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> On Jul 27, 2015, at 2:03 PM, "Chris R. Pelkie" <chris.pel...@cornell.edu> 
> wrote:
> 
> Speaking of compliant Phoebes, I walked to Sherwood Platform at lunch and met 
> (first time) a visitor/birder from NYC. As he was turning to leave and I was 
> approaching, I spotted a Phoebe on the hand rail and pointed it out to him. 
> It was 5’ away. Then it hopped to a closer post and eventually to about 3’ 
> from us. We remarked that it must be a juvenile though it was in full 
> feather. Then it landed on the floor of the platform in the hot sun and 
> spread its wings and squashed its belly down, opened its mouth and started 
> sunning. We had to walk around it (!) to get back to the rail to look for 
> herons and kingbirds, etc. It finally flew into the bushes at its own good 
> time.
> 
> I have often thought of tethering a flycatcher to my hat to ward off 
> mosquitoes...
> 
> ChrisP
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>> On Jul 27, 2015, at 12:10, Linda Orkin <wingmagi...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> I thought people might be interested in reading these.  The leaders write up 
>> these reports each week and they are posted on the Cayugabirdclub.org 
>> website under About us, and then field trips. Hope you enjoy. I plan on 
>> posting them each week, as long as this is okay with the list administrator. 
>>   Linda Orkin
>> 
>> Reports from this past weekend's beginner bird walks led by Cayuga Bird Club 
>> Members.
>> Saturday from Lisa Wood. 22 participants. Big group today, so I was grateful 
>> for help from CBC member Donna Coventry Wray, who’s been on many, many of 
>> these walks and is a multiple-year SFO alumna. A few “townies” were mixed in 
>> with the many visitors. We had several memorable experiences in the 2.5 
>> hours it took us to get all the way around the Wilson Trail. First, we had 
>> good looks at a silent Yellow Warbler pair foraging in full sun near the 
>> Owens Platform boardwalk. From the platform itself, we watched a long and 
>> daring (and comical) “tightrope“ walk by a Green Heron across a section of 
>> the wire above the pond. From the Sherwood Platform, everyone enjoyed 
>> watching Eastern Kingbirds feeding busily and noisily above the lily pads. 
>> Having seen a Great Crested Flycatcher earlier, we declared it a flycatcher 
>> day when, by the pergola, we were repeatedly “buzzed” by a brave little 
>> Eastern Phoebe. The bird first flew from the island over to the shore and 
>> perched above us, quite close. That was a nice treat, but then it actually 
>> flew to a couple of us, close to our faces and above our heads/hats—close 
>> enough that those of us in the front couldn’t help but flinch. Evidently the 
>> bird was after the mosquitoes that were after us! It successfully caught 
>> prey several times while we stood there—what a thrill for all of us!
>> 
>> And Sunday from Paul Anderson 10 participants.I had ten people show up: a 
>> group of six students from Colombia, a couple from New Jersey and a two 
>> ladies from Binghamton. There was a lot to see, even if little of it was 
>> unusual. Many juveniles of many species were out begging. We saw more 
>> flycatchers - mostly Phoebes - than I've ever seen on one of these walks. 
>> The mosquitoes were voracious. An early highlight was a Green Heron on the 
>> main pond, but everybody's favorite was a group of three baby Wood Ducks.
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