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6/21/17 10:40 pm AJ Patterson <ajpforbusiness...> [cayugabirds-l] Unusually High Bluebird Mortalities in Nestboxes
6/21/17 1:23 pm Conor Taff <cct663...> [cayugabirds-l] Bird Banding Demo Day
6/20/17 6:49 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] OT: fireflies, bats, avian visitor
6/20/17 5:11 pm Janet Akin <jakin...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds
6/20/17 12:55 pm Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds
6/19/17 7:07 pm Jay McGowan <jwm57...> [cayugabirds-l] Recent birds: Willet, terns, Least Bittern
6/19/17 6:01 pm Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...> [cayugabirds-l] Best Binoculars: The Cornell Lab Review 2013 | All About Birds
6/19/17 5:06 pm Pamela Bates <pamb083006...> [cayugabirds-l] NY DEC is accepting comments on the waste water treatment facility application
6/19/17 1:59 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
6/19/17 11:14 am Sandra J. Kisner <sjk3...> [cayugabirds-l] binocular "recommendations"
6/19/17 7:05 am Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...> [cayugabirds-l] Hairy Woodpecker Nest Update
6/19/17 5:46 am Richard Tkachuck <rictkalist...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds
6/18/17 5:45 pm Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds
6/18/17 5:40 pm David Nicosia <daven102468...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds
6/18/17 6:48 am Glenn Wilson <wilson...> [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds
6/17/17 8:51 pm Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...> [cayugabirds-l] Close Encounters: Hairy Woodpecker Behavior in Fall Creek
6/17/17 7:18 pm Liisa S. Mobley <lsk24...> [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake birding trail
6/17/17 5:17 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Migration, migrants, hummingbirds
6/17/17 3:27 pm Marie P. Read <mpr5...> RE: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] ...bird news from Newfoundland...
6/17/17 10:31 am Jody Enck <jodyenck...> Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
6/17/17 9:07 am Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...> Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
6/17/17 9:04 am Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...> Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
6/17/17 8:55 am Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...> Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
6/17/17 8:39 am Carol Schmitt <cfschmitt...> Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
6/17/17 8:33 am Terry P. Mingle <tmingle...> Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
6/17/17 8:20 am Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...> Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
6/17/17 7:54 am Alicia Plotkin <tess...> Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
6/17/17 7:41 am Tobias Dean <tdean10...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
6/17/17 7:21 am Mark Chao <markchao...> [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park, Sat 6/17
6/17/17 7:21 am <khmo...> Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
6/17/17 6:52 am Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...> No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
6/17/17 6:00 am <khmo...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
6/17/17 5:40 am Glenn Wilson <wilson...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
6/17/17 5:34 am John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
6/16/17 4:39 pm Michele Emerick Brown <mb72...> [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
6/16/17 3:47 am Jody Enck <jodyenck...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake Birding Trail
6/15/17 8:14 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake Birding Trail
6/15/17 11:14 am Mark Chao <markchao...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park, Th 6/15
6/15/17 10:51 am Mark Chao <markchao...> [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park, Th 6/15
6/14/17 5:18 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] FW: Melissa Groo re Red-Tailed Hawk Release
6/14/17 6:41 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Yard birds/hummers
6/12/17 12:45 pm Birding <danskin...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club annual Dish-to-Pass Picnic
6/12/17 12:07 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] syracuse RBA
6/12/17 9:38 am Tracy McLellan <trcymclellan...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club annual Dish-to-Pass Picnic
6/12/17 6:03 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club annual Dish-to-Pass Picnic
6/12/17 6:00 am <clr82...> <clr82...> [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club annual Dish-to-Pass Picnic
6/10/17 12:05 pm Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25...> [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel at Benning Marsh
6/8/17 8:13 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbirds
6/8/17 2:04 pm John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] FOY House Wren
6/8/17 1:26 pm John Confer <confer...> [cayugabirds-l] Merlin nests
6/8/17 12:03 pm <clr82...> <clr82...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] bald eagle swimming?
6/8/17 9:45 am Sandra Lynn Babcock <slb348...> RE:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: June 08, 2017
6/8/17 7:51 am W. Larry Hymes <wlh2...> [cayugabirds-l] FOY House Wren
6/8/17 7:19 am <metetlow...> [cayugabirds-l] Sodus Point Laughing Gull
6/8/17 6:46 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] bald eagle swimming?
6/8/17 6:36 am Asher Hockett <veery715...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] bald eagle swimming?
6/8/17 6:34 am Asher Hockett <veery715...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] bald eagle swimming?
6/8/17 6:31 am <clr82...> <clr82...> [cayugabirds-l] bald eagle swimming?
6/8/17 6:23 am Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> [cayugabirds-l] Fledgling(?) Louisiana Waterthrush(es) @ Mulholland
6/7/17 8:05 am Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...> [cayugabirds-l] Grackle and Fish Crow(?) Observation
6/7/17 4:22 am Judith Thurber <jathurber...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pileated eating suet
6/7/17 4:12 am W. Larry Hymes <wlh2...> [cayugabirds-l] Pileated eating suet
6/6/17 6:46 pm Suan Yong <suan.yong...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] Lindsay-Parsons mystery song
6/6/17 6:16 am Nari Mistry <nbm2...> [cayugabirds-l] Pileated Woodpecker a daily visitor
6/5/17 8:43 pm Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...> [cayugabirds-l] Hog Island carpool?
6/5/17 3:35 pm Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> [cayugabirds-l] Lindsay-Parsons mystery song
6/5/17 1:35 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
6/5/17 1:16 pm Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...> [cayugabirds-l] Bioacoustics site is up and check out the Red-eyed Vireo movie
6/5/17 10:42 am Elaina M. McCartney <elaina.mccartney...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Osprey
6/5/17 7:47 am Marty Schlabach <mls5...> [cayugabirds-l] Exhibit talk @ Mann: NBB Prof. Mike Webster on New Media Specimens in Ornithology
6/5/17 5:52 am Asher Hockett <veery715...> [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Osprey
6/5/17 5:42 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Chirping yard bird
6/4/17 6:39 pm Suan Yong <suan.yong...> [cayugabirds-l] Connecticut Hill
6/3/17 8:02 pm Linda Orkin <wingmagic16...> [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker woods Sunday walk Canceled
6/3/17 2:32 pm Suan Yong <suan.yong...> [cayugabirds-l] Field Trip Tomorrow: Connecticut Hill
6/2/17 2:02 pm Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Benning Shorebirds5PM
6/2/17 8:13 am Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis...> [cayugabirds-l] Monday Night Seminar - Birds Through the Lens: Using video technology to reveal the lives of birds
6/2/17 6:41 am Asher Hockett <veery715...> [cayugabirds-l] Dewitt Park Blue-headed Vireo
6/1/17 8:07 am Laura Stenzler <lms9...> [cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Hollow FIELD TRIP, Saturday June 3, Cayuga Bird Club
5/31/17 7:17 pm Kenneth V. Rosenberg <kvr2...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Franklin's Gull, Myer Pt, Weds eve (now)
5/31/17 5:40 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Franklin's Gull, Myer Pt, Weds eve (now)
5/31/17 4:55 pm Alyssa Johnson <Alyssa.Johnson...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva
5/31/17 3:04 pm Mark Chao <markchao...> [cayugabirds-l] Myers, Wed 5/31
5/31/17 2:28 pm Carol Keeler <carolk441...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva
5/31/17 1:23 pm Norwalk, James <NORWALK...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva
5/31/17 1:03 pm Charlie Rouse <carouse...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva
5/31/17 12:11 pm Janet Akin <jakin...> [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva
5/31/17 10:37 am Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Blue Winged x Golden Winged Warbler Sampson St Park
5/31/17 9:34 am Jody Enck <jodyenck...> [cayugabirds-l] Pine Warbler
5/31/17 5:44 am Jay McGowan <jwm57...> [cayugabirds-l] Ruddy Turnstone, Myers
5/31/17 5:12 am Elizabeth King <ebking...> [cayugabirds-l] Great Horned Owl
5/30/17 4:21 pm Alyssa Johnson <Alyssa.Johnson...> [cayugabirds-l] Ruddy turnstone in Geneva
5/30/17 2:55 pm Bill Mcaneny <bmcaneny1...> [cayugabirds-l] red headed WP
5/30/17 11:29 am <tess...> [cayugabirds-l] OT: anyone get a photo of the raccoon at Bock-Harvey on Sunday?
5/30/17 6:48 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Starlings at suet feeders
5/30/17 6:40 am Carol Cedarholm <ccedarho...> [cayugabirds-l] Starlings at suet feeders
5/30/17 6:05 am <khmo...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinch Lifespan
5/30/17 5:41 am Robin Cisne <rfcisne...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinch Lifespan
5/29/17 6:06 pm Peter <psaracin...> [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinch Lifespan
5/29/17 2:52 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
5/29/17 12:47 pm Tom Hoebbel <tomhoebbel...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Wetland Preserve and Roy H. Park Preserve, Mon 5/29
5/29/17 10:13 am Mark Chao <markchao...> [cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Wetland Preserve and Roy H. Park Preserve, Mon 5/29
5/29/17 8:59 am Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> [cayugabirds-l] Empid nest etc, Danby State Forest
5/28/17 7:43 pm Sandy Podulka <sgp4...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] West Danby Nighthawk
5/28/17 5:21 pm Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> [cayugabirds-l] West Danby Nighthawk
5/28/17 3:02 pm John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...> More Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
5/28/17 2:34 pm Mark Chao <markchao...> [cayugabirds-l] Bock-Harvey and Stevenson, Sun 5/28 (and weather note for Mon 5/29)
5/28/17 9:26 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Cuckoo
5/28/17 9:23 am Carol Keeler <carolk441...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
5/28/17 8:22 am Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
5/28/17 7:46 am Marty Schlabach <mls5...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
5/28/17 6:03 am Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> [cayugabirds-l] Danby birds
5/28/17 5:24 am Susan Gateley <susan...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
5/28/17 5:22 am Ellen Haith <elliehaith44...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
5/28/17 5:13 am Kelly Lee Smith <kls66...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
5/28/17 3:24 am <khmo...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
5/27/17 7:42 pm Ellen Haith <elliehaith44...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
5/27/17 1:51 pm Mark Chao <markchao...> [cayugabirds-l] Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve, Sat 5/27
5/27/17 1:03 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
5/27/17 12:59 pm Gordon Bonnet <jaggy227...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
5/27/17 12:45 pm Ellen Haith <elliehaith44...> [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
5/27/17 10:18 am Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Shorebirds Seneca Flats
5/26/17 6:02 am Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> [cayugabirds-l] Acadian Flycatcher
5/26/17 4:21 am Mark Chao <markchao...> [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Fri 5/26
5/25/17 10:57 am Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...> [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
5/25/17 7:30 am Beth Paris <bethenyu...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: May 25, 2017
5/24/17 11:42 am Linda Orkin <wingmagic16...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
5/24/17 11:34 am Melanie Uhlir <melanie...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
5/24/17 9:31 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Wood Thrushes
5/24/17 7:06 am Linda Orkin <wingmagic16...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
5/24/17 6:52 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
5/24/17 5:47 am Asher Hockett <veery715...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
5/24/17 4:38 am Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
5/24/17 4:31 am Jody Enck <jodyenck...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
5/23/17 10:31 pm Glenn Wilson <wilson...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
5/23/17 10:09 pm Melanie Uhlir <melanie...> [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
5/23/17 7:01 pm W. Larry Hymes <wlh2...> [cayugabirds-l] Osprey, Pine Warbler, etc.
5/23/17 10:17 am Mark Chao <markchao...> [cayugabirds-l] Photo challenge answer, plus Bock-Harvey and Stevenson Forest Preserves, Tues 5/23
5/23/17 9:51 am Laura J. Heisey <ljh2...> [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park swan pen Baltimore Oriole nest
5/23/17 4:52 am Mark Chao <markchao...> [cayugabirds-l] Photo challenge
 
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Date: 6/21/17 10:40 pm
From: AJ Patterson <ajpforbusiness...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Unusually High Bluebird Mortalities in Nestboxes
Hi all,

I'm just forwarding an email that came across another listserv, that may be
of interest here.

Andrea Patterson
andrea.j.patterson-at-gmail.com


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From: Sandy Morrissey <sandym...>
Date: Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 1:09 AM
Subject: Anyone else have lots of dead Eastern Bluebirds?
To: <BIRDBAND...>

I have over 300 nestboxes in Westchester County, NY, and have been banding
the nesting bluebirds for the past 7 years.

This year we are experiencing a high mortality rate in the bluebirds.

Monitors open a nestbox and there is a dead adult bird in the box. The
number of dead adults has risen to 18.

There is almost an equal number of dead males and females.

The birds are being tested by a laboratory at Cornell (Animal Health
Diagnostic Center). While they suspect it might be a parasite, they have no
answers yet.

Very strange that the birds go into the nestbox to die. I can understand if
the female dies while spending time incubating on the nest, but the males
seem to go into the box to die also. They are often found on eggs.

Who knows how many bluebirds have died that we don't know about. Our number
of bluebird nest attempts and number of bands is down by about 40%. The
rate of successful nests has crashed.

Hope no one else is having this problem, but would be most interested to
know.

Sandy Morrissey
Hartsdale, NY
914-391-3695

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Date: 6/21/17 1:23 pm
From: Conor Taff <cct663...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Banding Demo Day
Hi All,


Please see the message below about a bird banding demonstration that we are
giving this Sunday. We'll talk about the long running tree swallow research
that goes on at the Cornell Experimental Ponds and demonstrate taking
measurements and banding. We are gearing the demonstration towards kids
ages 5 and up, but anyone is welcome.


Best,


Conor Taff


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*Bird Banding Demo Day*


Visit the nest of a tree swallow at Cornell’s Experimental Ponds to learn
about these amazing birds, and how to handle, measure, and band them.
Program targeted for ages 5 and up. 11am, Sunday June 25.


The entrance to Cornell Experimental Ponds, Unit 2 is on Neimi Rd, three
driveways west of Hanshaw Rd. Drive in down a long gravel driveway, through
an open chain link gate. You will see a field of nest boxes to your left as
you drive in.


For more information contact Maren Vitousek (<mnv6...>) or Conor
Taff (<cct63...>).

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Date: 6/20/17 6:49 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] OT: fireflies, bats, avian visitor
Again this year my overgrown yard at the base of West Hill in the City of Ithaca supports a show of fireflies. We first noticed them yesterday evening and it's too soon to tell if numbers are down, but at least they are not missing.

Bats are scarce, though. We saw one during an early warm spell this spring, and we worried it might not have aerial plankton to sustain it. Then we saw none for weeks. Recently we've seen one on a few evenings but not every evening. In past years there were commonly 2 or 3 pretty reliably. It's possible that this year we are not out looking as diligently though.

To redeem this as a birding post, I will add that this morning in an unusual occurrence a male Black-and-white Warbler visited our yard, singing persistently while foraging in a maple tree (okay, it was our neighbor's tree, but I'm still counting it!). Eventually his songs moved farther off to another yard down the street. I guess he was cruising rather than defending a territory.

--Dave Nutter


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Date: 6/20/17 5:11 pm
From: Janet Akin <jakin...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds
I did a breeding bird survey at Montezuma today. We had 27 Yellow Warblers on Esker Brook. Just one example but other birds in good numbers including Gray Catbirds, Willow Flycatcher. Goldfinch ,Cedar Waxwings. I have had Black-billed Cuckoo on all three surveys I have done this spring. Janet Akin

From: David Nicosia
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 8:40 PM
To: Cayuga birds
Subject: Re: -[cayugabirdsl] Lack of birds

I have noticed that breeding species seem to be in fairly typical numbers in Broome Co. neotropical species included.
Neotropical migration was poor and mostly likely related to a cool and chilly May 1-16 with a 2 day warm period with very
strong southwest winds on May 18th and 19th. Many of our usual migrants, like the ones seen at the Hawthorn's for example,
simply overshot our area these two days. As for your lack of breeding species like chipping sparrows, yellow warblers,
baltimore orioles and others, could this be due to the severe drought your area had last summer? We didn't have it nearly as bad down here
in Broome Co. Do drought conditions hurt insectivores like breeding birds due to less insects, harder to find earthworms (for robins) etc so
that nesting success drops? This is the only thing that I can think of since the species that Chris T-H mentioned originally
winter in different locations (some in the tropics and others in the southern U.S) and have different migration timetables.
These species are also usually fairly tolerant of humans and disturbed habitats. Maybe it was last year's drought leading to poor nesting success
across many different songbird species. And given songbirds high mortality rates, this could lead to a noticeable drop in numbers from last year
to this year. Just a thought. Hopefully they will bounce back, this year is pretty wet, and in fact it could be too wet!



On Sun, Jun 18, 2017 at 9:48 AM, Glenn Wilson <wilson...> wrote:

In Union Center (Endicott), do not have any Tree Swallows that I know of.

BUT the Spring Street feeders are very active with Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, Cardinals, Juncos with young, White and Red breasted Nuthatches, Mourning Doves, at least two Hummingbirds, one pair of nesting Bluebirds, two nests of Prairie Warblers, calling Ovenbirds and Towhees, and a very vocal Phoebe. Can't forget Purple Finches, nesting House Finches, and two active House Wren nests

Other than Tree Swallows, I would say this location is pretty normal. No Great Blue or Green Herons after the goldfish yet but no doubt they will come.

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
www.WilsonsWarbler.com

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Date: 6/20/17 12:55 pm
From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds
Throwing my two cents into this vicissitudinous thread...I just wrapped up
a correspondence with a woman in Maryland who was distraught several weeks
ago because her usual 50-hummingbird station was only getting two birds.
Yesterday she wrote to say she now had 40+, but the arrival of the bulk of
them was nearly *one month* later than usual.

eBird line graphs bear out similar trends -- because so many people ask
about hummer numbers in particular, I've been following the frequency and
abundance figures for several states (NY, MA, NJ) and while numbers were
measurably lower then than the average of the previous four years early on
in the season, in the past few weeks that has shifted and the counts for
the mid-June weeks seem to be much more in line with previous years.

With hummers in particular, I think some people leave each season with the
memory of numbers and frequency based on the late summer, when the number
of birds tends to double or triple, then they get disappointed when the
pre-breeding numbers are not at that same level.

Marc



On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 8:45 AM, Richard Tkachuck <rictkalist...>
wrote:

> We have 3 nest boxes in my yard with tree swallows.
> Richard Tkachuck
>
> On Jun 18, 2017 9:48 AM, "Glenn Wilson" <wilson...> wrote:
>
> In Union Center (Endicott), do not have any Tree Swallows that I know of.
>
> BUT the Spring Street feeders are very active with Rose-Breasted
> Grosbeaks, Cardinals, Juncos with young, White and Red breasted Nuthatches,
> Mourning Doves, at least two Hummingbirds, one pair of nesting Bluebirds,
> two nests of Prairie Warblers, calling Ovenbirds and Towhees, and a very
> vocal Phoebe. Can't forget Purple Finches, nesting House Finches, and two
> active House Wren nests
>
> Other than Tree Swallows, I would say this location is pretty normal. No
> Great Blue or Green Herons after the goldfish yet but no doubt they will
> come.
>
> Glenn Wilson
> Endicott, NY
> www.WilsonsWarbler.com
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Date: 6/19/17 7:07 pm
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Recent birds: Willet, terns, Least Bittern
On Friday I took the Macaulay Library sound recording workshop crew to a
few lake sites in the rain. Recording was mostly slow, but we found a few
cool birds, including two rare-in-summer FORSTER'S TERNS with a group of
COMMON TERNS at Myers Point (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37619488)
and a WESTERN WILLET sleeping on the white lighthouse jetty off Stewart
Park (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37624263). Others saw the
Willet later in the morning but it was gone by the evening. I thought it
was a nice testament to the growing prowess of our group that, despite the
distance and the fact that the bird only gave a SINGLE call, at least three
people were able to make an audio recording of it!

Montezuma on Saturday returned mostly expected species, although the
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues on Carncross Road (and Livia and I had a
second Acadian there giving call notes the Friday before, perhaps now a
pair). No sign of the Little Blue Heron, although it was quite shimmery by
the time we gave it a good scan. The PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS on Armitage Road
were hard to get good looks at, but a few participants saw the female
entering a nest box on the south side of the road.

Finally, following up on a lead from Michael Huffaker from last weekend,
this afternoon Livia and I were able to refind a LEAST BITTERN in the
cattails at the south end of Dryden Lake by kayak:
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Date: 6/19/17 6:01 pm
From: Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Best Binoculars: The Cornell Lab Review 2013 | All About Birds
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/best-binoculars-the-cornell-lab-review-2013/

For the binoc request, see if yours are in here

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Date: 6/19/17 5:06 pm
From: Pamela Bates <pamb083006...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] NY DEC is accepting comments on the waste water treatment facility application

This was in today's Star Gazette and might be of interest to some here. If not allowed, please delete.


Waste treatment facility threatens eagles, other birds
Did you know that there’s an active bald eagle nest in the Catharine Marsh between Watkins Glen and Montour Falls?



The bad news is that plans for a new waste treatment facility place it within a couple hundred feet of Schuyler County’s only active bald eagle nest. There were 10 initial sites, but the worse one for the environment, located in the Finger Lakes’ only remaining headwater marsh, was chosen.


The fact that the marsh is an IBA (a globally designated Important Bird Area) and state-designated CEA (Critical Environmental Area) did not protect it from being selected.


Not only do bald eagles nest in the marsh, but also other rarities such as sandhill cranes, a newcomer to our state and least bittern, which is a threatened species in New York state, are also found there.


The NY DEC is accepting comments on the waste water treatment facility application (Project Seneca Regional Wastewater Facility) until July 7.


If you think the waste treatment plant should not be located as planned, write to: Scott Sheeley, NYSDEC Regional Headquarters 8, 6274 E. Avon-Lime Road, Avon, NY 14414.
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Date: 6/19/17 1:59 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA

*  New York*  Syracuse
- June 19, 2017
*  NYSY  06.19.17 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):June 12, 2017 - June 19, 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 19  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 12, 2017.
Highlights--------------
LEAST BITTERNBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONLITTLE BLUE HERONRING-NECKED DUCKNORTHERN GOSHAWKSANDHILL CRANEPIPING PLOVERUPLAND SANDPIPERBLACK TERNACADIAN FLYCATCHERPROTHONOTARY WARBLERPRAIRIE WARBLERYELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDORCHARD ORIOLE




Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)------------
     6/13: A LITTLE BLUE HERON and an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER were both found at Carncross Road.     6/16: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was spotted along the Wildlife Drive.     6/17: The ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was again found at Carncross Road. 2 LEAST BITTERNS were seen at Brooder’s Pond on Howland Island.     6/18: 2 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS continue in the forested area on Armitage Road on the west side of the one lane bridge. A SANDHILL CRANE was heard in flight at the same area. A LEAST BITTERN was seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Oswego County------------
     6/12:  A BLACK TERN was seen from the Rt. 3 Bridge at Port Ontario. A LEAST BITTERN was found at the marshy area of Selkirk Shores State Park.     6/14: A rare PIPING PLOVER was seen at Sandy Island State Park on Lake Ontario.     6/17: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Derby Hill. Decent flights of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and TURKEY VULTURES are still occuring at Derby.

Onondaga County------------
     6/15: 4 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at Green Lakes State Park.     6/16: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.     6/17: A PRAIRIE WARBLER continues at Green Lakes State Park. It was found at the Meadow View parking area.

Madison County------------
     6/14: A RING-NECKED DUCK continues to linger at Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Oneida County------------
     6/14: A very rare for the region YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was spotted and photographed at a private residence on Jug Point Road east of Verona Beach State Park. Unfortunately it has not returned.     6/16: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was again found at the Deerfield Grasslands south of Poland.     6/17: A PRAIRIE WARBLER was found on River Road north of Camden.
     
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Date: 6/19/17 11:14 am
From: Sandra J. Kisner <sjk3...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] binocular "recommendations"
I'm not exactly looking for recommendations, but input (on very little information, I'm afraid) on whether a few pairs of binoculars are any good. It's service recognition time, and amongst the gifts available are several pairs of binoculars. One is only described as "compact sport binoculars." The others aren't much better: "Alpen 10x42 binoculars, waterproof, rubber covered, long eye relief," and "Bushnell 10x26 Legend, compact size, center focus system, Porro prism system with BaK-4 Glass." Does anybody recognize these enough to say anything at all about them? Thanks!

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Date: 6/19/17 7:05 am
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Hairy Woodpecker Nest Update
Sadly, yesterday's storm with high winds destroyed the Hairy Woodpecker I
reported yesterday. Now the nest is silent, and I saw the dad perched on a
telephone pole calling. I have not heard the female responding yet (would
she have been the one in the nest at night?), and I do not know what to do
but am asking around and notified the City forester. I assume the babies
may have succumbed to hypothermia by now. I have pictures before and
after. I guess this is what to expect with greater storm intensity.

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Date: 6/19/17 5:46 am
From: Richard Tkachuck <rictkalist...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds
We have 3 nest boxes in my yard with tree swallows.
Richard Tkachuck

On Jun 18, 2017 9:48 AM, "Glenn Wilson" <wilson...> wrote:

In Union Center (Endicott), do not have any Tree Swallows that I know of.

BUT the Spring Street feeders are very active with Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks,
Cardinals, Juncos with young, White and Red breasted Nuthatches, Mourning
Doves, at least two Hummingbirds, one pair of nesting Bluebirds, two nests
of Prairie Warblers, calling Ovenbirds and Towhees, and a very vocal
Phoebe. Can't forget Purple Finches, nesting House Finches, and two active
House Wren nests

Other than Tree Swallows, I would say this location is pretty normal. No
Great Blue or Green Herons after the goldfish yet but no doubt they will
come.

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Date: 6/18/17 5:45 pm
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds
The other thing that's missing is bats. Haven't seen a one.
I also saw some fire flies at a friend's in Enfield, but none here in Jacksonville.

Thirdly, there are a lot of cottonwood that are looking awful. Many dead or dying branches. Maybe drought damage from last year....but the sum total of all these things missing is pretty darn scary.

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> On Jun 18, 2017, at 9:48 AM, Glenn Wilson <wilson...> wrote:
>
> In Union Center (Endicott), do not have any Tree Swallows that I know of.
>
> BUT the Spring Street feeders are very active with Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, Cardinals, Juncos with young, White and Red breasted Nuthatches, Mourning Doves, at least two Hummingbirds, one pair of nesting Bluebirds, two nests of Prairie Warblers, calling Ovenbirds and Towhees, and a very vocal Phoebe. Can't forget Purple Finches, nesting House Finches, and two active House Wren nests
>
> Other than Tree Swallows, I would say this location is pretty normal. No Great Blue or Green Herons after the goldfish yet but no doubt they will come.
>
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Date: 6/18/17 5:40 pm
From: David Nicosia <daven102468...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds
I have noticed that breeding species seem to be in fairly typical numbers
in Broome Co. neotropical species included.
Neotropical migration was poor and mostly likely related to a cool and
chilly May 1-16 with a 2 day warm period with very
strong southwest winds on May 18th and 19th. Many of our usual migrants,
like the ones seen at the Hawthorn's for example,
simply overshot our area these two days. As for your lack of breeding
species like chipping sparrows, yellow warblers,
baltimore orioles and others, could this be due to the severe drought your
area had last summer? We didn't have it nearly as bad down here
in Broome Co. Do drought conditions hurt insectivores like breeding birds
due to less insects, harder to find earthworms (for robins) etc so
that nesting success drops? This is the only thing that I can think of
since the species that Chris T-H mentioned originally
winter in different locations (some in the tropics and others in the
southern U.S) and have different migration timetables.
These species are also usually fairly tolerant of humans and disturbed
habitats. Maybe it was last year's drought leading to poor nesting success
across many different songbird species. And given songbirds high mortality
rates, this could lead to a noticeable drop in numbers from last year
to this year. Just a thought. Hopefully they will bounce back, this year is
pretty wet, and in fact it could be too wet!



On Sun, Jun 18, 2017 at 9:48 AM, Glenn Wilson <wilson...> wrote:

> In Union Center (Endicott), do not have any Tree Swallows that I know of.
>
> BUT the Spring Street feeders are very active with Rose-Breasted
> Grosbeaks, Cardinals, Juncos with young, White and Red breasted Nuthatches,
> Mourning Doves, at least two Hummingbirds, one pair of nesting Bluebirds,
> two nests of Prairie Warblers, calling Ovenbirds and Towhees, and a very
> vocal Phoebe. Can't forget Purple Finches, nesting House Finches, and two
> active House Wren nests
>
> Other than Tree Swallows, I would say this location is pretty normal. No
> Great Blue or Green Herons after the goldfish yet but no doubt they will
> come.
>
> Glenn Wilson
> Endicott, NY
> www.WilsonsWarbler.com
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Date: 6/18/17 6:48 am
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Lack of birds
In Union Center (Endicott), do not have any Tree Swallows that I know of.

BUT the Spring Street feeders are very active with Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, Cardinals, Juncos with young, White and Red breasted Nuthatches, Mourning Doves, at least two Hummingbirds, one pair of nesting Bluebirds, two nests of Prairie Warblers, calling Ovenbirds and Towhees, and a very vocal Phoebe. Can't forget Purple Finches, nesting House Finches, and two active House Wren nests

Other than Tree Swallows, I would say this location is pretty normal. No Great Blue or Green Herons after the goldfish yet but no doubt they will come.

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Date: 6/17/17 8:51 pm
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Close Encounters: Hairy Woodpecker Behavior in Fall Creek
Last week, on June 11th, I found the nest hole of a pair of Hairy
Woodpeckers in a mature 100+ year old Sugar Maple which hangs over into my
yard. According to allaboutbirds.org, it will be another two weeks from now
before they fledge. The perfectly round hole is about 30 feet up on a
dying limb of the tree. Today, before I took off on my bike, I heard a
Pileated(?) woodpecker calling in the tree of the nest. It called for
about a minute, then flew off, and has not been calling from here for
months. I couldn't help but think the bird was coming by to visit (like an
auntie) to check on the babies! I could not make out the bird, but it was
large, mostly black and surprisingly close to the nest cavity (about five
feet, maybe less). I do not think this was an accident as I have not heard
the Pileated or the Red-bellied for several months. I later read that
Hairy woodpeckers sometimes follow Pileated woodpeckers to eat the bugs
they miss, but no mention was made of the other way around.

Shortly thereafter, four blocks from my house near the corner of Yates and
Cayuga, while I was on my bike, a black and white bird undulated in front
of me and landed in a small tree near me. I stopped to watch and saw it
was a Hairy. Since it was so close to my house, I suspect it was likely
the female I have been watching all week, and that she was foraging for
insects for her babies. It then went from its perch to the rooftops and
looked in gutters and peaked in several holes of uncaulked crevices of
houses. The male called from down the street, and the female responded.
It looked like she had a "routine" path, as if she knew where the insect
"hiding hotspots" were. Why do I say this? Because it would fly directly
to a gutter corner, then zig zag backwards to a crevice, then up to a roof,
look under a loose shingle, then without hesitation bolt between two houses
to the tree behind. The bird appeared to "know" where she was going as she
promptly left for the next spot if no bug or spider was found. Very cool!
Kind of like how squirrels "remember" where they hide their nuts (and my
stolen unripe peaches)?

So I am left wondering does anyone else have these kinds of
close-encounters? I was on my way to the library, minding my own business,
when the Hairy flew a few feet in front of me, at eye level, and landed in
a young tree. What kind of coincidence is this? What are the chances that
a Hairy would pass me as I was biking??? That's almost as crazy as the
time I felt the tail wind of a Sharp-shinned Hawk swoop up and over my
helmet as I was on my bike at Newman Golf Course and it was hunting a flock
of Mourning Doves (or were they sparrows?). It came out of no where and
suddenly swooped up behind, over, and in front of me while I was peddling
hard. Both of these incidents were so close I could have easily collided
into these bird(s) with only a mili-second in time difference.
Coincidence??? Clearly, they are agile and highly skilled flyers who know
their abilities and can out-maneuver me; but why did they choose to go in
front of me instead of wait until I passed by? I have my theories,
wondering what others think or have experienced.

Regardless, the entire experience helped me better understand why the
parents can be gone for 15-20 minutes at a time before returning to the
nest to feed the noisy nestlings! Also, I have even greater appreciation
for birds, especially those who reduce the number of spiders and bugs on
our houses!

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Date: 6/17/17 7:18 pm
From: Liisa S. Mobley <lsk24...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake birding trail
Hi Dave-
Sounds like an interesting project!
You mentioned that you were looking for opinions about what a birding trail would include - after a quick search, I found a list of US birding trails on the ABA site:
http://aba.org/resources/birdingtrails.html
The descriptions of each are helpful, and it seems as though there's some variety in what a trail includes. Contacts are listed for the bird trails, too, so you might be able to get advice from other folks.
-Liisa


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On Jun 17, 2017, at 12:03 AM, Upstate NY Birding digest <cayugabirds-l...><mailto:<cayugabirds-l...>> wrote:

CAYUGABIRDS-L Digest for Saturday, June 17, 2017.

1. Re: Cayuga Lake Birding Trail
2. Tree swallow

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Subject: Re: Cayuga Lake Birding Trail
From: Jody Enck <jodyenck...><mailto:<jodyenck...>>
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:46:50 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

Hello Dave,

I think it would be a wonderful idea to work toward a Cayuga Lake Birding
Trail!
Given the foundation that already exists through the great book about where
to bird in the Cayuga Lake Basin that involved a number of members from the
Cayuga Bird Club, I think it is a logical next step to work towards the
goal of having a recognized birding trail. I definitely am willing to help
out. I encourage others to join in, too.

Thanks
Jody

On Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 11:14 PM, Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...><mailto:<nutter.dave...>> wrote:

As you have gone birding around the lake, you may have noticed an
occasional sign, "Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway," along the loop which includes
NYS-34B, NYS-90, NYS-5/US-20, & NYS-89. Like me, you may have said, "Yep,
it's scenic, glad someone noticed." And, like me, you may not have realized
that this Scenic Byway is not simply a recognition by NYSDOT, it is also
managed by a non-profit whose board consists of government & business folks
from Cayuga, Seneca, & Tompkins Counties. Given that knowledge, however, I
was not surprised that one of their goals is to promote tourism.

It turns out that this board wants to develop a "Cayuga Lake Birding
Trail," and that a member of that board has asked me to help. That person
is Andrea Van Beusichem, who has previously asked me to lead late-summer
shorebird field trips into otherwise off-limits parts of Montezuma NWR.
Given that the commitment is only one meeting every other month, I said,
"Sure!," even though I'm not fond of commitments to be indoors, nor am I
sure exactly what they have in mind as an end product, nor do I bring all
the necessary skills to the group.

I figure birding and birders will benefit if we do a decent job. Birders,
particularly from out of the area, may have an easier time knowing where to
go, when to go there, and what to look for. People who are not (yet)
birders, may get some interest, or at least some respect for the activity.
Families vacationing in the area can split their time if some members are
more outdoorsy than others. Landowners may be more willing to permit
birders access to lakeshore viewing points and even take pride in unusual
birds found there. Businesses may take an interest in selling the things
that we seek, such as gasoline, coffee and donuts, sandwiches, or ice cream
as the price for access to a bathroom, or full sit-down meals, or hotels
rooms for out of town folks, or outdoor gear, or optics, particularly if we
highlight their business and send patrons their way. Governments may
recognize that birders, along with birds and their habitats, are a
constituency worth maintaining.

I'm looking for additional people who may be interested (Jody or another
Cayuga Bird Club representative &/or someone from the Campus Bird Study
Group?).

I'm looking for opinions as to what a "birding trail" should entail. I
figure at a minimum there should be some on-line information, signage at
important sites, enthusiastic promotion of _The Cayuga Bird Club guide to
Birding the Cayuga Lake Basin Edited by Bob McGuire_, an invitation to
subscribe to CayugaBirds-L, and basic instruction on the use and usefulness
of eBird.

Are there potentially great birding sites around the lake that could use
more definite permission to access, or clearer terms? I'm hoping that we
can scan the lake from some of the places which the Cayuga Lake Blueways
Trail is using for lake access for people using canoes, kayaks, &
paddleboards.

I also want to encourage people using bikes to bring binoculars, go slow,
listen and look for birds, stop frequently, enjoy birding, gorges, trees,
and vistas at rest stops, and generally cultivate the opinion that these
values can outweigh the distance, speed, or exercise tallied on a ride.

In addition to the birds that particularly thrill us as unusual, what
species are people not from here most likely to be impressed by even though
they are not hard for us to find?

If we want to negotiate access to more sites, I want help from a more
"people-person." If we want to get grant money to develop the trail, then
that's another specialist I'm looking for.

Are there existing businesses that you particularly appreciate as a birder
or ones that you miss or wish existed?

Anyway, please send me feedback. If it gets cumbersome, send it to me
off-list, but I hope the subject is of general birding interest at least
for a couple days. Thanks for reading and thinking about this stuff.

--Dave Nutter


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Subject: Tree swallow
From: Michele Emerick Brown <mb72...><mailto:<mb72...>>
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:39:28 +0000
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Has anyone else noticed a lack of tree swallows? I usually have them lined up on my power line and nesting in boxes in the yard, but this year I've seen just one or 2 at a time.


Any explanation?


Thanks,

Michele Brown



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Date: 6/17/17 5:17 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Migration, migrants, hummingbirds
I haven't been doing as much birding or traveling for birding this spring as in previous years, so my sampling is sparse, but here goes:
I heard Blackpoll Warblers from plenty of random places over a goodly span of time, so they did not strike me as missing, nor late, nor rare.
I only went to the Hawthorns a couple times and found it to be on the quiet side, but I chalked that up to my own poor timing (and hearing and technique).
I agree the cold air that sat on us for such a long time likely caused migrants to wait south of us then jump past us. I can't explain why there are still odd shorebirds, gulls, and terns showing up, so there may be some general mix-up, which again may be weather-related.
I also agree that some species are likely just being knocked out by loss of habitat.
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.
It's certainly possible there's been a huge knock-back in populations, but I haven't been out enough to see it.
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Date: 6/17/17 3:27 pm
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: RE: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] ...bird news from Newfoundland...
Hi all,

Greeting from Newfoundland where we've been since late May.
This post probably won't allay too many peoples' concerns in Ithaca, but there ARE some neotropical migrants up here, so maybe a lot of them just skipped the Cayuga Basin en route northward...

The predominate species anywhere we walk in the spruce/fir forest or any wet areas is Northern Waterthrush...they are singing everywhere up here. On the western coast of NFL a couple of weeks ago there were Ruby-crowned Kinglets all over the place. We've also seen/heard good numbers of Black-and-white Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, plus scattered Black-throated Greens, Yellow-rumped, Wilson's and a few Yellow. Hermit Thrush too. And I had my lifer Blackpoll Warbler a couple of days ago, and now recognize the call various from other sprucey places we've walked today and yesterday.

That said, there is a depressingly HUGE amount of deforestation going on here, especially where we are right now an hour or so south of St. Johns...people are maniacally cutting trees, importing lawns and building houses. YUCKO!!!

Certainly our birds face a huge threat in this human-dominated world...not intending to minimize that...

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From: <bounce-121606671-5851667...> [<bounce-121606671-5851667...>] on behalf of Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes [<cth4...>]
Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2017 9:52 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Cc: John and Sue Gregoire; Glenn Wilson; JOHN BLIZZARD; Michele Emerick Brown
Subject: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow

Everyone,

Just pointing out the obvious here, but bird numbers in my immediate area of Upstate NY are way down this year. I mean, WAY down. John, if you have full capacity of nesting Tree Swallows, it may be that the sites you host are prime and being filled to capacity because they are the best locations. It sounds to me like the sub-par sites are not being filled.
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Date: 6/17/17 10:31 am
From: Jody Enck <jodyenck...>
Subject: Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
Hi All,

My perception of spring migration is about the same as Chris' description.
Migration of neotropical migrants almost never happened. Because of
helping out with the Sapsucker Woods Acoustic Monitoring Project (SWAMP)
this spring, I have spent a lot of time in Sapsucker Woods this spring.
Between the beginning of April and mid June, I've submitted more than 900
ebird lists from 10 points there. Both diversity and abundance of present
species is way, way down from what I have experienced in previous years. I
too hope that the change can be explained away by weather. But, I fear
that it could be something much more serious that is at play.

Jody

On Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 9:52 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <
<cth4...> wrote:

> Everyone,
>
> Just pointing out the obvious here, but bird numbers in my immediate area
> of Upstate NY are way down this year. I mean, *WAY* down. John, if you
> have full capacity of nesting Tree Swallows, it may be that the sites you
> host are prime and being filled to capacity because they *are* the best
> locations. It sounds to me like the sub-par sites are not being filled.
>
> Acoustically, birds are seriously lacking this year. Visually, birds are
> lacking this year. Birding at the Hawthorn Orchard was a disaster, yet
> there was food and everything was primed to receive birds. Regular numbers
> of expected birds were hugely lacking. What happened to the Tennessee
> Warblers and Blackpoll Warblers? I think I recorded something like three
> Tennessee Warblers at most on one day at the Hawthorn Orchard, then they
> were just done. Blackpoll Warblers…you were lucky to see or hear a single
> bird this spring. Blackpoll Warblers used to come through here in droves –
> just driving around, you would pass singing Blackpoll Warbler after
> Blackpoll Warbler, during their peak migration through this area. Remember?
> When all of those Blackpoll Warblers came through, that marked the “end” of
> that spring migration – the cleanup species – this simply didn’t happen.
>
> In overflow areas, where habitat may not be the best, or is sub-par, and
> which normally fills in because the best habitats are already taken by
> other birds, the birds simply are not there.
>
> Yellow Warblers, everywhere? Nope.
> Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, everywhere? Nope.
> Baltimore Orioles, everywhere? Nope.
> Red-eyed Vireos, everywhere? Nope.
> Chipping Sparrows, everywhere? Nope.
> Common birds absolutely everywhere? Nope.
>
> I’m just talking about the regular comings and goings of my own personal
> activities of driving around, walking in and out of buildings, coming and
> going from home, work, shopping, etc. I’m just not seeing or hearing the
> abundance of birds that I’m used to seeing or hearing. It just seems deadly
> quiet this year, if you look at the whole picture – the gestalt of bird
> abundance this year.
>
> Sure, prime habitats may seem to have the “regular” volumes of birds, but
> the sub-par habitats are seemingly empty.
>
> If there is not a rock solid explanation for this, then this is a red flag
> in my opinion.
>
> Perhaps the most logical cause is weather-related.
>
> If this is not the case, then we’ve got something far more detrimental
> going on, at least in the Northeast.
>
> Hope I’m wrong.
>
> Sincerely,
> Chris T-H
>
> On Jun 17, 2017, at 9:00 AM, <khmo...> wrote:
>
> We have 17 boxes active, one with bluebirds, two with House Wren, a one
> with chickadees and the remainder with Tree Swallows. Probably another good
> year after a 100% occupancy/success rate last year. We believe this is due
> to effective placement and predator guards that function well. john
>
> ---
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>
> On 2017-06-17 12:40, Glenn Wilson wrote:
>
> We usually have a dozen or so flying and nesting until mid summer. I
> haven't seen a single one since early swallow migration.
>
> Glenn Wilson
> Endicott, NY
> www.WilsonsWarbler.com <http://www.wilsonswarbler.com/>
>
> On Jun 17, 2017, at 8:34 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard <
> <job121830...> wrote:
>
> We've had one nesting pr. with 5 young expected to fledge in 11 days.
> Usually have at least 3 pr. with many others flying about. Not so this yr..
> Same with barn swallows. For the last 2 yrs. we've not had more than a doz.
> of either lining up on our power line in late summer before migration. Used
> to be many, many dozens. :'(
>
> The 100 acres behind us were mowed on Wed.. I didn't see a swallow. Same
> when the school lawns are being mowed. Always before the birds were
> swooping overhead in great numbers to get insects. We no longer see those
> many insects.
>
> Rachel Carson ... we need you again to lead a new fight.
>
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>
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Date: 6/17/17 9:07 am
From: Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...>
Subject: Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
I have always felt that birders, from casual to die-hard, number in the millions and comprise a group of potentially influential activists.
I would love to see an organization, or even discussion thread dedicated to furthering the convergence of birding and environmental activism. While I know many birders are environmentalists, the groups have been relatively separate. Linking these would be powerful and creative!

IMHO We are all in a heap of trouble and we are running out of time to save our biosphere.

Meanwhile, hats off to those who are engaged in restoration and/or creating birding habitat.

BTW I study people, not birds. 👨🏼‍🌾👩🏻‍🏫👷🏻👵🏾
Regi

"Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things." Dostoyevsky.


> On Jun 17, 2017, at 11:20 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...> wrote:
>
> Oh, yeah. I forgot about Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. I remember when we used to have them in the Northeast. They used to be a really common and cheerful species of the summer. People used to put out these feeders filled with sugar-water to attract them to their house for viewing pleasure. They were these super tiny birds, about the size of a very large bee, and used to hover from flower to flower feeding on nectar, and would glean insects from spider webs from under the eaves of our house.
>
> I’m obviously being facetious, but I’m greatly concerned that we are now beginning to visibly see the effects of the greatest environmental catastrophe since the fifth mass extinction – and this one being entirely caused by human activity. Are we seeing the death of the canaries in the coal mine? Is this finally becoming more visible and working it’s way up the food chain? I haven’t seen a single fly-by Ruby-throated Hummingbird or heard any chittery territorial calls from them this season.
>
> Past few summers, insect numbers have been WAY down. Remember those longer road trips across country, or just after a road trip for a few hours? My windshield would get smattered solid with insect splatter – not so much any more.
>
> I’m concerned that we are all becoming complacent with these changes, and accepting them as the “new norm”. This isn’t normal, this is a huge red flag, and something should be done about it – the question is: what?
>
> Party-pooper,
> Chris
>
>
>
> On Jun 17, 2017, at 10:54 AM, Alicia Plotkin <tess...> wrote:
>
> Thank you for sending this - it is exactly my experience & my concern. I don't worry quite so much about migration, which can skip over us easily due to weather patterns. In fact there was an odd weather pattern in late April that seemed to sling a lot of 'my' warblers up to the coast of Maine where the fallout was welcomed with delight and surprise.
>
> However the lack of nesters anywhere but prime habitat is far more worrisome, especially without any readily identifiable weather event to explain it. It's deeply concerning and I have wondered why no one is talking about it. Thank you for bringing it up!
>
> Alicia
>
> P.S. You left off hummingbirds, which are non-existent or in very low numbers for everyone I know, both folks with feeders and people like me whose plantings are tailored to their tastes. I have not seen a single one in my yard yet. This is hard to believe, our habitat is pretty prime: we live in a large clearing in the woods that is filled with wildflowers, additional hummingbird-favored plants we have added, plenty of water, trees with perfect forks for their nests (based on their past preference), and a neighbor who puts fresh nectar in her feeder every day.
>
>> On 6/17/2017 9:52 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes wrote:
>> Everyone,
>>
>> Just pointing out the obvious here, but bird numbers in my immediate area of Upstate NY are way down this year. I mean, WAY down. John, if you have full capacity of nesting Tree Swallows, it may be that the sites you host are prime and being filled to capacity because they are the best locations. It sounds to me like the sub-par sites are not being filled.
>>
>> Acoustically, birds are seriously lacking this year. Visually, birds are lacking this year. Birding at the Hawthorn Orchard was a disaster, yet there was food and everything was primed to receive birds. Regular numbers of expected birds were hugely lacking. What happened to the Tennessee Warblers and Blackpoll Warblers? I think I recorded something like three Tennessee Warblers at most on one day at the Hawthorn Orchard, then they were just done. Blackpoll Warblers…you were lucky to see or hear a single bird this spring. Blackpoll Warblers used to come through here in droves – just driving around, you would pass singing Blackpoll Warbler after Blackpoll Warbler, during their peak migration through this area. Remember? When all of those Blackpoll Warblers came through, that marked the “end” of that spring migration – the cleanup species – this simply didn’t happen.
>>
>> In overflow areas, where habitat may not be the best, or is sub-par, and which normally fills in because the best habitats are already taken by other birds, the birds simply are not there.
>>
>> Yellow Warblers, everywhere? Nope.
>> Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, everywhere? Nope.
>> Baltimore Orioles, everywhere? Nope.
>> Red-eyed Vireos, everywhere? Nope.
>> Chipping Sparrows, everywhere? Nope.
>> Common birds absolutely everywhere? Nope.
>>
>> I’m just talking about the regular comings and goings of my own personal activities of driving around, walking in and out of buildings, coming and going from home, work, shopping, etc. I’m just not seeing or hearing the abundance of birds that I’m used to seeing or hearing. It just seems deadly quiet this year, if you look at the whole picture – the gestalt of bird abundance this year.
>>
>> Sure, prime habitats may seem to have the “regular” volumes of birds, but the sub-par habitats are seemingly empty.
>>
>> If there is not a rock solid explanation for this, then this is a red flag in my opinion.
>>
>> Perhaps the most logical cause is weather-related.
>>
>> If this is not the case, then we’ve got something far more detrimental going on, at least in the Northeast.
>>
>> Hope I’m wrong.
>>
>> Sincerely,
>> Chris T-H
>>
>> On Jun 17, 2017, at 9:00 AM, <khmo...> wrote:
>>
>> We have 17 boxes active, one with bluebirds, two with House Wren, a one with chickadees and the remainder with Tree Swallows. Probably another good year after a 100% occupancy/success rate last year. We believe this is due to effective placement and predator guards that function well. john
>>
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>>> On 2017-06-17 12:40, Glenn Wilson wrote:
>>>
>>> We usually have a dozen or so flying and nesting until mid summer. I haven't seen a single one since early swallow migration.
>>>
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>>> On Jun 17, 2017, at 8:34 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...> wrote:
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>>> We've had one nesting pr. with 5 young expected to fledge in 11 days. Usually have at least 3 pr. with many others flying about. Not so this yr.. Same with barn swallows. For the last 2 yrs. we've not had more than a doz. of either lining up on our power line in late summer before migration. Used to be many, many dozens. :'(
>>>
>>> The 100 acres behind us were mowed on Wed.. I didn't see a swallow. Same when the school lawns are being mowed. Always before the birds were swooping overhead in great numbers to get insects. We no longer see those many insects.
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Date: 6/17/17 9:04 am
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62...>
Subject: Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
We are kayaker, and there are plenty of birds along the rivers. Yellow warblers, Baltimore orioles and especially cedar waxwings.
Around our house, same as others are reporting.

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> On Jun 17, 2017, at 11:32 AM, Terry P. Mingle <tmingle...> wrote:
>
> We have a TON of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at camp (Forest Lake Campground, in Truxton). Not so many in Cortland (where we live).
>
> Also I've seen almost all the usual suspects in Cortland this year (sans the hummingbirds).
>
> At camp, plenty of assorted swallows (Tree and Barn) Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Scarlet Tanagers, and assorted warblers, along with our resident Barred Owl, hawks, etc.
>
> Oh, and insects, too. (Which I guess, is good AND bad…. could sure do without the flies and mosquitoes!)
>
> Hoping to re-energize the "party"…. :-D
>
> --Terry
>
> =========================
>
>> On Jun 17, 2017 , at 11:20 AM, "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4...> wrote:
>>
>> Oh, yeah. I forgot about Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. I remember when we used to have them in the Northeast. They used to be a really common and cheerful species of the summer. People used to put out these feeders filled with sugar-water to attract them to their house for viewing pleasure. They were these super tiny birds, about the size of a very large bee, and used to hover from flower to flower feeding on nectar, and would glean insects from spider webs from under the eaves of our house.
>>
>> I’m obviously being facetious, but I’m greatly concerned that we are now beginning to visibly see the effects of the greatest environmental catastrophe since the fifth mass extinction – and this one being entirely caused by human activity. Are we seeing the death of the canaries in the coal mine? Is this finally becoming more visible and working it’s way up the food chain? I haven’t seen a single fly-by Ruby-throated Hummingbird or heard any chittery territorial calls from them this season.
>>
>> Past few summers, insect numbers have been WAY down. Remember those longer road trips across country, or just after a road trip for a few hours? My windshield would get smattered solid with insect splatter – not so much any more.
>>
>> I’m concerned that we are all becoming complacent with these changes, and accepting them as the “new norm”. This isn’t normal, this is a huge red flag, and something should be done about it – the question is: what?
>>
>> Party-pooper,
>> Chris
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Date: 6/17/17 8:55 am
From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...>
Subject: Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
Exactly, Terry. The issue is that the birds are in the prime habitat (such as at your campsite) but they are not as prevalent in the sub-prime habitat or traditional backyard habitat

Thanks for trying :-)

Sincerely,
Chris



On Jun 17, 2017, at 11:32 AM, Terry P. Mingle <tmingle...><mailto:<tmingle...>> wrote:

We have a TON of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at camp (Forest Lake Campground, in Truxton<https://forestlakecampground.com/>). Not so many in Cortland (where we live).

Also I've seen almost all the usual suspects in Cortland this year (sans the hummingbirds).

At camp, plenty of assorted swallows (Tree and Barn) Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Scarlet Tanagers, and assorted warblers, along with our resident Barred Owl, hawks, etc.

Oh, and insects, too. (Which I guess, is good AND bad. could sure do without the flies and mosquitoes!)

Hoping to re-energize the "party". :-D

--Terry

=========================

On Jun 17, 2017 , at 11:20 AM, "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4...><mailto:<cth4...>> wrote:

Oh, yeah. I forgot about Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. I remember when we used to have them in the Northeast. They used to be a really common and cheerful species of the summer. People used to put out these feeders filled with sugar-water to attract them to their house for viewing pleasure. They were these super tiny birds, about the size of a very large bee, and used to hover from flower to flower feeding on nectar, and would glean insects from spider webs from under the eaves of our house.

Im obviously being facetious, but Im greatly concerned that we are now beginning to visibly see the effects of the greatest environmental catastrophe since the fifth mass extinction and this one being entirely caused by human activity. Are we seeing the death of the canaries in the coal mine? Is this finally becoming more visible and working its way up the food chain? I havent seen a single fly-by Ruby-throated Hummingbird or heard any chittery territorial calls from them this season.

Past few summers, insect numbers have been WAY down. Remember those longer road trips across country, or just after a road trip for a few hours? My windshield would get smattered solid with insect splatter not so much any more.

Im concerned that we are all becoming complacent with these changes, and accepting them as the new norm. This isnt normal, this is a huge red flag, and something should be done about it the question is: what?

Party-pooper,
Chris

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Date: 6/17/17 8:39 am
From: Carol Schmitt <cfschmitt...>
Subject: Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow

These reports are very worrisome. Fortunately, this year we have a fairly usual supply of Hummers, Tree Swallows and other named species at our cottage (near Long Point).
But -- remember at night when moths used to flutter at windows in great numbers? When did you last see that?
At least the lightning bugs are are still creating a fairyland at night.
Carol S.

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Sent: Sat, Jun 17, 2017 11:20 am
Subject: Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow


Oh, yeah. I forgot about Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. I remember when we used to have them in the Northeast. They used to be a really common and cheerful species of the summer. People used to put out these feeders filled with sugar-water to attract them to their house for viewing pleasure. They were these super tiny birds, about the size of a very large bee, and used to hover from flower to flower feeding on nectar, and would glean insects from spider webs from under the eaves of our house.


I’m obviously being facetious, but I’m greatly concerned that we are now beginning to visibly see the effects of the greatest environmental catastrophe since the fifth mass extinction – and this one being entirely caused by human activity. Are we seeing the death of the canaries in the coal mine? Is this finally becoming more visible and working it’s way up the food chain? I haven’t seen a single fly-by Ruby-throated Hummingbird or heard any chittery territorial calls from them this season.


Past few summers, insect numbers have been WAY down. Remember those longer road trips across country, or just after a road trip for a few hours? My windshield would get smattered solid with insect splatter – not so much any more.



I’m concerned that we are all becoming complacent with these changes, and accepting them as the “new norm”. This isn’t normal, this is a huge red flag, and something should be done about it – the question is: what?


Party-pooper,
Chris






On Jun 17, 2017, at 10:54 AM, Alicia Plotkin <tess...> wrote:


Thank you for sending this - it is exactly my experience & my concern. I don't worry quite so much about migration, which can skip over us easily due to weather patterns. In fact there was an odd weather pattern in late April that seemed to sling a lot of 'my' warblers up to the coast of Maine where the fallout was welcomed with delight and surprise.

However the lack of nesters anywhere but prime habitat is far more worrisome, especially without any readily identifiable weather event to explain it. It's deeply concerning and I have wondered why no one is talking about it. Thank you for bringing it up!

Alicia

P.S. You left off hummingbirds, which are non-existent or in very low numbers for everyone I know, both folks with feeders and people like me whose plantings are tailored to their tastes. I have not seen a single one in my yard yet. This is hard to believe, our habitat is pretty prime: we live in a large clearing in the woods that is filled with wildflowers, additional hummingbird-favored plants we have added, plenty of water, trees with perfect forks for their nests (based on their past preference), and a neighbor who puts fresh nectar in her feeder every day.


On 6/17/2017 9:52 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes wrote:

Everyone,


Just pointing out the obvious here, but bird numbers in my immediate area of Upstate NY are way down this year. I mean,WAY down. John, if you have full capacity of nesting Tree Swallows, it may be that the sites you host are prime and being filled to capacity because theyare the best locations. It sounds to me like the sub-par sites are not being filled.


Acoustically, birds are seriously lacking this year. Visually, birds are lacking this year. Birding at the Hawthorn Orchard was a disaster, yet there was food and everything was primed to receive birds. Regular numbers of expected birds were hugely lacking. What happened to the Tennessee Warblers and Blackpoll Warblers? I think I recorded something like three Tennessee Warblers at most on one day at the Hawthorn Orchard, then they were just done. Blackpoll Warblers…you were lucky to see or hear a single bird this spring. Blackpoll Warblers used to come through here in droves – just driving around, you would pass singing Blackpoll Warbler after Blackpoll Warbler, during their peak migration through this area. Remember? When all of those Blackpoll Warblers came through, that marked the “end” of that spring migration – the cleanup species – this simply didn’t happen.


In overflow areas, where habitat may not be the best, or is sub-par, and which normally fills in because the best habitats are already taken by other birds, the birds simply are not there.


Yellow Warblers, everywhere? Nope.
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, everywhere? Nope.
Baltimore Orioles, everywhere? Nope.
Red-eyed Vireos, everywhere? Nope.
Chipping Sparrows, everywhere? Nope.
Common birds absolutely everywhere? Nope.


I’m just talking about the regular comings and goings of my own personal activities of driving around, walking in and out of buildings, coming and going from home, work, shopping, etc. I’m just not seeing or hearing the abundance of birds that I’m used to seeing or hearing. It just seems deadly quiet this year, if you look at the whole picture – the gestalt of bird abundance this year.


Sure, prime habitats may seem to have the “regular” volumes of birds, but the sub-par habitats are seemingly empty.


If there is not a rock solid explanation for this, then this is a red flag in my opinion.



Perhaps the most logical cause is weather-related.


If this is not the case, then we’ve got something far more detrimental going on, at least in the Northeast.



Hope I’m wrong.


Sincerely,
Chris T-H



On Jun 17, 2017, at 9:00 AM, <khmo...> wrote:



We have 17 boxes active, one with bluebirds, two with House Wren, a one with chickadees and the remainder with Tree Swallows. Probably another good year after a 100% occupancy/success rate last year. We believe this is due to effective placement and predator guards that function well. john


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5373 Fitzgerald Rd
Burdett, NY 14818
42.443508000, -76.758202000

On 2017-06-17 12:40, Glenn Wilson wrote:

We usually have a dozen or so flying and nesting until mid summer. I haven't seen a single one since early swallow migration.

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
www.WilsonsWarbler.com

On Jun 17, 2017, at 8:34 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...> wrote:

We've had one nesting pr. with 5 young expected to fledge in 11 days. Usually have at least 3 pr. with many others flying about. Not so this yr.. Same with barn swallows. For the last 2 yrs. we've not had more than a doz. of either lining up on our power line in late summer before migration. Used to be many, many dozens. :'(

The 100 acres behind us were mowed on Wed.. I didn't see a swallow. Same when the school lawns are being mowed. Always before the birds were swooping overhead in great numbers to get insects. We no longer see those many insects.

Rachel Carson ... we need you again to lead a new fight.

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Date: 6/17/17 8:33 am
From: Terry P. Mingle <tmingle...>
Subject: Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
We have a TON of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at camp (Forest Lake Campground, in Truxton). Not so many in Cortland (where we live).

Also I've seen almost all the usual suspects in Cortland this year (sans the hummingbirds).

At camp, plenty of assorted swallows (Tree and Barn) Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Scarlet Tanagers, and assorted warblers, along with our resident Barred Owl, hawks, etc.

Oh, and insects, too. (Which I guess, is good AND bad. could sure do without the flies and mosquitoes!)

Hoping to re-energize the "party". :-D

--Terry

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On Jun 17, 2017 , at 11:20 AM, "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4...> wrote:

> Oh, yeah. I forgot about Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. I remember when we used to have them in the Northeast. They used to be a really common and cheerful species of the summer. People used to put out these feeders filled with sugar-water to attract them to their house for viewing pleasure. They were these super tiny birds, about the size of a very large bee, and used to hover from flower to flower feeding on nectar, and would glean insects from spider webs from under the eaves of our house.
>
> Im obviously being facetious, but Im greatly concerned that we are now beginning to visibly see the effects of the greatest environmental catastrophe since the fifth mass extinction and this one being entirely caused by human activity. Are we seeing the death of the canaries in the coal mine? Is this finally becoming more visible and working its way up the food chain? I havent seen a single fly-by Ruby-throated Hummingbird or heard any chittery territorial calls from them this season.
>
> Past few summers, insect numbers have been WAY down. Remember those longer road trips across country, or just after a road trip for a few hours? My windshield would get smattered solid with insect splatter not so much any more.
>
> Im concerned that we are all becoming complacent with these changes, and accepting them as the new norm. This isnt normal, this is a huge red flag, and something should be done about it the question is: what?
>
> Party-pooper,
> Chris


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Date: 6/17/17 8:20 am
From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...>
Subject: Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
Oh, yeah. I forgot about Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. I remember when we used to have them in the Northeast. They used to be a really common and cheerful species of the summer. People used to put out these feeders filled with sugar-water to attract them to their house for viewing pleasure. They were these super tiny birds, about the size of a very large bee, and used to hover from flower to flower feeding on nectar, and would glean insects from spider webs from under the eaves of our house.

I’m obviously being facetious, but I’m greatly concerned that we are now beginning to visibly see the effects of the greatest environmental catastrophe since the fifth mass extinction – and this one being entirely caused by human activity. Are we seeing the death of the canaries in the coal mine? Is this finally becoming more visible and working it’s way up the food chain? I haven’t seen a single fly-by Ruby-throated Hummingbird or heard any chittery territorial calls from them this season.

Past few summers, insect numbers have been WAY down. Remember those longer road trips across country, or just after a road trip for a few hours? My windshield would get smattered solid with insect splatter – not so much any more.

I’m concerned that we are all becoming complacent with these changes, and accepting them as the “new norm”. This isn’t normal, this is a huge red flag, and something should be done about it – the question is: what?

Party-pooper,
Chris



On Jun 17, 2017, at 10:54 AM, Alicia Plotkin <tess...><mailto:<tess...>> wrote:

Thank you for sending this - it is exactly my experience & my concern. I don't worry quite so much about migration, which can skip over us easily due to weather patterns. In fact there was an odd weather pattern in late April that seemed to sling a lot of 'my' warblers up to the coast of Maine where the fallout was welcomed with delight and surprise.

However the lack of nesters anywhere but prime habitat is far more worrisome, especially without any readily identifiable weather event to explain it. It's deeply concerning and I have wondered why no one is talking about it. Thank you for bringing it up!

Alicia

P.S. You left off hummingbirds, which are non-existent or in very low numbers for everyone I know, both folks with feeders and people like me whose plantings are tailored to their tastes. I have not seen a single one in my yard yet. This is hard to believe, our habitat is pretty prime: we live in a large clearing in the woods that is filled with wildflowers, additional hummingbird-favored plants we have added, plenty of water, trees with perfect forks for their nests (based on their past preference), and a neighbor who puts fresh nectar in her feeder every day.

On 6/17/2017 9:52 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes wrote:
Everyone,

Just pointing out the obvious here, but bird numbers in my immediate area of Upstate NY are way down this year. I mean, WAY down. John, if you have full capacity of nesting Tree Swallows, it may be that the sites you host are prime and being filled to capacity because they are the best locations. It sounds to me like the sub-par sites are not being filled.

Acoustically, birds are seriously lacking this year. Visually, birds are lacking this year. Birding at the Hawthorn Orchard was a disaster, yet there was food and everything was primed to receive birds. Regular numbers of expected birds were hugely lacking. What happened to the Tennessee Warblers and Blackpoll Warblers? I think I recorded something like three Tennessee Warblers at most on one day at the Hawthorn Orchard, then they were just done. Blackpoll Warblers…you were lucky to see or hear a single bird this spring. Blackpoll Warblers used to come through here in droves – just driving around, you would pass singing Blackpoll Warbler after Blackpoll Warbler, during their peak migration through this area. Remember? When all of those Blackpoll Warblers came through, that marked the “end” of that spring migration – the cleanup species – this simply didn’t happen.

In overflow areas, where habitat may not be the best, or is sub-par, and which normally fills in because the best habitats are already taken by other birds, the birds simply are not there.

Yellow Warblers, everywhere? Nope.
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, everywhere? Nope.
Baltimore Orioles, everywhere? Nope.
Red-eyed Vireos, everywhere? Nope.
Chipping Sparrows, everywhere? Nope.
Common birds absolutely everywhere? Nope.

I’m just talking about the regular comings and goings of my own personal activities of driving around, walking in and out of buildings, coming and going from home, work, shopping, etc. I’m just not seeing or hearing the abundance of birds that I’m used to seeing or hearing. It just seems deadly quiet this year, if you look at the whole picture – the gestalt of bird abundance this year.

Sure, prime habitats may seem to have the “regular” volumes of birds, but the sub-par habitats are seemingly empty.

If there is not a rock solid explanation for this, then this is a red flag in my opinion.

Perhaps the most logical cause is weather-related.

If this is not the case, then we’ve got something far more detrimental going on, at least in the Northeast.

Hope I’m wrong.

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

On Jun 17, 2017, at 9:00 AM, <khmo...><mailto:<khmo...> wrote:


We have 17 boxes active, one with bluebirds, two with House Wren, a one with chickadees and the remainder with Tree Swallows. Probably another good year after a 100% occupancy/success rate last year. We believe this is due to effective placement and predator guards that function well. john


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On 2017-06-17 12:40, Glenn Wilson wrote:

We usually have a dozen or so flying and nesting until mid summer. I haven't seen a single one since early swallow migration.

Glenn Wilson
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On Jun 17, 2017, at 8:34 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...><mailto:<job121830...>> wrote:

We've had one nesting pr. with 5 young expected to fledge in 11 days. Usually have at least 3 pr. with many others flying about. Not so this yr.. Same with barn swallows. For the last 2 yrs. we've not had more than a doz. of either lining up on our power line in late summer before migration. Used to be many, many dozens. :'(

The 100 acres behind us were mowed on Wed.. I didn't see a swallow. Same when the school lawns are being mowed. Always before the birds were swooping overhead in great numbers to get insects. We no longer see those many insects.

Rachel Carson ... we need you again to lead a new fight.

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Date: 6/17/17 7:54 am
From: Alicia Plotkin <tess...>
Subject: Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
Thank you for sending this - it is exactly my experience & my concern.
I don't worry quite so much about migration, which can skip over us
easily due to weather patterns. In fact there was an odd weather
pattern in late April that seemed to sling a lot of 'my' warblers up to
the coast of Maine where the fallout was welcomed with delight and
surprise.

However the lack of nesters anywhere but prime habitat is far more
worrisome, especially without any readily identifiable weather event to
explain it. It's deeply concerning and I have wondered why no one is
talking about it. Thank you for bringing it up!

Alicia

P.S. You left off hummingbirds, which are non-existent or in very low
numbers for everyone I know, both folks with feeders and people like me
whose plantings are tailored to their tastes. /I have not seen a single
one in my yard yet. /This is hard to believe, our habitat is pretty
prime: we live in a large clearing in the woods that is filled with
wildflowers, additional hummingbird-favored plants we have added, plenty
of water, trees with perfect forks for their nests (based on their past
preference), and a neighbor who puts fresh nectar in her feeder every day.

On 6/17/2017 9:52 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes wrote:
> Everyone,
>
> Just pointing out the obvious here, but bird numbers in my immediate
> area of Upstate NY are way down this year. I mean, /WAY/ down. John,
> if you have full capacity of nesting Tree Swallows, it may be that the
> sites you host are prime and being filled to capacity because they
> /are/ the best locations. It sounds to me like the sub-par sites are
> not being filled.
>
> Acoustically, birds are seriously lacking this year. Visually, birds
> are lacking this year. Birding at the Hawthorn Orchard was a disaster,
> yet there was food and everything was primed to receive birds. Regular
> numbers of expected birds were hugely lacking. What happened to the
> Tennessee Warblers and Blackpoll Warblers? I think I recorded
> something like three Tennessee Warblers at most on one day at the
> Hawthorn Orchard, then they were just done. Blackpoll Warblers…you
> were lucky to see or hear a single bird this spring. Blackpoll
> Warblers used to come through here in droves – just driving around,
> you would pass singing Blackpoll Warbler after Blackpoll Warbler,
> during their peak migration through this area. Remember? When all of
> those Blackpoll Warblers came through, that marked the “end” of that
> spring migration – the cleanup species – this simply didn’t happen.
>
> In overflow areas, where habitat may not be the best, or is sub-par,
> and which normally fills in because the best habitats are already
> taken by other birds, the birds simply are not there.
>
> Yellow Warblers, everywhere? Nope.
> Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, everywhere? Nope.
> Baltimore Orioles, everywhere? Nope.
> Red-eyed Vireos, everywhere? Nope.
> Chipping Sparrows, everywhere? Nope.
> Common birds absolutely everywhere? Nope.
>
> I’m just talking about the regular comings and goings of my own
> personal activities of driving around, walking in and out of
> buildings, coming and going from home, work, shopping, etc. I’m just
> not seeing or hearing the abundance of birds that I’m used to seeing
> or hearing. It just seems deadly quiet this year, if you look at the
> whole picture – the gestalt of bird abundance this year.
>
> Sure, prime habitats may seem to have the “regular” volumes of birds,
> but the sub-par habitats are seemingly empty.
>
> If there is not a rock solid explanation for this, then this is a red
> flag in my opinion.
>
> Perhaps the most logical cause is weather-related.
>
> If this is not the case, then we’ve got something far more detrimental
> going on, at least in the Northeast.
>
> Hope I’m wrong.
>
> Sincerely,
> Chris T-H
>
> On Jun 17, 2017, at 9:00 AM, <khmo...> <mailto:<khmo...>
> wrote:
>
> We have 17 boxes active, one with bluebirds, two with House Wren, a
> one with chickadees and the remainder with Tree Swallows. Probably
> another good year after a 100% occupancy/success rate last year. We
> believe this is due to effective placement and predator guards that
> function well. john
>
>
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> Field Ornithologists
> Kestrel Haven Migration Observatory
> 5373 Fitzgerald Rd
> Burdett, NY 14818
> 42.443508000, -76.758202000
>
> On 2017-06-17 12:40, Glenn Wilson wrote:
>
>> We usually have a dozen or so flying and nesting until mid summer. I
>> haven't seen a single one since early swallow migration.
>>
>> Glenn Wilson
>> Endicott, NY
>> www.WilsonsWarbler.com <http://www.wilsonswarbler.com/>
>>
>> On Jun 17, 2017, at 8:34 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard
>> <job121830...> <mailto:<job121830...>> wrote:
>>
>> We've had one nesting pr. with 5 young expected to fledge in 11 days.
>> Usually have at least 3 pr. with many others flying about. Not so
>> this yr.. Same with barn swallows. For the last 2 yrs. we've not had
>> more than a doz. of either lining up on our power line in late summer
>> before migration. Used to be many, many dozens. :'(
>>
>> The 100 acres behind us were mowed on Wed.. I didn't see a swallow.
>> Same when the school lawns are being mowed. Always before the birds
>> were swooping overhead in great numbers to get insects. We no longer
>> see those many insects.
>>
>> Rachel Carson ... we need you again to lead a new fight.
>>
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>>
>> Union Springs
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Date: 6/17/17 7:41 am
From: Tobias Dean <tdean10...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
we usually have at least 2 nesting pairs of tree swallows in boxes furthest
from house. I haven't seen any in our boxes this year. barn swallows made
it however.

On Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM <khmo...> wrote:

> We have 17 boxes active, one with bluebirds, two with House Wren, a one
> with chickadees and the remainder with Tree Swallows. Probably another good
> year after a 100% occupancy/success rate last year. We believe this is due
> to effective placement and predator guards that function well. john
>
>
> ---
> John and Sue Gregoire
> Field Ornithologists
> Kestrel Haven Migration Observatory
> 5373 Fitzgerald Rd
> Burdett, NY 14818
> 42.443508000, -76.758202000
>
> On 2017-06-17 12:40, Glenn Wilson wrote:
>
> We usually have a dozen or so flying and nesting until mid summer. I
> haven't seen a single one since early swallow migration.
>
> Glenn Wilson
> Endicott, NY
> www.WilsonsWarbler.com
>
> On Jun 17, 2017, at 8:34 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard <
> <job121830...> wrote:
>
> We've had one nesting pr. with 5 young expected to fledge in 11 days.
> Usually have at least 3 pr. with many others flying about. Not so this yr..
> Same with barn swallows. For the last 2 yrs. we've not had more than a doz.
> of either lining up on our power line in late summer before migration. Used
> to be many, many dozens. :'(
>
> The 100 acres behind us were mowed on Wed.. I didn't see a swallow. Same
> when the school lawns are being mowed. Always before the birds were
> swooping overhead in great numbers to get insects. We no longer see those
> many insects.
>
> Rachel Carson ... we need you again to lead a new fight.
>
> Fritzie Blizzard
>
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Date: 6/17/17 7:21 am
From: Mark Chao <markchao...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park, Sat 6/17
On Saturday morning, I saw the pair of ORCHARD ORIOLES again in the same
lone creekside willow where I reported them on Thursday, just upstream from
the boathouse in Stewart Park. Gary Kohlenberg and I saw these orioles in
this very tree also on Friday afternoon. The subadult male is not too hard
to locate because of his rambling song (faster and longer than a Baltimore
Oriole’s, sometimes but not always with a burry note in the middle or at
the end), but he can be hard to see in the foliage. The female is even
easier to miss, but I’ve seen her all three days in the branches hanging
right over the creek. (This is Fall Creek, not Cascadilla Creek as I wrote
on Thursday. Sorry if I confused anyone.)



So breeding seems quite possible in this tree or the immediate vicinity.
But despite some close attention for half an hour this morning, I didn’t
find a nest, nor see anyone carrying food or nest material.



Here is today’s checklist with some photos.



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(There is a half-marathon passing right through Stewart Park, indeed right
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only very minor inconvenience in terms of driving, and essentially none in
terms of watching birds.)



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Date: 6/17/17 7:21 am
From: <khmo...>
Subject: Re: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
Chris et al,

I appreciate your comments and fully agree. We are blessed that after 31
years the restoration work to the sanctuary here has really come to
fruition. The creation of multiple water features and habitat niches has
proven very successful as has design/placement of nest boxes. The
elimination of people traffic from the sanctuary of a conservation
easement has also been of benefit to the wildlife.

That said, we have also experienced this crazy spring "pattern". We've
been studying the timing and routing of migration for the three decades
we've worked here and are as flummoxed as everyone else.

Some considerations. First weather favored a stop south of us and at
times an overflight as shown by the arrival of species in Ontario well
ahead of our area. Early and profuse blooming favored nectaring species
to either stay south or come late. The local landscape view has changed
radically and rapidly with the growth of agribusiness dairies, removal
of hedgerows and even woodlots, that added to all the other man induced
migration hazards of course! That same redo of farming methods has
extirpated many avian species in our area. Several sparrow and warbler
species are simply no longer here or about.

For comparison:

> Yellow Warblers, everywhere? Nope. abundant
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak -Nope . abundant
> Baltimore Orioles, everywhere? Nope. several
> Red-eyed Vireos, everywhere? Nope. many heard -even in the dooryard
> Chipping Sparrows, everywhere? Nope. a few pair but they go very sneaky during nesting so we'll see once young fledge
> Common birds absolutely everywhere? Nope. As above -several missing
>
> A final note and observation. Thirty years ago, bird life and song was plentiful as was competition for habitat. I think we all agree that species numbers have plummeted and this is quite observable in the paucity of territorial competition and later song during nesting. Just isn't there these days.
> Best,
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On 2017-06-17 13:52, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes wrote:

> Everyone,
>
> Just pointing out the obvious here, but bird numbers in my immediate area of Upstate NY are way down this year. I mean, _WAY_ down. John, if you have full capacity of nesting Tree Swallows, it may be that the sites you host are prime and being filled to capacity because they _are_ the best locations. It sounds to me like the sub-par sites are not being filled.
>
> Acoustically, birds are seriously lacking this year. Visually, birds are lacking this year. Birding at the Hawthorn Orchard was a disaster, yet there was food and everything was primed to receive birds. Regular numbers of expected birds were hugely lacking. What happened to the Tennessee Warblers and Blackpoll Warblers? I think I recorded something like three Tennessee Warblers at most on one day at the Hawthorn Orchard, then they were just done. Blackpoll Warblers...you were lucky to see or hear a single bird this spring. Blackpoll Warblers used to come through here in droves - just driving around, you would pass singing Blackpoll Warbler after Blackpoll Warbler, during their peak migration through this area. Remember? When all of those Blackpoll Warblers came through, that marked the "end" of that spring migration - the cleanup species - this simply didn't happen.
>
> In overflow areas, where habitat may not be the best, or is sub-par, and which normally fills in because the best habitats are already taken by other birds, the birds simply are not there.
>
> Yellow Warblers, everywhere? Nope.
> Rose-breasted Gro
> Yellow Warblers, everywhere? Nope.
> Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, everywhere? Nope.
> Baltimore Orioles, everywhere? Nope.
> Red-eyed sbeaks, everywhere? Nope.
> Baltimore Orioles, everywhere? Nope.
> Red-eyed Vireos, everywhere? Nope.
> Chipping Sparrows, everywhere? Nope.
> Common birds absolutely everywhere? Nope.
>
> I'm just talking about the regular comings and goings of my own personal activities of driving around, walking in and out of buildings, coming and going from home, work, shopping, etc. I'm just not seeing or hearing the abundance of birds that I'm used to seeing or hearing. It just seems deadly quiet this year, if you look at the whole picture - the gestalt of bird abundance this year.
>
> Sure, prime habitats may seem to have the "regular" volumes of birds, but the sub-par habitats are seemingly empty.
>
> If there is not a rock solid explanation for this, then this is a red flag in my opinion.
>
> Perhaps the most logical cause is weather-related.
>
> If this is not the case, then we've got something far more detrimental going on, at least in the Northeast.
>
> Hope I'm wrong.
>
> Sincerely,
> Chris T-H
>
> On Jun 17, 2017, at 9:00 AM, <khmo...> wrote:
>
> We have 17 boxes active, one with bluebirds, two with House Wren, a one with chickadees and the remainder with Tree Swallows. Probably another good year after a 100% occupancy/success rate last year. We believe this is due to effective placement and predator guards that function well. john
>
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> On 2017-06-17 12:40, Glenn Wilson wrote:
>
>> We usually have a dozen or so flying and nesting until mid summer. I haven't seen a single one since early swallow migration.
>>
>> Glenn Wilson
>> Endicott, NY
>> www.WilsonsWarbler.com [1]
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>> On Jun 17, 2017, at 8:34 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...> wrote:
>>
>> We've had one nesting pr. with 5 young expected to fledge in 11 days. Usually have at least 3 pr. with many others flying about. Not so this yr.. Same with barn swallows. For the last 2 yrs. we've not had more than a doz. of either lining up on our power line in late summer before migration. Used to be many, many dozens. :'(
>>
>> The 100 acres behind us were mowed on Wed.. I didn't see a swallow. Same when the school lawns are being mowed. Always before the birds were swooping overhead in great numbers to get insects. We no longer see those many insects.
>>
>> Rachel Carson ... we need you again to lead a new fight.
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Date: 6/17/17 6:52 am
From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...>
Subject: No birds - Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
Everyone,

Just pointing out the obvious here, but bird numbers in my immediate area of Upstate NY are way down this year. I mean, WAY down. John, if you have full capacity of nesting Tree Swallows, it may be that the sites you host are prime and being filled to capacity because they are the best locations. It sounds to me like the sub-par sites are not being filled.

Acoustically, birds are seriously lacking this year. Visually, birds are lacking this year. Birding at the Hawthorn Orchard was a disaster, yet there was food and everything was primed to receive birds. Regular numbers of expected birds were hugely lacking. What happened to the Tennessee Warblers and Blackpoll Warblers? I think I recorded something like three Tennessee Warblers at most on one day at the Hawthorn Orchard, then they were just done. Blackpoll Warblers…you were lucky to see or hear a single bird this spring. Blackpoll Warblers used to come through here in droves – just driving around, you would pass singing Blackpoll Warbler after Blackpoll Warbler, during their peak migration through this area. Remember? When all of those Blackpoll Warblers came through, that marked the “end” of that spring migration – the cleanup species – this simply didn’t happen.

In overflow areas, where habitat may not be the best, or is sub-par, and which normally fills in because the best habitats are already taken by other birds, the birds simply are not there.

Yellow Warblers, everywhere? Nope.
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, everywhere? Nope.
Baltimore Orioles, everywhere? Nope.
Red-eyed Vireos, everywhere? Nope.
Chipping Sparrows, everywhere? Nope.
Common birds absolutely everywhere? Nope.

I’m just talking about the regular comings and goings of my own personal activities of driving around, walking in and out of buildings, coming and going from home, work, shopping, etc. I’m just not seeing or hearing the abundance of birds that I’m used to seeing or hearing. It just seems deadly quiet this year, if you look at the whole picture – the gestalt of bird abundance this year.

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If there is not a rock solid explanation for this, then this is a red flag in my opinion.

Perhaps the most logical cause is weather-related.

If this is not the case, then we’ve got something far more detrimental going on, at least in the Northeast.

Hope I’m wrong.

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

On Jun 17, 2017, at 9:00 AM, <khmo...><mailto:<khmo...> wrote:


We have 17 boxes active, one with bluebirds, two with House Wren, a one with chickadees and the remainder with Tree Swallows. Probably another good year after a 100% occupancy/success rate last year. We believe this is due to effective placement and predator guards that function well. john


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On 2017-06-17 12:40, Glenn Wilson wrote:

We usually have a dozen or so flying and nesting until mid summer. I haven't seen a single one since early swallow migration.

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The 100 acres behind us were mowed on Wed.. I didn't see a swallow. Same when the school lawns are being mowed. Always before the birds were swooping overhead in great numbers to get insects. We no longer see those many insects.

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Date: 6/17/17 6:00 am
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
We have 17 boxes active, one with bluebirds, two with House Wren, a one
with chickadees and the remainder with Tree Swallows. Probably another
good year after a 100% occupancy/success rate last year. We believe this
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> We usually have a dozen or so flying and nesting until mid summer. I haven't seen a single one since early swallow migration.
>
> Glenn Wilson
> Endicott, NY
> www.WilsonsWarbler.com [1]
>
> On Jun 17, 2017, at 8:34 AM, John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...> wrote:
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> We've had one nesting pr. with 5 young expected to fledge in 11 days. Usually have at least 3 pr. with many others flying about. Not so this yr.. Same with barn swallows. For the last 2 yrs. we've not had more than a doz. of either lining up on our power line in late summer before migration. Used to be many, many dozens. :'(
>
> The 100 acres behind us were mowed on Wed.. I didn't see a swallow. Same when the school lawns are being mowed. Always before the birds were swooping overhead in great numbers to get insects. We no longer see those many insects.
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Date: 6/17/17 5:40 am
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
We usually have a dozen or so flying and nesting until mid summer. I haven't seen a single one since early swallow migration.

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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Date: 6/17/17 5:34 am
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
We've had one nesting pr. with 5 young expected to fledge in 11 days.
Usually have at least 3 pr. with many others flying about. Not so this
yr.. Same with barn swallows. For the last 2 yrs. we've not had more
than a doz. of either lining up on our power line in late summer before
migration. Used to be many, many dozens. :'(

The 100 acres behind us were mowed on Wed.. I didn't see a swallow. Same
when the school lawns are being mowed. Always before the birds were
swooping overhead in great numbers to get insects. We no longer see
those many insects.

Rachel Carson ... we need you again to lead a new fight.

Fritzie Blizzard

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Date: 6/16/17 4:39 pm
From: Michele Emerick Brown <mb72...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Tree swallow
Has anyone else noticed a lack of tree swallows? I usually have them lined up on my power line and nesting in boxes in the yard, but this year I've seen just one or 2 at a time.


Any explanation?


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Date: 6/16/17 3:47 am
From: Jody Enck <jodyenck...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake Birding Trail
Hello Dave,

I think it would be a wonderful idea to work toward a Cayuga Lake Birding
Trail!
Given the foundation that already exists through the great book about where
to bird in the Cayuga Lake Basin that involved a number of members from the
Cayuga Bird Club, I think it is a logical next step to work towards the
goal of having a recognized birding trail. I definitely am willing to help
out. I encourage others to join in, too.

Thanks
Jody

On Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 11:14 PM, Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> wrote:

> As you have gone birding around the lake, you may have noticed an
> occasional sign, "Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway," along the loop which includes
> NYS-34B, NYS-90, NYS-5/US-20, & NYS-89. Like me, you may have said, "Yep,
> it's scenic, glad someone noticed." And, like me, you may not have realized
> that this Scenic Byway is not simply a recognition by NYSDOT, it is also
> managed by a non-profit whose board consists of government & business folks
> from Cayuga, Seneca, & Tompkins Counties. Given that knowledge, however, I
> was not surprised that one of their goals is to promote tourism.
>
> It turns out that this board wants to develop a "Cayuga Lake Birding
> Trail," and that a member of that board has asked me to help. That person
> is Andrea Van Beusichem, who has previously asked me to lead late-summer
> shorebird field trips into otherwise off-limits parts of Montezuma NWR.
> Given that the commitment is only one meeting every other month, I said,
> "Sure!," even though I'm not fond of commitments to be indoors, nor am I
> sure exactly what they have in mind as an end product, nor do I bring all
> the necessary skills to the group.
>
> I figure birding and birders will benefit if we do a decent job. Birders,
> particularly from out of the area, may have an easier time knowing where to
> go, when to go there, and what to look for. People who are not (yet)
> birders, may get some interest, or at least some respect for the activity.
> Families vacationing in the area can split their time if some members are
> more outdoorsy than others. Landowners may be more willing to permit
> birders access to lakeshore viewing points and even take pride in unusual
> birds found there. Businesses may take an interest in selling the things
> that we seek, such as gasoline, coffee and donuts, sandwiches, or ice cream
> as the price for access to a bathroom, or full sit-down meals, or hotels
> rooms for out of town folks, or outdoor gear, or optics, particularly if we
> highlight their business and send patrons their way. Governments may
> recognize that birders, along with birds and their habitats, are a
> constituency worth maintaining.
>
> I'm looking for additional people who may be interested (Jody or another
> Cayuga Bird Club representative &/or someone from the Campus Bird Study
> Group?).
>
> I'm looking for opinions as to what a "birding trail" should entail. I
> figure at a minimum there should be some on-line information, signage at
> important sites, enthusiastic promotion of _The Cayuga Bird Club guide to
> Birding the Cayuga Lake Basin Edited by Bob McGuire_, an invitation to
> subscribe to CayugaBirds-L, and basic instruction on the use and usefulness
> of eBird.
>
> Are there potentially great birding sites around the lake that could use
> more definite permission to access, or clearer terms? I'm hoping that we
> can scan the lake from some of the places which the Cayuga Lake Blueways
> Trail is using for lake access for people using canoes, kayaks, &
> paddleboards.
>
> I also want to encourage people using bikes to bring binoculars, go slow,
> listen and look for birds, stop frequently, enjoy birding, gorges, trees,
> and vistas at rest stops, and generally cultivate the opinion that these
> values can outweigh the distance, speed, or exercise tallied on a ride.
>
> In addition to the birds that particularly thrill us as unusual, what
> species are people not from here most likely to be impressed by even though
> they are not hard for us to find?
>
> If we want to negotiate access to more sites, I want help from a more
> "people-person." If we want to get grant money to develop the trail, then
> that's another specialist I'm looking for.
>
> Are there existing businesses that you particularly appreciate as a birder
> or ones that you miss or wish existed?
>
> Anyway, please send me feedback. If it gets cumbersome, send it to me
> off-list, but I hope the subject is of general birding interest at least
> for a couple days. Thanks for reading and thinking about this stuff.
>
> --Dave Nutter
>
>
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Date: 6/15/17 8:14 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Lake Birding Trail
As you have gone birding around the lake, you may have noticed an occasional sign, "Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway," along the loop which includes NYS-34B, NYS-90, NYS-5/US-20, & NYS-89. Like me, you may have said, "Yep, it's scenic, glad someone noticed." And, like me, you may not have realized that this Scenic Byway is not simply a recognition by NYSDOT, it is also managed by a non-profit whose board consists of government & business folks from Cayuga, Seneca, & Tompkins Counties. Given that knowledge, however, I was not surprised that one of their goals is to promote tourism.

It turns out that this board wants to develop a "Cayuga Lake Birding Trail," and that a member of that board has asked me to help. That person is Andrea Van Beusichem, who has previously asked me to lead late-summer shorebird field trips into otherwise off-limits parts of Montezuma NWR. Given that the commitment is only one meeting every other month, I said, "Sure!," even though I'm not fond of commitments to be indoors, nor am I sure exactly what they have in mind as an end product, nor do I bring all the necessary skills to the group.

I figure birding and birders will benefit if we do a decent job. Birders, particularly from out of the area, may have an easier time knowing where to go, when to go there, and what to look for. People who are not (yet) birders, may get some interest, or at least some respect for the activity. Families vacationing in the area can split their time if some members are more outdoorsy than others. Landowners may be more willing to permit birders access to lakeshore viewing points and even take pride in unusual birds found there. Businesses may take an interest in selling the things that we seek, such as gasoline, coffee and donuts, sandwiches, or ice cream as the price for access to a bathroom, or full sit-down meals, or hotels rooms for out of town folks, or outdoor gear, or optics, particularly if we highlight their business and send patrons their way. Governments may recognize that birders, along with birds and their habitats, are a constituency worth maintaining.

I'm looking for additional people who may be interested (Jody or another Cayuga Bird Club representative &/or someone from the Campus Bird Study Group?).

I'm looking for opinions as to what a "birding trail" should entail. I figure at a minimum there should be some on-line information, signage at important sites, enthusiastic promotion of _The Cayuga Bird Club guide to Birding the Cayuga Lake Basin Edited by Bob McGuire_, an invitation to subscribe to CayugaBirds-L, and basic instruction on the use and usefulness of eBird.

Are there potentially great birding sites around the lake that could use more definite permission to access, or clearer terms? I'm hoping that we can scan the lake from some of the places which the Cayuga Lake Blueways Trail is using for lake access for people using canoes, kayaks, & paddleboards.

I also want to encourage people using bikes to bring binoculars, go slow, listen and look for birds, stop frequently, enjoy birding, gorges, trees, and vistas at rest stops, and generally cultivate the opinion that these values can outweigh the distance, speed, or exercise tallied on a ride.

In addition to the birds that particularly thrill us as unusual, what species are people not from here most likely to be impressed by even though they are not hard for us to find?

If we want to negotiate access to more sites, I want help from a more "people-person." If we want to get grant money to develop the trail, then that's another specialist I'm looking for.

Are there existing businesses that you particularly appreciate as a birder or ones that you miss or wish existed?

Anyway, please send me feedback. If it gets cumbersome, send it to me off-list, but I hope the subject is of general birding interest at least for a couple days. Thanks for reading and thinking about this stuff.

--Dave Nutter


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Date: 6/15/17 11:14 am
From: Mark Chao <markchao...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park, Th 6/15
I meant that the Orchard Orioles were in the willow upstream from the
boathouse, not downstream.

MC

On Jun 15, 2017 1:50 PM, "Mark Chao" <markchao...> wrote:

> At midday on Thursday, I saw two ORCHARD ORIOLES together near the
> boathouse and Fuertes Sanctuary (swan pen) in Stewart Park. A female
> offered long views as she foraged low in the willow downstream from the
> boathouse, in branches drooping right over Cascadilla Creek. A subadult
> male joined her briefly here, but mostly sang from the trees at the corner
> of the big lawn. This was my first good look at these birds, despite
> several attempts and recurrent reports by others since mid-May. I’m glad I
> tried again, and especially glad that I widened my search to that willow.
> (From here I also heard a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO singing in the Newman golf
> course woods.)
>
>
>
> Yesterday I decided to go look for bitterns and rails at Montezuma NWR. I
> didn’t find any, but instead I was abundantly entertained by BLACK TERNS
> and families of water birds. I even learned something kind of
> mind-boggling (or maybe relearned what I knew long ago but forgot) –
> AMERICAN COOT chicks have bald pink crowns, bright red bills, and wispy yet
> flamboyant orange neck-ruffs, while COMMON GALLINULE chicks are similarly
> homely but colorful and charming -- bare-pated with a little more yellow on
> the bill.
>
>
>
> And I got an even better consolation prize on the way up, as a
> BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO paused in the open just as I was driving by.
>
>
>
> Here are my eBird checklists with some photos:
>
>
>
> Lake Road drive-by cuckoo:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37589052
>
>
>
> Montezuma NWR Wildlife Drive:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37589209
>
>
>
> Stewart Park:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37605275
>
>
>
>
>
> Mark Chao
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 6/15/17 10:51 am
From: Mark Chao <markchao...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park, Th 6/15
At midday on Thursday, I saw two ORCHARD ORIOLES together near the
boathouse and Fuertes Sanctuary (swan pen) in Stewart Park. A female
offered long views as she foraged low in the willow downstream from the
boathouse, in branches drooping right over Cascadilla Creek. A subadult
male joined her briefly here, but mostly sang from the trees at the corner
of the big lawn. This was my first good look at these birds, despite
several attempts and recurrent reports by others since mid-May. I’m glad I
tried again, and especially glad that I widened my search to that willow.
(From here I also heard a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO singing in the Newman golf
course woods.)



Yesterday I decided to go look for bitterns and rails at Montezuma NWR. I
didn’t find any, but instead I was abundantly entertained by BLACK TERNS
and families of water birds. I even learned something kind of
mind-boggling (or maybe relearned what I knew long ago but forgot) –
AMERICAN COOT chicks have bald pink crowns, bright red bills, and wispy yet
flamboyant orange neck-ruffs, while COMMON GALLINULE chicks are similarly
homely but colorful and charming -- bare-pated with a little more yellow on
the bill.



And I got an even better consolation prize on the way up, as a BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOO paused in the open just as I was driving by.



Here are my eBird checklists with some photos:



Lake Road drive-by cuckoo:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37589052



Montezuma NWR Wildlife Drive:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37589209



Stewart Park:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37605275





Mark Chao

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Date: 6/14/17 5:18 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] FW: Melissa Groo re Red-Tailed Hawk Release
The Red Tailed Hawk that my neighbor found in my little woods and that I took to the Cornell Vet School Wildlife Clinic in February 2017 has been released back into the NW Lansing area!
Look thru the Facebook stuff below- there are still photos and also a YouTube video of its release at the Lansingville Fire Hall on NY Rt. 34B, and a short story about lead poisoning in birds.

Melissa Groo photographed the release, while somebody else videotaped it for YouTube.
I am so glad that this bird had a happy outcome to lead poisoning!

I sent a donation to the Janet Swanson Wildlife Rehab Clinic. http://vet.cornell.edu/hospital/services/wildlife/

Donna Scott
Lansing Station Road
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Date: 6/14/17 6:41 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Yard birds/hummers
Even tho I have cut back on the volume of bird seeds provided, I still have interesting birds here. I have seen both female & male HUMMINGBIRDS at their feeder, as well as a DOWNY WOODPECKER mother feeding a baby at the bark butter log. Regular customers are the many A GOLDFINCHES eating nyjer seed.
I think the WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH is feeding a baby both suet & sunflower seeds.
CATBIRDS enjoy suet too.

Also saw 2 BLUE JAY babies w/short tails interacting with parent birds in tree outside my porch.
BROWN THRASHERS active across road & a small hawk (Sharpie or Coopers) zoomed thru the yard after a bird that it missed catching.

Most mornings I hear 1 or 2 OSPREYS chirping down near the water! Lotsa GRACKLES both in yard & on beach.
Baby ducks include 6 COMMON MERGS & 4 MALLARDS.

& I still hear the 2 WOOD THRUSHES singing in woods along w/ the occasional A. REDSTART!

Donna Scott
Lansing/by Cayuga L.
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Date: 6/12/17 12:45 pm
From: Birding <danskin...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club annual Dish-to-Pass Picnic
Usually by 6 pm the booth is closed. We have never had to pay entrance fee in the past so probably no need to worry about it this year either.

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> Our end-of-year Cayuga Bird Club dish-to-pass picnic will once again be held at Myers Point Park (off Route 34B in the town of Lansing) tonight at 6:00 pm.
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Date: 6/12/17 12:07 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] syracuse RBA
*  New York*  Syracuse
- June 12, 2017
*  NYSY  06. 12.17 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):June 05, 2017 - June 12, 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 12  AT 2 p.m. (EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 05, 2017.
Highlights--------------
LEAST BITTERNBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONLITTLE BLUE HERONBUFFLEHEADWHIMBRELSHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERUPLAND SANDPIPERCOMMON NIGHTHAWKRED-HEADED WOODPECKERACADIAN FLYCATCHERYELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERSWAINSON’S THRUSHPROTHONOTARY WARBLERGRASSHOPPER SPARROWORCHARD ORIOLE




Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)------------
     Only 6 species of Shorebirds were reported from the complex this week highlighted by the 2 WHIMBRELS found on 6/10 at Benning Marsh along the Wildlife Trail.     6/7: A late staying BUFFLEHEAD was seen along the Wildlife Drive.     6/8: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen on the Wildlife Drive.      6/9: A rare for our area LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen on Carncross Road. it was seen again on the 10th. and 11th. A LEAST BITTERN and an ORCHARD ORIOLE were reported from Howland Island.     6/11: A LEAST BITTERN was found at the Visitor’s Center.     6/12: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continues in the forested area on Armitage Road just west of the one lane bridge. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues on Carncross Road. 

Cayuga County------------
     6/7: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen on the bluff camping area at Fair Haven State Park. An adult and juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were reported coming to a feeder at a home near the State Park.

Onondaga County------------
     6/7: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen along the Erie Canal Trail.     6/9: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues at Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville.     6/11: A LEAST BITTERN continues in the marsh south of Potter Road at the Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

Oswego County------------     6/6: Two SWAINSON’S THRUSHES were heard at Otto Mills Road north of Redfield.  Two were heard again and one was seen at the same location the next day. A REDHEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Sandy Island State Park on Lake Ontario.  An adult FRANKLIN’S GULL was found on the north side of Rt. 49 in West Monroe. It was found again briefly the nest day but not seen since. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen in Hastings on Co. Rt. 84 at the Carley’s Mills Cemetery. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was found at Noyes Sanctuary in the Town of Scriba.

Madison County------------
     6/8: A first summer male ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen from Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County------------
     6/6: A late YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.     6/8: An upland sandpiper was seen at the Deerfield Grasslands south of Poland.

Herkimer county------------
     6/6: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen on Barnes Road in the Town of Stratford.

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Date: 6/12/17 9:38 am
From: Tracy McLellan <trcymclellan...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club annual Dish-to-Pass Picnic
The entry fee for Myers Park went up to $5.00 per car this year.
Tracy

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> $4 fee, unless u r a Lansing resident, in which case u can get a free
> window sticker at Parks & Rec office, Town Hall, that gets u into Myers
> Park for free.
> Donna
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> Donna Scott
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Date: 6/12/17 6:03 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club annual Dish-to-Pass Picnic
$4 fee, unless u r a Lansing resident, in which case u can get a free window sticker at Parks & Rec office, Town Hall, that gets u into Myers Park for free.
Donna

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Our end-of-year Cayuga Bird Club dish-to-pass picnic will once again be held at Myers Point Park (off Route 34B in the town of Lansing) tonight at 6:00 pm.

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Date: 6/12/17 6:00 am
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club annual Dish-to-Pass Picnic
Our end-of-year Cayuga Bird Club dish-to-pass picnic will once again be held at Myers Point Park (off Route 34B in the town of Lansing) tonight at 6:00 pm.

Come meet and socialize with your fellow bird club members! Bring: a generous dish-to-share your own place settingbeverage binoculars Join us at Pavilion A (close to the spit at Myers Point). We will have a short walk to look for birds in the park after dinner. Don't forget there is a $4 fee for entering the park, so be prepared or plan to carpool!
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Date: 6/10/17 12:05 pm
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel at Benning Marsh
Currently two Whimbrel at Benning Marsh, MNWR, found by Scott Peterson. At west end of pool with a few Mallards.
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Date: 6/8/17 8:13 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Hummingbirds
We have a hummingbird feeder, but it's not in a place where we can always monitor it. We first saw it used on 19 May by a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird. It was several days before we saw one/her again, but we now believe she visits regularly, although she is quiet and would be easy to overlook.

On Tuesday (6 June) afternoon I was by Newman Golf Course wondering about the possibility of Yellow-throated Warblers in the Sycamore trees, and I noticed that those trees' foliage looks sparse. (I think the newest leaves are dying. If anyone knows what's going on with them please let me know.) While I was stopped I saw a female hummingbird at some weeds nearby, carrying what looked like a wad of Cottonwood fluff in her bill. This white blob made her easy enough to follow that I saw where she took it. She's building a nest on the fork of a Sycamore twig. It has lots of fluff with several bits of lichen attached. I've checked several times since, and only seen her at work in the middle of the day, not early morning nor late evening, but there seems to be progress still. I'll keep you updated if I note any milestones.

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Date: 6/8/17 2:04 pm
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] FOY House Wren
We FINALLY saw a female hummer 20 May. Next time was 27 May. 3rd time
was 4 June. Feeder is outside our kit. window.

First BLUEBIRDS & HOUSE WRENS hatched 5 days ago. TREE SWALLOWS hatched
yesterday. Swallow box is on the clothes line arm, 27 ft. from the house
& where we & others walk by. House sparrows are here in greater numbers
than ever, along with starlings but seem to be occupied with their own
nests.

Maybe, hopefully, with this warmer weather we'll see more insects & more
bird activity.

Fritzie
Union Springs

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> yard and investigated one of our nest boxes. This is around one month
> later than usual. Also, on my walk around Beebe and Mundy yesterday I
> was hearing more RED-EYED VIREOS than I had before. Are more birds
> still migrating in, or was this just coincidental? We still haven't
> had any HUMMINGBIRDS, since seeing our first one on May 11.
>
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Date: 6/8/17 1:26 pm
From: John Confer <confer...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin nests
One persistent pair of Merlins!

One of the nests I am monitoring is likely by a pair that successfully raised 5 young last year in a nest about 400 m from the current nest. The current nest is in the back yard of a family with three, young kids. Two days ago, I walked up to check on the nest and found that the land owners were gone. However, a new raised swimming pool had been installed about 15 m from the base of the nest tree and a tree frequently used by the pair was cut down, which provided more sunlight for the pool. I was sure that the birds would have abandon the nest. But, there they were. The male called as he brought in food and the female responded. Amazing.
So far, four of the five nests I am monitoring this year are still active. Young should be hatching about this week. Previously most failures of a nest occurred by this stage in the nesting cycle. So, I am hopeful for a better year this year than the last two years.

As eggs hatch and nestlings become noisy and demand frequent feeding, the adults become conspicuous. I don't know if any nest has nestlings yet because I don't get to every nest every day, but there will be young soon. By the way, if anyone finds a Merlin nest location, I would love to know about it off cayugabirds at <confer...>, thanks.

Kak, Kak, Kak, Kak,
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Date: 6/8/17 12:03 pm
From: <clr82...> <clr82...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] bald eagle swimming?
Thanks all!
I've sent all of your first-hand accounts on to my friends. Alas, that ranger will have to look up the answers for himself... Colleen Richards

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Date: 6/8/17 9:45 am
From: Sandra Lynn Babcock <slb348...>
Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: June 08, 2017
Hi Nari,

I live off of Ellis Hollow Road (on Hartwood) and I have a pair of pileateds (and occasionally their offspring) that eat at our suet feeders several times a day, starting in May. They tend to disappear in late August and then we don't see them for the entire winter. I've always wondered why they don't come to the suet feeder in the winter. Any ideas?

Best,
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CAYUGABIRDS-L Digest for Thursday, June 08, 2017.

1. Pileated eating suet
2. Re: Pileated eating suet
3. Grackle and Fish Crow(?) Observation

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Subject: Pileated eating suet
From: "W. Larry Hymes" <wlh2...>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 07:11:55 -0400
X-Message-Number: 1

In response to Nari's post, every once in awhile we too have had PILEATED WOODPECKERS working on our suet feeders -- both male and female. It's a little comical watching such a large bird clinging to such a relatively small feeder and successfully extracting suet.

Larry

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Subject: Re: Pileated eating suet
From: Judith Thurber <jathurber...>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 07:22:12 -0400
X-Message-Number: 2

Pileated are currently feeding several times a day at suet feeders on nails on side of tree. It seems they must be nesting nearby and come for reliable food supply. (There have been periods in past years where I haven't seen them at feeder for months at a time.)

Also Bluebirds balance on metal holders as best they can to get suet, but prefer to find scraps on the ground as do the Catbirds.

Judy Thurber
Liverpool
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> In response to Nari's post, every once in awhile we too have had PILEATED WOODPECKERS working on our suet feeders -- both male and female. It's a little comical watching such a large bird clinging to such a relatively small feeder and successfully extracting suet.
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Subject: Grackle and Fish Crow(?) Observation
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:04:51 -0400
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Yesterday, while working in my garden in downtown Ithaca, I noticed out of the corner of my eye a black bird fly into the Norway Maple. I assumed it was a grackle as they are nesting in the tree (and had a fledgling recently land in the street). A Fed Ex guy stopped last week to relocate it to the grass. Anyway, I then heard a loud scuffle in the tree, looked up, saw a larger-than-grackle sized bird bolt out with something in its mouth. My first thought was, "crow took a chick!" Then about eight grackles chased after the crow scolding it up and over the towering Sugar Maple nearby. I did not have my binoculars, but the object in the crow's mouth appeared to be about walnut-size or avocado-pit-size and black. The object was predominantly round in and ball-shape, but I could kind of make out a large head and tiny body with damp feathers as the chase zipped by me in all of about two seconds before the crow and object were out of my view.

After the excitement, or trauma, depending on your perspective, I guessed it was a Fish Crow on the grounds that 1. they have been the dominant crow call I've heard in my neighborhood this spring 2. it almost passed for a grackle based on size (so smaller than American
Crow)
3. I heard a Fish Crow call about thirty minutes later and no American Crows all day. Last year, American Crow was the dominant crow call I heard.

I found many things interesting about this observation.
1. It appears there is a colony in this tree, and this is the first time I observed a visible count of what appeared to be an entire colony defense system. There was silence in the tree as the chase ensued. Did any stay behind? This flying after a crow is different than watching a robin or sparrow fly into the tree and just get scolded (not chased)...where I could only hear but not visibly count.
2. The crow flew in as if it "knew" exactly what it wanted, where to go, and how it would leave. The entire theft took about five seconds from start to flight over maple. I've heard it calling all spring from within a block of my house. So it probably has been "watching" grackles to figure out where it nests....a bit creepy. Yes, so intelligent, as we know!!!
3. I usually hear the Fish Crows dominate about five blocks in another direction, and have never seen grackles nest in my yard. So I think this explains why a bird would want to change nest locations every year. And has anyone ever speculated why the Osprey at the inlet at the Newman Golf Course stopped building its nest? Great Horned Owl? Did the GHO nest again nearby?
4. I have since noticed one grackle "standing on guard" perched on a phone wire looking directly at the nesting tree. I never thought about it before, but after this incident, I think that is what it may be doing.
5. I did see a grackle once dash into the nesting tree like a lightening bolt when a robin entered. Robin left promptly but lagged for a moment.

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Date: 6/8/17 7:51 am
From: W. Larry Hymes <wlh2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] FOY House Wren
Yesterday afternoon our first HOUSE WREN of the year popped into our
yard and investigated one of our nest boxes. This is around one month
later than usual. Also, on my walk around Beebe and Mundy yesterday I
was hearing more RED-EYED VIREOS than I had before. Are more birds
still migrating in, or was this just coincidental? We still haven't had
any HUMMINGBIRDS, since seeing our first one on May 11.

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Date: 6/8/17 7:19 am
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Sodus Point Laughing Gull
I know this was text alerted and put on bird ebird when Mike Gullo found it Saturday and this adult Laughing Gull continued on the east pier at Sodus Point at noon yesterday. Mike Tetlow

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Date: 6/8/17 6:46 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] bald eagle swimming?
I have seen videos of bald eagles who have caught a large heavy fish swimming with their wings like that.

Donna Scott
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On Jun 8, 2017, at 9:31 AM, "<clr82...><mailto:<clr82...>" <clr82...><mailto:<clr82...>> wrote:

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We saw the strangest thing - a quite large bird was swimming in the water with it's large wings, doing a stroke that looked much like the butterfly - both wings flapping up out of the water in sync with each other. We asked the ranger what was going on. He was puzzled. Doug wondered if it might not have been an eagle, either injured or perhaps caught on something, or maybe w/ fish that was tangled in something. Other ideas, my bird loving friends? Sorry we didn't get a pic - we watched quite a while but were slow with the camera. But that pic of the river is where it was, just imagine a large flapping bird in there - dark grey, with white head, and very large wing span.

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Date: 6/8/17 6:36 am
From: Asher Hockett <veery715...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] bald eagle swimming?
As a follow up, here is a link to a YouTube of this very thing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMft3Ny7hFk

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> A friend who is biking through the Cascade Mountains sent this query:
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> We saw the strangest thing - a quite large bird was swimming in the water
> with it's large wings, doing a stroke that looked much like the butterfly -
> both wings flapping up out of the water in sync with each other. We asked
> the ranger what was going on. He was puzzled. Doug wondered if it might
> not have been an eagle, either injured or perhaps caught on something, or
> maybe w/ fish that was tangled in something. Other ideas, my bird loving
> friends? Sorry we didn't get a pic - we watched quite a while but were slow
> with the camera. But that pic of the river is where it was, just imagine a
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Date: 6/8/17 6:34 am
From: Asher Hockett <veery715...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] bald eagle swimming?
In Alaska I saw Bald Eagles swimming as described, often a few strokes
before breaking free of the water. Sometimes with fish and sometimes empty
taloned.

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> A friend who is biking through the Cascade Mountains sent this query:
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> We saw the strangest thing - a quite large bird was swimming in the water
> with it's large wings, doing a stroke that looked much like the butterfly -
> both wings flapping up out of the water in sync with each other. We asked
> the ranger what was going on. He was puzzled. Doug wondered if it might
> not have been an eagle, either injured or perhaps caught on something, or
> maybe w/ fish that was tangled in something. Other ideas, my bird loving
> friends? Sorry we didn't get a pic - we watched quite a while but were slow
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Date: 6/8/17 6:31 am
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] bald eagle swimming?
A friend who is biking through the Cascade Mountains sent this query: We saw the strangest thing - a quite large bird was swimming in the water with it's large wings, doing a stroke that looked much like the butterfly - both wings flapping up out of the water in sync with each other. We asked the ranger what was going on. He was puzzled. Doug wondered if it might not have been an eagle, either injured or perhaps caught on something, or maybe w/ fish that was tangled in something. Other ideas, my bird loving friends? Sorry we didn't get a pic - we watched quite a while but were slow with the camera. But that pic of the river is where it was, just imagine a large flapping bird in there - dark grey, with white head, and very large wing span. Colleen Richards
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Date: 6/8/17 6:23 am
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fledgling(?) Louisiana Waterthrush(es) @ Mulholland
Jogging through the Mulholland Preserve at Six Mile Creek this morning, I
had two encounters with low-flying Louisiana Waterthrushes chipping loudly.
Without binoculars, I got to see one close in a tree, looking fully fledged
but lacking a tail (which didn't stop it from bobbing), behaving as if it
were trying to learn whether I was friend or foe, and also seeming like it
was following a parent, who was foraging along the creek (though I didn't
stay long enough to observe any begging or feeding). I think there is/are
fledgling(s), and the two observations were in two different basins between
a tight "wall" along the gorge, so they could well have been two families,
but also close enough that they could've been the same family having flown
by at some point without me noticing.

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Date: 6/7/17 8:05 am
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Grackle and Fish Crow(?) Observation
Yesterday, while working in my garden in downtown Ithaca, I noticed out of
the corner of my eye a black bird fly into the Norway Maple. I assumed it
was a grackle as they are nesting in the tree (and had a fledgling recently
land in the street). A Fed Ex guy stopped last week to relocate it to the
grass. Anyway, I then heard a loud scuffle in the tree, looked up, saw a
larger-than-grackle sized bird bolt out with something in its mouth. My
first thought was, "crow took a chick!" Then about eight grackles chased
after the crow scolding it up and over the towering Sugar Maple nearby. I
did not have my binoculars, but the object in the crow's mouth appeared to
be about walnut-size or avocado-pit-size and black. The object was
predominantly round in and ball-shape, but I could kind of make out a large
head and tiny body with damp feathers as the chase zipped by me in all of
about two seconds before the crow and object were out of my view.

After the excitement, or trauma, depending on your perspective, I guessed
it was a Fish Crow on the grounds that
1. they have been the dominant crow call I've heard in my neighborhood
this spring
2. it almost passed for a grackle based on size (so smaller than American
Crow)
3. I heard a Fish Crow call about thirty minutes later and no American
Crows all day. Last year, American Crow was the dominant crow call I heard.

I found many things interesting about this observation.
1. It appears there is a colony in this tree, and this is the first time I
observed a visible count of what appeared to be an entire colony defense
system. There was silence in the tree as the chase ensued. Did any stay
behind? This flying after a crow is different than watching a robin or
sparrow fly into the tree and just get scolded (not chased)...where I could
only hear but not visibly count.
2. The crow flew in as if it "knew" exactly what it wanted, where to go,
and how it would leave. The entire theft took about five seconds from
start to flight over maple. I've heard it calling all spring from within a
block of my house. So it probably has been "watching" grackles to figure
out where it nests....a bit creepy. Yes, so intelligent, as we know!!!
3. I usually hear the Fish Crows dominate about five blocks in another
direction, and have never seen grackles nest in my yard. So I think this
explains why a bird would want to change nest locations every year. And
has anyone ever speculated why the Osprey at the inlet at the Newman Golf
Course stopped building its nest? Great Horned Owl? Did the GHO nest
again nearby?
4. I have since noticed one grackle "standing on guard" perched on a phone
wire looking directly at the nesting tree. I never thought about it
before, but after this incident, I think that is what it may be doing.
5. I did see a grackle once dash into the nesting tree like a lightening
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Date: 6/7/17 4:22 am
From: Judith Thurber <jathurber...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Pileated eating suet
Pileated are currently feeding several times a day at suet feeders on nails on side of tree. It seems they must be nesting nearby and come for reliable food supply. (There have been periods in past years where I haven't seen them at feeder for months at a time.)

Also Bluebirds balance on metal holders as best they can to get suet, but prefer to find scraps on the ground as do the Catbirds.

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> In response to Nari's post, every once in awhile we too have had PILEATED WOODPECKERS working on our suet feeders -- both male and female. It's a little comical watching such a large bird clinging to such a relatively small feeder and successfully extracting suet.
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Date: 6/7/17 4:12 am
From: W. Larry Hymes <wlh2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Pileated eating suet
In response to Nari's post, every once in awhile we too have had
PILEATED WOODPECKERS working on our suet feeders -- both male and
female. It's a little comical watching such a large bird clinging to
such a relatively small feeder and successfully extracting suet.

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Date: 6/6/17 6:46 pm
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Lindsay-Parsons mystery song
So, to my mystery song query below, some have suggested white-throated sparrow or yellow-throated warbler (out of range here, and thus unfamiliar to many here), but most had the same conclusion I had, which is a prairie warbler, in particular this fellow:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10213538520915367&set=a.1266597703029.2042135.1172377296&type=3

Rather strange to be lacking the buzzy quality of the typical prairie warbler, almost reminiscent of golden-crowned kinglet.

Suan

PS. Here's my transcription of the entire clip:

Witchety witchety witchety (common yellowthroat)
Sweet sweet sweeter than sweet (yellow warbler)
Meow (sapsucker or catbird?)
Look at me... way up here... (red-eyed vireo)
[Strange prairie warbler solo]
Sweet sweet sweeter than sweet (yellow warbler)
Drink your tea (eastern towhee)
Witchety witchety witchety (common yellowthroat)

Background: american crow (and maybe a song sparrow buried in the middle).

http://suan-yong.com/sound/lindsay-parsons-2017-05-27.wav



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> On Jun 5, 2017, at 6:35 PM, Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...> wrote:
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> Lindsay-Parsons seems to harbor a lot of strange singers.
>
> During the Spring Bird Quest on Saturday, May 27, I recorded the following "ascending song", which starts around the 5-second mark in this clip:
>
> http://suan-yong.com/sound/lindsay-parsons-2017-05-27.wav
>
> What do you think it is? This was recorded just as the trail first leaves the forest, from a large maple tree at the forest/field edge.
>
> I have a candidate answer (a silent bird observed in the same tree as the singer, though the bird was never seen singing, nor was it ever seen at the same time the song was sung). I'll divulge my candidate later.
>
> E-mail me off-list with your thoughts and guesses.
>
> Suan
>
> PS. That short iPhone-recorded clip has quite the plethora of different songs, more so that I think I was aware of at time of recording. How many can you identify?

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Date: 6/6/17 6:16 am
From: Nari Mistry <nbm2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Pileated Woodpecker a daily visitor
A gorgeous male Pileated Woodpecker has been feeding at our suet feeder
several times a day for the last week or more. The feeder is only 15
feet from our kitchen window so we can watch him for several minutes at
a time. Last evening he was last here at 7pm after several visits during
the day and this morning he was back again at 7:30am. When we are
outside gardening he zooms by, flying low on sweeping wings, quite a thrill.

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Date: 6/5/17 8:43 pm
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Hog Island carpool?
Is anyone going to Hog Island to work at the upcoming workshop starting
this Sunday and would like to carpool? If so, please contact me. Thank
you.
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Date: 6/5/17 3:35 pm
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Lindsay-Parsons mystery song
Lindsay-Parsons seems to harbor a lot of strange singers.

During the Spring Bird Quest on Saturday, May 27, I recorded the following
"ascending song", which starts around the 5-second mark in this clip:

http://suan-yong.com/sound/lindsay-parsons-2017-05-27.wav

What do you think it is? This was recorded just as the trail first leaves
the forest, from a large maple tree at the forest/field edge.

I have a candidate answer (a silent bird observed in the same tree as the
singer, though the bird was never seen singing, nor was it ever seen at the
same time the song was sung). I'll divulge my candidate later.

E-mail me off-list with your thoughts and guesses.

Suan

PS. That short iPhone-recorded clip has quite the plethora of different
songs, more so that I think I was aware of at time of recording. How many
can you identify?

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Date: 6/5/17 1:35 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
*  New York*  Syracuse
- June 05, 2017
*  NYSY  06. 05.17 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):May 29, 2017 - June 05, 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 05  AT 3 p.m. (EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 29, 2017.
Highlights--------------
LEAST BITTERNCATTLE EGRETBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONNORTHERN GOSHAWKSHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERUPLAND SANDPIPERLESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLCOMMON NIGHTHAWKWHIP-POOR-WILLRED-HEADED WOODPECKERACADIAN FLYCATCHERYELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHEROLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERPROTHONOTARY WARBLERORCHARD ORIOLE




Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)------------
     5/31: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was sound on Tyre Toad west of Rt. 89.     6/1:  An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues on Carncross Road. A LEAST BITTERN  was seen along the Wildlife Drive.     6/3: A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continues at the forested area of Armitage Road west of the Seneca River.     6/4: A CATTLE EGRET was seen on an Amish farm on Rt. 90 south of the Thruway. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at tne Visitor’s Center. 2 LEAST BITTERNS were heard on Howland Island.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory----------------------------------
     The last three days of the Hawk count turned out to be quite productive. In all 2,265 raptors were counted in those three days. Highlight was 35 BALD EAGLES on 5/30. 39 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were counted also.

Oswego County------------
     6/3: An UPLAND SANDPIPER continues at the Oswego County Airfield on Howard Road.

Onondaga County------------
     5/30: A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was found along the new trail on the west side of Onondaga Lake. A CERULEAN WARBLER was found on Oxbow Road in Kirkville.     5/31: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen from the west side trail on Onondaga Lake.     6/1: A LEAST BITTERN continues in the marsh on the south side of Potter Road at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville and was heard again on 6/3. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was again seen south of Hiawatha Boulevard on the Creek Walk near Destiny Mall in Syracuse.     6/2: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on the Erie Canal Trail in Fayetteville.     6/4: 3 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at Green Lakes State Park.

Cayuga County------------
     5/30: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Madison County------------
     6/2: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was found at Morrow Mountain State Forest south of Erieville.     6/4: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County------------
     5/31: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on East Carter Road in Westmoreland. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was found on Humphrey Road in Whitestown.     6/2: An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at the Deerfield Grasslands south of Poland.

Herkimer County------------
     5/31: 3 WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard on private property in the Town of Salisbury.     

-end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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Date: 6/5/17 1:16 pm
From: Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bioacoustics site is up and check out the Red-eyed Vireo movie
All of us in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bioacoustics Research Program (BRP) are pleased to share our new site with you all:

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/

In particular, I think many of you in the CBC will enjoy this video that Russ put together (and which I tantalized Suan with a couple weeks ago).

The riddle to consider is whether the Red-eyed Vireo is making it up as he goes along or playing from memory.
What do you think, before you watch the video?

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/education/

And if you bird Sapsucker Woods, you can help us analyze the soundscape:
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/soundscapes/

as we are recording 24/7 using:
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/swift/

Enjoy and send comments via the links at the site. Holger and Ashik did all the hard work to make it happen!

ChrisP
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Date: 6/5/17 10:42 am
From: Elaina M. McCartney <elaina.mccartney...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Osprey
That may be the same Osprey that left my yard carrying a large stick headed toward Hog Hole on Saturday.

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On Jun 5, 2017, at 8:53 AM, Asher Hockett <veery715...><mailto:<veery715...>> wrote:

While my granddaughter rode her bike around the loop at Stewart Park on Saturday afternoon, I was treated to an Osprey hunting the lagoon, hovering and diving and successfully catching fish. After disappearing with the catch it (or its mate) returned to repeat the show. Later it (they) moved to the lake. Quite the beautiful spectacle IMO.

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Date: 6/5/17 7:47 am
From: Marty Schlabach <mls5...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Exhibit talk @ Mann: NBB Prof. Mike Webster on New Media Specimens in Ornithology

Sound and Feature: How Media Specimens are Revolutionizing Modern Ornithology
Exhibit lecture by Mike Webster (Dept. of Neurobiology & Behavior / The Macaulay Library, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Friday, June 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Stern Seminar Room (160), Mann Library

For centuries ornithological research has relied on the study of specimens to reveal the ecology, life histories and evolution of birds. Today we can also collect a new type of specimen, the "media specimen": an audio or video recording of a bird in nature. These recordings capture key aspects of wild bird behavior in ways that traditional physical specimens simply cannot. Drawing from his own work in Australia and North America as well as that of other Cornell scientists and students, Dr. Mike Webster of the Cornell Dept. of Neurobiology and Behavior will show how media specimens are advancing modern-day research aimed at understanding and conserving birds and how inexpensive new technologies are allowing everyday "citizen scientists" to collect and use media specimens. Efforts such as these are fostering broader participation in ornithological science, a better understanding of birds at continental and even global scales, and deeper appreciation of the natural world by a world-wide public.

Following Dr. Webster's talk, please join us for a reception in the Mann Gallery, in celebration of the new exhibit: "Around the World and Back: Building Cornell's Nature Collections Through Exploration."<http://events.cornell.edu/event/around_the_world_and_back>



Other reunion 2017 events at Mann Library include:

* Making It at the Library: 3D printing and makerspace demo<http://events.cornell.edu/event/making_it_at_the_library_3d_printing>, Friday, June 9, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, Mann Lobby;
* Exhibit: "Mark Catesby: Naturalist in North America,"<http://events.cornell.edu/event/Catesby> M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sat 1:00 - 5:00 pm, Mann Lobby & Top Shelf Gallery, 1st floor;
* Guided viewing of Mark Catesby's 18th century masterpiece<http://events.cornell.edu/event/mark_catesbys_the_natural_history>: "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands," with Dr. Don Rakow, Saturday, June 10, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Rare & Manuscript Collection Reference Room, Kroch Library Level 2B.
For more information, please visit mannlib.cornell.edu<http://mannlib.cornell.edu/> or email Mann Public Education Programs<mailto:<mann-public-ed-prog...>

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Date: 6/5/17 5:52 am
From: Asher Hockett <veery715...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park Osprey
While my granddaughter rode her bike around the loop at Stewart Park on
Saturday afternoon, I was treated to an Osprey hunting the lagoon, hovering
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Date: 6/5/17 5:42 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Chirping yard bird
This morning I was serenaded by the cheerful chirps of an Osprey resting or looking for fish from one of my beach or cliff trees!

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Date: 6/4/17 6:39 pm
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Connecticut Hill
In spite of rain and thunder in the forecast, six people joined Dave Gislason and I on the CBC field trip to Connecticut Hill. While looking for a singing chestnut-sided warbler with my thermal infrared camera, I found instead a ruby-throated hummingbird sitting in its tiny lichen-lined nest high in a tree:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cayugabirdclub/permalink/1346545885383223/

We also got good close looks at some of the many alder flycatchers singing in the area, apparently involved in turf battles and thus less concerned about our presence. In the woods a "yurr"-ing veery gave fleeting looks in the bush, alongside what I thought was a cowbird fledgling, except it wasn't trilling incessantly like they seem to usually do. At least two ovenbirds then seemed to surround our vantage, singing here then disappearing, popping up there then flying off before I can scope it, but returning fairly close to give good but fleeting looks. I wondered if we weren't too close to their nest for their comfort. Not far up the trail my thermal camera found the day's second nest, a red-eyed vireo about 10-feet from the ground, a boldly-eyestriped face looking down with its red eye discernible in the scope.

Continuing across the pond as the drizzle increased, we settled under some pine trees from where a trilling voice gave Diane a fleeting look at a pine warbler, but the bird just flew higher and was not to be seen or heard again. Meanwhile, sitting quietly out in the rain was a chestnut-sided warbler giving great scope views, though we wondered why it wasn't taking cover from the cold rain.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cayugabirdclub/permalink/1346545875383224/

Meanwhile up in a low tree were at least nine cedar waxwings resting, then foraging in some berry bushes. A brilliant rose-breasted grosbeak flew in close at eye level for great looks before leaving with a female.

In our last leg through the woods we found a small cup nest on the ground, and not long after my thermal camera found a second red-eyed vireo nest:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cayugabirdclub/permalink/1346545882049890/

We ended up with a pretty awesome outing, in spite of the weather; rather, this reaffirms my experience that birding trips in the rain - as long as it isn't windy - always seem to turn out great, with the birds seeming to get closer than usual. Our big visual miss for the day was the hooded warbler singing two different songs from up high as we traversed its territory next to the parking lot.

Thanks again to all who participated.

Suan

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Date: 6/3/17 8:02 pm
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker woods Sunday walk Canceled
Hello All

Due to a family emergency the beginner bird walk at Sapsucker Woods, Cornell Laboratory of ornithology due to take place at 7:30 Sunday morning will be canceled

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Linda Orkin

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Date: 6/3/17 2:32 pm
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Field Trip Tomorrow: Connecticut Hill
Hi all,

I'll be leading a Cayuga Bird Club field trip tomorrow (Sunday, June 4) to Connecticut Hill. We'll meet 7:30am at the Wegmans parking lot (Southwest corner, by the little creek, away from the store), and proceed to the intersection of Connecticut Hill Rd., Boylan Rd., and Lloyd Starks Rd., arriving around 8am.

The original plan was to bird til noon, but since there is rain in the forecast (starting mid-morning), the trip may be abbreviated. I plan to be there rain or shine, and will go as long as participants want. Dress for rain. Roads could be muddy at spots, but we'll avoid driving through anything messy (e.g., we may not drive anywhere beyond the rendezvous junction).

Trip is open to all, members and non-members alike.

Email me if you have any questions.

Suan
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Date: 6/2/17 2:02 pm
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Benning Shorebirds5PM
There are currently 29 Ruddy Turnstone and 19 black-bellied plovers at Benning Marsh

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Date: 6/2/17 8:13 am
From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Monday Night Seminar - Birds Through the Lens: Using video technology to reveal the lives of birds
Hi Birders:

Please join us for the next Monday Night Seminar, on June 5th.at the
Cornell Lab of Ornithology. As always, the seminars are held in the
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Date: 6/2/17 6:41 am
From: Asher Hockett <veery715...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Dewitt Park Blue-headed Vireo
As I left my office which is two doors from Dewitt Park I heard a
Blue-headed Vireo singing in the large deciduous tree (I think it's a Honey
Locust, but I am not strong with tree ID). Returning a half hour later it
was absent. Not something I expected to hear downtown this time of year.

At home in South Danby we have a few of them in the woods, of course, as
well as lately a whole twelve pack of Purple Finches which are decimating
our Black Oil Sunflower feeders, with many A. Goldfinches, Rose-breasted
Grosbeaks, Dark-eyed Juncos, Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, as
well as the other usual suspects including both nuthatches, Chipping and
Song Sparrows.

We put the feeders up in the morning and take them down at night to
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Date: 6/1/17 8:07 am
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Shindagin Hollow FIELD TRIP, Saturday June 3, Cayuga Bird Club
Hi everyone!

I will be leading a field trip along Shindagin Hollow Rd., through Shindagin Hollow State Forest, on Saturday June 3 for the Cayuga Bird Club (but open to all!). We will meet at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology parking lot to carpool at 7 am (I know, it's early.....) and probably be done by 11. We will first walk about a mile, then get into our cars to drive with many stops for the remainder of the trip.

I just did a scouting trip (my ebird list is below) and it reminded me of a couple of things:

1) It is COLD in the morning, so dress appropriately and

2) We will mostly HEAR lots of birds, and if we are lucky, see a few. It is a good opportunity to work on birding by ear!


See you there!

Laura


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From: Laura Stenzler
Sent: Thursday, June 1, 2017 10:53 AM
To: Laura Stenzler
Subject: eBird -- Shindagin Hollow SF--Shindagin Hollow Rd. -- Jun 1, 2017

Shindagin Hollow SF--Shindagin Hollow Rd.
Jun 1, 2017
7:56 AM - ~9:45 AM
Traveling
2.40 miles
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Almost all birds heard and not seen. From N. end of Shindagin Hollow Rd to Gulf Creek Rd, near the Finger Lakes Trail crossing.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

1 Red-shouldered Hawk (there is a pair in the area)
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Alder Flycatcher
1 Willow Flycatcher
2 Eastern Phoebe
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
4 Blue-headed Vireo
12 Red-eyed Vireo
3 Blue Jay
2 Common Raven
3 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Brown Creeper
7 Veery
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Wood Thrush
2 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
8 Cedar Waxwing
11 Ovenbird
1 Mourning Warbler
8 Common Yellowthroat
6 American Redstart
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Yellow Warbler
4 Chestnut-sided Warbler
3 Black-throated Blue Warbler
4 Black-throated Green Warbler
6 Canada Warbler -- Several pairs along the route. Known breeding area.
7 Dark-eyed Junco
4 Song Sparrow
3 Scarlet Tanager
2 Northern Cardinal
2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Purple Finch

Number of Taxa: 40


Laura

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Date: 5/31/17 7:17 pm
From: Kenneth V. Rosenberg <kvr2...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Franklin's Gull, Myer Pt, Weds eve (now)
Thanks Dave for posting this to the list — I reported it to the group me rare bird alert. Unfortunately this gorgeous bird flew off and disappeared over the lake exactly 10 seconds before the first other birder (Jay) arrived, and we could not relocate. It was clearly very nervous on the spit with the more relaxed Ring-billed Gulls, flying up and coming back down several times before finally taking off for good. You can view my poorly lit digiscope images in my eBird checklist at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37299220

This time of year it is worth checking Myers Point as often as possible, as shorebirds and other waterbirds often drop in for only a short rest before continuing north.

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On May 31, 2017, at 8:40 PM, Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...><mailto:<nutter.dave...>> wrote:

Ken Rosenberg just reported an adult Franklin's Gull at Myers Point.
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Date: 5/31/17 5:40 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Franklin's Gull, Myer Pt, Weds eve (now)
Ken Rosenberg just reported an adult Franklin's Gull at Myers Point.
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Date: 5/31/17 4:55 pm
From: Alyssa Johnson <Alyssa.Johnson...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva
Castle Creek is right on the NW "corner" of Seneca. If you know where the Ramada is, just a short ways north of that. There's a great paved bike path to follow. I was just there 20 minutes ago, no sighting of whimbrels, but possibly 2 ruddys taking flight from the end of the jetty with some gulls. They were spooked by people walking, and it's very windy with a southern wind right now... They didn't stick around long.

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From: <bounce-121572021-76289340...> [<bounce-121572021-76289340...>] on behalf of Carol Keeler [<carolk441...>]
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 5:28 PM
To: Norwalk, James
Cc: Janet Akin; Cayuga Birds List; <Eatonbirds...>; Charlie Rouse
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva

While I know where the park is, I don't know the landmarks you are talking about. Is Castle Creek the creek coming into the lake on the east side? On the map I see a tiny creek about in the middle, too.

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> On May 31, 2017, at 4:22 PM, Norwalk, James <NORWALK...> wrote:
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> I support that idea! Especially since the beach at Castle Creek is also slatted to be used as a launch for kite-boarders.
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> Just came from there. There were two Whimbrels at the end of the Castle Creek jetty, constantly being flushed by walkers. They would return, but in a very short while would be flushed again. These birds need a place to rest for extended periods, but just can't get it here. Looks like I'm going to have to re-present my idea of "Sandpiper Island", an offshore refuge that is inaccessible by humans. It got shot down by the city and state the first time, 3-4 years ago, but I'm going to jump back in and take the issue as far as I can.
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> From: <bounce-121571651-3569112...> [mailto:<bounce-121571651-3569112...>] On Behalf Of Janet Akin
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> There were just 4 Whimbrel and 10 Ruddy Turnstones at Lakefront Park, Geneva. They were on the small beach near the new metal bridge over Castle Creek. They were flushed by dog walkers while Linda Mott and I were there but returned to the beach. At times they would land on the rocks on the jetty. Also saw the Cerulean Warbler in the Mays Point nesting area today for the first time this year for me. In the Wilgoose field on Rt. 89 we saw two adult Sandhill Cranes with two small colts. Janet Akin, Seneca Castle
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Date: 5/31/17 3:04 pm
From: Mark Chao <markchao...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Myers, Wed 5/31
I am reasonably confident that there are 14 first-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULLS off the tip of the spit at Myers Park (6 PM). There is also a RUDDY
TURNSTONE on one of the branches sticking out of the water.

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Date: 5/31/17 2:28 pm
From: Carol Keeler <carolk441...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva
While I know where the park is, I don't know the landmarks you are talking about. Is Castle Creek the creek coming into the lake on the east side? On the map I see a tiny creek about in the middle, too.

Sent from my iPad

> On May 31, 2017, at 4:22 PM, Norwalk, James <NORWALK...> wrote:
>
> I support that idea! Especially since the beach at Castle Creek is also slatted to be used as a launch for kite-boarders.
>
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> ________________________________
> From: <bounce-121571822-48869363...> <bounce-121571822-48869363...> on behalf of Charlie Rouse <carouse...>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 4:02 PM
> To: 'Janet Akin'; 'Cayuga Birds List'; <Eatonbirds...>
> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva
>
> Just came from there. There were two Whimbrels at the end of the Castle Creek jetty, constantly being flushed by walkers. They would return, but in a very short while would be flushed again. These birds need a place to rest for extended periods, but just can't get it here. Looks like I'm going to have to re-present my idea of "Sandpiper Island", an offshore refuge that is inaccessible by humans. It got shot down by the city and state the first time, 3-4 years ago, but I'm going to jump back in and take the issue as far as I can.
>
> Charlie Rouse
> Genreva
>
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> From: <bounce-121571651-3569112...> [mailto:<bounce-121571651-3569112...>] On Behalf Of Janet Akin
> Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 3:11 PM
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> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva
>
> There were just 4 Whimbrel and 10 Ruddy Turnstones at Lakefront Park, Geneva. They were on the small beach near the new metal bridge over Castle Creek. They were flushed by dog walkers while Linda Mott and I were there but returned to the beach. At times they would land on the rocks on the jetty. Also saw the Cerulean Warbler in the Mays Point nesting area today for the first time this year for me. In the Wilgoose field on Rt. 89 we saw two adult Sandhill Cranes with two small colts. Janet Akin, Seneca Castle
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Date: 5/31/17 1:23 pm
From: Norwalk, James <NORWALK...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva
I support that idea! Especially since the beach at Castle Creek is also slatted to be used as a launch for kite-boarders.


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Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 4:02 PM
To: 'Janet Akin'; 'Cayuga Birds List'; <Eatonbirds...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva

Just came from there. There were two Whimbrels at the end of the Castle Creek jetty, constantly being flushed by walkers. They would return, but in a very short while would be flushed again. These birds need a place to rest for extended periods, but just can't get it here. Looks like I'm going to have to re-present my idea of "Sandpiper Island", an offshore refuge that is inaccessible by humans. It got shot down by the city and state the first time, 3-4 years ago, but I'm going to jump back in and take the issue as far as I can.

Charlie Rouse
Genreva


From: <bounce-121571651-3569112...> [mailto:<bounce-121571651-3569112...>] On Behalf Of Janet Akin
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 3:11 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva

There were just 4 Whimbrel and 10 Ruddy Turnstones at Lakefront Park, Geneva. They were on the small beach near the new metal bridge over Castle Creek. They were flushed by dog walkers while Linda Mott and I were there but returned to the beach. At times they would land on the rocks on the jetty. Also saw the Cerulean Warbler in the Mays Point nesting area today for the first time this year for me. In the Wilgoose field on Rt. 89 we saw two adult Sandhill Cranes with two small colts. Janet Akin, Seneca Castle
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Date: 5/31/17 1:03 pm
From: Charlie Rouse <carouse...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva
Just came from there. There were two Whimbrels at the end of the Castle
Creek jetty, constantly being flushed by walkers. They would return, but in
a very short while would be flushed again. These birds need a place to rest
for extended periods, but just can't get it here. Looks like I'm going to
have to re-present my idea of "Sandpiper Island", an offshore refuge that is
inaccessible by humans. It got shot down by the city and state the first
time, 3-4 years ago, but I'm going to jump back in and take the issue as far
as I can.



Charlie Rouse

Genreva





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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva



There were just 4 Whimbrel and 10 Ruddy Turnstones at Lakefront Park,
Geneva. They were on the small beach near the new metal bridge over Castle
Creek. They were flushed by dog walkers while Linda Mott and I were there
but returned to the beach. At times they would land on the rocks on the
jetty. Also saw the Cerulean Warbler in the Mays Point nesting area today
for the first time this year for me. In the Wilgoose field on Rt. 89 we saw
two adult Sandhill Cranes with two small colts. Janet Akin, Seneca Castle

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Date: 5/31/17 12:11 pm
From: Janet Akin <jakin...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstones Genva
There were just 4 Whimbrel and 10 Ruddy Turnstones at Lakefront Park, Geneva. They were on the small beach near the new metal bridge over Castle Creek. They were flushed by dog walkers while Linda Mott and I were there but returned to the beach. At times they would land on the rocks on the jetty. Also saw the Cerulean Warbler in the Mays Point nesting area today for the first time this year for me. In the Wilgoose field on Rt. 89 we saw two adult Sandhill Cranes with two small colts. Janet Akin, Seneca Castle
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Date: 5/31/17 10:37 am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Blue Winged x Golden Winged Warbler Sampson St Park
A Blue Winged x Golden Winged Warbler seen at Sampson St Park ~10:30 AM today. On edge of small picnic area ~100 yards South of Museum.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/35015526175/in/datetaken-public/

[X]Brewsters Warbler 5-31-17 Sampson St Park<https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358@N06/35015526175/in/datetaken-public/>

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Date: 5/31/17 9:34 am
From: Jody Enck <jodyenck...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Warbler
Hardly news any more, but there is (still) a singing Pine Warbler singing
this morning from the big White Pines near the stone gates to Sapsucker
Woods along Sapsucker Woods Road. I heard it singing two different times
when crossing the road (between point counts) and saw it once. I know
several other people heard and or saw it this morning in the same place,
including three hot-shot Amish women birders from Penn Yan who I
encountered on the trail.

If it keeps singing like it did this morning, it will not be hard to find.

Jody Enck

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Date: 5/31/17 5:44 am
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ruddy Turnstone, Myers
A Ruddy Turnstone is sitting on the driftwood in the bay on the south side
of the spit at Myers Point. The immature Lesser Black-backed Gull count is
up to five! Six Semipalmated Sandpipers were on the spit when I arrived but
took off to the north a few minutes ago.

Jay

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Date: 5/31/17 5:12 am
From: Elizabeth King <ebking...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Great Horned Owl
GHO right outside our house for second time this week. Now it's being attacked by Blue Jays and Robins but it's not moving

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Date: 5/30/17 4:21 pm
From: Alyssa Johnson <Alyssa.Johnson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ruddy turnstone in Geneva
This evening around 630 I watched 3 RUDDY TURNSTONE working along the newly created beach on Seneca Lake, just north of the Ramada and the little iron footbridge. They were hanging out with a flock of gulls. I am surprised to see them there! Cool though.


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Date: 5/30/17 2:55 pm
From: Bill Mcaneny <bmcaneny1...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] red headed WP
Shirley reports that she just saw a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER being chased thru
our side yard by a Pileated WP. She knows the difference between
Red-headed and Red-bellied WPs and clearly saw the all-red head and
all-black back, plus the bold white areas in flight. This is the first
Red-headed WP seen in our yard in the 18 years we have been here.

Different subject: Hummers. After seeing a female a few weeks ago there was
nothing until two days ago. We have seen both a female and a male at
different times in the past two days. Smiling.

Snake day yesterday. We were working outside yesterday and saw two,
possibly three milk snakes (plus a shed skin), a garter snake, and a black
snake reported by our daughter. All this was after a Spring with only one
garter snake sighting. We are wondering about the experience of others.
Pls reply to us directly to keep this space for bird comments.



Bill and Shirley McAneny, TBurg


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Date: 5/30/17 11:29 am
From: <tess...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] OT: anyone get a photo of the raccoon at Bock-Harvey on Sunday?
I did not, and would love to have one if you are willing to share!
 Pls pm any reply since attachments are verboten on this list.
Thanks -
Alicia 

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Sent:Sun, 28 May 2017 17:34:33 -0400
Subject:[cayugabirds-l] Bock-Harvey and Stevenson, Sun 5/28 (and
weather note for Mon 5/29)

First, here’s a note about tomorrow’s weather and scheduling. 
The forecast calls for likely thunderstorms on Monday morning,
peaking just when we are planning our two group walks for the Finger
Lakes Land Trust Spring Bird Quest (SBQ).  I will definitely show up
at the start times for both walks, but I think curtailment or
cancellation on the spot are distinctly possible.  Please plan
accordingly, especially if you have a long drive. 

 

(If we do lose both walks, then I will hope to do an impromptu
make-up session later in the day.  Please check email around midday
if you’re interested.)

 

In any case, weather and everything else were ideal for today’s
SBQ walks at the Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve and the Stevenson Forest
Preserve.   Again we had very strong turnout -- 25 people at
Bock-Harvey, 19 people at Stevenson.  I would guess that these were
the first visits to either preserve for almost everyone.  And again
our sightings somehow defied any expectation that too many birders
might spoil the birding.  (Ken Kemphues, Diane Morton, and Suan Yong
helped enormously in co-leading both walks, as they did yesterday.) 

 

Our first highlight at Bock-Harvey was a female YELLOW WARBLER by
the road, pushing herself into her nearly-completed nest to
custom-shape it.  There were many other birds here as usual,
including a singing CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER and a pair of EASTERN
WOOD-PEWEES occasionally coming very close together to perch before
the next sally.  We got to know the varied and somewhat atypical
songs of the three AMERICAN REDSTARTS in this first patch of woods,
with some sight confirmation for most of us.  Here I also heard a
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and saw the weekend’s only YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER before everyone arrived.

 

Over on the yellow-blazed trail in the old-growth woods, only a
small subset of us had fleeting sightings of WOOD THRUSHES, OVENBIRD,
and more redstarts. But I believe that everyone eyewitnessed a most
striking and dramatic moment, as two male SCARLET TANAGERS silently
sized up a raccoon, deeply asnooze with belly and chin resting on a
branch, arms dangling, about 20 feet off the ground.  Some other
birders saw a female tanager here too, but I missed her.

 

I think only one of us saw one male HOODED WARBLER, despite a slow,
quiet, vigilant walk through areas where I’d seen them recently. 
But as we tried to wait out one Hooded Warbler (who continues to end
every other song in an unusual explosive squeak), we got the surprise
of the morning – a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO making short flights and
taking long pauses in a sunny patch in the otherwise shadowy woods. 
Several of our group even got scope views of the bird’s red orbital
ring, thanks to Ken’s quick positioning.

 

Then we walked along the edge of the meadow up to the Locust
Lean-To.  Here we saw a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE perched within a body
length or two of an EASTERN KINGBIRD.  Suan also got many of our
participants onto another male Scarlet Tanager here.

 

It was harder to see birds at Stevenson, as expected, but we did all
get long scope views of an ALDER FLYCATCHER singing in the meadow
overlook area.  Many of us (not I) got good views of a VEERY along
the initial straightaway.  We heard one HOODED WARBLER across the
stream, plus a couple of BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS and
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS high in the hemlocks.  I was glad also to pick
up the weekend’s only BLUE-HEADED VIREO so far.  (I think that my
weekend species tally now stands at 78 species.)

 

But I think that we’d all agree that the greatest thrills came
from the butterflies in the parking lot – ten Eastern Tiger
Swallowtails jostling to collect mineral-rich moisture from a
50-square-inch patch of some mysterious mud, heedless of our close
presence for many minutes, plus an exquisite and cooperative female
Black Swallowtail.

 

So whatever thunderbolts and torrents we might have to dodge
tomorrow, I’ll gladly take what we got today.  Thanks to all for
two great outings!

 

Mark Chao

 

 

 

 

 

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Date: 5/30/17 6:48 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Starlings at suet feeders
Stop putting out suet.
Or buy more suet!
Steve Kress in SFO Class says stop feeding suet in warm months because woodpeckers get softened fat on their feathers.

Sorry for no good suggestions.

Donna Scott
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On May 30, 2017, at 9:40 AM, Carol Cedarholm <ccedarho...><mailto:<ccedarho...>> wrote:

Anyone have any advice about keeping starlings out of suet feeders?
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Date: 5/30/17 6:40 am
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Starlings at suet feeders
Anyone have any advice about keeping starlings out of suet feeders?

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Date: 5/30/17 6:05 am
From: <khmo...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinch Lifespan
The eldest are documented at around 9 years. There's no way to compute
an average.

For this and other longevity questions, this is the most accurate
source:

https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/longevity/Longevity_main.cfm

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> How long, on average, do goldfinches live?
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Date: 5/30/17 5:41 am
From: Robin Cisne <rfcisne...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinch Lifespan
How long, on average, do goldfinches live?





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On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 9:05 PM, Peter <psaracin...> wrote:

> Folks.
>
> I've read in both the book "Into the Nest (by Laura Erickson & Marie Read)
> and on the Lab's Birds of North America online that, on the average, male
> goldfinch live longer than females. Can anyone shed light on why this is
> so? I recently purchased a new niger tube feeder that is 3 feet long with a
> spiral wrap-around perch. It can handle many finches and is not
> disappointing!So far I've had a total of 8 finches there at the same time.
> But I AM seeing many more males than females and hence my question. Thanks
> for the help!!
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Date: 5/29/17 6:06 pm
From: Peter <psaracin...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinch Lifespan
Folks.

I've read in both the book "Into the Nest (by Laura Erickson & Marie
Read) and on the Lab's Birds of North America online that, on the
average, male goldfinch live longer than females. Can anyone shed light
on why this is so? I recently purchased a new niger tube feeder that is
3 feet long with a spiral wrap-around perch. It can handle many finches
and is not disappointing!So far I've had a total of 8 finches there at
the same time. But I AM seeing many more males than females and hence
my question. Thanks for the help!!




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Date: 5/29/17 2:52 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
*  New York*  Syracuse
- May 29, 2017
*  NYSY  05.29.17 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):May 22, 2017 - May 29, 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: May 29  AT 5 p.m. (EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 22, 2017.
Highlights--------------
WHITE PELICANLEAST BITTERNBRANTWHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERWILSON’S PHALAROPERED-NECKED PHALAROPECOMMON NIGHTHAWKRED-HEADED WOODPECKERACADIAN FLYCATCHERYELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHEROLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERPHILADELPHIA VIREOGRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHPROTHONOTARY WARBLERGRASSHOPPER SPARROWCLAY-COLORED SPARROWORCHARD ORIOLE




Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)------------
     16 species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week. Highlights will be listed below.     5/23: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was again found on Carncross Road at the buildings. It was reported through the 27th.     5/24: One or two PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS continue at the wooded area on Armitage Road west of the Seneca River Bridge. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A LEAST BITTERN was reported from VanDyne Spoor Road.     5/25: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has returned to Mays Point Road.     5/27: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and WILSON’S PHALAROPE were both reported on the Wildlife Trail. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road. A LEAST BITTERN was reported from Howland Island at the HQ Pond.     5/28: A LEAST BITTERN was reported along the Wildlife Drive.

Derby Hill Bird Observatory----------------------------------
     An expected low number for this late in the season of 1,631 Raptors were counted this week. 2 WHITE PELICANS on 5/23 were the non raptor highlight. COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen most evenings.      May 31 will be Anna’s last day. Get up to say goodbye if you can.

Oswego County------------
     5/23: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was again seen at Sunset Bay. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was again seen on Gray Road west of Rt. 43 south of Oswego. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Sunset Bay Park.     5/26: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen on the Sithe Energy Trails.     5/27: A LEAST BITTERN was heard in the marsh on County Rt. 54 in Pennelville.     5/28: BRANT were still seen migrating along Oneida Lake from Constantia.

Onondaga County------------------
     5/23: 2 LEAST BITTERNS were heard at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.     5/24: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER continues in Whiskey Hollow west of Baldwinsville. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found at the Dewitt Landfill along the Erie canal.     5/26: A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was reported from the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake.

Madison County------------
     5/23: An ORCHARD ORIOLE and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were seen at Ditch Bank Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County------------
     5/23: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.     5/24: 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were reported from Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen along the Erie Canal Trail east of Rome.

Herkimer county------------
     5/24: PHILADELPHIA VIREO. YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER were reported in the Old Forge area.
             

-end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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Date: 5/29/17 12:47 pm
From: Tom Hoebbel <tomhoebbel...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Wetland Preserve and Roy H. Park Preserve, Mon 5/29
Thanks Mark for your inspiring and very enjoyable guidance on these walks. Looking forward to next year already.

Tom

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 29, 2017, at 1:13 PM, Mark Chao <markchao...> wrote:
>
> With only moderate rain and no lightning at all, the conditions on Monday morning allowed us to complete our scheduled Finger Lakes Land Trust Spring Bird Quest (SBQ) walks after all. It got pretty cold and wet, I admit, but maybe an optimist could consider it half-warm and half-dry. We did get our share of rewarding moments too.
>
> Four optimistic and hardy participants joined me at the Goetchius Wetland Preserve at 6:30 AM. We had several distant views of male BOBOLINKS in the field by the parking lot, with one close look that left me wanting more but also somehow feeling satisfied at the same time. We also had an excellent close look at a pair of SAVANNAH SPARROWS. Feathers matted by the rain, these birds issued sharp chips, evidently out of alarm at our proximity to their nest.
>
> Down the road by the main wetland, Tom Hoebbel found the weekend’s only PURPLE FINCH, an intensely dark-red male, in a bare shrub at the edge of the pond. To my equal surprise, we heard a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH singing far out in the wetland, maybe all the way out in the trees on the opposite end. And as expected, we saw and heard both WILLOW FLYCATCHER and ALDER FLYCATCHER from essentially the same vantage point along the road.
>
> At the Baldwin Tract of the Roy H. Park Preserve, our group size now up to 10, our good luck with bird sightings seemed to run out. But we did hear many expected birds, most notably several MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, plus the weekend’s only WINTER WREN and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, both singing virtuosically and tirelessly at the confluence of streams below the lean-to shelter. We heard a few forced high notes in some spruces – a partial BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER song, I think. I also heard one PRAIRIE WARBLER singing once, but I think that maybe the others in the group missed it.
>
> It was also a fine day for newts. We saw two adult Red-spotted Newts crossing Flatiron Road near Goetchius, and one bright Red Eft at Park.
>
> In the end, my SBQ bird species count reached 86 – not bad given today’s suboptimal conditions – and just as gratifying, the participant tally nearly touched 100 if you count repeat visitors each time. The species tally will probably yield at least a couple thousand dollars in support of the Land Trust’s work on protecting habitats for birds, for all wildlife, and for us.
>
> Thanks to all participants for your great company and support this weekend. What a privilege and pleasure it is to spend time in such great places, amid so many wonderful birds, with all of you!
>
> Mark Chao
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Date: 5/29/17 10:13 am
From: Mark Chao <markchao...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Goetchius Wetland Preserve and Roy H. Park Preserve, Mon 5/29
With only moderate rain and no lightning at all, the conditions on Monday
morning allowed us to complete our scheduled Finger Lakes Land Trust Spring
Bird Quest (SBQ) walks after all. It got pretty cold and wet, I admit, but
maybe an optimist could consider it half-warm and half-dry. We did get our
share of rewarding moments too.



Four optimistic and hardy participants joined me at the Goetchius Wetland
Preserve at 6:30 AM. We had several distant views of male BOBOLINKS in the
field by the parking lot, with one close look that left me wanting more but
also somehow feeling satisfied at the same time. We also had an excellent
close look at a pair of SAVANNAH SPARROWS. Feathers matted by the rain,
these birds issued sharp chips, evidently out of alarm at our proximity to
their nest.



Down the road by the main wetland, Tom Hoebbel found the weekend’s only
PURPLE FINCH, an intensely dark-red male, in a bare shrub at the edge of
the pond. To my equal surprise, we heard a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH singing
far out in the wetland, maybe all the way out in the trees on the opposite
end. And as expected, we saw and heard both WILLOW FLYCATCHER and ALDER
FLYCATCHER from essentially the same vantage point along the road.



At the Baldwin Tract of the Roy H. Park Preserve, our group size now up to
10, our good luck with bird sightings seemed to run out. But we did hear
many expected birds, most notably several MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, plus the
weekend’s only WINTER WREN and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, both singing
virtuosically and tirelessly at the confluence of streams below the lean-to
shelter. We heard a few forced high notes in some spruces – a partial
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER song, I think. I also heard one PRAIRIE WARBLER
singing once, but I think that maybe the others in the group missed it.



It was also a fine day for newts. We saw two adult Red-spotted Newts
crossing Flatiron Road near Goetchius, and one bright Red Eft at Park.



In the end, my SBQ bird species count reached 86 – not bad given today’s
suboptimal conditions – and just as gratifying, the participant tally
nearly touched 100 if you count repeat visitors each time. The species
tally will probably yield at least a couple thousand dollars in support of
the Land Trust’s work on protecting habitats for birds, for all wildlife,
and for us.



Thanks to all participants for your great company and support this
weekend. What a privilege and pleasure it is to spend time in such great
places, amid so many wonderful birds, with all of you!



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Date: 5/29/17 8:59 am
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Empid nest etc, Danby State Forest
On Saturday, after the Spring Bird Quest at Lindsay-Parsons, I drove around
and up Michigan Hollow Road in Danby State Forest, and found three
nest-builders (Chestnut-Sided, Empidonax sp, and Yellow Warbler). I've
posted some videos of the latter two on Facebook:

Empid sp:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cayugabirdclub/permalink/1340413365996475/

Yellow warbler:
https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10213443714945277

I'm particularly curious about the identity of the Empid. The bird was
making "wit" calls (heard early in the first video), which I think suggests
Willow Flycatcher. However, this nest was situated in between, and not far
from, the territory of "the" Acadian Flycatcher and an Alder Flycatcher.
Any expert thoughts and opinions?

Suan

PS. Both of these nests seem sufficiently well-positioned (yet close to the
road/trail) that I don't mind describing their locations to those wishing
to pay respectful visits. Just email me off-list.

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Date: 5/28/17 7:43 pm
From: Sandy Podulka <sgp4...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] West Danby Nighthawk
We've been hearing them for the last week as we garden in the
evenings in Brooktondale. I wish they would stay the rest of the
summer. It's wonderful to know they are up there working away, and
great fun to hear them.

Sandy

At 08:21 PM 5/28/2017, Geo Kloppel wrote:
>Out working in the garden just now, I heard a Nighhawk! I looked up,
>and there it was, moving rapidly north, calling out repeatedly and
>hawking insects at the same time, like a talented juggler who can
>weave a complicated path through a marching parade while keeping
>three balls in the air and simultaneously telling a story to the crowd.
>
>-Geo
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Date: 5/28/17 5:21 pm
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] West Danby Nighthawk
Out working in the garden just now, I heard a Nighhawk! I looked up, and there it was, moving rapidly north, calling out repeatedly and hawking insects at the same time, like a talented juggler who can weave a complicated path through a marching parade while keeping three balls in the air and simultaneously telling a story to the crowd.

-Geo



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Date: 5/28/17 3:02 pm
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...>
Subject: More Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
Here in Union Springs I've had my feeder outside my kitchen window for 3
wks.. Finally saw a female hummer, just once each day, on the 20th &
27th. In the past they have /always/ come when my columbines begin
blooming & they opened nearly 3 wks. ago. I've not seen the female go
near the columbines that are all along the back of the house.

Another noticeable lack ... _/normally/_ we have _/many/_ tree & barn
swallows, esp. when the campus lawns are being mowed & normally I'll
have at least 3 boxes of tree swallows & 2 of blue birds, (with house
sparrows plaguing them.) Thus far we have only one box with tree
swallows & the female just laid her 5th egg 3 days ago. This is late.
Same with the one box with bluebirds. No wrens yet but we're seeing 5-7
chimney swifts still using the tall chimney on the girls' dorm.

/House sparrows have now lost about 20 eggs from 3 boxes to this human
predator. /

I fear squirrels may be getting some adult birds, eggs & nestlings in
the trees & hedgerows.

What IS quite noticeable here, is the lack of insects, esp. with ideal
wet weather for mosquitoes & black flies. We had a few of both a couple
wks. ago along with midges but now, next to nothing & it's still wet.
The fields are planted to grass, not corn this yr. so I feel that is
more conducive habitat for insects. Alas, the insecticides have probably
killed off the bugs so desperately needed by our feathered friends.
Where is Rachel Carson?? Who will take up the battle???

Fritzie


On 5/28/2017 10:46 AM, Marty Schlabach wrote:
>
> We’ve had our hummingbird feeders up for several weeks, changed them a
> couple of times and have as of yet only seen a hummer twice, both
> times a female.
>
> Marty
>
> Interlaken, NY
>
> *From:* **Ellen Haith
> *Sent:* Sunday, May 28, 2017 8:22 AM
> *To:* Kelly Lee Smith <kls66...>
> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
>
> 8:15 a.m Sunday, just checking all the ominous notes and explaining
> the reality to my husband, and TWO males arrived at the one visible
> feeder and the battle for the goodies took but a moment!
>
> May I say 'Whoopee!' and 'Whew?'
>
> e.h.
>
> On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 8:13 AM, Kelly Lee Smith <kls66...>
> <mailto:<kls66...>> wrote:
>
> I saw my first hummingbird yesterday at an Amish greenhouse in
> SummerHill; the Amish ladies said the birds have been in the
> greenhouses for a couple of weeks.
>
> Kelly
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> *From:*Ellen Haith <elliehaith44...>
> <mailto:<elliehaith44...>>
> *Sent:* Saturday, May 27, 2017 3:44 PM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L; CAYUGABIRDS-L
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
>
> Along the west shore of Cayuga Lake we occasionally have up to
> three Hummingbirds at a time at either feeder. So far this spring
> (?) - we have seen ONE female sitting on the edge of a feeder
> looking away from the cottage - none other. Might this be a result
> of the late and frequent cold snaps and the subsequent lack of
> either floral food or human assistance?
>
> Info and/or assurance gratefully accepted.
>
> Ellen
>
>


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Date: 5/28/17 2:34 pm
From: Mark Chao <markchao...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bock-Harvey and Stevenson, Sun 5/28 (and weather note for Mon 5/29)
First, here’s a note about tomorrow’s weather and scheduling. The forecast
calls for likely thunderstorms on Monday morning, peaking just when we are
planning our two group walks for the Finger Lakes Land Trust Spring Bird
Quest (SBQ). I will definitely show up at the start times for both walks,
but I think curtailment or cancellation on the spot are distinctly
possible. Please plan accordingly, especially if you have a long drive.



(If we do lose both walks, then I will hope to do an impromptu make-up
session later in the day. Please check email around midday if you’re
interested.)



In any case, weather and everything else were ideal for today’s SBQ walks
at the Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve and the Stevenson Forest Preserve.
Again we had very strong turnout -- 25 people at Bock-Harvey, 19 people at
Stevenson. I would guess that these were the first visits to either
preserve for almost everyone. And again our sightings somehow defied any
expectation that too many birders might spoil the birding. (Ken Kemphues,
Diane Morton, and Suan Yong helped enormously in co-leading both walks, as
they did yesterday.)



Our first highlight at Bock-Harvey was a female YELLOW WARBLER by the road,
pushing herself into her nearly-completed nest to custom-shape it. There
were many other birds here as usual, including a singing CHESTNUT-SIDED
WARBLER and a pair of EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES occasionally coming very close
together to perch before the next sally. We got to know the varied and
somewhat atypical songs of the three AMERICAN REDSTARTS in this first patch
of woods, with some sight confirmation for most of us. Here I also heard a
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and saw the weekend’s only YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
before everyone arrived.



Over on the yellow-blazed trail in the old-growth woods, only a small
subset of us had fleeting sightings of WOOD THRUSHES, OVENBIRD, and more
redstarts. But I believe that everyone eyewitnessed a most striking and
dramatic moment, as two male SCARLET TANAGERS silently sized up a raccoon,
deeply asnooze with belly and chin resting on a branch, arms dangling,
about 20 feet off the ground. Some other birders saw a female tanager here
too, but I missed her.



I think only one of us saw one male HOODED WARBLER, despite a slow, quiet,
vigilant walk through areas where I’d seen them recently. But as we tried
to wait out one Hooded Warbler (who continues to end every other song in an
unusual explosive squeak), we got the surprise of the morning – a
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO making short flights and taking long pauses in a sunny
patch in the otherwise shadowy woods. Several of our group even got scope
views of the bird’s red orbital ring, thanks to Ken’s quick positioning.



Then we walked along the edge of the meadow up to the Locust Lean-To. Here
we saw a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE perched within a body length or two of an
EASTERN KINGBIRD. Suan also got many of our participants onto another male
Scarlet Tanager here.



It was harder to see birds at Stevenson, as expected, but we did all get
long scope views of an ALDER FLYCATCHER singing in the meadow overlook
area. Many of us (not I) got good views of a VEERY along the initial
straightaway. We heard one HOODED WARBLER across the stream, plus a couple
of BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS high in the
hemlocks. I was glad also to pick up the weekend’s only BLUE-HEADED VIREO
so far. (I think that my weekend species tally now stands at 78 species.)



But I think that we’d all agree that the greatest thrills came from the
butterflies in the parking lot – ten Eastern Tiger Swallowtails jostling to
collect mineral-rich moisture from a 50-square-inch patch of some
mysterious mud, heedless of our close presence for many minutes, plus an
exquisite and cooperative female Black Swallowtail.



So whatever thunderbolts and torrents we might have to dodge tomorrow, I’ll
gladly take what we got today. Thanks to all for two great outings!



Mark Chao

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Date: 5/28/17 9:26 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cuckoo
YELLOW BILLED CUCKOO calling in tall tree near lake. Could not see it.

Donna Scott
Lansing
Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 5/28/17 9:23 am
From: Carol Keeler <carolk441...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
Here in Auburn I've had two pair of hummers for several weeks. My friend has them in Skaneateles too. I see them frequently at my feeders.

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Date: 5/28/17 8:22 am
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
I've got a pair coming regularly to my feeders...

-Geo, West Danby

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Date: 5/28/17 7:46 am
From: Marty Schlabach <mls5...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
We’ve had our hummingbird feeders up for several weeks, changed them a couple of times and have as of yet only seen a hummer twice, both times a female.

Marty
Interlaken, NY

From: <bounce-121564982-3494012...> [mailto:<bounce-121564982-3494012...>] On Behalf Of Ellen Haith
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous

8:15 a.m Sunday, just checking all the ominous notes and explaining the reality to my husband, and TWO males arrived at the one visible feeder and the battle for the goodies took but a moment!

May I say 'Whoopee!' and 'Whew?'

e.h.

On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 8:13 AM, Kelly Lee Smith <kls66...><mailto:<kls66...>> wrote:

I saw my first hummingbird yesterday at an Amish greenhouse in SummerHill; the Amish ladies said the birds have been in the greenhouses for a couple of weeks.

Kelly

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Date: 5/28/17 6:03 am
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Danby birds
I made a quick car loop through Michigan Hollow this morning. Highlights were a Virginia Rail at the Hillview Road marsh, Acadian Flycatcher, Canada Warbler and Winter Wren in the hollow, a nice string of Pied-billed Grebe songs from the open water in the middle of the big Michigan Hollow Marsh (but no American Bittern), and two more Virginia Rails, duetting at Jennings Pond.

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Date: 5/28/17 5:24 am
From: Susan Gateley <susan...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
It might have been late for the little hummers but I've seen a couple of
the 'regulars' around here on south shore of lake ontario for two weeks or
so

also as for other bird notes had a weird sad discovery on boat- the
starboard ventilator cowling and dorade box contained three dead tree
swallows when we commissioned the boat two weeks ago. The birds looked
quite deteriorated like not recently dead. I've never seen such a thing
before- I'm guessing they were ??migrating?? and saw the hole of the
cowling as a good place to spend the night and then got trapped and
couldn't get out?? Very weird.



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> I saw my first hummingbird yesterday at an Amish greenhouse in SummerHill;
> the Amish ladies said the birds have been in the greenhouses for a couple
> of weeks.
>
> Kelly
>
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> ------------------------------
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> <bounce-121564418-7189490...> on behalf of Ellen Haith <
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> *Sent:* Saturday, May 27, 2017 3:44 PM
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> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
>
> Along the west shore of Cayuga Lake we occasionally have up to three
> Hummingbirds at a time at either feeder. So far this spring (?) - we have
> seen ONE female sitting on the edge of a feeder looking away from the
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Date: 5/28/17 5:22 am
From: Ellen Haith <elliehaith44...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
8:15 a.m Sunday, just checking all the ominous notes and explaining the
reality to my husband, and TWO males arrived at the one visible feeder and
the battle for the goodies took but a moment!

May I say 'Whoopee!' and 'Whew?'

e.h.

On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 8:13 AM, Kelly Lee Smith <kls66...> wrote:

> I saw my first hummingbird yesterday at an Amish greenhouse in SummerHill;
> the Amish ladies said the birds have been in the greenhouses for a couple
> of weeks.
>
> Kelly
>
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> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
>
> Along the west shore of Cayuga Lake we occasionally have up to three
> Hummingbirds at a time at either feeder. So far this spring (?) - we have
> seen ONE female sitting on the edge of a feeder looking away from the
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> snaps and the subsequent lack of either floral food or human assistance?
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Date: 5/28/17 5:13 am
From: Kelly Lee Smith <kls66...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
I saw my first hummingbird yesterday at an Amish greenhouse in SummerHill; the Amish ladies said the birds have been in the greenhouses for a couple of weeks.

Kelly


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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous

Along the west shore of Cayuga Lake we occasionally have up to three Hummingbirds at a time at either feeder. So far this spring (?) - we have seen ONE female sitting on the edge of a feeder looking away from the cottage - none other. Might this be a result of the late and frequent cold snaps and the subsequent lack of either floral food or human assistance?

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Date: 5/28/17 3:24 am
From: <khmo...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
Ellen et al,

I'd be happy to hear of lots of hummers in the area but that hasn't been
the case this spring. It would seem they are very late as the average
arrival is 9 May and this is the first time in 31 years here that we
have only see one or two and seldom hanging around. Have refilled the
feeder three times with little to no usage.

Let's hope they are late, overflew us or something less ominous than
this implies.

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On 2017-05-28 02:41, Ellen Haith wrote:

> I've seen ONE in the last week, where last summer there would be three at a time in good weather.
>
> West shore Cayuga Lake.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> On May 27, 2017, at 4:03 PM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:
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> I had one hummingbird about 3 1/2 weeks ago & few to none since.
> However during Mark Chao's FLLT bird quest walk at Lindsey Parsons preserve in W Danby this morning we saw two hummingbirds, both males.
> Donna Scott
> Lansing, by Cayuga Lake
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On May 27, 2017, at 3:59 PM, Gordon Bonnet <jaggy227...> wrote:
>
> For what it's worth, I've had two hummingbird feeders out for over two weeks now, and haven't seen a single one. Usually by this time we've had dozens.
>
> Gordon
>
> On May 27, 2017, at 3:44 PM, Ellen Haith <elliehaith44...> wrote:
>
> Along the west shore of Cayuga Lake we occasionally have up to three Hummingbirds at a time at either feeder. So far this spring (?) - we have seen ONE female sitting on the edge of a feeder looking away from the cottage - none other. Might this be a result of the late and frequent cold snaps and the subsequent lack of either floral food or human assistance?
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Date: 5/27/17 7:42 pm
From: Ellen Haith <elliehaith44...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
I've seen ONE in the last week, where last summer there would be three at a time in good weather.

West shore Cayuga Lake.

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 27, 2017, at 4:03 PM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:
>
> I had one hummingbird about 3 1/2 weeks ago & few to none since.
> However during Mark Chao's FLLT bird quest walk at Lindsey Parsons preserve in W Danby this morning we saw two hummingbirds, both males.
>
> Donna Scott
> Lansing, by Cayuga Lake
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On May 27, 2017, at 3:59 PM, Gordon Bonnet <jaggy227...> wrote:
>
>> For what it’s worth, I’ve had two hummingbird feeders out for over two weeks now, and haven’t seen a single one. Usually by this time we’ve had dozens.
>>
>> Gordon
>>
>>
>>> On May 27, 2017, at 3:44 PM, Ellen Haith <elliehaith44...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Along the west shore of Cayuga Lake we occasionally have up to three Hummingbirds at a time at either feeder. So far this spring (?) - we have seen ONE female sitting on the edge of a feeder looking away from the cottage - none other. Might this be a result of the late and frequent cold snaps and the subsequent lack of either floral food or human assistance?
>>>
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>>>
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Date: 5/27/17 1:51 pm
From: Mark Chao <markchao...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve, Sat 5/27
We had a tremendous turnout of 35 people for today’s Finger Lakes Land
Trust Spring Bird Quest (SBQ) walk at the Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity
Preserve. One might think that a group of this size would defeat the
purpose at some level, making it prohibitively difficult to see birds or
enjoy the setting. But I think that we affirmed the opposite.



It helped quite a lot that I got a lot of help leading the walk from
veteran guides Suan Yong, Paul Anderson, Diane Morton, and Ken Kemphues. I
don’t know what is the more generous act – anticipating a need and taking
it upon oneself to show up and help, or cheerfully allowing oneself to be
pressed into duty on the spot. Whichever one it is, or both, I don’t take
any of it for granted. Thanks, Suan, Paul, Diane, and Ken – you really
made the walk.



And really, everyone helped – with good cheer (undampened by light rain
from above and shoe-soaking seepage from below), excellent questions, a lot
of patience, and the magnified detection power of 70 eyes and 70 ears. In
the end, we all found and even saw essentially the same variety of birds
that I found last weekend here alone. Highlights include long views of
PRAIRIE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, male and female
INDIGO BUNTING, CEDAR WAXWING, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, plus a brief
but stirring view of a flock of 15+ WOOD DUCKS streaming by. We heard but
did not manage to see a couple of BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, several
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS, a HOODED WARBLER, several ALDER FLYCATCHERS, and
some flyover BOBOLINKS. Twice our big group heard the guttural “kewp”
calls of a cuckoo – I believe BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, as indeed a subset of
the group confirmed by sight later.



The SBQ is also a per-species fundraiser for the Land Trust, so I felt
unusually grateful for encounters with common species that have proven
difficult to find on past SBQs – SPOTTED SANDPIPER (far away at Coleman
Lake), HOODED MERGANSER (likewise), NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, CHIMNEY
SWIFTS (nice learning moments for our novice birders, as these swifts
alternated with Tree Swallows in passes through an overhead gap), a HOUSE
WREN, and a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH.



Sodden but still spirited after three hours, about a third of our throng
took me up on a bonus run to the beaver pond on the other side of Routes 34
and 96, along Sylvan Drive near the West Danby Fire Station. Here we saw
at least eight active GREAT BLUE HERON nests, with parents strikingly
standing sentinel over adorable half-pint heron chicks. Here I also had my
day’s only sightings of RED-TAILED HAWK and AMERICAN REDSTART (thanks to
high-school senior Will for his sharp eyes), plus a molting TURKEY VULTURE,
a BROWN THRASHER, and a male CANADA WARBLER after almost everyone else had
left. My total count reached 64 species by the time I finally went home at
noon.



I think that the SBQ head count is a record for a single walk. I might
propose further that we consider an integrated statistical quantity.



S x B = Q



Where S = the number of bird species found on the walk

and B = the number of birders on the walk

and Q = the integrated quantity, in units of birder-species



As you see, Q is a measure of the volume of birding, in terms of both the
birds and the people. It’s imprecise, I know, but I think it aptly
characterizes the engagement aspect of the event.



And even if we take account of lower total tallies for most people, I feel
positive that we shot through any previous single-outing ceiling for Q.
I’d guess that we reached a minimum of Q = 1500 birder-species, or quite
possibly somewhere closer to 2000. That is what you get with a record
turnout in a vast, diverse preserve on a long morning in May!



Tomorrow I will lead two SBQ walks in Enfield – one at the Bock-Harvey
Forest Preserve starting at 8 AM, and one at the Stevenson Forest Preserve
starting at 10 AM. I hope to see many of you there. Let’s keep pushing Q
as high as we can!



Mark Chao



PS. The forecast seems OK for tomorrow, but not so great for Monday’s
walks at the Goetchius Wetland Preserve and the Roy H. Park Preserve. I
will show up to lead the walks no matter what, but may decide to cut things
short if conditions warrant. Please be ready for anything if you do come.

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Date: 5/27/17 1:03 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
I had one hummingbird about 3 1/2 weeks ago & few to none since.
However during Mark Chao's FLLT bird quest walk at Lindsey Parsons preserve in W Danby this morning we saw two hummingbirds, both males.

Donna Scott
Lansing, by Cayuga Lake
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On May 27, 2017, at 3:59 PM, Gordon Bonnet <jaggy227...><mailto:<jaggy227...>> wrote:

For what it’s worth, I’ve had two hummingbird feeders out for over two weeks now, and haven’t seen a single one. Usually by this time we’ve had dozens.

Gordon


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Along the west shore of Cayuga Lake we occasionally have up to three Hummingbirds at a time at either feeder. So far this spring (?) - we have seen ONE female sitting on the edge of a feeder looking away from the cottage - none other. Might this be a result of the late and frequent cold snaps and the subsequent lack of either floral food or human assistance?

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Date: 5/27/17 12:59 pm
From: Gordon Bonnet <jaggy227...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
For what it’s worth, I’ve had two hummingbird feeders out for over two weeks now, and haven’t seen a single one. Usually by this time we’ve had dozens.

Gordon


> On May 27, 2017, at 3:44 PM, Ellen Haith <elliehaith44...> wrote:
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> Along the west shore of Cayuga Lake we occasionally have up to three Hummingbirds at a time at either feeder. So far this spring (?) - we have seen ONE female sitting on the edge of a feeder looking away from the cottage - none other. Might this be a result of the late and frequent cold snaps and the subsequent lack of either floral food or human assistance?
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Date: 5/27/17 12:45 pm
From: Ellen Haith <elliehaith44...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ominous
Along the west shore of Cayuga Lake we occasionally have up to three
Hummingbirds at a time at either feeder. So far this spring (?) - we have
seen ONE female sitting on the edge of a feeder looking away from the
cottage - none other. Might this be a result of the late and frequent cold
snaps and the subsequent lack of either floral food or human assistance?

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Date: 5/27/17 10:18 am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Shorebirds Seneca Flats
Peregrine scattered Shorebirds off Seneca Flats at 1:07

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Date: 5/26/17 6:02 am
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Acadian Flycatcher
On a quick drive through Michigan Hollow this cool morning I found one Acadian Flycatcher, singing in one of the usual locations, familiar since Karl David's day. Approximately: 42.30059°N 76.48253°W

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Date: 5/26/17 4:21 am
From: Mark Chao <markchao...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods, Fri 5/26
On Friday morning, a male PINE WARBLER was singing continuously and
exclusively from tall pines on both sides of Sapsucker Woods Road, north of
the gated trailheads. I confirmed this bird by sight after much effort. I
believe that this is not quite the latest in the season that I've ever
found this species in the sanctuary, but it's close. This one seemed to be
acting territorial.

I also heard and saw a BLACKPOLL WARBLER on Simsbury Drive at dawn, and saw
five or six WILD TURKEYS in the field along Hanshaw Road between Freese
Road and Bluegrass Lane.

Mark Chao

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Date: 5/25/17 10:57 am
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
Hi Melanie,
I share your challenge, and often bird in the early evening. My typos and
word jumble mistakes posted on this list I attribute to a year of sleep
deprivation. You might really enjoy the path along the inlet in Renwick
Woods (closer to the "stone" arch entrance near the RR tracks). There I
hear reliable Wood Thrush, Oven Bird, Yellow Warbler, and many other
incredible sounds in the last 2-3 hours of the day!!! Mosquitoes were
merciless, be prepared!

I was there yesterday around 6pm, all of these birds were there, and I am
99% sure I had a Wilson's Warbler! It was backlit and high up in the tree
tops, so I could not be sure. I saw the underside of the tail which was
white/light gray with darker gray tips. Its call matched the recording and
responded to it; and I heard the same song at Fuertes Bird Sanctuary the
week before.
Happy bird listening!
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Date: 5/25/17 7:30 am
From: Beth Paris <bethenyu...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: May 25, 2017
Anyone know about when the red-tail hawks near the Stewart avenue bridge might fledge? Beth

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> 1. best bet for bird bonanza?
> 2. Re: best bet for bird bonanza?
> 3. Re: best bet for bird bonanza?
> 4. Re: best bet for bird bonanza?
> 5. Re: best bet for bird bonanza?
> 6. Re: best bet for bird bonanza?
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> Subject: best bet for bird bonanza?
> From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie...>
> Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 01:08:52 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 1
>
> Hello birders!
>
> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep
> disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage
> to get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places
> where I might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?
>
> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love
> thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty
> song that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know
> some hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so
> easy to find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And
> the first time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know
> what floats my birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that
> you can recommend I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
>
> Thank you for your patience!
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Melanie
>
>
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> Subject: Re: best bet for bird bonanza?
> From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...>
> Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 01:31:31 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 2
>
> I'm not sure where in "Cayuga land" is the best place to find these but the prettiest bird songs to me are the Veery, and the Wood Thrush. Both sing songs no human can come close two. To me, they sound like several tunes at the same time.
>
> Glenn Wilson
> Endicott, NY
> www.WilsonsWarbler.com
>
> On May 24, 2017, at 1:08 AM, Melanie Uhlir <melanie...> wrote:
>
> Hello birders!
>
> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage to get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?
>
> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy to find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
>
> Thank you for your patience!
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Melanie
>
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> Subject: Re: best bet for bird bonanza?
> From: Jody Enck <jodyenck...>
> Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 07:30:52 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 3
>
> Hi Melanie,
>
> I hope you get lots of ideas for places to go birding. If you are able to
> get out at all this weekend, you might consider joining Mark Chao on one of
> his walks during the annual Spring Bird Quest that he does to benefit the
> Finger Lakes Land Trust every Memorial Day weekend. You'll be able to
> encounter many of your favorite birds on several of his walks. Here are
> three other ideas: Sapsucker Woods has plenty of Scarlet Tanagers,
> Baltimore Orioles, several thrushes, and even singing Song Sparrows right
> now. The Lindsey-Parsons Preserve down route 34 south of Ithaca near West
> Danby is a fun place to see and hear lots of birds. If you only have a
> short amount of time, you might consider Renwick Woods at Stewart Park.
> I'll be leading a walk there at 8am this coming Saturday for the Friends of
> Stewart Park group, and would be happy to have you join us if you can.
>
> Good birding,
> Jody Enck
>
>> On Wed, May 24, 2017 at 1:08 AM, Melanie Uhlir <melanie...> wrote:
>>
>> Hello birders!
>>
>> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep
>> disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage to
>> get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I
>> might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?
>>
>> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love
>> thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song
>> that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some
>> hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy to
>> find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first
>> time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my
>> birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend
>> I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
>>
>> Thank you for your patience!
>>
>> Sincerely,
>>
>> Melanie
>>
>>
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> From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...>
> Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 07:38:08 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 4
>
> I'd give the prize to Hermit Thrush, but really, Melanie, your self-description suggests that instead of the morning you should arrange to be out in suitable habitat in the _evening_, from an hour before sunset until an hour after, and you will likely be treated to all three of our locally breeding thrushes.
>
> Hermits will also sing as the sky darkens before a rainstorm.
>
> -Geo
>
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> Subject: Re: best bet for bird bonanza?
> From: Asher Hockett <veery715...>
> Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 08:47:17 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 5
>
> Geo Kloppel's suggestion for evening birding is right on. Michigan Hollow
> Rd in Danby has Finger Lakes Trail off both sides which are great areas for
> thrushes. Just walking along the road itself, several miles from Rt 96, I
> have heard Veeries singing so loudly in the evening I could hardly believe
> it. If you have AWD, Bald Hill Rd in Danby is another place flush with
> thrushes. (It's actually part of the same habitat as Mich. Hollow)
> Shindagin Hollow is another good spot.
>
> Take insect repellent to any of these in the evening!!
>
>> On Wed, May 24, 2017 at 1:08 AM, Melanie Uhlir <melanie...> wrote:
>>
>> Hello birders!
>>
>> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep
>> disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage to
>> get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I
>> might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?
>>
>> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love
>> thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song
>> that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some
>> hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy to
>> find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first
>> time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my
>> birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend
>> I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
>>
>> Thank you for your patience!
>>
>> Sincerely,
>>
>> Melanie
>>
>>
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> From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
> Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 13:51:39 +0000
> X-Message-Number: 6
>
> Melanie, if you don't have the excellent "Cayuga Bird Club Guide To Birding In The Cayuga Lake Basin", I highly recommend it. Tells all the great places with maps & how to get there, plus which birds might be there. You can get it at Wild Birds Unlimited store in the Lab of O bldg. the Science Center store may still have some too.
>
> Also, a gentle note: birders of any experience who are in tune with Nature do not call ANY bird a 'trash' bird! Not even our common, numerous Starlings & House Sparrows, who are here in the western hemisphere only due to misguided importation by humans in the past.
>
> Good birding-
> Donna Scott
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> On May 24, 2017, at 1:09 AM, Melanie Uhlir <melanie...><mailto:<melanie...>> wrote:
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> Hello birders!
>
> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage to get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?
>
> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy to find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
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> Subject: Re: best bet for bird bonanza?
> From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16...>
> Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 10:06:28 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 7
>
> Donna. Thanks for this gentle reminder that we appreciate not denigrate the birds we share the works with. Well done!
>
> Linda Orkin
> Ithaca NY
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On May 24, 2017, at 9:51 AM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:
>>
>> Melanie, if you don't have the excellent "Cayuga Bird Club Guide To Birding In The Cayuga Lake Basin", I highly recommend it. Tells all the great places with maps & how to get there, plus which birds might be there. You can get it at Wild Birds Unlimited store in the Lab of O bldg. the Science Center store may still have some too.
>>
>> Also, a gentle note: birders of any experience who are in tune with Nature do not call ANY bird a 'trash' bird! Not even our common, numerous Starlings & House Sparrows, who are here in the western hemisphere only due to misguided importation by humans in the past.
>>
>> Good birding-
>> Donna Scott
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On May 24, 2017, at 1:09 AM, Melanie Uhlir <melanie...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hello birders!
>>>
>>> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage to get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?
>>>
>>> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy to find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
>>>
>>> Thank you for your patience!
>>>
>>> Sincerely,
>>>
>>> Melanie
>>>
>>>
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> Subject: Wood Thrushes
> From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
> Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 16:31:22 +0000
> X-Message-Number: 8
>
> In my woods on Lansing Station rd. At least 2 heard, 1 seen.
> It is interesting seeing them sing & I think I detect, with the one I am watching, that he is belting out different sounds from its 2 syrynxes (spelling!). One short sound right after the initial "ee-o-lay" is rather mechanical sounding.
>
> Donna Scott
> Lansing
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> Subject: Re: best bet for bird bonanza?
> From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie...>
> Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 14:33:26 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 9
>
> Everyone!
>
> I didn't mean to offend!!
>
> I knew someone once who would tease me because I would get so excited
> when I saw a bird I'd never seen before. I was gushing about Snow
> Buntings one winter and he said, "Oh, that's a trash bird." Or maybe
> "dirt bird," as in "common as dirt." But he was being facetious, just
> teasing me for getting so excited about a bird that isn't all that
> difficult to find. He has nothing but appreciation for birds and
> wildlife in general. Just teasing me for being so wide-eyed.
>
> I should have said, "too easy." Some birders I've met seem to be super
> interested in challenging birds and racking up numbers, but I know that
> doesn't mean they don't appreciate and respect all bird species.
>
> I apologize!!
>
> Thank you so much to everyone who had wonderful tips for my spotty
> birding endeavors!! I appreciate your help so much!!!
>
> Sincerely,
> Melanie
>
>> On 5/24/2017 10:06 AM, Linda Orkin wrote:
>> Donna. Thanks for this gentle reminder that we appreciate not
>> denigrate the birds we share the works with. Well done!
>>
>> Linda Orkin
>> Ithaca NY
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On May 24, 2017, at 9:51 AM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
>> <mailto:<dls9...>> wrote:
>>
>>> Melanie, if you don't have the excellent "Cayuga Bird Club Guide To
>>> Birding In The Cayuga Lake Basin", I highly recommend it. Tells all
>>> the great places with maps & how to get there, plus which birds might
>>> be there. You can get it at Wild Birds Unlimited store in the Lab of
>>> O bldg. the Science Center store may still have some too.
>>>
>>> Also, a gentle note: birders of any experience who are in tune with
>>> Nature do not call ANY bird a 'trash' bird! Not even our common,
>>> numerous Starlings & House Sparrows, who are here in the western
>>> hemisphere only due to misguided importation by humans in the past.
>>>
>>> Good birding-
>>> Donna Scott
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>> On May 24, 2017, at 1:09 AM, Melanie Uhlir <melanie...>
>>> <mailto:<melanie...>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hello birders!
>>>>
>>>> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep
>>>> disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can
>>>> manage to get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some
>>>> places where I might get the most birding bang for my precious
>>>> morning buck?
>>>>
>>>> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I
>>>> love thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a
>>>> pretty song that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite
>>>> species. I know some hardcore birders probably call them "trash
>>>> birds" since they are so easy to find, but I find their song very
>>>> beautiful and uplifting. And the first time I laid bins on a
>>>> Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my birding boat,
>>>> if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend I
>>>> would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
>>>>
>>>> Thank you for your patience!
>>>>
>>>> Sincerely,
>>>>
>>>> Melanie
>>>>
>>>>
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> Subject: Re: best bet for bird bonanza?
> From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16...>
> Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 14:42:05 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 10
>
> Hey. That wasn't directed at you per se. It was in quotes so we knew someone else said it. Keep enjoying!!
>
> Linda
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On May 24, 2017, at 2:33 PM, Melanie Uhlir <melanie...> wrote:
>>
>> Everyone!
>>
>> I didn't mean to offend!!
>>
>> I knew someone once who would tease me because I would get so excited when I saw a bird I'd never seen before. I was gushing about Snow Buntings one winter and he said, "Oh, that's a trash bird." Or maybe "dirt bird," as in "common as dirt." But he was being facetious, just teasing me for getting so excited about a bird that isn't all that difficult to find. He has nothing but appreciation for birds and wildlife in general. Just teasing me for being so wide-eyed.
>>
>> I should have said, "too easy." Some birders I've met seem to be super interested in challenging birds and racking up numbers, but I know that doesn't mean they don't appreciate and respect all bird species.
>>
>> I apologize!!
>>
>> Thank you so much to everyone who had wonderful tips for my spotty birding endeavors!! I appreciate your help so much!!!
>>
>> Sincerely,
>> Melanie
>>
>>> On 5/24/2017 10:06 AM, Linda Orkin wrote:
>>> Donna. Thanks for this gentle reminder that we appreciate not denigrate the birds we share the works with. Well done!
>>>
>>> Linda Orkin
>>> Ithaca NY
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>>> On May 24, 2017, at 9:51 AM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Melanie, if you don't have the excellent "Cayuga Bird Club Guide To Birding In The Cayuga Lake Basin", I highly recommend it. Tells all the great places with maps & how to get there, plus which birds might be there. You can get it at Wild Birds Unlimited store in the Lab of O bldg. the Science Center store may still have some too.
>>>>
>>>> Also, a gentle note: birders of any experience who are in tune with Nature do not call ANY bird a 'trash' bird! Not even our common, numerous Starlings & House Sparrows, who are here in the western hemisphere only due to misguided importation by humans in the past.
>>>>
>>>> Good birding-
>>>> Donna Scott
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>
>>>>> On May 24, 2017, at 1:09 AM, Melanie Uhlir <melanie...> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> Hello birders!
>>>>>
>>>>> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage to get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?
>>>>>
>>>>> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy to find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
>>>>>
>>>>> Thank you for your patience!
>>>>>
>>>>> Sincerely,
>>>>>
>>>>> Melanie
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> --
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Date: 5/24/17 11:42 am
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
Hey. That wasn't directed at you per se. It was in quotes so we knew someone else said it. Keep enjoying!!

Linda

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 24, 2017, at 2:33 PM, Melanie Uhlir <melanie...> wrote:
>
> Everyone!
>
> I didn't mean to offend!!
>
> I knew someone once who would tease me because I would get so excited when I saw a bird I'd never seen before. I was gushing about Snow Buntings one winter and he said, "Oh, that's a trash bird." Or maybe "dirt bird," as in "common as dirt." But he was being facetious, just teasing me for getting so excited about a bird that isn't all that difficult to find. He has nothing but appreciation for birds and wildlife in general. Just teasing me for being so wide-eyed.
>
> I should have said, "too easy." Some birders I've met seem to be super interested in challenging birds and racking up numbers, but I know that doesn't mean they don't appreciate and respect all bird species.
>
> I apologize!!
>
> Thank you so much to everyone who had wonderful tips for my spotty birding endeavors!! I appreciate your help so much!!!
>
> Sincerely,
> Melanie
>
>> On 5/24/2017 10:06 AM, Linda Orkin wrote:
>> Donna. Thanks for this gentle reminder that we appreciate not denigrate the birds we share the works with. Well done!
>>
>> Linda Orkin
>> Ithaca NY
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On May 24, 2017, at 9:51 AM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:
>>
>>> Melanie, if you don't have the excellent "Cayuga Bird Club Guide To Birding In The Cayuga Lake Basin", I highly recommend it. Tells all the great places with maps & how to get there, plus which birds might be there. You can get it at Wild Birds Unlimited store in the Lab of O bldg. the Science Center store may still have some too.
>>>
>>> Also, a gentle note: birders of any experience who are in tune with Nature do not call ANY bird a 'trash' bird! Not even our common, numerous Starlings & House Sparrows, who are here in the western hemisphere only due to misguided importation by humans in the past.
>>>
>>> Good birding-
>>> Donna Scott
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>> On May 24, 2017, at 1:09 AM, Melanie Uhlir <melanie...> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hello birders!
>>>>
>>>> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage to get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?
>>>>
>>>> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy to find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
>>>>
>>>> Thank you for your patience!
>>>>
>>>> Sincerely,
>>>>
>>>> Melanie
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> --
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Date: 5/24/17 11:34 am
From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
Everyone!

I didn't mean to offend!!

I knew someone once who would tease me because I would get so excited
when I saw a bird I'd never seen before. I was gushing about Snow
Buntings one winter and he said, "Oh, that's a trash bird." Or maybe
"dirt bird," as in "common as dirt." But he was being facetious, just
teasing me for getting so excited about a bird that isn't all that
difficult to find. He has nothing but appreciation for birds and
wildlife in general. Just teasing me for being so wide-eyed.

I should have said, "too easy." Some birders I've met seem to be super
interested in challenging birds and racking up numbers, but I know that
doesn't mean they don't appreciate and respect all bird species.

I apologize!!

Thank you so much to everyone who had wonderful tips for my spotty
birding endeavors!! I appreciate your help so much!!!

Sincerely,
Melanie

On 5/24/2017 10:06 AM, Linda Orkin wrote:
> Donna. Thanks for this gentle reminder that we appreciate not
> denigrate the birds we share the works with. Well done!
>
> Linda Orkin
> Ithaca NY
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On May 24, 2017, at 9:51 AM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
> <mailto:<dls9...>> wrote:
>
>> Melanie, if you don't have the excellent "Cayuga Bird Club Guide To
>> Birding In The Cayuga Lake Basin", I highly recommend it. Tells all
>> the great places with maps & how to get there, plus which birds might
>> be there. You can get it at Wild Birds Unlimited store in the Lab of
>> O bldg. the Science Center store may still have some too.
>>
>> Also, a gentle note: birders of any experience who are in tune with
>> Nature do not call ANY bird a 'trash' bird! Not even our common,
>> numerous Starlings & House Sparrows, who are here in the western
>> hemisphere only due to misguided importation by humans in the past.
>>
>> Good birding-
>> Donna Scott
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On May 24, 2017, at 1:09 AM, Melanie Uhlir <melanie...>
>> <mailto:<melanie...>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hello birders!
>>>
>>> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep
>>> disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can
>>> manage to get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some
>>> places where I might get the most birding bang for my precious
>>> morning buck?
>>>
>>> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I
>>> love thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a
>>> pretty song that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite
>>> species. I know some hardcore birders probably call them "trash
>>> birds" since they are so easy to find, but I find their song very
>>> beautiful and uplifting. And the first time I laid bins on a
>>> Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my birding boat,
>>> if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend I
>>> would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
>>>
>>> Thank you for your patience!
>>>
>>> Sincerely,
>>>
>>> Melanie
>>>
>>>
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Date: 5/24/17 9:31 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Wood Thrushes
In my woods on Lansing Station rd. At least 2 heard, 1 seen.
It is interesting seeing them sing & I think I detect, with the one I am watching, that he is belting out different sounds from its 2 syrynxes (spelling!). One short sound right after the initial "ee-o-lay" is rather mechanical sounding.

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Date: 5/24/17 7:06 am
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
Donna. Thanks for this gentle reminder that we appreciate not denigrate the birds we share the works with. Well done!

Linda Orkin
Ithaca NY

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> On May 24, 2017, at 9:51 AM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:
>
> Melanie, if you don't have the excellent "Cayuga Bird Club Guide To Birding In The Cayuga Lake Basin", I highly recommend it. Tells all the great places with maps & how to get there, plus which birds might be there. You can get it at Wild Birds Unlimited store in the Lab of O bldg. the Science Center store may still have some too.
>
> Also, a gentle note: birders of any experience who are in tune with Nature do not call ANY bird a 'trash' bird! Not even our common, numerous Starlings & House Sparrows, who are here in the western hemisphere only due to misguided importation by humans in the past.
>
> Good birding-
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> On May 24, 2017, at 1:09 AM, Melanie Uhlir <melanie...> wrote:
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>> Hello birders!
>>
>> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage to get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?
>>
>> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy to find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
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Date: 5/24/17 6:52 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
Melanie, if you don't have the excellent "Cayuga Bird Club Guide To Birding In The Cayuga Lake Basin", I highly recommend it. Tells all the great places with maps & how to get there, plus which birds might be there. You can get it at Wild Birds Unlimited store in the Lab of O bldg. the Science Center store may still have some too.

Also, a gentle note: birders of any experience who are in tune with Nature do not call ANY bird a 'trash' bird! Not even our common, numerous Starlings & House Sparrows, who are here in the western hemisphere only due to misguided importation by humans in the past.

Good birding-
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Hello birders!

As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage to get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?

My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy to find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!

Thank you for your patience!

Sincerely,

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Date: 5/24/17 5:47 am
From: Asher Hockett <veery715...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
Geo Kloppel's suggestion for evening birding is right on. Michigan Hollow
Rd in Danby has Finger Lakes Trail off both sides which are great areas for
thrushes. Just walking along the road itself, several miles from Rt 96, I
have heard Veeries singing so loudly in the evening I could hardly believe
it. If you have AWD, Bald Hill Rd in Danby is another place flush with
thrushes. (It's actually part of the same habitat as Mich. Hollow)
Shindagin Hollow is another good spot.

Take insect repellent to any of these in the evening!!

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> Hello birders!
>
> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep
> disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage to
> get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I
> might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?
>
> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love
> thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song
> that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some
> hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy to
> find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first
> time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my
> birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend
> I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
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>
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Date: 5/24/17 4:38 am
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
I'd give the prize to Hermit Thrush, but really, Melanie, your self-description suggests that instead of the morning you should arrange to be out in suitable habitat in the _evening_, from an hour before sunset until an hour after, and you will likely be treated to all three of our locally breeding thrushes.

Hermits will also sing as the sky darkens before a rainstorm.

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Date: 5/24/17 4:31 am
From: Jody Enck <jodyenck...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
Hi Melanie,

I hope you get lots of ideas for places to go birding. If you are able to
get out at all this weekend, you might consider joining Mark Chao on one of
his walks during the annual Spring Bird Quest that he does to benefit the
Finger Lakes Land Trust every Memorial Day weekend. You'll be able to
encounter many of your favorite birds on several of his walks. Here are
three other ideas: Sapsucker Woods has plenty of Scarlet Tanagers,
Baltimore Orioles, several thrushes, and even singing Song Sparrows right
now. The Lindsey-Parsons Preserve down route 34 south of Ithaca near West
Danby is a fun place to see and hear lots of birds. If you only have a
short amount of time, you might consider Renwick Woods at Stewart Park.
I'll be leading a walk there at 8am this coming Saturday for the Friends of
Stewart Park group, and would be happy to have you join us if you can.

Good birding,
Jody Enck

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> Hello birders!
>
> As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep
> disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage to
> get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I
> might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?
>
> My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love
> thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song
> that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some
> hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy to
> find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first
> time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my
> birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend
> I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!
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> Melanie
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Date: 5/23/17 10:31 pm
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
I'm not sure where in "Cayuga land" is the best place to find these but the prettiest bird songs to me are the Veery, and the Wood Thrush. Both sing songs no human can come close two. To me, they sound like several tunes at the same time.

Glenn Wilson
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Hello birders!

As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage to get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places where I might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?

My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty song that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know some hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so easy to find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And the first time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know what floats my birding boat, if you have a gem of a place or places that you can recommend I would be extremely grateful for your generosity!

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Sincerely,

Melanie


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Date: 5/23/17 10:09 pm
From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] best bet for bird bonanza?
Hello birders!

As a musician who is often out late and also struggles with a sleep
disorder I am not able to be an early riser very often. If I can manage
to get out of the house of a morning, can you recommend some places
where I might get the most birding bang for my precious morning buck?

My favorite things are beautiful songs and breathtaking plumage. I love
thrushes, warblers, and mimics especially. So much do I love a pretty
song that Song Sparrows are actually one of my favorite species. I know
some hardcore birders probably call them "trash birds" since they are so
easy to find, but I find their song very beautiful and uplifting. And
the first time I laid bins on a Blackburnian I wept. Now that you know
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Date: 5/23/17 7:01 pm
From: W. Larry Hymes <wlh2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey, Pine Warbler, etc.
While walking Beebe Lake/Mundy early yesterday afternoon, I saw an
OSPREY carrying a fish and heading in a generally easterly direction
(going to Game Farm Road??). Also, while walking Comstock Knoll, I once
again heard a PINE WARBLER. Finally, I ran into another birder at the
upper end of Beebe (sorry, can't remember her name!). When we see each
other on rare occasions, we'll discuss what birds we've been seeing.
She was puzzled by the call of one particular bird, which she described
as like a Robin, but with a sore throat. Focusing only on the "sore
throat", I half-heartedly mentioned the possibility of yellow-throated
vireo. I didn't have time to stay there and think what else it might
be, so we left each other, walking in opposite directions. A very short
time later it finally came to me. I said to myself, you dummy it was a
scarlet tanager! By then we were too far apart for me to tell her. I
hope she reads this message!

I had heard a scarlet tanager a few days before at Beebe doing the same
song, and I too was initially perplexed. It took me a short time,
before the name of the bird came to me. Being a mostly casual birder,
at the start of each new season I find myself having difficulty pulling
out the names of birds singing songs that sound all too familiar ---
sort of like starting all over!!

Larry

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Date: 5/23/17 10:17 am
From: Mark Chao <markchao...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Photo challenge answer, plus Bock-Harvey and Stevenson Forest Preserves, Tues 5/23
Thanks to all of you who sent guesses for my photo challenge. We got
single votes for American Crow, Rusty Blackbird, Northern Cardinal, Blue
Jays, Green Heron, and a few each for starlings and Brown-headed Cowbird.
But I think that the birds in my photos this morning are COMMON GRACKLES,
about to fledge from a nest along the parking area road by the Lab of
Ornithology, with parents coming by occasionally to deliver food.



Later this morning, I went to the Bock-Harvey and Stevenson Forest
Preserves in Enfield to make sure I’d know my way around easily for
Sunday’s SBQ walks. Highlights include:



* Two singing HOODED WARBLERS and one silent female at Bock-Harvey, plus
one heard across the stream at Stevenson

* A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO singing percussive tripled coos near the entrance
at Bock-Harvey, then another giving a long series of decelerating kerps and
kewps, barely confirmed by sight in the canopy maybe 90 feet off the ground
in the grand old-growth woods

* Several unseen BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS and three BLACKBURNIAN
WARBLERS at Stevenson – Blackburnians also extremely high in old-growth
(hemlocks maybe 100 feet tall), barely visible here, but much more obliging
next to parking area



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Date: 5/23/17 9:51 am
From: Laura J. Heisey <ljh2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Stewart Park swan pen Baltimore Oriole nest
Being a semi-noob birder, I'm going to say I'm not 100% sure of what I saw, never having watched Orioles do this ...

I think I spotted a Baltimore Oriole nest under construction yesterday. With binoculars I was able to follow a male carrying nest material from the lake side of the path to the tall maple tree on the swan pen 'island'. He stayed up there a while and I was able to see the sack-shaped nest as leaves moved with the wind. I gather the female was nearby or busy building. It will likely be hidden once the tree finishes leafing out.

The nest is on the north-ish side (facing the lake) of the tallest maple on the island, a few feet from the top.

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Date: 5/23/17 4:52 am
From: Mark Chao <markchao...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Photo challenge
This morning I photographed a couple of birds that look like nothing I’ve
ever seen before – kind of like a mad phylogenist’s mashup of a mynah,
antbird, ani, and Miley Cyrus.



https://goo.gl/photos/mmYxv2UNatVM1FDAA

https://goo.gl/photos/Qa3doAC4wtoYCHkV9



Location was somewhere in the northern hemisphere. Can you guess what it
is? Reply to me off list. I’ll post the answer later.



Earlier in the morning in Sapsucker Woods, I didn’t find any passage
migrants, but I did see many of the usual breeding species, including a
couple of male Scarlet Tanagers fighting near the Woodleton Boardwalk.
They were issuing unfamiliar “klert” vocalizations that I thought at first
were from a squirrel.



Mark Chao

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