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Ruddy Quail-Dove,©Barry Kent Mackay

7 Dec Montezuma Sandhill cranes, cattle egrets. No snowy owl. []
7 Dec Seybolt Shrikes [Dave K ]
6 Dec Re: Snow Geese []
6 Dec RE:Snow Geese [Marty Schlabach ]
6 Dec Snow Geese [Donna Lee Scott ]
5 Dec Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
5 Dec Black Scoters on Dryden Lake ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
4 Dec Re: American White Pelican [Donna Lee Scott ]
4 Dec American White Pelican [Matthew Medler ]
1 Dec Re: A fun diversion...Amorous Avians: Ways of Love in the World of Birds - correct link...sorry [Peter ]
4 Dec Mt Pleasant Road birds ["Marie P. Read" ]
3 Dec American White Pelican [Matthew Medler ]
3 Dec Montezuma Wine and Wings Tour Saturday, Dec. 10 [Chris Lajewski ]
3 Dec Screech-Owl in Caroline [Anne Marie Johnson ]
2 Dec Seybolt Shrikes continue this AM [Dave K ]
1 Dec Monday Night Seminar - Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer [Marc Devokaitis ]
1 Dec Dead Birds Found [Peter ]
30 Nov A fun diversion...Amorous Avians: Ways of Love in the World of Birds ["Marie P. Read" ]
30 Nov RE:A fun diversion...Amorous Avians: Ways of Love in the World of Birds - correct link...sorry ["Marie P. Read" ]
30 Nov Cedar Waxwings [Donna Lee Scott ]
30 Nov Two N. Shrike Seybolt Rd Seneca Falls today [Dave K ]
29 Nov Montezuma closure [M Miller ]
28 Nov Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
28 Nov Niagara 26 Nov-few gulls - BUT!~ [John Confer ]
28 Nov Peregrine story from Maine [Carol Schmitt ]
28 Nov Peregrine back at bradfield hall/Cornell ["Liisa S. Mobley" ]
27 Nov Re: Sandhill Cranes [Peter ]
27 Nov Sandhill Cranes [bob mcguire ]
27 Nov Cattle Egrets [Ann Mitchell ]
27 Nov N Goshawk, Cattle Egrets [M Miller ]
27 Nov Scarlet Tanager [Ann Mitchell ]
27 Nov Adult Peregrine in Watkins Glen [John and Sue Gregoire ]
26 Nov Warbling Vireo, Salt Point [Jay McGowan ]
26 Nov red-throated loons, white-winged gull [Dave Nutter ]
26 Nov Cackling Goose [Ann Mitchell ]
25 Nov Fox Sparrow in Brooktondale [Tom Hoebbel ]
23 Nov Pippits at Myers ["Nancy W. Dickinson" ]
23 Nov Siena Drive screech-owl, Wed 11/23 [Mark Chao ]
23 Nov MZ Cattle Egrets [Mike Tetlow ]
22 Nov RE:Siena Drive screech-owl, Tues 11/22 [Mark Chao ]
22 Nov Mill pond .. Union Springs 11/22/16 [John and Fritzie Blizzard ]
22 Nov Rusty Blackbirds [Marc Devokaitis ]
22 Nov Siena Drive screech-owl, Tues 11/22 [Mark Chao ]
22 Nov swans on Dryden Lake [Ray Zimmerman ]
22 Nov Salt Point and other recent birds [Jay McGowan ]
21 Nov Syracuse RBA Addendum [Joseph Brin ]
21 Nov Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
21 Nov Fox Sparrow [Regi Teasley ]
21 Nov yard loon watch [Dave Nutter ]
20 Nov Re: Loons on the inlet [Ellen Haith ]
20 Nov Lapland Longspurs in Newfield [Ethan Chaffee ]
20 Nov Loons on the inlet [Charles Eldermire ]
20 Nov Myers Point scoters [Jay McGowan ]
20 Nov Pine Siskin [Laura Stenzler ]
20 Nov Re:cayugabirds-l digest: November 19, 2016 ["Anne R. Kenney" ]
19 Nov Montezuma Wildlife Drive Today Nov 19th 2016 [David Nicosia ]
19 Nov Montezuma Wildlife Drive Today Nov 19th 2016 [David Nicosia ]
19 Nov Union Springs sign finally corrected! [John and Fritzie Blizzard ]
19 Nov Cackling Goose, Stewart Park [Jay McGowan ]
19 Nov Montezuma Waterfowl. Snow buntings Larks, longspurs ["Michael Tetlow" ]
19 Nov Re: Stewart Park, Fri 11/18 ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
18 Nov Stewart Park, Fri 11/18 [Mark Chao ]
18 Nov Great Black-backed gull kills Redhead [Dave K ]
17 Nov Photos: "white-capped chickadee" and RN grebe [Suan Yong ]
17 Nov Montezuma Birding Tour Friday, Nov. 18 [Chris Lajewski ]
16 Nov Cayuga Bird Club gull trip to Niagara Falls [Jay McGowan ]
15 Nov Snow Geese in Aurora [Ann Mitchell ]
14 Nov REMINDER: November Cayuga Bird Club Meeting - Mon., Nov. 14 [Laura Stenzler ]
14 Nov Syracuse RBA addendum [Joseph Brin ]
14 Nov Cattle Egrets [John and Sue Gregoire ]
14 Nov Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
14 Nov Re: Montezuma Ravens, Cattle Egrets, Sandhill Cranes, Rough-legged Hawks ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
13 Nov Montezuma Ravens, Cattle Egrets, Sandhill Cranes, Rough-legged Hawks ["Michael Tetlow" ]
13 Nov Re: RED NECKED GREBE AT SALT POINT [Suan Yong ]
13 Nov Snow buntings [Laura Stenzler ]
13 Nov Lots of cranes [Laura Stenzler ]

Subject: Montezuma Sandhill cranes, cattle egrets. No snowy owl.
From: metetlow AT gmail.com
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 21:02:56 -0500
This afternoon before helping with the raptor survey I checked on the 2 Cattle 
Egrets which were still with the horses on E.Tyre Road. Sandhill Cranes totals 
were led by 78 at the nw corner of armitage and Olmsted roads. Another 4 were 
north of route 89 east of east road. Those 4 flew to Knox Marcellus.So 82 
personally. Others reported 8 at Knox after;so likely 86. No raptor surveyors 
found Kevin's snowy owl. Mike Tetlow 



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Subject: Seybolt Shrikes
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:32:24 +0000
Both Seybolt Rd Shrikes were active this AM 11:30-11:45.

The Shrike South of Seybolt/Canoga Rds was perched on a wire and eventually 
flew to the scrubby thicket to the EastSouthEast. 


The Shrike at the Bait Ponds moved from perch to perch.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358 AT N06/31451164436/in/datetaken-public/

[X]Northern Shrike 12-7-16 Canoga Bait 
Ponds 


[https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5504/31451164436_f864c27380_b.jpg] 
 

[https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5504/31451164436_f864c27380_b.jpg]





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Subject: Re: Snow Geese
From: <tess AT zoom-dsl.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 18:49:38 -0500
At 8 am this morning, there were several thousand snow geese flying over 
and browsing in stubble in the northwest corner of Covert & 
south-central portion of the town of Ovid. All the flying geese were 
headed south, some funneling into the fields and the rest only 
moderately high up, looking like they more likely were headed for 
breakfast locally than a trip to Pennsylvania. Alicia



On 12/6/2016 5:43 PM, Marty Schlabach wrote:
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> A small flock of about 30 snow geese flew over our house near 
> Interlaken on Monday.  Today a flock of several thousand flew over.  
> Both were heading north.
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> -Marty
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> Marty Schlabach MLS5 AT cornell.edu
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> 8407 Powell Rd.                         home  607-532-3467
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> Interlaken, NY 14847               cell        315-521-4315
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> *From:*bounce-121061241-3494012 AT list.cornell.edu 
> [mailto:bounce-121061241-3494012 AT list.cornell.edu] *On Behalf Of 
> *Donna Lee Scott
> *Sent:* Tuesday, December 6, 2016 9:39 AM
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> *Subject:* [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese
>
> A small flock of calling SNOW GEESE flew over my house heading NW 
> about 8:30 am.
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> Donna Scott
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> Lansing by Cayuga Lake
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Subject: RE:Snow Geese
From: Marty Schlabach <mls5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 22:43:16 +0000
A small flock of about 30 snow geese flew over our house near Interlaken on 
Monday. Today a flock of several thousand flew over. Both were heading north. 

-Marty
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Marty Schlabach                       MLS5 AT cornell.edu
8407 Powell Rd.                         home  607-532-3467
Interlaken, NY 14847               cell        315-521-4315
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[mailto:bounce-121061241-3494012 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Donna Lee Scott 

Sent: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 9:39 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Snow Geese

A small flock of calling SNOW GEESE flew over my house heading NW about 8:30 
am. 


Donna Scott
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Subject: Snow Geese
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 14:38:43 +0000
A small flock of calling SNOW GEESE flew over my house heading NW about 8:30 
am. 


Donna Scott
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:36:10 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - December 05, 2016
*  NYSY  12. 05.16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):November 28, 
2016 - December 05, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering 
upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma 
Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, 
Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: December 05  AT 5 
p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of November 28, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
RED-THROATED LOON CATTLE EGRETAMERICAN WHITE PELICANTUNDRA SWANTRUMPETER 
SWANNORTHERN GOSHAWKSANDHILL CRANEPURPLE SANDPIPERGLAUCOUS GULLNORTHERN 
SHRIKEMARSH WRENEVENING GROSBEAK 


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

     Two CATTLE EGRETS remain in the area as of today. They have been seen 
on East Tyre Road with horses and not at Goose Haven.     11/30: 53 TUNDRA 
SWANS were seen in the mucklands along Rt. 31 just west of the Seneca River. 2 
MARSH WRENS remain along the Wildlife Trail.     12/2: 4 TRUMPETER SWANS 
were seen in the Armitage Road fields. 6 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East 
Road, substantially fewer than numbers of a few weeks ago. 


Cayuga County------------
     11/30: An EVENING GROSBEAK was noted from Fair Haven State Park. An 
(the) AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at Fair Haven State Park for the second 
time in recent weeks. It was seen again on December 1. It then (assuming it is 
the same bird) showed up at the south end of Cayuga Lake for two days and was 
seen drifting south at the end of Sunday.      12/1: A GLAUCOUS GULL and a 
RED-THROATED LOON were reported at Fair Haven State Park.     12/4: A PURPLE 
SANDPIPER has returned to Fair Haven State Park. It was seen at it’s usual 
place at the end of the east break wall and on the south side. It was reported 
again today. 


Onondaga County------------
     12/3: A FISH CROW was seen at the farm on Vincent Corners Road in 
Fabius.     12/5: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of 
Baldwinsville. It was near the duck blind on Smokey Hollow Road, the same 
location where one was seen for several weeks last year, 


Madison County------------
     12/3: 2 SANDHILL CRANES remain at an onion farm on Gee Road north of 
Chittenango. An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at a feeder on Carpenter Road in 
Sheds. This has been one of the only consistent places to find these birds in 
the last few years. 


Oneida county------------
     11/30: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on Town Line Road west of Rt. 
26.     12/4: An EVENING FGROSBEAK was seen at Spring Farms Nature Sanctuary 
south of Clinton. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Sylvan Beach on Oneida Lake. 



    
--end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: Black Scoters on Dryden Lake
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:48:08 +0000
There are currently two female Black Scoters swimming and sleeping on Dryden 
Lake. Canada Geese and Hooded Mergansers are the only other things I see. 


Kevin

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Subject: Re: American White Pelican
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:43:12 +0000
Flew away to south about 10 AM.

Donna Scott
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On Dec 4, 2016, at 8:11 AM, Matthew Medler 
> wrote: 


The American White Pelican is still present in Ithaca this morning (4 Dec 
2016). At 7:45 am, it was back on the red lighthouse jetty. 


There is also a nice loon flight this morning, with 150+ Common Loons departing 
the south end of Cayuga Lake in high flight in about 30 minutes of observation. 


Matt Medler
Ithaca

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Subject: American White Pelican
From: Matthew Medler <mdm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:10:52 +0000
The American White Pelican is still present in Ithaca this morning (4 Dec 
2016). At 7:45 am, it was back on the red lighthouse jetty. 


There is also a nice loon flight this morning, with 150+ Common Loons departing 
the south end of Cayuga Lake in high flight in about 30 minutes of observation. 


Matt Medler
Ithaca

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Subject: Re: A fun diversion...Amorous Avians: Ways of Love in the World of Birds - correct link...sorry
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:06:26 -0500
Very beautiful Marie.

Thanks for sharing!!

Pete Saracino


On 11/30/2016 1:45 PM, Marie P. Read wrote:
> OK I'll try that again. Here is the CORRECT link (I hope)
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> https://spark.adobe.com/page/ivFqOTQTsdfHo/?w=0_4375
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> Marie
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> Marie Read Wildlife Photography
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> ________________________________________
> From: bounce-121043358-5851667 AT list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-121043358-5851667 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Marie P. Read 
[mpr5 AT cornell.edu] 

> Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:59 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] A fun diversion...Amorous Avians: Ways of Love in 
the World of Birds 

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> I thought some of you might be interested in an online photo story I've 
created in Adobe Spark: 

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Subject: Mt Pleasant Road birds
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:25:27 +0000
A few observations from Mt Pleasant today: this morning around 9:30 there was a 
flock of at least 30 Wild Turkeys among the Canada Geese in the field just west 
of the observatory. And this afternoon around 3:00, three Snow Buntings were 
flying around with a dozen or so Horned Larks in the fields at the eastern end 
of the road. 


Marie


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Subject: American White Pelican
From: Matthew Medler <mdm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:58:29 +0000
Tim Lenz found an American white pelican on the red lighthouse jetty about an 
hour ago. The bird was visible naked eye as a white blob from Stewart Park 
around 430, and after rushing to Hog Hole to try to see it from there in the 
fading light, I saw a large White thing swimming away from the red jetty 
towards the white jetty and Stewart Park. So, it seems possible that it will 
still be here in the morning. 


Matt

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Subject: Montezuma Wine and Wings Tour Saturday, Dec. 10
From: Chris Lajewski <lajewskic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 16:57:40 +0000 (UTC)
Montezuma Wine and Wings TourSaturday, December 10  1 pm - 4 pm
Do you like award-winning wine? Do you enjoy watching birds of prey? Join the 
Montezuma Audubon Center for two of the best things on Earth during our first 
raptor van tour of the season to search for Montezuma's elusive Short-eared 
Owls, Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, and more! During the tour, we’ll stop 
at the Montezuma Winery for wine tastings and to learn how vineyards and 
Important Bird Areas happily exist side by side. Must be 21+. Fee: $20/adult, 
includes tastings. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 
315-365-3588 or email montezuma AT audubon.org. Cheers! 


Chris LajewskiCenter DirectorMontezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89, 
Savannah, NY 13146http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma 

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Subject: Screech-Owl in Caroline
From: Anne Marie Johnson <annemariejohnson AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 09:48:46 -0500
We heard from a friend that the Eastern Screech-Owl was back in the tree 
behind the Dandy Mart on Rt. 79 in Slaterville Springs yesterday. She 
spotted it at 4:30 pm.

For a couple of years an owl has roosted in a cavity in a tree at the edge 
of the pavement behind the gas station/store. You can see the cavity 
plainly from the parking spaces on the left side of the building (facing 
the building from Rt. 79). The hole is about level with the parking lot 
light nearby and faces the parking lot. If you don't see a hole, there's a 
good chance the owl is in it.

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Subject: Seybolt Shrikes continue this AM
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:32:01 +0000
A N. Shrike is hunting from the wires at the (Southern) intersection of Seybolt 
and Canoga Rd. Another is hunting at the Bait ponds. 


Both are very active and are steadily taking greenish caterpillars.

Some pics at 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358 AT N06/31232620312/in/datetaken-public/ 


[X]N. Shrike 12-2-16 Seybolt 
Rd 


[https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/31232620312_2ef34a88c5_b.jpg] 
 

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Subject: Monday Night Seminar - Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer
From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:41:21 -0500
The next Monday Night Seminar at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is December
5th, at 7:30 pm.  As always, the seminars are held in the auditorium, and
free and open to the public. The doors open at 7:00.

We will be streaming this seminar live. Bookmark
http://dl.allaboutbirds.org/cornelllab-monday-night-seminars for quick
access on Monday evening. Thanks for helping spread the word!


*Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer*

Dr. Peter Marra, Head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center


In 1894, lighthouse keepers arrived on Stephens Island off New Zealand with
a cat, supposedly named Tibbles. In just over a year, the Stephens Island
Wren, a rare bird endemic to the island, was rendered extinct. Mounting
scientific evidence confirms what many conservationists have suspected for
some time—that in the United States alone, free-ranging cats are killing
birds and other animals by the billions. Equally alarming are the
little-known but potentially devastating public health consequences of
rabies and parasitic *Toxoplasma* passing from cats to humans at rising
rates. *Cat Wars* tells the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to
biodiversity and public health throughout the world, and sheds new light on
the controversies surrounding the management of the explosion of these cat
populations.

Marra will trace the historical and cultural ties between humans and cats
from early domestication to the current boom in pet ownership, along the
way accessibly explaining the science of extinction, population modeling,
and feline diseases. He will chart the developments that have led to our
present impasse—from Stan Temple’s breakthrough studies on cat predation in
Wisconsin to cat-eradication programs underway in Australia today.  Marra
will also describe how a small but vocal minority of cat advocates has
campaigned successfully for no action in much the same way that special
interest groups have stymied attempts to curtail smoking and climate
change. The outdoor cat issue* is a *complex global problem—*Cat Wars*
proposes solutions that foresee a time when wildlife and humans are no
longer vulnerable to the impacts of free-ranging cats.











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Subject: Dead Birds Found
From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:32:55 -0500
Just received from a friend. Can anyone comment or shed light on this?
Thanks

Pete





Ahoy Peter,

I haven't had much luck figuring out how to post to the bird list. Maybe 
you could pass this on.

I'd like to know if other bird watchers have recently observed dead 
waterfowl on the shores of Lake Ontario. I saw two ducks of undetermined 
identity last Monday and assumed they were hunting season casualties. 
But a friend of mine yesterday also reported dead birds including a 
"large white one".  Is it just from hunting?  Have other people seen 
dead birds? I thought it was a little late for botulism- I hope I'm 
correct about that....If others have seen dead birds I"ll send report in 
to DEC

On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 8:06 AM, Peter > wrote:

    Very beautiful Marie.

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Pete Saracino


    On 11/30/2016 1:45 PM, Marie P. Read wrote:

        OK I'll try that again. Here is the CORRECT link (I hope)


        https://spark.adobe.com/page/ivFqOTQTsdfHo/?w=0_4375
        


        Marie




        Marie Read Wildlife Photography
        452 Ringwood Road
        Freeville NY  13068 USA

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

        Website: http://www.marieread.com
        Follow me on Facebook:
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        ________________________________________
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        Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:59 PM
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        of Love in the World of Birds

        I thought some of you might be interested in an online photo
        story I've created in Adobe Spark:


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Subject: A fun diversion...Amorous Avians: Ways of Love in the World of Birds
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:59:46 +0000
I thought some of you might be interested in an online photo story I've created 
in Adobe Spark: 


https://spark.adobe.com/#design/page/51b4a486-4448-4999-b073-1eeb2923c5b2

There's nothing like thoughts of spring to liven up a rainy winter day!
Enjoy!  (And please SHARE!)

Marie


Marie Read Wildlife Photography
452 Ringwood Road
Freeville NY  13068 USA

Phone  607-539-6608
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Subject: RE:A fun diversion...Amorous Avians: Ways of Love in the World of Birds - correct link...sorry
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:45:52 +0000
OK I'll try that again. Here is the CORRECT link (I hope)


https://spark.adobe.com/page/ivFqOTQTsdfHo/?w=0_4375


Marie




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Subject: Cedar Waxwings
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:30:35 +0000
Flock of about 76 in tall trees near brown house at corner Lansing Station Rd & 
Algerine Rd. In Lansing. 

1/2 Just flew south.

Donna Scott
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Subject: Two N. Shrike Seybolt Rd Seneca Falls today
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:08:31 +0000
Found the first on a wire ~25yards South of Seybolt and Canoga Rds ~2:55PM. It 
flew down as I passed and came up with prey. It perched for a minute in the 
tree on the East side of road and then flew low to the East. 



I continued to the bait ponds and another was perched on a low bush.



https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358 AT N06/30519537384/in/datetaken-public/

[X]Northern Shrike 11-30-16 Seybolt Rd Bait 
Ponds 


[https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5554/30519537384_aa1b387632_b.jpg] 
 

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Subject: Montezuma closure
From: M Miller <mmiller325 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:43:16 +0000
The visitor center and wildlife drive will be closed as of Dec 1st (Thursday) 
for the season. Additionally, the Esker Brook trails will remain closed until 
Dec 21st for the hunting season (visitor center area/Seneca trail will also be 
closed for bow hunting until the 21st). 


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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:54:26 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - November 28, 2016
*  NYSY  11. 28.16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):November 21, 
2016 - November 28, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering 
upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma 
Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, 
Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: November 28  AT 5 
p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of November 21, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
RED-THROATED LOON AMERICAN BITTERNCATTLE EGRETRED-NECKED GREBEAMERICAN WHITE 
PELICANTUNDRA SWANSNOW GOOSENORTHERN GOSHAWKSANDHILL CRANEDUNLINICELAND 
GULLLESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLNORTHERN SHRIKEMARSH WREN 


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

     Good numbers of waterfowl continue in the main pool along the Wildlife 
Trail. The CATTLE EGRETS continue at Goose Haven although the number is down to 
three and the birds are sometimes seen to the west of East Tyre Road with 
horses.     11/25: A late MARSH WREN and FIELD SPARROW WERE SEEN ON THE 
WILDLIFE TRAIL.     11/27: TUNDRA SWANS (no number given) were seen on the 
Wildlife Trail. The first big group (1450) of SNOW GEESE was seen in flight on 
the Wildlife Trail. A late AMERICAN BITTERN was seen on the Wildlife Trail. 63 
SANDHILL CRANES were seen on Armitage Road. 


Cayuga County------------
     11/23: 2 RED-NECKED GREBES were seen at Fair Haven State Park.     
11/25: 5 RED-THROATED LOONS were seen at Fair Haven State Park.      11/27: 
An ICELAND GULL and a DUNLIN were seen at Fair Have State Park. 


Onondaga county------------
     11/25: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Banner Road in Tully.     
11/26: A RED-THROATED LOON was see from Restoration Way on the east shore of 
Onondaga Lake. 


Oswego County------------
     11/23: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Rt. 104 in the Town of Scriba. A 
RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Sunset Bay Park on Lake Ontario,     11/24: A 
NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on Rainbow Shores Road. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL 
was seen at Selkirk Shores State Park.      11/27: An ICELAND GULL was seen 
aat Oswego Harbor. 


Madison County------------
     11/23: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen again on Ditchbank Road north of 
Chittenango. 


Herkimer County------------
11/24: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

Jefferson County------------
     11/28: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at the Black River Bay 
Fishing Area off of Military Road in the Town of Hounsfield. 

    
--end report 
    
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Subject: Niagara 26 Nov-few gulls - BUT!~
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:47:56 +0000
We visited with some Canadian friends at Niagara over t-day. In two trips past 
the Adam Beck Power Generating Facility, the roof over the outflow didn't have 
a single gull, which was sort of typical of our gull luck. Better luck for the 
CBC trip. 


On packing the car in the rear parking lot of the Imperial Hotel and Suites on 
Victoria Ave., a falcon called overhead repeatedly. Without binocs, I could 
clearly see it was a heavily streaked, medium to small falcon, calling like a 
Merlin and almost certainly the size of a Merlin. It was diving at another 
raptor perched on the edge of the roof. After the Merlin quit its diving passes 
and left, I dove into the car to retrieve binocs packed under the seat and got 
perhaps 2 seconds view of the larger raptor. It had heavy streaking on the 
breast and sideburns, which at least is compatible with reports of two nesting 
pair of Peregrines in the gorge area. I dove back into the car to remove 
luggage from the trunk to get to the scope and when attached and pointed where 
the P. Falcon had been, it was gone. However, 3-4 crows dove several times at a 
location a few feet back from the precipice where the P Falcon had been. I have 
to wonder what got the Merlin and crows excited. Probably something involving a 
kill, maybe kleptoparasitism by the Peregrine from the Merlin, which others 
have reported, or maybe a kill by the Peregrine. 

 After a wonderful visit with friends, but poor number and diversity of gulls, 
Karen and I found this a very satisfying end to a very pleasant trip. 


But, more to come!!! 

We crossed at Rainbow Bridge and went south on Niagara Scenic Parkway. At the 
waterfowl viewing pull-off, we, or course, pulled over. Exactly on schedule for 
us, I was astounded to see 4 Harlequin Ducks fly by the viewing area. They 
landed briefly at one end of the viewing area, allowing me to get the scope, 
which was already unpacked in order to scan the considerable number and 
diversity of waterfowl at the viewing area, centered on two of them and then 
they flew by again this time going upstream to the upper portion of the viewing 
area. I was mesmerized by watching the adult, definitive plumage of the leading 
two males. I barely scanned the trailing two when they first flew by. When they 
returned, the trailing two were far enough apart that they could not be seen in 
the same field of view and seeing them in the binocs would have required 
loosing visual contact with the leading two males. The first viewing of the 
birds gave me literally a fraction of a second to see all four together and I 
thought they were all adult males. What incredible plumage, and luck. Merlin, 
Peregrine, and then four Harlequin, all after we were done birding and had 
packed our gear. 


Sharing the never ending pleasures of birding,

John and Karen

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Subject: Peregrine story from Maine
From: Carol Schmitt <cfschmitt AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:19:57 -0500
I was forwarded this from a friend who has an island in Maine.  A nice story.
Carol Schmitt


Sent: Friday, November 25, 2016 11:48 AM
Subject: JoshFecteau.com : “A Falcon Named Feisty”


  
  
    
      
JoshFecteau.com : “A Falcon Named       Feisty” 
    




              
A Falcon Named Feisty 
      
Posted:       25 Nov 2016 06:37 AM PST
            
On Monday morning, I was counting shorebirds at a beach in Biddeford when 
suddenly every bird in sight took flight. Well, nearly every bird. Glancing to 
my left, I quickly located the cause of the panic. Unbeknownst to me, a 
Peregrine Falcon had completed a sneak attack and had a Black-bellied Plover 
pinned to the sand. In mere moments, the plover's life was over. 

      
      
With my camera handy, I snapped some quick shots of the two (soon to be one) 
winged ones. When the peregrine made an adjustment, I noticed plastic bands on 
the bird's left leg. 

      
      
Reviewing my photos later, I was able to read the plastic markers -- the bands 
were black and green with white lettering "40" over "U". I sent an email to 
Charlie Todd of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and 
received a prompt reply. He told me that the Peregrine Falcon I'd seen was born 
on a bridge in Maine back in 2009 and had even earned the nickname "Feisty". 
Charlie wasn't aware of a sighting of Feisty since April 2012 in Westbrook, so 
he was thrilled to learn that the bird was still around. 

      
I've since learned that Feisty had a rather unusual first few years of life, 
starting with some fame as the star of a peregrinecam, and later as a survivor 
of a serious wing injury. Rather than detail his early years here, I encourage 
you to view this impactful slide show put together by Avian Haven. 


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Subject: Peregrine back at bradfield hall/Cornell
From: "Liisa S. Mobley" <lsk24 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:15:12 +0000
As I walked down Tower Rd, on the Cornell campus, I stopped to check Bradfield 
Hall to see if the (same as last year?) peregrine had returned. Sure enough, I 
saw a couple of dark blobs on one of the higher ledges. I didn't have my 
binoculars, but I clearly saw the contrast of the dark hood with lighter 
feathers underneath at one point when the bird turned its head. I think the 
other blob was a squirrel, its tail hanging over the edge. 


The ledge was the one with the most fresh white poop markings on it. It is near 
the corner of the building on the side facing the greenhouses and Minn's 
garden, and close to Tower Rd. I had noticed a couple of weeks ago that the 
white streaks were looking pretty fresh, so I have been waiting to see the 
falcon again. 

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From: Peter <psaracin AT rochester.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:07:00 -0500
Great. Must have been an awesome sight.


On 11/27/2016 4:10 PM, bob mcguire wrote:
> One other highlight of Anns and my trip around the lake today was a flock of 
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contrast - gray bodies against green field. 

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From: bob mcguire <bmcguire AT clarityconnect.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 16:10:54 -0500
One other highlight of Anns and my trip around the lake today was a flock of 
63 SANDHILL CRANES foraging in a field of what looked like winter wheat towards 
the east end of Armitage Road. We initially had three cranes fly over on East 
Road headed NW. We scoped K/M Marsh and found nothing. We then drove to 
Armitage, and there they all (?) were! Not too far from the road and great 
contrast - gray bodies against green field. 


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Subject: Cattle Egrets
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 14:48:30 -0500
There are 3 Cattle Egrets at the horse farm on E. Tyre Road at 2:30.
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Subject: N Goshawk, Cattle Egrets
From: M Miller <mmiller325 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:52:01 +0000
Had a report of a juvenile N. Goshawk on rte 96 near Yellow Tavern Rd 
(Romulus/Fayette). The wildlife drive is still open at Montezuma, with large 
numbers of ducks (12+ species). Tundra Swans also being very vocal. Had at 
least 2 Cattle Egrets on East Tyre Rd (between Lay Rd & rte 89) in a horse 
pasture on east side of road. Lots of red-tails around and a couple of 
rough-legged hawks (as well as Bald Eagles). 


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Subject: Scarlet Tanager
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 12:35:20 -0500
The juvenile male Scarlet Tanager is still at Salt Point.
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Subject: Adult Peregrine in Watkins Glen
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 11:49:02 -0500
At 1100 we had a beautiful adult Peregrine (tundrius) hunting pigeons in the
village. Great looks as it perched atop the church spire on 4th St near Tobey's
Donuts.
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Burdett,NY 14818-9626
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Subject: Warbling Vireo, Salt Point
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 13:35:36 -0500
Livia and I came across another out-of-season bird at Salt Point in Lansing
this morning: a WARBLING VIREO! Considered late any time after September,
this is quite a surprise. It seemed content enough, foraging actively in
brushy areas on the point. We came across it four or five different times
while walking the circuit. I found myself disappointed it was not a
White-eyed or Bell's, but still cool to see a late individual like this. It
seems like there could be a decent chance this bird is a vagrant of the
western subspecies, but they are extremely challenging to differentiate in
the field. Checklist with photos here:
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-Jay

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Subject: red-throated loons, white-winged gull
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 04:20:18 +0000 (GMT)
Today was slow in the taxi business and I managed some office birding. 

From East Shore Park I saw two different Red-throated Loons, a juvenile and a 
non-breeding adult far from each other, plus a duo of female White-winged 
Scoters and a separate single female Surf Scoter, and right next to the piling 
cluster a duo of female Long-tailed Ducks.  


From Stewart Park I scoped an immature white-winged gull on the red lighthouse 
breakwater which I'm thinking was a large Iceland. It was large, about the 
size of a nearby Herring Gull, but they would never pose for a good 
comparison. It had a bicolored bill with the black being more than just the 
tip. It had bright white wings contrasting with a buffier back. The head shape 
did not look long, blocky and mean, nor did the bill look like a big cigar, so 
I'm thinking it was not a Glaucous, but I'm open to persuasion. I wish I'd had 
more time to study it, but dang, I had to work just then. 

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Subject: Cackling Goose
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 12:17:46 -0500
There is a Cackling Goose in the field across from 1460 Hanshaw Road.
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Subject: Fox Sparrow in Brooktondale
From: Tom Hoebbel <tomhoebbel AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:00:46 -0500
We have had one fox sparrow for the past couple days.  Burns Rd





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Subject: Pippits at Myers
From: "Nancy W. Dickinson" <nwd1 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 21:26:50 +0000
Had a few minutes to spare during my holiday visit, so stopped at Myers Point. 
A flock of 8 pippits flew in, each calling as it arrived. I watched them work 
the shoreline for a while, well camouflaged among the pebbles. 


These were long-sought lifers for me!

Nancy Dickinson
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Subject: Siena Drive screech-owl, Wed 11/23
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:37:37 -0500
The gray-morph EASTERN SCREECH-OWL is back in view in its cavity on Siena
Drive in northeast Ithaca (Wednesday, 2:10 PM).   Yesterday’s directions
still apply (the right side of the fresher-looking one of two broken-off
trunks about 13 feet tall, near the road in the woodlot about 27 yards
south of the intersection of St. Catherine’s Circle and Siena Drive).  But
someone asked me for even more details, so here they are.



* This location is across from the mailbox for 328 Siena Drive.

* The owl is about four feet from the top of this dead trunk.

* Here is a new checklist with a photo of the whole tree:
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* Yesterday, I returned and watched the owl fly out of the cavity at 5:03
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Subject: MZ Cattle Egrets
From: Mike Tetlow <metetlow AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:59:10 -0500
As of 2 pm I could find 3 surviving Cattle Egrets at Goose Haven on route 89 
huddled between cattle and out on the snow. They flew to the horse farm on E. 
Tyre Road trying to find food in grass along plowed driveway. Hard to find so 
hopefully more surviving. Mike Tetlow 



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Subject: RE:Siena Drive screech-owl, Tues 11/22
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:46:43 -0500
Here is my eBird checklist with some photos of the owl.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32669870



I am going back there within the next five minutes or so.  I’d be glad to
see you and help you find the cavity.



Mark Chao





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*Sent:* Tuesday, November 22, 2016 3:48 PM
*To:* Cayugabirds- L
*Subject:* Siena Drive screech-owl, Tues 11/22



A gray-morph EASTERN SCREECH-OWL is roosting in view in a natural cavity
along Siena Drive in the woodlot at the southern corner where Siena
intersects with St. Catherine's Circle in Northeast Ithaca (Tuesday, 3:40
pm). Look for two broken-off trunks about 13 feet tall, close to the road
about 25 meters south of the corner of the intersection. The owl is in the
fresher-looking one, on the right side. This is the same cavity where
Tilden and I found an owl last February.

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Subject: Mill pond .. Union Springs 11/22/16
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:41:02 -0500
Gadwall (10-12)    Buffles, (didn't count - no time -they kept diving)   
A. wigeon (6)   G.W. Teal (1)  at 2:30 p.m.

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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds
From: Marc Devokaitis <mdevokaitis AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:12:22 -0500
Andrina Serpiello reported 8 hanging out around the Cornell Lab feeder
garden this afternoon just before 4:00pm. A couple of Red-wings in the mix
as well.

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Subject: Siena Drive screech-owl, Tues 11/22
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:48:24 -0500
A gray-morph EASTERN SCREECH-OWL is roosting in view in a natural cavity
along Siena Drive in the woodlot at the southern corner where Siena
intersects with St. Catherine's Circle in Northeast Ithaca (Tuesday, 3:40
pm). Look for two broken-off trunks about 13 feet tall, close to the road
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fresher-looking one, on the right side. This is the same cavity where
Tilden and I found an owl last February.

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Subject: swans on Dryden Lake
From: Ray Zimmerman <rz10 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:49:42 -0500
From a friend who lives near Dryden lake …

There is a small flock of white swans with black bills out on Dryden Lake right 
now. They are absolutely beautiful. 


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Subject: Salt Point and other recent birds
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:42:38 -0500
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, on Sunday Ken Rosenberg and others
found a very late SCARLET TANAGER on Salt Point in Lansing. I was able to
refind it yesterday despite blowing snow. It looks to be a hatch-year male
based on some juvenal feathers at a molt limit in an otherwise black wing,
as well as very pointed rectrices in the tail. It was hanging out in the
main brushy area on the point, mostly eating wild grapes while I was there.
Its right wing is drooping as if injured, but it seems to fly short
distances without too much trouble. List with photos here:
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Tanagers are one of the rarer breeders to have overwinter so very
interesting to see this guy hanging on here. Salt Point is often a good
place to find half-hardies in November and December, and we have had
Baltimore Orioles, Common Yellowthroats, and lots of other species turn up
here long after they should all be gone. I am holding out hope for an
Ash-throated Flycatcher or other western vagrant here some day! Last
Wednesday I did not happen upon the tanager, but did find a couple of later
species, including a Field Sparrow and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32577604
And last Monday, I found a lingering Yellow Warbler:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32535073
None of these were apparent yesterday, but they could easily have been
tucked away sheltering the storm.

Also, here are a few shots of the Cackling Goose from Stewart Park on
Saturday:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32619658
And some mediocre photos but decent audio recording of the NORTHERN SHRIKE
that was hanging around Niemi Road by the airport for a couple of days:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32597117
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32603045

And finally, my last couple of visits to the Stevenson Road compost piles
haven't been too productive, but others have had several Lesser
Black-backed there recently, and Kevin had an adult ICELAND GULL on
Saturday:
https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S32619544

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Subject: Syracuse RBA Addendum
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:12:05 +0000 (UTC)
A SNOWY OWL was reported in Cayuga County on Rt. 104-A in the Town of Sterling 
on 11/16. 

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From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:57:43 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - November 21, 2016
*  NYSY  11. 21.16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):November 14, 
2016 - November 21, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering 
upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma 
Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, 
Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: November 21  AT 4 
p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of November 14, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
RED-THROATED LOON CATTLE EGRETBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONTRUMPETER SWANCACKLING 
GOOSEGREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSEEURASIAN WIGEONPEREGRINE FALCONNORTHERN 
GOSHAWKSANDHILL CRANELITTLE GULLICELAND GULLLESSER BLACK-BACKED 
GULLBLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKENORTHERN SHRIKEMARSH WRENRUBY-CROWNED KINGLETEVENING 
GROSBEAK 


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

     11/16: CATTLE EGRETS were again seen at Goose Haven. They were reported 
through 11/19. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Visitor’s Center.     
11/18: Shorebirds are not gone yet (although after today they probably are.) A 
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were still being found 
along the Wildlife Trail and in Benning Marsh. The Greater was seen through the 
19th. and the White-Rumped and Lesser were seen through the 20th. 10 TRUMPETER 
SWANS were seen at the Audubon Center. An EURASIAN WIGEON was again spotted in 
the Main Pool.     11/19: 55 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road. A 
late MARSH WREN was seen along the Wildlife Drive.     11/20: A CACKLING 
GOOSE was spotted along the Wildlife Drive. 


Onondaga County------------
     11/14: A late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen on Jamesville Ave. in 
Syracuse.     11/15: 12 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE found at Beaverr Lake 
last week continued through 11/18. No reports since. A GREATER YELLOWLEGS was 
seen at Otisco Lake Park.     11/16: A single EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at 
Beaver Lake Nature Center.     11/17: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the 
Inner Harbor near Destiny Shopping Mall in Syracuse.     11/19: A late 
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen along the West Shore hiking trail on Onondaga 
Lake. 


Oswego County------------
     11/17: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Oswego Harbor.     11/18: A 
RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Selkirk Shores on Lake Ontario.     11/20: A 
LITTLE GULL, a BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were all 
seen on favorable winds at Derby Hill. 


Madison County-------------
     11/15: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.   
  11/19: A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on Irish Hill Road south of Cazenovia. A 
NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Holmes Road south of Cazenovia.     11/20: 2 
SANDHILL CRANES were seen on Gee Road north of Chittenango. 


Oneida County------------
     11/14: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen along Rt. 365 west oh Hollend Patent.

Herkimer County-------------
     11/17: 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder north of Dolgeville.
     
        --end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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From: Regi Teasley <rltcayuga AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:43:45 -0500
We had a Fox Sparrow eating millet seed near bushes in our yard this snowy 
morning. 

We're up on West Hill in the city and we garden for birds and other wildlife.  

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Subject: yard loon watch
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 04:32:49 +0000 (GMT)
This morning from about dawn (6:46am) until snow commenced (7:18am) I watched 
for migrating loons from the NYS-89 bridge over the Flood Control Channel near 
my yard. I hoped that a lull in precipitation at take-off time might prompt 
migration, and I aimed to watch without risking a car trip to Taughannock 
potentially returning in snow before I got my snow tires on. 


I was disappointed to see no loons during that interval, so I went back to my 
yard, but continued watching other birds from the shelter of my back porch. The 
light snowfall quit at some point, but I stayed continued watching from the 
porch. At 7:54am I first noticed loons in flight, a high group of 4 southbound. 
They may have been from Lake Ontario at that hour. I went out into the yard 
where I could see a bit more sky until 8:42 when snow recommenced, and I saw a 
total of 49 Common Loons. The last group of 5 was indecisive, perhaps turning 
back, but nearly all of the rest were going straight and some variation on 
southward. There was no consensus from group to group as to the best precise 
direction. The great majority passed either overhead or to my east; only a few 
were over West Hill, but the distance I can see that direction from the base of 
the steep hill is limited, so perhaps I missed birds which had headed south 
from Taughannock rather than following the lake to the south end. All the loons 
I saw were well above tree level. I did not see any on the Inlet, but I did not 
travel along the Inlet to view it from farther upstream or downstream. 

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Subject: Re: Loons on the inlet
From: Ellen Haith <elliehaith44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:53:02 -0500
There were numerous loons off Elm Beach Road in Ovid this afternoon, as
well. I would guess fifteen in the largest group, mostly solitary but
several pairs which would include adults and/or juveniles.

On Sun, Nov 20, 2016 at 1:47 PM, Charles Eldermire  wrote:

> At least a dozen common loons spotted chilling on the inlet as we drove
> through Cass park this morning-might be a whole lot of them out on the lake
> too with this weather...
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Subject: Lapland Longspurs in Newfield
From: Ethan Chaffee <echaffee21 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 15:16:33 -0500
A pair of Lapland Longspurs are hanging out near the cornfield at the
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Golf. There's also a flock of about 20 horned larks and at least 1 snow
bunting.

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Subject: Loons on the inlet
From: Charles Eldermire <cre9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:47:51 +0000
At least a dozen common loons spotted chilling on the inlet as we drove through 
Cass park this morning-might be a whole lot of them out on the lake too with 
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Subject: Myers Point scoters
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:42:29 -0500
A gorgeous pair of BLACK SCOTERS are sitting on the lake off the Myers
marina, also just visible from Ladoga. Five WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS are nearby.

Ken and others report a late SCARLET TANAGER from Salt Point.

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Subject: Pine Siskin
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 13:24:53 +0000
One pine Siskin at our feeders this morning on Hunt Hill Rd, Dryden. We have 4 
1/2" of heavy snow on the ground. More to come. 


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Subject: Re:cayugabirds-l digest: November 19, 2016
From: "Anne R. Kenney" <ark3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:47:46 +0000
Bird flotillas on Cayuga Lake
On Saturday, before the weather changed, I could make out huge flotillas of 
birds in the middle of Cayuga Lake-- at least a hundred birds in each of the 
two pods I saw. I couldn't quite make out what kind of birds they were and 
wonder if someone else identified them. Thanks, Anne Kenney, Lansing Station 
Road, Lansing 


Sent from my phone, with frequent typos. 

> On Nov 20, 2016, at 12:03 AM, Upstate NY Birding digest 
 wrote: 

> 
> CAYUGABIRDS-L Digest for Saturday, November 19, 2016.
> 
> 1. Cackling Goose, Stewart Park
> 2. Union Springs sign finally corrected!
> 3. Montezuma Waterfowl. Snow buntings Larks, longspurs
> 4. Montezuma Wildlife Drive Today Nov 19th 2016
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Subject: Cackling Goose, Stewart Park
> From: Jay McGowan 
> Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:41:18 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 1
> 
> Juvenile Cackling Goose currently in Canada flock at east end of Stewart.
> 
> Jay
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Subject: Union Springs sign finally corrected!
> From: John and Fritzie Blizzard 
> Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:55:42 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 2
> 
> Drove by the Mill pond along Rte. 90 a couple days ago & noticed the 
> labeling of the green heron picture had FINALLY been corrected, changed 
> from Pileated Woodpecker to the correct ID of Green Heron. Shame on the 
> scout leader who didn't catch the very obvious mistake many mos. ago 
> before he awarded the scout the Eagle Scout honor! I felt very 
> embarrassed for strangers to see the glaring error. And, yes ..... I did 
> write to the mother of the scout many mos. ago to tell her the ID was 
> incorrect. No  comment from her!
> 
> Fritzie
> 
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Subject: Montezuma Waterfowl. Snow buntings Larks, longspurs
> From: "Michael Tetlow" 
> Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:24:48 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 3
> 
>    Yesterday Dominic Sherony and I put a fair amount of time in to
> estimating numbers and percentages of waterfowl on the main pool at
> Montezuma. Here is the ebird checklist. Particularly noteworthy for me is
> the decrease in Ring-necks and huge increase in Lesser Scaup over the last
> couple weeks although Ring-necks do tend to hide among the distant cattails
> so I'm sure some were missed.
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32616439.
> 
>    Also on Wednesday evening at knox-marcellus I was able to get an
> accurate count as 54 Sandhill Cranes flew out to the corn fields and the
> remaining 18 all put their heads up. So 72. We'll see if more come in on
> this front or if that's it.
> 
>     I also had a flock of about 200 Horned larks with at least 2 longspurs
> followed by a flock of about 200 Snow Buntings all flying west over East
> road around 2:30 pm. Mike Tetlow 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Subject: Montezuma Wildlife Drive Today Nov 19th 2016
> From: David Nicosia 
> Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 18:40:26 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 4
> 
> Headed up to Montezuma NWR this morning. My first stop
> was Benning Marsh and I got on the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER,
> LESSER YELLOWLEGS and KILLDEER pretty quickly.
> These birds were directly across from the parking area.
> 
> Then I drove back around to do the wildlife drive more
> carefully. First bird of interest was a late MARSH WREN
> calling in the marsh grasses not far from the road across
> from Larue's Lagoon. With some phishing the bird came
> out and I got some nice looks.
> 
> Then there was the waterfowl on the main pool.
> It was spectacular, plain and simple. Large numbers
> and lots of variety. Based on Mike Tetlow's numbers
> I grossly underestimated the numbers in my ebird
> report. But nevertheless it was awesome. All
> normal *aythya* species were present (minus TUDU).
> There were loads of AMERICAN WIGEON, and GADWALL.
> Additional birds were RUDDY DUCKS, MALLARDS,
> NORTHERN PINTAIL, NORTHERN SHOVELER,
> and 1 BUFFLEHEAD. I tried but failed to refind
> the EURASIAN WIGEON seen here recently.
> Also present in large numbers were AMERICAN COOTS.
> There were also several PIED-BILLED GREBES. After
> enjoying the diversity of the waterfowl for a while in 64F
> weather, the cold front came through with very strong
> winds and  a sudden temperature drop.
> 
> So I went back to Benning and I found all
> the above shorebirds again plus a GREATER YELLOWLEGS.
> I had a nice light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK soar over
> Benning as well.
> 
> Additionally, I saw 4 swallows fly over Benning south toward the
> main pool. They were pretty high up and flying south with the winds.
> The lighting was poor and I did not get any color on these swallows.
> I don't think they were TREE SWALLOWS but can't be sure. Could
> they have been CAVE SWALLOWS heading south in the strong
> north winds?? Not sure on this....
> 
> On the way out I stopped at Goose "Haven" and saw the CATTLE
> EGRETS which posed nice for me.
> 
> My ebird lists are here...
> 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32621595
> 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32621751
> 
> Dave Nicosia
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Montezuma Wildlife Drive Today Nov 19th 2016
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 18:40:26 -0500
Headed up to Montezuma NWR this morning. My first stop
was Benning Marsh and I got on the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER,
LESSER YELLOWLEGS and KILLDEER pretty quickly.
These birds were directly across from the parking area.

Then I drove back around to do the wildlife drive more
carefully. First bird of interest was a late MARSH WREN
calling in the marsh grasses not far from the road across
from Larue's Lagoon. With some phishing the bird came
out and I got some nice looks.

Then there was the waterfowl on the main pool.
It was spectacular, plain and simple. Large numbers
and lots of variety. Based on Mike Tetlow's numbers
I grossly underestimated the numbers in my ebird
report. But nevertheless it was awesome. All
normal *aythya* species were present (minus TUDU).
There were loads of AMERICAN WIGEON, and GADWALL.
Additional birds were RUDDY DUCKS, MALLARDS,
NORTHERN PINTAIL, NORTHERN SHOVELER,
and 1 BUFFLEHEAD. I tried but failed to refind
the EURASIAN WIGEON seen here recently.
Also present in large numbers were AMERICAN COOTS.
There were also several PIED-BILLED GREBES. After
enjoying the diversity of the waterfowl for a while in 64F
weather, the cold front came through with very strong
winds and  a sudden temperature drop.

So I went back to Benning and I found all
the above shorebirds again plus a GREATER YELLOWLEGS.
I had a nice light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK soar over
Benning as well.

Additionally, I saw 4 swallows fly over Benning south toward the
main pool. They were pretty high up and flying south with the winds.
The lighting was poor and I did not get any color on these swallows.
I don't think they were TREE SWALLOWS but can't be sure. Could
they have been CAVE SWALLOWS heading south in the strong
north winds?? Not sure on this....

On the way out I stopped at Goose "Haven" and saw the CATTLE
EGRETS which posed nice for me.

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32621751

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Subject: Montezuma Wildlife Drive Today Nov 19th 2016
From: David Nicosia <daven102468 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 18:40:26 -0500
Headed up to Montezuma NWR this morning. My first stop
was Benning Marsh and I got on the WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER,
LESSER YELLOWLEGS and KILLDEER pretty quickly.
These birds were directly across from the parking area.

Then I drove back around to do the wildlife drive more
carefully. First bird of interest was a late MARSH WREN
calling in the marsh grasses not far from the road across
from Larue's Lagoon. With some phishing the bird came
out and I got some nice looks.

Then there was the waterfowl on the main pool.
It was spectacular, plain and simple. Large numbers
and lots of variety. Based on Mike Tetlow's numbers
I grossly underestimated the numbers in my ebird
report. But nevertheless it was awesome. All
normal *aythya* species were present (minus TUDU).
There were loads of AMERICAN WIGEON, and GADWALL.
Additional birds were RUDDY DUCKS, MALLARDS,
NORTHERN PINTAIL, NORTHERN SHOVELER,
and 1 BUFFLEHEAD. I tried but failed to refind
the EURASIAN WIGEON seen here recently.
Also present in large numbers were AMERICAN COOTS.
There were also several PIED-BILLED GREBES. After
enjoying the diversity of the waterfowl for a while in 64F
weather, the cold front came through with very strong
winds and  a sudden temperature drop.

So I went back to Benning and I found all
the above shorebirds again plus a GREATER YELLOWLEGS.
I had a nice light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK soar over
Benning as well.

Additionally, I saw 4 swallows fly over Benning south toward the
main pool. They were pretty high up and flying south with the winds.
The lighting was poor and I did not get any color on these swallows.
I don't think they were TREE SWALLOWS but can't be sure. Could
they have been CAVE SWALLOWS heading south in the strong
north winds?? Not sure on this....

On the way out I stopped at Goose "Haven" and saw the CATTLE
EGRETS which posed nice for me.

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32621751

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Subject: Union Springs sign finally corrected!
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:55:42 -0500
Drove by the Mill pond along Rte. 90 a couple days ago & noticed the 
labeling of the green heron picture had FINALLY been corrected, changed 
from Pileated Woodpecker to the correct ID of Green Heron. Shame on the 
scout leader who didn't catch the very obvious mistake many mos. ago 
before he awarded the scout the Eagle Scout honor! I felt very 
embarrassed for strangers to see the glaring error. And, yes ..... I did 
write to the mother of the scout many mos. ago to tell her the ID was 
incorrect. No  comment from her!

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Subject: Cackling Goose, Stewart Park
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:41:18 -0500
Juvenile Cackling Goose currently in Canada flock at east end of Stewart.

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Subject: Montezuma Waterfowl. Snow buntings Larks, longspurs
From: "Michael Tetlow" <metetlow AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:24:48 -0500
    Yesterday Dominic Sherony and I put a fair amount of time in to
estimating numbers and percentages of waterfowl on the main pool at
Montezuma. Here is the ebird checklist. Particularly noteworthy for me is
the decrease in Ring-necks and huge increase in Lesser Scaup over the last
couple weeks although Ring-necks do tend to hide among the distant cattails
so I'm sure some were missed.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32616439.

    Also on Wednesday evening at knox-marcellus I was able to get an
accurate count as 54 Sandhill Cranes flew out to the corn fields and the
remaining 18 all put their heads up. So 72. We'll see if more come in on
this front or if that's it.

     I also had a flock of about 200 Horned larks with at least 2 longspurs
followed by a flock of about 200 Snow Buntings all flying west over East
road around 2:30 pm. Mike Tetlow 

 


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Subject: Re: Stewart Park, Fri 11/18
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 04:35:25 +0000
Nice shot, Mark!  Looks like the Lesser I saw on the Jetty last weekend.

Ken

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On Nov 18, 2016, at 7:42 PM, Mark Chao 
> wrote: 


I believe that I found four gull species, including a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL 
apparently entering its second winter, all conveniently lined up in order of 
size on a log just off shore near the Fuertes Sanctuary (swan pen) in Stewart 
Park on Friday afternoon. Here's my eBird checklist with some photos. 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32611892

(If you think that I have somehow botched the ID of this bird, please let me 
know.) 


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Subject: Stewart Park, Fri 11/18
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:41:52 -0500
I believe that I found four gull species, including a LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL apparently entering its second winter, all conveniently lined up in
order of size on a log just off shore near the Fuertes Sanctuary (swan pen)
in Stewart Park on Friday afternoon.  Here’s my eBird checklist with some
photos.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32611892



(If you think that I have somehow botched the ID of this bird, please let
me know.)



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Subject: Great Black-backed gull kills Redhead
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:52:59 +0000
Observed a Great Black-backed Gull taking a Redhead at Seneca Lake State Park 
yesterday morning. The picknit video is ~1 minute and the actual event time 
span was just under 15 minutes. 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358 AT N06/31047214256/in/datetaken/

[X]Great Black-backed Gull kills Redhead 11-17-16 Seneca Lake St 
Park 


[https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5595/31047214256_7f61c0f6d2_b.jpg] 
 

[https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5595/31047214256_7f61c0f6d2_b.jpg]





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Subject: Photos: "white-capped chickadee" and RN grebe
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 21:08:17 -0500
Here are some photos of the white-headed chickadee at Park Preserve last 
Sunday: 


https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10211467789148367

and the Red-Necked Grebe between Salt Point and Taughannock, also on Sunday:

https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10211448733791995

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Subject: Montezuma Birding Tour Friday, Nov. 18
From: Chris Lajewski <lajewskic AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:43:16 +0000 (UTC)
Montezuma Birding Tour Friday, Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m.—5:00 p.m. The peak of the 
waterfowl migration and Indian Summer are here! Join the Montezuma Audubon 
Center for a van tour of Montezuma's wetlands and grasslands to see thousands 
of waterfowl, hunting raptors and the rare Cattle Egrets. Binoculars and field 
guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child; $13.50/adult, $35/family. Register at 
315-365-3588 or montezuma AT audubon.org.  

Chris LajewskiCenter DirectorMontezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89, 
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Subject: Cayuga Bird Club gull trip to Niagara Falls
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:37:35 -0500
Hi all,
The Cayuga Bird Club and I are planning to run a trip to Niagara Falls the
first weekend in December. We will be looking for a variety of gull
species, as well as any other interesting birds that are being seen,
usually at the very least a variety of waterfowl. This is a great chance to
see some cool winter birds and get some practice identifying a challenging
group of birds. The plan so far is to leave early on December 3rd, spend
the night in Niagara Falls, probably on the Canadian side, and then bird
Sunday morning and return to the Ithaca area by mid or late afternoon on
Sunday the 4th.

We will try to all carpool in a single large vehicle, so space will be
limited. Priority will be given to Cayuga Bird Club members, but
non-members may be able to join if we have enough space–or you can always 
join 

the club ! A valid passport or
other valid form of identification will be necessary as we will almost
certainly be crossing into Canada. Last time the per-person cost of the
trip, including splitting gas and lodging, was well under $100 per person
but will vary depending on the final logistics.

If you are interested in coming on this trip, please reply privately to me (
jwm57 AT cornell.edu) and to Ann Mitchell (annmitchell13 AT gmail.com) by next
Thursday (Thanksgiving, November 24th), ideally as soon as possible so we
have enough time to plan transportation and lodging. There is also the
possibility of shifting the trip to the following weekend (Dec. 10-11) or
making the trip a one-day run if we receive more interest for that option.
Once we receive your responses we can assess possibilities and space and
confirm places on the trip.

Happy birding and gulling wherever you may go.

Jay

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Subject: Snow Geese in Aurora
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:33:46 -0500
While heading to Montezuma on an errand today, I saw eight Snow Geese on a spit 
while driving into Aurora. looks like they arrived ahead of the thousands that 
will be moving through the area on the near future! 

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Subject: REMINDER: November Cayuga Bird Club Meeting - Mon., Nov. 14
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:46:49 +0000

The November Cayuga Bird Club meeting is tonight, Monday, November 14 at 7:30 
pm at the Ornithology Lab. Cookies & conversation begins at 7:15. 


 Our speaker, Vanya Rohwer, curator of the Bird and Mammal collection at the 
Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates, will give his presentation - "Of 
Mansions and Shacks: Understanding Divergent Nest Building Behaviors Between 
Two Populations of Yellow Warblers". 


.
Yellow Warblers have one of the widest breeding distributions of all North 
American wood warblers, ranging from the equator to Alaska. Different breeding 
sites pose different challenges to successfully raising young, and one way for 
Yellow Warblers to overcome these challenges is by building nests that are well 
suited to local environments. Vanya Rohwer will discuss why Yellow Warblers 
breeding between two different locations in Canada a temperate and subarctic 
site build such dramatically different nests, and will highlight some of the 
process of discovery associated with this research. 

For his work on Yellow Warbler nest morphologies, Vanya traveled to Churchill, 
Manitoba where Polar Bears loomed in willow thickets, Beluga Whales breached in 
Hudson Bay, mosquitoes buzzed insistently, and the dusk twilight of northern 
latitudes lingered till 2am. 



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Subject: Syracuse RBA addendum
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:33:51 +0000 (UTC)
Sorry, only 12 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE on Beaver Lake.
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Subject: Cattle Egrets
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:26:41 -0500
Ran into a few confused people looking for egrets at MNWR this morning. To 
hopefully 

clear that we found the 8 egrets with a few horse buddies at the farm on East 
Tyre 

Road. Coming from the south on 89 beyond 5/20 look for E.Tyre which branches 
off 

left in a NNW direction just before the large Goose Haven decoy. A short way 
down E. 

Tyre you will find the farm on your right and the egrets following the horses 
around 

the field beyond the house and paddocks. Coming from the North, take a right on 
Lay 

Rd (this is a road to Esker Brook(trails closed due hunting)) and then a left 
on 

East Tyre. Part of the confusion is a place on E.Tyre with a sign reading Goose
Haven as does the sign on 89.

We also saw a number of Sandhill Cranes at Knox-Marcellus and counted 46 at a
distance without a scope. They were closer to Mud Lock Rd than to the parking 
area. 


The main pool is loaded with waterfowl with Redhead, Coot and Baldpate (Am. 
Wigeon) 

predominating. Large numbers of Ruddy Ducks and lesser numbers of Mallard, 
Gadwall, 

N. Shoveler, a single Canvasback, Ring-necked, scaup spp, Common Merganser and 
PB 

Grebe are also in residence.

The new superhighway through the refuge is newly graveled and rough with the 
north 

end of the drive almost devoid of waterfowl although we did see two G. 
Yellowlegs. 


John and Sue


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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:02:47 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - November 14, 2016
*  NYSY  11.14.16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):November 07, 
2016 - November 14, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering 
upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma 
Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, 
Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: November 14  AT 12 
p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of November 07, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
RED-THROATED LOONAMERICAN WHITE PELICANCATTLE EGRETBLACK-CROWNED 
NIGHT-HERONCACKLING GOOSEBRANTGREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSEEURASIAN 
WIGEONSANDHILL CRANEHUDSONIAN GODWITICELAND GULLBLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKEPALM 
WARBLEREVENING GROSBEAK 


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

     11/12: A late PALM WARBLER was seen at Mays Point. 66 SANDHILL CRANES 
and a CACKLING GOOSE were seen from East Road. 7 CATTLE EGRETS were seen at 
Goose Haven on Rt. 89. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Lock 25 on Rt. 
89.     11/13: An EURASIAN WIGEON continues along the Wildlife Drive. 69 
SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road. The CATTLE EGRETS continue to be seen 
at Goose Haven on Rt.89. 


Cayuga County------------
     11/10: A RED-THROATED LOON was spotted at Fair Haven State Park.     
11/12: An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was spotted on the pond at Fair Haven State 
Park. After being put up by a boat it was spotted flying from West Barrier 
Beach to the west but has not been reported since.  


Onondaga County------------
     11/7: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Onondaga Lake at Willow Bay.   
  11/8: An astounding 123 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen on Beaver Lake 
west of Baldwinsville. They have been seen each day since through yesterday. A 
HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found on Oxbow Road near the Gerber Topsoil Farm in the 
Town of Cicero. It was seen through 11/10 but has not been reported since. An 
EVENING GROSBEAK was seen at the confluence of the Oneida and Seneca Rivers 
south of Phoenix.     11/9: 55 BRANT were seen at the confluence of the 
Seneca and Oneida Rivers. 


Oswego County------------
     11/11: A BLACK-LEGGED KITTYWAKE was seen from the bluff at Derby Hill 
on Lake Ontario.2 BRANT and an ICELAND GULL were seen at Oswego Harbor. 


Madison County------------
     11/12: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton.

Herkimer County------------
     11/10: 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder north of Dolgeville.
            
     --end report 
    
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Subject: Re: Montezuma Ravens, Cattle Egrets, Sandhill Cranes, Rough-legged Hawks
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 02:04:41 +0000
To this report, I can add a drake EURASIAN WIGEON that I was finally able to 
pick on the back edge of the huge duck flock on the Main Pool. Fantastic 
numbers of waterfowl this morning, tripping the eBird filters for Gadwall, Am 
Wigeon, Redhead, and Ruddy Duck. The 8 CATTLE EGRETS were at Goose Haven at 
11:30 am, as well. 


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On Nov 13, 2016, at 7:27 PM, Michael Tetlow 
> wrote: 


This afternoon we started a short Montezuma tour with the Goose Haven field 
with decoys and no egrets. Trying to think of a nearby farm, around 2pm, we 
found the horse farm on East Tyre Road south of Lay road and now up to 8 Cattle 
Egrets (as reported by Ken on The Cayuga text alert flying SW over the main 
pool early this morning) from the original 7. As we left the refuge area around 
4:40 all 8 were back at goose haven on route 89. The visitor center had 1 
killdeer for our only shorebird species and only one Snow Goose still. 2 Common 
Ravens soared up from the woods to SW and flew right over the visitor center. 1 
Dark Rough-legged Hawk drifted to the SE. Another light morph was at the NW 
corner of the main pool marsh. (4 Rough-legs were seen there yesterday by Dan 
Niven Chris wood and Brian Sullivan). Hitting Knox-Marcellus at 4:00 with 3 
tries I counted 70 then 71 Sandhill cranes.(others counted 70 yesterday. Mike 
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Subject: Montezuma Ravens, Cattle Egrets, Sandhill Cranes, Rough-legged Hawks
From: "Michael Tetlow" <metetlow AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 19:27:35 -0500
This afternoon we started a short Montezuma tour with the Goose Haven field
with decoys and no egrets. Trying to think of a nearby farm, around 2pm, we
found the horse farm on East Tyre Road south of Lay road and now up to 8
Cattle Egrets (as reported by Ken on The Cayuga text alert flying SW over
the main pool early this morning) from the original 7.  As we left the
refuge area around 4:40 all 8 were back at goose haven on route 89. The
visitor center had 1 killdeer for our only shorebird species and only one
Snow Goose still.  2 Common Ravens soared up from the woods to  SW and flew
right over the visitor center. 1 Dark Rough-legged Hawk drifted to the SE.
Another light morph was at the NW corner of the main pool marsh. (4
Rough-legs were seen there yesterday by Dan Niven Chris wood and Brian
Sullivan). Hitting Knox-Marcellus at 4:00  with 3 tries I counted  70 then
71 Sandhill cranes.(others counted 70 yesterday.    Mike and Joann Tetlow 


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Subject: Re: RED NECKED GREBE AT SALT POINT
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 16:52:32 -0500
Meant to send this to the list, but replied to Stuart alone instead. At 2pm:
Red necked grebe probably closer to and best viewed from Taughannock now. My 
paddling up to see it ended up nudging it in that direction. 


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Earlier, at Park Preserve South there was a chickadee with an entirely white 
head, in the area where the main trail intersects with the orange trail heading 
into the spruces. May be interesting to observe its territorial range if others 
find it. 


Suan


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Subject: Snow buntings
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 19:45:31 +0000
~80 snow buntings on Carncross Rd, MNWR. 

Laura

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Subject: Lots of cranes
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 18:36:49 +0000
69 Sandhills Cranes together in the grasses of Knox-Marcellus marsh, seen from 
East Road. 1:30 pm Sunday. 



Laura

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