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Woodcock,©Julie Zickefoose

25 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
24 Jul Great White Egrets in Van Etten [Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm ]
24 Jul Lansing Ctr Orchard Oriole, Bobolink [Suan Yong ]
24 Jul Lansing actor [Suan Yong ]
24 Jul CAU lecture [John Eliot Parks ]
24 Jul Fwd: [osbirds] NYS Birders Conference and NYSOA annual meeting, Sept. 9-11 [Jane Graves ]
23 Jul tomorrow's Montezuma NWR shorebird walk [Dave Nutter ]
21 Jul Montezuma/Holland's Island yesterday. Ring-necked duck and other additions. ["Michael Tetlow " ]
21 Jul Northern rough winged swallows? [Carol Cedarholm ]
19 Jul Red Crossbill, Hammond Hill [Jay McGowan ]
19 Jul Montezuma shorebird walk Sun 24 July leaving Vis Ctr 7am [Dave Nutter ]
19 Jul The Problem of the Egg [Caroline Manring ]
18 Jul Re: Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds [Peter ]
18 Jul Re: Eastern Kingbird terrorist!! [Peter ]
18 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
18 Jul Eastern Kingbird terrorist!! [John and Fritzie Blizzard ]
18 Jul RE: Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds [Donna Lee Scott ]
18 Jul Re: Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds [AB Clark ]
18 Jul Re: Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds [Mike Pitzrick ]
18 Jul Re: Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds [Asher Hockett ]
18 Jul Re: Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds [Paul Schmitt ]
18 Jul Re: Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds [Dave K ]
18 Jul Sunset Paddle and Birding on Cayuga Lake - July 21 [Chris Lajewski ]
18 Jul Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds [Dave Nutter ]
18 Jul Re: [cayugabirds-l] This morning's Montezuma shorebirds walk, and future? [Dave Nutter ]
18 Jul This morning's Montezuma shorebirds walk, and future? [Dave Nutter ]
17 Jul New yard birds: BB Cuckoos and Woodcock! ["Marie P. Read" ]
16 Jul Stewart Park Highlights Today [Sandy Wold ]
14 Jul Montezuma Wildlife Drive Today Thursday 7/14/16 [David Nicosia ]
14 Jul CORRECTION EATON Marsh STILT SANDPIPER [David Nicosia ]
14 Jul Benning Marsh STILT SANDPIPER [David Nicosia ]
13 Jul RE:Loon on Cayuga Lake [Donna Lee Scott ]
13 Jul Loon on Cayuga Lake ["Lois E. Chaplin" ]
12 Jul Shorebird habitat at Montezuma Refuge [Peter ]
12 Jul Montezuma NWR shorebird walk this Sunday, 17 July [Dave Nutter ]
11 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
11 Jul Ithaca Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks NO [Jay McGowan ]
10 Jul BB Whistling Duck photos [Suan Yong ]
10 Jul Re: Report of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks at Treman Marina [Gary Kohlenberg ]
10 Jul Report of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks at Treman Marina [Jay McGowan ]
9 Jul Re: Interesting downy woodpecker behavior [Melanie Uhlir ]
9 Jul Downy feeding at hummer feeder [John and Sue Gregoire ]
9 Jul Re: Interesting downy woodpecker behavior [John and Sue Gregoire ]
9 Jul Re: Interesting downy woodpecker behavior [John and Sue Gregoire ]
9 Jul Re: Interesting downy woodpecker behavior [John and Sue Gregoire ]
9 Jul Re: Interesting downy woodpecker behavior [Karen Steffy ]
9 Jul Re: Interesting downy woodpecker behavior [Pat Martin ]
9 Jul Re: Interesting downy woodpecker behavior [Linda Orkin ]
9 Jul Interesting downy woodpecker behavior [Nancy Cusumano ]
8 Jul Mill pond sign in Union Springs [John and Fritzie Blizzard ]
8 Jul Umbrella for my bluebirds: Union Springs [John and Fritzie Blizzard ]
5 Jul Re: Montezuma Shorebirds and Others Tuesday July 5th 2016 [Peter ]
5 Jul Re: Montezuma Shorebirds and Others Tuesday July 5th 2016 ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
5 Jul Re:[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Shorebirds and Others Tuesday July 5th 2016 ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
5 Jul Montezuma Shorebirds and Others Tuesday July 5th 2016 [David Nicosia ]
5 Jul Montezuma Shorebirds and Others Tuesday July 5th 2016 [David Nicosia ]
5 Jul Perennial Bird Garden, pre-Fall Creek Garden Tour, Sunday, July 10 [Sandy Wold ]
4 Jul Eaton Marsh on Montezuma Wildlife Drive [Ann Mitchell ]
4 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
3 Jul Re: Batman/Robin in Sapsucker Woods, Sat 7/2 ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
3 Jul Knox-Marsellus Sat evening [M Miller ]
2 Jul Batman/Robin in Sapsucker Woods, Sat 7/2 [Mark Chao ]
2 Jul Re: Montezuma shorebirds ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
2 Jul Montezuma shorebirds [Jay McGowan ]
28 Jun Montezuma Sandhill Cranes [Chris Lajewski ]
27 Jun Bluebird box offset [Richard Tkachuck ]
27 Jun Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
26 Jun House Wren question [Melanie Uhlir ]
26 Jun Re: Heil School Rd GH Owl Rescued [Linda Orkin ]
26 Jun Heil School Rd GH Owl Rescued [Carl Steckler ]
26 Jun Re: Stewart Park goose study [Dave Nutter ]
25 Jun Henslow's and Grasshopper sparrows [Jay McGowan ]
25 Jun Woodcock on Sherwood platform at Cornell Lab of O [Lee Ann van Leer ]
24 Jun Re: Stilt today? [Linda Clark Benedict ]
24 Jun Woodcock on ground SSW Cornell Lab [Lee Ann van Leer ]
24 Jun Stilt today? [M & K Mannella ]

Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:31:17 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - July 25, 2016
*  NYSY  07. 25. 16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 18, 2016 
- July 25, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY 
counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands 
Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, 
Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: July 18  AT 12:00 p.m. 
(EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of July 18, 2015. 

Highlights--------------STILT SANDPIPERBAIRD’S SANDPIPERRED-NECKED 
PHALAROPERED-HEADED WOODPECKERORCHARD ORIOLE 


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

     13 species of Shorebirds were reported from the complex this week. A 
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen along the Wildlife Drive on 7/24. STILT 
SANDPIPERS were seen along the wildlife Drive on 7/19 and at Howland Island on 
7/20. A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER WAS SEEN AT BENNING MARSH ON 7/24.     7/23: A 
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Wildlife Drive.     7/24: A 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen along the Wildlife Drive. 


Onondaga County------------
     7/25: KILLDEER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, WILSON’S 
SNIPE and at least 35 LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen from the duck blind at Three 
Rivers WMA off of Smokey Hollow Road north of Baldwinsville. 


Madison county------------
     7/23: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Marsh Mill Road south of 
Bridgeport. 


Oneida County------------
     7/18: 3 MERLINS were seen near a private residence in Urica.     
7/19: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the Verona Beach Woods east of the 
State Park.     7/21: 5 species of shorebirds including 5 SOLITARY 
SANDPIPERS were seen at Delta Lake. 


Herkimer County------------
     7/19: Four species of shorebirds including 19 LEAST SANDPIPERS were 
seen at the McKoon’s pond and wetland south of Mohawk. 

    
                       --end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: Great White Egrets in Van Etten
From: Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm <mo AT roosterhillfarm.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:24:33 -0400
OOB but if you are out that way, there are about 11 of them this afternoon
in the Wildlife Refuge on Route 34, Van Etten.

http://www.ilovethefingerlakes.com/recreation/birdingsites-chemungcounty-VEWS.htm 


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Subject: Lansing Ctr Orchard Oriole, Bobolink
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:08:13 -0400
Sorry for the empty earlier message (blame the iPhone :-).

Yesterday evening I spent some time at Salt Point watching the ospreys, of 
which one of the young was enjoying flying in the NW breeze. En route I saw a 
male orchard oriole with food in its mouth, and later was able to see at least 
three f/j-types, one looked like the mother who knew what she was doing, the 
other two popping up whenever she seemed like she'd found something. This was 
my first real opportunity to get familiar with this challenging-to-ID species. 


Late this morning I went to Lansing Center Trail, and along with the expected 
field sparrows and indigo buntings and such, I was surprised to see at least 
two, probably more, f/j-type orchard orioles in an apple tree. Still not 100% 
confident of my ID, I was glad to soon see a chestnut-colored male fly by into 
a nearby bush. Also, some bobolinks could be heard from the fields, and soon a 
male (possibly along with a female) was flushed. 


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Subject: Lansing actor
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:59:31 -0400

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Subject: CAU lecture
From: John Eliot Parks <jep5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:35:18 +0000
Thursday Evening CAU Events and Activities, July 28, 2016, 7:15-8:15pm
"Avian Propagation: from Hummingbirds to Harpy Eagles to Peregrine Falcons"
With Beau Parks (NatRes, 2005),  Lead Keeper, San Diego Zoo
Klarman Auditorium, Goldwin Smith
For Adults and Children

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Subject: Fwd: [osbirds] NYS Birders Conference and NYSOA annual meeting, Sept. 9-11
From: Jane Graves <jgraves AT skidmore.edu>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:00:16 +0000

Sent from my iPad

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From: "Andrew Mason andymason AT earthling.net 
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Date: July 23, 2016 at 9:08:05 PM EDT
To: Osbirds >
Subject: [osbirds] NYS Birders Conference and NYSOA annual meeting, Sept. 9-11
Reply-To: osbirds AT yahoogroups.com



Registration is now open for the NYS Birders Conference and 69th New York State 
Ornithological Association Annual Meeting hosted by the Chemung Valley Audubon 
Society in Elmira, New York, September 9-11, 2016. This year's conference 
promises to be another great event, chock full of great birding and educational 
activities, along with opportunities to catch up with old friends and make new 
ones. Highlights include a keynote by Osprey expert and author Dr. Rob 
Bierregaard, field trips (including one with John James Audubon!), workshops, 
papers, and more. Rooms for the event at the Riverview Holiday Inn are being 
held until August 9, so get your room now (607-734-4211). Details, including 
information on discounts for early registration, can be found at 
http://nybirds.org/. 


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Andrew Mason
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(607) 652-2162
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Subject: tomorrow's Montezuma NWR shorebird walk
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:45:48 +0000 (GMT)
First, the trip is on:

As I previously announced, the field trip for shorebirds at Montezuma NWR will 
leave at 7am tomorrow from the Visitor Center, and will gather at the overlook 
on East Road at 7:15am to walk down onto the dikes around Knox-Marsellus and 
Puddler Marshes. But see item #3 below. 




Second, a ride request:

A Cornell student would like a lift from Collegetown or thereabouts. If it's 
convenient to you, contact me (607-229-2158). You will have an excellent birder 
with young eyes and ears in your car, so I recommend this. If I don't hear from 
anyone I will backtrack to do this myself. 




Third, adding the Wildlife Drive:

Due to the drought, habitat for shorebirds has been decreasing at K-M and 
Puddler, so refuge staff have been creating shorebird habitat along the 
Wildlife Drive. Birding is alway a bit of a gamble, which is part of why it's 
addictive. To hedge our bets, when I leave from the Visitor Center at 7am I 
will first take people onto the Wildlife Drive, which may take 1-2 hours, then 
(probably) continue to East Road and onto the dikes. Meanwhile co-leader Dave 
Nicosia will be at the overlook on East Road at 7:15am for everyone who wants 
to start there. We will be in touch with each other, so we can then take our 
groups where the birding seems better. If we can figure out where on Howland 
Island a recent report of shorebirds was, and it seems like that would be 
better, we may go there, too.  



Fourth, encouragement:

As always, these trips are free and open to the public, and we have not limited 
the number of participants. We have managed these popular trips because the 
birders who attend have various levels of expertise and equipment, and they 
have been willing to share both. I call this the price of admission, but I 
think people are happy to do this anyway. Bring binoculars, a field guide, and 
if you have a scope bring that, too, but if all you have is curiosity about 
these migrants from the arctic, patience to try to see and get to know them, 
and tolerance for walking and standing out in the weather, you should join us. 


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Subject: Montezuma/Holland's Island yesterday. Ring-necked duck and other additions.
From: "Michael Tetlow " <mjtetlow AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:51:34 -0400
  ( A few additions to Dominic's post from our day yesterday. We found the
previously reported male ring-neck on the north end of the main pool. Eaton
also had a flock of a dozen least's along the muddy edge of the new portion.
A snipe was reported by others with a few Yellowlegs at Benning marsh which
has good habitat.  Lesser yellowlegs were also scattered among the muskrat
houses at may's point. 8 Great Egrets were in the pools along the thruway
and 6 more at May's Point. The best bird at Knox was my first juvenile
Caspian Tern of the season. The best spot was the pool at Howland's Island.
I added the checklist from Howland's Island to Dominic's post below).  

*** Mike Tetlow and I went to Montezuma NWR and then to Howland's Island
yesterday.  Know-Marsellus pond is almost dried up and we had only a couple
of yellowlegs there.  The cranes were not present in the afternoon when we
arrived.  There are some yellowlegs in the shorebird flats at the north end
of the Wildlife Drive before the west turn.

We went to Howland's Island and entered from the south end near the boat
launch on the Seneca River.  We walked to a pond on the road that is the
first left turn from the main northbound entrance road, after crossing the
bridge at the Seneca River.  We saw 9 species of shorebirds in this pond
including a single molting Stilt Sandpiper and had a good mix of passerines
on our walk.

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To: mjtetlow AT frontiernet.net
Subject: eBird Report - Montezuma (NMWMA)--Howland Island--East, Jul 20,
2016

Montezuma (NMWMA)--Howland Island--East, Cayuga, New York, US Jul 20, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Mike Tetlow and I walked in at the south end of Howland's
Island and walked a loop, first north and then turned west past Goose Pond,
then north, then east and back south.
49 species

Canada Goose  22
Wood Duck  15
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
Killdeer  24
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Solitary Sandpiper  13
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  14
Stilt Sandpiper  1
Least Sandpiper  12
Pectoral Sandpiper  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Willow Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Marsh Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Eastern Bluebird  2
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  5
European Starling  30
Cedar Waxwing  15
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  1
Cerulean Warbler  1     1 female carrying food.
Yellow Warbler  4
Song Sparrow  7
Swamp Sparrow  3
Scarlet Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  4
Red-winged Blackbird  3
American Goldfinch  7

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30792483

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


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Subject: Northern rough winged swallows?
From: Carol Cedarholm <ccedarho AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:30:14 -0400
Hello,
I am staying on the west side of the  lake for a couple weeks just north of
the Boy Scout camp. I am thinking I am seeing northern rough winged
swallows. Could that be right?
Carol Cedarholm

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Subject: Red Crossbill, Hammond Hill
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:35:19 -0400
While doing some sound recording training at Hammond Hill State Forest, we
had a fairly low flyover TYPE 1 RED CROSSBILL at the top of the Yellow 1
trail (the Mourning Warbler clearing). It happened pretty quickly but I was
gratified that all three of us were able to record it (albeit not
amazingly)! One of the not-so-amazing recordings can be heard here:
http://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/31405691
Also nearby were family groups of Magnolia and Blackburnian warblers, as
well as a calling Canada Warbler and other typical denizens of the area.

Chris Wood and Brian Sullivan had a flyover Red Crossbill at Summerhill
last week, and several people have had flyovers or small groups in some of
the state forests in Cortland County this summer.

Jay

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Subject: Montezuma shorebird walk Sun 24 July leaving Vis Ctr 7am
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:30:06 +0000 (GMT)
We have the go-ahead for another shorebird walk this Sunday, 24 July, at 
Montezuma NWR, where we will be "Authorized Personnel" beyond the signs and 
onto the dikes around Knox-Marsellus and Puddler Marshes. 



Folks unfamiliar with the area can meet at the Visitor Center off NYS-5/US-20, 
which we will leave promptly at 7am, caravanning to the overlook on East Road 
(here: 43.0115,-76.7588), arriving at 7:15am. From there we will walk as a 
group down the hill and onto the dikes where refuge vehicles drive. There we 
will spend perhaps 3 hours enjoying all birds but concentrating on the 
shorebirds. 



If you have them, please bring a field guide, binoculars, and a spotting scope. 
If you lack any of these, but want to learn about shorebirds, please join us 
anyway. A few other people with scopes and experience have volunteered to help 
teach about the birds we hope to see. I encourage everyone to share what they 
see and hear, especially if they don't yet know the ID. 



It's an easy walk with lots of standing around, out in the weather, with some 
tall weeds around. There is no fee. 




For those inclined to study, this past Sunday we saw:

Killdeer
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher



Greater Yellowlegs was in the area, but I didn't see it on the walk. 
Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, and a Black-necked Stilt had been 
reported recently but not on Sunday. Several additional species are likely to 
show up as the southbound migration continues. 


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From: Caroline Manring <carolinemanring AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:32:54 -0400
Here's a blog entry I've just done that covers an issue I brought up awhile
ago about disappearing bluebirds:

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Subject: Re: Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:52:23 -0400
Come to think of it, a few year's back I saw 2 Canada Geese fearlessly 
go after a balk eagle who had come too near where they were....

And I must say, I am always very impressed with a smaller bird's 
willingness to protect...........a profile in courage.


On 7/18/2016 2:45 PM, AB Clark wrote:
> And the dangers are real:  I saw Red-winged Blackbirds lose their 
> nests to large bumbling goose families that, heads in the air, simply 
> walked the nests over and into the swamp.  It doesn’t require a 
> predator to do damage!
>
> Anne
>> On Jul 18, 2016, at 2:00 PM, Asher Hockett > > wrote:
>>
>> I have see R-w Blackbirds attack deer like this, grabbing hold just 
>> back of the shoulders, to get them to move away from their nest.
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Subject: Re: Eastern Kingbird terrorist!!
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:41:22 -0400
I've had barn swallows mercilessly dive bombing my cat all 
summer.............and, at times, quite far from the nest!


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> Back in the 1960s whenever my stepfather would go to work in his 
> garden or just out into his yard, an Eastern kingbird
>
> would would suddenly appear & constantly dive at his head whether or 
> not he was wearing a cap. That went on most all
>
> summer. The bird never bothered anyone else. However, I  have seen E. 
> kingbirds  showing aggressive behavior towards
>
> adults once in a while in the last 10 yrs. or so with no /apparent 
> /nest or young birds nearby. Here, male tree swallows dive
>
> bomb anyone who gets near the birdbox after the eggs hatch but the 
> bluebird males don't. Nature is interesting.
>
> Fritzie,
>
> Union Springs, NY
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:27:28 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - July 18, 2016
*  NYSY  07. 18. 16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 11, 2016 
- July 18, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY 
counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands 
Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, 
Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: July 18  AT 5:00 p.m. 
(EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of July 11, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONWHIP-POOR-WILLRED-HEADED WOODPECKERPROTHONOTARY 
WARBLERCLAY-COLORED SPARROWORCHARD ORIOLE 


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

     12 species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week, most 
coming along the Wildlife Drive or in Knox-Marsellus Marsh.     7/13: A 
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.     7/14: A 
STILT SANDPIPER was among seven shorebird species seen along the wildlife 
Drive. Dowitchers were seen also but were not positively identified.     
7/17: 5 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS including 3 fledglings were seen on the Erie 
Canal north of Tschache Pool. They were seen from kayaks as there is no foot 
access to this location. Another adult PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen from a 
kayak on the east side of Howland Island. 


Onondaga County------------
     7/12: Four species of shorebirds including SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER were 
seen at Jamesville Beach.     7/16: An adult male RUDDY DUCK continues at 
Beaver Lake.     7/17: 2 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen in the fields above Green 
Lakes State Park. Five species of shorebirds including LEAST SANDPIPER were 
seen in a wet area along New Seneca Turnpike northeast of Skaneateles. A 
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen from Mercer Park in Baldwinsville.  


Oneida County------------
     7/11: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary 
south of Clinton.     7/14: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen in the woods 
east of Verona Beach State Park. 


Herkimer County------------
     7/11: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was again heard in an area in the Town of 
Salisbury on private property.     7/17: 6 species of shorebirds including 
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER were seen in a pond on McKoons Road north of Mohawk. 

  




                       --end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: Eastern Kingbird terrorist!!
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:14:41 -0400
Back in the 1960s whenever my stepfather would go to work in his garden 
or just out into his yard, an Eastern kingbird

would would suddenly appear & constantly dive at his head whether or not 
he was wearing a cap. That went on most all

summer. The bird never bothered anyone else. However, I  have seen E. 
kingbirds  showing aggressive behavior towards

adults once in a while in the last 10 yrs. or so with no /apparent /nest 
or young birds nearby. Here, male tree swallows dive

bomb anyone who gets near the birdbox after the eggs hatch but the 
bluebird males don't. Nature is interesting.

Fritzie,

Union Springs, NY


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Subject: RE: Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:50:03 +0000
While arriving at CLO for Wed. evening lecture of Spring Field Ornithology 
class in spring, I attempted to go to the main entrance by walking under the 
overhanging eaves of the building, when a very aggressive gander ran out and 
chased me all the way around to the main stonewall walkway ! Somebody should 
have had a video camera handy to record the ridiculous sight of me running and 
laughing while the goose chased me, honking all the way! Later, I saw a goose 
on a nest near the part of that small marsh that is down towards the delivery 
entrance. 


Donna

Lansing Station Road
Lansing

From: bounce-120632962-15001843 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-120632962-15001843 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Mike Pitzrick 

Sent: Monday, July 18, 2016 2:01 PM
To: Paul Schmitt 
Cc: Dave K ; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
 

Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds

A couple of years ago by the Lab of O I saw a Canada Goose repeated land on the 
shoulders of a white-tailed deer and peck the back of the neck and head, 
driving it away from a nearby nest. I seem to recall that some of the Lab staff 
chose an alternate entrance to the building for a couple of weeks to avoid this 
aggressive gander. 


-Mike

On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 1:49 PM, Paul Schmitt 
> wrote: 

This got me to recalling that last summer I saw a RW Blackbird take offense at 
some Canada Geese there were too close to a nest at MNWR. The male RWB attached 
the gander's back, taking hold and riding him out of the area. It appeared the 
blackbird knew just where to be clear of the gander's beak. 

Paul Schmitt

On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 1:42 PM, Dave K 
> wrote: 


On the Eastern end of Eaton Marsh this AM, Kingbirds were defending against an 
Osprey. It's the first time I've seen the Kingbirds red crown which, 
apparently, they use in this situation. 


https://flic.kr/p/K6Q3AJ

https://flic.kr/p/K6NNDN
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on behalf of Dave Nutter > 

Sent: Sunday, July 17, 2016 10:31 PM
To: Cayuga Birds
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds

As I drove south on NYS-89 west of Cayuga Lake this afternoon I saw a 
Red-tailed Hawk ahead, flying vigorously alongside the road, apparently having 
just been persuaded by an Eastern Kingbird to vacate a typical perch atop a 
power pole. As they crossed in front of me, the Kingbird closed the gap 
completely and appeared to land and remain between the shoulders of the flying 
hawk. They disappeared, still attached, behind farm buildings before I could 
tell what damage the Kingbird inflicted, but I bet it was pretty uncomfortable. 
Meanwhile second Kingbird had also joined the chase. 


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I have not really, not yet, talked with otter
about his life.

He has so many teeth, he has trouble
with vowels.

Wherefore our understanding
is all body expression —

he swims like the sleekest fish,
he dives and exhales and lifts a trail of bubbles.
Little by little he trusts my eyes
and my curious body sitting on the shore.

Sometimes he comes close.
I admire his whiskers
and his dark fur which I would rather die than wear.

He has no words, still what he tells about his life
is clear.
He does not own a computer.
He imagines the river will last forever.

He does not envy the dry house I live in.
He does not wonder who or what it is that I worship.
He wonders, morning after morning, that the river
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Subject: Re: Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds
From: AB Clark <anneb.clark AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:45:32 -0400
And the dangers are real: I saw Red-winged Blackbirds lose their nests to large 
bumbling goose families that, heads in the air, simply walked the nests over 
and into the swamp. It doesn’t require a predator to do damage! 


Anne
> On Jul 18, 2016, at 2:00 PM, Asher Hockett  wrote:
> 
> I have see R-w Blackbirds attack deer like this, grabbing hold just back of 
the shoulders, to get them to move away from their nest. 

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Subject: Re: Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds
From: Mike Pitzrick <mpitzrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:00:50 -0400
A couple of years ago by the Lab of O I saw a Canada Goose repeated land on
the shoulders of a white-tailed deer and peck the back of the neck and
head, driving it away from a nearby nest.  I seem to recall that some of
the Lab staff chose an alternate entrance to the building for a couple of
weeks to avoid this aggressive gander.

-Mike

On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 1:49 PM, Paul Schmitt  wrote:

> This got me to recalling that last summer I saw a RW Blackbird take
> offense at some Canada Geese there were too close to a nest at MNWR.  The
> male RWB attached the gander's back, taking hold and riding him out of the
> area.  It appeared the blackbird knew just where to be clear of the
> gander's beak.
>
> Paul Schmitt
>
> On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 1:42 PM, Dave K  wrote:
>
>> On the Eastern end of Eaton Marsh this AM, Kingbirds were defending
>> against an Osprey. It's the first time I've seen the Kingbirds red crown
>> which, apparently, they use in this situation.
>>
>> https://flic.kr/p/K6Q3AJ
>>
>> https://flic.kr/p/K6NNDN
>>
>> 
>>
>>
>> 
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>> *From:* bounce-120630872-25047173 AT list.cornell.edu <
>> bounce-120630872-25047173 AT list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Dave Nutter <
>> nutter.dave AT me.com>
>> *Sent:* Sunday, July 17, 2016 10:31 PM
>> *To:* Cayuga Birds
>> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds
>>
>> As I drove south on NYS-89 west of Cayuga Lake this afternoon I saw a
>> Red-tailed Hawk ahead, flying vigorously alongside the road, apparently
>> having just been persuaded by an Eastern Kingbird to vacate a typical perch
>> atop a power pole. As they crossed in front of me, the Kingbird closed the
>> gap completely and appeared to land and remain between the shoulders of the
>> flying hawk. They disappeared, still attached, behind farm buildings before
>> I could tell what damage the Kingbird inflicted, but I bet it was pretty
>> uncomfortable. Meanwhile second Kingbird had also joined the chase.
>>
>> --Dave Nutter
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I have not really, not yet, talked with otter
about his life.

He has so many teeth, he has trouble
with vowels.

Wherefore our understanding
is all body expression —

he swims like the sleekest fish,
he dives and exhales and lifts a trail of bubbles.
Little by little he trusts my eyes
and my curious body sitting on the shore.

Sometimes he comes close.
I admire his whiskers
and his dark fur which I would rather die than wear.

He has no words, still what he tells about his life
is clear.
He does not own a computer.
He imagines the river will last forever.

He does not envy the dry house I live in.
He does not wonder who or what it is that I worship.
He wonders, morning after morning, that the river
is so cold and fresh and alive, and still
I don’t jump in.

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From: Asher Hockett <veery715 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:00:12 -0400
I have see R-w Blackbirds attack deer like this, grabbing hold just back of
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Subject: Re: Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds
From: Paul Schmitt <pschmitt9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:49:47 -0400
This got me to recalling that last summer I saw a RW Blackbird take offense
at some Canada Geese there were too close to a nest at MNWR.  The male RWB
attached the gander's back, taking hold and riding him out of the area.  It
appeared the blackbird knew just where to be clear of the gander's beak.

Paul Schmitt

On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 1:42 PM, Dave K  wrote:

> On the Eastern end of Eaton Marsh this AM, Kingbirds were defending
> against an Osprey. It's the first time I've seen the Kingbirds red crown
> which, apparently, they use in this situation.
>
> https://flic.kr/p/K6Q3AJ
>
> https://flic.kr/p/K6NNDN
>
> 
>
>
> 
>
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* bounce-120630872-25047173 AT list.cornell.edu <
> bounce-120630872-25047173 AT list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Dave Nutter <
> nutter.dave AT me.com>
> *Sent:* Sunday, July 17, 2016 10:31 PM
> *To:* Cayuga Birds
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds
>
> As I drove south on NYS-89 west of Cayuga Lake this afternoon I saw a
> Red-tailed Hawk ahead, flying vigorously alongside the road, apparently
> having just been persuaded by an Eastern Kingbird to vacate a typical perch
> atop a power pole. As they crossed in front of me, the Kingbird closed the
> gap completely and appeared to land and remain between the shoulders of the
> flying hawk. They disappeared, still attached, behind farm buildings before
> I could tell what damage the Kingbird inflicted, but I bet it was pretty
> uncomfortable. Meanwhile second Kingbird had also joined the chase.
>
> --Dave Nutter
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Subject: Re: Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:42:32 +0000
On the Eastern end of Eaton Marsh this AM, Kingbirds were defending against an 
Osprey. It's the first time I've seen the Kingbirds red crown which, 
apparently, they use in this situation. 


https://flic.kr/p/K6Q3AJ

https://flic.kr/p/K6NNDN


[https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7675/28289055592_8e8ba2fde7_b.jpg][https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7675/28289055592_8e8ba2fde7_b.jpg] 




[https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7650/28289297622_f11613a88a_b.jpg][https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7650/28289297622_f11613a88a_b.jpg] 





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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds

As I drove south on NYS-89 west of Cayuga Lake this afternoon I saw a 
Red-tailed Hawk ahead, flying vigorously alongside the road, apparently having 
just been persuaded by an Eastern Kingbird to vacate a typical perch atop a 
power pole. As they crossed in front of me, the Kingbird closed the gap 
completely and appeared to land and remain between the shoulders of the flying 
hawk. They disappeared, still attached, behind farm buildings before I could 
tell what damage the Kingbird inflicted, but I bet it was pretty uncomfortable. 
Meanwhile second Kingbird had also joined the chase. 


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Subject: Sunset Paddle and Birding on Cayuga Lake - July 21
From: Chris Lajewski <lajewskic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:54:06 +0000 (UTC)
Join the Montezuma Audubon Center this Thursday, July 21 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 
p.m. for a guided sunset paddle on Cayuga Lake. We’ll explore the waterways, 
marshes and swamps of this Important Bird Area and enjoy the songbirds, 
waterfowl and raptors soaring in the air and swimming on the water. This is a 
great opportunity to see Bald Eagles, Osprey and the rare Bufflehead that was 
found this weekend. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Space is 
limited and registration is required. Call 315-365-3588 or email 
montezuma AT audubon.org. Fee: $8/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, 
$25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). 


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Subject: Why larger predatory birds flee smaller birds
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:31:59 +0000 (GMT)
As I drove south on NYS-89 west of Cayuga Lake this afternoon I saw a 
Red-tailed Hawk ahead, flying vigorously alongside the road, apparently having 
just been persuaded by an Eastern Kingbird to vacate a typical perch atop a 
power pole. As they crossed in front of me, the Kingbird closed the gap 
completely and appeared to land and remain between the shoulders of the flying 
hawk. They disappeared, still attached, behind farm buildings before I could 
tell what damage the Kingbird inflicted, but I bet it was pretty uncomfortable. 
Meanwhile second Kingbird had also joined the chase. 


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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] This morning's Montezuma shorebirds walk, and future?
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:16:25 +0000 (GMT)
Correction on the shorebird list: it should say "Semipalmated Plover - a 
couple" after Killdeer. 


So far I have one volunteer co-teacher next weekend, preferably Sunday again, 
and one maybe participant. 


--Dave Nutter

On Jul 17, 2016, at 08:28 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:


How much interest is there in doing a trip next weekend? Please reply to me 
ASAP. 




Thanks to Andrea Van Beusichem and Linda Ziemba at Montezuma NWR, this morning 
we had a shorebird walk on the dikes at Knox-Marsellus and Puddler Marshes, 
where the public is otherwise prohibited. With 5 days notice as a single 
message on CayugaBirds-L, forwarded to Oneidabirds, plus whatever publicity 
happened at the refuge, we garnered 25 participants, a mix of expert 
ornithologists with big lens cameras, dedicated experienced amateurs with 
scopes, and birders of various other levels eager to learn. I want to 
particularly thank Bob McGuire for helping teach, as well as anyone else who 
was helping beyond my hearing as we spread out. Next time, if there is interest 
in a next time, I am thinking of more formally getting any volunteer teachers 
who attend, such as Bob and myself today, directly grouped with people who want 
to learn, so that there is no hesitation to ask questions or use teachers' 
scopes, and I think I can concentrate on more teaching in the future now that I 
am warmed up for the season. 




Good shorebird habitat is relatively limited to the north and east sides of 
each impoundment because drought has lowered the water level, yet there has 
been enough rain for vegetation to thoroughly cover what in a 'normal' year 
would have been distant and gradually moving fingers of water and mud. The 
shorebirds are now closer to the dikes as would be expected a month or two 
later in the season. We got good scope views without heat shimmer, but the 
habitat may not last the season here, and I don't know if it will be extensive 
enough to draw the large numbers of shorebirds when the juveniles and uncommon 
species would be expected a month from now. (Don't despair: as Pete Saracino 
wrote, and Linda Ziemba repeated to me this afternoon, the refuge plans to make 
available as shorebird habitat succession of areas along the Wildlife Drive 
despite the drought). Another issue is that, between the dike 'road', where we 
walked and stood, and the water and mud we were looking at, the vegetation was 
pretty tall, particularly some type of wild carrot, making aiming scopes a bit 
tricky. I don't know whether or when refuge staff might be able to lower some 
of this or cut a few windows. Anyway, my thought is to schedule these trips a 
week at a time rather than commit to a whole season of walks on these dikes, so 
I want to gauge interest for next week. 




We took a leisurely 3 hour walk from the East Road overlook along the north 
side of K-M and around the bend a short distance along the east side of K-M. 
From that vantage, Puddler seemed not to harbor shorebirds so we didn't go 
there, nor did there appear to be additional species of shorebirds farther 
south along the east side of K-M. We saw at least 9 species of shorebirds, with 
excellent scope views of them all: 




Killdeer - several

Semipalmated Sandpiper - a couple

Spotted Sandpiper - several

Solitary Sandpipe - (irony alert!) a couple

Lesser Yellowlegs - several

Least Sandpiper - many

Semipalmated Sandpiper - a few

Pectoral Sandpiper - 1 (early enough to be labeled rare by eBird but not rare 
later on) 


Short-billed Dowitcher - 5



There may also have been a Greater Yellowlegs that I missed, but I did see one 
later at Eaton Marsh on the Wildlife Drive, so this species is not absent from 
the area. The rare/early Long-billed Dowitcher identified by experts at a 
distance recently was not to be found. 




Other cool birds I recall offhand included:

16 brown Sandhill Cranes

several female & or immature Baltimore Orioles

a singing Indigo Bunting which provided great views to some folks

Caspian Tern adults flying and resting

Black Terns flying, both in breeding and non-breeding plumage

at least 1 of the 2 recent domestic Graylag Geese raising its periscope from 
the dense high vegetation 


a singing Willow Flycatcher conveniently perched in its namesake

a ragged molting male Bobolink



After the main walk, 7 of us explored the dikes entering from Towpath Road, 
which is dry but bumpily slow-going. On the open mud near a large cattail stand 
in the southeast corner of K-M we saw at least 3, maybe 4, immature Virginia 
Rails, plus another in the channel beside Towpath Road, all of which could be 
scoped without going past the 'authorized personnel only' signs. These may be 
some members of the flock of 7 downy black chicks Ann Mitchell and I saw with 
an adult a few weeks ago. Today we did not see or hear any Least Bittern in 
this cattail stand even though a bird had been calling there a lot a few weeks 
ago. Maybe they gave up on that site when the water under the cattails dried 
up. Another interesting sighting from here was all the distant gulls and 
shorebirds in the northeast part of K-M flushing due to an aggressively diving 
raptor which turned out to be a male Northern Harrier, a species that typically 
cruises benignly over low over marshes. Unsuccessful, he soared high then 
glided away to the southwest. 




During a brief glance at the east side of Puddler from the end of Towpath Rd 
very early this morning I saw a few distant unidentified shorebirds. When we 
checked them out at mid-day they turned out to be Killdeer, Least Sandpipers, 
and Least Sandpiper. We only found Great Blue Herons, no Black-crowned 
Night-Herons (yet?), in the trees and bushes along the outside edge of the 
Puddler dike. We also added our first Bald Eagle, an immature flying over. 




The final stop was on South Mays Point Road, looking east/downstream from the 
bridge, where a very cooperative Red-headed Woodpecker took several flycatching 
sallies out over the Clyde River from a large dead tree just beyond the big 
gravel 'Fishing Access' parking lot before disappearing south into the woods 
where I assume this year's nest tree is located. 


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Subject: This morning's Montezuma shorebirds walk, and future?
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:28:10 +0000 (GMT)
How much interest is there in doing a trip next weekend? Please reply to me 
ASAP. 




Thanks to Andrea Van Beusichem and Linda Ziemba at Montezuma NWR, this morning 
we had a shorebird walk on the dikes at Knox-Marsellus and Puddler Marshes, 
where the public is otherwise prohibited. With 5 days notice as a single 
message on CayugaBirds-L, forwarded to Oneidabirds, plus whatever publicity 
happened at the refuge, we garnered 25 participants, a mix of expert 
ornithologists with big lens cameras, dedicated experienced amateurs with 
scopes, and birders of various other levels eager to learn. I want to 
particularly thank Bob McGuire for helping teach, as well as anyone else who 
was helping beyond my hearing as we spread out. Next time, if there is interest 
in a next time, I am thinking of more formally getting any volunteer teachers 
who attend, such as Bob and myself today, directly grouped with people who want 
to learn, so that there is no hesitation to ask questions or use teachers' 
scopes, and I think I can concentrate on more teaching in the future now that I 
am warmed up for the season. 




Good shorebird habitat is relatively limited to the north and east sides of 
each impoundment because drought has lowered the water level, yet there has 
been enough rain for vegetation to thoroughly cover what in a 'normal' year 
would have been distant and gradually moving fingers of water and mud. The 
shorebirds are now closer to the dikes as would be expected a month or two 
later in the season. We got good scope views without heat shimmer, but the 
habitat may not last the season here, and I don't know if it will be extensive 
enough to draw the large numbers of shorebirds when the juveniles and uncommon 
species would be expected a month from now. (Don't despair: as Pete Saracino 
wrote, and Linda Ziemba repeated to me this afternoon, the refuge plans to make 
available as shorebird habitat succession of areas along the Wildlife Drive 
despite the drought). Another issue is that, between the dike 'road', where we 
walked and stood, and the water and mud we were looking at, the vegetation was 
pretty tall, particularly some type of wild carrot, making aiming scopes a bit 
tricky. I don't know whether or when refuge staff might be able to lower some 
of this or cut a few windows. Anyway, my thought is to schedule these trips a 
week at a time rather than commit to a whole season of walks on these dikes, so 
I want to gauge interest for next week. 




We took a leisurely 3 hour walk from the East Road overlook along the north 
side of K-M and around the bend a short distance along the east side of K-M. 
From that vantage, Puddler seemed not to harbor shorebirds so we didn't go 
there, nor did there appear to be additional species of shorebirds farther 
south along the east side of K-M. We saw at least 9 species of shorebirds, with 
excellent scope views of them all: 




Killdeer - several

Semipalmated Sandpiper - a couple

Spotted Sandpiper - several

Solitary Sandpipe - (irony alert!) a couple

Lesser Yellowlegs - several

Least Sandpiper - many

Semipalmated Sandpiper - a few

Pectoral Sandpiper - 1 (early enough to be labeled rare by eBird but not rare 
later on) 


Short-billed Dowitcher - 5



There may also have been a Greater Yellowlegs that I missed, but I did see one 
later at Eaton Marsh on the Wildlife Drive, so this species is not absent from 
the area. The rare/early Long-billed Dowitcher identified by experts at a 
distance recently was not to be found. 




Other cool birds I recall offhand included:

16 brown Sandhill Cranes

several female & or immature Baltimore Orioles

a singing Indigo Bunting which provided great views to some folks

Caspian Tern adults flying and resting

Black Terns flying, both in breeding and non-breeding plumage

at least 1 of the 2 recent domestic Graylag Geese raising its periscope from 
the dense high vegetation 


a singing Willow Flycatcher conveniently perched in its namesake

a ragged molting male Bobolink



After the main walk, 7 of us explored the dikes entering from Towpath Road, 
which is dry but bumpily slow-going. On the open mud near a large cattail stand 
in the southeast corner of K-M we saw at least 3, maybe 4, immature Virginia 
Rails, plus another in the channel beside Towpath Road, all of which could be 
scoped without going past the 'authorized personnel only' signs. These may be 
some members of the flock of 7 downy black chicks Ann Mitchell and I saw with 
an adult a few weeks ago. Today we did not see or hear any Least Bittern in 
this cattail stand even though a bird had been calling there a lot a few weeks 
ago. Maybe they gave up on that site when the water under the cattails dried 
up. Another interesting sighting from here was all the distant gulls and 
shorebirds in the northeast part of K-M flushing due to an aggressively diving 
raptor which turned out to be a male Northern Harrier, a species that typically 
cruises benignly over low over marshes. Unsuccessful, he soared high then 
glided away to the southwest. 




During a brief glance at the east side of Puddler from the end of Towpath Rd 
very early this morning I saw a few distant unidentified shorebirds. When we 
checked them out at mid-day they turned out to be Killdeer, Least Sandpipers, 
and Least Sandpiper. We only found Great Blue Herons, no Black-crowned 
Night-Herons (yet?), in the trees and bushes along the outside edge of the 
Puddler dike. We also added our first Bald Eagle, an immature flying over. 




The final stop was on South Mays Point Road, looking east/downstream from the 
bridge, where a very cooperative Red-headed Woodpecker took several flycatching 
sallies out over the Clyde River from a large dead tree just beyond the big 
gravel 'Fishing Access' parking lot before disappearing south into the woods 
where I assume this year's nest tree is located. 


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Subject: New yard birds: BB Cuckoos and Woodcock!
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 20:41:10 +0000
HI all,

When a sleek rusty bird with a long tail landed in one of the cottonwoods along 
the stream on my property, I immediately thought "cuckoo", particularly after 
it gave a harsh call that even caught my non-birder hubby's attention. Indeed 
it was a Black-billed Cuckoo. It started pecking a web-covered twig, from the 
bottom of which suddenly poured numerous tiny caterpillars, hurrying as fast as 
a caterpillar CAN hurry down silken threads that presumably they had just 
dropped from their rapidly disintegrating webby home. It was pretty amusing to 
watch. The cuckoo got plenty though, and then I realized there were actually 
two cuckoos, the other one nearby that took over when the first finished 
snacking. 


That species counts as a yard first, a deck first, and a while-eating-breakfast 
first ;-) 


Another yard bird: during the past two weeks we've been flushing an American 
Woodcock regularly from the vicinity of our compost heap. Neither of us has 
been able to sneak up on it while it's still on the ground to get a better 
look, but its gorgeous rufous color and bold black stripes on either side of 
its dorsal surface as it flies off are pretty distinctive. The compost heap is 
a bit up from the bank of the stream and the woodcock flies off into the beaver 
meadow next door, which is pretty good habitat for that species. 


These 2 new yard birds brings the number of species I've seen perched in or 
flying over my yard during the past 32 years to 92! 


Marie


Marie Read Wildlife Photography
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Freeville NY  13068 USA

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Subject: Stewart Park Highlights Today
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 17:40:38 -0400
Today, Ann Mitchell and I assisted this morning's Lab of O's Bird Sleuth
Summer Educator Retreat bird walk in Stewart Park (7-8:30am).  Participants
included a middle school teacher from Los Angeles who teaches an eighth
grade ornithology elective for 80 students in addition to a birding section
in her 7th grade science class.  Her district supports her in offering this
class, and she got a grant to buy binoculars for the class!  They go out
once a week to bird and four days are spent in class.  She was very excited
to get 23 new life birds on this outing. There were also two Peruvian
Amazonian tour guides among many educators.

It was a gorgeous morning and very bird active along the shore.   Jody
simultaneously met another group out at Cass Park.   Highlights included:
 three Green Herons flying from the Swan Pond and then from willow to
willow down the shoreline and back around to the pond.  They
"chirped/squawked" loudly within the trees.  I don't remember seeing these
guys last year, and I am wondering if they are part of the migration Dave
Nutter announced?

Last year, I recall the American Bittern was hanging out in this pond for
most of the summer. Did it return?

Other highlights for participants:  Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow Warbler,
female or immature Hooded Merganser hanging out with 4 Mallards, Northern
Flicker adult and immature, Fish Crows and American Crows calling, Wood
Frog calling, Cedar Waxwing, DC Cormorants, GB Gull, highly cooperative
Kingfishers, female Wood Duck, 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds, Osprey, kingbirds
begging and being fed by a parent at the pond, ...  I think Jody said we
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Subject: Montezuma Wildlife Drive Today Thursday 7/14/16
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:30:42 -0400
Did a "quick" birding trip through Montezuma Wildlife Drive today and the
number
of shorebirds is increasing although still not near what was at
Knox-Marcellus
a week or so ago.  Time flies when birding, my "quick" trip was almost 90
minutes!

The channel before Larue's continues to have the typical SOLITARY
SANDPIPERS,
SPOTTED SANDPIPER, KILLDEER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS.

Over the main pool there were loads of WOOD DUCK, PIED-BILLED GREBES, with
lots of young. Also COMMON GALLINULE and AMERICAN COOT. I managed
only a lone AMERICAN WIGEON and did not get the recent RING-NECKED DUCKS
that were seen here. There were also loads of EASTERN KINGBIRDS in several
family groups. I also saw many BLACK TERNS, there were a lot of immatures,
and adults
with some adults showing signs of molting from their alternate or breeding
plumage
already.

Eaton Marsh, (not Benning Marsh) has increasing numbers of shorebirds(again
not anything like K-M marsh) but I was happy to see (up close), lots of
LESSER YELLOWLEGS, a couple GREATER YELLOWLEGS and one STILT
SANDPIPER. This bird was beginning its molt or in a very worn
alternate/breeding
plumage. It was with 3 dowitchers of which had rufous/orangish color all
the way
to the undertail coverts. These birds were still looking like they were in
at least a worn breeding
plumage. Their size didn't strike me as big or "chunky" enough for a
long-billed
but I have mistaken this before. My assumption is they are likely the
Prairie
race of the Short-billed Dowitcher (hendersoni) but I could be wrong.
Unfortunately,
they along with the STILT SANDPIPER were in and out of vegetation and it
was
impossible to get any decent photos from my car, then an immature bald
eagle flew
by and stirred them all up. I only heard one LEAST SANDPIPER although there
could
have been more peeps that I missed. They are continuing to pump water into
Eaton
Marsh as well.

I didn't have much time to bird Benning Marsh as I was running short on
time. Water levels
are low there but there is some muddy areas and I could see peeps eventually
in there at some point especially if they can get more water in there as
planned.

Here is my ebird list....
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Best,
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Subject: CORRECTION EATON Marsh STILT SANDPIPER
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:52:48 -0400
sorry.
On Jul 14, 2016 12:51 PM, "David Nicosia"  wrote:

> 1 STILT SANDPIPER among lots of yellowlegs mostly lesser, 3 DOWITCHERS
> probably SBDO.
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Subject: Benning Marsh STILT SANDPIPER
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:51:31 -0400
1 STILT SANDPIPER among lots of yellowlegs mostly lesser, 3 DOWITCHERS
probably SBDO.

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Subject: RE:Loon on Cayuga Lake
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 01:39:25 +0000
I saw a lone Loon on Cayuga Lake by Lansing Station Rd. July 3 while peddling 
around on my pontoon bicycle. I was able to get a good close look at it; it 
didn't seem to know what I was on that contraption and let me get fairly close. 


Donna Scott
Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Loon on Cayuga Lake

We launched a canoe at Salt Point this morning and headed north for a bit of a 
workout in anticipation of an upcoming Canadian paddle trip (Loon country). 
What a surprise to find a lone Loon hanging out about a mile or so north of 
Salt Point. He/she even gave us a vocalization, as if to confirm. 


Lois Chaplin
Beam Hill

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Subject: Loon on Cayuga Lake
From: "Lois E. Chaplin" <lec4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:43:39 +0000
We launched a canoe at Salt Point this morning and headed north for a bit of a 
workout in anticipation of an upcoming Canadian paddle trip (Loon country). 
What a surprise to find a lone Loon hanging out about a mile or so north of 
Salt Point. He/she even gave us a vocalization, as if to confirm. 


Lois Chaplin
Beam Hill


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Subject: Shorebird habitat at Montezuma Refuge
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 18:05:03 -0400
Hi All, FYI in case you haven't seen this.
Pete Saracino

Please see Linda's note below about water management for shorebirds from 
now until fall waterfowl migration.  Very helpful info as people will 
soon be coming to look for shorebirds and others will wonder (as they 
do) "where's the water?"!

Andrea VanBeusichem
Visitor Services Manager
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
3395 U.S. Route 20 East
Seneca Falls, New York 13148
315/568-5987, extension 228

Hi Andrea,

I thought it might help the VC volunteers to let them know what's 
happening with shorebird habitat on the Refuge.  Please forward this 
email to them.

We strive to provide habitat for shorebirds for the entire duration of 
both their northbound and southbound migrations, generally from April to 
November.  Good shorebird habitat generally consists of shallow water 
wetlands (less than 4 inches deep) and mudflats with sparse 
vegetation (less than 15 percent cover).  As soil is exposed in order to 
provide mudflats, seeds germinate and vegetation begin to grow, thus 
decreasing the quality of the habitat for shorebirds.  This means that 
we can only maintain shorebird habitat at each location for a limited 
amount of time.  (Usually the plants that grow provide good habitat for 
fall migrating waterfowl.)  From April through November, we rotate the 
impoundments that are drawn down for shorebirds so we can provide 
habitat through these months.

This summer has been very dry.  Knox-Marsellus and Puddler Marshes have 
good shorebird habitat right now, but it won't last.  We do not have the 
ability to add water to these impoundments without more rain than we've 
been getting so there's nothing we can do there at this time.  Eaton 
Marsh has good shorebird habitat right now and should continue to have 
good habitat.  The soil there is different so the relatively open 
habitat can be maintained through the season.  We mowed and disked the 
dense perennial vegetation in Benning Marsh and are in the process of 
adding water.  It should provide habitat for shorebirds once it is 
shallowly flooded.  We are waiting to mow, disk, and shallowly flood the 
Visitor Center Wetland until later in the season when Knox and Puddler 
are no longer providing as much habitat.  We will very shallowly flood 
both Larue's Lagoon and the new impoundment north of Larue's Lagoon 
(Seneca Flats) when we are done with invasive plant control work in 
those impoundments.

I hope this helps.


Linda Chorba Ziemba
Wildlife Biologist
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
3395 US Route 20 East
Seneca Falls, NY 13148-9423
Phone:  315-568-5987 ext. 225
Fax:  315-568-8835


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Subject: Montezuma NWR shorebird walk this Sunday, 17 July
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:19:50 +0000 (GMT)
The southbound shorebird migration is underway, and many of them are gathering 
at Montezuma NWR. In recent days there have been Solitary Sandpipers, Greater 
and Lesser Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitchers and at least one Long-billed 
Dowitcher, Pectoral Sandpiper, Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, in addition 
to the locally breeding Spotted Sandpipers and Killdeer, plus more species are 
on their way. Recent finds which have not been reported in awhile include 
Wilson's Phalarope and Black-necked Stilt. 




I've gotten permission to lead a shorebird walk on Sunday 17 July onto the 
dikes around Knox-Marsellus and Puddler Marshes of Montezuma NWR, areas which 
the refuge usually keeps closed to the public. This is a great opportunity to 
see and compare a variety of shorebirds, plus there are many other great birds 
in these marshes. 




For folks who have gone on these walks in previous summers the guidelines will 
be familiar: The walks are open to the public. There is no fee. We will meet at 
the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center on NY-5/US-20. This trip will be leaving the 
Visitor Center promptly at 7am, driving directly to the overlook on East Road 
(located here: 43.0115,-76.7588) arriving about 7:15am. Although it's okay to 
arrive late or leave early, please do not jump the gun and go onto the dikes 
before the main group. I'd like to stay together, at least initially, so that 
we can share what we find. I hope we don't flush many birds but if we do I'd at 
least like everyone to have a chance to see them. If you have a spotting scope, 
please bring it and be willing to share views and expertise.  




The terrain will be easy, level except for the descent from and climb back up 
to East Road. We will be where refuge vehicles drive, so it will have been 
mowed sometime recently. Mud and standing water should not be an issue where we 
walk, but dew may be. There will be a mile or two of walking, depending on how 
far you want to go, plus a lot of standing around. Plan on at least a couple 
hours, although I generally stay longer. Insects have surprisingly not been a 
problem in the past, but if you want to use repellent, especially against 
ticks, I wouldn't blame you. There is no shade, and the weather will get hot, 
even though we are starting fairly early, so you may want to bring water and a 
sun hat. Please do not bring dogs. 




I hope to see many of you - and many more birds - there.

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:17:24 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - July 11, 2016
*  NYSY  07. 11. 16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 04, 2016 
- July 11, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY 
counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands 
Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, 
Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: July 11  AT 1:00 p.m. 
(EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of July 04, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
LEAST BITTERNBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONBLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK 
(Extralimital)RING-NECKED DUCKLONG-BILLED DOWITCHERBLACK TERNRED-HEADED 
WOODPECKERSWAINSON’S THRUSHPROTHONOTARY WARBLERORCHARD ORIOLE 


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

     10 species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week, most 
coming from Knox-Marsellus Pool. Best bird was a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER.     
7/7: 2 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were seen while kayaking on the Clyde River on the 
north side of Tschache Pool. Note there is no walking access to this spot.   
  7/9: A LEAST BITTERN was seen along the Wildlife Drive. A BLACK-CROWNED 
NIGHT-HERON was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was 
again seen on South Mays Point Road. 26 BLACK TERNS were seen at Kip Island. 


Onondaga County------------
     7/7: SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were 
spotted on Gully Road off of New Turnpike Road northeast of Skaneateles.     
7/9: An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen along the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. 
6 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen in the fields above Green Lakes State Park. 


Madison County------------
     7/5: A rare for summer RING-NECKED DUCK was seen Woodman Pond.

Oneida County------------
     7/4: 3 SWAINSON’S THRUSHES were found near Lake Julia north of 
Remson.     7/6: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues at Spring Farm Nature 
Sanctuary south of Clinton. 


Cayuga County------------
     7/10: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the Bluff Picnic Area of 
Fairhaven State Park. 


Extralimital------------
     7/11: 6 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were spotted at Allan Tremen Park 
at the south end of Cayuga Lake (Tompkins County) in Ithaca. They were last 
seen north of this area on the Red Lighthouse Jetty. No reports since. 







                       --end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: Ithaca Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks NO
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:14:54 -0400
After being seen flying to the red lighthouse jetty and then disappearing
at dusk last night, the group of six Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks have not
been reported again. Livia and I spent a couple of hours searching the
shore at the south end of Cayuga Lake by kayak this morning, including
Stewart Park, Fall Creek along Renwick and Jetty Woods, Treman marina and
shoreline, channel/lagoon by Hog Hole in the SW corner of the lake (perfect
whistling-duck habitat!) and docks along the west side. We were, of course,
unsuccessful. They may well be at Montezuma by now, so keep an eye out if
you are up that way, or anywhere else on the lake for that matter.

In other odd duck news, a male COMMON GOLDENEYE is hanging around off of
Frontenac Park in Union Springs, along with a couple of lingering
BONAPARTE'S GULLS on the breakwall at the marina.

Jay

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Subject: BB Whistling Duck photos
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 23:41:40 -0400
Here are a few nice shots of the ducks at Treman Marina this evening:

https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10210160767713648

They were relaxed and at ease and many people got to see them. Around 7:30 a 
dog walker approached the area and flushed the surrounding gulls, but the ducks 
remained, though now isolated and less at ease. They remained til shortly after 
8 when they took off, flew up the inlet, and landed on the red lighthouse 
jetty, not easily visible from our position at Treman Marina. They evidently 
did not stay there long, as not long after they were no longer being seen. 


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Subject: Re: Report of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks at Treman Marina
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 21:35:17 +0000
I'm looking at 6 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Treman Marina now. Sitting 
with Gulls and Canada Geese at the water entrance to the boat dock. 

Gary

On Jul 10, 2016, at 5:23 PM, Jay McGowan 
> wrote: 



Someone reported 6 Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks from Treman Marina from 
earlier today. No more details yet so someone go confirm! 


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Subject: Report of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks at Treman Marina
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 17:23:01 -0400
Someone reported 6 Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks from Treman Marina from
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Subject: Re: Interesting downy woodpecker behavior
From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:07:02 -0400
Yes! I've had woodpeckers drinking from my hummingbird feeders for 
years. It's rather amusing to watch.

On 7/9/2016 10:14 AM, Nancy Cusumano wrote:
> It seem our little downy has learned how to sip from the humming bird 
> feeder.
> I find this to be such an interesting learned behavior.
> Has anyone else seen anything like this?
>
> Bad video attached -  I didn't want to move the curtain and spook him.
> And you can hardly tell it is a downy, but it is.
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Subject: Downy feeding at hummer feeder
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:25:36 -0400
All, here too, missed it on my list. Have seen them use that long tongue
more so than the bill which serves to keep it steady.
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On Sat, July 9, 2016 13:15, Karen Steffy wrote:
> Add red bellied woodpeckers to the list

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Subject: Re: Interesting downy woodpecker behavior
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:23:06 -0400
All, here too, missed it on my list. Have seen them use that long tongue
more so
than the bill which serves to keep it steady.
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"Conserve and Create Habitat"

On Sat, July 9, 2016 13:15, Karen Steffy wrote:
> Add red bellied woodpeckers to the list
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"Conserve and Create Habitat"

On Sat, July 9, 2016 10:14, Nancy Cusumano wrote:
> It seem our little downy has learned how to sip from the humming bird
> feeder.
> I find this to be such an interesting learned behavior.
> Has anyone else seen anything like this?
>
> Bad video attached -  I didn't want to move the curtain and spook him.
> And you can hardly tell it is a downy, but it is.
> Pics also posted to FB pages.
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Subject: Re: Interesting downy woodpecker behavior
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:19:21 -0400
Linda, here too, missed it on my list. Have seen them use that long tongue more 
so 

than the bill which serves to keep it steady.
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On Sat, July 9, 2016 13:15, Karen Steffy wrote:
> Add red bellied woodpeckers to the list of birds that drink from a
> hummingbird feeder. I have one that hangs on the edge  to help themselves.
> The long beak works very well.
> On Jul 9, 2016 11:55 AM, "Linda Orkin"  wrote:
>
>> I have seen Downy Woodpeckers sipping from YB Sapsucker wells. Very cool.
>>
>> Linda Orkin
>> Ithaca, NY.
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On Jul 9, 2016, at 10:14 AM, Nancy Cusumano 
>> wrote:
>>
>> It seem our little downy has learned how to sip from the humming bird
>> feeder.
>> I find this to be such an interesting learned behavior.
>> Has anyone else seen anything like this?
>>
>> Bad video attached -  I didn't want to move the curtain and spook him.
>> And you can hardly tell it is a downy, but it is.
>> Pics also posted to FB pages.
>>
>> https://youtu.be/5Q5bhkJ6PeQ
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Subject: Re: Interesting downy woodpecker behavior
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:17:38 -0400
We have had Downies using the hummingbird feeder for several years. We have 
also had 

chickadees, Hairy and a junco feed or attempt to. I think the sugar hit in this 
hot 

weather is what they seek. The hairy had to enlarge a port a bit!
John
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On Sat, July 9, 2016 10:14, Nancy Cusumano wrote:
> It seem our little downy has learned how to sip from the humming bird
> feeder.
> I find this to be such an interesting learned behavior.
> Has anyone else seen anything like this?
>
> Bad video attached -  I didn't want to move the curtain and spook him.
> And you can hardly tell it is a downy, but it is.
> Pics also posted to FB pages.
>
> https://youtu.be/5Q5bhkJ6PeQ
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Subject: Re: Interesting downy woodpecker behavior
From: Karen Steffy <wonderpony92 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:15:39 -0400
Add red bellied woodpeckers to the list of birds that drink from a
hummingbird feeder. I have one that hangs on the edge  to help themselves.
The long beak works very well.
On Jul 9, 2016 11:55 AM, "Linda Orkin"  wrote:

> I have seen Downy Woodpeckers sipping from YB Sapsucker wells. Very cool.
>
> Linda Orkin
> Ithaca, NY.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jul 9, 2016, at 10:14 AM, Nancy Cusumano 
> wrote:
>
> It seem our little downy has learned how to sip from the humming bird
> feeder.
> I find this to be such an interesting learned behavior.
> Has anyone else seen anything like this?
>
> Bad video attached -  I didn't want to move the curtain and spook him.
> And you can hardly tell it is a downy, but it is.
> Pics also posted to FB pages.
>
> https://youtu.be/5Q5bhkJ6PeQ
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Subject: Re: Interesting downy woodpecker behavior
From: Pat Martin <emartin139 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 12:55:59 -0400




Subject: Re: Interesting downy woodpecker behavior
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 11:54:59 -0400
I have seen Downy Woodpeckers sipping from YB Sapsucker wells. Very cool. 

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 9, 2016, at 10:14 AM, Nancy Cusumano  
wrote: 

> 
> It seem our little downy has learned how to sip from the humming bird feeder.
> I find this to be such an interesting learned behavior.
> Has anyone else seen anything like this?
> 
> Bad video attached -  I didn't want to move the curtain and spook him.
> And you can hardly tell it is a downy, but it is.
> Pics also posted to FB pages.
> 
> https://youtu.be/5Q5bhkJ6PeQ 
> 
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Subject: Interesting downy woodpecker behavior
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 10:14:30 -0400
It seem our little downy has learned how to sip from the humming bird
feeder.
I find this to be such an interesting learned behavior.
Has anyone else seen anything like this?

Bad video attached -  I didn't want to move the curtain and spook him.
And you can hardly tell it is a downy, but it is.
Pics also posted to FB pages.

https://youtu.be/5Q5bhkJ6PeQ

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Subject: Mill pond sign in Union Springs
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2016 14:21:47 -0400
Failed to mention that I have contacted Mrs. Aguilar, the scout's 
mother, to commend her son for his project & hard work but also to point 
out a glaring error on the sign/kiosk. He has the picture of a Green 
heron listed as a Pileated woodpecker. :-(

Hopefully he can correct that ASAP.

Only bird on Mill  pond today is the lingering redhead duck that appears 
to be in molt. The water level is up, indicating that the overflow pipe 
is partially blocked, either by brush or else another beaver is trying 
to build a dam. Didn't take time to look.

Fritzie


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Subject: Umbrella for my bluebirds: Union Springs
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2016 11:57:35 -0400
Four bluebirds hatched on 4 July, as expected. By early a.m. 5 July, & 
since then, temps have been in the mid-90s in the shade so surely inside 
the bird box on the clothesline arm had to be hotter.  Years ago, under 
the same circumstances, I had successfully put an old umbrella over the 
box to shield it from the sun & heat, so on the 5th I did the same. The 
birds were wary for about 45 min., alternately sitting on the 
clothesline or making aborted trips towards the box entrance. Finally 
the male dared go in. After that the umbrella became just a part of 
their natural surroundings & feeding has proceeded.

The 4 ft. high garden fence, distanced some 8 ft. all around the 
clothesline post, protected the tree swallows from the neighbor's cat. 
Four of the five fledged right on schedule, with the feeding help of the 
second female after the male disappeared, but the 5th was a runt that I 
found down under the much larger sibs.  I found it dead the a.m. of the 
3rd day after the others had fledged. Apparently the female had her own 
built-in sense of how long she should feed. How much we DON'T know about 
nature!

For those who don't know, according to _Stokes_ _Field_ _Guid__e_, "The 
Tree Swallow is the only N. Am. passerine with an immature plumaged 
female in the 1st (& sometimes 2nd) yr.. The imm. plumage allows them to 
approach breeding adults & their nests without being chased away. This 
lets them monitor breeding pairs & be ready to replace any adult female 
that dies during the nesting season." .... In this case, it was the male 
that was replaced. I am noticing even more this yr. than last the lack 
of insects, which I believe is due to the the farmers using  more 
insecticides, so I'm seeing far fewer swallows. Strangely, the numbers 
of chimney swifts staying here has increased this yr..

I am still over-run with house sparrows despite destroying eggs & 
females (catching them at night.) I have put 2 set mousetraps in boxes 
to which the male sparrows are attracted (once I was sure no swallows or 
bluebirds will use them.) By a fluke I've caught a male that way.  Of 
course, it's the males who destroy the eggs & kill the bluebirds & swallows.

I am dismayed about the spay & neuter program started here in the 
village by several women who, for several mos., have been feeding larger 
& larger nos. of strays .... some 22 to 30 by their own counts & 
sightings _in just 2 colonies_. I love cats but won't have any that 
aren't "fixed." I am angry to see these feral cats coming here into my 
area, some distance away from downtown, as they hunt, (despite now being 
well fed), spread fleas & fight with house pets. A vet comes from Ithaca 
to Wells College to spay, neuter & give shots for $40 ... funded in part 
by the Facebook "Go fund me" page. Last I knew the women had collected 
about $1200!!! These cats have no true shelter so come winter, once 
again, cats will have frostbitten limbs & ears, or will freeze to 
death.  And who will be able to catch & pay for cats that have other 
diseases or abscesses & other injuries from fighting?

Late getting this posted but for those who haven't been by Mill pond 
along Rte. 90 for a couple wks.. The Eagle Scout, perhaps with help from 
someone in the village, has erected a kiosk with a bit of history of the 
area along with very nice pictures of ducks & geese that have frequented 
the pond during migration. The only activity on/in the pond recently has 
been a GBH  (great blue heron.) I've seen no one sitting on the new 
benches the scoutput along the pond.

On Factory pond, Becky saw a new set of "woodie" woodlets following 
their mom last wk. but I didn't see any yesterday. The first set of 
"woodlets" are almost full size now. These are the first wood ducks to 
raise young there in quite some time that I know of. Becky & I have seen 
some very large fish in the pond & suspect someone put their catch of 
carp in the pond, maybe thinking they would clean up the scum on the 
surface.  I complained to the village public works supervisor about how 
disgusting Factory pond looks with the mung all over it & the beaver 
fallen trees in the water.  Waste of breath!    That's the news from 
Union Springs. I'm grateful for a cloudy day today.

Fritzie



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Subject: Re: Montezuma Shorebirds and Others Tuesday July 5th 2016
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 23:22:39 -0400
David, Kevin et al.

With respect to arctic breeding waterfowl spending their summers in the 
Finger Lakes, we here in the northern art of the pbasin have seen a 
small group (about 12-14) of snow geese hanging around the north part of 
Seneca Lake around Geneva, NY.

Pete Saracino


On 7/5/2016 6:27 PM, Kevin J. McGowan wrote:
>
> David,
>
>
> Thanks for posting. Glad you got a decent photo of the Tundra Swan. On 
> 5 June 2016, when I made the run for the Garganey, I saw a single swan 
> in the marsh that I identified at the time as Tundra. Its eyes were 
> too prominent for Trumpeter, in my opinion, but everyone else called 
> it a Trumpeter. After discussion with my son, I downgraded my report 
> to swan sp., citing lack of evidence. It was a long way away, I got no 
> photos, and frankly, I was paying a lot more attention to looking for 
> the rare duck. But, deep in my heart-of-hearts, I thought it was an 
> out-of-place-and-time Tundra Swan.
>
>
> This is not the first of the species to be recorded in the area over 
> the summer, but it's still a pretty rare occurrence and worthy of 
> note. How many other, probably young or injured, arctic-breeding 
> waterfowl winter well south of the breeding grounds? Just like the 
> White-winged Scoter observation and discussion on Long Island, if we 
> pay enough attention we might find out some interesting new things.
>
>
> Best,
>
>
> Kevin
>
>
> Kevin McGowan
>
> Ithaca, NY
>
>
>
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>  on behalf of David Nicosia 
> 
> *Sent:* Tuesday, July 5, 2016 5:20 PM
> *To:* CAYUGABIRDS-L; NYSBIRDS-L; broomebirds AT googlegroups.com
> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Shorebirds and Others Tuesday 
> July 5th 2016
> Had the day off so went to Montezuma from mid morning to mid afternoon 
> Today.
> Even though the heat of summer continues to build fall shorebird 
> migration has begun
> as others have noted. Started at Knox-Marcellus Marsh from Towpath Rd. 
> Road is dry so not
> as bad but still very uneven with giant potholes ("pot"hole is an 
> understatement in places!!!).
>
> LESSER YELLOWLEGS have been very common. I estimated about 200 birds. 
> There were
> at least a few GREATER YELLOWLEGS but by far LESSER predominate. Also 
> there were
> several flocks of peeps with many hiding down low in the mud and 
> emergent vegetation. They
> were all LEAST SANDPIPERS except for 2 nice PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. I 
> could have
> missed others as there were so many distant birds. There were also 
> many KILLDEER
> some with young, at least 10 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS around, and 7 
> DOWITCHER sp.
> that have been seen and IDed as Long-Billed. They were very distant 
> for me as some looked
> like they had that "hump" shape but again distance was my problem. I 
> was able to digi-scope
> these guys through my scope on 70X and got some poor images. If 
> someone can point out
> any discernable field marks on these dowitchers please share offline 
> to my email address.
> Photos are below.
>
> The CASPIAN TERNS are increasing and at one point I had 22, 17 on the 
> ground and 5 flying around.
> There were 13 BLACK TERNS. I managed a nice photo of one in flight.
>
> In addition to the shorebirds and terns, I had a TUNDRA SWAN!! This 
> bird had a smaller more curved
> bill, the eye was separate from the bill and most telling was a light 
> yellow dot at the front of the eye!!
> There was also a TRUMPETER SWAN for comparison. Additionally, the 
> lingering 2 SNOW GEESE
> continue and I also had a male REDHEAD molting toward its eclipse 
> plumage at Puddler's marsh
> from Towpath road. Photos are below.
>
> Wildlife drive was fairly quiet, lots of MARSH WRENS, the SOLITARY 
> SANDPIPER is back in his spot
> in that little stream before Larue's and Eaton Marsh has mainly LESSER 
> YELLOWLEGS.
>
> For my ebird lists see.... 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30543854 
> 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30544721 
> 
> For my photos of the day see... 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/albums/72157670005509232
>
> Best,
> Dave Nicosia
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Subject: Re: Montezuma Shorebirds and Others Tuesday July 5th 2016
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 22:27:03 +0000
David,


Thanks for posting. Glad you got a decent photo of the Tundra Swan. On 5 June 
2016, when I made the run for the Garganey, I saw a single swan in the marsh 
that I identified at the time as Tundra. Its eyes were too prominent for 
Trumpeter, in my opinion, but everyone else called it a Trumpeter. After 
discussion with my son, I downgraded my report to swan sp., citing lack of 
evidence. It was a long way away, I got no photos, and frankly, I was paying a 
lot more attention to looking for the rare duck. But, deep in my 
heart-of-hearts, I thought it was an out-of-place-and-time Tundra Swan. 



This is not the first of the species to be recorded in the area over the 
summer, but it's still a pretty rare occurrence and worthy of note. How many 
other, probably young or injured, arctic-breeding waterfowl winter well south 
of the breeding grounds? Just like the White-winged Scoter observation and 
discussion on Long Island, if we pay enough attention we might find out some 
interesting new things. 



Best,


Kevin


Kevin McGowan

Ithaca, NY


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Sent: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 5:20 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L; NYSBIRDS-L; broomebirds AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Shorebirds and Others Tuesday July 5th 2016

Had the day off so went to Montezuma from mid morning to mid afternoon Today.
Even though the heat of summer continues to build fall shorebird migration has 
begun 

as others have noted. Started at Knox-Marcellus Marsh from Towpath Rd. Road is 
dry so not 

as bad but still very uneven with giant potholes ("pot"hole is an 
understatement in places!!!). 


LESSER YELLOWLEGS have been very common. I estimated about 200 birds. There 
were 

at least a few GREATER YELLOWLEGS but by far LESSER predominate. Also there 
were 

several flocks of peeps with many hiding down low in the mud and emergent 
vegetation. They 

were all LEAST SANDPIPERS except for 2 nice PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. I could have
missed others as there were so many distant birds. There were also many 
KILLDEER 

some with young, at least 10 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS around, and 7 DOWITCHER sp.
that have been seen and IDed as Long-Billed. They were very distant for me as 
some looked 

like they had that "hump" shape but again distance was my problem. I was able 
to digi-scope 

these guys through my scope on 70X and got some poor images. If someone can 
point out 

any discernable field marks on these dowitchers please share offline to my 
email address. 

Photos are below.

The CASPIAN TERNS are increasing and at one point I had 22, 17 on the ground 
and 5 flying around. 

There were 13 BLACK TERNS. I managed a nice photo of one in flight.

In addition to the shorebirds and terns, I had a TUNDRA SWAN!! This bird had a 
smaller more curved 

bill, the eye was separate from the bill and most telling was a light yellow 
dot at the front of the eye!! 

There was also a TRUMPETER SWAN for comparison. Additionally, the lingering 2 
SNOW GEESE 

continue and I also had a male REDHEAD molting toward its eclipse plumage at 
Puddler's marsh 

from Towpath road. Photos are below.

Wildlife drive was fairly quiet, lots of MARSH WRENS, the SOLITARY SANDPIPER is 
back in his spot 

in that little stream before Larue's and Eaton Marsh has mainly LESSER 
YELLOWLEGS. 


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Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Shorebirds and Others Tuesday July 5th 2016
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 22:27:03 +0000
David,


Thanks for posting. Glad you got a decent photo of the Tundra Swan. On 5 June 
2016, when I made the run for the Garganey, I saw a single swan in the marsh 
that I identified at the time as Tundra. Its eyes were too prominent for 
Trumpeter, in my opinion, but everyone else called it a Trumpeter. After 
discussion with my son, I downgraded my report to swan sp., citing lack of 
evidence. It was a long way away, I got no photos, and frankly, I was paying a 
lot more attention to looking for the rare duck. But, deep in my 
heart-of-hearts, I thought it was an out-of-place-and-time Tundra Swan. 



This is not the first of the species to be recorded in the area over the 
summer, but it's still a pretty rare occurrence and worthy of note. How many 
other, probably young or injured, arctic-breeding waterfowl winter well south 
of the breeding grounds? Just like the White-winged Scoter observation and 
discussion on Long Island, if we pay enough attention we might find out some 
interesting new things. 



Best,


Kevin


Kevin McGowan

Ithaca, NY


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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Shorebirds and Others Tuesday July 5th 2016

Had the day off so went to Montezuma from mid morning to mid afternoon Today.
Even though the heat of summer continues to build fall shorebird migration has 
begun 

as others have noted. Started at Knox-Marcellus Marsh from Towpath Rd. Road is 
dry so not 

as bad but still very uneven with giant potholes ("pot"hole is an 
understatement in places!!!). 


LESSER YELLOWLEGS have been very common. I estimated about 200 birds. There 
were 

at least a few GREATER YELLOWLEGS but by far LESSER predominate. Also there 
were 

several flocks of peeps with many hiding down low in the mud and emergent 
vegetation. They 

were all LEAST SANDPIPERS except for 2 nice PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. I could have
missed others as there were so many distant birds. There were also many 
KILLDEER 

some with young, at least 10 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS around, and 7 DOWITCHER sp.
that have been seen and IDed as Long-Billed. They were very distant for me as 
some looked 

like they had that "hump" shape but again distance was my problem. I was able 
to digi-scope 

these guys through my scope on 70X and got some poor images. If someone can 
point out 

any discernable field marks on these dowitchers please share offline to my 
email address. 

Photos are below.

The CASPIAN TERNS are increasing and at one point I had 22, 17 on the ground 
and 5 flying around. 

There were 13 BLACK TERNS. I managed a nice photo of one in flight.

In addition to the shorebirds and terns, I had a TUNDRA SWAN!! This bird had a 
smaller more curved 

bill, the eye was separate from the bill and most telling was a light yellow 
dot at the front of the eye!! 

There was also a TRUMPETER SWAN for comparison. Additionally, the lingering 2 
SNOW GEESE 

continue and I also had a male REDHEAD molting toward its eclipse plumage at 
Puddler's marsh 

from Towpath road. Photos are below.

Wildlife drive was fairly quiet, lots of MARSH WRENS, the SOLITARY SANDPIPER is 
back in his spot 

in that little stream before Larue's and Eaton Marsh has mainly LESSER 
YELLOWLEGS. 


For my ebird lists see.... http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30543854

 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30544721 


For my photos of the day see... 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/albums/72157670005509232 


Best,
Dave Nicosia

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Subject: Montezuma Shorebirds and Others Tuesday July 5th 2016
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 17:20:08 -0400
Had the day off so went to Montezuma from mid morning to mid afternoon
Today.
Even though the heat of summer continues to build fall shorebird migration
has begun
as others have noted. Started at Knox-Marcellus Marsh from Towpath Rd. Road
is dry so not
as bad but still very uneven with giant potholes ("pot"hole is an
understatement in places!!!).

LESSER YELLOWLEGS have been very common. I estimated about 200 birds. There
were
at least a few GREATER YELLOWLEGS but by far LESSER predominate. Also there
were
several flocks of peeps with many hiding down low in the mud and emergent
vegetation. They
were all LEAST SANDPIPERS except for 2 nice PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. I could
have
missed others as there were so many distant birds. There were also many
KILLDEER
some with young, at least 10 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS around, and 7 DOWITCHER sp.
that have been seen and IDed as Long-Billed. They were very distant for me
as some looked
like they had that "hump" shape but again distance was my problem. I was
able to digi-scope
these guys through my scope on 70X and got some poor images. If someone can
point out
any discernable field marks on these dowitchers please share offline to my
email address.
Photos are below.

The CASPIAN TERNS are increasing and at one point I had 22, 17 on the
ground and 5 flying around.
There were 13 BLACK TERNS. I managed a nice photo of one in flight.

In addition to the shorebirds and terns, I had a TUNDRA SWAN!! This bird
had a smaller more curved
bill, the eye was separate from the bill and most telling was a light
yellow dot at the front of the eye!!
There was also a TRUMPETER SWAN for comparison. Additionally, the lingering
2 SNOW GEESE
continue and I also had a male REDHEAD molting toward its eclipse plumage
at Puddler's marsh
from Towpath road. Photos are below.

Wildlife drive was fairly quiet, lots of MARSH WRENS, the SOLITARY
SANDPIPER is back in his spot
in that little stream before Larue's and Eaton Marsh has mainly LESSER
YELLOWLEGS.

For my ebird lists see.... http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30543854


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30544721

For my photos of the day see...
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Best,
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Subject: Montezuma Shorebirds and Others Tuesday July 5th 2016
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 17:20:08 -0400
Had the day off so went to Montezuma from mid morning to mid afternoon
Today.
Even though the heat of summer continues to build fall shorebird migration
has begun
as others have noted. Started at Knox-Marcellus Marsh from Towpath Rd. Road
is dry so not
as bad but still very uneven with giant potholes ("pot"hole is an
understatement in places!!!).

LESSER YELLOWLEGS have been very common. I estimated about 200 birds. There
were
at least a few GREATER YELLOWLEGS but by far LESSER predominate. Also there
were
several flocks of peeps with many hiding down low in the mud and emergent
vegetation. They
were all LEAST SANDPIPERS except for 2 nice PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. I could
have
missed others as there were so many distant birds. There were also many
KILLDEER
some with young, at least 10 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS around, and 7 DOWITCHER sp.
that have been seen and IDed as Long-Billed. They were very distant for me
as some looked
like they had that "hump" shape but again distance was my problem. I was
able to digi-scope
these guys through my scope on 70X and got some poor images. If someone can
point out
any discernable field marks on these dowitchers please share offline to my
email address.
Photos are below.

The CASPIAN TERNS are increasing and at one point I had 22, 17 on the
ground and 5 flying around.
There were 13 BLACK TERNS. I managed a nice photo of one in flight.

In addition to the shorebirds and terns, I had a TUNDRA SWAN!! This bird
had a smaller more curved
bill, the eye was separate from the bill and most telling was a light
yellow dot at the front of the eye!!
There was also a TRUMPETER SWAN for comparison. Additionally, the lingering
2 SNOW GEESE
continue and I also had a male REDHEAD molting toward its eclipse plumage
at Puddler's marsh
from Towpath road. Photos are below.

Wildlife drive was fairly quiet, lots of MARSH WRENS, the SOLITARY
SANDPIPER is back in his spot
in that little stream before Larue's and Eaton Marsh has mainly LESSER
YELLOWLEGS.

For my ebird lists see.... http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30543854


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30544721

For my photos of the day see...
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Best,
Dave Nicosia

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Subject: Perennial Bird Garden, pre-Fall Creek Garden Tour, Sunday, July 10
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 11:01:55 -0400
On Sunday, July 10, 11-3, is the annual Fall Creek garden tour, pick up
maps at Thompson Park.  I am not on this list but am opening my perennial
bird garden from 8-11am that same day.  I live downtown on the border of
Renwick Woods, Fall Creek, and Newman Golf Course and have over 30 species
of birds that either visit or fly by from the inlet to the lake/creek (e.g.
kingfisher, Screech Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey, starlings, grackles,
killdeer, gulls, vultures,...).  .  I know this is nothing compared to the
65+ species some people get out in the countryside, but if you are
interested in urban birding, maybe you might like to visit my garden?

Regular backyard/neighborhood birds include: doves, two species of finches,
chickadees, cardinals, woodpeckers, juncoes, nuthatches, Tufted Titmouse,
Baltimore Oriole, Blue Jays, two species of wren, four species of sparrow,
juncoes, robins, hummingbird, ...  Higher in the canopy yard birds include:
Merlin, Northern Parula, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglets...and
I painted a bird mural on the front porch to honor them!

Mature maples surrounding the house and a crabapple help lure the birds
nearby, but some of them really like the seeds/ flowers and berries I am
growing....and because I don't mulch all of my garden, many (dove, robin,
wren, juncoes, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow,...) like to
peck at the soil.  I just planted native serviceberries, dogwood, and
chokecherry.   Please RSVP, and I'll send you my address.  Children welcome.

Good birding!


Sandy Wold
Conservation Educator, Artist
www.Sandy-Wold.com 
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Subject: Eaton Marsh on Montezuma Wildlife Drive
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 19:49:15 -0400
There finally is some water there with a half dozen yellowlegs and a number of 
Killdeer. Hopefully more shorebirds will soon follow. 

Ann

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 16:42:55 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - July 04, 2016
*  NYSY  07. 04. 16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):June 27, 2016 
- July 04, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY 
counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands 
Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, 
Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: July 04  AT 1:00 p.m. 
(EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of June 27, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
RING-NECKED DUCKLONG-BILLED DOWITCHERWILSON’S PHALAROPEPEREGRINE 
FALCONWHIP-POOR-WILLRED-HEADED WOODPECKERORCHARD ORIOLE 


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

     Shorebirds are picking up this week with 10 species reported 
highlighted by WILSON’S PHALAROPE and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Both were seen 
at Knox-Marsellus Pool.     6/28: 2 SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the marsh 
on Carncross Road.     7/2: 7 species of shorebirds were seen at 
Knox-Marsellus Pool including a female WILSON’S PHALAROPE in alternate 
(breeding) plumage. A rare for summer male RING-NECKED DUCK was seen flying on 
the Wildlife Trail.     7/3: One of the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS was seen on 
Mays Point Road. Three BLACK TERNS were seen at Knox-Marsellus Pool. 2 
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were among 7 species of shorebirds seen at 
Knox-Marsellus Pool. 


Onondaga County------------
     7/1: 4 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen at Cedar Bay Park in Fayetteville.

Herkimer County------------
     7/4: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was seen on a dirt road in the Town of Salisbury.

Oneida County------------
     7/3: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen from Genessee Street in Utica where 
they are recently breeding. 

                   --end report 
    
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Subject: Re: Batman/Robin in Sapsucker Woods, Sat 7/2
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2016 02:29:24 +0000
Holy avian hallucinations, Batman!

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 2, 2016, at 12:30 PM, Mark Chao 
> wrote: 


This morning I saw one of the more amazing things I've ever seen in Sapsucker 
Woods. (But I take no offense if you think it's just plain weird...) 


https://goo.gl/photos/dZytkKXqJgeTWeHHA

Meanwhile, back in our yard in northeast Ithaca, the EASTERN BLUEBIRD family 
seems to be doing fine three weeks after four hatchlings fledged. I have 
recently confirmed the presence of only two young birds at a time, but I think 
that all four could well be present, showing various degrees of beautiful 
blueness. And both parents are still around for sure. Yesterday the male 
perched for a long time at the hole of the nest box, entered completely, and 
exited within a couple of seconds. 


I've added some distant but illustrative photos to this album: 
https://goo.gl/photos/F87v9R9WgvbTd4Y38 


Mark Chao




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Subject: Knox-Marsellus Sat evening
From: M Miller <mmiller325 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2016 02:11:11 +0000
I was able to see Jay’s Dowitchers and Wilson’s Phalarope (with the help of 
a couple Cornell students) Saturday evening from East Rd. Also had a pair of 
Snow Geese & a pair of Graylag Geese in with the Canada’s. Towards sunset, 14 
Sandhill Cranes flew in and a light sprinkle created a full rainbow over the 
marsh. Shorebird numbers are really climbing (mostly yellowlegs). The pair of 
Trumpeter Swans were also present. 



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Subject: Batman/Robin in Sapsucker Woods, Sat 7/2
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 12:29:46 -0400
This morning I saw one of the more amazing things I’ve ever seen in
Sapsucker Woods.  (But I take no offense if you think it’s just plain
weird…)



https://goo.gl/photos/dZytkKXqJgeTWeHHA



Meanwhile, back in our yard in northeast Ithaca, the EASTERN BLUEBIRD
family seems to be doing fine three weeks after four hatchlings fledged.
  I have recently confirmed the presence of only two young birds at a time,
but I think that all four could well be present, showing various degrees of
beautiful blueness.  And both parents are still around for sure.  Yesterday
the male perched for a long time at the hole of the nest box, entered
completely, and exited within a couple of seconds.



I’ve added some distant but illustrative photos to this album:
https://goo.gl/photos/F87v9R9WgvbTd4Y38



Mark Chao

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Subject: Re: Montezuma shorebirds
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 16:29:47 +0000
Fall shorebirds already-- nice! Several Ruffs, Rufous-necked Stint elsewhere 
already too. 


Ken

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On Jul 2, 2016, at 10:10 AM, Jay McGowan 
> wrote: 



A gorgeous alternate female WILSON'S PHALAROPE is currently out on the flats in 
the northeast corner of Knox-Marsellus Marsh, along with dozens of yellowlegs 
and two dowitchers, apparently LONG-BILLED. The RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are also 
being more cooperative than in past weeks, foraging in trees and feeders just 
north of the bridge at Mays Point. 


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Subject: Montezuma shorebirds
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 10:10:16 -0400
A gorgeous alternate female WILSON'S PHALAROPE is currently out on the
flats in the northeast corner of Knox-Marsellus Marsh, along with dozens of
yellowlegs and two dowitchers, apparently LONG-BILLED. The RED-HEADED
WOODPECKERS are also being more cooperative than in past weeks, foraging in
trees and feeders just north of the bridge at Mays Point.

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Subject: Montezuma Sandhill Cranes
From: Chris Lajewski <lajewskic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:17:23 +0000 (UTC)
Two Sandhill Cranes are in the corn fields on the south side of Carncross Road 
in Savannah, NY (Northern Montezuma WMA) this afternoon.  

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

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Subject: Bluebird box offset
From: Richard Tkachuck <rictkalist AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:18:06 -0400
I am part of a group that wants to put up bluebird boxes in Fillmore Glen
State Park. The question arose as to how far the boxes should be away from
the wooded areas that edge the large lawns. The idea was that predators
would have more success if the boxes were to close to the edge of the
woods. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Richard
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:17:33 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - June 27, 2016
*  NYSY  06. 27. 16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):June 20, 2016 
- June 27, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY 
counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands 
Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, 
Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: June 27  AT 4:00 p.m. 
(EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of June 20, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
LEAST BITTERNEURASIAN WIGEONBLACK-NECKED STILTUPLAND SANDPIPERPEREGRINE 
FALCONACADIAN FLYCATCHER.GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERCLAY-COLORED SPARROWORCHARD 
ORIOLE 


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

     Only eight species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this 
week. However   one of them was a BLACK-NECKED STILT so that made it very 
exciting. Unfortunately the last sighting was on 6/21. Also there have been no 
new reports of the Gargeny.     6/21: A male EURASIAN WIGEON was again seen 
from East Road.     6/23: LEAST BITTERNS were seen on Towpath Road and 
VanDyne Spoor Road.     6/24: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on VanDyne Spoor 
Road. 


Onondaga County------------
     6/25: 6 ORCHARD ORIOLES were found at Green Lakes State Park on an 
Onondaga Audubon Field Trip. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was found at Whiskey Hollow, 
about a month later than usual. 


Oswego County------------
     6/25: A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen along the power lines near 
O’connor Road in the Town of Scriba. 


Oneida county------------
     6/22: 4 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen near the Seneca Street Park in 
Utica.     6/23: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was again seen at the Spring Farm 
Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton. 

               --end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: House Wren question
From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:03:03 -0400
Once House Wrens have fledged, and the parents want to start a second 
brood, will they re-use their nest? Or should I clean out the nest box 
for them to start fresh?

Thank you for any advice.

Melanie


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Subject: Re: Heil School Rd GH Owl Rescued
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:30:27 -0400
Great job everyone. Hope she makes it. 

Linda

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> On Jun 26, 2016, at 10:09 AM, Carl Steckler  wrote:
> 
> The GreatHornedOwl that was frequenting the Heil School Rd was found on the 
road this morning by myself , Chris Wood and others. In a weakened condition 
with an injury to the left eye, the owl was captured by Ann and transported to 
the Vet School wildlife clinic. 

> Ann will post an update on the Owl's recovery.
> Carl
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Subject: Heil School Rd GH Owl Rescued
From: Carl Steckler <simmshill40 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:09:33 -0700
The GreatHornedOwl that was frequenting the Heil School Rd was found on the
road this morning by myself , Chris Wood and others. In a weakened
condition with an injury to the left eye, the owl was captured by Ann and
transported to the Vet School wildlife clinic.
Ann will post an update on the Owl's recovery.
Carl

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Subject: Re: Stewart Park goose study
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 03:54:36 +0000 (GMT)
If my guess is correct that 200 local geese have yellow neck bands, then I've 
found 90% of them so far, overwhelmingly at or next to Stewart Park, where I 
assume they were corralled and collared. This capture was possible because the 
adult geese molt all their flight feathers at once and regrow them while their 
young are also growing up. Having chosen a relatively safe place to spend this 
vulnerable season, it's not surprising that they would mainly stay there. 
Perhaps 10% were miffed enough by the process that they swam to other sites. 



Yesterday evening for the first time I saw 2 collared geese away from Stewart 
Park, NY66 & NU53, among a flock of Canada Geese on Cayuga Inlet near the south 
end of the bike path along Floral Avenue (NYS-13A). As it turned out these 2 
were also birds which I had not seen at Stewart Park. Maybe these birds left 
Stewart Park soon after the banding. However, I was still finding additional 
new-to-me collared birds at Stewart Park yesterday morning, so maybe they were 
hidden among birds there and at Newman Golf Course, and went south later. 
Anyway, this evening I saw one those same 2 collared birds (NY66) on Cayuga 
Inlet near Treman Marina, along with 4 collared birds I was not able to see 
well enough using only binoculars in the fading light. Gotta remember to always 
bring a scope when biking! 




By the way, a scope comes in handy after dark on clear evenings. That odd 
bright yellow "star" just to the left of the top of Scorpio is Saturn. At 60x 
there's a distinct view of the planet surrounded by the oval of the rings 
tipped fairly high toward us. A few years back the rings were edge-on and 
boringly invisible, dull to look at, like Mars is in my scope, currently to the 
right of Saturn in the southern sky in the evening. 


--Dave Nutter

On Jun 22, 2016, at 10:39 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:


Many of the Canada Geese at Stewart Park have recently been banded. The young 
were given a red band on one leg and a standard aluminum band on the other. One 
of these young is dragging an injured wing. Up to 200 adults were given yellow 
neck collars each with a unique black 2-letter, 2-number code. All appear to 
start with either NY or NU. I've seen 162 different collars so far. 




This is evidently part of the study of the local goose population, their 
number, where they go, and maybe some demographics. It has to do with the push 
to get rid of the geese which was talked about at a recent club meeting. 
Meanwhile the collars add another dimension to what was already a wonderful 
study opportunity. Not only can you observe behavior up close throughout the 
year, now you can get to know individual birds and some of the geese they spend 
time with. Some pairs have both members collared, and some of these pairs have 
young while others seem not to, but I imagine there could have been many young 
losing track of their parents during the massive round-up and banding & 
collaring operation.  



Today the collared geese and banded young (with many non-collared adults) 
appeared to be all in the part of Stewart Park and Newman Golf Course closest 
to Fall Creek. The only other geese I saw today were a group of 35 adults (none 
with collars, no young) on Cayuga Inlet by the south end of the bike path along 
Floral Avenue, and a single non-collared adult on Cayuga Lake near East Shore 
Park. 


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Subject: Henslow's and Grasshopper sparrows
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:42:18 -0400
The Henslow's field on the west side of West King Road continues to be
productive. The night before last, Marshall Iliff had *3* different singing
HENSLOW'S SPARROWS there, and we heard at least two tonight, as well as a
very distant GRASSHOPPER SPARROW!

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Subject: Woodcock on Sherwood platform at Cornell Lab of O
From: Lee Ann van Leer <lav24 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:11:03 +0000
I'm leading a bird walk and we found it on Wilson Trail north and it keeps 
walking in front of us and is now on Sherwood Platform. It did the woodcock 
bobbing 'dance' for us! Quite a treat. 4 stinkin' cute Bluejay fledglings being 
fed at Fuller wetlands on same trail. 


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Subject: Re: Stilt today?
From: Linda Clark Benedict <lbenedict48 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:16:35 +0000
I'm at the Visitors Center and there have been no reports here.

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016, 10:55 AM M & K Mannella  wrote:

> I am planning to go to Montezuma tomorrow morning for another try at
> seeing the stilt. Has anyone seen it today?
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Subject: Woodcock on ground SSW Cornell Lab
From: Lee Ann van Leer <lav24 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:27:22 +0000
Sapsucker Woods, Wilson Trail North on the woodsy part of tail where it splits 
when going from Fueller wetland to Sherwood platform. Last headed on foot in 
direction of employee picnic area. 


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Subject: Stilt today?
From: M & K Mannella <mkmannella AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:54:42 -0400
I am planning to go to Montezuma tomorrow morning for another try at seeing the 
stilt. Has anyone seen it today? 


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