Last week we had the privilege of hosting Anu Rangarajan from the Cornell Small Farm Program/ College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Greg Delisle from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Anu's research on vegetables is contributing to development at the exciting Sustainable Farm Hub of The Local Economies Project that now surrounds us here at The Stone House. You can find more information on that here: http://localeconomiesproject.org/ .
Greg introduced us to Cornell's great free Bird ID App called Merlin ( http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/ ), and mentioned that he could hear a Great Crested Flycatcher (pictured above). As we were sitting on the porch we inadvertently lured it to us as we played its song on the app! We're going to use this app a lot, it's so easy to learn names and start to be able to identify birds by their calls......we'll let you know what we find as we finally get more familiar with the wildlife on our doorstep! Thank you Greg for helping design such a useful tool.