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Yellow Rail,©David Sibley

25 May Wilson's Phalarope and Swainson's Thrush at MNWR [Sandy Podulka ]
25 May Wilson's Phalaropes @ Knox-Marsellus [Dave Nutter ]
24 May Nighthawk @ Fall Creek neighborhood [Suan Yong ]
24 May Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve, Sun 5/24 [Mark Chao ]
24 May 3 Red-headed Woodpeckers Mays Point [Dave K ]
23 May 4 Finger Lakes Land Trust sites incl. McIlroy Bird Sanctuary, Sat 5/23 [Mark Chao ]
23 May RE:Salt Point this morning - plus nesting KILLDEER - caution! ["Marie P. Read" ]
23 May Salt Point this morning ["Marie P. Read" ]
22 May Street birds ["Bill Mcaneny" ]
22 May NIGHTHAWK AND BABY ROBIN [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
22 May Common Nighthawk [Daniel Graham ]
22 May Owasco Flats Nature Reserve Birding Trip - Saturday, May 23 @ 7:00 AM [Noelle Rayman ]
21 May Elm Beach Road, Town of Romulus [Ellen Haith ]
21 May Blue-gray Gnatcatcher [marsha kardon ]
21 May Thunder and birdsong? [Kim Haines-Eitzen ]
21 May Ravens [Geo Kloppel ]
20 May Red-headed woodpecker 3.4 mi. from Union Springs [John and Fritzie Blizzard ]
20 May Slightly off topic: presentation on dragonflies and damselflies in Athens PA by Meena Harilbal [Inga Wells ]
20 May Sage-Grouse Film on PBS Tonight at 8! [Andrew Johnson ]
20 May Black Billed Cuckoo [Donna Scott ]
19 May Montezuma [Joseph Brin ]
19 May CAMPUS Bald Eagle [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
19 May BARN OWL: Etna Night Migrant ["Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" ]
19 May Common Tern, Myers Point [Jay McGowan ]
19 May Grasshopper Sparrow, Lansing [Jay McGowan ]
18 May Re: Dispatching house sparrows ... 5/18/15 [Geo Kloppel ]
18 May syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
18 May Re: Dispatching house sparrows ... 5/18/15 [Susan Gateley ]
18 May Re: Dispatching house sparrows ... 5/18/15 [Melanie Uhlir ]
18 May Re: Black-billed Cuckoo ["Melanie Uhlir" ]
18 May Re: Black-billed Cuckoo ["Melanie Uhlir" ]
18 May Dispatching house sparrows ... 5/18/15 []
18 May ~OT: Infrared camera; Peterson [Suan Hsi Yong ]
18 May Merlin preempt Fish Crow nest. [John Confer ]
18 May Black-billed Cuckoo [Ann Mitchell ]
18 May Re:Sapsucker Woods mourning warbler [Brad Walker ]
18 May Sapsucker Woods mourning warbler [Brad Walker ]
18 May I am happy catbird is back! [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
18 May Living Birds 1962 issue/ Pine warbler [Bernie Carr ]
17 May Montezuma shorebirds. Peregrine falcon ["Michael Tetlow " ]
18 May Re: Arnot forest and the wierd Prairie warbler [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
18 May Glossy ibises at Montezuma [Laura Stenzler ]
18 May Arnot forest and the wierd Prairie warbler [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
17 May Re: New bird [Melanie Uhlir ]
17 May Eastern Wood Peewee [Melanie Uhlir ]
17 May Re: Red-headed Woodpeckers ["Judy M. Thoroughman" ]
17 May Wilsons Warbler [Donna Scott ]
17 May Elm Beach Road, Town of Romulus [Ellen Haith ]
17 May New bird [Carol Keeler ]
17 May OOB Greensprings Cuckoos [Suan Yong ]
17 May Warbler that sounds like Golden-winged [Diane Morton ]
17 May Red-headed Woodpeckers [Carl Steckler ]
17 May RTH - Stout Road, Seneca County [Ellen Haith ]
17 May Cayuta Lake Osprey [Geo Kloppel ]
17 May Two more Acadian Flycatchers [Geo Kloppel ]
16 May Any good places to bird in Florida Panhandle? [Sandy Wold ]
17 May Prairie Warbler with odd song at Arnot; Black-billed Cuckoo at Greensprings [Dave Nutter ]
17 May Canada mnemonic [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
16 May Mourning Warbler still [Geo Kloppel ]
16 May Re: More Acadians [Geo Kloppel ]
16 May Re:Wildlife Drive shorebirds [Jay McGowan ]
16 May Mt Pleasant pm Horned Lark display flight ["Marie P. Read" ]
16 May VanRiper Conservation Area (FLLT), Sat 5/16 [Mark Chao ]
16 May RE: More Acadians ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
16 May East Hill Plaza Raven [Laura Stenzler ]
16 May YBCuckoo @ Commonland [Suan Yong ]
16 May Sapsucker Woods, CLO, May 16, 2015 [Laura Stenzler ]
16 May More Acadians [Geo Kloppel ]
16 May Hawthorn Orchard: May 16, 2015 ["Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" ]
16 May Shindagin hollow is full of warblers now [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
16 May Wildlife Drive shorebirds [Jay McGowan ]
16 May RE: Why to not feed jelly to orioles ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
16 May Why to not feed jelly to orioles [Karen Edelstein ]
15 May Montezuma WRC Afternoon Report [Sandy Wold ]
15 May Sedge Wren [Alan Belford ]
15 May Montezuma Shorebirds [Dave K ]

Subject: Wilson's Phalarope and Swainson's Thrush at MNWR
From: Sandy Podulka <sgp4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 01:13:08 -0400
Highlights of our birding at Montezuma included a breeding plumage 
WILSON'S PHALAROPE in the Main Pool along the Wildlife Drive at 
Montezuma (add 1 to the total Dave mentions?) around 6:30 pm, a 
singing SWAINSON'S THRUSH along Armitage Rd. near the Prothonotary 
Warbler site, and a COMMON NIGHTHAWK along Van Dyne Spoor Road at 
dusk. Many more shorebirds than two days ago--nice variety along the 
Wildlife Drive as well as at Knox-Marsellus.

--Sandy Podulka

At 11:56 PM 5/24/2015, you wrote:
>In the middle of this warm afternoon Ann Mitchell & I visited 
>Montezuma NWR's Knox-Marsellus Marsh, viewing from East Rd. There 
>were huge numbers of shorebirds. I estimated three thousand DUNLIN. 
>But the heat shimmer was a problem, so we left and returned when the 
>light was more behind us and the ground wasn't being heated so much. 
>At 5:30pm conditions were better for scoping the distant shorebirds 
>in shallow waters and wet or moist mud. There were at least 15 
>BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS in various plumages, several each of 
>SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, and LEAST SANDPIPERS, 
>and 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Ann also discovered a WILSON'S PHALAROPE, 
>pot-bellied and very white running drunkenly and pecking randomly at 
>the water's surface among a flock of sedately feeding Dunlin. As we 
>showed it to other birders it kept moving, then it flushed along 
>with all the nearby Dunlin. I refound a pale (male) Wilson's 
>Phalarope only to have it walk up to another with a dark mark on the 
>side of the upper neck (a female). They stood erect and walked tight 
>circles around each other for a minute before resuming their odd 
>foraging mode. Then I noticed 2 more males, for 4 Wilson's 
>Phalaropes in the same view. This is the most I've encountered at 
>once around here, and a great way to end a full day of birding, 
>which included finding the adult GLOSSY IBIS in Larue's Lagoon along 
>the Wildlife Drive. This was very fortunate, because Bob McGuire 
>said (I think - bad phone connection) that he saw it in the Main 
>Pool, which could have made it far harder to find or see well.
>
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Subject: Wilson's Phalaropes @ Knox-Marsellus
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 03:56:08 +0000
In the middle of this warm afternoon Ann Mitchell & I visited Montezuma NWR's 
Knox-Marsellus Marsh, viewing from East Rd. There were huge numbers of 
shorebirds. I estimated three thousand DUNLIN. But the heat shimmer was a 
problem, so we left and returned when the light was more behind us and the 
ground wasn't being heated so much. At 5:30pm conditions were better for 
scoping the distant shorebirds in shallow waters and wet or moist mud. There 
were at least 15 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS in various plumages, several each of 
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, and LEAST SANDPIPERS, and 2 
GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Ann also discovered a WILSON'S PHALAROPE, pot-bellied and 
very white running drunkenly and pecking randomly at the water's surface among 
a flock of sedately feeding Dunlin. As we showed it to other birders it kept 
moving, then it flushed along with all the nearby Dunlin. I refound a pale 
(male) Wilson's Phalarope only to have it walk up to another with a dark mark 
on the side of the upper neck (a female). They stood erect and walked tight 
circles around each other for a minute before resuming their odd foraging mode. 
Then I noticed 2 more males, for 4 Wilson's Phalaropes in the same view. This 
is the most I've encountered at once around here, and a great way to end a full 
day of birding, which included finding the adult GLOSSY IBIS in Larue's Lagoon 
along the Wildlife Drive. This was very fortunate, because Bob McGuire said (I 
think - bad phone connection) that he saw it in the Main Pool, which could 
have made it far harder to find or see well. 


--Dave Nutter
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Subject: Nighthawk @ Fall Creek neighborhood
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 19:20:49 -0400
Sitting in the back yard of a friend's house in northern Fall Creek (a few 
blocks south of Northstar) I just heard and then saw a nighthawk circling about 
not too high (visible with naked eye, but not low enough to discern the white 
wing patches). 


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Subject: Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve, Sun 5/24
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 17:40:17 -0400
Fourteen birders joined me on Sunday morning for a group walk at the
Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve in West Danby.



The highlight of our morning – indeed, for many of us, a veritable
highlight of our birding lives so far – was an escalating sequence of
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO encounters.  First we heard one repeatedly calling
nearby, but it refused to show itself or even to divulge its identity with
a vocalization clearly distinguishable from that of Yellow-billed.  (We did
hear a clear YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO later, and Bruce Packard probably saw one
near the railroad tracks.)



But then we saw one Black-billed Cuckoo on a low open branch in the island
of trees at the bottom of the big slope.  This bird stayed put for fine
scope views.   Another cuckoo then streamed into view, chasing the other up
into a nearer tree.  We could see both birds together at rest.  More
commotion ensued.  A couple of our group members conclusively saw a third
cuckoo in the scuffle.  And then two Black-billed Cuckoos dashed into a
shrub right in front of us, and then into another, where at once they
provided more excellent views while also proving their incredible capacity
for concealment.



It was all just way beyond perfect, with all the rewards of birding wrapped
up together – the thrill of an unusual find, the drama of unfolding
interactions, the sheer pleasure of watching something very beautiful, and
the human bonding from sharing all of this as a group.



We had only a few brief warbler sightings (CHESTNUT-SIDED in first patch of
woods, BLUE-WINGED in open area before railroad tracks, HOODED by Celia’s
Cup), but heard many other species, including several PRAIRIE and
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS.  We had fine views of several other birds at
rest, including two BROWN THRASHERS, a couple of INDIGO BUNTINGS, a singing
ALDER FLYCATCHER, and a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD.



Among all of our finds this morning, eBird seems to think that a
PIED-BILLED GREBE on Coleman Lake was the most exciting.  Out of 21
checklists I’ve submitted for the Finger Lakes Land Trust Spring Bird Quest
(SBQ) so far this month, this was the first bird that prompted the coveted
eBird “details” prompt.



Tomorrow I will lead two more SBQ walks – one at the Goetchius Wetland
Preserve in Caroline starting at 6:30, and one at the Roy H. Park Preserve
in Dryden starting at 8:30.  I hope to see many of you there!



Mark Chao



Running SBQ tally:  114 bird species

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Subject: 3 Red-headed Woodpeckers Mays Point
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 11:23:49 -0400
At least 3 adult Red-headed Woodpeckers at Mays Point this AM
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Subject: 4 Finger Lakes Land Trust sites incl. McIlroy Bird Sanctuary, Sat 5/23
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 16:11:26 -0400
I had a very gratifying morning of birding and human fellowship on
Saturday, mostly in connection with the Finger Lakes Land Trust Spring Bird
Quest (SBQ).  Here is a log of my stops with some highlights.



1.  Campbell Meadow (owned by Town of Dryden, subject to simple covenant
with Land Trust)

Pinckney and Lower Creek Roads, Dryden

6:40-7:00 AM



One GREEN HERON flying high above and attracting a fierce attack from an
icterid; two WOOD DUCKS in the wetland in the middle of the grass.



2.  Etna Nature Preserve

Route 366, Etna

7:05-7:10 AM



3.  Genung Nature Preserve (donated to Land Trust, then transferred to
Village of Freeville, subject to continuing easement held by Land Trust)

Route 38, Freeville

7:20-7:30 AM



Singing CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, VEERY, and ALDER FLYCATCHER



4.  Dorothy McIlroy Bird Sanctuary

Lake Como Road, Summerhill

7:55-10:40 AM



Twenty people, including one of my daughter’s ninth-grade classmates,
joined me for the morning’s group walk.   In the woods, we missed some
expected species such as Blue-headed Vireo, Hermit Thrush, and Canada
Warbler, but we did find some mild surprises – a calling BROAD-WINGED HAWK,
and singing WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and NASHVILLE WARBLER.  It was my first
White-throated Sparrow find on the SBQ in a few years.  We also found
several BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS, OVENBIRDS, VEERIES, ALDER
FLYCATCHERS, and other breeding birds typical of the site.



We had our best viewing along the edges of the parking lot and adjacent
grassy area.  Here we saw one adult BALD EAGLE, a soaring BROAD-WINGED
HAWK, a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, an INDIGO BUNTING, a splendid BALTIMORE
ORIOLE, copulating TREE SWALLOWS, and more.  We repeatedly heard a
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO calling from various spots spanning 120 degrees around
our vantage point.  Paul Anderson saw this cuckoo and another cuckoo
chasing each other across a gap, but despite much concerted effort, we
didn’t see these birds again.



5.  Summer Hill State Forest and vicinity

Fillmore Road, Salt Road, and Hoag Avenue, Summerhill

10:50 AM-12 noon



Then, not quite ready to quit for the morning, I proposed a non-SBQ bonus
run to Summer Hill State Forest and nearby roads.  I got eight takers.  We
found 14 warbler species, mostly along Hoag Avenue between Salt and Lick –
MOURNING (singing near intersection of Hoag and Lick after our group broke
up), BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACKBURNIAN, MAGNOLIA,
CHESTNUT-SIDED (near the Mourning Warbler), YELLOW-RUMPED, YELLOW (found by
Alicia Plotkin, not me), AMERICAN REDSTART, NASHVILLE, BLUE-WINGED,
OVENBIRD, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.  We also heard
countersinging BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and other fine
birds.  Not bad for a mere 70 minutes close to midday.



My thanks to all for your wonderful company and support!



Mark Chao



Running SBQ tally:  110 species

Number of donors so far:  46+

Number of group walk participants so far:  70+ (including repeat customers)



http://www.fllt.org/spring-bird-quest-blog-by-mark-chao/

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Subject: RE:Salt Point this morning - plus nesting KILLDEER - caution!
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 17:31:09 +0000
I forgot to mention, there is a Killdeer nest with eggs on the gravel path just 
a few yards south of the Osprey platform. It is in a VERY precarious spot and I 
urge people to keep away from it and watch from a distance. I've put two sticks 
to mark it. Please, photographers, don't stress these birds any more than they 
already are. I'm told Killdeer have tried this spot before but have not been 
successful because of gull predation, but many people also walk there with 
their dogs. I would be surprised if it survives this holiday weekend with all 
the visitors that will be there. Hope the Killdeer can find a safer spot in 
future. 


Marie

Marie Read Wildlife Photography
452 Ringwood Road
Freeville NY  13068 USA

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

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Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2015 1:17 PM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Salt Point this morning

Hi all,

Beginning around 7:30 this morning, I spent a couple of hours birding and 
photographing at Salt Point. 

Selected birds seen/heard as follows:

5 Common Merganser adults hanging out with the resting gulls in Salmon Creek
1 Common Loon (breeding plumage) offshore
Belted Kingfisher
Osprey (of course!)
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole - several
Northern Mockingbird singing up a storm, presumably to attract a new mate after 
its first nest attempt failed a couple of weeks ago (mate has disappeared). 
John Greenley and I had fun deciphering its imitations of numerous species! 
Also, the NOMO was feeding on small unripe fruits in a (cedar) tree right by 
the parking area. 

Yellow Warblers - lots
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Warbling Vireo
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird

New for me at Salt Point: Field Sparrow (heard only)
A very brief glimpse of a Scarlet Tanager (I think...far too red for a 
cardinal) 


And many other common species.

Also, a question: A few days ago I was watching Purple Martins at the spit in 
Myers Park. They, along with many Barn Swallows, were flying to the ground to 
pick up nest material. Since the martin house is no longer there (or have I 
missed it?), does anyone know where the martins could be nesting? 


Marie

Marie Read Wildlife Photography
452 Ringwood Road
Freeville NY  13068 USA

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

http://www.marieread.com

Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin    Available here:


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Subject: Salt Point this morning
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 17:17:29 +0000
Hi all,

Beginning around 7:30 this morning, I spent a couple of hours birding and 
photographing at Salt Point. 

Selected birds seen/heard as follows:

5 Common Merganser adults hanging out with the resting gulls in Salmon Creek
1 Common Loon (breeding plumage) offshore
Belted Kingfisher
Osprey (of course!)
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole - several
Northern Mockingbird singing up a storm, presumably to attract a new mate after 
its first nest attempt failed a couple of weeks ago (mate has disappeared). 
John Greenley and I had fun deciphering its imitations of numerous species! 
Also, the NOMO was feeding on small unripe fruits in a (cedar) tree right by 
the parking area. 

Yellow Warblers - lots 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Warbling Vireo
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird

New for me at Salt Point: Field Sparrow (heard only)
A very brief glimpse of a Scarlet Tanager (I think...far too red for a 
cardinal) 


And many other common species.

Also, a question: A few days ago I was watching Purple Martins at the spit in 
Myers Park. They, along with many Barn Swallows, were flying to the ground to 
pick up nest material. Since the martin house is no longer there (or have I 
missed it?), does anyone know where the martins could be nesting? 


Marie

Marie Read Wildlife Photography
452 Ringwood Road
Freeville NY  13068 USA

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

http://www.marieread.com

Author of Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin    Available here:


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Subject: Street birds
From: "Bill Mcaneny" <bmcaneny1 AT fltg.net>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 17:01:05 -0400
Meena's post reminded me of the baby ROBIN that sat in the road in front of
our garage this noontime while I sat in the car waiting for it to recognize
the severe threat that was posed  by the big metal monster.  I don't think
it learned anything.

Yesterday in the middle of the day in the same spot a female TURKEY walked
slowly by.  It looked a little wary, but seemed satisfied to take the easy
way to its next appointment. We rarely see turkeys here.

This morning there was an E. KINGBIRD on the sixth hole at Trumansburg Golf
Course. It reminded me that we had a pair of Kingbirds around our barns
yesterday watching how the barn swallows catch those little bugs on the fly.


 

Bill and Shirley McAneny

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Subject: NIGHTHAWK AND BABY ROBIN
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 20:09:09 +0000
Hi all,
I was on phone with Bill Evans about couple of hours ago when a Nighthawk 
appeared in view from Vet School side and circled over and flew away east of 
the building. 


Yesterday while I was walking EIRW near Maple Wood Apartments, I saw a Ronin 
collecting mouth full of earthworm, it did not flush very far when I walked 
quite close. I thought he was collecting it for his female on the nest. But to 
my surprise a baby robin flew to the fence and started giving a begging call 
and it was well fledged but still some juvenile plumage could be observed. 


That is one heck of a productive Robin pair!

Meena


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Subject: Common Nighthawk
From: Daniel Graham <artstats AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:14:57 -0400
I had a COMMON NIGHTHAWK cruise over me at tree-top elevation in a big
gust of wind around 10:30AM today. It was being harried by what I
think were red-wing blackbirds. This was on Willow Creek Rd. in
Ulysses.

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Subject: Owasco Flats Nature Reserve Birding Trip - Saturday, May 23 @ 7:00 AM
From: Noelle Rayman <nlrayman AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 10:03:34 -0400


 Good morning, Another birding trip is scheduled for the Owasco Flats Nature 
Reserve (OFNR) tomorrow, Saturday, May 23 starting at 7:00 AM. The OFNR is 
located about 4 miles north of Moravia, NY on the west side of Owasco Lake. It 
looks like the weather will be very nice, although probably a bit chilly in the 
morning. The trails are definitely drier than they were in April, but you may 
want to bring muck boots in case a couple spots are muddy. Please do not forget 
to bring binocs and/or scope, field guide, and drinks/snacks. I will meet folks 
at the Rt. 38 pull-off area where the OFNR parking and kiosk are located. We 
will bird the 1.0-mile loop trail at the OFNR and Owasco Lake, which should 
take only a couple of hours. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more 
information. 

Thanks and hope to see you Saturday!
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Subject: Elm Beach Road, Town of Romulus
From: Ellen Haith <elliehaith44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 12:44:28 -0400
Seventy-four DC Cormorants just flew north offshore of Elm Beach. Perhaps a
dozen more are still cruising around the cove below Thirsty Owl's boat
dock, but I cannot say if the first flight came from that location.

This huge flock of DCC's is completely new. We usually see several random
birds during the summer, but this huge flock is a mystery. Has anyone seen
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Subject: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
From: marsha kardon <mfkardon AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 12:18:04 -0400
I've never seen a blue-gray gnatcatcher on our property before, but one has
come to a tree just outside one of our windows most days, around mid-day,
for the last week.  It calls loudly and sometimes hovers just outside the
window.  Marsha Kardon

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Subject: Thunder and birdsong?
From: Kim Haines-Eitzen <kjh10 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 16:06:26 +0000
I have what is probably a very basic question. Yesterday morning, I was birding 
with a friend in Lansing (Ross Road) (8:30-10:00); despite the cold, the birds 
were very active and vocal and we counted over 30 species in an hour and half 
of birding along a short walking route. At 10am, just as we were finishing up, 
there was a single peal of thunder off in the distance and the woods went 
entirely silent. Was this just a coincidence? The change from an acoustically 
rich forest to a silent one was dramatic and we hadn't moved at all. The birds 
stopped singing entirely for a few minutes and then they picked up again a bit. 
Would the threat of a storm (however distant) affect birdsong in this way? 

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Subject: Ravens
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 09:26:52 -0400
My local Ravens have not yet fledged, though they may be hopping around on the 
dense hemlock branches (I couldn't see young in the nest, but the parents are 
still defending the immediate area). 


Cypripedium acaule is now in flower there!

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Subject: Red-headed woodpecker 3.4 mi. from Union Springs
From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830 AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 18:47:03 -0400
Daughter, Becky arrived home from work about 4:30  p.m. to the flash of 
clearly defined, bright black & white color in her trees on Ridge Rd. 
out of Union Springs. Grabbing her binox from her car she soon found the 
bird also had a bright red head!

She called me as she was taking pix & listening to its loud call. 
Needless to say, she was thrilled. Kathy Strickland lives not too far 
away & she will no doubt try to re-find it when she gets home. Both 
Kathy & Becky are "in the basin" so a happy find for Becky, esp. since 
she saw it BEFORE going out to mow her lawn. We're hoping it will find a 
nesting hole & a mate in that area. Her pix leave NO doubt about the ID.

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Subject: Slightly off topic: presentation on dragonflies and damselflies in Athens PA by Meena Harilbal
From: Inga Wells <ingawells AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 20:31:13 +0000 (UTC)
 The Susquehanna Valley Audubon Society and the Spaulding Memorial Library, 724 
S. Main St. Athens PA are sponsoring a presentation on Dragonflies and 
Damselflies by Meena Haribal on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 pm.Meena Haribal will 
be sharing insights from her book, "Damselflies and Dragonflies in the Cayuga 
Lakes Region and Vicinity". Dragonflies and Damselflies are remarkable, 
beautiful and under-appreciated. They play an important role in our ecosystem 
and are predators of mosquitos and other flying pests. Birds love them for a 
different reason. Learn how to identify them at this educational event. Meena 
will have her book available. Most of you are familiar with her work, have been 
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Subject: Sage-Grouse Film on PBS Tonight at 8!
From: Andrew Johnson <asj43 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 15:43:37 -0400
Hi all,

I'm sure many of you have hear your fair share about this broadcast, but
for those who haven't — this documentary, produced by the Cornell Lab's
Multimedia team, is one you won't want to miss! *8pm tonight, on
PBS/Nature.* You can check out a trailer below...

To most people, the sagebrush landscape iconic of the Old West is empty
flyover country, a place to simply endure on your way to somewhere else.
But the reality is quite different: hundreds of species of birds and
mammals evolved with this ecosystem over millennia and have come to depend
on it — and meanwhile, our thirst for space and energy has shrunk the
sagebrush sea by half, and fragmented what remains. The film follows
Greater Sage-Grouse through a year on the steppe, and gives intimate
glimpses into the parallel lives of their wild neighbors.

But this film is not just about sitting back and seeing pretty scenes and
beautiful birds, or harping on about another population decline. It's a key
part of a national dialogue about threatened and endangered species that's
coming to a head this year. Greater Sage-Grouse numbers have dwindled along
with their habitat (from perhaps 16 million pre-settlement to a few hundred
thousand today), and they're due for a listing decision under the
Endangered Species Act in September. But because this sensitive bird's home
range covers so much lucrative land, it's not clear how that decision would
ultimately affect the species' conservation, let alone the fate of the ESA
itself.

While many people understand our energy demands, and are familiar with the
conversion of sage lands for agriculture or rangeland, very few actually
understand what could be lost here. The Sagebrush Sea
 aims to change that. Tuning in
tonight is a first step towards understanding one of the continent's
greatest conservation debates and a chance to show support for preservation
on a much broader stage than just the sagebrush sea.

View the trailer here: https://youtu.be/Ai_uxZo-giM

Thanks so much for all your support!

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Subject: Black Billed Cuckoo
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 13:15:14 -0400
Heard 11:00 AM in woods opposite 535 Lansing Station Rd. , Lansing. 

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Subject: Montezuma
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 20:44:33 +0000 (UTC)
A visit to Armitage Road and the Wildlife Drive this morning was quite 
productive. The PROTHONOTARY WARBLER started singing right at 8:00. He seemed 
to move about quite a bit. I tried to go down East Road but it was closed. Does 
anyone know why? The area at the Visitors center is completely green with 
nothing but Canada Geese. An ORCHARD ORIOLE was singing at the beginning of the 
wildlife Drive as previously reported. A ways down the drive ( I did not check 
the markings) I noticed a large group of shorebirds in the main pool. A large 
number of DUNLIN probably numbered over 100. LEAST SANDPIPERS and SEMI-PALMATED 
PLOVERS were more scattered and impossible to count. A single SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHER and BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen also. At the end of what was known as 
the new Shorebird Unit I heard another ORCHARD ORIOLE on the right side of the 
road. On Mays Point Road I saw one of the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS. 

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Subject: CAMPUS Bald Eagle
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 17:48:50 +0000
There was/is a an adult Bald Eagle circling above BTI!

Dr. Meena Haribal
409, Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI)
Ithaca NY 14853 USA
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Subject: BARN OWL: Etna Night Migrant
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 12:08:50 +0000
Good morning!

Not expecting much overnight, given the long and heavy rainfall we received 
(nearly 2 of rain), after reviewing my night recording I am excited to report 
that I recorded a night migrating BARN OWL. This bird flew over our house in 
Etna, calling every 13-16 seconds, over the span of about two minutes from 3:32 
to 3:34 this morning. 


For those interested, I have uploaded the full 2-minute file sequence to both 
SoundCloud and to Xeno-Canto. Im not happy with SoundCloud because you can 
no-longer play a single track one time  immediately after a track plays, 
SoundCloud automatically begins playing another track of music that might be 
interesting to you. I have also uploaded the sequence to Xeno-Canto, but I was 
having some problems playing the clip in Safari (it played back fine using 
Chrome)  you can also download the file from either Xeno-Canto or SoundCloud 
and then play the file locally on your computer. 


Here are the links:

http://www.xeno-canto.org/244100


https://soundcloud.com/cth4th/etna-ny-20150519033222-033422-barn-owl-calling-sequence-2-minutes 


Night listening can be so cool!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

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Subject: Common Tern, Myers Point
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 06:39:33 -0400
A COMMON TERN just flew south past the spit at Myers Point and is now
perched on a small buoy to the south. Two immature BONAPARTE'S GULLS were
on the spit briefly, but no shorebirds to speak of. Willow Flycatcher and
Orchard Oriole are audible from Salt Point.

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Subject: Grasshopper Sparrow, Lansing
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 06:00:14 -0400
A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW is singing from the fields on the south side of
Burdick Hill Road in Lansing, specifically about halfway down the open part
of the road across from mailbox 150.

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Subject: Re: Dispatching house sparrows ... 5/18/15
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 20:07:08 -0400
Successful Phoebes usually raise a second brood, so it's certainly possible 
that yours will try again... 


-Geo 

On May 18, 2015, at 6:37 PM, Susan Gateley  wrote:

> not really a bird watching note but here goes.
> 
> we are roofing a shed and had to take a nest down.
> 
> It was a phoebee nest with four almost white eggs and a COWBIRD egg,
> 
> Did we do the poor birdie a favor? Will she find another site and re-build I 
wonder? Without a cowbird? 


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Subject: syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 22:43:46 +0000 (UTC)
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* May 18, 2015*  NYSY  05. 18. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):May 11, 2015 - May 18, 2015to report by 
e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma 
National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside 
Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison 
& Cortlandcompiled: May 18 AT 6:00 p.m. (DST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga 
Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #443 Monday May 18, 
2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 
11, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

LEAST BITTERNGLOSSY IBISBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONLAUGHING GULLICELAND 
GULLFORSTER’S TERNCOMMON NIGHTHAWKRED-HEADED WOODPECKERACADIA FLYCATCHERSEDGE 
WRENCLAY-COLORED SPARROWBLUE GROSBEAK 


As hoped for this week saw the big migration push, especially for 
passerines. Virtually every expected Warbler was seen on 5/17 during the 
Region 5  Birdathon. Most were seen at Sunset Bay park on lake Ontario. Good 
numbers of Shorebirds were noted at Montezuma this week also. 

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

     5/13: LEAST SANDPIPER, both YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, 
SOLITARY SANDPIPER and SPOTTED SANDPIPER were noted along the Wildlife 
Drive.     5/15: An singing SEDGE WREN was reported on Carncross Road near 
Howland Island.     5/16: A single WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, a single 
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER and a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were added to the mix on 
the Wildlife Drive. Also BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, BLACK TERN and  ORCHARD 
ORIOLE.     5/17: 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at the Mays Point Road 
location. 12 Shorebird species including an estimated 3,000 LEAST SANDPIPERS 
were seen along the Wildlife Drive. 


Cayuga County------------
     5/11: 13 GLOSSY IBIS were seen in flight at Fair Haven State Park. Also 
seen were RUDDY TURNSTONE, DUNLIN and LEAST SANDPIPER.     5/12: A  
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has returned to West Barrier Beach Park at Fair Haven. A 
second bird was seen on the 15th. 


Onondaga County------------
     5/14: 2 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at Three Rivers WMA north of 
Baldwinsville.     5/15: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at the corner of 
Kellog and 60 Roads in Three Rivers WMA.      5/16: The CLAY-COLORED 
SPARROW was refound in Three Rivers and another was refound in Green Lakes 
State Park.     5/17: A BLUE GROSBEAK was seen at the corner of Conners Road 
and East Sorrell Hill Road south of Baldwinsville. So far no success in 
relocating it.     5/18: The ACADIAN FLYCATCHER has returned to Whiskey 
Hollow in the Town of Van Buren. 


Oswego County------------
     5/12: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen at Derby Hill.     5/13: An 
ICELAND GULL was found at the Oswego Yacht Club on Lake Ontario.     5/14: 
An Adult LAUGHING GULL was seen at the Oswego Yacht Club. It was seen again on 
the 15th. but not since.      

    

 --  end report


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Subject: Re: Dispatching house sparrows ... 5/18/15
From: Susan Gateley <susan AT silverwaters.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 18:37:26 -0400
not really a bird watching note but here goes.

we are roofing a shed and had to take a nest down.

It was a phoebee nest with four almost white eggs and a COWBIRD egg,

Did we do the poor birdie a favor? Will she find another site and re-build
I wonder? Without a cowbird?

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>  I took down all my nestboxes except for the one that House Wrens have
> favored for years and already had a pair defending it from the damn House
> Sparrow (and the one covering a woodpecker hole in our front wall, the
> entry of which is plugged.) As I watched the tiny wrens ferociously
> defending their home (the entry hole of which appeared to be too big to
> allow the HOSP to enter), I hoped that perhaps the wrens would win by
> killing the HOSP so I wouldn't have to. I still hear the wren song but
> haven't heard the horrible, monotonous cheeping of a HOSP since I witnessed
> the battle. So I'm hoping that Team House Wren gave that HOSP some of his
> own medicine.
>
> If I ever, gods forbid, need to dispatch House Sparrows, I would be happy
> to pay someone to do it for me as I am a big, squeamish baby who can't kill
> things. Otherwise I might just have to give all my nestboxes away to
> someone tougher.
>
> On 5/18/2015 3:09 PM, job121830 AT verizon.net wrote:
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Subject: Re: Dispatching house sparrows ... 5/18/15
From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 18:00:33 -0400
I took down all my nestboxes except for the one that House Wrens have 
favored for years and already had a pair defending it from the damn 
House Sparrow (and the one covering a woodpecker hole in our front wall, 
the entry of which is plugged.) As I watched the tiny wrens ferociously 
defending their home (the entry hole of which appeared to be too big to 
allow the HOSP to enter), I hoped that perhaps the wrens would win by 
killing the HOSP so I wouldn't have to. I still hear the wren song but 
haven't heard the horrible, monotonous cheeping of a HOSP since I 
witnessed the battle. So I'm hoping that Team House Wren gave that HOSP 
some of his own medicine.

If I ever, gods forbid, need to dispatch House Sparrows, I would be 
happy to pay someone to do it for me as I am a big, squeamish baby who 
can't kill things. Otherwise I might just have to give all my nestboxes 
away to someone tougher.

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Subject: Re: Black-billed Cuckoo
From: "Melanie Uhlir" <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 20:43:39 GMT




Subject: Re: Black-billed Cuckoo
From: "Melanie Uhlir" <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 20:29:45 GMT




Subject: Dispatching house sparrows  ... 5/18/15
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Subject: ~OT: Infrared camera; Peterson
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 12:09:05 -0400
Some of you may have seen me play with my Therm-App infrared camera, which
I'm trying to use with mixed success to find birds (some experiences are
described in this blog which I'm failing misearbly at keeping up-to-date:
http://infrared-birding.blogspot.com/ ). Anyhow, just though I'd mention
that the camera, normally $1600, is on sale for a limited time for $939 at
http://therm-app.com/ . I can say unequivocally that this price is the best
value-for-many you can get with infrared technology (traditionally
ridiculously expensive); having said that it is still expensive.

While on techy news: if you have an iOS device and bought the Peterson app,
they recently released version 2.0 which I DO NOT recommend you update to
-- seems like they dropped a lot of content in favor of interface
improvements which ended up not being improvements at all.

Suan

PS. To get things back on topic (thought still OOB), here are some photos
of yesterday's black-billed cuckoo from Greensprings:



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Subject: Merlin preempt Fish Crow nest.
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 11:33:37 -0400
  Bob McGuire described hearing Merlin along Cascadilla Creek between 
Aurora and Tioga on 3 May. Since then I have made 6 visits to find the 
nest because I wanted to monitor it and determine nesting success. I 
heard/saw Merlins on 5 visits in the the block between Aurora and 
Tioga.  On 5 May, I watched very noisy Fish Crows, about 4, involved in 
taking small branches to top of tall pine between Tioga and Cayuga on 
north side of the creek. I saw Fish Crow on a few, subsequent visits. 
Twice I saw Merlin fly into spruce near corner of Aurora St. and 
Cascadilla Creek. A stick nest is visible in top of spruce from Aurora 
and I was sure that I had found the nest. On Sunday, I visited the area 
between Aurora and Tioga with Stefan Karkuff (who says hello). As we 
walked up to the supposed Merlin nest, I casually said there was a Fish 
Crow on the tip of the tall pine and emphatically pointed upstream and 
said there is where the Merlin nest is located. Stefan said , John, that 
bird on top of the pine is a Merlin.

Today (Mon) I watched the Merlins exchange at the nest and the male 
settled in as the female flew off. Definitive sign of incubation, 
probably the second or third day, given time to lay the complete clutch. 
In this case this is a real example of alchemy and I really am not 
crazy. Either the Fish Crows abandoned the nest or the Merlins drove 
them away. How could a pair of Merlin drive off 4 Fish Crow?

The nest can be easily watched from the bridge over Cascadilla Creek 
looking downstream on the north side of the creek in a tall White Pine.

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Subject: Black-billed Cuckoo
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 08:48:23 -0400
It was calling incessantly from the southeast corner of the Hawthorn Woods at 
7:45 a.m. 

Ann

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Subject: Re:Sapsucker Woods mourning warbler
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 12:21:20 +0000
There was also a very cooperative GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH on the ground on the
Wilson Trail, halfway along the stretch that runs along the pond on the
western side.

- Brad

On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 7:56 AM Brad Walker 
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> A MOURNING WARBLER is currently singing along the west edge of the pond,
> along the woods.
>
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Subject: Sapsucker Woods mourning warbler
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 11:56:23 +0000
Hi all,

A MOURNING WARBLER is currently singing along the west edge of the pond,
along the woods.

Brad

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Subject: I am happy catbird is back!
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 11:15:12 +0000
?Today morning I started with a nice assorted songs and happenings.


First of all it was my first day with moths. Yesterday, I managed to put up my 
moth sheet finally. There were 22 species of moths. As usual I got up early to 
make sure that they are not eaten by the cardinals and the catbirds (who had 
not yet returned till yesterday). To my pleasant surprise the Catbird is in! He 
just came back today! He was singing form his second best place. Just a few 
moments ago, he was in his regular place and was pleased to see another catbird 
nearby. They both entered lilac bush and then he started singing a song, which 
was not his regular mimicking but cooing. I think he was enticing his girl. I 
tried to record it but at the same time the Monday morning trash pick up truck 
was picking up trash in my neighborhood and was making lot of noise. It is 
annoying why the humans think they have right to make all kinds of loud noises. 



Then yesterday while having dinner, from my window I watched House Wren carry 
sticks to his nest box. The box door was slightly open as I had left it open 
after cleaning. Instead of suing the hole he was using the slightly ajar door. 
It was hilarious to watch him carry sticks. Once he picked up a mouth full of 
sticks and tried to fly to the box, which was just about two meters from the 
ground. He barely reached a meter and fell back. He fell three times and the 
fourth time he landed on the side of the tree, but his sticks from the mouth 
fell off. Then once he had a stick which was four times his length. He managed 
to get it to the entrance of the door and tried to shove it in for quite 
sometime, it finally fell to the ground. After a few minutes he picked up the 
same fallen stick after searching for it some time and then tried it again. 
This time he managed to shove it in. Later I decided to close the door for him 
if he decides to nest the chipmunk wont have access to his home. I looked 
inside he had just shoved in sticks rather shabbily. I think it is his mate's 
duty to arrange it I guess. To my delight today morning I found him near the 
nest box singing, when I saw a second one, I presume his mate she was looking 
for sticks. I think she decided it is high time she finds better sticks to make 
a nicer house rather than leave it to him to bring ugly sticks. 



While photographing moths a Common Raven flew over my house calling loudly. 
Then a Purple Finch decided to sing top of my tallest spruce for quite awhile. 



So lets us see what else happens in the rest of the day.


Cheers

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Subject: Living Birds 1962 issue/ Pine warbler
From: Bernie Carr <mycocarex AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 04:48:37 -0400
Can anyone direct me how to obtain a copy of an article by Ficken and Ficken 
that appeared in the first issue? A few weeks ago, I watched a pine warbler 
stretch out its wings before it did a body shake and then gave its song. It did 
this for over a half hour as it flew from perch to perch. This behavior is 
cited in the Fickens article. The time spent was much better than the tick and 
run approach. 

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Subject: Montezuma shorebirds. Peregrine falcon
From: "Michael Tetlow " <mjtetlow AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 22:06:27 -0400
Just a quick summary of the huge concentration of shorebirds this afternoon
at the main pool along the wildlife drive as the water is being drawn down:

                550+Dunlin(counted the main group-others spread out)

                3000+ Least Sandpipers(used Dunlin flock size and
extrapolated to 6 flocks when all in flight)

                100+ Semipalmated Plovers

                4 Black-bellied Plovers

                20 Short-billed Dowitchers

                100 (approx.)Lesser Yellowlegs

                5 Greater Yellowlegs

                1 Semipalmated Sandpiper 

                2 White-rumped Sandpipers

                3 Solitary Sandpipers

                5 Spotted Sandpipers

                2 Sandhill Cranes  

The adult Peregrine Falcon flushed everything once but all returned. Orchard
oriole was singing halfway down the drive but not seen.

The pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers were active at may's point. 

                Mike and Joann Tetlow, Dominic Sherony(I believe Dominic is
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Subject: Re: Arnot forest and the wierd Prairie warbler
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 01:47:20 +0000
?Hi all,

Here is the clip of the Prairie. Other main birds and critters include a real 
Prairie at 1.10 minutes, a Field Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat/s, Red-eyed Vireo 
and several Grasshoppers flying. Caution keep your sound volume low or 
otherwise you will hear a Yellowthroat going crazily loud at the end of the 
clip. 





https://soundcloud.com/meena-haribal/prairie-warbler-doing-some-odd-song-at-arnot-150517 



[https://i1.sndcdn.com/avatars-000043080103-i84c23-t500x500.jpg] 


Prairie Warbler Doing Some Odd Song At Arnot 150517 by Meena Haribal | Free 
Listening on SoundCloud 

Listen to Prairie Warbler Doing Some Odd Song At Arnot 150517 by Meena Haribal 
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Read 
more... 



So we cant count on what we hear.



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From: jmcgowan57 AT gmail.com  on behalf of Jay McGowan 
 

Sent: Sunday, May 17, 2015 9:18 PM
To: Meena Madhav Haribal
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Arnot forest and the wierd Prairie warbler


Send me that recording when you can, I'd like to hear if it's worth checking 
out! Was it in the same spot Dave described? 


Thanks!
Jay

On May 17, 2015 9:10 PM, "Meena Madhav Haribal" 
> wrote: 


?Hi all,

Today my group spent the time in Arnot forest. We did hear the Prairie warbler 
Dave Nutter described yesterday. First I thought I am listening to a Savannah 
Sparrow with weird additional note. Then saw pure yellow on its belly and then 
we realized this was the Prairie described by Dave Nutter. I managed to get a 
recording of its song, I will post it a little later. 


Other highlights were a beautiful pair of Canada Warbler male and female, lots 
of Chestnut-sideds singing variety of songs, first two notes of one was 
reminiscence of Northern Waterthrush. A raven and Broad-winged circled in the 
sky giving us good looks at them. And many other neat birds but most striking 
misses were no Eastern Wood Peewee. Neither any Hairy or Downy Woodpecker or 
any nuthatches. 



Did anyone hear a Peewee?


Meena



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Subject: Glossy ibises at Montezuma
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 01:46:52 +0000
Hi all,
In spite of the fact that there seemed to have been a major flight out of the 
area as south winds and clear skies pushed migrants north last night, Ton and I 
decided to proceed with our planned "big day" 

To see as many species as we could in a day. As feared, many migrant warblers 
and shorebirds had left. Yet we were still able to tally 22 warbler species 
(but fewer than 10 shorebird species). 

 One big surprise was a couple of GLOSSY IBIS, seen from the east end of 
Towpath Rd around 7:30 pm. 

 Our species total was 133, which is kind of average for us. I wonder what our 
total would have been if we had done this a few days earlier. Oh well, it is 
what it is. We had loads of fun. Our first bird was a spontaneously calling 
BARRED OWL, at 2:30 am as we were packing up our breakfast. How cool is that! 

   Cheers!
Laura

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Subject: Arnot forest and the wierd Prairie warbler
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 01:10:07 +0000
?Hi all,

Today my group spent the time in Arnot forest. We did hear the Prairie warbler 
Dave Nutter described yesterday. First I thought I am listening to a Savannah 
Sparrow with weird additional note. Then saw pure yellow on its belly and then 
we realized this was the Prairie described by Dave Nutter. I managed to get a 
recording of its song, I will post it a little later. 


Other highlights were a beautiful pair of Canada Warbler male and female, lots 
of Chestnut-sideds singing variety of songs, first two notes of one was 
reminiscence of Northern Waterthrush. A raven and Broad-winged circled in the 
sky giving us good looks at them. And many other neat birds but most striking 
misses were no Eastern Wood Peewee. Neither any Hairy or Downy Woodpecker or 
any nuthatches. 



Did anyone hear a Peewee?


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Subject: Re: New bird
From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 17:51:55 -0400
We never got any White-throated Sparrows this year. Did get a couple of 
White-Crowned. We have a loyal population of Pine Siskins due to the 
thistle feeder I put up. They started hear when there was just sunflower 
seed but they really seem to love thistle seed.

A moment ago I thought I heard an Eastern Meadowlark singing from our 
front "yard." And I'm finally consistently hearing Bobolinks from the 
adjacent field.

On a picnic with my dad at Filmore Glen I enjoyed observing the Barn 
Swallows and their nests inside the First Aid and Lifeguards building.

Melanie
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On 5/17/2015 1:31 PM, Carol Keeler wrote:
> Well better late than never I guess. I had a Pine Siskin, finally. There may 
be two of them, but I only saw one. One was on the feeder and I thought I heard 
another vocalizing not far away. The first time I ever had one in my yard was 
at this time of year. My White Crown Sparrows, 4, are still here. Another one 
of my resident birds has shown up, a Willow Flycatcher. I never saw him, but 
heard him fitz-bew. I also am hearing the Yellow Warbler and Yellowthroat. It 
was a great morning to be out. The traffic on rt. 20 is less, thus it's 
quieter, and I can hear more birds. The Warbling Vireo has been singing all day 
so far. I can hear him on the sunporch. 

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Subject: Eastern Wood Peewee
From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 17:47:49 -0400
On Friday while walking the trails near Flatrock, I heard my first of 
year Eastern Wood Peewee. Also hear Wood Thrush, Veery, Yellow Warbler, 
American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, and others. A few days ago, on 
the same trail, I heard an owl calling from up the hill somewhere. It 
sounded most like a Great Horned Owl but it was very faint so I couldn't 
be sure.

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Subject: Re: Red-headed Woodpeckers
From: "Judy M. Thoroughman" <jmt14 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 20:04:05 +0000
I spent 45 minutes there this afternoon and they were having a dispute with 
some starlings over a cavity close to the road, they seemed insistent that it 
was theirs but the starlings were in possession and not giving it up. 



Judy



There are 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers at Mays Point
Not sure which tree nest cavity is inn
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Subject: Wilsons Warbler
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 16:00:20 -0400
At the end of a long, leisurely, mid day hike around a few trails at Sapsucker 
Woods at Cornell Lab of O , i walked down the power line cut from the 
Hoyt-Pileated Trail towards the Lab. 


In the south thicket btw. a nest box on a metal post & the telephone pole w a 
larger nest box, I got several very good looks at a male WILSON'S WARBLER , a 
life bird for me! Finally it flew to a scraggly white pine on other side of 
walkway. (3:20 pm). 


Then as I approached Sapsucker Wds. Rd, I found a 2nd Wilson's Warbler male. (? 
The first one?) in the thickets near the Robert Slothower memorial stone 
opposite the second parking area towards the airport. 


Lots of other birds too!

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Subject: Elm Beach Road, Town of Romulus
From: Ellen Haith <elliehaith44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 15:24:37 -0400
Easily fifty - and quite possibly more - Cormorants have flown north during
the last five minutes, in variable groups and as singles. We've had quite a
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Subject: New bird
From: Carol Keeler <carolk441 AT adelphia.net>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 13:31:41 -0400
Well better late than never I guess. I had a Pine Siskin, finally. There may be 
two of them, but I only saw one. One was on the feeder and I thought I heard 
another vocalizing not far away. The first time I ever had one in my yard was 
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of my resident birds has shown up, a Willow Flycatcher. I never saw him, but 
heard him fitz-bew. I also am hearing the Yellow Warbler and Yellowthroat. It 
was a great morning to be out. The traffic on rt. 20 is less, thus it's 
quieter, and I can hear more birds. The Warbling Vireo has been singing all day 
so far. I can hear him on the sunporch. 


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Subject: OOB Greensprings Cuckoos
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 13:01:58 -0400
After this morning's half-day SFO visit to Arnot (highlighted by a good number 
of "scope warblers"), I stuck around Greensprings Cemetary to photograph 
bobolinks, and presently witnessed three black-billed cuckoos involved in a 
chase (presumably 2 males with a female "observer") around the same "island" of 
trees behind Carl's Bench. This was followed by prolonged calls (up to 40 
verses uninterrupted): a serenade of the victor? Thanks to this singing, I was 
able to get good looks and passable photos of the bird in various spots around 
that island. 


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Subject: Warbler that sounds like Golden-winged
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 12:56:38 -0400
After birding in the Hawthorn Orchard this morning, where the highlight for
us was a good close look at a quiet Gray-Cheeked Thrush, Ken and I decided
to go out to Michigan Hollow.  There were so many warblers and other
passerines along Michigan Hollow Road that it took us quite a bit of time
to travel 3 miles of the unpaved section.

One of the first warblers that we heard, but never located, had a song that
exactly matched that of Golden-winged Warbler in the Sibley app. There were
also Blue-winged Warblers singing in this area, so we didn't know if the
bird was really a Golden-winged, or a hybrid that sang like a
Golden-Winged.  It quieted after a few minutes and we never found it.  We
hope that someone else might have better luck with this bird.   The spot is
just after the Beagle Club on Michigan Hollow Road, where the road becomes
unpaved.

A few miles further up the road we got to see the Acadian Flycatcher
singing; an unseen Winter Wren was singing from the same area.

Diane Morton

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Subject: Red-headed Woodpeckers
From: Carl Steckler <nyleatherneck3516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 09:22:07 -0700
There are 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers at Mays Point
Not sure which tree nest cavity is inn
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Subject: RTH - Stout Road, Seneca County
From: Ellen Haith <elliehaith44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 12:12:39 -0400
Contrary to a post earlier this month, it appears that the Red Tail Hawks
who nested last year near Stout Road in Seneca County haven't deserted the
area after all. This morning we were spotted by a stunning adult as we came
around a bend above the ravine. S/he took up a station in one of the
tallest trees and proceeded to cuss at us in no uncertain terms. S/he flew
to the opposite side of the tree and took up the refrain, only stopping
when we moved on and were out of sight.

With the trees in full foliage, as opposed to last year's earlier nest
sighting, it will be next to impossible to spot a nest, but I look forward
to further lectures from one or two parents.

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Subject: Cayuta Lake Osprey
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 09:46:48 -0400
Just spotted an Osprey at the top of Cayuta Gulf...

-Geo 

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Subject: Two more Acadian Flycatchers
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 09:03:57 -0400
I'm walking through the Cayuta Outlet gorge with my dog Sandy right now. Can't 
believe I've got a signal here, though I'm getting close to that splendid 
crows-foot of gorges crossed by the twin black locust truss foot-bridges. 
Anyway, two more Acadian Flycatchers so far: the first singing about 1/4 mile 
below the lake control dam, and the second about half a mile down. 


Least Flycatcher
Great-crested Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo numerous
Acadian Flycatcher   2
Winter Wren 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush (!) a bit out of place here...

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Subject: Any good places to bird in Florida Panhandle?
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 23:35:26 -0400
I'll be visiting my mother there in a few weeks and would like to do some
birding there.  I especially am interested in stopping in Apalachicola.
Thank you!
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Subject: Prairie Warbler with odd song at Arnot; Black-billed Cuckoo at Greensprings
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 02:10:59 +0000
A couple of highlights from today's SFO trip to Greensprings Cemetery & Arnot 
Forest: 


BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO at Greensprings Cemetery south of Newfield, calling from 
the stand of trees alongside the hill which is topped by Carl's Bench. Part of 
my group stayed late to try to see it, and a couple of sharp-eyed students, Ben 
& Tony, succeeded. I am envious. We heard it numerous times at intervals of 
several minutes as it moved within this copse. 


PRAIRIE WARBLER repeatedly singing an odd song which sounded to me like a 
partial Song Sparrow song, including a couple of clear introductory notes and a 
couple of buzzes which were on the same pitch as each other. We listened to our 
devices to see if any such song was on our various apps. We discovered three 
things: First, all our examples consisted of a series of buzzes, with each buzz 
in the series at a higher pitch than the previous, as is typical for Prairie 
Warbler but unlike our bird's song. Second, the Prairie Warbler at hand heard 
and recognized these standard songs and moved around us as a result, although 
it had not been our intent to bother him. Third, the Prairie Warbler at hand 
did not change his tune but kept singing his unusual song. Maybe someone with 
recording equipment would like to add this example to the Macaulay Library 
(which I have not checked to verify how unusual this song is). The bird was at 
the top of Arnot Forest lands at the intersection of Irish Hill Road and the 
track (blocked by a couple of logs) which goes out into the field which used to 
have Grasshopper Sparrows. There are signs of an old homestead there. The 
bird looked like a normal male Prairie Warbler except it seemed to lack the 
rufous back stripes. I doubt this is enough to indicate a hybrid, and I don't 
know what hybridization would cause such a song, but other birders may have 
ideas. 


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Subject: Canada mnemonic
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 00:18:39 +0000
Canada Warbler - To me it sounds like 'Black-throated blue not green" But you 
have to say it fast. I think it happened when we were looking at a 
Black-throated blue and at the same time Canada was calling. 


Today I recorded a couple of them in Shindagin Hollow. I will listen to them 
and see how it rhymes with your mnemonic. 


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Sent: Saturday, May 16, 2015 6:42 PM
To: Kevin J. McGowan
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] More Acadians

Hi Kevin, you wrote:

> So, one has to ask, what is your mnemonic for Canada Warbler?

The mnemonic that I use won't initially strike many readers as a plausible 
rendering, especially not if they have been introduced to field guide 
representations like "chip-chupety-swee-ditchety". 


Some years ago I walked over to see the West Danby Worm-eating Warblers with a 
friend from Syracuse. On the way, he told me about an elder of the Syracuse 
birding community who'd had a unique mnemonic phrase for Canada Warbler. He 
chuckled as he recited it, and I laughed too. Little did I know! The phrase 
embedded itself in my auditory processing center like a mind virus, and now 
that's what I hear when Canada Warblers sing! (I hope my friend won't feel 
guilty - I'm grateful!) 


So, fair warning: if anyone prefers to avoid the possibility of being infected, 
this is the place to stop reading. But if you're not satisfied with the 
mnemonic you know, you're invited to take this one out to your favorite Canada 
Warbler breeding haunts and try it out: 


"Must go see Cardinal Richelieu"

Bear in mind that the song is delivered about twice as fast as you can speak 
the phrase. Yet it has a staccato quality that invites this syllabic rendering. 


The mnemonic's final word "Richelieu" corresponds with the "ditchety" in the 
classic field guide version. But to get the "see Cardinal" you have to choose 
the right songster. 


To hear this, listen to the four Canada Warbler cuts in the Audubon Guide app. 
They're all from New York State. In cut #1 the song ends with something like 
the classic rendering "swee-ditchety"; I just hear "see Richelieu" in this one; 
there's no possibility of inserting "Cardinal". 


However, in cut #2 the "swee" comes earlier, like "swee-dicky-ditchety", which 
my brain turns as "see Card'nal Richelieu". 


#3 and #4 seem to repeat the same two song variants, perhaps even by the same 
individuals, with call notes interspersed. 


It's possible that some brains will just be immune to this funny little meme, 
but if you do catch it, I think you'll find that it's beneficial, even 
powerful. I live on the edge of a forest ravine with breeding Canada Warblers. 
There are lots of Hooded Warblers on the way down there, and they often sing 
that odd inverted song that is sometimes mistaken for Canada Warbler, but it 
doesn't fool Cardinal Richelieu! 


-Geo

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Subject: Mourning Warbler still
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 18:53:20 -0400
Forget to mention that a Mourning Warbler continued today singing in the same 
hard-to-penetrate thicket in my "yard". 


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Subject: Re: More Acadians
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 18:42:13 -0400
Hi Kevin, you wrote:

> So, one has to ask, what is your mnemonic for Canada Warbler?

The mnemonic that I use won't initially strike many readers as a plausible 
rendering, especially not if they have been introduced to field guide 
representations like "chip-chupety-swee-ditchety". 


Some years ago I walked over to see the West Danby Worm-eating Warblers with a 
friend from Syracuse. On the way, he told me about an elder of the Syracuse 
birding community who'd had a unique mnemonic phrase for Canada Warbler. He 
chuckled as he recited it, and I laughed too. Little did I know! The phrase 
embedded itself in my auditory processing center like a mind virus, and now 
that's what I hear when Canada Warblers sing! (I hope my friend won't feel 
guilty - I'm grateful!) 


So, fair warning: if anyone prefers to avoid the possibility of being infected, 
this is the place to stop reading. But if you're not satisfied with the 
mnemonic you know, you're invited to take this one out to your favorite Canada 
Warbler breeding haunts and try it out: 


"Must go see Cardinal Richelieu"

Bear in mind that the song is delivered about twice as fast as you can speak 
the phrase. Yet it has a staccato quality that invites this syllabic rendering. 


The mnemonic's final word "Richelieu" corresponds with the "ditchety" in the 
classic field guide version. But to get the "see Cardinal" you have to choose 
the right songster. 


To hear this, listen to the four Canada Warbler cuts in the Audubon Guide app. 
They're all from New York State. In cut #1 the song ends with something like 
the classic rendering "swee-ditchety"; I just hear "see Richelieu" in this one; 
there's no possibility of inserting "Cardinal". 


However, in cut #2 the "swee" comes earlier, like "swee-dicky-ditchety", which 
my brain turns as "see Card'nal Richelieu". 


#3 and #4 seem to repeat the same two song variants, perhaps even by the same 
individuals, with call notes interspersed. 


It's possible that some brains will just be immune to this funny little meme, 
but if you do catch it, I think you'll find that it's beneficial, even 
powerful. I live on the edge of a forest ravine with breeding Canada Warblers. 
There are lots of Hooded Warblers on the way down there, and they often sing 
that odd inverted song that is sometimes mistaken for Canada Warbler, but it 
doesn't fool Cardinal Richelieu! 


-Geo 

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Subject: Re:Wildlife Drive shorebirds
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 18:42:04 -0400
All,
A few more details and highlights from a day at Montezuma.

We were unable to find the reported Sedge Wren at Carncross. Shorebirds
continue there in modest numbers (compared to the Main Pool), with about 50
Dunlin, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plovers and Least
Sandpipers, and two Black-bellied Plovers.

Numbers on the Main Pool continue to be impressive, with Least Sandpipers
numbering in the many hundreds, Dunlin over a hundred, Semipalmated Plover
at nearly a hundred, Black-bellied Plovers at 6, and Short-billed
Dowitchers at 14. We saw only a single White-rumped Sandpiper and
Semipalmated Sandpiper. The male Canvasback continues but other duck
numbers are greatly reduced, and no sign of the Eurasian Wigeon from last
week. Two Common Terns hunted over the pool, and an adult male Orchard
Oriole was singing from just before Larue's at the entrance to the Seneca
Trail, as well as probably a second bird, unseen, farther down the drive.

We birded Esker Brook and Towpath for landbirds. Tennessee Warblers were
EVERYWHERE today, on nearly every checklist we submitted, with dozens at
both of the above mentioned spots. Nothing too remarkable at either, but
nice to see some warblers at Montezuma.

On the way up and on the way back we scoped the breakwall at Frontenac
Marina in Union Springs, where over 50 Common Terns were sitting on the
breakwall, joined by a single Forster's Tern and, on the way up, an
immature Bonaparte's Gull, and on the way back an immature Lesser
Black-backed Gull.

We didn't attempt a Big Day today and missed lots of southern breeders, but
managed a healthy 145 or so for the day.

Jay

On Sat, May 16, 2015 at 9:06 AM, Jay McGowan  wrote:

> Notable birds on the wildlife drive at Montezuma just now included ORCHARD
> ORIOLE, SEMIPALMATED, LEAST, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, DUNLIN,
> SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER,
> BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, COMMON TERN, CANVASBACK, and two flyover flocks of
> BRANT.
>
> Jay McGowan
>



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Subject: Mt Pleasant pm Horned Lark display flight
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 21:13:50 +0000
On my afternoon walk up Mt Pleasant Rd (east end) around 4pm today I heard a 
singing Horned Lark and located it fluttering and hovering high in the sky. I'm 
no expert at judging heights, but it had to have been 100 feet up or more. 
After several minutes alternately fluttering and gliding up there in the wind, 
it folded its wings and plummeted to earth, landing just a short distance from 
me in a plowed field at the top of the hill (close to the yellow "steep hill" 
sign). Amazingly, it did a repeat performance when I was on my way back. 


Wonderful to watch...

Marie


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Subject: VanRiper Conservation Area (FLLT), Sat 5/16
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 16:15:34 -0400
Several Cayugabirders and I joined Lyn Jacobs and a throng of Eaton Birding
Society members on Saturday morning at the VanRiper Conservation Area, a
68-acre Finger Lakes Land Trust preserve established in 2011 on the lake in
Romulus.  We found an impressive variety of birds, including a mix of
warblers to rival the variety at much larger sanctuaries like
Lindsay-Parsons or Sapsucker Woods – HOODED, MOURNING, BAY-BREASTED,
PRAIRIE, MAGNOLIA, BLACKBURNIAN, BLACKPOLL, CHESTNUT-SIDED, TENNESSEE,
BLUE-WINGED, NORTHERN PARULA, AMERICAN REDSTART, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.
  From among these, despite much effort, most of us managed to see only
Common Yellowthroat and Bay-breasted Warbler (at least 2 males and 1 female
in hardwoods high above North Cayuga Lake Road).  Not surprisingly, the
Tennessee Warblers were especially vexing – very loud and right nearby in
several spots, but stubbornly, defiantly invisible.  I was extremely
surprised not even to hear any Yellow Warblers or Ovenbirds.



Still, who could complain about “merely” hearing 11 of 13 warbler species
along these beautiful trails and back roads?  And where else around here
could you find all those warblers (with Hooded and Prairie breeding, I
think) and six RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS too, all at one public site?
Probably nowhere -- only at VanRiper and the adjacent 13-acre Whitlock
Nature Preserve (also owned by the Land Trust).



After the group walk, Kathy Strickland and I went to MNWR.  We were hoping
to see Red-Headed Woodpecker along Mays Point Road and maybe a bittern
along the Wildlife Drive.  We missed both, but we did enjoy the shorebirds
and ducks in the Main Pool.  We also heard a VIRGINIA RAIL calling near
Benning Marsh.



Mark Chao



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Subject: RE: More Acadians
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 20:14:50 +0000
-----Original Message-----
From: bounce-119275534-3493952 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-119275534-3493952 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Geo Kloppel 

...

Canada Warblers were present all along our walk, so I had the opportunity to 
reflect that a mnemonic phrase is not just a device for retrieving a bird song 
from memory, it also turns up the gain on the associated detector. 


-Geo Kloppel

So, one has to ask, what is your mnemonic for Canada Warbler? I confess it's 
one of the warbler songs I'm least confident identifying. 


Kevin

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Subject: East Hill Plaza Raven
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 18:22:49 +0000
For the third time this week I have encountered a Raven in the area of the East 
Hill Plaza, along Ellis Hollow Rd in Ithaca. This time it was carrying food. I 
am going to explore Hungerford Hill Rd.for a nest. 


Laura

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Subject: YBCuckoo @ Commonland
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 12:38:49 -0400
Surprise bird this morning in the forest edge around my cluster at Commonland 
was a silent yellow-billed cuckoo, first I've seen here. Less surprising 
highlights include blackburnians, bay-breasted, and chestnut-sided. 


Inspired by Meena's post, I bought a spectrogram app and with the Blue Mike I'd 
bought tried looking at some real-time spectrograms: 



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The arcs at the top are robin alarm calls. Below that are two sequences of 
scarlet tanager song, then three sets of woodpecker drumming. This can get 
addicting :-) The robin alarms were persistent, and soon followed by a blue jay 
mobbing. I was foolishly tinkering with this new toy at the time, and by the 
time I was ready to track down the threat it had moved on. 


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Subject: Sapsucker Woods, CLO, May 16, 2015
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 16:32:20 +0000
Hi all,
 Sapsucker Woods was hopping with birds this morning. I led 4 enthusiastic 
birders on the 'local' Spring Field Ornithology walk between 7 am and 10:30 
(while the rest of the course went to Arnot). We originally were going to walk 
the Wilson trail really quickly and then head to Shindagin Hollow, but things 
were so good that we lingered at Sapsucker. Then we thought we'd have time to 
go instead to the FLLT's Goetchuis Preserve, but we lingered still as more and 
more birds popped up! Finally, with 2 of the group having to move on at 10:30, 
the remaining two students and I made a quick trip to Monkey Run North where we 
picked up Redbreasted Nuthatch, White crowned Sparrow and Field Sparrow 

   Below is the ebird list I submitted for Sapsucker.

At Hunt Hill Rd. this morning, on our property, we added Black and White 
Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Philadelphia Vireo. Also seen and heard were 
Cape May Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Redstart, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Ovenbird, 
Scarlet Tanager, Great Crested Flycatcher and Baltimore Oriole. There is 
actually an Oriole nest being built in a white pine right off of our deck. 
Great views of the female weaving. 

Laura

Laura Stenzler
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To: Laura Stenzler
Subject: eBird Report - Sapsucker Woods, CLO, May 16, 2015

Sapsucker Woods, CLO, Tompkins, US-NY
May 16, 2015 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     SFO local trip. VERY birdy this morning!
56 species

Canada Goose  X
Wood Duck  X
Green Heron  X
Killdeer  X
Mourning Dove  X
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  X
Belted Kingfisher  X
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  X
Downy Woodpecker  X
Northern Flicker  X
Pileated Woodpecker  X
Eastern Wood-Pewee  X
Least Flycatcher  X
Eastern Phoebe  X
Great Crested Flycatcher  X
Eastern Kingbird  X
Yellow-throated Vireo  X
Blue-headed Vireo  X
Warbling Vireo  X
Red-eyed Vireo  X
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Tree Swallow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  X
House Wren  X
Veery  X
Wood Thrush  X
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
European Starling  X
Ovenbird  X
Northern Waterthrush  X
Tennessee Warbler  X
Nashville Warbler  X
Common Yellowthroat  X
American Redstart  X
Magnolia Warbler  X
Bay-breasted Warbler  X
Blackburnian Warbler  X
Yellow Warbler  X
Chestnut-sided Warbler  X
Blackpoll Warbler  X
Black-throated Blue Warbler  X
Black-throated Green Warbler  X
Field Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  X
Swamp Sparrow  X
Scarlet Tanager  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  X
Common Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
Baltimore Oriole  X
American Goldfinch  X

View this checklist online at 
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Subject: More Acadians
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 11:12:10 -0400
My dog and I took a walk in Michigan Hollow this morning. Lots of birds are in 
there. I had a couple of Winter Wrens, and I found two more Acadian Flycatchers 
singing: one about a third of a mile upstream from the previously mentioned 
spot, and another about a third of a mile above that; each in hemlock-shaded 
narrows. A handful of Least Flycatchers were also distributed along the creek, 
and I had two Alder Flycatchers, but no Willow or Yellow-bellied yet, nor Wood 
Pewee. The understructure of the nice new footbridge at Diane's Crossing seems 
to have been claimed by Phoebes. The hawthorns alongside the marsh held just 
one lingering Tennessee Warbler. The thunder pumper was silent. I've heard them 
there into early June, so who knows? 


Canada Warblers were present all along our walk, so I had the opportunity to 
reflect that a mnemonic phrase is not just a device for retrieving a bird song 
from memory, it also turns up the gain on the associated detector. 


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Subject: Hawthorn Orchard: May 16, 2015
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 14:09:38 +0000
I apologize for the brevity, but I wanted to at least share this morning's 
list. Excellent morning with highlight being singing Gray-cheeked Thrush, 
Swainson's Thrush, and Black-billed Cuckoo; and a non-vocal Mourning Warbler. 
I'll add details to my eBird list later. 


Good birding!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

cth4th
May 16, 2015
Hawthorn Orchard
Traveling
3 miles
128 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  Fantastic morning!!! Additional notes to be added later.
2 Canada Goose
2 Mourning Dove
1 Black-billed Cuckoo
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Warbling Vireo
5 Red-eyed Vireo
6 Blue Jay
4 American Crow
5 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 House Wren
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Gray-cheeked Thrush
2 Swainson's Thrush
2 Wood Thrush
7 American Robin
15 Gray Catbird
1 Brown Thrasher
1 European Starling
16 Tennessee Warbler
2 Northern Parula
6 Yellow Warbler
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
10 Magnolia Warbler
2 Cape May Warbler
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
7 Bay-breasted Warbler
5 Blackpoll Warbler
4 American Redstart
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 Mourning Warbler
6 Common Yellowthroat
2 Canada Warbler
3 Song Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
3 Scarlet Tanager
7 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
3 Indigo Bunting
2 Red-winged Blackbird
4 Brown-headed Cowbird
3 Baltimore Oriole
1 Purple Finch
2 American Goldfinch


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Subject: Shindagin hollow is full of warblers now
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 14:01:11 +0000

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Subject: Wildlife Drive shorebirds
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 09:06:48 -0400
Notable birds on the wildlife drive at Montezuma just now included ORCHARD
ORIOLE, SEMIPALMATED, LEAST, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, DUNLIN,
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER,
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, COMMON TERN, CANVASBACK, and two flyover flocks of
BRANT.

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Subject: RE: Why to not feed jelly to orioles
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 12:44:18 +0000
Fruit is probably better than concentrated sugars, but domesticated grapes and 
oranges aren’t really “natural” foods, either. They have been selected to 
have more sugar, more flesh, and fewer other compounds than natural fruits. 


I wouldn’t give much credence to this article. It gives no authenticated 
facts, only opinions. And anyone who thinks birds have a “satiety gland” 
doesn’t sound very knowledgeable. 


Sugar is hard to come by in the natural world; that’s why we crave it so 
much. Orioles are adapted to eat lots of sugar when it’s available. I 
wouldn’t worry about some birds eating small quantities of overly 
concentrated sugar. It’s probably just a drop in the bucket of all the food 
they eat in a day. 


My opinion.

Kevin

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Here's an informative article that endorses sticking with natural sugars 
(grapes and oranges). 


http://nmconservationnetwork.org/2014/04/20/please-no-jelly-for-orioles/
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Subject: Why to not feed jelly to orioles
From: Karen Edelstein <kle2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 07:13:32 -0400
Here's an informative article that endorses sticking with natural sugars
(grapes and oranges).

http://nmconservationnetwork.org/2014/04/20/please-no-jelly-for-orioles/

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Subject: Montezuma WRC Afternoon Report
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 23:43:30 -0400
I was at Montezuma today restocking Cayuga Bird Club bird guides and native
plants books; so I went birding afterward, and here is what I saw:

Visitor Center, 2:30-3:00
TREE SWALLOWS, PURPLE MARTINS, CANADA GOOSE, GREAT BLUE HERON, STARLINGS,
RED WING BLACKBIRDS, and possible WHITE-WINGED SCOTER(?) flyby (duck shape,
large white patch on wing, white patch on face, not sure).

Walked the trail preceding Wildlife Drive, 3:00-3:30
2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES, 1 possible jouvenile TREE SPARROW(?) not calling, so I
wasn't sure, had rufous head, grey streaks above eyes, streaks on chest, no
black patch on chest.  COMMON YELLOW THROAT, 3 EASTERN KINGBIRDS elegantly
dipping to water and back to rest on tall grass and in tree tops.  Heard
OVENBIRD, saw YELLOW WARBLER, HAIRY WOODPECKER, 1 BALD EAGLE on dirt mound

Wildlife Drive, 3:30-5:00PM
CANADA GEESE on nests and many with goslings along roadside, 1 OSPREY
caught something dark and large in water, 5+ GREAT BLUE HERONS (1 looked
very young, have they fledged? all checking out the huge CARP), MALLARDS,
and many ducks out too far to see, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEALS (male and female),
8+GREATER AND LESSER YELLOW LEGS (some with bill 2x size of head and others
with 1.5x head), possible SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS, and 10+LEAST SANDERLINGS
(I think that is what they were based on what I saw on the SFO Cape May
trip last week), 1 KILLDEER, 1 lone female WOOD DUCK (then saw three more
way farther down the road, two of which were male and one was female), 1
CANVASBACK, many many MOORHEN cackling like chickens, 1 possible HARLEQUIN
(white line on wing with white cheek circle), 3 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 1
female EURASIAN WIDGEON (white speculum, black butt)

May's Pool, 5:15-5:30pm
I went to look/listen for the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER; but, sadly, did not
find it.  The Visitor Center volunteers were all a buzz about it, hoping
the female would show up soon!!!

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Subject: Sedge Wren
From: Alan Belford <alan_belford AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 23:41:32 -0400
Along with other nice birds, my class and I heard a singing Sedge Wren on 
Carncross Road near Howland Island on Wednesday. Also there were a few 
shorebirds and a Sandhill Crane. 

Good Birding!
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Subject: Montezuma Shorebirds
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 20:30:21 -0400
The shorebird show continues on the drying main pool at MNWR. Big numbers 
include Dunlin, Dowitchers, Plovers. Best viewing ~5PM was 50 yards beyond the 
end of Larues. 

 
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