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Lark Sparrow,©Jan Wilczur

30 Jan no Gyrfalcon; Redhead x Ring-necked Duck [Jay McGowan ]
30 Jan Siskins and Redpolls [Geo Kloppel ]
30 Jan Re: Redpoll ! [Alicia Plotkin ]
30 Jan Rough-legged Hawk-Dryden area [Anne Clark ]
30 Jan Redpoll ! [Donna Scott ]
30 Jan Pine Siskins [Donna Scott ]
30 Jan Ledyard longspur [Brad Walker ]
30 Jan Mt Pleasant Snow Buntings, Horned Larks ["Marie P. Read" ]
30 Jan Re: Lapland Longspur [Dave Nutter ]
30 Jan Re: Northern Shrike [Dave Nutter ]
30 Jan Re: Redpolls [Dave Nutter ]
29 Jan Lapland Longspur [Ann Mitchell ]
29 Jan Ithaca/Tompkins airport, Th 1/29 [Mark Chao ]
29 Jan Gyrfalcon Seneca Falls [Dave K ]
29 Jan Northern Shrike [Ann Mitchell ]
29 Jan The army of REDHEADS [Sally Eller ]
29 Jan Dandy's dandy drive-by screech - again [John Confer ]
29 Jan Re: Redpolls [Claire Damaske ]
29 Jan Redpolls [Ann Mitchell ]
29 Jan eagle's prey question [Donna Lee Scott ]
29 Jan Out of basin Eastern Towhee [Richard Tkachuck ]
29 Jan Re: Eastern Screech-Owl [Corinne Morton ]
29 Jan Siskins [Laura Stenzler ]
29 Jan RE:Eastern Screech-Owl [Anne Marie Johnson ]
29 Jan Weekend bird walks at Sapsucker Woods []
29 Jan Eastern Screech-Owl, Northern Harrier, Pairegrines [Dave Nutter ]
28 Jan RE:Peek @ My Apps - Birding & Transportation Apps - Fun Interactive Event! [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
28 Jan Patriotic Yard Birds [Donna Lee Scott ]
28 Jan Peek @ My Apps - Birding & Transportation Apps - Fun Interactive Event! ["Gary R. Cremeens" ]
28 Jan 2 peregrines [Ray Zimmerman ]
28 Jan CLO siskin [Brad Walker ]
27 Jan NE Ithaca, Tues 1/27 [Mark Chao ]
27 Jan Thayer's and other gulls at Cornell compost ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
27 Jan Thayer's and other gulls at Cornell compost ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
27 Jan Chipping Sparrow [Ann Mitchell ]
27 Jan campus raven [Ray Zimmerman ]
27 Jan One snow goose in a flock of Canada [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
27 Jan Singers [bob mcguire ]
26 Jan Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
26 Jan Red-necked Grebe, hybrid gull [Jay McGowan ]
26 Jan American Kestrel on Yaple Rd. in Danby [Linda Madeo ]
26 Jan Redpolls [Yvonne Fogarty ]
26 Jan Juvie Sharpie ["Ellen D. Haith" ]
26 Jan Re: Redpoll [David McCartt ]
26 Jan RE: Redpoll [Robyn Bailey ]
26 Jan Redpoll [Carol Keeler ]
26 Jan Friday 2 Bradfield Peregrines + territorial behavior? [Ray Zimmerman ]
26 Jan Re: [cayugabirds-l] Aythya winter diet in Cayuga - what are they eating? [Dave Nutter ]
26 Jan Re: Aythya winter diet in Cayuga - what are they eating? ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
25 Jan Re: Aythya winter diet in Cayuga - what are they eating? [Donna Scott ]
25 Jan NE Ithaca screech-owl (RIP), Sun 1/25 [Mark Chao ]
25 Jan Re: Aythya winter diet in Cayuga - what are they eating? [Brad Walker ]
25 Jan Aythya winter diet in Cayuga - what are they eating? [Benjamin Freeman ]
25 Jan Tufted Duck today NO! ["Glenn Wilson" ]
25 Jan Re:hybrid ducks; Glaucous Gull [Jay McGowan ]
24 Jan Ithaca area Saturday 24 Jan 2015 Tufted Duck and Glaucous Gull [David Nicosia ]
24 Jan Tufted Duck & Pine Siskin [M Miller ]
24 Jan Cayuga Bird Club field trip report Jan 24 [Diane Morton ]
24 Jan GB Heron Myers [John Greenly ]
24 Jan Re: Finger Lakes airport snowy owl [Ni Feng ]
24 Jan CORE and PUFIs [John and Sue Gregoire ]
24 Jan Another Hawk Tale [Ellen Haith ]
24 Jan Re: Tufted Duck continues visble near Hog Hole from Allan H Treman State Marine Park [david nicosia ]
24 Jan Tufted Duck continues visble near Hog Hole from Allan H Treman State Marine Park [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
24 Jan Tufted Duck continues near Allan H Treman State Marine Park [Dave Nutter ]
24 Jan Tufted Duck photos ["Chris R. Pelkie" ]
23 Jan Long Point Short Ears [Geo Kloppel ]
23 Jan On the TUDU list ["Chris R. Pelkie" ]
23 Jan Spring Field Ornithology [Marc Devokaitis ]
23 Jan raven ["Bill Mcaneny" ]
23 Jan Tufted Duck [Jay McGowan ]
22 Jan Sodus, Geneva, and goldeneye photos []
23 Jan Shrike, eared grebe, 5 SE owls, etc. [Susan Fast ]
22 Jan OT: Fox in my yard [Kathleen Kramer ]
22 Jan RE: 50+ red-wings [Jody W Enck ]
22 Jan 50+ red-wings [John Confer ]

Subject: no Gyrfalcon; Redhead x Ring-necked Duck
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:45:09 -0500
Livia and I checked for the Gyrfalcon this morning. We did finally succeed
in finding the SNOWY OWL out on the runways at the Finger Lakes Airport in
Seneca Falls (viewed from the north end), but, not surprisingly, saw no
sign of the Gyrfalcon photographed in the area by Dave Kennedy yesterday.
As anyone with Gyrfalcon experience can attest, this bird could be anywhere
in the state by now, but it is still worth looking for. We had an eye out
for waterfowl concentrations that might attract a hungry falcon, but the
ice edge is in that awkward area between Union Springs and Aurora, so at
least on the east side of the lake it is difficult to view. Montezuma and
the Mucklands were in practically white-out conditions so we beat a
not-so-hasty retreat after checking these areas briefly.

The highlight of the day came in Union Springs where we stopped to scan the
Mill Pond and picked out, among the many wigeon (20+), Gadwall, and Redhead
(200+), an apparent Ring-necked Duck that I quickly realized was actually a
REDHEAD X RING-NECKED DUCK HYBRID, possibly the same one that several folks
saw at the south end of the lake when the Tufted was being seen (although
probably not, that one apparently showed a bolder white shoulder spur than
today's bird did). The snow was too heavy for great photos, but a few are
in our list here:
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Three male GREEN-WINGED TEAL are still present in the Factory Street pond,
oddly enough actively diving when we were there, although for what they
were foraging was unclear.

And finally, we missed the longspur on the way back down but did have a
SAVANNAH SPARROW with Horned Larks just south of the Triangle Diner in King
Ferry, one of apparently dozens spending the winter in the Basin this year.

-- 
Jay McGowan
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Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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Subject: Siskins and Redpolls
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:52:11 -0500
I've also got at least one Pine Siskin at my feeders now (Tupper Road, West 
Danby), and I've had flyover Redpolls, so I'm hoping they'll drop in too. 


-Geo Kloppel
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Subject: Re: Redpoll !
From: Alicia Plotkin <tess AT zoom-dsl.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:22:10 -0500
Also here in Ovid.  Hard to tell for sure how many redpolls, but at 
least two different males and one female in the swirl of goldfinch, 
house finch & juncos at the feeders.  First ones since January 2013.

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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk-Dryden area
From: Anne Clark <anneb.clark AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:54:45 -0500
At 840 am, spectacularly beautiful light morph Rough-legged Hawk sailing 
through snowflakes going WSW across Ferguson Road, just where it leaves Irish 
Settlement road and continues E to Dryden. 


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Subject: Redpoll !
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:36:12 -0500
& a COMMON REDPOLL chasing GOLDFINCHES away from nyjer seed!

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Subject: Pine Siskins
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:23:55 -0500
At least 3 PINE SISKINS here at my snowy feeders. FOY. 

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Subject: Ledyard longspur
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:13:55 -0500
Hi all,

The longspur found by Dave and Anne yesterday is still present and feeding
along the road in the same spot.

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Subject: Mt Pleasant Snow Buntings, Horned Larks
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:16:07 +0000
The roadsides along Mt Pleasant Rd have been plowed far back exposing some bare 
ground and these opened up areas have attracted a lot of Snow Buntings and 
Horned Larks (more of the latter than I've seen together all winter up here) to 
feed today. Given these close views, it is worth checking the flocks for 
longspurs, before the snow drifts over to cover up the bare ground again. (I 
didn't see any though...) 


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Subject: Re: Lapland Longspur
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:07:43 +0000 (GMT)
This field NW of Ledyard Rd & Dixon Rd (Town of Ledyard, Cayuga County) had 
exposed corn among stubble close to Ledyard Rd, and scores of HORNED LARKS were 
easy to see. We initially saw the LAPLAND LONGSPUR with a few of the larks on 
the road shoulder, but when they moved north into the field to join the other 
larks, we did not spend enough time to refind it. With more patience and 
less blowing snow I think it could have been found. Farther NW in that same 
field, west of some power lines and north of a low rise, we saw about 20 SNOW 
BUNTINGS flying up briefly, perhaps part of a larger group. Again, with less 
wind and more patience they might be refound. 


--Dave Nutter


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Subject: Re: Northern Shrike
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:57:22 +0000 (GMT)
We Initially saw this lovely adult for several minutes at the top of one of the 
row of tall spruces behind the house on the NW corner of NYS-90 & Lick St. It 
then flew NNE to the top of a lone tall deciduous tree along the east side of 
Lick Street, then it flew NW down among the young conifers of the tree farm 
proper, and we lost sight of it. 


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Subject: Re: Redpolls
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:33:23 +0000 (GMT)
The location is in Summerhill near the SE corner of Cayuga County, around 
Lane E in the vicinity of a lake house with thistle socks, tube feeders, and 
platform feeders and nearby houses also with feeders. During almost an hour of 
viewing a flock of about a hundred finches (overwhelmingly AMERICAN 
GOLDFINCHES) which were in the tops of large spruces and deciduous trees, 
flying between trees, and sometimes a few at the feeders, we were able to find 
1 PINE SISKIN and 3 COMMON REDPOLLS. 


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Subject: Lapland Longspur
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:41:56 -0500
On Ledyard Road just west of Dixon Road. In with a flock of Horned Larks on 
side of the road. Super looks! 

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Subject: Ithaca/Tompkins airport, Th 1/29
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:38:42 -0500
At 3:00 on Thursday afternoon, my daughter Francesca Chu and her friend
Madeline Turner and I saw two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS kiting above the west side
of the intersection of Cherry and Warren Roads in Lansing, near the edge of
the Ithaca airport.  Two Syracuse birders found these birds as well.  I had
no magnifying optics, but one hawk's wings appeared as white as I've ever
seen on this species.  The other was darker, but still I'd call it a
light-morph bird.  

 

eBird records from the past few days show lots of Rough-legged Hawk
sightings here and over on the Snyder Road side of the airport property, as
well as a couple on Burdick Hill Road.

 

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Subject: Gyrfalcon Seneca Falls
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:40:34 -0500
~10:20 this morning while heading South on 414, I saw what looked to be a 
Peregrine chasing through some residential pines on the West side of the road. 
I went back North for a look and it luckily landed on a nearby telephone pole. 
Turned out to be a Gyrfalcon. It managed to sit still for a minute or so then 
flew East over the middle of Lott farm. Will post if seen again. 

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Subject: Northern Shrike
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:15:53 -0500
At Christmas Tree Farm at Rt. 90 and Lick Street in Summer Hill.
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Subject: The army of REDHEADS
From: Sally Eller <sallyeeller AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:10:32 -0500
Approx 1000 at Blue Heron Point, just north of Elm Beach. They appear to
all be males.

Sally Eller
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West shore
Ovid/Romulus

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Subject: Dandy's dandy drive-by screech - again
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:50:48 -0500
I stop by the Slaterville Springs Dandy store several times a week to 
get a newspaper on my way to/from "work". I hadn't seen the owl or 
months. It really surprised me that David saw it, and also gave me 
considerable pleasure. I looked at the cavity at about 11:00 this 
morning. It wasn't there when I went in the store, but when I glanced at 
the hole when I came back, there was this gray, streaked ball of 
feathers filling up the hole.

Hoot,

John
>
> The cavity is about half way up a tree at the back edge of the parking 
> lot on the left side of the Dandy Mart on Rt. 79 in the village of 
> Slaterville Springs (in the town of Caroline). If you dont see a dark 
> cavity, then the owl is probably in the opening, well camouflaged. The 
> cavity faces the parking lot and is easily seen from one of the 
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Subject: Re: Redpolls
From: Claire Damaske <cdamaske AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:23:07 -0500
3 just showed up at my feeder on Gravel Rd. in Tyre.

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> At Lake Como 1196 Lake Como Road.
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Subject: Redpolls
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:45:46 -0500
At Lake Como 1196 Lake Como Road.
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Subject: eagle's prey question
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:13:15 +0000
After posting my 3-Eagle-yard-bird sighting yesterday, the dog and I visited 
the lake shore areas in front of my house to look for evidence of what the Bald 
Eagles had been eating. 


I found three fresh bloody spots and blood spatter right at the edge of the 
water/ice (not much ice), many feet apart. In the bloody places I found only a 
few tiny pieces of bony tissue and a few curled, grayish brown feathers. Very 
few feathers. At one kill site, I found wonderful large wing prints in the snow 
(before the helpful dog walked thru the prints, I was able to photograph a 
couple with my phone). 


So, I presume the Eagles had killed about 3 ducks. There was not a big pile of 
feathers, or pieces of wings, anywhere near any of the kill sites. I didn't 
look extensively down there for where they might have eaten the ducks, but I 
suppose they could have perched on a lower tree than was visible up over the 
cliff at my house earlier. I had not seen the Eagles in the high branches with 
anything but little pieces of meat. 


Do eagles rip out most the feathers of birds they eat, as I have seen Coopers 
and Sharp-shinned Hawks do? Or do they wolf down most of the bird including 
feathers? 


Donna L. Scott
Lansing Station Road

From: bounce-118751064-15001843 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-118751064-15001843 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Donna Lee 
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Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:10 AM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Patriotic Yard Birds

Dawdling at the breakfast table after chores has its rewards here by the lake!
First I was treated to a nice flotilla of REDHEADS and their CA GEESE and 
MALLARD groupies swimming and diving back and forth. 


Then I had a rarer treat:
First, 2 BALD EAGLES, an adult and probably a 2nd year juvenile (lotsa white on 
belly, some white flecks on head) landed in the tall cottonwood tree on my 
beach, directly out from my kitchen table. They sat for a minute and the adult 
flew off out over the lake, leaving Juv. on branch. Soon, 3 of the 6 residents 
of the local A. CROW family started harassing the Eagle, which mostly sat there 
looking around, fluffing its feathers. The crows actually kept landing on 
branches near the Eagle, as well as strafing its back. Some of my ~36 resident 
MOURNING DOVES, who had been sitting near the water, beat a hasty retreat from 
their lakeside perches, up into the yard by the house. 


Then the Adult Eagle returned and the two flew just south of my property and 
the adult dove down to the beach, while the Juv. perched in Cindy Lion's tree. 
For a minute I thought I saw 2 adults, but was not sure. Then Juv. went down 
and came back up with a long piece of tissue in its beak which it kept 
transferring to its talons in flight. It seemed to be adjusting the tissue so 
it could eat it, which I think it finally did. In the air. 


Meanwhile, an adult came up with a red lump in talons and ate that in my tree, 
with the Juv. hovering in air and then on branch nearby. After the little meal, 
the adult started "screaming" (I was out on deck by now, watching, hearing). 
The two took off again and flew down around the beach shore and then I saw that 
there were indeed 2 adult eagles. The other must have been on the beach with a 
prey animal. 


All three took off flying over the water and in quick succession both adults 
caught in their talons a prey animal from the surface of the water. Same size 
prey, dark gray; then all three Eagles flew south out of sight. Prey looked 
much more fish-like than duck-like. 


--Donna Scott

Donna L. Scott
Lansing Station Road /Cayuga Lake
Lansing, NY
DLS9 AT cornell.edu

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Subject: Out of basin Eastern Towhee
From: Richard Tkachuck <rictkalist AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:23:50 -0500
FYI: We live in the Locke/Moravia area and have seen a Towhee several times
this winter, this morning the last.
Richard Tkachuck


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Subject: Re: Eastern Screech-Owl
From: Corinne Morton <renecorinne_37 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:41:36 -0500
It was not there several times I checked last week and weekend. Glad to hear it 
has returned ! 


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> The screech-owl was in the tree cavity opening again this morning. Last year 
it seemed to most frequently appear in the opening when it was sunny, so I was 
skeptical this morning, but it was there. Thanks, Dave, for reminding us about 
this owl! 

>  
> The cavity is about half way up a tree at the back edge of the parking lot on 
the left side of the Dandy Mart on Rt. 79 in the village of Slaterville Springs 
(in the town of Caroline). If you don’t see a dark cavity, then the owl is 
probably in the opening, well camouflaged. The cavity faces the parking lot and 
is easily seen from one of the parking spaces on the left side of the building. 

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Subject: Siskins
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:31:09 +0000
Hi all,

 This morning we have 4 PINE SISKINS at our feeders, mixed in with the 
Goldfinches. Hunt Hill Rd., east of Ithaca. 


Laura


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Subject: RE:Eastern Screech-Owl
From: Anne Marie Johnson <aj47 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:19:44 +0000
The screech-owl was in the tree cavity opening again this morning. Last year it 
seemed to most frequently appear in the opening when it was sunny, so I was 
skeptical this morning, but it was there. Thanks, Dave, for reminding us about 
this owl! 


The cavity is about half way up a tree at the back edge of the parking lot on 
the left side of the Dandy Mart on Rt. 79 in the village of Slaterville Springs 
(in the town of Caroline). If you don't see a dark cavity, then the owl is 
probably in the opening, well camouflaged. The cavity faces the parking lot and 
is easily seen from one of the parking spaces on the left side of the building. 


Anne Marie Johnson

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Subject: Weekend bird walks at Sapsucker Woods
From: wingmagic16 AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:47:34 -0500
These walks scheduled for January 31 and February 1 will be cancelled due to 
predicted frigid temperatures in the mornings. Not that we mind the cold but 
people have been staying away. 


Enjoy the weekend.

Best
Linda Orkin

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Subject: Eastern Screech-Owl, Northern Harrier, Pairegrines
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:39:57 +0000 (GMT)
Today I had occasion to stop with the taxi at the Dandy Mini-Mart in 
Slaterville Springs. It being a cold sunny winter day, I thought to check the 
cavity in the tree behind the store which John Confer tipped us off to months 
ago. I guessed right, and added EASTERN SCREECH-OWL to my Office List as well 
as my 2015 Basin List. I'm also thrilled for Mark & family that their box is 
occupied despite a recent casualty in the neighborhood. 


Another cool Office Bird today was a male NORTHERN HARRIER on McClintock Road 
by Livermore Road just west of the Village of Dryden. It was moving quickly 
south while facing more west, such were the weather conditions and its flight 
style. 


Although I had previously seen Peregrine from my Office windows this year, I 
was thrilled to see the male and female perched on the SE corner of Bradfield 
Hall this morning, he on a ledge directly below her ledge. Has anybody seen 
them perched on the same ledge together, or actively courting or copulating? Is 
there an appropriate bit of gravel somewhere atop Bradfield for them to nest? 
If not, will somebody please quick put a box up for them, and include a camera? 
By the way, have the Red-tailed Hawks been nearby? What sort of inter-species 
interactions have there been? Do the Red-tailed Hawks show interest in last 
year's site? Is Cornell/CLO loyalty/investment in the Red-tailed Hawks so 
great as to preclude encouraging the Peregrines? I think having Peregrines nest 
at Cornell would be the best tribute to the folks here in the 70s who worked so 
hard to captive-breed and reintroduce this species to eastern North America. 


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Subject: RE:Peek @ My Apps - Birding & Transportation Apps - Fun Interactive Event!
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:16:11 +0000
By looking at the subject title I was not sure if I want to open the email or 
not. But it seems I was fooled by the title. Sounds like an interesting app! 


Meena

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Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:00 AM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Peek  AT  My Apps - Birding & Transportation Apps - Fun 
Interactive Event! 


[cid:image001.jpg AT 01D03AF4.45FE4F70]

Are you an avid or novice birder? A commuter looking for cheap and efficient 
ways to get around? Or just a "geek" who loves technology? 

If you're any of these things, you'll want to join Dr. Miyoko 
Chu from the Cornell 
University Lab of Ornithology and Gary 
Cremeens from Cornell University 
Transportation Services for a fun and 
informative "Peek  AT  My Apps" session focusing on birding and transportation 
apps. This workshop will be held in room 226 Weill 
Hall on Friday, February 13, 10:30 am - 11:30 am. For 
those that can't attend in person, the session is also available via WebEx. 
There is no cost for attendance. 

Dr. Chu will present a live demo of the Merlin Bird ID app, and demonstrate the 
Great Backyard Bird Count app. The nation-wide tally of back-yard birds takes 
place February 13-16, 2015. Gary Cremeens will share his top-ten transportation 
apps for getting around the community and saving on commuting costs. Attendees 
will also have an opportunity to talk about and share any apps they love to 
use, whatever the reason. 


"Gary's Peek  AT  My Apps sessions are a great way to learn about the mobile 
applications your peers are using, and to share the ones you use," says Mike 
Baker of Facilities Services Information Technologies. "Gary brings a wealth of 
knowledge to these interactive workshops, and provides a very energetic 
atmosphere." 


To learn more and register for this workshop go to http://www.peekatmyapps.com.

Miyoko Chu leads the Cornell Lab's Communications team and is the principal 
investigator of the NSF-funded Merlin project. 

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From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:10:17 +0000
Dawdling at the breakfast table after chores has its rewards here by the lake!
First I was treated to a nice flotilla of REDHEADS and their CA GEESE and 
MALLARD groupies swimming and diving back and forth. 


Then I had a rarer treat:
First, 2 BALD EAGLES, an adult and probably a 2nd year juvenile (lotsa white on 
belly, some white flecks on head) landed in the tall cottonwood tree on my 
beach, directly out from my kitchen table. They sat for a minute and the adult 
flew off out over the lake, leaving Juv. on branch. Soon, 3 of the 6 residents 
of the local A. CROW family started harassing the Eagle, which mostly sat there 
looking around, fluffing its feathers. The crows actually kept landing on 
branches near the Eagle, as well as strafing its back. Some of my ~36 resident 
MOURNING DOVES, who had been sitting near the water, beat a hasty retreat from 
their lakeside perches, up into the yard by the house. 


Then the Adult Eagle returned and the two flew just south of my property and 
the adult dove down to the beach, while the Juv. perched in Cindy Lion's tree. 
For a minute I thought I saw 2 adults, but was not sure. Then Juv. went down 
and came back up with a long piece of tissue in its beak which it kept 
transferring to its talons in flight. It seemed to be adjusting the tissue so 
it could eat it, which I think it finally did. In the air. 


Meanwhile, an adult came up with a red lump in talons and ate that in my tree, 
with the Juv. hovering in air and then on branch nearby. After the little meal, 
the adult started "screaming" (I was out on deck by now, watching, hearing). 
The two took off again and flew down around the beach shore and then I saw that 
there were indeed 2 adult eagles. The other must have been on the beach with a 
prey animal. 


All three took off flying over the water and in quick succession both adults 
caught in their talons a prey animal from the surface of the water. Same size 
prey, dark gray; then all three Eagles flew south out of sight. Prey looked 
much more fish-like than duck-like. 


--Donna Scott

Donna L. Scott
Lansing Station Road /Cayuga Lake
Lansing, NY
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Subject: Peek @ My Apps - Birding & Transportation Apps - Fun Interactive Event!
From: "Gary R. Cremeens" <grc22 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:00:14 +0000
[cid:image003.jpg AT 01D03AE9.960B2C50]

Are you an avid or novice birder? A commuter looking for cheap and efficient 
ways to get around? Or just a "geek" who loves technology? 

If you're any of these things, you'll want to join Dr. Miyoko 
Chu from the Cornell 
University Lab of Ornithology and Gary 
Cremeens from Cornell University 
Transportation Services for a fun and 
informative "Peek  AT  My Apps" session focusing on birding and transportation 
apps. This workshop will be held in room 226 Weill 
Hall on Friday, February 13, 10:30 am - 11:30 am. For 
those that can't attend in person, the session is also available via WebEx. 
There is no cost for attendance. 

Dr. Chu will present a live demo of the Merlin Bird ID app, and demonstrate the 
Great Backyard Bird Count app. The nation-wide tally of back-yard birds takes 
place February 13-16, 2015. Gary Cremeens will share his top-ten transportation 
apps for getting around the community and saving on commuting costs. Attendees 
will also have an opportunity to talk about and share any apps they love to 
use, whatever the reason. 


"Gary's Peek  AT  My Apps sessions are a great way to learn about the mobile 
applications your peers are using, and to share the ones you use," says Mike 
Baker of Facilities Services Information Technologies. "Gary brings a wealth of 
knowledge to these interactive workshops, and provides a very energetic 
atmosphere." 


To learn more and register for this workshop go to http://www.peekatmyapps.com.

Miyoko Chu leads the Cornell Lab's Communications team and is the principal 
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Subject: 2 peregrines
From: Ray Zimmerman <rz10 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:26:25 -0500
East side of Bradfield hall now.

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Subject: CLO siskin
From: Brad Walker <bmw38 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:24:05 -0500
Hi all,

There is currently a PINE SISKIN at the Ornithology lab feeders.

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Subject: NE Ithaca, Tues 1/27
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:41:43 -0500
A gray EASTERN SCREECH-OWL has appeared in our nest box in northeast Ithaca
(Tuesday, 4:30 PM)!

 

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Subject: Thayer's and other gulls at Cornell compost
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:53:58 +0000
I stopped at the Cornell compost facility on Stevenson Rd outside Ithaca this 
morning before work. The place was packed with Herring Gulls and American 
Crows, about 1000 of each. The first unusual gull I found was my target bird, a 
first-year THAYER'S GULL. I had missed the one seen a couple of weeks ago, and 
wanted it to return. I don't think it did, as this individual was darker than 
the photos of the other bird, but it looked good for Thayer's, with dark, but 
not black wingtips, and a smoothly dark face. The tail was dark, the primaries 
were light below (but not pure white; the tips had dusky markings) with reduced 
dark above primarily on the outer vane of the feathers. The pale inner primary 
window (the Herring Gull mark) extended into the middle of the secondaries. 


I have images at 
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and following. 


Confusing the issue was a dark first-year ICELAND GULL that landed near the 
Thayer's and may have flushed it. Jay was directing me to the Thayer's he had 
refound and I locked on the Iceland. Then we couldn't tell which bird where. 
Fortunately I got a few photos that included both birds. One is here: 


https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/hqQHC6slMS2VkSp4YiyRW9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink. 


Side-by-side the comparison of the wings is interesting. The Iceland's are 
distinctly paler and differently marked. 


Also present was the 3rd year GLAUCOUS GULL, and the Herring X Great 
Black-backed Gull hybrid, both of which have been seen recently. Perhaps more, 
too. There were a lot of gulls. 


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Subject: Thayer's and other gulls at Cornell compost
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:53:58 +0000
I stopped at the Cornell compost facility on Stevenson Rd outside Ithaca this 
morning before work. The place was packed with Herring Gulls and American 
Crows, about 1000 of each. The first unusual gull I found was my target bird, a 
first-year THAYER'S GULL. I had missed the one seen a couple of weeks ago, and 
wanted it to return. I don't think it did, as this individual was darker than 
the photos of the other bird, but it looked good for Thayer's, with dark, but 
not black wingtips, and a smoothly dark face. The tail was dark, the primaries 
were light below (but not pure white; the tips had dusky markings) with reduced 
dark above primarily on the outer vane of the feathers. The pale inner primary 
window (the Herring Gull mark) extended into the middle of the secondaries. 


I have images at 
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/mKs0_N1cs-mKNmcmohBPJNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink, 
and following. 


Confusing the issue was a dark first-year ICELAND GULL that landed near the 
Thayer's and may have flushed it. Jay was directing me to the Thayer's he had 
refound and I locked on the Iceland. Then we couldn't tell which bird where. 
Fortunately I got a few photos that included both birds. One is here: 


https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/hqQHC6slMS2VkSp4YiyRW9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink. 


Side-by-side the comparison of the wings is interesting. The Iceland's are 
distinctly paler and differently marked. 


Also present was the 3rd year GLAUCOUS GULL, and the Herring X Great 
Black-backed Gull hybrid, both of which have been seen recently. Perhaps more, 
too. There were a lot of gulls. 


My ebird checklist, with photos is here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21564731.

Kevin

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Subject: Chipping Sparrow
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:24:47 -0500
I have a Chipping Sparrow coming to my millet feeder. I have seen it 3 times 
today. If anyone wants to see it, please do. Let me know if you need my 
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Subject: campus raven
From: Ray Zimmerman <rz10 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:06:22 -0500
A few minutes ago I saw a RAVEN flying lazily westward along the gorge outside 
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Subject: One snow goose in a flock of Canada
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:20:58 +0000
One snow goose in a flock of about 15 Canada geese flew over my window.

M

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Subject: Singers
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:51:45 -0500
House Finches and Titmice singing yesterday as they worked our feeders. And 
then my FOY Great-horned Owl calling from the woods in the evening. The season 
is coming! 


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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:15:28 +0000
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* January 26, 2015*  NYSY  01. 26. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):January 19, 2015 - January 26, 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: January 26 AT 6:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph 
BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #427 Monday January 
26, 2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of January 19, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

RED-THROATED LOONNORTHERN SHOVELERHARLEQUIN DUCKBARROW’S GOLDENEYEICELAND 
GULLGLAUCOUS GULLLESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLSNOWY OWLSHORT-EARED OWLNORTHERN 
SHRIKEGRAY CATBIRDHERMIT THRUSHEVENING GROSBEAKSAVANNAH SPARROWCOMMON 
REDPOLLPINE SISKIN 


Compiler’s note: COMMON REDPOLLS were reported in many more locations this 
week than last. I will not list all sightings but recommend keeping an eye out 
for HOARIES and other fiches. 



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

     1/21: 4 SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen on East Road. Another was found 
along the Wildlife Trail. 


Onondaga County------------
     1/19: The NORTHERN SHOVELER found in Mercer Park in Baldwinsville last 
week has remained and is seen daily. There was also a report of a second 
one.     1/25: A HERMIT THRUSH was again seen at the Carpenter’s Brook 
Fish Hatchery near Elbridge.     1/26: A GRAY CATBIRD was refound on the 
feeder Canal off of Andrews Road in Dewitt. 


Madison County------------
     1/22: 4 ICELAND GULLS and 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS were seen at the Madison 
County Landfill. EVENING GROSBEAKS and a CHIPPING SPARROW continue at a feeder 
on Carpenter Road near Sheds.     1/23: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Nelson Road 
in Fenner. A PINE SISKIN was seen near Cazenovia Lake.     1/25: 2 ICELAND 
GULLS, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 1 GLAUCOUS GULL were seen on Ditchbank 
Road. 


Oswego County------------
     1/21: A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was found on the Oswego River in 
Phoenix. It is being viewed from the fisherman’s access below the bridge. It 
was still present today.     1/24: A RED-THROATED LOON was found in Oswego 
Harbor. 


Oneida County------------
     1/21: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Griffis Tech Park (the old airbase). Up 
to three have been seen at this location.     1/25: A PINE SISKIN was seen 
in Westdale. 


Herkimer County------------
     1/19: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on the Gray-Wilmurt Road.     1/22: 
A PINE SISKIN was seen at a feeder near Dolgeville. A SNOWY OWL was seen on 
Castle Road near Fairfield.     1/24: A SNOWY OWL and eight EVENING 
GROSBEAKS were seen on Newport-Gray Road. 


Jefferson County------------
     1/20: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen near Cape Vincent.     1/23: A 
HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen at Grass Point State Park on the St. Lawrence 
River.     1/25: A SNOWY OWL was seen in the Point Peninsula Conservation 
Area.  



     
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Subject: Red-necked Grebe, hybrid gull
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:05:17 -0500
Hi all,
Sorry for the late post. A quick check of East Shore Park this morning
yielded a distant RED-NECKED GREBE in the shimmer to the far northwest. I
was able to get a better look from East Shore Drive a bit to the north to
confirm the identification. I didn't see any white-winged gulls in the few
hundred on the ice, but did see an apparent HERRING x GREAT BLACK-BACKED
GULL hybird, also present at the compost yesterday, and perhaps the same
bird that was around in late 2014. It is quite large and flat-headed with a
Lesser Black-backed -like dark gray mantle. Too large (and pink-legged) for
Lesser Black-backed and wing pattern wrong for Slaty-backed. A cool-looking
bird, though, and worth keeping an eye out for. I haven't gotten any good
shots so far this time around, but these two lists have some distant
pictures illustrating what to look for:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21535139
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21549463

I see on eBird that Chris Wood and others had the Glaucous Gull and both an
adult and immature ICELAND GULL at the compost at lunch time today.

Also, for what's it's worth, on the way back from Rochester last Monday,
Livia and I stopped at the Geneva waterfront to check for gulls and ducks.
In the flock of ~1000 gulls on the shore, we picked out at least four
Iceland, two Glaucous, and a Lesser Black-backed. This spot has often been
good for white-winged gulls, and it seems this year is no exception.

Cheers,
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Subject: American Kestrel on Yaple Rd. in Danby
From: Linda Madeo <lwmadeo AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:48:26 -0500
This morning between 9 and 10 we had an American Kestrel perched on top of
a telephone pole in front of our house. It appeared to be a male and was
enjoying a nice meal of "small rodent." We usually see them from about
April into the summer as they often nest on our property, but have never
seen them this early. Anyone else seeing them?

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Subject: Redpolls
From: Yvonne Fogarty <yvonnefogarty AT icloud.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:34:06 -0500
The last two days we have had a flock of redpolls in our field. They are 
working on the birch trees. They are soooo quiet! We are on Bundy rd. In 
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Subject: Juvie Sharpie
From: "Ellen D. Haith" <elliehaith44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:27:31 -0500
...back in the yard, sitting in a tree about 20 feet up. A few feeder birds 
have evidently not seen him/her nor has s/he gone after one as yet. 


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Subject: Re: Redpoll
From: David McCartt <mccartt55 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:29:57 +0000 (UTC)
We had our first of season Redpoll yesterday and one today as well. Also had a 
lone Pine Siskin on Sat. 

David McCarttTubbs Hill Rd.Richford

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I had 4 Redpolls at my feeders in Lansing on Saturday. First ones in a long 
time. 


Robyn



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Just had a Redpoll at my feeders here outside of Auburn.  First one this year.

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From: Robyn Bailey <rb644 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:19:08 +0000
I had 4 Redpolls at my feeders in Lansing on Saturday. First ones in a long 
time. 


Robyn

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Subject: Redpoll
From: Carol Keeler <carolk441 AT adelphia.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:23:00 -0500
Just had a Redpoll at my feeders here outside of Auburn.  First one this year.

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Subject: Friday 2 Bradfield Peregrines + territorial behavior?
From: Ray Zimmerman <rz10 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:38:56 -0500
A bit late posting about this … Friday afternoon around 4:45 as I waited for 
my bus across from Bradfield Hall, I saw one Peregrine perched on the usual 
ledge about 2/3 of the way up the SW corner of the building. Then, before I 
could reach the east side of the building to check the ledges there a 2nd 
Peregrine took flight from that area and headed in a direct line SSE. 
Fortunately, I had my binoculars with me and I was able to follow it all the 
way over near the power lines that cross Judd Falls Rd. I noticed another bird 
sitting on the power lines shortly before the Peregrine made a quick dive to 
take a swipe at it. The other bird dove and took off westward and the Peregrine 
didn’t appear to follow it aggressively, but unfortunately, at that moment a 
bus passed by right behind me and I was obligated to run to check if it was 
mine. It wasn’t, so I attempted to refind the Peregrine and quickly found it 
on it’s way in direct flight back to the top of Bradfield where it sat for 30 
seconds or so before departing again, this time westward down Tower Rd. where 
it soon disappeared from view. 


It’s too bad that I was too far away and that my attention was draw away just 
as it chased the other bird off the power line, so I was not able to identify 
it, but from the little I was able to observe, I’d guess it was another 
falcon, probably a Kestrel or Merlin. If so, was that some sort of territorial 
behavior on the part of the Peregrine … certainly seems like it traveled that 
1/2 mile or so with the express purpose of dislodging the other bird. 


   Ray


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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Aythya winter diet in Cayuga - what are they eating?
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:49:02 +0000 (GMT)
I recall large rafts of Redheads in winter along the cottages north of East 
Shore Park in the mid-1980s, and I think that was before the Zebra Mussel 
invasion which began in the Great Lakes in 1988. I wasn't counting numbers then 
(nor am I much good at it now), but that was my first experience with such 
extensive and densely packed duck rafts. The Aythya numbers could well have 
increased significantly since Zebra Mussels changed the ecology. 


--Dave Nutter


On Jan 25, 2015, at 09:14 PM, "Kenneth V. Rosenberg"  wrote:

> My understanding is that the large flocks of Aythya ducks are related to the 
proliferation of exotic zebra mussels in the Finger Lakes- but I have to admit 
that I don't know the details or whether the different species feed on them to 
a different extent. 

>
> Ken
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jan 25, 2015, at 8:55 PM, "Brad Walker"  wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> It's only one species, but last year I prepared round skin of a REDHEAD that 
had been found dead on Cayuga Lake, off of Hog Hole. It's stomach was filled 
with an assortment of small mussels. 

>>
>> I took a few photos of them if anyone is interested.
>>
>> - Brad
>>
>>
>> Brad Walker
>> Media Specialist
>> Macaulay Library
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>>
>> 607-254-2168
>>
>> On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 8:47 PM, Benjamin Freeman  wrote:
>>
>>     Hello all,
>>
>> Alexa and I had the good fortune to watch the Tufted Duck for an hour or so 
on Saturday morning. It was diving actively the entire time, which made it 
tough to find (and difficult to show to others in the scope). Which got me 
thinking: What are the various Aythya eating? The Tufted Duck was clearly 
associating with scaup on Saturday that were actively feeding. Also present 
were several big flocks of Redhead (all loafing around), and a decently big 
group of Canvasback (also loafing). 

>>
>> A quick search informs me that Aythya eat gastropods, mussels and aquatic 
vegetation among other things, and that the relative proportion of animal food 
in their diet varies seasonally. 

>>
>> Does anyone know what they are eating in Cayuga in winter? Must be a fair 
bit of food to support so many birds for several months... 

>>
>>     Do different species of Aythya eat different things?
>>
>> Can you tell when Aythya are eating gastropods/molluscs/animal food vs 
plants based on their diving behavior? 

>>
>>     Looking forward to learning what these ducks are up to,
>>
>>     Ben
>>
>>     -- 
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Subject: Re: Aythya winter diet in Cayuga - what are they eating?
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:14:23 +0000
My understanding is that the large flocks of Aythya ducks are related to the 
proliferation of exotic zebra mussels in the Finger Lakes- but I have to admit 
that I don't know the details or whether the different species feed on them to 
a different extent. 


Ken

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 25, 2015, at 8:55 PM, "Brad Walker" 
> wrote: 


Hi all,

It's only one species, but last year I prepared round skin of a REDHEAD that 
had been found dead on Cayuga Lake, off of Hog Hole. It's stomach was filled 
with an assortment of small mussels. 


I took a few photos of them if anyone is interested.

- Brad


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Media Specialist
Macaulay Library
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

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On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 8:47 PM, Benjamin Freeman 
> wrote: 

Hello all,

Alexa and I had the good fortune to watch the Tufted Duck for an hour or so on 
Saturday morning. It was diving actively the entire time, which made it tough 
to find (and difficult to show to others in the scope). Which got me thinking: 
What are the various Aythya eating? The Tufted Duck was clearly associating 
with scaup on Saturday that were actively feeding. Also present were several 
big flocks of Redhead (all loafing around), and a decently big group of 
Canvasback (also loafing). 


A quick search informs me that Aythya eat gastropods, mussels and aquatic 
vegetation among other things, and that the relative proportion of animal food 
in their diet varies seasonally. 


Does anyone know what they are eating in Cayuga in winter? Must be a fair bit 
of food to support so many birds for several months... 


Do different species of Aythya eat different things?

Can you tell when Aythya are eating gastropods/molluscs/animal food vs plants 
based on their diving behavior? 


Looking forward to learning what these ducks are up to,

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Subject: Re: Aythya winter diet in Cayuga - what are they eating?
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:10:48 -0500
I can observe the rafts of Aythyas in the lake here by Lansing Station Rd. from 
the railroad track & cliff top areas overlooking the water. I am 18-20 feet 
above them and that seems not to disturb them so they stay fairly close to 
shore. 

Where they often dive the water is about 9-13 feet deep this time of year. (The 
NYS Canal Corporation lowers Cayuga lake about 3 feet in winter). 

The water a fair ways out from shore down by Stewart Park in summer is only 12 
feet deep. 


I can see the birds here surface with pieces of plant material in their bills. 
Once while attempting to watch the Tufted Duck Sunday, i saw another duck with 
a lumpy thing in its beak, probably a mussel or little crayfish. 


Due to over a decade of Zebra mussel growth in the lake, the water has become 
quite clear. This allows a lot of weed growth, so presumably this provides a 
lot of food for the ducks. 

In summer my friend who lives on the south shallow end of the lake has massive 
amounts of lake weeds to contend with. 

Here weeds grow almost to the surface by August at depths of 4 to 12 feet. 
If they eat Zebra Mussels there are zillions of those in the shallow zones 4-12 
feet deep. 


Sent from my iPhone
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On Jan 25, 2015, at 8:47 PM, Benjamin Freeman  wrote:

> Hello all,
> 
> Alexa and I had the good fortune to watch the Tufted Duck for an hour or so 
on Saturday morning. It was diving actively the entire time, which made it 
tough to find (and difficult to show to others in the scope). Which got me 
thinking: What are the various Aythya eating? The Tufted Duck was clearly 
associating with scaup on Saturday that were actively feeding. Also present 
were several big flocks of Redhead (all loafing around), and a decently big 
group of Canvasback (also loafing). 

> 
> A quick search informs me that Aythya eat gastropods, mussels and aquatic 
vegetation among other things, and that the relative proportion of animal food 
in their diet varies seasonally. 

> 
> Does anyone know what they are eating in Cayuga in winter? Must be a fair bit 
of food to support so many birds for several months... 

> 
> Do different species of Aythya eat different things?
> 
> Can you tell when Aythya are eating gastropods/molluscs/animal food vs plants 
based on their diving behavior? 

> 
> Looking forward to learning what these ducks are up to,
> 
> Ben
> 
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Subject: NE Ithaca screech-owl (RIP), Sun 1/25
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:04:49 -0500
This afternoon, our neighbor Beverly Way called Miyoko and me over to Siena
Drive, where she had found an EASTERN SCREECH-OWL on the ground.  The owl
was outwardly unscathed, free of snow despite a dusting on the ground, and
facing the late-afternoon sun with closed eyes as if basking.  But my hope
dimmed with every step closer.  I bent and took the owl in my hands.  It
remained inert, stiff, literally frozen in its final pose of life.

 

Beverly, her kids, and a couple of other young neighbors joined us in
examining the dead owl up close.  The bird's feet were all knobby bulges
(muscles or tubercles, I'm not sure), covered with pale, pink, finely
pebbled skin and tipped with exquisitely curved, deadly sharp half-inch
black talons.  Each feather of the ear tufts had two completely different
halves (vanes) separated by the central shaft - one vane white with black
stripes and the other black with little orange rings, a ridiculously stark
contrast made somehow all the more astonishingly beautiful by the
improbability of the pairing.  I had seen before that screech-owl ear tufts
are two-toned, white on the inner half and dark on the outer, but never had
I thought that one single feather could be so different on each side like
that!  

 

Mostly, though, I think the lasting impression for all of us was of the
whole bird - so much the image of its living self even in death, so
immediately present before our eyes and yet gone too, filling us with joy
and sorrow all at once.  

 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/114049026073343451957/albums/529196326235
0115713/6108406609704333906?pid=6108406609704333906
 &oid=114049026073343451957

 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/114049026073343451957/albums/529196326235
0115713/6108406643766178946?pid=6108406643766178946
 &oid=114049026073343451957

 

This discovery, only about 500 feet from our property, may explain the
absence since Wednesday of any screech-owl from the box in our yard.  The
dead owl appears browner in the photos than the one recently in our box, but
I think that camera distance, lighting, and feather positions could make the
same bird appear very different.  

 

Mark Chao

 

PS.  I saw the two PEREGRINE FALCONS today at 4:30 on separate ledges on the
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Subject: Re: Aythya winter diet in Cayuga - what are they eating?
From: Brad Walker <bmw38 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:53:41 -0500
Hi all,

It's only one species, but last year I prepared round skin of a REDHEAD
that had been found dead on Cayuga Lake, off of Hog Hole. It's stomach was
filled with an assortment of small mussels.

I took a few photos of them if anyone is interested.

- Brad


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Media Specialist
Macaulay Library
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

607-254-2168

On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 8:47 PM, Benjamin Freeman  wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> Alexa and I had the good fortune to watch the Tufted Duck for an hour or
> so on Saturday morning. It was diving actively the entire time, which made
> it tough to find (and difficult to show to others in the scope). Which got
> me thinking: What are the various Aythya eating? The Tufted Duck was
> clearly associating with scaup on Saturday that were actively feeding. Also
> present were several big flocks of Redhead (all loafing around), and a
> decently big group of Canvasback (also loafing).
>
> A quick search informs me that Aythya eat gastropods, mussels and aquatic
> vegetation among other things, and that the relative proportion of animal
> food in their diet varies seasonally.
>
> Does anyone know what they are eating in Cayuga in winter? Must be a fair
> bit of food to support so many birds for several months...
>
> Do different species of Aythya eat different things?
>
> Can you tell when Aythya are eating gastropods/molluscs/animal food vs
> plants based on their diving behavior?
>
> Looking forward to learning what these ducks are up to,
>
> Ben
>
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Subject: Aythya winter diet in Cayuga - what are they eating?
From: Benjamin Freeman <bgf27 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:47:32 -0500
Hello all,

Alexa and I had the good fortune to watch the Tufted Duck for an hour or so
on Saturday morning. It was diving actively the entire time, which made it
tough to find (and difficult to show to others in the scope). Which got me
thinking: What are the various Aythya eating? The Tufted Duck was clearly
associating with scaup on Saturday that were actively feeding. Also present
were several big flocks of Redhead (all loafing around), and a decently big
group of Canvasback (also loafing).

A quick search informs me that Aythya eat gastropods, mussels and aquatic
vegetation among other things, and that the relative proportion of animal
food in their diet varies seasonally.

Does anyone know what they are eating in Cayuga in winter? Must be a fair
bit of food to support so many birds for several months...

Do different species of Aythya eat different things?

Can you tell when Aythya are eating gastropods/molluscs/animal food vs
plants based on their diving behavior?

Looking forward to learning what these ducks are up to,

Ben

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Subject: Tufted Duck today NO!
From: "Glenn Wilson" <wilson AT stny.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:03:03 -0500
I would Love to know if anyone saw the Tufted today.

 

I arrived before the sun came up and stayed until 4PM (my second attempt at
this precious bird).

About every 2 hours I froze nearly solid and walked back to my car to thaw
out.

When the snow storm came, I did drive up to the compost pits in hopes of
seeing a gull with white-wing-tips. 

Dipped on those birds too but did catch up with Dr. Anne Clark!

The best bird of the day was a single Ruddy Duck somewhat near the red
lighthouse.

 

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Subject: Re:hybrid ducks; Glaucous Gull
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:22:03 -0500
All,
I still have not succeeded in crossing paths with the Redhead x Ring-necked
Duck hybrid floating around in the Aythya flocks at the south end (although
Chris and Jessie saw it briefly off East Shore yesterday morning), but I
did finally see not one but two different Ring-necked Duck x scaup hybrids
near the Tufted Duck on Friday:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21503642

As well as a Redhead x scaup hybrid that had not been reported previously,
to my knowledge, yesterday near the ice edge at the southwest corner:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21522340

This bird is very similar looking to the presumed Redhead x scaup hybrid
Livia and I found last winter:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17493677

And here is another list from Friday with a few more Tufted Duck photos,
though sadly no hybrids:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21507613
It does have some photos of the continuing Black Scoter, however. I was
puzzled last week by my observation that this bird had some dark on the
cheek, which made me wonder (from a distance) whether it might have been an
aberrant Surf Scoter or something. Now that I have seen it closer, I'm
guessing it's a young male, with some orange developing on the bill and
some dark on the cheek.

On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 10:36 AM, Jay McGowan  wrote:

> We also checked for the Tufted Duck this morning but were rebuffed by the
> misty, shimmery lake. The female BLACK SCOTER was visible out with the
> mergansers in the southwest corner of the lake, but the Aythya flocks were
> too distant to scan with much confidence. Aythya watchers looking for the
> Tufted Duck should also be on the lookout for two cool hybrids seen
> recently, a Redhead x Ring-necked Duck and a Ring-necked Duck x scaup sp.:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21400518
> Sightings of either of these birds should be reported here as both are
> extremely rare.
>
> The gull assemblage off East Shore Park this morning yielded a single
> GLAUCOUS GULL (probably a third-cycle: gray back, white wing coverts and
> wingtips, pink-and-black bill), as well as one and possibly two adult
> ICELAND GULLS. Apparently the same Glaucous Gull was subsequently present
> at the compost around 9:30 this morning.
>
>
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Subject: Ithaca area Saturday 24 Jan 2015 Tufted Duck and Glaucous Gull
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:22:57 -0500
Got the TUFTED DUCK on my second trip to south end of Cayuga lake. Tried
and failed Wednesday. Anyway, bird was first seen by the buoy with Mark
Miller and then we lost it for a bit. It reappeared by the docks off rte 89
as seen from Hog Hole. There were plenty of scaup sp and REDHEAD flying
back and forth between the buoy and the docks. My first glimpse revealed a
small bunch of feathers behind the head as the bird looked away from me.
The bird when it was near the buoy was actively diving so the white
contrast between the sides and the black on the back was most obvious. Near
the docks the bird was not diving and I actually saw the tuft along with a
better view of its striking plumage. Both views were rather distant and  I
needed to zoom way in on scope. Earlier in the morning I heard the bird was
closer to shore. I lost the bird again and could not re-located for a
while. It was cold, windy and there was some wave action on the lake. So I
started back and ran into Jeff Gerbacht. We looked by the docks for a bit
and Jeff re-located it near the docks.

After this, I headed to the compost piles on Stevenson Road and  looked at
the gulls. I could not find any Iceland gulls or Thayer's. I have never
seen a Thayer's before so I probably wouldn't know the difference from  an
Iceland!! Anyway, I did not see any bird that looked like an Iceland to me.
I did find the GLAUCOUS GULL that I believe I found on Wednesday from
Stewart park. This also likely is the bird Jay had earlier on Wednesday
from East Shore Park. Anyway, it was very white with pale gray wings.
Pinkish bill with a dark tip. I got some photos....see below.  I imagine
this is a 3rd year bird.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/15736190054/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/16357747802/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/davenicosia/16172417719/in/photostream/


Dave Nicosia

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Subject: Tufted Duck & Pine Siskin
From: M Miller <mmiller325 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:54:45 +0000
Spent a lot of time today at Hog Hole (8-11 AM & 1-2 PM). Tufted Duck was 
there, diving frequently, and moving around quite a bit. Usually hanging out 
with a few Scaup. Was fairly close in this morning, further out in the 
afternoon. 



Stopped at the Lab of O, not too much there, but did have a Pine Siskin hanging 
around the feeders (along with Chickadees, Juncos, Goldfinches, Titmouse, 
Downy, Hairy, & a White-throated Sparrow. Yesterday about 4 PM had House 
Finches & a Carolina Wren at the feeders. 



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Subject: Cayuga Bird Club field trip report Jan 24
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:41:30 -0500
Thirteen people went out today for a half-day field trip.  After a brief
stop to look for Peregrine Falcon at Bradfield Hall, with no luck, we
headed down to East Shore Park.  Here we saw a variety of waterfowl, though
not in the huge numbers that have recently been seen.  We had good looks at
Common Mergansers and Lesser Scaup close in, and Canvasbacks among the
Redheads.  This turned out to be a good spot for identifying both females
and males of these waterfowl. Common Goldeneye were out a little farther
and Paul also spotted a Common Loon.

We next headed up to Myers Point Marina, where we saw Gadwall, a female
Hooded Merganser, more Lesser Scaup and Black Duck in with the Mallards.
Susan spotted a beautiful Northern Pintail. Groups of Common Goldeneye not
far offshore were doing their head-throw displays which were a lot of fun
to watch.   The water was very calm on this side of the point.  Out at the
spit, it was much windier and cold, but there we saw a group of Tundra
Swans before they took off in flight.  A raft of Redheads was visible North
of Salt Point, but too far away for us to pick through.

From Myers, we went out to Davis and Mahaney Roads looking for Horned Larks
and Snow Buntings, and were disappointed not to find any, even at Belltown
Dairy.  As we continued to Center Road, Ken saw one Horned Lark; it perched
briefly on a corn stalk for us.  We could hear a few others and saw two
more fly by, but wished that the flock had been larger, and that they had
stuck around long enough for everyone to see.  After our rather
disappointing search for field birds, we went over to Algerine Road for
Wild Turkeys.  At first, it looked like we had struck out here as well, but
there were 7 turkeys far in the back field.

This was the first birding field trip that Ken and I have led. We very much
enjoyed the company of everyone in the group!

Diane Morton & Ken Kemphues

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Subject: GB Heron Myers
From: John Greenly <jbg2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:41:27 -0500
I was surprised to see a Great Blue Heron at the edge of open water in the 
private marina at Myers this afternoon. Unfortunately I surprised it, too- it 
flew off eastward toward Ladoga as I was driving in the marina road. 


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Subject: Re: Finger Lakes airport snowy owl
From: Ni Feng <fengni99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:10:34 -0500
We saw the snowy owl again today around 3pm, it was still in the field east
of the run way, on a rise visible from Farron Rd.

On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 4:29 PM, Brad Walker 
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> The SNOWY OWL was continuing at the airport a few hundred meters to the
> east of the runway, on a rise. There was also a ROUGH-LEGGED
> HAWK hanging around.
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Subject: CORE and PUFIs
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:39:54 -0500
We were about to leave on a Short-eared Owl survey when I looked at the feeders 
and 

saw our FOY Common redpolls (2) and Purple Finch (2M1F)! Hope yet for winter 
finches 

here.
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Subject: Another Hawk Tale
From: Ellen Haith <elliehaith44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:07:35 -0500
Shortly after noon, a juvenile Sharpie took a couple of runs through our
small back yard, doubtless trying to catch an unaware bird at or near the
feeders. No luck this time, but I'm intrigued at and delighted by the
recent raptor activity! Perhaps it's due to the loss of several outdoor
cats within the last couple of years?

We also have a resident rabbit, and last weekend the dogs surprised a
'possum scrounging under the feeders when they exited the kitchen door.
Luckily the interloper decided to do what they do best - play 'possum - and
the dogs were so unnerved that they didn't touch him/her! It was a first
for me, too, though I had decided that such a beast was responsible for the
depredation and near-destruction of the suet feeder. I think I have his/her
measure now, though, with feeders moved away from easy access.

Astonishing activity in what is truly a SMALL back yard!

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Subject: Re: Tufted Duck continues visble near Hog Hole from Allan H Treman State Marine Park
From: david nicosia <daven1024 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:08:11 -0800
Any updates on TUDU would be appreciated on this listserve or  cayuga rba. 
Heading up for attempt number two! 


Thanks.  

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Subject: Tufted Duck continues visble near Hog Hole from Allan H Treman State Marine Park
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:57:34 +0000
?I should say I was lucky, finally I got to see the Tufted duck in few glimpses 
before it every time dived to eat something! Initially, I scanned the flocks 
but no luck. Joe Wing was standing nearby so I went to ask him if he had seen 
it recently. Then both of us almost simultaneously saw the bird dive in again. 
It was very active and stayed above the water for a brief period. 



As we were packing up and heading back, a new comer to the basin showed up and 
was interested in seeing the duck, but was without a scope and it would have 
been impossible to see without one. I have some plans for visiting Syracuse so 
I could not wait any longer, but Joe kindly offered to stay back and use his 
scope to relocate the bird. Thanks Joe for being helpful and I hope you could 
relocate the bird! I know when I was without a scope how hard it was to find 
the birds while others with scope could see three different scoters together in 
one scope view. 



Cheers

Meena



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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck continues near Allan H Treman State Marine 
Park 


Having missed the Tufted Duck yesterday around sunset, unaware that nearby 
birders out of my view were watching it, I was back at dawn and soon refound 
the TUFTED DUCK in the flock of REDHEADS and LESSER SCAUP along the lakeshore 
of Treman, often close to the ice edge, sometimes out toward the piling cluster 
or the red lighthouse. It favors the Lesser Scaup. It was still there when I 
left about 9am. 


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Subject: Tufted Duck continues near Allan H Treman State Marine Park
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:08:55 +0000 (GMT)
Having missed the Tufted Duck yesterday around sunset, unaware that nearby 
birders out of my view were watching it, I was back at dawn and soon refound 
the TUFTED DUCK in the flock of REDHEADS and LESSER SCAUP along the lakeshore 
of Treman, often close to the ice edge, sometimes out toward the piling cluster 
or the red lighthouse. It favors the Lesser Scaup. It was still there when I 
left about 9am. 


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Subject: Tufted Duck photos
From: "Chris R. Pelkie" <chris.pelkie AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:03:20 +0000
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73284351 AT N03/

has 3 shots from today of the Tufted Duck for your reference.

Also, a recent visit to our owl box by a different EASO than the one in 2013 
(also in this photo stream) 


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Subject: Long Point Short Ears
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:49:40 -0500
I had better luck this evening at Long Point Winery than several nights ago at 
Scofield Road. I parked at the crest of the hill just west of the winery 
building, and at 17:42 a Short-eared Owl flew up from the lower vineyard and 
passed me pretty low and close. It crossed in front of my car and headed NE, 
quickly disappearing from view in the gathering darkness. I didn't see any 
others, but I could hear them barking back down in the vineyard, so I trust the 
whole group is still present. Not so sure about the Lansing Short-ears... Is 
anybody still seeing them? 


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Subject: On the TUDU list
From: "Chris R. Pelkie" <chris.pelkie AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:35:59 +0000
3rd time the charm: last Sat I spent 1.5 hrs looking at the 4000 Redheads/ 1000 
Scaup raft off Hog Hole and never seeing the blasted Tufted Duck, even though 
another birder told me it was there (he was already packed and leaving, so gave 
me general directions, for which I was grateful). 


Yesterday, I tried again: went up 89 but couldnt see the raft, so went all the 
way to Taughannock Park where I got my first of year COMMON LOON (1), 
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET (1) singing and foraging in a small hemlock near the 
boat launch canal (and also chatted with Paul S and Ray), and BELTED KINGFISHER 
(1) flying over and rattling, along with a smattering of Mallard, 4 Redhead, 
and gull sp. On the way back, I pulled off on 89 overlooking the lake at Hog 
Hole and still didnt see a big raft, so bagged hiking out there and went to 
Stewart Park instead. For 1.5 hrs, I stood looking into the brisk North wind 
from the Swan Pen at a smaller raft without success, earning tearing eyes and 
frozen forehead (even with a balaclava). 


So with the prospect of cold sun today, I set out again for Myers Pt. From the 
Marina, I scoped the TUNDRA SWANs at Ladoga, along with COMMON GOLDENEYE, 
MALLARD, a few REDHEAD, mixed SCAUP. From Myers Pt, it was only a smattering of 
gulls but distant views of more Swans, geese, and a raft of Redheads north of 
Salt Pt. As I was about to turn into Salt Pt, a burst of white winged birds 
flew up from the shoulder, so I pulled over and jumped out but did not find the 
expected Snow Buntings. Instead, I got a NORTHERN CARDINAL, then my FOY 
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD who flew up next to the cardinal, then a CAROLINA WREN 
began singing and simultaneously my FOY PILEATED WOODPECKER called then flew 
and landed in plain sight on a tree over Salmon Creek. Other small birds were 
also calling at the same time; busy spot! I drove to the north end of Salt Pt 
and scoped 1st cycle TUNDRA SWANs with their charcoal heads and necks and 
pinkish bills swimming with parents, some of who made lots of interesting 
calls. A pair of RING-BILLED GULLs got into a meowing match: I dont remember 
ever hearing this particular vocalization from them before and it had a nice 
resonance in the bay so was quite loud. Scoping the mixed Aythya yielded 
nothing new, though this Redhead raft was nearly Scaup-less but filled in with 
many Mallards and geese. There were a good number of Goldeneye in the bay but 
no Scoters to be seen further out. 


As I was driving by the concrete blocks, I was looking hopefully for one of 
those Bluebirds Donna is always seeing, but nothing, so I slowed, then stopped 
to listen. Must have been a premonition, so I got out and immediately a big 
raptor flew off a tree across the tracks from me and down to land in the trees 
I had just come from: quick look said (FOY) ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and longer look 
confirmed this. Before I could set up the scope, it flew up and behind those 
trees, but then caught a themal and spiraled back into view, even doing one of 
those great mid-air stall/hovers before diving on some unseen prey. I stopped 
on the same road by the parking lot on the way out and found 3 more Carolina 
Wrens, lots of Blue Jays, 2 (FOY) NORTHERN FLICKERs, and listened for any other 
new birds but got none. It was busy though with lots of birdy foraging sounds 
(probably those Wrens) and other calls. In the distance, the Swans chorused a 
few times. 


I stopped at East Shore to locate where the southern rafts were, at about 
1130am. I thought there might have been a White-winged Scoter halfway across 
the lake but if it was, it slept the whole time and the thermals just wouldnt 
let me resolve it, so I didnt count it. But I could see a large raft at 
Stewart and another at Hog Hole, so stopped at Stewart and looked at every one 
of them 3 times to be sure there was no Tufted Duck. There were a good number 
of gulls sitting on the ice near East Shore Dr but they were almost all facing 
me, so I gave up looking for white ones and said, alright, lets do this thing, 
hike out to Hog Hole with fingers crossed. I shoulda checked email right? 


But as I hadnt, I was pleasantly surprised to see the only other birder out 
there at noon was Jay who indeed had my newest life bird, the infamous TUFTED 
DUCK, in his scope and camera. We chased it up and down the beach for a while 
until the flock it was in stopped pedaling up and down the ice and settled in 
pretty much in front of us, just off the ice, so about t00 yds away, in bright 
sun, calm water, no thermals. Fantastic viewing: we could see the greenish 
sheen of the head, the tuft usually showed, except after some quick dives as 
Dave pointed out it was briefly matted down, but the most remarkable thing was 
the popping white of its side vs all the now drab-looking Scaup sides. My 
vision is not so great unaided at 100 yds, but this guy popped out from the 
pack even without optics. To those who have tried and not succeeded, this bird 
is very distinctive: you will have no trouble or doubt IDing it once you find 
it. The only gotcha is that it was diving a LOT. But we had lots of good looks, 
and I hope I got some good pics and Im sure Jay did. 


So go and do it, today or tomorrow! Hog Hole seems to be the TUDU spot this 
year! 


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Subject: Spring Field Ornithology
From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:01:50 -0500
Dear Cayuga Birders:


OK.  So there are male Red-winged Blackbirds at Montezuma in mid January.
That means we should be seeing phoebes by February, and a big wave of
warbler migration by late March, right?  Should be a an interesting year...


And what better way to bear witness to the the wild wonder of spring bird
migration in central New York than by joining this year’s Spring Field
Ornithology (SFO) course at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology?!  Whether you
are just getting into birds, or just want to reconnect with that
long-dormant birder inside of you that wishes it was better at getting up
early during April and May, this course is for you!


The course begins *Wednesday, March 25th *and runs through* May 17th *and
is designed for everyone from the complete beginner to the most avid birder.


SFO consists of:


*8 Wednesday night lectures*, including two visits to the bird collection
of the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates and a nighttime 'owl prowl.'

·         *8 Saturday or Sunday field trips* to regional birding hotspots
such as Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, Derby Hill Hawk Watch, Montezuma,
Sapsucker Woods and Dryden Lake

*  2  2 overnight trips* to birding meccas: Montezuma National Wildlife
Refuge and Cape May, NJ.


You can take any part of the course, or the whole thing.  Visit
http://birds.cornell.edu/sfo  to see the schedule, watch a video about the
course, look at photos, and read testimonials. Register online at
http://store.birds.cornell.edu/category_s/49.htm

Steve Kress,

 

VP for Bird Conservation for National Audubon Society, is the instructor.
The course also features guest lecturers from the Cornell Lab. Weekend
trips will be led by a cadre of local birding experts. The field trips are
tailored to the interests and abilities of each group. A sense of community
builds throughout the course, and many people enjoy the trips so much that
they return year after year with their friends!



Email, call or stop by the Adelson Library at the Lab if you have
questions.


Hope to see you there!

Marc



MarcDevokaitis

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Subject: raven
From: "Bill Mcaneny" <bmcaneny1 AT fltg.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:01:48 -0500
Just had a RAVEN on the hawk perch in our field next to Rte 89.  Had never
seen one there before.  However yesterday, I was walking up Cayuga View and
heard and found a Raven sitting in a tree near the private air strip.  It
vocalized for a while and a second Raven joined it in the tree. Both then
flew from the tree down the slope towards the lake.

Bill Mcaneny, TBurg


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Subject: Tufted Duck
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:12:26 -0500
The male TUFTED DUCK is sleeping in a small scaup flock just offshore from
Hog Hole now.

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Subject: Sodus, Geneva, and goldeneye photos
From: <tigger64 AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:39:01 -0500
Wednesday at Sodus Bay saw the usual (excellent) concentration of ducks. 
Highlights were 4 Surf Scoter (1 adult male) plus at least 3 female Common 
Goldeneye with entirely orange bills, essentially the same as the Irondequoit 
Bay bird. Very poor gull numbers. Roost flight at the Geneva waterfront found a 
good number of Canada Geese and ~1000 gulls roosting on the ice. By the time I 
caught up with them they were too far out for good viewing. 



I've put up my own photos of the I-Bay bird, plus a photo showing the two head 
shapes of Common Goldeneye (round and angular), and photos of 2 different 
female Barrow's that were at Brewerton, NY last winter. The birds were easily 
separable, both because of small differences in plumage and because one bird 
was always seen with its neck outstretched and the other with its head tucked. 
None so far this year but there aren't any goldeneye there yet. With the naked 
eye, under any good light, the bright yellow bill on the Barrow's roared out of 
the dull-billed goldeneye flock like a tiny sun. 



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


David Wheeler
N. Syracuse, NY



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Subject: Shrike, eared grebe, 5 SE owls, etc.
From: Susan Fast <sustfast AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:15:16 +0000
 Late this morning, while I was out, my daughter saw an unknown light-gray bird 
perched in our backyard.  She is familiar with mockingbirds and that's what I 
suspected it was.  I grilled her for a detailed description and every point 
resonated with N. SHRIKE. I then showed her pictures of both species; she, with 
no hesitation, picked the shrike.  I waited around for a couple hours, hoping 
it would reappear, but it eluded me.In mid-afternoon, I arrived at the Wells 
College boathouse, looking for the eared grebe.  Spent 75 minutes facing the 
wind; found 6 HORNED GREBES way out.  But I had a fine talk with Fritzie.  So 
I decided to try Long Point SP, where I have located the EARED GREBE in 
previous years.  And there it was!, all alone, north of the point.  Should 
have gone there first.I drove up Rt. 90, north of McKenzie-Childs, looking for 
the reported snowy owl, but this also eluded me.Finally, since I was there, I 
parked along Lake Rd., 1/4 mile west of the Long Point Winery, to await 
possible SHORT-EARED OWLS.  At 1703, a male N. HARRIER appeared from the 
south, flying very low and straight north, disappearing beyond the tree 
hedgerow in that direction.  Shortly thereafter, a male GREAT HORNED OWL 
called several times from the woods to the NW.  I remember years ago when I 
used to wait for short-ears to come out on Rafferty Rd., I sometimes heard a 
GHO from the woods near there.  Same owl?  Maybe a connection here?Finally, 
while I looked up the hill east, the first short-ear appeared behind me and 
perched 50' away on a util. pole.  I didn't see it until I checked the time on 
the dashboard.  It flew immediately to a fence post and by the time I had 
hauled the scope around, it had flown towards the lake.  Second SE appeared 
near Rt. 90, flew towards the lake down the huge open field to the north, and 
passed thru the hedgerow.  I was packing up at 1735, when I heard a couple 
"squarks" (nasal barks according to Sibley, an alleged alarm call).I then saw 3 
more short-ears right next to the Winery--one perched on a util. pole; the 
other 2 flying big loops over its head.  Not sure which bird(s) was/were 
calling or why the alarm calls or harassment (if it was that).  The light was 
pretty dim by this time. 

Steve FastBrooktondale
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Subject: OT: Fox in my yard
From: Kathleen Kramer <kpk3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:52:04 -0500
As someone who rarely sends messages on the cayugabirds listserv, I 
apologize if I'm so far off topic as to be breaking rules.  I just 
wanted to share something my husband, Jack, and I watched from our 2nd 
story living room yesterday.

A red fox with a full and healthy-looking coat came from the side of our 
house to the front yard. He/she trotted between our two cars parked 
side-by-side in front of the house, then moved to the snow-covered 
expanse of the front yard. (We live outside Newfield and have more snow 
than some in the area.) The fox trotted to the middle of the yard, 
intently listening (I think) and watching the snow in front of her.  
Suddenly, she jumped into the air and came down head-first, burying her 
head in the snow.  Up she came, and pounced again, head-first into the 
snow.  She did this 3 times and the last time, she came up with her 
lunch:  a mouse, I think.  She ate it quickly in about 3 bites, then 
squatted, pooped, and trotted off, seemingly quite satisfied with herself.

I've seen videos of this hunting behavior before, but never had the 
privilege of seeing it first-hand.  What a treat.

Kathy Kramer



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Subject: RE: 50+ red-wings
From: Jody W Enck <jwe4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:46:46 +0000
This was a neat observation as I usually think of my son's birthday on March 
3rd as when I should start to see Red-winged Blackbirds. All this makes me 
wonder about migratory fits and starts. If it snows too much for those birds to 
forage effectively, can they / will they move back south just far enough to 
find sufficiently OK foraging opportunities? Of course, some of that would 
depend on how widespread a snow event was or maybe whether it came from the NW 
or up from the south (as in a 'noreaster). I am sure they wouldn't just sit in 
the marsh and get buried under snow, but how far south would they be "willing" 
to go given that they'd be "giving up" whatever possible genetic advantage they 
might have gained by coming this far north this early. I am sure there are 
migration aficionados who can answer that question easily, but I am not one of 
them! 


Jody Enck

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[mailto:bounce-118729425-3493987 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of John Confer 

Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 4:33 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] 50+ red-wings

So we do have global climate change and the photoperiod is getting longer.. 
Still, I wonder if the 50+ male red-wings, all of them quiet, at Montezuma last 
night are going to pass on any genes for arriving this early. Surely we'll get 
at least one big snow storm that would be potentially lethal. 


Still, red-wings mean spring is thinking about coming our way.

Cheers,

John

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Subject: 50+ red-wings
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:32:46 -0500
So we do have global climate change and the photoperiod is getting 
longer.. Still, I wonder if the 50+ male red-wings, all of them quiet, 
at Montezuma last night are going to pass on any genes for arriving this 
early. Surely we'll get at least one big snow storm that would be 
potentially lethal.

Still, red-wings mean spring is thinking about coming our way.

Cheers,

John

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