I spent some time early this afternoon wandering about 2 local mown hay fields. The grass is quite short (ave. 4-6 inches) in both. In the first, I flushed a bird that, as Sibley says, was only a glimpse of a small brown bird flying away. It was up for less than 2 seconds, travelled about 30, and showed no pattern to my naked eye. The flight path, however, was distinctive. It reminded me much of the flight of a flushed snipe (i.e. zigzaggy). I searched the area for ½ hour, but could not refind it.
In the second field, I flushed a dense flock of E. MEADOWLARKS. They resettled quickly, and I was sure I could refind them, which I did, and counted 35 birds. Steve Fast Brooktondale -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --