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Yellow-breasted Chat,©David Sibley

18 Apr East End Glossy Ibis [Jane Ross ]
18 Apr Great Day at North and South Shores: Warblers, Ducks, RH Woodpecker, Kestrels, etc [Robert Taylor ]
18 Apr NYC Area RBA: 18 April 2014 [Gail Benson ]
18 Apr Narrowsburg (Sullivan Co.) incl. Cliff Swallow 4/18 [Mike Shanley ]
18 Apr Alley Pond Park [syschiff ]
18 Apr Blue-winged Teal- Aquebogue, Suffolk [Eileen Schwinn ]
18 Apr Yellow crown black herons cedarhurst [Julie Roberts ]
17 Apr Lesser Black-backed Gull @ Heckscher SP Suffolk [David La Magna ]
17 Apr Chimney Swift ["Robert A. Proniewych" ]
17 Apr Kestrels in Calverton [Barbara Glanz ]
17 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/17 [Thomas Fiore ]
17 Apr White-eyed Vireo ["Robert A. Proniewych" ]
17 Apr Correction of my last post [robert adamo ]
17 Apr Riverhead Turkey Vulture Roost [robert adamo ]
16 Apr BBC Evening Program [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
16 Apr More arrivals/migrants in the Central Adirondacks [Joan Collins ]
16 Apr NNYBirds: More arrivals/migrants in the Central Adirondacks ["Joan Collins" ]
16 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/16 [Thomas Fiore ]
16 Apr Purple Finch [Orhan Birol ]
15 Apr Sometimes it just happens [Phil Uruburu ]
15 Apr Gulls at Hecksher park field 7 [Jonathan Stocker ]
15 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/15 [Thomas Fiore ]
14 Apr The latest on Riverhead's Turkey Vultures [robert adamo ]
14 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/14 (& kite ruminations) [Thomas Fiore ]
14 Apr 4/14- Brooklyn: Glaucous Gull etc. []
14 Apr Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
14 Apr Orange-crowned Warbler ["Robert A. Proniewych" ]
14 Apr Prospect Park (Kings ) April 14th []
14 Apr Swallow-tailed Kite over Prospect Park [Rob Bate ]
14 Apr Palm Warbler/Broad-winged Hawk & more new arrivals/migrants [Joan Collins ]
14 Apr NNYBirds: Palm Warbler/Broad-winged Hawk & more new arrivals/migrants ["Joan Collins" ]
14 Apr Madison square park [Larry Trachtenberg ]
14 Apr Purple Finch [Orhan Birol ]
14 Apr Caspian Tern- Yes. Mecox Bay [Eileen Schwinn ]
14 Apr Swallow-tailed Kite ["Robert A. Proniewych" ]
14 Apr ALERT: Swallow-tailed Kite, So State Pkwy, LI [Douglas Futuyma ]
13 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/13 [Thomas Fiore ]
13 Apr EPCAL - calverton ["leormand ." ]
13 Apr 9 owls/Green Heron/Golden Eagle [Joan Collins ]
13 Apr NNYBirds: 9 owls/Green Heron/Golden Eagle ["Joan Collins" ]
13 Apr Ruby-throated hummingbird [MacBookPro ]
13 Apr Pelham Bay Park, Bronx [Jack Rothman ]
13 Apr Male Summer Tanager, Lenoir Preserve, Westchester County [Michael C Bochnik ]
13 Apr Hempstead Lake & Oceanside [syschiff ]
13 Apr Correction YTWA [Robert Bate ]
13 Apr Yellow-throated Warbler - Prospect Park [Robert Bate ]
13 Apr Queens County Bird Club Inc. - Upcoming Meeting Info- [Arie Gilbert ]
12 Apr Northern Saw-whet Owl/Barred Owls/Hermit Thrush/Brown Thrasher & more [Joan Collins ]
12 Apr NNYBirds: Northern Saw-whet Owl/Barred Owls/Hermit Thrush/Brown Thrasher & more ["Joan Collins" ]
12 Apr Tappen Beach, Sea Cliff ["Avery Scott (SkyOfBirds)" ]
12 Apr The New York Botanical Garden ["Editconsul AT aol.com" ]
12 Apr Red-headed Woodpecker still at Muttontown Preserve [John Gluth ]
12 Apr Re: Central Park, NYC 4/12 [Anders Peltomaa ]
12 Apr Van Cortlandt Pileated- No [Nadir Souirgi ]
12 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/12 [Thomas Fiore ]
12 Apr Re: North Massapequa: Monk Parakeets [Edward Rubinfeld ]
12 Apr Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, Pileated Woodpecker [Nadir Souirgi ]
12 Apr North Massapequa: Monk Parakeets [Robert Taylor ]
12 Apr Kings white eye [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
11 Apr A total of 5 Turkey Vultures to, and from, the Wading River Firehouse. [robert adamo ]
11 Apr NNYBirds: Many arrivals and migrants ["Joan Collins" ]
11 Apr Many arrivals and migrants [Joan Collins ]
11 Apr NYC Area RBA: 11 April 2014 [Ben Cacace ]
11 Apr Bryant Park: Hermit Thrushes [Robert Taylor ]
11 Apr FOS Glossy Ibis Westhampton [Mike ]
11 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/11 [Thomas Fiore ]
11 Apr Purple Finch [Orhan Birol ]
11 Apr Shoreham (Suffolk Co) Iceland Gull [Richard Kaskan ]
11 Apr Snowy Owl [Orhan Birol ]
11 Apr Marine Nature Study Area [syschiff ]
11 Apr Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan - Apr 11 [Joe DiCostanzo ]
10 Apr New Arrivals and Boreal Birds [Joan Collins ]
10 Apr NNYBirds: New Arrivals and Boreal Birds ["Joan Collins" ]
10 Apr Re: Central Park, NYC 4/10, & prior days [Ardith Bondi ]
10 Apr BBC Evening Program [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
10 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/10, & prior days [Thomas Fiore ]

Subject: East End Glossy Ibis
From: Jane Ross <janefross AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:26:39 -0400
A flock of 25 or more glossy ibis were enjoying the mud today on Georgica Cove, 
in East Hampton along with 6 greater yellowlegs and at least 4 great egrets. 



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Subject: Great Day at North and South Shores: Warblers, Ducks, RH Woodpecker, Kestrels, etc
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:47:17 -0400
Hi Everyone,

Yesterday I went to Massapequa Preserve early in the morning and then again
in the late afternoon...highlights were a Kingfisher, Blue Gray
Gnatcatchers and a Chipping Sparrow.  I saw another Sparrow which I still
have to ID...also saw a fox.

Today I was out from sunrise to sunset at the following locales: Jones
Beach, Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area, Mill Pond (Bellmore), Bayville,
Oyster Bay Wildlife Refuge, Muttontown Preserve, Bailey's Arborteum, St
John's Pond, Cold Spring Harbor, Uplands Farm Sanctuary, Heckscher Park
(Huntington), Lloyd Harbor, Caumsett, Tackapausha and Massapequa Preserve.

Some places were almost lifeless, while others had a lot of activity -
Bailey's Arborteum was TEEMING with Yellow Rumped, Yellow Warblers and Blue
Gray Gnatcatchers..also a Pine Warbler.  I was giving myself whiplash from
trying to keep up with all the activity.

I still have to tally the number of species  -will update that on my
blog...Robins, Common Grackles, and Ospreys seemed to be everywhere  - I'll
just list the highlights:

Jones Beach West End: 3 Kestrels on the median, 4 Harlequin Ducks, both
Loons, Long Tailed Ducks, a raft of Black Scoters, and Piping Plover (and
seals) by the inlet - there was a good plumage Common Loon by the Coast
Guard Station

Oceanside Marine Study: 2 Glossy Ibis, Great and Snowy Egrets

Mill Pond (Bellmore): Black Crowned Night Heron

Muttontown Preserve: Red Headed Woodpecker (not much else)

Bayville: 3 Horned Grebes (were not present anywhere else)

Lloyd Harbor: 6 Greater Yellowlegs, Bufflehead

Good birding,
Rob in Massapequa
http://longislandbirding.blogspot.com/
(I have a busy weekend getting ready for Easter, but will update my blog
with pics ASAP)

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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 18 April 2014
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:11:37 -0400
-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
*Apr. 18, 2014
* NYNY1404.18

- Birds Mentioned

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE+
WHITE-WINGED DOVE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Red-necked Grebe
Tricolored Heron
Broad-Winged Hawk
Clapper Rail
Willet
Short-billed Dowitcher
Laughing Gull
Lesser Black-Backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
CASPIAN TERN
Razorbill
SNOWY OWL
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
House Wren
Orange-crowned Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
SUMMER TANAGER


If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report
electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at
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You can also send reports and digital image files via email to
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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, April 18 at
6:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, WHITE-WINGED DOVE,
SUMMER TANAGER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, SNOWY OWL, CASPIAN TERN and spring
migrants.

Finally, this week the unusual winter holdovers gave way to some nice
spring rarities, with three good southern overshoots appearing before
winter came back again later in mid-week.

Topping the list certainly was SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, with two Monday
sightings of what is one of the world’s greatest and most distinctive
birds.  But, like virtually every other New York appearance, these
sightings were very fortuitous and very brief.  The first was seen about 8
am Monday morning over the Southern State Parkway near its intersection
with the Wantagh Parkway, and the second appeared briefly over the
Lullwater in Prospect Park, Brooklyn around 9 am, visible long enough for a
diagnostic photo to be taken.  These sightings might involve the same bird,
though the first was reported moving East.  Hopefully one day one will stay
in New York long enough to be enjoyed by many - a free dinner to the finder
of that bird.

Two southern passerines appearing on Sunday were a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
spotted near the Lower Pool in Prospect Park and a male SUMMER TANAGER seen
briefly at the Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers.

Another interesting bird was a WHITE-WINGED DOVE appearing Sunday around a
private home in Montauk - and the source of this species in the Northeast
remains more mysterious.

A CASPIAN TERN visited Mecox Bay from last Friday through Monday, and an
increasing number of spring arrivals, mostly expected, have included
TRICOLORED HERON as of last Friday, CLAPPER RAIL and FORSTER’S TERN both at
Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area Sunday, BROAD-WINGED HAWK from Saturday,
some WILLETS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER at Captree yesterday, and a
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD on Eastern Long Island Sunday.  Increasing
numbers of LAUGHING GULLS and CHIMNEY SWIFTS were also noted.  Among the
passerines appearing recently have been an EASTERN KINGBIRD reported last
Sunday and WHITE-EYED VIREO in Prospect Park last Saturday, as well as a
few more BLUE-HEADED VIREOS and HOUSE WRENS.

Newly arrived warblers featured a WORM-EATING WARBLER in Prospect Park
Wednesday to today, PRAIRIE WARBLERS in both Central and Prospect Parks,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER reported from Bellmore Monday, a YELLOW WARBLER at
Hempstead Lake State Park, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT or two, and a
BLACK-THROATED GREEN on Staten Island today.  Also increasing were
BLACK-AND-WHITE, NORTHERN PARULA, and PALM.

On the winter front, last Saturday still found two SNOWY OWLS at Jones
Beach West End and one at Orient Beach State Park, and a few RED-NECKED
GREBES included another visiting Central Park Reservoir to Thursday.  A
GLAUCOUS GULL was still at Coney Island Creek in Brooklyn Monday and
Wednesday, with single LESSER BLACK-BACKS over Greenwood Cemetery in
Brooklyn Monday, at Floyd Bennett Field Tuesday, and at Heckscher State
Park today.  A late RAZORBILL was moving east off Robert Moses State Park
this morning.  RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were still in Brooklyn at Greenwood
Cemetery and Marine Park Saturday, with others at Pelham Bay Park in the
Bronx Sunday, at Muttontown Preserve Monday and in Rye today.

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>.

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

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Subject: Narrowsburg (Sullivan Co.) incl. Cliff Swallow 4/18
From: Mike Shanley <falecore AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:36:16 -0700
Good flight of swallows today over the Upper Delaware seen from the Narrowsburg 
Observation Platform. Highlights included a single CLIFF SWALLOW, two Northern 
Rough-winged Swallows, six Barn Swallows and 250+ Tree Swallows. 



Other highlights included:

Bald Eagle
Common Raven
E. Phoebe
Fox Sparrow
Purple Finch
Common Merganser
Wood Duck

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Subject: Alley Pond Park
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:10:40 -0400
Alley Pond Park 18 April

Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) went looking for migrants this morning on an 
overcast day, It was good to be out. What wasn't good was the birding. No 
warblers, but a single BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER at Little Alley Pond. The only 
other birds of interest were the continuing pair of GREAT HORNED OWLS and 4 
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at the large kettle pond and 8 more on the lawn by the 
handball courts. 


We drove into Valley Stream SP on the way home. A HERMIT THRUSH was feeding 
like a Robin on the lawn just off the parking lot. Otherwise the park was dead. 


Sy

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Subject: Blue-winged Teal- Aquebogue, Suffolk
From: Eileen Schwinn <beachmed AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:35:48 -0400
At least two Blue-winged teal - one male - in the eastern most farm pond north 
side of County Road 25 (Main Rd), just east of Church Lane. Currently feeding. 
One Am Coot and a few Canada Geese also present. 

Eileen Schwinn


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Subject: Yellow crown black herons cedarhurst
From: Julie Roberts <julier0104 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:04:38 +0000
I noted two of these herons in our backyard pool area for three hours on 
Tuesday. They were drinking water and hanging out. 


 I spotted old posts on this list from 2010 and 2011 about nests on a street 
adjacent to us. I walked around the neighborhood and then spotted a pair of 
these herons in a nest and another Heron in the adjacent tree today. Location 
park avenue just before Linwood in cedarhurst. 


 On the same day this week, two mallards also hung out at this unused pool in 
our backyard (no chlorine) on Monday and again on Tuesday. 


Julie Roberts. MPS MBA 5163742902

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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull @ Heckscher SP Suffolk
From: David La Magna <dlamagna AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:35:02 -0400
A quick outing with my wife turned up a Lesser Black-backed Gull (I am
completely guessing but I think 3rd winter plumage) in the puddles at Field
7 at Heckscher.

Other spots like Lakeland County Park have yet to turn up anything too
noteworthy besides typical migrants such as extremely cooperative Pine
Warblers and Northern-rough wing swallows.

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exotic:
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Subject: Chimney Swift
From: "Robert A. Proniewych" <baobabbob AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:30:52 -0400
Just seen my fos Chimney Swift at Hempstead Lake near the South Pond. Also
second hand report of Yellow Warbler at the north end of the picnic area.
Possibly the same individual found yesterday by Paul Gildersleeve and seen
by him, Bob Anderson, Sam J. (don't know the spelling of your last name
sorry) and myself.
Bob Proniewych

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Subject: Kestrels in Calverton
From: Barbara Glanz <blsglanz AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:27:46 -0400
Our Easter visit to the national cemetery has resulted in viewing three 
kestrels, busily feeding in the northern grassland area, near the usual posse 
of male wild turkeys, three in today's group of those too. As a bonus, we 
noticed three groundhogs enjoying the sunshine. Three seems to be the number 
this Easter weekend. 


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Subject: Central Park, NYC 4/17
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:45:54 -0400
Thursday, 17 April, 2014  -  Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

At least some mid-April birds are being found, if not a whole lot, in  
this chilly weather pattern ending out the week.  Black-and-white,  
Pine, Palm, & Yellow-rumped Warblers, as well as a 2nd-in-the-park  
Common Yellowthroat, graced the Ramble & vicinity; a number of  
Kinglets (both species) and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers have been around,  
and a smattering of Hermit Thrush, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Yellow- 
shafted Flickers, & a very modest showing for the date of typical  
migrant sparrows . On the reservoir, a near-full-breeding-plunaged Red- 
necked Grebe continues as do some N. Shovelers and Buffleheads. Also  
there, as well as a few other locations in the park, modest numbers of  
Barn, N. Rough-winged, & less-common in early spring (in CP) Tree,  
Swallows.   A Blue-headed Vireo at the n. end (Loch) is been one of  
few so far, but it is still just ahead of that species peak arrival.   
2 Baltimore Orioles remain in & around the Ramble, these the "pair"  
that over-wintered in Central, also likewise for a small number of  
Brown Thrashers & E. Towhees which are still around, thus far into mid- 
April - while most birders anticipate a good many more migrants by  
this weekend or at 'worst' by early next week.

Good (bye to snow!) birding,

Tom Fiore
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Subject: White-eyed Vireo
From: "Robert A. Proniewych" <baobabbob AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:21:33 -0400
While birding Mill Pond in Bellmore with Ed Becher, we came across a FOS
White-eyed Vireo on the east side of the pond. Just north of the open area
near the homes.
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Subject: Correction of my last post
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:18:58 -0400
Date given as 4/4 should read 4/14.

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Subject: Riverhead Turkey Vulture Roost
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:21 -0400
Following up on my post of 4/4 re: the cutting down of most of the pines
which housed the above, yesterday,I finally was able to make contact with
the Newton Ave homeowner (Mary) who provided the 7 year history of the
roost in her back yard -  information, which I posted on 3/13. It seems
that while the majority of pines appeared to be on her property, this was
not the case. They belonged to her n/s neighbor, who took them down to
eliminate the tree's droppings, eg, needles, sap, etc. Per Mary, "the
vultures were not a reason for his actions", but, to me, that's a bit
questionable, when you consider the bird droppings ! There are 3, or 4,
pines still standing, which are situated on the w/s of the neighbors rear
fence, but according to Mary, although they look otherwise, they too,
belong to her neighbor. On the bright side, she pointed out a large conifer
in the rear yard of a house opposite her on the e/s of the street, which
the vultures used from time to time. And so, for now, all we do is
"carrion" !

Cheers,
Bob

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Subject: BBC Evening Program
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:50:42 -0400
Don't forget to join the Brooklyn Bird Club tomorrow evening Thursday,
April 17, 6:30 PM at the Litchfield Villa for:

Birds Of Central America

Presenter: Dale Dyer

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

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Subject: More arrivals/migrants in the Central Adirondacks
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:55:29 -0400
4/16/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

Several inches of new snow fell between yesterday and today in Long Lake.
It was 16 to 18 degrees for the couple hours I birded early this morning.
Quite a contrast from the mid-70s we had on Monday.  Feeder birds came back
in droves.  I am letting our 15 feeders run down now since we've had a few
Raccoon visits and Black Bears will be a problem soon.  We have huge numbers
of Amer. Goldfinches once again, and the number of Purple Finches is
increasing.  There are large numbers of Dark-eyed Juncos, one Chipping
Sparrow, a pair of White-throated Sparrows, and a singing Fox Sparrow.

 

It was quite a surprise to find a migrant male *Red-breasted Merganser on
Long Lake (near the beach) early this morning.  I couldn't recall ever
observing a Red-breasted Merganser on Long Lake, and when I checked the
"Birds of Hamilton County, New York", there are no spring records listed at
all for the county!  I took a number of photographs.  Many people were
stopping by the beach since the lake is nearly at a flood level after warm
temps, heavy rain, followed by more snow.  A Common Loon was also on the
lake.  I drove to Little Tupper Lake and the lake was nearly over the road
at the 3-way intersection.  A couple of *Ruby-crowned Kinglets were found
today at the Little Tupper Lake outlet.

 

4/15/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

I awoke at dawn to a calling *Eastern Towhee migrant over our baby monitor!
I was surprised by Mike Moccio's Eastern Towhee in Indian Lake and two days
later, I get awakened by one!  This is a first for our location.  Mike
Moccio and I communicated on Facebook - he said the elevation of his Eastern
Towhee sighting in Indian Lake is 1700 feet, and our Long Lake location is
at 2000 feet.

 

4/14/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

After my post on 4/14, I observed one more new arrival.  A Long Lake
resident was celebrating her 50th birthday on this unusually warm (mid to
high 70s) day - part of her celebration was on the Long Lake beach and part
was on our boat (around the dinner hour)!  The town boat launch was still
frozen, but we launched at the marina down from the Long Lake beach.  The
only open water was under the bridge and in the bay with the beach.  Given
the warm temps, strong current (14-mile Long Lake is a wide section of the
Raquette River), and strong south winds, the ice was breaking up in front of
our eyes - huge ice sheets that were zooming into the current, and we had to
dodge them.  Erin Barton spotted the first *Common Loon of the season!  (I
was thinking about how the loon must be constantly on alert to those huge
ice sheets too!)  The ice-out line (it heads north over time) is a big topic
of discussion in our town at this time of year - there are many boat-access
only camps at the north end of Long Lake, so the out-of-town owners ask the
question of where the ice-line is located throughout April.  There also
seems to be a competition of who can be the first to go boating each spring
- I guess we "won" this year!  People driving by were honking and the Long
Lake Town Parks and Recreation Director was posting Facebook photos while we
were still boating (it is remarkable how instant social media can be!).  It
was a long winter, so Monday felt like such a gift!

 

I posted recent photos and a video (all from Long Lake) on my Facebook page
(Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, Fox Sparrow, and a short video of a
foraging Amer. Woodcock) at https://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian .

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY

 


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Subject: NNYBirds: More arrivals/migrants in the Central Adirondacks
From: "Joan Collins" <Joan.Collins AT Frontier.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:55:29 -0400
4/16/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

Several inches of new snow fell between yesterday and today in Long Lake.
It was 16 to 18 degrees for the couple hours I birded early this morning.
Quite a contrast from the mid-70s we had on Monday.  Feeder birds came back
in droves.  I am letting our 15 feeders run down now since we've had a few
Raccoon visits and Black Bears will be a problem soon.  We have huge numbers
of Amer. Goldfinches once again, and the number of Purple Finches is
increasing.  There are large numbers of Dark-eyed Juncos, one Chipping
Sparrow, a pair of White-throated Sparrows, and a singing Fox Sparrow.

 

It was quite a surprise to find a migrant male *Red-breasted Merganser on
Long Lake (near the beach) early this morning.  I couldn't recall ever
observing a Red-breasted Merganser on Long Lake, and when I checked the
"Birds of Hamilton County, New York", there are no spring records listed at
all for the county!  I took a number of photographs.  Many people were
stopping by the beach since the lake is nearly at a flood level after warm
temps, heavy rain, followed by more snow.  A Common Loon was also on the
lake.  I drove to Little Tupper Lake and the lake was nearly over the road
at the 3-way intersection.  A couple of *Ruby-crowned Kinglets were found
today at the Little Tupper Lake outlet.

 

4/15/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

I awoke at dawn to a calling *Eastern Towhee migrant over our baby monitor!
I was surprised by Mike Moccio's Eastern Towhee in Indian Lake and two days
later, I get awakened by one!  This is a first for our location.  Mike
Moccio and I communicated on Facebook - he said the elevation of his Eastern
Towhee sighting in Indian Lake is 1700 feet, and our Long Lake location is
at 2000 feet.

 

4/14/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

After my post on 4/14, I observed one more new arrival.  A Long Lake
resident was celebrating her 50th birthday on this unusually warm (mid to
high 70s) day - part of her celebration was on the Long Lake beach and part
was on our boat (around the dinner hour)!  The town boat launch was still
frozen, but we launched at the marina down from the Long Lake beach.  The
only open water was under the bridge and in the bay with the beach.  Given
the warm temps, strong current (14-mile Long Lake is a wide section of the
Raquette River), and strong south winds, the ice was breaking up in front of
our eyes - huge ice sheets that were zooming into the current, and we had to
dodge them.  Erin Barton spotted the first *Common Loon of the season!  (I
was thinking about how the loon must be constantly on alert to those huge
ice sheets too!)  The ice-out line (it heads north over time) is a big topic
of discussion in our town at this time of year - there are many boat-access
only camps at the north end of Long Lake, so the out-of-town owners ask the
question of where the ice-line is located throughout April.  There also
seems to be a competition of who can be the first to go boating each spring
- I guess we "won" this year!  People driving by were honking and the Long
Lake Town Parks and Recreation Director was posting Facebook photos while we
were still boating (it is remarkable how instant social media can be!).  It
was a long winter, so Monday felt like such a gift!

 

I posted recent photos and a video (all from Long Lake) on my Facebook page
(Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, Fox Sparrow, and a short video of a
foraging Amer. Woodcock) at https://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian .

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY

 
Subject: Central Park, NYC 4/16
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:25:32 -0400
Somewhat status-quo, for birds; but maybe more swallows...

Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City - Wednesday, 16 April, 2014

A Red-necked Grebe in near-full breeding plumage continues at the  
reservoir. A bright male Pine Warbler was around the n. slope at  
Strawberry Fields quite early (& thanks to that other early-bird who  
alerted me to it). The feeders attracted both of the overwintered  
Baltimore Orioles, & other recent regulars (in the Ramble). At the  
Meer, a selection of Swallows included at least 6 N. Rough-winged,  
several Tree, and a few Barn, & the drake Wood Duck maintained its  
spot on the east shore there; 8 Ruddy Ducks are gaining some spring  
plumage. I had a tough time finding any other insectivorous birds  
aside from those mentioned & a few Ruby-crowned & Golden-crowned  
Kinglets. Eastern Towhees & Brown Thrashers again in locations as they  
had been thru the winter... look for the arrivals of those & many  
other species within the coming week.

Good "what was that cold wet white stuff on the lawns this morning?"  
birding,

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Manhattan

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Subject: Purple Finch
From: Orhan Birol <orhanbirol4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:40:30 -0400
The female Purple Finch is at my feeder now.
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Subject: Sometimes it just happens
From: Phil Uruburu <pgu876 AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:40:28 -0400
Couldn't sit in the house any longer today, inspite of the driving rain and 30 
MPH wind, I decided to check the local Marinas and docks in West Islip in 
search of FOS Laughing gulls. At EIM the usual flock of Brant were on the ball 
field along with a group of Herring Gulls. In the marsh at the entrance were 
both greater and Snowy Egrets. No sign of the LAGU. I proceeded to Lakeview 
Drive ponds and the docks across Montauk with nothing of note. Time to go home, 
I decided to stop at Mcdonalds for coffee and check the pond behind. As I 
pulled in, there sitting on a concrete wall were two Laughing Gulls. Go figure. 

Phil Uruburu

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Subject: Gulls at Hecksher park field 7
From: Jonathan Stocker <jonathanlstocker AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:52:58 -0400
Field 7 is currently hosting 5 species of gull, notably a lesser black back and 
some laughing gulls. Also present are greater black back, herring and ring 
billed. With the intensity of the wind and rain increasing, looks like they 
will be grounded for a while. 


Also, had a first of season brown thrasher prior to the skies opening up.

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Subject: Central Park, NYC 4/15
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:00:45 -0400
Tuesday, 15 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

In a pre-rain walk in the Ramble, I saw & photo'd just one individual  
warbler, a bright male Pine Warbler at the east edge of Shakespeare  
Garden. In the vicinity were also a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets, which  
were seen elsewhere also. A fair number of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were  
in, with up to 6 in the Ramble area, another few in the park's s. end  
near the Pond, and a couple more at the n. end.  A single N. Rough- 
winged Swallow was around Bow bridge (at the lake) then it went off to  
the n.-w.

At the reservoir, one bright near-full-breeding plumaged Red-necked  
Grebe was swimming & diving at the center & n. portions. A smattering  
of Buffleheads and N. Shovelers also were there, and at least 30  
Double-crested Cormorants in the water & a few up on the bldgs. that  
are at s. & n. edges of the res. At the Meer, a drake Wood Duck was  
still along the e. edge as it often has been for a very long time. The  
adult male Baltimore Oriole (one of 2 of the species that  
overwintered) is singing some early mornings; this a.m. I heard him by  
the Tupelo meadow, & have also encountered him in song in a few other  
nearby areas. In maybe a couple of weeks, some (or many) more will be  
competing for song - space. E. Towhees also singing, all  
"suspiciously"in same general areas where they'd overwintered within  
Central.

Thanks to Paul Sweet and his AMNH early a.m. bird walk group, getting  
me back over to hear the American Toad singing on & off not far from  
the nw end of the Ramble. It had been trilling at sunrise also, not a  
typical sound in Central...

good birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan

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Subject: The latest on Riverhead's Turkey Vultures
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:45:19 -0400
This morning I received word that most of the mature pines, which the
vultures roost in, were taken down. I don't know, as yet, why this
occurred, although I did get to drive past the site ~ 6:45 tonight, and
verified what had been reported.

So, a minute later as I was passing Merritt's Pond, the sight of 5 T.V's.
circling overhead was most surprising...stayed tuned  !

Cheers,
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Subject: Central Park, NYC 4/14 (& kite ruminations)
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:19:28 -0400
Monday, 14 April 2014  -  Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

Perhaps another relatively quiet day in the park, despite excellent  
overnight migration thru the region. One question from today was, were  
there 2 Red-necked Grebes at the reservoir, at either the same or  
different points in the day(?) In any case there was certainly at  
least one, in rather bright near-breeding plumage, in the morning. And  
it would not - this year - be at all odd to have had two at a time...

A couple of birds found recently in the park have included House Wren  
(a few days ago & continuing); Prairie Warbler Sunday, which eluded a  
number of folks trying to catch up with it.   Also being seen are some  
Barn & Tree & N. Rough-winged Swallows, with a few reports of at least  
the first 2 spp. from days earlier. Chimney Swift has also been noted,  
in thus far very low no's., as have Osprey.
........
really super sighting from Brooklyn's Prospect Park of that [J.K.- 
photographed] Swallow-tailed Kite today. It wasn't clear (to me) if  
this was possibly the bird reported slightly earlier by R.A.P. from  
the Southern State Pkwy., or - [?] a 2nd individual... if the reports  
available are accurate as to timings, it seems the So. State Parkway  
Kite sighting was about 5+ minutes ahead of the Prospect Park  
sighting. And the slightly earlier bird reportedly was  "headed east",  
which leads not to Kings County, NY (Brooklyn). thus, 2 STKI. ...If  
you think maybe not: disprove it. (or prove the 2... :-)

The wild weather pattern we are in may continue to be "interesting"  
for a while yet.

Good birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan







  
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Subject: 4/14- Brooklyn: Glaucous Gull etc.
From: <fresha2411 AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:19:25 -0400
While I didn't knowingly cross paths with any of the Swallow-tailed Kites 
bouncing around western Long Island this morning, I did see a few things worthy 
of mention here. 



At Coney Island Creek, a young GLAUCOUS GULL was the only rarity in a very 
quiet (and therefore brief) morning trip that would otherwise have been 
highlighted by a modest northbound movement of Common Loons high up, 
concentrated around the mouth of New York Bay. 

The Glaucous Gull was on the sandspit just west of Leon Kaiser Park, on the 
south side of the Creek, and I was viewing from the dead end of 23rd Street, 
looking west. Keep in mind that there are several access points that offer 
closer vantage points for this location than 23rd Street, if you are checking 
the area. After looking away briefly after my initial observation I could no 
longer find it, though I didn't go back and check the area more thoroughly. 



From Greenwood Cemetery, a stationary count yielded very few obvious dirunal 
migrants other than over 200 Double-crested Cormorants heading east, in groups 
in numbers ranging from 1 to 84. A Broad-winged Hawk gave a nice view before 
drifting over towards Prospect Park, and 2 Common Ravens did the same. The 
biggest surprise from this spot, however, was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull 
that had apparently just lifted off Prospect Lake (In nearby Prospect Park) 
with a few Herring Gulls and gave a decent view briefly, before drifting off to 
the East, as many of the gulls that cycle through Prospect Lake during the day 
seem to do. There was also a weakly singing Northern Parula near the Sylvan 
Water. 



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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:33:30 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* April 14, 2014
*  NYSY  04. 14. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):

April 07, 2013 - April 14, 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: April 14 AT 6:30 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#388 Monday April 14, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
April 07, 2014
 
Highlights:
-----------

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLACK VULTURE
GOLDEN EAGLE
BROAD-WINGED HAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL



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

     4/9: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A SANDHILL 
CRANE was seen on Carncross Road. 

     4/10: An early VIRGINIA RAIL was heard at Marten’s Tract.
     4/11: A SHORT-EARED OWL was found on VanDyne Spoor Road.
     4/12: 4 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at the beginning of 
Towpath Road. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the mucklands along Rt.31. 

     4/13: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen from East Road.


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

     4/8: A CACKLING GOOSE was found in a swamp on Rt.31 near the 
intersection of Rt. 365. 

     4/9: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at the intersection of Miller Road 
and Rt. 365. Another was seen on 4/11. 

     4/10: A lingering SNOWY OWLwas last seen on 4/10 near Oriskany.
     4/11: FOS DUNLIN were seen at the Oneida Creek mouth.


Derby Hill
------------

     Another great week at Derby with a count of 10,896 Hawks counted. The 
first BROAD-WINGED HAWKS arrived on 4/10. The seasons second BLACK VULTURE 
arrived today. 



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

     4/9: A SANDHILL CRANE was found in a wet spot on East Sorrell Hill Road 
south of Baldwinsville. It was last seen on 4/11. 

     4/12: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen late in the afternoon at the Pony Farm on 
Lamson Road, Town of Lysander. It probably spent the night but was not located 
in the morning. 



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

     4/11: FOS UPLAND SANDPIPERS returned to the Oswego County Airfield on 
Howard Road. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at the end of Nine Mile Point 
Road near Noyes Sanctuary. WARNING - Noyes Sanctuary is loaded with Deer Ticks 
this spring. 

     4/14: An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake. A 
RED-THROATED LOON was spotted also. 



Jefferson County
------------

     4/8: An EURASIAN WIGEON was found in a wet area on Rt. 3 just north of 
the Oswego County line. 

     4/12: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at the fishermens access on South Sandy 
Creek. 



New Arrivals this week
------------------------------

VIRGINIA RAIL
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
COMMON GALLINULE
AMERICAN PIPIT
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW
UPLAND SANDPIPER
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
DUNLIN
HOUSE WREN
CLIFF SWALLOW
HERMIT THRUSH
BROWN THRASHER
PALM WARBLER
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER

   
        
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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler
From: "Robert A. Proniewych" <baobabbob AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:42:53 -0400
Observed an Orange-crowned Warbler at Mill pond in Bellmore for a few
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Subject: Prospect Park (Kings ) April 14th
From: <prosbird AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:18:13 -0400
The second southern US species ( not native to these parts ) appeared on the 
current southern warm flow, a SWALLOW TAILED KITE that flew over the Lullwater 
at 9 am , observed by Jennifer Plummer Kepler, who took a photo of the species. 
A beautiful bird , very diagnostic and a perfect gliding smooth flying bird 
that marks this species. An awesome find for the park. See Jennifer's photo in 
the link she provide which is seen on on the Brooklyn Bird Club Facebook where 
it was initially posted. 



http://snapshotofnature.blogspot.com/2014/04/awesome-sightings.html



The other big news is the reappearance of the YELLOW THROATED WARBLER at the 
same location as yesterday behind the Pools (mainly Upper). This time the bird 
cooperated for a multitude of birders seeing it low , even on the ground as I 
witnessed it . Thanks to Shane Blodgett for today's first report. When I saw 
it, it was in the Sweetgum tree just over the Upper Pool back view; then a 
short while later, it flew across the path to the back slope woods. Its been 
seen well and low for most of the afternoon. 



A new first of season warbler , PRAIRIE WARBLER was spotted by Ed Crowne along 
the Falkills Falls path , just south of the falls, on the downslope to the 
right if one heads for the Nethermead.Its been up high in the beech trees , and 
low earlier. 



The other report , over at Greenwood Cemetery where Doug Gochfeld been 
skywatching , reported BROADWINGED HAWK and 2 COMMON RAVENS. 





Peter 
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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite over Prospect Park
From: Rob Bate <robsbate AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:36:39 -0400
Word was related by Gus Keri that a somewhat mysterious woman on a bike saw
a Swallow-tailed Kite over Prospect Park.  She evidently had a picture and
he also thought it was indeed a Swallow-tail.  Twitter went mad and all
eyes were skyward but with no luck relocating the fast moving bird.

Gus had told her to post it through the Brooklyn BIrd Club page which
thankfully she did.  Many thanks to Jennifer Keplar for her great find and
her follow through with the picture.  Here's a link to her blog.

http://snapshotofnature.blogspot.com/2014/04/awesome-sightings.html

Stay tuned to see if this is some kind of record for Brooklyn.

Thanks Jennifer!

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Subject: Palm Warbler/Broad-winged Hawk & more new arrivals/migrants
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:09:34 -0400
4/14/14  Long Lake, NY (Hamilton Co.)

 

More first-of-the year species this morning:

 

*Broad-winged Hawk - 1 perched along Route 28N preening (I took some photos
and a video)

*Tree Swallow - several flying around Minnow Pond along Route 30 (it is
still completely frozen)

*Palm Warbler - 1 observed and singing away at Sabattis Bog

*Chipping Sparrow

*Savannah Sparrow - 2 foraging in the roadside grass at the Little Tupper
Lake outlet

 

Even with temperatures in the mid 70s today, trails are mostly snow and ice
covered.  I hiked an icy, snowy trail and found a likely Black-backed
Woodpecker nest location based on the male's response to my presence.

 

I found a Brown Thrasher at the Little Tupper Lake outlet again today - and
photographed it.

 

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Subject: NNYBirds: Palm Warbler/Broad-winged Hawk & more new arrivals/migrants
From: "Joan Collins" <Joan.Collins AT Frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:09:34 -0400
4/14/14  Long Lake, NY (Hamilton Co.)

 

More first-of-the year species this morning:

 

*Broad-winged Hawk - 1 perched along Route 28N preening (I took some photos
and a video)

*Tree Swallow - several flying around Minnow Pond along Route 30 (it is
still completely frozen)

*Palm Warbler - 1 observed and singing away at Sabattis Bog

*Chipping Sparrow

*Savannah Sparrow - 2 foraging in the roadside grass at the Little Tupper
Lake outlet

 

Even with temperatures in the mid 70s today, trails are mostly snow and ice
covered.  I hiked an icy, snowy trail and found a likely Black-backed
Woodpecker nest location based on the male's response to my presence.

 

I found a Brown Thrasher at the Little Tupper Lake outlet again today - and
photographed it.

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY
Subject: Madison square park
From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:31:47 +0000
Just walking through. Hermit thrush feeding on lawn east side bw 24/25

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining

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Subject: Purple Finch
From: Orhan Birol <orhanbirol4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:22:43 -0400
The female continues in my feeder from 3/31. I took pictures finally but
was unable to post it to e-birds.
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Subject: Caspian Tern- Yes. Mecox Bay
From: Eileen Schwinn <beachmed AT optonline.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:03:46 -0400
The previously reported Caspian Tern was seen around 9:30 this AM, viewed from 
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An Ipswich Sparrow was also seen, feeding along the seaweed line bayside of the 
man-made dune. 

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite
From: "Robert A. Proniewych" <baobabbob AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:10:20 -0400
Just had a Swallow-tailed Kite flying over the east bound Southern State
Pkwy between Oakfield Rd. and Wantagh Pkwy. Traffic is heavy. Just keep
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Subject: ALERT: Swallow-tailed Kite, So State Pkwy, LI
From: Douglas Futuyma <dfutuyma AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:59:56 -0400
Bob Proniewych just called to say he just now saw a Swallow-tailed Kite
over Southern State Parkway at Wantagh Parkway.  The bird was heading east.
8:55 a.m.

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Subject: Central Park, NYC 4/13
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:30:43 -0400
Sunday, 13 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

Some reports of interest include a very bright breeding-plumaged Red- 
necked Grebe seen at the Meer quite early, unfortunately flushed from  
the water, along with most other nearby birds, by a dog jumping in.  
(There are, without doubts, far, far fewer regular sightings of some  
birds in this park than there once were due to totally uncontrolled  
off-leash dogs, a situation that sadly has only worsened and is  
oblivious to some [not all] of the dog-owners, and some of the park's  
upper management. The birds most affected are those which already face  
very highest risks overall, "meadow" dependents.) A short while later,  
a number of observers were seeing a Red-necked Grebe again at the  
reservoir, & again, in breeding plumage. It is not entirely possible  
to know if there was a 5th, or even 6th (of this year, in Central  
Park) Red-necked Grebe visiting Central Park today but there have  
without any question been 4 individuals, each in somewhat distinct  
stages of plumage. To my knowledge there have not been any  
simultaneous sightings of more than one individual Red-necked Grebe on  
any given day yet this year.

There are some other interesting reports of various birds from today  
in Central, yet overall many observers noted that it was not really  
that "active" for migration in the park, perhaps a bit of a  
"lull".        Look for the possibility of unusual or unexpectedly  
early birds in the next week, esp. as a modestly strong warm front -  
right now - is pushed east, by a storm/cool front, & also as indicated  
by (so far) a modest number of more southerly species showing up a bit  
early in the northeast.  A few of these, such as Swallow-tailed Kite  
in Massachusetts today may have already been in that area or maybe  
not.  Also, some out-of-range (or date) birds may just gradually get  
noticed, depending on how well-birded the locality is & a good reason  
why "local patch" birding is also of great interest, value, &  
sometimes, excitement.

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Subject: EPCAL - calverton
From: "leormand ." <leormand AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:54:50 -0400
EPCAL was very quiet birdwise but there were a lot of Kestrels around on
the Western runway.  I checked the old radar station on the north side of
25 and found even more Kestrels - there were probably 10 utilizing that
site.  There are very few perches at the radar site due to a recent mowing
which seems to concentrate the birds.

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Subject: 9 owls/Green Heron/Golden Eagle
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:39:29 -0400
4/12/14 to 4/13/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

Last night, I once again drove to the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area to
listen for owls.  I found 7 owls on Sabattis Circle Road and the road to
Sabattis Station - added to the 2 Barred Owls at our home, 9 owls in one
night might be a new record for me.  I was out until 2:30 a.m. and if I
didn't have an Audubon meeting this morning, I would have stayed out all
night since I was in owl heaven.  I found 2 Northern Saw-whet Owls, 3 Great
Horned Owls (a pair hooting back and forth, and another bird with prey), and
2 Barred Owls.  Back toward Sabattis Station I had to swerve to avoid
something white in the road when I came over the crest of a hill.  It looked
like it might be a dead animal and I decided to look more closely on the way
out.  As I approached it later on, I could see it was a Snowshoe Hare
(transitioning from white to brown fur) - and suddenly an owl flew up from
the road into a tree.  It was a Great Horned Owl about 10 to 15 feet up in a
branch.  The scene was a bit comical as the owl looked back and forth from
me to the hare - it almost appeared as if the owl feared I would take its
meal!  I was driving our Prius (which makes loud beeping sounds in reverse)
so I put the car in neutral so it would coast back down the hill without
sound - to distance myself from the owl and prey.  The owl never moved.  It
watched me for a while and then flew to a tree over the hare.  I was worried
that I was keeping the owl from its food, and that it likely had young to
feed, so I left.  The owl's strange body and head movements were fascinating
and I wish I could have taken a video of the whole scene.  It is really
impressive that Great Horned Owls can kill such large prey.

 

The surprise of the night was finding a vocalizing *Green Heron (4/12/14)
near the Round Lake outlet into Little Tupper Lake!  I also heard the chewer
again - it was definitely a Beaver since it gave a loud tail splash when I
got out of my car to listen to a Northern Saw-whet Owl!  Last night, I kept
count of American Woodcocks from the outlet of Little Tupper Lake past
Sabattis Bog to the intersection with Route 30, and then back to Sabattis
Station - about 11 miles (I didn't do any stops on the way to Little Tupper
Lake from the Long Lake end).  I found 27 Amer. Woodcocks - at nearly every
stop and many were in the road, and one I nearly hit as it suddenly shot
across the road in front of my car.  One of the birds in the road refused to
move, so I watched it for a long time.  I am out at night a lot in breeding
season and Route 30 between Long Lake and Tupper Lake also has remarkable
numbers of woodcocks - you can stop nearly anywhere along that road and hear
several.

 

An adult *Golden Eagle was observed soaring over Long Lake this afternoon by
Charlotte Demers and myself as we drove to Long Lake from Tupper Lake.

 

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Subject: NNYBirds: 9 owls/Green Heron/Golden Eagle
From: "Joan Collins" <Joan.Collins AT Frontier.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:39:29 -0400
4/12/14 to 4/13/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

Last night, I once again drove to the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area to
listen for owls.  I found 7 owls on Sabattis Circle Road and the road to
Sabattis Station - added to the 2 Barred Owls at our home, 9 owls in one
night might be a new record for me.  I was out until 2:30 a.m. and if I
didn't have an Audubon meeting this morning, I would have stayed out all
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Horned Owls (a pair hooting back and forth, and another bird with prey), and
2 Barred Owls.  Back toward Sabattis Station I had to swerve to avoid
something white in the road when I came over the crest of a hill.  It looked
like it might be a dead animal and I decided to look more closely on the way
out.  As I approached it later on, I could see it was a Snowshoe Hare
(transitioning from white to brown fur) - and suddenly an owl flew up from
the road into a tree.  It was a Great Horned Owl about 10 to 15 feet up in a
branch.  The scene was a bit comical as the owl looked back and forth from
me to the hare - it almost appeared as if the owl feared I would take its
meal!  I was driving our Prius (which makes loud beeping sounds in reverse)
so I put the car in neutral so it would coast back down the hill without
sound - to distance myself from the owl and prey.  The owl never moved.  It
watched me for a while and then flew to a tree over the hare.  I was worried
that I was keeping the owl from its food, and that it likely had young to
feed, so I left.  The owl's strange body and head movements were fascinating
and I wish I could have taken a video of the whole scene.  It is really
impressive that Great Horned Owls can kill such large prey.

 

The surprise of the night was finding a vocalizing *Green Heron (4/12/14)
near the Round Lake outlet into Little Tupper Lake!  I also heard the chewer
again - it was definitely a Beaver since it gave a loud tail splash when I
got out of my car to listen to a Northern Saw-whet Owl!  Last night, I kept
count of American Woodcocks from the outlet of Little Tupper Lake past
Sabattis Bog to the intersection with Route 30, and then back to Sabattis
Station - about 11 miles (I didn't do any stops on the way to Little Tupper
Lake from the Long Lake end).  I found 27 Amer. Woodcocks - at nearly every
stop and many were in the road, and one I nearly hit as it suddenly shot
across the road in front of my car.  One of the birds in the road refused to
move, so I watched it for a long time.  I am out at night a lot in breeding
season and Route 30 between Long Lake and Tupper Lake also has remarkable
numbers of woodcocks - you can stop nearly anywhere along that road and hear
several.

 

An adult *Golden Eagle was observed soaring over Long Lake this afternoon by
Charlotte Demers and myself as we drove to Long Lake from Tupper Lake.

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY
Subject: Ruby-throated hummingbird
From: MacBookPro <violintwo AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:23:05 -0400
Today I had the pleasure of seeing my first adult male ruby-throated 
hummingbird on my feeder in my yard in wading river. 

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Subject: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
From: Jack Rothman <jacroth1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:55:38 -0400
This morning, a group of about 30 people walked the trails of Pelham Bay Park. 
There were great views of both male and female Great Horned Owls and then a 
very adorable owlet. 

Other highlights included a gorgeous Red-headed Woodpecker, a Glossy Ibis, 
several Osprey, a pair of Kingfishers, an Eastern Kingbird, several Snowy 
Egrets and many Greater Yellowlegs, all down at Turtle Cove. 

It was a beautiful day to be out there!

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Subject: Male Summer Tanager, Lenoir Preserve, Westchester County
From: Michael C Bochnik <bochnikm AT cs.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:11:20 -0400
I found a male Summer Tanager at Lenoir Nature Preserve in Yonkers, lower 
Westchester County at 11:30 AM today. It was?along the path between the nature 
center and the Beverly E Smith Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden. I lost sight 
of it and could not relocate it in the 30 minutes I had before having to leave. 

?
Directions and a map of the park can be found at 
www.hras.org/wtobird/lenoir.html 

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Subject: Hempstead Lake & Oceanside
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:47:51 -0400
Hempstead Lake SP 13 Apr
A visit this morning (they are now charging on weekends to enter) was mostly a 
continuation of the last few days. Warblers included PINE, PALM and 
YELLOW-RUMPED. A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER made an appearance along with multiple 
TREE and BARN SWALLOWS and a lone CHIMNEY SWIFT. 


Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside 13 Apr
Birding is slowly beginning to pick up (now open on Sundays till late Fall). No 
Night-Herons seen today, but plenty of GREAT and SNOWY EGRETS with an adult 
LITTLE BLUE HERON. A CLAPPER RAIL was in a cut. A LEAST SANDPIPER and lots of 
GREATER YELLOWLEGS made up the shorebird contingent. In the channel a FOS 
FORSTER'S TERN flew by. 


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Subject: Correction YTWA
From: Robert Bate <robsbate AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:12:18 -0400
Dave heerwagon found bird not me.

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Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler - Prospect Park
From: Robert Bate <robsbate AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:00:43 -0400
Yellow-throated Warbler found by Dennis Hrehowsik by the Lower Pool. Confirmed 
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Subject: Northern Saw-whet Owl/Barred Owls/Hermit Thrush/Brown Thrasher & more
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:16:12 -0400
4/11/14 - 4/12/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.) (*: first-of-the-season)

 

Last night, as I was heading to bed, I decided to go birding instead.  So I
got dressed and woke my husband (which he really appreciated) to tell him I
was heading out to listen for owls.  I drove to the Little Tupper Lake
outlet on Sabattis Circle Rd. and a Northern Saw-whet Owl was tooting (I was
out from 11 to 12:30 a.m.).  American Woodcocks were peenting and displaying
in the marsh area (and at all my stops along the road), a Pied-billed Grebe
vocalized, and I could hear chewing (I assume a beaver) and splashing in the
outlet.  It was a beautiful, calm, but cold night, with the moon, brilliant
stars, and interesting clouds in the night sky.  I stood in the dark for a
long time just listening to all the wonderful, wild sounds and staring at
the stars - moments like these are why I love living in the Adirondacks.  I
wanted to drive all the way to Sabattis Station, and also check areas near
Long Lake, but I was falling asleep - I may just head out again tonight!

 

Early this morning, my husband and I listened to a Barred Owl vocalizing
behind our house as we had coffee.  I drove back to the Little Tupper Lake
outlet this morning and as usual, this location was exciting!  There were
two male Red Crossbills gritting in the road (I later saw a female, so there
were at least 3), but my attention turned to a chaotic mass of birds a
couple hundred feet from the crossbills.  Binoculars revealed a Northern
Shrike that was actively attempting to catch one of the birds harassing it -
Red-winged Blackbirds, Blue Jays, and Amer. Robins.  I ended up taking
photographs and video of the shrike.  The shrike was vocalizing almost the
entire time (I find them vocalizing when the first arrive in late fall and
again in April before they head north).  While I was watching the shrike, I
spotted a first-of-the-season *Brown Thrasher and it also vocalized.  There
was a Fox Sparrow singing in the marsh and it can be heard on my video of
the shrike.  Over at the Round Lake outlet, a male *Wood Duck was observed.
At Sabattis Bog, a *Northern Flicker called and flew around.  While I was
recording the Northern Shrike with an iPhone, the Red Crossbills flew
directly over me calling, so they made it onto the recording too!

 

This evening, at dusk, I hiked up the mountain we live on - snow was knee
deep most of the way, so it was a good work-out!  At the summit, a Barred
Owl started to call from down below, and another one began to hoot.  I
hooted to the owl and we went back and forth for 15 minutes!  I stopped when
a *Hermit Thrush began to call about 20 feet from me!  It went through all
of its call notes.  I thought 4/12 might be an early date for our location,
but last year they showed up on 4/11.

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY


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Subject: NNYBirds: Northern Saw-whet Owl/Barred Owls/Hermit Thrush/Brown Thrasher & more
From: "Joan Collins" <Joan.Collins AT Frontier.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:16:12 -0400
4/11/14 - 4/12/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.) (*: first-of-the-season)

 

Last night, as I was heading to bed, I decided to go birding instead.  So I
got dressed and woke my husband (which he really appreciated) to tell him I
was heading out to listen for owls.  I drove to the Little Tupper Lake
outlet on Sabattis Circle Rd. and a Northern Saw-whet Owl was tooting (I was
out from 11 to 12:30 a.m.).  American Woodcocks were peenting and displaying
in the marsh area (and at all my stops along the road), a Pied-billed Grebe
vocalized, and I could hear chewing (I assume a beaver) and splashing in the
outlet.  It was a beautiful, calm, but cold night, with the moon, brilliant
stars, and interesting clouds in the night sky.  I stood in the dark for a
long time just listening to all the wonderful, wild sounds and staring at
the stars - moments like these are why I love living in the Adirondacks.  I
wanted to drive all the way to Sabattis Station, and also check areas near
Long Lake, but I was falling asleep - I may just head out again tonight!

 

Early this morning, my husband and I listened to a Barred Owl vocalizing
behind our house as we had coffee.  I drove back to the Little Tupper Lake
outlet this morning and as usual, this location was exciting!  There were
two male Red Crossbills gritting in the road (I later saw a female, so there
were at least 3), but my attention turned to a chaotic mass of birds a
couple hundred feet from the crossbills.  Binoculars revealed a Northern
Shrike that was actively attempting to catch one of the birds harassing it -
Red-winged Blackbirds, Blue Jays, and Amer. Robins.  I ended up taking
photographs and video of the shrike.  The shrike was vocalizing almost the
entire time (I find them vocalizing when the first arrive in late fall and
again in April before they head north).  While I was watching the shrike, I
spotted a first-of-the-season *Brown Thrasher and it also vocalized.  There
was a Fox Sparrow singing in the marsh and it can be heard on my video of
the shrike.  Over at the Round Lake outlet, a male *Wood Duck was observed.
At Sabattis Bog, a *Northern Flicker called and flew around.  While I was
recording the Northern Shrike with an iPhone, the Red Crossbills flew
directly over me calling, so they made it onto the recording too!

 

This evening, at dusk, I hiked up the mountain we live on - snow was knee
deep most of the way, so it was a good work-out!  At the summit, a Barred
Owl started to call from down below, and another one began to hoot.  I
hooted to the owl and we went back and forth for 15 minutes!  I stopped when
a *Hermit Thrush began to call about 20 feet from me!  It went through all
of its call notes.  I thought 4/12 might be an early date for our location,
but last year they showed up on 4/11.

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY
Subject: Tappen Beach, Sea Cliff
From: "Avery Scott (SkyOfBirds)" <wingedwonders AT scottopia.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:59:49 -0400
Tappen Beach today had at least 2 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, one of which
allowed me to photograph him while he scarfed down a giant fish. Two
OSPREYS were present, sitting on their nest on a cell tower. The RED-NECKED
GREBE that has been hanging around was still there, this time diving just
behind Duffy's Bait and Tackle. Also behind the bait and tackle shop was my
FOS (and lifer!) SNOWY EGRET, in full breeding plumage. There was a GREAT
EGRET at Scudder's Pond and several BUFFLEHEAD in the middle of the inlet.


Good birding,
Avery Scott

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Subject: The New York Botanical Garden
From: "Editconsul AT aol.com" <Editconsul@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:54:21 -0400
Spectacular day for a bird walk and we were not disappointed. PALM, PINE AND 
BLACK & WHITE WARBLERS, at last! We also had a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and many 
Kinglets. 



Palm-17
Pine-1
Black and white-1
Blue gray gnatcatcher-1
Brown creeper-1
Golden crowned kinglet-13
Ruby crowned kinglet-2
Hermit thrush-2
Comorant-1
Belted kingfisher-1
Wood ducks-4
Mallard-4
Black duck-2
Flicker-6
Hairy woodpecker -1
Downy woodpecker-1
White breasted nuthatch-2
Chickadee-1
Bluejay-2
Mourning dove-4
Grackle- many
American Robin-many
White throated sparrow-2
Chipping sparrow-1
Song sparrow-2
Red winged blackbird-14
American Kestrel-1

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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker still at Muttontown Preserve
From: John Gluth <jgluth AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:07:43 -0400
The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER that wintered at Muttontown Preserve was still 
present today, seen well for 10 minutes or so by 4 fellow birders and myself, 
~100 yards down the trail that heads southeast from the visitors center. Its 
head still had some retained brown juvenile feathers, mostly around the eyes, 
but molt has rendered it predominantly red now. 


Earlier our group had birded Shu Swamp Preserve and Roosevelt Memorial Park on 
Oyster Bay. At the former, highlights were a very confiding WILSON'S SNIPE, ~14 
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 1 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER (heard only), ~12 Palm Warblers, 2 
Pine Warblers, 1 Hermit Thrush, and an AMERICAN BITTERN briefly glimpsed by one 
member of our party as it flew away from the pond near the railroad tracks at 
the preserve's north end. At nearby Roosevelt Park we found two of the four 
recently seen RED-NECKED GREBES, both out on Oyster Bay ~200 yards from the 
base of the closed pier, and a pair of Northern Rough-winged Swallows that 
repeatedly flew under the boardwalk pilings, perhaps investigating a potential 
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Subject: Re: Central Park, NYC 4/12
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:56:43 -0400
Hi all,
It was a glorious morning in Central Park. FOS species included
Black-and-white Warblers (3 in total), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and the
highlight bird, a male Eastern Bluebird found by my friend Brian Padden (I
reported it, but Brian was the one who found it.)

Please forgive us city birders for getting excited over a bluebird, but we
do not see Eastern Bluebirds in Central Park every year. I have not looked
back at my records but of the top of my head this is the 5/6 bird that I
have seen in the 8 years that I have been birding over here.

A crappy photo of the Bluebird and two fuzzy photos of a Gnatcatcher are
the latest photos on my Flickr page.

happy birding,

Anders Peltomaa
Mannahatta

On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM, Thomas Fiore  wrote:

> Saturday, 12 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City
>
> In addition the the male *Eastern Bluebird* that Anders P. has reported
> in the Ramble's "Tupelo meadow" area this a.m., there were most, perhaps
> all the species as reported yesterday for the Ramble area, including a male
> Black-and-white Warbler in the areas east & s.e. of the Evodia Field very
> early this a.m., and Blue-headed Vireo near Bow Bridge, on the Ramble side,
> plus Louisiana Waterthrush silently stalking the lower Gill, towards the
> lake & many other expected migrants. At least 3 Pine Warblers, including 2
> bright males, several Palm Warblers, & at least 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
> were in the vicinity of the King Jagiello statue east of Turtle Pond early,
> & while being watched all of these & some other songbirds seemed to be
> moving towards either the s. path of Turtle Pond or possibly towards the
> eastern Ramble, this around 8 a.m.  2 Baltimore Orioles that overwintered
> remain in (or near) the Ramble, this a.m.
>
> At the north end, a *Wilson's Snipe* has been at the Loch's "bamboo
> thicket" area, moving a little & allowing at least occasional views with
> patience, thanks to John Wittenberg & Karen Fung, watching with K. Wada, &
> Malcolm Morris as well as myself. M. Morris also had a modestly early male 
*Common 

> Yellowthroat* appear at the south slope of the Great Hill, not too far
> above the prominent balanced boulder that sits a bit above the path on the
> n. side of The Pool. When going to look for that, M.M., Sandy Paci, and I
> saw a beautifully-plumaged Savannah Sparrow, as well as 3 Field Sparrows in
> that meadow just above the balanced boulder, & there were some other nice
> birds in that area as well, such as male E. Towhee and Chipping Sparrow,
> etc.  At the Blockhouse in the north woods, K. Wada, M.M. & I watched 2
> Blue-gray Gnatcatchers play in a couple of Hackberry trees, very slightly
> east of the Blockhouse on the main path. Also present were both species of
> Kinglet, as are being seen elsewhere around the park.
>
> At the reservoir, what is now at least the *4th Red-necked Grebe* of this
> year was photographed, in near-full breeding plumage, this grebe seen at
> sunrise near the n. side. I did not see the most recent ("3rd")
> drab-plumaged R.-n. Grebe this morning so it may have moved out.
>
> good spring! birding,
>
> Tom Fiore,
> Manhattan
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Subject: Van Cortlandt Pileated- No
From: Nadir Souirgi <nadir75 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:07:59 -0400
Though still likely in the area, I was unable to relocate the Pileated 
Woodpecker as of 11:45AM. 


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Subject: Central Park, NYC 4/12
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:00:43 -0400
Saturday, 12 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

In addition the the male Eastern Bluebird that Anders P. has reported  
in the Ramble's "Tupelo meadow" area this a.m., there were most,  
perhaps all the species as reported yesterday for the Ramble area,  
including a male Black-and-white Warbler in the areas east & s.e. of  
the Evodia Field very early this a.m., and Blue-headed Vireo near Bow  
Bridge, on the Ramble side, plus Louisiana Waterthrush silently  
stalking the lower Gill, towards the lake & many other expected  
migrants. At least 3 Pine Warblers, including 2 bright males, several  
Palm Warblers, & at least 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler were in the vicinity  
of the King Jagiello statue east of Turtle Pond early, & while being  
watched all of these & some other songbirds seemed to be moving  
towards either the s. path of Turtle Pond or possibly towards the  
eastern Ramble, this around 8 a.m.  2 Baltimore Orioles that  
overwintered remain in (or near) the Ramble, this a.m.

At the north end, a Wilson's Snipe has been at the Loch's "bamboo  
thicket" area, moving a little & allowing at least occasional views  
with patience, thanks to John Wittenberg & Karen Fung, watching with  
K. Wada, & Malcolm Morris as well as myself. M. Morris also had a  
modestly early male Common Yellowthroat appear at the south slope of  
the Great Hill, not too far above the prominent balanced boulder that  
sits a bit above the path on the n. side of The Pool. When going to  
look for that, M.M., Sandy Paci, and I saw a beautifully-plumaged  
Savannah Sparrow, as well as 3 Field Sparrows in that meadow just  
above the balanced boulder, & there were some other nice birds in that  
area as well, such as male E. Towhee and Chipping Sparrow, etc.  At  
the Blockhouse in the north woods, K. Wada, M.M. & I watched 2 Blue- 
gray Gnatcatchers play in a couple of Hackberry trees, very slightly  
east of the Blockhouse on the main path. Also present were both  
species of Kinglet, as are being seen elsewhere around the park.

At the reservoir, what is now at least the 4th Red-necked Grebe of  
this year was photographed, in near-full breeding plumage, this grebe  
seen at sunrise near the n. side. I did not see the most recent  
("3rd") drab-plumaged R.-n. Grebe this morning so it may have moved out.

good spring! birding,

Tom Fiore,
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Subject: Re: North Massapequa: Monk Parakeets
From: Edward Rubinfeld <rubinfelde AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:34:21 -0700
The monk parakeets are also very numerous at Newbridge park in bellmore. The 
parakeets nest in all the lights around the ball fields. I think they wintered 
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Subject: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, Pileated Woodpecker
From: Nadir Souirgi <nadir75 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:00:58 -0400
I just had a Pileated Woodpecker in flight along the tree line just east of the 
Tennis Courts in Van Cortlandt Park. I am currently trying to relocate the bird 
along with my NYC Audubon group. 


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Subject: North Massapequa: Monk Parakeets
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:26:28 -0400
Hi Everyone,

The Monk Parakeets are back at an old nest - by N. Kings Ave. on Broadway.
Seaman's Neck Park is another reliable spot.

Good Birding,
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Subject: Kings white eye
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:05:07 -0400
I'm currently viewing a white eyed vireo from binnen bridge in prospect park.

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Subject: A total of 5 Turkey Vultures to, and from, the Wading River Firehouse.
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:28:27 -0400
An old friend from Wading River passed away, and as a former W.R. Volunteer
Fireman and Fire Commissioner, his wake was held at the Firehouse. Taking
Sound Ave. from Riverhead, we encountered the first T.V. heading west over
the Lewin Farm. On the way home, we found the remaining 4 working on a
carcass ~ 50' into the field on the s/s of Sound Ave., a short distance w/o
Roanoke Ave., Riverhead. Thanks for the birds, Joe !

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Subject: NNYBirds: Many arrivals and migrants
From: "Joan Collins" <Joan.Collins AT Frontier.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:00:23 -0400
4/11/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.), Newcomb and Minerva (Essex Co.)

 

There was a huge movement of birds between yesterday and today.  I visited
Newcomb, Minerva, and several areas of Long Lake this morning and found many
new arrivals/migrants (& many more of the arrivals I posted yesterday).
Here are some of the species (* for first-of-the-season, at least in the
central Adirondacks since Ive been south quite a bit!):

 

Amer. Black Duck  on Long Lake

*Green-winged Teal  1 on Long Lake

Common Merganser  several on Long Lake

Ruffed Grouse

Wild Turkey

Pied-billed Grebe  4 together on Long Lake

*Great Blue Heron  perched over a solidly frozen pond where there is a
two-nest rookery! (photo on Facebook)

Turkey Vulture  several on a deer carcass (with Common Ravens) on the
Hudson River (I suspect the deer fell through the ice)

Red-tailed Hawk

*American Woodcock  1 in the middle of Route 28N near Long Lake  I had to
slam on the breaks and get off the road to avoid hitting it.  It was bobbing
and content to be on the snowless road!  It flew to a snowless patch of
ground and foraged  I took photos and a video.  The video had my husband
laughing  I will work on uploading it to Facebook!

Barred Owl  vocalizing along Little Tupper Lake

*Belted Kingfisher  Hudson and Boreas Rivers

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  more today

Pileated Woodpecker  several

Merlin  pair in a large White Pine along Long Lake near the bridge (very
loud!)

*Eastern Phoebe  several

Gray Jay  1 along Sabattis Circle Road

Brown Creeper  numerous and lots of singing (outside our house and at all
my stops)

Winter Wren  many more today

Golden-crowned Kinglet  numerous with lots of singing

*Fox Sparrow  abundant and heard singing/viewed at nearly all my stops!

Song Sparrow

*White-throated Sparrow  1 by the Boreas River

Dark-eyed Junco

Red-winged Blackbird

*Rusty Blackbird  3; 1 in Newcomb flying over the golf course heading
toward the Hudson River and at least 2 at the Little Tupper Lake outlet
(this is also a place I find them migrating in the fall)

Common Grackle

Purple Finch

Red Crossbill  3;  pair along Route 28N in Minerva acting as if they have a
nest (I believe some are still nesting while others already have fledglings)
and an apparently solo male along Sabattis Circle Road in Long Lake  this
bird spent about  hour really close to me.  It gritted on the dirty snow in
the road and along the snowbanks, and perched in several trees.  It
vocalized non-stop  singing, calling, and making other sounds that I have
never heard from this species.  I took photos (on my Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian ) and a few videos, plus several
recordings.  It was a good winter for Red Crossbill nesting from Long Lake
to Minerva this year.

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY
Subject: Many arrivals and migrants
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:00:23 -0400
4/11/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.), Newcomb and Minerva (Essex Co.)

 

There was a huge movement of birds between yesterday and today.  I visited
Newcomb, Minerva, and several areas of Long Lake this morning and found many
new arrivals/migrants (& many more of the arrivals I posted yesterday).
Here are some of the species (* for first-of-the-season, at least in the
central Adirondacks since Ive been south quite a bit!):

 

Amer. Black Duck  on Long Lake

*Green-winged Teal  1 on Long Lake

Common Merganser  several on Long Lake

Ruffed Grouse

Wild Turkey

Pied-billed Grebe  4 together on Long Lake

*Great Blue Heron  perched over a solidly frozen pond where there is a
two-nest rookery! (photo on Facebook)

Turkey Vulture  several on a deer carcass (with Common Ravens) on the
Hudson River (I suspect the deer fell through the ice)

Red-tailed Hawk

*American Woodcock  1 in the middle of Route 28N near Long Lake  I had to
slam on the breaks and get off the road to avoid hitting it.  It was bobbing
and content to be on the snowless road!  It flew to a snowless patch of
ground and foraged  I took photos and a video.  The video had my husband
laughing  I will work on uploading it to Facebook!

Barred Owl  vocalizing along Little Tupper Lake

*Belted Kingfisher  Hudson and Boreas Rivers

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  more today

Pileated Woodpecker  several

Merlin  pair in a large White Pine along Long Lake near the bridge (very
loud!)

*Eastern Phoebe  several

Gray Jay  1 along Sabattis Circle Road

Brown Creeper  numerous and lots of singing (outside our house and at all
my stops)

Winter Wren  many more today

Golden-crowned Kinglet  numerous with lots of singing

*Fox Sparrow  abundant and heard singing/viewed at nearly all my stops!

Song Sparrow

*White-throated Sparrow  1 by the Boreas River

Dark-eyed Junco

Red-winged Blackbird

*Rusty Blackbird  3; 1 in Newcomb flying over the golf course heading
toward the Hudson River and at least 2 at the Little Tupper Lake outlet
(this is also a place I find them migrating in the fall)

Common Grackle

Purple Finch

Red Crossbill  3;  pair along Route 28N in Minerva acting as if they have a
nest (I believe some are still nesting while others already have fledglings)
and an apparently solo male along Sabattis Circle Road in Long Lake  this
bird spent about  hour really close to me.  It gritted on the dirty snow in
the road and along the snowbanks, and perched in several trees.  It
vocalized non-stop  singing, calling, and making other sounds that I have
never heard from this species.  I took photos (on my Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian ) and a few videos, plus several
recordings.  It was a good winter for Red Crossbill nesting from Long Lake
to Minerva this year.

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY


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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 11 April 2014
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:59:19 -0400
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Apr. 11, 2014
* NYNY1404.11

- Birds mentioned

Blue-winged Teal
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Little Blue Heron
Green Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
Black Vulture
American Kestrel
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Laughing Gull
Iceland Gull
CASPIAN TERN
SNOWY OWL
Chimney Swift
Red-headed Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
NORTHERN SHRIKE
Blue-headed Vireo
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Rusty Blackbird

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Number: (212) 979-3070

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Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

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Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, April 11th 2014
at 8pm. The highlights of today's tape are Winter holdovers and Spring
migrants including SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, CASPIAN TERN and more.

The Spring season is evolving slowly with hints of more to come.

At Jones Beach West End both a SNOWY OWL and the over wintering NORTHERN
SHRIKE were still present last Sunday. The shrike still west of field 2.

In addition ICELAND GULLS were noted during the week in Prospect Park on
Tuesday as well as at Orient Point earlier in the week and at Shoreham
today.

RED-NECKED GREBES also remain at some coastal sites but 9 in Jamaica Bay as
seen from Floyd Bennett Field on Monday plus up to 3 on Prospect Park Lake
this week and another on Central Park reservoir. Many HORNED GREBES also
continue. Some of both grebes in nice plumage now.

Three nice Spring counts featured the lingering flock of PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS at Sunken Meadow State Park with up to 24 reported, 36 AMERICAN
KESTRELS counted at Floyd Bennett Field on Monday and 30 EASTERN PHOEBES in
Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn Monday. A couple of CASPIAN TERNS were
noted along the Hudson River on Tuesday.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL are now appearing at several appropriate locations and
other arriving non-passerines have included GLOSSY IBIS, LITTLE BLUE and
GREEN HERONS, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, LAUGHING GULL, LEAST SANDPIPER
and CHIMNEY SWIFT.

A WILSON'S SNIPE was present in Central Park Wednesday and Thursday and a
BLACK VULTURE was a flyover there on Sunday. Other singles also seen
locally during the week.

Arriving swallows joining widespread TREES and less common NORTHERN
ROUGH-WINGEDS have been a small number of BARNS and a CLIFF SWALLOW or two
starting with one at Hempstead Lake State Park Sunday. PURPLE MARTINS have
also appeared on Long Island since last Saturday.

Other reports included HOUSE WREN, BLUE-HEADED VIREO with one in Central
Park Thursday and a decent number of BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS arriving
Thursday.

Among the warblers joining the fairly widespread PINE, PALM, YELLOW-RUMPED
and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES have been a pair of NORTHERN PARULAS in
Calverton Monday, a WORM-EATING in Prospect Park Thursday and a couple of
BLACK-AND-WHITES starting Thursday.

Other birds of note have been the lingering RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS at a few
locations and some RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at various appropriate sites.

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Subject: Bryant Park: Hermit Thrushes
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:57:28 -0400
Hi Everyone,

With my friend Mike, who is good luck to have around when bird watching, we
saw 2 Hermit Thrushes together in the Southeast corner of Bryant Park by
the "shed".

Good birding,
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Subject: FOS Glossy Ibis Westhampton
From: Mike <mikec02 AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:55:41 -0400
Three Glossy Ibis in a tidal creek in Westhampton Suffolk Co today. Otherwise 
just the previously mentioned arrivals - gnatcatcher, Pine Warbler, kestrels, 
Savannah Sparrow, Snowy Egret. 


Mike Cooper
Ridge LI, NY

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Subject: Central Park, NYC 4/11
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:10:25 -0400
Friday, 11 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

A good migration overnight, with 99.999 % -or thereabouts- of the  
birds passing Manhattan overnight continuing on northward. A (nearly)  
still basic-plumaged RED-NECKED GREBE continues on the reservoir; at ~  
9:30 a.m. in the center. No mergansers of any kind were noticed. A  
smaller number of N. Shovelers & Buffleheads, & a few Ruddy Ducks  
persist. A few Wood Ducks remain in the park.

The far northern & wooded part of the park provided some evidence for  
excellent overnight migration. A Green Heron showed up in the north  
end, perhaps the 1st of this year in Central.  A good ongoing flight  
of Yellow-shafted Flickers and American Robins, in particular, with  
over 150 of the former and over 1,500 of the latter in the hour after  
sunrise in Manhattan - these were birds seen to be headed north onward  
out of the park, the general heading N-NE. Also seen were some smaller  
birds, moving on, & at least a few of these ID'd were Chipping  
Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and Junco (presumed - Slate-colored).  
Other birds in evidence on the ground & in trees included the  
previously-noted, in good numbers, and Hermit Thrush (60+ in the n.  
woods, & more in many other areas later), as well as Palm Warbler (25+  
on Great Hill & in n. woods, also more in other areas).  A look around  
the north end for other newly arrived species was a bit of a 'bust'...  
when I was out looking.  In the Ramble & vicinity at least a couple of  
new arrivals included: Blue-headed Vireo, & Black-and-white Warbler.  
It would not be at all surprising to learn of a few more.

The park is certainly looking as though ready to host some new  
migrants, with a lot of insect life now stirring, and many plants  
(including trees, shrubs) coming into bud and more each day showing  
some blooms. Two Baltimore Orioles continue in their 6th month in the  
park as they overwintered successfully, mainly still seen in the  
Ramble but some sightings have been slightly away from there. A few  
other species that could turn up as new arrivals any day now, are  
still present as overwintered birds, such as Brown Thrasher, and E.  
Towhee.  As for some other birds, there were still the 3 other warbler  
spp. (besides the Black-and-white, & many Palm), in minimal numbers -  
Pine, Yellow-rumped, and Louisiana Waterthrush. It looked as though  
the Kinglet turnover from more Golden-crowned to more Ruby-crowned  
could have happened today - my own sightings included 2 Golden- 
crowned, and 6 Ruby-crowned - however others were still finding  
equally good no's. of Golden-cr. so it may be a bit longer, as would  
be typical, 'til Rubys rule.  There was a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at  
Strawberry Fields e. slope at nearly mid-day and I believe a few more  
were spotted elsewhere.

just one other note on what I'd call a migrant arrival: 1 Green Darner  
(Anax junius) at the meer this morning.

Good birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan
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Subject: Purple Finch
From: Orhan Birol <orhanbirol4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:07:13 -0400
One female, on branch above feeder. Maybe the one from 3/31, House Finches
and Goldfinches on the feeder.
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Subject: Shoreham (Suffolk Co) Iceland Gull
From: Richard Kaskan <rkaskan AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:33:44 -0400
At Sills Gully in Shoreham (Suffolk County) I found a single immature
Iceland Gull at 1pm today - this is the same location as the bird I saw 28
March and 31 March, and it looks like the same bird as far as I can tell.

Three new year birds at the Rocky Point DEC property bring my "walk year"
total (bird species seen on walks from my house) to 85: Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher, Palm Warbler, and Tree Swallow.

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Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Orhan Birol <orhanbirol4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:51:05 -0400
There was an adult in Shelter Island at 3 PM

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Subject: Marine Nature Study Area
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:49:43 -0400
Marine Nature Study Area 11 Apr

I stopped by this morning to look for GLOSSY IBIS. There were 5. They finally 
flew off towards the golf course. In the puddles to the left (east) of the 
pond, there were 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS and 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, shorebirds all 
with yellow legs, a color appropriate for the Spring. 


In the channel, a number of LAUGHING GULLS flew by, my FOS. In the channel were 
the usual BRANT, BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Special today there were 
2 RED-NECKED GREBE. 


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Subject: Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan - Apr 11
From: Joe DiCostanzo <jdicost AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:05:17 -0400
Went for a walk through Inwood Hill Park this morning. Weather was gray, but
finally pleasant temperatures. Definitely the birdiest it has been so far
this spring. Found 42 species and probably could have found a couple more if
I had been able to stay out longer. Highlights included: 

 

Peregrine Falcon - in a tree up the Clove eating a freshly caught pigeon

Belted Kingfisher - male, first of season here for me

Eastern Phoebe - several

Brown Creeper - two

Winter Wren - one, first of year

Hermit thrush

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - one

Yellow-rumped Warbler - two

Pine Warbler - three, my first of year here

Palm Warbler - ten 

 

A more complete list will be on my Inwood Birder blog (link below)

 

Joe DiCostanzo

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Subject: New Arrivals and Boreal Birds
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:43:20 -0400
4/10/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.) & Newcomb-Minerva (Essex Co.)

 

Barred Owls woke me over the monitor at 2:45 a.m. - lovely!  I went out in
the dark to put seed out at 5:40 a.m. and heard a migrant gull calling - it
was quite high.  At 5:55 a.m., a *Winter Wren sang several times in the
forest next to our house (same arrival date as last year - which are both a
bit later than normal).  I birded this morning along Route 28N in
Newcomb-Minerva and at Sabattis Circle Road in Long Lake.  Here are some of
today's species (waterfowl all on the Round Lake outlet, which is opening up
quickly):

 

Canada Goose

Amer. Black Duck

Mallard

Ring-necked Duck

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Ruffed Grouse - 2 today (photos of one on my Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian )

Wild Turkey

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Barred Owl - at least 2

*Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2; first of the season; one had a pair of Hairy
Woodpeckers and Black-backed Woodpeckers upset, and I found another drumming
in a different location

Hairy Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker - male and female in Newcomb along Route 28N; the
male was chasing a Hairy Woodpecker when I stopped the car (round and round
a dead snag).  There were 4 woodpeckers all calling (Black-backed
Woodpeckers were calling and rattling) and chasing each other - and then the
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker flew into view.  I have seen this behavior several
times when Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers return in Black-backed habitat - the
Black-backed Woodpeckers become upset and rattle call and chase other
woodpeckers.  I added some Black-backed photos to my Facebook page.

Pileated Woodpecker - several observed and heard today (including outside
our house)

Boreal Chickadee - 4 in two different locations on Route 28N

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper - numerous and singing

*Winter Wren - heard in several locations

Golden-crowned Kinglet - numerous and singing

Amer. Robin - many

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Purple Finch - numerous and singing

Red Crossbill - at least 27!  I found a large flock (15 to 20) in Newcomb
that included at least one fledgling.  I took a video of about 8 of them
gritting, but I'm having trouble getting videos up on Facebook.  I found 2
at a stop in Minerva and another 10 in a different location in Minerva.

Amer. Goldfinch - interesting - they were following Red Crossbills today

 

4/9/14 Tupper Lake (Franklin Co.) and Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

I had 4 appointments in Potsdam yesterday, so it wasn't a birding day, but I
did see some birds on the way home late in the day.  In Tupper Lake, along
the causeway, there were Amer. Black Ducks, Mallards, Ring-necked Ducks,
Common Goldeneye, and Common Mergansers.  I found 5 Ruffed Grouse along
Sabattis Circle Road - one pair with a male in full display!  Unfortunately,
the 5th bird had been killed in the road.  There were 5 Hooded Mergansers
and one *Pied-billed Grebe on the Round Lake outlet.  There is a small
section of open water on Long Lake near the bridge and I stopped to look for
waterfowl - just 3 Canada Geese, but a *Merlin was calling non-stop in the
white pines along the water!

 

Still a lot of snow on the ground, but it is finally feeling a bit like
spring.

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY

 

 


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Subject: NNYBirds: New Arrivals and Boreal Birds
From: "Joan Collins" <Joan.Collins AT Frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:43:20 -0400
4/10/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.) & Newcomb-Minerva (Essex Co.)

 

Barred Owls woke me over the monitor at 2:45 a.m. - lovely!  I went out in
the dark to put seed out at 5:40 a.m. and heard a migrant gull calling - it
was quite high.  At 5:55 a.m., a *Winter Wren sang several times in the
forest next to our house (same arrival date as last year - which are both a
bit later than normal).  I birded this morning along Route 28N in
Newcomb-Minerva and at Sabattis Circle Road in Long Lake.  Here are some of
today's species (waterfowl all on the Round Lake outlet, which is opening up
quickly):

 

Canada Goose

Amer. Black Duck

Mallard

Ring-necked Duck

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Ruffed Grouse - 2 today (photos of one on my Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian )

Wild Turkey

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Barred Owl - at least 2

*Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2; first of the season; one had a pair of Hairy
Woodpeckers and Black-backed Woodpeckers upset, and I found another drumming
in a different location

Hairy Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker - male and female in Newcomb along Route 28N; the
male was chasing a Hairy Woodpecker when I stopped the car (round and round
a dead snag).  There were 4 woodpeckers all calling (Black-backed
Woodpeckers were calling and rattling) and chasing each other - and then the
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker flew into view.  I have seen this behavior several
times when Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers return in Black-backed habitat - the
Black-backed Woodpeckers become upset and rattle call and chase other
woodpeckers.  I added some Black-backed photos to my Facebook page.

Pileated Woodpecker - several observed and heard today (including outside
our house)

Boreal Chickadee - 4 in two different locations on Route 28N

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper - numerous and singing

*Winter Wren - heard in several locations

Golden-crowned Kinglet - numerous and singing

Amer. Robin - many

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Purple Finch - numerous and singing

Red Crossbill - at least 27!  I found a large flock (15 to 20) in Newcomb
that included at least one fledgling.  I took a video of about 8 of them
gritting, but I'm having trouble getting videos up on Facebook.  I found 2
at a stop in Minerva and another 10 in a different location in Minerva.

Amer. Goldfinch - interesting - they were following Red Crossbills today

 

4/9/14 Tupper Lake (Franklin Co.) and Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

I had 4 appointments in Potsdam yesterday, so it wasn't a birding day, but I
did see some birds on the way home late in the day.  In Tupper Lake, along
the causeway, there were Amer. Black Ducks, Mallards, Ring-necked Ducks,
Common Goldeneye, and Common Mergansers.  I found 5 Ruffed Grouse along
Sabattis Circle Road - one pair with a male in full display!  Unfortunately,
the 5th bird had been killed in the road.  There were 5 Hooded Mergansers
and one *Pied-billed Grebe on the Round Lake outlet.  There is a small
section of open water on Long Lake near the bridge and I stopped to look for
waterfowl - just 3 Canada Geese, but a *Merlin was calling non-stop in the
white pines along the water!

 

Still a lot of snow on the ground, but it is finally feeling a bit like
spring.

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY

 

 
Subject: Re: Central Park, NYC 4/10, & prior days
From: Ardith Bondi <ardbon AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:07:24 -0400
For the record, a winter-plumaged Red-necked Grebe was still present 
towards the North Pump house on the reservoir this afternoon, and the 
pair of Red-breasted Mergansers posed nicely for portraits south of the 
Reservoir fountain. The Wilson's Snipe was still being viewed by a small 
contingent at the Oven after 6:15 this evening. The Snipe followers were 
further entertained by several Golden-crowned Kinglets flitting about.

Ardith Bondi


On 4/10/14 8:00 PM, Thomas Fiore wrote:
> Thurs. 10 April, Wed. 9 April, & Tues., 8 April, & prior, 2014
> Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City
>
> Thurs. 10 April -
> A *Wilson's Snipe* appeared at the Point, seen by M.OBS. (M.any
> OBS.ervers), a part of the Ramble along the lake - it was first found
> fairly early in the morning. (m.o.b.'s can also be interpreted as Many
> Other BirderS, or in various other ways according to the 'severity' of
> the situation. ;-)  This snipe stayed around a while, today.
>
> Clearly it was a day for *Blue-gray Gnatcatcher* to arrive locally and,
> whereas some have referred to this week's dates - today & just recently
> - as "early", that is so mostly in terms of the general arrival, which
> is later.  There are now numerous records for the species in the first
> week in April, and many more for the first ten days in this month, from
> both more relatively-recent electronic data, as well as in print in the
> still very-useful accounts of "Bull's Birds of New York State" (1998,
> edited by Emanuel "Manny" Levine [d. 2014], pub. by Comstock/Cornell U.
> Press.) as well as various other sources. In Central Park there were at
> least 4 individuals found today that I am aware of, 2 in the south half
> of the park, 2 in the north end. (the south half of the park can be
> realistically seen as all the park south the 86th Street crosstown
> Transverse Rd. which is very near the s. end of the reservoir -do the
> street-math if you wish.  However most reports in C.P. indicating "north
> end" mean the areas very roughly bounded by E. & W. 100 Sts. as a
> practical matter even if the reservoir & N. Meadow ballfields, & more
> areas, are all full of potential, and have shown that overt the years.
>   Incidentally all of the large "lawns", meadows, & ballfields are now
> open for the season, and this can mean much-lowered potential of chances
> at "meadow" sorts of species, exceptions being getting out at first
> light, & maybe more so on rainy days. *Barn Swallow*[s] (f.o.s.?) were
> reported today, just slightly unusual to have that swallow species
> appear ahead of N. Rough-winged, & of course usually the first, by far,
> to arrive locally are Tree Swallows.
>
> Overall I thought it a bit slow compared with the last few days, but
> others may have a different impression... overall numbers of migrants
> &/or wintering birds seemed to have dropped off. This should be remedied
> very soon,next few days, if the winds & other weather cooperate a
> little.  It was possible today to find such species as Palm,
> Yellow-rumped & perhaps Pine Warblers, along with lingering L.
> Waterthrush, as well as Field, Chipping, Swamp, "red" Fox, and more
> common sparrows, but most of these were in low single-digits; the same
> for Winter Wrens. A slightly greater no. of Yellow-shafted Flickers and
> Hermit Thrushes were still moving through. A few spp. such as E. Phoebe
> were having a lull in their migration; many more of them are anticipated
> to pass through very soon.
>
> Checking the reservoir twice, it seems the most recent [of 3 individual]
> Red-necked Grebe[s] /may/ have moved on, however there was at least one
> /report/ of this species at the CP reservoir today, so perhaps it was
> still there. The waters were actually choppy on the increasingly stiff
> sea-breeze of the later afternoon. Plenty of N. Shovelers remain, & a
> fair no. of Buffleheads, along with a very few Ruddy Ducks. It also
> seemed the long-lingering Red-breasted Merganser pair have moved on.
> There are more & more Double-crested Cormorants showing up & also
> passing overhead. Great Egrets likewise, although numbers in the park
> are rarely high, but the flyway long-established over the n. end of
> Central Park (as well as the southern portion of Harlem) continue to
> provide sightings of egrets, occasional herons, and the possibility of a
> flyby Glossy Ibis, as these birds wend east or west through many of the
> warmer months. The phenomenon could date far back into pre-history,
> assuming meadowlands in New Jersey & various sites in western Long
> Island (which take in both Brooklyn & Queens, N.Y. City, as well as all
> the waters off the east Bronx within the city).  At least a few Wood
> Ducks were still around, at reservoir, lake, & meer.
> ........
> Wed., 9 April - still some of the lingering overwintered birds, and
> earliest spring migrants, in comparison to today when as a few new
> arrivals came in, there appeared to have been a bit of an exodus out
> overnight. It was still possible to find such species as "red" Fox
> Sparrow, Slate-colored Junco, and various others, yet the overall
> numbers felt fewer to my eyes by Thursday. Many of the regular 'CP'
> migrants of early April were present.
> ........
> Tues., 8 April - To me, this was a quieter day, but it did start out
> quite damp & very overcast, and birds may have livened up in the later
> part of the day.
> ........
> On 7 April, 2 days after a day of many Turkey Vultures on the move, a
> flyby *Black Vulture* was also reported, by someone at the Great Lawn.
> There may have been a good vulture migration on several days at about
> that time. Not quite in Central but not far at all, an earlier *Black
> Vulture* was noted the day before, 6 April, in the vicinity of East 52nd
> St., on Manhattan's East Side. And what may have been the year's first
> *Belted Kingfisher* was found at the Loch in the n. end, on Sat., 5
> April. A Ring-necked Duck was ogled by many at the lake, following on
> the several appearances at the reservoir of this annual-in-Central species.
>
> good birding,
>
> Tom Fiore
> Manhattan
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Subject: BBC Evening Program
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:06:32 -0400
Please Join the Brooklyn Bird Club Thursday evening, April 17, 6:30 PM at
the Litchfield Villa for:

Birds Of Central America

Presenter: Dale Dyer

Brooklyn birder Dale Dyer is a gifted artist and a scientific illustrator
specializing in birds. Over the last 20 years he has produced illustrations
for books on birds of Peru, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, North America, and
New York State. He is currently painting all of the illustrations for a
book on the birds of Central America, a massive undertaking projected to
take 8 years.

At our April program, Dale will give a preview of the book, bringing along
original paintings. He'll talk about the process involved in researching
and executing the work, as well as about the birding experiences that
inspire and inform it. Come join Dale in a conversation with birders about
bird books.

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

Best,

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Subject: Central Park, NYC 4/10, & prior days
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:00:48 -0400
Thurs. 10 April, Wed. 9 April, & Tues., 8 April, & prior, 2014
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

Thurs. 10 April -
A Wilson's Snipe appeared at the Point, seen by M.OBS. (M.any  
OBS.ervers), a part of the Ramble along the lake - it was first found  
fairly early in the morning. (m.o.b.'s can also be interpreted as Many  
Other BirderS, or in various other ways according to the 'severity' of  
the situation. ;-)  This snipe stayed around a while, today.

Clearly it was a day for Blue-gray Gnatcatcher to arrive locally and,  
whereas some have referred to this week's dates - today & just  
recently - as "early", that is so mostly in terms of the general  
arrival, which is later.  There are now numerous records for the  
species in the first week in April, and many more for the first ten  
days in this month, from both more relatively-recent electronic data,  
as well as in print in the still very-useful accounts of "Bull's Birds  
of New York State" (1998, edited by Emanuel "Manny" Levine [d. 2014],  
pub. by Comstock/Cornell U. Press.) as well as various other sources.  
In Central Park there were at least 4 individuals found today that I  
am aware of, 2 in the south half of the park, 2 in the north end. (the  
south half of the park can be realistically seen as all the park south  
the 86th Street crosstown Transverse Rd. which is very near the s. end  
of the reservoir -do the street-math if you wish.  However most  
reports in C.P. indicating "north end" mean the areas very roughly  
bounded by E. & W. 100 Sts. as a practical matter even if the  
reservoir & N. Meadow ballfields, & more areas, are all full of  
potential, and have shown that overt the years.  Incidentally all of  
the large "lawns", meadows, & ballfields are now open for the season,  
and this can mean much-lowered potential of chances at "meadow" sorts  
of species, exceptions being getting out at first light, & maybe more  
so on rainy days.   Barn Swallow[s] (f.o.s.?) were reported today,  
just slightly unusual to have that swallow species appear ahead of N.  
Rough-winged, & of course usually the first, by far, to arrive locally  
are Tree Swallows.

Overall I thought it a bit slow compared with the last few days, but  
others may have a different impression... overall numbers of migrants  
&/or wintering birds seemed to have dropped off. This should be  
remedied very soon,next few days, if the winds & other weather  
cooperate a little.  It was possible today to find such species as  
Palm, Yellow-rumped & perhaps Pine Warblers, along with lingering L.  
Waterthrush, as well as Field, Chipping, Swamp, "red" Fox, and more  
common sparrows, but most of these were in low single-digits; the same  
for Winter Wrens. A slightly greater no. of Yellow-shafted Flickers  
and Hermit Thrushes were still moving through. A few spp. such as E.  
Phoebe were having a lull in their migration; many more of them are  
anticipated to pass through very soon.

Checking the reservoir twice, it seems the most recent [of 3  
individual] Red-necked Grebe[s] may have moved on, however there was  
at least one report of this species at the CP reservoir today, so  
perhaps it was still there. The waters were actually choppy on the  
increasingly stiff sea-breeze of the later afternoon. Plenty of N.  
Shovelers remain, & a fair no. of Buffleheads, along with a very few  
Ruddy Ducks. It also seemed the long-lingering Red-breasted Merganser  
pair have moved on. There are more & more Double-crested Cormorants  
showing up & also passing overhead. Great Egrets likewise, although  
numbers in the park are rarely high, but the flyway long-established  
over the n. end of Central Park (as well as the southern portion of  
Harlem) continue to provide sightings of egrets, occasional herons,  
and the possibility of a flyby Glossy Ibis, as these birds wend east  
or west through many of the warmer months. The phenomenon could date  
far back into pre-history, assuming meadowlands in New Jersey &  
various sites in western Long Island (which take in both Brooklyn &  
Queens, N.Y. City, as well as all the waters off the east Bronx within  
the city).  At least a few Wood Ducks were still around, at reservoir,  
lake, & meer.
........
Wed., 9 April - still some of the lingering overwintered birds, and  
earliest spring migrants, in comparison to today when as a few new  
arrivals came in, there appeared to have been a bit of an exodus out  
overnight. It was still possible to find such species as "red" Fox  
Sparrow, Slate-colored Junco, and various others, yet the overall  
numbers felt fewer to my eyes by Thursday. Many of the regular 'CP'  
migrants of early April were present.
........
Tues., 8 April - To me, this was a quieter day, but it did start out  
quite damp & very overcast, and birds may have livened up in the later  
part of the day.
........
On 7 April, 2 days after a day of many Turkey Vultures on the move, a  
flyby Black Vulture was also reported, by someone at the Great Lawn.  
There may have been a good vulture migration on several days at about  
that time. Not quite in Central but not far at all, an earlier Black  
Vulture was noted the day before, 6 April, in the vicinity of East  
52nd St., on Manhattan's East Side. And what may have been the year's  
first Belted Kingfisher was found at the Loch in the n. end, on Sat.,  
5 April. A Ring-necked Duck was ogled by many at the lake, following  
on the several appearances at the reservoir of this annual-in-Central  
species.

good birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan
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