There hasn't been much local birding information on this list for a while. I
admit that I'm as guilty as anyone of not posting my sightings. I get most of
my "hot bird info" from my hourly email eBird "needs list" updates for the
county. It's an awesome tool, but it's not as friendly as CayugaBirds. (Just as
an aside, Steve Kelling created both of these forums!!)
So, here are some of my recent observations and thoughts.
There are lots of baby birds out there right now. I'm hearing hatch-year bird
calls everywhere I go. Also, young warblers seem to be on the move right now.
We've had lots of young Yellow Warblers around the Lab trails this week, and
most of there were NOT produced on the local grounds. This was an oddly
Yellow-Warbler-free year in Sapsucker Woods. As far as I know, there were NO
breeding pairs around the Lab pond this year. So it seems that newly-produced
warblers are dispersing. I had some nice encounters with hatch-year Blue-winged
and Chestnut-sided warblers today, and I heard young warbler chips and zeeps in
lots of places while driving around town.
My weekly crow census at the Cornell compost facility on Stevenson Rd turned up
a single Herring Gull amongst the approximately 500 Ring-billed Gulls (only
present in the last few weeks). Also, a single SOLITARY SANDPIPER foraging
along the drainage ponds. A PEREGRINE FALCON of undetermined age (man, they fly
fast!!) came through and flushed just about everything.
A few shorebirds are being reported at Myers Point, and a respectable report of
the transitional male RUFF came in this week from the main drive at Montezuma.
So, get out there and find some birds. And let us know what you find.
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