Hi Cayugabirders,

Another rainy night with south winds this evening—more chances for some 
grounded waterbirds! Tomorrow morning could be a good chance to get out to your 
local piece of water and see what might have dropped in. You never know until 
you look!

However, once the weather clears up, perhaps on the warm morning that this 
Saturday should feature, there is a perfect opportunity to go Avicaching 
 In the first week of Avicaching, 14 people participated and entered 227 eBird 
checklists—more than 40% of all of the eBirding in Schuyler, Tompkins, and 
Cortland counties this past week! Very exciting, and a really great step 
towards understanding the effects of roadside bias in bird observation data. A 
huge thanks to all who took part, and we hope to see some more names up there 
this week! If you haven’t given it a try yet, why not hike a trail and see what 
birds you can find? It is a good excuse to explore, and only a few minutes can 
make a big difference.

Sightings in the first week’s listing endeavors included numerous reports of 
Rusty Blackbird, Fox Sparrow, Red-shouldered Hawk, Barred Owl, American 
Woodcock, in addition to pioneering spring migrants like Yellow-bellied 
Sapsucker and Hermit Thrush.

You can see the Avicaching scores for participants here, as well as the point 
values for each location this week: http://ebird.org/ebird/avicache/home. These 
scores will be updated live as new lists get added, and the point values for 
each location will be updated weekly, on Wednesdays, and be valid from Thursday 
through the Wednesday of the next week. The “hotter” the color of the markers 
on the map, the more points you can earn. With the most valuable locations 
being worth 15 Avicaching points, you can easily close the gap with the current 
top Avicachers!

I know that I’ll be out on Saturday morning, and hope to see your sightings 
joining the rest of the Avicaching team!


Ian Davies
eBird Project Coordinator
Ithaca, NY


Cayugabirds-L List Info:

1) http://www.mail-archive.com/cayugabirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html
2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds
3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html

Please submit your observations to eBird:


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