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29 Aug Sapsucker Woods [Rebecca Hansen ]
28 Aug Re: OT: "computereeze" messages "from" me [Peter ]
28 Aug OT: "computereeze" messages "from" me [Dave Nutter ]
28 Aug Re: K-M shorebird walk, meet MNWR VC 7am Saturday [Suan Hsi Yong ]
28 Aug Re: K-M shorebird walk, meet MNWR VC 7am Saturday [Asher Hockett ]
28 Aug Salt Point [Rebecca Hansen ]
28 Aug Re: K-M shorebird walk, meet MNWR VC 7am Saturday [Peter ]
28 Aug Re: K-M shorebird walk, meet MNWR VC 7am Saturday [Peter ]
28 Aug K-M shorebird walk, meet MNWR VC 7am Saturday [Dave Nutter ]
27 Aug Yellow-headed Blackbird [Ann Mitchell ]
27 Aug Myers Point [Ann Mitchell ]
27 Aug Laughing Gull, South End [Jay McGowan ]
26 Aug Fwd: CLC School event/new birding locale? [Marc Devokaitis ]
25 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Montezuma [Jay McGowan ]
25 Aug Hat found East Rd [Dave K ]
25 Aug Amherst Is. wind project approved [Bill Evans ]
24 Aug Sanderlings, Myers Point [Jay McGowan ]
24 Aug Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
24 Aug Walk report from Sapsucker Woods Cornell Lab of O [Linda Orkin ]
24 Aug Sapsucker Woods warblers [Rebecca Hansen ]
24 Aug Re:Knox-Marsellus Sunday, part II - correction [Sandy Wold ]
24 Aug Knox-Marsellus Sunday, part II [Sandy Wold ]
24 Aug Sapsucker Woods migrants [Brad Walker ]
24 Aug Red-necked & Wilson's Phalarope at Knox-Marsellus Sunday [Dave Nutter ]
23 Aug Willet [John and Fritzie Blizzard ]
22 Aug Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow-headed Blackbird at Van Dyne Spoor Rd [Dave Nutter ]
22 Aug shorebirds today, trip tomorrow at Montezuma [Dave Nutter ]
22 Aug Yellow-headed Blackbird at Van Dyne Spoor Rd [Mamie Weed ]
22 Aug Lindsay-Parsons: Drained lake, mud, and a jungle-gym of stumps & snags [Benjamin Freeman ]
22 Aug short notice, but... [Bill Evans ]
22 Aug bobolinks [Marty Schlabach ]
22 Aug Hummingbird [Carol Keeler ]
21 Aug Willet [Ann Mitchell ]
21 Aug Little Blue Heron (Thursday), Willet and Buff-breasted today [Jay McGowan ]
20 Aug Re: Sanderling, Myers Point [Gary Kohlenberg ]
20 Aug Sanderling, Myers Point [Jay McGowan ]
20 Aug Fwd: [GeneseeBirds-L] American Avocets, Willet and Baird's Sandpiper at Sodus Point []
20 Aug Swallow roosts near Montezuma? [Teresa Mary Pegan ]
20 Aug Knox-Marsellus shorebird walks this SAT & SUN [Dave Nutter ]
19 Aug Common nighthawk halls corners rd [Joshua Snodgrass ]
18 Aug Wilson's Phalarope at Eaton Marsh / Shorebird Flats [Ethan Chaffee ]
18 Aug Olive-sided Flycatcher, Sapsucker Woods [Jay McGowan ]
18 Aug Olive-sided Flycatcher, Ellis Hollow [Jay McGowan ]
17 Aug Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
16 Aug Golden and Bald Eagles Win again [Carl Steckler ]
16 Aug Re: Strange and interesting behavior of Canada Goose parents ["John and Sue Gregoire" ]
16 Aug Strange and interesting behavior of Canada Goose parents [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
16 Aug Moth size [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
16 Aug unofficial report of K-M shorebird walk Sat 15 Aug [Dave Nutter ]
16 Aug EIRW birds. [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
15 Aug Hummingbird [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
15 Aug Ruby throated Hummingbird [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
15 Aug Elm Beach Road, Town of Romulus [Ellen Haith ]
14 Aug Avicaching update—1-13 August [Ian Davies ]
14 Aug RE: upcoming shorebird walks at Knox-Marsellus, Montezuma NWR ["Scott A. Anthony" ]
14 Aug Montezuma Audubon Center birds [Chris Lajewski ]
14 Aug RE: upcoming shorebird walks at Knox-Marsellus, Montezuma NWR [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
14 Aug upcoming shorebird walks at Knox-Marsellus, Montezuma NWR [Dave Nutter ]
13 Aug Laughing Gull, Stewart Park [Jay McGowan ]
13 Aug Elm Beach Road Town of Romulus [Ellen Haith ]
13 Aug possible Laughing Gull, Stewart Park [Jay McGowan ]
12 Aug Derby Hill Hawk Watch, 2015 report []
12 Aug Live Stream of Jane Kim and John Fitzpatrick at 4:00pm today [Marc Devokaitis ]
12 Aug Early morning migrants [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
11 Aug Junco activity [Naomi Brewer ]
11 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper [Ann Mitchell ]
10 Aug Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
10 Aug dove love ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
10 Aug Ithaca, Sapsucker Woods walk, Sunday AM [Linda Orkin ]
10 Aug Re: Purple Martin house at Swan Pond, Stewart Park? [Geo Kloppel ]
10 Aug RE:Hunt hill birds ["Eveline V. Ferretti" ]
10 Aug Purple Martin house at Swan Pond, Stewart Park? [Sandy Wold ]
9 Aug Photos from Today's (August 9th) Shorebird Walk Montezuma NWR, NY [David Nicosia ]
9 Aug Photos from Today's (August 9th) Shorebird Walk Montezuma NWR, NY [David Nicosia ]
9 Aug Re: MNWR shorebird sighitngs Please post. [Dave Nutter ]
9 Aug Re: [cayugabirds-l] Today's (August 9th) Shorebird Walk Knox-Marsellus and Puddler's Marshes [Dave Nutter ]

Subject: Sapsucker Woods
From: Rebecca Hansen <rpxenakis AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:41:31 -0400
Early evening amid a big group of chickadees and titmice I found one Cape May 
Warbler in the evergreens by the pond overlook near the lab. 


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Subject: Re: OT: "computereeze" messages "from" me
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:22:56 -0400
Thanks for the reply Dave.
Very much appreciated.
As I said in my post, I know no one is doing anything on purpose.
And to further aggravate the situation, when someone who IS able to read 
your posts places a reply to them, I can THEN read your initial post in 
the other person's reply............???!!!???
Go figure (smile)
Anyway, as I also said, a number of others have voiced the same issue 
but, from the sounds of it, it seems to difficult a task to even 
troubleshoot the cause of the issue so I am content to leave it as it is.
Again thanks for your response and I look forward to birding with you in 
the days, months and years to come.
You are a very valuable asset to we birders of the Finger Lakes Regions, 
and I appreciate your presence in our midst.
Be well Dave.
Pete

On 8/28/2015 7:27 PM, Dave Nutter wrote:
> To Pete,
> To the few (I hope) others who receive my CayugaBirds postings garbled,
> To anyone who knows someone in that situation and is willing to 
> forward this info to them, and
> To anyone who understands and/or is willing to fix the problem:
>
> I have heard before that a few people in some situations only get 
> garble from me via CayugaBirds-L. Others obviously are able to read 
> the messages perfectly well, so these people do not understand the issue.
>
> Although I like to think of myself as a pretty good birder and writer, 
> I am not a technical computer person.
>
> I know that what I type shows up on my keyboard with only the usual 
> number of typos. When I send it, it gets communicated and transformed 
> numerous times by my software, then by my internet service, then by 
> Cornell's "lyris" system of listservs, then in Pete's case by the 
> ABA's collection of CayugaBirds-L postings, then by whatever internet 
> sevice you use, by whatever device you are receiving it on and the 
> software it uses. All of these were designed by good but flawed people 
> working for good but flawed companies who sort of care about you and 
> me in a general way, but not specifically enough to have solved this 
> problem yet. Or maybe they deliberately created the problem because it 
> made something else more convenient, because it doesn't affect enough 
> people who make enough noise yet.
>
> The system works for most people, and what I receive looks as good to 
> me as when I sent it out. Yet something deep on my end of the chain is 
> incompatible with something deep on your end if it doesn't work for 
> you. It doesn't seem to be a Cornell problem necessarily. Rather it 
> seems to be how somebody else is handling messages from Cornell and 
> getting them to you.
>
> Is it possible that I could change something and make it better for 
> you? Probably, since other people are able to send messages which 
> don't arrive to you garbled. However, I have neither the expertise to 
> diagnose the problem, nor the money to buy new stuff, nor the desire 
> to change an email and record-keeping system that mostly works for me. 
> Sorry. Of course you can wait hopefully until my system irrevocably 
> crashes or is made incompatible with the rest of the world I care 
> about. Then I will have to buy something new, which may or may not 
> work better.
>
> Would Cornell be able to figure out and solve the problem? Doubtless 
> they have experts, but their service mostly works for their actual 
> subscribers (which seems not to directly include you), so they may not 
> be interested, but one could ask. You could start with the 
> CayugaBirds-L manager Chris Tessaglia-Hymes (cth4 at cornell dot edu) 
> and see what he says or who he connects you with. For a head start I 
> copied this email to him.
>
> Maybe the ABA folks should be asked what they are doing to my posts. 
> It seems pretty irresponsible of them to garble or delete my messages 
> while claiming they are providing a record.
>
> Perhaps you could try something other than the ABA's "service". For 
> instance, at the bottom of every CayugaBirds-L post there is a link to 
> ARCHIVES. Choice #1 works for me, but of course that proves nothing 
> because I never had a problem reading my posts. Anyway how about 
> looking here:
> http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l AT cornell.edu/maillist.html
>
> I hope this direct email to you works, and I hope to see you tomorrow at 
Knox-Marsellus. 

>
> --Dave Nutter
>
> On Aug 28, 2015, at 04:15 PM, Asher Hockett  wrote:
>
>> I looked at the ABA posts taken from CayugaBirds. Dave Nutter's show 
>> header information and the content appears to be lacking. I doubt 
>> this has anything to do with his posting, but rather something which 
>> happens when ABA lifts the CB data.
>>
>> On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 10:11 AM, Peter > > wrote:
>>
>>     Dear folks:
>>
>>     Perhaps there is a misunderstanding due to the word(s) I used in
>>     my previous email.
>>     When I go online to the American Birding Association site and
>>     choose the "Birdingnews" tab it populates a list of clubs around
>>     the country.
>>     >From that list I choose the "New York Cayuga" entry and it
>>     populates, by date, posts that folks have made.
>>     Whenever I try to choose Dave's post it doesn't show any post one
>>     can read.........all that it shows is a whole bunch of
>>     unintelligible technical-looking words (hence my use of the word
>>     "computereeze.
>>     And I am not alone in this problem.......a number of others have
>>     told me they are in the same predicament.
>>     I'm sure it is nothing Dave is doing on purpose...........perhaps
>>     there is some glitch with his posts. I do not experience this
>>     problem with any other posts on the site other than Dave's.
>>     I hope that clarifies the issue for all, and apologize if I
>>     caused confusion among the "ranks" of my fellow birders.
>>     Pete Saracino
>>
>>
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Subject: OT: "computereeze" messages "from" me
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:27:12 +0000
To Pete,
To the few (I hope) others who receive my CayugaBirds postings garbled,
To anyone who knows someone in that situation and is willing to forward this 
info to them, and 

To anyone who understands and/or is willing to fix the problem:

I have heard before that a few people in some situations only get garble from 
me via CayugaBirds-L. Others obviously are able to read the messages perfectly 
well, so these people do not understand the issue. 


Although I like to think of myself as a pretty good birder and writer, I am not 
a technical computer person. 


I know that what I type shows up on my keyboard with only the usual number of 
typos. When I send it, it gets communicated and transformed numerous times by 
my software, then by my internet service, then by Cornell's "lyris" system of 
listservs, then in Pete's case by the ABA's collection of CayugaBirds-L 
postings, then by whatever internet sevice you use, by whatever device you are 
receiving it on and the software it uses. All of these were designed by good 
but flawed people working for good but flawed companies who sort of care about 
you and me in a general way, but not specifically enough to have solved this 
problem yet. Or maybe they deliberately created the problem because it made 
something else more convenient, because it doesn't affect enough people who 
make enough noise yet. 


The system works for most people, and what I receive looks as good to me as 
when I sent it out. Yet something deep on my end of the chain is incompatible 
with something deep on your end if it doesn't work for you. It doesn't seem to 
be a Cornell problem necessarily. Rather it seems to be how somebody else is 
handling messages from Cornell and getting them to you. 


Is it possible that I could change something and make it better for you? 
Probably, since other people are able to send messages which don't arrive to 
you garbled. However, I have neither the expertise to diagnose the problem, nor 
the money to buy new stuff, nor the desire to change an email and 
record-keeping system that mostly works for me. Sorry. Of course you can wait 
hopefully until my system irrevocably crashes or is made incompatible with the 
rest of the world I care about. Then I will have to buy something new, which 
may or may not work better. 


Would Cornell be able to figure out and solve the problem? Doubtless they have 
experts, but their service mostly works for their actual subscribers (which 
seems not to directly include you), so they may not be interested, but one 
could ask. You could start with the CayugaBirds-L manager Chris Tessaglia-Hymes 
(cth4 at cornell dot edu) and see what he says or who he connects you with. For 
a head start I copied this email to him. 


Maybe the ABA folks should be asked what they are doing to my posts. It seems 
pretty irresponsible of them to garble or delete my messages while claiming 
they are providing a record. 


Perhaps you could try something other than the ABA's "service". For instance, 
at the bottom of every CayugaBirds-L post there is a link to ARCHIVES. Choice 
#1 works for me, but of course that proves nothing because I never had a 
problem reading my posts. Anyway how about looking here: 


http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l AT cornell.edu/maillist.html

I hope this direct email to you works, and I hope to see you tomorrow at 
Knox-Marsellus. 


--Dave Nutter


On Aug 28, 2015, at 04:15 PM, Asher Hockett  wrote:

> I looked at the ABA posts taken from CayugaBirds. Dave Nutter's show header 
information and the content appears to be lacking. I doubt this has anything to 
do with his posting, but rather something which happens when ABA lifts the CB 
data. 

>
> On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 10:11 AM, Peter  wrote:
>
>     Dear folks:
>
> Perhaps there is a misunderstanding due to the word(s) I used in my previous 
email. 

> When I go online to the American Birding Association site and choose the 
"Birdingnews" tab it populates a list of clubs around the country. 

> From that list I choose the "New York Cayuga" entry and it populates, by 
date, posts that folks have made. 

> Whenever I try to choose Dave's post it doesn't show any post one can 
read.........all that it shows is a whole bunch of unintelligible 
technical-looking words (hence my use of the word "computereeze. 

> And I am not alone in this problem.......a number of others have told me they 
are in the same predicament. 

> I'm sure it is nothing Dave is doing on purpose...........perhaps there is 
some glitch with his posts. I do not experience this problem with any other 
posts on the site other than Dave's. 

> I hope that clarifies the issue for all, and apologize if I caused confusion 
among the "ranks" of my fellow birders. 

>     Pete Saracino
>
>
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Subject: Re: K-M shorebird walk, meet MNWR VC 7am Saturday
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:28:23 -0400
The other two archive links in the list's email signature...

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... both seem to show Dave's emails fine, which suggests it's an ABA issue,
so I'd ask them to resolve it. Meanwhile, you can use one of the other two
links.

PS. link #3 above is now stale and should be updated :-D.

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Subject: Re: K-M shorebird walk, meet MNWR VC 7am Saturday
From: Asher Hockett <veery715 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:15:17 -0400
I looked at the ABA posts taken from CayugaBirds. Dave Nutter's show header
information and the content appears to be lacking. I doubt this has
anything to do with his posting, but rather something which happens when
ABA lifts the CB data.

On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 10:11 AM, Peter  wrote:

> Dear folks:
>
> Perhaps there is a misunderstanding due to the word(s) I used in my
> previous email.
> When I go online to the American Birding Association site and choose the
> "Birdingnews" tab it populates a list of clubs around the country.
> From that list I choose the "New York Cayuga" entry and it populates, by
> date, posts that folks have made.
> Whenever I try to choose Dave's post it doesn't show any post one can
> read.........all that it shows is a whole bunch of unintelligible
> technical-looking words (hence my use of the word "computereeze.
> And I am not alone in this problem.......a number of others have told me
> they are in the same predicament.
> I'm sure it is nothing Dave is doing on purpose...........perhaps there is
> some glitch with his posts. I do not experience this problem with any other
> posts on the site other than Dave's.
> I hope that clarifies the issue for all, and apologize if I caused
> confusion among the "ranks" of my fellow birders.
> Pete Saracino
>
>
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Subject: Salt Point
From: Rebecca Hansen <rpxenakis AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:06:10 -0400
Two highlights of Salt Point this morning were a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher and a 
Wilson's Warbler. 


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Subject: Re: K-M shorebird walk, meet MNWR VC 7am Saturday
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:11:15 -0400
Dear folks:

Perhaps there is a misunderstanding due to the word(s) I used in my 
previous email.
When I go online to the American Birding Association site and choose the 
"Birdingnews" tab it populates a list of clubs around the country.
 From that list I choose the "New York Cayuga" entry and it populates, 
by date, posts that folks have made.
Whenever I try to choose Dave's post it doesn't show any post one can 
read.........all that it shows is a whole bunch of unintelligible 
technical-looking words (hence my use of the word "computereeze.
And I am not alone in this problem.......a number of others have told me 
they are in the same predicament.
I'm sure it is nothing Dave is doing on purpose...........perhaps there 
is some glitch with his posts. I do not experience this problem with any 
other posts on the site other than Dave's.
I hope that clarifies the issue for all, and apologize if I caused 
confusion among the "ranks" of my fellow birders.
Pete Saracino



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Subject: Re: K-M shorebird walk, meet MNWR VC 7am Saturday
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:12:12 -0400
Thanks Dave!
Two questions.
Dave when you get the opportunity, could you address the issue with your 
posts on the listserve. They always show up as unintelligible 
"computereeze"  and it's very frustrating because I'd really love to 
hear what you have to say. PLEASE don't take this as a "put-down". You 
have LOTS to offer and I'd like to be able to see what you're saying
Thanks for considering AND understanding.
Secondly, is there anyone out there who could point me to a person who 
could come to speak to our northern Finger Lakes birding group (Eaton 
Birding Society)(meetings are in Geneva, N.Y.)  about the effects of 
climate change on bird migration?
Thanks
Pete Saracino Ed.D.

On 8/28/2015 4:51 AM, Dave Nutter wrote:
> I don't know what shorebirds will be there. I do know migration is 
> happening. I don't know the leader. I do know it's a great opportunity 
> to get out on the dikes at Knox-Marsellus and see cool birds. Meet at 
> the Montezuma NWR visitor center at 7am, and presumably at the East 
> Road overlook around 7:15.
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Subject: K-M shorebird walk, meet MNWR VC 7am Saturday
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:51:41 +0000
I don't know what shorebirds will be there. I do know migration is happening. I 
don't know the leader. I do know it's a great opportunity to get out on the 
dikes at Knox-Marsellus and see cool birds. Meet at the Montezuma NWR 
visitor center at 7am, and presumably at the East Road overlook around 7:15. 


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Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:14:56 -0400
After standing around Van Dyne Spoor Road for close to 7 hours, I got a 10th of 
a second look at the bird. I was scanning the cattails with my scope and saw a 
yellow and black bird dive into them. I did have a better look at it's head, 
but it was still totally anticlimactic. Dave didn't see it, so we stuck around 
to try to get another view of it, but no luck. 

I hope other people get better looks.
Ann

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Subject: Myers Point
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:46:47 -0400
There are 2 juvenile Sanderlings and 2 Semi-palmated Plovers now.
Ann

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Subject: Laughing Gull, South End
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 01:23:35 -0400
I don't think this has been posted here recently, but the juvenile LAUGHING
GULL with the odd white outer primaries is still hanging around the south
end of Cayua Lake intermittently, most recently Tuesday evening and
Wednesday morning, then Wednesday evening. It seems to show up most often
in the later part of the evening, often sitting on the white lighthouse
jetty and then moving to the rocky base of the red lighthouse jetty as it
gets darker or if it is disturbed. Last night we observed do both these
things, then get flushed off the red lighthouse and later found it sitting
on the water well to the north, probably not visible from land even with
the very calm lake, then finally flying north up the lake at dusk. There
are definitely evenings where it is not around, so it must vary its roost
site. When it shows up, distant views are achievable from Stewart Park,
probably best from the swan pen, and closer looks are possible from the
shore of Hogs Hole/Treman Marine Park.

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Subject: Fwd: CLC School event/new birding locale?
From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:11:12 -0400
Cayuga Birders,

This school sits on about 90 acres of undeveloped land north of Rte 13
between Etna and Dryden. Carol was at the Lab last week trying to get ideas
for how to proceed in trail-building and preservation.  See below regarding
an event in October at the site.

Could be an exciting new place to find birds in the area...please reach out
to Carol if you have interest in visiting the site or other ideas that
might be helpful.

Marc Devokaitis




*From:* Carol Becker [mailto:cbecker AT clcschool.org]
*Sent:* Thursday, August 20, 2015 10:37 AM
*To:* Cornell Lab of Ornithology 
*Subject:* Re: CLC School event



Dear Marc,




We are hosting a family friendly fall event on October 31, 2015 from 10am
to 4pm on our school property. Covenant Love Community School is located at
1768 Dryden Road, just outside of Ithaca on State Route 13 near Dryden, NY.
As part of the larger event that will include activities such as: bounce
house, petting zoo, hay rides, games, a holiday book sale, soup cafe and
bake sale, etc. we would also like to offer some kid/family friendly
educational programming from resources in our community.

This year our school is focusing on studying birds and ecology, as we learn
to care for the natural wetland that is located on our property.  We are
working to develop relationships with the resources right here in our
community that can enable us to better understand and conserve this
treasure.



Would you consider joining us for part or all of the event? What types of
educational programming for children related can/do you provide? We are
very open to involving you in whatever ways you feel are most appropriate.



The contact person for this event is:

Ms. Kyle Hamilton

Administrative Support & Development

Covenant Love Community School

1768 Dryden Road, Freeville, NY 13068

w: 607 347-4413

c: 607 342-8237



Thank you again for your help in spreading the word about this community
event.



Sincerely,

Carol Becker

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Montezuma
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:20:03 -0400
Larue and Jackie report a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER on the Wildlife Drive
this morning in one of the impoundments along the I-90 section of the
drive, just past the fuel tank.

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From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:19:50 +0000
Maybe someone on the dike walk lost it?

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From: Bill Evans <wrevans AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:53:07 -0400
The Ontario government continues its disturbing pattern of approving 
commercial-scale wind energy in Important Bird Areas (IBAs). 

http://www.thewhig.com/2015/08/24/amherst-island-wind-project-approved

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Subject: Sanderlings, Myers Point
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:52:17 -0400
Two juvenile SANDERLINGS are currently on the spit at Myers Point, along
with a Least Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, and two Blue-winged Teal.

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:16:09 +0000 (UTC)
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* August 24 2015*  NYSY  08. 24. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):August 17, 2015 - August 24, 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: August 24  AT 4:00 p.m. (DST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga 
Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #456 Monday August 24, 
2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of August 17, 2015 Highlights:----------- 

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERAMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERWILLET (WESTERN)WHIMBRELBUFF-BREASTED 
SANDPIPERSTILT SANDPIPERLONG-BILLED DOWITCHERSHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERWILSON’S 
PHALAROPERED-NECKED PHALAROPEFORSTER’S TERNCOMMON NIGHTHAWKRED-HEADED 
WOODPECKERYELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERCAPE MAY WARBLERWILSON’S WARBLER 



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

     Again this week nineteen species of Shorebirds were reported from the 
complex.     8/21: Thirteen species of shorebirds were found along the 
Wildlife Drive. A WILLET was seen for most of the day at LaRue’s Lagoon. A 
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen at the second Thruway Pond. Unfortunately 
neither of these birds were seen the next day.     8/22: Nine species of 
shorebirds were found at Knox-Marsellus and Puddler’s Marshes. Highlights 
were both WILSON’S and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was 
seen in the morning and again in the evening at VanDyne Spoor Marsh.     
8/23: Both PHALAROPES were relocated at Knox-Marsellus Pond. 2 adult and 1 
juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at the nesting site on Mays Point 
Road. The YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was again seen at VanDyne Spoor Marsh 


Onondaga County------------
     8/22: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at the South Meadow Nature 
Area in Tully.     8/23: 3 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen from Jamesville Ave. 
in Syracuse.     8/24: 8 species of Warblers including a WILSON’S were 
seen at the confluence of the Oneida and Seneca Rivers on River Road south of 
Phoenix. 


Oswego County------------
     8/22: A CAPE MAY WARBLER was seen in Hastings.

Madison County------------
     8/23: 16 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen in flight over the village of 
Hamilton. 


Oneida county------------
     8/22: Six species of Shorebirds including two SANDERLINGS were seen at 
Delta Lake. 


Herkimer County------------
     8/17: 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen at the McKoons Wetland south of 
Richfield Springs. 


Cayuga County------------
     8/21: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen at Fair Haven State Park. 2 
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen going to a nest at West Barrier Beach in Fair 
Haven.     8/22: A WHIMBREL was seen in flight at Fair Haven State Park. 


           

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From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:20:55 -0400
Diane Morton's  very nice report from the Sunday, August 23  bird walk that
she led....enjoy and come next time! And thank to Diane and all the other
volunteers who do this each weekend throughout the year.

Eight people attended this morning’s bird walk, 2 from Boston, 2 from
Syracuse and 4 Ithacans. Ken also came along, helping to lead and to get
the spotting scope on birds that we found. Right away we saw a Green Heron
and Great Blue Heron on the pond and a small raptor perched in a tree (more
on that bird at the end)—a great start for this enthusiastic group. At the
Owens platform we watched four young Eastern Phoebes sallying out to catch
insects. This seemed to be the day when young birds were learning how to
feed themselves, in the company of adult birds. We had great views of five
Green Herons on the pond at once! They were accompanied by a Belted
Kingfisher family of three actively fishing. At the Sherwood platform we
saw one female Wood Duck and one juvenile. Grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds
and Northern Cardinals also gave us a chance to look at both adults and
immature birds. A Pileated Woodpecker was a popular bird—heard first and
then spotted through the trees. When we had circled around the pond back to
the spot where we began, the young raptor was still perched in a tree. We
had some discussion about whether this was an immature Cooper’s Hawk or
Merlin, and leaned toward Merlin. However, Ken and I looked at more images
when we got home, and concluded that it was, instead, a young Cooper’s
Hawk, based on the head markings, eye, and relative size to nearby birds.
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Subject: Sapsucker Woods warblers
From: Rebecca Hansen <rpxenakis AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:12:22 -0400
There were several Common Yellowthroats, a Black-and -White Warbler, and a 
Blackburnian Warbler in Sapsucker this morning.

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Subject: Re:Knox-Marsellus Sunday, part II - correction
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:22:19 -0400
Correction:  I meant SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, not "Lesser."    Is it obvious
that I "misspoke?"  If I had said "LESSER YELLOWLEGS" but meant
"SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER," then I think a correction is necessary; but if it
is a "mis-speak," then what is the listserve protocol:  post a correction
or let it go?

Corrections always appreciated nevertheless!


On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 10:43 AM, Sandy Wold  wrote:

> I'll add to Dave's highlight...I showed up late as the fog was lifting,
> about 9:30am.  I arrived as three SAND HILL CRANES flew from behind me,
> calling loudly, and over me, exhilarating but too fast for me to get my
> camera in position!  I then saw 10 LESSER DOWITCHERS and yellowlegs.  I
> watched swallows and saw a flock fly under a bank out of view and then
> heard what sounded like sandpipers peeping from under the bank.  Then I
> asked the swallows to cooperate and let me get a good picture of one of
> them.  Shortly thereafter, a swallow started circling me about five feet
> away.  It was so close I could barely shoot it, but by the fifth time it
> circled me I did get two shots that confirmed a Bank Swallow by the neck
> marks and non-pointy tail.
>
> I finally caught up to Dave Nutter's group, about nine of us, including
> three visitors from NYC (a dad and two sons, Asher and Isaiah, who made a
> special trip to Montezuma at Isaiah's request).  Isaiah, age 15, is a
> serious long-time birder who told me (I asked) it was a photo of the
> Scarlet Tananger that got him into birding at age 9.  I hope to meet up
> with him to bird Central Park in September.  Anyway, the highlights for me
> were seeing the feeding behaviors of the RED-NECKED and WILSON'S PTHALAROPE
> (skimming for insects) vs. the yellow legs and dowitcher and seeing the
> STILT SANDPIPER with its head in the water more of the time than out of the
> water.   Lastly, we saw about eight GREEN-WINGED TEAL fly in.  It was a
> great day!!!  Thanks again, Dave!
>  * * * * * * * * *
> *"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: Knox-Marsellus Sunday, part II
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:43:00 -0400
I'll add to Dave's highlight...I showed up late as the fog was lifting,
about 9:30am.  I arrived as three SAND HILL CRANES flew from behind me,
calling loudly, and over me, exhilarating but too fast for me to get my
camera in position!  I then saw 10 LESSER DOWITCHERS and yellowlegs.  I
watched swallows and saw a flock fly under a bank out of view and then
heard what sounded like sandpipers peeping from under the bank.  Then I
asked the swallows to cooperate and let me get a good picture of one of
them.  Shortly thereafter, a swallow started circling me about five feet
away.  It was so close I could barely shoot it, but by the fifth time it
circled me I did get two shots that confirmed a Bank Swallow by the neck
marks and non-pointy tail.

I finally caught up to Dave Nutter's group, about nine of us, including
three visitors from NYC (a dad and two sons, Asher and Isaiah, who made a
special trip to Montezuma at Isaiah's request).  Isaiah, age 15, is a
serious long-time birder who told me (I asked) it was a photo of the
Scarlet Tananger that got him into birding at age 9.  I hope to meet up
with him to bird Central Park in September.  Anyway, the highlights for me
were seeing the feeding behaviors of the RED-NECKED and WILSON'S PTHALAROPE
(skimming for insects) vs. the yellow legs and dowitcher and seeing the
STILT SANDPIPER with its head in the water more of the time than out of the
water.   Lastly, we saw about eight GREEN-WINGED TEAL fly in.  It was a
great day!!!  Thanks again, Dave!
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American Theologian, Clergyman and Activist (1900-1981) *

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Subject: Sapsucker Woods migrants
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:45:03 +0000
Hi all,

There were a few migrants in Sapsucker Woods, mostly around the Sherwood
Platform. There was a mixed flock of BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, RED-EYED
VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, HOUSE WREN and COMMON YELLOWTHROATS. There were also
a few BALTIMORE ORIOLES hanging around.

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Subject: Red-necked & Wilson's Phalarope at Knox-Marsellus Sunday
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 01:52:48 +0000
I'm too tired just now to write a full report on this morning's field trip, but 
I do want to apologize to all of yesterday's observers of the Red-necked 
Phalarope at Knox-Marsellus whom I doubted. Today the Red-necked Phalarope 
was there and very cooperative along with a Wilson's Phalarope for comparison. 


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Subject: Willet
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 08:28:13 -0400
Daughter Becky & I saw the Willet at Larue's late Friday afternoon. 
Several other birders were there looking at it but I didn't have time to 
find out who they were.

We enjoyed the beauty of the 20 Caspian terns at Eaton Marsh where we 
also saw 2 great egrets & several common gallinule preening at the edge 
of the reeds.

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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Yellow-headed Blackbird at Van Dyne Spoor Rd
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:45:23 +0000
I just heard from Mike Tetlow that he and others saw a/the male YELLOW-HEADED 
BLACKBIRD fly south along the power line and drop into the marsh near the pond 
at the east end of Van Dyne Spoor Rd this evening. 


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On Aug 22, 2015, at 03:57 PM, Mamie Weed  wrote:

> At 10:50 am this morning my husband & I found a Yellow-headed Blackbird in 
the reeds at the end of Van Dyne Spoor Rd. I posted it to Cayuga RBA Text 
immediately. Unfortunately, the Yellow-headed Blackbird didn't stick around 
long. It flew away north, over the road, about 20 minutes after we first saw 
it. 

>
> Hopefully someone else can spot it before it leaves our area entirely.
>
> Links for 3 photos are below.
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> https://flic.kr/p/xoRZdj
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Subject: shorebirds today, trip tomorrow at Montezuma
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:42:24 +0000
I was at Larue's Lagoon at first light and stayed for an hour, but it seemed 
that the Willet, which was found by Jay McGowan early yesterday morning and 
seen by Gary Kohlenberg in the evening near dusk, departed overnight. At least 
I didn't find it, although I did see a WILSON'S SNIPE, six juvenile 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and one adult Dowitcher sp, multiple GREATER and LESSER 
YELLOWLEGS, a flyby SOLITARY SANDPIPER, several LEAST and SEMIPALMATED 
SANDPIPERS, and a KILLDEER. At Eaton Marsh was a group of 4 molting adult 
Dowitchers which I think were Long-billed (Mike Tetlow confirmed a couple there 
later), and there was a SOLITARY SANDPIPER flying in large circles low over the 
water among a group of swallows, but it didn't appear to have its mouth open. I 
guess it was just deciding where to touch down, not taking up aerial foraging. 
Some of these species were repeated other places along the Wildlife Drive. 


I joined Mike Tetlow's trip onto the dikes at Knox-Marsellus. They arrived at 
12:30 having first checked out Larue's where they also did not find the Willet. 
At Knox-Marsellus, the weeds have mostly been chopped down alongside the dikes 
allowing easier viewing. However the water is up a bit, perhaps from the 
torrential rain Thursday evening, and there is almost no exposed mud. The 
shorebirds which like mud were therefore a bit harder to see among low flooded 
vegetation. Shorebirds which really like dry mud were not seen. If they were 
present they were hidden in taller vegetation. Birds which like to wade seemed 
pretty happy. Although there is a large area of mud in Puddler, I didn't see 
many shorebirds there in mid-afternoon. Numbers and species were a bit lower 
than recent trips, but perhaps new birds will show up overnight. Here's what 
shorebirds I saw (or heard that others saw) at K-M: 


KILLDEER - 1
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER - 1 near edge of flooded vegetation
GREATER YELLOWLEGS - several
LESSER YELLOWLEGS - a couple dozen? still most numerous large shorebird but 
numbers are down 

STILT SANDPIPER - 1 adult which I noticed on my way out after other observers 
had left 

PECTORAL SANDPIPER - 2 or more, often in or near vegetation
LEAST SANDPIPER - many in vegetation
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER - some in water, some with Leasts
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER - 20 juveniles in a single flock feeding & preening
WILSON'S PHALAROPE - 1 juvenile (with a brown-streaked back and a slight dark 
eye-line), feeding while swimming when I first saw it (more typical behavior of 
Red-necked) but later feeding while wading and walking on (vegetated) mud, 
which is what I usually see them doing here. 

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE - I was told that other people saw one before I arrived, 
but that it disappeared (I was nearly last in a line of about 30 observers, and 
a few people started before the main group arrived). Given the possible 
confusion with the juvenile Wilson's, I'd like to hear more details on this 
bird. Sorry, folks, I always wonder if the birds I miss don't exist! 


Tomorrow morning, Sunday 23 August, I'll be leading another shorebird walk onto 
the dikes at Knox-Marsellus and Puddler marshes. We will start EARLIER than 
past trips, leaving the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center at 7am, then caravning to 
East Road where we will convene about 15 minutes later. I hope to avoid heat 
shimmer, use daylight more efficiently, and maybe find early birds. 


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Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird at Van Dyne Spoor Rd
From: Mamie Weed <hockeygirl117 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:57:06 -0400
At 10:50 am this morning my husband & I found a Yellow-headed Blackbird in
the reeds at the end of Van Dyne Spoor Rd.  I posted it to Cayuga RBA Text
immediately.  Unfortunately, the Yellow-headed Blackbird didn't stick
around long.  It flew away north, over the road, about 20 minutes after we
first saw it.

Hopefully someone else can spot it before it leaves our area entirely.

Links for 3 photos are below.

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https://flic.kr/p/wJAW7a

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Moravia, NY

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Subject: Lindsay-Parsons: Drained lake, mud, and a jungle-gym of stumps & snags
From: Benjamin Freeman <bgf27 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:53:17 -0400
Alexa and I stopped by Lindsay-Parsons today midday to investigate the
wetlands. We were curious to see if the drained beaver pond held
shorebirds, and if water levels had dropped in the larger lake (Coleman
Lake).

We were successful on both counts -- a group of Killdeer & Least Sandpipers
were on the drained beaver pond, while Coleman Lake was drastically lower,
nearly completely drained itself. The receding water has uncovered a
jungle-gym of stumps and snags and left large expanses of mud around the
edges. Solitary Sandpipers were numerous & active, and we scoped a single
snipe foraged. Perhaps the most interesting bird phenomenon was the
collection of fish & frog eaters that were actively working the shallow
waters -- Green Herons & Great Blue Herons dotted the exposed lake, and
I've never seen so many kingfishers in such a small area. Fun spot!

The cause of the mud is that multiple beaver dams by the railroad tracks
have failed; without these dams, the (unnamed?) pond & Coleman Lake are no
longer impounded.

We didn't walk into the woods, but did run into a few migrants near the
parking area as well.

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Subject: short notice, but...
From: Bill Evans <wrevans AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:48:39 -0400
The forecast looks great for hearing flight calls of night migrating birds 
across the region tonight. 


If anyone is interested in learning some calls, I’ll be up at Mount Pleasant 
Observatory listening from 8:30-11pm. For directions, google Hartung-Boothroyd 
Observatory. Park on the side of the road near the observatory. 


This is peak migration time for Chestnut-sided, Canada, and Mourning Warblers, 
each with fairly distinctive flight calls. Based on past listening in the area, 
perhaps 1 in 10 calls tonight may be from Chestnut-sided, 1 in 25 from Canada, 
1 in 50 from Mourning and 1 in 100 from Black-and-white Warbler. Also audibly 
in the mix will be American Redstart (~5%), Common Yellowthroat(5-10%), and 
lots of Ovenbirds (~25%). Bobolink and Veery calling should be steady, and if 
lucky we’ll hear one of the remaining few Upland Sandpipers that breed to our 
north. 


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Subject: bobolinks
From: Marty Schlabach <mls5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:14:34 +0000
A flock of a couple dozen what we think are bobolinks in non-breeding plumage 
in the field behind our house this morning. 


Marty
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Subject: Hummingbird
From: Carol Keeler <carolk441 AT adelphia.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 07:45:07 -0400
One of my female hummingbirds was sampling the grape jelly at the Oriole 
feeder. She seemed to like it since she ate for several minutes. I haven't seen 
a hummer eat jelly before. 


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Subject: Willet
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:24:08 -0400
Still at southern end of Larues.
Ann

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Subject: Little Blue Heron (Thursday), Willet and Buff-breasted today
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 07:57:38 -0400
A juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERON was photographed by Bob Washburn on the main
pool halfway up the first section of the Wildlife Drive at Montezuma. We
have not refound it so far this morning, but we did find a WESTERN WILLET
foraging with yellowlegs and dowitchers in the southern section of Larue's
Lagoon near the beginning of the Wildlife Drive and a BUFF-BREASTED
SANDPIPER in the second pond along the thruway on the last section of the
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Subject: Re: Sanderling, Myers Point
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:54:50 +0000
Now 2 Sanderling, 3 Semi-sandpipers, 2 Semi-Plover and 3 Least Sandpipers in 
the pouring rain. Dave, Ann, Gary 




On Aug 20, 2015, at 6:13 PM, Jay McGowan 
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An adult SANDERLING and two juvenile Semipalmated Sandpipers are currently 
foraging at the end of the spit at Myers Point. 


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Subject: Sanderling, Myers Point
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:13:27 -0400
An adult SANDERLING and two juvenile Semipalmated Sandpipers are currently
foraging at the end of the spit at Myers Point.

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Subject: Fwd: [GeneseeBirds-L] American Avocets, Willet and Baird's Sandpiper at Sodus Point
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Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:21:17 -0400
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looked to be settled in to ride out the rain. They were on the beach west of 
the west pier. The Willet was on the east pier and later when I tried to refind 
it I was unable to. The Baird's was on the west beach at one point and later on 
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Subject: Swallow roosts near Montezuma?
From: Teresa Mary Pegan <tmp49 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:45:41 +0000
Hello all,
This past summer, I worked with Dr. Winklers long-term swallow project and put 
about 70 radio tags on Tree Swallows. These tags are solar powered and will be 
used to study post-breeding season movements of the swallows as well as 
dispersal next spring. Earlier in July, we found 3 of our tagged birds at 
Montezuma, and that was before the big swallow roost had even started. 


Now, we are hoping to go out to the roost early in the morning and try to 
detect tagged swallows as they take off at dawn. The only problem is: where is 
the roost? From the radar, it looks like over the past few days it has been a 
little bit to the north and east of Montezuma, and it seems to move around 
quite a bit. 


Im hoping to get some help from people who regularly go birding at Montezuma 
in two ways: 


 If you go birding in the early morning or later afternoon, and you see a big 
roost, it would be great if you could let me know where it was, with a GPS 
point if possible (off-list). More broadly, if you have an impression of where 
big concentrations of Tree Swallows are foraging during the day, Id love to 
know that as well. (Big concentrations meaning high hundreds to thousands of 
birds). 


 Im also interested in coming along if anyone wants to go up to Montezuma 
with a couple of radio receivers to look for the birds. If youre interested in 
actually looking for the roost, thats great! But also, if you want to just go 
up and check out the shorebirds or something, and wouldnt mind having me 
along, that would be useful too - the swallows are often foraging in the same 
good habitat as other birds (the wildlife drive, Knox-marcellus, etc). I dont 
have a car myself and Dr. Winkler is really pressed for time. I could be picked 
up on the Cornell campus. 


Let me know off-list (or on-list, if you know where the roost is and would like 
to share it with everyone!) 


Thanks,
-Teresa Pegan


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Subject: Knox-Marsellus shorebird walks this SAT & SUN
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:41:27 +0000
Meet at Montezuma NWR visitor center
LATE Saturday morning 11am, 22 Aug. Trip led by Mike Tetlow
EARLY Sunday morning 7am, 23 Aug. Trip led by Dave Nutter

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From: Joshua Snodgrass <cedarshiva AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:55:19 -0400
Just had a common nighthawk flyover my yard on halls corners rd Interlaken
heading south. Lifebird! Yardbird!
Good birding
Josh S.

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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope at Eaton Marsh / Shorebird Flats
From: Ethan Chaffee <echaffee21 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:42:26 -0400
I swung into Montezuma on my way back from work related travel and saw a
juvenile Wilson's Phalarope cautiously poking around a lump of grass at
Eaton Marsh. He was left of center of Eaton Marsh, and provided much better
looks than anything I've seen at Towpath. This was about 11:30 today.

Also, I swung into Sapsucker. The Olive-sided Flycatcher is now left of the
Big Snag, last I saw (1:25), and being mildly harassed by a phoebe.

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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Sapsucker Woods
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:42:08 -0400
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER is currently on the big snag at Sapsucker Woods.

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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Ellis Hollow
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:31:22 -0400
All,
A few minutes ago, Livia and I found an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
foraging near the platform at the Durland Preserve in Ellis Hollow.

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:26:33 +0000 (UTC)
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* August 17 2015*  NYSY  08. 17. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):August 10, 2015 - August 17, 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: August 17  AT 4:00 p.m. (DST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga 
Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #455 Monday August 17, 
2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of August 10, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONBLACK-BELLIED PLOVERAMERICAN GOLDEN 
PLOVERBUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERSTILT SANDPIPERUPLAND SANDPIPERLONG-BILLED 
DOWITCHERSHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERWILSON’S PHALAROPERED-HEADED 
WOODPECKEROLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERYELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER 



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

19 species of Shorebirds were again seen at the complex this week. All reported 
species were seen at The Knox/Marsellus and Puddlers Marsh area although some 
were seen along the Wildlife Drive and at VanDyne Spoor also. 

     8/11:  Highlights at Knox/Marsellus and Puddler’s this day were 
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was not relocated the rest 
this week.     8/15 and 16: Highlights of Shorebirds seen on these days were 
WILSON’S PHALAROPE, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, UPLAND SANDPIPERBLACK-BELLIED 
PLOVER and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER. 


Cayuga County------------          8/14: 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS 
continue, probably feeding young, at the west barrier beach area at Fair Haven. 
A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen also.     8/15: The two RED-HEADED 
WOODPECKERS were noted again at west barrier beach and another was spotted on 
the State Park side at Fair Haven. 4 species of shorebirds were seen also. 


Onondaga County------------
     8/14: Two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen in a pond on the Reeve’s Farm on 
Fenner Road west of Baldwinsville. A RELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at the 
Three Rivers WMA.      8/15: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at the 
Three Rivers WMA. 


Oswego County------------
     8/13: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen on Jess Drive north of the 
Salmon River Reservoir.     8/14: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen near 
Darrow Road south of Rt. 104. Another two sere seen at a private residence in 
Hastings. 


Oneida county------------
     8/12: 8 Shorebird species were seen at Delta Lake including a 
SANDERLING. 


Herkimer County------------
     8/13: Five shorebird species were seen at the McKoon Road wetlands 
north of Richfield Springs.     8/15: Five shorebird species were again seen 
at the McKoon Road wetlands. Birds seen over the two days were KILLDEER, 
SOLITARY SANDPIPER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPER and a 
PECTORAL SANDPIPER. A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen also.             


      --  end report


Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: Golden and Bald Eagles Win again
From: Carl Steckler <cjs9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2015 16:03:20 -0400

Gettin' better and better


https://www.masterresource.org/cuisinarts-of-the-air/bald-golden-eagles-court-victory/ 


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Subject: Re: Strange and interesting behavior of Canada Goose parents
From: "John and Sue Gregoire" <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2015 15:27:40 -0400
The male is in defensive, warning posture, most probably because of your 
presence. 

It was all about you and protection of the young.
John
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On Sun, August 16, 2015 09:39, Meena Madhav Haribal wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> This past June I was in Perch River WMA region and I observed a strange and
> interesting behavior of Canada goose. So I thought I will share with you all 
and I 

> would like to know if anyone else has observed similar behavior.
>
>
> It was chilly morning and there was a pair of Canada Geese ahead of me. I 
found one 

> of them (I presume probably father), was strangely arching his neck to low 
level and 

> peering at something under the female (I presume) who was sitting and 
uttering some 

> calls. I thought may be it has to do with courtship behavior. He would 
occasionally 

> move his head like snake and look down in that strange fashion. See the 
picture 

> link below. So I was fascinated and was watching him. Soon it turned out the 
female 

> lifted her body and I could see some fluffy chicks may be a few days old 
underneath 

> her. Then she adjusted herself and settled down again. The father kept 
watching and 

> uttering some noises. Then after sometime of sunning she decided that she can 
let 

> her babies out. As soon as they were out the male went and touched couple of 
the 

> chicks with his beak as patting them on their heads and then they all walked 
into 

> the water.
>
>
> So I was wondering why was he doing that? Was he communicating with the 
chicks? May 

> be he could see some chicks from his vantage point while I did not see any. 
Or they 

> were playing pickaboo kind of game? Whatever they were doing it was 
fascinating to 

> watch.
>
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/91426175 AT N00/20001332614/in/dateposted-public/
>
> DSC_4830_001Perch RWMA
> Canada Goose peering at its babies that were under the female
>
> 
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/742/20001332614_0fcc68c124_b.jpg] 

>
> View photo on
> 
Flickr... 

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>
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Subject: Strange and interesting behavior of Canada Goose parents
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:39:43 +0000
Hi all,

This past June I was in Perch River WMA region and I observed a strange and 
interesting behavior of Canada goose. So I thought I will share with you all 
and I would like to know if anyone else has observed similar behavior. 



It was chilly morning and there was a pair of Canada Geese ahead of me. I found 
one of them (I presume probably father), was strangely arching his neck to low 
level and peering at something under the female (I presume) who was sitting and 
uttering some calls. I thought may be it has to do with courtship behavior. He 
would occasionally move his head like snake and look down in that strange 
fashion. See the picture link below. So I was fascinated and was watching him. 
Soon it turned out the female lifted her body and I could see some fluffy 
chicks may be a few days old underneath her. Then she adjusted herself and 
settled down again. The father kept watching and uttering some noises. Then 
after sometime of sunning she decided that she can let her babies out. As soon 
as they were out the male went and touched couple of the chicks with his beak 
as patting them on their heads and then they all walked into the water. 



So I was wondering why was he doing that? Was he communicating with the chicks? 
May be he could see some chicks from his vantage point while I did not see any. 
Or they were playing pickaboo kind of game? Whatever they were doing it was 
fascinating to watch. 




https://www.flickr.com/photos/91426175 AT N00/20001332614/in/dateposted-public/

DSC_4830_001Perch RWMA
Canada Goose peering at its babies that were under the female


[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/742/20001332614_0fcc68c124_b.jpg] 


View photo on 
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Subject: Moth size
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:03:37 +0000
Yeah Dave you are right. Please read it as 70-80mm!


Meena


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From: Dave Nutter 
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015 12:03 AM
To: Meena Madhav Haribal
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ruby throated Hummingbird

70-80 cm is 27.5 - 31.5 inches. That's a big moth!

--Dave Nutter

On Aug 15, 2015, at 06:22 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal  wrote:



Today morning at my moth sheet there were three large Catocala moths and all 
three were Oldwife Underwing, Catocala paleogamma. Each moth has a wingspan of 
about 70-80 cm with yellow hindwing with black border. Besides these there were 
at least 20 more species of moths including a Leopard moth and several 
individuals of Pale Panthea. 



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Subject: unofficial report of K-M shorebird walk Sat 15 Aug
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2015 05:20:45 +0000
I was not officially a leader of the shorebird walk at Knox-Marsellus marsh on 
Saturday morning. But co-leaders Steve & Linda Benedict said they were glad I 
was there to help with shorebird IDs. I in turn was glad Bob McGuire, Jay 
McGowan, Matt Medler, Leona Lauster and others were among the 35 or so 
participants. The rain which had been approaching according to radar either 
dissipated or veered off and missed us. The cloudy weather for much of the 
morning made for pleasant temperatures and lighting, but the sun blasted 
through as we walked around Puddler. Although the goodies which Ann Mitchell & 
I found last Tuesday seemed to have moved on (Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Wilson's 
Phalarope, and a continuing Red-necked Phalarope), shorebird diversity was even 
higher this week (16 species) than on last week's field trip. 


The most exciting bird for me was an Upland Sandpiper which flew around and 
alit on K-M mud closer and for longer than this rarity did last week. It (or 
its buddy, there were apparently 2) was also distantly visible on Puddler mud 
later on. Another rarity was a transitional plumage American Golden-Plover, 
apparently alone in distant low grass/weeds of K-M. There were lots of 
opportunities to study other species, and at one point I had 9 or 10 shorebird 
species in a single well-lit, close-range scope view. 


Here's the total K-M shorebird list:

Black-bellied Plover - 1 nearly breeding plumage found after many birders had 
left 

American Golden-Plover - transitional adult
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Upland Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper -  juvenile and winter adult
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher - juveniles
Long-billed Dowitcher - 1 adult winter plumage 

Also from the Wildlife Driver:

Wilson's Snipe


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Among non-shorebirds one of my favorites was a boldly patterned juvenile 
Bonaparte's Gull which 

flew past us.

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Subject: EIRW birds.
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:10:36 +0000
This evening I took a walk along EIRW from Honness lane to Maplewood and back.

I came across following birds. I think some of them were migrants.


A balding Brown Thrasher (may not be a migrant)

American Redstart (male)

Tennessee warbler first year bird

Scarlet (actually Yellow) Tanagers 3

Carolina Wren

Red-eyed Vireo (several)


Meena


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Subject: Hummingbird
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2015 22:33:07 +0000
Guess what, i just came out of my back door and hummingbird bolted from the 
moth sheet. she has found my moth sheet. There were some small tiny totricids, 
which catbird cannot see are now gone. 


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Subject: Ruby throated Hummingbird
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2015 22:21:39 +0000
Last two days a Ruby-throated Hummingbird female has started visiting my 
garden. Yesterday I saw her on burdock flowers today I saw her cardinal 
flowers. She spent approximately five minutes at the cardinal flowers. 



A young Robin has been calling fairly incessantly but I don't see any parents 
nearby. I think they have left the juvenile to fend itself while they are 
starting another family. 



A cute family of Chipping Sparrows have been spending time in the yard. Babies 
don't know where to go they seem so confused while the parent seem to be 
collecting grass seeds and feeding them. 



Also a chickadee family also spent a fair bit of time in the yard in the 
morning. 



Today morning at my moth sheet there were three large Catocala moths and all 
three were Oldwife Underwing, Catocala paleogamma. Each moth has a wingspan of 
about 70-80 cm with yellow hindwing with black border. Besides these there were 
at least 20 more species of moths including a Leopard moth and several 
individuals of Pale Panthea. 



Finally, my fat woodchuck was out and feeding. He did not suspect me opening 
the door. After a few seconds he realized I was standing there. We both stared 
at each other for a few seconds and then seeing no threat he continued feeding. 
He took offense to my calling him rascal and that is when he bolted. 



Cheers

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Subject: Elm Beach Road, Town of Romulus
From: Ellen Haith <elliehaith44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2015 14:35:09 -0400
An even dozen Caspian Terns napping and/or exchanging epithets with each
other on the long rocky extension into the lake.

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Subject: Avicaching update—1-13 August
From: Ian Davies <id99 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:06:44 +0000
Hi Cayugabirders,

It is time for another Avicaching update! In case you’re not familiar with 
this local project, all your questions can be answered here: 
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/avicaching/. Avicachers have been out and about 
across Tompkins and Cortland counties over the past two weeks, finding some 
interesting birds in their travels. Though birding in early August can be 
challenging during the gap between when breeding birds quiet down and fall 
migrants arrive, there are some goodies out there waiting to be found. 


Avicaching highlights from the past couple weeks include Hooded Warbler at 
several locations, Grasshopper Sparrow, Eastern Screech-Owl, and 70 other 
species. The chance for running into an unusual migrant while Avicaching 
continue to rise throughout August and the rest of the fall—what will you 
find? Migrants like Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and Tennessee and Bay-breasted 
Warblers have already been reported locally this fall, and could be coming to 
an Avicache near you. Check out the map of Avicaches to decide where you want 
to go first: http://dl.allaboutbirds.org/avicaching. 


The Avicaching standings have also switched around in the past couple weeks, 
with Gary Kohlenberg passing Lee Ann Van Leer for first place—721 vs 706. For 
all other Avicachers, there is still time to vie for those top spots, and 
increase your chances of winning free Zeiss binoculars—you have until the end 
of December to get out there and give it a try. 


Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about 
Avicaching. I’ll see you out there! 


Best,
Ian

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Subject: RE: upcoming shorebird walks at Knox-Marsellus, Montezuma NWR
From: "Scott A. Anthony" <saa24 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:23:08 +0000
Hi,
I plan going to Montezuma tomorrow morning, leaving Ithaca around 6:30am if
Anybody wants to car pool. I only have internet at work; best to answer by 
3:30pm 

Today.

Scott Anthony

From: bounce-119533362-72459568 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-119533362-72459568 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Dave Nutter 

Sent: Friday, August 14, 2015 4:44 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] upcoming shorebird walks at Knox-Marsellus, Montezuma 
NWR 


This weekend there will be a shorebird walk at Knox Marsellus on SATURDAY 
morning 15 August leaving from the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center at 8am, led by 
Steve and Linda Benedict. 


NEXT weekend there are 2 choices of Knox-Marsellus shorebird walks, later and 
earlier: 

Saturday 22 August leaving the Visitor Center at 11am, led by Mike Tetlow, and 
including other parts of the refuge. 

Sunday 23 August leaving the Visitor Center at 7am, led by me, Dave Nutter

Shorebirds this past week have included on Tuesday the continuing Red-necked 
Phalarope in K-M seen from the East Rd overlook and both a Wilson's Phalarope 
and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the duckweed in Puddler seen from the end of 
horrible Towpath Rd by me and Ann Mitchell. We did not go out on the dikes, but 
we did see some intriguing unidentified large shorebirds which flew away. There 
were also several Black-bellied Plovers, and the day before Dave Kennedy saw an 
American Golden-Plover. Meanwhile on Tuesday a Sanderling was found at Myers 
Point by Chris Wood, and a Wilson's Snipe or 2 was reported from Larue's Lagoon 
on the Wildlife Drive. And there may be Dowitchers to try to speciate at 
K-M.... So, there are lots of possibilities. 


--Dave Nutter
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Subject: Montezuma Audubon Center birds
From: Chris Lajewski <lajewskic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:56:36 +0000 (UTC)
My eBird list from yesterday morning at the Montezuma Audubon Center. The two 
Sandhill Cranes are still at the marsh. 

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


Montezuma Audubon Center, Wayne, New York, US Aug 13,2015 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

33 species


 
Wood Duck  24

Great Blue Heron  1

Great Egret  1

Green Heron  1

Osprey  1

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Sora  1

Sandhill Crane  2

Mourning Dove  1

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker X

Downy Woodpecker  X

Eastern Wood-Pewee X

Eastern Kingbird  X

Red-eyed Vireo  1

American Crow  X

Northern Rough-winged Swallow  X

Purple Martin  X

Tree Swallow  X

Barn Swallow  X

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Eastern Bluebird  X

American Robin  X

Gray Catbird  X

Yellow Warbler  1

Field Sparrow  X

Song Sparrow  X

Swamp Sparrow  X

Indigo Bunting  1

Red-winged Blackbird X

Baltimore Oriole  X

American Goldfinch X


 
View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24610869 



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


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Subject: RE: upcoming shorebird walks at Knox-Marsellus, Montezuma NWR
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:50:02 +0000
I am just wondering loudly how is it if a fewer people go at various times vs 
50 s going at time to view birds makes difference so often. 

So when more than 50 people are there, aren't birds disturbed? If not then why 
there is restriction on individuals going makes the difference? As it is in 
spite of being on the dike the birds are still far away from any decent 
distance unlike in other wildlife refuges where birds are five feet away from 
you and busily feeding as they get used to people. Benning's Marsh was ideal 
location and we used to see so many shorebirds there before in late 90s. Then 
May's point pool we started visiting as the hydrology of Benning's Marsh was 
changed and water level became too high. I think May's Point pool was still 
much closer even though at that time we were thinking viewing is too far. 
Hydrology of this location also changed. Now we are going to Knox-Marsellus 
which is further away than May's Point Pool. If you don't use scope you can't 
see birds except as brown blobs even with a good pair of binoculars. 

Just trying to understand the logic here why so many changes have been 
occurring and why walking is not allowed on the dikes, when once upon a time 
even driving was permitted on some of the roads of Puddler's Marsh area and it 
is even now permitted to hunters only. May be someone will answer these for us. 


Cheers
Meena




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[mailto:bounce-119533362-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Dave Nutter 

Sent: Friday, August 14, 2015 4:44 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] upcoming shorebird walks at Knox-Marsellus, Montezuma 
NWR 


This weekend there will be a shorebird walk at Knox Marsellus on SATURDAY 
morning 15 August leaving from the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center at 8am, led by 
Steve and Linda Benedict. 


NEXT weekend there are 2 choices of Knox-Marsellus shorebird walks, later and 
earlier: 

Saturday 22 August leaving the Visitor Center at 11am, led by Mike Tetlow, and 
including other parts of the refuge. 

Sunday 23 August leaving the Visitor Center at 7am, led by me, Dave Nutter

Shorebirds this past week have included on Tuesday the continuing Red-necked 
Phalarope in K-M seen from the East Rd overlook and both a Wilson's Phalarope 
and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the duckweed in Puddler seen from the end of 
horrible Towpath Rd by me and Ann Mitchell. We did not go out on the dikes, but 
we did see some intriguing unidentified large shorebirds which flew away. There 
were also several Black-bellied Plovers, and the day before Dave Kennedy saw an 
American Golden-Plover. Meanwhile on Tuesday a Sanderling was found at Myers 
Point by Chris Wood, and a Wilson's Snipe or 2 was reported from Larue's Lagoon 
on the Wildlife Drive. And there may be Dowitchers to try to speciate at 
K-M.... So, there are lots of possibilities. 


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Subject: upcoming shorebird walks at Knox-Marsellus, Montezuma NWR
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 08:43:49 +0000
This weekend there will be a shorebird walk at Knox Marsellus on SATURDAY 
morning 15 August leaving from the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center at 8am, led by 
Steve and Linda Benedict. 


NEXT weekend there are 2 choices of Knox-Marsellus shorebird walks, later and 
earlier: 

Saturday 22 August leaving the Visitor Center at 11am, led by Mike Tetlow, and 
including other parts of the refuge. 

Sunday 23 August leaving the Visitor Center at 7am, led by me, Dave Nutter

Shorebirds this past week have included on Tuesday the continuing Red-necked 
Phalarope in K-M seen from the East Rd overlook and both a Wilson's Phalarope 
and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the duckweed in Puddler seen from the end of 
horrible Towpath Rd by me and Ann Mitchell. We did not go out on the dikes, but 
we did see some intriguing unidentified large shorebirds which flew away. There 
were also several Black-bellied Plovers, and the day before Dave Kennedy saw an 
American Golden-Plover. Meanwhile on Tuesday a Sanderling was found at Myers 
Point by Chris Wood, and a Wilson's Snipe or 2 was reported from Larue's Lagoon 
on the Wildlife Drive. And there may be Dowitchers to try to speciate at 
K-M.... So, there are lots of possibilities. 


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Subject: Laughing Gull, Stewart Park
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2015 20:03:40 -0400
The juvenile LAUGHING GULL is sitting at the base of the red lighthouse
jetty.

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Subject: Elm Beach Road Town of Romulus
From: Ellen Haith <elliehaith44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:54:13 -0400
Five very vocal Caspian Terns heading south from Elm Beach Road about five
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Subject: possible Laughing Gull, Stewart Park
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:59:58 -0400
Sorry for the late post. Tim Lenz found an odd-looking all-brown bird
off Stewart Park this morning that I suspect was a juvenile Laughing
Gull but that apparently showed white in the wings. It had disappeared
behind the white lighthouse jetty by the time I got there, and we were
not able to refind it from Stewart or from Treman. Perhaps it will
show up again on the jetties or elsewhere in the area.

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Subject: Derby Hill Hawk Watch, 2015 report
From: tigger64 AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:31:20 -0400
The final report for the 2015 hawk watch season at Derby Hill is available at:


http://onondagaaudubon.com/4756-2/


David Wheeler
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Subject: Live Stream of Jane Kim and John Fitzpatrick at 4:00pm today
From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:30:18 -0400
Hi Cayuga Birders:


Curious to know more about the incredible mural being realized on the
Johnson Visitor Center wall?


This afternoon we will be broadcasting Jane Kim (artist)  and John
Fitzpatrick up on the hydraulic lift, discussing the origin of the mural,
taking us on a “tour of the world”, demonstrating art techniques, and
answering questions from the public.


Tune in to watch live at
http://dl.allaboutbirds.org/cornelllab-monday-night-seminars.  The
broadcast will run from approximately 4:00 -  5:00pm, and will be archived
for viewing afterwards.


Hope you can check it out!


Marc Devokaitis
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Subject: Early morning migrants
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:39:22 +0000
Today at 5.10 am when I was looking at moth, I heard a quite a few birds 
descend on the Six Mile Creek. I would say at least 20 calls I heard in about 
15 minutes. Most of them sounded like Rose-breasted Grosbeak and couple of them 
were warblers and some unidied calls. It was very nice to hear them as there 
was lull in traffic noise at that time. 


Cheers
Meena

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


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Ithaca area moths: http://tinyurl.com/kn6q2p4
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Subject: Junco activity
From: Naomi Brewer <nbrewer AT fltg.net>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:19:32 -0400
 

I have written before about a  Christmas wreath that has hung on the inside
wall of our front porch for years. Still full of the green, thick fir but
not so green. For years the Carolina

Wrens have had many batches of babies behind the , now drab, red ribbon. But
this year , because of the feisty House Wren, the Carolinas retreated to the
back of house. 

    For the past two weeks, off and on, either my son or I have seen a
Dark-eyed Junco sitting on the front porch railing, friendly and "chip
chipping away" and looking up at the wreath..

Last week, I saw the Junco fly up to the center of the old wreath and down
behind the ribbon. It was there awhile then came up , stood, then flew into
a nearby tree.  It had no food

In its bill. Do you suppose it might have nested there ? I'm surprised it is
here in summer.

    One of those hot days I watched the Junco enjoying the bird bath,
splashing, etc. then fly up to a hanging tree branch and  shake off the
water.

     In winter they have been right up on the feeders and cling to the suet
cake. They have graduated from just - ground feeders.

Just had to share,

Naomi Brewer,

Sheldrake/ Wyers Point Road.


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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:31:06 -0400
Seen at Puddlers Marsh. Very active, running around on duckweed.
Ann

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:34:13 +0000 (UTC)
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* August 10 2015*  NYSY  08. 10. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):August 03, 2015 - August 10, 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: August 10  AT 4:00 p.m. (DST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga 
Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #454 Monday August 10, 
2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of August 03, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONAMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERSTILT SANDPIPERUPLAND 
SANDPIPERLONG-BILLED DOWITCHERSHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERRED-NECKED 
PHALAROPERED-HEADED WOODPECKERYELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER 



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

     19 species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week.
     8/6: 13 species of shorebirds were seen at Knox-Marsellus/Puddlers from 
East Road and Towpath Road. Highlights were 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 3 STILT 
SANDPIPERS, 6 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 1 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. Also seen 
here were 5 GREAT EGRETS, 1 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and 7 SANDHILL CRANES. A 
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was reported in the marsh on VanDyne Spoor Road.     
8/9: 15 species of shorebirds were seen at Knox-Marsellus/Puddlers from the 
dykes and Towpath Road. Highlights were 1 UPLAND SANDPIPER, 3 WHITE-RUMPED 
SANDPIPERS, 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and a RED-NECKED 
PHALAROPE.     8/10: An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and a SANDERLING were seen at 
Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 


Onondaga County------------
     8/5: One adult and two juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen 
from the Onondaga Creek creek walk near the Hiawatha Street Bridge in Syracuse. 
5 DUNLIN were found on the rocks at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake. 


Oswego County------------
     8/5: 2 BLACK TERNS were seen from Derby Hill.     8/8: A 
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at a private residence in Hastings. 


Herkimer County------------
     8/3: 7 species of shorebirds were seen at the McKoon’s Road Wetlands 
north of Richfield Springs. Included were SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS and 
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS. 


Cayuga county-----------
     8/4: 2 adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen bringing food to a nest 
at the West Barrier Beach Park in Fair Haven. They were seen again on 8/9. 

     

      --  end report


Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: dove love
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:49:23 +0000
I captured some sweet bird behavior outside the Lab at lunchtime today. Check 
out the series beginning with 


https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/jZuZYNWQcFx4Nlwlh4jjINMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 



Kevin

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Subject: Ithaca, Sapsucker Woods walk, Sunday AM
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:39:13 -0400
Lisa Woods bird walk report from Sunday, August 9. Happening again next
weekend, Saturday and Sunday, and every weekend. Check out
Cayugabirdclub.org

 

for calendar and times and read on....An even dozen people joined me for
this morning’s walk, including a six-year old who has taken out every field
guide available from his local library. The fog was dense and lingered
until well past 9:00, when the sun finally prevailed. Avian highlights were
a sandpiper sp. hurrying across the lilypads (only to disappear
completely), a Green Heron devouring a fish (we just missed the actual
catch), a pair of Common Yellowthroats, and a Pine Warbler. Non-avian
highlights were almost exclusively spiderwebs, which were everywhere,
easily visible in the moist air—some tiny and others bigger than dinner
plates.

Thanks,

Linda Orkin
Ithaca, NY

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Subject: Re: Purple Martin house at Swan Pond, Stewart Park?
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:12:44 -0400
Hi Sandy,

I think you mean the Renwick Wildwood. The Fuertes Bird Sanctuary is _just_ the 
so-called "swan pond". Confusion about the names has found it's way onto some 
maps, but those are incorrect. For a full explanation, see historian Jane 
Grave's articles on the Cayuga Bird Club website: 



http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/history/louis-agassiz-fuertes-memorial-bird-sanctuary-a-chronology-part-1 


-Geo 

On Aug 10, 2015, at 8:47 AM, Sandy Wold  wrote:

> 
> Maybe there is not enough mosquito habitat at Swan Pond??? definitely more 
mosquitoes in the Fuertes Bird Sanctuary, but not the right habitat. 


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Subject: RE:Hunt hill birds
From: "Eveline V. Ferretti" <ef15 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:50:12 +0000
YELLOW BELLIED FLYCATCHER also seen Sunday early afternoon (after 
Knox-Marcellus walk!) in the old mulberry tree in front of our house on 
Pleasant Hollow Rd. (just off of Ringwood; not far from Hunt Hill). Got a good 
look at it as it gulped down a mulberry--pale yellow throat & breast; barred 
wings; orange lower bill. 



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Sent: Sunday, August 09, 2015 3:31 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Hunt hill birds

Nice birds on our property on Hunt Hill Rd, east of Ithaca, today. Including a 
YELLOW BELLIED FLYCATCHER, first heard and seen this morning and hawking for 
insects over the pond this afternoon. It is not very yellow, but I've been 
listening to recordings, looking at photos and I am sure that is what it is. 

  Other visitors seen and heard include:
phoebe
eastern wood peewee
black throated green warbler
common yellowthroat
red eyed vireo
yellow throated vireo
blue headed vireo
scarlet tanager- several females    eating honeysuckle berries
rose breasted grosbeak
catbird
juncos- feeding kids
robins - many, scarfing down honeysuckle berries hermit thrush - singing 
goldfinch house finch hummingbirds - males and females/young cedar waxwings 
blue jays chickadees titmouse barn swallows chipping sparrows cardinal 


Laura

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Subject: Purple Martin house at Swan Pond, Stewart Park?
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 08:47:53 -0400
Anyone know the history of the purple martin house at Swan Pond?  Who built
it? Was it ever successful?  would it be a good idea for the Cayuga Bird
Club to build a new one?  I just read that purple martins eat 2000
mosquitoes per day, http://www.purplemartin.org/update/MosCont.html

Maybe there is not enough mosquito habitat at Swan Pond???  definitely more
mosquitoes in the Fuertes Bird Sanctuary, but not the right habitat.  Was
the golf course once a marshland that the purple martins would have thrived
then?  If not feasible at Swan Pond, where else in Ithaca can one see them
(easily?) in spring?  I love seeing the ones at Montezuma.
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Subject: Photos from Today's (August 9th) Shorebird Walk Montezuma NWR, NY
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2015 20:18:28 -0400
see

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Dave Nicosia

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Subject: Photos from Today's (August 9th) Shorebird Walk Montezuma NWR, NY
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2015 20:18:28 -0400
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Subject: Re: MNWR shorebird sighitngs Please post.
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2015 22:59:01 +0000
Meena (& all),
The most interesting shorebirds were far from either Towpath Road or East Road, 
but we had great looks from the dikes on the field trip. The "no unauthorized 
entry" signs have been replaced, so I recommend joining a field trip, even if 
you arrive an hour or two late. The next one is this coming Saturday, 15 
August, leaving from the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center at 8am, led by Steve and 
Linda Benedict. 


--Dave Nutter


On Aug 09, 2015, at 03:29 PM, David Nicosia  wrote:

> Meena,
>
> Just got this email. We had around 50 people! I will send a more 
comprehensive write-up later on this field trip. 

> Shorebird-wise.  15 species. 
>
> SOLITARY SANDPIPER ( seen by a couple people)
> SPOTTED SANDPIPER  (one)
> GREATER YELLOWLEGS  (few)
> LESSER YELLOWLEGS  (most common shorebird- hundreds) 
> KILLDEER  (few)
> SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (~30)
> LEAST SANDPIPER  (many) 
> SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER  (many)
> WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (at least 3) 
> PECTORAL SANDPIPER (~ 15)
> STILT SANDPIPER (2)
> SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER  1-2 
> LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER  1
> UPLAND SANDPIPER   1 bird that flew over K-M marsh and landed briefly.
> RED-NECKED PHALAROPE seen at Puddler's Marsh first, then K-M marsh, actively 
swimming. probably a juvenile. 

>
> Dave Nicosia 
>
>
>
>
> On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 10:43 AM, Meena Madhav Haribal  
wrote: 

>
> I plan to head that way sometime in the afternoon. Please post what were your 
highlights for the shorebird trip today morning. 

>
>
>     Thanks in advance.
>
>     Meena
>
>
>     Meena Haribal
>     Ithaca NY 14850
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Today's (August 9th) Shorebird Walk Knox-Marsellus and Puddler's Marshes
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2015 21:52:25 +0000
Thanks, Dave Nicosia, for leading the trip. Once again we had people from as 
far as the Buffalo area (at least 8). Thanks also for sending out such a quick 
yet thorough list of birds! Just a few suggested modifications: 

 
Black-crowned Night-Heron: I counted 15 flying west past me on the north dike 
of Puddler. 


Sandhill Crane: There was the family of 3 in Knox-Marsellus when we arrived, 
and which moved, but I thought stayed local. Later when we were north of 
Puddler a flock of 10 cranes flew in from the north and landed in Puddler. I 
saw an additional crane that followed that flock but veered off east into the 
mucklands. People who had a better view said there were actually 4 cranes which 
did this. So, I think the total number should be 17. 


Killdeer: I saw a flock of 12 fly past along the west edge of the K-M mud as we 
were on our way out. I didn't look for others at that time, so that's just a 
minimum. 


Red-necked Phalarope: Today's bird was a juvenile (dark back with light brown 
stripes). This looked different to me from the bird we saw Thursday which was 
in basic, i.e. adult non-breeding plumage, with a gray-and-white striped back,. 
Kudos to whoever first saw today's phalarope backlit on the far side of 
Puddler! After hiking around that dike for decent scope views, on our way out 
we saw what was presumably the same bird swimming in K-M in excellent light and 
much closer. 


Merlin: As we were leaving, Susanne Giffen, Bara Hotchkiss, and I saw the 
Merlin chasing, with considerable zig-zagging, a small pale gray shorebird 
(probable Semipalmated Sandpiper) east along the north side of K-M, then south 
along the east side, then we lost sight in the distance without knowing who 
won. As the pursuit went past, all the peeps flushed while all the yellowlegs 
and other large shorebirds stayed put. 


Peregrine Falcon: This was a juvenile bird, heavily streaked with brown all 
below. After flushing all the shorebirds it perched on a dead branch of a tree 
at the edge of the woods to the north, allowing decent scope views. 



--Dave Nutter


On Aug 09, 2015, at 04:45 PM, David Nicosia  wrote:

> First I wanted to thank again Wildlife Biologist Linda Ziemba and Visitor 
Services Manager Andrea VanBeusichem at Montezuma NWR for allowing access to 
Knox-Marcellus and Puddler's marshes for Today's shorebird walk. We had a total 
of 54 people turn out for this walk!!!! It was a great day to be out, with 
plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 60s and 70s with light winds. There 
were virtually no bugs, and the paths were in excellent condition for walking. 

>
> We saw 15 species of shorebirds and at least 55 total species of birds. Below 
is the ebird list I put together. If you want me to share this list with you in 
e-bird, please 

> send me your email address. Also, if you saw something that I don't have on 
the list below please email me because I want to have a comprehensive list of 
all species seen. 

>
> Highlights: The RED-NECKED PHALAROPE continues. The bird was first seen in 
Puddler's Marsh and then re-found at K-M marsh which was much closer for 
observers. The bird was in basic plumage. We also had a surprise UPLAND 
SANDPIPER flyover K-M marsh with its bubbly call. The bird landed briefly a few 
times in the grassy areas of K-M marsh and then disappeared. There were also at 
least 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and quite a few PECTORAL 
SANDPIPERS. There were decent numbers of LEAST and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and 
quite a few SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS as well. There were at least 3 KILLDEER. The 
LESSER YELLOWLEGS continues to be the most common shorebird with only a few 
GREATER YELLOWLEGS seen. A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was seen by one observer with a 
SPOTTED SANDPIPER see by a few. Then we get to the dowitchers. There was 
considerable debate between SHORT-BILLED and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER among 
observers for this one bird which was in juvenile plumage. There was another 
dowitcher that we concluded was SHORT-BILLED. 

>
> Other birds of note...a juvenile BONAPARTE'S GULL, 10 SANDHILL CRANES, 10 
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, 3 GREEN HERONS, and 78 CASPIAN TERNS 

>
> We also had a dark PEREGRINE FALCON fly by and stir up the shorebirds and a 
close look at a low-flying NORTHERN HARRIER. 

>
> See e-bird list below. I am going to post some photos later if they came out 
decent. 

>
> I would also like to thank other folks who helped lead this trip by sharing 
their knowledge and expertise with the large group that showed up. This 
includes Dave Nutter, Bob McGuire, Ann Mitchell and Gary Kohlenberg. If I left 
someone out I apologize as I am sure there were others helping too. 

>
> Below is what I have for the entire group so far entered into e-bird. Again, 
please let me know if you had any additional species so I can add them. 

>
> Montezuma NWR--Knox-Marsellus and Puddler Marshes, Seneca, New York, US
> Aug 9, 2015 8:10 AM - 12:40 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Montezuma Knox-Marcellus and Puddler's Marsh Shorebird Walk, 54 
observers. 

> 55 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  35    estimated numbers
> Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  25    estimated numbers
> Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  35    estimated numbers
> Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1 1 flyover bird fairly high 
up 

> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  25    estimated numbers
> Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
> Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 3 3 birds flew out of woods on north end of 
K-M marsh 

> Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 10 seen by Puddler's Marsh 

> Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  2
> Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  3
> Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)  10    seen flying into Puddler's Marsh
> Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)  35    estimated numbers
> Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  3
> Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
> Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)  1    seen by at least one observer
> Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  3
> Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)  350    estimated numbers
> Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) 1 1 bird flew in over K-M marsh, 
landed briefly was calling with a soft bubbly quality when flying. long neck, 
roundish head. Seen by many. 

> Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus)  2
> Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  300    estimated numbers
> White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis)  3
> Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)  15    estimated numbers
> Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)  150    estimated numbers
> Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)  1
> Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 1 positively identified by 
one observer at least 

> Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus/scolopaceus)  1
> Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 1 first seen actively swimming in 
Puddler's Marsh, later in K-M Marsh. Great views. Bird was in basic plumage, 
possibly a juvenile as it showed some rust in its streaked back. 

> Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)  1    juvenile
> Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  40    estimated numbers
> Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  3
> Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)  78    exact count by one observer
> Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
> Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1    seen by a few observers
> Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1 bird flew out over K-M marsh stirred up 
shorebirds and then landed in a tree in the woods on the north end of K-M 
marsh. Very dark individual, juvenile? 

> Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  1    heard
> Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1    heard
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  1    heard distant
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1    heard
> Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)  1    heard, flyover bird
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  1    heard
> Purple Martin (Progne subis) 3 heard on at least 3 occasions different 
location 

> Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  100    estimated numbers
> Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)  100    estimated
> Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  50    estimated
> Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  1    heard
> Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 20 heard and seen near end of walk. 
estimated numbers. 

> Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  3
> Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  4
> Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  1
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1    heard
> Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  3    heard in a few locations singing.
> Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) 5 several flyover birds calling "bink" 
"bink" 

> Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  25    estimated numbers
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  10    estimated.
>
> View this checklist online at 
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