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30 Aug Re: barn swallows [M & K Mannella ]
29 Aug MNWR - 2 Hudsonian Godwit, Bald Eagle takes Great Egret []
29 Aug Re: OT: Monarch caterpillar "rescue opportunity"? [Candace Cornell ]
29 Aug OT: Monarch caterpillar "rescue opportunity"? [Suan Hsi Yong ]
29 Aug Red Knot & other photos []
29 Aug Yellow -bellied Flycatcher at Mundy [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
29 Aug RE: barn swallows ["Marie P. Read" ]
29 Aug Re: barn swallows [Anne Clark ]
29 Aug barn swallows [Tobias Dean ]
28 Aug Wed. - Sodus Red Knot; MNWR []
27 Aug Osprey [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
27 Aug Great Egret @ Thomas Rd Farm [Jgerbracht ]
27 Aug Baird's Sandpiper and More [bob mcguire ]
27 Aug Re:OT: New York State Ornithological Association Annual meeting here in Ithaca!! [Linda Orkin ]
27 Aug OT: New York State Ornithological Association Annual meeting here in Ithaca!! [Linda Orkin ]
27 Aug RE: Great Egret [Kim Haines-Eitzen ]
27 Aug Great Egret [Jeff Gerbracht ]
26 Aug Recent sightings - Ontario Lakeshore []
26 Aug RE: possible Connecticut ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
26 Aug Re: possible Connecticut [John Confer ]
26 Aug Black Vultures [Candace Cornell ]
26 Aug RE: possible Connecticut ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
26 Aug possible Connecticut [John Confer ]
26 Aug Re: Nighthawks [Candace Cornell ]
26 Aug Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kentucky Warbler [Jay McGowan ]
26 Aug Re: Nighthawks [Geo Kloppel ]
26 Aug Re: Nighthawks [Dave Nutter ]
26 Aug Re: Nighthawks [Dave Nutter ]
26 Aug RE: Nighthawks [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
25 Aug Nighthawks [Geo Kloppel ]
25 Aug Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
25 Aug Nighthawks Renwick now [Geo Kloppel ]
25 Aug Red-headed Woodpecker at Palmer Woods [Jay McGowan ]
25 Aug Mundy warblers [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
25 Aug Volunteers capture Osprey fledgling flight [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
25 Aug Common Nighthawks over Northside Ithaca [Dave Nutter ]
24 Aug Green Heron [Carl Steckler ]
24 Aug Re: Carolina Wrens nesting in hanging baskets ["Laura J. Heisey" ]
24 Aug Re: Carolina Wrens nesting in hanging baskets ["Donna Scott" ]
24 Aug MT Pleasant Bobolink Common Ravens ["Marie P. Read" ]
24 Aug Carolina wrens nesting in fuchsia hanging basket [Lindsay Goodloe ]
24 Aug * possible * connecticut warbler off Bluegrass lane, ne ithaca [Tom Schulenberg ]
24 Aug summer tanager [Susan Fast ]
24 Aug Summerhill SF Sunday [bob mcguire ]
24 Aug Re: No Willet at Myers [Jim Tarolli ]
24 Aug No Willet at Myers [Stuart Krasnoff ]
24 Aug today's Knox-Marsellus field trip [Dave Nutter ]
24 Aug Re: WILLET Myers Point now ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
23 Aug Willet at Myer's Point [Gary Kohlenberg ]
23 Aug Willet at Myers [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
23 Aug Fw: NNYBirds: Brown Booby Champlain Bridge [Janet Akin ]
23 Aug Willet, Myers Point [Jay McGowan ]
23 Aug Willet, Myers Point [Jay McGowan ]
23 Aug WILLET Myers Point now ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
23 Aug Willet, Myers Point ["Jay McGowan jwm57 AT cornell.edu [oneidabirds]" ]
23 Aug Fwd: [OneidaBirds] Yellow-breasted chat [Carol Keeler ]
23 Aug OOB/OT: therapeutic birding; cute beach clean-up promo [Dave Nutter ]
23 Aug Re: goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park ["Pete M. Marchetto" ]
23 Aug Re: goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park [Geo Kloppel ]
22 Aug Re: goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park [Anne Clark ]
22 Aug Re: goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park ["Donna Scott" ]
22 Aug Re: goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park ["Paul Schmitt" ]
22 Aug RE: goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
22 Aug goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park [Donna Scott ]
22 Aug Mt Pleasant Bobolink flock this am ["Marie P. Read" ]
22 Aug Lindsay-Parsons this morning: big flocks of Eastern Kingbirds [Benjamin Freeman ]
22 Aug RE: Black cardinal ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
22 Aug Re: Common Nighthawks, Cass Park, Ithaca [Gary Kohlenberg ]
22 Aug Common Nighthawks, Cass Park, Ithaca [Dave Nutter ]
21 Aug Re: Black cardinal [Anne Marie Johnson ]
21 Aug Black cardinal [Carl Steckler ]
20 Aug Saw-whet owl banding [John Confer ]
20 Aug Shorebirds [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
20 Aug Re: Com Nighthawks over Sapsucker Woods ["Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" ]
20 Aug RE: Com Nighthawks over Sapsucker Woods [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
20 Aug RE: Insect question [Meena Madhav Haribal ]

Subject: Re: barn swallows
From: M & K Mannella <mkmannella AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:55:25 -0400
Our barn swallows are gone this morning too and it seems very quiet. They had a 
very late fledge and a small group stayed behind the rest of them. 

Michele
Interlaken

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> On Aug 29, 2014, at 11:49 AM, "Marie P. Read"  wrote:
> 
> After nesting, Tree Swallows tend to join large roosts in wetlands. During 
the daytime, they leave the roost and disperse (often large distances) to 
feeding areas, which is why we still may see them over our fields in the 
summer, post-breeding. Then in the evening they all head toward the roost 
again. These roosts are often out of our sight and may move location often, but 
occasionally they are visible as one was at Montezuma NWR back in late July: 

> 
> These photos are from July 25 this year:
> 
> 
http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Tree-Swallow/G0000YOpvGGFa3n8/I0000ZRcNxn0V7qs/C0000JGA3u3.D1t8 

> 
> 
http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Tree-Swallow/G0000YOpvGGFa3n8/I00002zBp95hsqyw/C0000JGA3u3.D1t8 

> 
> Tree Swallow roosts can become enormous as more and more birds join 
(including multiple species of swallows and martins usually) as the summer/fall 
progresses. Eventually (even as late as October) they move south. 

> 
> Marie
> 
> 
> Marie Read Wildlife Photography
> 452 Ringwood Road
> Freeville NY  13068 USA
> 
> Phone  607-539-6608
> e-mail   mpr5 AT cornell.edu
> 
> http://www.marieread.com
> 
> Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin    Available here:
> 
> 
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> ________________________________________
> From: bounce-117801628-5851667 AT list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-117801628-5851667 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Anne Clark 
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> Sent: Friday, August 29, 2014 11:38 AM
> To: Tobias Dean
> Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] barn swallows
> 
> I see hundreds of tree swallows, mixed with barn swallows, over mown fields 
during August. 

> 
> On Aug 29, 2014, at 11:14 AM, Tobias Dean wrote:
> 
> Our barn swallows left yesterday, some may have left a few days earlier but 
there was a core group that waited until sometime during the day to depart. I 
had counted 3 individuals in the spring, there may have been more that 
straggled in. A couple of weeks ago I counted around 40 individuals, though 
that may be under the actual group that breeds in our out buildings. It is 
always a sad day not to see them in the morning, though that is the annual 
cycle. Godspeed to them over the Gulf of Mexico, and many thanks for keeping 
our yard relatively bug free. 

> I was curious about their cousins, the tree swallows. They arrived before the 
barn swallows, took up nest boxes away from the buildings and hunted along with 
the barnies. At some point in the summer they disappeared, and I noticed a few 
individuals in the last few days near the barn swallows. Where did the tree 
swallows go for the summer? 

> 
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Subject: MNWR - 2 Hudsonian Godwit, Bald Eagle takes Great Egret
From: <tigger64 AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:34:03 -0400
2 Hudsonian Godwit were at Knox-Marsellus marsh. Things then got interesting 
when an older immature Bald Eagle killed a Great Egret and tried to fly away 
with it. It proved too heavy and the egret's head and feet dragged along the 
mudflat as the Eagle tried to fly. Once over water the egret's head skimmed the 
surface. The eagle realized it could not clear the berm and dropped the egret 
in the water at the north end of K-M. Will the Eagle make another attempt to 
retrieve it? Photos here: 




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


114 birds were counted during the Great Egret roost flight.


Dave Wheeler
N. Syracuse, NY

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Subject: Re: OT: Monarch caterpillar "rescue opportunity"?
From: Candace Cornell <cec222 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:02:02 -0400
I can not make it downtown tomorrow. If someone is willing to bring the
caterpillar out to Salt Point, Lansing, the point is now registered Monarch
Way Station #8782 (www.MonarchWatch.org ) and
has a field of milkweed and other butterfly attracting plants. The best
place to place the caterpillar is in the milkweed field behind the Monarch
Waystation sigh. It is across the path from the dog litter station at
second entrance on the north side of the point (not the entrance next to
the RR tracks).

I've been very concerned about the Monarchs this year. I have seen very few
Monarch caterpillars or adults around Tompkins or Cayuga County this summer
and I've been checking milkweed stands as I survey osprey nests.

Helping this little fellow may seem trite, but it will make a big
difference to its progeny.
If some one does this kind deed, please let me know. Many thanks,

Candace
Friends of Salt Point
Many thanks to whomever can rescue the caterpillar. Every Monarch is
important!

Candace


On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 6:13 PM, Suan Hsi Yong  wrote:

> This morning I found a small monarch caterpillar in an unlikely spot
> downtown, and my untrained instinct tells me it's unlikely to survive to
> adulthood at this location, so if anyone is up for it, I think it would be
> a good idea/opportunity for someone to effect some level of rescue,
> anything from moving it to a bigger patch of milkweeds to trying to raise
> it at home (or better yet, in an educational setting somewhere).
>
> It is located on Seneca Street next to the bridge over the inlet, in front
> of the Finger Lakes Electric Supply Company, here: 42.440079, -76.511573
>
> There is a very small bed of mulch with some decorative plants and two
> very small stray milkweeds (half a foot tall, about a dozen smallish
> leaves), and the still very small caterpillar (less than an inch in length)
> was in the easternmost of the two milkweeds.
>
> Here's a photo of the would-be adoptee:
>
>   https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204734943071423&l=0218fab00e
>
> IMO the two milkweeds (not _that_ close to each other) will not provide
> enough nourishment, and are likely to be pulled anyways by anyone tending
> that bed (I assume they're considered weeds by gardeners). Thus, I would
> recommend that anyone effecting the "rescue" just pull out the entire plant.
>
> Feel free to let me know (offlist, if you want) if you adopt it, need more
> info, or think this message was a good/bad idea.
>
> Thanks.
>
> Suan
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Subject: OT: Monarch caterpillar "rescue opportunity"?
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:13:25 -0400
This morning I found a small monarch caterpillar in an unlikely spot
downtown, and my untrained instinct tells me it's unlikely to survive to
adulthood at this location, so if anyone is up for it, I think it would be
a good idea/opportunity for someone to effect some level of rescue,
anything from moving it to a bigger patch of milkweeds to trying to raise
it at home (or better yet, in an educational setting somewhere).

It is located on Seneca Street next to the bridge over the inlet, in front
of the Finger Lakes Electric Supply Company, here: 42.440079, -76.511573

There is a very small bed of mulch with some decorative plants and two very
small stray milkweeds (half a foot tall, about a dozen smallish leaves),
and the still very small caterpillar (less than an inch in length) was in
the easternmost of the two milkweeds.

Here's a photo of the would-be adoptee:

  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204734943071423&l=0218fab00e

IMO the two milkweeds (not _that_ close to each other) will not provide
enough nourishment, and are likely to be pulled anyways by anyone tending
that bed (I assume they're considered weeds by gardeners). Thus, I would
recommend that anyone effecting the "rescue" just pull out the entire plant.

Feel free to let me know (offlist, if you want) if you adopt it, need more
info, or think this message was a good/bad idea.

Thanks.

Suan

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Subject: Red Knot & other photos
From: <tigger64 AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:30:22 -0400
Jim Tarolli tells me it was not at Sodus Pt this morning. I've added more 
photos of the Knot with other shorebirds, plus some great ones of Semipalmated 
Plover. Speaking of semipalmated, it appears in my photos that Lesser 
Yellowlegs also has semi-p feet (which I did not know). Also a few shots of the 
juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker at Fair Haven. 



While the roost itself is not visible, the Great Egret roost flight is. The sky 
was very dramatic on Wednesday and I have put up some of the 126 birds that 
flew by my perch. 




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



David Wheeler
N. Syracuse, NY

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Subject: Yellow -bellied Flycatcher at Mundy
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:47:55 +0000
Hello all,
Today on Mundy walk I saw a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher actively fly -catching 
near the overlook (I don't remember the name of the person in whose honor it is 
built) over Fall Creek. Also there were three Carolina Wrens calling from 
different locations in the Mundy and from behind Vet School. 


Yesterday on the way to home along EIRW, near the entrance to Strawberry Hill 
circle, I heard someone spishing. It reminded me of Jeff Gerbracht. So I was 
expecting to see a human being, to my surprise it turned out to be a Carolina 
Wren imitating human spishing! When I went to close to it continued spishing 
till I was just four feet away from it. Then it just moved a bit and continued 
calling. I don't know what it was worried about! 


Cheers
Meena

Meena Haribal
409, Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI)
Phone 6073011167
Email: mmh3 AT cornell.edu
http://haribal.org/
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Ithaca area moths: http://tinyurl.com/kn6q2p4
Dragonfly book sample pages: http://www.haribal.org/140817samplebook.pdf



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Subject: RE: barn swallows
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:49:16 +0000
After nesting, Tree Swallows tend to join large roosts in wetlands. During the 
daytime, they leave the roost and disperse (often large distances) to feeding 
areas, which is why we still may see them over our fields in the summer, 
post-breeding. Then in the evening they all head toward the roost again. These 
roosts are often out of our sight and may move location often, but occasionally 
they are visible as one was at Montezuma NWR back in late July: 


These photos are from July 25 this year:


http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Tree-Swallow/G0000YOpvGGFa3n8/I0000ZRcNxn0V7qs/C0000JGA3u3.D1t8 



http://marieread.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Tree-Swallow/G0000YOpvGGFa3n8/I00002zBp95hsqyw/C0000JGA3u3.D1t8 


Tree Swallow roosts can become enormous as more and more birds join (including 
multiple species of swallows and martins usually) as the summer/fall 
progresses. Eventually (even as late as October) they move south. 


Marie


Marie Read Wildlife Photography
452 Ringwood Road
Freeville NY  13068 USA

Phone  607-539-6608
e-mail   mpr5 AT cornell.edu

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From: bounce-117801628-5851667 AT list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-117801628-5851667 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Anne Clark 
[anneb.clark AT gmail.com] 

Sent: Friday, August 29, 2014 11:38 AM
To: Tobias Dean
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] barn swallows

I see hundreds of tree swallows, mixed with barn swallows, over mown fields 
during August. 


On Aug 29, 2014, at 11:14 AM, Tobias Dean wrote:

Our barn swallows left yesterday, some may have left a few days earlier but 
there was a core group that waited until sometime during the day to depart. I 
had counted 3 individuals in the spring, there may have been more that 
straggled in. A couple of weeks ago I counted around 40 individuals, though 
that may be under the actual group that breeds in our out buildings. It is 
always a sad day not to see them in the morning, though that is the annual 
cycle. Godspeed to them over the Gulf of Mexico, and many thanks for keeping 
our yard relatively bug free. 

 I was curious about their cousins, the tree swallows. They arrived before the 
barn swallows, took up nest boxes away from the buildings and hunted along with 
the barnies. At some point in the summer they disappeared, and I noticed a few 
individuals in the last few days near the barn swallows. Where did the tree 
swallows go for the summer? 


        Toby Dean,  North Danby
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Subject: Re: barn swallows
From: Anne Clark <anneb.clark AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:38:30 -0400
I see hundreds of tree swallows, mixed with barn swallows, over mown fields 
during August. 


On Aug 29, 2014, at 11:14 AM, Tobias Dean wrote:

> Our barn swallows left yesterday, some may have left a few days earlier but 
there was a core group that waited until sometime during the day to depart. I 
had counted 3 individuals in the spring, there may have been more that 
straggled in. A couple of weeks ago I counted around 40 individuals, though 
that may be under the actual group that breeds in our out buildings. It is 
always a sad day not to see them in the morning, though that is the annual 
cycle. Godspeed to them over the Gulf of Mexico, and many thanks for keeping 
our yard relatively bug free. 

> I was curious about their cousins, the tree swallows. They arrived before the 
barn swallows, took up nest boxes away from the buildings and hunted along with 
the barnies. At some point in the summer they disappeared, and I noticed a few 
individuals in the last few days near the barn swallows. Where did the tree 
swallows go for the summer? 

> 
>         Toby Dean,  North Danby
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Subject: barn swallows
From: Tobias Dean <tdean10 AT twcny.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:14:07 -0400
Our barn swallows left yesterday, some may have left a few days earlier but
there was a core group that waited until sometime during the day to
depart.   I had counted 3 individuals in the spring, there may have been
more that straggled in. A couple of weeks ago I counted around 40
individuals, though that may be under the actual group that breeds in our
out buildings. It is always a sad day not to see them in the morning,
though that is the annual cycle. Godspeed to them over the Gulf of Mexico,
and many thanks for keeping our yard relatively bug free.
      I was curious about their cousins, the  tree swallows. They arrived
before the barn swallows, took up nest boxes away from the buildings and
hunted along with the barnies.  At some point in the summer they
disappeared, and I noticed a few individuals in the last few days near the
barn swallows. Where did the tree swallows go for the summer?

        Toby Dean,  North Danby

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Subject: Wed. - Sodus Red Knot; MNWR
From: <tigger64 AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:38:29 -0400
Sodus Point had a juv. Red Knot, first on the pier then on the beach. 30 
Sanderlings and 8 SESA joined a single Lesser Yellowlegs. Good stuff. Photo 
here of the gorgeous Red Knot: 



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



On trip to MNWR I did not check the MAC ponds. I did stop at K-M and found 
shorebird madness. At least a 1000 peeps are there plus many others. I looked 
only for conspicuous or exciting species, so a proper check is needed. 



Finally, I counted 126 Great Egrets flying to roost. Dramatic sky led to 
awesome backdrop for many Egret photos. 



David Wheeler
N. Syracuse, NY

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Subject: Osprey
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:43:40 +0000
Just now an Osprey flew overhead, was seen from yard where i was having my 
dinner. 

There is also a dead Am. Robin flegdling in my yard, which i just saw. The 
reason for death is not known. 

Meena

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Subject: Great Egret @ Thomas Rd Farm
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Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:02:22 -0400

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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper and More
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:03:13 -0400
I had an errand to run up north today and so stopped at a couple of spots in 
the Montezuma Complex to check on shorebirds. 


The visitor's center pool (?) has been disced, and some of the troughs have 
begun to fill with the recent rains. I understand, however, that watering it 
has been delayed due to a plumbing problem. In any case, the only inhabitants I 
could see were a dozen Canada Geese. 


Knox-Marcellus has been drawn down, exposing considerably more mud - and the 
number of shorebirds has increased several-fold over the past couple of weeks. 
I did not spend time counting or closely examining each bird. The bird that did 
stand out was a molting adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER. 


I was told that the DEC has begun to draw down the south pond at the MAC, and I 
walked out to check. Shorebird habitat was about the best I've seen there, and 
there was a good variety of birds to observe. They were a lot closer than the 
birds at K-M as seen from East Road. Of particular interest were the first (for 
me this year) juvenile dowitchers. I counted 21 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 1 
LONG-BILLED, though there may have been more that were obscured by the cattails 
in front of me. It appeared that all of the dowitchers were juveniles. They all 
had fresh plumage with no evidence of body molt. The Short-billeds showed the 
classic barring on their tertials, and the lone Long-billed showed the tiger 
striping there. 


Also of note was a single BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, a handful of WHITE-RUMPEDS, 4 
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS, 80 Semipalmated and 13 Least Sandpipers. 


Dave Nutter will be leading a dike walk at K-M this Sunday. There should be a 
lot to see! 


Bob McGuire


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Subject: Re:OT: New York State Ornithological Association Annual meeting here in Ithaca!!
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:19:35 -0400
Correction. Please read "high energy" as "GOOD energy" after some concerned 
inquiries from leaders who don't want to be running while birding. 


Linda 

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 27, 2014, at 3:01 PM, Linda Orkin  wrote:

> 
> Come one, come all! The Cayuga Bird Club hosts the New York State 
Ornithological Association’s annual meeting this year the weekend of 
September 19 through September 21. Registration is in full swing and we are 
excited to have people coming from all around New York State to participate in 
this. We are especially hoping that many of our wonderful local birders will 
also attend, so that not only our great birding spots but our wonderful 
friendliness and local hospitality will be showcased for all to enjoy. 

> 
> The Friday night reception will be held at the Cornell Laboratory of 
Ornithology from 6-9 PM. We thank Melissa Walker for working along with us to 
make this happen. There will be “heavy” hors d’oeuvres provided by 
Cornell Catering, along with a wine and beer cash bar. Two presentations will 
be offered: All About Bird Biology given by Mya Thompson , the author of this 
newly launched web resource, and a recently produced film called Inside the Lab 
(which is not currently available to the general public). Guests can join 
either of two tours of the employee areas of the Lab. The innovative sound 
ring, a wooden soundscape sculpture by Mya Lin, part of her “What is 
missing?” series dealing with extinctions, will be turned on for all to hear 
and experience. And the wonderful new mural of bird silhouettes, a tribute to 
Roger Tory Peterson and his first field guide, will captivate our visitors who 
will have a check list to challenge their ID acumen. 

> 
> Bob McGuire has organized many wonderful field trips and you can select the 
ones which may interest you. These will be high energy walks to many of our 
favorite hot spots. 

> 
> Saturday at the Ramada will see a series of interesting paper presentations 
from 1:30 to 5, with topics ranging from The Hidden World of Bird Language to 
Earlier Arrival Dates of Spring Migrants, to Piping Plover Recovery in NYS and 
many more. There will be posters on display, and of course, the NYSOA delegates 
business meeting in the morning. A silent auction will be ongoing throughout 
the day. 

> 
> The banquet Saturday night at the Ramada will be buffet style, with a cash 
cocktail reception preceding this. Announcements of award winners will be 
followed by our keynote speaker. We are very excited to be presenting Dr. 
Bridget Stutchbury, who will talk about her groundbreaking research and whose 
talk is titled Frequent Fliers: New Discoveries in Bird Migration. For those 
who may not know Dr. Stutchbury, you still have time to read her three great 
books written for general audiences: Silence of the Songbirds, Bird Detective, 
and most recently, The Private Lives of Birds: A Scientist Reveals the 
Intricacies of Avian Social Life. 

> 
> Doesn’t this sound like a must-attend weekend? Don’t brush it off just 
because you don’t have to travel long distances and stay in a hotel to 
attend. As a matter of fact, this is a wonderful reason for you to make sure 
you are part of this. Go to Cayugabirdclub.org to register and for more 
information. And please note, if you are registering and choosing banquet or 
reception, the deadline for this is Sept. 12. 

> 
> 
> 
> Contact me if you need more information.
> 
> 
> 
> Linda Orkin
> 
> Ithaca, NY
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: OT: New York State Ornithological Association Annual meeting here in Ithaca!!
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:01:20 -0400
Come one, come all! The Cayuga Bird Club hosts the New York State
Ornithological Association’s annual meeting this year the weekend of
September 19 through September 21.  Registration is in full swing and we
are excited to have people coming from all around New York State to
participate in this.  We are especially hoping that many of our wonderful
local birders will also attend, so that not only our great birding spots
but our wonderful friendliness and local hospitality will be showcased for
all to enjoy.

The Friday night reception will be held at the Cornell Laboratory of
Ornithology from 6-9 PM. We thank Melissa Walker for working along with us
to make this happen.  There will be “heavy” hors d’oeuvres provided by
Cornell Catering, along with a wine and beer cash bar.  Two presentations
will be offered:  *All About Bird Biology *given by Mya Thompson , the
author of this  newly launched web resource, and a recently produced film
called *Inside the Lab*  (which is not currently available to the general
public). Guests can join either of two tours of the employee areas of the
Lab. The innovative sound ring, a wooden soundscape sculpture by Mya Lin,
part of her “What is missing?” series dealing with extinctions, will be
turned on for all to hear and experience.  And the wonderful new mural of
bird silhouettes, a tribute to Roger Tory Peterson and his first field
guide, will captivate our visitors who will have a check list to challenge
their ID acumen.

Bob McGuire has organized many wonderful field trips and you can select the
ones which may interest you.  These will be high energy walks to many of
our favorite hot spots.

Saturday at the Ramada will see a series of interesting paper presentations
from 1:30 to 5, with topics ranging from *The Hidden World of Bird Language*
to *Earlier Arrival Dates of Spring Migrants*, to *Piping Plover Recovery*
in NYS and many more.  There will be posters on display, and of course, the
NYSOA delegates business meeting in the morning.  A silent auction will be
ongoing throughout the day.

The banquet Saturday night at the Ramada will be buffet style, with a cash
cocktail reception preceding this.  Announcements of award winners will be
followed by our keynote speaker. We are very excited to be presenting Dr.
Bridget Stutchbury, who will talk about her groundbreaking research and
whose talk is titled *Frequent Fliers: New Discoveries in Bird Migration*.  For
those who may not know Dr. Stutchbury, you still have time to read her
three great books  written for general audiences*: Silence of the
Songbirds, Bird Detective, and most recently, The Private Lives of Birds: A
Scientist Reveals the Intricacies of Avian Social Life.*

Doesn’t this sound like a must-attend weekend?  Don’t brush it off just
because you don’t have to travel long distances and stay in a hotel to
attend.  As a matter of fact, this is a wonderful reason for you to make
sure you are part of this.  Go to *Cayugabirdclub.org* to register and for
more information.  And please note,  if you are registering and choosing
banquet or reception, the deadline for this is Sept. 12.


Contact me if you need more information.


Linda Orkin

Ithaca, NY


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Subject: RE: Great Egret
From: Kim Haines-Eitzen <kjh10 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:16:21 +0000
I think I must have seen this same Great Egret—at our pond in 
Brooktondale—this morning at about 10am. A beauty! 

Kim

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This morning while driving along Boiceville Rd, I had a Great Egret fly over, 
heading down the valley in the direction of Ithaca. Keep a look out. 

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From: Jeff Gerbracht <jeffgerbracht AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:06:32 -0400
This morning while driving along Boiceville Rd, I had a Great Egret fly
over, heading down the valley in the direction of Ithaca.   Keep a look out.
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Subject: Recent sightings - Ontario Lakeshore
From: <tigger64 AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:44:16 -0400
Monday 8/25 on the Ontario Lakeshore between Oswego and Sodus Pt, with Jim 
Tarolli: 



Oswego Harbor: (presumed) Short-billed Dowitcher on the outer breakwall - very 
distant but we thought dowitcher 

Fair Haven: 1 Ruddy Turnstone (juv)
Sodus Pt: 2 Ruddy Turnstone (ad and juv), 1 AG Plover, 2 BB Plover, 2 SP 
Plover, many peeps. Missed the Lesser BB Gulls. 



Last visit to Montezuma had high water at Knox-Marsellus but it has now been a 
few days. 




Photos of the recent Willet at Myers Pt (Tompkins County) are below. Also, 
closeups of many shorebirds including Spotted, Sanderling, SP Sand, SP Plover, 
Least Sand. Some shots of semi-palmated ('piper and plover) feet. I also have 
Caspian Terns diving, Bald Eagle with muskrat, Turkey Vulture sunning, 
Ring-billed Gull close-up calling, Osprey with a big shad, American Bittern, 
Great Egret flock, a very worn and wet Herring Gull, tucked-wing flight shot of 
RH Woodpecker, etc. They should all be on the first page of the photostream. 





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Subject: RE: possible Connecticut
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:52:47 +0000
Well, we know they come through here, so it's always possible.

Thanks for the clarification.

Best,

Kevin

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Hi Folks,

Both Ken Rosenberg and Kevin have raised the most polite and informed question 
about the possible Connecticut singing. 


The bird I heard was singing. I was busy and half-listened and half registered 
the song and initially said to my self that it was a really odd Ovenbird 
because each note was so staccato, and then I said to myself that it just was 
not right for Ovenbird. Each note of an Ovenbird song seems to flow into the 
next note without a distinct pause between 

notes, even if each note is very emphatic. The song of this bird   had a 
distinct stutter, or extremely brief pause between notes.

I know songs of warblers are rare in fall, which is why I mentioned I thought 
it odd. 


Now you guys make me wonder about it, but as I played back in my mind what I 
had heard, it really did sound like a Connecticut and my recollection matched 
the audio at the web site. Caution is always appropriate, but it is still on my 
year list, but maybe that says more (or less) about my year list. 


Thanks for the informed questions.

Cheers,

John

On 8/26/2014 12:24 PM, Kevin J. McGowan wrote:
> Are you saying it was singing? I don't think I've ever heard of a Connecticut 
singing here in the fall before. 

>
> The thin call note isn't distinctive enough to me to be recognizable, 
although perhaps with enough experience it might be (as opposed to no 
experience at all). 

>
> Best,
>
> Kevin
>
>
>
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> From: bounce-117782773-3493952 AT list.cornell.edu 
> [mailto:bounce-117782773-3493952 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of John 
> Confer
> Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:00 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] possible Connecticut
>
> Just a heads up.
>
> I heard out my bedroom window a possible (well, it made my year list) 
Connecticut Warbler. It took about 3-4 calls before it clicked in my mind what 
it was. Checking with web sites , I 
thought it was a perfect match. Perhaps they are moving through the area now 
and others may hear their call and have that moment of "What the heck was that. 
I think I know it, but I haven't heard it in so long I can't place it". Refresh 
your memory and you'll be able to know it. 

>
> Of course, in the next hour, it didn't call again.
>
> Odd - My recollection is that fall Connecticut are more often than not 
reported by sound recognition than by sight. 

>
> Cheers,
>
> John Confer
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Subject: Re: possible Connecticut
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:35:14 -0400
Hi Folks,

Both Ken Rosenberg and Kevin have raised the most polite and informed 
question about the possible Connecticut singing.

The bird I heard was singing. I was busy and half-listened and half 
registered the song and initially said to my self that it was a really 
odd Ovenbird because each note was so staccato, and then I said to 
myself that it just was not right for Ovenbird. Each note of an Ovenbird 
song seems to flow into the next note without a distinct pause between 
notes, even if each note is very emphatic. The song of this bird   had a 
distinct stutter, or extremely brief pause between notes.

I know songs of warblers are rare in fall, which is why I mentioned I 
thought it odd.

Now you guys make me wonder about it, but as I played back in my mind 
what I had heard, it really did sound like a Connecticut and my 
recollection matched the audio at the web site. Caution is always 
appropriate, but it is still on my year list, but maybe that says more 
(or less) about my year list.

Thanks for the informed questions.

Cheers,

John

On 8/26/2014 12:24 PM, Kevin J. McGowan wrote:
> Are you saying it was singing? I don't think I've ever heard of a Connecticut 
singing here in the fall before. 

>
> The thin call note isn't distinctive enough to me to be recognizable, 
although perhaps with enough experience it might be (as opposed to no 
experience at all). 

>
> Best,
>
> Kevin
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: bounce-117782773-3493952 AT list.cornell.edu 
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> Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:00 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] possible Connecticut
>
> Just a heads up.
>
> I heard out my bedroom window a possible (well, it made my year list) 
Connecticut Warbler. It took about 3-4 calls before it clicked in my mind what 
it was. Checking with web sites , I 
thought it was a perfect match. Perhaps they are moving through the area now 
and others may hear their call and have that moment of "What the heck was that. 
I think I know it, but I haven't heard it in so long I can't place it". Refresh 
your memory and you'll be able to know it. 

>
> Of course, in the next hour, it didn't call again.
>
> Odd - My recollection is that fall Connecticut are more often than not 
reported by sound recognition than by sight. 

>
> Cheers,
>
> John Confer
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From: Candace Cornell <cec222 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:26:05 -0400
What is the greatest number of Black Vultures you've seen together in the
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Stevenson Rd? Please let me know if you ever seen any flocks in the last
two years.
Thanks,
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Subject: RE: possible Connecticut
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:24:59 +0000
Are you saying it was singing? I don't think I've ever heard of a Connecticut 
singing here in the fall before. 


The thin call note isn't distinctive enough to me to be recognizable, although 
perhaps with enough experience it might be (as opposed to no experience at 
all). 


Best, 

Kevin



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Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:00 PM
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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] possible Connecticut

Just a heads up.

I heard out my bedroom window a possible (well, it made my year list) 
Connecticut Warbler. It took about 3-4 calls before it clicked in my mind what 
it was. Checking with web sites , I 
thought it was a perfect match. Perhaps they are moving through the area now 
and others may hear their call and have that moment of "What the heck was that. 
I think I know it, but I haven't heard it in so long I can't place it". Refresh 
your memory and you'll be able to know it. 


Of course, in the next hour, it didn't call again.

Odd - My recollection is that fall Connecticut are more often than not reported 
by sound recognition than by sight. 


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Subject: possible Connecticut
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:59:40 -0400
Just a heads up.

I heard out my bedroom window a possible (well, it made my year list) 
Connecticut Warbler. It took about 3-4 calls before it clicked in my 
mind what it was. Checking with web sites 
, I thought it was a perfect 
match. Perhaps they are moving through the area now and others may hear 
their call and have that moment of "What the heck was that. I think I 
know it, but I haven't heard it in so long I can't place it". Refresh 
your memory and you'll be able to know it.

Of course, in the next hour, it didn't call again.

Odd - My recollection is that fall Connecticut are more often than not 
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Subject: Re: Nighthawks
From: Candace Cornell <cec222 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:16:04 -0400
Night hawks have been around Salt Point and Myers Park on and off for a
week at dusk.
Candace


On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 6:03 AM, Geo Kloppel  wrote:

> Newman Golf Course, of course, sorry!
>
> I wonder if these Nighthawks have been roosting in the same place day
> after day? Or are they even the same birds?
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- Kentucky Warbler (1 report)
- Canada Warbler (1 report)

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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris) (1)
- Reported Aug 26, 2014 07:06 by Steve Kelling
- aa NY Tom pond field transect, Tompkins, New York
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Subject: Re: Nighthawks
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:03:27 -0400
Newman Golf Course, of course, sorry! 

I wonder if these Nighthawks have been roosting in the same place day after 
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Subject: Re: Nighthawks
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:10:25 +0000 (GMT)
PS: I assume Geo meant the City of Ithaca's Newman Golf Course next to Renwick 
Sanctuary and Jetty Woods and between Fall Creek and Cayuga Inlet, not 
Cornell's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course on Warren Rd. 


--Dave Nutter


On Aug 26, 2014, at 12:07 AM, Dave Nutter  wrote:

> I sought Common Nighthawks from 6:35 to about 8pm. I was hoping to see them 
from my yard but I think the surrounding trees have grown up too much impeding 
the low-altitude views of the flats. Anyway, that was a bust, even though I saw 
up to 9 of them far to the NNE while scoping from the NYS-89 bridge over the 
Flood Control Channel. Sometimes they rose high enough to be seen against the 
sky above Cayuga Heights, but mostly they were tough to see against trees of 
East Hill or The Flats. There also were lots of gulls (probably Ring-billed, I 
estimated at least 30) apparently hawking insects but within a more contained 
area and lower, I assumed over the lower reaches of Cascadilla Creek but I 
couldn't be sure. The first nighthawk I saw was at about 6:50 and the last 2 
(from the bike path a bit farther north and against the sky) at 7:44pm. 

> --Dave Nutter
>
> On Aug 25, 2014, at 10:18 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal  wrote:
>
>> I also saw one Nighthawk over the hills from Jennings Pond looking 
northwards. It flew in its erratic way but soon disappeared among the 
vegetation of the woods. 

>> I also saw an Indigo Bunting, two Pileated Woodpeckers and several Cedar 
Waxwings and Barn Swallows and an Eastern KIngbird was heard. 

>>
>> I saw lots and lots of Vesper Bluets and enjoyed watching them till dusk!
>>
>> Cheers
>> Meena
>>
>> Meena Haribal
>> Ithaca NY 14850
>> 42.429007,-76.47111
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>> Ithaca area moths: http://tinyurl.com/kn6q2p4
>> Dragonfly book sample pages: http://www.haribal.org/140817samplebook.pdf
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>> ________________________________________
>> From: bounce-117778739-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Geo Kloppel 
 

>> Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 9:10 PM
>> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
>> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Nighthawks
>>
>> This evening Pat and I were delivering groceries to her 95 year old mother, 
who's recovering from temporal arteritis. We left her place on Triphammer Road 
at 7:15, stopped at Sunset Park to see if we could spot any Nighthawks from 
there, then zipped down to the RTJ golf course. We parked near the lodge and 
took stations along the post-and-rail fence where we could see lots of sky. 
Various people stopped and asked about what we were looking for (the Audubon 
Field Guide app is such a great resource to have in one's pocket for answering 
questions like that!) 

>>
>> At about 7:40 I spotted one Nighthawk far away over Lighthouse Woods. 
Another birder came by a couple minutes later, but left before I got his name. 
Five minutes later there were seven Nighthawks over our heads. I wrote a quick 
email notice (I always have email access in my pocket, but no texting). Soon 
the birds headed over toward the Fire Training Tower, Fall Creek and Renwick 
Wood, so we drove over there, and enjoyed at least nine Nighthawks foraging at 
treetop level - great views! 

>>
>> They all disappeared by 8:00 pm.
>>
>> -Geo
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From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:06:46 +0000 (GMT)
I sought Common Nighthawks from 6:35 to about 8pm. I was hoping to see them 
from my yard but I think the surrounding trees have grown up too much impeding 
the low-altitude views of the flats. Anyway, that was a bust, even though I saw 
up to 9 of them far to the NNE while scoping from the NYS-89 bridge over the 
Flood Control Channel. Sometimes they rose high enough to be seen against the 
sky above Cayuga Heights, but mostly they were tough to see against trees of 
East Hill or The Flats. There also were lots of gulls (probably Ring-billed, I 
estimated at least 30) apparently hawking insects but within a more contained 
area and lower, I assumed over the lower reaches of Cascadilla Creek but I 
couldn't be sure. The first nighthawk I saw was at about 6:50 and the last 2 
(from the bike path a bit farther north and against the sky) at 7:44pm. 


--Dave Nutter


On Aug 25, 2014, at 10:18 PM, Meena Madhav Haribal  wrote:

> I also saw one Nighthawk over the hills from Jennings Pond looking 
northwards. It flew in its erratic way but soon disappeared among the 
vegetation of the woods. 

> I also saw an Indigo Bunting, two Pileated Woodpeckers and several Cedar 
Waxwings and Barn Swallows and an Eastern KIngbird was heard. 

>
> I saw lots and lots of Vesper Bluets and enjoyed watching them till dusk!
>
> Cheers
> Meena
>
> Meena Haribal
> Ithaca NY 14850
> 42.429007,-76.47111
> http://haribal.org/
> http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/
> Ithaca area moths: http://tinyurl.com/kn6q2p4
> Dragonfly book sample pages: http://www.haribal.org/140817samplebook.pdf
>
>
>
>
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> From: bounce-117778739-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Geo Kloppel 
 

> Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 9:10 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Nighthawks
>
> This evening Pat and I were delivering groceries to her 95 year old mother, 
who's recovering from temporal arteritis. We left her place on Triphammer Road 
at 7:15, stopped at Sunset Park to see if we could spot any Nighthawks from 
there, then zipped down to the RTJ golf course. We parked near the lodge and 
took stations along the post-and-rail fence where we could see lots of sky. 
Various people stopped and asked about what we were looking for (the Audubon 
Field Guide app is such a great resource to have in one's pocket for answering 
questions like that!) 

>
> At about 7:40 I spotted one Nighthawk far away over Lighthouse Woods. Another 
birder came by a couple minutes later, but left before I got his name. Five 
minutes later there were seven Nighthawks over our heads. I wrote a quick email 
notice (I always have email access in my pocket, but no texting). Soon the 
birds headed over toward the Fire Training Tower, Fall Creek and Renwick Wood, 
so we drove over there, and enjoyed at least nine Nighthawks foraging at 
treetop level - great views! 

>
> They all disappeared by 8:00 pm.
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From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:18:08 +0000
I also saw one Nighthawk over the hills from Jennings Pond looking northwards. 
It flew in its erratic way but soon disappeared among the vegetation of the 
woods. 

I also saw an Indigo Bunting, two Pileated Woodpeckers and several Cedar 
Waxwings and Barn Swallows and an Eastern KIngbird was heard. 


I saw lots and lots of Vesper Bluets and enjoyed watching them till dusk!

Cheers
Meena

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From: bounce-117778739-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Geo Kloppel 
 

Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 9:10 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Nighthawks

This evening Pat and I were delivering groceries to her 95 year old mother, 
who's recovering from temporal arteritis. We left her place on Triphammer Road 
at 7:15, stopped at Sunset Park to see if we could spot any Nighthawks from 
there, then zipped down to the RTJ golf course. We parked near the lodge and 
took stations along the post-and-rail fence where we could see lots of sky. 
Various people stopped and asked about what we were looking for (the Audubon 
Field Guide app is such a great resource to have in one's pocket for answering 
questions like that!) 


At about 7:40 I spotted one Nighthawk far away over Lighthouse Woods. Another 
birder came by a couple minutes later, but left before I got his name. Five 
minutes later there were seven Nighthawks over our heads. I wrote a quick email 
notice (I always have email access in my pocket, but no texting). Soon the 
birds headed over toward the Fire Training Tower, Fall Creek and Renwick Wood, 
so we drove over there, and enjoyed at least nine Nighthawks foraging at 
treetop level - great views! 


They all disappeared by 8:00 pm.

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Subject: Nighthawks
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:10:25 -0400
This evening Pat and I were delivering groceries to her 95 year old mother, 
who's recovering from temporal arteritis. We left her place on Triphammer Road 
at 7:15, stopped at Sunset Park to see if we could spot any Nighthawks from 
there, then zipped down to the RTJ golf course. We parked near the lodge and 
took stations along the post-and-rail fence where we could see lots of sky. 
Various people stopped and asked about what we were looking for (the Audubon 
Field Guide app is such a great resource to have in one's pocket for answering 
questions like that!) 


At about 7:40 I spotted one Nighthawk far away over Lighthouse Woods. Another 
birder came by a couple minutes later, but left before I got his name. Five 
minutes later there were seven Nighthawks over our heads. I wrote a quick email 
notice (I always have email access in my pocket, but no texting). Soon the 
birds headed over toward the Fire Training Tower, Fall Creek and Renwick Wood, 
so we drove over there, and enjoyed at least nine Nighthawks foraging at 
treetop level - great views! 


They all disappeared by 8:00 pm.

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:57:53 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* August 25, 2014
*  NYSY  08. 25. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):


August 18, 2013 - August 25, 2014
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland
compiled: August 25 AT 8:00 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
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#407 Monday August 25, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
July 28, 2014
 
Highlights:
-----------

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
FORSTER’S TERN
SNOWY OWL
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT


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

     8/20: An astounding 390 SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS were counted at 
Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 

     8/23: 2 SANDHILL CRANES, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 1 
RUDDY TURNSTONE, 1 SANDERLING, 30 LESST SANDPIPERS, 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 
30 SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS, 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 5 LONG-BILLED 
DOWITCHERS were seen at Knox-Marsellus marsh. 

     8/24: Somewhat fewer shorebirds this day but a rare FORSTER’S TERN 
was seen at Knox-Marsellus. 



Onondaga county
------------

     COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were reported from all parts of the county this week. 
The best day was 8/23 when 119 were counted at Three Rivers WMA in 
Baldwinsville. The SNOWY OWL at the Rt. 31 shopping area near Home Depot was 
reported on an almost daily basis. It seems to be eating well. 

     8/23: A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found by one lucky birder at the 
Eagle’s Nest Overlook at Three Rivers WMA but could not be relocated. 



Madison County
------------

     8/23: AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER, BAIRDS SANDPIPER, 
SHORT-BILLE DOWITCHER and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were all seen at the Sky High 
Sod Farm north of Chittenango. On the 24th. 4 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS arrived but 
the Buff-breasted was not seen. 



Cayuga County
------------

     8/25: One adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at West Barrier Beach at 
Fair Haven. 2 SANDERLING and 1 SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERS were also seen, 

     

     
               

 --  end report



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Region 5
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Subject: Nighthawks Renwick now
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:54:41 -0400
At least nine Common Nighthawks over the Fall Creek "estuary " / Stewart Park 
suspension bridges right now! 


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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker at Palmer Woods
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:55:37 -0400
Sorry for the late post, I just realized this hadn't made it to
Cayugabirds. This morning David Weber found an adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
in Palmer Woods on north campus. He first had it fly over, then it returned
to some dead trees and was present for at least an hour after that. This
was in the low swampy area along Pleasant Grove Brook well north of A-Lot,
probably at least audible (it was calling frequently) from the east end of
Sheldon Road or from Pleasant Grove Lane.

-- 
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Macaulay Library
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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Subject: Mundy warblers
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:01:58 +0000
Blackburnian  3 FOY for me
Bay breasted 2
Magnolia 3
No. Parula 1
Am. Redstart. 1
And usuals
Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone


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Subject: Volunteers capture Osprey fledgling flight
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:35:45 +0000
FYI

http://www.cornell.edu/video/volunteer-birders-capture-osprey-fledging-on-campus/?utm_source=cornellcast_weekly_update&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5485 


Enjoy the work of these dedicated volunteers who spent most of their spare time 
watching the ospreys! 


Cheers
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Subject: Common Nighthawks over Northside Ithaca
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:08:25 +0000 (GMT)
This evening I was strolling the Fall Creek neighborhood of Ithaca with my son. 
My goal was to see Common Nighthawks. His goal was to pleasantly kill time 
while his laundry dried. The playground at the Fall Creek Elementary School 
seemed a good spot, with plenty of sky, plus equipment sturdy enough to 
withstand a young adult with a passion for parkour. It was during the window of 
time when I'd seen several Common Nighthawks distantly east of Cass Park three 
evenings ago, so I was optimistic, but not desperate. The closest I'd seen so 
far this evening was a gull commuting toward the lake, as many do at that time 
of day, but this gull veered as if hawking an insect. Then I got help from 
another birder with eyes to the sky. Garrett MacDonald was fueling up at the 
Mirabito gas station by Purity Ice Cream on NYS-13 when he noticed at least 9 
Common Nighthawks foraging, so he sent out a text RBA at 7:17pm. By shifting 
our vantage to the slight rise at the east end of Queen Street I was able to 
see them distantly over buildings and between trees, also counting 9. We 
hustled west, garnering several additional sightings. By the time we passed the 
Cooperative Extension building at W Lincoln St & Willow Av, some were flying 
directly overhead, and Brendan was able, naked-eye, to discern the white bar 
across the primaries of one bird. From the grounds of the ScienCenter near 
Franklin St & Alice Miller Way I made my maximum count of 13, all to the south 
and still in their crazy feeding flight. While I sent out a text RBA at 
7:30pm they disappeared. We headed back to the laundromat, where the clothes 
were dry. 


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Subject: Green Heron
From: Carl Steckler <nyleatherneck3516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:29:03 -0700
Now at Swan Pond Stewart Park
East end of pond
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Subject: Re: Carolina Wrens nesting in hanging baskets
From: "Laura J. Heisey" <ljh2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:33:35 +0000
I had my first ever Carolina Wren nest in a hanging basket of tuberous begonias 
this summer. One person I told said, "Of course you do!" They successfully 
raised and fledged five chicks. They're nesting all over my property in 
Newfield. I hear the buzzy "I'm bringing food" sound all day long every day. 
They now visit a basket of fuschias but I don't think they have a nest there. I 
thought they would but they just hang out there. They've put a serious dent in 
the bug population this year. I'll definitely encourage their return. 



On August 24, 2014, at 5:00PM, Donna Scott wrote:

Re CAROLINA WRENS nesting in hanging baskets or the like: a few years ago C. 
Wrens nested in a plastic bag containing rubber belts for the lawn mower! the 
bag was hanging on a nail against the house under the floor of my roofed back 
deck (house is on a hill so there is a walk out basement on the side with the 
bag - it was above my head), so plenty of shelter, yet easy access to the yard 
and spiders and insects in garden equipment nearby. I could see the nest thru 
the transparent bag. 3 Young. 


I always have them nesting around here somewhere and this year they 
successfully fledged 3 young from one of those little woven, round-bottomed, 
pointed-top nest baskets that one hangs up somewhere - mine are under the roof 
of my front porch. Now one (or more?) of the wrens sleeps at night in another 
one of those baskets on the other side under the porch roof (I have 3 of those 
hung up under there). 


I leave my big, browned "not-so-evergreen" Xmas wreath up on my front door long 
after winter because I like the way it smells and it is always nicely decorated 
with natural plants (by me). One year a Carolina Wren built a beautiful nest in 
the center of the wreath against the door. It lined the whole thing with soft 
green moss and laid its eggs. 

As soon as discovered the nest, I stopped using the front door and put ladders 
in front of the step to the porch to keep people from approaching the door. We 
all had to use the door from the garage. Sometimes I stood nearby to observe 
the babies in the nest and take a few photos and later they successfully 
fledged, I think. 

Sometimes I put the old wreath on the side wall of my recessed front porch and 
now and then the wrens build a nest in the center of it over there. 


This year I heard that monotonous vocalization (that Lindsay described) from 
the parent around the time the young were about to fledge. For a while one baby 
stood on top of the nest basket, as the parent chattered away, then baby went 
back into the nest. A couple days later they were all gone from the nest. 


I live by Cayuga Lake (so a little warmer here in winter), and I have Carolina 
Wrens here all winter visiting my many bird feeders, and have had for at least 
a decade. I think there are as many wrens here as ever and that they survived 
this last "real winter" OK, perhaps due to bird feeders -- although I think I 
am one of the only residents on Lansing Station Road that keeps feeders full in 
winter (& all year round). 


Donna Scott
Lansing
----- Original Message -----
From: Lindsay Goodloe
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2014 1:32 PM
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Carolina wrens nesting in fuchsia hanging basket

 I was interested in Dave Nutters recent reports on a pair of Carolina wrens 
that successfully nested in a hanging planter on his back porch. It was just a 
few days after his first report (7/18) that we noticed Carolina wrens carrying 
nesting material to a hanging basket of fuchsia suspended from a beam under the 
ceiling of our otherwise unenclosed back porch. By the weekend of 7/26-7/27, we 
suspected that they were incubating their clutch. August 10 was the first day 
we observed food being brought to the nest, but the eggs may have hatched a day 
or so earlier. My wife saw an adult bringing food to the nest early in the 
morning on 8/21, but the nest was empty by the afternoon, and so, to our great 
disappointment, we totally missed what we assume was the successful fledging of 
the young. We never peered into the nest (a domed structure with the entrance 
located on the side facing the backyard) to count babies, either. The nest 
location was about 10 feet from our back door and five feet from a kitchen 
window from which we could observe the activity. Since we spend very little 
time sitting on the porch, the birds took little or no notice of us and flew 
fairly directly to the nest when delivering food. We once heard them making 
nervous-sounding vocalizations when a seemingly oblivious chipmunk loitered for 
awhile on the ground under their nest location until we drove it away. My wife 
also once saw the wrens drive away a downy woodpecker that landed briefly on a 
post near the nest. Though we rarely heard the male giving its full song during 
the nesting period, at least one of the birds (the male?) spent an amazing 
amount of time (especially in late morning and during the afternoon) repeating 
monotonously the brief slurred trill call that is one of the wrens common 
vocalizations. It gave this call from many locations close to our house, but 
perhaps its favorite calling perch was the handle of our lawn mower, which was 
for some days parked on our porch about ten feet from the nest. We believe that 
the frequency of calling increased as the fledging date approached; if so, it 
suggests that the vocalizing was directed mostly at the nestlings. Perhaps some 
learning of the call goes on at this period. Weve hardly heard this call, or 
any other, since the young (presumably) fledged. 

 Over the many years that weve lived in our South Hill house, weve 
occasionally had house wrens and chickadees nest in the hollow top of a post at 
the corner of the porch, but having any bird make a nest in a hanging basket 
was a first for us. The poor fuchsia plant showed signs of getting very thirsty 
as the nesting period progressed, but it survived (albeit with no blooms at 
this point). We are wondering how frequently hanging baskets (or other 
planters) are utilized by Carolina wrens (or any other species) as nest sites. 
Two instances in Ithaca in the same season might suggest that its not a rare 
occurrence, but I cant recall any other reports in previous years (which, 
given my memory, proves nothing). Perhaps this post will spur some 
recollections of others. In any case, our wrens have made this a fun and 
memorable summer for birds even though weve seldom gotten out in the field. 

 And a couple of other thoughts. For decades, weve had house wrens nesting in 
our backyard in bird houses that weve provided. The last wren house fell apart 
a couple of years ago, and we have not replaced it. So now we have no house 
wrens, and for the first time (to our knowledge) weve had a pair of Carolina 
wrens nesting around the house. Is this a coincidence, or do these wrens 
exhibit interspecific territoriality (I havent researched this point in BNA)? 
Also, last winter was the sort of brutally cold season that is supposed to 
result in high mortality on Carolina wrens, yet we had a pair around our 
feeders all winterperhaps the same pair that nested here this summer. Have 
others noticed any decrease in the Carolina wren population this year? If not, 
perhaps feeders are mitigating the losses that this species formerly suffered 
during harsh winters. 


Lindsay Goodloe
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Subject: Re: Carolina Wrens nesting in hanging baskets
From: "Donna Scott" <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:59:08 -0400
Carolina wrens nesting in fuchsia hanging basketRe CAROLINA WRENS nesting in 
hanging baskets or the like: a few years ago C. Wrens nested in a plastic bag 
containing rubber belts for the lawn mower! the bag was hanging on a nail 
against the house under the floor of my roofed back deck (house is on a hill so 
there is a walk out basement on the side with the bag - it was above my head), 
so plenty of shelter, yet easy access to the yard and spiders and insects in 
garden equipment nearby. I could see the nest thru the transparent bag. 3 
Young. 


I always have them nesting around here somewhere and this year they 
successfully fledged 3 young from one of those little woven, round-bottomed, 
pointed-top nest baskets that one hangs up somewhere - mine are under the roof 
of my front porch. Now one (or more?) of the wrens sleeps at night in another 
one of those baskets on the other side under the porch roof (I have 3 of those 
hung up under there). 


I leave my big, browned "not-so-evergreen" Xmas wreath up on my front door long 
after winter because I like the way it smells and it is always nicely decorated 
with natural plants (by me). One year a Carolina Wren built a beautiful nest in 
the center of the wreath against the door. It lined the whole thing with soft 
green moss and laid its eggs. 

As soon as discovered the nest, I stopped using the front door and put ladders 
in front of the step to the porch to keep people from approaching the door. We 
all had to use the door from the garage. Sometimes I stood nearby to observe 
the babies in the nest and take a few photos and later they successfully 
fledged, I think. 

Sometimes I put the old wreath on the side wall of my recessed front porch and 
now and then the wrens build a nest in the center of it over there. 


This year I heard that monotonous vocalization (that Lindsay described) from 
the parent around the time the young were about to fledge. For a while one baby 
stood on top of the nest basket, as the parent chattered away, then baby went 
back into the nest. A couple days later they were all gone from the nest. 


I live by Cayuga Lake (so a little warmer here in winter), and I have Carolina 
Wrens here all winter visiting my many bird feeders, and have had for at least 
a decade. I think there are as many wrens here as ever and that they survived 
this last "real winter" OK, perhaps due to bird feeders -- although I think I 
am one of the only residents on Lansing Station Road that keeps feeders full in 
winter (& all year round). 


Donna Scott
Lansing
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lindsay Goodloe 
  To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
  Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2014 1:32 PM
  Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Carolina wrens nesting in fuchsia hanging basket


 I was interested in Dave Nutters recent reports on a pair of Carolina wrens 
that successfully nested in a hanging planter on his back porch. It was just a 
few days after his first report (7/18) that we noticed Carolina wrens carrying 
nesting material to a hanging basket of fuchsia suspended from a beam under the 
ceiling of our otherwise unenclosed back porch. By the weekend of 7/26-7/27, we 
suspected that they were incubating their clutch. August 10 was the first day 
we observed food being brought to the nest, but the eggs may have hatched a day 
or so earlier. My wife saw an adult bringing food to the nest early in the 
morning on 8/21, but the nest was empty by the afternoon, and so, to our great 
disappointment, we totally missed what we assume was the successful fledging of 
the young. We never peered into the nest (a domed structure with the entrance 
located on the side facing the backyard) to count babies, either. The nest 
location was about 10 feet from our back door and five feet from a kitchen 
window from which we could observe the activity. Since we spend very little 
time sitting on the porch, the birds took little or no notice of us and flew 
fairly directly to the nest when delivering food. We once heard them making 
nervous-sounding vocalizations when a seemingly oblivious chipmunk loitered for 
awhile on the ground under their nest location until we drove it away. My wife 
also once saw the wrens drive away a downy woodpecker that landed briefly on a 
post near the nest. Though we rarely heard the male giving its full song during 
the nesting period, at least one of the birds (the male?) spent an amazing 
amount of time (especially in late morning and during the afternoon) repeating 
monotonously the brief slurred trill call that is one of the wrens common 
vocalizations. It gave this call from many locations close to our house, but 
perhaps its favorite calling perch was the handle of our lawn mower, which was 
for some days parked on our porch about ten feet from the nest. We believe that 
the frequency of calling increased as the fledging date approached; if so, it 
suggests that the vocalizing was directed mostly at the nestlings. Perhaps some 
learning of the call goes on at this period. Weve hardly heard this call, or 
any other, since the young (presumably) fledged. 

 Over the many years that weve lived in our South Hill house, weve 
occasionally had house wrens and chickadees nest in the hollow top of a post at 
the corner of the porch, but having any bird make a nest in a hanging basket 
was a first for us. The poor fuchsia plant showed signs of getting very thirsty 
as the nesting period progressed, but it survived (albeit with no blooms at 
this point). We are wondering how frequently hanging baskets (or other 
planters) are utilized by Carolina wrens (or any other species) as nest sites. 
Two instances in Ithaca in the same season might suggest that its not a rare 
occurrence, but I cant recall any other reports in previous years (which, 
given my memory, proves nothing). Perhaps this post will spur some 
recollections of others. In any case, our wrens have made this a fun and 
memorable summer for birds even though weve seldom gotten out in the field. 

 And a couple of other thoughts. For decades, weve had house wrens nesting in 
our backyard in bird houses that weve provided. The last wren house fell apart 
a couple of years ago, and we have not replaced it. So now we have no house 
wrens, and for the first time (to our knowledge) weve had a pair of Carolina 
wrens nesting around the house. Is this a coincidence, or do these wrens 
exhibit interspecific territoriality (I havent researched this point in BNA)? 
Also, last winter was the sort of brutally cold season that is supposed to 
result in high mortality on Carolina wrens, yet we had a pair around our 
feeders all winterperhaps the same pair that nested here this summer. Have 
others noticed any decrease in the Carolina wren population this year? If not, 
perhaps feeders are mitigating the losses that this species formerly suffered 
during harsh winters. 


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Subject: MT Pleasant Bobolink Common Ravens
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:46:54 +0000
Around 10 this morning (Sunday) I was walking past the field just east of the 
observatory, where the recently mowed grass was being turned by a tractor. 
Overhead 3 Common Ravens were wheeling, giving lots of calls, checking out the 
newly mowed areas for dead (or soon to be dead) things exposed by the mowera 
bit gruesome to think about but they are scavengers after all. One of the 3 
carried off a beakful of who-knows-what back into the nearby woodsmaybe to 
consume at leisure? Or maybe a juvenile was waiting there? 


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Subject: Carolina wrens nesting in fuchsia hanging basket
From: Lindsay Goodloe <lg32 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:32:24 +0000
 I was interested in Dave Nutters recent reports on a pair of Carolina wrens 
that successfully nested in a hanging planter on his back porch. It was just a 
few days after his first report (7/18) that we noticed Carolina wrens carrying 
nesting material to a hanging basket of fuchsia suspended from a beam under the 
ceiling of our otherwise unenclosed back porch. By the weekend of 7/26-7/27, we 
suspected that they were incubating their clutch. August 10 was the first day 
we observed food being brought to the nest, but the eggs may have hatched a day 
or so earlier. My wife saw an adult bringing food to the nest early in the 
morning on 8/21, but the nest was empty by the afternoon, and so, to our great 
disappointment, we totally missed what we assume was the successful fledging of 
the young. We never peered into the nest (a domed structure with the entrance 
located on the side facing the backyard) to count babies, either. The nest 
location was about 10 feet from our back door and five feet from a kitchen 
window from which we could observe the activity. Since we spend very little 
time sitting on the porch, the birds took little or no notice of us and flew 
fairly directly to the nest when delivering food. We once heard them making 
nervous-sounding vocalizations when a seemingly oblivious chipmunk loitered for 
awhile on the ground under their nest location until we drove it away. My wife 
also once saw the wrens drive away a downy woodpecker that landed briefly on a 
post near the nest. Though we rarely heard the male giving its full song during 
the nesting period, at least one of the birds (the male?) spent an amazing 
amount of time (especially in late morning and during the afternoon) repeating 
monotonously the brief slurred trill call that is one of the wrens common 
vocalizations. It gave this call from many locations close to our house, but 
perhaps its favorite calling perch was the handle of our lawn mower, which was 
for some days parked on our porch about ten feet from the nest. We believe that 
the frequency of calling increased as the fledging date approached; if so, it 
suggests that the vocalizing was directed mostly at the nestlings. Perhaps some 
learning of the call goes on at this period. Weve hardly heard this call, or 
any other, since the young (presumably) fledged. 

 Over the many years that weve lived in our South Hill house, weve 
occasionally had house wrens and chickadees nest in the hollow top of a post at 
the corner of the porch, but having any bird make a nest in a hanging basket 
was a first for us. The poor fuchsia plant showed signs of getting very thirsty 
as the nesting period progressed, but it survived (albeit with no blooms at 
this point). We are wondering how frequently hanging baskets (or other 
planters) are utilized by Carolina wrens (or any other species) as nest sites. 
Two instances in Ithaca in the same season might suggest that its not a rare 
occurrence, but I cant recall any other reports in previous years (which, 
given my memory, proves nothing). Perhaps this post will spur some 
recollections of others. In any case, our wrens have made this a fun and 
memorable summer for birds even though weve seldom gotten out in the field. 

 And a couple of other thoughts. For decades, weve had house wrens nesting in 
our backyard in bird houses that weve provided. The last wren house fell apart 
a couple of years ago, and we have not replaced it. So now we have no house 
wrens, and for the first time (to our knowledge) weve had a pair of Carolina 
wrens nesting around the house. Is this a coincidence, or do these wrens 
exhibit interspecific territoriality (I havent researched this point in BNA)? 
Also, last winter was the sort of brutally cold season that is supposed to 
result in high mortality on Carolina wrens, yet we had a pair around our 
feeders all winterperhaps the same pair that nested here this summer. Have 
others noticed any decrease in the Carolina wren population this year? If not, 
perhaps feeders are mitigating the losses that this species formerly suffered 
during harsh winters. 


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Subject: * possible * connecticut warbler off Bluegrass lane, ne ithaca
From: Tom Schulenberg <tss62 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:16:27 -0400
Emphasis on possible, since I couldn't get much of a look. Seemed to have
good white eyering and long undertail coverts. It was at the the edge of
the woods at the south end of the straight stretch on bluegrass - from the
south end of the red barn, walk west 100+ yards. Bird was just past the
patch of japanese knotwood, at the small gap.

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Subject: summer tanager
From: Susan Fast <sustfast AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:11:42 -0700
At 1145, I heard a different bird song from the large maple over the house. 
Robin-like series of phrases, each phrase of three parts. I listened to it 
sing for about 10 minutes before it flew out into view--about robin sized; 
large, thick bill; splotched yellow-orange. Most probably a female SUMMER 
TANAGER. It flew off, but I'll report if I hear it again. 


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Subject: Summerhill SF Sunday
From: bob mcguire <bmcguire AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:04:15 -0400
I had a long walk up & down Salt Road this morning. As was to be expected at 
this time of year, it was rather quiet bird-wise. Along with the usual 
chickadees, nuthatches, and Common Yellowthroats I did have a few unexpected 
and pleasant surprises. Not the goshawk I had hoped for, but a RED-SHOULDERED 
HAWK called once (one series of 5 notes) from off to the east. The greatest 
activity was at the intersection of Salt & Hoag with a feeding flock that 
included four BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS and a young Rose-breasted Grosbeak. A Great 
Crested Flycatcher called persistently from the direction of Dresser Road. The 
other singing birds of note were Eastern Wood-Pewee, Brown Creeper, and a 
Red-eyed Vireo. 


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Subject: Re: No Willet at Myers
From: Jim Tarolli <jmtarolli9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:08:03 -0400
Dave Wheeler and I last saw the Willet lastnight at about 7:40pm when it
flew to Salt Point and went around the point, out of view from Myers. It
did look like it landed on shore there.

Jim

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, Stuart Krasnoff  wrote:

> No sign of Willet at Myrrs or Salt Pt. This morning.  Semipalmated Plover
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Subject: No Willet at Myers
From: Stuart Krasnoff <sbk1 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:59:05 +0000
No sign of Willet at Myrrs or Salt Pt. This morning. Semipalmated Plover and 
Sandpiper plus Least on spit at 0740. Just one Spotted there now. 


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Subject: today's Knox-Marsellus field trip
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:26:08 +0000 (GMT)
Here's a quick report, even though I was not the leader for today's shorebird 
field trip onto the otherwise-restricted dikes around Knox-Marsellus marsh at 
Montezuma NWR. The heavy rains of the past few days have raised the water level 
enough to cover all mud and flood much of the grass. The number of shorebirds 
is down, and the viewing is challenging but there is still a good variety. 


Semipalmated Plover - 1
Greater Yellowlegs - several in water past their bellies, apparently swimming 
in channels between peninsulas 

Lesser Yellowlegs - several feeding the wet grass of what used to be dry part 
of peninsulas 

Ruddy Turnstone - 1 non-breeding plumage, mostly very hard to see in wet grass 
of peninsulas among gulls 

Sanderling - 1 adult non-breeding plumage, mostly very hard to see in wet grass
Pectoral Sandpiper - 2
White-rumped Sandpiper - 2 at north end, only seen by me after everyone else 
turned back 

Semipalmated Sandpiper - a few seen by the group, a couple dozen at the north 
end 

Least Sandpiper - a few seen by the group, some flew into grass and disappeared
Short-billed Dowitcher - at least 3 juveniles of the 5 dowitchers I saw
Long-billed Dowitcher - seen by the main group before I was part of it

I understand that efforts are already underway to drain water from the 
impoundment and expose the mudflats again, but the process takes a few days. 
More shorebirds should be on the way, including additional possible species and 
the juveniles of species we've seen so far. 


I'll be leading a field trip to the same area on Sunday 31 August. We'll meet 
at the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center at 8am and caravan from there. Please sign 
up through the refuge by calling 315-568-5987. These trips are open to the 
public and there is no fee. I encourage people who have scopes to bring and 
share them so everyone can learn more about these cool long-distance migrants. 


The following field trip in this series after that is three weeks later on 
Sunday 21 September, meeting at the Montezuma NWR Visitor Center at 8:30am and 
hosted by Cayuga Bird Club President Paul Anderson. 


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Subject: Re: WILLET Myers Point now
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:14:14 +0000
I did send this post at 5:30 as I was watching the bird- don't know why it 
didn't arrive until 2 hours later. Sorry about that. 


Ken

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Subject: Willet at Myer's Point
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:31:22 +0000
 Ann and I stopped by Myers Point this afternoon to try and find a Sanderling 
for her year list. When we arrived there was a large wader on the point. My 
initial thought was a Greater Yellowlegs until it flew, the bold black and 
white wing stripes confirmed it was in fact a WESTERN WILLET. He moved between 
Salt Point and Myers hunting successfully for crustaceans. One whole crayfish 
went down-the-hatch without to much fuss. The Willet seemed unconcerned with 
activity at one point being too close to digiscope. I was able to get a photo 
just with my bare phone. 

 The SANDERLING was present and also two SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, one of which 
stayed on the island in Salmon Creek. 


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Subject: Willet at Myers
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:02:26 +0000
For those who are not on Cayuga RBA, there has been a Willet at Myers from 
about 3.00 PM onwards found by Gary K. Just now Jim Taroli sent an RBA and is 
still present! 




Meena





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Subject: Fw: NNYBirds: Brown Booby Champlain Bridge
From: Janet Akin <jakin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:33:56 -0400
In case someone hasn’t heard about this bird I thought I would forward this. 
Janet Akin 


From: mailto:Northern_NY_Birds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:39 AM
To: VTBirds ; Northern NY Birds 
Subject: NNYBirds: Brown Booby Champlain Bridge

  
There is a BROWN BOOBY sitting on the water on the north side of the Champlain 
Bridge at the Crown Point SHS. It is currently in VT waters but was originally 
found with the gulls on shore on the NY side. 


Correction, it is now back on land with the gulls on the NY side. 

Gary Chapin
Ticonderoga, NY

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Subject: Willet, Myers Point
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:43:15 -0400
A nice molting adult Western WILLET found by Ann Mitchell and Gary
Kohlenberg a short while ago is still on the spit at Myers Point, Cayuga
Lake, Tompkins Co. Adult SANDERLING and juvenile SEMIPALMATED PLOVER are
also present.

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Subject: Willet, Myers Point
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:43:15 -0400
A nice molting adult Western WILLET found by Ann Mitchell and Gary
Kohlenberg a short while ago is still on the spit at Myers Point, Cayuga
Lake, Tompkins Co. Adult SANDERLING and juvenile SEMIPALMATED PLOVER are
also present.

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Subject: WILLET Myers Point now
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:30:04 +0000
Giving close views along with a SANDERLING now - 5:30 pm

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Willet, Myers Point
From: "Jay McGowan jwm57 AT cornell.edu [oneidabirds]" <oneidabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:43:15 -0400
A nice molting adult Western WILLET found by Ann Mitchell and Gary
Kohlenberg a short while ago is still on the spit at Myers Point, Cayuga
Lake, Tompkins Co. Adult SANDERLING and juvenile SEMIPALMATED PLOVER are
also present.

Jay
Subject: Fwd: [OneidaBirds] Yellow-breasted chat
From: Carol Keeler <carolk441 AT adelphia.net>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:15:15 -0400
Just got this.

Sent from my iPad

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> From: "Dennis Anderson windows721 AT yahoo.com [oneidabirds]" 
 

> Date: August 23, 2014 at 10:34:10 AM EDT
> To: oneida birds 
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Subject: Re: goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park
From: "Pete M. Marchetto" <pete.marchetto AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:54:09 +0000
Rather like http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIBO ?

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 23, 2014, at 7:31 AM, "Geo Kloppel"  wrote:
> 
> Since machines have to be driven all over these lawn areas on a regular basis 
to keep the grass short, it would probably be acceptable for the goose 
droppings to get picked up the same way. And sure enough, there are now 
machines designed for this very purpose. 

> 
> In the not-too-distant future you may be able to get a robot "dog" that will 
chase the geese off public grounds before they have a chance to make a mess! 

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Subject: Re: goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:30:43 -0400
Since machines have to be driven all over these lawn areas on a regular basis 
to keep the grass short, it would probably be acceptable for the goose 
droppings to get picked up the same way. And sure enough, there are now 
machines designed for this very purpose. 


In the not-too-distant future you may be able to get a robot "dog" that will 
chase the geese off public grounds before they have a chance to make a mess! 


-Geo

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Subject: Re: goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park
From: Anne Clark <anneb.clark AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:34:14 -0400
Border collies, coyote effigies, etc can indeed move them, but temporarily to 
somewhere else local. This effort looks ready to replicate the eternal cycle of 
geese in Binghamton that move/ are moved from Otsiningo Park to BCC to 
Binghamton University playing fields and back. At least we provide them with a 
little exercise. 


I wonder what would happen if a bunch of bushes in planters were installed. I 
have never seen flocks of geese resting in a complex bushy habitat. These could 
be moved if needed, but might break up the unbroken appearance of the groupy, 
poopy greensward. Probably wouldn't work for the people. 


Anne

On Aug 22, 2014, at 9:16 PM, Donna Scott wrote:

> The public users of Myers Park (and the Lansing Highway Dept.) would balk at 
leaving the grass 9 inches long! We may not like it, but the culture is such 
that Myers Park grass has to be mowed short. 

> I think they will have to go with 15-18 inch high "goose fences" and Border 
Collies. 

>  
> But then maybe all these geese will end up in Stewart Park where it is 
already "poopy" enough! 

>  
> Donna Scott
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Paul Schmitt
> To: Meena Madhav Haribal ; CAYUGABIRDS-L ; Donna Lee Scott
> Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 9:05 PM
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park
> 
> The large airports have learned to stop cutting the grass so short. I believe 
over 9 inches discourages them. But that goes contrary to the American ideal, 
eh? 

>  
> Paul Schmitt
>  
> From: Meena Madhav Haribal
> Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 6:41 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L ; Donna Lee Scott
> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park
>  
> I have not read the article, but I feel lawns are "nuisance".
> So if you have lawn then the geese love to be on the lawn!
>  
> Just my thoughts.
>  
> Meena
> Meena Haribal
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>  
>  
>  
> From: bounce-117763609-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Donna Scott 
 

> Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 4:58 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park
>  
> See article about "nuisance" of CANADA GEESE in the mowed lawn areas at 
Lansing's Myers Park. 

> 
http://www.lansingstar.com/around-town/10960-goose-poop-threatens-myers-park-attendance 

>  
> Members of the informal group Friends of Salt Point (FOSP) discussed this 
issue a little at yesterday's regular meeting with Town of Lansing's Recreation 
Director, Steve Colt. Steve is a member of Friends of Salt Point and is looking 
for humane ways to "get the geese to go somewhere else". 

> He has found a fair amount of information on this topic that he shared with 
Candace Cornell, me, and the other members of FOSP who are all Lansing 
residents. 

>  
> Donna Scott
>  
> Lansing Station Road
> Lansing, NY
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Subject: Re: goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park
From: "Donna Scott" <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:16:35 -0400
The public users of Myers Park (and the Lansing Highway Dept.) would balk at 
leaving the grass 9 inches long! We may not like it, but the culture is such 
that Myers Park grass has to be mowed short. 

I think they will have to go with 15-18 inch high "goose fences" and Border 
Collies. 


But then maybe all these geese will end up in Stewart Park where it is already 
"poopy" enough! 


Donna Scott
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Paul Schmitt 
  To: Meena Madhav Haribal ; CAYUGABIRDS-L ; Donna Lee Scott 
  Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 9:05 PM
  Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park


 The large airports have learned to stop cutting the grass so short. I believe 
over 9 inches discourages them. But that goes contrary to the American ideal, 
eh? 


  Paul Schmitt

  From: Meena Madhav Haribal 
  Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 6:41 PM
  To: CAYUGABIRDS-L ; Donna Lee Scott 
  Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park

  I have not read the article, but I feel lawns are "nuisance".

  So if you have lawn then the geese love to be on the lawn!



  Just my thoughts.



  Meena

  Meena Haribal
  Ithaca NY 14850
  42.429007,-76.47111
  http://haribal.org/
  http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/
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  Dragonfly book sample pages: http://www.haribal.org/140817samplebook.pdf




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 From: bounce-117763609-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Donna Scott 
 

  Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 4:58 PM
  To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
  Subject: [cayugabirds-l] goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park 

 See article about "nuisance" of CANADA GEESE in the mowed lawn areas at 
Lansing's Myers Park. 

 
http://www.lansingstar.com/around-town/10960-goose-poop-threatens-myers-park-attendance 


 Members of the informal group Friends of Salt Point (FOSP) discussed this 
issue a little at yesterday's regular meeting with Town of Lansing's Recreation 
Director, Steve Colt. Steve is a member of Friends of Salt Point and is looking 
for humane ways to "get the geese to go somewhere else". 

 He has found a fair amount of information on this topic that he shared with 
Candace Cornell, me, and the other members of FOSP who are all Lansing 
residents. 


  Donna Scott

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Subject: Re: goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park
From: "Paul Schmitt" <pschmitt AT stny.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:05:33 -0400
The large airports have learned to stop cutting the grass so short. I believe 
over 9 inches discourages them. But that goes contrary to the American ideal, 
eh? 


Paul Schmitt

From: Meena Madhav Haribal 
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 6:41 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L ; Donna Lee Scott 
Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park

I have not read the article, but I feel lawns are "nuisance".

So if you have lawn then the geese love to be on the lawn!



Just my thoughts.



Meena

Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850
42.429007,-76.47111
http://haribal.org/
http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/
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Dragonfly book sample pages: http://www.haribal.org/140817samplebook.pdf





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From: bounce-117763609-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Donna Scott 
 

Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 4:58 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park 

See article about "nuisance" of CANADA GEESE in the mowed lawn areas at 
Lansing's Myers Park. 


http://www.lansingstar.com/around-town/10960-goose-poop-threatens-myers-park-attendance 


Members of the informal group Friends of Salt Point (FOSP) discussed this issue 
a little at yesterday's regular meeting with Town of Lansing's Recreation 
Director, Steve Colt. Steve is a member of Friends of Salt Point and is looking 
for humane ways to "get the geese to go somewhere else". 

He has found a fair amount of information on this topic that he shared with 
Candace Cornell, me, and the other members of FOSP who are all Lansing 
residents. 


Donna Scott

Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY 
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Subject: RE: goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:41:12 +0000
I have not read the article, but I feel lawns are "nuisance".

So if you have lawn then the geese love to be on the lawn!



Just my thoughts.



Meena

Meena Haribal
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42.429007,-76.47111
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Dragonfly book sample pages: http://www.haribal.org/140817samplebook.pdf



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From: bounce-117763609-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu 
 on behalf of Donna Scott 
 

Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 4:58 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park

See article about "nuisance" of CANADA GEESE in the mowed lawn areas at 
Lansing's Myers Park. 


http://www.lansingstar.com/around-town/10960-goose-poop-threatens-myers-park-attendance 


Members of the informal group Friends of Salt Point (FOSP) discussed this issue 
a little at yesterday's regular meeting with Town of Lansing's Recreation 
Director, Steve Colt. Steve is a member of Friends of Salt Point and is looking 
for humane ways to "get the geese to go somewhere else". 

He has found a fair amount of information on this topic that he shared with 
Candace Cornell, me, and the other members of FOSP who are all Lansing 
residents. 


Donna Scott

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Lansing, NY
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Subject: goose poop an issue at interior of Myers Park
From: Donna Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:58:02 -0400
See article about "nuisance" of CANADA GEESE in the mowed lawn areas at 
Lansing's Myers Park. 


http://www.lansingstar.com/around-town/10960-goose-poop-threatens-myers-park-attendance 


Members of the informal group Friends of Salt Point (FOSP) discussed this issue 
a little at yesterday's regular meeting with Town of Lansing's Recreation 
Director, Steve Colt. Steve is a member of Friends of Salt Point and is looking 
for humane ways to "get the geese to go somewhere else". 

He has found a fair amount of information on this topic that he shared with 
Candace Cornell, me, and the other members of FOSP who are all Lansing 
residents. 


Donna Scott

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Subject: Mt Pleasant Bobolink flock this am
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:07:40 +0000
Around 9:30 am Friday I found yet another large Bobolink flock in the 
switchgrass field opposite and east (downhill) of the observatory on Mt 
Pleasant Rd. I'm estimating about 60 birds. I say "another" because I have not 
noticed any in that field for at least a week, when there was a big flock 
there. 


Other birds of note:
Eastern Blue birds 2 adults and 2 fledglings.

A total of five American Kestrels on the wires along the radio tower road. At 
first there two other birds marauding as kestrels on the wires too, but they 
didn't look quite right. So when I took a binocular look I realized both were 
Northern Flickers, perching just like kestrels. Shortly, a real kestrel flew in 
chased by a crow. The first flicker disappeared immediately, I know not where. 
The kestrel strafed the second flicker, which gave an unbelievably loud shriek, 
dropped off the wire and flew rapidly back to the woods to safety! 


"And that's the news from Mt Pleasantmy home town"

Marie


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Subject: Lindsay-Parsons this morning: big flocks of Eastern Kingbirds
From: Benjamin Freeman <bgf27 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:39:59 -0400
Not much sign of fall migration at Lindsay Parsons this morning, with the
notable exception of Eastern Kingbirds. Around 60 were in a loose flock
feeding on fruit (mostly dogwood berries) in the NW section of the
preserve. Very cool to see these birds making the transition from asocial
insectivores (breeding) to social frugivores (fall migration and winter).

-- 
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Cornell University
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Subject: RE: Black cardinal
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:18:37 +0000
It's worth noting that the bases of the red body feathers are blackish too. 
Actually, they're about half black, so when a bird is in heavy body molt it can 
appear blackish. 


Kevin

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[mailto:bounce-117758737-3493952 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Anne Marie 
Johnson 

Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:38 PM
To: Carl J. Steckler; CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Black cardinal

Sounds like it might be a juvenile going through its first molt. Sometimes they 
lose all their head feathers at once, and the skin under the feathers of 
cardinals is black. It's not all that uncommon with cardinals and blue jays. 
You can find more information here: 

http://feederwatch.org/learn/unusual-birds/#bald-headed-birds

Anne Marie Johnson

On 8/21/2014 11:52 AM, Carl Steckler wrote:
> This morning I had a very unusual bird at my feeders. It was a 
> Cardinal with a red head and black mask, but the body was black. By 
> the time I went to get my camera it was gone. I have set up my 
> wildlife camera in hopes that it will come back and I can get a photo of it.
> Has anyone else seen this bird?
> Carl Steckler
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Subject: Re: Common Nighthawks, Cass Park, Ithaca
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:15:35 +0000
I was at Stewart Park the same time Dave was across the inlet. I saw two 
Nighthawks over the golf course that flew south. My suspicion was they picked 
up from Renwick Woods to continue their journey, but reading Dave's post makes 
me think they spent some time feeding the flats as my sighting was slightly 
past Dave's in time. They may have already been up and flying around when I 
spotted them. 

Gary


On Aug 21, 2014, at 9:55 PM, "Dave Nutter" 
> wrote: 


This evening between 7 and 7:21pm from the Cayuga Waterfront Trail in Cass Park 
I saw at least 3 and possibly as many as 6 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS. The first which I 
saw, only a few minutes after I began my quest, was distant to my east over the 
flats of Ithaca. Surprisingly, it was flying directly north with steady 
wingbeats, which is nominally typical of gulls in the evening, but in the scope 
I could tell it not only had extremely narrow pointed wings (narrower than a 
Ring-billed Gull), but it was brown (not immature gull- or Black Tern-colored), 
it took extremely high and deep wingbeats (unlike gulls or even terns), and it 
occasionally rolled a bit to one side or the other (which gulls and terns don't 
do in my experience). I lost track of it when it had gone so far to my left 
that I had to change my stance. Obviously it was not migrating, which is the 
usual circumstance I have seen nighthawks flying straight and steady. I figured 
it must be headed toward the lake or over nearby woods to feed. A few minutes 
later through binoculars I glimpsed another more distant bird to the east with 
long, narrow, pointed wings in irregular flight, but I was unable to find it 
through my scope. This happened again a bit later to the northeast. Several 
minutes I saw 2 birds to my northeast, but closer, over the Farmers' Market, 
and I managed to get one in my scope for a more satisfying view of the long 
notched tail and the white band across the primaries, plus some of the typical 
extremely erratic foraging flight as it worked its way south past me. When I 
stepped back from the scope I saw that it's companion still traveled nearby, 
with the same size, shape, and flight. The last Common Nighthawk I saw, also in 
the scope less than 3 minutes later, followed a similar southbound path passing 
somewhat to my east. Even if the first directly-northbound bird completely 
changed its direction when it found company or food, and if the two poorly seen 
birds both went north then turned around, I still saw at least 3 Common 
Nighthawks this evening, because I don't think either of the southbound pair is 
likely to have snuck north again that quickly. 


Another unusual sighting for Cass Park was a SCARLET TANAGER atop a willow 
along the Inlet. It was a male in green and black non-breeding plumage. 


This evening I only found one OSPREY by Cass Park, perched in a tree along the 
Farmers' Market, but there were 2 Ospreys perched in a dead tree along Jetty 
Woods, presumably birds from the nest platform north of Treman Marina. I 
counted over a hundred DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS perched in the trees of Jetty 
Woods, and I saw at least 20 CASPIAN TERNS this evening, half of them 
southbound in groups of 3 and 7, the remainder resting on and near the base of 
the red lighthouse. 


--Dave Nutter

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Subject: Common Nighthawks, Cass Park, Ithaca
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:54:57 +0000 (GMT)
This evening between 7 and 7:21pm from the Cayuga Waterfront Trail in Cass Park 
I saw at least 3 and possibly as many as 6 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS. The first which I 
saw, only a few minutes after I began my quest, was distant to my east over the 
flats of Ithaca. Surprisingly, it was flying directly north with steady 
wingbeats, which is nominally typical of gulls in the evening, but in the scope 
I could tell it not only had extremely narrow pointed wings (narrower than a 
Ring-billed Gull), but it was brown (not immature gull- or Black Tern-colored), 
it took extremely high and deep wingbeats (unlike gulls or even terns), and it 
occasionally rolled a bit to one side or the other (which gulls and terns don't 
do in my experience). I lost track of it when it had gone so far to my left 
that I had to change my stance. Obviously it was not migrating, which is the 
usual circumstance I have seen nighthawks flying straight and steady. I figured 
it must be headed toward the lake or over nearby woods to feed. A few minutes 
later through binoculars I glimpsed another more distant bird to the east with 
long, narrow, pointed wings in irregular flight, but I was unable to find it 
through my scope. This happened again a bit later to the northeast. Several 
minutes I saw 2 birds to my northeast, but closer, over the Farmers' Market, 
and I managed to get one in my scope for a more satisfying view of the long 
notched tail and the white band across the primaries, plus some of the typical 
extremely erratic foraging flight as it worked its way south past me. When I 
stepped back from the scope I saw that it's companion still traveled nearby, 
with the same size, shape, and flight. The last Common Nighthawk I saw, also in 
the scope less than 3 minutes later, followed a similar southbound path passing 
somewhat to my east. Even if the first directly-northbound bird completely 
changed its direction when it found company or food, and if the two poorly seen 
birds both went north then turned around, I still saw at least 3 Common 
Nighthawks this evening, because I don't think either of the southbound pair is 
likely to have snuck north again that quickly. 


Another unusual sighting for Cass Park was a SCARLET TANAGER atop a willow 
along the Inlet. It was a male in green and black non-breeding plumage. 


This evening I only found one OSPREY by Cass Park, perched in a tree along the 
Farmers' Market, but there were 2 Ospreys perched in a dead tree along Jetty 
Woods, presumably birds from the nest platform north of Treman Marina. I 
counted over a hundred DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS perched in the trees of Jetty 
Woods, and I saw at least 20 CASPIAN TERNS this evening, half of them 
southbound in groups of 3 and 7, the remainder resting on and near the base of 
the red lighthouse. 


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Subject: Re: Black cardinal
From: Anne Marie Johnson <annemariejohnson AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:37:53 -0400
Sounds like it might be a juvenile going through its first molt. Sometimes 
they lose all their head feathers at once, and the skin under the feathers 
of cardinals is black. It's not all that uncommon with cardinals and blue 
jays. You can find more information here:
http://feederwatch.org/learn/unusual-birds/#bald-headed-birds

Anne Marie Johnson

On 8/21/2014 11:52 AM, Carl Steckler wrote:
> This morning I had a very unusual bird at my feeders. It was a Cardinal 
> with a red head and black mask, but the body was black. By the time I 
> went to get my camera it was gone. I have set up my wildlife camera in 
> hopes that it will come back and I can get a photo of it.
> Has anyone else seen this bird?
> Carl Steckler
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Subject: Black cardinal
From: Carl Steckler <cjs9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:52:18 -0400
This morning I had a very unusual bird at my feeders. It was a Cardinal 
with a red head and black mask, but the body was black. By the time I 
went to get my camera it was gone. I have set up my wildlife camera in 
hopes that it will come back and I can get a photo of it.
Has anyone else seen this bird?
Carl Steckler


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Subject: Saw-whet owl banding
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:39:41 -0400
Tired of getting warbler neck from tiny, confusing fall warblers darting 
among dense foliage?

Tired of straining your eyes to see miniscule differences among peeps?

Tired of little brown jobs in immature or fall plumage that hide in 
brown grass?

Try looking at owls, at eye level, at your eye focal distance, and 
holding them in your hand!

Consider becoming a BANDING ASSISTANT for HHOWLS, (HammondHill Owls) 
during the upcoming migration of Northern Saw-whet Owls, starting in 
late September.


The primary consideration during this study is the safety of the owls 
and the accurate recording of the data. In the last three years, nearly 
200 owls have been banded at this site with 5 recoveries of owls banded 
elsewhere while 2 of our banded birds have been recovered elsewhere. As 
a result of a major interest in and effort for saw-whet banding , about 
1% of all the saw-whets that are captured are already banded and foreign 
recoveries of banded birds are frequent.

Banding must be carried out following specific conditions and 
procedures. If interested in helping three or more nights as a BANDING 
ASSISTANT, please email off-list to John Confer confer AT ithaca.edu 
 for further information.


Give a hoot


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Subject: Shorebirds
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:54:12 +0000
Just now four shorebirds flew from front of my window, I think they were 
Yellowlegs! They were heading from west to east. 


Meena

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Subject: Re: Com Nighthawks over Sapsucker Woods
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:26:13 +0000
I also have a recollection of seeing hundreds of Common Nighthawks in 
migration; although, this was along the Interstate 684 corridor during fall of 
1996. It was during the evening in either late August or the very first few 
days of September. This was near Katonah, NY. It was memorable to me, because 
it was the most I had ever seen in one spot before (or since). 


Sincerely,
Chris T-H


On Aug 20, 2014, at 9:14 AM, Meena Madhav Haribal 
> 

 wrote:

One year (may be about 10 years ago), I saw hundreds of Nighthawks flying in a 
group over Varna as I was driving by. I just have the picture in my brain where 
I saw lots of them flying lazily in a typical nighthawk fashion but cant 
recollect exact number. May be 300+. That was a neat sighting. They seemed to 
have flown towards airport, so I went to that location but I could not relocate 
them! 


Cheers
Meena



From: 
bounce-117749242-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-117749242-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu] On 
Behalf Of Christopher Wood 

Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 7:49 PM
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Com Nighthawks over Sapsucker Woods

21 nighthawks just flew over Monkey Run!!

Holy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CLW


On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, Kenneth V. Rosenberg 
> wrote: 

Three NIGHTHAWKS flew south over the Cornell Lab of Ornithology parking lots at 
about 6:20 PM  I see that others are reporting nighthawks this evening as well 
on eBird. 


KEN

Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Conservation Science Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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Subject: RE: Com Nighthawks over Sapsucker Woods
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:14:27 +0000
One year (may be about 10 years ago), I saw hundreds of Nighthawks flying in a 
group over Varna as I was driving by. I just have the picture in my brain where 
I saw lots of them flying lazily in a typical nighthawk fashion but can’t 
recollect exact number. May be 300+. That was a neat sighting. They seemed to 
have flown towards airport, so I went to that location but I could not relocate 
them! 


Cheers
Meena



From: bounce-117749242-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-117749242-3493976 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Christopher 
Wood 

Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 7:49 PM
To: Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Com Nighthawks over Sapsucker Woods

21 nighthawks just flew over Monkey Run!!

Holy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CLW


On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, Kenneth V. Rosenberg 
> wrote: 

Three NIGHTHAWKS flew south over the Cornell Lab of Ornithology parking lots at 
about 6:20 PM — I see that others are reporting nighthawks this evening as 
well on eBird. 


KEN

Kenneth V. Rosenberg
Conservation Science Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Office: 607-254-2412
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Subject: RE: Insect question
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:01:46 +0000
Hi Betsy,

They are called Black Tiger Bee fly or simply Tiger Bee Fly



http://bugguide.net/node/view/2803/bgimage

Species Xenox tigrinus - Tiger Bee Fly - BugGuide.Net
An online resource devoted to North American insects, spiders and their kin, 
offering identification, images, and information. 

Read more...


They do not bite humans. They take nectar from the plant and they are parasites 
on carpenter Bees. 




http://www.urbanwildlifeguide.net/2011/08/carpenter-bee-and-tiger-bee-fly.html



They come to moth lights at night! Very cool insects!



Cheers

Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850
42.429007,-76.47111
http://haribal.org/
http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/
Ithaca area moths: http://tinyurl.com/kn6q2p4
Dragonfly book sample pages: http://www.haribal.org/140817samplebook.pdf



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 on behalf of Betsy Darlington 
 

Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 9:46 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L; NATURAL-HISTORY-L
Cc: darlington lois
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Insect question

Do any of you know -
Is this large fly a "Bee fly" (Family Bombiliidae), and if so, do any of you 
know what species it is and what insects it parasatizes? Do they bite humans? 


(Birders - yes, this is a bird question since probably some birds think they 
are delicious!) 


BTW, these are the laziest flies I've ever run across. All they do is sit 
around all day - which, if they bite, is ok with me. And it's ok with any 
predators that might want to eat them, I suppose. 


Thanks!
Betsy
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