Issue 10, Shot Glass 7

****************************************************************** *The Shotglass 10.7 - July 2005 *The electronic supplement to The Cup * Compiled by Jay McGowan ****************************************************************** <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< PILGRIMS' PROGRESS >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> July 2005 David Cup Totals 234 Tim Lenz 233 Bob McGuire 228 Jay McGowan 225 Mike Andersen 224 Steve Fast 223+Mike Harvey 222 Dave Nutter 219 Mark Chao 215+Scott Haber 214 Kevin McGowan 197+Bard Prentiss 196 Dan Lebbin 192+Ken Rosenberg 191 Anne Marie Johnson 189 Perri McGowan 172 Matt Medler 91 Tringa (the Dog) McGowan 58 Martin (the Cat) McGowan 48 Frank "Pusser D. Cat" Fast July 2005 McIlroy Award Totals 180 Tim Lenz 167+Ken Rosenberg 151 Mark Chao 141 Jay McGowan 113 Kevin McGowan July 2005 Evans Trophy Totals 175 Jay McGowan 162 Kevin McGowan 153 Steve Fast 144 Perri McGowan 140+Bard Prentiss July 2005 Yard Totals 100+John Fitzpatrick, Ellis Hollow 98 Nancy Dickinson 94 McGowan/Kline Family, Dryden 73 Anne Marie Johnson, Caroline 72+Pixie Senesac July 2005 Lansing Competition Totals 169 Mark Chao 143 Jay McGowan 115 Kevin McGowan $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ BASIN COMPOSITE DEPOSIT Here is the total list for the end of July (247 species): Mute Swan, , Tundra Swan, Canada Goose, CACKLING GOOSE, Brant, G. W-F GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, Snow Goose, 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, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, C. Merganser, R-b Merganser, Ruddy Duck, R-n Pheasant, Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, C. Loon, P-b Grebe, Horned Grebe, R-n Grebe, EARED GREBE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, D-c Cormorant, Am. Bittern, Least Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Great 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, GYRFALCON, C. Moorhen, Am. Coot, Virginia Rail, Sora, SANDHILL CRANE, B-b Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Upland Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Dunlin, Pectoral Sandpiper, W-r Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, S-b Dowitcher, Am. Woodcock, Wilson's Snipe, LITTLE GULL, 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, L-e Owl, 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, SEDGE WREN, Marsh Wren, G-c Kinglet, R-c Kinglet, B-g Gnatcatcher, E. Bluebird, MOUNTAIN 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, Cape May 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, Scarlet Tanager, N. Cardinal, R-b Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, 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, C. Redpoll, Pine Siskin, Am. Goldfinch, House Sparrow. TIM LENZ’S MISSES: Eurasian Wigeon, Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, Glossy Ibis, Northern Goshawk, Baird’s Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-eared Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, White-eyed Vireo, Bohemian Waxwing, Orange- crowned Warbler, Evening Grosbeak. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ------------------------------------- MORE ICE CREAM FOR BIRDERS ------------------------------------- by Mark Chao You like shorebirds? You like ice cream? Got a copy of Matt Sarver's article (see the latest issue of The Cup) in your glove compartment? If so, listen up. There is a formidable new contender for ice-cream supremacy in the Basin. It's called the Cayuga Lake Creamery. Once you get your fill of birds at MNWR, head south on Rte. 89. After about half an hour, shortly after entering Interlaken, you'll find Cayuga Lake Creamery on the left side of the road. (Don't confuse this with a similarly-named establishment further up the lake, the one with the miniature golf course. The minigolf is probably fine, especially for diehards like Ryan Douglas, but Bob McGuire reports that the food and shakes are just so-so.) Upon entering Cayuga Lake Creamery, you will be greeted with the powerful vanilla aroma of fresh waffle cones. The place is clean and bright, with tables inside and on a deck outside. The scoopers I met are friendly young women, who all look a lot happier than the sometimes sullen staff at Purity. And behind the back lawn, there is a woodland edge with some apparent potential for migrating warblers in September and October. And the ice cream. . . wow!! I've never had anything quite like it. It tastes like cold, rich, fresh cream. The texture is perfect -- dense and extremely smooth. Each spoonful comes off the scoop as a broad elastic strand, not in stiff nuggets as with overfrozen supermarket ice cream. Ever had gelato? This is close. I knew seconds after tasting it that it was by far the best ice cream in the area, and surely among the best I've ever had. Bob McGuire and Tim Lenz tried it the next day, and they agree. There's a good reason for the fresh taste -- it's homemade on the premises! Some flavors are constants on the menu, and others rotate in and out. Miyoko, our kids, and I ended up trying vanilla, chocolate, mint chocolate chunk, pistachio, cherry jubilee, and peach. All have that outstanding fresh-cream flavor, that perfect texture, and fine ingredients such as real vanilla beans and chunks of fresh peaches, without any weird stuff like green coloring. (Note that cherry jubilee is black-cherry ice cream. Avoid "cherry vanilla" unless you have a taste for maraschino cherries.) One other reason, perhaps, for the compelling fresh-cream taste of this ice cream is that it has only modest amounts of sugar. The lack of sweetness is immediately obvious. At first it seems odd, perhaps even mildly dissatisfying. It does make the flavors of the ice cream harder to pick up. But after a little adjustment, I found the relative lack of sweetness to be quite pleasing. The incredible texture, combined with the lack of sweetness, make it very hard to stop eating this ice cream. I am usually satisfied with just a couple of spoonsful, but with this stuff, I finished a whole bowl and then went back for more. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde (who was speaking of cigarettes), this ice cream "is the perfect type of perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?" (It's also more expensive than other ice creams -- $1.95 for a kiddie scoop, $2.50 for a single, and up. As you can infer by now, I think the premium quality absolutely warrants the premium price. And maybe penurious Cornell students can mooch off Tim, now that he is a member of the salaried middle class.) Cayuga Lake Creamery sells hot food too -- including hamburgers, Boca Burgers (!), hot dogs, regular and curly fries, chili, and tossed salad. And on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, you can get homemade pizza! I didn't taste any of these items, so you'll have to taste and judge for yourself. Keep in mind that Cayuga Lake Creamery is probably a little farther from Montezuma than Pete's Treats is -- but if you call ahead, you can have a hot pizza ready for you when you get there! Cayuga Lake Creamery is located on Route 89 in Interlaken. It's open till 10 PM daily through the summer, and will remain open through mid- October. Phone number is (607) 532-9492. You can also check out Happy eating! ---------------------------------------------------- Good birding! -Jay