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October 17, 2014

E3 to Cornell Lab Migration Celebration

The Cornell Lab's annual Migration Celebration will be on Saturday, October 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It's been a tradition for the Cornell Raptor Program to bring rehabilitated birds of prey for visitors to see. Dr. John Parks, director of the Raptor Program, says that E3 is scheduled to be included this year, starting at about 12:30. He reports that E3 is doing well and is ready for the event, having grown used to being around students, other birds, car sounds, etc.. However, it will be his first appearance as an education bird, and the outing will be brief—just 30 minutes or even less if E3 tires earlier. If you're in the Ithaca area, come join us in Sapsucker Woods on Saturday for raptors, bird walks, exhibits, and activities! http://www.birds.cornell.edu/birdday Those of you who are too far to travel can try tuning in to live broadcasts by Birders on the Ground Karel and BOGette https://new.livestream.com/karelsedlacek to see how E3 is doing.  

October 17, 2014

Big Red and Ezra Spotted by BOGs

Birders-on-the-ground Karel and BOGette got some great shots of Big Red and Ezra perched atop Cornell University's Day Hall as Homecoming weekend begins. 

October 17, 2014

Dominant Common Grackle

A dominant Common Grackle lands on the feeders chasing off another bird, lifting its bill, dilating its pupils and puffing up its feathers. Antagonistic behavior includes flying at another bird usually resulting in supplantation of the recipient. The Bill-Up Display, or Head-Held-Up Display, is a threat display; and consists of an upward movement of the head so that the bill is almost vertical. It is usually given by a male in response to an approach of another male, and typically results in one bird’s departure. 

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