I had time for a brief walk in Cass Park and along the railroad grade behind it (is it officially the Black Diamond Trail yet?) and met another part of the ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK wave, first heard singing, then a male seen. Also a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH sang a couple times from a wetland, and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS chased and wheezed in the treetops.
Yesterday as I was driving up Gun Shop Hill (Lake St, Ithaca) and reflexively checking out the top of the smokestack. I saw a black bird about Red-winged Blackbird sized but lacking epaulettes flying up to perch on one of the antenna-like metal lightning rods or ineffective bird deterrents, and then I glimpsed white on the belly. If I hadn't had a taxi customer in the car I would have stopped and used binoculars to confirm. As it is I think it was an Eastern Kingbird, but that I shouldn't count it because the view was too brief, distant, and awkward. I returned within a few minutes but it was gone. Yesterday's (4/29) new basin birds of which I'm aware were NASHVILLE WARBLER by Steve Kelling at the Lab of O, Sapsucker Woods, Lansing PRAIRIE WARBLER by Steve Fast at Baldwin Tract of Park Preserve, Dryden Today so far I've heard reports of new: BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER by Jeff Gerbracht at his place in Caroline BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER by Mark Chao et al in Sapsucker Woods, Dryden OVENBIRD by Geo Kloppel at Lindsay-Parsons, Newfield/Danby ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK by Mark Chao at Sapsucker Woods Lansing/Dryden; Stephanie Greenwood at Eco-Village, Ithaca; myself at Cass Park, Ithaca Enough email, back to reality. --Dave Nutter -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/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/ --