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Trumpeter Swans,©David Sibley

26 Jul Shorebirding at Jamaica Bay East Pond 7-26 [Andrew Baksh ]
26 Jul Adult Baird's Sandpiper at WE2( Nassau Co.) [Ken Feustel ]
26 Jul Fwd: [JERSEYBI] King Rail and large gathering of herons at Liberty Loop [Anders Peltomaa ]
26 Jul Bobwhite- pound ridge [James Vellozzi ]
26 Jul Jones Beach Coast Guard Marina this morning: Semi-Palmated Sandpipers etc. [Robert Taylor ]
25 Jul NYC Area RBA: 25 July 2014 [Ben Cacace ]
25 Jul Shorebirding Cupsogue LI - HUGO, WHIM ++ [Andrew Baksh ]
25 Jul Croton Point Grasshopper Sparrow Fledglings [Anne Swaim ]
25 Jul Re: Shorebird update [Peter Colen ]
25 Jul Re: Shorebird update [Peter Post ]
25 Jul Shorebirds at Jones Beach today [syschiff ]
25 Jul RE: Shorebird update [Shaibal Mitra ]
24 Jul Sunken Forest [Tim Dunn ]
24 Jul RE: Shorebird update [Steve Walter ]
24 Jul Re: Shorebird update [Angus Wilson ]
24 Jul Fire Island [Tim Dunn ]
24 Jul Re: Shorebird update [Mike ]
24 Jul Plum Beach, Brooklyn shorebird update [Isaac Grant ]
24 Jul Re: Shorebird update from Pikes Beach Suffolk Co. [Mike ]
24 Jul Shorebird update from the East Pond Jamaica Bay Queens [Andrew Baksh ]
23 Jul Brown Pelican @ Jones Inlet [Andrew Baksh ]
23 Jul Chuck will's widow still at Napeague Meadow Rd.,Suffolk County [Sean Sime ]
23 Jul Jamaica Bay Restoration: Public Comments are almost over! [Sean Sime ]
23 Jul + Black Bellied Plover, Sunrise to Sunset: Jamaica Bay to Dune Road, Hamptons ["Taylor, Robert Michael" ]
23 Jul Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival [Lloyd Spitalnik ]
23 Jul Sunken Meadow State Park and ADK Birds [Ken Feustel ]
22 Jul 9th Annual Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival [Lloyd Spitalnik ]
22 Jul Cupsogue today- Pectoral/Western Sandpipers and Black Tern [Justin LeClaire ]
22 Jul Cupsogue 7/22 [Steve Walter ]
22 Jul The Passing of Diana Teta [Eileen Schwinn ]
21 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
20 Jul Jamaica Bay East Pond Queens County [Andrew Baksh ]
20 Jul Sullivan County Stilt Sandpiper ["vanhaas AT citlink.net" ]
20 Jul Central Park NYC Bird Walk on Sunday July 20, 2014 [Deborah Allen ]
20 Jul Eurasian Collard-Dove at Chelsea Pier [Andrew Block ]
19 Jul Extralimital: European Golden Plover in NJ [Sean Sime ]
19 Jul NYC Area RBA: 18 July 2014 [Ben Cacace ]
19 Jul Cupsogue County Park and Pikes Beach LI [Andrew Baksh ]
19 Jul Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside. [syschiff ]
19 Jul No Sightings: Long Line Fishing solution to seabird by-catch? [Sean Sime ]
18 Jul E-C Dove Chelsea YES [Alan Drogin ]
18 Jul Eurasian Collared-Dove (YES) - Chelsea Waterside Park, NYC [Anders Peltomaa ]
18 Jul eBird.org Hotspot: Manhattan American Avocet Locstion [Ben Cacace ]
18 Jul Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge [Anders Peltomaa ]
18 Jul Sunrise to Sunset: Jamaica Bay to Dune Road, Hamptons [Robert Taylor ]
17 Jul Eurasian Collared-Dove (YES) - Chelsea NYC [Andrew Baksh ]
17 Jul August Overnight Pelagic resend [Sean Sime ]
17 Jul Bicknell's Thrush/Boreal Chickadee/Gray Jay/Black-backed Woodpecker/Philadelphia Vireo & more [Joan Collins ]
17 Jul NNYBirds: Bicknell's Thrush/Boreal Chickadee/Gray Jay/Black-backed Woodpecker/Philadelphia Vireo & more ["'Joan Collins' Joan.Collins AT Frontier.com [Northern_NY_Birds]" ]
16 Jul OT: Tropicbird in ME [James Purcell ]
16 Jul Jamaica Bay East Pond Water Level Update [Andrew Baksh ]
16 Jul August Overnight Pelagic Trip []
16 Jul NewYork Co. Avocet- NO [Nadir Souirgi ]
15 Jul RE: New York Co. American Avocet [Larry Trachtenberg ]
15 Jul New York Co. American Avocet [Nadir Souirgi ]
15 Jul Eurasian-collared Dove continues: Hudson River Greenway, NYC [Sean Sime ]
15 Jul Avocet - Piermont [Patricia Pollock ]
15 Jul Piermont Avocet [Sean Camillieri ]
15 Jul Jamaica Bay East Pond Water Level Update [Andrew Baksh ]
15 Jul American Avocet at Piermont Pier [Evan Mark ]
14 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
14 Jul RE:American avocet croton point park - update [Larry Trachtenberg ]
14 Jul Re: Black Skimmers in Prospect Park, NYC ["Editconsul AT aol.com" ]
14 Jul RE: Black Skimmers in Prospect Park, NYC [Goldstein Gina ]
14 Jul Re: Black Skimmers in Prospect Park, NYC [Scott Haber ]
14 Jul Re: Black Skimmers in Prospect Park, NYC [Phil Jeffrey ]
14 Jul American avocet croton point park [Larry Trachtenberg ]
14 Jul Watch Hill Fire Island Part II [Alan Drogin ]
13 Jul Black Scoter raft off Davis Park ["leormand ." ]
13 Jul Black Skimmers in Prospect Park, NYC [Gabriel Willow ]
13 Jul Shorebirds + Bonaparte's Gull from Jamaica Bay Queens County [Andrew Baksh ]
13 Jul Central Park NYC Bird Walk on Sunday, July 13, 2014 [Deborah Allen ]
13 Jul Fire Island highlights this weekend [Richard Zaineldeen ]
13 Jul Scoters off Cherry Drove, Fire Island [Richard Zaineldeen ]
13 Jul Collared Dove, and IMPORTANT re Jamaica Bay West Pond [Douglas Futuyma ]
13 Jul Eurasian Collared-Dove [Corey Finger ]

Subject: Shorebirding at Jamaica Bay East Pond 7-26
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:50:06 -0400
This morning, I checked the water level and confirmed that the East Pond,
is at the lowest level before the rains that brought up the water to
unacceptable levels.

Just in time too, as many new arrivals were on the pond today for a total
of 14 species. There was a huge spike of Semipalmated Sandpipers as my
count was at 2100. An amazing turn around from the week.

The shorebird highlights were: *WESTERN SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER (3) and
PECTORAL SANDPIPER.*

Other shorebird notables adding to the diversity were Black-belied Plovers
and Rudy Turnstone. The latter always a good one to get on the pond.

In light of the concern regrading the health of the pond. I stayed for a
few hours after high tide observing the birds that stuck around. Despite
the notable movement of birds off the pond, once the tide turned, there
were still a decent number of shorebirds still feeding on the pond when I
left.

I should also add that most of the shorebirds birds were feeding
comfortably after the tide turned. It was only after an adult Peregrine
Falcon came through that they began to disperse.

This is further supports what a few of us have noted with birds moving off
the pond once Peregrines show up. I wonder just how many rescued Peregrine
Falcons have been released at the Refuge.

Cheers,

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


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Subject: Adult Baird's Sandpiper at WE2( Nassau Co.)
From: Ken Feustel <feustel AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:26:25 -0400
At about 11:30AM an adult Baird's Sandpiper was observed in the ponds between 
the nature center and the West End 2 parking lot. The bird flew out of the pond 
about 11:45AM and has not been relocated. The bird was seen going down in one 
of western-most ponds and is probably still present. 


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Subject: Fwd: [JERSEYBI] King Rail and large gathering of herons at Liberty Loop
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:29:23 -0400
This might be of interest to NY birders as the King Rail was hard on the
New York side. See posting below from Michael Britt, NJ and details on his
blog.

Anders Peltomaa
Manhattan

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From: "Michael Britt" 
Date: Jul 26, 2014 9:54 AM
Subject: [JERSEYBI] King Rail and large gathering of herons at Liberty Loop
To: 
Cc:

http://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/king-rail-the-heron-show/

Mike Britt
Bayonne

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Subject: Bobwhite- pound ridge
From: James Vellozzi <jamesvellozzi AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:54:45 -0400
Have a northern bobwhite singing here in ward pound ridge reservation. From 
what I experience this bird is not all too common anymore in these parts, yes? 

Anyhow it's singing all morning in the large meadow. 

James Vellozzi

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Subject: Jones Beach Coast Guard Marina this morning: Semi-Palmated Sandpipers etc.
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:25:00 -0400
Hi Everyone,

Following Sy Schiff's report yesterday, I was at the Coast Guard area
before sunrise to 6:30 this morning.  There are numerous amounts of
shorebirds all over the sandbar and surrounding shorelines - it was
actually overwhelming.

Today, most are Semi-Palmated Sandpipers - rest are Sanderlings, Short
Billed Dowitchers, Ruddy Turnstones  -all in great numbers.  Other species
included American Oystercatchers, Black Skimmers, Semi-Palmated Plover (1),
Spotted Sandpiper (1, summer resident), Common and Least Terns, Common
Loons (2, there were 4 a few days ago), one each of Black Crowned Night
Heron, Great Egret and Snowy Egret. I tried to find more uncommon types in
the mixed flock but did find any.  I did find a tagged Semi-Palmated
Sandpiper - blue tag with "UCH" on it.  It seemed to have a problem with
one of  it's legs.

Good birding, great to check out if you need a shorebird experience -
hopefully someone can spot a rarity in the mix,
Rob in Massapequa
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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 25 July 2014
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:05:20 -0400
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 25, 2014
* NYNY1407.25

- Birds mentioned

EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Cory's Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
BROWN PELICAN
Willet (subspecies "Western Willet")
WHIMBREL
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Little Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
BLACK TERN
Royal Tern
CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW
Worm-eating Warbler

- Transcript

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If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or
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        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, July 25th 2014
at 9:30pm. The highlights of today's tape are BROWN PELICAN, WHIMBREL,
BLACK TERN, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW and shorebird
migration.

A BROWN PELICAN was seen flying north of the Jones Inlet from the Coast
Guard Station at Jones Beach West End on Wednesday.

Single WHIMBRELS reported on Tuesday, one from Cupsogue and the other from
Ocean Beach, Fire Island on Thursday.

A subadult LITTLE GULL was found this afternoon on Orient Point on the
ferry going to Connecticut.

A BLACK TERN was found at Cupsogue on Tuesday and an adult BLACK TERN was
seen today at Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island.

The EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was last reported from the Chelsea Pier area in
Manhattan on Sunday.

Two CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOWS were reported last week, one at Napeague Harbor
Road at Napeague on Tuesday and the other was heard at the Sunken Forest,
Fire Island on Thursday.

A consensus of reports for migrating shorebirds indicate the numbers are
very low recently. The shorebird migration at the East Pond Jamaica Bay is
greatly reduced this year while other choice shorebird sites at Cupsogue
and Pike's Beach also report greatly reduced numbers.

Last Saturday 14 species of shorebirds were seen in Cupsogue highlighted by
a few WESTERN SANDPIPERS along with a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Ten species
of shorebirds were reported Sunday at the East Pond, Jamaica Bay including
3 STILT SANDPIPERS along with a BONAPARTE'S GULL. Sixteen species of
shorebirds were seen at Cupsogue on Tuesday including the aforementioned
WHIMBRELS, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 2 "Western" WILLETS along with 5 LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS and the best report of numbers of shorebirds occurred
today with 700-800 shorebirds of 9 species reported at the sandbars at the
Coast Guard Station, Jones Beach West End with SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER the
most abundant.

Other interesting reports of the week were from a seawatch last Sunday at
Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island reporting 20 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, one
GREAT SHEARWATER and 3 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS and a ROYAL TERN seen at
Pike's Beach on Thursday and a WORM-EATING WARBLER was at Central Park last
Sunday.

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: Shorebirding Cupsogue LI - HUGO, WHIM ++
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:03:56 -0400
Switching up shorebird survey sites today turned out to be a fortunate 
decision. It was a pleasant day to be out on the flats at Cupsogue LI, where I 
spent most of the day with Ken and Sue Feustel. 


There were decent numbers of shorebirds around. By the time I headed off the 
flats I had tallied 20 species of shorebirds. 


The shorebird highlights are as follows: HUDSONIAN GODWIT, which came in and 
spent all but 5 minutes before it was gone. WHIMBREL heard, before I glassed 
first and then snapped off a few poor photos before it was gone and PECTORAL 
SANDPIPER, picked up by Ken and Sue as it flew onto the flats only to disappear 
shortly after into the Spartina. 


Other notable shorebird sightings included 10 PIPING PLOVERS, 3 of which had 
bands/flags; of the ten, 5 were juveniles. Also, a banded SANDERLING with coded 
green flag. 


A couple of ROYAL TERNS, an adult and juvenile made an appearance on the flats 
and loafed for awhile with the many Common Terns. Photos and details, on the 
shorebird numbers will be online shortly for those who might be interested. 


All in all, a good survey given the dismal numbers and diversity I have 
encountered throughout the week at Jamaica Bay. 


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Subject: Croton Point Grasshopper Sparrow Fledglings
From: Anne Swaim <anneswaim AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:43:46 -0400
Encouraged to see adult grasshopper sparrow carrying food this morning to
fledglings atop the landfill grassland habitat at Croton Point Park.

Brief video clip link below of adult with food:
https://vimeo.com/101744022

Three fledglings heard nearby, one seen, with another nearby adult.

Also seen this am: adult male American kestrel hunting from the landfill
posts, first of many (hopefully) to come in weeks ahead.

Habitat update on the Croton Point Landfill: Glad for success this
spring/summer in working with county govt to prevent mowing of the Croton
Point main landfill except for required maintenance paths to the monitoring
wells and, as requested, some areas of invasive mugwort, especially on W
side of landfill.

Work is beginning in small area on N lower side of the main landfill,
across from swimming beach bathhouse, to dig up failed piping. Given notice
by county parks dept before work began, a small group of us walked this
area last week to check for nesting activity & one active song sparrow nest
was marked.

We are glad for this ongoing and better communication with Westchester
County Parks and the county Dept of Environmental Facilities as the
necessary pipe replacement project continues in the months ahead.

Anne Swaim
Saw Mill River Audubon
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Subject: Re: Shorebird update
From: Peter Colen <peter.colen AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:22:29 -0400
People are destroying the horseshoe crab population. The fishermen and the
medical industry are taking them. The medical industry takes a portion of
their blood and uses it in bio-med testing. They put them back after but no
one knows how they do in their weakened state. It's out of hand. No one is
stopping this.


On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 3:10 PM, Peter Post  wrote:

> Shai, et al.:
>
> There were many leaking tanks of fuel oil floating in and around
> Broad Channel as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The East Pond may have
> been contaminated and the invertebrate fauna that shorebirds feed on
> affected. My impression is that are fewer insects occurring around
> the mud on the East Pond than there were before Sandy.
>
>
> Peter Post
> New York City
> pwpost AT nyc.rr.com
>
>
> On Jul 25, 2014, at 10:04 AM, Shaibal Mitra wrote:
>
> > Being less sure than Steve about what "my thing" is, or might
> > someday be, I've maintained fairly detailed and consistent records
> > of my counts of shorebirds on Long Island since about 1996. One
> > never knows when one might want to be able to retrieve one's own
> > data on shorebird numbers at Pikes Beach or Jamaica Bay in a
> > particular date range!
> >
> > Even a cursory scan of past years' data confirms that overall
> > shorebird abundance can vary greatly in late July. As others have
> > noted already, local weather plays a big role, but there is also
> > the fact that the composition of the local shorebird community
> > always changes markedly in several ways between mid July and early
> > August (see intro from note to NYSBirds from 5 Aug 2013, copied
> > below). Given that each component of the community might vary
> > independently from the others in terms of abundance and timing, it
> > shouldn't be very surprising to observe a dip in overall abundance
> > around this time. If the adults of the early arriving species were
> > to push through more quickly than usual, the adults of the later
> > arriving species to build up more slowly, or juveniles to make a
> > late or poor showing, all of which could easily happen in a given
> > season, one would expect a dip in aggregate abundance around this
> > time.
> >
> > To my eye, this summer's southbound passage of adult SB Dowitchers
> > on Long Island was ok, or at most slightly weak, with my own max
> > counts around 300-400, vs. more typical 700-1000 per site per day.
> > The basic situation seems similarly decent for adult Least
> > Sandpipers. I've also had some good counts of Semi Sandpipers at
> > sites as widely separated as Moriches Inlet in Suffolk County and
> > Goethals Bridge Pond on Staten Island. Conversely, my records show
> > that various other numerically abundant species, such as
> > Sanderling, Knot, Turnstone, Semi Plover, and BB Plover, sometimes
> > don't build up large numbers until later in the season.
> >
> > What can't be explained in this way are the poor numbers of early
> > season species at Jamaica Bay to date. On Tuesday, I checked the
> > southern half of the East Pond carefully on the evening high tide
> > and found just 72 Semi Sandpipers--this on the very same day I had
> > counted 300 at Goethals Bridge Pond on a random tide. Even more
> > shockingly to me, I saw zero Lesser Yellowlegs (another early-
> > arriving species) at Jam Bay (I'd seen 2 in the morning at GBP--an
> > indifferent tally but at least more than zero). For those who don't
> > often bird coastal NY, the East Pond at Jamaica Bay has been
> > categorically the best place in the entire region for Lesser
> > Yellowlegs, routinely producing totals around 300 during late July.
> > This summer, the East Pond's max to date is just 13! I think it is
> > worth asking how much the perception of a dearth of shorebirds this
> > summer is due to this one site's poor performance. If this is the
> > case, why is the East Pond no longer pulling in the birds we would
> > expect to see there? Perhaps there has been a significant change in
> > the pond's water, sediments, and invertebrate fauna?
> >
> > Shai Mitra
> > Bay Shore
> >
> > 5 August 2013
> > The latter part of July is the time for one of the year’s most
> > striking and abrupt shifts in bird occurrence in coastal New York.
> > As the big initial pushes of the earliest shorebird species pass
> > beyond us, juveniles of these species, and adults of many
> > additional species, begin arriving. Meanwhile the young of our
> > locally breeding gulls and terns fledge, greatly augmenting the
> > overall abundance of visible birds along the coast. Curiously, the
> > non-breeding loafers (e.g., first-summer Common and Arctic Terns)
> > seem to disappear just as abruptly as the local juveniles fledge,
> > and at precisely the same time. If ever there were a year for
> > Arctic Terns to persist past mid July, I thought this would be it,
> > but they appear to have bailed out in just the same manner as in
> > previous years. A much more conspicuous disappearing act is that of
> > our adult Eastern Willets, whose vociferous throngs vanish almost
> > completely during this interval, to be partially replaced by
> > smaller numbers of timid local juveniles, emerging from the grass,
> > and Western Willets, arriving from afar (hmm, this phenomenon could
> > offer an excellent test of eBird’s ability to quantify changes in
> > frequency and abundance of common species).
> >
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Subject: Re: Shorebird update
From: Peter Post <pwpost AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:10:25 -0400
Shai, et al.:

There were many leaking tanks of fuel oil floating in and around  
Broad Channel as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The East Pond may have  
been contaminated and the invertebrate fauna that shorebirds feed on  
affected. My impression is that are fewer insects occurring around  
the mud on the East Pond than there were before Sandy.


Peter Post
New York City
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On Jul 25, 2014, at 10:04 AM, Shaibal Mitra wrote:

> Being less sure than Steve about what "my thing" is, or might  
> someday be, I've maintained fairly detailed and consistent records  
> of my counts of shorebirds on Long Island since about 1996. One  
> never knows when one might want to be able to retrieve one's own  
> data on shorebird numbers at Pikes Beach or Jamaica Bay in a  
> particular date range!
>
> Even a cursory scan of past years' data confirms that overall  
> shorebird abundance can vary greatly in late July. As others have  
> noted already, local weather plays a big role, but there is also  
> the fact that the composition of the local shorebird community  
> always changes markedly in several ways between mid July and early  
> August (see intro from note to NYSBirds from 5 Aug 2013, copied  
> below). Given that each component of the community might vary  
> independently from the others in terms of abundance and timing, it  
> shouldn't be very surprising to observe a dip in overall abundance  
> around this time. If the adults of the early arriving species were  
> to push through more quickly than usual, the adults of the later  
> arriving species to build up more slowly, or juveniles to make a  
> late or poor showing, all of which could easily happen in a given  
> season, one would expect a dip in aggregate abundance around this  
> time.
>
> To my eye, this summer's southbound passage of adult SB Dowitchers  
> on Long Island was ok, or at most slightly weak, with my own max  
> counts around 300-400, vs. more typical 700-1000 per site per day.  
> The basic situation seems similarly decent for adult Least  
> Sandpipers. I've also had some good counts of Semi Sandpipers at  
> sites as widely separated as Moriches Inlet in Suffolk County and  
> Goethals Bridge Pond on Staten Island. Conversely, my records show  
> that various other numerically abundant species, such as  
> Sanderling, Knot, Turnstone, Semi Plover, and BB Plover, sometimes  
> don't build up large numbers until later in the season.
>
> What can't be explained in this way are the poor numbers of early  
> season species at Jamaica Bay to date. On Tuesday, I checked the  
> southern half of the East Pond carefully on the evening high tide  
> and found just 72 Semi Sandpipers--this on the very same day I had  
> counted 300 at Goethals Bridge Pond on a random tide. Even more  
> shockingly to me, I saw zero Lesser Yellowlegs (another early- 
> arriving species) at Jam Bay (I'd seen 2 in the morning at GBP--an  
> indifferent tally but at least more than zero). For those who don't  
> often bird coastal NY, the East Pond at Jamaica Bay has been  
> categorically the best place in the entire region for Lesser  
> Yellowlegs, routinely producing totals around 300 during late July.  
> This summer, the East Pond's max to date is just 13! I think it is  
> worth asking how much the perception of a dearth of shorebirds this  
> summer is due to this one site's poor performance. If this is the  
> case, why is the East Pond no longer pulling in the birds we would  
> expect to see there? Perhaps there has been a significant change in  
> the pond's water, sediments, and invertebrate fauna?
>
> Shai Mitra
> Bay Shore
>
> 5 August 2013
> The latter part of July is the time for one of the years most  
> striking and abrupt shifts in bird occurrence in coastal New York.  
> As the big initial pushes of the earliest shorebird species pass  
> beyond us, juveniles of these species, and adults of many  
> additional species, begin arriving. Meanwhile the young of our  
> locally breeding gulls and terns fledge, greatly augmenting the  
> overall abundance of visible birds along the coast. Curiously, the  
> non-breeding loafers (e.g., first-summer Common and Arctic Terns)  
> seem to disappear just as abruptly as the local juveniles fledge,  
> and at precisely the same time. If ever there were a year for  
> Arctic Terns to persist past mid July, I thought this would be it,  
> but they appear to have bailed out in just the same manner as in  
> previous years. A much more conspicuous disappearing act is that of  
> our adult Eastern Willets, whose vociferous throngs vanish almost  
> completely during this interval, to be partially replaced by  
> smaller numbers of timid local juveniles, emerging from the grass,  
> and Western Willets, arriving from afar (hmm, this phenomenon could  
> offer an excellent test of eBirds ability to quantify changes in  
> frequency and abundance of common species).
>
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Subject: Shorebirds at Jones Beach today
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:45:03 -0400
Jones Beach West End 25 July

While there were only a few species this morning, the bar in front of the 
marina and the adjacent bar behind the island running to the east hosted 
700-800 shorebirds. They were mostly Semipalmated Sandpipers along with 
Semipalmated Plover, American Oystercatchers, Short-billed Dowitchers, 
Sanderling, Least Sandpiper (in the cove to the right), Ruddy Turnstones, 
Piping Plover and Killdeer on the lawn. Most of the peep were on the far bar, 
closely packed and too far to pick out other less common species. The swale was 
bone dry and bare of birds. 


In spite of the current comments recently, there are a few shorebirds to look 
at.. 


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Subject: RE: Shorebird update
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:04:29 +0000
Being less sure than Steve about what "my thing" is, or might someday be, I've 
maintained fairly detailed and consistent records of my counts of shorebirds on 
Long Island since about 1996. One never knows when one might want to be able to 
retrieve one's own data on shorebird numbers at Pikes Beach or Jamaica Bay in a 
particular date range! 


Even a cursory scan of past years' data confirms that overall shorebird 
abundance can vary greatly in late July. As others have noted already, local 
weather plays a big role, but there is also the fact that the composition of 
the local shorebird community always changes markedly in several ways between 
mid July and early August (see intro from note to NYSBirds from 5 Aug 2013, 
copied below). Given that each component of the community might vary 
independently from the others in terms of abundance and timing, it shouldn't be 
very surprising to observe a dip in overall abundance around this time. If the 
adults of the early arriving species were to push through more quickly than 
usual, the adults of the later arriving species to build up more slowly, or 
juveniles to make a late or poor showing, all of which could easily happen in a 
given season, one would expect a dip in aggregate abundance around this time. 


To my eye, this summer's southbound passage of adult SB Dowitchers on Long 
Island was ok, or at most slightly weak, with my own max counts around 300-400, 
vs. more typical 700-1000 per site per day. The basic situation seems similarly 
decent for adult Least Sandpipers. I've also had some good counts of Semi 
Sandpipers at sites as widely separated as Moriches Inlet in Suffolk County and 
Goethals Bridge Pond on Staten Island. Conversely, my records show that various 
other numerically abundant species, such as Sanderling, Knot, Turnstone, Semi 
Plover, and BB Plover, sometimes don't build up large numbers until later in 
the season. 


What can't be explained in this way are the poor numbers of early season 
species at Jamaica Bay to date. On Tuesday, I checked the southern half of the 
East Pond carefully on the evening high tide and found just 72 Semi 
Sandpipers--this on the very same day I had counted 300 at Goethals Bridge Pond 
on a random tide. Even more shockingly to me, I saw zero Lesser Yellowlegs 
(another early-arriving species) at Jam Bay (I'd seen 2 in the morning at 
GBP--an indifferent tally but at least more than zero). For those who don't 
often bird coastal NY, the East Pond at Jamaica Bay has been categorically the 
best place in the entire region for Lesser Yellowlegs, routinely producing 
totals around 300 during late July. This summer, the East Pond's max to date is 
just 13! I think it is worth asking how much the perception of a dearth of 
shorebirds this summer is due to this one site's poor performance. If this is 
the case, why is the East Pond no longer pulling in the birds we would expect 
to see there? Perhaps there has been a significant change in the pond's water, 
sediments, and invertebrate fauna? 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore

5 August 2013
The latter part of July is the time for one of the years most striking and 
abrupt shifts in bird occurrence in coastal New York. As the big initial pushes 
of the earliest shorebird species pass beyond us, juveniles of these species, 
and adults of many additional species, begin arriving. Meanwhile the young of 
our locally breeding gulls and terns fledge, greatly augmenting the overall 
abundance of visible birds along the coast. Curiously, the non-breeding loafers 
(e.g., first-summer Common and Arctic Terns) seem to disappear just as abruptly 
as the local juveniles fledge, and at precisely the same time. If ever there 
were a year for Arctic Terns to persist past mid July, I thought this would be 
it, but they appear to have bailed out in just the same manner as in previous 
years. A much more conspicuous disappearing act is that of our adult Eastern 
Willets, whose vociferous throngs vanish almost completely during this 
interval, to be partially replaced by smaller numbers of timid local juveniles, 
emerging from the grass, and Western Willets, arriving from afar (hmm, this 
phenomenon could offer an excellent test of eBirds ability to quantify changes 
in frequency and abundance of common species). 


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Subject: Sunken Forest
From: Tim Dunn <timdunn AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:36:56 -0400
I trudged down to the Sunken Forest from Ocean Beach this evening, aiming to be 
there around dusk. 


One Chuck-will's-widow was heard in the west end of the forest, in from the 
boardwalk leading to the Bay Overlook. The bird was quite a ways in from the 
trail. 


Also, a flock of 42 sanderlings and another flock of 9 (all or almost all adult 
birds) were seen on the beach in that area, negating my earlier post about not 
even a sanderling being present on the beach this week. 


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Babylon NY
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Subject: RE: Shorebird update
From: Steve Walter <swalter15 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:00:20 -0400
Had I known this was going to be an issue, I would have counted the
shorebirds at Cupsogue. Naa, that's not my thing. I could say there were a
lot, but that's a relative thing (to previous years). I certainly didn't
think shortage.

 

In regard to Jamaica Bay, I go back to when Arthur Morris and then David
Mizrahi were counting them in the 1980's+++. The conventional wisdom back
then was that shorebird numbers built up on what we generally consider off
winds, and then dropped significantly with a cold front passage (the
opposite of songbirds). We can all remember summers with prolonged heat
waves, when cold fronts were long in coming. That's not the case this year
(one just went through today). The next weather issue is the rain that left
little shoreline last week. That's not good for keeping shorebirds around.
Then there's the Peregrine factor. How much of a factor is that in
shorebirds pulling out? I think some of us have noted in recent years
occasions when Peregrines put the shorebirds up and many didn't return even
at high tide. Data (e-bird or other) would be interesting regarding the past
frequency of Peregrines on the East Pond - obviously there was a post DDT
low point for them). Then perhaps there are effects of Sandy that we can't
see. I discussed these issues with people on the pond last year and opined
that it seemed to me that individual birds weren't staying as long. If so,
that certainly contributes to inconsistent shorebirding.  

 

 

Steve Walter 

 

From: bounce-117610979-8873015 AT list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-117610979-8873015 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Angus Wilson
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 5:57 PM
To: NYSBIRDS-L
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Shorebird update

 

These impressions of low shorebird numbers from different spots along Long
Island are interesting and thank you all for sharing. Data collecting tools
like eBird are well suited to quantifying these impressions if they hold up,
and this is one reason why observers should make the effect to carefully
enter counts or best estimates with their checklists and to correctly record
their effort time so that meaningful comparisons can be made. Just imagine
if we had lots of eBird data over the past 100-200 years, I think the extent
of the changes in bird populations at individual sites would be staggering
(and sobering).

Just to add to the previous good suggestions, the observed paucity of
shorebirds could simply be due to weather patterns. In past summers we've
seen shorebirds, especially adult shorebirds, come through the coastal areas
in obvious waves and often departing synchronously as well. So it could be
that a succession of weather systems over the past few days and weeks have
conspired in such a way that fewer shorebirds have reached Long Island than
typical. Alternatively the weather could have made it easier for birds to
push right through without pause. This is probably less likely because its
more likely that the marshes and shallow bays being surveyed are intentional
stopover points. One way to address this might be ask if observers in other
parts of eastern North America (central NY, Cape Cod, Delaware Bay, Bay of
Fundy etc) or even northeastern South America are seeing higher or lower
numbers than they expect for the date. A delayed arctic summer might be
reflected in low numbers across a wide arc of migration stopover points. 

If something has happened to the adults then we are in real trouble. This
could happen if they arrived on their breeding grounds before the snow and
ice has cleared sufficiently for them to feed. I've not heard that this was
a wide scale issue this year but I don't follow these things closely. Wide
fluctuations in the numbers of juvenile shorebirds from year to year is well
documented and broadly linked to several causative factors, most notably the
ups and downs of lemming populations. There shouldn't be too many juveniles
coming through now but they will be here fairly soon.

Cheers, Angus Wilson

New York City

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Subject: Re: Shorebird update
From: Angus Wilson <oceanwanderers AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:57:28 -0400
These impressions of low shorebird numbers from different spots along Long
Island are interesting and thank you all for sharing. Data collecting tools
like eBird are well suited to quantifying these impressions if they hold
up, and this is one reason why observers should make the effect to
carefully enter counts or best estimates with their checklists and to
correctly record their effort time so that meaningful comparisons can be
made. Just imagine if we had lots of eBird data over the past 100-200
years, I think the extent of the changes in bird populations at individual
sites would be staggering (and sobering).

Just to add to the previous good suggestions, the observed paucity of
shorebirds could simply be due to weather patterns. In past summers we've
seen shorebirds, especially adult shorebirds, come through the coastal
areas in obvious waves and often departing synchronously as well. So it
could be that a succession of weather systems over the past few days and
weeks have conspired in such a way that fewer shorebirds have reached Long
Island than typical. Alternatively the weather could have made it easier
for birds to push right through without pause. This is probably less likely
because its more likely that the marshes and shallow bays being surveyed
are intentional stopover points. One way to address this might be ask if
observers in other parts of eastern North America (central NY, Cape Cod,
Delaware Bay, Bay of Fundy etc) or even northeastern South America are
seeing higher or lower numbers than they expect for the date. A delayed
arctic summer might be reflected in low numbers across a wide arc of
migration stopover points.

If something has happened to the adults then we are in real trouble. This
could happen if they arrived on their breeding grounds before the snow and
ice has cleared sufficiently for them to feed. I've not heard that this was
a wide scale issue this year but I don't follow these things closely. Wide
fluctuations in the numbers of juvenile shorebirds from year to year is
well documented and broadly linked to several causative factors, most
notably the ups and downs of lemming populations. There shouldn't be too
many juveniles coming through now but they will be here fairly soon.

Cheers, Angus Wilson
New York City

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Subject: Fire Island
From: Tim Dunn <timdunn AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:56:29 -0400
I've been staying at Ocean Beach, Fire Island this week and have kept an eye on 
the beach in the afternoons throughout this week, with very little activity. 


About a dozen common terns are still regularly feeding along the beach, with 
1-2 Forster's terns occasionally showing up. Also, two osprey, double crested 
cormorants and the four expected gull species. Migrants here so far are limited 
to sporadic barn swallows moving along the beach. The only shorebird highlight 
seen this week was a single westbound whimbrel seen today flying along the 
beach about 75 yards offshore around 2:30pm. Not even a sanderling along the 
beach otherwise. One westbound monarch butterfly and one eastbound female-type 
scoter seen today, maybe headed towards the flock that remained off Davis Park 
beach. A group of dolphins trailing a fishing vessel about a mile out from the 
beach on Monday was the only other sighting of note. 


Thanks,
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Babylon NY
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Subject: Re: Shorebird update
From: Mike <mikec02 AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:29:25 -0400
I should say that there were small flocks out on some of the exposed bars 
around Triton Lane and Tiana Beach Suffolk Co. These were groups of 10-50 
comprised mainly of Sb Dowitcher, Least and Semi Sandpipers with a few 
yellowlegs and Semi Plovers. So I don't mean to report that there are no 
shorebirds to be found, just greatly reduced numbers from what I would expect 
now. 


As Tom Fiore mentioned, maybe there was a late Arctic breeding season and the 
birds are delayed. 


Mike Cooper
Ridge, LI, NY 

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 24, 2014, at 5:12 PM, Andrew Baksh  wrote:

> Hi Tom,
> 
> Thanks for writing and Mike, thank you so much for that post as well. It 
helps to decipher the data. 

> 
> I have an enquiry out to a few people in the know about shorebird activity 
and numbers on the breeding grounds and when I have an update, I will share 
that information with you all. 

> 
> Cheers,
> 
> 風 Swift as the wind
> 林 Quiet as the forest
> 火 Conquer like the fire
> 山 Steady as the mountain
> Sun Tzu  The Art of War
> 
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>> Sent from somewhere in the field using my mobile device! 
> 
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> www.birdingdude.blogspot.com
> 
> On Jul 24, 2014, at 5:02 PM, Thomas Fiore  wrote:
> 
>> Hi Mike, Andrew, & Isaac,
>> 
>> not sure if this will turn out to be the case, but am hopeful that it's just 
a rather late season this summer, and that it may have been a fairly late start 
to things in the arctic. I'm not up on just what went on in all of the areas, 
but I was in a part of the palearctic with waders (as the rest of the world 
refers to our shorebirds) and it was all quite late, snow continuing well in 
July, & most definitely in much of June... but I don't know if all this was 
also going on too in arctic Canada, maybe so - nor how it could have affected 
breeding success. Hope it's merely a bit delayed yet. 

>> 
>> time will tell; in maybe next 10 days there "should" be much more.
>> 
>> best, & thanks for all updates.
>> Tom
>> 
>> Tom Fiore
>> New York (& currently Maine)
>> ---------------------
>> On Jul 24, 2014, at 4:00 PM, Mike wrote:
>> 
>>> No shorebirds on the exposed flats at Pikes in Westhampton Beach today at 
low tide. One flyby Royal Tern there and give more on a bar north if Triton 
Lane to the east. 

>>> 
>>> I don't remember ever seeing shorebird numbers this low in late July
>>> 
>>> Mike Cooper
>>> Ridge LI, NY
>> 
>>> On Jul 24, 2014, at 3:25 PM, Andrew Baksh  wrote:
>>>> It has been a slow week on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay. Today, saw a 
minimal increase in shorebirds but the numbers remain very low. 

>>>> 
>>>> Highlights were 5 Stilt Sandpipers. Other notables during the week, 
include a Bonaparte's Gull, last seen on the 20th and the continuing male and 
female Greater Scaup. 

>>>> 
>>>> More details are on my blog 
(http://birdingdude.blogspot.com/2014/07/shorebirding-report-from-jamaica-bay.html) 
with a comparison of shorebird numbers from the same period last year. Let's 
hope that the water level did not cause shorebirds to bypass the pond and they 
are just late. 

>>>> 
>>>> Don't forget about the comment period re: the West Pond restoration.  
>>>> Here is a direct link to the comments page:
>>>> http://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=60140
>>>> 
>>>> A link to the overview page:
>>>> 
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=237&projectID=44691&documentID=60140 

>>>> 
>>>> Thanks everyone for putting up with all the posts about the West Pond and 
the fight to have it restored. 

>>>> 
>>>> Cheers,

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Subject: Plum Beach, Brooklyn shorebird update
From: Isaac Grant <hosesbroadbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:58:27 -0400
Had a total of 2 migrant Least Sandpipers. That's it. We should be approaching 
peak shorebird migration. 


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Subject: Re: Shorebird update from Pikes Beach Suffolk Co.
From: Mike <mikec02 AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:00:37 -0400
No shorebirds on the exposed flats at Pikes in Westhampton Beach today at low 
tide. One flyby Royal Tern there and give more on a bar north if Triton Lane to 
the east. 


I don't remember ever seeing shorebird numbers this low in late July

Mike Cooper
Ridge LI, NY

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On Jul 24, 2014, at 3:25 PM, Andrew Baksh  wrote:

> It has been a slow week on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay. Today, saw a minimal 
increase in shorebirds but the numbers remain very low. 

> 
> Highlights were 5 Stilt Sandpipers. Other notables during the week, include a 
Bonaparte's Gull, last seen on the 20th and the continuing male and female 
Greater Scaup. 

> 
> More details are on my blog 
(http://birdingdude.blogspot.com/2014/07/shorebirding-report-from-jamaica-bay.html) 
with a comparison of shorebird numbers from the same period last year. Let's 
hope that the water level did not cause shorebirds to bypass the pond and they 
are just late. 

> 
> Don't forget about the comment period re: the West Pond restoration.  
> Here is a direct link to the comments page:
> http://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=60140
> 
> A link to the overview page:
> 
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=237&projectID=44691&documentID=60140 

> 
> Thanks everyone for putting up with all the posts about the West Pond and the 
fight to have it restored. 

> 
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Subject: Shorebird update from the East Pond Jamaica Bay Queens
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:25:32 -0400
It has been a slow week on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay. Today, saw a
minimal increase in shorebirds but the numbers remain very low.

Highlights were 5 *Stilt Sandpipers*.  Other notables during the week,
include a *Bonaparte's Gull*, last seen on the 20th and the continuing male
and female *Greater Scaup*.

More details are on my blog (

http://birdingdude.blogspot.com/2014/07/shorebirding-report-from-jamaica-bay.html) 

with a comparison of shorebird numbers from the same period last year.
Let's hope that the water level did not cause shorebirds to bypass the pond
and they are just late.

Don't forget about the comment period re: the West Pond restoration.

Here is a direct link to the comments page:
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=60140

A link to the overview page:

http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=237&projectID=44691&documentID=60140 


Thanks everyone for putting up with all the posts about the West Pond and
the fight to have it restored.
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Subject: Brown Pelican @ Jones Inlet
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:58:39 -0400
See earlier e-mail  message below. I just watched the immature Brown
Pelican from the fisherman's parking lot at Jones Beach near the Coast
Guard Station, as it flew further north in Jones Inlet.

In speaking to one fisherman (Derek), he indicated that the bird was near
the construction dock right by the fisherman's parking lot.

Good spotting and reporting by Brendan.

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Brendan Fogarty, just called to report a Brown Pelican being seen from the
end of Lido Blvd at Point Lookout LI.  Bird is in the Jones Inlet.

Please post any updates if you try for it and many thanks to Brendan for
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Subject: Chuck will's widow still at Napeague Meadow Rd.,Suffolk County
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:17:19 -0400
David Sime reports on Tuesday night both Chuck will's widow and
Whippoorwill were  calling near the intersection of Napeague Meadow Rd. and
Lazy Point Rd. in East Hampton just after dark.

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Subject: Jamaica Bay Restoration: Public Comments are almost over!
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:54:11 -0400
We are down to the wire. As of this writing there are less than 7 days left
for public comment on the status of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
restoration plan and the fate of the West Pond breach. Will it be restored
to pre-hurricane Sandy conditions? That depends on us.
Last Thursday many birders attended a public meeting at the refuge
headquarters to meet with parks personnel to discuss the various plans
currently on the table and one thing was clear; public comments matter.
It would seem obvious that a Wildlife Refuge would prioritize to fix the
breach and valve system, but the unique governing structure at Jamaica Bay
has made this an unexpectedly heavy lift. Jamaica Bay falls under the
umbrella of the Gateway National Recreation Area, not the US Fish and
Wildlife or The National Park Service. So while the biodiversity is part of
the discussion, it doesn't trump all else.
This is why our voices are so critical at this time. Please take a few
moments to comment and urge Gateway to restore the West Pond to
pre-hurricane Sandy conditions and replace the valve system to maximize
management of water levels to better serve the local and migratory wildlife
using it.

Anyone who has been touched by this special place please use this
opportunity to share your thoughts and concern.

Here is a direct link to the comments page:
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=60140


A link to the overview page:

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Thank you and good birding!

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Subject: + Black Bellied Plover, Sunrise to Sunset: Jamaica Bay to Dune Road, Hamptons
From: "Taylor, Robert Michael" <Robert.Michael.Taylor AT jpmorgan.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:24:14 +0000
Hi Everyone,

I was going through my photos and also saw a Black Bellied Plover last Thursday 
- it appeared injured since once of its wings were lowered but it was still 
able to fly. Wanted to include this update since we're approaching the 
shorebird fall migration. 


Good birding,
Rob in Massapequa

http://longislandbirding.blogspot.com/



(photos updated on my blog)

[nysbirds-l] Sunrise to Sunset: Jamaica Bay to Dune Road, 
Hamptons 


Robert 
Taylor 
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:14:27 
-0700 


Hi Everyone,



I was out all day starting at Jamaica Bay and went out east to Dune Road

stopping at several spots along the way.  Hghlights were:

Jamaica Bay East Pond: Black and Yellow Crowned Night Herons, Glossy Ibis,

Black Skimmers,

Jamaica Bay West Pond: immature Little Blue Heron

marsh west of West Pond trail: Tri-Colored Heron, Short Billed Dowitcher,

Clapper Rail, Yellowlegs

Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area: Saltmarsh Sparrows

Jones Beach Coast Guard Marina/ sandbar: 2 Common Loons (nonbreeding

plumage), Red Breasted Merganser, continuing female Greater Scaup, Gulled

Billed Tern

Captree Island ~100 Glossy Ibis

Dune Road: Short Billed Dowitchers, Black Skimmers



Good birding,

Rob in Massapequa

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Subject: Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival
From: Lloyd Spitalnik <lloyd AT lloydspitalnikphotos.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:56:13 -0400
In my last post I abbreviated one of the sponsors as Gateway NRA. So
there's no confusion NRA in this case is National Recreation Area. It
certainly has nothing to do with the National Rifle Association.

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Subject: Sunken Meadow State Park and ADK Birds
From: Ken Feustel <feustel AT optonline.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:37:53 -0400
This morning we did a run up at SMSP and as we crossed the entrance road bridge 
we noticed the exposed mudflats west of the bridge. We delayed our run to check 
out the flats. We recorded seven species of the common shorebirds. Of note were 
two juvenile Forsters Terns with limited flying ability being fed by an adult. 
We expect that in the next breeding bird atlas this species will show an 
increased breeding presence on LI. 


Sue and I spent our annual week birding in the Adirondacks, concentrating in 
the Saranac/Paul Smiths/Tupper Lake area. Weather was great, with cool temps 
throughout and rain limited to a few afternoons. On our first day of birding we 
observed the boreal trinity (Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, and 
Gray Jay) on Bigelow Road, a nice experience since we often have to visit 
multiple locations to record these three species. Gray Jays seemed to have a 
good breeding season, with family groups at most the bogs we visited. Warbler 
breeding seemed late compared with other years. We missed Spruce Grouse, but 
had no trouble finding Ruffed Grouse. I have posted some photos from the trip 
on my flickr site. 


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Subject: 9th Annual Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival
From: Lloyd Spitalnik <lloyd AT lloydspitalnikphotos.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:31:53 -0400
I'm happy to announce that Aug.23rd we will be conducting the 9th Annual
Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival here in NYC. The details are:


9th Annual Shorebird Festival

August 23rd, 2014

7am-5pm

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY

Join NYC Audubon members and other birders at the annual festival during
peak shorebird migration time in NYC. Meet at the Jamaica Bay Refuge
visitor center at 7am (for early birders) to hike around the East Pond
during the high tide when birds are in greatest numbers along the
controlled shorelines. Others can join in at any time during the day. The
event is free and open to the general public, however, a small $20.00
donation would be appreciated to offset expenses.

Itinerary:

7:00 - 7:30 am - Coffee and doughnuts available in the picnic area

7:30 - 10:00am - Hike to East Pond (north and south areas) to observe
shorebirds

10:00 - 10:20am - Coffee break, registration

10:30 - 11:15am - Introduction: Refuge Issues and Wildlife Management 2014
(Don Riepe)

11:15 - Noon - Shorebird Photography (Lloyd Spitalnik)

Noon - 1:00pm - Lunch (on own)

1:00 - 4:00pm - Hikes to Breezy Point, Plumb Beach, and other selected
birding areas around Jamaica Bay

4:00 - 5:00pm - Shorebird Identification and Behavior (Kevin Karlson)

This event is a partnership program between the American Littoral Society,
NYC Audubon, and Gateway NRA.



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Subject: Cupsogue today- Pectoral/Western Sandpipers and Black Tern
From: Justin LeClaire <justin.leclaire87 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:57:27 -0400
Hey all,

Spent four hours today at Cupsogue County Park in Westhampton Beach around
low tide, mostly shorebirding, and ended up with 16 shorebird sp (plus two
Western Willets). As mentioned, one Black Tern was present amongst the
large roosting Common Tern flock when I first arrived, but it appeared to
vanish after the first 20 minutes. There was also one Pectoral Sandpiper by
it's lonesome and at least two Western Sandpipers within the decent-sized
peep flock that had accumulated in the shallow water on the parking lot
side of the flats (you know if you've been there, it's the area where you
sink into the mud past your ankles). I tried hard for a White-rumped, but
came up empty handed with that one. See my checklist and pictures here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19192622

https://www.flickr.com/photos/85270080 AT N05/

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Subject: Cupsogue 7/22
From: Steve Walter <swalter15 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:42:50 -0400
At Cupsogue today, a BLACK TERN (seen with Justin LeClaire) was present for
a brief period in the morning. A still colorful WESTERN SANDPIPER (found by
Jim Cohen) was present on the incoming tide during the afternoon. A WHIMBREL
was seen by Doug Gochfeld and company about that same time. PECTORAL
SANDPIPER (seen by Justin) headlining the rest of the 17 species of
shorebirds. Before heading out to the flats, I counted at least 5 LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS along the surf within fairly short distance of the deck.

 

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Bayside, NY


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Subject: The Passing of Diana Teta
From: Eileen Schwinn <beachmed AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:37:27 -0400
It is with much sadness, I share with you the news of the passing of Diana 
Teta, PhD. Diana passed away last week at her home in East Patchogue, LI, of 
natural causes. Burial was upstate. 


She was a very active birder, who compiled a Life List for NYS of over 417 
birds, and was well know to many in the LI - as well as NYC - birding 
community. 


Diana will be missed by all of us who's lives she touched, and our condolences 
to her family and dearest friends. 


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Eastern LI Audubon Society

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:27:49 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* July 21, 2014
*  NYSY  07. 21. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):

July 14, 2013 - July 21, 2014
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland
compiled: July 21 AT 1:30 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
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#402 Monday July 21, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
July 14, 2014
 
Highlights:
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GREAT SHEARWATER
LEAST BITTERN
GREAT EGRET
MERLIN
STILT SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
SNOWY OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
SEDGE WREN

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
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     7/15: At least 4 LEAST BITTERNS are still being seen on the Wildlife 
Trail just beyond laRue’s lagoon. 

     7/17: The two young and two adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were again 
seen in the dead trees along May’s Point Road. 

     7/18: 2 LEAST BITTERNS were again seen near Larue’s Lagoon. 13 GREAT 
EGRETS were seen at Tschache Pool. SOLITARY SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 
LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and LEAST 
SANDPIPER were all seen along the wildlife Trail. 15 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS 
and 6 STILT SANDPIPERS were found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 



Oswego County
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     7/18: An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Sunset Bay Park in 
Scriba. 

     7/20: A family of MERLINS was busy in Constantia chasing and feeding 
young. 



Onondaga County
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     7/15: A SNOWY OWL was seen in the Target  Plaza area along Rt.31. This 
is the third time in recent years a Snowy Owl has seemed to stay for the summer 
in the Syracuse area. 

     7/18: A family group of MERLINS has been observed on Summit Avenue in 
Syracuse. 



Madison county
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     7/18: An improbable GREAT SHEARWATER was found in a wooded area near 
DeRuyter Resevoir. The bird was helped into the water where it seemed to be 
swimming normally but later it weakened and was taken to a wildlife 
rehabilitater where, unfortunately, it died. 



Jefferson County
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     7/19: A SEDGE WREN was heard singing from the observation tower at 
South Sandy Creek. 



Compiler’s Note: 
------------
A sad farewell to Jerry Lazarczyk who passed away last week. Jerry was well 
known and liked in our area as he payed many visits to add to his county lists. 


  
     

     

    
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Subject: Jamaica Bay East Pond Queens County
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:53:40 -0400
6+ hours spent on the pond today while checking the water during low and
high tide.

Shorebird bird numbers were disappointingly low. Nevertheless, I ended up
with 10 species. The highlights were 3 Stilt Sandpipers *(2 nicely marked
birds seen with Steve Walter) *and 2 flagged Semipalmated Sandpipers.

Other notables included a Bonaparte's Gull, female Hooded Merganser and a
male and female Greater Scaup.

For anyone contemplating shorebirding on the East Pond, please note that
the best shoreline for birds is on the south end and along the east side.

Photos will be online soon for those interested.

Cheers,

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火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
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Subject: Sullivan County Stilt Sandpiper
From: "vanhaas AT citlink.net" <vanhaas@citlink.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:35:19 -0700
for details see http://bashakillbirder.wordpress.com/ John Haas, Wurtsboro, 
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Subject: Central Park NYC Bird Walk on Sunday July 20, 2014
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:39:25 -0400




Subject: Eurasian Collard-Dove at Chelsea Pier
From: Andrew Block <ablock22168 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:52:19 -0700
Had the Eurasian Collard-Dove at about 815am at Chelsea Piers at the intersect
ion of 12th Ave & 24th St. on the pier side being fed by a homeless couple. 
It was very tame and let me get great shots of it. It was where the rows of 
benches are. 


Andrew
Andrew v. F. Block
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Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629
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Subject: Extralimital: European Golden Plover in NJ
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:41:41 -0400
Thought this would be of interest to the NY birding community, both as a
potentially chase-worthy sighting as well as a reminder that hundreds of
individual shorebirds (European Golden Plover and Black-tailed Godwit
making up most of the numbers) from the other side of the pond spent the
breeding season in Newfoundland. Fall migration has begun and I imagine
this won't be the last European vagrant to show up in the northeast this
fall!

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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 18 July 2014
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:09:33 -0400
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 18, 2014
* NYNY1407.18

- Birds mentioned

EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Cory's Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
AMERICAN AVOCET
Willet (subspecies "Western Willet")
WHIMBREL
Western Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Royal Tern
Parasitic Jaeger
Cliff Swallow

- Transcript

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

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

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

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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, July 18th 2014
at 11:30pm. The highlights of today's tape are AMERICAN AVOCET, WHIMBREL,
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, seawatch results and shorebird migration.

Two AMERICAN AVOCETS reported for the region this week. One on Monday at
the Swing beach at Croton Point Park in Westchester County and the other
Tuesday at the foot of Dyckman Street in Manhattan at the Hudson River in
Fort Washington Park.

Two WHIMBREL reported today from Cedar Point Park in Southold and another
was seen here on Sunday. On Wednesday, a seawatch at Robert Moses State
Park, Fire Island produced two WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS and 2 flyby WHIMBRELS.

The EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen again today at Chelsea Waterside Park
area at the Chelsea Pier bus depot in Manhattan.

Last Sunday a seawatch at Robert Moses State Park found 2 WILSON'S
STORM-PETRELS, one PARASITIC JAEGER and one LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

Also on Sunday at Cupsogue County Park a seawatch produced 4 CORY'S
SHEARWATERS and 14 large unidentified shearwaters along with a LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL. At Cupsogue on Sunday 240 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 1
WESTERN SANDPIPER and 4 "Western" WILLETS were found indicating a small
build up in shorebird migration. Ten species of shorebirds were found
Sunday at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge highlighted by a STILT SANDPIPER.

Today at Fire Island there was a notable swallow flight with all 6
regularly occurring swallow species highlighted by 6 CLIFF SWALLOWS.

Other interesting birds of the week include a GULL-BILLED TERN at Oceanside
Marine Nature Study Area on Thursday, 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS at Orient
Point on Monday and 100 BLACK SCOTERS at Davis Park on Fire Island on
Sunday, a ROYAL TERN at Cherry Grove, Fire Island on Sunday along with a
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

Tom Burke will be away this week please call in all reports to Tony Lauro
at (631) 734-4126.

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National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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Subject: Cupsogue County Park and Pikes Beach LI
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:09:09 -0400
Birding first with Richard Kaskan and Doug Futuyma and then by myself.

Decent number of shorebirds but not as much as I was hoping for on the
Cupsogue flats. A total of 14 species with the shorebird highlights being a
few Western and juvenile Eastern Willets.

Other notable birds included a couple of juvenile Piping Plovers, 2 Roseate
Terns and a plethora of juvenile Clapper Rails.

The cute little black fur balls seemed to be everywhere if you looked
carefully. Richard Kaskan reported 9 Clapper Rail chicks very early on
scampering for shelter from the open flats. Doug Futuyma and I had an adult
with 7 chicks in another location much later. Then with the rising tide, I
had another adult with 5 chicks in yet another location. A total of 21
chicks baring any duplication.  Given the size, these are presumed to  be
second brood.

In his early morning sea watch, Doug reported very little from the deck.
Only a single Common Loon and a 3rd Summer Lesser Black-backed Gull, the
latter loafing on the shore are worthy of mention.

Despite covering Pikes Beach thoroughly I did not find anything new. Very
few shorebirds and they were mostly of the same types seen at Cupsogue.

Early on while heading into Cupsogue. Along Mill Road, I picked up a couple
of Cliff Swallows mixed in with Barn Swallows resting on utility wires.
Could be they are on the move?

Cheers and keep and eye out for baby Clapper Rails. They are cute as a
button.

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林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
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Subject: Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside.
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:26:41 -0400
Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside 19 July

Overcast day at very low tide. A few shorebirds were present, namely 
Semipalmated Plover, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper and Short-billed 
Dowitcher. I observed 5 widely scattered Saltmarsh Sparrows. After the 
spring/summer high tides, Seaside Sparrow nests were flooded and the sparrows 
seemed to have left. I also didn't see or hear any Clapper Rails this morning. 
Forster's Terns, Egrets and Night-Herons continue. There was a female or young 
Yellow Warbler along the trail by the pond. 


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Subject: No Sightings: Long Line Fishing solution to seabird by-catch?
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:18:09 -0400
I came across this Kickstarter campaign on a seabirds list-serve and
thought is was a fascinating concept. I certainly don't know enough about
the company or campaign so Im not making an ask. My intent is to put the
information out there in the hopes that it gets in front of more eyes and
hopefully the right eyes.


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hookpod/hookpod-saving-the-albatross-from-extinction 


Very interesting stuff!

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Brooklyn, NY

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Subject: E-C Dove Chelsea YES
From: Alan Drogin <drogin AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:19:18 -0400
After 3 attempts finally got a very cooperative Eurasian Collared Dove 6:30pm 
today at the Chelsea Piers Bus Depot. Even got some iPhone pics. 


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Subject: Eurasian Collared-Dove (YES) - Chelsea Waterside Park, NYC
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:01:46 -0400
Hi all,
So finally I too have caught up with the long staying  Eurasian
Collared-Dove!  It is currently sitting in one of the sycamores by the semi
circular planting, North of the dog run.

good urban birding,

Anders Peltomaa
Manhattan

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Subject: eBird.org Hotspot: Manhattan American Avocet Locstion
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:24:48 -0400
A hotspot for the American Avocet sighting on Manhattan was just created.
It should appear in the system within the next 12 hours. This location is
actually in Fort Washington Park. Here's a description from the NYC Parks
site: from Riverside Dr., Hudson River, W. 155 St. to Dyckman St. <
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fortwashingtonpark/highlights/11989 > and
is not in Inwood Hill Park or Fort Tryon Park.

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Subject: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:22:53 -0400
Hello all,
Yesterday afternoon Andrew Rubenfeld, Eric Ozawa and I went to Jamaica
Bay to attend the first Open House Public Meeting that NPS held at the
Visitors Center as a step in the process to develop a plan for the
West Pond. More on that later. Before the meeting we took some time to
go birding and found a few birds, including: Forster's, Common and
Least Tern, Glossy Ibis, Snowy Egret, Black Skimmer, etc. The West
Pond itself is a sad sad sight. Over at Big John's Pond we saw one
Barn Owl in the box.

There was a good turnout at the meeting and we birders were well
represented. Those of you who could not attend the meeting can still
get the information that was shared at the meeting and take part in
the process. Just keep in mind that the comment period closes on
7/30/2014. Below is a link to the web page on NPS website with the
details. At the bottom of the page you will find a link to the
Newsletter they presented at the meeting. The newsletter include four
alternatives for the West Pond (other alternatives may/will hopefully
be worked out in the process).

Please send in your comments and push for a full restoration of a
freshwater pond at Jamaica Bay. It was created to serve as a
replacement for the freshwater habitat that was lost to development in
the region. We must ensure it is restored.

http://bit.ly/JBWR_WP_EA

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Subject: Sunrise to Sunset: Jamaica Bay to Dune Road, Hamptons
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:13:01 -0400
Hi Everyone,

I was out all day starting at Jamaica Bay and went out east to Dune Road
stopping at several spots along the way.  Hghlights were:
Jamaica Bay East Pond: Black and Yellow Crowned Night Herons, Glossy Ibis,
Black Skimmers,
Jamaica Bay West Pond: immature Little Blue Heron
marsh west of West Pond trail: Tri-Colored Heron, Short Billed Dowitcher,
Clapper Rail, Yellowlegs
Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area: Saltmarsh Sparrows
Jones Beach Coast Guard Marina/ sandbar: 2 Common Loons (nonbreeding
plumage), Red Breasted Merganser, continuing female Greater Scaup, Gulled
Billed Tern
Captree Island ~100 Glossy Ibis
Dune Road: Short Billed Dowitchers, Black Skimmers

Good birding,
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Subject: Eurasian Collared-Dove (YES) - Chelsea NYC
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:34:48 -0400
The Eurasian Collared-Dove at Chelsea Waterside Park continues. The bird
was seen after about 1 and a half hour of searching.

I spent a good time studying this bird especially in light of the recent
Sterepolia Dove species that have shown up in the area.

I'll have some photos up later for those interested.

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Subject: August Overnight Pelagic resend
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:09:05 -0400
I apologize in advance for any list members who received this post from
Doug Gochfeld yesterday. Many people (myself included) did not receive it
and some had it go directly to their spam folder. The Pelagic reminder was
posted with permission from the list owner.

The Paulagics overnight pelagic trip out of Freeport, NY is now less than a
month away, and there are still a handful of spots on the boat.



The plan for the trip is to leave the dock at 8 PM on Monday, August 11,
aboard the 100' Starstream VIII (From the Captain Lou Fleet), and be at the
Hudson Canyon, laying down a chum slick, well before the sun rises. This
trip is 4 hours longer than some of the similar mid-Atlantic pelagic trips
running this year, in order to give us time to more thoroughly explore
these interesting and seldom-birded far off shore areas.



This is the quintessential "sky is the limit" time of year for offshore
pelagic trips in this region, and in addition to more expected species like
Audubon's Shearwater, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Long-tailed Jaeger, Pomarine
Jaeger, and Red & Red-necked Phalaropes, and slightly rarer species that we
also have a good chance at, like ARCTIC TERN, BRIDLED TERN, BAND-RUMPED
STORM-PETREL, and SOUTH POLAR SKUA, pelagic trips to deep water off the
northeast at this time of year have seen such mega rarities as WHITE-TAILED
TROPICBIRD, RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD, WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL, BAROLO
SHEARWATER, BLACK-CAPPED PETREL, HERALD (TRINDADE) PETREL, and FEA'S
PETREL, and it is a time of year when almost anything that occurs in warm
water in the North Atlantic should be on the radar.



This is at the beginning of the ideal window of time for WHITE-FACED
STORM-PETRELS off the northeast, and all the largest counts in North
America have been from the month of August.



There will be food on board (both human food for purchase at reasonable
prices, and plenty of chum for the birds for free), and there will be
several experienced leaders to help people see and identify whatever we
come across. It is also a great time of year for cetaceans, and deeper
waters are best for SPERM WHALE, CUVIER’S BEAKED WHALE, RISSO’S

DOLPHIN, and PILOT WHALE, among others.



The trip returns to the dock the evening of Tuesday, August 12.



*You can register/reserve space for the trip in several ways, including
E-Mailing info AT paulagics.com.



*Full information on registering with the always helpful and friendly Paul
or Anita Guris here:

http://paulagics.com/?page_id=41



More information on this particular trip here:

http://paulagics.com/?page_id=575



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Subject: Bicknell's Thrush/Boreal Chickadee/Gray Jay/Black-backed Woodpecker/Philadelphia Vireo & more
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:36:36 -0400
A few wildlife notes: the mouse population is exploding!  Our neighbors are
catching 5 mice a day in their camp, and we are catching about the same.  Of
course I view this as a positive, but my family is not amused!  Barred Owls
and Broad-winged Hawks nested near our home again, and we hear the owls each
night and watch the Broad-winged Hawks hunt over our lawn during the day.
I'm glad they have plenty of food!

 

I noticed that the White Pine cone crop is quite good.  (I will take note of
the other conifer tree species cone crops.)

 

We have enjoyed hearing the Ovenbird's evening song throughout this breeding
season with one nesting right outside our bedroom window.  It often
vocalizes during the night.

 

I've posted many photos to my Facebook page from recent tours at:
https://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian . (Late Black-backed Woodpecker
nest that I found on 7/9/14 with brand new young, another Black-backed
Woodpecker nest that fledged a solo male bird, Bicknell's Thrush, Boreal
Chickadee fledgling being fed in Minerva, Gray Jays, sunrise photos from
dawn tours up Whiteface Mountain, Mountain Sandwort, Deer with fawn, and
Bullfrog)

 

Recent tour sightings:

 

On a dawn tour up Whiteface Mountain (followed by a bit of lowland boreal
birding) with a birder from Massachusetts on July 15, 2014:

 

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

American Woodcock - flushed from the side of the road on the nocturnal drive
to Whiteface Mountain

Barred Owl - 2 a few hundred feet from each other!  (Likely a pair of adults
hunting to feed young.)

Hairy Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - two different family groups in the Bloomingdale area

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - family group on Whiteface Mountain (with views!) and
another family group in Bloomingdale

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Bicknell's Thrush - many heard calling and singing, and one nice view!

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow - many singing at Bloomingdale Bog

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

 

On a July 14, 2014 field trip to Moose River Plains co-sponsored by the Long
Lake Parks and Recreation Department and Northern NY Audubon, we found the
following species:

 

Ruffed Grouse - 2 different birds

Wild Turkey

Common Loon - heard

Broad-winged Hawk - perched up high near the Red River

Spotted Sandpiper - on a rock in Helldiver Pond

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Hairy Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker - calling near the Red River

Northern Flicker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

Common Raven

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Cedar Waxwing

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Mourning Warbler - observed near the Red River

Common Yellowthroat

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler - nice views!

Blackburnian Warbler - nice views!

Chestnut-sided Warbler - nice views!

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler -  nice views!

Lincoln's Sparrow - several along the Mitchell Ponds Trail

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

 

On a half day dawn tour up Whiteface Mountain with 5 birders from the
Albany, NY area, we found the following birds:

 

Broad-winged Hawk

Black-backed Woodpecker - rattle call heard down the mountain from the
~3900' location

Merlin

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Common Raven - family group

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - vocalizing on Whiteface (~3850')

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Winter Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Bicknell's Thrush - many heard calling and singing; a view of two birds
flying across the road together

Swainson's Thrush

American Robin

Ovenbird

Nashville Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

 

On a day and a half tour with two birders from western NY, we found the
following species by birding in lowland boreal habitat and during a dawn
tour up Whiteface Mountain:

 

July 10, 2014 (Full day in boreal habitat - Minerva, Newcomb, Long Lake,
Tupper Lake)

 

Common Loon

Broad-winged Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Ring-billed Gull

Rock Pigeon

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - feeding at holes created by a Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker!

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Hairy Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker - adult male and female at their nest cavity

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - family

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee - family

Boreal Chickadee - family!  We observed a fledgling on a branch for ~15
minutes! (Photos on Facebook)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

House Wren

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Veery

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Cedar Waxwing

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Scarlet Tanager

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Purple Finch

Red Crossbill -heard at Boreas River Bridge

 

July 11, 2014 (Half day dawn tour up Whiteface with a bit of lowland boreal
birding at Bloomingdale)

 

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Wilson's Snipe

American Woodcock

Mourning Dove - at Bloomingdale Bog!

Barred Owl - 2 (1 perched over Sabattis Circle Road and one heard on Route
30/3 by Corey's Road)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Hairy Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker - Bloomingdale Bog

Northern Flicker

American Kestrel - Bloomingdale Bog

Merlin - on Whiteface!

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - adults and juveniles at Bloomingdale Bog!

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - nice observation along the Whiteface Road on our drive
down!

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

Bicknell's Thrush - nice views of two different birds (photos on Facebook of
both birds)

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Mourning Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Indigo Bunting

Common Grackle

American Goldfinch

 

On a June 30 tour with 4 people from Long Island, NY, we found the following
species at Moose River Plains and Ferd's Bog:

 

Ruffed Grouse - female with chicks!

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture - perched in a tree after our car flushed it from eating a
road-killed Painted Turtle

Broad-winged Hawk

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - nest with loud young!

Hairy Woodpecker - pair

Northern Flicker

Olive-sided Flycatcher - at Ferd's Bog

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - nice views!

Alder Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - 3; one juvenile not far from the Mitchell Ponds Trailhead and an
adult and juvenile at Helldiver Pond

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - 2 family groups - 1 near the Mitchell Ponds Trailhead and
the other on the trail to Lost Ponds

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Veery

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Mourning Warbler - nice views of a 1st year singing male!

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow - singing

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Common Grackle

Purple Finch

 

During a dawn tour up Whiteface Mountain followed by lowland boreal birding
on June 29, 2014 with a birder from Virginia, we found the following
species:

 

Ruffed Grouse - standing on River Road!

Broad-winged Hawk - with a dead Red Squirrel in its talons!

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Hairy Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker - 1 in flight

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - nice views!

Least Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - 2

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - heard

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Veery

Bicknell's Thrush - nice views of this elusive bird!

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Mourning Warbler - nice views of a singing male!

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow - feeding young!

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Scarlet Tanager

Indigo Bunting

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Purple Finch

 

During a dawn tour up Whiteface Mountain followed by lowland birding (for
Ruffed Grouse) with a birder from Florida/Connecticut, we found the
following species:

 

Ruffed Grouse - 2 different females with chicks at Spring Pond Bog

Common Loon - family of 3

Turkey Vulture

Broad-winged Hawk

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Hairy Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker - nest with young male and the adult female on River
Road, and 2 adults (female in the nest hole) in the Bloomingdale area

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - 4 at Spring Pond Bog

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

Veery

Bicknell's Thrush - fantastic visual! (Photos on Facebook)

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Mourning Warbler - heard

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler - lovely views!

Chipping Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Scarlet Tanager

Indigo Bunting

Bobolink

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

 

This birder is photographing as many North American bird species as
possible.  His goal was to photograph Bicknell's Thrush and Ruffed Grouse,
which he accomplished during our trip.  He wrote a lovely blog about our
outing at: http://www.birdspix.com/ . 

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY

(315) 244-7127 cell       

(518) 624-5528 home

http://www.adirondackavianexpeditions.com/   

http://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian

 

 

 


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Subject: NNYBirds: Bicknell's Thrush/Boreal Chickadee/Gray Jay/Black-backed Woodpecker/Philadelphia Vireo & more
From: "'Joan Collins' Joan.Collins AT Frontier.com [Northern_NY_Birds]" <Northern_NY_Birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:36:36 -0400
A few wildlife notes: the mouse population is exploding!  Our neighbors are
catching 5 mice a day in their camp, and we are catching about the same.  Of
course I view this as a positive, but my family is not amused!  Barred Owls
and Broad-winged Hawks nested near our home again, and we hear the owls each
night and watch the Broad-winged Hawks hunt over our lawn during the day.
I'm glad they have plenty of food!

 

I noticed that the White Pine cone crop is quite good.  (I will take note of
the other conifer tree species cone crops.)

 

We have enjoyed hearing the Ovenbird's evening song throughout this breeding
season with one nesting right outside our bedroom window.  It often
vocalizes during the night.

 

I've posted many photos to my Facebook page from recent tours at:
https://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian . (Late Black-backed Woodpecker
nest that I found on 7/9/14 with brand new young, another Black-backed
Woodpecker nest that fledged a solo male bird, Bicknell's Thrush, Boreal
Chickadee fledgling being fed in Minerva, Gray Jays, sunrise photos from
dawn tours up Whiteface Mountain, Mountain Sandwort, Deer with fawn, and
Bullfrog)

 

Recent tour sightings:

 

On a dawn tour up Whiteface Mountain (followed by a bit of lowland boreal
birding) with a birder from Massachusetts on July 15, 2014:

 

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

American Woodcock - flushed from the side of the road on the nocturnal drive
to Whiteface Mountain

Barred Owl - 2 a few hundred feet from each other!  (Likely a pair of adults
hunting to feed young.)

Hairy Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - two different family groups in the Bloomingdale area

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - family group on Whiteface Mountain (with views!) and
another family group in Bloomingdale

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Bicknell's Thrush - many heard calling and singing, and one nice view!

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow - many singing at Bloomingdale Bog

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

 

On a July 14, 2014 field trip to Moose River Plains co-sponsored by the Long
Lake Parks and Recreation Department and Northern NY Audubon, we found the
following species:

 

Ruffed Grouse - 2 different birds

Wild Turkey

Common Loon - heard

Broad-winged Hawk - perched up high near the Red River

Spotted Sandpiper - on a rock in Helldiver Pond

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Hairy Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker - calling near the Red River

Northern Flicker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

Common Raven

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Cedar Waxwing

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Mourning Warbler - observed near the Red River

Common Yellowthroat

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler - nice views!

Blackburnian Warbler - nice views!

Chestnut-sided Warbler - nice views!

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler -  nice views!

Lincoln's Sparrow - several along the Mitchell Ponds Trail

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

 

On a half day dawn tour up Whiteface Mountain with 5 birders from the
Albany, NY area, we found the following birds:

 

Broad-winged Hawk

Black-backed Woodpecker - rattle call heard down the mountain from the
~3900' location

Merlin

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Common Raven - family group

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - vocalizing on Whiteface (~3850')

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Winter Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Bicknell's Thrush - many heard calling and singing; a view of two birds
flying across the road together

Swainson's Thrush

American Robin

Ovenbird

Nashville Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

 

On a day and a half tour with two birders from western NY, we found the
following species by birding in lowland boreal habitat and during a dawn
tour up Whiteface Mountain:

 

July 10, 2014 (Full day in boreal habitat - Minerva, Newcomb, Long Lake,
Tupper Lake)

 

Common Loon

Broad-winged Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Ring-billed Gull

Rock Pigeon

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - feeding at holes created by a Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker!

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Hairy Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker - adult male and female at their nest cavity

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - family

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee - family

Boreal Chickadee - family!  We observed a fledgling on a branch for ~15
minutes! (Photos on Facebook)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

House Wren

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Veery

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Cedar Waxwing

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Scarlet Tanager

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Purple Finch

Red Crossbill -heard at Boreas River Bridge

 

July 11, 2014 (Half day dawn tour up Whiteface with a bit of lowland boreal
birding at Bloomingdale)

 

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Wilson's Snipe

American Woodcock

Mourning Dove - at Bloomingdale Bog!

Barred Owl - 2 (1 perched over Sabattis Circle Road and one heard on Route
30/3 by Corey's Road)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Hairy Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker - Bloomingdale Bog

Northern Flicker

American Kestrel - Bloomingdale Bog

Merlin - on Whiteface!

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - adults and juveniles at Bloomingdale Bog!

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - nice observation along the Whiteface Road on our drive
down!

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

Bicknell's Thrush - nice views of two different birds (photos on Facebook of
both birds)

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Mourning Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Indigo Bunting

Common Grackle

American Goldfinch

 

On a June 30 tour with 4 people from Long Island, NY, we found the following
species at Moose River Plains and Ferd's Bog:

 

Ruffed Grouse - female with chicks!

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture - perched in a tree after our car flushed it from eating a
road-killed Painted Turtle

Broad-winged Hawk

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - nest with loud young!

Hairy Woodpecker - pair

Northern Flicker

Olive-sided Flycatcher - at Ferd's Bog

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - nice views!

Alder Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - 3; one juvenile not far from the Mitchell Ponds Trailhead and an
adult and juvenile at Helldiver Pond

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - 2 family groups - 1 near the Mitchell Ponds Trailhead and
the other on the trail to Lost Ponds

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Veery

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Mourning Warbler - nice views of a 1st year singing male!

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow - singing

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Common Grackle

Purple Finch

 

During a dawn tour up Whiteface Mountain followed by lowland boreal birding
on June 29, 2014 with a birder from Virginia, we found the following
species:

 

Ruffed Grouse - standing on River Road!

Broad-winged Hawk - with a dead Red Squirrel in its talons!

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Hairy Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker - 1 in flight

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - nice views!

Least Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - 2

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - heard

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Veery

Bicknell's Thrush - nice views of this elusive bird!

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Mourning Warbler - nice views of a singing male!

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow - feeding young!

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Scarlet Tanager

Indigo Bunting

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Purple Finch

 

During a dawn tour up Whiteface Mountain followed by lowland birding (for
Ruffed Grouse) with a birder from Florida/Connecticut, we found the
following species:

 

Ruffed Grouse - 2 different females with chicks at Spring Pond Bog

Common Loon - family of 3

Turkey Vulture

Broad-winged Hawk

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Hairy Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker - nest with young male and the adult female on River
Road, and 2 adults (female in the nest hole) in the Bloomingdale area

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - 4 at Spring Pond Bog

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

Veery

Bicknell's Thrush - fantastic visual! (Photos on Facebook)

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Mourning Warbler - heard

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler - lovely views!

Chipping Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Scarlet Tanager

Indigo Bunting

Bobolink

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

 

This birder is photographing as many North American bird species as
possible.  His goal was to photograph Bicknell's Thrush and Ruffed Grouse,
which he accomplished during our trip.  He wrote a lovely blog about our
outing at: http://www.birdspix.com/ . 

 

Joan Collins

Long Lake, NY

(315) 244-7127 cell       

(518) 624-5528 home

http://www.adirondackavianexpeditions.com/   

http://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian

 

 

 
Subject: OT: Tropicbird in ME
From: James Purcell <jpurcell1616 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:47:01 -0400
 I apologize for the off-topic / extralimital nature to this post, but Alex
Burdo and I are planning on undertaking the trip to Maine to see the famous
Red-billed Tropicbird this Sunday and Monday, July 20 and 21, and we were
wondering if anybody else had any interest in joining us.

Basically, the bird is frequently seen around Seal Island, and the captain
will take us out on Sunday afternoon, the time of day the bird is most
often seen. His boat leaves from Vinalhaven Island, which you need to take
a ferry from Rockland Maine to get to. We will be taking the 1:00 ferry
from Rockland on Sunday and will be joining Captain John Drury at around
2:30 when we arrive. Unfortunately, the last ferry leaves the island before
we would return from the boat on Sunday evening so an overnight on
Vinalhaven Island is necessary. There are several places to stay in town,
however.

The price is $80 per person for the boat ride if we can fill it with 6
people. Please let me know off-list at my email jpurcell1616 AT gmail.com if
you have interest in joining us.

James Purcell
Fairfield, CT

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Subject: Jamaica Bay East Pond Water Level Update
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:10:25 -0400
As I estimated, the water level went up by two inches.  As a result, the
south end of the pond, which had the most shoreline visible is now under
water again.

If there are no rains within the next few days and the water continues to
drain, I expect the pond to be in better shape by the weekend. But we need
birds.

In my short visit, I did not see many shorebirds.

Cheers,


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林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
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Subject: August Overnight Pelagic Trip
From: <fresha2411 AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:40:31 -0400
The Paulagics overnight pelagic trip out of Freeport, NY is now less than a 
month away, and there are still a handful of spots on the boat. 



The plan for the trip is to leave the dock at 8 PM on Monday, August 11, aboard 
the 100' Starstream VIII (From the Captain Lou Fleet), and be at the Hudson 
Canyon, laying down a chum slick, well before the sun rises. This trip is 4 
hours longer than some of the similar mid-Atlantic pelagic trips running this 
year, in order to give us time to more thoroughly explore these interesting and 
seldom-birded far off shore areas. 



This is the quintessential "sky is the limit" time of year for offshore pelagic 
trips in this region, and in addition to more expected species like Audubon's 
Shearwater, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Long-tailed Jaeger, Pomarine Jaeger, and Red 
& Red-necked Phalaropes, and slightly rarer species that we also have a good 
chance at, like ARCTIC TERN, BRIDLED TERN, BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL, and SOUTH 
POLAR SKUA, pelagic trips to deep water off the northeast at this time of year 
have seen such mega rarities as WHITE-TAILED TROPICBIRD, RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD, 
WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL, BAROLO SHEARWATER, BLACK-CAPPED PETREL, HERALD 
(TRINDADE) PETREL, and FEA'S PETREL, and it is a time of year when almost 
anything that occurs in warm water in the North Atlantic should be on the 
radar. 



This is at the beginning of the ideal window of time for WHITE-FACED 
STORM-PETRELS off the northeast, and all the largest counts in North America 
have been from the month of August. 



There will be food on board (both human food, and plenty of chum for the 
birds), and there will be several experienced leaders to help people see and 
identify whatever we come across. It is also a great time of year for 
cetaceans, and deeper waters are best for SPERM WHALE, CUVIER’S BEAKED WHALE, 
RISSO’S 

DOLPHIN, and PILOT WHALE, among others.




The trip returns to the dock the evening of Tuesday, August 12.


*You can register/reserve space for the trip in several ways, including 
E-Mailing info AT paulagics.com. 



*Full information on registering with the always helpful and friendly Paul or 
Anita Guris here: 

http://paulagics.com/?page_id=41


More information on this particular trip here:
http://paulagics.com/?page_id=575


Hope to see you aboard!!
Doug Gochfeld. Brooklyn, NY.







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Subject: NewYork Co. Avocet- NO
From: Nadir Souirgi <nadir75 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:55:00 -0400
I searched from the docks where the American Avocet first appeared to roughly 
the GW Bridge to no avail. I also checked the lagoon in Inwood Hill Park. I did 
not however check Swindler's Cove at the far east side of Dyckman. 


Good birding,

Nadir Souirgi,
Inwood, NYC


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Subject: RE: New York Co. American Avocet
From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:14:54 +0000
Seems to be an equal opportunity rarity: Westchester and Rockland Counties and 
now New York County ? 


L Trachtenberg
Ossining

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Subject: [nysbirds-l] New York Co. American Avocet

James Knox found an American Avocet that is currently loafing with some gulls 
on a wooden dock on the Hudson River at the far end of Dyckman St. in Inwood. 
Inwood is the northern most neighborhood in Manhattan. To view the bird, walk 
west on Dyckman St. All the way to the end of the concrete pier. Look south 
along the River front, about 100yds. for the pier and the Avocet. Take the A 
train to Dyckman St. If coming by train. The 1 train works too but comes with a 
long walk. Good luck to those who try for it. 


Happy birding,

Nadir Souirgi,
Inwood, NYC




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Subject: New York Co. American Avocet
From: Nadir Souirgi <nadir75 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:59:14 -0400
James Knox found an American Avocet that is currently loafing with some gulls 
on a wooden dock on the Hudson River at the far end of Dyckman St. in Inwood. 
Inwood is the northern most neighborhood in Manhattan. To view the bird, walk 
west on Dyckman St. All the way to the end of the concrete pier. Look south 
along the River front, about 100yds. for the pier and the Avocet. Take the A 
train to Dyckman St. If coming by train. The 1 train works too but comes with a 
long walk. Good luck to those who try for it. 


Happy birding,

Nadir Souirgi,
Inwood, NYC




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Subject: Eurasian-collared Dove continues: Hudson River Greenway, NYC
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:24:42 -0400
The dove was seen by Joe DiCostanzo, Sherry Felix and I at roughly 11:30
this morning. It flew in to the previously reported location immediately
south of the soccer field located between 23rd and 24th streets east of the
highway. After dabbling on the pavement for a few minutes the dove flew to
a lamp post along the west side highway and remained there when Joe and I
left.

Good birding,

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Brooklyn, NY

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Subject: Avocet - Piermont
From: Patricia Pollock <ppoll9870 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:14:26 -0700
Please report on these 2 websites if you've seen the Avocet. Thanks. Pat 
Pollock 

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Subject: Piermont Avocet
From: Sean Camillieri <scamillieri AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:43:05 -0400
Has the bird been seen since the initial sighting today?

Sean Camillieri

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Subject: Jamaica Bay East Pond Water Level Update
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:22:24 -0400
This morning, I checked the water level on the East Pond after yesterday's rain 
and noted that the water level is up by little more than an inch. It is 
estimated that we may see about 2" inches of rain by the time the storms move 
out and we will probably see the water level up on the pond by that amount and 
possibly more. 


Please be aware that shoreline areas that had opened up on the south end and 
east side will shrink and some will definitely be under water again. Hopefully, 
with the valve open we could see the water level down again shortly. 


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Subject: American Avocet at Piermont Pier
From: Evan Mark <ttbirding AT mail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:54:25 +0200




Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:35:11 -0700
RBA
 
*  New York
*  Syracuse
* July 14, 2014
*  NYSY  07. 14. 14
 
Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert
Dates(s):

July 07, 2013 - July 14, 2014
to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
covering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),
Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer,  Madison & Cortland
compiled: July 14 AT 5:30 p.m. (EDT)
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org
 
 
#401 Monday July 14, 2014
 
Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of 
July 07, 2014
 
Highlights:
-----------

LEAST BITTERN
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
PEREGRINE FALCON
GOLDEN EAGLE
STILT SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
BLACK TERN
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW

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

     7/10: At least 4 LEAST BITTERNS were again seen in the cattails near 
the far end of LaRue’s Lagoon along the Wildlife Trail. 6 SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHERS, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, 20 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 210 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 
270 LEAST SANDPIPERS and 3 KILLDEER were seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 

     7/12: 2 newly fledged RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen in the presence 
of the two adults at Mays Point Pool Road. 



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

     7/10: An adult GOLDEN EAGLE was seen feeding on a deer carcass on East 
Road south of Cazenovia. 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS were seen hunting near Hunt Hill 
near Sheds. 



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

    7/8: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was again seen on Fenner Road near the 
Jacksonville Cemetary in Lysander. 

     7/9: Another ACADIAN FLYCATCHER nest was located in Whiskey Hollow. At 
least one of more birds were seen on recent visits this week. 

     7/11: A Fledgling PEREGRINE FALCON, the first in some years, was seen 
at the nest box in downtown Syracuse. 

     7/12: A LEAST BITTERN was seen flying in the big marsh near the Bald 
Eagle nest in Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. 



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

     7/8: A LAWRENCE’S WARBLER was seen on Baum Road in Hastings.
     7/11: A BLACK TERN was seen with the Common Tern Colony on Oneida Lake 
from Constantia. 



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

     7/9: A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was again seen at Spring Farm Nature Center 
south of Clinton. 



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

     7/14: A pair of adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen coming to a nest 
hole on West Barrier Beach at Fair Haven State Park. 

     

     

    
         
   

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Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.
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Subject: RE:American avocet croton point park - update
From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:51:40 +0000
I am told the avocet had flown by about 8:30 a.m., and had not been re-found as 
of early afternoon. Photos of this morning's bird (by Jim Bourdon) can be found 
on the Saw Mill River Audubon webpage at https://www.facebook.com/SMRAudubon I 
have also been told this is only the fifth Westchester County record of 
American Avocet and the first since 1997 (Croton Point had one other sighting 
in 1979). 

 
L.  Trachtenberg
Ossining 


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Subject: [nysbirds-l] American avocet croton point park

Just a few minutes ago (730 am) an American Avocet in breeding plumage was at 
the water's edge of the swimming beach at Croton Point Park. Beautiful light. A 
great find by Chris Letts too bad neither of us had cameras. Certainly a first 
for me in Westchester County. Good luck if you go. 


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Subject: Re: Black Skimmers in Prospect Park, NYC
From: "Editconsul AT aol.com" <Editconsul@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:03:46 -0400
I have spotted Black Skimmers along the East River off 34th Street. Quite 
beautiful to behold! 


Debbie Becker



On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 8:02 PM, Gabriel Willow  
wrote: 

> Last night while walking in Prospect Park around 10:30pm, I was surprised to 
see several Black Skimmers emerge from the darkness to silently glide over the 
lake near the new Lakeside Center, with their distinctive skimming motion. 
There were 8 or 9 in the flock. Beautiful birds! I didn't know they frequented 
fresh water away from beaches... They're an unusual sight even in the East 
River. 

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> Nocturnal perambulations reveal many wonders!
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Subject: RE: Black Skimmers in Prospect Park, NYC
From: Goldstein Gina <Goldstein.Gina AT bcg.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:11:55 -0500
I saw two from a cab on the Triboro Bridge last year


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Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 11:57 AM
To: Gabriel Willow; NYSBIRDS-L AT cornell.edu
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Black Skimmers in Prospect Park, NYC

Skimmers also occur fairly regularly in the Meadowlands and along the 
Hackensack River in New Jersey during the summer, so they're by no means 
restricted to beaches. 


-Scott Haber

On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM, Phil Jeffrey 
> wrote: 

They've been seen in both Central and Prospect Parks over the years, 
irregularly and invariably nocturnally, so it's by no means unprecedented. 


Phil Jeffrey
Princeton


On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 8:02 PM, Gabriel Willow 
> wrote: 

Last night while walking in Prospect Park around 10:30pm, I was surprised to 
see several Black Skimmers emerge from the darkness to silently glide over the 
lake near the new Lakeside Center, with their distinctive skimming motion. 
There were 8 or 9 in the flock. Beautiful birds! I didn't know they frequented 
fresh water away from beaches... They're an unusual sight even in the East 
River. 


Nocturnal perambulations reveal many wonders!

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Subject: Re: Black Skimmers in Prospect Park, NYC
From: Scott Haber <scotthaber1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:56:36 -0400
Skimmers also occur fairly regularly in the Meadowlands and along the
Hackensack River in New Jersey during the summer, so they're by no means
restricted to beaches.

-Scott Haber


On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM, Phil Jeffrey 
wrote:

> They've been seen in both Central and Prospect Parks over the years,
> irregularly and invariably nocturnally, so it's by no means unprecedented.
>
> Phil Jeffrey
> Princeton
>
>
>
> On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 8:02 PM, Gabriel Willow 
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>
>> Last night while walking in Prospect Park around 10:30pm, I was surprised
>> to see several Black Skimmers emerge from the darkness to silently glide
>> over the lake near the new Lakeside Center, with their distinctive skimming
>> motion. There were 8 or 9 in the flock. Beautiful birds! I didn't know they
>> frequented fresh water away from beaches... They're an unusual sight even
>> in the East River.
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>> NYC Audubon
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Subject: Re: Black Skimmers in Prospect Park, NYC
From: Phil Jeffrey <phil.jeffrey AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:50:35 -0400
They've been seen in both Central and Prospect Parks over the years,
irregularly and invariably nocturnally, so it's by no means unprecedented.

Phil Jeffrey
Princeton



On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 8:02 PM, Gabriel Willow 
wrote:

> Last night while walking in Prospect Park around 10:30pm, I was surprised
> to see several Black Skimmers emerge from the darkness to silently glide
> over the lake near the new Lakeside Center, with their distinctive skimming
> motion. There were 8 or 9 in the flock. Beautiful birds! I didn't know they
> frequented fresh water away from beaches... They're an unusual sight even
> in the East River.
>
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Subject: American avocet croton point park
From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:54:39 +0000
Just a few minutes ago (730 am) an American Avocet in breeding plumage was at 
the water's edge of the swimming beach at Croton Point Park. Beautiful light. A 
great find by Chris Letts too bad neither of us had cameras. Certainly a first 
for me in Westchester County. Good luck if you go. 


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Subject: Watch Hill Fire Island Part II
From: Alan Drogin <drogin AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:40:53 -0400
Returned to Watch Hill this weekend. My count increased from 35 species last 
month to 42 as the return migration of shorebirds has begun. Many small groups 
of Least Sandpipers flocked the bayside. In addition to last months local 
Willets and Lesser Yellow-legs, a Spotted Sandpiper and a pair of Short-billed 
Dowitchers. The marsh grasses hid no more Seaside or Nelson sparrows - instead 
a half dozen Sharp-tailed Saltmarsh Sparrows and an oddly situated Wood Peewee. 
The beaches had a constant daily flow of Common Terns, their white angelic 
silhouettes closely overhead us swimming, fishing the breaking waves, and then 
carrying their catch off, I assume to their nesting colony. I spotted only two 
Least Terns on the bayside cavorting over a marsh pool. Unexpected was spotting 
two rafts of Black Scoters offshore between Watch Hill and Davis Park on Friday 
morning. 


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Subject: Black Scoter raft off Davis Park
From: "leormand ." <leormand AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:13:56 -0400
Was able to review the photos I took earlier this week - it appears that
there was a raft of 100+ Black Scoter hanging around off the Casino
Restaurant/Bar at Davis Park, Fire Island.

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Subject: Black Skimmers in Prospect Park, NYC
From: Gabriel Willow <gabrielwillow AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:02:30 -0400
Last night while walking in Prospect Park around 10:30pm, I was surprised to 
see several Black Skimmers emerge from the darkness to silently glide over the 
lake near the new Lakeside Center, with their distinctive skimming motion. 
There were 8 or 9 in the flock. Beautiful birds! I didn't know they frequented 
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River. 


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Subject: Shorebirds + Bonaparte's Gull from Jamaica Bay Queens County
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:09:18 -0400
A definite uptick of shorebirds were observed in about 5 hours of birding
the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge today.  A total of 10 species
of shorebirds with new arrivals (my field notes), being Semipalmated
Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover and Stilt Sandpiper.

Other notables, include several Little Blue Herons, Greater Scaup and 1
Bonaparte's Gull.  I have a blog post up with additional details and photos
for those interested.

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Subject: Central Park NYC Bird Walk on Sunday, July 13, 2014
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:17:03 -0400
Central Park NYC Bird Walk on Sunday, July 13, 2014

On today's bird walk in Central Park led by Dr. Robert DeCandido we saw the 
following: 


Blackpoll Warbler - adult male in alternate (breeding) plumage at Tupelo Field 
- new for the season. 


Black-and-white Warbler - two females together on the west side of Mugger's 
Woods - same birds as yesterday. 


Before the walk Bob & I saw the American Redstart again at the Maintenance 
Field. 


Carine spotted a fledgling Warbling Vireo begging for food from an adult - 
Mugger's Woods. 


Two young Northern Flickers were visible in the nest at the Gill Overlook, 
attended by both parents. 


Adults Barn Swallows fed two young ones on the Point. 

A Blue Jay pair feeding a young fledgling at the Summer House (Brad). 

Eastern Kingbird at the Gill Overlook (Carine). 

Cedar Waxwing west of Iphigene's Walk (Meredith). 

Other common summer birds.

Here's a photo of one of the young House Wrens that Bob & I saw before the walk 
at the Summer House Meadow: 


http://www.agpix.com/view_caption.php?image_id=686501&photog=1

Waiting for the next cold front,

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Subject: Fire Island highlights this weekend
From: Richard Zaineldeen <richjack115 AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:06:28 -0400
On Friday at Cherry Grove, I observed a single Royal Tern sitting on a small 
buoy out in the bay, not far from the ferry dock. 

This morning (Sunday) I found a Lesser Black-backed Gull on the Cherry Grove 
beach with a small flock of other gulls. 


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Brooklyn, New York


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Subject: Scoters off Cherry Drove, Fire Island
From: Richard Zaineldeen <richjack115 AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:03:25 -0400
On Saturday I also spotted a small flock of what I thought to be scoters far 
out. Like with the previous scoter report in the 

same general locale, I could not identify as to which species.

Richard ZainEldeen
Brooklyn, New York


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Subject: Collared Dove, and IMPORTANT re Jamaica Bay West Pond
From: Douglas Futuyma <dfutuyma AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:16:45 -0400
The Eurasian Collared Dove that has frequented the Chelsea Water Park in
Manhattan flew in to trees just north of the dog run at about 9:15 this
morning, and soon dropped to the lawn and walkway. The site is at the
junction of 11th Avenue and West 2 Street.

The period from now until July 30 is extremely important for birders to
communicate their feeling about restoring the West Pond at Jamaica Bay
Wildlife Refuge.  The National Park Service (NPS) is soliciting public
opinion for an Environmental Assessment (EA) of several designs that they
will soon receive from the consulting firm they have engaged.  A "scoping
meeting" will be held THIS THURSDAY, July 17, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the
Refuge Visitors' Center. It is OPEN TO ALL interested parties.

It is important that birders show their concern by attending, and by being
UNITED on a few fundamental points: that the Pond be restored to a
freshwater pond, as large as possible;  that it include a functional valve
system to regulate water level; that the Terrapin Trail area be restored to
its former state as a habitat for nesting terns (and diamondback
terrapins); and that the Refuge be assigned active, informed management
personnel.

The NPS has a Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website, and
invites public comments UNTIL JULY 30. The NPS takes such input very
seriously, and has in the past altered decisions on that basis. The online
PETITION to restore the West Pond, which many of us have signed, will be an
important contribution; if you have not yet signed it, please do, at
www.tinyurl.com/west-pond-petition. Also, please send  a PERSONAL MESSAGE
directly to the PEPC website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov, or by post to
Gateway National Recreation Area, Attn: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge West
Pond EA Comment, 210 New York Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305.

The NPS announcement about Thursday's scoping meeting and the PEPC site is
copied below.

Let us all make one more effort on behalf of a resource that has been so
important to our community and to the birds and other wildlife about which
we care!

Thanks,

Doug Futuyma
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Subject: Scoping Notice- Environmental Assessment, Gateway National
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To:


Dear Sir/Madam,

The National Park Service (NPS) in cooperation with the Federal Highway
Administration - Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD), is
preparing an environmental assessment (EA) in support of a proposed project
to address damage that resulted from a breach that occurred at West Pond in
conjunction with Hurricane Sandy in 2012.  Federal emergency declarations
stemming from the damage suffered along the Atlantic Coast during Hurricane
Sandy entitle eligible projects such as this one at Jamaica Bay Wildlife
Refuge in Gateway National Recreation Area, New York to receive relief
through the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned (ERFO) Road program.
Maps of the region and project area are attached (Figures 1 and 2).

The purpose of this project as currently defined is to provide for
environmentally sensitive and resilient condition and enhanced visitor
experiences along the West Pond Trail area that support a diversity of
Jamaica Bay habitats and wildlife.  The goals of the project are to improve
existing conditions and visitor experience at West Pond to restore both the
natural resource values of the West Pond, as well as visitor access and
public educational opportunities in a manner that is effective and
sustainable into the future.  Goals include providing a sound basis for
adaptive management, and protective design elements to promote future
desired resource conditions and sustainable management.  This project is
needed because:


   - The area around the breach and the portion of the trail that crosses
   the embankment are not currently safe for public access.
   - The existing breach condition is vulnerable to reoccurring storm
   activity and susceptible to future damage from erosion.
   - To increase universal visitor access and provide the opportunity to
   view wildlife, enjoy the Jamaica Bay, and learn about the resources.
   - To ensure that the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge provides habitat that
   supports a diversity of species, in a resilient and sustainable environment.

The NPS is currently soliciting scoping comments from interested agencies,
groups, and individuals and encourages your participation throughout the
planning process.  The NPS encourages your participation throughout the
planning process.

A public scoping meeting will be held July 17, 2014 from 6:00- 8:00 PM at
the following location:

Gateway National Recreation Area
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Cross Bay Boulevard
Queens, New York

There will be two opportunities to comment on the project -- once during
the initial project scoping and again following release of the EA.  The NPS
is currently in the scoping phase of the proposed project and invites the
public to submit written suggestions, comments and concerns regarding the
project online at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public comment (PEPC)
website at:  http://parkplanning.nps.gov/gate.  Comments also may be sent
to the address below no later than July 30, 2014.

Gateway National Recreation Area
ATTN:  Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, West Pond EA Comments
210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10305

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Subject: Eurasian Collared-Dove
From: Corey Finger <here471 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:41:29 -0400
The previously reported bird is putting on a good show at Chelsea Waterfront 
Park, at the intersection of 23rd St and 11th Ave. 


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