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24 May Reminder: Brooklyn Bird Club Evening Presentation Tonight [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
24 May North Shore Audubon Society meeting - this Tuesday, May 24. Rick Wright "How and Why to Start Birding" ["Nancy Tognan" ]
23 May Central Park NYC - Monday May 23, 2016 incl. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher [Deborah Allen ]
23 May Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
23 May Whimbrel at Big Egg Marsh in Queens [Isaac Grant ]
22 May Jamaica Bay - Big John's Pond stakeout [Tim Healy ]
22 May Sterling Forest environs [Andrew Block ]
22 May Central Park NYC - Sunday May 22, 2016 - including 4 Blackburnian Warblers [Deborah Allen ]
22 May Pacific Loon Robert Moses SP, Suffolk County [Shaibal Mitra ]
22 May Scissor-tail Flycatcher NO [Richard Guthrie ]
21 May BirdCallsRadio Reboots w NEW Show [Mardi Dickinson ]
21 May Central Park NYC - Saturday May 21, 2016 incl. female Summer Tanager [Deborah Allen ]
21 May Central Park, NYC 5/20-21 [Thomas Fiore ]
21 May Shearwaters off Robert Moses SP [Gail Benson ]
21 May Re: NYC Area RBA: 20 May 2016 []
21 May NYC Area RBA: 20 May 2016 [Ben Cacace ]
21 May Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills, June 10-12 [Andrew Mason ]
21 May Re:Mourning Warbler - Hempstead Lake SP [Tim Healy ]
21 May Mourning Warbler - Hempstead Lake SP [Tim Healy ]
20 May White-throated Sparrows - Possible Manhattan Nesters? [Ben Cacace ]
20 May Fall Out, at the beach [Steve Walter ]
20 May Re: Kentucky Warbler - Valley Stream State Park (Nassau County) [Tim Healy ]
20 May Central Park NYC - Friday May 20, 2016 [Deborah Allen ]
20 May Doodletown today [Robert Lewis ]
20 May Re:Kentucky Warbler - Valley Stream State Park (Nassau County) (correction) [Pat Palladino ]
20 May Oceanside, Nassau Co ["syschiff" ]
20 May Kentucky Warbler - Valley Stream State Park (Nassau County) [Pat Palladino ]
20 May FOY Cedar Waxwings, Orange County [Walter Eberz ]
19 May Central Park, NYC 5/19 [Thomas Fiore ]
20 May Central Park NYC - Thursday May 19, 2016 incl. 20 Species of Wood Warblers [Deborah Allen ]
19 May Re: Bicknell's and Hooded Warbler - Prospect Park Peninsula (correction) [Long Island Birding ]
19 May News on the Central Park "Western" Flycatcher (NO CURRENT SIGHTINGS) [Nathan Goldberg ]
19 May Re: Kentucky Warblers in Prospect Park [Joshua Malbin ]
19 May Re: Kentucky Warblers in Prospect Park [Joshua Malbin ]
19 May Kentucky Warblers in Prospect Park [Rob Jett ]
19 May Re:[ebirdsnyc] CP Kentucky? [Anders Peltomaa ]
19 May CP Kentucky? [Dominic Garcia-Hall ]
19 May Re: Rye Nature Center Update [Robert Lewis ]
19 May Rye Nature Center Update [Gail Benson ]
19 May Kentucky, Cerulean + 22+ add'l. warb. spp. Central Pk. NYC 5/19 [Thomas Fiore ]
19 May Mourning Warbler - Southard's Pond Park (Suffolk Co.) [John Gluth ]
19 May Fwd: Central Park, NYC: Kentucky warbler [Anders Peltomaa ]
19 May Central Park, NYC 5/18 [Thomas Fiore ]
18 May Nesting Peregrine Falcons, Orange County [Walter Eberz ]
18 May Central Park NYC - Wednesday May 18, 2016 incl. 20 Species of Wood Warblers [Deborah Allen ]
18 May Re: Bicknell's and Hooded Warbler - Prospect Park Peninsula (correction) [Paul R Sweet ]
18 May Re: Bicknell's and Hooded Warbler - Prospect Park Peninsula (correction) [Pat Palladino ]
18 May correction/addendum [tern sp.], C.P., 5/17 [Thomas Fiore ]
18 May Bicknell's and Hooded Warbler - Prospect Park Peninsula [Pat Palladino ]
18 May Uplands Farm: Olive Sided Flycatcher [Robert Taylor ]
18 May Mourning warbler Prospect Park [Rob Bate ]
18 May Summer Tanager Rye Nature Center [Gail Benson ]
18 May O-s Flycatcher, Southard's (Suffolk) [d Futuyma ]
18 May Bicknell's Thrush in Prospect Park [Joshua Malbin ]
18 May Central Park, NYC 5/17 [Thomas Fiore ]
17 May Central Park NYC - Tuesday May 17, 2016, incl. 19 species of Wood Warblers [Deborah Allen ]
17 May South Shore locations--and Marsh Sparrows [syschiff ]
17 May W.46th Street Pocket Park this morning [Amy Simmons ]
17 May Central Park, NYC 5/16 & prior [Thomas Fiore ]
17 May Olive-sided Flycatcher Southards Pond Park Suffolk Co. [Patricia Lindsay ]
17 May Non-bird question [Joe T ]
16 May Re: Prothonotary Warbler Staten Island [Mike ]
17 May Jones Beach nightjar (Nassau County) [Pat Palladino ]
16 May Pocket Park Report - 5.16.16 [Amy Simmons ]
16 May Brooklyn Bird Club Evening Presentation [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
16 May Queens County Bird Club - Upcoming Meeting - Wed. 05/18 - Mark Lowery presents "Preparing for Climate Change" ["Nancy Tognan" ]
16 May Central Park NYC - Monday May 16, 2016 incl. 16 species of Wood Warblers [Deborah Allen ]
16 May Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
16 May New Rochelle Yellow-billed Cuckoo [Michael Britt ]
16 May Re: 5/15 Least Bittern Prospect Pk. Kings Co. NYC [further obs. info] [Robert Taylor ]
16 May 5/15 Least Bittern Prospect Pk. Kings Co. NYC [further obs. info] [Thomas Fiore ]
16 May Bryant Park 20 species [Gabriel Willow ]
16 May Jones Beach Report [Michael Zito ]
16 May Least Bittern, Prospect Park, Kings Co. 5/15 [Thomas Fiore ]
16 May Prothonotary Warbler Staten Island [Isaac Grant ]
16 May Jamaica Bay, Sunday 5/15 [Tim Healy ]

Subject: Reminder: Brooklyn Bird Club Evening Presentation Tonight
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 07:49:34 -0400
Tonight, Tuesday, May 24thth, 7:00 P.M.

Birdwatching in New York City and on Long Island

Presenters: Deborah Rivel and Kellye Rosenheim

Location: Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch at Grand Army Plaza

Deborah Rivel and Kellye Rosenheim will present their new guide, Birdwatching 
in New York City and on Long Island. This easy-to-use guide gives seasonal 
information and precise directions to the best birdwatching locations in NYC 
and Long Island 



Deborah is an avid bird photographer and award winning independent wildlife 
film producer/director and has traveled to six continents in search of birds. 
Kellye began birdwatching in Central Park and is currently the Development 
Director for NYC Audubon. 


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

Brooklyn 


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Subject: North Shore Audubon Society meeting - this Tuesday, May 24. Rick Wright "How and Why to Start Birding"
From: "Nancy Tognan" <nancy.tognan AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 07:19:05 -0400
The North Shore Audubon Society will hold its monthly program on Tuesday,
May 24, 2016, from 7pm to 9pm, at the Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk
Avenue, Manhasset NY 11030.  All are invited, free of charge.

Public transportation users:  This location is a half-mile walk from the
Manhasset LIRR station.

 

Rick Wright will present "How and Why to Start Birding"

What is that bird?  How can I figure it out? Does this seem impossible?  Get
started or improve your birding skills while learning how birding
contributes to the sciences and informs political decisions.

                Dr. Wright, a native of southeast Nebraska, studied French,
German, philosophy and life sciences at the University of Nebraska. He also
worked in the bird collections of the State Museum and served as teaching
assistant to Paul Johnsgard.  After a detour to Harvard Law School, Dr.
Wright took the M.A. and Ph.D. in German at Princeton University.  His years
as an academic included appointments as Assistant Professor of German at the
University of Illinois, Reader at Princeton University's Index of Christian
Art, and Associate Professor of German and medieval studies at Fordham
University.  Among his scholarly publications are two books on the Latin and
German animal literature of the late Middle Ages.  He is also the author of
the American Birding Association's field guides to birds of New Jersey and
of Arizona and of the forthcoming Peterson Reference Guide to North American
sparrows.  A prolific contributor to the birding literature and a
sought-after lecturer, Dr. Wright lives in NJ with his wife Alison Beringer,
and their chocolate lab Gellert.

 

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

https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Shore-Audubon-Society/140649732651861 

 

Nancy Tognan

Publicity volunteer, North Shore Audubon Society
nancy.tognan AT gmail.com  

 


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Subject: Central Park NYC - Monday May 23, 2016 incl. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 17:55:42 -0400
Central Park NYC 
Monday May 23, 2016
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, m.ob. on bird walks starting from Strawberry Fields 
at 8am and 9am. 


A bit slow today, but at 7:30 am this morning before the walk Bob DeCandido, 
Ben King, Betsy Barlow Rogers, Will Papp, and Robert Ruvolo saw six species of 
Wood Warblers: Black-and-white, Wilson's, Magnolia, American Redstart, 
Blackpoll, and Common Yellowthroat. 


Walk List:

Red-tailed Hawk - Warbler Rock (Tom Ahlf)
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker - Strawberry Fields
Eastern Kingbird - pairs Turtle Pond and East of Warble Rock (Jeff Ward)
Warbling Vireo - pairs various locations
Red-eyed Vireo - 2 (Mayra & Noa Cruz) Maintenance Field & Summer House
White-breasted Nuthatch - Azalea Pond
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - south of King of Poland
Gray Catbird - many
Cedar Waxwing - 6 passing hackberries Captain's Bench
Black-and-white Warbler - 2, one in Strawberry Fields
Common Yellowthroat - 3 Warbler Rock
American Redstart - Summer House
Northern Parula - female Iron Railing near Gill Overlook
Magnolia Warbler - Summer House, Swampy Pin Oak,the Point
Blackpoll Warbler - 2 Warbler Rock
Canada Warbler - Swampy Pin Oak (Jeff Ward)
Eastern Towhee - heard
Red-winged Blackbird - male & female Turtle Pond
Baltimore Oriole - female at Maintenance field nest, 2 or 3 males Warbler Rock
House Finch - 2 Belvedere Overlook (Carine Mitchell)

Deb Allen

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 18:38:51 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - May 23, 2016
*  NYSY  05. 23. 16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):May 16, 2015 - 
May 23, 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: May 23  AT 2:00 p.m. 
(EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of May 16, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
LEAST BITTERNSNOWY EGRETEURASIAN WIGEONRUDDY DUCKUPLAND SANDPIPERSTILT 
SANDPIPERSHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERRUFFWHIMBRELCOMMON NIGHTHAWKRED-HEADED 
WOODPECKERWHITE-EYED VIREOYELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERGRAY-CHEEKED 
THRUSHPROTHONOTARY WARBLERORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERCLAY-COLORED SPARROWORCHARD 
ORIOLE 




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

     16 species of Shorebirds were reported from the complex highlighted by 
STILT SANDPIPERS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and a RUFF at Puddlers Marsh on the 
20th. and WHIMBREL at Mays Point Pool on the 21st.     5/19: A RED-HEADED 
WOODPECKER was again seen on Mays Point Road.     5/20: A PROTHONOTARY 
WARBLER was again seen in the forested area on Armitage Road. An EURASIAN 
WIGEON was seen from East Road. A late RUDDY DUCK was seen at the Sandhill 
Crane Unit south of VanDyne Spoor Road. 


Derby Hill------------
     Only 1,180 hawks were counted at Derby Hill this week. On 5/20 a COMMON 
NIGHTHAWK was seen at noon. More were seen yesterday evening. On 5/21 a 
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found. 


Oswego County------------
     5/19: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Sunset Bay Park.     5/21: An 
UPLAND SANDPIPER and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were found at the Oswego County 
Airfield.     5/22: A LEAST BITTERN was heard at Derby Hill. 


Onondaga County------------
     5/19: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at Three Rivers WMA.     5/22: An 
ORCHARD ORIOLE was reported at Three Rivers WMA.     5/23: A WHITE-EYED 
VIREO was seen  at the South Meadow Nature Area in Tully. 


Oneida county------------
     5/18: A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was reported from the Erie Canal 
Trail southeast of Rome.An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found in Waterville.   
  5/21An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen on Harris Road in the Town of Deerfield. A 
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was seen at the Spring Farm Nature Area. 


Herkimer County------------
     5/21: A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen from Van Buren Street in Dolgeville.
    

--end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: Whimbrel at Big Egg Marsh in Queens
From: Isaac Grant <hosesbroadbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 11:29:25 -0400
Seen clearly in flight over the marsh. Also large numbers of other shorebirds. 
Plus had a Gull-billed Tern working the marsh as well. 


Isaac Grant
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Subject: Jamaica Bay - Big John's Pond stakeout
From: Tim Healy <tph56 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 19:12:03 -0400
I spent most of the morning at the Big John's Pond blind at Jamaica Bay. The 
diversity and number of migrants are greatly reduced from last week, with 
Blackpolls being the only definite passage warblers observed. Both cuckoos 
(Black-billed seen quite well!) and both night-herons in adult plumage were 
welcome additions to the day total. Many local species are raising young, and 
the stars of the today's show were the nesting Barn Owls. They were far more 
active and visible than they've been on my previous visits to the refuge, and 
there's at least one fuzzy owlet in the box. A quick jaunt over to the West 
Pond turned up Clapper Rail, Peregrine, and more water birds. Check the 
checklist for photos. 


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Cheers!
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Subject: Sterling Forest environs
From: Andrew Block <ablock22168 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 20:18:20 +0000 (UTC)
5/22/16 - Sterling Forest S.P., Tuxedo, Orange Co., NY
Time:  8am to 12amObservers:  Andrew Block and BRSS group
1 Green Heron2 Great Blue Herons1 Black Vulture6 Turkey Vultures10 Canada 
Geese5 Wood Ducks2 Mallards2 Red-tailed Hawks3+ Wild Turkey1 Spotted Sandpiper3 
Mourning Doves1 Black-billed Cuckoo4+ Yellow-billed Cuckoos1 Ruby-throated 
Hummingbird1 Red-bellied Woodpecker2 Pileated Woodpeckers3+ Northern Flickers6 
Eastern Phoebes3 Great Crested Flycatchers4 Eastern Kingbirds1 Blue-headed 
Vireo2 Warbling Vireos5 Red-eyed Vireos2 Blue Jays3 American Crows1 Common 
Raven3 Tree Swallows2 Northern Rough-winged Swallows6+ Barn Swallows4 
Black-capped Chickadees2 Tufted Titmice1 Carolina Wren1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher2 
Veery5 American Robins5+ Gray Catbirds2 Cedar Waxwings3 Blue-winged Warblers5+ 
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS (end of Ironwood Rd. and south end of Old Forge Dr.)5+ 
Yellow Warblers1 Pine Warbler (fighting itself in the sideview mirror of a 
parked car in the visitor center lot)3+ Prairie Warblers3+ Black-and-white 
Warblers6+ American Redstarts3 Ovenbirds1 Louisiana Waterthrush4+ Scarlet 
Tanagers1 Eastern Towhee7+ Chipping Sparrows1 Field Sparrow2 Song Sparrows2 
Northern Cardinals1 Indigo Bunting6+ Red-winged Blackbirds4+ Common Grackles6+ 
Baltimore Orioles5+ American Goldfinchpossibly 1 Pine Siskin 

Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block
Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist
20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3
Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629
Phone: 914-963-3080; Cell: 914-319-9701 


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Subject: Central Park NYC - Sunday May 22, 2016 - including 4 Blackburnian Warblers
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 16:09:13 -0400
Central Park NYC 
Sunday May 22, 2016
OBS: Robert DeCandido PhD, Deborah Allen, m.ob. on bird walk starting from 
Turtle Pond at 9am. 


Some birds seen before the walk by Deb from the south side of the Reservoir and 
Bob in the area of Turtle Pond are included. A slow day but we tallied 12 
warbler species including 4 Blackburnian Warblers with another (Northern 
Waterthrush) seen after the walk by Tom Walsh. 


Canada Goose - 2 Turtle Pond, 3 Lake
Gadwall - pair SW Reservoir, pair turtle Pond (Noa Cruz)
Mallard - a few at the south side Reservoir, a few on the Lake, 17 half-grown 
and 2 very young ducklings & a few adults Turtle Pond 

Bufflehead - male with bill deformity continues SW Reservoir 
Double-crested Cormorant - at least 48 Reservoir & flyovers in the Ramble
Great Egret - 6 Reservoir
Black-crowned Night-Heron - 2 Reservoir,1 Lake then perched near island 
(Dorothy Lourdou) 

Herring Gull - 19 Reservoir
Great Black-backed Gull - 10 Reservoir
Mourning Dove - various locations
Chimney Swift - 11 Reservoir
Northern Flicker - heard SW Reservoir
Peregrine Falcon - flyover (Bob)
Red-bellied Woodpecker - Mouth of Gill, etc. 
Downy Woodpecker - female south of Azalea Pond
Eastern Kingbird - calling SW Reservoir, 2 Turtle Pond (Noa Cruz)
Warbling Vireo - heard SW Reservoir, Upper Lobe, near King of Poland (Will 
Papp), singing n. of Tupelo Field, singing Warbler Rock 

Blue Jay - multiple locations
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - flyover (Bob)
Barn Swallow - flyover (Bob)
Black-capped Chickadee - pair, one singing Mugger's Woods
American Robin - 45 Great Lawn
Gray Catbird - several including one with nesting material Warbler Rock/Summer 
House 

Brown Thrasher - north of Tupelo Field
Ovenbird - Upper Lobe, Mouth of Gill
Black-and-white Warbler - male Turtle Pond, female near King of Poland (Jim 
Massey), female Willow Rock, female Point 

Common Yellowthroat - Turtle Pond (Noa/Mayra Cruz), north of Tupelo Field, male 
singing Mouth of Gill (Noa Cruz), female Willow Rock (Nancy Shamban), female 
Point 

American Redstart - near King of Poland (Bob before walk)
Northern Parula - near King of Poland, Summer House (Alexi Kalogerakis), 2 
Mugger's Woods 

Magnolia Warbler - Shakespeare Garden, west side Mugger's Woods, Warbler Rock, 
male & female Point 

Blackburnian Warbler - male near King of Poland (male found by Bob at 7:30am & 
seen later with the group), female K of P (Will Papp), female west side 
Mugger's Wood (Carine Mitchell), male near Gill Overlook (Mayra Cruz) 

Yellow Warbler - female willow on Point (Deb)
Blackpoll Warbler - 3 heard Reservoir, 2 males & female nr King of Poland, 
female Warbler Rock, male 2, 1 or 2 females Point 

Black-throated Blue Warbler - female Upper Lobe (Deb before walk)
Canada Warbler - male east end of Turtle Pond
Wilson's Warbler - male Warbler Rock (Bob)
Eastern Towhee - Humming Tombstone (Nancy Shamban), singing male 1 or 2 Warbler 
Rock/Summer House, singing Azalea Pond 

Song Sparrow - heard Upper Lobe
White-throated Sparrow - Upper Lobe
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird - male Turtle Pond (Noa Cruz), adult male Chez Armando
Common Grackle - several Reservoir, building nest Turtle Pond (Carine Mitchell)
Baltimore Oriole - male Turtle Pond (Carine Mitchell), male Shakespeare Garden, 
male Humming Tombstone, 2 males & female Warbler Rock, male & female Willow 
Rock 

American Goldfinch - flyover Lake

Tom Walsh reported a Northern Waterthrush near the feeders after lunch. 

Deb Allen

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Subject: Pacific Loon Robert Moses SP, Suffolk County
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 16:28:40 +0000
A mid-morning seawatch at Robert Moses SP, Suffolk County, Long Island produced 
zero tube-noses but was enlivened by a Pacific Loon passing west to east at 
9:35 a.m. 


This occurred within the context of a light but steady west to east flight of 
Common Loons. 


The Pacific Loon passed directly in front of four observers at relatively close 
range, and when first detected it was flying a short distance in front of a 
Common Loon, allowing direct comparison. 


It was obviously smaller than the Common Loon, with a noticeably smaller and 
less blocky head and a relatively smaller and slimmer bill (held closed 
throughout the observation). It was in breeding plumage, with a black throat, 
pale nape, and white dorsal markings arranged in two neat panels along the 
sides of the back--quite different from the more extensive white area on 
breeding-plumaged Common Loons. It also lacked the white collar marks that were 
conspicuous on breeding-plumaged Common Loons, even at significantly greater 
distances. It was distinguishable from Red-throated Loon most obviously by the 
presence of the white dorsal panels, but also by structure and via its 
generally darker head, with just the nape appearing paler than the blackish 
face and throat. 


In comparison with Arctic Loon, several much more subtle and uncertain 
distinctions were noted: its obvious small size; a dark horizontal band along 
the whole side of the body, just below the wings, which was probably thicker 
than expected in Arctic; and the absence of visible white markings on the sides 
of the neck. These are obviously just supporting characters, illustrating the 
absence of any positive reason to suspect the much less probable species. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore


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Subject: Scissor-tail Flycatcher NO
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 07:33:22 -0400
Forwarding a report fro this morning:

Rich Guthrie 

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: zach schwartz-weinstein 
> Date: May 22, 2016 at 6:48:33 AM EDT
> To: Richard Guthrie 
> Cc: "hmbirds AT yahoogroups.com" 
> Subject: Re: [HMBirds] Report of Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Columbia County 
today 

> 
> Hi. I just drove up and down the stretch of 9h from the post office down past 
claverack creek a half dozen times very slowly, as local traffic permitted. 
There was no sign of the bird, but it may be worth checking again later in the 
day. 

> 
>> On Saturday, May 21, 2016, Richard Guthrie richardpguthrie AT gmail.com 
[hmbirds]  wrote: 

>>  
>> In case you did not see this report, I'm forwarding it with hopes it is real 
and can be relocated. 

>> 
>> Rich Guthrie
>> (currently in Buffalo)
>> 
>> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) (1)
>> - Reported May 21, 2016 11:15 by Cheryl henke
>> - ny-9h, Columbia, New York
>> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=42.2177597,-73.7309217&ll=42.2177597,-73.7309217 

>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29820070
>> - Comments: "Was traveling south on ny-9h just past valley oil company and 
saw a very obvious flycatcher with a very long forked tail which flew east 
across the road, near a residence, in front of my car and perched on a chain 
link fence on the east side of the road. Behind the fence was dense vegetation 
and a cleared area to the south and north sides. I slowed down and got good 
looks at it. Light Gray bird, dark wings, dark tail tips with white undertail. 
I turned around when i could, as it was not easy to pull over, to try and 
locate the bird again but could not and had to continue traveling out of state. 
Im not from the area and not sure if this species has ever been reported here, 
and i was very surprised to see it fly right in front of me." 

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Subject: BirdCallsRadio Reboots w NEW Show
From: Mardi Dickinson <mardi1 AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 18:44:54 -0400
Birders et al!

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We have our next show up with guest Judith Davis talking about the Great White 
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Subject: Central Park NYC - Saturday May 21, 2016 incl. female Summer Tanager
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 18:19:29 -0400
Central Park NYC 
Saturday May 21, 2016
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, Deborah Allen, m.ob. on bird walks starting from 
the Boathouse at 7:30 and 9am. 


A bit slower than last week, but still good birds around including a female 
Summer Tanager near Humming Tombstone. 


Birds at the Reservoir were seen before the walk (Deb). 

Canada Goose - pair with 2 Goslings & pair with 3 goslings Reservoir, pair with 
5 goslings Lake, etc. 

Gadwall - between 3 and 5 Reservoir
Mallard - 11 Reservoir, huge brood of half-grown ducklings Turtle Pond
Bufflehead - male Reservoir
Double-crested Cormorant- 51 Reservoir, flyovers in Ramble
Great Egret - 6 Reservoir, 1 Turtle Pond
Black-crowned Night-Heron - 6 Reservoir, 1 Upper Lobe (Carine Mitchell)
Spotted Sandpiper - at least 2 Reservoir
Ring-billed Gull - 63 Reservoir
Herring Gull - 18 Reservoir
Great Black-backed Gull - 11 Reservoir
Chimney Swift -  (7:30 walk)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Tuliptree in Shakespeare Garden, Humming Tombstone
Red-bellied Woodpecker - several Locations
Downy Woodpecker - male Stone Arch (Chris Tipton)
Northern Flicker - 2 calling vociferously near Boathouse
Olive-sided Flycatcher - near King of Poland
Warbling Vireo - 3 Castle Walk, Warbler Rock
Red-eyed Vireo - Humming Tombstone, Warbler Rock 
Blue Jay - many locations
Barn Swallow - Reservoir & Flyover
Black-capped Chickadee - Summer House
House Wren - singing Indian Cave
Veery - Weather Station (Deb)
Swainson's Thrush - Source of Gil
American Robin - 
Gray Catbird - many locations
Brown Thrasher - east of Azalea POnd  (7:30 walk)
Cedar Waxwing - Humming Tombstone
Ovenbird - East of Azalea Pond (7:30 walk)
Black-and-white Warbler - male, female, Castle Walk
Common Yellowthroat - males & females - Turtle Pond, Shakespeare Garden, male 
Upper Lobe, female Summer House 

American Redstart - female near Boathouse, 2 female & 1 immature male near King 
of Poland, Castle Walk (Chris Tipton), Summer House 

Northern Paula - female Humming Tombstone, Summer House
Magnolia Warbler - ner King of Poland - (Carine Mitchell), Humming Tombstone, 
Summer House 

Blackburnian Warbler - male near King of Poland
Yellow Warbler - the point  (7:30 walk)
Blackpoll Warbler - 3 heard Reservoir, at least 2 near King of Poland, male 
Turtle Pond 

Black-throated Blue Warbler - 2 females near King of Poland, female Indian Cave 
(Adam Rudt) 

Black-throated Green Warbler - 2 males near King of Poland
Canada Warbler - male Upper Lobe
Eastern Towhee - male at least 2 males singing west of Azalea Pond, singing 
male Summer House Meadow 

Summer Tanager - female Mugger's Woods near Humming Tombstone  (7:30 walk)
Scarlet Tanager - male Humming Tombstone  (7:30 walk)
Common Grackle - 15 plus 2 fledglings Reservoir
Baltimore Oriole - nest at Maintenance field (Carine Mitchell), Turtle Pond
House Finch - 2 females/immatures drinking at puddle below Belvedere Castle

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Subject: Central Park, NYC 5/20-21
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 16:14:14 -0400
Friday & Saturday, 20 & 21 May, 2016
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

Many of the individual migrants present in the park have moved on,  
however plenty of species are still present.  At least 24 species of  
warblers continued thru the 2 days, with more than 20 still present on  
Saturday.  These continued to include Cape May, Bay-breasted, Hooded  
(& Mourning to at least Friday in the north end), as well as rather  
late Palm Warbler, and also Worm-eating Warbler both to Saturday.   
Blackpoll Warblers have increased to perhaps 4 or 5 times the numbers  
of that species a week ago, & still very common are American Redstart,  
Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, and perhaps above all, Magnolia Warbler.

Summer Tanager has been continuously present but there have been at  
least 2 differently-plumaged individuals in the Ramble the past 4  
days, & others may have been seen in other parts of the park in  
addition. Scarlet Tanagers also are still about, with females lately  
predominant.  Sparrows are not common the past 2 days (discounting  
House, which is wholly unrelated to any N. American sparrow) but some  
Chipping, Song, Swamp, White-throated, & Lincoln's have continued.   
Also still about, E. Towhee which might be simply late but also could  
be on territories. Indigo Buntings continue with both males & females  
and there were a couple of Orchard Orioles in a location where they'd  
nested in the past, in Central. Many Baltimore Orioles are on  
territories by now. Thrushes are predominately Swainson's but still a  
few Hermit have lingered along with Veery, & some Wood, the latter  
also nesting with off-&-on success in Central; Gray-cheeked & its  
close cousin are also ongoing now, although the "other" rarer species  
is mainly just presumed, since some definitely pass thru NYC each  
spring & fall.  Vireos still include a few late Blue-headed, as well  
as Yellow-throated, & the more-usual Warbling & Red-eyed, each nesting  
in Central, as well as some still passing thru.  Rose-breasted  
Grosbeak also is still moving thru, and there are increasing numbers  
of Cedar Waxwings over the past week, some of which also nest.   
Flycatchers include ongoing Olive-sided, and some Empidonax [genus],  
as well as modest no's. of E. Wood-Pewee (which nests in very low  
density), plus Great Crested Flycatcher & E. Kingbird, each of which  
nest, the latter much more visibly.  A very few Ruby-crowned Kinglets  
have continued, which is getting quite late by now.

The reservoir has continued to host a male Bufflehead & swallows of  
the 2 most-usual species, each nesting, &/or including lingerers...  
more Great Egrets & Black-crowned Night-Herons are using the reservoir  
lately to feed, some have seen up to 15 or more of each, if on the  
running track at first light (ie, before 5 a.m. now).

Plenty more of migration still to come along...

Good birding & quiet observing to all,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan

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Subject: Shearwaters off Robert Moses SP
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 17:19:59 -0400
Commencing a sea watch off Robert Moses SP field 2  at 5 pm, we have seen 2
Sooty Shearwaters and just now a Manx Shearwater not very far offshore
moving East.   Tom Burke & Gail Benson

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Subject: Re: NYC Area RBA: 20 May 2016
From: <redknot AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 19:48:43 GMT
Doesn't the fact the Chucks-will's-widow was flushed a "few times before 
disappearing" 

suggest it was being unduly disturbed and perhaps even harassed?

John Turner

----- Original Message -----
From: Ben Cacace 
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016 11:18 am
Subject: [nysbirds-l] NYC Area RBA: 20 May 2016
To: NYSBIRDS-L 

> - RBA
> * New York
> * New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
> * May. 20, 2016
> * NYNY1605.20
> 
> - Birds mentioned
> Bicknell's Thrush +
> (+ Details requested by NYSARC)
> 
> Least Bittern
> Stilt Sandpiper
> White-rumped Sandpiper
> Wilson's Phalarope
> Chuck-will's-widow
> Eastern Whip-poor-will
> Red-headed Woodpecker
> Olive-sided Flycatcher
> Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
> Acadian Flycatcher
> Alder Flycatcher
> Philadelphia Vireo
> Gray-cheeked Thrush
> Worm-eating Warbler
> Louisiana Waterthrush
> Golden-winged Warbler
> Prothonotary Warbler
> Tennessee Warbler
> Mourning Warbler
> Kentucky Warbler
> Hooded Warbler
> Cape May Warbler
> Cerulean Warbler
> Bay-breasted Warbler
> Blackburnian Warbler
> Palm Warbler
> Yellow-throated Warbler
> Wilson's Warbler
> Summer Tanager
> Blue Grosbeak
> 
> - Transcript
> 
> If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report
> electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at
> http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm
> 
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> 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, May 
> 20th 2016
> at 10pm. The highlights of today's tape are WILSON'S PHALAROPE,
> CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW, LEAST BITTERN, SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE GROSBEAK,
> PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER,
> MOURNING WARBLER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, BICKNELL'S THRUSH and RED-HEADED
> WOODPECKER.
> 
> A good week with very good variety but no exceptional rarities. 
> Among the
> non-passerines probably the most excitement surrounded the LEAST 
> BITTERNthat remained in decent view perched in a tree last 
> Sunday in Prospect Park
> Brooklyn and last Sunday a male WILSON'S PHALAROPE, the less 
> colorful sex
> in Phalaropes, was spotted in the Captree marsh west of the 
> Robert Moses
> Causeway. Also present there among the fairly large assemblage of
> shorebirds were 4 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and 2 STILT SANDPIPERS 
> were seen
> there again Tuesday. Last Saturday at Jones Beach West End a
> CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW was flushed a few times before disappearing and
> interestingly an EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was found singing there Monday
> evening. Finishing the non-passerines last Sunday single RED-HEADED
> WOODPECKERS were seen at Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn and on 
> the north
> fork at the Ruth Aleva Preserve in East Marion and 2 continue at
> Willowbrook Park on Staten Island.
> 
> Last Saturday single SUMMER TANAGERS were found at Jones Beach 
> West End at
> Marcy Woods south of Belmont Lake State Park and at Long Gardens 
> in Stony
> Brook and in the days following at Kissena Park in Queens Sunday 
> and then
> on Wednesday in Central Park and at the Rye Nature Center in 
> Westchester.The Marcy Woods bird was still there today. A BLUE 
> GROSBEAK was spotted at
> Connetquot River State Park last Sunday but could not later be 
> relocated.
> A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was found at the Bronx Zoo last Saturday 
> and another
> appeared at Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island Sunday and Monday 
> and today
> one was reported appearing briefly at the Forest Park waterhole. 
> A female
> GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER visited Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn 
> last Saturday
> and a female CERULEAN WARBLER was spotted in Central Park 
> yesterday. A
> MOURNING WARBLER in Forest Park last Saturday and Sunday was 
> followed by
> others in Central Park from Sunday on, at Green-wood Cemetery 
> Sunday, at
> Prospect Park Tuesday and Wednesday and at Southards Pond Park 
> in Babylon
> yesterday. KENTUCKY WARBLERS appeared suddenly on Thursday with 
> 2 in
> Prospect Park and another in Central Park and one was at Valley 
> Stream Park
> today. YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS continue in Connetquot River 
> State Park and
> at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum. Otherwise among the 33 species 
> of warblers
> in the region have been some WORM-EATING, TENNESSEE, HOODED, 
> CAPE MAY,
> BAY-BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN and WILSON'S as well as the more 
> common species
> at this point in the migration plus one or two late lingering 
> species like
> LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and PALM.
> 
> Among the vireos 6 species occurred this week including a rather 
> uncommonSpring visit by a PHILADELPHIA noted in Central Park at 
> least to Wednesday.
> Flycatcher variety has increased thanks to the arrival of some 
> late season
> empidonax species starting with ACADIAN in Green-wood Cemetery last
> Saturday, ALDER mostly north of the city and a YELLOW-BELLIED at 
> the Rye
> Nature Center since Monday. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER appeared this 
> week in
> Central and Prospect Parks as well as at Southards Pond in 
> Babylon and the
> Upland Farm Preserve in Cold Spring Harbor. Among the thrushes some
> GRAY-CHEEKEDS have joined the mix in low but widespread numbers 
> and a
> BICKNELL'S was identified by song in Prospect Park starting 
> Tuesday. This
> species distinction is tricky but doable under the right 
> circumstances.
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> 4126 or
> weekdays call Tom Burke at (212) 372-1483.
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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 20 May 2016
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 11:18:00 -0400
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* May. 20, 2016
* NYNY1605.20

- Birds mentioned
Bicknell's Thrush +
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Least Bittern
Stilt Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope
Chuck-will's-widow
Eastern Whip-poor-will
Red-headed Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Philadelphia Vireo
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Worm-eating Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Golden-winged Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Palm Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Summer Tanager
Blue Grosbeak

- Transcript

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        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

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

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, May 20th 2016
at 10pm. The highlights of today's tape are WILSON'S PHALAROPE,
CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW, LEAST BITTERN, SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE GROSBEAK,
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER,
MOURNING WARBLER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, BICKNELL'S THRUSH and RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER.

A good week with very good variety but no exceptional rarities. Among the
non-passerines probably the most excitement surrounded the LEAST BITTERN
that remained in decent view perched in a tree last Sunday in Prospect Park
Brooklyn and last Sunday a male WILSON'S PHALAROPE, the less colorful sex
in Phalaropes, was spotted in the Captree marsh west of the Robert Moses
Causeway. Also present there among the fairly large assemblage of
shorebirds were 4 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and 2 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen
there again Tuesday. Last Saturday at Jones Beach West End a
CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW was flushed a few times before disappearing and
interestingly an EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was found singing there Monday
evening. Finishing the non-passerines last Sunday single RED-HEADED
WOODPECKERS were seen at Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn and on the north
fork at the Ruth Aleva Preserve in East Marion and 2 continue at
Willowbrook Park on Staten Island.

Last Saturday single SUMMER TANAGERS were found at Jones Beach West End at
Marcy Woods south of Belmont Lake State Park and at Long Gardens in Stony
Brook and in the days following at Kissena Park in Queens Sunday and then
on Wednesday in Central Park and at the Rye Nature Center in Westchester.
The Marcy Woods bird was still there today. A BLUE GROSBEAK was spotted at
Connetquot River State Park last Sunday but could not later be relocated.

A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was found at the Bronx Zoo last Saturday and another
appeared at Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island Sunday and Monday and today
one was reported appearing briefly at the Forest Park waterhole. A female
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER visited Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn last Saturday
and a female CERULEAN WARBLER was spotted in Central Park yesterday. A
MOURNING WARBLER in Forest Park last Saturday and Sunday was followed by
others in Central Park from Sunday on, at Green-wood Cemetery Sunday, at
Prospect Park Tuesday and Wednesday and at Southards Pond Park in Babylon
yesterday. KENTUCKY WARBLERS appeared suddenly on Thursday with 2 in
Prospect Park and another in Central Park and one was at Valley Stream Park
today. YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS continue in Connetquot River State Park and
at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum. Otherwise among the 33 species of warblers
in the region have been some WORM-EATING, TENNESSEE, HOODED, CAPE MAY,
BAY-BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN and WILSON'S as well as the more common species
at this point in the migration plus one or two late lingering species like
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and PALM.

Among the vireos 6 species occurred this week including a rather uncommon
Spring visit by a PHILADELPHIA noted in Central Park at least to Wednesday.
Flycatcher variety has increased thanks to the arrival of some late season
empidonax species starting with ACADIAN in Green-wood Cemetery last
Saturday, ALDER mostly north of the city and a YELLOW-BELLIED at the Rye
Nature Center since Monday. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER appeared this week in
Central and Prospect Parks as well as at Southards Pond in Babylon and the
Upland Farm Preserve in Cold Spring Harbor. Among the thrushes some
GRAY-CHEEKEDS have joined the mix in low but widespread numbers and a
BICKNELL'S was identified by song in Prospect Park starting Tuesday. This
species distinction is tricky but doable under the right circumstances.

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: Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills, June 10-12
From: Andrew Mason <andymason AT earthling.net>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 09:31:57 -0400
Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills, June 10-12

     A major birding event is scheduled in June at the Ashokan Center in 
Olivebridge, Ulster Co., NY. Presented by the not-for-profit Catskill 
Center Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills combines the best of a 
birding conference with a birding festival in an event rich with 
knowledgeable presenters.
     Scheduled for June 10-12, activities will include birding before 
breakfast hikes and moonlit owl walks, as well as bird walks in 
surrounding areas including Delaware Co. In addition, workshops on a 
variety of birding topics will be held throughout the weekend.
     The keynote speaker for Friday is Chris Rimmer, Executive Director 
of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Chris' talk is titled "Bicknell's 
Thrush: Conserving a Bird of Two Worlds." Chris will lead an early 
Saturday morning hike up Slide Mountain in search of both Bicknell's and 
Swainson's thrushes, as well as other mountaintop breeding birds such as 
Blackpoll and Magnolia Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Yellow-belled 
Flycatcher.
     Keynote speakers for Saturday, are Chris Wood and Jesse Barry of 
Cornell Lab of Ornithology who will discuss the Lab's e-Bird project.
     The Ashokan Center is an educational retreat center teaching about 
nature, history, and the arts, located near the Ashokan Reservoir west 
of Kingston, NY.  All meals are included in the conference registration 
fee, and on-site lodging is available, as well as the opportunities for 
camping. Visitwww.catskillcenter/taking-flightfor a complete schedule, 
information and registration.

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Subject: Re:Mourning Warbler - Hempstead Lake SP
From: Tim Healy <tph56 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 08:20:17 -0400
Relocated at the southern Bridle Path. Singing consistently now and seen 
briefly. 


Cheers!
-Tim H

> On May 21, 2016, at 8:05 AM, Tim Healy  wrote:
> 
> Heard at the corner of Lot 3, in the tangled vegetation near the cleared 
space. I was walking close to the fringe and startled a singing bird, cutting 
off its series of "churree" phrases. I briefly thought I might have another 
Kentucky. It sang again from further back in the brush closer to the road, but 
the fourth and fifth phrases dropped lower. Mourning Warbler. I have not heard 
or seen the bird since, but Brendan has joined me on site to search. DO NOT 
FORGET, as I did, that this weekend is the Boy Scout Camporee and Lot 3 is 
full. Park at 2 and walk down if you chase. Good luck! 

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Subject: Mourning Warbler - Hempstead Lake SP
From: Tim Healy <tph56 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 08:05:32 -0400
Heard at the corner of Lot 3, in the tangled vegetation near the cleared space. 
I was walking close to the fringe and startled a singing bird, cutting off its 
series of "churree" phrases. I briefly thought I might have another Kentucky. 
It sang again from further back in the brush closer to the road, but the fourth 
and fifth phrases dropped lower. Mourning Warbler. I have not heard or seen the 
bird since, but Brendan has joined me on site to search. DO NOT FORGET, as I 
did, that this weekend is the Boy Scout Camporee and Lot 3 is full. Park at 2 
and walk down if you chase. Good luck! 


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Subject: White-throated Sparrows - Possible Manhattan Nesters?
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 21:02:40 -0400
For two lower Manhattan locations WTSPs were spotted yesterday and today.
At St. Paul's Chapel Cemetery yesterday a White-throated was seen with
short fine dry grasses in it's bill at the north side of the cemetery near
the entrance on Vesey St. It flew into the trees where I lost it. This was
during a break from work so I couldn't stay long to track the bird or see
if there are still multiples here. On the 11th I had at least 5 WTSPs at
St. Paul's Chapel.

Today at Trinity Church Cemetery on the north side of the church three
WTSPs were seen. One has a tan supercilium (TS) and there are two with
white supercilia (WS). It was easy to separate the two WS birds since one
has broken/bent feathers on its breast. The other WS had a clean breast
with no damaged feathers. Both WS birds were seen close to each other in
time.

I mention this since breeding White-throated Sparrows in the city are rare.
According to Birds of North America online nest-building commences during
the 3rd and 4th week of May. Under the topic 'Negative Assortive Mating' it
states '[a]bout 96% of breeding pairs (total of 5 samples, n = 709 pairs)
are either WS males mated with TS females or TS males mated with WS
females.' It's good to see that both TS and WS birds were seen at Trinity
Church.
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Subject: Fall Out, at the beach
From: Steve Walter <swalter15 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 20:36:29 -0400
I started the day off by falling out of bed, so I figured I might as well go
birding. Looking at the radar around dawn, I noted that the heaviest echoes
were off the south shore (like I know what I'm looking at). I had already
planned to go to Jones Beach, and that is where I got myself to, bright and
early at 9 A.M. With the caveat that Jones Beach is not my primary spot for
spring passerines - typically once a year - I will say that it was the best
spring day I've ever had there. Variety was good and numbers were good. So
much so that I spent 6 hours walking around the West End median area - way
more than I expected out of this day. I had about 15 species of warblers in
the first couple of hours - which would have put  me on pace for about 45,
but I chose to focus on photo subjects. It's not often that you're presented
with a multitude of forest species at low heights. I will tell you, though,
low birds does not mean open, cooperative birds.  I won't present a long
boring species list - you all know what migrates through now. I will give a
shout out to a common species that was especially common today - American
Redstart. Two thoughts crossed my mind. In a couple of spots, it was like
when you look through Yellow-rumps to find something else. And, I haven't
seen so many Redstarts at Jones Beach since the aftermath of Hurricane
Gloria (not that today was in a league with that fall out). The web site is
overdue for an update, so I posted some pictures to prove I saw something at
http://stevewalternature.com/ .

 

On a different note - I don't know if this will be posted, so I'll mention
that I got a second hand report of a brief visit to the Forest Park
waterhole by a Prothonotary Warbler this morning.

 

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Subject: Re: Kentucky Warbler - Valley Stream State Park (Nassau County)
From: Tim Healy <tph56 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 17:26:42 -0400
The Kentucky continues in dense tangle south along the western edge of the 
western stream. Just south of the picnic area along the dirt trail. Singing 
regularly and seen briefly. 


Cheers!
-Tim H

> On May 20, 2016, at 2:22 PM, Pat Palladino  wrote:
> 
> A Kentucky Warbler was found by Bob Kurtz today in Valley Stream State Park 
(Nassau County). Joe V. and I refound the bird less than an hour ago along one 
of the dirt paths on the east side of the stream, about 50 to 75 yards north of 
Hendrickson Avenue. As we searched the area, the bird began singing (the bird 
had been silent for about an hour before that point). As we followed the song, 
we discovered the bird on the ground at the edge of one of the dirt trails. The 
bird then moved south a bit staying on the trail edge. 

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Subject: Central Park NYC - Friday May 20, 2016
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 15:39:47 -0400
Central Park NYC - North End
Friday May 20, 2016
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, m.ob. on bird walk starting from the Conservatory 
Garden at 9am. 


Gadwall - pair Meer
Double-crested Cormorant - flyovers
Great Egret - flyover
Snowy Egret - 2 flyovers
Black-crowned Night-Heron - Duck Island in Meer
Red-tailed Hawk - flyover
Herring Gull - flyover
Great Black-backed Gull - flyover
Black-billed Cuckoo - Blockhouse (found by Bruno Boni)
Chimney Swift - 6 Meer
Red-bellied Woodpecker - pairs North Woods & Meer
Downy Woodpecker - North Woods
Northern Flicker - male North Woods
Olive-sided Flycatcher - Blockhouse (found by Jeff Ward)
Eastern Kingbird - 1 at Meer
Great Crested Flycatcher - North Woods
Warbling Vireo - one or two pairs
Red-eyed Vireo - Loch & Blockhouse
Barn Swallow - 4 Meer
Black-capped Chickadee - Green Bench
House Wren - probably nesting east of Blockhouse, heard at Green Bench
Veery at least 2
Swainson's Thrush - several
Wood Thrush - 2 males singing along the Loch
American Robin
Gray Catbird - many
Brown Thrasher - Wildflower Meadow (Bob before the walk)
Cedar Waxwing - 6 flyovers
Ovenbird - 2
Northern Waterthrush - Loch
Black-and-white Warbler - 1 male, 5 females
Common Yellowthroat - 10
American Redstart - 7 including 2 adult males
Northern Parula - 1 male, 5 females
Magnolia Warbler - many
Blackburnian Warbler - female Blockhouse
Yellow warbler - 5 (males & females) best spot along the Meer
Chestnut-sided Warbler - total 7 - male & females
Blackoll Warbler - few (males & females)
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 3 all female
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3 all female
Canada Warbler - 2 Loch
Song Sparrow - 2 Conservatory Garden
Scarlet Tanager - male at termite hatch-out North Woods
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 2 females seen North Woods east of Blockhouse, others 
heard squeaking 

Red-winged Blackbird - female Meer
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird - female
Baltimore Oriole - 5 (4 males & 1 female) Green Bench, pairs elsewhere
House Finch - 2 Wildflower Meadow

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Subject: Doodletown today
From: Robert Lewis <rfermat AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 19:07:30 +0000 (UTC)
Doodletown is a well known area within Bear Mountain State Park in Rockland 
County. 

I arrived around 9:30.  On the hike up, pretty dull except for Warbling Vireo 
and a few Black Vultures. 

In the vicinity of the pond and Lemon Road:
Yellow-thr. VireoYellow WarblerHooded Warbler (several)Canada 
WarblerChestnut-sided WarblerAm. Redstart (many)Comm. Yellowthroat 

Balt. Oriole (many)Orchard Oriole (young male)
Yellow-billed CuckooE. KingbirdIndigo Bunting (several)
various common species.
On the walk to the Kentucky Warbler spot:  a nice pair of Ceruleans, more of 
the fairly common species. 

The Kentucky Warbler was singing up to about 11:15 at the previously reported 
spot, here: 41.297727, -73.998780.Google calls this trail Dunderberg 
Turnpike.  There are two little signs here about the old ruins and a stone 
wall. 

On the way back down, within a few hundred yards of the highway, I was sure I 
heard another Kentucky Warbler singing.  I was too exhausted to chase it. It 
was roughly here:  41.302014, -73.988004.  Google maps doesn't show it, but 
there is a trail in that vicinity. 

Bob LewisSleepy Hollow NY





  
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Subject: Re:Kentucky Warbler - Valley Stream State Park (Nassau County) (correction)
From: Pat Palladino <Dino1277 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 18:50:31 +0000
Correction - the bird was on the west, not east side of the stream.


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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Kentucky Warbler - Valley Stream State Park (Nassau 
County) 



A Kentucky Warbler was found by Bob Kurtz today in Valley Stream State Park 
(Nassau County). Joe V. and I refound the bird less than an hour ago along one 
of the dirt paths on the east side of the stream, about 50 to 75 yards north of 
Hendrickson Avenue. As we searched the area, the bird began singing (the bird 
had been silent for about an hour before that point). As we followed the song, 
we discovered the bird on the ground at the edge of one of the dirt trails. The 
bird then moved south a bit staying on the trail edge. 



Pat Palladino

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Subject: Oceanside, Nassau Co
From: "syschiff" <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 14:48:42 -0400
Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside 20 May

A full complement of marsh birds this morning plus 11 shorebird species and 6 
warblers in the upland area. Details:-- 


Clapper Rail, Marsh Wren, Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrow.

Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, American Oystercatcher, Spotted 
Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Sandpiper, 
Least Sandpiper, Dunlin and Short-billed Dowitcher. 


Northern Parula, Yellow, Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue 
Warbler, American Redstart and Common Yellowthroat. 


Other birds included Song and Swamp Sparrow. Northern Cardinal, Gray Catbird 
and a Baltimore Oriole sang in the upland areas. 


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Subject: Kentucky Warbler - Valley Stream State Park (Nassau County)
From: Pat Palladino <Dino1277 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 18:22:10 +0000
A Kentucky Warbler was found by Bob Kurtz today in Valley Stream State Park 
(Nassau County). Joe V. and I refound the bird less than an hour ago along one 
of the dirt paths on the east side of the stream, about 50 to 75 yards north of 
Hendrickson Avenue. As we searched the area, the bird began singing (the bird 
had been silent for about an hour before that point). As we followed the song, 
we discovered the bird on the ground at the edge of one of the dirt trails. The 
bird then moved south a bit staying on the trail edge. 



Pat Palladino

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Subject: FOY Cedar Waxwings, Orange County
From: Walter Eberz <eberz AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 14:01:11 -0400
Laurel Grove Cemetery, Port Jervis, 9:30am:  
Cedar Waxwings -- I viewed them in the same area they have been for the last 4 
years -- at the highest point in the park along the Delaware River side. Eagle 
update -- I finally got a good look at the 2 eaglets on the nest.Warblers -- No 
migrants: Pine, Hooded, Yellow. 

Elks Brox Park, Port Jervis, 11:30am:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo -- FOY for me. 1 observed at second hair-pin turn pull 
off; then several heard calling.Warblers -- No migrants: Ovenbird, 
Black-and-white, Pine, Prairie.The usual suspects -- Scarlet Tanager, EW Pewee, 
Eastern Tohee, Indigo Bunting, Red-eyed Vireo.Although not at all rare, a 
highlight for me was when a Red-tailed hawk flew past my head -- within a few 
feet. The whooshing noise was startling! 

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Subject: Central Park, NYC 5/19
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 22:55:15 -0400
Thursday, 19 May, 2016
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City -

well. Folks, when you bird in a "patch" where among others, a singing  
Swainson's seen by hundreds, & then a (for a lucky few) photographed  
Hermit Warbler have already appeared in one season, followed up by a  
wave (May 8) that puts many tens of thousands (very conservatively!)  
of migrants into Manhattan - and likely that many birds into Central  
Park alone,

a day (Thursday, May 19) that brings lingering Bay-breasted, Cape May,  
Hooded, & many other warblers & other neotropical migrants but adds a  
Kentucky, & also a singing Cerulean Warbler, is not automatically the  
"big" day of the year... & this, after some were worrying that the  
spring was a bit slow to move (back in the ancient days of mid / late  
April 2016.) ...   Looks like at least 27 Warbler spp. were found on  
the day, unless someone came up with 1 of the "-winged" warblers (i.e.  
Blue- or Golden- or their hybrids) and for a couple of today's warbler  
spp. maybe just 1 or 2 sightings, while at least a dozen spp. were  
very common.

Some of us had the same "magic trees" bring in warbler after warbler,  
both from sunrise on, to sunset (literally) with grand, sublime  
viewing at times. For the first 2 hours of daylight, many areas seemed  
extremely active with a wide variety of migrants... later on, it was a  
bit less-so. Swainson's Thrush is now the "default" thrush although  
about all the other species were also seen Thursday... no definitive  
Bicknell's that I am aware of, although I for one had as close a  
definitive visual candidate as could be asked for, with mandible color- 
pattern, wing-primary ext., slightly reddish tail & of course grayish  
cheek as well as size & other subtle factors, but that individual  
remained totally silent, so I moved on after a while, seeing other  
thrushes also gray-of-cheek, and perhaps 50x more Swainson's - there   
were many dozens easily seen in the north woods in mid-p.m. hours.  A  
slightly "drab" Philadelphia Vireo subtly revealed itself today in the  
north end, near the butterfly plantings north of the N. Meadow. An  
Osprey floated by a few minutes later, seeming to look at the Meer,  
but it continued on, north.  2 Peregrine Falcons flew low over the  
reservoir at about 5:45 a.m. this a.m. & yet, for hours afterwards,  
the 7 Great Egrets lined up in a row standing on the central dyke were  
all still there, spearing fish & watching the gulls & cormorants. In  
the eve., there were over 100 gulls, of the 3 usual species...  a  
female Belted Kingfisher made an appearance at Turtle Pond in the a.m.  
hours...

A lot of interesting things going on here. There are a modest  
resurgence of Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warblers, even as Magnolia,  
American Redstart, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, and starting-in-on- 
Blackpoll invasions are upon us... also interesting at least in local  
happening, are that some feeding flocks appear to be at least lightly  
'segregated' by sex with some that happen to contain many males, &  
some with a dominance of female birds. These are certainly not strict  
and there may not be that much going on, but it is noticeable at times.

Still present today, Palm Warbler (at least for one individual female  
on the Point), Worm-eating Warbler (not that unusual though, for this  
date) in the n. end, as well as Prairie Warbler[s] ... and still  
lingering & passing thru are multiple White-throated Sparrows, while  
Indigo Buntings are cropping up in no's. which is about right for a  
'peak' movement.  There has been the odd juxtaposition of some of  
migration that got pushed rather well-ahead, some that seems still to  
have been held-back a bit, while yet other migrants are easing into an  
almost-typical schedule of passage & arrival.

The male Bufflehead is still at the CP reservoir - it's all about that  
Bufflehead...   Friday is likely to be very active in these parts. I'd  
bet more than a nickel on a coastal location...

good (quiet observation's sound-science observation) birding,

Tom Fiore
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Subject: Central Park NYC - Thursday May 19, 2016 incl. 20 Species of Wood Warblers
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 09:47:54 -0400
Central Park NYC  
Thursday May 19, 2016
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, m.ob. on bird walks from the dock on Turtle Pond at 
9am and 6pm. 


Some birds seen at the Reservoir by Bob before the 9am walk are included. 
Turkey Oaks at the Reservoir are flowering now and attractive to many warblers. 


Gadwall - pair Reservoir
Bufflehead - male Reservoir
Double-crested Cormorant - 41 Reservoir
Great Egret - Turtle Pond
Black-crowned Night-Heron - Turtle Pond
Red-tailed Hawk
Great Black-backed Gull - adult Reservoir
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Empidonax Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher - one or two birds - Gill & west of Azalea Pond 
Eastern Kingbird - Turtle Pond
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 2 reservoir & 2 Turtle Pond 
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee- Azalea Pond
White-breasted Nuthatch - male Azalea Pond
House Wren
Veery - at least 2
Swainson's Thrush - several
Wood Thrush - 1
Gray Catbird - many
Cedar Waxwing - several Gill
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler - rock above Viagra Falls (Gill Source)
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Cerulean Warbler - Humming Tombstone (Evening Walk)
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler - many
Bay-breasted Warbler - 2 males Turtle Pond, others elsewhere
Blackburnian Warbler -  male Shakespeare Garden overlook
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Eastern Towhee - 2 males - east of Evodia Field
White-throated Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager - male, female
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 5 squeaking
Red-winged Blackbird - turtle Pond & Gill
Common Grackle
Baltimore oriole
House Finch

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird was omitted from yesterday's (5/18/16) list. 

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Subject: Re: Bicknell's and Hooded Warbler - Prospect Park Peninsula (correction)
From: Long Island Birding <michaelzito AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 21:33:47 -0400
Did anyone happen to notice if the Bicknell's at Prospect Park had a small
growth by the bottom of one of its eye?  Thanks.
Mike Z.

On Wed, May 18, 2016 at 12:36 PM, Paul R Sweet  wrote:

> Take a trip to the top of Slide Montain in the next few weeks. Guaranteed
> Bicknell's
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> > On May 18, 2016, at 12:32 PM, Pat Palladino 
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> > Probable Bicknell's I should say. A single bird was present which
> directly matched the photographs of others who heard it sing; however,
> there was no song while I was there. There were at least seven other
> Gray-cheeks there as well. As such, I'm still searching for my life
> Bicknell's Thrush.
> >
> > Pat Palladino
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> >> On May 18, 2016, at 12:00 PM, Pat Palladino 
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Subject: News on the Central Park "Western" Flycatcher (NO CURRENT SIGHTINGS)
From: Nathan Goldberg <nrg29 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 21:08:45 -0400
Hi all,

Well, the moment many New York birder's have been waiting for is finally
here!

Nick Mason and I have been working this whole semester at Cornell
University (with a lot of troubleshooting) to try and extract DNA from the
fecal sample I collected back around Thanksgiving of last year from the
Central Park "Western" Flycatcher. It took us a long time, but we
eventually got usable DNA! Once we got DNA, we needed to sequence part of
the ND2 gene to differentiate Pacific-slope and Cordilleran Flycatchers.
Today, we got the sequence results in for the NYC bird, and we can say with
near-certainty the bird is NOT a Cordilleran Flycatcher!

In the Cordilleran Flycatcher ND2 (mitochondrial) gene, there are 5-6
Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) that have been used to tell the two
species apart in past papers. These SNPs should be present if the bird is a
Cordilleran Flycatcher, and not present if it is a Pacific-slope. We only
really need 3+ SNPs to tell this, which is why we eventually focused our
efforts on examining the first section (of 4) of the gene (as it contains 3
SNPs). In the image linked to here (
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nrg_energy/27026501372/in/dateposted-public/),
you can see these SNPs are NOT present, indicating the bird is either a
Pacific-slope or Pacific-slope X Cordilleran Flycatcher hybrid.

We never will really know with certainty if the bird is a hybrid, but from
the Rush et. al paper (2009), it appears these hybrids are quite uncommon,
so I'd call this a Pacific-slope Flycatcher with near-confidence. We never
will know 100% if its a hybrid or not as mitochondrial genes are only
passed on through the mother, so the father's lineage has to be inferred.

Regardless, thank you all for your patience, we finally have an answer!
Combining this result with the beautiful recorded call notes embedded in
Jay McGowan's checklist (
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25958695), I think the case is
quite strong for this to be accepted as a Pacific-slope Flycatcher!

Good Birding,

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Ithaca, NY
Tompkins County

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Subject: Re: Kentucky Warblers in Prospect Park
From: Joshua Malbin <joshuamalbin AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 15:49:44 -0400
Please disregard previous email. I was looking at the picture on my phone
and mistook an interloping leaf for part of the bird.
On May 19, 2016 3:44 PM, "Joshua Malbin"  wrote:

> Gus Keri also found and photographed one in the Ravine.
> On May 19, 2016 3:43 PM, "Rob Jett"  wrote:
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>> Early this morning a Kentucky Warbler was found near the north end of
>> Prospect Park at a wooded stretch just to the north of the Picnic House. At
>> around noon a 2nd one was spotted by Steve Nanz and his group on Lookout
>> Hill along the dirt path across from the 16th St. entrance. It was feeding
>> around a termite hatch out.
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Subject: Re: Kentucky Warblers in Prospect Park
From: Joshua Malbin <joshuamalbin AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 15:44:35 -0400
Gus Keri also found and photographed one in the Ravine.
On May 19, 2016 3:43 PM, "Rob Jett"  wrote:

> Early this morning a Kentucky Warbler was found near the north end of
> Prospect Park at a wooded stretch just to the north of the Picnic House. At
> around noon a 2nd one was spotted by Steve Nanz and his group on Lookout
> Hill along the dirt path across from the 16th St. entrance. It was feeding
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Subject: Kentucky Warblers in Prospect Park
From: Rob Jett <citybirder AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 15:42:29 -0400
Early this morning a Kentucky Warbler was found near the north end of Prospect 
Park at a wooded stretch just to the north of the Picnic House. At around noon 
a 2nd one was spotted by Steve Nanz and his group on Lookout Hill along the 
dirt path across from the 16th St. entrance. It was feeding around a termite 
hatch out. 


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Subject: Re:[ebirdsnyc] CP Kentucky?
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 11:59:52 -0400
Yes, no reports or sightings after 9am.

Anders
On May 19, 2016 11:53 AM, "Dominic Garcia-Hall dominic.hall AT gmail.com
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From: Dominic Garcia-Hall <dominic.hall AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 11:53:18 -0400
Curious if anyone has updates - either positive or negative?
Last I heard it was seen 9am?
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Subject: Re: Rye Nature Center Update
From: Robert Lewis <rfermat AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 14:59:22 +0000 (UTC)
Where is the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher?
Bob LewisSleepy Hollow NY


      From: Gail Benson 
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 Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2016 10:49 AM
 Subject: [nysbirds-l] Rye Nature Center Update
   
No sign of yesterday's Summer Tanager, but Yellow-bellied Flycatcher continues 
for its 4th day. Two Yellow-billed Cuckoos and a generally much reduced number 
of Warblers. Tom Burke & Gail Benson 



   
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Subject: Rye Nature Center Update
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 10:49:24 -0400
No sign of yesterday's Summer Tanager, but Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
continues for its 4th day. Two Yellow-billed Cuckoos and a generally much
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Subject: Kentucky, Cerulean + 22+ add'l. warb. spp. Central Pk. NYC 5/19
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 09:52:17 -0400
Thursday, 19 May, 2016
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City -

Thus far, and it's still early in the day, 24 or more Warbler species  
have been recorded in Central Park, with a possibility a few more may  
also turn up.  Among much-hoped-for species, the Kentucky Warbler seen  
in the east-central & northeast portions of the Ramble and of course  
being sought on an on-going basis by many; a Cerulean Warbler is also  
in the Ramble, & there are migrants in just about all of the entire  
park, with a lot of further reports yet to come. Many species present  
the last few days are, or may be continuing. A singing male Hooded  
Warbler was additionally in the Ramble, moving about & seen at one  
point at the W. part of the Tupelo meadow area.  Good activity also in  
the area near the reservoir, from south side bridle path on up to the  
north bridle path.  Migrants are of course also numerous in the  
northern parts of the park, today.

good luck! (please observe quietly),

Tom Fiore
Manhattan



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Subject: Mourning Warbler - Southard's Pond Park (Suffolk Co.)
From: John Gluth <jgluth AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 09:28:00 -0400
Though I had no luck with the Olive-sided Flycatcher seen the past two days, 
there was a Mourning Warbler singing as a nice consolation prize. It sang 
several times from a multiflora rose thicket near the first footbridge on the 
eastern trail, south of the pond. It went silent and/or slipped away without 
offering so much as a glimpse. Great to hear though. 


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Subject: Fwd: Central Park, NYC: Kentucky warbler
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 08:03:53 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Anders Peltomaa" 
Date: May 19, 2016 8:03 AM
Subject: Central Park, NYC: Kentucky warbler
To: "Phil Jeffries" 
Cc:

Marc Katz just reported a Kentucky warbler eat of Evoidia Field in the
ramble

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Subject: Central Park, NYC 5/18
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 04:48:22 -0400
Wednesday, 18 May, 2016
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

A female SUMMER Tanager was enjoyed by observers in the heart of the  
Ramble, and there were also multiple Scarlet Tanagers, a preponderance  
of females but also some males around. This most recent of the park's  
Summer Tanagers was found by R. Pasquier, a long-time park birder &  
doctor of ornithology.

Vireos of at least 5 species were still being found with a  
Philadelphia Vireo in the n. end being seen well by at least a few  
observers, & slightly late Blue-headed & Yellow-throated Vireos also  
hanging in. Red-eyed & Warbling Vireos are both common.

Overall, somewhat similar to the previous day & thus again, at least  
25 Warbler species were found in the park, including MOURNING Warbler  
in multiple locations.  Also seen again by many was a singing  
Tennessee Warbler at close range in the n. end of the Ramble (with a  
couple others of the species in scattered locations), & multiples of  
Bay-breasted & Cape May including males & females of each and in  
locations including but not limited to the southeast part of the park,  
the north end, the bridle path on south, & north sides of reservoir,  
and around the Ramble area.  An Orange-crowned Warbler was reported by  
some, & also seen were Hooded, Blackburnian (multiple & still some  
males), several late Palm (the latter species being found lately from  
all 5 of NYC's boros/counties, indicating a late batch of these),  
Prairie (female) & still very good numbers of N. Waterthrush,  
Ovenbird, Black-and-white, N. Parula, Common Yellowthroat, Black- 
throated Blue, Chestnut-sided, Wilson's, Canada, American Redstart, &  
Magnolia, with Blackpoll again in double-digit numbers - but still not  
the big push of that species.  Multiple observers birding on their own  
as well as with small informal groups were able to tally 20 warbler  
species on the day, some finding that number even without visiting the  
Ramble or the north woods.

Flycatchers again include multiple Empidonax [genus] species and more  
Yellow-bellied as well as Least & now Alder have been identified by  
call &/or song, with some Willow also found, & others of the group  
which were silent, all these occurring in many corners of the park,  
including the Ramble, s. end and north end. Olive-sided also  
continued, as did Great Crested Flycatchers, & E. Kingbirds (some on  
nest territories).

Sparrows being found continue to include Lincoln's in multiple areas,  
some Savannah in a few places, as well as Swamp, White-throated,  
Field, Chipping, Song, & most remarkably, Dark-eyed Junco (with a few  
also being found in other boroughs so there is a "late" trend in a  
number of migrants in the area, despite a majority of the early-spring  
migrants having moved on), & also E. Towhee still around (and a rare  
nester in Central).

Other species being seen widely include Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo  
Bunting, Baltimore Oriole, Swainson's Thrush, Veery, Gray Catbird, and  
House Wren. There are still Ruby-crowned Kinglets in some numbers  
although they've been dwindling. Also being seen are Gray-cheeked &  
that type of Thrush (some singing Gray-cheeked song) as well as Wood &  
still a modest no. of Hermit Thrushes. Cuckoo sightings dropped off  
but some were still being found, esp. of Yellow-billed.  At least a  
few Common Nighthawks are still in the park, & some intrepid observers  
have found there either before or after true-daylight hours in a  
couple of locations.  There are plenty of additional migrant &  
resident species, some of which may be reported on in the next day or  
two.

good observing,

Tom Fiore
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Subject: Nesting Peregrine Falcons, Orange County
From: Walter Eberz <eberz AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 16:35:55 -0400
Found a nesting pair of Peregrines on I-97 along the Delaware River (a.k.a. 
"the Hawk's Nest"). It is in-between the second and third pull-off when heading 
north out of Port Jervis. We could hear chicks in the nest when the adult 
returned with food, but couldn't see how many are in there. 

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Subject: Central Park NYC - Wednesday May 18, 2016 incl. 20 Species of Wood Warblers
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 15:36:02 -0400
Central Park NYC 
Wednesday May 18, 2016
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, m.ob. on bird walk starting from the dock on Turtle 
Pond at 9am. 


Twenty species of Wood Warblers this morning, including a late Palm Warbler.

The List includes some birds seen by Bob at the Reservoir and Bridle Path 
before the walk. 


Gadwall - 2 males & 1 female Reservoir, pair Turtle Pond (7:10AM)
Bufflehead - male continues Reservoir
Double-crested Cormorant - adults & immatures Reservoir
Great Egret - turtle Pond, flyovers at Upper Lobe & Reservoir
Black-crowned Night-Heron - adults Upper Lobe & Turtle Pond
Red-tailed Hawk - adult flyover
Spotted Sandpiper - 2 Reservoir (7:10AM)
Herring Gull - flyovers
Mourning Dove - adults & juveniles
Chimney Swift - around 20
Red-bellied Woodpecker - pairs including birds at the Point
Downy Woodpecker - male Castle
Northern Flicker - pair Ramble
Blue-headed Vireo - Captain's Bench (spotted by Signe Hammer)
Warbling Vireo - pair at Turtle Pond dock, also other locations
Red-eyed Vireo - several
Blue Jay - adult feeding fledgling Mugger's Woods
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 5 Reservoir (7:10AM)
Barn Swallow - at least 4 Reservoir (7:10AM)
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1 in Ramble
House Wren - Humming Tombstone
Swainson's Thrush - 3
Wood Thrush - heard Mugger's Woods
American Robin
Gray Catbird - fairly common
Cedar Waxwing - 4 Tuliptree Captain's Bench
Ovenbird - at least 3
Northern Waterthrush 4 - Oven, Shakespeare Garden, Turtle Pond, etc. 
Black-and-white Warbler - 2 males, 8 females
Tennessee Warbler - adult Honeylocust at Castle (with Brian Padden)
Nashville Warbler - Mugger's Woods (David Barrett)
Common Yellowthroat - 8 - 2 males, 6 females
American Redstart - 20, including 3 adult males and 2 second-year males
Cape May Warbler - 2 females - 1 cypress at Turtle Pond Dock, 1 Tuliptree at 
Captain's Bench (spotted by David Barrett) 

Northern Parula - around 25 including 2 adult males
Magnolia Warbler - 100+ (20% adult males)
Bay-breasted Warbler - 2 females Bridle Path (Bob before walk)
Blackburnian Warbler - adult male Turtle Pond (Bob)
yellow Warbler - female Azalea Pond
Blackpoll Warbler - few (5) 2 males & 3 females
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 2 males, 8 females
Palm Warlber - dock on Turtle Pond (Bob - LATE, expected departure early May)
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 5 to 10, 3 at Turtle Pond, others Bridle Path & 
elsewhere 

Black-throated Green Warbler - 1 male, 3 females Ramble
Canada Warbler - 4 - all adult males - Shakespeare Garden, Turtle Pond, Bridle 
Path & the Point 

Wilson's Warbler - 5 males - south side Reservoir, Turtle Pond Duck, Point, 
Azalea Pond, Shakespeare Garden, Ramble 

Eastern Towhee - singing east of feeders
Lincoln's Sparrow - Evodia Field
Scarlet Tanager -3 total - female, adult male Gill Overlook (David Barrett) & 
another adult male elsewhere 

Rose-breasted Grosbeak- at least 5 - adult male Evodia Field, others elsewhere 
(of the 5 one making weep call, others squeaking) 

Red-winged Blackbird - male Turtle Pond
Brown-headed Cowbird - male Humming Tombstone
Baltimore Oriole - common , pairs in Ramble
House Finch 4 to 6 Turtle Pond Duck
American Goldfinch - adult male Castle

Deb Allen

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Subject: Re: Bicknell's and Hooded Warbler - Prospect Park Peninsula (correction)
From: Paul R Sweet <sweet AT amnh.org>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 16:36:28 +0000
Take a trip to the top of Slide Montain in the next few weeks. Guaranteed 
Bicknell's 


Paul Sweet | Department of Ornithology | American Museum of Natural History | 
Central Park West  AT  79th St | NY 10023 | Tel 212 769 5780 | Mob 718 757 5941 


> On May 18, 2016, at 12:32 PM, Pat Palladino  wrote:
> 
> Probable Bicknell's I should say. A single bird was present which directly 
matched the photographs of others who heard it sing; however, there was no song 
while I was there. There were at least seven other Gray-cheeks there as well. 
As such, I'm still searching for my life Bicknell's Thrush. 

> 
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>> On May 18, 2016, at 12:00 PM, Pat Palladino  wrote:
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Subject: Re: Bicknell's and Hooded Warbler - Prospect Park Peninsula (correction)
From: Pat Palladino <dino1277 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 16:32:04 +0000
Probable Bicknell's I should say. A single bird was present which directly 
matched the photographs of others who heard it sing; however, there was no song 
while I was there. There were at least seven other Gray-cheeks there as well. 
As such, I'm still searching for my life Bicknell's Thrush. 


Pat Palladino


> On May 18, 2016, at 12:00 PM, Pat Palladino  wrote:
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Subject: correction/addendum [tern sp.], C.P., 5/17
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 09:30:00 -0400
In Central Park (Manhattan, N.Y. City) on early Tuesday a.m. (17 May),  
a tern I'd seen as a fast fly-by and in low light was a *possible*  
Forster's, & goes into my own notes simply as "Sterna" [genus] "sp."  
All terns are rare in Central Park at least in modern times, despite  
the above-noted & other tern species breeding not far away.

[n.b., for today Wed. 5/18, Central Park is again quite active with  
many migrants.]

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Subject: Bicknell's and Hooded Warbler - Prospect Park Peninsula
From: Pat Palladino <dino1277 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 16:00:29 +0000
In addition to the Bicknell's Thrush, a female Hooded Warbler was foraging in 
the Peninsula this morning. 


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Subject: Uplands Farm: Olive Sided Flycatcher
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 11:58:51 -0400
Cold Spring Harbor
Reported on ebird yesterday, seen around 11:30 on the south side of the
main field

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Subject: Mourning warbler Prospect Park
From: Rob Bate <robsbate AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 11:41:57 -0400
Raphael Campos redoing the Mourning Warbler shortly before noon. It is in the 
same area where the Least Bittern was seen a few days ago south of the Rose 
Garden in an "Aurelia Grove" behind a transformer "tombstone" near a huge tulip 
tree and willow Oak. 


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Subject: Summer Tanager Rye Nature Center
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 10:19:25 -0400
A young male Summer Tanager is present along with a Yellow-bellied
Flycatcher for the third day,  a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a good variety of
warblers at Rye Nature Center in Westchester County this morning.
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Subject: O-s Flycatcher, Southard's (Suffolk)
From: d Futuyma <dfutuyma AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 07:29:15 -0400
The Olive-sided Flycatcher is at the site described yesterday by Patricia 
Lindsay: immediately north of the path that runs E-W along the south side of 
the pond, on the western side. Showing white tufts as it preens. 

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Subject: Bicknell's Thrush in Prospect Park
From: Joshua Malbin <joshuamalbin AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 06:48:13 -0400
A Bicknell's Thrush found yesterday by Rob Jett was still present and
singing this morning in Prospect Park, on the lefthand paved path of the
peninsula, about halfway between the pink beach and where the paths
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Subject: Central Park, NYC 5/17
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 04:33:15 -0400
Tuesday, 17 May, 2016
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

A very good new arrival of migrants, with a much richer variety of  
flycatchers, as well as additional thrushes, vireos, warblers,  
tanagers and more, all coming in from Monday night to Tuesday.  One  
bird I saw which was by far the greatest surprise, as it's so rare to  
see any in or over Central,: a tern species, which by overall size &  
"giss" may have been a Forter's (non-vocal and a very quick fly-thru,  
at about 5:45 a.m. seen from the upper s. side of the Great Hill; the  
tern was not extremely high but was moving quickly to the north &  
could potentially have come from or passed the reservoir of the park  
earlier.

At the reservoir much later, a lingering male Bufflehead was noted by  
many. A relatively quick scan did not reveal the other late-lingering  
ducks which had been there (N. Shoveler, Ruddy) in recent days but  
either could still be present if sought carefully. The shorebird  
species noted was the most typical - Spotted Sandpiper, which was seen  
in multiple locations, including at small streams as well as around  
the reservoir.

This was a day to remember for many observers, some of whom were able  
to tally 20 or even more species of warblers on the day. There were  
multiple instances of a dozen or even more species of warblers in a  
single tree, and also not just one or two but many instances of  
species such as Bay-breasted, Cape May, & lots of other warblers being  
seen in 3, 4, even 5 at a time, even all in one field of view at  
times.   Just among many, many excellent sightings was that of  
Tennessee Warbler, a species which was seen by many in the area near  
Belvedere Castle, & one of which (singing regularly) showed just west  
of the weather instrument station, such that eye-level views were  
obtained from as little as 7-10 feet away; videos & photos were  
obtained by some of the multiple obs., & big thanks to Roy Tsao who  
alerted a number of late-morning birders in the immediate area. This  
species was also nicely seen in the n. end, and many groups led by a  
number of leaders in the Ramble area enjoyed nice views also. These  
groups were led by among others those representing non-profit  
organizations & institutions such as the AMNH (American Museum of  
Natural History), and the Linnaean Society of New York: walks in  
Central Park scheduled by the latter are free of charge; membership in  
the society is suggested for those joining walks on a regular basis.   
Also offering bird/nature walks & trips around NYC & beyond are the  
(non-profit) NYC Audubon & many others.

Warblers of at least 25 species in all were noted from the park, with  
at least 24 of these in the vicinity of the Ramble alone. Always much- 
sought in migration here, Mourning Warbler sightings were from the  
north end of the park on Tuesday, with perhaps as many as 4 present  
and sightings from the Loch / Ravine area as well as the north woods,  
& likely the last-of-day sighting by Gabriel Willow, a leader of many  
NYC Audubon walks around the city and beyond, that late-day sighting  
at the SW edge of the Pool, very near the W. 100th St. entrance to the  
park. Also at least heard well, fairly late in the day was a Mourning  
just north of the Loch, noticed by Brenda Inskeep, whom I walked with  
in the latter half of the day. Other individuals of the species also  
were singing a bit in the early hours at the n. end of the park.  It  
is close to the (potential) peak period of this species movements,  
locally.

Flycatcher diversity has been climbing and about all the expected  
species have now been reported in the park, with some of the Empidonax  
[genus] just lately arriving.  I was very lucky to have a superb view  
of Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Tues. at the Great Hill; a few others of  
this species have now been seen, and of some of the others, and  
importantly, also heard. There should be more of most of these in the  
coming week & beyond.  Olive-sided Flycatcher is possibly at peak  
about now, sightings (and some seen singing or calling) have been in  
multiple locations; I managed to photo' 2 individuals on Tues., one in  
the n. end and another in the Ramble; others were found by multiple  
observers. The only typical-migrant flycatcher now very tough to come  
by in Central is E. Phoebe, as virtually all have moved on as expected  
here.

Thrushes are still featuring some Hermit, while Wood & especially  
Swainson's Thrushes are now fairly common: the n. woods alone had  
many, & the Ramble & vicinity featured dozens or more of the latter.  
Veery also are still not uncommon, and some Gray-cheeked are being  
identified while the oft-sought Bicknell's, a definite migrant through  
these parts, has to be heard to be positively identified on sight.

There are still some Blue-headed Vireos moving thru, but the most- 
common of the vireos here now are Red-eyed & Warbling, the latter in  
particular already nesting here; the much-less-identified Philadelphia  
Vireo, an uncommon spring sighting, must be identified with care, by a  
combination of visual cues, most importantly including good views of  
the facial details; relatively few observers will ID this species in  
this area on spring migration based solely on hearing songs.

(Scarlet) Tanagers & cuckoos appeared to be seen mainly in the far n.  
end of the park, which featured a strong very early flight, and a  
tremendous amount of visible lingering 'zugunruhe' - or a similar  
active excitement relating to the tremendous migrations many of the  
various migratory species are undergoing to reach the breeding  
grounds. The overnight migration was locally very good and a lot of  
birds were able to "clear" the city center and move along, thus the  
rich array of species that were observed stopping off in Central (&  
other inner-urban parks & green-spaces) were that much more  
remarkable.  Some morning flight was observed of the first hour of  
light, thru about 6 a.m., and this involved both onward/northbound  
movement as well as local-reverse movement (birds moving southward  
again very locally at low elevation, here having seen the end of the  
green-space at the n. end of the park at around first light, or before  
& after in some cases). This phenomenon is often but not exclusively  
associated with larger flights of migrants in the area and is really  
best observed where there is a good amount of sky-view.

Good birding & thanks to many quiet observers all around the park  
including those I was with at various times thru all parts of the day.

Tom Fiore,
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Subject: Central Park NYC - Tuesday May 17, 2016, incl. 19 species of Wood Warblers
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 16:07:04 -0400
Central Park NYC 
Tuesday May 17, 2016
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, m.ob. on bird walk starting from the dock on Turtle 
Pond at 9am 


Highlight: 19 species of wood warblers. 

Gadwall - pair Turtle Pond
Bufflehead - male Reservoir
Double-crested Cormorant - immatures & adults Reservoir
Great Egret - Turtle pond
Black-crowned Night-Heron - 2 Lake, 1 Turtle Pond - all adults
Red-tailed Hawk - adult
Herring Gull - flyovers
Mourning Dove - some juveniles
Chimney Swift - flyovers
Red-bellied Woodpecker - pairs
Downy Woodpecker - male & female Summer House
Olive-sided Flycatcher - Weather Station Circle (Noa & Mayra Cruz)
Empidonax Flycatcher - Warbler Rock
Eastern Kingbird - Warbler Rock
Yellow-throated Vireo - east side of Ramble
Blue-headed Vireo - 1
Warbling Vireo - pairs
Red-eyed Vireo - several
American Crow - 2 flyovers
Blue Jay
Barn Swallow - flyovers
Black-capped Chickadee - bathing at Oven
White-breasted Nuthatch - pair Summer House
House Wren - Shakespeare Garden
Veery - East of Warbler Rock
Swainson's Thrush - 5
Wood Thrush - 3 singing in Ramble
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Cedar Waxwing - in Tuliptree Captain's Bench (Noa Cruz)
Ovenbird - 5
Northern Waterthrush - at least 4 - Oven, Upper Lobe, Shakespeare Garden, 
Turtle Pond, etc. 

Black-and-white Warbler - 1 male, 10 females
Common Yellowthroat - 10 (males & females 50/50)
American Redstart - 5 males, 15 females, 2 or 3 s econd-year males
Cape May Warbler - 5 (1 adult male, 4 females) SW Reservoir, Captain's Bench, 
Summer House, Oven (ad male), etc. 

Northern Parula - 25+ more females than males
Magnolia Warbler - 50+ males & females both adults and second-year 
(first-cycle) birds 

Bay-breasted Warbler - 5 - 2 males and 1 female Turtle Pond Dock (with Janet 
Wooten & Ed Gaillard), female Mugger's Woods, female SW Reservoir 

Blackburnian Warbler - 8 total - 5 males, 3 females - Shakespeare Garden, 
Weather Station, Summer House, Point, etc. 

Yellow Warbler - not many 5 total (2 males, 3 females)
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 10 (3 of them adult males)
Blackpoll Warbler - 8 (5 males, 3 females)
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 2 males, 4 females
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 6 all females
Prairie Warbler - 2 females (Summer house and Shakespeare Garden Overlook)
Black-throated Green Warbler - 4 - 2 adult males, 2 females (Ramble)
Canada Warbler - 4 adult males (3 on the Point, 1 in the Ramble)
Wilson's Warbler - 4 all adult males (Upper Lobe, Point, Oven, etc.)
Eastern Tohwee - male singing east of feeders
Lincoln's Sparrow - Shakespeare Garden
Swamp Sparrow - Azalea Pond
Scarlet Tanager - female Captain's Bench
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - males calling
Red-winged Blackbird - Oven, Turtle Pond
Brown-headed Cowbird - 2 males Chez Armando
Baltimore Oriole - new nest at Turtle Pond
House Finch - cypress at Turtle Pond Dock

3 Indigo Buntings in Strawberry Fields and an Eastern Wood-Pewee were 
inadvertently omitted from yesterday's (5/16/16) list. 


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Subject: South Shore locations--and Marsh Sparrows
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 15:35:23 -0400
Joe Giunta, Stan and I (Sy Schiff) started birding at the Jones Beach Coast 
Guard Station.bar There were a scattering of terns and shorebirds there and a 
few warblers at the parking lot. We moved on. 


We headed directly east to Gardiner County Park. The path to the bay was 
moderately birdy with YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, BLUE-GRAY 
GNATCATCHER, 8 species of WARBLER, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and other breeding birds. 
At the bay, we turned left, crossed a shallow cut and moved back to the edge of 
the marsh. Here we found and photographed both SEASIDE and SALTMARSH SPARROWS 
and a pair of LEAST SANDPIPERS. 


Returning, we stopped at Captree Island. Here we found more of the same 
expected shorebirds with a nice addition. Four birds feeding together consisted 
of 2 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 2 exceedingly rare in spring STILT SANDPIPERS, 


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Subject: W.46th Street Pocket Park this morning
From: Amy Simmons <amynewyork AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 10:58:00 -0400
5/16/16, from 10:00 am to 10:10 amW. 46th & 6th Ave, NYC. 
2 Gray Catbirds4 Ovenbirds  (all seen together under the bald cypress trees, 
so none were double-counted)2 Common Yellowthroat (male and female)2 
White-throated SparrowHouse SparrowsRock Pigeons 

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Subject: Central Park, NYC 5/16 & prior
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 04:00:00 -0400
Very strong migration is evident over Manhattan in the 'wee' hours of  
the night: now.
......................................
Monday, 16 May, 2016 - & previous 3 days for some species.
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City -

The reservoir has featured some lingering waterfowl, including 2  
Northern Shovelers (1 of which I photo'd & first reported here Friday  
5/13), a drake Bufflehead (long-lingering), & 2 Ruddy Ducks (also  
photo'd & reported from Friday 5/13), as well as multiple Gadwall  
(which regularly summer), each species still present thru late Monday  
5/16.  Several Common Loon fly-overs were seen very early Monday, when  
winds were a bit less than the strong wind of much of the day; Double- 
crested Cormorants continue in double-digit no's. at the reservoir, &  
gulls of 3 most-typical spp. are still found, although Ring-billed  
have become relatively scarce (as expected) by now & none are esp.  
numerous, although Great Black-backed Gull is reliable. A few Laughing  
Gulls have continued to visit, some staying only a short time before  
moving on.  Swallows that have been regular include the usual Barn &  
N. Rough-winged, while Bank & Tree are irregularly seen now, but at  
least 1 of each of the latter 2 spp. were still flying with the 2  
regular spp. as of late Monday. Also seen irregularly over the  
reservoir are Chimney Swifts, which are also fairly regular over the  
park generally in mid-late May. Great Egrets are regular visitors to  
the reservoir, & for those who would venture there at dusk or ahead of  
5 a.m., so are Black-crowned Night-Herons. To view Snowy Egret from  
Central, the best chances by far are to be in a part of the northern  
end and look up frequently, as the 2 regular spp. of egret are common,  
daily fly-overs seen moving east &/or west, sometimes in small  
groups.  At least 3 spp. of shorebirds have frequented the reservoir,  
the most regular by far Spotted Sandpiper, with a few Solitary  
Sandpipers also moving thru, and up to a dozen Least Sandpipers (an  
annual migrant in Central, but not often recorded unless one spends  
inordinate time at the reservoir, esp. in mid-summer) were there as of  
Sat. with a few still present on Sun. 5/15.  A drake Wood Duck has  
continued on (for all of the year) and lately has been lingering in  
one area, not at the reservoir; it is not that uncommon for a few to  
summer.

All around the entire perimeter & encircling bridle path of the  
reservoir, many, many land-bird migrants & some nesting species may be  
found, & have been these past 4 days. The trees that are productive  
include some of the oaks while a variety of others are also attracting  
warblers, vireos, some flycatchers, & more - this is of annual  
occurrence & it is even possible to see many of the migrant species of  
the park in this area, with dedication, without ever visiting the  
Ramble or other woods areas of the park, once full-on mid-May  
migration has commenced (as so clearly happened here by May 8, but was  
already in evidence before then).  It is a fine birding area, yet is  
generally 'under-birded' even while having such good potential. Often  
particularly productive are trees along the s. side (from SE to SW)  
bridle path & even from the running track, as well as the NW &  
vicinity with detours off to the areas near the tennis courts also  
often v. good, & some trees there also providing superb viewing, as  
they are more widely spaced there than in other areas.

Common Nighthawks have been present in eve. hours, esp. seen from a  
couple of n. end locations, at least to Sun. 5/15 & with a few also  
found roosting including the one first reported here by Karen Fung on  
Sunday, a well-photographed individual.  Cuckoos of both spp.- Black- 
billed & esp. Yellow-billed have been seen by many in a number of  
locations in the park, with the latter still around in the multiple  
thru Mon. 5/16.

Flycatchers appearing more regularly have been E. Kingbird (a few on  
nests, as well as some likely migrating thru) & Great Crested  
Flycatcher (which has bred in the park), and still in modest no's.,  
Eastern Wood-Pewee;   always-sought-after Olive-sided Flycatcher has  
been present in up to 6 or more discrete locations, with most  
observers finding them in either the n. end or Ramble, occasionally  
giving calls and some also singing a bit.  The Empidonax group have  
been represented by at least - Least, Willow and Acadian (all heard  
calling or singing) with some in the "Traill's" (Willow or Alder, but  
silent) category; there are still a great many more of these to arrive  
and that will be likely in the coming week or so. There also have been  
a few lingering or very late E. Phoebe sightings.

Warblers of at least 29 species have been found in these past 4 days  
in the park, Fri.-Mon. 5/13-16. A Yellow-throated Warbler has  
attracted rather less attention than earlier in the season's  
sightings, and had been seen in the Ramble, & there have been a couple  
of prior & elsewhere reports of the species as well. Multiple  
observers saw the most recent of them in the Ramble area. Of other  
species, at least a couple more Mourning Warblers have been detected  
in the n. end of the park, including on the day more obs. were able to  
see one that was found and previously-reported from Sun. 5/15 at the  
upper lobe area of the lake. Bay-breasted, Cape May, Tennessee,  
Wilson's, Canada & many other warbler spp. have continued in the  
multiple, and have been seen at the n. end of the park, at the  
reservoir-bridle path areas, around the Great Lawn, and to a lesser  
extent at the s. end, as well as in the Ramble area, including to both  
Central Park West & Fifth Ave. locations just inside the park. Getting  
quite late, yet still not unprecedented has been Louisiana Waterthrush  
seen by many on Mon. 5/16, as well as a few Palm Warblers yet to clear  
out, these apparent females, in the last 3 days. Another good push of  
many of the later-moving spp. is likely now or very soon, & there have  
been Blackpoll Warblers in high double-digit numbers each day for at  
least a full week, with sightings & hearings of them from virtually  
any part of the park, and occ. with up to 3 or 4 in a single tree;  
females of the species have also been in, although most have been  
males thus far. There have been reports of some of the more uncommon  
warblers as well in the past week. About 15 to 18 spp. of warblers  
have remained fairly common, in double-digit no's. or nearly-so, park- 
wide in the same period, thru Mon. 5/16.

All six Vireo species that breed in the northeast have been present in  
the park on at least Sat. to Mon. 5/14-16, with Philadelphia Vireo  
showing well in a few locations as seen by multiple observers; White- 
eyed (which nest in a variety of locations in NYC) have been a bit  
more regular this spring in Central than in some other years; Blue- 
headed & Yellow-throated are still moving thru (and the latter has  
even nested in the park, albeit rarely) while Warbling (esp.) & Red- 
eyed Vireos are both still passing through & also nesting in the park  
again.

Thrushes seen daily in the past week to Mon. 5/16 include definite  
Gray-cheeked (with a few singing at times), Swainson's, Wood, still  
some Hermit, and Veery, and the always-intriguing possibility that  
Bicknell's have stopped in, while no definitive sightings & hearings  
of that 'rare' (relative to Gray-cheeked) thrush being reported in  
Central thus far this spring.  Some slightly late Ruby-crowned  
Kinglets, a few very late Winter Wrens, and some not-at-all late Blue- 
gray Gnatcatchers (which latter have bred in the park) all have been  
seen in the past 4 days, the kinglets in particular in multiple  
locations.

Sparrow diversity continued to be fairly good, although the passage of  
White-crowned so far were fairly rapid there are still a few, and  
Lincoln's might be of about the same status with multiples still about  
for those searching quietly and carefully. The mass passage of White- 
throated is likely complete, but they are still not too tough to find,  
in much-reduced no's. as of this weekend & since, while Song, Swamp,  
Field, Chipping (a few pairs nesting), & Savannah have all been seen  
thru Mon. 5/16. The unusually late Dark-eyed Juncos in the n. end may  
be cleared-out since the weekend, last noticed on Sun. 5/15.  Also  
rather cleared-out from the big movement of the previous Sunday,  
Scarlet Tanager is now a bit harder to come up with, but more are  
possible on the next large migrant push. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are  
still around & more have been females or young males in the last 2 days.

More Cedar Waxwings have been moving in, and they almost as much as  
the female Blackpoll Warblers are an indicator of the shift towards  
the latter part of songbird migration hereabouts. However it is not  
all over until the Alder Flycatcher has sung, or the Blackpolls  
completely take over & are then scarce. Migration can still be  
detected into the last week in spring, so there is plenty left to  
observe... and doing so quietly and considerately will benefit not  
only the birds, but also bring good feelings of being part of the  
season with all that it offers.

Lots of May still on the way.

good birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan
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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher Southards Pond Park Suffolk Co.
From: Patricia Lindsay <pjlindsay AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 08:39:02 -0400
Along trail west of pond closest to houses. Calling and flycatching.
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Subject: Non-bird question
From: Joe T <jbirds268 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 02:04:05 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,
I'm working on a piece for the NY Times about the Fresh Kills landfill/park on 
Staten Island. A few years ago, a pair of beavers worked their way through the 
park and built a dam on adjacent land. Does anyone know if there are beavers 
anywhere else in the city? Are they still in the Bronx River? 

If anyone has information about nesting bald eagle, ring-necked pheasant, 
bobolink, meadowlark, blue grosbeak or red fox populations anywhere else in the 
city and doesn't mind contacting me off-list, that would be very helpful and 
appreciated as well.  

Thanks in advance and apologies for the non-bird post. 
Joe TrezzaStaten Island
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Subject: Re: Prothonotary Warbler Staten Island
From: Mike <falecore AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 21:22:13 -0400
Prothonotary Warbler was still showing well at previously reported location 
(Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island) around 5pm. 


-Mike Shanley 

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 16, 2016, at 8:40 AM, Isaac Grant  wrote:
> 
> Currently a singing male Prothonotary not more than 100 yards south east of 
Martlings Avenue. Park at Martlings by the bridge and walk south east along the 
main path on west side of pond. Listen for bird on both sides of path. Reported 
yesterday afternoon but I did not see it then. 

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Subject: Jones Beach nightjar (Nassau County)
From: Pat Palladino <dino1277 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 01:09:53 +0000
On Saturday, a few people caught a glimpse of a nightjar (apparent Chuck-wills 
Widow) at Jones Beach West End. In an attempt to hear the Chuck, I headed down 
there this evening and was greeted by a calling Whip-poor-will. It called for 
about 15 minutes, then began its hunt, flying once through my headlight beams. 
Early tomorrow morning may be a good opportunity to catch this bird before it 
roosts for the day. 


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Subject: Pocket Park Report - 5.16.16
From: Amy Simmons <amynewyork AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 20:50:12 -0400
This afternoon I managed to slip over to the mid-town Manhattan "pocket
park" just off of 6th Avenue, btwn 46th & 47th Streets, and managed to find
at least a couple of migrants.  I only had 10 minutes, so there may have
been others, but here's whatI was able to see:

 

1 Gray Catbird

1 Ovenbird

4 White-throated Sparrow

15 House Sparrow

15 Rock Pigeon

 

Now that they've restarted the water feature in the park, I'm hopeful a few
others might turn up before migration has ended.

 

Good birding!

 

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Subject: Brooklyn Bird Club Evening Presentation
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 19:50:24 -0400
*Tuesday, May 24thth, 7:00 P.M.*

*Birdwatching in New York City and on Long Island*

*Presenters: Deborah Rivel and Kellye Rosenheim*

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

Deborah Rivel and Kellye Rosenheim will present their new guide, Birdwatching
in New York City and on Long Island. This easy-to-use guide gives seasonal
information and precise directions to the best birdwatching locations in
NYC and Long Island

Deborah is an avid bird photographer and award winning independent wildlife
film producer/director and has traveled to six continents in search of
birds. Kellye began birdwatching in Central Park and is currently the
Development Director for NYC Audubon.

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

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Subject: Queens County Bird Club - Upcoming Meeting - Wed. 05/18 - Mark Lowery presents "Preparing for Climate Change"
From: "Nancy Tognan" <nancy.tognan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 19:06:07 -0400
The Queens County Bird Club will be meeting at the Alley Pond Environmental
Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd Douglaston, NY 11362   
>Map of location<  

 

at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.  Free admission.  Refreshments served
(ice cream this month)

Public transportation users:  Meeting location is one mile from Bayside LIRR
station;  you can either walk, take the Q12 bus, or use car service located
at station.

 

Mark Lowery of NYS DEC will present "Preparing for Climate Change"

 

                Our changing climate is affecting both human-built
environments and ecological communities. Tropical storms make headlines, but
other climate-related risks are also on the increase. Signals of climate
change include alternating fierce droughts and intense rains, unprecedented
heat waves, earlier springs and later onset of frost, and the arrival of
heat-tolerant species and subtle decline of those less heat-tolerant. These
less-dramatic changes might proceed quite far before their harmful effects
are fully recognized.

This presentation will include an overview of climate science and an
examination of observed and expected effects of climate change, with a focus
on New York's birds and other natural resources. Our speaker will then
describe several New York State climate-change programs.    

 

               A 28-year veteran of the New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation, Mark Lowery is a climate policy analyst in the
Office of Climate Change. His areas of responsibility have included leading
public outreach for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, State Sea Level
Rise Task Force and state climate action plan.  He is currently leading
implementation of the Community Risk and Resiliency Act. He also manages the
Climate Smart Communities program, serves as the office's lead on
climate-change adaptation and sits on the state's interagency work group on
climate-change adaptation. Mark holds a bachelor's degree in biology from
Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa., and a master's degree in
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Subject: Central Park NYC - Monday May 16, 2016 incl. 16 species of Wood Warblers
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 17:11:43 -0400
Central Park NYC 
Monday May 16, 2016
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, m.ob. on bird walks starting from Strawberry Fields 
at 8am and 9am. 


Double-crested Cormorant - flyover
Great Egret - Turtle Pond
Red-tailed Hawk
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Captain's Bench (Jeffrey Ward)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - female Humming Tombstone, male Maintenance Field
Empidonax Flycatcher - probable Least Flycatcher Strawberry Fields
Great Crested Flycatcher - Upper Lobe
Eastern Kingbird - Strawberry Field
Blue-headed Vireo - in Honeylocust (blooming) at Humming Tombstone
Warbling Vireo - several locations
Red-eyed Vireo - east of Maintenance Field
Blue Jay - various locations
Barn Swallow - 3 or 4 flyovers
Swainson's Thrush - 3 Ramble
Hermit Thrush - 1 in Ramble
Wood Thrush - 2 in Ramble
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing - feeding each other unripe hackberries (6 at Captain's Bench, 4 
on the Point) 

Ovenbird - fairly common throughout
Northern Waterthrush - several places
Black-and-white Warbler - 2 males, 6 females
Common Yellowthroat - 10 (5 males, 5 females)
American Redstart - 3 males, 3 females
Northern Parula - 7 (2 males, 5 females)
Magnolia Warbler - common
Blackburnian Warbler - Humming Tombstone (spotted by Jeffrey Ward)
Yellow Warbler - 5 to 10
Chestnut-sided Warbler 5
Blackpoll Warbler - 3 males, 2 females - Strawberry Fields, etc. 
Black-throated Blue Warbler - male Strawberry Field, 3 females in other 
locations 

Yellow-rumped Warbler - the Point (Jeff Ward)
Black-throated Green Warbler - female Strawberry Fields
Canada Warbler - around 5 (Strawberry Fields, the Point, etc.)
Wilson's Warbler - 6 (Strawberry Fields, the Point, the Oven, and elsewhere)
Northern Cardinal - various locations
White-throated Sparrow - around 5
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole - many
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - heard

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 18:26:56 +0000 (UTC)
*  New York*  Syracuse   
   - May 16, 2016
*  NYSY  05. 16. 16 Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):May 02, 2015 - 
May 09, 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: May 09  AT 2:00 p.m. 
(EST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: 
www.onondagaaudubon.org  Greetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for 
the week of May 09, 2015. 

Highlights--------------
GLOSSY IBISSANDHILL CRANESTILT SANDPIPERWHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERHUDSONIAN 
GODWITRED-HEADED WOODPECKERPROTHONOTARY WARBLERGOLDEN-WINGED 
WARBLERDICKCISSELCLAY-COLORED SPARROWLINCOLN’S SPARROWORCHARD ORIOLE 


Compiler’s note: This the week to find and see WARBLERS. Last week was great 
and this week could be just as good. Leaves are coming on fast so get out there 
now. Oswego county alone had 26 species and other counties probably had close 
to as many. Good luck! 


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

     11 species of Shorbirds were reported this week highlighted by a 
HUDSONIAN GODWIT, a STILT SANDPIPER and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER.     5/10: 
A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen at the visitor’s Center. It was found on the 
12th. also.A STILT SANDPIPER was seen at Tschache Pool.     5/12: A 
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at the Audubon Center on Rt. 89.     5.14A 
GLOSSY IBIS was seen from East Road. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen at the 
Armitage Road site on the west side of the bridge.     5/15: A WHITE-RUMPED 
SANDPIPER was seen at the Visitor’s Center. Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were 
seen in the swamp on Mays Point Road. 


Derby Hill------------
     Derby was definitely winding down this week with only 1,355 hawks 
tallied. 5/10 had a SANDHILL CRANE, 5/11 had a SNOW GOOSE and on 5/12 a 
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was present. 


Oswego County------------
     5/15: An ORCHARD ORIOLE and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were found at the 
end of Nine Mile Point Road near Noyes Sanctuary. 


Onondaga County------------
     5/10: A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was reported at the Lemoyne College woods. A 
STILT SANDPIPER was again found on Lamson Road at the Pony Farm in the town of 
Lysander.     5/14: After a few days absence 2 TRUMPETER SWANS were again 
seen at Three Rivers WMA from the Smokey Hollow Road side.     5/15: An 
ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen at Green Lakes State Park. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was 
found at the Hancock Airpark south of Taft Road. A male DICKCISSEL was reported 
and nicely photographed but no location was given. 


Oneida County------------
     5/10: An ORCHARD ORIOLE was found in Waterville.

Herkimer County------------
     5/9: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Dolgeville.

Cayuga County------------
     5/14: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Fair Haven State Park.
     
--end report 
    
Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, NY 13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: New Rochelle Yellow-billed Cuckoo
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 14:25:21 -0400
Not a jaw-dropping sighting but I always enjoy seeing cuckoos. While making
a delivery to 13 River Street, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo was flushed by a lawn
mower and flew N-S across the road. The only "habitat" here are some small
trees and such on the margins of the various companies; it's very urban in
this part of town.

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Subject: Re: 5/15 Least Bittern Prospect Pk. Kings Co. NYC [further obs. info]
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 13:43:16 -0400
Hi Tom,

Are you saying it was seen again today?

Thanks,
Rob

On Monday, May 16, 2016, Thomas Fiore  wrote:

> Giving all props to the many super Brooklyn birders on-scene on Sunday, 15
> May,
> the Least Bittern was also re-found in a slightly other location - where
> it remained
> all the rest of the day Sunday - by Nina Bai of Brooklyn with plenty of
> local birders
> also giving a hand when & where wanted to help others to see this rarity -
> for that
> park... according to some info. pulled up by P. Dorosh, may be the 4th on
> record,
> that's with at least a century of bird records to sift thru. Thanks Kings
> Co. birders!
>
> tom fiore -
> manhattan
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Subject: 5/15 Least Bittern Prospect Pk. Kings Co. NYC [further obs. info]
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 09:31:01 -0400
Giving all props to the many super Brooklyn birders on-scene on  
Sunday, 15 May,
the Least Bittern was also re-found in a slightly other location -  
where it remained
all the rest of the day Sunday - by Nina Bai of Brooklyn with plenty  
of local birders
also giving a hand when & where wanted to help others to see this  
rarity - for that
park... according to some info. pulled up by P. Dorosh, may be the 4th  
on record,
that's with at least a century of bird records to sift thru. Thanks  
Kings Co. birders!

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Subject: Bryant Park 20 species
From: Gabriel Willow <gabrielwillow AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 11:10:24 -0400
On my penultimate NYC Audubon Bryant Park bird walk this morning, we spotted 17 
species and I added three more after the walk (2.5 hours birding total). Most 
of the activity was high in the plane trees on the S side of the park, except 
for Ovenbirds and Gray Catbirds, which are everywhere! 


Of other species, numbers are low but diversity is high, so it might reward 
some extended tree-gazing if anybody in midtown can pop by on their lunch 
break. I'm sure there's more that I missed high in the foliage. 


Seen:

Rock Pigeon
Eastern Wood-Pewee (1)
Least Flycatcher (1)
Hermit Thrush (2, getting late)
Wood Thrush (1)
Gray Catbird (scads)
Starlings (nesting in tree holes)
Ovenbird (tons! Probably over 30)
Northern Waterthrush (3)
B&W Warbler (2)
Common Yellowthroat (5+)
American Redstart (5)
Northern Parula (1)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (1 male)
W-T Sparrow (many, a fresh influx it seems)
Swamp Sparrow (1)
Song Sparrow (2)
Eastern Towhee (1)
Scarlet Tanager (gorgeous male)
House Sparrow

Aside from Least & Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, there are no confirmed Empids in 
Bryant Park, so take an extra-close look at any flycatchers found! Acadian is 
entirely possible... That or Yellow-throated Vireo would be my prediction for 
bird species #122 found in the park. 


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Subject: Jones Beach Report
From: Michael Zito <michaelzito AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 11:09:20 -0400
I was unsuccessful at locating the Wilson's Phalarope early this morning at 
Captree Island. Tide and windy weather conditions did not help. I then moved 
onto Jones. 


Highlights of Jones Beach:
Bay-Breasted Warbler (female)
Blackburnian Warbler (female)
Magnolia Warbler - multiple
Prairie Warbler - multiple
Yellow Warbler - multiple, M and F 
Common Yellowthroat - multiple, M and F
Northern Parula - at least 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler - multiple
American Redstart - multiple 

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Subject: Least Bittern, Prospect Park, Kings Co. 5/15
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 05:27:56 -0400
An accommodating Least Bittern was still perched up in a nearly-bare  
tree in the little-birded "rose garden" area of Prospect Park Brooklyn  
(Kings Co.) NY, late in the day Sunday 15th of May - thanks hugely to  
the finder[s] & any re-finders of this special bird, and tip of the  
hat to Klemens Gasser on-scene later in the day, and to Rob Jett for  
an apparent off-field assist with further finding by a few of us  
almost-eve. observers.  I'm curious to hear when the last of this  
species was found in Prospect.   Late-day obs. also included R. Bate  
(whom thanks to for first posting to this list, on this bird) & Brenda  
Inskeep of CT, arriving with me, as well as some other birders. I  
believe Erin Markman was the original finder, and another birder[s]  
helped re-find it a bit later.

The least bittern was mostly just hanging on (perched)  at the upper  
part of the tree it was in, with a few feather-rufflings & a couple of  
startled looks when odd sounds emanated from very nearby Flatbush Ave.  
(traffic sounds, mainly...) - and it crawled just slightly on its thin  
branch perch as the sun dropped low. I did not hear any sound coming  
from the bird, at least thru after 6.  Many observers likely got good  
photos or video of this little gem, thru the day - the location where  
seen is not far from the Grand Army Plaza entrance to this park.
.......
After a day that began partly with a singing male Bobolink, a Black- 
billed Cuckoo, & hunting N. Harrier in the east Bronx Co. Pelham Bay  
Park (southern section next to the landfill there), a great ending for  
just one Sunday's bird observations!

good birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan
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Subject: Prothonotary Warbler Staten Island
From: Isaac Grant <hosesbroadbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 08:40:04 -0400
Currently a singing male Prothonotary not more than 100 yards south east of 
Martlings Avenue. Park at Martlings by the bridge and walk south east along the 
main path on west side of pond. Listen for bird on both sides of path. Reported 
yesterday afternoon but I did not see it then. 


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Subject: Jamaica Bay, Sunday 5/15
From: Tim Healy <tph56 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 08:38:09 -0400
I neglected to post last night, but it's possible that a number of the birds 
observed stayed put. I spent most of Sunday morning at Jamaica Bay, mostly 
around the blind at Big John's Pond. Despite the wind and slight chill, there 
was a lot of activity. I found 16 species of warblers with many observed quite 
closely from the blind and boardwalk, including Bay-breasted, Cape May, 
Blackpoll, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, Magnolia, Redstart, and Parula. 
Yellow Warblers were everywhere, and Yellowthroats were similarly abundant. I 
encountered vocal Yellow-billed Cuckoos twice, and there were many tent 
caterpillars in the area. Willow Flycatchers, Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers, 
Wood Ducks, and Ruby-throated Hummingbird were among the other highlights. I 
returned in the evening for another stakeout since there had been no activity 
in the nest box during my vigil. I was rewarded with a brief glimpse of Barn 
Owl wings flapping inside the box a bit after the sun set, and as I walked back 
to the lot in the growing darkness I flushed an American Woodcock from the 
trail. Not a bad day considering there had been minimal migration the previous 
night! 


Morning: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29676094

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Cheers!
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