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28 Sep Freese Road Lincoln's Sparrow [bob mcguire ]
26 Sep Montezuma Sunset Birdwatching Tour Thurs. Sept. 29 @ 5 pm [Chris Lajewski ]
26 Sep Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
25 Sep Re: Brown Booby sighting Sunday? [Jay McGowan ]
25 Sep Brown Booby sighting Sunday? [Deborah Martin ]
25 Sep Re:Ravens on the move... [Margaret Shepard ]
25 Sep Ravens on the move... [Liz Brown ]
25 Sep Booby sightings? [Robyn Bailey ]
25 Sep THEY'RE HERE [John and Sue Gregoire ]
24 Sep Re: Brown Booby in Lansing [Jay McGowan ]
24 Sep Re: Brown Booby in Lansing [Donna Scott ]
24 Sep Re: Brown Booby in Lansing [Jay McGowan ]
24 Sep Re: Brown Booby in Lansing [Donna Scott ]
24 Sep Brown Booby in Lansing [Donna Scott ]
24 Sep Vireo morning [Laura Stenzler ]
23 Sep Developing sister birding clubs to help protect neotropical migrants [Jody W Enck ]
23 Sep Long-eared owl, Salmon Creek [Karen Edelstein ]
23 Sep Re: ID help? Whistling at night [Asher Hockett ]
23 Sep Injured mallard [Nancy Cusumano ]
23 Sep Re: Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road" ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
22 Sep Re: ID help? Whistling at night [Eva Smith ]
22 Sep RE: ID help? Whistling at night ["Jeff Poulin" ]
22 Sep Re: Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road" [Dick Burlew ]
22 Sep Re: ID help? Whistling at night [Geo Kloppel ]
22 Sep Re: Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road" [Dave Nutter ]
22 Sep Re: Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road" [David Nicosia ]
22 Sep RE: ID help? Whistling at night [Marty Schlabach ]
22 Sep Re: Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road" [Peter ]
22 Sep Re: ID help? Whistling at night ["Chris R. Pelkie" ]
22 Sep Re: Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road" [Suan Hsi Yong ]
22 Sep ID help? Whistling at night [Eva Smith ]
22 Sep Re: Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road" [Peter ]
21 Sep Re:[cayugabirds-l] Brown Booby continues.....pics [David Nicosia ]
21 Sep Re: Brown Booby continues.....pics [David Nicosia ]
21 Sep Brown Booby continues.....pics [Dave K ]
21 Sep Re:Red Breasted Nuthatches [Nari Mistry ]
21 Sep Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road" [Dave Nutter ]
20 Sep RE: Red Breasted Nuthatches [Pat Martin ]
19 Sep Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
19 Sep Brown Booby still here [Diane Morton ]
19 Sep RE: Red Breasted Nuthatches ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
19 Sep Red Breasted Nuthatches [Asher Hockett ]
19 Sep Red Breasted Nuthatch [Carol Keeler ]
18 Sep Re: Brown Booby Photos (SFW) [Kimberly Sucy ]
18 Sep Brown Booby Photos (SFW) [Suan Yong ]
18 Sep Brown Booby and boats [Dave K ]
18 Sep Lesser Black-backed Gull--Stevenson Rd Compost [AB Clark ]
18 Sep Brown booby [Joe DeVito ]
18 Sep Brown Booby [Suan Yong ]
18 Sep Brown booby [Joe DeVito ]
18 Sep Re: Brown Booby, Cayuga [Jgerbracht ]
18 Sep Brown booby yes 8:30am [Dave K ]
17 Sep Brown Booby, Cayuga [Jay McGowan ]
17 Sep Brown Booby, Cayuga [Jay McGowan ]
17 Sep Sapsucker Woods highlights, incl Green Heron buoyancy trials [Mark Chao ]
17 Sep Today: See our new Handbook of Bird Biology & Course at Migration Celebration at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology [Lee Ann van Leer ]
15 Sep Montezuma Muckrace this weekend! [Diane Morton ]
12 Sep Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
11 Sep Montezuma trip highlights. Wilson's Phalarope, Peregrines, Both Dowitchers ["Michael Tetlow " ]
10 Sep Young Peregrine at Montezuma NWR Visitor Center Pool [Peter ]
9 Sep Preparing to Leave..... [Ellen Haith ]
9 Sep Juvenile RBG [Regi Teasley ]
9 Sep Salt Pt. Golden-winged Warbler, Myers Sanderlings [Jay McGowan ]
8 Sep Cayuga Bird Club at Migration Celebration [Jody W Enck ]
8 Sep Assisting banding saw-whets [John Confer ]
8 Sep Gho on ellis hollow crk rd by turkey hill [Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm ]
8 Sep C. Gallinule @ Swan Pen [Suan Yong ]
8 Sep Emerald Necklace 10th Anniversary Bird Walk with Lynn Leopold [Jason Gorman ]
8 Sep Montezuma Morgan Road Red-necked Phalarope. Muckrace Flats water ["Michael Tetlow " ]
8 Sep Ringwood Road Pine Siskin ["Marie P. Read" ]
8 Sep Re: Imm northern goshawk [John and Sue Gregoire ]
08 Sep Re: Imm northern goshawk [Dave Nutter ]
7 Sep Re: Imm northern goshawk [Joshua Snodgrass ]
7 Sep Re: Imm northern goshawk [John and Sue Gregoire ]
7 Sep Imm northern goshawk [Joshua Snodgrass ]
7 Sep Guided Tour of Howland's Island Sept. 14 [Chris Lajewski ]

Subject: Freese Road Lincoln's Sparrow
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:43:13 -0400
There was at least one crisp, clean, and very cooperative LINCOLNíS SPARROW in 
the community gardens plots along Freese Road this morning. It sat, perched up, 
for a good long minute! Also present were the first fall (for me) White-crowned 
Sparrow, one Chipping Sparrow, three Savannah Sparrows, and the usual, numerous 
Song Sparrows. One of the Song Sparrows has been singing its ďplastic songĒ for 
the last couple of days, usually from the NE corner of the veg plots. Iím quite 
sure that it is the same bird. Other birds of interest were a Tennessee 
Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and an Eastern Phoebe. 


After leaving the community gardens I drove down Hanshaw Road. The corn has 
been cut and the field plowed. A moderate-sized flock of Canada Geese has taken 
over to glean whatever kernels were left behind. Close to the road, in the NW 
corner of the field, was a goose that was noticeably smaller than the other 
Canadas. MUCH smaller, with a short bill, which led me to believes it was a 
Cackling Goose. On closer examination, it was identical in appearance to the 
other Canadas - the same pale breast and relatively long neck - leading me to 
conclude that it was a Richardsonís Goose (subspecies of Canada) and not the 
darker and even smaller Cackling Goose. 


Bob McGuire
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Subject: Montezuma Sunset Birdwatching Tour Thurs. Sept. 29 @ 5 pm
From: Chris Lajewski <lajewskic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:02:34 +0000 (UTC)
Thursday, Sept. 29, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.The autumn migration continues as 
millions of waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds continue to use Montezuma 
during their long southbound journey. Hop in the Montezuma Audubon Center van 
for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hotspots where dozens of species can 
be seen and heard! Participants are encouraged to bring their camera and 
binoculars. Fee: $8/child; $13.50/adult, $35/family. Space is limited and 
registration is required. Call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma AT audubon.org. The 
Montezuma Audubon Center is located at 2295 Rt. 89, Savannah, NY 13146.  

Chris LajewskiCenter DirectorMontezuma Audubon 
Centerhttp://ny.audubon.org/montezuma 


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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:23:24 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - September 26, 2016
*  NYSY  09.29.16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):September 19, 
2016 - September 26, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering 
upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma 
Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, 
Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: September 26  AT 
2:00 p.m. (EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of September 12, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
RED-NECKED GREBEBROWN BOOBY (Extralimital)RUDDY TURNSTONEAMERICAN GOLDEN 
PLOVERWHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERSTILT SANDPIPERLONG-BILLED DOWITCHERRED-NECKED 
PHALAROPEGRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERPHILADELPHIA VIREO 


Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
(MWC)------------   

     17 species of SHOREBIRDS were seen at the complex this week. All but 
one, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER which was found at the Morgan Road Marshes, were seen 
at the Visitor’s Center and along the Wildlife Drive. Highlights were STILT 
SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, both DOWITCHERS, 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER.     9/19: A RED-NECKED 
GREBE was seen along the Wildlife Drive.     9/25: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was 
seen on Esker Brook Trail. 


Onondaga County------------
      9/25: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and numerous LINCOLN’S SPARROWS were 
found at various locations at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. 


Oswego County------------
     9/25: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO, a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and an ORANGE-CROWNED 
WARBLER were all seen at a private residence in Hastings. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH 
was found at Deer Creek Nature Center in Oswego. 


Madison County------------
     9/22: 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were seen at the sod farm on Lakeport 
Road north of Chittenango. 


Oneida County------------
     9/25: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary 
south of Clinton. 


Cayuga County------------
     9/23: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and a RUDDY TURNSTONE were seen along the 
breakwall at Fairhaven State Park.     9/26: The BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and 
RUDDY TURNSTONE were relocated at Fairhaven. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was also 
found here near the toll gate. 


Extralimital------------
     The BROWN BOOBY reported last week is still present at the north end of 
Cayuga Lake. Except for a short excursion on Saturday to Lansing to the south, 
it was reported back at it’s favorite location, Bouy 49, yesterday. Best 
viewing seems to be from the east side from Town Line Road. This is a private 
road but some people have gotten permission to view from it. Check Cayugabirds 
for more particulars. No reports have been sent yet today. 




   

 --end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: Re: Brown Booby sighting Sunday?
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:00:13 -0400
Deborah and all,
Brad Carlson said that the booby is back on buoy 49 in Cayuga County as of
this morning.

Jay

On Sun, Sep 25, 2016 at 12:58 PM, Deborah Martin 
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> In the area for about 24 hours. Hoping for reports that the Brown Booby is
> being seen.
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Subject: Brown Booby sighting Sunday?
From: Deborah Martin <martindf AT optonline.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:58:30 -0400
In the area for about 24 hours. Hoping for reports that the Brown Booby is 
being seen. 



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Subject: Re:Ravens on the move...
From: Margaret Shepard <mbs19 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:05:43 +0000
The resident ravens around my Lodi farm have been much more vocal lately, but I 
haven't seen any large groups moving through. Two days ago, while harvesting 
rampant tomatillos from my compost pile, I saw a single raven giving chase to a 
leucistic red-tail, with three crows mobbing close behind and two other ravens 
in tumble-play flight. Always good to look up when picking! 


-- Margaret Shepard
Sage Hen Farm, Lodi

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 on behalf of Liz Brown 
 

Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2016 11:01 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Ravens on the move...

Just now, out doing chores at our place in Mecklenburg, I watched 13 ravens 
drift south in a loose kettle. They were vocalizing, and doing some lazy 
acrobatics, but mostly just spiraling southward. We have a resident family 
group--and because we have a bakery on the property, with a delicious compost 
pile, we see a LOT of them--but I've never seen such a big group. 



After a few minutes, 4 of them (I'm assuming "our" family) split from the rest 
and returned northward, 2 flying in a tight pair, and 2 following them. As soon 
as they left the group, the remaining 9 veered east, and began flying 
purposefully towards Ithaca. 



Any ideas what that was all about?


Liz Brown

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Subject: Ravens on the move...
From: Liz Brown <etb2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:01:44 +0000
Just now, out doing chores at our place in Mecklenburg, I watched 13 ravens 
drift south in a loose kettle. They were vocalizing, and doing some lazy 
acrobatics, but mostly just spiraling southward. We have a resident family 
group--and because we have a bakery on the property, with a delicious compost 
pile, we see a LOT of them--but I've never seen such a big group. 



After a few minutes, 4 of them (I'm assuming "our" family) split from the rest 
and returned northward, 2 flying in a tight pair, and 2 following them. As soon 
as they left the group, the remaining 9 veered east, and began flying 
purposefully towards Ithaca. 



Any ideas what that was all about?


Liz Brown

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Subject: Booby sightings?
From: Robyn Bailey <rb644 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:07:00 +0000
Any new sightings today?
Donna Scott texted me that she doesn't see it at her place, and I don't see it 
at Harris Park. 


Thanks,
Robyn 

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Subject: THEY'RE HERE
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:37:30 -0400
Following the front, we banded four lovely little furry things last night! No, 
not 

tribbles, but young of the year Northern Saw-whet Owls!

This is the earliest we have ever encountered them here. The previous early was 
4 

days hence in 2012 when we enjoyed a huge irruption and banded well over 200 in 
the 

season. Dare we hope?
J&S
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5373 Fitzgerald Road
Burdett,NY 14818-9626
N 42 26.611' W 76 45.492'
 Website: http://www.empacc.net/~kestrelhaven/
"Conserve and Create Habitat"




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Subject: Re: Brown Booby in Lansing
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:50:58 -0400
No, just floating on the water still. Lots of cormorants around as well.

On Sep 24, 2016 10:48 AM, "Donna Scott"  wrote:

> Is it sitting on the permanent light structure off Milliken?
> I can just see what seems to be a brown & white bird there
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> On Sep 24, 2016, at 10:44 AM, Jay McGowan  wrote:
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> Thanks Donna! The booby is currently sitting on the water straight out
> from Milliken Station, just north of Lansing Station Road and accessed from
> Milliken Station Road. You can park in a small gravel lot on the right
> before the railroad tracks then walk along the outside of the fence to see
> the lake.
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>> E. shore off Lansing Station rd. now.
>> come to #535, park in road. Down driveway , thru 2 gates in  back yard,
>> across RR track, down path. Turn left along beach, Look from dock.
>> I Saw it fishing!
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Subject: Re: Brown Booby in Lansing
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:47:49 -0400
Is it sitting on the permanent light structure off Milliken?
I can just see what seems to be a brown & white bird there 

Donna Scott
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> On Sep 24, 2016, at 10:44 AM, Jay McGowan  wrote:
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> Thanks Donna! The booby is currently sitting on the water straight out from 
Milliken Station, just north of Lansing Station Road and accessed from Milliken 
Station Road. You can park in a small gravel lot on the right before the 
railroad tracks then walk along the outside of the fence to see the lake. 

> 
> 
>> On Sep 24, 2016 9:44 AM, "Donna Scott"  wrote:
>> E. shore off Lansing Station rd. now.
>> come to #535, park in road. Down driveway , thru 2 gates in back yard, 
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>> I Saw it fishing!
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Subject: Re: Brown Booby in Lansing
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:44:58 -0400
Thanks Donna! The booby is currently sitting on the water straight out from
Milliken Station, just north of Lansing Station Road and accessed from
Milliken Station Road. You can park in a small gravel lot on the right
before the railroad tracks then walk along the outside of the fence to see
the lake.

On Sep 24, 2016 9:44 AM, "Donna Scott"  wrote:

> E. shore off Lansing Station rd. now.
> come to #535, park in road. Down driveway , thru 2 gates in  back yard,
> across RR track, down path. Turn left along beach, Look from dock.
> I Saw it fishing!
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Subject: Re: Brown Booby in Lansing
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:57:07 -0400
House # 535 on lansing station rd. 
not seeing booby at this moment but u can come watch from my dock

Donna Scott
Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 24, 2016, at 9:54 AM, Joe DeVito  wrote:
> 
> 535?
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Sep 24, 2016, at 9:44 AM, Donna Scott  wrote:
>> 
>> E. shore off Lansing Station rd. now. 
>> come to #535, park in road. Down driveway , thru 2 gates in back yard, 
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>> I Saw it fishing!
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Subject: Brown Booby in Lansing
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:44:38 -0400
E. shore off Lansing Station rd. now. 
come to #535, park in road. Down driveway , thru 2 gates in back yard, across 
RR track, down path. Turn left along beach, Look from dock. 

I Saw it fishing!
Donna Scott

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Subject: Vireo morning
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:17:48 +0000
On Hunt Hill Rd, Dryden, this cool Saturday morning- Philadelphia and 
blue-headed vireo (1 of each). 


Laura

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Subject: Developing sister birding clubs to help protect neotropical migrants
From: Jody W Enck <jwe4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:57:44 +0000
Hello All,


 The Cayuga Bird Club has started an effort to establish a network of sister 
birding clubs in North and Central America linking the migratory pathways of 
neotropical songbirds. Many of the colorful and familiar "Birds of Summer" that 
we enjoy so much in North America during the breeding season (e.g., think Wood 
Thrush and Golden-winged Warbler) are experiencing big decreases in their 
populations. Among many factors are loss of habitat on the breeding and 
wintering areas. While those of us in North America are aware of the general 
population declines for many neotropical migrants, Birding clubs in Central 
America are more aware and knowledgeable of the situation on the ground in 
their countries. Some of the benefits of establishing sister birding clubs is 
to share information, pictures, and stories with each other about what the 
habitat threats and situations are like, and what people on the "other end" of 
the migratory pathway can do or need help doing. 




 As president of the Cayuga Bird Club, I have contacted many birding clubs and 
Audubon Society chapters in NY and PA about the idea, and interest here in 
North America is high. I will be traveling to Honduras later this fall to 
participate in the Honduras Birding Tour for Conservation (HBTC). The HBTC is 
an effort to bring awareness to both the plight of birds in Honduras as well as 
the opportunities for tourists to experience the amazing bird life of that 
Central American country. I also plan to meet with as many of the six existing 
birding clubs in Honduras as possible to discuss the sister birding club idea. 
He have made contacts with someone from most of those clubs, which are 
scattered around a country the size of Virginia. Lacking any professional or 
institutional support for this effort, I have started a Go Fund Me campaign 
(www.gofundme.com/2rha68nv) to raise funds to 
support my travel within Honduras to visit these clubs. 




 Please consider making a donation to support this effort (even $5 or $10 
donations can help!). Also, please contact me by email at 
president AT cayugabirdclub.org if you are interested in knowing more about this 
effort or want to help in some other way. 




Thanks so much!

Jody W. Enck, PhD
Conservation Social Scientist, and
President of the Cayuga Bird Club


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Subject: Long-eared owl, Salmon Creek
From: Karen Edelstein <kle2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:53:02 -0400
I'm excited to say that after the last instance (I knew of) 15 years ago,
there was a long-eared owl calling about halfway up the hill behind my
house last night. He was vocal for only about 5 minutes around 11 pm, and
then quiet. The last time I heard LEOWs was in February 2001(?), a dueting
pair, who on my last encounter, flew out of the woods and swooped low over
the heads of John Greenly and me. People had been driving from as far as
the Catskills to listen. Hope this one stays around.

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Subject: Re: ID help? Whistling at night
From: Asher Hockett <veery715 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:32:29 -0400
I heard twice a descending call this morning, lower pitched and coarser
than what I associate with E. Screech Owl. It seem to definitely be an owl
- it was still dark with only a few peeps and chirps from other
birds/frogs/insects - and the descending pattern was like that of the E.
SO.  Trying out by youthful voices, I'd guess.

On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 9:15 PM, Eva Smith  wrote:

> Thanks to all the feedback and comments. Since the bird was perched rather
> than a flyover, seems like the best fit is a Eastern Screech Owl making (to
> me) an unusual version of its call.
>
> On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:36 PM, Jeff Poulin 
> wrote:
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>> Screech owls whinnying now and the last couple of nights at my house in
>> Endicott.  I haven’t heard them in months.
>>
>>
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>> *From:* bounce-120816812-14247051 AT list.cornell.edu [mailto:
>> bounce-120816812-14247051 AT list.cornell.edu] *On Behalf Of *Geo Kloppel
>> *Sent:* Thursday, September 22, 2016 1:03 PM
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>> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] ID help? Whistling at night
>>
>>
>>
>> Night before last, I heard several ascending whistle calls, right outside
>> my door. The local Barred Owls responded with typical hooting, so I think
>> the whistles were (still begging?) calls from their immature youngsters.
>>
>> -Geo
>>
>>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
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>>
>> On Sep 22, 2016, at 11:36 AM, Marty Schlabach  wrote:
>>
>> I also last night heard a sound right outside of my bedroom window that I
>> didn’t recognize at first.  But, a bit later from the same tree came the
>> more typical screech owl whinny, so am pretty sure it was the same bird.
>> --Marty
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* bounce-120815972-3494012 AT list.cornell.edu [
>> mailto:bounce-120815972-3494012 AT list.cornell.edu
>> ] *On Behalf Of *Chris R.
>> Pelkie
>> *Sent:* Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:19 AM
>> *To:* Eva Smith 
>> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
>> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] ID help? Whistling at night
>>
>>
>>
>> I’ll defer to the experts but would not rule out Screech-owl. I’ve heard
>> that also: clear descending rather than whinny descending but followed by
>> other EASO distinct sounds, so concluded it was the same bird. I’ve been
>> hearing EASO loud whinnies just in the last couple of weeks, first time
>> this year, so I guess I have a male imoving around checking out the
>> territory or advertising once again.
>>
>>
>>
>> ChrisP
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>>
>> On Sep 22, 2016, at 08:32, Eva Smith  wrote:
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>>
>>
>> Dear all,
>>
>>
>>
>> I hope it's ok to ask for ID help here. Between Sibley and the Lab of O's
>> bird call recordings, I haven't been able to get a decent ID on a bird
>> heard last night.
>>
>>
>>
>> The call was a long (1-2 s) descending *clear* whistle (not a whinny
>> like a typical Eastern Screech Owl), starting on a high note and ending
>> quite low. It was repeated 3-4 times and then followed by a repeated
>> whistle on a single, high note. The timbre was similar to a saw-whet owl,
>> but the tempo was different.
>>
>>
>>
>> It was heard at 1 AM at the border between a field and scrubby forest.
>>
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>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Eva
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Subject: Injured mallard
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:29:01 -0400
Just throwing this out there...
There's an injured female mallard swimming in the inlet behind The Dock. Either 
it's tongue or lower jaw is hanging. She would be hard to catch as is mobile. 

Anyone interested?

Cayuga Dog Rescue has saved more than 525! dogs since 2005!
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Subject: Re: Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road"
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:33:57 +0000
I also saw the booby (finally) late this evening from Lower Lake Road ó very 
distant but in nice evening sun. It stayed lying down on buoy 49 for the 30 
minutes I watched it, identifiable by the dark, horizontal body, contrasting 
white belly sometimes visible, and long pointed bill and pale face visible 
occasionally when it lifted itís head. 


Thanks everyone for continuing to post updates on this list and the RBA alert.

KEN


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On Sep 22, 2016, at 6:39 PM, Dick Burlew 
> wrote: 



We took a trip up the lake this PM to try and see the bird. We went to the East 
side of the lake first - actually went down the private drive that Dave told us 
about ( called for permission first). It was late afternoon and the glare and 
shimmer was very bad. Could see birds on the buoy (the one that Dave described) 
but couldn't tell for sure what they were. So, we went to the west side south 
of Wulffy's, near the south end of Lower Lake Road. There is a pull-off where 
fisherman stop and fish. Much further from this side, but in the PM light we 
could see and distinguish the bird. Thank goodness for the yellow bill and the 
white belly, otherwise, we would not have been able to say, "we saw it". 


Dick Burlew

On 9/22/2016 12:02 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
The GPS coordinates I cited, 42.88887,-76.72518, are of a green channel marker 
on the Google Maps aerial photo in the right direction from Talcott's place 
(aka Townline Rd) in the NW corner of Springport and in the right direction 
from Wolffy's near the south end of Lower Lake Rd near the SE corner of Seneca 
Falls. I don't know how old the aerial photo was or whether those markers ever 
get moved, so I can't argue about whose coordinates are better. This location 
is somewhat closer than Suan's coordinates to the Talcott viewing spot, which 
is the closest land. My impression was that Wolffy's was considerably farther 
(almost twice as far on the map using my coordinates). There was also heat 
shimmer until late in the day when I viewed from the west, which had not been a 
factor from the east, where the light had been good until past noon. 


Early this morning I watched from Cayuga Lake State Park, which is a bit 
farther north on Lower Lake Rd. Even though it is even farther from marker 49, 
and sun glare is a big issue in the morning, I gambled that I could see more of 
the lake in case the bird went hunting. Viewing from the elevated level of the 
road at sunrise I had heat shimmer but I could recognize the backlit Booby on 
channel marker 49 because its shape and size were familiar to me, especially 
compared to the Great Black-backed Gull who shared the platform. About 7:24 a 
boat passed very close carrying two standing guys fishing. Shortly after the 
gull flushed, so did the Booby, which to my great fortune flew northwest toward 
me low over the water. Eventually some trees which had blocked the sun for me 
also blocked the view of the flying bird, and I had to move, but at 7:33 I had 
an excellent profile scope view of it still/again flying NW. Then its low 
flight took it behind the small patch of shoreline cattails for me, and I had 
to move again. I scanned more, and at 7:40 I discovered it sitting on the water 
far to the NNE amid considerable shimmer. The all-brown head, neck & body, the 
long level back, the slope of about 30į from the "hip" down to the water at the 
tail, and the long gleamingly whitish bill were distinctive (neither cormorant 
nor coot). After about 10 minutes of just looking around, the Booby began 
preening, then bathing, which involved alternately and awkwardly raising each 
long, narrow, sharply bent wing into the air while the body rolled sideways 
revealing its white belly and wing linings. Next it took flight again, going SE 
and shaking water off a couple times, though not as dramatically as an Osprey 
does. This flight the Booby's bill was angled a bit down like a Concorde jet, 
so I had hopes it was hunting and might dive but no such luck. Again my view 
was temporarily blocked, this time by the parked police boat. Then I didn't 
know which side of the broad sun glare it was on. By a few minutes after 8, I 
determined that it was back on green channel marker 49, which no longer had 
people nearby. I knew that if the bird had fed, it might not fly again all day, 
so even though I never saw it dive, I declared victory and went home. 


--Dave Nutter

PS Pasted at the bottom is my original message from the 20th about getting 
permission. I hope that this version is legible from various re-posting and 
archiving sources. 


On Sep 22, 2016, at 9:55 AM, Suan Hsi Yong 
> wrote: 


On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:31 AM, Peter 
> wrote: 


Folks - a question about the Booby. Is it more easily seen from Lower Lake Rd. 
near Seneca Falls (west side of lake) or from the village of Cayuga (east side 
of lake). 


Or perhaps it depends on the bird's mood? (smile)

Depends on the sun.
The GPS coordinates I got when I was about 50 feet from buoy 49 was 42.886767N 
76.727776W. 

As you can see from Google Maps, it's almost exactly halfway across the lake, a 
little closer to the east shore. 

That bird knew how to choose a buoy farthest from land :-D.

Suan


I had been out of town, so late this morning was my first chance to look for 
the refound Brown Booby. I was successful. It was on the green channel marker 
located at 42.88887,-76.72518. I first went to the location many have described 
as "Townline Road" but some have had trouble locating because there are 
Townline Roads along many township borders. To be more informative, this refers 
to the Aurelius-Springport Townline Road next to the railroad crossing of 
NYS-90 north of Union Springs. 


HOWEVER, going west from NYS-90 this is not a road. As I was pointedly informed 
by the owner, Steve Talcott, it is a PRIVATE DRIVEWAY (in fact there is a small 
sign to that effect near NYS-90). He does not appreciate his land being taken 
for granted as if it were a public park. He would appreciate being politely 
asked for permission to bird from there. His number is 315-730-3571. Although 
the Booby was not being particularly exciting or obvious I showed it to him and 
explained how special it is. He granted permission by phone for a group of 
birders from Cornell, and welcomed them, and when I left I believe we were on 
good terms. Please don't screw it up. 


I stayed for over 3 hours hoping to see it fly and hunt. It didn't. The light 
got worse. I took a break to get food from the Nice-n-Easy, and drive to Lower 
Lake Road. The bird was still on the platform of the channel marker and 
remained there for another 3 1/2 hours including sunset. Lazy thing. I guess it 
did all its feeding and most of its preening earlier in the morning. It did 
stand up and stretch a few times, so I know it has proper wings. And it 
defecated several times, so presumably it has been eating. So far I have no 
reason to believe it is unhealthy. It just surprised me by how sedentary it 
was. Perhaps that's how it evaded detection for almost 3 weeks. 


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Subject: Re: ID help? Whistling at night
From: Eva Smith <eva.h.smith AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:15:43 -0400
Thanks to all the feedback and comments. Since the bird was perched rather
than a flyover, seems like the best fit is a Eastern Screech Owl making (to
me) an unusual version of its call.

On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:36 PM, Jeff Poulin 
wrote:

> Screech owls whinnying now and the last couple of nights at my house in
> Endicott.  I haven’t heard them in months.
>
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> bounce-120816812-14247051 AT list.cornell.edu] *On Behalf Of *Geo Kloppel
> *Sent:* Thursday, September 22, 2016 1:03 PM
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> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] ID help? Whistling at night
>
>
>
> Night before last, I heard several ascending whistle calls, right outside
> my door. The local Barred Owls responded with typical hooting, so I think
> the whistles were (still begging?) calls from their immature youngsters.
>
> -Geo
>
>
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> Sent from my iPhone
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> On Sep 22, 2016, at 11:36 AM, Marty Schlabach  wrote:
>
> I also last night heard a sound right outside of my bedroom window that I
> didn’t recognize at first.  But, a bit later from the same tree came the
> more typical screech owl whinny, so am pretty sure it was the same bird.
> --Marty
>
>
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> *From:* bounce-120815972-3494012 AT list.cornell.edu [
> mailto:bounce-120815972-3494012 AT list.cornell.edu
> ] *On Behalf Of *Chris R.
> Pelkie
> *Sent:* Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:19 AM
> *To:* Eva Smith 
> *Cc:* CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> *Subject:* Re: [cayugabirds-l] ID help? Whistling at night
>
>
>
> I’ll defer to the experts but would not rule out Screech-owl. I’ve heard
> that also: clear descending rather than whinny descending but followed by
> other EASO distinct sounds, so concluded it was the same bird. I’ve been
> hearing EASO loud whinnies just in the last couple of weeks, first time
> this year, so I guess I have a male imoving around checking out the
> territory or advertising once again.
>
>
>
> ChrisP
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> On Sep 22, 2016, at 08:32, Eva Smith  wrote:
>
>
>
> Dear all,
>
>
>
> I hope it's ok to ask for ID help here. Between Sibley and the Lab of O's
> bird call recordings, I haven't been able to get a decent ID on a bird
> heard last night.
>
>
>
> The call was a long (1-2 s) descending *clear* whistle (not a whinny like
> a typical Eastern Screech Owl), starting on a high note and ending quite
> low. It was repeated 3-4 times and then followed by a repeated whistle on a
> single, high note. The timbre was similar to a saw-whet owl, but the tempo
> was different.
>
>
>
> It was heard at 1 AM at the border between a field and scrubby forest.
>
>
>
> Regards,
>
> Eva
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Subject: RE: ID help? Whistling at night
From: "Jeff Poulin" <jeffrey.s.poulin AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:36:08 -0400
Screech owls whinnying now and the last couple of nights at my house in 
Endicott. I haven’t heard them in months. 


 

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From: bounce-120816812-14247051 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-120816812-14247051 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel 

Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 1:03 PM
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] ID help? Whistling at night

 

Night before last, I heard several ascending whistle calls, right outside my 
door. The local Barred Owls responded with typical hooting, so I think the 
whistles were (still begging?) calls from their immature youngsters. 


-Geo

 

Sent from my iPhone


On Sep 22, 2016, at 11:36 AM, Marty Schlabach  > wrote: 


I also last night heard a sound right outside of my bedroom window that I 
didn’t recognize at first. But, a bit later from the same tree came the more 
typical screech owl whinny, so am pretty sure it was the same bird. --Marty 


 

From: bounce-120815972-3494012 AT list.cornell.edu 
 
[mailto:bounce-120815972-3494012 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Chris R. Pelkie 

Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:19 AM
To: Eva Smith  >
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L  > 

Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] ID help? Whistling at night

 

I’ll defer to the experts but would not rule out Screech-owl. I’ve heard 
that also: clear descending rather than whinny descending but followed by other 
EASO distinct sounds, so concluded it was the same bird. I’ve been hearing 
EASO loud whinnies just in the last couple of weeks, first time this year, so I 
guess I have a male imoving around checking out the territory or advertising 
once again. 


 

ChrisP

______________________
 
Chris Pelkie
Information/Data Manager, Application Systems Analyst
Bioacoustics Research Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

 

On Sep 22, 2016, at 08:32, Eva Smith  > wrote: 


 

Dear all, 

 

I hope it's ok to ask for ID help here. Between Sibley and the Lab of O's bird 
call recordings, I haven't been able to get a decent ID on a bird heard last 
night. 


 

The call was a long (1-2 s) descending clear whistle (not a whinny like a 
typical Eastern Screech Owl), starting on a high note and ending quite low. It 
was repeated 3-4 times and then followed by a repeated whistle on a single, 
high note. The timbre was similar to a saw-whet owl, but the tempo was 
different. 


 

It was heard at 1 AM at the border between a field and scrubby forest.

 

Regards,

Eva

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Subject: Re: Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road"
From: Dick Burlew <dick AT burlew.us>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:39:27 -0400
We took a trip up the lake this PM to try and see the bird.  We went to 
the East side of the lake first - actually went down the private drive 
that Dave told us about ( called for permission first).   It was late 
afternoon and the glare and shimmer was very bad.  Could see birds on 
the buoy (the one that Dave described) but couldn't tell for sure what 
they were.  So, we went to the west side south of Wulffy's, near the 
south end of Lower Lake Road.  There is a pull-off where fisherman stop 
and fish.  Much further from this side, but in the PM light we could see 
and distinguish the bird.  Thank goodness for the yellow bill and the 
white belly, otherwise, we would not have been able to say, "we saw it".

Dick Burlew


On 9/22/2016 12:02 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
> The GPS coordinates I cited, 42.88887,-76.72518, are of a green 
> channel marker on the Google Maps aerial photo in the right direction 
> from Talcott's place (aka Townline Rd) in the NW corner of Springport 
> and in the right direction from Wolffy's near the south end of Lower 
> Lake Rd near the SE corner of Seneca Falls. I don't know how old the 
> aerial photo was or whether those markers ever get moved, so I can't 
> argue about whose coordinates are better. This location is somewhat 
> closer than Suan's coordinates to the Talcott viewing spot, which is 
> the closest land. My impression was that Wolffy's was considerably 
> farther (almost twice as far on the map using my coordinates). There 
> was also heat shimmer until late in the day when I viewed from the 
> west, which had not been a factor from the east, where the light had 
> been good until past noon.
>
> Early this morning I watched from Cayuga Lake State Park, which is a 
> bit farther north on Lower Lake Rd. Even though it is even farther 
> from marker 49, and sun glare is a big issue in the morning, I gambled 
> that I could see more of the lake in case the bird went hunting. 
> Viewing from the elevated level of the road at sunrise I had heat 
> shimmer but I could recognize the backlit Booby on channel marker 49 
> because its shape and size were familiar to me, especially compared to 
> the Great Black-backed Gull who shared the platform. About 7:24 a boat 
> passed very close carrying two standing guys fishing. Shortly after 
> the gull flushed, so did the Booby, which to my great fortune flew 
> northwest toward me low over the water. Eventually some trees which 
> had blocked the sun for me also blocked the view of the flying bird, 
> and I had to move, but at 7:33 I had an excellent profile scope view 
> of it still/again flying NW. Then its low flight took it behind the 
> small patch of shoreline cattails for me, and I had to move again. I 
> scanned more, and at 7:40 I discovered it sitting on the water far to 
> the NNE amid considerable shimmer. The all-brown head, neck & body, 
> the long level back, the slope of about 30¬į from the "hip" down to the 
> water at the tail, and the long gleamingly whitish bill were 
> distinctive (neither cormorant nor coot). After about 10 minutes of 
> just looking around, the Booby began preening, then bathing, which 
> involved alternately and awkwardly raising each long, narrow, sharply 
> bent wing into the air while the body rolled sideways revealing its 
> white belly and wing linings. Next it took flight again, going SE and 
> shaking water off a couple times, though not as dramatically as an 
> Osprey does. This flight the Booby's bill was angled a bit down like a 
> Concorde jet, so I had hopes it was hunting and might dive but no such 
> luck. Again my view was temporarily blocked, this time by the parked 
> police boat. Then I didn't know which side of the broad sun glare it 
> was on. By a few minutes after 8, I determined that it was back on 
> green channel marker 49, which no longer had people nearby. I knew 
> that if the bird had fed, it might not fly again all day, so even 
> though I never saw it dive, I declared victory and went home.
> --Dave Nutter
> PS Pasted at the bottom is my original message from the 20th about getting 
permission. I hope that this version is legible from various re-posting and 
archiving sources. 

>
>> On Sep 22, 2016, at 9:55 AM, Suan Hsi Yong > > wrote:
>>
>> On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:31 AM, Peter > > wrote:
>>
>>     Folks - a question about the Booby. Is it more easily seen from
>>     Lower Lake Rd. near Seneca Falls (west side of lake) or from the
>>     village of Cayuga (east side of lake).
>>
>>     Or perhaps it depends on the bird's mood? (smile)
>>
>> Depends on the sun.
>> The GPS coordinates I got when I was about 50 feet from buoy 49 was 
>> 42.886767N 76.727776W.
>> As you can see from Google Maps, it's almost exactly halfway across 
>> the lake, a little closer to the east shore.
>> That bird knew how to choose a buoy farthest from land :-D.
>>
>> Suan
>>
>
> I had been out of town, so late this morning was my first chance to 
> look for the refound Brown Booby. I was successful. It was on the 
> green channel marker located at 42.88887,-76.72518. I first went to 
> the location many have described as "Townline Road" but some have had 
> trouble locating because there are Townline Roads along many township 
> borders. To be more informative, this refers to the 
> Aurelius-Springport Townline Road next to the railroad crossing of 
> NYS-90 north of Union Springs.
>
> HOWEVER, going west from NYS-90 this is not a road. As I was pointedly 
> informed by the owner, Steve Talcott, it is a PRIVATE DRIVEWAY (in 
> fact there is a small sign to that effect near NYS-90). He does not 
> appreciate his land being taken for granted as if it were a public 
> park. He would appreciate being politely asked for permission to bird 
> from there. His number is 315-730-3571. Although the Booby was not 
> being particularly exciting or obvious I showed it to him and 
> explained how special it is. He granted permission by phone for a 
> group of birders from Cornell, and welcomed them, and when I left I 
> believe we were on good terms. Please don't screw it up.
>
> I stayed for over 3 hours hoping to see it fly and hunt. It didn't. 
> The light got worse. I took a break to get food from the Nice-n-Easy, 
> and drive to Lower Lake Road. The bird was still on the platform of 
> the channel marker and remained there for another 3 1/2 hours 
> including sunset. Lazy thing. I guess it did all its feeding and most 
> of its preening earlier in the morning. It did stand up and stretch a 
> few times, so I know it has proper wings. And it defecated several 
> times, so presumably it has been eating. So far I have no reason to 
> believe it is unhealthy. It just surprised me by how sedentary it was. 
> Perhaps that's how it evaded detection for almost 3 weeks.
> --Dave Nutter
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Subject: Re: ID help? Whistling at night
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:02:44 -0400
Night before last, I heard several ascending whistle calls, right outside my 
door. The local Barred Owls responded with typical hooting, so I think the 
whistles were (still begging?) calls from their immature youngsters. 


-Geo

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 22, 2016, at 11:36 AM, Marty Schlabach  wrote:
> 
> I also last night heard a sound right outside of my bedroom window that I 
didn’t recognize at first. But, a bit later from the same tree came the more 
typical screech owl whinny, so am pretty sure it was the same bird. --Marty 

>  
> From: bounce-120815972-3494012 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-120815972-3494012 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Chris R. Pelkie 

> Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:19 AM
> To: Eva Smith 
> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] ID help? Whistling at night
>  
> I’ll defer to the experts but would not rule out Screech-owl. I’ve heard 
that also: clear descending rather than whinny descending but followed by other 
EASO distinct sounds, so concluded it was the same bird. I’ve been hearing 
EASO loud whinnies just in the last couple of weeks, first time this year, so I 
guess I have a male imoving around checking out the territory or advertising 
once again. 

>  
> ChrisP
> ______________________
>  
> Chris Pelkie
> Information/Data Manager, Application Systems Analyst
> Bioacoustics Research Program
> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
> 159 Sapsucker Woods Road
> Ithaca, NY 14850
>  
> On Sep 22, 2016, at 08:32, Eva Smith  wrote:
>  
> Dear all,
>  
> I hope it's ok to ask for ID help here. Between Sibley and the Lab of O's 
bird call recordings, I haven't been able to get a decent ID on a bird heard 
last night. 

>  
> The call was a long (1-2 s) descending clear whistle (not a whinny like a 
typical Eastern Screech Owl), starting on a high note and ending quite low. It 
was repeated 3-4 times and then followed by a repeated whistle on a single, 
high note. The timbre was similar to a saw-whet owl, but the tempo was 
different. 

>  
> It was heard at 1 AM at the border between a field and scrubby forest.
>  
> Regards,
> Eva
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Subject: Re: Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road"
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:02:32 -0400
The GPS coordinates I cited, 42.88887,-76.72518, are of a green channel marker 
on the Google Maps aerial photo in the right direction from Talcott's place 
(aka Townline Rd) in the NW corner of Springport and in the right direction 
from Wolffy's near the south end of Lower Lake Rd near the SE corner of Seneca 
Falls. I don't know how old the aerial photo was or whether those markers ever 
get moved, so I can't argue about whose coordinates are better. This location 
is somewhat closer than Suan's coordinates to the Talcott viewing spot, which 
is the closest land. My impression was that Wolffy's was considerably farther 
(almost twice as far on the map using my coordinates). There was also heat 
shimmer until late in the day when I viewed from the west, which had not been a 
factor from the east, where the light had been good until past noon. 


Early this morning I watched from Cayuga Lake State Park, which is a bit 
farther north on Lower Lake Rd. Even though it is even farther from marker 49, 
and sun glare is a big issue in the morning, I gambled that I could see more of 
the lake in case the bird went hunting. Viewing from the elevated level of the 
road at sunrise I had heat shimmer but I could recognize the backlit Booby on 
channel marker 49 because its shape and size were familiar to me, especially 
compared to the Great Black-backed Gull who shared the platform. About 7:24 a 
boat passed very close carrying two standing guys fishing. Shortly after the 
gull flushed, so did the Booby, which to my great fortune flew northwest toward 
me low over the water. Eventually some trees which had blocked the sun for me 
also blocked the view of the flying bird, and I had to move, but at 7:33 I had 
an excellent profile scope view of it still/again flying NW. Then its low 
flight took it behind the small patch of shoreline cattails for me, and I had 
to move again. I scanned more, and at 7:40 I discovered it sitting on the water 
far to the NNE amid considerable shimmer. The all-brown head, neck & body, the 
long level back, the slope of about 30¬į from the "hip" down to the water at 
the tail, and the long gleamingly whitish bill were distinctive (neither 
cormorant nor coot). After about 10 minutes of just looking around, the Booby 
began preening, then bathing, which involved alternately and awkwardly raising 
each long, narrow, sharply bent wing into the air while the body rolled 
sideways revealing its white belly and wing linings. Next it took flight again, 
going SE and shaking water off a couple times, though not as dramatically as an 
Osprey does. This flight the Booby's bill was angled a bit down like a Concorde 
jet, so I had hopes it was hunting and might dive but no such luck. Again my 
view was temporarily blocked, this time by the parked police boat. Then I 
didn't know which side of the broad sun glare it was on. By a few minutes after 
8, I determined that it was back on green channel marker 49, which no longer 
had people nearby. I knew that if the bird had fed, it might not fly again all 
day, so even though I never saw it dive, I declared victory and went home. 

--Dave Nutter
PS Pasted at the bottom is my original message from the 20th about getting 
permission. I hope that this version is legible from various re-posting and 
archiving sources. 


> On Sep 22, 2016, at 9:55 AM, Suan Hsi Yong  wrote:
> 
> On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:31 AM, Peter > wrote: 

> Folks - a question about the Booby. Is it more easily seen from Lower Lake 
Rd. near Seneca Falls (west side of lake) or from the village of Cayuga (east 
side of lake). 

> 
> Or perhaps it depends on the bird's mood? (smile)
> 
> Depends on the sun.
> The GPS coordinates I got when I was about 50 feet from buoy 49 was 
42.886767N 76.727776W. 

> As you can see from Google Maps, it's almost exactly halfway across the lake, 
a little closer to the east shore. 

> That bird knew how to choose a buoy farthest from land :-D.
> 
> Suan 
> 

I had been out of town, so late this morning was my first chance to look for 
the refound Brown Booby. I was successful. It was on the green channel marker 
located at 42.88887,-76.72518. I first went to the location many have described 
as "Townline Road" but some have had trouble locating because there are 
Townline Roads along many township borders. To be more informative, this refers 
to the Aurelius-Springport Townline Road next to the railroad crossing of 
NYS-90 north of Union Springs. 


HOWEVER, going west from NYS-90 this is not a road. As I was pointedly informed 
by the owner, Steve Talcott, it is a PRIVATE DRIVEWAY (in fact there is a small 
sign to that effect near NYS-90). He does not appreciate his land being taken 
for granted as if it were a public park. He would appreciate being politely 
asked for permission to bird from there. His number is 315-730-3571. Although 
the Booby was not being particularly exciting or obvious I showed it to him and 
explained how special it is. He granted permission by phone for a group of 
birders from Cornell, and welcomed them, and when I left I believe we were on 
good terms. Please don't screw it up. 


I stayed for over 3 hours hoping to see it fly and hunt. It didn't. The light 
got worse. I took a break to get food from the Nice-n-Easy, and drive to Lower 
Lake Road. The bird was still on the platform of the channel marker and 
remained there for another 3 1/2 hours including sunset. Lazy thing. I guess it 
did all its feeding and most of its preening earlier in the morning. It did 
stand up and stretch a few times, so I know it has proper wings. And it 
defecated several times, so presumably it has been eating. So far I have no 
reason to believe it is unhealthy. It just surprised me by how sedentary it 
was. Perhaps that's how it evaded detection for almost 3 weeks. 

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Subject: Re: Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road"
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:40:24 -0400
I saw it from lower lake rd in afternoon. Very distant. Looks closer from
townline road at least from my scope view.  Lighting is good from lower
lake rd in afternoon. Morning lighting would be tough from lower lake rd.
On Sep 22, 2016 8:31 AM, "Peter"  wrote:

> Folks - a question about the Booby. Is it more easily seen from Lower Lake
> Rd. near Seneca Falls (west side of lake) or from the village of Cayuga
> (east side of lake).
>
> Or perhaps it depends on the bird's mood? (smile)
>
> Thanks for the help.
>
> Pete Saracino
>
> On 9/20/2016 11:29 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
>
> I had been out of town, so late this morning was my first chance to look
> for the refound Brown Booby. I was successful. It was on the green channel
> marker located at 42.88887,-76.72518. I first went to the location many
> have described as "Townline Road" but some have had trouble locating
> because there are Townline Roads along many township borders. To be more
> informative, this refers to the Aurelius-Springport Townline Road next to
> the railroad crossing of NYS-90 north of Union Springs.
>
> HOWEVER, going west from NYS-90 this is not a road. As I was pointedly
> informed by the owner, Steve Talcott, it is a PRIVATE DRIVEWAY (in fact
> there is a small sign to that effect near NYS-90). He does not appreciate
> his land being taken for granted as if it were a public park. He would
> appreciate being politely asked for permission to bird from there. His
> number is 315-730-3571. Although the Booby was not being particularly
> exciting or obvious I showed it to him and explained how special it is. He
> granted permission by phone for a group of birders from Cornell, and
> welcomed them, and when I left I believe we were on good terms. Please
> don't screw it up.
>
> I stayed for over 3 hours hoping to see it fly and hunt. It didn't. The
> light got worse. I took a break to get food from the Nice-n-Easy, and drive
> to Lower Lake Road. The bird was still on the platform of the channel
> marker and remained there for another 3 1/2 hours including sunset. Lazy
> thing. I guess it did all its feeding and most of its preening earlier in
> the morning. It did stand up and stretch a few times, so I know it has
> proper wings. And it defecated several times, so presumably it has been
> eating. So far I have no reason to believe it is unhealthy. It just
> surprised me by how sedentary it was. Perhaps that's how it evaded
> detection for almost 3 weeks.
>
> --Dave Nutter
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Subject: RE: ID help? Whistling at night
From: Marty Schlabach <mls5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:36:02 +0000
I also last night heard a sound right outside of my bedroom window that I 
didn’t recognize at first. But, a bit later from the same tree came the more 
typical screech owl whinny, so am pretty sure it was the same bird. --Marty 


From: bounce-120815972-3494012 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-120815972-3494012 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Chris R. Pelkie 

Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:19 AM
To: Eva Smith 
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] ID help? Whistling at night

I’ll defer to the experts but would not rule out Screech-owl. I’ve heard 
that also: clear descending rather than whinny descending but followed by other 
EASO distinct sounds, so concluded it was the same bird. I’ve been hearing 
EASO loud whinnies just in the last couple of weeks, first time this year, so I 
guess I have a male imoving around checking out the territory or advertising 
once again. 


ChrisP
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On Sep 22, 2016, at 08:32, Eva Smith 
> wrote: 


Dear all,

I hope it's ok to ask for ID help here. Between Sibley and the Lab of O's bird 
call recordings, I haven't been able to get a decent ID on a bird heard last 
night. 


The call was a long (1-2 s) descending clear whistle (not a whinny like a 
typical Eastern Screech Owl), starting on a high note and ending quite low. It 
was repeated 3-4 times and then followed by a repeated whistle on a single, 
high note. The timbre was similar to a saw-whet owl, but the tempo was 
different. 


It was heard at 1 AM at the border between a field and scrubby forest.

Regards,
Eva
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Subject: Re: Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road"
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:12:43 -0400
Thanks Suan!

Pete


On 9/22/2016 9:55 AM, Suan Hsi Yong wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:31 AM, Peter  > wrote:
>
>     Folks - a question about the Booby. Is it more easily seen from
>     Lower Lake Rd. near Seneca Falls (west side of lake) or from the
>     village of Cayuga (east side of lake).
>
>     Or perhaps it depends on the bird's mood? (smile)
>
> Depends on the sun.
> The GPS coordinates I got when I was about 50 feet from buoy 49 was 
> 42.886767N 76.727776W.
> As you can see from Google Maps, it's almost exactly halfway across 
> the lake, a little closer to the east shore.
> That bird knew how to choose a buoy farthest from land :-D.
>
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Subject: Re: ID help? Whistling at night
From: "Chris R. Pelkie" <chris.pelkie AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:19:00 +0000
I’ll defer to the experts but would not rule out Screech-owl. I’ve heard 
that also: clear descending rather than whinny descending but followed by other 
EASO distinct sounds, so concluded it was the same bird. I’ve been hearing 
EASO loud whinnies just in the last couple of weeks, first time this year, so I 
guess I have a male imoving around checking out the territory or advertising 
once again. 


ChrisP
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On Sep 22, 2016, at 08:32, Eva Smith 
> wrote: 


Dear all,

I hope it's ok to ask for ID help here. Between Sibley and the Lab of O's bird 
call recordings, I haven't been able to get a decent ID on a bird heard last 
night. 


The call was a long (1-2 s) descending clear whistle (not a whinny like a 
typical Eastern Screech Owl), starting on a high note and ending quite low. It 
was repeated 3-4 times and then followed by a repeated whistle on a single, 
high note. The timbre was similar to a saw-whet owl, but the tempo was 
different. 


It was heard at 1 AM at the border between a field and scrubby forest.

Regards,
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Subject: Re: Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road"
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:55:08 -0400
On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:31 AM, Peter  wrote:

> Folks - a question about the Booby. Is it more easily seen from Lower Lake
> Rd. near Seneca Falls (west side of lake) or from the village of Cayuga
> (east side of lake).
>
> Or perhaps it depends on the bird's mood? (smile)
>
Depends on the sun.
The GPS coordinates I got when I was about 50 feet from buoy 49 was
42.886767N 76.727776W.
As you can see from Google Maps, it's almost exactly halfway across the
lake, a little closer to the east shore.
That bird knew how to choose a buoy farthest from land :-D.

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Subject: ID help? Whistling at night
From: Eva Smith <eva.h.smith AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:32:32 -0400
Dear all,

I hope it's ok to ask for ID help here. Between Sibley and the Lab of O's
bird call recordings, I haven't been able to get a decent ID on a bird
heard last night.

The call was a long (1-2 s) descending *clear* whistle (not a whinny like a
typical Eastern Screech Owl), starting on a high note and ending quite low.
It was repeated 3-4 times and then followed by a repeated whistle on a
single, high note. The timbre was similar to a saw-whet owl, but the tempo
was different.

It was heard at 1 AM at the border between a field and scrubby forest.

Regards,
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Subject: Re: Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road"
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:31:08 -0400
Folks - a question about the Booby. Is it more easily seen from Lower 
Lake Rd. near Seneca Falls (west side of lake) or from the village of 
Cayuga (east side of lake).

Or perhaps it depends on the bird's mood? (smile)

Thanks for the help.

Pete Saracino


On 9/20/2016 11:29 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
> I had been out of town, so late this morning was my first chance to 
> look for the refound Brown Booby. I was successful. It was on the 
> green channel marker located at 42.88887,-76.72518. I first went to 
> the location many have described as "Townline Road" but some have had 
> trouble locating because there are Townline Roads along many township 
> borders. To be more informative, this refers to the 
> Aurelius-Springport Townline Road next to the railroad crossing of 
> NYS-90 north of Union Springs.
>
> HOWEVER, going west from NYS-90 this is not a road. As I was pointedly 
> informed by the owner, Steve Talcott, it is a PRIVATE DRIVEWAY (in 
> fact there is a small sign to that effect near NYS-90). He does not 
> appreciate his land being taken for granted as if it were a public 
> park. He would appreciate being politely asked for permission to bird 
> from there. His number is 315-730-3571. Although the Booby was not 
> being particularly exciting or obvious I showed it to him and 
> explained how special it is. He granted permission by phone for a 
> group of birders from Cornell, and welcomed them, and when I left I 
> believe we were on good terms. Please don't screw it up.
>
> I stayed for over 3 hours hoping to see it fly and hunt. It didn't. 
> The light got worse. I took a break to get food from the Nice-n-Easy, 
> and drive to Lower Lake Road. The bird was still on the platform of 
> the channel marker and remained there for another 3 1/2 hours 
> including sunset. Lazy thing. I guess it did all its feeding and most 
> of its preening earlier in the morning. It did stand up and stretch a 
> few times, so I know it has proper wings. And it defecated several 
> times, so presumably it has been eating. So far I have no reason to 
> believe it is unhealthy. It just surprised me by how sedentary it was. 
> Perhaps that's how it evaded detection for almost 3 weeks.
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Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Brown Booby continues.....pics
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:52:25 -0400
Brown booby continues same spot as of 350 pm.
On Sep 21, 2016 1:28 PM, "Dave K"  wrote:

> The Brown Booby continues on Buoy 49.
>
> Pics at........
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> https://flic.kr/p/Mkj124
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> Brown Booby 9-21-16 Cayuga Lake St Park 
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From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:52:25 -0400
Brown booby continues same spot as of 350 pm.
On Sep 21, 2016 1:28 PM, "Dave K"  wrote:

> The Brown Booby continues on Buoy 49.
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> Pics at........
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Subject: Brown Booby continues.....pics
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:27:49 +0000
The Brown Booby continues on Buoy 49.

Pics at........

https://flic.kr/p/Mkj124

[X]Brown Booby 9-21-16 Cayuga Lake St Park


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Subject: Re:Red Breasted Nuthatches
From: Nari Mistry <nbm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:57:21 -0400
We usually have had a pair of RB Nuthatches around for most of the year, 
but not for the last few months. Two days ago, one showed up as part of 
the "irruption."  Looking back at my collection of emails (to the list 
and to ebird,) I see that I actually recorded one banded bird in 2004 
that stayed from Dec to June and possibly was breeding in our yard  (see 
emails copied below.)

Nari Mistry, Ellis Hollow Rd.

===copied From email dated 3/3/2004======

For several years we have had a pair of RedBreasted Nuthatches at our feeders 
throughout the year and sometimes a brood of young in the summer. We always 
wondered whether "our" winter nuthatches moved up north and the breeding pair 
were moving up from further south. Never found their nest, although they always 
fly with food directly into spruces in the backyard. 


Last December we found that one of the pair was banded with an alum (USFWS) 
band on the right leg. Now we had a chance to check whether the same pair 
stayed around to breed. 

This week the two have started exploring a wren nestbox hanging in our 
backyard, and we can see that the banded nuthatch is planning to stay around 
for the summer. They are trying to enlarge the small entrance hole sporadically 
while going in and out. Hope they decide to use the nestbox! 


Nari & Ginny Mistry
Ellis Hollow Rd., Ithaca

===copied From email dated 6/25/2004=================
Other breeding birds in our yard (Ellis Hollow Rd, Atlas Block #3769B) are :
Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Cardinal, chipping sparrows, 
catbirds, chickadee, housewren,  (nesting or fledglings observed)
and suspected breeders *Red-breasted Nuthatch,* White-Breasted Nuthatch, 
red-bellied woodpecker. Rose-br grosbeaks are around but no fledglings 
observed yet. The *banded red-breasted nuthatch resident all winter is 
the one that appears to be nesting in the spruce trees--have heard 
babies but not seen them yet. *

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Subject: Please get permission to see Booby from "Townline Road"
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:29:21 +0000 (GMT)
I had been out of town, so late this morning was my first chance to look for 
the refound Brown Booby. I was successful. It was on the green channel marker 
located at 42.88887,-76.72518. I first went to the location many have described 
as "Townline Road" but some have had trouble locating because there are 
Townline Roads along many township borders. To be more informative, this refers 
to the Aurelius-Springport Townline Road next to the railroad crossing of 
NYS-90 north of Union Springs.  


HOWEVER, going west from NYS-90 this is not a road. As I was pointedly informed 
by the owner, Steve Talcott, it is a PRIVATE DRIVEWAY (in fact there is a small 
sign to that effect near NYS-90). He does not appreciate his land being taken 
for granted as if it were a public park. He would appreciate being politely 
asked for permission to bird from there. His number is 315-730-3571. Although 
the Booby was not being particularly exciting or obvious I showed it to him and 
explained how special it is. He granted permission by phone for a group of 
birders from Cornell, and welcomed them, and when I left I believe we were on 
good terms. Please don't screw it up. 


I stayed for over 3 hours hoping to see it fly and hunt. It didn't. The light 
got worse. I took a break to get food from the Nice-n-Easy, and drive to Lower 
Lake Road. The bird was still on the platform of the channel marker and 
remained there for another 3 1/2 hours including sunset. Lazy thing. I guess it 
did all its feeding and most of its preening earlier in the morning. It did 
stand up and stretch a few times, so I know it has proper wings. And it 
defecated several times, so presumably it has been eating. So far I have no 
reason to believe it is unhealthy. It just surprised me by how sedentary it 
was. Perhaps that's how it evaded detection for almost 3 weeks. 

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From: Pat Martin <emartin139 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:36:59 -0400




Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:42:06 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - September 19, 2016
*  NYSY  09. 19.16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):September 12, 
2016 - September 19, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering 
upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma 
Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, 
Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: September 19  AT 
5:00 p.m. (EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of September 05, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
BROWN BOOBY (Extralimital)YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONEURASIAN WIGEONAMERICAN 
GOLDEN PLOVERWHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERSTILT SANDPIPERLONG-BILLED 
DOWITCHERWILSON’S PHALAROPELESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLCOMMON 
NIGHTHAWKYELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERGRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER 


Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
(MWC)------------   

     Another good week for SHOREBIRDS with 17 species being reported from 
the complex. In addition to the more common species STILT SANDPIPER, LONG and 
SHORT BILLED DOWITCHER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and WILSON’S PHALAROPE were 
all found. All 17 species were seen either at the Visitor’s Center or along 
the Wildlife Trail. WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and STILT SANDPIPER were also noted 
at the Morgan Road Marshes. 

     9/15: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was found on the Esker Brook Trail.     
9/16: A late COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen along the Wildlife Trail.     9/17: 
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on the Esker Brook Trail. A LESSER 
BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported on the Wildlife Trail. An EURASIAN WIGEON was 
found at Mays Point Pool. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen in the wooded area of 
VanDyne Spoor Road. 


Onondaga County------------
     9/12: 2 late COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of 
Baldwinsville.     9/15 A rare for upstate YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was 
found on the widewater area of the Erie Canal east of Burdick Road in 
Fayetteville. The bird is a juvenile and is being seen where the feeder canal 
comes in by the aquaduct. It was reported again today! 


Madison County------------
     9/19: 9 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were seen at the Sky High Sod Farm on 
Lakeport Road north of Chittenango. 


Oneida County------------
     9/15: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Spring Farm Nature 
Sanctuary south of Clinton. 


Extralimital------------
     9/17: A BROWN BOOBY, sighted at the north end of Cayuga Lake on August 
28 but absent since then, was refound in the same area on Saturday. It seems to 
favor Green Bouy 49. It was seen extensively yesterday from both sides of the 
lake but mostly from Lower Lake Road on the west side and was reported again 
today on the same bouy.      A question. Which county is this bird in when 
it is on the bouy? 

   

 --end report 
    
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Subject: Brown Booby still here
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:38:48 -0400
Brown Booby still seen from Harris Park, town of Cayuga, 10:30 am Monday.
The bird was on Buoy 47, then flew to Buoy 49. Scope essential for viewing
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Subject: RE: Red Breasted Nuthatches
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:15:07 +0000
Red-breasted Nuthatches are periodically irruptive species out of the boreal 
forest. They tend to go south months before other irruptives, usually first 
showing up in August. It looks like this is going to be an irruption year. 


From: bounce-120802766-3493952 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-120802766-3493952 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Asher Hockett 

Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 10:01 AM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Red Breasted Nuthatches

Carol's post reminded me that we have had RB Nuthatches visiting our feeder for 
most of the summer. Lately it's been two (at least) at a time. These birds are 
not flustered in the slightest by my presence near the feeders. We take them 
down every night to discourage raccoon visits, and the nuthatches and 
chickadees will keep coming for seed even as I am taking the feeders off the 
hooks. 


My guess is that the RB's like the Hemlock Forest we live in, as they were a 
rarity at Comfort Rd only 4 miles away, where we were on the edge of a mixed 
hardwood forest with a meadow adjoining. 


We also still have Purple Finches and RB Grosbeaks daily, as well as the usual 
suspects including the audible local Ravens and Red-shouldered Hawks 


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Subject: Red Breasted Nuthatches
From: Asher Hockett <veery715 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:01:16 -0400
Carol's post reminded me that we have had RB Nuthatches visiting our feeder
for most of the summer. Lately it's been two (at least) at a time. These
birds are not flustered in the slightest by my presence near the feeders.
We take them down every night to discourage raccoon visits, and the
nuthatches and chickadees will keep coming for seed even as I am taking the
feeders off the hooks.

My guess is that the RB's like the Hemlock Forest we live in, as they were
a rarity at Comfort Rd only 4 miles away, where we were on the edge of a
mixed hardwood forest with a meadow adjoining.

We also still have Purple Finches and RB Grosbeaks daily, as well as the
usual suspects including the audible local Ravens and Red-shouldered Hawks

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Subject: Red Breasted Nuthatch
From: Carol Keeler <carolk441 AT adelphia.net>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:48:24 -0400
Just had my first RB Nuthatch at my house near Auburn. I've never had one here 
in the 17 years I've lived here. My friend down the lake in Skaneateles has 
them yearly. I had them in Syracuse too. I hope it becomes a regular though it 
probably was just passing through. 


Few Hummingbirds coming now.  I suspect the ones I am getting are migrants.

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Subject: Re: Brown Booby Photos (SFW)
From: Kimberly Sucy <ksucy AT eznet.net>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:28:27 -0400
A few of us were on shore at Harris Park watching Suan’s journey on the kayak 
- a fisherman at Harris Park told us about the birder who had hastily inflated 
and departed in that kayak, camera in tow, so we knew when the camera came out 
that we’d be able tp pinpoint the bird. We then headed down the shore along 
Lower Lake Road (the east-side version) where a very nice local homeowner let 
us view the buoy from her front lawn in exchange for scope views of the bird, 
which she enjoyed enough to invite her equally bird-friendly neighbors. :) 

The Booby flushed before the train arrived and sounded its whistle - many in 
our group watched its departure. The bird flew north and we later picked it up 
floating in the water opposite Harris Park, where it sat for a while before 
picking up and flying north towards the railroad bridge, then south past Cayuga 
Lake Park and back down to Buoy 49 where it was spotted soon afterwards by Mike 
Tetlow from the west side. Fantastic views of the bird in flight! 


-kimberly sucy
-Rochester, NY


> On Sep 18, 2016, at 7:53 PM, Suan Yong  wrote:
> 
> Around 11 this morning I arrived at Harris Park in Cayuga to find Chris T-H 
and company with scopes aimed at buoy 49 about two miles away showing two bumps 
perched at its base: the bigger a Great Black-Backed Gull, the smaller the 
Brown Booby, I was told. Cool, I shrugged with a mix of awe and incredulity, as 
I proceeded to pump up my inflatable "kayak" and started paddling into the 
wind, light but enough to make the journey choppy. In about an hour I arrived 
near the bouy and began snapping away at the brown booby resting next to the 
great black-backed gull. The potential mistake I made here was sitting in the 
navigational channel, which caused an oncoming motorboat to steer away from me 
and thus very close to that buoy, trailing a wake that swayed the bouy so much 
that the booby had to raise its wings to maintain balance, but the two birds 
remained unfazed. Perhaps the big swell reminded the booby of home. 

> 
> Anyhow, I positioned myself to drift downwind slowly to about 20-30 yards 
from the bouy and snapped away, the birds still relaxed and unalarmed, though 
certainly keeping their eyes on me. Soon I was downwind of then with a million 
photos (actually, "only" 680), and I paddled back towards Harris Park. I soon 
found myself very seasick from staring through the camera on the choppy waters, 
so I just lay down on my boat and took a nap in the pleasant afternoon sun and 
breeze, drifting ever so slowly back to Harris Park. At one point the loud 
rumble and horn signaled the passage of a train - this I think was the cause of 
the bird flushing (I was too seasick to scan with binoculars from the rocky 
boat; I also didn't think that it might flush, though in retrospect I now 
remember trains being a bird flusher on at least two other occasions). 

> 
> I posted a few photos on Facebook:
> 
> https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10210844942937601 
 

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Subject: Brown Booby Photos (SFW)
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:53:40 -0400
Around 11 this morning I arrived at Harris Park in Cayuga to find Chris T-H and 
company with scopes aimed at buoy 49 about two miles away showing two bumps 
perched at its base: the bigger a Great Black-Backed Gull, the smaller the 
Brown Booby, I was told. Cool, I shrugged with a mix of awe and incredulity, as 
I proceeded to pump up my inflatable "kayak" and started paddling into the 
wind, light but enough to make the journey choppy. In about an hour I arrived 
near the bouy and began snapping away at the brown booby resting next to the 
great black-backed gull. The potential mistake I made here was sitting in the 
navigational channel, which caused an oncoming motorboat to steer away from me 
and thus very close to that buoy, trailing a wake that swayed the bouy so much 
that the booby had to raise its wings to maintain balance, but the two birds 
remained unfazed. Perhaps the big swell reminded the booby of home. 


Anyhow, I positioned myself to drift downwind slowly to about 20-30 yards from 
the bouy and snapped away, the birds still relaxed and unalarmed, though 
certainly keeping their eyes on me. Soon I was downwind of then with a million 
photos (actually, "only" 680), and I paddled back towards Harris Park. I soon 
found myself very seasick from staring through the camera on the choppy waters, 
so I just lay down on my boat and took a nap in the pleasant afternoon sun and 
breeze, drifting ever so slowly back to Harris Park. At one point the loud 
rumble and horn signaled the passage of a train - this I think was the cause of 
the bird flushing (I was too seasick to scan with binoculars from the rocky 
boat; I also didn't think that it might flush, though in retrospect I now 
remember trains being a bird flusher on at least two other occasions). 


I posted a few photos on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10210844942937601

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Subject: Brown Booby and boats
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:13:44 +0000
When we got to the lake this AM the Cayuga Lake SP boat launch had 40 empty 
boat trailers (fishing derby) in the parking lot. Thought the boat traffic may 
have moved the Booby. 


Scanned the buoys and lake without luck on until stopping at the South end of 
Lower Lake Rd. Found the Booby inflight making a beeline to buoy49. 


It withstood a good bit of passbys without leaving buoy and was there 'til we 
left. 


PicKnit attached.


https://flic.kr/p/MmKzZn

[X]Brown Booby and boats


[https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8477/29770888635_f9b864f7a7_b.jpg][https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8477/29770888635_f9b864f7a7_b.jpg] 






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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull--Stevenson Rd Compost
From: AB Clark <anneb.clark AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:49:22 -0400
Adult with only very small amount of head flecking (i.e. close to breeding 
plumage). 


Today, 18 Sept, around 1030 am, on the mounds amidst a plethora of Ring-billed 
Gulls and maybe 7-8 Greater Black-backed Gulls, ca 120 crows (about 1/3 Fish 
Crows), plus pigeons, starlings and Turkey Vultures. There were quite a few 
‚Äúcowl‚ÄĚ wearing vulture juveniles being curious and investigative, carrying 
objects around. 


No boobies, though.

I saw a very similar looking Lesser BB Gull at the Compost within the last two 
weeks, also. A current regular? 


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Subject: Brown booby
From: Joe DeVito <joebubo AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:17:18 -0400
Just flushed from buoy 49 Looked to be flying south along west side of the lake 


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Subject: Brown Booby
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 12:07:33 -0400
I'm at buoy 48: Suan°Įs Location
Bird looks to still be on bouy 49, the next green one south, about 200 yds 
away? I'll try to circle around (on my slow going inflatable kayak) without 
flushing it. 


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Subject: Brown booby
From: Joe DeVito <joebubo AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:41:47 -0400
Hi all!!

Any updates on the Brown Booby?

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Subject: Re: Brown Booby, Cayuga
From: Jgerbracht <jeffgerbracht AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:04:45 -0400
Brown Booby is still present. Currently sitting on buoy 49

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 17, 2016, at 3:52 PM, Jay McGowan  wrote:
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> The Cornell undergrad Muckrace team just refound the BROWN BOOBY on the north 
end of Cayuga Lake, currently sitting on the water off Harris Park. 
!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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Subject: Brown booby yes 8:30am
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 12:36:21 +0000
On bouy 49 in channel East of Cayuga Lake State Park

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Subject: Brown Booby, Cayuga
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:52:52 -0400
The Cornell undergrad Muckrace team just refound the BROWN BOOBY on the
north end of Cayuga Lake, currently sitting on the water off Harris Park.
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Subject: Brown Booby, Cayuga
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:52:52 -0400
The Cornell undergrad Muckrace team just refound the BROWN BOOBY on the
north end of Cayuga Lake, currently sitting on the water off Harris Park.
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Subject: Sapsucker Woods highlights, incl Green Heron buoyancy trials
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:40:54 -0400
I’ve visited Sapsucker Woods on several mornings this week, finding a
modest array of migrants each day, but nothing very rare.  TENNESSEE,
NASHVILLE, and MAGNOLIA WARBLERS have been especially evident.  Yesterday I
found my first SWAINSON’S THRUSH of the season along the little spur
connecting the road and the power-line corridor on the Dryden side.  Many
details from many birders are available every day from eBird’s “Explore a
Region‚ÄĚ tool.



Even when the songbirds are hard to find, multiple GREEN HERONS have
offered consistently excellent viewing throughout September.  Particularly
entertaining were one adult’s efforts yesterday to defy Archimedes and
traverse the lily-strewn Fuller Wetlands like an aspiring Northern Jacana.
I think we all feel like this bird sometimes…



https://youtu.be/37eidfPFq_U



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Subject: Today: See our new Handbook of Bird Biology & Course at Migration Celebration at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
From: Lee Ann van Leer <lav24 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 04:30:27 +0000
Hi to my birding friends. If you aren't at the Muckrace today, come birding at 
Sapsucker Woods during Migration Celebration. 


Check out the much anticipated Handbook of Bird Biology, 3rd Edition. Also have 
a sneak preview at the new online course that accompanies the book. We will be 
at the Cornell Lab's Migration Celebration today 10am -3pm. 


Kevin McGowan (the course instructor) Noah Warnke (web designer) and I will be 
at the "Learn from Afar" and the "Bird Academy" tables. 


You can also try out our other Bird Academy online courses such as Be a Better 
Birder: Duck and Waterfowl 
ID. 


The Bird Academy table will be featuring interactive fun things like the 
upcoming "Flight Game" (an educational video game). 


We will be making more official announcements about the offerings.

Migration Celebration has lots of events (as previously posted to the list).

More information here:
Migration Celebration

Please stop by and say hello. Extra incentive: We have chocolate at our table 
(while supplies last) and other freebies. :) 

Apologies if you don't like plugs but so many of you have been asking me when 
the new book was coming out and I wanted you to be amongst the first to see it. 


Also please let me know if anyone is wanting to do any birding road trips!

Sincerely,

Lee Ann van Leer

Bird Academy Project Assistant
Bird Academy
Lav24 AT cornell.edu
(607) 254-8312
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Room 237
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850

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Courses 

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Subject: Montezuma Muckrace this weekend!
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:29:11 -0400
This weekend is the Montezuma Muckrace, a 24-hour bird-a-thon to find as
many bird species as possible within the 242-square-mile area that
comprises the Montezuma wetlands complex. The Cayuga Bird Club will be
sponsoring the "Arrogant Bustards" team in this year's Muckrace, with Susan
Danskin, Ann Mitchell, Diane Morton, Gary Kohlenberg and Bob McGuire.

The Muckrace is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands
Complex to improve habitat restoration, public access, and avian research.
A special project this year is to establish one or more Motus radio
tracking towers within the complex, to be used for tracking migratory
birds. You can read more about the Motus tracking system here:
http://motus.org.

If you'd like to make a donation in support of the Arrogant Bustards team
(or any other team) for this fundraiser, you can do that online at the
Montezuma Muckrace website:
http://friendsofmontezuma.org/projects-programs/muckrace/ .

Thank you!

Susan, Ann, Diane, Gary, and Bob
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:21:00 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - 
   - September 12, 2016
*  NYSY  09. 12.16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):September 05, 
2016 - September 12, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering 
upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma 
Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, 
Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: September 12  AT 
5:00 p.m. (EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of September 05, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONAMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERSTILT SANDPIPERBAIRD’S 
SANDPIPERLONG-BILLED DOWITCHERWILSON’S PHALAROPERED PHALAROPELONG-TAILED 
JAEGERCOMMON NIGHTHAWKYELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERPHILADELPHIA VIREOLINCOLN’S 
SPARROWPINE SISKIN 


Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
(MWC)------------ 

     Another good week for SHOREBIRDS with 15 species reported including 
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, LONG and SHORT BILLED DOWITCHERS, WILSON’S PHALAROPE, 
STILT SANDPIPER and BAIRD’S SANDPIPER. Most birds were reported at the 
Visitor’s Center and along the Wildlife Trail. Baird’s Sandpiper and Stilt 
Sandpiper were seen only at Morgan Road. 10 species of WARBLERS were reported 
also.     9/5: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A 
PHILADELPHIA VIREO was found along Towpath Road.     9/10: A YELLOW-BELLIED 
FLYCATCHER was seen on Towpath Road. 


Onondaga County------------
     9/7: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen along the Seneca River south 
of Phoenix.     9/9: 7 Shorebird species including SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER and 
PECTORAL SANDPIPER were seen at Van Buren Park south of Baldwinsville.     
9/10: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was see at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. 
A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at the Dewitt Landfill.     9/11: A 
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen on the Creekwalk north of Hiawatha Boulevard 
in Syracuse. 


Oswego County------------
     9/8: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was seen at Derby Hill.     9/9: A 
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at a private residence in Hastings.     
9/11: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at the Great Bear Recreation Area north of 
Phoenix. A LONG-TAILED JAEGER was seen and photographed at Derby Hill. 


Madison County------------
     9/5: 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were seen at the Sky High Sod Farm on 
Lakeport Road. A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was seen on Bradley Brook Resivoir south 
of West Eaton.     9/6: A RED PHALAROPE was seen on Bradley Brook resivoir. 


Oneida County------------
     9/7: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at the Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary 
south of Clinton.     9/10: A PINE SISKIN. a PHILADELPHIA VIREO and a 
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were all seen at the Spring Farm Nature Center. 


Herkimer County-------------
     9/7: A PINE SISKIN was seen on Soncody Road north of West Winfield.


 --end report 
    
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Subject: Montezuma trip highlights. Wilson's Phalarope, Peregrines, Both Dowitchers
From: "Michael Tetlow " <mjtetlow AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 22:12:43 -0400
     Today Dominic Sherony and I led the last guided shorebird walk on the
refuge this fall. The visitor center pond held good numbers of Lesser
Yellowlegs, 1 Greater Yellowlegs and 6 Pectoral Sandpipers among the
Northern Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, black Duck and Mallards. New waterfowl
arrivals included 2 Gadwall and 2 American Wigeon. A Trumpeter Swan flew in
after the group moved on and was only seen by those who were at the end of
the trip and heard that a WILSON's PHALAROPE was found there by Kim Sucy and
were able to go back and find this very pale , likely basic adult. 

    The birds most enjoyed there at the start by the original 35 attendees
were the beautiful adult Bald eagle soaring directly overhead and the 2
Peregrine Falcons that hunted together and even called as they passed over
together. Missed by only me!

    Further down the Wildlife drive we had the benefit of getting out with
our scopes and closely studying the juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher with a
couple yellowlegs at the Seneca Flats. Expecting the small falcon coming
down the drive to be the fairly regular Merlin we were surprised that it was
a Kestrel. Moving on to Benning Marsh we scanned thoroughly and Dominic
found a secretive juvenile Long-billed Dowitcher  followed by Kyle Gage and
Pete Saracino finding 2 out of 3 barely visible Snipe. A good find was Wood
Duck surprisingly absent up until that point as the high winds kept
waterfowl except Coot hidden on the main pool. 

   After some braved the terrifying restroom building at Tschasche Pool we
move to May's Point pool where we missed the recent Sandhill cranes and
walked down to look for Red-headed Woodpecker which likely have moved on
already.

    At the East road overlook of Knox-Marcellus marsh we discussed how the
shorebird walk would have proceeded had there been any early season rains
and what concentrations we would normally find there. Birds there were a
single Northern Harrier, the lingering Snow Goose  and Graylag type Goose
plus a few Great-Blue Herons. Not even a token yellowlegs in the remaining
puddle.

    On to Morgan Road where the impoundment still had plenty of habitat but
there was only a small flock pf peep flushed by a Cooper's hawk. In flight
we heard the call of Least Sandpiper and Semi-palmated Plover but only a
Least returned to join 2 Greater yellowlegs. The highlight was 2 American
Pipits flying and calling overhead.

    All in all we had 65 species and a beautiful day to be out. Guided
shorebird walk may not have been the best title but plenty of birds kept
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Subject: Young Peregrine at Montezuma NWR Visitor Center Pool
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:56:25 -0400
Hi folks.

We had the great pleasure of an incredible visit from a young peregrine 
falcon this afternoon as we stood on the deck at the Visitor Center 
scanning the pool in front of us. It flew in suddenly, strafed a few 
birds (and missed) and then proceeded to give all present a very nice 
aerial demonstration before it headed out for points elsewhere. Very 
exciting to watch. One of those rare serendipitous moments we enjoy now 
and then as we bird the Basin. A real treat!




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Subject: Preparing to Leave.....
From: Ellen Haith <elliehaith44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 18:37:20 -0400
6:36 p.m. currently, and 35 Common Mergansers create a flotilla as they
sail along the west shore of Cayuga Lake, just off Elm Beach Road. Glorious!

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Subject: Juvenile RBG
From: Regi Teasley <rltcayuga AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 11:41:08 -0400
Not a rarity but a welcome visitor to our tray feeder: a juvenile male Rose 
Breasted Grosbeak. 

West Hill.

Regi
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Subject: Salt Pt. Golden-winged Warbler, Myers Sanderlings
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 11:34:12 -0400
This morning a found a lovely female GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER on Salt Point in
Lansing, at the edge of the trees on the right as you continue past the
gate on the main road that parallels the creek. I followed her as she
foraged along the edge, eventually making her way more to the center of the
point. Other birds nearby included Wilson's, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, and
Blue-winged warblers.

When I returned to my car at Myers Point I found two juvenile SANDERLINGS
foraging along the north shore of the point. They had not been present a
couple of hours earlier when I first checked the spit. The only birds of
note I had on the lake this morning were 10 COMMON TERNS flying up the lake
calling. Other noteworthy landbirds were a MARSH WREN in the cattail patch
in Salmon Creek, migrant BAY-BREASTE and BLACKPOLL near the entrance to
Myers, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH along the edge of the marsh at the railroad
tracks, and my long-awaited first Myers Point RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
foraging near but not in the spruces at the entrance fee booth.

My list from Salt Point with a couple of photos of the Golden-winged here:
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Subject: Cayuga Bird Club at Migration Celebration
From: Jody W Enck <jwe4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 20:28:47 +0000
Hello Cayuga Birders,

By now, you’ve all seen the notices of Migration Celebration happening at the 
Lab of Ornithology on Saturday the 17th of September. The Cayuga Bird Club will 
be hosting a Club table at the Celebration. If you are willing to help out by 
sitting at the table and answering any basic questions about the Club that day 
(for a two-hour shift), please email me as soon as possible. 


Many Club members will be participating in the Muckrace up at Montezuma 
National Wildlife Refuge that day, so we need as many helpers to be at 
Migration Celebration as possible. 


Thanks in advance, and see you at the Club meeting on Monday the 12th.

Jody

Jody W. Enck, PhD
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and
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Subject: Assisting banding saw-whets
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 15:57:06 +0000
Don't get me wrong, I love warblers. But, tired of trying to see if the bottom 
of the foot of a warbler in the top of a fully-leafed tree is flesh colored or 
dark. Shorebirds, too, are really great. But, tired of trying to see if the 
beak is straight or slightly down-curved when the bird itself is so far away 
you can barely see it? 

How would you like to see a bird so close that you have to use your reading 
glasses? Consider assisting a banding project for migratory Northern Saw-whet 
Owls. Banding will extend from 2 October to 13 November on nights with suitable 
weather. This spans 8 weeks, but suitable weather occurs on about 6 out of 8 
nights. Participants might come out on the same night of the week, or about 6 
nights out of the 8 weeks. Please contact John Confer at 
confer AT ithaca.edu for further information. 


Hoot,

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Subject: Gho on ellis hollow crk rd by turkey hill
From: Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm <mo AT roosterhillfarm.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:29:48 -0400
They said some guy called somebody. Not sure. Flies around owl tell me he
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Subject: C. Gallinule @ Swan Pen
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:00:14 -0400
Juvenile common gallinule continues at swan pen, resting on log to right of 
Fuertes overlook. 


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Subject: Emerald Necklace 10th Anniversary Bird Walk with Lynn Leopold
From: Jason Gorman <jasongorman AT fllt.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 12:59:05 +0000
Morning Bird Walk with Lynn Leopold
Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 AM
Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve, West Danby

In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Finger Lakes Land Trust's Emerald 
Necklace project, Lynn 
Leopold will lead a morning 
bird walk in search of fall migrants. Located in the heart of the Emerald 
Necklace, the 537-acre Lindsay-Parsons 
Preserve 
is home to a diverse range of habitats including lakes, forests, meadows, 
brushland, gorges, streams and wetlands. Don't forget to dress for the weather 
and bring binoculars if you have them. 


Directions: The Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve is located in West Danby, 
about 8 miles away from Ithaca. Take Rt. 13 south from Ithaca, then take Rt. 
34/96 south to West Danby. Most of the preserve is located on the east side of 
the highway, across from Sylvan Drive and the West Danby Fire Station. Ample 
parking is available about 1/2 mile south of Sylvan Drive, on the east side of 
the road. Entrance to the parking lot is at the top of a hill, opposite a house 
and barn. 


Questions? Visit www.fllt.org/events or call (607) 
275-9487 


Jason Gorman, Nature Preserve Manager
Finger Lakes Land Trust
202 E. Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607.275.9487
www.fllt.org
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Subject: Montezuma Morgan Road Red-necked Phalarope. Muckrace Flats water
From: "Michael Tetlow " <mjtetlow AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:30:17 -0400
   Yesterday afternoon Dominc Sherony and I birded the area and found the
Red-necked Phalarope all the way to the north end of the dike 200 yards into
the cove looking SW. The other highlight was 2 White-rumped Sandpipers.

   Tuesday they began adding water to the occasionally productive Muckrace
Flats on the south side of Savannah-Spring-Lake Road just west of Morgan
Road-no birds yet. They have almost finished a new overlook platform at the
Martens Tract

    The visitor center had 40ish Lesser Yellowlegs and good numbers of
Pintail, Shoveler and both Teal.

    A Merlin taking a dust bath on the wildlife drive was a nice surprise. A
young Virginia rail  was calling opposite laRues in the late afternoon heat
with mom and dad(2 different birds) grunting back occasionally.  Mike Tetlow


 

Dominic entered this ebird checklist for Morgan Road

Montezuma (NMWMA)--Morgan Rd. Marshes, Wayne, New York, US Sep 7, 2016 12:00
PM - 1:30 PM

Protocol: Traveling

1.0 mile(s)

35 species

 

Canada Goose  24

Wood Duck  4

American Black Duck  1

Mallard  34

Blue-winged Teal  7

Green-winged Teal  8

Pied-billed Grebe  3

Double-crested Cormorant  4

Great Blue Heron  10

Great Egret  12

Turkey Vulture  3

Osprey  1

Northern Harrier  1

Bald Eagle  1

Common Gallinule  2

Semipalmated Plover  1

Killdeer  12

Least Sandpiper  30

White-rumped Sandpiper  2

Pectoral Sandpiper  13

Semipalmated Sandpiper  6

Red-necked Phalarope  1

Greater Yellowlegs  2

Lesser Yellowlegs  25

Ring-billed Gull  X

Merlin  1

Eastern Wood-Pewee  1

Eastern Kingbird  1

Tree Swallow  2

Marsh Wren  1

Common Yellowthroat  1

Swamp Sparrow  2

Bobolink  2

Red-winged Blackbird  X

American Goldfinch  2

 

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31478647

 

 

   


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Subject: Ringwood Road Pine Siskin
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:41:25 +0000
While I was watching the goldfinch families at my feeder this morning, a 
heavily-streaked little bird with yellowish wing bars caught my eye: a Pine 
Siskin! 


Marie 


Marie Read Wildlife Photography
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Freeville NY  13068 USA

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Subject: Re: Imm northern goshawk
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 06:31:33 -0400
Thanks for the clarification Dave; the AOU gives us enough changes to worry 
over and 

now trail names! ;-). Appreciate the detail Josh and the additional sighting 
Alicia. 

All of that is well in the area of a known nesting area. I'm hopeful it/they 
are 

local young of the year. Here, we have had a slow but steady flow of sharpies 
and 

coops.
John
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On Wed, September 7, 2016 22:21, Dave Nutter wrote:
> I think the reference is to an eBird research project in our area which 
gathers data 

> by suggesting specific locations where birders should go based on habitats.


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Subject: Re: Imm northern goshawk
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 08 Sep 2016 02:21:35 +0000 (GMT)
I think the reference is to an eBird research project in our area which gathers 
data by suggesting specific locations where birders should go based on 
habitats. The birders earn points by submitting eBird lists from various sites, 
then get a chance to win a prize based on the number of points earned. 
Unfortunately, the names of the places are only in code, with no reference to 
any place anyone else would recognize.  

--Dave Nutter

On Sep 07, 2016, at 06:46 PM, Joshua Snodgrass  wrote:

Hi John and Sue,
Interloken trail about a mile south of blueberry patch. It is on Mathews rd 
between burnt hill Rd and Mark Smith Rd. You can see the giant field and tower 
from it. 

Thanks,
Josh
Joshua, what is this trailhead you mention? Not one of the FLNF names. FYI, at 
least 

three pair of Gos breed in the forest, probably a couple more. One year, FLT 
hikers 

were constantly bombarded as they passed under a nest near the lean-to. That 
nest no 

longer in use. Although Gos and other accipiters are moving now, it gives hope 
that 

we had a successful nesting.
Best,
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N 42 26.611' W 76 45.492'
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"Conserve and Create Habitat"

On Wed, September 7, 2016 18:28, Joshua Snodgrass wrote:
> I just saw an immature northern goshawk on Mathews Rd in the finger lakes
> NF, near the avitrail 27 trailhead.

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Subject: Re: Imm northern goshawk
From: Joshua Snodgrass <cedarshiva AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2016 18:46:02 -0400
Hi John and Sue,
Interloken trail about a mile south of blueberry patch. It is on Mathews rd
between burnt hill Rd and Mark Smith Rd. You can see the giant field and
tower from it.
Thanks,
Josh
Joshua, what is this trailhead you mention? Not one of the FLNF names. FYI,
at least
three pair of Gos breed in the forest, probably a couple more. One year,
FLT hikers
were constantly bombarded as they passed under a nest near the lean-to.
That nest no
longer in use. Although Gos and other accipiters are moving now, it gives
hope that
we had a successful nesting.
Best,
john
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Burdett,NY 14818-9626
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 Website: http://www.empacc.net/~kestrelhaven/
"Conserve and Create Habitat"

On Wed, September 7, 2016 18:28, Joshua Snodgrass wrote:
> I just saw an immature northern goshawk on Mathews Rd in the finger lakes
> NF, near the avitrail 27 trailhead.

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Subject: Re: Imm northern goshawk
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2016 18:40:40 -0400
Joshua, what is this trailhead you mention? Not one of the FLNF names. FYI, at 
least 

three pair of Gos breed in the forest, probably a couple more. One year, FLT 
hikers 

were constantly bombarded as they passed under a nest near the lean-to. That 
nest no 

longer in use. Although Gos and other accipiters are moving now, it gives hope 
that 

we had a successful nesting.
Best,
john
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N 42 26.611' W 76 45.492'
 Website: http://www.empacc.net/~kestrelhaven/
"Conserve and Create Habitat"

On Wed, September 7, 2016 18:28, Joshua Snodgrass wrote:
> I just saw an immature northern goshawk on Mathews Rd in the finger lakes
> NF, near the avitrail 27 trailhead.


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Subject: Imm northern goshawk
From: Joshua Snodgrass <cedarshiva AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2016 18:28:31 -0400
I just saw an immature northern goshawk on Mathews Rd in the finger lakes
NF, near the avitrail 27 trailhead. Large accipiter- initially mistaken for
a rtha given its perch in the open. But long tail with white terminal band
and a conspicuous eyebrow stripe lead me to believe goshawk. It flew into
the woods after briefly letting me look at it. Not sure if it is chaseable

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Subject: Guided Tour of Howland's Island Sept. 14
From: Chris Lajewski <lajewskic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2016 11:44:10 +0000 (UTC)
Howland’s Island Birding Hike
Wednesday, Sept. 14,  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


The autumn migration continues as warblers, waterfowl, and shorebirds continue 
to use Montezuma during their long, southbound journey. This is a rare 
opportunity to drive behind the gates to some of the best birding locations in 
the Montezuma Wetlands Complex where dozens of species can be found. Montezuma 
Muckrace participants are encouraged to join me for a sneak peek before the 
bird-a-thon competition. Fee: $4/child; $6/adult, $20/family. Friends of the 
Montezuma Wetlands Complex receive a 50% discount. Space is limited and 
registration is required. Call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma AT audubon.org. 

Chris LajewskiCenter DirectorMontezuma Audubon Center2295 State Route 89, 
Savannah, NY 13146http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma  



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