Very quiet at the Hawthorn Orchard on this drizzly morning...see my notes below.

Chris T-H

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Date: May 18, 2020 at 11:15:39 EDT
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Subject: eBird Report - Hawthorn Orchard and East Ithaca Rec. Way, May 18, 2020

Hawthorn Orchard and East Ithaca Rec. Way, Tompkins, New York, US
May 18, 2020 8:58 AM - 10:57 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.621 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:     It was disconcertingly quiet today, and has been so 
generally all spring thus far. There was a drizzle and sprinkles throughout the 
morning. Solid overcast skies. Cool temps in the mid-40s. There is a light 
East-Southeast wind. The wind will continue to be predominantly Southeast over 
the next several days. There is very little leaf-out anywhere. The only trees 
currently flowering are pear trees and apple trees. Even the maple trees and 
oak trees do not have leaves and barely have leaf-out starting. This has been 
one of the coldest and slowest spring migrations witnessed in a couple of 
decades. Some of the very recent first arrivals of transients have included 
species that are typically observed in very early May (OCWA, GWWA, BWWA, BTNW, 
BLBW, among others), not mid-May. The entire migration through this region, in 
the Finger Lakes, appears to be behind normal by about two full weeks.
42 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  2
Mallard  3
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  6
Killdeer  2
Solitary Sandpiper  1     Seen and heard circling back over Tennis Center, 
giving higher frequency “peet-weet-weet!” call. Heard first, then seen in 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Least Flycatcher  1
Blue-headed Vireo  4
vireo sp.  1     Heard an infrequently singing Red-eyed Vireo in mixed 
oaks/pines in North Ravine, but cannot rule out Philadelphia Vireo. The 
intermittent song phrases were faster and not as “twangy” as Blue-headed Vireo, 
which was present, but the singing bird simply went unseen. In mid-summer, I 
would have easily called this singer a Red-eyed Vireo.
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  1
European Starling  7
Gray Catbird  6
Wood Thrush  4
American Robin  9
House Sparrow  4
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  3
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Baltimore Oriole  5
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Common Grackle  2
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  1
Yellow Warbler  3
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  1     Singing from white pine grove across Mitchell Street from 
the Hawthorn Orchard.
Wilson's Warbler  1
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.)  5
Northern Cardinal  4

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