The Finger Lakes Land Trust has invited me to deliver a Zoom presentation next week on this year’s Spring Bird Quest. I’ll present photos and anecdotes from my many visits to Land Trust preserves during May, focusing on the bird moments that were most curious, amazing, and enlightening for me (and hopefully you too).
So if you have enjoyed our SBQ field trips in the past, or if you miss community bird events, or if you need a break from Netflix, or if you just want to show up to support the Land Trust, we warmly welcome you! The event will take place on Tuesday, June 2 at 7:30 PM. Pre-registration is required. Here is a link to more details: https://www.fllt.org/events/photos-and-findings-from-spring-bird-quest-hosted-online/. And here is the link to register on Zoom if you want to skip straight to that step: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUldeusrTMiH9L0NLfqB_vVffg00SM6hwha Of course, I get that dozens and dozens of you have also been visiting Land Trust preserves in May, each with your own highlights. If you have any short notes or interesting photos, please feel free to send them to me. I’ll see what I get and determine the best way to share your highlights too, while still keeping the duration to about an hour. Meanwhile, Land Trust staff have continued to help me to refresh the Spring Bird Quest update page. See https://www.fllt.org/spring-bird-quest-updates/ for some notes and new photos, through Sunday. I also had two brief outings to Land Trust preserves on Memorial Day. In the late morning, Miyoko and I visited the Salmon Creek Bird Sanctuary in Lansing, where we found the expected excellent variety of forest-edge and forest-interior birds, including HOODED, BLUE-WINGED, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, plus several YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS and many ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and VEERIES. Shortly after sunset, I decided to go to the Goetchius Wetland Preserve in Caroline. I found neither of those taxa, but I had a most excellent consolation prize – at least five displaying AMERICAN WOODCOCKS. I was a bit surprised to find this species still courting with undiminished gusto, in such good numbers. I'm aware of the potential for confusion with Wilson’s Snipe or calling Common Nighthawks (actually my main target species for the visit). But I got sight confirmation of one woodcock, which I spotted flying right in front of me and followed as it rose on rapidly whirring wings in its wheeling display flight. This and all the other woodcocks sounded typical -- nasal "peent" (less razzy than nighthawks), twittering wings, and chirping descent. (And speaking of surprising lingering nocturnal birds, the gray-morph EASTERN SCREECH-OWL along Siena Drive has been continuing to roost in its same cavity, including all three days of the long weekend. This is the latest in spring that I’ve ever seen a screech-owl lingering at a winter roost site. Still no obvious signs of a nest here, though.) Mark Chao -- 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/ --