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17 Sep K-M Marsh and MAC Monday Sept 15th 2014 [David Nicosia ]
17 Sep Montezuma K-M Marsh, and MAC Monday 9-15-14 [david nicosia ]
16 Sep Union Springs Ponds []
16 Sep MNWR: Eurasian Wigeon ["Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" ]
16 Sep 2014 Muckrace Report (long) [bob mcguire ]
15 Sep Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
15 Sep Re: Muckrace highlights, Fri 9/12 and Sat 9/13 [Suan Hsi Yong ]
15 Sep Red-necked Phalarope, Union Springs [Jay McGowan ]
14 Sep Re: Muckrace highlights, Fri 9/12 and Sat 9/13 [bob mcguire ]
14 Sep Muckrace highlights, Fri 9/12 and Sat 9/13 [Mark Chao ]
14 Sep Hawk flight now ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
14 Sep Re: Sunday Sabine's Gull? [Dave Nutter ]
14 Sep RE: Sunday Sabine's Gull? [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
14 Sep Re: Sunday Sabine's Gull? [Dave Nutter ]
14 Sep Re: Sunday Sabine's Gull? [Gary Kohlenberg ]
14 Sep Quiet at Myers [Matthew Medler ]
14 Sep Sunday Sabine's Gull? [Matthew Medler ]
13 Sep Re: Sabine's Gull ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
13 Sep Re: Sabine's Gull [Matthew Medler ]
13 Sep Sabine's Gull [Matthew Medler ]
13 Sep Re: SABINE'S GULL @ Stewart Park ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
13 Sep SABINE'S GULL @ Stewart Park ["Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" ]
12 Sep Re: big night [Judith Thurber ]
12 Sep big night [Bill Evans ]
12 Sep DC Cormorants [Donna Scott ]
12 Sep Cornell Lab Monday Night Seminars--Fall 2014 [Marc Devokaitis ]
12 Sep Brown Thrasher [Donna Scott ]
12 Sep Re: Northeast Night Migration [Gary Kohlenberg ]
11 Sep Northeast Night Migration ["Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" ]
11 Sep RE: Making Montezuma even better ["Norwalk, James" ]
11 Sep Making Montezuma even better [Paul Schmitt ]
10 Sep Re: NE Ithaca screech-owl, Wed 9/10 [Donna Scott ]
10 Sep NE Ithaca screech-owl, Wed 9/10 [Mark Chao ]
10 Sep Possible female Orange-crowned warbler ["W. Larry Hymes" ]
10 Sep Last reminder, and deadline has changed. OT: New York State Ornithological Association Annual meeting here in Ithaca!! [Linda Orkin ]
10 Sep Wake of vultures? [Alicia Plotkin ]
10 Sep Re: Flocks of mallards [Nancy ]
10 Sep Black Vulture on South Hill [Jeff Gerbracht ]
10 Sep Re: Flocks of mallards [Jody W Enck ]
10 Sep EIRw mixed flock [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
10 Sep Flocks of mallards [Nancy ]
9 Sep American mink [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
9 Sep Volunteers needed for Migration Celebration in October [Anne Rosenberg ]
9 Sep Fisher on S. Hill Rec Way [France ]
8 Sep Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
8 Sep 2 Black Vultures @ cornell compost piles [Jgerbracht ]
8 Sep lots of warblers in Mundy [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
08 Sep Cayuga Bird Club meeting tonight [Paul Anderson ]
8 Sep Yellow-breasted Chat and Philadelphia Vireo at Jetty Woods [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
7 Sep Sapsucker Woods, Sun 9/7 [Mark Chao ]
7 Sep Re: Sunday Morning Night Flight ["Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" ]
7 Sep Sunday Morning Night Flight ["Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" ]
6 Sep Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Montezuma [Jay McGowan ]
6 Sep Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Montezuma ["Jay McGowan jwm57 AT cornell.edu [oneidabirds]" ]
5 Sep Mississippi Kite - Derby Hill, juv. Dunlin - Sodus Point []
6 Sep Screech owls calling [Robyn Bailey ]
4 Sep Fantastic Willow Flycatcher report -corrected [John and Sue Gregoire ]
4 Sep Turkey mom [Geo Kloppel ]
4 Sep Reminder....And deadlines coming up. OT: New York State Ornithological Association Annual meeting here in Ithaca!! [Linda Orkin ]
4 Sep Screech Owl [Geo Kloppel ]
3 Sep Barred Owls, etc. [Geo Kloppel ]
3 Sep Willet, Montezuma [Jay McGowan ]
3 Sep warbler morning [Laura Stenzler ]
02 Sep Re: Re:[cayugabirds-l] today's field trip onto dikes at K-M, Montezuma NWR [Dave Nutter ]
02 Sep Re:today's field trip onto dikes at K-M, Montezuma NWR [Dave Nutter ]
2 Sep Re: FW: Migration of Willow Flycatcher [Geo Kloppel ]
2 Sep FW: Migration of Willow Flycatcher [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
2 Sep Re:American Golden-Plovers, Game Farm [Jay McGowan ]
2 Sep American Golden-Plovers, Game Farm [Jay McGowan ]
2 Sep Double-brooding [Geo Kloppel ]
2 Sep Willet and Buff-breasted at K-m [Christopher Wood ]
1 Sep Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
1 Sep East Road [Ann Mitchell ]
1 Sep Cornell Red-headed Woodpecker [David Weber ]
1 Sep Saturday hawks, Sunday shorebirds/nighthawks []
1 Sep Re: another Ithaca Screech Owl [Candace Cornell ]

Subject: K-M Marsh and MAC Monday Sept 15th 2014
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:13:33 -0400
 
On Monday I took a trip to K-M Marsh viewing from Towpath rd. I didn't find
anything different than what others found on the
weekend. Shorebird numbers seem down now. I did not see the HUDSIONIAN
GODWITS this time. There were a bunch of dowitchers sp.
distant. I also re-found the lone STILT SANDPIPER that others had. This
bird was fairly "close" for Towpath Rd and easily identified.
I also had at least 3 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS also fairly "close" among a bunch
of PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. There were also many
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and fewer LEAST SANDPIPERS. I found no white-rumped
sandpipers although there were many distant
peeps that I couldn't ID. There was still one lone SANDERLING. Both species
of yellowlegs continue. Except for many SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS
and at least 1 KILLDEER, there were no BLACK-BELLIED or AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVERS.

There were also many swallows, including a few CLIFF SWALLOWS, many TREE
and BARN SWALLOWS, and fewer BANK SWALLOWS than a few weeks
ago. I didn't see any PURPLE MARTINs. I also found one AMERICAN PIPIT on
the mudflats.

At the MAC, there were many many SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS most of which were
juveniles. I also had many SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, few LEAST SANDPIPERS,
and 1 lone WILSON'S SNIPE. There were also several GREAT EGRETs, one lone
GREEN HERON. There was also many GREEN-WINGED TEALS and a couple
BLUE-WINGED TEALS.

Dave Nicosia

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Subject: Montezuma K-M Marsh, and MAC Monday 9-15-14
From: david nicosia <daven1024 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:08:23 -0700
On Monday I took a trip to K-M Marsh viewing from Towpath rd. I didn't find 
anything different than what others found on the 

weekend. Shorebird numbers seem down now. I did not see the HUDSIONIAN GODWITS 
this time. There were a bunch of dowitchers sp. 

distant. I also re-found the lone STILT SANDPIPER that others had. This bird 
was fairly "close" for Towpath Rd and easily identified. 

I also had at least 3 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS also fairly "close" among a bunch of 
PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. There were also many 

SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and fewer LEAST SANDPIPERS. I found no white-rumped 
sandpipers although there were many distant 

peeps that I couldn't ID. There was still one lone SANDERLING. Both species of 
yellowlegs continue. Except for many SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS 

and at least 1 KILLDEER, there were no BLACK-BELLIED or AMERICAN 
GOLDEN-PLOVERS. 


There were also many swallows, including a few CLIFF SWALLOWS, many TREE and 
BARN SWALLOWS, and fewer BANK SWALLOWS than a few weeks 

ago. I didn't see any PURPLE MARTINs. I also found one AMERICAN PIPIT on the 
mudflats. 


At the MAC, there were many many SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS most of which were 
juveniles. I also had many SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, few LEAST SANDPIPERS, and 1 
lone WILSON'S SNIPE. There were also several GREAT EGRETs, one lone GREEN 
HERON. There was also many GREEN-WINGED TEALS and a couple BLUE-WINGED TEALS. 


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Subject: Union Springs Ponds
From: <job121830 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:53:00 -0500




Subject: MNWR: Eurasian Wigeon
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:41:26 +0000
Gerard Phillips has just found an eclipse male EURASIAN WIGEON at Montezuma NWR 
Main Pool. It is about 1/4 mile out, sitting on a muskrat mound, "showing 
pretty well at 60x". 


Nothing of interest at Myers Point on his way up the Lake earlier today.

Good birding!

Sincerely,
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Subject: 2014 Muckrace Report (long)
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:10:24 -0400
Susan Danskin, Gary Kohlenberg, Ann Mitchell, Dave Nutter, and I ran the 2014 
Muckrace as the "Arrogant Bustards", sponsored by the Cayuga Bird Club. Here is 
our (long) report. 


The 18th annual Montezuma Muckrace came to a close at 7 pm on Saturday. The 
Muckrace is a fundraiser for bird and habitat conservation in the Montezuma 
Wetlands Complex that, over the years, has brought in more than $100,000. 


This year some 100 individuals in 30+ teams competed to see how many species of 
birds could be found in a 24 hour period, 7 pm Friday to 7 pm Saturday. The 
winner was a team from Rochester with 121 species. Our team, the Arrogant 
Bustards, sponsored by the Cayuga Bird Club, took a somewhat relaxed approach 
to the whole thing, getting a good night's sleep Friday night and beginning 
around first light on Saturday morning. From past experience we knew that 
staying up all night to listen for owls and overhead migrants was more 
exhausting than productive and would leave us far too grumpy to have any fun. 
After 12 hours of "recreational birding", in spite of the cold early on, a 
lengthy late morning shower, and high winds in the afternoon, we still managed 
to see or hear 99 species. Our target had been 100. And that hundredth bird 
flew past the window of the Audubon Center just after we had submitted out 
totals at 7:05 pm! 


We began at the very north end of Cayuga Lake, our first bird being House 
Sparrow (often a difficult bird to find!) as we crossed into Muckrace territory 
in the Village of Cayuga. An Osprey called from its nest on a nearby tower, 
Ring-billed and Herring Gulls flew by, and multiple Pied-billed Grebes dove in 
the distance. An adult bald Eagle perched in a dead tree was replaced minutes 
later by a merlin. Finally, we picked out a singing Carolina Wren before moving 
on the the Refuge itself. From the tower overlooking the Main Pool we scoped 
most of our ducks for the day: Mallard, Black Duck, American Wigeon, Northern 
Shoveler, Northern PIntail, both Teals as well as a distant family of Trumpeter 
Swans. We heard the first of several Marsh Wrens and then noted Solitary 
Sandpiper and Eastern Phoebe on a walk along the Seneca Trail. Calling crows 
drew attention to a Cooper's hawk. 


Back in the car (five of us, stuffed into Gary's new Subaru) we cruised the 
Wildlife Drive, picking up Coots, Pied-Billed Grebes, Common Gallinules, 
Bobolink, and our first shorebirds: both Yellowlegs and Killdeer. We climbed 
the tower at Tschache Pool just as the rain moved in and found, well, nothing 
new. We then spent a few minutes at May's Pool hoping for Red-headed Woodpecker 
and again came up empty. In fact, the woodpecker, which nested there this 
summer, was not found by anyone. 


We spent the next hour-and-a-half on the dike at Knox-Marsellus in the rain, 
under umbrellas, scoping the mudflats for shorebirds. The highlight was the 
lingering Hudsonian Godwit, but we also picked up Stilt, Pectoral, 
Semipalmated, Least, and White-rumped Sandpipers, Golden, Black-bellied, and 
Semipalmated Plovers, Dowitcher, Caspian Tern, Sandhill Crane, and Yellow 
Warbler. A Peregrine Falcon made several passes, stirring up the shorebird 
flock, then moved on. By then it was late morning and still raining, so we 
decided to take an early lunch and check in at the Montezuma Audubon Center. 


By early afternoon the rain had moved on, and we headed out to Howland Island 
to look for woodland birds. Driving, then walking a couple of the dirt roads, 
we ran into several foraging flocks and picked up a few good birds: Magnolia, 
Blackburnian, and Black-throated Green Warblers, Northern Parula, Eastern 
Wood-Pewee, and our only Hairy Woodpecker. We had great looks at "best" bird of 
the day so far - a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak. But the highlight of the day 
came on the way off the Island. We were about to drive over what looked like a 
handful of fluff in the middle of the road. Suddenly it became a Common 
Nighthawk, circling our car with deep, irregular wing beats then coasting on 
narrow, bent wings. It eventually settled nearby, and we shared great scope 
views of its gray and brown camouflage. 


After that we checked Tschache pool again for Black Tern (none) and May's for 
Red-headed Woodpecker, then spent a half hour at the north end of 
Knox-Marsellus to pick up our only Baird's Sandpipers. The last stop was a mad 
dash to the South Butler Cemetery for Chipping Sparrow, then back to the MAC to 
hand in our list and wait for the results. The 100th bird that flew past the 
window at 7:05? A Purple Martin that was still using the martin house right 
outside the building - which we never thought to check! 


Bob McGuire
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:28:41 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* September 15, 2014
*  NYSY  09. 15. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):


September 08, 2014 - September 15, 2014
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland
compiled: September 15 AT 7:00 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#409 Monday September 15, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
September 08, 2014
 
Highlights:
-----------
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
LINCOLN’S SPARROW


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

 9/9: 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS were at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 15 species of Warbler 
were seen along Towpath Road. 

 9/10: 1 HUDSONIAN GODWIT and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were found at 
Knox-Marsellus. 

     9/12: 1 HUDSONIAN GODWIT and a RUDDY TURNSTONE were at Knox Marsellus.
 9/13: The HUDSONIAN GODWIT and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were at 
Knox-Marsellus. In all 20 species of Shorebirds were seen. 

 Hopefully more comlete results of the Muckrace will be available by nest week. 



Onondaga County
------------

 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS continue to be seen in early evening at 100 acre Marsh at 
Three Rivers WMA. 16 were counted last night. 

 Fall Warbler and other passerine migration was evident this week. Between 
Beaver Lake Nature Center, Three Rivers WMA, the Creekwalk and Hancock Airport 
20 Warbler species were seen this week. PHILADELPHIA VIREO was found also. A 
possible early Orang-crowned Warbler was reported at the Creekwalk 



Oswego County
------------

 9/10: 3 RUDDY TURNSTONES, 2 SANDERLINGS and 8 PIPITS were seen on the 
breakwalls at Oswego Harbor. 

 9/12: 15 species of Warblers Wwere seen at the trails at Lake Neahtawanta in 
Fulton. 



Oneida County
------------

 9/9: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Spring Farm Nature Center south of 
Clinton. Also found were 12 species of Warblers and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO. 



Jefferson County
------------

     9/12: A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at El Dorado State Park.

         
               

 --  end report



Joseph Brin
Region 5
Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.
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Subject: Re: Muckrace highlights, Fri 9/12 and Sat 9/13
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:00:29 -0400
For the second year, I was happy to participate in the Muckrace in the new
photography category, as part of Team Shutterbirds with Mark Miller and
Marissa Newland (Eaton Birding Society). We tallied 70 species, which I was
pleased with, given the mid-morning rain and the strong afternoon winds
(the latter was actually worse: we walked 1/3 mile from South Spring Pool
without observing a single bird!).

The evening at K-M was a bit of a bust, as we'd failed to recognize how
quickly the sunlight would disappear on us. Nonetheless, we did pick up a
couple of juvenile black-crowned night herons up close (enough for some
grainy high-ISO silhouettes). Continuing to Carncross for some unsuccessful
owling under the beautiful starry night, we saw in the north sky faint
columns that expanded and contracted: the aurora borealis! Not as bright
and colorful as one might hope, but an aurora sighting nonetheless.

The next morning started with a pleasant surprise: on Armitage Road across
from the cemetary, as we made a turn in a small pull-off, we saw a flurry
of activity in the groves of berry-rich shrubs next to this pull-off, and
our patient investigation yielded black-and-white, wilson's, and
black-throated green warblers, two vireos and a field sparrow, along with
other common birds (which are no less challenging in the photography
category). The wildlife drive was also good, with an american bittern
fly-by in the rain, a merlin chasing a peregrine then harassing some crows,
a dowitcher (which I'm fairly certain had swallowed a grapefruit), and a
lone snow goose that had been hanging around all summer. Apart from a palm
warbler at Tschache, Cooper's hawk at Armitage, and playful Sandhill Cranes
at K-M, we didn't really have any other noteworthy species, though we had
many misses of common birds: titmouse, nuthatch, junco, grackle, cowbird,
mergansers, and peeps (who seemed to always be on the wrong end of K-M).
What's more remarkable is that, apart from the peeps, the rest weren't just
photographic misses, but were not observed at all. In fact, we only had a
handful of species observed but not photographed (top of this list is an
uncooperative hairy woodpecker, and the great horned owl hooting away at
the MAC all night).

Here are a selection of prettier photos:


https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10204862438218722.1073741832.1172377296&type=1&l=a1a84fba1d 


the full species-by-species album will have to wait for one of us to find
the time :-D.

I'm hoping more will participate next year, especially in the fun and
challenging photography category.

Suan

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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope, Union Springs
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:33:40 -0400
Jason Huck reports a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in the North Mill Pond in Union
Springs yesterday morning. He says it was swimming and foraging in the
northeast corner of the pond. If anyone has a chance to check to see if it
is still there today, please post your results.

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Subject: Re: Muckrace highlights, Fri 9/12 and Sat 9/13
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:12:49 -0400
Thanks, Mark, for the timely and exciting report. Our team (Susan Danskin, Ann 
Mitchell, Gary Kohlenberg, Dave Nutter, and myself), sponsored by the Cayuga 
Bird Club, had an equally enjoyable day (12 hours, actually) and came up with 
99 species. My recovery time is a bit longer than yours, but I hope to put 
together a full report in the next couple of days. 


I would like to add here that, in addition to the efforts of all the 
volunteers, the DEC and the refuge did a wonderful job of preparing the area, 
with extensive mowing and then opening the K-M/Puddlers dike to foot traffic. 
They really take the Muckrace seriously making the entire experience, rain and 
all (!), unforgettable. 


Bob McGuire
On Sep 14, 2014, at 6:55 PM, Mark Chao wrote:

> The 18th annual Montezuma Muckrace concluded last night at 7 PM. 
Collectively, participants from 29+ teams found 171 species throughout the 
Montezuma Wetlands Complex over the 24-hour event. The Wind Birders, a 
Rochester-area team captained by Bob Spahn, won the competitive category with 
120 or maybe 121 species. Very impressive, especially with a long spell of 
steady rain at midday! 

>  
> Meena Haribal, my son Tilden, and I had a hugely enjoyable 24 hours of 
participation as the team Blue and Bluer. Here are some highlights. 

>  
> Friday night
> * Several TRUMPETER SWANS, including this years new generation, far at the 
back of Tschache Pool 

> * At least 50 GREAT EGRETS flying south over Tschache Pool just before dusk
> * COMMON NIGHTHAWK seen from Towpath Road (other teams also saw one on 
Howland Island the following morning) 

> * Two EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS calling to each other near Armitage Road
>  
> Saturday morning
> * Many descending ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, SWAINSONS THRUSHES, and a 
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH calling at first light (Meena also heard a Wood Thrush and 
a Hermit Thrush, which we didnt count) 

> * Two PEREGRINE FALCONS clashing in midair over Puddlers Marsh
> * Fine views of many songbirds including BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, TENNESSEE 
WARBLER (while watching this bird with another group, we mistakenly identified 
this very yellow bird as an Orange-crowned even though it was flashing 
unmistakably white undertail coverts  we realized our error shortly 
afterward), several MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and SCARLET 
TANAGER right along Towpath Road 

> * A late YELLOW WARBLER in a shrub on the dike crossing Puddlers Marsh (we 
saw this bird very well and are sure of the ID) 

> * Two LINCOLNS SPARROWS together in another shrub along this dike (Tilden 
and I saw only one, but Meena saw another) 

> * A MERLIN chasing blackbirds along this dike
> * One BAIRDS SANDPIPER but no unexpected shorebirds at Puddlers Marsh 
(others found HUDSONIAN GODWIT and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER here) 

> * Our only SOLITARY SANDPIPER of the day at the beginning of the Wildlife 
Drive in the steady rain 

> * A late EASTERN KINGBIRD, our only one of the day, along the Wildlife Drive
> * VIRGINIA RAIL hiding in plain sight up against the reeds behind an 
eclipse-plumage Wood Duck at the start of the back straightway of the Wildlife 
Drive 

>  
> Saturday afternoon
> * PURPLE MARTINS lingering at the houses at the Montezuma Audubon Center in 
Savannah 

> * A huge and extremely fast-moving songbird flock on Howland Island. Ive 
never seen migrant birds streaming by so quickly, not even right at dawn. 
Regrettably, we didnt manage to get on many of these birds together to count 
them, but collectively we saw BLACK-THROATED GREEN, ORANGE-CROWNED, and 
Bay-breasted Warbler. 

> * A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK that made a dazzling twisting attack on one of these 
birds, rendering the whole flock still (or gone) and untrackable thereafter 

> * At least two, probably three or more SWAINSONS THRUSHES together near the 
ground 

> * Very productive roadside list-padding under Meenas expert navigation  our 
latest additions included KILLDEER, CHIPPING SPARROW, AMERICAN KESTREL, EASTERN 
BLUEBIRD, and HOUSE SPARROW, all within a few miles of the Audubon Center 

> * Dozens of SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, our 100th and last species of the day, 
sitting on the mud in the shallow pond by the Audubon Center. 

>  
> Tilden ended up with at least a couple of life birds and probably 50+ new 
species for the year. His interest in birds seems to be fully restoked after a 
hiatus of several months (way too much baseball). Already he is talking about 
next years Muckrace, and indeed, even charting his path to get his five-time 
participant certificate before he finishes high school! 

>  
> Before and throughout the whole event, a modest-sized but incredibly 
productive corps of staff and volunteers pulled everything together with good 
cheer, impeccable organization, and sheer massive effort. Heartfelt thanks to 
all from both Tilden and me. 

>  
> The event has raised more than $7,000 so far, with much more expected from 
late pledges. Its not too late to donate. See the website of the Friends of 
the Montezuma Wetlands Complex if youre interested. 

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Subject: Muckrace highlights, Fri 9/12 and Sat 9/13
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:55:47 -0400
The 18th annual Montezuma Muckrace concluded last night at 7 PM.
Collectively, participants from 29+ teams found 171 species throughout the
Montezuma Wetlands Complex over the 24-hour event.  The Wind Birders, a
Rochester-area team captained by Bob Spahn, won the competitive category
with 120 or maybe 121 species.  Very impressive, especially with a long
spell of steady rain at midday!

 

Meena Haribal, my son Tilden, and I had a hugely enjoyable 24 hours of
participation as the team Blue and Bluer.  Here are some highlights.

 

Friday night

* Several TRUMPETER SWANS, including this year's new generation, far at the
back of Tschache Pool

* At least 50 GREAT EGRETS flying south over Tschache Pool just before dusk

* COMMON NIGHTHAWK seen from Towpath Road (other teams also saw one on
Howland Island the following morning)

* Two EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS calling to each other near Armitage Road 

 

Saturday morning

* Many descending ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, and a
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH calling at first light (Meena also heard a Wood Thrush
and a Hermit Thrush, which we didn't count)

* Two PEREGRINE FALCONS clashing in midair over Puddler's Marsh

* Fine views of many songbirds including BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, TENNESSEE
WARBLER (while watching this bird with another group, we mistakenly
identified this very yellow bird as an Orange-crowned even though it was
flashing unmistakably white undertail coverts - we realized our error
shortly afterward), several MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and
SCARLET TANAGER right along Towpath Road

* A late YELLOW WARBLER in a shrub on the dike crossing Puddler's Marsh (we
saw this bird very well and are sure of the ID)

* Two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS together in another shrub along this dike (Tilden
and I saw only one, but Meena saw another)

* A MERLIN chasing blackbirds along this dike

* One BAIRD'S SANDPIPER but no unexpected shorebirds at Puddler's Marsh
(others found HUDSONIAN GODWIT and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER here)

* Our only SOLITARY SANDPIPER of the day at the beginning of the Wildlife
Drive in the steady rain

* A late EASTERN KINGBIRD, our only one of the day, along the Wildlife Drive


* VIRGINIA RAIL hiding in plain sight up against the reeds behind an
eclipse-plumage Wood Duck at the start of the back straightway of the
Wildlife Drive

 

Saturday afternoon

* PURPLE MARTINS lingering at the houses at the Montezuma Audubon Center in
Savannah

* A huge and extremely fast-moving songbird flock on Howland Island.  I've
never seen migrant birds streaming by so quickly, not even right at dawn.
Regrettably, we didn't manage to get on many of these birds together to
count them, but collectively we saw BLACK-THROATED GREEN, ORANGE-CROWNED,
and Bay-breasted Warbler.

* A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK that made a dazzling twisting attack on one of these
birds, rendering the whole flock still (or gone) and untrackable thereafter

* At least two, probably three or more SWAINSON'S THRUSHES together near the
ground

* Very productive roadside list-padding under Meena's expert navigation -
our latest additions included KILLDEER, CHIPPING SPARROW, AMERICAN KESTREL,
EASTERN BLUEBIRD, and HOUSE SPARROW, all within a few miles of the Audubon
Center

* Dozens of SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, our 100th and last species of the day,
sitting on the mud in the shallow pond by the Audubon Center.

 

Tilden ended up with at least a couple of life birds and probably 50+ new
species for the year.  His interest in birds seems to be fully restoked
after a hiatus of several months (way too much baseball).  Already he is
talking about next year's Muckrace, and indeed, even charting his path to
get his five-time participant certificate before he finishes high school!

 

Before and throughout the whole event, a modest-sized but incredibly
productive corps of staff and volunteers pulled everything together with
good cheer, impeccable organization, and sheer massive effort.  Heartfelt
thanks to all from both Tilden and me.  

 

The event has raised more than $7,000 so far, with much more expected from
late pledges.  It's not too late to donate.  See the website of the Friends
of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex if you're interested.

 

Mark Chao

Ithaca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Subject: Hawk flight now
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:16:12 +0000
Pretty nice late afternoon raptor flight going on over Ithaca now - 30 
BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 2 BALD EAGLES over my house in the last hour 


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Subject: Re: Sunday Sabine's Gull?
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:37:56 +0000 (GMT)
Yes, we considered claiming it on our Muckrace list on that basis, but 
ultimately decided not to. I forget why. Probably too distracted by keeping 
track of the birds we actually saw, the challenges of wet optics and shorebirds 
in bad light or moving warblers and vireos amid leaves larger than they, the 
joy of discerning and identifying real birds, and the cameraderie of birding. 
Some time I hope to see a Sabine's Gull better than the brief possible view I 
had alone at Chincoteague NWR as a kid who knew far too little about gulls. It 
may involve sacrificing a Muckrace total. I still don't understand why Chris & 
Gerard were in Ithaca instead of at the Muckrace, where we ultimately found 
them at Knox-Marsellus Marsh with only an hour and a half left and a grand 
total of 10 species on their list, but they seemed pretty happy, and I think I 
would have been, too. 


--Dave Nutter


On Sep 14, 2014, at 12:12 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal  wrote:

> All you know is that Sabine's Gull may have passed through the Muckrace area 
before it headed down to the south end of the Cayuga Lake, unfortunately no 
body was keeping an eye on the north end of the lake, which is part of Muckrace 
territory! 

>
>  
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> Cheers
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> From: bounce-117939794-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Dave Nutter 
 

> Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2014 12:04 PM
> To: Matthew Medler
> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sunday Sabine's Gull?
>  
> Negative:
> I was at Stewart Park starting at 6:09am (just able to discern silhouette of 
Great Blue Heron along the shore) until 9:24am. It seemed perfectly normal 
there to me: Ring-billed, Herring, and Great Black-backed Gulls, hundreds of 
Double-crested Cormorants, a couple Great Blue Herons, a Green Heron, a Belted 
Kingfisher, an Osprey, some Canada Geese & Mallards and a few Wood Ducks and 
Hooded & Common Mergansers. As I was about to leave Gary Kohlenberg wandered in 
detouring on his way for a cup of coffee. I stayed to keep him company and make 
sure if he saw the Sabine's Gull that I would, too, but there was no sign of it 
other than Jane Graves joining us and telling us just how lovely the bird had 
been, but she did so in a very pleasant way, so that was fine. The only 
lake-related bird I added during this interval was a flock of Tree Swallows 
over East Shore Park. Gary was drawn away by some distant source of caffiene, 
then Jane left about the same time I did, neither of us having found any 
warblers around the swan pond. 

> If it wasn't for my high regard for the many birders who said they saw a 
Sabine's Gull there (not over the open ocean) yesterday, I would say it was a 
vast conspiracy to torture those of us who spent the afternoon in the rain 
doing the Montezuma muckrace bird-a-thon at the other end of the Cayuga Lake 
Basin. 

> --Dave Nutter
>
> On Sep 14, 2014, at 08:28 AM, Matthew Medler  wrote:
>
>> Has anybody been to Stewart Park this morning to look for the Sabine's Gull? 
If so, could positive or negative reports be shared here? 

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Subject: RE: Sunday Sabine's Gull?
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:11:37 +0000
All you know is that Sabine's Gull may have passed through the Muckrace area 
before it headed down to the south end of the Cayuga Lake, unfortunately no 
body was keeping an eye on the north end of the lake, which is part of Muckrace 
territory! 




Cheers

Meena

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Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2014 12:04 PM
To: Matthew Medler
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sunday Sabine's Gull?

Negative:
I was at Stewart Park starting at 6:09am (just able to discern silhouette of 
Great Blue Heron along the shore) until 9:24am. It seemed perfectly normal 
there to me: Ring-billed, Herring, and Great Black-backed Gulls, hundreds of 
Double-crested Cormorants, a couple Great Blue Herons, a Green Heron, a Belted 
Kingfisher, an Osprey, some Canada Geese & Mallards and a few Wood Ducks and 
Hooded & Common Mergansers. As I was about to leave Gary Kohlenberg wandered in 
detouring on his way for a cup of coffee. I stayed to keep him company and make 
sure if he saw the Sabine's Gull that I would, too, but there was no sign of it 
other than Jane Graves joining us and telling us just how lovely the bird had 
been, but she did so in a very pleasant way, so that was fine. The only 
lake-related bird I added during this interval was a flock of Tree Swallows 
over East Shore Park. Gary was drawn away by some distant source of caffiene, 
then Jane left about the same time I did, neither of us having found any 
warblers around the swan pond. 

If it wasn't for my high regard for the many birders who said they saw a 
Sabine's Gull there (not over the open ocean) yesterday, I would say it was a 
vast conspiracy to torture those of us who spent the afternoon in the rain 
doing the Montezuma muckrace bird-a-thon at the other end of the Cayuga Lake 
Basin. 


--Dave Nutter

On Sep 14, 2014, at 08:28 AM, Matthew Medler  wrote:

Has anybody been to Stewart Park this morning to look for the Sabine's Gull? If 
so, could positive or negative reports be shared here? 


Thanks,
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Subject: Re: Sunday Sabine's Gull?
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:04:51 +0000
Negative:
I was at Stewart Park starting at 6:09am (just able to discern silhouette of 
Great Blue Heron along the shore) until 9:24am. It seemed perfectly normal 
there to me: Ring-billed, Herring, and Great Black-backed Gulls, hundreds of 
Double-crested Cormorants, a couple Great Blue Herons, a Green Heron, a Belted 
Kingfisher, an Osprey, some Canada Geese & Mallards and a few Wood Ducks and 
Hooded & Common Mergansers. As I was about to leave Gary Kohlenberg wandered in 
detouring on his way for a cup of coffee. I stayed to keep him company and make 
sure if he saw the Sabine's Gull that I would, too, but there was no sign of it 
other than Jane Graves joining us and telling us just how lovely the bird had 
been, but she did so in a very pleasant way, so that was fine. The only 
lake-related bird I added during this interval was a flock of Tree Swallows 
over East Shore Park. Gary was drawn away by some distant source of caffiene, 
then Jane left about the same time I did, neither of us having found any 
warblers around the swan pond. 

If it wasn't for my high regard for the many birders who said they saw a 
Sabine's Gull there (not over the open ocean) yesterday, I would say it was a 
vast conspiracy to torture those of us who spent the afternoon in the rain 
doing the Montezuma muckrace bird-a-thon at the other end of the Cayuga Lake 
Basin. 


--Dave Nutter


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> Has anybody been to Stewart Park this morning to look for the Sabine's Gull? 
If so, could positive or negative reports be shared here? 

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Subject: Re: Sunday Sabine's Gull?
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:56:00 +0000
Yes. Very quiet. Dave was there way before me and indicated the same. No exotic 
Gulls or Terns. 

Gary

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Has anybody been to Stewart Park this morning to look for the Sabine's Gull? If 
so, could positive or negative reports be shared here? 


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Subject: Quiet at Myers
From: Matthew Medler <matthewmedler AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:44:07 -0400
It's very quiet here at Myers. No Sabine's Gull, no shorebirds, and nothing 
else unusual. The only bird of note that I've seen is a common loon flying 
north up the lake. 


Matt M.

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Subject: Sunday Sabine's Gull?
From: Matthew Medler <mdm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:28:20 -0700
Has anybody been to Stewart Park this morning to look for the Sabine's Gull? If 
so, could positive or negative reports be shared here? 


Thanks,
Matt Medler


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Subject: Re: Sabine's Gull
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:52:12 +0000
We found the gull on the water not far from shore. Once again it flew up high 
but appeared to resettle on the water farther out. 


Sent from my iPhone

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> wrote: 


Hi All,

I departed Stewart Park at 5:25 pm after last seeing the Sabine's Gull at 5:10. 
Jane Graves and I last saw the bird flying high overhead, and lost it when it 
flew directly over us and became obscured by the willows that we were standing 
under. It was fairly high at that point, and it seemed like it might be taking 
advantage of the strong north wind to head south, so we turned after a minute 
or so to scan the sky to the south, but we didn't see it. I did a fairly quick 
scan of the lake one last time after that, and did not see it. So, the bird 
might have departed, but I certainly hope not! Kevin McGowan was arriving as I 
departed, so perhaps he was able to track it down. 


Good birding,
Matt Medler
Ithaca

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Still present now, 4:48 pm. On water. scope needed. Viewed from middle of west 
side of Stewart Park. Good luck! 


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Subject: Re: Sabine's Gull
From: Matthew Medler <mdm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:47:07 -0700
Hi All,

I departed Stewart Park at 5:25 pm after last seeing the Sabine's Gull at 5:10. 
Jane Graves and I last saw the bird flying high overhead, and lost it when it 
flew directly over us and became obscured by the willows that we were standing 
under. It was fairly high at that point, and it seemed like it might be taking 
advantage of the strong north wind to head south, so we turned after a minute 
or so to scan the sky to the south, but we didn't see it. I did a fairly quick 
scan of the lake one last time after that, and did not see it. So, the bird 
might have departed, but I certainly hope not! Kevin McGowan was arriving as I 
departed, so perhaps he was able to track it down. 


Good birding,
Matt Medler
Ithaca



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Still present now, 4:48 pm. On water. scope needed. Viewed from middle of west 
side of Stewart Park. Good luck! 


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Subject: Sabine's Gull
From: Matthew Medler <mdm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:50:21 +0000
Still present now, 4:48 pm. On water. scope needed. Viewed from middle of west 
side of Stewart Park. Good luck! 


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Subject: Re: SABINE'S GULL @ Stewart Park
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:23:53 +0000
The SABINES GULL is still sitting on the water off Stewart Park at 4:20 pm - 
actually closer than it's been all day, with Ring-billed gulls. 


Ken

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> Juv SABINE'S GULL on water from Stewart Park (Ithaca, NY on Cayuga Lake). 
Flying and landing between Red and White Lighthouse jetties. Chased around by 
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Subject: SABINE'S GULL @ Stewart Park
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:46:01 +0000
Juv SABINE'S GULL on water from Stewart Park (Ithaca, NY on Cayuga Lake). 
Flying and landing between Red and White Lighthouse jetties. Chased around by 
Ring-billed Gulls. 

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Subject: Re: big night
From: Judith Thurber <jathurber AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:11:33 -0400
I went right outside after reading this....just heard at least 10 calls in 
under 3 minutes. Thanks! 

Judy Thurber
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> Hearing lots of flight calls up here in the remote highlands of Danby. NEXRAD 
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Hearing lots of flight calls up here in the remote highlands of Danby. NEXRAD 
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31 heading slowly south in Cayuga Lake, off Lansing Station Rd, Lansing

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Subject: Cornell Lab Monday Night Seminars--Fall 2014
From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:19:37 -0400
Hello Cayuga Birders

Happy almost-fall to all. The Lab of Ornithology is pleased to continue the
Monday Night Seminar series this semester. We are kicking off the season
with a special talk by John Fitzpatrick.  Hope to see you there!



*September 15, 7:30pm*

*Martha’s Question: “Have You Learned Anything From My Passing?”
Reflections on the Tragic Centenary of the Last Passenger Pigeon*


*John W. Fitzpatrick, director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology*



 To this day the Passenger Pigeon story represents the most famous
human-caused extinction in history. Fitzpatrick will review the remarkable
biology and the tragic disappearance of the Passenger Pigeon, once the
world’s most abundant bird species. He will explore how and why a bird
could achieve such spectacular numbers, and the multiple forces that led to
its catastrophically rapid population collapse. The very last Passenger
Pigeon, named Martha, died in the Cincinnati Zoo in September 1914.
Fitzpatrick asks the question that Martha might ask if she could do so
today: Have we humans yet learned to respect abundance in nature? The
seminar will explore important lessons we can take from the world’s
fisheries and some emerging conservation success stories in this
bittersweet tribute to Martha and her lost species.
*As always, these seminars are free and open to the public. The doors open
at 7:00.  *




*This coming Monday, we will be streaming the seminar live. Be sure to
bookmark http://dl.allaboutbirds.org/cornelllab-monday-night-seminars
 for quick
access on Monday evening.  And if you missed them, you can also watch the
archived versions  of the
previous live-streamed lectures.  *







*UPCOMING MONDAY NIGHT SEMINARS:*





*September 29*

*Hawaii’s Birds: Past, Present and Future*

*Speaker: Jack Jeffrey, wildlife biologist and photographer*



 Over 5 million years ago, a small flock of Asian finches arrived on an
isolated volcanic archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean. Through
adaptive radiation and ecological opportunity, over 60 species of Hawaiian
Honeycreepers (Drepanidinae) evolved an amazing array of bill forms, color,
and specialized feeding behaviors. These and numerous other forest birds
inhabited the Hawaiian Islands until human contact over one thousand years
ago. Since first contact, humans have triggered an extinction process
through habitat destruction, agricultural practices and the introduction of
alien species including large herbivores, mammal predators, invertebrates,
diseases, and invasive plants. These introductions have caused, and
continue to cause, extinction and endangerment of many native forest bird
species throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Today, conservation efforts are
attempting to reverse this trend through habitat protection, forest
restoration, reforestation, alien species prevention and control, captive
propagation, and public awareness and education. Join Jack Jeffrey,
photographer and wildlife biologist, in an entertaining, informative, and
humorous program about Hawaii’s wonderful forest birds, their problems, and
the extensive efforts being made to protect these amazing forest creatures
from further decline and extinction.



*October 6*

*Birds in Flight: the Art and Science of How Birds Fly (seminar and book
signing)*

*Speaker: Carrol Henderson, wildlife biologist, photographer, and author*



 Carrol Henderson has long been captivated by the phenomenon of birds in
flight. During this seminar, he will take you through the stages of an
“Avian Flight School 101.” Learn about the physics-based miracles of flight
ranging from “Bernoulli’s effect” to the “secret of the alula,” the
venetian blind effect, dynamic soaring by albatrosses, and the amazing
process by which hummingbirds hover—all illustrated with photos taken by
Henderson in the course of his international travels. Henderson's book,
"Birds in Flight," will be available for purchase and signing.



*October 13*

*CAYUGA BIRD CLUB MEETING*

*The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds (seminar and book
signing)*

*Speaker: Julie Zickefoose, writer/artist*




 Doors open at 7:00 p.m., Cayuga Bird Club meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.;
seminar begins after the meeting at approximately 8:00 p.m.



Join writer/artist Julie Zickefoose for an evening exploring the
intersection of birds and spirituality in our lives. Can a bird become a
demigod to some? Can certain species achieve the level of a totem or spirit
guide? Are there phenomena that occur between human and nature that cannot
be explained by conventional means? These are concepts that have surfaced
over a lifetime of helping broken birds and mothering those who are
orphaned, and in so doing coming to know birds from the inside out. A
scientist at heart, Julie has lately found herself wondering more than
knowing. This talk will help you keep your spirit “open to the thrust of
grace,” thinking about the unexplainables in your own life. Zickefoose's
book, "The Bluebird Effect," will be available for purchase and signing.



*October 20*

*Science and Nature in the Galapagos Islands*

*Speakers: Irby Lovette, director, Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program,
Cornell Lab Ornithology; Fausto Rodriguez, Galapagos Park Naturalist and
founder of Galapagos Best*



 The Galapagos Archipelago has long been celebrated as an icon of evolution
and wondrous natural history. The Galapagos remains an otherworldly setting
where the wildlife from boobies to finches to fur seals, penguins to giant
tortoises to frigate birds shows no fear of humans, and where the
remoteness of the archipelago has fostered the evolution of wonderful
organisms and spectacular adaptations found nowhere else in the world.
Lovette and Rodriguez have many years of experience in Galapagos, and they
will recount some the wonders they have witnessed on their trips through
the archipelago, present new research findings from their own projects and
those of their colleagues, and discuss some of the challenging conservation
issues that may change the Galapagos forever.



*November 03*

*Fighting Crime with...Feathers: The Casebook of a Forensic Ornithologist*

*Speaker: Pepper Trail, Senior Forensic Scientist/Ornithologist, National
Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory*

When a crime is committed against a bird, a forensic ornithologist
identifies the victim. Pepper Trail is likely the world’s only full-time
ornithological crime-fighter. Trail works at the National Fish and Wildlife
Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, where he identifies all bird
evidence submitted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service enforcement officers.
This evidence ranges from oil-soaked seabirds to the plumes of
birds-of-paradise, from carved hornbill skulls to live South American
parrots. Join us for a look behind the scenes at one of the world’s most
fascinating crime labs, and learn how feathers are powerful weapons in the
fight to protect the world’s birds.



*November 17*

*Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin (seminar and book signing)*

*Speaker: Marie Read, photographer*




Nationally known bird photographer Marie Read takes us on a journey
exploring the birdlife of Mono Lake and its surrounding basin, located in
California¹s Eastern Sierra. Marie’s stunning photography, now featured in
her newly released book "Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin,"
reveals the fascinating lives of the birds that breed or migrate through
this spectacular birding hotspot, famous for bizarre tufa towers and highly
saline and alkaline water. Enjoy Read's stories from the field and learn
how she obtained some of the behavior and action shots in the book. Books
will be available for purchase and signing.


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Marc Devokaitis
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Subject: Re: Northeast Night Migration
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:23:57 +0000
I just checked the radar from a few minutes ago. Great bird blooms over New 
York and Pennsylvania ! 


On Sep 11, 2014, at 7:36 PM, "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" 
> wrote: 


Just a heads-up:

Tonight and tomorrow night look to be really good nights to listen for or 
record night migrants that are departing points North and headed into the 
Northeast destined for points South. If you have an opportunity to get out and 
listen, by all means, do it. If you are an early morning person, try to catch 
the descent of thrushes just prior to the start of civil twilight. I know I'll 
be recording and others may be as well. 


Good night listening!!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

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Subject: Northeast Night Migration
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:35:14 +0000
Just a heads-up:

Tonight and tomorrow night look to be really good nights to listen for or 
record night migrants that are departing points North and headed into the 
Northeast destined for points South. If you have an opportunity to get out and 
listen, by all means, do it. If you are an early morning person, try to catch 
the descent of thrushes just prior to the start of civil twilight. I know Ill 
be recording and others may be as well. 


Good night listening!!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

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Subject: RE: Making Montezuma even better
From: "Norwalk, James" <NORWALK AT hws.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:08:28 +0000
And when you give to the Muckrace...make sure it is to the Bobolink team!



Jim

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Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:22 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Making Montezuma even better

The recent Cayugabirds thread on the birding at Montezuma NWR brought out many 
ideas. Of course, ideas are the easy part; finding the resources is the tough 
part. As I have been exposed to the staffs work at the refuge this year, Ive 
seen a multitude of often complex responsibilities that they meet with limited 
resources. There are population surveys, bird banding, water management, 
invasive plant surveys and control, habitat restoration, water control 
structure maintenance and miles of dikes(and roads) to maintain. That is a 
limited list. Our ideas require new resources. So, making something of these 
ideas all comes down to resources. 

If you appreciate Montezuma NWR as I do, and if you want it to be even better, 
then you personally need to consider what you can do to support these ideas. 
With the 18th Annual Montezuma Muckrace only a day away, now is a perfect time 
to step up and consider four key types of support. 

First, support the Muckrace by sponsoring a team. Last year it brought in 
$10,600. Could it be more with your support? If you arent already involved, go 
to: 

http://www.friendsofmontezuma.org/muck_race.html#sthash.oWIR9WMZ.dpbs
Select a team. The team names are pretty creative, so surely you can find one 
that intrigues you. Ive done this. Wont you as a birder join me? 

Secondly, become a member of the Friends of Montezuma. Ive done this, too. 
Heres the link to their membership form: 

http://www.friendsofmontezuma.org/membership.html
Next, once a member, it becomes easy to find a volunteer event to support the 
refuge staff. I helped with a survey of Black Tern nesting populations this 
summer, and it was a great way to see some of the refuge that is normally 
hidden. Seeing the terns was a memorable experience. Just one or two days a 
year is a great way to pay back the staff for all the birding that we enjoy 
there. 

Lastly, buy a duck stamp. The visitor center at Montezuma NWR has them. They 
are used to acquire further critical wildlife habitat. I have my 2014 duck 
stamp and I keep a favorite one  A Wood duck-- on my photo pack to show my 
support for the refuge system. Wouldnt it be great if all birders did the 
same? 

With these four actions, we can move from helpful ideas to an even more 
enriching refuge. I hope you will join me. 


Paul Schmitt
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Subject: Making Montezuma even better
From: Paul Schmitt <pschmitt AT stny.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:21:47 -0400
The recent Cayugabirds’ thread on the birding at Montezuma NWR brought out 
many ideas. Of course, ideas are the easy part; finding the resources is the 
tough part. As I have been exposed to the staff’s work at the refuge this 
year, I’ve seen a multitude of often complex responsibilities that they meet 
with limited resources. There are population surveys, bird banding, water 
management, invasive plant surveys and control, habitat restoration, water 
control structure maintenance and miles of dikes(and roads) to maintain. That 
is a limited list. Our ideas require new resources. So, making something of 
these ideas all comes down to resources. 


If you appreciate Montezuma NWR as I do, and if you want it to be even better, 
then you personally need to consider what you can do to support these ideas. 
With the 18th Annual Montezuma Muckrace only a day away, now is a perfect time 
to step up and consider four key types of support. 


First, support the Muckrace by sponsoring a team. Last year it brought in 
$10,600. Could it be more with your support? If you aren’t already involved, 
go to: 


http://www.friendsofmontezuma.org/muck_race.html#sthash.oWIR9WMZ.dpbs

Select a team. The team names are pretty creative, so surely you can find one 
that intrigues you. I’ve done this. Won’t you as a birder join me? 


Secondly, become a member of the Friends of Montezuma. I’ve done this, too. 
Here’s the link to their membership form: 


http://www.friendsofmontezuma.org/membership.html

Next, once a member, it becomes easy to find a volunteer event to support the 
refuge staff. I helped with a survey of Black Tern nesting populations this 
summer, and it was a great way to see some of the refuge that is normally 
hidden. Seeing the terns was a memorable experience. Just one or two days a 
year is a great way to pay back the staff for all the birding that we enjoy 
there. 


Lastly, buy a duck stamp. The visitor center at Montezuma NWR has them. They 
are used to acquire further critical wildlife habitat. I have my 2014 duck 
stamp and I keep a favorite one – A Wood duck-- on my photo pack to show my 
support for the refuge system. Wouldn’t it be great if all birders did the 
same? 


With these four actions, we can move from helpful ideas to an even more 
enriching refuge. I hope you will join me. 




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Subject: Re: NE Ithaca screech-owl, Wed 9/10
From: Donna Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:12:53 -0400
Lately, for several days I have heard two E. Screech Owls passing slowly 
through my yard and/or woods, singing a duet of sorts! They seem to be calling 
as they approach, then keep calling as they move away from my area. 

I heard them several days about 5:30 AM and I just heard them outside tonight!
A lovely yard bird, to be sure!
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  Subject: [cayugabirds-l] NE Ithaca screech-owl, Wed 9/10


 Just past 5 PM on Wednesday, the urgent clamor of Blue Jays drew all the 
neighborhood songbirds and woodpeckers and eventually me also to a line of 
towering spruces along our neighbor's driveway in northeast Ithaca. After 
several minutes of searching high in the branches, where most of the little 
birds were, I found the source of all the alarm - a gray-morph EASTERN 
SCREECH-OWL only about seven feet from the ground, in the open on an outer 
branch. It was uncommonly beautiful against the natural dark-green backdrop, 
entirely but softly lit by the overcast late-afternoon sky. 


   

 Soon the songbird mob dissipated. I got my scope and over the next hour, 
managed to show the owl to my whole family and more than 20 curious neighbors, 
including a pre-K kid, a high-school senior, at least a couple of grandmothers, 
and many school grades and stages of life in between. 


   

  Mark Chao

   

 PS. The Montezuma Muckrace, an annual bird-a-thon to raise funds for the 
Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, takes place this weekend. Meena 
Haribal, my son Tilden, and I will be participating as a team called Blue and 
Bluer. If you are interested in pledging to the Friends in the name of our 
team, any other team, or even no specific team at all, please see 
http://www.friendsofmontezuma.org/muck_race.html#donate. Thank you. 


   

   

   

   




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Subject: NE Ithaca screech-owl, Wed 9/10
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:06:24 -0400
Just past 5 PM on Wednesday, the urgent clamor of Blue Jays drew all the
neighborhood songbirds and woodpeckers and eventually me also to a line of
towering spruces along our neighbor's driveway in northeast Ithaca.  After
several minutes of searching high in the branches, where most of the little
birds were, I found the source of all the alarm - a gray-morph EASTERN
SCREECH-OWL only about seven feet from the ground, in the open on an outer
branch.  It was uncommonly beautiful against the natural dark-green
backdrop, entirely but softly lit by the overcast late-afternoon sky.

 

Soon the songbird mob dissipated.  I got my scope and over the next hour,
managed to show the owl to my whole family and more than 20 curious
neighbors, including a pre-K kid, a high-school senior, at least a couple of
grandmothers, and many school grades and stages of life in between.  

 

Mark Chao

 

PS.  The Montezuma Muckrace, an annual bird-a-thon to raise funds for the
Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, takes place this weekend.  Meena
Haribal, my son Tilden, and I will be participating as a team called Blue
and Bluer.  If you are interested in pledging to the Friends in the name of
our team, any other team, or even no specific team at all, please see
http://www.friendsofmontezuma.org/muck_race.html#donate.  Thank you.

 

 

 

 



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Subject: Possible female Orange-crowned warbler
From: "W. Larry Hymes" <wlh2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:19:07 -0400
Because of infrequent sightings of this species, it's with some 
trepidation that I file this report.   I saw the bird on Monday in the 
shrubby area outside the west gate at Mundy Wildflower Garden.  My 
attention was drawn to it by the sharp chip notes it was making.  The 
bird was uncooperative, so I only got very brief looks at it as it moved 
about in the plants.  It was around for only a short time.  The bird had 
uneven, very pale yellow coloration on its throat and breast.  It had an 
eye-line, and appeared to have an eye-ring.  The head and back were a 
light grayish-brown color.  There were no wing-bars.  Unfortunately, I 
could not see the undertail markings or the coverts.  The "uneven'' 
color on the breast could have been due to streaking, but I didn't see 
the bird long enough to detect any definite streaking.  Looking through 
Sibley,  this is closest to what I saw.  Would this species be around at 
this time?

Larry

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Subject: Last reminder, and deadline has changed. OT: New York State Ornithological Association Annual meeting here in Ithaca!!
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:50:49 -0400
Come one, come all! The Cayuga Bird Club hosts the New York State
Ornithological Association’s annual meeting this year the weekend of
September 19 through September 21.  Registration is in full swing and we
are excited to have people coming from all around New York State to
participate in this.  We are especially hoping that many of our wonderful
local birders will also attend, so that not only our great birding spots
but our wonderful friendliness and local hospitality will be showcased for
all to enjoy.

The Friday night reception will be held at the Cornell Laboratory of
Ornithology from 6-9 PM. We thank Melissa Walker for working along with us
to make this happen.  There will be “heavy” hors d’oeuvres provided by
Cornell Catering, along with a wine and beer cash bar.  Two presentations
will be offered:  *All About Bird Biology *given by Mya Thompson , the
author of this  newly launched web resource, and a recently produced film
called *Inside the Lab*  (which is not currently available to the general
public). Guests can join either of two tours of the employee areas of the
Lab. The innovative sound ring, a wooden soundscape sculpture by Maya Lin,
part of her “What is missing?” series dealing with extinctions, will be
turned on for all to hear and experience.  And the wonderful new mural of
bird silhouettes, a tribute to Roger Tory Peterson and his first field
guide, will captivate our visitors who will have a check list to challenge
their ID acumen.



Bob McGuire has organized many wonderful field trips to some of our local
hot spots, and you can select the ones which may interest you.



Saturday at the Ramada will see a series of interesting paper presentations
from 1:30 to 5, with topics ranging from *The Hidden World of Bird Language*
to *Earlier Arrival Dates of Spring Migrants*, to *Piping Plover Recovery*
in NYS and many more.  There will be posters on display, and of course, the
NYSOA delegates business meeting in the morning.  A silent auction will be
ongoing throughout the day.

The banquet Saturday night at the Ramada will be buffet style, with a cash
cocktail reception preceding this.  Announcements of award winners will be
followed by our keynote speaker. We are very excited to be presenting Dr.
Bridget Stutchbury, who will talk about her groundbreaking research and
whose talk is titled *Frequent Fliers: New Discoveries in Bird Migration*.  For
those who may not know Dr. Stutchbury, you still have time to read her
three great books  written for general audiences*: Silence of the
Songbirds, Bird Detective, and most recently, The Private Lives of Birds: A
Scientist Reveals the Intricacies of Avian Social Life.*

Doesn’t this sound like a must-attend weekend?  Don’t brush it off just
because you don’t have to travel long distances and stay in a hotel to
attend.  As a matter of fact, this is a wonderful reason for you to make
sure you are part of this.  Go to *Cayugabirdclub.org* to register and for
more information.  *And please note,  if you are registering and choosing
banquet or reception, the deadline for this is Sept. 11.  Please NOTE this
change, it is a day earlier as we need to get actual numbers to the food
providers by September 12. *


Contact me if you need more information.


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Subject: Wake of vultures?
From: Alicia Plotkin <tess AT zoom-dsl.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:05:13 -0400
Heading north on Rt 414 this morning at 7:30 AM, about 2 miles north of 
the 96/96A intersection in Ovid, at least 30 Turkey Vultures were 
scattered around the ground in a field that appeared to have had hay cut 
recently (maybe yesterday judging by the dark green color) and gathered 
into long parallel heaps.  I couldn't stop to observe carefully, but 
they seemed mostly to have their heads up (not eating on the ground) and 
no two were together.  Any idea what was up with them?  Seems like a 
heck of a lot of birds for the odd vole or bunny that would have been 
killed in the haying process.

Alicia


On 9/10/2014 11:47 AM, Nancy wrote:
> Yes, these are fields of harvested grains-oats, wheat and rye I 
> believe. So short enough for the mallards to be gleaning leftover grain.
>
> Cayuga Dog Rescue has saved more than 450 dogs since 2005!
> Learn more at cayugadogrescue.org 
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> Sent from my iPad
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> On Sep 10, 2014, at 9:10 AM, Jody W Enck  > wrote:
>
>> Hi Nancy,
>> Thanks for the post about flocks of mallards in farm fields.  It 
>> brought back fond memories of growing up on our farm in south-central 
>> PA.  Sometimes mixed flocks of dabbling ducks would land to feed in 
>> our harvested small grain fields (wheat, barley, oats) in late 
>> summer, but they seemed especially attracted later in the fall and 
>> early winter to the harvested corn fields.  They would come and go at 
>> different times of day, but I have wonderful memories of lots and 
>> lots of birds coming into those fields between sunset and dark.  Much 
>> fun!
>>
>> Thanks for the memories.
>> Jody
>>
>> Jody W. Enck, PhD
>> Program Development and Evaluation
>> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
>>
>> *From:* Nancy 
>> *Sent:* ‎Wednesday‎, ‎September‎ ‎10‎, ‎2014 ‎8‎:‎58‎ 
‎AM 

>> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>>
>> There have been flocks of a couple hundred mallards in the ag fields 
>> around our house lately. Is it unusual to see them in such great 
>> numbers on land? They have been in the field at the corner of Perry 
>> City and Dubois rds, and also in the field next to our home at 5011 
>> Dubois. Along with lots of geese...
>>
>> Nancy Cusumano
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Subject: Re: Flocks of mallards
From: Nancy <nancycusumano62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:47:17 -0400
Yes, these are fields of harvested grains-oats, wheat and rye I believe. So 
short enough for the mallards to be gleaning leftover grain. 


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Learn more at cayugadogrescue.org


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> On Sep 10, 2014, at 9:10 AM, Jody W Enck  wrote:
> 
> Hi Nancy,
> Thanks for the post about flocks of mallards in farm fields. It brought back 
fond memories of growing up on our farm in south-central PA. Sometimes mixed 
flocks of dabbling ducks would land to feed in our harvested small grain fields 
(wheat, barley, oats) in late summer, but they seemed especially attracted 
later in the fall and early winter to the harvested corn fields. They would 
come and go at different times of day, but I have wonderful memories of lots 
and lots of birds coming into those fields between sunset and dark. Much fun! 

> 
> Thanks for the memories.
> Jody
> 
> Jody W. Enck, PhD
> Program Development and Evaluation
> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
> 
> From: Nancy
> Sent: ‎Wednesday‎, ‎September‎ ‎10‎, ‎2014 ‎8‎:‎58‎ 
‎AM 

> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> 
> There have been flocks of a couple hundred mallards in the ag fields around 
our house lately. Is it unusual to see them in such great numbers on land? They 
have been in the field at the corner of Perry City and Dubois rds, and also in 
the field next to our home at 5011 Dubois. Along with lots of geese... 

> 
> Nancy Cusumano
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Subject: Black Vulture on South Hill
From: Jeff Gerbracht <jeffgerbracht AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:31:08 -0400
While dropping Tractor off at school this morning on south hill, I noticed
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Subject: Re: Flocks of mallards
From: Jody W Enck <jwe4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:10:39 +0000
Hi Nancy,
Thanks for the post about flocks of mallards in farm fields. It brought back 
fond memories of growing up on our farm in south-central PA. Sometimes mixed 
flocks of dabbling ducks would land to feed in our harvested small grain fields 
(wheat, barley, oats) in late summer, but they seemed especially attracted 
later in the fall and early winter to the harvested corn fields. They would 
come and go at different times of day, but I have wonderful memories of lots 
and lots of birds coming into those fields between sunset and dark. Much fun! 


Thanks for the memories.
Jody

Jody W. Enck, PhD
Program Development and Evaluation
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

From: Nancy
Sent: ?Wednesday?, ?September? ?10?, ?2014 ?8?:?58? ?AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L

There have been flocks of a couple hundred mallards in the ag fields around our 
house lately. Is it unusual to see them in such great numbers on land? They 
have been in the field at the corner of Perry City and Dubois rds, and also in 
the field next to our home at 5011 Dubois. Along with lots of geese... 


Nancy Cusumano

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Subject: EIRw mixed flock
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:03:31 +0000
Hi all,
Walk to work produced good birds.
Am. Redstart
Wilsons warbler
Two Philadelphia Vireos
Blackburnian
Magnolia
Common Yellowthroat young male, looked so very cute
H. Wren
C. Wren
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Subject: Flocks of mallards
From: Nancy <nancycusumano62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:57:40 -0400
There have been flocks of a couple hundred mallards in the ag fields around our 
house lately. Is it unusual to see them in such great numbers on land? They 
have been in the field at the corner of Perry City and Dubois rds, and also in 
the field next to our home at 5011 Dubois. Along with lots of geese... 


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Subject: American mink
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:39:34 +0000
Today Mundy walk had practically no birds, but I had a good look at a Mink for 
about 10 minutes. It came down from the seepage near the south east corner 
where steps that lead to Plantations building. Then it bounced along various 
dead trees trunks and large branches fallen on the ground and inspected here 
and there. Eventually it got lost in the vegetation. Several times it stopped 
and watched me as it bounded down. This is the first time I have seen Mink in 
Mundy. 


Meena

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Subject: Volunteers needed for Migration Celebration in October
From: Anne Rosenberg <baj3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 16:59:03 +0000
Fellow bird-lovers,


Please consider helping out at our upcoming Migration Celebration, held in 
October this year. 



Thank you!

Anne


Want to spend a fun day at an awesome family event next month?
Join us as a volunteer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's annual Migration 
Celebration on Saturday, October 18, 10am to 3pm. 


Exhibits and activities will include such favorites as bird banding, bird 
walks, research exhibits and face painting. In addition, we will be honoring 
the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon (September 1, 
1914), including lessons learned and current work in bird conservation. We are 
also planning interactive exhibits on "Why Birds Matter" and "What Can I Do to 
Help Birds?" 


Full-day volunteers get lunch and an appreciation packet, including a 
beautiful, all-cotton Cornell Lab T-shirt. 


Please go to the link below (or print the pdf attached to this email) to fill 
in the Volunteer Registration 
Form, 
and feel free to share this with anyone you think might be interested in being 
involved! You can also share the event posted on the Sapsucker Woods Facebook 
page (https://www.facebook.com/sapsuckerwoods). 


Come join the fun!

Anne Rosenberg
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607/154-2109
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Subject: Fisher on S. Hill Rec Way
From: France <birdbum AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 08:56:13 -0400
Not a bird but still interesting. I saw a Fisher along the South Hill
Rec Way yesterday around 3 pm. Surprised to see one so close to
houses.

-France

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
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Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:26:35 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* September 08, 2014
*  NYSY  09. 08. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):


September 01, 2013 - September 08, 2014
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland
compiled: September 08 AT 6:00 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#408 Monday September 08, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
September 01, 2014
 
Highlights:
-----------

SNOW GOOSE
MISSISSIPPI KITE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
WILLET
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
LITTLE GULL
PARASITIC JAEGER
LONG-TAILED JAEGER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO


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

 9/2: A WILLET and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh 

 9/3: 17 species of shorebird including the WILLET, 4 HUDSONIAN GIDWITS and a 
WILSON’S PHALAROPE were found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 

 9/6: A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was found in a plowed field at the corner of 
Armitage Road and Rt. 89. The WILLET, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and a 
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 



Cayuga County
------------

 9/4: SANDERLINGS, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, and a 
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were found on the causeway at West Barrier Bay Park in Fair 
Haven. 

     9/6: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was at West Barrier Bay Park


Oswego County
-------------

     9/5: A MISSISSIPPI KITE was photographed flying past Derby Hill.
 9/6: Two PARASITIC JAEGERS and two LONG-TAILED JAEGERS were seen at Derby 
Hill. 

     9/7: A LITTLE GULL was seen at Derby Hill
 14 species of WARBLER plus YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and PHILADELPHIA VIREO 
were recorded at various parts of the county. 



Onondaga County
-------------

 9/1: A lingering SNOW GOOSE is still being seen onSkaneateles Lake in the 
village.9/29/7: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were found 
at Three Rivers WMA. COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are still being seen at Three Rivers 
through 9/7. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continues on the Creekwalk on Spencer 
Street in Syracuse. 



Oneida County
------------

 9/5: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Spring Farm Nature Center in 
Clinton. 

 9/7: 18 species of Warbler including CAPE MAY plus a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were 
at a private residence near Durhamville. 



Madison County
------------

 9/2: 8 species of Warblers including a CAPE MAY were found at Tinsley Hill 
Road south of Cazenovia. 


   
    
     
               

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Subject: lots of warblers in Mundy
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:31:47 +0000
I hit a jackpot of warblers, while standing among the Sycamores in Mundy.

Lots of Magnolia and Chestnut-sided
Northern Parula
Am. Redstart
Bay-breasted
Black-throated Green
Black and White
Probably a Tennessee
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed vireo feeding a young
A white-breasted Nuthatch as close as 5 feet from me, was surprised to see me 
when it came from behind the tree at the ground level. 

Three almost grown Co. Mergansers on their favorite rock, two sleeping and one 
guarding. Ignored my presence! 


And lot more common birds!

And vertebrates included a Giant Swallowtail (yes they are still hanging 
around), and three American Rubyspots on the rocks in Fall Creek, a male 
Slender Spreadwing chasing and insect and finally a Wandering Glider between 
the USDA and Ken Post Green Houses as usual. 


Cheers
Meena


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Subject: Cayuga Bird Club meeting tonight
From: Paul Anderson <paul AT grammatech.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:06:25 -0400
The first bird club meeting of the season will be tonight at 7:30 at the 
Lab of Ornithology. There are two main items of business:

1. We have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming NYSOA meeting 
starting on the 19th. We will describe the activities that have been 
planned and will be asking for volunteers to help with various tasks.

2. We will present candidates for the elections to be held in October.

These meetings are open to everyone. Please come join us!

Best regards,

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Subject: Yellow-breasted Chat and Philadelphia Vireo at Jetty Woods
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:38:03 +0000
Hi all,

Today I decided to checkout Jetty woods. As I entered the woods, I saw a 
Philadelphia Vireo feeding by itself. 




As I was reaching the end of the walk, in a willow tree I saw two birds sitting 
on a branch about a foot apart, facing each other. One with yellow underside 
with streaks and a black tail tip and the other was all white underneath with 
sides of the tail having a black tip. I could identify them as a Magnolia and a 
Chestnut-sided warblers. They sat there for quite sometime. I should have 
changed my macro to tele lens to get a perfect picture of their undersides. 
There were a couple of chickadees also feeding nosily. To get a better view of 
the warblers I changed my position, when I saw the underside of a bird with a 
bright yellow, first I thought may be a tanager, but the yellow did not seem to 
fit, as the yellow was rather of a goldenrod yellow and the shape of the bird 
also did not fit the tanager. Then I got a better view of white belly and 
longer tail and thicker black beak. I knew I was looking at Yellow-breasted 
Chat. For quite sometime it foraged above me and I got only look of the 
underside. When it flew I could see its upper parts colors. by then the two 
warblers also became active and the birds were moving away from me and there 
was no way I could follow them as there was water in the vicinity. I quickly 
took out my Peterson's guide on my cell phone to confirm that I was looking at 
Yellow-breasted Chat. Then I walked up to the end of the jetty, where I saw 
Kingfishers, Great Black-backed Gulls, Caspian terns and I also heard probably 
two Spotted Sandpipers. 




On the return trip I went on the trail that leads through the woods to Stewart 
Park in the hopes of seeing the chat again. But I did not see it. But there 
were five or six darners. There was one mating pair and others were trying to 
get the mated female by continuously chasing the mated pair. There was also a 
Boyeria sp. I presume probably a Fawn Darner. 




Then there were four Warbling Vireos singing from various locations. I also saw 
four female Hummingbirds at various locations. One was visiting spider webs in 
the higher reaches of the canopy and neatly picking up the spiders from the 
web. At least I saw it get three spiders. A Green Heron and two woodducks were 
seen from the Swan Pen of the Stewart Park. 




Lastly, thanks to Jay, I did see the female Fiery Skipper. These are southern 
butterflies and seem to have established themselves in that area since last 
four years! Also saw two migrating Monarch butterflies along the inlet. 




Cheers

Meena

PS: On BTI 3 rd floor middle space (?) windows, there was a dead warbler, I 
think it was a young Blackburnian and had killed itself by colliding with the 
windows. 


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Subject: Sapsucker Woods, Sun 9/7
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 09:33:53 -0400
Warblers and other migrant songbirds are widely present in Sapsucker Woods
today.  

 

OVENBIRD (1 heard singing once off West Trail - song and location seemed
typical, though date wasn't)

TENNESSEE WARBLER (2 - one near service driveway, one by Charley Harper
memorial bench on west side of pond)

NASHVILLE WARBLER (1 along Woodleton Boardwalk)

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT (a few, various locations)

AMERICAN REDSTART (1 at foot of Owens Platform, near start of Wilson Trail
North)

NORTHERN PARULA (1 by Harper bench)

MAGNOLIA WARBLER (7+, most evident by Harper bench and Woodleton)

BAY-BREASTED WARBLER (1 striking bird with green head and strongly russet
sides, Woodleton)

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (4, Harper bench and Woodleton)

BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER (2 along Woodleton - one unseen singing male,
one female)

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (1 dull bird along Woodleton)

BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER (2+ along Woodleton)

 

SCARLET TANAGER (1 yellow-and-black bird by Harper bench)

PHILADELPHIA VIREO (1 at Harper bench)

WARBLING VIREO (1 at start of Wilson Trail North, 1 at Harper bench - good
opportunity to compare with Tennessee Warbler and Philadelphia Vireo)

RED-EYED VIREO (2+ at Harper bench)

 

MARSH WREN (probable - I heard many crisp single call notes moving quickly
through nearby cattails by Harper bench but didn't manage to see the bird)

CAROLINA WREN (1 singing by parking lots)

 

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Subject: Re: Sunday Morning Night Flight
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:39:26 +0000
For those interested, Ive uploaded a selection of audio of the thrush descent 
here: 


https://soundcloud.com/cth4th/etna-ny-20140907055606-thrush-descent

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

On Sep 7, 2014, at 5:52 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
> wrote: 


Just a quick heads-up, there is an incredible fallout of hundreds and hundreds 
of Swainsons Thrushes (and others) happening right now. Its been going on for 
at least the past hour and should end around 6:10am, in case anyone is upgo 
outside! 


Good birding!

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Subject: Sunday Morning Night Flight
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 09:52:41 +0000
Just a quick heads-up, there is an incredible fallout of hundreds and hundreds 
of Swainsons Thrushes (and others) happening right now. Its been going on for 
at least the past hour and should end around 6:10am, in case anyone is upgo 
outside! 


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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Montezuma
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 16:29:30 -0400
The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER found by Mike Tetlow a couple of hours ago is
still present with Killdeer in the plowed field at SE corner of Armitage
Rd. X Rt. 89, viewed from 89 just west of north end of East Road.

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Montezuma
From: "Jay McGowan jwm57 AT cornell.edu [oneidabirds]" <oneidabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
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The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER found by Mike Tetlow a couple of hours ago is
still present with Killdeer in the plowed field at SE corner of Armitage
Rd. X Rt. 89, viewed from 89 just west of north end of East Road.
Subject: Mississippi Kite - Derby Hill, juv. Dunlin - Sodus Point
From: <tigger64 AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 22:56:54 -0400
Today on south winds a Mississippi Kite passed low for good looks. Photos on 
Jim Tarolli's page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jtarolli9/ 



Thursday at Sodus Point a (mostly) juvenile-plumage Dunlin was present. Photos 
at: 



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Subject: Screech owls calling
From: Robyn Bailey <rb644 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 00:11:45 +0000
I just heard a screech owl duet at the Brooktondale Community Center, near the 
basketball court. 


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Subject: Fantastic Willow Flycatcher report -corrected
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:16:39 -0400
Was a bit skeptical of the report Meena forwarded from the birdband listserv as 
the 

two day data turn around would have required an immediate report by the bander, 
a 

quick vetting by BBL as well as all the computer stuff needed to turn it around 
in 

the band database. Checked with colleagues at BBL and found out that Manuel 
erred in 

one important element. The bird was banded in 2013, not 2014.

So, we can toss out that 45km/hr transit but it's still a great return as we 
get so 

little from Central America. The ability for finders to get data so quickly is 
such 

a wonderful improvement from when we started in the day of hand written 
schedules 

(band reports) and a 3 to 6 month turn around.
Best,
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Subject: Turkey mom
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:13:03 -0400
A Turkey has been hanging around our yard with just four poults. I've been 
watching them since they were not much bigger than tennis balls. At first I 
thought they were going to be easy prey for our brazen coyotes, who come quite 
close even in daylight, or the foxes, who chase chickens and house cats, but 
these birds learn to fly when they're still quite small. 


Nevertheless, mom keeps them close. I can often tell where the little family is 
from the soft call-and-response music they make as they forage together in the 
deep undergrowth or out in the tall goldenrod. 


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Subject: Reminder....And deadlines coming up. OT: New York State Ornithological Association Annual meeting here in Ithaca!!
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:27:42 -0400
Come one, come all! The Cayuga Bird Club hosts the New York State
Ornithological Association’s annual meeting this year the weekend of
September 19 through September 21.  Registration is in full swing and we
are excited to have people coming from all around New York State to
participate in this.  We are especially hoping that many of our wonderful
local birders will also attend, so that not only our great birding spots
but our wonderful friendliness and local hospitality will be showcased for
all to enjoy.

The Friday night reception will be held at the Cornell Laboratory of
Ornithology from 6-9 PM. We thank Melissa Walker for working along with us
to make this happen.  There will be “heavy” hors d’oeuvres provided by
Cornell Catering, along with a wine and beer cash bar.  Two presentations
will be offered:  *All About Bird Biology *given by Mya Thompson , the
author of this  newly launched web resource, and a recently produced film
called *Inside the Lab*  (which is not currently available to the general
public). Guests can join either of two tours of the employee areas of the
Lab. The innovative sound ring, a wooden soundscape sculpture by Maya Lin,
part of her “What is missing?” series dealing with extinctions, will be
turned on for all to hear and experience.  And the wonderful new mural of
bird silhouettes, a tribute to Roger Tory Peterson and his first field
guide, will captivate our visitors who will have a check list to challenge
their ID acumen.



Bob McGuire has organized many wonderful field trips to some of our local
hot spots, and you can select the ones which may interest you.



Saturday at the Ramada will see a series of interesting paper presentations
from 1:30 to 5, with topics ranging from *The Hidden World of Bird Language*
to *Earlier Arrival Dates of Spring Migrants*, to *Piping Plover Recovery*
in NYS and many more.  There will be posters on display, and of course, the
NYSOA delegates business meeting in the morning.  A silent auction will be
ongoing throughout the day.

The banquet Saturday night at the Ramada will be buffet style, with a cash
cocktail reception preceding this.  Announcements of award winners will be
followed by our keynote speaker. We are very excited to be presenting Dr.
Bridget Stutchbury, who will talk about her groundbreaking research and
whose talk is titled *Frequent Fliers: New Discoveries in Bird Migration*.  For
those who may not know Dr. Stutchbury, you still have time to read her
three great books  written for general audiences*: Silence of the
Songbirds, Bird Detective, and most recently, The Private Lives of Birds: A
Scientist Reveals the Intricacies of Avian Social Life.*

Doesn’t this sound like a must-attend weekend?  Don’t brush it off just
because you don’t have to travel long distances and stay in a hotel to
attend.  As a matter of fact, this is a wonderful reason for you to make
sure you are part of this.  Go to *Cayugabirdclub.org* to register and for
more information.  And please note,  if you are registering and choosing
banquet or reception, the deadline for this is Sept. 12.


Contact me if you need more information.


Linda Orkin

Ithaca, NY


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Subject: Screech Owl
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:00:51 -0400
I got my daughter and family home from the airport at about 9:00 last night. We 
opened a window to let in the deliciously cool air (they've been suffering all 
summer in torrid San Juan). Instead of the perennial Barred Owls, we heard a 
Screech Owl in the yard. Minutes later the Barred Owls began hooting over 
towards Lindsay-Parsons, and that was that! 


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Subject: Barred Owls, etc.
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:51:12 -0400
At 4:00 am my local Barred Owls were amazingly exuberant; they sounded like a 
troupe of excited monkeys down at the western edge of the L-P Preserve! I've 
been awake ever since, and I'm feeling pretty sleepy. Better wake up, I have to 
drive up to Syracuse this evening. 


A Sharp-shin or Cooper's Hawk just made a quick pass at the sunflower feeder, 
and dove through the spruce tree behind, chasing a small bird. Didn't catch it, 
as far as I could tell, and now the birds are already feeding again! 


I was paddling on the pond an hour ago, with Meena's wonderfly dragonfly book 
in my lap. Didn't see anything new, except a big brown darner that went 
unidentified, but being in the water improves the view of the forktails and 
meadowhawks laying eggs on the floating wrack. 


The pond went through an intense algal bloom for several days, but it's 
settling down now. 


I kept a sharp eye out for tiny smooth green snakes while mowing the grass, as 
it's time for them now, and I'd found an adult last month that seemed (to my 
inexperienced eye) to be gravid. 


Yesterday a swarm of honeybees attempted to move into one of my buildings, but 
there were only 100 - 150 workers total, so they gave it up and presumably 
returned to the parent colony. A swarm in May is worth a load of hay, and a 
swarm in June is worth a silver spoon, but a swarm in July ain't worth a fly, 
and a swarm in September's not long to remember. 


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Subject: Willet, Montezuma
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:33:31 -0400
The WILLET continues at Knox-Marsellus, with the cormorant off Towpath.
Godwits still present as well as lots of Baird's and White-rumped.

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Subject: warbler morning
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:21:04 +0000
Hi all,

This morning there are lots of warblers around Hunt Hill Rd., east of Ithaca. 
On our property between 7:30 am and 8 there were Chestnut-sided, Black-throated 
Blue (singing), Canada, Black-throated Green, Magnolia and Common 
Yellow-throat. Also the ever present Red-eyed Vireo. There have been many, many 
REVs around, eating the red osier dogwood berries as well as the honeysuckle 
berries. There were probably more in this flock, but they were moving around so 
fast I could not get on all of them. 


Laura


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Subject: Re: Re:[cayugabirds-l] today's field trip onto dikes at K-M, Montezuma NWR
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 22:59:23 +0000 (GMT)
To clarify, I meant opening up the dikes during the Muckrace. However, it seems 
reasonable to me to have the dikes open to birders on foot as the default 
situation during the non-breeding season and "fall" shorebird migration (July 
through September at least). If the dikes need to be closed for banding or 
other refuge needs, then a sign could be posted at the entrances to close them 
temporarily, and folks could call the Visitor Center or look at a website to 
find out about closures when planning a trip to the refuge. The guided walks 
have been very popular, and people have been learning a lot, and so I think 
these opportunities should continue. But I also think people would like to 
practice those skills on their own schedules. In return I think it's reasonable 
to ask people who venture out there to tell the refuge what they find. That 
way everyone benefits - birders, refuge managers, and thus ultimately the 
birds as well. 


--Dave Nutter


On Sep 02, 2014, at 04:59 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:

> It would be great if we could have the dike open for birders on foot from 
Towpath Rd between K-M & Puddler north and west all the way to the overlook on 
East Rd. During the trip this past Sunday we found that walking north as far as 
the bend allowed views of the Hudsonian Godwits and a succession of different 
birds along the way, and when we were about halfway along the north side we 
finally had teachable views of Baird's Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, and 
Wilson's Phalarope. The newly arrived Buff-breasted Sandpiper may also be 
better seen from this vantage. As in the past, the shorebirds seemed not to 
mind the birders, although geese, cormorants and herons did move a bit. 

> --Dave Nutter
>
> On Sep 02, 2014, at 10:40 AM, "Van Beusichem, Andrea" 
 wrote: 

>
>> My bad! You already have a trip scheduled for the 21st, with Paul Anderson 
leading. So I will put out PR reminders about that next week. AND, Linda is 
going to check the K-M dikes before the Muckrace to see whether or not we need 
to restrict access at any point. Stay tuned! 

>>
>>
>> Andrea VanBeusichem
>> Visitor Services Manager
>> Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
>> 3395 U.S. Route 20 East
>> Seneca Falls, New York 13148
>> 315/568-5987, extension 228
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM, Van Beusichem, Andrea 
 wrote: 

>>
>>     Hi Dave,
>>
>> I'm leaving for the week as soon as possible this morning and won't be able 
to get communications together for a trip this weekend. I can get something 
together upon my return next week for a trip on Sunday, September 21. 

>>
>> During the Muckrace, the dikes at Knox-Marsellus will be partially open 
(you'll be able to go as far as a sign we will post), which is typical each 
year for the Muckrace. 

>>
>> Once again, thank you being a part of these special guided walks and keeping 
communications going. So glad to hear they are going well! 

>>
>>     Take care,
>>     Andrea
>>
>>
>>     Andrea VanBeusichem
>>     Visitor Services Manager
>>     Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
>>     3395 U.S. Route 20 East
>>     Seneca Falls, New York 13148
>>     315/568-5987, extension 228
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 10:53 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote: 

>>
>> Despite rain for much of the morning I think today's shorebirding field trip 
to Knox-Marsellus marsh was a success. Thanks particularly to refuge biologist 
Linda Ziemba for arranging the removal of beaver works which had blocked the 
outlet and caused water levels to rise the week before there was lots of mud 
and shallow water, and the birds gathered to enjoy the expansive habitat. 
Thanks also to Bob McGuire and Jay McGowan for finding birds (although 
everybody did their share) and for teaching. There were about 30 participants. 
The list of shorebirds was a pretty impressive 17, all eventually providing 
decent views, some with great comparisons and teaching/learning opportunities, 
as time and placement overcame the less-than-ideal lighting: 

>>
>>         BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER - several breeding-plumage
>>         AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER - several in near-breeding plumage
>>         SEMIPALMATED PLOVER - lots
>>         KILLDEER - not many; I only saw 1
>> GREATER YELLOWLEGS - several foraging in very deep water, but at least 1 in 
nice group with other species 

>>         LESSER YELLOWLEGS - plenty
>> HUDSONIAN GODWIT - 2 non-breeding plumage adults sometimes in deep water, 
sometimes on mud 

>>         RUDDY TURNSTONE - 1 breeeding plumage, 2 non-
>> STILT SANDPIPER - several conveniently close and mixed with other species 

>>         PECTORAL SANDPIPER - several
>>         SANDERLING - 2 or 3 in non-breeding plumage, rather distant
>>         WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER - several on mud at north end
>>         BAIRD'S SANDPIPER - a few on mud at north end
>>         SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER - scads
>>         LEAST SANDPIPER - lots
>> SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER - plenty, all juveniles; all I saw had gold-&-black 
barred tertials of this species 

>> WILSON'S PHALAROPE - juvenile typically running drunkenly on mud and pecking 
randomly 

>>
>> I'm hoping that someone (Jay? Bob? Paul?) can quickly arrange with Andrea to 
lead a field trip next weekend (6 or 7 Sept) and post the date and visitor 
center meeting time on the various listserves. 

>>
>> Maybe I'm just uninformed about the muckrace, but I got excited by a 
conversation at the end of today's field trip, and I'd like confirmation of the 
rumor that the dikes around K-M will be open to birders on foot during the 
Muckrace from the evening of Friday 12 Sept to the evening of Saturday 13 
September. (Steve? Andrea?) My impression was that Linda is okay with this. 

>>
>> If neither of the above pans out, then the next opportunity for a field trip 
like this will be on Sunday 21 September, led by Paul Anderson and meeting at 
the Montezuma NWR visitor center at 8:30am. 

>>
>>         --Dave Nutter
>>
>>
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Subject: Re:today's field trip onto dikes at K-M, Montezuma NWR
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:59:30 +0000 (GMT)
It would be great if we could have the dike open for birders on foot from 
Towpath Rd between K-M & Puddler north and west all the way to the overlook on 
East Rd. During the trip this past Sunday we found that walking north as far as 
the bend allowed views of the Hudsonian Godwits and a succession of 
different birds along the way, and when we were about halfway along the north 
side we finally had teachable views of Baird's Sandpiper, White-rumped 
Sandpiper, and Wilson's Phalarope. The newly arrived Buff-breasted Sandpiper 
may also be better seen from this vantage. As in the past, the shorebirds 
seemed not to mind the birders, although geese, cormorants and herons did move 
a bit. 


--Dave Nutter


On Sep 02, 2014, at 10:40 AM, "Van Beusichem, Andrea" 
 wrote: 


> My bad! You already have a trip scheduled for the 21st, with Paul Anderson 
leading. So I will put out PR reminders about that next week. AND, Linda is 
going to check the K-M dikes before the Muckrace to see whether or not we need 
to restrict access at any point. Stay tuned! 

>
>
> Andrea VanBeusichem
> Visitor Services Manager
> Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
> 3395 U.S. Route 20 East
> Seneca Falls, New York 13148
> 315/568-5987, extension 228
>
>
> On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM, Van Beusichem, Andrea 
 wrote: 

>
>     Hi Dave,
>
> I'm leaving for the week as soon as possible this morning and won't be able 
to get communications together for a trip this weekend. I can get something 
together upon my return next week for a trip on Sunday, September 21. 

>
> During the Muckrace, the dikes at Knox-Marsellus will be partially open 
(you'll be able to go as far as a sign we will post), which is typical each 
year for the Muckrace. 

>
> Once again, thank you being a part of these special guided walks and keeping 
communications going. So glad to hear they are going well! 

>
>     Take care,
>     Andrea
>
>
>     Andrea VanBeusichem
>     Visitor Services Manager
>     Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
>     3395 U.S. Route 20 East
>     Seneca Falls, New York 13148
>     315/568-5987, extension 228
>
>
>     On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 10:53 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:
>
> Despite rain for much of the morning I think today's shorebirding field trip 
to Knox-Marsellus marsh was a success. Thanks particularly to refuge biologist 
Linda Ziemba for arranging the removal of beaver works which had blocked the 
outlet and caused water levels to rise the week before there was lots of mud 
and shallow water, and the birds gathered to enjoy the expansive habitat. 
Thanks also to Bob McGuire and Jay McGowan for finding birds (although 
everybody did their share) and for teaching. There were about 30 participants. 
The list of shorebirds was a pretty impressive 17, all eventually providing 
decent views, some with great comparisons and teaching/learning opportunities, 
as time and placement overcame the less-than-ideal lighting: 

>
>         BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER - several breeding-plumage
>         AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER - several in near-breeding plumage
>         SEMIPALMATED PLOVER - lots
>         KILLDEER - not many; I only saw 1
> GREATER YELLOWLEGS - several foraging in very deep water, but at least 1 in 
nice group with other species 

>         LESSER YELLOWLEGS - plenty
> HUDSONIAN GODWIT - 2 non-breeding plumage adults sometimes in deep water, 
sometimes on mud 

>         RUDDY TURNSTONE - 1 breeeding plumage, 2 non-
> STILT SANDPIPER - several conveniently close and mixed with other species 

>         PECTORAL SANDPIPER - several
>         SANDERLING - 2 or 3 in non-breeding plumage, rather distant
>         WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER - several on mud at north end
>         BAIRD'S SANDPIPER - a few on mud at north end
>         SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER - scads
>         LEAST SANDPIPER - lots
> SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER - plenty, all juveniles; all I saw had gold-&-black 
barred tertials of this species 

> WILSON'S PHALAROPE - juvenile typically running drunkenly on mud and pecking 
randomly 

>
> I'm hoping that someone (Jay? Bob? Paul?) can quickly arrange with Andrea to 
lead a field trip next weekend (6 or 7 Sept) and post the date and visitor 
center meeting time on the various listserves. 

>
> Maybe I'm just uninformed about the muckrace, but I got excited by a 
conversation at the end of today's field trip, and I'd like confirmation of the 
rumor that the dikes around K-M will be open to birders on foot during the 
Muckrace from the evening of Friday 12 Sept to the evening of Saturday 13 
September. (Steve? Andrea?) My impression was that Linda is okay with this. 

>
> If neither of the above pans out, then the next opportunity for a field trip 
like this will be on Sunday 21 September, led by Paul Anderson and meeting at 
the Montezuma NWR visitor center at 8:30am. 

>
>         --Dave Nutter
>
>
>

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Subject: Re: FW: Migration of Willow Flycatcher
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 15:07:26 -0400
Must have been flying on assist from Tropical Storm Dolly!

-Geo 

On Sep 2, 2014, at 2:53 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal  wrote:

> FYI! Wow that is an amazing feat! This came on another list. 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
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> From: "Manuel Grosselet" 
> To: BIRDBAND AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
> Sent: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 2:02:10 PM
> Subject: [BIRDBAND] Migration of Willow Flycatcher 
> 
> We always speak about amazing migration achievements in Shorebirds. Here I 
want to show you something amazing. You know Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax 
traillii), these little guys can fly from North America to northen South 
America during migration. they weight 14 to15 grs. and they cross through where 
we are, in Minatitlan Veracruz. Yesterday we caught around 120 of them, and one 
was alrededy banded. We checked out, thanks to BBL, found this bird was banded 
in Harrison Illinois, USA on the 30th of August 2014. 

> We recaptured it yesterday 1st of september 2014, two days later 2200 km 
away. That means this bird flew about 45 km/hour for 48 hours non stop. 

> That it's an achievement. 
> 
> If somebody have the email of Lee G jonhson, He is the happy bander...I would 
like to enter in contact with him.. 

> 
> All the best
> Manuel
> www.tierradeaves.com 
> 
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Subject: FW: Migration of Willow Flycatcher
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 18:53:52 +0000
FYI! Wow that is an amazing feat! This came on another list. 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Manuel Grosselet" 
To: BIRDBAND AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
Sent: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 2:02:10 PM
Subject: [BIRDBAND] Migration of Willow Flycatcher 

We always speak about amazing migration achievements in Shorebirds. Here I want 
to show you something amazing. You know Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii), 
these little guys can fly from North America to northen South America during 
migration. they weight 14 to15 grs. and they cross through where we are, in 
Minatitlan Veracruz. Yesterday we caught around 120 of them, and one was 
alrededy banded. We checked out, thanks to BBL, found this bird was banded in 
Harrison Illinois, USA on the 30th of August 2014. 

We recaptured it yesterday 1st of september 2014, two days later 2200 km away. 
That means this bird flew about 45 km/hour for 48 hours non stop. 

That it's an achievement. 

If somebody have the email of Lee G jonhson, He is the happy bander...I would 
like to enter in contact with him.. 


All the best
Manuel
www.tierradeaves.com 



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Subject: Re:American Golden-Plovers, Game Farm
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:13:54 -0400
The six plovers have returned to the same field. In yellowish dry grass,
north of power lines at south end of Game Farm Rd.
On Sep 2, 2014 9:08 AM, "Jay McGowan"  wrote:

> Six AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS  found by Marshall Iliff in grass field at
> south end of Game Farm Road on west side. Whole flock just took off (9:05)
> with Killdeer and headed east over pheasant pens.
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Subject: American Golden-Plovers, Game Farm
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:08:47 -0400
Six AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS  found by Marshall Iliff in grass field at
south end of Game Farm Road on west side. Whole flock just took off (9:05)
with Killdeer and headed east over pheasant pens.

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Subject: Double-brooding
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:12:41 -0400
As has been the case for a number of years now, the last warbler still singing 
on territory in my yard is the Hooded Warbler who owns a patch of shrubby woods 
just below my workshop. Singing steadily this morning, he went into alarm mode 
as I walked through. Answering chips indicated that he's not doing guard duty 
just to amuse himself. Now that I've passed, he has gone back to singing. 


I suppose double-brooding is part of the success story of Hooded Warblers 
around my West Danby property (and the L-P Preserve). 


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Subject: Willet and Buff-breasted at K-m
From: Christopher Wood <chris.wood AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:18:57 +0000
A Willet just came in and landed at Knox-M. visible from East Road. There is 
also a Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the higher flats. Overcast skies make for 
fair viewing. 


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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:51:01 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* September 01, 2014
*  NYSY  09. 01. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):


August 25, 2013 - September 01 25, 2014
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland
compiled: September 01 AT 8:00 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#408 Monday September 01, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
Aubust 25, 2014
 
Highlights:
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NORTHERN GOSHAWK
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SNOWY OWL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER


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

 8/27: 21 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and a BAIRD’S 
SANDPIPER were reported from the Montezuma Audubon Complex on Rt. 89. 

 8.29: 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS were found at Knox=Marsellus Marsh. Fortunately they 
have lingered throughout the week. 

 8/30: 13 Shorebird species were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. Those and seven 
more were found on 8/31. The list reads: 

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
KILLDEER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RUDDY TURNSTONE
STILT SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
SANDERLING
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
SEMIPALMATEDSANDPIPER
LEAST SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S SNIPE


Oswego County
------------

 8/26: 8 species of raptor including a NORTHERN GOSHAWK were seen at Derby 
Hill. 



Onondaga County
------------

 Again this week COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were reported every evening. The most are 
still at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. A few migrant WARBLERS were 
reported this week there also such as BLACKPOLL and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER. The 
SNOWY OWL continues to be spotted in Clay along Rt. 31 on both the nortn and 
south sides of the road. 



Madison County
------------

 8/31: 24 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 1 SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHER continue at the Sod Farn on Lakeport Road north of Chittenango. 



Cayuga County
------------

 9/1: 6 SANDERLING, 2 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and 1 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were all seen on West Barrier Beach at Fair Haven. 


    
     
               

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Subject: East Road
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:12:19 -0400
I arrived there at 3:30. Super lighting! Both Black-bellied and Golden Plovers 
were there - more than one of each. Both Hudsonian Godwits remained. I saw 
Stilt Sandpipers and Pectoral Sandpipers plus Dowitcher species. There were 
many peeps, but they were too far away for me to find any Baird's SP. The 
phalarope could have been there, but wasn't doing it's phalarope thing. I had 
just driven over 230 miles so I was too tired to stay very long. Will check 
them out at a later date. 

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Subject: Cornell Red-headed Woodpecker
From: David Weber <weberbirding AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:26:47 -0400
Hi all,

For those of you who don't know, the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER that has been on
campus since at least August 25th continues through today, September 1st.
 This bird, along with an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER  and a YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER, has been frequenting a marshy patch with lots of snags on the
north side of Pleasant Grove Brook in Palmer/Jessup woods
(roughly 42.462491, -76.479839).  Lots of other migrants have been around,
too.  Parking is available on Triphammer road near Iroquois Road and also
in A-Lot (only no parking M-F 7am-5pm).

For other recent sightings, please see:
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L287796

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Subject: Saturday hawks, Sunday shorebirds/nighthawks
From: <tigger64 AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:32:10 -0400
On south winds Saturday a decent flight of young hawks passed Derby Hill, 
mostly Red-tails and Bald Eagles but all the expected raptors were represented. 
Sunday afternoon, Sodus Point produced 8 species of shorebirds: Baird's, Least, 
Semi-p Sandpipers, Black-bellied & Semi-p Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, 
and Lesser Yellowlegs. 



Link below to photos of the Baird's and BBPL in flight, plus some flying flock 
shots and Baird's, Least, and Semi-p in the same frame for comparison. On the 
way home I lucked into 6 Common Nighthawks feeding low over Rte 104 near 
Wolcott. In spite of the late hour they were so close as to still capture some 
detail and even a couple upper-wing pictures. 



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


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N. Syracuse, NY

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Subject: Re: another Ithaca Screech Owl
From: Candace Cornell <cec222 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:52:11 -0400
I have screech-owl that sounds like it's just next to he house. It
stardusts calling at precisely 5:30am the last three mornings that i've
taken note. I also hear it in the evening, but not as regularly as in the
am. Its expertly controlled tremolo just gets me. what a way to start the
day,
Candace


On Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 12:38 PM, Elizabeth B. King 
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> in the woods between the south ends of Remington Road and North Sunset
> Drive, around 8:00 last evening. It called quietly for several minutes.
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