Today about 12:45 , I was walking on Tower Rd., on Mt. Pleasant and saw a small
flock of Snow Buntings. They were on the east side of Tower Rd., about 25 to
30. They flew up a couple times and landed back in a plot that had lots of
plants - they seemed to be feeding on. I figure lots of seeds
Apologies for my garbled message yesterday about the female White-winged
Scoter at Myers. Not sure what happened-tried sending from my phone.
I was at Myers with the CC Bird Study Group (8:30 am) and we did observe
a female White-winged Scoter straight out from the point. It was
Diane, Susan Evans-Pond and I were headed back to Ithaca after birding with the
Campus Club Bird Study Group at MNWR and we stopped at South Spring Pool to
check what might be out on the pool. As we were standing on the wooden
platform we saw two Yellow-rumped Warblers just to the west
Close in at Myers beautiful Horned Grebe and female White- winged Scooter. Two
Common Loons. Bird Study Group was there at 8:35 am.
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This evening just after 8 PM I listened to a Woodcock doing its
"peenting" call in the field on the north side of Mt. Pleasant Rd.
across from my driveway.
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This afternoon about 5:30 p.m., I walked the Yorkies, and we went down
to the pond. As we got there I saw a small bird on the water on the
other side. We all stopped to look and what jumped out at me was the
yellowish ( in fan shape) feathers on the side of the head, and my first
Hi all ,
Just a reminder I will be leading a Cayuga Bird Club Trip tomorrow. Join me at
7:30 AM at the east end of Stewart Park for a half day trip. We will check the
waterfront and then carpool up the east side of the lake. We will make a few
stops along the lake but also check fields for
Driving home just after noon today, as I approached my driveway, a group
of Redpolls flew up from the field on the north side of Mt. Pleasant
Rd, into the treetops on the south side. It looked like about 20-25
total. I got out to look at them. Quite a few flew back into the woods
This morning 3/26, I went out to the garage and realized the chorus I
was hearing were Common Redpolls. They were really singing away. Went
in to grab my binocs. Note-it is hard to find tiny grey birds in
treetops of grey leafless trees. Not till they flew did I finally see
where they were.
Today about 1:30, while walking the doggies, I first heard Redpolls in
the weedy field west of the road that goes back to the ATT tower. I
did see them flying around and they flew down into the weeds totally out
of sight. Did not have my binocs. When I returned, walking west down
Around 50-60 Slow Buntings now feeding at edge of the field across from my
driveway at 631 Mt. Pleasant. Oops- Car just went by and they flew further
back(north) in field.
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This morning around 8:15 while driving to Dryden, maybe 80+ Snow
Buntings swirled over Rt.13. This happened just past the VFW going
north on rt. 13. There are grassy fields on both sides of the road
along here. The Buntings flew from the south side to the north side.
Saturday, September 29th Cayuga Bird Club Trip.
A reminder that I will lead a trip to the Finger Lakes Land Trust's Roy H Park
Preserve (South). Meet at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Parking lot at 7:30
am. We trip will go to about 12 noon. We will look for late migrating
On Tuesday morning 9/11, the Campus Club Bird Study Group walked the
Wilson Trail North. We birded out to just past the Sherwood Platform
and then back to the Owens Observation Platform. Our big group of 23
had many beginner birders but we did manage to see good variety of
I will be leading a half-day trip to the Dorothy McIlroy Bird Sanctuary, a
preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust on Sunday, June 3, 7:00 am - noon. The
preserve is located along the outlet of Lake Como in the town of Summerhill,
and has a peat swamp and hemlock forest that
On Sunday morning, April 22ed 13 people joined me for a walk in the
park. The sunshine was awesome, but there was a light breeze at the
start making it quite chilly. There was a nice group of male and
female Ruddy Ducks right offshore for great viewing. Such beautiful
ducks. The majority
A reminder that I will be leading a Cayuga Bird Club trip at Stewart
Park and Renwick Woods area this coming Sunday, April 22ed. Meet at the
parking area near the tennis courts towards the west side at 7:30 AM.
The weather is looking UP! for warmer temps and lots of sunshine.
Yesterday, 11/7, after birding with the Bird Study Group at Myers Park;
Susan Soboroff, Bonnie Wojnowski and I continued up to MNWR. We
stopped at the Aurora Boathouse where there were hundreds of Ring-billed
Gulls, sitting on the docks and out on the water, with still more flying
Saturday, October 21st, I will be leading a Cayuga Bird Club trip up to
Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. The trip is open to all. We will meet at
the Lab of Ornithology to carpool at 7:30 AM.
Please dress for the weather, bring lunch, snacks, drinks. (Looks like
we will need
Today we were delighted to see 5 Ruffed Grouse juveniles go across our
backyard on Mt. Pleasant. They ran/flew/scurried one by one across the
open area. From under our solar panels to the safety of the bushy area
across the yard.Great to see they have been successful. I hear the
On Saturday, May 20th, I was joined by seven others for a fine outing (weather
and bird wise) of birding at the Dorothy McIlroy Preserve and Summerhill area.
Susan Soberoff, Jae Sullivan, Diane Traina, Judith Saul and I first stopped
at the pull off on Lake Como Rd. Here we saw two Cedar
A reminder that I will be leading a Cayuga Bird Club trip to the Dorothy
McIlroy Preserve and other areas in Summerhill. Saturday, May 20th. The
McIlroy preserve is located along the outlet of Lake Como in the town of
Summerhill, and has a peat swamp and hemlock forest that supports a
Jae Sullivan joined me for the Cayuga Bird Club trip to Onondaga
Audubon's Derby Hill Hawk watch on Sunday, April 23ed. The weather was
right for a good flight and we were not disappointed. The official
count switched to the south lookout fairly early as the winds had
changed from southerly
hawks/eagles/songbirds coming through. From the north lookout, one can
look out over Lake Ontario for waterfowl. It is always dependent on
the winds that day what might be seen.
Questions? Please Email me at g...@outlook.com or call 607-227-3970.
Yesterday morning, Jan. 4th, I was out walking the dogs, up here on Mt.
Pleasant and there was a lot of activity with Robins. Hard to count but maybe
25-30, all around the house and out the driveway. They were after Hawthorn
berries. There are also wet areas in the woods. I know there are
With the forecast for this weekend, I am changing the CAYUGA BIRD CLUB Derby
Hill trip to Sunday, April 24th. Please meet in the north parking area at the
Lab of Ornithology. 7 A.M.
Dress warmly, and bring food and drinks. We will plan on stopping on the way
, Cooper's Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker, and Rock Pigeons.
Given the wind, and choppy waves, but no rain (!), we had a nice variety of
ducks, and good looks at some beautiful birds. It was fun exploring new
areas. Thanks to all who came along !
This evening I was walking my dog towards the east end of Mt. Pleasant
rd. On our way back, at the top of the hill I noticed 2 birds, very
erratic flight over the alfalfa field on the north side. They had very
pointed wings and were hawking insects. They were fairly high and
stayed over the
This afternoon I was in the right place at the right time, thanks to
noisy Chickadees who cued me in to all the other activity going on. Just
before 5 pm, after walking the dogs in our woods, I spent about 40-45
minutes watching and trying to identify quite a group of migrants
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