Though outside the Basin, I thought this Eaton Birding Society field trip 
report deserved sharing with Cayuga Birds.

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Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2018 9:22 AM
To: Eaton Birding Society <>
Subject: [Eatonbirds] Stoltzfus Farm Field Trip Report Jul 21, 2018

After a call from Reuben reporting grasshopper and vesper sparrows on his farm 
and inviting to come out, we organized an impromptu field trip for Saturday 
evening. Reuben had said 7-9pm was the best time.

Reuben called me that afternoon to say his wife was in labor with their 4th 
child, and they wouldn't be there, but we we welcome and could have the run of 
the place.

Most of us met at the Geneva Welcome Center and car pooled. A few met us at the 

We walked the farm lane, watching and listening. There was a red-tailed hawk 
being very vocal. We were about half way down the lane when Reuben called to 
say they had a healthy baby girl, Ella, and he would join us in a half hour. By 
the time he arrived everyone had had good scope looks at a Savannah sparrow 
carrying food.

Reuben found a grasshopper sparrow with food sitting up and chipping. Everyone 
got good looks, a year bird for most and a life bird for some. We weren't so 
successful with the vesper.

Congratulations to Reuben and his family on the birth of Ella and  a huge thank 
you to Reuben for opening his farm and leading us to the birds on such an 
important family day. And thanks to Lyn Jacobs for recording and reporting.

Attending: Steve & Linda Benedict, Mark Brown, Jean Bub, Lynn Donaldson, Peter 
Galvani, Sarah & Jon Gross, Lyn Jacobs, Leona Lauster, Inge Robinson, Greg & 
Betsy Russell, Jim Sharpless, Wendy Sparks, Reuben Stoltzfus

7332 McCarriger Road, Ovid, New York, 
 (42.659, -76.837), Seneca, New York, US
Jul 21, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.29 mile(s)
19 species

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Northern Flicker  2
American Crow  6
Horned Lark  7
Tree Swallow  7
Eastern Bluebird  3
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  13
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  50
Grasshopper Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  2
Savannah Sparrow  9
Song Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Bobolink  1
American Goldfinch  12

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Linda Clark Benedict
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