As I refilled my drilled-hole, hanging suet log with Bark Butter this morning, I was surprised that < 3 feet away from me a juvenile Downy Woodpecker kept perching on the suet cake cage, eating the fat! I was able to see its reddish top-of-head patch and all its feathers very well! Meanwhile, one of its parents flitted farther away, perhaps trying to get the baby to leave the area where a potential predator lurked.
Fighting Hummingbirds are frequenting my sugar-water feeder and emptying it quickly these days. Meanwhile, the Town of Lansing has resurfaced the entire main loop trail and some side trails to Cayuga Lake shore with compacted stone dust that will make walking, wheel-chairing, baby buggy pushing or bicycling a lot easier. The trail previously has been rough, uneven, large-sized gravel which those with mobility challenges found very hard to navigate. The stone dust runs out to the handicapped parking area on the north side of the point, as well. Cayuga Bird Club a few years ago provided a generous grant to help build the informational kiosk at Salt Point, which I am happy to report is frequently studied by visitors to Salt Point. See the Lansing Star online newspaper for an article about the stone dust work at Salt Point. http://www.lansingstar.com/ Donna L. Scott Soon VP of CBC; Director, Friends of Salt Point Inc. 535 Lansing Station Road Lansing, NY -- 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/ --