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2/19/18 5:41 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
2/19/18 2:40 pm Carol Keeler <carolk441...> [cayugabirds-l] Mystery bird
2/19/18 2:30 pm phil mc <mc14850...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mystery bird
2/19/18 1:56 pm Carol Keeler <carolk441...> [cayugabirds-l] Mystery bird
2/19/18 9:57 am Bill Mcaneny <bmcaneny1...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] FOY Robins
2/19/18 6:58 am Laurie Rubin <grandma818...> [cayugabirds-l] FOY Robins
2/18/18 12:49 pm Laura Stenzler <lms9...> [cayugabirds-l] Black vultures
2/18/18 8:35 am Diane Morton <dianegmorton...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] Slaty-backed full at Van Cleef lake
2/18/18 7:58 am Diane Morton <dianegmorton...> [cayugabirds-l] Slaty-backed full at Van Cleef lake
2/18/18 5:54 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Greater White-fronted Goose reports, real and mistaken
2/17/18 10:24 am Glenn Wilson <wilson...> [cayugabirds-l] Trackpoints not valid
2/17/18 5:03 am Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] Slaty-backed Gull, Van Cleef Lake, Seneca Falls
2/17/18 4:44 am Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Van Cleve Lake no
2/16/18 6:09 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
2/16/18 5:47 pm Dave K <fishwatchers...> [cayugabirds-l] Large dark mantle Gull Van Cleef Lake
2/16/18 8:35 am Daniel Graham <artstats...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl Rt 96a near Geneva
2/16/18 6:20 am Wesley M. Hochachka <wmh6...> [cayugabirds-l] BOHEMIAN WAXWING in Sapsucker Woods this morning
2/14/18 3:42 pm Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...> [cayugabirds-l] February 11th CBC Field Trip Up the Lake
2/14/18 9:53 am Peter <psaracin...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
2/14/18 8:43 am AB Clark <anneb.clark...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
2/14/18 7:05 am psaracin <psaracin...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
2/14/18 5:41 am david nicosia <daven1024...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
2/13/18 8:13 pm psaracin <psaracin...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
2/13/18 6:56 pm Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...> [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
2/13/18 1:58 pm bob mcguire <bmcguire...> [cayugabirds-l] Bob's Talk on Siberia
2/13/18 6:56 am Daniel Graham <artstats...> [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl Rt 96a near Geneva
2/13/18 6:39 am Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...> [cayugabirds-l] what bird was this?
2/12/18 12:59 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
2/12/18 12:31 pm Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...> [cayugabirds-l] Seneca County Gyrfalcon
2/12/18 11:33 am Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Raven with nest material
2/12/18 10:21 am Laura Stenzler <lms9...> [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club - TONIGHT!! February meeting
2/12/18 10:04 am Peter <psaracin...> [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon finally!!
2/12/18 9:43 am John Confer <confer...> [cayugabirds-l] Raven with nest material
2/10/18 3:35 pm <clr82...> <clr82...> [cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle on Game Farm Rd.
2/10/18 1:30 pm Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> [cayugabirds-l] Ravens
2/10/18 7:17 am Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...> [cayugabirds-l] Tomorrow’s CBC field trip
2/9/18 6:38 pm Linda Orkin <wingmagic16...> [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods walks this weekend.
2/9/18 1:55 pm Linda Orkin <wingmagic16...> [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods walks this weekend.
2/8/18 5:42 pm bob mcguire <bmcguire...> [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [birding-club-at-cornell-l] Feb 23-25: Coastal Massachusetts Trip
2/8/18 3:06 pm Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...> [cayugabirds-l] CBC Field Trip Sunday
2/8/18 7:39 am Johnson, Alyssa <ajohnson...> [cayugabirds-l] Barred owl dissection
2/7/18 11:13 am Peter <psaracin...> [cayugabirds-l] Grackles and cardinal song
2/7/18 7:15 am <clr82...> <clr82...> [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club - February meeting
2/6/18 2:24 pm cindy daudelin <waterdog0888...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crested Caracara in Wayne County
2/6/18 9:45 am Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crested Caracara in Wayne County
2/6/18 8:57 am Brad Walker <bmw38...> [cayugabirds-l] Crested Caracara in Wayne County
2/6/18 5:09 am Sandy <sandra.wold...> [cayugabirds-l] Greater White-fronted geese
2/5/18 12:42 pm Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
2/3/18 7:05 pm Jay McGowan <jwm57...> [cayugabirds-l] Barrow's Goldeneye, Sodus Bay; Oswego River gulls
2/3/18 7:34 am Donna Lee Scott <dls9...> [cayugabirds-l] Ducks & trains
2/1/18 11:15 am Wesley M. Hochachka <wmh6...> RE: [cayugabirds-l] Super-black feathers in Birds of Paradise
2/1/18 8:41 am Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis...> [cayugabirds-l] Monday Night Seminar: A Night at the Museum (of Vertebrates)
2/1/18 8:22 am Marie P. Read <mpr5...> [cayugabirds-l] Pileated Woodpecker drumming
2/1/18 8:03 am Nari Mistry <nbm2...> [cayugabirds-l] Super-black feathers in Birds of Paradise
2/1/18 7:37 am AB Clark <anneb.clark...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] 4 Black vultures - Varna 2/1/18 8am.
1/31/18 1:19 am Barbara B. Eden <beb1...> [cayugabirds-l] Looking for Tundra Swans and Snow Geese
1/30/18 11:11 am AB Clark <anneb.clark...> [cayugabirds-l] Black Vulture foursome at Compost Facility
1/30/18 10:26 am Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> [cayugabirds-l] Re: Crows and Cooper’s Hawk
1/30/18 8:44 am Peter <psaracin...> [cayugabirds-l] Redwing Blackbirds at feeders
1/30/18 8:11 am Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> [cayugabirds-l] Crows and Cooper’s Hawk
1/29/18 11:51 am Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
1/29/18 9:14 am Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis...> [cayugabirds-l] Spring Field Ornithology 2018
1/29/18 5:52 am Lisa <welch_m_lisa...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Swans
1/29/18 4:39 am Maureen Cowen <mc99...> [cayugabirds-l] Swans
1/28/18 1:24 pm Nari Mistry <nbm2...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] Black vultures
1/28/18 9:59 am <anneb.clark...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black vultures
1/28/18 9:09 am <tfrank...> Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black vultures
1/27/18 5:30 am Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe...> [cayugabirds-l] Black vultures
1/26/18 5:30 pm Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...> [cayugabirds-l] Northern Shrike
1/25/18 11:55 am Johnson, Alyssa <ajohnson...> [cayugabirds-l] Bird banding demo at Montezuma Audubon Center 2/3/18
1/25/18 6:52 am bob mcguire <bmcguire...> [cayugabirds-l] European Goldfinch
1/25/18 6:15 am Kevin J. Cummings <kjc39...> [cayugabirds-l] Cool office bird
1/24/18 10:56 am <metetlow...> [cayugabirds-l] Seneca lake SP Red-throated Loon
1/22/18 10:10 am Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...> [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
1/22/18 5:27 am Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...> [cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin
1/21/18 7:22 pm Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...> [cayugabirds-l] 2018 Cayuga Lake Basin First Records
1/21/18 12:00 pm Diane Morton <dianegmorton...> [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip report 1-21-18: Snowy Owl, Snow Buntings, Horned Larks and more!
1/21/18 6:40 am Diane Morton <dianegmorton...> Re:[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl Myers Point
1/21/18 6:36 am Diane Morton <dianegmorton...> [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl Myers Point
1/20/18 12:07 pm Joshua Snodgrass <cedarshiva...> [cayugabirds-l] West side Cayuga Lake waterfowl
1/20/18 7:19 am Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...> [cayugabirds-l] Greater White-fronted Goose correction
1/20/18 7:17 am Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...> [cayugabirds-l] Greater White-fronted Goose
1/20/18 5:27 am Anne Marie Johnson <annemariejohnson...> [cayugabirds-l] Screech owl in Slaterville Springs
 
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Date: 2/19/18 5:41 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA


*  New York*  Syracuse
- February 19, 2018
*  NYSY  02.19.18 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):February 12 2018 - February 19, 2018to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: February 19 AT 4:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 12, 2018.
Highlights--------------
SURF SCOTERRED-SHOULDERED HAWKBLACK VULTURENORTHERN GOSHAWKICELAND GULLGLAUCOUS GULLSLATY-BACKED GULLSNOWY OWLSHORT-EARED OWLNORTHERN SHRIKEGRAY CATBIRDHERMIT THRUSHGREEN-TAILED TOWHEERED CROSSBILL


Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)----------------
     2/11: Although not in the complex I will mention a mega rare GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE present at a feeder on McDonald road just east of the complex. The bird was present from 2/11 through 2/14. The home owner was gracious enough to let out the information and many people were treated to looks at this beautiful bird, apparently an adult male. Unfortunately the bird has not been seen since 2/14.     2/14: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on Rt.89 near the Willgoose area.

Onondaga County------------
     2/12: A GRAY CATBIRD was seen on Fisher Road south of Bridge Street in Dewitt. One and sometimes two BLACK VULTURES continue to be seen at the OCRA facility in Jamesville. They have been reperted through the 18th.     2/16: A SNOWY OWL continues at the State Fair entrance.     2/17: An ICELAND and a GLAUCOUS GULL were seen at the mouth of Nine Mile Creek on Onondaga Lake.

Oswego County------------
     2/13: A HERMIT THRUSH was seen at the Selkirk east trail near Selkirk Shores State Park.     2/17: A GLOUCOUS GULL was seen at Indian Point on the Oswego River north of Fulton.

Madison County------------
     2/17: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was again seen on Eden Hollow Road east of Erieville.

Oneida county------------
     2/14: RED CROSSBILLS were reported at various locations on North Lake Road and also Roberts Road and Meyers Hill Road. The Crossbills have been seen daily since. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on Muthig Road. Many PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES were found also.   
Herkimer County------------
     2/14: RED CROSSBILLS were seen in the Herkimer Ciunty parts of North Lake Road north of Forestport. Birds were seen at the old tower area and at Atwell. They were also seen on Withers Road. RED CROSSBILLS were reported through 2/18.

Extralimital------------
     2/17: A (the) SLATY-BACKED GULL was found on Van Cleef Lake in SeFalls. It was present again on 2/18 and 2/19 and was seen by many.

    

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---Joseph BrinRegion 5 Baldwinsville, NY  13027  USA
  
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Date: 2/19/18 2:40 pm
From: Carol Keeler <carolk441...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Mystery bird
Thanks to all of you for IDing my mystery bird. I should have been able to do it myself. I had a big influx of Yellow Rumps here at home eating the bayberries. They were here for days, until they finished all the berries. I guess I went brain dead on it. Thanks for your help. I’ve got a number of warblers, vireos, and flycatchers to ID yet.

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Date: 2/19/18 2:30 pm
From: phil mc <mc14850...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mystery bird
That's a Yellow-rumped Warbler. A bit of yellow can be seen high on the side, and a little tuft poking pout at the rump too. 
Phillip McNeil
607.342.5031

On Monday, February 19, 2018, 4:52:52 PM EST, Carol Keeler <carolk441...> wrote:


I’ve been editing some pictures I took last fall and have one I can’t identify.  It kind of looks like a pipit, but doesn’t match any picture in Sibley.  Can anyone please ID for me?

www.pbase.com/carol_keeler_photo/image/167028793

Thanks!
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Date: 2/19/18 1:56 pm
From: Carol Keeler <carolk441...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Mystery bird

I’ve been editing some pictures I took last fall and have one I can’t identify. It kind of looks like a pipit, but doesn’t match any picture in Sibley. Can anyone please ID for me?

www.pbase.com/carol_keeler_photo/image/167028793

Thanks!
Sent from my iPad

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Date: 2/19/18 9:57 am
From: Bill Mcaneny <bmcaneny1...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] FOY Robins
Laurie reminded me about early robins. We had one last Thursday (2/15), our
FOY also. The bird was under attack by 3 Blue Jays but defended itself
well. It was bulkier than the Jays which probably helped it.

Bill and Shirley McAneny

TBurg



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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] FOY Robins



Two this morning on Wood Street in Ithaca.

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Date: 2/19/18 6:58 am
From: Laurie Rubin <grandma818...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] FOY Robins
Two this morning on Wood Street in Ithaca.

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Date: 2/18/18 12:49 pm
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Black vultures
The 4 black vultures are on the ground with 6 TVs along the edge of Game Farm Rd, just south of Stevenson Road, Ithaca. They are sharing a furry meal.

Laura

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Date: 2/18/18 8:35 am
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Slaty-backed full at Van Cleef lake
Gull! SBGU

On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 10:53 AM Diane Morton <dianegmorton...>
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> Slaty-backed full flew into large flock of gulls at ice edge, Van Cleef
> lake Seneca Falls. There now (10:45am)
>
> Diane
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Date: 2/18/18 7:58 am
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Slaty-backed full at Van Cleef lake
Slaty-backed full flew into large flock of gulls at ice edge, Van Cleef
lake Seneca Falls. There now (10:45am)

Diane

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Date: 2/18/18 5:54 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Greater White-fronted Goose reports, real and mistaken
Hi all,

Yesterday there were a couple reports of Greater White Fronted Goose. Photos accompanying the reports helped sort them out.

Since at least last spring there has been a pair of released or escaped domestic geese in Ithaca living in the parks along Cayuga Inlet and Cayuga Lake. Their barred color pattern of generally tannish-gray (except the white belly/undertail coverts) is very different from Canada Geese and Snow Geese, so people seeing them try to look them up in field guides. That pattern is similar to several species in the genus Anser, so they bear some resemblance to Greater White-fronted Geese, which breeds in the far north of both North America and Eurasia. Greater White-fronted Geese are rare here in the Cayuga Lake Basin, but they are more common in winter in the central US.

A few cues point to the domestic origin of these individuals: They are very big - as large as or larger than many Canada Geese - and they are deep-bellied, which is typical of varieties which were bred for food. Their bills are high with a bit of a knob at the top. And they have some odd white patches on the side and breast. There is very little white on their foreheads, though.

For a good photo of these 2 birds, see yesterday’s eBird report below from Stewart Park, which was quickly corrected to label them domestic geese, possibly a hybrid of Swan Goose and domestic Graylag Goose as depicted in Sibley, which is my favorite field guide.

The other report, from the north end of Cayuga Lake by the Village of Cayuga, includes a less esthetically pleasing documentary-quality photo of what looks like a real wild Greater White-fronted Goose, not like a domestic bird. This is the first record for 2018 in the Cayuga Lake Basin, so far as I am aware. It is smaller than the nearby Canada Geese, and generally tan in color with an orange or pink bill and a bold white stripe across the forehead at the base of the bill. It didn’t get reported on CayugaBirds-L or the rare bird alert text service because the observers, though very experienced, were from out of town and not signed up to our alert systems.

A good look at a Greater White-fronted Goose out of the water will also show irregular black bar-like patches on the belly extending up to the sides, marks which our domestic pair lack.

I think the name “Greater White-fronted Goose” can subtly lead people to make the mis-identification we have had quite a few times during the past year in Ithaca. “Greater” doesn’t mean it’s bigger than all other geese. It’s just bigger than the Lesser White-fronted Goose, a species which stays in Eurasia. And the “front” does not refer to the breast of the bird, it refers to the forehead, like the “frontal bone” in our skulls.

Many kinds of waterfowl come to the south end of Cayuga Lake, where some mix in with the resident Mallards and Canada Geese. Greater White-fronted Geese are occasionally among them. For instance, for a few hours this past December 24th there were 6 Greater White-fronted Geese, 5 Ross’s Geese, and 2 Snow Geese among the Canadas in the shallows off Stewart Park. I have also seen a Greater White-fronted Goose once grazing with Canadas on the grounds of Boynton Middle School. Brant and occasionally a Snow Goose or wild or domestic hybrid goose will also join Canadas on land. So it’s always worth checking the local waterfowl, and it’s worth taking photos, even photos that don’t look nice, of anything unusual.

- - Dave Nutter



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Date: 2/17/18 10:24 am
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Trackpoints not valid
Might someone on this group have a solution for “trackpoints not valid” when trying to submit an eBird report via the iPhone app?

Glenn Wilson
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Date: 2/17/18 5:03 am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Slaty-backed Gull, Van Cleef Lake, Seneca Falls
Tim Lenz just re-found and confirmed the Slaty-backed Gull which Dave Kennedy found on the ice on Van Cleef Lake in Seneca Falls.

- - Dave Nutter

> On Feb 16, 2018, at 8:47 PM, Dave K <fishwatchers...> wrote:
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> ~5:30PM Herring Gull sized, dark mantle, pink legs, streaked head ,neck and breast, extended white skirt.
> Can't see streaking around eye & eye color looks dark.
> Comments please. Will try to relocate in AM.
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Date: 2/17/18 4:44 am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Van Cleve Lake no

About 100 gulls on ice at 7:30 a.m. . Did not see anything unusual. Steady stream of gulls leaving
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Date: 2/16/18 6:09 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
Here’s some of what I’ve been seeing with crows.

As of today they are still gathering in the thousands in the evening in the woods near the fish ladder (behind Home Depot). The winter roost must include birds which breed somewhere else. Where?

There are also locally breeding crows here. Today I saw a pair foraging on a lawn near Northeast Elementary School. (One had brown wing tags with ‘36’ on them. The other crow had no tags.) I bet it was a pair on their territory even though they are a couple weeks away from breeding. I think of mid-March as the time to see a crow carrying a stick for a nest. Perhaps crow pairs spend a lot of time on their territory throughout the winter.

On Wednesday near Freeville I saw one crow diving repeatedly at a Red-tailed Hawk that was perched in the top of a conifer. A second crow was perched nearby watching the display of aggression.

Yesterday I saw several Fish Crows poking at a large old stick nest in the top of a deciduous tree. Maybe it’s their nest from last year and they are sharing memories and bonding. They were not adding to it, and besides it is totally obvious without any leaves out.

I assume the Raven nest-building behavior was on schedule a bit earlier than crows for them to raise their larger offspring, similar to Great Horned Owls and Bald Eagles starting in winter.

It’s normal for many of our year-round birds to sing on sunny days in winter after the days start to lengthen noticeably. Cardinals are usually first, even starting in the first week of January. Chickadees, Titmice, and White-breasted Nuthatches are also pretty early. Normal, but fun!

Carolina Wrens sing year-round, one reason I am particularly fond of them.

Thanks, Anne, for the information about birds’ cues to behavior change.

- - Dave Nutter


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Date: 2/16/18 5:47 pm
From: Dave K <fishwatchers...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Large dark mantle Gull Van Cleef Lake
~5:30PM Herring Gull sized, dark mantle, pink legs, streaked head ,neck and breast, extended white skirt.
Can't see streaking around eye & eye color looks dark.
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Date: 2/16/18 8:35 am
From: Daniel Graham <artstats...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl Rt 96a near Geneva
In same spot again today at 10am.

On 2/13/18, Daniel Graham <artstats...> wrote:
> This morning at 8am there was a large heavily streaked Snowy Owl on
> the roof of an out building across from the junction of Rt 96a and
> Kime Spur Rd. near Geneva (on North side of road behind house).
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Date: 2/16/18 6:20 am
From: Wesley M. Hochachka <wmh6...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] BOHEMIAN WAXWING in Sapsucker Woods this morning
Hi everyone,

On my way in to work this morning, I encountered a Bohemian Waxwing with a small flock of Cedar Waxwings at the base of the boardwalk leading to the Sherwood Platform in Sapsucker Woods (for more information see this eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42834831).

Wesley





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Date: 2/14/18 3:42 pm
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] February 11th CBC Field Trip Up the Lake
Five intrepid birders joined me for an excellent day of birding. We met at
Stewart Park in the icy parking lot and scoped out the gulls. There were no
white-winged gulls, so we headed to East Shore Park where we saw a number
of WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, MERGANSERS, COOTS, and Dave
found a RED-THROATED LOON. After that success, we headed to Ladoga where
there were two NORTHERN PINTAILS which were added to our list. We decided
to look for field birds so we headed to Bell Dairy where there were many
SNOW BUNTINGS and HORNED LARKS. Dave found a beautifully plumaged LAPLAND
LONGSPUR for us. Before heading up the lake, we stopped at the King Ferry
Bakery for coffee, etc.

Long Point was the next stop where there were many RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS,
AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, MALLARDS, one COMMON LOON on the water, and six
BLUEBIRDS and DARK-EYED JUNCOS flitting around in the trees. We stopped on
the road heading to Aurora and saw a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET among a number
of other passerines in the trees. At the Aurora Boathouse, Wes and Bob
counted 27 HORNED GREBES!

Our last stop on the east side of the lake was Harris Park in Cayuga. We
just set up our scopes to look through the Aythya flocks, when we received
a Rare Bird Alert from Jay saying the GYRFALCON was back at Hoster Road.
Well, I asked Leigh if she had ever seen one. She said '"No" so we all
hopped back in the car and Bob took to the road. Dave said Gyrfalcons only
sit for 30 minutes at a time. We arrived at Hoster Road in 20 minutes. We
watched the bird for ten minutes and it flew. How Dave knew it would fly,
is beyond me!

We next went to Van Cleef Lake in Seneca Falls to look at gulls. We found
four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, one juvenile ICELAND GULL, and one adult
plumaged GLAUCOUS GULL. The last place we stopped was the Seneca Airport
where we saw two SNOWY OWLS - one light one and one dark one. Beautiful
birds.

I am glad the weather didn't interfere with the trip. No accidents. Only
the parking lots were icy. It sprinkled for a couple hours, but it was only
a bother to the optics. People saw some new year birds AND Leigh had 2
Lifers - Lapland Longspur and Gyrfalcon. Thanks to everyone for coming. The
trip was a SUCCESS!

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Date: 2/14/18 9:53 am
From: Peter <psaracin...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
Thanks Anne.

Very informative.

Question: how about birds SOUTH of the equator......say an upland
sandpiper in Central Argentina. As Argentina's autumn is coming on the
days are shortening. What cue to these birds then rely on?

Thanks

Pete Saracino


On 2/14/2018 11:43 AM, AB Clark wrote:
> There are certainly more knowledgeable ornithologists to answer but
> this touches on some questions we are trying to answer with crows over
> 30 years.  (Over that time, no directional change in average
> winter-spring temps, in part because 1990 is a VERY warm year.)
>
> Gonadal development is typically related to day length and the
> direction of day length change in birds, and goes on regardless of
> temperatures.
>
> There are some semi-known, semi-hypothesized mechanisms by which birds
> detect longer days. Essentially it goes something like this:  sunrise
> re- sets the bird’s “endogenous” or innate rhythm of behavior and
> neural activities.  (That is another story..)  After that there is a
> period in which the bird is happily unresponsive to dark vs light.
>  But that period ends about 4 in the afternoon, and after that the
> bird is increasily senstitive to light being present.  If it isn’t, as
> for short days around the solstice at this latitude, the bird just
> goes to sleep without worrying about hormones (so to speak).  BUT if
> the light is still there when it is sensitive later in the day, that
> information stimulates or begins to stimulate gonadal development.  As
> days go by, the other part of the cue is the lengthening or later
> availability of light:  the day is not only 11 hours long but it is 2
> min longer than yesterday.
>
> Note that birds that are spending the winter near the equator cannot
> be using this mechanism as a decision as to when to migrate.  The
> circannual clock is probably involved here, although birds could then
> come part way and finish migration using day length.( I forget the
> recent literature here.)  But birds that are migrating definitely
> don’t benefit from making big gonads to carry along on migration.
>
> Actual decisions to move to nesting habitat, develop testes and sing
> or begin developing ova preparatory to laying eggs have to be more
> fine tuned…to weather (not climate), to personal condition and food
> resources, etc. So the whole thing is a layered process of information
> gathering, some quite codified, some quite flexible.
>
> OK—I am no specialist in this, so I will be happy to bow to more
> educated answers, or to try to find answers to specific questions.
>  For those of you who do “skulling” to age birds, that thin skull
> permits light to penetrate directly to the pineal gland in
> birds…something mammals cannot do, so they use an eye-brain connection.
>
> Anne
>
> PS for birds like budgerigars in Australia that breed erratically when
> there is rain, rain seems to cue migration to breeding grounds and
> greening foods (wild millet for instance) and dark nest holes spur
> ovarian development in females.
> Anne B Clark
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>> On Feb 14, 2018, at 10:00 AM, psaracin <psaracin...>
>> <mailto:<psaracin...>> wrote:
>>
>> Thanks Dave but that data does not address the issue of daylength
>> (which has remained essentially the,same for the time period you
>> mentioned). Again I say the behavior is much more related to
>> photoperiod (day length) than any other thing.....
>> Anyone else care to weigh in.
>>
>>
>>
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>> -------- Original message --------
>> From: david nicosia <daven1024...> <mailto:<daven1024...>>
>> Date: 2/14/18 8:30 AM (GMT-05:00)
>> To: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...>
>> <mailto:<sandra.wold...>>, Upstate NY Birding digest
>> <cayugabirds-l...>
>> <mailto:<cayugabirds-l...>>, psaracin
>> <psaracin...> <mailto:<psaracin...>>
>> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
>>
>> I have heard Cardinals, titmice, chickadees, and carolina wrens sing
>> on clear, sunny mornings with light winds and temperatures near zero
>> in February for years. Plus, looking at the long term temperature
>> records for Ithaca NY (from the Cornell U. site), surprisingly there
>> has been /*no*/ long term trend in temperatures, even in the winter.
>> I checked Jan-March, no trend and annually, which was slightly
>> negative(probably not statistically significant). This means that
>> from the late 1800s to present, there has been no warming and
>> possibly even slight cooling at Ithaca! There /*has*/ been a warming
>> trend since the 1960s, which was the coolest part of the 20th
>> century. Many people are comparing today's temperatures locally to
>> the 60s.  If you look before that time period it was warmer and for
>> some locations, like Ithaca, slightly warmer than today. So the
>> argument about earlier spring weather locally does not apply to our
>> birds based on this long running dataset. Of course, this is just
>> locally. Not speaking to what is happening globally!
>>
>> On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 11:13:11 PM EST, psaracin
>> <psaracin...> <mailto:<psaracin...>> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Sandy, I, too, have heard titmice and cardinals. I believe such
>> behavior is more tied to hormonal responses brought on by increased
>> daylength but am no ornitholigist.....
>>
>>
>>
>> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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>> -------- Original message --------
>> From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...> <mailto:<sandra.wold...>>
>> Date: 2/13/18 9:56 PM (GMT-05:00)
>> To: Upstate NY Birding digest <cayugabirds-l...>
>> <mailto:<cayugabirds-l...>>
>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
>>
>> Maybe this is obvious to everyone on this list with people reporting
>> the call of a cardinal or "raven with nest material" in February. 
>> But I also have been noticing sounds of spring (cardinal, titmouse,
>> Carolina Wren, ...), crows checking out tree tops and pairing, crows
>> bombing raptors,... since February 1st (maybe even second or third
>> week of January?).  I meant to write dates and temps in my notebook
>> this year, but didn't.
>>
>> It seems like all of this is happening a month or two early, am I
>> wrong? Are there any scientific studies that show what triggers the
>> timing of these territorial behaviors? Could it be a certain number
>> of days above freezing?  I know the media talks about the growing
>> seasons lengthening and things blooming earlier,... but I haven't
>> seen anything written on bird nesting behavior.  Just curious, thanks!
>> Sandy
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Date: 2/14/18 8:43 am
From: AB Clark <anneb.clark...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
There are certainly more knowledgeable ornithologists to answer but this touches on some questions we are trying to answer with crows over 30 years. (Over that time, no directional change in average winter-spring temps, in part because 1990 is a VERY warm year.)

Gonadal development is typically related to day length and the direction of day length change in birds, and goes on regardless of temperatures.

There are some semi-known, semi-hypothesized mechanisms by which birds detect longer days. Essentially it goes something like this: sunrise re- sets the bird’s “endogenous” or innate rhythm of behavior and neural activities. (That is another story..) After that there is a period in which the bird is happily unresponsive to dark vs light. But that period ends about 4 in the afternoon, and after that the bird is increasily senstitive to light being present. If it isn’t, as for short days around the solstice at this latitude, the bird just goes to sleep without worrying about hormones (so to speak). BUT if the light is still there when it is sensitive later in the day, that information stimulates or begins to stimulate gonadal development. As days go by, the other part of the cue is the lengthening or later availability of light: the day is not only 11 hours long but it is 2 min longer than yesterday.

Note that birds that are spending the winter near the equator cannot be using this mechanism as a decision as to when to migrate. The circannual clock is probably involved here, although birds could then come part way and finish migration using day length.( I forget the recent literature here.) But birds that are migrating definitely don’t benefit from making big gonads to carry along on migration.

Actual decisions to move to nesting habitat, develop testes and sing or begin developing ova preparatory to laying eggs have to be more fine tuned…to weather (not climate), to personal condition and food resources, etc. So the whole thing is a layered process of information gathering, some quite codified, some quite flexible.

OK—I am no specialist in this, so I will be happy to bow to more educated answers, or to try to find answers to specific questions. For those of you who do “skulling” to age birds, that thin skull permits light to penetrate directly to the pineal gland in birds…something mammals cannot do, so they use an eye-brain connection.

Anne

PS for birds like budgerigars in Australia that breed erratically when there is rain, rain seems to cue migration to breeding grounds and greening foods (wild millet for instance) and dark nest holes spur ovarian development in females.
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> On Feb 14, 2018, at 10:00 AM, psaracin <psaracin...> wrote:
>
> Thanks Dave but that data does not address the issue of daylength (which has remained essentially the,same for the time period you mentioned). Again I say the behavior is much more related to photoperiod (day length) than any other thing.....
> Anyone else care to weigh in.
>
>
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> To: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...>, Upstate NY Birding digest <cayugabirds-l...>, psaracin <psaracin...>
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
>
> I have heard Cardinals, titmice, chickadees, and carolina wrens sing on clear, sunny mornings with light winds and temperatures near zero in February for years. Plus, looking at the long term temperature records for Ithaca NY (from the Cornell U. site), surprisingly there has been no long term trend in temperatures, even in the winter. I checked Jan-March, no trend and annually, which was slightly negative(probably not statistically significant). This means that from the late 1800s to present, there has been no warming and possibly even slight cooling at Ithaca! There has been a warming trend since the 1960s, which was the coolest part of the 20th century. Many people are comparing today's temperatures locally to the 60s. If you look before that time period it was warmer and for some locations, like Ithaca, slightly warmer than today. So the argument about earlier spring weather locally does not apply to our birds based on this long running dataset. Of course, this is just locally. Not speaking to what is happening globally!
>
> On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 11:13:11 PM EST, psaracin <psaracin...> wrote:
>
>
> Sandy, I, too, have heard titmice and cardinals. I believe such behavior is more tied to hormonal responses brought on by increased daylength but am no ornitholigist.....
>
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>
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> Date: 2/13/18 9:56 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: Upstate NY Birding digest <cayugabirds-l...>
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
>
> Maybe this is obvious to everyone on this list with people reporting the call of a cardinal or "raven with nest material" in February. But I also have been noticing sounds of spring (cardinal, titmouse, Carolina Wren, ...), crows checking out tree tops and pairing, crows bombing raptors,... since February 1st (maybe even second or third week of January?). I meant to write dates and temps in my notebook this year, but didn't.
>
> It seems like all of this is happening a month or two early, am I wrong? Are there any scientific studies that show what triggers the timing of these territorial behaviors? Could it be a certain number of days above freezing? I know the media talks about the growing seasons lengthening and things blooming earlier,... but I haven't seen anything written on bird nesting behavior. Just curious, thanks!
> Sandy
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Date: 2/14/18 7:05 am
From: psaracin <psaracin...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
Thanks Dave but that data does not address the issue of daylength (which has remained essentially the,same for the time period you mentioned). Again I say the behavior is much more related to photoperiod (day length) than any other thing.....Anyone else care to weigh in.


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I have heard Cardinals, titmice, chickadees, and carolina wrens sing on clear, sunny mornings with light winds and temperatures near zero in February for years. Plus, looking at the long term temperature records for Ithaca NY (from the Cornell U. site), surprisingly there has been no long term trend in temperatures, even in the winter. I checked Jan-March, no trend and annually, which was slightly negative(probably not statistically significant). This means that from the late 1800s to present, there has been no warming and possibly even slight cooling at Ithaca! There has been a warming trend since the 1960s, which was the coolest part of the 20th century. Many people are comparing today's temperatures locally to the 60s.  If you look before that time period it was warmer and for some locations, like Ithaca, slightly warmer than today. So the argument about earlier spring weather locally does not apply to our birds based on this long running dataset. Of course, this is just locally. Not speaking to what is happening globally! 






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Sandy, I, too, have heard titmice and cardinals. I believe such behavior is more tied to hormonal responses brought on by increased daylength but am no ornitholigist.....


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Maybe this is obvious to everyone on this list with people reporting the call of a cardinal or "raven with nest material" in February.  But I also have been noticing sounds of spring (cardinal, titmouse, Carolina Wren, ...), crows checking out tree tops and pairing, crows bombing raptors,... since February 1st (maybe even second or third week of January?).  I meant to write dates and temps in my notebook this year, but didn't.
It seems like all of this is happening a month or two early, am I wrong? Are there any scientific studies that show what triggers the timing of these territorial behaviors? Could it be a certain number of days above freezing?  I know the media talks about the growing seasons lengthening and things blooming earlier,... but I haven't seen anything written on bird nesting behavior.  Just curious, thanks!Sandy---
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Date: 2/14/18 5:41 am
From: david nicosia <daven1024...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
I have heard Cardinals, titmice, chickadees, and carolina wrens sing on clear, sunny mornings with light winds and temperatures near zero in February for years. Plus, looking at the long term temperature records for Ithaca NY (from the Cornell U. site), surprisingly there has been no long term trend in temperatures, even in the winter. I checked Jan-March, no trend and annually, which was slightly negative(probably not statistically significant). This means that from the late 1800s to present, there has been no warming and possibly even slight cooling at Ithaca! There has been a warming trend since the 1960s, which was the coolest part of the 20th century. Many people are comparing today's temperatures locally to the 60s.  If you look before that time period it was warmer and for some locations, like Ithaca, slightly warmer than today. So the argument about earlier spring weather locally does not apply to our birds based on this long running dataset. Of course, this is just locally. Not speaking to what is happening globally! 
On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 11:13:11 PM EST, psaracin <psaracin...> wrote:

Sandy, I, too, have heard titmice and cardinals. I believe such behavior is more tied to hormonal responses brought on by increased daylength but am no ornitholigist.....


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Maybe this is obvious to everyone on this list with people reporting the call of a cardinal or "raven with nest material" in February.  But I also have been noticing sounds of spring (cardinal, titmouse, Carolina Wren, ...), crows checking out tree tops and pairing, crows bombing raptors,... since February 1st (maybe even second or third week of January?).  I meant to write dates and temps in my notebook this year, but didn't.
It seems like all of this is happening a month or two early, am I wrong? Are there any scientific studies that show what triggers the timing of these territorial behaviors? Could it be a certain number of days above freezing?  I know the media talks about the growing seasons lengthening and things blooming earlier,... but I haven't seen anything written on bird nesting behavior.  Just curious, thanks!Sandy
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
Sandy, I, too, have heard titmice and cardinals. I believe such behavior is more tied to hormonal responses brought on by increased daylength but am no ornitholigist.....


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-------- Original message --------From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...> Date: 2/13/18 9:56 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Upstate NY Birding digest <cayugabirds-l...> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
Maybe this is obvious to everyone on this list with people reporting the call of a cardinal or "raven with nest material" in February.  But I also have been noticing sounds of spring (cardinal, titmouse, Carolina Wren, ...), crows checking out tree tops and pairing, crows bombing raptors,... since February 1st (maybe even second or third week of January?).  I meant to write dates and temps in my notebook this year, but didn't.
It seems like all of this is happening a month or two early, am I wrong? Are there any scientific studies that show what triggers the timing of these territorial behaviors? Could it be a certain number of days above freezing?  I know the media talks about the growing seasons lengthening and things blooming earlier,... but I haven't seen anything written on bird nesting behavior.  Just curious, thanks!Sandy---
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Date: 2/13/18 6:56 pm
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bird Signs of Earlier Spring?
Maybe this is obvious to everyone on this list with people reporting the
call of a cardinal or "raven with nest material" in February. But I also
have been noticing sounds of spring (cardinal, titmouse, Carolina Wren,
...), crows checking out tree tops and pairing, crows bombing raptors,...
since February 1st (maybe even second or third week of January?). I meant
to write dates and temps in my notebook this year, but didn't.

It seems like all of this is happening a month or two early, am I wrong?
Are there any scientific studies that show what triggers the timing of
these territorial behaviors? Could it be a certain number of days above
freezing? I know the media talks about the growing seasons lengthening and
things blooming earlier,... but I haven't seen anything written on bird
nesting behavior. Just curious, thanks!
Sandy


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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bob's Talk on Siberia
Lee Ann Van Leer was kind enough to record my talk last night to the Cayuga Bird Club. It is now available for viewing on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/255607751). The sound quality leaves something to be desired, and we cut off the question/answer period because the questions could not be heard.

Yes, it really was - the trip of a lifetime!

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Date: 2/13/18 6:56 am
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl Rt 96a near Geneva
This morning at 8am there was a large heavily streaked Snowy Owl on
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Date: 2/13/18 6:39 am
From: Poppy Singer <poppysinger.ithaca...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] what bird was this?
7:30 this morning I was driving on Stevenson Road.
A large raptor was perched in a tree by the pheasant fencing.
It was facing me, but I was without binoculars, so this is all I could
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It had a dark head and wings and a white puffed out belly.
For those who know birds well enough to not need binoculars, do you know
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Date: 2/12/18 12:59 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
*  New York*  Syracuse
- January 29, 2018
*  NYSY  02.12.18 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):February 05 2018 - February 12, 2018to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: February 12 AT 3:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of February 05, 2018.
Highlights--------------
SURF SCOTERRED-SHOULDERED HAWKBLACK VULTUREICELAND GULLGLAUCOUS GULLLESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLSLATY-BACKED GULLMERLINPEREGRINE FALCONSNOWY OWLNORTHERN SHRIKEFISH CROWYELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERRED CROSSBILL


Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)----------------
No reports this week

Onondaga County------------
     2:6: A SLATY-BACKED GULL, previously reported in Oswego, was relocated in Baldwinsville on the ice near Meadow Street. It was relocated the next day near Mercer Park also in Baldwinsville but has not been reported since.     2/8: 2 BLACK VULTURES were seen near the OCCRA site off of Rt. 91 in Jamesville. One or both have been reported each day since including today. One and sometimes two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS have been reported on the Seneca River in Baldwinsville near Mercer Park. They have been reported through the 11th. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen near Rt.690 in Syracuse.      2/10: A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at Meadow Street in Baldwinsville. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Turner Road south of Baldwinsville. A MERLIN was seen near the Rt. 695 Camillus Bypass just off of Rt. 690.     2/11: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the end of the Onondaga Creek Creek Walk near Destiny Mall in Syracuse. 6 ICELAND GULLS and 2 FISH CROWS were seen from Mercer Park in Baldwinsville. A SNOWY OWL was see at Drivers Village in North Syracuse.

Oswego County------------
     2/9: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Oswego Harbor. It was seen up to the 11th.      2/11: One ICELAND and one GLAUCOUS GULL were seen at Indian Point on the Oswego River north of Fulton. An ICELAND GULL was seen on Lake Ontario from Lakeview Road near the Ontario Bible Camp.

Oneida county------------
     2/8: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Skinner Road west of Westmoreland.

Herkimer County------------
     2/6: A SNOWY OWL was seen near Rt. 29 In Fairfield.
    

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Date: 2/12/18 12:31 pm
From: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes <cth4...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Seneca County Gyrfalcon
With permission, I thought I would share an offline conversation I had with falconer Tim Gallagher a few weeks ago (below). The discussion started because I questioned why eBird was blocking eBird RBA alerts of Gyrfalcon sightings while at the same time possibly instilling fear in people wanting to share sightings of this species to a broader audience due to the “sensitive” nature for this species.

Apparently, licensed falconers (and only licensed falconers) may attempt to trap and may only keep young wild Gyrfalcons as falconry birds during a very narrow window during the fall and into the first 42 days of winter. As this bird is not a young bird, and as it is now outside the legal window of time to attempt to trap, there should be no fear in reporting it. Further, the eBird RBA alert ban (in my option) should be lifted or modified to allow greater visibility of Gyrfalcon sightings outside of the legal trapping window.

If anything, far more sensitive species, such as Snowy Owls, should have more restrictive eBird RBA alert reporting; perhaps in proximity to more populated areas. As we have seen in areas near major population centers, Snowy Owls are often placed under far more stress by being repeatedly flushed by persons trying to get closer to the owls.

It does not make sense to hide sightings of a species as awesome as a Gyrfalcon from the general birdwatching public, if there is no concern or threat of legal of capture. If anything, this could be a great educational opportunity for beginning and non-birders alike.

I’m open to being convinced otherwise.

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

Here’s an excerpt from Tim:

From: Tim Gallagher <twg3...><mailto:<twg3...>>
Subject: Re: Falconry Laws?
Date: January 20, 2018 at 5:14:17 AM GMT+13
To: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4...><mailto:<cth4...>>

They can only be captured during the period from September 1 to January 31 of their first year, so it's a very limited window. There are only 12 days remaining to legally trap a hatch-year 2017 raptor. Any birds from earlier hatch years are already illegal to take into captivity.

I should add that falconers suggested these rules to the federal government—and also rules requiring would-be falconers to serve an apprenticeship of at least two years under an experienced falconer. The U.S. has the most stringent falconry regulations in the world, and they were designed by falconers. The well-being of raptor populations is our foremost concern.

Here are the pertinent section of the falconry rules relating to trapping (173.3 -- Acquisition of Raptors):

(h) First year passage birds may only be captured from September 1st through January 31st inclusive.

(i) A falconer who captures a raptor in adult plumage must immediately release that raptor at the site of capture.



On Feb 13, 2018, at 8:47 AM, Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l...><mailto:<geneseebirds-l...>> wrote:

The Seneca County Gyfalcon in discussion is an adult "slate-gray" colored Gyrfalcon. Although the bird in question has white on the underside, it is not a "white" Gyrfalcon which would be completely white (similar to the plumage of a Snowy Owl). This bird is likely a annual returning wintering bird to the Seneca County quarry. You can see a photo I took of it on my Flicker page at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/brad_carlson/

[https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4628/40228792871_b8e1088858_q.jpg]<https://www.flickr.com/photos/brad_carlson/40228792871/>[https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4661/39809892322_fbeecf3c9e_q.jpg]<https://www.flickr.com/photos/brad_carlson/39809892322/>[https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4614/25916312618_a8475e17a5_q.jpg]<https://www.flickr.com/photos/brad_carlson/25916312618/>[https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4616/28010285729_6be5abdf33_q.jpg]<https://www.flickr.com/photos/brad_carlson/28010285729/>[https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4717/25916312808_8e41e5d5fc_q.jpg]<https://www.flickr.com/photos/brad_carlson/25916312808/>[https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4655/38798884375_92452a47d9_q.jpg]<https://www.flickr.com/photos/brad_carlson/38798884375/>[https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4754/39696420521_03142b9dff_q.jpg]<https://www.flickr.com/photos/brad_carlson/39696420521/>[https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4613/27917261039_97c81f6005_q.jpg]<https://www.flickr.com/photos/brad_carlson/27917261039/>



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Date: 2/12/18 11:33 am
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Raven with nest material
On Feb 12, 2018, at 12:42 PM, John Confer <confer...> wrote:
>
> Alright, why is it called Speed Hill and why is the other called Buffalo?)
>
Hi John and all other interested Cayugabirders. The answer to those questions can be found here:

http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/files2/historian/placenames/kammen%20chap%2003.pdf

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Date: 2/12/18 10:21 am
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club - TONIGHT!! February meeting

TONIGHT!! Monday, February 12, will be the monthly meeting of the Cayuga Bird Club.


Speaker:Bob McGuire

Across Siberia: Birding with a Microphone

Bob spent part of last summer traveling across Siberia, from the Mongolian border to the Arctic Ocean. Join him for recordings, videos, and photos of some amazing birds as well as landscapes, street scenes and stories from an experience he will never forget.

Bob McGuire is a former president of the Cayuga Bird Club and Editor of Birding The Cayuga Lake Basin. An avid birder and sound recordist, Bob has contributed over 4000 recordings to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library. His personal collection includes the vocalizations of nearly 600 North American birds.


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Date: 2/12/18 10:04 am
From: Peter <psaracin...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon finally!!
Folks after MANY attempts over the past two winters at looking for this
Arctic "Fox" my friend, Janet Aiken, and I finally spotted the beautiful
falcon this morning (2/12/18)around 10 a.m. We were traveling north on
Seybolt Rd. just south of the Left turn that would put you onto Stahl
Rd. when to our astonished eyes appeared the falcon. It was heading west
on Stahl Rd. just about where Stahl meets Seybolt near the farm. It
quickly hung a left and headed south over the fields along the west side
of Seybolt Rd. We had a wonderful look at the bird. Powerful flight,
pointed wings, long tail. A real thrill. No doubt about it. Thanks for
the folks who recently posted that the bird had returned.

Pete Saracino




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Date: 2/12/18 9:43 am
From: John Confer <confer...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Raven with nest material
I saw a bird doing some soaring, which distracted my attention from driving because it seemed unusual, as if it were in display. As I identified it as a raven flying south across Rt. 79 about 0.4 miles west of intersection with Flatiron Rd at ~11, Monday, 12 Feb., I was able to see that it had a bunch of straw-colored stuff in its beak.

Pretty sure it must be nest building somewhere near intersection of Speed Hill and Buffalo Rd. (Alright, why is it called Speed Hill and why is the other called Buffalo?)

John Confer



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Date: 2/10/18 3:35 pm
From: <clr82...> <clr82...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bald Eagle on Game Farm Rd.
This morning I was driving on Game Farm and saw a large bird flying over the pheasant pens that turned and flew up into the trees of McGowan Woods on the opposite side of the road. Slowed down and searched the upper branches until we spotted an adult Bald Eagle who was keeping an eye on all the activity. Had to take off, so we don't know how long it stayed in the area. Colleen Richards
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Date: 2/10/18 1:30 pm
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ravens
A Raven pair is pretty evident lately around the traditional nesting area in the hemlocks on the steep northern slope of 1,920’ “Sorry Hunter Hill” (not so named on any maps), West Danby. Right now they’re talking: one giving a “krawk krawk krawk” and the other deep and resonant “gronk” calls as they circle in the high airs a few hundred yards out from their lofty situ.

-Geo


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Date: 2/10/18 7:17 am
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Tomorrow’s CBC field trip
Regarding the trip around the lake tomorrow - I will be at Stewart Park tomorrow at 8:00. Because of the weather prediction we may have to cancel, but will decide then. Thanks.
Ann

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Date: 2/9/18 6:38 pm
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods walks this weekend.
The beginner bird walks at Sapsucker Woods this coming Saturday February 10 and Sunday February 11 are canceled.
Go to cayugabirdclub.org calendar for up-to-date info.

Thanks

Linda Orkin
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Date: 2/9/18 1:55 pm
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods walks this weekend.
The beginner bird walk at Sapsucker Woods this coming Sunday February 11 is canceled. And stay tuned cause we might cancel Saturday also. Go to cayugabirdclub.org calendar for up-to-date info.

Thanks

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Date: 2/8/18 5:42 pm
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: [birding-club-at-cornell-l] Feb 23-25: Coastal Massachusetts Trip

Sounds like a great trip!

Bob
Begin forwarded message:

> From: Alex Wiebe <rabwiebe...>
> Subject: [birding-club-at-cornell-l] Feb 23-25: Coastal Massachusetts Trip
> Date: February 8, 2018 at 8:34:18 PM EST
> To: <birding-club-at-cornell-l...>
> Reply-To: Alex Wiebe <rabwiebe...>
>
> Last weekend we had a group of seven people along for a fantastic Algonquin trip. The highlight was undoubtedly a Northern Hawk Owl seen at close range on Friday near Ottawa - the best way to kick off a weekend of winter birding in the northeast! We also had a great finch showing with many Red and White-winged Crossbills and Pine and Evening Grosbeaks, among more common species. The full species list can be found below.
>
> Our next trip will be to coastal Massachusetts on Feb 23-25. We will be leaving after classes the afternoon of Friday, Feb 23, and will return Sunday evening. This is another cold trip, but there is some really cool species potential! The trip ran for the first time last year, and some highlights included lots of alcids (both murres, Dovekie, and Black Guillemot) and other coastal winter species like Lapland Longspur and Iceland and Glaucous Gulls. We will also target Barrow's Goldeneye, King Eider, Black-legged Kittiwake, and Purple Sandpiper, among other species.
>
> If you are interested in this trip, please send me an email to get on the list - we may have limited space!
>
> Thanks,
> Alex
>
> Algonquin Trip List:
> Trumpeter Swan (2)
> Gadwall (2)
> Redhead (1)
> Greater Scaup (50)
> Lesser Scaup (1)
> White-winged Scoter (80)
> Long-tailed Duck (40)
> Bufflehead (2)
> Common Goldeneye (31)
> Common Merganser (42)
> Red-breasted Merganser (52)
> Ruffed Grouse (1)
> Wild Turkey (10)
> Red-tailed Hawk (6)
> Rough-legged Hawk (2)
> Ring-billed Gull (515)
> Herring Gull (410)
> Iceland Gull (2)
> Lesser Black-backed Gull (1)
> Glaucous Gull (3)
> Great Black-backed Gull (57)
> Rock Pigeon (100)
> Mourning Dove (20)
> Snowy Owl (2)
> Northern Hawk Owl (1)
> Downy Woodpecker (3)
> Hairy Woodpecker (5)
> Pileated Woodpecker (1)
> Gray Jay (4)
> Blue Jay (36)
> American Crow (9)
> Common Raven (7)
> Black-capped Chickadee (44)
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (19)
> White-breasted Nuthatch (2)
> Brown Creeper (3)
> Golden-crowned Kinglet (2)
> European Starling (12)
> Dark-eyed Junco (12)
> White-throated Sparrow (1)
> Evening Grosbeak (33)
> Pine Grosbeak (2)
> Purple Finch (11)
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Date: 2/8/18 3:06 pm
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] CBC Field Trip Sunday
Hi,
I am leading a trip around the lake on Sunday the 11th from 8:00 to 4:00, meeting at the east side of Stewart Park to carpool. Come a little early.

The plan is to see waterfowl, Snowy Owls (hopefully), field birds, raptors, etc. Bring snacks, lunch, something to drink. We will make a stop or two for a break and to get food. Please dress warmly, wear boots. Bring a scope if you have one. Hopefully, the weather won’t derail the trip! See you Sunday!! Call or email me with questions - 607-230-8440 or <annmitchell13...>
Ann

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Date: 2/8/18 7:39 am
From: Johnson, Alyssa <ajohnson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Barred owl dissection
Mar. 3, Saturday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Owl Dissection & Discussion Workshop


Please join the Audubon staff for our first public owl dissection and discussion! Learn how we came to be in possession of these federally protected birds and about the management efforts that are occurring in the western U.S. If you've ever wanted to see an owl up close and personal, this is your chance! There will be an opportunity for each attendee to explore the internal and external anatomy of their own study owl if they wish, and to dissect a bird while learning all about unique owl adaptations along the way. Gloves, dissecting kits, and owls will be provided. All children must be accompanied by a parent. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED by Feb. 28. Fee: $10/child; $15/adult, $40/family.

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Date: 2/7/18 11:13 am
From: Peter <psaracin...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Grackles and cardinal song
14 common grackles and 4 redwinged blackbirds at yard feeders today near
Phelps, NY.

Also just now while refilling feeders I heard a cardinal begin to sing!
Pete Saracino


On 2/3/2018 10:05 PM, Jay McGowan wrote:
> Hi all,
> This afternoon I found a female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE in a flock of
> Common Goldeneye in the channel at the mouth of Sodus Bay in Wayne
> County. It was hanging out mostly near the base of the east breakwall.
> The short, all yellowish-orange bill was conspicuous. We did not find
> the previously reported immature male King Eider, but it was seen
> later in the afternoon in the same area. A few photos of the goldeneye
> are here:
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42469209
>
> Earlier in the day we birded up the Oswego River from Baldwinsville to
> the Oswego Harbor. White-winged gulls were plentiful, with multiple
> Iceland and Glaucous at most of the locks. We did not find the
> continuing (or not) Slaty-backed, but a probable third-cycle Herring x
> Great Black-backed Gull was a highlight:
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42455062
> Meanwhile back in Ithaca this evening, our local Herring x Great
> Black-backed was on the ice at the south end of the lake, along with a
> sampler of other gull species:
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42469376
> Better photos of this bird from a few days ago can be seen here:
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42342267
>
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Date: 2/7/18 7:15 am
From: <clr82...> <clr82...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club - February meeting
Next Monday, February 12, will be the monthly meeting of the Cayuga Bird Club.
Speaker:Bob McGuire
Across Siberia: Birding with a Microphone
Bob spent part of last summer traveling across Siberia, from the Mongolian border to the Arctic Ocean. Join him for recordings, videos, and photos of some amazing birds as well as landscapes, street scenes and stories from an experience he will never forget.

Bob McGuire is a former president of the Cayuga Bird Club and Editor of Birding The Cayuga Lake Basin. An avid birder and sound recordist, Bob has contributed over 4000 recordings to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library. His personal collection includes the vocalizations of nearly 600 North American birds.
The meeting will be held at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Doors open at 7:00 pm and there will be cookies and conversation starting at 7:15. Bird club business begins at 7:30 pm followed by the presentation. All are welcome.Members are invited to join Bob McGuire for dinner at the Taste of Thai Express (Rt. 13N downtown) just before the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Colleen Richards at <clr82...> by noon Monday so reservations can be made.Colleen Richards
Corresponding Secretary/Cayuga Bird Club
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Date: 2/6/18 2:24 pm
From: cindy daudelin <waterdog0888...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crested Caracara in Wayne County
FYI you may remember that there was a crested caracara seen throughout NY in 2015 - that one had a left eye missing and only an eye socket visible on left; it was hard to see and not noticed at first. The sighting for this bird is pretty unusual so wonder what the chances are that this is the same bird. Don't know if anyone can zoom in closer on these photos and check the left eye? Interesting. - Cindy Pirson

From: Brad Walker <bmw38...>
To: Cayugabirds <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 11:57 AM
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Crested Caracara in Wayne County

This list was posted on the New York Birders Facebook group:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42534197

Long story short: The reporter had a trail cam on a deer carcass and the bird showed up for a quick nibble. Photos in the list.--
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Date: 2/6/18 9:45 am
From: Chris R. Pelkie <chris.pelkie...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Crested Caracara in Wayne County
Whoo-ee! THAT's a yard bird!


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On Feb 6, 2018, at 11:57, Brad Walker <bmw38...><mailto:<bmw38...>> wrote:

This list was posted on the New York Birders Facebook group:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42534197

Long story short: The reporter had a trail cam on a deer carcass and the bird showed up for a quick nibble. Photos in the list.
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Date: 2/6/18 8:57 am
From: Brad Walker <bmw38...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Crested Caracara in Wayne County
This list was posted on the New York Birders Facebook group:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42534197

Long story short: The reporter had a trail cam on a deer carcass and the
bird showed up for a quick nibble. Photos in the list.
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Date: 2/6/18 5:09 am
From: Sandy <sandra.wold...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Greater White-fronted geese
I found two feeding near the large flocks of Canada geese near Boynton Middle school yesterday afternoon. Got close up photos posted on CAyuga Birds Facebook. They let
Me get close to them. Could they be barnyard escapees?

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Date: 2/5/18 12:42 pm
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
*  New York*  Syracuse
- January 29, 2018
*  NYSY  02.05.18 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):January 29 2018 - February 05, 2018to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: February 05 AT 2:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 22, 2018.
Highlights--------------
BLACK VULTUREICELAND GULLGLAUCOUS GULLLESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLSLATY-BACKED GULLPEREGRINE FALCONSNOWY OWLNORTHERN SHRIKEYELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERRED CROSSBILLPINE SISKINCOMMON REDPOLL

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)----------------
     1/29: A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was again seen at South Spring Pool.

Onondaga County------------
     LESSER BLACKED GULLS, ICELAND GULLS and GLAUCOUS GULLS continue to be seen daily in the Seneca River in Baldwinsville. On 2/3 16 ICELAND GULLS were counted. The best place to view the Gulls is from Mercer Park.     1/31: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Downtown Syracuse near East Genesee Street.     2/1: 2 BLACK VULTURES were seen near the fisherman’s access to Jamesville Reservoir is Jamesville. 2 were seen again on 2/3.     2/2: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport.

Oswego County------------
     1/31: The SLATY-BACKED GULL was refound at Oswego Harbor. However this was the last report up to now. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at the Phoenix dam and locks. A SNOWY OWL was seen from Camic Road in Brewerton.     2/2: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on County Rt. 5 west of Pulaski.     2/4: A GLAUCOUS and an ICELAND GULL were seen at Oswego Harbor.

Oneida County------------
     2/2: A PINE SISKIN and a COMMON REDPOLL were seen on Lachausse Road east of Boonville.

Herkimer County------------
     2/1: A RED CROSSBILL was seen on Stillwater Road east of Lowville.


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Date: 2/3/18 7:05 pm
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Barrow's Goldeneye, Sodus Bay; Oswego River gulls
Hi all,
This afternoon I found a female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE in a flock of Common
Goldeneye in the channel at the mouth of Sodus Bay in Wayne County. It was
hanging out mostly near the base of the east breakwall. The short, all
yellowish-orange bill was conspicuous. We did not find the previously
reported immature male King Eider, but it was seen later in the afternoon
in the same area. A few photos of the goldeneye are here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42469209

Earlier in the day we birded up the Oswego River from Baldwinsville to the
Oswego Harbor. White-winged gulls were plentiful, with multiple Iceland and
Glaucous at most of the locks. We did not find the continuing (or not)
Slaty-backed, but a probable third-cycle Herring x Great Black-backed Gull
was a highlight:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42455062
Meanwhile back in Ithaca this evening, our local Herring x Great
Black-backed was on the ice at the south end of the lake, along with a
sampler of other gull species:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42469376
Better photos of this bird from a few days ago can be seen here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42342267

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Date: 2/3/18 7:34 am
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ducks & trains
I was just about to head down to the lake cliff/shore by my house to see if there were any other kinds of ducks or fowl in with a bunch of redheads and ringnecks, when the train pulling big noisy empty coal cars from power plant came tooting down the track!
Then it parked in front so I cannot cross RR.
Later...

Donna Scott
Lansing
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Date: 2/1/18 11:15 am
From: Wesley M. Hochachka <wmh6...>
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Super-black feathers in Birds of Paradise
For anyone who is really curious the original article’s URL is here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-02088-w It looks like it’s an open-access paper, so anyone should be able to view it at no cost. There’s a photo of the gold-coated feather (that still looks black) at part of the paper’s materials.

Wesley



From: <bounce-122250313-3494022...> [mailto:<bounce-122250313-3494022...>] On Behalf Of Nari Mistry
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2018 11:03 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Super-black feathers in Birds of Paradise


Curious readers may be interested in this evolutionary feature in Birds of Paradise . I have extracted below some paragraphs from a report in PhysicsWorld (UK). I don't have the reference to the original papers.

Nari Mistry

========================= Extracted from PhysicsWorld (UK)=====

Male birds of paradise have exceptionally black feathers and now researchers in the US have explained how the feathers manage to reflect tiny amounts of light. The team found that some feathers have complicated structures that create a scattering effect that results in almost zero reflectance of light under certain conditions – giving them a “super-black” appearance. The researchers think that this black plumage evolved to enhance the perceived brilliance of adjacent colour patches during courtship displays.

Birds of paradise are found in New Guinea and parts of eastern Australia. They are famous for the elaborate courting displays, plumage ornaments and dramatic colouration of the males. In many species, males have brightly coloured patches of feathers next to matte black plumage that appears much darker than the black colouration of other birds. When researchers from Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institution, and Yale University shone light on museum specimens of five species of the bird of paradise they discovered that these black feathers have an extremely low directional reflectance – at normal incidence they only reflect back 0.05–0.31% of light. In contrast, black feathers from two other species of bird, used for comparison, had a directional reflectance of 3.2–4.7%. . . . .

(Experiments). . . done by the team revealed that this is a result of the feathers' microscopic structure. A typical feather has a central shaft with rows of barbs branching off. Rows of smaller barbules then spread out from the barbs. In most feathers this structure is flat, with everything laying in the same horizontal plane. But the super-black feathers have barbules that are covered in microscale (tiny) spikes and they curve away (up) from the horizontal plane. The researchers explain that these vertically-tilted barbule arrays create deep, curved cavities that cause multiple scattering of light, resulting in more structural absorption of light than normal black feathers. ". . . . These super-black feathers even retained their black appearance when coated with gold dust, whereas the normal black feathers appeared gold”.

The modified barbules are only present on the exposed overlapping tips of the feathers, while those towards the base of the feathers have a typical feather structure. Also, the black feathers from the back of one bird of paradise species, the superb bird-of-paradise, Lophorina superba, which are not used during display, had a typical barbule morphology and were more reflective than the super-black feathers. This supports the idea that the modified feathers have evolved for display purposes, the researchers say.
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Date: 2/1/18 8:41 am
From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Monday Night Seminar: A Night at the Museum (of Vertebrates)
CayugaBirders:


Next week’s Monday Night Seminar features Vanya Rohwer and Casey Dillman.
Together, Vanya and Casey curate the birds, mammals, fishes, amphibians,
and reptiles that make up the collections of the Cornell University Museum
of Vertebrates. After a brief lecture in the auditorium, the audience will
be treated to some time with Vanya and Casey in the collections.



Join us in person or watch online at
http://dl.allaboutbirds.org/cornelllab-monday-night-seminars



Door open at 7:00. Free, no registration required.



Hope to see you there!

Marc

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*Join Us for the Next Cornell Lab of Ornithology Monday Night Seminar*



*Monday, February 5th, 2018 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM*



*A Night at the Museum (of Vertebrates)*



*Vanya Rohwer and Casey Dil**l**man, Curators*



The best natural history collections are vibrant, dynamic places that
reveal new insights into the workings of the natural world. Join Vanya
Rohwer and Casey Dillman, curators of the Cornell University Museum of
Vertebrates (CUMV), to learn how natural history collections are used to
teach, conserve, and inspire new ideas. The lecture takes place in the
auditorium as usual, but Vanya and Casey will escort the audience into the
museum collections for a special behind-the-scenes peek at the specimens
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Date: 2/1/18 8:22 am
From: Marie P. Read <mpr5...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Pileated Woodpecker drumming
Just heard a Pileated Woodpecker drumming several times in Ringwood Preserve.

Marie


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Date: 2/1/18 8:03 am
From: Nari Mistry <nbm2...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Super-black feathers in Birds of Paradise
Curious readers may be interested in this evolutionary feature in Birds
of Paradise . I have extracted below some paragraphs from a report in
PhysicsWorld (UK). I don't have the reference to the original papers.

Nari Mistry

========================= Extracted from PhysicsWorld (UK)=====

Male birds of paradise have exceptionally black feathers and now
researchers in the US have explained how the feathers manage to reflect
tiny amounts of light. The team found that some feathers have
complicated structures that create a scattering effect that results in
almost zero reflectance of light under certain conditions – giving them
a “super-black” appearance. The researchers think that this black
plumage evolved to enhance the perceived brilliance of adjacent colour
patches during courtship displays.

Birds of paradise are found in New Guinea and parts of eastern
Australia. They are famous for the elaborate courting displays, plumage
ornaments and dramatic colouration of the males. In many species, males
have brightly coloured patches of feathers next to matte black plumage
that appears much darker than the black colouration of other birds.When
researchers from Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institution, and
Yale University shone light on museum specimens of five species of the
bird of paradise they discovered that these black feathers have an
extremely low directional reflectance – at normal incidence they only
reflect back 0.05–0.31% of light. In contrast, black feathers from two
other species of bird, used for comparison, had a directional
reflectance of 3.2–4.7%. . . . .

(Experiments). . . done by the team revealed that this is a result of
the feathers' microscopic structure. A typical feather has a central
shaft with rows of barbs branching off. Rows of smaller barbules then
spread out from the barbs. In most feathers this structure is flat, with
everything laying in the same horizontal plane. But the super-black
feathers have barbules that are covered in microscale (tiny) spikes and
they curve away (up) from the horizontal plane.The researchers explain
that these vertically-tilted barbule arrays create deep, curved cavities
that cause multiple scattering of light, resulting in more structural
absorption of light than normal black feathers.". . . . These
super-black feathers even retained their black appearance when coated
with gold dust, whereas the normal black feathers appeared gold”.

The modified barbules are only present on the exposed overlapping tips
of the feathers, while those towards the base of the feathers have a
typical feather structure. Also, the black feathers from the back of one
bird of paradise species, the superb bird-of-paradise,/Lophorina
superba/, which are not used during display, had a typical barbule
morphology and were more reflective than the super-black feathers. This
supports the idea that the modified feathers have evolved for display
purposes, the researchers say.

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Date: 2/1/18 7:37 am
From: AB Clark <anneb.clark...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] 4 Black vultures - Varna 2/1/18 8am.
HI Alice

So glad you saw them there! On Jan 1, the Christmas Bird count day, I was able to locate them in a roost site, just N of 366 and just past Forest Home. There are two adults and two fuzzier juveniles. They tend to stay with their parents over their whole first year, and there are reports of youngsters being fed by parents into their next spring (ie almost a year old).

On Tuesday, they spent the (cold) day over near the Stevenson road composting facility, where we watch our crows. My grad student reported having them there for his whole observation period of an hour or more.

I will put out your obs from this morning to the whole list, if you would like. Or you can—just email Cayuga Bird List <CAYUGABIRDS-L...>.

Anne

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> On Feb 1, 2018, at 9:00 AM, Alice Feeney <abmfeeney...> wrote:
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> Not sure how to post to the list serve, I just joined last week, how exciting!
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> "Well, they were waiting for me as I arrived at work this am in downtown Varna. My photo is fuzzy, but it was definitely them! Black heads, stocky body, fan tail when they flew."
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> Alice Feeney
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> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black vultures
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> All 4 soaring together over Stevenson e of compost. High but very pretty in sun.
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> > At 10:45 the black vultures were in some trees just south of the bridge on Dodge Rd. They then flew into the pheasant farm just in front of the little hut facing Stevenson Rd. They were still there at 11:15.
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Date: 1/31/18 1:19 am
From: Barbara B. Eden <beb1...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Looking for Tundra Swans and Snow Geese
I am wondering if the population is most visible on the east or west side (by Lake Road) of the northern end of Cayuga Lake

Thanks for any tips!
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Date: 1/30/18 11:11 am
From: AB Clark <anneb.clark...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Black Vulture foursome at Compost Facility
At 1320h, my grad student Connor reported that all four cold Black Vultures were sitting in edge trees/hedges just SW of the leachate ponds at the Stevenson Road Cornell Composting Facility.

I am afraid all he had to offer was peanuts.

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Date: 1/30/18 10:26 am
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Re: Crows and Cooper’s Hawk
I don’t know what would have happened eventually, if they’d been left undisturbed, but after 20 minutes of this unexpected tolerance, my apprentice arrived on the scene. As we walked slowly down to the workshop, the Crows flushed one by one (they know us, and watch for their regular handouts, but they don’t allow us to approach). The hawk was the last to leave, flying off through the trees, strong and agile.

Through the entire 20 minutes I never heard anything out of the Crows, though at one point one of them was visibly making some sort of quiet vocalization that did’t penetrate to my living room.

The Crows soon returned, and so have all the other feeder birds.

-Geo

> On Jan 30, 2018, at 11:11 AM, Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...> wrote:
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> Three Crows, regulars at my feeding station, are resting quietly on their usual perches in an ash tree. They’re about 30 feet up, and the scene looks just like any other winter day, except that an adult Cooper’s Hawk is perched about ten feet below them. Been there for 15 minutes!
>
> The Crows are not making a fuss, and it almost looks like the Coop is “pretending” to be one of them, using them as cover while waiting for small birds to return to the sunflower hopper just below.
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> A fourth Crow has flown in, and one of the others dropped down toward the ground feeding area, as if to grab a morsel, but thought better of it, I guess.
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Date: 1/30/18 8:44 am
From: Peter <psaracin...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Redwing Blackbirds at feeders
8 redwing blackbirds and a lone male cowbird at my feeders just now
(11:35 a.m. Phelps, NY)

Pete Saracino


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Date: 1/30/18 8:11 am
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Crows and Cooper’s Hawk
Three Crows, regulars at my feeding station, are resting quietly on their usual perches in an ash tree. They’re about 30 feet up, and the scene looks just like any other winter day, except that an adult Cooper’s Hawk is perched about ten feet below them. Been there for 15 minutes!

The Crows are not making a fuss, and it almost looks like the Coop is “pretending” to be one of them, using them as cover while waiting for small birds to return to the sunflower hopper just below.

A fourth Crow has flown in, and one of the others dropped down toward the ground feeding area, as if to grab a morsel, but thought better of it, I guess.

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Date: 1/29/18 11:51 am
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
*  New York*  Syracuse
- January 29, 2018
*  NYSY  01.29.18 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):January 22, 2018 - January 29, 2018to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: January 29 AT 2:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 22, 2018.
Highlights--------------
GREAT CORMORANT (Extralimital)GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSEBLACK SCOTERSURF SCOTERGOLDEN EAGLEICELAND GULLGLAUCOUS GULLLESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLSLATY-BACKED GULLSNOWY OWLSHORT-EARED OWLNORTHERN SHRIKEYELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERRED CROSSBILL



Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)----------------
     1/24: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from East Road.      1/26: A SHORT-EARED OWL and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were seen at Carncross Road.     1/27: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at Carncross Road.     1/28: A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at South Spring Pond.

Onondaga County------------
     1/23:  Numerous GLAUCOUS. ICELAND and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen in the Seneca River at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville and have been seen throughout the week including today.     1/28: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at the Nine Mile Creek to Onondaga Lake. 2 SNOWY OWLS countinue to be spotted at the State Fair entrance area.

Madison County------------
     1/26: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Eden Hollow Road south of Erieville.     1/28: A SNOWY OWL was seen again on Bellinger Road south of Canastota.

Oneida County------------
     1/27: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Poppleton Road east of Oneida Lake.

Oswego County------------
     1/23: A SURF SCOTER and a SNOWY OWL were seen at Oswego Harbor. The SLATY-BACKED GULL was refound at Indian Point north of Fulton.     1/25: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in Minetto. A BLACK-SCOTER was found at Oswego Harbor. The SLATY-BACKED GULL was seen at Lock 6 in Oswego.     1/27: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was spotted at Indian Point.

Herkimer County------------
     1/28: A RED CROSSBILL was seen feeding on the Gray-Wilmurt Road south of Rt. 8.

Extralimital------------
     A GREAT CORMORANT continued at Sodus Bay in Sodus Point. The last sighting was on 1/28. 
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Date: 1/29/18 9:14 am
From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Spring Field Ornithology 2018
Dear Cayuga Birders,


I love that moment in late January when I notice just a smidge more
daylight remaining at the end of the workday. It sets me to thinking of the
all of the rotations and revolutions that we are a part of on this
fantastic planet. And more importantly, it makes me think about spring
birding!!



With that, I want to remind everyone of (or in some cases, introduce you
to) the Cornell Lab’s Spring Field Ornithology course (SFO
<http://www.birds.cornell.edu/sfo/>), taking place from March 28th – May
20th.



SFO is an Ithaca-area tradition that has helped thousands of people learn
about birds and birding over the past four-plus decades. It is also a great
way to get to know the birding community and the birding hotspots around
the area. Designed for all skill levels, the course has two main sections
plus a pair of overnight trips.

· *Wednesday night lectures*, including a visit to the bird
collection of the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates and a nighttime 'owl
prowl.'

· *Saturday or Sunday field trips* to regional birding hotspots
such as Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, Derby Hill Hawk Watch, Montezuma,
Sapsucker Woods and Greensprings Natural Cemetery.

· *An overnight and a weekend trip* to birding meccas: Montezuma
National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh, Ohio.

*Dr. Steve Kress, *VP for Bird Conservation for National Audubon Society,
returns to teach the course, joined by a host of guest lecturers from
around the Lab. A cadre of local birding experts lead the weekend trips.
Visit http://www.birds.cornell.edu/sfo to watch a video about the course,
look at photos, review the course schedule and enroll, and learn about the
offerings.

*Early bird discounts apply through February 5th! *


Full schedule: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/sfo/Course_schedule
Online portal:
https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/courses/spring-field-ornithology-northeast/


*If you are interested in any of this, or have any questions, please let me
know by email or visit me up in the Adelson Library at the Cornell Lab.*


*And please help spread the word by forwarding this email to anyone you
think might be interested!*


Happy Birding!
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Date: 1/29/18 5:52 am
From: Lisa <welch_m_lisa...>
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Swans
There were 100s on the north end of the lake Sunday Jan 21.

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> My husband and I saw hundreds of swans yesterday about 1pm on the water and flying in near the north end of the town of Cayuga and continuing toward the lock at the end of the lake.
> Magnificent site.
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Date: 1/29/18 4:39 am
From: Maureen Cowen <mc99...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Swans
My husband and I saw hundreds of swans yesterday about 1pm on the water and flying in near the north end of the town of Cayuga and continuing toward the lock at the end of the lake.
Magnificent site.
Maureen Cowen

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Date: 1/28/18 1:24 pm
From: Nari Mistry <nbm2...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Black vultures
This beautiful sunny afternoon at around 3:45pm Gin and I stopped at the
Stevenson/Dodge Rd. junction to see if any Black Vultures would show up.
Within a few minutes in the distance we saw four vulture types in close
formation flying north towards us over Snyder Hill, flying straight and
flapping continuously. They passed right over us and we could clearly
see they were black vultures. They continued north towards Fall Creek
and disappeared over the horizon. They were flapping non-stop in a
steady rhythm from horizon to horizon. There were several TVs lazily
soaring around too.
The appearance of Black Vultures here in winter seems to be clear
evidence of the climate changing. Can't attribute it to new highways and
prevalence of roadkill which was given as the reason when TVs first
started appearing here years ago.

Nari & Gin Mistry,
Ellis Hollow Rd.

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> Subject: Black vultures
> From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe...>
> Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2018 13:29:57 +0000
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> The four black vultures are currently perched in a dead tree next to the
> small bridge between Dodge Road and the game farm.
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Date: 1/28/18 9:59 am
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black vultures
All 4 soaring together over Stevenson e of compost. High but very pretty in sun.

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> At 10:45 the black vultures were in some trees just south of the bridge on Dodge Rd. They then flew into the pheasant farm just in front of the little hut facing Stevenson Rd. They were still there at 11:15.
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Date: 1/28/18 9:09 am
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black vultures
At 10:45 the black vultures were in some trees just south of the bridge on Dodge Rd. They then flew into the pheasant farm just in front of the little hut facing Stevenson Rd. They were still there at 11:15.

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Date: 1/27/18 5:30 am
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Black vultures
The four black vultures are currently perched in a dead tree next to the
small bridge between Dodge Road and the game farm.


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Date: 1/26/18 5:30 pm
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Northern Shrike
I was at Carncross Road in Savannah tonight looking for Short-eared Owls. Around 5:05, I noticed a Northern Shrike sitting in the bushes. Maybe it is the same bird that was there last year.

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Date: 1/25/18 11:55 am
From: Johnson, Alyssa <ajohnson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Bird banding demo at Montezuma Audubon Center 2/3/18
Nature of Montezuma Lecture Series: Bird Banding with Dr. John Van Niel

Feb. 3, Saturday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dr. John Van Niel, a Professor of Environmental Conservation at Finger Lakes Community College, has been a bird bander since 1999 and he will share with participants how to safely capture and handle songbirds, the scientific reasons for placing bands on birds and what information researchers can obtain from a bird "in the hand".

Don't forget to bring your camera as this will be a great experience to see birds up close and personal! Fee: $5/child, $8/adult, $25/family.
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Date: 1/25/18 6:52 am
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] European Goldfinch
A (the) European Goldfinch put in a very short appearance at one of our feeders this morning. This time without the company of House Finches - just two Juncos. I assume that this is the same bird that had observed here off & on since early December. I have not seen it for the past few weeks and had assumed that it had perished. I posted a photo with my (todays) eBird list.

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Date: 1/25/18 6:15 am
From: Kevin J. Cummings <kjc39...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cool office bird
Hi all,

A pair of adult BALD EAGLES just flew by my office window on the Cornell campus. I'm at the Veterinary College, on the hill overlooking Mundy Wildflower Garden.

Kevin Cummings


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Date: 1/24/18 10:56 am
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Seneca lake SP Red-throated Loon
There’s a Red-throated loon right at the entrance of Seneca lake state park very close to shore! Great photo op. Mike Tetlow

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Date: 1/22/18 10:10 am
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Syracuse RBA
*  New York*  Syracuse
- January 22, 2018
*  NYSY  01.22.18 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):January 16, 2018 - January 23, 2018to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: January 23 AT 12:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 16, 2018.
Highlights--------------
GREAT CORMORANT (Extralimital)GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSEBLACK SCOTERSURF SCOTERICELAND GULLGLAUCOUS GULLLESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLSLATY-BACKED GULLMEW GULLSNOWY OWLYELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERLAPLAND LONGSPURCOMMON REDPOLL



Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)----------------
     1/17: A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at Martens Tract.

Onondaga County------------
     1/17: A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at the Moon Library on the ESF campus in Syracuse. One ands sometimes two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS have been seen from Mercer Park in Baldwinsville on the Seneca River. These birds have been reported through the 20th.      1/20: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen from Pump House Road near the State Fair. A BLACK SCOTER was seen on Skaneateles Lake near Spafford.     1/21: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen near Rock Cut Road in Jamesville. 2 SNOWY OWLS continue near the State Fair entrance in Syracuse.     1/22: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on West Sorrell Hill Road just north of Conners Road south of Baldwinsville.

Cayuga County------------
     1/20: A SNOWY OWL was seen on the breakwall at Fair Haven State Park.

Madison County------------
     1/18: A SNOWY OWL was seen near the Fenner wind Farm south of Canastota. It was seen also on the 19th.

Oswego County------------
     1/16: A  very rare for the region SLATY-BACKED GULL was found at Lock 6 in Oswego on the Oswego River. It was seen through the 19th. at that location and at Minetto but was not refound after that date.     1/17: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Minetto.     1/18: A very rare for the region MEW GULL was discovered at Minetto on the Oswego River. It was refound at the same location on the 19th. but not refound since.     1/20: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at Indian Point on the Oswego River north of Fulton. A female SURF-SCOTER was seen in Oswego Harbor. 2 SNOWY OWLS were seen at Oswego Harbor.     1/22: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Indian Point.

Extralimital------------
     1/19: A GREAT CORMORANT was found at Sodus Point in Sodus Bay (Wayne County). It was seen through 1/21 and was viewed looking south from the Coast Guard Station.
              
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Date: 1/22/18 5:27 am
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Pine Siskin
Pine Siskin still around!
Ann

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Date: 1/21/18 7:22 pm
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] 2018 Cayuga Lake Basin First Records
The 2018 Cayuga Lake Basin First Records tables are up & running on the Cayuga Bird Club website Resources page here:
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/cayuga-lake-basin-first-records

First, sorry for the delay. I prefer - but failed for awhile - to keep the list up to date so that everyone can easily look up what species have been found in what sort of place and who had the knack for finding them soonest in case they have any hints. The delay was because I took so long to revise the checklist upon which the yearly first records list is based. There were several reasons for the revision.

First, the official taxonomic order has changed in several places. The new order now conforms with the current order in eBird.

Second, I went through eBird’s records to ensure that everything eBird had recorded for the Basin historically was on our list.

Third, there are species that have shown up regionally but not shown up in the Basin - yet. These species may be of interest to many local birders. They won’t be checked off until they show up in the Basin, but perhaps some of them will show up here, because of their propensity to wander to the region and preference for habitats we may share. When that happens, I will celebrate not just the arrival of a new species but the fact that it can be included without another checklist revision!

Fourth, I wanted to indicate where in the region these as-yet out-of-basin-only species have been found. Paul Anderson, who does the web work for the club, has added a column on the Taxonomic table called “Notes”. One or more county names are listed in that column to the left of those species’ names. In one case, Trindade Petrel, a town name, Caroline, is listed instead, because the bird was found there within Tompkins County but outside of the Cayuga Lake Basin. For species with few or single records, a year or years follows the county name(s).

Fifth, I wanted to indicate the rarity of some species which have been found in the basin. Species for which there are few or single records within the basin are preceded simply by year(s) they were found in the Basin, with no county name(s) listed. Some show interesting patterns.

Sixth, Paul has made the Taxonomic table much easier to read by putting the Family names as headers, and by having the rows for species alternate white and gray. I want to emphasize that he did this, as well as cleaning up my work, very quickly and was not the cause of the delay.

Anyway, the list is up, and filled in for the 120 species I’ve heard about in the Basin so far. Where the observer and location say “Ithaca CBC”, that means that multiple parties found the species in multiple places on January first, during our local Christmas Bird Count. The designation is a bit Ithaca-centric, but it’s a way of indicating that a species is generally already in the basin at the beginning of the year. If only one party discovered a species on 1 January, then that party and the location are listed. For species only found outside the Ithaca CBC circle or after 1 January I try to list multiple parties of observers and locations of the birds if the observations occurred on the same day.

As always, please let me know if some information looks wrong, or something is missing, or someone was left out. And please let me know when you are aware of a new species for 2018 found somewhere in the Cayuga Lake Basin. I try to keep an eye on eBird reports for the five counties which comprise most of the Basin, and reports on CayugaBirds-L, but sometimes things slip by. Thanks.

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Date: 1/21/18 12:00 pm
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip report 1-21-18: Snowy Owl, Snow Buntings, Horned Larks and more!
Ken Kemphues and I led a group of 11 enthusiastic birders on a half day
trip along the east side of Cayuga Lake and venturing into the farm fields
of King Ferry. We started at Stewart Park, where the ice still extends far
out so that views of birds on the lake were pretty distant. We had better
viewing from East Shore Park, where all of us were able to see LONG-TAILED
DUCKS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and a raft of Aythya, which included both
GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, and a few CANVASBACK with the many REDHEADs.
COMMON GOLDENEYE and COMMON MERGANSERs were easy to spot, and a couple of
RED_BREASTED MERGANSERs were seen. A small flock of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were
in a near tree, and Leigh and Wes spotted a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER there
just before the birds took flight.

At Ladoga we found more LONG-TAILED DUCKS, but not many other waterfowl
besides GOLDENEYE, CANADA GEESE and a single PIED-BILLED GREBE. A surprise
was finding an immature COOPER’S HAWK that perched for good scope views,
enabling us to see its yellow eye, banded tail and slightly mottled back.


We moved on to Myers Point, and while viewing the waterfowl there,
including RING-NECKED DUCKS, we noticed the gulls suddenly take to the sky.
When searching the sky for a possible raptor, Ken and Wes spotted a new
lump on the spit - a SNOWY OWL had landed there! All of us got great
views- very close! The owl was resting pretty peacefully, but AMERICAN
CROWs started coming to check it out. The owl tried threatening postures
against three crows, but they drove it into flight. I believe Paul Anderson
was able to get a video of the Owl during this interval. Seeing this Snowy
Owl was a thrilling bonus for the field trip! We even heard its cries as it
flew low over the water being pursued by crows.


We next headed toward Belltown Dairy via Davis Road, looking for Horned
Larks or Snow Buntings, but found neither. Continuing toward King Ferry, we
turned on Center Road and were rewarded with about 20 SNOW BUNTINGs and
40-50 HORNED LARKs, many of them at the edge of the road making for good
viewing. Luckily auto traffic was nonexistent, so we were all able to get
well-positioned for spending some time looking at the birds, even seeing
the differences between male and female Horned Larks. As we left we passed
another large flock of Snow Buntings further down the road.


We took a break at the Corner Store in King Ferry and then went on to
Aurora. One BALD EAGLE was perched in the tree with the eagle’s nest near
Poplar Ridge Road and Route 90. A NORTHERN FLICKER and RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER were active in the trees near the pullout. Further on, at the
Aurora Post Office parking area, we scoped the lake and added HORNED GREBEs
to our list.


We still had time to make it up to Union Springs to look through the ducks
on the North Mill Pond. Among the many REDHEADs were BUFFLEHEAD, GADWALL,
AMERICAN WIGEON, and a HOODED MERGANSER. MALLARDs were gathered near the
pond’s edge, and a couple of WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHes and a TUFTED
TITMOUSE flitted above us.


It was a great trip overall - good looks at the local winter birds in good
light - with a great group of people. We really enjoyed the day.


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Date: 1/21/18 6:40 am
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton...>
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl Myers Point
Mobbed by crows - flying south now 9:40 am

Diane

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> Snowy Owl landed on the spit at Myers Point!
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Date: 1/21/18 6:36 am
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snowy Owl Myers Point
Snowy Owl landed on the spit at Myers Point!

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Date: 1/20/18 12:07 pm
From: Joshua Snodgrass <cedarshiva...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] West side Cayuga Lake waterfowl
Today I joined Marc Devokaitis and Paul Rodewald for a section of Cayuga
Lake's DEC Waterfowl Survey. We started at Taughannock SP North Point and
went up to Vineyard Rd Ext (just south of Dean's Cove) up the west side of
Cayuga Lake stopping at several small roads as well as CR 141 , Sheldrake
Pt and Wyers Pt and Rd. We were greeted with excellent weather, and
waterfowl numbers seemed high compared to previous years. Here are some
highlights:
1 RED-THROATED LOON visible from Taughannock SP North Point to start the
day, as well as two HORNED GREBES.
Large numbers of REDHEAD in assorted rafts and flocks all along the route,
as well as good numbers of SCAUP, and RING-NECKED DUCKS, and a ton of
COMMON GOLDENEYE, some displaying as well as the ever-present CANADA GEESE,
MALLARDS, and a decent showing of AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS.
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were out in force, seen from nearly every stop.
Only a few COMMON MERGANSERS, and a handful of HOODED MERGANSERS seen
throughout the day.
4 COMMON LOONS were all together on one of the small roads between
Frontenac and CR 141.
CR 141 to Sheldrake was quite productive
many aythya, several HORNED GREBE (one pair actively displaying), TUNDRA
SWANS, and MUTE SWANS, as well as
22 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS (the most I had ever seen, adult males, 1st winters
and females all present. we tried in vain to turn any of them into a black
or surf scoter) this flock of scoters extended from just south of Sheldrake
point's southern spit north to Sheldrake Point itself. I only reported them
from the CR 141 hotspot, though viewing and parking are likely equally
good, if not better at Sheldrake.
Wyers Point and road added 3 new species for the day
2 AMERICAN COOTS
our only PIED-BILLED GREBE of the day
and the only 3 CANVASBACKS
Other highlights included a handful of SNOW BUNTINGS along the southern
portion of CR 141 leading to the lakeside from RT 89, an AMERICAN KESTRAL
perched somewhere south of Sheldrake (location is lost in the fog of
ducks), a flyover BALD EAGLE adult, and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on
Kingtown Beach road (which I do not recommend driving down without some
serious AWD capability and good tires). and I turned up one GADWALL at Elm
Beach Rd with a flock of MALLARDS.
An excellent day for being out lakeside and counting the ducks! Thanks
y'all!
Good Birding,
Josh

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Date: 1/20/18 7:19 am
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Greater White-fronted Goose correction
Sorry - at Indian Point Oswego County.
Ann

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Date: 1/20/18 7:17 am
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Greater White-fronted Goose
Stacy Robinson asked me to report that she just saw one on the ice at Crown Point, Oswego.
Ann

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Date: 1/20/18 5:27 am
From: Anne Marie Johnson <annemariejohnson...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Screech owl in Slaterville Springs
The Eastern Screech-Owl was in it's usual hole in a tree at the back of the
Dandy Mart parking lot in Slaterville Springs at around 4:30 yesterday. I
checked for it earlier in the afternoon, and it wasn't visible, but when I
went by at 4:30, it was sitting at the edge of the hole looking around.

Anne Marie Johnson


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