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24 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/24 [Thomas Fiore ]
24 Apr Prothonotary @ Northport yes ["czar3233 AT yahoo.com" ]
24 Apr Redheaded woodpecker @ kissena park queens ["czar3233 AT yahoo.com" ]
24 Apr Re: additional Central Park, NYC 4/23 [gabriel willow ]
24 Apr Re: Prothonotary Warbler [Arie Gilbert ]
23 Apr additional Central Park, NYC 4/23 [Thomas Fiore ]
23 Apr Listserv Messages Going to Spam Folder (for some of us) [Donna Schulman ]
23 Apr Prothonotary Warbler [Tim Dunn ]
23 Apr Central Park Birding []
23 Apr Yellow-throated Warbler - Forest Park [Corey Finger ]
23 Apr Prothonotary Warbler, Fuchs Pond, Northport (Long Island) [Donna Schulman ]
23 Apr Prothonotary [Corey Finger ]
23 Apr extralimital 50 miles from NY: S.-t. Kite, 4/23 [Thomas Fiore ]
23 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/23 [Thomas Fiore ]
23 Apr Re:The Ramble, Central Park, NYC: CERULEAN WARBLER [Anders Peltomaa ]
22 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/22 [Thomas Fiore ]
22 Apr Massapequa Preserve/ Bryant Park today - no new birds, note about Screech Owl ["Taylor, Robert Michael" ]
22 Apr The Ramble, Central Park, NYC: CERULEAN WARBLER [Anders Peltomaa ]
21 Apr Feather found at North Fork Preserve on 4/19 [robert adamo ]
21 Apr Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
21 Apr Re: TURKEY VULTURE-NESCONSET [Emarienan ]
21 Apr TURKEY VULTURE-NESCONSET []
21 Apr FOS pine warbler [David Gasner ]
21 Apr Blue winged Teal [Phil Uruburu ]
21 Apr Bonaparte's Gulls- Croton-on-Hudson [Sean Camillieri ]
20 Apr Eastern Suffolk County birding--Caspian Tern, Least Sandpiper, Vesper Sparrow [John Gluth ]
20 Apr weekend update: peregrines, Gowanus kingfisher [Matthew Wills ]
20 Apr Immature Bald or Golden? [Kenton Gomez ]
20 Apr Jones Beach [syschiff ]
20 Apr blue winged teal East Hampton [Jane Ross ]
20 Apr Red-headed Woodpecker, Hauppauge []
20 Apr North Fork of Long Island, Orient State Park ["WILLIAM Singer [Staff/Faculty [FCRH]]" ]
20 Apr Croton Notables [Alan Drogin ]
20 Apr The New York Botanical Garden ["Editconsul AT aol.com" ]
20 Apr East End Whip-poor-will [Robert Wick ]
20 Apr Of Birds, their songs and their feathers ! [robert adamo ]
20 Apr Blue Grosbeak [Edith Wilson ]
19 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/19 [Thomas Fiore ]
19 Apr Prospect Park/ Bklyn Botanic Gardens []
19 Apr Croton train station [Larry Trachtenberg ]
19 Apr Re: East End Glossy Ibis [Jane Ross ]
18 Apr East End Glossy Ibis [Jane Ross ]
18 Apr Great Day at North and South Shores: Warblers, Ducks, RH Woodpecker, Kestrels, etc [Robert Taylor ]
18 Apr NYC Area RBA: 18 April 2014 [Gail Benson ]
18 Apr Narrowsburg (Sullivan Co.) incl. Cliff Swallow 4/18 [Mike Shanley ]
18 Apr Alley Pond Park [syschiff ]
18 Apr Blue-winged Teal- Aquebogue, Suffolk [Eileen Schwinn ]
18 Apr Yellow crown black herons cedarhurst [Julie Roberts ]
17 Apr Lesser Black-backed Gull @ Heckscher SP Suffolk [David La Magna ]
17 Apr Chimney Swift ["Robert A. Proniewych" ]
17 Apr Kestrels in Calverton [Barbara Glanz ]
17 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/17 [Thomas Fiore ]
17 Apr White-eyed Vireo ["Robert A. Proniewych" ]
17 Apr Correction of my last post [robert adamo ]
17 Apr Riverhead Turkey Vulture Roost [robert adamo ]
16 Apr BBC Evening Program [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
16 Apr More arrivals/migrants in the Central Adirondacks [Joan Collins ]
16 Apr NNYBirds: More arrivals/migrants in the Central Adirondacks ["Joan Collins" ]
16 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/16 [Thomas Fiore ]
16 Apr Purple Finch [Orhan Birol ]
15 Apr Sometimes it just happens [Phil Uruburu ]
15 Apr Gulls at Hecksher park field 7 [Jonathan Stocker ]
15 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/15 [Thomas Fiore ]
14 Apr The latest on Riverhead's Turkey Vultures [robert adamo ]
14 Apr Central Park, NYC 4/14 (& kite ruminations) [Thomas Fiore ]
14 Apr 4/14- Brooklyn: Glaucous Gull etc. []
14 Apr Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
14 Apr Orange-crowned Warbler ["Robert A. Proniewych" ]
14 Apr Prospect Park (Kings ) April 14th []
14 Apr Swallow-tailed Kite over Prospect Park [Rob Bate ]
14 Apr Palm Warbler/Broad-winged Hawk & more new arrivals/migrants [Joan Collins ]
14 Apr NNYBirds: Palm Warbler/Broad-winged Hawk & more new arrivals/migrants ["Joan Collins" ]
14 Apr Madison square park [Larry Trachtenberg ]
14 Apr Purple Finch [Orhan Birol ]
14 Apr Caspian Tern- Yes. Mecox Bay [Eileen Schwinn ]
14 Apr Swallow-tailed Kite ["Robert A. Proniewych" ]

Subject: Central Park, NYC 4/24
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:50:03 -0400
Thursday, 24 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

It seemed that birds from the day before had dispersed just a bit, &  
perhaps some moved on & out. A good many birders again sought Tues. &  
WEDNESDAY's Cerulean Warbler this Thurs. morning, but it seems it had  
moved on (or was just behaving as the species normally does, high up  
in some trees & perhaps still silent - as it had seemingly been on  
Wed.).  Some other birds seen Wed. did continue, including Prairie  
Warblers at the Ramble & north woods areas, and at least 5 additional  
Warbler spp.- several Black-and-white, a Yellow (at the Meer),  
multiple Palm in many areas, a modest number of Yellow-rumped, & some  
Pine (of both sexes) - as well as many Hermit Thrushes, & seemingly  
more Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (at one point in early a.m., 4 were  
visible in trees on the e. edge of Hallett Sanctuary by the Pond, with  
multiples elsewhere thru the park), & again fair numbers of Ruby- 
crowned Kinglets.  A few flocks of Chipping Sparrow, as well as a  
Savannah or two and ongoing, fair numbers of White-throateds.   The  
reservoir continued to hold some N. Shovelers & Buffleheads, & many  
Double-crested Cormorants. The Meer has had most of (a few) lingering  
Ruddy Ducks continuing on in the park, & a few N. Rough-winged, Barn,  
& Tree Swallows as well as a single Chimney Swift.  Also seen again  
today were a few Ospreys on the move, as well as wind-blown Turkey  
Vultures. The 2 overwintered Baltimore Orioles (in & near the Ramble,  
one occasionally singing) are still awaiting more of their kind from  
the south - soon, perhaps; we all wonder what this spring migration  
will bring - &, when?

good birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan



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Subject: Prothonotary @ Northport yes
From: "czar3233 AT yahoo.com" <czar3233@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:16:04 -0700
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

Just had some amazing views from this fearless jewel, a lifer for me


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Subject: Redheaded woodpecker @ kissena park queens
From: "czar3233 AT yahoo.com" <czar3233@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:38:46 -0700
I saw the Continuing red headed woodpecker at kissena park just 5 mins ago at 
the beginning of the wood chipped path near the 164 th street entrance to the 
park. Just south and down hill from the pine trees that are just south of the 
lake. 


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Subject: Re: additional Central Park, NYC 4/23
From: gabriel willow <gabrielwillow AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:56:13 -0700
Thanks as always for the comprehensive updates Tom! I had the good fortune to 
be leading an NYC Audubon walk in the Ramble yesterday evening, and we had 
wonderful views of the Cerulean (probably the best I've ever had of this 
species, and no neck-strain required), and some nice nearby Blue-gray 
Gnatcatchers, male and female. The Pine Warbler we saw by the "Riviera" (not 
sure if it's the same bird Tom mentioned) was an exceptionally dull individual, 
presumably a first-year female, with just a hint of yellow on the throat. The 
other highlight was a pair of N. Rough-winged Swallows over the Lower Lobe and 
Lake, where, the day before, I had seen a Silver-haired Bat, a "life bat" for 
me. 


Things seem to be picking up!

Gabriel Willow
NYC Audubon
On Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:55 PM, Thomas Fiore  
wrote: 

 
Wed., 23 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

Additional to the male Cerulean Warbler, which was essentially seen for 12+ 
hours, right through early evening in the area previously mentioned as well as 
occasionally moving east a bit in trees along the lake shore (the bird 
apparently remained song-less), there were both a Spotted Sandpiper& a Wilson's 
Snipe- this latterat least the 3rd of season in Central -each at Turtle Pond, 
simultaneously. A really nice sighting by Nadir Sourgi at the north end was of 
a male Purple Martin, a species that is not often noted from Central or 
Manhattan, but could easily be annual & also very scarce there. (the martin did 
not linger, thus no alerts were sent; it may have gone on towards the north.)  
Later in the day, I joined Nadir for a while and we had a Hummingbirdzip by at 
the n. end - of course, presumed a Ruby-throated. While we found things a bit 
quieter at the late hour of the day up there, Nadir mentioned that there had 
actually been 2 male Prairie 

 Warblers in the area where I earlier reported one singing - these 2 were 
counter-singing around the noon hour. We also had 3 Snowy Egretsfly over in 
unison on that n. end-of-the-park east-&-west-bound fly-way, as well as 
multiple Great Egrets. Later at the reservoir, a search for a possible "late" 
red-necked grebe was cut short by wind, chill, & approaching dusk... a number 
of Great Egrets came in there to feed.  


Good birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan
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Subject: Re: Prothonotary Warbler
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:41:32 -0400
Currently being seen on edge of pond

Here is a link to my current viewing location: 
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=loc:40.915445,-73.330526 




04/24/2014  AT  7:40 AM

Arie Gilbert 
No. Baylon NY 

Sent from "Loretta IV" in the field

-------- Original message --------
From: Tim Dunn  
Date: 04/23/2014  10:55 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: Arie Gilbert  
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler 
 
Hey Arie,

I don't know the compass directions up there, as I gps'd my way there and am 
unfamiliar with that preserve before today.  


Drive into the preserve entry off Norwood Road and park at the circle in front 
of the house/center. There is a large mural mounted in the grass. Next to it is 
a gate and you enter the trail there. It is a concrete trail down a steep hill. 
When you get to the bottom, take a right on the wooded trail and go about 40 
yards. There is a wooden bridge that is collapsed in the middle (still safe, I 
walked across it) - right after that is the area where the bird was foraging at 
waters edge. 


Very tame and cooperative bird, I came from work and had no camera, which I 
really regretted.  


Thanks,
Tim Dunn
Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 23, 2014, at 9:53 PM, Arie Gilbert  wrote:

Hi Tim

Is the area you describe obvious? I'm not so familiar with this spot.

There are 2 ponds no? If you have any additional landmarks it would be 
appreciated 



Sent from "Loretta IV" in the field



-------- Original message --------
From: Tim Dunn  
Date: 04/23/2014 8:26 PM (GMT-05:00) 
To: NYSBirds  
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler 


The prothonotary warbler was present at Fuchs Pond Preserve in Northport/Fort 
Salonga at 6:15pm, offering great views. It was down the hill, alongside the 
pond near the "broken" bridge.  Still present around 6:45pm when I left the 
area. 


May stick around until tomorrow given the windy conditions. 

Thanks,
Tim Dunn
Babylon NY
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Subject: additional Central Park, NYC 4/23
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:55:04 -0400
Wed., 23 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

Additional to the male Cerulean Warbler, which was essentially seen  
for 12+ hours, right through early evening in the area previously  
mentioned as well as occasionally moving east a bit in trees along the  
lake shore (the bird apparently remained song-less), there were both a  
Spotted Sandpiper & a Wilson's Snipe - this latter at least the 3rd of  
season in Central - each at Turtle Pond, simultaneously.  A really  
nice sighting by Nadir Sourgi at the north end was of a male Purple  
Martin, a species that is not often noted from Central or Manhattan,  
but could easily be annual & also very scarce there. (the martin did  
not linger, thus no alerts were sent; it may have gone on towards the  
north.)   Later in the day, I joined Nadir for a while and we had a  
Hummingbird zip by at the n. end - of course, presumed a Ruby- 
throated. While we found things a bit quieter at the late hour of the  
day up there, Nadir mentioned that there had actually been 2 male  
Prairie Warblers in the area where I earlier reported one singing -  
these 2 were counter-singing around the noon hour. We also had 3 Snowy  
Egrets fly over in unison on that n. end-of-the-park east-&-west-bound  
fly-way, as well as multiple Great Egrets. Later at the reservoir, a  
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chill, & approaching dusk... a number of Great Egrets came in there to  
feed.

Good birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan
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Subject: Listserv Messages Going to Spam Folder (for some of us)
From: Donna Schulman <queensgirl30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:31:55 -0400
I've been finding a number of messages from NYSbirds-L and other birding
listservs sitting in my spam folder. Other birders have been reporting the
same problem. Mostly, it's messages from people with yahoo addresses. Some
are addresses which have been hacked, which is what the email browser is
supposed to be watching for, but many are 'real' messages.

Which is why I didn't see Corey's earlier report on Tom Reichert's
Prothonotary Warbler.

So, if people are talking about birds that you haven't seen reported, check
that spam folder!

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Subject: Prothonotary Warbler
From: Tim Dunn <timdunn AT optonline.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:26:26 -0400
The prothonotary warbler was present at Fuchs Pond Preserve in Northport/Fort 
Salonga at 6:15pm, offering great views. It was down the hill, alongside the 
pond near the "broken" bridge. Still present around 6:45pm when I left the 
area. 


May stick around until tomorrow given the windy conditions. 

Thanks,
Tim Dunn
Babylon NY
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Subject: Central Park Birding
From: <JGIUNTA746 AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:24:39 -0400
Date: April 23, 2014
 
The NYC Audubon Wednesday morning birding group had its first meeting in a  
very birdie Central Park. The group recorded some 38 species. The 
highlights  were:
 
6 warbler species (Yel-rump, Pine, Prairie, Palm, Cerulean (male, very  
nice), Black-and-white)
Blue-headed Vireo, Green Heron, BG Gnatcatcher, Brown Thrasher, Hermit  
Thrush, Winter Wren, N.RW Swallow and many Ruby-crowned Kinglets  (displaying)
 
Good Birding,
Joe Giunta
 
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Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler - Forest Park
From: Corey Finger <here471 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:55:44 -0400
I just had brief but good looks at a Yellow-throated Warbler by the Forest Park 
waterhole. It flew towards the west and I am trying to refind it now. 


Corey Finger

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Subject: Prothonotary Warbler, Fuchs Pond, Northport (Long Island)
From: Donna Schulman <queensgirl30 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:12:55 -0400
I writing this on behalf of Tom Reichert, who messaged this to me just now:

I am shooting a stunning Prothonotary Warbler now. Fuchs pond, Northport.
If you want to post.

I've never been to Fuchs Pond, myself, but I see it is Fuchs Pond Preserve,
off Waterside Ave., Northport.

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Subject: Prothonotary
From: Corey Finger <here471 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:54:34 -0400
I just got a message from Tom Reichart that he is currently photographing a 
Prothonotary Warbler at Fuchs Pond in Northport. 


Good Birding,
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Subject: extralimital 50 miles from NY: S.-t. Kite, 4/23
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:28:57 -0400
Wed., 23 April 2014 -

One of Connecticut's experienced birders has reported a Swallow-tailed  
Kite in the vicinity of Bridgeport, CT - that is roughly 50 miles or  
less from the Westchester Co., NY border with CT... and maybe a lot  
less, "as the kite flies", via LI Sound to Nassau & Suffolk Co's.  
north shore areas...  have 'an eye to the sky', if you're out & about.

An initial report was posted to the CT-Birds list, via that list's  
moderator, & observer was F. Gallo: 
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=one_list;id=102 


good luck,
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Subject: Central Park, NYC 4/23
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:56:23 -0400
Wednesday, 23 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

60+ observers (or, many more) had excellent views of the male Cerulean  
Warbler being seen on the n.w. side of bow bridge, at the Ramble's  
s.w. corner; the very popular bird offering great views & "photo-op's"  
to anyone lingering more than a few minutes there. The Cerulean was  
associating with a modest flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Pine  
Warbler, & a few other typical migrants, such as R.-c. Kinglets.  If  
the Cerulean leaves that area, it might be wise to seek it in the  
Ramble area, in company again with some Yellow-rumped Warblers. To my  
knowledge, no one has seen the Cerulean singing, and in general, not a  
great deal of bird-song was coming forth in the morning's increasingly  
blustery-cool weather - with some exception, and good listening skill.

Thanks to Miriam Rakowski for originally finding the Cerulean on  
Tuesday, & Kyu Lee for re-locating this today, & to Chris C. & anyone  
else who helped get word out to many more...  this area & east a bit  
to The Point, about a 5-10 minute walk from Bow Bridge, seemed to  
offer some numbers, in what someone coming into some other section of  
the park might see as a rather blustery & 'not-so-many-birds-around'  
sort of day.

The north end of the park from 6:15 thru 8 a.m. seemed overall a bit  
quiet for migrants, with the exceptions of the Loch, & an area in the  
north woods east of the Lily Ponds (which is basically dry at this  
time).  Along with the male Prairie Warbler on the Point in the  
Ramble, another male Prairie was seen singing in this Lily Ponds north  
end location, as well as multiple Palm, some Yellow-rumped, a Pine or  
two, and Black-and-white Warbler [s]... at the Loch, a Louisiana  
Waterthrush & Black-and-white Warbler continued, & there were other  
migrants in that area; at the Pool on the south side (not far in from  
the W. 100 St. park entrance), a Yellow Warbler was quietly working  
the willow trees.  A modest number of N. Rough-winged Swallows & Barn  
Swallows were over the Meer, and a few Ruddy Ducks remained.  In  
general, it seemed to me that some of yesterday's push of sparrows was  
reduced today, although the White-throated Sparrows are in fine voice  
& numerous. The Hermit Thrush numbers continue to be fairly good, and  
were rather widely distributed around the park again.

At the reservoir, many Double-crested Cormorants continued, & a  
somewhat reduced number of N. Shovelers, a few Buffleheads, & very few  
Ruddy Ducks continued. The gull flocks were just beginning to arrive  
(they typically do not stay overnight at the reservoir, & there are  
daily, & hourly comings & goings of gulls there) and in the hour  
before 9 a.m. I did not see other than the 3 most typical species all  
times of year (Ring-billed, "N. American" Herring, & Great Black- 
backed Gull).

As the find of a modestly early Cerulean indicates, there just may be  
a few other uncommon-in-city migrants flitting about in some less- 
birded location. The Cerulean & a number of other currently-seen  
migrants are likely to persist in place another day or two, given  
current winds and weather.

good birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan
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On Apr 23, 2014, at 8:37 AM, Anders Peltomaa wrote:
> A Cerulean Warbler has been refound this morning, now seen near Bow  
> Bridge.
>
> Below is the NYNYBIRD text alert from Chris Cooper:
>
> "cerulean refound by Kyu Lee at bow bridge."
>
> Bow Bridge is the bridge between the South end of the Ramble,  
> connecting to the South end of the Lake (rowboat lake) in Central  
> Park.
>
> Happy Birding,
>
> Anders Peltomaa
> Manhattan
>


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Subject: Re:The Ramble, Central Park, NYC: CERULEAN WARBLER
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:37:44 -0400
A Cerulean Warbler has been refound this morning, now seen near Bow Bridge.

Below is the NYNYBIRD text alert from Chris Cooper:

"cerulean refound by Kyu Lee at bow bridge."

Bow Bridge is the bridge between the South end of the Ramble, connecting to
the South end of the Lake (rowboat lake) in Central Park.

Happy Birding,

Anders Peltomaa
Manhattan

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On Apr 22, 2014 12:26 PM, "Anders Peltomaa" 
wrote:

> Hi all,
> Forwarding a text alert from Deb Allen:
> cerulean warbler spotted by miriam rakowski heading toward laupot br. d.
> allen.
>
> I'm on my way to work. Grrrr...
>
> Anders Peltomaa
> Manhattan
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Subject: Central Park, NYC 4/22
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:48:48 -0400
Tuesday, 22 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

After a few days during which migration slowed to a crawl (at best)  
and most birders were not lingering very long, today provided a little  
more... interestingly, much of the park appeared & certainly sounded  
quiet in the first hour of daylight, then as the morning warmed into  
the afternoon, further sightings were added, and the nature of today's  
(or, really, last night's) arrivals became a little clearer. This was  
a widespread & good migration in much of the northeast. More migration  
is occurring in the area this evening & night...

I ended up with 8 &-a-half hours in the park, and also (briefly)  
looked in at the n. sections of Riverside Park (Manhattan west), where  
there were at least some of the same (among more common) migrant  
species..

A modest number of additional (species) sightings were reported (some  
by word of mouth or to other lists) today, and a whole lot of birders  
were out & about, more or less all day long. (caprimulgid, anyone?)   
It may be worth a look up in coming days, not only for possible  
raptors, but a wide variety of other birds which migrate & move about  
during daylight hours...

Turkey Vulture (at least a few, p.m. fly-overs)
Double-crested Cormorant (largest numbers noted on the day may have  
been a single fly-over flock of 75+, as well as numerous smaller  
groups, plus those in the park)
Great Egret (multiple as fly-overs, & a few in the park)
Snowy Egret (p.m. fly-over)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (several)
Canada Goose
Wood Duck (2)
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler (70+)
Bufflehead (6+)
Ruddy Duck (8+)
Osprey (fly-over)
Bald Eagle (adult fly-over, Meer area; K.Chaya report)
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot (2)
Laughing Gull (1, reservoir, 3:45 p.m.)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon (feral)
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift (at least several, from n. end & Ramble areas)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male, Ramble, p.m., thanks to 'anon'.)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (very few)
Downy Woodpecker
Yellow-shafted Flicker (not that many)
Eastern Phoebe (2)
Blue-headed Vireo (15+ through park)
Blue Jay (many)
American Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (2 or more)
Barn Swallow (12+)
Black-capped Chickadee (2)
Tufted Titmouse (few)
White-breasted Nuthatch (1)
Brown Creeper (1)
Carolina Wren (several)
House Wren (several)
Winter Wren (2)
Kinglet species (poss. Golden-crowned)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (40+ through park)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (more than a few)
Hermit Thrush (80+ in park, best day yet)
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher (several locations, singing)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (a few small flocks)

Nashville Warbler (seen singing, Loch, p.m.)
Yellow Warbler (Ramble, Bow Bridge, p.m.)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (multiple ~ 75+/park)
Pine Warbler (1 or 2)
Palm Warbler (multiple; not super numbers)
Black-and-white Warbler (several locations)
Louisiana Waterthrush  (Loch, & the Pond)
Common Yellowthroat (male seen, Loch)

Eastern Towhee (more than a few)
Chipping Sparrow (90+ through the park)
Field Sparrow (2)
Savannah Sparrow (8+ through the park)
Song Sparrow (multiple)
Swamp Sparrow (more than a few)
White-throated Sparrow (many)
Dark-eyed Junco (15+)
Northern Cardinal
Baltimore Oriole (same 2 overwintered birds; still the only ones seen  
thus far this year in Central Park; they have ranged a lot in the  
greater ramble area & nearby)
Red-winged Blackbird (scattered locations)
Common Grackle (multiple)
Brown-headed Cowbird (too many, suddenly)
House Finch (scattered locations)
American Goldfinch (multiple)
House Sparrow

Thanks to those north end & Ramble birders who gave detailed reports,  
good directions, & who spotted nice birds.

Good & responsible birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan

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Subject: Massapequa Preserve/ Bryant Park today - no new birds, note about Screech Owl
From: "Taylor, Robert Michael" <Robert.Michael.Taylor AT jpmorgan.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:12:22 +0000
Hi Everyone,

I stopped at Massapequa Preserve before work this morning and although it was 
very "birdy" I didn't see any new migrants. Cardinals, Robins, Red Winged 
Blackbirds, Grackles were all over as well as Downy Woodpeckers - a Carolina 
Wren put on a show singing for the sunrise and a pair of Red Bellied 
Woodpeckers put on their own kind of show. There's a nesting pair of Mute Swans 
on the smaller pond. 


***I only saw the red morph Screech Owl for the last few weeks - can someone 
please message me if they see the grey one? A few local birders and myself are 
concerned if something happened to it. (not assuming the worst yet) 


During my break, I walked over to Bryant Park with my friend and local NYC 
birder Mike (has a thing for Juncos and Grackles) - we just saw Song and White 
Throated Sparrows - we talked to another birder who also noted it was slow, but 
mentioned he saw Hermit Thrush and a Swamp Sparrow earlier. 


Good birding,
Rob in Massapequa (currently in NYC)
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Subject: The Ramble, Central Park, NYC: CERULEAN WARBLER
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:26:05 -0400
Hi all,
Forwarding a text alert from Deb Allen:
cerulean warbler spotted by miriam rakowski heading toward laupot br. d.
allen.

I'm on my way to work. Grrrr...

Anders Peltomaa
Manhattan

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Subject: Feather found at North Fork Preserve on 4/19
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:06:00 -0400
Per Cornell, "this feather has all the characteristics of a Wild Turkey
feather"...and so, I eat a little crow !

On the positive side, a FOS singing Brown Thrasher at the N.F.P. this
morning.

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:49:20 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* April 21, 2014
*  NYSY  04. 21. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):

April 14, 2013 - April 21, 2014
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland
compiled: April 21 AT 9:30 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
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#389 Monday April 21, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
April 14, 2014
 
Highlights:
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BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
TRUMPETER SWAN
EURASIAN WIGEON
SANDHILL CRANE
UPLAND SANDPIPER
ICELAND GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
FORSTER’S TERN
FISH CROW
SAW-WHET OWL
SNOWY OWL



Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
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     4/14: A FORSTER’S TERN was seen on the Wilslife Drive.
     4/19: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found on the Wildlife Drive. A 
SANDHILL CRANE was spotted on Carncross Road 

     4/20: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at the Visitor’s Center.


Derby Hill
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     BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have overtaken TURKEY VULTURES as the predominant 
raptor of this week. 6,774 Hawks were counted this week. 2,150 were counted on 
4/20 alone. A SANDHILL CRANE was found on 4/18. 



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

     4/14: A TRUMPETER SWAN was found on Webster Pond in Syracuse.
     4/16: 3 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen near the State Tower Building 
nesting site. 



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

     4/14: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Phillips Point on Oneida Lake.
     4/15: A SNOWY OWL was seen at the Town of New Haven Town Hall. An 
EURASIAN WIGEON was refound at Phillips Point. Two were seen on the 16th. 

     4/19: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Breitbeck Park on Lake Ontario in 
Oswego. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was again seen at the Oswego County Airfield on 
Howard Road. 



Madison County
------------

     4/14: An ICELAND GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road.
     4/16: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road.


Herkimer County
------------

     4/18: A FISH CROW was found at Young Lake.
     4/19: A SAW-WHET OWL was seen on Military Road.

 --  end report



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Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.
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Subject: Re: TURKEY VULTURE-NESCONSET
From: Emarienan <Emarienan AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:54:17 -0400
I have seen turkey vultures in the Nesconset and Stony Brook areas with 
increasing frequency over the last two-three years. Had 6 at once in Nesconset 
three weeks ago... 

-Eileen Keenan

> On Apr 21, 2014, at 2:53 PM,  wrote:
> 
> While taking a brief trip in the Lake Ronkonkoma County Park,just north of 
the lake,I came a across a resting turkey vulture.I cautiously advanced until I 
got right underneath him,at which time he took off,headed north.I don’t know 
if this is a common sighting in mid western Suffolk,so I thought I would post 
it.Perhaps some turkey vulture experts(Bob A. comes to mind) can weigh in! 

> thanks
> lee stocker
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Subject: TURKEY VULTURE-NESCONSET
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Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:53:34 -0400
While taking a brief trip in the Lake Ronkonkoma County Park,just north of the 
lake,I came a across a resting turkey vulture.I cautiously advanced until I got 
right underneath him,at which time he took off,headed north.I don’t know if 
this is a common sighting in mid western Suffolk,so I thought I would post 
it.Perhaps some turkey vulture experts(Bob A. comes to mind) can weigh in! 

thanks
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Subject: FOS pine warbler
From: David Gasner <davidgasner9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:37:42 -0400
2 at my feeders, Southampton

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Subject: Blue winged Teal
From: Phil Uruburu <pgu876 AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:44:40 -0400
BWTE at Timber Point GC east Marina now,12:43 pm, also Glossy Ibis and GRYL and 
LEYL, BTGR. 

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Subject: Bonaparte's Gulls- Croton-on-Hudson
From: Sean Camillieri <scamillieri AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:07:42 -0400
6 Bonaparte's Gulls currently being seen at the train station. Also, one Drake 
Blue-winged Teal loosely associating with a small flock of Green-winged Teal. 


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Subject: Eastern Suffolk County birding--Caspian Tern, Least Sandpiper, Vesper Sparrow
From: John Gluth <jgluth AT optonline.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:16:21 -0400
Spent a few hours birding the east end Sunday morning and early afternoon 
before heading home for Easter dinner. 


Started at Mecox Bay, where the Caspian Terns seen yesterday were nowhere in 
sight today. Thankfully there was still one present at Sagg Pond, loafing on 
the flats at the pond's north end. Also seen at Sagg were 1 LEAST SANDPIPER, 13 
Greater Yellowlegs, 11 Dunlin, and 365 Sanderling. 


A drive down Dune Road was not very productive, with a few Great Egrets seen, 
but no Snowies yet, nor any lingering American Bitterns. 


At Gabreskie Airport, a VESPER SPARROW was present just outside the 
self-storage facility at the north end of the perimeter road, as were Field and 
Chipping sparrows. Farther south a Horned Lark was doing display flights just 
inside the airport fence (landing in the roadway between flights), and 2 
American Kestrel were hunting in the vicinity. 


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Subject: weekend update: peregrines, Gowanus kingfisher
From: Matthew Wills <matthewwills AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:13:43 -0400
The Peregrine scrapes at 55 Water St. in Manhattan and the Brooklyn Detention 
Complex on Atlantic Avenue both seem to be active as all get out. I was away 
for more than a week (search successfully for Aplomado Falcon among numerous 
other species in south TX), so yesterday was the first time I had a chance to 
check on these sites. 


I observe 55 Water St. from across the East River, so the distance is trying, 
but it looks like there is some movement in the little house of a scrape 
itself. 


Both yesterday and today, I observed falcons near and at the House of Detention 
(the old name, not sure why they made it a complex). 


Also, yesterday I had a male Kingfisher diving into the superfund site of the 
Gowanus Canal. There are fish to be had there, but I wouldn't recommend them. 


Pics of both, among others, on the blog.


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Subject: Jones Beach
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:52:45 -0400
Jones Beach 20 April

The NORTHERN SHRIKE made a brief appearance to the south of West End #2 lot 
this morning. It was at the top of a distant pine and very quickly flew off to 
the left (east). In the ponds between the two parking lots (WE #1 & #2), there 
was a flock of approx 20 teal that included 1 and possibly more BLUE-WINGED 
TEAL, 


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Subject: blue winged teal East Hampton
From: Jane Ross <janefross AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:36:35 -0400
a pair of blue winged teal joined 19 green winged teal and 22 glossy ibis on 
Georgca Cove today. Looking forward to seeing what tomorrow will bring! 


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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker, Hauppauge
From: <glennq AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:20:41 -0400
The Red-headed Woodpecker made a brief appearance this morning in my 
neighbor’s trees. It’s not the “Lord God” bird but it’ll do on this 
Easter Sunday! 


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Hauppauge, NY

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Subject: North Fork of Long Island, Orient State Park
From: "WILLIAM Singer [Staff/Faculty [FCRH]]" <singer AT fordham.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:31:19 -0400
My wife Eileen and I did a noon-hour bird of Orient State Park today,
Sunday, and to  our pleasure and surprise found a male-female pair of
American Oystercatchers fishing in the surf.  They were on the south side
of the access road, ranging 100~400 yards east of the ranger station.  We
have never before seen this species in the State Park.

We also watched a male-female pair of Greater Scaup in "Little Bay", on the
north side of the road, about a quarter-mile west of the park entrance.

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Subject: Croton Notables
From: Alan Drogin <drogin AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:45:02 -0400
Rockefeller Park and Croton Saturday. Besides the small flock of Bonapartes at 
the train station were a pair of Horned Grebes. At the Croton landfill mound 
along with pair of Bald Eagles and female Kestrel was a FOY singing Eastern 
Meadowlark. 


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Subject: The New York Botanical Garden
From: "Editconsul AT aol.com" <Editconsul@aol.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:40:17 -0400
A rather quiet day at my Saturday morning bird walk. The major highlight was 
the sighting of a coyote! We had good looks as the coyote ran right past the 
birding group. (A blurry picture on BirdingAroundNYC.com) Later in the walk the 
coyote appeared again and then mysteriously disappeared into the forest. 


As for birds we had 1 Yellow rumped warbler and heard a blue gray gnatcatcher. 
In addition to the following: 


Ruby crowned kinglets-2
American Kestrel with a lizard in its talon
Red tailed hawks-3
Wood duck-6
Mallard-4
Cardinal-1
Bluejay-6
Mourning dove-3
Grackle-18
American robin - many
Chipping sparrow-2
Song sparrow-1
White throated sparrow-1
Northern flicker-2 (heard)
Red winged blackbird-8
American goldfinch-3
Cormorants -2
Tufted titmouse (heard)
Yellow bellied sapsucker-1
Red bellied woodpecker -3
Downy woodpecker -2

Good Birding,
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Subject: East End Whip-poor-will
From: Robert Wick <robert.wick AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:17:36 -0400
FOS Whip heard on Cranberry Hole Rd., Amagansett  AT  5:15 am.

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Subject: Of Birds, their songs and their feathers !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:37:22 -0400
A very late start Saturday had me entering the North Fork Preserve in
Jamesport at 2 PM, but then spending 2 satisfying hours there, during my
first visit to this location, this season. The first bird seen was a FOS
Barn Swallow, which helped change my frame of mind, caused by earlier
non-birding duties. The last specie encountered was C. Snipe, when I
flushed 12, while walking near the west-most pond. In between these 2
sightings were 3 Red-tailed Hawks, single, young & adult Great-horned Owls,
and a very meaningful (to our family) singing N. Cardinal !

I also photographed a feather found toward the north end of the preserve,
which I have sent to Cornell, in the hope that it once belonged to a Ruffed
Grouse.

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Subject: Blue Grosbeak
From: Edith Wilson <wilsonre AT optonline.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:25:06 -0400
A first-spring Blue Grosbeak has been visiting the feeders in my back 
yard in Deer Park LI since Wednesday. It is the smallest of its kind 
I've ever seen, when I first spotted it I thought it was an Indigo Bunting.
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Subject: Central Park, NYC 4/19
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:15:53 -0400
Saturday, 19 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

A modestly-early Prairie Warbler in the Ramble this morning (maybe  
same one that was reported a week earlier- when a bit more  
surprisingly early, or - today's perhaps a more recently-arrived bird)  
was among rather few migrants (for the after-mid-April date) noticed  
in Central this day - also a lingering (& early-ish to have arrived  
already) male Common Yellowthroat, at least a few male Pine Warblers,  
a scattering & smattering of Palm Warblers, a lingering Black-and- 
white Warbler in the Ramble, & a few kinglets and Blue-gray  
Gnatcatchers, mainly in the Ramble & w. side of park, 70's/80's street  
"latitudes". Seemingly very (very!) quiet in the north end, this  
a.m.    There is a report of a male B.-t. Blue W., from the Ramble...  
& reports of (what would be) such extremely early arrivals, lacking  
any comment at all on the earliness, keep such "interesting",; many  
such "early-birds" may remain (and thus be found by others, as well,  
in a place like the Ramble, etc., of this particular park...) A few  
other reports have also filtered in - including some that suggest a  
very subtle movement of "overshoot" birds had taken place (or not all  
that subtle, to certain fortuitous observers).

Very few Hermit Thrushes (not the many that are expected by around  
this far into April), & a relative dearth of migrant sparrows, even  
White-throated Sparrow NOT in the abundant numbers that are still  
anticipated to pass thru, in the next 2 weeks or so...  A single Dark- 
eyed Junco was seen at the Blockhouse, a species that is usually hard  
to come by in Central by around May 1st. Recent (& brief) swallow  
activity at the Meer & elsewhere seems to have hit a lull, today... a  
whole lot more of that group of migrants are also anticipated... and  
soon - in a typical year, anyhow...

beware the overdone volume...
good and responsible birding,

Tom Fiore
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Subject: Prospect Park/ Bklyn Botanic Gardens
From: <JGIUNTA746 AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:39:28 -0400
Date: April 19, 2014
 
The BBG birding class saw some 44 species on their first birding outing.  
The highlights were: 5 warbler species (Pine, Palm, Prairie, Yel-rump, L.  
Waterthrush), BG Gnatcatchers (6), Green Heron, BC Night Heron, Rusty 
Blackbird,  RT Hummingbird (seen by some), Chimney Swift
 
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Subject: Croton train station
From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:11:14 +0000
Bonaparte's gulls. Presently nine in bay at station -- 3 in full breeding black 
head plumage 


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Subject: Re: East End Glossy Ibis
From: Jane Ross <janefross AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:12:15 -0400
Correction: among the now over 30 glossy ibis there were 4 snowy egrets, not 
great egrets yesterday. 



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mill Pond (Bellmore): Black Crowned Night Heron

Muttontown Preserve: Red Headed Woodpecker (not much else)

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

Lloyd Harbor: 6 Greater Yellowlegs, Bufflehead

Good birding,
Rob in Massapequa
http://longislandbirding.blogspot.com/
(I have a busy weekend getting ready for Easter, but will update my blog
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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 18 April 2014
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:11:37 -0400
-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
*Apr. 18, 2014
* NYNY1404.18

- Birds Mentioned

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

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


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

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

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

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

Transcriber:  Gail Benson

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Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, April 18 at
6:00 pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To phone in reports on Long Island, call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126, or
weekdays call Tom Burke at (212) 372-1483 <%28212%29%20372-1483>.

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



Other highlights included:

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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Subject: Chimney Swift
From: "Robert A. Proniewych" <baobabbob AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:30:52 -0400
Just seen my fos Chimney Swift at Hempstead Lake near the South Pond. Also
second hand report of Yellow Warbler at the north end of the picnic area.
Possibly the same individual found yesterday by Paul Gildersleeve and seen
by him, Bob Anderson, Sam J. (don't know the spelling of your last name
sorry) and myself.
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Subject: Kestrels in Calverton
From: Barbara Glanz <blsglanz AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:27:46 -0400
Our Easter visit to the national cemetery has resulted in viewing three 
kestrels, busily feeding in the northern grassland area, near the usual posse 
of male wild turkeys, three in today's group of those too. As a bonus, we 
noticed three groundhogs enjoying the sunshine. Three seems to be the number 
this Easter weekend. 


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

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

Good (bye to snow!) birding,

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

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

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

Birds Of Central America

Presenter: Dale Dyer

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY

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

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

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

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

Tom Fiore
Manhattan

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

good birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan







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



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

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



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



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

April 07, 2013 - April 14, 2014
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland
compiled: April 14 AT 6:30 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#388 Monday April 14, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
April 07, 2014
 
Highlights:
-----------

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

   
        
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Joseph Brin
Region 5
Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.
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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler
From: "Robert A. Proniewych" <baobabbob AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:42:53 -0400
Observed an Orange-crowned Warbler at Mill pond in Bellmore for a few
minutes before it disappeared. Seen on the east side of the pond just north
of Merrick road.
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Subject: Prospect Park (Kings ) April 14th
From: <prosbird AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:18:13 -0400
The second southern US species ( not native to these parts ) appeared on the 
current southern warm flow, a SWALLOW TAILED KITE that flew over the Lullwater 
at 9 am , observed by Jennifer Plummer Kepler, who took a photo of the species. 
A beautiful bird , very diagnostic and a perfect gliding smooth flying bird 
that marks this species. An awesome find for the park. See Jennifer's photo in 
the link she provide which is seen on on the Brooklyn Bird Club Facebook where 
it was initially posted. 



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



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



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



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





Peter 
Brooklyn Bird Club

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

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

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

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

Thanks Jennifer!

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

 

More first-of-the year species this morning:

 

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

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

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

*Chipping Sparrow

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Long Lake, NY


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

 

More first-of-the year species this morning:

 

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

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

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

*Chipping Sparrow

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

 

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

 

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

 

Joan Collins

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

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining

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

An Ipswich Sparrow was also seen, feeding along the seaweed line bayside of the 
man-made dune. 

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite
From: "Robert A. Proniewych" <baobabbob AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:10:20 -0400
Just had a Swallow-tailed Kite flying over the east bound Southern State
Pkwy between Oakfield Rd. and Wantagh Pkwy. Traffic is heavy. Just keep
watching the skies.
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Please submit your observations to eBird:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

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