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17 Dec Off topic: Seeking mentor for WordPress [Richard Tkachuck ]
15 Dec Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
15 Dec Cayuga Bird Club Christmas Bird Count []
15 Dec meadowlark [Susan Fast ]
15 Dec Christmas Bird Count - Owl Route [John Confer ]
15 Dec Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip, Saturday, December 20. [Linda Orkin ]
15 Dec Re: Stewart Park geese [Geo Kloppel ]
15 Dec Re:Stewart Park geese [Jay McGowan ]
15 Dec Stewart Park geese [Jay McGowan ]
14 Dec Long Pt winery Short-eared Owl [Donna Scott ]
14 Dec Buck Road Short-eared Owl []
14 Dec Swimming owl video [Betsy Darlington ]
14 Dec Black Scoter, Dryden Lake [Jay McGowan ]
13 Dec RE: geese on the move ["Bill Mcaneny" ]
13 Dec Large rafts of Redheads off Frontenac Park [John and Fritzie Blizzard ]
13 Dec Short-eared owl [Michael Czarnecki ]
13 Dec Snow Geese in Lansing [Suan Yong ]
13 Dec Re: geese on the move ["Ellen D. Haith" ]
12 Dec Re: Short eared owls [Tom ]
13 Dec Short eared owls [Marty Schlabach ]
12 Dec Re: geese on the move [Nancy Cusumano ]
12 Dec geese on the move ["Bill Mcaneny" ]
12 Dec Short-eared Owls and other raptors at Lake Rd. 12/12 [John Confer ]
12 Dec RE: Raven inquiry ["Donna Scott" ]
12 Dec It's sparrow Friday! [Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm ]
12 Dec Thank you for raven help [Clara MacCarald ]
12 Dec Re: Raven inquiry [Rob Blye ]
12 Dec RE: Raven inquiry ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
12 Dec Fwd: Raven inquiry [Linda Orkin ]
12 Dec Re: Raven inquiry [Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm ]
11 Dec Mt Pleasant Rough-legged Hawk, Snow Buntings ["Marie P. Read" ]
11 Dec Dave Nutter's letter re: Mill Pond ... Union Springs [John and Fritzie Blizzard ]
11 Dec Danby Christmas counters needed [Asher Hockett ]
11 Dec Re: Raven inquiry [Asher Hockett ]
11 Dec Re: Raven inquiry [Ray Zimmerman ]
11 Dec Marie's Pine Siskin [Donna Scott ]
11 Dec Rough-legged Hawk [bob mcguire ]
11 Dec Ringwood Rd Pine Siskin ["Marie P. Read" ]
11 Dec Mike Allen to speak at the Montezuma Audubon Center - Sat. December 13 [Chris Lajewski ]
11 Dec NNYBirds: Mike Allen to speak at the Montezuma Audubon Center - Sat. December 13 ["Chris Lajewski lajewskic AT yahoo.com [Northern_NY_Birds]" ]
11 Dec Mike Allen to speak at the Montezuma Audubon Center - Sat. December 13 [Bird observations from western New York ]
11 Dec Mike Allen to speak at the Montezuma Audubon Center - Sat. December 13 ["Chris Lajewski lajewskic AT yahoo.com [oneidabirds]" ]
10 Dec Seminar: Cuban Bee Hummingbird at Cornell Lab [Lee Ann van Leer ]
10 Dec Bald eagle immature? [Sandy ]
10 Dec Asher's phone # and CBC [John Confer ]
10 Dec Re: Basin Bird Lists [Jane Graves ]
10 Dec Mt Pleasant Horned Larks ["Marie P. Read" ]
09 Dec Re: Basin Bird Lists [Paul Anderson ]
9 Dec Snow geese. Sodus Bay Snowy owl ["Michael Tetlow " ]
9 Dec Raven inquiry [Clara MacCarald ]
9 Dec Basin Bird Lists ["Mary E. Winston" ]
9 Dec Are the massive flocks of snow geese around today? [Sandy ]
9 Dec Saw-whet Owl season ended at Kestrel Haven [John and Sue Gregoire ]
8 Dec Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
8 Dec Stewart Park waterfowl [Jay McGowan ]
8 Dec Cayuga Bird Club Meeting/Monday Seminar Dec 8-BOLIVIA [Laura Stenzler ]
7 Dec Short-eared Owls [Ann Mitchell ]
8 Dec Cayuga Bird Club Meeting/Monday Seminar Dec 8-BOLIVIA [Laura Stenzler ]
7 Dec Ringwood Rd Pine Siskin ["Marie P. Read" ]
7 Dec Cooper's & Sharp-shinned Hawks [John and Fritzie Blizzard ]
7 Dec Northern Shrike, Savannah, NY [M Miller ]
6 Dec Re: Yellow Warbler ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
6 Dec Yellow Warbler ["Bill Evans" ]
5 Dec 84 Sandhill Cranes Knox Marcellus [Dave K ]
5 Dec OT - Sue Morse coming to Ithaca [Nancy Cusumano ]
5 Dec Pine Siskins [Anne Marie Johnson ]
5 Dec Sapsucker Woods Cackling Goose [Brad Walker ]
4 Dec Knox-Marsellus Thursday - Owls, Cranes, odd goose []
4 Dec Upcoming documentary ["Chris R. Pelkie" ]
4 Dec Iceland Gull, Stevenson Road [Jay McGowan ]
4 Dec Cackling Goose at Sapsucker Woods pond [Anne Marie Johnson ]
4 Dec ravens ["Bill Mcaneny" ]
4 Dec snow geese on the move ["Michael O. Engle" ]
4 Dec Re: Double-breasted Cormorants? [phil mc ]
3 Dec Re: Double-breasted Cormorants? [phil mc ]
3 Dec Snowy Owl Seneca Falls [Dave K ]

Subject: Off topic: Seeking mentor for WordPress
From: Richard Tkachuck <rictkalist AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:24:54 -0500
>
> I am learning the software program WordPress. Is there anyone Cayugaland
> who might act as a mentor for me?
>

Please reply off list to Richard Tkachuck
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Thank you,
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:48:53 +0000
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* December 15, 2014*  NYSY  12. 15. 14 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):December 08, 2014 - December 15, 2014to 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: December 15 AT 5:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph 
BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #421 Monday December 
15, 2014 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of December 08, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

RED-THROATED LOONBRANTNORTHERN SHOVELERSANDHILL CRANEICELAND GULLGLAUCOUS 
GULLLESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLSNOWY OWLMERLINRUBY-CROWNED KINGLETEVENING 
GROSBEAKPINE SISKIN 


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

     12/13: 35 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road, down from the 
numbers last week. 


Onondaga county------------
     12/9: A BRANT was seen at Wegman’s Landing on Onondaga Lake near 
Liverpool. This may be the same individual seen in the area since early 
October. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was again found at the Carpenter’s Brook Fish 
Hatchery near Elbridge.     12/13: An immature NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen at 
the north end of Tully Lake. Another NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen the next day on 
Onondaga Lake at Willow Bay.     12/15: A MERLIN and about 20 SNOW BUNTINGS 
were seen on Hoag Road south of Baldwinsville. 


Madison County------------
     12/9: 20 EVENING GROSBEAKS and 12 PINE SISKINS were seen at a private 
residence on Carpenter Road near Sheds. 


Oswego county------------
     12/14: 76 species were recorded on the Oswego Christmas count. There 
were new high counts for 15 species. Highlights include RED-THROATED LOON, 
GLAUCOUS GULL, and SNOWY OWL. 


Oneida County------------
     12/15: 6 ICELAND GULLS and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found on 
Oneida Lake at south Bay. 

                                          

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

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Subject: Cayuga Bird Club Christmas Bird Count
From: wingmagic16 AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:11:35 -0500
> 
> 
> 
> Before you read on, I need your help. We forgot to pass around sign up sheets 
at the last club meeting for help with the dish to pass dinner. I am not able 
to be there this year and Becky Hansen will be hosting the dinner. We would 
like to round up about 4 people to help set up for dinner and the same number 
to help clean up and stay till that is completed. Please contact me by return 
email if you are willing. 

> 
> 
> 
> In addition, Donna Scott has agreed to take feeder count phone calls but we 
have come to realize that this would be done more efficiently as two person 
job. Donna will take phone calls and numbers and we need someone to compile as 
the time goes along, so that Donna and helper will essentially be done with 
this job at 6 or soon after, and free to socialize. This time slot is from 4-6 
at the Lab of O. 

> 
> 
> 
> With much appreciation to all who help out in this effort......Linda 
> 
> 
> 
> And now for details as usual.  
> 
> 
> 
> This year will be Audubon’s 115th Christmas Bird Count. The Cayuga Bird 
Club again will organize the Ithaca count on their traditional date of January 
1. This year that falls on a Thursday, which is a holiday for most of us. All 
members of the public are encouraged to participate and we are very anxious to 
have anyone interested in this feel comfortable about participating. It is not 
necessary that you be a member of the Cayuga Bird Club. So please get in touch. 

> 
> If you see an area below that you are familiar with and would like to cover, 
let me know. If you would like more information or if you would like assistance 
in choosing a count area or if you are a beginner and are concerned about 
identifying birds accurately, you may call the Count Co-Coordinator, Linda 
Orkin at 279-4253 or email me at wingmagic16 AT gmail.com. I will be happy to 
discuss some options with you. Area leaders will be in touch with participants 
from last year, so no need to contact us, unless you do not hear from someone 
by the middle of December. 

> 
> Within the 15-mile diameter Ithaca count circle, we have nine areas from 
which to choose, all with their own hotspots. Here is a link to our bird club 
page with more details, including map of the circle and the 
areas:http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/christmas-bird-count. 

> 
> Beginners can be paired with more experienced birders if they wish. The more 
eyes and ears, the better. Dress warmly, be sure to have some hot beverages and 
other provisions with you and get out and enjoy the day. This will be a great 
start to your own personal 2015 bird list while contributing to this monumental 
data collection. 

> 
> You can begin at 12:01 a.m. on January 1 by listening for owls, or you can 
head out at dawn to tally resident songbirds. You can drive around in the 
afternoon to look for hawks, and/or you can snuggle in at home and count birds 
at your feeders. As you can see, there are many options for participation and 
your input is invaluable at all levels. We want to thank all of you in advance 
for your time and 

> contribution.
> 
> If you choose to stay home and count birds at your feeders, write down the 
total time you spend watching, the species seen, and the maximum number of 
birds of each species seen at any one time. This is the same protocol as 
Project Feederwatch. Call the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at 254-2473 between 
4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (no later, please!) to report your totals to this 
year’s club volunteer, still to be determined and we have decided that this 
job will be better done by two, one who can compile numbers as the other takes 
phone calls. Donna Scott will take phone calls as long as she has an assistant, 
so that she can join in the socializing on time. 

> 
> We sincerely invite all to join other Christmas Bird Count (CBC) participants 
in the auditorium at the Laboratory of Ornithology, starting at 6:00 p.m., for 
a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. This year Becky Hansen has agreed to host the 
evening, but will need lots of hands to assist her. Please be prepared to 
volunteer. Bring a dish to share, a beverage and your own table service. The 
dinner will be followed by the compilation of sightings starting at 7:15 p.m. 
Our count compiler this year will be our own club President, Paul Anderson, who 
will be a worthy successor to Kevin McGowan and will bring a fount of knowledge 
and a wonderful historical perspective to this endeavor. 

> 
> Counts are submitted to Audubon, which compiles the data from all the count 
circles. Audubon posts all CBC data on the Internet and makes this huge 
database is available for anyone to access—high school students doing a 
project, newspaper reporters writing about bird population trends, or 
scientists doing research. 

> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> Area I Colleen Richards: West Dryden, Hile School Road area. Open fields, 
secondary growth fields, 

> and woodlots. Possible Merlin, White-winged Crossbills, blackbirds, and
> sparrows.
> 
> Area II Bob McGuire: Fall Creek area, Mount Pleasant. Woodlands and fields. 
Good for turkeys, 

> hawks, and herons.
> 
> Area III Marie Read: The linear park in Dryden, Beam Hill, and Yellow Barn 
Road. Pine and spruce 

> forests, good for winter finches.
> 
> Area IV Laura Stenzler/Marjolein Schat: Ellis Hollow area, Snyder Hill, 
Ringwood. Woodlands and fields. Good for 

> hawks, turkeys, bluebirds, sparrows, owls, and finches.
> 
> Area V Sandy Podulka: Six Mile Creek gorge, Brooktondale area. Our largest 
area, good birding and 

> hiking. Possible turkey and grouse.
> 
> Area VI Asher Hockett Danby area, Finger Lakes Trail, and Buttermilk Falls. 
Noted for wintering bluebirds and robins. 

> 
> Area VII Marty Schlabach: West side of Cayuga Lake, Bostwick Road, 
Mecklenberg Road. Good for 

> waterfowl, including all three species of merganser.
> 
> Area VIII Lynn Leopold: Cornell campus, Cayuga Heights, and Stewart Park. 
Good for rare birds, Fish 

> Crows, and gulls.
> 
> Area IX Mark Chao: East side of Cayuga Lake, Lansing area. Fields, woodlots. 
Waterfowl and 

> field birds, including Northern Shrike and Short-eared Owl.
> 
> The Audubon Christmas Bird Count has always been held  in the December 14
> through January 5 time span. In addition to count circles throughout the
> United States, counts are conducted in Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico,
> Ecuador, Nicaragua, and the Pacific Islands. You can see results, photos, and 
get more detailed information at 
http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/christmas-bird-count . We 

> urge you to browse this site to evaluate the importance and scope of this
> ongoing count.  The data that is gathered through this huge and historic
> effort is invaluable and we are all fortunate that we get to be a part of 
this historic count. 

> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: meadowlark
From: Susan Fast <sustfast AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:50:49 +0000 (UTC)
 Just flushed a MEADOWLARK, presumably EASTERN, from grassy ditch along Central 
Chapel Rd. in Brooktondale. 

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Subject: Christmas Bird Count - Owl Route
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:28:14 -0500
Hi Folks,

     Hearing an owl respond to an audio lure is great fun for me. But, I 
would like to try a new owl route using audio lures for the Cayuga Bird 
Club Christmas Bird Count. In the past 15 years I have adapted my route 
to acvcomodate people who have moved into areas where I previously tried 
the audio lure, which is entirely appropriate! Some of my stops are well 
known for owls and may even have been "taped" to the point that they 
produced tape fatigue so that staked out owls no longer respond on Jan 
1. Consequently, what is left of my route is a very miserable area for 
owling with the highest elevations in the count area, deepest snow, the 
lowest temperatures, and maybe the lowest density of owls.

     I'd like to try a new area at 400' elevation instead of 1400-2000" 
with far less snow providing owls with easier access to mice, and warmer 
temperatures, which may support more owls.

  Anyone who has been using an area for pre-dawn audio lure owl surveys 
certainly has the unquestioned priority to continue to use that area. If 
the following doesn't impose on others, I'd like to try around the area 
that includes Floral Ave., Coy Glen Rd., lower Buttermilk Falls St. Pk., 
Inlet Creek along Rt. 13, including Larch Meadows, the area behind Home 
Depot.

     Asher Hockett compiles this area and did not know of anyone doing 
pre-dawn owl surveys in this area. *Has any one been using audio lures 
for owls in this area?* Please let me know and I will rethink.

     I guess comments about where someone does pre-dawn owling are fine 
for the listserve. *If some other fool would like to join me at 4:00 AM 
at lower Buttermilk Falls St. Pk. please respond to confer AT ithaca.edu or 
539-6308*

Hoot,

John Confer

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Subject: Cayuga Bird Club Field Trip, Saturday, December 20.
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:32:07 -0500
Hey all,  Ann Mitchell will be leading a late afternoon field trip on
Saturday December 20  in search of Short Eared Owls, perhaps Rough-legged
Hawks and other winter species.  Please note there is a "rain" date of
Sunday Dec. 21. Check the listserv, or Cayugabirdclub.org calendar if the
weather seems iffy for cancellation updates.

Here is Ann's note:


I will be leading a field trip on Saturday, December 20th for Short-eared
Owls. We will meet at the Lab of Ornithology at 2:30 and return around 6:00.
The destination is Long Point with a possible stop along the way. Please
dress appropriately. If the weather is bad
(rain, fog, or heavy snow), the trip will be postponed until Sunday. you
can contact me at annmitchell13 AT gmail.com or 607-220-8448 with questions.
It will also be posted. See you there. Ann Mitchell

Also please note that all are invited regardless of experience level or
membership status although we certainly welcome all to join and support the
club for $15 per year membership.

Thanks, hope you can go.

Linda





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Subject: Re: Stewart Park geese
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:06:18 -0500
Those birds may have to stay near the lake today. The ceiling has dropped to 
ground level out here in the upper inlet valley, and the surrounding highlands 
are thickly enshrouded. This is our first day without big flights of departing 
Snow Geese since last Tuesday before the storm (during the storm itself many 
flocks took advantage of the strong tailwind to exit the basin). 

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Subject: Re:Stewart Park geese
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:40:42 -0500
Now an EARED GREBE with 16+ Horned Grebes, 11 Long-tailed Ducks, and
several White-winged Scoters to north of East Shore Park.

Jay
On Dec 15, 2014 8:17 AM, "Jay McGowan"  wrote:

> Several apparent ROSS'S GEESE just took off with a flock of 1500+ Snow
> Geese that had been on the water to the NW of Stewart Park. At least one
> (but surely many more) CACKLING GOOSE with the thousands and thousands of
> Canadas.
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Subject: Stewart Park geese
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:17:57 -0500
Several apparent ROSS'S GEESE just took off with a flock of 1500+ Snow
Geese that had been on the water to the NW of Stewart Park. At least one
(but surely many more) CACKLING GOOSE with the thousands and thousands of
Canadas.

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Subject: Long Pt winery Short-eared Owl
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:06:48 -0500
I saw 1 SHORT EARED OWL just as I pulled into parking lot at ~4:30. It flew 
across meadow from northeast & perched on the birdhouse in winery yard. Stayed 
several minutes turning its head left & right. I Got great looks. Finally flew 
off hunting in fields west of winery, towards lake. 


 Earlier I was looking for SE Owls over on Indian Field Rd. none seen, but did 
see several small flocks of HORNED LARKS. Later driving down Poplar Ridge Rd 
outside Aurora, I saw a large, handsome RED TAILED HAWK flying from tree to 
tree over. some corn fields. 


Sent from my iPhone
Donna Scott

On Dec 14, 2014, at 3:45 PM, ksmith82 AT twcny.rr.com wrote:

> Greetings,
> 
> 
> 
> There was a single Short-eared Owl at the corner of Buck and Scofield Rd, 
just south of the Christmas tree farm at about 3:15. It crossed Scofield 
directly in front of us and landed in the small stand of Sumac near the 
intersection. Also had a mixed flock of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks farther 
west on Buck Road, and a flock of several hundred Snow Geese flying south. 

> 
> 
> 
> Ken Smith
> 
> The hills of Groton
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Subject: Buck Road Short-eared Owl
From: <ksmith82 AT twcny.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:45:04 +0000
Greetings,



There was a single Short-eared Owl at the corner of Buck and Scofield Rd, just 
south of the Christmas tree farm at about 3:15. It crossed Scofield directly in 
front of us and landed in the small stand of Sumac near the intersection. Also 
had a mixed flock of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks farther west on Buck Road, 
and a flock of several hundred Snow Geese flying south. 




Ken Smith

The hills of Groton

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Subject: Swimming owl video
From: Betsy Darlington <darlingtonbets AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:02:45 -0500
In case you haven't seen this video yet....



http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/12/04/owl-swims-lake-michigan/19892811/ 


Betsy

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Subject: Black Scoter, Dryden Lake
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:25:12 -0500
Dryden Lake has only a small section in the middle unfrozen this morning,
but a female BLACK SCOTER is currently in it with a handful of Mallards and
Canada Geese. Also a strange black and white domestic large duck or small
goose. Other areas I have been this morning were quiet.

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Subject: RE: geese on the move
From: "Bill Mcaneny" <bmcaneny1 AT fltg.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 19:22:00 -0500
I was out about 9am and saw and heard many hundreds of Snow Geese flying
south, so if Ellie saw them in TBurg about 10am, there must have been
thousands across a broad front.  Shirley and I were on Sheffield Rd about
2pm and saw hundreds of Canadas and somewhat fewer Snows in the cornfields
around Iradell Rd.  So maybe not all the geese were headed south of the snow
belt.

Bill McAneny, TBurg

 

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From: Ellen D. Haith [mailto:elliehaith44 AT gmail.com] 
Sent: Saturday, December 13, 2014 8:28 AM
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There were similar crowds heading south over Trumansburg around 10 in the
morning as well.

Bill Mcaneny  wrote:

Lots of Canadas and Snows headed south in mid afternoon today. Big vees.
Fairly high up. Crossing rte 89 in vic. of Boy Scout camp, north of
Taughannock S.P.

Yesterday, about 2pm, a Cooper's hawk flew west over rte 13 and across
Wegman's pking lot.

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Subject: Large rafts of Redheads off Frontenac Park
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:42:05 -0500
The lake was black with several rafts of redheads this a.m. between 
Frontenac Park & the Island at Union Springs.

Yesterday Mill Pond hosted many of them along with mallards, A. wigeons, 
gadwall & buffleheads. /I parked _across the street_ from the pond/ & 
immediately, the ducks_/*all*/_
hastily began swimming to the NNW section of the pond.

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Subject: Short-eared owl
From: Michael Czarnecki <poetguy AT foothillspublishing.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:04:42 -0500
Saw a Short-eared Owl on Wheeler Hill, Avoca, NY this afternoon. First 
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Subject: Snow Geese in Lansing
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:32:38 -0500
At 11am a friend reported a flock of snow geese landing in the field south of 
water wagon road in lansing. 


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Subject: Re: geese on the move
From: "Ellen D. Haith" <elliehaith44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:28:27 -0500
There were similar crowds heading south over Trumansburg around 10 in the 
morning as well. 


Bill Mcaneny  wrote:
> 

>
>Lots of Canadas and Snows headed south in mid afternoon today. Big vees. 
 Fairly high up. Crossing rte 89 in vic. of Boy Scout camp, north of 
Taughannock S.P. 

>
>Yesterday, about 2pm, a Cooper’s hawk flew west over rte 13 and across 
Wegman’s pking lot. 

>
>Bill McAneny, TBurg
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Subject: Re: Short eared owls
From: Tom <atvawter AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:37:17 -0500
I saw one in the wing at about 1530 today, over fields just south of Aurora off 
NYS Rte 90. I and others have seen SEOs there many times in the past over the 
years. 


Has anyone seen them recently near the Evergreen Cemetery W of NYS 34B on the 
Levana Road in 

Scipio?

Tom V
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> On Dec 12, 2014, at 7:13 PM, Marty Schlabach  wrote:
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> Mary Jean and I had two Short eared owls near the intersection of Rock River 
Rd and Wycoff Rd in Ovid, about 4:45pm today. 

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From: Marty Schlabach <mls5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:13:39 +0000
Mary Jean and I had two Short eared owls near the intersection of Rock River Rd 
and Wycoff Rd in Ovid, about 4:45pm today. 


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Subject: Re: geese on the move
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:36:28 -0500
A good sized flock of snow and canada geese at the corner of Perry City and
Dubois Rd at 4pm. Both pahses of snow geese there and close to the road.
A Harrier flew over my car on Perry City rd just west of Rt 96.



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>    Lots of Canadas and Snows headed south in mid afternoon today. Big
> vees.  Fairly high up. Crossing rte 89 in vic. of Boy Scout camp, north of
> Taughannock S.P.
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> Yesterday, about 2pm, a Cooper’s hawk flew west over rte 13 and across
> Wegman’s pking lot.
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From: "Bill Mcaneny" <bmcaneny1 AT fltg.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:31:26 -0500
Lots of Canadas and Snows headed south in mid afternoon today. Big vees.
Fairly high up. Crossing rte 89 in vic. of Boy Scout camp, north of
Taughannock S.P.

Yesterday, about 2pm, a Cooper's hawk flew west over rte 13 and across
Wegman's pking lot.

Bill McAneny, TBurg


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Subject: Short-eared Owls and other raptors at Lake Rd. 12/12
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:34:23 +0000
Bob and Joan Horn, Karen and John Confer


    Indian Farm Rd: 1 Red-tailed Hawk, junco, tree Spa, and Horned Larks


    Poplar Ridge Rd; accipiter and probable N. Harrier


 Lake Rd/Long Point Winery: from ~~3:00-3:45 and primarily west or toward lake 
from winery, 1 male Am. Kestrel, 1 light phase Rough-legged Hawk attacking a 
Red-tailed Hawk, 1 imm. N. Harrier (seemed very large and probably female), 
(and wait for it) 2 Short-eared Owls around road from ~3:15 to 3:45. 



 For John, this was the sixth visit to the Long Point Winery area in the last 
two years and the first time seeing SEOWs. Bob and Joan have seen four at a 
time and we compromised between my jinx and their good luck and got great views 
of 2. 



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Subject: RE: Raven inquiry
From: "Donna Scott" <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:20:29 -0500
Kevin,

thanks for the photos comparing size of Raven with Red Tailed Hawk. The photos 
in that same album of the LeConte’s Sparrow are wonderful! What a beautiful 
bird; the feathers on the back are striking. 


Donna Scott

 

From: bounce-118619611-15001843 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-118619611-15001843 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Kevin J. 
McGowan 

Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 9:17 AM
To: Linda Orkin; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Raven inquiry

 

Ravens can be bigger than Red-tailed Hawks. See 
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/YXdbztCICccQudIkBI868dMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink. 


 

Best,

 

Kevin

 

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[mailto:bounce-118619359-3493952 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Linda Orkin 

Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 8:19 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Fwd: [cayugabirds-l] Raven inquiry

 

 

 

Clara, I also wondered how detailed you wanted Raven stories to be. I often 
take my dog walking in the woods up by the overlooks at Taughannock and Ravens 
nest in that gorge. One of my delights is hearing them calling to each other as 
they fly along the river. One day one was stationary in a tree and doing many 
different calls, all Raven sounding but with the variability of crows with lots 
of vocalizations. Another time I was walking along the edge and a Raven flew 
below me and I realized how huge they are. According to some numbers I have 
read they are close to a Red-tailed Hawk size. And then another day I was 
driving back down rt 89 and an crow was in furious pursuit of a Raven (they 
will mob and chase them the same way they do hawks) and they were both kind of 
flying diving straight at me and the contrast in size and power was so evident. 
The Crow was about half the size and looked puny. When you hear them in the sky 
you immediately seize on that as a magic moment. 


Nice talking to you this morning.

Linda

 

On Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 7:47 PM, Clara MacCarald  > wrote: 


Hi all,

I'm looking for raven stories for an article in the Finger Lakes Community 
Newspapers. I had a nice conversation with Kevin McGowan about the local 
population, but I'd like to include some anecdotes from other birders. If you'd 
like to tell me about ravens, please contact me off list. 


Any help is appreciated. Even if you only ever see crows and hear ravens, that 
would be interesting. Or if you found Kevin's video, Caw vs. Croak, helpful. 


Thanks in advance,
Clara MacCarald

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From: Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm <mo AT roosterhillfarm.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:43:37 -0500
Today's visitors include a few American Tree Sparrows and a pair of White
Throated Sparrows. They are not usual visitors for me here in the hills of
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Subject: Thank you for raven help
From: Clara MacCarald <cmm255 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:29:38 -0500
Thank you to everyone who wrote to me about their experiences with ravens.
I have submitted the article and it should come out in the Finger Lakes
Community Newspapers next week. It may be on ithaca.com as early as next
Saturday, although sometimes it takes longer for the articles to be posted
online.

Thanks again!
Clara MacCarald

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Subject: Re: Raven inquiry
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:25:10 +0000
Clara, 

I was a wildlife science major at Cornell from 1968-1972. I spent much time 
outside birding, hunting, fishing and taking courses all over the southern tier 
of upstate NY. I do not recall seeing a raven anywhere in the southern tier 
during my tenure at Cornell. I probably saw or heard ravens in the Adirondacks 
but do not affirmatively remember. 


I spent my career working as a fish and wildlife biologist consulting to the 
utility industry, for the most part. As an aside, the company I worked for 
initially, Ichthyological Associates, Inc. (and ultimately retired from a 
successor to IA), was started by Dr. Edward C. Raney, who mostly hired his 
students to staff projects around the eastern US. 


Many, many years later, in the fall of 2004, I was on a project at a proposed 
wind power site near Hornby NY, about half way between Corning and Watkins 
Glen. We had been hired to monitor raptor, songbird and waterfowl migration as 
part of the permitting and impact assessment process for a utility scale wind 
energy project. I spent many days looking at a mostly empty field where the 
monitoring site was located. I recall that I did not see a single migrating 
raptor during many days of observation. 


However I did observe resident red-tailed hawks, northern harriers and common 
ravens on a daily basis. One day I was watching an adult harrier coursing over 
the fields hunting. I was enjoying the harrier show when a single raven showed 
up and took up an aerial position behind and slightly higher than the harrier. 
The raven mimicked every move that the harrier made until the harrier turned 
over in the air and struck at the raven with its talons. The raven hopped up in 
the air, dropped back a few feet as the harrier righted itself and continued 
flying low over the field. As soon as the harrier resumed hunting, the raven 
resumed its mimicking flight until again the harrier struck at the raven. This 
process continued for about 20 min. I could usually see the birds naked eye but 
I also had binoculars and a scope. I watched in amazement as the aerial show 
went on for about 20 minutes. Finally the raven moved off and the harrier flew 
to another field. 


I speculated then, and now, as to why the raven mimicked the harrier. Was it 
planning to steal a mouse from the harrier? Was it simply demonstrating its 
flying prowess to the harrier and itself? Was it playing? I like to believe 
that the behavior was play with the potential benefit of a stolen meal. 


One thing for certain is that the raven was every bit as light in the air and 
accomplished a flyer as was the harrier. And we all know that harriers appear 
magical in the way that they soar, flutter, kite and drop to the ground on 
wings a buoyant as a helium-filled balloon. 


Rob Blye 


Robert W. Blye 
300 Sanatoga Road 
Pottstown, PA 19465-7985 
rwblye at comcast dot net 
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From: "Asher Hockett"  
To: "Ray Zimmerman"  
Cc: "cayugabirds-l"  
Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:35:23 AM 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Raven inquiry 

In my neighborhood on S Danby Rd, we have a fair number of Ravens. More often 
than not we hear them but do not see them, and the range of sounds they produce 
is truly staggering. This year I have heard at least 4 vocalizations which were 
new to me. 


On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM, Ray Zimmerman < rz10 AT cornell.edu > wrote: 



Speaking of ravens, few days ago while waiting for the bus along Snyder Hill 
Rd. two ravens flew by. I noticed them when one vocalized, making a sound my 
neighbor described as a Star Wars light saber sort of sound, before reverting 
to the normal raven croaking. Sorry I don’t have a better description, but I 
was wondering if that is one of their known vocalizations? I don’t remember 
ever hearing it before. 


Ray 




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Subject: RE: Raven inquiry
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:16:30 +0000
Ravens can be bigger than Red-tailed Hawks. See 
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/YXdbztCICccQudIkBI868dMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink. 


Best,

Kevin

From: bounce-118619359-3493952 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-118619359-3493952 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Linda Orkin 

Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 8:19 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Fwd: [cayugabirds-l] Raven inquiry



Clara, I also wondered how detailed you wanted Raven stories to be. I often 
take my dog walking in the woods up by the overlooks at Taughannock and Ravens 
nest in that gorge. One of my delights is hearing them calling to each other as 
they fly along the river. One day one was stationary in a tree and doing many 
different calls, all Raven sounding but with the variability of crows with lots 
of vocalizations. Another time I was walking along the edge and a Raven flew 
below me and I realized how huge they are. According to some numbers I have 
read they are close to a Red-tailed Hawk size. And then another day I was 
driving back down rt 89 and an crow was in furious pursuit of a Raven (they 
will mob and chase them the same way they do hawks) and they were both kind of 
flying diving straight at me and the contrast in size and power was so evident. 
The Crow was about half the size and looked puny. When you hear them in the sky 
you immediately seize on that as a magic moment. 


Nice talking to you this morning.
Linda

On Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 7:47 PM, Clara MacCarald 
> wrote: 

Hi all,

I'm looking for raven stories for an article in the Finger Lakes Community 
Newspapers. I had a nice conversation with Kevin McGowan about the local 
population, but I'd like to include some anecdotes from other birders. If you'd 
like to tell me about ravens, please contact me off list. 


Any help is appreciated. Even if you only ever see crows and hear ravens, that 
would be interesting. Or if you found Kevin's video, Caw vs. Croak, helpful. 


Thanks in advance,
Clara MacCarald

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From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:18:54 -0500
> 
> Clara, I also wondered how detailed you wanted Raven stories to be. I often 
take my dog walking in the woods up by the overlooks at Taughannock and Ravens 
nest in that gorge. One of my delights is hearing them calling to each other as 
they fly along the river. One day one was stationary in a tree and doing many 
different calls, all Raven sounding but with the variability of crows with lots 
of vocalizations. Another time I was walking along the edge and a Raven flew 
below me and I realized how huge they are. According to some numbers I have 
read they are close to a Red-tailed Hawk size. And then another day I was 
driving back down rt 89 and an crow was in furious pursuit of a Raven (they 
will mob and chase them the same way they do hawks) and they were both kind of 
flying diving straight at me and the contrast in size and power was so evident. 
The Crow was about half the size and looked puny. When you hear them in the sky 
you immediately seize on that as a magic moment. 

> 
> Nice talking to you this morning.
> 
> Linda
> 
> On Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 7:47 PM, Clara MacCarald  wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> I'm looking for raven stories for an article in the Finger Lakes Community 
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population, but I'd like to include some anecdotes from other birders. If you'd 
like to tell me about ravens, please contact me off list. 

> 
> Any help is appreciated. Even if you only ever see crows and hear ravens, 
that would be interesting. Or if you found Kevin's video, Caw vs. Croak, 
helpful. 

> 
> Thanks in advance,
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Subject: Re: Raven inquiry
From: Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm <mo AT roosterhillfarm.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:44:23 -0500
Not sure where you are on S Danby but I strongly agree! We have property on
Dry Brook Rd and the raven population is very large around there. As well
as barred owls and in the summer, RS Hawks.

On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM, Asher Hockett  wrote:

> In my neighborhood on S Danby Rd, we have a fair number of Ravens. More
> often than not we hear them but do not see them, and the range of sounds
> they produce is truly staggering. This year I have heard at least 4
> vocalizations which were new to me.
>
> On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM, Ray Zimmerman  wrote:
>
>> Speaking of ravens, few days ago while waiting for the bus along Snyder
>> Hill Rd. two ravens flew by. I noticed them when one vocalized, making a
>> sound my neighbor described as a Star Wars light saber sort of sound,
>> before reverting to the normal raven croaking. Sorry I don’t have a better
>> description, but I was wondering if that is one of their known
>> vocalizations? I don’t remember ever hearing it before.
>>
>>      Ray
>>
>>
>>
>> On Dec 9, 2014, at 7:47 PM, Clara MacCarald  wrote:
>>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I'm looking for raven stories for an article in the Finger Lakes
>> Community Newspapers. I had a nice conversation with Kevin McGowan about
>> the local population, but I'd like to include some anecdotes from other
>> birders. If you'd like to tell me about ravens, please contact me off list.
>>
>> Any help is appreciated. Even if you only ever see crows and hear ravens,
>> that would be interesting. Or if you found Kevin's video, Caw vs. Croak,
>> helpful.
>>
>> Thanks in advance,
>> Clara MacCarald
>>
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From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:16:57 +0000
Hi all,

On my walk up Mt Pleasant Road around 3:00 this afternoon, I saw the following:

Rough-legged Hawk, the first of the season, flying near the observatory. At one 
point it landed on the snowy ground, scaring up a flock of 11 Snow Buntings. 
Later I watched as the hawk swooped along low to the ground and then snatched 
up a small, dark creature, presumably some rodent. 


Since mid-morning, there have been impressive numbers of Canada Geese and 
American Crows in the recently mowed (post harvesting) corn fields at the east 
end of Mt Pleasant Rd, likely because the strong winds of the last few days 
have prevented deep snow build-up, so there is bare ground with corn cobs or 
other potential foods visible. In one patch I saw 6 Horned Larks. Also a Downy 
Woodpecker on the ground checking out corn cobs and stems. 


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Subject: Dave Nutter's letter re: Mill Pond ... Union Springs
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:23:28 -0500
I would like to suggest the possibility of a Purple Martin house. It 
would be too expensive for the scout but perhaps some birders could 
help.   Fritzie.

******************************************************************************************* 

	

	

	

Fritzie,

Attached, as well as copied below, is my letter. I hope it helps. I am 
mailing by USPS a signed copy this afternoon, but you may also reprint it.

--Dave Nutter


243 Cliff Street

Ithaca, NY 14850

4 December 2014

Mayor Ed Trufant and Board of Trustees

Village of Union Springs

Chapel Street on the Lake

Union Springs, NY 13160

Honorable Mayor and Trustees:

As you know, Mill Pond is a gem. As a field trip leader for the Cornell 
Lab of Ornithology's course, Spring Field Ornithology, I always bring my 
students here. In fall, winter, and spring its calm, ice-free water 
shelters a stunning array of waterfowl. What's better, they can all be 
viewed from the east end near the sidewalk, even shy species which 
prefer to keep their distance and stay near the brushy edges, including 
Wood Ducks and Green Herons in the breeding season.

This past Sunday I found over 250 ducks, the majority Gadwall, but also 
males and females of American Wigeon, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, 
Redhead, and Bufflehead, plus a single American Black Duck. Such a 
wonderful study opportunity is typical at Mill Pond!

Having heard of a scout's proposal to encourage foot traffic in the 
woods on the south side, I entered it for the first time on a small 
path. I was pleased there was no litter within the woods, yet dismayed 
that a Pileated Woodpecker fled. The ducks were so alarmed by a single 
quiet person in those woods, not even close to the shore, that they 
didn't just move away from that side of the pond, over half of them 
flushed and left the pond altogether as I reached the midpoint. They did 
not stop at Frontenac Park nor the Factory Street pond which I checked 
shortly afterward.

I fear that people using the narrow woods on the south side of Mill Pond 
will greatly diminish the value of this area, both for the birds and for 
everyone who appreciates them. I urge that the habitat on the south side 
be kept intact and that the energy of the civic-minded young man be 
re-directed, perhaps to the east end of the pond.

There may be people who do not realize how unique Mill Pond is or who 
would like to know more about the birds that visit. I have helped design 
interpretive panels about birds along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail in 
Ithaca, and I would be happy to assist this scout and the Village of 
Union Springs should a similar project be of interest. My email address 
is nutter.dave AT mac.com, and my phone number is 607-229-2158.

Sincerely,


David M. Nutter



On Dec 01, 2014, at 02:25 PM, John and Fritzie Blizzard 
 wrote:

> Thanks to all who have written to me.
>
> I agree with Donna Scott about personal, paper letters. If necessary, 
> I can print e-mai  letters to present to the mayor. I would like to 
> have copies of whatever is sent to the Mayor.
>
> Letters should be addressed to:
>
> Mayor Ed Trufant and
> Board of Trustees, Village of Union Springs
> Chapel St. on the Lake
> Union Springs, NY 13160
>
> ***The path specs are: Path is to be about 90 meters long, 1.5 meters 
> wide & is to be 3 meters from the pond at the west end & at the widest 
> point will be10 meters from the pond. (At one of the narrowest points 
> about 1/3 of the way down the pond, is where I have observed the wood 
> ducks & babies entering the pond. Whether their nest tree is still 
> there, I can't say because I never walked along the pond since it was 
> private property.)
>
> Dave Nutter has walked the perimeter & has presented good 
> observations. (His precise pond bird counts yesterday were great!) 
> Weather is getting nastier but if anyone else can, & cares to walk the 
> proposed trail area & state an opinion, please do so. Note that the 
> cleared area to the north of Shurfine is private property so walk from 
> Rte. 90 westward. (A LOT of the litter comes from people who buy & eat 
> their lunches at Shurfine & the pizza shop & throw their trash out the 
> vehicle windows.)
>
> I have a copy of the lad's proposal. He quotes:
>
> "There was an interest expressed in the public surveys of having a 
> nature center and trails within the community." Pg. 46
>
> The Village Comprehensive Plan Recommendations for Natural Resources 
> section says: "Promotion of nature trails or a nature center in the 
> vicinity of these sensitive environmental area(s) (the North and South 
> ponds) would also aid in the protection of the area." Pg. 37.
>
> (If I recall, this Village Plan was written in relation to the first 
> meeting I attended 2 yrs. ago.)
>
> The lad said, "I think building the trail would help to enhance the 
> natural setting of the Mill Pond  ..... would promote a deeper 
> appreciation for the bird life that uses the pond by educating the 
> people who use the (proposed) trail, through trail signs. It would 
> offer a quiet place for people in our village to come and enjoy some 
> of the most beautiful wetland areas in the region. It would enhance 
> our village, by developing a natural resource that we have & making it 
> more accessible to our people."
>
> He proposes "small signs (miniature bird box shapes) along the trail 
> that identify some of the local bird species that trail-walkers might 
> see nesting or resting as they travel along their migratory route. ... 
> would like to make a sign that welcomes people & serves as a location 
> to share information about the history of the pond ... add 2 or 3 
> benches (along the path) to allow people to sit & enjoy the natural 
> setting of the pond as well as observe & appreciate the natural 
> wildlife that inhabits it."
>
> "If the Board accepts my proposal, I understand I will need to offer 
> up another proposal that specifies more clearly the specific materials 
> we would use & a clearer time frame for its completion."
>
> Thanks again for taking up this not-well-thought-out proposal which 
> has good intentions but needs birder level input. I don't want to 
> squash his willingness. Perhaps some think we as birders are selfish 
> in wanting to keep the pond a /nature/ environment "for us & the 
> birds." My feeling also is that Frontenac Park has lots of walking, 
> sitting area for the public to enjoy nature & birds that aren't so 
> close as to be easily disturbed. Dogs are not permitted there 
> (supposedly) but the ponds don't have that protection.
>
> Fritzie
>
>
>
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From: Asher Hockett <veery715 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:38:09 -0500
This is an appeal for folks to participate in counting birds in the Danby
Sector (VI) of the upcoming Christmas Bird Count on January 1st.

If you have counted for Danby before, or if you are new to the count, we
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From: Asher Hockett <veery715 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:35:23 -0500
In my neighborhood on S Danby Rd, we have a fair number of Ravens. More
often than not we hear them but do not see them, and the range of sounds
they produce is truly staggering. This year I have heard at least 4
vocalizations which were new to me.

On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM, Ray Zimmerman  wrote:

> Speaking of ravens, few days ago while waiting for the bus along Snyder
> Hill Rd. two ravens flew by. I noticed them when one vocalized, making a
> sound my neighbor described as a Star Wars light saber sort of sound,
> before reverting to the normal raven croaking. Sorry I don’t have a better
> description, but I was wondering if that is one of their known
> vocalizations? I don’t remember ever hearing it before.
>
>      Ray
>
>
>
> On Dec 9, 2014, at 7:47 PM, Clara MacCarald  wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> I'm looking for raven stories for an article in the Finger Lakes Community
> Newspapers. I had a nice conversation with Kevin McGowan about the local
> population, but I'd like to include some anecdotes from other birders. If
> you'd like to tell me about ravens, please contact me off list.
>
> Any help is appreciated. Even if you only ever see crows and hear ravens,
> that would be interesting. Or if you found Kevin's video, Caw vs. Croak,
> helpful.
>
> Thanks in advance,
> Clara MacCarald
>
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Subject: Re: Raven inquiry
From: Ray Zimmerman <rz10 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:19:54 -0500
Speaking of ravens, few days ago while waiting for the bus along Snyder Hill 
Rd. two ravens flew by. I noticed them when one vocalized, making a sound my 
neighbor described as a Star Wars light saber sort of sound, before reverting 
to the normal raven croaking. Sorry I don’t have a better description, but I 
was wondering if that is one of their known vocalizations? I don’t remember 
ever hearing it before. 


     Ray



> On Dec 9, 2014, at 7:47 PM, Clara MacCarald  wrote:
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> Hi all,
> 
> I'm looking for raven stories for an article in the Finger Lakes Community 
Newspapers. I had a nice conversation with Kevin McGowan about the local 
population, but I'd like to include some anecdotes from other birders. If you'd 
like to tell me about ravens, please contact me off list. 

> 
> Any help is appreciated. Even if you only ever see crows and hear ravens, 
that would be interesting. Or if you found Kevin's video, Caw vs. Croak, 
helpful. 

> 
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Subject: Marie's Pine Siskin
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:45:05 -0500
I continue to see one PINE SISKIN , in with all the GOLDFINCHES, as well. 

Sent from my iPhone
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> Still around...but just one. He/she's a feisty little and so-and-so, though, 
trying to keep all the other birds off the feeder! 

> 
> Marie
> 
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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:12:53 -0500
While out plowing the driveway this morning, I had a dark morph Rough-Legged 
Hawk cruise the fields. It's the first one I've seen here in years (Snyder Hill 
Rd). Winter must be here! 


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Subject: Ringwood Rd Pine Siskin
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:24:44 +0000
Still around...but just one. He/she's a feisty little and so-and-so, though, 
trying to keep all the other birds off the feeder! 


Marie


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Subject: Mike Allen to speak at the Montezuma Audubon Center - Sat. December 13
From: Chris Lajewski <lajewskic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 02:42:58 +0000
Bald Eagle Hacking Program Presentation by Mike Allen (retired NYSDEC)
Dec. 13, Saturday, 10:00 am– 11:00 amMontezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State 
Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146 

Senior Wildlife Technician, Mike “EagleMan” Allen will present a PowerPoint 
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fledgling stages in the mid-197os.  Mike retired from the New York State 
Department of Environmental Conservation in October 2009 where he had worked 
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responsibility for monitoring eagles throughout Region 8 and the surrounding 
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known to exist in all of the Empire State.  By the spring of 2014, more than 
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Fee: $4.00/ child, $6.00/ adult, $20/ family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma 
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Subject: NNYBirds: Mike Allen to speak at the Montezuma Audubon Center - Sat. December 13
From: "Chris Lajewski lajewskic AT yahoo.com [Northern_NY_Birds]" <Northern_NY_Birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 02:42:58 +0000 (UTC)
Bald Eagle Hacking Program Presentation by Mike Allen (retired NYSDEC)
Dec. 13, Saturday, 10:00 am– 11:00 amMontezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State 
Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146 

Senior Wildlife Technician, Mike “EagleMan” Allen will present a PowerPoint 
program concerning the restoration of the Bald Eagle in New York since its 
fledgling stages in the mid-197os.  Mike retired from the New York State 
Department of Environmental Conservation in October 2009 where he had worked 
since the late summer of 1975.  He became involved with New York State’s 
pioneering Bald Eagle restoration program in September of that year, had 
responsibility for monitoring eagles throughout Region 8 and the surrounding 
areas.  When New York’s program began, only one active Bald Eagle nest was 
known to exist in all of the Empire State.  By the spring of 2014, more than 
300 Eagle nesting territories are known to exist within New York’s borders. 
Fee: $4.00/ child, $6.00/ adult, $20/ family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma 
Wetlands Complex. Call 315-365-3588 to register. 


Chris LajewskiCenter DirectorMontezuma Audubon Center2295 State Route 89, 
Savannah, NY 13146 

Subject: Mike Allen to speak at the Montezuma Audubon Center - Sat. December 13
From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 02:42:58 +0000 (UTC)
Bald Eagle Hacking Program Presentation by Mike Allen (retired NYSDEC)
Dec. 13, Saturday, 10:00 am– 11:00 amMontezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State 
Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146 

Senior Wildlife Technician, Mike “EagleMan” Allen will present a PowerPoint 
program concerning the restoration of the Bald Eagle in New York since its 
fledgling stages in the mid-197os.  Mike retired from the New York State 
Department of Environmental Conservation in October 2009 where he had worked 
since the late summer of 1975.  He became involved with New York State’s 
pioneering Bald Eagle restoration program in September of that year, had 
responsibility for monitoring eagles throughout Region 8 and the surrounding 
areas.  When New York’s program began, only one active Bald Eagle nest was 
known to exist in all of the Empire State.  By the spring of 2014, more than 
300 Eagle nesting territories are known to exist within New York’s borders. 
Fee: $4.00/ child, $6.00/ adult, $20/ family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma 
Wetlands Complex. Call 315-365-3588 to register. 


Chris LajewskiCenter DirectorMontezuma Audubon Center2295 State Route 89, 
Savannah, NY 13146 

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Subject: Mike Allen to speak at the Montezuma Audubon Center - Sat. December 13
From: "Chris Lajewski lajewskic AT yahoo.com [oneidabirds]" <oneidabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 02:42:58 +0000 (UTC)
Bald Eagle Hacking Program Presentation by Mike Allen (retired NYSDEC)
Dec. 13, Saturday, 10:00 am– 11:00 amMontezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State 
Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146 

Senior Wildlife Technician, Mike “EagleMan” Allen will present a PowerPoint 
program concerning the restoration of the Bald Eagle in New York since its 
fledgling stages in the mid-197os.  Mike retired from the New York State 
Department of Environmental Conservation in October 2009 where he had worked 
since the late summer of 1975.  He became involved with New York State’s 
pioneering Bald Eagle restoration program in September of that year, had 
responsibility for monitoring eagles throughout Region 8 and the surrounding 
areas.  When New York’s program began, only one active Bald Eagle nest was 
known to exist in all of the Empire State.  By the spring of 2014, more than 
300 Eagle nesting territories are known to exist within New York’s borders. 
Fee: $4.00/ child, $6.00/ adult, $20/ family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma 
Wetlands Complex. Call 315-365-3588 to register. 


Chris LajewskiCenter DirectorMontezuma Audubon Center2295 State Route 89, 
Savannah, NY 13146 

Subject: Seminar: Cuban Bee Hummingbird at Cornell Lab
From: Lee Ann van Leer <lavanleer AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:46:14 -0500
Forwarding details with permission. 

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Eduardo E. Inigo-Elias" 
> Subject: [clo-l] Special Seminar Monday December 15 from 2-3 pm "Zunzuncito: 
A Cuban gem and the Natural History of the Endemic Cuban Bee Hummingbird" by 
Dr. Julio Larramendi Joa at Cornell Lab of Ornithology Auditorium 

> Reply-To: "Eduardo E. Inigo-Elias" 
> 
> Special Seminar
> 
>  
> "Zunzuncito: A Cuban gem and the Natural History of the Endemic Cuban Bee 
Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae)" 

> By: 
> Dr. Julio A. Larramendi Joa, 
> Photographer and Editor Editorial Polimitas,
> Habana, Cuba
> 
>  
>  
> Monday December 15 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
> Cornell Lab of Ornithology Auditorium
>  
> Dr. Julio Larramendi Joa got his Ph.D in the Soviet Union. Since 1969 he has 
dedicated his life to photography and photojournalism. He is a Research 
Associate, at the Centro Oriental de Ecosistemas y Biodiversidad (BIOECO) in 
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. He is former president of the Department of Latin 
American Photography at the José Martí International Institute of Journalism, 
in Habana, Cuba. Dr. Larramendi is the editorial director of Ediciones 
Polymita. He has published over 52 books nationally and internationally. Some 
of them in several languages. Some of his nature books titles include: The 
Birds of Cuba, Amphibians and Reptiles of Cuba, Wetlands Birds of Cuba, The 
Orchids of Cuba, The Lepidoptera of Cuba, Rostros en peligro, Biodiversidad de 
Cuba, Moluscos terrestres de Cuba, Mammals of Cuba, and Las polímitas. His 
recent work is on the natural history of the Zunzuncito or the Cuban endemic 
Bee Hummingbird. This is the smallest know living bird in the world with an 
average weight of 2.5 gr or = to $1 US Penny and with an average body length of 
5.7 cm. 

> . 
> 
>  
> This talk is free and open to the public and the Greater Cornell Community
> Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and 
> The Christopher Reynolds Foundation
>  
>  
>  
>  
>  
> Eduardo E. Iñigo-Elias, Ph.D.
> Coordinator
> Neotropical Conservation Initiative
> at the Conservation Science Program
> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
> and Senior Research Associate
> Cornell University
> 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd
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Subject: Bald eagle immature?
From: Sandy <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:29:07 -0500
Can anyone verify for me? It was flying near hickeys music and heading south 
toward inlet about 4:15. White belly and underside of wings with golden tail 
feathers (not red). 


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Subject: Asher's phone # and CBC
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:42:19 +0000
I used the phone number in the newsletter to try to call Asher about the 
Christmas Bird Count. Twice I got the "no such phone number" recorded 
statement. Maybe I misdialed, but I suspect the number is wrong. Asher, or 
anybody who can correct the number, could you email me at 
confer AT Ithaca.edu. Thanks 




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Subject: Re: Basin Bird Lists
From: Jane Graves <jgraves AT skidmore.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:10:16 +0000
Paul-
Some paper lists should be made available so that Mary can have a supply to 
give put to the folks who come to the desk at the CLO. 

Jane
Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 9, 2014, at 10:12 PM, "Paul Anderson" 
> wrote: 




The front desk does not have any Basin Bird Lists, we haven't had any for some 
time. 

The basin checklist can be downloaded from the Resources page of the Cayuga 
Bird Club website: 

http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources. It's the first link.

Enjoy!

Paul

Mary E. Winston
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607-254-2473
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Subject: Mt Pleasant Horned Larks
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:33:00 +0000
On a beat-the-storm walk on Mt Pleasant Road this morning (Tuesday) around 
10:00, I came a cross a flock of Horned Larks...I counted 46, there may have 
been a few more. 


Marie


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Subject: Re: Basin Bird Lists
From: Paul Anderson <paul AT grammatech.com>
Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:44:22 -0500

> The front desk does not have any Basin Bird Lists, we haven't had any 
> for some time.
>
The basin checklist can be downloaded from the Resources page of the 
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Subject: Snow geese. Sodus Bay Snowy owl
From: "Michael Tetlow " <mjtetlow AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 20:43:12 -0500
    Dominic Sherony and I had a huge mass of Snow Geese along the west side
of Seybolt Road south of the airport in Seneca falls this afternoon. I
counted several flocks joining those in the field by 20's and got 5000. They
made no difference in the appearance of the flock when they landed. Easily
100M. they all flew toward the lake at around 3 pm when hunters shots went
off in the woods. The Peregrine Falcon hunting Starlings at the nearby farm
was a nice addition when he/she decided to fly through the goose masses.

    A Snowy owl reported at Sodus point yesterday was still there this
evening at the tip of the east pier.

    "Only" 32 Sandhill cranes standing on the ice at Knox-Marcellus marsh on
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Subject: Raven inquiry
From: Clara MacCarald <cmm255 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 19:47:25 -0500
Hi all,

I'm looking for raven stories for an article in the Finger Lakes Community
Newspapers. I had a nice conversation with Kevin McGowan about the local
population, but I'd like to include some anecdotes from other birders. If
you'd like to tell me about ravens, please contact me off list.

Any help is appreciated. Even if you only ever see crows and hear ravens,
that would be interesting. Or if you found Kevin's video, Caw vs. Croak,
helpful.

Thanks in advance,
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Subject: Basin Bird Lists
From: "Mary E. Winston" <mew73 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:46:20 +0000
The front desk does not have any Basin Bird Lists, we haven't had any for some 
time. 


Mary E. Winston
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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

607-254-2473
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Subject: Are the massive flocks of snow geese around today?
From: Sandy <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:24:07 -0500
If so, where?  Thanks!

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Subject: Saw-whet Owl season ended at Kestrel Haven
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:02:48 -0500
The season in review. We worked 43 nights from 9/18 to 11/25. Every night after 
that 

into last week was unsafe for netting so we quit. That was sad as owls 
continued to 

move through the area. We've yet to determine an end date for the fall 
migration; 

our latest was 11/28 a few years ago.

We had banded 56 saw-whets, 1 Screech Owl, had 1 banded by John Confer two 
years 

ago, one of ours visit a VA station and 1 miss. Strangely we had more than the 
norm 

of ASY birds at 33% while HYs were at 59%, SYs very low at 7% and 1 AHY. 
Females 

accounted for 82%, Unknown sex for 14% and the usual paucity of males who tend 
to 

stick closer to breeding territory. Here's the 2014 Saw-whet Rogue's Gallery 
Review; 

a note, in order to not stress the owls with white light or flash we operate 
under 

red and took the majority of the photos with available light.
https://www.flickr.com//kestrel_ha/sets/72157648276459800/
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:33:44 +0000
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* December 08, 2014*  NYSY  12. 08. 14 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):December 01, 2014 - December 08, 2014to 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: December 08 AT 5:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph 
BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #420 Monday December 
08, 2014 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of December 01, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

RED-THROATED LOONTUNDRA SWANCACKLING GOOSEGREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSESANDHILL 
CRANESAW-WHET OWLSNOWY OWLTOWNSEND’S SOLITAIREEVENING GROSBEAK 


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

     12/2: A SNOWY OWL was on Rt.89 just south of East Tyre Road. 950 TUNDRA 
SWANS were seen from the Visitor’s Center. 49 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at 
Knox-Marsellus Marsh.      12/4: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from Est 
Road. 82 SANDHILL CRANES were seen coming into Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 85 were 
counted the next day.     12/6: 4 CACKLING GEESE were seen from East Road. 


Onondaga County------------
     12/4: A SAW-WHET OWL was found on the Bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature 
Center.     12/6: 6 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found in corn stubble 
on East Sorrell Hill Road just north of Conners Road in the Town of Van 
Buren.     12/7: 6 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, most likely the same birds 
from yesterday, were seen in the pond at Van Buren Park south of Baldwinsville. 
5 CACKLING GEESE were also seen in the pond.     12/8: A SNOWY OWL is again 
being seen at the Rt.31 shopping area in Clay. This one was photographed atop a 
Wal-Mart sign. 


Madison County------------
     12/2: The TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE found on Irish Hill Road south of 
Cazenovia was relocated. It was found throughout the week but was not seen 
today.     12/3: A SNOWY OWL was seen south of the Fenner Community Church 
on Bingley Road.     12/4: 8 EVENING GROSBEAKS were again at a feeder on 
Carpenter Road near Sheds. Smaller numbers were seen throughout the week up to 
yesterday. 


Oswego County------------
          12/3: 2 RED-THROATED LOONS and a SNOWY OWL  were seen from 
Oswego at the harbor. 

                                     

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Subject: Stewart Park waterfowl
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:45:45 -0500
A nice diversity of waterfowl is visible off Stewart Park in Ithaca this
morning, including 150+ Redhead with scaup and Ring-necked Ducks mixed in,
Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Common Goldeneye, and three close TUNDRA SWANS.
Several large gull flocks were sleeping on the ice shelf that formed
overnight. I didn't pick out any white-winged gulls, but the continuing
HERRING x GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL HYBRID was out close to East Shore.

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Subject: Cayuga Bird Club Meeting/Monday Seminar Dec 8-BOLIVIA
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 02:25:38 +0000
Hi all,
 This is a reminder that the next Cayuga Bird Club Meeting will be on Monday, 
December 8 at the Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca. 



Our very special feature this month is club member and naturalist Meena Haribal 
. 



The title of Meena's talk is "A visit to magical Lake Titicaca and other 
enchanting locations in Bolivia" 




Kathy Strickland and Meena Haribal traveled to Bolivia in Dec of 2013 to visit 
Lake Titicaca and other locations such as the Amazonas, Andes and Zongo 
regions, in search of birds, butterflies and plants. Meena will talk about 
their trip, and will illustrate with slides and sounds of the creatures they 
found. Meena photographed more than 100 species of butterflies and several 
species of birds and recorded sounds for more than 15 hours! She will share the 
best of these, and hopes they will make you feel you want to visit Bolivia 
soon. 



Doors open at 7 pm, snacks and social hour 7:15 – 7:30, program 7:30 – 9 
pm. Please note that there is limited seating and the doors will be locked when 
the room is full, so come early! Open to the public. 


Please note - there will not be a pre-meeting dinner with Meena on Monday.

See you all there!
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Subject: Short-eared Owls
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 20:47:04 -0500
The owner of the Long Point Winery said he has seen 4 Short-eared Owls there. 
They were first seen a couple days ago. Bob, Dave, and I saw 2 or 3 starting 
around 4:35. 

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Subject: Cayuga Bird Club Meeting/Monday Seminar Dec 8-BOLIVIA
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:55:14 +0000
Hi all,
 This is a reminder that the next Cayuga Bird Club Meeting will be on Monday, 
December 8 at the Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca. 



Our very special feature this month is club member and naturalist Meena Haribal 
. 



The title of Meena's talk is "A visit to magical Lake Titicaca and other 
enchanting locations in Bolivia" 




Kathy Strickland and Meena Haribal traveled to Bolivia in Dec of 2013 to visit 
Lake Titicaca and other locations such as the Amazonas, Andes and Zongo 
regions, in search of birds, butterflies and plants. Meena will talk about 
their trip, and will illustrate with slides and sounds of the creatures they 
found. Meena photographed more than 100 species of butterflies and several 
species of birds and recorded sounds for more than 15 hours! She will share the 
best of these, and hopes they will make you feel you want to visit Bolivia 
soon. 



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Please note that there is limited seating and the doors will be locked when the 
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Subject: Ringwood Rd Pine Siskin
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:00:06 +0000
Hi all,

There was a Pine Siskin briefly on my feeder this morning. 

Mt Pleasant seems pretty devoid of birds the past couple of days...bring on the 
Snow Buntings... 


Marie

Marie Read Wildlife Photography
452 Ringwood Road
Freeville NY  13068 USA

Phone  607-539-6608
e-mail   mpr5 AT cornell.edu

http://www.marieread.com

Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin    Available here:


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Subject: Cooper's & Sharp-shinned Hawks
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:10:02 -0500
Last Thurs. in my Mulberry tree above the feeders sat a 
gorgeous_Cooper's hawk._

Yesterday in the rain a _Sharpie_ caught what appeared to be a blue jay 
(light was too poor to see for sure) & proceeded to eat it, tearing off 
long strips of flesh after slowly plucking off the downy feathers 
sticking to its beak. Sharpie would rub its beak on its own wing 
feathers from time to time to get the downy feathers off its beak!

  A couple hrs. afterward I went & looked for feathers & found not one!!

A hr. ago the Sharpie was back atop a dead tree I have left for 
woodpeckers. I also hang a feeder there. Little birds had taken shelter 
in the nearby cedars & a stand of spruces.

I was at Knox-Marcellus  3:30-ish Thurs. afternoon. The sandhill cranes 
took off & headed towards the muck. John Rodgers & his wife from 
Rochester were there & he got his camera set up just in time to get pix 
of the flight taking off. We also got to see several Trumpeter swans off 
Armitage Rd..

Here in Union Springs we're seeing massive flights of snow geese. Some 
fields over towards Owasco Lake (out of basin) are white with snows. Of 
course, thousands of Canadas are here, too. Between Mud Lock & the RR 
bridge in Cayuga against the west side are hundreds of swans.

Thanks to Dave Nutter for the excellent letter he wrote to the mayor & 
trustees of Union Springs presenting his views about putting a path 
along the south side of Mill Pond. Hopefully others will soon do the same.

Gas in the city of Aub. this past wk. was in the $2.85 - $2.89 range at 
Byrne Dairy,  Red Apple (Qwik Fill) & Hess./Sunoco at the //east end of 
Seneca Falls/ on 5 & 20 was $2.81 on Fri.. /Sunoco  on the west end of 
Aub. on 5 & 20/, near Bass Pro was still over $3.

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Subject: Northern Shrike, Savannah, NY
From: M Miller <mmiller325 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 17:27:33 +0000
About 8:30 Sunday morning had a Northern Shrike along Van Dyne Spoor Rd in 
Savannah. It was on the north side of the road, about halfway along the open 
marsh area, chasing after Tree Sparrows in the hedge row. 







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Subject: Re: Yellow Warbler
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 16:26:10 +0000
Very cool, Bill! I'll definitely look for it while CBC scouting. I wonder if it 
has a warm spot to roost in Agway? 


Ken

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On Dec 6, 2014, at 11:10 AM, "Bill Evans" 
> wrote: 


Tossing in a belated report of a Yellow Warbler in downtown Ithaca on Dec 3. 
The bird was trying to glean insects off sycamore fruit at 706 W. Green St. 
across from Agway - it was around 4pm. It was quite active and constantly 
giving its "chewp" alarm-type call note. Last saw it flying toward Agway. May 
end up in the canal zone near Wegman's like several previous December Yellow's 
(Ken's 2006 bird comes to mind and I recall there was one a year or so after 
that). I wonder if these late ones are vagrants from northwestern NA? 


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Subject: Yellow Warbler
From: "Bill Evans" <wrevans AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 11:09:51 -0500
Tossing in a belated report of a Yellow Warbler in downtown Ithaca on Dec 3. 
The bird was trying to glean insects off sycamore fruit at 706 W. Green St. 
across from Agway – it was around 4pm. It was quite active and constantly 
giving its “chewp” alarm-type call note. Last saw it flying toward Agway. 
May end up in the canal zone near Wegman’s like several previous December 
Yellow’s (Ken’s 2006 bird comes to mind and I recall there was one a year 
or so after that). I wonder if these late ones are vagrants from northwestern 
NA? 


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Subject: 84 Sandhill Cranes Knox Marcellus
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 19:21:35 -0500
Began arriving and landing on ice ~ sunset. Came from the North flying less 
than tree height. I had checked the fields on both sides of Rt 31 to Potato 
Bldg. without success but judging from the height at which they approached they 
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Subject: OT - Sue Morse coming to Ithaca
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 17:16:57 -0500
Hello to everyone interested in the natural world,


Sue Morse, the founder and program director of Keeping Track, will be in
Ithaca on January 30, 31, and February 1st to present a series of indoor
workshops (at Ithaca College) and outdoor field trips (at locations near
Ithaca). Sue has tremendous tracking skills and years of experience in
wildlife biology, and she has a special ability to see natural features
from an animal's point of view. These sessions offer an unparalleled
opportunity to anyone interested in the natural world, ecology, tracking,
wildlife science, or conservation. The schedule of workshops and field
trips appears below, and registration information follows that. For more on
Sue’s background and the Keeping Track program, go to www.keepingtrack.org.



 *Schedule:*

Friday, Jan. 30, 7:00-9:00 pm, *Mammal Foot Morphology Workshop*

Sue will share her remarkable collection of freeze-dried mammal feet.
You’ll get to examine beautifully preserved specimens ranging from weasel
to moose to cougar, while Sue explains their adaptations and the way foot
architecture is reflected in tracks. This lively and often humorous
discussion is guaranteed to increase your understanding of the evidence
animals leave on the ground and on the ways they move.



 Saturday, Jan. 31, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, *Field Trip I*

Here is your chance to really deepen your awareness of the natural world.
Sue brings a unique perspective on the ways habitats provide for the needs
of wildlife, and she’ll provide insights ranging from the small but
important details that distinguish similar types of tracks to the
significance of an animal’s presence and behavior in a particular place at
a particular time.



 Sunday, Feb. 1, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, *Field Trip II*

This second field trip will be at a different location, and will provide a
new set of opportunities for understanding the tracks and sign we find on
many levels. Whether you have a natural history background, a conservation
orientation, and/or previous experience in tracking, you’ll come away with
a better appreciation of why animals do what they do and go where they go.



 Sunday, Feb. 1, 6:00-9:00 pm, *Focal Species Workshop and Wrap-Up*

In this intensive session Sue will explain the concepts of area-sensitive
species, core territories, corridors, and why the protection of critical
habitats is necessary for the survival of wide-ranging predators. We’ll
share some food, ask lots of questions, and learn more about the power of
science-based citizen wildlife monitoring to make a difference.



 *Costs:*

Single evening workshop: $25

Single day-long field trip: $65

One field trip plus one evening workshop: $85

Two field trips: $120

Two field trips plus one evening workshop: $140

Two field trips plus two evening workshops: $155



 *Questions?* Call or email Linda Speilman at lminkspiel AT twcny.rr.com,
607-844-8522.



 *How To Register: *Please email me (Nancy Cusumano) at
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information included, *OR* print the form, fill in the information, and
send it with a check to: Linda Spielman, 18 Rochester St., Dryden, NY 13053.



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to 9:00 pm, titled *Animals of the North, What Will Global Climate Change
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Subject: Pine Siskins
From: Anne Marie Johnson <annemariejohnson AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 14:46:46 -0500
Three Pine Siskins joined the goldfinches at my feeders today.

Anne Marie Johnson
Caroline

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Subject: Sapsucker Woods Cackling Goose
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 08:41:12 -0500
Hi all,

The Cackling Goose that has been hanging around the pond at Sapsucker Woods
is back again today and right outside the visitor center windows.

- Brad

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Subject: Knox-Marsellus Thursday - Owls, Cranes, odd goose
From: <tigger64 AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 20:52:29 -0500
Staking out the roost flight found lots of waterfowl moving around but the big 
Snow Geese numbers may have reached Cayuga Lake. Two Short-eared Owls appeared 
at dusk and I counted 82 Sandhill Cranes. There's an odd Canada Goose that's 
not like any I've seen before. 



- noticeably paler body, back, and wings (golden rather than dark brown) but 
with normal Canada Goose patterning (direct comparison) 

- obvious, wide, complete white neck ring
- size like other Canada Geese, or at least not Cackling-sized
- very small bill given its size
- unusually wide white chin strap


The noticeably paler color is probably the best scan feature.


David Wheeler
N. Syracuse, NY
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Subject: Upcoming documentary
From: "Chris R. Pelkie" <chris.pelkie AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 22:46:08 +0000
I just spotted a listing for an upcoming 2014 doco called From Billions to 
None: The Passenger Pigeons Flight to Extinction on PBS. 

One listing is for WCNY HDTV Dec 9 at 2pm. Look up your local listing for your 
favorite PBS station. 

I have not seen this yet, so am informing not recommending.

ChrisP
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Subject: Iceland Gull, Stevenson Road
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:39:04 -0500
I saw my first-of-the-season ICELAND GULL, a pale immature, either a first-
or second-winter, on the compost piles at Stevenson Road. I did not see my
hybrid black-backed (though it was there yesterday), and no other gulls of
note. Myers Point was quite deserted this morning.

Iceland photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jaymcgowan/15327021523/in/set-72157649541025266/

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20774740

Jay

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Subject: Cackling Goose at Sapsucker Woods pond
From: Anne Marie Johnson <aj47 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:58:15 +0000
Not sure how long the goose flock will stay, but right now there is a Cackling 
Goose in with the other Canada Geese on the main pond in Sapsucker Woods, 
viewable from the Cornell Lab's Visitor Center. 


Anne Marie Johnson

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Subject: ravens
From: "Bill Mcaneny" <bmcaneny1 AT fltg.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:54:25 -0500
On an otherwise unbirdy morning, three RAVENS flew over our field on their
way from Taughannock gorge to Frontenac gorge.  Within minutes we were
notified that a courageous friend had passed on in the early hours of the
morning.  This is going to be an exceptional day.  Carpe diem.

 

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Subject: snow geese on the move
From: "Michael O. Engle" <moe1 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:47:13 +0000
A group of about 75 snow geese just flew over the Arts Quad heading south.

Michael

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Reference Librarian
Selector: Olin/Uris Reference & Anglo-American Newspapers
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Subject: Re: Double-breasted Cormorants?
From: phil mc <mc14850 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:06:12 +0000
      From: phil mc 
 To: Sandy ; "cayugabirds-l AT list.cornell.edu" 
 

 Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 6:59 PM
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Double-breasted Cormorants?
   

      From: phil mc 
 To: Sandy  
 Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 6:52 PM


 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Double-breasted Cormorants?
   
Yes, I saw a pair of Double-Crested Cormorants was hanging out on a log or rock 
about 20 yards out near the east side of the park at about 12pm. 

Also around: 
Redheads - 2Mallard - manyCanada goose - many Ruddy duck - 12Bufflehead - 
20Belted kingfisher - 2 (one at east shore drive cottages corner, one by the 
pond where the zoo used to be) 

 

     From: Sandy 
 To: Upstate NY Birding  
 Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 12:29 PM
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Double-breasted Cormorants?
   

Can anyone verify the two birds near the southeast shore of Stewart park? 
 They look like immature Double-breasted Cormorants with yellow beaks (caps on 
cormorant? Or no caps?). Seen today around noon. Thank you!  It is so serene 
down there now!  Gorgeous! 

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Subject: Re: Double-breasted Cormorants?
From: phil mc <mc14850 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 23:59:35 +0000 (UTC)
      From: phil mc 
 To: Sandy  
 Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 6:52 PM
 Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Double-breasted Cormorants?
   
Yes, I saw a pair of Double-Crested Cormorants was hanging out on a log or rock 
about 20 yards out near the east side of the park at about 12pm. 

Also around: 
Redheads - 2Mallard - manyCanada goose - many Ruddy duck - 12Bufflehead - 
20Belted kingfisher - 2 (one at east shore drive cottages corner, one by the 
pond where the zoo used to be) 

 

     From: Sandy 
 To: Upstate NY Birding  
 Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 12:29 PM
 Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Double-breasted Cormorants?
   

Can anyone verify the two birds near the southeast shore of Stewart park? 
 They look like immature Double-breasted Cormorants with yellow beaks (caps on 
cormorant? Or no caps?). Seen today around noon. Thank you!  It is so serene 
down there now!  Gorgeous! 

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Subject: Snowy Owl Seneca Falls
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 13:02:13 -0500
 Snowy Owl on gas well in field West of Seybolt and Reese Rd.
 
 
 

 
 		 	   		  
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