This morning 8:30-10am I saw so many birds in my loop through Renwick Woods to the Swan Pond and then through the Golf Course.
Here are the highlights and many FOYs for me: --flicker kek-kek-keking incessantly near the top of a tree near a snag. I think it was a she (no mustache) --I estimate that there were at least 12 Golden-rumped Warblers. They were all sitting around the main pond on shrubs or up in trees darting out to snag a bug over the water and back. This was happening so fast, I could not accurately count them. The loud music and yelling over with the crew team did not seem to affect them or their calling. --By 9:30am, I noticed a second warbler, the Yellow Warbler! They had more of a swallow-like insect hunting behavior. At times I thought I saw a third species of warbler and other species of swallow, and then they disappeared. I thought I heard a flycatcher a few times, but never saw it. The swallows showed up soon thereafter, and I think they sound slightly different. --Then by 10am, a huge swarm of swallows arrived, about 30! They were all over the pond zipping back and forth. I watched to see if the GRWs stopped. They seemed to break for a minute or two, but then they went back at it. It was quite the choreography, and they seemed to operate at different heights above the pond. I definitely saw Barn Swallows and think I may have seen one of the other kinds. *---As all of this was going on, the bull frogs started up.* *--As I walked across the golf course, the tree frog went at it.* *--Heard but not seen: Kingfisher, Song Sparrow, American Redstart* *Welcome back friends!!!* *CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION YOU CAN TAKE: Divesting from animal agriculture by switching to a plant-based diet can help * *mitigate significant amounts of methane* *. A vegan diet is heart-healthy, non-violent, anti-colonial, and sustainable! **Pledge the **Ithaca * *10 or 30-day (Plant-based) Vegan Challenge!**www.facebook.com/groups/IthacaVeganChallenge/ <https://www.facebook.com/groups/IthacaVeganChallenge/>* Instagram* #VeganPlanet2020* *---**Sandy Wold, **sustainability educator/artist* B.S. Chemistry/Biochemistry, University of Florida M.S. Science Education, UC Santa Cruz/SUNY Cortland https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandy-wold-877114a7/ https://sandy-wold.squarespace.com/ -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/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/ --