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29 Jan 2 hours mid-AM, plus 2 mid-PM = timely observations ! [robert adamo ]
29 Jan Red Crossbills (Type 10!)/Redpolls/Bohemian Waxwings & others [Joan Collins ]
29 Jan NNYBirds: Red Crossbills (Type 10!)/Redpolls/Bohemian Waxwings & others ["'Joan Collins' Joan.Collins AT Frontier.com [Northern_NY_Birds]" ]
29 Jan RE: Seaford Crested Caracara Photos [Will Raup ]
29 Jan RE: Seaford Crested Caracara Photos [Steve Walter ]
29 Jan Re: Seaford Crested Caracara Photos ["leormand ." ]
29 Jan Fwd: Gyrfalcon Seneca Falls [Scott Haber ]
29 Jan Crested Caracara [Steven Schellenger ]
29 Jan Re: Seaford Crested Caracara Photos [Ryan Candee ]
29 Jan Western Tanager, Rocky Point, Long Island ,NY [Sean Keenan ]
29 Jan Re: Crested Caracara photos [Kenton Gomez ]
29 Jan Seaford Crested Caracara Photos [John Askildsen ]
29 Jan Crested Caracara photos [Steven Schellenger ]
28 Jan Eider Redux [robert adamo ]
27 Jan turkey vulture ["leormand ." ]
27 Jan BBC Evening Presentation [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
27 Jan Re: Bald Eagles at Croton-on-Hudson 1/27 ["Ryan J. Bass" ]
27 Jan RE: Caracara [Isaac Grant ]
27 Jan RE: Bald Eagles at Croton-on-Hudson 1/27 [Matthew Rymkiewicz ]
27 Jan Re: Bald Eagles at Croton-on-Hudson 1/27 [Larry Trachtenberg ]
27 Jan Bald Eagles at Croton-on-Hudson 1/27 [Thomas Rhindress ]
27 Jan Re: Caracara [Larry Federman ]
27 Jan Caracara [Steven Schellenger ]
26 Jan Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
26 Jan Status of Central Park Screech Owls [Michael Britt ]
26 Jan Re: Mew Gull Yes, Kings County [Heydi ]
26 Jan Bohemian waxwing - Nassau County [Stephane Perreault ]
26 Jan Re: SPOTTED SANDPIPER, Somers [Richard Guthrie ]
26 Jan SPOTTED SANDPIPER, Somers [Tait Johansson ]
26 Jan Mew Gull Yes, Kings County [Sean Sime ]
26 Jan NYS eBird Hotspots Website - Jan./2015 [Ben Cacace ]
26 Jan Goose & Gull kept day from being dull ! [robert adamo ]
25 Jan Bald Eagle in Brooklyn's Green-Wood [Matthew Wills ]
25 Jan Re: TONIGHT - Jamaica Bay West Pond Meeting on Thursday, January 22, 6pm to 8 pm []
25 Jan Re: Brooklyn Mew Gull -- NO [Angus Wilson ]
25 Jan Delaware County Golden Eagle Survey 7 February [Thomas Salo ]
25 Jan Barrows goldeneye [Pat Aitken ]
25 Jan Shinnecock LI King Eider continues... [Andrew Baksh ]
24 Jan Re: Brooklyn Mew Gull -- NO [Doug Gochfeld ]
24 Jan Brooklyn Mew Gull -- NO []
24 Jan Common Redpoll - Staten Island [isaac grant ]
24 Jan Bohemian waxwings [Tom Wheeler ]
24 Jan Bohemian waxwings [Tom Wheeler ]
24 Jan Common Redpoll, Central Park , Manhattan [Ed Gaillard ]
24 Jan Connetquot River State Park Bald Eagles (Suffolk Co.) [Ken Feustel ]
23 Jan NYC Area RBA: 23 January 2015 [Gail Benson ]
23 Jan 5 ain't 8, but it's still great ! [robert adamo ]
23 Jan Re: Mew Gull YES [Andrew Baksh ]
23 Jan Mew Gull NO [Shane Blodgett ]
23 Jan Long Island Gulls videos [Klemens Gasser ]
23 Jan Thick-billed Murre (Yes) [Anthony Collerton ]
23 Jan FW: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck in Ithaca today ["Kevin J. McGowan" ]
23 Jan re:King Eider [John S Shemilt ]
23 Jan re:King Eider [John S Shemilt ]
23 Jan LI East end birds 1-22-15 [Arie Gilbert ]
22 Jan Orange/Dutchess County Hudson River Gulls [Curt McDermott ]
22 Jan RE: Mew Gull [Carole Griffiths ]
22 Jan Mew Gull-YES [Rob Jett ]
22 Jan Mew Gull [Tim Dunn ]
22 Jan Re: Mew Gull [Peter Post ]
22 Jan Thick billed Murre Montauk pt YES [Arie Gilbert ]
22 Jan Common Redpoll Jones Beach [parksys577 ]
22 Jan Mew Gull [Peter Post ]
22 Jan Mew Gull -YES [Doug Gochfeld ]
22 Jan RE: Mew Gull directions [Shaibal Mitra ]
22 Jan TONIGHT - Jamaica Bay West Pond Meeting on Thursday, January 22, 6pm to 8 pm [Nancy Tognan ]
21 Jan Mew Gull directions [Shane Blodgett ]
21 Jan BBC Evening Presentation [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
21 Jan Brooklyn & Queens: MEW GULL photos, Orange-crowned Warblers, Common Redpolls, Razorbills etc. [Doug Gochfeld ]
22 Jan 1st Winter Mew Gull Brooklyn NY [Shane Blodgett ]
21 Jan Central Suff. Co. [syschiff ]
21 Jan Re: Possible Mew/Common Gull. Kings County [Richard Guthrie ]
21 Jan RE: Possible Mew/Common Gull. Kings County [Shaibal Mitra ]
21 Jan East End Birds (Suffolk Co.) [ken feustel ]
21 Jan Eared Grebe Pt. Lookout- YES [Sean Camillieri ]
21 Jan Re: Possible Mew/Common Gull. Kings County [Shane Blodgett ]

Subject: 2 hours mid-AM, plus 2 mid-PM = timely observations !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:20:07 -0500
The 1st N.Harrier I came upon today (3 in total, all, first seen on the
ground) was a brown individual on Hulse Landing Rd., Wading River. It
seemed to be just resting, with no evidence laying around, that it had just
fed (see below). In a weedy area of the same field, a flock of ~ 50 Horned
Larks were  feeding, with a number of them stretching out and jumping (not
flying) high up a frozen in-place weed stem to get at a seed...I don't
remember seeing that behavior before.

A Canada Goose flock, holding about 575 birds, was located on the n/s of
Rt. 25, 1/8 mile e/o Edwards Ave ( behind the "deli" ) in Calverton - at
least 1 Cackling Goose was part of the mix. Also, ~ 100' away from this
flock, was another feeding, brown plumaged  N. Harrier.

After heading home for chores & lunch, the Riverhead sod-fields bordered by
Northville Tpke., Rt. 25, Sound Ave & Doctor's Path were visited. I didn't
find anything notable in the goose flocks therein, but the 2 raptors seen
along the way made up for that !  First, in a sod-field on the s/s of Sound
Ave, a male N. Harrier (Gray Ghost) was busy devouring "something" - the
bird finished dinner and flew off, before I could I.D. prey ! On Doctors
Path, an immature Merlin was perched in the tallest tree in front of the "
Garden Apartments".

Cheers,
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Subject: Red Crossbills (Type 10!)/Redpolls/Bohemian Waxwings & others
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:52:22 -0500
Common Redpolls showed up at our Long Lake feeders on 1/20/15 and their
numbers continue to increase each day.  We have had Pine Siskins at our
feeders throughout the winter in addition to a large flock of Amer.
Goldfinches (unusual in the central Adirondacks in the heart of winter).
Redpolls have been observed digging snow burrows each day.  There is also a
flock of 11 Wild Turkeys that visit for corn.  We are going through suet
cakes every few days - I don't recall a winter where this has ever happened.
I put out a second suet feeder, and Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers are glued to
them all day.

 

Some January sightings (Mostly Hamilton and Franklin Counties):

 

1/29/15 While I was feeding 3 Gray Jays at Sabattis Bog, I heard a flock of
Bohemian Waxwings flying over, nearby but out of sight - quite a nice
surprise!

 

1/28/15 A Dark-eyed Junco was under our feeders again.  It has been observed
on and off all winter - very unusual for this time of year at my location!
They nest right outside our home, and I wonder if it is the male that breeds
at this location.

 

On a 1/23/15 tour with a birder from Long Island, we spent time in the
boreal habitat of Bloomingdale and Brighton.  Here are a few of the species
found:

Ruffed Grouse - flushed

Wild Turkey - flock of 26!

Black-backed Woodpecker - 4; 2 different males observed (photo on my
Facebook page)

Gray Jay - 2 (photo on Facebook)

Boreal Chickadee - at least 3

Brown Creeper

Red Crossbill - at least 10

 

1/22/15 At Sabattis Bog, while feeding Gray Jays (& Black-capped Chickadees,
Red-breasted Nuthatches, and Red Squirrels too), a flock of ~30 redpolls
dropped down to feed with them.  There was at least one Pine Siskin with
them.  Photos on Facebook.  Redpolls have been observed and heard on and off
at Sabattis Bog since New Year's Eve.

 

1/21/15 Long Lake - while filling our feeders at 5:30 a.m., I was nearing
the end of our porch when something a few feet away began to scream at me!
I don't recall being this startled in many years.  It was a long scream
increasing in volume.  I nearly dropped my pitcher of seed.  I was surprised
to see a Barred Owl fly away.  I thought after nearly 20 years that I'd
heard all their many vocalizations, and I never would have taken that scream
to be a Barred Owl.  I gave a Barred Owl hoot and immediately, a Barred Owl
called, then hooted, but from the opposite direction from the one that flew
- so I believe there were 2 Barred Owls hunting the small mammals under our
porch (where the seed drops).  I went inside with shaking knees and hands! I
felt bad about interrupting their pre-dawn hunt.

 

At Sabattis Bog, I found 2 Black-backed Woodpeckers, 3 Gray Jays, and 2
Boreal Chickadees (it has been many years since I've found Boreal Chickadees
at Sabattis Bog).  I then did a wide circle to Plattsburgh, then north to
Lake Alice and across northern Lake Champlain to VT.  I saw many raptors -
Bald Eagle, 1 Northern Harrier, many Red-tailed Hawks, and several
Rough-legged Hawks (both Dark and Light Morphs), and Snow Buntings.

 

1/20/15 Common Redpolls arrived at our feeders.  I observed a Mink cross
Route 30 in Long Lake.  I found many Red Crossbills - a flyover pair at the
Paul Smith's VIC, but many flocks and pairs along Jones Pond Road.  (Photos
on Facebook).  There was a lot of courtship behavior among pairs.  I
recorded the vocalizations as I was surrounded by about 20 Red Crossbills on
both sides of the road.  I sent the recordings to Matt Young at the Cornell
Lab and he identified them as "Type 10" (thanks Matt!).  I also found a 1st
winter Northern Shrike on White Pine Rd.  I headed up to Massena after and
found a flock of Cedar Waxwings, but no Bohemians among them.

 

1/17/15 A Barred Owl flew across Route 3 between Tupper Lake and Saranac
Lake.

 

1/15/15 A male Black-backed Woodpecker was found at Sabattis Bog and 3 Gray
Jays were observed (ditto on 1/12/15).  Once in a while this winter I hear a
Golden-crowned Kinglet, which I did this day - this normally abundant
year-round resident has disappeared this winter!

 

1/11/15 A Snowshoe Hare was observed frantically hopping around Sabattis
Circle Road - then I spotted the Pine Marten that was in pursuit!

 

1/10/15 A Fisher was observed crossing Route 30 in Long Lake.

 

1/2/15 At Sabattis Bog, a Northern Goshawk suddenly appeared on a perch and
then quickly flew off into the trees.  Then, one of the Gray Jays perfectly
imitated a Northern Goshawk vocalization!

 

A few people in Long Lake and Newcomb have had Evening Grosbeaks show up at
their feeders, but they only stay a few days and then disappear.  A Carolina
Wren is wintering at two locations along Kickerville Rd. in Long Lake!

 

Joan Collins

Editor, New York Birders

Long Lake, NY

(315) 244-7127 cell       

(518) 624-5528 home

http://www.adirondackavianexpeditions.com/ 

http://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian 

 


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Subject: NNYBirds: Red Crossbills (Type 10!)/Redpolls/Bohemian Waxwings & others
From: "'Joan Collins' Joan.Collins AT Frontier.com [Northern_NY_Birds]" <Northern_NY_Birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:52:22 -0500
Common Redpolls showed up at our Long Lake feeders on 1/20/15 and their
numbers continue to increase each day.  We have had Pine Siskins at our
feeders throughout the winter in addition to a large flock of Amer.
Goldfinches (unusual in the central Adirondacks in the heart of winter).
Redpolls have been observed digging snow burrows each day.  There is also a
flock of 11 Wild Turkeys that visit for corn.  We are going through suet
cakes every few days - I don't recall a winter where this has ever happened.
I put out a second suet feeder, and Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers are glued to
them all day.

 

Some January sightings (Mostly Hamilton and Franklin Counties):

 

1/29/15 While I was feeding 3 Gray Jays at Sabattis Bog, I heard a flock of
Bohemian Waxwings flying over, nearby but out of sight - quite a nice
surprise!

 

1/28/15 A Dark-eyed Junco was under our feeders again.  It has been observed
on and off all winter - very unusual for this time of year at my location!
They nest right outside our home, and I wonder if it is the male that breeds
at this location.

 

On a 1/23/15 tour with a birder from Long Island, we spent time in the
boreal habitat of Bloomingdale and Brighton.  Here are a few of the species
found:

Ruffed Grouse - flushed

Wild Turkey - flock of 26!

Black-backed Woodpecker - 4; 2 different males observed (photo on my
Facebook page)

Gray Jay - 2 (photo on Facebook)

Boreal Chickadee - at least 3

Brown Creeper

Red Crossbill - at least 10

 

1/22/15 At Sabattis Bog, while feeding Gray Jays (& Black-capped Chickadees,
Red-breasted Nuthatches, and Red Squirrels too), a flock of ~30 redpolls
dropped down to feed with them.  There was at least one Pine Siskin with
them.  Photos on Facebook.  Redpolls have been observed and heard on and off
at Sabattis Bog since New Year's Eve.

 

1/21/15 Long Lake - while filling our feeders at 5:30 a.m., I was nearing
the end of our porch when something a few feet away began to scream at me!
I don't recall being this startled in many years.  It was a long scream
increasing in volume.  I nearly dropped my pitcher of seed.  I was surprised
to see a Barred Owl fly away.  I thought after nearly 20 years that I'd
heard all their many vocalizations, and I never would have taken that scream
to be a Barred Owl.  I gave a Barred Owl hoot and immediately, a Barred Owl
called, then hooted, but from the opposite direction from the one that flew
- so I believe there were 2 Barred Owls hunting the small mammals under our
porch (where the seed drops).  I went inside with shaking knees and hands! I
felt bad about interrupting their pre-dawn hunt.

 

At Sabattis Bog, I found 2 Black-backed Woodpeckers, 3 Gray Jays, and 2
Boreal Chickadees (it has been many years since I've found Boreal Chickadees
at Sabattis Bog).  I then did a wide circle to Plattsburgh, then north to
Lake Alice and across northern Lake Champlain to VT.  I saw many raptors -
Bald Eagle, 1 Northern Harrier, many Red-tailed Hawks, and several
Rough-legged Hawks (both Dark and Light Morphs), and Snow Buntings.

 

1/20/15 Common Redpolls arrived at our feeders.  I observed a Mink cross
Route 30 in Long Lake.  I found many Red Crossbills - a flyover pair at the
Paul Smith's VIC, but many flocks and pairs along Jones Pond Road.  (Photos
on Facebook).  There was a lot of courtship behavior among pairs.  I
recorded the vocalizations as I was surrounded by about 20 Red Crossbills on
both sides of the road.  I sent the recordings to Matt Young at the Cornell
Lab and he identified them as "Type 10" (thanks Matt!).  I also found a 1st
winter Northern Shrike on White Pine Rd.  I headed up to Massena after and
found a flock of Cedar Waxwings, but no Bohemians among them.

 

1/17/15 A Barred Owl flew across Route 3 between Tupper Lake and Saranac
Lake.

 

1/15/15 A male Black-backed Woodpecker was found at Sabattis Bog and 3 Gray
Jays were observed (ditto on 1/12/15).  Once in a while this winter I hear a
Golden-crowned Kinglet, which I did this day - this normally abundant
year-round resident has disappeared this winter!

 

1/11/15 A Snowshoe Hare was observed frantically hopping around Sabattis
Circle Road - then I spotted the Pine Marten that was in pursuit!

 

1/10/15 A Fisher was observed crossing Route 30 in Long Lake.

 

1/2/15 At Sabattis Bog, a Northern Goshawk suddenly appeared on a perch and
then quickly flew off into the trees.  Then, one of the Gray Jays perfectly
imitated a Northern Goshawk vocalization!

 

A few people in Long Lake and Newcomb have had Evening Grosbeaks show up at
their feeders, but they only stay a few days and then disappear.  A Carolina
Wren is wintering at two locations along Kickerville Rd. in Long Lake!

 

Joan Collins

Editor, New York Birders

Long Lake, NY

(315) 244-7127 cell       

(518) 624-5528 home

http://www.adirondackavianexpeditions.com/ 

http://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian 

 
Subject: RE: Seaford Crested Caracara Photos
From: Will Raup <hoaryredpoll AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:48:16 -0500
I have a different theory.
I bet the increase in Caracaras on the East Coast/Northeast are more from Texas 
and the Southwest, perhaps displaced by long term drought in that region. On 
the other hand, NY has just had Cassian's and Couch's Kingbirds, why not a 
Caracara from the same region? 

Will RaupGlenmont, NY From: swalter15 AT verizon.net
To: nysbirds-l AT cornell.edu
Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Seaford Crested Caracara Photos
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:09:53 -0500

I believe they are increasing in Florida. This narrative comes from Florida 
Bird Species: An Annotated List by William B. Robertson. Jr. and Glen E. 
Woolfenden (1992): Resident on central Florida ranchland, prairies, and 
savannas centered in the eight contiguous counties just west and north of Lake 
Okeechobee. Once somewhat more widely distributed south and west of the Lake 
and also ranged north in the St. Johns River marshes to Volusia co. Still 
occasionally reported far outside known breeding range, north to Nassau co. , 
west in the panhandle to Bay co., and south to the Keys. These stragglers are 
usually lone individuals, and some were known to have escaped from captivity. 
The Nassau in the description is north of Jacksonville, bordering Georgia. But 
how ironic to see that in print. Based on that, it seems that the Florida birds 
have been known to have a propensity to wander, although this does not 
reference wanderings beyond Florida. I know that these days, they are once 
again resident south of the Lake. Ive seen them within a couple of miles of 
Alligator Alley. Last winter, I was meeting up with a group at a wetlands area 
in Hendry co. When I arrived, I had to apologize for being a little late. I 
explained myself by saying There was a pair of Caracaras feeding on the 
shoulder of the road, so I stopped for a while to photograph them. Its funny, 
but I never have to look for Caracaras anymore. I just get them on my way to 
places. The reply I got was Well, they never used to be there. So, put two 
and two together. Steve Walter From: bounce-118757363-8873015 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-118757363-8873015 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of leormand . 

Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015 6:22 PM
To: John Askildsen
Cc: NYSBIRDS-L-for posts posts
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Seaford Crested Caracara Photos It's my understanding 
that Falconer's DO NOT keep this species. Also, there is a distinct Florida 
population - much shorter trip for the bird than coming from Texas. On Thu, Jan 
29, 2015 at 6:03 AM, John Askildsen  wrote: thanks for 
posting, steve. well, it is certainly a crested caracara. the worrisome part 
for me is that it is sitting on someone's deck ! and i think that brings the 
bird's provenance into question. i've never seen a crested caracara in a 
densely developed residential neighborhood, let alone sitting on a deck rail. 
is the bird looking for a 'handout' ? having said that, it seems like an 
unlikely species for falconers to keep. 



does anyone have any ideas as to why caracaras are being recorded well out of 
range, in the last 2-3 years ? texas drought ? 




JPA
 John Askildsen
Millbrook, New York

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Subject: RE: Seaford Crested Caracara Photos
From: Steve Walter <swalter15 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:09:53 -0500
I believe they are increasing in Florida.

 

This narrative comes from Florida Bird Species: An Annotated List by William
B. Robertson. Jr. and Glen E. Woolfenden (1992): "Resident on central
Florida ranchland, prairies, and savannas. centered in the eight contiguous
counties just west and north of Lake Okeechobee. Once somewhat more widely
distributed south and west of the Lake and also ranged north in the St.
John's River marshes to Volusia co. Still occasionally reported far outside
known breeding range, north to Nassau co. , west in the panhandle to Bay
co., and south to the Keys. These stragglers are usually lone individuals,
and some were known to have escaped from captivity."

 

The Nassau in the description is north of Jacksonville, bordering Georgia.
But how ironic to see that in print. Based on that, it seems that the
Florida birds have been known to have a propensity to wander, although this
does not reference wanderings beyond Florida.

 

I know that these days, they are once again resident south of the Lake. I've
seen them within a couple of miles of Alligator Alley. Last winter, I was
meeting up with a group at a wetlands area in Hendry co. When I arrived, I
had to apologize for being a little late. I explained myself by saying
"There was a pair of Caracaras feeding on the shoulder of the road, so I
stopped for a while to photograph them. It's funny, but I never have to look
for Caracaras anymore. I just get them on my way to places". The reply I got
was "Well, they never used to be there".

 

So, put two and two together.

 

 

Steve Walter

 

From: bounce-118757363-8873015 AT list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-118757363-8873015 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of leormand .
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015 6:22 PM
To: John Askildsen
Cc: NYSBIRDS-L-for posts posts
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Seaford Crested Caracara Photos

 

It's my understanding that Falconer's DO NOT keep this species.  Also, there
is a distinct Florida population - much shorter trip for the bird than
coming from Texas.  

 

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 6:03 AM, John Askildsen 
wrote:

 thanks for posting, steve. well, it is certainly a crested caracara. the
worrisome part for me is that it is sitting on someone's deck ! and i think
that brings the bird's provenance into question. i've never seen a crested
caracara in a densely developed residential neighborhood, let alone sitting
on a deck rail. is the bird looking for a 'handout' ? having said that, it
seems like an unlikely species for falconers to keep.


does anyone have any ideas as to why caracaras are being recorded well out
of range, in the last 2-3 years ? texas drought ?



JPA
 John Askildsen
Millbrook, New York

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Subject: Re: Seaford Crested Caracara Photos
From: "leormand ." <leormand AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:21:55 -0500
It's my understanding that Falconer's DO NOT keep this species.  Also,
there is a distinct Florida population - much shorter trip for the bird
than coming from Texas.

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 6:03 AM, John Askildsen 
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>  thanks for posting, steve. well, it is certainly a crested caracara. the
> worrisome part for me is that it is sitting on someone's deck ! and i think
> that brings the bird's provenance into question. i've never seen a crested
> caracara in a densely developed residential neighborhood, let alone sitting
> on a deck rail. is the bird looking for a 'handout' ? having said that, it
> seems like an unlikely species for falconers to keep.
>
>
> does anyone have any ideas as to why caracaras are being recorded well out
> of range, in the last 2-3 years ? texas drought ?
>
>
>
> JPA
>  John Askildsen
> Millbrook, New York
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Subject: Fwd: Gyrfalcon Seneca Falls
From: Scott Haber <scotthaber1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:45:33 -0500
Passing this on from the Cayuga Basin list.

-Scott

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From: Dave K 
Date: Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 2:40 PM
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcon Seneca Falls
To: Cayuga Birds 


~10:20 this morning while heading South on 414, I saw what looked to be a
Peregrine chasing through some residential pines on the West side of the
road.  I went back North for a look and it luckily landed on a nearby
telephone pole. Turned out to be a Gyrfalcon. It managed to sit still for a
minute or so then flew East over the middle of Lott farm. Will post if seen
again.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358 AT N06/16396776155

https://www.flickr.com/photos/105424358 AT N06/15776827103


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Subject: Crested Caracara
From: Steven Schellenger <sws6752 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:07:53 -0500
In the for what it is worth department. I got word of a large raptor with a
white chest and face flying over the Southern State Parkway and heading up
the Bethpage State Parkway corridor. This bird was seen yesterday. So
anyone birding near North Massapequa, Seaford or Bethpage might want to
keep an eye on the sky. This is only a few miles from the Seaford sighting
of the Crested Caracara. This report was from an experienced birder but he
only got a few seconds look as he was driving on the parkway.
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Subject: Re: Seaford Crested Caracara Photos
From: Ryan Candee <ryanacandee AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:03:55 -0500
In Central America, we have seen wild caracaras frequent hotel/lodge grounds 
(one liked to stroll around the swimming pool where we stayed in 2013) and 
other areas of human habitation (as is the case with many scavenger birds). As 
they are opportunistic birds that aren't particularly shy around people, it 
wouldn't surprise me to see them around residential areas especially when in 
such an unfamiliar range and climate. 


> On Jan 29, 2015, at 6:03 AM, John Askildsen  wrote:
> 
> thanks for posting, steve. well, it is certainly a crested caracara. the 
worrisome part for me is that it is sitting on someone's deck ! and i think 
that brings the bird's provenance into question. i've never seen a crested 
caracara in a densely developed residential neighborhood, let alone sitting on 
a deck rail. is the bird looking for a 'handout' ? having said that, it seems 
like an unlikely species for falconers to keep. 

> 
> 
> does anyone have any ideas as to why caracaras are being recorded well out of 
range, in the last 2-3 years ? texas drought ? 

> 
> 
> 
> JPA
> John Askildsen 
> Millbrook, New York
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Subject: Western Tanager, Rocky Point, Long Island ,NY
From: Sean Keenan <skeenan AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:35:16 -0500
We have a Western Tanager(Piranga ludoviciana) at our suet feeder in Rocky 
Point on Long Island. It arrived yesterday morning (1/28/15) and returned again 
to feed this morning (1/29/15) photos and video were taken to document it. 
Since this is our private home, we will not disclose the exact location. 


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Subject: Re: Crested Caracara photos
From: Kenton Gomez <kentongomez AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:04:11 -0500
  Far

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 29, 2015, at 12:10 AM, Steven Schellenger  wrote:
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> I have posted the two photos of the Seaford, Long Island New York on the ABA 
Rare Bird Alert Facebook page, on the SC Crested Caracara thread. 

> Steve Schellenger
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Subject: Seaford Crested Caracara Photos
From: John Askildsen <askildsen AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:03:12 -0600
 thanks for posting, steve. well, it is certainly a crested caracara. the 
worrisome part for me is that it is sitting on someone's deck ! and i think 
that brings the bird's provenance into question. i've never seen a crested 
caracara in a densely developed residential neighborhood, let alone sitting on 
a deck rail. is the bird looking for a 'handout' ? having said that, it seems 
like an unlikely species for falconers to keep. 



does anyone have any ideas as to why caracaras are being recorded well out of 
range, in the last 2-3 years ? texas drought ? 




JPA
 John Askildsen 
Millbrook, New York

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Subject: Crested Caracara photos
From: Steven Schellenger <sws6752 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:10:56 -0500
I have posted the two photos of the Seaford, Long Island New York on the
ABA Rare Bird Alert Facebook page, on the SC Crested Caracara thread.
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Subject: Eider Redux
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Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:53:42 -0500
As I started out for Dune Rd. (Quogue  to H. Bays) a Turkey Vulture flew
over before I even left  our Condo area - this caused expectations to rise
above final results !

 Dune Rd. was not an easy drive this afternoon, due to flooding, as well as
high snow ruts, which should be navigated by a higher vehicle than my
sedan. Today's target bird was a Snowy Owl - I haven't  seen one yet this
winter, and was hoping the recent weather might help. If the owl was there,
I didn't see it, along with many other expected species, before reaching
Shinnicock Inlet. Once there, On the ocean side, just w/o the west jetty,
were ~ 100 C.Eider, along with a handful of Surf & Black Scoters. On the
bay side, looking out from the n/s of the lower parking lot, there were ~
200 C.Eiders, plus the remaining, drake K.Eider. Both times I've seen this
bird, it has favored the left (west) end of the strung out  line of
commons.

I then stopped at the Calverton Grasslands on the way home, with ~ 15
minutes to look for the Short-eared Owls, before running out of light.
Again, if they were there, I didn't see them !

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Subject: turkey vulture
From: "leormand ." <leormand AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:27:44 -0500
Saw a Turkey vulture around noon today in East Patchogue near the Swan
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Subject: BBC Evening Presentation
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:27:39 -0500
Don't forget to join the Brooklyn Bird Club for:

Bird Life in Brazil Presenter: Paulo Boute
Thursday, January 29th, 7:00pm Boathouse, Prospect Park.

http://www.brooklynbirdclub.org/meetings.htm

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Subject: Re: Bald Eagles at Croton-on-Hudson 1/27
From: "Ryan J. Bass" <ryan.j.bass AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:56:45 -0500
Weighing in from Putnam County, I take the Metro North Hudson Line train
from Garrison to Grand Central Terminal. As of this past Friday (01/23),
there was a lot of ice between Garrison and Peekskill. That stretch is very
productive: there were approximately (8) Bald Eagles, mostly adult birds,
but I did not record specifics. This past Sunday (01/25), driving through
the Annsville Traffic Circle in Peekskill, there were (5) Bald Eagles. I
personally noted that the numbers began increasing the 3rd week of
December. Looking forward to tomorrow's commute! I'm anticipating the #'s
to be up as the developing ice pushes them south.

Cheers,
Ryan
Garrison, NY
www.bassbirding.com


On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 1:09 PM, Matthew Rymkiewicz 
wrote:

> On Sunday morning, in 45 minutes at the Norrie Point Environmental Center
> in Staatsburg (N of Poughkeepsie, S of Rhinebeck), I saw 8 bald eagles - 6
> imm, 2 adult. They were loosely grouped not very far north of Esopus
> Island, maintaining their location by flapping north now and then as the
> ice flowed south.
>
> Matthew Rymkiewicz
> Milan/NYC
>
> ------------------------------
> From: Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com
> To: trhindress1 AT gmail.com
> CC: nysbirds-L AT cornell.edu
> Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Bald Eagles at Croton-on-Hudson 1/27
> Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:42:57 +0000
>
>
> I stopped by George's island Sunday 4 pm for first time this season (I
> spend all day there for Eagle Fest -- this year it's Saturday 2/7) and
> there were ten eagles perched. No ice at GI but there is river ice around
> the bend at Verplank pier, also at Charles Point and up to ansville circle
> (Peekskill). The ice should only increase and move further down river w
> expected week long cold front. This morning with the non snow event (at
> least on river side of northern Westchester) there were some eagles
>  scattered around croton point, a few tree sparrows, good numbers of
> goldfinch, and 8 horned lark; Blackrock park (just a bit off Rte. 129) had
> many gadwall and ring necked duck also 2 pied billed grebe.
>
>  L. Trachtenberg
> Ossining
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jan 27, 2015, at 12:16 PM, Thomas Rhindress 
> wrote:
>
>   I commute to NYC via the train that runs along the Hudson River from
> Croton-Harmon station. Today, the day of "the blizzard that wasn't", was
> the first day this winter I have seen more than a single bald eagle. Eight
> bald eagles, both immature and adult, perched in trees above phragmites on
> north shore of Croton Bay (southeast of Croton Point Park's capped
> landfill).
>
> Still no permanent river ice so will be curious of numbers increase. Did a
> run by George's Island (Montrose, NY) last week at the time they typically
> come into roost for the night and saw none. Are people north of Peekskill
> seeing greater numbers?
>
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Subject: RE: Caracara
From: Isaac Grant <hosesbroadbill AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:21:28 -0500
Can someone get a more specific location as to where the Caracara was seen and 
post it to the list please? 


From: birderlarry AT verizon.net
To: sws6752 AT gmail.com; NYSbirds-L AT cornell.edu
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Caracara
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:36:50 -0500





There was one reported in Bear Mountain State Park earlier this month  
heres the posting form the Hudson River Almanac. Same bird?
 
1/5 - Bear Mountain State Park, HRM 
45.5: This is normally a time of year when people head south. However, on this 
blustery winter day a Floridian made a rare visit to the skies over Doodletown 
at Bear Mountain State Park. We watched in amazement as a crested caracara 
soared overhead in the late morning sun. The bird circled several times, 
drifted 

north out of view, and then returned overhead before heading east toward the 
Hudson. The field markings and overall gestalt of the bird were unmistakable. 
To 

our knowledge, this was the first record of a caracara in New York State. We 
later learned that one of these southern raptors was photographed in Berks 
County, PA, just a week earlier, so perhaps our sighting was the same bird 
blown 

north by the previous days violent winds. Wherever it came from, it was a 
sight 

to behold, a tropical apparition on a brisk winters day.
 
Larry 
Federman
Education Coordinator
Audubon New York
Rheinstrom Hill, 
Buttercup Farm, and RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuaries and Centers


 

From: Steven Schellenger 
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 9:24 AM
To: nysbirds-l 
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Caracara
 

I just saw 2 pictures from a South Shore Audubon member, asking for 
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was sitting on a fence and the  flying. It is a Caracara. 
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From: Matthew Rymkiewicz <mlr342 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:09:17 -0500
On Sunday morning, in 45 minutes at the Norrie Point Environmental Center in 
Staatsburg (N of Poughkeepsie, S of Rhinebeck), I saw 8 bald eagles - 6 imm, 2 
adult. They were loosely grouped not very far north of Esopus Island, 
maintaining their location by flapping north now and then as the ice flowed 
south. 

 
Matthew Rymkiewicz
Milan/NYC
 
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To: trhindress1 AT gmail.com
CC: nysbirds-L AT cornell.edu
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Bald Eagles at Croton-on-Hudson 1/27
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:42:57 +0000






I stopped by George's island Sunday 4 pm for first time this season (I spend 
all day there for Eagle Fest -- this year it's Saturday 2/7) and there were ten 
eagles perched. No ice at GI but there is river ice around the bend at Verplank 
pier, also at Charles 

 Point and up to ansville circle (Peekskill). The ice should only increase and 
move further down river w expected week long cold front. This morning with the 
non snow event (at least on river side of northern Westchester) there were some 
eagles scattered around 

 croton point, a few tree sparrows, good numbers of goldfinch, and 8 horned 
lark; Blackrock park (just a bit off Rte. 129) had many gadwall and ring necked 
duck also 2 pied billed grebe. 




L. Trachtenberg 
Ossining 



Sent from my iPhone


On Jan 27, 2015, at 12:16 PM, Thomas Rhindress  wrote:






I commute to NYC via the train that runs along the Hudson River from 
Croton-Harmon station. Today, the day of "the blizzard that wasn't", was the 
first day this winter I have seen more than a single bald eagle. Eight bald 
eagles, both immature 

 and adult, perched in trees above phragmites on north shore of Croton Bay 
(southeast of Croton Point Park's capped landfill). 

Still no permanent river ice so will be curious of numbers increase. Did a run 
by George's Island (Montrose, NY) last week at the time they typically come 
into roost for the night and saw none. Are people north of Peekskill seeing 
greater numbers? 

Tom Rhindress

Yorktown Heights, NY
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Subject: Re: Bald Eagles at Croton-on-Hudson 1/27
From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:42:57 +0000
I stopped by George's island Sunday 4 pm for first time this season (I spend 
all day there for Eagle Fest -- this year it's Saturday 2/7) and there were ten 
eagles perched. No ice at GI but there is river ice around the bend at Verplank 
pier, also at Charles Point and up to ansville circle (Peekskill). The ice 
should only increase and move further down river w expected week long cold 
front. This morning with the non snow event (at least on river side of northern 
Westchester) there were some eagles scattered around croton point, a few tree 
sparrows, good numbers of goldfinch, and 8 horned lark; Blackrock park (just a 
bit off Rte. 129) had many gadwall and ring necked duck also 2 pied billed 
grebe. 


L. Trachtenberg
Ossining

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 27, 2015, at 12:16 PM, Thomas Rhindress 
> wrote: 



I commute to NYC via the train that runs along the Hudson River from 
Croton-Harmon station. Today, the day of "the blizzard that wasn't", was the 
first day this winter I have seen more than a single bald eagle. Eight bald 
eagles, both immature and adult, perched in trees above phragmites on north 
shore of Croton Bay (southeast of Croton Point Park's capped landfill). 


Still no permanent river ice so will be curious of numbers increase. Did a run 
by George's Island (Montrose, NY) last week at the time they typically come 
into roost for the night and saw none. Are people north of Peekskill seeing 
greater numbers? 


Tom Rhindress
Yorktown Heights, NY

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Subject: Bald Eagles at Croton-on-Hudson 1/27
From: Thomas Rhindress <trhindress1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:15:42 -0500
I commute to NYC via the train that runs along the Hudson River from
Croton-Harmon station. Today, the day of "the blizzard that wasn't", was
the first day this winter I have seen more than a single bald eagle. Eight
bald eagles, both immature and adult, perched in trees above phragmites on
north shore of Croton Bay (southeast of Croton Point Park's capped
landfill).

Still no permanent river ice so will be curious of numbers increase. Did a
run by George's Island (Montrose, NY) last week at the time they typically
come into roost for the night and saw none. Are people north of Peekskill
seeing greater numbers?

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Yorktown Heights, NY

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Subject: Re: Caracara
From: Larry Federman <birderlarry AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:36:50 -0500
There was one reported in Bear Mountain State Park earlier this month – 
here’s the posting form the Hudson River Almanac. Same bird? 


1/5 - Bear Mountain State Park, HRM 45.5: This is normally a time of year when 
people head south. However, on this blustery winter day a Floridian made a rare 
visit to the skies over Doodletown at Bear Mountain State Park. We watched in 
amazement as a crested caracara soared overhead in the late morning sun. The 
bird circled several times, drifted north out of view, and then returned 
overhead before heading east toward the Hudson. The field markings and overall 
gestalt of the bird were unmistakable. To our knowledge, this was the first 
record of a caracara in New York State. We later learned that one of these 
southern raptors was photographed in Berks County, PA, just a week earlier, so 
perhaps our sighting was the same bird blown north by the previous day’s 
violent winds. Wherever it came from, it was a sight to behold, a tropical 
apparition on a brisk winter’s day. 


Larry Federman
Education Coordinator
Audubon New York
Rheinstrom Hill, Buttercup Farm, and RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuaries and 
Centers 


From: Steven Schellenger 
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 9:24 AM
To: nysbirds-l 
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Caracara

I just saw 2 pictures from a South Shore Audubon member, asking for id help. 
The pictures were taken around Jan. 22, 2015 in Seaford, NY. The bird was 
sitting on a fence and the flying. It is a Caracara. 

Steve Schellenger
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Subject: Caracara
From: Steven Schellenger <sws6752 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:24:16 -0500
I just saw 2 pictures from a South Shore Audubon member, asking for id
help. The pictures were taken around Jan. 22, 2015 in Seaford, NY. The bird
was sitting on a fence and the  flying. It is a Caracara.
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:14:54 +0000
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* January 26, 2015*  NYSY  01. 26. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):January 19, 2015 - January 26, 2015to report 
by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, 
Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just 
outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  
Madison & Cortlandcompiled: January 26 AT 6:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph 
BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #427 Monday January 
26, 2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of January 19, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

RED-THROATED LOONNORTHERN SHOVELERHARLEQUIN DUCKBARROW’S GOLDENEYEICELAND 
GULLGLAUCOUS GULLLESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLSNOWY OWLSHORT-EARED OWLNORTHERN 
SHRIKEGRAY CATBIRDHERMIT THRUSHEVENING GROSBEAKSAVANNAH SPARROWCOMMON 
REDPOLLPINE SISKIN 


Compiler’s note: COMMON REDPOLLS were reported in many more locations this 
week than last. I will not list all sightings but recommend keeping an eye out 
for HOARIES and other fiches. 



Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
(MWC)------------ 

     1/21: 4 SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen on East Road. Another was found 
along the Wildlife Trail. 


Onondaga County------------
     1/19: The NORTHERN SHOVELER found in Mercer Park in Baldwinsville last 
week has remained and is seen daily. There was also a report of a second 
one.     1/25: A HERMIT THRUSH was again seen at the Carpenter’s Brook 
Fish Hatchery near Elbridge.     1/26: A GRAY CATBIRD was refound on the 
feeder Canal off of Andrews Road in Dewitt. 


Madison County------------
     1/22: 4 ICELAND GULLS and 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS were seen at the Madison 
County Landfill. EVENING GROSBEAKS and a CHIPPING SPARROW continue at a feeder 
on Carpenter Road near Sheds.     1/23: A SNOWY OWL was seen on Nelson Road 
in Fenner. A PINE SISKIN was seen near Cazenovia Lake.     1/25: 2 ICELAND 
GULLS, 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 1 GLAUCOUS GULL were seen on Ditchbank 
Road. 


Oswego County------------
     1/21: A female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was found on the Oswego River in 
Phoenix. It is being viewed from the fisherman’s access below the bridge. It 
was still present today.     1/24: A RED-THROATED LOON was found in Oswego 
Harbor. 


Oneida County------------
     1/21: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Griffis Tech Park (the old airbase). Up 
to three have been seen at this location.     1/25: A PINE SISKIN was seen 
in Westdale. 


Herkimer County------------
     1/19: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on the Gray-Wilmurt Road.     1/22: 
A PINE SISKIN was seen at a feeder near Dolgeville. A SNOWY OWL was seen on 
Castle Road near Fairfield.     1/24: A SNOWY OWL and eight EVENING 
GROSBEAKS were seen on Newport-Gray Road. 


Jefferson County------------
     1/20: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen near Cape Vincent.     1/23: A 
HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen at Grass Point State Park on the St. Lawrence 
River.     1/25: A SNOWY OWL was seen in the Point Peninsula Conservation 
Area.  



     
     --  end report


Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.  

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Subject: Status of Central Park Screech Owls
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:29:03 -0500
NYC Birders,

What is the status of Eastern Screech Owl in Central Park, since the
reintroduction program?

Thanks and be safe out there.

Mike Britt
Bayonne, NJ

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Subject: Re: Mew Gull Yes, Kings County
From: Heydi <kiskadee20 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:25:35 -0500
The Mew Gull was still present as of 1 pm...on the ball-field as described in 
Sean Sime's post. 


Good birding,

Heydi Lopes
Brooklyn

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 26, 2015, at 10:51 AM, Sean Sime  wrote:
> 
> Shane Blodgett just called to say he is viewing the Mew Gull on the ball 
field just NW of Ceasar's Bay along the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn. 

> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Sean Sime
> Brooklyn
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Subject: Bohemian waxwing - Nassau County
From: Stephane Perreault <perreaultsvital AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:53:34 -0500
 There was a single Bohemian waxwing yesterday (Sunday 9 am) at the Sands Point 
Preserve, in Northern Nassau County. ?The bird was mixed with 18 cedar waxwing 
in a tree that is otherwise in a brushy area. ?The trail from which it was 
observed is the one that is parallel to the bluff on the Eastern side the 
preserve. ?The bird was observed approximately 150 yards NE of the Kettle pond. 



It was identified as a Bohemian by the completely rufous undertail coverts. 
?Only once I saw this feature could I confirm its slightly larger size and 
redder face then the neighboring cedar waxwing. ? 



The small flock of cedar waxwing was observed during both of my last two visits 
to the preserve (then 20 and 15 birds), but there was no Bohemian waxing on 
those days (December 20 and January 11). 



Other areas to look for wintering cedar waxwing at Sands Point Preserved is the 
brushy area between the Kettle pond and the beach; and the trees near the bee 
hives (adjacent to the Museum parking lot).? 



There is $10 fee per car for entrance to the preserve. ?Good luck if you go.


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Subject: Re: SPOTTED SANDPIPER, Somers
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:42:33 -0500
So, are we sure of the identification?

Common Sandpiper ( the Eurasian species) would be just about as unlikely
this time of year. They're almost identical. A good photo would help sort
them out (maybe).

Rich Guthrie

On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 11:26 AM, Tait Johansson 
wrote:

> Apologies for the late report- A Spotted Sandpiper yesterday (1/25)  at
> Deans’s Bridge, Somers, was an immense surprise.  The bird was later
> observed on a rock in the middle of the reservoir looking north from the
> bridge where rt. 116 crosses Muscoot Res. in Purdy’s, and some bad
> digiscoped photos obtained.  Bird was relocated an hour or two later right
> under the rt. 116 bridge in Purdy’s but immediately flushed, headed north,
> & could not be relocated.  A check of the Purdy's bridge this morning
> turned up no trace of the bird, either.
>
>
> Tait Johansson
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Subject: SPOTTED SANDPIPER, Somers
From: Tait Johansson <taitjohansson AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:26:47 -0500
Apologies for the late report- A Spotted Sandpiper yesterday
(1/25)  at Deanss Bridge, Somers, was an
immense surprise.  The bird was later
observed on a rock in the middle of the reservoir looking north from the bridge
where rt. 116 crosses Muscoot Res. in Purdys, and some bad digiscoped photos
obtained.  Bird was relocated an hour or
two later right under the rt. 116 bridge in Purdys but immediately flushed, 
headed 

north, & could not be relocated. A check of the Purdy's bridge this morning 
turned up no trace of the bird, either. 

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Subject: Mew Gull Yes, Kings County
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:51:44 -0500
Shane Blodgett just called to say he is viewing the Mew Gull on the ball
field just NW of Ceasar's Bay along the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn.

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Subject: NYS eBird Hotspots Website - Jan./2015
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:59:45 -0500
Within the past week the webpages are now displaying well on Chrome and
Safari in case you've noticed this issue over the past month.

The NYS eBird Hotspots website has been updated for the current month. All
species totals on the monthly/seasonal species list table are updated for
the state and all 62 counties. The variable periods at the bottom of each
table now covers 'Year: 2015', 'Dec.-Jan./2015' and 'Jan./2015'.

Tip: If you want to see which species have been recently added to any of
the county lists or for New York State you can choose 'Overview' on the
'Explore a location' line near the top of the page. Then click 'First Seen'
on the eBird.org page under species total and number of checklists to view
the most recent additions. These columns are can be sorted by clicking on
the column heading.

For New York State you should see that 2 species have been added since
Christmas. One for Rockland County and one from New York County.

http://ebirding-nys.wikispaces.com/Birding+in+New+York

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Subject: Goose & Gull kept day from being dull !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:45:20 -0500
Late start on Sunday had me leaving the house at 1500, and upon arriving at
the n/s Northville Tpke, between Doctor's Path & Rt. 105, Riverhead ~ 1510,
I found Rich Gostic scoping a large, spread-out flock of Canadas - it was
nice to match a name with a face ! He hadn't found anything unusual up to
that point, and and after a short while, I decided to get another angle on
the flock, from the c/o N'ville Tpke. and Rt.105. The new perspective
didn't help my quest, so I returned to the original location. Rich was gone
by then, but in his place were 4 "weos"...who were looking at a Pink-footed
Goose ! Before long, they got me on the bird, and after some pleasantries,
were off to the Calverton Grasslands to hopefully finish up the day finding
1, or possibly 2, Short-eared Owls. Making up the 4 "Weos", were Bob
Proniewych, Ed Brecher, Bob Anderson, and Stan, whose surname escapes
me...sorry !

In case you have never heard the term, "Weo" refers to anyone who was not
born an "eastender" (Township of Riverhead, east to the end of both forks).
I, myself, arriving in Wading River (from Seaford) in 1968, was dubbed a
"Weo" by my new, fellow workmates, after transferring work stations (from
Roslyn to Riverhead)...and am still thought of as such - 47 years just
doesn't cut it

Heading east, I first tried for the Yellow-headed Blackbird, found by Ken &
Sue Feustel awhile back, without success. I then headed for Iron Pier
Beach, Jamesport to look for the Iceland Gull, which had been reported
previously from that location - happily, I can tell you it still is !

Cheers,
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Subject: Bald Eagle in Brooklyn's Green-Wood
From: Matthew Wills <matthewwills AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:20:53 -0500
An adult Bald Eagle was flying low over and perching in Green-Wood this 
afternoon. At one point, it broke the high branch it was on, sending the wood 
plummeting as it flapped away. Two other birders I ran into saw it leave the 
cemetery in a northwesterly direction. Band visible on one foot, but not 
readable. Pictures tomorrow on my blog. 


I also twice saw a Peregrine buzz the Monk Parakeet nest on the 5th Avenue 
gate. 



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Subject: Re: TONIGHT - Jamaica Bay West Pond Meeting on Thursday, January 22, 6pm to 8 pm
From: <gochfeldlaw AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:04:37 -0500
Does anyone have a report on what transpired at the January 22nd meeting?
 

 

 

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Subject: [nysbirds-l] TONIGHT - Jamaica Bay West Pond Meeting on Thursday, 
January 22, 6pm to 8 pm 




This critical meeting is TONIGHT, 6 pm.  Please make every effort to attend.
 
The National Park Service is providing information on its plans for West Pond 
on Thursday, January 22, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge 
Visitor Center. 

The press release is listed below, taken from website 
http://www.nps.gov/gate/parknews/national-park-service-to-hold-open-house-on-the-status-of-the-jamaica-bay-wildlife-refuge-west-pond-environmental-assessment.htm 

 
Nancy Tognan
VP, Queens County Bird Club
www.qcbirdclub.org
nancy.tognan AT gmail.com

  

 
The National Park Service (NPS) will provide an update on the project status 
for the West Pond Environmental Assessment on Jan. 22 at the Jamaica Bay 
Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. 

The project is in the early states of the planning to address storm damage to 
Gateway National Recreation Area's West Pond during Hurricane Sandy. The NPS 
received initial public input during the June 30-July 30, 2014 comment period. 

The update on the project's status will be provided at an Open House from 6 to 
8 p.m. on Jan. 22. The NPS invites everyone to attend to learn more about 
proposed concept designs, ask questions and obtain information about West Pond. 

"The ongoing participation of the public is very important to the success of 
this project," said Jennifer T. Nersesian, Superintendent of Gateway National 
Recreation Area. "We have already benefited greatly from the knowledge and 
expertise of the many stakeholders and organizations with an interest in the 
knowledge and expertise of the many stakeholders and organizations with an 
interest in the Refuge. We look forward to continue working with the public as 
this process moves forward." 

Open House:
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Gateway National Recreation Area
Thursday, January 22
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Located on Cross Bay Boulevard
More Information:
Please visit Gateway's website at www.nps.gov/gate for additional project 
information. 


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Subject: Re: Brooklyn Mew Gull -- NO
From: Angus Wilson <oceanwanderers AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:04:01 -0500
Spent a couple of hours searching the relevant spots this morning, including 
Coney Island Creek, without success. 


As Doug Gochfeld mentioned yesterday, the Brooklyn coast and parks are a major 
wintering area for Ring-billed Gulls and there are numerous alternative spots 
that should be checked in case the bird has simply changed its preferred 
loafing or feeding sites. 


Angus Wilson, New York City & The Springs, NY
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Subject: Delaware County Golden Eagle Survey 7 February
From: Thomas Salo <salothomas AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:02:03 -0500
I am trying to fill in a few remaining territories in SE Delaware County 
- the area between Roxbury and Andes- for the 7 February survey. I could 
use some skilled birders as help. I am especially in need of a couple of 
people who can ID eagle species from great distances by silhouette. In 
other words, hawk counter quality skills.

The poor visibility date is 8 February.

Details at http://doas.us/feb-7-golden-eagle-count/

Steve Walter - please contact me. Your emails are bouncing.

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Subject: Barrows goldeneye
From: Pat Aitken <aitkenpatricia AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:09:22 -0500
Female barrows goldeneye at montauk yacht club on star island


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Subject: Shinnecock LI King Eider continues...
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:34:05 -0500
King Eider at Shinnecock continues; currently, west of the inlet in front
on the island. Observed with Tom Burke and Gail Benson.

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Subject: Re: Brooklyn Mew Gull -- NO
From: Doug Gochfeld <fresha2411 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:22:08 -0500
For what it's worth, there are generally multiple thousands of Ring-billed
Gulls on Coney Island Beach, just a couple of miles to the SE, as well as
hundreds in the Sheepshead Bay and Marine Park area a little east of there.
There are also usually a few hundred between the Owls Head wastewater plant
and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Floyd Bennett Field's evening RBGU roost
is in full effect at this point in the winter as well, as there were over
2000 there a week ago.

These all seem like potential alternate locations for the Mew Gull if it
isn't showing at the Gravesend Bay location. The most likely alternate
places in my mind, based on proximity and high concentrations of
appropriately sized gulls, are Coney Island Creek Park (or anywhere in
Coney Island Creek where there are gulls hanging out), Coney Island Beach,
and the Owls Head Wastewater Plant.

Good Birding
-Doug Gochfeld. Brooklyn, NY.

On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 7:11 PM,  wrote:

> The Mew Gull present in recent days at Gravesend Bay, Brooklyn was
> searched for extensively and at length today but not detected.
>
> Patricia Lindsay
> Bay Shore, NY
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Subject: Brooklyn Mew Gull -- NO
From: <pjlindsay AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:11:43 -0500
The Mew Gull present in recent days at Gravesend Bay, Brooklyn was 
searched for extensively and at length today but not detected.

Patricia Lindsay
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Subject: Common Redpoll - Staten Island
From: isaac grant <hosesbroadbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:25:27 -0500
There was a flock of 24 Common Redpoll at Great Kills Park.  Go all the way
to the end of the road.  There is a sign there that says permits are
required to go on to the dirt road.  Make a left and park in the parking
lot.  There is a path that leads to the beach right at the corner of the
lot.  Walk west on the beach.  The birds were ranging widely and feeding in
the grasses bordering the beach.  They were mixed in with a large mixed
flock of Tree Sparrows, Song Sparrows and Goldfinch.  They spent most of
the time in the area just in front of where a wooden fence begins.

Also there has been female Goldeneye on the pond at Monravian Cemetery that
may be a hybrid Common/Barrow's.  Still trying to work out the details of
this bird.  I looked for it this afternoon but did not see it.  Will report
if the bird is refound or if a final determination on it is made.

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Subject: Bohemian waxwings
From: Tom Wheeler <northflow AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:36:03 -0500
St. Lawrence County. Also a snowy owl near intersection of 812 and Hutchinson 
Road north of Heuvelton. 


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Subject: Bohemian waxwings
From: Tom Wheeler <northflow AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:25:03 -0500
We observed twenty Bohemian waxwings on the Hardscrabble road, Lisbon, about a 
quarter mile from the intersection with Sand Road at 330 pm today. 


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Subject: Common Redpoll, Central Park , Manhattan
From: Ed Gaillard <gaillard AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:11:38 -0500
A Common Redpoll male is visiting the Evodia feeders in the Ramble in
Central Park today.  Last seen just after 1pm.

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Subject: Connetquot River State Park Bald Eagles (Suffolk Co.)
From: Ken Feustel <feustel AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:15:32 -0500
There were four Bald Eagles, an adult and three immatures, flying over the 
Connetquot River at Connetquot Rive State Park yesterday afternoon. The birds 
eventually drifted north, up the river. Additionally, approx. twenty-five 
Common Mergansers were on the river. 


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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 23 January 2015
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:29:18 -0500
-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jan. 23, 2015
* NYNY1501.23

- Birds Mentioned

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE+
BARNACLE GOOSE+
MEW GULL+
THICK-BILLED MURRE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Greater White-Fronted Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Eurasian Wigeon
KING EIDER
Common Eider
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Common Goldeneye
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
Red-necked Grebe
EARED GREBE
American Bittern
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Ring-billed Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Razorbill
Snowy Owl
Short-eared Owl
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
COMMON REDPOLL

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report
electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at
http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to
nysarc44nybirdsorg

If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or
sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

Gary Chapin - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
125 Pine Springs Drive
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert
Number: (212) 979-3070

Compiler: Tom Burke, Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber:  Gail Benson

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 23 at
7:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are MEW GULL, PINK-FOOTED and BARNACLE
GEESE, EARED GREBE, THICK-BILLED MURRE, BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, KING EIDER,
HARLEQUIN DUCK, BLACK-HEADED GULL and a COMMON REDPOLL incursion.

This Wednesday a 1st winter MEW GULL was spotted along the Brooklyn
waterfront, where it spent several hours yesterday, but was apparently only
seen sporadically this morning.  This very brownish immature is the North
American subspecies brachyrhynchus, whereas most New York records have
involved the European form canus, called Common Gull.  This bird has been
frequenting the shoreline just west of the Ceasar’s Bay shopping center and
has also been perched on the Kohl’s and adjacent buildings in the center.
This site is just off the Belt Parkway; if eastbound on the Belt, park at
the roadside parking area just before exit 5 off the Belt; if westbound, it
may be best to get off at Exit 5 and work your way around to the shopping
center area.  Look for the Mew in the large flock of RING-BILLED GULLS that
gather there.  An ICELAND GULL was also there today.

The BARNACLE GOOSE was still being seen early in the morning at the goose
overnight roost on the lake at Belmont Lake State Park through last
weekend.  Also in the large Canada flock have been a CACKLING and 4
GREATER-WHITE-FRONTED GEESE.

The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE and a GREATER-WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE were reported again
Thursday in the fields along Doctor’s Path south of Sound Avenue, north of
Riverhead, while Friday morning the PINK-FOOTED was still on Merritts Pond
in Riverhead late in the morning.

Further east on Long Island a THICK-BILLED MURRE was spotted Tuesday around
the inlet to Montauk harbor and was still being seen inside the inlet
today, often in the vicinity of the Coast Guard Station off the west side
of Lake Montauk as viewed from Star Island.  A couple of ICELAND GULLS have
also been near the west side of the west inlet jetty, with two HARLEQUIN
DUCKS there Monday.

Back at Jones Beach West End, last Saturday 2 EARED GREBES were present in
Jones Inlet off Point Lookout, with a RED-NECKED GREBE between the east and
middle of the Point Lookout jetties.  At least 1 of the EARED GREBES and
the RED-NECKED GREBE were still being seen recently, and 2 HARLEQUIN DUCKS
also continue there, but the female KING EIDER there has become even more
elusive.  A drake KING EIDER does remain at Shinnecock, seen with COMMON
EIDERS usually near the large sandbar inside the inlet as viewed from the
main inlet parking lot.

Besides the drake BARROW’S GOLDENEYE that has been just west of Sands Point
Preserve, others uncovered recently include a pair returning to the south
end of Lake Montauk, best viewed from South Lake Drive, and, on the north
fork of Long Island, seen on Wednesday were a pair of Barrow’s at Mattituck
inlet along the north shore and a drake seen 3 miles east of there off Duck
Pond Road in Cutchogue, all these in COMMON GOLDENEYE flocks. The Mattituck
male was just east of the east jetty off Baillie Beach today.

Two TUNDRA SWANS continue on mostly frozen Hook Pond in East Hampton, where
up to 4 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE have also been present.

Two HARLEQUIN DUCKS continue at Point Lookout, and EURASIAN WIGEONS
continue at several sites.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was reported again from northern Manhattan along the
East River Monday.

A GLAUCOUS GULL continues at Shinnecock Inlet, with an ICELAND GULL also
there Monday.  Another Glaucous was at Jones Beach West End Saturday, and
another Iceland has been at Iron Pier in Northville.

70 RAZORBILLS were counted at Montauk Point Sunday, with 25 or so off Fort
Tilden Tuesday.

A SNOWY OWL on Hick’s Island off Nappeague seems safer there than those
being chased around the south shore of Long Island.  And we mention two
SHORT-EARED OWLS appearing late in the afternoon at the old Grumman Airport
in Calverton, these just one of the reasons why this wonderful grassland
should be preserved.

A nice invasion of COMMON REDPOLLS has begun this week, with birds
appearing in numerous locations, with perhaps the largest flock the up to
50 plus near Tiana Beach along Dune Road west of Shinnecock Inlet.
AMERICAN BITTERN is also regular along Dune Road.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a NASHVILLE WARBLER continue at Massapequa
Preserve, and two Orange-Crowneds were seen at Brooklyn’s Marine Park
Tuesday.

To phone in reports, on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734 4126, or
weekdays call Tom Burke at (212) 372-1483.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the
National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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Subject: 5 ain't 8, but it's still great !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:10:44 -0500
Today, between 1000 & 1130, I found ~ 2,150 Canada geese at Merritt's Pond
in Riverhead. During that time there were singles of the following geese:
Cackling; Pink-footed;  G.White-fronted and Snow (Blue morph). Also seen,
were single, drake Pintail & Hooded Merganser, as well as m M ! I kept
waiting for a major "lift-off", but during the last 45 minutes, only 11
Canadas took off, while being replaced by ~ 50 of the same species.

Cheers,
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Subject: Re: Mew Gull YES
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:33:00 -0500
Just came in and then disappeared behind Khol's.

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On Jan 23, 2015, at 11:25 AM, Shane Blodgett 
wrote:

as of now 11:22 the Mew Gull has not shown up -about 10 birders looking
some as early as 8:00 am. Only 1 hour past high tide at this point so there
is not a lot of exposed rocks yet and not a huge number of gulls around yet.

Shane

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Subject: Mew Gull NO
From: Shane Blodgett <shaneblodgett AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:25:08 -0500
as of now 11:22 the Mew Gull has not shown up -about 10 birders looking some as 
early as 8:00 am. Only 1 hour past high tide at this point so there is not a 
lot of exposed rocks yet and not a huge number of gulls around yet. 


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Subject: Long Island Gulls videos
From: Klemens Gasser <klemensgasser AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:51:43 +0000
I posted some videos of current Long Island Gulls to my Vimeo account.Brooklyn 
Mew Gull (yesterday): http://vimeo.com/117539401Iron Pier Beach Iceland Gull 
(Sunday): http://vimeo.com/117275863Shinnecock Inlet Glaucous Gull (Sunday): 
http://vimeo.com/117140309Sagg Pond Bonaparte's Gulls (Sunday): 
http://vimeo.com/117328386 

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Subject: Thick-billed Murre (Yes)
From: Anthony Collerton <icollerton AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:31:25 -0500
Star Island, just E of Montauk Yacht Club docks.

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Subject: FW: [cayugabirds-l] Tufted Duck in Ithaca today
From: "Kevin J. McGowan" <kjm2 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:17:47 +0000
The male TUFTED DUCK has just been reported off the SW corner of Cayuga Lake in 
Ithaca, probably visible from state route 89. 


Kevin

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The male TUFTED DUCK is sleeping in a small scaup flock just offshore from Hog 
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Subject: re:King Eider
From: John S Shemilt <jshemilt AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:15:40 -0500
oops I should have added Shinnecock Inlet 

John Shemilt 

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Subject: re:King Eider
From: John S Shemilt <jshemilt AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:09:15 -0500
the King Eider flew in the inlet this morning around 7:50, narrowly escaping 
with it's life. 

The hunters are in position.
The bird is currently back at usual spot north of the west side of the inlet.

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Subject: LI East end birds 1-22-15
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:43:56 -0500
For those who may want to chase the goodies out east this weekend, the 
following is some more detailed information.

The Thick billed Murre was seen from star island, looking way south and 
east to this approx position  41.070155, -71.928458.

A female Barrows Goldeneye was on Montauk Lake as seen from South lake 
drive here  41.052738, -71.908759. The male was not seen; thought the 
birds were moving into / out of an area of open water near the wooden 
bulkhead so it could have been present as well.

While looking for the goldeneyes, a Red-necked Grebe was spotted here as 
well.

Finally, the Tundra Swans are on Hook pond, but they like to rest on the 
far shore and one has to wait for them to stretch and raise their heads.

Arie Gilbert
North Babylon, NY

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Subject: Orange/Dutchess County Hudson River Gulls
From: Curt McDermott <tele-tek AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:29:15 -0500
 On Tuesday 1/20, Dad (Ken McDermott) and I ventured to Beacon in Dutchess 
County, after finding that all flowing ice was on that side of the Hudson. We 
were rewarded with a single first year Iceland Gull, seen from the Long Dock 
area near the Beacon Train Station. On Wed. 1/21, the landscape (icescape) of 
the river had changed dramatically. The river was completely filled with 
flowing ice and contained an estimated 5,000-6,000 gulls. After sifting through 
only about 200 gulls, I had already found 2 first year Iceland Gulls, when an 
Eagle put up all the gulls. When they settled, I began to scan again, this time 
finding 2 first year Icelands within the first 500 or so gulls, when....you 
guessed it, another eagle flyby. This time the gulls settled mid river, just 
beyond a good distance for ID's. Game called on account of darkness. Today, 
after 2 hours of scanning from the Newburgh side with Dad, Bruce Nott and Peter 
Schuyler, we had only produced a single first year Iceland. Anxious to check 
the Dutchess side, while people were watching on the Newburgh side, I headed to 
Beacon. At Long Dock, I was rewarded with 2 first year Icelands and a FOS Adult 
Lesser Black-backed Gull. 

 Gulls numbers are continuing to increase. For anyone trying to figure out a 
day trip for this weekend, the conditions are looking promising. 

 In a 5 minute scan of the Hudson from Newburgh this morning at 9:30, I had 16 
Bald Eagles, from a single location, just north of Torches Restaurant. 

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Subject: RE: Mew Gull
From: Carole Griffiths <Carole.Griffiths AT liu.edu>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:00:46 +0000
Is anyone seeing the Mew Gull now?
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Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:08 PM
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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Mew Gull

Currently being seen on top of ledge of toys r us building at previously 
identified parking lot. 


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Subject: Mew Gull-YES
From: Rob Jett <citybirder AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:31:10 -0500
Brookyn Mew Gull just seen circling over parking lot at Cesar's Bay. 
Disappeared over parkway to the east. 


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Subject: Mew Gull
From: Tim Dunn <timdunn AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:08:07 -0500
Currently being seen on top of ledge of toys r us building at previously 
identified parking lot. 


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Subject: Re: Mew Gull
From: Peter Post <pwpost AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:56:07 -0500
That should be coming from the east bound lane. 

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> On Jan 22, 2015, at 10:23 AM, Peter Post  wrote:
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> The bird is just to the right of the Kohl's now. The is a free parking lot 
coming off the belt from the east a very short walking distance before exit 5. 

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Subject: Thick billed Murre Montauk pt YES
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:45:55 -0500
The murre is being seen now south of the coast guard sta. 

With Phil Uruburu
01/22/2015  AT  10:44 AM

Arie Gilbert 
No. Babylon NY 


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Subject: Common Redpoll Jones Beach
From: parksys577 <parksys577 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:35:20 -0500
In median opposite coast guard entrance. 

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Subject: Mew Gull
From: Peter Post <pwpost AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:23:33 -0500
The bird is just to the right of the Kohl's now. The is a free parking lot 
coming off the belt from the east a very short walking distance before exit 5. 


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Subject: Mew Gull -YES
From: Doug Gochfeld <fresha2411 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:56:21 -0500
Paul Bourdin texted to say that he had the MEW GULL at Caeser's Bay
(Caeser's Bay is the the shopping center at the end of Bay Parkway, next to
where Shai's parking directions take you to) about 20 minutes ago. It came
into the main flock of Ring-billed Gulls a bit to the west of Caeser's Bay
and was around briefly before disappearing. He is still currently on site
looking to re-find it.

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Subject: RE: Mew Gull directions
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:02:52 +0000
For birders coming from the east, take exit 5 (ramp on the right); at the 
light, turn left and pass under the Belt; park in the large metered lot near 
Kohl's. 


Otherwise you'd have to go well past the site before you could turn around to 
reach the waterfront lots accessed from the eastbound Belt. 


Subject: [nysbirds-l] Mew Gull directions

Just to clarify the parking lot nearest where the Mew was first found can only 
be accessed on the east bound side of the Belt Parkway and is on your right 
hand side just before exit 5 (Bay Parkway). This is the same lot and area the 
2010 Mew was found. 


You can also take exit 5, then take the first right, go to the end (towards the 
water) and access additional parking (metered). This is just west of Kohl's and 
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Subject: TONIGHT - Jamaica Bay West Pond Meeting on Thursday, January 22, 6pm to 8 pm
From: Nancy Tognan <nancy.tognan AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:28:56 -0500
This critical meeting is TONIGHT, 6 pm.  Please make every effort to attend.

 

The National Park Service is providing information on its plans for West
Pond on Thursday, January 22, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife
Refuge Visitor Center.  

The press release is listed below, taken from website
http://www.nps.gov/gate/parknews/national-park-service-to-hold-open-house-on
-the-status-of-the-jamaica-bay-wildlife-refuge-west-pond-environmental-asses
sment.htm 

 

Nancy Tognan

VP, Queens County Bird Club

www.qcbirdclub.org  

nancy.tognan AT gmail.com  

  

 

The National Park Service (NPS) will provide an update on the project status
for the West Pond Environmental Assessment on Jan. 22 at the Jamaica Bay
Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

The project is in the early states of the planning to address storm damage
to Gateway National Recreation Area's West Pond during Hurricane Sandy.  The
NPS received initial public input during the June 30-July 30, 2014 comment
period.

The update on the project's status will be provided at an Open House from 6
to 8 p.m. on Jan. 22.  The NPS invites everyone to attend to learn more
about proposed concept designs, ask questions and obtain information about
West Pond.

"The ongoing participation of the public is very important to the success of
this project," said Jennifer T. Nersesian, Superintendent of Gateway
National Recreation Area. "We have already benefited greatly from the
knowledge and expertise of the many stakeholders and organizations with an
interest in the knowledge and expertise of the many stakeholders and
organizations with an interest in the Refuge.  We look forward to continue
working with the public as this process moves forward."

Open House:
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Gateway National Recreation Area
Thursday, January 22
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Located on Cross Bay Boulevard

More Information:

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Subject: Mew Gull directions
From: Shane Blodgett <shaneblodgett AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:05:42 -0500
Just to clarify the parking lot nearest where the Mew was first found can only 
be accessed on the east bound side of the Belt Parkway and is on your right 
hand side just before exit 5 (Bay Parkway). This is the same lot and area the 
2010 Mew was found. 

You can also take exit 5, then take the first right, go to the end (towards the 
water) and access additional parking (metered). This is just west of Kohl's and 
the bird spent quite a bit of time there today as well. 


Good luck if you go,
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Subject: BBC Evening Presentation
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:22:13 -0500
Please Join the Brooklyn Bird Club Thursday Jan 29th 7:00 PM at the
Prospect Park Boathouse for:

Bird Life in Brazil

Presenter: Paulo Boute

Come take a virtural tour of the Pantanal and Brazilian birds at this
presentation with Brazilian guide Paulo Boute. Paulo is one of the
pioneering birders and ornithologists in Brazil, with almost 30 years of
experience guiding birders and photographers.

Paulo was born on a ranch near Iguassu Falls and from a very early age he
has literally been in touch with Brazilian birds: his older brother
collected birds and very often he had the chance of holding them in his own
hands! At the age of 17 Paulo moved to the state of Mato Grosso, where he
started working as a tour guide in the Pantanal. He was one of the first
and now is the most experienced guide working in this unique habitat, with
more than a thousand trips to the Pantanal. His Brazilian life list is 1260
birds.

Paulo has inspired others to follow in his tracks and is very proud in
having dedicated his life to preserving the birds in Brazil and educating
others on their beauty. When he is not guiding--either in the Pantanal,
Amazon/Atlantic Forest or in the Brazilian Northeast--he is teaching
birdwatching and presenting lectures both abroad and in-country.

PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION PROSPECT PARK BOAT HOUSE!

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Brooklyn

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Subject: Brooklyn & Queens: MEW GULL photos, Orange-crowned Warblers, Common Redpolls, Razorbills etc.
From: Doug Gochfeld <fresha2411 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:30:57 -0500
Yesterday (January 20) I seawatched for an hour or so from the beach at
Fort Tilden, along the Queens barrier beach.
There was an interesting mix of birds heading west, including *RAZORBILLS
(19 *westbound, and at least *8* on the water), Bonaparte's Gulls (29
westbound), Red-throated Loons, and some species that might have been
getting frozen out of interior bodies of water, such as Horned Grebes (~30
in active westbound migration (including a group of 8 and two groups of 4),
a few Greater Scaup, a Common Goldeneye, and a pair of Gadwall.
Complete list from Fort Tilden is here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21440920

A little bit later, at Hendrix Creek in Brooklyn, I had a quick look at 6
Redpolls, which unfortunately were very uncooperative. I only got a photo
of three as they flew away (I never observed them on the ground), and two
of those were definitely *COMMON REDPOLLS*.

This morning, on the trails around the Saltmarsh Center at Marine Park, I
had at least *2 Orange-crowned Warblers*, though I had a suspicion that
there may have been more. The habitat also has dozens of wintering Song and
American Tree Sparrows, and I tallied near double digits of Swamp Sparrows.
Despite searching carefully, I found no Redpolls here, which were the
object of this morning's expedition, given the excellent and extensive
small finch habitat.

Lastly, here are some representative photos of the first-cycle
"Short-billed" (American) *MEW GULL* (Larus canus brachyrhynchus) that the
"Mew" Gull whisperer of New York Bay, Shane Blodgett, deftly found this
afternoon.
There are some good, close photos in there, as well as some a little more
distant that will give an idea of what to look for when sorting through the
hundreds, or thousands, of Ring-billed Gulls that are usually in the area.
It was fairly distinctive even when seen naked eye or at a reasonable
distance, with a very brown appearance both in flight and when perched.

It's a fairly remarkable find, given that it is the first record of this
taxon for downstate New York:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/29840397 AT N08/

Good Birding
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Subject: 1st Winter Mew Gull Brooklyn NY
From: Shane Blodgett <shaneblodgett AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:25:07 +0000 (UTC)
With apologies for the delay. Family stuff you know...
Just before 3 this afternoon I found a first winter Mew gull among hundreds of 
Ring-billed Gulls (RBGU) about 50 yards north of the parking lot that is on the 
south side of the Belt Parkway west of the Bay Parkway exit (#5). 

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zTixGyKi8_-M.kn3mrdhCGBLE
The bird was initially on the railing mixed in with RBGU and I was immediately 
struck by the tiny bill and gentle dove-headed look. The legs were greenish 
gray particularly the upper portion, the thin bill was gray-green at the base 
with a angular black tip. Overall the bird presented as smaller and daintier 
than RBGU and was very brown both at rest and in flight. The upper tail coverts 
and rump were strongly barred which distinguishes L. brachyrhynchus (Mew Gull.) 
from L. Canus (Common Gull). The mantle was a mixture of gray adult feathers 
(darker than surrounding RBGU) and retained juvenile feathers. The rear end was 
attentuated with 5 primaries visible beyond the tertials.    

The bird flew down onto the rocks (it was about one hour after dead low tide I 
believe) and at one point regurgitated something and then ate it, successfully 
fighting off the bigger RBGU that tried to steal it from him. Over the course 
of the next 25 minutes it flew north 10-15 yards at a time before then flying 
south to mix in with a large flock of RBGU at the end of Bay Parkway right next 
to the Caesar's Bay shopping center. Doug G. arrived at that time and quickly 
relocated the bird on top of Kohl's department store. We watched the bird for 
awhile longer, it taking a few meandering flights before then heading north 
across the Belt. While I went to give chase Shai had arrived and he and Doug 
stayed put in case the bird came back which it did briefly before disappearing 
again. Last sighting was around 4 I think. 

Link to photos on Picasa:

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Subject: Central Suff. Co.
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:48:11 -0500
Shinnecock Inlet, Dune Rd. & EPCAL 21 Jan 15

Joe, Giunta, Sam Jannazzo, Rick Kopitsch and I (Sy Schiff) went to Shinnecock 
Inlet and scoped the bay. Distant views found BLACK, SURF, WHITE-WING SCOTERS, 
a male KING EIDER, many COMMON EIDERS and a number of seals. 


We went looking for Bittern and Redpolls along Dune Road. At Tiana, we found a 
juvenile and a 3rd winter Iceland Gull on the ocean beach. We continued west, 
finally turning around and retracing our route. We appeared to have missed our 
target birds, but In a 5-minute period, as we approached the Ponquogue Bridge, 
we found an AMERICAN BITTERN and at Ave K we found a flock of 25 COMMON REDPOLL 
that came to drink in a puddle before flying off. 


After stopping to pick up sandwiches, we drove to EPCAL. There, just as we 
arrived, someone flying a parachute got off the ground and scared a SHORT-EARED 
OWL and several EASTERN MEADOWLARKS. In 10 minutes birding, ignoring the 
driving time between places, we got 4 of our target birds. Pleasant day with 
good company. 


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Subject: Re: Possible Mew/Common Gull. Kings County
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:03:18 -0500
Photos yet?

Something we should be watching for in upstate NY as well.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore

On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 5:50 PM, Shaibal Mitra 
wrote:

>  He's done it again.
>
>  Not only is this a Mew Gull, it is a "Mew" Mew Gull (the western North
> American subspecies *brachyrhynchus*), possibly the first ever for Long
> Island).
>
>  It is strikingly brown overall with an extensively dark tail (unlike the
> neat, narrow black tail band of first winter European *canus*).
>
>  Thanks to a quick call from Doug Gochfeld, I was able to race out from
> Bay Shore, see the bird, and still beat the ponderous evening rush on the
> Southern State Parkway home!
>
>  Shai Mitra
> Bay Shore
>  ------------------------------
> *From:* bounce-118724271-11143133 AT list.cornell.edu [
> bounce-118724271-11143133 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Shane Blodgett [
> shaneblodgett AT yahoo.com]
> *Sent:* Wednesday, January 21, 2015 2:33 PM
> *To:* Sean Sime
> *Cc:* nys birds
> *Subject:* Re: [nysbirds-l] Possible Mew/Common Gull. Kings County
>
>   I'm calling it a definite Mew/Common.
>
>  Shane
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jan 21, 2015, at 2:22 PM, Sean Sime  wrote:
>
>   Shane Blodgett just called to say he is looking at a possible
> Mew/Common Gull 50 yards NW of what Ebird calls the "Southern Parking Lot"
> along the Belt Parkway. This is the parking lot off the eastbound lanes
> closest to Ceasar's Bay. This is east of the Verrazano Bridge.
>
>  Considering Shane finds every Mew/Common Gull in Brooklyn this sounds
> promising. The bird is present as I type at 2:20.
>
>  Cheers,
>
>  Sean Sime
> Brooklyn, NY
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Subject: RE: Possible Mew/Common Gull. Kings County
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:50:00 +0000
He's done it again.

Not only is this a Mew Gull, it is a "Mew" Mew Gull (the western North American 
subspecies brachyrhynchus), possibly the first ever for Long Island). 


It is strikingly brown overall with an extensively dark tail (unlike the neat, 
narrow black tail band of first winter European canus). 


Thanks to a quick call from Doug Gochfeld, I was able to race out from Bay 
Shore, see the bird, and still beat the ponderous evening rush on the Southern 
State Parkway home! 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore
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From: bounce-118724271-11143133 AT list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-118724271-11143133 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Shane Blodgett 
[shaneblodgett AT yahoo.com] 

Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 2:33 PM
To: Sean Sime
Cc: nys birds
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Possible Mew/Common Gull. Kings County

I'm calling it a definite Mew/Common.

Shane

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 21, 2015, at 2:22 PM, Sean Sime 
> wrote: 


Shane Blodgett just called to say he is looking at a possible Mew/Common Gull 
50 yards NW of what Ebird calls the "Southern Parking Lot" along the Belt 
Parkway. This is the parking lot off the eastbound lanes closest to Ceasar's 
Bay. This is east of the Verrazano Bridge. 


Considering Shane finds every Mew/Common Gull in Brooklyn this sounds 
promising. The bird is present as I type at 2:20. 


Cheers,

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Brooklyn, NY
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Subject: East End Birds (Suffolk Co.)
From: ken feustel <feustel AT optonline.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:43:04 -0500
Sue and I had a good day of birding on the east end today, starting at 
Shinnecock Inlet and working our way east to Lake Montauk. While driving east 
on Dune Road we finally connected with the elusive American Bittern, observing 
the bird as it flew across the road west of Tiana Beach. We searched at Tiana 
for the previously reported redpolls with no luck. At Shinnecock Inlet, a clam 
kill west of the Inlet provided a good number of gulls. However, the best we 
could do was a first winter Iceland Gull. The Adult King Eider was still 
present off the back of the inlet with Common Eider. Before heading east we 
decided to take a last look at Tiana. As we headed west of the Ponquogue Bridge 
a flock of some fifty Common Redpoll flew up on the north side of Dune Road and 
settled back down to feed on the seed heads of Seaside Goldenrod. After 
watching the redpolls for a few minutes we headed east for Hook Pond. At Hook 
the water was partially open and there were good numbers of Canada Geese. Among 
the Canada's were four Greater White-fronted Geese. We checked all the swans 
and they were Mutes, with the exception of two sleeping swans on the edge of 
the ice. We had to wait a while before they roused from their slumbers but they 
were our sought after Tundra Swans. Duck numbers were poor at Hook with only 
two male Common Mergansers present. While at Hook we got the word (Thank you 
Mike Scheibel!) through the listserve that the Thick-billed Murre was still 
being seen - we decided to extend our trip. We arrived at the fishing dock just 
east of the Coast Guard Station. After a short period of scanning south I found 
a candidate that quickly disappeared around a piling. Eventually the 
Thick-billed Murre was seen again from the dock and good scope views were 
obtained, although the bird never came close to us. We had missed the Sands 
Point Barrow's Goldeneye, so we wanted to check the south end of Lake Montauk 
to see if the pair that has been there the last few years had returned. After 
going through the Common Goldeneye we found the pair of Barrow's Goldeneye in 
the s/e corner of the Lake, as viewed from South Lake Drive. 


Other birds of note on the trip included Iceland Gull just west of the lake 
Montauk jetty, a Snowy Owl at Hick's Island at Napeague, and seventeen Snow 
Geese at Short's Pond. Poor photos of the redpolls and murre are on my flickr 
site. 


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Subject: Eared Grebe Pt. Lookout- YES
From: Sean Camillieri <scamillieri AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:31:58 -0500
The Eared Grebe was see at 3:40 in between the West and middle jetty. About 60 
Bonaparte's Gulls, and 47 Horned Grebes. No King Eider ( or any Eider for that 
matter), Harlequin Ducks or Purple Sandpipers. 


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Subject: Re: Possible Mew/Common Gull. Kings County
From: Shane Blodgett <shaneblodgett AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:33:50 -0500
I'm calling it a definite Mew/Common.

Shane

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 21, 2015, at 2:22 PM, Sean Sime  wrote:
> 
> Shane Blodgett just called to say he is looking at a possible Mew/Common Gull 
50 yards NW of what Ebird calls the "Southern Parking Lot" along the Belt 
Parkway. This is the parking lot off the eastbound lanes closest to Ceasar's 
Bay. This is east of the Verrazano Bridge. 

> 
> Considering Shane finds every Mew/Common Gull in Brooklyn this sounds 
promising. The bird is present as I type at 2:20. 

> 
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> 
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