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White-breasted Wood-Warbler,©Barry Kent Mackay

28 Apr more info & firsts [Dave Nutter ]
28 Apr Goetchius Preserve - woodcock, snipe [Susan Fast ]
27 Apr Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
27 Apr Re: FW: Photography Awards Winners ["Melanie Uhlir" ]
27 Apr Montezuma area yesterday highlights. Carncross shorebirds ["Michael Tetlow " ]
27 Apr Fwd: [GeneseeBirds-L] Montezuma area yesterday highlights. Carncross shorebirds ["Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" ]
27 Apr FW: Photography Awards Winners ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
27 Apr Pine siskins [Tom ]
27 Apr a few 2015 first basin records, RFI [Dave Nutter ]
27 Apr Re: Purple Finches [Melanie Uhlir ]
26 Apr Commonland skydance [Suan Yong ]
26 Apr Onondaga Audubon Bird Festival [TR GMail ]
27 Apr Saturday CBC bird trip [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
26 Apr Avicaching week 4 update [Ian Davies ]
26 Apr Re: merlins [Jae Sullivan ]
26 Apr merlins ["Judith W. Jones" ]
26 Apr Sapsucker Woods and Newman Arboretum, Sun 4/26 [Mark Chao ]
26 Apr Re: Purple Finches! [Glenn Wilson ]
26 Apr Purple Finches! [Melanie Uhlir ]
26 Apr Re: Brown Thrasher, Red-shouldered Hawk [Gary Kohlenberg ]
25 Apr Common Tern [Ann Mitchell ]
25 Apr SFO Local Trip Saturday [bob mcguire ]
25 Apr Loons, Kingfishers [Donna Scott ]
25 Apr Eurasian wigeon @ Knox Marsellis [Stuart Krasnoff ]
25 Apr Cass Park Birds (including white-winged gull) [Brad Walker ]
25 Apr Common Teen [Ann Mitchell ]
25 Apr Lots of Purple Finches here too [Stephanie Greenwood ]
25 Apr Pine Siskins [Laurie Ray ]
25 Apr Warblers, kinglet [Donna Scott ]
25 Apr Swan pen [Geo Kloppel ]
25 Apr ADMIN: Location, location, location! ["Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" ]
25 Apr Downtown Ithaca Merlin pair [John Confer ]
25 Apr many, many purple finches ["Therese O'Connor" ]
25 Apr Warbling vireo [Brad Walker ]
25 Apr Bittern flushed from Swan Pen [Scott Haber ]
25 Apr Brown Thrasher, Red-shouldered Hawk [Geo Kloppel ]
25 Apr American Bittern [Ann Mitchell ]
25 Apr Louisiana Waterthrush [Ann Mitchell ]
25 Apr (OT) CU Cinema: Pelican Dreams & Parrots of Telegraph Hill [Dave Nutter ]
24 Apr Lots'o siskins [Laura Stenzler ]
24 Apr Louisiana Waterthrush [Ann Mitchell ]
24 Apr Sapsucker Woods, Fri 4/24 [Mark Chao ]
24 Apr Horned Grebes, Palm Warbler [Laurie Ray ]
24 Apr Loons, no. Cormorants, yes at Mud Lock [John and Fritzie Blizzard ]
23 Apr No Loons at Mud Lock [Janet Akin ]
23 Apr Mt Pleasant pm Wilson's Snipe ["Marie P. Read" ]
23 Apr CBC Field Trip Saturday April 25 Meena Haribal leader [Linda Orkin ]
23 Apr Raft of LOONS [Jill Vaughan ]
23 Apr Ovid shrike sp. [Jay McGowan ]
23 Apr OT - David Kiehm at Handwork 1st May [Stephanie Greenwood ]
23 Apr Re: Siskin [david nicosia ]
23 Apr Siskin [Ann Mitchell ]
22 Apr Today up the Lake [bob mcguire ]
22 Apr Merlins [John Confer ]
22 Apr RE:loons and Broad-wings [Donna Lee Scott ]
22 Apr loons and Broad-wings ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
22 Apr Program tomorrow evening about Renwick Wildwood [Robyn Bailey ]
22 Apr Recent birds [Jay McGowan ]
22 Apr Birds of Salt Pt prog tonite [Donna Lee Scott ]
22 Apr Renwick/Fall Creek Gnatcatchers (Monday) ["Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" ]
22 Apr Swan Pen [Ann Mitchell ]
22 Apr Re: Newman Municipal Golf Course owls et al., Wed 4/22 [Linda Orkin ]
22 Apr Newman Municipal Golf Course owls et al., Wed 4/22 [Mark Chao ]
22 Apr Sapsucker Woods cliff swallow, yellow warbler [Brad Walker ]
22 Apr Yellow-rumped Warblers at SSW [Anne Marie Johnson ]
22 Apr Chipping sparrow adn junco songs [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
22 Apr Re:sisk-invasion []
21 Apr Re: sisk-invasion/Towhee song [Judith Thurber ]
21 Apr Field Sparrows, Park Preserve (Baldwin Tract) [Nari Mistry ]
21 Apr Salt Point Birds [bob mcguire ]
21 Apr field sparrow in Brooktondale [Tom Hoebbel ]
21 Apr Goetchius meadowlark ["Marie P. Read" ]
21 Apr sisk-invasion/Towhee song [Donna Scott ]
21 Apr Re: sisk-invasion [Brad Walker ]
21 Apr sisk-invasion [Marc Devokaitis ]
21 Apr OT; Spring Flora [Meena Madhav Haribal ]

Subject: more info & firsts
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:12:11 +0000
Thank-you, everybody. I'm going to try to be more quick-and-dirty with this 
list, rather than getting backlogged as I was before, but this requires your 
help to clean it up. 


So far I've the NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH as early as 830am on 25 April at Fuller 
Wetlands, Sapsucker Woods, Lansing, found independently by Gary Kohlenberg, but 
as-yet-unsubstantiated rumors of Mark Chao or an SFO finding it earlier. Let me 
know. 


The COMMON TERNS at Harris Park, Village of Cayuga, Aurelius was found at noon 
by Bob McGuire. 


The WARBLING VIREO at Jetty Woods was found by Brad Walker and Scott Haber. 
Yes, I want to credit the finding party, not just the first person in the party 
to post or eBird a new species. 


I got a rumor that Ken Rosenberg may have found a SOLITARY SANDPIPER at the 
Swan Pond on or before the 26th, the day I found one on Fall Creek in 
Freeville. Does anyone know about this? 


Meanwhile there are more new reports:

LEAST FLYCATCHER by Derek Green on Monday 27 April at Lime Hollow Nature 
Center, Cortlandville. It's fun to see some firsts from the east edge of the 
basin! 


WOOD THRUSH and BOBOLINK by Sheila Hernandez on the 27th at Caroline Elementary 
School, Caroline. 


COMMON YELLOWTHROAT by Ethan Chaffee on the 27th in Sapsucker Woods, Lansing.
 

--Dave Nutter


On Apr 27, 2015, at 04:55 AM, Dave Nutter  wrote:

I think the NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was a first for the year on Saturday 25 April 
from the Owens Platform in the Fuller Wetlands facing Kip's Barn north of the 
Lab of O (Sapsucker Woods, Town of Lansing on border with Town of Dryden). The 
problem is, I'm trying to figure out who to credit it to. I was told about it 
by Deb Lynn, but maybe it was seen earlier by Ken Kemphues and Diane Morton who 
were shown it by some photographer who called it in. If anyone can help me sort 
out who at least found it independently, that would help. Thanks! 


I also want to know who first found the COMMON TERN at Harris Park on Saturday, 
as that may also be a first, since there is some question as to whether the 
previous record was good, that being an ID by anonymous people of a U-stream 
video which I haven't been able to get hold of, in the same place (Mud Lock) 
and sandwiched in time between two reports of a FORSTER'S TERN by Meena Haribal 
& Bill Baker whose ID skills on these similar species I trust. Again, thank-you 
for any info. 


I also understand that the earlier WARBLING VIREO listed was not a firm enough 
report, so that will be changed to the one which Brad Walker found at Jetty 
Woods a couple days ago. I don't have the date in front of me, but is in my 
records. I just haven't gotten the editing done. 


On Sunday afternoon (26 April) with my SFO group returning from Derby Hill, I 
stopped by Herman Road on the east border of the Village of Freeville, Town of 
Dryden. Apparently the wetlands are dried up, but I did find a SOLITARY 
SANDPIPER on a mud bar in Fall Creek, which I think is a first for the basin 
this year. 


--Dave Nutter

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Subject: Goetchius Preserve - woodcock, snipe
From: Susan Fast <sustfast AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:00:21 +0000 (UTC)
 Curious about WOODCOCKS and weather conditions, I went to the Goetchius 
Preserve this evening from about 8:00 until 8:30.  Preserve is on Flatiron 
Rd., Town of Caroline, just off Rt. 79 E.  Heavy overcast, a spitting rain, 
breeze from the NW, temp. around 40 F.  I parked at the small lot next the 
sign, and walked out a ways past the 2 ponds.  This reduces the volume from 
the SPRING PEEPERS, but does not help with the continuous din from the CANADA 
GEESE just to the west.  The woodcocks didn't seem to mind the weather; I 
watched and listened to at least 4.  A couple were dancing right overhead.  A 
SNIPE winnowed continuously for several minutes, and a KILLDEER flew over 
once. It's not really too wet, unless you fall in the creek or ponds in the 
dark. 


Steve FastBrooktondale
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:32:49 +0000 (UTC)
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* April 27, 2015*  NYSY  04. 27. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):April 20, 2015 - April 27, 2015to 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: April 27 AT 5:00 p.m. (DST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga 
Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #440 Monday April 27, 
2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of April 20, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

RED-THROATED LOONBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONGREAT EGRETLEAST BITTERNEURASIAN 
WIGEONSURF SCOTERGOLDEN EAGLESANDHILL CRANEUPLAND SANDPIPERLESSER BLACK-BACKED 
GULLYELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDEVENING GROSBEAK 


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

     4/25: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen from East Road. 5 BLACK-CROWNED 
NIGHT-HERONS were seen along towpath Road.     4/26: GREATER and LESSER 
YELLOWLEGS, WILSON’S SNIPE and a DUNLIN were all seen in a corn field along 
Carncross Road. 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31. 


Derby Hill------------
     4/21 was the best day of the season so far with 5,299 birds counted. 
5,074 were BROAD-WINGED HAWKS. Also 5 GOLDEN EAGLES were counted this day. The 
next day 2,101 raprtors were counted. Otherwise it was a very slow week due to 
cold and north winds. On 4/20 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen. 


Oswego County------------
     4/22: EVENING GROSBEAKS were noted in Constantia.     4/23: 134 
COMMON LOONS and 1 RED-THROATED LOON were seen flying Past Phillips Point on 
Oneida Lake.     4/24: 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder north of 
Cleveland.     4/25: 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were again seen at the Oswego 
County Airfield from Howard Road. Actually they are seen closer to the Go-cart 
area nearer Silk Road. 


Onondaga County------------
     4/21: 5 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen on Onondaga Lake near the 
Liverpool Marina.     4/22: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen near the 
Marina in Liverpool.     4/23: A pair of SURF SCOTERS were seen on Beaver 
Lake     4/26: A LEAST BITTERN was heard in the Three Rivers WMA north of 
Baldwinsville. It was in a marshy area south of Potter Road. 


Madison County------------     4/23: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at the 
intersection of Gee and Ditchbank Roads. It was refound in the same area on 
4/25.     4/24: 3 EVENING GROSBEAKS are still coming to a feeder on 
Carpenter Road near Sheds. 5 were seen on 4/26.      4/25: A male 
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen with other Blackbirds on Cheese Factory Road 
in the Town of Cazenovia. 


Oneida County------------
     4/26: An early BLACK and WHITE WARBLER was found at the Spring Farm 
Nature Santuary south of Clinton.     4/27: 6 SURF SCOTERS and 10 
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen on Oneida Lake from the Godfrey Point Boat 
Launch east of Cleveland on Oneida Lake. A GREAT EGRET was seen in a beaver 
pond on Rt. 31 about 2 miles west of the intersection with Rt. 365. 


New Arrivals this week------------
CLIFF SWALLOWLOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHNORTHERN WATERTHRUSHPINE WARBLERYELLOW-RUMPED 
WARBLERSPOTTED SANDPIPERHOUSE WRENPALM WARBLERAMERICAN BITTERNLEAST 
BITTERNWHITE-CROWNED SPARROWBLUE HEADED VIREOBLACK and WHITE WARBLEREASTERN 
KINGBIRD 

  
    
      --  end report


Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.  

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Subject: Re: FW: Photography Awards Winners
From: "Melanie Uhlir" <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:52:03 GMT




Subject: Montezuma area yesterday highlights. Carncross shorebirds
From: "Michael Tetlow " <mjtetlow AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:01:32 -0400
Carncross Road corn field: 75+ Greater, 6 Lesser Yellowlegs, 5 Dunlin, 18
Snipe (mostly at east end-probably many more). 1 Sandhill Crane.

 

Shorebird Flats: 1 Trumpeter Swan, 2 Greater Yellowlegs

  

Morgan Road: 1 Virginia Rail replying to a Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Trumpeter
Swan 

 

Knox-Marcellus Marsh: A lot of habitat for 1 Dunlin, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 1
pr. Common Mergansers, many Shoveler and GW Teal. Some Wigeon and Gadwall. 5
Black-crowned Night Herons roosting in trees in the SW corner behind the
house with the pond. Very difficult to see. Look east down the row of
bluebird houses on the house property line.

 

Visitor center: 37 Caspian terns, 1 American Bittern flew up from the marsh
west of the visitor center pond.  Nice numbers of BW Teal and Common
gallinule around wildlife drive. 1 muskrat house alone had a nesting Canada
Goose a pair of canvasback and a pair of ring-necks, all sleeping.

 

Gravel road south of route 318 in flooded field: 16 Greater Yellowlegs and I
Snipe.

  Mike and Joann tetlow

 


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Subject: Fwd: [GeneseeBirds-L] Montezuma area yesterday highlights. Carncross shorebirds
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:11:24 +0000
FYI



Begin forwarded message:

From: Bird observations from western New York 
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Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Montezuma area yesterday highlights. Carncross 
shorebirds 

Date: April 27, 2015 at 12:59:18 PM EDT
To: >
Reply-To: >

Carncross Road corn field: 75+ Greater, 6 Lesser Yellowlegs, 5 Dunlin, 18 Snipe 
(mostly at east end-probably many more). 1 Sandhill Crane. 


Shorebird Flats: 1 Trumpeter Swan, 2 Greater Yellowlegs

Morgan Road: 1 Virginia Rail replying to a Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Trumpeter Swan

Knox-Marcellus Marsh: A lot of habitat for 1 Dunlin, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 
pr. Common Mergansers, many Shoveler and GW Teal. Some Wigeon and Gadwall. 5 
Black-crowned Night Herons roosting in trees in the SW corner behind the house 
with the pond. Very difficult to see. Look east down the row of bluebird houses 
on the house property line. 


Visitor center: 37 Caspian terns, 1 American Bittern flew up from the marsh 
west of the visitor center pond. Nice numbers of BW Teal and Common gallinule 
around wildlife drive. 1 muskrat house alone had a nesting Canada Goose a pair 
of canvasback and a pair of ring-necks, all sleeping. 


Gravel road south of route 318 in flooded field: 16 Greater Yellowlegs and I 
Snipe. 

  Mike and Joann tetlow
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Subject: FW: Photography Awards Winners
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:18:45 +0000
Look who won the grand prize!!  Congratulations, Melissa!

Kevin

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Subject: Photography Awards Winners

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Subject: Pine siskins
From: Tom <atvawter AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:09:51 -0400
The pine siskins that have been conspicuously absent from my feeders all winter 
seem now to arrived in some numbers. 


They're mixing with the goldfinches here on Ross Road in Lansing.

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Subject: a few 2015 first basin records, RFI
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:55:13 +0000
I think the NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was a first for the year on Saturday 25 April 
from the Owens Platform in the Fuller Wetlands facing Kip's Barn north of the 
Lab of O (Sapsucker Woods, Town of Lansing on border with Town of Dryden). The 
problem is, I'm trying to figure out who to credit it to. I was told about it 
by Deb Lynn, but maybe it was seen earlier by Ken Kemphues and Diane Morton who 
were shown it by some photographer who called it in. If anyone can help me sort 
out who at least found it independently, that would help. Thanks! 


I also want to know who first found the COMMON TERN at Harris Park on Saturday, 
as that may also be a first, since there is some question as to whether the 
previous record was good, that being an ID by anonymous people of a U-stream 
video which I haven't been able to get hold of, in the same place (Mud Lock) 
and sandwiched in time between two reports of a FORSTER'S TERN by Meena Haribal 
& Bill Baker whose ID skills on these similar species I trust. Again, thank-you 
for any info. 


I also understand that the earlier WARBLING VIREO listed was not a firm enough 
report, so that will be changed to the one which Brad Walker found at Jetty 
Woods a couple days ago. I don't have the date in front of me, but is in my 
records. I just haven't gotten the editing done. 


On Sunday afternoon (26 April) with my SFO group returning from Derby Hill, 
I stopped by Herman Road on the east border of the Village of Freeville, 
Town of Dryden. Apparently the wetlands are dried up, but I did find a SOLITARY 
SANDPIPER on a mud bar in Fall Creek, which I think is a first for the basin 
this year. 


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Subject: Re: Purple Finches
From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 01:00:11 -0400
Oh no!

I confess that I try to avoid information about wildlife mortality due 
to excessively softhearted wishful thinking.

Is this sudden death of finches unusual, or is it due to possible 
starvation conditions due to the harsh and long winter, not remediable 
by the arrival of migrating birds finding stocked feeders?

On 4/26/2015 12:43 PM, Glenn Wilson wrote:
> We had Three this morning 2 male one female. 1/2 hour later one was dead in 
the driveway. Right now it is on ice. Not sure if it is unusual enough to cart 
to the lab. It is a male in very good condition. Endicott my. 

>
> Glenn Wilson
> Endicott, NY
> www.WilsonsWarbler.com
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> On Apr 26, 2015, at 12:22 PM, Melanie Uhlir  wrote:
>
> I have been so jealous of people's yard Purple Finches! But I just had a 
gorgeous male and a very spiffy looking female along with a freshly painted 
male Goldfinch! What a delightful little group! 

>
> Wood Road in Freeville between Etna Road and Sheldon Road.
>
> Both Park Preserves were pretty quiet yesterday morning. Too cold? Gorgeous 
day though. 

>
> Melanie
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Subject: Commonland skydance
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:29:56 -0400
This evening at 8:30 (as I jogged home on the final leg of my long "commute" 
from Malaysia), I heard loud peents in the small clearing along the trail from 
Penny Lane to the second dam. I stood and waited, and soon could hear the 
fluttering skydance move around a fairly wide area before descending -- during 
which it could briefly be sighted -- to its stage. On the next dance I walked 
to the point on the trail closest to the stage, and sure enough the woodcock 
returned to the same spot, now probably 20 feet away. Wonderful show! 
Eventually I decided to leave during the peenting phase, which interrupted the 
peents briefly - presumably because it had not noticed my sneaking up to its 
stage while it fluttered about. 


Suan

PS. For the curious, a selection of bird photos from my 2.5 weeks in Malaysia 
are on facebook: 


https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10206575838132649

https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10206605628877399

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Subject: Onondaga Audubon Bird Festival
From: TR GMail <tmriley44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:36:21 -0400
Onondaga Audubon to Host Fourth Annual Bird Festival May 9
 
Bring your family and friends for a fun day all about birds and nature: Come
to Onondaga Audubons fourth annual Bird Festival May 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
at Derby Hill Bird Observatory!
 
Bird watching, nature walks, and kids activities are scheduled throughout
the day. Experts will be on hand to answer your questions about birds, bird
behavior, and bird migration. You can get up close and personal with Rick
Wests live hawks and owls and learn all about the fascinating world of
raptors.
 
There will be educational exhibits as well as booths with hand-crafted
walking sticks, bird feeders, maple products, wildlife photography, artwork,
and other items for sale. You can also take a chance in our prize drawing
and enjoy some of the tantalizing fare offered by Chomppers Smokin
Barbeque. And, of course, the star performerseagles, hawks, vultures, and
other wild birdswill be flying overhead.
 
Visit www.onondagaaudubon.com/public-programs/bird-festival/ for a complete
schedule of events and directions to Derby Hill Bird Observatory on Sage
Creek Drive, Mexico, N.Y, at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Admission and
parking are free!



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Subject: Saturday CBC bird trip
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:35:45 +0000
?Hi all,

Six of us started the trip initially around on the Sapsucker Woods Wilson 
trail. 



We heard and saw several Ruby-crowned Kinglets (we also got to see their 
Ruby-crown), dozens of Yellow-rumped Warblers some sitting as far away as five 
feet from us and staring blankly, with their own thoughts. A foraging Northern 
Waterthrush, which Dave Nutter had focused his scope on was seen at the Kip's 
Barn pond. On the main pond there was Great Blue Heron and saw about eight 
Rough-winged Swallows sitting on a nearby tree and had a very good looks at 
them. 


From the corral we spotted a pair of Buffleheads actively feeding, three or 
four Wood Ducks in their gorgeous plumages, three female Hooded Mergansers and 
a pair of kingfishers. We looked for lurking bittern among the cattail marsh 
but we did not find one. I spotted a Palm warbler flying across the pond by its 
tail pattern, which landed in a tree quarter mile away. I could see the bird 
but could not put other members on it. Further down the wooded trail we 
encountered several woodpeckers and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker gave us a very 
good view. 


Back on the board walk we encountered a big flock of blackbirds consisting of 
both Rusty Blackbirds and Common Grackles. There were at least 10 Rusty 
blackbirds among them, most of them were feeding along the marshy spot. 


After this point our group spilt into half and three of us went to N. Titus 
Avenue in search of Merlins. We did not see the merlins. It was my mistake, I 
forgot about the Center road, so we spent time on the Titus avenue 400 block 
and we found a large stick nest on one of the tall pine trees in the area, we 
should have walked towards the Center road. But on the Six miles creek we had a 
gorgeous pair of Common mergansers and a Belted Kingfisher. 


From here we went to Danby area to Tupper road. It was very quiet except for a 
lone female Turkey and a few Juncos and sparingly singing Brown Creeper. We 
also had brief sighting of Geo and Pat. Then via Van Buskrik rd we went to 
Bower Road in search of Louisiana Waterthrush, but we did not find any. From 
there we hit Vankirk Road which led us to Van Buskirik Gulf Road (notice Van 
Kirk in the postings? I wonder who he was). On Van Buskirk Gulf road we saw a 
Horned Lark and a pair of Bluebirds and usual other birds. 


From there we went via Bull Hill Road into Newfield State Forest Management 
area. There we came across some more Sapsuckers and other woodpeckers and we 
some interaction between a male and a female Sapsuckers and also we saw a 
Yellow-rumped warbler and a hovering male Kestrel. 


Then we decided to head towards the airport. In the field we came across 
several Eastern Meadowlarks and a few Bluebirds and nothing else much. We 
waited for the sun to set. After about 5 to 10 minutes of sunset we started 
hearing an American Woodcock peent. The peent was coming form the nearby 
shrubbery. So we slowly closed in on it. I got some recording of the bird from 
close range. There was another bird which also peented several times. Finally 
it flew up from the shrubs it was peenting and headed into the field. We waited 
some more time. It never sang or put up flight display. The we decided to call 
it a day! 



Here is the recording of the peenting bird


http://www.xeno-canto.org/237375


[http://www.xeno-canto.org/sounds/uploaded/RBYDYNRSJV/ffts/XC237375-med.png] 


XC237375 American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) :: xeno-canto
The bird was calling form about 10 feet from a marshy shrubby spot near 
backside of Ithaca airport. There was a second bird, which called once during 
the recording, which was some distance away. Later it flew out to the 
displaying spot and became very quiet till we left after about 10 minutes or 
so. bird-seen:yes playback-used:no 

Read more...





Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850
42.429007,-76.47111
http://www.haribal.org/
http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/
Ithaca area moths: https://plus.google.com/118047473426099383469/posts
Dragonfly book sample pages: http://www.haribal.org/dragonflies/samplebook.pdf




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Subject: Avicaching week 4 update
From: Ian Davies <id99 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:55:00 +0000
Hi Cayugabirders,

As hard as it can be to believe, May is finally almost here! Thursday wrapped 
up another week of Avicaching (http://ebird.org/content/ebird/avicaching/), and 
I wanted to post another update here, and perhaps interest some more people in 
going birding for a chance at a free pair of binoculars! What more could you 
ask for in life? 


26 people have participated in Avicaching now, reporting over 100 species 
across more than 275 checklists submitted from the Avicache locations. Each 
checklist submitted from an Avicache helps improve the scientific analyses that 
eBird does, while also giving you an excuse to bird in some new places, and 
have a chance at winning a free pair of Zeiss binoculars! 


Many more details can be found here: 
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/avicaching/, and I hope you give it a try. For 
Avicaching veterans, there are two changes this week. First off, the point 
values for each location are more variable, ranging from 2-10. This means that 
by visiting some high-value locations, you can quickly catch up in the 
rankings! You are also now able to earn points from a single location multiple 
times in a week, or even a day. All you need to do is have checklists be more 
than an hour apart, and youre good to go. 


Please dont hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or comments 
about Avicaching, and I look forward to perhaps running into you out in the 
field! 


Best,
Ian Davies
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Subject: Re: merlins
From: Jae Sullivan <blueheron555 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:32:21 +0000
Merlins were there at approximately 11:50 AM Saturday, 25th.....flying from 
tall fir in back of first few houses in 300 block of Center, south side, and 
several tall firs in back of Significant Elements, north side. 

Heard/saw one.
Jae



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      From: Judith W. Jones 
 To: cayugabirds-L AT cornell.edu 
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 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] merlins
   
N.Titus merlins - both seen 5pm, perched in separate large maples high 
up facing north. When grackle tried to land in top of  white pine near 
street, merlins flew around screaming.  Nest site?

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Subject: merlins
From: "Judith W. Jones" <jwj2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:23:01 -0400
N.Titus merlins - both seen 5pm, perched in separate large maples high 
up facing north. When grackle tried to land in top of  white pine near 
street, merlins flew around screaming.  Nest site?

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Subject: Sapsucker Woods and Newman Arboretum, Sun 4/26
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:47:00 -0400
Some highlights from Sunday morning:

 

Sapsucker Woods

* western PALM WARBLER south of Podell Boardwalk

* at least six loud PINE SISKINS north of Lab building

 

(On Saturday, I heard a BLUE-HEADED VIREO along the Wilson Trail South.
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were present on both days, but easier for me to see on
Saturday.)

 

Newman Arboretum (Cornell Plantations):  

* two countersinging BROWN THRASHERS seen in separate stands of brush on
slope

* PINE WARBLER seen singing in stand of tall pines along road to the gong
overlook

* GREEN HERON in pond vegetation

* three BROAD-WINGED HAWKS circling together high overhead.

 

Mark Chao

 

 



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Subject: Re: Purple Finches!
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson AT stny.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:43:29 -0400
We had Three this morning 2 male one female. 1/2 hour later one was dead in the 
driveway. Right now it is on ice. Not sure if it is unusual enough to cart to 
the lab. It is a male in very good condition. Endicott my. 


Glenn Wilson
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On Apr 26, 2015, at 12:22 PM, Melanie Uhlir  wrote:

I have been so jealous of people's yard Purple Finches! But I just had a 
gorgeous male and a very spiffy looking female along with a freshly painted 
male Goldfinch! What a delightful little group! 


Wood Road in Freeville between Etna Road and Sheldon Road.

Both Park Preserves were pretty quiet yesterday morning. Too cold? Gorgeous day 
though. 


Melanie

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Subject: Purple Finches!
From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:22:01 -0400
I have been so jealous of people's yard Purple Finches! But I just had a 
gorgeous male and a very spiffy looking female along with a freshly 
painted male Goldfinch! What a delightful little group!

Wood Road in Freeville between Etna Road and Sheldon Road.

Both Park Preserves were pretty quiet yesterday morning. Too cold? 
Gorgeous day though.

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Subject: Re: Brown Thrasher, Red-shouldered Hawk
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:57:46 +0000
I had two Brown Thrashers working their way through my yard this morning also. 
It was finally the day ! 


Gary

On Apr 25, 2015, at 8:20 AM, Geo Kloppel  wrote:

I was beginning to worry about the absence of Brown Thrasher from my yard, but 
here he is at last this morning! 


Yesterday afternoon at 4:30 while heading over to Abbott's Loop with my dogs, I 
spotted a Red-shouldered Hawk in the little spruce swamp at the corner of 
Station Road and Bald Hill Road. Not an unusual bird in the Danby State Forest, 
but memorable because the sky was so gray that the hawk seemed to be in flames, 
the brightest thing anywhere to be seen. 


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Subject: Common Tern
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:42:51 -0400
I meant Common Tern, not Common Teen. I don't know about auto correct. Ann

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Subject: SFO Local Trip Saturday
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:24:18 -0400
I spent yesterday morning scouting for todays local trip, looking for new 
arrivals and for particularly birdy locations. Unfortunately, I did not come up 
with much and was left wondering, this morning, what to do. The answer came via 
text message from Ann Mitchell. Just as we were leaving the Lab of O to walk 
around Sapsucker Woods, Ann writes of an AMERICAN BITTERN hanging out at the 
Swan Pen (actually, the Louis Agassiz Fuertes Memorial Bird Sanctuary - 
Thanks Geo), Stewart Park. We jumped in the cars and headed down. 


We would have had a very difficult time locating the statuesque Bittern, hidden 
as it was in a small stand of cattails. We would have walked right past it had 
Susan not pointed us directly to it. We enjoyed great scope views, even better 
when the bird was flushed up onto an exposed tree truck by a local 
photographer. Our attention was then drawn to the few remaining ducks offshore: 
Ruddy Duck, both Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks, the lone remaining Canvasback, and a 
pair of Spotted Sandpipers. 


From there we headed out to Monkey Run South and walked the eastern loop of the 
Cayuga Trails Club trail. At the start the woods were filled with ..quiet. But 
it picked up as we moved along. We were able to call in both Nuthatches, Downy, 
Hairy Woodpeckers, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (in fact, a group of three, nicely 
interacting and calling all the while), a very cooperative Brown Creeper, a 
more cooperative Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and an even more cooperative (or at 
least, very obliging) pair of PINE WARBLERS. Just short of the parking lot we 
picked up a Hermit Thrush - no way on knowing if he is a newly-arrived migrant 
or the guy that has wintered there this year. 


With a bit of time left, we drove down to the Mulholland Preserve on Six Mile 
Creek, hoping for the recently-reported Louisiana Waterthrushes. We listened. 
We tried to call them in. But to no avail. That was it for the day. 


All in all, I think we did all right! It was a great group, with lots of 
knowledge and a willingness to pass it around. And I heard that a couple of 
folks saw life birds today. 


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Subject: Loons, Kingfishers
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:04:23 -0400
At least 15 COMMON LOONS & 2 BELTED KINGFISHERS seen in Cayuga Lake at 535 
Lansing Station Rd. Lansing. Also pair COMMON MERGANSERS who've been hanging 
around for awhile. 

Loons are calling in early morning & at night. Hooting a little during day. 

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Subject: Eurasian wigeon @ Knox Marsellis
From: Stuart Krasnoff <sbk1 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:34:53 +0000
Seen from East Rd, maybe same bird seen at Tschache earlier. 

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Subject: Cass Park Birds (including white-winged gull)
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:51:13 +0000
Hi all,

At about 1pm today, Nathan Goldberg and I had a white-winged gull (that we
thought was an Iceland Gull) soaring over The Boatyard Grill. It appeared
to be the same size and proportions-ish as the Herring Gull soaring with
it. Other birds of note were a low Common Loon over the water, a Caspian
Tern and a Merlin that flew over the boathouses while calling.

- Brad

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Subject: Common Teen
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:24:47 -0400
There is a Common Tern at Harris Park in Cayuga sitting on a buoy. Also a 
Caspian Tern sitting on the break water. 

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Subject: Lots of Purple Finches here too
From: Stephanie Greenwood <stpegreenwood AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:43:12 -0400
This morning I went out birding the West side of our land at EcoVillage 
to see if any warblers have arrived. It was pretty nippy out so it was a 
relatively quiet start, but I was rewarded with 1 YELLOW WARBLER and 1 
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. Notable were quite a surprising number of singing 
PURPLE FINCHES, and both RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS.

EoVillage Apr 25, 2015, 7:32 AM, Tompkins, US-NY
Apr 25, 2015 7:32 AM - 9:32 AM
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1.0 mile(s)
Comments:
*28 species*

Mallard  2
Killdeer  1
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
*Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4*
American Robin  7
*Yellow Warbler  1*
*Yellow-rumped Warbler  1*
Eastern Towhee  6
Song Sparrow  X
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
House Finch  4
*Purple Finch  5*
American Goldfinch  10
House Sparrow  3


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Subject: Pine Siskins
From: Laurie Ray <lauriel1963 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:16:46 -0400
I have 2 that have been feeding at the feeders for about a week.

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> On Apr 25, 2015, at 1:09 PM, Geo Kloppel  wrote:
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> On the principle that too much location info _is_ better than not enough, I'd 
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Subject: Warblers, kinglet
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:55:02 -0400
At Fuller Wetlands boardwalk overlook at Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Wilson 
trail): 

Gorgeous YELLOW WARBLER, a few pretty YELLOW RUMPED WARBLERS, a quiet NORTHERN 
WATERTHRUSH, RUBY CROWNED KINGLET w/ red crest clearly visible, SWAMP SPARROWS, 
ROBINS, RED WINGED BLACKBIRDS, C. GRACKLES. 


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Subject: Swan pen
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:09:34 -0400
On the principle that too much location info _is_ better than not enough, I'd 
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Subject: ADMIN: Location, location, location!
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:27:04 +0000
Good afternoon!

As a reminder, it is better to provide too much location information than not 
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For future postings, please be a little more clear about where a sighting 
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will become especially important as spring migration gets into full swing and 
there are lots of sightings to report and similarly lots of lurkers who want to 
go see these birds or bird at these birding locations. 


Thanks very much and good birding!!

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Subject: Downtown Ithaca Merlin pair
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:12:03 +0000
Ken Kemphues first noted Merlins in the 400 block of N. Titus. At about 7:15, a 
pair was sitting in a tree in the middle of the block between N. Titus and 
Center Street. I moved to get a better view and the female disappeared as my 
view was blocked so I don't have a clue about the nest location. The male 
called very infrequently. He actually flew in and perched over my head, looking 
down at me as if he certainly was aware of my presence and perhaps concerned 
about me being there even on the sidewalk. 


 The birds are obviously accustomed to some human activity and can be seen from 
the sidewalk without having to get closer. I would love to know where the nest 
is so that I could monitor nesting success. 


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Subject: many, many purple finches
From: "Therese O'Connor" <therese2828 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:06:59 -0400
males and females swarming the feeders on Meadowlark Rd.  What a nice sight.
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Subject: Warbling vireo
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:03:39 +0000
Hi all,

There is a warbling vireo singing at jetty woods.

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Subject: Bittern flushed from Swan Pen
From: Scott Haber <scotthaber1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:33:52 -0400
A jogger just flushed the American Bittern from the Swan Pen at Stewart Park. 
The bittern flew east over the willows along the parking lot and then out of 
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Subject: Brown Thrasher, Red-shouldered Hawk
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:20:20 -0400
I was beginning to worry about the absence of Brown Thrasher from my yard, but 
here he is at last this morning! 


Yesterday afternoon at 4:30 while heading over to Abbott's Loop with my dogs, I 
spotted a Red-shouldered Hawk in the little spruce swamp at the corner of 
Station Road and Bald Hill Road. Not an unusual bird in the Danby State Forest, 
but memorable because the sky was so gray that the hawk seemed to be in flames, 
the brightest thing anywhere to be seen. 


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Subject: American Bittern
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:28:37 -0400
There is an American Bittern at the Swan Pen currently well hidden in the reeds 
on the north side of the pond. 

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Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:25:31 -0400
They were heard at Sweedler Preserve.  Ann

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Subject: (OT) CU Cinema: Pelican Dreams & Parrots of Telegraph Hill
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:29:15 +0000
FYI

--Dave Nutter


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Mary Anne Perks 
> Date: April 24, 2015 11:18:02 AM
> Subject: Pelican Dreams in Ithaca, NY
>
> Months ago I eMailed the producer of Pelican Dreams and Parrots of Telegraph 
Hill to ask if they would/could show the film in this area and 

> I listed some theaters.
> Yesterday I learned that the film will show on May 2 and May 3 at Cornell 
Cinema and the producer asked me to spread the word. 

> I thought maybe some of you would be interested and perhaps you would be able 
to reach others with the news.  

>
> I believe that the movie is also for sale on the website for the film.
>
> thanks! Mary Anne
>
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Subject: Lots'o siskins
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:57:26 +0000
We have been in Austin since April 1 but our daughter has been house sitting 
for us and reported 40 Siskins at our feeders on Hunt Hill Rd, east of Ithaca 
,today! 

 We did a week of birding along the Gulf Coast from High Island to Brownsville. 
Loads of waders, a good variety of warblers and lots of Mockingbirds and 
White-eyed Vireos, probably the most abundant birds in Texas ;) 

  Home tomorrow and looking forward to seeing what shows up in the yard. 

Laura

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Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:37:43 -0400
There was a pair of Louisiana Waterthrushes heard just off the road in the 
direction of the gorge. Nothing else singing. 

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Subject: Sapsucker Woods, Fri 4/24
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:58:18 -0400
I saw and photographed a bright male PINE WARBLER with dozens of male
Yellow-rumped Warblers at the Wilson/West intersection in Sapsucker Woods on
Friday morning.  Two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were nearby on the pond side.  All
these birds were foraging on the leaf litter and edges of puddles.  I'm
almost sure it was my first sighting of a Pine Warbler on the ground or even
anywhere below my eye level.  

 

I also found one MERLIN behind the houses inside the eastern corner of
Christopher Lane and Christopher Circle in northeast Ithaca.

 

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Subject: Horned Grebes, Palm Warbler
From: Laurie Ray <lauriel1963 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:39:50 -0400
Many Horned Grebes at Myers Point Marina this morning, the best views I've
ever had. Also a Palm Warbler at the Swan Pen, Stewart Park.

Happy Spring,
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Subject: Loons, no. Cormorants, yes at Mud Lock
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:06:07 -0400
John & I went to Frontenac Park about 1 p.m. today. I counted 17 
cormorants just south of the island & no fewer than 20 more /within 
sight/  south towards Carr's Cove. John had seen more fly that way as I 
counted the ones at the island & they no doubt were hidden behind the 
point. I came home deliberately to get my scope to be sure they were 
cormorants & not loons. The slight uplift of the bills, heads held well 
out of the water & the fact that they were so close together indicated 
to me that they were cormorants. With the scope & seeing the color of 
their bills  I confirmed that they were not loons.

Becky & I went north, leaving her place about 2:45 p.m., to check on & 
count osprey nests. An exceptionally large flock of cormorants, which 
she estimated to be at least 100, lifted from the lake in the area south 
of Harris Park in Cayuga & flew north. We didn't watch to see where they 
went.

Last Fri., 17th, at the Lock, I saw one lone loon floating about 200 
yards from the actual dam. It was the ONLY bird in the area that day 
except for an eagle on the nest.

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Subject: No Loons at Mud Lock
From: Janet Akin <jakin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:48:32 -0400
I was at Montezuma so I checked for the raft of Loons reported at Mud Lock. 
There were no Loons when I arrived around 4pm. I also checked behind the 
village offices in Cayuga with no luck. I found 1 Horned Grebe and 1 Pied Bill 
Grebe and a single Redhead at Mud Lock. It was quiet around Montezuma today. I 
did have 5 Dunlin in the corn stubble on Carncross Rd. with 18 possibly more 
Greater Yellowlegs. Wood Ducks seemed to be everywhere. On the East Rd. I 
observed a pair of woodies fly out of a tree and join a Sandhill Crane feeding 
in the corn field. What a strange trio they made with the Woodies feeding under 
the Crane. VanDyne Spoor Rd. had good numbers of waterfowl with N. Pintail 
being the most prevalent.Good Birding, Janet Akin 

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Subject: Mt Pleasant pm Wilson's Snipe
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:47:10 +0000
Hi all,

A chilly walk up Mt Pleasant Rd around 3:30 pm turned up a Wilson's Snipe 
foraging in a muddy puddle just into one of the fields at the east end of the 
road. First I've seen this year. And several Savannah Sparrows, which have been 
back a week or so. 


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Marie Read Wildlife Photography
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Phone  607-539-6608
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Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin    Available here:


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Subject: CBC Field Trip Saturday April 25 Meena Haribal leader
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:16:49 -0400
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Hello All,

Please feel free to participate regardless of membership status or level of
ability....


Saturday April 25.

Meet at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at 2 PM returning by 8 PM

Meena Haribal will lead the group to places where birds have been reported.
The late start is to allow for Woodcock and Snipe quests at the end of the
day, at the airport or other locations.  Please dress appropriately for
whichever incarnation of the vortex we are experiencing at the time,
although it does promise to be pleasant.

Bring snacks and if you have one, a scope. Contact Meena for more
information at mmh3 AT cornell.edu

Hope you can make it.

Best
Linda Orkin
Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip Coordinator

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Subject: Raft of LOONS
From: Jill Vaughan <jilvau AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:58:12 -0400
Marianne Ludwigsen and Diane Mawbey just texted to me a report of a raft of
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Subject: Ovid shrike sp.
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:26:20 -0400
All,
Yesterday morning a Northern Shrike was reported along Rt. 96 just east of
Ovid. It is getting extremely late for Northern, so the possibility of
Loggerhead is distinct. The observer, Brian Tuttle, reports that while he
is sure it was a shrike, he would not have been able to rule out
Loggerhead. Here is a link to the list, the location of which Brian says
should be fairly accurate:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23005214
If anyone out that way is able to follow up on this report, I would be most
curious to hear the results.

Jay

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Subject: OT - David Kiehm at Handwork 1st May
From: Stephanie Greenwood <stpegreenwood AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:37:12 -0400
Thought you all might be interested to know that there will be an 
opening reception for David Kiehm, BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013, 
from 5-8pm at Handwork 1st May (Gallery Night). Light refreshments 
served. Watercolor demonstrations.

Handwork has been carrying and selling his artwork for a number of years 
now.


-- 
Stephanie Greenwood


U.S.
Ecovillage at Ithaca
221 Rachel Carson Way
Ithaca, NY 14850
607 280 1050

England
73 Kynaston Road
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Subject: Re: Siskin
From: david nicosia <daven1024 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:16:40 +0000 (UTC)
I have had 100-150 Pine Siskins at my feeders and in my yard that last two 
days....they are cleaning my feeders out!!!! 

       From: Ann Mitchell 
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I just had 30 or so Pine Siskins at my feeders. Also, Purple Finch is hanging 
around. 

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Subject: Siskin
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:50:37 -0400
I just had 30 or so Pine Siskins at my feeders. Also, Purple Finch is hanging 
around. 

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Subject: Today up the Lake
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:57:42 -0400
I drove up the lake today hoping that, with the recent southerly flow of air, 
there would be some new guys around. And there were. 


Large numbers of Tree Swallows were swarming over the pool at the refuge 
visitors center along with 20 Purple Martins, a few Barn Swallows and a lone 
BANK SWALLOW. The only shorebirds there were two GREATER YELLOWLEGS. 


I picked out two COMMON GALLINULES along the drive and my FOY SPOTTED SANDPIPER 
at Benning Marsh. 


A House Wren was singing continually at the beginning of Towpath Road, but I 
could find no Night-Herons. 


Carncross Road held the jackpot. Well hidden in the corn stubble were some 20 
Greater and one LESSER YELLOWLEGS as well as 2 DUNLIN and 3 PECTORAL 
SANDPIPERS. Three SANDHILL CRANES flew over and landed closer to Martins 
Tract, so I headed over there. From the dike to the south I was abel to call in 
a VIRGINIA RAIL, and then a second VIRRAI responded from deep in the reeds. 
Finally, there was a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON stalking prey at the back side 
of the pond, seen from the overlook. 


On the way back south, I drove through the Lott Farm (with permission from Mrs 
Lott: 315 568 9501). Passing by Meadowlarks, Savannah Sparrows, and Horned 
Larks, I found a single UPLAND SANDPIPER in the short (for now) grass at the 
far north end of the property. 


Back to Rt 89, I came across the lingering flock of Bonapartes Gulls just 
north of the Varick town line. 100 or so birds, but no Little Gull that I could 
find. 


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Subject: Merlins
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:26:43 -0400
Well I'm hopeless looking for raptor nests. I went by Christopher Lane 
between 6:30 and 7:00 when I thought would be the best times, and didn't 
see the Merlin once. Nice that Mark saw it though. I would like to know 
of other Merlin sightings, please. (Not that I'm going to see it.)

John Confer

During the week after Anne Clark posted about the Merlins along 
Christopher Lane in our neighborhood in northeast Ithaca, I would see 
one Merlin atop a tree every time I passed.  But I haven’t seen any 
Merlins there for more than a week now.

Mark Chao

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Subject: RE:loons and Broad-wings
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:23:09 +0000
I just saw 4 C. LOONS all at once in my field of view (binocs) here at the 
lake. Then they were calling a lot, standing up and flapping wings, diving and 
coming up farther away. 


Donna L. Scott
Lansing Station Road
Lansing

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While taking a late lunch on my back deck (northeast Ithaca), I watched a small 
kettle of 4 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS moving through a patch of blue sky, and at least 
8 different COMMON LOONS barreling north just under the clouds. 


KEN

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From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:40:08 +0000
While taking a late lunch on my back deck (northeast Ithaca), I watched a small 
kettle of 4 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS moving through a patch of blue sky, and at least 
8 different COMMON LOONS barreling north just under the clouds. 


KEN


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Subject: Program tomorrow evening about Renwick Wildwood
From: Robyn Bailey <rb644 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:11:14 +0000
I thought some might be interested in this event tomorrow evening. Apologies if 
it was already posted; I've been out of town and may have missed it. 


"Revitalizing the Renwick Wildwood & Fuertes Bird Sanctuary Through 
Community-Conservation Efforts" 

Thursday, April 23, 6:30pm
 AT  Borg Warner Room, Tompkins Public Library, 101 E. Green Street, Ithaca
Learn about this project to conserve the bottomland forest at the Renwick 
Wildwood & Fuertes Sanctuary in Stewart Park, at this free presentation by 
project manager, Miguel Berrios. Mr. Berrios will describe the various invasive 
plants targeted for removal from the project area, the native plants that have 
been chosen for replanting, and the timetable for accomplishing these efforts. 
The project aims to conserve the biodiversity of the park forest while at the 
same time building capacity in the Ithaca communities that interact with it. 
Learn more about the project, how you can be involved, and how Toyota 
TogetherGreen by Audubon and Friends of Stewart Park are collaborating with 
local partners to Revitalize Stewart Park. For more information, visit 
Revitalizing Stewart Park on 
Facebook at 
https://www.facebook.com/RevitalizingStewartPark 
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Mr. Berrios by the contact method listed below. 

Miguel Berrios, MLA, LEED AP
Principal, Ecological Landscape Designer
e: miguel AT landbeyondthesea.com


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Subject: Recent birds
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:03:27 -0400
In addition to several singing YELLOW WARBLERS along the north side of the
pond at Sapsucker Woods, at least 40 Yellow-rumped Warblers were present
this morning. Yesterday, a PALM WARBLER was singing at the Sherwood
Platform.

Livia and I had our first SPOTTED SANDPIPERS in the lagoon/turnaround along
the road at Stewart Park on Monday morning, as well as finally some
gnatcatchers yesterday morning. We spent time at Myers Point and Stewart
Park Monday morning, as well as the Ithaca Yacht Club and Taughannock a
little later in the morning, hoping that some of the Little Gulls seen
farther up the lake might have made their way south with the bad weather,
but no luck. We did have decent numbers of Bonaparte's at Myers and at the
south end, but no different gulls

I never got a chance to post more details from Sunday's Little Gull
explosion, but here are our two checklists with photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22940267
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22950229
We spent a long time scanning Bonaparte's at Long Point and Aurora Bay
before finding the first one off the Mackenzie-Childs bluffs, and then
spent a long time watching at least four individuals on the other side of
the lake in Varick. Lots of Horned and Red-necked grebes on the lake over
the weekend as well.

In between Little Gulls, we birded around Montezuma on Sunday without
finding anything too exciting, other than a brief encounter with a singing
White-eyed Vireo at the beginning of Towpath, which defied our attempts to
see or relocate it. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, HOUSE WREN, and SANDHILL
CRANE were the other highlights here.

Last night on a tip from Gary Kohlenberg, Livia and I walked over to the
Arrowwood Drive trail and heard a drumming RUFFED GROUSE somewhere to the
south towards the BOCES campus, a rather odd and seemingly brushy spot for
this bird. Singing Fox Sparrow and lots of towhees were other highlights
from a quiet and stormy evening.


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Subject: Birds of Salt Pt prog tonite
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:58:20 +0000
In celebration of Spring at Salt Point, Dr. Kevin McGowan of the Cornell 
Laboratory of Ornithology, will give a presentation entitled, Birds of Salt 
Point: Why Cayuga Lake Is So Special. This talk about birds and bird watching 
in Lansing and Salt Point/Myers Park will take place TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 
22, 2015 at 7 PM at Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road in South Lansing, behind 
the Library. 


Sponsored by Friends of Salt Point (www.saltpointlansing.org), it is FREE and 
open to the public. 


Besides showing birds that can be found in Lansing, Kevin will discuss the 
special features of the Cayuga Lake Basin that account for the great diversity 
of birds here. The lake's depth, good bird habitats, and nearby wetlands, its 
geologic history and geographic location at the junction of several ecozones, 
and its position on the Atlantic migration flyway all make Cayuga Lake and its 
Salt Point a magnet for many kinds of birds - some you would not expect! 


Kevin McGowan, Ph.D. is well known for his informative research on American 
Crows and is Project Manager for the Distance Learning Program in Bird Biology 
at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is also a favorite speaker at the Lab of 
Ornithology's Spring Field Ornithology course. 



Donna L. Scott
Lansing


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Subject: Renwick/Fall Creek Gnatcatchers (Monday)
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:51:12 +0000
I havent seen this mentioned yet, so I thought Id post it: on Monday late 
afternoon, there were two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers calling repeatedly and softly 
from a couple different treetop locations along Fall Creek, upstream from the 
green footbridge over Fall Creek, in the Stewart Park and Renwick area (City of 
Ithaca). 


Good birding!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

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Subject: Swan Pen
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:43:28 -0400
Yellow, Yellow-rumpled, and Palm Warblers with a Song Sparrow joining them. 
Happy Spring! 

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Subject: Re: Newman Municipal Golf Course owls et al., Wed 4/22
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:28:32 -0400
Your turkey sighting reminds me that yesterday morning there was a female
turkey in a backyard at the North end of Muriel Street, near the Boces path
and would not be hard to get to or from SSW from there.

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> The GREAT HORNED OWL mother and her two chicks have been at their nest on
> the Newman Municipal Golf course throughout this week.  On Monday, the
> mother perched just off the nest.  On Tuesday, she was about 30 feet away
> on a neighboring tree.  Today she was back on the nest with the owlets,
> maybe to reduce everyone’s exposed surface area in the cold rain.  But I
> think that the young owls will step out and fly soon.  Their flight
> feathers look ready.
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> I looked for birds on the east side of Sapsucker Woods this morning too.
> My lone exciting find was a female WILD TURKEY in the mossy hemlock stand
> past the north end of the Woodleton Boardwalk on the right.  It was the
> first turkey I’ve seen in the sanctuary in several years.
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> Christopher Lane in our neighborhood in northeast Ithaca, I would see one
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Subject: Newman Municipal Golf Course owls et al., Wed 4/22
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:06:14 -0400
The GREAT HORNED OWL mother and her two chicks have been at their nest on
the Newman Municipal Golf course throughout this week.  On Monday, the
mother perched just off the nest.  On Tuesday, she was about 30 feet away on
a neighboring tree.  Today she was back on the nest with the owlets, maybe
to reduce everyone's exposed surface area in the cold rain.  But I think
that the young owls will step out and fly soon.  Their flight feathers look
ready.

 

I looked for birds on the east side of Sapsucker Woods this morning too.  My
lone exciting find was a female WILD TURKEY in the mossy hemlock stand past
the north end of the Woodleton Boardwalk on the right.  It was the first
turkey I've seen in the sanctuary in several years.

 

During the week after Anne Clark posted about the Merlins along Christopher
Lane in our neighborhood in northeast Ithaca, I would see one Merlin atop a
tree every time I passed.  But I haven't seen any Merlins there for more
than a week now.

 

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Subject: Sapsucker Woods cliff swallow, yellow warbler
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:18:27 +0000
Hi all,

A CLIFF SWALLOW and a YELLOW WARBLER are currently on the pond at Sapsucker
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Subject: Yellow-rumped Warblers at SSW
From: Anne Marie Johnson <aj47 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:57:07 +0000
I just spotted three bright, male Yellow-rumped Warblers at the edge of the 
pond in Sapsucker Woods near the gate in the Wilson Trail that leads to the 
building. 


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Subject: Chipping sparrow adn junco songs
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:33:29 +0000
?Hi all.

Recently I had chance to look at the spectrograms of the songs of Chipping 
sparrow and Dark-eyed junco as they are considered to be difficult to 
distinguish. 



Chipping Sparrow does beautiful variation in its song. The energy level peaks 
either at higher frequency in every subsequent trill note or decreases. And 
sometimes it forms a nice pattern of energy peaking in each trill note. Also it 
is of much longer duration. While junco's trill were shorter almost replicable 
length for each phrase and the energy level peaked in subsequent trills rather 
randomly. I need to look more closely if there is any difference. I will have 
to record more Chipping sparrows to see if it holds true for all chipping 
sparrows or it was this particular individual who did so much variation. 



I also had recorded a Song Sparrow on the same day. Out of nine songs I 
recorded, eight of them were different in some respect or the other in the 
notes used and the placing of the notes. And there was another Song Sparrow 
singing some distance away it also seemed to do lot of variation in its song 
but not as much as the closer one. 



It is such fun to learn the differences of individuals and I am very excited. I 
must look at my older Song Sparrow recordings and pay attention to their 
variation. 



If anyone else is curious to see the spectrogram send me an email to me at 
mmh3 AT cornell.edu I will mail the spectrogram. 



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Subject: Re:sisk-invasion
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Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:37:46 +0000
There were 2 Siskins here in Caroline Center today mixed in with the
Goldfinches, Purple Finches and House Finches.  Also heard the first Towhee
singing here yesterday afternoon....

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Subject: Re: sisk-invasion/Towhee song
From: Judith Thurber <jathurber AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:22:22 -0400
I had at least one here in Liverpool today, too.  
Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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> On Apr 21, 2015, at 10:04 AM, Donna Scott  wrote:
> 
> I have had 4 Pine Siskins at my feeders for weeks. 
> Sunday I saw my FOY E. Towhee singing a variant song - he was not "drinking 
your tea". Song rather like the last song (variant) in the audubon bird app. 

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>> On Apr 21, 2015, at 8:18 AM, Brad Walker  wrote:
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>> There are also many Siskins in Northeast Ithaca near Sapsucker Woods. There 
was a group of 16 outside the main entrance and a flock of 30 at the Village of 
Lansing Greenway. 

>> 
>> - Brad
>> 
>>> On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 8:13 AM Marc Devokaitis  
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>>> Last week we had 7 PINE SISKINS show up at our bird feeders in Trumansburg 
Village. On Sunday we counted around 2 dozen. This morning I made a careful 
count of 70! 

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Subject: Field Sparrows, Park Preserve (Baldwin Tract)
From: Nari Mistry <nbm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:23:56 -0400
Last Sunday morning (April 19), Gin and I took a walk around the FLLT 
Park Preserve S.(Baldwin Tract) on a beautiful morning. On the Blue 
trail in the first field we heard two Field Sparrows singing, one from 
each side. Other notable birds: both Kinglets, a  male YB Sapsucker in 
really bright plumage drumming loudly, a possible Pine Warbler (not 
seen.) No /Louisiana Waterthrush/ seen or heard down by the Creek -- 
both steep banks of the ravine still had lots of blue ice, making for a 
wondrous scene in filtered sunlight.

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From: bob mcguire <bmcguire AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:28:35 -0400
A walk around Salt Point this morning turned up a pair of BLUE-GRAY 
GNATCATCHERS, foraging and calling spee to one another. Most of the nest 
boxes appeared to be occupied by Tree Swallows - until I noticed House Sparrows 
commanding two of them. 


Half a dozen Barn Swallows were flitting over the creek, joined by a single N 
Rough-winged Swallow. Lots of Song Sparrows, a couple of Northern Flickers, and 
a distant pair of Tufted Titmice. No other sparrows, warblers (no Yellow-rumped 
yet), or orioles - still too early. An Osprey on the eastern-most nest 
platform. 


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From: Tom Hoebbel <tomhoebbel AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:34:27 -0400
I heard our first Field Sparrow this morning on Burns Rd.



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Subject: Goetchius meadowlark
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:42:24 +0000
The highlight of a brief trip to the Goetchius Preserve this morning was a 
singing Eastern Meadowlark. I know they've nested there in past years...let's 
hope so again. 


And re. the siskin thread, I still have several Pine Siskins at my feeders too, 
joining the molting America Goldfinches, Purple Finches etc. 


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Subject: sisk-invasion/Towhee song
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:04:10 -0400
I have had 4 Pine Siskins at my feeders for weeks. 
Sunday I saw my FOY E. Towhee singing a variant song - he was not "drinking 
your tea". Song rather like the last song (variant) in the audubon bird app. 


Sent from my iPhone
Donna Scott

On Apr 21, 2015, at 8:18 AM, Brad Walker  wrote:

> There are also many Siskins in Northeast Ithaca near Sapsucker Woods. There 
was a group of 16 outside the main entrance and a flock of 30 at the Village of 
Lansing Greenway. 

> 
> - Brad
> 
> On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 8:13 AM Marc Devokaitis  
wrote: 

>> Last week we had 7 PINE SISKINS show up at our bird feeders in Trumansburg 
Village. On Sunday we counted around 2 dozen. This morning I made a careful 
count of 70! 

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Subject: Re: sisk-invasion
From: Brad Walker <bmw38 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:18:09 +0000
There are also many Siskins in Northeast Ithaca near Sapsucker Woods. There
was a group of 16 outside the main entrance and a flock of 30 at the
Village of Lansing Greenway.

- Brad

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> made a careful count of 70!
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From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:12:54 -0400
Last week  we had 7 PINE SISKINS show up at our bird feeders in Trumansburg
Village.  On Sunday we counted around 2 dozen. This morning I made a
careful count of 70!

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Subject: OT; Spring Flora
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:45:21 +0000
?

?Hi all,

Everyone is welcomed to join the FLNPS spring flora walk to Upper Buttermilk 
Falls on April 26, while enjoying listening to some early warblers like 
Louisiana Waterthrush, Pine and Black -throated Green warblers. Walk is led by 
Robert Wesley (combination of Wiegand and Eames) who is walking encyclopedia of 
plants of Cayuga lake basin. For details as to where to meet etc. visit this 
page. 





http://flnps.org/activities/896/spring-flora-walk-upper-buttermilk-falls-state-park-staggered-meeting-times 



Hope some of you will enjoy! Unfortunately I will be away at Derby Hill!

Cheers
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