During this past weekend ( 9 /13-15/ 19 ) I attended the NYSOA Annual
Meeting in Kingston. It was hosted by the Catskill Center for Conservation
and Development, with assistance by the John Burroughs Natural History
Society, and was highlighted by the keynote speaker at the Saturday
banquet, Nathan Pieplow. His presentation, entitled "The Language of
Birds", was chocked full of his experiences from both the field and
laboratory, ie, the Brown Thrasher is capable of over 2100 different
vocalizations - the most of any bird species in the world...who knew ?

Field trips are always a popular activity during our statewide convention,
with this year's meeting being fairly productive ! On Sunday, after taking
part in the excursion to the Shawangunk Grasslands NWR, 4 of us left the
main group, and took off for the "hot swamp", near New Paltz, where a grand
total of 12 Red-headed Woodpeckers were recorded on Saturday. Upon reaching
our destination, but before even getting out of our cars, we were greeted
by an adult Bald Eagle, circling over the swamp. Once out, we, in this
case, being 3 NYSOA members from the Elmira area (Bill Ostrander, and 2
ladies, Gail & Christine, whom I apologize to for not remembering their
surnames. Christine was the first to spot a RHWO, an immature, the first of
a total of 6 birds, 3 immatures and 3 adults ! When we weren't looking for
the woodpeckers, or listening to their noise making, we were kept busy with
a good supply of raptors. In addition to the BAEA, they were: Turkey
Vulture; Black Vulture; Sharp-shinned Hawk; Red-shouldered Hawk; Red-tailed
Hawk and American Kestrel. Also, while at the Shawangunk Grasslands, we had
Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk and American Kestrel.

See you next year in Syracuse,


NYSbirds-L List Info:

1) http://www.mail-archive.com/nysbirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html
2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L
3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01

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