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Prairie Warbler,©Barry Kent Mackay

30 Jul Warblers trickling in. [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
30 Jul Lots of TVs [Laura Stenzler ]
30 Jul RE: Mrs Robin reuses her nest! ["Naomi Brewer" ]
30 Jul Recent sightings [Jay McGowan ]
29 Jul Re: Merlins galore - thanks [Carol Keeler ]
29 Jul Re: Merlins galore - thanks [Dave Nutter ]
28 Jul Knox-Marsellus: 13 shorebird sp incl RED-NECKED PHALAROPE [Dave Nutter ]
28 Jul Re: Help [JCampbell-Smith ]
28 Jul Help [Yvonne Fogarty ]
28 Jul Re: Sapsucker Woods Weekend Bird walk reports. [Yvonne Fogarty ]
28 Jul OOB Northern Harrier family:Cortland County [Lee Ann van Leer ]
28 Jul Merlins galore - thanks [John Confer ]
27 Jul AWESOME WINTER WREN! [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
27 Jul Re: Sapsucker Woods Weekend Bird walk reports. ["Chris R. Pelkie" ]
27 Jul Sapsucker Woods Weekend Bird walk reports. [Linda Orkin ]
27 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
27 Jul Phalarope, Cranes/colt Knox Marcellus 7-26 [Dave K ]
27 Jul RE: Red-headed Woodpecker at Fairhaven SP [Jody W Enck ]
27 Jul RE: Red-headed Woodpecker at Fairhaven SP ["Rustici, Marc" ]
26 Jul Re:media request [Linda Orkin ]
26 Jul MNWR - Saturday evening []
26 Jul Shindagin Hollow in the evening [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
26 Jul Red-headed Woodpecker at Fairhaven SP []
25 Jul new shorebird habitat in Tompkins County [Benjamin Freeman ]
25 Jul Osprey fatality - helping the chicks? [Sandy ]
25 Jul Newman Golf Course and Swan Pond Highlights and New Map Project [Sandy Wold ]
25 Jul Correction:7/25 Re: bird walks Dryden Lake @Dryden Lake Festival [Lee Ann van Leer ]
24 Jul bird walks Dryden Lake Sat.7/24 @Dryden Lake Festival [Lee Ann van Leer ]
24 Jul Adventures in Avian Propagation [John Eliot Parks ]
24 Jul Avicaching update—17-23 July [Ian Davies ]
24 Jul RE: Osprey Fatality ["Karel V. Sedlacek" ]
24 Jul Coopers hawk [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
24 Jul Osprey Fatality [William Roberts ]
23 Jul Re:Montezuma and East Shore [Ann Mitchell ]
23 Jul Montezuma and East Shore [Ann Mitchell ]
23 Jul Guided Shorebird Walks at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge ["Ziemba, Linda" ]
23 Jul Auto Loop Gull [Dave K ]
23 Jul turkey vulture question [Claire Damaske ]
22 Jul Osprey [Tom Vawter ]
22 Jul FW: Montezuma NWR, Bonaparte's Gulls etc. ["Michael Tetlow " ]
22 Jul sunbathing Chickadee [Melanie Uhlir ]
21 Jul Bonaparte's Gulls, Montezuma [Jay McGowan ]
21 Jul Re: Montezuma NWR shorebird walk 2 August [Dave Nutter ]
20 Jul Stewart Park Swan Pond Highlights and Aspirations [Sandy Wold ]
20 Jul Montezuma NWR shorebird walk 2 August [Dave Nutter ]
20 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
20 Jul Re:Merlin Bird Photo ID question [Clara MacCarald ]
20 Jul Winter wren is still Mundy resident: singing right now [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
20 Jul RE: Kingbird baby [Donna Lee Scott ]
20 Jul Kingbird baby [Nancy Cusumano ]
20 Jul Merlin Bird Photo ID question [Clara MacCarald ]
19 Jul Re: Injured raptor in Ithaca [Nancy Cusumano ]
19 Jul Re: Injured raptor in Ithaca [JCampbell-Smith ]
19 Jul Re: Injured raptor in Ithaca [Nancy Cusumano ]
19 Jul Re: Injured raptor in Ithaca ["Christine C. Bogdanowicz" ]
19 Jul Re: Injured raptor in Ithaca [Nancy Cusumano ]
19 Jul Injured raptor in Ithaca [Kelly Lee Smith ]
19 Jul Re: Montezuma shorebirds [David Nicosia ]
19 Jul Re: Montezuma shorebirds [David Nicosia ]
18 Jul Re: Montezuma shorebirds ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
18 Jul RE:Grosbeaks & others [Donna Lee Scott ]
18 Jul Montezuma shorebirds [Jay McGowan ]
17 Jul Re: Black-headed Grosbeak [Melanie Uhlir ]
17 Jul Our Big AviCaching Day [Lee Ann van Leer ]
17 Jul Re: Black-headed Grosbeak [Dave Nutter ]
17 Jul Black-headed Grosbeak [Melanie Uhlir ]
17 Jul Avicaching update—10-16 July [Ian Davies ]
16 Jul Catbird woes and the added newest woe [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
15 Jul Re: Merlin [Randolph Ross ]
15 Jul Black-billed Cuckoo... [Kathy ]
14 Jul Counter-singing Scarlet Tanagers ["W. Larry Hymes" ]
13 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
13 Jul Photos of Shorebirds K-M Marsh Today July 13th, 2015 [David Nicosia ]
13 Jul Re: heron near miss [Melanie Uhlir ]
13 Jul RE:Yellow-throated Vireo ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
13 Jul Yellow-throated Vireo ["Chris R. Pelkie" ]

Subject: Warblers trickling in.
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:56:05 +0000
Today on my lunch walk I saw two warblers at different locations. 
Unfortunately, I did not have binoculars. It is time to carry them around your 
neck wherever you go! 


Meena

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


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Subject: Lots of TVs
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:13:16 +0000
Hi all, 
Lots of Turkey Vultures along Stevenson Rd, Ithaca, this morning. I counted 25 
on the ground and in the trees and another 25 in a kettle above the compost 
area. No Black Vultures (yet). 


Laura

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Subject: RE: Mrs Robin reuses her nest!
From: "Naomi Brewer" <nbrewer AT fltg.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:28:03 -0400
As I finally checked some e-mails I have overlooked, I came upon this and
want to tell you that as I was growing up in the 1930s & 40s  there was a
shelf-like board  sticking out from the house on the front porch and above
the porch railing. A Robin built a nest on that board, raised young and for
5 years she or an offspring built a new nest on top of the existing ones.
They tolerated us humans coming in and out but they were  making a mess on
the porch with nest material, etc. so Mother finally took the nest down. I
always have wondered just how high they would go !
Naomi Brewer
Sheldrake/Wyers Point

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From: bounce-119412394-9392503 AT list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-119412394-9392503 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Marie P.
Read
Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2015 4:50 PM
To: Robin Cisne
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Mrs Robin reuses her nest!

Well this is interesting...some people are telling me that robins indeed
have reused nests in their yards for multiple broods in one year, on the
other hand a local biologist just told me that her experience with rural
robins is that they never reused their nests. Maybe the reuse is an
urban/suburban phenomenon? Rural robins might simply have more locations in
which to build a nest, robins closer to human habitation may have limited
options so reuse is more common? Any thoughts?

Marie




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From: Robin Cisne [rfcisne AT gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2015 3:23 PM
To: Marie P. Read
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mrs Robin reuses her nest!

I thought robins usually did that, as long as the subsequent clutches are in
the same year.  A pair that nested under our covered patio one year raised
two batches in the same nest.

On Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 2:13 PM, Marie P. Read
> wrote:
It's highly unusual for a songbird to reuse a cup nest, but outside my
kitchen window I have a female robin refurbishing the nest from which she
(presume the same female) and her mate successfully raised three young a few
weeks ago. Haven't yet got a good look at exactly what material she is
bringing in.

Marie


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Subject: Recent sightings
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:59:42 -0400
This morning after the first downpours started I drove up to Myers
before work to see if anything interesting had been grounded. I did
find two SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, one LEAST SANDPIPER, and a Killdeer on
the rocky island in the mouth of Salmon Creek, but no shorebirds on
the spit. My first juvenile CASPIAN TERNS of the season were with a
good number of adults on the beach.

Today would be a good day to check any possible shorebird habitat
nearby, as well as the known spots at Montezuma if anyone is in the
area.

Yesterday morning, Livia and I walked around Lindsay-Parson. The
highlight was an early migrant TENNESSEE WARBLER, only the second July
record for the Basin in eBird, amazingly on exactly the same day as
Brad, Shawn, and I had one at Hammond Hill last year. Nothing else too
exciting, but a group of seven Ruffed Grouse and some of the usual
warblers were fun. No shorebirds except Solitaries, but that could
change today. Full list here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24420990

In other news, James Osborn reported a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER along Mays
Point Road just past the boardwalk yesterday afternoon, as well as one
of the Red-headed Woodpeckers in the usual spot.


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Jay McGowan
Macaulay Library
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
jwm57 AT cornell.edu

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Subject: Re: Merlins galore - thanks
From: Carol Keeler <carolk441 AT adelphia.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:03:41 -0400
I sure wish you could export some of those Merlins to me up in Auburn. I have 
tons of House Sparrows for them to eat. 


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> On Jul 28, 2015, at 10:54 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:
> 
> Nestlings may have fledged, but Merlins still have to eat and hunt. Yesterday 
(Monday 27 July) at 9:32am I was on Meadow Street waiting to turn left onto 
Buffalo Street by the FastRack gas station when I heard a short succession of 
unidentified agitated call notes to my left. Immediately afterward I saw a 
MERLIN carrying small prey and flying from near the source of the sound, 
proceeding northeast low over Joe's Restaurant, across Meadow Street, then lost 
to view among treetops. Was the nest by the Finger Lakes Land Trust office 
successful? That's the direction it went. I don't know whether the sound was 
from the Merlin, its prey, its prey's parent, or another witness. 

> 
> By the way, I haven't noticed an actual shortage of House Sparrows yet, and 
to me Merlins seem like a good trade for them so far. 

> --Dave Nutter
> 
>> On Jul 28, 2015, at 09:22 AM, John Confer  wrote:
>> 
>> Thanks to assistance from participants in the cayugabirds-l, Mark Witmer, 
Maddie Ulinski, and I were able to monitor 7 Merlin nests this spring-summer. 
The Briarwood Lane nest fledged the third of three nestlings this morning (28 
July). Five nests were in Ithaca, one in Dryden and one of Wells College 
campus. Three of the nests were predated. Although this is a statistically tiny 
sample, it provides a very high rate of nest failure in comparison to other, 
large surveys. The dominant prey species at all nests was the House Sparrow. 
Interestingly, House Sparrows have been declining very rapidly, a decline that 
started long before Merlin started to nest and increase in abundance in New 
York. 

>> 
>> It is nice to have our little urban falcon zipping around the town/city, 
picking off a lot of species but mostly House Sparrows. 

>> 
>> Thanks again for directing us to nest locations.
>> 
>> John, Mark, and Maddie
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Subject: Re: Merlins galore - thanks
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:54:42 +0000
Nestlings may have fledged, but Merlins still have to eat and hunt. Yesterday 
(Monday 27 July) at 9:32am I was on Meadow Street waiting to turn left onto 
Buffalo Street by the FastRack gas station when I heard a short succession of 
unidentified agitated call notes to my left. Immediately afterward I saw a 
MERLIN carrying small prey and flying from near the source of the sound, 
proceeding northeast low over Joe's Restaurant, across Meadow Street, then lost 
to view among treetops. Was the nest by the Finger Lakes Land Trust office 
successful? That's the direction it went. I don't know whether the sound was 
from the Merlin, its prey, its prey's parent, or another witness. 


By the way, I haven't noticed an actual shortage of House Sparrows yet, and to 
me Merlins seem like a good trade for them so far. 


--Dave Nutter


On Jul 28, 2015, at 09:22 AM, John Confer  wrote:

> Thanks to assistance from participants in the cayugabirds-l, Mark Witmer, 
Maddie Ulinski, and I were able to monitor 7 Merlin nests this spring-summer. 
The Briarwood Lane nest fledged the third of three nestlings this morning (28 
July). Five nests were in Ithaca, one in Dryden and one of Wells College 
campus. Three of the nests were predated. Although this is a statistically tiny 
sample, it provides a very high rate of nest failure in comparison to other, 
large surveys. The dominant prey species at all nests was the House Sparrow. 
Interestingly, House Sparrows have been declining very rapidly, a decline that 
started long before Merlin started to nest and increase in abundance in New 
York. 

>
> It is nice to have our little urban falcon zipping around the town/city, 
picking off a lot of species but mostly House Sparrows. 

>
> Thanks again for directing us to nest locations.
>
> John, Mark, and Maddie
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Subject: Knox-Marsellus: 13 shorebird sp incl RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:15:04 +0000
Today during the late morning and early afternoon I did some scouting at 
Montezuma NWR's Knox-Marsellus marsh in preparation for the field trip I'll be 
leading onto the dikes there next Sunday morning (2 August, 8am leaving from 
Visitor Center, 8:20am walking down from overlook on East Road). Shorebirds 
included: 


SEMIPALMATED PLOVER - several among distant flock of peep on mudflat.
KILLDEER - at least 5 together
GREATER YELLOWLEGS - several scattered feeding
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - quite a few scattered about, the most numerous non-peep, 
but not big numbers 

SOLITARY SANDPIPER - 1 on Puddler seen from Towpath Rd
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - a few sightings of individual bird(s) feeding and flying
STILT SANDPIPER - at least 5, all in breeding plumage, 4 in K-M in open water 
fairly close to the dike, 1 or more in Puddler in more marshy area visible 
sometimes/places from mosquitor-infested Towpath Rd 

PECTORAL SANDPIPER - 4 together on mud flat
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER - 1 seen well on end of mudflat
LEAST SANDPIPER - 3 seen well on end of mudflat; more, I think, in distance
PEEP - distant flocks that will be easier to check on the field trip in early 
morning light with less shimmer. 

DOWITCHER, SHORT-BILLED (I think) - 2 feeding and resting in deep water. We'll 
spend more time on dowitcher ID on the field trip. 

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE - 1 adult in non-breeding plumage feeding while swimming 
in open water far from either East Road or Towpath Road but scoped well from 
the dike. I believe this is a first for the basin for the year. 

WILSON'S PHALAROPE - 1 adult in non-breeding plumage: from Towpath Road I saw a 
very distant and white pot-bellied phalarope wading and feeding in shallow 
water in K-M, as I have seen this species do, but when I went on the dike later 
I did not re-find it, and I only saw the Red-necked swimming. 


Other birds included:
CANADA GEESE
MALLARDS
GREAT BLUE HERONS
GREAT EGRETS
GREEN HERONS - 2 together in flight
OSPREY - at least 2 in flight
BALD EAGLE - immature in flight
SANDHILL CRANE - family of 3, very rusty
RING-BILLED GULL - dozens resting; no other species of gulls noted
CASPIAN TERN - dozens resting, including some juveniles; no other species of 
terns noted 

WILLOW FLYCATCHER
TREE SWALLOW
BARN SWALLOW
CEDAR WAXWING
YELLOW WARBLER
SWAMP SPARROW
SONG SPARROW
INDIGO BUNTING - male and female together in bush on dike

from Towpath Road I also saw ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and heard BLUE-GRAY 
GNATCATCHER among several other songbirds. 


Other critters:
MONARCH? - pair flying along dike while mating, one upside-down with closed 
wings, thus not looking as familar 

MOSQUITOS & BITING FLIES - nasty on Towpath Rd, but not a problem today on the 
dike. We can avoid Towpath. 


Your experience may differ, but the variety of shorebirds looks promising even 
though the numbers are not large. 


--Dave Nutter
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Subject: Re: Help
From: JCampbell-Smith <canisjadeite AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:48:55 -0400
It's a woodcock. If you would like something done with it, please take it
to the Lab of Ornithology front desk to be given to the museum.

Jenn
On Jul 28, 2015 5:44 PM, "Yvonne Fogarty"  wrote:

> We found this bird dead in our side yard. Can you help identify it?
> Thanks, Yvonne
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Subject: Help
From: Yvonne Fogarty <yvonnefogarty AT icloud.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:43:25 -0400
We found this bird dead in our side yard. Can you help identify it? Thanks, 
Yvonne 



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Subject: Re: Sapsucker Woods Weekend Bird walk reports.
From: Yvonne Fogarty <yvonnefogarty AT icloud.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:35:30 -0400

Sent from my iPad

> On Jul 27, 2015, at 2:03 PM, "Chris R. Pelkie"  
wrote: 

> 
> Speaking of compliant Phoebes, I walked to Sherwood Platform at lunch and met 
(first time) a visitor/birder from NYC. As he was turning to leave and I was 
approaching, I spotted a Phoebe on the hand rail and pointed it out to him. It 
was 5’ away. Then it hopped to a closer post and eventually to about 3’ 
from us. We remarked that it must be a juvenile though it was in full feather. 
Then it landed on the floor of the platform in the hot sun and spread its wings 
and squashed its belly down, opened its mouth and started sunning. We had to 
walk around it (!) to get back to the rail to look for herons and kingbirds, 
etc. It finally flew into the bushes at its own good time. 

> 
> I have often thought of tethering a flycatcher to my hat to ward off 
mosquitoes... 

> 
> ChrisP
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>> On Jul 27, 2015, at 12:10, Linda Orkin  wrote:
>> 
>> I thought people might be interested in reading these. The leaders write up 
these reports each week and they are posted on the Cayugabirdclub.org website 
under About us, and then field trips. Hope you enjoy. I plan on posting them 
each week, as long as this is okay with the list administrator. Linda Orkin 

>> 
>> Reports from this past weekend's beginner bird walks led by Cayuga Bird Club 
Members. 

>> Saturday from Lisa Wood. 22 participants. Big group today, so I was grateful 
for help from CBC member Donna Coventry Wray, who’s been on many, many of 
these walks and is a multiple-year SFO alumna. A few “townies” were mixed 
in with the many visitors. We had several memorable experiences in the 2.5 
hours it took us to get all the way around the Wilson Trail. First, we had good 
looks at a silent Yellow Warbler pair foraging in full sun near the Owens 
Platform boardwalk. From the platform itself, we watched a long and daring (and 
comical) “tightrope“ walk by a Green Heron across a section of the wire 
above the pond. From the Sherwood Platform, everyone enjoyed watching Eastern 
Kingbirds feeding busily and noisily above the lily pads. Having seen a Great 
Crested Flycatcher earlier, we declared it a flycatcher day when, by the 
pergola, we were repeatedly “buzzed” by a brave little Eastern Phoebe. The 
bird first flew from the island over to the shore and perched above us, quite 
close. That was a nice treat, but then it actually flew to a couple of us, 
close to our faces and above our heads/hats—close enough that those of us in 
the front couldn’t help but flinch. Evidently the bird was after the 
mosquitoes that were after us! It successfully caught prey several times while 
we stood there—what a thrill for all of us! 

>> 
>> And Sunday from Paul Anderson 10 participants.I had ten people show up: a 
group of six students from Colombia, a couple from New Jersey and a two ladies 
from Binghamton. There was a lot to see, even if little of it was unusual. Many 
juveniles of many species were out begging. We saw more flycatchers - mostly 
Phoebes - than I've ever seen on one of these walks. The mosquitoes were 
voracious. An early highlight was a Green Heron on the main pond, but 
everybody's favorite was a group of three baby Wood Ducks. 

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Subject: OOB Northern Harrier family:Cortland County
From: Lee Ann van Leer <lavanleer AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:06:18 -0400
Another AviCaching benefit: Random finds on random roads. 

While Kevin and I were between AviCaching spots yesterday I spotted an adult 
male Northern Harrier. 

We got out for a better look and photos. 

A homeowner from across the street from this large field came over excitedly to 
ask if we were watching the Northern Harrier. 


He is a bird watcher and informed us there was a nest in the lone bush in the 
large field that had recently fledged. So we waited briefly, and soon along 
came the female and three fledglings. There were some calling/begging and 
aerial interactions. Kevin saw one of them carrying a rodent. 


The bird watcher, Mr. Miller, was thrilled to have some other birders able to 
enjoy this Harrier family as computer problems had kept him from being able to 
share the news of the nest with others. 


Here is a link to the location spot & coordinates :


https://www.google.com/maps/place/42°31'59.2%22N+76°01'16.0%22W/ AT 42.555867,-76.021116,14z 


Freetown Corners on Center Rd. 

Nearest intersection Center Rd & Liberty Lane




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Subject: Merlins galore - thanks
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:20:50 -0400
*Thanks to assistance from participants in the cayugabirds-l,* Mark 
Witmer, Maddie Ulinski, and I were able to monitor 7 Merlin nests this 
spring-summer. The Briarwood Lane nest fledged the third of three 
nestlings this morning (28 July). Five nests were in Ithaca, one in 
Dryden and one of Wells College campus. Three of the nests were 
predated. Although this is a statistically tiny sample, it provides a 
very high rate of nest failure in comparison to other, large surveys. 
The dominant prey species at all nests was the House Sparrow. 
Interestingly, House Sparrows have been declining very rapidly, a 
decline that started long before Merlin started to nest and increase in 
abundance in New York.

It is nice to have our little urban falcon zipping around the town/city, 
picking off a lot of species but mostly House Sparrows.

Thanks again for directing us to nest locations.

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Subject: AWESOME WINTER WREN!
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:07:20 +0000
Hi all,
As I continued working during lunch hours I decided to take a break of 20 
minutes and head to Mundy. I heard the Winter wren singing, so I decided to 
track him down to have a good look. I found in company of two families of six 
Northern Flickers and six Blue Jays and other birds all picking up something 
form the ground. May be ants or moths I did not see anything. 


As good luck held for me, I had lovely loooong good look at him for about 15 
minutes and that extended my walk to 35 minutes! He merrily looked for insects 
along variety of surfaces and locations at one point he was just 6 feet away 
from me poking along the water's edge. Then he stood on top of a log and sang. 
By the time my brain worked and I fished out my cell phone to record him, I 
just could snatch a little bit of his song then he stopped but continued 
feeding. This is the first time ever I have looked at a Winter Wren so close 
without binoculars so long! As I walked away from him he started singing again 
and continued till I left Mundy! 


I did not see his family so probably he is single but has been on and off 
advertising. Hopefully next year he will find a mate and make Mundy as his 
home! 


I also had lots of dragonflies in one of the retention ponds mostly skimmers 
chasing each other and some were mated. 


Cheers
Meena

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


http://haribal.org/
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Ithaca area moths: http://tinyurl.com/kn6q2p4
Dragonfly book sample pages: http://www.haribal.org/140817samplebook.pdf



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Subject: Re: Sapsucker Woods Weekend Bird walk reports.
From: "Chris R. Pelkie" <chris.pelkie AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:03:44 +0000
Speaking of compliant Phoebes, I walked to Sherwood Platform at lunch and met 
(first time) a visitor/birder from NYC. As he was turning to leave and I was 
approaching, I spotted a Phoebe on the hand rail and pointed it out to him. It 
was 5 away. Then it hopped to a closer post and eventually to about 3 from 
us. We remarked that it must be a juvenile though it was in full feather. Then 
it landed on the floor of the platform in the hot sun and spread its wings and 
squashed its belly down, opened its mouth and started sunning. We had to walk 
around it (!) to get back to the rail to look for herons and kingbirds, etc. It 
finally flew into the bushes at its own good time. 


I have often thought of tethering a flycatcher to my hat to ward off 
mosquitoes... 


ChrisP
______________________

Chris Pelkie
Information/Data Manager; IT Support
Bioacoustics Research Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

On Jul 27, 2015, at 12:10, Linda Orkin 
> wrote: 


I thought people might be interested in reading these. The leaders write up 
these reports each week and they are posted on the 
Cayugabirdclub.org website under About us, and then 
field trips. Hope you enjoy. I plan on posting them each week, as long as this 
is okay with the list administrator. Linda Orkin 


Reports from this past weekend's beginner bird walks led by Cayuga Bird Club 
Members. 

Saturday from Lisa Wood. 22 participants. Big group today, so I was grateful 
for help from CBC member Donna Coventry Wray, whos been on many, many of these 
walks and is a multiple-year SFO alumna. A few townies were mixed in with the 
many visitors. We had several memorable experiences in the 2.5 hours it took us 
to get all the way around the Wilson Trail. First, we had good looks at a 
silent Yellow Warbler pair foraging in full sun near the Owens Platform 
boardwalk. From the platform itself, we watched a long and daring (and comical) 
tightrope walk by a Green Heron across a section of the wire above the pond. 
From the Sherwood Platform, everyone enjoyed watching Eastern Kingbirds feeding 
busily and noisily above the lily pads. Having seen a Great Crested Flycatcher 
earlier, we declared it a flycatcher day when, by the pergola, we were 
repeatedly buzzed by a brave little Eastern Phoebe. The bird first flew from 
the island over to the shore and perched above us, quite close. That was a nice 
treat, but then it actually flew to a couple of us, close to our faces and 
above our heads/hatsclose enough that those of us in the front couldnt help 
but flinch. Evidently the bird was after the mosquitoes that were after us! It 
successfully caught prey several times while we stood therewhat a thrill for 
all of us! 


And Sunday from Paul Anderson 10 participants.I had ten people show up: a group 
of six students from Colombia, a couple from New Jersey and a two ladies from 
Binghamton. There was a lot to see, even if little of it was unusual. Many 
juveniles of many species were out begging. We saw more flycatchers - mostly 
Phoebes - than I've ever seen on one of these walks. The mosquitoes were 
voracious. An early highlight was a Green Heron on the main pond, but 
everybody's favorite was a group of three baby Wood Ducks. 

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Subject: Sapsucker Woods Weekend Bird walk reports.
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:10:17 -0400
I thought people might be interested in reading these.  The leaders write
up these reports each week and they are posted on the Cayugabirdclub.org
website under About us, and then field trips. Hope you enjoy. I plan on
posting them each week, as long as this is okay with the list
administrator.   Linda Orkin

Reports from this past weekend's beginner bird walks led by Cayuga Bird
Club Members.
*Saturday from Lisa Wood*. 22 participants. Big group today, so I was
grateful for help from CBC member Donna Coventry Wray, who’s been on many,
many of these walks and is a multiple-year SFO alumna. A few “townies” were
mixed in with the many visitors. We had several memorable experiences in
the 2.5 hours it took us to get all the way around the Wilson Trail. First,
we had good looks at a silent Yellow Warbler pair foraging in full sun near
the Owens Platform boardwalk. From the platform itself, we watched a long
and daring (and comical) “tightrope“ walk by a Green Heron across a section
of the wire above the pond. From the Sherwood Platform, everyone enjoyed
watching Eastern Kingbirds feeding busily and noisily above the lily pads.
Having seen a Great Crested Flycatcher earlier, we declared it a flycatcher
day when, by the pergola, we were repeatedly “buzzed” by a brave little
Eastern Phoebe. The bird first flew from the island over to the shore and
perched above us, quite close. That was a nice treat, but then it actually
flew to a couple of us, close to our faces and above our heads/hats—close
enough that those of us in the front couldn’t help but flinch. Evidently
the bird was after the mosquitoes that were after us! It successfully
caught prey several times while we stood there—what a thrill for all of us!

*And Sunday from Paul Anderson* 10 participants.I had ten people show up: a
group of six students from Colombia, a couple from New Jersey and a two
ladies from Binghamton. There was a lot to see, even if little of it was
unusual. Many juveniles of many species were out begging. We saw more
flycatchers - mostly Phoebes - than I've ever seen on one of these walks.
The mosquitoes were voracious. An early highlight was a Green Heron on the
main pond, but everybody's favorite was a group of three baby Wood Ducks.
-- 
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:45:08 +0000 (UTC)
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* July 27 2015*  NYSY  07. 27. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 20, 2015 - July 27, 2015to report by 
e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma 
National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside 
Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison 
& Cortlandcompiled: July 27  AT 10:00 a.m. (DST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga 
Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #452 Monday July 27, 
2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of July 20, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

LITTLE BLUE HERONWHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERSHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERWILSON’S 
PHALAROPEBONAPARTE’S GULLRED-HEADED WOODPECKERACADIAN FLYCATCHERGRASSHOPPER 
SPARROWORCHARD ORIOLE 




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

     7/21: 2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen in the Main Pool.     7/22: 10 
species of shorebirds including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHER were seen along the Wildlife Drive.     7/25: 11 species of 
shorebirds including STILT SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen along 
the Wildlife Drive. A distant PHALAROPE was seen but could not be ID’d. An 
ORCHARD ORIOLE was found also. 2 GREAT EGRETS and 3 SANDHILL CRANES were noted 
in Knox-Marsellus Pool.     7/26: A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was found at 
Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 


Onondaga County------------
     7/26: A SNOW GOOSE continues at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville. Also seen 
there were FISH CROWS and MERLINS. 


Cayuga County------------
     7/25: 2 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS continue at the Sterling Nature Center. An 
adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Fair Haven State Park. 


Madison County------------
     7/24: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found on Ditchbank Road.

Oneida county------------
     7/22: 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were found at the Spring Farm Nature 
Preserve south of clinton. 


Herkimer county------------
     7/21: 2 very rare juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERONS were found and 
photographed in a  small pond on Millstone Road just north of Richfield 
Springs. The next two days they were observed on nearby Weatherby Pond on Co. 
Rt. 167 but after that they were not relocated. 


      --  end report


Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: Phalarope, Cranes/colt Knox Marcellus 7-26
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:21:58 +0000
Found a Wilson's Phalarope Sunday 5-5:30Pm on Knox Marcellus. Distant pics.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358 AT N06/19867437318/in/datetaken-public/


Sandhill Cranes with colt seen taking short flight.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358 AT N06/19867554520/in/datetaken-public/

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Subject: RE: Red-headed Woodpecker at Fairhaven SP
From: Jody W Enck <jwe4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:36:07 +0000
Hello Marc,

One idea is to check out eBird. Go to Explore a Region (choose a state or even 
a county within a state along your route), and you'll get a map with stick pins 
showing hotspots where people have been reporting checklists. Alternatively, if 
you have some target birds you want to try to see, go to Find a Species, and 
type in the name of the bird. You'll get a map with stickpins showing where 
that species has been reported. You can narrow your search by date. For 
example, just choose the current month, and the map will show sites where the 
species has been reported in just this calendar month for this year. 


Hope that helps.
Jody

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Sent: Monday, July 27, 2015 8:06 AM
To: mgullo2 AT rochester.rr.com; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker at Fairhaven SP

Good Morning,

Sorry to attach to Michael's email but, I am new to the list.

I would greatly appreciate some help and advice. I am planning a trip to 
Chicago in very early November. I am considering driving so I can stop and do 
some birding. Can someone advise as to what are the best places to bird along 
the way? I have looked at the Indiana Audubon site but I was just able to 
obtain a list of sites not attached to a map (was not working). Even with the 
map and site list I am hoping someone educated in the impact of migration on 
these sites. 


Bottom line, where should I stop or is it too late in the migration?

Thanks so much.

Marc C. Rustici    FHFMA, CPA
VP of Finance
Arnot Health Inc
(607) 737-4507

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Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2015 2:16 AM
To: cayugabirds-l AT cornell.edu
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker at Fairhaven SP

 I observed a Red-headed Woodpecker at Fair Haven SP at 5:15pm 
yesterday(7-25-15). The bird was located at the eastern end of the beach area 
near the small field stone shed at the base of the hill. Other highlights 
included a Spotted Sandpiper and an Osprey. 


Michael Gullo

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Subject: RE: Red-headed Woodpecker at Fairhaven SP
From: "Rustici, Marc" <mrustici AT arnothealth.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:06:24 -0400
Good Morning,

Sorry to attach to Michael's email but, I am new to the list.

I would greatly appreciate some help and advice. I am planning a trip to 
Chicago in very early November. I am considering driving so I can stop and do 
some birding. Can someone advise as to what are the best places to bird along 
the way? I have looked at the Indiana Audubon site but I was just able to 
obtain a list of sites not attached to a map (was not working). Even with the 
map and site list I am hoping someone educated in the impact of migration on 
these sites. 


Bottom line, where should I stop or is it too late in the migration?

Thanks so much.

Marc C. Rustici    FHFMA, CPA
VP of Finance
Arnot Health Inc
(607) 737-4507

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Red-headed Woodpecker at Fairhaven SP

 I observed a Red-headed Woodpecker at Fair Haven SP at 5:15pm 
yesterday(7-25-15). The bird was located at the eastern end of the beach area 
near the small field stone shed at the base of the hill. Other highlights 
included a Spotted Sandpiper and an Osprey. 


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Subject: Re:media request
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 19:38:22 -0400
Would anyone like to respond to this please?  

Linda. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 26, 2015, at 8:18 AM, sue heaven  wrote:
> 
> Hi Linda,
> I remember talking with you back in 2012 for an article about "Birding the 
Cayuga Lake Basin ". 

> Now I'm working on something for Ithaca Child - with a quick deadline (this 
Wed!)- and I hope you can help me out. 

> I'm writing about fall raptor migration. which can begin in mid-to-late 
August and go through the fall. 

> 
> What I'd like to do is include some hawk-watching spots near Ithaca. I've got 
the observatory in Freeville, but do you know of any others? (closer than the 
Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Sanctuary in Oneonta) 

> 
> Thanks,
> Sue
> 659-3022
> (out collecting water samples this afternoon but around this evening & Monday 
eve) 


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Subject: MNWR - Saturday evening
From: tigger64 AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 13:42:43 -0400
Most of the shorebird diversity is way out on the Main Pool, continuing to 
follow the shrinking wet spot. Of course rain could change that. Birds flushed 
at one point and there was another group out of sight even farther back. One 
phalarope I thought was Wilson's was seen, maybe a female, but it was far out 
and I entered in eBird as phalarope species. Thruway ponds are getting birds. 
Water level at Knox-Marsellus has improved and there's good shorebird habitat 
but few shorebirds. Lots of other goodies to look at. I was never able to catch 
up with the Bonaparte's Gull that has been seen recently. 



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North Syracuse, NY

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Subject: Shindagin Hollow in the evening
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:22:15 +0000
Yesterday late evening as there was no wind, I decided to try some recording in 
Shindagin Hollow. It was comparatively quiet, except for a couple of distant 
Hermit Thrushes, one Wood Thrush, an Eastern Pewee, an American Goldfinch, a 
couple of hesitant American Robins, a Song Sparrow and a Swamp Sparrow. 


I just got recording of some Swamp Sparrow song in between the planes that 
continuously fly overhead. And of course I got a bumble bee humming on the 
flowers as it flew around. 



My home front catbird story: My catbird stopped singing for about three weeks 
in between so I thought either he might have got killed by car accident or a 
hawk or he must have found a new mate and disappeared with her as I still saw 
at least a catbird in the yard. But again recently from about a week or so he 
ha started singing. But he sings for a short time, that too an unhurried song 
but he is still there. So I was wondering why he stopped singing in between, 
was he busy feeding and taking care of his young as they had fledged probably 
by that time? Any thoughts or anyone else has observed this? 



I am also doing an inventory of all the insects, birds and plants in my yard. 
So I have been keeping an eye on my dogbane or also known as Indian hemp plant 
Apocynum cannbinum. I found at least twenty species of insects including bees, 
moths, flies and butterflies feed on the flowers' nectar. I found moths and 
butterflies take a long time to feed on these flowers and they visit the same 
flowers again and again after feeding on the next flowers for a few mintues. 
While bees and flies spend very short time. I was wondering why. I have some 
theories but need to get more data. Yesterday there was a beautiful Sesidae 
moth - Peachteree Borer, which mimic wasps feeding on these flowers and spent 
lot of time on the same flower head and visiting same flowers again and again. 
I have uploaded the video if anyone is interested. I had seen this moth four 
days ago and I mentioned it to Sue, her immediate reaction was did you kill it 
or not as it is supposed to be detrimental to the peach tree. But gleefully 
told her I did not and it was the fourth day the insect has been hanging around 
the same plant!. 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_ymy2kRKxg&feature=youtu.be


Cheers

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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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker at Fairhaven SP
From: <mgullo2 AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 02:16:00 -0400
 I observed a Red-headed Woodpecker at Fair Haven SP at 5:15pm 
yesterday(7-25-15). The bird was located at the eastern end of the beach area 
near the small field stone shed at the base of the hill. Other highlights 
included a Spotted Sandpiper and an Osprey. 


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Subject: new shorebird habitat in Tompkins County
From: Benjamin Freeman <bgf27 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:27:49 -0400
mudflats near Ithaca are few and far between, so Alexa and I were
pleasantly surprised this morning to find a decent expanse of mud where a
pond ought to be.

This was at Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve -- the pond north of
Coleman Lake (north of the grass trail on the small dike) is mostly drained
and there were several shorebirds poking around the mud  -- we found 6
Solitary Sandpipers, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs and a Spotted Sandpiper, along
with plentiful Green Herons. Presumably the beaver dam at the N edge of the
drained lake has failed. Water was flowing into this drained pond from a
pipe that pulls water from Coleman Lake, so it is unclear if this habitat
will last. But if it does, it should be worth checking for shorebirds in
the coming weeks..

Ben & Alexa

also several young Great Blue Herons at the West Danby Fire Station.

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Ph.D. candidate
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY, USA
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Subject: Osprey fatality - helping the chicks?
From: Sandy <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:17:12 -0400
Just wondering if there are wildlife people who can rescue the chicks?

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Subject: Newman Golf Course and Swan Pond Highlights and New Map Project
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 01:45:25 -0400
Yesterday from 7-9pm, I saw two or possibly more INDIGO BUNTINGS (immature?
 moulting?) in the cypress trees and cottonwoods along the main road going
left and right as you hit the T-of that road.  COMMON YELLOW THROATS at
Jetty Woods, tons of vicious mosquitoes.  CHIPPING SPARROWS hopping around
the grass and cypress tree trunks and EASTERN KINGBIRDS perching on tree
tops making sudden dashes for an insect.  They seemed to be everywhere
calling on the Newman Golf Course (heard and seen) all the way to the Swan
Pond.  I did not see or hear the Green Herons this time.  The pond had
become pea soup since a few days ago; perhaps that affected their hunting?
Also did not see or hear or the Cedar Waxwings this time.  I saw a Great
Blue Heron doing what appeared to be trick maneuvers in the air over the
Fall Creek inlet.  It was flying horizontally toward me, then suddenly turn
90 degrees perpendicular, returned to level, then 90 the other way, then
made a quick U-turn and flew upstream up the creek, all of this under 15
seconds and looking like it knew what it was doing (little or no wobble
coming out of the turns).  WOOD THRUSH heard for the first time ever (by
me) coming from Fuertes Bird Sanctuary, nearer to Route 13 and the creek
shore side.

I bumped into a birder who told me he had seen in past winters: Peregrine
Falcons hunting over the inlet, a coyote out on the lighthouse strip eyeing
the waterfowl, and an osprey diving at a GBH multiple times...I am going to
start mapping the inlet area and welcome input or unique stories or
patterns birders have noticed in this area over time.  I love this area of
the lake so much, and would love to see the Cascadilla Boat House restored
and used for educational purposes to further the mission of local education
institutions.   Perhaps having a detailed map of the area might illuminate
its (obvious) unique properties but maybe it might show something unseen
yet valuable for educational purposes. Perhaps people who don't make it up
to the Laboratory of Ornithology or the Cayuga Nature Center might be
reached by having a lake habitat location?

I'd love to see that building completely restored with original wrap-around
porch and scopes on all four sides with "sit spots" for people to sit and
watch for hours!!!  I'd love for there to be an emphasis on art as tool for
educating/learning about natural history and seasonal cycles...offering
sustainability workshops/events... Anyone else agree?  Other ideas for use
for the upstairs part of the building (assuming the rowing group is
staying)? Does this project appeal to anyone?  Does anyone know how to find
out the current status of the boat house?  I actually looked into a similar
idea back in 1996, but the idea was not well received.  Now that the rent
has been raised, maybe sharing the space is a more viable idea.  (I plan to
call the City and find out more.)  Any thoughts about whether the Lab of O
or other organizations (e.g. Cayuga Nature Center, New Roots, Sustainable
Tompkins, Cayuga Watershed Network, senior citizens,...) might be
interested in exploring how this building could serve the greatest number
of people and give them access to all the lake has to offer, which is so
much!!!  We have a great quality of life here in Ithaca, and the Cayuga
Waterfront Trail is such a great gift.  Wouldn't having the boat house
restored be icing on the cake!
Sandy
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*"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come ALIVE, for what
the world needs is people who have come ALIVE."  - Dr. Howard Thurman,
American Theologian, Clergyman and Activist (1900-1981) *

Sandra (Sandy) Wold
Cayuga Basin Bioregion Map, Author/Originator/Designer/Publisher,
www.sites.google.com/site/cayugabioregionmap/

Sustainability Educator/Artist,
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Subject: Correction:7/25 Re: bird walks Dryden Lake @Dryden Lake Festival
From: Lee Ann van Leer <lavanleer AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 00:09:14 -0400
Sorry. I should have said Sat. 7/25 
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 24, 2015, at 11:13 PM, Lee Ann van Leer  wrote:
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> I'll be leading free bird walks at Dryden Lake Festival tomorrow, 7/24 at 10 
am and 3pm. 

> 
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Subject: bird walks Dryden Lake Sat.7/24 @Dryden Lake Festival
From: Lee Ann van Leer <lavanleer AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:13:19 -0400
I'll be leading free bird walks at Dryden Lake Festival tomorrow, 7/24 at 10 am 
and 3pm. 


The meeting spot should be near the dock by the largest parking lot. You won't 
be able to drive directly to that parking lot as it will be only open to foot 
traffic. 


Lots of vendors and booths will be set up. 

There is more info here on the Festival of you are on facebook. :
https://www.facebook.com/DrydenLakeFestival/posts/940186862690568:0

There are food and crafts vendors, craft beer tasting, kissing booth with 
Hubbard's Hounds (not sure if one kisses the dogs or the people but either way 
it sounds like fun), silent auction, Civil War encampment, 5 live bands and 
more! 


Hope to see some of you there!

---Lee Ann van Leer

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Subject: Adventures in Avian Propagation
From: John Eliot Parks <jep5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:19:52 +0000
On Wednesday, July 29, native Ithacan Beau Parks (Natural Resources, Cornell, 
2005) will deliver a presentation in Hollis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall, 
7:30-8:30 p.m., entitled "Adventures in Avian Propagation". This will be an 
interesting and entertaining presentation on Beau's experiences at the Avian 
Propagation Center of the San Diego Zoo where he is responsible for incubation 
and rearing of a fascinating range of rare and exotic birds. He will also share 
his interests and participation in international conservation efforts with the 
Mangrove Finch in the Galapagos, the Orange-breasted Falcon in Belize, and the 
endangered Phillipine Eagle. Beau is Lead Keeper at the San Diego Zoo and is 
assisting with teaching the Cornell Summer Session course ANSC 2140, Raptor 
Natural History, Conservation, and Captive Management. 



Dr. John E. Parks, Professor of Animal Science
Director, Cornell Raptor Program
131 Morrison Hall
Office: 607-255-2865
Cell: 607-229-3573
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Subject: Avicaching update—17-23 July
From: Ian Davies <id99 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:10:40 +0000
Hi Cayugabirders,

During the past week, more than 20 different birders went Avicaching 
(http://ebird.org/content/ebird/avicaching/). These Avicachers reported 89 
species, including 13 warblers and some notable Avicaching birds like 
Ring-necked Pheasant and Solitary Sandpiper. It has been a fascinating time to 
be out in fields and forests, with the crispness of fall in the air each 
morning. Post-breeding dispersal continues everywhere, and seeing Hooded and 
Blackburnian Warblers in brushy field edges is almost commonplace. It is a 
great time of year to see these generally forest interior/treetop species 
presenting themselves in a much more viewable fashion, convenient for birders 
and photographers alike. How can you lose? 


The Top 3 Avicachers this week were Gary Kohlenberg, Jane Graves, and Chris 
Wood. Gary earned an amazing 240 Avicaching points, with Jane and Chris coming 
in at 135 and 90 each. Lee Ann van Leer still holds on to the first-place 
position, but will that hold true after this week? As usual, the number of 
‘Avicaching points’ earned for visiting a location has changed from last 
week, and a whole new array of locations is now worth more. By earning these 
‘Avicaching points’, you improve your chances at winning a free pair of 
Zeiss binoculars. And don’t forget, all the Avicaching that you do directly 
benefits our scientific understanding of bird distributions. Thank you. 


In case you’re curious about what you could see while Avicaching, check here 
for a full list and seasonal bar chart of the 154 species recorded at Avicaches 
so far: http://tinyurl.com/avicaching. 


See you in the field,
Ian

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Subject: RE: Osprey Fatality
From: "Karel V. Sedlacek" <kvs1 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:22:33 +0000
Bill,
Thank you for looking after the Osprey.
Karel

From: bounce-119477094-64835558 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-119477094-64835558 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of William 
Roberts 

Sent: Friday, July 24, 2015 1:26 AM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Osprey Fatality

This evening around 4:45 pm I discovered an Osprey on Rt. 90, south of the
Village of Cayuga. It was in the north lane in front of the Mennonite farm
across from the nesting platform. It was apparently if not obviously the
result of having been hit by a vehicle. Part of one wing  was severed.

After retrieving the bird and severed wing I deposited both near the base
of the nesting platform; it appeared to me to be a mature unbanded bird.
The remaining Osprey seem to be in distress as it called from the tower. I
was unable to file a report from the site not having an internet-connected
phone.

Bill Roberts
Aurora
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Subject: Coopers hawk
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:31:21 +0000
As i reached maple avenue bus stop a Coopers Hawk was chasing a bird, it looked 
like killdeer but not sure. 


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Subject: Osprey Fatality
From: William Roberts <bluehorsestudio AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:25:35 +0000
This evening around 4:45 pm I discovered an Osprey on Rt. 90, south of the
Village of Cayuga. It was in the north lane in front of the Mennonite farm
across from the nesting platform. It was apparently if not obviously the
result of having been hit by a vehicle. Part of one wing  was severed.

After retrieving the bird and severed wing I deposited both near the base
of the nesting platform; it appeared to me to be a mature unbanded bird.
The remaining Osprey seem to be in distress as it called from the tower. I
was unable to file a report from the site not having an internet-connected
phone.

Bill Roberts
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Subject: Re:Montezuma and East Shore
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:57:24 -0400
Make that Montezuma and East Road. Sorry!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 23, 2015, at 9:48 PM, Ann Mitchell  wrote:
> 
> I went up north to check on shorebird habitat. More water was added at Knox 
Marcellus since the weekend which is good news. 

> 
> At the main pool on the Wildlife Drive, the water is mostly gone. The 
shorebirds are quite distant. LaRue's. Eaton Marsh, and Benning still have 
water and no mud. The newly created pools at the back of the Wildlife Drive 
(the area south of Rte 90) have lots of mud and water with some shorebirds 
including both Yellowlegs, Least and Spotted Sandpipers, Killdeer, and a couple 
Semi-palmated Plovers. Fifteen Great Egrets were there, also. 

> 
> Good birding, Ann

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Subject: Montezuma and East Shore
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:48:12 -0400
I went up north to check on shorebird habitat.  More water was added at
Knox Marcellus since the weekend which is good news.

At the main pool on the Wildlife Drive, the water is mostly gone. The
shorebirds are quite distant. LaRue's. Eaton Marsh, and Benning still have
water and no mud. The newly created pools at the back of the Wildlife Drive
(the area south of Rte 90) have lots of mud and water with some shorebirds
including both Yellowlegs, Least and Spotted Sandpipers, Killdeer, and a
couple Semi-palmated Plovers. Fifteen Great Egrets were there, also.

Good birding, Ann

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Subject: Guided Shorebird Walks at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
From: "Ziemba, Linda" <linda_ziemba AT fws.gov>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:49:17 -0400
Hi All,

We are allowing guided birding field trips onto the dikes around
Knox-Marsellus and Puddler Marshes to provide better viewing opportunities
for shorebirds.  Everyone is welcome, but you need to pre-register by
calling 315-568-5987.  Meet at the Refuge Visitor Center on NY 5/US 20.
These are the scheduled trips and leaders to date:

Sunday, August 2, 8:00 at the Visitor Center or 8:20 at the East Road
Overlook, with Dave Nutter & Cayuga Bird Club
Saturday, August 15, 8:00, with Steve and Linda Benedict & Eaton Birding
Society
Saturday, August 29, 7:00, with Jessica Prockup & John Burroughs, Natural
Historical Society
Saturday, September 12, 10:00, with Mike and Joanne Tetlow & Rochester
Birding Association

Enjoy!

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: Auto Loop Gull
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:10:13 +0000
3 distant pics at


https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358 AT N06/19947813325/in/datetaken-public/


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Subject: turkey vulture question
From: Claire Damaske <cdamaske AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:13:15 -0400
My neighbors (in Tyre) have a large, old barn which they do not use, but keep 
in good repair. Tuesday, they were having a vent put in the round open window 
on the south side. In the process they noticed a young vulture standing in the 
corner shedding its downy feathers. When they told me, I went to investigate 
and found 2 youngsters. Now... the neighbors have gone to England for a week. 
The barn doors are closed (which they always have been). The south window is 
vented... They report having seen a vulture enter there only once. There is 
also a north round open window and a couple barn siding boards are missing, so 
I am supposing that the parents can still get in. I've gone to check several 
times and haven't seen any parents around. The neighbors have had quite a bit 
of work done there recently and I'm just wondering and worrying that the 
parents have been scared off. Any advice? 


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Subject: Osprey
From: Tom Vawter <atvawter AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:41:39 -0400
At ca. 19:25 this afternoon there were a pair of osprey on a power pole (no 
nest) on the E side of NYS 90, S of Aurora and a few hundred meters N of 
Ledyard Road. 


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Subject: FW: Montezuma NWR, Bonaparte's Gulls etc.
From: "Michael Tetlow " <mjtetlow AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:32:23 -0400
Dominic posted this to Genesee Birds for us today. Confirming 2 Bonaparte’s. 
An additional note is that the Main pool flats will be dry shortly but birds 
are starting to feed in the northern ponds along the thruway. Knox-Marsellus is 
getting low a little too quick with the mudflat edges already very close to the 
far dike except at the north end of the pool. Mike Tetlow 


 

From: dsherony AT frontiernet.net [mailto:dsherony AT frontiernet.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 8:20 PM
To: geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu
Cc: Mike Tetlow 
Subject: Montezuma NWR 

 

Mike Tetlow and I spent the better part of today at Montezuma NWR. The 
following are highlights: 


 

Main Pool:

 

~250 Least Sa.

5  Semipalmated Sa

4 Pectoral Sa

~250 Lesser Yellowlegs, (did a count)

4 Greater Yellowlegs

14 Short-billed Dowitchers

1 Semipalmated Plover

~40 Killdeer

1 Bonaparte’s Gull, adult

 

At Knox Marcellus:

 

~100 Yellowlegs, mostly Lesser but some Greater

1 Bonapart’s Gull

17 Great Egrets

 

At VanDyneSpoor Rd.

 

at least 10 Black Terns with at least 2 immatures

2 Least Bitterns

 

 


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Subject: sunbathing Chickadee
From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:53:58 -0400
There is a little crop of fledgling Chickadees livening up the yard 
lately. Very active and vocal. One little cutie stopped to sunbathe on a 
porch step. They are such great little birds! If I had a good camera I 
would have taken a picture.

Next year I'll have to investigate the property more frequently to see 
if I can find out where any of the birds are nesting. I found a 
beautiful little cup nest on a low branch of a young white spruce. If 
I'd been looking around earlier in the season maybe I could have spied 
some nestlings. I know we usually have Catbirds, Robins, Song Sparrows, 
and Common Yellowthroats nesting here but I wonder how many other 
species might be around and about.

Next summer, less rehearsing, more birding!

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Subject: Bonaparte's Gulls, Montezuma
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:33:45 -0400
Jackie and Larue report two BONAPARTE'S GULLS with other gulls on the main
pool at Montezuma NWR this morning. Although this ID is undoubtedly
correct, it's an uncommon enough species this time of year that anyone in
the area today or in the near future should double check in case they
turned out to be something rarer.

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Macaulay Library
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Subject: Re: Montezuma NWR shorebird walk 2 August
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:06:18 +0000
Sorry I omitted the date from the text of the message, although it's in the 
subject line. The trip is on Sunday 2 August. There's no need to register, and 
you can meet at 8:20 at the East Road overlook for the official birding 
start if that's more convenient for you than 8am at the Visitor Center. 


--Dave Nutter


On Jul 20, 2015, at 04:46 PM, Peter  wrote:

> Thanks Dave.
> What's the date of the trip?
> Pete Saracino
>
> On 7/20/2015 4:18 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
>> As in the past couple years, Montezuma NWR's dikes around Knox-Marsellus 
Marsh, which are ordinarily closed to the public, will be open to birders on 
foot for several field trips in the summer to look for shorebirds on the mud 
flats where the water has been drawn down. 

>>
>> I am leading the first such trip of which I am aware. Meet at the Montezuma 
NWR Visitor Center off NYS-5/US-20 between NYS-89 and NYS-90. I plan to leave 
there at *8am*. Because the NYS-89 bridge over the Eire Canal and Clyde river 
is closed, I suggest driving east on NYS-5/US-20, north (and north again) on 
NYS-90, west on NYS-31, west on NYS-89, and south on East Road to the overlook. 
Because Towpath Road is in such terrible shape with huge ponds gouged out by 
inconsiderate drivers of 4-wheelers and pick-up trucks, I plan to walk down 
starting at *8:20am* from the overlook and along the north side of K-M marsh to 
the dike between K-M and Puddler where viewing in the morning light will be 
best for the mud flats on K-M. Although you may leave whenever you like, I 
would like the group to start out together so we can share our observations and 
learn from one another. Bring field guides, binoculars, telescopes if you have 
them (and please be willing to share views with those who don't). Dress for the 
weather (sun, wind, &/or rain), for the vegetation (grass which may be mowed by 
then but may be wet), and for the wildlife (bring mosquito repellent!). There 
is no fee or membership required. 

>>
>> I believe there will be another field trip led by Steve Benedict on 15 
August, but I don't know when, exactly where, or any details. When I learn more 
about that or other such trips, I will pass the info along. 

>> --Dave Nutter
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Subject: Stewart Park Swan Pond Highlights and Aspirations
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:17:27 -0400
On my way biking over to the Swan Pond, I saw a Downy Woodpecker gleaning
insects? off of a six foot flowering stalk of the Mullein.  I started
walking around the Swan Pond going clockwise where the west entrance would
be 9:00 to the boat house.

noon: Cedar Waxwing.

1:00:  Looking north, out to the lake, sitting on a log, were four female
Common Mergansers (?).  I did not have my notebook or camera phone with me.


1:00:  Looking south toward the Cascadilla Boat House and the island:
 immature Green Heron (striped nape, orange bill, yellow near the bill,
white stripes under the eye and another beneath that).  Another heron flew
by and into a tree (possibly the adult, but I only saw all grey back).  As
I watched the herons, out paddled six Wood Ducks (one female with her white
eye ring and five immatures, the immatures are starting to differentiate in
marking; and I could see one of the four was definitely going to be a male).

2:00 flycatcher (Eastern Phoebe?) perching high in the trees.

I so love this trail, the bird sanctuary, and the park.  Does anyone know
the status of the boat house?  i don't think having it be a historic center
is the best use of that building.  I would love to get a committee together
to brainstorm ideas for an educational center located upstairs.  Anyone
interested?  I'd love to see a school like New Roots based there in
collaboration with the Lab of Ornithology and offering another great place
to offer bird walks. The Cayuga Bird Club talked about sponsoring signage
there, and I think that is great; but I envision a generous donor giving
money to fully restore the building and installing an awesome scope for the
public!

Did anyone worry about how the birds in Stewart Park were doing during the
4th of July fireworks?



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Subject: Montezuma NWR shorebird walk 2 August
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:18:27 +0000
As in the past couple years, Montezuma NWR's dikes around Knox-Marsellus Marsh, 
which are ordinarily closed to the public, will be open to birders on foot for 
several field trips in the summer to look for shorebirds on the mud flats where 
the water has been drawn down. 


I am leading the first such trip of which I am aware. Meet at the Montezuma NWR 
Visitor Center off NYS-5/US-20 between NYS-89 and NYS-90. I plan to leave there 
at *8am*. Because the NYS-89 bridge over the Eire Canal and Clyde river is 
closed, I suggest driving east on NYS-5/US-20, north (and north again) on 
NYS-90, west on NYS-31, west on NYS-89, and south on East Road to the overlook. 
Because Towpath Road is in such terrible shape with huge ponds gouged out by 
inconsiderate drivers of 4-wheelers and pick-up trucks, I plan to walk down 
starting at *8:20am* from the overlook and along the north side of K-M marsh to 
the dike between K-M and Puddler where viewing in the morning light will be 
best for the mud flats on K-M. Although you may leave whenever you like, I 
would like the group to start out together so we can share our observations and 
learn from one another. Bring field guides, binoculars, telescopes if you have 
them (and please be willing to share views with those who don't). Dress for 
the weather (sun, wind, &/or rain), for the vegetation (grass which may be 
mowed by then but may be wet), and for the wildlife (bring mosquito 
repellent!). There is no fee or membership required. 


I believe there will be another field trip led by Steve Benedict on 15 August, 
but I don't know when, exactly where, or any details. When I learn more about 
that or other such trips, I will pass the info along. 


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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:39:31 +0000 (UTC)
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* July 20 2015*  NYSY  07. 20. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 20, 2015 - July 20, 2015to report by 
e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma 
National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside 
Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison 
& Cortlandcompiled: July 20  AT 2:00 p.m. (DST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga 
Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #451 Monday July 20, 
2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of July 13, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONGREATER YELLOWLEGSLESSER YELLOWLEGSSANDERLINGSOLITARY 
SANDPIPERPECTORAL SANDPIPERSEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERLEAST SANDPIPERWHITE-RUMPED 
SANDPIPERSTILT SANDPIPERSHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERBLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER 



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

     7/14: 9 species of Shorebirds including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at Knox-Marsellus Maarsh.     7/18: 12 
species of Shorebirds including 6 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 11 SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHERS were seen along the Wildlife Drive. A LEAST BITTERN was seen there 
also. SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and SANDERLING were noted at 
Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are still being seen at Mays 
Point Road in the dead trees.     7/19: 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen 
on the Wildlife Drive. A LEAST BITTERN was seen at VanDyne Spoot Road in the 
Marsh. 


Onondaga County------------
     7/14: An adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the creek walk 
on Onondaga Creek at Spenser Street in Syracuse.     7/18: GREATER 
YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS and LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen in the ball field 
on Van Rensselear Street in Syracuse. 


Madison County------------
     7/14: GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen at the sod farm on Lakeport Road. 
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER and LEAST SANDPIPER were seen on 
Ditchbank Road. 


Herkimer County------------
     7/19: A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen and photographed in the 
northern part of the county east of Croghan near Woods Road. 

      --  end report


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Subject: Re:Merlin Bird Photo ID question
From: Clara MacCarald <cmm255 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:34:58 -0400
Regarding the Merlin Bird Photo ID software, I would also be interested in
hearing people's opinions of how such software might change birding and
bird-related citizen science.

Thank you,
Clara MacCarald

On Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 8:29 AM, Clara MacCarald  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Is there anyone who has participated in beta testing of the Merlin Bird
> Photo ID (http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/photo-id) who would like to
> talk to me about the experience for a Tompkins Weekly article? Let me know.
>
> Thanks!
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Subject: RE: Kingbird baby
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:07:28 +0000
The only phone # I could readily find online for Lab of O is 800-843-2473.

Donna L. Scott
Lansing

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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Kingbird baby

I picked up a deceased fledgling eastern kingbird from the road this morning, 
poor thing. 

Can someone tell me how to ask if this is something that the collections would 
like to have? 

He is in the freezer now.
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Subject: Kingbird baby
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:52:17 -0400
I picked up a deceased fledgling eastern kingbird from the road this
morning, poor thing.
Can someone tell me how to ask if this is something that the collections
would like to have?
He is in the freezer now.

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Subject: Merlin Bird Photo ID question
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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:29:42 -0400
Hi all,

Is there anyone who has participated in beta testing of the Merlin Bird
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to me about the experience for a Tompkins Weekly article? Let me know.

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Subject: Re: Injured raptor in Ithaca
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:41:34 -0400
So a young redtail did hit a window and was stunned but has since recovered
on its own. I heard one begging when I pulled up but could not locate. Must
be there is a west hill nest too? Heading home.
On Jul 19, 2015 12:41 PM, "Kelly Lee Smith"  wrote:

>  Call received at the lab regarding an injured raptor at 302 Elm St in
> Ithaca (West Hill area).  Anyone available to assist?
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Subject: Re: Injured raptor in Ithaca
From: JCampbell-Smith <canisjadeite AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:23:19 -0400
Get the feet. The feet are the most important part to avoid or neutralize.
Good luck! I'd assist, but I'm an hour out.
On Jul 19, 2015 1:14 PM, "Nancy Cusumano"  wrote:

> OK blanket and dog crate in hand will go and try and will call WIldlife
> Center once I check it out.
> Will keep you posted...
> My cell is 607-280-7844 just in case.
>
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> On Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 1:03 PM, Christine C. Bogdanowicz <
> ccb5 AT cornell.edu> wrote:
>
>>  Nancy/Kelly,
>> Here is a link for info: h
>> ttp://www.vet.cornell.edu/hospital/Services/wildlife/injured.cfm
>> Here is the number for Cornell clinic:  (607) 253-3060
>> I’ve also copied our local rehabber, Victoria Campbell.
>>
>>  Good luck!
>> Christine
>>
>>   Christine C. Bogdanowicz
>> Assistant Director for Academic Programs
>> Shoals Marine Laboratory / Cornell University / Ithaca, NY  14853
>> (607) 255-3851: office / (607) 379-3341: cell
>> Visit Shoals Marine Lab online 
>>
>>  On Jul 19, 2015, at 12:56 PM, Nancy Cusumano 
>> wrote:
>>
>>  I am on west hill bu have never done it, and don't know where to bring
>> him.
>>  Any advice?
>>
>>   Cayuga Dog Rescue has saved more than 500! dogs since 2005!
>>  Learn more at cayugadogrescue.org
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>> On Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 12:40 PM, Kelly Lee Smith 
>> wrote:
>>
>>>  Call received at the lab regarding an injured raptor at 302 Elm St in
>>> Ithaca (West Hill area).  Anyone available to assist?
>>>
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Subject: Re: Injured raptor in Ithaca
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:13:54 -0400
OK blanket and dog crate in hand will go and try and will call WIldlife
Center once I check it out.
Will keep you posted...
My cell is 607-280-7844 just in case.

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>  Nancy/Kelly,
> Here is a link for info: h
> ttp://www.vet.cornell.edu/hospital/Services/wildlife/injured.cfm
> Here is the number for Cornell clinic:  (607) 253-3060
> I’ve also copied our local rehabber, Victoria Campbell.
>
>  Good luck!
> Christine
>
>   Christine C. Bogdanowicz
> Assistant Director for Academic Programs
> Shoals Marine Laboratory / Cornell University / Ithaca, NY  14853
> (607) 255-3851: office / (607) 379-3341: cell
> Visit Shoals Marine Lab online 
>
>  On Jul 19, 2015, at 12:56 PM, Nancy Cusumano 
> wrote:
>
>  I am on west hill bu have never done it, and don't know where to bring
> him.
>  Any advice?
>
>   Cayuga Dog Rescue has saved more than 500! dogs since 2005!
>  Learn more at cayugadogrescue.org
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> On Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 12:40 PM, Kelly Lee Smith 
> wrote:
>
>>  Call received at the lab regarding an injured raptor at 302 Elm St in
>> Ithaca (West Hill area).  Anyone available to assist?
>>
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Subject: Re: Injured raptor in Ithaca
From: "Christine C. Bogdanowicz" <ccb5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:03:02 +0000
Nancy/Kelly,
Here is a link for info: 
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/hospital/Services/wildlife/injured.cfm 

Here is the number for Cornell clinic:
(607) 253-3060
Ive also copied our local rehabber, Victoria Campbell.

Good luck!
Christine

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Shoals Marine Laboratory / Cornell University / Ithaca, NY  14853
(607) 255-3851: office / (607) 379-3341: cell
Visit Shoals Marine Lab online

On Jul 19, 2015, at 12:56 PM, Nancy Cusumano 
> wrote: 


I am on west hill bu have never done it, and don't know where to bring him.
Any advice?

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On Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 12:40 PM, Kelly Lee Smith 
> wrote: 


Call received at the lab regarding an injured raptor at 302 Elm St in Ithaca 
(West Hill area). Anyone available to assist? 



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Subject: Re: Injured raptor in Ithaca
From: Nancy Cusumano <nancycusumano62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:56:09 -0400
I am on west hill bu have never done it, and don't know where to bring him.
Any advice?

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From: Kelly Lee Smith <kls66 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16:40:37 +0000
Call received at the lab regarding an injured raptor at 302 Elm St in Ithaca 
(West Hill area). Anyone available to assist? 



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Subject: Re: Montezuma shorebirds
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:34:58 -0400
I would be happy to lead 1 or 2 as well...
On Jul 19, 2015 11:33 AM, "Dave Nutter"  wrote:

> Excellent question, Dave!
> Steve Benedict has one planned for 15 August, I don't know what time.
> I've just applied to lead one on the morning of Sunday 2 August. I'll put
> out the word as soon as I get final approval, which I hope will be
> tomorrow/Monday morning. Sorry for not having my act together to ask sooner
> and for sooner trips.
> I'm not aware of any other planned trips, but if mine goes well, I'll
> probably ask to do 1 or 2 more. I don't see why other folks couldn't lead
> such trips as well. I'll suggest that if you are interested.
>
> --Dave Nutter
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>
> On Jul 19, 2015, at 10:33 AM, David Nicosia  wrote:
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> Since the shorebird migration is just beginning, are there any plans for
> walks in the coming weeks along the dike between K-M Marsh and Puddler's
> this year like
> previous??? Just curious.
>
> On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 11:19 AM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg 
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>> Thanks for posting Jay — I’m planning on heading up late today or
>> tomorrow morning. I assume you’re just getting to K-M about now??
>>
>> KEN
>>
>>
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>> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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>> cell: 607-342-4594
>> kvr2 AT cornell.edu
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>>
>> On Jul 18, 2015, at 10:41 AM, Jay McGowan  wrote:
>>
>> Notable species on the wildlife drive this morning included 6 STILT
>> SANDPIPERS, 11 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, hundreds of
>> Least and Semipalmated, both yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer,
>> Spotted and Solitary sandpipers, all out on the mudflats that are the main
>> pool, 9 Great Egrets, and a juvenile LEAST BITTERN in the reeds at Eaton
>> Marsh, near where we had an American on Thursday.
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From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:33:08 -0400
Since the shorebird migration is just beginning, are there any plans for
walks in the coming weeks along the dike between K-M Marsh and Puddler's
this year like
previous??? Just curious.

On Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 11:19 AM, Kenneth V. Rosenberg 
wrote:

>  Thanks for posting Jay — I’m planning on heading up late today or
> tomorrow morning. I assume you’re just getting to K-M about now??
>
>  KEN
>
>
>  Kenneth V. Rosenberg
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> cell: 607-342-4594
> kvr2 AT cornell.edu
>
>  On Jul 18, 2015, at 10:41 AM, Jay McGowan  wrote:
>
>  Notable species on the wildlife drive this morning included 6 STILT
> SANDPIPERS, 11 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, hundreds of
> Least and Semipalmated, both yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer,
> Spotted and Solitary sandpipers, all out on the mudflats that are the main
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> Marsh, near where we had an American on Thursday.
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Subject: Re: Montezuma shorebirds
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 15:19:56 +0000
Thanks for posting Jay  Im planning on heading up late today or tomorrow 
morning. I assume youre just getting to K-M about now?? 


KEN


Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Conservation Science Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Office: 607-254-2412
cell: 607-342-4594
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On Jul 18, 2015, at 10:41 AM, Jay McGowan 
> wrote: 



Notable species on the wildlife drive this morning included 6 STILT SANDPIPERS, 
11 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, hundreds of Least and 
Semipalmated, both yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Spotted and 
Solitary sandpipers, all out on the mudflats that are the main pool, 9 Great 
Egrets, and a juvenile LEAST BITTERN in the reeds at Eaton Marsh, near where we 
had an American on Thursday. 


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Subject: RE:Grosbeaks & others
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 14:42:41 +0000
I have immature ROSE BREASTED GROSBEAKS and parents here at my feeders in 
backyard! 


Earlier this week I finally got to SEE two of the WOOD THRUSHES who regularly 
sing in my woods across the street, as well as the BROWN THRASHER who runs up 
and down the road/grassy-shoulder edge looking like a little Road Runner! 


And after not seeing any for many months after the harsh, cold winter with the 
iced-over Cayuga Lake, I have two CAROLINA WRENS in the yard and under the deck 
again! 


Donna L. Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing


From: bounce-119460998-15001843 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-119460998-15001843 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Dave Nutter 

Sent: Friday, July 17, 2015 7:12 PM
To: Melanie Uhlir
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black-headed Grosbeak

Why not immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak?

--Dave Nutter

On Jul 17, 2015, at 03:18 PM, Melanie Uhlir 
> wrote: 

I just had what looked for all the world like a female Black-headed
Grosbeak at my feeder. At first I thought it was a Rose-breasted, but
the markings on its head were much brighter than those of a female
Rose-breasted and, more to the point, there was a very noticeable
orange-y wash on its breast. Has anyone else ever seen Black-headed
Grosbeaks around here?

A short while before that I had both a male Purple Finch and a male
House Finch perched on the feeder demonstrating their differences in
plumage. A male Goldfinch completed a very bright little group.

Melanie
Wood Road, Freeville (Wood Road south of the swamp)

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Subject: Montezuma shorebirds
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 10:41:59 -0400
Notable species on the wildlife drive this morning included 6 STILT
SANDPIPERS, 11 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, hundreds of
Least and Semipalmated, both yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer,
Spotted and Solitary sandpipers, all out on the mudflats that are the main
pool, 9 Great Egrets, and a juvenile LEAST BITTERN in the reeds at Eaton
Marsh, near where we had an American on Thursday.

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Subject: Re: Black-headed Grosbeak
From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:22:08 -0400
I hadn't seen one for a long while and couldn't find any pictures in my 
bird guide. I was having to get ready to go do Shakespeare so I didn't 
have time to do a more thorough search. And it didn't look like any 
immature male I'd seen in the past. It really was a ringer for the 
illustration of the Black-headed female. But now I'm pretty sure it must 
have been just a new male Rose-breasted. I had seen young ones in sort 
of a speckled version of the adult male plumage before but never one in 
this particular plumage. It was very pretty.

Melanie

On 7/17/2015 7:12 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
> Why not immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak?
> --Dave Nutter
>
> On Jul 17, 2015, at 03:18 PM, Melanie Uhlir  wrote:
>
>> I just had what looked for all the world like a female Black-headed
>> Grosbeak at my feeder. At first I thought it was a Rose-breasted, but
>> the markings on its head were much brighter than those of a female
>> Rose-breasted and, more to the point, there was a very noticeable
>> orange-y wash on its breast. Has anyone else ever seen Black-headed
>> Grosbeaks around here?
>>
>> A short while before that I had both a male Purple Finch and a male
>> House Finch perched on the feeder demonstrating their differences in
>> plumage. A male Goldfinch completed a very bright little group.
>>
>> Melanie
>> Wood Road, Freeville (Wood Road south of the swamp)
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Subject: Our Big AviCaching Day
From: Lee Ann van Leer <lavanleer AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:09:17 -0400
Everyone should try Avicaching!

Last month I decided to try see how many eBird Avicaching spots I could
visit in one day.
Kevin (McGowan) thought it sounded like a fun plan too. He joined forces
with me at the end of June for a test run of this endeavor.

We decided to try to maximize for points and # of spots instead of species.

Results: 33 spots  (in about 14 hours).
             216 points


It was definitely an exciting adventure of a new kind. Since we were going
for # of spots instead of species we didn't have to worry about the weather
reports as much and indeed it was overcast and rainy for part of the day.

It ended up taking a lot more planning and strategy than we had anticipated
but it was well worth it.  I am very glad we were using Kevin's Subaru and
not the old van I am driving these days as I don't think my vehicle would
have made it to the spots that are on dirt/gravel roads.  We drove at a
rather leisurely pace and did take nearly an hour lunch break since this
was supposed to be the "test run" of our endeavor. I'm not sure if we will
ever try to beat our own record of 33 spots in a day. I know others have
done Big Avicaching days but I think they were going for # of species.

The only unusual bird we heard was a NORTHERN BOBWHITE which was likely a
released bird.

We enjoyed finding many bird nests, including a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
nest.
Fledglings of many species abounded including Willow Flycatchers.

We used the eBird App to enter in data as we went. However there were a few
locations that neither Verizon or AT&T could pick up a signal. For those
locations we made a voice record of the birds we saw and entered it in to
eBird later. Our GPS unit came in very handy for navigating to all these
places.

The most interesting aspect was seeing parts of the Cortland and Tompkins
that neither of us had ever been to. My dapple dachshund, Sashie, joined us
and likely enjoyed having 33 new roadside spots to sniff (on leash). There
are some very peaceful wooded spots that we definitely want to visit again.

I am looking forward to hearing about some of YOUR avicaching adventures.
Please feel free to contact me off list.

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Subject: Re: Black-headed Grosbeak
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:12:03 +0000 (GMT)
Why not immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak?

--Dave Nutter


On Jul 17, 2015, at 03:18 PM, Melanie Uhlir  wrote:

> I just had what looked for all the world like a female Black-headed
> Grosbeak at my feeder. At first I thought it was a Rose-breasted, but
> the markings on its head were much brighter than those of a female
> Rose-breasted and, more to the point, there was a very noticeable
> orange-y wash on its breast. Has anyone else ever seen Black-headed
> Grosbeaks around here?
>
> A short while before that I had both a male Purple Finch and a male
> House Finch perched on the feeder demonstrating their differences in
> plumage. A male Goldfinch completed a very bright little group.
>
> Melanie
> Wood Road, Freeville (Wood Road south of the swamp)
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Subject: Black-headed Grosbeak
From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:05:24 -0400
I just had what looked for all the world like a female Black-headed 
Grosbeak at my feeder. At first I thought it was a Rose-breasted, but 
the markings on its head were much brighter than those of a female 
Rose-breasted and, more to the point, there was a very noticeable 
orange-y wash on its breast. Has anyone else ever seen Black-headed 
Grosbeaks around here?

A short while before that I had both a male Purple Finch and a male 
House Finch perched on the feeder demonstrating their differences in 
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Subject: Avicaching update—10-16 July
From: Ian Davies <id99 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:14:39 +0000
Hi Cayugabirders,

Another week through July, and we’re that much closer to fall migration. 
Following Wednesday’s cold front, the past couple days have felt positively 
Septemberesque. This weather event has manifested in the birds as well, with 
more shorebirds filtering through the area and some of the local breeders 
beginning to wrap up their season. 


This is a time of year where many birds are undergoing post-breeding 
dispersal—movements following the breeding season that are often 
little-known. Birds that have been quiet over the past month have started 
singing a little bit more, and the woods are still alive and bursting with 
late-summer vigor. It is a good time of year to be out and about in nature. In 
fact, it is a good time of year to be out Avicaching! 


Over this past week, 10 different birders went Avicaching 
(http://ebird.org/content/ebird/avicaching/), reporting over 70 species 
including Black-billed Cuckoo, Vesper Sparrow, and 13 warblers—not too bad 
for the heat of mid-July. Check here for a full list of the 154 species 
recorded at Avicaches so far: http://tinyurl.com/avicaching. Top Avicachers 
this week included Gary Kohlenberg and Chris Wood, tallying an impressive 66 
and 60 points respectively. Lee Ann van Leer still leads the playing field, but 
that could change at any moment. 


This week the number of points earned by visiting an Avicache has changed, with 
some single locations being worth 15 points each. This means that if you 
haven’t given Avicaching a try yet, the time has never been better. If you 
get out there and visit 10 locations, you could be in third place 
overall—with the third highest chance to win a pair of free Zeiss binoculars! 
Check out the full Avicaching site for more details: 
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/avicaching/. I’ll see you out there! 


Best,
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Subject: Catbird woes and the added newest woe
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:58:52 +0000
Hi all,

Yesterday morning I was out at 5.10 am trying to record some bird songs as a 
Mourning Dove seem to be singing very close by. To my ear it seemed very close 
and loud. But it the recording its sound is drowned by the neighbors pet and 
the Robin. So I was wondering if the frequencies of Mourning dove are soothing 
to me so my brain really appreciated it while drowning the surrounding sound. 



But I as I was recording my catbird came for his/her morning meal. I was as 
close at four feet from him and he complained and complained rather annoyingly 
at my tactics of scaring the moth away from the sheet before his arrival. He 
meowed in my face and not afraid of me. 



Today morning there were two Ravens one I believe is the parent other a young 
both flew back and forth over my yard several times. 



And lastly several of you had come to the Robert Treman Moth night. Here is the 
link to the photos of that night. Some of them are identified and others need 
yet to be identified. But so far at least three of the moths are New York State 
records. So I decided to check the last years pictures and I found two of them 
were seen last year too and one of them I had identified at that time but just 
did not know that they were new to New York! 



https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipOmsuDNhElL6qaJMDVrKLrDFHWpM2WJALU5egJW

It is lot fun to sit and try identifying them but also painful on the 
forefinger as you keep scrolling down the moth photographers group photos (MPG) 
species by species. 


Cheers
Meena

Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850
42.429007,-76.47111
http://www.haribal.org/
http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/
Ithaca area moths: https://plus.google.com/118047473426099383469/posts
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Subject: Re: Merlin
From: Randolph Ross <randolph.ross24 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 19:00:43 -0400
By way of an unfortunate window incident, I can report that a female or
immature Yellow Warbler can appear from above to have distinct outer yellow
tail feathers. (We have not had them in the yard before; it appeared to
recover, and disappeared a while later, after being placed out of harm's
way in a Norway spruce.)

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> I downloaded it to ID a bird I just got a glimpse of.  I had a Goldfinch
> sized bird that I only saw from the back.  It was distinctive because it's
> outer tail feathers were yellow like a Junco's are white.  Any idea as to
> what it might be ?  Is it a Goldfinch?
>
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> here on and off all day.  I only saw the males today.
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Subject: Black-billed Cuckoo...
From: Kathy <carkatstr1ck AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:04:18 -0400
...has been calling within earshot of my house for several weeks. Just now as I 
was bringing laundry in off the line he was in the big old soft maple in the 
back yard. Haven't caught sight of him yet, though. 


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Near Union Springs


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Subject: Counter-singing Scarlet Tanagers
From: "W. Larry Hymes" <wlh2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:10:57 -0400
This morning at Upper Buttermilk I came upon 2 SCARLET TANAGERS 
counter-singing across the road.  What was so unusual was the ferocity 
and speed by which one bird sang.  I've never heard a tanager singing so 
rapidly and with such intensity!

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:31:46 +0000 (UTC)
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* July 13 2015*  NYSY  07. 13. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 06, 2015 - July 13, 2015to report by 
e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma 
National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside 
Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison 
& Cortlandcompiled: July 13  AT 5:00 p.m. (DST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga 
Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #450 Monday July 13, 
2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of July 06, 2014 Highlights:-----------GREAT EGRETBLACK-CROWNED 
NIGHT-HERONGREATER YELLOWLEGSLESSER YELLOWLEGSSOLITARY SANDPIPERPECTORAL 
SANDPIPERSEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERLEAST SANDPIPERSTILT SANDPIPERSHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHERFISH CROWACADIAN FLYCATCHERCLAY-COLORED SPARROW 



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

Note the nice upswing in migrating shorebirds this week.
     7/10: 2 LEAST BITTERNS were seen and photographed in the marshes on 
Morgon Road.     7/12: 235 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 30 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 7 
SOLITARY SANDPIPERS 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 2 KILLDEER and PEEP were all seen in 
Knox-Marsellus from Towpath Road.     7/13: 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, 6 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS,  SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS,  
GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 4 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and 16 GREAT EGRETS were 
seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 


Oswego County------------
     7/8: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was heard briefly in Constantia.     
7/10: 2 FISH CROWS remain in Phoenix near the Oswego River. 


Onondaga County------------
     7/10: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was again found in Whiskey Hollow.     
7/12: 2 FISH CROWS were seen along the Seneca River in Baldwinsville. 


Cayuga county------------
     7/11: 3 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS were found at the Sterling Nature Center.

Oneida County------------
     7/12: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found on Preston Hill Road north 
of Oneida Lake. 

      --  end report


Joseph BrinRegion 5

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Subject: Photos of Shorebirds K-M Marsh Today July 13th, 2015
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:16:27 -0400
Try to pick out the stilt sandpiper among this group....there are also a
few other species can you ID them??

https://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/19481997529/

The rest of my photos from today can be found here....got some fair shots of
the STILT SANDPIPER which surprised me due to the distance.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/sets/72157655423946250


Dave Nicosia

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Subject: Re: heron near miss
From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:45:07 -0400
WOW!! That sounds like quite a thrill!

That would indeed be a spectacular way for a birder to go, albeit pretty 
unpleasant for both bird and birder!

Melanie

On 7/13/2015 12:47 PM, John Greenly wrote:
> I was out rowing on the lake last evening enjoying the quiet time 
> after sunset, when the silence was shattered by a  GRRAAAWWWK followed 
> instantly by two Great Blue Herons at eye level and so close that a 
> set of primaries whooshed by within inches of my face. They had either 
> failed to notice me crossing their flight path or miscalculated how 
> fast I was going.
>
> Wouldn't that be a spectacular way for a birder to go... skewered by a 
> heron!  Much better than a falling coconut.
>
> --John Greenly
> Ludlowville
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Subject: RE:Yellow-throated Vireo
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:41:03 +0000
An adult is feeding a fledgling Yellow-throated Vireo there. Some of the 
squeaks are begging calls. 


Kevin

From: bounce-119448430-3493952 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-119448430-3493952 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Chris R. Pelkie 

Sent: Monday, July 13, 2015 1:12 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow-throated Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo in full dress color, yellow spectacles, actively feeding 
near the green scummy pond on West Wilson Trail. 

He's making a lot of squeaks that sound like a wet thumb dragged quickly over a 
rubber balloon (not real loud, but frequent) which helps locate him as he moves 
around rapidly. Just observed at 1pm. 


ChrisP
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Subject: Yellow-throated Vireo
From: "Chris R. Pelkie" <chris.pelkie AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:11:36 +0000
Yellow-throated Vireo in full dress color, yellow spectacles, actively feeding 
near the green scummy pond on West Wilson Trail. 

Hes making a lot of squeaks that sound like a wet thumb dragged quickly over a 
rubber balloon (not real loud, but frequent) which helps locate him as he moves 
around rapidly. Just observed at 1pm. 


ChrisP
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