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Dark-eyed Junco,©Barry Kent Mackay

27 May Franklins back [Bobbi Manian ]
27 May Franklin's Gull [Jane Simmons ]
27 May Franklin's Gull just sighted Plum Beach [David Klauber ]
27 May Mississippi Kite Highland Mills, Orange Co. [Shaibal Mitra ]
27 May Re: Is the Franklin's present at Plum Beach? [Felipe Pimentel ]
27 May Re: Is the Franklin's present at Plum Beach? [Felipe Pimentel ]
27 May common raven - east patchogue ["leormand ." ]
27 May Kentucky Warbler Re-do [robert adamo ]
26 May NYS eBird Hotspots - State, Counties & Locations Updated [Ben Cacace ]
26 May Summer Tanager - Planting Fields (Nassau Co.) 5/26 [Brendan Fogarty ]
26 May Re: Franklin's present at Plum Beach Brooklyn [Pat Palladino ]
26 May Re: Franklin's present at Plum Beach Brooklyn @ 2:54 pm [Pat Palladino ]
26 May Oops [Robert McGrath ]
26 May Re: Franklin's present at Plum Beach Brooklyn @ 2:54 pm [Andrew Baksh ]
26 May Kentucky Warbler continues [Robert McGrath ]
26 May Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
26 May Re: Subject: Franklin's present at Plum Beach [Andrew Baksh ]
26 May RE: Franklin's present at Plum Beach Brooklyn [Arie Gilbert ]
26 May Re:Subject: Franklin's present at Plum Beach [John Gluth ]
26 May Franklin's present at Plum Beach Brooklyn [Isaac Grant ]
26 May Kentucky Warbler continues - Stony Brook (Suffolk Co.) [Brent Bomkamp ]
25 May Central Park, NYC 5/24-25 [Thomas Fiore ]
25 May A memorable day...quality over quantity ! [robert adamo ]
25 May May 31st/June 1st Overnight Brooklyn Pelagic - Get in there [Andrew Baksh ]
25 May North Shore Audubon Society meeting - Tues. May 26, 2015. Seth Ausubel presents "Insects in Focus" ["Nancy Tognan" ]
25 May Re: Kentucky Warbler [Jim Osterlund ]
25 May Information on Brooklyn Franklin's Gull [Sean Sime ]
25 May Croton Point Grasshopper Sparrows Return (& other birds) [Anne Swaim ]
25 May Re:[ebirdsnyc] kings cou ny franklin gull [Andrew Baksh ]
25 May kings county FRANKLIN GULL []
25 May Kentucky Warbler [Keith Cashman ]
25 May Kings County Franklin's Gull YES [Sean Sime ]
25 May RE: Little Egret on Long Island? [Shaibal Mitra ]
25 May Retraction of Arctic Tern Identification at Cupsogue Co. Park (Suffolk Co.) [Ken Feustel ]
24 May Whip poor will suffolk co. [Arie Gilbert ]
24 May Franklin's Gull at Plum Beach, Brooklyn Sunday May 24th [Deborah Allen ]
24 May Re: Little Egret on Long Island? [Jay McGowan ]
24 May Re: Doodletown in Harriman State Park [Robert Lewis ]
24 May Doodletown in Harriman State Park [Rob Bate ]
24 May Cupsogue Co. Park Birds and Repair Update (Suffolk Co.) [ken feustel ]
24 May Lawrence's at Kakiat- YES [Dawn Hannay ]
24 May Little Egret on Long Island? [Robert Lewis ]
23 May Central Park, NYC 5/18-23 [Thomas Fiore ]
23 May May 31st/June 1st Overnight Brooklyn Pelagic [Sean Sime ]
23 May Van Cortlandt prothonotary correction [Mira Furgoch ]
23 May Lark Sparrow in Brooklyn at Green-wood Cemetery [Tom Preston ]
23 May RE: Purple Martins - New Paltz, Ulster County [davehawkowl ]
23 May Banded Purple Martin [Orhan Birol ]
23 May Prothonotary warbler van Cortlandt park, Bronx [Mira Furgoch ]
23 May Van Cortlandt Prothonotary Warbler [Nadir Souirgi ]
22 May NYC Area RBA: 22 May 2015 [Gail Benson ]
22 May Re: Little Egret NO [Andrew Baksh ]
22 May Bicknell's Thrush/Philadelphia Vireo/Yellow-bellied Flycatcher/Olive-sided Flycatcher & more [Joan Collins ]
22 May Re: Any Little Egret sightings? [Ken Thompson ]
22 May No Little Egret this morning [d Futuyma ]
22 May Bicknell's Brooklyn, Yes [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
22 May Any Little Egret sightings? [Robert Taylor ]
22 May Correction of earlier post/title [robert adamo ]
22 May Little Blue Heron [robert adamo ]
21 May 29 years between sightings* [robert adamo ]
21 May Re: Little Egret Yes [Rich Perkins / TAM ]
22 May Re: Little Egret Yes [Robert Lewis ]
21 May Little Egret Yes [Rich Perkins / TAM ]
21 May RE: Little Egret at Gardiner Park ["Victor Schwartz" ]
21 May Little Egret yes [d Futuyma ]
21 May Re: Little Egret - Yes (including directions) [Reformat ]
21 May Little Egret at Gardiner Park [Isaac Grant ]
21 May just a note: Oops. Egret flew. ["Taylor, Robert Michael" ]
21 May Re: Little Egret - Yes (including directions) [Seth Ausubel ]
21 May Re: Little Egret - Yes (including directions) [Robert Lewis ]
21 May Re: Little Egret - Gardiner Park (Suffolk) [Robert Lewis ]
21 May Oops. Egret flew. [Seth Ausubel ]
21 May Re: Little Egret - Gardiner Park (Suffolk) [Pete Morris ]
21 May Little Egret - Yes (including directions) [Seth Ausubel ]
21 May Re: Little Egret - Gardiner Park (Suffolk) [Isaac Grant ]
21 May Brooklyn- Nelson's Sparrows, other recent miscellany [Doug Gochfeld ]

Subject: Franklins back
From: Bobbi Manian <roberta.manian AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 12:55:22 -0400
Same location as reported by Jane earlier

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Subject: Franklin's Gull
From: Jane Simmons <17stars AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 10:52:48 -0400
The Plum Beach Franklin's Gull was just seen East end of the beach near the 
bridge. Sat down for a moment and flew over the highway out of sight. Seen by 
eight birders. 


Cheers, 
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Subject: Franklin's Gull just sighted Plum Beach
From: David Klauber <davehawkowl AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 10:51:15 -0400
We were at Plum Beach from 7-10 with no luck. I just got a call from Bobby 
Berlingeri that the bird has been relocated by the bridge near the channel 

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Subject: Mississippi Kite Highland Mills, Orange Co.
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 14:50:34 +0000
Yesterday evening (Tuesday) Tom Brown saw a Mississippi Kite at Highland Mills, 
Orange County. 


It flew over his brother in law's house at 5:58, banked a few times, then 
headed east. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore

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Subject: Re: Is the Franklin's present at Plum Beach?
From: Felipe Pimentel <fpimentel AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 10:27:15 -0400
Is the Franklins at Plum Beach today?


On May 26, 2015, at 5:48 PM, Pat Palladino  wrote:

> The bird is currently mixed in with a flock of Laughing Gulls just south of 
the bridge on the west shoreline. 

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Subject: Re: Is the Franklin's present at Plum Beach?
From: Felipe Pimentel <fpimentel AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 10:27:15 -0400
Is the Franklins at Plum Beach today?


On May 26, 2015, at 5:48 PM, Pat Palladino  wrote:

> The bird is currently mixed in with a flock of Laughing Gulls just south of 
the bridge on the west shoreline. 

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Subject: common raven - east patchogue
From: "leormand ." <leormand AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 07:54:21 -0400
While on my morning run, just west of the Swan River (and south of Montauk
Highway) I observed several crows and an Osprey above some trees - I then
heard the unmistakeable call of a Common Raven.  The Osprey seemed to
disappear while the crows mobbed the crown of a tree.  I never saw the
raven - making me wonder if that was what the crows were mobbing?

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Subject: Kentucky Warbler Re-do
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 00:38:03 -0400
As planned on last night, when we only heard the bird, I returned to the
Avalon Woods East Farms Preserve this morning to try to see the bird, which
I did on 4 separate occasions, twice while the bird was singing ! It was
fun to see him throw his head back, mandibles opening, and hear the bird's
song, simultaneously !

I arrived at the Preserve at ~ 0710, and was on station by 0720, hearing
the Kentucky before arriving at "ground zero". His songs this AM were much
louder than last night, and from 0720 to 0805, continued to sing every 10
to 15 seconds. After that, the intervals between songs  lengthened. I also
did a little experiment re: it's singing, by taking my hearing aids out,
and found the lower volume to still be a bit higher, than the loudest calls
of last night! Could this mean the Kentucky has more energy at the start of
the day, singing, if you will, with more "gusto" ? Sue Krause and Luci
Betti-Nash (President and Vice President respectively) of the host, Four
Harbors Audubon Chapter, also saw and heard this neat bird !

Also seen while at the Avalon "Complex" were a Chimney Swift, my FOY Purple
Martin, as well as, hearing at least 1, but possibly 3, Yellow-billed
Cuckoos.

Arriving home in Riverhead, I noticed 3 Turkey Vultures flying over our
Condo property.

Cheers,
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Subject: NYS eBird Hotspots - State, Counties & Locations Updated
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 19:25:25 -0400
Newly created and renamed hotspots have been updated on the 62 county wiki
pages. You can find a summary of the changes here with clickable links
where a dedicated hotspot (shared location) page exists:

http://ebirding-nys.wikispaces.com/NewHotspots
http://ebirding-nys.wikispaces.com/RenamedHotspots

County totals have been updated for all county pages. This includes the
total number of species with the equivalent color code highlight based on
the eBird.org map colors. The alphabetical list on the home page has also
been updated with total spp. #.

*Hotspot pages*: All location pages have been updated on the wiki. These
include 141 pages representing a total of 634 hotspots. Updates involve #
of species and color codings based on species # along with updated 2015
periods on the bar chart tables to display the Month: May/2015 and the
current two month period Apr. - May/2015.

For the following county pages the Top 10 locations appears at the top of
the list with links to the hotspot pages: Cayuga, Erie, Monroe, Niagara,
Orange, Oswego, Seneca, Tompkins, Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Richmond
(Staten Island), Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. For New York
County (Borough of Manhattan) all hotspots have links to shared location
pages.

*Bar Charts*: On all county and location pages there's a table for all
months, seasons and several time frames for the current year. Clicking any
of these will bring up a complete list of species and other taxa with bar
charts representing abundance. To see a list of species for *all* periods
click on the name above the months i.e. 'New York State (467 spp.)'.

*Mapped sightings*: After bringing up a bar chart list you'll see a MAP
button to the right of each species. Clicking this will produce a map of
the latest sightings. Red icons show sightings within the past 30 days.
Click on the icons to see a list of who reported the species. Click on
'Checklist' to view their full list.

Check out 'My Location Life List', 'My County Life List' and 'My State Life
List' links. Click 'Overview' on any of the pages to bring up a sortable
list of all species along with the latest checklists submitted and a list
of the Top eBirders. Click on 'Directions' to bring up a Google Map page.
On the Google Map clicking 'Directions' then 'Transit' will plot a route.
By clicking 'More Options and Times' you can refine your search. This also
works with 'Driving' and 'Walking'.

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Subject: Summer Tanager - Planting Fields (Nassau Co.) 5/26
From: Brendan Fogarty <birderbf AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 22:26:38 +0000 (UTC)
Hi folks,
Tim Healy and I spent the early hours of today poking around Hempstead Lake 
State Park. Radar last nigth showed birds exiting the area, and this morning 
confirmed with the only definite migrant being several Blackpoll Warblers. 
Nesting flickers, gnatcatchers, and the rest of the breeding crew were still 
nice to see. 

Around 4PM this afternoon, a Summer Tanager was singing in Planting Fields 
arboretum. It was located in the woods south of the "Bird Sanctuary" area. Park 
in the south end of the main lots, walk west past the restrooms and gift shop, 
past the row of lindens on the left, then start listening as you approach a 
large weeping beech behind some yews right off the south side of the path. The 
bird sanctuary area is just ahead, but the bird is audible from the scenic area 
marked as the "Taxus Field" behind the beech/yews. 

40.861703, -73.560944


Best, Brendan Fogarty
Hempstead, NY
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Subject: Re: Franklin's present at Plum Beach Brooklyn
From: Pat Palladino <dino1277 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 17:48:58 -0400
The bird is currently mixed in with a flock of Laughing Gulls just south of the 
bridge on the west shoreline. 


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Subject: Re: Franklin's present at Plum Beach Brooklyn @ 2:54 pm
From: Pat Palladino <dino1277 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 17:32:47 -0400
The bird is still present in the same location.

Patrick F. Palladino


> On May 26, 2015, at 2:57 PM, Andrew Baksh  wrote:
> 
> Eric Miller just called in to report that the Franklin's Gull, is showing 
well near the area it was reported this morning by Isaac Grant (see e-mail 
below). 

> 
> Cheers,
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>> On May 26, 2015, at 9:22 AM, Isaac Grant  wrote:
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>> The bird is at the far east end on other side of channel feeding near 
bridge. On shore. As of 9:20. 

>> 
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Subject: Oops
From: Robert McGrath <rtmanddgm AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 15:35:20 -0400
My apologies to Jim Osterlund for butchering the spelling of his name in post 
earlier. 


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Subject: Re: Franklin's present at Plum Beach Brooklyn @ 2:54 pm
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 14:56:46 -0400
Eric Miller just called in to report that the Franklin's Gull, is showing well 
near the area it was reported this morning by Isaac Grant (see e-mail below). 


Cheers,

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火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
Sun Tzu  The Art of War

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> On May 26, 2015, at 9:22 AM, Isaac Grant  wrote:
> 
> The bird is at the far east end on other side of channel feeding near bridge. 
On shore. As of 9:20. 

> 
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Subject: Kentucky Warbler continues
From: Robert McGrath <rtmanddgm AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 14:53:49 -0400
The Kentucky Warbler found yesterday in Head Of The Harbor by Luke Osterland 
and re-located this morning by Brent Bomkamp was still present at 1:00 pm this 
afternoon. It was seen along the yellow trail in the trees surrounding the 
large glacial erratic of the TNC East Farm Preserve. This preserve is 
contiguous with the Avalon Preserve and can be found along Shep Jones Lane. 

The bird was observed several times, but only for brief periods.

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 18:34:46 +0000 (UTC)
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* May 26, 2015*  NYSY  05. 26. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):May 18, 2015 - May 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: May 26  AT 1:00 p.m. (DST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga 
Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #444 Monday May 26, 
2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of May 
18, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

GLOSSY IBISEURASIAN WIGEONBLACK VULTUREBLACK-BELLIED PLOVERWHIMBRELRUDDY 
TURNSTONEWILSON’S PHALAROPEAMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERCOMMON NIGHTHAWKRED-HEADED 
WOODPECKERACADIAN FLYCATCHERPHILADELPHIA VIREOORCHARD ORIOLE 



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

     5/19: 2 ORCHARD ORIOLES and an EURASIAN WIGEON were found along the 
Wildlife Drive.     5/21: 11 species of Shorebird were seen along the 
Wildlife Drive including 12 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 3 SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHERS.     5/24: 13 species of Shorebirds were seen along the Wildlife 
Drive including a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 350 DUNLIN. A GLOSSY IBIS was also 
spotted. 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen in the swamp along Mays Point 
Road.     5/25: 10 species of Shorebirds were reported along the Wildlife 
Drive including an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, a RUDDY TURNSTONE. and 3 WILSON’S 
PHALAROPES. At Towpath Road 850 DUNLIN were counter. Also seen were WILSON’S 
PHALAROPE, PEEP, RUDDY TURNSTONE and a WHIMBREL.     In all 16 species of 
Shorebirds were reported this week at the complex. They were: WILSON’S SNIPE, 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, WILSON’S 
PHALAROPE, SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, GREATER and 
LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, KILLDEER, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and WHIMBREL. 


Onondaga County------------
     5/18: 17 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were counted at Three Rivers WMA from Smokey 
Hollow Road north of Baldwinsville. More Nighthawks were seen each night at 
dusk this week.     5/19: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was seen in Whiskey Hollow 
and has been seen and heard daily this week.     5/24: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW 
has returned to Fenner Road north of the Jacksonville Cemetary in the Town of 
Lysander. A DUNLIN was seen on the new southern part of the West Shore Trail on 
Onondaga Lake. A WHIMBREL was found at the confluence of the Oneida and Seneca 
Rivers on River Road south of Phoenix.     5/25: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen 
on Apulia Road near the Onativia Methodist Church. 


Oswego County------------
     5/22: 3 WHIMBREL were seen migrating past Phillips Point on Oneida 
Lake.     5/24: 23 BRANT were seen from Phillips Point. DUNLIN and PEEP were 
seen on the Islands in Oneida Lake from Mill Street in Constantia.     5/25: 
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen near the Post Office in Cleveland on Oneida 
Lake.      5/26: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, perhaps the same one from the day 
before, was seen at Godfrey Point in Cleveland. 


Madison County------------
     5/20: A GREAT EGRET was seen flying over the Nelson Swamp.     5/22: 
An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at the intersection of Gee and Ditchbank Roads north 
of Chittenango.     5/24: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was spotted on Irish Hill 
Road south of Cazenovia. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was spotted later in the day. 


Oneida County------------
     5/19: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at the Preston Hill Road sand pit 
south of Camden. 


Herkimer County------------
     5/19: A BLACK VULTURE was spotted in the city of Little Falls.

Cayuga County------------
     5/18: 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were spotted on the West Barrier Beach 
park in Fair Haven 


Jefferson County------------
     5/24: A GLOSSY IBIS was spotted at the Ashland flats WMA west of 
Watertown. Another GLOSSY IBIS, perhaps the same one, was spotted at Pillar 
Point not far to the south, 

         
    

 --  end report


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Subject: Re: Subject: Franklin's present at Plum Beach
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 11:06:47 -0400
John,

Deborah Allen posted a link to photos of the bird when it was first reported by 
her. 


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林 Quiet as the forest
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> On May 26, 2015, at 10:16 AM, John Gluth  wrote:
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> Has anyone managed to capture any photos of the Franklin's? Haven't seen 
links in any of the eBird alerts I've received. 

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Subject: RE: Franklin's present at Plum Beach Brooklyn
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 10:33:47 -0400
Bird located as indicated below until 1030 when it was flushed by fisherman and 
flew over pkway and lost from view.  



05/26/2015  AT  10:33 AM

Arie Gilbert 
No. Babylon NY 
www.powerbirder.blogspot
www.qcbirdclub.org
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From: Isaac Grant  
Date: 05/26/2015  9:22 AM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: NYSBIRDS-L AT cornell.edu 
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Franklin's present at Plum Beach Brooklyn 
 
The bird is at the far east end on other side of channel feeding near bridge. 
On shore. As of 9:20. 


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Subject: Re:Subject: Franklin's present at Plum Beach
From: John Gluth <jgluth AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 10:16:52 -0400
Has anyone managed to capture any photos of the Franklin's? Haven't seen links 
in any of the eBird alerts I've received. 


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Subject: Franklin's present at Plum Beach Brooklyn
From: Isaac Grant <hosesbroadbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 09:22:55 -0400
The bird is at the far east end on other side of channel feeding near bridge. 
On shore. As of 9:20. 


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Subject: Kentucky Warbler continues - Stony Brook (Suffolk Co.)
From: Brent Bomkamp <bbomkamp AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 06:59:39 -0400
The Kentucky Warbler is currently singing in the area described by Jim
Osterlund yesterday.

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Subject: Central Park, NYC 5/24-25
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 22:44:10 -0400
Sunday & Monday Memorial Day, 24 & 25 May, 2015

Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City -

Winding-down, with peak migration here certainly past, yet still a  
fair variety; Sunday highlights included at least 4, perhaps more,  
Mourning Warblers in the park, mainly heard singing, but also a few  
glimpses at times... 1 was well-ensconsed in the Hallett Sanctuary  
near the park's SE corner, and at least 1 around the Ramble area,  
while at least 2 were in widely-separate areas in the n. end. On  
Monday, there were some more sightings, including at least 1 female of  
the species - & apparently sightings well away from a large park, as  
well. Other migrants Sunday were still Olive-sided & some Empidonax  
[genus] flycatchers, as well as some thrushes, mostly Swainson's but  
also some Gray-cheeked or its close & similar-looking relative  
(Bicknell's); a lot of these as well as other migrants seemed to go  
onwards over Sun. night with the favorable winds & weather. It will be  
harder & harder to amass a long list of migrants in the park, yet at  
least for a week or more there is sure to be further influx, & after  
that, stragglers will continue along with the odd lingering birds that  
do not nest, but simply stay on & put in a part of the early-summer  
season in the city... as an example there are regularly a few White- 
throated Sparrows that stay in some of the city parks for part, or  
even all, of a summer.

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Subject: A memorable day...quality over quantity !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 23:49:09 -0400
Today, after a very late start (~ 4:15 PM) I ventured to the Avalon Woods
East Farms Preserve located in Head of the Harbor, Suffolk Co., in search
of the Kentucky Warbler found by Mathews & Keith Cashman this morning.
Armed with Keith's mention of the Yellow Trail, deep hollow & huge boulder,
combined with Patrice Domeischel's* keen ears (my poor hearing became more
so, due to forgetting to put my hearing aids in today) we heard, but did
not see the bird. Before I arrived, Patrice had heard, what she thought was
the Kentucky, many times, but because she had never seen the species, was
hesitant to call it. She must have pointed out the birds vocalizations at
least a dozen times to me, until it sang loud enough to register on me, ~ 3
to 4 times !

During the approx. 2 hours I spent at Avalon, I had a total of 3 warblers.
The 1st was an A. Redstart, with the 2nd being a male Cerulean. I only had
a "snatch" of the flying bird (just inside the 2nd parking lot on the L/S
of Shep Jones La.) before it disappeared through the tree-line. The blue &
white plumage was emphatic (no yellow), the size was warbler, and it
certainly was not a Tree Swallow, a specie well represented at this
location.

Cheers,
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Subject: May 31st/June 1st Overnight Brooklyn Pelagic - Get in there
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 21:15:50 -0400
Hi All,

As we wind down towards the long sought after May/June overnight Pelagic, I
thought I would share with you some data coming across the wire from a
Pelagic that was run out of NJ waters this weekend.

The highlights include: Sooty, Great, Cory's and Audubon's Shearwater, 1
Jaeger sp, 1 *Black-capped Petrel, 2 South Polar Skuas at point blank range*,
5 Arctic Terns, a few Leach's Storm-Petrels and 1 Red Phalarope. Multiple
Cuvier's Beaked Whales, Risso's Dolphin and Loggerhead Sea Turtle rounded
out the marine mammal list.

We are going to the same type of temperature break with a mixture of south
and east winds over the course of this week. What this means, is that we
have a good shot at these and more.  If you were on the fence then the NJ
report ought to get your juices going--act quickly, if you want in as there
are just a few spots left.

If you have any questions or would like to reserve a spot--You can
register/reserve space for the trip by E-Mail or phone:
E-Mail: info AT paulagics.com
Call Paulagics at 215-234-6805.

*Full information on registering with the always helpful and friendly Paul
or Anita Guris here:
http://paulagics.com/?page_id=41

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Subject: North Shore Audubon Society meeting - Tues. May 26, 2015. Seth Ausubel presents "Insects in Focus"
From: "Nancy Tognan" <nancy.tognan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 19:38:40 -0400
The North Shore Audubon Society will hold its monthly program on Tuesday,
May 26, 2015, from 7pm to 9pm, at the Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk
Avenue, Manhasset NY 11030.  All are invited, free of charge.

Public transportation users:  This location is a half-mile walk from the
Manhasset LIRR station.

 

Seth Ausubel will present "Insects in Focus". 

While many people view insects as pests or nuisances, this largest group in
the animal kingdom is incredibly varied and important in its ecology.  Many
are beautiful and hauntingly alien when viewed up close through the camera
lens.  Seth Ausubel will reveal some of this beauty and tell their stories.
Seth is a marine biologist by training and works in the field of water
quality and watershed management.  He has been an avid birder for over 20
years and has a unending interest photographing bugs in the field.  Come
join us as we explore the world of bugs in focus.

 

For more information on NSAS programs and weekly walks, see
 www.northshoreaudubon.org  

 

Nancy Tognan

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Subject: Re: Kentucky Warbler
From: Jim Osterlund <jamesost AT optonline.net>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 16:35:48 -0400
Clearly audible, but couldn’t catch more than a glimpse, this along the green 
trail — the loop trail in the East Farm Preserve, the first parking area 
south of Route 25A along Shep Jones. Take the loop clockwise, and stop to 
listen near the large stone. 

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Subject: Information on Brooklyn Franklin's Gull
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 13:56:15 -0400
To elaborate a bit on the timeline this morning, with numbers of birders at
Plum Beach laying in wait, Rob Jett and I started checking other locations
north of the beach which typically hold numbers of Laughing Gulls. This was
roughly 10:30am.
We checked Marine Park and Floyd Bennett Field without much success. In
fact, there seemed to be no gulls around of any kind.
We decided to head to Plum and begin at the western end near Sheepshead
Bay. It was from this vantage we initially spotted the Franklin's Gull in
flight about mid way to the eastern end of the beach and roughly 200 yards
out. This was roughly at 11:30am.
In flight the bird was easy to pick out. The smaller wings and rounder
wingtips showed so little black in the tips gave the bird a very stiff
winged fluttery look compared to the nearby Laughing Gulls. At rest on the
water, the amount of white in the wingtips and tertial crescent were easily
seen as were the bold eye arcs and the small bill and size compared to
Laughing Gulls in the same scope view. Also of note was how high the white
on the back of the neck extends up towards the head on the Franklin's. The
dark cap seemed even smaller in life that the field guides display and
certainly was a noticeable difference between the two species side by side.
After making calls to the group of birders down the beach we decided to
move closer and it was after this next move the bird departed unseen. An
hour vigil proved fruitless, but birds were shuffling and turning over at
all times. Some flying west out towards Coney Island and Breezy Point and
some flying north over the Belt Parkway.
The bird came in and departed unnoticed within a matter of 10 minutes so
the more eyes looking the merrier. Good luck if you go and a big thank you
to Deborah Allen for making the discovery and getting the word out quickly.

Cheers,

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Brooklyn, NY

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Subject: Croton Point Grasshopper Sparrows Return (& other birds)
From: Anne Swaim <anneswaim AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 12:34:28 -0400
At least two singing Grasshopper sparrows were atop the landfill grasslands
at Croton Point County Park (Westchester County) this morning.

Other birds enjoyed this morning on the regular 4th Monday
Saw Mill River Audubon walk at Croton Point included:
* at least six singing and displaying Bobolink males also atop the landfill
* Willow Flycatchers vocalizing and seen in various park corners:
one pair back in hedgerow in ballfield parking as in prev years.
* Usual abundance of Yellow warblers all over this park
* Showy abundance also of Baltimore Orioles throughout park
with one singing Orchard Oriole in woods on E side of landfil
* Cliff Swallows coming/going from upstream side
of Rt 9/9A bridge over Croton River likely nest building as in prev years.


Anne Swaim
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Subject: Re:[ebirdsnyc] kings cou ny franklin gull
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 12:18:57 -0400
The bird was refound by Sean Sime who was with Rob Jett. It was observed for a 
bit but then disappeared. Birders are here looking and hoping to pick it up 
again. 


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> dennis hrehowsik just tweeted that FRANKLIN GULL was seen at water off of 
Kingsborough College ( sheepshead bay area) seen from Plumb beach i presumed.. 
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15040 kings county franklin gull

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boidmaster Today at 11:53 AM

dennis hrehowsik just tweeted that FRANKLIN GULL was seen at water off 
of Kingsborough College ( sheepshead bay area) seen from Plumb beach i 
presumed.. hopefully more details from him or shane blodgett who 
refound the bird earlier

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Subject: Kentucky Warbler
From: Keith Cashman <goshwk AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 08:42:51 -0400
Kentucky Warbler singing and observed. 

Shep Jones Rd,Head of the Harbor, NY
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Subject: Kings County Franklin's Gull YES
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 08:40:58 -0400
Shane Blodgett asked me to post that the Franklin's Gull was just seen in
Brooklyn. The details are as follows;

"The bird was on the Dead Horse Bay side of the channel at the eastern end
of Plum Beach. It flew east to west towards Plum and veered north over the
Belt Parkway towards Gerritson Creek."

It is not in view at the moment, but many birders are heading over from
Plum.

Good luck if you go!

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Brooklyn, NY

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Subject: RE: Little Egret on Long Island?
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 12:24:30 +0000
Hi Bob and all,

I have to say that I was shocked at how few people were looking for the Little 
Egret on Saturday. 


In checking various peripheral places in the early morning, I encountered zero 
other searchers, whereas the morning crew at Gardiner, highly skilled as it 
was, consisted of no more than a dozen people, five of whom had already seen 
the bird. 


I've always understood that the decision to chase is a product of (at least) 
two numbers: the likelihood of success x the value of success. It seems that 
the Information Age has had perverse effects on birders' assessments of both 
costs and benefits. 


On the one hand, the likelihood of a successful chase seems to have been boiled 
down to the simple binary status of recent reports--Yes or No--whereas, as Jay 
points out, an extensive gray area of potential future success actually 
remains, even after days of failure. On the other hand, the relative reward of 
seeing a bird seems also to have become distorted, oversimplified and reduced 
to a binary ("Yes, that Whimbrel is worth chasing because I haven't seen it yet 
this year and I missed it last year" vs. "No, that Western Tanager is not worth 
a two hour try because I've seen it in the state, for the year, and in my 
patch."). 


Two recent herons at Gardiner County Park in Bay Shore offer a striking example 
of how absurd contemporary eBird flash-mob behavior can be. Contrast the Little 
Egret, a long-anticipated and discussed potential first state record, with the 
(slightly) more cooperative Tricolored Heron reported at the same site a couple 
of weeks ago. The crowds chasing the latter were comparable to those pursuing 
the former--and only a little more successful. It struck me as a great irony 
that on Saturday, during my searches of peripheral egret patches, I finally 
crossed paths with this (or another) Tricolored Heron, after many days afield 
in southwestern Suffolk County (though, none specifically dedicated to chasing 
it). If, as is likely the case, this was the same bird as the one that 
convulsed the birding community a couple of weeks ago, we can estimate the 
recent probability of successfully chasing it as roughly (#successful 
searches)/(#visits to area) since the last positive sighting. This is about 
1/200, or 0.005, far too low to inspire dedicated searches for this regularly 
occurring species. 


But after just three days missing, the residual likelihood that the Little 
Egret is actually lurking out there and would repay effort to find it is much 
higher than that--probably at least 0.1. In my mind, chasing the Little Egret 
even today seems more reasonable (0.1 x 0.9 ~ 0.1) than chasing the Tricolored 
Heron was when it was being seen 50% of the time (0.5 x 0.1 = 0.05). 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore


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Have many people been searching the  last two days?

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Subject: Retraction of Arctic Tern Identification at Cupsogue Co. Park (Suffolk Co.)
From: Ken Feustel <feustel AT optonline.net>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 06:47:45 -0400
I received an e-mail from an experienced observer who reviewed my photos of the 
three terns identified as Arctic Terns and felt that, although they showed some 
features of Arctic Tern (noticeably short bills), were actually immature Common 
Terns. The birds were tentatively aged as two year old Common Terns (2) and a 
single first summer bird. Apologies for any confusion this has caused. 


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Subject: Whip poor will suffolk co.
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 22:42:08 -0400
Heard whip poor wills calling this evening at 
Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve in Commack. 


05/24/2015  AT  9:45 PM

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Subject: Franklin's Gull at Plum Beach, Brooklyn Sunday May 24th
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 21:26:18 -0400
Bob DeCandido and I went to Plum Beach in Brooklyn after lunch today (May 24) 
to 

look for the recently reported Nelson's Sparrows, which we didn't find. Bob 
headed back to the car while attempted to comb through the Laughing Gulls in 
search of the Black-headed Gull that had recently been reported. I wasn't able 
to find the Black-headed Gull, but decided to try for a few flight shots of the 
gulls. When we got home, I looked through my photos and found a Franklin's 
Gull. Here's a link to the photo: 


http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=18027240


The Franklin's Gull was hanging around with the Laughing Gulls on the beach, 
which kept flying up because of all the foot traffic. Most of the gulls were 
fairly close to the sand bar. 


Also a small flock of Sanderlings and some Least Terns.

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Subject: Re: Little Egret on Long Island?
From: Jay McGowan <jwm57 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 18:47:20 -0400
We looked around Gardiner County Park for quite some time (7-10) on
Saturday morning and again briefly this morning at 8. Very few waders were
around at all, with only a couple of Snowy and two or three Great egrets in
the vicinity. Others checked the Captree area yesterday as well with no
results. In general, however, I was disappointed at how few people we saw
out looking for the egret. The folks I did see seemed to mostly be local
birders. Although our lack of results may have proven them correct this
time, I was surprised at how many people took a day of negative results to
mean the bird was gone.

Dune Road yesterday afternoon was generally quiet. The highlight from a
brief seawatch off Robert Moses State Park from 6-7AM was a single SOOTY
SHEARWATER out in the waves heading east at the beginning of the count.
Otherwise gannets, Black Scoters, a pair of Common Eiders, and the usual
gulls, terns, and loons were the only birds.

Jay McGowan
Ithaca, NY

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Subject: Re: Doodletown in Harriman State Park
From: Robert Lewis <rfermat AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 21:44:12 +0000 (UTC)
I would add a Black-billed Cuckoo seen well, about 2/3 the way up the trail, 
around 10:30.  Also an Eastern W. Peewee. 


Bob LewisSleepy Hollow

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Doodletown was extremely active this morning.  Cerulean Warblers and Hooded 
Warblers in abundance and singing everywhere from just above Rt 9 all the way 
up.  A male Kentucky Warbler was singing loudly perched high in a tree - to 
get there stay to the right past the pond and stop just past the stream 
crossing under the road, he should be singing loudly.   

A good number of Worm-eating Warblers throughout singing; Pileated Woodpecker 
seen near the base of the road up (maybe nesting near there again this year); 
Tanagers throughout, singing; and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo near the base.  
Dipped on the Olive-sided Flycatcher unfortunately. 

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Subject: Doodletown in Harriman State Park
From: Rob Bate <robsbate AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 17:01:05 -0400
Doodletown was extremely active this morning.  Cerulean Warblers and Hooded
Warblers in abundance and singing everywhere from just above Rt 9 all the
way up.  A male Kentucky Warbler was singing loudly perched high in a tree
- to get there stay to the right past the pond and stop just past the
stream crossing under the road, he should be singing loudly.

A good number of Worm-eating Warblers throughout singing; Pileated
Woodpecker seen near the base of the road up (maybe nesting near there
again this year); Tanagers throughout, singing; and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo
near the base.  Dipped on the Olive-sided Flycatcher unfortunately.

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Subject: Cupsogue Co. Park Birds and Repair Update (Suffolk Co.)
From: ken feustel <feustel AT optonline.net>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 15:34:58 -0400
We visited Pike's Beach and Cupsogue County Park this morning, encountering an 
extremely low tide and persistent west winds. Shorebird numbers were low, with 
most the common species present. The highlight was three Arctic Terns on the 
flats north of the parking lot - two adults and a first summer bird with Common 
Terns, one Forster's Tern, and twelve Black Skimmers. Photos are on my flickr 
site. 


Last September, the Cupsogue concession building and bathrooms burnt down, and 
a visit to the Park this past March did not indicate any construction activity. 
Well, the County's contractors must have been working some long hours, because 
there is a new deck providing access to the ocean, and three new trailers 
housing the food concession, bathrooms, and lifeguard and first aid services. 
While this would appear to be a temporary repair (the food trailer being 
particularly small), it is heartening to know that there will be some basic 
services at the park this summer. 


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Subject: Lawrence's at Kakiat- YES
From: Dawn Hannay <dawnvla AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 14:00:48 -0400
The male Lawrence's was seen at Kakiat Park in the previously reported 
location. It was sporadically singing at the top of a Black Locust. Seen by 
Rick and Emily Cech, Deborah Alperin and Dawn Hannay. 

We also saw a Mourning Warbler at the Old Mill, Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow 
and Common Yellowthroats, E. Phoebe, BG Gnatcatcher , Indigo Bunting, Scarlet 
Tanager, Cedar Waxwings, Broad-winged Hawks,Yellow-throated and Red-eyed 
Vireos, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a fly-over Glossy Ibis, and other expected 
species. 

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Subject: Little Egret on Long Island?
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Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 17:18:53 +0000 (UTC)
Have many people been searching the  last two days?
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Subject: Central Park, NYC 5/18-23
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 21:19:05 -0400
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City  -  Mon. to Sat., 18 to 23 May, 2015

Migration continued at fair pace all through the week, and this  
Saturday, things picked up just a bit more, particularly noticeable  
for migrant thrush numbers, as well as a modest increase in a couple  
of warbler spp. such as Blackpoll.  The week also has featured a few  
sightings simultaneous with hearing at least calls, and a few times  
also softly-sung songs, from Bicknell's Thrushes, while of course Gray- 
cheeked have been moving in greater numbers than the former; by far  
though the common thrush now being seen & often heard, are Swainson's,  
with numbers of Veery dropping off a bit, & most Wood & certainly  
Hermit Thrush also passed thru at this point.  In all, at least 22  
warbler spp. were seen thru the period since Mon., and still this Sat.  
as many as 18 spp. were available.  Also still moving are Empidonax  
flycatchers, with at least 4 spp. represented this week (Least either  
all, or mainly, moved thru), & Olive-sided Flycatchers continue to  
show, with a couple also giving some song, as well as (more usual)  
calls.  The eve. hours have featured at least a few Common Nighthawks.  
A Summer Tanager was still around into today, Sat. and there have been  
a few Lincoln's Sparrows.

Riverside Park, on the upper west side of Manhattan also has had a lot  
of these same spp., & at times, the "drip" area has been moderately  
active. Much of the overall activity in that park has been in that  
vicinity, or more generally north of 110th St.

good last week of May birding,

Tom Fiore
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Subject: May 31st/June 1st Overnight Brooklyn Pelagic
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 16:21:46 -0400
New York (and beyond) birders. We are 4 people short of being able to sail.
If you are on the fence please consider signing up.

Looking at offshore water temps today there is an 8-10 degree temperature
break inside the shelf edge across the mouth of the Hudson Canyon. This
scenario is exactly what we hope for when heading offshore as these areas
tend to concentrate baitfish and all the predatory species that create chum
the natural way!

I've copied the original email to the list below. Hope to see you aboard!

The long sought after Paulagics overnight pelagic trip out of Brooklyn is
now just a couple of weeks away, and there are still spots available on the
boat.

The plan for the trip is to leave the dock at 8 PM on Sunday, May 31,
aboard the 110' Brooklyn VI, and be at the Hudson Canyon, laying down a
chum slick, well before the sun rises. At 22 hours, this trip is 4 hours
longer than some of the similar mid-Atlantic pelagic trips running this
year, in order to give us time to more thoroughly explore these interesting
and seldom-birded far off shore areas.

This is classically one of the most desirable times of the year for pelagic
trips in the region, especially deep water ones, and in addition to more
expected species like Cory's, Great, Manx, and Sooty Shearwaters, Red &
Red-necked Phalaropes, and all 3 species of Jaegers (often adults in great
plumage at this time of year!), it is a great window for SOUTH POLAR SKUA
(probably the best time of year in the area for this species), LEACH'S
STORM-PETREL, and ARCTIC TERN, and things like Northern Fulmar, Bridled
Tern, and even a late deepwater alcid or two are legitimate possibilities.
However, there is also the "Home Run" factor that is always there in late
spring in deep water. The majority of records of YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS
records in the Northeast are from this time window (including the first New
York record, a scene which we are all dearly hoping to re-enact!),
BLACK-CAPPED PETREL is on the table, and it is the time of year that the
pelagic trips off Cape Hatteras, to the south, get some of their most
outlandishly rare species, including FEA'S PETREL, TRINDADE PETREL, and
some of the scarcer Storm-Petrels. With seabird migration in full
throttle, almost
anything can show up.

There will be food on board (a nice selection of freshly made human food,
and plenty of chum for the birds as well), and there will be several
experienced leaders to help people see and identify whatever we come
across. It is also a great time of year for cetaceans, and there is a very
good chance to run into at least some of Fin, Humpback, Minke, and Pilot
Whales, as well as Risso's, Common and Offshore Bottlenose Dolphin

The trip returns to the dock the evening of Monday, June 1.

If you have any questions or would like to reserve a spot please contact us.
*You can register/reserve space for the trip by E-Mail or phone:
E-Mail: info AT paulagics.com
Call Paulagics at 215-234-6805.

*Full information on registering with the always helpful and friendly Paul
or Anita Guris here:
http://paulagics.com/?page_id=41

The inaugural Paulagics trip with the Brooklyn VI in April yielded an
excellent experience with the captain and crew of this boat.  The boat is a
fast, stable platform.  It is 110' long, 26' wide, has a cruising speed of
18 knots, and is licensed for 132 passengers.  A full overnight trip for us
is about 42 people so there will be room for people to sleep.

Hope to see you aboard!!
Doug Gochfeld. Brooklyn, NY.

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Subject: Van Cortlandt prothonotary correction
From: Mira Furgoch <mirafurgoch AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 15:40:27 -0400
Correction: bird was first seen at the NORTH WEST side of the lake. Just south 
of the bridge over water connecting the lake to the wetland area. 


Mira Furgoch



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Subject: Lark Sparrow in Brooklyn at Green-wood Cemetery
From: Tom Preston <tpreston87 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 17:34:45 +0000 (UTC)
A Lark Sparrow was seen today at Green-wood Cemetery, Brooklyn. It was mostly 
on the Pilgrim Path, which is below Cypress Avenue near Vernal Avenue. Jo Ann 
and I spotted it while driving along Cypress. Ed Crowne, Josh Malbin and Rachel 
also observed the bird. It moved down the Pilgrim Path to its end, feeding on 
the grass seeds along the way. As Ed pointed out, this section of Green-wood is 
currently unmowed, and there are many seeds to feed on (if you are that way 
inclined).  The bird was last seen flying to the North in the direction of the 
Snowdrop Path, about 12:20 PM. It wasn't relocated but is probably still in the 
area. 


Photo at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/102865732 AT N04/17822069070/in/dateposted-public/
Interestingly, a Lark Sparrow was found last spring further along Cypress 
Avenue, by Joe Borker if I recall correctly. 


- Tom Preston

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Subject: RE: Purple Martins - New Paltz, Ulster County
From: davehawkowl <davehawkowl AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 11:47:43 -0400
Amynewyork AT msn.com


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: Richard Guthrie
Date:05/07/2015 1:36 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: NYSBIRDS_L
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Purple Martins - New Paltz, Ulster County
Upstate travellers might be interested in checking out the PURPLE MARTIN colony at the New Paltz exit of the NYS Thruway (Exit 18). With an easy off-on, you can go through the toll plaza and pull off to the right shoulder or into the Park & Ride lot on the left. The colony of about 20 pairs occupy the houses and maybe the gourds put up for them by the Thruway Authority and maintained by the neighbors. If you want a closer look, you can go to the traffic light ahead, turn right and take the first right turn onto Paradies Road - then go to the end. The neighbors there are very birder (and martin) friendly. Yesterday, I happened to look over to the nest boxes and noticed a gray squirrel climbing up one of the poles. I went over and chased the squirrel down That was not difficult to do since squirrels do not like to be cornered up a tree - or pole - isolated from other trees. The squirrel quickly descended the pole and scurried over to the woodlot. One of the neighbors came over to see what was happening so I mentioned the squirrel problem with a suggestion that they put up a baffle to keep it and other predators out of the nest boxes. While in the area, you might like to check out the very easy viewing opportunity for RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS at Weston Road, east of the martin colony. Refer to your eBird Hotspot map for directions. -- Richard Guthrie New Baltimore The Greeene County (year round) -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/nysbirds-l AT cornell.edu/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/NYSB.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ -- -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/nysbirds-l AT cornell.edu/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/NYSB.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --
Subject: Banded Purple Martin
From: Orhan Birol <orhanbirol4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 10:59:23 -0400
A sub adult male Purple Martin with a metal Federal leg band on the right
leg and a white plastic leg band on the left leg arrived to my colony, on
the dock 3 days ago.
Unfortunately numbers could not be read.
If you are the bander, please get in touch with me.
Orhan Birol
Shelter Island, NY

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Subject: Prothonotary warbler van Cortlandt park, Bronx
From: Mira Furgoch <mirafurgoch AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 10:57:22 -0400
Currently listening to and watching a prothonotary warbler on the NE side of 
the van Cortlandt pk lake in the Bronx. Seen from the trail along the edge of 
the lake. 

The bird is singing and preening. It has a deformed lower mandible, 
significantly longer that the upper mandible, but otherwise looks well. 


Happy birding,
Mira Furgoch




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Subject: Van Cortlandt Prothonotary Warbler
From: Nadir Souirgi <nadir75 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 10:54:47 -0400
Mira Furgosch just texted that she found and is currently observing a 
Prothonotary Warbler on the edge of Van Cortlandt Lake. This is the pond that 
lies between the SW zone of the Parade Grounds and the VCP Boat House. 


Happy Birding,

Nadir Souirgi,
Inwood, NYC

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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 22 May 2015
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 20:46:12 -0400
-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* May 22, 2015
* NYNY1505.22

- Birds Mentioned

LITTLE EGRET+
MISSISSIPPI KITE+
BAR-TAILED GODWIT+
RUFF+
WESTERN TANAGER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Sooty Shearwater
Whimbrel
Red Knot
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Black Skimmer
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Philadelphia Vireo
Gray-cheeked Thrush
BICKNELL’S THRUSH
Lawrence’s Warbler (hybrid)
Tennessee Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Nelson’s Sparrow
SUMMER TANAGER
BLUE GROSBEAK

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, May 22 at 7:00
pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are LITTLE EGRET, BAR-TAILED GODWIT,
MISSISSIPPI KITE, RUFF, WESTERN TANAGER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, BICKNELL’S
THRUSH, SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE GROSBEAK and spring warblers.

A great find Wednesday afternoon was a breeding-plumaged LITTLE EGRET in
the marsh at Gardiner County Park in Bay Shore, Suffolk County—if accepted
by NYSARC, this will be an overdue first record for New York State.
Fortunately the egret continued at that location through Thursday, though
flying out around 6 pm, but unfortunately there were no positive reports
from today.  As it would still be worth checking, Gardiner County Park is
located on the south side of Route 27A about ¾ miles east of the Robert
Moses Causeway.

Another exceptional bird was a winter-plumaged European subspecies of
BAR-TAILED GODWIT spotted Saturday afternoon on the unusually expansive
new-moon-induced mud flats located south of the former West Pond at Jamaica
Bay Wildlife Refuge.  The bird soon relocated with accompanying shorebirds
to an offshore island in the bay and then suddenly took flight with a small
flock and headed east very purposefully.  A later search of the bay by boat
did not relocate the Godwit but did uncover a WHIMBREL and a good number of
RED KNOTS plus the expected shorebird species.

A very brief sighting of an adult MISSISSIPPI KITE around mid-day Saturday
up in Sterling Forest State Park in Orange County is one more reason to
keep looking up.

A male RUFF in changing plumage visited a wetland in the northwestern
corner of Staten Island last Saturday and Sunday, this near the Chelsea
Road and Bloomfield Avenue intersection.

The female WESTERN TANAGER made a brief reappearance in Prospect Park last
Saturday, seen previously on the 12th.

Somewhat unseasonal and always a good find was an immature BLACK-HEADED
GULL spotted on the Plum Beach flats in Brooklyn at mid-day Tuesday.

Otherwise the local parks have been enjoying a nice variety of spring
birds, but numbers have definitely not been overwhelming.

SUMMER TANAGERS were spotted in Central Park, this a continuing bird, as
well as in Prospect Park and in Forest Park, Queens, last weekend and at
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Sunday.

BLUE GROSBEAKS included one at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Sunday and one
in Prospect Park through today.

Another highlight has been the few BICKNELL’S THRUSHES that have been
vocalizing as they move through recently.  This bird, which probably looks
more like a Hermit Thrush than a Gray-cheeked but calls like a Gray-cheeked
and sings similarly as well except for its rising terminal phrase, has been
in Central, Prospect and Forest Parks as well as up in Rye during the
week.  A decent number of GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES have also been present.

Flycatchers too, especially the Empidonax, have been arriving in reasonable
numbers, fortunately often singing or calling once they’ve gotten this far
north in their migration.  This week ALDER, ACADIAN, and YELLOW-BELLIED
were all noted in and beyond the city parks, and a few OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHERS have also been moving through.

A couple of PHILADELPHIA VIREOS have been reported, and warbler variety
continues but has been decreasing somewhat.  Single CERULEAN WARBLERS were
found in Central Park and Prospect Park last Sunday, and other notable
species have included TENNESSEE, BAY-BREASTED, CAPE MAY, HOODED and
WILSON’S, while MOURNING WARBLERS have appeared in most parks, with at
least four in Forest Park Wednesday.  A KENTUCKY WARBLER was at Sunken
Meadow State Park Tuesday.

Both YELLOW-BILLED and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS are currently present, some
BLACK SKIMMERS have arrived, and two NELSON’S SPARROWS were at Plum Beach
in Brooklyn Thursday.  Coastal sea watching, slow so far, did produce a
SOOTY SHEARWATER last Saturday.  A hybrid LAWRENCE’S WARBLER was at the
Warhol Estate in Montauk Sunday.

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

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Subject: Re: Little Egret NO
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 16:22:24 -0400
As of 3:15 p.m. a group of birders who had stuck it out after Ken Thompson 
left, finally folded up our tents. 


The Little Egret was a no show. Other reports from other birders checking 
nearby areas were also negative. 


Cheers,

風 Swift as the wind
林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
Sun Tzu  The Art of War

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> On May 22, 2015, at 12:49 PM, Ken Thompson  wrote:
> 
> I left at 11:30 with no sighting of the little egret at that point
> 
>> On Friday, May 22, 2015, Robert Taylor  wrote:
>> Hi Everyone, I'm heading out soon to look for it,,,wondering if there's any 
sightings, positive or negative 

>> 
>> Thanks,
>> Rob in Massapequa
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Subject: Bicknell's Thrush/Philadelphia Vireo/Yellow-bellied Flycatcher/Olive-sided Flycatcher & more
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 15:22:36 -0400
Past couple weeks of May (*: first-of-the-season):

 

5/21/15 Massawepie Mire (Piercefield & Colton in St. Lawrence Co.) & Tupper
Lake (Spring Pond Bog area in Franklin Co.)

 

On a tour with a birder from Saranac Lake, we found 58 species by birding
areas at Massawepie Mire and a brief visit to the Spring Pond Bog complex in
Tupper Lake (not the actual bog, but various roads in the complex).  We
observed a Gray Jay pair foraging together in Tupper Lake.  One of the birds
was preening and then attaching the feathers to the branch it was perched on
(under some smaller branches) in the same manner that they cache food!  It
was an interesting behavior to observe.  I posted 5 photos of the Gray Jay
behavior to my Facebook page below.  Here are some of the 58 species we
found:

 

Ruffed Grouse

Turkey Vulture - several, including one eating a porcupine carcass

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk - flew in and perched near us as we were scanning for a
singing Mourning Warbler

Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher- several

Alder Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

*Philadelphia Vireo - beautiful views of a singing bird back on breeding
territory in Tupper Lake

Gray Jay - heard at Massawepie, and a pair observed in Tupper Lake

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Hermit Thrush

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Mourning Warbler - many

Common Yellowthroat

Amer. Redstart

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler - many

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler

Eastern Towhee - this is the first time I've found this species in the
Massawepie area - singing away along a logged section of the road

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow - many

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Scarlet Tanager

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Purple Finch

 

We also observed a beautiful Eastern Coyote in the road along Route 3 at
dawn.

 

5/19/15 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

*Eastern Wood Pewee - outside our house

 

5/17/15 Sabattis Circle Road in Long Lake (Hamilton Co.) & Tupper Lake Marsh
(Franklin Co.) & Whiteface Mountain (Essex Co.)

 

On a nocturnal swing along Sabattis Circle Road:

 

Common Loon - many vocalizing

American Bittern

American Woodcock - many

Barred Owl - 2

*Northern Saw-whet Owl - one relentlessly tooting

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

 

Amphibians were deafening.  A porcupine walked around the road - I had to
stop the car.  Two Snowshoe Hares were observed.

 

At Tupper Lake Marsh - also a nocturnal stop:

 

American Bittern

Wilson's Snipe

Swamp Sparrow

 

Amphibians were deafening here too.

 

On Whiteface around 6 a.m. in high winds, cold, and blowing fog (still some
snow also):

 

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 1 (a surprise for this early date)

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue Jay

Boreal Chickadee - two different locations

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

*Bicknell's Thrush - 4 calling birds

*Swainson's Thrush - 2

Amer. Robin

Nashville Warbler

*Blackpoll Warbler - many

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Pine Siskin

 

*Alder Flycatchers were heard at several wetlands on my way back home.

 

5/16/15 Northern NY Audubon Field Trip results from a climb up Mount Arab in
Piercefield (St. Lawrence Co.)

 

Five people took part in the Northern NY Audubon field trip up Mt. Arab.  We
hiked two miles round trip on this trail in mostly deciduous habitat.  Here
are some of the 31 species found along the trail:

 

Ruffed Grouse - drumming!

Common Loon - flyover

*Chimney Swift

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Northern Flicker

Least Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Winter Wren

Hermit Thrush

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

*Tennessee Warbler - singing migrant at the trailhead!

Nashville Warbler

*Mourning Warbler - several!

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Scarlet Tanager

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

 

After the field trip, I decided to drive the short distance to the end of
the road (it is a dead-end road) and found 8 more species.  Here are some:

 

Pileated Woodpecker

*Olive-sided Flycatcher

Northern Waterthrush

Common Yellowthroat

Magnolia Warbler

Canada Warbler

Purple Finch

 

Thanks to Thomas Cullen for showing everyone the "museum" of fascinating
information in the fire tower's cabin on the summit.  Thomas is up on the
summit 3 to 4 days a week to open the cabin, explain the history of the fire
tower and observers that lived in the cabin, and provide nature
interpretation for visitors.  His two, huge, Newfoundland dogs, Apollo and
Toby climb with him!

 

There is a great deal of logging activity along the roads to Mt. Arab - and
unfortunately, all over the Adirondacks.

 

I write several blogs for ROOST each month and this trip was just published
at:
http://www.tupperlake.com/blog/2015/05/mount-arab-fire-tower-peak-museum 

 

5/14/15 Ampersand Mountain Trail (Franklin Co.)

 

*Great Crested Flycatcher

 

5/13/15 Sabattis Circle Road (Hamilton Co.)

 

I had a beautiful view of a singing Cape May Warbler along Sabattis Circle
Road (possible breeding habitat).

 

5/11/15  Roosevelt Truck Trail (Minerva in Essex Co.)

 

Cape May Warblers were back on territory along the Roosevelt Truck Trail.
(Photo on my Facebook page.)

 

5/10/15 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

*Scarlet Tanager - outside our house

A female Ruby-throated Hummingbird arrived (two days after the first male).

 

5/9/15 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

*Red-eyed Vireo

*Canada Warbler

 

5/8/15 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.) & the Mountaineer Trail at Massawepie (St.
Lawrence Co.)

 

*Ruby-throated Hummingbird - first one outside our house

Black-backed Woodpecker - male and female along the Mountaineer Trail.  The
female came within two feet of us - interested in capturing what appeared to
be a large flying ant (the same insect I had earlier observed 2 Gray Jays
and 2 Blue Jays eating at Sabattis Bog).  I posted photos of the female on
my Facebook page below.

*Cape May Warbler - singing bird along the Mountaineer Trail at Massawepie
Lake - possible breeding location

*Chestnut-sided Warbler - Sabattis Circle Road

*Lincoln's Sparrow - Sabattis Bog

*Rose-breasted Grosbeak - outside our house

 

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Subject: Re: Any Little Egret sightings?
From: Ken Thompson <kenlad01 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:49:26 -0400
I left at 11:30 with no sighting of the little egret at that point

On Friday, May 22, 2015, Robert Taylor  wrote:

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> any sightings, positive or negative
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Subject: No Little Egret this morning
From: d Futuyma <dfutuyma AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 09:28:05 -0400
Several birders, including me, have sought the egret since early this morning, 
without success thus far. 


Doug Futuyma

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Subject: Bicknell's Brooklyn, Yes
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 08:45:01 -0400
A cooperative Bicknell's thrush continues as of 8:20 in the vale of Cashmere in 
Brooklyn's prospect park. The bird is on the hill side between the Rose garden 
and the Brooklyn Bird Club Centennial garden. I was able to obtain audio and 
video of bird calling. Bird was first reported earlier in the week by Chris 
Elliot. 


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Subject: Any Little Egret sightings?
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 08:10:42 -0400
Hi Everyone, I'm heading out soon to look for it,,,wondering if there's any
sightings, positive or negative

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Subject: Correction of earlier post/title
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 00:49:42 -0400
Make that 19 years [?]

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Subject: Little Blue Heron
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 00:37:31 -0400
Willie Becker asked me to post the above, which he saw at Captree Island,
near the 1st bench, on Thursday,May 21, in the afternoon.

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Subject: 29 years between sightings*
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 23:40:59 -0400
Yesterday & today were designated flower planting days, but tomorrow has
now been added due to the Little Egret found at Gardiner's Park, Bay Shore
by Pete Morris yesterday ! I don't believe I've ever met Pete, and before
writing anything else, just want to thank him for his attention to detail !

Taking a break (for both my back and a computer check) and finding that the
bird had been seen this AM, my outdoor activity changed from one of labor,
to one of love !  Not taking time to change, I made the LIE in record time,
and seemed to get to Gardiner's Park (my 1st time there) quite fast. After
meeting Ed Brecher in the parking lot, and "double-timing" it down to the
bay, we found a small group of folks *not* looking at the bird. Most of
them had seen it earlier, before it took off. We were then joined by a few
more hopefuls, and before too long, a "possible" was spotted at the n/s of
the east-most marsh. With ~ 8 scopes trained on the target bird, and aided
by a wind that at times made it's 2 head plumes stand out, along with the
egret's grayish lores becoming discernible, *Egretta garzetta* became
reality ! The Little Egret stayed active flying a bit (out of sight at
times) but finally came down in the marsh, much closer to us than
previously. It then flew a hair to the west and landed (still in the east
marsh) where a Snowy Egret sachet-ed up to it, for the "mother of all" size
comparisons ! It then flew to the west-most marsh, where it gave us a few
more abbreviated looks before going down into an un-see-able area at the
north edge of that marsh.

 In addition to the Little Egret, FOY birds for me (at the marshes) were
Glossy Ibis, Green Heron and Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow. Also, as we
were walking out along the trail to the p/lot, Tom Burke, Gail Benson and
Ed B. were instrumental in my seeing both Yellow-billed & Black-billed
Cuckoos. Tom first heard the Y-b and then did a neat replica of it's call,
until Gail found it. Tom continued calling, which brought in at least one
other Y-b. Closer to the p/lot, Tom heard a B-b, and started a series of
it's call until Ed found that bird, which became my 4th FOY of the day.
Bring on the Geraniums !

Cheers,
Bob
* Little Egret first seen on 9/19/96 in Florence, Italy, on the shore of
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Subject: Re: Little Egret Yes
From: Rich Perkins / TAM <rich AT tamweb.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 21:34:02 -0400
Yes, auto-correct from phone. Captree Island.

Thanks.
On May 21, 2015 9:31 PM, "Robert Lewis"  wrote:

> Did you mean Captree Island?
>
> Bob Lewis
> Sleepy Hollow
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>   ------------------------------
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> *Sent:* Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:58 PM
> *Subject:* [nysbirds-l] Little Egret Yes
>
> The little Egret was seen on the west side of Gardiner park around 6pm.
> After 10 minutes it flew off towards capture island until it was out of
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Subject: Re: Little Egret Yes
From: Robert Lewis <rfermat AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 01:31:35 +0000 (UTC)
Did you mean Captree Island?
Bob Lewis 
Sleepy Hollow
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 Subject: [nysbirds-l] Little Egret Yes
   
The little Egret was seen on the west side of Gardiner park around 6pm. After 
10 minutes it flew off towards capture island until it was out of sight. 

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Subject: Little Egret Yes
From: Rich Perkins / TAM <rich AT tamweb.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 18:58:15 -0400
The little Egret was seen on the west side of Gardiner park around 6pm.
After 10 minutes it flew off towards capture island until it was out of
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Subject: RE: Little Egret at Gardiner Park
From: "Victor Schwartz" <victhevet AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 17:48:11 -0400
Any new sightings - just got off from work

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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Little Egret at Gardiner Park

Just returned and is landed to the east as described before. 

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Subject: Little Egret yes
From: d Futuyma <dfutuyma AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 15:44:25 -0400
At 3:35 briefly at east end of Gardiners Park, now behind vegetation.
Doug Futuyma with others

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Subject: Re: Little Egret - Yes (including directions)
From: Reformat <rfermat AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 13:54:13 -0400
Any recent update?


Sent from my iPhone

> On May 21, 2015, at 10:39 AM, Seth Ausubel  wrote:
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> See below. 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On May 21, 2015, at 10:01 AM, Robert Lewis  wrote:
>> 
>> What field marks does this bird show?
>> 
>> Larger size obvious?  (compared to Snowy) YES. 
>> 
>> long pale gular area on lower mandible?  I DID NOT SEE THIS. 
>> 
>> gray lores? YES
>> 
>> solid black legs? YES, but this is not useful to distinguish between Snowy 
and Little Egrets in breeding plumage. 

>> 
>> single plume? TWO LONG THICK HEAD PLUMES
>> 
>> Bob Lewis
>> Sleepy Hollow
>> 
>> From: Seth Ausubel 
>> To: post NYSbirds  
>> Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 8:41 AM
>> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Little Egret - Yes (including directions)
>> 
>> The egret just walked around the marshy point to the east of Gardiner County 
Park. The point is past a bulkhead. This area it's in now is private property 
but visible with a scope from the east side of the park. 

>> 
>> Gardiner Park is on the south side of Route 27A just east of the Robert 
Moses Parkway. Park in the lot and walk the wide sandy path straight to the 
bay. The bird is to the east. It has also been seen closer in the marsh and 
tidal creek in the east side of the park. 

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Subject: Little Egret at Gardiner Park
From: Isaac Grant <hosesbroadbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 12:12:07 -0400
Just returned and is landed to the east as described before. 

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Subject: just a note: Oops. Egret flew.
From: "Taylor, Robert Michael" <Robert.Michael.Taylor AT jpmorgan.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 16:15:10 +0000
If anyone's looking up for it, there's a possibility the Little Egret is in the 
marsh on the north side of Captree Island - I know the area is frequented by 
native Egrets, sometimes Little Blue Herons (I saw a flock of 100+ Glossy Ibis 
there last summer also) If anyone tries scanning the marsh, please be aware 
that this is a residential area. 


Robert Taylor | Rates Marketing Middle Office | J.P. Morgan | 383 Madison 
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Across bay in the general direction of Captree Island. 

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Subject: Re: Little Egret - Yes (including directions)
From: Seth Ausubel <sausubel AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 10:39:47 -0400
See below. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 21, 2015, at 10:01 AM, Robert Lewis  wrote:
> 
> What field marks does this bird show?
> 
> Larger size obvious?  (compared to Snowy) YES. 
> 
> long pale gular area on lower mandible?  I DID NOT SEE THIS. 
> 
> gray lores? YES
> 
> solid black legs? YES, but this is not useful to distinguish between Snowy 
and Little Egrets in breeding plumage. 

> 
> single plume? TWO LONG THICK HEAD PLUMES
> 
> Bob Lewis
> Sleepy Hollow
> 
> From: Seth Ausubel 
> To: post NYSbirds  
> Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 8:41 AM
> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Little Egret - Yes (including directions)
> 
> The egret just walked around the marshy point to the east of Gardiner County 
Park. The point is past a bulkhead. This area it's in now is private property 
but visible with a scope from the east side of the park. 

> 
> Gardiner Park is on the south side of Route 27A just east of the Robert Moses 
Parkway. Park in the lot and walk the wide sandy path straight to the bay. The 
bird is to the east. It has also been seen closer in the marsh and tidal creek 
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Subject: Re: Little Egret - Yes (including directions)
From: Robert Lewis <rfermat AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 14:01:59 +0000 (UTC)
What field marks does this bird show?
Larger size obvious?  (compared to Snowy)
long pale gular area on lower mandible?
gray lores?
solid black legs?
single plume?

Bob LewisSleepy Hollow

      From: Seth Ausubel 
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 Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 8:41 AM
 Subject: [nysbirds-l] Little Egret - Yes (including directions)
   
The egret just walked around the marshy point to the east of Gardiner County 
Park. The point is past a bulkhead. This area it's in now is private property 
but visible with a scope from the east side of the park. 


Gardiner Park is on the south side of Route 27A just east of the Robert Moses 
Parkway. Park in the lot and walk the wide sandy path straight to the bay. The 
bird is to the east. It has also been seen closer in the marsh and tidal creek 
in the east side of the park. 


Seth Ausubel
Forest Hills, NY

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Subject: Re: Little Egret - Gardiner Park (Suffolk)
From: Robert Lewis <rfermat AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 13:46:02 +0000 (UTC)
Can someone post more explicit directions?
Bob LewisSleepy Hollow

      From: Arie Gilbert 
 To: Peter Morris ; NY Bird List List 
 

 Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:57 AM
 Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Little Egret - Gardiner Park (Suffolk)
   
The bird is present now at the point east of gardiner park
Plume seen well

05/21/2015  AT  6:57 AM

Arie Gilbert 
No. Babylon NY 
www.powerbirder.blogspot 
www.qcbirdclub.org

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From: Peter Morris  
Date: 05/20/2015 9:24 PM (GMT-05:00) 
To: NY Bird List List  
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Little Egret - Gardiner Park (Suffolk) 
 

Hi all,

I just thought I should flesh out some of the details from the earlier reports 
of the Little Egret. My initial views of this bird were relatively poor. The 
bird was quite distant and hunched down in the creek at the east end of the 
marsh. I had no scope with me but noted a couple of features that made me very 
interested in getting better views. I made a couple of calls and eventually 
reached Ken Feustel who agreed to come along with his scope. Before Ken 
arrived, the bird flew south to the shoreline and was lost to view. Around this 
time, by phone battery died. 


After what felt like an eternity, we managed to find it as it worked the 
shoreline but it was again fairly distant. We watched it for a couple of 
minutes before it moved east onto private property and out of sight. After 
changing our viewing position, we got some good views of the bird and confirmed 
the identification. It was at this point that an email was sent out to let 
people know. Shortly after, it flew strongly south at height over the bay 
towards the barrier beaches and was lost to view, for the final time. 


I really hope this bird is refound so that all can enjoy it, 

All the best,

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Subject: Oops. Egret flew.
From: Seth Ausubel <sausubel AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 08:49:42 -0400
Across bay in the general direction of Captree Island. 

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Subject: Re: Little Egret - Gardiner Park (Suffolk)
From: Pete Morris <p_morris39 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 08:42:31 -0400
I haven't seen the bird this morning yet but the best bet is to walk south 
along the main straight trail from the parking lot to the shoreline then walk 
left (east) along the beach and view from there. 


All the best,

Pete 



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> On May 21, 2015, at 8:30 AM, Isaac Grant  wrote:
> 
> Could you please be more specific as to where the bird is being seen from? 
How is that accessed from the parking lot? 

> 
> Isaac Grant
> Senior Loan Officer

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Subject: Little Egret - Yes (including directions)
From: Seth Ausubel <sausubel AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 08:41:53 -0400
The egret just walked around the marshy point to the east of Gardiner County 
Park. The point is past a bulkhead. This area it's in now is private property 
but visible with a scope from the east side of the park. 


Gardiner Park is on the south side of Route 27A just east of the Robert Moses 
Parkway. Park in the lot and walk the wide sandy path straight to the bay. The 
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in the east side of the park. 


Seth Ausubel
Forest Hills, NY

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Subject: Re: Little Egret - Gardiner Park (Suffolk)
From: Isaac Grant <hosesbroadbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 08:30:52 -0400
Could you please be more specific as to where the bird is being seen from? How 
is that accessed from the parking lot? 


Isaac Grant
Senior Loan Officer

> On May 21, 2015, at 6:57 AM, Arie Gilbert  wrote:
> 
> The bird is present now at the point east of gardiner park
> 
> Plume seen well
> 
> 
> 05/21/2015  AT  6:57 AM
> 
> Arie Gilbert 
> No. Babylon NY 
> www.powerbirder.blogspot 
> www.qcbirdclub.org
> 
> 
> Sent from "Loretta IV" in the field
> 
> 
> 
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Peter Morris  
> Date: 05/20/2015 9:24 PM (GMT-05:00) 
> To: NY Bird List List  
> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Little Egret - Gardiner Park (Suffolk) 
> 
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> I just thought I should flesh out some of the details from the earlier 
reports of the Little Egret. My initial views of this bird were relatively 
poor. The bird was quite distant and hunched down in the creek at the east end 
of the marsh. I had no scope with me but noted a couple of features that made 
me very interested in getting better views. I made a couple of calls and 
eventually reached Ken Feustel who agreed to come along with his scope. Before 
Ken arrived, the bird flew south to the shoreline and was lost to view. Around 
this time, by phone battery died. 

> 
> After what felt like an eternity, we managed to find it as it worked the 
shoreline but it was again fairly distant. We watched it for a couple of 
minutes before it moved east onto private property and out of sight. After 
changing our viewing position, we got some good views of the bird and confirmed 
the identification. It was at this point that an email was sent out to let 
people know. Shortly after, it flew strongly south at height over the bay 
towards the barrier beaches and was lost to view, for the final time. 

> 
> I really hope this bird is refound so that all can enjoy it, 
> 
> All the best,
> 
> Pete
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Subject: Brooklyn- Nelson's Sparrows, other recent miscellany
From: Doug Gochfeld <fresha2411 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 07:40:08 -0400
There are currently 2 Nelson's Sparrows singing from the saltmarsh at Plum
Beach in Brooklyn. One is at the eastern tip, and the other is on the north
side of the widest part of the lagoon.

Otherwise shorebird numbers and diversity here were not very impressive
this morning. Two afternoons ago there were many more shorebirds on the
flats, and a White-rumped Sandpiper flew over in a small group of
Semipalmated Sandpipers. Neither species was evident today.

A couple of strikingly late migrants were an Eastern Phoebe at Coney Island
Creek Park yesterday, and a male Slate-colored Junco around the Jamaica Bay
visitor's center two days ago.

Good Birding
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