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17 Sep Marbled Godwit and Caspian Tern [syschiff ]
17 Sep Cape May, NJ Whiskered Tern Update [Shaibal Mitra ]
16 Sep Galeville Nighthawks [Ken McDermott ]
16 Sep Common Ravens Riverhead []
16 Sep Croton point park [Larry Trachtenberg ]
15 Sep Cape May Warbler etc, Central Park [gabriel willow ]
15 Sep Correction: Jones Beach Coast Guard [Robert Taylor ]
15 Sep Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
15 Sep Brooklyn Bird Club Evening Program [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
15 Sep Re:Jones beach coast guard [Robert Taylor ]
15 Sep Re:Jones beach coast guard [Robert Taylor ]
15 Sep Jones beach coast guard [Robert Taylor ]
15 Sep Queens County Bird Club Inc. - Upcoming Meeting Info- [Arie Gilbert ]
15 Sep Re: Whiskered Tern at Cape May [Robert Lewis ]
14 Sep Black Tern, Sands Point Preserve []
14 Sep Alley Pond Park, Queens [Jeffrey Ritter ]
14 Sep Montauk and Mecox Suffolk County Parasitic Jaegers Caspian & Royal Terns [David Klauber ]
14 Sep Broad-winged Hawks Sterling Forest [Gail Benson ]
14 Sep Whiskered tern []
14 Sep Fwd: Shorebirds - no, raptors - yes in Riverhead, Northville & Baiting Hollow [robert adamo ]
14 Sep Shorebirds - no, raptors - yes in Riverhead, Northville & Baiting Hollow [robert adamo ]
13 Sep Central Park NYC Bird Walks Saturday 9/13/14 & Friday 9/12/14 [Deborah Allen ]
13 Sep Whiskered Tern at Cape May [Robert Lewis ]
12 Sep Central Park, NYC 9/12 & prior week [Thomas Fiore ]
12 Sep Rockefeller State Park [Sean Camillieri ]
13 Sep Sabine's Gull: Montauk Pt. [pmaxp ]
13 Sep Croton Point Park [Larry Trachtenberg ]
13 Sep Golden Plovers Brooklyn [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
12 Sep NYC Area RBA: 12 September 2014 [Gail Benson ]
12 Sep Common Nighthawk, Williston Park ["Avery Scott (SkyOfBirds)" ]
12 Sep EXTRALIMITAL: Fwd: [NJBIRDS] Whiskered Tern, Cape May County [Arie Gilbert ]
11 Sep Northeast Night Migration ["Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" ]
11 Sep Jamaica Bay Shorebird Update 9-10 [Andrew Baksh ]
10 Sep Baiting Hollow farm pond revisited. [robert adamo ]
10 Sep Final reminder, and deadlines have changed. OT:New York State Ornithological Association Annual meeting in Ithaca....register soon! [Linda Orkin ]
10 Sep Sunken Meadow State Park- Blue grosbeak, Bald Eagle(Suffolk County) [Vinny Pellegrino ]
10 Sep Yesterday, Tuesday, the 9th - 8 stops, with highlight being group of 5 Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Calverton sod field. [robert adamo ]
10 Sep Pomarine Jaeger/Robert Moses Field 2 [Shane Blodgett ]
9 Sep Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Monthly Program [Stella Miller ]
9 Sep 2014 Report — The State of the Birds Report 2014 []
9 Sep Blue Grosbeaks. Eastport LI [Arie Gilbert ]
9 Sep Unexpected birding time yesterday ! [robert adamo ]
8 Sep Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
8 Sep Rockefeller State Park Preserve this morning [Anne Swaim ]
8 Sep Linnaean Society of NY: Observing birds, inside and out (Tues Sep 9, 6-9 pm) [Angus Wilson ]
7 Sep Shorebirds at 4 Riverhead Sod Fields, plus at Baiting Hollow Farm Pond. [robert adamo ]
7 Sep Lake Champlain - Reports from Vermont [Will Raup ]
7 Sep 20 Species of Shorebirds @ Cupsogue County Park [Andrew Baksh ]
7 Sep American Golden Plovers ["Robert A. Proniewych" ]
7 Sep Fwd: Possible White-tailed Kite [robert adamo ]
7 Sep RE: Possible White-tailed Kite [Will Raup ]
7 Sep Possible White-tailed Kite [robert adamo ]
7 Sep Turtle Cove- Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx [Jack Rothman ]
7 Sep Jamaica Bay, queens county [Sean Sime ]
7 Sep A bit of birding ! [robert adamo ]
06 Sep Ed Treacy [Ken McDermott ]
6 Sep Common nighthawks prospect park [Alan Drogin ]
6 Sep RE: Two Buff-breasted Sandpipers Jamaica Bay [Steve Walter ]
6 Sep Hudsonian Godwit Brooklyn Photos [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
6 Sep Riverhead, LI area sightings - mornign of 9/6/14. [Deborah Martin ]
6 Sep Hudsionian Godwit brooklyn [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
6 Sep Jamaica Bay additions [Seth Ausubel ]
6 Sep Two Buff-breasted Sandpipers Jamaica Bay [Seth Ausubel ]
6 Sep Riverhead & Eastport Sod Farms, plus 3 Blue Grosbeaks at historical site in Eastport. [robert adamo ]
5 Sep Central Park, NYC 9/1-5 [Thomas Fiore ]
5 Sep Say's Phoebe - Hamlin, NY (Monroe County) [Andy Guthrie ]
5 Sep Eatons Neck Upland Sandpiper [Nick Bonomo ]
5 Sep NYC Area RBA: 5 September 2014 [Gail Benson ]
5 Sep Connecticut Warbler, Prospect Park, Kings County [Sean Sime ]
5 Sep Jones Beach [syschiff ]
5 Sep Lark Sparrow/ Pine Island NY, Orange County [Curt McDermott ]
5 Sep Fwd: [ebirdsnyc] Proposed develpoment of so called Calverton Grasslands [Andrew Baksh ]
4 Sep W/s Rt.105, just s/o Sound Ave, Riverhead sod field. [robert adamo ]
4 Sep Re: Buff-breasted Sandpiper @ Riverhead Sod Farms []
4 Sep Re: Buff-breasted Sandpiper @ Riverhead Sod Farms []
4 Sep CONNECTICUT WARBLER, Prospect Park, Kings County [Sean Sime ]

Subject: Marbled Godwit and Caspian Tern
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:34:58 -0400
Jones Beach West End  17 Sep

At 8:00 this morning there was a large reddish brown shorebird across the inlet 
on the Long Beach Side, presumably the MARBLED GODWIT seen lately. Shorebirds 
on the marina bars included 250-300 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, a dozen 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 4 RED KNOT and a sole SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER; RUDDY 
TURNSTONES continue on the Coast Guard breakwater 


After a short walk to the median we returned to the gazebo. Right on schedule 
at 10:30, the CASPIAN TERN arrived feeding in the cove to the right of the 
bridge, finally coming close and landing on the bar. It eventually flew off and 
landed out of sight behind the island while we waited for it to return. About 
11:15 a PEREGRINE FALCON spooked all the birds and it flew up, again giving all 
great views. 


Sy Schiff

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Subject: Cape May, NJ Whiskered Tern Update
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:56:10 +0000
After going unseen at Bunker Pond this morning, the Cape May Whiskered Tern was 
found on the beach opposite Coral Ave, where it was seen by our own Andy 
Baldelli and Bob Adamo a short time ago. Interestingly, these two legendary 
Riverhead, Long Island birders had converged unknowingly after close to ten 
hours of total travel. They had not yet spied each other at the times of their 
calls to me, but I'm hoping that this will be remedied! 


This bird is spectacular, just an amazing looking tern, and is well worth 
chasing, in my opinion. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore

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Subject: Galeville Nighthawks
From: Ken McDermott <terreign1 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:07:34 -0500 (CDT)




Subject: Common Ravens Riverhead
From: <rtmanddgm AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:39:43 -0400
This afternoon I observed four Common Ravens circling over Sweezey Pond in 
Cranberry Bog County Nature Preserve in Riverhead. I wouldn't be the least bit 
surprised if this was the family that fledged from the Hampton Bays water tower 
this year. 


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Subject: Croton point park
From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:35:43 +0000
Northern Harrier hunting successfully in brief stop at CPP this a.m. 

L. Trachtenberg 
Ossining

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Subject: Cape May Warbler etc, Central Park
From: gabriel willow <gabrielwillow AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:51:06 -0700
I led a walk for NYC Audubon in Central Park this evening, through Strawberry 
Fields and The Ramble. It was pretty quiet, but we had several nice warbler 
sightings. 


Namely:

Northern Parula (several)
Tennessee Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler (dull female)
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Cape May Warbler (quite dull female, in the two pitch pines a bit to the south 
of the Bow Bridge) 


Other highlights were numerous Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Rose-breasted 
Grosbeaks at various jewelweed patches, and large numbers (20+) of Chimney 
Swifts bugging out overhead. 


Yesterday I was remiss in not writing, but saw Wilson's Warbler, Blue-winged 
Warbler, and Veery in Central Park. Some nice stuff in spite of low overall 
numbers... 


Fall is in the air!

Gabriel Willow
NYC Audubon
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Subject: Correction: Jones Beach Coast Guard
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:55:55 -0700
Sorry for the multiple posts - I wanted to get the word out quickly but was
hasty in my post - the ID of Golden Plover (American) was incorrect - was a
Black Bellied, however I have a positive id on the godwits - were actually
a Hudsonian and a Marbled.  The mixed flock (mostly Oystercathers with
Black Bellied Plovers, Red Knots) were on the North side of the sandbar.
They took off heading Northwest.  The Marbled left the group and walked to
the south side of the sandbar and stayed longer.  Also present in the
evening were a Royal Tern, Forster Terns and a Lesser Blacked Gull.  A
Caspian Tern was at the marina in the morning but didn't stay long heading
east.  As it was flying away it was dive-bombing hard into the water.

I will update my blog in the coming days with photos (
http://longislandbirding.blogspot.com/)

Good fall birding,
Rob in Massapequa

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:28:10 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* September 15, 2014
*  NYSY  09. 15. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):


September 08, 2014 - September 15, 2014
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland
compiled: September 15 AT 7:00 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#409 Monday September 15, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
September 08, 2014
 
Highlights:
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HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
LINCOLN’S SPARROW


Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
------------

 9/9: 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS were at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 15 species of Warbler 
were seen along Towpath Road. 

 9/10: 1 HUDSONIAN GODWIT and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were found at 
Knox-Marsellus. 

     9/12: 1 HUDSONIAN GODWIT and a RUDDY TURNSTONE were at Knox Marsellus.
 9/13: The HUDSONIAN GODWIT and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were at 
Knox-Marsellus. In all 20 species of Shorebirds were seen. 

 Hopefully more comlete results of the Muckrace will be available by nest week. 



Onondaga County
------------

 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS continue to be seen in early evening at 100 acre Marsh at 
Three Rivers WMA. 16 were counted last night. 

 Fall Warbler and other passerine migration was evident this week. Between 
Beaver Lake Nature Center, Three Rivers WMA, the Creekwalk and Hancock Airport 
20 Warbler species were seen this week. PHILADELPHIA VIREO was found also. A 
possible early Orang-crowned Warbler was reported at the Creekwalk 



Oswego County
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 9/10: 3 RUDDY TURNSTONES, 2 SANDERLINGS and 8 PIPITS were seen on the 
breakwalls at Oswego Harbor. 

 9/12: 15 species of Warblers Wwere seen at the trails at Lake Neahtawanta in 
Fulton. 



Oneida County
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 9/9: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Spring Farm Nature Center south of 
Clinton. Also found were 12 species of Warblers and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO. 



Jefferson County
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     9/12: A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at El Dorado State Park.

         
               

 --  end report



Joseph Brin
Region 5
Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.
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Subject: Brooklyn Bird Club Evening Program
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:42:51 -0400
Please Join the Brooklyn Bird Club Monday, September 22, 7:00 P.M. for:

How to Improve Your Bird Song Identification skills

Presenter: Tom Stephenson

*NOTE: This program will take place Mondayevening at the Brooklyn Public
Library, Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza (718-230-2191)*


There's nothing more satisfying in birding than being able to recognize the
birds singing and calling around you. The language for describing visual ID
points for birds greatly helps us identify the species of an unknown bird.
The lack of this language for songs makes it very difficult to know how to
figure out an unknown song.

In this talk we'll cover how to improve your song recognition and learning
skills by using memory theory combined with the understanding of song and
phrase structure. We'll also discuss an efficient language for describing
vocalizations and give examples of how objective analysis of songs makes it
much easier to separate similar-sounding species.

Tom Stephenson has been birding since he was a kid. His articles have
appeared in many publications, including *Birding, Birdwatcher's Digest,
Handbook of the Birds of the World*, and *Guide to the Birds of SE Brazil*.
He has lectured and guided many groups across the US as well as in Asia,
where he has trained guides for the government of Bhutan. In 2013,
Princeton University Press published *The Warbler Guide*.

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

Dennis Hrehowsik

Brooklyn

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Subject: Re:Jones beach coast guard
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:10:51 -0700
Godwit still present

On Monday, September 15, 2014, Robert Taylor  wrote:

> Godwit golden plovers red knots now

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Subject: Re:Jones beach coast guard
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:58:44 -0700
Have now took off to the west

On Monday, September 15, 2014, Robert Taylor  wrote:

> Godwit golden plovers red knots now

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Subject: Jones beach coast guard
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:39:40 -0700
Godwit golden plovers red knots now

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Subject: Queens County Bird Club Inc. - Upcoming Meeting Info-
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:31:04 -0400
The **Queens County Bird Club Inc.** will be meeting
at the Alley Pond Environmental Center >Map of location< 

228-06 Northern Blvd Douglaston, NY 11362-1906

at 8pm on Wednesday 9-17-14 { the third Wednesday of the month}

Our Speakers will be Judith Weis, PhD. doing a presentation: Do Fish 
Sleep?

 From the fifty-one-foot whale shark Rhincodon typus to a 
less-than-one-half-inch fish in the minnow family--the tiny Paedocypris 
progenetica--fish certainly carry a lot of weight . . . or do they? A 
fish's heft in water may vary, but these diverse aquatic animals 
certainly carry a lot of weight in our ecosystems and environment. From 
freshwater to ocean habitats, Judith S. Weis offers a fascinating look 
at these deceptively simple creatures. Fishes may appear to live a dull 
existence, but appearances change once we understand more about how they 
survive. These wonders actually possess attributes that would make us 
superpowers--they can change color, sex, produce light and electricity, 
regenerate injured fins, prevent themselves from sinking, and some can 
even walk on land. Dr. Judith S. Weis is a Professor of Biological 
Sciences at Rutgers University, Newark. She received her bachelor's 
degree from Cornell University, and MS and PhD from New York University. 
Her research focuses on estuarine ecology and ecotoxicology, and she has 
published over 200 scientific papers, many of which focus on local 
estuaries. She is interested in stresses (including pollution, invasive 
species, and parasites), and their effects on organisms, populations and 
communities. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the 
Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a Fulbright Senior Specialist in 
Indonesia in 2006. She has been on advisory committees for EPA, NOAA and 
the National Research Council. She was the Chair of the Biology Section 
of AAAS, and president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences 
(AIBS). She is now writing general interest books, hoping to convey to 
the interested general public the fascinating world of marine organisms 
and the urgent need to conserve the marine environment and its inhabitants.

_
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Non members and guests are invited to join us for our meetings featuring 
noted guest speakers and to join us on our renowned field trips.

* QCBC is a tax exempt, charitable organization {501c3}. *


Arie Gilbert
President: *Queens County Bird Club Inc*.
See http://www.qcbirdclub.org/ for more information on trips, speakers, 
and other events!
See our 'Birding Maps & Locations' page for directions to and info about 
many local birding hotspots



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Subject: Re: Whiskered Tern at Cape May
From: Robert Lewis <rfermat AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:16:13 -0700

Seen quite easily and very well this morning resting on the beach near Bunker 
Pond. It hangs around with a flock of a few hundred Common and Forster's Terns. 
Also Laughing Gulls, one Black Tern, a few Royal. 


I saw it from about 7:00 to 8:00. After 8:00 the flock seemed to get more 
active. 


Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY
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Subject: Black Tern, Sands Point Preserve
From: <glennq AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:49:10 -0400
Landbird migration was so-so at the Sands Point Preserve (Nassau County) this 
morning. There was one nice wave of warblers, about 20 individuals, comprised 
mostly of Black-throated Blue, Parula, Blackpoll, and American Redstart. 


The highlight of the day was a single Black Tern, loosely associating with 
about a half-dozen sterna-type terns, out over Long Island Sound. 


The lowlight of the day was the condition of the preserve. Not sure what the 
folks are up to there. There is only one water feature in the entire preserve 
and it’s a traditional beacon for migrants. Today, my jaw dropped when I saw 
that every last leaf of vegetation has been removed around the entire perimeter 
of the pond, right down to bare earth. A travesty for the wildlife and a clear 
sign of the transition from preserve to park. And it’s still ten dollars to 
get in. 


Glenn Quinn
Hauppauge, NY

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Subject: Alley Pond Park, Queens
From: Jeffrey Ritter <jritt AT nysif.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:57:47 +0000

There was an uptick in the numbers and variety at Alley Pond this morning. 
Highlights inluded two, possibly three PHILADELPIHA VIREOS, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, 
a likely YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER. Warblers included TENNESSEE, BLACKPOLL and 
BLACKBURNIAN and others. 


The Phillies were in the trees along the field edge north of the handball 
courts where they appear almost every Septmber. 


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Little Neck, NY
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Subject: Montauk and Mecox Suffolk County Parasitic Jaegers Caspian & Royal Terns
From: David Klauber <davehawkowl AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:06:20 -0400
This morning from about 8:15 to 10:30 we watched the terns and gulls off the 
point and camp Hero. 

 No Sabine's Gull of course but we did have 3 different Parasitic Jaegers - a 
dark bird, a subadult and a light form adult. We only saw 1 Gannet and a flock 
of 4 Black Scoters - no BlackTerns, surprisingly, in any location that we 
visited. Not much of note on Sagg Pond, but at Mecox there was one Caspian 
Tern, 2 Royal Terns, and a couple of White-rumped Sandpipers among the 
Forster's Terns 

Observers were me, Bobby Rosetti and Peter Polshek at the point who spotted 2 
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Subject: Broad-winged Hawks Sterling Forest
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:13:00 -0400
Tom Burke and I encountered several kettles of Broad-winged Hawks between 9
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Subject: Whiskered tern
From: <rtmanddgm AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:32:40 -0400
Seen twice this morning from Cape May Hawk watch platform. Bird still 
associating with Black Tern. Comes in off the ocean, feeds for five minutes or 
so and moves back out. Seen today at 6:30 and 8:19 am. 


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Subject: Fwd: Shorebirds - no, raptors - yes in Riverhead, Northville & Baiting Hollow
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:45:20 -0400
On Saturday 9/13, I was able to get 2 & 1/2 hours out in the field, birding
between 2 & 4:30 PM. I visited 4 sod fields, plus 2 (now completely)
dried-up farm ponds, without seeing any shorebirds, except for a small # of
Killdeers (<10).

I also decided to check-out the gull situation at Iron Pier Town Beach,
routing myself along Penny's Rd & Sound Shore Rd. Passing the Northville
Tanks Complex, I found a total of 15 Turkey Vultures, all heading east.
After the T.V's. had vacated the area, a Cooper's Hawk blew bye, going in
the opposite direction ! Further along S S Rd. at the Lamont residence, the
only birds found were the many swallows streaming overhead, also in an
easterly direction. When I finally arrived at the I/P/T/B, instead of being
met by a large # of gulls, I was greeted by a number of gals...and guys,
and photographers and a stretch limo ! Short of Hawaii and Key WestA lifer
for me - and I got a couple of shots
of the wedding party !
Upon returning to Riv., I had my FOS Merlin, an immature, on a snag above
the dried-out "ketch basin", located at the confluence of Middle Rd.,
Osborne Ave &  Horton Ave

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Subject: Shorebirds - no, raptors - yes in Riverhead, Northville & Baiting Hollow
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:04:46 -0400
On Saturday 9/13, I was able to get 2 & 1/2 hours out in the field, birding
between 2 & 4:30 PM. I visited 4 sod fields, plus 2 (now completely)
dried-up farm ponds, without seeing any shorebirds, except for a small # of
Killdeers (<10).

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routing myself along Penny's Rd & Sound Shore Rd. Passing the Northville
Tanks Complex, I found a total of 15 Turkey Vultures, all heading east.
After the T.V's. had vacated the area, a Cooper's Hawk blew bye, going in
the opposite direction ! Further along S S Rd. at the Lamont residence, the
only birds found were the many swallows streaming overhead, also in an
easterly direction. When I finally arrived at the I/P/T/B, instead of being
met by a large # of gulls, I was greeted by a number of gals...and guys,
and photographers and a stretch limo ! Short of Hawaii and Key West, this
was a "lifer" for me - and I even got a couple of shots of the

Upon returning to Riv., I had my FOS Merlin, an immature, on a snag above
the dried-out "ketch basin", located at the confluence of Middle Rd.,
Osborne Ave &  Horton Ave.

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Subject: Central Park NYC Bird Walks Saturday 9/13/14 & Friday 9/12/14
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:02:58 -0400




Subject: Whiskered Tern at Cape May
From: Robert Lewis <rfermat AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:44:42 -0700
Any news since this morning?

Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow
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Subject: Central Park, NYC 9/12 & prior week
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:46:00 -0400
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

Friday, 12 September, 2014 - not all that many of most land-bird  
migrants, as it seemed more departure than arrival occurred, however  
there were as many as 20 spp. of warblers, some as singles or in  
minimal no's., with American Redstart & Common Yellowthroat among the  
fairly common, & Blackpoll showing a slight increase. A modest uptick  
in Scarlet Tanager no's. were also seen. Not surprisingly, there have  
been some raptors on the move, with Bald Eagle, Osprey, & Sharp- 
shinned Hawk some of those noted moving on.

In the preceding 6 days, there were more than 25 spp. of warblers  
noted, although not all on any one day. Notables included Yellow- 
breasted Chat, Hooded, Mourning, Worm-eating, Bay-breasted, Prairie, &  
so forth, with a couple of Blackpoll & Pine also showing up.   Last  
Sunday provided a fair number of sightings, but mainly due to more  
observer effort then, as well as a good weather day for migration.  
Other days all provided some birds of note, as well.

Other observations in the past week included Bald Eagle, Common  
Nighthawk, both species of cuckoo, a slight uptick in thrush numbers -  
still mostly Veery, a few Swainson's & Wood, and possible Gray- 
cheeked, and also an uptick in numbers of Red-eyed & Warbling Vireo,  
Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, & some other migrants.  
Flycatcher diversity was just slightly less, with many having moved  
on, but a number of Emoidonax [genus] and E. Wood-Pewees, as well as  
Great Crested Flycatcher, & a few modestly late E. Kingbirds continued  
to pass.   E. Phoebe has yet to appear in numbers, but will be  
increasing soon on the fall-like weather closing out this [calendar]  
summer. The coming season is indicated slightly with sightings of N.  
Shoveler, Wood Duck, & a few Red-breasted Nuthatch, & a glimmer of  
migrant sparrow sightings.

also, in the escaped-released-introduced-&-established categories, a  
noisy cockatiel, a budgerigar, & Monk Parakeets [in flocks] have been  
in the park's north end.

Conditions look good both today and again all next week for a lot of  
movement, including the spectacle of the Broad-winged Hawk migration,  
likely to peak within the next 10 days & perhaps in the coming week...

Tom Fiore
Manhattan

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Subject: Rockefeller State Park
From: Sean Camillieri <scamillieri AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:34:43 -0400
Currently watching a kettle of about 120 Broad-winged Hawks flying SW. Thought 
I'd put the word out in case anybody is hawk watching! I am currently on the 
trail off Old Sleepy Hollow Road. 


Sean Camillieri 

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Subject: Sabine's Gull: Montauk Pt.
From: pmaxp <pmaxp AT well.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:44:34 -0400
We (Jim Ash and I) observed a juvenile SABINE'S GULL from the Montauk Point 
restaurant at 8:40am. The bird was flying west to east about 200 meters from 
shore. Other birds of note during a couple of hours of sea-watching were 6 
Parasitic Jaegers, a Black Tern, 5 Gannets, and a pair each of Black and 
White-winged Scoter. 

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Subject: Croton Point Park
From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:58:37 +0000
During a few hours at the park w Charlie Roberto it was fairly active this 
morning with migrants. Hit a few "pockets" but likely missed more, 9 warbler 
species including Nashville, Pine, magnolia, Parula, and a late Yellow. Heard 
at least 2 BB cuckoo but would not make an appearance. Also of note great 
crested flycatcher and veery. There were many waxwings. Did not walk landfill 
but in scanning saw at least a dozen kestrel hunting actively, one harrier. 
Other raptors in park: coop, sharpie, osprey, and red tail (w/snake) 


L. Trachtenberg
Ossining 

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Subject: Golden Plovers Brooklyn
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:38:05 -0400
Two golden plovers briefly touched down on the low tide flats at plum beach. 
They flew in from the north east with two bb plovers and four red knots. They 
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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 12 September 2014
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:28:30 -0400
-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Sept. 12, 2014
* NYNY1409.12

- Birds Mentioned

Red-necked Grebe
Bald Eagle
Broad-winged Hawk
Sora
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER
Whimbrel
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
MARBLED GODWIT
Stilt Sandpiper
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
Pectoral Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
POMARINE JAEGER
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Common Nighthawk
Eastern Whip-poor-will
Red-headed Woodpecker
Philadelphia Vireo
Tennessee Warbler
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
Hooded Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Vesper Sparrow
LARK SPARROW
BLUE GROSBEAK

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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, September 12 at
7:00 PM.

The highlights of today’s tape are POMARINE JAEGER, BUFF-BREASTED and
BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS, HUDSONIAN and MARBLED GODWITS, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER,
CONNECTICUT WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK, LARK SPARROW  and a pelagic trip
announcement.

In a week similar to the prior one, with good shorebird variety but
somewhat disappointing land bird activity, the most interesting report
involved a POMARINE JAEGER moving east past Robert Moses State Park Field 2
Wednesday morning.  Four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were also counted there.

At Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge two very confiding BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS
were present on the east pond through last weekend, joining two HUDSONIAN
GODWITS, and a MARBLED GODWIT also appeared on the pond Sunday, with it and
one of the HUDSONIANS still present Thursday.  Other notables on the east
pond included an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER Wednesday, some WESTERN,
WHITE-RUMPED and STILT SANDPIPERS, a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER last weekend, a
CASPIAN TERN Saturday and a SORA along the pond’s edge Sunday.

Birders checking the low tide mud flats at Plum Beach in Brooklyn
encountered a HUDSONIAN GODWIT briefly on Saturday and a WHIMBREL Sunday.

Three GULL-BILLED TERNS were again on the Coast Guard Station bar at Jones
Beach West End last Saturday.

Notable landbirds in the New York City area this week included an immature
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in Central Park Tuesday to today, a CONNECTICUT
WARBLER lingering in Prospect Park last weekend, a few PHILADELPHIA VIREOS
in the city parks, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT in Prospect Park Sunday, and a
VESPER SPARROW in Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery Sunday, with a LARK SPARROW
there today,

A decent variety of warblers, but in low numbers, has also been present,
these including some TENNESSEE, CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED, WILSON’S and HOODED.

Moving east on Long Island, a BLUE GROSBEAK was spotted at Robert Moses
State Park Saturday, another was at Sunken Meadow State Park Wednesday, and
a family group of three was still present Tuesday along Route 51 north of
Route 111 in Eastport, where they do nest.

Out in the sod fields north of Riverhead a few BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS
have been seen lately, with five Thursday south of Sound Avenue on a field
between Osborn Avenue and Horton Avenue, the same number seen Wednesday on
the south side of Route 25 in Calverton; other singles were also noted in
that area, and the fields west of Route 105 just south of Sound Avenue also
featured AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and BAIRD’S SANDPIPER at least through last
weekend.

A nice collection of shorebirds Sunday at Cupsogue County Park in
Westhampton Dunes featured an HUDSONIAN GODWIT, still present Thursday, and
two BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS; the 20 species spread between the flats north of
the parking lot and the bars in the inlet also included PECTORAL, WESTERN
and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS among the more expected species.

Birds on the flats at Mecox included an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and a
MARBLED GODWIT Saturday, with an HUDSONIAN GODWIT there Thursday, and the
RED-NECKED GREBE also continues there.

An EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL singing briefly at Marshlands Conservancy in Rye
last Saturday evening and prior indicates that they, as well as decent
numbers of COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, are now moving through.

And local hawk sites will be enjoying good numbers of migrants, especially
BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and BALD EAGLES, in the next week or two with the right
winds.

A pelagic trip to Hudson Canyon, leaving 10:30 PM on Friday, October 24
from Freeport aboard the Captain Lou Fleet’s Starstream VIII, will spend
Saturday well offshore and return Saturday evening.  The cost is $235, and
the trip is about half full.  Please call the Captain Lou’s office at
516-623-5823 for reservations.

To phone in reports, on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126, or
weekdays call Tom Burke at (212) 372-1483 <%28212%29%20372-1483>.

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Subject: Common Nighthawk, Williston Park
From: "Avery Scott (SkyOfBirds)" <wingedwonders AT scottopia.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:41:43 -0400
At approximately 5:20 PM today, I observed a single Common Nighthawk flying
northwest near my home in Williston Park, Nassau County.

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From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:54:20 -0400




Subject: Northeast Night Migration
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:36:13 +0000
Just a heads-up:

Tonight and tomorrow night look to be really good nights to listen for or 
record night migrants that are departing points North and headed into the 
Northeast destined for points South. If you have an opportunity to get out and 
listen, by all means, do it. If you are an early morning person, try to catch 
the descent of thrushes just prior to the start of civil twilight. I know Ill 
be recording and others may be as well. 


Good night listening!!

Sincerely,
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Subject: Jamaica Bay Shorebird Update 9-10
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:23:20 -0400
A lot less birds than in the past week or so indicate many shorebirds
pulled out. For example, fewer Western Sandpipers, although the numbers
remain high by East Pond standards.

White-rumped Sandpipers continue
 in very good numbers but Stilt Sandpipers, are harder to find with the
occasional 1 or 2 tucked in on the pond in some corner.

The two very confiding Buff-breasted Sandpipers, that showed up on the East
Pond early last week, departed and have not been seen since the weekend.

One Hudsonian Godwit continues along with a Marbled Godwit. An American
Golden Plover, yesterday on the pond added to the nice diversity of
shorebirds totaling *21 SPECIES* despite the low numbers.

Cheers,



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林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
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Subject: Baiting Hollow farm pond revisited.
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:01:43 -0400
Having a chore to do in Rocky Point this afternoon, enabled me to drive
past the above, notice the increase in the # of shorebirds over yesterday,
and make a quick, emergency stop, in-order to document the possibly
important scientific data en-counted right here, on the old Wulfost potato
farm...this "run-on" sentence would have been my answer to a question from
my wife, if asked !  Today there were
2 Pectoral Sandpipers, ~ 12-15 Least Sandpipers, 2-3  possible
Semi-palmated Sandpipers, 6 Killdeers, 1 Semi-palmated Plover and 2
Mourning Doves. The first one seen of this specie, proved to be a tad
difficult to ID. It was fairly deep in mud (appeared to be up beyond it's
legs), body pointing toward me (no body profile, and making size of head &
bill questionable...no depth), no other specie close for size comparison,
plus, less than optimum lighting. Once it moved, I got it ! I will always
think of this bird as my "MUDMODO"

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Subject: Final reminder, and deadlines have changed. OT:New York State Ornithological Association Annual meeting in Ithaca....register soon!
From: Linda Orkin <wingmagic16 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:53:46 -0400
Come one, come all! The Cayuga Bird Club hosts the New York State
Ornithological Association’s annual meeting this year the weekend of
September 19 through September 21.  Registration is in full swing and we
are excited to have people coming from all around New York State to
participate in this.  We are looking forward to seeing friends old and new
from far and wide.


The Friday night reception will be held at the Cornell Laboratory of
Ornithology from 6-9 PM. We thank Melissa Walker for working along with us
to make this happen.  There will be “heavy” hors d’oeuvres provided by
Cornell Catering, along with a wine and beer cash bar.  Two presentations
will be offered:  *All About Bird Biology *given by Mya Thompson , the
author of this  newly launched web resource, and a recently produced film
called *Inside the Lab*  (which is not currently available to the general
public). Guests can join either of two tours of the employee areas of the
Lab. The innovative sound ring, a wooden soundscape sculpture by Maya Lin,
part of her “What is missing?” series dealing with extinctions, will be
turned on for all to hear and experience.  And the wonderful new mural of
bird silhouettes, a tribute to Roger Tory Peterson and his first field
guide, will captivate our visitors who will have a check list to challenge
their ID acumen.

Bob McGuire has organized many wonderful field trips to some of our local
hot spots, and you can select the ones which may interest you.

Saturday at the Ramada will see a series of interesting paper presentations
from 1:30 to 5, with topics ranging from *The Hidden World of Bird Language*
to *Earlier Arrival Dates of Spring Migrants*, to *Piping Plover Recovery*
in NYS and many more.  There will be posters on display, and of course, the
NYSOA delegates business meeting in the morning.  A silent auction will be
ongoing throughout the day.

The banquet Saturday night at the Ramada will be buffet style, with a cash
cocktail reception preceding this.  Announcements of award winners will be
followed by our keynote speaker. We are very excited to be presenting Dr.
Bridget Stutchbury, who will talk about her groundbreaking research and
whose talk is titled *Frequent Fliers: New Discoveries in Bird Migration*.  For
those who may not know Dr. Stutchbury, you still have time to read her
three great books  written for general audiences*: Silence of the
Songbirds, Bird Detective, and most recently, The Private Lives of Birds: A
Scientist Reveals the Intricacies of Avian Social Life.*

Doesn’t this sound like a must-attend weekend?  We hope you agree! Go to
*Cayugabirdclub.org* to register and for more information.  *And please
note,  if you are registering and choosing banquet or reception, the
deadline for this is has been changed to September 11 so that we are able
to submit final numbers by September 12. *


Contact me if you need any additional information.


Best regards,

Linda Orkin

Ithaca, NY


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Subject: Sunken Meadow State Park- Blue grosbeak, Bald Eagle(Suffolk County)
From: Vinny Pellegrino <pellegrinov AT ymail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:35:31 -0400
The highlights from the past two days of birding/hiking at Sunken Meadow State 
Park in Suffolk County have included an immature male Blue Grosbeak at the dump 
area(NW of main parking lot) and a Bald Eagle. Other birds worth mentioning 
were a pair of Eastern Bluebirds, 1 Merlin, White-eyed Vireo, Palm warbler, 
Northern Waterthrush, Wood thrush, and a Scarlet Tanager. The eastern portion 
of the park hosted a Yellow-crowned Night Heron and several Ospreys. Lastly, 
Common Nighthawks have been pretty reliable at sunset zipping above the Inner 
Marsh. 


Hope all is well,

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East Northport, NY


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Subject: Yesterday, Tuesday, the 9th - 8 stops, with highlight being group of 5 Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Calverton sod field.
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:48:13 -0400
I started today at the Rt.105 sod field, c/o Sound Ave, Riverhead. and
found the 1, long remaining A.Golden Plover still there...but not for long
! Knowing almost for certain it was the same bird because of it's plumage,
i wondered if it might be injured, and therefore, decided to get a bit
closer to the bird. Unfortunately, I found out the hard way that it is a
strong flyer !  I lost sight of it as it crossed Rt.105 heading
east...hopefully, to return here, after a refreshing romp airborne, so
others can enjoy. Also, 4 Turkey Vultures pasted overhead.

Doctor's Path, Riv. was next, but dead.

Next stop was the DeLea Sod Farm, s/s Sound Ave, Riv. (next to the Roanoke
Winery) I had just arrived, when Dick Belanger pulled up. While Dick told
me about the good birds he had had at Cupsogue and the Westhampton Dunes
Overlook earlier,we found 6 Killdeers, in addition to the same group of 4
T.V's.

The sod field at (DaLalio's) s/e/c/o Sound Ave & Osborne Ave, Riv. also
produced Kildeers (!4)...but no vultures

Heading still farther west on Sound Ave to the Baiting Hollow Farm Pond, we
found Eileen Schwinn & Erin King looking at shorebirds and ducks, with a
single Pectoral Sandpiper, being the most notable.

Dick & I continued on to the sod fields along Edwards Ave (both n & s of
Rt.25) Calverton, where we found 34 Killdeers on the south-most field, just
before the railroad tracks.

We hit the "mother-load" at DeLea's Sod Farm on the s/s of Rt.25 (a bit w/o
the Mobile gas station) in Cal. The 5 Buff-breasted Sandpipers seen there,
were accompanied by 14 Kildeers. The best spot to view the birds is from
the east driveway of the Mohawk Stucco industrial complex.

The Calverton Grasslands was next, but provided nothing to report. This is
where Dick & I parted company, with me heading for the barrier beach, in
hopes of finding some of the birds Dick had earlier, ie, Hudsonian Godwit,
Wimbrel and 3 Caspian Turns !  I found none of these (looking only from the
high dune adjacent to the trail leading to the bay) but did find 9 Royal
Terns at the overlook.

Sorry for the late post,
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Subject: Pomarine Jaeger/Robert Moses Field 2
From: Shane Blodgett <shaneblodgett AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:57:41 -0400
Just had a subadult POJA flyby West to East at Robert Moses Field 2 (Fire 
Island). Large dark and lumbering in direct comparison to laughing gulls it was 
flying amongst. 1.5 hours of seawatch yielded little else though did have a 
distant unidentified large shearwater, most likely a Great based on GIS. 3 
Royal Terns and 115 Common other birds of note. 


Regards,
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Brooklyn NY

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Subject: Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Monthly Program
From: Stella Miller <stella.miller63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 10:39:02 -0700
Back by popular demand, we are pleased to welcome Professor Doug Robinson for 
tomorrow night's program at the Cold Spring Harbor Library: 


What a Long Strange Trip It's Been: Marvelous Avian Migration with Doug 
Robinson, PhD 

Cold Spring Harbor Library, Wednesday, September 10 at 7pm.


Bird migration is one of the most incredible phenomena on our planet and one we 
are still learning about. In the course of a single year, nearly all the 
Earth's birds will migrate some distance, some as far as thousands of miles. 
How do they do it? How does a young bird know where to fly as it prepares to 
head to its winter home, a place it has never visited before? How do birds find 
their way back to their breeding grounds each year, navigating cities, forests, 
bodies of water and weather events. Environmental cues serve as the stimulus 
and the means of navigation during migration, with the reliance upon these cues 
varying according to the distance traveled and the location of the 'vacation' 
site. Join us for a look into the fascinating field of bird migration. 


Professor Doug Robinson is an evolutionary biologist whose teaching and 

research experiences have focused on organismal biology and behavior. He has 

taught classes on animal behavior, ecology, ornithology, vertebrate biology, 
general 

biology, environmental science, and anatomy and physiology. He guided a group 
of 

students to New Zealand for an 18-day trip as part of his studies. The 
questions 

that guide his research revolve around how behavior is shaped by ecological and 

social environments.

For more on Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon: www.hobaudubon.org. or like us on 
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Stella Miller
President


"Conservation is sometimes perceived as stopping everything cold, as holding 
whooping cranes in higher esteem than people. It is up to science to spread the 
understanding that the choice is not between wild places or people, it is 
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Subject: 2014 Report — The State of the Birds Report 2014
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Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 11:07:46 -0400
Just released as of 10:00AM. Pretty sobering and a must read for everyone on 
the list. 


stateofthebirds.org/ 

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Subject: Blue Grosbeaks. Eastport LI
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 11:17:21 -0400
3 birds along fence and pines. 
Seen w. Phil Uburubu and Bob Hayes

09/09/2014  AT  11:16 AM

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Subject: Unexpected birding time yesterday !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 09:04:22 -0400
With my usual Monday afternoon activity from 3 to 6:30 cancelled, I wasted
no time in heading down to Dune Rd, between the Post La. Bridge, Quogue and
Shinnicock Inlet, Hampton Bays. Although I had just seen my FOS
Sharp-shinned Hawk flying very low (hunting) in downtown Riverhead, the
only hawk I saw along the barrier beach and bay was a single Osprey.

The most notable bird seen was a juvenile Clapper Rail, which alternatively
fed, and very weakly tried to fly in ~ 6' spurts, without ever leaving the
ground !

The most curious bird (?) seen was the "Snowy Mop/ Owl", standing upright,
found on an inactive bird-blind in the bay. My first impression was Snowy
Owl, quickly followed by Snowy Owl decoy, and finally, the "gotcha" white
mop. The "jizz", at first, cried out owl, but realization of date, aided by
a blowing wind, "blew that out of the water" ! The head and face profiles
were good, the body size was good, but when the wind caused the wing and
body feathers to elongate into many rope strands (~ 12" long) the bubble
burst ! After having a good laugh, I asked myself the following question:
Did you ever once think of waterfowl hunters as house-cleaners ? Be honest
now !

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:26:05 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* September 08, 2014
*  NYSY  09. 08. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):


September 01, 2013 - September 08, 2014
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland
compiled: September 08 AT 6:00 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#408 Monday September 08, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
September 01, 2014
 
Highlights:
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SNOW GOOSE
MISSISSIPPI KITE
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
WILLET
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
RUDDY TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
STILT SANDPIPER
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
LITTLE GULL
PARASITIC JAEGER
LONG-TAILED JAEGER
COMMON NIGHTHAWK
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
PHILADELPHIA VIREO


Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
------------

 9/2: A WILLET and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh 

 9/3: 17 species of shorebird including the WILLET, 4 HUDSONIAN GIDWITS and a 
WILSON’S PHALAROPE were found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 

 9/6: A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was found in a plowed field at the corner of 
Armitage Road and Rt. 89. The WILLET, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and a 
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 



Cayuga County
------------

 9/4: SANDERLINGS, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, and a 
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER were found on the causeway at West Barrier Bay Park in Fair 
Haven. 

     9/6: A RUDDY TURNSTONE was at West Barrier Bay Park


Oswego County
-------------

     9/5: A MISSISSIPPI KITE was photographed flying past Derby Hill.
 9/6: Two PARASITIC JAEGERS and two LONG-TAILED JAEGERS were seen at Derby 
Hill. 

     9/7: A LITTLE GULL was seen at Derby Hill
 14 species of WARBLER plus YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and PHILADELPHIA VIREO 
were recorded at various parts of the county. 



Onondaga County
-------------

 9/1: A lingering SNOW GOOSE is still being seen onSkaneateles Lake in the 
village.9/29/7: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were found 
at Three Rivers WMA. COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are still being seen at Three Rivers 
through 9/7. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continues on the Creekwalk on Spencer 
Street in Syracuse. 



Oneida County
------------

 9/5: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Spring Farm Nature Center in 
Clinton. 

 9/7: 18 species of Warbler including CAPE MAY plus a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were 
at a private residence near Durhamville. 



Madison County
------------

 9/2: 8 species of Warblers including a CAPE MAY were found at Tinsley Hill 
Road south of Cazenovia. 


   
    
     
               

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Subject: Rockefeller State Park Preserve this morning
From: Anne Swaim <anneswaim AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 12:29:50 -0400
Saw Mill River Audubon's 2nd Mon regular bird walk at Rockefeller State
Park Preserve (Westchester County) enjoyed a nice variety of migrants this
morning.

eBird list link below.

Some highlights were
* 10 warbler species recorded with close up looks at several
especially along Nature's Way Trail, and

 * the continuing & singing white-eyed vireo by the glacial erratic
* with a fairly new fledgling white-eyed vireo also seen nearby.
(Fledgling WEVI was apparently also photographed in this area in June.)

Another bonus was good look at a fly-over common nighthawk, around 8:40am,
over the Sleepy Hollow Trail and heading west away from Swan Lake.

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Subject: Linnaean Society of NY: Observing birds, inside and out (Tues Sep 9, 6-9 pm)
From: Angus Wilson <oceanwanderers AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:35:04 -0400
*** THE LINNAEAN SOCIETY OF NEW YORK - MEETING PROGRAM - AMERICAN MUSEUM OF
NATURAL HISTORY, NEW YORK CITY ***



After the summer hiatus, the Society’s evening program restarts tomorrow
(Tuesday 9 September 2014) with two back-to-back presentations that reflect
on the challenges facing the modern-day bird artist and what we can learn
about ourselves and natural world from studying birds. Please join us.



*6:00 pm — A Bird Painter’s Journey, Mike DiGiorgio*



Wildlife artist Mike DiGiorgio writes: “The profession of illustration is
an extremely difficult one today. Add the element of primarily painting
birds, and you come up with an almost impossible endeavor.” The modern-day
bird illustrator has many obstacles to overcome, from publishers’ easy
access to bird photography to shrinking magazine and book sales. In his
presentation, DiGiorgio will trace his personal journey, beginning as a boy
with a hopeless obsession with common city backyard birds, to later rural
searches for warblers, herons, and nightjars — all in his quest to capture
them in line and color. Louis Fuertes was his main artistic hero, and Don
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*7:30 pm — The Bird World: Insights for Humans from the Lives of Birds,
Noah Strycker*



Associate editor of *Birding* and author of *Among Penguins* (2011) and
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entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. He joins us
to talk about parallels between bird behavior and that of humans. “Birds
aren’t people,” Strycker writes, “but just how different are they from 
us?” 

Approaching bird behavior from new and surprising angles, Strycker explores
the navigation of pigeons, the speed of hummingbirds, the smelling power of
vultures, particle physics of starling flocks, and other mysteries —
revealing why birds do what they do, and how we can relate to them. Like
humans but unlike most other birds and mammals, magpies can recognize their
reflection in a mirror, indicating a sense of self-awareness and even
suggesting that they may feel humanlike emotions of sympathy and sadness.
Albatrosses, like humans, occasionally live to be 100, and mate for life.
Their “divorce rate” is about 0.1% — which puts the US adult population,
with a divorce rate of 40%, to shame. Do albatrosses experience something
similar to romantic love? Nutcrackers have extraordinary memories,
recalling as many as 5,000 caches of pine seeds — a mental achievement that
seems to rely on a complex spatial memory. With a mix of humor and
cutting-edge science, anecdotes from the field and examples from pop
culture, Strycker will renew your interest in the close connections between
people and birds.



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Subject: Shorebirds at 4 Riverhead Sod Fields, plus at Baiting Hollow Farm Pond.
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:57:58 -0400
This afternoon, from ~ 4:30 to 5:30 PM, I checked the following fields:

1) Rt.105, s/w/c/o Sound Ave_0, plus 3 Turkey Vultures circling, heading
east.
2) Doctors Path, between Sound Ave & Northville Turnpike_0
3) Delea's field, s/s Sound Ave, w/o Doctor's Path_21 Killdeers
4) Dalalio's field, Sound Ave, s/e/c/o Osborne Ave_43 Killdeers & 1
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (2 days late, Dave)
5) F.P., s/s Sound Ave, w/o Osborne Ave_1 Greater Yellowlegs

Cheers,
Bob

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Subject: Lake Champlain - Reports from Vermont
From: Will Raup <hoaryredpoll AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 18:45:36 -0400
Reports from Birders on the Vermont side of Lake Champlain, reported the 
continuing Brown Booby, 6 Parasitic Jaegers, 1 Sabines Gull and 1 Little Gull 
from Charlotte Town Beach, Ferrisburgh, Vermont 

These birds would also be visible in NY Waters between Westport, Essex County 
and Whallon's Bay. 

Exact locations of these birds is somewhat murky, but at least some of them 
were in NY waters today. 

Keep your eyes open!
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Subject: 20 Species of Shorebirds @ Cupsogue County Park
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 18:16:09 -0400
Birding the Cupsogue Flats with Andria, early this morning on a falling
tide resulted in 20 species of shorebirds.

Our highlights were. 1 HUDSONIAN GODWIT and 2 BAIRD's SANDPIPERS. HUGO was
feeding on the bar, north west from the flats, which seems to accumulate
more shorebirds these days than the traditional mudflats.

The Baird's were a brief drop in and it was their call that helped us to
pick them up as they stayed for a whooping "2" minutes before heading west.

1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 3 Western Sandpipers and 18
Red Knots were the other notables.

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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Sent from somewhere in the field using my mobile device!


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Subject: American Golden Plovers
From: "Robert A. Proniewych" <baobabbob AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 16:24:00 -0400
A trip out east today with fellow birders Ed Becher and Bob Anderson found
us in Eastport first to look for the Blue Grosbeak trio. Negative on that.
We then headed up to the Riverhead sod farm at the intersection of Sound
avenue and Rt. 105 after scanning for a bit, 3 Amer. Golden Plovers were
found feeding close to the white house way north of the fire hydrant that
was noted in other postings. A Cooper's Hawk at the 111/51 intersection
caused a little bit of a stir in the hopes of it morphing into a possible
White-tailed Kite seen earlier and down the road. Keep watching the skies.
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Subject: Fwd: Possible White-tailed Kite
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 13:37:34 -0400
I stand corrected ! The possible White-tailed Kite location is/was in
 Eastport, on L.I., a 1/4 mile s/o of the Blue Grosbeak (9/5/14) location,
also in Eastport, L.I., N.Y.

Sorry,
Bob
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From: Will Raup 
Date: Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 1:12 PM
Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Possible White-tailed Kite
To: robert adamo , NYSBIRDS-L 


I assume this is on Long Island?

Details are important people!  NY is a big state!

Will Raup
Glenmont, NY

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Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:36:03 -0400
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Possible White-tailed Kite
From: radamo4691 AT gmail.com
To: NYSBIRDS-L AT cornell.edu


Just returned from church, to find an email from Lori Haus (sent at 11:14
AM) re: her sighting of the above, near the intersection of Co. Rd.111 &
Rt. 51. The bird was heading east and Lori wanted to alert anyone birding
in that area, to all points east..." to be fore warned, is to be fore
armed" !

Thinking positive, I wonder who it will be to "spy a kite" today ! ?

Cheers,
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Subject: RE: Possible White-tailed Kite
From: Will Raup <hoaryredpoll AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 13:12:06 -0400
I assume this is on Long Island?
Details are important people!  NY is a big state!
Will RaupGlenmont, NY

Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:36:03 -0400
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Possible White-tailed Kite
From: radamo4691 AT gmail.com
To: NYSBIRDS-L AT cornell.edu

Just returned from church, to find an email from Lori Haus (sent at 11:14 AM) 
re: her sighting of the above, near the intersection of Co. Rd.111 & Rt. 51. 
The bird was heading east and Lori wanted to alert anyone birding in that area, 
to all points east..." to be fore warned, is to be fore armed" ! 

Thinking positive, I wonder who it will be to "spy a kite" today ! ?
Cheers,Bob 

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Subject: Possible White-tailed Kite
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:36:03 -0400
Just returned from church, to find an email from Lori Haus (sent at 11:14
AM) re: her sighting of the above, near the intersection of Co. Rd.111 &
Rt. 51. The bird was heading east and Lori wanted to alert anyone birding
in that area, to all points east..." to be fore warned, is to be fore
armed" !

Thinking positive, I wonder who it will be to "spy a kite" today ! ?

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Subject: Turtle Cove- Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx
From: Jack Rothman <jacroth1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:03:50 -0400
Its been a while since anyone reported from Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx.

Im usually here at Turtle Cove at least four days a week but refrain from 
boring everyone with typical summer birds. Today NW winds have improved 
things and I got out relatively early. 

I finally found the Yellow Bellied Flycatcher that others saw days ago. 
Also: Belted Kingfisher, American Redstarts, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, 
Semipal Sandpipers, several Snowy and Great Egrets, Marsh Wrens, Red-tailed 
Hawk, DC Cormorants, a few Osprey- some holding breakfast, several immature 
Common Yellowthroats, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, several Flickers, House Wren, 
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Indigo Buntings, Eastern Wood Pee Wee, Willow 
Flycatcher, (they nest here), Song Sparrows and the usual Robins, Mourning 
Doves, Starlings, etc. 


Parking returns to free at Orchard Beach, so we can all return to birding 
Hunter Island. 


The southern zone of Pelham Bay Park is being restored by the Parks 
Department, so I dont recommend birding there, since theres no legal access 
to the water, everything is fenced off. There are also lots of construction 
vehicles and workmen in the park. On my last visit they didnt look happy when 
I came through with binoculars and camera. 


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Subject: Jamaica Bay, queens county
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 07:00:43 -0400
Highlights on the east pond currently

2 White-rumped sandpiper
1 Western Sandpiper
2 Hudsonian Godwit
1 Marbled Godwit (flew out)
1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper
1 Sora
1 Long-billed Dow 

I walked from the south end at first light and am currently on the North east 
side. 


Good birding,

Sean Sime
Brooklyn

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Subject: A bit of birding !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 03:15:31 -0400
Yesterday (Saturday, the 6th) we were invited to a niece's husband's
birthday celebration. They live in the Village of Bellport. a community
that owns property (~ 1/3 of a mile wide, by ~ 1& 1/ 2 miles long on Fire
Island) that reaches from the Great South Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, and
has the quaint name of "Ho Hum Beach" !

After meeting at their house for coffee & donuts, we ferried over to the
barrier beach, where we spent ~ 6 hours enjoying the sunshine, water,
pristine sand, conversation, food, drink, and the occassional bird !
Unfortunately, the number of birds and species were low. Seen were:
D.C.Cormorant; Great Egret; N.Harrier; Ring-billed Gull; Herring Gull;
Great Black-backed Gull; and 3 Royal Terns, one carrying what looked to be
a fairly large Sand Lance.

Returning home, and after taking showers, we had to party inside and out,
because of the rain. ! The theme was Mexican, the food was tacos, etc. and
the birthday cake was scrumptious ! Watching Notre Dame's football team win
it's 2nd game in a row, provided a most satisfying day's end !

Cheers,
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Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2014 22:46:14 -0500 (CDT)




Subject: Common nighthawks prospect park
From: Alan Drogin <drogin AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 19:43:27 -0400
They're still here - had two fly overs just past sunset in long meadow

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Subject: RE: Two Buff-breasted Sandpipers Jamaica Bay
From: Steve Walter <swalter15 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 19:34:59 -0400
I posted a picture of one of the Buff-breasted Sandpipers at
http://www.stevewalternature.com/ , for anyone that might be interested. I
also did another extensive photo shoot of one of the Hudsonian Godwits that
was present today. What's interesting, from examining the photos, is that
this is the fourth different individual that I've photographed on the East
Pond since Sunday. I suspect that the second one today, which I only saw
from a distance, might be yet another individual (compared to last weekend).
I can't comment on the ones during the week. But there does seem to be some
turnover going on. Throw in the six seen last Saturday (and perhaps the ones
that have stopped off at Plum Beach), it's been a migration through the
Jamaica Bay area the likes of which we haven't seen in many years -- if I'm
right about all this.

Steve Walter
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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Two Buff-breasted Sandpipers Jamaica Bay

Right now on east side of East Pond north of Raunt. One Hudsonian Godwit at
North End. Also several White-rumped and Western Sandpipers. 

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Subject: Hudsonian Godwit Brooklyn Photos
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 18:30:25 -0400
here is a link to scope photos of today's godwit taken by bobbi manian
today:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/40224645 AT N00/14972441879

bird flew in over our heads from the north about 150 yards from the Far
East end of the beach. We saw dark wing with white bar right away. Bird
landed on the low tide flats (Falling but almost low tide.) and foraged in
a tide pool for about two minutes. The bird then flew 50 yards to the south
west where it landed on a little exposed spit of land with green vegetation
near waters edge. During this flight we saw white rump and dark tail. After
about two minutes at this location bird flew toward breezy point. I don't
have much experience with this bird so not going to try to age or sex but
no red on belly.

Dennis Hrehowsik

Brooklyn NY

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Subject: Riverhead, LI area sightings - mornign of 9/6/14.
From: Deborah Martin <martindf AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 16:04:28 -0400
Relying on directions in Bob Adamo's postings from 9/6 and 8/28, Brian
Whipple and I observed the following in the Riverhead area this morning: 

We started at the sod field on the west side of Route 105, just south of
Sound Ave, Riverhead, where we found an American Golden Plover  and a
Baird's Sandpiper among a loose flock of about 20 Killdeer.  They were north
of the fire hydrant which has been mentioned in other posts but in that same
field, giving excellent scope views. 

Encouraged by other birders whom we met at the sod field, we then went to
the "farm pond" described in Bob's email of 8/28 which is located on the
south side of Sound Ave, west of Osborne Ave, between Oakleigh Avenue and
Warner Drive, Baiting Hollow.  There we were able to scope 4 Pectoral
Sandpipers, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 4 Killdeer, a Least
Sandpiper, a Western Sandpiper and 2 other peeps - probably Semipalmated
Sandpipers.  

Finally, we followed Bob's more complete directions in the 9/6 email to a
farm road near the intersection of Route 51 and Co Rd. 111, Eastport, where
we had 2 first winter Blue Grosbeaks on the same fence Bob described.  

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Subject: Hudsionian Godwit brooklyn
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 11:27:47 -0400
Bobbi Manian and I briefly had a Hudsonian Godwit on low tide flats at plum 
beach in brooklyn. 

Bird landed for about three minutes then flew off toward breezy point. Pics 
later. 


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Crooklyn NY



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Subject: Jamaica Bay additions
From: Seth Ausubel <sausubel AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 08:20:15 -0400
Two Hudsonian Godwits in North End. Plus a flyover Caspian Tern and a juvenile 
Long-billed Dowitcher seen well, photographed by Corey Finger, and flight call 
heard. 


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Subject: Two Buff-breasted Sandpipers Jamaica Bay
From: Seth Ausubel <sausubel AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 07:34:14 -0400
Right now on east side of East Pond north of Raunt. One Hudsonian Godwit at 
North End. Also several White-rumped and Western Sandpipers. 


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Subject: Riverhead & Eastport Sod Farms, plus 3 Blue Grosbeaks at historical site in Eastport.
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 01:52:05 -0400
Today was special in a number of ways, best of which was getting to bird
again with Dave Larsen, an old, fellow Moriches Bay Audubon Society member,
who moved off the island many years ago, and is now retired and enjoying
life in northern Virginia. He, and wife Linda, are up to attend a family
wedding, but with enough open time to try for some "grass-pipers" !

We started at the sod field on the w/s of Route 105, just s/o Sound Ave,
Riverhead, at ~ 11 AM. Found, were 1 A. Golden Plover, 3 Semipalmated
Plovers, ~ 15 Killdeers and 3 Baird's Sandpipers - 2 of which took off to
the east. We did not get any buffies. We then drove the rest of "The Golden
Trapezium" without seeing another shorebird.

 Next up was the Delea Sod Farm on the s/s of Sound Ave, w/o Doctors Path,
Riv., which provided the same results. We then checked the Dalalio S.F. at
Sound Ave, c/o Osborne Ave, Riv., and were "shutout' !

Continuing west, we experienced both good & bad luck at the Calverton
Grasslands. The good was the 3 Turkey Vultures flying over the "long"
runway, in addition to the 3 Kestrels flying over the "short" runway ! The
bad, was the Riv. P.D. painting "No Trespassing" signs on barriers located
at all entrances to the "short" runway ! We did not see a single grassland
species.

Swan Lake Golf Course and Swan Lake itself, were barren, except for the 1
Mute Swan, seen in the nearest pond behind the G.C.Clubhouse. In
hind-sight, we probably should have looked for "life" - do they make Mute
Swan decoys ?

The sod fields in Eastport were next on our itinerary, but held nothing
notable. Because of time restraints, our best bet was to introduce Dave to
the farm road that runs along the n/w/s of the old state bicycle trail,
located on Route 51, just n/o Co Rd. 111, Eastport (opposite the sod field
with the "Stargazer" sculpture in it). We saw no bird activity until we
reached the beginning of the fairly high wire fence on the n/w/s of the
road, where some sparrows started to show themselves. Dave was first to see
1, and then 2 birds, that were larger than the surrounding Chipping and
Field Sparrows. I had just got on one of the bigger birds when he made the
call...Blue Grosbeaks, male & female...no, make that 1 male and 2 females"
! I did get to see the male and 1 of the females, but missed the 3rd bird,
which had dove out of sight. Dave had seen both the females well, and was
convinced neither was a first summer male.

On the ride back to Riverhead, except for when Dave was entering his eBIRD
notes, we basked in our fabulous reunion !

Cheers,
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Subject: Central Park, NYC 9/1-5
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 23:41:01 -0400
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

For the week, more than twenty spp. of warblers were reported, but on  
any given day it was likely tough to come up with more than perhaps  
about ten or fifteen. The migrants have hardly been flooding in, even  
as migration overall in the region has been somewhat steady.   
Flycatchers have shown up with most, perhaps even all, of the 5  
eastern Empidonax being seen, and still some E. Kingbirds around, as  
well as Great Crested & Olive-sided Flycatchers, plus E. Wood-Pewee  
and even a few E. Phoebes coming back in.

Friday, 5 September 2014 -    A fair diversity of migrants around, but  
still not a great number of individuals, even for species that might  
be called "common" at this time of year. One of the highlights was an  
ever-elusive Yellow-breasted Chat, noted by Ken Chaya in the a.m., at  
the Great Hill's se section. A modest surprise were a flock that  
contained at least a dozen Black-capped Chickadees (migrants), & at  
least 2 Red-breasted Nuthatches; the latter just starting to be seen,  
while the former was quite sparse all summer.

Thursday, 4 Sept. - a modest arrival after a night with a very high  
number of birds on the move all through the eastern parts of the  
continent; in Central the activity was fair in the early morning & may  
have actually seemed more busy a bit later. Many birds were still  
flying through the 3rd hour of daylight. The north end had some nice  
sightings, including a Lincoln's Sparrow which Brenda Inskeep &  
Malcolm Morris had in good view (wildflower meadow), and a fair number  
of more-typical early Sept. migrants, including at least 2 Olive-sided  
Flycatchers, which had been in for some days. The n. end and the  
Ramble each produced migrants, among them Philadelphia Vireo as well  
as more of both Red-eyed & Warbling Vireos & also some thrushes,  
mostly Veery but with Wood & Swainson's Thrush also noted. Baltimore  
Orioles have been moving, & this morning a fair number were seen  
continuing on in the first hours of daylight along with some other day- 
flying sorts of migrants.

Wed., 3 Sept. - it was revealed that a Kentucky Warbler, an uncommon  
enough bird in spring here and generally much less noticed on fall  
migration, was seen in the Ramble, very few getting views of the  
skulker, and as far as I know not being re-found - this certainly the  
"rarest" of warbler sightings for the week; a report of Golden-winged  
Warbler also being an all-too-increasingly uncommon sight in any  
season, around here...  the latter sighting seemingly restricted to  
just 1 observer.

Monk Parakeets, in flocks of up to a dozen plus, have been regular  
especially at the n. end of Central Park for much of the summer & are  
still making a ruckus at times.

Good birding,

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Subject: Say's Phoebe - Hamlin, NY (Monroe County)
From: Andy Guthrie <guthrand AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 22:24:11 -0400
At 6:15 today I found a SAY'S PHOEBE on the wires along Jacobs Road in
Hamlin, NY (Monroe County).  The Phoebe remained in the area until dark,
mostly along the wires but eventually moving to a hedgerow running south
between corn fields on the south side of the road.  It appeared to go to
roost in the cornfield and with the weather moving in tonight may remain in
the area.

The location was about 0.3 miles west of the intersection of Jacobs Road
and Priem Road (Jacobs runs east-west between Priem Road and Redman Road on
the west side).  The hedgerow where we last saw it was slightly east of
utility pole #267 (seventh pole from Priem Road).

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Hamlin, NY

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Subject: Eatons Neck Upland Sandpiper
From: Nick Bonomo <nbonomo AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 22:03:19 -0400
While fishing by boat today just off the sandy point at Eatons Neck, a
Peregrine Falcon flushed an Upland Sandpiper, which flew out and around
while giving its rattle-like alarm/flight call.

The habitat on that point looks quite good for shorebirds and grasspipers
in general, though I believe it may be off limits due to the Coast Guard
station there??

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 5 September 2014
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:11:20 -0400
-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Sept. 5, 2014
* NYNY1409.05

- Birds Mentioned

BROWN BOOBY+
SANDWICH TERN+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

KING EIDER
Red-necked Grebe
Peregrine Falcon
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER
Piping Plover
Whimbrel
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
MARBLED GODWIT
Red Knot
Sanderling
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
White-rumped Sandpiper
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
Western Sandpiper
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Royal Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Philadelphia Vireo
Veery
Swainson’s Thrush
Golden-winged Warbler
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Bobolink
Purple Finch


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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, September 5 at
6:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are shorebirds including AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVER, BAIRD’S and BUFFED-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, HUDSONIAN and
MARBLED GODWITS, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, SANDWICH TERN, KING EIDER and
CONNECTICUT WARBLER.

A fine week for shorebirds, the good variety including some of the more
sought after species.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s east pond continues to provide decent numbers
and wonderful views, especially during the high tide cycle.  Last Saturday,
six HUDSONIAN GODWITS dropped in at the pond’s north end and one or two
HUDSONIANS have remained there through today. Also on Saturday two BAIRD’S
SANDPIPERS were seen, with at least one continuing to Thursday.  Other
unusual visitors featured an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER Sunday, a PIPING PLOVER
on Monday and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER Wednesday, with two there Thursday
and today.  There were also six PECTORAL SANDPIPERS found Monday and decent
numbers of WESTERN, WHITE-RUMPED and STILT SANDPIPERS plus the occasional
RED KNOT and SANDERLINGS among the more numerous visitors.  PEREGRINE
FALCONS do continue to harass the shorebirds on the pond.

Another very productive shorebird site has been Cupsogue County Park in
Westhampton Dunes, birds using both the lower tide flats north of the
parking lot and the large bar in the inlet viewable at distance from the
beach along the inlet’s east side.  A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen on that
bar Tuesday.  Two WHIMBRELS on Sunday increased to three Monday, that day
also producing an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and six
HUDSONIAN GODWITS.  Over twenty ROYAL TERNS have also been present at
Cupsogue as well as at Tiana Beach to the east along Dune Road.

The flats at Mecox, where there are parking issues during the day, have
also been rewarding.  A MARBLED GODWIT was there Sunday to Tuesday, and
among the other shorebirds there Monday were single AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER,
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER and WHIMBREL, plus eleven PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.  A
RED-NECKED GREBE also continues at Mecox.

A SANDWICH TERN was reported from Sagg Pond in Bridgehampton Tuesday, this
another spot to check for shorebirds.

And, there are the sod fields north of Riverhead.  The fields along the
west side of Route 105 just south of Sound Avenue have featured a BAIRD’S
SANDPIPER Sunday and still reported today, two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS
Thursday, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and a varying small number of AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVERS.  Also in that area, 71 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were counted
Monday on the DeLea Sod Farm off Sound Avenue, and other surrounding fields
could also be attractive to these grassland sandpipers.

Other shorebirds have featured MARBLED GODWIT and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
Sunday and BAIRD’S SANDPIPER Monday at Plum Beach in Brooklyn, where the
immature male KING EIDER was again spotted last Sunday, and an AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVER and two WHIMBRELS in the swale at Jones Beach West End in
front of Field 2 Monday.  A GULL-BILLED TERN was still on the West End bar
today, and six LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS continue on the beach in front of
field 2.

An interesting report from August 29th of a probable BROWN BOOBY moving
south past Fort Tilden at a distance reminds us to keep an eye on the
ocean.

For land birds, a CONNECTICUT WARBLER was being seen occasionally in
Prospect Park Wednesday through today near the Upper and Lower Pools, and
other sparsely seen migrants have included BLACK-BILLED and YELLOW-BILLED
CUCKOOS and PHILADELPHIA VIREO.   An immature GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was
reported in Alley Pond Park Monday and a male GOLDEN-WINGED was there this
afternoon.  In all, over 20 species of warblers have been moving through,
generally in fairly low numbers, as have many of the other seasonal
migrants, including VEERY, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, various flycatchers and
vireos, SCARLET TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BOBOLINK and even PURPLE
FINCH.

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weekdays call Tom Burke at (212) 372-1483 <%28212%29%20372-1483>.

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Subject: Connecticut Warbler, Prospect Park, Kings County
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 18:20:03 -0400
I was able to relocate the Connecticut Warbler this afternoon at around 4pm
in the same vicinity as yesterday in Prospect Park. The spot is where the
upper and lower pools meet along the ravine side path. There is a gate
where the water comes almost to the path. The small (3ft x 8ft) section of
weeds along the fence is where I first saw the bird both days.
I am including a link to photographs of today's bird.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/103866258 AT N08/sets/72157646860730480/

All images were taken of the same bird in a few different lighting
conditions within a 5-10 minute span. The results are a good reminder of
how lighting, white balance and exposure can significantly alter the
appearance of an individual. If some of these images were billed to an
unsuspecting observer as different birds they would be hard pressed to
disagree!
This bird shows gray on the face and head with a white eye ring in good
light and in shade or reflected light the head looks brown with a buffy eye
ring.
My desire to be able to age and sex this individual from photographs may
prove an exercise in futility. Any input from people with field experience
with this species would be appreciated.


Cheers,

Sean Sime
Brooklyn, NY

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Subject: Jones Beach
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 15:18:23 -0400
Jones Beach West End 5 September

Joe G. , Joe V. Stan, and I (Sy Schiff) found a single GULL-BILLED TERN on the 
bar at the Coast Guard Station and a single SPOTTED SANDPIPER for shorebirds. 
The swale was empty except for Canada Geese. On the beach, the gulls to our 
right (west), consisted mainly of Great Black-backed Gulls and 6 LESSER 
BLACK-BACKED GULLS of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year types. Of interest, to me, was the 
number and age distribution of the Lessers. It almost seems that there is a 
close-by nesting colony, but where? 


Mosquitoes were manageable this morning in spite of a lack of wind. I was 
informed that mosquito control efforts are on-going and appear to be working. 


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Subject: Lark Sparrow/ Pine Island NY, Orange County
From: Curt McDermott <tele-tek AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:40:42 -0400
 Rob Stone reports that he has found a Lark Sparrow at the Winding Waters Trail 
on Oil City Rd, in Pine Island. This is the third known County Record for Lark 
Sparrow. Robs Directions are as follows: "Take the right fork to the field. 
Half way through field in trench on right. Marked with rock cairn." For those 
not familiar, Winding Waters Trail trailhead is west of the platform on Oil 
City Rd, on the opposite side of the road and along the Wallkill River. A small 
parking area (5-6 cars) is also found at this location. 

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Subject: Fwd: [ebirdsnyc] Proposed develpoment of so called Calverton Grasslands
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 10:00:45 -0400
Whether you are upstate or downstate. This is the sort of issue every
birder or anyone interested in wildlife should be aware of as we continue
to see more and more wildlife habitat threatened.

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*


(\__/)
(= '.'=)

(") _ (")

Sent from somewhere in the field using my mobile device!


Andrew Baksh
www.birdingdude.blogspot.com

Begin forwarded message:

*From:* "johnnps_2000 AT yahoo.com [ebirdsnyc]" 
*Date:* September 5, 2014 at 8:02:00 AM EDT
*To:* 
*Subject:* *[ebirdsnyc] Proposed develpoment of so called Calverton
Grasslands*
*Reply-To:* johnnps_2000 AT yahoo.com



This posting is dated, the town meeting is past but you can still write to
the town's supervisor & board members, please read below or visit the
website of Group for the East End for more information.


Sharing this information which may be of interest and is important to many
of us.
Be sure to attend the public hearing to express concern regarding the
development of the East End's last largest remaining property.  Right now,
it appears as if the Town Board will close the public comment period on
September 15, 2014, therefore, there is limited time to provide feedback.



Hello past Coalition for Open Space at EPCAL Members,



While many of you may already be aware of this, we want to be sure everyone
is alerted to Riverhead's upcoming hearing regarding the EPCAL Draft
Generic Environmental Impact Statement that is scheduled for this
*Wednesday*. The more people we have attending and supporting open space
and community based planning at EPCAL the better. The hearing is:  *September
3, 2014*

* 7:00 P.M.*

* Riverhead Town Hall (200 Howell Avenue) *



We also want to share a few of our thoughts on the proposed DGEIS. Group
for the East End is writing a comment letter now, and will be at the
hearing. We will also be sending out an action alert with a "one click
email" that you/your members can send to the Riverhead Town Board. We will
be sure that you all receive this alert as soon as it is completed.



The proposed subdivision plan for EPCAL has been drafted and the Riverhead
Town Board will accept the public's feedback on its proposal to subdivide
the 2,300-acre Enterprise Park at Calverton (EPCAL).  The draft
environmental study can be found here
http://www.townofriverheadny.gov/pview.aspx?id=32339.  The plan calls for
roughly 650 acres of "mixed-use" development including industrial,
institutional, research, office and business uses.  Unfortunately, the plan
also calls for up to 300 residential units and over 800,000 square feet of
new retail space, neither of which is consistent with the longstanding
goals of the EPCAL development strategy, which is to support long-term
economic growth with well-paying, sustainable  jobs.



Although the plan calls for the preservation of roughly 59% of the parcel,
there are substantial overarching problems regarding grassland management,
development impacts and mitigation as well as ambiguity in the manner in
which development applications will be reviewed for the proposed lots.



Read below for a brief description.



   - *Grassland Habitat Impacts Not Minimized *- The proposal ignores
   specific design recommendations (made but the Coalition in the past) that
   would protect the parcel's most sensitive grassland habitat.  In place of
   preserving existing habitat, the plan calls for the creation of roughly 140
   acres of grassland (59.5 of which will be over the existing runway and
   taxiway).
   - *Real Grasslands Management Strategy Not Included *- Although the plan
   identifies a need to manage the existing and proposed grassland areas, a
   strategy that outlines what entity will be responsible for doing so,
   including how this task will be funded is not detailed.
   - *No Implementation Strategy for Traffic, Infrastructure Mitigation
   Measures: * The plan identifies "triggers" for when major traffic
   mitigation measures and upgrades to the proposed sewage treatment plant are
   needed, however how these will be implemented, paid for, and managed is
   missing from the study.
   - *Plan Refers to Limited Level of Review for Future Development
   Proposals: *Plan infers that recently passed legislation will
   essentially exempt future development proposals from being thoroughly
   reviewed and free them from needing appropriate permits.
   - *Lacking Development Design and Aesthetic:* The study leaves much to
   be desired in terms of ensuring that EPCAL doesn't just turn into another
   example of horrific suburban sprawl.



Be sure to attend the public hearing to express concern regarding the
development of the East End's last largest remaining property.  Right now,
it appears as if the Town Board will close the public comment period on
September 15, 2014, therefore, there is limited time to provide feedback.



Best,



Jenn Hartnagel and Jen Skilbred



*Please contact Jenn Hartnagel with questions:*

*Jenn Hartnagel*

Senior Environmental Advocate | Group for the East End

Office: 631-765-6450 x211

Email: jhartnagel AT eastendenvironment.org | Web: www.GroupfortheEastEnd.org


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Communications Specialist | *Group for the East End*

Office: 631-899-3651

Email: jskilbred AT eastendenvironment.org | Web: www.GroupfortheEastEnd.org



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Subject: W/s Rt.105, just s/o Sound Ave, Riverhead sod field.
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 17:56:41 -0400
When I arrived at ~ 3 PM, the 1st bird I came upon (from the south, and ~
1/2 way between the fire station & the dirt farm road)was a Bairds
Sandpiper. It was fairly close, enabling me to see bill & leg color, wings
longer than tail and "scalloping" on  back. A little farther to the north
were 3-4 Killdeer & 2 Semipalmated Plovers. Still further north, but before
the dirt farm road, were 1 Golden Plover & 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers. The
field n/o the dirt road held only1 Killdeer. When I left at ~ 4:10 PM, most
of the birds had moved, with all now being roughly opposite the fire
hydrant, mentioned earlier by Mike Mulqueen.

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Subject: Re: Buff-breasted Sandpiper @ Riverhead Sod Farms
From: <mscheibel49 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:39:48 -0400
Now a second Buff-breasted same location 
Mike Scheibel
Brookhaven

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> On Sep 4, 2014, at 10:51 AM, Mike Mulqueen  wrote:
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> Today, at 9:15a, I checked out the sod farms at Riverhead for my first time. 
A brief overview of the birds immediately to the west off Northville Turnpike 
yielded a single Pectoral Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper and an American 
Golden-Plover. The plover was north of the fire hydrant while the others were a 
little south of it. 

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Subject: Re: Buff-breasted Sandpiper @ Riverhead Sod Farms
From: <mscheibel49 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:34:08 -0400
As previously reported, viewing buff-breasted now from Rte 105 1/4 mi north of 
intersection with Rte 43, in sod field to west. Close about 50 yds. 


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Golden-Plover. The plover was north of the fire hydrant while the others were a 
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Subject: CONNECTICUT WARBLER, Prospect Park, Kings County
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:56:38 -0400
I received a text this morning that birders had briefly relocated the
Connecticut Warbler found yesterday by Denis Hrehowsik in Brooklyn's
Prospect Park.
An extensive search by many birders was ongoing throughout the morning
without success. At roughly 1:20pm the bird was relocated between the upper
and lower pools on the Ravine Path.
Three fortunate birders remained and we enjoyed good albeit brief views of
the bird as it initially flew up from a weedy section along the fence and
then as it dropped into the leaf litter and began to walk deeper into the
woods.
A rejuvenated search with an additional 5 birders was again fruitless.

Aging this individual was not cut and dry as the bird seemed to exhibit
field marks of both first fall birds and adults. There certainly appeared
to be gray in the face and head yet the wash across the chest seemed more
brownish. Given the difficulty in aging and sexing fall birds of this
species in general, this one will stay at the sp level for now. Hopefully,
one of the many talented photographers out there will spend some time
looking for this bird.

Cheers,

Sean Sime
Brooklyn, NY

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