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30 May Re: First 2016 Cayuga Lake Basin Records list is updated [Sandy Podulka ]
31 May First 2016 Cayuga Lake Basin Records list is updated [Dave Nutter ]
30 May VanRiper Conservation Area (FLLT SBQ), Mon 5/30 [Mark Chao ]
30 May Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
30 May Re:Drive in Acadian Flycatcher - Leonard rd. [Anne Marie Johnson ]
29 May Logan Hill Nature Reserve (FLLT SBQ), Sun 5/29 [Mark Chao ]
29 May RE: oriole nest, h-birds and cuckoo ["Marie P. Read" ]
29 May Drive in Acadian Flycatcher - Leonard rd. [Stuart Krasnoff ]
29 May Snowy Egrets moved on [M Miller ]
28 May oriole nest, h-birds and cuckoo [AB Clark ]
28 May West Danby Nighthawks [Geo Kloppel ]
28 May Whimbrel [Ann Mitchell ]
28 May High Vista Preserve and Hinchcliff Family Preserve (FLLT SBQ), Sat 5/28 [Mark Chao ]
28 May Re: Snowy Egrets KM [david nicosia ]
28 May Snowy Egrets KM [Dave K ]
27 May YT Vireo @ Commonland [Suan Yong ]
27 May Re:fantastic night flight calls [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
27 May fantastic night flight calls ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
27 May fantastic night flight calls ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
26 May West Hill new visitor [Caro ]
25 May Re: Merlin nests including Wells C. [Suan Yong ]
26 May Merlin nests including Wells C. [John Confer ]
25 May Bobolinks [Donna Scott ]
25 May Sapsucker Woods, Wed 5/25 and Finger Lakes Land Trust SBQ reminder [Mark Chao ]
25 May Acadian Flycatchers [Geo Kloppel ]
25 May Myers Point shorebirds ["Kenneth V. Rosenberg" ]
25 May Bobolink [Jody W Enck ]
24 May Re: OT: tagged Snowy Owl video [Laura Stenzler ]
24 May OT: tagged Snowy Owl video [Laura Stenzler ]
24 May Kildeer Update, Raptors, and Mammals at Newman Golf Course [Sandy Wold ]
24 May Sapsucker Woods, Tues 5/24 [Mark Chao ]
24 May Myers shorebirds [Jay McGowan ]
23 May MNWR Virginia Rails (Saturday) [Suan Hsi Yong ]
23 May Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
23 May Freeville/Dryden Senegal Parrot [Caro ]
23 May yard birds [Dave Nutter ]
22 May Thunder-pumper continues [Geo Kloppel ]
22 May Green heron yard birds [Kelly Lee Smith ]
22 May Pine Siskin [Claire Damaske ]
22 May Flycatchers [John and Sue Gregoire ]
21 May Alder Flycatchers, etc [Geo Kloppel ]
21 May Owasco Flats Bird Walk Today [Noelle Rayman ]
21 May Sapsucker Woods, Sat 5/21 [Mark Chao ]
20 May Montezuma shorebirds [Jay McGowan ]
20 May photos of nests/eggs/baby birds? [Diane Morton ]
20 May Sapsucker Woods, Fri 5/20 [Mark Chao ]
20 May Town of Romulus - Lakeside [Ellen Haith ]
20 May Hawthorn Orchard: May 20, 2016 ["Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" ]
19 May Jetty Woods Bird and Mammalian Highlights [Sandy Wold ]
19 May article that may be of interest [Melanie Uhlir ]
19 May Little Gull in Union Springs Wednesday [Gary Kohlenberg ]
19 May Mourning Warblers [Geo Kloppel ]
19 May Owasco Flats Bird Walk - Sat. May 21 @ 7:30 AM [Noelle Rayman ]
19 May Yard birds [Geo Kloppel ]
19 May Removal [fishems79 ]
18 May common gallinule at swan pen [Joshua Cerra ]
18 May migrating birds react to street level lights [AB Clark ]
18 May West Hill migrants cont'd [Caroline Manring ]
18 May Sapsucker Woods Barred Owls [Diane Morton ]
18 May A few other Sapsucker Woods highlights this morning [Anne Marie Johnson ]
18 May Olive sided Flycatcher [Brad Walker ]
17 May Little Gulls, Union Springs [Jay McGowan ]
18 May Common Nighthawk [Brad Walker ]
17 May Lansing Station Rd birds [Donna Lee Scott ]
17 May scarlet tanager [Ray Zimmerman ]
17 May Re: Yes to White-Crowned Sparrow [John and Sue Gregoire ]
17 May Re:WC Sparrows & RB Grosbeaks [Lee Ann van Leer ]
17 May West Hill migrants [Caro ]
17 May Olive-sided Flycatcher [Ann Mitchell ]
17 May Olive sided FC [Laura Stenzler ]
17 May Sapsucker Woods, Tues 5/17 [Mark Chao ]
17 May Re: W-C sparrow [M & K Mannella ]
17 May Basin Big Day Saturday [Jay McGowan ]
17 May Re: Hawthorn Orchard: May 17, 2016 - 16 Warbler Species ["Kenneth J. Kemphues" ]
17 May Sapsucker Woods Migrants [Brad Walker ]
17 May Yes to White-Crowned Sparrow ["W. Larry Hymes" ]

Subject: Re: First 2016 Cayuga Lake Basin Records list is updated
From: Sandy Podulka <sgp4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 22:18:13 -0400
What a lot of careful work, Dave. Thanks so much for continuing to 
carry out this duty so equitably and conscientiously!

Sandy Podulka

At 08:06 PM 5/30/2016, Dave Nutter wrote:
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>I think I have the 2016 Cayuga Lake Basin First Records list up to date again:

>http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/cayuga-lake-basin-first-records 

>
>I wasn't intentionally waiting to update the list. I prefer to keep 
>it current, but it got ahead of me.
>
>The expected locally breeding birds are all accounted for, I 
>think.  There are still shorebirds which may show up here on their 
>way north, or we may have to wait till early July when they start 
>south again in larger numbers, lingering longer, and ranging more 
>widely. And of course there are still birds showing up which simply 
>appear to be lost, or to put it more kindly, exploring.
>
>Please let me know of things on the list that look wrong - people, 
>locations, dates, whatever. With this much info and so many birds 
>and birders there's a high probability I've screwed up something, or 
>at least made it appear confusing.
>
>I try to include names of people in parties who independently find a 
>new species on the first day. Parties are not necessarily in any 
>order, but the places are in the same order as the parties.
>
>In the case of Black-bellied Plover the number of observers got very 
>long when a group of a dozen Cornell students on a basin big day 
>found a bird in breeding plumage at Knox-Marsellus in mid-afternoon 
>overlapping in time with several other observers, but in the evening 
>at K-M Ann Mitchell & I found one in non-breeding plumage. So I 
>included everybody, because no single party had clear priority over 
>either bird.
>
>The American Golden-Plovers at K-M that same day are a slightly 
>different story. The only people who appeared to independently 
>identify them were the student group.
>
>The Ruff which the same group reported was not described in enough 
>detail to distinguish it from a large male Pectoral Sandpiper which 
>Jay McGowan found there that evening. If it gets accepted by eBird, 
>I will include it.
>
>Eastern Whip-poor-will is another odd case. Brad Walker & Jay 
>McGowan saw one in their headlights along Bald Hill Road in Danby 
>while doing a basin big day. However the location on their eBird 
>report drains into Michigan Hollow where topo lines show that valley 
>drains south to the Susquehanna, so it is out of the Cayuga Lake 
>Basin. On the other hand Jeffrey Smith reported hearing one in 
>Virgil at the very edge of the Basin but along a creek which clearly 
>does drain to Cayuga Lake. It's a pretty obvious sound, so I'm not 
>sure why it hasn't been confirmed on eBird yet.
>
>White-rumped Sandpiper was reported a few days earlier than shown 
>but I don't know by whom (JF are you out there?). I like to include 
>observers names, not only to give credit, but also so that there's a 
>possibility of discussing more exactly where a bird was, what it was 
>doing, and how it was identified.
>
>Like many great birding spots, Shindagin Hollow is just outside of 
>the basin, so Melissa Groo's Red-headed Woodpecker is simply a 
>fantastic yard bird, and Ethan Chaffee was the first to report one 
>in the now-traditional area along South Mays Point Road in Tyre. 
>There was a vague report earlier which was not accepted by eBird.
>
>Have a great summer. I hope to meet you out birding.
>
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Subject: First 2016 Cayuga Lake Basin Records list is updated
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2016 00:06:21 +0000 (GMT)
I think I have the 2016 Cayuga Lake Basin First Records list up to date again:

http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/Resources/cayuga-lake-basin-first-records


I wasn't intentionally waiting to update the list. I prefer to keep it current, 
but it got ahead of me. 



The expected locally breeding birds are all accounted for, I think.  There are 
still shorebirds which may show up here on their way north, or we may have to 
wait till early July when they start south again in larger numbers, lingering 
longer, and ranging more widely. And of course there are still birds showing up 
which simply appear to be lost, or to put it more kindly, exploring. 




Please let me know of things on the list that look wrong - people, locations, 
dates, whatever. With this much info and so many birds and birders there's a 
high probability I've screwed up something, or at least made it appear 
confusing. 



I try to include names of people in parties who independently find a new 
species on the first day. Parties are not necessarily in any order, but the 
places are in the same order as the parties. 




In the case of Black-bellied Plover the number of observers got very long when 
a group of a dozen Cornell students on a basin big day found a bird in breeding 
plumage at Knox-Marsellus in mid-afternoon overlapping in time with several 
other observers, but in the evening at K-M Ann Mitchell & I found one in 
non-breeding plumage. So I included everybody, because no single party had 
clear priority over either bird. 



The American Golden-Plovers at K-M that same day are a slightly different 
story. The only people who appeared to independently identify them were the 
student group. 




The Ruff which the same group reported was not described in enough detail to 
distinguish it from a large male Pectoral Sandpiper which Jay McGowan found 
there that evening. If it gets accepted by eBird, I will include it. 




Eastern Whip-poor-will is another odd case. Brad Walker & Jay McGowan saw one 
in their headlights along Bald Hill Road in Danby while doing a basin big day. 
However the location on their eBird report drains into Michigan Hollow where 
topo lines show that valley drains south to the Susquehanna, so it is out of 
the Cayuga Lake Basin. On the other hand Jeffrey Smith reported hearing one in 
Virgil at the very edge of the Basin but along a creek which clearly does drain 
to Cayuga Lake. It's a pretty obvious sound, so I'm not sure why it hasn't been 
confirmed on eBird yet.  




White-rumped Sandpiper was reported a few days earlier than shown but I don't 
know by whom (JF are you out there?). I like to include observers names, not 
only to give credit, but also so that there's a possibility of discussing more 
exactly where a bird was, what it was doing, and how it was identified. 




Like many great birding spots, Shindagin Hollow is just outside of the basin, 
so Melissa Groo's Red-headed Woodpecker is simply a fantastic yard bird, and 
Ethan Chaffee was the first to report one in the now-traditional area along 
South Mays Point Road in Tyre. There was a vague report earlier which was not 
accepted by eBird. 




Have a great summer. I hope to meet you out birding.

--Dave Nutter
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Subject: VanRiper Conservation Area (FLLT SBQ), Mon 5/30
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 16:14:26 -0400
Every year, in contemplating where to hold our group walks for the Finger
Lakes Land Trust Spring Bird Quest (SBQ), I try to balance many factors --
representation of varied habitats, accessibility for the most birders,
quality of viewing, and of course diversity of birds.  For each of the past
few years, Land Trust staff and I always decided on a safe lineup of
renowned birding hotspots – the McIlroy Bird Sanctuary in Summerhill,
Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve in West Danby, the Goetchius Wetland
Preserve in Caroline, and the Roy H. Park Preserve in Dryden.  And every
single one of these walks has been well-attended and fun.



This year, we decided to take a little risk and choose lesser-known sites
mostly a little farther from Ithaca, perhaps with slightly lower prospects
of bird diversity, in order to spotlight the Land Trust’s newest
acquisitions and maybe attract some new SBQ attendees closer to their own
neighborhoods.  And so today, after Saturday’s walks in the eastern
Skaneateles Lake watershed and yesterday’s hike at Logan Hill in Candor, we
closed the weekend with a visit to the VanRiper Conservation Area in
Romulus.  This property, which the Land Trust acquired from Barry VanRiper
and Sharon Moran at a discounted price in 2011, may well be the most serene
public natural area on the entire shore of Cayuga Lake.  But it remains
underbirded, even by me.



We had a fine turnout – 12 birders besides me, including Barry VanRiper
himself.  We began by crossing Route 89 to North Cayuga Lake Road, where a
field of shrubs and young conifers forms the upland western part of the
preserve.  Here we found a FIELD SPARROW with food for nestlings, a
cooperative EASTERN KINGBIRD, some BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS looking admittedly
sharp and nearly appealing along the sunlit roadside, and several INDIGO
BUNTINGS on territories.  I think that we heard male Indigo Buntings on
five territories here, and briefly saw a few females as well.  We discussed
how male Indigo Buntings learn songs from their neighbors, not their
fathers, and show greater aggression to unfamiliar songs than they do to
songs in the local style.  A couple of these songs did seem distinct from
the others, with little trills in addition to paired complex notes, and
there were more visible chases in these locations.



Later, having crossed back over the highway, we descended to the lake.
Here Mr. VanRiper pointed out a perfect, fresh round hole that we thought
might belong to a Pileated Woodpecker family.  Then, Marty Schlabach
pointed out to me that in this very tree, there was another smaller hole,
to which a female RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER had flown.  We watched her, then
her mate, deliver food to unseen peeping nestlings.

On the lake itself, we saw two COMMON LOONS in nonbreeding plumage, single
HERRING and RING-BILLED GULLS, a MALLARD pair and a mother with three
ducklings, and a flyby PURPLE MARTIN.   I think the most exciting lake bird
was a PILEATED WOODPECKER, perhaps flying to the aforementioned round
hole.  It was a strange view indeed, with nothing behind the woodpecker
except water, incongruously like a Sooty Shearwater or some such thing over
the ocean.



The surpassing highlight here on the shore was several Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail butterflies sipping mineral-rich water from the sand and
gravel, all lit up in the sun.  Completely heedless of our presence, they
gave us 20+ minutes of dazzlingly intimate views, fluttering and feeding
within touching distance, as if some benevolent lake deity had cast a charm
over the place and all of us.  We could even see the butterflies excreting
dewy droplets, presumably purified of salts, from the tips of their
abdomens.   (We saw a few fast-flying dark swallowtails and a White Admiral
here too, but they did not pause as the Tiger Swallowtails did.  Throughout
the morning, we also saw Common Ringlets, Clouded Sulphurs, Little
Wood-Satyrs (at the time I grossly misidentified these as Eyed Browns --
sorry), Pearl Crescents, and Juvenal’s Duskywings.)



Then, as we climbed back to the parking lot, we found our 37th and last
bird species of the morning – a HOODED WARBLER singing close to the
southern part of the trail loop.  We could see this bird moving, but almost
always behind the first layer of trees.  Our one unobscured view of this
bird at rest was brief and inconveniently steep, but enough for some to see
its black throat, yellow face, and yellow underside.



What a beautiful day!  What a great spot!  And what a wonderful region we
live in!



In the end, my species tally for the whole SBQ weekend stands at a
record-low 65, but considering the heat and lateness of Memorial Day, not
to mention a Lincoln’s Sparrow and 11 warbler species and those butterflies
and 50+ human participants including three former owners of lands now held
as Land Trust preserves, I feel very good about how this year’s unusual
bird-walk slate turned out.  Here is a small photo album of highlights.



https://goo.gl/photos/u1pdCgdQnFKaEEc18



Many thanks to all participants and to the Finger Lakes Land Trust for a
marvelous weekend!



Mark Chao

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 17:28:48 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - May 30, 2016
*  NYSY  05. 30. 16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):May 23, 2015 - 
May 30, 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: May 30  AT 1:00 p.m. 
(EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of May 23, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
GREAT EGRETSNOWY EGRETSWAINSON’S HAWKWHIMBRELWILSON’S PHALAROPECOMMON 
NIGHTHAWKRED-HEADED WOODPECKERYELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHEROLIVE-SIDED 
FLYCATCHERPHILADELPHIA VIREOPROTHONOTARY WARBLERCLAY-COLORED SPARROWGRASSHOPPER 
SPARROWORCHARD ORIOLE 




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

     5/23: 3 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were found at Howland Island. Another 
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen in the forested area on Armitage Road.     
5/26: 10 species of shorebirds including a female WILSON’S PHALAROPE were 
seen in the Puddler’s Knox-Marsellus area.     5/28: 2SNOWY EGRETS were 
seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. A WHIMBREL was seen at the Visitor’s 
Center.     5/29: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on May’s Point Road. 


Derby Hill------------
     Things are winding down but there were still good things at Derby this 
week. On 5/26 2,010 raptors, mostly BROAD-WINGS, were counted. Also seen were 
SWAINSON’S HAWK, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and 430 COMMON 
NIGHTHAWKS. 


Oswego County------------
     5/24: 13 WHIMBREL and a RUDDY TURNSTONE were seen on Oneida Lake from 
Constantia.     5/27A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in Constantia. An ORCHARD 
ORIOLE and an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER were both found at Sunset Bay.     5/29: A 
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen at Great Bear Recreation Area. 


Onondaga County------------
     5/24: A CERULEAN WARBLER was seen in Cicero Swamp. 6 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS 
were seen at Three Rivers WMA.      5/29: A GREAT EGRET and an ORCHARD 
ORIOLE were both found at Three Rivers WMA.     5/30: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW 
was heard on No. 5 Road south of Pompey. 


Madison County------------
     5/26: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was found on Irish Hill Road.      5/28: 
An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Stone Quarry Road south of Cazenovia. 


Oneida County------------
     5/24: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found on Perimeter Road south of 
Rome.     5/28: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on Thibado Road north 
of Eagle Bay. 

         

--end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: Re:Drive in Acadian Flycatcher - Leonard rd.
From: Anne Marie Johnson <annemariejohnson AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:38:37 -0400
I didn't get to Leonard Road until 8:00 am this morning, and I didn't find 
the Acadian or any other flycatchers, but I did hear a Mourning Warbler 
singing for a while at the edge of the woods, in the area where the creek 
first goes under the road. Walking up the road after that creek crossing, I 
saw and heard a Louisianna Waterthrush and a Chestnut-sided Warbler, and I 
heard two Nashville Warblers, as well as a number of other birds singing, 
including a couple I could not identify. The ones I could identify are in 
the eBird list below.

For those unfamiliar with Leonard Road, it is a dirt road in Caroline 
(south of Ithaca but still in the Cayuga Lake Basin) that leads from 
Central Chapel Rd up, quite steeply at times, to Bald Hill School Road. The 
second half of the road passes through the northern edge of Shindagin 
Hollow State Forest.

Anne Marie Johnson

Leonard Rd., Caroline, Tompkins, New York, US
May 30, 2016 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
21 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X     Heard flock flying over
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  2
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  5
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  2
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  2
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)  1
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  2
Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  2
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  1

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Subject: Logan Hill Nature Reserve (FLLT SBQ), Sun 5/29
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 18:07:52 -0400
On Sunday morning, 16 birders joined me and Betsy Darlington at today’s
Finger Lakes Land Trust Spring Bird Quest (SBQ) walk at the new Logan Hill
Nature Reserve in Candor.  This impressive 285-acre property, which Betsy
and her husband Dick donated to the Land Trust in 2015, encompasses fields,
hardwood and hemlock forest, a deep ravine, and 32 vernal pools.



We had many exciting and illuminating encounters with birds and other
wildlife in their typical respective habitats:



* At the base of the water-tower turnoff where Water Street turns into
Logan Hill Road (where we started our walk), a NORTHERN FLICKER sticking
its head out of a presumed nest hole, plus a beautiful and cooperative male
Ebony Jewelwing (damselfly with black wings and metallic green body)



* In the open fields with shrubs, PRAIRIE WARBLERS (5+ heard, one seen by
nearly the whole group), CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS,
INDIGO BUNTINGS, FIELD SPARROWS, and a distant ALDER FLYCATCHER;



* In the hedgerows, a BROWN THRASHER first heard by Jane Graves and seen
briefly flying away, as well as EASTERN TOWHEES, AMERICAN REDSTARTS, and
others;



* In the shady deciduous woods, SCARLET TANAGERS (nice views for all),
OVENBIRDS, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, maybe 2 dozen RED-EYED VIREOS (hard to
count, singing everywhere in woods so expansive), two probable
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS (songs were not rhythmic, more like Cape May
Warblers to my ear, so Black-and-white remains in a gray area), and a
red-tailed RUFFED GROUSE flying away (it let Betsy pass close by but flew
off as the rest of us followed in our approach)



* In the hemlock woods, a singing HERMIT THRUSH and BLACK-THROATED GREEN
WARBLERS



* In the big grassy field, one male BOBOLINK that displayed and sang, then
perched on a little rise for all of us to watch and enjoy, plus the day’s
only EASTERN KINGBIRD



* In a line of trees above this field, plus a couple of other spots in the
woods, a singing YELLOW-THROATED VIREO



* On Logan Hill Road, still rough even after welcome recent leveling work
by the Town, many butterflies and two or three WILD TURKEYS



It was a long, hot, rather challenging hike, so I offer special thanks to
all attendees for their spirit and mutual support.  I extend thanks also
especially to Betsy of course, and also to Ken Kemphues for carrying his
scope the whole way and giving many of us fine views that we would not
otherwise have had.



** IMPORTANT NOTE about tomorrow’s SBQ walk **



Tomorrow morning, I will lead the last walk of this year’s SBQ  at the
VanRiper Conservation Area in Romulus, with a planned start as scheduled at
8:30 (not 8:00 as with a couple of other walks this weekend).  PLEASE NOTE
that very heavy rains fell for a couple of hours in Romulus today,
prompting a flash-flood advisory in effect until 6:30 PM today.  The
weather should rather nice by tomorrow morning, but renewed rain tonight
mean an updated alert.  Please check conditions and be prudent about
getting there.  If there is water running across the road, I will not cross
it, and I urge you to apply similar caution.



Mark Chao

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Subject: RE: oriole nest, h-birds and cuckoo
From: "Marie P. Read" <mpr5 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 15:48:56 +0000
 


Oooh, can I ask where? How high?

Marie

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Among other things on this clearly summer day:

The Ruby-thoated Hummingbirds found the newly offered feeder and a male was 
doing U-shaped display flights not far from the feeder area within hours. 


An Baltimore Oriole nest is complete in clear view (nice for us, maybe not for 
the oriole) off a cherry branch. Not sure what stage, but males have been 
competitive for days. 


A Black-billed cuckoo has been calling today, first this morning, and now again 
this evening. Hadnt heard it before today. 


A Willow Flycatcher is back exactly where one sang last year.

And the Mourning Doves are incubating their third (I think) clutch in our 
garage, this time right on top of my field equipment. Fortunately most of the 
equipment in current use is in my car. 


Ohand last night I saw fireflies for the first time.


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Subject: Drive in Acadian Flycatcher - Leonard rd.
From: Stuart Krasnoff <sbk1 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 12:17:59 +0000
At the first pull off on the right .2-.3 miles up Leonard rd from bottom I 
heard 2-3 pizza vocalizations from an Acadian Flycatcher at 0800 h. Have 
recording of one burst to vet. 


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Subject: Snowy Egrets moved on
From: M Miller <mmiller325 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 01:49:43 +0000
I was at Knox-Marsellus until about 7:30 PM watching the pair of Snowy Egrets 
as they lifted off the marsh, circled a couple times, and headed south. I was 
unable to relocate them after a quick look at Mays Point & the Wildlife Drive. 



Mark


Photos (very distant) available at Eaton Birding Society facebook page.






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From: AB Clark <anneb.clark AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 19:15:13 -0400
Among other things on this clearly summer day:

The Ruby-thoated Hummingbirds found the newly offered feeder and a male was 
doing U-shaped display flights not far from the feeder area within hours. 


An Baltimore Oriole nest is complete in clear view (nice for us, maybe not for 
the oriole) off a cherry branch. Not sure what stage, but males have been 
competitive for days. 


A Black-billed cuckoo has been calling today, first this morning, and now again 
this evening. Hadn’t heard it before today. 


A Willow Flycatcher is back exactly where one sang last year.

And the Mourning Doves are incubating their third (I think) clutch in our 
garage, this time right on top of my field equipment. Fortunately most of the 
equipment in current use is in my car. 


Oh—and last night I saw fireflies for the first time.

Anne  (just over the Basin Border)
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Subject: West Danby Nighthawks
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 20:37:56 -0400
Just had NIGHTHAWK pass over my yard. It was quite high, and I might have 
missed seeing it if it had been silent, but the "peent" gave it away. 


And now here's another one, also vocalizing! 

And down in the woods, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo is singing. Heard it yesterday 
too, and thought of Ken Rosenberg's post about the previous night's migrants. 


-Geo
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Subject: Whimbrel
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 18:05:12 -0400
There is currently one at the visitor center at Montezuma.
Ann

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Subject: High Vista Preserve and Hinchcliff Family Preserve (FLLT SBQ), Sat 5/28
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 15:06:56 -0400
Twelve birders joined me for two bird walks on Saturday morning on the
eastern slope of Skaneateles Lake, to launch this year’s Finger Lakes Land
Trust Spring Bird Quest.



We started at 8 AM at the High Vista Preserve on Vincent Hill Road.  We
heard at least four HOODED WARBLERS.  I got only one sight confirmation,
fortuitously when the bird switched to its rising alternate song.  Others
missed seeing that one, but some in our group (not I) later saw two Hooded
Warblers together.   We found many other expected species of the moist
hardwood forest.  Most illuminating for me was a view of a VEERY issuing
some harsh parrot-like “craahkk” calls.  This learning experience enabled
us to identify an unseen Veery uttering the same sound not long afterward.



We finished that walk at about 9:45, at which point a mix of repeat
customers and newcomers joined me for the next outing at the nearby
Hinchcliff Family Preserve, at the end of Covey Road.  It was our honor to
be joined by John and Robin Hinchcliff of the eponymous family whose
generosity made the acquisition of this large and stunning property
possible.



Here we had the morning’s two biggest surprises – a very late LINCOLN’S
SPARROW in a hedgerow near the parking lot and an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
singing across the deep ravine from the trail, in the northern part of the
preserve.  eBird gave me two coveted “complete” prompts for these
observations.  See the full list below for details and poor but diagnostic
photos of the sparrow.



At this preserve too, we found four Hooded Warblers.  This time we all saw
one singing male.  I saw another briefly myself.  (Today’s eight must to be
a personal high count for me for Hooded Warblers for one morning!!) We also
heard a singing CANADA WARBLER and saw several CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS,
most of which were singing their rambling, unemphatic alternate songs.



Thanks to all who joined the walks in the rising heat!  And I look forward
to seeing many of you in Candor for tomorrow’s walk at Logan Hill!



Mark Chao





High Vista list

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Hinchcliff list, including Lincoln’s Sparrow photos

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Subject: Re: Snowy Egrets KM
From: david nicosia <daven1024 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 15:10:07 +0000 (UTC)
What a year for snowy egrets in upstate NY!! Prolonged South winds last several 
days no doubt leading to overshooting migrants.   

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Subject: Snowy Egrets KM
From: Dave K <fishwatchers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 15:03:59 +0000
There are 2 snowy egrets feeding in the center of Knox Marcellus 11 a.m.

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Subject: YT Vireo @ Commonland
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 08:56:15 -0400
A yellow-throated vireo was singing at Commonland yesterday and this morning, 
from high in the trees behind the small pond. New yard bird for me. Stared at 
those trees for some time this morning but failed to see it. The resident male 
red-winged blackbird was very unhappy with my stroll around the pond, as I 
spied a female leaving a nest with a fecal sac plopped into the pond. 


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Subject: Re:fantastic night flight calls
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:50:07 +0000
Thanks Ken for posting! I saw it today morning. But during the night I was 
awake several times and my bed room window was open and I could hear several 
Swainsons Thrushes and at least one Gray-checked Thrush flying overhead. 



Cheers

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Sent: Friday, May 27, 2016 12:33:17 AM
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
Cc: NFC-L
Subject: [nfc-l] fantastic night flight calls

Just spent over an hour listening to night flight calls in my front yard 
(Ithaca, NY). Definitely my best spring night ever, with wave after wave of 
thrushes (mostly Swainsons but many Gray-cheeked, and several high-pitched 
enough to be Bicknell's), both cuckoos, Alder Flycatcher, and flocks of 
shorebirds  calling and singing Dunlin, Spotted Sandpipers, Black-bellied 
Plovers, possible Whimbrel, and some weird calls we couldnt identify. Jay 
McGowan was listening (and recording) from his nearby yard as well. 


Still lots of calls after midnight, as light rain started, so if youre a night 
owl, get out there and listen! 


KEN


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Subject: fantastic night flight calls
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 04:33:17 +0000
Just spent over an hour listening to night flight calls in my front yard 
(Ithaca, NY). Definitely my best spring night ever, with wave after wave of 
thrushes (mostly Swainsons but many Gray-cheeked, and several high-pitched 
enough to be Bicknell's), both cuckoos, Alder Flycatcher, and flocks of 
shorebirds  calling and singing Dunlin, Spotted Sandpipers, Black-bellied 
Plovers, possible Whimbrel, and some weird calls we couldnt identify. Jay 
McGowan was listening (and recording) from his nearby yard as well. 


Still lots of calls after midnight, as light rain started, so if youre a night 
owl, get out there and listen! 


KEN


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From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 04:33:17 +0000
Just spent over an hour listening to night flight calls in my front yard 
(Ithaca, NY). Definitely my best spring night ever, with wave after wave of 
thrushes (mostly Swainsons but many Gray-cheeked, and several high-pitched 
enough to be Bicknell's), both cuckoos, Alder Flycatcher, and flocks of 
shorebirds  calling and singing Dunlin, Spotted Sandpipers, Black-bellied 
Plovers, possible Whimbrel, and some weird calls we couldnt identify. Jay 
McGowan was listening (and recording) from his nearby yard as well. 


Still lots of calls after midnight, as light rain started, so if youre a night 
owl, get out there and listen! 


KEN


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Subject: West Hill new visitor
From: Caro <carolinemanring AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:50:14 -0400
A COMMON NIGHTHAWK has been above the fields up here calling the last two 
nights, and just flew overhead calling, daytime-style. This is a new one in 
this area, at least in the last 5 years, during moments when I've been paying 
attention. 


So, a thousand points for West Hill! Wegmans doesn't own all the cool flyovers!

Caroline

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Subject: Re: Merlin nests including Wells C.
From: Suan Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 21:15:08 -0400
While biking home this evening around 8pm, I heard what I'm pretty sure was a 
Merlin calling from a deciduous tree behind 210 Park Place. Without binoculars 
I never sighted the bird. It was calling very continuously, with a few breaks 
in between and some "chink" calls reminiscent of grosbeak. There are a couple 
of evergreens nearby that could be candidate nest sites. 


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> On May 25, 2016, at 8:41 PM, John Confer  wrote:
> 
> It is a ittle premature to count my eggs before they hatch, but ... .
> 
> 
> Last year at this time 2 of seven Merlin nests in our area had failed, 
probably predation. 

> 
> 
> This year 5 of 5 are still going strong, including the easily accessed nest 
in the top of a white Pine on South Titus St. behind Meadow Court Lodge. This 
can be watched from your car without disturbing the pair, which are already 
exposed to lots of human activity. The first eggs of any nest will probably 
hatch in a little more than a week. 

> 
> 
> I found the Wells College nest thanks to someone who said they had heard a 
Merlin on campus, which was passed on to me, which inspired me to spend a 
pleasant half hour walking around the campus. It is about an hour drive one way 
for me, which is a little hard for monitoring survival a couple times a week, 
or better even monitoring prey brought to the nest. 

> 
> 
> I am trying to determine Merlin nesting success in urban areas near Ithaca, 
and the prey species brought to the nest. Anyone interested in monitoring that 
nest? 

> 
> 
> Ki KI KI KI
> 
> 
> John Confer 274-3978
> 
> 
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Subject: Merlin nests including Wells C.
From: John Confer <confer AT ithaca.edu>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 00:41:08 +0000
It is a ittle premature to count my eggs before they hatch, but ... .


Last year at this time 2 of seven Merlin nests in our area had failed, probably 
predation. 



This year 5 of 5 are still going strong, including the easily accessed nest in 
the top of a white Pine on South Titus St. behind Meadow Court Lodge. This can 
be watched from your car without disturbing the pair, which are already exposed 
to lots of human activity. The first eggs of any nest will probably hatch in a 
little more than a week. 



I found the Wells College nest thanks to someone who said they had heard a 
Merlin on campus, which was passed on to me, which inspired me to spend a 
pleasant half hour walking around the campus. It is about an hour drive one way 
for me, which is a little hard for monitoring survival a couple times a week, 
or better even monitoring prey brought to the nest. 



I am trying to determine Merlin nesting success in urban areas near Ithaca, and 
the prey species brought to the nest. Anyone interested in monitoring that 
nest? 



Ki KI KI KI


John Confer 274-3978



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Subject: Bobolinks
From: Donna Scott <dls999 AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 14:48:04 -0400
At least 4 males seen at north end Scofield rd, Lansing, east side grassy area 
of road, then more just around corner north of Buck Rd. in grassy areas. 

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Subject: Sapsucker Woods, Wed 5/25 and Finger Lakes Land Trust SBQ reminder
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 10:17:33 -0400
Motivated mostly by a desire to check in on the breeding Blue-headed
Vireos, I visited the East Trail in Sapsucker Woods again on Wednesday
morning.  I found neither bird of that pair, but did hear a singing
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, and YELLOW-THROATED
VIREO.



I also watched a VEERY collecting nest material – several leaves as long
and broad as itself, at least one long dry stalk more than twice as long as
itself, and some small twigs.  The nest must be quite a wild and impressive
feat of art and engineering.  Alas, it is totally invisible from the trail,
hidden on the ground under a blanket of ferns and other plants.



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I am looking forward to seeing many of you on the Finger Lakes Land Trust
Spring Bird Quest (SBQ) walks this weekend.  Please note the new slate of
sites, highlighting some of the Land Trust’s big recent acquisitions.  The
list of destinations is below.  For directions and parking instructions,
please visit http://www.fllt.org/events/.



(Come prepared for warm weather and possible showers.  I will show up to
lead the walks rain or shine, but will be ready to curtail them on the spot
if needed.)



Thank you to all of you who have pledged donations to the Land Trust in
association with the SBQ.  If you would like to pledge per species, please
contact me, or visit http://www.fllt.org/donate/ to pledge a flat amount,
noting SBQ in the “in honor of” field.



Mark Chao













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Saturday, May 28

8:00 AM

High Vista Nature Preserve

Village of Scott



Woods and streams near Skaneateles Lake.  Breeding Hooded Warbler, Mourning
Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and
Louisiana Waterthrush have all been found here in recent years.  Former
spot for Cerulean Warbler.



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Saturday, May 28

10:00 AM

Hinchcliff Family Preserve

Town of Spafford



206 acres of fields and mixed hardwoods, with sweeping views of Skaneateles
Lake.   I’ve never birded here in spring, but I am optimistic that we will
find a lot of charismatic species.  This preserve is just a few miles up
the road from the High Vista Nature Preserve.



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Sunday, May 29

8:00 AM

Logan Hill Nature Preserve

Town of Candor



Mixed woods and fields filled with birds and butterflies.  On May 29, 2015,
Betsy Darlington and I found Hooded and Prairie Warblers among 48 bird
species.  No promises, but this is the best place I know in the area for
finding American Woodcocks on the ground by day.



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Monday, May 30

8:30 AM

VanRiper Conservation Area

Town of Romulus



A steep walk down to 1400 feet of lake shore, plus early successional
upland woods.  I think that Prairie and Blue-winged Warblers breed here,
and possibly Hooded too.

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Subject: Acadian Flycatchers
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:57:10 -0400
Riding my bike through Michigan Hollow this morning, I encountered singing 
Acadian Flycatchers in two locations: 


42.30680°N 76.48124°W

42.31141°N 76.48191°W

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Subject: Myers Point shorebirds
From: "Kenneth V. Rosenberg" <kvr2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 10:12:30 +0000
A SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 2 DUNLIN, and 1 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER were on the 
spit at Myers Point, but all took off to the north before 6 am. It is worth 
checking this spit as many times as possible during these last days of May. 


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Subject: Bobolink
From: Jody W Enck <jwe4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 00:07:15 +0000
Hello Everyone,

Heard/saw my first-of-year Bobolink (just one) singing/displaying just to the 
west of the pond near the Bee Lab off of Freese Road this evening about 7:30pm. 


Nice to hear its jingle again.
Jody

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Cornell Lab of Ornithology


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Subject: Re: OT: tagged Snowy Owl video
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 19:53:08 +0000
Sorry, it's from NPR, not the NYTimes. 

Laura

Laura Stenzler
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> On May 24, 2016, at 3:51 PM, Laura Stenzler  wrote:
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> Here is a neat video from the NYTimes about a radio tagged snowy owl. Enjoy!
> 
> 
http://www.npr.org/2016/05/24/479223874/we-followed-a-snowy-owl-from-maryland-to-ontario 

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Subject: OT: tagged Snowy Owl video
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 19:51:30 +0000
Hi all,
Here is a neat video from the NYTimes about a radio tagged snowy owl. Enjoy!


http://www.npr.org/2016/05/24/479223874/we-followed-a-snowy-owl-from-maryland-to-ontario 


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Subject: Kildeer Update, Raptors, and Mammals at Newman Golf Course
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:20:09 -0400
The skinny:  the mowers were already aware of the Kildeer nest and had it
staked off, said the babies run, but they are mindful.  The shared amazing
raptor and fox stories with me...read on!  Am in a hurry, so pardon any
future mistakes.

The long story:  Everyone at Newman was super nice and caring!  I called
the main number and talked to a Mike who thought I was a prank caller and
then passed me on to the superintendent, who is also named Mike, who said I
should come down and go in the golf cart and show him where the birds
were...in the meantime, Mike#1 walks outside and see the mowers who tell
him they already know about the Killdeer.  I arrive an hour later and talk
to Mike #1 thinking he is Mike #2.  After we sort out a lot of confusion :)
  the mower shows up, and we talk birds!

He tells us of the time he and other mowers saw a Bald Eagle coming in to
get an owlet mid air and the momma owl dive-bombing the Bald Eagle out of
nowhere sending the eagle pummling (sp?) to the ground.  another time
 (last year) he said the owl was taking two ducklings at a time up to the
nest.  Recently, he said they watched a red fox hunting geese or ducklings
and taking them back to her cubs, teaching them how to hunt.  He also said
something about trying to round up the Mallard ducklings to save them from
the owl, but the owl was faster and won.  I might be confusing a few
details here, but you can see the mowers are animal lovers, and Mike #1 is
going to be looking for the Killdeer chicks tonight when he goes golfing.
 (I showed him a video of what they look like.)

I told them about the mink.  In case I was not clear in my last report, it
was a mink I saw on the inlet near the docks transporting a kit in her
mouth.  They had another story about an osprey and four foot long carp
story...which took me to my osprey story where I saw one hunting in the
inlet last year.  It landed on the water as if to bring up a fish, it
struggle to lift off, then it was gone with bubbles coming up.  I have
since seen similar bubble where it is a beaver...so I really don't know
what I saw; it is still a mystery.  Mike #1, who is a local fisherman, said
a large Pike could have done that.

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Subject: Sapsucker Woods, Tues 5/24
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 14:17:09 -0400
Another little pulse of migrants seems to have arrived in our area today.
Many people have submitted interesting eBird reports in Tompkins County,
including observations of Canada, Wilson’s, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll,
Tennessee, Blackburnian, and other warblers.  See
http://ebird.org/ebird/subnational2/US-NY-109/activity and look around a
bit for information on observer, location, and all species.



As for me, I heard a few warblers calling in the treetops on the East Trail
in Sapsucker Woods late this morning, but didn’t manage to see them.  I did
have two sightings of SWAINSON’S THRUSH on this trail south of the roadside
gate.  I also saw a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO flying across the southern part of
Sapsucker Woods Road.



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Subject: Myers shorebirds
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 07:47:05 -0400
Nice little assortment of shorebirds on the spit at Myers now: two Least
Sandpipers, three Semipalmated Sandpipers, two Dunlin, and a Semipalmated
Plover.

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Subject: MNWR Virginia Rails (Saturday)
From: Suan Hsi Yong <suan.yong AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 17:37:04 -0400
On Saturday morning I went to Montezuma where at the start of the wildlife
drive (across from Larue's Lagoon) a Virginia Rail was calling. With the
help of my thermal infrared camera I was eventually able to get some looks
and photos. I also captured some interesting video sequences, at the link
below. (While watching, listen also to the various sounds, and see how many
you can identify. There are a couple of good ones in there.)

YouTube: https://youtu.be/F5vNzNrkCpc
Original MP4s: http://suan-yong.com/ir/videos.html#vira

Note that in the "chase scene", halfway along the chase my camera's focus
switched from bird #1 to bird #2, something I didn't notice in the field.
After that, bird #2 is foraging while bird #1 is grunting offscreen (from
somewhere to the right).

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 18:39:55 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - May 23, 2016
*  NYSY  05. 23. 16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):May 16, 2015 - 
May 23, 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: May 23  AT 2:00 p.m. 
(EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of May 16, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
LEAST BITTERNSNOWY EGRETEURASIAN WIGEONRUDDY DUCKUPLAND SANDPIPERSTILT 
SANDPIPERSHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERRUFFWHIMBRELCOMMON NIGHTHAWKRED-HEADED 
WOODPECKERWHITE-EYED VIREOYELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERGRAY-CHEEKED 
THRUSHPROTHONOTARY WARBLERORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERCLAY-COLORED SPARROWORCHARD 
ORIOLE 




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

     16 species of Shorebirds were reported from the complex highlighted by 
STILT SANDPIPERS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and a RUFF at Puddlers Marsh on the 
20th. and WHIMBREL at Mays Point Pool on the 21st.     5/19: A RED-HEADED 
WOODPECKER was again seen on Mays Point Road.     5/20: A PROTHONOTARY 
WARBLER was again seen in the forested area on Armitage Road. An EURASIAN 
WIGEON was seen from East Road. A late RUDDY DUCK was seen at the Sandhill 
Crane Unit south of VanDyne Spoor Road. 


Derby Hill------------
     Only 1,180 hawks were counted at Derby Hill this week. On 5/20 a COMMON 
NIGHTHAWK was seen at noon. More were seen yesterday evening. On 5/21 a 
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found. 


Oswego County------------
     5/19: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Sunset Bay Park.     5/21: An 
UPLAND SANDPIPER and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were found at the Oswego County 
Airfield.     5/22: A LEAST BITTERN was heard at Derby Hill. 


Onondaga County------------
     5/19: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at Three Rivers WMA.     5/22: An 
ORCHARD ORIOLE was reported at Three Rivers WMA.     5/23: A WHITE-EYED 
VIREO was seen  at the South Meadow Nature Area in Tully. 


Oneida county------------
     5/18: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was reported from the Erie Canal 
Trail southeast of Rome.An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found in Waterville.   
  5/21An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen on Harris Road in the Town of Deerfield. A 
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at the Spring Farm Nature Area. 


Herkimer County------------
     5/21: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from Van Buren Street in Dolgeville.
    

--end report 
    
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Subject: Freeville/Dryden Senegal Parrot
From: Caro <carolinemanring AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 00:28:15 -0400
Birders,
Someone has lost a Senegal Parrot who answers to the name "Benny" in the 
Freeville/Dryden area. Ringwood Road between Ellis Hollow Creek Rd and Midline 
Rd. This is an approximately Robin-sized bird but chunkier, mostly green with 
yellow and gray; the yellow would likely be what would catch your eye as it's 
on her belly. So if you see a hookbill out there, please help get Benny home: 
email djfletch42 AT gmail.com or call 607-229-3600 

She's a friendly bird, 18 yrs old at least, entirely people oriented, but 
suffering from the instinct to fly higher when scared. She may answer with a 
whistle, a repeat, or a phone ringing noise and/or come if called to with 
"Benny-Benny". 

Thanks for keeping an eye out, vanguard.

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Subject: yard birds
From: Dave Nutter <nutter.dave AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 02:57:57 +0000 (GMT)
I made the most of being grounded today. When I went outside for gardening 
instructions, the first thing I heard was a vague warbler song from the mature 
spruce tree in the neighbors' yard. Forty-five minutes of procrastination 
yielded one second of view of a new bird for the cumulative yard list: a male 
CAPE MAY WARBLER, which was also new for this year for me in the Cayuga Lake 
Basin. Maybe I'll recognize its song now, though I still consider it vague. 
From time-to-time throughout the day I heard the singing again, and I stared at 
the tree for signs of movement. Five hours later (during which I was also 
somewhat productive) I was rewarded with an extended view of the bird. It 
crawls around the interior of the tree, neither at the very top, nor on the 
tips of branches, and it doesn't fly much or far, but it sure is beautiful. 




As a bonus in the meantime I also heard a SCARLET TANAGER singing from the 
trees atop the cliff across the street. 




After supper on the back porch, I suggested watching the spruce tree again in 
case the Cape May or some other warbler was still there. Laurie was only 
indoors briefly to get a jacket against the chill, but during that time, 7:30pm 
to be precise, a COMMON NIGHTHAWK flew over going somewhat erratically north 
east. It was high enough to be out of the shadow of West Hill, and it looked 
tan in the sunshine, with the white stripes near the wingtips easily visible 
through binoculars. 


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Subject: Thunder-pumper continues
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 13:52:56 -0400
Michigan Hollow marsh rang regularly with American Bittern calls this morning 
while I was there (5:45 - 6:15). 


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Subject: Green heron yard birds
From: Kelly Lee Smith <kls66 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 15:23:30 +0000
A pair of green herons landed in trees between the house and the barn. By the 
time I grabbed my camera & got my sister in law off the phone, they were gone. 
First sighting this year; they've have hung in the same trees in past years. 
Interesting yard birds! 


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Subject: Pine Siskin
From: Claire Damaske <cdamaske AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 08:19:13 -0400
At my feeder on Gravel Rd in Tyre this morning.

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Subject: Flycatchers
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 06:16:05 -0400
New arrivals have been slow although orioles and grosbeaks have been numerous 
and 

grand fun. No fancy thrushes but Veery and Wood Thrushes singing steadily which 
is a 

big improvement over recent years. On the 19th we had Willow Flycatcher arrive
followed on Friday by Alder. That brings the yard arrivals to 98 for the year 
and 

we've yet to see Kingbird, cuckoos and late warblers. Sadly, surrounding
agribusiness level farming has extirpated Grasshopper, Vesper and Savannah 
sparrows 

as well as decimating many hedgerow species. All used to be reliable here.
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Field Ornithologists
Kestrel Haven Avian Migration Observatory
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Subject: Alder Flycatchers, etc
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 17:28:37 -0400
Several Alder Flycatchers were newly evident in Michigan Hollow today. Least 
Flycatchers have been singing for a few days in traditional breeding spots 
there. Likewise Canada Warblers and a Winter Wren. A Northern Waterthrush was 
still singing from the same swamp woods near the beagle club as on May 12th. 
Under the bridge at Diane's Crossing is a Phoebe's nest with five eggs, as I 
easily determined, because the nest is directly beneath a half-inch wide 
expansion joint between two deck boards. My 6 year-old granddaughter got a 
thrill out of that, and later she laughed at the funny sound made by a Virginia 
Rail. 


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Subject: Owasco Flats Bird Walk Today
From: Noelle Rayman <nlrayman AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 18:05:25 +0000
Hi all,

We had a pretty successful day birding the 1.4 mile loop around the Owasco 
Flats Nature Reserve. We spent about 3 hours and found the following birds in 
roughly this order: 


Great-created flycatcher
Turkey vulture
American goldfinch
Red-eyed video
Gray catbird
Black-capped chickadee
Yellow warbler
Red-winged blackbird
Scarlet tanager
American crow
Pileated woodpecker
Veery
American robin
Common yellowthroat
Eastern wood-pewee
Song sparrow
Brown-headed cowbird
Common grackle
Northern cardinal
Common merganser
White-breasted nuthatch
Red-bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
Chipping sparrow
Wood duck
Canada goose
American redstart
Tufted titmouse
Eastern pheobe
Yellow-bellied sapsucker
Nashville warbler
Ovenbird
Northern oriole
American woodcock
Green heron
Warbling video
Eastern kingbird
Belted kingfisher
Great-blue heron
Barn swallow
Spotted sandpiper
Northern rough-winged swallow
Blue jay
Willow flycatcher
Ruby-throated hummingbird
Common gallinule

We also had nice views of beaver working up and down the creek.

Have a great weekend!

Noelle Rayman-Metcalf
Homer, NY

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Subject: Sapsucker Woods, Sat 5/21
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 10:52:27 -0400
On Saturday morning in Sapsucker Woods, I heard a PRAIRIE WARBLER singing
in the power-line cut east of where the trail enters the woods.  This was
arguably the most unexpected bird observation I’ve had this spring.   This
spot also remains a great place for viewing a singing CHESTNUT-SIDED
WARBLER and his presumed mate.



Otherwise, despite hours of simmering clouds of presumed migrant birds on
radar last night, evidence of sojourning passage migrants this morning
seemed very sparse – one male and one female MAGNOLIA WARBLER and a
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on the East Trail, and an unidentified warbler high
in the treetops above the Wilson/Severinghaus shelter – plus a SCARLET
TANAGER seen by Miyoko Chu at our home in suburban northeast Ithaca.



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Subject: Montezuma shorebirds
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 22:23:46 -0400
Some new shorebirds are around at Montezuma today. A group of Cornell
undergrads reported a female-type RUFF in a large flock of shorebirds on
Puddlers Marsh off Towpath Road this morning. Livia and I took a look this
evening and did not find it, but did find a rather suspiciously large and
pale Pectoral Sandpiper in likely the same flock in Puddlers. It could well
be a coincidence and I am not giving up on there being a Ruff around, but
at the very least caution should be exercised when searching for it as this
bird had me doing a double-take every time I encountered it on a scan.

Other nice birds among the 200+ Least Sandpipers and 80+ Dunlin were three
bright and barred STILT SANDPIPERS and six SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, the
latter offering a nice contrast to the Long-billed that were around last
weekend and earlier in the month, today's birds being much paler and flat
backed in contrast to the bright brick red, round birds from before. A
basic BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was out on the flats at Knox-Marsellus, and
three AMERICAN-GOLDEN PLOVERS were reported there earlier in the day but
were absent this evening.

Jay

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Subject: photos of nests/eggs/baby birds?
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 19:12:31 -0400
Many birds are actively nesting in our area, and for the next Cayuga Bird
Club newsletter, we'd like to celebrate the season by including some photos
of local bird nests, eggs or hatchlings.  If you have a photo from this
season that you'd like to submit for the newsletter, send it to me at
dianegmorton AT gmail.com, by May 28.

Thanks!
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Subject: Sapsucker Woods, Fri 5/20
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 12:02:17 -0400
I think that I heard a HOODED WARBLER singing a few times in Sapsucker
Woods on Friday morning.  The song sounded entirely typical to me (two
short rising phrases with rich tone quality, followed by a big 360-degree
flourish).  The bird seemed to be near the southern pond edge.   But I was
far away on the Wilson/Severinghaus trail overlap and couldn’t get sight
confirmation.



I found several other warbler species, including WILSON’S (1 M singing
two-part song ending with a vaguely cowbird-like plinking trill, at the
bend in Wilson Trail North), BLACK-THROATED BLUE (1 singing M, same
location), MAGNOLIA (1 M, where trail enters Hoyt-Pileated woods from power
lines) and CHESTNUT-SIDED (apparent pair at this location).  Improbably, I
missed American Redstarts today.



Other highlights:



* One SOLITARY SANDPIPER and two brawling NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES near Ruth
Davis’s pergola south of the building



* In separate locations, a WARBLING VIREO and an OVENBIRD each extending
herself prone, fluttering her wings, and raising her tail, as if inviting
copulation from a nearby male.  All four birds involved seemed to notice me
and get shy.  So I left both pairs without witnessing consummation.



* BLUE-HEADED VIREO still present along the East Trail near the Lucente
building (I referred to this building as green the other day, but actually
it is white.  Sorry for my mistake.)



* Two very unwary VEERIES along the pond edge by 91 Sapsucker Woods Road
(southern stretch of East Trail), plus several others throughout the woods.



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Subject: Town of Romulus - Lakeside
From: Ellen Haith <elliehaith44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 10:57:44 -0400
Within the last hour and a half, two flocks of approximately fifty birds
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Subject: Hawthorn Orchard: May 20, 2016
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 14:22:34 +0000
Just a really quick note. The Hawthorn Orchard was initiatilaly devoid of 
migrants. Eventually, by about 7:20, birds started arriving via the SW corner 
from the West (from wherever they roost). Wood Thrushes have become much more 
territorial IN the Hawthorn Orchard, which is nice. First time in a few years. 


Good birding!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

Hawthorn Orchard
May 20, 2016
06:45
Traveling
1.50 miles
75 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Extremely quiet start to the morning. Eventually encountered a flock 
of six Tennessee warblers in a hawthorn tree in the southwest corner, then the 
Tennessee warblers began to appear in the Hawthorn Orchard, along with others. 
This was around 7:15am. Cool, quiet, sunny. 

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2 Canada Goose
1 Killdeer
2 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Red-eyed Vireo (Northeast corner, seen/heard)
3 Blue Jay
1 Tree Swallow
2 Barn Swallow
2 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Veery
4 Wood Thrush (now seeming strongly territorial IN the Hawthorn Orchard)
8 American Robin
8 Gray Catbird
1 Brown Thrasher (visibly singing very loudly from the top of the oak tree just 
South of the Northeast corner) 

5 European Starling

8 Tennessee Warbler (May be more, but I didn’t have time to stick around)
1 Nashville Warbler (NE corner)
5 Common Yellowthroat (including two observed copulating)
1 American Redstart
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
3 Wilson's Warbler (1 NE corner, 1 East side, 1 SW corner, all distinctly 
different birds, based upon repeated observations from those locations) 


1 Song Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee (This was a new bird this year for me, this was singing loudly 
from the meadow at the Northwest corner) 

6 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting (Southwest corner)
5 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Eastern Meadowlark
2 Common Grackle
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
3 Baltimore Oriole
1 Purple Finch
3 American Goldfinch
3 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 39


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Subject: Jetty Woods Bird and Mammalian Highlights
From: Sandy Wold <sandra.wold AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 20:56:03 -0400
I walked Renwick Woods, across the golf course, through Jetty woods and
looped around the golf course to the bird feeder at the marina.

The forest seemed especially vibrant, busy, joyfully noisy, and alive this
morning:  starlings and grackles in and out of holes in trees, Common
Mergansers dashing here, there, everywhere over water, through the forest,
pausing in a tree(?)  It was rush hour for birding parents.  Many
flycatchers, warblers, vireos.  Such a contrast to winter.

I got close views and long serenade this morning by a WOOD THRUSH in
Renwick Woods.  As I walked across the golf course, I saw 2 then 3 adult
KILLDEER and 3 baby chicks.  I was concerned because the mower was out and
then the golf carts.  Should the bird club ask them to slow down or hold
off during 5/14-20?  I found half of an egg shell on 5/14 in the taller
grass.  It was all white with black splotches, like a sea bird.  Now, I
realize it was a Kildeer egg.  The shell was gone today.  But there was
another half egg shell today in the tall grass: very small, a bit smaller
than a robin egg, and all white.

In Jetty Woods;  the owlets were back, three SPOTTED SANDPIPERS on the
jetty again.  They let me get within five feet of them.  On the way back
out of the woods, I saw a RED FOX lurking behind a fallen tree on the
bank.  As I move onward, I heard chirping and turned around.  It was a
female HUMMER.  She grabbed some of the old nest in a tree and hummed off.
The nest she visited was a very small nest that was dangling from a tree
(reusing?).

On the way back on the inlet side of the golf course, I caught a glimpse of
a sleek black mammal carrying a kit in its mouth.  My first thought was
MINK, then fisher, then marten.  And then I started to doubt myself and
thought strange stray cat?  As I paused, it came back out of its den on the
bank and under the willow and just stared at me.  It must have been mammal
day because a moment later I noticed a GROUND HOG watching me and then a
CHIPMUNK ran by!

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Subject: article that may be of interest
From: Melanie Uhlir <melanie AT mwmu.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 17:28:26 -0400
Ivory Gulls have reportedly made a colony on an iceberg:

http://earthsky.org/earth/seagulls-on-an-iceberg


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Subject: Little Gull in Union Springs Wednesday
From: Gary Kohlenberg <jgk25 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 14:03:21 +0000
Hi all,
I went to Union Springs Wednesday afternoon to look for the reported Little 
Gulls. Ann Mitchell and Susan Danskin were to join up later after work. I 
scanned quite a while from Frontenac Park enjoying the double digit numbers of 
BONAPARTE'S GULLS, COMMON TERNS, the occasional FORESTER'S TERN, CASPIAN TERN 
and near 1000 Double-crested CORMORANTS. The raucous calls of the terns and 
gulls made the area sound like the seashore. I saw one candidate, a few times, 
for an immature Little Gull flying over the Marina break wall, but needed a 
better look and was reluctant to call for any kind of success. Ann and Susan 
were scanning from the Marina at that time. After joining them to check out a 
gull they had picked out, buried in a sitting flock, we were treated to stellar 
views of the LITTLE GULL as movement cleared the view of one of the nearby 
docks. As sometimes happens I reached for my phone to get a photo and it picked 
up to fly out over the lake. The other gulls flew when someone walked out and 
around the wall. We never saw a second Little Gull, but with all the birds on 
that end of the lake it isn't surprising. Two perch fishermen had earlier told 
me that many more "little gulls" were on the lake north of the point in Union 
Springs. 


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Subject: Mourning Warblers
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 08:22:10 -0400
I can hear a Mourning Warbler singing just down from my house. Also had one 
near Diane's Crossing two days ago. And Canada Warblers in their regular 
breeding area in lower Michigan Hollow. 


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Subject: Owasco Flats Bird Walk - Sat. May 21 @ 7:30 AM
From: Noelle Rayman <nlrayman AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 12:04:32 +0000
Good morning,

The Owasco Flats Nature Reserve will host a bird walk this coming Saturday, May 
21 at 7:30 AM. The walk may take a few hours depending on what we find. 


The weather looks fantastic the rest of this week, but there still could be 
muddy spots in low areas of the trail so bring boots. Don't forget binocs and a 
scope, if you have one. A snack is good to bring too, in case we are out a 
while. 


We will meet at the Rte. 38 parking area on the west side of Owasco Lake, about 
4 miles north of Moravia and just south of Southshore Marina. The is a large 
kiosk visible from the road. 


Hope to see you there!

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Homer, NY
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Subject: Yard birds
From: Geo Kloppel <geokloppel AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 07:57:27 -0400
This morning I've got multiple CAPE MAY and BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS (both sexes) 
in my spruces on Tupper Road (West Danby). Hard to count, but maybe 10-12 
individuals between them. Tennessee Warblers continue too. 


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From: fishems79 <fishems79 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 06:21:27 -0400
LEAVE


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Subject: common gallinule at swan pen
From: Joshua Cerra <cerra003 AT umn.edu>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 22:05:23 -0400
Yesterday morning I got a brief look at a common gallinule foraging by the
far northwestern shore of the Stewart Park swan pen.  I returned this
morning and had extended views of it in the same location.  I was also able
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Subject: migrating birds react to street level lights
From: AB Clark <anneb.clark AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 15:00:54 -0400
I thought that this Conservation Mag article would be of interest to those on 
Cayuga and Bluewing lists, since it relates both to the nocturnal migrant calls 
people hear and raises some questions about why. Despite the url, I am not sure 
we can conclude they are disoriented by them. 



http://conservationmagazine.org/2016/04/even-porch-lights-can-disorient-migratory-birds/ 


Here is the published article on which the write-up is based:
Watson, M. J., Wilson, D. R., & Mennill, D. J. (2016). Anthropogenic light is 
associated with increased vocal activity by nocturnally migrating birds. The 
Condor, 118(2), 338-344. DOI: 10.1650/CONDOR-15-136.1 
. 


If anyone wants the actual Condor article, I can send. The link will give you 
the abstract, but not the whole paper. 



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Subject: West Hill migrants cont'd
From: Caroline Manring <carolinemanring AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 14:44:39 -0400
Very birdy in and above our yard today.

Of note:

--tragedy struck three to four half-cooked EASTERN BLUEBIRD babies in the
night; the nest is empty. Anyone wish to hazard a theory? The box has a
good baffle on its post and isn't reachable via nearby structure or tree.
Shall we suspect other birds, then? In the area are nesting HOUSE WRENS,
one other male EABL at least, nesting TREE SWALLOWS, and, perhaps
regrettably, nesting HOUSE SPARROWS. No bodies or body parts were to be
found. If anyone has information leading to the arrest of any of these
species, please contact me directly. Happily, the bluebird family seems to
be starting over in a different box. Watch this space for future tragic
updates. Can I just say SPRING IS A GRISLY, BRUTAL TIME?

--the TREE SWALLOWS who have built a nest in a box mounted on the corner
post of our hobby vineyard fence could not care less that there is lots of
human activity in the vineyard. They're docile and ballsy, true to what
I've known of them to heretofore. Either that or they're savvy to the
meaning of my husband having earbuds in: "dude, I'm busy. Chill."

--surprisingly, the highlight of the day was two BLUE JAYS preening and
feeding each other quite tenderly, it would appear, their standing as basic
(albeit smart and entertaining) thugs in my opinion notwithstanding.

--the BALTIMORE ORIOLES have moved on to orange slices, suet now apparently
being *so *yesterday*.* I sliced open a blood orange, not knowing that's
what it was, and put it out anyway, wondering if they'd care--and then
later wondering, too late, whether I was killing orioles unwittingly--but
they didn't discern, or if they did, they did not file a complaint. Someone
please tell me if I should never do that again, if there's some compound in
blood oranges that makes orioles explode or something.

That's the dispatch from West Hill for now. Condolences on having read this
far.

Caroline

PS Should anyone wish to know, the woodpile belongs to GRAY CATBIRD "A",
and *not* Gray Catbird "B," and this has been made VERY clear via much
fluffing and pumping and hopping and the quintessential embodiment of
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Subject: Sapsucker Woods Barred Owls
From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 09:52:16 -0400
Last night I went out to Sapsucker Woods to look for the Olive-sided
Flycatcher, with no success.  On the south side of the trail I suddenly
heard two soft hoots and looked up to see a Barred Owl looking down at me
(around 7:30 pm).  I took a few iphone images of its silhouette (it wasn't
dark yet, so I could see the bird clearly, but the iphone couldn't).  It
silently watched me.  Then as I departed, I heard another Barred Owl
calling from a bit further off.
I always love the surprise of coming upon one of these owls!

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Subject: A few other Sapsucker Woods highlights this morning
From: Anne Marie Johnson <aj47 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 13:27:45 +0000
I did not find the Olive-sided Flycatcher at about 8:30 this morning. However, 
I did find a LINCOLN’S SPARROW foraging in the trail near the Charlie Harper 
bench. I also found two SWAINSON’S THRUSHES, one on the Severinghaus Trail 
between the Wilson Trail and the road and the other on the Hoyt-Pileated Trail 
trail between the Woodleton boardwalk and the trail to the powerline cut. I 
found a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on the trail along the power line cut and two 
BLACKPOLL WARBLERS singing in the Fuller Wetlands. 


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Subject: Olive sided Flycatcher
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 12:09:54 +0000
Still around, near Sherwood platform.

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Subject: Little Gulls, Union Springs
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 23:16:40 -0400
This evening I drove up to Union Springs to study the gull and tern
congregation off Frontenac Harbor Marina. I was not disappointed: Common
Tern and Bonaparte's Gull numbers were at an all-time high, with the
breakwall resembling a tern colony in its concentrations and sound. Besides
the Commons, at least two FORSTER'S TERNS joined the throng. Before long I
spotted an immature LITTLE GULL foraging over the bay to the north, and it
eventually came closer and landed on the breakwall. At some point it was
joined by a second LITTLE GULL in very similar plumage, and although it
took me some time to confirm, I finally did get photos showing both birds
in the same frame. Most of the flock took off and headed out onto the lake
when some fishers got too close, but will undoubtedly return.

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Subject: Common Nighthawk
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 00:14:29 +0000
Hi all,

At about 7:50pm this evening, I had a single Common Nighthawk flying north
over Bluegrass Lane in Ithaca.

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Subject: Lansing Station Rd birds
From: Donna Lee Scott <dls9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 20:41:00 +0000
I continue to hear WOOD THRUSHES singing in the woods up and down the road. 
WHITE THROATED SPARROW heard in trees yesterday (Monday). Warblers are mainly 
YELLOW, YELLOW RUMPED, & AMERICAN REDSTART. 

RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are here at feeder while the GRAY CATBIRDS & BLUE 
JAYS, along with the B. ORIOLES, continue to eat grape jelly. ORIOLES still on 
oranges and suet is disappearing rapidly; there seems to be a lot of B. ORIOLES 
along this road in the tall trees. Some of the non-birders mention hearing them 
sing, so they are good ambassadors for birds. Two neighbors have oranges and 
suet out, too. 


Have seen N. FLICKERS, & DOWNY & HAIRY WOODPECKERS. Heard the E. PHOEBE that is 
nesting at the barn south of here, as well as a SCARLET TANAGER singing nearby. 
A calling KINGFISHER zoomed over the lake. Have not heard the C. Loons for a 
couple of days, but may have missed them calling while I was inside. CAROLINA 
WRENS call outside and tend their nest under the porch roof. 


Sunday's afternoon treat was running across a nesting WILD TURKEY way up in the 
woods; she ran off as we approached and luckily my old, 13 yr. dog did not see 
her. I studied the nest and its 11 buff-colored, light-brown spotted eggs. (Dog 
was nearby doing her favorite woods thing: eating deer poop, but she loves 
eggs, so I kept her well away). Nest is just a big depression in packed-down 
dead oak leaves at the top edge of a 5-foot embankment, in the crotch of a 
downed tree. I sent phone pix of the nest and eggs to Robyn Bailey at the Lab 
of O. 


Donna Scott
535 Lansing Station Road
Lansing, NY


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Subject: scarlet tanager
From: Ray Zimmerman <rz10 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 16:27:25 -0400
Male SCARLET TANAGER seen this afternoon from my Rhodes Hall office overlooking 
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Subject: Re: Yes to White-Crowned Sparrow
From: John and Sue Gregoire <khmo AT empacc.net>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 15:33:28 -0400
Bill, Larry, et al,

Eastern White-crowned Sparrows (EWCS formerly WCSP) remain here although 
numbers 

drop day by day to where we have only a half dozen in the feeder area.
White-throated Sparrows are now mostly gone although a few were here through 
Sunday. 


In the 30 years we banded here EWCS have been an annual treat spring and fall. 
With 

only one exception in the early 90s, they stopover here for about a month in 
both 

migrations.

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On Tue, May 17, 2016 10:12, W. Larry Hymes wrote:
> Bill Mcaneny reported a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and asked if anyone else
> still has this species.  We had a small flock up until last Thursday.  I
> thought they had moved on.  But on Sunday a single White-Crowned showed
> up and is still making an appearance --- late straggler??  We also still
> have ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS.  Based on our records both species should
> have moved on by now.  But it's really nice to have them stick around
> longer.
>
> Another surprise bird for our yard popped in today --- SWAINSON'S
> THRUSH!!  Was this a Hawthorn Woods bird that took a wrong turn???
>
> Larry
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Subject: Re:WC Sparrows & RB Grosbeaks
From: Lee Ann van Leer <lavanleer AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 14:02:40 -0400
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks breed in this area so you will be able to find them 
continuing throughout the summer. 


I have seen White-crowned Sparrows since May 2nd throughout Tompkins County. 
There is one singing outside my window at this moment. 




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Subject: West Hill migrants
From: Caro <carolinemanring AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 13:27:49 -0400
Today we've had a very active SCARLET TANAGER (lots of chip-burr notes between 
serenades), a busy CAPE MAY WARBLER doing a few different variations on his 
song, and some BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS among the clouds of YELLOW-RUMPED 
WARBLERS. The BALTIMORE ORIOLES are eating both oranges and suet. No hummers 
here yet but I've got the feeder up and it's looking hopeful. 


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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher
From: Ann Mitchell <annmitchell13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 13:22:52 -0400
Continues at back of pond bt the Charley Harper Bench - Wilson Trail North, 
Sapsucker Woods. 

Ann

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Subject: Olive sided FC
From: Laura Stenzler <lms9 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 17:21:32 +0000
An olive sided flycatcher is still hawking for insects near the Charlie Harper 
bench on the Wilson trail of sapsucker Woods. 

1:20 pm
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Subject: Sapsucker Woods, Tues 5/17
From: Mark Chao <markchao AT imt.org>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 12:43:10 -0400
Here are some highlights from Sapsucker Woods on Tuesday morning.



* A pair of BLUE-HEADED VIREOS close together along the East Trail, near
the green Lucente building.  One of these birds had beautiful intense
colors, with yellow sides and a dark head, while the other appeared only
gray and white.  I saw the duller vireo carrying a fecal sac away, but did
not find the nest.



* Thirteen warbler species, including:



WILSON’S WARBLER (three males along Wilson North – one seen singing
normally by Fuller Wetlands, one seen foraging silently at the same time,
and one singing an atypical two-part song ending in a short smooth trill by
the green pond across the trail from the Sherwood Platform)

BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER (1 M, 1 F along power-line cut and
Hoyt-Pileated Trail, respectively)

BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER (1 M, Hoyt-Pileated)

MAGNOLIA WARBLER (Wilson North, Hoyt-Pileated, and East)

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (parking lot)

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (at least one vociferously defending territory under
power lines). Thanks to Jay McGowan, who tipped me off about good warbler
diversity on the east side.

BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (silent M, Hoyt-Pileated)

NORTHERN PARULA (singing alternate multisyllabic song, East Trail)



(I missed Brad’s BAY-BREASTED WARBLER and also a PALM WARBLER found by
Nancy Brooks.  So the warbler species tally today is at least 15.)



* WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW under the power lines on the east side



* PINE SISKIN calling by Lucente building



* A pair of WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES at an apparent nest hole in a tall
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Subject: Re: W-C sparrow
From: M & K Mannella <mkmannella AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 12:26:15 -0400
Here in Interlaken we saw None for a few days but at least one back this 
morning along with a white-throated sparrow 


Michele
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> On May 16, 2016, at 9:40 PM, Bill Mcaneny  wrote:
> 
> Surprised this a.m. to see a White-crowned Sparrow scratching around in the 
hedge. I thought they had moved on by now. Are others still around? 

> Bill McAneny
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Subject: Basin Big Day Saturday
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 11:25:09 -0400
Brad Walker and I toured the Basin on Saturday as part of eBird's Global
Big Day (http://ebird.org/ebird/globalbigday). Our goal, in addition to
seeing a lot of birds, was to attempt a Media Big Day, gathering audio
recordings or photographs of as many species as possible. While the morning
conditions were excellent, strong winds and several bands of thunderstorms
made for challenging conditions during the day. Still, we were able to
tally 181 species for the day, six higher than Livia's and my effort last
year. We're still in the process of editing and uploading the media, but it
looks like we should have media documentation for 170 species.

Here are some of the highlights:
–Good night birding with a few nocturnal migrants and all three common owls
–The continuing HENSLOW'S SPARROW singing well in the middle of the night
–A surprise EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL flushed off the side of the road on Bald
Hill Road in Danby
–AMERICAN BITTERN and ACADIAN FLYCATCHER at Michigan Hollow before dawn
(just outside the Basin but on the way)
–A nice morning at Lindsay-Parsons and vicinity with most of the usual
breeders plus migrant BAY-BREASTED and CAPE MAY WARBLERS, NORTHERN PARULA,
and PHILADELPHIA VIREO
–A late male AMERICAN WIGEON on Jennings Pond
–Continuing cooperative CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on campus
–A few lingering ducks at Stewart Park, including LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD,
and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, as well as Palm and Blackpoll warblers at the
swan pen
–GRASSHOPPER SPARROW in Lake Road fields
–Crazy numbers of COMMON TERNS and BONAPARTE'S GULLS at Frontenac Marina,
as well as one FORSTER'S; others also had HORNED GREBES here
–Late male COMMON GOLDENEYE off Mud Lock
It was windy and rainy by the time we reached Montezuma, but we were able
to pick up most of what we needed, including
–Five LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS along with DUNLIN, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, both
yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, and Spotted Sandpiper at
Tschache Pool
–Continuing PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at Armitage Road
–UPLAND SANDPIPERS at Lott Farm in Seneca Falls
–Three SURF SCOTERS found by Matt Medler off Cayuga Lake State Park; others
had a female BLACK SCOTER there later in the evening!
–Two GLOSSY IBIS feeding in Knox-Marsellus, also found by Matt Medler and
seen that morning by refuge staff at the visitor center; these birds
disappeared soon after we arrived

All in all, a challenging day but with enough surprises to keep it
exciting! Major misses were Wilson's and Mourning warblers, Broad-winged
and Red-shouldered hawks, Trumpeter Swan, Sandhill Crane, Ring-necked
Pheasant, Vesper and Lincoln's sparrows, Winter Wren, and a few of the
rarities found during the day (saw-whet, Olive-sided, Red-headed, Black
Scoter, Horned Grebe). Here are a few lists from the day:

Barred Owl at Sapsucker Woods with some nice recordings:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29677674

Henslow's pre-dawn: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29677702

Way too many recordings from Lindsay-Parsons in the morning:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29677809

Tschache distant shorebirds:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29678450

East Road ibis: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29678483

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Jay McGowan
Macaulay Library
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
jwm57 AT cornell.edu

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Subject: Re: Hawthorn Orchard: May 17, 2016 - 16 Warbler Species
From: "Kenneth J. Kemphues" <kjk1 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 15:03:15 +0000
I can add to Chris’s Hawthorn list 2 Wilson’s warblers and 2 bay breasted 
warblers. One of the Wilson’s warblers was called in by Chris’s spishing in 
the brush in the Southwest section (at least I assume it was Chris - I didn’t 
actually see him); the other was in the ravine in the northwest corner. The bay 
breasted warblers were along the main path that parallels the ravine. 



Kenneth J. Kemphues
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435  Biotechnology Building
Cornell University
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On May 17, 2016, at 10:03 AM, Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes 
> wrote: 


Hawthorn Orchard
May 17, 2016
07:25
Traveling
1.50 miles
90 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: I didn't expect to encounter much this morning, so was pleasantly 
surprised with the abundance of birds foraging throughout the Hawthorn Orchard. 
There appears to be plenty of food now throughout for the birds to gorge 
themselves with. 

Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.0 Build 62

1 Chimney Swift
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Willow Flycatcher -- Single bird observed giving "whit" notes, no noticeable 
eyering. 

7 Least Flycatcher -- These birds were scattered throughout; this number may be 
low. 

1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Blue-headed Vireo
1 Warbling Vireo
1 Philadelphia Vireo -- Observed singing northeast corner
2 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
6 Barn Swallow
3 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Veery -- One bird was in the same area as the Indigo Bunting, just southwest 
of the northeast corner; the other bird was in the same area as the Ovenbird, 
in the central southern area. 

1 Swainson's Thrush -- Easily visible bird foraging in the upper treetops of 
the hawthorns, just west of the northeast corner. 

4 Wood Thrush
11 American Robin
14 Gray Catbird
6 European Starling

1 Ovenbird -- Single song burst in the central southern portion.
1 Blue-winged Warbler -- One singing male in the northeast corner
25 Tennessee Warbler -- Mostly males, a few females have moved in. Evenly 
distributed throughout the Hawthorn Orchard. 

4 Nashville Warbler -- All in the southwest corner
7 Common Yellowthroat
6 American Redstart -- Males and females scattered throughout
3 Cape May Warbler -- All females in the top of the oak trees at the northeast 
corner. 

2 Northern Parula -- Softly singing males. One in the northeast corner, one in 
the southwest corner 

6 Magnolia Warbler -- Several singing males and at least one female mostly in 
the northeast corner and also in the southwest corner 

1 Blackburnian Warbler -- Singing male in the northeast corner
8 Yellow Warbler -- Males and females scattered throughout
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler -- Singing male northeast corner
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler -- Singing male in the northeast corner
7 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Black-throated Green Warbler -- Foraging female along the east edge
1 Canada Warbler -- Singing in the northeast corner

6 White-throated Sparrow -- Along the gravel path from the East Ithaca 
Recreation Way to the ballfields. 

3 Song Sparrow
1 Scarlet Tanager -- Calling, Northeast corner
5 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak -- Calling, Northeast corner
1 Indigo Bunting -- Bright blue male silently foraging just Southwest of the 
northeast corner 

4 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Common Grackle
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
6 Baltimore Oriole
2 American Goldfinch
6 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 50

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Subject: Sapsucker Woods Migrants
From: Brad Walker <edgarallenhoopoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 14:22:53 +0000
There were several flocks of warblers around Sapsucker Woods today.
Highlights included a LINCOLN'S SPARROW singing near the north side of the
building, a male BAY-BREASTED WARBLER at the Sherwood Platform and a
WILSON'S WARBLER just east of the Sherwood Platform.

- Brad

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Subject: Yes to White-Crowned Sparrow
From: "W. Larry Hymes" <wlh2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 10:12:18 -0400
Bill Mcaneny reported a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and asked if anyone else 
still has this species.  We had a small flock up until last Thursday.  I 
thought they had moved on.  But on Sunday a single White-Crowned showed 
up and is still making an appearance --- late straggler??  We also still 
have ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS.  Based on our records both species should 
have moved on by now.  But it's really nice to have them stick around 
longer.

Another surprise bird for our yard popped in today --- SWAINSON'S 
THRUSH!!  Was this a Hawthorn Woods bird that took a wrong turn???

Larry

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