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White-throated Magpie-Jay,©Jan Wilczur

9 Feb Riverhead Barnacle Geese +(Suffolk) [Derek Rogers ]
9 Feb Brooklyn Bird Club Evening Presentation [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
8 Feb Linnaean Society NY meeting, Tuesday 2/9/16 [Anders Peltomaa ]
8 Feb Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
8 Feb RFI re an old LI record of Barnacle Goose and juvenile hybrid Barnacle x Canada/Cackling Goose [Shaibal Mitra ]
8 Feb Red Crossbill behavior/White-winged Crossbills/Boreal Chickadees/Black-backed Woodpecker, etc. [Joan Collins ]
8 Feb Central Park NYC - Sunday February 7, 2016 [Deborah Allen ]
8 Feb Re: Quick note about Ravens [Dominic Garcia-Hall ]
8 Feb Quick note about Ravens [Phil Jeffrey ]
7 Feb Kings County Black-headed Gull + [Sean Sime ]
7 Feb Running up to Roanoke in pursuit of the trio of Barnacles ! [robert adamo ]
7 Feb Re: Jones Beach Jetty Birds [Bill Elrick ]
7 Feb Montauk [d Futuyma ]
7 Feb King Eider, Montauk [d Futuyma ]
7 Feb Jones Beach Jetty Birds [Tim Healy ]
7 Feb 3 Barnacle Geese - Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead (Suffolk) [Derek Rogers ]
7 Feb YB Chat- Montauk Pt [Eileen Schwinn ]
6 Feb Dune Road Birds (Suffolk County) [Ken Feustel ]
6 Feb Black-headed Gull, Westchester County [Gail Benson ]
6 Feb REMINDER - County & State Listing - Send in Your 2015 Data ["Carena Pooth" ]
6 Feb Glaucous Gull and Black-headed Gull(s?) - Brooklyn [Rob Bate ]
5 Feb NYC Area RBA: 5 February 2016 [Ben Cacace ]
5 Feb Central Park NYC - Thursday Feburary 4, 2016 [Deborah Allen ]
4 Feb Black-headed Gull in Brooklyn Bridge Park [Heather Wolf ]
4 Feb Eurasian Wigeons @ Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Queens Co. [Andrew Baksh ]
4 Feb NYSOA Adirondack Winter Weekend Species [Joan Collins ]
3 Feb red breasted nuthatch [MICHAEL HIGGISTON ]
3 Feb Razorbill, Oldfield Point (Suffolk) [Douglas Futuyma ]
3 Feb red-necked grebe. 3 Mile Harbor, East Hampton [Bruce Horwith ]
2 Feb More from the Black Dirt [Steve Walter ]
02 Feb Re: NYS eBird Hotspots - New and Renamed Shared Locations (24-Jan-2016) [Patricia McGrath ]
2 Feb Randall's Island Lapland Longspur - Yes [B Inskeep ]
2 Feb Randall Is Longspur: No [Ethan Goodman ]
1 Feb Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
1 Feb Longspur still on Randall's Island, NYC [Thomas Fiore ]
1 Feb Iceland Gull on Reservoir in Central Park in New York City on 31 Jan 2016 [Ben King ]
31 Jan NY Harbor 1-31 [Gabriel Willow ]
31 Jan Jones Beach Coast Guard Station today: Horned Grebes [Robert Taylor ]
31 Jan NYS eBird Hotspots - New and Renamed Shared Locations (24-Jan-2016) [Ben Cacace ]
31 Jan Lapland Longspur on Randall's Island today [Paul Bourdin ]
31 Jan Jones Beach SP Lark Sparrow [Alissa ]
31 Jan Lapland Longspur, Randall's Island NYC [Thomas Fiore ]
31 Jan Jones Beach Lark Sparrow - yes [Alissa ]
30 Jan eBird.org Shared Location - Centerport Pond (aka Tung Ting Pond) [Ben Cacace ]
30 Jan Rough-legged Hawk trip [Michael Britt ]
30 Jan Continuing Barnacle Goose - Centerport [Michael Zito ]
30 Jan Continuing Red-Headed Woodpecker - Blydenburgh [Michael Zito ]
30 Jan Horned grebe trestles croton boat ramp [Larry Trachtenberg ]
29 Jan eBird.org Shared Location - Works Rd. X Honeoye Falls 6 Rd., Rush [Ben Cacace ]
29 Jan NYC Area RBA: 29 January 2016 [Ben Cacace ]
29 Jan "Kumlien's" Iceland Gull at Brooklyn Bridge Park [Sean Sime ]
29 Jan Brooklyn Red-necked Grebe and Iceland Gull [Doug Gochfeld ]
29 Jan Glaucous Gull in Brooklyn [Joshua Malbin ]
29 Jan Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside [syschiff ]
29 Jan Clapper rail [Michael Higgiston ]
28 Jan Orange County Sightings [Curt McDermott ]
28 Jan Orange County Barn Owl Report [Chrissy G ]
28 Jan Ross's Goose [Ken Thompson ]
28 Jan RE: Central Park, NYC 1/28 + [Will Raup ]
28 Jan RE: Central Park, NYC 1/28 + [Will Raup ]
28 Jan Central Park, NYC 1/28 + [Thomas Fiore ]
28 Jan Barnacle goose [Michael Higgiston ]
28 Jan Barnacle Goose - Centerport, Suffolk Co. [Phillip Magnussen ]
27 Jan two good birds [gary straus ]
27 Jan 2 good birds [gary straus ]
27 Jan Black-headed Gull in Westchester [Gail Benson ]
27 Jan dw(8): []
27 Jan Eagles [Larry Trachtenberg ]
27 Jan Looking for 2 species of Owls but finding just 1, plus a bathing, immature Peregrine Falcon [robert adamo ]
26 Jan Barnacle Goose continues - Centerport (Suffolk Co.) [Brent Bomkamp ]
26 Jan No on gull - yes on "stand-in" ! [robert adamo ]
25 Jan Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
25 Jan Correction to ebird rare bird report for Wilson's Phalarope [Suzanne Feustel ]
24 Jan RE: Flyover Chen sp. goose, SW Suffolk []
24 Jan Hempstead Lake and Smith Pond [Tim Healy ]
24 Jan Flyover Chen sp. goose, SW Suffolk [John Gluth ]

Subject: Riverhead Barnacle Geese +(Suffolk)
From: Derek Rogers <drogers0031 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 19:34:01 -0500
As I posted on February 7th, John Sepenoski came across 3 Barnacle Geese while 
scanning a flock of roughly 1500 Canada Geese in the farm fields along Roanoke 
Avenue in Riverhead. Fortunately I was somewhat nearby and managed to quickly 
join John in viewing this interesting trio. Two of the Barnacle Geese were 
adults while the other was an apparent juvenile showing more weakly patterned 
upperparts with narrower black barring and smudgier feathering below the 
hindneck. The group fed tightly amongst each other and clearly exhibited a 
bond. 


I did some eBird sleuthing yesterday and found a record of 3 individuals in 
Broad Brook, CT on January 3, 2016, something I was unaware of prior to seeing 
the Riverhead birds. Careful examination of photographs indeed shows the same 
trio that we viewed in Riverhead on February 7th. For those interested, I’ve 
copied and pasted the links to two eBird checklists from both locations with 
photos: 


Broad Brook, CT - 3 Jan 2016
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26647987

Riverhead, NY - 7 Feb 2016
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27373390

Amazingly this is the second record of a juvenile "Western Palearctic goose" 
that has turned up on Long Island this year, the first being the Millers Pond 
Pink-footed Goose found by Phil Uruburu on January 1st (likely the first juv 
ever recorded in NYS). The vast majority of these rare winter visitors are 
adults so perhaps this is a sign of things to come! 


Other recent Riverhead goose notables include a lingering Pink-footed Goose 
last seen by Bob Adamo on February 7th on the east side of Roanoke Avenue just 
south of Reeves Avenue (same location as the three Barnacle Geese). A single 
Cackling Goose was also present. Its worth noting that there’s a steep dip in 
the terrain that completely blocks views of one of the main feeding areas, so 
patience may be required when trying to track down some of these birds. 
Hopefully they are still around! 


Best,
Derek Rogers
Sayville






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Subject: Brooklyn Bird Club Evening Presentation
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 07:52:32 -0500
Please join the Brooklyn Bird Club Tuesday, February 16th, 7:00 PM for:

*Celebrating Brooklyn*

*Location: Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch
 at Grand Army Plaza*

Brooklyn Bird Club members Rob Bate, Marc Brawer, Cindy Cage, Paul Chung,
Peter Colen and Klemens Gasser share photos and sightings from 2015.

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


Dennis Hrehowsik

Brooklyn

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Subject: Linnaean Society NY meeting, Tuesday 2/9/16
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 21:15:22 -0500
*** THE LINNAEAN SOCIETY OF NEW YORK - MEETING PROGRAM - AMERICAN MUSEUM OF
NATURAL HISTORY, NEW YORK CITY ***

Tomorrow (February 9, 2016) the evening program of the LSNY will reflect on
two equally fascinating topics, climate change and its impact on a group
enigmatic birds of the southern hemisphere and the actual activity of
birding and subconsciously identifying birds. Please join us.

6:00 pm – Penguins and Climate Change, J. Alan Clark

Alan Clark has researched the ecology of multiple penguin species, notably
Magellanic, Little Blue, and African Penguins. In his presentation,
Clark—professor of biology at Fordham University—will provide background
information on the natural history of penguins as well as a brief
introduction to climate change itself. The primary focus of his talk will
be how climate change is having a complex impact on penguin species
worldwide. Clark is also keenly interested in how law, policy, and science
interact regarding issues facing threatened species. His current research
projects—in addition to his penguin studies—include the effects of light
and noise pollution on migrating birds and bats and the impact of “green
roofs” on urban bird and invertebrate populations.

7:30 pm – Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and
Identifying Birds, Kevin Karlson and Dale Rosselet

In their new book, Birding by Impression, Kevin Karlson and his wife, Dale
Rosselet, encourage the use of both sides of the brain to strengthen
birding skills as well as a greater appreciation of birds as fascinating
members of the natural world rather than just personal achievements on
one’s life list. Using digitized photos Karlson and Rosselet will encourage
us to spot differences between similar species in side-by-side comparisons.
This innovative identifying approach focuses on basic impressions of size,
body shape, structural features, and motion to form an accurate initial
impression of a bird seen in the field, with analysis of plumage details
and bare parts to follow. The resulting holistic identification is more
comprehensive, Karlson observes, than just using traditional details to
describe a bird. Kevin Karlson is a professional tour leader and wildlife
photographer, and Dale Rosselet is vice president for education for New
Jersey Audubon.

WHERE & WHEN
Both programs are open to the public FREE OF CHARGE and will be held in the
Linder Theater of the AMNH. Enter the museum from the 77th Street entrance,
where the route to the auditorium will be sign posted. The first program
will last approximately one hour with time before the second program to
talk to the speakers, and mingle with LSNY officers and council members,
who can provide information on becoming a part of this thriving and
historic natural history society.

MORE INFORMATION ON LSNY PROGRAMS
Please check out (and bookmark) our website:

http://linnaeannewyork.org/calendar-programs-trips/programs2015-2016.html

or visit us on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Linnaean-Society-of-New-York-335385365977/?fref=ts

Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday (no reservations necessary).

Anders Peltomaa
Council Member

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 22:48:33 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - February 08, 2016
*  NYSY  02. 08. 16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):February 01, 
2015 - February 08, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering 
upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma 
Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, 
Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: February 08  AT 
5:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of January 25, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
EARED GREBERED-NECKED GREBETRUMPETER SWANGREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSECACKLING 
GOOSEICELAND GULLGLAUCOUS GULLLEDDER BLACK-BACKED GULLSHORT-EARED OWLSNOWY 
OWLRED-HEADED WOODPECKERNORTHERN SHRIKEMARSH WRENDICKCISSELFIELD SPARROWRED 
CROSSBILL 




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

     2/3: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen aat Guy Baldessarre Marsh on VanDyne 
Spoor Toad.     2/5: 6 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were spotted from 
Carncross Road.     2/6: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen in the fields on Armitage 
Road. 3 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and a CACKLING GOOSE were seen from East 
Road.     2/7: A LESSER BLCK-BACKED GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen in 
the mucklands on Rt. 31. A MARSH WREN continues near the Visitor’s Center. 


Onondaga County------------
     2/2: A SNOWY OWL continues at Hancock Airport in Syracuse.     2/3: 
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was again seen at Three Rivers WMA off of Smokey Hollow Road. 

     2/4: An overwintering FIELD SPARROW was seen on the Erie Canal Trail 
near Bennet Corners Road. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Onondaga Lake 
at Willow Bay Park.     2/7: 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, 1 ICELAND GULL and 1 LESSER 
BLACK-BACKED GULL were all seen at Willow Bay.     2/8: 4 TRUMPETER SWANS 
were seen in flight near Seneca Estates west of Baldwinsville. 


Oswego County------------
     2/2: A DICKCISSEL was again seen at a feeder on Forest Ave. in Fulton. 
A RED-NECKED GREBE and an EARED GREBE continue in Oswego Harbor.     2/3: An 
ICELAND GULL was seen from Brietbeck Park in Oswego.     2/6: A RED-HEADED 
WOODPECKER was again seen at the end of Nine Mile Point Road in the Town of 
Scriba. 


Madison County------------
     2/6: A GLAUCOUS GULL and a THAYER’S GULL were reported from Ditch 
Bank Road north of Chittenango. 


Oneida county------------
     2/6: 2 ICELAND GULLS, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a GLAUCOUS GULL 
were all seen from Schneible’s Restaurant on Oneida Lake. 


Herkimer county------------
     2/7: 5 RED CROSSBILLS were seen on South Shore Road between Old Forge 
and Inlet.     2/8: 3 RED CROSSBILLS were seen on South Lake Road north of 
Forestport. 


Cayuga County------------
     2/4: A TRUMPETER SWAN was seen at Fair Haven State Park. 13 were seen 
on 2/13. 


--end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: RFI re an old LI record of Barnacle Goose and juvenile hybrid Barnacle x Canada/Cackling Goose
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 22:37:09 +0000
On 27 Dec 2003, Pat Lindsay and I observed an adult Barnacle Goose and a hybrid 
juvenile Barnacle Goose x Canada/Cackling Goose at what we used to call the 
"Grumman Pond"--the pond on the north side of Grumman Blvd, near the entrance. 
This is in central Suffolk County, LI. 


I can't find a record of these birds in The Kingbird, and my own notes are 
incomplete (see below). If anyone has more information about these birds, 
particularly details of the appearance of the juvenile, I would be most 
appreciative. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore, NY


Barnacle Goose--adult
**very rare; continuing; neatly marked adult showing no signs of prior 
captivity; followed by a juv hybrid Barnacle x white-cheeked goose. The adult 
showed the tiny black bill, extensively whitish face, black neck and breast, 
and barred black and gray and white upperparts of this unmistakable species. 


Barnacle Goose x Canada/Cackling Goose hybrid--juv.
juv; recorded as "apparent Barnacle x Canada Goose hybrid" but the latter 
parent probably should be construed as Cackling/Canada Goose; this is not a 
choice in eBird, so I am choosing Cackling rather than Canada, as better 
fitting my recollection. Unfortunately, we did not record a detailed 
description of the juvenile hybrid. 


We knew of the adult Barnacle Goose, but we either found or independently 
re-found this juv hybrid. This juv was small. As I recall, it was not obviously 
larger or differently shaped than the Barnacle Goose, which it was following 
around and which was evidently its parent. I recall with great confidence that 
it showed intermediate plumage features on the face and back, and that it had a 
solidly black neck extending down as far as on a Canada or Cackling Goose, then 
a "shadow bib" covering the area that is black on Cackling but pale on Canada 
or Cackling. At the time of this record, all Barnacle Geese were regarded as 
likely escapes, and the presenc of the hybrid youngster was viewed with some 
confusion. Also, we were only in the early stages of becoming familiar with 
Richardson's Goose, which might even still have been considered conspecific 
with Canada Goose. In retrospect, these seem likely to have been wild birds 
from Greenland, and the juv's other parent quite possibly a Richardson's 
Cackling Goose. 


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Subject: Red Crossbill behavior/White-winged Crossbills/Boreal Chickadees/Black-backed Woodpecker, etc.
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:34:26 -0500
2/8/16 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.) & Route 421 (St. Lawrence Co.)

 

Late this morning, I found a newly killed male Red Crossbill (still warm) in
Route 30 near the end of Sabattis Road in Long Lake.  I've observed a pair
gritting at this spot several times and it was disturbing to find the male
dead.  On Sabattis Circle Road I found a flock of at least 7 Red Crossbills
- gritting, foraging, males fighting, and I observed two females collecting
nest materials.  The females collected lichens and what appeared to be
sticky spider web material from a broken off tree trunk.  It was interesting
to see the females on the tree trunk together as they collected nest
material.  There were at least 5 Gray Jays at Sabattis Bog.

 

I took a quick drive down Route 421 (toward Horseshoe Lake) and found
several Pine Siskins gritting in the road.  The Bog River Falls was raging
and there was a lot of open water on Tupper Lake.  On my drive out I spotted
a foraging Common Raven behind a snowbank at the end of a trail.  Another
raven perched over it at the top of a tall Red Spruce.  Behind the snowbank
I found a dead Coyote.  I believe it had been shot - yet another disturbing
sight.

 

2/7/16 Long Lake and Spring Pond Bog (Franklin Co.)

 

I drove Sabattis Circle Road before a meeting in Tupper Lake.  I heard
calling Red Crossbills fly over my car at the Little Tupper Lake inlet.  At
Sabattis Bog, there were 4 Gray Jays and a female Black-backed Woodpecker in
a tree that appears to be a favorite (I find them in this tree a lot).

 

Pat & John Thaxton and I visited the Spring Pond Bog complex for about an
hour in mid-afternoon.  We found a pair of gritting Red Crossbills at the
beginning of the drive in.  The road conditions after the caretaker's gate
were icy - there was a thin layer of snow over ice.  The road had been
plowed at some point, but not salted or sanded.  I would not have gone in
without 4-wheel drive.  As we drove in, a grouse flew right toward my
windshield with a Northern Goshawk in pursuit!  Our car appeared to
interfere with the chase and the goshawk broke off into the forest.  We are
sure the grouse was happy about our timing!  We took a walk in the Kildare
direction and found at least 2 Boreal Chickadees with nice views of one.

 

2/5/16 Long Lake

 

I found 2 Red Crossbills gritting in Sabattis Circle Road with 2 Pine
Siskins.  I also found 4 Gray Jays at the bog and 2 Ruffed Grouse together -
one displaying.  On my drive home, I spotted 2 Red Crossbills along Route
30.  I stopped and found the male singing away with a female nearby.  After
a while, I heard another calling Red Crossbill approaching.  The male
started to make unusual sounds that I'd never heard before.  It pointed its
head straight up with its bill wide open as a second male flew into its
territory - I had my camera on the male and got a photo of this behavior (on
my Facebook page below).  I observed all 3 birds for another half hour and
the males fought on and off the whole time.  I could tell them apart since
their upper mandibles crossed in different directions!  They spent a lot of
time gritting in the highway - this was harrowing to watch since people
drive along at 65 mph.

 

2/4/16 Long Lake

 

I found a displaying Ruffed Grouse in Sabattis Circle Road with 3 other
Ruffed Grouse nearby!

 

2/3/16 Long Lake

 

I found a pair of Red Crossbills along Sabattis Circle Road.  I ran into
Jack Delehanty (from Tupper Lake) at Sabattis Bog and we watched 6 Gray
Jays.  I am often asked about his mother Charlcie from people around the
state - Jack said she is now in her 90s and still watching birds!

 

2/2/16 Long Lake

 

It was nice to meet Zach Schwartz-Weinstein (from Albany) at Sabattis Bog.
We were both headed to other places, but we lingered talking, and it was
good thing because at least 2 calling White-winged Crossbills made a circle
toward the bog (from the direction of Bog Stream where I suspect they are
nesting - it is private property) just as we were about to leave.  It had
been 8 days since I'd heard them, so it was nice to know they are still near
the bog.  We also heard a couple of Red Crossbills calling and observed 6
Gray Jays.  A Black-backed Woodpecker called and we also heard Hairy and
Pileated Woodpeckers.  Purple Finches and Pine Siskins were also found.

 

1/28/16 Long Lake

 

I heard a bird hit our glass door (not hard) and when I went to the door to
look out, I came face to face with a Northern Shrike perched on top of a
bird feeder!  I took a couple photos of the shrike as it perched in a tree
along our lawn, but it flew off after a feeder bird - a relentless pursuit
and they disappeared behind a huge White Pine so I didn't see the outcome.

 

Joan Collins

President, NYS Ornithological Association

Editor, New York Birders

Long Lake, NY

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Subject: Central Park NYC - Sunday February 7, 2016
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:55:22 -0500
Central Park NYC  
Sunday February 7, 2016
OBS: Robert DeCandido, Deborah Allen, m.ob. on bird walk

Many thanks to Jeff Ward, Carine Mitchell, Karen Evans, Peter Haskel, Xander 
Vitarelli, Nell Semel, and Tom Ahlf for spotting so many of the birds on 
Sunday's walk. 


Canada Goose - many Reservoir
Gadwall - 5 Reservoir
American Black Duck - male Reservoir
Mallard - many Reservoir
Northern Shoveler - around 85 Reservoir
Bufflehead - pair Reservoir
Hooded Merganser - a few Reservoir
Common Merganser - apparent female Reservoir
Ruddy Duck - around 60 Reservoir
Pied-billed Grebe - Reservoir
Double-crested Cormorant - 4 Reservoir
Cooper's Hawk - Evodia Field (also 2 at Evodia field mixing it up with a 
Red-tailed Hawk before the walk) 

Ring-billed Gull - many Reservoir
Herring Gull - Reservoir
Great Black-backed Gull - Reservoir
Mourning Dove - 5, not including birds at the feeders
Great Horned Owl - continues 
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3
Downy Woodpecker - several
Northern Flicker - 3 Pinetum
Blue Jay - several
American Crow - 5 (Great Lawn & Reservoir)
Black-capped Chickadee- 4
Tufted Titmouse - 3
White-breasted Nuthatch - 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Pinetum
Hermit Thrush - Gill Overlook
American Robin - more than 35 various locations
Northern Mockingbird - Greywacke Arch
Cedar Waxwing - 7 near Boathouse
Eastern Towhee - male continues near Boathouse
Fox Sparrow - 4 (1 Laupot Bridge, 3 Maintenance Field, plus 1 Bow Bridge before 
walk) 

Song Sparrow - near Boathouse
Northern Cardinal - several
Brown-headed Cowbird - 5 Locust Grove
House Finch - several
American Goldfinch - feeders & elsewhere

Carl Howard reported a Brown Creeper at the feeders on Saturday (Feb. 6). 

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Subject: Re: Quick note about Ravens
From: Dominic Garcia-Hall <dominic.hall AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:59:25 -0500
Hi Phil
If you haven't read it, I'd highly recommend Bernd Heinrich's 'Ravens in
Winter'.
It's one of the most thorough studies on ravens and has a wealth of great
science (and great anecdotes)... - both in terms of wintering strategies,
and his big discoveries on recruitment and social behavior.
Cheers
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> A Common Raven that I encountered on Sandy Hook (NJ) this past Saturday
> was seen to fly north over Raritan Bay towards NYC.  With recent sightings
> on the eastern shore of Staten Island and also at Gravesend Bay/Coney
> Island it's interesting to consider just how much ground individual Ravens
> might be covering - does anyone have any information on the size of an
> individual's winter foraging range for this species ?
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From: Phil Jeffrey <phil.jeffrey AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:56:48 -0500
A Common Raven that I encountered on Sandy Hook (NJ) this past Saturday was
seen to fly north over Raritan Bay towards NYC.  With recent sightings on
the eastern shore of Staten Island and also at Gravesend Bay/Coney Island
it's interesting to consider just how much ground individual Ravens might
be covering - does anyone have any information on the size of an
individual's winter foraging range for this species ?

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Subject: Kings County Black-headed Gull +
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:18:46 -0500
I spent two hours gulling in Prospect Park this afternoon. The first-winter
Black-headed Gull showed itself at 2:15pm. Given Rob Bate's recent
discovery of an adult BHGU recently at Bush Terminal and the first-winter
BHGU coming in to the evening roost at Brooklyn Bridge Park we can safely
say there are at least two currently in Brooklyn.
This afternoon's bird lifted off soaring high and drifting SE at 2:47.
There is still a tremendous amount we don't know about the daily movement
of gulls in the NYC area.
Other good species for the date and location viewed from the lakeshore
included a beautiful female Canvasback, a lone Turkey Vulture soaring west
over Lookout Hill and a female American Wigeon.

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Subject: Running up to Roanoke in pursuit of the trio of Barnacles !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:42:09 -0500
Responding to Derek's early afternoon posting, as I approached Ground Zero
no more than a hour afterward, the sickening sight of geese lifting off and
flying away greeted me. As I started to scan the flock, small sections
continued to take off, most heading north, with some leaving in an easterly
direction. All was "doom & gloom" until I noticed a group of 9 geese lift
off and start to head north, with 8 being Canadas, while the other, a
Pink-footed Goose ! This stroke of good luck bucked me up enough to give
chase to all the birds I had watched leave, thinking I just might catch up
with the Barnacles, and possibly even the Pink-footed ! As I headed north,
this feeling intensified after finding an immature Peregrine Falcon perched
in the tallest tree at the intersection of Roanoke & Reeves Aves (opposite
the Riverhead/Tuccio Buffalo Farm) causing me to become more confident re:
finding the aforementioned geese. Although I covered the fields bordering
parts of Sound Ave, Doctor's Path, Route 105 and Northville Tpke, I never
did connect with any of them.

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Subject: Re: Jones Beach Jetty Birds
From: Bill Elrick <belrick AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 19:06:21 -0500
We had 7 Razorbills at point pleasant just across the mouth of the river..
Bill
On Feb 7, 2016 4:11 PM, "Tim Healy"  wrote:

> Beautiful weather on the coast today, and the water was flat calm. Several
> birders enjoyed the company of four resting Harlequin Ducks, a dozen or so
> Purple Sandpipers, a close Razorbill, and a Horned Grebe or two at the end
> of the Jones Beach jetty. Also present were Black Scoters, a drake Common
> Eider, many Long-tailed Ducks, and both loons. Surf Scoters were seen in
> the boat basin and the Lark Sparrow continues at the outer turnaround.
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Subject: Montauk
From: d Futuyma <dfutuyma AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 16:32:38 -0500
The King Eider was seen after an unsuccessful effort to see the Chat that 
Eileen Schwinn reported. I suspect morning would afford a better chance. 

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Subject: King Eider, Montauk
From: d Futuyma <dfutuyma AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 16:28:57 -0500
The adult male King Eider was visible at 4:00 from one of the easternmost 
overlooks at Camp Hero, in the scorer & Common Eider flock. 


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Subject: Jones Beach Jetty Birds
From: Tim Healy <tph56 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 16:11:05 -0500
Beautiful weather on the coast today, and the water was flat calm. Several 
birders enjoyed the company of four resting Harlequin Ducks, a dozen or so 
Purple Sandpipers, a close Razorbill, and a Horned Grebe or two at the end of 
the Jones Beach jetty. Also present were Black Scoters, a drake Common Eider, 
many Long-tailed Ducks, and both loons. Surf Scoters were seen in the boat 
basin and the Lark Sparrow continues at the outer turnaround. 


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Subject: 3 Barnacle Geese - Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead (Suffolk)
From: Derek Rogers <drogers0031 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 13:49:21 -0500
Looking at 3 BARNACLE GEESE on Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead, just south of 
Reeves Avenue. Alerted to their presence by John Sep. 


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Subject: YB Chat- Montauk Pt
From: Eileen Schwinn <beachmed AT optonline.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 11:23:51 -0500
A Yellow-breasted Chat was seen this morning at 10:40am in the Point lower 
parking lot, in the tangled hedge to the right of the "air compressor" shed 
(location of old rest rooms) 

A short but distinctive view of the bright yellow throat and chest, white belly 
and white spectacles were visible. The bird has not appeared in the last 35 
minutes but might still be in the general area - worthwhile to check out if you 
are in the Point concession building area. 

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Subject: Dune Road Birds (Suffolk County)
From: Ken Feustel <feustel AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:09:06 -0500
This morning I visited Dune Road with the intention of birding from Shinnecock 
Inlet (SI) to Moriches Inlet (MI). On the way down to SI I observed a number of 
flocks of Robins feeding on berries of Red Cedar and various ornamental 
evergreens. At 47 Dune Road a drab Pine Warbler put in a brief appearance in 
the pines before disappearing on the south side of the road. As I headed past 
Dockers Restaurant there were two utility poles snapped in two, presumably 
from the previous days storm. A convoy of utility trucks quickly appeared to 
effect repairs and the road was closed off. Oh well, back west to MI. At 
Cupsogue a westerly scan of the beach revealed hundreds of large gulls on the 
beach and in the water (there was a minor Surf Clam wash-up) - by far the most 
gulls I have seen this winter. Despite the numbers, the variety was nothing 
special. A first winter Iceland Gull was on the MI east jetty and an adult 
Lesser Black-backed Gull was on the sandbar in the interior of the inlet. 
Shorebirds included single Ruddy Turnstone and Red Knot. Harbor Seals were in 
good number on the sandbar as well. A trip back east on Dune Road in the early 
afternoon had the road still closed off. I stopped at Eastport Pond and 
Patchogue Lake where waterfowl numbers were down from my last visits in early 
January and nothing of particular interest was observed, although it was nice 
to see both Redhead and Canvasback together on Patchogue Lake. 


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Subject: Black-headed Gull, Westchester County
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:07:35 -0500
The adult Black-headed Gull was present late this afternoon on Premium Mill
Pond in Larchmont viewable from Pryer Manor Road feeding with lots of
Ring-billed Gulls and Waterfowl.
As a note, the two Eurasian Wigeon were still on the East Pond of Jamaica
Bay Wildlife Refuge this morning.
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Subject: REMINDER - County & State Listing - Send in Your 2015 Data
From: "Carena Pooth" <carena AT prodigy.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:19:15 -0500
Hey Listers!

 

The NYSOA (New York State Ornithological Association) County and State
Listing Project is accepting data for 2015. If you want to get your numbers
into the 2015 report, don't miss the March 1 deadline. Data may be submitted
online, via fax, via email, or via USPS. 

 

If you're new to this and would like to know more, please read on.

 

The County and State Listing Project is a fun, friendly competition run by
NYSOA. Started in 1992, it continues to attract new participants every year.
Some of the first ones have not missed a single year since the beginning
(watch out, you might get hooked!). The ultimate objective is to encourage
birders of all levels to get out and bird the many varied habitats of New
York State and report their sightings to local clubs, NYSOA regional
editors, and eBird. The competition injects some additional fun into the
important "work" of birding and reporting the birds we see all over NYS.

 

So here's how it works. After the close of each calendar year, participants
send in their LIFE list totals for all of NYS, the 10 Kingbird regions,
and/or the 62 counties, and/or the just-added PELAGIC ZONE (PZ). In
addition, we have one YEAR list category - for the entire state. You can
send in just one number or as many as 75, or anywhere in between - it's your
choice depending on where you've birded and what records you've kept. A
compilation is produced annually and published in NYSOA's newsletter and
also on the NYSOA website at http://nybirds.org/ProjCountyLists.html. Forms,
a map of the ten Kingbird regions, and details on the new Pelagic Zone are
available on that web page also.

 

Join in on the fun and see where you stand - statewide, region by region,
county by county - in comparison with other birders all over the state (and
even outside the state). To see what the annual compilation looks like,
check out the archive at http://nybirds.org/ProjCountyLists.html. 

 

But don't miss the deadline! And remember, no reports submitted in previous
years are automatically carried into the next. If you want to be listed, you
must submit your report, even if your numbers haven't changed since the last
one you sent in. 

 

If you've already submitted your 2015 report, thanks! 

If not, I await your data with bated breath!

Carena Pooth

NYSOA

 

PS - The fine print:  The only requirement to participate is that you be a
2016 member of NYSOA, or one of NYSOA's member clubs, or the NYS Young
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Subject: Glaucous Gull and Black-headed Gull(s?) - Brooklyn
From: Rob Bate <robsbate AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 07:38:55 -0500
Yesterday afternoon a Glaucous Gull was seen resting on a piling at Bush
Terminal Park (43rd St & 1st Ave) in Brooklyn.  A Black-headed Gull was
resting with a flock of Ring-bill Gulls on the berm between the two
impoundment ponds there as well.  Bobbie Manian reported a Blackheaded Gull
by Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park at nearly the same time though we
couldn't confirm that these were two different gulls - poor photos are
being examined to see if we can distinguish two different BHGUs.

The Glaucous Gull and Black-headed Gull have been in the area for the last
few days either at BTP, BBP or 58th st (parking pier for the water taxi and
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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 5 February 2016
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:38:18 -0500
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Feb. 5, 2016
* NYNY1602.05

- Birds mentioned

BARNACLE GOOSE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
ROSS'S GOOSE
Cackling Goose
TUNDRA SWAN
EURASIAN WIGEON
Canvasback
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
Red-necked Grebe
American Bittern
Razorbill
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Iceland Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
Short-eared Owl
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
LARK SPARROW

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You can also send reports and digital image files via email to
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If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or
sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

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

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

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

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

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, February 5th
2016 at 4pm. The highlights of today's tape are BARNACLE GOOSE, ROSS'S
GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE,
EURASIAN WIGEON, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER,
LAPLAND LONGSPUR and LARK SPARROW.

A new week but pretty much the same lingering birds. The BARNACLE GOOSE was
still frequenting Tung Ting Pond in Centerport last weekend. This pond on
the west side of the Chalet Motel and the Centerport Mill Pond off the
north side of Route 25A. Lots of CANVASBACKS are also on the Mill Pond. A
second BARNACLE GOOSE was seen Sunday and Monday in Mattituck on a field
east of Locust Avenue this presumably the same individual noted several
times this winter on nearby Marratooka Lake off New Suffolk Avenue. A
ROSS'S GOOSE has been present for a few days at least to Wednesday at
Bergen Point Golf Course in Great South Bay this off Bergen Avenue south of
Route 27A. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE flew into Belmont Lake State Park
very late Saturday evening fortunately calling as it arrived. A few others
presumably continue in the region as do a few CACKLING GEESE. Two TUNDRA
SWANS were still on Hook Pond in East Hampton Wednesday.

The drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was present off the west side of the Sands
Point peninsula Saturday but the issue here is parking. Sands Point
Preserve is on the east side of the peninsula and provides good views of
that portion of the water and with hunting season now over perhaps the
Goldeneye flocks will gather off there again. The west side is effectively
all private and the police will harass cars that stop along the roads there
so use your best judgement if you visit that area.

Two drake EURASIAN WIGEON were still on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay
Wildlife Refuge yesterday frequenting the west side north of the Big John's
Pond overlook. Another EURASIAN WIGEON was on Fresh Pond in Northport
Monday to Wednesday this off Fresh Pond Road north of Route 25A.

An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was still present Monday at Five Islands Park in
New Rochelle, Westchester County. Look for the gull around the tanks at the
water treatment plant next to the park or on the islands in the harbor. If
not there try Premium Millpond to the east in Larchmont. The immature
BLACK-HEADED GULL frequenting Prospect Park Lake in Brooklyn was seen as
recently as Tuesday. Another BLACK-HEADED GULL was spotted at Brooklyn
Bridge Park on Tuesday and Thursday near Pier 4 and may be the same one
seen at Bush Terminal Piers Park today. A GLAUCOUS GULL in Brooklyn has
been seen recently between the Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4 and nearby
Bush Terminal Piers Park where it was today. A few ICELAND GULLS include
one visiting Central Park Reservoir recently.

RAZORBILL was noted off Fort Tilden Sunday but more unusual was one in Long
Island Sound off Old Field Point in Setauket Wednesday. A [...] number of
RED-NECKED GREBES includes singles recently off Coney Island, Floyd Bennett
Field and Fort Tilden plus one in Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton
Wednesday.

A LARK SPARROW was still along the outer turnaround at Jones Beach West End
as of yesterday and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR visited Randall's Island in
Manhattan from Sunday to Tuesday. Lingering immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS
were noted last weekend both at Willowbrook Park on Staten Island and at
Blydenburgh County Park in Smithtown the latter around the parking lot at
the north entrance off New Mill Road. Also continuing are AMERICAN BITTERNS
along Dune Road west of Shinnecock Inlet and two SHORT-EARED OWLS at the
Calverton Grasslands at the former Grumman airport.

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

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Subject: Central Park NYC - Thursday Feburary 4, 2016
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:24:42 -0500
Central Park NYC 
Thursday Feburary 4, 2016
OBS: Deborah Allen

A brief afternoon visit:

Wood Duck - male 59th St. Pond
Northern Shoveler - 50+ Reservoir
Bufflehead - at least 6 Reservoir
Hooded Merganser - at least 5 Reservoir
Ruddy Duck - at least 50 Reservoir
Great Blue Heron - 59th St. Pond
Red-tailed Hawk - 3
American Coot - Reservoir & 59th St. Pond
Ring-billed Gull - good numbers Reservoir
Herring Gull - not many Reservoir
Great Black-backed Gull - at least 15 Reservoir
Great Horned Owl - continues
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
American Crow - heard
Black-capped Chickadee - 3
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch - 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - male NW Reservoir
Eastern Towhee - male near Boathouse
Song Sparrow - NW Reservoir
Common Grackle - around 250 between the Dairy and the 59th Street Pond
American Goldfinch - feeders

Sol Shamilizadeh reported a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
near Greywacke Arch. 


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Subject: Black-headed Gull in Brooklyn Bridge Park
From: Heather Wolf <heather.wolf AT jugglefit.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 20:18:59 -0500
There was a Black-headed Gull in Brooklyn Bridge Park this evening,
swimming around the Pier 4 beach cove.

Photo embedded in eBird checklist here
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Did not see the Canvasbacks tonight but one was diving around the marina
platforms near Pier 5 yesterday.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeons @ Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Queens Co.
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 18:38:43 -0500
These birds have not been seen in awhile so I wanted to get the word out that 
they are still here. This afternoon, I had the two drake Eurasian Wigeons on 
the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. 


They were seen towards the north end while looking from Big John's Overlook. 
They tend to get lost easily, especially at that distance so patience is 
necessary as they often disappeared into the many coves along that end of the 
pond. 


Observed with Johann Schumaker.

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

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Subject: NYSOA Adirondack Winter Weekend Species
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:12:37 -0500
January 30 & 31, 2016 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.), Newcomb and Minerva (Essex
Co.)

 

Twenty-one people traveled to the central Adirondacks for the NYS
Ornithological Association's winter weekend.  We held field trips both
Saturday and Sunday mornings, a presentation Saturday afternoon at the
Newcomb Adirondack Interpretive Center, and held a group dinner Saturday
night at the Adirondack Hotel.   Our 6-car caravan birded along roads with
several stops in boreal habitat.  Here are the 23 species found:

 

Red-tailed Hawk

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker - at least 2 heard (1 called along the Tahawus Road,
and 1 called at Sabattis Bog)

Pileated Woodpecker

Gray Jay - 8 (5 on Sat. and 8 on Sun. all at Sabattis Bog)

Blue Jay - many

Amer. Crow

Common Raven

Black-capped chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - 3 at the Boreas River (nice views of 2)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Cedar Waxwing - flock of 15 to 20 (quite a surprise in the central
Adirondacks in winter!  They were in the same fruit tree in Newcomb that I
photographed a similar size Bohemian Waxwing flock in Nov.!)

Amer. Tree Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Purple Finch - many

Red Crossbill - 27 (14 on Sat. - a pair and a flyover flock of 12 in
Newcomb; 14 on Sun. flocks of 1, 6, 4, & 3 in Newcomb, Minerva, and Long
Lake - one on Sunday was in the same location as Sat., so I didn't include
it in the total)

Pine Siskin - many

Amer. Goldfinch

Evening Grosbeak ~50 on Sat. and at least 35 on Sun. in Newcomb

 

The biggest surprise was the Cedar Waxwing flock in the central Adirondacks
in January.  This winter is so unusual that I guess nothing should seem like
a surprise!

 

Most humorous moment: We parked the cars and took a walk on the Tahawus Road
on Sunday.  There was a hunter walking just ahead of us (it is rabbit
season).  He was heading in the direction of his truck and you could hear
his beagle far away in the forest.  He hung out by his truck as we listened
for birds.  As we got closer to him, he decided to drive down the road a
bit.  Suddenly, Mary Beth Warburton's face showed that she saw something
behind me - we all turned to see a beautiful Snowshoe Hare (in its winter
white color) hop across the road from where the truck had been parked!  We
all cheered and clapped as the hare disappeared into the forest!  It was a
very smart hare!  Mary Beth exclaimed that it was just like Bugs Bunny and
Elmer Fudd!!!  I looked down the road at the oblivious rabbit hunter and he
looked bored waiting for his beagle to find a Snowshoe Hare!  We walked past
him on our way back to the cars, but no one told him what he had missed!

 

Mammals observed: Some participants observed a Red Fox on the ice on Long
Lake.  The Snowshoe Hare that was observed on Tahawus Road.  Our car spotted
a River Otter sitting on the edge of the ice along a brook on Route 30 in
Long Lake.

 

Thanks to Mary Beth Warburton, NYSOA Field Trip Chair, for organizing the
fun weekend!

 

Quite a few people took photographs of birds (& people!) during the weekend
- photos will be posted soon on the NYSOA Facebook page
(https://www.facebook.com/nybirds ).  Ron Bate took some beautiful flight
photos of Red Crossbills!

 

Joan Collins

President, NYS Ornithological Association

Editor, New York Birders

Long Lake, NY

(315) 244-7127 cell       

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http://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian 

 

 

 


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Subject: red breasted nuthatch
From: MICHAEL HIGGISTON <mikehigg AT optonline.net>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:40:21 -0500
A red breasted nuthatch was seen visiting the birdfeeders at Connetquoit 
SP around 11 this morning.
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Subject: Razorbill, Oldfield Point (Suffolk)
From: Douglas Futuyma <dfutuyma AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:37:52 -0500
At about 8:15 this morning, birds observed from the lighthouse park on
Oldfield Point (Setauket) included a rather close Razorbill, providing
excellent scope view of details of bill and plumage.  Other species
included Northern Gannet (4 adults) and 2 Bonaparte's Gulls.

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Subject: red-necked grebe. 3 Mile Harbor, East Hampton
From: Bruce Horwith <bruce.horwith AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 08:40:28 -0500
Although certainly not rare, it can be difficult to find red-necked grebe
in East Hampton waters. This one, along side a horned grebe for comparison,
was visible from Boat Yard and Three Mile Harbor Rd yesterday.

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Subject: More from the Black Dirt
From: Steve Walter <swalter15 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 20:16:37 -0500
I also did a trip through the Black Dirt region Saturday. Although
Rough-legs are sparse this year (especially if you're hoping for pictures),
it was still a good trip. I was more interested in Red-tailed Hawks (imagine
that - it doesn't do anything for one's year list). I was hoping to track
down the Western Red-tail found a few weeks ago, but there was no sign of
it. Darn. I was shooting for five subspecies / forms along the eastern
seaboard this winter. What I did find were a few individuals showing
characteristics of the northern subspecies (or form) albieticola. A couple
come with a greater degree of certainty. Given individual variation within
subspecies and likely interbreeding where ranges meet, it may not always be
possible to be sure. Some pictures can be seen at my web site
http://stevewalternature.com/ , on the Birds recent work page.

 

I also came across American Kestrels. In comparing locations with those
reported by Michael Britt, there had to be at least 5 around the Black Dirt
area. Kestrels wintering in Kestrel habitat. Who saw that coming?

 

One non raptor note that may be of interest to some. There were 3
White-crowned Sparrows around the Wallkill NWR Liberty loop parking lot, an
adult and two immatures.

 

 

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Subject: Re: NYS eBird Hotspots - New and Renamed Shared Locations (24-Jan-2016)
From: Patricia McGrath <pattimcgrath AT icloud.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:08:09 -0500
Pls remove me from all lists 
Thank you 

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> On Jan 31, 2016, at 7:15 PM, Ben Cacace  wrote:
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Subject: Randall's Island Lapland Longspur - Yes
From: B Inskeep <b.inskeep AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:11:23 -0500
The Randall's Island Lapland Longspur was observed by two of us this morning, 
Feb 2, east of field 31. 


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Subject: Randall Is Longspur: No
From: Ethan Goodman <ethangoodman AT rocketmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 14:53:12 +0000 (UTC)
The Lapland Longspur did not appear in a search of the shoreline grasses from 
8:45 to 9:45 today. Looked from field 31 up to field 42 at NE corner of 
Ramdall's Island.  



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On Monday, February 1, 2016, 1:34 PM, Thomas Fiore  
wrote: 


Monday, 1 February, 2016 -

The Lapland Longspur found yesterday (1/31, by Paul Bourdin) at the  
east end of Randall's Island (east of Manhattan & N.Y. City's East  
River) was seen again this morning by 2 observers - thanks to Tom  
Perlman for the update... the longspur was also seen later Sunday in  
the same location as reported for that morning, & was still in the  
same location this Mon. morning: roughly between ballfields 28 & 31,  
along the outer / waterside edge of the Sunken Meadow Fields loop  
drive. It may be shy or skittish, going to rocks on the water's edge,  
but also comes back to the grassy edge.

good February birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan



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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 19:28:00 +0000 (UTC)
 *  New York*  Syracuse   
   - February 01, 2016
*  NYSY  02. 01. 16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):January 25, 
2015 - February 01, 2016to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering 
upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma 
Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, 
Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortlandcompiled: February 01  AT 
12:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of January 25, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
EARED GREBERED-NECKED GREBEAMERICAN WHITE PELICANTRUMPETER SWANKING 
EIDERICELAND GULLGLAUCOUS GULLSHORT-EARED OWLMERLINRED-HEADED 
WOODPECKERNORTHERN SHRIKEMARSH WRENDICKCISSELLAPLAND LONGSPUR 



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

     1/27: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from East Road.     1/31: A late 
MARSH WREN was seen at the Visitor’s Center. 


Onondaga County------------
     1/25: 2 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen near green Lakes Park. 2 
TRUMPETER SWANS were seen in the Seneca River below the dam in 
Baldwinsville.     1/26: The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN seen and enjoyed by so 
many was found dead on Tuesday. It was determined that the bird starved but 
also had parasites on vital organs.     1/27: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at 
Threee Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville near the new blind off of Smokey 
Hollow Road. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen also and has been seen here on a 
regular basis.      1/28: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor near 
West Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse.     1/30: An ICELAND GULL was found at 
the Inner Harbor.     1/31: A MERLIN was spotted along the Seneca River in 
Baldwinsville.      2/1: A pair of MERLINS were observed at South Meadows 
Nature Area in Tully. 


Oswego county------------
     The DICKCISSEL frequenting a feeder at 847 Forest Ave. in Fulton was 
seen daily this week.      1/28: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Smith Road 
north of Mexico. A rare EARED GREBE was discovered in Oswego Harbor. It has 
been found through 1/30. A RED-NECKED GREBE was also seen in Oswego Harbor and 
was present yesterday. The female KING EIDER was present through 1/31 at 
Selkirk Shores State Park.     1/29: An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen 
at the north end of Nine Mile Point Road near Noyes Sanctuary on Lake 
Ontario.     1/30: An ICELAND GULL was found in Oswego Harbor. 


Madison County------------
     1/25: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on Jantzen Road north of 
Earlville.     1/27: An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Madison County 
Landfill.     1/27: A MERLIN was seen on Ditchbank Road. 


Cayuga County------------
     1/31: 9 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Fair Haven State Park.       
    

           
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Subject: Longspur still on Randall's Island, NYC
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 12:35:45 -0500
Monday, 1 February, 2016 -

The Lapland Longspur found yesterday (1/31, by Paul Bourdin) at the  
east end of Randall's Island (east of Manhattan & N.Y. City's East  
River) was seen again this morning by 2 observers - thanks to Tom  
Perlman for the update... the longspur was also seen later Sunday in  
the same location as reported for that morning, & was still in the  
same location this Mon. morning: roughly between ballfields 28 & 31,  
along the outer / waterside edge of the Sunken Meadow Fields loop  
drive. It may be shy or skittish, going to rocks on the water's edge,  
but also comes back to the grassy edge.

good February birding,

Tom Fiore
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Subject: Iceland Gull on Reservoir in Central Park in New York City on 31 Jan 2016
From: Ben King <kingbirdtours AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 12:25:47 -0500
I watched and took poor video of the first winter Iceland Gull on the Reservoir 
in Central Park in New York City on 31 Jan 2016 at 4:30 - 5:00 PM. It was about 
one third of the way on the bund from the south pumphouse. The female Common 
Merganser was nearby. 


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Subject: NY Harbor 1-31
From: Gabriel Willow <gabrielwillow AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:54:58 -0500
On today's NYC Audubon Eco-cruise, we had some nice sightings: 3 Great 
Cormorants in their breeding finery on Yankee Pier at Governor's Island 
alongside their more diminutive Double-crested cousins; numerous Common & 
Red-throated Loons; and most notably, flocks of Bonaparte's Gulls throughout 
the harbor, in little flocks of 5-15 birds, probably totaling about 75. 


Beginning around the Verrazano Narrows, we spotted little flocks of Long-tailed 
Ducks, Common Goldeneye, and a few Red-breasted Merganser. Scaup were notably 
absent. The highlight was a beautiful male Surf Scoter by Swinburne Island. 


We also saw about a dozen Harbor Seals around Swinburne.

Lovely afternoon on the water!

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Subject: Jones Beach Coast Guard Station today: Horned Grebes
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:04:41 -0500
I arrived in the afternoon at Jones Beach Field 10/ fishing docks in the
afternoon with my son -  highlights were 3 Bonaparte Gulls and a White
Winged Scoter.  The Coast Guard area had the usual winter waterfowl and a
Peregrine Falcon was perched on the tower above the Coast Guard building.
We took a walk around Short Beach and at the end found about a dozen Black
Bellied Plover, several Surf Scoters and 3 Horned Grebes close to shore (my
FOS)  Northern Harriers were seen here and there between West End and Field
6.

Good winter birding,
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Subject: NYS eBird Hotspots - New and Renamed Shared Locations (24-Jan-2016)
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:15:25 -0500
Thanks to  AT Team_eBird for their dedication to keeping eBird.org running
smoothly and for the group of New York State hotspot moderators for their
time working on shared location suggestions.

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

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

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

Clickable map:
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Alphabetical list of counties:
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Subject: Lapland Longspur on Randall's Island today
From: Paul Bourdin <paulbourdin1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:02:44 -0500
At about 11:00am at the north-eastern side of the island where the Sunken
Meadow Loop passes closest to the Sound a very confiding Lapland Longspur
was feeding on the short grass. Pictures at my Flickr site.

https://flic.kr/p/D8vccT
https://flic.kr/p/DeSTkw
https://flic.kr/p/DDFgzh

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Subject: Jones Beach SP Lark Sparrow
From: Alissa <mililloa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 15:13:56 -0500
The Lark Sparrow was at the same spot in the shrubs at the West End entrance 
road today at 2:00pm 


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Subject: Lapland Longspur, Randall's Island NYC
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:58:15 -0500
Sunday, 31 January, 2016

on Randall's Island, in the East River east of Manhattan island (N.Y.  
City), a Lapland Longspur was seen & photographed late this morning. I  
did not discover it, another birder checking the island just before I  
arrived did, first name Paul - and he gave me perfect directions to  
see the bird as well - the site is accessed (by car) from the RFK (aka  
"Triboro") bridge, getting off on Randall's Island - then to the  
Sunken Fields loop, which despite having a bit of snow is perfectly  
drivable; this loop is at the northeast corner of the island, & is  
east of the portion of the RFK bridge span (once on Randall's) which  
leads to the Bronx. The longspur was along the edge of the grass &  
also on rocks just up the bank from the water's edge (one is able to  
look east & north to both parts of n. Queens & the south Bronx from  
this point) and there are ballfields (partially covered with melting  
snow) numbered 31 (just to the north) and 28 (to the south) of the  
point the longspur was seeming to want to be.  It's a large area  
there, however, and the longspur was entirely on its own, so it  
seemed, with no other passerines at all in the vicinity (which the  
other observer & discoverer also mentioned).  I was able to approach  
within less than 10 yards for a few photos.  Not a great many other  
birds were seen on or adjacent to Randall's island, mostly the most- 
common & expected species.  Just slightly unexpected for the season  
was a Belted Kingfisher at a marshy area.

Yesterday (Sat. 30 Jan.) a good many observers were able to view an  
Iceland Gull in Central Park, at the reservoir; I am not aware of it  
being present today. Also Saturday, at the area on the Hudson river  
just north of W. 125 St. (n. of the piers) were 2 Canvasbacks, which  
were asleep when I viewed & photographed them, later in the day.

good birding, & thanks again to the kind birder I met at Randall's  
island,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan



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Subject: Jones Beach Lark Sparrow - yes
From: Alissa <mililloa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:55:04 -0500
The Lark Sparrow was at the same spot in the shrubs at the West End entrance 
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Subject: eBird.org Shared Location - Centerport Pond (aka Tung Ting Pond)
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 18:27:26 -0500
A marker was renamed from 'Centerport Pond' to 'Centerport Pond (aka Tung
Ting Pond)' in Suffolk County.

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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk trip
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:08:51 -0500
Every winter I take at least one trip up to the Shawangunk Grasslands and
Black Dirt Region of Warwick and Goshen, to look for Rough-legged Hawks. I
have a well developed itinerary. I typically start at the Shawangunk
Grasslands to catch the Short-eareds hunting before they head in to roost,
plus this is the best time to count the Northern Harriers and Rough-legged
Hawks, as they disperse from roost to hunt. Then I hit numerous stops along
the Pulaski Highway, plus Glenwood Road, Oil City Road, and Owens Station
Road. I normally avoid the areas west of the Pulaski Highway (Lower Road
and side roads) and County Route 1, in order to provide a buffer (to
dispersal) and reduce/eliminate the possibility of double-counting. The
birds do however utilize areas along these corridors as well, which could
mean I miss a few? I can live with that.

Yong Kong and I set-up shop at the Shawangunk Grasslands at 6:05AM. Our
best in the air at once was 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS but dawn is the worst time
to attempt a count of this species. Reason is, you can see a few here and a
few there (in the dark!)...then they disappear...then you see a few more
not knowing if they're the same birds OR if they are new birds and the
birds from before dropped into roost already? So the the most honest answer
I can give is 5+ but I think 7-9 is closer to the truth. Dusk counts are
much more accurate because like the Harriers and Roughlegs that hunt the
refuge, the Short-eareds disperse off the refuge to hunt as well.
Therefore, just like the Harriers late in the day, early in the morning you
have Short-eareds returning to the refuge in singles and small groups,
which is a factor in the problem I described above. To simplify things, 10
NORTHERN HARRIERS (one gray ghost, nine brown) rose and dispersed to hunt
the grasslands. No Rough-legged Hawks were observed. According to my buddy
Ralph Tabor (the local dean...nice to see you pal), there are at least two
Roughlegs in the area but they must be, at least occasionally, roosting
offsite. An AMERICAN KESTREL was a welcomed sight.

From here we headed to the Black Dirt Region and hit nine stops. Pickings
were slim and we only had 6 ROUGHLEGS. Most of the raptor action was at the
very reliable Pumpkin Swamp, which held 5 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 10 RED-TAILED
HAWKS, & 5 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS (three dark, two light). The only other
ROUGHLEG was a light morph at Skinner's Lane. All in all we tallied 17-18
NORTHERN HARRIERS in the Black Dirt Region; we observed 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS
- one at Indiana and one at Jados Lane; and  3 COYOTES were patrolling the
large marshy field on Glenwood Road - a good spot for them.

This route always holds Roughlegs but six is a very slow day. Especially
considering the fact that I have hit "40" twice and my all-time high is
"54." My best at any one location is "22" (Shawangunk Grasslands...wish I
had the route established back then) and the year of the "54," fifty were
in the Black Dirt Region alone!

I think I'd cry if I ever went up there and saw subdivisions along my
route...

Mike Britt
Bayonne, NJ

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Subject: Continuing Barnacle Goose - Centerport
From: Michael Zito <michaelzito AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 10:58:15 -0500
The Barnacle goose can still by seen at previously mentioned location in 
Centerport, Long Island. 

Seen with Michele Z.

Mike Z.

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Subject: Continuing Red-Headed Woodpecker - Blydenburgh
From: Michael Zito <michaelzito AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:53:05 -0500
Continuing juvenile Red-Headed Woodpecker in same location at Blydenburgh 
County Park, Smithtown, LI. 

Seen with Michele Z.

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Subject: Horned grebe trestles croton boat ramp
From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 13:42:51 +0000

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Subject: eBird.org Shared Location - Works Rd. X Honeoye Falls 6 Rd., Rush
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:44:48 -0500
A marker was created for 'Works Rd. X Honeoye Falls 6 Rd., Rush' in Monroe
County for the Yellow-headed Blackbird reports. The hotspot should be
available within 12 hours.

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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 29 January 2016
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 22:22:37 -0500
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jan. 29, 2016
* NYNY1601.29

- Birds mentioned

BARNACLE GOOSE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
ROSS'S GOOSE
HARLEQUIN DUCK
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
Red-necked Grebe
American Bittern
Clapper Rail
Razorbill
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Iceland Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOWY OWL
Short-eared Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Pine Warbler
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
LARK SPARROW

- Transcript

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electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at
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You can also send reports and digital image files via email to
nysarc44(at)nybirds{dot}org.

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

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

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

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

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

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 29th
2016 at 6pm. The highlights of today's tape are BARNACLE GOOSE, ROSS'S
GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, HARLEQUIN DUCK,
BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, SNOWY OWL, LARK SPARROW and CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW.

With last weekend's birding activities pretty much stymied by the storm
this week's highlights are mostly holdovers.

BARNACLE GOOSE continues to frequent Tung Ting Pond in Centerport. This
small pond on the west side of the Chalet Motel Inn parking lot and the
Centerport Mill Pond on the north side of Route 25A. Another BARNACLE GOOSE
has reappeared on Marratooka Lake off New Suffolk Avenue in Mattituck being
seen there with Canadas on Sunday and Thursday. A ROSS'S GOOSE presumably
one of the two floating around the Nassau / Suffolk County line was spotted
Thursday morning at the Cedar Beach Golf Course on Ocean Parkway. The flock
it was with ultimately flying off to the north. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE noted Wednesday across from the Pine Lawn train station, directions
were sketchy, was likely one of the two that had been roosting overnight at
Belmont Lake State Park a little southeast of there.

A drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE has returned to Sands Point spotted Monday in a
Common Goldeneye flock at Half Moon Bay on the west side of the Sands Point
peninsula. In prior winters it has moved around the peninsula with the
tides sometimes being seen off or just west of the Sands Point Preserve.
Two HARLEQUIN DUCKS seen in Jones Inlet Wednesday usually frequent the
jetties at Point Lookout or Jones Beach West End.

An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL in Westchester County was seen Tuesday around
Five Islands Park in New Rochelle this likely the same bird that visited
this area in late November to mid December in 2014. The entrance to Five
Islands Park is on Lefevres Lane off Route 1 just west of Salesian High
School. The entrance road passes on the right, a water treatment facility,
and the BLACK-HEADED often frequents the visible filtration tanks along
with some Ring-billed Gulls it can also roost on the off-shore islands in
the small harbor. An immature GLAUCOUS GULL was spotted today at the
Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4 off the end of 58th Street in Brooklyn and
local ICELAND GULLS have featured one visiting Central Park reservoir at
least to Tuesday, one apparently roosting overnight on the piers by
Brooklyn Bridge Park and two seen together at the south end of Randall's
Island last Sunday.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens was seen
again today with at least one PINE WARBLER [...] and at least two LARK
SPARROWS continue in the region, one at Jones Beach West End around the
outer turnaround and the other at Croton Point Park in Westchester near the
large parking lot.

Somewhat scarce so far this winter a RED-NECKED GREBE was present off Coney
Island Pier in Brooklyn today and a RAZORBILL was spotted off Jones Beach
West End, an immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was spotted at Mashomack
Preserve on Shelter Island Wednesday and birds of note along Dune Road west
of Shinnecock Inlet recently have included AMERICAN BITTERN, CLAPPER RAIL
and SNOWY OWL. Two SHORT-EARED OWLS have been appearing regularly in the
evening along the grasslands at the former Grumman airport in Calverton.
They can be seen from the roadways through the property but do not enter
the runways which are off limits.

To phone in reports on Long Island, call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 or
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Subject: "Kumlien's" Iceland Gull at Brooklyn Bridge Park
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 19:42:04 -0500
To follow up on Doug Gochfeld's earlier post, the adult "Kumlien's" Iceland
Gull (ICGU) was present this evening at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The bird was initially spotted today by Karen Ohearn. It is important when
scanning the pilings to occasionally change vantage points as the gull was
hidden from view initially.
The large gulls were coming in to roost at 4:15 and the ICGU was seen soon
after. This seems to be the daily routine, although yesterday the large
gulls began to come to roost much later and majority of birds actually came
in after 5pm as light was fading and viewing conditions were less than
optimal. The ICGU was not seen yesterday despite multiple observers
looking. For comparison, today there were over 300 Herring Gulls on the
pilings by 4:30 and yesterday at 4:30 there were approximately 75.

A few images are imbedded in the following checklist.

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Good birding,

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Brooklyn, NY

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Subject: Brooklyn Red-necked Grebe and Iceland Gull
From: Doug Gochfeld <fresha2411 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:09:16 -0500
At around noon today, I saw a Red-necked Grebe at Coney Island, near Coney
Island Pier. It was actively diving, out around the green #3 buoy, which is
to the SE of the Pier.

There was also one on January 10 off the western end of Coney Island Creek,
towards Norton Point, not tremendously far from Coney Island Pier.

Also, a sighting not from today, but of interest to this list is the adult
"Kumlien's" Iceland Gull that has been roosting at Brooklyn Bridge Park, on
the pilings just south of Pier 1. I saw it as recently as two nights ago
(January 27th), and it seems to be regular at that location in the evening.
This park is very cool in general, and has ~ 3,000 gulls roosting there
every night (200-300 Herring, mostly at Pier 1, with the rest being
Ring-billed, mostly between Pier 3 & 5).

Good Birding
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Subject: Glaucous Gull in Brooklyn
From: Joshua Malbin <joshuamalbin AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:19:11 -0500
Earlier there was a first- or second-year Glaucous Gull at Brooklyn Army
Terminal Pier 4. It was there around 10:30 and hung around for 45 minutes.
We lost track of it then, but I think it is likely to still be in the
general area.

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Subject: Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:40:35 -0500
MNSA, Oceanside 29 Jan

Other than "dune" area, all paths clear enough for walking. The MARSH WREN 
continues around the pond. Sparrows included. SONG, SWAMP, SAVANNAH and TREE. 


Fly over included 2 SNOW GEESE, NORTHERN HARRIER, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT and 
BELTED KINGFISHER 


In the channel WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and RED-THROATED LOON. A PEREGRINE FALCON 
was perched on the right most Osprey nest on the island on the other side of 
the channel. 


Sy Schiff

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Subject: Clapper rail
From: Michael Higgiston <mikehigg AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:45:00 -0500
Seen in marsh opposite 93 Dune Road at 10 AM this morning
Mike Higgiston
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Subject: Orange County Sightings
From: Curt McDermott <tele-tek AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:43:28 -0500
This week on the Hudson (with increasing ice)at Newburgh:
 2 Iceland Gulls (First year) 1 Lesser Black-backed (Adult)
Both Birds seen by several observers on multiple days.


This week in Pine Island at Warren Sod Farm (CTY RT.12- New Silos just North of 
the Camel Farm): 

Horned LarkSnow Buntings2 Lapland Longspurs


See Birds,                Curt McDermott
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Orange County Barn Owl Report
From: Chrissy G <chrissy.guarino AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:35:45 -0500
I received a secondhand report of a Barn Owl from a reliable source. The
bird was seen this evening near the intersection of Dosen and M & M Roads
near Middletown (Town of Wallkill) NY.

Christine Guarino
New Paltz, NY

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Subject: Ross's Goose
From: Ken Thompson <kenlad01 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:58:36 -0500
This morning  there was a Ross's goose with a canada flock at the Cedar
Beach Golf Course, the flock took off heading north. This is on Ocean
Parkway near Oak beach NY.

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Subject: RE: Central Park, NYC 1/28 +
From: Will Raup <Hoaryredpoll AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:07:08 -0500
  N


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From: Thomas Fiore
Date: 1/28/2016 3:05 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: nysbirds-l
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 1/28 +
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City Thursday 28 January, & prior week+, 2016 At least 65 species of birds have been seen the past 10 days in Central Park, quite higher than most years in this same time period. Of particular note are an (perhaps more than 1 individual visiting) Iceland Gull that had been, which was still visiting the reservoir at least to this Tuesday (26th - a.m.), & could well be continuing to visit in the large no's. of gulls, averaging far more than 1,000 per day lately, that come & go at that location; a bit more regular (but still not at all common in Central) is a female Common Merganser, patrolling & feeding near the center dike in the reservoir all this morning, seen at about noon somewhat closer to the s. portion, & just on the w. side of the center dike. 2 Snow Geese seem to have moved on, they were present thru at least Sun. immediately after the storm's passage, but I was unable to find them again later that day. One drake Ring-necked Duck has been fairly regular, sometimes shows itself at the sunny edges, other times much more actively feeding at the reservoir. Also appearing at the reservoir are Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, and a couple of times in the past week, a Great Blue Heron. The ice is breaking up (or already has) at the reservoir, while taking slightly longer at most of the park's other water-bodies, but all will see more open water in the coming days. The typical / regular N. Shovelers, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, Ruddy Ducks & other waterbirds all continue as well at the reservoir, some of them also at the lake, & will spread to where there's open water soon available elsewhere as well. The most recent 2 lingering warblers seem not to have been found since the snow, the more unusual for January being a Wilson's in the north end at both the Great Hill & adjacent Loch (ravine) areas, with some sightings also closer to the Pool; and an Orange-crowned (near E. 79th St.) which far more birders were able to see; it is still just possible for these to have survived in the area, & could yet turn up, but that is much less likely with both a big storm & the sub-freezing temp's. that have occurred. (Elsewhere in N.Y. City this month have been scattered sightings of multiple other warblers, including additional Orange-crowneds, Wilson's, Nashville, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Pine, Palm, as well as Myrtle/Yellow-rumped - there may have even been a few others.) Other recent-current birds of some note for the winter in Central include 2 Snow Geese, mostly at the reservoir with Canada Geese; Common Raven (including 2 low & calling flyovers 1/24, seen at the s. end flying due north), and Bald Eagle (flyover 1/19). More icterids are turning up with at least 1 Rusty Blackbird in the Ramble, a few Brown-headed Cowbirds, & some Red-winged Blackbirds joining the Common Grackle crowd that has been around all winter. A couple of Pine Siskins have showed, but only very briefly in the visits I know of at the feeders, & otherwise scarcely in other locations, esp. in sweet gum trees. (and I've not seen any Purple Finch in Central in a while. (Red) Fox Sparrows seem scarce this winter, but a very few have been around in the Ramble, & at both the south & n. ends of the park. Swamp Sparrow is typically scarce in winter in Central, & this year is like that, with at least 2 around, but just sporadic sightings. Snow Goose (quite rare IN park, regular but not too often-noted as passage migrants mostly in fall) Canada Goose Wood Duck Gadwall American Black Duck Mallard Northern Shoveler Ring-necked Duck (1, reservoir; regular but uncommon winter visitor in Central Park) Bufflehead Hooded Merganser Common Merganser (female, reservoir, 1/28) Ruddy Duck Great Blue Heron Double-crested Cormorant Pied-billed Grebe Bald Eagle Sharp-shinned Hawk Cooper's Hawk Red-tailed Hawk Ring-billed Gull (extremely common this past week) Herring Gull Iceland Gull (1, at least to 1/26; reservoir; irregular winter visitor there, missed some years) Great Black-backed Gull American Coot Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove American Kestrel Peregrine Falcon Red-bellied Woodpecker Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Downy Woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker Yellow-shafted Flicker (uncommon in winter) Blue Jay American Crow Common Raven (becoming somewhat regular in recent years) Black-capped Chickadee Tufted Titmouse White-breasted Nuthatch Brown Creeper (often uncommon or irregular winter-resident) Carolina Wren Winter Wren (generally uncommon in winter, despite its name) Ruby-crowned Kinglet (uncommon in winter) Hermit Thrush (uncommon but regular in winter) American Robin Gray Catbird (uncommon in winter) Northern Mockingbird Brown Thrasher (uncommon in winter) European Starling Cedar Waxwing Orange-crowned Warbler (uncommon, & rare in mid-winter in Central Park, was present to Friday, the day ahead of the big snow.) Wilson's Warbler (rare in winter, unprecedented in Central Park well into January) Eastern Towhee (uncommon in winter) Fox Sparrow (rather scarce this winter, 1 today under the Great Horned Owl's tree) Song Sparrow Swamp Sparrow (uncommon in winter) White-throated Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Northern Cardinal Rusty Blackbird (in Ramble - lately along Gill; uncommon & irregular winter visitor) Red-winged Blackbird (a few more starting to turn up this week) Common Grackle (no's. continue in park) Brown-headed Cowbird (modest numbers now in the park) Pine Siskin (singles & occ. 2 have visited feeders, only sporadically, sometimes just for a minute or two) House Finch American Goldfinch House Sparrow good el Nino-winter birding, Tom Fiore Manhattan -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/nysbirds-l AT cornell.edu/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/NYSB.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ -- -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/nysbirds-l AT cornell.edu/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/NYSB.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --
Subject: RE: Central Park, NYC 1/28 +
From: Will Raup <Hoaryredpoll AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:06:39 -0500



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From: Thomas Fiore
Date: 1/28/2016 3:05 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: nysbirds-l
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 1/28 +
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City Thursday 28 January, & prior week+, 2016 At least 65 species of birds have been seen the past 10 days in Central Park, quite higher than most years in this same time period. Of particular note are an (perhaps more than 1 individual visiting) Iceland Gull that had been, which was still visiting the reservoir at least to this Tuesday (26th - a.m.), & could well be continuing to visit in the large no's. of gulls, averaging far more than 1,000 per day lately, that come & go at that location; a bit more regular (but still not at all common in Central) is a female Common Merganser, patrolling & feeding near the center dike in the reservoir all this morning, seen at about noon somewhat closer to the s. portion, & just on the w. side of the center dike. 2 Snow Geese seem to have moved on, they were present thru at least Sun. immediately after the storm's passage, but I was unable to find them again later that day. One drake Ring-necked Duck has been fairly regular, sometimes shows itself at the sunny edges, other times much more actively feeding at the reservoir. Also appearing at the reservoir are Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, and a couple of times in the past week, a Great Blue Heron. The ice is breaking up (or already has) at the reservoir, while taking slightly longer at most of the park's other water-bodies, but all will see more open water in the coming days. The typical / regular N. Shovelers, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, Ruddy Ducks & other waterbirds all continue as well at the reservoir, some of them also at the lake, & will spread to where there's open water soon available elsewhere as well. The most recent 2 lingering warblers seem not to have been found since the snow, the more unusual for January being a Wilson's in the north end at both the Great Hill & adjacent Loch (ravine) areas, with some sightings also closer to the Pool; and an Orange-crowned (near E. 79th St.) which far more birders were able to see; it is still just possible for these to have survived in the area, & could yet turn up, but that is much less likely with both a big storm & the sub-freezing temp's. that have occurred. (Elsewhere in N.Y. City this month have been scattered sightings of multiple other warblers, including additional Orange-crowneds, Wilson's, Nashville, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Pine, Palm, as well as Myrtle/Yellow-rumped - there may have even been a few others.) Other recent-current birds of some note for the winter in Central include 2 Snow Geese, mostly at the reservoir with Canada Geese; Common Raven (including 2 low & calling flyovers 1/24, seen at the s. end flying due north), and Bald Eagle (flyover 1/19). More icterids are turning up with at least 1 Rusty Blackbird in the Ramble, a few Brown-headed Cowbirds, & some Red-winged Blackbirds joining the Common Grackle crowd that has been around all winter. A couple of Pine Siskins have showed, but only very briefly in the visits I know of at the feeders, & otherwise scarcely in other locations, esp. in sweet gum trees. (and I've not seen any Purple Finch in Central in a while. (Red) Fox Sparrows seem scarce this winter, but a very few have been around in the Ramble, & at both the south & n. ends of the park. Swamp Sparrow is typically scarce in winter in Central, & this year is like that, with at least 2 around, but just sporadic sightings. Snow Goose (quite rare IN park, regular but not too often-noted as passage migrants mostly in fall) Canada Goose Wood Duck Gadwall American Black Duck Mallard Northern Shoveler Ring-necked Duck (1, reservoir; regular but uncommon winter visitor in Central Park) Bufflehead Hooded Merganser Common Merganser (female, reservoir, 1/28) Ruddy Duck Great Blue Heron Double-crested Cormorant Pied-billed Grebe Bald Eagle Sharp-shinned Hawk Cooper's Hawk Red-tailed Hawk Ring-billed Gull (extremely common this past week) Herring Gull Iceland Gull (1, at least to 1/26; reservoir; irregular winter visitor there, missed some years) Great Black-backed Gull American Coot Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove American Kestrel Peregrine Falcon Red-bellied Woodpecker Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Downy Woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker Yellow-shafted Flicker (uncommon in winter) Blue Jay American Crow Common Raven (becoming somewhat regular in recent years) Black-capped Chickadee Tufted Titmouse White-breasted Nuthatch Brown Creeper (often uncommon or irregular winter-resident) Carolina Wren Winter Wren (generally uncommon in winter, despite its name) Ruby-crowned Kinglet (uncommon in winter) Hermit Thrush (uncommon but regular in winter) American Robin Gray Catbird (uncommon in winter) Northern Mockingbird Brown Thrasher (uncommon in winter) European Starling Cedar Waxwing Orange-crowned Warbler (uncommon, & rare in mid-winter in Central Park, was present to Friday, the day ahead of the big snow.) Wilson's Warbler (rare in winter, unprecedented in Central Park well into January) Eastern Towhee (uncommon in winter) Fox Sparrow (rather scarce this winter, 1 today under the Great Horned Owl's tree) Song Sparrow Swamp Sparrow (uncommon in winter) White-throated Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Northern Cardinal Rusty Blackbird (in Ramble - lately along Gill; uncommon & irregular winter visitor) Red-winged Blackbird (a few more starting to turn up this week) Common Grackle (no's. continue in park) Brown-headed Cowbird (modest numbers now in the park) Pine Siskin (singles & occ. 2 have visited feeders, only sporadically, sometimes just for a minute or two) House Finch American Goldfinch House Sparrow good el Nino-winter birding, Tom Fiore Manhattan -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/nysbirds-l AT cornell.edu/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/NYSB.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ -- -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://www.mail-archive.com/nysbirds-l AT cornell.edu/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/NYSB.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --
Subject: Central Park, NYC 1/28 +
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:28:00 -0500
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City
Thursday 28 January, & prior week+, 2016

At least 65 species of birds have been seen the past 10 days in  
Central Park, quite higher than most years in this same time period.   
Of particular note are an (perhaps more than 1 individual visiting)  
Iceland Gull that had been, which was still visiting the reservoir at  
least to this Tuesday (26th - a.m.), & could well be continuing to  
visit in the large no's. of gulls, averaging far more than 1,000 per  
day lately, that come & go at that location; a bit more regular (but  
still not at all common in Central) is a female Common Merganser,  
patrolling & feeding near the center dike in the reservoir all this  
morning, seen at about noon somewhat closer to the s. portion, & just  
on the w. side of the center dike. 2 Snow Geese seem to have moved on,  
they were present thru at least Sun. immediately after the storm's  
passage, but I was unable to find them again later that day.  One  
drake Ring-necked Duck has been fairly regular, sometimes shows itself  
at the sunny edges, other times much more actively feeding at the  
reservoir.  Also appearing at the reservoir are Pied-billed Grebe,  
Double-crested Cormorant, and a couple of times in the past week, a  
Great Blue Heron. The ice is breaking up (or already has) at the  
reservoir, while taking slightly longer at most of the park's other  
water-bodies, but all will see more open water in the coming days.   
The typical / regular N. Shovelers, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers,  
Ruddy Ducks & other waterbirds all continue as well at the reservoir,  
some of them also at the lake, & will spread to where there's open  
water soon available elsewhere as well.

The most recent 2 lingering warblers seem not to have been found since  
the snow, the more unusual for January being a Wilson's in the north  
end at both the Great Hill & adjacent Loch (ravine) areas, with some  
sightings also closer to the Pool; and an Orange-crowned (near E. 79th  
St.) which far more birders were able to see; it is still just  
possible for these to have survived in the area, & could yet turn up,  
but that is much less likely with both a big storm & the sub-freezing  
temp's. that have occurred. (Elsewhere in N.Y. City this month have  
been scattered sightings of multiple other warblers, including  
additional Orange-crowneds, Wilson's, Nashville, Ovenbird, Common  
Yellowthroat, Pine, Palm, as well as Myrtle/Yellow-rumped - there may  
have even been a few others.)

Other recent-current birds of some note for the winter in Central  
include 2 Snow Geese, mostly at the reservoir with Canada Geese;  
Common Raven (including 2 low & calling flyovers 1/24, seen at the s.  
end flying due north), and Bald Eagle (flyover 1/19).

More icterids are turning up with at least 1 Rusty Blackbird in the  
Ramble, a few Brown-headed Cowbirds, & some Red-winged Blackbirds  
joining the Common Grackle crowd that has been around all winter. A  
couple of Pine Siskins have showed, but only very briefly in the  
visits I know of at the feeders, & otherwise scarcely in other  
locations, esp. in sweet gum trees. (and I've not seen any Purple  
Finch in Central in a while.  (Red) Fox Sparrows seem scarce this  
winter, but a very few have been around in the Ramble, & at both the  
south & n. ends of the park.  Swamp Sparrow is typically scarce in  
winter in Central, & this year is like that, with at least 2 around,  
but just sporadic sightings.

Snow Goose (quite rare IN park, regular but not too often-noted as  
passage migrants mostly in fall)
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Ring-necked Duck (1, reservoir; regular but uncommon winter visitor in  
Central Park)
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser (female, reservoir, 1/28)
Ruddy Duck
Great Blue Heron
Double-crested Cormorant
Pied-billed Grebe
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull (extremely common this past week)
Herring Gull
Iceland Gull (1, at least to 1/26; reservoir; irregular winter visitor  
there, missed some years)
Great Black-backed Gull
American Coot
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Yellow-shafted Flicker  (uncommon in winter)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven (becoming somewhat regular in recent years)
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper  (often uncommon or irregular winter-resident)
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren  (generally uncommon in winter, despite its name)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (uncommon in winter)
Hermit Thrush  (uncommon but regular in winter)
American Robin
Gray Catbird  (uncommon in winter)
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher  (uncommon in winter)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler (uncommon, & rare in mid-winter in Central  
Park, was present to Friday, the day ahead of the big snow.)
Wilson's Warbler (rare in winter, unprecedented in Central Park well  
into January)
Eastern Towhee  (uncommon in winter)
Fox Sparrow (rather scarce this winter, 1 today under the Great Horned  
Owl's tree)
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow  (uncommon in winter)
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Rusty Blackbird (in Ramble - lately along Gill; uncommon & irregular  
winter visitor)
Red-winged Blackbird (a few more starting to turn up this week)
Common Grackle (no's. continue in park)
Brown-headed Cowbird (modest numbers now in the park)
Pine Siskin (singles & occ. 2 have visited feeders, only sporadically,  
sometimes just for a minute or two)
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

good el Nino-winter birding,

Tom Fiore
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Subject: Barnacle goose
From: Michael Higgiston <mikehigg AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:05:58 -0500
Now present on Maratooka Lake in Matituck

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Subject: Barnacle Goose - Centerport, Suffolk Co.
From: Phillip Magnussen <pwmagnussen AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:27:51 -0500
Good day,

As of 7:20 am, the previously reported Barnacle Goose continues at Tung
Ting Pond as viewed from the parking lot of the Chalet Motor Inn (Rte 25A
in Centerport, Suff. Co.)


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Subject: two good birds
From: gary straus <baga2809 AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:13:03 -0500
2 harlequin ducks northwest side of jones inlet. This is the first time I
found them this far from the inlet mouth gary straus.    1 greater white
fronted goose across from the pine lawn train station . BOB HAYES & GARY
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Subject: 2 good birds
From: gary straus <baga2809 AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:05:59 -0500
2 harlequin ducks north west side of jones inlet.   1 greater white fronted
goose across from pine lawn train station  BOB HAYES &gary straus



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Subject: Black-headed Gull in Westchester
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:24:11 -0500
This is posted on behalf of Tom Burke:

On Tuesday afternoon during a Waterfowl Count wrap-up, an adult
Black-headed Gull was seen around Five Islands Park in New Rochelle, West.
Co. This is presumably the same bird reported once this year on Jan. 2 (by
Jim Coe, also the original finder in 2014) at nearby Premium Mill Pond in
Larchmont and also present at both locations back in late November to
mid-December 2014, then as an immature bird. Five Islands Park is accessed
from Route 1 in eastern New Rochelle by taking Le Fevres Lane just west of
Salesian High School. The Black-headed spends much of its time around the
tanks at the Water Treatment Plant on the right as you progress down Le
Fevres Lane, often settling into the tanks with accompanying Ring-billed
Gulls. Also check the islands in the harbor, where the gulls sometimes
roost.

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From: <ttbirding AT mail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:56:22 +0100
http://shankarassociates.in/ball.php

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Subject: Eagles
From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:13:16 +0000
In a brief stop at Croton Point 7-720, 5 bald eagles, three soaring by nature 
center (in all 3 adult, one 3d/4th year bird, one imm.), also one perched 
peregrine adult, and 19 American tree sparrow, then at Ossining train station 
about 740 am, four adult BE, all heading north, two putting on quite a display 
(lucky timing), and another falcon this one a Merlin moving quickly). Still 
very few waterfowl east side of Hudson south of Ossining to NYC. 


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Ossining 

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Subject: Looking for 2 species of Owls but finding just 1, plus a bathing, immature Peregrine Falcon
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 01:43:53 -0500
On Tuesday, a late start leaving Riverhead put me on Dune Rd., at the Post
La. Bridge, by ~ 1500 hours. I haven't seen a Snowy Owl yet this season,
and unfortunately, didn't change that status by day's end ! Traveling east
as far as Shinnicock Inlet, I experienced few birds, with the peregrine
encounter providing a most entertaining and unique hygienic behavior. Upon
entering the ocean-side parking lot of Southampton Town's Tiana Beach, I
found the bird standing at rest in a small amount of run-off water. After
awhile, it started to walk, then switched to a funny looking "half-run",
toward a more expansive section of the pooled water. As soon as it stopped
running, the bathing began, which lasted for about 10 minutes. During that
time, every part of it's body was first splashed and then shook dry...or so
I thought !

The bird then lifted and flew a short distance, landing (northward) on the
largest wire running between utility poles on Dune Rd. The falcon then
changed it's direction (westward), lifted it's wings while holding them
straight out, and proceeded to having it's "bod" blown dry ! I've never
seen this behavior before, and would appreciate hearing if anyone out there
has !

Before heading for the Calverton Grasslands, I did manage to see a
N.Harrier, and ~ 25 C.Eiders way out in the bay.

Arriving  late (1715 - almost dark) at the grasslands, I had the good
fortune to see a single Short-eared Owl, as it flew up and was back-lit by
the skyline.

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Subject: Barnacle Goose continues - Centerport (Suffolk Co.)
From: Brent Bomkamp <bbomkamp AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:23:54 -0500
A quick check of Tung Ting Pond in Centerport this morning revealed the
continuing Barnacle Goose this morning.  Once again, this is the pond by
the Chalet Motor Inn, not the Mill Pond across Centershore Road.

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Subject: No on gull - yes on "stand-in" !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 00:37:18 -0500
Yesterday afternoon I tried for the Iceland Gull seen in the near past at
Iron Pier Beach, Jamesport. While unsuccessful in this endeavor, I was
thrilled to find at least (21) American Pipits feeding along the "wrack
line" !

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:52:48 +0000 (UTC)
 *  New York*  Syracuse*  January 25, 2016*  NYSY  01. 25. 16 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):January 18, 2015 - January 25, 2016to report 
by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, 
Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just 
outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  
Madison & Cortlandcompiled: January 25  AT 3:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph 
BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is 
the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of January 18, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
AMERICAN WHITE PELICANTUNDRA SWANTRUMPETER SWANKING EIDERICELAND GULLGLAUCOUS 
GULLLESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLSHORT-EARED OWLLONG-EARED OWLMERLINRED-HEADED 
WOODPECKERNORTHERN SHRIKEDICKCISSEL 



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

     1/22: A MERLIN was spotted on VanDyne Spoor Road.     1/24: A 
NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in the Sandhill Crane Unit near VanDyne Spoor Road. 


Onondaga county------------
     1/18: The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen this day in the Inner 
Harbor  through 1/22 but has not been reported since. A LONG-EARED OWL was 
seen in Onondaga Park east of South Geddes Street.     1/24: An ICELAND and 
a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen in the Inner Harbor north of West 
Kirkpatrick Street. A pair of TRUMPETER SWANS were seen below the falls in 
Baldwinsville on the Seneca River. They were present on the 25th. also. 


Oswego County------------
     1/20: The first year DICKCISSEL continues at a feeder on Forest Ave. in 
Fulton. It was reported as recently as yesterday.     1/21: The female KING 
EIDER was again seen in Lake Ontario at Selkirk State Park but has not been 
reported since.     1/22: an adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at the 
north end of Nine Mile Point Road in Scriba. It was seen also on 1/23.     
1/23: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in the Oswego River in Phoenix. 18 TUNDRA SWANS 
were reported on Oneida Lake in Brewerton. 


Madison county------------
     1/23: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Irish Hill Road south of 
Cazenovia.     1/24: An ICELAND GULL was reported from Ditchbank road north 
of Chittenango. 


Herkimer County------------
     1/18: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Military Road north of 
Dolgeville.     1/20: A SHORT-EARED OWL was spotted in the Town of Manheim 
near Snells Bush Road. 

         
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Subject: Correction to ebird rare bird report for Wilson's Phalarope
From: Suzanne Feustel <suefeustel AT optonline.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:59:49 -0500
In my haste to submit my ebird report for Dune Road, Suffolk County, NY on 
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I belatedly realized this mistake and apologize for any hopes that this bird 
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Subject: RE: Flyover Chen sp. goose, SW Suffolk
From: <pjlindsay AT optonline.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 19:57:02 -0500
Echoing John's experience, shoveling out this morning offered a rare 
opportunity for extended winter yard birding. We had Canada Geese flying 
over calling, in small flocks from NE to SW, and though we had nothing 
unusual among them, we did have two separate Common Ravens flying over 
calling loudly, our first for the yard birds list.

Patricia Lindsay and Shai Mitra
Bay Shore


Jan 24, 2016 at 03:35 PM, John Gluth wrote:

> While shoveling out late this morning I heard the honking of Canada 
> Geese.   I looked up to see a westward flock of ~30 birds, within 
> which was - appropriately enough - one snow white individual. Of 
> course I wasn't wearing my eyeglasses (just non-prescription shades) 
> and had no bins close at hand. I found a single Snow Goose among 
> Canadas last weekend at Heckscher SP while doing the NYSOA Waterfowl 
> count - perhaps this might have been that bird. Anyway, whether Snow 
> Goose or Ross's, I missed out on a yard list lifer. As if shoveling 
> wasn't bad enough.
>
> John Gluth
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Subject: Hempstead Lake and Smith Pond
From: Tim Healy <tph56 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 15:35:54 -0500
Though the extensive snow kept me busy shoveling and prevented me from 
traveling too far, I did swing by Hempstead Lake and Smith Pond to see what was 
around. Both locations featured good numbers of Common Mergansers in the 
patches of open water, as well as Hooded Mergansers, Canada Geese, Mute Swans, 
Mallards, and the expected gulls. There was a young Peregrine on the ice at 
Hempstead but little else around. Smith Pond has far less ice coverage, hosting 
Gadwall, Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Green-winged Teal, Shoveler, Black Duck, 
coots, a Pied-billed Grebe, a female Wood Duck, and a pair of Pintail. I heard 
a kingfisher, as well as a few songbirds like Carolina Wren, White-throated 
Sparrow, robin, cardinal, and goldfinch. 


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Subject: Flyover Chen sp. goose, SW Suffolk
From: John Gluth <jgluth AT optonline.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 15:35:05 -0500
While shoveling out late this morning I heard the honking of Canada Geese.   
I looked up to see a westward flock of ~30 birds, within which was - 
appropriately enough - one snow white individual. Of course I wasn't wearing my 
eyeglasses (just non-prescription shades) and had no bins close at hand. I 
found a single Snow Goose among Canadas last weekend at Heckscher SP while 
doing the NYSOA Waterfowl count - perhaps this might have been that bird. 
Anyway, whether Snow Goose or Ross's, I missed out on a yard list lifer. As if 
shoveling wasn't bad enough. 


John Gluth

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