I decided to pay a visit to the Lime Hollow Visitor Center this evening (17 
July 2014). Given the date and time of day (7:15 pm), I didn't have high 
expectations, but I ended up having a nice outing. I explored quite a bit of 
the trail system that branches out from the Visitor Center, with my favorite 
trail being Fen Way, which eventually winds its way through beautiful 
hemlock-dominated forest. There two countersinging HERMIT THRUSHES were joined 
by singing BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS. The other highlight of my outing was 
seeing 25+ bats flying over the large open areas along the art trail and near 
the Visitor Center. I think this might be the most bats I've ever seen in one 
place, and it was especially heartening to see in light of the terrible 
declines in bat populations in recent years. I include my complete eBird 
checklist below.

Good birding,
Matt Medler

Lime Hollow--Visitor Center, Cortland, US-NY
Jul 17, 2014 7:15 PM - 8:53 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.4 mile(s)
Comments:     Clear, calm, 63°F at end of walk. Visitor Center--Trail for 
All--Art Trail--Lehigh Valley to Gracie Rd.--Lehigh Valley--Fen Way--Mill 
Pond--Hermit's Way--Lehigh Valley--Art Trail--Visitor Center. 25+ bats seen 
flying over clearings just before dusk! 

44 species
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  7     1 ad F with 6 yng
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  2     In spruces
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)  1     Seen briefly as it flew into the 
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus)  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  1     Heard just a few times near dusk
Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum)  2     Soft song and calls.
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  6
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  13
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  6
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  1
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)  2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  11
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  2     food for yng
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  7
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  2
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  7
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  7
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  8
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  3
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  9     Flight song heard
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  1
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  3
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  7
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  5
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  2     
Singing in hemlock part of Fen Way. Juv seen later.
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  7
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  2     Extended song in flight ~40 ft above 
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  7
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  6
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1     Juv flushed from ground in forest 
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  5

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