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Eagles,©John Schmitt

26 Jul Yellow-breasted Chat Goethal Bridge Pond, Staten Island [Shaibal Mitra ]
25 Jul Brown Pelicans-Shinnecock Bay []
25 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
25 Jul Caspian Terns(2) @ Croton River Boat Ramp [Anne Swaim ]
25 Jul Cupsogue Report 7-24 [Andrew Baksh ]
24 Jul NYS eBird Hotspots - New and Renamed Shared Locations (21-Jun-2016) [Ben Cacace ]
24 Jul Re: Sandwich Tern Near Breezy Point, Queens [Tshrike19 ]
24 Jul Sandhill cranes, Seneca Lake Catharine's Marsh [Peter Priolo ]
24 Jul Adult Baird's sandpiper on east pond at Jamaica Bay [Isaac Grant ]
23 Jul NYC Area RBA: 23 July 2016 [Ben Cacace ]
23 Jul NYS Birders Conference & 69th NYSOA Annual Meeting [Joan Collins ]
23 Jul Sandwich Tern Near Breezy Point, Queens [Shaibal Mitra ]
23 Jul eBird.org Shared Location - Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorn [Ben Cacace ]
23 Jul Ring necked duck [Larry Trachtenberg ]
23 Jul Dune Road Marbled Godwit (Suffolk) [Karen Fung ]
21 Jul East Pond report [Isaac Grant ]
21 Jul Sunken Meadow State Park- Louisiana Waterthrush, nesting Hummingbirds, GH Owl (Suffolk County) [Vinny Pellegrino ]
21 Jul Jones Beach West End Shorebirds [Robert Taylor ]
20 Jul North Fork sightings [MICHAEL HIGGISTON ]
20 Jul Montezuma Refuge today [Robert Lewis ]
19 Jul RE: The Gargeny at Montezuma Refuge [Shaibal Mitra ]
18 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
18 Jul King Eider Caumsett State Park Suffolk County [David Klauber ]
18 Jul Captree Island, SW Suffolk, ["Grover, Bob" ]
18 Jul Cupsogue 7-17 [Andrew Baksh ]
17 Jul The Gargeny at Montezuma Refuge [Robert Lewis ]
17 Jul West End, Jones Beach Shorebirds (Nassau Co.) [Ken Feustel ]
17 Jul Myesr;s point Ithaca NY and OT request:Pantanal, Brazil Birdinng [Meena Madhav Haribal ]
16 Jul Carmans River []
16 Jul NYC Area RBA: 16 July 2016 [Ben Cacace ]
16 Jul Cupsogue 7/16 [Steve Walter ]
16 Jul Jamaica Bay East Pond 7-16 [Andrew Baksh ]
16 Jul No Avocets Hampton Bays Suffolk Co [Patricia Lindsay ]
15 Jul LI Avocets continue [d Futuyma ]
15 Jul Yellow-crowned Night Heron and Cliff Swallows [Michael Britt ]
15 Jul eBird.org Shared Location - Red Creek Pond, Hampton Bays [Ben Cacace ]
15 Jul Avocets - Yes Red Creek Pond, Hampton Bays, Suffolk []
15 Jul East Pond Jamaica Bay Queens Co. WFIB + [Andrew Baksh ]
15 Jul HB Squire Pond - Am Avocet [Eileen Schwinn ]
15 Jul Am Avocet- Hampton Bays, LI [Eileen Schwinn ]
15 Jul NYSOA meeting at Beaver Lake Nature Center [Joseph Brin ]
15 Jul Probable Jaeger sp. Nickerson Beach LI [Andrew Baksh ]
14 Jul Re: East Pond report 7-14-16 [peter paul ]
14 Jul East Pond report 7-14-16 [Andrew Baksh ]
13 Jul King Eider at Caumsett SP (YES) [Menachem Goldstein ]
13 Jul Possible Hudsonian a Godwit West Pond [Doug Gochfeld ]
13 Jul RE: Fw: [ebirdsnyc] King Eider at Caumsett SP ["Schlesinger, Matthew D (DEC)" ]
12 Jul Re: Fw: [ebirdsnyc] King Eider at Caumsett SP (And also 7/12 NYC shorebirds) [Doug Gochfeld ]
12 Jul RE: Fw: [ebirdsnyc] King Eider at Caumsett SP [Shaibal Mitra ]
12 Jul Re:[ebirdsnyc] King Eider possibly at Caumsett SP [Andrew Baksh ]
11 Jul Re: Fw: [ebirdsnyc] King Eider at Caumsett SP [Richard Guthrie ]
12 Jul Fw: [ebirdsnyc] King Eider at Caumsett SP [Menachem Goldstein ]
11 Jul 7/11- Autumn in July at Coney Island Creek [Doug Gochfeld ]
11 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
11 Jul LI Birding: Arctic Terns ++ [Andrew Baksh ]
10 Jul Central Park NyC - Sunday July 10, 2016 incl. Prairie, Blue-winged & Worm-eating warblers [Deborah Allen ]
10 Jul Leach's Storm Petrel - Dune Road (Suffolk County) [Taylor Sturm ]
10 Jul EPCAL to the rescue ! [robert adamo ]
9 Jul A day of sea watching on Long Island [Gail Benson ]
9 Jul NYS eBird Hotspots: State, Counties & Locations Updated (Jul/'16) [Ben Cacace ]
9 Jul Wilson's Storm Petrels off Ft. Tilden [Isaac Grant ]
9 Jul Belated East Pond Report 7-7-16 [Andrew Baksh ]
8 Jul NYC Area RBA: 8 July 2016 [Gail Benson ]
7 Jul Re: Brown Pelicans - Suffolk - Yes 5pm [Michael McBrien ]
07 Jul Brown Pelicans - Suffolk - [Arie Gilbert ]
7 Jul Brown Pelicans - Suffolk - yes [Pat Palladino ]
7 Jul Further Pelican Update [d Futuyma ]
7 Jul Brown Pelicans, Cupsogue (Suffolk) [d Futuyma ]
6 Jul Re: JBWR East Pond report 7-6-16 [Tim Healy ]
6 Jul JBWR East Pond report 7-6-16 [Andrew Baksh ]
6 Jul Sandhill Cranes nested in the Adirondacks! [Joan Collins ]
5 Jul Jamaica Bay East Pond 7-5-16 [Andrew Baksh ]
5 Jul EPCAL Breeders [Timothy Healy ]
5 Jul RE: Great South Bay near the "Smith's Point" [Shaibal Mitra ]
4 Jul Great South Bay near the "Smith's Point" [Trish Bonadonna ]
4 Jul Stray Skimmers and other observations [Timothy Healy ]

Subject: Yellow-breasted Chat Goethal Bridge Pond, Staten Island
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:33:42 +0000
A Yellow-breasted Chat was singing at Goethals Bridge Pond this morning, near 
the observation platform off of Forest Ave. 


Shorebird numbers there were modest and utterly dominated by Semipalmated 
Sandpipers. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore
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Subject: Brown Pelicans-Shinnecock Bay
From: <lstocker AT optonline.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:23:47 -0400
Jim Cullen and I located two Brown Pelicans this afternoon while looking east 
from underneath the south end of the Ponquogue bridge.The birds were resting on 
an island several hundred yards to the east. 

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:30:17 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - July 25, 2016
*  NYSY  07. 25. 16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 18, 2016 
- July 25, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY 
counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands 
Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, 
Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: July 18  AT 12:00 p.m. 
(EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of July 18, 2015. 

Highlights--------------STILT SANDPIPERBAIRD’S SANDPIPERRED-NECKED 
PHALAROPERED-HEADED WOODPECKERORCHARD ORIOLE 


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

     13 species of Shorebirds were reported from the complex this week. A 
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen along the Wildlife Drive on 7/24. STILT 
SANDPIPERS were seen along the wildlife Drive on 7/19 and at Howland Island on 
7/20. A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER WAS SEEN AT BENNING MARSH ON 7/24.     7/23: A 
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Wildlife Drive.     7/24: A 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen along the Wildlife Drive. 


Onondaga County------------
     7/25: KILLDEER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, WILSON’S 
SNIPE and at least 35 LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen from the duck blind at Three 
Rivers WMA off of Smokey Hollow Road north of Baldwinsville. 


Madison county------------
     7/23: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen on Marsh Mill Road south of 
Bridgeport. 


Oneida County------------
     7/18: 3 MERLINS were seen near a private residence in Urica.     
7/19: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the Verona Beach Woods east of the 
State Park.     7/21: 5 species of shorebirds including 5 SOLITARY 
SANDPIPERS were seen at Delta Lake. 


Herkimer County------------
     7/19: Four species of shorebirds including 19 LEAST SANDPIPERS were 
seen at the McKoon’s pond and wetland south of Mohawk. 

    
                       --end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: Caspian Terns(2) @ Croton River Boat Ramp
From: Anne Swaim <anneswaim AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:55:15 -0400
Two Caspian Terns present around low tide this morning (9:30-10:30am) on 
sandbar between Croton River boat ramp and Rts 9/9A bridge with nice views from 
boat ramp. (Boat ramp is inside and at very southern end of main parking lot 
for Croton RR Station.) 


Anne Swaim
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Subject: Cupsogue Report 7-24
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:07:43 -0400
Maggie Wang and I spent all day birding the Cupsogue flats working two tides. 
There were a decent number of shorebirds but nothing out of the ordinary. 


Notables included: 1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER seen on the rising tide. Ken and 
Sue Feustel reported a Whimbrel which we did not see and neither did the 
McBriens. There were also a few ROYAL TERNS in the area, including 1 juvenile. 


The afternoon falling tide produced two young ROSEATE TERNS and we upped our 
flag re-sights to 7 birds that included (Red Knots, Semipalmated Sandpipers and 
Sanderlings). One of the flagged Semipalmated Sandpiper was the bird with the 
bad flag indicating this bird, has spent another week at the same site since it 
was first documented there. 


Seawatching, both in the morning and evening was non eventful. Something quite 
familiar, as I have been doing some of that of late in Queens with nothing to 
report for my efforts. 


Cheers,
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others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick 
Douglass 


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林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
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Subject: NYS eBird Hotspots - New and Renamed Shared Locations (21-Jun-2016)
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:59:19 -0400
Thanks to  AT Team_eBird for their dedication to keeping eBird.org running
smoothly and for the group of New York State hotspot moderators for their
time working on shared location suggestions.

New and renamed shared locations (hotspots) have been updated for the 62
county wiki pages. You can find a summary of the changes here with
clickable links where a dedicated hotspot (shared location) page exists:

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

Home page:
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Clickable map:
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Alphabetical list of counties:
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Enjoy!
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Subject: Re: Sandwich Tern Near Breezy Point, Queens
From: Tshrike19 <tshrike19 AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:37:05 -0400
We were on the NY side of Ambrose Channel, ambrose light tower is long gone, 
and was much further offshore. 


thanks for posting, Shai.

cheers,

 

 

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From: Shaibal Mitra 
To: NYSBIRDS (NYSBIRDS-L AT cornell.edu) 
Sent: Sat, Jul 23, 2016 3:25 pm
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Sandwich Tern Near Breezy Point, Queens

While fishing near the Ambrose Light this morning, my colleague Tom Brown of 
College of Staten Island observed a Sandwich Tern. 


He reports that it was not far off of Breezy Point, Queens.

Shai Mitra
Bay Shore

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Subject: Sandhill cranes, Seneca Lake Catharine's Marsh
From: Peter Priolo <peterpriolo AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:50:16 -0400
4, 2 adults 2 juveniles;
Also a small dark rail I could not confirm identity. 
Great surprises on visit to the area. 
Peter, Suffolk Cty

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Subject: Adult Baird's sandpiper on east pond at Jamaica Bay
From: Isaac Grant <hosesbroadbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:14:10 -0400
First found the bird on the first spit south of dead mans cove. It then flew 
across the pond and landed opposite the island. Again very few birds here. 
Birds are extremely wary and keep flushing all the time when a train passes or 
an osprey flies over or the wind blows. 


Stilt Sandpipers down to 8

SB Dowitchers down to 22

No sign of the Pectoral

Only increase is there are now 19 Semipalmated Plovers. 

Isaac Grant
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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 23 July 2016
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:19:38 -0400
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 23, 2016
* NYNY1607.23

- Birds mentioned
KING EIDER
American Bittern
Cattle Egret
Bald Eagle
Willet (subspecies "Western Willet")
Whimbrel
Red Knot
Stilt Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Louisiana Waterthrush

- Transcript

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

To report sightings call:
Tom Burke (212) 372-1483 (weekdays, during the day)
Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 (Long Island)

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

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, July 23rd
2016 at 2am. The highlights of today's tape are KING EIDER and shorebird
migration.

The previously reported subadult male KING EIDER was relocated on Monday at
Caumsett State Park at the Long Island Sound at the end of the fishing road.

Shorebird migration at the East Pond Jamaica Bay was good last Saturday
with 1,000 birds reported highlighted by 600 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 1
PECTORAL SANDPIPER and 1 STILT SANDPIPER. The bird numbers at the East Pond
declined during the week but 9 STILT SANDPIPERS and one PECTORAL SANDPIPER
were found on Thursday. The shorebirding at Cupsogue County Park was slow
in numbers during the week with 3 WHIMBREL, 1 "Western" WILLET, 2 WESTERN
SANDPIPERS and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER reported last weekend. Last Sunday
14 species of shorebirds were found at the water pools at Jones Beach West
End including 15 "Western" WILLETS, 4 RED KNOTS, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS and 1
PECTORAL SANDPIPER. A WHIMBREL was found at Cedar Beach [...] on Wednesday.
Other reports for the period were an adult BALD EAGLE along the Carmen
River last Saturday, 7 CATTLE EGRETS flying over the Hudson River at 125th
Street Manhattan on Tuesday, 2 AMERICAN BITTERN were found last Monday on a
marsh island off the mouth of Freeport Harbor, a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was
found Thursday at Sunken Meadow State Park.

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

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

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Subject: NYS Birders Conference & 69th NYSOA Annual Meeting
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:13:39 -0400
Registration is now open for the NYS Birders Conference and 69th New York
State Ornithological Association Annual Meeting hosted by the Chemung Valley
Audubon Society in Elmira, New York, September 9-11, 2016. This year's
conference promises to be another great event, chock full of great birding
and educational activities, along with opportunities to catch up with old
friends and make new ones. Highlights include a keynote by Osprey expert and
author Dr. Rob Bierregaard, field trips (including one with John James
Audubon!), workshops, papers, and more. Rooms for the event at the Riverview
Holiday Inn are being held until August 9, so get your room now
(607-734-4211).  Details, including information on discounts for early
registration, can be found at   http://nybirds.org/.

 

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Subject: Sandwich Tern Near Breezy Point, Queens
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:25:26 +0000
While fishing near the Ambrose Light this morning, my colleague Tom Brown of 
College of Staten Island observed a Sandwich Tern. 


He reports that it was not far off of Breezy Point, Queens.

Shai Mitra
Bay Shore

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Subject: eBird.org Shared Location - Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorn
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:18:01 -0400
Based on the Ring-necked Duck sighting a marker was created for 'Gate of
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Subject: Ring necked duck
From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:26:07 +0000
In pond at Gate of Heaven cemetery in Hawthorne (Westchester County) there is 
seemingly an unusually early ring necked duck (continuing bird). Also saw 4 
wood duck and similar number of killdeer. 


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Ossining

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Subject: Dune Road Marbled Godwit (Suffolk)
From: Karen Fung <easternbluebird AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:36:40 -0400
Just checked my phone and noticed that John Wittenberg texted that he had a 
Marbled Godwit on the bay side west of Tiana Beach shore. This was at 8:57am
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Subject: East Pond report
From: Isaac Grant <hosesbroadbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:17:29 -0400
Birded the north end after work. Tide was wrong. Numbers were very low. Only 
birds of note were 9 Stilt Sandpipers and 1 Pectoral Sandpiper. 


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Subject: Sunken Meadow State Park- Louisiana Waterthrush, nesting Hummingbirds, GH Owl (Suffolk County)
From: Vinny Pellegrino <pellegrinov AT ymail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:07:23 +0000 (UTC)
My walk this morning starting around 9 AM at Sunken Meadow State Park in 
Suffolk County produced a Louisiana Waterthrush, which happens to be my first 
for the park.  An early fall migrant, this bird was observed on the opposite 
bank of a stream in the western section of the park.  I managed to study the 
bird for almost fifteen minutes while it foraged along the bank and bathed in 
the stream edge pools before it spooked and flew further down stream.  Also a 
female Ruby-throated Hummingbird has been on her nest for the past few days and 
has only left for short breaks.  A Great Horned Owl has been frequenting the 
same area for a while now and the Blue Jays are not having it!  Every time I 
pass the same tree the owl is perched (visible from the trail), the Blue Jays 
are relentlessly mobbing the poor guy/girl.  The only other avian highlight 
was 5 Eastern Phoebes, 3 of which were fresh juveniles.  I'm assuming they 
were local nesters or possibly early moving after breeding. 

On another note, I found fresh River Otter scat at several of the latrine sites 
within the park.  Although I had a few fleeting encounters of the two or three 
otters that reside in the Nissequogue River watershed over the years, I have 
been unsuccessful at capturing a picture or video of them, just their remnants 
of food and scat! :) 

The checklist from my walk from today is below.
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Subject: Jones Beach West End Shorebirds
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:54:45 -0400
Was at the ponds at Jones Beach West until 1:30 - lots of shorebirds: short
billed dowitchers, both yellowlegs, semi plovers and sandpipers as well as
the continuing Stilt and Pectoral Sandpipers.  (west and east side
respectively) A NYC birder had reported hearing a possible Least Bittern
yesterday but I could not locate one.

When I returned to check out the coast guard sandbar, no shorebirds were
present - too many vacationers scared them off.  Saw a flycatcher -
assuming Willow by the restroom building.

Good birding,
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Subject: North Fork sightings
From: MICHAEL HIGGISTON <mikehigg AT optonline.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:40:51 -0400 (EDT)
On Tuesday, a bobwhite was heard at 8:30 in the field north of Oregon 
Road at the corner of Bridge Lane in Southold, Long Island.  This is our 
go-to place for bobwhite.

Later, around 9 AM at Cedar Beach, a whimbrel was spotted in the marsh 
behind the beach.  Whimbrels are seen in this marsh nearly every summer.

Two marsh wrens were heard, then seen, on Narrow River Road in Orient 
about a half mile south of North Road on the berm around 9:45 AM.

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Subject: Montezuma Refuge today
From: Robert Lewis <rfermat AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:18:20 +0000 (UTC)
I stopped at Montezuma Refuge this morning on my way to Canada.

At the main pool, several Black Terns and several Caspian Terns.

At the Knox-Marcellus overlook on East Road, one immature Swan. I suspect it 
was a Trumpeter, but can't be sure due to the distance and heat shimmer. 
Certainly not a Mute Swan. At one point, it was feeding at the edge of the pond 
when it was suddenly attacked by a Coyote that must have been stalking it from 
within the marsh grass. The swan escaped by moving quickly into deeper water. 


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Sleepy Hollow NY

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Subject: RE: The Gargeny at Montezuma Refuge
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:36:33 +0000
Hi Bob and all,

It is, of course, impossible to disprove definitively a captive origin for any 
unmarked bird. 


Even so, most people would consider the Montezuma bird a natural vagrant in the 
absence of any objective evidence to the contrary. 


The reason for this prevailing attitude is the accrual of a substantial body of 
data demonstrating a pattern of natural vagrancy by this species to North 
America. The Montezuma bird fit this pattern and showed no signs of prior 
captivity. It may conceivably have been a sophisticated 
Pokemon-Garganey-hologram, but skeptics and competitive Pokemon Go enthusiasts 
would need to be convinced. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore
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From: bounce-120630609-3714944 AT list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-120630609-3714944 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Robert Lewis 
[rfermat AT yahoo.com] 

Sent: Sunday, July 17, 2016 3:56 PM
To: Andrew Baksh; nysbirds-l
Subject: [nysbirds-l] The Gargeny at Montezuma Refuge

Any recent information on this bird? I have the opportunity to be nearby and 
could stop tomorrow or Tuesday. 


Not to be a broken record, as I've asked this before, but has anyone
investigated the possibility that this bird is an escapee?   Any informed
opinion on this topic would be appreciated.

Bob Lewis

Sleepy Hollow NY

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:26:32 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - July 18, 2016
*  NYSY  07. 18. 16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 11, 2016 
- July 18, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY 
counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands 
Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, 
Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: July 18  AT 5:00 p.m. 
(EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of July 11, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONWHIP-POOR-WILLRED-HEADED WOODPECKERPROTHONOTARY 
WARBLERCLAY-COLORED SPARROWORCHARD ORIOLE 


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

     12 species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week, most 
coming along the Wildlife Drive or in Knox-Marsellus Marsh.     7/13: A 
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Knox-Marsellus Marsh.     7/14: A 
STILT SANDPIPER was among seven shorebird species seen along the wildlife 
Drive. Dowitchers were seen also but were not positively identified.     
7/17: 5 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS including 3 fledglings were seen on the Erie 
Canal north of Tschache Pool. They were seen from kayaks as there is no foot 
access to this location. Another adult PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen from a 
kayak on the east side of Howland Island. 


Onondaga County------------
     7/12: Four species of shorebirds including SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER were 
seen at Jamesville Beach.     7/16: An adult male RUDDY DUCK continues at 
Beaver Lake.     7/17: 2 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen in the fields above Green 
Lakes State Park. Five species of shorebirds including LEAST SANDPIPER were 
seen in a wet area along New Seneca Turnpike northeast of Skaneateles. A 
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen from Mercer Park in Baldwinsville.  


Oneida County------------
     7/11: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary 
south of Clinton.     7/14: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen in the woods 
east of Verona Beach State Park. 


Herkimer County------------
     7/11: A WHIP-POOR-WILL was again heard in an area in the Town of 
Salisbury on private property.     7/17: 6 species of shorebirds including 
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER were seen in a pond on McKoons Road north of Mohawk. 

  




                       --end report 
    
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Subject: King Eider Caumsett State Park Suffolk County
From: David Klauber <davehawkowl AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:28:56 -0400
 This morning a little after 9 the immature male King Eider swam in near shore 
from a distant location in the sound. Other have looked unsuccessfully for the 
bird on previous days around 7-8 with no luck, when the tide was high. On those 
days it seemed to come in late morning on a low tide. This morning however it 
swam in on an incoming high tide. 

An enjoyable sight was a large colony of Bank Swallows doing well, near the 
eastern edge of the unforested bluff. Both the swallows and the Eider were 
about halfway between the end of the fishing drive and the next point further 
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Subject: Captree Island, SW Suffolk,
From: "Grover, Bob" <rgrover AT gpinet.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:08:00 +0000
Yesterday I birded Captree Island (Babylon side). No rarities to report, but 
lots of birds. It looked very much like a fall scene, with the large 
aggregation of waders. This included about 125 egrets, of which  were Snowy 
and the rest Great, one of which was swallowing a large eel. There were 6 Great 
Blue Herons, of which three were juvies, which is intriguing. There were also a 
minimum of 200 Glossy Ibis. One I listed as Ibis sp., as it was a juvie with a 
prominent white crown blotch, which flew off before I sufficiently studied it. 
Completing the waders was a Black-crowned Night Heron. Shorebirds were scarce, 
and I could only pick out a few Greater Yellowlegs and several semi pipers. 
There was a feeding frenzy of about 75 Forster's Terns in the main tidal creek 
adjacent to the road. The final highlights were about 60 Boat-tailed Grackles. 

If you decide to visit this location, keep in mind that I had to cut my scoping 
session short due to mosquitos, and continued from the safety of my truck. 


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Subject: Cupsogue 7-17
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:36:52 -0400
Yesterday, I birded both tide cycles at Cupsogue, LI getting in my first
fall shorebird survey. There was a decent amount of shorebirds to look at
consisting mostly of what was reported by Steve Walter on the 16th.

Highlights included:* WESTERN SANDPIPER* (presumably continuing bird),
*WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPER* and *WESTERN WILLET* (presumably continuing birds).
Additionally, shorebirds not mentioned on the 16th but were observed
yesterday included Red Knot and Sanderling.

I also saw both flagged Semipalmated Sandpipers mentioned by Steve and
grabbed video of the one bird that was bothered by the flag. Based on my
observation, I think the behavior of the bird suggest a case of a bad flag
that escaped QC (quality control) team of whoever did the flag making. In
any case, it should have been caught at the point of the actual banding.
Either this was either an oversight, someone being careless or just plain
ole GI.

Pat Lindsay, who along with Shai and Pete Morris who had joined me on the
flats, helped in counting Piping Plovers. We tallied 16 with several young
birds; a good season in the area? Of the 16, four were flagged with the
white lettering on green flag (U/L) and orange ring (U/R) which is a
Virginia Tech scheme One bird had the yellow over blue rings on both legs,
which is another VT banding scheme.

On the Terns, nothing really of note save for one Roseate Tern that flew in
on a rising tide. The Great Black-backed Gull numbers on one of the
adjoining islands is quite impressive. Easily 500 birds there with many
juveniles that look quite spiffy with their crisp plumage.

Leaving the worse for last - Seawatching, sigh...was once again a non event.

Cheers,

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Subject: The Gargeny at Montezuma Refuge
From: Robert Lewis <rfermat AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 19:56:16 +0000 (UTC)
Any recent information on this bird?  I have the opportunity to be nearby and 
could stop tomorrow or Tuesday. 

Not to be a broken record, as I've asked this before, but has anyone 
investigated the possibility that this bird is an escapee?   Any informed 
opinion on this topic would be appreciated.
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Sleepy Hollow NY



  
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Subject: West End, Jones Beach Shorebirds (Nassau Co.)
From: Ken Feustel <feustel AT optonline.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:46:59 -0400
This morning, on an outgoing tide, there were a decent variety of shorebirds on 
the bar at the West End marina, and a good variety in the ponds between WE2 and 
the nature preserve. Highlights included some fifteen Western Willets on the 
sandbar along with four Red Knots. On the ponds were two Stilt Sandpipers and a 
Pectoral Sandpiper along with an immature Yellow-crowned Night Heron. Although 
shorebird numbers were not particularly impressive, variety was good with 
fourteen species recorded. 


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Subject: Myesr;s point Ithaca NY and OT request:Pantanal, Brazil Birdinng
From: Meena Madhav Haribal <mmh3 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:23:31 +0000
Hi all,

I spent a couple of hours at Myers Point yesterday afternoon. It was delightful 
to watch many fledglings, young and adults interactions. There was family of 
Eastern Kingbirds which were being fed by the adults and young were so eager to 
be fed, always ready to open their mounts at the approach of the parent. It was 
neat to see the bright pink gape of young. Then there were families of Barn 
Swallows, Cedar Waxwings and Ospreys. All at different stages of development. 
It was almost more than an hour and half since the male Osprey brought any fish 
to the female and young. At the end of that hour they became so restless and 
each and everyone is was looking hopefully for the father to come. And female 
kept persistently calling. When we were watching through the scope one of the 
young directly was watching us. It would shake its head to get in a snaky 
fashion and peer at us intently. 



An OT request- Has anyone been to Pantanal, Brazil area on their own, not with 
a bird guide or tour but in adventurous mode? If so and you don't mind sharing 
some information please directly contact me at mmh3 AT cornell.edu because I want 
to know what locations would you recommend and thanks in advance. 




Cheers

Meena



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Subject: Carmans River
From: leormand AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 22:05:58 -0400
I paddleboarded down the carmans River and back today between Montauk highway 
and little neck run. Plenty of osprey and other expected birds. Highlights 
include many calling marsh wrens and one adult bald eagle near the known nest 
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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 16 July 2016
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 21:38:00 -0400
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 16, 2016
* NYNY1607.16

- Birds mentioned
ARCTIC TERN+
WHITE-FACED IBIS+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

KING EIDER
Cory's Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Northern Gannet
AMERICAN AVOCET
Lesser Yellowlegs
Whimbrel
Stilt Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Roseate Tern
Royal Tern
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Worm-eating Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark

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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
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        125 Pine Springs Drive
        Ticonderoga, NY 12883

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

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

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, July 16th
2016 at 1:30am. The highlights of today's tape are WHITE-FACED IBIS, KING
EIDER, AMERICAN AVOCET, ARCTIC TERN.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was found on Friday at the south end of the East Pond at
Jamaica Bay. An immature male KING EIDER has been present for over a week
and was last reported on Thursday at Caumsett State Park off the beach at
the fisherman's parking lot.

Five AMERICAN AVOCETS were found on Friday at Red Creek Pond, Hampton Bays
at the end of Creek Road.

Two ARCTIC TERNS were found at Cupsogue last Sunday along with 6 ROSEATE
TERNS, 1 ROYAL TERN and a WESTERN SANDPIPER.

Seabird watching was sporadic last week with small numbers of CORY'S
SHEARWATERS, WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS and a single SOOTY SHEARWATER and 7
NORTHERN GANNETS reported on Sunday.

The shorebirding at the Cupsogue flats was also slow last week with about
10-12 species highlighted by 140 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS on Sunday.

Also shorebirding was poor at Jamaica Bay with 10 species highlighted by 30
LESSER YELLOWLEGS and one STILT SANDPIPER on Friday.

A WHIMBREL was seen at Plumb Beach in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Four species of warblers highlighted by WORM-EATING WARBLER were noted in
Central Park at the reservoir last Sunday.

At the Calverton Grasslands four GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, 6 EASTERN
MEADOWLARKS, CHIPPING SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and
a YELLOW WARBLER were seen last Saturday.

Tom Burke will be away next week. Please call your reports to Tony Lauro at
(631) 734-4126.

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Subject: Cupsogue 7/16
From: Steve Walter <swalter15 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 21:02:13 -0400
An uptick in shorebird numbers at Cupsogue, as well. Highlights included 3
fly by Whimbrels and a Western Sandpiper. The Western was not as bright as I
was hoping to get an opportunity to photograph, but still separable from
Semipalmated on plumage alone. I was hoping to share a picture, but am
currently unable to upload to my FTP server. Knowing exactly what to look
for may be helpful in tracking down this bird - it worked for someone who
looked at the picture in my camera. I also had an opportunity to photograph
a Western Willet side by side with Eastern, which would be worth a look if I
can get that uploaded. Among the Semipalmated Sandpipers were two with green
flag bands, one of which seemed to have its gait hobbled by the band. I
managed to photograph it and will report the band number. Hopefully, it will
provide some useful information - something worth it, given the possibility
of the bird spending the rest of its life in discomfort.

 

Doug Futuyma, who was with me part of the time, took meticulous counts. I'm
not sure if he's going to post, so here are my counts that I will be posting
to z-bird.

 

American Oystercatcher - some

Piping Plover - 2

Semipalmated Plover - a few

Black-bellied Plover -  a scattering

Whimbrel - 3 

Lesser Yellowlegs - 2

Greater Yellowlegs - a bunch

Eastern Willet - a whole bunch

Western Willet - 1

Ruddy Turnstone - 2

Dunlin - 2

Western Sandpiper - 1

Least Sandpiper - lots

Semipalmated Sandpiper - numerous

Short-billed Dowitcher - many

 

On the tern front, nothing more exciting than one Royal Tern. Juveniles are
now out and about, including Forster's along with the many Commons. I got a
sense of that before even seeing any, getting buzzed by adults on my way
out. I was hoping something more interesting would appear on the rising
tide, by hey, even the mythical person that does this rising tide magic
didn't appear.

 

 

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Bayside, NY


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Subject: Jamaica Bay East Pond 7-16
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:45:53 -0400
There was definitely shorebird movement last night as evident by the numbers on 
the pond this morning. They were led by Semipalmated Sandpipers which I 
conservatively estimated at around 600. Least Sandpipers, came in second in 
terms of numbers and helped in the big jump for the overall shorebird total 
which is getting close to 1,000 birds. In all a total of 12 species of 
shorebirds. 


Shorebird highlights include the continuing 
STILT and the/a WESTERN SANDPIPER. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER sighting was reported 
by Corey Finger, who was birding with Seth Asubel and Tom Preston. I later 
caught up with this bird. 


The non shorebirding highlight for me was the 111 Snowy Egrets I counted. No 
sign (at least for me) of yesterday's White-faced Ibis. 


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

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Subject: No Avocets Hampton Bays Suffolk Co
From: Patricia Lindsay <pjlindsay AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:03:05 -0400
I checked Squires And Red Creek Ponds and as much of Hubbard Creek as I could 
see from a path off Upper Creek Rd just to the west of the ponds, but had no 
luck. 


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Subject: LI Avocets continue
From: d Futuyma <dfutuyma AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:18:00 -0400
As reported earlier by Mike Scheibel, on Red Creek Pond, visible from Creek 
Road boat launch. Placidly preening. 

Doug Futuyma 

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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night Heron and Cliff Swallows
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:34:51 -0400
New York Birders,

At least one CLIFF SWALLOW was mixed in with the more standard species at
Ridge Hill, Yonkers earlier in the week...can't recall if it was Monday or
Tuesday?

Yesterday while making a delivery at an apartment complex on Davenport
Avenue in New Rochelle, a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON suddenly appeared in
flight over the parking lot. My guess is that it came out of a plane tree
and was headed to feed along some nearby shoreline. The species nests in
that exact scenario (middle of a neighborhood, plane tree, nearby crab
habitat) here in Bayonne.

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Subject: eBird.org Shared Location - Red Creek Pond, Hampton Bays
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:13:05 -0400
Based on the Avocet sightings I see that this shared location doesn't exist.

A marker was just created for Red Creek Pond, Hampton Bays in Suffolk
County. The hotspot should be available within 12 hours.

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Country, State/Province, County, Type* or # of Checklists
— Select your personal location (it will show a letter "P" under Type*) by
clicking "Edit" on the right side of the line
— Select the "Merge" button and you'll see all nearby hotspots as red icons
— Keep the checkmark for "Delete after merging" selected
— Click the icon that best fits your location
— ... now you'll see the hotspot description above the 'Merge' button along
with the # of checklists you'll be merging
— Click on the 'Merge' button
— Answer Yes to the 'Yes or No' query

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Subject: Avocets - Yes Red Creek Pond, Hampton Bays, Suffolk
From: mscheibel49 AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:41:48 -0400
Five Avocets now on Red Creek Pond, undoubtedly same group reported earlier by 
Eileen Schwinn & Vincent C. at Squire Pond (~2 miles east of this location); 
easily viewed from boat ramp off Red Creek Road, birds are on a flat east side 
of pond inlet. 

Mike & Lynne Scheibel
Brookhaven 
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Subject: East Pond Jamaica Bay Queens Co. WFIB +
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:26:47 -0400
It was a tad hotter than yesterday on the East Pond this morning.
Nevertheless, I managed to complete the schlep up the pond from the south
end and back. Shorebird numbers remain much the same from yesterday. I
observed a total of 11 species including the continuing *STILT* and *WESTERN
SANDPIPER*. A Gull-billed Tern was observed opposite Calidrid Crossing,
hanging out near the Double-crested Cormorants.

At the southend, I observed 18 apparent Glossy Ibis' which was a high count
in recent days. In sifting through the flock, I noticed a smaller, darker
backed (less glossy) looking bird and decided to get a closer look. It
turned out to be a *WHITE-FACED IBIS* (WFIB) minus the white feathering
that is usually around the red facial skin. I need to do some photo
forensics but I am pretty confident this is a different bird from the one
that I found on June 5th.

Besides the increase in Snowy Egrets (27). All of the usual species remain
steady with no significant turn over.

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Subject: HB Squire Pond - Am Avocet
From: Eileen Schwinn <beachmed AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:47:39 -0400
A word of caution - both East Landing and West Landing Roads in Hampton Bays 
are Beach Permit parking areas from 9am-9pm. Although usually not heavily 
visited, one does run the risk of getting a parking ticket on either road. 

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Subject: Am Avocet- Hampton Bays, LI
From: Eileen Schwinn <beachmed AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:37:46 -0400
Currently, five American Avocet are being seen at Squires Pond, Hampton Bays. 
Four are still in breeding plumage. 

Squires pond is accessible from East Landing Rd, off Newtown Rd. Newtown Rd is 
off Squiretown/Red Creek Rd. 

Found a short while ago by Vince Cagno and his children.
The birds are still present.
Vince Cagno
Eileen Schwinn
Eric Salzman
John Leo
Mike Higgiston
Montauk hey east, left turn onto Squiretown, continue into Red creek Rd right 
turn onto Newtown left turn onto East landing road walk to beach turn left to 
pond and birds 




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Subject: NYSOA meeting at Beaver Lake Nature Center
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:13:49 +0000 (UTC)
If any members will be getting in Friday or can come early Saturday I am 
available for an informal bird walk at about 8:00. 

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Subject: Probable Jaeger sp. Nickerson Beach LI
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:14:20 -0400
Passing on a message from Sandra Paci who messaged that Jean Shum spotted a 
probable Jaeger sp. just offshore from the Tern/Skimmer colony. 


I have not other details but anyone in the area might want to keep an eye on 
the Ocean. Note, there was no Pokemon in the area. 


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Sun Tzu  The Art of War

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Subject: Re: East Pond report 7-14-16
From: peter paul <pepaul AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:11:07 -0400
I also went to the East Pond today, and will add to Andrew's email only
that on the way out, near the south side entrance, I came across a Western
Sandpiper mixed in with a flock of Leasts and Semis.  Thank you to Andrew
for looking at my photo and helping me clinch the ID!
Good Birding,
Tripper

On Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 12:06 PM, Andrew Baksh 
wrote:

>  I spent the morning on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge,
> birding the entire pond.
>
> The overall shorebird numbers continue to remain low. However, peeps are
> increasing led by Least Sandpipers.
>
> A total of 10 species of shorebirds with 1 STILT SANDPIPER being the
> highlight. Nothing of note among the other expected species.
>
> Cheers,
> --------
> "I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the
> ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own
> abhorrence." ~ Frederick Douglass
>
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> 林 Quiet as the forest
> 火 Conquer like the fire
> 山 Steady as the mountain
> Sun Tzu   *The Art of War*
> 
>
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Subject: East Pond report 7-14-16
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:06:20 -0400
 I spent the morning on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, birding 
the entire pond. 


The overall shorebird numbers continue to remain low. However, peeps are 
increasing led by Least Sandpipers. 


A total of 10 species of shorebirds with 1 STILT SANDPIPER being the highlight. 
Nothing of note among the other expected species. 


Cheers,
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Subject: King Eider at Caumsett SP (YES)
From: Menachem Goldstein <goldsteinm95 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:08:27 +0000 (UTC)
I just received an update and photos from Bobby Rossetti that indeed a young 
male King Eider was seen along Long Island Sound at Caumsett State Park 
between thefisherman’s parking lot and the area just past the pond to the 
east at low tide earlier today.   It is evidently working its way up and down 
the shoreline.  Photos from Bobby are posted to my flickr account with his 
permission https://www.flickr.com/gp/80885180 AT N07/2qXH3D.   

Please note I refrained from reposting original WhatBird King Eider photo which 
Ethan Maitra referenced due to possible copyright issues.  A) I do not know 
the usability status of images submitted to WhatBird b) I do not even know who 
the original finder of the eider is and C) I did not know how to contact them 
in order to get proper permission.  It was and likely still is available 
through the WhatBird site which can be viewed by making a "dummy account". 

Thank you Shai and Matthew for providing the updates on over-summering and 
breeding ducks on Long Island and for Bobby for confirming the bird's presence. 

Good Birding,
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Subject: Possible Hudsonian a Godwit West Pond
From: Doug Gochfeld <fresha2411 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:25:56 -0400
A large shorebird just flew over the parking lot at Jamaica Bay Wildlife
Refuge in Queens heading west that appeared to be a Hudsonian Godwit,
though I didn't get it in the scope until it was heading away. It was out
over the west pond and dropping fast, perhaps towards the northern edge of
the pond.
I will not be able to ground truth it, but if you're in the area...

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Subject: RE: Fw: [ebirdsnyc] King Eider at Caumsett SP
From: "Schlesinger, Matthew D (DEC)" <matthew.schlesinger AT dec.ny.gov>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:42:00 +0000
Common Eiders also have bred the past few years on Plum Island, as documented 
in regular surveys by Audubon NY volunteers. See our hot-off-the-presses report 
(and our older one) here: 


www.nynhp.org/plumisland

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First, to answer Ethan's question: Common Eiders breed on Long Island on small 
islands in the extreme eastern part of Long Island Sound, namely South Dumpling 
Island (and possibly nearby Flat Hammock Island), and also recently on Great 
Gull Island. 


http://www.nybirds.org/KBsearch/y2001v51n2/y2001v51n2p583-585horning.pdf#
http://www.nybirds.org/KBsearch/y2004v54n4/y2004v54n4rgn10.pdf#
DiCostanzo & Kramer, 2015. "Common Eider on Great Gull Island: A new nesting 
locality for New York State." The Kingbird Volume 65, pages 286-287. 


These nestings began about a decade after the wintering population on Long 
Island increased abruptly, starting about 1990. 


Second, to connect this thread to the earlier notes about summering waterfowl 
such as scoters and Tundra Swan: Both Common Eider and King Eider tend to 
over-summer quite regularly, and did so even prior to the big increase in the 
numbers of wintering Common Eider in New York. It is difficult for newer 
observers to believe, but for more than a century, King Eider was more numerous 
on Long Island than Common Eider. Furthermore, King Eider shows a definite 
tendency to over-summer here at a rate far higher than its winter scarcity 
might suggest. I've personally seen two birds during the period June-August: at 
Jones Beach in August 1999 and at Jamaica Bay in July 2003. As a rough 
quantitative comparison, I've recorded just nine line-item records of Surf 
Scoter in summer on Long Island, out of ca. 500 total line-tem records, 
compared to four line-item records of two individual summering King Eiders 
among my total of ca. 70 line-items for King Eider on Long Island. I offer the 
line items because it would be time-consuming, even impossible, to parse out 
the number of independent records and individuals. But given that many of the 
winter records of Surf Scoter involved multi-thousands of individuals, and 
given that I've surely been much more diligent about recording all King Eiders 
I've seen than wintering Surf Scoters, it's quite clear that the likelihood of 
a given King Eider over-summering is much greater than that of a given Surf 
Scoter. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore

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Sent: Monday, July 11, 2016 10:02 PM
Subject: [ebirdsnyc] King Eider at Caumsett SP


It seems my previous post has failed to make it through, since it didn't pop up 
in my inbox (like it usually does), so I will just redo it. A birder went to 
Caumsett SP last Saturday and took a picture of an odd duck. Yesterday, it 
posted it on WhatBird (bird ID forum) so it could be identified. As a WhatBird 
member I replied saying it was a Common Eider (the expected Eider here, which 
is still odd this far west in July), but others pointed out it was actually an 
immature male King Eider. I asked where it was and the border replied with a 
map of Caumsett with the northeast shore (stopping just west of the pond) 
circled in red. I will try to chase the bird tomorrow, and others should too, 
since a King Eider is already rare in the winter when it's expected further 
north. A scope is likely needed, since it could be out in the Sound. 


Link to the WhatBird post (with map):
http://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/152767-goose-duck/#entry928792

Also, where do Common Eiders breed on Long Island?


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Subject: Re: Fw: [ebirdsnyc] King Eider at Caumsett SP (And also 7/12 NYC shorebirds)
From: Doug Gochfeld <fresha2411 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 18:41:14 -0400
I don't understand Rich Guthrie's query/quarrel here. Are you tsk-tsking
Menachem, who posted the report, or the person whose post he was
forwarding, who posted to the ebirdsnyc group, or are you wondering aloud
about the person who originally posted the photos on WhatBird? If either of
the latter two, I don't understand what use the question has going to this
list, since there is a decent likelihood that neither of those two is
reading that question/pearl of wisdom, since they did not post directly to
this group. If the question was (mis)directed at Menachem, then I really
don't understand what the point trying to be made is, since A) He did not
originally post the links that needed a username (that probably wouldn't
take that long to set up, though that's beside the point), and B) He does
not own the rights to those photos to re-post them in an album more easily
consumable by the general public (which would also take him more time
personally, which for a report that is not even his in the first place,
seems like an unfair thing to expect).

I think that Menachem's forwarding of the post was an excellent use of the
listserv, the (main?) purpose of which is to disseminate interesting
information about birds. I find the presence of a King Eider off the north
shore of Long Island in the summer (or at any time of year, really) to be a
very good example of the aforementioned purpose of said listserv. In
addition to this interesting tidbit of information, we were graced with
some more background on Eider occurrence in the region by Shai Mitra, which
almost certainly would not have come to pass at this time and place had the
original post not been shared by Menachem in the first place. I am grateful
for the post, which was a very solid use of the listserv.

---------------------
Now, to make sure that this post isn't also of extremely minimal use to
those reading it:

Late morning today, a *Whimbrel* (*hudsonicus*) briefly dropped onto the
beach at Plum Beach in Brooklyn, on the incoming tide. It then flew off to
the west calling. Not much else in the way of migrant shorebirds at Plum (4
Least Sandpipers, 3 peep sp., 1 Semipalmated Plover, 3 Killdeer), but some
of this could probably be ascribed to the complete disturbance of the low
tide mudflats by walkers and dogs.
To rehash the theme of summering ducks, the long-staying male *Long-tailed
Duck* continued here as well.

Shane Blodgett and I then headed over to the East Pond at Jamaica Bay
Wildlife Refuge, where we were disappointed in the lack of medium-size
shorebirds, though there were pockets of Least Sandpipers scattered through
the pond. We only birded the Big John's overlook and the north end (to
south of "dead man's cove"), so we missed whatever was tucked away at the
south end. A Peregrine also reshuffled some birds before we were able to
get proper looks at them.
We came away with ~30 Lesser Yellowlegs through the north end, and a mere 1
Short-billed Dowitcher, though this dowitcher was associating very closely
with a nice Stilt Sandpiper retaining much of its breeding plumage. These
two were in a flock of 18 Lesser Yellowlegs, mostly hanging out south of
the island, on both the east and west shores of the pond.

Both locations were awash in (mostly juvenile) Barn Swallows, and Northern
Rough-winged Swallow was noted at both locations.

Good Birding!!
-Doug Gochfeld. Brooklyn, NY.









On Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 10:55 PM, Richard Guthrie  wrote:

> What good is it to post a link that potential viewers can't open without
> permission?
>
> Rich Guthrie
>
> On Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 10:24 PM, Menachem Goldstein <
> goldsteinm95 AT yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>> Forwarding interesting report, photo is definitely a King Eider.
>>
>>
>>
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>> *To:* ebirdsnyc AT yahoogroups.com
>> *Sent:* Monday, July 11, 2016 10:02 PM
>> *Subject:* [ebirdsnyc] King Eider at Caumsett SP
>>
>>
>> It seems my previous post has failed to make it through, since it didn't
>> pop up in my inbox (like it usually does), so I will just redo it. A birder
>> went to Caumsett SP last Saturday and took a picture of an odd duck.
>> Yesterday, it posted it on WhatBird (bird ID forum) so it could be
>> identified. As a WhatBird member I replied saying it was a Common Eider
>> (the expected Eider here, which is still odd this far west in July), but
>> others pointed out it was actually an immature male King Eider. I asked
>> where it was and the border replied with a map of Caumsett with the
>> northeast shore (stopping just west of the pond) circled in red. I will try
>> to chase the bird tomorrow, and others should too, since a King Eider is
>> already rare in the winter when it's expected further north. A scope is
>> likely needed, since it could be out in the Sound.
>>
>> Link to the WhatBird post (with map):
>>
>> 
http://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/152767-goose-duck/#entry928792 

>>
>> Also, where do Common Eiders breed on Long Island?
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Subject: RE: Fw: [ebirdsnyc] King Eider at Caumsett SP
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:28:07 +0000
First, to answer Ethan's question: Common Eiders breed on Long Island on small 
islands in the extreme eastern part of Long Island Sound, namely South Dumpling 
Island (and possibly nearby Flat Hammock Island), and also recently on Great 
Gull Island. 


http://www.nybirds.org/KBsearch/y2001v51n2/y2001v51n2p583-585horning.pdf#
http://www.nybirds.org/KBsearch/y2004v54n4/y2004v54n4rgn10.pdf#
DiCostanzo & Kramer, 2015. "Common Eider on Great Gull Island: A new nesting 
locality for New York State." The Kingbird Volume 65, pages 286-287. 


These nestings began about a decade after the wintering population on Long 
Island increased abruptly, starting about 1990. 


Second, to connect this thread to the earlier notes about summering waterfowl 
such as scoters and Tundra Swan: Both Common Eider and King Eider tend to 
over-summer quite regularly, and did so even prior to the big increase in the 
numbers of wintering Common Eider in New York. It is difficult for newer 
observers to believe, but for more than a century, King Eider was more numerous 
on Long Island than Common Eider. Furthermore, King Eider shows a definite 
tendency to over-summer here at a rate far higher than its winter scarcity 
might suggest. I've personally seen two birds during the period June-August: at 
Jones Beach in August 1999 and at Jamaica Bay in July 2003. As a rough 
quantitative comparison, I've recorded just nine line-item records of Surf 
Scoter in summer on Long Island, out of ca. 500 total line-tem records, 
compared to four line-item records of two individual summering King Eiders 
among my total of ca. 70 line-items for King Eider on Long Island. I offer the 
line items because it would be time-consuming, even impossible, to parse out 
the number of independent records and individuals. But given that many of the 
winter records of Surf Scoter involved multi-thousands of individuals, and 
given that I've surely been much more diligent about recording all King Eiders 
I've seen than wintering Surf Scoters, it's quite clear that the likelihood of 
a given King Eider over-summering is much greater than that of a given Surf 
Scoter. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore

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Sent: Monday, July 11, 2016 10:02 PM
Subject: [ebirdsnyc] King Eider at Caumsett SP


It seems my previous post has failed to make it through, since it didn't pop up 
in my inbox (like it usually does), so I will just redo it. A birder went to 
Caumsett SP last Saturday and took a picture of an odd duck. Yesterday, it 
posted it on WhatBird (bird ID forum) so it could be identified. As a WhatBird 
member I replied saying it was a Common Eider (the expected Eider here, which 
is still odd this far west in July), but others pointed out it was actually an 
immature male King Eider. I asked where it was and the border replied with a 
map of Caumsett with the northeast shore (stopping just west of the pond) 
circled in red. I will try to chase the bird tomorrow, and others should too, 
since a King Eider is already rare in the winter when it's expected further 
north. A scope is likely needed, since it could be out in the Sound. 


Link to the WhatBird post (with map):
http://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/152767-goose-duck/#entry928792

Also, where do Common Eiders breed on Long Island?


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Subject: Re:[ebirdsnyc] King Eider possibly at Caumsett SP
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:20:01 -0400
I saw the related thread in "Whatbird" where someone identified the duck as a 
King Eider and also aged it. Those of us who are not members cannot access the 
photo. 


As Rich Guthrie noted in another e-mail, it would be good to make the said 
photo (s) available in a more accessible forum. 


This is an excellent rare summer find and it would be nice to see the images.

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> On Jul 11, 2016, at 2:49 PM, Ethan Maitra astrobirder83 AT yahoo.com [ebirdsnyc] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Someone found a King Eider at Caumsett SP on Saturday. I was alerted of this 
through WhatBird, where someone posted a photo of the bird asking for the 
identification. I have no clue exactly where it is in Caumsett, but I'm trying 
to get more details on the bird. It's a 1st summer male, and the photo appears 
to be on the LI Sound (it was resting on some rocks). 

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Subject: Re: Fw: [ebirdsnyc] King Eider at Caumsett SP
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:55:14 -0400
What good is it to post a link that potential viewers can't open without
permission?

Rich Guthrie

On Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 10:24 PM, Menachem Goldstein  wrote:

> Forwarding interesting report, photo is definitely a King Eider.
>
>
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> ----- Forwarded Message -----
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> *To:* ebirdsnyc AT yahoogroups.com
> *Sent:* Monday, July 11, 2016 10:02 PM
> *Subject:* [ebirdsnyc] King Eider at Caumsett SP
>
>
> It seems my previous post has failed to make it through, since it didn't
> pop up in my inbox (like it usually does), so I will just redo it. A birder
> went to Caumsett SP last Saturday and took a picture of an odd duck.
> Yesterday, it posted it on WhatBird (bird ID forum) so it could be
> identified. As a WhatBird member I replied saying it was a Common Eider
> (the expected Eider here, which is still odd this far west in July), but
> others pointed out it was actually an immature male King Eider. I asked
> where it was and the border replied with a map of Caumsett with the
> northeast shore (stopping just west of the pond) circled in red. I will try
> to chase the bird tomorrow, and others should too, since a King Eider is
> already rare in the winter when it's expected further north. A scope is
> likely needed, since it could be out in the Sound.
>
> Link to the WhatBird post (with map):
>
> http://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/152767-goose-duck/#entry928792
>
> Also, where do Common Eiders breed on Long Island?
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Subject: Fw: [ebirdsnyc] King Eider at Caumsett SP
From: Menachem Goldstein <goldsteinm95 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 02:24:46 +0000 (UTC)
Forwarding interesting report, photo is definitely a King Eider.

     
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 Sent: Monday, July 11, 2016 10:02 PM
 Subject: [ebirdsnyc] King Eider at Caumsett SP
   
  It seems my previous post has failed to make it through, since it didn't pop 
up in my inbox (like it usually does), so I will just redo it. A birder went to 
Caumsett SP last Saturday and took a picture of an odd duck. Yesterday, it 
posted it on WhatBird (bird ID forum) so it could be identified. As a WhatBird 
member I replied saying it was a Common Eider (the expected Eider here, which 
is still odd this far west in July), but others pointed out it was actually an 
immature male King Eider. I asked where it was and the border replied with a 
map of Caumsett with the northeast shore (stopping just west of the pond) 
circled in red. I will try to chase the bird tomorrow, and others should too, 
since a King Eider is already rare in the winter when it's expected further 
north. A scope is likely needed, since it could be out in the Sound. 


Link to the WhatBird post (with map):
http://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/152767-goose-duck/#entry928792

Also, where do Common Eiders breed on Long Island?
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Subject: 7/11- Autumn in July at Coney Island Creek
From: Doug Gochfeld <fresha2411 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:33:31 -0400
A two hour vigil at Coney Island Creek Park in Brooklyn  this morning
yielded a bit of diurnal passerine migration on the light north wind. While
we didn't detect any Bobolinks, or Warblers, there was an appreciable
flight of icterids (over 400 total) and swallows (29 individuals among 4
species). 2 northbound Eastern Kingbirds and a female Orchard Oriole were
also nice indications of some movement.

There were north winds overnight and into the morning on this exact date
last year as well, and it's interesting to compare the two lists, which
echo each other in some ways, including the swallow diversity and
preponderance of Brown-headed Cowbirds:

Today's list
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30641246


July 11, 2015:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S24222966
Also for fun- July 10, 2015:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S24211816

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:16:26 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - July 11, 2016
*  NYSY  07. 11. 16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 04, 2016 
- July 11, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY 
counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands 
Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, 
Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: July 11  AT 1:00 p.m. 
(EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of July 04, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
LEAST BITTERNBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONBLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK 
(Extralimital)RING-NECKED DUCKLONG-BILLED DOWITCHERBLACK TERNRED-HEADED 
WOODPECKERSWAINSON’S THRUSHPROTHONOTARY WARBLERORCHARD ORIOLE 


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

     10 species of shorebirds were reported from the complex this week, most 
coming from Knox-Marsellus Pool. Best bird was a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER.     
7/7: 2 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were seen while kayaking on the Clyde River on the 
north side of Tschache Pool. Note there is no walking access to this spot.   
  7/9: A LEAST BITTERN was seen along the Wildlife Drive. A BLACK-CROWNED 
NIGHT-HERON was seen at the Visitor’s Center. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was 
again seen on South Mays Point Road. 26 BLACK TERNS were seen at Kip Island. 


Onondaga County------------
     7/7: SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were 
spotted on Gully Road off of New Turnpike Road northeast of Skaneateles.     
7/9: An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen along the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. 
6 ORCHARD ORIOLES were seen in the fields above Green Lakes State Park. 


Madison County------------
     7/5: A rare for summer RING-NECKED DUCK was seen Woodman Pond.

Oneida County------------
     7/4: 3 SWAINSON’S THRUSHES were found near Lake Julia north of 
Remson.     7/6: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues at Spring Farm Nature 
Sanctuary south of Clinton. 


Cayuga County------------
     7/10: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the Bluff Picnic Area of 
Fairhaven State Park. 


Extralimital------------
     7/11: 6 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were spotted at Allan Tremen Park 
at the south end of Cayuga Lake (Tompkins County) in Ithaca. They were last 
seen north of this area on the Red Lighthouse Jetty. No reports since. 







                       --end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: LI Birding: Arctic Terns ++
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:02:13 -0400
I birded all day on the "Island of Long." Most of my time was spent  AT  Cupsogue 
starting at 7:00 a.m. birding two tide cycles. 


The day started with a seawatch which was better than previous attempts. Made 
so, by the double digit number of Wilson's Storm-Petrels that worked a couple 
of areas near fishing boats. A few Shearwaters were observed but were too far 
out to label. 


From the seawatch, I got onto the flats on a rising tide and spent a few hours 
sorting through the birds that were present. In the Tern flock, I found 2 
ARCTIC TERNS - 1 first summer and 1 second summer. The latter, showing a 
speckled forehead and some traces of the dark lesser-covert bar. 


Later as the tide got high, I picked out a WESTERN SANDPIPER from among the 
peeps. This bird was retaining much of its breeding plumage, showing extensive 
rufous in its crown and scapulars. Pete Morris and Taylor Strum who had shown 
up on the flats were able to get on these birds as well. 


Later in the afternoon, I did a second round on the flats. I re-found the 
WESTERN SANDPIPER from earlier and then found another. The second bird was not 
as bright at the AM bird but it did have a slightly larger bill and showed some 
rufous in the scapulars. 


It took some time but I also managed to re-find the 2nd summer ARCTIC TERN. 
Unfortunately, I could not re-find the 1st summer bird. 


Rounding out the highlights: A total of 6 ROSEATE TERNS were also present on 
the flats this afternoon. 1 Royal Tern dropped in onto the flats but did not 
stick around for too long. 


Leaving Cupsogue, I decided to end the day with a seawatch at Shinnecok Inlet. 
Before the rain came, I managed to pick out several Wilson's Storm-Petrels. 
There was also some Shearwater action. 2 were identified as Cory's and several 
left as Shearwater sp. due to distance and poor visibility. 


For those interested, I'll have some photos of today's birds on my blog 
shortly. 


Cheers,

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"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of 
others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick 
Douglass 


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林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
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Subject: Central Park NyC - Sunday July 10, 2016 incl. Prairie, Blue-winged & Worm-eating warblers
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 17:29:46 -0400
Central Park NYC 
Sunday July 10, 2016
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, Deborah Allen, m.ob.

Highlights today included nine individuals of four species of Wood Warblers: 
Prairie Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, and six 
Black-and-white Warbler, plus some breeding birds. 


Birds at the Reservoir seen by Deb before the walk. 

Canada Goose - 33 Reservoir, 1 Turtle Pond
Gadwall - pair Turtle Pond, 3 Reservoir
Mallard - Turtle Pond including hen with 3 half-grown ducklings & a new brood
Mourning Dove - several locations
Chimney Swift - flyovers
Ring-billed Gull - 1 adult Reservoir
Herring Gull - 1 adult Reservoir
Great Black-backed Gull - 1 adult Reservoir
Double-crested Cormorant - at least 25 Reservoir & flyovers
Great Egret - Turtle Pond & Reservoir
Red-bellied Woodpecker - Oven, Shakespeare Garden & Azalea Pond
Downy Woodpecker - 2 Weather Station, Indian Cave
Northern Flicker - Tupelo/Iphigene's Walk, hatch-year & adult Oak Bridge
Eastern Kingbird - Turtle Pond
Warbling Vireo - Warbler Walk, etc. 
Red-eyed Vireo - adult & juvenile Weather Station, Azalea Pond, molting 
juvenile Captain's Bench 

Blue Jay - adult and begging hatch-year Evodia Field
Barn Swallow - Turtle Pond, 3 adults & nest with 3 young Reservoir
White-breasted Nuthatch - 2 adults & 2 young (Bob before walk)
American Robin
Gray Catbird - several locations
Cedar Waxwing - 2 Warbler Rock
House Finch - Tupelo Field, Oven, Azalea Pond 
Worm-eating Warbler - Tupelo Field (Bob before walk)
Blue-winged Warbler - north end Tupelo Field/Weather Station
Black-and-white Warbler - 6 total - E. of Azalea Pond, W. of Azalea Pond, Upper 
Lobe, Oak Bridge, others before walk (Bob) 

Prairie Warbler - male north end Tupelo Field/Weather Station
Song Sparrow - juvenile in Willow at the Oven
White-throated Sparrow - Evodia Field
Red-winged Blackbird - male Turtle Pond
Common Grackle - various locations
Baltimore Oriole - Captain's Bench, another before the walk (Bob)

Tom Socci & family reported an Eastern Towhee east of the Maintenance Field. 

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Subject: Leach's Storm Petrel - Dune Road (Suffolk County)
From: Taylor Sturm <tjsturm AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 15:47:00 -0400
At approximately 2:30 pm, Pete Morris and I observed a non-Wilson's storm 
petrel fly west on the bay side of Dune Road past Tiana Beach. All the features 
we observed pointed towards Leach's. 


Good birding,

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Subject: EPCAL to the rescue !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 02:09:29 -0400
Due to the time restraint of just a few hours to bird starting from the
Riverhead area, when Dave Larsen (a long-time, local birding friend who now
lives in Virginia, picked me up, Epcal seemed the best choice for avian
action !

Stopping first at the "radar station" opposite the Calverton Grasslands
(aka Epcal) we were greeted by a Red-tailed Hawk, 9 W.Turkeys, 2
E.Kingbirds, and 2 singing Grasshopper Sparrows. Crossing the street
(Rt.25), 2 more Grasshoppers sang for us. Dave then heard an E.Bluebird
vocalize, but we unable to locate it. While still in this section of the
grasslands, we had at least 2, and possibly up to 6 E.Meadowlarks, a
hunting Kestrel, and singles of both Chipping and Savannah Sparrows.
Heading toward the s/s of the property, at Mackay's Pond, we had 1-2
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and a Yellow Warbler.

Unfortunately, our last quest went unfulfilled...as we missed on the Blue
Grosbeaks that have been seen recently.

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Subject: A day of sea watching on Long Island
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 20:27:44 -0400
Tom Burke and I started the day with a sea watch off of Robert Moses State
Park beginning  AT  8 am.  The three-hour watch was slow, notable only for one
Sooty Shearwater (seen twice)  and one Cory's as pelagic birds.
We drove east to Dune Road and a stop at Tiana Beach yielded 140
Short-billed Dowitchers including a single bird of the Prairie race (
hendersoni). Other  shorebirds included a few Least Sandpipers and one
Semipalmated Sandpiper, a few Black-bellied and Piping Plovers, one Greater
Yellowlegs, and numerous Willets and American Oystercatchers.  One Roseate
Tern was present with the Common and Least Terns gathered there.
We resumed our sea watch at Shinnecock Inlet, yielding more pelagic birds -
a dozen Shearwaters working in 2 groups and appearing to be Cory's, 2
Wilson's Storm-Petrels, and 7 Northern Gannets.  After three hours there we
moved to Cupsogue where there were many hundreds of birds on the bay side
(Gulls, Terns,  Cormorants and shorebirds) but nothing unusual including no
Pelicans. On the ocean we could see a large gathering of birds to the east
so we relocated to Pike's Beach and resumed the watch. Here
we saw 16  Shearwaters appearing to be all Cory's, other Shearwaters were
left unidentified as the visibility waned, 1 Wilson's Storm-Petrel, and 4
Northern Gannets. We left at  AT  7 PM.
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From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 17:54:09 -0400
Thanks to  AT Team_eBird for their dedication to keeping eBird.org running
smoothly and for the group of New York State hotspot moderators for their
time reviewing shared location suggestions.

This message relates to wiki pages I've developed to access data on
eBird.org including additional links to birding related resources at the
county and location levels.

Species totals have been updated for all county pages. This includes the
total number of species with the equivalent color code highlighting the
county name based on the colors used on eBird's maps. The alphabetical list
of counties on the main page has been updated with total spp. #.

Hotspot pages: All location pages have been updated on the wiki. These
include 219 pages representing a total of 670 out of 5,124 hotspots (13%).
Updates involve # of species and color codings based on species # along
with updated 2016 periods for the bar chart tables displaying the Month:
Jul./2016 and the current two month period Jun. - Jul./2016 along with the
current year.

Tide Graphs exist for New York County, Kings County (Brooklyn) and Richmond
County (Staten Island). There's a quick link to the tide graphs on the "Go
To >" line highlighted in blue for each location. If there are multiple
graphs on a page the left/right is generally north/south or west/east. If
you spot any issues please let me know off line.

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

Bar Charts (Species Lists): For all county and top location pages there's a
table showing the months, seasons and several time frames for the current
year. Clicking any of these will bring up a complete list of species and
other taxa with bar charts representing abundance. To see a list of species
for *all* periods click on the name above the months i.e. 'New York State
(472 spp.)' or 'Chemung County (236 spp.)'.

Maps of sightings: After bringing up a bar chart list you'll see a MAP
button to the right of each species. Clicking this will produce a map of
the latest sightings. Red icons show sightings within the past 30 days.
Click on the icons to see a list of who reported each species and click on
'Checklist' to view their submission. Click on 'Explore Rich Media' in the
right sidebar to view locations with photos, audio or video.

Click 'Overview' on any of the wiki pages to bring up a sortable list of
all species along with the latest checklists submitted and a list of the
Top eBirders.

Check out 'My Location Life List', 'My County Life List' and 'My State Life
List' links on their respective pages.

For each location page click on 'Google Map Directions' to bring up a
Google Map page. On Google Maps click 'Directions' then 'Transit' to plot a
public transportation route. By clicking 'More Options and Times' you can
refine your search. This also works with 'Driving' and 'Walking'.

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

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Subject: Wilson's Storm Petrels off Ft. Tilden
From: Isaac Grant <hosesbroadbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 15:54:24 -0400
Encouraged by Heydi Lopes find of one in Deadhorse Bay I got to the beach. Have 
seen 4 so far. All going west to east. These are the first I've seen in NYC 
since before Hurricane Sandy. 


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Subject: Belated East Pond Report 7-7-16
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 09:39:00 -0400
The Short-billed Dowitcher number cracked the century mark on Thursday, nearing 
200 based on my count from early that morning. 


In a surprise, Mute Swans were down to 74 (yeah, I know you are alldying to 
know this data). No sign of the ringed Double-crested Cormorants or the Glossy 
Ibis but I have obtained the data. Wednesday evening, Susan Elbin of New York 
City Audubon, and I exchanged messages regarding the banded trio. 


Susan, confirmed they were all banded by her team. The two Double-crested 
Cormorants are 1st year birds. More excitingly was the data on the Glossy Ibis. 
This was a bird that was ringed back in 2010 at a site that no longer exists. 
It was neat getting the data back so quickly and learning they were processed 
locally. 


Other than the uptick in Short-billed Dowitchers, there was nothing new on the 
shorebird front. I did notice an increase in Snowy Egrets and a Great Blue 
Heron count resulted in 17. Otherwise, the usual species hold steady on the 
East Pond. 


I did look for Brown Pelicans but alas I could not conjure up any. I am sure 
one is going to show up somewhere nearby. 


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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 8 July 2016
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2016 20:09:52 -0400
-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* July 8, 2016
* NYNY1607.08

- Birds Mentioned

WHITE-FACED IBIS+
ARCTIC TERN+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

BROWN PELICAN
CATTLE EGRET
Black-bellied Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
WHIMBREL
STILT SANDPIPER
Short-billed Dowitcher
GULL-BILLED TERN
Roseate Tern
Royal Tern
Acadian Flycatcher
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Worm-eating Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Parula
Prairie Warbler
Grasshopper Sparrow
BLUE GROSBEAK
Bobolink

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transcriber:  Gail Benson

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July 8, 2016 at
7:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are BROWN PELICAN, WHITE-FACED IBIS, ARCTIC
and GULL-BILLED TERNS, CATTLE EGRET, WHIMBREL and STILT SANDPIPER, and BLUE
GROSBEAK.

Two BROWN PELICANS spotted Thursday morning at Smith Point County Park in
Shirley continued east and presumably were half of the four seen later at
Cupsogue County Park in Westhampton Dunes; these four spent the day moving
about the bay near Moriches Inlet before ending up on the large bar just
inside the Inlet.  However, we have no report that they continued in that
area today.

Also at Cupsogue, out on the flats last Saturday afternoon an adult ARCTIC
TERN joined single ROYAL and ROSEATE plus other expected TERNS plus an
assemblage of shorebirds that featured a WHIMBREL, 95 SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHERS and GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS among the migrants.

Neither the Ruff nor the White-faced Ibis were seen at Jamaica Bay Wildlife
Refuge this week, but a WHITE-FACED IBIS was reported Sunday afternoon from
the marsh off Captree Island – was this the Jamaica Bay bird, which had
been fading rapidly?

Jamaica Bay did have a productive week, with a CATTLE EGRET visiting the
southern end of the East Pond briefly both Sunday and Monday.  Among the
shorebirds there, a STILT SANDPIPER appeared at the south end on Monday,
while a WHIMBREL was reported flying over the former West Pond the day
before.  One or two GULL-BILLED TERNS were present during the week, usually
around the south end of the former West Pond but also occasionally on the
East Pond, where a ROYAL TERN was noted Tuesday.  Migrant shorebirds at the
Bay have so far been low but building, including some BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVERS, up to 200 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS yesterday, and both YELLOWLEGS,
and conditions look good for more to arrive once the heat wave ends.  An
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was still singing during the week in the woods south of
Big John’s Pond.

A WHIMBREL continued to visit the bar off the Coast Guard Station at Jones
Beach West End at least to Saturday.

Up to three BLUE GROSBEAKS, adult and sub-adult males plus a female,
continue around the grasslands at the former Grumman Airport in Calverton,
often noted near the intersection of Line Road and Grumman Boulevard.  Lots
of GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS and a nice variety of birds also continue there.

Among the seasonal floaters or early fall migrants noted recently have been
BOBOLINK, BANK SWALLOW, and among the WARBLERS, NORTHERN PARULA,
WORM-EATING, PRAIRIE, and BLACK-AND-WHITE.  The CLIFF SWALLOWS recently at
Pelham Bay and Van Cortland Parks in the Bronx may represent birds
disrupted from other breeding colonies; as a note, it did appear Monday
that some nests on the Cross River Reservoir Dam had been damaged, and many
fewer CLIFF SWALLOWS were present than earlier.

For the next two weeks Tony Lauro will handle the RBA duties, so please
call Tony with your reports at (631) 734-4126.

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: Re: Brown Pelicans - Suffolk - Yes 5pm
From: Michael McBrien <mcb3mb AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 16:57:49 -0400
All four Brown Pelicans are back on the bar in Moriches Inlet, as seen from the 
bar on the 4 wheel drive road at Cupsogue. 


Mike McBrien

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> On Jul 7, 2016, at 2:47 PM, Arie Gilbert  wrote:
> 
> The 4 pelicans were present on the sand bar until recently when some boaters 
landed and flushed them 

> 
> Seen on 07/07/2016  AT  2:47 PM
> 
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> Thursday, 07 July 2016, 00:02PM -0400 from Pat Palladino 
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> 
> The four Brown Pelicans are currently on a sandbar inside the inlet and are 
viewable from the west end of the off-road path from the Cupsogue County Park 
parking lot. 

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Subject: Brown Pelicans - Suffolk -
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2016 21:47:41 +0300
The 4 pelicans were present on the sand bar until recently  when some boaters 
landed and flushed them 

Seen on 07/07/2016  AT  2:47 PM
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>The four Brown Pelicans are currently on a sandbar inside the inlet and are 
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Subject: Brown Pelicans - Suffolk - yes
From: Pat Palladino <dino1277 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 16:02:11 +0000
The four Brown Pelicans are currently on a sandbar inside the inlet and are 
viewable from the west end of the off-road path from the Cupsogue County Park 
parking lot. 


Pat Palladino


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Subject: Further Pelican Update
From: d Futuyma <dfutuyma AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 09:47:37 -0400
The Brown Pelicans now number 4, and are directly in front of the observation 
platform just west of Cove Lane. 

Doug Fuyuyma

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Subject: Brown Pelicans, Cupsogue (Suffolk)
From: d Futuyma <dfutuyma AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2016 09:05:21 -0400
3 Brown Pelicans were spotted 10 minutes ago, swimming north of the beach just 
west of the tidal flats. They took flight and after some circling, alighted 
farther out in the bay, north of the large island that issued by campers. I 
suspect boat traffic will disturb them before long 


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Subject: Re: JBWR East Pond report 7-6-16
From: Tim Healy <tph56 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 16:00:46 -0400
I spent some time on the Pond today as well, passing Andrew on the western 
shore as I worked my way north. I only have a few notes to add. The Acadian 
Flycatcher is still on site, audible even across the East Pond! I also heard a 
few Marsh Wrens and saw fledglings of many local breeders. A young Peregrine 
was terrorizing waders at the south end, startling up a Great Egret and 
pursuing a Glossy Ibis for some distance. The herons were out in force today, 
including a few Little Blues. It was VERY hot, but the shoreline is in good 
condition and I was able to travel the entirety of the east side from the south 
entrance all the way to the "escape route" at the north end just before one 
reaches the treacherous muck. 


Here's hoping for a great shorebirding season!

Cheers!
Tim H

> On Jul 6, 2016, at 12:33 PM, Andrew Baksh  wrote:
> 
> I spent 5 hours on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay this morning noting a small 
uptick in Shorebirds. Noticeably, the increase were of 3 species. Short-billed 
Dowitchers were nearing the hundred mark and an increase in both Lesser and 
Greater Yellowlegs was evident. 4 Black-belied Plovers popped in and out in a 
matter of minutes. Their presence, brief as it was, brought my shorebird 
species count to 10. Eleven, if I counted separately the one SBDO (Short-billed 
Dowitcher) Hendersoni subspecies candidate. 

> 
> A male Wood Duck was seen in flight a few times and it almost seemed as 
though he was looking for his mate given the calls and flights. 

> 
> Saving the best for last, I found another ringed Double Crested Cormorant and 
I was able to read the code. The one I found yesterday was there again today 
and I was able to verify the code that I had documented. 

> 
> In another first for me on the pond. I documented a ringed Glossy Ibis and 
also was lucky enough to read the code. This one required all of my Shinobi 
skills to get within range for a read but I managed it. Master Jiraiya, would 
have been proud of me :-) 

> 
> It's heating up out there folks. Stay cool, drink lots of water and please do 
check in on your elderly kin. 

> 
> Cheers,
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Subject: JBWR East Pond report 7-6-16
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 12:33:27 -0400
I spent 5 hours on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay this morning noting a small 
uptick in Shorebirds. Noticeably, the increase were of 3 species. Short-billed 
Dowitchers were nearing the hundred mark and an increase in both Lesser and 
Greater Yellowlegs was evident. 4 Black-belied Plovers popped in and out in a 
matter of minutes. Their presence, brief as it was, brought my shorebird 
species count to 10. Eleven, if I counted separately the one SBDO (Short-billed 
Dowitcher) Hendersoni subspecies candidate. 


A male Wood Duck was seen in flight a few times and it almost seemed as though 
he was looking for his mate given the calls and flights. 


Saving the best for last, I found another ringed Double Crested Cormorant and I 
was able to read the code. The one I found yesterday was there again today and 
I was able to verify the code that I had documented. 


In another first for me on the pond. I documented a ringed Glossy Ibis and also 
was lucky enough to read the code. This one required all of my Shinobi skills 
to get within range for a read but I managed it. Master Jiraiya, would have 
been proud of me :-) 


It's heating up out there folks. Stay cool, drink lots of water and please do 
check in on your elderly kin. 


Cheers,

--------
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others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick 
Douglass 


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes nested in the Adirondacks!
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 10:13:23 -0400
On Thursday, June 30, 2016, I stopped along Raquette River Drive in Tupper
Lake to see if I could spot the Sandhill Cranes.  There have not been any
recent observations of the cranes in the open field along Stetson Road, so I
assumed they were likely nesting in the marsh this year.  I spotted one
adult Sandhill Crane with a juvenile at the edge of the marsh - closer to
the Raquette River than Simon Pond!  I was just about to take a photo when I
had a negative experience with a person temporarily staying at one of the
houses (similar to Dana's recent situation at Massawepie).  All the home
owners along the road are quite excited about the cranes, and I believe the
young man has been spoken to, so the situation is likely resolved.  The
police assure me that it is perfectly legal to stop your car in a public
road to take a photo as long as you are not blocking traffic (there is no
"traffic" on this quiet road!).

 

I was out with some great people from NYC Audubon over the long weekend and
we stopped at the Raquette River marsh in Tupper Lake on Sunday, July 3rd
and observed 2 adult Sandhill Cranes with 2 juveniles feeding at the edge of
the marsh along Simon Pond!  A few people in the group took videos of the
family of 4!  This documents the first breeding record for this species in
the Adirondacks - very exciting!  The cranes were a good distance away and
the scopes were set up high - the NYC group had a little stair stool for
their van and we used that to reach the scope for viewing!  There was a
friendly homeowner watching us, and one person joked that we should ask to
use their much higher deck for viewing the cranes, but we didn't go that
far!

 

There is a canoe outfitters right near this location (it would only take a
few minutes to canoe from the outfitters to the marsh):
http://raquetteriveroutfitters.com/ .  When we observed the cranes on
Sunday, I was thinking we would have had a fantastic view if we were in a
boat on Simon Pond!  The cranes were at the edge of the water.

 

I haven't had time to post birds to the list serve or post photos to
Facebook - I hope to catch up today.  On Sunday, we also found Wilson's
Snipes calling and winnowing as we watched the cranes.  An Eastern Kingbird
has an active nest on top of a dead snag in the Raquette River along the
road also.  I'll post more later today.

 

Joan Collins

President, NYS Ornithological Association

Editor, New York Birders

Long Lake, NY

(315) 244-7127 cell       

(518) 624-5528 home

http://www.adirondackavianexpeditions.com/  

http://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian

 


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Subject: Jamaica Bay East Pond 7-5-16
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 18:00:33 -0400
I found myself again on the East Pond this AM but a little late than I would 
have liked. Nothing much in terms of shorebirds and I could not re-find the 
Stilt Sandpiper from yesterday. Overall, it appeared we lost a few shorebirds 
to migration and did not gain any. 


Notable birds today from the pond and surrounding area include: Ruddy Ducks, 
Belted Kingfisher (female), Northern Flicker, Wood Ducks (male and female 
tucked into the phragmites), Gull-billed Tern (flyover), Royal Tern (flyover) 
and a banded Double-crested Cormorant. I was very pleased to be able to read 
the band code - making it a 1st readable banded DCCO for me on the pond. 


The overnight rainfall raised the water level on the pond a tad but it remains 
in excellent shape. This is exactly the reason why getting a head start with 
the drainage is critical in staying ahead of any adverse weather conditions. 


Cheers,
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"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of 
others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick 
Douglass 


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

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Subject: EPCAL Breeders
From: Timothy Healy <tph56 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 17:55:41 -0400
I finally made a journey out to EPCAL with Tracey Watt to check up on some
of the specialty birds. Throughout our visit, Grasshopper Sparrows were
vocal and visible. We were fortunate enough to encounter a cooperative
fledgling, still quite streaked with a noticeable gape, who was perched
along Grumman Boulevard. We never managed to pin down a male Blue Grosbeak,
but a female was briefly seen with a fledgling along Line Road. A return
stop at this location found our target bird bathing in a roadside puddle.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Meadowlark, Eastern Bluebird, Field Sparrow,
and Orchard Oriole were all heard and seen in the area, and the abundant
Chipping Sparrows were observed carrying fecal sacs. Several Turkey
Vultures and a kestrel were the only raptors, and other wildlife included
White-tailed Deer, Common Wood-Nymph, and Eastern Box Turtle. A short visit
to the nearby cemetery added a few more sightings, including thrasher,
Ovenbird, and a wood-pewee vigorously pursuing a Blue Jay.

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Cheers!
-Tim H

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Subject: RE: Great South Bay near the "Smith's Point"
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 11:54:16 +0000
Hi Trish and all,

It is unusual, but not really rare, to see White-winged Scoters on Long Island 
during summer. Taking the island as a whole, there are records every summer, 
with the Montauk and Orient areas hosting these birds most often. 


Some of these birds, when studied closely, show signs of injury or illness, but 
I don't think that disability fully explains the pattern of over-summering 
behavior. For one thing, there are striking disparities among our various 
winter waterfowl species in their frequencies of summer occurrence. Being shot 
or finishing the winter under-nourished would be expected to affect selected 
sets of species in roughly similar ways, but White-winged Scoter occurs much 
more often than Surf Scoter, for example. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore
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From: bounce-120604946-3714944 AT list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-120604946-3714944 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Trish Bonadonna 
[naturemom23 AT optonline.net] 

Sent: Monday, July 4, 2016 10:16 PM
To: NYSBIRDS-L AT cornell edu
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Great South Bay near the "Smith's Point"

While canoeing and fishing the bay, I saw an unmistakable white-winged scoter 
near Smith's Point marina boat launch. Didn't know they were still around, so 
was really surprised to see him. Is this an injured bird that couldn't migrate? 
Was then happy to see two purple martins and quite a few seaside sparrows in 
the marsh grasses. 


Happy Birding,
Trish B

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Subject: Great South Bay near the "Smith's Point"
From: Trish Bonadonna <naturemom23 AT optonline.net>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 22:16:18 -0400
While canoeing and fishing the bay, I saw an unmistakable white-winged scoter 
near Smith's Point marina boat launch. Didn't know they were still around, so 
was really surprised to see him. Is this an injured bird that couldn't migrate? 
Was then happy to see two purple martins and quite a few seaside sparrows in 
the marsh grasses. 


Happy Birding,
Trish B

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Subject: Stray Skimmers and other observations
From: Timothy Healy <tph56 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 21:01:12 -0400
I spent a lot of time at the beach today, partly for relaxation and partly
for birding. Early afternoon at Jones featured mostly the usual suspects,
and despite moderately-strong winds off the sea (with a slight westerly
edge) an evening seawatch from Robert Moses was shockingly lackluster. It
was still a lovely beach day, and I had some nice conversations with
passersby who stopped to inquire about my equipment. When I was driving
home with sunset approaching, I spotted two birds flying down Peninsula
Boulevard and heading towards the south pond at Hempstead Lake. Although I
saw them briefly and from behind, the size, shape, pattern, and distinctly
loping flight pattern triggered my autopilot ID as "Black Skimmer." I'm
very surprised by the venue for an encounter with this rather localized
species, but if I'd been 15 minutes to the south I wouldn't have thought
twice about this glimpsed observation. I'll keep an eye out if I pass the
Lake when I head out tomorrow. Hope everyone had a pleasant Independence
Day, and I hope students and fellow teachers are making good use of summer
break.

Cheers!
-Tim H

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