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3 Aug Cupsogue shorebirds []
3 Aug Re: AviSys Birding Software [James Reynolds ]
3 Aug AviSys Birding Software [syschiff ]
3 Aug Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
3 Aug Birder's Conference deadline [Kathryn Schneider ]
3 Aug Adult Baird's Sandpiper- Brooklyn, Now [Doug Gochfeld ]
2 Aug Jamiaca Bay Today [Steve Walter ]
2 Aug Lido Beach Preserve: 2 Little Blue Herons [Robert Taylor ]
2 Aug Stilt Sandpipers Continue at Timber Point Golf Course (Suffolk Co.) [Ken Feustel ]
2 Aug Re:[nysbirds- Central Park warblers [Goldstein Gina ]
2 Aug Croton train station [Larry Trachtenberg ]
2 Aug Hanover Square, Wallstreet [Alan Drogin ]
1 Aug Lesser Black-backed Gull in NY Times Article on Asbury Park? [Shaibal Mitra ]
1 Aug Caspian Tern @ East Pond Jamaica Bay Queens County... []
1 Aug Re: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI [Peter Reisfeld ]
1 Aug Stilt sandpiper suff co. [Arie Gilbert ]
1 Aug Jamaica Bay East Pond Shorebird Report 8-1 [Andrew Baksh ]
1 Aug Stilt Sandpipers @ Timber Pt. East Marina, Suffolk Co. []
1 Aug Re: Revised: Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper [Andrew Baksh ]
1 Aug Re: Revised: Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper [Robert Taylor ]
1 Aug RE:Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI [Shaibal Mitra ]
31 Jul Re: Revised: Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper [Andrew Baksh ]
31 Jul Shinnecock Inlet Sea Watch, Suffolk County [Sean Sime ]
31 Jul NYC Area RBA: 31 July 2015 [Gail Benson ]
31 Jul Re: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI [Arie Gilbert ]
31 Jul Revised: Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper [Robert Taylor ]
31 Jul Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper [Robert Taylor ]
30 Jul FW: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI [David Klauber ]
30 Jul Re: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI [Andrew Baksh ]
30 Jul Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI [Shaibal Mitra ]
30 Jul Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Shorebirds and East Pond update 7-30 [Andrew Baksh ]
30 Jul Black-billed Cuckoo(s)/Red Crossbills/Olive-sided Flycatchers/Boreal Chickadees/Gray Jays/Black-backed Woodpecker, etc. [Joan Collins ]
30 Jul Cattle Egret @ West Pond JBWR Queens County []
29 Jul East Pond Water Level and Shorebird Report 7-29 [Andrew Baksh ]
29 Jul Jamaica Bay- July 29, 2015 []
28 Jul From the blue of water, to the blue of sky. [robert adamo ]
28 Jul Bald Eagle-New Suffolk [Thomas Moran ]
27 Jul Eisenhower Park NY- Fledgling Red Tail Hawk bathing [Steve Williams ]
27 Jul Croton Point Landfill Grasslands -- Upland Sandpiper this am [Anne Swaim ]
27 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
26 Jul NYC Area RBA: 25 July 2015 [Ben Cacace ]
26 Jul Jones Beach West End: Red Phalarope-No, other shorebirds - Yes [Robert Taylor ]
26 Jul Barbequing & Birds [robert adamo ]
25 Jul Jamaica Bay East Pond update and Shorebird report 7-25 []
25 Jul Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Smith Pt. County Park (Suffolk) [John Gluth ]
25 Jul Red Phalarope Jones Beach NO [Ryan Candee ]
25 Jul My "no" helped bring about someone else's "yes" at the Calverton Grasslands ! [robert adamo ]
24 Jul Red Phalarope - Yes [Robert Taylor ]
24 Jul Central Park, NYC 7/24 & prior: migration [Thomas Fiore ]
23 Jul Jones Beach Red Phalarope []
23 Jul Dune Rd Rd K New York Waterthrush [Thomas Moran ]
23 Jul Re: East Pond Update July 23rd [Pat Aitken ]
23 Jul Long Island sparrows [Peter Reisfeld ]
23 Jul East Pond Update July 23rd []
23 Jul Nassau County Red Phalarope continues @ new location []
23 Jul Red Phalarope at Jb west end [parksys577 ]
23 Jul Red Phalarope continues [Rob Bate ]
23 Jul Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am [Ardith Bondi ]
22 Jul Red Phalarope ["Carney, Martin" ]
22 Jul Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am [Ardith Bondi ]
22 Jul Reed Phalarope Jones beach YES 4.50 [Kenton Gomez ]
22 Jul Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am [steve rosenthal ]
22 Jul Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am [John Laver ]
22 Jul RE: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am [Rick ]
22 Jul RE: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am ["Grover, Bob" ]
22 Jul Re: Red Phalarope at Jones Beach-Yes also Lark Sparrow at Moses [Andrew Baksh ]
22 Jul Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am [Ardith Bondi ]
22 Jul Red Phalarope at Jones Beach-Yes [Rob Bate ]
22 Jul Re: Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Nassau Co.) - NO [Anders Peltomaa ]
22 Jul RE: Lark Sparrow Robert Moses SP., Suffolk Co. [Shaibal Mitra ]
22 Jul Cupsogue County Park Tidal Flats (Suffolk Co.) [Ken Feustel ]
21 Jul Black-bellied Whistling-duck Details and Photos (Nassau Co.) [Brent Bomkamp ]
21 Jul Re: Nickerson BBWD (Nassau Co.) Potential Search Strategy [steve rosenthal ]
21 Jul Nickerson BBWD (Nassau Co.) Potential Search Strategy [Brendan Fogarty ]
21 Jul Red Phalarope WE2 Ponds JBSP Update [Philip Ribolow ]
21 Jul Black-bellied Whistling-duck - Departed [Brent Bomkamp ]

Subject: Cupsogue shorebirds
From: <lstocker AT optonline.net>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 17:37:06 -0400
Jim Cullen and I caught an early(7:30a.m.) rising tide in and around the 
Moriches/Cupsogue area via boat.Highlights included a Whimbrel, 53 Red Knots 
(one with a blue tag high on the leg but showing no numbers)countless 
Sanderlings and Dowitchers, 6 Royal Terns, 3 Forster’s Tern and one lone 
Dunlin. An afternoon visit to Timber Point for the Stilt Sandpiper came up 
empty.Tide was very high limiting our viewing. 

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Subject: Re: AviSys Birding Software
From: James Reynolds <eire1130 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 16:40:18 -0400
What did AviSys do and is there a way to contact the (former?) developer?

On Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 3:57 PM, syschiff  wrote:

> Hi All,
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> A birder reported on a National List Serv that due to  " a very serious,
> and unexpected health issue" that AviSys birding software is shutting
> down. I checked and the notice is on their web site.  There is no mention
> of continuity. I guess we will hear more in due course.
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Subject: AviSys Birding Software
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 15:57:41 -0400
Hi All,  

A birder reported on a National List Serv that due to " a very serious, and 
unexpected health issue" that AviSys birding software is shutting down. I 
checked and the notice is on their web site. There is no mention of continuity. 
I guess we will hear more in due course. 


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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 18:47:21 +0000 (UTC)
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* August 03 2015*  NYSY  08. 03. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 27, 2015 - August 03, 2015to report by 
e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma 
National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside 
Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison 
& Cortlandcompiled: August 03  AT 2:00 p.m. (DST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga 
Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #453 Monday August 03, 
2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of July 27, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

RUDDY TURNSTONESTILT SANDPIPERLONG-BILLED DOWITCHERSHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHERRED-NECKED PHALAROPEBONAPARTE’S GULLRED-HEADED WOODPECKERORCHARD 
ORIOLE 


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

     In all, 15 species of Shorebirds were seen at the complex this week.
     7/31: At Knox-Marsellus Marsh 11 species of Shorebirds were found 
including RUDY TURNSTONE, 12 STILT SANDPIPERS, 12 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 1 
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.ALSO SEEN WERE 3 SANDHILL CRANES.     8/2: A visit to 
the dykes at Knox-Marsellus and Puddler’s Marshes turned up 12 species of 
Shorebirds including 9 STILT SANDPIPERS, 18 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 1 
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Also seen were 19 SANDHILL CRANES and a BONAPARTE’S 
GULL. An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues on Mays Point Road. 


Onondaga County------------
     8/1: 2 ORCHARD ORIOLES were found at Green Lakes State Park.

Oswego County------------
     7/31: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Derby Hill.

Herkimer County------------
     8/1: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at a private residence near Dolgeville.

Cayuga County------------
     8/1: An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen near the camping area at 
Fair Haven State Park. 



      --  end report


Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: Birder's Conference deadline
From: Kathryn Schneider <fallline AT nycap.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:58:34 -0400
Just a reminder that the deadline to submit abstracts for the Scientific Paper 
Session at the NYS Birders Conference and 2015 NYSOA Annual meeting is August 
15. The meeting is hosted by the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club and will be held at 
the Holiday Inn Wolf Road in Albany, NY October 2-4. The paper session is 
Saturday afternoon, October 3rd from 1:30-4:30pm. Students, environmental 
monitoring groups, resource managers, and scientists are encouraged to share 
recent research on such topics as avian behavior, life history, ecology, 
migration, or the effects of climate change, land use, invasive species, and 
disease on bird populations. Talks are limited to 20 minutes including 
questions. For more information and to submit abstracts contact Dawn O'Neal, 
2015 Scientific Paper Session Co-Chair, dawn AT huyckpreserve.org 
. Meeting details and registration at 
https://hmbc.net/nysoa/ . 


Posted on behalf of Dawn O’Neal Scientific Paper Session Co-Chair

Kathy Schneider
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Subject: Adult Baird's Sandpiper- Brooklyn, Now
From: Doug Gochfeld <fresha2411 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 06:32:37 -0400
There is an adult Baird's Sandpiper in the wrack line on the beach at Plum
Beach in Brooklyn. It's been here for at least 20 minutes, and it is
behaving as if it will stick. It is closer to the parking lot than to the
tip. Also of note for the location is a migrant Piping Plover on the flats
near the tip.

Good Birding
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Subject: Jamiaca Bay Today
From: Steve Walter <swalter15 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 21:05:01 -0400
Despite the reports from Jamaica Bay, I went today anyway. I had to get out
on such a beautiful day, and I don't want to be travelling 50 miles or more
every time out. And not being a bird elitist, or some such term I've heard
lately, there are other things I wanted to check on. For what it's worth,
despite all the terrible things being said about the East Pond, I saw, by
far, more Rambur's Forktails there than I 've ever seen in a day. Big Bluets
were kind of scarce on the south end, where the algae is prevalent, but they
seemed to be in better shape as I headed north beyond the Raunt. The shore
area by the Raunt is extensive enough now and free of algae, yet mostly
devoid of shorebirds. There were none there as I worked north, but two
perhaps just arrived juvenile Least Sandpipers as I worked back to the
south. In other words, those are shorebirds that don't fly off as soon as
you as much as breathe in their direction. The young 'uns are also our hope
the future - the rest of this season, I mean. We need that, as there sure
aren't many shorebirds right now. A whopping four species for me today on
the East Pond. Among other birds groups, a Gull-billed Tern put in two brief
appearances, a Tricolored Heron flew over (or in), and an immature Little
Blue Heron was present. Unseasonal in my mind were a Pied-billed Grebe
(can't remember one in summer since many years ago when they could actually
breed there) and a canadensis type Canada Goose (short neck, roundish head).

 

It appears that Jamaica Bay is part of what seems to be a regional explosion
of the large moth Oldwife Underwing. Scores of them could be found in the
gardens, sometimes a half dozen cryptically hiding on one tree trunk. It
helps when your host plant is too big for NPS to eradicate. They do their
best to wipe out other things (I understand that there is some well meaning
effort to eliminate invasives, but it's not a good look along much of the
trail system) . It's a disgrace what they do with the south field. Where
there should be wildflowers and butterflies, there is mowed lawn. They are
trying to plant a garden by the VC, yet can't seem to get much to grow in
the middle of summer. And I think the stuff they're trying to plant was
growing naturally elsewhere on the refuge - until it got mowed down. I think
we need a refuge for wildlife that is displaced from the wildlife refuge. I
also noted that phragmites are now taking over around the West Pond edge,
where plants such as Seaside Gerardia once flourished. No problem NPS, take
a few more years to study whether the pond needs fixing. Enough venting for
now. We'll save the fence for another day. Ah, feels so good to be going to
Jamaica Bay again.

 

Steve Walter

Bayside, NY


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Subject: Lido Beach Preserve: 2 Little Blue Herons
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 18:47:52 -0400
www.longislandbirding.blogspot.com

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Subject: Stilt Sandpipers Continue at Timber Point Golf Course (Suffolk Co.)
From: Ken Feustel <feustel AT optonline.net>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 16:35:40 -0400
The number of Stilt Sandpipers increased to five this morning at the Timber Pt. 
Golf Course Marina in Great River. The marina, located on the east side of the 
golf course on the Connetquot River, also held Greater Yellowlegs, Short-billed 
Dowitcher, Eastern Willet, and Least Sandpiper. The birds were scattered in the 
salt marsh pools that lie just north of the marina. 


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Subject: Re:[nysbirds- Central Park warblers
From: Goldstein Gina <Goldstein.Gina AT bcg.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 17:48:12 +0000
Northern Waterthrush in the Gill. Blue-wing warbler near Laupot Bridge. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 2, 2015, at 11:08 AM, Alan Drogin  wrote:
> 
> Not a rarity, but adding to reports of their early movement through NYC. A 
chinking Northern Waterthrush was holding court Saturday at the tiny Queen 
Elizabeth II September 11th Memorial Garden in Hanover Square bordered by 
Pearl, Stone, Hanover and William Streets. 

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Subject: Croton train station
From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 16:04:55 +0000
A brief stop at low tide this am found at croton train station (green heron - 
2; great blue - 3, one yellow warbler and one marsh wren calling and of course 
osprey) ---and at Croton Landing a BC night heron. Only shorebird (many at both 
locations) was killdeer. 


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Ossining 

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Subject: Hanover Square, Wallstreet
From: Alan Drogin <drogin AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 10:58:05 -0400
Not a rarity, but adding to reports of their early movement through NYC. A 
chinking Northern Waterthrush was holding court Saturday at the tiny Queen 
Elizabeth II September 11th Memorial Garden in Hanover Square bordered by 
Pearl, Stone, Hanover and William Streets. 


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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull in NY Times Article on Asbury Park?
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 23:36:19 +0000
I believe the gull featured in the summer beach scene at Asbury Park, NJ, in 
today's New York Times is a Lesser Black-backed Gull (page 16). 


Times have changed if this species has become the iconic seagull of the Jersey 
Shore! 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore

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Subject: Caspian Tern @ East Pond Jamaica Bay Queens County...
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 19:00:59 -0400
I have not seen this posted as yet and I double checked my junk folder since 
many reports seem to keep ending up in that folder. 


I just picked up a voice message from Ann Lazarus, who indicated that she and 
her crew (love saying that) had a Caspian Tern at the raunt this morning around 
the same time I was trying to call her to give her a report from the north end 
after spotting them. The bird was observed from the Big John's Overlook. 


That is a very good bird for the East Pond and good to know that we have one 
around. In the past few seasons, I have had one hang around for a few days so 
keep an eye out if you are visiting. 


Cheers,


風 Swift as the wind
林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
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Subject: Re: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI
From: Peter Reisfeld <drpinky AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 22:27:57 +0000 (UTC)
While the compilation of data from observation may be useful in studying the 
behavior of birders, the very behavior being studied may be a consequence of 
the ways in which data is used.  The shift toward chasing rarities may not 
relate to changes in human motivation or culture.  Rather, I suspect it is a 
direct result of better access to data, namely the rapid reporting and 
retrieval of birding information due to the proliferation of smart phones and 
use of list serves.   


On a personal note, I have always been appreciative of the welcoming nature of 
the birding community and its generosity in sharing information and advice.  
In fact, both Shai and Andrew have been amongst the most giving in this regard, 
for which the community is certainly grateful. Nevertheless, while I can 
understand how frustration can evoke negative feelings, a public broadcasting 
of disappointment with the behavior of a generous community is more apt to 
elicit resentment than a positive result.  Public encouragement works better 
than criticism, for family members, fellow birders, and possibly even for 
photographers.  (Though perhaps not for cat lovers.) 


Happy summer birding, 

Peter 


 On Saturday, August 1, 2015 7:52 AM, Shaibal Mitra 
 wrote: 

   

 Thanks to everyone who shared information about the appearance of juv Laughing 
Gulls along the LI shore this summer. It sounds as though they appeared 
relatively late but, as is sometimes the case, simultaneously in widely 
scattered places. Confirmation of a new breeding site on the island will 
probably have to wait until another year (I believe all the "confirmed" blocks 
east of Jamaica Bay in the Atlas represent flying juvs). 


It's interesting to me that almost all the info about Laughing Gulls, which is 
what I asked for in my post, was offered privately, whereas it was my rather 
secondary--and mild--expression of disappointment about community effort 
patterns that garnered public discussion.  In giving serious thought to the 
various points that were raised, including my own, the only general theme I can 
discern that is worth pursuing is the question of whether or not birding itself 
can be studied, in a manner similar to how we study egrets and Laughing Gulls. 
I believe that it can, and I've scrupulously recorded data regarding the 
birders I've encountered in the field over the past 35 years in an effort to 
document their patterns of abundance, distribution, and behavior--and to look 
for changes or trends in these things. 


And what's wrong with that? It's very likely that Andrew could marshall data to 
support his hypothesis about a shift toward alerts-oriented effort; Dave could 
well be drawing on a deep body of background knowledge when he criticizes my 
inability to identify egrets and report them in a satisfactory manner; and Arie 
might be right that his birding and reporting practices, including his chase 
and followup of the Little Egret, have been meritorious. My statement that the 
overall egret-chasing effort collapsed prematurely back on 22 May is not a 
personal attack on any particular person; it is a conclusion based on a large 
body of observations. 


It's the information age--the data are out there!

Shai Mitra
Bay Shore

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Subject: Stilt sandpiper suff co.
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 16:45:29 -0400
1 At east marina in timber pt golf course. Time needed as bird moves in and out 
of tall grass 


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Subject: Jamaica Bay East Pond Shorebird Report 8-1
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 13:58:06 -0400
Pathetic!

That about sums up the Shorebirding this morning on the East Pond at
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens NY. Birding only the northend as way
of checking the water level, I was disappointed that on this day August
1st, I could not find double figures of Dowitchers given that the water
level has gone down.

The 250 + Short-billed Dowitchers, that I had the other day--most of them
must have pulled out because I ended up counting about 8, all on the East
Side of the pond, which I was lucky to spot while scoping up the pond from
Dead Man's Cove. i could not make out any flock movement on the southend so
I am doubtful there was any volume of shorebirds down that end.

All of this was before and during high tide so where are the thousands of
shorebirds? Brigantine in NJ, is loaded with shorebirds. Where are ours?
Have we missed them due to the water level situation. I keep hoping that we
will see a big wave of shorebirds but it is getting harder to remain
optimistic.

When in weather like this I am on the East Pond in August looking at Snowy
Egrets and wondering about photos for an Egret quiz instead of looking at
and studying shorebirds, you know the situation is a dire one. I'll keep
posting reports from the pond and hopefully the news will get better.

In non Shorebird news, I had an adult Tri-colored Heron--a different bird
from the immature reported earlier in the week. Also a female Red-breasted
Merganser was another interesting sighting.

For those of you thinking of visiting, I requested and got the boot washing
station setup near the visitor's center. If you visit and it is not setup,
please ask the rangers. Sometimes they could forget depending on who is
manning the front desk.

Keeping the faith!

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Subject: Stilt Sandpipers @ Timber Pt. East Marina, Suffolk Co.
From: mscheibel49 AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:52:24 -0400
Two Stilt Sandpipers now at previously reported Timber Pt GC, East Marina. 
Feeding separately & with Dowitchers in tidal pool just east of dock & pool 
just north (access short path off parking lot through phrags.) 

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Subject: Re: Revised: Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 09:32:05 -0400
Suriname aka Dutch Guiana, is another country that uses "yellow" flags. Looking 
forward to hearing about the history. 


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> On Aug 1, 2015, at 8:15 AM, Robert Taylor  wrote:
> 
> Thanks, I uploaded the photo - best could make out was a letter and "24". 
I'll submit it later today. Last year around this time (same week) at the same 
location I had another banded Semi-Palmated Sandpiper with a blue banded 
letters UCH - turned out was tagged in Brazil and the person who actually 
banded the bird got in contact with me. (photo attached) Good birding, Rob in 
Massapequa 

> 
>> On Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 8:58 PM, Andrew Baksh  wrote:
>> Thanks for the report Robert. Yellow flag might be Peru if I remember the 
color scheme to which country correctly. 

>> 
>> That certainly, is an interesting one since I seem to see most flagged SESAs 
with green or blue flags. 

>> 
>> Even if you cannot read the code, I recommend submitting the data as it is 
useful for those researchers who are interested to know where their banded 
birds travel to once leaving their wintering grounds 

>> 
>> Cheers,
>> 
>> 風 Swift as the wind
>> 林 Quiet as the forest
>> 火 Conquer like the fire
>> 山 Steady as the mountain
>> Sun Tzu  The Art of War
>> 
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>> 
>> Andrew Baksh
>> www.birdingdude.blogspot.com
>> 
>>> On Jul 31, 2015, at 7:23 AM, Robert Taylor  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Also Short Billed Dowitchers....
>>> 
>>>> On Friday, July 31, 2015, Robert Taylor  wrote:
>>>> Hi Everyone,
>>>> 
>>>> I was by the coast guard station from around sunrise to 7am- lots of 
shorebirds including Oystercatchers, groups of Willetts, semi palmated 
sandpipers and plovers, and sanderlings. One of the semi-palmated sandpiper had 
a yellow tag on its leg- took a photo but lighting was bad and couldnt make out 
the letters/ numbers - will upload and enhance the photo later so I can try to 
report it. 

>>>> 
>>>> I briefly checked the vernal ponds for the Red Phalarope- only checked the 
western pond cause I had to get to work- just curious if anyone has seen it 
after my sighting I posted on ebird? (reported 8:00pm June 24th) 

>>>> 
>>>> On a sidenote, weather was pleasant and didnt have any mosquitos or gnats 
at all. 

>>>> 
>>>> Good birding,
>>>> Rob in Massapequa
>>>> www.longislandbirding.blogspot.com
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Subject: Re: Revised: Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 08:26:01 -0400
Thanks, I uploaded the photo - best could make out was a letter and "24".
I'll submit it later today.  Another birder thought it may be from
Suriname.  Last year around this time (same week) at the same location I
had another banded Semi-Palmated Sandpiper with a blue banded letters UCH -
turned out was tagged in Brazil and the person who actually banded the bird
got in contact with me. (yesterday's photo on my blog
www.longislandbirding.blogspot.com)

Good birding,
Rob in Massapequa

On Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 8:58 PM, Andrew Baksh  wrote:

> Thanks for the report Robert. Yellow flag might be Peru if I remember the
> color scheme to which country correctly.
>
> That certainly, is an interesting one since I seem to see most flagged
> SESAs with green or blue flags.
>
> Even if you cannot read the code, I recommend submitting the data as it is
> useful for those researchers who are interested to know where their banded
> birds travel to once leaving their wintering grounds
>
> Cheers,
>
> 風 Swift as the wind
> 林 Quiet as the forest
> 火 Conquer like the fire
> 山 Steady as the mountain
> Sun Tzu   *The Art of War*
> 
>
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> (= '.'=)
>
> (") _ (")
>
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>
>
> Andrew Baksh
> www.birdingdude.blogspot.com
>
> On Jul 31, 2015, at 7:23 AM, Robert Taylor  wrote:
>
> Also Short Billed Dowitchers....
>
> On Friday, July 31, 2015, Robert Taylor  wrote:
>
>> Hi Everyone,
>>
>> I was by the coast guard station from around sunrise to 7am- lots of
>> shorebirds including Oystercatchers, groups of Willetts, semi palmated
>> sandpipers and plovers, and sanderlings.  One of the semi-palmated
>> sandpiper had a yellow tag on its leg- took a photo but lighting was bad
>> and couldnt make out the letters/ numbers - will upload and enhance the
>> photo later so I can try to report it.
>>
>> I briefly checked the vernal ponds for the Red Phalarope- only checked
>> the western pond cause I had to get to work- just curious if anyone has
>> seen it after my sighting I posted on ebird? (reported 8:00pm June 24th)
>>
>> On a sidenote, weather was pleasant and didnt have any mosquitos or gnats
>> at all.
>>
>> Good birding,
>> Rob in Massapequa
>> www.longislandbirding.blogspot.com
>>
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Subject: RE:Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 11:52:30 +0000
Thanks to everyone who shared information about the appearance of juv Laughing 
Gulls along the LI shore this summer. It sounds as though they appeared 
relatively late but, as is sometimes the case, simultaneously in widely 
scattered places. Confirmation of a new breeding site on the island will 
probably have to wait until another year (I believe all the "confirmed" blocks 
east of Jamaica Bay in the Atlas represent flying juvs). 


It's interesting to me that almost all the info about Laughing Gulls, which is 
what I asked for in my post, was offered privately, whereas it was my rather 
secondary--and mild--expression of disappointment about community effort 
patterns that garnered public discussion. In giving serious thought to the 
various points that were raised, including my own, the only general theme I can 
discern that is worth pursuing is the question of whether or not birding itself 
can be studied, in a manner similar to how we study egrets and Laughing Gulls. 
I believe that it can, and I've scrupulously recorded data regarding the 
birders I've encountered in the field over the past 35 years in an effort to 
document their patterns of abundance, distribution, and behavior--and to look 
for changes or trends in these things. 


And what's wrong with that? It's very likely that Andrew could marshall data to 
support his hypothesis about a shift toward alerts-oriented effort; Dave could 
well be drawing on a deep body of background knowledge when he criticizes my 
inability to identify egrets and report them in a satisfactory manner; and Arie 
might be right that his birding and reporting practices, including his chase 
and followup of the Little Egret, have been meritorious. My statement that the 
overall egret-chasing effort collapsed prematurely back on 22 May is not a 
personal attack on any particular person; it is a conclusion based on a large 
body of observations. 


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Shai Mitra
Bay Shore

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Subject: Re: Revised: Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:58:27 -0400
Thanks for the report Robert. Yellow flag might be Peru if I remember the color 
scheme to which country correctly. 


That certainly, is an interesting one since I seem to see most flagged SESAs 
with green or blue flags. 


Even if you cannot read the code, I recommend submitting the data as it is 
useful for those researchers who are interested to know where their banded 
birds travel to once leaving their wintering grounds 


Cheers,

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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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> On Jul 31, 2015, at 7:23 AM, Robert Taylor  wrote:
> 
> Also Short Billed Dowitchers....
> 
>> On Friday, July 31, 2015, Robert Taylor  wrote:
>> Hi Everyone,
>> 
>> I was by the coast guard station from around sunrise to 7am- lots of 
shorebirds including Oystercatchers, groups of Willetts, semi palmated 
sandpipers and plovers, and sanderlings. One of the semi-palmated sandpiper had 
a yellow tag on its leg- took a photo but lighting was bad and couldnt make out 
the letters/ numbers - will upload and enhance the photo later so I can try to 
report it. 

>> 
>> I briefly checked the vernal ponds for the Red Phalarope- only checked the 
western pond cause I had to get to work- just curious if anyone has seen it 
after my sighting I posted on ebird? (reported 8:00pm June 24th) 

>> 
>> On a sidenote, weather was pleasant and didnt have any mosquitos or gnats at 
all. 

>> 
>> Good birding,
>> Rob in Massapequa
>> www.longislandbirding.blogspot.com
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Subject: Shinnecock Inlet Sea Watch, Suffolk County
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:39:31 -0400
I scanned the ocean and bay this evening from 6:45 till 8pm. The winds were
not ideal for shearwaters, but shorebirds were moving east to west
offshore. Highlights included;

1 Shearwater sp.
32 Semipalmated Plover
3 Ruddy Turnstone
27 Red Knot (single flock)
32 Sanderling
75 small shorebird sp.
3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls among the hundreds of large gulls present.
167 Common Tern

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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 31 July 2015
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:55:44 -0400
-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* July 31, 2015
* NYNY1507.31

- Birds Mentioned

Cory’s Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel
Tricolored Heron
CATTLE EGRET
Piping Plover
Willet
UPLAND SANDPIPER
Whimbrel
Red Knot
STILT SANDPIPER
Short-billed Dowitcher
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
RED PHALAROPE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
Royal Tern
Least Flycatcher
Purple Martin
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Grasshopper Sparrow
BLUE GROSBEAK

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transcriber:  Gail Benson

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July 31 at 6:00
pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, CATTLE
EGRET, UPLAND and STILT SANDPIPERS, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and BLUE
GROSBEAK.

The nicely plumaged female RED PHALAROPE, first spotted at Jones Beach West
End on Friday the 10th, was last reported late last Saturday afternoon,
still on the now completely dry pools between the Roosevelt Nature Center
and the West End 2 Parking Lot.  Presumably dealing with less than ideal
phalarope habitat due to its leg injury, the phalarope had also been seen
Thursday by Short Beach next to the boat basin off the Coast Guard Station,
but Sunday it could not be found at either location.

Last Sunday two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were reported from a whale-watching
boat trip out of Montauk, and also recorded were 50 CORY’S and 5 GREAT
SHEARWATERS and 20 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS.

Here in the midst of shorebird season the water level situation on the East
Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge still remains way behind schedule and
is now compounded by an algae mat covering the areas that are slowly
becoming exposed.  Like the repairs to the West Pond, the Park Service has
really dropped the ball with the East Pond, and this marvelous shorebird
resource has so far effectively been unavailable for the thousands of
shorebirds that annually take advantage of it.  Efforts are being made to
deal with the issue, but so far shorebird numbers have been minimal.  The
season’s first STILT SANDPIPER did appear Thursday on the East Pond, where
about 250 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and a few other shorebirds were also
present.

One surprise at Jamaica Bay was a CATTLE EGRET, now a scarce bird
regionally, that was reported yesterday near the breach on the West Pond,
while a TRICOLORED HERON was noted at the Bay Wednesday.

Cupsogue County Park in Westhampton Dunes has been drawing in shorebirds
recently, with last weekend providing a WHIMBREL Sunday, plus a few
“WESTERN” WILLETS, increasing numbers of RED KNOTS, over 350 SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHERS, and a mix of other expected shorebirds, including the locally
breeding PIPING PLOVERS.  Up to 8 ROYAL TERNS were also present, as their
numbers too are on the increase.  Other ROYALS for the week included 2 at
Plumb Beach in Brooklyn and 2 at Jones Beach West End last Sunday.

A nice shorebird find was an UPLAND SANDPIPER up on the landfill at Croton
Point Park in Westchester Monday.

A walk west along the beach at Smith Point County Park in Shirley Saturday
produced 4 immature LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS.

A BLUE GROSBEAK along with about 25 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were present at
the Calverton Grasslands on the former Grumman Airport property last
Saturday, again emphasizing the natural value of this resource.  A pair of
BLUE GROSBEAKS along with a recently fledged juvenile were found Thursday
at the restricted Brookhaven National Lab property.

Some recent landbird migrants in our area have included LEAST FLYCATCHER,
PURPLE MARTIN, CLIFF and BANK SWALLOWS and a few species of regionally
breeding warblers.

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

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Subject: Re: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:42:22 -0400




Subject: Revised: Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:23:44 -0400
Also Short Billed Dowitchers....

On Friday, July 31, 2015, Robert Taylor  wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> I was by the coast guard station from around sunrise to 7am- lots of
> shorebirds including Oystercatchers, groups of Willetts, semi palmated
> sandpipers and plovers, and sanderlings.  One of the semi-palmated
> sandpiper had a yellow tag on its leg- took a photo but lighting was bad
> and couldnt make out the letters/ numbers - will upload and enhance the
> photo later so I can try to report it.
>
> I briefly checked the vernal ponds for the Red Phalarope- only checked the
> western pond cause I had to get to work- just curious if anyone has seen it
> after my sighting I posted on ebird? (reported 8:00pm June 24th)
>
> On a sidenote, weather was pleasant and didnt have any mosquitos or gnats
> at all.
>
> Good birding,
> Rob in Massapequa
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Subject: Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:22:18 -0400
Hi Everyone,

I was by the coast guard station from around sunrise to 7am- lots of
shorebirds including Oystercatchers, groups of Willetts, semi palmated
sandpipers and plovers, and sanderlings.  One of the semi-palmated
sandpiper had a yellow tag on its leg- took a photo but lighting was bad
and couldnt make out the letters/ numbers - will upload and enhance the
photo later so I can try to report it.

I briefly checked the vernal ponds for the Red Phalarope- only checked the
western pond cause I had to get to work- just curious if anyone has seen it
after my sighting I posted on ebird? (reported 8:00pm June 24th)

On a sidenote, weather was pleasant and didnt have any mosquitos or gnats
at all.

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Subject: FW: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI
From: David Klauber <davehawkowl AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:57:34 -0400
looking for a rare bird is not helped when possible reports are received 5 days 
after the fact. And neither you nor I know how many unsuccessful attempts have 
been made, which doesn't necessarily mean everyone is being reactionary. There 
are many people out there birding regularly as evidenced by the many reports 
posted on various forums 

 
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing 
Gull RFI 

From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:52:28 -0400
CC: nysbirds-l AT cornell.edu; ebirdsnyc AT yahoogroups.com
To: Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu

The answer to Shai's question on juvenile Laughing Gulls is yes! I have seen 
several on the East Pond with my last few visits along with a few crisp looking 
Juv Herring Gulls as well. 

The possible Little Egret sighting, is quite intriguing and I agree about the 
apparent lack of effort in trying to track the possible whereabouts of that 
bird when it went missing. Alas, these days it appears birding....at least to 
my observation has become more reactionary to eBird Alerts rather than the 
search itself. 

Cheers,

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the fire$B;3!!(BSteady as the mountainSun Tzu The Art of War 

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On Jul 30, 2015, at 3:10 PM, Shaibal Mitra  wrote:

On the evening of Saturday, 25 July, Patricia Lindsay and I boarded the "Moon 
Chaser" for an old-fashioned Wilson Brothers Band Brews Cruise of Fire Island 
Inlet. Pat didn't even have her binoculars, but I had mine, and I scanned the 
marsh north of the Captree boat basin in an effort to find her an elusive 
Tricolored Heron for her year list. What I found was an egret that strongly 
reminded me of the Little Egret present at nearby Gardiner County Park in late 
May: long black bill, flat crown, and an angular nape lacking any visible 
plumes; and the lores appeared dark, so that the eye through the bill looked 
continuously dark. I showed the bird to Pat, and also to Holly Wilson and 
Phillip Camhi, and they all agreed with the impressions just described. Taking 
my turn with the binoculars again, I watched the bird rise and fly out of sight 
to the north, revealing all-black legs and bright yellow feet, indicative of an 
adult. Although the circumstances of our views were far from ideal, I have a 
hard time seeing an adult Snowy Egret with dark lores and and lacking a bushy, 
rounded nape, and furthermore standing stately and lanky-looking, as this bird 
had. The passage of two months could account for the loss of the two long head 
plumes and a shift from orange to yellow foot color. I mentioned our 
expererience to some local birders but saw little point in posting it unless we 
were able to nail it down--especially given the disappointingly limpid follow 
up searches back in May, after the bird first went missing. 


When I returned to Captree today, I did not find the egret of interest (nor the 
Tricolor), but I did see something that surprised me: at least three brand-new 
juvenile Laughing Gulls, well out to the east of Sexton Island, in bad light. 
For years now we southwestern Suffolk County birders have suspected that 
Laughing Gulls were breeding in the Captree/Sexton/East/West Fire Island area 
of Great South Bay, based on the regular early spring arrival here of birds in 
high breeding plumage, earlier than and inland from our ocean-hugging passage 
migrants. 


While pondering these things, a Royal Tern flew over heading east with a 
begging juv in tow, reminding me that it is by no means too early for juv 
Laughing Gulls to disperse east from Jamaica Bay. But it has been my impression 
that fledging there is late this year (I saw no juvs on my twice daily commutes 
on the Belt Parkway through 21 July). On a hunch, I drove over to Orowoc Lake 
in Islip, an epicenter of the sort of early spring LAGU activity has been 
making us curious, and was delighted to see a juvenile Laughing Gull fly 
in--surely one of the most beautiful birds in the world. 


So, have folks been seeing juvs around Jamaica Bay lately? Does anyone know of 
actual nesting evidence in Great South Bay? 


Shai Mitra
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Subject: Re: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:52:28 -0400
The answer to Shai's question on juvenile Laughing Gulls is yes! I have seen 
several on the East Pond with my last few visits along with a few crisp looking 
Juv Herring Gulls as well. 


The possible Little Egret sighting, is quite intriguing and I agree about the 
apparent lack of effort in trying to track the possible whereabouts of that 
bird when it went missing. Alas, these days it appears birding....at least to 
my observation has become more reactionary to eBird Alerts rather than the 
search itself. 


Cheers,

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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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> On Jul 30, 2015, at 3:10 PM, Shaibal Mitra  
wrote: 

> 
> On the evening of Saturday, 25 July, Patricia Lindsay and I boarded the "Moon 
Chaser" for an old-fashioned Wilson Brothers Band Brews Cruise of Fire Island 
Inlet. Pat didn't even have her binoculars, but I had mine, and I scanned the 
marsh north of the Captree boat basin in an effort to find her an elusive 
Tricolored Heron for her year list. What I found was an egret that strongly 
reminded me of the Little Egret present at nearby Gardiner County Park in late 
May: long black bill, flat crown, and an angular nape lacking any visible 
plumes; and the lores appeared dark, so that the eye through the bill looked 
continuously dark. I showed the bird to Pat, and also to Holly Wilson and 
Phillip Camhi, and they all agreed with the impressions just described. Taking 
my turn with the binoculars again, I watched the bird rise and fly out of sight 
to the north, revealing all-black legs and bright yellow feet, indicative of an 
adult. Although the circumstances of our views were far from ideal, I have a 
hard time seeing an adult Snowy Egret with dark lores and and lacking a bushy, 
rounded nape, and furthermore standing stately and lanky-looking, as this bird 
had. The passage of two months could account for the loss of the two long head 
plumes and a shift from orange to yellow foot color. I mentioned our 
expererience to some local birders but saw little point in posting it unless we 
were able to nail it down--especially given the disappointingly limpid follow 
up searches back in May, after the bird first went missing. 

> 
> When I returned to Captree today, I did not find the egret of interest (nor 
the Tricolor), but I did see something that surprised me: at least three 
brand-new juvenile Laughing Gulls, well out to the east of Sexton Island, in 
bad light. For years now we southwestern Suffolk County birders have suspected 
that Laughing Gulls were breeding in the Captree/Sexton/East/West Fire Island 
area of Great South Bay, based on the regular early spring arrival here of 
birds in high breeding plumage, earlier than and inland from our ocean-hugging 
passage migrants. 

> 
> While pondering these things, a Royal Tern flew over heading east with a 
begging juv in tow, reminding me that it is by no means too early for juv 
Laughing Gulls to disperse east from Jamaica Bay. But it has been my impression 
that fledging there is late this year (I saw no juvs on my twice daily commutes 
on the Belt Parkway through 21 July). On a hunch, I drove over to Orowoc Lake 
in Islip, an epicenter of the sort of early spring LAGU activity has been 
making us curious, and was delighted to see a juvenile Laughing Gull fly 
in--surely one of the most beautiful birds in the world. 

> 
> So, have folks been seeing juvs around Jamaica Bay lately? Does anyone know 
of actual nesting evidence in Great South Bay? 

> 
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Subject: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:10:11 +0000
On the evening of Saturday, 25 July, Patricia Lindsay and I boarded the "Moon 
Chaser" for an old-fashioned Wilson Brothers Band Brews Cruise of Fire Island 
Inlet. Pat didn't even have her binoculars, but I had mine, and I scanned the 
marsh north of the Captree boat basin in an effort to find her an elusive 
Tricolored Heron for her year list. What I found was an egret that strongly 
reminded me of the Little Egret present at nearby Gardiner County Park in late 
May: long black bill, flat crown, and an angular nape lacking any visible 
plumes; and the lores appeared dark, so that the eye through the bill looked 
continuously dark. I showed the bird to Pat, and also to Holly Wilson and 
Phillip Camhi, and they all agreed with the impressions just described. Taking 
my turn with the binoculars again, I watched the bird rise and fly out of sight 
to the north, revealing all-black legs and bright yellow feet, indicative of an 
adult. Although the circumstances of our views were far from ideal, I have a 
hard time seeing an adult Snowy Egret with dark lores and and lacking a bushy, 
rounded nape, and furthermore standing stately and lanky-looking, as this bird 
had. The passage of two months could account for the loss of the two long head 
plumes and a shift from orange to yellow foot color. I mentioned our 
expererience to some local birders but saw little point in posting it unless we 
were able to nail it down--especially given the disappointingly limpid follow 
up searches back in May, after the bird first went missing. 


When I returned to Captree today, I did not find the egret of interest (nor the 
Tricolor), but I did see something that surprised me: at least three brand-new 
juvenile Laughing Gulls, well out to the east of Sexton Island, in bad light. 
For years now we southwestern Suffolk County birders have suspected that 
Laughing Gulls were breeding in the Captree/Sexton/East/West Fire Island area 
of Great South Bay, based on the regular early spring arrival here of birds in 
high breeding plumage, earlier than and inland from our ocean-hugging passage 
migrants. 


While pondering these things, a Royal Tern flew over heading east with a 
begging juv in tow, reminding me that it is by no means too early for juv 
Laughing Gulls to disperse east from Jamaica Bay. But it has been my impression 
that fledging there is late this year (I saw no juvs on my twice daily commutes 
on the Belt Parkway through 21 July). On a hunch, I drove over to Orowoc Lake 
in Islip, an epicenter of the sort of early spring LAGU activity has been 
making us curious, and was delighted to see a juvenile Laughing Gull fly 
in--surely one of the most beautiful birds in the world. 


So, have folks been seeing juvs around Jamaica Bay lately? Does anyone know of 
actual nesting evidence in Great South Bay? 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore

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Subject: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Shorebirds and East Pond update 7-30
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:44:46 -0400
This morning, despite the rain I spent some time breaking up and raking
some Algae on the north west end of the pond. I think it looks much better
there now and the next effort, would be on the south end all along the east
side.

Despite my focus not being on birding, I kept a count of the shorebirds
observed and I noted an increase in Short-billed Dowitchers *(253)*. Most
of them looked quite thin suggesting new arrivals who were happily
feeding.  Additionally, year listers and twitchers would be happy to learn
that I also had 1 *STILT SANDPIPER*.

A quick scan on the east side showed more Semipalmated Plovers than was
seen yesterday but Least and Semiplamated Sandpipers are very
underrepresented to this point.

I am not going to keep referencing this as I already made a point yesterday
about the pond conditions and requirements. However, as a reminder the open
flats are mostly on the south end while water is still above ankle and in
some places higher on the north end.

The recommendation has always been knee high boots to bird the East Pond
but every season I observe sneaker heads venturing onto the pond. If you
don't mind getting your sneakers soaked in East Pond mud and water then be
my guest, otherwise get the proper gear or wait for the pond to have ample
dry flats.

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Subject: Black-billed Cuckoo(s)/Red Crossbills/Olive-sided Flycatchers/Boreal Chickadees/Gray Jays/Black-backed Woodpecker, etc.
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:36:21 -0400
In the past week of late July, warbler waves have started, and vocal
activity has significantly dropped off - particularly in the hot, humid
afternoons (but early mornings are still exciting!).  Fortunately, Hermit
Thrushes sing into mid-August and I've been listening to a solo Hermit
Thrush sing into the dark each night outside our Long Lake home - ever
thankful for that enchanting voice.  Finding a vocalizing Black-billed
Cuckoo two days in row was exciting - the locations were several miles
apart, so it was likely two different birds.  This species is as fascinating
and perplexing to me as crossbills!  It is difficult to predict what cuckoos
will do in the Adirondacks year to year.  Here are some sightings from the
past week and a half:

 

On a half-day tour on July 28 , 2015 with a birder from Massachusetts, we
found 53 species by visiting Sabattis Circle Road (Hamilton Co.), Tupper
Lake causeway, and the boreal forest areas in the Spring Pond Bog complex
(not the bog itself) (Franklin Co.).  Here is our list:

 

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

American Black Duck

Ring-necked Duck

Common Merganser

Common Loon

Turkey Vulture

Broad-winged Hawk

Mourning Dove

Black-billed Cuckoo - vocalizing bird at Sabattis Bog!

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Olive-sided Flycatcher - 2 (both calling and one singing) one observed
eating a dragonfly at Sabattis Bog! (Photo on my Facebook page below.)

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 2 calling at Sabattis Bog

Alder Flycatcher - several

Eastern Phoebe

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - 6; (at least 4 at Sabattis Bog (including a juvenile) and at
least 2 in the Spring Pond Bog complex)

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - at least 2 in the Spring Pond Bog complex

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler - feeding young in the Spring Pond Bog complex!

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler - nice view!

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow - singing at Sabattis Bog!

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

 

We also observed a Mink in the Spring Pond Bog complex!

 

On a half-day tour on July 27, 2015 with a couple from Auburn, NY, we found
49 species by visiting Sabattis Circle Road, Tupper Lake causeway, and the
boreal forest areas of the Spring Pond Bog complex (not the bog itself).  We
had heavy fog conditions for 3 hours of our morning trip, but the birds were
quite active!  Here is our list:

 

Common Loon - on Tupper Lake along Route 30

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Northern Goshawk - flyover at the Spring Pond Bog complex

Broad-winged Hawk

Mourning Dove

Black-billed Cuckoo - vocalizing bird heard during our stop at the inlet of
Little Tupper Lake!

Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 2 calling at Sabattis Bog (one observed)

Alder Flycatcher - several

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - 5 (1 at Sabattis Bog, groups of 3, and at least one, in the
Spring Pond Bog complex)

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - 5! (family group in the Spring Pond Bog complex)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Hermit Thrush

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Scarlet Tanager

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

 

July 23, 2015 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

Broad-winged Hawks nested outside our Long Lake house once again and remain
quite vocal each day.  At Sabattis Bog, 4 Grays Jays (one juvenile - photo
on Facebook below) came out for food.  A pair of Blue Jays have been
observed on most of my trips to the bog and on this day, they followed the
Gray Jays and un-cached their food!  One of the Gray Jays decided to fight,
and successfully kept the Blue Jay away with aggressive maneuvers.  It then
took the piece of fought-over bread and cached it elsewhere!  A Chimney
Swift was observing flying over the bog.

 

On a half-day July 22, 2015 (car-birding) tour with a birder from Rochester,
NY, we found 54 species by visiting the Long Lake Town Beach, Shaw Pond,
Newcomb (Hudson River and Marsh along Route 28N), Minerva roadside
locations, and Tahawus Road (Hamilton and Essex Counties).  Here is our
list:

 

Wood Duck

Amer. Black Duck

Mallard

Ring-necked Duck

Wild Turkey

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Broad-winged Hawk

Herring Gull

Mourning Dove

Black-backed Woodpecker - female! (Two not-so-great photos on Facebook
below!)

Northern Flicker

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - one calling

Alder Flycatcher - many!

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - at least 5 (groups of 3 (nice views!) and 2)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

Swainson's Thrush - several

Hermit Thrush - several

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Cedar Waxwing

Northern Waterthrush - nice view at the marsh!

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Common Yellowthroat - many!

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - nice view!

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Purple Finch

Red Crossbill - 2! (Two birds calling as they flew over us on Santanoni
Drive near the Hudson River in Newcomb)

American Goldfinch

 

On July 20. 2015, ten people went on the field trip to Massawepie Mire
co-sponsored by the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Dept. and the Northern
New York Audubon chapter.  We took the Long Lake "Little Bus" and began our
hike at 8:30 a.m. on a hot, humid day.  We hiked nearly 6 miles round trip
(turning around at Silver Brook).  Here is our list of 31 species:

 

Ruffed Grouse - several

Turkey Vulture

Broad-winged Hawk

Chimney Swift

Northern Flicker - several

Alder Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Hermit Thrush

Cedar Waxwing

Nashville Warbler

Mourning Warbler - with a brief view!

Common Yellowthroat

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler - many!

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Lincoln's Sparrow - several singing!

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Purple Finch

 

Also:  We found Moose tracks along the mire road - it appeared to be a cow
with a calf.  Black Bear scat was found in several locations.  There was a
high school biology teacher on the trip and he collected some of the Black
Bear scat for his class!  Wildflowers: Steeplebush, Meadowsweet, Tall Meadow
Rue, Twinflower, Turtlehead, Swamp Candles, Sundew, Pitcher Plant, and
Pyrola.  There were many butterflies, but one in particular caught our
attention on the hike out - several of us photographed it.  As it turns out,
a few minutes later, we ran into Howard Hoople, President of the
Massachusetts Butterfly Club, and his wife (I met him many years ago when he
came on a field trip to Massawepie) and he identified the lovely butterfly -
a Baltimore Checkerspot.and, it turns out this was just the species he was
looking for that day!!!  He told us that Turtlehead is one of its foods -
and I had just photographed that wildflower exactly where we found the
butterflies!  It was terrific to run into Howard at that moment!  He later
emailed that they were hot, and just about to turn around when they ran into
our group - our info about the butterfly gave them new energy to keep going
and they found and photographed the Baltimore Checkerspots a few minutes
later!

 

Joan Collins

Editor, New York Birders

Long Lake, NY

(315) 244-7127 cell       

(518) 624-5528 home

http://www.adirondackavianexpeditions.com/ 

http://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian

 

 


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Subject: Cattle Egret @ West Pond JBWR Queens County
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:51:34 -0400
Rich Kelly reports a Cattle Egret observed near the breach on the West Pond of 
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens County. 


風 Swift as the wind
林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
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Subject: East Pond Water Level and Shorebird Report 7-29
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:18:02 -0400
This morning I visited the East Pond of Jamaica Bay in Queens and observed
that the water level had drawn down enough to make a schlep up the pond. As
a result, I did a survey starting from the south end of the pond to the
north end and back. Please note that the conditions may be fine for me and
for those intrepid EXPERIENCED East Pond visitors. The conditions are not
for folks who are inadequately equipped or unfamiliar in navigating soft
muddy conditions.

Additionally, the path I cleared last season on the north side of the stone
berm that was created to close off the breach on the east side of the
shoreline has become over grown--Poison Ivy, is abundant there. I made a
small path through the overgrowth there today but will open it up some more
when I return with the proper tools.

There were not a lot of shorebirds around and being on the pond itself
allowed me to observe yet another condition *(we can't seem to catch a
break)* that I deem to be very problematic and could have been another
variable in the number of drainage issues encountered this season.

The flats that have opened up are covered in a THICK MAT of what appears to
be Planktonic Algae. I had observed the Algae on the pond but had no idea
how severe it was until I was walking the pond today. It made traversing
the pond a bit challenging due to the viscosity and the amount. This is a
problem, as there is very little open mud where peeps and other shorebirds
could readily feed.

There is breakage here and there in the Algae mat along the shoreline and
on the pond which allows your ducks and other waterfowl to move about but I
also watched a few ducks struggling to move around in some patches--this is
how thick the Algae is on the pond.

Algae, is merely a symptom to larger problems in a pond. Normally it means
there are too many available nutrients in the water caused by fish waste,
fish food, fertilizer run-off or other dead organic matter. Compounding
matters further could be too much direct sunlight or even low oxygen
levels...all of which contribute to algae growth. However, it could be
managed with the proper care and maintenance. I don't know if any water
sampling is done on the East Pond to checkup on the health of the pond but
I will reach out to NPS and ask.

Decomposing will occur but I have no idea how long it takes. I am tempted
to take a rake with me and try to clear out some areas of the mudflats to
give the birds (mainly peeps) areas in which they could feed.

Here are my shorebirds species and numbers from today.

American Oystercatcher (1)
Semipalmated Plover (9)
Killdeer (2)
Spotted Sandpiper (2) Adult and juvenile)
Greater Yellowlegs (9)
Lesser Yellowlegs (11)
Least Sandpiper (20)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (30)
Short-billed Dowitcher (53)

Other non shorebird highlights were several Northern Waterthrushes, 1
juvenile Tri-colored Heron and 2 Falco Peregrinus whose playful antics were
amusing to watch in lieu of shorebirds.

Best,


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Subject: Jamaica Bay- July 29, 2015
From: JGIUNTA746 AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:10:13 -0400
I went to Jamaica Bay today scouting out the area for the upcoming NYC  
Audubon shorebird class and walk this weekend. I found the conditions on the  
east pond to be unsafe. 
I was only able to walk in about 20 feet on the  south side of the east 
pond went I started in sink into water and mud. Breaking the suction caused by 

the mud was not easy. I had to retreat. The north end of  the east pond was 
even worse. I was not able to pass the phragmites before I  started to sink 
into mud and water. I did not see any shorebirds at all on the  east pond.

I tried the west pond and recorded a total of three shorebird  species ( 
semipalmated sandpiper-10, semipalmated plover-3, oystercatcher- 6). I  told 
the rangers at the desk that the east pond should be put off limits because  
of safety concerns.

When you think it couldn't  get any worse it  did. I do not recommend 
anyone going to Jamaica Bay.

Joe Giunta  

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Subject: From the blue of water, to the blue of sky.
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:31:55 -0400
At ~ 2:30 this afternoon, while floating in our Condo's pool, I observed a
group of 7 Turkey Vultures slowly passing overhead.

Cheers,
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Subject: Bald Eagle-New Suffolk
From: Thomas Moran <tomster101 AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:09:36 -0400
Kayaking around Robins Island today I saw a Bald Eagle harassing a low
Osprey, then being harassed by a higher, agile Osprey, northeast end of
island. This would have been visible from the beach at New Suffolk.

 

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Shoreham


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Subject: Eisenhower Park NY- Fledgling Red Tail Hawk bathing
From: Steve Williams <biodswil AT optonline.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:22:21 -0400
Not a rare bird but an unexpected suprise.  Immature Red Tail cooling off in
a puddle near a water fountain right next to the walking path.  Did not seem
to have any fear of people yet.  A few people walked by while I was taking
pictures.  He just kept bathing. 
 
Photo from phone: 
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=895278130544681

&set=a.704008463004983.1073741826.100001875071681&type=1&theater¬if_t=lik
e

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From: Steve Williams [mailto:biodswil AT optonline.net] 
Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2014 1:39 PM
To: 'NYSbirds-L AT cornell.edu'
Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] East Meadow - 2 Turkey Vultures -On House, Feeding
in Driveway


Some photos from phone.
 
http://s143.photobucket.com/user/SeaView-Photo/media/tv1.jpg.html
http://s143.photobucket.com/user/SeaView-Photo/media/tv2.jpg.html
 
 

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From: bounce-116224492-51943359 AT list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-116224492-51943359 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Steve
Williams
Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2014 1:08 PM
To: NYSbirds-L AT cornell.edu
Subject: [nysbirds-l] East Meadow - 2 Turkey Vultures -On House, Feeding in
Driveway


Just saw 2 Turkey Vultures on Prospect ave East Meadow, NY.  One is on the
ground in the drive way feeding the other is on the roof of the house.  Not
a very common site around here.  Still there5 minutes ago . They are about
1/2 block east of the East Meadow Jewish Center. On the north side of the
road. 
 
Steve

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Subject: Croton Point Landfill Grasslands -- Upland Sandpiper this am
From: Anne Swaim <anneswaim AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:08:20 -0400
An Upland Sandpiper was flushed this morning from the Croton Point landfill
grasslands in Westchester County during the regular 4th Monday birdwalk
from Saw Mill River Audubon.  Circled back a bit offering good looks and
then flew off to another part of landfill and landed.  (We didn't pursue it
for additional looks despite the temptation.)  Has been seen before on the
landfill in previous years during migration.

Also seen on the landfill were 18+ Bobolinks, including some
interestingly-patterned males transitioning into non-breeding plumage as
well as females and immature birds.

Hot and humid and otherwise fairly quiet.

Catbirds and American Robins, including many fledglings seemingly
everywhere and feeding on black cherry.  Ospreys very present too including
young birds vocalizing and flying about.  (Three young successfully fledged
from nearby cell tower in train station last week.)  Young Red-tailed Hawk
giving begging call seen following an adult across the landfill. Marsh wren
still singing from phrags b/n landfill and Croton Bay.

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:44:05 +0000 (UTC)
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* July 27 2015*  NYSY  07. 27. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 20, 2015 - July 27, 2015to report by 
e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma 
National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside 
Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison 
& Cortlandcompiled: July 27  AT 10:00 a.m. (DST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga 
Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #452 Monday July 27, 
2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of July 20, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

LITTLE BLUE HERONWHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERSHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERWILSON’S 
PHALAROPEBONAPARTE’S GULLRED-HEADED WOODPECKERACADIAN FLYCATCHERGRASSHOPPER 
SPARROWORCHARD ORIOLE 




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

     7/21: 2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen in the Main Pool.     7/22: 10 
species of shorebirds including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHER were seen along the Wildlife Drive.     7/25: 11 species of 
shorebirds including STILT SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen along 
the Wildlife Drive. A distant PHALAROPE was seen but could not be ID’d. An 
ORCHARD ORIOLE was found also. 2 GREAT EGRETS and 3 SANDHILL CRANES were noted 
in Knox-Marsellus Pool.     7/26: A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was found at 
Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 


Onondaga County------------
     7/26: A SNOW GOOSE continues at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville. Also seen 
there were FISH CROWS and MERLINS. 


Cayuga County------------
     7/25: 2 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS continue at the Sterling Nature Center. An 
adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Fair Haven State Park. 


Madison County------------
     7/24: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found on Ditchbank Road.

Oneida county------------
     7/22: 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were found at the Spring Farm Nature 
Preserve south of clinton. 


Herkimer county------------
     7/21: 2 very rare juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERONS were found and 
photographed in a  small pond on Millstone Road just north of Richfield 
Springs. The next two days they were observed on nearby Weatherby Pond on Co. 
Rt. 167 but after that they were not relocated. 


      --  end report


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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 25 July 2015
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:20:42 -0400
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 25, 2015
* NYNY1507.25

- Birds mentioned

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

WILLET (subspecies "Western Willet")
WHIMBREL
RED PHALAROPE
ROYAL TERN
WORM-EATING WARBLER
LARK SPARROW
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark

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        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

To report sightings call:
Tom Burke (212) 372-1483 (weekdays, during the day)
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Compiler: Tom Burke, Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

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Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, July 25th
2015 at 3:30pm. The highlights of today's tape are BLACK-BELLIED
WHISTLING-DUCK, WHIMBREL, WESTERN WILLET, RED PHALAROPE, ROYAL TERN, LARK
SPARROW and WORM-EATING WARBLER.

Two BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS were found and photographed on Tuesday at
a pond at the Nickerson Beach County Park Lido Beach west of Point Lookout.
The birds unfortunately were not seen again after Tuesday.

Sixteen species of shorebirds were surveyed last Sunday at the Cupsogue
flats highlighted by WHIMBREL and WESTERN WILLET. 22 WHIMBREL were found on
the eastern end of the south shore of Long Island on Tuesday, 13 birds at
the Cupsogue flats, another 6 flying through the area and 3 at the Moriches
Inlet flats. Another 4 WHIMBREL were found also on Tuesday at Breezy Point.
Two to four ROYAL TERNS were seen at Cupsogue from Sunday to Tuesday.

The RED PHALAROPE was still present at the Roosevelt Nature Center Jones
Beach West End yesterday. This also has been seen at the flats at the Coast
Guard Station which lies north of the nature center.

A LARK SPARROW was found Tuesday and continued through Thursday at the
eastern exit of parking field 2 at Robert Moses State Park Fire Island. The
bird was also seen at the adjacent athletic fields east of the exit.

Good numbers of GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS and EASTERN
MEADOWLARKS were found at the runway areas of the Grumman property in
Calverton through the week.

A WORM-EATING WARBLER was seen last Saturday at Strawberry Field Central
Park along with about 10 species of other warblers.

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Subject: Jones Beach West End: Red Phalarope-No, other shorebirds - Yes
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:21:29 -0400
Hi Everyone,

I went looking for the Red Phalarope this morning starting around sunrise -
I checked each of the west end ponds but did not see it - a lot of them
have grown over and Canada Geese and Robins have moved in - still other
shorebirds were present: Semi-Palmated Sandpipers/ Plovers, Killdeer, Least
Sandpipers and a few Sanderlings.  When leaving, saw a Horned Lark on the
dunes.

I also checked the area by the Coast Guard Station but was not there either
- what I did find instead were a lot of shorebirds on the sandbar -
Semi-Palmated Sandpipers/ Plovers, Least Sandpipers, Sanderlings (some in
beautiful plumage), Piping Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, Short Billed
Dowitchers and at least 3 Red Knots.  Number of all shorebirds on the
sandbar were in the hundreds - 1000 is a good estimate.  (I left around
7:30am.)

Good shorebirding,
Rob in Massapequa

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From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 01:33:08 -0400
Yesterday, at ~ 6 PM, I was taking chicken off the grill, when I heard what
sounded more like a Raven's call than that of an A. Crow. Looking around I
saw neither species, but did see a Peregrine Falcon flying directly
overhead !

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Subject: Jamaica Bay East Pond update and Shorebird report 7-25
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 19:08:48 -0400
This afternoon just before high tide, I ventured forth onto the East Pond, 
first checking the north end. There are no flats on that end and water, is 
still above the ankles--in some areas much higher. It was tricky navigating but 
I made it up to Dead Man's Cove where I had 6 shorebirds. 


Over at the south end, flats have started to open up but there were no 
shorebirds around. At Big John's Pond, I had 2 Northern Waterthrushes and one 
Spotted Sandpiper. A careful scan from the overlook did not turn up any 
shorebirds that I might have missed--although I got to count the Mute Swan 
population, which holds steady at 122. 


In total I had a "whopping" 7 species of shorebirds. It was depressing but I am 
holding out hope that we have yet to see a big wave of migrating shorebirds. 


The species and numbers are as follows: 6 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser 
Yellowlegs, 2 Short-billed Dowitchers, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 4 
Least Sandpipers and about 15 Semipalmated Sandpipers. 


This time last year (26th to be precise), I was reporting 2100 Semipalmated 
Sandpipers. 



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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Smith Pt. County Park (Suffolk)
From: John Gluth <jgluth AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 18:33:26 -0400
A hike this afternoon (12:30-3:30), from Smith Point County Park west to the 
new inlet opened up by Hurricane Sandy, produced 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls 
(1-3 yrs. old) and 6 Piping Plovers (2 adult females, 4 juveniles-all banded). 
I mistimed the tide (used low at Smith Point bridge) and found the inlet bars 
in the process of being covered by the rising tide. Those that were above water 
held gulls, terns, cormorants, and a couple Snowy Egrets, but shorebirds were 
scarce and those seen were mostly flyby "peeps" in distant small flocks. Those 
that passed or landed close enough to identify included 3 Oystercatchers and 4 
Greater Yellowlegs. 


An earlier short visit to check the impoundments of the Shirley marina found 
only 9 Semipalmated and 5 Least sandpipers. The marsh to the west held 2 
Greater and 1 Lesser yellowlegs, 3 Willet and a Little Blue Heron. 


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Subject: Red Phalarope Jones Beach NO
From: Ryan Candee <ryanacandee AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:26:31 -0400
I, together with several other hapless souls encountered along the way, spent 
the first half of the day covering the area around the duck blind with no 
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Subject: My "no" helped bring about someone else's "yes" at the Calverton Grasslands !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 01:05:38 -0400
Since 7/18, I have tried at least 4 X to get a photo of a perched E.
Meadowlark, drenched in sunlight, and of course, with his head back,
singing ! Arriving ~ 0830, and spending a little more than 3 hours Friday
AM looking, I'm still without that photograph ! Although I saw ~ 8
Meadowlarks spread out over those 3+ hours, all of them refused to perch !
If I had been successful earlier, I would have left for home then, and not
have been in place to meet Eric Schneider (from Baldwin), who had headed
east today, with hope of finding the RMSP Lark Sparrow, as well as his 1st
NYS Grasshopper Sparrow. He missed the RMSP bird, but kept on trucking to
Calverton. When I heard the reason for his travel, I was able to take him
to the spot, where I had just seen a Grasshopper sparrow, perched on a
Mullein stalk, and carrying food. It was not long after arriving at this
location, that a Grasshopper Sparrow (also carrying) flew in, affording
Eric good views, especially through my scope !

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Subject: Red Phalarope - Yes
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:43:46 -0400
Seen at sunset - western most pond

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Subject: Central Park, NYC 7/24 & prior: migration
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:57:50 -0400
Friday, 24 July, 2015  -  Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

Migration was a little more apparent in this urban green-space over  
the last several days with the shift in winds out of the northwest.  
Warblers, as can be expected from now thru Aug. (much of our "fall"  
warbler migration is well ahead of Labor Day) are at the forefront of  
the diversity seen in this park, and at least a dozen species of them  
have already turned up; these have included Worm-eating, Blue-winged,  
Blackburnian, Canada, Prairie, Black-and-white, Chestnut-sided,  
American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, and numbers of Yellow (for  
over 10 days now), along with both Northern (last few days, in modest  
no's.) and Louisiana (a few earlier in the month, more recently  
several in various sites) Waterthrushes.  Half of these species were  
just "singles" as far as I'm aware, and redstart numbers were, so far,  
quite minimal.

A Worm-eating Warbler was at Strawberry Fields on July 18, and there  
were some of the other species as of then; this Wed. & Thurs. however  
seemed the best push so far; it's possible as many as 10 warbler spp.  
were recorded in total for Wed., and of course it's still a bit early  
in the season, and more will be evident going into August.

Interesting have been a modest push of nuthatches, with a few Red- 
breasted & more White-breasted in the past week - would be more  
interesting to learn if these or other "forest/interior" species may  
be showing up at coastal locations. Swallows, aside from those that  
bred in the park, have passed thru on some days, with Northern Rough- 
winged as well as Barn, Bank, & a few Tree being noted.

Also noted in the past 10 days: Osprey (1 seen sitting in the  
reservoir, at the slightly submerged dike, on 7/23; some others as  
flyovers on other days), Wood Duck (several on the lake & occ.  
elsewhere), Spotted Sandpiper (not too many, & may be a bit hard to  
see at the reservoir, with water level high and the dike not exposed),  
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (a few males have turned up, & there may  
have been more on some days), Orchard Oriole (a very scarce breeder in  
Central, although not at all rare as such in NYC - an adult male on  
the Great Hill, 7/23), & Bobolinks, esp. in numbers on 2 early  
mornings, seen from the Great Hill - and as too-typical for that  
species in Central, not likely lingering at all, merely flying on thru.

This (Friday) morning, I and a number of other birders were out &  
seeking migrants, a few finding some, but for me & the others I was  
with at times, a quiet morning; it seemed that some of the birds of  
the preceding days moved on.  Some of these migrants, & other spp. are  
turning up elsewhere around the city as well in the past few days or so.

It's been good to see some of the less-common or scarce breeding  
species in Central have a few successes; Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher,  
Chipping Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, and some others.

Thanks to the birders who offered their recent sightings &
good birding,

Tom Fiore
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Subject: Jones Beach Red Phalarope
From: AndyatWH AT aol.com
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:34:12 -0400
When saw that this bird was seen today  at Jones Beach at the West  End  
parking lot, area on the bay side,I decided to take the  road  trip from 
Westhampton this afternoon to see if I might find it.  This was my second 
unsucessful trip.
 
Unfortunately,when I got to  the East End Ocean Parkway, I found there  was 
a State Trouper preventing any motorists to drive futher east. I was not  
happy about this, having come all this way. in the late afternoon to look for 
 the bird.  I  planned o arrive after 4 PM  snce park  charges  $8.00 to 
park your car from 8 AM to 4PM (So I go  birding to  arrive earlier than 8 or 
after 4)
 
When I tried to find out why they would not let me drive further East on  
the parkway, they told me that there was some special event scheduled, ( 
Turns  out filming a TV Advertisement comercial.)
 
About 5 PM they started o let us continue to East End I never did  see the 
Phalarope.
 
I think the park should be limited for public use not   comercials.
 
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Subject: Dune Rd Rd K New York Waterthrush
From: Thomas Moran <tomster101 AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:39:58 -0400
At about 2pm this afternoon, I spotted a Northern Waterthrush at the bay end
of Road K along Dune Rd. It responded to phishing and was pumping its tail
and posturing in an alert, aggressive manner in response.

 

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Subject: Re: East Pond Update July 23rd
From: Pat Aitken <aitkenpatricia AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:34:53 -0400
That's fabulous news.  Andrew, thank you for your dedicated and tireless
efforts, because without you riding heard on the NPS, and keeping us
informed, I doubt anything would have happened.

Just a suggestion, maybe we should all call NPS and thank them.  It may
help get work accomplished more quickly in future, or maintain momentum
now.  The park service needs to know how valuable a resource Jamaica Bay
is, and that there is a large group of us out here who want it maintained.





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On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 11:18 AM,  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> As I indicated a few days ago, there is currently work being done on the
> north end of the East Pond. Although, I had a fairly good idea of what was
> being attempted.  Yesterday evening, I had a conversation with NPS
> management in an effort to clarify what exactly was being done.
>
> Here is the scoop--NPS, has uncovered an area of the pipe that drains the
> pond. This section was found to have some collapsing occurring and so the
> SHORT TERM solution is to sleeve it with PVC piping. A long term solution
> will be to replace the entire pipe and put in place a more robust and
> updated system.  This will require much more money than the short term
> solution so it will not happen overnight. However, it is on the radar to
> get done.
>
> As a result of the action taken to uncover the problematic section of the
> pipe and clearing the collapsed area and any blockage, water is now flowing
> at a considerable clip out of the pond. This, I verified early this morning
> as I visited the site and could see that the output will make a difference
> in the water level.
>
> This increased flow coupled with a dry spell means that we have a very
> good chance of salvaging the shorebird season on the pond. I'll keep
> posting updates as I check in and note the water level and movement of
> shorebirds.
>
> Again, thank you to all those who took the time to call in and or write to
> NPS, who themselves deserve credit for taking the necessary actions.
>
> Start brushing up on your shorebirds peeps, it's going to get real in a
> matter of weeks!
>
> Cheers,
>
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Subject: Long Island sparrows
From: Peter Reisfeld <drpinky AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:16:27 -0400
Went looking for sparrows today. There were good numbers of grasshopper 
sparrows at EPCAL in Calverton, perhaps due to a number of juveniles trying out 
their wings. I was also happy to see that the Lark sparrow was still present 
near the volleyball courts east of the Field 2 parking lot at Robert Moses mid 
morning today. Here's a link to a photo (will upload a video later tonight): 


https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/50403904 AT N03/19759272440/

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Subject: East Pond Update July 23rd
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:18:27 -0400
Dear all,

As I indicated a few days ago, there is currently work being done on the north 
end of the East Pond. Although, I had a fairly good idea of what was being 
attempted. Yesterday evening, I had a conversation with NPS management in an 
effort to clarify what exactly was being done. 


Here is the scoop--NPS, has uncovered an area of the pipe that drains the pond. 
This section was found to have some collapsing occurring and so the SHORT TERM 
solution is to sleeve it with PVC piping. A long term solution will be to 
replace the entire pipe and put in place a more robust and updated system. This 
will require much more money than the short term solution so it will not happen 
overnight. However, it is on the radar to get done. 


As a result of the action taken to uncover the problematic section of the pipe 
and clearing the collapsed area and any blockage, water is now flowing at a 
considerable clip out of the pond. This, I verified early this morning as I 
visited the site and could see that the output will make a difference in the 
water level. 


This increased flow coupled with a dry spell means that we have a very good 
chance of salvaging the shorebird season on the pond. I'll keep posting updates 
as I check in and note the water level and movement of shorebirds. 


Again, thank you to all those who took the time to call in and or write to NPS, 
who themselves deserve credit for taking the necessary actions. 


Start brushing up on your shorebirds peeps, it's going to get real in a matter 
of weeks! 


Cheers,

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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: Nassau County Red Phalarope continues @ new location
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:10:22 -0400
The Jones Beach Red Phalarope continues but not at any of the now dry areas 
near the Teddy Roosevelt Nature Center. 


This according to Steve Schellenger who just called to report that the bird was 
seen at the eastern edge of the lagoon near the Coast Guard Station. Smart bird 
that. 


Cheers,

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Subject: Red Phalarope at Jb west end
From: parksys577 <parksys577 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:08:18 -0400
Currently swimming in Short Beach Cove near boat basin

Bob Anderson


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Subject: Red Phalarope continues
From: Rob Bate <robsbate AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:23:36 -0400
Milkkel Thorup, visiting from Denmark, reports the Red Phalarope in the usual 
location at Jones Beach this morning. 


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Subject: Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am
From: Ardith Bondi <ardbon AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:46:47 -0400
One more very interesting finding about the Eastern Hog-nosed snake - 
their specialty food is TOADS! The snakes, apparently, are adapted to be 
immune to the toxin in the toad's skin. In contrast, they are rarely 
kept as pets because they don't like feeder mice (unless the mice are 
first scented with amphibians).

They strike but do not bite, and instead flip over and play dead when 
threatened.

https://experiment.com/projects/spatial-ecology-of-eastern-hognose-snakes-on-a-barrier-island 


Also, 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterodon_platirhinos?sa=X&ved=0CBwQ9QEwAmoVChMIvPGDrYTxxgIVynE-Ch2I6Q1C 


Ardith Bondi

On 7/22/15 10:27 PM, Ardith Bondi wrote:
> I did not see any Fowler's toads today, but saw several last week.
>
> The rangers also told me that they are trying to keep track of the
> population numbers for the Hog-nosed snake, so if you see one, you might
> let them know where and when. It is a very pretty snake.
>
> They said the only other snake normally found out there is a garter snake.
>
> Ardith Bondi
>
> On 7/22/15 1:48 PM, steve rosenthal wrote:
>> I haven't checked this year, but usually there are lots of juvenile
>> Fowler's toads  in the sandy areas near the fishermen's parking area
>> past the Coast Guard station. Never have figured out where the
>> freshwater was over there.
>>
>> On 7/22/15, Rick  wrote:
>>> Yes, last weekend in dunes, somewhat near dried ponds.
>>>
>>> Rick Cech
>>>
>>>
>>> Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
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>>>
>>> -------- Original message --------
>>> From: "Grover, Bob" 
>>> Date:07/22/2015  1:15 PM  (GMT-05:00)
>>> To: Ardith Bondi , New York Birds
>>> 
>>> Cc:
>>> Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of
>>> about 10 am
>>>
>>> That is really interesting.  Has anyone encountered any Fowlers Toads
>>> in the
>>> park this year?
>>>
>>>
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>>> about
>>> 10 am
>>>
>>> A novel find on my way between the WE Nature Center and the blind,
>>> was an
>>> Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (rangers in NC helped me ID it). My first Jones
>>> Beach snake. Unfortunately, it took off too fast for a portrait.
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Subject: Red Phalarope
From: "Carney, Martin" <carneym AT fordhamprep.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:42:37 -0400
The Red Phalarope was not in the pond in front of the blind (the only one I
checked) at 5:30 pm today.  There were only about 10 sandpipers and 1
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Subject: Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am
From: Ardith Bondi <ardbon AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:27:12 -0400
I did not see any Fowler's toads today, but saw several last week.

The rangers also told me that they are trying to keep track of the 
population numbers for the Hog-nosed snake, so if you see one, you might 
let them know where and when. It is a very pretty snake.

They said the only other snake normally found out there is a garter snake.

Ardith Bondi

On 7/22/15 1:48 PM, steve rosenthal wrote:
> I haven't checked this year, but usually there are lots of juvenile
> Fowler's toads  in the sandy areas near the fishermen's parking area
> past the Coast Guard station. Never have figured out where the
> freshwater was over there.
>
> On 7/22/15, Rick  wrote:
>> Yes, last weekend in dunes, somewhat near dried ponds.
>>
>> Rick Cech
>>
>>
>> Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
>>
>>
>> -------- Original message --------
>> From: "Grover, Bob" 
>> Date:07/22/2015  1:15 PM  (GMT-05:00)
>> To: Ardith Bondi , New York Birds
>> 
>> Cc:
>> Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of
>> about 10 am
>>
>> That is really interesting.  Has anyone encountered any Fowlers Toads in the
>> park this year?
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Robert Grover
>> Vice President/Director of Environmental and Coastal Sciences
>>
>> Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
>> Engineering and Construction Services
>>
>> 325 West Main Street, Babylon, NY  11702
>> d 631.761.7369 | f 631.422.3479
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>>
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>>
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>> Bondi
>> Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 12:47 PM
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>> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about
>> 10 am
>>
>> A novel find on my way between the WE Nature Center and the blind, was an
>> Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (rangers in NC helped me ID it). My first Jones
>> Beach snake. Unfortunately, it took off too fast for a portrait.
>>
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Subject: Reed Phalarope Jones beach YES 4.50
From: Kenton Gomez <kentongomez AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:53:47 -0400
At the now dry Pool with blind. 

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Subject: Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am
From: steve rosenthal <smr914 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:48:41 -0400
I haven't checked this year, but usually there are lots of juvenile
Fowler's toads  in the sandy areas near the fishermen's parking area
past the Coast Guard station. Never have figured out where the
freshwater was over there.

On 7/22/15, Rick  wrote:
> Yes, last weekend in dunes, somewhat near dried ponds.
>
> Rick Cech
>
>
> Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: "Grover, Bob" 
> Date:07/22/2015  1:15 PM  (GMT-05:00)
> To: Ardith Bondi , New York Birds
> 
> Cc:
> Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of
> about 10 am
>
> That is really interesting.  Has anyone encountered any Fowlers Toads in the
> park this year?
>
>
>
>
> Robert Grover
> Vice President/Director of Environmental and Coastal Sciences
>
> Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
> Engineering and Construction Services
>
> 325 West Main Street, Babylon, NY  11702
> d 631.761.7369 | f 631.422.3479
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>
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>
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> Bondi
> Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 12:47 PM
> To: New York Birds 
> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about
> 10 am
>
> A novel find on my way between the WE Nature Center and the blind, was an
> Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (rangers in NC helped me ID it). My first Jones
> Beach snake. Unfortunately, it took off too fast for a portrait.
>
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Subject: Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am
From: John Laver <earthww AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:45:59 -0400
I (John Laver), Nancy O'Keefe & Barbara Saunders observed a dozen or so
Fowlers Toads at various points around the TRNC at Jones Beach West End
last weekend.

I thought I saw the rear end of a fox fleeing from my approach, as I hiked
out to observe the Red Phalarope last Sunday - but I can't confirm it.

John Laver
Manhattan

On Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 1:15 PM, Grover, Bob  wrote:

> That is really interesting.  Has anyone encountered any Fowlers Toads in
> the park this year?
>
>
>
>
> Robert Grover
> Vice President/Director of Environmental and Coastal Sciences
>
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>
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>
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>
>
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> From: bounce-119472305-3714742 AT list.cornell.edu [mailto:
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> Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 12:47 PM
> To: New York Birds 
> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about
> 10 am
>
> A novel find on my way between the WE Nature Center and the blind, was an
> Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (rangers in NC helped me ID it). My first Jones
> Beach snake. Unfortunately, it took off too fast for a portrait.
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Subject: RE: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am
From: Rick <rcech AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:45:26 -0400
Yes, last weekend in dunes, somewhat near dried ponds.

Rick Cech


Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device


-------- Original message --------
From: "Grover, Bob"  
Date:07/22/2015  1:15 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: Ardith Bondi , New York Birds 
 

Cc:  
Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 
10 am 


That is really interesting. Has anyone encountered any Fowlers Toads in the 
park this year? 





Robert Grover
Vice President/Director of Environmental and Coastal Sciences

Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
Engineering and Construction Services

325 West Main Street, Babylon, NY  11702
d 631.761.7369 | f 631.422.3479
rgrover AT gpinet.com | www.gpinet.com

An Equal Opportunity Employer


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:bounce-119472305-3714742 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Ardith Bondi 

Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 12:47 PM
To: New York Birds 
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 
am 


A novel find on my way between the WE Nature Center and the blind, was an 
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (rangers in NC helped me ID it). My first Jones Beach 
snake. Unfortunately, it took off too fast for a portrait. 


Ardith Bondi
NYC
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Subject: RE: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am
From: "Grover, Bob" <rgrover AT gpinet.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:15:08 +0000
That is really interesting. Has anyone encountered any Fowlers Toads in the 
park this year? 





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A novel find on my way between the WE Nature Center and the blind, was an 
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (rangers in NC helped me ID it). My first Jones Beach 
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Subject: Re: Red Phalarope at Jones Beach-Yes also Lark Sparrow at Moses
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:49:27 -0400
Thanks for posting Rob. I just got a call from Ken about the Phalarope and he 
also confirmed that the Lark Sparrow continues at Robert Moses State Park. 


Please check the previous posts for details on the location.

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> The Jones Beach Red Phalarope flew into the "pool" by the blind west of the 
Nature Center parking lot around 11 AM today. Ken McDermott, Steve Schuyler, 
Ardith Bondi, Bob O'Neil and I all had great looks as the bird rested on the 
flats before taking off. There is no water in any of the pools and scarcely any 
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A novel find on my way between the WE Nature Center and the blind, was an 
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Subject: Red Phalarope at Jones Beach-Yes
From: Rob Bate <robsbate AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:37:45 -0400
The Jones Beach Red Phalarope flew into the "pool" by the blind west of the 
Nature Center parking lot around 11 AM today. Ken McDermott, Steve Schuyler, 
Ardith Bondi, Bob O'Neil and I all had great looks as the bird rested on the 
flats before taking off. There is no water in any of the pools and scarcely any 
moisture at this point. 


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Subject: Re: Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Nassau Co.) - NO
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:40:44 -0400
Good morning,
For what it's worth, a negative report. Richard Fried and I have just
looked for the BBWD at Nickerson. No luck.

Anders Peltomaa

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On Jul 21, 2015 8:28 PM, "Brent Bomkamp"  wrote:

> After receiving the original email from Rob Longiaru (thanks Rob!) I
> arrived at Nickerson Beach to find Bob Anderson already there, with Bob
> Proniewicz arriving soon afterward.  The birds possessed no bands on their
> legs, and as evidenced by their eventual departure, a clear ability to
> fly.  All hind toes appeared to be present, though I'm sure that others
> with better photographs can substantiate this.  Additionally, they were
> extremely wary of people and displayed alert posture whenever anyone
> approached within about 100 feet.  As Brendan said, their flight was low,
> leaving the possibility that they are still in the area.
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> White-faced Ibis)
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Subject: RE: Lark Sparrow Robert Moses SP., Suffolk Co.
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:09:20 +0000
Patricia Lindsay reports that the Lark Sparrow is still present this morning 
near the east end of field 2, RMSP, Suffolk Co., LI. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore
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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Lark Sparrow Robert Moses SP., Suffolk Co.

Joan Quinlan just called to report a Lark Sparrow at Robert Moses SP,
near the eastern exit of parking field 2. It flew up and disappeared
into the shrubbery as she was leaving, about 15 or so minutes ago, but
Lark Sparrows have favored this area in past years so with any luck, it
will come back out and stick around for others to see.

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Subject: Cupsogue County Park Tidal Flats (Suffolk Co.)
From: Ken Feustel <feustel AT optonline.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 05:45:40 -0400
Yesterday morning I birded for a few hours on the incoming tide at Cupsogue 
County Park. Although shorebirding was a bit slow, the trip was highlighted by 
twenty-two Whimbrels. A flock of thirteen were on the far northern flat, while 
a flock of six were flybys. An additional three birds were scattered among the 
sandbars in Moriches Inlet and the tidal flats to the east. Five Royal Terns 
were on the sandbar in the Inlet. A stop at Shirley Marina on the way home 
yielded both Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, both 
Yellowlegs, and two Hendersoni Short-billed Dowitchers. 


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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-duck Details and Photos (Nassau Co.)
From: Brent Bomkamp <bbomkamp AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:25:51 -0400
After receiving the original email from Rob Longiaru (thanks Rob!) I
arrived at Nickerson Beach to find Bob Anderson already there, with Bob
Proniewicz arriving soon afterward.  The birds possessed no bands on their
legs, and as evidenced by their eventual departure, a clear ability to
fly.  All hind toes appeared to be present, though I'm sure that others
with better photographs can substantiate this.  Additionally, they were
extremely wary of people and displayed alert posture whenever anyone
approached within about 100 feet.  As Brendan said, their flight was low,
leaving the possibility that they are still in the area.

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White-faced Ibis)

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Subject: Re: Nickerson BBWD (Nassau Co.) Potential Search Strategy
From: steve rosenthal <smr914 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:53:15 -0400
I was told by the park office the parking fee is collected from 9am-
5pm.  Several birders were able to get permission to enter
specifically to look at/for the ducks  before 5pm by talking to the
person manning the booth, though there are no guarantees.

On 7/21/15, Brendan Fogarty  wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> When the whistling-ducks took off this afternoon, then flew west but low,
> and may not have gone far. I stopped in at Conservation and Waterways and
> talked with some of the plover crew there - this year the only other nearby
> body of water is only a few hundred feet southwest of the southwest corner
> of that same lot - you can access it by walking out to the beach (footpaths
> or the vehicle path along the west side of the lot) and heading right (west)
> toward the fenced-off, natural dune area right there. There are NO other
> vernal pools further back in the dunes; just let that area be.
> As for access, Nickerson is a problem, Sidestreet parking across Lido Blvd
> is NOT allowed in summer from 8am-8pm for most areas that I saw. Car access
> to the parking lot is $8 if you have a Leisure Pass (which costs $80 for the
> season), otherwise $30 - until they stop collecting sometime in the evening
> (6pm?). The best nearby parking option is likely the Lido Passive Preserve,
> just one stoplight to the east of Nickerson, then walk or bike into
> Nickerson. Good luck,Brendan Fogarty
> Hempstead, NY
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From: Brendan Fogarty <birderbf AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:47:53 +0000 (UTC)
Hey everyone,
When the whistling-ducks took off this afternoon, then flew west but low, and 
may not have gone far. I stopped in at Conservation and Waterways and talked 
with some of the plover crew there - this year the only other nearby body of 
water is only a few hundred feet southwest of the southwest corner of that same 
lot - you can access it by walking out to the beach (footpaths or the vehicle 
path along the west side of the lot) and heading right (west) toward the 
fenced-off, natural dune area right there. There are NO other vernal pools 
further back in the dunes; just let that area be. 

As for access, Nickerson is a problem, Sidestreet parking across Lido Blvd is 
NOT allowed in summer from 8am-8pm for most areas that I saw. Car access to the 
parking lot is $8 if you have a Leisure Pass (which costs $80 for the season), 
otherwise $30 - until they stop collecting sometime in the evening (6pm?). The 
best nearby parking option is likely the Lido Passive Preserve, just one 
stoplight to the east of Nickerson, then walk or bike into Nickerson. Good 
luck,Brendan Fogarty 

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Subject: Red Phalarope WE2 Ponds JBSP Update
From: Philip Ribolow <philip.ribolow AT db.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:22:31 +0000
Classification: External Communication

6:20 PM. Still visible in pond, SW of duck blind. All alone in the open on a 
strip of dirt. 

On my way to Neil Young. Great night all around.



Regards,

Phil

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From: Andrew Baksh [mailto:birdingdude AT gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 06:19 PM
Cc: Nyc ebirds ; NYSBirds listserve 
 

Subject: Re: [ebirdsnyc] Re: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope WE2 Ponds JBSP Update

A few people e-mailed me for further details on the whereabouts of this bird so 
I figured I would send a broadcast message. 


When I left, about 30 minutes ago, the Red Phalarope was still showing well. It 
sporadically takes flight in response to a number of variables including low 
flying aircraft. As seen earlier, when it disappeared for over 20 minutes it 
returned eventually to the ponds, just be patient and check all three ponds. 
Please do not attempt to go down into the ponds as it may spook everything and 
it may very well not return. 


For logistics, park in the Teddy Roosevelt Nature Center parking lot and head 
west through the dunes towards what appears to be an old blind--look for people 
with scopes etc. Additionally, Least Sandpipers, White-rumped Sandpiper, 
Short-billed Dowitchers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Killdeers, Semipalmated 
Plovers, Eastern Willet along with both Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs are in 
the area. 


Happy Phalarope Friday!

On Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM, Michael Zito 
> wrote: 

was the bird in a pond by the beach or by shoulder I am on shoulder any advice 
would help thanks 


Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 10, 2015, at 2:03 PM, "Andrew Baksh 
birdingdude AT gmail.com [ebirdsnyc]" 
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wrote: 




The Red Phalarope that was found this morning by Bob Anderson, took flight from 
one of the ponds near the Teddy Roosevelt center heading east--I lost it as it 
banked towards the ocean. 


The bird was showing well but kept getting spooked by low flying aircraft. It 
kept moving back and forth between the two ponds. However, since this last 
flight about 25 minutes ago it has been a no show. 


I don't know if the swale has any water but I'll check that area and post an 
update either way. 



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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-duck - Departed
From: Brent Bomkamp <bbomkamp AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:42:51 -0400
Unfortunately the birds just flew off to the west.

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http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

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