Cornell again, 10/23 – 24

It was First-Year Family Weekend at Cornell. Did you know Velociraptors are not allowed to ride bikes there?

No Velocipediraptors allowed!

Great to see our firstborn becoming comfortable in his new habitat, and to have the time to explore the Ithaca area more. We walked along the bottom of the gorge and the rim trail at Taughannock Fall State Park — really spectacular. I’d love to see it in spring thaw.

We also revisited Sapsucker Woods and took a birding tour one morning. It wasn’t the liveliest birding I’ve ever done, but not bad for late October. A Male Hooded Merganser (a bird I haven’t seen in ages) was displaying for his small harem. I love the way they dive and come bobbing to the surface, like rubber duckies held below the bathwater.

Red-winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch, European Starling, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-capped Chickadee, Mallard, Canada Goose, Hooded Merganser, Blue Jay, House Finch, Tufted Titmouse, American Crow, Northern Cardinal, Downy Woodpecker, American Robin, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Kestrel, Wood Duck, Hairy Woodpecker, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-tailed Hawk, Rock Pigeon.

25 species, 1 new to this list.

Sunday afternoon we walked down along the gorge running through the campus. As we were leaving we met this skunk. Pardon the blurry photo — we proceeded quickly and discreetly in the opposite direction, although the skunk showed no alarm, trundling along in an abstracted and one might even say academic manner as befits a campus critter.

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5 thoughts on “Cornell again, 10/23 – 24

  1. Let’s go late Feb-early March for the thaw~!!

  2. Oooh oooh! I didn’t know that your firstborn was at Cornell. I can recommend some places to you. I see you’ve already discovered Taughannock, which would have been one of my first recommendations. Have you done any hiking on the Finger Lakes Trail? It’s lovely. Has your squeaker discovered Hot Truck? Rogan’s Pizza? Have you seen the Plantations, or walked down into any of the gorges? Great stuff!

    • Late is better than never…

      Kid’s gotten very into eating healthy, an easy thing to do at Cornell. He packed on some weight last year with not doing his usual 6 – 10mi. daily bike ride, but he took the bike to college with him and I’d say he’s lost 10 pounds so far. Good for him!

      I want to do lots of hiking (or at least walking) in the area. Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

      • OK, well, let me start with a no-brainer: next time you’re in town, get to the Bookery and buy a copy of the Guide to the Finger Lakes Trails. Choose your trail.

        Another tip: Here is an amazing B&B that Grace and I adore. It’s nestled about a mile off Route 79, a few miles east of Ithaca. It’s cheaper than the cookie-cutter franchise hotel in town, the rooms are a delight, and the home-cooked breakfasts are excellent!
        http://www.thomasfarmbb.com/

        More later.

  3. Thanks!

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