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23 Jan: @ 18:18:27 
Re: Gyrfalcon [Napier]
23 Jan: @ 11:31:23 
Gyrfalcon [Steven Sachs]
21 Jan: @ 15:11:55 
Greater white fronted goose [Pat Aitken]
21 Jan: @ 14:25:55 
Mark Stackhouse, Tropical Birder - BirdCallsRadio [Mardi Dickinson]
21 Jan: @ 14:16:20 
Ulster County Waterfowl Count Results [Steve M. Chorvas]
21 Jan: @ 12:56:08 
Grasshopper Sparrow at Playland Lake yes [Andrew Block]
21 Jan: @ 12:44:45 
Hook Pond Tundra Swans and White-fronted Goose (Suffolk Co.) [Ken Feustel]
20 Jan: @ 18:30:23 
Syracuse area RBA [Joseph Brin]
20 Jan: @ 15:09:09 
Is the Grasshopper Sparrow still there? [Andrew Block]
20 Jan: @ 09:10:59 
Re: Manhattan incl. Bryant & Central Parks, NYC - in New York County, N.Y. [Andrew Baksh]
20 Jan: @ 06:42:53 
Manhattan incl. Bryant & Central Parks, NYC - in New York County, N.Y. [Tom Fiore]
19 Jan: @ 20:50:36 
Central Park NYC - Sun. Jan. 19, 2020: Snow Goose, Pied-billed Grebe, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Common Loon [Deborah Allen]
19 Jan: @ 17:51:02 
BBC Presentation: The Galapagos: Home of Evolution, 1/21 @7pm [Jennifer Kepler]
19 Jan: @ 11:55:15 
Black-headed Gull, JBSP, Coast Guard Station, Nassau Co. [Mike Scheibel]
18 Jan: @ 10:18:29 
Barnacle Goose; Suffolk Co.,Riverhead Sod Farms, north of Northville Tpke, west of Rte 105 [Mike Scheibel]
17 Jan: @ 22:57:12 
NYC Area RBA: 17 January 2020 [Gail Benson]
15 Jan: @ 14:51:18 
Barnacle goose and yellow headed blackbird [Richard Perkins / TAM]
14 Jan: @ 23:23:20 
Banded herring gull - blue point NY [leormand]
14 Jan: @ 15:45:31 
Richard Crossley - BirdCallsRadio [Mardi Dickinson]
13 Jan: @ 15:50:57 
"The Birds of the Brazilian Northeast" - Queens County Bird Club presentation this Weds, January 15, 2020 [Nancy Tognan]
13 Jan: @ 14:17:39 
Syracuse area RBA [Joseph Brin]
13 Jan: @ 13:47:26 
Iceland Gull - Shinnecock West [Rich Perkins / TAM]
13 Jan: @ 06:47:26 
Manhattan & N.Y. County, NYC, to Jan. 12: Iceland Gulls, R.-h. Woodpecker, & more [Tom Fiore]
12 Jan: @ 18:17:00 
Central Park NYC - Sun. Jan. 12, 2020: American Kestrel, Great Blue Heron, Cooper's Hawk, Brown Creeper [Deborah Allen]
12 Jan: @ 15:39:41 
Linnaean Society of NY Program, January 14th, 2020 at the American Museum of Natural History [rfried]
12 Jan: @ 13:47:24 
Re: Snow geese Lister Park [Ben Cacace]
12 Jan: @ 12:40:45 
Snow geese Lister Park [linda sullivan]
12 Jan: @ 10:59:30 
Dovekie at Shinnecock Inlet (East Side) [Ken Feustel]
11 Jan: @ 14:11:01 
King Eider -Shinnecock East [Mike Scheibel]
11 Jan: @ 12:36:47 
King Eider at Shinnecock (Yes) [Anthony Collerton]
11 Jan: @ 11:15:21 
Dune road, quogue wildlife refuge [leormand]
11 Jan: @ 10:23:45 
Tufted Duck, Ithaca [Jay McGowan]
11 Jan: @ 09:23:16 
Shinnecock East King Eider and Harlequin -Suffolk [Christopher Gangemi]
10 Jan: @ 23:08:45 
NYC Area RBA: 10 January 2020 [Gail Benson]
10 Jan: @ 18:44:06 
Brooklyn Gulling: BHGU and ICGUs [Andrew Baksh]
10 Jan: @ 18:32:20 
EPCAL and downtown Riverhead [leormand]
10 Jan: @ 15:37:11 
Painted Bunting - Jones Beach, Nassau County - Yes [Long Island Birding .]
10 Jan: @ 14:50:06 
Black-headed Gull- Jones beach coast guard- nassau county -yes -update [kevin rogers]
10 Jan: @ 14:23:26 
Black-headed Gull- Jones beach coast guard- nassau county -yes [kevin rogers]
10 Jan: @ 12:47:25 
Winter Veery records: have N.Y. City, state, & the greater region [Tom Fiore]
09 Jan: @ 12:41:35 
Re: The New York Times: Golf Club for the 1 Percent Wants to Seize a Migratory Bird Habitat - [Lynne Hertzog]
09 Jan: @ 12:08:45 
The New York Times: Golf Club for the 1 Percent Wants to Seize a Migratory Bird Habitat - [Larry Trachtenberg]
09 Jan: @ 05:32:45 
Is painted bunting at jones beach is still around? [Jeanne]
08 Jan: @ 08:36:09 
Any reports of Bohemian Waxwing? [Robert Lewis]
07 Jan: @ 20:48:27 
Bryant Park Veery: Brooklyn Greenie + Gulling Goodies... [Andrew Baksh]
07 Jan: @ 16:15:11 
Drake Barrows Goldeneye Pehlam Bay park vicinity [patrickhoran]
07 Jan: @ 15:08:22 
Breezy Point, Queens County Razorbills ++ [Sean Sime]
07 Jan: @ 14:53:37 
NEWS REEL - BirdCallsRadio [Mardi Dickinson]
07 Jan: @ 14:24:12 
Cedar Beach, Rough-legged hawk [Richard Cartwright]
07 Jan: @ 11:41:26 
Geese at Belmont Lake SP, Suffolk Co. [Patricia Lindsay]





Subject: Gyrfalcon
Date: Thu Jan 23 2020 18:18 pm
From: rangersrul AT optonline.net
 
Wow! AWESOME!
On January 23, 2020 at 12:31 PM Steven Sachs <[email protected]> wrote:


Yesterday while shooting at the Shawangunk grasslands, I photographed a large falcon that has been confirmed as an immature gyrfalcon. I haven™t processed the photos yet but I will post a screen shot from my camera on Facebook.
Check it out-Steve Sachs Photography is my photo page on Facebook
Thanks
Steve Sachs
Tarrytown


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Subject: Gyrfalcon
Date: Thu Jan 23 2020 11:31 am
From: spsdmd AT aol.com
 
Yesterday while shooting at the Shawangunk grasslands, I photographed a large falcon that has been confirmed as an immature gyrfalcon. I haven™t processed the photos yet but I will post a screen shot from my camera on Facebook.
Check it out-Steve Sachs Photography is my photo page on Facebook
Thanks
Steve Sachs
Tarrytown


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Subject: Greater white fronted goose
Date: Tue Jan 21 2020 15:11 pm
From: aitkenpatricia AT gmail.com
 
Now feeding in front of golf club....still working on finding the tundra swans.


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Subject: Mark Stackhouse, Tropical Birder - BirdCallsRadio
Date: Tue Jan 21 2020 14:25 pm
From: mardi1d AT gmail.com
 
Birder et al,

Thought many of you would be interested in today™s show with guest Mark Stackhouse, Tropical Birder https://bit.ly/35Ur6PY

Happy Birding!

Cheers,
Mardi Dickinson
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Subject: Ulster County Waterfowl Count Results
Date: Tue Jan 21 2020 14:16 pm
From: schorvas AT verizon.net
 
The
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/>UlsterCounty segment of the
annual NYSOA New York State January Waterfowl Count was conductedthis past
Saturday, January 18, 2020. Twenty
participants in eight field parties encountered a remarkable 21
species and 10,012
individual waterfowl,
surpassing our previous high count of 17 species recorded in 2016, 2013, and
2008. Our ten-year average for this countywide effort is
11.8 species and 6,225 individuals. Typical for this annual mid-winter
survey, two species accounted for 94% of our total abundance, Canada
Goose (82%) and Mallard (12%). A total of16 Bald
Eagles(9 adults and 7 sub-adults)
were observed during the course of the waterfowl count.<?xml:namespace prefix =
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The
highlight of this years survey was the magnitude of diversity encountered on a
survey that typically produces a total in the low teens. Although there was no particular
outstanding speciesthis year, Hooded Mergansers were
found in record high numbers (35), surpassing our previous high count of
20,more than four times our ten-year average of 8.2. A single Lesser Scaup
was the first record for this species in over 15 years, and three
Long-tailed Ducks was a new high countover the past 15
years. With considerable effort,
one Cackling Goose was found in a very large flock of
approximately 3,250 Canada Geese amassing in the WallkillRiver in the Village of Wallkill. One Snow Goose was
observed on SpringLake, and fifteen more were reported from River Road on the
Hudson River.


All major bodies of
water were mostly open, with creeks and rivers flowing at a moderate rate. The presence of abundant open water in
the Hudson River and Ashokan Reservoir contributed significantly to our species
diversity, while the WallkillRiver hosted our largest concentration of
waterfowl. Stone Ridge Pond was
roughly half open and continues to attract large numbers of Canada
Geese (1,500), Mallards (420), and our only
Northern Pintail.


Count day
temperatures ranged from a frigid morning low 14 (F) to an afternoon high 21
(F). Winds were generally
calm with an occasional light breeze under overcast skies until mid-afternoon
(1:00 p.m.) when a snowstorm moved into the area from the south, severely
limiting visibility during the final two to three hours of daylight.


Appended
below is the complete list of species with number of individuals. Thanks to all of the field observers for
providing extensive coverage of the county.


Steve M. Chorvas
compiler

Saugerties, NY



January 18, 2020
Waterfowl Count - Ulster
County

Snow
Goose 16

Cackling
Goose 1

Canada
Goose 8,242

Mute
Swan 8

Wood
Duck 2

Gadwall
8

American
Wigeon 1

American
Black Duck 58

Mallard
1,202

Northern
Pintail 1

Canvasback
2

Greater
Scaup 2

Lesser
Scaup 1

Long-tailed
Duck 3

Bufflehead
8

Common
Goldeneye 143

Hooded
Merganser 35

Common
Merganser 275

Common
Loon 1

Horned
Grebe 2

Double-crested
Cormorant 1

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Subject: Grasshopper Sparrow at Playland Lake yes
Date: Tue Jan 21 2020 12:56 pm
From: ablock22168 AT yahoo.com
 
Went to look for the Grasshopper Sparrow at Playland Lake in Rye this am and got it right away. Very easy to find. It hung out mostly amongst the picnic tables and in between them behind the sign for picnic area #4. Barely even needed binoculars to look at it. Great photo ops. Adorable bird.
Andrew
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Subject: Hook Pond Tundra Swans and White-fronted Goose (Suffolk Co.)
Date: Tue Jan 21 2020 12:44 pm
From: feustel AT optonline.net
 
Two Tundra Swans and one GWFG Standing on the ice with some 1400 Canada Geese.

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Subject: Syracuse area RBA
Date: Mon Jan 20 2020 18:30 pm
From: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
 
RBA



* New York

* Syracuse

* January 20, 2020

* NYSY 01. 20. 20



Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert

Dates(s):




January 13 2020 to January 20, 2020

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: January 20 AT 7:00 p.m. (EST)

compiler: Joseph Brin

Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org





#686 Monday January 20



Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of

January 13, 2020



Highlights:

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RED-NECKED GREBE

TRUMPETER SWAN

SNOW GOOSE

HARLEQUIN DUCK

GOLDEN EAGLE

PEREGRINE FALCON

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK

GLAUCOUS GULL

ICELAND GULL

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

BLACK-HEADED GULL

SNOWY OWL

SHORT-EARED OWL

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

NORTHERN SHRIKE

DICKCISSEL

LARK SPARROW

FIELD SPARROW

PINE SISKIN










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

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1/13: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen in the marsh from Morgan Road.

1/15: 2 TRUMPETER SWANS were seen on the Loop Road Unit north of Rt. 31. An estimated 2,500 SNOW GEESE were seen in the Morgan road Marsh.

1/17: 6 species of waterfowl including 40 CANVASBACKS were seen at the Visitors Center







Cayuga County

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1/14: A SNOWY OWL was seen at West barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.







Onondaga County

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CHIPPING SPARROWS were seen in three locations and seem to be overwintering.

1/13: 11 species of waterfowl and a RED-NECKED GREBE were seen from the West Shore trail of Onondaga Lake.

1/15: 3 PINE SISKINS were seen in Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse.

1/18: An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor near Van Renselear Street in Syracuse. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Gully Road near Skaneateles.

1/19: A rare for the area BLACK-HEADED GULL was found on the Seneca River in Baldwinsville. It was relocated again today (1/20) and seems to be moving around with the other gulls. Also seen was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport.

1/20: A rare for the area DICKCISSEL was found at feeders on Limeledge Road at Century Stables. A SNOWY OWL was again seen at Hancock Airport.







Oswego County

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The LARK SPARROW found last week on Hinman Road north of Pulaski continues to Come to feeders and is seen daily.

1/14: A male HARLEQUIN DUCK was found in Oswego Harbor at Fort Ontario Park. An ICELAND GULL was seen from Breitbeck Park in Oswego Harbor.

1/16: A FIELD SPARROW continues at a feeder in Constantia.

1/18: The HARLEQUIN DUCK was again seen from Fort Ontario Park.

1/19: A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in the Oswego River in Phoenix.

1/20: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Nine Mile Point Road on Lake Ontario.







Madison County

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1/16: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Eden Hollow Road.







Oneida County

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1/13: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on the Adirondack Bank Building in Utica. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on Drive 34 south of Rt. 49 on Oneida Lake in North Bay.







Herkimer county

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1/17: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at a private residence hunting birds on Military Road north of Dolgeville.

1/18: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen near Moss Island in Little Falls.














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Baldwinsville NY

Region 5




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Subject: Is the Grasshopper Sparrow still there?
Date: Mon Jan 20 2020 15:09 pm
From: ablock22168 AT yahoo.com
 
Anyone know if the Grasshopper Sparrow is still at Playland Lake boathouse area?
Thanks,
Andrew
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Subject: Manhattan incl. Bryant & Central Parks, NYC - in New York County, N.Y.
Date: Mon Jan 20 2020 9:10 am
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
 
This photo was taken with my phone on Saturday showing the Bryant Park Veery trying to stay warm on one of the grills in Bryant Park.
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On Jan 20, 2020, at 7:43 AM, Tom Fiore <[email protected]> wrote:

THE standout individual bird in terms of the genuinely-rare continuance of its stay far into the winter, in New York County, part of which contains all of the island of Manhattan, is a VEERY, still being seen & photographed by multiple observers at Bryant Park, in midtown or to be a bit more specific, between West 40th and West 42nd Streets, just east of Sixth Avenue, Manhattan. This Veery has been present for more than 2 months and may have been in that park or area for even longer, as virtually all others of its species would have departed the United States (all of them) well before the above-noted time span, likeliest departing for South America as of September or at latest October (in any year).

Another unusual-for-date bird in New York county of late has been a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, at Randall™s Island, a species that is not typically found in winter months in the region; this single bird also being seen & photographed by multiple observers.

Eleven BLACK Vultures were seen, and most also photographed, flying over Inwood Hill Park in northern Manhattan, by N. O™Reilly on Sunday, 19 January, a high number of that species for the county, as well as a fairly good number for a midwinter day in this region.

A female-like Boat-tailed Grackle has continued to be seen & photographed in Central Park, thru at least Sunday, 19 January, by multiple observers, this likely the least common species for that park thru this winter so far, despite the presence of the following bird in the same park.

A first year plumaged RED-HEADED Woodpecker has been continuing, seen by many hundreds of observers this winter, still just west of the N. Meadow ball fields in Central Park, Manhattan - and east of the nearest park entry at Central Park West & W. 100th Street. This woodpecker continues its slow, typical molt and changeover to adult color, all of which might be seen by mid spring. It may be seen (and found) to best advantage on brighter days, esp. those with some sun.
Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, in addition to hosting the lingering Veery as noted above, has had a long lingering American Woodcock, as well as at least one Common Yellowthroat, through the recent ups & downs in wintry weather here.
Two Common Ravens were seen by 2 keen observers, M. Adams & J. Ward, at Roosevelt Island, just east of Manhattan, on Sunday, 19 January. This species has been increasingly noted in the region as well as in N.Y. City in the last decade.

Among the at least 8 species of sparrows lingering in New York County this winter have been VESPER, & Chipping, the latter sparrow species in the multiple, heretofore unheard of for midwinter in such numbers this far into winter, but in keeping with very high numbers of Chipping Sparrow recorded region-wide this winter to January. We also have less-unusual winterers such as Field, Savannah, [Red] Fox, Swamp, & commonly wintering Song & White-throated Sparrows, plus Slate-colored Junco and E. Towhee in the multiple.

A full list of wintering species for Manhattan and New York County may be compiled and reported here by February.

Thanks to the many avid, ethically minded observers who watch without disturbing our birds, all year round, which is the obvious way to go on observing in this new millennium. Ask all others to please observe, at a minimum, the guidelines of the American Birding Association for ethical birding, which are easily available on-line to all. They are scientifically accepted - and are also plain commonsense for all of us.

Good winter birding,

Tom Fiore
manhattan






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Subject: Manhattan incl. Bryant & Central Parks, NYC - in New York County, N.Y.
Date: Mon Jan 20 2020 6:42 am
From: tomfi2 AT earthlink.net
 
THE standout individual bird in terms of the genuinely-rare continuance of its stay far into the winter, in New York County, part of which contains all of the island of Manhattan, is a VEERY, still being seen & photographed by multiple observers at Bryant Park, in midtown or to be a bit more specific, between West 40th and West 42nd Streets, just east of Sixth Avenue, Manhattan.  This Veery has been present for more than 2 months and may have been in that park or area for even longer, as virtually all others of its species would have departed the United States (all of them) well before the above-noted time span, likeliest departing for South America as of September or at latest October (in any year).

Another unusual-for-date bird in New York county of late has been a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, at Randall™s Island, a species that is not typically found in winter months in the region; this single bird also being seen & photographed by multiple observers.

Eleven BLACK Vultures were seen, and most also photographed, flying over Inwood Hill Park in northern Manhattan, by N. O™Reilly on Sunday, 19 January, a high number of that species for the county, as well as a fairly good number for a midwinter day in this region.

A female-like Boat-tailed Grackle has continued to be seen & photographed in Central Park, thru at least Sunday, 19 January, by multiple observers, this likely the least common species for that park thru this winter so far, despite the presence of the following bird in the same park.

A first year plumaged RED-HEADED Woodpecker has been continuing, seen by many hundreds of observers this winter, still just west of the N. Meadow ball fields in Central Park, Manhattan - and east of the nearest park entry at Central Park West & W. 100th Street. This woodpecker continues its slow, typical molt and changeover to adult color, all of which might be seen by mid spring. It may be seen (and found) to best advantage on brighter days, esp. those with some sun.
Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, in addition to hosting the lingering Veery as noted above, has had a long lingering American Woodcock, as well as at least one Common Yellowthroat, through the recent ups & downs in wintry weather here.
Two Common Ravens were seen by 2 keen observers, M. Adams & J. Ward, at Roosevelt Island, just east of Manhattan, on Sunday, 19 January. This species has been increasingly noted in the region as well as in N.Y. City in the last decade.

Among the at least 8 species of sparrows lingering in New York County this winter have been VESPER, & Chipping, the latter sparrow species in the multiple, heretofore unheard of for midwinter in such numbers this far into winter, but in keeping with very high numbers of Chipping Sparrow recorded region-wide this winter to January. We also have less-unusual winterers such as Field, Savannah, [Red] Fox, Swamp, & commonly wintering Song & White-throated Sparrows, plus Slate-colored Junco and E. Towhee in the multiple.

A full list of wintering species for Manhattan and New York County may be compiled and reported here by February.

Thanks to the many avid, ethically minded observers who watch without disturbing our birds, all year round, which is the obvious way to go on observing in this new millennium. Ask all others to please observe, at a minimum, the guidelines of the American Birding Association for ethical birding, which are easily available on-line to all. They are scientifically accepted - and are also plain commonsense for all of us.

Good winter birding,

Tom Fiore
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Subject: Central Park NYC - Sun. Jan. 19, 2020: Snow Goose, Pied-billed Grebe, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Common Loon
Date: Sun Jan 19 2020 20:50 pm
From: dallenyc AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park, NYC
Sunday January 19, 2020
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, Deborah Allen, m.ob.

Highlights: Snow Goose, Pied-billed Grebe, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Common Loon (report).

Snow Goose - 2 immature birds at the south end of the Reservoir (Deb)
Canada Goose - around 250
Northern Shoveler - 300-350
Gadwall - 3 (2 male, 1 female) Reservoir
Mallard - around 100
American Black Duck x Mallard - male south end of Reservoir
Bufflehead - 5 (Gillian Henry)
Hooded Merganser - 8 (4 male, 4 female)
Ruddy Duck - 44
Pied-billed Grebe - 1 SW Reservoir
Mourning Dove - 4 to 6
American Coot - 1 Reservoir (Sandra Critelli)
Ring-billed & Herring Gulls - 200-250 (mostly Herring Gulls)
Great Black-backed Gull - 30
Great Blue Heron - immature Upper Lobe
Cooper's Hawk - 2 immature males Azalea Pond
Red-tailed Hawk - 2 adults at the Pinetum
Eastern Screech-Owl - heard only at Inwood later (Bob, etc.)
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - male Oak Bridge (Andrea Hessel)
Downy Woodpecker - 4 (2 male, 2 female)
Blue Jay - 6 to 8
American Crow - flyover flock of around 40
White-breasted Nuthatch - Evodia Field feeder area (Bob - early)
House Finch - a dozen
American Goldfinch - 5
Chipping Sparrow - 1 Evodia Field feeders
White-throated Sparrow - 125
Eastern Towhee - 2 (male Maintenance Field, heard-only Shakespeare Garden)
Common Grackle - 3 or 4
Northern Cardinal - 7

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A Common Loon was reported at the Reservoir via the Manhattan Bird Alert @BirdCentralPark.

Chuck McAlexander reported a Brown Creeper at the Pinetum.
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Subject: BBC Presentation: The Galapagos: Home of Evolution, 1/21 @7pm
Date: Sun Jan 19 2020 17:51 pm
From: plummer.jen AT gmail.com
 
Please Join us!
The Galapagos: Home of EvolutionPresented by Bobbi Manian and Tom Stephenson

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Note: This meeting will be held at theBrooklynPublic Library, Central Branch

Six hundred miles off the coast of mainland Ecuador sit a chain of volcanic islands that are home to a range of fascinating and unique animals. Because of its isolation, the Galapagos has served as a workshop in evolution. The slight variation of some of thebirdsfrom island to island triggered the imagination of Charles Darwin, which led him to develop his world-changing theory of evolution.

For this talk we™ll discuss the historical significance of the islands and show lots of photos of thebirds, reptiles and mammals that live there including sharks, iguanas that swim, albatross, penguins, tree finches, cactus finches, ground finches and, of course, tortoises.

Come and learn what it™s like to visit this unique area.

Bobbi Manianis a retired engineer who took upbirdingas her second career eight years ago. Her mainbirdinginterest is countybirding; she enjoys scouring all corners ofBrooklyn, finding migrants, rarities and the occasional dead body. Bobbi is an active volunteer with theBrooklynBirdClub. She leads the Tuesday Migration Walks in Prospect Park during spring and fall migration. She coordinates the BBC™sbird-a-thon in May, their yearly fundraiser for conservation causes. She is also theBrooklynteam organizer for the National Audubon™s ChristmasBirdCount, abirdcensus dating back 120 years. Bobbi recently tore herself away fromBrooklynto join Tom Stephenson on a Galapagos trip he was leading, enticed by the glamour of life on a yacht and the promise of Swallow-tailed and Lava gulls.

Tom Stephenson™sarticles and photographs are in museums and many publications includingBirding, Birdwatcher™s Digest, Handbook of theBirdsof the World, Handbook of the Mammals of the World,Birdsof Madagascar, and Guide to theBirdsof SE Brazil. He holds the US record for a photo big day and is the co-author of The Warbler Guide book and app.


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Subject: Black-headed Gull, JBSP, Coast Guard Station, Nassau Co.
Date: Sun Jan 19 2020 11:55 am
From: mscheibel49 AT gmail.com
 
Now on sand bar showing well.
Mike & Lynne Scheibel
Brookhaven
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Subject: Barnacle Goose; Suffolk Co.,Riverhead Sod Farms, north of Northville Tpke, west of Rte 105
Date: Sat Jan 18 2020 10:18 am
From: mscheibel49 AT gmail.com
 
Viewing now in large flock of Canadas
Mike & Lynne Scheibel
Brookhaven NY

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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 17 January 2020
Date: Fri Jan 17 2020 22:57 pm
From: gbensonny AT gmail.com
 
-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jan. 17, 2020
* NYNY2001.17


BARNACLE GOOSE+
ATLANTIC PUFFIN+
PAINTED BUNTING+
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD+

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Greater White-fronted Goose
Canada Goose
Eurasian Wigeon
King Eider
Common Eider
Harlequin Duck
Common Goldeneye
BARROW™S GOLDENEYE
Northern Fulmar
Rough-legged Hawk
Common Gallinule
Dovekie
Razorbill
Black-legged Kittiwake
Black-headed Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Red-headed Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Veery
Chipping Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson™s Warbler

- Birds Mentioned

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/...

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to
nysarc44<at>nybirds<dot>org

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

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

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

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

Transcriber: Gail Benson

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 17, 2020 at 9:00 pm.

The highlights of today™s tape are PAINTED BUNTING, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, DOVEKIE plus a boat trip that also included ATLANTIC PUFFIN, NORTHERN FULMAR and BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, BARNACLE and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, BARROW™S GOLDENEYE, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK and EURASIAN WIGEON, BLACK-HEADED, GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, some lingering passerines and more.

Of the 2 female-plumaged PAINTED BUNTINGS recently in our area, the one at Brooklyn Bridge Park was seen as least to Tuesday around Pier 5, while the one at Jones Beach was still around the shrubbery by the playground just east of the Gatsby Restaurant and the West Bathhouse on Wednesday.

A female-type YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD reappeared Wednesday out in the Riverhead area, being seen in a large mixed Blackbird/Starling flock around the eastern section of Reeves Avenue east of Roanoke Avenue.

A DOVEKIE was seen inside Shinnecock Inlet last Sunday, with another reported Tuesday off Smith Point County Park in Shirley.

A fishing boat last Saturday out of Brielle, New Jersey, venturing into waters along the New York/New Jersey boundary, encountered hundreds of DOVEKIES as well as an ATLANTIC PUFFIN, some RAZORBILLS, 3 NORTHERN FULMARS and a few BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES.

RAZORBILLS have been occurring along the Atlantic Coast from Breezy Point and Riis Park out to Shinnecock and other Eastern Long Island sites; 1 also appeared in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn mid-week, with a couple off Rye Playland in Long Island Sound recently.

A BARNACLE GOOSE continues to roost on the pond at Belmont Lake State Park, and another has been traveling in the large flock of CANADA GEESE around the Riverhead sod fields, especially near Route 105 or off Doctors Path to the west. The fields near Osborne Avenue further west produced a GreATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Tuesday, while another continues in the Rye area of Westchester, often on a pond off Bowman Avenue or on Playland Lake.

A drake BARROW™S GOLDENEYE remains in a COMMON GOLDENEYE flock off Crab Meadow Beach in Northport, the flock often off the western sector of the beach, and a female BARROW™S was spotted again Sunday in Montauk™s Fort Pond Bay.

A female KING EIDER was found Saturday in a COMMON EIDER flock in Shinnecock Inlet that was near the rocks off the parking lot on the East side of the inlet - it was still reported there Tuesday.

A drake HARLEQUIN DUCK also continues around the Shinnecock Inlet jetties, with others around Jones Inlet and off Orient Point, and an immature male was still at Sheepshead Bay today.

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was still on the Centerport Mill Pond Wednesday.

Adult BLACK-HEADED GULLS as recently as Wednesday were noted at Brooklyn Bridge Park and at Sheepshead Bay as well as around the spit off the Coast Guard Station at Jones Beach West End.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was spotted off the West Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge last Sunday, while ICELAND GULLS were noted at Sheepshead Bay, Floyd Bennett Field, Jacob Riis Park and out at Shinnecock Inlet.

Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were at Coney Island Beach Sunday.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was still along Ocean Parkway near Tobay today.

A COMMON GALLINULE remains on Mill Pond off Merrick Road in Bellmore, and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was still at Central Park™s north end today.

A number of Passerines hanging out locally may be unfortunately in for a jolt with this upcoming storm; these include a VEERY and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT in Bryant Park, a couple of VESPER SPARROWS on Randall™s Island, and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Playland Park in Rye as well as a few EASTERN PHOEBES, TREE SWALLOWS, CHIPPING SPARROWS and the like. The WILSON™S WARBLER in Prospect Park was last reported last Sunday.

To phone in reports call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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Subject: Barnacle goose and yellow headed blackbird
Date: Wed Jan 15 2020 14:51 pm
From: rich AT tamweb.com
 
Barnacle goose continues on the field east of cross river drive and the yellow headed blackbird rwfound. Assuming the same one from lewins farm was seen in the feilds on the eastern part of reeves ave
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Subject: Banded herring gull - blue point NY
Date: Tue Jan 14 2020 23:23 pm
From: leormand AT gmail.com
 
A photo of a banded ring-billed gull taken atop someone™s car at the Town™s dock in Blue Point (just west of Corey Beach) was recently posted on a Facebook group. 

After entering the data on the USGS site, i received notification (remarkably in just 12 hours) that the bird was banded in Varennes Quebec (just outside Montreal) in 2014 and that the bird was hatched in 2011 or earlier.

- Luke



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Subject: Richard Crossley - BirdCallsRadio
Date: Tue Jan 14 2020 15:45 pm
From: mardi1d AT gmail.com
 
Birder et al,

Thought many of you would be interested in today™s show with Richard Crossley, The ID Boot Camp https://bit.ly/35Ur6PY

Happy Birding!

Cheers,
Mardi Dickinson
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Subject: "The Birds of the Brazilian Northeast" - Queens County Bird Club presentation this Weds, January 15, 2020
Date: Mon Jan 13 2020 15:50 pm
From: nancy.tognan AT gmail.com
 
The Queens County Bird Club will be meetingat 8:00 pm this Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Free admission.  Refreshments will be served starting 7:30pm. Please arrive prior to the meeting start of 8pm because we cannot leave the door to this building open - you need to ring the entry bell and someone has to let you in.

QCBC is meeting at a new location, which will be the Alley Pond Environmental Center™s temporary home for the next two years: 224-65 76th Ave, Oakland Gardens, NY 11364. This is in the Alley Pond Park parking lot, north of 76th Ave, east of Springfield Blvd.

Our presentation topic is The Birds of the Brazilian Northeast by Paulo Boute.













Brazil is larger in area than the lower 48
states of the U.S. But it has only one
single endemic ecoregion: the Caatinga, which is located in the northeast part
of the country. In eons past, it was
home of many types of dinosaurs; now, it
is home of the rarest of the rare among Brazilian birds, such the Araripe
Manakin, Lears Macaw, Scarlet-throated Tanager, Caatinga Antwren, White-browed
Guan , Gray-bellied and Caatinga
Parakeet and much more including birds
of the Atlantic Forest, such the Seven-colored Tanager and White-winged Cotinga
. (At the Brazilian Northeast, the Atlantic Forest also has plants of the
Amazon Forest, since it is believed both forests were connected, in the past.)














Paulo Boute will be sharing his experience
in guiding avid birders through this incredible area over the past 30 years,
including time when Spix's Macaws were still living in the wild! (Hoping for its return “ more details during
the lecture.)


Hope to see you Wednesday!

Nancy [email protected]
Vice President, Queens County Bird Club

Seehttp://www.qcbirdclub.orgfor more information on trips, speakers, and other events.

See our 'Birding Maps & Locations' page for directions to and info about many local birding hotspots

* QCBC is a tax exempt, charitable organization {501c3}. *

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Subject: Syracuse area RBA
Date: Mon Jan 13 2020 14:17 pm
From: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
 
RBA



* New York

* Syracuse

* January 13, 2020

* NYSY 01. 13. 20



Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird Alert

Dates(s):




January 06 2020 to January 13, 2020

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: January 13 AT 11:00 a.m. (EST)

compiler: Joseph Brin

Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org





#685 Monday January 13



Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of

January 6, 2020



Highlights:

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RED-NECKED GREBE

PEREGRINE FALCON

TURKEY VULTURE

GLAUCOUS GULL

ICELAND GULL

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

SNOWY OWL

SHORT-EARED OWL

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

NORTHERN SHRIKE

FISH CROW

LARK SPARROW

FIELD SPARROW

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET

COMMON GRACKLE










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

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1/8: A SNOWY OWL was seen in the Mucklands along Rt. 31 west of the Hamlet of Montezuma.

1/10: A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen in the Mucklands.

1/12: An ICELAND GULL and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen in the Mucklands.







Cayuga county

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1/8: A SNOWY OWL was found at West Barrier Bar Park in Fair Haven.

1/10: A SNOWY OWL was again seen at West Barrier Bar Park. An ICELAND GULL was seen on Little Sodus Bay in Fair Haven.

1/11: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen near the cabins at Fair Haven State Park.







Onondaga County

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1/7: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.

1/9: A FISH CROW, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were all found at the Inner Harbor near Destiny Shopping Center in Suracuse.

1/10: A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen onOnondaga Lake from the West Shore Trail.

1/11: An ICELAND GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Baldwinsville.

1/12: 2 COMMON GRACKLES continue at a feeder on Sunview Drive in Elbridge. A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport.




Oswego County

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A LARK SPARROW initially at a feeder found on 1/7 on Hinmanville Road north of Pulaski has been seen daily through the week. It has been sighted again today 1/13.

1/6: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Breitbeck Park in Oswego.

1/8: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Derby Hill on Lake Ontario. A FIELD SPARROW was seen at a feeder is Constantia.

1/9: A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Noyes Sanctuary on Lake Ontario, Town of Scriba. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Hinman Road north of Pulaski.

1/10: A PEREGRINE FALCON, an ICELAND GULL and a GLAUCOUS GULL were all seen from Breitbeck Park in Oswego.







Madison County

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1/7: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was again present on Eden Hollow Road east of Erieville.

1/10: A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen at the Lions Botanical Garden in Chittenango.

1/11: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL along with an ICELAND and a GLAUCOUS GULL were all seen on Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

1/12: A TURKEY VULTURE was seen in flight over Clockville south of Canastota. An ICELAND GULL was again present on Ditchbank Road.














---- End Report







Joseph Brin

Baldwinsville NY

Region 5




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Subject: Iceland Gull - Shinnecock West
Date: Mon Jan 13 2020 13:47 pm
From: rich AT tamweb.com
 
Iceland Gull sitting in main parking lot.
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Subject: Manhattan & N.Y. County, NYC, to Jan. 12: Iceland Gulls, R.-h. Woodpecker, & more
Date: Mon Jan 13 2020 6:47 am
From: tomfi2 AT earthlink.net
 
The period from after Jan. 1, through January 12 has seen a lot of birds, and hundreds of observers of some of same birds, in Manhattan, and New York County, over that time span. It is wonderful to note the enormous numbers of eager observers who joined walks led on the 1st of January led by guides & leaders for N.Y.C. Audubon, & for other non-profit groups, as a show of force and strong support for ethically-guided, directed, and sustainable bird observing, and for learning and sharing of knowledge by genuinely knowledgeable leaders and guides. This includes walks led for N.Y.C. Audubon & others in Central Park, Manhattan on 1st January, as well as further walks by & for additional non-profit organizations.
Some of the many highlights among species seen in the 12-day period noted above have included:
Red-throated Loon,Common Loon,Pied-billed Grebe,Horned Grebe,Black Vulture,Turkey Vulture,Snow Goose,Wood Duck,Green-winged Teal,Bald Eagle,Red-shouldered Hawk,American Woodcock,Bonaparte's Gull,ICELAND Gull,Lesser Black-backed Gull,RED-HEADED Woodpecker,VEERY,Brown Thrasher,Nashville Warbler,Ovenbird,Common Yellowthroat,Chipping Sparrow,VESPER Sparrow,BOAT-TAILED Grackle, & other birds.
A VEERY is the most remarkable bird lingering in N.Y. City this winter, in terms of the rarity of that species ANYWHERE in North America in January. L I recently posted to this list a very few other records for North America that took in the winter period (generally understood as December thru February) in past years for this almost exclusively-neotropical-wintering thrush. The Veery of Bryant Park, in midtown Manhattan is ongoing, surviving there to at least Sunday, 12 January, 2020.
The long-lingering first-year plumaged RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has continued to delight many observers on a daily basis, at its winter territory just west of the N. Meadow ball fields in Central Park, & about due east of Central Park West at W. 97th Street. Look for it especially on brighter days, & look closely to see how it has been coloring up in the typical, slow changeover to eventual adult plumage, which can be anticipated by mid spring. (This is in Manhattan, N.Y. City.)
Iceland Gulls have continued to be seen at and from at least several locations in New York County waters (around Manhattan island) and might be watched for in any areas where good numbers of gulls roost or otherwise congregate; just one such place is, at times, the reservoir in Central Park. Also seen, with effort, is Lesser Black-backed Gull, a species that has vastly increased over the past two decades in this region. Other gull species ought be sought as well, a number of which have occurred in N.Y. County, including in recent times.
A Boat-tailed Grackle, still a fairly rare sighting in New York County, was found in Central Park and had lingered for some time near the reservoir there, photographed and seen by many observers.
A Vesper Sparrow has been lingering at Randall™s Island, a good find generally for N.Y. County and esp. unusual in the midwinter period; that Island also provided one of the more recent sightings of Nashville Warbler, which close watchers of local trends in winter birds may have noticed was one of the ˜nearly-common™ American warbler species of the near and coastal parts of the region in various states™ Christmas Bird Counts, of the period just-concluded.
Below, only a partial listing of birds found on Manhattan island and its surrounding waters and on several smaller isles that share the same county with it, since Jan. 1st, many still present:
Red-throated Loon (waters off Manhattan & its associated isles)
Common Loon (waters off Manhattan & its associated isles)
Pied-billed Grebe (Central Park)
Horned Grebe (waters off Manhattan & its associated isles)
Great Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron (multiple) day
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black Vulture (once very rare in region, now regular in most seasons, if still scant in numbers)
Turkey Vulture (ongoing sightings in the period noted)
Snow Goose (lingering)
Canada Goose
[Atlantic] Brant
Wood Duck (Central Park)
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal (lingering, Central Park)
Greater Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye (regular in waters off Manhattan in mid-winter, generally in small numbers)
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Bald Eagle (now nearly regular in the county & nearby)
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk (several sightings in the period noted; may winter in the region)
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot (Central Park)
American Woodcock (at least several lingering thru recent freezes & ultra warm thaws)Bonaparte's Gull (a few reports from N.Y.County waters where uncommon to rare generally)Ring-billed Gull
[American] Herring Gull
Iceland Gull (as noted at top)
Lesser Black-backed Gull ()
Great Black-backed Gull
['feral'] Rock Pigeon
Mourning DoveAmerican KestrelPeregrine FalconMonk Parakeet (ongoing in Manhattan
Great Horned Owl (several locations in the county)
Long-eared Owl (into January)
E. Screech Owl (Manhattan resident)
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker (Central Park, as noted at top)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (multiple, but not very many)
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Yellow-shafted Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper (multiple)
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren (at least several wintering)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (scarce)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (scarce)
Eastern Bluebird (at least several reports, not unprecedented in midwinter)
VEERY (photographed and observed by multiple seekers in past 2 weeks, at Bryant Park, NYC)Hermit Thrush (regular but uncommon in winter, in contrast to virtually unprecedented Veery in midwinter in N. America
American Robin
Gray Catbird (multiple, esp. in various smaller parks on Manhattan island)
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher (several)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Nashville Warbler (at least one of several in N.Y. County in December lingered well into Jan. 2020)Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warbler (scarce in N.Y. County in midwinter)
Ovenbird (several wintering so far)
Common Yellowthroat (several lingering)
Eastern Towhee (multiple overwinterers)
American Tree Sparrow (few)
Chipping Sparrow (multiple lingering incl. in Central Park, part of a regional trend of this species this winter so far, and somewhat of more recent years in winter in general)
Field Sparrow (lingering)
Vesper Sparrow (one, as noted above; not regionally-rare, but rare in N.Y. County in midwinter)Savannah Sparrow (lingering)
[Red] Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow (sparse but regularly wintering in N.Y. City)
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged BlackbirdBOAT-TAILED Grackle (as noted at top)
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
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Subject: Central Park NYC - Sun. Jan. 12, 2020: American Kestrel, Great Blue Heron, Cooper's Hawk, Brown Creeper
Date: Sun Jan 12 2020 18:17 pm
From: dallenyc AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park NYC
Sunday January 12, 2020
OBS: Robert DeCandido, Deborah Allen, m.ob.


Highlights: American Kestrel, Great Blue Heron, Cooper's Hawk, Brown Creeper. No Black-capped Chickadees or Tufted Titmice to report today.

Canada Goose - 350-400
Northern Shoveler - around 350
Gadwall - 3 males Reservoir (Deb - early)
Mallard - fewer than last week, but still numerous
Bufflehead - 6
Hooded Merganser - 7 including a female & young male at Turtle Pond
Ruddy Duck - 84
Pied-billed Grebe - 1 southwest Reservoir (Deb - early)
Ring-billed and Herring Gulls - around 500 (mostly Herring Gulls)
Great Black-backed Gull - 41
Great Blue Heron - 2 Turtle Pond
Cooper's Hawk - 3 in various locations Ramble & Great Lawn
Red-tailed Hawk - 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3 or 4
Downy Woodpecker - 2 (male & female) at Evodia Field feeders
American Kestrel - male west side of Great Lawn (Sandra Critelli)
Blue Jay - 2 Locust Grove
White-breasted Nuthatch - Evodia Field (Andrew Miller)
Brown Creeper - 2 (Shakespeare Garden & Evodia Field)
Carolina Wren - pair continues in Shakespeare Garden
American Robin - near Boathouse Cafe
Northern Mockingbird - Boathouse Cafe
House Finch - a few at feeders and Azalea Pond
American Goldfinch - 3 at Evodia Field feeders
Fox Sparrow - heard in Ramble
White-throated Sparrow - 60-100
Northern Cardinal - 5

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Subject: Linnaean Society of NY Program, January 14th, 2020 at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Sun Jan 12 2020 15:39 pm
From: rfried AT lsvets.com
 
On Tuesday evening, January 14th, 2020 the Linnaean Society of New York 2019/2020 Speaker Program will feature two new presentations sure to be of interest to New York birders:
6:00 pm ” Improving the Health of Plants by Spying on Conversations Underfoot Between the American Beachgrass and Its Microbiome “ Javier IzquierdoAmmophila breviligulata, commonly referred to as American beachgrass, is considered an important architect of barrier islands and other coastal environments. One of its key ecological roles is to colonize and trap sand in order to promote the formation of dunes that offer protection to these ecosystems. When severe storms dramatically change the topography of coastlines, restoration efforts often focus on replanting beachgrass. However, many of these efforts are not successful due to a wide variety of biotic and abiotic factors. Microbes in terrestrial environments have intimate positive and negative interactions with plants, while playing a key role in nutrient cycling and chemical modifications of these environments. This talk will identify and discuss specific microbiome-beachgrass interactions that could be promoted in the wild and local coastal communities for successful replanting efforts and healthier ecosystems.
Javier Izquierdo is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Hofstra University. His laboratory examines how plant-associated microbiomes promote plant health and how microbes can help produce the biofuels of tomorrow.

7:30 pm ” A Tale of Many Penguins: Finding Them, Photographing Them, and Comparing Them “ Ardith BondiPenguins are definitely not one size fits all. Although they mostly live in the Southern Hemisphere and none of them can fly, they exist in varied habitats on diverse continents and have distinct lifestyles and physiology to match. Penguins are intrepid, having adapted to living in some of the harshest environments on earth. However, not all of them live around snow and ice. Ardith Bondi™s presentation will show and discuss the different types of penguins, how they live, and her experiences observing them in the wild.

Ardith Bondi lives in Manhattan. She earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Columbia University and continued medical research at New York University Medical Center and at The Rockefeller University before leaving research to perform as a flutist. After years of performing and teaching, she still plays in the Centre Symphony in Manhattan and photographs birds near home and in many other interesting places far removed.
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Both presentations are free and will be held in the Linder Theater on the first floor of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Enter at West 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. All welcome!
Complete details of these exciting presentations and the rest of the 2019/2020 program can be found here:
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Subject: Snow geese Lister Park
Date: Sun Jan 12 2020 13:47 pm
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
If you're using eBird.org then you can make use of the existing hotspot called 'Lister Park' at the following link. It currently has 81 species and Snow Goose would be a new addition:Shared Location on eBird.org: Lister ParkBen CacaceManhattan, NYC
On Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 1:40 PM linda sullivan <[email protected]> wrote:
Good afternoon

Not sure where to post I had two snow geese at 12:35 today at Lister Park in Rockville Centre.

I took a few pictures before they flew in the direction of Mill River. I then drove over to Mill River but couldn™t refind them.

Hope this is where I should post this sighting. If it needs to be posted somewhere else please let me know.

Good birding

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Rockville Centre


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Subject: Snow geese Lister Park
Date: Sun Jan 12 2020 12:40 pm
From: herons4me AT icloud.com
 
Good afternoon 
Not sure where to post I had two snow geese at 12:35 today at Lister Park in Rockville Centre.
I took a few pictures before they flew in the direction of Mill River. I then drove over to Mill River but couldn™t refind them.
Hope this is where I should post this sighting. If it needs to be posted somewhere else please let me know.
Good birding
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Rockville Centre

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Subject: Dovekie at Shinnecock Inlet (East Side)
Date: Sun Jan 12 2020 10:59 am
From: feustel AT optonline.net
 
Seen in vicinity of red buoy # 4, both in flight and in water. Also continuing female King Eider and Harlequin Duck.

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Subject: King Eider -Shinnecock East
Date: Sat Jan 11 2020 14:11 pm
From: mscheibel49 AT gmail.com
 
Female continues close to shore, viewing now from Shinnecock East County parking lot; also, as a bonus 16 Snow Buntings and an adult Bald Eagle perched on distant sandbar to the north
Mike Scheibel
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Subject: King Eider at Shinnecock (Yes)
Date: Sat Jan 11 2020 12:36 pm
From: icollerton AT gmail.com
 
Still present on the East side close to shore.

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Subject: Dune road, quogue wildlife refuge
Date: Sat Jan 11 2020 11:15 am
From: leormand AT gmail.com
 
10:30 Dune road was very quiet - no raptors and very little waterfowl. 

11:30 Quogue Wildlife Refuge had a pair of eagles lurking around who not long after took off toward dune road.

On the way home another pair of eagles was spotted above sunrise highway just to the southeast of the Brookhaven Landfill



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Subject: Tufted Duck, Ithaca
Date: Sat Jan 11 2020 10:23 am
From: jwm57 AT cornell.edu
 
I just found a male TUFTED DUCK in the flock of many thousand Aythya, mostly Redheads, at the far SW corner of Cayuga Lake, viewed from pulling off on Rt. 89 or from the shore of Hog Hole (Alan Treman State Marine Park). A male Redhead x scaup hybrid is also present in the flock.
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Subject: Shinnecock East King Eider and Harlequin -Suffolk
Date: Sat Jan 11 2020 9:23 am
From: cjgangemi AT icloud.com
 
Drake Harlequin duck and a female King Eider at Shinnecock East County Park this morning. Both close to the rocks in calm waters affording amazing views. Both birds would be difficult to see from the western side as they were hugging the rocks by the parking area, not along the jetty.

Will eBird some (poor) photos soon.

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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 10 January 2020
Date: Fri Jan 10 2020 23:08 pm
From: gbensonny AT gmail.com
 
-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jan. 10, 2020
* NYNY2001.10

- Birds Mentioned

BARNACLE GOOSE+
THICK-BILLED MURRE+
VARIED THRUSH+
PAINTED BUNTING+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
EURASIAN WIGEON
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Bufflehead
BARROW™S GOLDENEYE
Red-necked Grebe
Bald Eagle
Northern Goshawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Common Gallinule
Razorbill
BLACK-HEADED GULL
ICELAND GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
Snowy Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
House Wren
Snow Bunting
Vesper Sparrow
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
Yellow-breasted Chat
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson's Warbler

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/...

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to
nysarc44<at>nybirds<dot>org

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

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

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

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

Transcriber: Gail Benson

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm.

The highlights of today™s tape are PAINTED BUNTING, VARIED THRUSH, BARNACLE and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, EURASIAN WIGEON, BARROW™S GOLDENEYE and HARLEQUIN DUCK, BLACK-HEADED, GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, a belated THICK-BILLED MURRE and more.

Two lingering PAINTED BUNTINGS, both in female plumage though possibly immature males, were still present in our area today. One has been visiting Brooklyn Bridge Park, where some other highlights today featured a continuing adult BLACK-HEADED GULL and three ICELAND GULLS, two of them adults. The other BUNTING remains at Jones Beach State Park, often feeding along the edge of a small playground on the ocean side of the parking lot for the Gatsby Restaurant, which is next to the West Bathhouse just west of the Jones Beach water tower.

The VARIED THRUSH found December 29th in Brooklyn™s Prospect Park, delighting birders when visible near the Nethermead Bridge, has not been reported since Tuesday, though it might still remain in the area.

A BARNACLE GOOSE continues to roost on the lake at Belmont Lake State Park; it has been fairly consistently seen in the morning, though it might at times be hidden for a while and will periodically fly out with CANADAS to feed elsewhere.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE remains in the Rye area, today appearing again on Playland Lake. CACKLING GEESE were reported from at least seven different locations this week, including Hendrickson Park in Valley Stream and at Belmont Lake.

A EURASIAN WIGEON continues on the Mill Pond in Centerport on the north side of Route 25A.

Two BARROW™S GOLDENEYES last Monday included a drake off Crab Meadow Beach in Northport and a female in Montauk™s Fort Pond Bay, both of these lingering birds, and on Tuesday another drake was spotted off Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx.

Last Sunday a young male HARLEQUIN DUCK was found in Brooklyn™s Sheepshead Bay, accompanying some BUFFLEHEAD off Emmons Avenue, and it was still present there today. Other HARLEQUINS include a few around the jetties on either side of Jones inlet, one at the Shinnecock inlet jetties, and at least four continuing at Orient Point.

Another adult BLACK-HEADED GULL remains at Jones Beach West End, usually on the east side of the spit off of the Coast Guard station or even further down towards the Meadowbrook Bridge.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was spotted Saturday near the Ponquogue Bridge at Shinnecock, and other ICELAND GULLS in the Brooklyn area were noted near the HARLEQUIN DUCK in Sheepshead Bay Sunday and at Bush Terminal Piers Park Monday.

A few LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS are scattered about.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was still in the Cedar Beach area Tuesday, with another off Hulse Landing Road in Calverton last Sunday.

A COMMON GALLINULE continues among the variety of birds using the Bellmore Mill Pond off Merrick Road today.

On Wednesday RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were still at Central Park™s north end and Forest Park in Queens.

A few VESPER SPARROWS included one on Randall's Island Tuesday, and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW continues by Playland Lake in Rye.

Birds at Breezy Point Tuesday included 9 RAZORBILLS, 2 RED-NECKED GREBES, a BALD EAGLE, 8 TREE SWALLOWS and 12 SNOW BUNTINGS.

The Prospect Park WILSON'S WARBLER was last reported Sunday, and several ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were noted this week.

Two previously unreported Christmas Counts were Central Suffolk with 115 species on December 27th, featuring a THICK BILLED MURRE and 150 RAZORBILLS, 1 SNOWY and 6 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and Quogue Watermill with 109 species on December 15th, including EURASIAN WIGEON, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, SNOWY and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS, EASTERN PHOEBE and HOUSE WREN.

To phone in reports call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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Subject: Brooklyn Gulling: BHGU and ICGUs
Date: Fri Jan 10 2020 18:44 pm
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
 
This morning I took a crack at seeing what might be different with the Gull flock at Brooklyn Bridge Park in the early AM hours.
Just after light, I picked out the continuing adult Black-headed Gull (BHGU). Additionally, while sorting through the rest of the Gulls, I found 3 Iceland Gulls (ICGU). One 1CY bird which is likely the one from the other day and two adults. One of them was quite intriguing.
The interesting ICGU, had some black in the primaries and the cowl was somewhat dark giving me a Thayerish vibe. I was able to get some poor digiscope shots but the light was low and they are not of good quality. That gull was eventually pushed off but I missed it as I had turned to sorting out the rest of the flock. It is one to keep an eye out for.
While the morning sorting of the Gull roost was an interesting experiment; for me, the afternoon into evening offered better lighting conditions for those of you wondering.
Good Gulling!
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Subject: EPCAL and downtown Riverhead
Date: Fri Jan 10 2020 18:32 pm
From: leormand AT gmail.com
 
I had a few minutes to drive through EPCAL and was disappointed to miss all species of raptor. On my way out I had a half dozen or so bluebirds hanging in the trees along the entrance way, just north of the lake. 

Spending the afternoon in the Hyatt™s ballroom overlooking the river I watched a pair of turkey vultures cruise back and fourth for a few hours. I also observed a bald eagle On the south side of the river perched in a tree (this sighting is 90% confident as the bird was at quite a distance with no binoculars or camera).
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Subject: Painted Bunting - Jones Beach, Nassau County - Yes
Date: Fri Jan 10 2020 15:37 pm
From: michaelzito AT gmail.com
 
The previously reported Painted Bunting is still going strong at the Gatsby
playground at Jones Beach. Seen with Rob Taylor.

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Subject: Black-headed Gull- Jones beach coast guard- nassau county -yes -update
Date: Fri Jan 10 2020 14:50 pm
From: kev31317 AT yahoo.com
 
The black headed gull is feeding at the tip of the sand spit at short beach visible from boat basin at coast guard station now..3:49pm -Kev
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Subject: Black-headed Gull- Jones beach coast guard- nassau county -yes
Date: Fri Jan 10 2020 14:23 pm
From: kev31317 AT yahoo.com
 
Hi all, I've walked down to almost the bridge after not seeing the black headed gull on the spit ..there wasn't a ton of goals but one of them happens to be the Black Headed Gull which is feeding where the water meets the shore and flying about 30 to 50 yards at a time getting closer to the spit now..-kev
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Subject: Winter Veery records: have N.Y. City, state, & the greater region
Date: Fri Jan 10 2020 12:47 pm
From: tomfi2 AT earthlink.net
 
Regarding ongoing sightings & reports of a VEERY in Manhattan (New York City) at Bryant Park, one city block east of famed Times Square, this extraordinarily late and long-lingering straggler now present there at least 2 months, with sightings continuing through - & now, beyond - the first week of January 2020 - this is remarkable -
and yet, despite the vast majority of migrant Veery moving as far south in the months between October and March or even April as southern Amazonia, where relatively little-studied even now - there are, nonetheless,a FEW records for the species in the northeast of N. America including eastern Canada, well into the winter period.
One such, very remarkable, is for a VEERY photographed on 10 February, 2001, at Bristol, New Hampshire with photos ˜on file™ with that state™s birds records committee. This may stand as a unique February record.... but let us see what happens with the unfortunate bedraggled urban straggler of Bryant Park, in Manhattan.
There are additional winter-period documented Veery records for northeastern N. America. One of these, also remarkable, is of a Veery photographed & seen by multiple observers after initial discovery by J. Dunn and P. Lehman, at Greenwich Point, Connecticut, that individual seen through at least 8 January, 1980.
Other very remarkable Veery sightings documented include one from Webster Park, Monroe County, NY, in December 2005 and reported still surviving there through at least 7 January, 2006 (originally found by A. Guthrie, & S. Daniel) and reported in the NY state journal of ornithology, The Kingbird.
As well, a few records from the eastern province of Quebec, Canada in winter stand out -VEERY photographed at Memphremagog, Quebec, on 30 December, 2015....
And, a Veery video™d at La Baie, Saguenay, Quebec on 4 December, 2016. These 2 latter records available in the eBird database.
The addendum and ˜caution™ to all of this is that Veery in winter anywhere in NORTH AMERICA after about mid-November and at least through March are very, very scarce, especially as pertains to well-documented sightings. And (thus), all Catharus [genus] thrush sightings in winter in the northeast of N. America are, by ˜default™, Hermit Thrush unless otherwise proven to be different. The latter is the only Thrush of the genus Catharus which is regular and nearly ˜expected™ in winter as a potential lingerer and survivor of northern winters.
Thank you to all the amigas and amigos who gave reports on these and many other birds recently, and previously. We shall have more on some recent sightings, for another post to this list.
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Subject: The New York Times: Golf Club for the 1 Percent Wants to Seize a Migratory Bird Habitat -
Date: Thu Jan 9 2020 12:41 pm
From: lynnehertzog AT gmail.com
 
There™s a rally against the expansion Saturday at 11am at the park.
Here™s the rally spot -
Hope some can make it.
Lynne Hertzog


On Thu, Jan 9, 2020 at 1:09 PM Larry Trachtenberg
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> Jersey City not in Bedminster. Perhaps someone wants to put it up on Jersey
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Subject: The New York Times: Golf Club for the 1 Percent Wants to Seize a Migratory Bird Habitat -
Date: Thu Jan 9 2020 12:08 pm
From: trachtenberg AT amsllp.com
 
Not much to say about this one, maybe surprising that the Club is in Jersey City not in Bedminster. Perhaps someone wants to put it up on Jersey Birds who is a member of that group. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/0...

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Subject: Is painted bunting at jones beach is still around?
Date: Thu Jan 9 2020 5:32 am
From: dylansmom311 AT yahoo.com
 
Good morning. I was wondering if the painted bunting at jones is still around. Thanks

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Subject: Any reports of Bohemian Waxwing?
Date: Wed Jan 8 2020 8:36 am
From: rfermat AT yahoo.com
 
Anywhere in New York this winter?

Bob Lewis
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Subject: Bryant Park Veery: Brooklyn Greenie + Gulling Goodies...
Date: Tue Jan 7 2020 20:48 pm
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
 
Yesterday found me in the city running errands and I dropped into Bryant Park because why not and I just so happened (ahem) to have my bins with me.
I happened upon another birder, Maha Katnani, and together we birdied the park. The highlights included: a couple of Catharus™; one was a slam dunk Hermit Thrush. My first impression in the field of the other Catharus was of a VEERY. However, I talked myself out of the ID and considered other possibilities. After reviewing the photos Maha took and soliciting input from others, I am satisfied with my initial assessment. Peter Pyle, who is always clutch has aged it as a 1st year bird.
The Other Bryant Park notables were a female COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and Maha re-found the continuing American Woodcock.
Today, I decide to get in on the Brooklyn Gull frolic at Brooklyn Bridge Park that Doug Gochfled so eloquently described and I was not disappointed.
After getting a quick but long enough views for digiscoped photos of the continuing PAINTED BUNTING, I turned my attention to Gull vigil, spending most of my time near thepilings just west of Pier 1.
It was slow in the beginning. Luckily, I was entertained for a while by an adult BONAPARTE™s GULL. Shortly after, Ipicked up the adult BLACK-HEADED GULL. Later, as I spoke with others about possibly also seeing Doug™s ICELAND GULL, I picked one out - a juvenile in the back of the Gull flock in the fading light. It was a lot of fun and I wished I had more time for the Ring-billed Gulls but that is play for another day.
Cheers,
--------"Iprefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick Douglass
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Subject: Drake Barrows Goldeneye Pehlam Bay park vicinity
Date: Tue Jan 7 2020 16:15 pm
From: patrickhoran AT optonline.net
 
Richard aracil spotted a drake barrows goldeneye at 3 pm today off the south end of the orchard beach boardwalk.after the bird was lost from view behind high island.both richard and myself drove over to kirby street on city island and picked it up again around 4 pm and it was last seen moving toward hart island as it was getting dark.it was with a few other common goldeneye.same area he found a drake barrow last year.and I found a hen barrow by kirby st the next morning.no luck with a hen barrows today                   Patrick horan                    Bronx n.y.Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
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Subject: Breezy Point, Queens County Razorbills ++
Date: Tue Jan 7 2020 15:08 pm
From: sean AT seansime.com
 
Doug Gochfeld and I visited Breezy Point mid-morning in mild and relatively windless conditions.Visibility was excellent and surface conditions on the bay and ocean were glass-like. The lack of wind allowed for some good ear birding as well and there were plenty of lingering half-hardies.
Highlights include:
9 Razorbill2 Red-necked Grebe180 Surf Scoter850 White-winged Scoter140 Black Scoter5 Common Eider1 Bald Eagle (juvenile)1 Horned Lark12 Snow Bunting8 Tree Swallow3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet6 Gray Catbird7 Field Sparrow
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Subject: NEWS REEL - BirdCallsRadio
Date: Tue Jan 7 2020 14:53 pm
From: mardi1d AT gmail.com
 
Birders et al,

Thought many of you would be interested in today™s show BCR News Reel https://bit.ly/35Ur6PY

Happy Birding!

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Mardi Dickinson
Norwalk CT
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Subject: Cedar Beach, Rough-legged hawk
Date: Tue Jan 7 2020 14:24 pm
From: cartwrightbees AT gmail.com
 
Rough-legged hawk hovering and moving east from Overlook Beach entrance (near Cedar Beach). Also, tree sparrows along entrance road.


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Subject: Geese at Belmont Lake SP, Suffolk Co.
Date: Tue Jan 7 2020 11:41 am
From: pjlindsay AT optonline.net
 
Barnacle and Cackling Geese on the lake now with Canadas and various ducks.

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