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Jamaican Oriole,©Tony Disley

20 Oct Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
20 Oct Union Springs ... 1st Buffleheads [John and Fritzie Blizzard ]
20 Oct RE: Woodcock [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
19 Oct Woodcock [bob mcguire ]
19 Oct Day of Golden eagles and Red-shoulered Hawk [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
19 Oct Migration takeoff, Sun 10/19 [Mark Chao ]
19 Oct East Hill Bald Eagle ["W. Larry Hymes" ]
19 Oct Montezuma [Jay McGowan ]
19 Oct Mystery seed collector [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
18 Oct Re:Red-necked Grebe at Taughannock [Justin Hite ]
18 Oct Red-necked Grebe at Taughannock [Justin Hite ]
18 Oct Ruby-crowned Kinglets and OT info Ecuador [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
17 Oct Rusty blackbird [Linda Clark Benedict ]
16 Oct Freese road Dickcissel [Brad Walker ]
16 Oct RE: Meadowlark and bald eagle [Kim Haines-Eitzen ]
15 Oct Fwd: [eBird Alert] Seneca Rare Bird Alert [Jay McGowan ]
14 Oct Bald Eagles for (during) lunch [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
14 Oct red crossbill??? ["Bill Mcaneny" ]
14 Oct red crossbill??? ["Bill Mcaneny" ]
13 Oct Re: Turkey Vultures [James Gaffney ]
14 Oct Re: Turkey Vultures [Dave Nutter ]
13 Oct Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
13 Oct Meadowlark and bald eagle [M & K Mannella ]
13 Oct Julie Zickefoose, Cayuga Bird Club meeting TONIGHT [Laura Stenzler ]
13 Oct Cornell Community Gardens, Mon 10/13 [Mark Chao ]
12 Oct Turkey Vultures [Ann Mitchell ]
12 Oct American Avocets [Ann Mitchell ]
12 Oct Turkey Vultures [Carol Keeler ]
12 Oct Re: Brant - Sodus Point [Joseph M Wing ]
12 Oct Re: [cayugabirds-l] Brant - Sodus Point [Bird observations from western New York ]
12 Oct Birds moving south [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
12 Oct Park Preserve [Jay McGowan ]
11 Oct Montezuma Avocets, Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes. Clay Snowy Owl still ["Michael Tetlow " ]
11 Oct Montezuma Avocets, Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes. Clay Snowy Owl still [Bird observations from western New York ]
11 Oct Freese Road gardens and Sapsucker Woods, Sat 10/11 [Mark Chao ]
11 Oct Ross's Goose, Farley's Point, Cayuga Lake [David Suggs ]
11 Oct Singing kinglets [Laura Stenzler ]
11 Oct humbird [Susan Fast ]
11 Oct Fwd: Wayne County Cattle Egret [Jay McGowan ]
10 Oct Marsh Wren at Lindsay-Parsons [Benjamin Freeman ]
10 Oct Re: Orange crowned warbler at CLO ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
10 Oct Orange crowned warbler at CLO [Brad Walker ]
10 Oct Hog Hole [Jay McGowan ]
10 Oct Bonaparte's Gull at Myers Point this morning [JasonRHuck ]
10 Oct Stewart Park: a few autumn birds [Dave Nutter ]
9 Oct Re: Bluegrass Lane CATTLE EGRET [Jay McGowan ]
9 Oct Bluegrass Lane CATTLE EGRET [Brad Walker ]
9 Oct Cattle Egret on Cayuga inlet [Justin Hite ]
9 Oct Cattle egrets still there [Laura Stenzler ]
9 Oct Re: Surf Scoter, Great Egret ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
9 Oct Surf Scoter, Great Egret [Jay McGowan ]
9 Oct FOUND! African Grey Parrot in Ithaca, Triphammer Campus location [Anne Marie Sheridan ]
9 Oct 7 Cattle Egrets [Christopher Wood ]
9 Oct CLO Rusty Blackbirds [Brad Walker ]
09 Oct Fwd: Town of Ithaca and Parks [Dave Nutter ]
09 Oct changes at Treman State Marine Park [Dave Nutter ]
09 Oct goose nuisance discussion 10/09 [Dave Nutter ]
8 Oct Cayuga Bird Club meeting and speaker dinner - Monday, Oct. 13 ["clr82 AT juno.com" ]
8 Oct Red Phalarope, Myers [Jay McGowan ]
8 Oct Re: Avocet at Stewart Park 6 pm [Jay McGowan ]
8 Oct Re: Avocet at Stewart Park 6 pm [Nancy Cusumano ]
8 Oct passenger pigeons in NYS ["Taylor, Jeremy J (DEC)" ]
8 Oct App for European birds [Stephanie Greenwood ]
7 Oct Avocet at Stewart Park 6 pm [Diane Morton ]
7 Oct Kingbird [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
7 Oct Re:American Avocet, South End [Jay McGowan ]
7 Oct FW: Lost African Grey Parrot in Ithaca, Triphammer Campus location [Anne Marie Sheridan ]
7 Oct American Avocet, South End [Jay McGowan ]
7 Oct American Avocet, South End ["Jay McGowan jwm57 AT cornell.edu [oneidabirds]" ]
6 Oct Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
6 Oct A raven flying by my office window! [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
6 Oct Avocets 11:15 AM Knox-Marcellus [Dave K ]
6 Oct Monday Night Seminar: Birds in Flight: the Art and Science of How Birds Fly [Marc Devokaitis ]
5 Oct Montezuma NWR [Laura Stenzler ]
5 Oct Avocets still at K M [Laura Stenzler ]
5 Oct Avocets now at K-M Marsh [Matthew Medler ]

Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:15:34 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* October 20, 2014
*  NYSY  10. 20. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):
October 13, 2014 - October 20, 2014
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland
compiled: October 20AT 6:00 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#413 Monday October 20, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
October 13, 2014
 
Highlights:
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EARED GREBE
RED-NECKED GREBE
CACKLING GOOSE
BRANT
EURASIAN WIGEON
AMERICAN AVOCET
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
LITTLE GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
PINE SISKIN


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

 10/15: 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Towpath Road. They have been found 
through the 19th. 

 10/19: An EARED GREBE and 2 EURASIAN WIGEONS were seen in the Main Pool. A 
HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found in Puddler’s Marsh. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at 
Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 



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

 10/15: An early LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found on the inside of the break wall at 
Fair Haven State Park. 



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

     10/15: The Rt. 31 SNOWY OWL was again seen, this time near Wegman’s.
 10/16: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen near the Eagles nest at Three Rivers WMA 
north of Baldwinsville. 

 10/19: A BRANT was seen at close range on Vann Road near Beaver Lake Nature 
Center west of Baldwinsville. Upwards of 70 DARK-EYED JUNCOS were seen at 
Beaver Lake Nature Center. 

 10/20: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW and the county’s first FOX SPARROW were spotted 
under the power lines at Three Rivers WMA. A late VESPER SPARROW and large 
numbers of WHITE-CROWNED and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were found in the scrubby 
area east of Van Rensselear Street at the Inner Harbor. 



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

     10/18: A LITTLE GULL was found at the overlook at Derby Hall.
 10/19: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and the region’s first fall FOX SPARROW 
were seen at Great Bear Recreation Area north of Phoenix. 

     10/20: A PINE SISKIN was heard at Great Bear Recreation Area.


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

     10/20: A PINE SISKIN was reported near Camden.

     


--  end report



Joseph Brin
Region 5
Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.
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Subject: Union Springs ... 1st Buffleheads
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:27:13 -0400
Daughter, Becky Sewell, reported seeing a pair of BUFFLEHEADS on the 
Mill Pond at Union Springs about 4 p.m. today.

Fritzie Blizzard
Union Springs, NY

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Subject: RE: Woodcock
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:34:44 +0000
I have seen them on Thanks Giving Holidays! I think Sue also reported some 
during that period a couple of year ago. 


Meena 

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[mailto:bounce-118252492-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of bob mcguire 

Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2014 9:04 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Woodcock

Matt Medler and I just heard a Woodcock taking off in a field on Triphammer 
Road, just past the Mall. ("skydance" sound - not peenting). I heard the same 
thing here on Whitted Road several evenings ago. I see from eBird that they 
have lingered in Tompkins County as late as the end of November. 


Bob McGuire

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Subject: Woodcock
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:04:16 -0400
Matt Medler and I just heard a Woodcock taking off in a field on Triphammer 
Road, just past the Mall. ("skydance" sound - not peenting). I heard the same 
thing here on Whitted Road several evenings ago. I see from eBird that they 
have lingered in Tompkins County as late as the end of November. 


Bob McGuire

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Subject: Day of Golden eagles and Red-shoulered Hawk
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:51:58 +0000
Hi all,

Today I was out on a seed collecting trip with FLNPS and when we were at the 
main pond (I think it is called Mud Pond) of the Mclean Bog, there was a strong 
north wind. So I was generally looking up at the sky often. There were some 
raptors migrating. Once when I looked up, I found four eagles circling fairly 
low and continued higher and higher reaching thermal. They were flying with a 
slight dihedral. They circled up in the air in the thermal till almost they 
became tiny birds and flew in southerly directions. 


I also had another Golden Eagle from Cornell Cooperative extension parking lot 
which also was fairly low initially and as it circled it gained height and went 
behind some trees then I lost the sight of it. 




Other raptors included a Kestrel, a Red-shouldered Hawk, a Red-tailed Hawk and 
two Coopers Hawk at Mclean Bog. Also I heard several Ruby-crowned Kinglets and 
a Brown Creeper among other common birds. 


Plus, I learnt a lot of about how to distinguish "aster" species and Cornus 
species and about some of the other rare species which I do not want to 
mention. 




Cheers

Meena

Meena Haribal
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Subject: Migration takeoff, Sun 10/19
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:17:48 -0400
There are massive blooms of departing migrants on regional radar now (past
hour up to 7:13 PM).  I've never seen animated weather maps so dense with
apparent bird activity.  Maybe Red-winged Blackbirds?

 

Today at the Freese Road gardens I found eight sparrow species -- Song,
Savannah, Swamp, Chipping (10+ -- most of the season), Field, White-crowned,
White-throated, and House.

 

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Subject: East Hill Bald Eagle
From: "W. Larry Hymes" <wlh2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:48:29 -0400
At around 5:30 I was amazed to see an adult BALD EAGLE soaring above the 
East Lawn Cemetery (just west of the East Hill Plaza).

Larry

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Subject: Montezuma
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:36:16 -0400
Highlights so far today: Eared Grebe and two Eurasian Wigeon on Main Pool.
Hudsonian Godwit at Puddlers. Lots of ducks.

Jay

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Subject: Mystery seed collector
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:21:01 +0000
Hi all,

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when I was trying to empty my recycle bin, 
which a meter tall and had mixed recycling materials like papers and bottles 
and plastic container. When I was transferring the recyclers to a paper bag to 
take it to recycling unit, I heard strange clunking noise so I stopped and 
found oak acorns. All acorns are shelled and seem to be of good quality. I have 
more than 125 seeds. But I am puzzled as to who collected these. I leave most 
of the time my garage door closed, but may have left it open one of these days 
for four or five hours. 


I am trying to find out who the collector is. It is possible that a field mouse 
collected it, but acorns are quite large and the container is tall and smooth. 
So I doubt it could have a direct access, but you never know how it reached the 
container. May be it jumped across a stack of tiles. 


Then there is possibility of a squirrel or chipmunk, they should have done this 
job in the four or five hours when I had left the garage door open. 


Or a Blue Jays stashed them, but again the job should have to be accomplished 
in four or five hours. 


Acorns are from a tree across the stream in my neighbor's property about 30 
feet away across my drive way. 




The container was very close to the garage door.



Would field mouse collect so many seeds for winter?



I am curious to know if all these seeds are viable seeds



Any suggestions from anybody form this list?



Wish I could eat those seeds, they look so good! or I might donate it to the 
seed collection endeavor today! 






Cheers

Meena

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Subject: Re:Red-necked Grebe at Taughannock
From: Justin Hite <justinhite AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:26:29 -0400
The Grebe is now swimming in the swimming area. But there is no lifeguard.

Justin

> On Oct 18, 2014, at 3:41 PM, Justin Hite  wrote:
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> There is an immature Red-necked Grebe at Taughannock Park, hanging out in the 
shallows just south of the swimming area. 

> 
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Subject: Red-necked Grebe at Taughannock
From: Justin Hite <justinhite AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:41:59 -0400
There is an immature Red-necked Grebe at Taughannock Park, hanging out in the 
shallows just south of the swimming area. 


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Subject: Ruby-crowned Kinglets and OT info Ecuador
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:59:23 +0000
Hi all,

Today morning at about 9.00 am, I had a flock of 6 to7 Ruby-crowned Kinglets 
inspecting one of my large maple trees with out any leaves (all other maples 
have lots of foliage left) along with chickadees and a Brown Creeper! 




Yesterday there were more than a dozen of noisy Ruby-crowned Kinglets on Forest 
Home Drive and I found out they were noisy because they were family flocks and 
fledgling were begging for food from the parents. Some of the parents were 
trying to chase the begging kids, indicating them that it was high time they 
started finding their own food. 




Now OT- Has any one done any trips to Ecuador recently? Jane?? I am interested 
in going to southern part of Ecuador to Podocarpus and Caja national parks 
along with a few days in Mindo and Pappallacta and possibly revisit the 
Galapagos depending on the availability of the boats. If you have been to any 
of these national parks I am interested in hearing about these. And also if 
anyone is interested in joining me shoot an e-mail to 
mmh3 AT cornell.edu. 




Cheers

Meena

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Subject: Rusty blackbird
From: Linda Clark Benedict <lbenedict48 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:47:41 -0400
I walked the Seneca Trail at  Montezuma this morning. Along with the usual
suspects,  I saw a Rusty blackbird, a close look. And my first Dark-eyed
junco of the year.

Linda

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Subject: Freese road Dickcissel
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:00:34 -0400
The bird was flying around the fenced area at the north end of the garden
plots. It last landed near the sheds at the small patch of pines just north
of the fenced area.

Brad

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Subject: RE: Meadowlark and bald eagle
From: Kim Haines-Eitzen <kjh10 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:17:48 +0000
I have been enjoying the song of the Eastern Meadowlark here in Brooktondale 
over the last week, having not heard it for weeks and weeks. And just now the 
Red-winged Blackbirds, too! Sounds and feels like May or June even though it 
looks like October. 

Kim

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At 4:00 this afternoon Driving north on Hall Road in Interlaken I was surprised 
to see an Eastern Meadowlark perched on the telephone wire just after seeing a 
KESTREL on a wire close by. 


Yesterday we saw a bald eagle flying low over Interlaken on Rt 89 just a few 
miles north of Sheldrake. 



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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Seneca Rare Bird Alert
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:31:55 -0400
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Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 7:21 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Seneca Rare Bird Alert 
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*** Species Summary:

- Glossy Ibis (1 report)

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Thank you for subscribing to the  Seneca Rare Bird Alert. The
report below shows observations of rare birds in Seneca.  View this alert
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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) (1)
- Reported Oct 15, 2014 14:00 by Donna Carter
- Montezuma NWR--Wildlife Drive, Seneca, New York
- Map:

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.9817483,-76.7353284&ll=42.9817483,-76.7353284 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20242772
- Comments: "Flew from the inner area over our car to Benning Marsh. Dark
green and reddish color with distinctive curved bill. Lost sight after it
landed in the reeds. As we were pulling away, it came from behind us and
flew back into the main refuge area. Pictures not close enough to tell for
certain if it was a glossy or white-faced ibis. I would tend to lean
towards the glossy because of the visible light line over the eye and large
amount of dark green on the wings.
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Subject: Bald Eagles for (during) lunch
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:18:36 +0000
Hi all,

I had three adult Bald Eagles circling over Mundy during lunch time. One of 
them came fairly low enough to admire its beauty and the other two were also 
quite nicely visible. Then they gained height on the thermals and headed south 
westerly direction along with some TVs. 


Also in Mundy, I saw two Pileated Woodpeckers together along with two Am. 
Robins. 




In the morning on the way to work along east Ithaca recreation way and in 
Strawberry Hill area I saw several Cedar Waxwings, and hundred plus American 
Robins and a Carolina Wren. This year Crabapple crop seems to be not very good. 




Cheers

Meena

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Subject: red crossbill???
From: "Bill Mcaneny" <bmcaneny1 AT fltg.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:55:00 -0400
Thanks all for your comments.  I feel politely admonished for not taking
photos when I had the means and the opportunity.  I had asked whether anyone
had heard of House Finches with deformed bills.  The answer was Yes.  I also
asked whether it was likely to have a R. Crossbill on our feeder at this
time of year. The answer was, anything is possible. I also asked about
further ID factors to consider.  The R. Crossbill is a bulkier bird.  Our
visitor was exactly the same size as a typical H. Finch.  So, there was
enough evidence to reverse the call on the field.  The default call is H.
Finch with a deformed bill.

Photos next time!! I promise.

 

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Subject: red crossbill???
From: "Bill Mcaneny" <bmcaneny1 AT fltg.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:56:41 -0400
Within the last hour, there was a bird on the platform feeder that I first
assumed was part of the resident flock of House Finches.  The breast
striping looked a little different, more like a Purple Finch, but nothing
else looked like a P. Finch. The bird ate voraciously and was very
aggressive, chasing finches and titmice away.  A closer look at its bill
showed it to be skewed with the lower mandible to the left of the upper.  I
am not familiar with crossbills so I checked in Sibley. ( I opened right to
the page showing Red Crossbill. That seemed like a good omen.  I tried not
to let that sway my judgment.)  The juvenile Red Crossbill looks much like a
H. Finch.  I have three questions. First, does anyone know of H. Finches
with deformed bills? Second, what is the likelihood of a Red Crossbill
coming to a feeder at this time of year?  Third, what else should I have
looked at to confirm my ID?

 

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Subject: Re: Turkey Vultures
From: James Gaffney <jgaffne2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:28:41 -0400
I counted 74 tv's golfing cornell's course today with most of them before
12
Jim Gaffney

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On Oct 13, 2014, at 8:26 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:

I agree Sunday was a good migration day for Turkey Vultures. At about 1pm I
was near the Lab entrance looking at the western skyline beyond the pond,
and I watched a near-continuous line of them flying south, about 60 all
told. They were gliding and gradually losing altitude, and when they got
low enough to almost be blocked by trees for me, one of them would find a
thermal and start circling up. Then all those behind it in line would veer
into the thermal, and suddenly there would be 20 birds kettling. But it
seemed they would only circle a few times (2 or 3? it was distracting, but
I should have tried harder to follow a single bird) before they would peel
off the top and continue south. I saw this a couple of times there, and
then when I went to the Freese Road Gardens I saw it again, once to the
west and once almost overhead. I saw about a hundred southbound Turkey
Vultures altogether. There were also a few apparent locals, by their
behavior.

--Dave Nutter


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Saw 18 Turkey Vultures flying above Triphammer Road 3 miles north of Shops
of Ithaca. Pretty impressive!
Ann

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From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:25:26 +0000 (GMT)
I agree Sunday was a good migration day for Turkey Vultures. At about 1pm I was 
near the Lab entrance looking at the western skyline beyond the pond, and I 
watched a near-continuous line of them flying south, about 60 all told. They 
were gliding and gradually losing altitude, and when they got low enough to 
almost be blocked by trees for me, one of them would find a thermal and start 
circling up. Then all those behind it in line would veer into the thermal, and 
suddenly there would be 20 birds kettling. But it seemed they would only circle 
a few times (2 or 3? it was distracting, but I should have tried harder to 
follow a single bird) before they would peel off the top and continue south. 
I saw this a couple of times there, and then when I went to the Freese Road 
Gardens I saw it again, once to the west and once almost overhead. I saw about 
a hundred southbound Turkey Vultures altogether. There were also a few apparent 
locals, by their behavior. 


--Dave Nutter


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> Saw 18 Turkey Vultures flying above Triphammer Road 3 miles north of Shops of 
Ithaca. Pretty impressive! 

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From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:22:49 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* October 6, 2014
*  NYSY  10. 06. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):
September 29, 2014 - October 06, 2014
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland
compiled: October 06 AT 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#412 Monday October 06, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
September 22, 2014
 
Highlights:
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CACKLING GOOSE
AMERICAN AVOCET
PARASITIC JAEGER
LITTLE GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
SNOWY OWL
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
DICKCISSAL
NELSON’S SPARROW
PINE SISKIN


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

 Only seven species of shorebirds were seen at the complex this week 
highlighted by the two AMERICAN AVOCETS seen as recently as yesterday (10/12) 
at Knox-Marsellus Marsh but not yet reported today. 



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

 13 species of Warbler and LINCOLN SPARROW were found in the county this week. 
Get them before they’re gone. 

 10/7: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found again in Three Rivers WMA under the 
power lines on 60 Road. They were found again yesterday and today in the same 
location. 

 10/8: A juvenile female type DICKCISSAL was found on the east side of Van 
Rensselear Street near the inner harbor in Syracuse. Unfortunately it was not 
relocated the next day. 

 10/11: A SNOWY OWL was still being seen actively hunting in the Rt. 31 mall 
location in Clay. 

 10/12: An adult and juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen again in 
Onondaga Creek south of Spencer Street on the Creekwalk in Syracuse. 

     10/13: 2 CACKLING GEESE were found in the Inner Harbor area in Syracuse.


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

 10/10: A NELSON’S SPARROW was found on Zimmer Road in Fort Drum. Driving is 
not allowed on this road but apparently you may walk it. 



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

 10/8: 3 PARASITIC JAEGERS, a LITTLE GULL and a FORSTER’S TERN were all seen 
from the overlook at Derby Hill. The next day one of the JAEGERS and the LITTLE 
GULL were seen again. 



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

 10/7: 7 FORSTER’S TERNS were spotted from the beach at Fair Haven State 
Park. 

     10/8: A LITTLE GULL was seen at West Barrier Park in Fair Haven.
 10/12: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Great Bear Recreation Area north 
of Phoenix. 

     

Oneida County
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     10/10: 4 PINE SISKINS were seen at Spring Farm Nature Center near Clinton.



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Subject: Meadowlark and bald eagle
From: M & K Mannella <mkmannella AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:08:06 -0400
At 4:00 this afternoon Driving north on Hall Road in Interlaken I was surprised 
to see an Eastern Meadowlark perched on the telephone wire just after seeing a 
KESTREL on a wire close by. 


Yesterday we saw a bald eagle flying low over Interlaken on Rt 89 just a few 
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Subject: Julie Zickefoose, Cayuga Bird Club meeting TONIGHT
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:07:11 +0000
A  reminder...........

The Cayuga Bird Club will be meeting on Monday, October 13, at 7:30 at the 
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with cookies and conversation at 7:15. 


 Our speaker, Julie Zickefoose, a writer, artist and naturalist at home in the 
Appalachian foothills of Ohio, will give her presentation "The Bluebird Effect: 
Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds". "Every day, I roam our 80 acre wildlife 
sanctuary, and every day I find something new. This deep relationship with the 
land is the wellspring for my writing and art. " 


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


*************************
And if interested:
Julie will also be doing a talk for the Cornell Plantations called, "Personal 
Habitat: Creating a Haven for Wildlife (and Yourself)" - the story of an 
artist's love affair with a piece of land, and the birds, animals, and plants 
that inhabit it. Simple habitat enhancements can take a back yard from bland to 
bustling with wildlife. In this talk, artist/writer Julie Zickefoose shows how 
she and her husband have transformed their abandoned farm into a wildlife 
sanctuary and observatory-a perfect personal habitat. 

Date/time: Wednesday, October 15; 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; no-registration is required.
Location: Statler Hall Auditorium
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Subject: Cornell Community Gardens, Mon 10/13
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:37:40 -0400
Diane Morton, Ken Kemphues, and I went looking for sparrows at the Freese
Road gardens on Monday morning.  Diane found a VESPER SPARROW on the fence
at the east edge of the large Dyce Lab corral.  We had long, close views of
the bird's distinctive face and head, plus one diagnostic glimpse of white
outer tail feathers when the sparrow flew.  We last saw the bird flying back
into the center of the community plots.  

 

I am very fired up about this sighting.  This was the first Vesper Sparrow
I've ever seen on this side of Freese Road!

 

Otherwise, the species mix was much the same as the other day, with
apparently fewer SAVANNAH SPARROWS (we saw only one), more WHITE-THROATED
SPARROWS (15+), still many SONG SPARROWS, two or more SWAMP SPARROWS, and
three or more WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, but no Chipping Sparrows nor House
Sparrows today.  TURKEY VULTURES streamed by both northbound and southbound
all morning.  We also saw one SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and a COOPER'S HAWK.

 

After about an hour in the gardens, we crossed over to the west side of
Freese Road and looked in the tall grasses by the pond edge.  Diane found a
FIELD SPARROW here.  We also saw a backlit PALM WARBLER along the path
between the hedgerows near the Liddell Lab parking area.

 

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From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:13:08 -0400
Saw 18 Turkey Vultures flying above Triphammer Road 3 miles north of Shops of 
Ithaca. Pretty impressive! 

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From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 15:02:40 -0400
Continue at Knox-Marsellus.
Ann

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Subject: Turkey Vultures
From: Carol Keeler <carolk441 AT adelphia.net>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:43:25 -0400
Yesterday as I worked in my yard I spotted a south bound TV. As I watched it 
turned into a river of as many 30 TVs migrating past. I had guests who were 
spellbound by all the birds. It's the first time I've spotted a large group 
migrating through. 


I had a very unusual new yard bird the other day. I looked out the kitchen 
window and spotted a Great Blue Heron walking through the arbor. There's a very 
shallow creek out back and perhaps it followed my paths down toward the house. 
They do periodically fly over, but this was the first grounded one. 


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Subject: Re: Brant - Sodus Point
From: Joseph M Wing <thejwings AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:03:29 -0400
There is also a Purple Sandpiper on the rocks.


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From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu>
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There is also a Purple Sandpiper on the rocks.


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Subject: Birds moving south
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:43:11 +0000
Unfortunately I did not hear to night flight migrants, I hope it was 
spectacular (in the hearing version whatever it is called). Just now I poked my 
head out for a few minutes out side my house and looked up at the beautiful 
sky. There were several Turkey Vultures, some were gliding south westerly 
direction and others were gaining the thermal. There were two medium sized 
flocks of Canada Geese way high! I came inside and looked out towards Michigan 
Hill there was another kettle of Turkey Vultures and as I am typing from home 
office, I could see tow more Turkey Vultures heading south. So could be a good 
day for other raptors too. I might head to Mount Pleasant shortly! 




Cheers

Meena

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Subject: Park Preserve
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:37:11 -0400
Highlights at the Park Preserve just now were a cooperative ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER along the first trail to the right from the entrance, a late
WILSON'S WARBLER in the same area, and myriad Hermit Thrushes and
Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Pine Siskin and Purple Finches overhead.

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Subject: Montezuma Avocets, Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes. Clay Snowy Owl still
From: "Michael Tetlow " <mjtetlow AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:25:45 -0400
This evening the 2 American Avocets were on Knox-Marsellus marsh along with
6 Snow Geese that rested awhile then flew off to the south. Finally some
companions for this summer's loner.  3 Greater Yellowlegs were the only
other shorebirds way back in Puddler's. We could see 6 Sandhill Cranes back
there from east road. Another dozen were in the harvested corn field on the
south side of route 89 just west, uphill from the route 31 junction.
Speaking of route 31; the Snowy Owl is still hanging around the
Walmart/Target/Home Depot Plaza on route 31 in Liverpool/Clay. This evening
just east of Walmart. Mike and Joann Tetlow

 

 

 


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Subject: Montezuma Avocets, Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes. Clay Snowy Owl still
From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:25:45 -0400
This evening the 2 American Avocets were on Knox-Marsellus marsh along with
6 Snow Geese that rested awhile then flew off to the south. Finally some
companions for this summer's loner.  3 Greater Yellowlegs were the only
other shorebirds way back in Puddler's. We could see 6 Sandhill Cranes back
there from east road. Another dozen were in the harvested corn field on the
south side of route 89 just west, uphill from the route 31 junction.
Speaking of route 31; the Snowy Owl is still hanging around the
Walmart/Target/Home Depot Plaza on route 31 in Liverpool/Clay. This evening
just east of Walmart. Mike and Joann Tetlow

 

 

 
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Subject: Freese Road gardens and Sapsucker Woods, Sat 10/11
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:33:42 -0400
On Saturday morning, eight birders joined me for a visit to the Cornell
community garden plots along Freese Road.  We turned up an excellent variety
of sparrows, including at least 30 SONG SPARROWS, two or three SWAMP
SPARROWS, several SAVANNAH SPARROWS, a few FIELD SPARROWS, one CHIPPING
SPARROW, multiple adult and first-winter WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, several
WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and one female HOUSE SPARROW.  We also turned up
one western PALM WARBLER, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and a corpulent deceased
Short-tailed Shrew.  Alas, despite our high hopes and keen attention, we
found no Lincoln's Sparrow.  (I've seen this species only once here in about
seven visits this fall.)

 

Last night I heard a lot of southbound thrushes passing overhead in the
dark, so I sought and got some takers for a little bonus run to Sapsucker
Woods.  We found an interesting loose assemblage of seasonal birds at the
gate to the East Trail - a HERMIT THRUSH, one or two BLUE-HEADED VIREOS,
several GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, more Yellow-rumped Warblers, and at least
one other warbler that I didn't see.  That last bird seems like a good
candidate for Pine Warbler based on location and other people's
descriptions.

 

Thanks to all for a fine morning!

 

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Subject: Ross's Goose, Farley's Point, Cayuga Lake
From: David Suggs <dsuggs AT buffaloornithologicalsociety.org>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:56:22 -0400
Adult Ross's Goose on south side of Farley's Point today between 1 and 2
pm. Flew off to north with several hundred Canadas. Has not returned. David
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Subject: Singing kinglets
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:56:40 +0000
We have a couple of ruby crowned kinglets around the yard today and they are 
singing away. Feels like spring! Plus one hermit thrush ( not singing). 

Hunt Hill Rd, Ithaca

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Subject: humbird
From: Susan Fast <sustfast AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:45:14 -0700
While working in the yard yesterday, and wearing a bright red baseball cap, a 
HUMMINGBIRD buzzed by. That's all I can tell you, but be alert as the coming 
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Subject: Fwd: Wayne County Cattle Egret
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:11:46 -0400
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- Cattle Egret (1 report)

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Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2014 08:41 by Wade & Melissa Rowley
- Montezuma (NMWMA)--Morgan Road Marshes, Wayne, New York
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Subject: Marsh Wren at Lindsay-Parsons
From: Benjamin Freeman <bgf27 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:17:50 -0400
Around noon, Alexa and I found a crisp-looking Marsh Wren at Lindsay
Parsons. Great looks at this little wren, which was hanging out in the thin
strip of cattails where the grassy path goes between the two main lakes.

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Subject: Re: Orange crowned warbler at CLO
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:55:05 +0000
There was another one this morning on the trail east of the Arrowwood Drive 
medical park (where the catbird wintered..). 


KEN


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On Oct 10, 2014, at 12:27 PM, Brad Walker 
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Hi all, there is an Orange crowned warbler hanging around the stone footbridge 
at the lab's main entrance. 


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Subject: Orange crowned warbler at CLO
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Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:27:04 -0400
Hi all, there is an Orange crowned warbler hanging around the stone
footbridge at the lab's main entrance.

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Subject: Hog Hole
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:26:38 -0400
Highlights so far this morning are a NELSON'S SPARROW in the usual area,
grassy northwest quadrant of the main field, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
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Subject: Bonaparte's Gull at Myers Point this morning
From: JasonRHuck <jasonrhuck AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:27:35 -0400
Fairly quiet at Myers this morning (the usual suspects ), except for the lawn 
mower running at 7 AM for the third day in a row. Of note, there is a 
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Subject: Stewart Park: a few autumn birds
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:33:46 +0000 (GMT)
I spent a couple hours (3-5pm) at Stewart Park, mainly scoping the lake & 
jetties from the swan pond, wondering if any Cattle Egrets would venture there 
with the gulls. I guess I didn't stay late enough or beat the bushes along the 
lakeshore enough because I found none, nor did I find any among the gulls at 
Treman Marina afterward. 


What I did find was:

* a/the GREAT EGRET on the white lighthouse jetty among the gulls (who gave it 
a respectful distance) until an adult BALD EAGLE flew fairly high overhead, and 
the egret & gulls took flight. I saw the egret a couple times in flight, the 
last time going east, but I didn't see it along the shoreline later. 


* at least 5 PIED-BILLED GREBES earlier in the SE corner of the lake, one of 
which still had some juvenile striping on the face. I met Gary Kohlenberg who I 
think tallied more. Yesterday there was a group of 9. 


* a female RUDDY DUCK flew out to the lake, apparently from the mouth of Fall 
Creek, and alit not far from the swan pond, a first-of-season for both Gary & 
myself 


* a small flock of AMERICAN COOTS off the swan pond which in recent days has 
grown from 2 (Sunday) to 5 (yesterday) to 9 (today) 


* before Gary's arrival, while scanning the skies over the east side of the 
valley in Lansing I found a long-winged, long-tailed raptor flying into the 
wind, occasionally pausing with a dihedral, and showing white at the base of 
the tail. It turned out to be my first-of-season ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, a light 
morph, and it proceeded to fly west across Cayuga Lake, affording nice scope 
views of the underwing and tail patterns. 


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Subject: Re: Bluegrass Lane CATTLE EGRET
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:26:50 -0400
A CATTLE EGRET just flew north up the east shore of Cayuga Lake from
Stewart Park, loosely associating with a handful of gulls.
On Oct 9, 2014 6:21 PM, "Brad Walker"  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Five of the CATTLE EGRETS were flying ESE over the red barns at Bluegrass
> Lane about 20-30 minutes ago. They were flying in a tight group. Earlier I
> had a single bird soaring with the gulls that seemed to be heading west,
> but I lost track of it.
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> The only other sighting of note was a very high group of about 50 SNOW
> GEESE flying south in a messy V.
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Subject: Bluegrass Lane CATTLE EGRET
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:19:40 -0400
Hi all,

Five of the CATTLE EGRETS were flying ESE over the red barns at Bluegrass
Lane about 20-30 minutes ago. They were flying in a tight group. Earlier I
had a single bird soaring with the gulls that seemed to be heading west,
but I lost track of it.

The only other sighting of note was a very high group of about 50 SNOW
GEESE flying south in a messy V.

- Brad

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Subject: Cattle Egret on Cayuga inlet
From: Justin Hite <justinhite AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 17:57:24 -0400
A single Cattle Egret just flew north along the Cayuga Inlet over a swarm of 
Crew boats. Didn't have my binoculars on me, so I lost it among some gulls 
before I could see where it headed once it got to the mouth of the inlet. 


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Subject: Cattle egrets still there
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 20:38:34 +0000
There are now 3 cattle egrets (actually, they are pretending to be horse 
egrets) among the horses along the N side of Stevenson Rd, just east of the 
grain silo. 4:40 pm. 

Ithaca. 
Laura

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Subject: Re: Surf Scoter, Great Egret
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 15:50:31 +0000
When I was watching the Cattle Egrets on Stevenson Rd about 9:30., I spotted an 
egret circling up high with the vultures  it turned out to be a GREAT EGRET, 
which then flew off to the northwest. Likely the same bird that appeared at 
Stewart Park soon after. 


KEN


Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Conservation Science Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Office: 607-254-2412
cell: 607-342-4594
kvr2 AT cornell.edu

On Oct 9, 2014, at 11:20 AM, Jay McGowan 
> wrote: 


Not too exciting compared to flocks of Cattle Egrets, but highlights from some 
brief lake birding this morning were a female-type SURF SCOTER at Myers Point, 
flying by and landing in the bay north of Salt Point; and a GREAT EGRET at 
Stewart Park, flying by along the shoreline and landing at the extreme east end 
of the park. 


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Subject: Surf Scoter, Great Egret
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:20:42 -0400
Not too exciting compared to flocks of Cattle Egrets, but highlights from
some brief lake birding this morning were a female-type SURF SCOTER at
Myers Point, flying by and landing in the bay north of Salt Point; and a
GREAT EGRET at Stewart Park, flying by along the shoreline and landing at
the extreme east end of the park.

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Subject: FOUND! African Grey Parrot in Ithaca, Triphammer Campus location
From: Anne Marie Sheridan <ams53 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:09:19 +0000
Thanks everyone for your help! Hero is home ☺

Best,
AM

From: bounce-118141876-3493973 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-118141876-3493973 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Anne Marie 
Sheridan 

Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 9:38 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] FW: Lost African Grey Parrot in Ithaca, Triphammer 
Campus location 


All,

I am forwarding a note from another list-serve about a lost African grey, an 
emotional service bird, last seen near the Triphammer edge of Cornell campus. 
As you are out and about, please contact: Alyson at 760-331-9872 if you 
see/hear “Hero.” 


Thank you for your eyes, ears!

Sincerely,
Anne Marie
[Inline image 1]

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Hey Everyone, Thanks for the concern you all have expressed. Unfortunately, the 
parrot was not retrieved. But, Alyson is organizing a search group tomorrow 
(Tuesday, Oct. 7) at 7:15 am. Here is her message below: "Lost parrot update: 
my African grey, Hero, was spooked yesterday outside of Triphammer co-op. We 
located him this evening, but he moved to a different tree before we were able 
to retrieve him. A group is meeting at Triphammer tomorrow morning (7:15am) to 
search the local streets. If you can come, please come, if not, please keep 
your eyes open for him! Here are some photos. He is a little smaller than a 
crow, mostly grey, with a red tail. He is totally docile and very friendly. If 
you see him, PLEASE call me at 760-331-9872. If you are close enough to pick 
him up, please bring him indoors. He is an emotional service animal, and 
extremely important to me. It's imperative that we find him soon, before 
temperatures drop and food becomes difficult for him to find." 


On Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 5:40 PM, Hadiyah Edwards 
> wrote: Hey Everyone!! I have a 
bit of an emergency! My friend, Alyson, needs help retrieving her African Grey 
Parrot from a tree. Is anyone here willing to help her? She doesn't have tree 
climbing experience and the Fire Department and Vet School cannot help. The 
bird is about 75 feet up the tree. If you can help, please contact 
asf86 AT cornell.edu. Thanks for reading! Here's a 
picture of an African Grey for your enjoyment. 

-Hadiyah

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Subject: 7 Cattle Egrets
From: Christopher Wood <chris.wood AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:11:04 +0000
7 Cattle Egrets along Stevenson Rd SE of compost piles. 

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Subject: CLO Rusty Blackbirds
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 08:51:34 -0400
Hi all,

There are currently at least eight RUSTY BLACKBIRDS calling and perching in
the open near the front feeders at the Lab of O.

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Subject: Fwd: Town of Ithaca and Parks
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:33:48 +0000 (GMT)
Fellow birders (especially Town of Ithaca residents),

If you value the City of Ithaca's Stewart Park being open to the public, 
including non-city residents, without admission charge, you may want to discuss 
with Town of Ithaca officials the issue of continuing to support parks in the 
City. 


The message below is from one of my City of Ithaca Common Council members.
The message below that had an attached poster, which I copied at the bottom, 
minus the photos. 


--Dave Nutter


Begin forwarded message:

From: Cynthia Brock 
Date: October 07, 2014 6:11:28 AM
To: "iwest AT ithacawest.org" 
Subject: FW: Town of Ithaca and Parks

Supporters of parks and recreation,

The Town of Ithaca, in an effort to reduce their costs, are proposing to cut 
their contributions to the City for Parks, Recreation, Fire Services and TCAT 
by 50% for 2015, and to zero in 2016. 
http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/local/2014/10/03/clash-continues-parks-funding/16664725/ 


The loss of funding for City parks may result in our largest parks no longer 
being free to the public, possible differentiated charges for non-city 
residents, loss of recreational programming and services, and other transfers 
of costs. 


Please reach out to the Town of Ithaca Board with support for continued 
contributions for parks and services, in addition to our County legislators. 
Our Parks and Recreation programs are community assets, and a valued resource 
to area residents and visitors alike. Loss of funding for these valued programs 
will have a significant negative affect on our community and our families. 


Cynthia

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"Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be 
counted, counts." - William Bruce Cameron 

Cynthia Brock
cynthia.ny8 AT gmail.com

From: Liz Vance
Sent: Monday, October 06, 2014 10:09 AM
To: Common Council
Subject: Town of Ithaca and Parks

Hello,

Attached is a flyer that was shared at the Town of Ithaca Board meeting on 
Thursday, October 2. There will be a public hearing on October 20th. 


Thanks - Liz

Liz Vance, Acting Director
Ithaca Youth Bureau
1 James L. Gibbs Dr.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-8364
LVance AT cityofithaca.org

"Fear of the unknown and the other is the root of almost all hate. It is born 
of ignorance and fed by those who would keep us divided." 

 

Tinnekke Bebout (Poet and mystic)

In Tough Times, We Need To Stick Together

Top 10 Reasons to support Ithaca’s Waterfront Parks & Recreation Facilities

There are many reasons to support these parks and facilities. The Town of 
Ithaca has a long history of supporting inter-municipal cooperation for many of 
the reasons listed below. 


10. Parks and places to play help keep all residents active and healthy. 
Healthy communities spend less money on healthcare costs. 


9. Maintaining the Town’s contribution helps in the push to get other 
municipalities to share the costs of maintaining these community resources. 


8. Vibrant parks increase tourism in our area and are good for the economy.

7. Access to water front parks, an Olympic size swimming pool, ice rink, 
fitness trail, tennis courts and more supplement existing pocket parks and 
trails to complete a comprehensive parks and recreation experience for your 
residents. 


6. Shared services are cost effective and sustainable. Town residents enjoy the 
benefits of these parks and facilities without the Town having to deal with the 
full costs and challenges of owning them. 


5. Continued funding in 2015 gives municipal leaders in both communities time 
to work toward 


finding an equitable way to support these facilities and parks for the benefit 
of the residents, families and youth of Tompkins County. 


4. Town of Ithaca residents use, value and enjoy the waterfront parks and 
facilities. Our data shows that approximately 30% of our users are Town 
Residents. 


3. Accessibility is important. Contributions to these centrally located, 
community parks and facilities keeps them accessible to all residents. 


2. Well managed parks and facilities attract new businesses which brings more 
jobs. 


1. Recreation Programs would be offered at a discounted rate. The City is 
willing to offer the City Discount Rate for all Recreation Programs to Town 
Residents. The current rate structure for Recreation and Recreation Partnership 
programs would remain the same for other municipalities. This is a value of 
approximately $38,000. 


October 2014

Town Contribution supports great facilities and programs

What does the Town get for it’s $111,240 contribution?

What benefits do Town Residents enjoy? What would be lost without this 
contribution? 


Cass Park

Recreation

Cass Park is a regionally active park used heavily by residents from all parts 
of Tompkins County. In addition to the ice rink and swimming pool, there are 4 
tennis courts, 20 athletic fields (4 of which are lighted), playground 
equipment, an exercise trail, a large picnic pavilion and the Ithaca 
Children’s Garden. Residents enjoy 2,500 feet of waterfront along 6-Mile 
Creek, lessons, leagues, access to the Cayuga Waterfront Trail and plentiful 
free parking. 


Loss of this contribution would change the costs for Town users of the 
facilities, reflected in higher non-resident fees. 


The Recreation Department provides a broad range of recreation and leisure 
programming for youth of all ages. Recreational sports leagues, lessons, day 
camps, theater classes, art classes, cheerleading, fencing, adventure 
programming, Tot Spot, Tae Kwan Do and much more is offered year round to 
Tompkins County youth. For 2015 the Youth Bureau is proposing to extend the 
City discount to Town residents for non-Recreation Partnership programs. 


Loss of this contribution would mean higher fees and eliminate the City 
discount extension for Town residents. 


Stewart Park

Stewart Park is a unique park with a unique history. A jewel at the southern 
tip of Cayuga Lake, this park offers playground equipment, tennis courts, a 
large pavilion, a small pavilion, open green spaces for larger group activities 
and events, a duck pond, spray pool, bird sanctuary, a carousel, and historical 
buildings. Residents enjoy 1,400 feet of lakefront, access to the Cayuga 
Waterfront Trail and plentiful free parking. 


Loss of this contribution could mean the City would need to charge for parking. 
Preliminary research has been conducted. 

October 2014

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Subject: changes at Treman State Marine Park
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:19:21 +0000 (GMT)
Yesterday when I went to see the Avocet I met a couple park employees with 
chainsaws and powerful mowing and bulldozing equipment north of Treman Marina. 
They were about to begin constructing a new trail along or through that strip 
of woods on a path parallel to the Inlet which would not flood as has happened 
a few times on the current path when the lake level is extremely high. To me 
the infrequency of this problem, combined with the fact that one can simply 
walk on the opposite side of that woods, doesn't warrant cutting down woods or 
thickets or trying to close the path nearer the water. The workers also 
mentioned a plan which includes a network of gravel trails around the park. I 
haven't seen the plan, don't know how settled it is, nor its rationale. I much 
prefer grass trails because they are quieter, and birds come out onto them. I 
also showed the guys the Avocet, which impressed them, but not enough to 
abandon their destruction entirely. Anyway, that's another local birding 
hotspot / park issue to think about. 


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Subject: goose nuisance discussion 10/09
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:02:56 +0000 (GMT)
Tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at 1pm in the TC Chamber of Commerce Rick Manning 
of Friends of Stewart Park will be hosting a discussion about Canada Geese in 
our local parks, mainly Stewart and Myers, I think. The issue is that some 
folks find their feces annoying and think "something" should be done. The 
question is what, if anything, is appropriate. Paul Anderson and I will be 
there, along with someone from DEC. I realize this is short notice, but if you 
have thoughts on the subject and cannot attend, please let us know your 
opinions. I don't know what options will be considered nor how close to 
decisions the park managers are. I'll try to report back to the listserv about 
this and future meetings.  


My personal view is that people have created ideal habitat for the geese: 
expansive pastures of short grass sloping gently to water, with secluded 
breeding spots nearby, so naturally the geese use this habitat. Mallards and 
Ring-billed Gulls also rest on the lawns, but because they are not grazing they 
are not creating waste products the way geese do. By breaking up the lawns and 
separating them somewhat from the water with low barriers we may change goose 
behavior somewhat. I also am not offended by the amount of goose poop we have. 
Being basically grass, it doesn't stink like dog poop. I would agree there are 
plenty of geese, but I don't know how many, or whether their population is 
stable, rising, or falling, or what would be an "ideal" population. I don't 
like the way their noise drowns out bird song near any body of water in spring. 
But I also don't want them to be actively harassed and chased from Stewart and 
Myers, which are prime birding locations, because I believe the Canada Geese 
and Mallards, and Ring-billed Gulls, which are at ease in our parks because 
they are tolerated by everyone and even enjoyed by many, also serve to put 
migrant birds at ease, and therefore are a great boon to birding. We always 
check the flocks, and often enough find a rarity among them at close range. 
Even the migrant birds which don't come ashore I feel certain come closer to 
shore than they would if local birds were harassed and kept their distance from 
these parks and humans. I also think that the few people who feed the birds in 
the parks are insignificant compared to the parks themselves in attracting the 
birds and creating any waste, and meanwhile feeding geese or ducks or gulls can 
be as joyful a connection to nature as feeding Cardinals, Mourning Doves, and 
Chickadees in one's own yard. 


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Subject: Cayuga Bird Club meeting and speaker dinner - Monday, Oct. 13
From: "clr82 AT juno.com" <clr82@juno.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 23:43:12 +0000
 The Cayuga Bird Club will be meeting on Monday, October 13, at 7:30 at the 
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with cookies and conversation at 7:15. 


 Our speaker, Julie Zickefoose, a writer, artist and naturalist at home in the 
Appalachian foothills of Ohio, will give her presentation “The Bluebird 
Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds”. “Every day, I roam our 
80 acre wildlife sanctuary, and every day I find something new. This deep 
relationship with the land is the wellspring for my writing and art. “ 


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


 Members are invited to dinner with Julie before the meeting at 5:30 at 
Aladdins in Collegetown. Please RSVP by noon Monday to clr82 AT juno.com so 
reservations can be made. 


Hope to see you Monday! 
Colleen Richards 
Correspondence Secretary 
Cayuga Bird Club

*************************
And if interested:
Julie will also be doing a talk for the Cornell Plantations called, "Personal 
Habitat: Creating a Haven for Wildlife (and Yourself)" - the story of an 
artist's love affair with a piece of land, and the birds, animals, and plants 
that inhabit it. Simple habitat enhancements can take a back yard from bland to 
bustling with wildlife. In this talk, artist/writer Julie Zickefoose shows how 
she and her husband have transformed their abandoned farm into a wildlife 
sanctuary and observatory—a perfect personal habitat. 

Date/time: Wednesday, October 15; 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; no-registration is required.
Location: Statler Hall Auditorium
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Subject: Red Phalarope, Myers
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:54:59 -0400
At 6:28, Chris Wood reported that a RED PHALAROPE flew past Myers Point
heading south quickly.


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Subject: Re: Avocet at Stewart Park 6 pm
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:48:17 -0400
I looked this morning around 9:30 and was not able to find it on the jetty
or along the shore at Stewart.

On Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 5:35 PM, Nancy Cusumano 
wrote:

> Was the steward park avocet relocated today at all?
>
> Cayuga Dog Rescue has saved more than 475 dogs since 2005.
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Subject: Re: Avocet at Stewart Park 6 pm
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:35:01 -0400
Was the steward park avocet relocated today at all?

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Subject: passenger pigeons in NYS
From: "Taylor, Jeremy J (DEC)" <jeremy.taylor AT dec.ny.gov>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:31:11 +0000
Hello,



Apologies if this is somewhat off-topic, but I thought some of you might be 
interested in a short article that I put together regarding the passenger 
pigeon in New York State. The focus of the article is where in the state people 
can go to see them on display- I had no idea there were so many locations! You 
can view the html version online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/98898.html if 
interested, or download/view the PDF version from the index to the October 
issue of Conservationist, http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/98884.html. Please feel 
free to pass along to others who you think might be interested. 




Regards,

Jeremy

Jeremy Taylor
Environmental Educator / Editor, Conservationist for 
Kids 

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Office of Communication Services
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Subject: App for European birds
From: Stephanie Greenwood <stpegreenwood AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 08:18:51 -0400
Hi Linda

I've just returned from one of my visits to England, and though I don't 
know of any apps for European birds, I use two apps specifically for 
British birds, many of which can be found on the European continent. 
"Birds of Britain and Ireland Pro" and "Birds of Britain Pro".

There's also another app from BirdGuides: "Northern European Birds". But 
Europe is a big place bird-wise, better to get an app for the country 
you're visiting.

Hope this helps.
Stephanie


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Subject: Avocet at Stewart Park 6 pm
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 18:04:51 -0400
the avocet is 2 feet offshore at Stewart Park in front of east pavilion.
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Subject: Kingbird
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 18:36:19 +0000
Hi all,
I just saw a kingbird fly over my window.
Meena

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Subject: Re:American Avocet, South End
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:14:31 -0400
I checked from Stewart Park after we left Hog Hole. The avocet was not
visible on the jetty, but a few minutes later I spotted it flying in from
the southeast and landing on the red jetty again. A few minutes later from
Jetty Woods it had disappeared again and I did not see it again through
when I left at 9:40. It may be circling around again and return later, or
it may have taken off for good. It looked grayer-headed than Gary's bird ln
Saturday and the two at Knox-Marsellus are still there this morning, so
that makes four avocets in the Basin in as many days.

Jay
On Oct 7, 2014 8:53 AM, "Jay McGowan"  wrote:

> An AMERICAN AVOCET is currently on the red lighthouse jetty at the south
> end of Cayuga Lake, near the southern tip of the jetty.  Viewed from Hog
> Hole but should be visible from Stewart too.
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Subject: FW: Lost African Grey Parrot in Ithaca, Triphammer Campus location
From: Anne Marie Sheridan <ams53 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:37:48 +0000
All,

I am forwarding a note from another list-serve about a lost African grey, an 
emotional service bird, last seen near the Triphammer edge of Cornell campus. 
As you are out and about, please contact: Alyson at 760-331-9872 if you 
see/hear “Hero.” 


Thank you for your eyes, ears!

Sincerely,
Anne Marie
[Inline image 1]

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Hey Everyone, Thanks for the concern you all have expressed. Unfortunately, the 
parrot was not retrieved. But, Alyson is organizing a search group tomorrow 
(Tuesday, Oct. 7) at 7:15 am. Here is her message below: "Lost parrot update: 
my African grey, Hero, was spooked yesterday outside of Triphammer co-op. We 
located him this evening, but he moved to a different tree before we were able 
to retrieve him. A group is meeting at Triphammer tomorrow morning (7:15am) to 
search the local streets. If you can come, please come, if not, please keep 
your eyes open for him! Here are some photos. He is a little smaller than a 
crow, mostly grey, with a red tail. He is totally docile and very friendly. If 
you see him, PLEASE call me at 760-331-9872. If you are close enough to pick 
him up, please bring him indoors. He is an emotional service animal, and 
extremely important to me. It's imperative that we find him soon, before 
temperatures drop and food becomes difficult for him to find." 


On Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 5:40 PM, Hadiyah Edwards 
> wrote: Hey Everyone!! I have a 
bit of an emergency! My friend, Alyson, needs help retrieving her African Grey 
Parrot from a tree. Is anyone here willing to help her? She doesn't have tree 
climbing experience and the Fire Department and Vet School cannot help. The 
bird is about 75 feet up the tree. If you can help, please contact 
asf86 AT cornell.edu. Thanks for reading! Here's a 
picture of an African Grey for your enjoyment. 

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Subject: American Avocet, South End
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:53:12 -0400
An AMERICAN AVOCET is currently on the red lighthouse jetty at the south
end of Cayuga Lake, near the southern tip of the jetty.  Viewed from Hog
Hole but should be visible from Stewart too.

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From: "Jay McGowan jwm57 AT cornell.edu [oneidabirds]" <oneidabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:53:12 -0400
An AMERICAN AVOCET is currently on the red lighthouse jetty at the south
end of Cayuga Lake, near the southern tip of the jetty.  Viewed from Hog
Hole but should be visible from Stewart too.

Jay
Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:38:32 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* October 6, 2014
*  NYSY  10. 06. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):
September 29, 2014 - October 06, 2014
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland
compiled: October 06 AT 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#412 Monday October 06, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
September 22, 2014
 
Highlights:
-----------

CACKLING GOOSE
AMERICAN AVOCET
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
SNOWY OWL
SAW-WHET OWL
GRAY CHEEKED THRUSH
PHILADELPHIA VIREO


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

 19 species of Shorebirds were found on the complex this week highlighted by 
the 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS found yesterday at Puddlers. They are being seen again 
today in Knox-Marsellus Pool. The other species were seen at Knox-Marsellus and 
along the Wildlife Drive and are: 

SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
WILSON’S SNIPE
LEAST SANDPIPER
SPOTTED SABDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
KILLDEER
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
DUNLIN
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
STILT SANDPIPER
 10/5: A CACKLING GOOSE was found along the Wildlife Drive. An ORANGE-CROWNED 
WARBLER was seen along Towpath Road. 



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

 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS have continued to appear in the early evening at Three 
Rivers WMA although only 2 were seen last evening in the drizzle. 

 The SNOWY OWL is still being seen at the Target shopping area along Rt. 31 in 
Clay. It was last reported on 10/4. 

 9/30: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen along the Creekwalk north of Hiawatha 
Blvd. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Creekwalk in the Franklin 
Square area. 

 10/2: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO wa spotted at the Hancock Airpark area south of 
Taft Road. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen under the powerlines at Three 
Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. 



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

     10/1: A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen on Kibby Road south of Mexico.
 10/5: A SAW-WHET OWL was found at Great Bear Recreation Area north of Phoenix. 



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

 10/4: 5 species of shorebirds including BLACK-BELLIED and AMERICAN GOLDEN 
PLOVER were seen at the West Barrier Park in Fair Haven. 


     
          
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From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 18:59:55 +0000

Meena Haribal
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Subject: Avocets 11:15 AM Knox-Marcellus
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:42:28 -0400
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Subject: Monday Night Seminar: Birds in Flight: the Art and Science of How Birds Fly
From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 07:55:00 -0400
Hello All,



Please join us at *7:30 this evening* for the next Monday Night Seminar at
the Lab of Ornithology .
As always, these seminars are free and open to the public. The doors open
at 7:00. Hope to see you there!





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

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

*Host: Robyn Bailey*



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





*UPCOMING  MONDAY NIGHT SEMINARS:*



*October 13*

*CAYUGA BIRD CLUB MEETING*

*The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds  *

*Speaker: Julie Zickefoose, writer/artist*

*Host: Laura Stenzler*



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



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



*October 20*

*Science and Nature in the Galapagos Islands*

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

*Host: Miyoko Chu*



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



*November 03*

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

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

*Host: Miyoko Chu*



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



*November 17*

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

*Speaker: Marie Read, photographer*

*Host: Miyoko Chu*



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





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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Subject: Montezuma NWR
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 23:30:15 +0000
Hi all,

 We took a trip up the lake from Ithaca today to Montezuma. There were more 
ducks then I thought there would be along the wildlife drive, and we were lucky 
enough to see the two American avocets at Knox-Marcellus marsh. Here is what we 
saw: 


Union Springs pond - 1 redhead

Long Point road - kestrel


MNWR Wildlife Drive (main pool) -

mallard

wigeon

pintail - many in eclipse plumage, feeding with bottoms up close to the road

wood duck - 2 in eclipse plumage

greenwing teal - 1 female

tundra swans

double crested cormorant

common gallinule - many  juvenile and adults

coot - lots

gadwall

great egret-2

great blue heron-many

greater yellowlegs - 5

 bald eagle - 2

peregrine falcon - one perched on the tall dead tree just at the curve where 
the road turns left and parallels Benning Marsh 



Knox-Marcellus Marsh

American avocet - 2, actively feeding and flying around, always staying 
together 


sandhill crane - 5

great egrets - 10

numerous small waders, flying in 3-4 groups, way too far for us to identify but 
really nice to watch 


Canada geese, cormorants, gulls, tree swallows, great blue herons, mallards


It was really nice day out!

Laura


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Subject: Avocets still at K M
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 20:44:15 +0000
4:45. Avocets still at K M marsh, seen from East rd. 

Laura

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Subject: Avocets now at K-M Marsh
From: Matthew Medler <matthewmedler AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 13:38:11 -0400
The two avocets are now (1:30) in Knox-Marsellus Marsh.

Matt Medler 

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