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1/15/19 12:04 pm Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...> [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls
1/15/19 10:50 am Karen Steffy <ks247...> [cayugabirds-l] Campus robins
1/14/19 9:17 am Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...> [cayugabirds-l] Common Redpolls
1/14/19 9:01 am Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
1/14/19 5:10 am Karen Edelstein <kle2...> [cayugabirds-l] Short eared owls
1/13/19 9:38 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle
1/12/19 8:28 pm Ken Haas <waxwing...> [cayugabirds-l] Banded Redpoll at my feeder today
1/12/19 1:17 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Tree Sparrow, Yellow Rumped Warbler
1/11/19 12:47 pm Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...> [cayugabirds-l] Eastern Screech-Owl
1/9/19 7:40 pm Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield - redpoll food
1/9/19 6:02 pm psaracin <psaracin...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield - redpoll food
1/9/19 5:22 pm Marie P. Read <mpr5...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield - redpoll food
1/9/19 4:52 pm Colleen Richards <clr82...> [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club January meeting - members' deadline Jan. 10
1/9/19 2:18 pm Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield
1/9/19 1:56 pm Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield
1/9/19 1:40 pm Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield
1/8/19 7:05 pm Marty Schlabach <mls5...> RE: Re:[cayugabirds-l] history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count
1/8/19 5:58 pm Randolph Scott Little <rsl...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count
1/8/19 5:25 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Some new 2019 Basin Birds
1/8/19 5:09 pm Tom Schulenberg <tss62...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count
1/8/19 10:31 am Barbara Bauer Sadovnic <bsadovnic...> [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield
1/7/19 11:33 am Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
1/6/19 6:03 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] not so empty lake
1/5/19 3:16 pm Carol Cedarholm <ccedarho...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake - Stewart Park Friday observation
1/5/19 3:08 pm Ken Haas <waxwing...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake - Stewart Park Friday observation
1/5/19 2:32 pm Marie P. Read <mpr5...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake - Stewart Park Friday observation
1/5/19 2:22 pm Sandy <sandra.wold...> [cayugabirds-l] empty lake - Stewart Park Friday observation
1/5/19 10:07 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Count Week Black Vulture & Iceland Gull; questionable Red-headed Woodpecker
1/5/19 8:31 am Marie P. Read <mpr5...> [cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Common Redpolls new location
1/5/19 7:33 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese
1/5/19 3:44 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Possible Count Week Black Vulture
1/4/19 6:32 pm Randolph Scott Little <rsl...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count
1/4/19 5:34 pm Tom Schulenberg <tss62...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count
1/4/19 10:09 am Tom <atvawter...> [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese
1/4/19 7:10 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] OT:dish
1/4/19 6:37 am Glenn Wilson <wilson...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake
1/4/19 5:59 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> RE:[cayugabirds-l] empty lake
1/4/19 3:32 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Raptors, swans, ducks
1/3/19 3:00 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] More count week species
1/3/19 7:30 am Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...> [cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin
1/3/19 7:15 am Marie P. Read <mpr5...> [cayugabirds-l] Evening GROSBEAKS - Ringwood Rd
1/3/19 5:59 am Mark Chao <markchao...> [cayugabirds-l] NE Ithaca, Th 1/4/19
1/3/19 4:42 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] More count week species
1/3/19 4:16 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] More count week species
1/2/19 5:33 pm John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...> [cayugabirds-l] Union Springs 2 Jan. 2019
1/2/19 4:29 pm Paul Anderson <paul...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 2019 Ithaca Christmas Bird Count results
1/2/19 10:05 am Joshua Snodgrass <cedarshiva...> [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese heading toward count circle
1/2/19 9:33 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] 2019 Ithaca Christmas Bird Count results
1/2/19 7:44 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] 2019 Ithaca Christmas Bird Count results
1/2/19 5:40 am Asher Hockett <veery715...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] peregrine falcon
1/2/19 5:19 am Jody Enck <jodyenck...> [cayugabirds-l] peregrine falcon
12/31/18 12:51 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
12/30/18 3:09 pm Jae Sullivan <blueheron555...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] new take on old song
12/30/18 11:10 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] new take on old song
12/29/18 2:59 pm Marie P. Read <mpr5...> RE:[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant redpolls still there (correction...)
12/29/18 9:39 am Marie P. Read <mpr5...> [cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant redpolls still there (but fewer)
12/29/18 9:23 am Jgaffne2 <jgaffne2...> [cayugabirds-l] Siskins
12/29/18 7:31 am Paul Anderson <paul...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: December 29, 2018
12/29/18 7:16 am Randolph Scott Little <rsl...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: December 29, 2018
12/29/18 7:15 am Marie P. Read <mpr5...> [cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeaks Ringwood Rd
12/29/18 6:03 am John Confer <confer...> [cayugabirds-l] Northern Saw-whet Owl banding
12/28/18 11:20 am Marie P. Read <mpr5...> [cayugabirds-l] Christmas Bird Count Jan 1st 2019 - Counters urgently needed for Area III
12/27/18 1:40 pm Carol Schmitt <cfschmitt...> [cayugabirds-l] Paul on the radio!
12/27/18 11:39 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] NW Lansing
12/24/18 6:23 pm Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Big Red
12/24/18 8:34 am Marie P. Read <mpr5...> [cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Common Redpolls - still...
12/21/18 9:34 am Nari Mistry <nbm2...> [cayugabirds-l] 30-40 Pine Siskins at feeders today
12/19/18 11:55 am Martin Fellows Hatch <mfh2...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] Suet Question
12/17/18 3:42 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
 
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Date: 1/15/19 12:04 pm
From: Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls
The redpolls on Tucker Rd., Trumansburg, are continuing. I was there today at 11 am and at noon, and they were there, feeding on seeds of velvet leaf, and foraging on the ground, and on the shoulder of the road.
Rachel

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Date: 1/15/19 10:50 am
From: Karen Steffy <ks247...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Campus robins
There is a nice flock of around 20 robins hanging out in the trees between the back side of Corson-Mudd and the entrance to Biotech.

Karen

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Fiber Science & Apparel Design
T57 Human Ecology Building
Cornell University
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Date: 1/14/19 9:17 am
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Common Redpolls
The flock is back on the east side sometimes going into the road. The Hoary Redpoll was under cover .:-(
Ann

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Date: 1/14/19 9:01 am
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA

RBA




*New York

- Syracuse
- January 14 2019
- NYSY 01.14.19




Hotline: Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert

Dates: January 07 - January 14,  2019

To report by email: brinjoseph AT yahoo DOT com

Reporting upstate counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Oneida, Herkimer, Cayuga, Montezuma Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands complex

compiled: January 14 AT 11:00 a.m. EDT

compiler: Joseph Brin

Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondgaaudubon.org







Greetings: This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week on January 07, 2019




Highlights:




RED-THROATED LOON

BLACK SCOTER

TURKEY VULTURE

NORTHERN GOSHAWK

MERLIN

PEREGRINE FALCON

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

ICELAND GULL

SNOWY OWL

NORTHERN SHRIKE

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

EASTERN PHOEBE

GRAY CATBIRD

HERMIT THRUSH

WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW

FIELD SPARROW

VESPER SPARROW

RUSTY BLACKBIRD

EVENING GROSBEAK

COMMON REDPOLL

PINE SISKIN










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

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     1/12: A GRAY CATBIRD was seen on the South Spring Pond Trail. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen also.







Onondaga County

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     1/10: A VESPER SPARROW was seen on Banner road in Tully. It was seen again the next day. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW continues on Sunview Drive in Elbridge. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on East Genesee Street in Syracuse.

     1/11: 15 PINE SISKINS continue at a feeder in Manlius.

     1/12: An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool.

     1/13: 1 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a NORTHERN SHRIKE and a NORTHERN HARRIEW were seen on the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake. Up to 24 BALD EAGLES were seen at Murphy’s Island on Onondaga Lake. A HERMIT THRUSH was seen at the Poolsbrook area of the Erie Canal near Green Lakes.A SNOWY OWL was seen on Morgan Road in Clay. A TURKEY VULTURE was seen on Watervale Road south of Manlius. Up to 40 COMMON REDPOLLS continue on Penoyer Road east of Fabius.







Oswego County

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     1/7: 12 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Carley Mills east of Hastings. 

     1/12: A BLACK SCOTER was seen in Oswego Harbor. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at a private residence in Hastings. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen from Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario. A PINE SISKIN was seen on Co. Rt. 5 in Port Ontario.

     1/13: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Noyes Sanctuary on Lake Ontario.







Madison County

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     EVENING GROSBEAKS continue daily at a feeding station on Carpenter Road in Sheds. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK has been seen hunting at the feeders also.

     1/9: A MERLIN was seen in West Eaton.

     1/12: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

     1/13: An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen on Corkinsville Road east of New Woodstock. 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen on Ditchbank Road.







Oneida County

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     1/13: 3 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Brown Tract Road in Remsen.







Herkimer County

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     1/9: EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder north of Dolgeville.

     1/11: A COMMON REDPOLL was at the feeders with EVENING GROSBEAKS in Dolgeville.







Cayuga County

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     1/11: An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

     1/12: A RED HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Fair Haven State Park.

     1/13: An ICELAND GULL was seen from West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven.

     

     




     







  

    




             

     




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Region 5

Baldwinsville, NY 13027 USA




     

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Date: 1/14/19 5:10 am
From: Karen Edelstein <kle2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Short eared owls
Last night, Joe Wetmore and I watched 5 short-eared owls plying the fields
on both sides of Lake Road leading west from Long Point Winery, just south
of Aurora. We spotted the first one around 5 pm. So graceful, and the white
of their wings flashing brilliantly.

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Date: 1/13/19 9:38 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle
Adult, Sitting near big nest opposite Poplar Ridge Rd in Aurora.

Back at stream south of 729 Lans. Stat. Rd, bright Yellow Rumped Warbler persists.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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Date: 1/12/19 8:28 pm
From: Ken Haas <waxwing...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Banded Redpoll at my feeder today
He’s been hanging around most of the day, and I was able to get some pictures. Didn’t notice he was banded on his right leg until I looked more closely at the photos. Interestingly, he’s the only one I see and I only have one or two Goldfinches at my feeders right now. I took my scope up to the fields at the intersection of Rt. 79 and Black Road this morning and did not see any there - Goldfinches or Redpolls.

Ken Haas
Rt. 79 just West of Meckelnberg
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Date: 1/12/19 1:17 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Tree Sparrow, Yellow Rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow, FOY, scratching under bushes where I put bird food on ground. Along with 13 Mourning Doves, 2 White Throated Sparrows (3 yesterday, one tan), 3 N. Cardinals (2 m., 1 f), 3 BC Chickadees, 2 Tufted Titmouse, 4 DE Juncos, 1 House Sparrow (where are the other 15 of them?).

Down the road in the 700 block of Lansing Station Rd. I saw a YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER (FOY) and a Carolina Wren in bushes/trees by the little stream there.

I often have a pair of Carolina Wrens, 5-8 Blue Jays, and 2-3 White Breasted Nuthatches and 1 Red Breasted Nuthatch on my back deck and rail where I put bird food on surfaces each day. (I feed a lot of squirrels too!). Plus, I have a dozen or two Amer. Goldfinches and 2-5 Amer. Crows regularly at feeders down in back yard.

- Donna Scott

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


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Date: 1/11/19 12:47 pm
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Eastern Screech-Owl
Back in the tree at Dandy Mart in Slaterville Springs enjoying the sun.
Ann


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Date: 1/9/19 7:40 pm
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield - redpoll food
Not yet! Ann

On Wed, Jan 9, 2019 at 9:02 PM psaracin <psaracin...> wrote:

> Marie, I believe I saw some Queen Anne's Lace in there the other day as
> well.
> Pete
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5...>
> Date: 1/9/19 8:22 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...>, Rachel Lodder <
> <rachel.lodder...>
> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>, Barbara Bauer
> Sadovnic <bsadovnic...>
> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield - redpoll food
>
> Re. redpolls: <Does anyone know what they are eating?>
>
> The Mt Pleasant Rd redpolls were eating the seeds of various weeds in the
> field, many of which actually are introduced species. Over the past few
> weeks I have tried to identify them from the dead plant stems and seed
> heads...it's not easy. Some of them (I think) are chicory, goldenrod
> (native), dock (not burdock), plantain, hyssop, bedstraw and I'm sure there
> are others.
>
> BTW, the redpolls are now frequenting the even-weedier field immediately
> west of the white observatory building on Mt Pleasant Rd.
>
> Are there any reports of redpolls at feeders?
>
> Marie
>
>
>
>
> Marie Read Wildlife Photography
> 452 Ringwood Road
> Freeville NY 13068 USA
>
> Phone 607-539-6608
> e-mail <mpr5...>
> Website: http://www.marieread.com
>
> ***NEW BOOK by Marie Read!***
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> ________________________________________
> From: <bounce-123232231-5851667...> [
> <bounce-123232231-5851667...>] on behalf of Regi Teasley [
> <rltcayuga...>]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 4:56 PM
> To: Rachel Lodder
> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L; Barbara Bauer Sadovnic
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield
>
> Thanks for this. Does anyone know what they are eating?
>
> Regi
> What good is a house if you don’t have a tolerable planet to put it in?
> Henry David Thoreau
>
> On Jan 9, 2019, at 4:40 PM, Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...>
> <mailto:<rachel.lodder...>> wrote:
>
> I saw them there today at 2 pm, as well - maybe 130-40? It was really
> difficult counting them in the wind!
> They were about 1/4 mile down from the corner of Tucker and Aiken Roads,
> on the east side of Tucker, feeding in the brush and vegetation alongside
> the road. Very easy to see! Great!
>
> ________________________________
> From: <bounce-123228757-81221466...><mailto:
> <bounce-123228757-81221466...> <
> <bounce-123228757-81221466...><mailto:
> <bounce-123228757-81221466...>> on behalf of Barbara Bauer
> Sadovnic <bsadovnic...><mailto:<bsadovnic...>>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 6:29 PM
> To: <cayugabirds-l...><mailto:<cayugabirds-l...>>
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield
>
> At least 100 redpolls were at the corner of Aiken and Tucker Roads, and in
> the weeds further up Tucker today. I’ve seen them several times here in
> the last few weeks, but this was the first time they let themselves be
> photographed (badly!) and counted!
>
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Date: 1/9/19 6:02 pm
From: psaracin <psaracin...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield - redpoll food
Marie, I believe I saw some Queen Anne's Lace in there the other day as well.Pete


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-------- Original message --------From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5...> Date: 1/9/19 8:22 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...>, Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>, Barbara Bauer Sadovnic <bsadovnic...> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield - redpoll food
Re. redpolls: <Does anyone know what they are eating?>

The Mt Pleasant Rd redpolls were eating the seeds of various weeds in the field, many of which actually are introduced species. Over the past few weeks I have tried to identify them from the dead plant stems and seed heads...it's not easy. Some of them (I think) are chicory, goldenrod (native), dock (not burdock), plantain, hyssop, bedstraw and I'm sure there are others.

BTW, the redpolls are now frequenting the even-weedier field immediately west of the white observatory building on Mt Pleasant Rd.

Are there any reports of redpolls at feeders?

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Sent: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 4:56 PM
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield

Thanks for this.  Does anyone know what they are eating?

Regi
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On Jan 9, 2019, at 4:40 PM, Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...><mailto:<rachel.lodder...>> wrote:

I saw them there today at 2 pm, as well - maybe 130-40? It was really difficult counting them in the wind!
They were about 1/4 mile down from the corner of Tucker and Aiken Roads, on the east side of Tucker, feeding in the brush and vegetation alongside the road. Very easy to see! Great!

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To: <cayugabirds-l...><mailto:<cayugabirds-l...>>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield

At least 100 redpolls were at the corner of Aiken and Tucker Roads, and in the weeds further up Tucker today.  I’ve seen them several times here in the last few weeks, but this was the first time they let themselves be photographed (badly!) and counted!


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Date: 1/9/19 5:22 pm
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield - redpoll food
Re. redpolls: <Does anyone know what they are eating?>

The Mt Pleasant Rd redpolls were eating the seeds of various weeds in the field, many of which actually are introduced species. Over the past few weeks I have tried to identify them from the dead plant stems and seed heads...it's not easy. Some of them (I think) are chicory, goldenrod (native), dock (not burdock), plantain, hyssop, bedstraw and I'm sure there are others.

BTW, the redpolls are now frequenting the even-weedier field immediately west of the white observatory building on Mt Pleasant Rd.

Are there any reports of redpolls at feeders?

Marie




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From: <bounce-123232231-5851667...> [<bounce-123232231-5851667...>] on behalf of Regi Teasley [<rltcayuga...>]
Sent: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 4:56 PM
To: Rachel Lodder
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L; Barbara Bauer Sadovnic
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield

Thanks for this. Does anyone know what they are eating?

Regi
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On Jan 9, 2019, at 4:40 PM, Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...><mailto:<rachel.lodder...>> wrote:

I saw them there today at 2 pm, as well - maybe 130-40? It was really difficult counting them in the wind!
They were about 1/4 mile down from the corner of Tucker and Aiken Roads, on the east side of Tucker, feeding in the brush and vegetation alongside the road. Very easy to see! Great!

________________________________
From: <bounce-123228757-81221466...><mailto:<bounce-123228757-81221466...> <bounce-123228757-81221466...><mailto:<bounce-123228757-81221466...>> on behalf of Barbara Bauer Sadovnic <bsadovnic...><mailto:<bsadovnic...>>
Sent: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 6:29 PM
To: <cayugabirds-l...><mailto:<cayugabirds-l...>>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield

At least 100 redpolls were at the corner of Aiken and Tucker Roads, and in the weeds further up Tucker today. Ive seen them several times here in the last few weeks, but this was the first time they let themselves be photographed (badly!) and counted!


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Date: 1/9/19 4:52 pm
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club January meeting - members' deadline Jan. 10

Kevin McGowan will once again host the Cayuga Bird Club's annual Share Your Photos Night on Monday, January 14 at 7:30 pm.Club members can share a maximum of five photos during the 3 minutes you will have to take the stage. Send them by tomorrow, January 10, to Kevin at <kjm2...> The Subject Line on the email MUST BE "Bird club photo submission Jan2019". Kevin will send an acknowledgement when he receives them. IF you do not get an acknowledgement, contact Kevin again WELL before the meeting date (1/14). Remember, you must attend the meeting to show your photos. Don't be shy! Share! Although submission is limited to club members, the meeting is open to all!The meeting will be held at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Doors open at 7:00 pm and there will be cookies and conversation in the Observatory hallway starting at 7:15. Bird club business begins at 7:30 pm followed by the presentation. All are welcome.Members are invited to join Kevin for dinner at Ithaca Ale House before the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Colleen Richards at <clr82...> by noon Monday so reservations can be made.Colleen RichardsCorresponding SecretaryCayuga Bird Club
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Date: 1/9/19 2:18 pm
From: Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield
Looked like the seeds of "weeds" - plants alongside the road.
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Sent: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 9:56 PM
To: Rachel Lodder
Cc: <cayugabirds-l...>; Barbara Bauer Sadovnic
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield

Thanks for this. Does anyone know what they are eating?

Regi
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On Jan 9, 2019, at 4:40 PM, Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...><mailto:<rachel.lodder...>> wrote:

I saw them there today at 2 pm, as well - maybe 130-40? It was really difficult counting them in the wind!
They were about 1/4 mile down from the corner of Tucker and Aiken Roads, on the east side of Tucker, feeding in the brush and vegetation alongside the road. Very easy to see! Great!

________________________________
From: <bounce-123228757-81221466...><mailto:<bounce-123228757-81221466...> <bounce-123228757-81221466...><mailto:<bounce-123228757-81221466...>> on behalf of Barbara Bauer Sadovnic <bsadovnic...><mailto:<bsadovnic...>>
Sent: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 6:29 PM
To: <cayugabirds-l...><mailto:<cayugabirds-l...>>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield

At least 100 redpolls were at the corner of Aiken and Tucker Roads, and in the weeds further up Tucker today. Ive seen them several times here in the last few weeks, but this was the first time they let themselves be photographed (badly!) and counted!


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Date: 1/9/19 1:56 pm
From: Regi Teasley <rltcayuga...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield
Thanks for this. Does anyone know what they are eating?

Regi
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> On Jan 9, 2019, at 4:40 PM, Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...> wrote:
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> I saw them there today at 2 pm, as well - maybe 130-40? It was really difficult counting them in the wind!
> They were about 1/4 mile down from the corner of Tucker and Aiken Roads, on the east side of Tucker, feeding in the brush and vegetation alongside the road. Very easy to see! Great!
>
> From: <bounce-123228757-81221466...> <bounce-123228757-81221466...> on behalf of Barbara Bauer Sadovnic <bsadovnic...>
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>
> At least 100 redpolls were at the corner of Aiken and Tucker Roads, and in the weeds further up Tucker today. I’ve seen them several times here in the last few weeks, but this was the first time they let themselves be photographed (badly!) and counted!
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Date: 1/9/19 1:40 pm
From: Rachel Lodder <rachel.lodder...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield
I saw them there today at 2 pm, as well - maybe 130-40? It was really difficult counting them in the wind!
They were about 1/4 mile down from the corner of Tucker and Aiken Roads, on the east side of Tucker, feeding in the brush and vegetation alongside the road. Very easy to see! Great!

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield

At least 100 redpolls were at the corner of Aiken and Tucker Roads, and in the weeds further up Tucker today. Ive seen them several times here in the last few weeks, but this was the first time they let themselves be photographed (badly!) and counted!


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Date: 1/8/19 7:05 pm
From: Marty Schlabach <mls5...>
Subject: RE: Re:[cayugabirds-l] history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count
I remember Dorothy MacIllroy describing the transition from the Jan 1 Cayuga Lake Basin count to participation in the Christmas Bird Count. I don’t know from where the push came to make the change, but Arthur Allen was resistant to making the change. The Basin count always started on Jan 1, but the dates of the CBC did not extend to Jan 1. And of course, a 15 diameter circle did not match the Basin. Eventually, the CBC organizers and Doc Allen compromised. The CBC dates were extended to include Jan 1 and Doc Allen agreed to 3 count circles to cover much of the Basin, one in the south around Ithaca, one in the north around Montezuma and one in the middle, perhaps centered on Aurora.

I wonder if that was ever written about in the Cayuga Bird Club Newsletter? I’m pretty sure that was where I heard Dorothy give this history.

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Hi Tom, et al.,

Nice that you are really digging into this. Regarding item 1), I don't remember any formal New Year's Day count prior
to the 1963 initiation of the Ithaca CBC. My impression of the "count" of prior years was simply that Doc urged people
to report any and all "first" sightings within the Cayuga Basin, and that each year the list would start anew on 1/1.

I am not aware of any organized outing on 1/1, nor do I recall Doc ever talking about his own New Year's Day birding.
The turkey dinner is news to me.

May, however, was a different matter. In addition to the Saturday morning bird walks in May at Stewart (Renwick) Park,
Doc was the focal point for the Big Day, which certainly did scour the entire Cayuga Basin for 24 hours and included
a morning breakfast at the Allen home on Kline Road. Participants were mostly academics. I was first invited to join
Doc's team in 1953, and considered that a great honor. We started at 3AM by checking for Barn Owls at a church on
downtown Ithaca's South side. After breakfast we headed up the lake as far as Howland's Island and checked
Montezuma thoroughly. Ed Seeber, a professor at Ithaca College, was the only non-Cornellian that I recall being part
of the organized group.

Regarding item 3), in light of what I already said about not recalling any formal group activity on 1/1, I don't think
there was really any "phasing out" by Doc or anyone else. The keeping of a "first sighting" list for the entire Cayuga
Basin continued without interruption. The Ithaca CBC results simply got the basin list off to a running start. If anything,
it may have relaxed any pressure that Doc may have felt to get the new birding year off to a good start.

I hope others who were around then or in the later '60s can provide additional recollections or correct my myopia.

Good birding,
Randy
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bits and pieces of the story are coming out, which is great, but I have a few more questions:

1) does anyone know when Allen's New Year's Day count was initiated? it takes traditions a while to become, well, traditions, but I'm curious to know just how early this became a focus of local birding.

2) the CBC had its (modest) origins in 1900, which is to say, before there could have been much in the way of birding traditions in Ithaca. and it was the brainchild of Frank Chapman, who was well known both to Allen and (especially) to Louis Agassiz Fuertes. but I've found no evidence that either Allen or Fuertes ever experimented with the CBC, even as others across upstate New York began trying out the CBC from very early on. am I the only one who thinks there's something odd about this? there's no record of Allen's or Fuertes's thoughts on Chapman's CBC scheme?

3) I appreciate all the background on the phaseout of the Basin-wide New Year's Day count in favor of the Ithaca CBC. but what's still not clear to me is, was it Allen's initiative to make this change? and if so, what lead him to the (late) embrace of the CBC? or was this a bottom up process, whereby local birders began pushing to participate in an activity that they could see going on all around them?

I'm probably decades too late in asking these questions, but I'm going to throw them out there anyway, just to stir the pot.

Randy:

Good to hear from you, and thank you for including me in your correspondence. I can contribute "the rest of the story," relating to the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count. My information is based upon my chats with Paul Kellogg and Sally Spofford, when I was Paul's teaching assistant for his Summer CAU course in the early 1970s.

Having an Ithaca Christmas Bird Count, following Audubon criteria, was the result of a compromise between Allen and National Audubon, facilitated by Roger Tory Peterson. In its beginning, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count did not include 1 Jan among the acceptable dates for conducting a count. Allen agreed to initiate a Christmas Bird Count, following the Audubon criteria, if Audubon would agree to including 1 Jan within its time period for conducting the counts. Audubon modified its count period to include 1 Jan, and the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count, following Audubon criteria, was initiated on 1 Jan 1963. So far as I know, the center of the count still was the intersection of Mount Pleasant and Turkey Hill Road for the 2017 count (actually conducted 1 Jan 2018 -see http://netapp.audubon.org/cbcobservation/ ).

I was pleased to learn of your role and Dorothy McIlroy's leadership in helping to define the original Ithaca Christmas Bird Count circle. Incidentally, Allen's earlier 1 Jan counts accepted the delineation of the Cayuga Lake Basin, which was first published as a map in Wiegand and Eames, Flora of the Cayuga Lake Basin, New York, in 1926.

Let me know the next time you're in Ithaca; maybe we could go birding. I don't do much "bird-watching," but I've been fortunate to have had opportunities to study and survey birds in the field for a bit more than 60 years, now, and am continuing to do so. Best wishes for the new year.

-- Charlie

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From: Randolph Scott Little <rsl...><mailto:<rsl...>>
Sent: Friday, January 4, 2019 9:32 PM
To: Tom Schulenberg; Paul Anderson
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L; <gregbutcherwi...><mailto:<gregbutcherwi...>; Charles R. Smith; CAYUGABIRDS-L; Rick Bonney
Subject: Re: history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count

Hi Tom & Paul,

You have done some good digging! A check of my birding log brought disappointing results - it only goes back to 1968
after I had graduated from Cornell and gone on to Ohio. It may well be, and that 1968 timing would have been about right,
that I included my earlier records in with the materials that I deposited in the Cornell Library archives.

Yes, at least through the 1950's and early 1960's when I was in Ithaca, Doc Allen always kicked off the new year with
a checklist of observations in the entire Cayuga Basin. That watershed area served as the basis for the annual listing
of first sighting dates. After the Stuart Observatory was built, that annual list was kept on a large bulletin board in
the observatory. A new list was started every January 1st. To this day I keep my annual list on that old basin checklist,
which contains Passenger Pigeon but not House Finch, for example.

As for the first January 1st count that followed the National Audubon Society CBC rules, I believe Paul is right that it
began on 1/1/1963. That was my last Spring in Ithaca, and after considerable discussion with members of the informal
Cayuga Bird Club, Dorothy McIlroy convinced me to define a circle, divide it into sectors, assign teams to each sector,
and compile the results. I assembled the several USGS topographic maps covering Ithaca and surroundings on the
wall in the hallway of my parents' home, and tested various 15-mile circles to try to encompass key places such as
Dryden Lake and Taughannock Point. Ultimately I settled on centering it at the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Road and
Turkey Hill Road, although admittedly that didn't quite include Taughannock Point.

For the following Ithaca CBC, I promised to return over the holidays to participate in and compile the 1/1/1964 count
if other Cayuga Bird Club members would set up the teams and plan to take over the whole CBC the next year. (By
that time I had become involved in several extant CBCs in central Ohio, and soon started yet another called the
Kingston (OH) CBC in an area known for winter Rough-legged Hawks and Short-eared Owls.)

I did not stay closely enough in touch with the Ithaca CBC over the intervening years to know exactly when the official
center of the circle was shifted, but it is my impression that the shift would not invalidate statistical inferences drawn
from both the original and the current counts.

Thank you and ...

Good birding,
Randy
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Subject: Re: history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count


Yes 1963 was the earliest (or at least the earliest that was recorded).
All the data from all years can be seen here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/19EWVe-v5fKI3s93ciNoNwy2Wpp-GpNg6/view.

There were 61 species observed in 1963. Of those, two have not shown up
on the count since: Dickcissel and Green-tailed Towhee!
-Paul

that answer may depend upon how you define a Christmas Bird Count. I don't doubt that the modern Ithaca CBC dates from 1963. but - with the important caveat that it took decades for the CBC to assume its current form, and that early CBCs had few guidelines (and, typically, very few participants) - there were a few earlier Christmas counts from the Ithaca area.

before 1963, there were several single observer CBCs from Ithaca that were published in Bird-Lore and Audubon Magazine. the earliest I have found is one by Francis Harper from December 1904, which was only the 5th year of the Christmas Bird Count - a very early contribution.

the next one that I know of was in December 1914, by Ludlow Griscom (!), who I believe at that time was a graduate student at Cornell. John P. Young submitted an Ithaca CBC for December 1922. and J. Kenneth Terres submitted four consecutive single observer CBCs from Ithaca, from December 1938 to December 1941.

there also was a count submitted from Trumansburg in December 1915, which as far as I know never was repeated.

I've long been surprised by the fact that Ithaca did not develop its CBC until relatively late in the game. a possible clue comes from this tidbit in Greg Butcher's and Kevin McGowan's 1995 paper (History of ornithology at Cornell University):

"[Arthur A.] Allen started a number of birding traditions in the Cayuga Lake basin, including a New Year's Day Count (split in 1963 to become three Christmas Bird Counts) and a May Big Day count. On New Year's Day, the Allens hosted a turkey dinner for all participants; on the May Big Day, the Allens provided a breakfast at their home and a picnic dinner at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge".

does anyone know when this New Year's Day Count was established, and why?aside from the handful of CBCs mentioned above, by the 1950s the Christmas Bird Count really was catching on. Ithaca was surrounded by communities that already were doing CBCs, such as Cortland, Watkins Glen, Elmira, Binghamton, and Syracuse what was the allure of the New Year's Day Count? for me, of course with the benefit of hindsight, the Ithaca birding community of the 1950s (and earlier?) seems to have been uncharacteristically out of step with trending approaches to birding and ornithology when it comes to their delayed adoption of the Christmas Bird Count. I'd very interested to know if anyone has more information on this period of Ithaca birding history.

tss


On 12/29/2018 10:16 AM, Randolph Scott Little wrote:
> When was the first Ithaca Christmas Bird Count? It may have been
> 1/1/63, as that is the earliest NYIT CBC that I could find in the
> National Audubon Society web archive. Perhaps I could find it
> somewhere in my old files, as I recall working
> with Dorothy McIlroy to establish the first circle, whose center has
> since been moved slightly. Good birding! --Randy
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Date: 1/8/19 5:58 pm
From: Randolph Scott Little <rsl...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count
Hi Tom, et al.,

Nice that you are really digging into this. Regarding item 1), I don't remember any formal New Year's Day count prior
to the 1963 initiation of the Ithaca CBC. My impression of the "count" of prior years was simply that Doc urged people
to report any and all "first" sightings within the Cayuga Basin, and that each year the list would start anew on 1/1.

I am not aware of any organized outing on 1/1, nor do I recall Doc ever talking about his own New Year's Day birding.
The turkey dinner is news to me.

May, however, was a different matter. In addition to the Saturday morning bird walks in May at Stewart (Renwick) Park,
Doc was the focal point for the Big Day, which certainly did scour the entire Cayuga Basin for 24 hours and included
a morning breakfast at the Allen home on Kline Road. Participants were mostly academics. I was first invited to join
Doc's team in 1953, and considered that a great honor. We started at 3AM by checking for Barn Owls at a church on
downtown Ithaca's South side. After breakfast we headed up the lake as far as Howland's Island and checked
Montezuma thoroughly. Ed Seeber, a professor at Ithaca College, was the only non-Cornellian that I recall being part
of the organized group.

Regarding item 3), in light of what I already said about not recalling any formal group activity on 1/1, I don't think
there was really any "phasing out" by Doc or anyone else. The keeping of a "first sighting" list for the entire Cayuga
Basin continued without interruption. The Ithaca CBC results simply got the basin list off to a running start. If anything,
it may have relaxed any pressure that Doc may have felt to get the new birding year off to a good start.

I hope others who were around then or in the later '60s can provide additional recollections or correct my myopia.

Good birding,
Randy
----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Schulenberg
To: Charles R. Smith
Cc: <rsl...> ; Paul Anderson ; CAYUGABIRDS-L ; <gregbutcherwi...> ; Rick Bonney
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2019 8:09 PM
Subject: Re: history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count






bits and pieces of the story are coming out, which is great, but I have a few more questions:


1) does anyone know when Allen's New Year's Day count was initiated? it takes traditions a while to become, well, traditions, but I'm curious to know just how early this became a focus of local birding.


2) the CBC had its (modest) origins in 1900, which is to say, before there could have been much in the way of birding traditions in Ithaca. and it was the brainchild of Frank Chapman, who was well known both to Allen and (especially) to Louis Agassiz Fuertes. but I've found no evidence that either Allen or Fuertes ever experimented with the CBC, even as others across upstate New York began trying out the CBC from very early on. am I the only one who thinks there's something odd about this? there's no record of Allen's or Fuertes's thoughts on Chapman's CBC scheme?


3) I appreciate all the background on the phaseout of the Basin-wide New Year's Day count in favor of the Ithaca CBC. but what's still not clear to me is, was it Allen's initiative to make this change? and if so, what lead him to the (late) embrace of the CBC? or was this a bottom up process, whereby local birders began pushing to participate in an activity that they could see going on all around them?


I'm probably decades too late in asking these questions, but I'm going to throw them out there anyway, just to stir the pot.
Randy:

Good to hear from you, and thank you for including me in your correspondence. I can contribute "the rest of the story," relating to the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count. My information is based upon my chats with Paul Kellogg and Sally Spofford, when I was Paul's teaching assistant for his Summer CAU course in the early 1970s.


Having an Ithaca Christmas Bird Count, following Audubon criteria, was the result of a compromise between Allen and National Audubon, facilitated by Roger Tory Peterson. In its beginning, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count did not include 1 Jan among the acceptable dates for conducting a count. Allen agreed to initiate a Christmas Bird Count, following the Audubon criteria, if Audubon would agree to including 1 Jan within its time period for conducting the counts. Audubon modified its count period to include 1 Jan, and the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count, following Audubon criteria, was initiated on 1 Jan 1963. So far as I know, the center of the count still was the intersection of Mount Pleasant and Turkey Hill Road for the 2017 count (actually conducted 1 Jan 2018 -see http://netapp.audubon.org/cbcobservation/ ).


I was pleased to learn of your role and Dorothy McIlroy's leadership in helping to define the original Ithaca Christmas Bird Count circle. Incidentally, Allen's earlier 1 Jan counts accepted the delineation of the Cayuga Lake Basin, which was first published as a map in Wiegand and Eames, Flora of the Cayuga Lake Basin, New York, in 1926.


Let me know the next time you're in Ithaca; maybe we could go birding. I don't do much "bird-watching," but I've been fortunate to have had opportunities to study and survey birds in the field for a bit more than 60 years, now, and am continuing to do so. Best wishes for the new year.





-- Charlie


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From: Randolph Scott Little <rsl...>
Sent: Friday, January 4, 2019 9:32 PM
To: Tom Schulenberg; Paul Anderson
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L; <gregbutcherwi...>; Charles R. Smith; CAYUGABIRDS-L; Rick Bonney
Subject: Re: history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count

Hi Tom & Paul,

You have done some good digging! A check of my birding log brought disappointing results - it only goes back to 1968
after I had graduated from Cornell and gone on to Ohio. It may well be, and that 1968 timing would have been about right,
that I included my earlier records in with the materials that I deposited in the Cornell Library archives.

Yes, at least through the 1950's and early 1960's when I was in Ithaca, Doc Allen always kicked off the new year with
a checklist of observations in the entire Cayuga Basin. That watershed area served as the basis for the annual listing
of first sighting dates. After the Stuart Observatory was built, that annual list was kept on a large bulletin board in
the observatory. A new list was started every January 1st. To this day I keep my annual list on that old basin checklist,
which contains Passenger Pigeon but not House Finch, for example.

As for the first January 1st count that followed the National Audubon Society CBC rules, I believe Paul is right that it
began on 1/1/1963. That was my last Spring in Ithaca, and after considerable discussion with members of the informal
Cayuga Bird Club, Dorothy McIlroy convinced me to define a circle, divide it into sectors, assign teams to each sector,
and compile the results. I assembled the several USGS topographic maps covering Ithaca and surroundings on the
wall in the hallway of my parents' home, and tested various 15-mile circles to try to encompass key places such as
Dryden Lake and Taughannock Point. Ultimately I settled on centering it at the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Road and
Turkey Hill Road, although admittedly that didn't quite include Taughannock Point.

For the following Ithaca CBC, I promised to return over the holidays to participate in and compile the 1/1/1964 count
if other Cayuga Bird Club members would set up the teams and plan to take over the whole CBC the next year. (By
that time I had become involved in several extant CBCs in central Ohio, and soon started yet another called the
Kingston (OH) CBC in an area known for winter Rough-legged Hawks and Short-eared Owls.)

I did not stay closely enough in touch with the Ithaca CBC over the intervening years to know exactly when the official
center of the circle was shifted, but it is my impression that the shift would not invalidate statistical inferences drawn
from both the original and the current counts.

Thank you and ...

Good birding,
Randy
Randolph Scott Little
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To: Paul Anderson
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Sent: Friday, January 04, 2019 8:34 PM
Subject: Re: history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count




Yes 1963 was the earliest (or at least the earliest that was recorded).
All the data from all years can be seen here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/19EWVe-v5fKI3s93ciNoNwy2Wpp-GpNg6/view.

There were 61 species observed in 1963. Of those, two have not shown up
on the count since: Dickcissel and Green-tailed Towhee!

-Paul



that answer may depend upon how you define a Christmas Bird Count. I don't doubt that the modern Ithaca CBC dates from 1963. but - with the important caveat that it took decades for the CBC to assume its current form, and that early CBCs had few guidelines (and, typically, very few participants) - there were a few earlier Christmas counts from the Ithaca area.


before 1963, there were several single observer CBCs from Ithaca that were published in Bird-Lore and Audubon Magazine. the earliest I have found is one by Francis Harper from December 1904, which was only the 5th year of the Christmas Bird Count - a very early contribution.


the next one that I know of was in December 1914, by Ludlow Griscom (!), who I believe at that time was a graduate student at Cornell. John P. Young submitted an Ithaca CBC for December 1922. and J. Kenneth Terres submitted four consecutive single observer CBCs from Ithaca, from December 1938 to December 1941.


there also was a count submitted from Trumansburg in December 1915, which as far as I know never was repeated.


I've long been surprised by the fact that Ithaca did not develop its CBC until relatively late in the game. a possible clue comes from this tidbit in Greg Butcher's and Kevin McGowan's 1995 paper (History of ornithology at Cornell University):


"[Arthur A.] Allen started a number of birding traditions in the Cayuga Lake basin, including a New Year's Day Count (split in 1963 to become three Christmas Bird Counts) and a May Big Day count. On New Year's Day, the Allens hosted a turkey dinner for all participants; on the May Big Day, the Allens provided a breakfast at their home and a picnic dinner at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge".


does anyone know when this New Year's Day Count was established, and why?aside from the handful of CBCs mentioned above, by the 1950s the Christmas Bird Count really was catching on. Ithaca was surrounded by communities that already were doing CBCs, such as Cortland, Watkins Glen, Elmira, Binghamton, and Syracuse what was the allure of the New Year's Day Count? for me, of course with the benefit of hindsight, the Ithaca birding community of the 1950s (and earlier?) seems to have been uncharacteristically out of step with trending approaches to birding and ornithology when it comes to their delayed adoption of the Christmas Bird Count. I'd very interested to know if anyone has more information on this period of Ithaca birding history.


tss



On 12/29/2018 10:16 AM, Randolph Scott Little wrote:
> When was the first Ithaca Christmas Bird Count? It may have been
> 1/1/63, as that is the earliest NYIT CBC that I could find in the
> National Audubon Society web archive. Perhaps I could find it
> somewhere in my old files, as I recall working
> with Dorothy McIlroy to establish the first circle, whose center has
> since been moved slightly. Good birding! --Randy
>
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Date: 1/8/19 5:25 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Some new 2019 Basin Birds
Today I saw a female RUDDY DUCK in the SW part of Cayuga Lake from the shore at Treman State Marine Park, what I believe to be the first report for the species for the basin.

I also refound the Eastern Phoebe in that park along the mowed path at the south edge of the big weedy field.

Other new reports for the basin include COMMON LOON, which I’d like to hear more details about, because it was in Cayuga Inlet seen from NY-89 in Cass Park, where there are plenty of mergansers and occasionally cormorants (both of which are regularly mistaken for loons), but rarely any loons. In fact the only loon I recall there was a Red-throated Loon the year most of the lake was frozen.

There was also a report of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS near NYS-13 in Newfield, which I’d also like to hear more details about, although there’s more precedence for such a sighting. I think last year my first Red-winged Blackbirds were next to the marsh by Test Rd at the top of the Cayuga Lake Basin - in January!

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Date: 1/8/19 5:09 pm
From: Tom Schulenberg <tss62...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count
bits and pieces of the story are coming out, which is great, but I have a
few more questions:

1) does anyone know when Allen's New Year's Day count was initiated? it
takes traditions a while to become, well, traditions, but I'm curious to
know just how early this became a focus of local birding.

2) the CBC had its (modest) origins in 1900, which is to say, before there
could have been much in the way of birding traditions in Ithaca. and it was
the brainchild of Frank Chapman, who was well known both to Allen and
(especially) to Louis Agassiz Fuertes. but I've found no evidence that
either Allen or Fuertes ever experimented with the CBC, even as others
across upstate New York began trying out the CBC from very early on. am I
the only one who thinks there's something odd about this? there's no record
of Allen's or Fuertes's thoughts on Chapman's CBC scheme?

3) I appreciate all the background on the phaseout of the Basin-wide New
Year's Day count in favor of the Ithaca CBC. but what's still not clear to
me is, was it Allen's initiative to make this change? and if so, what lead
him to the (late) embrace of the CBC? or was this a bottom up process,
whereby local birders began pushing to participate in an activity that they
could see going on all around them?

I'm probably decades too late in asking these questions, but I'm going to
throw them out there anyway, just to stir the pot.

> Randy:
>
> Good to hear from you, and thank you for including me in your
> correspondence. I can contribute "the rest of the story," relating to the
> Ithaca Christmas Bird Count. My information is based upon my chats with
> Paul Kellogg and Sally Spofford, when I was Paul's teaching assistant for
> his Summer CAU course in the early 1970s.
>
> Having an Ithaca Christmas Bird Count, following Audubon criteria, was the
> result of a compromise between Allen and National Audubon, facilitated by
> Roger Tory Peterson. In its beginning, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count
> did not include 1 Jan among the acceptable dates for conducting a count.
> Allen agreed to initiate a Christmas Bird Count, following the Audubon
> criteria, if Audubon would agree to including 1 Jan within its time period
> for conducting the counts. Audubon modified its count period to include 1
> Jan, and the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count, following Audubon criteria, was
> initiated on 1 Jan 1963. So far as I know, the center of the count still
> was the intersection of Mount Pleasant and Turkey Hill Road for the 2017
> count (actually conducted 1 Jan 2018 -see
> http://netapp.audubon.org/cbcobservation/ ).
>
> I was pleased to learn of your role and Dorothy McIlroy's leadership in
> helping to define the original Ithaca Christmas Bird Count
> circle. Incidentally, Allen's earlier 1 Jan counts accepted the
> delineation of the Cayuga Lake Basin, which was first published as a map in
> Wiegand and Eames, *Flora of the Cayuga Lake Basin, New York*, in 1926.
>
> Let me know the next time you're in Ithaca; maybe we could go birding. I
> don't do much "bird-watching," but I've been fortunate to have had
> opportunities to study and survey birds in the field for a bit more than 60
> years, now, and am continuing to do so. Best wishes for the new year.
>
> -- Charlie
>
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> *From:* Randolph Scott Little <rsl...>
> *Sent:* Friday, January 4, 2019 9:32 PM
> *To:* Tom Schulenberg; Paul Anderson
> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L; <gregbutcherwi...>; Charles R. Smith;
> CAYUGABIRDS-L; Rick Bonney
> *Subject:* Re: history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count
>
> Hi Tom & Paul,
>
> You have done some good digging! A check of my birding log brought
> disappointing results - it only goes back to 1968
> after I had graduated from Cornell and gone on to Ohio. It may well be,
> and that 1968 timing would have been about right,
> that I included my earlier records in with the materials that I deposited
> in the Cornell Library archives.
>
> Yes, at least through the 1950's and early 1960's when I was in Ithaca,
> Doc Allen always kicked off the new year with
> a checklist of observations in the entire Cayuga Basin. That watershed
> area served as the basis for the annual listing
> of first sighting dates. After the Stuart Observatory was built, that
> annual list was kept on a large bulletin board in
> the observatory. A new list was started every January 1st. To this day I
> keep my annual list on that old basin checklist,
> which contains Passenger Pigeon but not House Finch, for example.
>
> As for the first January 1st count that followed the National Audubon
> Society CBC rules, I believe Paul is right that it
> began on 1/1/1963. That was my last Spring in Ithaca, and after
> considerable discussion with members of the informal
> Cayuga Bird Club, Dorothy McIlroy convinced me to define a circle, divide
> it into sectors, assign teams to each sector,
> and compile the results. I assembled the several USGS topographic maps
> covering Ithaca and surroundings on the
> wall in the hallway of my parents' home, and tested various 15-mile
> circles to try to encompass key places such as
> Dryden Lake and Taughannock Point. Ultimately I settled on centering it
> at the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Road and
> Turkey Hill Road, although admittedly that didn't quite include
> Taughannock Point.
>
> For the following Ithaca CBC, I promised to return over the holidays to
> participate in and compile the 1/1/1964 count
> if other Cayuga Bird Club members would set up the teams and plan to take
> over the whole CBC the next year. (By
> that time I had become involved in several extant CBCs in central Ohio,
> and soon started yet another called the
> Kingston (OH) CBC in an area known for winter Rough-legged Hawks and
> Short-eared Owls.)
>
> I did not stay closely enough in touch with the Ithaca CBC over the
> intervening years to know exactly when the official
> center of the circle was shifted, but it is my impression that the shift
> would not invalidate statistical inferences drawn
> from both the original and the current counts.
>
> Thank you and ...
>
> Good birding,
> Randy
> Randolph Scott Little
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> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Tom Schulenberg <tss62...>
> *To:* Paul Anderson <paul...>
> *Cc:* Randolph Scott Little <rsl...> ; Upstate NY Birding
> <cayugabirds-l...> ; <gregbutcherwi...> ;
> <crs6...> ; Cayugabirds- L <cayugabirds-L...> ; Rick
> Bonney <reb5...>
> *Sent:* Friday, January 04, 2019 8:34 PM
> *Subject:* Re: history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count
>
>
> Yes 1963 was the earliest (or at least the earliest that was recorded).
> All the data from all years can be seen here:
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/19EWVe-v5fKI3s93ciNoNwy2Wpp-GpNg6/view.
>
> There were 61 species observed in 1963. Of those, two have not shown up
> on the count since: Dickcissel and Green-tailed Towhee!
>
> -Paul
>
>
> that answer may depend upon how you define a Christmas Bird Count. I don't
> doubt that the modern Ithaca CBC dates from 1963. but - with the important
> caveat that it took decades for the CBC to assume its current form, and
> that early CBCs had few guidelines (and, typically, very few participants)
> - there were a few earlier Christmas counts from the Ithaca area.
>
> before 1963, there were several single observer CBCs from Ithaca that were
> published in Bird-Lore and Audubon Magazine. the earliest I have found is
> one by Francis Harper from December 1904, which was only the 5th year of
> the Christmas Bird Count - a very early contribution.
>
> the next one that I know of was in December 1914, by Ludlow Griscom (!),
> who I believe at that time was a graduate student at Cornell. John P. Young
> submitted an Ithaca CBC for December 1922. and J. Kenneth Terres submitted
> four consecutive single observer CBCs from Ithaca, from December 1938 to
> December 1941.
>
> there also was a count submitted from Trumansburg in December 1915, which
> as far as I know never was repeated.
>
> I've long been surprised by the fact that Ithaca did not develop its CBC
> until relatively late in the game. a possible clue comes from this tidbit
> in Greg Butcher's and Kevin McGowan's 1995 paper (History of ornithology at
> Cornell University):
>
> "[Arthur A.] Allen started a number of birding traditions in the Cayuga
> Lake basin, including a New Year's Day Count (split in 1963 to become three
> Christmas Bird Counts) and a May Big Day count. On New Year's Day, the
> Allens hosted a turkey dinner for all participants; on the May Big Day, the
> Allens provided a breakfast at their home and a picnic dinner at Montezuma
> National Wildlife Refuge".
>
> does anyone know when this New Year's Day Count was established, and
> why?aside from the handful of CBCs mentioned above, by the 1950s the
> Christmas Bird Count really was catching on. Ithaca was surrounded by
> communities that already were doing CBCs, such as Cortland, Watkins Glen,
> Elmira, Binghamton, and Syracuse what was the allure of the New Year's Day
> Count? for me, of course with the benefit of hindsight, the Ithaca birding
> community of the 1950s (and earlier?) seems to have been
> uncharacteristically out of step with trending approaches to birding and
> ornithology when it comes to their delayed adoption of the Christmas Bird
> Count. I'd very interested to know if anyone has more information on this
> period of Ithaca birding history.
>
> tss
>
>
> On 12/29/2018 10:16 AM, Randolph Scott Little wrote:
> > When was the first Ithaca Christmas Bird Count? It may have been
> > 1/1/63, as that is the earliest NYIT CBC that I could find in the
> > National Audubon Society web archive. Perhaps I could find it
> > somewhere in my old files, as I recall working
> > with Dorothy McIlroy to establish the first circle, whose center has
> > since been moved slightly. Good birding! --Randy
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Date: 1/8/19 10:31 am
From: Barbara Bauer Sadovnic <bsadovnic...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Redpolls, Aiken Rd. in Enfield
At least 100 redpolls were at the corner of Aiken and Tucker Roads, and in the weeds further up Tucker today. I’ve seen them several times here in the last few weeks, but this was the first time they let themselves be photographed (badly!) and counted!


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Date: 1/7/19 11:33 am
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA

 RBA




*New York

- Syracuse
- January 07 2019
- NYSY 01.07.19




Hotline: Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert

Dates: December 31 - January 07,  2019

To report by email: brinjoseph AT yahoo DOT com

Reporting upstate counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Oneida, Herkimer, Cayuga, Montezuma Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands complex

compiled: January 07 AT 2:00 p.m. EDT

compiler: Joseph Brin

Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondgaaudubon.org







Greetings: This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week on December 31, 2019




Highlights:




BLACK-CROWNED HIGHT-HERON

CACKLING GOOSE

WHITE-WINGED SCOTER

SURF SCOTER

MERLIN

PEREGRINE FALCON

ICELAND GULL

GLAUCOUS GULL 

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

SNOWY OWL

SHORT-EARED OWL

NORTHERN SHRIKE

EASTERN PHOEBE

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT

EASTERN TOWHEE

WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW

GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW (Extralimital)

BOREAL CHICKADEE (Extralimital)

EVENING GROSBEAK

COMMON REDPOLL

PINE SISKIN










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

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     1/5: An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was found at Tschache Pool.

     1/6: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Kipp Island off of State Route 90.







Cayuga County

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     1/4: 1 SURF and 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at West Barrier Beach in Fair Haven.







Onondaga County

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     12/31: PINE SISKINS continue at a feeder in Manlius almost daily.

     1/1: An EASTERN TOWHEE was again seen at a feeder south of Manlius. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW continues at a feeder in Elbridge and was seen through yesterday.

     1/2: An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

     1/3: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen on the Onondaga Creek Creek Walk north of Hiawatha Blvd. in Syracuse. A RUDDY DUCK was seen on the Onondaga Lake West Shore Trail. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen from Park Street in Syracuse.

     1/4: EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Shakham Road in the Morgan Hill State Forest.

     1/5: At least 25 COMMON REDPOLLS were again seen on Penoyer Road in Fabius. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

     1/6: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport in Syracuse.







Oswego County

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     1/2: An ICELAND GULL was see on Oneida Lake in Brewerton. 5 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on North Church Road in Boylston. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Johnson Road Marsh in Hastings.

     1/4: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Oswego Harbor.

     1/5: 2 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at Derby Hill.







Madison County

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     EVENING GROSBEAKS continue to come to feeders daily at Carpenter Road in Sheds and Eden Hollow Road south of Erieville.

     1/1: 3 ICELAND, 1 GLAUCOUS and I LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango. 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen on Burleson Road south of Oneida. They were reported through the 4th.

     1/2: An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Madison County Landfill south of Canastota.

     1/5: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.







Oneida County

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     1/1: A MERLIN was seen in Sherrill.







Herkimer County

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     EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder north of Dolgeville.







Extralimital

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     12/31: A mega rare GOLDEN CROWNED SPARROW discovered in Downsville, Delaware County continues as of 1/6: Please check ebird for directions and protocols for viewing this bird.

     1/5: A BOREAL CHICKADEE, rarely seen out of the Adirondacks, was found on State Park Road in Point Peninsula, Jefferson County. There have been no further sightings.










  

    




             

     




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Date: 1/6/19 6:03 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] not so empty lake
Sarah Blodgett reported a flock of Golden Eyes here off shore at Lansing Station Rd. Yesterday (Sat. ).

Donna Scott
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On Jan 5, 2019, at 5:32 PM, Marie P. Read <mpr5...><mailto:<mpr5...>> wrote:

On the other hand, on Saturday morning (Jan 5th) as I drove down Rt 13 around 915 am, I saw a large raft of ducks just off Stewart Park (within a hundred yards or so), went to check it out and it seemed to be Aythya but mostly sleeping so hard to ID with just binoculars.

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Sent: Saturday, January 5, 2019 11:24 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake - Stewart Park Friday observation

Yesterday, Friday, 4 January, around 11:30am, Stewart Park was also strangely devoid of birds and wondered if someone came through with dogs? There were absolutely no Canada Geese on the lawns, but ample fresh green poop everywhere (as usual). I found several dozen hugging the lake shoreline from west to east with a few mallards, and I think I saw four sandpiper-size/shape birds flush and peep as they flew (not sure, did not have my binoculars with me).





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Date: 1/5/19 3:16 pm
From: Carol Cedarholm <ccedarho...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake - Stewart Park Friday observation
I walked down there this afternoon. There were 100 or so Redheads and some
scaup. I walked past someone who saw 400 snow geese take off from around
Stewart park and circle up and away.
Carol Cedarholm


On Sat, Jan 5, 2019 at 5:32 PM Marie P. Read <mpr5...> wrote:

> On the other hand, on Saturday morning (Jan 5th) as I drove down Rt 13
> around 915 am, I saw a large raft of ducks just off Stewart Park (within a
> hundred yards or so), went to check it out and it seemed to be Aythya but
> mostly sleeping so hard to ID with just binoculars.
>
> Marie
>
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> Freeville NY 13068 USA
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> <bounce-123222486-5851667...>] on behalf of Sandy [
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> Sent: Saturday, January 5, 2019 11:24 AM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake - Stewart Park Friday observation
>
> Yesterday, Friday, 4 January, around 11:30am, Stewart Park was also
> strangely devoid of birds and wondered if someone came through with dogs?
> There were absolutely no Canada Geese on the lawns, but ample fresh green
> poop everywhere (as usual). I found several dozen hugging the lake
> shoreline from west to east with a few mallards, and I think I saw four
> sandpiper-size/shape birds flush and peep as they flew (not sure, did not
> have my binoculars with me).
>
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Date: 1/5/19 3:08 pm
From: Ken Haas <waxwing...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake - Stewart Park Friday observation
I stopped by Stewart Park yesterday, Jan. 4, at 9:45AM on my way to an appointment. Didn’t have my scope but had my 10x bins. I parked at the East end of the parking lot - on the gravel part. I estimated about 250 Red Heads about 30 yards off shore directly in front of me. Mixed in were about a dozen Scaup, mostly Lesser would be my guess. 5 Common Mergs scattered about, not participating in the Red Head raft. I only stayed 15 minutes or so. But just before I left a lone female Buffelhead flew in and landed in the water just in front of the pavilion overlook on Rt. 34. I expected fewer birds, but was pleasantly surprised to see the variety that I did.

Ken Haas



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> On the other hand, on Saturday morning (Jan 5th) as I drove down Rt 13 around 915 am, I saw a large raft of ducks just off Stewart Park (within a hundred yards or so), went to check it out and it seemed to be Aythya but mostly sleeping so hard to ID with just binoculars.
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> Yesterday, Friday, 4 January, around 11:30am, Stewart Park was also strangely devoid of birds and wondered if someone came through with dogs? There were absolutely no Canada Geese on the lawns, but ample fresh green poop everywhere (as usual). I found several dozen hugging the lake shoreline from west to east with a few mallards, and I think I saw four sandpiper-size/shape birds flush and peep as they flew (not sure, did not have my binoculars with me).
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Date: 1/5/19 2:32 pm
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake - Stewart Park Friday observation
On the other hand, on Saturday morning (Jan 5th) as I drove down Rt 13 around 915 am, I saw a large raft of ducks just off Stewart Park (within a hundred yards or so), went to check it out and it seemed to be Aythya but mostly sleeping so hard to ID with just binoculars.

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Yesterday, Friday, 4 January, around 11:30am, Stewart Park was also strangely devoid of birds and wondered if someone came through with dogs? There were absolutely no Canada Geese on the lawns, but ample fresh green poop everywhere (as usual). I found several dozen hugging the lake shoreline from west to east with a few mallards, and I think I saw four sandpiper-size/shape birds flush and peep as they flew (not sure, did not have my binoculars with me).





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Date: 1/5/19 2:22 pm
From: Sandy <sandra.wold...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake - Stewart Park Friday observation
Yesterday, Friday, 4 January, around 11:30am, Stewart Park was also
strangely devoid of birds and wondered if someone came through with dogs?
There were absolutely no Canada Geese on the lawns, but ample fresh green
poop everywhere (as usual). I found several dozen hugging the lake
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Date: 1/5/19 10:07 am
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Count Week Black Vulture & Iceland Gull; questionable Red-headed Woodpecker
I saw Amelia Otis’ photo from 4 Jan at the Cornell compost piles, and it definitely looks like a Black Vulture to me. That’s another Count Week species.

Chris Wood saw an Iceland Gull fly over Monkey Run south on 4 Jan. And that’s one more Count Week species.

There was also an eBird report on 4 Jan of a Red-headed Woodpecker around East Shore Park or Stewart Park (changed report without a more specific location). This report lacked an actual description, which to me is needed for a rare bird, only claiming it agreed with Sibley in wing and call. However it also said the bird was identified in flight, and that it was a female, and as far as I know, Red-headed Woodpeckers cannot be sexed in the field, or at least I haven’t seen clues in Sibley. So my guess is that there was some error here, either in species name or reading how the illustrations were labeled. Actual descriptions would help sort it out. Meanwhile, I am awaiting a more convincing report before adding this species to the 2019 Basin Bird List or recommending it be included as a Count Week bird.


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Date: 1/5/19 8:31 am
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Mt. Pleasant Common Redpolls new location
At around 9am this morning, a large flock of Common Redpolls was flying around the field just west of the observatory, south side of the road. Lots of very dense weed stems in here, so theyre hard to see unless theyre in flight.
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Date: 1/5/19 7:33 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese
Thanks for the report, Tom. It’s true, no Snow Geese were reported on 1 January within the Ithaca Christmas Count circle, nor so far as I know during the Count Week (3 days prior & 3 days after, which was 29 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019), so it looks like we missed them.

A map of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count can be found on the Cayuga Bird Club website. The 15-mile diameter circle is centered atop Mt Pleasant. Its northern extent covers parts of Pleasant Valley Rd in the Town of Groton. The count circle extends far enough north to include the Ithaca Yacht Club and more along the southwest shore of Cayuga Lake but not quite to Myers Point along the northeast shore of the lake. To the west the count circle includes part of Sheffield Rd on the Ithaca/Enfield town line. To the east it includes most of the Village of Dryden. To the south it barely includes the hamlet of Danby, and also includes Belle School Rd. I believe there is a more precise map somewhere which allows zooming in to determine exact boundaries.

Any reports for those dates within the count circle would be most welcome regarding Snow Geese as well as lots of other species we missed. We are envious of the reports of those gorgeous birds from farther north!

Meanwhile reports are also welcome anytime regarding new species for 2019 in the Cayuga Lake Basin (generally, lake drainage plus south-draining lands north of the Seneca River/Erie Canal), or reports of rarities anywhere near the basin, or just plain exciting bird finds or phenomena.

Although we missed Snow Geese in the southern part of the Cayuga Lake Basin, there is a huge raft of them in the middle of Cayuga Lake in its widest part near Aurora. From NYS-89 on Thursday afternoon it was opposite the Beer Garden by Poplar Beach Rd. It looks like a white island, often with a mist cloud of white birds over it. Those geese typically commute to feed in farm fields in the northern part of the Cayuga Lake basin.


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> On Jan 4, 2019, at 1:09 PM, Tom <atvawter...> wrote:
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Date: 1/5/19 3:44 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Possible Count Week Black Vulture
Can someone who knows Amelia Otis help her get her photo into eBird or at least let others review it? This would be a Count Week bird. About 3 hours before her report from Cornell compost piles, 3 Black Vultures were photographed over Taughannock gorge, so they were definitely around.

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Date: 1/4/19 6:32 pm
From: Randolph Scott Little <rsl...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count
Hi Tom & Paul,

You have done some good digging! A check of my birding log brought disappointing results - it only goes back to 1968
after I had graduated from Cornell and gone on to Ohio. It may well be, and that 1968 timing would have been about right,
that I included my earlier records in with the materials that I deposited in the Cornell Library archives.

Yes, at least through the 1950's and early 1960's when I was in Ithaca, Doc Allen always kicked off the new year with
a checklist of observations in the entire Cayuga Basin. That watershed area served as the basis for the annual listing
of first sighting dates. After the Stuart Observatory was built, that annual list was kept on a large bulletin board in
the observatory. A new list was started every January 1st. To this day I keep my annual list on that old basin checklist,
which contains Passenger Pigeon but not House Finch, for example.

As for the first January 1st count that followed the National Audubon Society CBC rules, I believe Paul is right that it
began on 1/1/1963. That was my last Spring in Ithaca, and after considerable discussion with members of the informal
Cayuga Bird Club, Dorothy McIlroy convinced me to define a circle, divide it into sectors, assign teams to each sector,
and compile the results. I assembled the several USGS topographic maps covering Ithaca and surroundings on the
wall in the hallway of my parents' home, and tested various 15-mile circles to try to encompass key places such as
Dryden Lake and Taughannock Point. Ultimately I settled on centering it at the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Road and
Turkey Hill Road, although admittedly that didn't quite include Taughannock Point.

For the following Ithaca CBC, I promised to return over the holidays to participate in and compile the 1/1/1964 count
if other Cayuga Bird Club members would set up the teams and plan to take over the whole CBC the next year. (By
that time I had become involved in several extant CBCs in central Ohio, and soon started yet another called the
Kingston (OH) CBC in an area known for winter Rough-legged Hawks and Short-eared Owls.)

I did not stay closely enough in touch with the Ithaca CBC over the intervening years to know exactly when the official
center of the circle was shifted, but it is my impression that the shift would not invalidate statistical inferences drawn
from both the original and the current counts.

Thank you and ...

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Sent: Friday, January 04, 2019 8:34 PM
Subject: Re: history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count




Yes 1963 was the earliest (or at least the earliest that was recorded).
All the data from all years can be seen here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/19EWVe-v5fKI3s93ciNoNwy2Wpp-GpNg6/view.

There were 61 species observed in 1963. Of those, two have not shown up
on the count since: Dickcissel and Green-tailed Towhee!

-Paul



that answer may depend upon how you define a Christmas Bird Count. I don't doubt that the modern Ithaca CBC dates from 1963. but - with the important caveat that it took decades for the CBC to assume its current form, and that early CBCs had few guidelines (and, typically, very few participants) - there were a few earlier Christmas counts from the Ithaca area.


before 1963, there were several single observer CBCs from Ithaca that were published in Bird-Lore and Audubon Magazine. the earliest I have found is one by Francis Harper from December 1904, which was only the 5th year of the Christmas Bird Count - a very early contribution.


the next one that I know of was in December 1914, by Ludlow Griscom (!), who I believe at that time was a graduate student at Cornell. John P. Young submitted an Ithaca CBC for December 1922. and J. Kenneth Terres submitted four consecutive single observer CBCs from Ithaca, from December 1938 to December 1941.


there also was a count submitted from Trumansburg in December 1915, which as far as I know never was repeated.


I've long been surprised by the fact that Ithaca did not develop its CBC until relatively late in the game. a possible clue comes from this tidbit in Greg Butcher's and Kevin McGowan's 1995 paper (History of ornithology at Cornell University):


"[Arthur A.] Allen started a number of birding traditions in the Cayuga Lake basin, including a New Year's Day Count (split in 1963 to become three Christmas Bird Counts) and a May Big Day count. On New Year's Day, the Allens hosted a turkey dinner for all participants; on the May Big Day, the Allens provided a breakfast at their home and a picnic dinner at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge".


does anyone know when this New Year's Day Count was established, and why?aside from the handful of CBCs mentioned above, by the 1950s the Christmas Bird Count really was catching on. Ithaca was surrounded by communities that already were doing CBCs, such as Cortland, Watkins Glen, Elmira, Binghamton, and Syracuse what was the allure of the New Year's Day Count? for me, of course with the benefit of hindsight, the Ithaca birding community of the 1950s (and earlier?) seems to have been uncharacteristically out of step with trending approaches to birding and ornithology when it comes to their delayed adoption of the Christmas Bird Count. I'd very interested to know if anyone has more information on this period of Ithaca birding history.


tss



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> When was the first Ithaca Christmas Bird Count? It may have been
> 1/1/63, as that is the earliest NYIT CBC that I could find in the
> National Audubon Society web archive. Perhaps I could find it
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Date: 1/4/19 5:34 pm
From: Tom Schulenberg <tss62...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] history of the Ithaca Christmas Bird Count
> Yes 1963 was the earliest (or at least the earliest that was recorded).
> All the data from all years can be seen here:
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/19EWVe-v5fKI3s93ciNoNwy2Wpp-GpNg6/view.
>
> There were 61 species observed in 1963. Of those, two have not shown up
> on the count since: Dickcissel and Green-tailed Towhee!
>
-Paul
>

that answer may depend upon how you define a Christmas Bird Count. I don't
doubt that the modern Ithaca CBC dates from 1963. but - with the important
caveat that it took decades for the CBC to assume its current form, and
that early CBCs had few guidelines (and, typically, very few participants)
- there were a few earlier Christmas counts from the Ithaca area.

before 1963, there were several single observer CBCs from Ithaca that were
published in Bird-Lore and Audubon Magazine. the earliest I have found is
one by Francis Harper from December 1904, which was only the 5th year of
the Christmas Bird Count - a very early contribution.

the next one that I know of was in December 1914, by Ludlow Griscom (!),
who I believe at that time was a graduate student at Cornell. John P. Young
submitted an Ithaca CBC for December 1922. and J. Kenneth Terres submitted
four consecutive single observer CBCs from Ithaca, from December 1938 to
December 1941.

there also was a count submitted from Trumansburg in December 1915, which
as far as I know never was repeated.

I've long been surprised by the fact that Ithaca did not develop its CBC
until relatively late in the game. a possible clue comes from this tidbit
in Greg Butcher's and Kevin McGowan's 1995 paper (History of ornithology at
Cornell University):

"[Arthur A.] Allen started a number of birding traditions in the Cayuga
Lake basin, including a New Year's Day Count (split in 1963 to become three
Christmas Bird Counts) and a May Big Day count. On New Year's Day, the
Allens hosted a turkey dinner for all participants; on the May Big Day, the
Allens provided a breakfast at their home and a picnic dinner at Montezuma
National Wildlife Refuge".

does anyone know when this New Year's Day Count was established, and
why?aside from the handful of CBCs mentioned above, by the 1950s the
Christmas Bird Count really was catching on. Ithaca was surrounded by
communities that already were doing CBCs, such as Cortland, Watkins Glen,
Elmira, Binghamton, and Syracuse. what was the allure of the New Year's Day
Count? for me, of course with the benefit of hindsight, the Ithaca birding
community of the 1950s (and earlier?) seems to have been
uncharacteristically out of step with trending approaches to birding and
ornithology when it comes to their delayed adoption of the Christmas Bird
Count. I'd very interested to know if anyone has more information on this
period of Ithaca birding history.

tss


> On 12/29/2018 10:16 AM, Randolph Scott Little wrote:
> > When was the first Ithaca Christmas Bird Count? It may have been
> > 1/1/63, as that is the earliest NYIT CBC that I could find in the
> > National Audubon Society web archive. Perhaps I could find it
> > somewhere in my old files, as I recall working
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Date: 1/4/19 10:09 am
From: Tom <atvawter...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese
There were about 100 Snow Geese in a field just north of Scipio Center in Cayuga Co. about noon on 29 Dec 2018. Apparently Snow Geese got missed in the Christmas Count.

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Date: 1/4/19 7:10 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] OT:dish
Left at CBC Bird count dinner:
Terra cotta dish with spoon
& a tiny glass with toothpicks.
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Date: 1/4/19 6:37 am
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] empty lake
Similar here in Broome County. A rare few waterfowl are here and there.

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Jan 4, 2019, at 8:59 AM, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:

Yesterday, I was on the lake shore here in Lansing and looked up and down for a while and saw no waterfowl in any direction.

Donna L. Scott
Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY


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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Raptors, swans, ducks

Yesterday afternoon (Thursday 3 Jan) Ann Mitchell & I went north toward Fayette & Seneca Falls townships looking for raptors with some success: in addition to the ubiquitous Red-tailed Hawks we saw an adult Cooper’s Hawk on a pole in Covert, a male American Kestrel and a Merlin about a quarter mile apart on Seybolt Rd, a female Northern Harrier atop a mound of brush & wood along Peterman Rd, and two Snowy Owls, one on Seybolt Rd, another at the Fingerlakes Regional Airport, so that was a success.

On our way back we made the tough choice to check out the lake rather than seek Short-eared Owls. The lake was calm and temperatures not extreme, so there was very little heat shimmer. We scanned from the boat ramp at Cayuga Lake SP while several boats of gunners came in for the day. I’m used to the shallow north end of Cayuga Lake being frozen for several miles in winter, but there was no ice at all. And when there’s no ice, or as the shelf is melting back in mid-March, I’m used to seeing hordes of northbound ducks diving near the ice edge. Yesterday the lake appeared eerily empty. In a complete scan I saw 3 pairs of Mallards scattered along the west shore along with 1 male Hooded Merganser (perhaps his mate eluded me?), a pair of breeding plumage Long-tailed Ducks far to the SE which flushed as one of the boats approached them, and another group of 9 Long-tailed Ducks already in flight farther south. That was it for ducks. There were dozens of Herring Gulls along with a few Great Blacked Gulls on the water far to the east, but all of the above birds except one pair of Mallards required a scope.

There were small flocks of Canada Geese coming in overhead from the NW. The most interesting find from Cayuga L SP was a probable family group of 5 Mute Swans on the lake to the east of the boat ramp. They also took flight between when I found them and when Ann looked through my scope. They continued flying south out of sight. The Mute Swans I believe are a first for 2019 for the Cayuga Lake Basin (the table of 2019 basin firsts has been filled out and should be up on the Club website shortly).

Along Lower Lake Rd we saw a handful of scattered Ring-billed Gulls, and from NYS-89 as we drove south we saw small separate groups of American Black Duck (11), Common Goldeneye (9), Bufflehead (10?), Red-breasted Merganser(3), and American Coot(~35), and Snow (2) and Canada Geese. The diversity aded up after awhile, but still the impression was of an empty lake. The only exception was the large raft of Snow Geese in the middle of the lake off Poplar Beach Rd by the Beer Garden, viewed from NYS-89. We didn’t go down to Sheldrake.

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Date: 1/4/19 5:59 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] empty lake
Yesterday, I was on the lake shore here in Lansing and looked up and down for a while and saw no waterfowl in any direction.

Donna L. Scott
Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY


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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Raptors, swans, ducks

Yesterday afternoon (Thursday 3 Jan) Ann Mitchell & I went north toward Fayette & Seneca Falls townships looking for raptors with some success: in addition to the ubiquitous Red-tailed Hawks we saw an adult Cooper’s Hawk on a pole in Covert, a male American Kestrel and a Merlin about a quarter mile apart on Seybolt Rd, a female Northern Harrier atop a mound of brush & wood along Peterman Rd, and two Snowy Owls, one on Seybolt Rd, another at the Fingerlakes Regional Airport, so that was a success.

On our way back we made the tough choice to check out the lake rather than seek Short-eared Owls. The lake was calm and temperatures not extreme, so there was very little heat shimmer. We scanned from the boat ramp at Cayuga Lake SP while several boats of gunners came in for the day. I’m used to the shallow north end of Cayuga Lake being frozen for several miles in winter, but there was no ice at all. And when there’s no ice, or as the shelf is melting back in mid-March, I’m used to seeing hordes of northbound ducks diving near the ice edge. Yesterday the lake appeared eerily empty. In a complete scan I saw 3 pairs of Mallards scattered along the west shore along with 1 male Hooded Merganser (perhaps his mate eluded me?), a pair of breeding plumage Long-tailed Ducks far to the SE which flushed as one of the boats approached them, and another group of 9 Long-tailed Ducks already in flight farther south. That was it for ducks. There were dozens of Herring Gulls along with a few Great Blacked Gulls on the water far to the east, but all of the above birds except one pair of Mallards required a scope.

There were small flocks of Canada Geese coming in overhead from the NW. The most interesting find from Cayuga L SP was a probable family group of 5 Mute Swans on the lake to the east of the boat ramp. They also took flight between when I found them and when Ann looked through my scope. They continued flying south out of sight. The Mute Swans I believe are a first for 2019 for the Cayuga Lake Basin (the table of 2019 basin firsts has been filled out and should be up on the Club website shortly).

Along Lower Lake Rd we saw a handful of scattered Ring-billed Gulls, and from NYS-89 as we drove south we saw small separate groups of American Black Duck (11), Common Goldeneye (9), Bufflehead (10?), Red-breasted Merganser(3), and American Coot(~35), and Snow (2) and Canada Geese. The diversity aded up after awhile, but still the impression was of an empty lake. The only exception was the large raft of Snow Geese in the middle of the lake off Poplar Beach Rd by the Beer Garden, viewed from NYS-89. We didn’t go down to Sheldrake.

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Date: 1/4/19 3:32 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Raptors, swans, ducks
Yesterday afternoon (Thursday 3 Jan) Ann Mitchell & I went north toward Fayette & Seneca Falls townships looking for raptors with some success: in addition to the ubiquitous Red-tailed Hawks we saw an adult Cooper’s Hawk on a pole in Covert, a male American Kestrel and a Merlin about a quarter mile apart on Seybolt Rd, a female Northern Harrier atop a mound of brush & wood along Peterman Rd, and two Snowy Owls, one on Seybolt Rd, another at the Fingerlakes Regional Airport, so that was a success.

On our way back we made the tough choice to check out the lake rather than seek Short-eared Owls. The lake was calm and temperatures not extreme, so there was very little heat shimmer. We scanned from the boat ramp at Cayuga Lake SP while several boats of gunners came in for the day. I’m used to the shallow north end of Cayuga Lake being frozen for several miles in winter, but there was no ice at all. And when there’s no ice, or as the shelf is melting back in mid-March, I’m used to seeing hordes of northbound ducks diving near the ice edge. Yesterday the lake appeared eerily empty. In a complete scan I saw 3 pairs of Mallards scattered along the west shore along with 1 male Hooded Merganser (perhaps his mate eluded me?), a pair of breeding plumage Long-tailed Ducks far to the SE which flushed as one of the boats approached them, and another group of 9 Long-tailed Ducks already in flight farther south. That was it for ducks. There were dozens of Herring Gulls along with a few Great Blacked Gulls on the water far to the east, but all of the above birds except one pair of Mallards required a scope.

There were small flocks of Canada Geese coming in overhead from the NW. The most interesting find from Cayuga L SP was a probable family group of 5 Mute Swans on the lake to the east of the boat ramp. They also took flight between when I found them and when Ann looked through my scope. They continued flying south out of sight. The Mute Swans I believe are a first for 2019 for the Cayuga Lake Basin (the table of 2019 basin firsts has been filled out and should be up on the Club website shortly).

Along Lower Lake Rd we saw a handful of scattered Ring-billed Gulls, and from NYS-89 as we drove south we saw small separate groups of American Black Duck (11), Common Goldeneye (9), Bufflehead (10?), Red-breasted Merganser(3), and American Coot(~35), and Snow (2) and Canada Geese. The diversity aded up after awhile, but still the impression was of an empty lake. The only exception was the large raft of Snow Geese in the middle of the lake off Poplar Beach Rd by the Beer Garden, viewed from NYS-89. We didn’t go down to Sheldrake.

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Date: 1/3/19 3:00 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] More count week species
I got a call today (3 Jan) from Reuben Stoltzfus, who today found a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET among Black-capped Chickadees near feeders at 641 Midline Rd. That’s another Count Week Species.

Ken Rosenberg’s second-hand dark grebe with a round head in Fall Creek near the High School sounds like it could be a PIED-BILLED GREBE, a species I’ve seen in Fall Creek alongside Renwick on several occasions. Because it was reported for 1 Jan, I think that if we can corroborate/confirm the sighting, then it should be included in the Christmas Bird Count, not just Count Week. But I didn’t hear about it in time to check it out today.

Sorry to have missed the deadline for the newsletter. It’s tough to report on an ongoing story!

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> On Jan 3, 2019, at 8:53 AM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg <kvr2...> wrote:
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> Dave I received a report from a casual birder who saw a ‘grebe’ in Fall Creek on the 1st— behind the high school not far from the Cayuga St bridge. Described as all dark, small found head, diving a lot.
> I didn’t have time to check this out yesterday, so maybe if you’re in that area...
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Date: 1/3/19 7:30 am
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin
I just counted 20 at my feeders. I don’t know where they were for “the count” but they are certainly back!
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Date: 1/3/19 7:15 am
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Evening GROSBEAKS - Ringwood Rd
27 Evening Grosbeaks at my feeders NOW!
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Date: 1/3/19 5:59 am
From: Mark Chao <markchao...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] NE Ithaca, Th 1/4/19
There is a first-winter WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW in our yard in northeast
Ithaca this morning, along with the usual array of House Finches, juncos,
jays, a CAROLINA WREN, and others.



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Date: 1/3/19 4:42 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] More count week species
I have been informed that this odd eBird list was an unlabeled false report created by a programmer at the Lab for a test.

We have no Snow Goose or Tundra Swan for the count yet of which I am aware.

Keep looking for real birds!

- - Dave Nutter

> On Jan 3, 2019, at 7:15 AM, Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> wrote:
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> In an eBird report from his office at the Lab of O yesterday (2 Jan 2019), Francisco Padilla Obregon listed 1 each of Snow Goose, Tundra Swan, Canada Goose, and hybrid Canada/domestic Goose. Snow Goose & Tundra Swan are Count Week birds.
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Date: 1/3/19 4:16 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] More count week species
In an eBird report from his office at the Lab of O yesterday (2 Jan 2019), Francisco Padilla Obregon listed 1 each of Snow Goose, Tundra Swan, Canada Goose, and hybrid Canada/domestic Goose. Snow Goose & Tundra Swan are Count Week birds.

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Date: 1/2/19 5:33 pm
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Union Springs 2 Jan. 2019
This afternoon as I was watching a white-winged scoter all by itself on
Cayuga Lake, out from the Harbor Marina at the bottom of Basin St., 2
juvenile bald eagles came into view from near Carr's Cove, south of the
village & headed north towards me.

They did their rolling, chasing fight routine for a matter of minutes,
eventually being directly over me before flying NE & over Factory St.
pond & out of sight.  Soon only one came back & flew south over the
lake. Becky & I have been seeing baldies more often this past summer &
fall, including an adult over Plaster Point on Fri., 28 Dec..

Prior to being at the marina I had been at Fontenac Park boat launch
watching the scoter when I noticed many ducks  approaching from the
north. Soon thousands of Aythya were flying by. I didn't have time to
chase them southward but suspect they landed between Aurora & Dean's Cove.

While at the boat launch I had watched another "loner" bird that flew
only because of a boater coming in. It sat high in the calm water with
the neck straight & head erect.  It had quite a lot of light color on
the side of its face/head. When it flew it ran on the water before
rising into the air.  I would like to make this into a red-necked grebe
but I didn't see other colors clearly. As its feet raised from the water
the body seem rounder than those of ducks. It flew quickly westward but
not very high.

Lake-water level at Frontenac Park is finally back to winter normal but
surprisingly still high at Mud Lock & northwards, with water over the
banks in the river & canal. Canal level in Seneca Falls is high altho'
Van Cleef Lake looks fairly normal. There, we found 100s of Canadas on
29 Dec..  Becky & I are amazed to find, quite unlike previous yrs.,  no
ducks, geese or swans between Cayuga & Mud Lock except for a few ducks
very close to the eastern shoreline just north of Cayuga village.  We
didn't go out along the RR tracks to look over the lake towards Cayuga
Lake SP where we have usually seen countless thousands of Aythya.

We didn't find any snowy or short-earred owls or white deer in our
travels on the 29th but did see several red-tailed hawks & a harrier.
Except for the usual feeder birds, the   many crows & the large nos. of
Canadas flying over & plague of fuzzy-tailed rats, we notice the lack of
birds elsewhere. She has a lone pine siskin hanging around her feeders.

The greatest treat on 30 Dec. was seeing a magnificent young, red fox
that came down the bank behind the house & then went back up, probably
to one of the many woodchuck holes in the hedgerow or to an old barn
across the field.

Happy birdy new year to all.

Fritzie



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Date: 1/2/19 4:29 pm
From: Paul Anderson <paul...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 2019 Ithaca Christmas Bird Count results
Thank you Dave for that summary. Let me add a few more details that may
be interesting for everyone to hear.

We had 159 participants, well above our 10-year average of 131. Notably,
we had 125 last year when we broke many records.

We had record low counts of several species that have been seen every
year (10-yr average shown):

*Species          High  Low   Ave  2019*
Black Duck        422   18    58     5
Mallard          3098  512  1369   468
Am Tree Sparrow  1302   79   389    39
House Sparrow    2161  376   709   308

The total number of individuals was 20260, way down from the 10-year
average of 38463. The most recent year with fewer was 2004 when the
count was 19314. Interestingly, prior to 1994 almost all the counts were
less than 20,000 and only one year since then have they been fewer than
20,000.

-Paul

On 1/2/2019 10:43 AM, Dave Nutter wrote:
> Despite a high turnout of birders to count Ithaca-area birds, the
> number of species found and the number of individual birds counted
> were both substantially down.
>
> By my unofficial count (see below) there were 85 species observed
> within the count circle during count day (unless I screwed up as I
> transferred to the new checklist sequence) plus 2 Count Week species
> from the 3 days prior, and another already today for the 3 days after
> the count. There are many opportunities on 2, 3, & 4 January to add
> species which we have often seen in past years, including Snow Goose,
> any swans, many ducks, Pied-billed Grebe,either loon, several gulls,
> Horned Lark, Lapland Longspur, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, to name a
> few.
>
> Although there were no new species added to the count list this year,
> a few surprises stand out: a Short-eared Owl at Stewart Park and a
> Northern Goshawk at the Farmers’ market, both found by Ken Rosenberg,
> and not one, but two Eastern Phoebes (unprecedented!). I had found the
> one near the railroad behind Agway on 2 Dec, but when Stuart Krasnoff
> found one near Treman Marina more recently, I assumed the first one
> had moved, since I saw no Phoebe behind Agway on Saturday but did see
> one along the lakeshore at Treman this past Sunday. Then one was found
> at each location on the count!
>
> Despite the high Phoebe count and 18 Bald Eagle reports (which need to
> be examined for duplication) many species had numbers which were
> significantly below average.
>
> Why the low count? There’s much speculation. The high winds made it
> hard to hear birds, and kept them from perching high. The warm weather
> meant the birds did not need to eat a lot, go to concentrated food
> sources, or move a lot seeking food. The lack of snow meant that
> natural food sources were not covered and that birds could stay
> camouflaged. The lack of ice at the north end of the lake and at
> Montezuma meant that waterfowl were not forced to the south end of the
> lake to find shallow water to feed in. The high winds caused whitecaps
> and rollers on Cayuga Lake as well as making it hard to keep scopes
> and people aligned. But the weather that day doesn’t seem to be the
> whole story. Birds seemed generally scarce to me over the past several
> days both on land, and on the lake when viewing conditions were ideal.
> An early start to shooting season meant that waterfowl had been
> disturbed more thoroughly and moved out. And there may be other
> factors we just don’t know yet. Fitz says Audubon plans to analyze CBC
> data taking count-day weather into account to see if trends show up.
>
> - - Dave Nutter
>
> CBC results
>
>
> CACGOO0101Ken RosenbergNewman Golf/Jetty Wds, Ithaca
>
> CANGOO 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> MALLAR 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> AMKDUC 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> REDHEA 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> 05
>
> RINDUC 0101Kevin McGowansouth of Myers, Lansing
>
> GRESCA 0101Ken Rosenberg?LOC?
>
> LESSCA 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> LOTDUC 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> BUFFLE 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> 10
>
> COMGOL 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> HOOMER 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> COMMER 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> REBMER 0101Kevin McGowanE Shore Pk, Ithaca
>
> RUFGRO 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> 15
>
> WILTUR 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> HORGRE 0101Scott Sutcliffe et alLOC?
>
> ROCPIG 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> MOUDOV 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> AMECOO 0101Kevin McGowanE side of Cayuga L, sev loc
>
> 20
>
> RIBGUL 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> HERGUL 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> GBBGUL 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> DOCCOR 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> GTUHER 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> 25
>
> TURVUL 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> NORHAR 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> SHSHAW 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> COOHAW 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> NORGOS 0101Ken RosenbergFarmers’ Market, Ithaca
>
> 30
>
> BALEAG 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> RETHAW 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> ROLHAW 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> EASOWL 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> GTHOWL 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> 35
>
> BRDOWL 0101John FitzpatrickE of Thomas Rd, Dryden
>
> SHEOWL 0101Ken RosenbergSwan Pond, Stewart Pk, Ithaca
>
> NSWOWL 0101Gary Kohlenbergsouth Monkey Run, Dryden
>
> BELKIN 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> REBWOO 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> 40
>
> DOWWOO 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> HAIWOO 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> NORFLI 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> PILWOO 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> AMEKES 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> 45
>
> MERLIN 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> EASPHO 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> NORSHR 0101Kelly BranchHurd Rd, Dryden
>
> BLUJAY 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> AMECRO 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> 50
>
> FISCRO 0101.(ask Phil McNeil).(Area 4)
>
> COMRAV 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> BKCCHI 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> TUFTIT 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> REBNUT 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> 55
>
> WHBNUT 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> BRNCRE 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> WINWRE 0101.(ask Lynn Leopold).(area 8)
>
> CARWRE 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> GOCKIN 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> 60
>
> EASBLU 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> HERTHR 0101Paul AndersonNegundo Woods, Ithaca
>
> AMEROB 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> GRYCAT 0101Diane TrainaPalmer Woods, Cayuga Hts, Ithaca
>
> NORMOC 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> 65
>
> EURSTA 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> CEDWAX 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> EVEGRO 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> HOUFIN 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> PURFIN 0101Tom Schulenberg.LOC?
>
> 70
>
> COMRED 0101.(observer?)Mt Pleasant
>
> AMEGOL0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> PINSIS 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> SNOBUN 0101.(ask Bob McGuire).(area 2 - Mt Pleasant?)
>
> CHISPA 0101Jasdev ImaniBirchwood Dr, Ithaca
>
> 75
>
> AMTSPA 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> DAEJUN 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> WHTSPA 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> SONSPA 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> SWASPA 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> 80
>
> COMYEL 0101Josh SnodgrassE of 200 Conifer, Ithaca
>
> YERWAR 0101Reuben StoltzfusBlack Diamond Trail, Cass Park, Ithaca
>
> NORCAR 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> HOUSPA 0101Ithaca CBCIthaca CBC
>
> 84
>
> LBBGUL  CW:1230  Dave Nutter. red lighthouse breakwater, Ithaca
>
> HOARED  CW:1231  Phil McNeil. Mt Pleasant, Dryden
>
> PERFALCW:0102 Jody Enck. Cornell Campus, Ithaca
>
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Date: 1/2/19 10:05 am
From: Joshua Snodgrass <cedarshiva...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese heading toward count circle
Flock of about 800 just passed overhead in Interlaken heading south

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Date: 1/2/19 9:33 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] 2019 Ithaca Christmas Bird Count results
Sorry, I think that’s 84 for the count plus at least 3 for the week.

- - Dave Nutter

> On Jan 2, 2019, at 10:43 AM, Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> wrote:
>
> Despite a high turnout of birders to count Ithaca-area birds, the number of species found and the number of individual birds counted were both substantially down.
>
> By my unofficial count (see below) there were 85 species observed within the count circle during count day (unless I screwed up as I transferred to the new checklist sequence) plus 2 Count Week species from the 3 days prior, and another already today for the 3 days after the count. There are many opportunities on 2, 3, & 4 January to add species which we have often seen in past years, including Snow Goose, any swans, many ducks, Pied-billed Grebe, either loon, several gulls, Horned Lark, Lapland Longspur, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, to name a few.
>
> Although there were no new species added to the count list this year, a few surprises stand out: a Short-eared Owl at Stewart Park and a Northern Goshawk at the Farmers’ market, both found by Ken Rosenberg, and not one, but two Eastern Phoebes (unprecedented!). I had found the one near the railroad behind Agway on 2 Dec, but when Stuart Krasnoff found one near Treman Marina more recently, I assumed the first one had moved, since I saw no Phoebe behind Agway on Saturday but did see one along the lakeshore at Treman this past Sunday. Then one was found at each location on the count!
>
> Despite the high Phoebe count and 18 Bald Eagle reports (which need to be examined for duplication) many species had numbers which were significantly below average.
>
> Why the low count? There’s much speculation. The high winds made it hard to hear birds, and kept them from perching high. The warm weather meant the birds did not need to eat a lot, go to concentrated food sources, or move a lot seeking food. The lack of snow meant that natural food sources were not covered and that birds could stay camouflaged. The lack of ice at the north end of the lake and at Montezuma meant that waterfowl were not forced to the south end of the lake to find shallow water to feed in. The high winds caused whitecaps and rollers on Cayuga Lake as well as making it hard to keep scopes and people aligned. But the weather that day doesn’t seem to be the whole story. Birds seemed generally scarce to me over the past several days both on land, and on the lake when viewing conditions were ideal. An early start to shooting season meant that waterfowl had been disturbed more thoroughly and moved out. And there may be other factors we just don’t know yet. Fitz says Audubon plans to analyze CBC data taking count-day weather into account to see if trends show up.
>
> - - Dave Nutter
>
> CBC results
>
> CACGOO 0101 Ken Rosenberg Newman Golf/Jetty Wds, Ithaca
> CANGOO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> MALLAR 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> AMKDUC 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> REDHEA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> 05
> RINDUC 0101 Kevin McGowan south of Myers, Lansing
> GRESCA 0101 Ken Rosenberg? LOC?
> LESSCA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> LOTDUC 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> BUFFLE 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> 10
> COMGOL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> HOOMER 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> COMMER 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> REBMER 0101 Kevin McGowan E Shore Pk, Ithaca
> RUFGRO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> 15
> WILTUR 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> HORGRE 0101 Scott Sutcliffe et al LOC?
> ROCPIG 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> MOUDOV 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> AMECOO 0101 Kevin McGowan E side of Cayuga L, sev loc
> 20
> RIBGUL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> HERGUL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> GBBGUL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> DOCCOR 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> GTUHER 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> 25
> TURVUL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> NORHAR 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> SHSHAW 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> COOHAW 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> NORGOS 0101 Ken Rosenberg Farmers’ Market, Ithaca
> 30
> BALEAG 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> RETHAW 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> ROLHAW 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> EASOWL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> GTHOWL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> 35
> BRDOWL 0101 John Fitzpatrick E of Thomas Rd, Dryden
> SHEOWL 0101 Ken Rosenberg Swan Pond, Stewart Pk, Ithaca
> NSWOWL 0101 Gary Kohlenberg south Monkey Run, Dryden
> BELKIN 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> REBWOO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> 40
> DOWWOO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> HAIWOO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> NORFLI 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> PILWOO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> AMEKES 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> 45
> MERLIN 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> EASPHO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> NORSHR 0101 Kelly Branch Hurd Rd, Dryden
> BLUJAY 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> AMECRO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> 50
> FISCRO 0101 .(ask Phil McNeil) .(Area 4)
> COMRAV 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> BKCCHI 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> TUFTIT 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> REBNUT 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> 55
> WHBNUT 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> BRNCRE 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> WINWRE 0101 .(ask Lynn Leopold) .(area 8)
> CARWRE 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> GOCKIN 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> 60
> EASBLU 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> HERTHR 0101 Paul Anderson Negundo Woods, Ithaca
> AMEROB 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> GRYCAT 0101 Diane Traina Palmer Woods, Cayuga Hts, Ithaca
> NORMOC 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> 65
> EURSTA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> CEDWAX 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> EVEGRO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> HOUFIN 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> PURFIN 0101 Tom Schulenberg .LOC?
> 70
> COMRED 0101 .(observer?) Mt Pleasant
> AMEGOL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> PINSIS 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> SNOBUN 0101 .(ask Bob McGuire) .(area 2 - Mt Pleasant?)
> CHISPA 0101 Jasdev Imani Birchwood Dr, Ithaca
> 75
> AMTSPA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> DAEJUN 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> WHTSPA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> SONSPA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> SWASPA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> 80
> COMYEL 0101 Josh Snodgrass E of 200 Conifer, Ithaca
> YERWAR 0101 Reuben Stoltzfus Black Diamond Trail, Cass Park, Ithaca
> NORCAR 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> HOUSPA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
> 84
> LBBGUL CW:1230 Dave Nutter. red lighthouse breakwater, Ithaca
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Date: 1/2/19 7:44 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] 2019 Ithaca Christmas Bird Count results
Despite a high turnout of birders to count Ithaca-area birds, the number of species found and the number of individual birds counted were both substantially down.

By my unofficial count (see below) there were 85 species observed within the count circle during count day (unless I screwed up as I transferred to the new checklist sequence) plus 2 Count Week species from the 3 days prior, and another already today for the 3 days after the count. There are many opportunities on 2, 3, & 4 January to add species which we have often seen in past years, including Snow Goose, any swans, many ducks, Pied-billed Grebe, either loon, several gulls, Horned Lark, Lapland Longspur, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, to name a few.

Although there were no new species added to the count list this year, a few surprises stand out: a Short-eared Owl at Stewart Park and a Northern Goshawk at the Farmers’ market, both found by Ken Rosenberg, and not one, but two Eastern Phoebes (unprecedented!). I had found the one near the railroad behind Agway on 2 Dec, but when Stuart Krasnoff found one near Treman Marina more recently, I assumed the first one had moved, since I saw no Phoebe behind Agway on Saturday but did see one along the lakeshore at Treman this past Sunday. Then one was found at each location on the count!

Despite the high Phoebe count and 18 Bald Eagle reports (which need to be examined for duplication) many species had numbers which were significantly below average.

Why the low count? There’s much speculation. The high winds made it hard to hear birds, and kept them from perching high. The warm weather meant the birds did not need to eat a lot, go to concentrated food sources, or move a lot seeking food. The lack of snow meant that natural food sources were not covered and that birds could stay camouflaged. The lack of ice at the north end of the lake and at Montezuma meant that waterfowl were not forced to the south end of the lake to find shallow water to feed in. The high winds caused whitecaps and rollers on Cayuga Lake as well as making it hard to keep scopes and people aligned. But the weather that day doesn’t seem to be the whole story. Birds seemed generally scarce to me over the past several days both on land, and on the lake when viewing conditions were ideal. An early start to shooting season meant that waterfowl had been disturbed more thoroughly and moved out. And there may be other factors we just don’t know yet. Fitz says Audubon plans to analyze CBC data taking count-day weather into account to see if trends show up.

- - Dave Nutter

CBC results

CACGOO 0101 Ken Rosenberg Newman Golf/Jetty Wds, Ithaca
CANGOO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
MALLAR 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
AMKDUC 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
REDHEA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
05
RINDUC 0101 Kevin McGowan south of Myers, Lansing
GRESCA 0101 Ken Rosenberg? LOC?
LESSCA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
LOTDUC 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
BUFFLE 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
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COMGOL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
HOOMER 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
COMMER 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
REBMER 0101 Kevin McGowan E Shore Pk, Ithaca
RUFGRO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
15
WILTUR 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
HORGRE 0101 Scott Sutcliffe et al LOC?
ROCPIG 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
MOUDOV 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
AMECOO 0101 Kevin McGowan E side of Cayuga L, sev loc
20
RIBGUL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
HERGUL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
GBBGUL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
DOCCOR 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
GTUHER 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
25
TURVUL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
NORHAR 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
SHSHAW 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
COOHAW 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
NORGOS 0101 Ken Rosenberg Farmers’ Market, Ithaca
30
BALEAG 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
RETHAW 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
ROLHAW 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
EASOWL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
GTHOWL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
35
BRDOWL 0101 John Fitzpatrick E of Thomas Rd, Dryden
SHEOWL 0101 Ken Rosenberg Swan Pond, Stewart Pk, Ithaca
NSWOWL 0101 Gary Kohlenberg south Monkey Run, Dryden
BELKIN 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
REBWOO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
40
DOWWOO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
HAIWOO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
NORFLI 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
PILWOO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
AMEKES 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
45
MERLIN 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
EASPHO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
NORSHR 0101 Kelly Branch Hurd Rd, Dryden
BLUJAY 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
AMECRO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
50
FISCRO 0101 .(ask Phil McNeil) .(Area 4)
COMRAV 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
BKCCHI 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
TUFTIT 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
REBNUT 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
55
WHBNUT 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
BRNCRE 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
WINWRE 0101 .(ask Lynn Leopold) .(area 8)
CARWRE 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
GOCKIN 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
60
EASBLU 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
HERTHR 0101 Paul Anderson Negundo Woods, Ithaca
AMEROB 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
GRYCAT 0101 Diane Traina Palmer Woods, Cayuga Hts, Ithaca
NORMOC 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
65
EURSTA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
CEDWAX 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
EVEGRO 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
HOUFIN 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
PURFIN 0101 Tom Schulenberg .LOC?
70
COMRED 0101 .(observer?) Mt Pleasant
AMEGOL 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
PINSIS 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
SNOBUN 0101 .(ask Bob McGuire) .(area 2 - Mt Pleasant?)
CHISPA 0101 Jasdev Imani Birchwood Dr, Ithaca
75
AMTSPA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
DAEJUN 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
WHTSPA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
SONSPA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
SWASPA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
80
COMYEL 0101 Josh Snodgrass E of 200 Conifer, Ithaca
YERWAR 0101 Reuben Stoltzfus Black Diamond Trail, Cass Park, Ithaca
NORCAR 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
HOUSPA 0101 Ithaca CBC Ithaca CBC
84
LBBGUL CW:1230 Dave Nutter. red lighthouse breakwater, Ithaca
HOARED CW:1231 Phil McNeil. Mt Pleasant, Dryden
PERFAL CW:0102 Jody Enck. Cornell Campus, Ithaca






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Date: 1/2/19 5:40 am
From: Asher Hockett <veery715...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] peregrine falcon
That makes it a count week bird!

On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 8:19 AM Jody Enck <jodyenck...> wrote:

> A peregrine falcon swooped by low and fast between Caldwell Hall and
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> slalom course among the construction equipment.
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Date: 1/2/19 5:19 am
From: Jody Enck <jodyenck...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] peregrine falcon
A peregrine falcon swooped by low and fast between Caldwell Hall and Martha
van Rennselaer Hall on the Cornell campus at about 8:10 this morning. It
was chasing another bird unsuccessfully as it was navigating a slalom
course among the construction equipment.

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Date: 12/31/18 12:51 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA

 RBA




*New York

- Syracuse
- December 31 2018
- NYSY 12.31.18




Hotline: Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert

Dates: December 24 - December 31,  2018

To report by email: brinjoseph AT yahoo DOT com

Reporting upstate counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Oneida, Herkimer, Cayuga, Montezuma Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands complex

compiled: December 31 AT 3:00 p.m. EDT

compiler: Joseph Brin

Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondgaaudubon.org







Greetings: This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week on December 24, 2018




Highlights:




PEREGRINE FALCON

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK

NORTHERN HARRIER

BALD EAGLE

SANDHILL CRANE

KILLDEER

GLAUCOUS GULL 

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

SNOWY OWL

NORTHERN SHRIKE

EASTERN TOWHEE

WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW

FIELD SPARROW

EVENING GROSBEAK

COMMON REDPOLL

PINE SISKIN










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

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     12/25: A first year NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on VanDyne Spoor Road.

     12/30: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in Mays Pool.







Onondaga County

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     12/25: An EASTERN TOWHEE continues at a feeder south of Manlius.

     12/30: 14 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. A PINE SISKIN was seen on Harrington Road in Syracuse. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen from Bennett Corners Road east of Elbridge. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport. A FIELD SPARROW was seen on the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at a feeder in Elbridge. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and an EASTERN TOWHEEE were seen on New Seneca Turnpike west of Marcellus.

     12/31: 2 PINE SISKINS were seen at a feeder in Manlius. 8 BALD EAGLES were seen near Murphy’s Island near Destiny in Syracuse.







Oswego County

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     12/21: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at Lake Neatahwanta in Fulton.

     12/27: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, not as plentiful as in past years, was seen on Morey Road east of Hastings.







Madison County

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     12/27: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Eden Hollow Road.

     12/28: The New Woodstock CBC found EVENING GROSBEAKS in the following locations. Mutton Hill Road, Eaton Reservoir, Jones Road and Ecden Hollow Road. A KILLDEER was heard onSouth Hill Road in DeRuyter. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was again seen on Eden Hollow Road. 23 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on Hatch Lake Road.

     12/31: 10 EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Eden Hollow Road. A NORTHERN HARRIER was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.







Oneida County

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     12/30: 16 BALD EAGLES, 7 adults and 9 immatures, were seen on the east end of Oneida Lake from Verona Beach State Park to Sylvan Beach.







Herkimer County

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     EVENING GROSBEAKS continue to be seen almost daily at a feeder north of Dolgeville.

     12/26: 2 PINE SISKINS were seen at a feeder in Dolgeville.

     12/30: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Snell’s Bush Road south of Dolgeville.







Cayuga County

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     12/24: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at West Barrier Beach in Fair Haven.

     

    




             

     




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Date: 12/30/18 3:09 pm
From: Jae Sullivan <blueheron555...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] new take on old song
And a juv. BAEA today - Stewart Park, opposite the boat house.




On Sunday, December 30, 2018, 2:10:01 PM EST, Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> wrote:


12 Days of Bird Counting

 

On the 12th day of Bird Counting Mom Nature gave to me:

 

12           Gold Finches ‘Tato chipping

11           Mo Does a-Cooing

10           Blue Jays a-Piping

9             Crows a-Cawing

8             Juncos Trilling

7             Cardinals Purty purtying

6             Chickadees a-Deeing

 

5             Golden Eyes……!!!

 

4             Hairys Tweeking

3             Titmice a-Petering

2             C. Wrens a-Cheering

 

1              And a Bald Eagle in an oak tree!

 

 

Join Cayuga Bird Club for our Annual “Christmas Bird Count” on January 1, 2019!

See the CBC Webpage for details.

 

 

Donna L. Scott

Lansing Station Road

Lansing, NY

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Date: 12/30/18 11:10 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] new take on old song
12 Days of Bird Counting

On the 12th day of Bird Counting Mom Nature gave to me:

12 Gold Finches 'Tato chipping
11 Mo Does a-Cooing
10 Blue Jays a-Piping
9 Crows a-Cawing
8 Juncos Trilling
7 Cardinals Purty purtying
6 Chickadees a-Deeing

5 Golden Eyes......!!!

4 Hairys Tweeking
3 Titmice a-Petering
2 C. Wrens a-Cheering

1 And a Bald Eagle in an oak tree!


Join Cayuga Bird Club for our Annual "Christmas Bird Count" on January 1, 2019!
See the CBC Webpage for details.


Donna L. Scott
Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY
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Date: 12/29/18 2:59 pm
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: RE:[cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant redpolls still there (correction...)
Well a walk this afternoon up to the redpoll hotspot forces me to revise my flock size count...there were about 150 Common Redpolls up there around 2:15.
(Last I saw, they were making plans to be in Area III next Tuesday despite what Bob McGuire says!!!)

Marie

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From: <bounce-123210992-5851667...> [<bounce-123210992-5851667...>] on behalf of Marie P. Read [<mpr5...>]
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2018 12:39 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant redpolls still there (but fewer)

In preparation for the Christmas Bird Count next week Ive been keeping an eye out for the Common Redpolls on Mt Pleasant Rd. This morning I saw them twice: about 10:15 and just now about 12:10. They are more difficult to see with no snow. Two days ago I estimated 50, but today only about 25, down from 150 or so in recent weeks Why arent the others showing up at our feeders?!!

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Date: 12/29/18 9:39 am
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant redpolls still there (but fewer)
In preparation for the Christmas Bird Count next week Ive been keeping an eye out for the Common Redpolls on Mt Pleasant Rd. This morning I saw them twice: about 10:15 and just now about 12:10. They are more difficult to see with no snow. Two days ago I estimated 50, but today only about 25, down from 150 or so in recent weeks Why arent the others showing up at our feeders?!!

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Date: 12/29/18 9:23 am
From: Jgaffne2 <jgaffne2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Siskins
There was a flock about 15-20 pine siskins at our feeders and the trees above a few minutes ago. On sunny slope terrace on turkey hill. First of the year for me
Jim Gaffney

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Date: 12/29/18 7:31 am
From: Paul Anderson <paul...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: December 29, 2018
Randy:

Yes 1963 was the earliest (or at least the earliest that was recorded).
All the data from all years can be seen here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/19EWVe-v5fKI3s93ciNoNwy2Wpp-GpNg6/view.

There were 61 species observed in 1963. Of those, two have not shown up
on the count since: Dickcissel and Green-tailed Towhee!

-Paul

On 12/29/2018 10:16 AM, Randolph Scott Little wrote:
> When was the first Ithaca Christmas Bird Count?  It may have been
> 1/1/63, as that is the earliest NYIT CBC that I could find in the
> National Audubon Society web archive.  Perhaps I could find it
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> since been moved slightly.  Good birding!  --Randy
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Date: 12/29/18 7:16 am
From: Randolph Scott Little <rsl...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] cayugabirds-l digest: December 29, 2018
When was the first Ithaca Christmas Bird Count? It may have been 1/1/63, as
that is the earliest NYIT CBC that I could find in the National Audubon
Society web archive. Perhaps I could find it somewhere in my old files, as
I recall working
with Dorothy McIlroy to establish the first circle, whose center has since
been moved slightly. Good birding! --Randy


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Date: 12/29/18 7:15 am
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Evening Grosbeaks Ringwood Rd
25 Evening Grosbeaks at my feeders, in the ash tree, and drinking from the stream in my backyard starting 9am. Still here over an hour later.
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Date: 12/29/18 6:03 am
From: John Confer <confer...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Northern Saw-whet Owl banding
Hammond Hill Owls (HHOWLS) had another successful year of banding. We banded on 16 nights, almost every night with tolerable to good wind conditions and temperatures above freezing from 1 October until 6 November. This provided 502 net hours and 0.2 birds per net hour. We had 116 assistant-nights with 42 people who made more than one trip. Plus, we had about 30 brief visitors with the Cayuga Bird Club trip.

I would do the banding for either the data on migratory saw-whets and what we might learn from it. Or, the great pleasure in the personal interactions among all of us. The best part is the new and renewed friendships that come from working to our best to process the birds safely and record the data accurately. Put the two aspects together, and you have an awesome experience.

thanks to all who helped, toot toot toot


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Date: 12/28/18 11:20 am
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Christmas Bird Count Jan 1st 2019 - Counters urgently needed for Area III
Hello Cayugabirders,

The local Christmas Bird Count is coming up: January 1st 2019. I am Area Coordinator for Area III which includes much of Dryden including Hammond Hill and Yellow Barn Forests and I need a few more counters to have complete coverage of the area. I currently have no-one covering the Village of Dryden and environs, so I'd be delighted to have some help.

There are two main areas to cover:
1. The southern side of Dryden, including the village south of Rt 13, Kimberley Drive, Keith Lane, plus lower Beam Hill Road and other roads on the west of Rt 38. Note that the area includes only the very western tip of Dryden Lake but does NOT include the section of the Dryden Lake Trail ("Jim Schug trail") southward along the lake. However it DOES include the section of the Jim Schug Trail that starts at Keith Lane and goes northward toward the village. This trail is likely to be snow-free and is a great spot for American Tree Sparrows and other species.

2. The northern side of Dryden, including the village north of Rt 13, George Rd, Schoolhouse Road, and roads northward to Fall Creek Rd in Freeville. A bit more driving than walking in this route but good for open country birds, waterfowl, raptors.

If you want to join in the fun, please let me know ASAP so I can add you to the roster and give you more details.

Thanks
And Happy New Year Birding!

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Date: 12/27/18 1:40 pm
From: Carol Schmitt <cfschmitt...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Paul on the radio!

Hi Paul,
Nice job this morning!

For those of you who didn't catch it, he did a great job describing and promoting the Christmas Count. The podcast should be available soon on the WHCU website, under Your Turn.

Carol Schmitt


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Date: 12/27/18 11:39 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] NW Lansing
16 elegant RED BREASTED MERGANSERS on lake off Lansing Station rd.
37 WILD TURKEYS in field behind red roof barn ~200 Algerine Rd.

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Date: 12/24/18 6:23 pm
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Big Red
On the way to a holiday dinner this afternoon, I saw a man with his scope by side of Judd Falls road near Rt. 366 on Cornell campus.
I stopped & found that he was admiring the famous campus Red Tailed Hawk, BIG RED, sitting in a nearby tree.
She is indeed beautiful & has quite a few rusty colored feathers on her face & neck!

Nice!

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Date: 12/24/18 8:34 am
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Mt Pleasant Common Redpolls - still...
Around 10:45 this morning, 150+ Common Redpolls on Mt Pleasant Rd east end, with some Snow Bunting mixed in. In the usual field (south side of the road).

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Date: 12/21/18 9:34 am
From: Nari Mistry <nbm2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] 30-40 Pine Siskins at feeders today
A large flock of 30-40 Pine Siskins are at and below our feeders today.
In the past few weeks we have had between a couple and 12 Siskins, but
today they descended /en masse/. Alas, no Evening Grosbeaks
("Rose-peaks", according to today's Ith. Journal!) No Redpolls. But we
have one to two Red-breasted Nuthatches as always.

Nari & Gin Mistry, Ellis Hollow Rd., Ithaca

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Date: 12/19/18 11:55 am
From: Martin Fellows Hatch <mfh2...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Suet Question

On Dec 18, 2018, at 8:58 PM, John Lute <johnlute60...><mailto:<johnlute60...>> wrote:
Hi Marty,
Are there any specific toxins that have you are concerned?
From a food microbiology viewpoint, commercial beef suet for birds should be no cause for alarm in regards to toxins. I guess if the temperature gets too hot and the suet turns rancid, you could have a concern; but in that case, birds are smart enough to shun it.
Happy holidays,
John Lute
p.s. I would have responded to the list-serve but I am not 100% sure about the correct procedures.

Hi John, and others on the list:
Yes. I’m not a microbiologist, but when I see things like the following, I wonder how much effect the pesticide and herbicide and biocide components in cow have on the formation of kidney and loin fat that we put in suet containers. I imagine that hatever is there must have a greater effect on their small bodies than it does on human bodies.
Marty

From <https://medium.com/center-for-biological-diversity> (slightly condensed)

Cows, pigs, chickens and sheep can all be directly dosed with pesticides to prevent pest infestation in the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions that exist on factory farms. But perhaps more important is the extent to which animals are exposed to crop pesticides through their food.

Pesticide residues are found in meat and animal byproducts, including, disturbingly, long-banned pesticides<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2898856/> like DDT. These pesticides mostly come from the food that animals eat and end up getting stored in their fat, accumulating over time.

Unfortunately government agencies charged with ensuring the safety of our food are not taking adequate action. The Office of Inspector General found<http://www.usda.gov/oig/webdocs/24601-08-KC.pdf> that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration did not do enough to protect the public from pesticides, veterinary drugs and heavy metals in meat…

Environmental Working Group estimates that a whopping 167 million pounds of pesticides<http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/a-meat-eaters-guide-to-climate-change-health-what-you-eat-matters/climate-and-environmental-impacts/> are used each year just to grow food for animals in the United States. For glyphosate, the most commonly used pesticide in the world, residues<http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=2c85909360c7c5aff63ddd1447545d6a&mc=true&node=se40.24.180_1364&rgn=div8> allowed in animal feed can be more than 100 times that allowed on grains consumed directly by humans, and the amount of glyphosate allowed<http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=2c85909360c7c5aff63ddd1447545d6a&mc=true&node=se40.24.180_1364&rgn=div8> in red meat is more than 20 times that for most plant crops.

So we are essentially dousing animal food, typically genetically engineered corn and soy, with so much pesticide that the animals feeding on it can have higher levels in their tissue — what ultimately becomes a burger or steak — than plants grown for your supermarket produce department….


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Date: 12/17/18 3:42 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA

 RBA




*New York

- Syracuse
- December 17 2018
- NYSY 12.17.18




Hotline: Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert

Dates: December 10 - December 17,  2018

To report by email: brinjoseph AT yahoo DOT com

Reporting upstate counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Oneida, Herkimer, Cayuga, Montezuma Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands complex

compiled: December 17 AT 2:00 p.m. EDT

compiler: Joseph Brin

Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondgaaudubon.org







Greetings: This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week on December 10, 2018




Highlights:




RED-THROATED LOON

RED-NECKED GREBE

AMERICAN WIGEON

BLACK SCOTER

SURF SCOTER

PEREGRINE FALCON

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK

NORTHERN HARRIER

GOLDEN EAGLE

ICELAND GULL

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

EASTERN PHOEBE

NORTHERN SHRIKE

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT

CHIPPING SPARROW

EASTERN TOWHEE

BALTIMORE ORIOLE

WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW

CHIPPING SPARROW

SAVANNAH SPARROW

EVENING GROSBEAK

COMMON REDPOLL










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

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     12/16: A dark ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and a NORTHERN HARRIER were seen from East Road.







Onondaga county

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     12/10: 2 BLACK SCOTERS were seen from the end of the Onondaga Creek Creekwalk in Syracuse. An EASTERN TOWHEE continues at a feeder south of Manlius. An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen from the West Shore Trail on Onondaga Lake.

     12/11: A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen along the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. It has been seen through the 15th. A CHIPPING SPARROW was seen at a feeder on Comstock in Syracuse. It also has been seen through the 15th.

     12/14: 8 EVENING GROSBEAKS were found on Shakham Road near the Cortland County line.

     12/15: Higthlights of the Syracuse Christmas Bird Count were WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, SAVANNAH SPARROW, EASTERN PHOEBE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, AMERICAN WIGEON and PEREGRINE FALCON.

     12/16: A NORTHERN SHRIKE continues on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.







Oswego County

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     12/10: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen is Oswego Harbor.

     12/13: A SURF SCOTER was seen in Oswego Harbor.

     12/16: A SURF SCOTER and a RED-THROATED LOON WERE seen in Oswego County. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen on Parsons Road near Hannibal. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen in Oswego Harbor. A COMMON REDPOLL was seen near battle Island Golf Course.







Madison  County

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     12/10: EVENING GROSBEAKS and a male BALTIMORE continue to come to feeders on Carpenter road near Sheds.

     12/13: An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango. 3 ICELAND GULLS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at the Madison County Landfill south of Canastota.







Herkimer county

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     12/11: EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder north of Dolgeville.A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen near Barto Hill in Fairfield




          

     




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