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18 Aug: @ 17:42:44 
eBird.org: Recent Additions to County Checklists [Ben Cacace]
18 Aug: @ 16:26:57 
Hudsonian Godwit East Pond now [Doug Gochfeld]
18 Aug: @ 02:16:35 
Swindler Cove Park & Sherman Creek: Thu. 17-Aug-2017 [Ben Cacace]
17 Aug: @ 23:31:27 
Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival [Lloyd Spitalnik]
17 Aug: @ 19:46:26 
Re: Cupsogue 8/17 [Long Island Birding]
17 Aug: @ 19:28:30 
Cupsogue 8/17 [Steve Walter]
17 Aug: @ 14:37:41 
Jamaica Bay East Pond - Buff Breasted Sandpiper [Sean Camillieri]
17 Aug: @ 12:09:00 
Fw: Shorebird Report - Hempstead Lake 8/16 (Nassau Co.), Ravens in Bethpage [David Klauber]
17 Aug: @ 10:48:42 
Avocet on East Pond of Jamaica Bay [Isaac Grant]
17 Aug: @ 09:09:19 
Red & White-winged Crossbills/Sandhill Cranes/Boreal Chickadees & more [Joan Collins]
17 Aug: @ 09:08:59 
NNYBirds: Red & White-winged Crossbills/Sandhill Cranes/Boreal Chickadees & more ['Joan Collins' Joan.Collins@Frontier.com [Northern_NY_Birds]]
16 Aug: @ 22:32:03 
Avocet ++ East Pond Queens Co. Shorebird Report 8-16 [Andrew Baksh]
16 Aug: @ 21:30:44 
BBQ at neighbors, with Nighthawk for dessert ! [robert adamo]
16 Aug: @ 19:18:07 
Shorebird Report - Hempstead Lake 8/16 (Nassau Co.) [Brendan Fogarty]
16 Aug: @ 16:54:40 
Western Willet (Nickerson Beach) Nassau Co. [Robert Berlingeri]
16 Aug: @ 10:06:37 
Reminder--NYSOA Shorebird Workshop and Field Trip, August 26-27, 2017 [Kathryn Schneider]
16 Aug: @ 02:38:08 
Re: eBird.org Shared Location - Pelham Bay Park--Orchard Beach & parking lot [Ben Cacace]
16 Aug: @ 01:49:59 
eBird.org Shared Location - Pelham Bay Park--Orchard Beach, parking lot [Ben Cacace]
16 Aug: @ 00:41:49 
8/15 Bronx: Pelham Bay Park, Orchard Beach Parking Lot - Baird's Sandpiper [Richard Aracil]
15 Aug: @ 22:11:23 
Top 10 Locations: Orleans County (NYS eBird Hotspots) [Ben Cacace]
15 Aug: @ 12:22:19 
Franklin's Gull Jones Beach Field 6 [Andrew Baksh]
14 Aug: @ 21:37:12 
Orient Point Ducks [Alan Drogin]
14 Aug: @ 21:12:16 
Neil Chayet [Larry Trachtenberg]
14 Aug: @ 18:20:36 
Jones Beach West End Lark Sparrow still present [Gail Benson]
14 Aug: @ 15:51:00 
Robert Moses State Park Field 2 Franklin's Gull [Gail Benson]
14 Aug: @ 13:00:52 
Central Park NYC - Mon., Aug., 14, 2017 - FOS Hooded, Mourning & Chestnut-sided Warblers + 8 more [Deborah Allen]
14 Aug: @ 12:04:52 
Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin]
14 Aug: @ 08:55:32 
Baird's Sandpiper - Staten Island [Jose Ramirez-Garofalo]
13 Aug: @ 17:06:46 
Central Park NYC - Sun., Aug. 13, 2017 - 4 Species of Wood Warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (5) [Deborah Allen]
13 Aug: @ 13:46:11 
Baird's Sandpiper - Staten Island [Jose Ramirez-Garofalo]
13 Aug: @ 10:13:37 
East Pond of Jamaica Bay this AM [Corey Finger]
13 Aug: @ 07:46:29 
Marbled Godwit - Cupsogue, Suffolk Co [Mike McBrien]
12 Aug: @ 16:21:52 
Central Park NYC - Sat., Aug. 12, 2017 - Pine, Blue-winged, Worm-eating Warblers, Cooper's Hawk [Deborah Allen]
12 Aug: @ 15:36:14 
Today's Shorebird Walk Montezuma NWR Knox-Marcellus Marsh Aug 12, 2017 [David Nicosia]
12 Aug: @ 11:39:53 
Re: [SINaturaList] Bairds Sandpiper Staten Island 8/12 [Anthony Ciancimino]
12 Aug: @ 11:17:21 
Re: [SINaturaList] Bairds Sandpiper Staten Island 8/12 [Anthony Ciancimino]
12 Aug: @ 11:06:36 
Bairds Sandpiper Staten Island 8/12 [Anthony Ciancimino]
12 Aug: @ 10:25:44 
Correction - Audubon's NO, Manx yes [Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph.D.]
12 Aug: @ 07:46:43 
Seabirds, Montauk Pr. [Patricia Lindsay]
12 Aug: @ 07:40:52 
Audubon Shearwater photo from 8/11/17 [Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph.D.]
12 Aug: @ 01:07:05 
NYC Area RBA: 11 August 2017 [Ben Cacace]
11 Aug: @ 21:31:34 
Governors Island: Fri. 11-Aug-2017 [Ben Cacace]
11 Aug: @ 19:16:52 
Audubon's Shearwater off Fire Island [Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph.D.]
11 Aug: @ 13:34:56 
Central Park NYC - Fri., Aug. 11, 2017 - Canada, Blue-winged, and other Wood Warblers [Deborah Allen]
11 Aug: @ 10:22:14 
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx - Thursday, August 10, 2017 - Pectoral Sandpier, other shorebirds, R-t Hummers [Deborah Allen]
11 Aug: @ 09:15:57 
Wilson's Phalarope East Pond now [Doug Gochfeld]
10 Aug: @ 20:30:54 
Governors Island: Thu. 10-Aug-2017 [Ben Cacace]
10 Aug: @ 19:28:48 
eBird.org: Recent Additions to County Checklists [Ben Cacace]
09 Aug: @ 20:21:44 
Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival [Lloyd Spitalnik]
09 Aug: @ 15:19:06 
East Pond Shorebirds Report etc... [Andrew Baksh]





Subject: eBird.org: Recent Additions to County Checklists
Date: Fri Aug 18 2017 17:42 pm
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
When working on the NYS eBird Hotspots wiki I'll compare the previous bar chart list of species with the current one picking up any additions or deletions. By going to each county's 'Overview' page you can determine the date the species was added by county. Some are from newly submitted checklists from many months / years ago.

It isn't possible to spot these additions from old checklists. On the 'Overview' page you can sort on 'First Seen' but if the species wasn't added recently it won't appear at the top of the list.
For each county on the NYS eBird Hotspots site click the 'Overview' link on the 'Explore a Location' line:” http://ebirding-nys.wikispaces...
Yellow highlights a species added for the first time over the past few months. Red represents species removed from the New York State list.
Albany County:Wilson's Phalarope (14-Aug-2017)
Chenango County:Stilt Sandpiper (13-Aug-2017)
Pine Grosbeak (28-Dec-1985)
LeConte's Sparrow renamed from Le Contes's SparrowDutchess County, Genesee County, Jefferson County, Kings County, Monroe County, Oswego County, Queens County, St. Lawrence County, Suffolk County, Sullivan County & Tompkins County
Thayer's Gull removed and lumped with Iceland GullAlbany County, Allegany County, Broome County, Chautauqua County, Cortland County, Erie County, Genesee County, Kings County, Madison County, Monroe County, Niagara County, Onondaga County, Orleans County, Oswego County, Schuyler County, Seneca County, St. Lawrence County, Steuben County, Suffolk County, Tompkins County & Wayne County
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Subject: Hudsonian Godwit East Pond now
Date: Fri Aug 18 2017 16:26 pm
From: fresha2411 AT gmail.com
 
I am currently with Sean Sime and we are looking at a Hudsonian Godwit in mostly basic plumage at the north end of the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. It is with the Black-bellied Plover flock on the spit adjacent to the island on the west side of the pond (just north of the cove).
Good Birding-Doug Gochfeld. Brooklyn, NY.


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Subject: Swindler Cove Park & Sherman Creek: Thu. 17-Aug-2017
Date: Fri Aug 18 2017 2:16 am
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
NY County Highlights(Summer):
Bald Eagle (1 juvenile), Killdeer (2), Least Sandpiper (25+) & Semipalmated Sandpiper (15+).
Main focus was shorebirds. Watched the mudflats from near low tide at 12:45p to near high tide (~3.5 feet) at 4:30p when the last of the Semipalmated Sandpipers flew off. The section on the east edge of the phragmites on the south side of the creek is the highest part of the mudflats where the Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers finished the day. All peeps eventually flew to the north along the Harlem River.
1st hour: 10 spp.; 2nd: +9 & 1 taxa; 3rd: +3; 4th: +2 = 24 spp. & 1 taxa
Full checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
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Subject: Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival
Date: Thu Aug 17 2017 23:31 pm
From: lloyd AT lloydspitalnikphotos.com
 
Hi everyone,The countdown begins. A week from Saturday 8/26/17 we will hold the 12th annual Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival. It has always been a fun filled day and hope you all can attend. If you want to walk on the East Pond, please BRING BOOTS. There are a few places where the water might be ankle deep.Don Riepe, Kevin Karlson and Lloyd Spitalnik thank Gateway Nat'l Recreation Area (run by National Park Service), NYC Audubon and American Littoral Society For their sponsorship.
The festival is free but we ask for a very modest $20.00 donation to help defray our costs.
Here is the itinerary for the day:Program Schedule8:30am
Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (Google map) for registration and continental breakfast (coffee, donuts, juice, etc.)9am
Hike to the West Pond to view shorebirds during the incoming tide (Kevin Karlson, Lloyd Spitalnik, Sean Sime, Tom Burke, et al.)10:30am
Welcome from the National Park Service (Gateway Superintendent Jennifer Nersesian)10:45am*
Family activity with a National Park Service Ranger10:45am
Overview of Jamaica Bay conservation issues and wildlife (Don Riepe)11:15am
NYC Audubon shorebird research (Dr. Susan Elbin, Debra Kriensky)11:45am
Lunch (bring lunch or drive to deli located in nearby Broad Channel)12:30pm
Hikes to East and West Ponds at high tide or other sites to be selected (all leaders)2pm*
Family activity with a National Park Service Ranger3pm
Shorebirdphotography(Lloyd Spitalnik)3:30pm
Birding by impression (Kevin and Dale Karlson)4:30-5pmDiscussion and wrap-up*Family activities are intended for children and will run concurrently with principal festival events.
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Subject: Cupsogue 8/17
Date: Thu Aug 17 2017 19:46 pm
From: michaelzito AT gmail.com
 
To add to Steve's report, Arie Gilbert, Mattie, and myself observed a Whimbrel in the area west of the flats.
Mike Z.
On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 8:26 PM, Steve Walter <swalter15@verizon.net> wrote:
It looks like the tern gathering thing, at least on the flats, may be over for the year. Just 3 Royals, 9 Least, and a handful of Commons (although Doug Futuyma mentioned larger numbers to the west of the flats). So when a Black Tern came in, it was on its own.Shorebirds included 17 species (18 if you like to split your Willets), but nothing unusual “ unless you want to say Solitary Sandpiper for the location. Interesting that all the Short-billed Dowtichers at Jamaica Bay are juveniles. Only 1 at Cupsogue was a young ˜un, not that there were all that many overall (maybe 20). Theory, anyone? A few Red Knots included two juveniles. Surprisingly few peep around, so overall a better balance than I™ve gotten used to at Jamaica Bay of late (95% Semi Sands). Lots of Oystercatchers gathering like they™ve been known to in places, although I didn™t know Cupsogue to be such a place. I estimated 90 of them on the rising tide.I knew it was time to leave when the shorebirds on one of the sandbars were replaced by a juvenile Peregrine. I managed some distant shots of it, then closer ones in flight. An interesting Peregrine it is, probably the darkest one I™ve ever seen. The upperparts are pretty much black, putting thoughts of Peale™s into my head. But it™s not.Steve WalterBayside, NY

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Subject: Cupsogue 8/17
Date: Thu Aug 17 2017 19:28 pm
From: swalter15 AT verizon.net
 
It looks like the tern gathering thing, at least on the flats, may be over for the year. Just 3 Royals, 9 Least, and a handful of Commons (although Doug Futuyma mentioned larger numbers to the west of the flats). So when a Black Tern came in, it was on its own.
Shorebirds included 17 species (18 if you like to split your Willets), but nothing unusual “ unless you want to say Solitary Sandpiper for the location. Interesting that all the Short-billed Dowtichers at Jamaica Bay are juveniles. Only 1 at Cupsogue was a young ˜un, not that there were all that many overall (maybe 20). Theory, anyone? A few Red Knots included two juveniles. Surprisingly few peep around, so overall a better balance than I™ve gotten used to at Jamaica Bay of late (95% Semi Sands). Lots of Oystercatchers gathering like they™ve been known to in places, although I didn™t know Cupsogue to be such a place. I estimated 90 of them on the rising tide.
I knew it was time to leave when the shorebirds on one of the sandbars were replaced by a juvenile Peregrine. I managed some distant shots of it, then closer ones in flight. An interesting Peregrine it is, probably the darkest one I™ve ever seen. The upperparts are pretty much black, putting thoughts of Peale™s into my head. But it™s not.
Steve Walter
Bayside, NY


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Subject: Jamaica Bay East Pond - Buff Breasted Sandpiper
Date: Thu Aug 17 2017 14:37 pm
From: scamillieri AT gmail.com
 
A Buff Breasted Sandpiper is currently tly out from Dead Man's Cover between the island. The American Avocet is also still present south of Dead Man's Cover. Good luck!
Sean Camillieri


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Subject: Shorebird Report - Hempstead Lake 8/16 (Nassau Co.), Ravens in Bethpage
Date: Thu Aug 17 2017 12:09 pm
From: davehawkowl AT msn.com
 
Following up on Brendan's report we checked out this area, a location I had never birded. Follow Brendan's directions for access. Many shorebirds were on the eastern side of the pond,and hard to identify. However in the northwest corner there was the juvenile
Stilt and possibly as many as 3 Westerns which we observed from about 9:15 to 10, when a Peregrine scared off the birds, moving most to the eastern edge . We didn't see any dowitchers or the White-rumped, but poor lighting and distance made it hard to make
out the peeps. Observers : Bobby Rosetti, Bob P, DK.
When I arrived home in Bethpage (Nassau County) there was a pair of ravens calling on thepower lines towers. Nice yard bird. This is just west of Stewart Avenue, a bit north of Hempstead Turnpike. There are access roads on each tide of the power lines.





From: bounce-121729314-3714613@list.cornell.edu <bounce-121729314-3714613@list.cornell.edu> on behalf of Brendan Fogarty <birderbf@yahoo.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:17 PM
To: NYSBirds Listserve
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Shorebird Report - Hempstead Lake 8/16 (Nassau Co.)




Hi everyone,


This evening there was a remarkable shorebird diversity at Hempstead Lake State Park. The majority were Lesser Yellowlegs and Semi Sands, but there was also one Stilt Sandpiper (juv), one White-rumped Sandpiper (nonbr adult), and Western Sandpiper (juv).
Also present were Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, and recently Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, and Short-billed Dowitcher. The diversity was pretty remarkable for an inland freshwater pond.


All species were seen at what I call the "north pond" (vs the oft-birded south pond, tiny MacDonald Pond, or the large Hempstead Reservoir). Before I describe access, I want to make it **very clear**that there have been gang-related incidents,
including murders, in this general end of the park - please bird here intelligently. Generally though there is nobody around at all, for better or for worse.


This is the pond immediately across the Southern State Parkway from the north end of the reservoir. It is accessed by a 5 min walk from either of two places: park in HLSP Field 1, walk N across the parkway, and make a right onto the bridal trail. Otherwise,
you can park at the east end of Wadleigh Ave, walk north along the little gravel deadend, then take the unofficial trail to the bridal trail, and turn right (south) and you will pass the pond.


I did not spend any time looking for landbirds, but in earlier in nearby Garden City I had FOS Ovenbird and an Empid sp.


Brendan Fogarty

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Subject: Avocet on East Pond of Jamaica Bay
Date: Thu Aug 17 2017 10:48 am
From: hosesbroadbill AT gmail.com
 
Continues at North end, just south of dead mans cove.

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Subject: Red & White-winged Crossbills/Sandhill Cranes/Boreal Chickadees & more
Date: Thu Aug 17 2017 9:09 am
From: joan.collins AT frontier.com
 
Hamilton, Essex, and Franklin Counties
I continue to find Red and White-winged Crossbills in the central “ northern Adirondack areas. Red Crossbills are widespread (on 8/10, calling Red Crossbills flew over the Round Lake Trail in Long Lake). White-winged Crossbills have been found in Bloomingdale locations, North Hudson along the Blueridge Road, Tahawus Road in Newcomb, and the Spring Pond Bog Preserve in Tupper Lake. Within the past week, female Red Crossbills have been observed with males, so it is likely the young are old enough to be left alone in nests now. I have not yet observed a fledgling, but expect to see one any day. Red Crossbills appear to be feeding exclusively on Tamarack cones. White-winged Crossbills often perch in the Tamaracks, and I™ve observed them foraging on Tamarack cones with Red Crossbills. But I haven™t observed a lot of White-winged Crossbill foraging behavior.
The Tupper Lake Sandhill Cranes were observed on 8/14/17 along Dugal Road (N) feeding in tall vegetation, so you could only see their heads. We only saw 3 (one juvenile) “ hopefully, the second juvenile was out of sight for some reason.
Also on 8/14/17, the Virginia Rail family was still at Shaw Pond in Long Lake, along with a singing Northern Waterthrush and calling Merlin! Flycatchers, including Olive-sided, were abundant in a remote wetland in the Spring Pond Bog Preserve in Tupper Lake.
Since we no longer have dogs, I™ve been feeding Wild Turkeys for the past couple years outside our home. Wild Turkey behavior, especially male behavior, is fascinating and often very comical. The dominant male spends a lot of time attacking our cars trying to get rid of the other male he sees! It is relentless behavior and I often can™t even chase him away!
Out birding on 8/14/17 (beautiful day!) in the Long Lake “ Newcomb “ Minerva “ North Hudson “ Tupper Lake area, we found the following 61 species:
Canada Goose
Wood Duck - many
Mallard
Wild Turkey - many
Pied-billed Grebe - 2 at Shaw Pond
Rock Pigeon
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Virginia Rail “ several at Shaw Pond!
Sandhill Crane “ 3 along Dugal Road in Tupper Lake (only one juvenile observed “ hopefully, the 2nd one was just out of sight)
Killdeer “ heard at Shaw Pond
Ring-billed Gull
Common Loon “ 2 on Simon Pond in Tupper Lake
American Bittern “ 1 observed flying over the marsh in Tupper Lake
Great Blue Heron “ many!
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle “ juvenile
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker “ drumming
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker “ 1 drumming and calling along the Blueridge Road
Northern Flicker
Merlin “ heard at Shaw Pond
Olive-sided Flycatcher “ calling and singing in a remote marsh at the Spring Pond Bog Preserve
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher “ observed at the remote marsh at the Spring Pond Bog Preserve
Alder Flycatcher “ observed at the remote marsh at the Spring Pond Bog Preserve
Eastern Phoebe “ observed at the remote marsh at the Spring Pond Bog Preserve
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Gray Jay “ 5 (2 at the Round Lake Trailhead and 3 at Sabattis Bog in Long Lake)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Boreal Chickadee “ 11! (6 along the Blueridge Road and 5 at the Newcomb Marsh “ nice views here!)
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Winter Wren “ calling at the remote marsh at the Spring Pond Bog Preserve
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Swainson™s Thrush “ several along the Hudson River eating berries (with Hermit Thrushes and Amer. Robins)
Hermit Thrush “ several (one observed along the Hudson River) some singing
American Robin
Gray Catbird “ Newcomb marsh
European Starling “ Tupper Lake
Cedar Waxwing
Purple Finch - several
Red Crossbill “ many! (8 along the Blueridge Road, 6 at the Newcomb Marsh and more flying around)
White-winged Crossbill “ at least 2 along the Blueridge Road and at least 2 at the remote marsh at the Spring Pond Bog Preserve “ nice views of 2 different males!
American Goldfinch
Northern Waterthrush “ dawn singing at Shaw Pond!
Black-and-white Warbler “ nice view
Nashville Warbler “ nice views
Common Yellowthroat “ many
Magnolia Warbler “ nice view
Chestnut-sided Warbler “ juvenile
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Canada Warbler “ lovely views!
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow “ some still singing
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Scarlet Tanager “ one female in Tupper Lake
Joan Collins
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Subject: NNYBirds: Red & White-winged Crossbills/Sandhill Cranes/Boreal Chickadees & more
Date: Thu Aug 17 2017 9:08 am
From: Northern_NY_Birds AT yahoogroups.com
 
Hamilton, Essex, and Franklin Counties



I continue to find Red and White-winged Crossbills in the central - northern
Adirondack areas. Red Crossbills are widespread (on 8/10, calling Red
Crossbills flew over the Round Lake Trail in Long Lake). White-winged
Crossbills have been found in Bloomingdale locations, North Hudson along the
Blueridge Road, Tahawus Road in Newcomb, and the Spring Pond Bog Preserve in
Tupper Lake. Within the past week, female Red Crossbills have been observed
with males, so it is likely the young are old enough to be left alone in
nests now. I have not yet observed a fledgling, but expect to see one any
day. Red Crossbills appear to be feeding exclusively on Tamarack cones.
White-winged Crossbills often perch in the Tamaracks, and I've observed them
foraging on Tamarack cones with Red Crossbills. But I haven't observed a
lot of White-winged Crossbill foraging behavior.



The Tupper Lake Sandhill Cranes were observed on 8/14/17 along Dugal Road
(N) feeding in tall vegetation, so you could only see their heads. We only
saw 3 (one juvenile) - hopefully, the second juvenile was out of sight for
some reason.



Also on 8/14/17, the Virginia Rail family was still at Shaw Pond in Long
Lake, along with a singing Northern Waterthrush and calling Merlin!
Flycatchers, including Olive-sided, were abundant in a remote wetland in the
Spring Pond Bog Preserve in Tupper Lake.



Since we no longer have dogs, I've been feeding Wild Turkeys for the past
couple years outside our home. Wild Turkey behavior, especially male
behavior, is fascinating and often very comical. The dominant male spends a
lot of time attacking our cars trying to get rid of the other male he
"sees"! It is relentless behavior and I often can't even chase him away!



Out birding on 8/14/17 (beautiful day!) in the Long Lake - Newcomb - Minerva
- North Hudson - Tupper Lake area, we found the following 61 species:



Canada Goose

Wood Duck - many

Mallard

Wild Turkey - many

Pied-billed Grebe - 2 at Shaw Pond

Rock Pigeon

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Virginia Rail - several at Shaw Pond!

Sandhill Crane - 3 along Dugal Road in Tupper Lake (only one juvenile
observed - hopefully, the 2nd one was just out of sight)

Killdeer - heard at Shaw Pond

Ring-billed Gull

Common Loon - 2 on Simon Pond in Tupper Lake

American Bittern - 1 observed flying over the marsh in Tupper Lake

Great Blue Heron - many!

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle - juvenile

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - drumming

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker - 1 drumming and calling along the Blueridge Road

Northern Flicker

Merlin - heard at Shaw Pond

Olive-sided Flycatcher - calling and singing in a remote marsh at the Spring
Pond Bog Preserve

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - observed at the remote marsh at the Spring Pond
Bog Preserve

Alder Flycatcher - observed at the remote marsh at the Spring Pond Bog
Preserve

Eastern Phoebe - observed at the remote marsh at the Spring Pond Bog
Preserve

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - 5 (2 at the Round Lake Trailhead and 3 at Sabattis Bog in Long
Lake)

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - 11! (6 along the Blueridge Road and 5 at the Newcomb
Marsh - nice views here!)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Winter Wren - calling at the remote marsh at the Spring Pond Bog Preserve

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Swainson's Thrush - several along the Hudson River eating berries (with
Hermit Thrushes and Amer. Robins)

Hermit Thrush - several (one observed along the Hudson River) some singing

American Robin

Gray Catbird - Newcomb marsh

European Starling - Tupper Lake

Cedar Waxwing

Purple Finch - several

Red Crossbill - many! (8 along the Blueridge Road, 6 at the Newcomb Marsh
and more flying around)

White-winged Crossbill - at least 2 along the Blueridge Road and at least 2
at the remote marsh at the Spring Pond Bog Preserve - nice views of 2
different males!

American Goldfinch

Northern Waterthrush - dawn singing at Shaw Pond!

Black-and-white Warbler - nice view

Nashville Warbler - nice views

Common Yellowthroat - many

Magnolia Warbler - nice view

Chestnut-sided Warbler - juvenile

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Canada Warbler - lovely views!

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow - some still singing

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Scarlet Tanager - one female in Tupper Lake



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Subject: Avocet ++ East Pond Queens Co. Shorebird Report 8-16
Date: Wed Aug 16 2017 22:32 pm
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
 
On a high tide this afternoon, the Shorebird highlights from a few hours birding the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge are as follows:
AMERICAN AVOCET (1)American Oystercatcher (4)Black-bellied Plover (5)Semipalmated Plover (14)Stilt Sandpiper (3)Least Sandpiper (14)White-rumped Sandpiper (2)Pectoral Sandpiper (1)Semipalmated Sandpiper (275)WESTERN SANDPIPER (1) - JuvenileShort-billed Dowitcher (57) all juvenilesSpotted Sandpiper (3) - juvenilesGreater Yellowlegs (15)Lesser Yellowlegs (27) - 19 juveniles
Duckage highlights include: A couple of Green-winged Teals and 7 Northern Shovelers.
Several Little Blue Herons including a few juveniles.
A note on the north end of the pond. There is not much shoreline available there and most of the peeps continue to feed north of dead man's cove where some flats have opened up. Walking in is much better than it was a few weeks ago. However, it remains mucky and there are several soft spots that can get a tad tricky to navigate. Unless you have few tours under your belt, I would suggest birding the south end instead.
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: BBQ at neighbors, with Nighthawk for dessert !
Date: Wed Aug 16 2017 21:30 pm
From: radamo4691 AT gmail.com
 
I haven't been out birding for a while, and therefore was wondering what species sighting would get me to sit down and post to this listserve once again ? In this case, I actually did guess correctly, with "form" carrying the day...north shore of L.I., mid-August , C.Nighthawk - yes !
At ~ 7:30 PM, while Pia & Ralph Miele were serving dessert, I happened to look up and saw a single C.Nighthawk feeding while heading east to west. The bird flew out of sight fairly quickly, but not before 5 "non-birders" saw the nighthawk's outline and graceful flight. A quick trip home produced a field guide which enabled them to see what their newest "life-species" really looked like !
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Subject: Shorebird Report - Hempstead Lake 8/16 (Nassau Co.)
Date: Wed Aug 16 2017 19:18 pm
From: birderbf AT yahoo.com
 
Hi everyone,
This evening there was a remarkable shorebird diversity at Hempstead Lake State Park. The majority were Lesser Yellowlegs and Semi Sands, but there was also one Stilt Sandpiper (juv), one White-rumped Sandpiper (nonbr adult), and Western Sandpiper (juv). Also present were Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, and recently Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, and Short-billed Dowitcher. The diversity was pretty remarkable for an inland freshwater pond.
All species were seen at what I call the "north pond" (vs the oft-birded south pond, tiny MacDonald Pond, or the large Hempstead Reservoir). Before I describe access, I want to make it **very clear**that there have been gang-related incidents, including murders, in this general end of the park - please bird here intelligently. Generally though there is nobody around at all, for better or for worse.
This is the pond immediately across the Southern State Parkway from the north end of the reservoir. It is accessed by a 5 min walk from either of two places: park in HLSP Field 1, walk N across the parkway, and make a right onto the bridal trail. Otherwise, you can park at the east end of Wadleigh Ave, walk north along the little gravel deadend, then take the unofficial trail to the bridal trail, and turn right (south) and you will pass the pond.
I did not spend any time looking for landbirds, but in earlier in nearby Garden City I had FOS Ovenbird and an Empid sp.
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Subject: Western Willet (Nickerson Beach) Nassau Co.
Date: Wed Aug 16 2017 16:54 pm
From: rjberlingeri AT gmail.com
 
I had the pleasure of visiting my old stomping grounds with some old
friends at the Cabanas at Point Lookout today. Of course, I took a
walk to Nickerson Beach to check out the Colonies, where there are
still plenty of Black Skimmers and Common Terns around along with
plenty of young birds. A real surprise was a Western Willet running
around on the beach in front of the Colony with a few Sanderling and a
Ruddy Turnstone. - Seemed really odd, allowing close approach while
feeding. Eventually it took off to the west when typical beach
activity got to be too much for it. Pretty neat.....I wonder if this
bird may have something to do with the recent reports of Franklin's
Gulls in the area?

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Subject: Reminder--NYSOA Shorebird Workshop and Field Trip, August 26-27, 2017
Date: Wed Aug 16 2017 10:06 am
From: fallline AT nycap.rr.com
 
The New York State Ornithological Association is offering a shorebird identification workshop and field trip on the weekend of August 26-27. Kevin McGowan from the Cornell Lab of Ornithologywillpresent ashorebird identification workshopat the Montezuma Audubon Center from2-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 26th.The workshop is free and open to the public. OnSunday from 9 a.m. “ 2 p.m.Kevin and other shorebird experts help us take this information into the field and look at live shorebirds in theMontezuma Wetlands Complex.Registration isrequiredfor the Sunday field trips.For details and registration information visit the NYSOA website atnybirds.org.
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Subject: eBird.org Shared Location - Pelham Bay Park--Orchard Beach & parking lot
Date: Wed Aug 16 2017 2:38 am
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
I've renamed the original shared location to:

” Pelham Bay Park--Orchard Beach & parking lot from Pelham Bay Park--Orchard Beach
... and deleted the newly created one. Notes below if you'd like to merge your personal locations with the hotspot.
Apologies for the confusion.
Ben

On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 2:48 AM, Ben Cacace <bcacace@gmail.com> wrote:
A marker was created for 'Pelham Bay Park--Orchard Beach, parking lot' in Bronx County based on the Baird's Sandpiper sighting. The hotspot should be available within 12 hours.
If you wish to merge your personal location with an existing hotspot here are the steps:
” Sign into eBird.org” Go to "My eBird" & select "Manage My Locations" in the right panel” At the bottom of the screen click "Show All" to see all locations on one page” You can sort the list by clicking on any of the headers: Location, Country, State/Province, County, Type* or # of Checklists” Select your personal location (it will show a letter "P" under Type*) by clicking "Edit" on the right side of the line” Select the "Merge" button and you'll see all nearby hotspots as red icons” Keep the checkmark for "Delete after merging" selected” Click the icon that best fits your location” ... now you'll see the hotspot description above the 'Merge' button along with the # of checklists you'll be merging” Click on the 'Merge' button” Answer Yes to the 'Yes or No' query
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Subject: eBird.org Shared Location - Pelham Bay Park--Orchard Beach, parking lot
Date: Wed Aug 16 2017 1:49 am
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
A marker was created for 'Pelham Bay Park--Orchard Beach, parking lot' in Bronx County based on the Baird's Sandpiper sighting. The hotspot should be available within 12 hours.
If you wish to merge your personal location with an existing hotspot here are the steps:
” Sign into eBird.org” Go to "My eBird" & select "Manage My Locations" in the right panel” At the bottom of the screen click "Show All" to see all locations on one page” You can sort the list by clicking on any of the headers: Location, Country, State/Province, County, Type* or # of Checklists” Select your personal location (it will show a letter "P" under Type*) by clicking "Edit" on the right side of the line” Select the "Merge" button and you'll see all nearby hotspots as red icons” Keep the checkmark for "Delete after merging" selected” Click the icon that best fits your location” ... now you'll see the hotspot description above the 'Merge' button along with the # of checklists you'll be merging” Click on the 'Merge' button” Answer Yes to the 'Yes or No' query
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Subject: 8/15 Bronx: Pelham Bay Park, Orchard Beach Parking Lot - Baird's Sandpiper
Date: Wed Aug 16 2017 0:41 am
From: raptorara AT hotmail.com
 
Hi All,


Late this afternoon/early evening, there was a Baird's Sandpiper in one of the many large puddles on Orchard Beach parking lot. It was seen in the southeastern section where it stayed until I left around 7:45 pm. Other highlights included 3 Short-billed
Dowitchers. If you decide to visit, remember that you must pay to enter the lot by car. However, you can park at nearby Rodman's Neck or Turtle Cove and walk in for free.


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Subject: Top 10 Locations: Orleans County (NYS eBird Hotspots)
Date: Tue Aug 15 2017 22:11 pm
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
Location pages have been created for the current top 10+1 sites for Orleans County based on total species seen. Numbers in parentheses represents the # of sub-locations for these sites.

If you spot any issues with the pages please let me know off list. Also, it would be appreciated if you could help verify that the 'Directions' link on the location pages points to a public parking spot or to an entrance to the site. See below for details on locations. Thanks!
Total # of shared locations (hotspots) added to 11 new pages is 26 bringing the total coverage to 1,585 hotspots or 27.2% of 5,818 for New York State.
ORLEANS COUNTYBurns Rd., btwn CR 22 and Hemlock Ridge Rd.Iroquois NWR (Orleans Co.) (10)Lake Alice, WaterportLake Ontario Parkway Borrow Pits (5)Lakeside Beach State Park (3)N Lyndonville Rd.Norway Rd., btwn CR 43 and Ridge Rd.Point Breeze (Orleans Co.)Posson Rd., MedinaShadigee (aka Yates Pier)Tonawanda WMA--Spring Marsh
[Orleans County has Top 10+1 locations since the # of spp. is so close for the bottom 5: Burns Rd., btwn CR 22 and Hemlock Ridge Rd. (88), Tonawanda WMA--Spring Marsh (88), N Lyndonville Rd. (85), Lake Alice, Waterport (84), Lake Ontario Parkway Borrow Pits [5 locations](83)]

The following 'Google Map Directions' link on the wiki point to a nearby parking lot or near the south or east end of the location for roads based on the thinking that keeping the sun behind you is best when you start out. Described below.
If you know of a better parking spot please zoom in on this location on Google Maps and send that URL to me offline:
Tonawanda WMA--Spring Marsh: at gate near NE corner of Spring Marsh off Salt Works Road.Shadigee (aka Yates Pier): near marker on Shadigee Lane.Posson Rd., Medina: at south end of Posson Road.Point Breeze (Orleans Co.): towards south end of Point Breeze Road.Norway Rd., btwn CR 43 and Ridge Rd.: south end of Norway Road.N Lyndonville Rd.: south end of N Lyndonville Road.Lake Alice, Waterport: on Waterport Carlton Road near SE section of waterbody.Burns Rd., btwn CR 22 and Hemlock Ridge Rd.: south end of Burns Road.Lakeside Beach SP: eastern parking lot.Lakeside Beach SP--east end: eastern parking lot.Lakeside Beach SP--west end: western parking lot.Lake Ontario Parkway Borrow Pits--Pit A: on east edge along Peter Smith Road.Lake Ontario Parkway Borrow Pits--Pit B: on east edge along W Kendall Road.Lake Ontario Parkway Borrow Pits--Pit C: on west edge along W Kendall Road.Lake Ontario Parkway Borrow Pits--Pit D: possible pull-off on Lake Ontario State Pkwy.Lake Ontario Parkway Borrow Pits--Pit E: possible pull-off on Sawyer Road.Iroquois NWR--Center Marsh: Sour Springs Road parking lot at county line.Iroquois NWR--Feeder Rd. Trail (Orleans Co.): on Dunlop Road.Iroquois NWR--Forrestall Flats: on S Gravel Road north of Oak Orchard Ridge Road.Iroquois NWR--Oak Orchard Ridge Rd.: on S Gravel Road north of Oak Orchard Ridge Road.Iroquois NWR--Schoolhouse Marsh Overlook: Sour Springs Road parking lot at county line.Iroquois NWR--John T. O'Brien Marsh: on S Gravel Road north of Oak Orchard Ridge Road.Iroquois NWR--Mallard Overlook: Sour Springs Road parking lot at county line.Iroquois NWR--Mohawk Pool: on Lewiston Road east of Feeder Ditch.Iroquois NWR--Ringneck Marsh: on S Gravel Road north of Oak Orchard Ridge Road.Iroquois NWR--Salt Works Rd.: on Lewiston Road east of Feeder Ditch.
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Subject: Franklin's Gull Jones Beach Field 6
Date: Tue Aug 15 2017 12:22 pm
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
 
Gary Strauss just called to report a Franklin's Gull in the parking lot of Field 6. It was loafing with Laughing Gulls.
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Subject: Orient Point Ducks
Date: Mon Aug 14 2017 21:37 pm
From: drogin AT earthlink.net
 
Did some birding along the northern fork of Long Island over the weekend.  Very small numbers of shorebirds, nothing unusual - Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Oyster Catchers.  At the very tip of the north fork between Orient Point and Plum Island where flocks of Common Terns from the Gull Islands dance among the battling currents of the LI Sound and Gardiners Bay, two immature Common Eider hopped up on some rocks near the lighthouse.  Not as rare as Scoters or King Eider for this time of year, but pushing the southern boundaries of their summer habitat.

Happy Birding,
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Subject: Neil Chayet
Date: Mon Aug 14 2017 21:12 pm
From: Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com
 
A Bostonian, Mr. Chayet did a syndicated radio segment called "Looking at the Law" interesting little vignettes. I think it was carried on CBS radio in NY.  Now how does this involve birds? Well, one piece involved a large pot bust on the west coast where they hauled it on a barge out to sea to burn it off shore close to a colony of terns; tee-balling it up for Mr. Chayet to remark at the end of his piece there was "no tern left un-stoned".

Interesting character. Go Sox.

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Subject: Jones Beach West End Lark Sparrow still present
Date: Mon Aug 14 2017 18:20 pm
From: gbensonny AT gmail.com
 
A Lark Sparrow located earlier today is still present at 7 pm along the fisherman's access road next to the Coast Guard Station at Jones Beach West End.Tom Burke & Gail Benson


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Subject: Robert Moses State Park Field 2 Franklin's Gull
Date: Mon Aug 14 2017 15:51 pm
From: gbensonny AT gmail.com
 
An adult Franklin's Gull is in the parking lot field 2 (east end) now at 4:49 pm. Robert Moses State Park.  Tom Burke & Gail Benson


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Subject: Central Park NYC - Mon., Aug., 14, 2017 - FOS Hooded, Mourning & Chestnut-sided Warblers + 8 more
Date: Mon Aug 14 2017 13:00 pm
From: dallenyc AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park NYC
Monday, August 14, 2017
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, m.ob.

Highlights: Eleven species of Wood Warblers including our first-of-season Hooded Warbler (male), Mourning Warbler & Chestnut-sided Warblers.

Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift - 5
Herring Gull - flyovers
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Empidonax Flycatcher - Shakespeare Garden
Eastern Kingbird - 3
Warbling Vireo - 4
Blue Jay
Barn Swallow - flyover
Black-capped Chickadee - south side Turtle Pond
White-breasted Nuthatch - heard in Ramble
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Strawberry Fields
American Robin - many
Gray Catbird - a few adults & juveniles around
Cedar Waxwing - 3 or 4 flyovers
House Finch - a few
Baltimore Oriole - 4 (no adult males)
Ovenbird - Strawberry Fields
Worm-eating Warbler - Maintenance Field
Northern Waterthrush - 2 (south side Turtle Pond, Triplet's Bridge)
Blue-winged Warbler - 3 (2 Triplet's Bridge, 1 Maintenance Field)
Black-and-white Warbler - 5 (4 south of Mugger's Woods, 1 Maintenance Field)
Mourning Warbler - FOS - opposite Delacorte Theater men's room - Shakespeare Garden
Hooded Warbler - FOS - male Humming Tombstone
American Redstart - 16 including one adult male
Yellow Warbler - 4 (Sally Kopstein)
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 4 FOS - (3 Triplet's Bridge, 1 Upper Lobe (Elizabeth Millard))
Canada Warbler - 2 south side Turtle Pond
Northern Cardinal

Today's tweets (#birdcp @BirdCentralPark) included an adult male Hooded Warbler near Oak Bridge at around 10am from Deborra Mullins, so there may be two Hooded Warblers in Central Park today.

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
Date: Mon Aug 14 2017 12:04 pm
From: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
 
* New York* SyracuseAugust 14, 2017
* NYSY 08.14.17Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):Aygyst 07, 2017 - August 14, 2017to report by e-mail: brinjoseph AT yahoo.comcovering upstate NY counties: Cayuga, Montezuma National Wildlife Refugeand Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) (just outside Cayuga County),Onondaga, Oswego, Lewis, Jefferson, Oneida, Herkimer, Madison & Cortlandcompiled: August 14 AT 1:00 p.m. (EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.orgGreetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of August 07, 2017.
Highlights--------------LEAST BITTERNSNOWY EGRETBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONWILSON™S PHALAROPELITTLE GULLCOMMON NIGHTHAWKRED-HEADED WOODPECKEROLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERHENSLOW™S SPARROW

Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)------------
15 species of Shorebirds were reported at the complex this week. Highlights were WILSON™S PHALAROPE and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. 8/8: 11 species of shorebirds including the WILSON™S PHALAROPE were seen in Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 8/12: A SNOWY EGRET was found at Knox-Marsellus Marsh. One adult and two juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were again seen at the end of Mays Point road. A LEAST BITTERN was seen along the Wildlife Drive. 8/13: An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was still being seen at Carncross Road near the parking area.

Away from Montezuma Shorebirds are being reported in areas such as Waters road north of Rt. 80 east of Fabius, Sandy Island State Park and Jamesville Beach. Ten species were reported this week. Onondaga County------------
8/8: The HENSLOW™S SPARROW reported last week at Green Lakes State Park was again heard and has been reported through the 13th. 8/11:An adult and a juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen near the Hiawatha Boulevard Bridge near Destiny Mall in Syracuse.

Oswego County------------
8/8: A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at Oswego Harbor.

Madison county------------
8/13: An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was spotted on Ditchbank Road north of Chittenango.

Oneida County------------
8/7: The last report of the LITTLE GULL at Sylvan Beach. 8/8: 4 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at the north end of Forest Ave. at Verona Beach State Park. Two were seen the next day.

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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper - Staten Island
Date: Mon Aug 14 2017 8:55 am
From: jose.ramirez.garofalo AT gmail.com
 
The Baird's Sandpiper originally found on 8/12 continues for a third day on the beach at Crooke's Point (Great Kills Park, Staten Island)
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Subject: Central Park NYC - Sun., Aug. 13, 2017 - 4 Species of Wood Warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (5)
Date: Sun Aug 13 2017 17:06 pm
From: dallenyc AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park NYC
Sunday, August 13, 2017
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, Deborah Allen, m.ob.

Highlights: American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Yellow Warbler & Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Gadwall - Reservoir (Jeffrey M. Ward - early)
Mallard - 7+ Turtle Pond
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift - 6
Herring Gull - flyovers
Double-crested Cormorant - flyover
Great Egret - Turtle Pond
Osprey - flyover Turtle Pond (Jeff Ward)
Red-tailed Hawk - 2 (adult perched Humming Tombstone, flyover Summer House Meadow (both Jeff Ward))
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2 juveniles together just getting red on the crown Tupelo Field, heard elsewhere
Downy Woodpecker -2 (Maintenance Field (early), Oven (Mayra Cruz))
Northern Flicker - 4 to 6
Eastern Kingbird - Castle/Turtle Pond
Warbling Vireo - 5 (Shakespeare Garden (Tom Walsh), Turtle Pond, Warbler Rock)
Blue Jay
Barn Swallow - at least 6 (over Turtle Pond & over Summer House area)
White-breasted Nuthatch - near Summer House Meadow, heard Maintenance field
House Wren - Maintenance Field (Bob - early)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 5
American Robin - many
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird - flyover at the Oven
Cedar Waxwing -4 perched south of Oven, flyover flock of 8
House Finch - 2 Oven
Baltimore Oriole - 4 (3 adult males, one hatch-year) Black Cherries ripe now
Red-winged Blackbird -2 flyover flocks - southbound
Northern Waterthrush - 2 (Gill and Triplet's Bridge - Bob, early)
Black-and-white Warbler - 1 or 2 (Oak Bridge (Bob, Mayra Cruz & Deb - early), stream south of Azalea Pond (Jeff Ward)
American Redstart - 2 (Summer House Meadow (Sandra Critelli) & stream south of Azalea Pond)
Yellow Warbler - 7
Northern Cardinal


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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper - Staten Island
Date: Sun Aug 13 2017 13:46 pm
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The Baird's Sandpiper found yesterday on the beach at Crooke's Point (Great Kills Park, Staten Island) continues for a second day at the same location-

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Subject: East Pond of Jamaica Bay this AM
Date: Sun Aug 13 2017 10:13 am
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A walk this morning on the East Pond just after sunrise (at pretty much dead low tide) with Sean Petty didn't net us any spectacular rarities, but we did see some decent birds. The park service has hacked a trail through the phragmites on the far side of the fence on the south end of the East Pond, making getting around the "cut" in the bank there much easier. Just take the long way around the fence and the rest is easy.
Despite the rain last night, water levels continue to drop. We went 2/3 of the way to the north end on the east side of the pond without any difficulty: just be careful of the poison ivy by where you have to go up along the tracks where the breach on the pond was.
Though there is still a significant algeal mat over much of the north end of the pond it seems to be breaking up.
Birding highlights were:
4 Pectoral Sandpipers at the Raunt,at least 4 White-rumped Sandpipers scattered around,lots of juvenile Short-billed Dowitchers,6 Stilt Sandpipers just south of Dead Man's Cove, andan adult Bald Eagle.
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Subject: Marbled Godwit - Cupsogue, Suffolk Co
Date: Sun Aug 13 2017 7:46 am
From: mcb3mb AT verizon.net
 
There is a Marbled Godwit currently on the flats at Cupsogue, Suffolk County. Decent amounts of other shorebirds moving down the beach this morning as well. Also FYI, the tide here is fairly low, and just now beginning to rise.

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Subject: Central Park NYC - Sat., Aug. 12, 2017 - Pine, Blue-winged, Worm-eating Warblers, Cooper's Hawk
Date: Sat Aug 12 2017 16:21 pm
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Central Park NYC
Saturday, August 12, 2017
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, Deborah Allen, m.ob.

Highlights: 6 Species of wood Warblers including Worm-eating & Blue-winged Warblers, Pine Warbler (FOS - early), Spotted Sandpipers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Osprey, and Cooper's Hawk (FOS - early).

Canada Goose - 2 the Pond
Gadwall - 15 (14 Reservoir, 1 Turtle Pond)
Mallard - 10 Turtle Pond, others on Reservoir & the Pond
Mourning Dove - 10
Chimney Swift - few
Spotted Sandpiper - 2 hatch-year (Upper Lobe & the Pond)
Herring Gull - flyovers & Reservoir
Great black-backed Gull - at least 9 Reservoir
Double-crested Cormorant - 12 Reservoir & flyovers
Osprey - flyover Tupelo Field
Cooper's Hawk - adult female chasing Redptailed hawk Summer House Meadow/Swampy Pin Oak - flew east (first-of-season, early)
Red-tailed Hawk - adult with Cooper's Hawk Summer House Meadow/Swampy Pin Oak
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker - 4 Tupelo Field
Eastern Kingbird - 6 (4 Turtle Pond, 2 Lake)
Warbling Vireo - 6-8 (including 4 at the Summer House)
Blue Jay
Barn Swallow - 8
Black-capped Chickadee - Turtle Pond
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2-4 (2 Tupelo Field, 2 later at Summer House)
American Robin - many
Gray Catbird - 2 or 3 in most locations
Northern Mockingbird - Turtle Pond (Andrea Hessel)
Cedar Waxwing - flyover flock of 9 or 10 Tupelo Field
House Finch - Maintenance Field & Mugger's Woods
Song Sparrow - heard at the Pond
Baltimore Oriole - 5 (4 including adult male Maintenance Field, 1 hatch-year on the Point (Jackie))
Common Grackle
Worm-eating Warbler - Maintenance Field
Northern Waterthrush - 4 (2 Oven, 1 Turtle Pond, 1 Summer House Meadow)
Blue-winged Warbler - SW Reservoir (Deb - early)
American Redstart - 8
Yellow Warbler - 13
Pine Warbler - second-year in prebasic molt east side Turtle Pond - first-of-season (early)
Northern Cardinal - adult male feeding 2 juveniles Humming Tombstone

Signe Hammer reported a Great Blue Heron briefly at the Reservoir after lunch.

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Subject: Today's Shorebird Walk Montezuma NWR Knox-Marcellus Marsh Aug 12, 2017
Date: Sat Aug 12 2017 15:36 pm
From: daven102468 AT gmail.com
 
We had a dozen people this morning and walked the dike between Knox-Marcellus Marsh and Puddler's Marsh. Water levels are fairly high still and the best shorebird habitat is interspersed between quite a bit of vegetation. Viewing was often difficult but occasionally we would get some decent looks. There was a PEREGRINE FALCON terrorized the birds most of the time we were there from around 7 am to 1130 am . This made for lots of shorebirds and others in flight which was neat. The waders were most impressive with large numbers of GREAT EGRETS and nearly as many GREAT BLUE HERONS all on the north side of K-M Marsh initially. As we walked down toward the dike initially, Jay McGowan spotting a smaller white heron which turned out to be a juvenile SNOWY EGRET. The bird gave us decent scope views and photos but only hung around for about 30 minutes or so and then flew south over the tree line. There were also decent number of BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS adults and juveniles. Additionally lots of waterfowl. We did have at least 3 SANDHILL CRANES (probably more). I also got lucky and got a short glimpse of a SORA that quickly went back into the reeds. Unfortunately, I don't believe anyone else got on this elusive bird,
As for songbirda, there was a fair amount of flyover BOBOLINKs, at least 2 INDIGO BUNTINGS, SWAMP SPARROW, MARSH WREN and CEDAR WAXWINGS among others. Some of us did get a look at a MERLIN in the woods on the way back to the cars near the end of the outing.

Shorebirds were in decent numbers but again hard to see. We saw many flying around . Species found were PECTORAL SANDPIPERs , SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERs, LEAST SANDPIPERs, 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, many SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, groups of juvenile SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. We got good looks at the "tiger stripe" pattern on the tertials of these birds. There were also a lot of KILLDEER around with both species of yellowlegs. A few of us heard a SOLITARY SANDPIPER but it was not seen. This gave us 10 species of shorebirds for this outing. I accidentally selected a DUNLIN from my ebird app which was an error. So the initial checklist sent out to the Seneca County ebird rare bird alert for the snowy egret was in error with the DUNLIN. I corrected this. I totaled 63 species, but as a group this number likely is higher.
Thanks to all who came along and a big thanks to Montezuma NWR for allowing these shorebird walks in the fall migration season!!!
My ebird list for this outing can be found here (along with photos of the Snowy Egret): http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
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Subject: Bairds Sandpiper Staten Island 8/12
Date: Sat Aug 12 2017 11:39 am
From: sibirdwatcher AT yahoo.com
 
Bird is now sleeping on the beach just off the first trail on left as you enter the Crookes Point parking lot.
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Bird just flew back and landed at the very tip of the point, close to the jetty.
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Bairds Sandpiper currently at Great Kills Park at the tip of Crookes Point on Staten Island. The bird was just seen on the western side of the tip but was flushed by fisherman. I will try to relocate now.


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Subject: Bairds Sandpiper Staten Island 8/12
Date: Sat Aug 12 2017 11:17 am
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Bird just flew back and landed at the very tip of the point, close to the jetty.
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Subject: Bairds Sandpiper Staten Island 8/12
Date: Sat Aug 12 2017 11:06 am
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Bairds Sandpiper currently at Great Kills Park at the tip of Crookes Point on Staten Island. The bird was just seen on the western side of the tip but was flushed by fisherman. I will try to relocate now. 

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Subject: Correction - Audubon's NO, Manx yes
Date: Sat Aug 12 2017 10:25 am
From: kopelman AT optonline.net
 
Sorry folks what I had initially thought was a Manx Shearwater, and then changed to an Audubon™s Shearwater
Is a Manx. My apologies
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Subject: Seabirds, Montauk Pr.
Date: Sat Aug 12 2017 7:46 am
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Multi hundreds of Wilson's SPs; Corys, Great and Manx Shearwaters off of Montauk Pt-many very close in and with excellent vis. 

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Subject: Audubon Shearwater photo from 8/11/17
Date: Sat Aug 12 2017 7:40 am
From: kopelman AT optonline.net
 
The photo is available at https://flic.kr/p/XD73qT 
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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 11 August 2017
Date: Sat Aug 12 2017 1:07 am
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
- RBA
* New York* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County* Aug. 11, 2017* NYNY1708.11
- Birds mentionedCory's ShearwaterWilson's Storm-PetrelLEAST BITTERNWHIMBRELRed KnotStilt SandpiperWhite-rumped SandpiperPectoral SandpiperWestern SandpiperShort-billed DowitcherWILSON'S PHALAROPELesser Black-backed GullGULL-BILLED TERNCASPIAN TERNBlack TernRoyal TernRED-HEADED WOODPECKERCliff SwallowOvenbirdWorm-eating WarblerLouisiana WaterthrushNorthern WaterthrushBlue-winged WarblerBlack-and-white WarblerAmerican RedstartNorthern ParulaBay-breasted WarblerYellow WarblerCanada Warbler
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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 AlertNumber: (212) 979-3070
Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony LauroCoverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
Transcriber: Ben Cacace
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Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, August 11th 2017 at 7pm. The highlights of today's tape are shorebirds including WILSON'S PHALAROPE and WHIMBREL, GULL-BILLED TERN & CASPIAN TERN, LEAST BITTERN and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.
At Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, the East Pond, still impacted by higher water levels undesired at this point in the shorebird migration has nevertheless been pulling in birds mostly during the high tide cycle in the surrounding bay.
Today a juvenile WILSON'S PHALAROPE visited the north end of the pond around Dead Man's Cove and among the 2,000 or so shorebirds on the pond were 3 STILT, 4 PECTORAL and 7 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS plus a group of about 300 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS almost all juveniles. A young GULL-BILLED TERN was also spotted there. On Sunday 2 CASPIAN TERNS flew over the north end. Those visiting the East Pond and especially the north end should wear boots and be very careful especially near the north entrance at around Dead Man's Cove. There's a reason it is named that. If at the south end walk around the ridiculous chain-link fence that's been put up there.
At the Cupsogue flats last weekend a WILSON'S PHALAROPE joined a decent number of expected shorebirds including some RED KNOTS plus 33 ROYAL TERNS and a single BLACK TERN.
Jones Beach West End has also been attracting a variety of shorebirds and a WESTERN SANDPIPER was reported there Sunday.
A WHIMBREL was reported as a flyby past Wolfe's Pond Park on Staten Island last Tuesday.
A GULL-BILLED TERN visited Plumb Beach in Brooklyn last weekend with a ROYAL TERN also there Saturday.
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS can still be found along Long Island's south shore.
A LEAST BITTERN has been present recently at Arshamomaque Preserve west of Greenport on the north fork located north of Route 25.
A fishing boat near Gardiners Island Sunday noted 3 CORY'S SHEARWATERS and a WILSON'S STORM-PETREL. Other pelagics should be out there on the ocean but we have no additional reports.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted Thursday at Hunter's Island in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx where some CLIFF SWALLOWS continue.
Among the landbirds a sparse showing of migrant warblers has included OVENBIRD, both LOUISIANA and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, WORM-EATING, NORTHERN PARULA, BLUE-WINGED, AMERICAN REDSTART, BLACK-AND-WHITE, YELLOW, CANADA and a rather early BAY-BREASTED in Central Park.
To phone in reports on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 or call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922 and leave a message.
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Subject: Governors Island: Fri. 11-Aug-2017
Date: Fri Aug 11 2017 21:31 pm
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
NY County Highlights:

American Black Duck (9), Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (5), Killdeer (4), Common Tern (2), American Kestrel, Fish Crow, Brown-headed Cowbird (75+) & American Goldfinch.
1st hour: 14 spp.; 2nd: +8; 3rd: +7; 4th: +1 = 30 spp.
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Subject: Audubon's Shearwater off Fire Island
Date: Fri Aug 11 2017 19:16 pm
From: kopelman AT optonline.net
 
I was out on a whale survey with WCS. Traveled from FI Inlet to Moriches Inlet and back. Saw what thought was a Manx flying over bunker, checked the photos when I got home, definitely an Audubon's. Were 4.2 nautical miles due south of Cherry Grove (40.5806N, 73.1075W). Also bottlenose dolphins, very young minke whale and about 15 Wilson™s storm petrels throughout the trip.
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Subject: Central Park NYC - Fri., Aug. 11, 2017 - Canada, Blue-winged, and other Wood Warblers
Date: Fri Aug 11 2017 13:34 pm
From: dallenyc AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park NYC
Friday, August 11, 2017
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, & many other observers

Highlights: Canada, Blue-winged, Black-and-white, & Yellow Warblers, Northern Waterthrush, American Redstart.

Canada Goose - 9-12 Harlem Meer
Mallard - around a dozen - the Pool
Mourning Dove - 8-10 Green Bench
Chimney Swift - 4 or 5
Ring-billed Gull - Harlem Meer
Herring Gull - flyovers
Double-crested Cormorant - 3 in a thermal
Great Blue Heron - Harlem Meer
Great Egret - Harlem Meer
Black-crowned Night-Heron - adult Harlem Meer
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel - 2 (Conservatory Garden, 110th Street)
Eastern Kingbird - 2 (Harlem Meer - Stefan Passlick)
Warbling Vireo - 3
Red-eyed Vireo - 2 (1 singing west side of Loch, 1 east side Great Hill)
Blue Jay
Barn Swallow - 4 Harlem Meer (Stefan Passlick)
White-breasted Nuthatch - North Woods (Tom Ahlf)
House Wren - Wildflower Meadow
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 3
American Robin - many
Gray Catbird - at least 40
Northern Mockingbird - 2 (Blockhouse & Harlem Meer)
House Finch - 3 (adult male & juveniles)
American Goldfinch - 2 (adult male Green Bench, adult male Wildflower Meadow)
Chipping Sparrow - 2 (1 Wildflower Meadow, 1 molting Meer below Fort Clinton)
Baltimore Oriole - 12 various locations, incl. 1 adult male Conservatory Garden
Red-winged Blackbird - adults and juveniles Harlem Meer
Common Grackle - 5 Harlem Meer
Northern Waterthrush - 3 (Loch (Mayra Cruz), Wildflower Meadow (Bob & Stefan P.), west side of Pool)
Blue-winged Warbler - Loch (Bob 7:30am)
Black-and-white Warbler - 2 (Loch & Wildflower Meadow)
American Redstart - 15 (no adult males)
Yellow Warbler - 9
Canada Warbler - 3 (adult male Wildflower Meadow (Stefan Passlick) Loch, North Woods)
Northern Cardinal

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Subject: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx - Thursday, August 10, 2017 - Pectoral Sandpier, other shorebirds, R-t Hummers
Date: Fri Aug 11 2017 10:22 am
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Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Yesterday Jack Rothman, Bob DeCandido & I spent a couple of hours birding in Pelham Bay Park. Jack Rothman had posted the day before (Aug. 9) that shorebirds were foraging in puddles in the parking lot at Orchard Beach, mentioning Semipalmated Plovers, Semipalmated, and Least Sandpipers, and Lesser Yellowlegs.

Here's what we found:

Orchard Beach Parking Lot:

A mixed flock of shorebirds numbering at least 70 birds, including a mix of at least 55 Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, but I couldn't get an exact count of either species. Some of the swallows came down to the puddle for a drink. Jack had seen 70 Semipalmated Plovers on Thursday, but we only found three. The Pectoral Sandpiper was new.

Canada Goose - maybe a dozen and more grazing on a lawn nearby
Semipalmated Plover - 3
Least Sandpiper - see note above
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper - see note above
Short-billed Dowitcher - 7 juveniles
Lesser Yellowlegs - 6 (adults & juveniles)
Laughing Gull - 2 at puddle
Herring Gull - flyovers
Osprey - at nearby lagoon
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow - 2 to 4
Barn Swallow - at least 12, but possibly as many as 20


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Ruby-throated Hummingbird - at least 5 including adult male
Downy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 5
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow - flyover
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
American Goldfinch - several near nest
Chipping Sparrow - 2
Baltimore Oriole - adult male
Yellow Warbler

Here's to mud-free birding in the Bronx,

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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope East Pond now
Date: Fri Aug 11 2017 9:15 am
From: fresha2411 AT gmail.com
 
There is currently a juvenile Wilson's Phalarope on Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge's east pond, just north of "Dead Man's Cove" (the muddy cove on the western side of the pond adjacent to the island). Also a few Pectoral Sandpipers, and plenty of shorebirds in general.
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Subject: Governors Island: Thu. 10-Aug-2017
Date: Thu Aug 10 2017 20:30 pm
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
NY County Highlights:

American Black Duck (10), Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (5), Killdeer, Common Tern, American Kestrel, Fish Crow (8), Common Raven & Brown-headed Cowbird (2).
A fledgling Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was at the break wall near Tango Pier on Buttermilk Channel. It was moving along the wall and onto the rocks. The nest on Wheeler Ave. appeared to have 3 large nestlings out of the 4 seen recently and one adult was perched nearby.
1st hour: 15 spp.; 2nd: +5; 3rd: +5; 4th: +2 = 27 spp.
Full checklist & images: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
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Subject: eBird.org: Recent Additions to County Checklists
Date: Thu Aug 10 2017 19:28 pm
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
When working on the NYS eBird Hotspots wiki I'll compare the previous bar chart list of species with the current one picking up any additions or deletions. By going to each county's 'Overview' page you can determine the date the species was added by county. Some are from newly submitted checklists from many months / years ago.

It isn't possible to spot these additions from old checklists. On the 'Overview' page you can sort on 'First Seen' but if the species wasn't added recently it won't appear at the top of the list.
For each county on the NYS eBird Hotspots site click the 'Overview' link on the 'Explore a Location' line:” http://ebirding-nys.wikispaces...
Yellow highlights a species added for the first time over the past few months.
Albany County:Red Knot (23-Jul-1994)
Rensselaer County:Hudsonian Godwit (17-Oct-1993)
Warren County:Golden-winged Warbler (3-Jul-2017)
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Subject: Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival
Date: Wed Aug 9 2017 20:21 pm
From: lloyd AT lloydspitalnikphotos.com
 
Hi Everyone,Contrary to Sy Schiff's speculation that the shore bird festival might be cancelled, I can assure you that is going to take place on August 26th as scheduled.I took a walk on the north end of the East Pond this afternoon with Tom Burke and we had no problem walking up to "Dead Man's Cove".Earlier in the morning Tom walked the south end and was able to make it to the Raunt and points further north.Rubber boots are a must at this point but the water was no higher than my ankles.Tom and I were there at low tide so quantity of birds were low but we did have 4 Stilt Sandpipers, 4 Short-billed Dowtichers, several Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, 2 Spotted Sandpipers, an adult Little Blue Heron, several Northern Waterthrush, a Black Skimmer and Osprey flying overhead. I'm sure I'm leaving somethings out but you get the idea.Don Riepe, Kevin Karlson, Tom Burke and Gail Benson, and I are all looking forward to seeing you at the festival.For more info on the festival's schedule you can go to the NYC Audubon's website.If you have any questions, write to me and I'll send you a reply.
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Subject: East Pond Shorebirds Report etc...
Date: Wed Aug 9 2017 15:19 pm
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
 
This AM I did a shorebird survey on the East Pond, starting just under 1 hour before high tide.
My survey covered from the south to the north end of the pond. The number of shorebirds was small, with just about 225 birds in total, made up of 12 species, broken down as follows:
Semipalmated Plover (15 including 3 juveniles)Killdeer (1)Stilt Sandpiper (3)Least Sandpiper (23 including 9 juveniles)White-rumped Sandpiper (2)Pectoral Sandpiper (1)Semipalmated Sandpiper (110 including 11 juveniles)Short-billed Dowitcher (43 including 2 juveniles)Spotted Sandpiper (3 all juveniles)Solitary Sandpiper (1)Greater Yellowlegs (4)Lesser Yellowlegs (13 including 9 juveniles)
Non shorebird highlights included a banded Great Egret - one that I had seen a few weeks ago but then had trouble reading the band. Today, I got it sorted.
5 Northern Shovelers among the duckage. An early sign of waterfowl movement.
Northern Waterthrush (2), another sign of migration.
Regarding the pond condition. The water level still remain high on the north end. Alas, most of today's shorebirds were all in that area, just past Dead Man's Cove.
The pond continues draining but the flow is slow (slow drainage could be clogging or worse). The draw down of the East Pond remains an area of frustration as every year, it seems we are in reactive mode instead of proactive mode. We will of course hear the usual excuses from NPS about the rains.
However with proper management we should never be playing catchup. The problem is, we have a mindset within NPS who continue to use an outdated East Pond drawdown plan. That plan needs to be shredded and drawdown dates need be adjusted to offset climate change and changes in Shorebird migration times. Additionally, the pond needs to be actively monitored for adequate shoreline. Ideally, maintenance should be dynamic; staff should be readily available to make changes to the outflow when necessary. If they are under staffed then let's get volunteers trained and suited up to get the job done.
I have made these and other suggestions to the management of NPS and will update the community of any progress.
In the meantime, let us hope for a bit of hot, dry weather along with water evaporation to aid in the continued water level dropping on the pond.
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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