A fine time was had this morning on this field trip. We met at the CLO
parking lot, and while waiting there we were treated to a nice view of a
Common Raven being harassed by crows and blackbirds. It landed on one of
the utility poles and croaked its displeasure.
On the way to the preserve we spotted a Red-tailed Hawk on the ground in
a field on Freese Road, where it was being mobbed too. At the same point
one of our party observed a Bobolink and a flyover Pileated Woodpecker.
At the preserve we started at the SW entrance and did the loop down to
the creek including the ravine. Our first observation was of singing
Towhees and a distant Prairie Warbler. Large numbers of American
Goldfinch were present near the entrance. A few Juncos kept making
appearances. Further in we heard and saw first Ruby-crowned Kinglets,
then some Golden-crowned. Several White-throated Sparrows were singing
lustily. An enthusiastic Ovenbird popped into sight and sang. A couple
of Field Sparrows sang too. Two Broad-winged Hawks flew over.
As we entered the woods leading down to the creek we heard
Black-throated Green, and probable Magnolia (we never got visuals). At
the creek we struck out on the Louisiana Waterthrush we had hoped to see.
We bumped into a couple of other birders who had seen a Black-throated
Blue and a Blackburnian, and heard a Winter Wren at the ravine. We did
not succeed in repeating their success, but were compensated by the
sight of a pair of Hermit Thrushes.
Back at the entrance we decided to go to the other parking area and do
the boardwalk. There we added Solitary Sandpiper, Chestnut-sided, Common
Yellowthroat, and a flyover Cooper's Hawk.
As a bonus, on the way back we bumped into John Fitzpatrick on Mt.
Pleasant Road who pointed out the location of Horned Larks. A lovely
male Harrier was there too. A bit further up we got out of the car when
we heard a Savannah Sparrow, and then got great scope views of a singing
male Bobolink at the very top of a tree.
Thanks to everyone who participated. It was well worth the effort.
On 5/4/2018 7:49 AM, Paul Anderson wrote:
> I'm leading a field trip tomorrow to the Park Preserve. Details are on
> the calendar at http://cayugabirdclub.org and below.
> The 300 acre Park Preserve offers a mix of habitats from conifer
> plantations to hardwoods and ravines. Magnolia Warblers, Indigo
> Buntings, Prairie Warblers and Louisiana Waterthrush are just a few of
> the birds that breed here. Bring insect repellent for those deer
> ticks! We'll meet at the North parking lot of the Cornell Lab of
> Ornithology at 7:00 am for carpooling (SFO field trips will also be
> meeting at 7:00 am). Contact me at 607 216-5389 or fish...@gmail.com
> <mailto:fish...@gmail.com> if you have questions.
> Paul Anderson, VP of Engineering, GrammaTech, Inc.
> 531 Esty St., Ithaca, NY 14850
> Tel: +1 607 273-7340 x118;http://www.grammatech.com
Paul Anderson, VP of Engineering, GrammaTech, Inc.
531 Esty St., Ithaca, NY 14850
Tel: +1 607 273-7340 x118; http://www.grammatech.com
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