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New York State

3rd November 1987 - 6th November 1987. 

3rd November.

I arrived in Ithaca in up-state New York the previous evening, to stay with Greg Budney, a fellow sound recordist, who I had worked with on the Land of the Eagle project earlier in the year. Greg was a recordist and technician at the Macaulay Library, part of Cornell University's Laboratory of Ornithology. New species for me will be in bold.

In Greg's garden there were 6 Black-capped Chickadees, a Blue Jay, a White-breasted Nuthatch, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, a Brown Creeper and 6 Eastern Grey Squirrels.

Later, we drove north to the town of Savannah where there was a Gray Kingbird a rare bird in this area.

Also seen here was another White-breasted Nuthatch, 20 Canada Geese and a huge flock of around 50,000 Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, Brown-headed Cowbirds and Starlings.

Gray Kingbird. 

Gray Kingbird 01a, New York State, 3_11_

4th & 5th November.

Staying with Greg, we visited several areas near Ithaca and the 'finger' lakes, seeing Black-capped Chickadee, White and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Blue Jay, American Crow, Purple Finch, Northern Cardinal, American Robin, American Goldfinch, Evening Grosbeak, Dark-eyed Junco, Great Blue Heron, Tufted Titmouse, Common Grackle, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers. We also heard short bursts of song from several Spring Peepers, although we couldn't see them, apparently they have winter calls.

Black-capped Chickadees - Nigel Tucker
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Calls and winter song from several, Red-breasted Nuthatch in background

Spring Peeper - Nigel Tucker
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Winter calls.

6th November.

It was snowing this morning, stopping by midday, we went to nearby Sapsucker Woods seeing 6 Rusty Blackbirds, a Downy Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadees, Purple Finches, Mallard, Black Ducks, Canada Geese, an Eastern Chipmunk, Eastern Grey Squirrels, Blue Jays, American Crows, American Robins, House Sparrows, a Brown-headed Cowbird, a White-breasted Nuthatch, Northern Cardinals, 2 Dark-eyed Juncos and a Red-breasted Woodpecker.






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