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Western Screech Owl,©John Schmitt

27 Nov tree sparrows ["Bill Mcaneny" ]
27 Nov Pine Siskin for TG [Donna Scott ]
27 Nov Fw: [GeneseeBirds-L] Reed; Snowy Owl Millcreek is back [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
25 Nov Fair Haven Monday - prob. Black-headed Gull []
25 Nov Sandhill Crane count 81 Knox Marcellus [Dave K ]
25 Nov RE:Impressive Robin flights [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
24 Nov Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
24 Nov Impressive crows [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
24 Nov 14 Fish Crows, Downtown Ithaca [Suan Hsi Yong ]
23 Nov Red Phalarope, Sampson S.P. [Jay McGowan ]
23 Nov SSW marsh wrens(?) and GBH [Suan Yong ]
23 Nov One-legged white crown sparrow [M & K Mannella ]
22 Nov Saturday Field Trip [Ann Mitchell ]
22 Nov Re: N. Gannet at Seneca Lake ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
22 Nov Re: N. Gannet at Seneca Lake [Gary Kohlenberg ]
22 Nov Mt Pleasant Horned Larks ["Marie P. Read" ]
22 Nov Odd (hybrid) goose at Stewart Park [phil mc ]
21 Nov Re: N. Gannet at Seneca Lake [Jay McGowan ]
21 Nov Many swans and an Imm, N. Gannet at Seneca Lake [John and Sue Gregoire ]
21 Nov Loons [Brad Walker ]
21 Nov re:scope suggestions [Joshua Snodgrass ]
20 Nov CBC Field Trip November 22 [Linda Orkin ]
20 Nov Ducks, Grebes [Donna Scott ]
20 Nov Mt Pleasant Snow Bunting ["Marie P. Read" ]
20 Nov Re:[BMG--Discussion--2004] To: Carrie Ostrander [Tony Ingraham ]
19 Nov OT. scope suggestions? [Joshua Snodgrass ]
19 Nov NYSDEC seeks volunteers for winter raptor surveys ["Palermo, Michael N (DEC)" ]
19 Nov Ithaca waterfowl [Jay McGowan ]
19 Nov Rough-legged Hawk-Slaterville [John Confer ]
19 Nov More raptors [Dave Nutter ]
18 Nov Sparrow migration [Fredric Kardon ]
18 Nov RE: 2 Bald Eagles [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
18 Nov 2 Bald Eagles [Marc Devokaitis ]
17 Nov Syracuse RRBA [Joseph Brin ]
17 Nov RE: Monday Night Seminar: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin - TONIGHT!!! and added bonus! ["Marie P. Read" ]
17 Nov Montezuma Birding Van Tour - Nov. 20 [Chris Lajewski ]
17 Nov Montezuma Birding Van Tour - Nov. 20 [Bird observations from western New York ]
17 Nov Montezuma Birding Van Tour - Nov. 20 ["Chris Lajewski lajewskic AT yahoo.com [oneidabirds]" ]
17 Nov Re: Fairhaven SP Glaucous Gull [Susan Fast ]
17 Nov Re: Tree sparrow and junco [John and Sue Gregoire ]
16 Nov Fairhaven SP Glaucous Gull [bob mcguire ]
16 Nov Mt Pleasant American Pipit, Pileated Woodpecker ["Marie P. Read" ]
16 Nov Tree sparrow and junco [M & K Mannella ]
16 Nov Fox Sparrow [Nari Mistry ]
15 Nov Saturday birding [Ann Mitchell ]
15 Nov Avocet at Eaton Marsh [Leona Lauster ]
15 Nov Re: No Avocet [Judith Thurber ]
15 Nov Re:Dryden Lake [Susan Fast ]
15 Nov Dryden Lake [Susan Fast ]
15 Nov No Avocet [Suan Yong ]
15 Nov Montezuma Wildlife Drive [M Miller ]
14 Nov Montezuma Friday November 14, 2014 [David Nicosia ]
14 Nov Ross's Goose K M Marsh [David Nicosia ]
14 Nov American avocet eaton marsh [David Nicosia ]
14 Nov Red-throated Loon [David Nicosia ]
14 Nov Re: Where are 2003-13 Loon counts? [Linda Orkin ]
14 Nov Where are 2003-13 Loon counts? [Candace Cornell ]
14 Nov ?s about owls and Montezuma [Caro ]
13 Nov Re: C Loons on lake [Anne Clark ]
13 Nov C Loons on lake [Donna Scott ]
13 Nov Re: Golden-crowned Kinglet [Asher Hockett ]
13 Nov Golden-crowned Kinglet [Paul Schmitt ]
13 Nov CBC Field Trip Sunday November 16, Sunday [Linda Orkin ]
13 Nov Avocet MNWR [Carl Steckler ]
13 Nov Monday Night Seminar: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin [Marc Devokaitis ]
13 Nov Re: Eaton Marsh [Carol Keeler ]
13 Nov Re: Eaton Marsh [Judith Thurber ]
12 Nov Eaton Marsh [Charlie Rouse ]
12 Nov Avocet [Joseph Brin ]
10 Nov Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
10 Nov Rusty Blackbirds and Fox Sparrow [Sandy Podulka ]
10 Nov Wild Turkeys [Donna Scott ]
9 Nov Harlequin Ducks, Hector [Jay McGowan ]
09 Nov Re: Fox sparrows @ LP & Ringwood Rd! [Donna Scott ]
9 Nov Cayuga Bird Club Meeting, Nov 10 [Laura Stenzler ]
09 Nov MNWR American Bittern & continuing rarities [Ken & Rose Burdick ]

Subject: tree sparrows
From: "Bill Mcaneny" <bmcaneny1 AT fltg.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:55:28 -0500
Maybe it's the sudden snow or maybe it's the "everything" mix I get from
Pine Tree Farms in Interlaken, but finally this morning we had TREE SPARROWS
(4) at our feeders.  First of the Season for us.

Besides the usual seeds and corn, the mix has lots of nuts and fruit.  The
Blue Jays (8) can hardly wait until I take a couple of steps away from the
feeders. The Mourning Doves (16) show a little more restraint, but today was
the first day they showed up in force.

Be thankful today and every day for the surprises nature has for you.

Bill and Shirley McAneny

T'Burg


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Subject: Pine Siskin for TG
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:25:07 -0500
Just when I said I had not seen any PINE SISKINS for awhile, after making the 
cranberry orange relish, I looked out kitchen window & saw one jaunty little 
siskin perched on the feeder! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Fw: [GeneseeBirds-L] Reed; Snowy Owl Millcreek is back
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:18:03 +0000
?Follow the link and read the story of this Snowy Owl...


I thank the owl and the banders and donors for enlightening us about its 
adventures. 



Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!


Meena




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



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From: geneseebirds-l-bounces AT geneseo.edu  
on behalf of Bird observations from western New York 
 

Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 7:27 PM
To: geneseebirds-l
Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Reed; Snowy Owl Millcreek is back

Hi,

Other people have probably known about this for a while but for people who 
haven't followed the updates on the 2013/2014 Snowy Owl irruption, this is an 
interesting (and short) account of one that was tagged in Erie, PA before 
spending a little time in Buffalo and has covered a whole lot of territory 
since that time. 


http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/posts/millcreek-back/

Jeff

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Subject: Fair Haven Monday - prob. Black-headed Gull
From: <tigger64 AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:40:15 -0500
Jim Tarolli and I had poor looks from the east/west breakwall as it headed 
west, but review of bad photos suggest Black-headed. First photo is unedited, 
second crops and lightens to show bright orange/red bill. Unfortunately I had 
been messing with the camera to take silhouettes against bold cloud patterns or 
a better shot would have been possible. There are Bonaparte's hanging around on 
both the bay and pond and it may still be in the area - we're not sure if it 
continued west or looped back into the bay. 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/krankykestrel/


David Wheeler
N. Syracuse, NY

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Subject: Sandhill Crane count 81 Knox Marcellus
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:23:44 -0500
81 Sandhill Cranes seen from stationary location on East Rd. 57 in view across 
Southern half of KM + 24 (max count) more in Southwest corner near dike. The 
pic that has the house (on East Rd) in view taken from Towpath to show location 
of 24. Actual number likely higher. https://flic.kr/p/pUCA1e 

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Subject: RE:Impressive Robin flights
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:25:59 +0000
Some time ago I watched impressive Robin flight in southerly direction in 
groups of 30 to 40. At least I saw 8 or 9 flocks while I was doing something 
else on the computer. 

Meena

From: bounce-118529703-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-118529703-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Meena Madhav 
Haribal 

Sent: Monday, November 24, 2014 4:34 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Impressive crows

There was strong flock of some 8000+ crows which have been gathering on the 
trees along Beebe lake and Mundy, just across my office and swirling around for 
some time and some of them have been taking off further south-south west. Even 
my colleagues came to ask the questions as to what those birds are. When I told 
them they are crows, they were surprised and told me that they have never seen 
such number of crows! Once a flock flew over my office window, immediately my 
colleague took a picture of them with his cell phone. It was an impressive 
sight! 


Now they have thinned out!

Cheers
Meena

Meena Haribal
409, Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI)
Ithaca NY 14853 USA
Phone 6073011167
Email: mmh3 AT cornell.edu


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Dragonfly book sample pages: http://www.haribal.org/140817samplebook.pdf


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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:35:58 +0000
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* November 24, 2014*  NYSY  11. 24. 14 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):November 17, 2014 - November 24, 2014to report 
by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, 
Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just 
outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  
Madison & Cortlandcompiled: November 24 AT 5:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph 
BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #418 Monday November 
24, 2014 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of November 17, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

RED-THROATED LOONNORTHERN GANNET (Extralimital)TUNDRA SWANROSS’S 
GOOSECACKLING GOOSESANDHILL CRANEGLAUCOUS GULLNORTHERN SHRIKEPINE 
WARBLERTOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRERUBY-CROWNED KINGLETCHIPPING SPARROWEVENING 
GROSBEAKPINE SISKIN 


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

     11/22: 2 SANDHILL CRANES and a ROSS’S GOOSE were seen along the 
Wildlife Drive. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near May’s Point Road.     
11/23: 300+ TUNDRA SWANS were seen in the Main Pool. 71 SANDHILL CRANES were 
seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 


Onondaga county------------
     11/20: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen in the lake at Skaneateles.     
11/22: A late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and a SISKIN were seen at a feeder on 
Onondaga Hill in Syracuse.     11/23: A MERLIN was spotted at Green Lakes 
State Park. A late CHIPPING SPARROW was seen on Jamesville Ave in Dewitt.   
  11/24: 2 TUNDRA SWANS were seen in Beaver Lake. 


Madison County------------
     11/19: 6 EVENING GROSBEAKS and PINE SISKINS were at a feeder on 
Carpenter Road near Sheds.     11/22: A very rare for region five 
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was seen and photographed near Chickadee Hill Wildlife 
sanctuary on irish Hill Road south of Cazenovia. Unfortunately the bird has not 
been relocated. 


Oswego County------------
     11/22: A PINE SISKIN was at a feeder in Hastings.     11/23: A 
GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Sandy Pond State Park. 


Oneida County------------
     11/18: A late PINE WARBLER and a PINE SISKIN were at a feeder on Dawes 
Ave in Clinton. 


Cayuga County------------
     11/22: A RED-THROATED LOON and 3 DUNLIN were seen at Fair Haven State 
Park.  


Extralimital------------
     11/21: An immature NORTHERN GANNET was discovered in the southeast 
corner of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County. It was seen the next day from Clute 
Park but has not since been relocated. Just up the road in Seneca County at 
Sampson State Park a RED PHALAROPE continues and was seen yesterday 
(11/23).                   


--  end report


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

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Subject: Impressive crows
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:34:09 +0000
There was strong flock of some 8000+ crows which have been gathering on the 
trees along Beebe lake and Mundy, just across my office and swirling around for 
some time and some of them have been taking off further south-south west. Even 
my colleagues came to ask the questions as to what those birds are. When I told 
them they are crows, they were surprised and told me that they have never seen 
such number of crows! Once a flock flew over my office window, immediately my 
colleague took a picture of them with his cell phone. It was an impressive 
sight! 


Now they have thinned out!

Cheers
Meena

Meena Haribal
409, Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI)
Ithaca NY 14853 USA
Phone 6073011167
Email: mmh3 AT cornell.edu


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Subject: 14 Fish Crows, Downtown Ithaca
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:48:49 -0500
Just had a loose flock of at least 14 crows fly by the BJM school area,
frolicking in the warm south winds, with high-pitched cawing coming from at
least three four individuals, so I presume the entire flock to be fish
crow. Would be the largest number of fish crows I've noticed in Ithaca.

Suan

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Subject: Red Phalarope, Sampson S.P.
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:59:52 -0500
Dave Kennedy evidently saw a Red Phalarope at Sampson State Park on Seneca
Lake this morning.

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Subject: SSW marsh wrens(?) and GBH
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:28:02 -0500
During this morning's walk around sapsucker woods, I heard an unfamiliar chip 
in several locations along the wilson trail, a nasal call reminiscent of 
red-bellied woodpecker but higher pitched and coming from the brush. Eventually 
one of the callers popped up by the Charlie Harper bench showing itself to be a 
biggish wren with not much of a supercilium. I thought house wren at first but 
now, on reviewing various recordings believe it to have been a marsh wren 
("excited chit calls" in the Lang Elliot collection of 
Audubon/BirdTunes/Sibley). 


At Sherwood platform we got good scope views of a/the great blue heron behaving 
a little strangely at first. It stood on a log with its bills open and tongue 
clearly visible, as if "panting" even though it was 45 degrees. It looked 
around a bit as if hunting, the whole time with its mouth open. We wondered 
whether it had something stuck in its mouth. But eventually it did close its 
bill to resume looking normal. 


One pine siskin and one lingering red-winged blackbirds the other birds of 
note. 


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Subject: One-legged white crown sparrow
From: M & K Mannella <mkmannella AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:37:55 -0500
We've had one white crowned sparrow at the feeders for about three days. It 
always seems to be struggling to get balanced on a limb with a lot of wing 
beating. I thought it was due to the wind. This morning I noticed that it has 
only one leg! 


Michele
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Subject: Saturday Field Trip
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:47:03 -0500
Bob Horn and I led a trip to Montezuma today. We were accompanied by four great 
birders -Diane, Ken, Judy, and Phil. This report will not show all the species 
we saw at each spot (like ebird does), but I repeated some of them. 


We started at Stewart Park, birding the east side. The species were: Mallard, 
Coot, Hooded and Common Merganser, Redhead, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Greater and 
Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Pintail, Common Goldeneye, the regular 
three species of gulls, Canada Goose, Black Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, 
Rock Pigeon. 


East Shore Park: New species were Pied-billed Grebe, American Crow, and Song 
Sparrow. Of note 50 Redheads were counted. 


Drake Road: House and Tree Sparrow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, 
Junco, Mourning Dove, Goldfinch, House Finch, Downy Woodpecker, Cardinal, Blue 
Jay, European Starling, and Red-tailed Hawk. We saw a Turkey Vulture around 
there. 


Myers Point was great! Bonaparte's Gull, Common Loon, Snow Bunting, American 
Pipit, and killer looks at a Merlin! It posed in a tree near us. Great photos 
by some! 


Lake Ridge Road: 2 Pheasant, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and an American Kestrel. 
(It was one of 4 we saw). 


Factory Pond in Union Springs was noted for many Gadwall. We saw our first 
Green-winged Teal. 


Long Point: Northern Harrier, 7 Pheasant, several Common Loons on the water,

Driving into Aurora, Bob, Diane, and Ken saw two American Eagles at a nest, one 
sitting in it. Of course we had to stop at Dories. 


Montezuma Wildlife Drive: Snow Geese flying, 13 Bald Eagles sitting on Muskrat 
mounds, one was an adult. Many Tundra Swans. 


East Road: The only new species was a Great Blue Heron. Bob saw an Accipiter. 
He thought it was a Cooper's Hawk, but wasn't totally positive. No Sandhill 
Cranes were seen and no Snow Geese either. It was much different than last 
week. 


We had a total of 51 species. If we count the accipiter sp., then it is 52. Not 
bad for a cold and eventually wet day. We had a great time. Thank you to 
everyone who joined us! 


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Subject: Re: N. Gannet at Seneca Lake
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:47:11 +0000
I searched for several hours from several vantage points this morning beginning 
just before 10. No luck. Some other birds of note were 58 TUNDRA SWANS, 2 
RED-NECKED GREBES, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and a late SAVANNAH SPARROW in a flock 
of juncos on the way up to Salt Point. 


Ken

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On Nov 22, 2014, at 12:27 PM, "Gary Kohlenberg" 
> wrote: 


I was able to find the Northern Gannet this morning about 9:45. It was swimming 
far to the north of Seneca Marina. I scanned from Clute Park at 60x. The huge 
size jumped out especially compared to the Common Loons nearby. An incredible 
bird for the lake and a wonderful find by the Gregoire's. 

After much enjoyable viewing I lost sight of him as he stretched his wings and 
dove once. I'm hoping he just moved up the lake to reappear later. I never saw 
him fly closer to the park. 

Gary




On Nov 21, 2014, at 5:09 PM, Jay McGowan 
> wrote: 



The immature NORTHERN GANNET was still present in the southeast corner of 
Seneca Lake at dusk just now, sleeping and swimming around between swans. 
Visible from the pulloff and from Warren Clute Park. 


On Nov 21, 2014 3:13 PM, "John and Sue Gregoire" 
> wrote: 

At 1400 today, we had a mixed flock of Tundra and Trumpeter Swans close in to 
shore 

on Seneca Lake at the bottom of the Rte 79 hill. While separating the swans a 
huge 

seabird swam into view and eventually came right offshore. It was a juv. 
Northern 

Gannet!! Plumage much as the one we had there two years ago. Earlier today a
Peregrine falcon buzzed that area and landed on the old salt tower at Clute 
Park. 

Many ducks in the area and in the canal including three merganser species. 
Three 

Sandhill cranes (two adult one juv) remain in Queen Catharine Marsh as well as 
the 

two adult Bald Eagles that successfully nested there this summer (they were on 
the 

nest tree). Didn't tarry much beyond that as we manged to run the battery down, 
get 

a jump start and head into town for a new battery! Worth it.

J&S
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Subject: Re: N. Gannet at Seneca Lake
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:26:51 +0000
I was able to find the Northern Gannet this morning about 9:45. It was swimming 
far to the north of Seneca Marina. I scanned from Clute Park at 60x. The huge 
size jumped out especially compared to the Common Loons nearby. An incredible 
bird for the lake and a wonderful find by the Gregoire's. 

After much enjoyable viewing I lost sight of him as he stretched his wings and 
dove once. I'm hoping he just moved up the lake to reappear later. I never saw 
him fly closer to the park. 

Gary




On Nov 21, 2014, at 5:09 PM, Jay McGowan 
> wrote: 



The immature NORTHERN GANNET was still present in the southeast corner of 
Seneca Lake at dusk just now, sleeping and swimming around between swans. 
Visible from the pulloff and from Warren Clute Park. 


On Nov 21, 2014 3:13 PM, "John and Sue Gregoire" 
> wrote: 

At 1400 today, we had a mixed flock of Tundra and Trumpeter Swans close in to 
shore 

on Seneca Lake at the bottom of the Rte 79 hill. While separating the swans a 
huge 

seabird swam into view and eventually came right offshore. It was a juv. 
Northern 

Gannet!! Plumage much as the one we had there two years ago. Earlier today a
Peregrine falcon buzzed that area and landed on the old salt tower at Clute 
Park. 

Many ducks in the area and in the canal including three merganser species. 
Three 

Sandhill cranes (two adult one juv) remain in Queen Catharine Marsh as well as 
the 

two adult Bald Eagles that successfully nested there this summer (they were on 
the 

nest tree). Didn't tarry much beyond that as we manged to run the battery down, 
get 

a jump start and head into town for a new battery! Worth it.

J&S
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Subject: Mt Pleasant Horned Larks
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:06:24 +0000
Hi all,

Friday afternoon around 3:30, I watched a large flock of Horned Larks foraging 
along the roadside and in a newly harvested cornfield at the eastern end of Mt 
Pleasant Rd...a rough count turned up 70 but there were more. I tried at first 
to turn them into Snow Buntings but did not succeed, telling myself that a 
flock of larks that big was just as cool ;-)) 


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Subject: Odd (hybrid) goose at Stewart Park
From: phil mc <mc14850 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:24:55 +0000
What looked to be a Canada/domestic goose cross in the area nearest the 
entrance to Stewart Park 

Photo here:    bird of the day
|   |
|   |   |   |   |   |
| bird of the dayOnline reports had cackling geese hanging around with the 
Canada geese in West Concord, MA, so I decided to go see if I could find 
them.  I headed out to have a look and found a hundred or so geese floating in 
the back of Warner's Pond. | 

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Subject: Re: N. Gannet at Seneca Lake
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:08:14 -0500
The immature NORTHERN GANNET was still present in the southeast corner of
Seneca Lake at dusk just now, sleeping and swimming around between swans.
Visible from the pulloff and from Warren Clute Park.
On Nov 21, 2014 3:13 PM, "John and Sue Gregoire"  wrote:

> At 1400 today, we had a mixed flock of Tundra and Trumpeter Swans close in
> to shore
> on Seneca Lake at the bottom of the Rte 79 hill. While separating the
> swans a huge
> seabird swam into view and eventually came right offshore. It was a juv.
> Northern
> Gannet!! Plumage much as the one we had there two years ago. Earlier today
> a
> Peregrine falcon buzzed that area and landed on the old salt tower at
> Clute Park.
> Many ducks in the area and in the canal including three merganser species.
> Three
> Sandhill cranes (two adult one juv) remain in Queen Catharine Marsh as
> well as the
> two adult Bald Eagles that successfully nested there this summer (they
> were on the
> nest tree). Didn't tarry much beyond that as we manged to run the battery
> down, get
> a jump start and head into town for a new battery! Worth it.
>
> J&S
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> N 42 26.611' W 76 45.492'
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Subject: Many swans and an Imm, N. Gannet at Seneca Lake
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:11:47 -0500
At 1400 today, we had a mixed flock of Tundra and Trumpeter Swans close in to 
shore 

on Seneca Lake at the bottom of the Rte 79 hill. While separating the swans a 
huge 

seabird swam into view and eventually came right offshore. It was a juv. 
Northern 

Gannet!! Plumage much as the one we had there two years ago. Earlier today a
Peregrine falcon buzzed that area and landed on the old salt tower at Clute 
Park. 

Many ducks in the area and in the canal including three merganser species. 
Three 

Sandhill cranes (two adult one juv) remain in Queen Catharine Marsh as well as 
the 

two adult Bald Eagles that successfully nested there this summer (they were on 
the 

nest tree). Didn't tarry much beyond that as we manged to run the battery down, 
get 

a jump start and head into town for a new battery! Worth it.

J&S
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Subject: Loons
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:02:23 -0500
Hi all,

There are currently small waves of loons flying south over the south end of
the lake (seen from the Ornithology Lab).

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Subject: re:scope suggestions
From: Joshua Snodgrass <cedarshiva AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:55:09 -0500
Thank you all for your helpful responses! My next project is trying out
some of the models to see what feels right before dropping the money. I'll
likely go with the Nikon ED50 as a moderately priced and portable option
until I can save for something more elaborate. The back issues of Living
Bird were super helpful for general comparisons and things to consider
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/Page.aspx?pid=1039#top

Here are some of the great replies I've received for anyone else interested:

-I got the Vortex Diamondback 20-60x80 for $499 from Eagle Optics earlier
this year. It serves its purpose, but I constantly wish I'd gone even one
step higher in quality. A rep at Eagle suggested the Celestron Regal
series, which is made with ED glass. I could have gotten a Celestronscope
of the same measurements (20-60x zoom, 80mm objective lens) for $180 more,
and now I wish I'd spent that, in retrospect, small bit more for the
sharper image that higher quality lenses would have given me. When I zoom
my Vortex Diamondback to 60x, the chromatic aberration is so bad that it's
hard to tell what color the bird really is. If someone else has a really
good scope nearby, I always want to see through their scope as well.
Oftentimes when I do, I see detail that I just can't see through my scope,
and that detail will be the difference between a solid ID and a guess.

My point: get the most expensive scope you can afford. It will be well
worth it

-Nikon makes a small "fieldscope" ED50 bent neck that I can fit in my
jacket pocket. I don't remember what it cost, something like $500. I've
used my Swarovski scope for daily for 40+ years and it is still going
strong, as you get what you pay for with optics, but again, it cost 2K or
so.

I take the Nikon scope out on boats etc where I don't want to risk my other
scope and on long walks because it's so light. It's really a great and I
considered it a real find at Gander Mt. Walmart, Dicks, and others might
carry it.

Seriously, try one out.

-Depends on how much you want to spend…I used a Nikon 82mm spotting scope
for a while, modified it by putting a diff lens on it for digiscoping and
took a lot of great pics with it! I bought it based o experience using a
friends and the customer reviews.



There’s one on Amazon


-Celestron Regal M2 100ED. It comes in 80mm also. I would highly recommend
buying all optics through B&H. They are out of NYC. I've dealt with them
for years and I've visited them. They are great. Good luck.


-Hi Josh,
The Nikon Fieldscope 50ED is very bright and handy. Check the Labs back
issues of Living Bird for scope reviews.
The other option is a high end scope used or a demo model.


Thanks again!
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Subject: CBC Field Trip November 22
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:15:34 -0500
> 
>> Hey All,
>> 
>> Just wanted to let everyone know about an upcoming Cayuga Bird Club Field 
trip. 

>> 
>> Meet at the Cornell Lab of O at 8 AM, return by 2 PM. 
>> 
>> Co-led by Ann and Bob, the trip will be taking the group up the lake. Please 
dress appropriately for the weather, bring drinks, snacks and scope if you have 
one. All are welcome regardless of experience or membership status. Please 
contact Ann Mitchell if you have questions. annmitchell13 AT gmail.com 

>> 
>> Hope you can make it.
>> 
>> Best
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>> of the good of your life?
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Subject: Ducks, Grebes
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:26:43 -0500
16 BLACK DUCKS 1 GREAT BLUE HERON, & 2 HORNED GREBES off shore, east side 
Cayuga Lake, lansing Station Rd. Lansing. 


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Subject: Mt Pleasant Snow Bunting
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:58:36 +0000
Hi all,

A lone Snow Bunting flew over me, calling, by the observatory about 10:30 am 
todaya harbinger of weather to come??? 


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From: Tony Ingraham <owlgorge AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:20:03 -0500




Subject: OT. scope suggestions?
From: Joshua Snodgrass <cedarshiva AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:13:51 -0500
I stopped by the Hog Hole earlier today and saw my first Northern Shovelers
in Tompkins Co as well as a bunch of other great ducks including Hooded
Mergansers, scaup, redhead, bufflehead, ring-necked duck. However, since I
don't yet own a scope, I'm sure I missed many more great birds too distant
to ID with bins, or my camera's zoo. Does anybody have a recommendation for
a decent starter scope? I'm hoping not to break the bank, but I don't want
to end up with something crappy either. Any input helps! Thanks in advance!
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Subject: NYSDEC seeks volunteers for winter raptor surveys
From: "Palermo, Michael N (DEC)" <Michael.Palermo AT dec.ny.gov>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:35:16 +0000
Dear Cayuga Area Birders,
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Region 8 Wildlife Office is 
looking for volunteers to assist with wintering raptor surveys. 

The species of greatest interest is the short-eared owl, a State endangered 
species, however all raptor observations are important and will be documented. 
The findings of this study will ultimately be applied toward developing a 
conservation plan for this species. 

Surveys will be conducted from  hour before sunset to  hour after.
There are two meeting locations to coordinate efforts before and after each 
outing. 


1.       Region 8 NYS DEC Office, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414

2. Ulysses Philomathic Library, 74 East Main Street. Trumansburg, NY 14886 


Our tentative survey schedule is as follows:
Avon Area: December 2, 16, & 30. January 13 & 27. February 10 & 24. March 10 & 
24. April 7 & 21. 

Trumansburg Area: December 18. January 15, & 29. February 12 & 26. March 12 & 
26. April 9 & 23. 


Whether you can participate for the entire season or for only a single evening, 
we would greatly appreciate your assistance. 

If you are interested, please contact me for more information.
Thank you,
Michael Palermo
Region 8 Bureau of Wildlife
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
6274 East Avon-Lima Road
Avon, NY 14414-9519
(585) 226-5464
michael.palermo AT dec.ny.gov


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Subject: Ithaca waterfowl
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:16:27 -0500
After a bit of a lull the past couple of weeks, we are now getting an
influx of waterfowl at the south end of Cayuga Lake, probably due to
Montezuma starting (and perhaps finishing?) to freeze over with the low
temperatures the last couple of nights.

I made a quick dusk trip to Stewart Park last night (Tuesday) after seeing
Kevin report an unusually high number of shovelers. Sure enough, I found
even more than he had reported, with three tight groups totaling 100 birds
just offshore and at least one other group towards the jetties, for a total
of at least *135* NORTHERN SHOVELERS. Numbers at Montezuma were still
impressive last week, so I have little doubt these were birds pushed out by
ice-over.

Lots of birds were too far out in the dim light last night, so I went down
to the lake again this morning to see what else was around. I found that
during the night, an ice edge of several hundred feet had formed off
Stewart Park, so although some large gull flocks were present (no
interesting species amidst them), the dabblers that had lined the shore
last night had moved on. I did have two BONAPARTE'S GULLS flying south over
the ice, three TUNDRA SWANS flying north high over the lake, and a single
NORTHERN SHOVELER offshore.

Hog Hole had a greater number of birds. Highlights included at least eight
CACKLING GEESE mixed in with large goose flock (interestingly, the
sub-flock with the Cackling all appeared to be quite petite Canadas, so
probably coming from a different area than our normal Canadas do); a high
flyover migrant RED-THROATED LOON with lots of Common Loons; at least three
female NORTHERN SHOVELERS (no sign of the huge flocks from last night); two
transitional male NORTHERN PINTAIL; a few Gadwall; a pair of AMERICAN
WIGEON (expected more with the numbers at Montezuma a week or two ago); a
pair of GREEN-WINGED TEAL; ~72 REDHEAD; 50+ RING-NECKED DUCKS plus another
150 flying in from the north; a handful of both GREATER and LESSER SCAUP;
five RUDDY DUCKS; two female COMMON GOLDENEYE; and close to 200 HOODED
MERGANSERS.

Yesterday we counted over 50 Hooded Mergansers on the pond at Sapsucker
Woods, but today it is frozen over.

Complete lists from this morning here:
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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20604897
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20604903

Good birding,
Jay

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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk-Slaterville
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:50:39 -0500
And more hawks

A rough-legged hawk flew by the western edge of Slaterville Springs 
crossing Rt 79.

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Subject: More raptors
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:20:11 +0000 (GMT)
Bald Eagles aren't the only raptors on the move.

At noon Sunday as I was headed toward the Park Preserve, driving north from 
Slaterville Springs from NYS-79 on Midline Road, I saw an adult GOLDEN EAGLE 
circling about a quarter mile away. I was able to set up my tripod and scope 
and get a decent look before it set its wings and glided off to the SSE and 
disappeared from view behind a hill and trees. 


This afternoon about 3:50pm as I was walking from Ithaca's West End toward 
downtown I saw a MERLIN in buoyant flight working its way SSE over downtown 
Ithaca. 


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Subject: Sparrow migration
From: Fredric Kardon <fredrickardon AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:32:52 -0500
Today a fox sparrow and a field sparrow joined the local juncos and
whitethroats dining on the millet I spread.  I guess there is a mixed flock
of sparrows migrating south.

Fred Kardon

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Subject: RE: 2 Bald Eagles
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:27:04 +0000
Two more or may be the same adult Bald Eagles flying over Six Miles Creek 
reservoir heading south. Seen from the bus around 8.05 AM. 


Cheers
Meena

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Circling pretty low over Sage Hall and heading northeast.
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Subject: 2 Bald Eagles
From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:43:14 -0500
Circling pretty low over Sage Hall and heading northeast.

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Subject: Syracuse RRBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:08:22 +0000
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* November 17, 2014*  NYSY  11. 17. 14 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):November 10, 2014 - November 17, 2014to report 
by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, 
Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just 
outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  
Madison & Cortlandcompiled: November 17 AT 5:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph 
BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #417 Monday November 
17, 2014 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of November 10, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

RED-THROATED LOONAMERICAN BITTERNGLOSSY IBISROSS’S GOOSECACKLING 
GOOSEAMERICAN AVOCETGLAUCOUS GULLSAW-WHET OWLNORTHERN SHRIKENORTHERN 
PARULACHIPPING SPARROWLAPLAND LONGSPUREVENING GROSBEAK 


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

     There were actually more species of shorebirds, 7 reported this week 
than last, 5. They were ; WILSON’S SNIPE, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, PECTORAL 
SANDPIPER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, KILLDEER and DUNLIN.     11/11: An 
AMERICAN BITTERN was seen again this week along the Wildlife Trail.     
11/12: The AMERICAN AVOCET has continued at Eaton Marsh this week up to 
yesterday (11/16).     11/14: A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen at Knox-Marsellus 
Marsh. A RED-THROATED LOON was found in the Main Pool.     11/15: A NORTHERN 
SHRIKE was found at East Road. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen in Knox-Marsellus 
Marsh.     11/16: 3 ROSS’S GEESE were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 


Onondaga County------------
     11/15: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Hoag Road south of Baldwinsville 
in with a group of field birds that included SNOW BUNTINGS, PIPITS and HORNED 
LARKS. A CACKLING GOOSE was see near South Meadows Nature Area in Tully. A late 
NORTHERN PARULA was seen in the Onondaga Hill area. 


Oswego County------------
     11/12: A late PARULA NORTHERN PARULA was again seen at Derby Hill.   
  11/15: A late CHIPPING SPARROW was at a feeder in Constantia. 


Madison County------------         11/14: 15 EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a 
feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds.     11/15: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen 
on Eden Hollow Road south of Nelson. 


Cayuga County------------
     11/16: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Fair Haven State Park. 
             

--  end report


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

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Subject: RE: Monday Night Seminar: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin - TONIGHT!!! and added bonus!
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:42:11 +0000
Hi everyone,

Just a reminder that this is tonight. And I'm especially thrilled that both my 
co-writers, David Winkler and Justin Hite, will be in the audience. This may be 
the only chance to get a copy of the book signed by all three of us! Sure to 
become a collector's item ;-))))) 


Marie Read 
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[bounce-118409409-5851667 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Marc Devokaitis 
[mdevokaitis AT gmail.com] 

Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:07 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Monday Night Seminar: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin

Hello all,

Please join us at 7:30 on November 17th for the next Monday Night 
Seminar--featuring Cayuga Bird Club member and wildlife photographer 
extraordinaire Marie Read. As always, these seminars are free and open to the 
public. The doors open at 7:00. 


This coming Monday, we will be streaming the seminar live. Be sure to bookmark 
http://dl.allaboutbirds.org/cornelllab-monday-night-seminars for quick access 
on Monday evening. And if you missed them, you can also watch the archived 
versions 
of the previous live-streamed lectures. 


Hope to see you there,
Marc


Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin (seminar and book signing)
Speaker: Marie Read, photographer
Host: Miyoko Chu

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



UPCOMING MONDAY NIGHT SEMINARS:


December 08
Enchanting Bolivia & Lake Titicaca
Cayuga Bird Club Meeting
Speaker: Meena Haribal, naturalist

Cayuga Bird Club members Kathy Strickland and Meena Haribal traveled to Bolivia 
in December 2013 to visit Lake Titicaca and other locations such as the 
Amazonas, Andes and Zongo regions, in search of birds, butterflies, and plants. 
Meena will talk about their trip, using slides and sounds to show the creatures 
they found. Meena photographed more than 100 species of butterflies and several 
species of birds and recorded hours of sound. She will share the best of this 
material to whet your appetite for travel to Bolivia. 

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Subject: Montezuma Birding Van Tour - Nov. 20
From: Chris Lajewski <lajewskic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:11:34 +0000
Sunset Birding Van Tour
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2:00 pm — 4:30 pm

The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join Center Director Chris 
Lajewski for a van tour around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to see dozens of 
species of ducks, geese and swans as they settle into their nighttime roosts. 
Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, and Short-eared Owls are a 
good bet too. Space is limited. Call 315.365.3588 to register. Fee: 8.00/child; 
13.50/adult, $35.00/family. The tour will leave from the Montezuma Audubon 
Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146. 


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Subject: Montezuma Birding Van Tour - Nov. 20
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Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:11:34 +0000 (UTC)
Sunset Birding Van Tour
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2:00 pm — 4:30 pm

The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join Center Director Chris 
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Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, and Short-eared Owls are a 
good bet too. Space is limited. Call 315.365.3588 to register. Fee: 8.00/child; 
13.50/adult, $35.00/family. The tour will leave from the Montezuma Audubon 
Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146. 


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Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:11:34 +0000 (UTC)
Sunset Birding Van Tour
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2:00 pm — 4:30 pm

The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join Center Director Chris 
Lajewski for a van tour around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to see dozens of 
species of ducks, geese and swans as they settle into their nighttime roosts. 
Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, and Short-eared Owls are a 
good bet too. Space is limited. Call 315.365.3588 to register. Fee: 8.00/child; 
13.50/adult, $35.00/family. The tour will leave from the Montezuma Audubon 
Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146. 


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Subject: Re: Fairhaven SP Glaucous Gull
From: Susan Fast <sustfast AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:57:50 +0000
I'm not sure what thunder Bob is taking about--my thunderous voice; the thunder 
when I walk across the floor; the thunderous applause when I get a bird ID 
right; or the intestinal thunder which ensues after one of my favorite diner 
meals?  Anyway, a total of 5 of us zipped up to Fair Haven Beach SP Sunday 
morning.  Driving time was 90 minutes, including a gpc stop.  Weather was 
fine, just a slight breeze from the SW; lake calm; no snow anywhere.The  
GLAUCOUS GULL first spied by Ken was unexpected, but after it passed over, we 
got out a field book and discussed which field marks were relevant and which 
not.  Next, a RED-THROATED LOON sat in the water close to the jetty, affording 
a significant study of the plumage coloration, head and bill shape.  Farther 
out were several more red-throated in with several COMMON LOONS, and although 
distant, offered good comparisons.  We did not see any purple sandpipers, but 
did spend time studying their favorite feeding habitat.  Three female 
LONG-TAILED DUCKS were in the channel, but were not feeding.  Birds were very 
scarce from the end of the jetty; only 1 CORMORANT was seen, and NO 
SCOTERS--not even flocks of tiny black specks on the distant horizon.  We did 
find one GULL PELLET however.  I think Susan took it for analysis.Returning 
toward shore, we saw a large mass of boiling water in the bay.  Closer 
inspection revealed a tremendous number of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS in a feeding 
frenzy.  They were too thick to count , but covered an area about 50 yards in 
diameter.  The feeding action suddenly stopped, and wave after wave of the 
mergansers headed back out into the lake.  We didn't attempt any counting; 
just stood in awe watching.  There were easily several thousand birds 
participating; 98% appeared female.  It reminded me of the huge flocks of 
single-sex red-winged blackbirds.  Finally, a group of BONAPARTE'S GULLS put 
on an acrobatic show, some coming almost close enough to touch.Next stop was 
the Pond where we saw a large variety of ducks, geese, and swans.  We found no 
snow buntings on a driving tour of the rest of the Park.We then checked the 
county Park at the end of West Bay Rd.  No birds, but the extensive carpet of 
"Stones of Relaxation" was pointed out and discussed. Final stop was Broadway 
Rd. where many distant small groups of COMMON GOLDENEYE rested on the water.  
Oddly, no gulls were seen patrolling the shore.  We agreed it was a great spot 
for lunch; which unfortunately we had already eaten in the car in a parking 
lot.  Drumlins were also discussed.Diane put all seen on e-bird, if a complete 
list of observed birds is desired. 

Steve FastBrooktondale

 

 On Sunday, November 16, 2014 7:14 PM, bob mcguire 
 wrote: 

   

 Not to steal any of the thunder of Steve Fast's upcoming report from today's 
bird club trip to Fairhaven SP, but we had great looks at a low-flying Glaucous 
Gull. It came in from the lake along the jetty, flew directly at us, and passed 
some 50 feet overhead. First of the season for around here, I believe. 


Bob McGuire
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Subject: Re: Tree sparrow and junco
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:56:23 -0500
Glad you mentioned it Michelle as we had our first fall tree sparrows yesterday 
as 

well. While juncos have been back up here for some time, we were surprised by 
the 

adult Eastern White-crowned Sparrow that came in with the tree sparrows.
John
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On Sun, November 16, 2014 17:46, M & K Mannella wrote:
> Feeder birds:
> One junco arrived yesterday and one tree sparrow today.
>
> Interlaken
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Subject: Fairhaven SP Glaucous Gull
From: bob mcguire <Bmcguire AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:14:22 -0500
Not to steal any of the thunder of Steve Fast's upcoming report from today's 
bird club trip to Fairhaven SP, but we had great looks at a low-flying Glaucous 
Gull. It came in from the lake along the jetty, flew directly at us, and passed 
some 50 feet overhead. First of the season for around here, I believe. 


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Subject: Mt Pleasant American Pipit, Pileated Woodpecker
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:06:25 +0000
Hi everyone,

I took TWO separate exercise walks on Mt Pleasant today (too antsy, I think). 

This morning around 10;30 I got my best-ever look at an American Pipit in the 
east, when one was bob-bob-bobbing along the middle of the road and didn't seem 
to want to flush, giving me great looks at its white outer tail feathers and 
other plumage niceties. 

Then this afternoon around 4:15, I was alerted by the tuk-tuk-tuk calls of a 
Pileated Woodpecker. When I located it, I watched it eating wild grapes until 
it flew. 


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Subject: Tree sparrow and junco
From: M & K Mannella <mkmannella AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:46:46 -0500
Feeder birds:
One junco arrived yesterday and one tree sparrow today. 

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Subject: Fox Sparrow
From: Nari Mistry <nbm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:13:38 -0500
This morning a Fox Sparrow showed up under our feeders -- an unusual but 
very welcome visitor during Fall migration. (We get several in the 
Spring.) It seems to be staying around all day.

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Subject: Saturday birding
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 17:41:37 -0500
Today, Gary Kohlenberg and I went up the lake to Montezuma. Here is where we 
went and what we saw: 


Myers - 3 species of gulls and mallards.

Long Point- 35 or so Common Loons, a probable Red-throated Loon, but not 100 
percent sure. 3 Pipits. 


Montezuma Wildlife Drive - we saw every specie of duck except Canvasback, There 
were vast numbers of the other ducks. I picked out the only Pied-billed Grebe, 
although Gary thought he saw one at Bennings. We saw 3 species of Swans (cool). 
There were 2 Peregrine Falcons, 3 Bald Eagles, 1 Northern Harrier, and a 
Red-tailed Hawk. We also heard a Red-bellied Woodpecker. At Eaton March we saw 
the American Avocet. Dave Wheeler saw is eat a huge minnow the size of a 
finger. There was also a Dunlin in the same vicinity. We saw no Eared Grebe or 
Red-throated Loon. Also, lots of Coots were around. 


East Road- Gary counted 60 Sandhill Cranes. There were 6 Ross's Geese divided 
in to 2 groups. Many Canada Geese. Some Cackling Geese were reported, but we 
didn't have the time to look for them. The ducks were Mallard, Black Duck, 
Pintail, American Wigeon. Don't know what else. Lots of Tundra Swans. We saw 1 
Dunlin and 3 unidentified shorebirds. 


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Subject: Avocet at Eaton Marsh
From: Leona Lauster <leona AT lauster.me>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:05:43 -0500
Many people saw the American Avocet today. I was there around 1:00 pm. It was 
very active & I took photos. 

Leona Lauster
Lyons, NY

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Subject: Re: No Avocet
From: Judith Thurber <jathurber AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:17:26 -0500
Dave Wheeler texted today:  Avocet back!  Ice skating rink:  funny :)

Judy Thurber 
Liverpool

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Subject: Re:Dryden Lake
From: Susan Fast <sustfast AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 17:55:59 +0000
Computer got anxious and sent this out before I finished the list
Amer. wigeon    1Gadwall             6Horned grebe       
1Ring-billed gull    2Bonaparte's gull   1Ring-necked duck     4Canada 
geese    XBufflehead    1 

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  Stop at Dryden Lake this morning about 1000 found
Common merganser    38Hooded merganser    12Mallard          X

   
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From: Susan Fast <sustfast AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 17:48:23 +0000
 Stop at Dryden Lake this morning about 1000 found
Common merganser    38Hooded merganser    12Mallard          X
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Subject: No Avocet
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:54:58 -0500
The night was colder than I realized and Eaton Marsh is now the Easton Ice 
Rink, with a few loafing gulls and, interestingly, three dunlins working some 
small open areas. I can hear yellowlegs tew-tew-tewing but none in sight. Duck 
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off in shifts to the north. 


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Subject: Montezuma Wildlife Drive
From: M Miller <mmiller325 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 03:57:46 +0000
Can’t help with the owl questions, but the wildlife drive is open sunrise - 
sunset (weather permitting) until usually well into December. The Visitor 
Center will be open until Nov 30th (a Sunday). 



The American Avocet was still at Eaton Marsh (aka shorebird flats) at 4:30 
Friday night. Ibises weren’t seen, but they have often been back in the 
cattails hiding. Lots of eagles, ducks, & swans out on the main pool. Didn’t 
see the RT Loon, but it was getting dark when I went through, and a lot of 
waterfowl were out of binocular range. 










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Subject: Montezuma Friday November 14, 2014
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:19:13 -0500
On the way up to Montezuma, I had a flock of SNOW BUNTINGS in a field
before the Dunkin Donut's in Lansing. Also had a few AMERICAN KESTRELS on
wires along route 90.

On Wildlife Drive, there are loads of waterfowl now.  NORTHERN SHOVELORS,
There was raft of RING-NECKED DUCKS at the beginning of the open area of
the main pool. Then a little farther down, there were a few aythya rafts of
mainly LESSER SCAUP with just a few GREATER SCAUP here and there. Also a
few REDHEADS mixed in. Many RUDDY DUCKS, AMERICAN WIGEON, AMERICAN COOTS,
GADWALL and still a few PIED-BILLED GREBES mixed in TOO. Several
GREEN-WINGED TEAL and one female BUFFLEHEAD too. Didn't find the eared
grebe of the last few weeks. There were also at least 200 TUNDRA SWANS in
the back of the main pool and a huge raft of mainly aythya ducks. They were
so distant I could not tell what species were present but I presume mainly
scaup. I also was surprised to find a basic plumage RED-THROATED LOON in
the main pool closer to where the "carp crossing" is.  The main pool is
loaded and I likely missed some species.

Then at Eaton marsh (shorebird flats) the AMERICAN AVOCET continues to put
on a show. The bird was close enough to easily see naked eye. Binoculars
afforded great views. The scope was basically overkill.  I took several
photos and recorded a video of the bird actively feeding.

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/sets/72157649284337901/      In
addition, there were several DUNLIN and one GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

At Knox-Marcellus Marsh there were many geese. Mostly CANADA and many SNOWS
(a few hundred or so) and at least 1 ROSS'S GOOSE. The bird was seen on the
north end of the marsh from the parking area. The bird was much smaller
than the SNOWS with a tiny bill. There were also quite a few blue phase
SNOW GEESE too. TUNDRA SWANS were also present with at least one TRUMPETER
identified by sound.
I only had 6 SANDHILL CRANES. Earlier the folks at the visitor center said
someone counted 60.  There were many AMERICAN PIPITS too feeding on the
mudflats. I estimated about 30 but this is probably underdone. I also heard
a few HORNED LARKS in the cornfield along east road.

For a windy and cold day it was awesome. Knox-Marcellus is loaded with
geese and waterfowl. I imagine there are other good birds in there that I
mised. The lighting was an issue and time was running out for me so I
didn't bird this area as thoroughly as I would have liked.

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From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:35:47 -0500
One among many snow geese.

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Subject: American avocet eaton marsh
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:39:05 -0500
Continues. Actively feeding.

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Subject: Red-throated Loon
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Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:18:25 -0500
Red-throated Loon basic plumage  main pool montezuma wildlife drive now.

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Subject: Re: Where are 2003-13 Loon counts?
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:21:34 -0500
Hey Candace,

I think Bill Evans would be the place to start.  I am forwarding you an
email from 2012.

Linda

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Subject: Where are 2003-13 Loon counts?
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I'd like to find out the loon watch statistics from the Taughannock Loon
Watch since 2002, but can't seem to find the stats. Can someone tell me who
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Subject: ?s about owls and Montezuma
From: Caro <carolinemanring AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:52:42 -0500
Hi all,

Does anybody know:
1) have any Short-eared Owls showed up at Long Point? 
2) is Montezuma wildlife drive still open?
3) is there a reliable place around the lake somewhere to find a Screech Owl?
I'm leading a field trip for HWS students and could use any and all info.
Thanks!
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Subject: Re: C Loons on lake
From: Anne Clark <anneb.clark AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:35:50 -0500
Loons, ducks, grebe, etc. all wonderful!  

But about that crow: I suspect from your description that it has crow droppings 
smeared down its primaries, acquired as it perched directly below another crow 
in a communal roost. I get reports during the winter of "tagged" crows, always 
seen with white tags. When there are pictures, it is always a smear of feces. 


Kids, don't walk under a roost at home.


On Nov 13, 2014, at 3:46 PM, Donna Scott wrote:

> Approximately 150 COMMON LOONS up & down, offshore, in Cayuga Lake off 
Lansing Station Rd in Lansing, many nearer west shore. Accompanied by several 
gulls trying to steal food. 

> 
> Also 10 BLACK DUCKS, 5 MALLARDS & 1 HORNED GREBE that was close to my beach 
for a good look. 

> 
> At least 1 FOX SPARROW still in front yard under spruce tree along with 8 
Juncos, 4 BLUE JAYS & 4 A. CROWS. 

> One Crow had white areas on rear part of folded wings, rather as if its 
feathers had been scraped down to structures underneath the black parts. 

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From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:46:45 -0500
Approximately 150 COMMON LOONS up & down, offshore, in Cayuga Lake off Lansing 
Station Rd in Lansing, many nearer west shore. Accompanied by several gulls 
trying to steal food. 


Also 10 BLACK DUCKS, 5 MALLARDS & 1 HORNED GREBE that was close to my beach for 
a good look. 


At least 1 FOX SPARROW still in front yard under spruce tree along with 8 
Juncos, 4 BLUE JAYS & 4 A. CROWS. 

One Crow had white areas on rear part of folded wings, rather as if its 
feathers had been scraped down to structures underneath the black parts. 


Donna

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Subject: Re: Golden-crowned Kinglet
From: Asher Hockett <veery715 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:52:18 -0500
I often get them on the Xmas bird count.

On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM, Paul Schmitt  wrote:

> I was out trying to photograph wild turkeys in a friends woods just south
> of Corning. Among the small birds was a golden-crowned kinglet.  It was so
> close, 3 feet, that I could not focus on it. I watched it probe the small
> branches on the hemlock I was next to.   I heard a few "seep" voices above,
> so I suspect there was at least on other.  Isn't this very late to be
> seeing these?
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Subject: Golden-crowned Kinglet
From: Paul Schmitt <pschmitt9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:35:10 -0500
I was out trying to photograph wild turkeys in a friends woods just south
of Corning. Among the small birds was a golden-crowned kinglet.  It was so
close, 3 feet, that I could not focus on it. I watched it probe the small
branches on the hemlock I was next to.   I heard a few "seep" voices above,
so I suspect there was at least on other.  Isn't this very late to be
seeing these?

No luck on the turkeys, so this softened my disappointment on the turkeys.

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Subject: CBC Field Trip Sunday November 16, Sunday
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:04:09 -0500
Steve Fast will lead a Cayuga Bird Club field trip on Sunday, November 16th
to Fairhaven State Park and the Lake Ontario shoreline. Please meet Steve
at the Laboratory of Ornithology at 7:30 AM for this all day trip

 "We will look for Purple Sandpipers, scoters, and ducks....."

Bring lunch, drinks,  binoculars, and scope (if you have one). Dress
appropriately for the weather.  For information contact Steve (
sustfast AT yahoo.com)."

All are welcome to participate, regardless of experience level or
membership status.

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Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:13:16 -0800
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Subject: Monday Night Seminar: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin
From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:07:21 -0500
Hello all,


Please join us at *7:30 on November 17th* for the next Monday Night
Seminar--featuring Cayuga Bird Club  member and wildlife
photographer extraordinaire Marie Read.  As always, these seminars are free
and open to the public. The doors open at 7:00.



This coming Monday, we will be streaming the seminar live. Be sure to
bookmark http://dl.allaboutbirds.org/cornelllab-monday-night-seminars for
quick access on Monday evening.  And if you missed them, you can also watch
the archived versions

 

of the previous live-streamed lectures.



Hope to see you there,

Marc





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

*Speaker: Marie Read, photographer*

*Host: Miyoko Chu*



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





 *UPCOMING MONDAY NIGHT SEMINARS:*





*December 08*

*Enchanting Bolivia & Lake Titicaca*

*Cayuga Bird Club Meeting*

*Speaker: Meena Haribal, naturalist*



Cayuga Bird Club members Kathy Strickland and Meena Haribal traveled to
Bolivia in December 2013 to visit Lake Titicaca and other locations such as
the Amazonas, Andes and Zongo regions, in search of birds, butterflies, and
plants. Meena will talk about their trip, using slides and sounds to show
the creatures they found. Meena photographed more than 100 species of
butterflies and several species of birds and recorded hours of sound. She
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Subject: Re: Eaton Marsh
From: Carol Keeler <carolk441 AT adelphia.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:30:27 -0500
I agree with Judy. It's nice to know of the contributions of Professor Eaton 
and it gives meaning to the name change. 


Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 13, 2014, at 7:04 AM, Judith Thurber  wrote:
> 
> Thank you so much for writing this for those of us who did not know of this 
amazing man's contributions! I found it most enlightening and had wondered 
about the reason for the change from the first mention of it in Montezuma NWR 
posts. 

> 
> Judy Thurber
> Liverpool
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On Nov 12, 2014, at 9:10 PM, Charlie Rouse  wrote:
>> 
>> Hi All,
>>  
>> Recently, at Montezuma NWR, what used to be known as Shorebird Flats was 
dedicated in memory of Elon Howard Eaton, and is now known as Eaton Marsh. To 
familiarize the subscribers to Cayugabirds as to who Eaton was, I have included 
a short biography below. Professor Eaton truly was a pioneer figure in the 
ornithological history of New York State and well deserves the posthumous 
recognition. 

>>  
>> Charlie Rouse
>> Secretary,
>> Eaton Birding Society
>> 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

>> Elon Howard Eaton
>>  
>> Elon Howard Eaton was born in Springville, New York, on October 8, 1866. 
>> He spent his early years there enjoying the outdoors, which was the basis 
for his life’s work. 

>>  
>> He was graduated with an B.A. degree from the University of Rochester in 
1890, having been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received an M.A. degree in 
1893. 

>>  
>> While still an undergraduate he was an instructor of science at the 
Canandaigua Union School, and after graduation returned there as vice-principal 
and science instructor until 1895. 

>>  
>> From then until 1907, he was a Master of Science at the Bradstreet School in 
Rochester. During this time he was working on his first book, Birds of Western 
New York, which was published in 1901. 

>>  
>> Professor Eaton joined the faculty at Hobart & William Smith colleges in 
1908 and taught for 26 years. He established and was head of the biology 
department, teaching classes in biology, ornithology and physiology, among 
others. 

>>  
>> From 1908 to 1914, he served as State Ornithologist for the New York Museum 
and acted as Curator. It was at that time where he was selected to write Birds 
of New York. (Volume I, 1910; Volume II, 1914). 

>>  
>> This two volume treatise was the first complete study of birds of 
Northeastern North America, and is still considered the standard authority. 
Professor Eaton was instrumental in the establishment of Montezuma National 
Wildlife Refuge, and for many years tried in vain to save Potter Swamp in Yates 
County- ultimately succumbing to the advancement of agriculture. In its day, 
Potter Swamp was a place where Big Day counts would exceed of 150 species. 

>>  
>> Much of Professor Eaton’s time was spent in original research in 
ornithology, ecology, genetics, migration and conservation. He presented papers 
on his investigations before the American Ornithologist Union - and in 1927 was 
selected to head the Biological Survey of the Finger Lakes. His prodigious 
efforts set a standard for work of this sort, being recognized as the most 
complete investigation of its kind ever conducted. 

>> A short time later he was appointed to the Advisory Council of the New York 
State Conservation Department, where he helped formulate policy. 

>>  
>> Accolades to Professor Eaton include: Two honorary degrees from the 
University of Rochester. M. Sc. degree in 1911 - and a D.Sc. degree in 1925. 

>> Naming of the H & WS Colleges science building Eaton Hall in his honor in 
1961, and was the Inaugural Recipient of the H&WS Distinguished Faculty Award 
in 1992. 

>>  
>> In 1932, a group of ardent birders in the Geneva area established the Geneva 
Bird Club under the guidance of Professor Eaton, and upon his death, renamed 
the club the Eaton Birding Society in his honor. 

>>  
>> Professor Eaton died at home in Geneva on March 27, 1934.
>>  
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Subject: Re: Eaton Marsh
From: Judith Thurber <jathurber AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:04:35 -0500
Thank you so much for writing this for those of us who did not know of this 
amazing man's contributions! I found it most enlightening and had wondered 
about the reason for the change from the first mention of it in Montezuma NWR 
posts. 


Judy Thurber
Liverpool

Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 12, 2014, at 9:10 PM, Charlie Rouse  wrote:
> 
> Hi All,
>  
> Recently, at Montezuma NWR, what used to be known as Shorebird Flats was 
dedicated in memory of Elon Howard Eaton, and is now known as Eaton Marsh. To 
familiarize the subscribers to Cayugabirds as to who Eaton was, I have included 
a short biography below. Professor Eaton truly was a pioneer figure in the 
ornithological history of New York State and well deserves the posthumous 
recognition. 

>  
> Charlie Rouse
> Secretary,
> Eaton Birding Society
> 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

> Elon Howard Eaton
>  
> Elon Howard Eaton was born in Springville, New York, on October 8, 1866. 
> He spent his early years there enjoying the outdoors, which was the basis for 
his life’s work. 

>  
> He was graduated with an B.A. degree from the University of Rochester in 
1890, having been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received an M.A. degree in 
1893. 

>  
> While still an undergraduate he was an instructor of science at the 
Canandaigua Union School, and after graduation returned there as vice-principal 
and science instructor until 1895. 

>  
> From then until 1907, he was a Master of Science at the Bradstreet School in 
Rochester. During this time he was working on his first book, Birds of Western 
New York, which was published in 1901. 

>  
> Professor Eaton joined the faculty at Hobart & William Smith colleges in 1908 
and taught for 26 years. He established and was head of the biology department, 
teaching classes in biology, ornithology and physiology, among others. 

>  
> From 1908 to 1914, he served as State Ornithologist for the New York Museum 
and acted as Curator. It was at that time where he was selected to write Birds 
of New York. (Volume I, 1910; Volume II, 1914). 

>  
> This two volume treatise was the first complete study of birds of 
Northeastern North America, and is still considered the standard authority. 
Professor Eaton was instrumental in the establishment of Montezuma National 
Wildlife Refuge, and for many years tried in vain to save Potter Swamp in Yates 
County- ultimately succumbing to the advancement of agriculture. In its day, 
Potter Swamp was a place where Big Day counts would exceed of 150 species. 

>  
> Much of Professor Eaton’s time was spent in original research in 
ornithology, ecology, genetics, migration and conservation. He presented papers 
on his investigations before the American Ornithologist Union - and in 1927 was 
selected to head the Biological Survey of the Finger Lakes. His prodigious 
efforts set a standard for work of this sort, being recognized as the most 
complete investigation of its kind ever conducted. 

> A short time later he was appointed to the Advisory Council of the New York 
State Conservation Department, where he helped formulate policy. 

>  
> Accolades to Professor Eaton include: Two honorary degrees from the 
University of Rochester. M. Sc. degree in 1911 - and a D.Sc. degree in 1925. 

> Naming of the H & WS Colleges science building Eaton Hall in his honor in 
1961, and was the Inaugural Recipient of the H&WS Distinguished Faculty Award 
in 1992. 

>  
> In 1932, a group of ardent birders in the Geneva area established the Geneva 
Bird Club under the guidance of Professor Eaton, and upon his death, renamed 
the club the Eaton Birding Society in his honor. 

>  
> Professor Eaton died at home in Geneva on March 27, 1934.
>  
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Subject: Eaton Marsh
From: Charlie Rouse <carouse AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:10:52 -0500
Hi All,

 

Recently, at Montezuma NWR, what used to be known as Shorebird Flats was
dedicated in memory of Elon Howard Eaton, and is now known as Eaton Marsh.
To familiarize the subscribers to Cayugabirds as to who Eaton was, I have
included a short biography below. Professor Eaton truly was a pioneer figure
in the ornithological history of New York State and well deserves the
posthumous recognition.

 

Charlie Rouse

Secretary,

Eaton Birding Society

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------

Elon Howard Eaton

 

Elon Howard Eaton was born in Springville, New York, on October 8, 1866.  

He spent his early years there enjoying the outdoors, which was the basis
for his life's work.  

 

He was graduated with an B.A. degree from the University of  Rochester in
1890, having been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received an M.A. degree in
1893.  

 

While still an undergraduate he was an instructor of science at the
Canandaigua Union School, and after graduation returned there as
vice-principal and science instructor until 1895. 

 

From then until 1907, he was a Master of Science at the Bradstreet School in
Rochester.  During this time he was working on his first book, Birds of
Western New York, which was published in 1901.

 

Professor Eaton joined the faculty at Hobart & William Smith colleges in
1908 and taught for 26 years.  He established and was head of the biology
department, teaching classes in biology, ornithology and physiology, among
others.

 

From 1908 to 1914, he served as State Ornithologist for the New York Museum
and acted as Curator. It was at that time where he was selected to write
Birds of New York. (Volume I, 1910; Volume II, 1914).  

 

This two volume treatise was the first complete study of birds of
Northeastern North America, and is still considered the standard authority.
Professor Eaton was instrumental in the establishment of Montezuma National
Wildlife Refuge, and for many years tried in vain to save Potter Swamp in
Yates County- ultimately succumbing to the advancement of agriculture. In
its day, Potter Swamp was a place where Big Day counts would exceed of 150
species.

 

Much of Professor Eaton's time was spent in original research in
ornithology, ecology, genetics, migration and conservation.  He presented
papers on his investigations before the American Ornithologist Union - and
in 1927 was selected to head the Biological Survey of the Finger Lakes.  His
prodigious efforts set a standard for work of this sort, being recognized as
the most complete investigation of its kind ever conducted.  

A short time later he was appointed to the Advisory Council of the New York
State Conservation Department, where he helped formulate policy.

 

Accolades to Professor Eaton include: Two honorary degrees from the
University of Rochester.  M. Sc. degree in 1911 - and a D.Sc. degree in
1925. 

Naming of the H & WS Colleges science building Eaton Hall in his honor in
1961, and was the Inaugural Recipient of the H&WS Distinguished Faculty
Award in 1992.  

 

In 1932, a group of ardent birders in the Geneva area established the Geneva
Bird Club under the guidance of Professor Eaton, and upon his death, renamed
the club the Eaton Birding Society in his honor.

 

Professor Eaton died at home in Geneva on March 27, 1934.

 

 


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From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:43:27 +0000
Seen again today at 10:00 at Eaton Marsh.
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Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 22:54:35 +0000
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* November 10, 2014*  NYSY  11. 10. 14 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):November 03, 2014 - November 10, 2014to report 
by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, 
Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just 
outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  
Madison & Cortlandcompiled: November 10 AT 5:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph 
BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #416 Monday November 
10, 2014 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of November 03, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

EARED GREBECATTLE EGRETAMERICAN BITTERNGLOSSY IBISROSS’S GOOSECACKLING 
GOOSESANDHILL CRANEAMERICAN AVOCETPURPLE SANDPIPERSNOWY OWLSAW-WHET OWLNORTHERN 
PARULAWHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL 


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

     Only five species of shorebird reported this week. DUNLIN, KILLDEER, 
AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS.     11/6: 44 
SANDHILL CRANES were counted at East Road. 40 DUNLIN were seen at Easton Marsh 
on the Wildlife Drive.     11/8: The adult and juvenile GLOSSY IBIS were 
seen at Eaton Marsh. The AMERICAN AVOCET was present also. The EARED GREBE was 
spotted at the first area of open water on the Wildlife Drive. A SNOWY OWL was 
seen at the end of the Wildlife Drive near Rt.89. 2 ROSS’S GEESE AND 53 
SANDHILL CRANES were at Knox-Marsellus Pool.     11/9: The 2 GLOSSY IBISES 
and the AMERICAN AVOCET were again at Eaton Marsh. A late AMERICAN BITTERN was 
seen along the Wildlife Drive. 7 ROSS’S GEESE were at Knox-Marsellus Pool. 


Cayuga County------------
     11/6: A PURPLE SANDPIPER, 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and 2 DUNLIN were 
spotted on the south side of the break wall at Fair Haven State Park. The 
PURPLE SANDPIPER and the DUNLIN were seen again on 11/8. 


Onondaga County------------
     11/7: A BLACK SCOTER was seen at Willow Bay on Onondaga Lake.     
11/9: The SNOWY OWL seen all summer and fall on Rt. 31 at the Home Depot area 
was injured by a car and was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.      11/10: 
2 CACKLING GEESE were seen in a corn field in Tully. 


Oswego County------------
     11/7: A SAW-WHET OWL was heard calling on Kibbey Road near Mexico.   
  11/9: A late NORTHERN PARULA was seen at Derby Hill. 


Jefferson County------------
     11/7: A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was heard at El Dorado State Park. A 
CATTLE EGRET was spotted at the intersection ofCo. Rt. 152 and Town Barn Road 
in Henderson. Possibly the same bird was spotted about 10 miles south at the 
intersection of Baldwin Road and Co. Rt. 89 in Mannsville on 11/9. 

          

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

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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds and Fox Sparrow
From: Sandy Podulka <sgp4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:29:04 -0500
We were thrilled to have a flock of 56 Rusty Blackbirds in our yard 
in Brooktondale, our first of the season, just in time for our 
ProjectFeederWatch count!  Today our first Fox Sparrow showed up, but 
a day late for the count!

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Subject: Wild Turkeys
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 08:46:20 -0500
Early today, 3 elegant WILD TURKEYS scratching under my big Spruce tree where 
the Fox Sparrows were yesterday. 

This little flock is a separate one from the larger group of about 9 + turkeys 
often seen in large farm field east of Ludlow Rd., 1.5 miles away from here, on 
upper part of Lansing Station Rd. towards Rt. 34B. 

Donna

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Subject: Harlequin Ducks, Hector
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 20:18:47 -0500
Since I guess Tim and Nathan aren't going to post this either, I thought I
should mention that they found two female HARLEQUIN DUCKS this morning on
Seneca Lake in the town of Hector:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20488288

We looked on our way home this afternoon and were unable to find them under
the docks on Lake Street, but viewing is difficult and between houses, so
they may have just rounded the point to the south and disappeared from view.

Jay

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Subject: Re: Fox sparrows @ LP & Ringwood Rd!
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 09 Nov 2014 16:54:59 -0500
Thanks to posts by Suan & Marie, I looked out at the likely spot under my big 
Spruce tree to find 2 FOX SPARROWS scooching around in the leaf litter! 

Donna

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On Nov 9, 2014, at 2:08 PM, "Marie P. Read"  wrote:

> It must be the day for Fox Sparrows…just before reading Suan's post I 
looked outside to see three Fox Sparrows doing their famous to and fro scoot 
underneath my new Blue Spruce (planted in the spring) 

> 
> Marie
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> Marie Read Wildlife Photography
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> Lots of fox sparrows at lindsay parsons today, along with am tree sparrows, 
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Subject: Cayuga Bird Club Meeting, Nov 10
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 21:03:56 +0000
Cayuga Bird Club Meeting

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Monday, November 10, 2014, 7:30 pm

The First International BirdFair in the Land Of Birds: Cali, Colombia

Speaker: Jorge Orejuela

In February 2015 Cali, Colombia, will be the center of birding activity for the 
International BirdFair. Dr. Jorge Orejuela of the Autonomous University of the 
West in Cali is the honorary president of this event and will share his views 
of fair activities. The participants will visit choice localities where they 
may encounter as many as 500 species of birds, including residents, 
long-distance migrants, and many endemics, most of them endangered. Shortly 
after the fair, the organizers of the Colombia BirdFair will establish a cloud 
forest nature reserve in the vicinity of Cali, where visitors will be welcome 
to stay and enjoy the great diversity of birds of Colombia. Dr. Orejuela will 
provide a sneak preview of the reserve and its wildlife. 


The presentation will begin after club business is concluded and all are 
welcome. Please be advised that the doors will be closed when the room is full 
so get there early! Doors open at 7 pm, cookies at 7:15, meeting starts at 
7:30. Open to the public. 


Laura

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Subject: MNWR American Bittern & continuing rarities
From: Ken & Rose Burdick <kenburdick AT ieee.org>
Date: Sun, 09 Nov 2014 15:26:54 -0500
Rose and I drove the auto route before lunch and had good luck on the 
continuing birds.  As reported today by others, the Avocet and Ibis 
were in Eaton.  This time it was the young Ibis.  The EARED GREBE was 
located in the main pool, not at the start of the drive, but at the 
beginning of the second major opening onto the main pool, where it is 
deeper and cleaner (the first opening is shallower).  There was also 
a GREATER YELLOWLEGS at Eaton.

The biggest surprise was a fly-by AMERICAN BITTERN near the start of 
the auto route.  It was flying south, between the roadside water 
control channel and the near edge of the main pool.  A photographer 
behind us said that he also saw the bird as it landed, so it may be find-able.

Ken

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