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22 Jul Re: Off topic: Bats [Linda Orkin ]
22 Jul Re: Off topic: Bats [Geo Kloppel ]
22 Jul Re: Crows that hunt? [Anne Clark ]
22 Jul Crows that hunt? [Richard Tkachuck ]
22 Jul Off topic: Bats [Richard Tkachuck ]
22 Jul Re: RHWO at sapsucker woods [Brad Walker ]
22 Jul Re: RHWO at sapsucker woods [Jeff Gerbracht ]
22 Jul RHWO at sapsucker woods [Tom Schulenberg ]
22 Jul Re: Jason Dombroskie's talk on Moths and importance of understandoing ecology of moths/insects [Glenn Wilson ]
22 Jul Jason Dombroskie's talk on Moths and importance of understandoing ecology of moths/insects [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
21 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
21 Jul FW: Moth Week: Yet another bird food related celebrations [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
20 Jul Black Vulture on Stevenson, Clay-colored Sparrow still on campus ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
20 Jul turkeys [Sara Jane Hymes ]
20 Jul Great Shearwater - bad news []
20 Jul Merlins and a reminder to the odonate book recption today at 3.00 pm at BTI [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
20 Jul Re: Merlin: new and old in Ithaca [Dave Nutter ]
20 Jul Re: Juvenile Sharp-shins [Dave Nutter ]
20 Jul Re: Least Bitterns at Catharine Creek Marsh ["John and Sue Gregoire" ]
20 Jul Re: Fwd: Jerry Lazarczyk [Judith Thurber ]
20 Jul Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Jerry Lazarczyk ["Judith Thurber jathurber AT yahoo.com [oneidabirds]" ]
20 Jul Fwd: Jerry Lazarczyk ["Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" ]
20 Jul Least Bitterns at Catharine Creek Marsh [Matthew Medler ]
19 Jul Merlin: new and old in Ithaca [John Confer ]
19 Jul Great Shearwater photos []
19 Jul Juvenile Sharp-shins [Richard Maxwell ]
19 Jul Great Shearwater update - rescued []
19 Jul RE: MNWR Friday- children's specialty day [Sue Barth ]
19 Jul Re: MNWR Friday- children's specialty day [John and Sue Gregoire ]
18 Jul Montezuma Wildlife Drive and Knox-Marcellus Marsh Friday afternoon/evening July 18 2014 [David Nicosia ]
19 Jul late nests [Dave Nutter ]
18 Jul MNWR Friday- children's specialty day [John and Sue Gregoire ]
18 Jul Great Shearwater [Jim Tarolli ]
18 Jul Re: Pelagic oddity near DeRuyter [Brad Walker ]
18 Jul Emerson Park Snow Geese [The Donster ]
18 Jul Re:Pelagic oddity near DeRuyter [Gian Dodici ]
18 Jul Pelagic oddity near DeRuyter [Gian Dodici ]
18 Jul Lime Hollow Visitor Center [Matthew Medler ]
17 Jul Re: Montezuma NWR paddling [Donna Scott ]
17 Jul Re: Montezuma NWR field trips [Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm ]
17 Jul Montezuma NWR field trips [Dave Nutter ]
17 Jul May's Point RHWO- A Third Chick? [Paul Schmitt ]
16 Jul Re: Lots o vultures [Candace Cornell ]
15 Jul Least Bittern [Carl Steckler ]
14 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
14 Jul Nesting Red-headed Woodpeckers at Fair Haven [Jim Tarolli ]
14 Jul Kestrals (Lots!) [Maryfaith Miller ]
14 Jul Vultures cont [Laura Stenzler ]
14 Jul Lots o vultures [Laura Stenzler ]
13 Jul Re:Shed open briefly [Suan Yong ]
13 Jul Shed open briefly [Suan Yong ]
12 Jul Re: Chat in FLNF [John and Sue Gregoire ]
12 Jul Re: Chat in FLNF [Geo Kloppel ]
12 Jul RE:Chat in FLNF [John and Sue Gregoire ]
12 Jul Thursday Knox-Marcellus shorebirds ["Mike and Joann Tetlow" ]
12 Jul Re: RHWO coaxing nestlings to leave [Scott Haber ]
12 Jul RHWO coaxing nestlings to leave [Paul Schmitt ]
11 Jul New sightings imminent! ["Laura J. Heisey" ]
11 Jul YB Chat in FL National Forest [Alicia Plotkin ]
11 Jul Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and sap trees [Bird observations from western New York ]
11 Jul Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and sap trees [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
11 Jul Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and sap trees ["Meena Madhav Haribal mmh3 AT cornell.edu [oneidabirds]" ]
11 Jul Re: Fallen Pileated Nesthole Tree [Linda Orkin ]
11 Jul Re: Fallen Pileated Nesthole Tree [Anne Clark ]
11 Jul Fallen Pileated Nesthole Tree [Suan Hsi Yong ]
11 Jul The book about birds' food! (posted with permission from the list owner!) [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
10 Jul MNWR, Th 7/10 [Mark Chao ]
8 Jul Guided Bird Watching Paddle Through Montezuma - Saturday, July 12 1:30-4:30 pm [Chris Lajewski ]
8 Jul NNYBirds: Guided Bird Watching Paddle Through Montezuma - Saturday, July 12 1:30-4:30 pm ["Chris Lajewski lajewskic AT yahoo.com [Northern_NY_Birds]" ]
8 Jul Guided Bird Watching Paddle Through Montezuma - Saturday, July 12 1:30-4:30 pm [Bird observations from western New York ]
8 Jul Guided Bird Watching Paddle Through Montezuma - Saturday, July 12 1:30-4:30 pm ["Chris Lajewski lajewskic AT yahoo.com [oneidabirds]" ]
7 Jul Kestrals .. Union Springs [John and Fritzie Blizzard ]
7 Jul Blue-winged Warbler... [Kathy ]
7 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
7 Jul OT: Help transcribe William Brewster's field notes [Marty Schlabach ]
7 Jul Re: Least Bittern and Red-Headed Woodpecker. [John Confer ]

Subject: Re: Off topic: Bats
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:45:45 -0400
I would like to recommend that you tolerate this maternal colony until they
move on.  With the decimation of cave hibernating bats it is more critical
than ever that they be allowed to breed unimpeded.  Your thoughts of
sealing off the holes in the fall is the perfect solution.  And from the
website that Geo recommends is this information.

*What about baby bats?*

Bats often roost in buildings during maternity periods, when they give
birth and raise their pups. Exclusions should not take place until young
bats are able to fly; otherwise, they will be trapped inside, away from
their mothers, and die of starvation. Separating pups from their mothers
may also lead mother bats to search for other entrances to reach their
young.

In North America, the maternity season begins as early as mid-April in the
southernmost United States and in mid-June in the northern U.S. and Canada.
Young bats are flying by late August. Exclusions should not be conducted
between April and late August.

A friend of mine just used a wonderful wildlife control person. I will get
his name for you and he can help  you figure out what to do in late summer.


Linda


On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM, Geo Kloppel  wrote:

> Bat Conservation International BCI) is a good source for information and
> advice about bats, including plans for construction of bat houses. It
> sounds like you have a breeding colony, so they're going to need a
> nursery-type bat house if evicted from your siding. Here's the BCI website:
>
> http://www.batcon.org/
>
> -Geo Kloppel
>
> On Jul 22, 2014, at 10:22 AM, Richard Tkachuck 
> wrote:
>
> A couple years ago I wrote about bats living under the plastic siding of
> our house. At that time there were about 25 or so. Last year fewer. This
> year by actual count as they left through a single hole we had 60 and we
> could hear more as they skittered between the exterior wall and the siding.
> This, of course, is getting out of hand. Is there anyone on the list who
> does bats or knows of someone in the area who does? It is my view, that in
> winter they go off to some other place that is a bit warmer. (When the
> north wind blows it would seem that they would freeze if they stayed with
> only a plastic layer protecting them from the outside.) I plan when fall
> comes to plug the hole and then install a bat house next to the hole. I
> seek suggestions as to how best to do all this.
>
> Richard Tkachuck
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Subject: Re: Off topic: Bats
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:36:49 -0400
Bat Conservation International BCI) is a good source for information and advice 
about bats, including plans for construction of bat houses. It sounds like you 
have a breeding colony, so they're going to need a nursery-type bat house if 
evicted from your siding. Here's the BCI website: 


http://www.batcon.org/

-Geo Kloppel

On Jul 22, 2014, at 10:22 AM, Richard Tkachuck  wrote:

> A couple years ago I wrote about bats living under the plastic siding of our 
house. At that time there were about 25 or so. Last year fewer. This year by 
actual count as they left through a single hole we had 60 and we could hear 
more as they skittered between the exterior wall and the siding. This, of 
course, is getting out of hand. Is there anyone on the list who does bats or 
knows of someone in the area who does? It is my view, that in winter they go 
off to some other place that is a bit warmer. (When the north wind blows it 
would seem that they would freeze if they stayed with only a plastic layer 
protecting them from the outside.) I plan when fall comes to plug the hole and 
then install a bat house next to the hole. I seek suggestions as to how best to 
do all this. 

> 
> Richard Tkachuck
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Subject: Re: Crows that hunt?
From: Anne Clark <anneb.clark AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:51:03 -0400
Crows will try to catch, kill and eat small vertebrates that they come across. 
Yes indeed, they are "hunting" all the time when they are foraging on the 
ground,in the sense that they are searching for live food like beetles, larvae 
(beetle or otherwise), earthworms and also, when they encounter them, small 
snakes, small rodents like voles, and shrews. They are NOT specialized at 
killing and usually use some sort of stab at, flip it-jump back, etc technique 
to kill small rodents without getting bitten themselves. Not sure how they kill 
snakes, but the only time I watched one with a garter snake, they held it down 
with feet and stabbed. 


So they search broadly for hidden prey and use very generalized techniques for 
capturing and killing anything they find. 


Their gardener-friendly eating of beetle and other larvae was noted many years 
ago, when it was calculated that they WAY offset any direct crop damage that 
they were accused of. 


cheers,

Anne

On Jul 22, 2014, at 10:26 AM, Richard Tkachuck wrote:

> We appear to have a crow family in our yard--two young that mew begging for 
food. While watching them, I think I saw an adult snag a vole and then eat it. 
It did not share with a young. A little while later I saw the same adult with a 
small (maybe 6 inch) snake in its beak. Ultimately, this was given to one of 
the young which swallowed it head first. Question, do crows hunt for live food? 

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Subject: Crows that hunt?
From: Richard Tkachuck <rictkalist AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:26:42 -0400
We appear to have a crow family in our yard--two young that mew begging for
food. While watching them, I think I saw an adult snag a vole and then eat
it. It did not share with a young. A little while later I saw the same
adult with a small (maybe 6 inch) snake in its beak. Ultimately, this was
given to one of the young which swallowed it head first. Question, do crows
hunt for live food?

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Subject: Off topic: Bats
From: Richard Tkachuck <rictkalist AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:22:48 -0400
A couple years ago I wrote about bats living under the plastic siding of
our house. At that time there were about 25 or so. Last year fewer. This
year by actual count as they left through a single hole we had 60 and we
could hear more as they skittered between the exterior wall and the siding.
This, of course, is getting out of hand. Is there anyone on the list who
does bats or knows of someone in the area who does? It is my view, that in
winter they go off to some other place that is a bit warmer. (When the
north wind blows it would seem that they would freeze if they stayed with
only a plastic layer protecting them from the outside.) I plan when fall
comes to plug the hole and then install a bat house next to the hole. I
seek suggestions as to how best to do all this.

Richard Tkachuck

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Subject: Re: RHWO at sapsucker woods
From: Brad Walker <bmw38 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:57:25 -0400
The bird flew to the southwest corner near the main entrance. It's hard to
get a good look, but it's perching on snags and called a few times.

- Brad



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On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 9:38 AM, Jeff Gerbracht 
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> He's on some dead white pines on the back of the pond now
>
>
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> On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM, Tom Schulenberg 
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>> There was an adult red-headed woodpecker in the tall snag at Sapsucker
>> Woods a few minutes ago. Lost sight of it as it flew west across pond.
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Subject: Re: RHWO at sapsucker woods
From: Jeff Gerbracht <jeffgerbracht AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:38:14 -0400
He's on some dead white pines on the back of the pond now



On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM, Tom Schulenberg  wrote:

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> There was an adult red-headed woodpecker in the tall snag at Sapsucker
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Subject: RHWO at sapsucker woods
From: Tom Schulenberg <tss62 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:30:33 -0400
There was an adult red-headed woodpecker in the tall snag at Sapsucker
Woods a few minutes ago. Lost sight of it as it flew west across pond.

tss

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Subject: Re: Jason Dombroskie's talk on Moths and importance of understandoing ecology of moths/insects
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson AT stny.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:56:05 -0400
We mow a lot of area. When I see moths, grasshoppers, bees etc I try to wait 
until they move but I am well aware I kill Many while mowing. This weekend I 
was helping weed a flower garden and was sitting right next to a grasshopper 
that couldn't fly. I'll bet one of us hit it with a mower. I feel very sad and 
guilty. 


Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Jul 22, 2014, at 7:33 AM, Meena Madhav Haribal  wrote:

Hi all,

Yesterday I posted about the moth week but did not emphasize on this talk on 
this Thursday 24 June from 6.30 pm to 7.30 by Dr. Jason Dombroskie on New York 
State Moths at Borg Warner Room of Tompkins County Public Library. According to 
me it is a must talk for all bird lovers. Jason is very knowledgeable and 
entertaining. 


 

There are studies showing dramatic decline in insect-eating-bird population due 
to a new class of pesticides. 


An example is


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/pesticide-contaminating-prairie-wetlands-scientist-1.2482082 
A Saskatchewan researcher says many wetlands across the prairies are being 
contaminated by a relatively new pesticide that is threatening the ecosystem. 


 

Saturday day I was using the Roundup to kill some plants on my porch. I did try 
to scare away all the grasshoppers and other insects from the patch, but 
somehow one baby cricket got left in the patch and as I sprayed the plants a 
little bit of fell on it. It started writhing and acting weird. So I stopped 
immediately and ran inside the house to get some water to clean it off of the 
round up. But by the time I came back, in less than a minute the insect was 
dead! I poured water on it hoping it would revive, but to no avail. So now I 
have vowed myself that I will never use the roundup ever again in my life 
again! If I have to pull each and every weed I will do so. Those are nasty 
things. I would have not minded if I saw a catbird catch it for its babies! 


 

So be cautious of what you are using!

 

Meena

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Subject: Jason Dombroskie's talk on Moths and importance of understandoing ecology of moths/insects
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:33:40 +0000
Hi all,

Yesterday I posted about the moth week but did not emphasize on this talk on 
this Thursday 24 June from 6.30 pm to 7.30 by Dr. Jason Dombroskie on New York 
State Moths at Borg Warner Room of Tompkins County Public Library. According to 
me it is a must talk for all bird lovers. Jason is very knowledgeable and 
entertaining. 




There are studies showing dramatic decline in insect-eating-bird population due 
to a new class of pesticides. 


An example is


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/pesticide-contaminating-prairie-wetlands-scientist-1.2482082 
A Saskatchewan researcher says many wetlands across the prairies are being 
contaminated by a relatively new pesticide that is threatening the ecosystem. 




Saturday day I was using the Roundup to kill some plants on my porch. I did try 
to scare away all the grasshoppers and other insects from the patch, but 
somehow one baby cricket got left in the patch and as I sprayed the plants a 
little bit of fell on it. It started writhing and acting weird. So I stopped 
immediately and ran inside the house to get some water to clean it off of the 
round up. But by the time I came back, in less than a minute the insect was 
dead! I poured water on it hoping it would revive, but to no avail. So now I 
have vowed myself that I will never use the roundup ever again in my life 
again! If I have to pull each and every weed I will do so. Those are nasty 
things. I would have not minded if I saw a catbird catch it for its babies! 




So be cautious of what you are using!



Meena

Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850
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Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:28:44 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* July 21, 2014
*  NYSY  07. 21. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):

July 14, 2013 - July 21, 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: July 21 AT 1:30 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
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#402 Monday July 21, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
July 14, 2014
 
Highlights:
-----------

GREAT SHEARWATER
LEAST BITTERN
GREAT EGRET
MERLIN
STILT SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
SNOWY OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SEDGE WREN

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

     7/15: At least 4 LEAST BITTERNS are still being seen on the Wildlife 
Trail just beyond laRue’s lagoon. 

     7/17: The two young and two adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were again 
seen in the dead trees along May’s Point Road. 

     7/18: 2 LEAST BITTERNS were again seen near Larue’s Lagoon. 13 GREAT 
EGRETS were seen at Tschache Pool. SOLITARY SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 
LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and LEAST 
SANDPIPER were all seen along the wildlife Trail. 15 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS 
and 6 STILT SANDPIPERS were found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 



Oswego County
------------

     7/18: An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Sunset Bay Park in 
Scriba. 

     7/20: A family of MERLINS was busy in Constantia chasing and feeding 
young. 



Onondaga County
------------

     7/15: A SNOWY OWL was seen in the Target  Plaza area along Rt.31. This 
is the third time in recent years a Snowy Owl has seemed to stay for the summer 
in the Syracuse area. 

     7/18: A family group of MERLINS has been observed on Summit Avenue in 
Syracuse. 



Madison county
------------

     7/18: An improbable GREAT SHEARWATER was found in a wooded area near 
DeRuyter Resevoir. The bird was helped into the water where it seemed to be 
swimming normally but later it weakened and was taken to a wildlife 
rehabilitater where, unfortunately, it died. 



Jefferson County
------------

     7/19: A SEDGE WREN was heard singing from the observation tower at 
South Sandy Creek. 



Compiler’s Note: 
------------
A sad farewell to Jerry Lazarczyk who passed away last week. Jerry was well 
known and liked in our area as he payed many visits to add to his county lists. 


  
     

     

    
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Region 5
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Subject: FW: Moth Week: Yet another bird food related celebrations
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:10:00 +0000
FYI: It is lot of fun, might be able to hear some owls when we are in the 
field. 

Hope to see some of you there!
Cheers
Meena


From: 
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> 
on behalf of Bill Evans 
> 

Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:48 AM
To: NATURAL-HISTORY-L
Subject: Moth Week

Greetings natural historians,

Today is the beginning of the 3rd annual "National Moth 
Week". We have three events scheduled in the 
Finger Lakes this year: 


Thursday July 24th (6:30-7:30pm Borg Warner Room, Tompkins County Public 
Library, Ithaca, NY): Natural History of the Moths of New York State. A 
presentation by Dr. Jason Dombroskie, Collection Manager of the Cornell 
University Insect Collection and Coordinator of the Insect Diagnostic Lab. This 
intimate journey into the hidden lives of moths and their caterpillars will 
look at some of the amazing species in your backyard. Some of these moths take 
medicine and can bubble poison from their necks, produce perfume that can be 
smelled from over a mile away, or can jam bat echolocation. We will also 
examine caterpillars with gills, stinky tentacles, and horns that squirt acid, 
as well as ones that throw their feces, and others that live inside 
regurgitated owl pellets. 



Friday July 25th (8pm-midnight): Watkins Glen moth night. Meet at the "Iroquois 
Lodge" in the six nations campground at Watkins Glen State Park any time after 
8pm. From 8:30-9:00 there will be a brief introduction and a number of 
exhibits. From 9:00pm on there will be moth watching at four light stations and 
a bait line within walking distance of the lodge. Kids can help paint tree 
trunks with "moth mush" (a batter of beer, brown sugar, and old bananas) at 
8:15pm. Access to the park is free after 5:30pm (main entrance charges until 
7:30pm). The event will be cancelled if heavy rain and/or lightning are in the 
vicinity. 




Saturday July 26th (8pm-midnight): Ithaca moth night. Meet at the main parking 
lot of Robert H. Treman State Park (lower unit) any time after 8pm. There will 
be moth watching at four light stations and a bait line around the edge of the 
parking lot adjacent to the park office. Kids can help paint tree trunks with 
"moth mush" (a batter of beer, brown sugar, and old bananas) at 8:15pm. Access 
to the park is free after 6pm. The event will be cancelled if heavy rain and/or 
lightning are in the vicinity. 




In addition to these events, Finger Lakes residents are encouraged to step out 
at night during the week and document moths attracted to lights or camouflaged 
during the day. Anyone is welcome to submit photos of moths for identification 
and to contribute to the week's species list in the Finger Lakes region (send 
photos or photo album links to moths AT oldbird.org). In 
previous years we have documented about 120 species during the week, each 
species with mysterious intricacy in our local ecology. 




Event info along with species lists and photos from previous year's can be 
found at Finger Lakes Moth 
Week. 




Hope you can join us!



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Subject: Black Vulture on Stevenson, Clay-colored Sparrow still on campus
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:14:45 +0000
At 2:30 today I was just finishing up an hour crow watch at the Cornell compost 
facility on Stevenson Road when I noticed that an incoming vulture was a BLACK 
VULTURE: short tail, flat and broad wings, and white patches in the primaries. 
It then landed in the big lone snag, with 8 Turkey Vultures. It was easily 
visible from Stevenson Road. Nothing else of note in the compost. The ponds 
have been drained enough that little shorebird habitat remains. 2 Killdeer were 
the shorebird total today. 


Earlier around noon I went to Cornell campus to see if I could find the 
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW that everyone else saw in the spring. I found it in the 
trees on the south side of Goldwyn-Smith, between there and Stimson Hall. It 
sang softly a few times and I was able to get a good look. Neither it nor the 
Chipping Sparrow in the same area seemed to be feeding young. But, the Chipping 
Sparrow family just to the north was feeding a fledgling Brown-headed Cowbird. 


I saw 13 bird species on the Arts Quad, including a fly-over pair of calling 
MERLINS. 


Kevin

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Subject: turkeys
From: Sara Jane Hymes <sjh4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:38:13 +0000
We were just coming up Giles St, and at the intersection with State/MLK (2 
houses south) was a family of turkeys! Since they were gathered underneath a 
tree, I at first thought they were statues, so I had Larry back up. Sure enough 
2 adults and 7 young: (is that considered a 'flock'?), but they were headed 
down the hill and most likely from whence they came--to Van Nattis Dam area. 
I've never seen turkeys in city limit before! 

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Subject: Great Shearwater - bad news
From: <tigger64 AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:31:50 -0400
With sadness I have to report the Great Shearwater did not survive. I think 
plans are for it to go to the American Museum of Natural History. 



Dave W.

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Subject: Merlins and a reminder to the odonate book recption today at 3.00 pm at BTI
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:00:52 +0000
Hi all,

I have heard the East Ithaca Cemetery merlins several times in morning when I 
walk to work, so they must have continued there and may have been successful in 
nesting. I mean to stop by at the cemetery and check it out but have had no 
chance to do so far. 




 Also, today I noticed most other birds are quiet in the morning except for the 
robins and my neighbor's mimicking bird. I see the catbird but is silent, last 
year he was making a racket all the time he was in the yard. These days I see 
at least one catbird, I presume it is a female often sitting on the mulch pile 
and just relaxing and watching the surroundings! It seems to be its favorite 
spot to relax. This is all my bird-watching has been! 




Also, a reminder and invitation for the today's odonate book release at Boyce 
Thompson Auditorium at 3.00 pm and a field trip afterwards if the weather 
holds! Check out Cornell events calendar 
http://events.cornell.edu/event/book_release_finding_dragonflies 


Book Release, Finding Dragonflies - Cornell
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Hope to see at least some of you there!



Cheers

Meena

Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850
42.429007,-76.47111
http://haribal.org/
http://meenaharibal.blogspot.com/


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Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2014 9:43 AM
To: John Confer
Cc: CAYUGABIRDS-L; tigger64 AT aol.com
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Merlin: new and old in Ithaca

Yes I've also seen a Merlin along NYS-13A near the City/Town line. It was 
awhile ago and I don't recall the date, but I agree that's an area it's been. 
On the evening of 6 July I saw a Merlin over Cass Park, initially flying north 
over West Hill and being harassed by a couple smaller birds - in other words it 
was coming from the area you describe. The Merlin then flew alone east over 
Cass Park and continued toward downtown. Considering the distances they cover 
it's hard to say where that bird's home base is. 


--Dave Nutter

On Jul 19, 2014, at 06:10 PM, John Confer  wrote:



Just curious.

The Merlin pair seen copulating and at a nest on Hudson Street seems to have 
failed in that a few visits to the nest site failed to show any activity when 
young would be expected. Is their any better info? 


I heard a Merlin calling (19 July) on Floral Ave near the apartment complex and 
near the end of the row of solar panels with street lights and in the vicinity 
of some very tall pines on the west side of the road. Did any one else have any 
indication of Merlin in that area? 


Cheers,

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Subject: Re: Merlin: new and old in Ithaca
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:43:54 +0000
Yes I've also seen a Merlin along NYS-13A near the City/Town line. It was 
awhile ago and I don't recall the date, but I agree that's an area it's been. 
On the evening of 6 July I saw a Merlin over Cass Park, initially flying north 
over West Hill and being harassed by a couple smaller birds - in other words it 
was coming from the area you describe. The Merlin then flew alone east over 
Cass Park and continued toward downtown. Considering the distances they cover 
it's hard to say where that bird's home base is.  


--Dave Nutter


On Jul 19, 2014, at 06:10 PM, John Confer  wrote:

>
> Just curious.
>  
> The Merlin pair seen copulating and at a nest on Hudson Street seems to have 
failed in that a few visits to the nest site failed to show any activity when 
young would be expected. Is their any better info? 

>  
> I heard a Merlin calling (19 July) on Floral Ave near the apartment complex 
and near the end of the row of solar panels with street lights and in the 
vicinity of some very tall pines on the west side of the road. Did any one else 
have any indication of Merlin in that area? 

>  
> Cheers,
>  
> John
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Subject: Re: Juvenile Sharp-shins
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:17:41 +0000
I think a Sharp-shinned Hawk would be not just naive but really stupid to go 
after prey as large as a Gray Squirrel. So I looked closely at your photos. 
They have fine (not coarse) brown streaking below, and even though the tail of 
the perched bird appears square, you can see all the ends of the tail feathers 
such that each successively outer pair is significantly shorter. That tail when 
spread would look quite bowed out in the middle. I think you've got Cooper's 
Hawks. 


--Dave Nutter


On Jul 19, 2014, at 01:26 PM, Richard Maxwell  wrote:

>
> ​W
> ​
> e have had 4 juvenile sharp-shinned hawks frequenting our yard for several 
days now. We had an identified nest a couple years ago that also had four 
offspring. No awareness of the nest this year. I have gotten many nice 
pictures. This morning they were trying to figure out how to catch​ 

> ​a squirrel, unsuccessfully so far. We are close to the lab at 34 Turkey 
Hill Rd.​ 

> ​ and would welcome anyone interested.  Max and Eileen​
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Subject: Re: Least Bitterns at Catharine Creek Marsh
From: "John and Sue Gregoire" <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:13:38 -0400
Thanks for the report Matt. nesting Least and American Bitterns are two of the
specialties at Queen Catharine Marsh with at least 4 pair of the former and 
three of 

the latter breeding. They've been there since the IBA was granted many years 
back. 


The lack of waterbirds is somewhat surprising but QCM has never been a hot 
spot. HAd 

you stayed a bit later you would have heard Sora and masses of Great Blue 
leaving 

for roost. There had been many Canadas there as well.

The two highlights this year. After two years of trying our Sandhill pair 
produced 

two young this year. Secondly, the lower Seneca Lake Bald Eagles decided to 
nest 

this year and produced at least one eaglet.

QCM is also a Bird Conservation Area and a Critical Environmental Area. Rock 
Cabin 

Road is also noted for a few butterfly species not found elsewhere in the area 
such 

as the Snout and Hackberry Emperor.

It always amazes that with this beautiful asset in our back yard, Schuyler 
County 

ignores it and pushes Nascar and wine instead of all the natural assets which 
are 

abundant. Heck, WSKG even named its local repeater WINO! ;-)

John
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Burdett,NY 14818-9626
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"Conserve and Create Habitat"

On Sat, July 19, 2014 21:25, Matthew Medler wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> In the "I can't believe I've never been there" category, I visited Catharine 
Marsh 

> in Watkins Glen for the first time today (19 July 2014). It's a beautiful 
marsh, and 

> despite the late date and hour, my visit was quite productive. I birded from 
Rock 

> Cabin Road, along the eastern edge of the marsh, stopping regularly along the 
road, 

> and then spent a good 30 minutes at the small observation tower near the 
south end 

> of the marsh. The undisputed highlight of the visit was seeing not one, but 
two 

> LEAST BITTERNS from the observation tower (with the help of my scope). There 
was 

> also a GREEN HERON and 12+ GREAT BLUE HERONS in this area, and a VIRGINIA 
RAIL 

> called once fairly close to the tower. The sheer number of singing SWAMP 
SPARROWS 

> was quite impressive for this date, and singing MARSH WRENS also put in a 
good 

> showing, especially near the platform.
>
> The only disappointment from my visit was the complete lack of any waterbirds
> visible on the open water in the marsh. I literally did not see a single 
duck, 

> grebe, cormorant, gallinule, or even goose! With all of the reports of young
> waterbirds from Montezuma, I thoughts I would see some waterbirds at 
Catharine 

> Marsh. Maybe next time...
>
> My complete eBird checklist is below.
>
> Good birding,
> Matt Medler
> Ithaca
>
> ________________________________________
>
> Catharine Creek Marsh--Rock Cabin Rd., Schuyler, US-NY
> Jul 19, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:27 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.2 mile(s)
> Comments: Overcast, calm, 70F. Stops every 0.1 mi. All totals are best 
attempts 

> at careful counts, except where noted. Scope used to scan marsh when 
possible. 
/>Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1 > 43 species > > Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) 2 First individual seen in flight in scope > for 15+ seconds before it settled back into cattails. Second individual seen perched > on edge of cattails for ~1 min. Both seen on far (west) side of marsh from platform. > Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 25 12+ from observation tower. > Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 2 I saw one lone individual three different > times; am confident of at least two different individuals. > Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 5 Soaring distantly over ridge to west > Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1 Adult perched on small shrubby > vegetation just a few feet above water. > Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 1 One kiddick series after being on tower 30+ > minutes. > Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5 > Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1 > Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 3 > Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2 > Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2 > Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus) 3 > Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1 > Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 1 > Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 1 > Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 1 > Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 5 > Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 6 > American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3 > Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 1 > Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) 2 > Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2 > Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1 > White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1 > Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 9 Carefully counted, one individual at a > time. Most numerous (or easily detectable) from observation tower, where 4+ > individuals singing. > Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1 > Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 2 > Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 2 > American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 13 > Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 15 > Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 5 > Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 11 > Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 6 Seen. One singing > Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 6 > Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 23 > Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 3 > Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 8 > Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 3 > Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) 1 Flyover > Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 30 Rough estimate > Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 10 Estimate > Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 2 > American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 20 Estimate > > View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19149882 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) > > -- > > Cayugabirds-L List Info: > http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME > http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES > http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm > > ARCHIVES: > 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l AT cornell.edu/maillist.html > 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds > 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html > > Please submit your observations to eBird: > http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ > > -- > > > -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l AT cornell.edu/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --
Subject: Re: Fwd: Jerry Lazarczyk
From: Judith Thurber <jathurber AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:00:23 -0400
Thank you for letting us all know. Pink-footed Goose comes to mind when I 
remember last seeing Jerry...or was it a Chat. Suddenly, he was just where "the 
bird" was! For me, the serendipity of seeing friends when on the birding trail 
more than doubles the joy. 


Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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> From: Thomas O'Donnell 
> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Jerry Lazarczyk
> Date: July 19, 2014 9:14:39 PM EDT
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> As Jerry was well known to birders across New York, I am posting this to 
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> With sadness, I report that Buffalo birder and BOS member Jerry Lazarczyk 
passed away last week. Jerry was a member and officer of several local nature 
organizations and also active with the New York State Ornithological 
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frequent trips to observe birds. 

> Services will be on August 2, 2014 at noon from the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 
Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY 14072 

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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Fwd: Jerry Lazarczyk
From: "Judith Thurber jathurber AT yahoo.com [oneidabirds]" <oneidabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:00:23 -0400
Thank you for letting us all know. Pink-footed Goose comes to mind when I 
remember last seeing Jerry...or was it a Chat. Suddenly, he was just where "the 
bird" was! For me, the serendipity of seeing friends when on the birding trail 
more than doubles the joy. 


Judy Thurber
Liverpool

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> On Jul 19, 2014, at 10:37 PM, "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" 
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> From: Thomas O'Donnell 
> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Jerry Lazarczyk
> Date: July 19, 2014 9:14:39 PM EDT
> To: geneseebirds-l , HM Birds 
, osbirds , Oneida Birds 
, NNY Birds , 
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> Reply-To: Thomas O'Donnell 
> 
> As Jerry was well known to birders across New York, I am posting this to 
several of the birding lists. Please forward as appropriate. 

>  
> With sadness, I report that Buffalo birder and BOS member Jerry Lazarczyk 
passed away last week. Jerry was a member and officer of several local nature 
organizations and also active with the New York State Ornithological 
Association. He was known by many birders across the State and Region from his 
frequent trips to observe birds. 

> Services will be on August 2, 2014 at noon from the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 
Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY 14072 

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Subject: Fwd: Jerry Lazarczyk
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:37:29 +0000
This was posted to several other area eLists. Sharing this sad news with those 
on Cayugabirds-L who may not have received this message. 



From: Thomas O'Donnell 
> 

Subject: [nysbirds-l] Jerry Lazarczyk
Date: July 19, 2014 9:14:39 PM EDT
To: geneseebirds-l 
>, HM Birds 
>, osbirds 
>, Oneida Birds 
>, NNY Birds 
>, 
NYSBirds listserve > 

Reply-To: Thomas O'Donnell 
> 


As Jerry was well known to birders across New York, I am posting this to 
several of the birding lists. Please forward as appropriate. 


With sadness, I report that Buffalo birder and BOS member Jerry Lazarczyk 
passed away last week. Jerry was a member and officer of several local nature 
organizations and also active with the New York State Ornithological 
Association. He was known by many birders across the State and Region from his 
frequent trips to observe birds. 

Services will be on August 2, 2014 at noon from the Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 
Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY 14072 


Thomas M. ODonnell, President
Buffalo Ornithological Society
Niagara Falls, New York
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Subject: Least Bitterns at Catharine Creek Marsh
From: Matthew Medler <mdm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:25:58 +0000
Hi All,

In the "I can't believe I've never been there" category, I visited Catharine 
Marsh in Watkins Glen for the first time today (19 July 2014). It's a beautiful 
marsh, and despite the late date and hour, my visit was quite productive. I 
birded from Rock Cabin Road, along the eastern edge of the marsh, stopping 
regularly along the road, and then spent a good 30 minutes at the small 
observation tower near the south end of the marsh. The undisputed highlight of 
the visit was seeing not one, but two LEAST BITTERNS from the observation tower 
(with the help of my scope). There was also a GREEN HERON and 12+ GREAT BLUE 
HERONS in this area, and a VIRGINIA RAIL called once fairly close to the tower. 
The sheer number of singing SWAMP SPARROWS was quite impressive for this date, 
and singing MARSH WRENS also put in a good showing, especially near the 
platform. 


The only disappointment from my visit was the complete lack of any waterbirds 
visible on the open water in the marsh. I literally did not see a single duck, 
grebe, cormorant, gallinule, or even goose! With all of the reports of young 
waterbirds from Montezuma, I thoughts I would see some waterbirds at Catharine 
Marsh. Maybe next time... 


My complete eBird checklist is below.

Good birding,
Matt Medler
Ithaca

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Catharine Creek Marsh--Rock Cabin Rd., Schuyler, US-NY
Jul 19, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:27 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments: Overcast, calm, 70F. Stops every 0.1 mi. All totals are best 
attempts at careful counts, except where noted. Scope used to scan marsh when 
possible. 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1 43 species Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) 2 First individual seen in flight in scope for 15+ seconds before it settled back into cattails. Second individual seen perched on edge of cattails for ~1 min. Both seen on far (west) side of marsh from platform. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 25 12+ from observation tower. Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 2 I saw one lone individual three different times; am confident of at least two different individuals. Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 5 Soaring distantly over ridge to west Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1 Adult perched on small shrubby vegetation just a few feet above water. Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 1 One kiddick series after being on tower 30+ minutes. Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5 Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus) 3 Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1 Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 1 Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 1 Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 1 Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 5 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 6 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3 Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 1 Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) 2 Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1 Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 9 Carefully counted, one individual at a time. Most numerous (or easily detectable) from observation tower, where 4+ individuals singing. Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 2 Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 2 American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 13 Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 15 Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 5 Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 11 Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 6 Seen. One singing Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 6 Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 23 Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 3 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 8 Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 3 Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) 1 Flyover Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 30 Rough estimate Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 10 Estimate Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 2 American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 20 Estimate View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19149882 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l AT cornell.edu/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --
Subject: Merlin: new and old in Ithaca
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:09:26 +0000
Just curious.

The Merlin pair seen copulating and at a nest on Hudson Street seems to have 
failed in that a few visits to the nest site failed to show any activity when 
young would be expected. Is their any better info? 


I heard a Merlin calling (19 July) on Floral Ave near the apartment complex and 
near the end of the row of solar panels with street lights and in the vicinity 
of some very tall pines on the west side of the road. Did any one else have any 
indication of Merlin in that area? 


Cheers,

John
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Subject: Great Shearwater photos
From: <tigger64 AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:48:28 -0400
I've put up several photos of the Great Shearwater. There are also photos of an 
unusual-for-July Snowy Owl being harassed by a Northern Mockingbird. Many 
songbirds-in-flight photos from May are also up: grackles, orioles, tanagers, 
waxwings, Purple Martin, Seymour the pheasant (a.k.a. Fred), raptors, etc. I 
have organized albums by taxonomic grouping as well as things like "diving 
ducks in the act of diving". 



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


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


Jim Tarolli also has a nice photo of the shearwater here:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/jtarolli9/


I had a vague recollection of another proper rarity on DeRuyter Reservoir and 
found the record: Brown Pelican in September '03, presumably having received an 
assist from Hurricane Isabel. 



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Subject: Juvenile Sharp-shins
From: Richard Maxwell <rwmaxw AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:26:08 -0400
​W
​
e have had 4 juvenile sharp-shinned hawks frequenting our yard for several
days now.  We had an identified nest a couple years ago that also had four
offspring.  No awareness of the nest this year.  I have gotten many nice
pictures.  This morning they were trying to figure out how to catch​
​a squirrel, unsuccessfully so far.  We are close to the lab at 34 Turkey
Hill Rd.​
​ and would welcome anyone interested.  Max and Eileen​

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Subject: Great Shearwater update - rescued
From: <tigger64 AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:17:29 -0400
Just a quick update on the DeRuyter Reservoir (Madison County) Great Shearwater 
found by Gian Dodici on Friday morning. Last night there was an opportunity to 
rescue the bird, which was in distress, and get it to a wildlife rehabilitator 
where it could be fed and evaluated. The bird was weak but still feisty when it 
came off the water, and had not been hit (yet) by boat traffic. Thanks to all 
who assisted in the rescue, and I hope for positive updates on the bird's 
condition. 



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Subject: RE: MNWR Friday- children's specialty day
From: Sue Barth <sue AT nsytes.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:44:55 -0400
Hi Sue,

I have a photo of a couple that are pretty close to this stage at:
http://www.chirpsandcheeps.com/.  It's the third row down on the left.
Click on it to enlarge - and then you can enlarge further using the icon at
the top right of the photo.

Hope that helps,
~ Sue

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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] MNWR Friday- children's specialty day

The natal plumage of the young Gallinules still showed their red heads and
wings. I found this video that shows both, but it's not very clear. If
anyone has some photos of them at this stage, I'd love to see them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaU-zGnr4KU

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On Fri, July 18, 2014 19:58, John and Sue Gregoire wrote:
> Wonderful visit to the main refuge this afternoon where it was 
> children's day! On the drive we listened to American Bittern from the 
> shorebird wetland as we watched two Least Bittern criss cross the 
> drive to fetch and return food for their young which were on the east 
> side. Around that same area a we just missed good looks at a Virginia 
> Rail and young but did see several Black Tern, Caspian Tern Green 
> Heron and some real young on the main pool side. Here in the canal we 
> found one group of three adult Gallinule and 7 chicks still in the 
> black natal down. A bit further north, just beyond the red flag, we
spotted many more gallinule chicks that were quite a bit older. That
continued all the way to LaRue's as we saw many more.
>
> We also had many young coot and while watching the antics of those 
> families, up popped two Pied-billed Grebe youngsters and their parent. 
> That area produced many more coot young as we creeped along. Of 
> course, we don't have a decent telephoto lens so our pix are identifiable
but fuzzy -much like those very young Gallinules!
>
> Tsache tower produced a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, one eagle and at least 
> 13 Great Egret among the other species present. Before heading back we 
> walked the towpath with not much to report other than butterflies and
katydids and Sandhill cranes.
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Subject: Re: MNWR Friday- children's specialty day
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:14:18 -0400
The natal plumage of the young Gallinules still showed their red heads and 
wings. I 

found this video that shows both, but it's not very clear. If anyone has some 
photos 

of them at this stage, I'd love to see them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaU-zGnr4KU

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On Fri, July 18, 2014 19:58, John and Sue Gregoire wrote:
> Wonderful visit to the main refuge this afternoon where it was children's 
day! On 

> the drive we listened to American Bittern from the shorebird wetland as we 
watched 

> two Least Bittern criss cross the drive to fetch and return food for their 
young 

> which were on the east side. Around that same area a we just missed good 
looks at a 

> Virginia Rail and young but did see several Black Tern, Caspian Tern Green 
Heron and 

> some real young on the main pool side. Here in the canal we found one group 
of three 

> adult Gallinule and 7 chicks still in the black natal down. A bit further 
north, 

> just beyond the red flag, we spotted many more gallinule chicks that were 
quite a 

> bit older. That continued all the way to LaRue's as we saw many more.
>
> We also had many young coot and while watching the antics of those families, 
up 

> popped two Pied-billed Grebe youngsters and their parent. That area produced 
many 

> more coot young as we creeped along. Of course, we don't have a decent 
telephoto 

> lens so our pix are identifiable but fuzzy -much like those very young 
Gallinules! 

>
> Tsache tower produced a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, one eagle and at least 13 
Great Egret 

> among the other species present. Before heading back we walked the towpath 
with not 

> much to report other than butterflies and katydids and Sandhill cranes.
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Subject: Montezuma Wildlife Drive and Knox-Marcellus Marsh Friday afternoon/evening July 18 2014
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:42:57 -0400
Began on wildlife drive this afternoon (Friday) and came across a small
group of shorebirds in the canal on the right before Larue's. This is
typically the solitary sandpiper spot and indeed there
were 4 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS present with 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 1 SPOTTED
SANDPIPER in basic plumage and 1 LEAST SANDPIPER.

At Larue's the LEAST BITTERN show continues as there were at least 3 of
them flying around. I also heard and then found a SORA. In addition, the
marsh to the left of wildlife drive, had at least a dozen BLACK TERNS
coursing around and higher up one CASPIAN TERN.

At Benning Marsh, there was another small assortment of shorebirds.  3
KILLDEER, 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS AND 6 LEAST SANDPIPERS.

Next stop was East Road overlooking K-M Marsh around 5 pm with good
lighting and little shimmer. Best bird was a basic plumage WILSON'S
PHALAROPE in with both yellowlegs species. This bird is presumably the same
one that Tim Lenz found earlier in the day. This bird was actively
feeding.  There were also a few STILT SANDPIPERS, plenty of dowitcher sp.
(I would assume SBDO), loads of yellowlegs of both species and quite a few
LEAST SANDPIPERS. I also found several groups of SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS in
a more grayish plumage which was very distinct from the browner LEAST. I
also heard both species calls.

In addition, there continues to be several BLACK TERNS, many CASPIAN TERNS.
I saw only 1 GREAT EGRET which was odd. 2 SANDHILL CRANES also flew in
which was cool.

The lighting was decent and many of the above birds were close enough to
get good looks with a scope. However if you look farther out from east road
 you see many more shorebirds toward towpath rd. It looked like most were
yellowlegs, and peeps with some dowitchers. It was too distant, at least
for me, to find anything unusual. This is no doubt a good start to
the annual fall shorebird staging area at K-M Marsh and it would not
surprise me if other species are there at this time or soon will show up.

Dave Nicosia


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Subject: late nests
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:13:05 +0000 (GMT)
On the 13th of July I saw a female American Goldfinch in my yard gathering 
stems from the seedheads of a large ornamental grass, evidently gathering 
structural material for a nest. This evening in my yard I saw a female American 
Goldfinch apparently gathering spiderwebs around the windows of our shed and 
the nearby fence. I knew they were late nesters, but I assumed they'd be a 
bit farther along by the midde of July. 


This week we discovered that a domed nest had appeared in a hanging planter on 
our back porch. It was in good shape but empty. Yesterday I approached it and 
my intent to see what was inside was clearer than my vision: I flushed a 
Carolina Wren. We both made somewhat startled and upset noises. Today the wren 
is back using the nest. 


On another subject, this afternoon I saw what I think is only the second 
Honeybee of the season for me. It was on Birdsfoot Trefoil on a strip of lawn 
near Six-mile Creek and South Meadow Street in Ithaca. 


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Subject: MNWR Friday- children's specialty day
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:58:59 -0400
Wonderful visit to the main refuge this afternoon where it was children's day! 
On 

the drive we listened to American Bittern from the shorebird wetland as we 
watched 

two Least Bittern criss cross the drive to fetch and return food for their 
young 

which were on the east side. Around that same area a we just missed good looks 
at a 

Virginia Rail and young but did see several Black Tern, Caspian Tern Green 
Heron and 

some real young on the main pool side. Here in the canal we found one group of 
three 

adult Gallinule and 7 chicks still in the black natal down. A bit further 
north, 

just beyond the red flag, we spotted many more gallinule chicks that were quite 
a 

bit older. That continued all the way to LaRue's as we saw many more.

We also had many young coot and while watching the antics of those families, up
popped two Pied-billed Grebe youngsters and their parent. That area produced 
many 

more coot young as we creeped along. Of course, we don't have a decent 
telephoto 

lens so our pix are identifiable but fuzzy -much like those very young 
Gallinules! 


Tsache tower produced a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, one eagle and at least 13 Great 
Egret 

among the other species present. Before heading back we walked the towpath with 
not 

much to report other than butterflies and katydids and Sandhill cranes.
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Field Ornithologists
Kestrel Haven Avian Migration Observatory
5373 Fitzgerald Road
Burdett,NY 14818-9626
 Website: http://www.empacc.net/~kestrelhaven/
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Subject: Great Shearwater
From: Jim Tarolli <jmtarolli9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:10:54 -0400
The Great Shearwater was captured and is being brought to a rehabilitator.

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Subject: Re: Pelagic oddity near DeRuyter
From: Brad Walker <bmw38 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:17:58 -0400
Tim Lenz and I are looking at the bird now. It's in the southeast corner,
floating around. We're looking from dam road at the north end.
On Jul 18, 2014 1:56 PM, "Gian Dodici"  wrote:

> I stumbled (almost literally) on what I think is a GREATER SHEARWATER in
> the woods adjacent to a small trib at the north end of DeRuyter Reservoir
> this morning.  The bird seemed to be in decent condition so I released it
> into the reservoir where it was last seen swimming in the northwest corner
> of the reservoir.  Not sure how long it's been around, or how it ended up
> in the woods, but it appears to be a long way from home.
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Subject: Emerson Park Snow Geese
From: The Donster <auburnxc AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:42:46 -0400
Emerson Park, just outside of Auburn, is now down to 12 Snow Geese. I just 
found one deceased, in the water. 


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Subject: Re:Pelagic oddity near DeRuyter
From: Gian Dodici <gdodici AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:08:23 -0400
Sorry this was this morning 7/18
On Jul 18, 2014 1:55 PM, "Gian Dodici"  wrote:

> I stumbled (almost literally) on what I think is a GREATER SHEARWATER in
> the woods adjacent to a small trib at the north end of DeRuyter Reservoir
> this morning.  The bird seemed to be in decent condition so I released it
> into the reservoir where it was last seen swimming in the northwest corner
> of the reservoir.  Not sure how long it's been around, or how it ended up
> in the woods, but it appears to be a long way from home.
>
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> 
https://plus.google.com/photos/108162973708281960515/albums/6037460891881380593 

>
> Gian
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Subject: Pelagic oddity near DeRuyter
From: Gian Dodici <gdodici AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:55:13 -0400
I stumbled (almost literally) on what I think is a GREATER SHEARWATER in
the woods adjacent to a small trib at the north end of DeRuyter Reservoir
this morning.  The bird seemed to be in decent condition so I released it
into the reservoir where it was last seen swimming in the northwest corner
of the reservoir.  Not sure how long it's been around, or how it ended up
in the woods, but it appears to be a long way from home.

https://plus.google.com/photos/108162973708281960515/albums/6037460891881380593

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Subject: Lime Hollow Visitor Center
From: Matthew Medler <mdm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:51:59 +0000
I decided to pay a visit to the Lime Hollow Visitor Center this evening (17 
July 2014). Given the date and time of day (7:15 pm), I didn't have high 
expectations, but I ended up having a nice outing. I explored quite a bit of 
the trail system that branches out from the Visitor Center, with my favorite 
trail being Fen Way, which eventually winds its way through beautiful 
hemlock-dominated forest. There two countersinging HERMIT THRUSHES were joined 
by singing BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS. The other highlight of my outing was 
seeing 25+ bats flying over the large open areas along the art trail and near 
the Visitor Center. I think this might be the most bats I've ever seen in one 
place, and it was especially heartening to see in light of the terrible 
declines in bat populations in recent years. I include my complete eBird 
checklist below. 


Good birding,
Matt Medler
Ithaca
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Lime Hollow--Visitor Center, Cortland, US-NY
Jul 17, 2014 7:15 PM - 8:53 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.4 mile(s)
Comments: Clear, calm, 63F at end of walk. Visitor Center--Trail for All--Art 
Trail--Lehigh Valley to Gracie Rd.--Lehigh Valley--Fen Way--Mill Pond--Hermit's 
Way--Lehigh Valley--Art Trail--Visitor Center. 25+ bats seen flying over 
clearings just before dusk! 


44 species
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  7     1 ad F with 6 yng
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  2     In spruces
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) 1 Seen briefly as it flew into the 
forest. 

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus)  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  1     Heard just a few times near dusk
Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum)  2     Soft song and calls.
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  6
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  13
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  6
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  1
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)  2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  11
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  2     food for yng
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  7
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  2
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  7
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  7
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  8
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  3
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  9     Flight song heard
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  1
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  3
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  7
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  5
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) 2 
Singing in hemlock part of Fen Way. Juv seen later. 

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  7
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 2 Extended song in flight ~40 ft above 
ground. 

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  7
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  6
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1 Juv flushed from ground in forest 
interior 

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  5

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Subject: Re: Montezuma NWR paddling
From: Donna Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:41:24 -0400
Last summer Paul Anderson of the Cayuga Bird Club organized a kayak paddle in 
the vicinity of Howland Island and into the Seneca River. A kayak rental 
company rented us the kayaks and provided a bus ride from cars to launch site. 
Then we paddled to where cars were. 

I am not aware of any allowed paddles in MNWR waters.
Donna Scott
Lansing
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  This sounds great!

 Can anyone provide info about paddling around MNWR? Is it even allowed or 
perhaps just at certain times? I remember an organized trip last year. Thanks. 

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Subject: Re: Montezuma NWR field trips
From: Mo Barger Rooster Hill Farm <mo AT roosterhillfarm.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:23:53 -0400
This sounds great!

Can anyone provide info about paddling around MNWR? Is it even allowed or
perhaps just at certain times? I remember an organized trip last year.
Thanks.


On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:

> This is the second year that the management of the Montezuma National
> Wildlife Refuge is allowing a limited number of birding field trips onto
> dikes around Knox-Marsellus and Puddler Marshes, where the refuge otherwise
> prohibits public access. These are the scheduled trips and leaders of which
> I am aware:
>
> Sunday 27 July, 8am, Dave Nutter of Cayuga Bird Club
> Sunday 17 August, 8am, Eaton Birding Society
> Saturday 23 August, 11am, Mike Tetlow of Rochester Birding Association
> Sunday 31 August, 8am, Dave Nutter of Cayuga Bird Club
> Sunday 21 September, 830am, Paul Anderson of Cayuga Bird Club
> Saturday 27 September, 11am, Mike Tetlow of Rochester Birding Association
>
> The trips are hosted by members of various bird clubs, but all the trips
> are open to all birders, whether or not they are members of any bird club,
> and there is no fee. However everyone should pre-register with the Refuge
> staff by calling 315-568-5987. All field trips will meet at the given
> time at the Refuge Visitor Center on NY-5/US-20 then caravan to the site.
> This includes a .8 mile drive on a single lane dirt road with deep puddles,
> so consider car-pooling to reduce wear on the road and the number of muddy
> cars. After that we will be walking on the dikes. Be prepared for dewy
> vegetation and biting insects. Bring binoculars and, if you have one, a
> spotting scope as well. Even though we will be closer to the birds than the
> usual roadside viewpoints allow, the impoundments are huge, and many birds
> will still be distant enough that a scope will make a big difference for
> identification and enjoyment. Another great thing about a scope is that one
> can aim it at a distant bird, then let someone else have a look at that
> same bird, so please be willing to share views and ID skills, especially
> with folks who don't have a scope.
>
> Maintaining inland habitat for migrating shorebirds is a challenge which
> Montezuma NWR has taken on successfully for a number of years. As a result
> this is a great place for birds and a great opportunity for us. The
> southbound migration is already well underway for shorebirds which nested
> in boreal and tundra regions far to our north and west. Already in addition
> to the Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers which nest here, there have been
> Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary, Pectoral, Stilt, Least, and
> Semipalmated Sandpipers, Sanderling, and Short-billed and Long-billed
> Dowitchers. Some of these have been few or transient, and others numerous
> or growing in numbers. We expect several additional species of shorebirds
> to pass through or join the throng for awhile as the season progresses.
> Shorebirds will be our focus, yet we expect and welcome distraction by
> multiple species of gulls, terns, raptors, ducks in challenging eclipse
> plumage, herons, assorted other waterbirds such as cormorants, grebes, and
> rails, plus swallows, sparrows, icterids, warblers, and other songbirds
> along the way. That said, there are no guarantees as to what birds will be
> present and cooperative. You just have to be there to find out.
>

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Subject: Montezuma NWR field trips
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:03:07 +0000 (GMT)
This is the second year that the management of the Montezuma National Wildlife 
Refuge is allowing a limited number of birding field trips onto dikes around 
Knox-Marsellus and Puddler Marshes, where the refuge otherwise prohibits public 
access. These are the scheduled trips and leaders of which I am aware: 


Sunday 27 July, 8am, Dave Nutter of Cayuga Bird Club
Sunday 17 August, 8am, Eaton Birding Society
Saturday 23 August, 11am, Mike Tetlow of Rochester Birding Association
Sunday 31 August, 8am, Dave Nutter of Cayuga Bird Club
Sunday 21 September, 830am, Paul Anderson of Cayuga Bird Club
Saturday 27 September, 11am, Mike Tetlow of Rochester Birding Association

The trips are hosted by members of various bird clubs, but all the trips are 
open to all birders, whether or not they are members of any bird club, and 
there is no fee. However everyone should pre-register with the Refuge staff by 
calling 315-568-5987. All field trips will meet at the given time at the Refuge 
Visitor Center on NY-5/US-20 then caravan to the site. This includes a .8 mile 
drive on a single lane dirt road with deep puddles, so consider car-pooling to 
reduce wear on the road and the number of muddy cars. After that we will be 
walking on the dikes. Be prepared for dewy vegetation and biting insects. Bring 
binoculars and, if you have one, a spotting scope as well. Even though we will 
be closer to the birds than the usual roadside viewpoints allow, the 
impoundments are huge, and many birds will still be distant enough that a scope 
will make a big difference for identification and enjoyment. Another great 
thing about a scope is that one can aim it at a distant bird, then let someone 
else have a look at that same bird, so please be willing to share views and ID 
skills, especially with folks who don't have a scope. 


Maintaining inland habitat for migrating shorebirds is a challenge which 
Montezuma NWR has taken on successfully for a number of years. As a result this 
is a great place for birds and a great opportunity for us. The southbound 
migration is already well underway for shorebirds which nested in boreal and 
tundra regions far to our north and west. Already in addition to the Killdeer 
and Spotted Sandpipers which nest here, there have been Greater and Lesser 
Yellowlegs, Solitary, Pectoral, Stilt, Least, and Semipalmated Sandpipers, 
Sanderling, and Short-billed and Long-billed Dowitchers. Some of these have 
been few or transient, and others numerous or growing in numbers. We expect 
several additional species of shorebirds to pass through or join the throng for 
awhile as the season progresses. Shorebirds will be our focus, yet we expect 
and welcome distraction by multiple species of gulls, terns, raptors, ducks in 
challenging eclipse plumage, herons, assorted other waterbirds such as 
cormorants, grebes, and rails, plus swallows, sparrows, icterids, warblers, and 
other songbirds along the way. That said, there are no guarantees as to what 
birds will be present and cooperative. You just have to be there to find out. 


Montezuma NWR is in the Seneca County Town of Tyre in the marsh lands north of 
Cayuga Lake. The Visitor Center is at 3395 E Auburn Rd (US-20), Seneca Falls, 
NY (42.967, -78.741). 


Directions from Ithaca on the east side of Cayuga Lake:
 
Go north on East Shore Drive / NYS-34 for 5.6 miles to the traffic light and T 
at Rogues Harbor Inn. 

Turn left/west to go "north" on Ridge Road / NYS-34B for 11.8 miles to the 
all-way stop in King Ferry. 

Turn left/west to go "north" on NYS-90 for 23.8 miles to the traffic light 
(note gas station & convenience store). 

Turn left/west on NYS-5/US-20 for .4 miles.
Turn right/north at entrance to Montezuma NWR and go .3 miles.
Visitor Center and parking lot on left, separate bathroom building on short 
path to north. 


Directions from Ithaca on the west side of Cayuga Lake:

Go north on NYS-89 for 41.5 miles to the traffic light
Turn right/east on NYS-5/US-20 and go 1.6 miles
Turn left/north at entrance to Montezuma NWR and go .3 miles
Visitor Center and parking lot on left, separate bathroom building on short 
path to north. 


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Subject: May's Point RHWO- A Third Chick?
From: Paul Schmitt <pschmitt AT stny.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:05:35 -0400
I was at May’s Point Road Wednesday in late morning looking for the 
fledglings. The adults and two fledglings were observed close to the bridge 
over towards the canal locks. Then, the two adults flew over to the nest 
cavity. One entered and the second moved to the opening and repeatedly made the 
head bobbing motion into the cavity that is associated with feeding a chick. 
That adult RHWO departed and after about a minute or two, the second adult 
emerged and flew away. Could they still have a chick in the nest? Maybe the 
runt that faired poorly when competing for food against the other two? 


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Subject: Re: Lots o vultures
From: Candace Cornell <cec222 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:39:13 -0400
The TVs you described settled in the field between the pheasant pens and
the compost piles by the hundreds near Stevenson Rd.. I saw a similar event
ten days ago in a recently manure-spread field off Hardy Road in Union
Springs with a colony of* at least* 500 TVs.

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> There is a huge kettle of vultures over the compost pile area along
> Stevenson Rd in Ithaca at the moment. 9:06 am Monday. I do not have bins
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Subject: Least Bittern
From: Carl Steckler <nyleatherneck3516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:44:17 -0700
At least 4 if not 5 Least Bitterns Larues Lagoon MNWR
On the right of the drive

Moorhens with small chicks on left side of drive opposite lagoon
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:35:37 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* July 14, 2014
*  NYSY  07. 14. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):

July 07, 2013 - July 14, 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: July 14 AT 5:30 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
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#401 Monday July 14, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
July 07, 2014
 
Highlights:
-----------

LEAST BITTERN
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
PEREGRINE FALCON
GOLDEN EAGLE
STILT SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BLACK TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW

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

     7/10: At least 4 LEAST BITTERNS were again seen in the cattails near 
the far end of LaRue’s Lagoon along the Wildlife Trail. 6 SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHERS, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, 20 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 210 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 
270 LEAST SANDPIPERS and 3 KILLDEER were seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 

     7/12: 2 newly fledged RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen in the presence 
of the two adults at Mays Point Pool Road. 



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

     7/10: An adult GOLDEN EAGLE was seen feeding on a deer carcass on East 
Road south of Cazenovia. 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS were seen hunting near Hunt Hill 
near Sheds. 



Onondaga County
------------

    7/8: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was again seen on Fenner Road near the 
Jacksonville Cemetary in Lysander. 

     7/9: Another ACADIAN FLYCATCHER nest was located in Whiskey Hollow. At 
least one of more birds were seen on recent visits this week. 

     7/11: A Fledgling PEREGRINE FALCON, the first in some years, was seen 
at the nest box in downtown Syracuse. 

     7/12: A LEAST BITTERN was seen flying in the big marsh near the Bald 
Eagle nest in Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. 



Oswego County
------------

     7/8: A LAWRENCE’S WARBLER was seen on Baum Road in Hastings.
     7/11: A BLACK TERN was seen with the Common Tern Colony on Oneida Lake 
from Constantia. 



Oneida County
------------

     7/9: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was again seen at Spring Farm Nature Center 
south of Clinton. 



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

     7/14: A pair of adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen coming to a nest 
hole on West Barrier Beach at Fair Haven State Park. 

     

     

    
         
   

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Subject: Nesting Red-headed Woodpeckers at Fair Haven
From: Jim Tarolli <jmtarolli9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:33:59 -0400
This morning I found a pair of nesting Red-headed Woodpeckers at West
Barrier Park, Fair Haven.

Here is the location of the nest:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jtarolli9/14468295967/

Both adults were very active in bringing food to the nest.  I was there for
about an hour and a half, and they were bringing food to the nest the
entire time.  At one point, I saw one of the Woodpeckers to go the beach,
and pick insects out of the ground, then bring it to the nest.

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Subject: Kestrals (Lots!)
From: Maryfaith Miller <merrymilkmama AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:40:56 -0400
Just drove up Harrison Rd, off of Rt 90, in Summerhill. There was a Kestral
on the telephone wire, and then another, and another, until there were
either 5 or 7 (they were really moving around!) I can only imagine that
they are a family group of parents and fledglings. They were leapfrogging
from pole to pole and down into the cornfields and back up. Then they
regrouped in a stand of pines by the cemetery by rt 90 where they were very
concerning to some robins.

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Subject: Vultures cont
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:08:15 +0000
There are 60+ vultures as a rough estimate. 

Laura

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Subject: Lots o vultures
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:07:27 +0000
There is a huge kettle of vultures over the compost pile area along Stevenson 
Rd in Ithaca at the moment. 9:06 am Monday. I do not have bins with me so 
cannot see if any are black vultures. Very impressive! 


Laura

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Subject: Re:Shed open briefly
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:44:14 -0400
Sorry. Posted to the wrong list (this was for windsurfing at East Shore, where 
for a period a redtail called continuously, and there was at least one caspian 
tern flyby and a flock of four GBHs flying over high). 


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From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:48:01 -0400
There's a storm arriving in a couple hours (if not less), and some wind right 
now that may get strong. Read the south wind guidelines if you want to come. 


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Subject: Re: Chat in FLNF
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:21:42 -0400
I remember Art telling of that. To my knowledge that is the only one we have 
had 

that was well documented.
John

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> I remember there was a Chat at Art Kopp's place (Town of Reading, Schuyler 
County) 

> once. Would have been in the late '60s I think, when I was a teenager.
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Subject: Re: Chat in FLNF
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:03:24 -0400
I remember there was a Chat at Art Kopp's place (Town of Reading, Schuyler 
County) once. Would have been in the late '60s I think, when I was a teenager. 


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Subject: RE:Chat in FLNF
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:25:31 -0400
We tried to re-locate the reported Chat in the National Forest today with no 
luck. 

That area isn't Chat habitat so it must have been moving through.

We haven't had a documented Chat in Schuyler County in many years and it is 
carried 

as a historical sighting on the county list. I believe the 80-85 Atlas had a 
few 

reports from the county but not sure of the degree of confidence. The most 
current 

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Subject: Thursday Knox-Marcellus shorebirds
From: "Mike and Joann Tetlow" <mjtetlow AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:44:55 -0400
     Dominic Sherony and I failed to share this to Cayuga birds on Thursday.
Heat shimmer was an issue. Fortunately many birds flew to the north end and
closer to the overlook. 

     We also got to see the changing of the guard on the Virginia Rail nest
about 200 feet up the wildlife drive on the main pool side in a small
pyramid of dead cattail stalks. The nest is invisible unless you happen to
see one moving around. We also saw our first juvenile Black Tern.

 

 Mike Tetlow and I went to Montezuma and Knox-Marcellus
this(Thursday)afternoon. 

Shorebirds were numerous from East Road at K-M, but views were very distant,
we counted the following:

 

Short-billed Dowitcher ? 6

Stilt Sandpiper ? 2

Greater Yellowlegs ? 20

Lesser Yellowlegs ? 210

Least Sandpipers ? 270

Killdeer ? 3

 

The bitterns (4 Least and 1 American) previously reported on the wildlife
drive were active in the early afternoon at MNWR just near the northern part
of Larure?s Lagoon.


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Subject: Re: RHWO coaxing nestlings to leave
From: Scott Haber <scotthaber1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:04:20 -0400
At least two of the juvenile Red-headed Woodpeckers were flying freely
around the dead snags yesterday afternoon. They were still mainly relying
on the adults to bring food to them, but they've clearly fledged.

-Scott


On Sat, Jul 12, 2014 at 12:01 PM, Paul Schmitt  wrote:

> Was at the RHWO nest at May's Point on Wednesday and observed how the
> adult woodpeckers coax the young to exit the cavity.  It seemed obvious
> that they would be out of the nest in a day or so.  Most interesting was
> how the adults would fly in and show some morsel to the chick, then move
> away to draw the chick outside. I've put together a short set of photos
> that show what was repeated multiple times that morning.  See it at:
>
> http://birds-n-blooms.blogspot.com/
>
> I believe you will find it worthwhile.
>
> It has been a wonderful opportunity to observe this pair from excavating
> the nest in May to now leading the young out for the nest stage in July.  I
> wish them well in this dangerous next step.
>
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Subject: RHWO coaxing nestlings to leave
From: Paul Schmitt <pschmitt9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:01:29 -0400
Was at the RHWO nest at May's Point on Wednesday and observed how the adult
woodpeckers coax the young to exit the cavity.  It seemed obvious that they
would be out of the nest in a day or so.  Most interesting was how the
adults would fly in and show some morsel to the chick, then move away to
draw the chick outside. I've put together a short set of photos that show
what was repeated multiple times that morning.  See it at:

http://birds-n-blooms.blogspot.com/

I believe you will find it worthwhile.

It has been a wonderful opportunity to observe this pair from excavating
the nest in May to now leading the young out for the nest stage in July.  I
wish them well in this dangerous next step.

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Subject: New sightings imminent!
From: "Laura J. Heisey" <ljh2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:37:03 +0000
I just got permission to hang out in the woods across the road from my house on 
Shaffer Rd. I am SO looking forward to looking for Ovenbirds, Scarlet Tanagers, 
and many others. Thank you to those who have helped me identify by sound what 
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Subject: YB Chat in FL National Forest
From: Alicia Plotkin <tess AT zoom-dsl.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:29:06 -0400
Hi,

     This was a life bird for me so I came home to do some checking 
before posting.  At 2:30 PM today I saw a yellow-breasted chat next to 
the Ravine Trail in the FL National Forest in Hector.  The bird was 
first near the short wooden stairs that are just northeast of the turn 
around point on the loop.  I was enjoying watching a RB Nuthatch when a 
strange cacophony started just up behind me, mixing sounds like a 
playground whistle, a blue jay's call, and the way a crow might laugh if 
a crow had a higher voice and was capable of laughter.  I turned and saw 
a smallish bird flitting in a hemlock tree about 10 feet away and got on 
it with binoculars.  It was bigger than a solitary vireo, which was my 
first thought as I glimpsed the spectacles, although never thought a 
solitary vireo was making those sounds and assumed I was on the wrong 
bird, but then it sang.  Was somewhat backlit making exact colors hard 
to see, but had clear white spectacles, dark back & long slim tail, 
lighter colored beneath, no wing bars.  It moved around and briefly 
fickered through better light, which gave an impression of a yellowish 
breast, but I never got a clear look & can't say I got the full effect 
of a brilliant yellow breast.  However, having now compared the sounds 
it was making with those online, and noting the size, bold spectacles, 
and long thin tale, I am very confident of the identification.  When I 
saw the bird it was moving around in the hemlocks and small trees, 
moving gradually north.  It sang pretty consistently for 2-3 minutes, 
then fell silent until several minutes later it sang from further north 
and I found it again about a tenth of a mile further up the trail, still 
on the same side of the little creek.

      If you go, there also were  at least three hermit thrushes, two BT 
green warblers, a pair of scarlet tanagers, and ovenbirds (this trail is 
extremely reliable for these four species in spring & summer), plus a N. 
waterthrush, all singing at midday; among other common woodland birds 
like juncos & chickadees and both nuthatches.

                        Alicia

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Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and sap trees
From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l AT geneseo.edu>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:02:24 +0000
Hi all,
I am still looking for sapsuckers with sap trees for a research project and 
sampling the sap. If you any of you have come across a tree with sap holes this 
summer please get in touch with me at 
(mmh3 AT cornell.edu) if you do not mind sharing the 
location. I am willing to travel quite some distance if necessary. 


Thank you very much, I appreciate your help with this project.

Cheers
Meena

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From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:02:24 +0000
Hi all,
I am still looking for sapsuckers with sap trees for a research project and 
sampling the sap. If you any of you have come across a tree with sap holes this 
summer please get in touch with me at 
(mmh3 AT cornell.edu) if you do not mind sharing the 
location. I am willing to travel quite some distance if necessary. 


Thank you very much, I appreciate your help with this project.

Cheers
Meena

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Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and sap trees
From: "Meena Madhav Haribal mmh3 AT cornell.edu [oneidabirds]" <oneidabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:02:24 +0000
Hi all,
I am still looking for sapsuckers with sap trees for a research project and 
sampling the sap. If you any of you have come across a tree with sap holes this 
summer please get in touch with me at 
(mmh3 AT cornell.edu) if you do not mind sharing the 
location. I am willing to travel quite some distance if necessary. 


Thank you very much, I appreciate your help with this project.

Cheers
Meena

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Phone 6073011167
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Subject: Re: Fallen Pileated Nesthole Tree
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:53:27 -0400
I just wrote that same question on facebook but with no posit.  good thought

Linda


On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM, Anne Clark  wrote:

> Those maple leaves look quite fresh as if added recently, not during the
> nestling period.  Certainly the leaves are so big that they must be recent.
>  So we might hypothesize that squirrels moved in as the pileated young
> moved out?
>
> anne
>
> On Jul 11, 2014, at 10:39 AM, Suan Hsi Yong wrote:
>
> Walking this morning through the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve at
> Six-Mile Creek, I found partially-toppled the dead tree that had hosted the
> pileated woodpecker nest earlier this year. I found the hole and got to
> peek in (with my phone) to find some interesting interior decorations.
> Photos here:
>
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Subject: Re: Fallen Pileated Nesthole Tree
From: Anne Clark <anneb.clark AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:20:00 -0400
Those maple leaves look quite fresh as if added recently, not during the 
nestling period. Certainly the leaves are so big that they must be recent. So 
we might hypothesize that squirrels moved in as the pileated young moved out? 


anne

On Jul 11, 2014, at 10:39 AM, Suan Hsi Yong wrote:

> Walking this morning through the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve at Six-Mile 
Creek, I found partially-toppled the dead tree that had hosted the pileated 
woodpecker nest earlier this year. I found the hole and got to peek in (with my 
phone) to find some interesting interior decorations. Photos here: 

> 
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https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10204339627908791.1073741829.1172377296&type=1&l=54608fdca7 

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Subject: Fallen Pileated Nesthole Tree
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:39:51 -0400
Walking this morning through the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve at Six-Mile
Creek, I found partially-toppled the dead tree that had hosted the pileated
woodpecker nest earlier this year. I found the hole and got to peek in
(with my phone) to find some interesting interior decorations. Photos here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10204339627908791.1073741829.
1172377296&type=1&l=54608fdca7

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Subject: The book about birds' food! (posted with permission from the list owner!)
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:10:22 +0000
Dear Cayuga birders



Have you been spending the summer complaining about birds that are hard to 
find? Is it not fun to look at the what birds are eating? You see those sneaky 
grackles always along the shores of the ponds and streams picking something. 
The bluebirds and blackbirds come back to nests with morsels of teneral 
odonates (damselflies and dragonflies) to their babies. It is more challenging 
to identify a dragonflies than identifying birds as they are so small compared 
to birds. But there are ways to do so. If you are curious about them then you 
must come to this event! 


 (I am truly sorry if some of you received part of this email 3rd time)

You and your friends are cordially invited to join the celebrations of release 
of the book "Where to find Damselflies and Dragonflies, In the Cayuga Lake 
Region and the Vicinity", an account of personal journey by Meena Haribal to 
find these odonates (damselflies and dragonflies) in the Finger Lakes region. 
The book is illustrated with more than 400 photographs of over 100 species of 
odonates mostly taken by the author in our region. 

The book would be formally released by emeritus Prof. Thomas (Nick) Donnelly of 
Binghamton University, who is world renowned expert on Odonates and also 
Cornell University alum. 


Where: Boyce Thompson Institute Auditorium/atrium (GPS coordinates 42.446945, 
-76.467184, see the link to map below) 

When: Sunday, July 20 2014 3.00 - 4.00 pm
Light refreshments will be served

This will be followed by a field trip to Stewart Park (from 4.30 to 5.30 PM) to 
see the damselflies and dragonflies, provided the weather is cooperative. 


The book will be available at the event.
To have a peek at the book visit the following link to see a few sample pages.

http://haribal.wikispaces.com/file/view/140710samplebook.pdf/516008692/140710samplebook.pdf 


Map and Note: You can park at the back of the institute or to the east side of 
the institute and use the main entrance on the Tower Road to the auditorium. 
Being Sunday you can park anywhere for free in the Tower Road parking lots 
including Peterson lot one in front of the Dairy bar and the O parking lot on 
the east side. 
https://www.google.com/maps/search/Boyce+Thompson+Institute+for+Plant+Research,+Ithaca,+NY/ AT 42.4473264,-76.4688205,657m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en 


RSVP by email if possible but not necessary.

Meena Haribal
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Subject: MNWR, Th 7/10
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:22:19 -0400
On Thursday, Miyoko and our kids and I headed up to Montezuma for a rare
Chu/Chao family birding outing.  

 

Within seconds after we stopped the car, Tilden found a female LEAST BITTERN
in Larue's Lagoon in the strip of tall grass that runs across the mud.
Another Least Bittern passed into the field of view just behind the first
bird and vanished behind the vegetation.  Then, both bitterns took flight in
apparent response to the noise of a southbound motorboat on the Seneca
River.  Finally, we saw a third Least Bittern, this one a splendid
black-and-gold male, flying right in front of us from the Main Pool into the
same strip.  He fought for balance on some bowing grasses, then walked in
and out for a minute or so before disappearing for good.  

 

(These were life birds for my wife and both kids, and my first good
sightings of this species since the last time the Main Pool was so rife with
cattails and open water, way back in 2004.)

 

We did not stop elsewhere on the Wildlife Drive to look for other species,
but we did casually enjoy the many BLACK TERNS coursing elegantly by, as
well as some COMMON GALLINULES, a family of WOOD DUCKS, many MARSH WRENS,
OSPREY, EASTERN KINGBIRDS, and others.

 

Then we stopped at the stand of dead trees along May's Point Road.  We saw
two adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and at least one gray-headed juvenile
flying around, with no activity immediately near the nest site.  The brood
has fledged!

 

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Subject: Guided Bird Watching Paddle Through Montezuma - Saturday, July 12 1:30-4:30 pm
From: Chris Lajewski <lajewskic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 18:22:11 -0700
Join the Montezuma Audubon Center staff for a 
guided paddle through Montezuma's remote wilderness on Saturday, July 12 from 
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Bald Eagles, Osprey, Cerulean Warblers, shorebirds, Bitterns 
and Rails abound in Howland Island's wetlands and along the shores of the 
Seneca River. Bring 

your own boat or rent a canoe/kayak from us. Space is limited so call 
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Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 18:22:11 -0700
Join the Montezuma Audubon Center staff for a 
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1:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Bald Eagles, Osprey, Cerulean Warblers, shorebirds, Bitterns 
and Rails abound in Howland Island's wetlands and along the shores of the 
Seneca River. Bring 

your own boat or rent a canoe/kayak from us. Space is limited so call 
315.365.3588 or email montezuma AT audubon.org to reserve your space today! 


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Subject: Guided Bird Watching Paddle Through Montezuma - Saturday, July 12 1:30-4:30 pm
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Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 18:22:11 -0700
Join the Montezuma Audubon Center staff for a 
guided paddle through Montezuma's remote wilderness on Saturday, July 12 from 
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Bald Eagles, Osprey, Cerulean Warblers, shorebirds, Bitterns 
and Rails abound in Howland Island's wetlands and along the shores of the 
Seneca River. Bring 

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From: "Chris Lajewski lajewskic AT yahoo.com [oneidabirds]" <oneidabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 18:22:11 -0700
Join the Montezuma Audubon Center staff for a 
guided paddle through Montezuma's remote wilderness on Saturday, July 12 from 
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Bald Eagles, Osprey, Cerulean Warblers, shorebirds, Bitterns 
and Rails abound in Howland Island's wetlands and along the shores of the 
Seneca River. Bring 

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315.365.3588 or email montezuma AT audubon.org to reserve your space today! 


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Subject: Kestrals .. Union Springs
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 22:22:13 -0400
Today a kestral was hunting from the Spring St. power line near us. 
Yesterday Becky & I saw 2 youngsters on another power line nearby. Glad 
to finally see them back in our area.

Bluebirds have a 2nd brood in the hollowed out dead tree limb. Wrens are 
feeding babies. Chimney swifts are obviously feeding young as I have 
seen them go down the chimney & in a couple minutes fly back out.

A walk in the 100 acre field behind us this a.m. yielded NO obvious 
grasshoppers or insects flying up. When that field or the academy lawns 
are mowed I normally see dozens of tree or barn swallows swooping in to 
catch insects. Not this yr.!  I am seeing more milk weed plants than 
last yr. but still, no monarchs.

Fritzie

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Subject: Blue-winged Warbler...
From: Kathy <carkatstr1ck AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:12:05 -0400
...singing in my hedgerow as I was picking Blackcaps this evening. 

Kathy Strickland 
Union Springs

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 17:28:54 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* July 07, 2014
*  NYSY  07. 07. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):

July 01, 2013 - July 07, 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: July 07 AT 8:30 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#400 Monday July 07, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
July 01, 2014
 
Highlights:
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LEAST BITTERN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
AMERICAN AVOCET
WHIP-POOR-WILL
ORCHARD ORIOLE

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
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     7/4: At least 5 LEAST BITTERNS were seen flying along the Wildlife 
Drive near the end of Larue’s Lagoon. The two adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS 
were observed feeding a fledgling on May’s Point Pool Road. They were seen 
throught the week including today. 

     7/5: 2 adult and 2 young SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the marsh on 
VanDyne Spoor Road. 2 LEAST BITTERNS were seen in the marsh on Morgan Road. 

     7/7: 4 LEAST BITTERNS were seen in the marsh on Morgan Road. 2 
DOWITCHER SPECIES were seen distantly. At least 2 LEAST BITTERNS were seen 
along the Wildlife Drive, again at the end of Larue’s Lagoon. 3 BLACK-CROWNED 
NIGHT-HERONS were seen at the Deep Muck Mitigation Marsh near Savannah Spring 
Lake Road. 



Onondaga County
------------

     7/5: 3 ORCHARD ORIOLES were spotted at Green Lakes State Park.


Oswego County
------------

     7/2: An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at the mouth of the Salmon River. 
     7/4: 2 WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard on Lily Marsh Road in the Town of New 
Haven. 


    
         
   

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Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.
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Subject: OT: Help transcribe William Brewster's field notes
From: Marty Schlabach <mls5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 18:01:14 +0000
I'm involved in a funded project called Purposeful gaming and BHL: engaging the 
public in improving and enhancing access to digital texts 
http://biodivlib.wikispaces.com/Purposeful+Gaming More info about the project 
can be found at the URL provided, but the core of the project is that a game 
will be developed to allow players to correct words in scanned texts that the 
computer using optical character recognition software (OCR) did not recognize 
correctly. If the error rate is above a certain threshold on a page, the whole 
page will be transcribed by users. In addition, users are invited to transcribe 
handwritten text, which is usually not recognizable by OCR software. An example 
is the hand written field notes of William Brewster (1851-1919), 
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/61138#/summary . 


Here is how you can help:

Earlier in the month, the Purposeful Gaming team launched ten digitized volumes 
of William Brewster's field notes on two crowdsourcing transcription websites: 


Biodiversity Volunteer Portal (BVP) Biodiversity Volunteer Portal 
(BVP), a collaboration between the Australian 
Museum and the Atlas of Living Australia; 


FromThePage http://transcribebhl.mobot.org/ , a transcription tool developed by 
Ben Brumfield. 


Try your hand at transcribing Brewster's fascinating field notes on either site 
and enjoy his idyllic writing while helping to unlock his valuable observations 
for the benefit of all! 


Learn more: 
http://blog.biodiversitylibrary.org/2014/06/transcribing-field-notes-of-william.html 

Following transcription Brewster's field notes will not only be available for 
viewing on the Biodiversity Heritage Library site 
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/61138#/summary , but will also 
be searchable. 


The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and 
botanical libraries 
that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of 
biodiversity held in their 
collections and 
to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part 
of a global "biodiversity commons." 


I'd be happy to field any questions that might come up and have fun unlocking 
the field notes of a leading American ornithologist. 


Best,
Marty

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Food & Agriculture Librarian, Mann Library, Ithaca          607-255-6919
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853                   Cell 315-521-4315
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Subject: Re: Least Bittern and Red-Headed Woodpecker.
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:17:43 -0400
A couple weeks ago, I went around the main dike auto tour route and saw 
two Least Bittern flying by less than 10 yards apart: near the first 
segment of the drive that goes north-South just where the dense cattails 
open up so that you can see several hundred yards of more or less open 
water. I can't remember ever seeing a Least Bittern on the main auto 
tour route before. A week before that I helped with the Black Tern 
survey by pushing my canoe through the cattails for about a quarter of a 
mile(!) at May's Point and scared up one Least Bittern.

That is way above average for me. Maybe it is a great year for Least 
Bittern.

Cheers,
John

On 7/5/2014 10:49 PM, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
> Sara Jane and I went to Montezuma today in hopes of seeing LEAST 
> BITTERN.  We were most fortunate to have one land out in the open at 
> "Jay's Place" across from Larue's Lagoon.  It very kindly posed for us 
> for a whopping 20 seconds or so!!  About that same time we had a 
> fly-by AMERICAN BITTERN.  Later we went to the DEC headquarters on 
> Morgan Road and had another Least Bittern do a nice long fly-by for 
> us, before it literally took a dive into the vegetation.  Based on the 
> recent posts on this species, and our good fortune today, it would 
> appear that the numbers of Least Bittern are significantly higher than 
> in most years.  Is this true??
>
> We also stopped to see the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS over at Mays. We saw 
> the adults feeding a young bird.   They seemed to take their time 
> coming to the nest hole with food, as though they were trying to coax 
> the young bird into fledging.  At the same time I had the feeling that 
> perhaps the young bird wasn't terribly anxious to go out and look for 
> a "job", preferring instead to stay home where it could have food 
> brought to it in bed!
>
> Larry
>
>


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