Hi everyone, I found a couple of interesting "yard" birds as I made my way through the woods edge on my property to see what was around in the beaver pond next door. First, up from the ground flew a chunky medium-sized bird which fluttered off twittering into the woods and landed on the ground again. Too small for a Ruffed Grouse (which ARE there occasionally) and wrong habitat for a snipe, so I'm going to call it an American Woodcock.
Second, on my way back I was brought up short by a loud ticking call and on a branch over the stream was a Northern Waterthrush. I do seem to have them come through this time of year some years, but they don't nest on the property. Finally, another somewhat unusual bird for my yard is the Carolina Wren that's been around for most of this week, in fact there may be two. What an interesting variety of songs and calls they make! Never used to see them up here at this elevation, but with climate change who knows what may show up next! And as a follow-up to my search for Caspian Terns at Myers Pt, I did find five of them there a couple of days ago and was able to get some photos. All adults, but I'm sure the fledglings will show up soon with their parents and that will make for some good photo ops. Marie Marie Read Wildlife Photography 452 Ringwood Road Freeville NY 13068 USA e-mail m...@cornell.edu Website: http://www.marieread.com AUTHOR of: Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing Birds and Their Behavior https://rockynook.com/shop/photography/mastering-bird-photography/?REF=101/ -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/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/ --