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29 Oct Central Park, NYC 10/28-29 [Thomas Fiore ]
29 Oct Montezuma and Fair Haven [Mickey Scilingo ]
29 Oct Montezuma and Fair Haven [Mickey Scilingo ]
29 Oct Montezuma and Fair Haven ["'Mickey Scilingo' mickey.scilingo AT gte.net [oneidabirds]" ]
29 Oct Queens County Christmas Bird Count [Corey Finger ]
29 Oct continuing report from North End - 10/29/14 [Patricia Pollock ]
29 Oct Central Park Bird Report [Patricia Pollock ]
29 Oct DATE: Sagaponack Christmas Bird Count [Peter Max Polshek ]
29 Oct Jones Beach [syschiff ]
29 Oct midtown manhattan yellow-bellied sapsucker fallout? ["Meredith, Leslie" ]
28 Oct Re: [nfc-l] Fwd: Interesting coastal flight happening now in the greater NYC metropolitan area [baybird40 AT aol.com ]
28 Oct NW Suffolk Co.--further evidence of heavy migration [John Gluth ]
28 Oct Jones Beach [syschiff ]
28 Oct Iceland Gull Montauk []
28 Oct Re: [nfc-l] Fwd: Interesting coastal flight happening now in the greater NYC metropolitan area [Andrew Baksh ]
28 Oct Brooklyn CBC []
28 Oct RE:[nfc-l] Fwd: Interesting coastal flight happening now in the greater NYC metropolitan area [Shaibal Mitra ]
28 Oct NYC Audubon Lecture tonight [Robert Bate ]
27 Oct Fwd: [osbirds] Sabine's gull [Richard Guthrie ]
27 Oct Fwd: Interesting coastal flight happening now in the greater NYC metropolitan area [Andrew Farnsworth ]
27 Oct Fwd: Interesting coastal flight happening now in the greater NYC metropolitan area [Andrew Farnsworth ]
27 Oct The 2014-2015 CBC is just around the corner! ["Carena Pooth" ]
27 Oct Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
27 Oct What's in the Bird Seed Lately? [Steve Walter ]
27 Oct Central Park NYC - Friday Oct. 24th & Sunday Oct. 26th [Deborah Allen ]
27 Oct Lapland Longspur contines in Prospect Park [Robert Bate ]
27 Oct Robert Moses SP (Suffolk) morning flight [Douglas Futuyma ]
27 Oct Jones Beach [syschiff ]
27 Oct Dates for Captree and Southern Nassau County CBCs [Shaibal Mitra ]
27 Oct Longspur in Brooklyn [Rob Jett ]
27 Oct Croton Point Vesper Sparrows and more [Anne Swaim ]
27 Oct North Shore Audubon Society - Upcoming Presentation - Don Riepe presents "Jamaica Bay" [Nancy Tognan ]
27 Oct Hybrid sparrow - more photos [Joe DiCostanzo ]
26 Oct Randalls Island Vespers (YES) [Alan Drogin ]
26 Oct Great Neck Estates Pond Park and Environs [matt klein ]
26 Oct Union Square ["Schlesinger, Lee" ]
26 Oct Pipits ["Carney, Martin" ]
25 Oct Western Kingbird at Bayville, Nassau County []
26 Oct RE: Robert Moses State Park Birds (Suffolk Co.) [Shaibal Mitra ]
25 Oct Edgemere Park [Rick ]
25 Oct Hunter Island- Pelham Bay Park [Jack Rothman ]
25 Oct Robert Moses State Park Birds (Suffolk Co.) [ken feustel ]
25 Oct fort Tilden wrap up [Isaac Grant ]
25 Oct Re: huge movement - smiths point suffolk Co [Gabriel Willow ]
25 Oct Loads of birds at Fort Tilden [Isaac Grant ]
25 Oct Re:huge movement - smiths point suffolk Co [Mike ]
24 Oct unusual junco Robt. Moses SP Suffolk County [David Klauber ]
25 Oct Croton point park today [Larry Trachtenberg ]
24 Oct NYC Area RBA: 24 October 2014 [Ben Cacace ]
24 Oct Jones Beach [syschiff ]
24 Oct PELAGIC TRIP POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER [Doug Gochfeld ]
23 Oct Pine Siskins/Weevil! [Joan Collins ]
23 Oct NNYBirds: Pine Siskins/Weevil! ["'Joan Collins' Joan.Collins AT Frontier.com [Northern_NY_Birds]" ]
22 Oct Pine Siskins/Rusty Blackbird/Gray Jays, etc. [Joan Collins ]
22 Oct NNYBirds: Pine Siskins/Rusty Blackbird/Gray Jays, etc. ["'Joan Collins' Joan.Collins AT Frontier.com [Northern_NY_Birds]" ]
21 Oct Re: NYC Visible (and audible) Nocturnal Migration now [Richard Guthrie ]
21 Oct NYC Visible (and audible) Nocturnal Migration now [Andrew Farnsworth ]
20 Oct 10/20- Brooklyn Viz Mig (great flight of Kinglets, Phoebes, and Siskins) etc. [Doug Gochfeld ]
20 Oct Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
20 Oct Connetquot River SPP - Main Pond ["McIntyre, Annie (PARKS)" ]
19 Oct 10/19: Queens & Brooklyn Migration [Doug Gochfeld ]
19 Oct Re: Brooklyn songbird & raptor flight [Peter Reisfeld ]
19 Oct Brooklyn songbird & raptor flight [Rob Jett ]
19 Oct Sands Point Preserve (Nassau) []
19 Oct Jones beach coast guard 2 marbled godwit [Robert Taylor ]
19 Oct SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, Sands Point (Nassau) []
18 Oct Greater Yellowlegs and ducks at Massapequa Preserve [Robert Taylor ]
18 Oct Chandler Estate - Park [Rich Perkins / TAM ]
17 Oct NYC Area RBA: 17 October 2014 [Ben Cacace ]
17 Oct Western Kingbird at Sunken Meadow SP, Suffolk [Pat Palladino ]
17 Oct Jones Beach [syschiff ]
16 Oct Scotters at Quogue Beach Club []
16 Oct birds coast guard sation jones beach [gary straus ]
16 Oct RE: Broad-winged Hawk [Will Raup ]
16 Oct Broad-winged Hawk [Fred Baumgarten ]
15 Oct Blue Grosbeak @ Sunken Meadow SP, Suffolk [David La Magna ]

Subject: Central Park, NYC 10/28-29
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:34:04 -0400
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

For the 29th (Wed.) a lot of the previous day's volume & diversity may  
have moved on, &/or dispersed more widely. I was unable to find many  
of the highlight species this a.m., although a rather more limited  
time seeking migrants today.
-----------

While there clearty were good migrant movements over last weekend, a  
fresh & fairly strong arrival came thru on Monday night/Tuesday Oct.  
28, supplementing &/or replacing some migrants & visitors that had  
been in over recent days & weeks.  Much of the activity could be seen  
in the north end of Central Park, in this case, points north of an E.- 
W. line across roughly W. 83 St. (or just south of the reservoir's s.  
edge, and the Great Lawn / Pinetum areas.)

Among the highlights - these on 10/28 (Tues.):

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1, getting a bit late)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (35+++, including the Pinetum area)
Hairy Woodpecker (3, bit more than usual no. seen in a day)
Northern Flicker (only modest no's.)
Eastern Phoebe (only ~ 5)
Blue-headed Vireo (3)
Red-eyed Vireo (1, getting late)
Black-capped Chickadee (40+)
Tufted Titmouse (50+)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (4 or more)
White-breasted Nuthatch (multiple)
Brown Creeper (multiple)
Carolina Wren
House Wren (getting a bit late)
Winter Wren (multiple)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (30+++)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (250+++)
Hermit Thrush (80+++)
Wood Thrush (1, late)
American Robin (lots)
Gray Catbird (several)
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher (multiple)
Cedar Waxwing (multiple)
Orange-crowned Warbler (3 in n. end alone; 2 around wildflower meadow,  
1 great hill)
Nashville Warbler (2)
Northern Parula (1)
Cape May Warbler (first-fall)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (female)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (200+)
Pine Warbler (at least 2, n. end)
Palm Warbler (multiple)
Blackpoll Warbler (1)
Ovenbird (2)
Northern Waterthrush (1, late)
Common Yellowthroat (8+)
Yellow-breasted Chat (1, Great Hill, s. side)
Eastern Towhee (multiple)
Chipping Sparrow (50+++)
Field Sparrow (several)
Vesper Sparrow (2, N. Meadow, n. & e. sides)
Savannah Sparrow (several)
"red" Fox Sparrow (several)
Song Sparrow (multiple)
Swamp Sparrow (8+)
White-throated Sparrow (1,500+++)
White-crowned Sparrow (multiple)
Slate-colored Junco (400+++)
Northern Cardinal (multiple)
Indigo Bunting (2, a bit late)
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird (Loch)
Common Grackle (not all that many for date)
Brown-headed Cowbird (several noticed)
Baltimore Oriole (1, first-fall male, n. woods)
Purple Finch (120+ in first 2 hours of day)
House Finch (several noticed)
Pine Siskin (40+++, mainly first 2 hrs. of day)
American Goldfinch (only modest numbers)

Additionally noted,  Red-throated Loon/Common Loon (flyovers), Pied- 
billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Black- 
crowned Night-Heron, Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Brant (a few small  
skeins), Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern  
Shoveler, Green-winged Teal (reservoir), Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser,  
Ruddy Duck, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk  
(flyover), Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine  
Falcon, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black- 
backed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Blue Jay,  
American Crow, Tree Swallow, European Starling, & House Sparrow.

Good birding,

Tom Fiore,
Manhattan
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Subject: Montezuma and Fair Haven
From: Mickey Scilingo <mickey.scilingo AT gte.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:36:55 -0400
I went 2 for 3 on my target species search at Montezuma NWR this afternoon.

The EARED GREBE was right where everyone said it would be – in the first open 
water area on the left on the Main Pool along Wildlife Drive. There was plenty 
of waterfowl accompanying the grebe, but a self-imposed time limit did not 
allow me to give them a complete and thorough search. The species that I did 
notice were: 


Canada Goose
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
American Coot

I struck out on the Ibis that was seen at Shorebird Flats, but at the first 
“pond” I found 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and heard a 
flyover AMERICAN PIPIT. The second “pond” had a GREAT EGRET, 1 GREAT BLUE 
HERON and 19 DUNLIN. 


Along East Rd I counted 35 SANDHILL CRANES in a plowed cornfield and found 
another 16 at Knox-Marsellus Marsh for a total of 51 Cranes. I also found 1 
ROSS’S GOOSE at K-M Marsh. 



At Fair Haven State Park, I checked the rocky shoreline on the bay-side of the 
break wall, but instead of Purple Sandpipers, I found 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER 
and a limping DUNLIN. 





Mickey Scilingo
Constantia
Oswego County, NY
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Subject: Montezuma and Fair Haven
From: Mickey Scilingo <mickey.scilingo AT gte.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:36:55 -0400
I went 2 for 3 on my target species search at Montezuma NWR this afternoon.

The EARED GREBE was right where everyone said it would be – in the first open 
water area on the left on the Main Pool along Wildlife Drive. There was plenty 
of waterfowl accompanying the grebe, but a self-imposed time limit did not 
allow me to give them a complete and thorough search. The species that I did 
notice were: 


Canada Goose
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
American Coot

I struck out on the Ibis that was seen at Shorebird Flats, but at the first 
“pond” I found 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and heard a 
flyover AMERICAN PIPIT. The second “pond” had a GREAT EGRET, 1 GREAT BLUE 
HERON and 19 DUNLIN. 


Along East Rd I counted 35 SANDHILL CRANES in a plowed cornfield and found 
another 16 at Knox-Marsellus Marsh for a total of 51 Cranes. I also found 1 
ROSS’S GOOSE at K-M Marsh. 



At Fair Haven State Park, I checked the rocky shoreline on the bay-side of the 
break wall, but instead of Purple Sandpipers, I found 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER 
and a limping DUNLIN. 





Mickey Scilingo
Constantia
Oswego County, NY
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Subject: Montezuma and Fair Haven
From: "'Mickey Scilingo' mickey.scilingo AT gte.net [oneidabirds]" <oneidabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:36:55 -0400
I went 2 for 3 on my target species search at Montezuma NWR this afternoon.

The EARED GREBE was right where everyone said it would be – in the first open 
water area on the left on the Main Pool along Wildlife Drive. There was plenty 
of waterfowl accompanying the grebe, but a self-imposed time limit did not 
allow me to give them a complete and thorough search. The species that I did 
notice were: 


Canada Goose
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
American Coot

I struck out on the Ibis that was seen at Shorebird Flats, but at the first 
“pond” I found 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and heard a 
flyover AMERICAN PIPIT. The second “pond” had a GREAT EGRET, 1 GREAT BLUE 
HERON and 19 DUNLIN. 


Along East Rd I counted 35 SANDHILL CRANES in a plowed cornfield and found 
another 16 at Knox-Marsellus Marsh for a total of 51 Cranes. I also found 1 
ROSS’S GOOSE at K-M Marsh. 



At Fair Haven State Park, I checked the rocky shoreline on the bay-side of the 
break wall, but instead of Purple Sandpipers, I found 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER 
and a limping DUNLIN. 





Mickey Scilingo
Constantia
Oswego County, NY
mickey.scilingo AT gte.net
315-679-6299
Subject: Queens County Christmas Bird Count
From: Corey Finger <10000birdsblogger AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:54:10 -0400
The Queens County Christmas Bird Count will take place on Sunday, 14
December. We had great participation last year and hope to continue to
build on that experience. With a plethora of parks to cover we can always
use more participation. Please send me an email at
10000birdsblogger AT gmail.com if you would like to participate.

Good (Christmas Bird Count) Birding,
Corey Finger

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Subject: continuing report from North End - 10/29/14
From: Patricia Pollock <ppoll9870 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:34:36 -0700
Rusty Blackbird - Loch
Chipping Sparrows
lSong Sparrows
Goldfinch
Brown Creeper
R.C. Kinglets
No. Flickers
several Titmice
many Hermit Thrushes
& Juncos

Pat Pollock

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Subject: Central Park Bird Report
From: Patricia Pollock <ppoll9870 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:20:03 -0700
Pat Pollock
Wed., 10/29/15

11 Turkey Vultures flying south over the Hudson about 2:30pm
North End today:  late morning
2 White-crowned sps along north meadow route east to compost
2 or more Palm W's.
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Subject: DATE: Sagaponack Christmas Bird Count
From: Peter Max Polshek <pmaxp AT well.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:43:46 -0400
Greetings New York (or those from other states) Birders:

The 2014 Sagaponack Christmas Count will be held on Sunday, 21 December.

The count area extends east from Mecox Bay to East Hampton.  It 
includes a wonderful array of birding locations that include the 
south shore bays and ponds and surrounding farms, Three Mile Harbor, 
Northwest Creek and adjacent wooded areas and wetlands.

Please contact me, Peter Polshek, if you are interested in participating.

Please note that the 2014 Montauk CBC will be held the day before. 
It makes for a great East End birding weekend to participate in both 
counts.


Thanks and Good Fortune during the 2014 Winter Season,

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Subject: Jones Beach
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:58:01 -0400
Jones Beach West End 29 October

Looking over the ocean, the sky was full of NORTHERN GANNETS, hundreds all 
moving west in a steady stream. 


Other than that spectacular, the migration has petered out. Three VESPER 
SPARROWS and the MARBLED GODWIT continue, 


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Subject: midtown manhattan yellow-bellied sapsucker fallout?
From: "Meredith, Leslie" <Leslie.Meredith AT simonandschuster.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:33:32 +0000
2 flying east from tree to tree on 51st between 6th and 7th and 1 who has been 
about a week in the tree gardens at Rockefeller Ctr, moving between 49-50th on 
west side of 6th Ave. Also beneath trees at 49th an ovenbird, 2 catbirds, 
numerous white-throated sparrows, male Common Y'throat. Last week a 
Black-Throated Blue Warbler. 


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Subject: Re: [nfc-l] Fwd: Interesting coastal flight happening now in the greater NYC metropolitan area
From: baybird40 AT aol.com <baybird40@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:19:05 GMT
Hi,
This is an exciting time to be a Birder.
I live on the Bay in Patchogue, Suffolk Co. Have seen many of the same species 
you are reporting over the past few days. 


I haven't seen a report of a Brown Creeper sighting anywhere.
I had one feeding with White- Breasted Nuthatches this past Sat. It was quite a 
treat. He stayed around for a few hours. 

Bask in it!!!!
Lori

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Smartphone


------ Original message------
From: Andrew Baksh
Date: Tue, Oct 28, 2014 2:08 PM
To: Shaibal Mitra;
Cc: nysbirds-l AT list.cornell.edu;
Subject:Re: [nysbirds-l] [nfc-l] Fwd: Interesting coastal flight happening now 
in the greater NYC metropolitan area 


I apologize in advance to anyone who find this post of mine irrelevant to the 
list serve. 


Normally, I never post about yard observations. However, like Shai, I was 
intrigued about Andrew's report last night and wanted to see if I was going to 
get the same result I got from the last time I tried a stationary count from my 
yard after reports of a good nocturnal flight the night before. Today's results 
are right on par with very little going on in my neck of the woods. I have been 
doing stationary counts of my own in Queens, specifically from my yard and 
today was the slowest of the last three days. 


Saturday, I opted to count from home for a bit and ended up at Breezy Point 
Queens, where I witnessed some of the same phenomenon reported by observers out 
east, in terms of the volume of birds migrating. Topping the list were 
Dark-eyed Juncos with a count of 1,270 just to provide a sample of how many 
birds were on the move. 


Yesterday, a few hours of stationary counts from my yard also resulted in 
decent numbers for my area in comparison to today, where the numbers were much 
lower. One example I could cite, is the low numbers of Pine Siskins observed in 
2 and a half hours of counting today, with 18 compared to 119 from yesterday. 
Purple Finch numbers were also way down. 


I find to be interesting the behavior of the Pine Siskins this fall. They are 
not staying at the feeders for any length of time; most of the ones that come 
in, checkout the feeders or pine cones, feed for about 1 minute and then they 
all continue west. On the other hand, Purple Finches have been swarming the 
feeders and I have had as many as 27 at one time on various feeders. 


For those of you into this sort of analysis, here are my checklists from the 
two days for comparison. Yesterday's checklist - 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20356531 


Today's checklist - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20362474

It is a lot of fun trying to decipher the mysteries of migration regardless of 
season! 


Cheers,



On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 8:46 AM, Shaibal Mitra  
wrote: 

Andrew's heads up was followed this morning by a good morning flight in central 
Staten Island, which I viewed from the College of Staten Island from 7:25-8:25. 


Highlights were 111 Purple Finches and a Rusty Blackbird among the east to west 
flow(which averages much higher here than on the outer beach), plus a Lincoln's 
Sparrow and a Common Yellowthroat in our small patch of quasi-natural 
vegetation by the biology department. 


Complete Checklist:

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Shai Mitra
Bay Shore
 
From: bounce-118307434-49958359 AT list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-118307434-49958359 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Andrew Farnsworth 
[andrew.farnsworth AT gmail.com] 

Sent: Monday, October 27, 2014 9:03 PM
To: New York Birds; NFC-L
Subject: [nfc-l] Fwd: Interesting coastal flight happening now in the greater 
NYC metropolitan area 



Hello all,
For those in the greater New York metropolitan area, an interesting and large 
flight is happening now. Despite what would normally be marginal conditions for 
fall movements (mild temperatures and southerly winds), migrants apparently 
decided time of the season would trump those tonight, even if only in a limited 
geographic area (check your favorite local radar outlet for visuals). In lights 
of some of the taller buildings in east midtown Manhattan migrants can be seen 
passing now, and there is also a nice audible component to this movement 
(White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, and Hermit Thrush among some other 
species). 


Good nocturnal birding,
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Subject: NW Suffolk Co.--further evidence of heavy migration
From: John Gluth <jgluth AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:16:28 -0400
I found ample evidence this morning that the massive migration of the past few 
days was not limited to the barrier beaches/south shore of Long Island. The 
north end of Blydenburgh County Park (Smithtown) hosted large numbers of 
White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos, with various sized flocks 
distributed around the edges of fields and the horse corral. Flocks of PINE 
SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES passed overhead and some were also observed "on the 
ground". One flock of Siskins alit in a tree and proceeded to come down to 
drink and bathe in a large rain puddle. Purple Finches fed on rose hips in 
thickets. Other late fall migrants present in good numbers included 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, and White-crowned Sparrow. 


Similarly high numbers of sparrows were found later at Hoyt Farm Park 
(Commack), with only Swamp Sparrow being appreciably more abundant. In 
addition, I found an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER foraging in the weedy edges of the 
field adjacent to the auxiliary parking lot, and encountered what I assumed was 
the same bird a bit later in appropriate habitat just a little farther into the 
park. Other notable birds seen during my visit included 1 House Wren and 1 Fox 
Sparrow. 


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Subject: Jones Beach
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:50:41 -0400
Jones Beach West End 28 Oct

With the winds shifting to the SW, the previous day's migration tapered off. 
However, lots of sparrows continue along the edges, either the same remaining 
to feed or a new crop replacing them. A VESPER SPARROW was reported by others 
(we didn't look today) and 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were found in different 
locations from the one seen yesterday. 


Today there were 3 ROYAL TERNS with the MARBLED GODWIT and AMERICAN 
OYSTERCATCHERS. A RED KNOT was seen among the DUNLIN with RUDY TURNSTONES on 
the Coast Guard breakwater. About 75 FORSTER'S TERNS were resting and feeding 
across the inlet. The west end #2 lot held 16 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. 
Looking by scope from the lot, we could see NORTHERN GANNET on the ocean. 


Again we saw a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. The RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES are in, Some 
SISKIN and PURPLE FINCH flew by, mostly heard. A cooperative bright yellow 
tail-flipping warbler though to be an Eastern Palm was photographed. When we 
checked the pictures for quality "surprise". It turned out to be a late PRAIRIE 
WARBLER. (You can't bird and photograph at the same time. Mistake would not 
have been made if we concentrated on ID rather than getting a good image). 


This unbelievable weather just goes on. It's great to be out.

Sy Schiff


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Subject: Iceland Gull Montauk
From: <JGIUNTA746 AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:11:35 -0400
Date: Oct. 28, 2014
 
My wife  Betsy and I saw very well an Iceland Gull in the dredging  area of 
Montauk Harbor. Other birds of interest were Horned Grebe, five  
Bonaparte's Gulls, Belted Kingfisher and many Common Loons all seen from Rod's 
Valley 

in Montauk.
Juncos everywhere.
 
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Subject: Re: [nfc-l] Fwd: Interesting coastal flight happening now in the greater NYC metropolitan area
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:05:00 -0400
I apologize in advance to anyone who find this post of mine irrelevant to
the list serve.

Normally, I never post about yard observations. However, like Shai, I was
intrigued about Andrew's report last night and wanted to see if I was going
to get the same result I got from the last time I tried a stationary count
from my yard after reports of a good nocturnal flight the night before.
Today's results are right on par with very little going on in my neck of
the woods.  I have been doing stationary counts of my own in Queens,
specifically from my yard and today was the slowest of the last three days.

Saturday, I opted to count from home for a bit and ended up at Breezy Point
Queens, where I witnessed some of the same phenomenon reported by observers
out east, in terms of the volume of birds migrating. Topping the list were
Dark-eyed Juncos with a count of 1,270 just to provide a sample of how many
birds were on the move.

Yesterday, a few hours of stationary counts from my yard also resulted in
decent numbers for my area in comparison to today, where the numbers were
much lower. One example I could cite, is the low numbers of Pine Siskins
observed in 2 and a half hours of counting today, with 18 compared to 119
from yesterday. Purple Finch numbers were also way down.

I find to be interesting the behavior of the Pine Siskins this fall. They
are not staying at the feeders for any length of time;  most of the ones
that come in, checkout the feeders or pine cones, feed for about 1 minute
and then they all continue west. On the other hand, Purple Finches have
been swarming the feeders and I have had as many as 27 at one time on
various feeders.

For those of you into this sort of analysis, here are my checklists from
the two days for comparison. Yesterday's checklist -
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20356531

Today's checklist - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20362474

It is a lot of fun trying to decipher the mysteries of migration regardless
of season!

Cheers,



On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 8:46 AM, Shaibal Mitra 
wrote:

>  Andrew's heads up was followed this morning by a good morning flight in
> central Staten Island, which I viewed from the College of Staten Island
> from 7:25-8:25.
>
> Highlights were 111 Purple Finches and a Rusty Blackbird among the east to
> west flow(which averages much higher here than on the outer beach), plus a
> Lincoln's Sparrow and a Common Yellowthroat in our small patch of
> quasi-natural vegetation by the biology department.
>
> Complete Checklist:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20360294
>
> Shai Mitra
> Bay Shore
>  ------------------------------
> *From:* bounce-118307434-49958359 AT list.cornell.edu [
> bounce-118307434-49958359 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Andrew
> Farnsworth [andrew.farnsworth AT gmail.com]
> *Sent:* Monday, October 27, 2014 9:03 PM
> *To:* New York Birds; NFC-L
> *Subject:* [nfc-l] Fwd: Interesting coastal flight happening now in the
> greater NYC metropolitan area
>
>  Hello all,
> For those in the greater New York metropolitan area, an interesting and
> large flight is happening now. Despite what would normally be marginal
> conditions for fall movements (mild temperatures and southerly winds),
> migrants apparently decided time of the season would trump those tonight,
> even if only in a limited geographic area (check your favorite local radar
> outlet for visuals). In lights of some of the taller buildings in
> east midtown Manhattan migrants can be seen passing now, and there is also
> a nice audible component to this movement (White-throated Sparrow,
> Dark-eyed Junco, and Hermit Thrush among some other species).
>
>  Good nocturnal birding,
> Andrew
>
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Subject: Brooklyn CBC
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Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:24:45 -0400
Kings County Christmas Bird Count is on December 20th


Peter
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Subject: RE:[nfc-l] Fwd: Interesting coastal flight happening now in the greater NYC metropolitan area
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:46:10 +0000
Andrew's heads up was followed this morning by a good morning flight in central 
Staten Island, which I viewed from the College of Staten Island from 7:25-8:25. 


Highlights were 111 Purple Finches and a Rusty Blackbird among the east to west 
flow(which averages much higher here than on the outer beach), plus a Lincoln's 
Sparrow and a Common Yellowthroat in our small patch of quasi-natural 
vegetation by the biology department. 


Complete Checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20360294

Shai Mitra
Bay Shore
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From: bounce-118307434-49958359 AT list.cornell.edu 
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[andrew.farnsworth AT gmail.com] 

Sent: Monday, October 27, 2014 9:03 PM
To: New York Birds; NFC-L
Subject: [nfc-l] Fwd: Interesting coastal flight happening now in the greater 
NYC metropolitan area 


Hello all,
For those in the greater New York metropolitan area, an interesting and large 
flight is happening now. Despite what would normally be marginal conditions for 
fall movements (mild temperatures and southerly winds), migrants apparently 
decided time of the season would trump those tonight, even if only in a limited 
geographic area (check your favorite local radar outlet for visuals). In lights 
of some of the taller buildings in east midtown Manhattan migrants can be seen 
passing now, and there is also a nice audible component to this movement 
(White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, and Hermit Thrush among some other 
species). 


Good nocturnal birding,
Andrew


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Subject: NYC Audubon Lecture tonight
From: Robert Bate <robsbate AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:06:58 -0400
"The Secret World of New York City's Green Roofs" by By Dustin Partridge and 
Kaitlyn Parkins 

Tuesday, October 28, 6pm
At the Arsenal in Central Park, 65th Street and 5th Avenue.

http://www.nycaudubon.org/lectures

Rob Bate
Brooklyn


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Subject: Fwd: [osbirds] Sabine's gull
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:21:08 -0400
I picked this up from the OS Birds list serve. I don't have any more
details than what you see here. Might be worth a follow-up if interested.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore

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Subject: [osbirds] Sabine's gull
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Kay Crane (Walton) called me to say she had a tip from Sullivan County
birders: A Sabine's gull by the dam and bridge in Downsville.
Has anyone heard anything about this?
It is not on ebirds.
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Subject: Fwd: Interesting coastal flight happening now in the greater NYC metropolitan area
From: Andrew Farnsworth <andrew.farnsworth AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:03:03 -0400
Hello all,
For those in the greater New York metropolitan area, an interesting and
large flight is happening now. Despite what would normally be marginal
conditions for fall movements (mild temperatures and southerly winds),
migrants apparently decided time of the season would trump those tonight,
even if only in a limited geographic area (check your favorite local radar
outlet for visuals). In lights of some of the taller buildings in
east midtown Manhattan migrants can be seen passing now, and there is also
a nice audible component to this movement (White-throated Sparrow,
Dark-eyed Junco, and Hermit Thrush among some other species).

Good nocturnal birding,
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Subject: Fwd: Interesting coastal flight happening now in the greater NYC metropolitan area
From: Andrew Farnsworth <andrew.farnsworth AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:03:03 -0400
Hello all,
For those in the greater New York metropolitan area, an interesting and
large flight is happening now. Despite what would normally be marginal
conditions for fall movements (mild temperatures and southerly winds),
migrants apparently decided time of the season would trump those tonight,
even if only in a limited geographic area (check your favorite local radar
outlet for visuals). In lights of some of the taller buildings in
east midtown Manhattan migrants can be seen passing now, and there is also
a nice audible component to this movement (White-throated Sparrow,
Dark-eyed Junco, and Hermit Thrush among some other species).

Good nocturnal birding,
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Subject: The 2014-2015 CBC is just around the corner!
From: "Carena Pooth" <carena AT prodigy.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:47:53 -0400
Hello CBCers! 

 

It's that time of year again!  We need your help to provide accurate
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I've already gotten CBC dates from a few compilers (thank you!). 5 are
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From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:58:25 +0000
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* October 27, 2014*  NYSY  10. 27. 14 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):October 20, 2014 - October 27, 2014to 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: October 27 AT 6:00 p.m. (EDT)compiler: Joseph 
BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #414 Monday October 
27, 2014 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of October 20, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

EARED GREBEGLOSSY IBISEURASIAN WIGEONSURF SCOTERGPLDEN EAGLEAMERICAN 
AVOCETLITTLE GULLICELAND GULLLESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLFORSTER’S TERNSAW-WHET 
OWLPARASITIC JAEGERPEREGRINE FALCONLAPLAND LONGSPURVESPER SPARROWEVENING 
GROSBEAKPINE SISKIN 

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

     Shorebirds still linger in the complex. Seen this week : SANDERLING, 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER, AMERICAN AVOCET, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, 
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, GREATER and LESSER 
YELLOWLEGS, WILSON’S SNIPE and PECTORAL SANDPIPER.     10/22: An 
EARED-GREBE is still present, seen at the first open area along the wildlife 
drive. An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen along the Wildlife Drive. The two AMERICAN 
AVOCETS were again present at Knox-Marsellus Pool.     10/26: An IBIS, 
initially called GLOSSY but being scrutinized for WHITE-FACED, was seen at 
Eaton Marsh on the Wildlife Drive. 5 ROSS’S GEESE were seen at Knox-Marsellus 
Pool. An EURASIAN WIGEON was again seen in the main pool. 


Cayuga County------------
     10/23: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen at Fair Haven State Park.

Madison County------------
     10/24: 5 EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on Carpenter Road near 
Sheds.     10/26: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen at the Sod Farm north of 
Chittenango. 


Onondaga County------------
     10/24: Two SURF SCOTERS were seen on Beaver Lake. The SAW-WHET OWL was 
seen at Beaver Lake on the Bog Trail but has not been relocated. a late VESPER 
SPARROW was seen on Banner Road is Tully. 


Oswego County------------
     10/23: Nine species of Raptor, including 4 GOLDEN EAGLES, were seen om 
Bishop Road north of Pulaski.     10/24: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen 
in Oswego Harbor.     10/26: An ICELAND GULL, 3 LITTLE GULLS and 2 PARASITIC 
JAEGERS were seen at Derby Hill. 


Herkimer County------------
     10/26: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Little Falls.
      

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Subject: What's in the Bird Seed Lately?
From: Steve Walter <swalter15 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:50:29 -0400
Let's see now. There's been a leucistic Red-winged Blackbird, a Junco -
White-throat hybrid, a strange Junco, a Junco with an all white tail that I
was shown a picture of today, a Field Sparrow with an all white tail that I
saw recently (of which I couldn't get a picture worth showing). How about a
leucistic Brown-headed Cowbird? These songbird flights and fallouts have
been great, but it does get old looking at the same looking things over and
over again. So if you want a look at the funny cowbird (yesterday at Fort
Tilden), it's at http://www.stevewalternature.com/ . It sure don't look
shiny or bronzed, but it'll have to pass for an interesting cowbird until
one of those shows up.

 

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Subject: Central Park NYC - Friday Oct. 24th & Sunday Oct. 26th
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:22:49 -0400
Central Park NYC - Friday Oct. 24th & Sunday Oct. 26th

Friday Oct. 24th - North End to Reservoir

Gadwall - 6 on Meer
Northern Shoveler - male
Hooded Merganser - male Reservoir
Ruddy Duck - pair at the Meer, 25+ Reservoir
Pied-billed Grebe 2 Reservoir
Sharp-shinned Hawk - migrant
Cooper's Hawk - migrant
Bald Eagle - adult flying over east side of park & Fifth Avenue near 
Conservatory Garden (spotted by Bob Ruvolo) 

Red-tailed Hawk - several
Downy Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker - many
American Kestrel - male (spotted by Jack Rothman) near compost
Eastern Phoebe - Blowdown Meadow
Blue-headed Vireo - Loch
Black-capped Chickadee - Pool & north side of Loch
Tufted Titmouse
Brown Creeper - north side of Loch
Winter Wren - Great Hill, Children's Glade & Reservoir
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - many
Hermit Thrush - many
Northern Mockingbird
Cedar Waxwing - around 20
Nashville Warbler - Loch
Black-throated Blue Warbler - Loch
Palm Warbler - Great Hill
Yellow-rumped Warbler - south of Conservatory Garden, Great Hill, Children's 
Glade, etc. 

Eastern Towhee - Children's Glade
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow - Grassy Knoll & Meer
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow - Grassy Knoll
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch - flock of 4 north side of Loch
American Goldfinch 
-----------------------------

Sunday October 26th - Turtle Pond, Shakespeare Garden, Pinetum, West side of 
Reservoir, & Ramble 


Northern Shoveler - more than 60 Reservoir
Ruddy Duck - at least 75 Reservoir
Red-tailed Hawk - adult Pinetum
The usual gulls - Ring-billed, Herring & Great Black-backed
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - many mostly Pinetum
Eastern Phoebe
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch - Pinetum
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 
Winter Wren - Mugger's Woods
Golden-crowned Kinglet - Shakespeare Garden
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - many
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird - Shakespeare Garden (uncommon now)
Palm Warbler - 6 or 7 Pinetum
Yellow-rumped Warbler - at least five in Pinetum, also at Sparrow Rock
Eastern Towhee - Mugger's Woods
Chipping Sparrow - more than 50
Field Sparrow - Sparrow Rock
Song Sparrow - many
Lincoln's Sparrow - (spotted by Ryan Zucker) west side of Great Lawn
Swamp Sparrow - Laupot Bridge
White-crowned Sparrow - 2 near Turtle Pond
Dark-eyed Junco - many
Purple Finch -3  Evodia Field Feeders
Pine Siskin - around 20 in tall hemlock in Shakespeare Garden
American Goldfinch - Shakespeare Garden

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Subject: Lapland Longspur contines in Prospect Park
From: Robert Bate <robsbate AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:27:38 -0400
First base side if infield at field 7 at south end of Long Meadow. 

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Subject: Robert Moses SP (Suffolk) morning flight
From: Douglas Futuyma <dfutuyma AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:23:31 -0400
Having missed this weekend's massive coastal flight because of a
professional meeting, I was happy to take advantage of the continuing
northwest winds, by arriving at Robert Moses State Park at about 7:45 this
morning. I wished I could be a triumvirate, monitoring the land bird flight
from one vantage point, viewing the sea from another, and searching the
vegetation, for another impressive flight was underway.

 I tried to estimate passing land birds from 7:50 to 8:20, and registered
>1000 Yellow-rumped Warblers (a very conservative estimate), ca. 500 Pine
Siskins, ca. 25 Purple Finches (mostly heard; I don't know how many were
small groups rather than singletons), several hundred Red-winged
Blackbirds, ca. 50 Brown-headed Cowbirds, 6 Rusty Blackbirds, 4 Eastern
Meadowlarks, and modest numbers of American Goldfinches.

In a short sea-watch, it took slightly more than 5 minutes to reach a count
of 500 Northern Gannets.. Ken and Sue Feustel told me that they had
estimated about 200 per minute about an hour earlier. Other than some
flocks of Double-crested Cormorants and small numbers of distant scoters
(mostly flying northeastward), there was little variety. I saw only 3 or 4
Laughing Gulls, and later a single Royal Tern.

A walk to the volleyball court and along the median yielded about 300
Dark-eyed Juncos, modest numbers (ca. 50) of Song and White-throated
Sparrows, a few Chipping and Field Sparrows,  a single Lincoln's Sparrow,
and later, a Vesper Sparrow (along the north side of Field 5, east of the
entrance). Although the great flux of Yellow-rumped Warblers had largely
abated by 9:30, the rate of passage of Pine Siskins had increased, if
anything, to a flock of 50-150 birds every minute or so. A constant trickle
of Purple Finches continued overhead. Abundant Siskins, Tree Swallows, and
Red-winged Blackbirds also passed along the beach front .

My impression, shared by some other birders, is that Northern Flickers are
moving through in much smaller numbers than in years past; I think I saw no
more than 50 or 60 during the morning.

I suspect that various observers' eBird listings will provide a more
detailed, comprehensive report of the morning's flight.

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Stony Brook, NY

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Subject: Jones Beach
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:13:59 -0400
Jones Beach West End 27 Oct

The bar at the Coast Guard Station continues to harbor a MARBLED GODWIT and 
today, 5 ROYAL TERNS along with the 100 odd AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS. There were 
a modest number of raptors moving through. 


The sky are still full of migrating YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS but in fewer 
numbers. Today there were a few AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, PURPLE FINCH and some 400 
PINE SISKIN. Some of each stopped for quick viewing, but a small group of 
Siskin landed in front of us and fed on pine cones while we took pictures. 


Sparrows in groups were all over on the edges of the roads retreating to the 
vegetation every time a car passed. WHITE-CROWN SPARROWS were in good 
numbers.There was 1 Saturday , 2 yesterday, and today, 3 VESPER SPARROWS along 
with a LINCOLN'S SPARROW, that was also found yesterday. The CLAY-COLORED 
SPARROW could not be relocated today. 


A modest number of blackbirds were on the move. Three EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were 
near the West End #2 parking lot east exit. 


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Subject: Dates for Captree and Southern Nassau County CBCs
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:59:42 +0000
Fellow birders,

As the winter season approaches, folks have been asking about dates for the 
Christmas Bird Counts, including the two on Long Island that we compile. 


Captree will be conducted on Sunday, December 14th.
Southern Nassau County will be conducted on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015.

Shai Mitra & Patricia Lindsay
Bay Shore, NY

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Subject: Longspur in Brooklyn
From: Rob Jett <citybirder AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:38:09 -0400
Sean Sime and I are looking at a Lapland Longspur in Prospect Park. The bird is 
near the dugout of baseball field number seven and the south east corner of the 
Long Meadow. 


Good birding,

Rob

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Subject: Croton Point Vesper Sparrows and more
From: Anne Swaim <anneswaim AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:32:43 -0400
Saw Mill River Audubon's regular 4th Monday walk today at Croton Point Park
enjoyed a beautiful fall morning and plenty of bird activity with:

* at least 12 different Vesper Sparrows, all along SE corner of landfill
edge.

* 9 different White-crowned Sparrows (all 1st yr birds), located in
different corners of the park including garden edge by ballfield parking,
road edge on S side of landfill and along the river road (below
campgrounds);

* large numbers of White-throats and Song Sparrows in many places especially
along the landfill edges with good number of Savannah Sparrows atop
landfill and along upper landfill edges;

* likely low count of 26 American Pipits seen beside and on landfill;

* two flyover Eastern Meadowlarks (apparently continuing birds);

* one each Northern Harrier & American Kestrel hunting the landfill;

* 3rd year Bald Eagle seen today and a few times over past cpl of wks in
same location: shoreline trees along the river road;

And a flock of 8 Rusty Blackbirds seen by Charlie Roberto near ballfield
parking, with at least two other Rusty Blackbirds seen as landfill
flyovers.

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Subject: North Shore Audubon Society - Upcoming Presentation - Don Riepe presents "Jamaica Bay"
From: Nancy Tognan <nancy.tognan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:48:22 -0400
The North Shore Audubon Society will be have its monthly program on Tuesday,
October 28, 2014, from 7pm to 9pm, at the Manhasset Public Library, 30
Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset NY 11030.  All are invited, free of charge.

The speaker will be Don Riepe, presenting "Jamaica Bay"

After years as Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Parks Manager, Don is now acting
Director of the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society.

Come join us as Don takes us through the seasons of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife
Refuge. Through his photographs, he will introduce us to the regular birds,
shorebirds, and migrants that visit this area. In addition, he will describe
ongoing bird walks, nature walks, and sunset cruise trips that are offered,
guided by a naturalist.

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

Nancy Tognan
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Subject: Hybrid sparrow - more photos
From: Joe DiCostanzo <jdicost AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:43:52 -0400
On October 10 I reported a White-throated Sparrow x Dark-eyed Junco hybrid
in Central Park, NYC. The other day I received an email from Laura Goggin
that she had seen what had to be the same individual in the same area on
October 14. She got some very nice photos of the bird that are on her Flickr
stream at:

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/goggla/14959105284/

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/goggla/14959103104/

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/goggla/15556137416/

 

Joe DiCostanzo

www.greatgullisland.org  

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Subject: Randalls Island Vespers (YES)
From: Alan Drogin <drogin AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:48:00 -0400
10 species of sparrows in Randalls Island today - highlight was 4-5 Vesper 
Sparrows - appearing in two places - the Salt Marsh and Field 42 at the north 
end. Also an abundance of Kinglets - both Ruby and Golden milling about the 
lawns. 


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Subject: Great Neck Estates Pond Park and Environs
From: matt klein <matt.klein AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:12:59 -0400

It was a good day in Great Neck Estates Pond Park this morning. Lots and lots 
of the usuals - white throated sparrows and juncos. Also in good numbers were 
swamp sparrows and song sparrows as well as ruby crowned kinglets and 
yellow-rumped warblers. I also had good numbers of hermit thrushes and a lone 
carolina wren. Unusual for me were one Lincoln Sparrow (the first I have noted 
in the area) and an Eastern Towhee (ditto). Most of the warblers and vireo 
(which were still showing nicely until last week) seemed to have moved on but 
it was an overall nice showing for a small local park on the north shore of 
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Subject: Union Square
From: "Schlesinger, Lee" <Lee.Schlesinger AT purchase.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:59:24 +0000
?An hour or so in Union Square Park in Manhattan this afternoon produced nice 
results. Birds were quite active. In addition to the very common White-Throated 
Sparrows and the expected Hermit Thrushes and Robins (and other common 
species), I noted: 


    Brown Creeper

    Towhee

    Catbird

    many Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, often at arms-length distance

    a couple of Golden-Crowned Kinglets

    several Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

    Common Yellowthroat

    Yellow-Rumped Warbler

    CAPE MAY WARBLER

    FOX SPARROW


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Subject: Pipits
From: "Carney, Martin" <carneym AT fordhamprep.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:59:20 -0400
While watching a cross-country meet at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday I saw
two Pipits on the parade grounds, maybe 80 yards due north of the tennis
courts.  Birds and runners seemed to coexist nicely.  This was from about
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Subject: Western Kingbird at Bayville, Nassau County
From: <pjlindsay AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:02:06 -0400
It has come to our attention that a Western Kingbird was found last 
Monday at the Stehli Beach parking lot in Bayville, and was still 
present today. This is the large parking lot at the north end of Bayvile 
Road.

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Subject: RE: Robert Moses State Park Birds (Suffolk Co.)
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:20:08 +0000
When a beach flight stands out as memorable to Ken, it means something; he's 
seen a lot of big flights out there. In trying to take stock of the day, I find 
myself not only agreeing with Ken, but becoming convinced more and more that 
this flight was unusually intriguing in many ways. 


I was part of a group that conducted a stationary morning flight count, and my 
companions will attest that our total of 5 Hairy Woodpeckers had me freaking 
out a little bit. A quick comparison to my past records explains why--and also 
affirms Ken's perception of this species' usual scarcity on the barrier beach: 
since 1996 I've tallied just 8 Hairy Woodpeckers, vs. 28 Red-headed Woodpeckers 
at RMSP and the adjacent Lighthouse Tract. Among other relatively (or 
allegedly) sedentary species moving this morning were 12 Downies, 20 
Red-bellies (possibly a local daily max), and a White-breasted Nut, and our 
total of 28 Northern Cardinals in obvious morning flight was a true spectacle 
of nature! 


Of course, these 66 novelties were gleaned from a deluge of literally tens of 
thousands of birds flying past, and I'm also reminded of another point that Ken 
made, that there is no completely adequate way to count birds during these 
events. Each type of effort has advantages and demerits, and each will be 
overwhelmed on a day like this. The most difficult species to count on days 
like this is, in my opinion, Myrtle Warbler, owing to its diverse modes of 
passage through the airspace and puckerbrush, and this is the species for which 
our stationary estimate differs most from Ken's. Although I haven't had a 
chance yet to completely decipher my notes, I'm convinced that we saw on the 
order of 20,000, passing throughout the morning on a broad front from 
oceanfront to bay, and at a wide range of heights. Although I didn't recognize 
at the time that this flight was larger than last Sunday's, my sample counts 
and rate estimates clearly indicate that it was immense. Our Pine Siskin tally 
was about 3,600; the difference from the Feustels' estimate in this case owing 
to the habit of this species' flocks' of calling least when largest; large 
flocks of ca. 100 routinely passed almost silently along the dune line. 


But the most intriguing thing about this morning involved the species that 
sometimes, but not always, commit to obvious morning flight. As might be 
expected at this date, Hermit Thrushes were heavily represented in the 
overnight flight, but these birds would not ordinarily be expected to move east 
to west after sunrise. Today, as on 3 Nov 2006 (see note, copied below), they 
were very frisky and pushed bush to bush quite a bit and even persisted in 
giving nocturnal fight calls from the brush, throughout this bright, glary day 
(one called as late as 3:00 pm, under full sun and a raging westerly breeze 
that streaked the Atlantic Ocean with white, as Eileen Wheeler and I discussed 
whether we were lucky or unlucky to have been weathered out of today's 
scheduled pelagic--lucky, I say!). For purposes of comparison, my drive-around 
tally of road-side Hermits Thrushes this afternoon was 65 today, vs. 422 on 3 
Nov 2006. Among other species that sometimes do and sometimes don't engage in 
morning flight at Fire Island, Juncos and White-throated Sparrows were all in 
today--these two species were streaming east to west along the inlet shore at a 
prodigious rate for the first 40 minutes after sunrise. Again, I need to work 
carefully through my notes, but the back of the envelope estimates are 6,000 
Juncos and 2,000 White-throats--both exceptional totals for a stationary count 
in fall. Even more amazing to me is my total for Ruby-crowned Kinglet, which 
overwhelmingly dominated Golden-crowned in the morning flight, with ca. 800 
passing, mostly bush to bush between 7:20 and 11:50. 


And other mysteries remain. Song Sparrows were strikingly under-represented 
today, especially given the huge pushes of Juncos and White-throats, and it 
wasn't until my afternoon mop-up that I saw my first Swamp Sparrow. Taking 
everything into account, I think that Song Sparrows were genuinely scarce in 
last night's flight (and further under-detected in our stationary counts, 
because they don't engage in morning flight). But the paucity of Swamp Sparrows 
today was inexplicable--how could it be that I saw fewer Swampies than Hairy 
Woodpeckers! 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore

>3 November 2006

>Hi everyone,
>
>The morning flight was very impressive today along the barrier beach at Robert 

>Moses State Park, Suffolk.
>
>Between 6:45 and 8:15, my estimates of the numbers of birds sweeping
>along the dunes were on the order of 50,000 Red-winged Blackbirds, 10,000
>American Robins, and 1,000 Cedar Waxwings. There were at least 3,000 White-
>throated Sparrows, and 1K each of Junco and Myrtle Warbler on the ground. GC
>Kinglets, a staple feature (in the multi-hundreds) of recent coastal flights, 
were 

>almost completely absent, but numbers of RC Kinglets, Hermit Thrushes,
Phoebes
>were impressive.
>
>I wanted to get the word out in case others are able to bird the coast today, 
and 

to
>compare migration notes with observers in other parts of the state.

I returned to Robert Moses SP on Friday afternoon and assessed the aftermath of
the first phase of this weekends flight. The diurnal migrants (Robins, 
waxwings, 

blackbirds, etc.) were long gone by the afternoon, but various nocturnal 
migrants 

had reoriented and assembled in enormous numbers.

Most shocking to me were the numbers of Hermit Thrushes and Chipping
Sparrows.

Hermit Thrush is a species we generally record in single digits and for which I 
can 

find no previous triple-digit count in my records. Double-digit counts of 
Chipping 

Sparrows are pretty routine, but triple digits are very unusual on the barrier 
beach. 

In the morning, Pat and I had been amazed to count 80 Hermits (many which were
giving flight calls from the ground!) and 200 Chippies. On my return, I 
realized 

immediately that many more of both had hopped in from the east and/or emerged
from the puckerbrush. By driving the loop road and circling the two main 
parking 

lots at 25 mph, I counted 422 Hermit Thrushes easily visible along the grassy
margins.  This number does not include any I missed among the thousands of
White-throated Sparrows, nor the multitudes that later investigation proved 
were 

still lurking within the vegetation throughout the park. Actual counts were 
simply 

not possible for many other species, but I put some care into estimates of 
10,000 

White-throated Sparrows (many more than in the morning) and 500 Chipping
Sparrows (like HETH, beyond any prior experience).

Saturday brought a very nice morning flight that seemed downright dull compared
to Fridays. For most species, the numbers on the ground were much reduced from
Friday but still very impressive. Chipping Sparrow was again an exception, with 
at 

least 750 at RMSP alone. Chippies were unique among the abundant landbirds in
appearing in larger numbers on Saturday than on Friday. Im used to seeing 
flocks 

of Myrtle Warblers loping in from the east throughout the day during big 
flights, 

but I cannot recall ever before seeing flocks of Chipping Sparrows 
materializing 

above the Fire Island Lighthouse, flying in from the east, and settling down to 
feed 

among the earlier-arriving hordes at RMSP.

Sunday was warm and relatively windless, with a further reduction in overall
numbers (though still very impressive by any normal standards). We scoured RMSP
again and finally ventured west to Jones Beach. We conducted another roadside
Hermit Thrush count and tallied 313 between Captree and West End, plus at least
50 more at West End itself.

Some new statewide maxima were set this weekend, and we are continuing to
collect records from the many observers afield on LI this weekend.

Best,
Shai Mitra



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Subject: Edgemere Park
From: Rick <rcech AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:42:35 -0400
A few decent birds this afternoon at Edgemere Park, observed by Rick Cech,
Emily Peyton, Karlo Mirth.

 

Sparrows: Many Savannah, Swamp, White-throated and Song; 2 Field; 2+ juv.
White-crowned; 1 Vesper, 1 possible Ammodramus. 

Raptors: Quite a few Northern Harriers, Red-taileds, Peregrine, Kestrel,
Sharpie.

Misc: Good Phoebe movement, numerous kinglets (both species) and juncos,
numerous Palm Warblers, one bright Nashville Warbler, lots of Yellow-rumps;
no siskins

 

A high percentage of the birds seen (in all groups) were immatures.

 

Pretty day,

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Subject: Hunter Island- Pelham Bay Park
From: Jack Rothman <jacroth1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:43:48 -0400
Bronx Brendan and I walked the main path for 2.5 hours around the Island 
today and continuously flushed Hermit Thrushes as we walked. We easily saw 130 
and stopped counting. In equal numbers were RC Kinglets, YR Warblers and WT and 
Song Sparrows. We guessed there were thousands of these species in the woods as 
the path we took only goes around the perimeter of the Island. Palm Warblers, 
Yellow-crowned Kinglets were also in great abundance. Other species included 
Purple Finch, Cedar Waxwings and a small kettle of RT Hawks. There was a 
Peregrine Falcon bathing in a puddle in the Orchard Beach Parking lot but it 
was flushed by a passing car. 

This was one of the birdiest days we could remember in the park.

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Subject: Robert Moses State Park Birds (Suffolk Co.)
From: ken feustel <feustel AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:19:30 -0400
Robert Moses State Park witnessed one of the more memorable fallouts in recent 
years this morning, with clouds of sparrows on the lawn and moving through the 
bushes. Overhead, flyby Pine Siskins and Purple Finch put in a good showing. 
Species that exceeded a thousand individuals included Pine Siskin (1,972), 
Yellow-rumped Warbler (1,765), Dark-eyed Junco (1,490), and White-throated 
Sparrow (1,155). Our count was not stationary, so I expect the folks who were 
counting the birds as they passed down the beach to have significantly higher 
totals. Additionally, there were so many birds that "counter's fatigue" set in. 
Some interesting sightings included Orange-crowned Warbler, Lincoln's Sparrow, 
and Clay-colored Sparrow. As is so often the case on big flight days, no real 
rarities were seen (at least, to our knowledge, at RMSP), although a flyby 
Short-eared Owl seen by John Heidecker (sp.)must have been a treat. Of interest 
to us was the four Hairy Woodpeckers we saw at RMSP - generally a rare bird on 
the barrier beach. As a means of comparison, over the years we have probably 
seen more Red-headed Woodpeckers on the barrier beach in the Fall than Hairy 
Woodpeckers. A few photos from the days birding are on my flickr site. 


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From: Isaac Grant <hosesbroadbill AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:05:51 -0400
Highlights were
1 Western Kingbird. Landed briefly at edge of field across from ball park. Then 
quickly flew west towards Breezy Point. 

1 Clay-colored Sparrow along fence line bordering military building
1 Vesper Sparrow in same area
1 Orange-crowned Warbler in maintenance area
1 Bobolink in grass along fence line of golf course at Riis
Hundreds of Siskins and Putple finch landed in trees 
Plus loads of the common  fall migrants
10 sparrow species total. 

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Subject: Re: huge movement - smiths point suffolk Co
From: Gabriel Willow <gabrielwillow AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:27:54 -0400
I'm in Cape May (not NY I know), and it's a huge morning down here too: 
thousands of robins & blackbirds flying high (Red-winged and Rusty), 
Yellow-rumps & Swamp Sparrows everywhere, siskins & Purple Finches flying over 
regularly as well. Guess it's hopping all along the coast this AM? 


- Gabriel Willow



> On Oct 25, 2014, at 8:17 AM, Mike  wrote:
> 
> Thousands if birds overhead and on the ground at Smiths Point park now. So 
far mainly sparrows- white throat predominating and lots of overhead Siskins. 

> 
> Mike Cooper
> Ridge NY
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Oct 24, 2014, at 9:35 PM, David Klauber  wrote:
>> 
>> Early this afternoon Bobby Rosetti and I saw an unusual looking junco. The 
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gray and white - no browns or reddish tinges. The closest match we could find 
was Red-backed Junco, which should be nowhere near here. Sorry no photos. If 
any one is around tomorrow it may be worth a look. It was along the northern 
side of the parking lot of field 2, a short distance west of the entrance 
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Subject: Loads of birds at Fort Tilden
From: Isaac Grant <hosesbroadbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:24:14 -0400
Ground is littered with sparrows and kinglets and yellow rumps. Flock after 
flock of Siskin and Putple finch touching down. 

Isaac Grant
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> On Oct 25, 2014, at 8:17 AM, Mike  wrote:
> 
> Thousands if birds overhead and on the ground at Smiths Point park now. So 
far mainly sparrows- white throat predominating and lots of overhead Siskins. 

> 
> Mike Cooper
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>> On Oct 24, 2014, at 9:35 PM, David Klauber  wrote:
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>> Early this afternoon Bobby Rosetti and I saw an unusual looking junco. The 
gray head contrasted strongly with its brown back, and there was a small black 
"mask" through the eyes and lores. The underparts were typical Slate-colored 
gray and white - no browns or reddish tinges. The closest match we could find 
was Red-backed Junco, which should be nowhere near here. Sorry no photos. If 
any one is around tomorrow it may be worth a look. It was along the northern 
side of the parking lot of field 2, a short distance west of the entrance 
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Subject: Re:huge movement - smiths point suffolk Co
From: Mike <mikec02 AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:17:12 -0400
Thousands if birds overhead and on the ground at Smiths Point park now. So far 
mainly sparrows- white throat predominating and lots of overhead Siskins. 


Mike Cooper
Ridge NY

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> Early this afternoon Bobby Rosetti and I saw an unusual looking junco. The 
gray head contrasted strongly with its brown back, and there was a small black 
"mask" through the eyes and lores. The underparts were typical Slate-colored 
gray and white - no browns or reddish tinges. The closest match we could find 
was Red-backed Junco, which should be nowhere near here. Sorry no photos. If 
any one is around tomorrow it may be worth a look. It was along the northern 
side of the parking lot of field 2, a short distance west of the entrance 
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Subject: unusual junco Robt. Moses SP Suffolk County
From: David Klauber <davehawkowl AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:35:08 -0400
Early this afternoon Bobby Rosetti and I saw an unusual looking junco. The gray 
head contrasted strongly with its brown back, and there was a small black 
"mask" through the eyes and lores. The underparts were typical Slate-colored 
gray and white - no browns or reddish tinges. The closest match we could find 
was Red-backed Junco, which should be nowhere near here. Sorry no photos. If 
any one is around tomorrow it may be worth a look. It was along the northern 
side of the parking lot of field 2, a short distance west of the entrance 
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Subject: Croton point park today
From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:35:17 +0000
The rain over the last few days left some puddles in the park including up by 
the airplane field. Charlie Roberto passes on he had an excellent Westchester 
find of pectoral sandpiper in one of them about 9:00 this am. Also seen in 
grass in the area of air field were single vesper and Lincoln's sparrows. Lots 
of juncos too. Peregrine, kestrel and harrier seen hunting by or on main 
landfill. 


L. Trachtenberg
Ossining

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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 24 October 2014
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:10:41 -0400
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Oct. 24, 2014
* NYNY1410.24

- Birds mentioned

SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GOLDEN EAGLE
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden-Plover
American Oystercatcher
MARBLED GODWIT
Red Knot
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
Eastern Phoebe
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
American Pipit
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
Vesper Sparrow
LARK SPARROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
Nelson's Sparrow
Snow Bunting
BLUE GROSBEAK
DICKCISSEL
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

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Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, October 24th
2014 at 6pm. The highlights of today's tape are SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER,
MARBLED GODWIT, GOLDEN EAGLE, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER,
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK,
DICKCISSEL and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.

Certainly this week's top rarity was an adult SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER
seen only briefly last Sunday morning at a private section of Sands Point
near East Creek on Long Island's north shore. Otherwise the highlight was
really an active migratory push through our area last weekend into Monday
with storm systems pretty much shutting things down after that.

Sunday morning found many thousands of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS along the
Atlantic shore. The birds reorienting themselves inland after having been
blown out over the ocean by the very strong overnight winds. Almost 8,000
Yellow-rumps were estimated at Fort Tilden and a stationary count at Robert
Moses State Park exceeded 10,000. Other species were actually not terribly
well represented in this flight including such expected diurnal migrants as
AMERICAN ROBIN and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD. At Fort Tilden some migrants
tallied Sunday included an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER going by with some
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 21 ROYAL TERNS moving south and 123 PINE SISKINS, 31
PURPLE FINCHES, 22 AMERICAN PIPITS and a DICKCISSEL. The Siskin totals
improved on Monday with 610 counted out at Coney Island Creek Park along
with good numbers of EASTERN PHOEBES, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and the like.

Another surprise on Sunday was an immature GOLDEN EAGLE spotted over the
Edgemere Landfill in Far Rockaway. Also there Sunday were 3 WILSON'S SNIPE,
these certainly on the move as two more were noted at Jones Beach West End
Sunday along with singles at Randall's Island and Robert Moses State Park
and elsewhere. GOLDEN EAGLES have also now begun to appear at inland
hawkwatches but be aware that good numbers of Bald Eagles also continue to
move through.

A decent variety at Floyd Bennett Field Sunday featured single CLAY-COLORED
and VESPER SPARROWS and other good landbirds within city limits included a
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Randall's Island last Friday and Sunday the latter
day also producing VESPER SPARROW and NELSON'S SPARROWS and a BLUE GROSBEAK
there. Another BLUE GROSBEAK in Central Park Saturday, WORM-EATING WARBLER
and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW in Prospect Park Monday and a LARK SPARROW at
Marine Park in Brooklyn today.

At Jones Beach West End the number of LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS gathering
at high tide in the West End 2 parking lot reached 46 late Saturday
afternoon with at least 30 there on Sunday. Also at high tide a MARBLED
GODWIT has been visiting the bar off the Coast Guard Station with 2 there
Sunday along with over 400 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS and other shorebirds
including 10 RED KNOTS and a couple of SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Large
numbers of FORSTER'S TERNS continue around Jones Inlet with some ROYAL
TERNS also lingering there.

Out a Robert Moses State Park notable landbirds included DICKCISSELS
Saturday through Monday a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW Saturday and Sunday, an
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER Sunday and a SNOW BUNTING moving by today.

A late CONNECTICUT WARBLER was found at the Chandler Estate in Mount Sinai
last Saturday. Other warblers spotted during the week included MAGNOLIA,
BLACK-THROATED BLUES and GREEN, PRAIRIE, CANADA and WILSON'S. Also noted
recently have been a few RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.

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From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:48:08 -0400
 Joe Giunta, Debbie Martin, Joe Viglietta and I (Sy Schiff) primarily birded 
the perimeter around the West End #2 (WE) lot venturing down to the beach. 
First, we perused the bar, by scope, from the Coast Guard Station lot, finding 
a mass of AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS and 7 ROYAL TERNS. The base of the hedgerow 
had about 20 sparrows including a half dozen WHITE-CROWNED. 

We drove over to the SW corner of WE and then walked counter clockwise around 
the lot. On the east side of the swale, we paused to walk down to the ocean. On 
the beach there were a dozen LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS to our right (west) and 
3 to our left (east), while back at the lot there were 3 more. A few SANDERLING 
mixed in with 100 DUNLIN moved by along the water's edge. 


Five HORNED LARKS, SAVANNAH and SONG SPARROWS were noted as we birded along 
with a PEREGRINE FALCON, several MERLIN and a hunting NORTHERN HARRIER. 


Also seen this morning were both KINGLETS, THRASHER, CATBIRD, TOWHEE, 7 species 
of SPARROWS, GOLDFINCH and loads of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. 


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Subject: PELAGIC TRIP POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
From: Doug Gochfeld <fresha2411 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:03:47 -0400
I am posting this here in case there is someone who is who is registered
for the trip but who's E-Mail we did not have in the pelagic trip E-Mail
list.


TRIP POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER

Unfortunately, while the offshore forecast has come down, the conditions to
and from the canyon have become less favorable and will likely hamper our
ability to get to the canyon with ample time to bird, and make
birding/photography conditions difficult in general.
We sincerely apologize for the back and forth. Getting offshore is always
touch and go and we felt it was worth it to exhaust every possibility. The
forecast didn't work with us today.

Information about a reschedule date will be made available early in the
week. Thank you for your patience.

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Subject: Pine Siskins/Weevil!
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:58:42 -0400
10/23/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

Pine Siskins are back again this morning - 3 days in a row now.  With such a
widespread movement underway for this species, I wasn't sure they would
stay.  It will be interesting to see if they stay through the winter.  I
posted a Pine Siskin photo to my Facebook page yesterday (taken through a
window).

 

I received feedback regarding the mystery creature on the water smartweed
photo (on the list, personal email, and via Facebook).  It is a weevil,
likely Lixus rubellus, which is commonly associated with water smartweed.  I
didn't notice the weevil on the trip, but later when I was looking at the
photos on a large screen monitor.  This often happens, and it is why I enjoy
taking photos and videos - I often notice things later on that I didn't see
in the field.  Thanks to Alan Wells, Leah Valerio, Bob Duncan, Larry Master,
Ezra Schwartzberg, and Ferne Merrill for feedback on the insect.  List
serves and Facebook are wonderful!

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY

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Subject: NNYBirds: Pine Siskins/Weevil!
From: "'Joan Collins' Joan.Collins AT Frontier.com [Northern_NY_Birds]" <Northern_NY_Birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:58:42 -0400
10/23/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

Pine Siskins are back again this morning - 3 days in a row now.  With such a
widespread movement underway for this species, I wasn't sure they would
stay.  It will be interesting to see if they stay through the winter.  I
posted a Pine Siskin photo to my Facebook page yesterday (taken through a
window).

 

I received feedback regarding the mystery creature on the water smartweed
photo (on the list, personal email, and via Facebook).  It is a weevil,
likely Lixus rubellus, which is commonly associated with water smartweed.  I
didn't notice the weevil on the trip, but later when I was looking at the
photos on a large screen monitor.  This often happens, and it is why I enjoy
taking photos and videos - I often notice things later on that I didn't see
in the field.  Thanks to Alan Wells, Leah Valerio, Bob Duncan, Larry Master,
Ezra Schwartzberg, and Ferne Merrill for feedback on the insect.  List
serves and Facebook are wonderful!

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY

(315) 244-7127 cell       

(518) 624-5528 home

http://www.adirondackavianexpeditions.com/   

http://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian
Subject: Pine Siskins/Rusty Blackbird/Gray Jays, etc.
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:11:55 -0400
10/22/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

Pine Siskins showed up at our feeders yesterday (10/21/14) (same day they
arrived at Mickey Scilingo's feeders).  I was putting the feeders up at dawn
on 10/17/14, when a Black-capped Chickadee landed a few inches from me and I
heard a Pine Siskin flock nearby.  There are now 10 species visiting the
feeders.  The siskins continued to visit today (we also have Purple Finches
visiting).  I have 9 feeders out, and 6 more to add.

 

A solo Rusty Blackbird flew into a tree near me at the Little Tupper
Lake/Round Lake outlet area late this morning.  This continues to be a very
reliable location to find this species in both spring and fall migration.  I
was observing White-crowned, White-throated, and Chipping Sparrows at the
time.  Gray Jays were active and vocal at Sabattis Bog.  I "talked" with
them for a long time and they flew out to observe me!

 

My canoe-camping trip on the newly opened Essex Chain Lakes Primitive Area
was published on Adirondack Experience at:
http://www.adirondackexperience.com/blog/2014/10/canoe-camping-the-essex-cha
in-lakes .  There are many photos of the flora, fauna, and scenery at this
beautiful location.  If you look closely at the second Water Smartweed photo
(near the end of the blog), there is a creature on the flower - it has a
long, tubular looking nose.  If anyone can identify it, I would love to know
what it is - thank you!

 

My canoe-camping trip on gorgeous Lake Lila and climb of Mount Frederica was
also just published on Adirondack Experience at:
http://www.adirondackexperience.com/blog/2014/10/the-lure-of-lovely-lake-lil
a .  Again, there are a lot of scenic photos (sunset and sunrise) of the
lake and mountain.  I noticed two metal bands on the leg of one of the two
adult Bald Eagles perched over my camp site.

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY

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http://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian

 

 

 


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Subject: NNYBirds: Pine Siskins/Rusty Blackbird/Gray Jays, etc.
From: "'Joan Collins' Joan.Collins AT Frontier.com [Northern_NY_Birds]" <Northern_NY_Birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:11:55 -0400
10/22/14 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

Pine Siskins showed up at our feeders yesterday (10/21/14) (same day they
arrived at Mickey Scilingo's feeders).  I was putting the feeders up at dawn
on 10/17/14, when a Black-capped Chickadee landed a few inches from me and I
heard a Pine Siskin flock nearby.  There are now 10 species visiting the
feeders.  The siskins continued to visit today (we also have Purple Finches
visiting).  I have 9 feeders out, and 6 more to add.

 

A solo Rusty Blackbird flew into a tree near me at the Little Tupper
Lake/Round Lake outlet area late this morning.  This continues to be a very
reliable location to find this species in both spring and fall migration.  I
was observing White-crowned, White-throated, and Chipping Sparrows at the
time.  Gray Jays were active and vocal at Sabattis Bog.  I "talked" with
them for a long time and they flew out to observe me!

 

My canoe-camping trip on the newly opened Essex Chain Lakes Primitive Area
was published on Adirondack Experience at:
http://www.adirondackexperience.com/blog/2014/10/canoe-camping-the-essex-cha
in-lakes .  There are many photos of the flora, fauna, and scenery at this
beautiful location.  If you look closely at the second Water Smartweed photo
(near the end of the blog), there is a creature on the flower - it has a
long, tubular looking nose.  If anyone can identify it, I would love to know
what it is - thank you!

 

My canoe-camping trip on gorgeous Lake Lila and climb of Mount Frederica was
also just published on Adirondack Experience at:
http://www.adirondackexperience.com/blog/2014/10/the-lure-of-lovely-lake-lil
a .  Again, there are a lot of scenic photos (sunset and sunrise) of the
lake and mountain.  I noticed two metal bands on the leg of one of the two
adult Bald Eagles perched over my camp site.

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY

(315) 244-7127 cell       

(518) 624-5528 home

http://www.adirondackavianexpeditions.com/   

http://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian

 

 

 
Subject: Re: NYC Visible (and audible) Nocturnal Migration now
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:27:58 -0400
Sounds like a deadly combination. I worry about a high building collision
mortality rate. It might be good for some to check the grounds around some
of the taller lit up buildings in the morning.

Rich Guthrie


On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 9:15 PM, Andrew Farnsworth <
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> Good evening all,
> For those of you in Manhattan, NYC, may I suggest stopping what you are
> doing and stepping out side right now. There is a large amount of nocturnal
> movement happening, quite easily visible at times even with the naked eye
> from street level (and more so with binoculars looking up to the cloud
> ceiling from building rooftops) in the lights of a number of up-lit
> buildings on the Upper East Side, and presumably elsewhere in the city and
> surrounding areas. There's also quite a lot of calling happening (lots of
> White-throated Sparrows, some Dark-eyed Juncos, Hermit Thrush). A quick
> check of radar will show why - there is a heavy flight underway in
> favorable winds and birds are interacting with isolated thunderstorms and
> low cloud ceilings (and the artificial light dome of NYC).
>
> Good nocturnal birding!
> Andrew
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Subject: NYC Visible (and audible) Nocturnal Migration now
From: Andrew Farnsworth <andrew.farnsworth AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:15:08 -0400
Good evening all,
For those of you in Manhattan, NYC, may I suggest stopping what you are
doing and stepping out side right now. There is a large amount of nocturnal
movement happening, quite easily visible at times even with the naked eye
from street level (and more so with binoculars looking up to the cloud
ceiling from building rooftops) in the lights of a number of up-lit
buildings on the Upper East Side, and presumably elsewhere in the city and
surrounding areas. There's also quite a lot of calling happening (lots of
White-throated Sparrows, some Dark-eyed Juncos, Hermit Thrush). A quick
check of radar will show why - there is a heavy flight underway in
favorable winds and birds are interacting with isolated thunderstorms and
low cloud ceilings (and the artificial light dome of NYC).

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Subject: 10/20- Brooklyn Viz Mig (great flight of Kinglets, Phoebes, and Siskins) etc.
From: Doug Gochfeld <fresha2411 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:54:52 -0400
Viz Mig (visible migration) was once again in full effect in south-coastal
NYC this morning. For the first few hours of today, I was at Coney Island
Creek Park, which was awash in Kinglets of both species, Sparrows, and
other typical Mid-October migrants. Not typical was just how high the
numbers were, of Ruby-crowned Kinglets (RCKI) and Eastern Phoebes
(EAPH) flying west along the beach towards the tip of Sea Gate. I tallied
~110 RCKI and almost 60 EAPH actively continuing their migrations along the
beach, and there were still another ~30 of each using the small green belt
of the park after most of the vizmig died down. This was in fairly stark
contrast to yesterday, when there seemed to be relatively few Eastern
Phoebes around, and when the number of Kinglets on the coast was certainly
not of the magnitude evident today.

While RCKIs were the dominant Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglets were present
in good numbers, with near 50 detected through the morning. Other
highlights from here:
*610* Pine Siskins (all westbound, mostly in flocks ranging from 10 to over
100 individuals)
1 Rusty Blackbird (calling flyover)
1 each of Tufted Titmouse and Red-bellied Woodpecker, neither of which are
normally present here. The Titmouse was actually the first individual I've
heard of of this species for this location, despite a good amount of
coverage over the last few falls & winters.
24 Sharp-shinned Hawk
64 Tree Swallow

A bit later, at Canarsie Park in Brooklyn, Shane Blodgett and I found
similarly high concentrations on the ground of Hermit Thrush, Eastern
Phoebe, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and also had a flyover female Boat-tailed
Grackle.

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:14:57 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* October 20, 2014
*  NYSY  10. 20. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):
October 13, 2014 - October 20, 2014
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland
compiled: October 20AT 6:00 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#413 Monday October 20, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
October 13, 2014
 
Highlights:
-----------

EARED GREBE
RED-NECKED GREBE
CACKLING GOOSE
BRANT
EURASIAN WIGEON
AMERICAN AVOCET
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
LITTLE GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
SNOWY OWL
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
PINE SISKIN


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

 10/15: 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Towpath Road. They have been found 
through the 19th. 

 10/19: An EARED GREBE and 2 EURASIAN WIGEONS were seen in the Main Pool. A 
HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found in Puddler’s Marsh. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at 
Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 



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

 10/15: An early LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found on the inside of the break wall at 
Fair Haven State Park. 



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

     10/15: The Rt. 31 SNOWY OWL was again seen, this time near Wegman’s.
 10/16: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen near the Eagles nest at Three Rivers WMA 
north of Baldwinsville. 

 10/19: A BRANT was seen at close range on Vann Road near Beaver Lake Nature 
Center west of Baldwinsville. Upwards of 70 DARK-EYED JUNCOS were seen at 
Beaver Lake Nature Center. 

 10/20: A LINCOLN’S SPARROW and the county’s first FOX SPARROW were spotted 
under the power lines at Three Rivers WMA. A late VESPER SPARROW and large 
numbers of WHITE-CROWNED and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were found in the scrubby 
area east of Van Rensselear Street at the Inner Harbor. 



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

     10/18: A LITTLE GULL was found at the overlook at Derby Hall.
 10/19: An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and the region’s first fall FOX SPARROW 
were seen at Great Bear Recreation Area north of Phoenix. 

     10/20: A PINE SISKIN was heard at Great Bear Recreation Area.


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

     10/20: A PINE SISKIN was reported near Camden.

     


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Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.
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Subject: Connetquot River SPP - Main Pond
From: "McIntyre, Annie (PARKS)" <Annie.McIntyre AT parks.ny.gov>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:47:37 +0000
Nothing rare - the expected winter visitors are trickling in. Pie-billed Grebe, 
Ring-necked duck, Mallard, American widgeon, Gadwall. The highlight was 30+ 
wood ducks on the SE side of the Main Pond. 



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Subject: 10/19: Queens & Brooklyn Migration
From: Doug Gochfeld <fresha2411 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:39:31 -0400
A 4 hour stationary count, with Sean Sime and Luke Musher, on the hawkwatch
platform atop Battery Harris at Fort Tilden this morning was
predictably productive.
Echoing other reports from throughout the region, our most abundant mover
was "Myrtle" Yellow-rumped Warbler. We tallied just under 8,000
Yellow-rumpeds flying west, and also had some decent numbers of other
species of passerines (flying west unless otherwise specified), the
highlights being:
123 Pine Siskin
31 Purple Finch
22 American Pipit
1 Horned Lark (heading east)


The non-passerine flight was also highly entertaining, with lots of Canada
Geese, Brant, and Double-crested Cormorant (the latter being early in the
morning almost exclusively). Highlights of birds over the water were *21*
westbound Royal Terns, a very high count for this location, and single
westbound Common Tern, which is getting a bit late. Raptor-wise, the
Sharp-shinned Hawk (82) flight was very heavy, the American Kestrel (77)
flight seemed phenomenal for the late date, and we also tallied 15 Northern
Harriers ranging across all compass points and from right over the water to
way up in the clouds. It would have been lots of fun to stay for much
longer and see what type of raptor totals we could have accrued on the
beach, but alas we had to vacate around 11 AM, right as the hawk flight was
starting to get even denser. As seen from reports and observations from
elsewhere later in the day, not least of which is Corey Finger's Golden
Eagle from Edgemere in the afternoon, the raptor flight clearly stayed
strong late into the day.

The two most notable single individual birds in my mind were an *AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVER* that flew over in a flock of 8 Black-bellied Plovers, and a
stunning leucistic male Red-winged Blackbird, that was completely pale
except for the epaulets. A photo of the awesome looking Whitebird is here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/29840397 AT N08/15393166088/

Complete eBird checklist from Fort Tilden here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20280619


An afternoon jaunt around Prospect Park in Brooklyn produced *15 species *of
Warblers among 73 total species, and good sparrow diversity.

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Good Birding!
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Subject: Re: Brooklyn songbird & raptor flight
From: Peter Reisfeld <drpinky AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:30:18 -0400
It was interesting to hear about the large movement at Floyd Bennet Field this 
morning, and that the birds were heading west northwest, not south. The radar 
last night showed a very high bird density moving southeast, ending centered on 
mid Long Island. The density dissipated by 6 AM (1000 UTC) as the birds 
descended. I wonder if this mass of birds having been blown too far eastward, 
might have hit the coastline and turned back west, veering up at sites of 
favorable habitat along their way. 


I saved the radar loop at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/50403904 AT N03/14958138434/

Happy fall birding,

Peter
On Oct 19, 2014, at 8:22 PM, Rob Jett  wrote:

> Just a quick note about today's bird flight from the perspective of Floyd 
Bennett Field. It was one of the birdiest days at this location that I can 
remember in a very, very long time. 

> 
> I led a trip for the Linnaean Society and it was clear from very early that 
the overnight winds brought in a huge number of passerines. In addition, there 
seemed to be a near constant stream of raptors with accipiters topping the list 
for abundance. It was interesting to note that, for whatever reasons, most 
appeared to be moving WNW not south. 

> 
> During the early morning there were hundreds of birds (mainly yellow-rumps 
and robins) passing overhead or dropping into the community gardens or North 
40. Yellow-rumped Warblers were ubiquitous, with my best "guesstimate" being 
easily a couple of thousand seen or heard. Sparrow numbers were noticeably way 
up from last weekend, the highlights being a Vesper Sparrow and Clay-colored 
Sparrow. Both were seen along the berm at the east side of the field opposite 
Aviator Sports and the soccer fields. 

> 
> Hurrah for cold fronts!
> 
> Good birding,
> 
> Rob
> 
> **********
> 
> Floyd Bennett Field, Kings, US-NY
> Oct 19, 2014 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 6.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Linnaean Society trip led by me. Strong NW winds overnight followed 
by strong WNW to N winds gusting to 20 mph. Mostly just birded gardens, Ecology 
Village and North 40. 

> 62 species
> 
> Brant  X     Huge number of migrating flocks.
> Canada Goose  X
> Double-crested Cormorant  X
> Osprey  1
> Northern Harrier  8     Huge raptor flight most of the day.
> Sharp-shinned Hawk  X     Approx. 20 - 25
> Cooper's Hawk  X     Approx. 15 - 20
> Red-shouldered Hawk  1
> Broad-winged Hawk  1     Immature, flying over North 40 and grassland.
> Red-tailed Hawk  3
> Killdeer  4     Flying off field on north side of community gardens.
> American Woodcock  1     North 40 trail.
> Laughing Gull  X
> Ring-billed Gull  X
> Herring Gull  X
> Great Black-backed Gull  X
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
> Mourning Dove  X
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
> Downy Woodpecker  X
> Northern Flicker  X
> American Kestrel  6     Huge raptor flight most of the day.
> Merlin  2
> Peregrine Falcon  2
> Eastern Phoebe  X     Approx. 15.
> Blue Jay  5
> American Crow  X
> Tree Swallow  2
> Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
> Brown Creeper  2
> Winter Wren  1     Heard in community garden.
> Carolina Wren  3
> Golden-crowned Kinglet  X
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  X     Abundant.
> Hermit Thrush  4
> American Robin  X
> Gray Catbird  X
> Northern Mockingbird  X
> European Starling  X
> Cedar Waxwing  X
> Common Yellowthroat  3
> Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
> Palm Warbler  30
> Yellow-rumped Warbler X Abundant, best estimate is approximately 2,000 
individuals. 

> Chipping Sparrow  X
> Clay-colored Sparrow 1 Field opposite Aviator Sports and soccer fields. Photo 
to follow. 

> Field Sparrow  2
> Vesper Sparrow  1
> Savannah Sparrow  X
> Song Sparrow  X
> Swamp Sparrow  X
> White-throated Sparrow  X
> White-crowned Sparrow  5
> Dark-eyed Junco  X
> Northern Cardinal  X
> Indigo Bunting  1
> Red-winged Blackbird  X
> Brown-headed Cowbird  X
> House Finch  X
> Pine Siskin  6     2 flyovers, 4 perched in tree near Return-a-Gift Pond.
> American Goldfinch  X
> House Sparrow  X
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Subject: Brooklyn songbird & raptor flight
From: Rob Jett <citybirder AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:22:18 -0400
Just a quick note about today's bird flight from the perspective of Floyd 
Bennett Field. It was one of the birdiest days at this location that I can 
remember in a very, very long time. 


I led a trip for the Linnaean Society and it was clear from very early that the 
overnight winds brought in a huge number of passerines. In addition, there 
seemed to be a near constant stream of raptors with accipiters topping the list 
for abundance. It was interesting to note that, for whatever reasons, most 
appeared to be moving WNW not south. 


During the early morning there were hundreds of birds (mainly yellow-rumps and 
robins) passing overhead or dropping into the community gardens or North 40. 
Yellow-rumped Warblers were ubiquitous, with my best "guesstimate" being easily 
a couple of thousand seen or heard. Sparrow numbers were noticeably way up from 
last weekend, the highlights being a Vesper Sparrow and Clay-colored Sparrow. 
Both were seen along the berm at the east side of the field opposite Aviator 
Sports and the soccer fields. 


Hurrah for cold fronts!

Good birding,

Rob

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Oct 19, 2014 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
Comments: Linnaean Society trip led by me. Strong NW winds overnight followed 
by strong WNW to N winds gusting to 20 mph. Mostly just birded gardens, Ecology 
Village and North 40. 

62 species

Brant  X     Huge number of migrating flocks.
Canada Goose  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  8     Huge raptor flight most of the day.
Sharp-shinned Hawk  X     Approx. 20 - 25
Cooper's Hawk  X     Approx. 15 - 20
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1     Immature, flying over North 40 and grassland.
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Killdeer  4     Flying off field on north side of community gardens.
American Woodcock  1     North 40 trail.
Laughing Gull  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  X
Northern Flicker  X
American Kestrel  6     Huge raptor flight most of the day.
Merlin  2
Peregrine Falcon  2
Eastern Phoebe  X     Approx. 15.
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  X
Tree Swallow  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  2
Winter Wren  1     Heard in community garden.
Carolina Wren  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  X     Abundant.
Hermit Thrush  4
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  X
Northern Mockingbird  X
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  X
Common Yellowthroat  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  30
Yellow-rumped Warbler X Abundant, best estimate is approximately 2,000 
individuals. 

Chipping Sparrow  X
Clay-colored Sparrow 1 Field opposite Aviator Sports and soccer fields. Photo 
to follow. 

Field Sparrow  2
Vesper Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  X
Swamp Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
White-crowned Sparrow  5
Dark-eyed Junco  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
House Finch  X
Pine Siskin  6     2 flyovers, 4 perched in tree near Return-a-Gift Pond.
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X

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Subject: Sands Point Preserve (Nassau)
From: <glennq AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:59:04 -0400
I birded the Sands Point Preserve this morning from 8-10. There was quite a bit 
of migratory movement. Both kinglets were numerous as were Cedar Waxwing and 
Hermit Thrush. Warblers were limited to Palm, Yellow-rumped, and a single 
Black-throated Blue. 

Sparrows were well represented by Song, White-throated, and Chipping, plus 
single White-crowned and Field, and a bonus of 2 Lincoln’s. Winter Wren was 
also present. 


After the preserve, I walked along the beach to East Creek where I found the 
previously posted Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. Still trying to upload video to an 
old Flickr account (what an awful web service this is). 

Brant were very numerous with over 1000 sitting on the out going tide mudflats, 
with several hundred more flying east to west in small flocks all morning. I 
photographed one individual with a curious white spot on the head behind the 
eye. It seemed to be acting different from the others, too. 

Nothing else on the sound save gulls and cormorants. A bonus to the flycatcher 
was 3 American Pipits feeding on the beach, along with several Savannah 
Sparrows. 


Hawks were curiously absent today. 2 local Red-tails were all I could find.



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Subject: Jones beach coast guard 2 marbled godwit
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:29:50 -0700
Right now on sandbar, also brants are back

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Subject: SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, Sands Point (Nassau)
From: <glennq AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:47:32 -0400
This morning, at 10:40 AM, I found a stunning adult Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 
on private land in Sands Point. Right about here: 40.86798,-73.710962 

I observed it at close range for about 10 minutes and took some truly, truly 
awful video of it which I will try and crop and post somewhere later. 

For those of you familiar with this area, I found the bird at an area called 
East Creek which is adjacent/part of Prospect Point in Sands Point (Nassau 
County). East Creek is a salt marsh bordering Long Island Sound and there is a 
wide border of dune scrub growth between the salt marsh and the sound. The bird 
was perching nicely on the bushes here but eventually disappeared behind the 
large creek that feeds this marsh. I searched for it again for about an hour 
before moving on. 

This area is unfortunately on private land. There is no access to this area by 
car. You can walk to it (about half to three quarters mile) by heading west 
from the Sands Point Preserve beach. The beachfront is of course public all the 
way but the salt marsh area is private village land. 

There was plenty of other movement in the area today, too, I’ll post results 
later when I get home again. 




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Subject: Greater Yellowlegs and ducks at Massapequa Preserve
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:20:55 -0700
Hi Everyone,

I know it's not rare at all, but I saw a Greater Yellowlegs at Massapequa
Preserve this morning - noteworthy because long time residents of the area
have said that the preserve used to be a hotspot for them years ago - I
don't know what drove them away, but hopefully today's sighting is some
hope that they might return.  American Wigeons, Northern Shovelers, and a
Wood Duck were at the ponds north of Sunrise Highway.  I'm hoping the
Eurasian Wigeons that have frequented the preserve for the last several
winters will return - I'll check at least every few weeks.  Songbirds
(nothing uncommon) included Downy and Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Carolina
Wrens, Yellow Rumped Warbler, and White Breasted Nuthatches.

Good Fall birding,
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Subject: Chandler Estate - Park
From: Rich Perkins / TAM <rich AT tamweb.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:18:54 -0400
I was birding this morning at Suffolk County Park - Chandler Estate in Mt
Sinai, NY.  I saw a Connecticut Warbler, Nelson's Sparrow, 3 - Swamp
Sparrows, Hermit Thrush, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, lots of Yellow Rumps and a
bunch more common birds. 

 

 

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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 17 October 2014
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:18:50 -0400
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Oct. 17, 2014
* NYNY1410.17

- Birds mentioned

Wood Duck
EURASIAN WIGEON
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Red-necked Grebe
American Bittern
Common Gallinule
American Golden-Plover
MARBLED GODWIT
Pectoral Sandpiper
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Black-billed Cuckoo
Common Nighthawk
Red-bellied Woodpecker
WESTERN KINGBIRD
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
Vesper Sparrow
LARK SPARROW
Nelson's Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
BLUE GROSBEAK
DICKCISSEL
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

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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 Friday, October 17th
2014 at 7pm. The highlights of today's tape are EURASIAN WIGEON, WESTERN
KINGBIRD, MARBLED GODWIT, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, LARK SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK and DICKCISSEL.

Following the drake on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge two
more EURASIAN WIGEONS were uncovered this week. One a male molting into
good plumage was spotted on Patchogue Lake on Monday. This lake currently
is hosting a COMMON GALLINULE that is often seen from vantage points at the
end of East 2nd or East 3rd Streets on the western side of the lake. The
other drake EURASIAN WIGEON was on Stump Pond in Blydenburgh County Park in
Smithtown on Tuesday joining a congregation of waterfowl that included 12
WOOD DUCKS, 70 AMERICAN WIGEON, 6 GREEN-WINGED TEAL and 12 RING-NECKED
DUCKS.

Some decent migratory movement took place during the week. Last Sunday
produced well over one thousand PINE SISKINS moving west past Robert Moses
State Park accompanied by a lot of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, some PURPLE
FINCHES, a dozen RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, some RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS and other
seasonal migrants.

Unusual migrants uncovered on Sunday included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, a
PHILADELPHIA VIREO at Fort Tilden, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Fort Tilden
and Lido Beach and elsewhere, a LARK SPARROW east of field 7 at Heckscher
State Park and a DICKCISSEL in East Hampton. In addition several
CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS have been reported recently from various locations
including Jones Beach West End, Prospect Park, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge,
New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, Pelham Bay Park and the Shirley
Marina. Certainly a good time of year to find this species but be aware of
the very similar fall immature Chipping Sparrows and make sure the lores
are a clear pale buffy to confirm a CLAY-COLORED. The VESPER SPARROW has
been hanging out in Prospect Park since Sunday still there today around the
ballfields and a BLUE GROSBEAK was reported in the park Tuesday. Another
BLUE GROSBEAK was found Wednesday in the field 2 dump at Sunken Meadow
State Park and just in a WESTERN KINGBIRD was spotted at that location
today.

Other interesting birds in the city parks recently have featured one or two
late COMMON NIGHTHAWKS to at least Wednesday, up to 6 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS
at Marine Park in Brooklyn Sunday and an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at Floyd
Bennett Field last Saturday while Plumb Beach in Brooklyn added an AMERICAN
BITTERN Monday.

Later warblers reported this week include TENNESSEE, BAY-BREASTED and
WILSON'S WARBLER and sparrows have included some LINCOLN'S with NELSON'S
now occurring with lingering SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROWS in various
coastal marshes.

At Jones Beach West End a MARBLED GODWIT has been appearing on the Coast
Guard Station bar among the several hundred American Oystercatchers and
other shorebirds. Up to 7 ROYAL TERNS have also visited there and a large
number of FORSTER'S TERNS continues around Jones Inlet with over 200 seen
sitting on the pilings with shorebirds at the Point Lookout Marina by the
waterworks last Sunday. Also at the parking field at West End 2 continues
to attract LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at high tide especially with 10 there
last Sunday and 13 on Monday. Last Saturday an arriving AMERICAN TREE
SPARROW was in East Hampton and the lingering RED-NECKED GREBE was still at
Mecox.

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Subject: Western Kingbird at Sunken Meadow SP, Suffolk
From: Pat Palladino <dino1277 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:53:15 -0400
There is currently a Western Kingbird at the dump area of Sunken Meadow SP 
behind Field 2. 


Patrick F. Palladino


> On Oct 15, 2014, at 6:13 PM, "David La Magna"  wrote:
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> Late this afternoon, 4:30ish, a quick stop after work to the dump area in the 
back of Field 2 at Sunken Meadow produced at least one Blue Grosbeak, 
presumably one of the individuals that was previously reported earlier in the 
year at this location. 

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Subject: Jones Beach
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:56:09 -0400
 Jones Beach 17 October.

Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) birded the west end at low tide this morning. 
Yesterday's rain and today's brisk W to WSW wind seems to have driven the birds 
away. Yellow-rumped warblers continue to dominate, but the Phoebes and Sparrows 
have moved on. We did see one each PALM and PINE WARBLER; also a BLUE-HEADED 
VIREO and a few Kinglets. 


We walked out to the inlet via the fisherman's Road and scanned the bar on the 
other side of the inlet. There were Black-bellied Plover, Oystercatchers, 
Sanderling and terns, lots of terns. Besides those feeding in the inlet, we 
estimated at least 300 FORSTER'S TERNS, in two separate groups, as they 
repeatedly picked up and settled back down on the bar . 


As I looked at a 2nd year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on the West End #2 lot, 
several Herring Gulls and 2 more 2nd year plus a 1st year Lesser flew in to 
join on the lot. 


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Subject: Scotters at Quogue Beach Club
From: <AndyatWH AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:57:01 -0400
On my way home I stopped at Quogue Beach Club, and saw several flocks  of 
Scoters in the Ocean just the other side of the breakers.
Mostly Black Scoters,but also several of Surf, and just a few  White-winged.
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Subject: birds coast guard sation jones beach
From: gary straus <baga2809 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:49:11 -0400
Birded from3:30 to5:30 there were 7 royal terns & a marbled godwit on the
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Subject: RE: Broad-winged Hawk
From: Will Raup <hoaryredpoll AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:31:13 -0400
Heard but not seen?
What about a sneaky Blue Jay?
Will RaupGlenmont, NYDate: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:15:59 -0400
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Broad-winged Hawk
From: fredbee.eater AT gmail.com
To: NYSBirds-L AT cornell.edu

A fairly late individual just heard on the Sarah Lawrence College campus, 
Yonkers. Catching up with its pals, I guess. 

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Subject: Broad-winged Hawk
From: Fred Baumgarten <fredbee.eater AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:15:59 -0400
A fairly late individual just heard on the Sarah Lawrence College campus,
Yonkers.  Catching up with its pals, I guess.

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Subject: Blue Grosbeak @ Sunken Meadow SP, Suffolk
From: David La Magna <dlamagna AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:12:53 -0400
Late this afternoon, 4:30ish, a quick stop after work to the dump area in the 
back of Field 2 at Sunken Meadow produced at least one Blue Grosbeak, 
presumably one of the individuals that was previously reported earlier in the 
year at this location. 


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