it. On the other hand, neither did we see shorebirds leaving, and the only other place we had seen shorebirds was Seneca Flats, the new area just past Larue's Lagoon, which had several Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers. I hope somebody re-finds it tomorrow. I want to know what it looks like!
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Date: 7/8/17 8:53 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Breeding plumage male RUFF, Eaton Marsh, Wildlife Dr, Montezuma NWR
On my way south to Ithaca this evening from the Renaissance Fair in Sterling NY, just east of Fair Haven Beach SP, Laurie & I swung through Montezuma NWR's Wildlife Drive. This morning there had been a rain shower there as we headed north, and I was hoping to see a Least Bittern or American Bittern, or perhaps the elusive American White Pelican. When we arrived, the sky was clear, but the sun was low. It was a challenge to view anything on the left on the first half of the drive, and I missed all my target species.

At Eaton Marsh in the open water around a wire structure, which is perhaps a duck trap, there were several dozen large shorebirds resting, and I set about identifying them by silhouette through my window-mounted scope against the reflected sunset. There were a few Greater Yellowlegs mixed in with mostly Lesser Yellowlegs. Then I got to one with long feathers flopping out in all directions from its head and neck as it preened. It kept contorting itself, so it was difficult to get a photo that looked like a shorebird let alone one which showed its shorter curved bill compared to the Yellowlegss. Eventually I succeeded, and after the sun set I actually was able to pick out some of the more blotchy pattern on the back. I think the ruff was black but can't swear to it. I have no idea the color of the head. I am confident it was a male Ruff with a lot of breeding plumage consisting of feathers about the length of its head, but I can't say how ragged it will look in daylight. The bird appeared larger than the Lesser Yellowlegs nearby, probably due to it having all its feathers ruffled.

As soon as I got some documentary photos I sent out a text Rare Bird Alert, then tried to get better photos. While I was checking the quality of them, the dang thing disappeared. I think it flew to the right and may have gone to a part of the marsh which was closer and more hidden by vegetation. Shortly thereafter Dave Wheeler showed up with a woman whose name I forget even though there were introductions all around - sorry. They had been on the Wildlife Drive earlier and were at East Road when then got my message. They said that there hadn't been nearly as many shorebirds at Eaton when they had looked and remarked that there were about a couple hundred Yellowlegss, which is also several times more than I had noticed at first. We scanned until it got too dark and mosquitoey, but did not re-find it. On the other hand, neither did we see shorebirds leaving, and the only other place we had seen shorebirds was Seneca Flats, the new area just past Larue's Lagoon, which had several Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers. I hope somebody re-finds it tomorrow. I want to know what it looks like!

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Date: 7/6/17 7:51 pm
From: Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Praying mantises regularly hunt and kill small birds
Here's something you probably didn't want to know...

http://newatlas.com/praying-mantis-killing-birds-study/50346/?li_source=LI&li_medium=default-widget


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Date: 7/6/17 7:14 am
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Kingdom Rd. Dickcissel
The eBird hotspot is at the location where we first heard them, out in the
field to the west of the road from that spot:
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L6011483
As far as I am aware, Dave Nicosia's report from July 3rd is the most
recent. I tried late morning on the 1st and didn't hear them, but it was
raining and late, so an early morning visit would undoubtedly be more
productive. So far they have been reported quite distant from the road,
usually heard only and sometimes difficult to pick out.

Also, if you're looking for a more immersive Dickcissel experience,
consider popping down to Yates County on the west side of Seneca Lake,
where Scott Rd. in Benton has up to five singing birds in one field,
including several that come up to sit on the wires over the road, something
the Kingdom Rd. birds have so far not deigned to do.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37911156

I spent a little time driving around North Lansing and Groton this morning
checking a few fields for Dickcissels. No luck, but I did find singing
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and VESPER SPARROW at the north end of Scofield Road,
as well as a second Vesper a bit west of there on Buck Road. Both of these
are quite scarce down here in Tompkins County in the summer.

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> Howdy folks.
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Date: 7/6/17 6:56 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Indigo buntings/mulberries
Near one of the inner grass trails at Salt Point, is a big mulberry tree where I watched a Robin struggle to wolf down a large mulberry!
Tree is in bushes off grass trail east of Osprey nest tower.

Donna Scott
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On Jul 5, 2017, at 8:37 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk <lpv1...><mailto:<lpv1...>> wrote:


I am fortunate to have some fruiting mulberry trees that bear particularly delicious fruit. Indigo buntings are among the birds that savor the berries, and as I stand under the tree eating berries, I see buntings only 10 to 15 feet from me. What a treat!


Also, towhees have been particularly common this year (or maybe I'm just spending more time looking for them).


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Date: 7/6/17 6:54 am
From: Peter <psaracin...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Kingdom Rd. Dickcissel
Howdy folks.

Can anyone share a precise location of the Kingdom Rd. (Seneca County)
Dickcissel?

Much obliged.

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Date: 7/6/17 5:50 am
From: Mary Anne Perks <maperks313...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: July 06, 2017
The third entry has your name on it!
Also melissa groo posted on facebook pool noodle support.


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> CAYUGABIRDS-L Digest for Thursday, July 06, 2017.
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> 1. Eagles
> 2. slightly off-topic - 18th century maps of Montezuma and Cayuga Lake
> 3. MNWR highlights today
> 4. Indigo buntings
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> Subject: Eagles
> From: Bard Prentiss <bvanwoert13...>
> Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2017 08:43:50 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 1
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> Has anybody seen eagles lately?
> Juveniles? at Dryden lake
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> Subject: slightly off-topic - 18th century maps of Montezuma and Cayuga Lake
> From: "Liisa S. Mobley" <lsk24...>
> Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2017 19:15:43 +0000
> X-Message-Number: 2
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> Hi everyone-
> I've been out of town, so I hope I am not duplicating anyone's previous email - I know there are some other library people on this list.
>
> I thought people might enjoy this tidbit from the Cornell University Library - historic maps of NYS, including one which describes the area we know of as the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge as ""Resort of gees and ducks of all sorts all the year."
>
> http://www.newyorkupstate.com/ithaca/2017/07/cornell_buys_rare_map_showing_upstate_ny_before_revolutionary_war.html
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> If you click on the image at the top, the gallery will open; images number 3 and 7 show the Montezuma area, and number 9 shows where there was a "tarry" or canoe ferry to take people across the north end of the lake. This would be useful for those days when you see an interesting bird on the lake, and the bird somehow always seems closer to the other shore.
>
> -Liisa
>
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>
>
>
>
>
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> Subject: MNWR highlights today
> From: <khmo...>
> Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2017 22:41:15 +0000
> X-Message-Number: 3
>
> While doing odonate surveys today we had a lovely run of seldom seens.
> At Tschache we had 2 each of Virginia rail, Dora and Least Bittern.
> Counted a minimum of 20 Black Tern individuals including three newly
> fledged birds. Later at the Sandhill Crane unit we had an American
> Bittern fly across Van Dyne Spoor just at the beginning of the wetlands.
>
>
> Lots of other birds around to disturb the concentration on bugs! Never
> did see the reported pelican. Saw three new Bald Eagles and two adults.
>
> John and Sue
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> Subject: Indigo buntings
> From: Linda Post Van Buskirk <lpv1...>
> Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2017 00:37:27 +0000
> X-Message-Number: 4
>
> I am fortunate to have some fruiting mulberry trees that bear particularly delicious fruit. Indigo buntings are among the birds that savor the berries, and as I stand under the tree eating berries, I see buntings only 10 to 15 feet from me. What a treat!
>
>
> Also, towhees have been particularly common this year (or maybe I'm just spending more time looking for them).
>
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> Linda VB
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Date: 7/6/17 5:33 am
From: <khmo...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gallimule tough love (I hope)
Hi Anne and thanks for the info. Seems to be such an abundant food year
that such would not apply. Marie's comments may be closer to what we
observed.

Ever get back data on the dead crow we sent to necropsy? We saw but one
necropsy report and none of the labs.

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On 2017-07-06 12:07, AB Clark wrote:

> Hi John et al,
>
> this is well-known gallinule "parental" behavior. As many will know, birds often lay more eggs and hatch more young than they can rear. The theoretical explanation is that in a good year, when the healthiest as well as most young can be raised, parents benefit by being ready with that number in the nest. But food or conditions will be less than good in many years. Probably most such young die without direct parental actions, simply through feeding rules that favor larger chicks, or because smaller young run out of fat fuel sooner during lean patches and stop begging and die.
>
> But gallinules (moorhens in Europe) are known for directly reducing the number of young, using a behavior "touseling" (yes, it even has a name) in which adults start to peck at and drive off/down select young. According to the literature, they are likely to select less brightly colored young. The color is related to the health and immune status of the chick, so they appear to be selecting the lower quality young.
>
> In some raptors, pelicans, boobies, and egrets, larger siblings are usually the ones to peck and often kill their smaller siblings.
>
> Anne
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> Anne B Clark
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>> On Jul 6, 2017, at 7:32 AM, <khmo...> wrote:
>>
>> At the Van Dyne Spoor wetlands yesterday we observed what seemed vey unusual gallinule behavior. An adult was swimming along up a small channel in the surface weeds while three young were sort of lazing around nearby. A second gallinule was a distance off.
>>
>> Suddenly, the adult accelerated and altered course toward one of the youngsters. When they were close, the adult came up out of the water and crash dived on top of the kid! The adult quickly surfaced and, despite watching for some time, we never saw the young reappear. The other two kids and the other adult ignored the whole affair.
>>
>> I hope the youngster just retreated underwater to heavy cover.
>>
>> John
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Date: 7/6/17 5:22 am
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Gallinule tough love
Hi all,

Yeah, I've often seen gallinules and coots beat up their young! At least in American Coot, studies using banded birds by Bruce Lyon and Daizaburo Shizuka, showed that parents are aggressive to the OLDEST chicks, not the youngest ones of which each parent picks a "favorite", (see "parental compensation" below), presumably to allocate food in a more fair way and thereby aid smaller chicks' survival, and ultimately optimize the brood size survival.
Think of it like "Stop being a PIG, Freddy, and let your little sister have some grub too!"

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Family dynamics through time: brood reduction followed by parental compensation with aggression and favouritism
Abstract

Parental food allocation in birds has long been a focal point for life history and parentoffspring conflict theories. In asynchronously hatching species, parents are thought to either adjust brood size through death of marginal offspring (brood reduction), or feed the disadvantaged chicks to reduce the competitive hierar- chy (parental compensation). Here, we show that parent American coots (Fulica americana) practice both strategies by switching from brood reduction to compensation across time. Late-hatching chicks suffer higher mortality only for the first few days after hatching. Later, parents begin to exhibit parental aggression towards older chicks and each parent favours a single chick, both of which are typically the youngest of the surviving offspring. The late-hatched survivors can equal or exceed their older siblings in size prior to independence. A mixed allocation strategy allows parents to compensate for the costs of competitive hierarchies while gaining the benefits of hatching asynchrony.


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From: <bounce-121641668-5851667...> [<bounce-121641668-5851667...>] on behalf of AB Clark [<anneb.clark...>]
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Hi John et al,

this is well-known gallinule parental behavior. As many will know, birds often lay more eggs and hatch more young than they can rear. The theoretical explanation is that in a good year, when the healthiest as well as most young can be raised, parents benefit by being ready with that number in the nest. But food or conditions will be less than good in many years. Probably most such young die without direct parental actions, simply through feeding rules that favor larger chicks, or because smaller young run out of fat fuel sooner during lean patches and stop begging and die.

But gallinules (moorhens in Europe) are known for directly reducing the number of young, using a behavior touseling (yes, it even has a name) in which adults start to peck at and drive off/down select young. According to the literature, they are likely to select less brightly colored young. The color is related to the health and immune status of the chick, so they appear to be selecting the lower quality young.

In some raptors, pelicans, boobies, and egrets, larger siblings are usually the ones to peck and often kill their smaller siblings.

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On Jul 6, 2017, at 7:32 AM, <khmo...><mailto:<khmo...> wrote:


At the Van Dyne Spoor wetlands yesterday we observed what seemed vey unusual gallinule behavior. An adult was swimming along up a small channel in the surface weeds while three young were sort of lazing around nearby. A second gallinule was a distance off.

Suddenly, the adult accelerated and altered course toward one of the youngsters. When they were close, the adult came up out of the water and crash dived on top of the kid! The adult quickly surfaced and, despite watching for some time, we never saw the young reappear. The other two kids and the other adult ignored the whole affair.

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Date: 7/6/17 5:07 am
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gallimule tough love (I hope)
Hi John et al,

this is well-known gallinule “parental” behavior. As many will know, birds often lay more eggs and hatch more young than they can rear. The theoretical explanation is that in a good year, when the healthiest as well as most young can be raised, parents benefit by being ready with that number in the nest. But food or conditions will be less than good in many years. Probably most such young die without direct parental actions, simply through feeding rules that favor larger chicks, or because smaller young run out of fat fuel sooner during lean patches and stop begging and die.

But gallinules (moorhens in Europe) are known for directly reducing the number of young, using a behavior “touseling” (yes, it even has a name) in which adults start to peck at and drive off/down select young. According to the literature, they are likely to select less brightly colored young. The color is related to the health and immune status of the chick, so they appear to be selecting the lower quality young.

In some raptors, pelicans, boobies, and egrets, larger siblings are usually the ones to peck and often kill their smaller siblings.

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> On Jul 6, 2017, at 7:32 AM, <khmo...> wrote:
>
> At the Van Dyne Spoor wetlands yesterday we observed what seemed vey unusual gallinule behavior. An adult was swimming along up a small channel in the surface weeds while three young were sort of lazing around nearby. A second gallinule was a distance off.
>
> Suddenly, the adult accelerated and altered course toward one of the youngsters. When they were close, the adult came up out of the water and crash dived on top of the kid! The adult quickly surfaced and, despite watching for some time, we never saw the young reappear. The other two kids and the other adult ignored the whole affair.
>
> I hope the youngster just retreated underwater to heavy cover.
>
> John
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Date: 7/6/17 5:07 am
From: Scott Haber <scotthaber1...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Gallimule tough love (I hope)
Gallinule and coot parents are well known to engage in aggressive behaviors
toward their chicks, which, in some rare cases, ends in infanticide.

For more info:
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00302949
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347284803401

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On Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 7:32 AM, <khmo...> wrote:

> At the Van Dyne Spoor wetlands yesterday we observed what seemed vey
> unusual gallinule behavior. An adult was swimming along up a small channel
> in the surface weeds while three young were sort of lazing around nearby. A
> second gallinule was a distance off.
>
> Suddenly, the adult accelerated and altered course toward one of the
> youngsters. When they were close, the adult came up out of the water and
> crash dived on top of the kid! The adult quickly surfaced and, despite
> watching for some time, we never saw the young reappear. The other two kids
> and the other adult ignored the whole affair.
>
> I hope the youngster just retreated underwater to heavy cover.
>
> John
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Date: 7/6/17 4:33 am
From: <khmo...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Gallimule tough love (I hope)
At the Van Dyne Spoor wetlands yesterday we observed what seemed vey
unusual gallinule behavior. An adult was swimming along up a small
channel in the surface weeds while three young were sort of lazing
around nearby. A second gallinule was a distance off.

Suddenly, the adult accelerated and altered course toward one of the
youngsters. When they were close, the adult came up out of the water and
crash dived on top of the kid! The adult quickly surfaced and, despite
watching for some time, we never saw the young reappear. The other two
kids and the other adult ignored the whole affair.

I hope the youngster just retreated underwater to heavy cover.

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Date: 7/5/17 5:37 pm
From: Linda Post Van Buskirk <lpv1...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Indigo buntings
I am fortunate to have some fruiting mulberry trees that bear particularly delicious fruit. Indigo buntings are among the birds that savor the berries, and as I stand under the tree eating berries, I see buntings only 10 to 15 feet from me. What a treat!


Also, towhees have been particularly common this year (or maybe I'm just spending more time looking for them).


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Date: 7/5/17 3:41 pm
From: <khmo...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] MNWR highlights today
While doing odonate surveys today we had a lovely run of seldom seens.
At Tschache we had 2 each of Virginia rail, Dora and Least Bittern.
Counted a minimum of 20 Black Tern individuals including three newly
fledged birds. Later at the Sandhill Crane unit we had an American
Bittern fly across Van Dyne Spoor just at the beginning of the wetlands.


Lots of other birds around to disturb the concentration on bugs! Never
did see the reported pelican. Saw three new Bald Eagles and two adults.

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Date: 7/5/17 12:16 pm
From: Liisa S. Mobley <lsk24...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] slightly off-topic - 18th century maps of Montezuma and Cayuga Lake
Hi everyone-
I've been out of town, so I hope I am not duplicating anyone's previous email - I know there are some other library people on this list.

I thought people might enjoy this tidbit from the Cornell University Library - historic maps of NYS, including one which describes the area we know of as the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge as ""Resort of gees and ducks of all sorts all the year."

http://www.newyorkupstate.com/ithaca/2017/07/cornell_buys_rare_map_showing_upstate_ny_before_revolutionary_war.html

If you click on the image at the top, the gallery will open; images number 3 and 7 show the Montezuma area, and number 9 shows where there was a "tarry" or canoe ferry to take people across the north end of the lake. This would be useful for those days when you see an interesting bird on the lake, and the bird somehow always seems closer to the other shore.

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Date: 7/5/17 5:44 am
From: Bard Prentiss <bvanwoert13...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Eagles
Has anybody seen eagles lately?
Juveniles? at Dryden lake

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Date: 7/4/17 5:15 pm
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Dowitchers Reported Montezuma Wildlife Drive Today around 220 pm
Sorry for the false alarm. Looking at pictures tonight, they turned out to be Lesser Yellowlegs. 20 stands as a reasonable count.

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On Jul 4, 2017, at 7:25 PM, David Nicosia <daven102468...> wrote:

Had a friend who saw 20 dowitchers from wildlife drive Montezuma
Today.

He reported them from the "left side" of the main pool. He wasn't
sure if short or long-billed. I would image probably short-billed this time
of year.

Next decent cold front won't be coming through until the weekend. I would image
after that more early migrant shorebirds will continue to appear.

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Date: 7/4/17 5:05 pm
From: David Nicosia <daven102468...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Dowitchers Reported Montezuma Wildlife Drive Today around 220 pm
Scratch that. Photos show they were yellowlegs....sorry.

On Tue, Jul 4, 2017 at 7:25 PM, David Nicosia <daven102468...> wrote:

> Had a friend who saw 20 dowitchers from wildlife drive Montezuma
> Today.
>
> He reported them from the "left side" of the main pool. He wasn't
> sure if short or long-billed. I would image probably short-billed this time
> of year.
>
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> image
> after that more early migrant shorebirds will continue to appear.
>
> Dave Nicosia
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Date: 7/4/17 4:26 pm
From: David Nicosia <daven102468...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dowitchers Reported Montezuma Wildlife Drive Today around 220 pm
Had a friend who saw 20 dowitchers from wildlife drive Montezuma
Today.

He reported them from the "left side" of the main pool. He wasn't
sure if short or long-billed. I would image probably short-billed this time
of year.

Next decent cold front won't be coming through until the weekend. I would
image
after that more early migrant shorebirds will continue to appear.

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Date: 7/4/17 1:39 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
*  New York*  Syracuse
- July 04, 2017
*  NYSY  07.04.17 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):June 27, 2017 - July 04, 2017to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: July 04  AT 4 p.m. (EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 27, 2017.
Highlights--------------
COOMON LOONEURASIAN WIGEONRED-SHOULDERED HAWKSANDHILL CRANEPEREGRINE FALCONUPLAND SANDPIPERBLACK TERNRED-HEADED WOODPECKERSWAINSON’S THRUSHGRASSHOPPER SPARROWDICKCISSEL (Extralimital)ORCHARD ORIOLERED CROSSBILL



Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)------------
     6/29: A pair of REDHEADED WOODPECKERS are using a nest on Mays Point Road. Note they are being seen beyond the dead trees where they were in the past and are near the houses on the right before the dead end. They have been reported through 7/3.         6/30: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Kip Island off of Co. Rt. 90 south of the Thruway.     7/2: An EURASIAN WIGEON in eclipse plumage was seen at Eaton Marsh on the Wildlife Drive.      7/3: BLACK TERNS were seen along the Wildlife Drive. at Tshhache Pooland from East Road.

Cayuga County------------
     6/30: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on West Bay Road on the west side of Little Sodus Bay in Fair Haven. A little farther down the road a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at West Barrier Bar Park.     7/3: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the State Park Camp Grounds at Fair Haven State Park.

Onondaga County------------
     6/30: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the Dewitt Landfill along the Erie Canal Trail.     7/4: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.

Madison county------------
     6/28: 2 RED CROSSBILLS were seen gritting at Muller Hill State Forest. A COMMON LOON was seen on Bradley Brook Reservoir     6/29: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.     7/2: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at a private residence in Cazenovia.

Oswego County------------
     6/27: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Selkirk Shores State Park. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen near a Great Blue Heron Rookery in the Town of Albion near Happy Valley.     7/1: An UPLAND SANDPIPER continues at the Oswego County Airfield on Howard Road.

Herkimer County------------
     6/28: A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen on Jerseyfield Road in the Town of Salisbury.     7/3: 2 SWAINSON’S THRUSHES were found on Jerseyfield Road.

Extralimital------------
     DICKSISSELS were reported from two lacations this week. On 7/3 one was reported on Kingdom Road south of Co Rt. 117 between Seneca Falls and Waterloo in Seneca County. Another was reported on Co. Rt. 18 west of Gorham in Ontario County, also on 7/3.               
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Date: 7/4/17 8:14 am
From: Carol Cedarholm <ccedarho...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Eastern Towhee
Hi,
I saw an Eastern Towhee, my first, on the Black Diamond Trail this week
south of the Gorge Road crossing, very busily flitting around us as we
stood and watched,furiously singing 'drink your tea'! Is there perhaps a
nest nearby? Anyone else see it?
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Date: 7/4/17 8:10 am
From: Carol Cedarholm <ccedarho...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] eagles ?
Hi,
There are definitely Bald Eagles on Dryden Lake. The Spring Field
Ornithology Field trippers saw them in April.
Carol Cedarholm

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> I keep getting reports of daily visitations of Bald Eagles at Dryden Lake
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> my wife to do that very often.
> Bard
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Date: 7/3/17 3:56 pm
From: Bard Prentiss <bvanwoert13...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] eagles ?

Hi All,
I keep getting reports of daily visitations of Bald Eagles at Dryden Lake from non birders living around the lake. it's possible that they are Ospreys nesting nearby and even eagles nesting nearby. Perhaps someone might check it out. I would but I have to be loaded in the car and driven there , about 40 min. total for a visit plus observation time. I can't ask my wife to do that very often.
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Date: 7/3/17 12:32 pm
From: David Nicosia <daven102468...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Knox Marcellus Marsh habitat
Looks good for shorebirds. Lots of mudflat emerging. Wet pattern will help
as we enter the warmest time of year. Did a quick look. Did not see any
shorebirds other than killdeer. However shimmer this time of day bad. If
wildlife drive has shorebirds this place should too. Found another dozen
or so yellowlegs at Eaton Marsh. 3 greater. Rest lesser. Also forgot to
mention nice looks at least bittern larues. Good Birding to all!

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Date: 7/3/17 12:17 pm
From: Jody Enck <jodyenck...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ribbon cutting for refurbished Fuertes overlook at Stewart Park
Dear Friends,
We hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend with family, friends and
fireworks in Stewart Park.

*Please join Friends of Stewart for a short ribbon-cutting celebration for
the newly restored Fuertes Bird Sanctuary Overlook in Stewart Park. *

*WHEN: Wednesday, July 12th at 8:30am*

*WHERE: At the Overlook, next to the Cascadilla Boathouse*
(ample parking is available by the Overlook)

Brief comments and an overview of the fine work completed on the historic
Overlook during the past year will be followed by coffee and treats.

Special thanks to Triad Foundation; a local family foundation that wishes
to remain anonymous; and numerous individual donors who made this wonderful
improvement project possible. And thank you to our many partners in the
project including the City of Ithaca, Historic Ithaca, the Cayuga Bird
Club, many volunteers and our contractor/suppliers Brainstone, Accufab, and
the Plantsmen Nursery.

We hope you can join us! No need to RSVP

Best,

*Rick & Diana*

Rick Manning, Executive Director

Diana Riesman, Board Chairperson

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Date: 7/3/17 9:53 am
From: David Nicosia <daven102468...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Seneca flats shorebirds Montezuma wildlife drive
Late spring migrants or beginning fall migrants? 10 least sandpipers many
in worn breeding plumage. 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper. 3 lesser yellowlegs.
Worn breeding plumage. Several killdeer. Spotted Sandpiper too.

Other birds so far....
Many black terns wildlife drive. Also DICKCISSEL still present kingdom rd
seneca falls. stopped on way up.

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Date: 7/2/17 2:42 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] update on hummingbirds
The nest I've been monitoring at a distance through a scope still seems to be doing okay. I don't check it every day because I don't want to call attention to it. It is very well hidden yet located near so much human activity that natural predation may be reduced, but I am concerned that inadvertent or intentional poking around the area by people could disturb or destroy it.

When I checked it on Thursday 29 June the female was initially not present but arrived very soon and settled onto the nest. Incubation? But she didn't sit still and didn't stay long. She flew off for less than a minute, then sat on the nest for a couple minutes. That was the pattern - she would immediately sit, but her tail vibrated slightly, and sometimes her back arched, and she shifted as if a bit uncomfortable, and she looked around, and soon flew off again - until about the tenth time she returned, when she stood on the rim and poked her bill vertically into the nest, and I saw the tip of a tiny bill rise to meet her and get fed. Then she sat down and resumed the pattern of dividing her time between brooding and foraging, with the trips going and returning in varied directions. I think she may have been watching for airborne prey while she brooded. I saw 2 more feedings that day, once with her bill descending into 2 different parts of the cup, and once only on the opposite side from where I first saw the bill. This indicated to me a typical brood of 2. Once when the adult was not present I also saw a bit of activity on that more hidden side of the nest which culminated in a turd being shot up onto an overhanging leaf, where it stuck for awhile, looking like a tiny dark brown stationary insect larva, about the length and diameter of the adult's bill. That large leaf functioned as a parasol, and probably protected the nest from rain, as well as hiding it from overhead view. Another interesting observation that day was, once while the female was brooding a second adult female flew through my scope view and briefly hovered close by to look at her, eliciting no apparent reaction.

I checked again today (2 July), and the nest was much more difficult for me to re-find. The parasol/umbrella leaf has been bent down and caught on a twig to one side of the nest, so that it no longer protects the nest from the weather. Instead the leaf completely blocks the better of 2 directions I could view the nest. I figured out it was the correct leaf because it had several tiny defecations on it, and occasionally I could see the shadow of the female's bill on the leaf as she sat in the sun. Although the nest is now even less liable to be seen by people, it is more exposed to sun and rain and predators' view from above. Also I'm guessing that the wind which bent that leaf around must have been pretty violent, much greater than the typical but substantial movement of the thin branches in the breeze. There is another tiny window to view the nest through several layers of foliage from another direction, so today I watched from there, although it's harder because every zephyr either moves the nest out of view or brings some other leaf in front. Nonetheless I saw that the female spends less time on the nest. In fact, she was absent for so long when I finally re-found the nest that I wondered if it had failed, and there was additional reason to suspect violent disturbance as well. But finally she arrived and fed 2 minuscule nestlings. I saw both tiny bills arise, and once one of the birds stretched up so much to be fed that I saw its scrawny pink neck, round naked head, and dark bulbous (sealed-?) closed eye, as well as its still-broadly-angled, yellow-edged bill. Sometimes Mama's long bill is mostly visible during the operation, but sometimes it goes all the way into the baby, so that the tips of the little one's bill seems to touch her chin and forehead. I have some bad photos. When I think of how small an adult hummingbird is, it's hard to imagine how tiny a chick is. Anyway, that's the news.

--Dave Nutter

> On Jun 17, 2017, at 8:17 PM, Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> wrote:
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> As for hummingbirds, sample size 2, we still have a female attending our feeder, and the nest-start which I discovered on the 6th appeared complete by the 12th, with incubation starting by the 13th, still underway today (17th), and with luck to continue for some time.
> --Dave Nutter

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Date: 7/2/17 1:17 pm
From: <metetlow...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] MZ Eaton marsh Eurasian Wigeon
There is an eclipse plumage Eurasian Wigeon at Eaton Marsh with 4 American for great comparison. Rufous body with little contrast to rufous head.

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Date: 6/30/17 2:28 pm
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Beginner bird walks at a Sapsucker woods, Cornell lab of ornithology.
New time everyone. 8:30 AM. Year round. So the building will be open at the end of the walk. Check Cayugabirdclub.org for details, cancellations etc.

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY

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Date: 6/29/17 4:54 pm
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpeckers Mays Point
Thanks to the good directions posted here I was able to quickly find the Mays Pt. RHWPeckers I've been looking for all Spring.

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Date: 6/29/17 1:07 pm
From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker in Lansing
Be on the lookout:

I just talked to a woman who lives on Peruville Rd (nearest cross street:
Sheldon) who has been observing a Red-headed Woodpecker at her feeders for
several days. She has observed it flying across the street to the same
location many times, and suspects there may be a nest. I have encouraged
her to post to eBird.

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Date: 6/29/17 12:20 pm
From: <metetlow...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] May's point Red-headed woodpecker
Finally found the pair of Red- headed woodpecker's behind 555 Mays Point Rd. to the east in a large partially dead cottonwood tree. Nest hole visible from north end of guard rail. Mike Tetlow, Dominic Sherony

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Date: 6/29/17 10:49 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Mystery fledgling
I have been trying hard to identify a fledgling songbird I saw yesterday morning, after non-Birder neighbors alerted me to its presence down the road from my house. It was perched on a branch in a pile of sticks on ground. They had first seen it IN the road & stood by it to make an oncoming car not hit it. By time we got back there again, it had apparently flown up to its branch off road a couple feet.

It's back and wings were predominately Slaty gray, not brown or Rusty. I think it might have wing bars. It's breast & belly were plain whitish with no stripes that I noticed. (I did not have phone so could not take photo)
It's head had three distinct white lines (similar in layout to one of those slotted bicycle helmets), 1 line down center of head, & with a white line over each eye. and these three white lines were separated by black lines. Very distinct lines. Small beak.

As the neighbors & I stood aways away watching it to see if it was OK, it & a parent we could not see above us in mature deciduous trees made calls to each other that sounded a little like 'toots'.

It didn't sound like the thin, squeaky wheelbarrow sound of a Black & White Warbler.
It didn't LOOK like juveniles of White Throated or White Crowned Sparrows in my Sibley guide or my Audubon phone app, or iBird Pro. Altho I thought the sounds the fledgling & parent made sounded a little more full-bodied like the tone of 1 of those 2 sparrows.

Anybody have a guess as to what species this little bird is?
Is it one of those sparrows?

I went right home to get binocs & went back intending to wait nearby to try & see adult coming down to the baby, but it must have tried its wings again & disappeared into the woods. I could not find it anywhere.

Help!

Donna Scott
Lansing Station Road by Cayuga Lake
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Date: 6/28/17 6:36 pm
From: tfernand <tfernand...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Birding in Nova Scotia
Consider a trip to Brier Island, take a whale watching trip besides the excellent whale watching very good bird watching for pelagic species. Good birding at Cape Sable island too. Love Nova Scotia


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-------- Original message --------From: Peter <psaracin...> Date: 6/28/17 6:03 PM (GMT-05:00) To: CayugaBirds-L b <cayugabirds-l...>, CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Birding in Nova Scotia
Howdy folks.

am contemplating a trip to Nova Scotia this August and am wondering if
anyone can recommend some neat places to bird (am interested in shore
birds and pelagic birds). Will probably be staying near Digby or
Yarmouth. Also, any known resources you can point me to in this regard.

Thanks a million.

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Date: 6/28/17 3:03 pm
From: Peter <psaracin...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Birding in Nova Scotia
Howdy folks.

am contemplating a trip to Nova Scotia this August and am wondering if
anyone can recommend some neat places to bird (am interested in shore
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Yarmouth. Also, any known resources you can point me to in this regard.

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Pete Saracino


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Date: 6/27/17 11:40 am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Gadwall Brood MNWR Benning Marsh
A Gadwall with 11 ducklings on Benning Marsh this AM,

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Date: 6/27/17 9:19 am
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
*  New York*  Syracuse
- June 27, 2017
*  NYSY  06.27.17 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):June 19, 2017 - June 27, 2017to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: June 27  AT 11 a.m. (EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 19, 2017.
Highlights--------------
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONSANDHILL CRANEperegrine falconUPLAND SANDPIPERBLACK TERNRED-HEADED WOODPECKERSWAINSON’S THRUSHPROTHONOTARY WARBLERPRAIRIE WARBLERDICKCISSEL (Extralimital)ORCHARD ORIOLERED CROSSBILL



Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)------------
      6/20: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continues in the wooded area of Armitage Road.     6/24: 4 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were seen from the Clyde river at Lock 25. This area is only accessible by boat. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at VanDyne Spoor Road and along the Wildlife Trail. 3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Tschache Pool.     6/26: 15 BLACK TERNS were seen at Tschache Pool.

Oswego County------------
     6/24: A SWAINSON’S THRUSH was again found on Otto Mills Road north of Redfield.     6/25:  A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on West Lake Road south of Oswego. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at Carley’s Mills in Hastings.

Onondaga County------------
     6/19: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the Labrador Unique Area.     6/20: A PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen at Green Lakes State Park.     6/22: 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in flight along the Seneca River in the town of Clay.

Madison County------------
     6/25: A RED CROSSBILL was found on Muller Hill Road in the Town of Georgetown.

Oneida County------------
     6/21: An UPLAND SANDPIPER continues on North Gage Road south of Poland in the Town of Deerfield.     6/24: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen from Lafayette Street in Utica. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Roberts Road in Chadwicks.

Cayuga county------------
     6/23: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on the bluff at Fair Haven State Park. another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was see at a private residence in Sterling.

Extralimital------------
     6/26: A DICKCISSEL has been seen on Kingdom Road south of River Road west of Seneca Falls in Seneca County

          
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---Joseph BrinRegion 5 Baldwinsville, NY  13027  USA
  
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Date: 6/27/17 8:10 am
From: John Confer <confer...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin misfortune
Perhaps you, too, had a major wind storm Sunday night. Two of the nests I have been monitoring were in the tip top of tall conifer trees. I had the concern that the severe wind could have destroyed a nest, particularly the two nests in the tip top.

Shortly after I arrived at the nest between Sycamore Dr. and Maplewood Drive, the male called as he brought food in. The female responded and left the nest for the food exchange. In a few minutes the female, after decapitating the prey and removing a wing or two, which makes identification of the prey difficult, took the prey up to the nest and fed four nestlings. Nice.

The nest on North Titus was in the terminal part of a very tall White Pine. The terminal branch had broken off earlier and the nest was placed between three lateral branches and exposed 100% to the sky. It was immediately evident that one of the lateral branches was broken, and the nest was largely dismantled. After courtship and displacing a family of Fish Crow that built the nest, and after laying ~4 eggs (~5-7 days), and after 30 days of incubation, and after about 25 days of protecting and feeding the young, and about 4-6 days before fledging the nest was destroyed. It is hard being a Merlin. It is also hard being a Merlin nest monitor.

By the way, the Merlin nest with the newly constructed swimming pool on Lake Rd. in Dryden is still feeding young. I was able to show the home owners and their three kids the nestling Sunday morning. This nest is not near the top of the nest tree, a spruce, and I think it is likely it managed to survive the storm.

Still ,5 of 7 nests I have been monitoring have young, by last check. Keep your fingers crossed.

John


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Date: 6/25/17 4:08 pm
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds - Not now!
A week or two we had no tree swallows. Now 5 or 6 boxes have Tree Swallows! The Bluebird pair has abandoned their box here on the street but the male came down tonight to get some spring water! We have 2 male and 2 female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks coming often to the feeders. Many grackles, many blue Jays, MANY woodpeckers - Downy, Hairy, and Red-bellied are coming. Downy and Hairy have young. Two pairs of Towhees and at least one Ovenbird. Oh!- chickadees are rare. I suspect they will show up soon with their young. There is a Robin nesting in one barn and a Phoebe often feeding from a Lilac Bush. There are NO Ring-billed gulls at Barns & Nobel. I suspect they too are attending to eggs or young.

In short, birds are back to normal here at Spring Street in Endicott. I would go as far as saying more than normal.

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Date: 6/25/17 1:11 pm
From: Mark Chao <markchao...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Thayer and Sweedler Preserves (FLLT), Sun 6/25
On Sunday morning, Miyoko Chu and I visited the William and Marjory Thayer
Preserve and the Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook, which are adjacent Finger
Lakes Land Trust properties near the Ithaca/Danby town line. Here are some
bird highlights.



* An unseen mystery bird singing four or five very high, forced notes from
the treetops, near where the orange-blazed trail enters the Thayer Preserve
from Sandbank Road. I heard the same song in this very spot on June 3.
That first time, I thought it was probably a Blackpoll Warbler that I
wasn’t hearing well, or maybe even a Cape May. But now I feel that it’s
much more likely an aberrant local singer than a late passage migrant. My
best guess is that it’s a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER singing a partial song,
because it seems too loud and not sibilant enough for a Golden-crowned
Kinglet. (If you confirm this bird’s identity, please let me know.)



* Another unlikely duo of neighboring bird species – a HERMIT THRUSH
singing continually in the hemlock woods and gorge, and BOBOLINKS singing
and chasing each other in the grassy field that extends to West King Road –
all witnessed from one spot on the orange-blazed trail in the Thayer
Preserve.



* Also from this same spot, RED-EYED VIREO, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and probable
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO heard singing simultaneously, making quite a hash of
chirpy, musical, and burry phrases with pauses. The Yellow-throated Vireo
phrases could have been part of the Blue-headed’s song, but I would guess
that it really was Yellow-throated, because the phrases sounded completely
typical. I also heard a song of only Yellow-throated Vireo phrases nearby
on June 3.



These two preserves are the best places I’ve found this year near Ithaca
for Blue-headed Vireos. The parking area along Town Line Road seems to be
the hotly contested boundary between two territories.



* An hour of excellent viewing of at least one adult and three fledgling
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES along Lick Brook in the Sweedler Preserve, upstream
from the very tall waterfall. The young waterthrushes are in their
distinctive juvenal plumage, with very subtle streaks and varying shades of
buff and white on the underparts. One of these birds, which stayed still
in the shadows much more than its siblings, had a reduced eyebrow stripe
too. The adult(s) stood out less by their streaks than by their redder
legs and bill, plus their wary, solicitous behavior. Also, of course, the
difference in foraging expertise was obvious. The adult(s) adroitly
accumulated a load of several insects every minute or two, then found a
young mouth to stuff. The fledglings mostly just browsed and probed and
absorbed their surroundings, though one managed to snap up a white moth
that wandered practically right into its bill.



Here is our eBird checklist with photos of one or two fledglings:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37790220.



Mark Chao

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Date: 6/25/17 9:31 am
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Good News: Harry's back at it! (sic)
I've been hearing the Hairy Woodpeckers calling to each other again for a
few days now and drilling out a new nest (mature Silver Maple)!

*"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come ALIVE, for what
the world needs is people who have come ALIVE." - Dr. Howard Thurman,
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