I walked down Dodge Rd at 5:30pm in a slight drizzle under cold overcast skies. A female Kestrel was keeping vigil in the lone tree standing in the middle of the uppermost (South) field. Her colors looked beautiful in this light. Four E.Kingbirds flew in from the east across the lower fields and sat for a conference in a young maple before dispersing one by one. They may have just arrived. As I stood pishing beside the spruce grove, a troop of 20 Yellow-rumped Warblers tumbled out and did an entertaining aerial trapeze act, popping out in the open one by one to look at me. It was hard to scan through them, but I caught one (Eastern, yellow) Palm Warbler.

On the way back, I heard the wit-wit-wit call of a Wood-thrush from the scrubby woods.

Finally, back at the south field, a male Bobolink flew up into the tree where the Kestrel had been. When he flew back down, he led me to another male Bobolink. The two sat on adjacent bullrushes, displaying their puffed-up yellow napes, hoping for mates. I was glad to see bobolinks again here -- they used to be regular breeders in these fields until the early mowing started up years ago. Bobolinks & Meadowlarks are rare here now.

Nari Mistry
Ellis Hollow Rd

Nari B. Mistry, Ithaca, NY
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