Roughly coincident with George and Meena’s observations and possibly one of the same huge flocks, I saw hundreds and hundreds of Snow Geese in a vast boiling flock probably 3 mi distant to the east from CLO (I was on Sherwood Platform at about 1215). Too distant to hear of course. If they had not had directed flight to the north, the clumps and trailers reminded me of a Starling murmuration and at that distance were more like smoke wisps. Flying very high, it seemed.
There is a male Pileated Woodpecker working very hard on a hole about 30’ above Wilson Trail near the shelter (south of pond); large light gray tree, I think beech. He and mate were there also on Tue. The hole seems elongated for a nest hole but he is doing mostly woodwork and I don’t see any foraging, so maybe it’s a future nest. The mate called from a short distance and he responded while I walked by but he was unperturbed by me walking below (and moving on). Anyone know why there is a black-colored hunter stand/ladder attached to a pine in the clump west of the pond? I don’t remember seeing it before. ______________________ Chris Pelkie Research Analyst Bioacoustics Research Program Cornell Lab of Ornithology 159 Sapsucker Woods Road Ithaca, NY 14850 -- 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/ --