Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Weekend Bird walk reports.

2015-07-28 Thread Yvonne Fogarty


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 On Jul 27, 2015, at 2:03 PM, Chris R. Pelkie chris.pel...@cornell.edu 
 wrote:
 
 Speaking of compliant Phoebes, I walked to Sherwood Platform at lunch and met 
 (first time) a visitor/birder from NYC. As he was turning to leave and I was 
 approaching, I spotted a Phoebe on the hand rail and pointed it out to him. 
 It was 5’ away. Then it hopped to a closer post and eventually to about 3’ 
 from us. We remarked that it must be a juvenile though it was in full 
 feather. Then it landed on the floor of the platform in the hot sun and 
 spread its wings and squashed its belly down, opened its mouth and started 
 sunning. We had to walk around it (!) to get back to the rail to look for 
 herons and kingbirds, etc. It finally flew into the bushes at its own good 
 time.
 
 I have often thought of tethering a flycatcher to my hat to ward off 
 mosquitoes...
 
 ChrisP
 __
  
 Chris Pelkie
 Information/Data Manager; IT Support
 Bioacoustics Research Program
 Cornell Lab of Ornithology
 159 Sapsucker Woods Road
 Ithaca, NY 14850
 
 On Jul 27, 2015, at 12:10, Linda Orkin wingmagi...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 I thought people might be interested in reading these.  The leaders write up 
 these reports each week and they are posted on the Cayugabirdclub.org 
 website under About us, and then field trips. Hope you enjoy. I plan on 
 posting them each week, as long as this is okay with the list administrator. 
   Linda Orkin
 
 Reports from this past weekend's beginner bird walks led by Cayuga Bird Club 
 Members.
 Saturday from Lisa Wood. 22 participants. Big group today, so I was grateful 
 for help from CBC member Donna Coventry Wray, who’s been on many, many of 
 these walks and is a multiple-year SFO alumna. A few “townies” were mixed in 
 with the many visitors. We had several memorable experiences in the 2.5 
 hours it took us to get all the way around the Wilson Trail. First, we had 
 good looks at a silent Yellow Warbler pair foraging in full sun near the 
 Owens Platform boardwalk. From the platform itself, we watched a long and 
 daring (and comical) “tightrope“ walk by a Green Heron across a section of 
 the wire above the pond. From the Sherwood Platform, everyone enjoyed 
 watching Eastern Kingbirds feeding busily and noisily above the lily pads. 
 Having seen a Great Crested Flycatcher earlier, we declared it a flycatcher 
 day when, by the pergola, we were repeatedly “buzzed” by a brave little 
 Eastern Phoebe. The bird first flew from the island over to the shore and 
 perched above us, quite close. That was a nice treat, but then it actually 
 flew to a couple of us, close to our faces and above our heads/hats—close 
 enough that those of us in the front couldn’t help but flinch. Evidently the 
 bird was after the mosquitoes that were after us! It successfully caught 
 prey several times while we stood there—what a thrill for all of us!
 
 And Sunday from Paul Anderson 10 participants.I had ten people show up: a 
 group of six students from Colombia, a couple from New Jersey and a two 
 ladies from Binghamton. There was a lot to see, even if little of it was 
 unusual. Many juveniles of many species were out begging. We saw more 
 flycatchers - mostly Phoebes - than I've ever seen on one of these walks. 
 The mosquitoes were voracious. An early highlight was a Green Heron on the 
 main pond, but everybody's favorite was a group of three baby Wood Ducks.
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[cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Weekend Bird walk reports.

2015-07-27 Thread Linda Orkin
I thought people might be interested in reading these.  The leaders write
up these reports each week and they are posted on the Cayugabirdclub.org
website under About us, and then field trips. Hope you enjoy. I plan on
posting them each week, as long as this is okay with the list
administrator.   Linda Orkin

Reports from this past weekend's beginner bird walks led by Cayuga Bird
Club Members.
*Saturday from Lisa Wood*. 22 participants. Big group today, so I was
grateful for help from CBC member Donna Coventry Wray, who’s been on many,
many of these walks and is a multiple-year SFO alumna. A few “townies” were
mixed in with the many visitors. We had several memorable experiences in
the 2.5 hours it took us to get all the way around the Wilson Trail. First,
we had good looks at a silent Yellow Warbler pair foraging in full sun near
the Owens Platform boardwalk. From the platform itself, we watched a long
and daring (and comical) “tightrope“ walk by a Green Heron across a section
of the wire above the pond. From the Sherwood Platform, everyone enjoyed
watching Eastern Kingbirds feeding busily and noisily above the lily pads.
Having seen a Great Crested Flycatcher earlier, we declared it a flycatcher
day when, by the pergola, we were repeatedly “buzzed” by a brave little
Eastern Phoebe. The bird first flew from the island over to the shore and
perched above us, quite close. That was a nice treat, but then it actually
flew to a couple of us, close to our faces and above our heads/hats—close
enough that those of us in the front couldn’t help but flinch. Evidently
the bird was after the mosquitoes that were after us! It successfully
caught prey several times while we stood there—what a thrill for all of us!

*And Sunday from Paul Anderson* 10 participants.I had ten people show up: a
group of six students from Colombia, a couple from New Jersey and a two
ladies from Binghamton. There was a lot to see, even if little of it was
unusual. Many juveniles of many species were out begging. We saw more
flycatchers - mostly Phoebes - than I've ever seen on one of these walks.
The mosquitoes were voracious. An early highlight was a Green Heron on the
main pond, but everybody's favorite was a group of three baby Wood Ducks.
-- 
Veganism is simply the acknowledgment that a replaceable and fleeting
pleasure isn't more valuable than someone's life and liberty.
~ Unknown

If you permit
this evil, what is the good
of the good of your life?

-Stanley Kunitz...

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Sapsucker Woods Weekend Bird walk reports.

2015-07-27 Thread Chris R. Pelkie
Speaking of compliant Phoebes, I walked to Sherwood Platform at lunch and met 
(first time) a visitor/birder from NYC. As he was turning to leave and I was 
approaching, I spotted a Phoebe on the hand rail and pointed it out to him. It 
was 5’ away. Then it hopped to a closer post and eventually to about 3’ from 
us. We remarked that it must be a juvenile though it was in full feather. Then 
it landed on the floor of the platform in the hot sun and spread its wings and 
squashed its belly down, opened its mouth and started sunning. We had to walk 
around it (!) to get back to the rail to look for herons and kingbirds, etc. It 
finally flew into the bushes at its own good time.

I have often thought of tethering a flycatcher to my hat to ward off 
mosquitoes...

ChrisP
__

Chris Pelkie
Information/Data Manager; IT Support
Bioacoustics Research Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

On Jul 27, 2015, at 12:10, Linda Orkin 
wingmagi...@gmail.commailto:wingmagi...@gmail.com wrote:

I thought people might be interested in reading these.  The leaders write up 
these reports each week and they are posted on the 
Cayugabirdclub.orghttp://Cayugabirdclub.org website under About us, and then 
field trips. Hope you enjoy. I plan on posting them each week, as long as this 
is okay with the list administrator.   Linda Orkin

Reports from this past weekend's beginner bird walks led by Cayuga Bird Club 
Members.
Saturday from Lisa Wood. 22 participants. Big group today, so I was grateful 
for help from CBC member Donna Coventry Wray, who’s been on many, many of these 
walks and is a multiple-year SFO alumna. A few “townies” were mixed in with the 
many visitors. We had several memorable experiences in the 2.5 hours it took us 
to get all the way around the Wilson Trail. First, we had good looks at a 
silent Yellow Warbler pair foraging in full sun near the Owens Platform 
boardwalk. From the platform itself, we watched a long and daring (and comical) 
“tightrope“ walk by a Green Heron across a section of the wire above the pond. 
From the Sherwood Platform, everyone enjoyed watching Eastern Kingbirds feeding 
busily and noisily above the lily pads. Having seen a Great Crested Flycatcher 
earlier, we declared it a flycatcher day when, by the pergola, we were 
repeatedly “buzzed” by a brave little Eastern Phoebe. The bird first flew from 
the island over to the shore and perched above us, quite close. That was a nice 
treat, but then it actually flew to a couple of us, close to our faces and 
above our heads/hats—close enough that those of us in the front couldn’t help 
but flinch. Evidently the bird was after the mosquitoes that were after us! It 
successfully caught prey several times while we stood there—what a thrill for 
all of us!

And Sunday from Paul Anderson 10 participants.I had ten people show up: a group 
of six students from Colombia, a couple from New Jersey and a two ladies from 
Binghamton. There was a lot to see, even if little of it was unusual. Many 
juveniles of many species were out begging. We saw more flycatchers - mostly 
Phoebes - than I've ever seen on one of these walks. The mosquitoes were 
voracious. An early highlight was a Green Heron on the main pond, but 
everybody's favorite was a group of three baby Wood Ducks.
--
Veganism is simply the acknowledgment that a replaceable and fleeting pleasure 
isn't more valuable than someone's life and liberty.
~ Unknown

If you permit
this evil, what is the good
of the good of your life?

-Stanley Kunitz...

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