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*The Cup 9.5-9.6 ­ May/June 2004
*The electronic publication of the David Cup/McIlroy competitions.
*  Editor-in-Chief:  Jay McGowan
*  Highlights:  Jay McGowan
*  Resident Interviewer:  Mark Chao
*  Bird Taste-Tester:  Martin McGowan
*  Acuracy chekcer: N/A
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Welcome to The Cup!

The summer doldrums are almost at an end, with shorebirds returning and 
the possibility of rarities increasing daily.  Those lazy, hazy days of 
summer were the perfect time to write an extensive, exhaustive, and 
thoroughly entertaining issue of The Cup.  But it didn't quite happen 
that way.  So, without further ado, here is The Cup 9.5-9.6.

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<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< PILGRIMS' PROGRESS >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


May, June 2004 David Cup Totals

Despite Scott's promising April lead, somehow he just didn't make it 
through May and June.  He is expected to make a comeback soon, though.

218, 228 Jay McGowan
215, 219 Scott Haber
206, 217 Kevin McGowan
216, ??? Steve Fast
202, 214 Bard Prentiss
201, 212 Mark Chao
204, 211 Bruce Tracey
193, 200 Ken Rosenberg
188, ??? Tim Lenz
176, 183 Anne Marie Johnson
168, 182 Chris Tessaglia-Hymes
179, ??? Meena Haribal
175, ??? Steve Kelling
160, 167 Perri McGowan
155, ??? Erin Hewett
145, 145 John Baur
144, ??? Sam Kelling
 68, 143 Matt Medler
114, 137 Rachel Rosenberg
114, 137 Olivia Rosenberg
???, ??? Lena Samsonenko 
103, 107 Tringa (the Dog) McGowan
???, ??? Allison Wells
 85,  85 Pete Hosner
 78,  81 Martin (the Cat) McGowan
 69,  69 Julie Hart
 ??,  ?? Evan Wells


May, June 2004 McIlroy Award (Ithaca) Totals

Ken just managed to edge out no-longer-a-resident-of-Ithaca-or-the-
Cayuga-Lake-Basin-for-that-matter Tim Lenz for the McIlroy lead.  Way 
to go Ken!

172, 174 Ken Rosenberg
160, 160 Tim Lenz
146, 153 Mark Chao
134, 141 Jeff Gerbracht
132, 134 Jay McGowan
112, 118 Kevin McGowan
???, ??? Allison Wells


May, June 2004 Evans Trophy (Dryden) Totals

178, 183 Jay McGowan
165, 169 Kevin McGowan
162, ??? Steve Fast
160, 161 Bard Prentiss


May, June 2004 Yard Totals

119, ??? Steve Kelling, Caroline 
105, ??? John Fitzpatrick
100, 105 McGowan/Kline Family, Dryden
 87,  ?? Nancy Dickinson
 64,  70 Anne Marie Johnson, Caroline

May, June 2004 Lansing Competition Totals

---, 148 Kevin McGowan
120, 141 Mark Chao
???, ??? Bruce Tracey

May, June 2004 Etna Challenge Totals

  9, 624 Allison Wells*


Mark Chao's 200th bird: Yellow-throated Vireo
Scott Haber's 200th bird: Alder Flycatcher
Jay McGowan's 200th bird: Blackpoll Warbler
Kevin McGowan's 200th bird: Semipalmated Sandpiper
Bard Prentiss' 200th bird: Virginia Rail
Ken Rosenberg's 200th bird: Dickcissel


*This is only a rough estimate, no actual totals being received.

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BASIN COMPOSITE DEPOSIT

The Basin total for 2004 stood at 252 at the end of May and now stands 
at 253 for June (when only Dickcissel was added.)  The biggest misses 
this year include Greater White-fronted Goose, Little Gull (the first 
time in quite a while no one found one in the spring), Long-eared Owl, 
Cape May Warbler, and Henslow's Sparrow.  Here is the complete list:

Canada Goose, Brant, ROSS'S GOOSE, Snow Goose, Mute Swan, Tundra Swan, 
Wood Duck, Mallard, Am. Black Duck, Gadwall, N. Pintail, Am. Wigeon, 
EURASIAN WIGEON, N. Shoveler, B-w Teal, G-w Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, 
R-n Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, L-t Duck, Surf Scoter, Black 
Scoter, W-w Scoter, C. Goldeneye, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, Bufflehead, 
Hooded Merganser, C. Merganser, R-b Merganser, Ruddy Duck, R-n 
Pheasant, Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, R-t Loon, PACIFIC LOON, C. Loon, 
P-b Grebe, Horned Grebe, R-n Grebe, EARED GREBE, D-c Cormorant, Am. 
Bittern, Least Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, SNOWY EGRET, 
TRICOLORED HERON, CATTLE EGRET, Green Heron, B-c Night-Heron, GLOSSY 
IBIS, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Bald Eagle, N. Harrier, S-s Hawk, 
Cooper's Hawk, N. Goshawk, R-s Hawk, B-w Hawk, R-t Hawk, R-l Hawk, 
Golden Eagle, Am. Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, C. Moorhen, Am. 
Coot, Virginia Rail, Sora, YELLOW RAIL, SANDHILL CRANE, B-b Plover, Am. 
Golden-Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, 
Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, WILLET, Spotted Sandpiper, 
Upland Sandpiper, WHIMBREL, Ruddy Turnstone, RED KNOT, Sanderling, 
Dunlin, Pectoral Sandpiper, W-r Sandpiper, WESTERN SANDPIPER, 
Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, RUFF, S-b Dowitcher, Am. 
Woodcock, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, Bonaparte's Gull, R-b 
Gull, Herring Gull, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Lesser B-b Gull, Great 
B-b Gull, Caspian Tern, C. Tern, Forster's Tern, Black Tern, Mourning 
Dove, Rock Pigeon, Y-b Cuckoo, B-b Cuckoo, S-e Owl, Great Horned Owl, 
Barred Owl, N. S-w Owl, E. Screech-Owl, C. Nighthawk, Chimney Swift, R-
t Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, R-h Woodpecker, R-b Woodpecker, Y-b 
Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, N. Flicker, Pileated 
Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, E. Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, 
Y-b Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, 
Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, E. Kingbird, N. Shrike, R-e 
Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, WHITE-EYED VIREO, Y-t Vireo, 
B-h Vireo, Blue Jay, C. Raven, Am. Crow, Fish Crow, Horned Lark, Purple 
Martin, N. R-w Swallow, Bank Swallow, Tree Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn 
Swallow, Tufted Titmouse, B-c Chickadee, R-b Nuthatch, W-b Nuthatch, 
Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Winter Wren, Marsh Wren, G-c 
Kinglet, R-c Kinglet, B-g Gnatcatcher, E. Bluebird, Am. Robin, Wood 
Thrush, Veery, Swainson's Thrush, G-c Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Gray 
Catbird, N. Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, Am. Pipit, 
BOHEMIAN WAXWING, Cedar Waxwing, N. Parula, O-c Warbler, Tennessee 
Warbler, B-w Warbler, G-w Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, 
C-s Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, B-t Blue Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, 
Blackburnian Warbler, Y-r Warbler, B-t Green Warbler, Prairie Warbler, 
Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, B-b Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, W-e 
Warbler, B-&-w Warbler, Am. Redstart, Ovenbird, N. Waterthrush, 
Louisiana Waterthrush, Mourning Warbler, C. Yellowthroat, Wilson's 
Warbler, Canada Warbler, Hooded Warbler, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, Scarlet 
Tanager, N. Cardinal, R-b Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, DICKCISSEL, E. 
Towhee, Am. Tree Sparrow, Field Sparrow, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, Chipping 
Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, W-t 
Sparrow, W-c Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, 
Swamp Sparrow, D-e Junco, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, E. 
Meadowlark, Bobolink, B-h Cowbird, R-w Blackbird, Rusty Blackbird, C. 
Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Evening Grosbeak, Purple 
Finch, House Finch, W-w Crossbill, C. Redpoll, HOARY REDPOLL, Pine 
Siskin, Am. Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

ALSO SEEN BUT NOT COUNTABLE: Trumpeter Swan

LEADER'S MISS LIST
Of all those species, this month's leader missed the following birds:

EURASIAN WIGEON, PACIFIC LOON, SNOWY EGRET, TRICOLORED HERON, B-c 
Night-Heron, YELLOW RAIL, Ruddy Turnstone, RED KNOT, Sanderling, 
WWESTERN SANDPIPER, RUFF, S-b Dowitcher, N. S-w Owl, R-h Woodpecker, 
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, Y-b Flycatcher, N. Shrike, Philadelphia Vireo, 
WHITE-EYED VIREO, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, O-c Warbler, B-b Warbler, Wilson's 
Warbler, Lincoln's Sparrow, W-w Crossbill.

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MAY & JUNE 2004 BASIN HIGHLIGHTS
by Jay McGowan

---MAY---

As a nice start to the May rarities, Tim Lenz and Mike Andersen found a 
WHITE-EYED VIREO in Mundy Wildflower Gardens at the Cornell Plantations 
on May 1st.

The warblers trickled back in the last week of April and first weeks of 
May.  The Hawthorn Orchards were perhaps not quite as productive as 
usual, with only a few BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS and NORTHERN PARULAS, and 
Cape May or Golden-winged warblers completely absent.  ORANGE-CROWNED 
WARBLERS, on the other hand, were seen quite often in the hawthorns 
over a period of about a week, as well as at other locations.  A 
BREWSTER'S WARBLER was seen in the hawthorns on May 7th.  (Brewster's 
Warblers were also reported at Sapsucker Woods and at the Lindsay-
Parsons Biodiversity Preserve during the month.)  Tim Johnson reported 
a fly-over WILLET from near the Hawthorn Orchards on May 11th.

Some warblers arrived back in West Danby a little before they did in 
Ithaca.  WORM-EATING WARBLERS were back on territory there by May 7th, 
and a male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, along with the spring's first 
reported Hooded Warbler, were seen nearby on the 8th.

The SHORT-EARED OWL found near George Road in Dryden on April 30th was 
seen again on May 3rd but was not relocated subsequently.  On May 5th, 
Tim Lenz saw a SANDHILL CRANE flying over Collegetown in Ithaca.  Also 
on the 5th, Matt Young found a singing WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL at George 
Jr. in Dryden, but it only stayed for a few minutes.  PINE SISKINS were 
found breeding in several areas in the Basin, including Summerhill and 
Ithaca.  The EVENING GROSBEAK flock present at Summerhill all winter 
was last reported from May 3rd.

On May 6th Domonic Sherony and Gary Chapin found a male EURASIAN WIGEON 
(the second in the Basin this year) in Tschache Pool at Montezuma, as 
well as the first UPLAND SANDPIPERS of the year at the fairgrounds 
south of Seneca Falls.  On May 7th, Bob Guthrie reported a female RUFF 
at Benning Marsh, Montezuma.  The bird was seen later that evening but 
was not found the next day.  What WAS found the next day, however, was 
almost as exciting: Joe Brin found a TRICOLORED HERON and a SNOWY EGRET 
together in North Spring Pool (across the road from the end of the 
wildlife drive) at Montezuma.  The Snowy Egret was seen again the next 
day, but the Tricolored was not refound.  On the 19th, a Snowy Egret 
(presumably the same individual) was seen again near North Spring Pool. 
On May 9th, Tim and Anne Marie Johnson found a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW in 
the field across from their house on Creamery Road in Brooktondale.  
This bird is probably the same individual that sang in the same 
locations for much of the spring and summer last year.  Later in the 
month, two Clay-colored Sparrows were seen in the field, and a couple 
of weeks later they were observed apparently feeding young.  The lack 
of feeding the next day, however, led some to suspect that the sparrows 
lost their first brood.  No evidence of a second brood has been 
observed.

Mark Dettling found a male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER singing a Blue-wing 
type song on the property at the end of Teeter Road in Lansing on May 
10th.  This bird was around until at least well into June.  On May 
21st, Mark Chao and Tim Lenz found a singing WORM-EATING WARBLER in the 
same area.

A RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen at Myers Point on the 13th and another on 
the 24th, and five SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS turned up on the 14th.  
Allison Wells found a WESTERN SANDPIPER on the spit on the 15th (but 
neglected to post it to the list until two days after the fact.)  On 
the evening of the 20th, Ken Rosenberg found a WHIMBREL settling down 
to roost on the spit.  It remained until the next morning and well into 
the day.  Other birds around Myers included DUNLIN, SEMIPALMATED AND 
LEAST SANDPIPERS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, FORSTER'S 
TERN, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, and CLIFF SWALLOW.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Sapsucker Woods on May 14th, and 
ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS were found again at the traditional spot off Ford 
Hill Road in Lansing on the 23rd.  The YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT seen at the 
end of April in the Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve in West Danby 
was seen again on May 16th and remained into June.  Worm-eating 
Warblers were also present at this location.

A GLOSSY IBIS was seen on the 15th at the Lime Hollow Nature Center. 

The first SWAINSON'S and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES of the year were heard 
as night migrants over Ithaca on the 19th.  The next morning both 
species were seen in the Hawthorn Orchard.

Mark Dettling, Fred Werner, and Christine Sousa found a WILSON'S 
PHALAROPE at Benning Marsh at Montezuma on May 19th. On the 26th, a 
CATTLE EGRET was reported from the main drive, and on the 27th Bob 
Guthrie reported seeing a flock of 32 WHIMBREL flying over the main 
pool at Montezuma.

A BRANT was found feeding with Canada Geese at Stewart Park on May 25th 
and stayed for several days.  On May 30th, Ken Rosenberg found a 
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT along the Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca, and a singing 
NORTHERN PARULA at Robert Treman State Park.

Scott Haber found a WESTERN SANDPIPER in the George Road wetlands on 
the 30th.  Also on the 30th, Bob Spahn discovered many shorebirds at 
the Know-Marcellus Marsh (off East Road or Towpath Road) near 
Montezuma, including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, SANDERLING, and 3 AMERICAN 
GOLDEN-PLOVERS.  The next day, David Neveu found 2 RED KNOTS at this 
location, in addition to a Ruddy Turnstone and other shorebirds.  The 
knots were not seen at this location the next day, however.


---JUNE---

A male DICKCISSEL was found near the Reynolds Game Farm on Stevenson 
Road on June 2nd.  The bird, which was singing an atypical song 
vigorously from a fence along the east edge of the farm, stayed for 
several days and allowed close looks.  It appeared to be an immature 
male, for although it was quite yellow on the chest and showed the 
other plumage characteristics of an adult, it had only a black spot 
where the extensive black bib would normally be on an adult male.

The SANDHILL CRANES bred again near Carncross Road north of Montezuma.  
Two juveniles were seen with adults in early June.  A GLOSSY IBIS was 
found at Benning Marsh on June 8th and remained in the area well into 
July.  Both AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERNS were seen at Montezuma, as well 
as many Black Terns and one or two Caspian Terns.  COMMON TERNS were 
often seen over the main pool as well, and a Common Tern nest with one 
egg was reported from Tschache Pool on the June 24th.  On the 26th, a 
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen on the main pool, the first sighting 
of this species since April.



!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!                       KICKIN' TAIL!                      !
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, Kickin' Tail is back (not that it was ever really gone, of 
course.)  Former Cup editor Matt Medler was aghast at my suggestion of 
a different article temporarily replacing Kickin' Tail as a means of 
interviewing new cuppers.  In a tactful but imperious message to the 
editor, Medler made his wishes clear: Kickin' Tail is mandatory.  
"[Kickin' Tail] is more than a moderately (or whatever adjective you 
used) cherished Cup tradition," Medler wrote.  So Kickin' Tail returns.

And now, The Cup (ably represented by Mark Chao) interviews Scott 
Haber, who took the lead for the month of April, only to be beaten by 
Jay two months in a row.  Scott remains in second place, however, and 
is well placed to reclaim the lead in the fall.


The Cup:  Congratulations on your April Cup lead!  You've made quite an 
ascent to the top of the standings, in your very first year of 
competing for the Cup.  How have you been doing it?

Scott:  By listening to Cup Coach/McIlroy Nazi Tim Lenz's drill-
sergeant-like motivational speeches, and (Coach from afar) Pete 
Hosner's Basin birding tips -- that is, until he disappeared to Panama, 
or Wyoming or Costa Rica.   Also, I like to add a pinch of neglecting 
important academic responsibilities, and a dash of being one of the few 
Cornell freshmen in possession (legally) of a car.

The Cup:  I see quite an interesting subplot with this year's contest -
- not only do we have great young birders vying for the Cup, we have a 
competition among Hall-of-Fame-caliber coaches too.  I wonder if Jay 
McGowan ever calls his Cup Coach a Nazi behind his back.  So do you 
think you can hold the lead?

Scott:  It's doubtful with Jay breathing down my neck so closely.  I 
also have a gut feeling that one of the old(er)-timers will make a late 
season push (a McGowan other than Jay, or a Rosenberg perhaps?).

The Cup:  What has been your best Cup moment of the year?

Scott:  Tim Lenz refusing to show me where the Woodleton Boardwalk at 
the Lab of O was, so I could get my Cup-Northern Waterthrush.  Being 
the McIlroy Nazi he is, Tim would not let me cross the road into Dryden 
and insisted I find a McWaterthrush within the Ithaca portion of 
Sapsucker Woods.  I also always seemed to pick up new Cup birds 
whenever Lena Samsonenko was too bogged down with schoolwork to go 
birding.

The Cup:  Only the Cup could turn Tim into a dictatorial oppressor -- 
and I'd imagine that only the Cup could turn spite into a source of 
pleasure for a nice young man like you.  Maybe we should have warned 
John Baur's wife before we talked him into participating.

In any case...what species are you targeting this summer?

Scott:  I'd like to find a new Henslow's Sparrow spot for the Basin, 
and the Teeter Road Worm-eating can't disappoint me for much longer, or 
else I'll have to find one at the Biodiversity Preserve.  I also have 
to get up to Montezuma eventually and knock off bitterns, Cerulean 
Warbler, and Upland Sandpiper.

The Cup:  I hope that you don't mean "knock off" in the Tony Soprano 
way.  You are from Jersey, aren't you?

Scott:  Actually, NJ gets an undeserved bad rap.  The Turnpike does 
have its interesting smells, but I've seen Black Bear, Timber 
Rattlesnake, and Prickly Pear Cactus all living wild in the state.  
I've lived my entire 19 years in a small town called Tenafly, along the 
Palisades over the Hudson River, about 7 miles north of New York city.

The Cup:  How the heck did a Prickly Pear Cactus get to Jersey?  Maybe 
a seed got pooped out by a stray White-winged Dove.  Let me ask, since 
several of our Cup stalwarts also bird Jersey hard each spring, have 
you ever done a New Jersey Big Day?  And have you seen any rarities 
there that stand out in your memory?

Scott:  I did the World Series of Birding in 2002 with 3 fellow young 
birder friends of mine...we got 169 species, good enough (back then) 
for 2nd place in the youth division.  As far as rarities in NJ, I've 
seen Ruff, Mississippi Kite, Purple Gallinule, Calliope Hummingbird, 
and Swainson's Warbler; but I've actually had many more successful 
rarity chases in the state of New York.

The Cup:  What are your best New York and/or Basin finds?

Scott:  I found a singing northern Parula in the middle of January on 
the Central Park CBC 3 years ago, but as far as Basin finds, I'm pretty 
proud of the Eurasian Green-winged Teal (although that might be a 
refind) and the recent Western Sandpiper.

The Cup:  Scott, how did you become a birder?

Scott:  Thanks to my 7th-grade science teacher, Dennis Minsky, a former 
wildlife biologist for the USFWS who studied terns.  He did a unit on 
birds with us during the semester, and although most of my friends 
considered it dorky or weird, I was hooked. (Note: one or more of the 
previous sentences might have been copied and pasted from one of my 
Cornell admissions application essays).

The Cup:  You've been working as a field assistant in David Winkler's 
study of local Tree Swallows this summer.  What's the study about?  And 
how has the experience been for you?

Scott:  This is actually my 4th summer as field assistant on the Ithaca 
Tree Swallow project under Dr. Winkler.  Our research topics are many 
and varied, and stem from both Dr. Winkler's interests, and those of 
his undergraduate and grad students.  This summer's activities 
included: running swallows through a flight performance tunnel to 
quantify their flight abilities and correlate this with their breeding 
success; trying out dummy radio transmitters on the swallows to see if 
a future study using actual radios to track the post-breeding movements 
of the swallows, would be feasible; and continuing to contribute to a 
worldwide data set known as Golondrinas de las Americas (more info at 
golondrinas.cornell.edu) which seeks to produce a huge database of life 
history information regarding swallow species all over the world, using 
standardized protocols and methods.  I'm also doing a bit of my own 
research this summer, collecting feather samples from the swallows to 
see if any trace elements can be detected through later analysis, which 
will allow us to make ecological connections between the swallows' 
breeding and roosting sites.

The Cup:  Do you have any idea yet what you want to do after Cornell?

Scott:  I'd like to follow the Pete Hosner model of fine living: avoid 
grad school, be a bird bum, and somehow be oddly well versed in fine 
wines and exotic fishes (well, maybe I'll just leave the last two to 
Pete).

The Cup:  Do you have a girlfriend?

Scott:  Unfortunately not at the moment.  I've gone both routes: Having 
a birder girlfriend, and trying to convert a non-birder girlfriend.  
Neither was very successful.

The Cup:  How often do you think of each of the following:  schoolwork, 
food, women, and birds?

Scott:  Not as much as I should, sometimes, sometimes (of course this 
level of awareness rises dramatically when I'm in the vicinity of 
Pete's Treats), and more than I should.

The Cup:  Has any of the Pete's staffers slipped you her phone number 
with your curly fries yet?

Scott:  I believe that's only happened to Ryan Bakelaar so far...I'm 
still hoping.

The Cup: Do you have any other interests or passions besides birds?

Scott:  I wouldn't say I have any other passions besides birding, but 
my other hobbies include: any general outdoor activities, and music... 
both listening, and performance as a percussionist, although I was more 
involved in performance in my high school days.

The Cup:  What's in your MP3 player now?

Scott:  I'm not high-tech enough for an MP3 player, but in my CD player 
right now is "The Very Best of The Who."

The Cup:  I'm not tryin' to cause a big s-s-s-sensation -- but you're 
talkin' 'bout Steve Fast's g-g-g-generation.  

What's your favorite color? 

Scott:  The red of a Red-faced Warbler's face.

The Cup:  Your favorite 3 warbler species? 

Scott:  Blackburnian, Golden-Winged, Cerulean.

The Cup:  Name a bird species that you feel is underappreciated, and 
tell what you like about it. 

Scott:  Gadwall - I think it's a gorgeous duck, although some consider 
its grays and browns to be "dull".

The Cup:  Ah!  You are a man of taste!  Your most coveted Basin bird 
not yet seen?

Scott:  Eared Grebe or Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow.

The Cup:  Do you have any closing words for Jay or for our loyal Cup 
readers?

Scott:  To Jay: Don't beat me too badly.  

        To loyal Cup readers: If you see my wonderfully eco-friendly 
silver Jeep tromping over the snow-covered basketball courts at Myers 
or rampaging through a random cornfield in pursuit of something with 
feathers, feel free to flag me down and introduce yourself.  And to any 
members of law enforcement who are also Cup readers, the above incident 
might be fictional. 


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 "CUP...QUOTES"

I was walking along the small creek, not expecting to see anything too 
special, when I heard a warbler singing in the distance.  After some 
fruitless searching, I noticed some motion in a bush right in front of 
me, and to my great surprise, found a dazzling male MAGNOLIA WARBLER 
deep in the dense twigs.  The song that I thought was distant was 
actually his, uttered sotto voce; he hardly opened his bill, but I 
could see his body vibrating as the sound came forth.  It was as if he 
was rehearsing in privacy backstage before curtain.  He remained right 
there before me for several minutes -- I could see every feather.
--Mark Chao

From this sublime moment, things then turned ridiculous, as an American
Robin flying about 30 feet overhead dropped a guano "smart-bomb" on my 
sleeve.  There were some black beetle wings in it, but the other 
contents were too thoroughly digested to be identified.
--Mark Chao

Hey, I've been better lately.
--Ken Rosenberg, referring to his increased number of somewhat timely 
postings

...and watched a pair of YELLOW WARBLERS.  The female kept flying just 
in front of the male, wherever he went, with her mouth open as if she 
was begging for food.  I did not see him give her anything, however.  
Typical male.
--Steve Fast

Yesterday at the intersection of Campus Road and Central Avenue on the 
Cornell campus, I observed a catbird on one of the traffic signals.  
The light is one of the vertical models with visors.  The catbird was 
standing on the visor of the bottom light in front of the amber lens of 
the middle light.  When the amber lens was off, he was pecking at it, 
presumably seeing his image.  When the light came on, he faced the 
other way only to resume pecking when the light switched.
--Mike Duttweiler

I have learned now that I need to always have a camera with me. I mean, 
I already never go anywhere without my binoculars, baseball cap, and a 
field guide, so a camera isn't much more. And it's much smaller than 
the scope which also needs to be included. Oh,wait, there's that sound 
recording equipment, that would be soooo handy instead of having to 
remember what I hear to compare with the CDs. And playback equipment, 
so I can hear those CDs on site. And I need one of those fancy 
frequency slicers like Bard Prentiss has been using - caint' barely 
hear a Brown Creeper these days. If I keep this up I'll be a HABU - 
Human Autonomous Birding Unit, or almost, except for the autonomous 
part; I'm married. Leaving any of it behind will ensure that I come 
across The Rare Bird which can only be positively ID'ed with whatever I 
didn't bring.
--Asher Hockett

As I entered the refuge, a painted turtle was crossing the road and as 
soon he saw my car put his inside and froze. So I had to get out and 
put him off the road and also told him that this was stupid behavior, 
if other cars pass by thinking he is dead might drive over him.
--Meena Haribal

I'll stick my neck out a little and suggest that tonight and tomorrow 
night should result in some significant pushes of migrants into our 
area...
--Chris Tessaglia-Hymes

the weather didn't really pan out
--Chris Tessaglia-Hymes

I saw a Red-Tailed Hawk carrying a grey squirrel this morning.  Despite 
a slight diversion, the bird seed is making it to the birds.
--Roger Sleeper

...and a couple dozen Ring-billed Gulls, including at least 4 breeding 
adults.  This may have been the first time that I've a good look at 
breeding R-b Gulls.  I must confess that they give me the creeps -- 
their blood-red gapes and eye rings make them look like evil clowns, 
like the Joker in the first Batman movie.
--Mark Chao

The best, perhaps, was a calling YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER (I think 
somewhere near the nw corner -- sorry, I was pretty lost in there)...
--Ken Rosenberg

Anyway, this is probably my final post for the time being to 
CAYUGABIRDS-L, as I'm moving on to the "real world" back in Nevada and 
elsewhere.  There's too many people to thank here for all of the things 
I've learned about birds.  It's always great to see so many people out 
in the field, and I don't think there's anywhere else in the world 
where so many birders are congregated in such a small area!  It's been 
a blast.
--Tim Lenz

On Tuesday afternoon, I asked my little son Tilden what he wanted to 
do. "Me want dig earthworms pillbugs millipedes.  House not have
'nough rocks. Want go Myers," he said.
How could I refuse?
--Mark Chao

I was hoping to see Green Frogs again today, yes they were at the same 
spot last time I saw them. To me they look like non-breeding plumaged 
Chestnut-sided warblers.
--Meena Haribal

I tried about 100' upstream and it was there-the WORM-EATING WARBLER.  
Although I listened to it singing for another 1/2 hr., it was going 
hither and yon while I was going yon and hither, so didn't see it.
--Steve Fast

No basin sightings to report, as the local Marsh Warblers (newly 
arrived) and yard-list White Storks and Nightingale are even more out-
of-basin than Steve Kelling's yard...
--Wesley Hochachka

I haven't take Cornell math classes for nothing...2 males + 3 females
= 5 blackpolls, not 4.
Sorry... (pulling out my Calculus textbook again)
--Scott Haber

[The Dickcissel] really seem to chase those Song Sparrows, and to me it 
does not look like an aggressive behavior, who knows may be this summer 
we will have Songcissels!
--Meena Haribal

I think Summerhill (being biased a bit) probably does have the basin's 
largest population.
--Matt Young

This is the Captain Kirk of Dickcissels, not the John Robinson of 
Dickcissels.
--John Van Niel


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May Your Cup Runneth Over,
- Jay