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22 Oct: @ 03:07:21 
Donations in memory of Bob Kurtz [Patricia Lindsay]
21 Oct: @ 21:10:39 
Governors Island: Sat. 21-Oct-2017 [Ben Cacace]
21 Oct: @ 17:51:10 
Extralimital LeConte's Sparrow [Andrew Block]
21 Oct: @ 14:11:51 
Re: Brown Booby Update [John Mora]
21 Oct: @ 14:07:14 
Central Park, NYC - Sat., Oct., 21, 2017 - Red-breasted Nuthatch, Swainson's Thrush & 5 Species of Wood Warblers [Deborah Allen]
21 Oct: @ 11:58:18 
Kissena Park Queens [Peter Reisfeld]
20 Oct: @ 22:58:07 
A disappointment and a surprise ! [robert adamo]
20 Oct: @ 21:52:07 
Governors Island: Fri. 20-Oct-2017 [Ben Cacace]
20 Oct: @ 19:52:14 
NYC Area RBA: 20 October 2017 [Gail Benson]
20 Oct: @ 15:03:42 
Brown Booby Update [susan joseph]
20 Oct: @ 14:46:55 
FW: [geneseebirds-googlegroup] Anna’s Hummingbird!!! [Willie D'Anna]
20 Oct: @ 14:32:52 
Central Park, NYC - Fri., Oct. 20, 2017 - Red-breasted Nuthatch, 5 Species of Wood Warblers, Field & White-crowned Sparrows [Deborah Allen]
20 Oct: @ 08:04:20 
Central Park, NYC 10/16-17-18-19 - including Vesper Sparrow Tues., 20 Warbler species for the period [Thomas Fiore]
19 Oct: @ 20:03:59 
Governors Island: Thu. 19-Oct-2017 [Ben Cacace]
19 Oct: @ 11:25:02 
eBird.org: Recent Additions to County Checklists [Ben Cacace]
18 Oct: @ 22:00:39 
Reminder: BBC Evening Presentation Thursday Oct 19th 7PM [Dennis Hrehowsik]
18 Oct: @ 21:50:22 
Governors Island: Wed. 18-Oct-2017 [Ben Cacace]
18 Oct: @ 12:58:29 
Central Park, NYC - Weds., Oct. 18, 2017 - More Kinglets & Sparrows [Deborah Allen]
18 Oct: @ 12:24:28 
Re: Where are all my feeder birds [Donna Lee Scott]
17 Oct: @ 23:25:02 
After 2 nights of favorable winds..... [robert adamo]
17 Oct: @ 19:50:50 
Governors Island: Tue. 17-Oct-2017 [Ben Cacace]
17 Oct: @ 16:01:56 
2 American Pipits - Jones Beach Swale [Michael Zito]
17 Oct: @ 14:22:15 
Prospect Park/Kings County Clay-colored Sparrow + [Sean Sime]
17 Oct: @ 13:51:43 
Jones beach [Sy Schiff]
17 Oct: @ 11:23:44 
Dickcissel - Hampton Bays [Eileen Schwinn]
17 Oct: @ 08:52:23 
Brown Booby continues (Montauk, Suffolk County) October 17 [Gail Benson]
17 Oct: @ 04:52:32 
Central Park, NYC 10/13-14-15-16 [Thomas Fiore]
16 Oct: @ 22:46:32 
Jamaica Bay Islands, Oct 15 - Marbled Godwit [Matthieu]
16 Oct: @ 20:51:06 
Central Park, NYC - Mon., Oct., 16, 2017 - 6 Species of Wood Warblers including Cape May [Deborah Allen]
16 Oct: @ 18:04:01 
eBird.org: Recent Additions to County Checklists [Ben Cacace]
16 Oct: @ 17:58:59 
Gulling Report from da Chaser [Andrew Baksh]
16 Oct: @ 13:38:38 
Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin]
16 Oct: @ 11:55:33 
Clay Colored Sparrow Jones Beach Coast Guard (today) [Tyler Goldstein]
16 Oct: @ 11:53:08 
BBC Evening Presentation:Marie Read Thursday Oct 19 [Dennis Hrehowsik]
16 Oct: @ 08:41:00 
Marie Read - "Alaska's Pribilof Islands: Bucket list trip!" - Queens County Bird Club Presentation this Wednesday, Oct 18. [Nancy Tognan]
15 Oct: @ 21:44:16 
NYS eBird Hotspots: New/Renamed Locations (9-Oct-'17) [Ben Cacace]
15 Oct: @ 16:58:52 
Jones Beach West End Brown Pelicans flew [Gail Benson]
15 Oct: @ 16:50:17 
6 Brown Pelicans Jones Beach Coast Guard Station [Gail Benson]
15 Oct: @ 16:32:39 
Central Park, NYC - Sun., Oct. 15, 2017 - 9 Species of Wood Warblers [Deborah Allen]
15 Oct: @ 08:32:22 
Brown Booby continues (Montauk, Suffolk County) 15 October [Karen Fung]
14 Oct: @ 17:56:48 
Croton train station [Larry Trachtenberg]
14 Oct: @ 17:10:01 
Turtle Cove, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx [Jack Rothman]
14 Oct: @ 16:52:01 
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge [Sy Schiff]
14 Oct: @ 15:07:25 
Central Park, NYC - Sat., Oct. 14, 2017 - 7 Species of Wood Warblers incl. Cape May [Deborah Allen]
14 Oct: @ 15:01:36 
Pomarine Jaeger, Robert Moses St. Park [Jonathan Stocker]
14 Oct: @ 11:58:03 
Brown Booby, Montauk, Suffolk County, continues [Queensgirl30]
14 Oct: @ 03:01:05 
NYC Area RBA: 13 October 2017 [Ben Cacace]
13 Oct: @ 19:00:46 
Central Park, NYC - Fri., Oct. 13, 2017 - 11 Species of Wood Warblers plus Pelham Bay Dickcissel [Deborah Allen]
13 Oct: @ 06:50:53 
Central Park, NYC 10/10, 10/11, & 10/12 [Thomas Fiore]
12 Oct: @ 21:48:18 
Brown Booby [Curt McDermott]





Subject: Donations in memory of Bob Kurtz
Date: Sun Oct 22 2017 3:07 am
From: pjlindsay AT optonline.net
 
Many of Bob Kurtz's friends asked if there was a special fund to donate 
to in his name. Bob's neices Linda and Janet have identified several,
including the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA).


NYSOA, Inc., P.O. Box 296, Somers, NY 10589
Here is a link to the donation form which can be filled out and
mailed.



http://nybirds.org/NYSOA-Donat...


In addition, there are two hawkwatching associations:


Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association
By mail : 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, Pa 19529
On line: https://www.hawkmountain.org/g...
By credit card: Development Department 610-756-6961

Hawk Migration Association of North America
https://www.hmana.org/donation...

For views of Bobby at the FIRE Hawk Watch, see:
http://www.battaly.com/fire/Bo...


Thanks to all.

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Subject: Governors Island: Sat. 21-Oct-2017
Date: Sat Oct 21 2017 21:10 pm
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
NY County Highlights (Fall season):

Cooper's Hawk, Red-headed Woodpecker (immature), Palm Warbler (12), Vesper Sparrow & Savannah Sparrow (3).
The Vesper Sparrow was spotted this morning by Peter Dorosh. It was in the same place late in the day when I found it at the south side of Fort Jay along the moat and on the Parade Ground. At one point it flew to the grasses inside Fort Jay near the SW speaker pole.
Shortly after this the immature Red-headed Woodpecker was heard then seen near the top of the tree just north of the SW speaker pole at Fort Jay.
Both birds are new for the Governors Island list bringing the total species to #185 & #186 respectively on eBird.
1st hour: 19 spp.; 2nd: +3; 3rd: +2; 4th: +5 = 29 spp.
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Subject: Extralimital LeConte's Sparrow
Date: Sat Oct 21 2017 17:51 pm
From: ablock22168 AT yahoo.com
 
Seen today at 5:22pm at the Cove Island Park in Stamford, CT, was a gorgeous LeConte's Sparrow for anyone who's interested. Very nice bird. Also see was a Vesper Sparrow on the path.
AndrewAndrew v. F. Block
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Subject: Brown Booby Update
Date: Sat Oct 21 2017 14:11 pm
From: johnmmora AT optonline.net
 
Brown booby still on green green marker.
Park in gravel near hotel.

Sent from my iPhone
On Oct 20, 2017, at 4:03 PM, susan joseph <susan.joseph.birder@gmail.com> wrote:

The Brown Booby is still present now st 4PM at Lake Montauk. It can be seen from Star Island Road, sitting on a green Channel Marker, #11.
On Star Island Rd, proceed to the Snug Harbor Marina building and find a parking spot in the lot just past it. Cross to the other side of the road and look out over the lake. If you walk too far past the Mickey™s white dumpster in the lot, the channel marker won™t be visible behind the point of land on the left and you won™t be able to see the bird. The bird is distant and hard to see in this location even with binoculars.
Susan Joseph


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Subject: Central Park, NYC - Sat., Oct., 21, 2017 - Red-breasted Nuthatch, Swainson's Thrush & 5 Species of Wood Warblers
Date: Sat Oct 21 2017 14:07 pm
From: dallenyc AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park, NYC
Saturday, October 21, 2017
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, m.ob.

Highlights: Red-breasted Nuthatch, Swainson's Thrush & 5 Species of Wood Warblers. No dawn flight this morning, but the birds were active early (6:45am) with Blue Jays calling at 6:40am.

Mallard - 20 Turtle Pond
Mourning Dove
Herring Gull - 5 flyovers
Red-tailed Hawk - 2 Pinetum (Will Papp) and Ramble
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 15
Northern Flicker 2 (Locust Grove & Maintenance Field)
Eastern Phoebe - 2 Upper Lobe
Blue-headed Vireo - 4
Blue Jay - 10
Tufted Titmouse - 3 (1 east of Azalea Pond, 2 Shakespeare Garden)
Red-breasted Nuthatch - Pinetum
White-breasted Nuthatch - 3 (1 Evodia Field feeders, 2 Ramble)
Brown Creeper - Maintenance Field
House Wren - west side Great Lawn
Winter Wren - 2 (Gill Source & Maintenance Field)
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 6 (4 Shakespeare Garden, 1 Pinetum, 1 Maintenance Field)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 20
Swainson's Thrush - Locust Grove near Delacorte Theater
Hermit Thrush - 10
American Robin - fewer today
Gray Catbird - 2 Locust Grove
House Finch - 5 Maintenance Field
Eastern Towhee - 3 males (1 Locust Grove, 2 Ramble)
Chipping Sparrow - 25 (Maintenance Field & Pinetum)
Song Sparrow - 10
Swamp Sparrow - Maintenance Field (Bob - early)
White-throated Sparrow - 75
Dark-eyed Junco - 20 (Maintenance Field & Pinetum)
Common Grackle - 30 flyovers
Black-and-white Warbler - (Marianne Sutton) Ramble east of Azalea Pond
Palm Warbler - 5 Pinetum - both "western" and "yellow" (Will Papp)
Pine Warbler - 3 King of Poland
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 8
Black-throated Green Warbler - Maintenance Field
Northern Cardinal - residents

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Subject: Kissena Park Queens
Date: Sat Oct 21 2017 11:58 am
From: DrPinky AT yahoo.com
 
Good birds near velodrome. Vesper sparrow around ballfield 6 west of drone.  Orange crowned sparrow in orchard east of it.  

Good birding

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Subject: A disappointment and a surprise !
Date: Fri Oct 20 2017 22:58 pm
From: radamo4691 AT gmail.com
 
This afternoon I tried for the Nelson's Sparrows reported by Jody Lenin from Cedar Beach in Southold recently...without success. I did, however, have success in picking up some neat shells for grandson #4 to sketch while attending his art class. I also enjoyed an additional success while enroute to Cedar Beach, on Main Bayview Rd., just s/o Water Terrace, when a fairly late Baltimore Oriole decided to fly across the road right in front of me. A single Turkey Vulture (possibly Lonesome George) was airborne in the same area.
Cheers,Bob


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Subject: Governors Island: Fri. 20-Oct-2017
Date: Fri Oct 20 2017 21:52 pm
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
NY County Highlights (Fall season):

Turkey Vulture (18), Common Raven (2), Palm Warbler (2) & Brown-headed Cowbird (15).
1st hour: 15 spp.; 2nd: +7; 3rd: +3; 4th: +4 = 29 spp.
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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 20 October 2017
Date: Fri Oct 20 2017 19:52 pm
From: gbensonny AT gmail.com
 
-RBA* New York* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County* Oct. 20, 2017* NYNY1710.20
- Birds Mentioned
BROWN BOOBY+(+ Details requested by NYSARC)
Common EiderNorthern GannetBROWN PELICANAMERICAN AVOCETAmerican OystercatcherRed KnotParasitic JaegerLesser Black-backed GullCASPIAN TERNForster™s TernRoyal TernAmerican PipitBlue-winged WarblerTennessee WarblerOrange-crowned WarblerAmerican RedstartCape May WarblerMagnolia WarblerChestnut-sided WarblerBlack-throated Blue WarblerWilson™s WarblerCLAY-COLORED SPARROWVESPER SPARROWNelson™s SparrowBLUE GROSBEAKDICKCISSEL
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 tonysarc44<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 - SecretaryNYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)125 Pine Springs DriveTiconderoga, 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: Gail Benson
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Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm.
The highlights of today™s tape are BROWN BOOBY, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, CASPIAN TERN, CLAY-COLORED and VESPER SPARROWS, BLUE GROSBEAK and DICKCISSEL.
Present since at least September 27th, the adult BROWN BOOBY continues on Lake Montauk, providing a great opportunity to see this species in our region. The BOOBY still perches on the mast of the sailboat Maui but also recently has been resting on green channel marker #11 located a short distance east of the Maui. Both of these perches can be viewed from the Star Island entrance road, looking south down the first cove after turning off from West Lake Drive. If not visible there, try viewing from the end of South Lake Drive, a short road north of Route 27 that provides a nice vista of the south end of Lake Montauk.
An unexpected surprise were the six BROWN PELICANS sitting on the bar adjacent to the Coast Guard Station at Jones Beach West End late last Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately boater activity kept flushing the flock “ they returned twice to the bar but the third time continued east out of sight. An attempted count of the AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS perched on the bar came up with 565, and also in that area Sunday were 3 COMMON EIDER and 8 ROYAL TERNS.
Earlier Sunday a sea watch at Robert Moses State Park produced 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS and over 30 NORTHERN GANNETS, and counted on the pilings at the Point Lookout boat basin were 174 FORSTER™S TERNS, with 8 RED KNOTS nearby.
An AMERICAN AVOCET was still present usually at the north end of the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at least through Monday, although shorebirds on the pond have now been mostly replaced by waterfowl.
CASPIAN TERNS included 2 on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay to Monday, 1 at the Marine Park Salt Marsh Natural Center Saturday, and 2 at Mecox Bay Sunday, while lingering ROYAL TERNS featured 5 at Floyd Bennett Field Tuesday and 2 at Brooklyn™s Plumb Beach Thursday. Some LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS also remain long the coast.
Among the land birds, WARBLER numbers and species have been decreasing as expected, but some hangers-on have this week included BLUE-WINGED, TENNESSEE, CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA, CAPE MAY, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, AMERICAN REDSTART and WILSON™S, while the later ORANGE-CROWNEDS included sightings in Central and Prospect Parks as well as at Southard™s Pond in Babylon Monday and at Robert Moses State Park Tuesday.
On the other hand, SPARROW numbers and variety are on the increase. A VESPER SPARROW was found at the north end in Central Park Tuesday, and a decent number of CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS featured singles in Prospect Park Tuesday and Central Park at the north end today, one on Governor™s Island today, one in Hempstead last Saturday, and one around the Coast Guard Station hedgerow at Jones Beach West End from Saturday to at least Wednesday. NELSON™S SPARROWS are now present in respectable numbers in various coastal salt marshes, including both coastal and inland races.
A female-type BLUE GROSBEAK was reported from Prospect Park Tuesday, and a few DICKCISSELS, not surprising given their occurrences in the northeast this year, featured one at Robert Moses State Park Sunday, singles Tuesday at Dyker Beach Park in Brooklyn and near the Ponquogue Bridge west of Shinnecock Inlet, and one Wednesday at Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn.
Now is also a good time to watch for AMERICAN PIPIT, especially along coasts in the morning.
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.
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: Brown Booby Update
Date: Fri Oct 20 2017 15:03 pm
From: susan.joseph.birder AT gmail.com
 
The Brown Booby is still present now st 4PM at Lake Montauk. It can be seen from Star Island Road, sitting on a green Channel Marker, #11.
On Star Island Rd, proceed to the Snug Harbor Marina building and find a parking spot in the lot just past it. Cross to the other side of the road and look out over the lake. If you walk too far past the Mickey™s white dumpster in the lot, the channel marker won™t be visible behind the point of land on the left and you won™t be able to see the bird. The bird is distant and hard to see in this location even with binoculars.
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Subject: Anna’s Hummingbird!!!
Date: Fri Oct 20 2017 14:46 pm
From: dannapotter AT roadrunner.com
 
Hi folks,

An apparent Anna's Hummingbird was photographed at a feeding station in Orleans County this morning (read post below). Thanks to Celeste Morien™s photos and the input of Jim Pawlicki, who has lots of recent experience with the species in Southern California, and Andy Guthrie, we believe it is likely to be this species, probably a young female. However, we welcome comments from others who have good experience with Anna's and other western hummers, such as Costa's.

Photos are in Celeste Morien's eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Good birding!
Willie


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Subject: [geneseebirds-googlegroup] Anna™s Hummingbird!!!

Hello Birding Friends,

This morning about 8:00, a hummingbird appeared at our backyard feeder. Thinking it wasn™t a Rufous I didn™t consider any other possibilities than Ruby-throated. I got decent photos of the bird about 8:40.

Well, about two hours later, Jim Pawlicki saw my photos and said it was an ANNA™S HUMMINGBIRD! Jim, Andy and Willie have been here and carefully checked the photos on the computer and waited for the bird but it has not shown. They™ve left now. I am going to keep a vigil here especially towards evening and early tomorrow morning. If the bird shows I will immediately get the word out. It™s so disappointing that it has not shown!

I am happy to have visitors but I™d hate to have people driving long distances only to be disappointed.


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Subject: Central Park, NYC - Fri., Oct. 20, 2017 - Red-breasted Nuthatch, 5 Species of Wood Warblers, Field & White-crowned Sparrows
Date: Fri Oct 20 2017 14:32 pm
From: dallenyc AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park, NYC - North End
Friday, October 20, 2017
Robert DeCandido, PhD, m.ob.

Highlights: Red-breasted Nuthatch, 5 Species of Wood Warblers including Northern Waterthrush and Black-throated Blue Warbler. Field Sparrows (7) & a hatch-year White-crowned Sparrow. No visible or audible dawn flight from 6:45am on this morning.

Canada Goose - at least 200 in small groups heading north from the Reservoir 7:30 to 9:00am. 10 flying over at 6:45am.
Gadwall - 7 at the Pool
Mallard - 50-75 (Pool & Meer)
Mourning Dove - 4
Herring Gull - flyovers
Great Black-backed Gull - flyover immature
Double-crested Cormorant - flyover
Red-tailed Hawk - 3 adults seen together overhead
Red-bellied Woodpecker - male west side of the Pool
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 8
Northern Flicker - 2 (Nutter's Battery and Wildflower Meadow)
American Kestrel - male Conservatory Garden
Eastern Phoebe - 5
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse - 2 (west side of Loch (2nd waterfall east of the Pool) & in willow at west side of the Pool)
Red-breasted Nuthatch - male Green Bench*
Winter Wren - Fort Clinton (Bob - early)
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 4 (Grassy Knoll & west side of the Pool)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 50
Hermit Thrush - 3
Gray Catbird - 3 (2 Conservatory Garden, 1 Wildflower Meadow)
Brown Thrasher - Conservatory Garden
Cedar Waxwing - flock of 10 west side of the Pool
House Finch - 10 (Conservatory Garden & Wildflower Meadow
Eastern Towhee - 5
Chipping Sparrow - 20
Field Sparrow - 7
Song Sparrow - 30
Swamp Sparrow - 3
White-throated Sparrow - 25
White-crowned Sparrow - hatch-year at Nutter's Battery
Dark-eyed Junco - 10
Common Grackle - flock of 20 Loch
Northern Waterthrush - continues on the west side of the Pool
Common Yellowthroat - female Wildflower Meadow
Black-throated Blue Warbler - female foot of Fort Clinton (stairs up from the Meer)
Palm Warbler - 5 (3 "Western", 2 "Yellow") Grassy Knoll
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 10
Northern Cardinal - residents

*Chee Wok Yong reported a Red-breasted Nuthatch seen yesterday (10/19) on the New York Birders Facebook Group.

Stefan Passlick found and photographed a Clay-colored Sparrow this morning at the Wildflower Meadow (North End) at 9:07AM reported via twitter @StefanPasslick, #birdcp, @BirdCentralPark.

Alice Deutsch found a Marsh Wren at the Turtle Pond Dock (10:07AM) and a Black-throated Green Warbler near the Azalea Pond (11:26AM) reported via twitter @AliceDeutsch, #birdcp, @BirdCentralPark.

Reports are still coming in. Check out @BirdCentralPark maintained by David Barrett on twitter.com for real-time Central Park & Manhattan birds.

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Subject: Central Park, NYC 10/16-17-18-19 - including Vesper Sparrow Tues., 20 Warbler species for the period
Date: Fri Oct 20 2017 8:04 am
From: tomfi2 AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City
Monday, Tues., Wed., & Thursday, 16-17-18-19 October, 2017

There have been a good many lingering birds, especially for warbler diversity, and in some other groups, at the same time as some fresh arivals & departures of large numbers of various migrants were taking place.

A minimum of 20 Warbler species were still being found, park-wide, through this 4-day period ending Thursday. And a minimum of 16 of those Warbler species were still around on Thursday Oct. 19th, and were being noted by multiple observers.

Blue-winged Warbler (1 thru at least Wed. Oct. 18, at The Pond, quite late; N.B. others of this species have turned up in the region this week.)
Tennessee Warbler (thru at least Wed. Oct. 18, north end)
Orange-crowned Warbler (multiple individuals, from at least 3 locations, to at least Wed./18th)
Nashville Warbler (at least several, thru Thursday, Oct. 19th)
Northern Parula (at least several to Thursday, Oct. 19th)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (1, possibly 2 individuals in Ramble, to Wed., Oct. 18th)
Magnolia Warbler (at least several thru Thursday, Oct. 19th)
Cape May Warbler (multiple, in several locations thru Thurs., Oct. 19th)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (multiple, in several locations thru Thurs., Oct. 19th)
Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warbler (multiple, thru Thurs., Oct. 19th)
Black-throated Green Warbler (at least several thru Thurs., Oct. 19th)
Pine Warbler (at least several thru Thurs., Oct. 19th)
Palm Warbler (multiple individuals, multiple locations, every day)
Blackpoll Warbler (at least 1 thru Thursday, Oct. 19th, north end)
Black-and-white Warbler (at least several thru Thurs., Oct. 19th)
American Redstart (at least several thru Thurs., Oct. 19th)
Ovenbird (at least several thru Thurs., Oct. 19th)
Northern Waterthrush (minimum of 2 individuals thru Thursday, Oct. 19th, at The Pond, & The Pool, many observers, esp. of an individual at the Pool, which is near W. 100-103rd Sts.; the Pond is a couple of miles away near the SE corner of the park.)
Common Yellowthroat (multiple individuals, multiple locations, every day)
Wilson's Warbler (at least 1 thru Wed., Oct. 18th, Pond area)

With a good overnight arrival flight on Monday night into Tuesday morning, expectations ran high; this didn™t especially seem to pan out for too many uncommon species being seen, but one, at least, made furtive appearance on Tuesday (17th) at the rise north of the NE edges of the N. Meadow ballfields that contain a few fenced butterfly & pollinator plantings, known to birders as the Grassy Knoll - a VESPER Sparrow. This was still being seen as late as after 6 p.m. Tuesday, but seems not to have been re-found since?

Otherwise on Tuesday, there was a very obvious increase in both species of Kinglets, and of a variety of other rather-expected migrants or winter-visitors: E. Phoebe, Winter Wren, Blue-headed Vireo, Catharus [genus] thrushes almost all of which now are Hermit (but a few Swainson™s, late-ish Gray-cheeked type, & Wood Thrush were still moving at least to even Wed./18th), Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, and sparrows-a-plenty, including (barely) the season™s apparent first [Red] Fox Sparrows (north woods, by Thurs./19th), & many of: Chipping, Song, & White-throated; lesser no™s. of Swamp, Field, Savannah, White-crowned (few of the latter), as well as Dark-eyed [Slate-colored] Junco and Eastern Towhee, plus a smattering of icterids including a couple of Baltimore Orioles in passage. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo on Wed./18th in the north end was a bit late, but not unprecedented for the region.

Additionally, there was a fairly good show of Chimney Swifts moving on Tues., with some raptor & vulture activity. There were still at least small no™s. of Ch. Swifts passing on Thurs./19th, and also some Turkey Vultures (over a dozen) moving past on Thursday. Raptors passing thru so far this week have included Bald Eagle, Osprey (getting a bit late), N. Harrier, Sharp-shinned & Cooper™s Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawk (few), & American Kestrel & Merlin, as well as the local city resident Red-tailed Hawks & Peregrines being noted.

Some additional migrants (a few running a bit late-ish), as well as some wintering-visiting-lingering species so far this week also included:

Common Loon (fly-overs)
Pied-billed Grebe (reservoir)
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Snow Goose (modest numbers passed thru in several skeins on Tues./17th)
Canada Goose
Brant (Tues. & also a smaller no. on Thurs., fly-overs seen moving SE)
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Ruddy Duck
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot (reservoir)
Laughing Gull (reservoir)
Ring-billed Gull
[American] Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
['feral'] Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Wed./18th, north end)
Chimney Swift (thru period, most seen were Tues./17th)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1, Wed./18th, Conservatory Garden, not significantly late; seen well enough for ID)
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (many)
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker (north end)
Yellow-shafted Flicker (many)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (still being reported, thru at least Wed./18th, & getting rather late)
Eastern Phoebe (many)
Blue-headed Vireo (many just arriving Tues./17th, still around thru Thurs./19th)
Red-eyed Vireo (few thru period, to Thurs./19th)
Blue Jay (many including many in diurnal movements)
Common Raven (a few sightings & hearings, to Wed./18th)
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee (very scarce this fall so far)
Tufted Titmouse (low no™s., so far this fall)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
House Wren (1 to at least Tues./17th)
Winter Wren (multiple)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (good no™s. arriving on Tues./17th, still many present to Thurs./19th)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (an add™l. push arriving on Tues./17th, many present thru Thurs./19th)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (late-ish individual found Wed./18th at Hallett Sanctuary)
Gray-cheeked Thrush (few)
Swainson's Thrush (rather few)
Hermit Thrush (almost all of the Catharus [genus] thrushes being found now are this species)
Wood Thrush (very few)
American Robin (abundant, also seen on diurnal movements now)
Gray Catbird (modest fresh push Tues./17th, & ongoing lingerers)
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher (modest fresh push Tues./17th, & ongoing lingerers)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (fair-modest no™s., daily)
Scarlet Tanager (a few still around to Wed./18th & rather late by now)
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow (1, Tues./17th, as noted above; Grassy Knoll area.)
Savannah Sparrow
[Red] Fox Sparrow (first noted Thurs./19th, but poss. arrived earlier? - N. woods)
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting (several on Tues./17th, & at least one still noted to Thurs./19th)
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole (several, Tues./17th)
House Finch
American Goldfinch (very scarce so far this fall here)
House Sparrow

Ongoing butterflies (at least to Thurs./19th) at the Conservatory Garden (in particular) at the park™s north end have included Common Buckeye, Sachem (a skipper species), Fiery Skipper, Painted Lady (in the many dozens), Monarch, as well as Cabbage White & Orange Sulphur. Dragonflies have included Common Green Darner, Glider [species, prob. Wandering Glider], & Autumn Meadowhawk. Flies, bees, wasps, & many other kinds of insects have continued to be found as well. The chrysanthemum show in the North Garden (a.k.a. the French Garden) at the park™s Conservatory Garden (near Fifth Ave. at E. 103-106 Streets) is in near-peak condition right now, and may or may not stay in the ground all too many days more, according to the whims of the garden-staff, not what condition the flowers are still in And, the floral displays in that garden™s South garden (a.k.a. the English garden) may soon be diminished, by sometime in the coming week, again not necessarily because all the flowers will be in poor shape by then; the garden-staff make these decisions based around other criteria as well.

Thanks to the ethically-minded birding leaders & guides with such non-profit organizations as the N.Y. City Audubon Society (NYCAS), the American Museum of Natural History (A.M.N.H.), the Linnaean Society of New York, the (newer non-profit group known as) NYCH2O, & others who practice gentle & respectful bird-guiding.

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Subject: Governors Island: Thu. 19-Oct-2017
Date: Thu Oct 19 2017 20:03 pm
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
NY County Highlights (Fall season):

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (images on checklist), Blue-headed Vireo, Golden-crowned Kinglet (4), Palm Warbler (4) & Brown-headed Cowbird (32).
1st hour: 16 spp.; 2nd: +5; 3rd: +5; 4th: +4 = 30 spp.
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Subject: eBird.org: Recent Additions to County Checklists
Date: Thu Oct 19 2017 11:25 am
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.
Lewis County:” White-eyed Vireo (5-Oct-2017)
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Subject: Reminder: BBC Evening Presentation Thursday Oct 19th 7PM
Date: Wed Oct 18 2017 22:00 pm
From: deepseagangster AT gmail.com
 
MARIE READ PRESENTS: SIERRA WINGS: BIRDS OF THE MONO LAKE BASINBROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY, CENTRAL BRANCH AT GRAND ARMY PLAZAOCTOBER 19 @ 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Marie Read™s photography of California™s iconic Mono Lake and environs reveals the fascinating birdlife of this spectacular birding hotspot, which is a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network site of International Importance. Tufa towers rise above the surface of Mono Lake™s highly saline/alkaline water, which teems with brine shrimp and alkali flies. Many breeding and migratory birds, including California Gulls, Wilson™s and Red-necked phalaropes, and Eared Grebes are attracted to the feast. Pinyon Jay, Violet-green Swallow, Sage Thrasher, and Lewis™s and Black-backed Woodpeckers are among the birds living in the surrounding sagebrush scrub and forests. Marie will present stories from the field and explain how she obtained some of the behavior and action shots featured in her book Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin. Signed copies will be available for purchase.Marie Read™s photographs and articles have appeared in magazines such as Living Bird, Bird Watching, Nature™s Best, and National Wildlife, as well as in books and calendars worldwide. She has authored several books about birds and their behavior, most recently Into The Nest, co-authored with Laura Erickson (Storey Publishing, 2015).NOTE SPECIAL DATE: This meeting is on a Thursday instead of the usual Tuesday.http://brooklynbirdclub.org/ev... Hrehowsik
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Subject: Governors Island: Wed. 18-Oct-2017
Date: Wed Oct 18 2017 21:50 pm
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
NY County Highlights (Fall season):

Osprey, Laughing Gull, Palm Warbler (2), White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow & Brown-headed Cowbird (49).
1st hour: 18 spp.; 2nd: +4; 3rd: +6; 4th: +4; 5th: +2 = 34 spp.
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Subject: Central Park, NYC - Weds., Oct. 18, 2017 - More Kinglets & Sparrows
Date: Wed Oct 18 2017 12:58 pm
From: dallenyc AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park, NYC - Strawberry Fields & Ramble
Wedsnesday, October 18, 2017
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, m.ob.

Highlights. Many more sparrows today than on Monday. No visible dawn flight from 6:45am on.

Canada Goose - 2 Lake
Mallard - 15 Lake
Mourning Dove - residents
Herring Gull - flyovers
Cooper's Hawk - adult male carrying Northern Flicker over Maintenance Field (flicker escaped)
Red-tailed Hawk - local adult over Oak Bridge with Merlin
Red-bellied Woodpecker - pairs in Shakespeare Garden & Ramble
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 20
Downy Woodpecker - 2 Shakespeare Garden
Northern Flicker - 5 (see also Cooper's Hawk)
Merlin - over Oak Bridge with local adult Red-tailed Hawk
Eastern Phoebe - 2 (Strawberry Fields & Maintenance Field)
Blue-headed Vireo - Strawberry Fields
Red-eyed Vireo - Maintenance Field
Blue Jay
White-breasted Nuthatch - Ramble
House Wren - Strawberry Fields
Winter Wren - 3
Carolina Wren - Strawberry Fields
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 40
Hermit Thrush - 5
American Robin - 50-75 in crab apples west of Delacorte Theater restrooms
Gray Catbird - 2 Shakespeare Garden
Northern Mockingbird - Maintenance Field
Brown Thrasher - Ramble
Cedar Waxwing - flock of 12 over Strawberry Fields
European Starling - around 20 heading north at 6:50am
Eastern Towhee - male Strawberry Fields
Chipping Sparrow - 10
Song Sparrow - 30
Swamp Sparrow - Strawberry Fields
White-throated Sparrow - 75
Dark-eyed Junco 15
Common Grackle - 15 Delacorte Theater
Palm Warbler - "Western" Strawberry Fields
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2 Strawberry Fields
Northern Cardinal - residents

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Subject: Where are all my feeder birds
Date: Wed Oct 18 2017 12:24 pm
From: dls9 AT cornell.edu
 
Cedar trees around here are packed with ripening little blue fruits. Oddly, my Red Oaks don't have many acorns (didn't last year either), but hickory nuts (Shagbark & Pig Nut), & Black Walnuts are all over the ground.
I am waiting for Cedar Waxwings to come eat Cedar fruits!

Donna Scott
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On Oct 18, 2017, at 1:13 PM, Kevin J. McGowan > wrote:

This seems to be a widespread phenomenon. There is just so much food in the woods right now, with huge crops of seeds and fruits that the birds don™t need our feeders. They™ll be back.

Kevin McGowan

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To: Catherine Cooke >
Cc: Barbara B. Eden >; Donna Lee Scott >; CAYUGABIRDS-L >
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Where are all my feeder birds

I live in Canandaigua and the same thong here, very few birds compared to last year. The sunflower seeds have been hardly touched by the few chickadees, nuthatch and some gold finches.

On Oct 18, 2017 1:05 PM, "Catherine Cooke" > wrote:
I notice the same thing at my apartment at North Woods.
I filled my seed feeder up a few weeks ago and have had very few visitors. Usually, it is empty in a few days.
But the Downy Woodpeckers are still coming to my suet feeders, but not as frequently.
I have not seen a squirrel in a long time.

Cathy Cooke

On Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 12:53 PM, Donna Lee Scott > wrote:
Same here on Lansing Station Rd.
Few feeder birds, last few weeks, & no squirrels, when I usually have 10.
I thought this might be due to birds & SQs finding seeds & nuts from fall harvest in plants/trees nearby.

However, this morning I heard a "dawn chorus" in woods across street. Mostly Blue Jays I think.
Many come to my seeds on ground.

Donna Scott
Lansing
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On Oct 18, 2017, at 12:47 PM, Barbara B. Eden > wrote:
For the past 2 months the resident birds that I daily feed have dropped in population This is the first time this has happened and even those pesky squirrels have left I live in Cayuga Heights and my backyard is a bird friendly habitat
Any thoughts would be appreciated
Thanks
Barbara Eden

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Subject: After 2 nights of favorable winds.....
Date: Tue Oct 17 2017 23:25 pm
From: radamo4691 AT gmail.com
 
In spite of a late start, I headed for the West End of JBSP, with a few planned stops enroute. RMSP, as with all my "ports of call" today, had, as their most numerous species, the ubiquitous E.Phoebe. I must have seen between 125 to 150 all told !
Prior to reaching the F.I.Hawkwatch, I had picked up an adult Merlin. In addition to the warm camaraderie that one always finds at the watcher's platform, good birds are found there almost always ! Although I was there for just a short-while today, the highlight for me was having an interaction between a raven and a crow pointed out by one of the regulars. An adult Peregrine Falcon was at rest on the water tower as I left the barrier beach.
A stop at Gilgo, produced a Palm Warbler and 2 White-crowned Sparrows, among the many Yellow-rumped Warblers and common sparrows found there. A Lesser Yellowlegs was feeding in the marsh.
The water tower at JBSP produced its own adult Peregrine Falcon.
At the West End I had both adult and immature Merlin, in addition to a Kestrel. The area near the Coast Guard fence was loaded with sparrows and warblers. Swamp was my only new sparrow species for the season, with all but one warbler (again a Palm) being Yellow-rumped.
The last stop of the day held the bird of the day ! In the grassy area in front of the fishing boats at Captree SP, a Dickcissel was found feeding with a flock of ~ 10 House Sparrows.They moved around quite a bit, at times venturing into the grassy area's of the eastern-most parking lot.
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Subject: Governors Island: Tue. 17-Oct-2017
Date: Tue Oct 17 2017 19:50 pm
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
NY County Highlights (Fall season):

Brant, Killdeer (2), Palm Warbler (2), Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow & Brown-headed Cowbird (11).
Decent #s of Mourning Doves (116+), White-throated Sparrows (89+) & Song Sparrows (117+) throughout the island.
1st hour: 19 spp.; 2nd: +11; 3rd: +6; 4th: +3 = 39 spp.
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Subject: 2 American Pipits - Jones Beach Swale
Date: Tue Oct 17 2017 16:01 pm
From: michaelzito AT gmail.com
 
Hello, 
Kevin Rogers just informed he relocated two American Pipits at the Jones Beach Swale for those interested. Posting for Kevin due to technical difficulties.
Mike Z.

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Subject: Prospect Park/Kings County Clay-colored Sparrow +
Date: Tue Oct 17 2017 14:22 pm
From: sean AT seansime.com
 
Migration was evident this morning in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. A Clay-colored Sparrow was feeding on the grass just south of the LeFrak Skating Rink with Chipping and Song Sparrows.
Other highlights included:
White-crowned Sparrow (Lookout Hill and Sparrow Bowl)Lincoln's SparrowField Sparrow
Orange-crowned Warbler(2) (Sparrow Bowl)Northern ParulaPine WarblerBlack-throated Green Warbler
Winter Wren (3)Blue-headed VireoRed-eyed Vireo
The ebird checklist with photos of some of these can be viewed at this link.
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Subject: Jones beach
Date: Tue Oct 17 2017 13:51 pm
From: icterus AT optonline.net
 
Joe Jiunta & I (Sy Schiff) started at the hedgerow by the Coast Guard Station. Only 2 Song Sparrows, but a half dozen RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and a half dozen EASTERN PHOEBES. Just down the road to the Fisherman™s lot, there was a burst of activity, mainly of more EASTERN PHOEBES and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS.Following a report we walked out to the main road and to the west of the entrance to the Station, we finally found sparrows: SONG, WHITE-THROATED, CLAY-COLORED and LINCOLN™S SPARROWS. A return to the hedgerow an hour later finally found sparrows including a SWAMP and WHITE-CROWNED SPRARROW.The bar was filled with American oystercatchers, DUNLIN, a few SANDERLING, some BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and 2 RED KNOT. There were no shorebirds in the swale, but there were 3 AMERICAN PIPIT.Raptors included a MERLIN and a RED-TAILED HAEK.Sent from Mail for Windows 10

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Subject: Dickcissel - Hampton Bays
Date: Tue Oct 17 2017 11:23 am
From: beachmed AT optonline.net
 
On the road leading to the Old Ponquogue Bridge , South (Ponquogue Beach overflow parking area - off Dune Rd) just south of parking and west of roadway, is a Dickcissel.  The bird is feeding on the grass roadside , but is easily spooked by passing cars.  Also in this general area, a Veery, , E. Phoebes, and usually Sparrows. 
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Subject: Brown Booby continues (Montauk, Suffolk County) October 17
Date: Tue Oct 17 2017 8:52 am
From: gbensonny AT gmail.com
 
The Brown Booby is continuing to sit on the top of the mast of the Maui (sailboat) on Lake Montauk, despite windy conditions.John Askildsen, Tom Burke, Gail Benson


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Subject: Central Park, NYC 10/13-14-15-16
Date: Tue Oct 17 2017 4:52 am
From: tomfi2 AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City
Friday through Monday, 13th to 16th October, 2017 -

Having a very small part in a project on which Roger Pasquier, PhD has a role within one of his (not my) specialties, art-history, I™ve been getting into a few areas of the park I don™t wander as regularly each day out birding; some areas, as expected, have not yielded too much in either diversity or numbers of migrants, but any corner of the park can yield surprises. It™s also been great to observe the most constant natural features of the park in sharper detail, its rock outcroppings & varied landforms (& a shout-out to Dr. Peter LeTourneau, PhD, who gave such an excellent talk -ahead of Noah Strycker™s delightful program on his biggest year- at a September meeting of the Linnaean Society of New York; Dr. LeTourneau, who is a regular C.P. birder, is also a geologist & has recently been working & publishing on the traprock ridges in central Connecticut), as well as the great variety of large, old trees growing all around Central (shout-out to Ned Barnard & Ken Chaya for the ground-breaking, unprecedented, and superbly-crafted Central Park Tree Map project) - which are so much a part of a majority of birding efforts put in here -in addition to all the many other plantings, newer & (some much) older, in every section.

For sheer (& in my opinion, stunning) diversity of native plantings, the recently-refurbished Hallett Sanctuary has been wonderful, and helps illustrate what attractors native plants can be for native birds. That there is a terrific diversity of plants (all recently-added species therein being native to N. America, & most to the eastern U.S.) can™t hurt the odds that a wide variety of birds have been utilizing this small gem of a quiet-space (not open to the public before 10 a.m. nor after 5 p.m., but between those hours on a daily basis, at least in non-winter months) & the list of birds found there may only grow, as years pass - it also has potential for some further breeding-bird actvity as the fenced-gated aspect of the sanctuary is helpful in that regard. Of course it is also recognized that some of the visual features of Central Park, including even a few large boulders™ placement, are very much the result of the design-work of the park™s founding builder-architects, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead, that is: the earth was moved, and features of the land worked-on at the time of the park™s creation; more-modest works have continued there sporadically since.

At least 18 Warbler species on Friday, 10/13, from a walk taking in most of the park from north to south end & back again to the north end, over a course of ten hours. Among the mini-hot-spots was a section of the bridle path by the E. Drive, near 97th-101st Sts. which is rarely-birded, but occasionally is productive for migrants. I also covered the area of The Pond & Hallett Sanctuary, spending about 2 hours around there; while fairly good for warblers with 11 species just in & around the sanctuary & Pond edges - including Blackpoll, Magnolia, Northern Waterthrush, American Redstart & several Black-throated Blue & Black-and-white Warblers - I did not find a Hooded Warbler, a male-plumaged individual having been seen there on Wed., Oct. 11th (from a fellow birder) - which is a fairly late date for the species.

Friday also produced multiple sightings at the recently-opened meadow, planted with native wildflowers, north of the C.P. Zoo™s north gate (& just on the n. side of the E. 65th St. Transverse Road), with several warblers there of interest - Orange-crowned, in particular, as well as N. Parula, Black-throated Blue, Common Yellowthroat, & Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warblers. In the northern parts (especially) of the park, earlier on Friday, were an impressive number of both Chipping Sparrow & Palm Warbler, the former in excess of 300, and the latter in the 100+ range - a location where each of these was abundant was along the outer-perimeter edges of the North Meadow ballfields, & esp. on & near its™ south & west perimeters. To my sense, these appeared to be fresh, overnight arrivals to the park, despite overall feeling that the night prior had featured more exodus than arrival of migrants. Also in just-increased numbers were Song Sparrow, with up to 75 seen in total from the n. to s. ends of the park, in 10 hours walking. A few scattered locations in the southern third of the park had fair-sized Spizella [genus] sparrow flocks, with Chippings, as expected, the obvious majority.

Quite late in the day, it was a delight to find a highly-diverse group including young kids & kids of all ages (i.e. to & beyond senior-adult age) enjoying a lot of migrants, in quiet reverie, on the Great Hill (and around the n. end of the park generally), under the able leadership on a walk with Gabriel Willow, just one of the bird-walk guides with the non-profit N.Y. City Audubon Society (NYCAS). Among the many birds they were enjoying were Cape May & Black-throated Blue Warblers as I came along on my day-long trek thru the park; other sightings with this group had included a late E. Wood-Pewee, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, House & Winter Wrens & more than 3-dozen additional species of birds, all enjoyed in one afternoon.

Saturday, 10/14 featured a Marsh Wren seen at Turtle Pond mid-day, by a number of us gathered there, the wren first spotted by Mike Freeman, & further confirmed with Danielle Gustafson. There were still at least 15 warbler species in the park overall, a good number on the date. Some were respresented by just 1 or 2 individuals, again including Orange-crowned, Blackpoll, Chestnut-sided, & American Redstart. The strong showing by Cape May Warbler continues its fantastic run this season (& year) with at least 8 still present Sat. in at least 3 main locations, north end & Pinetum as well as within the Ramble-region.

Sunday, 10/15; an E. Wood-Pewee had persisted for nearly 2 weeks in a row at the Shakespeare Garden, mid-park; not all that notable but certainly most of this species has moved on, by now. This bird occasionally vocalized & confirmed its identity to species (i.e., not a Western; [N.B., a Western Wood-Pewee was audio-recorded & banded this fall at site in New England]).

Monday, 10/16 ”” Still a smattering of Warblers, but fewer & farther-between - even for Palms. There was what seemed to be a small-ish flight of Yellow-rumped Warbler early this day, as well as some other light movement by various migrants - perhaps, mostly shorter-distance types of migrants. Found yet again at The Pond, in the SE corner of the park: Northern Waterthrush, which has (presumably) been there for quite a while by now. Also seen today (& running later), a Chestnut-sided Warbler, in the SE part of the Ramble, not far from The Point. Additional warblers included Magnolia (happy to point Jordan Spindel to the direction for that, & that he re-found it too), Palm (15+), Black-and-white (2), Ovenbird, Pine (6+, with at least 3 in the area just east of Turtle Pond), Cape May (minimum of 5, 2 at the Great Hill, 3 -varying plumages - still around the Pinetum™s tall elms), Blackpoll (3), Northern Parula (3, singles from the n. end, the Hallett Sanctuary, & later in the day at Strawberry Fields w. edges), Black-throated Blue (5+ including at the n. end, & one at the new meadow-plantings on the slope overlooking The Dene, which is near Fifth Ave. & about E. 65th St., also seen in Hallett Sanctuary, & much later on, just west of the Locust Grove, where I then encountered J. Spindel) & Black-throated Green Warbler (at the n. end, also seen & photo™d by T. Zahner). And, Common Yellowthroats (also greatly reduced in no™s. now), which made for 14 Warbler species on the day - park-wide & with a lot of effort, as well as knowing what sites to focus more attention to...

A fair number of the migrants seen Monday were likely simply lingering, rather than just-arrived, including most if not all of the above-noted 14 Warbler species. Golden-crowned Kinglet, for example, was seen in a few sites where numbers were lingering, but not widely this day, otherwise. Hermit Thrush, so recently-common, was now more uncommon.

Greatly diminished in overall numbers, all around the park, were such species as House Wren, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gray Catbird, all Catharus [genus] thrushes, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, even a lot of sparrows such as Chipping, Swamp, & most-numerous in both migration, & eventual winterers, White-throated Sparrow. Another indicator of lingering, White-crowned Sparrows which were still by the plantings at the knoll n. of the NE edge of the N. Meadow; Lincoln™s Sparrow at the wildflower meadow, the ˜Swampy' part of the Ramble, & in Strawberry Fields™ again.

A modest movement of raptors (perhaps very modest compared with potential for now) Friday included 2 Bald Eagles, at least 4 Cooper™s Hawks (not hunting), & a few Sharp-shinned Hawks struggling a bit as the NW winds kicked up in the afternoon; I put in almost an hour on the upper floor of Belvedere Castle watching a rather foreboding sky, which contained much moisture & also featured very high clouds moving from the SW, while simultaneously the cold NW winds & much-lower cloud moved in from the NW. There were Blue Jays & American Robins pushing through in modest numbers even at that mid-day hour, & by far the best sighting (for rarity in Central), 2 American Pipits came thru, calling, circling the Great Lawn, while apparently deciding turf-grass was not their best option, & moving on south-SW again. Some Chimney Swifts came in to bathe/drink at Turtle Pond.

Some of the recent duckage at the reservoir has moved on, while the hundreds of gulls appear to have included just the 3 usuals of the season, with Great Black-backed at times prominent in numbers, but in (most) mid-afternoons, also many Ring-billed & American Herring Gulls present there, as well as frequent fly-overs. Drake Wood Ducks continue at The Pond, reservoir, & (at least occasional on) The Meer, while N. Shovelers are about in lower numbers as are Ruddy Ducks & Gadwalls, plus the scattered usual few American Black Ducks.

A full list of species may be forthcoming with the next report.

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Another (at least 2nd of this fall here) Ocola Skipper (generaly rare as far north as this, but near-annual in scant numbers in the NYC region, & occsionally farther north) was well-documented by Ken Chaya, on Tuesday, 10/10, at the Conservatory Garden in the park™s north end. From the photos, this was a female Ocola in good condition (often, but not always, such southern-stray butterfly vagrants can be in less-than-stunning condition & appearance, & can also confound those not familiar with them, on observing & attempting identification). Manhattan island also had another, perhaps slightly rarer skipper appear, a Long-tailed Skipper, also a southern-stray vagrant-immigrant; that sighting was from Tompkins Square Park in lower Manhattan & was also photographed as documentation for ID purposes, back in September.

On Sunday, 10/15, four of us with interest in documenting butterflies & many other insects found these in Central Park™s Conservatory Garden, in mid-late afternoon: White M Hairstreak, Common Buckeye, Common Checkered-Skipper, & Ocola Skipper. These 4 were all extensively photographed. In addition we noted many Painted Ladys (& just 1 American Lady), many Monarchs, lots of Cabbage Whites, several Orange Sulphurs, a few Fiery Skippers, multiple Sachems (a skipper species), & a possible mystery skipper, which may turn out to be an atypical Sachem. There were still many scores of other insect species in the north & south portions of this well-flowered garden, including many kinds of flies, bees, wasps, & a few beetles, bugs, moths, & representatives of other insect groups. Thanks to Ken Chaya, Mike Freeman, & Ellen Michaels for a lot of photo-work & many interesting ˜bug™ discoveries.


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Subject: Jamaica Bay Islands, Oct 15 - Marbled Godwit
Date: Mon Oct 16 2017 22:46 pm
From: matthieu.benoit76 AT orange.fr
 
I did my first fall 2017 kayaking trip around Jamaica Bay Islands yesterday. Highlight was a Marbled Godwit on the East shore of Little Egg marsh. Last year I saw 1 to 3 individuals of this species around Little Egg March and the Ruffle Bar on every trip made in September/October/November so it is potentially a regular species there in small numbers.

Modest numbers of shorebirds overall but interestingly all the shorebird groups were exactly at the same position as last fall. Illustrated checklist here:

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Other sightings included:

274 Greater Yellowlegs at high tide on the docks and poles East of the Cross Bay boulevard between roads 10 and 14 (with 10 Short-billed Dowitchers and 5 Lesser Yellowlegs mixed in).
1 Nelson's sparrow (Westmost part of Big Egg marsh), also 7 Saltmarch/Nelson's in this area.
12 Red Knots (Little Egg Marsh, North-East flat as usual).
2 Belted kingfisher harassing 2 Double-crested Cormorants to perch on the highest poles.

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Subject: Central Park, NYC - Mon., Oct., 16, 2017 - 6 Species of Wood Warblers including Cape May
Date: Mon Oct 16 2017 20:51 pm
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Central Park, NYC
Monday, October 16, 2017
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, m.ob.

Highlights: 6 Species of Wood Warblers including Cape May. No dawn flight observed this morning (6:40am to 8am), but small groups of American Robins were heading south overhead for about 1/2 hour starting at 8:10am.

Canada Goose - heard flyover flock
Mallard - Turtle Pond
Mourning Dove - residents
Chimney Swift - flock of 6 over Tupelo Field
Herring Gull - flyovers
Double-crested Cormorant - flyover
Great Blue Heron - immature Turtle Pond (Peter Haskel)
Sharp-shinned Hawk - immature flyover Strawberry Fields
Cooper's Hawk - immature at Oven (Tom Ahlf)
Red-tailed Hawk - flyover
Red-bellied Woodpecker - Ramble
Yelow-bellied Sapsucker - 15 (most at the Pinetum)
Downy Woodpecker - west side Great Lawn
Northern Flicker - not many
Eastern Phoebe - 5
Blue-headed Vireo - 5, including 2 feeding in Pokeweed at the Maintenance Field
Blue Jay
American Crow - 2 flyovers
Black-capped Chickadee - 2 Shakespeare Garden
White-breasted Nuthatch - Ramble
House Wren - 3
Carolina Wren - singing in Shakespare Garden
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 4 (2 Upper Lobe, 2 west of Triplet's Bridge)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 30
Hermit Thrush - 4
American Robin - some heading south this morning
Gray Catbird - 4
Northern Mockingbird - NW Great Lawn
Brown Thrasher - Locust Grove
Eastern Towhee - 5 (4 males, 1 female)
Field Sparrow - 2 Strawberry Fields
Song Sparrow - 10
Swamp Sparrow - 2 Strawberry Fields
White-throated Sparrow - 10
Common Grackle - Shakespeare Garden
Black-and-whtie Warbler - Evodia Field
Cape May Warbler - 2 Pinetum
Blackpoll Warbler - 1 west of Triplet's Bridge, another found dead at Captain's Bench/Balancing Rock
Black-throated Blue Warbler - male Strawberry Fields
Palm Warbler - "Western" Strawberry Fields
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2 Shakespeare Garden
Northern Cardinal - residents

Roger Pasquier reported that yesterday's White-eyed Vireo (King of Poland/Cleopatra's Needle area) was re-found again today.

Some interesting tweets today (see @BirdCentralPark):

Adrian Burke reported White-crowned & Lincoln's Sparrows at Falconer's Hill, a Merlin with prey at Cherry Hill, and a Bald Eagle low over the Reservoir.

Jordan Spindel reported a Magnolia Warbler between the Locust Grove and Great Lawn.

M. Klein reported Pine Warblers in pines at the King of Poland (aka Polish Statue).

Follow Bob DeCandido & I on twitter @DAllenNYC


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Subject: eBird.org: Recent Additions to County Checklists
Date: Mon Oct 16 2017 18:04 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.
Clinton County:Black Vulture (25-Sep-2017)
Yates County:Say's Phoebe (5-Oct-2017)
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Subject: Gulling Report from da Chaser
Date: Mon Oct 16 2017 17:58 pm
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
 
Gary Strauss, left me a message earlier today that he had 19 Lesser Black-backed Gulls between Robert Moses and Jones Beach. 18 of them were at the Jones Beach West End II parking lot.
Many thanks to Gary for his report.
Good Gulling to all!

--------"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: Syracuse RBA
Date: Mon Oct 16 2017 13:38 pm
From: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
 
* New York* SyracuseOctober 16, 2017
* NYSY 10.16.17Hotline: Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):October 10, 2017 - October 16, 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: October 16 AT 2:30 p.m. (EDT)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.orgGreetings: This is the Syracuse Rare Bird Alert for the week of October 10, 2017.
Highlights--------------
ROUGH-LEGED HAWKSANDHILL CRANEBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONBRANTGREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSECACKLING GOOSEEURASIAN WIGEONBLACK-BELLIED PLOVERWHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER


Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)------------
13 species of shorebirds were reported at the complex this week. 10/14: An EURASIAN WIGEON and a single BRANT were still being seen in the Main Pool. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were seen at Benning Marsh. 7 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road. 10/15: A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the Wildlife Drive.

Onondaga County------------
10/11: 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen along the power lines in Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville. Singles were seen on the 13th. and the 14 th. at the same area.

Oswego County------------
10/11: An early ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen from Bishop Road north of Pulaski 10/14: ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen on Sherman Road north of Mexico and at derby Hill. 10/16: all three SCOTER species were seen at Derby Hill.

Madison County-------------
A WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, a CACKLING GOOSE and a SURF SCOTER were seen on Woodman Pond north of Hamilton. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Ditchbank Road north of Canastota.

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Subject: Clay Colored Sparrow Jones Beach Coast Guard (today)
Date: Mon Oct 16 2017 11:55 am
From: tylergoldstein98 AT gmail.com
 
continues by the hedgerow thing, also found a Fox Sparrow, (no pelicans)

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Subject: BBC Evening Presentation:Marie Read Thursday Oct 19
Date: Mon Oct 16 2017 11:53 am
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MARIE READ PRESENTS: SIERRA WINGS: BIRDS OF THE MONO LAKE BASINBrooklyn Public Library, Central Branch at Grand Army PlazaOCTOBER 19 @ 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Marie Read™s photography of California™s iconic Mono Lake and environs reveals the fascinating birdlife of this spectacular birding hotspot, which is a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network site of International Importance. Tufa towers rise above the surface of Mono Lake™s highly saline/alkaline water, which teems with brine shrimp and alkali flies. Many breeding and migratory birds, including California Gulls, Wilson™s and Red-necked phalaropes, and Eared Grebes are attracted to the feast. Pinyon Jay, Violet-green Swallow, Sage Thrasher, and Lewis™s and Black-backed Woodpeckers are among the birds living in the surrounding sagebrush scrub and forests. Marie will present stories from the field and explain how she obtained some of the behavior and action shots featured in her book Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin. Signed copies will be available for purchase.Marie Read™s photographs and articles have appeared in magazines such as Living Bird, Bird Watching, Nature™s Best, and National Wildlife, as well as in books and calendars worldwide. She has authored several books about birds and their behavior, most recently Into The Nest, co-authored with Laura Erickson (Storey Publishing, 2015).NOTE SPECIAL DATE: This meeting is on a Thursday instead of the usual Tuesday.http://brooklynbirdclub.org/ev... Hrehowsik
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Subject: Marie Read - "Alaska's Pribilof Islands: Bucket list trip!" - Queens County Bird Club Presentation this Wednesday, Oct 18.
Date: Mon Oct 16 2017 8:41 am
From: nancy.tognan AT gmail.com
 
TheQueens County Bird Clubwill be meeting at the Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd Douglaston, NY 11362 >Map of location<
at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Free admission. Refreshments served.

Authorand wildlife photographer Marie Read will present "Alaska™s Pribilof Islands: Bucket list trip!

Alaska™s Pribilof Islands, far out in the Bering Sea, have long been known as an avian paradise for birders and wildlife photographers alike. Colonies of photogenic seabirds at close range”Tufted and Horned Puffins, Crested and Parakeet Auklets, Northern Fulmars and Red-faced Cormorants”as well as Northern Fur Seals and adorable Arctic Foxes beckonphotographers in summer, while the promise of rarities from Asia draws birders during spring and fall migration. Fulfilling a life™s dream, bird photographer Marie Read visited this remotespot recently and will share her experiences in this multi-media presentation.
About the speaker: Marie Read is a professional wildlife photographer and author, specializing in birds and bird behavior. Her work is regularly featured inLiving Bird, NationalWildlife, Birds & Bloomsand numerous other magazines, calendars, and books worldwide. During her 25+ years as a photographer, she™s traveled throughout North America aswell as to Australia, East Africa, and Central America in search of subjects, but has taken many of her most memorable images in her own backyard. She is the author of manymagazine articles about birds and bird photography, as well as four books, most recentlyInto The Nest(co-authored with Laura Erickson) andSierra Wings: Birds of the Mono LakeBasin.
Public transit users: Meeting location is one mile fromtheBayside LIRR station; you may either walk, take the Q12 bus, or use car service located at the station.
Nancy Tognannancy.tognan@gmail.com 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

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Subject: NYS eBird Hotspots: New/Renamed Locations (9-Oct-'17)
Date: Sun Oct 15 2017 21:44 pm
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
Thanks to @Team_eBird for their dedication keeping eBird.org running smoothly and for the group of New York State hotspot moderators for working on shared location suggestions.

New and renamed shared locations (hotspots) have been updated for the 62 county wiki pages. You can find a summary of the changes below with clickable links where pages exist for a dedicated hotspot.
http://ebirding-nys.wikispaces...
The above links now appear on the home page (see below) on the 'Shared Location Updates' line eliminating the need to refer back to this message:
Home page: http://ebirding-nys.wikispaces...
The alphabetized page with all hotspots (5,916) has also been updated. Links to both the New and Renamed pages appears on the 'Shared Location Updates' line:
Alphabetical list of hotspots: http://ebirding-nys.wikispaces...
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: Jones Beach West End Brown Pelicans flew
Date: Sun Oct 15 2017 16:58 pm
From: gbensonny AT gmail.com
 
Due to boater disturbance the Brown Pelicans left the bar and are flying east.


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Subject: 6 Brown Pelicans Jones Beach Coast Guard Station
Date: Sun Oct 15 2017 16:50 pm
From: gbensonny AT gmail.com
 
The six Brown Pelicans are on the bar just off the Coast Guard Station now at 5:45 pm. They have twice soared off, turned around and come back to the bar since we arrived 5 minutes ago.



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Subject: Central Park, NYC - Sun., Oct. 15, 2017 - 9 Species of Wood Warblers
Date: Sun Oct 15 2017 16:32 pm
From: dallenyc AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park, NYC
Sunday, October 15, 2017
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, Deborah Allen, m.ob.

Highlights: Tennessee [LATE], Chestnut-sided [LATE], Cape May, and 6 other species of Wood Warblers.

Canada Goose - 68 Reservoir
Wood Duck - male Turtle Pond (Jeffrey M. Ward - early)
Mallard - 31 (22 Reservoir, 9 Turtle Pond)
Ruddy Duck - 123 Reservoir
Pied-billed Grebe - Reservoir
Mourning Dove - residents
Chimney Swift - 10 southbound over Ramble (Bob - early)
Ring-billed and Herring Gulls - around 200 Reservoir (7:30am) & flyover Herring Gulls
Great Black-backed Gull - 5 Reservoir (7:30 am)
Double-crested Cormorant - 3 Reservoir
Red-tailed Hawk - reported
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2 males Tupelo Field
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 20
Downy Woodpecker - 2 (Shakespeare Garden (Andrea Hessel), Tupelo Field)
Northern Flicker - north side Maintenance Field
Eastern Wood-Pewee - Shakespeare Garden (Jeff Ward)
Eastern Phoebe - 2 (Pinetum & Shakespeare Garden (Eric))
White-eyed Vireo - between King of Poland & Cleopatra's Needle (Stan Hunter)
Blue-headed Vireo - 8
Red-eyed Vireo - 3 (1 Pinetum, 2 east of Azalea Pond)
Blue Jay - 8-10
American Crow - flyover of 8 Castle/Shakespeare Garden
Black-capped Chickadee - 2 (Turtle Pond Dock (Deb-early), Shakespeare Garden)
White-breasted Nuthatch - 2 (Shakespeare Garden (Andrea Hessel), Boathouse)
Brown Creeper - east of Evodia Field (Deb)
House Wren - 3 (Ramble, Maintenance Field & Upper Lobe)
Winter Wren - east side of Tupelo Field
Carolina Wren - singing male Summer House Meadow/Swampy Pin Oak
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 7 Oak Bridge (Jeff Ward - early), only 4 there later
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 25
Hermit Thrush - 5
American Robin - in Crab Apples
Gray Catbird - 5
Brown Thrasher - 2 NW Great Lawn
Eastern Towhee - 6 to 8
Chipping Sparrow - 25
Song Sparrow - 7
White-throated Sparrow - 30
Dark-eyed Junco - 2 (Summer House Meadow, Pinetum)
Common Grackle - Turtle Pond Dock
Black-and-white Warbler - female Shakespeare Garden (Deb)
Tennessee Warbler - Pinetum (Jeff Ward)[LATE]
Common Yellowthroat - male Maintenance Field
Cape May Warbler - 1 or 2 Pinetum (Deb & Jeff Ward)
Northern Parula - male Shakespeare Garden (Jeff Ward)
Chestnut-sided Warbler - Maintenance Field (Deb)[LATE]
Black-throated Blue Warbler - female Evodia Field (John (9-years-old) & Mom - early)
Palm Warbler - 2 (1 bet. King of Poland & Cleopatra's Needle, 1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler - Shakespeare Garden
Northern Cardinal - residents

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Subject: Brown Booby continues (Montauk, Suffolk County) 15 October
Date: Sun Oct 15 2017 8:32 am
From: easternbluebird AT gmail.com
 
Looking at it now, 9:25am, same spot referred to in Cindy's post below. 
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> On Oct 9, 2017, at 7:22 PM, Cindy Goldman wrote:
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> We Saw the bird yesterday at about 2pm on South lake Dr. AS per Marc's post... No name on boat but number is NY 5883 ON.
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> From: bounce-121927603-77129593@list.cornell.edu on behalf of Carena Pooth
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> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Brown Booby?
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> Any news on the Montauk Lake bird since 10:30am on 10/8? Or unsuccessful search for it?
> Thanks in advance.
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Subject: Croton train station
Date: Sat Oct 14 2017 17:56 pm
From: Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com
 
On the Hudson low tide, I saw 22 great blue heron behind the train station and out past the trestle.  A high count for me. One bald eagle flyover and a kingfisher as well. 

L. Trachtenberg
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Subject: Turtle Cove, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Date: Sat Oct 14 2017 17:10 pm
From: jacroth1 AT gmail.com
 
Gerry McGee, Bronx Brendan Keogh and I birded Turtle Cove Friday morning for two hours. We stood on the tiny trail and bridge and hardly moved. The trail is blocked not far from the bridge, overgrown with mugwort, nevertheless it was quite productive.

2 Great-blue Heron
8 Great Egret
Green-winged Teal
12 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Snowy Egret
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 House Finch
8 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4 Swamp Sparrow
5 Song Sparrow
3 White-throated Sparrow
1 Savannah Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
3 Chipping Sparrow
2 Gray Catbird
2 Parula Warbler
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Palm Warbler
1 Black-throated Green Warbler (juvenile)
6 Eastern Phoebe
10 American Goldfinch
12 Tree Swallows (overhead and distant)
12 Canada Goose
3 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Eastern Towhee
1 Carolina Wren
10 Blue Jay
30 American Robin (overhead)
2 Northern Flicker
Yellow-bellied sapsucker
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Osprey
1 Coopers Hawk

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Subject: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Date: Sat Oct 14 2017 16:52 pm
From: icterus AT optonline.net
 
I joined Joe Giunta™s Brooklyn Botanical Garden birding group this morning. We birded the gardens, the West Pond to the breech and the Big Johns Pond trail. The weather was cloudy and overcast, but we avoided the rain. There was a smattering of Yellow-rumped Warblers throughout. The only additions were a Black-throated Green and 2 Pine Warblers. Both Kinglets, a Blue-headed Vireo and an Eastern Phoebe were of note. Sparrows consisted of Song, Savannah and White-throated. Both Egrets and a Great Blue Heron were in the marsh. A sharp-shinned Hawk and a Peregrine Falcon were hunting. Shorebirds seen on the West pond were Oystercatcher, Greater Yellowlegs and Black-bellied Plover. None seen from Big Johns Pond. There, we saw a large number of ducks, many of the usual spies including a single Blue-winged Teal. While there were ducks on the West Pond (and the Brant are in), the puddle ducks have relocated to the East Pond. It™s a change from the past. Sy Schiff for the groupSent from Mail for Windows 10

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Subject: Central Park, NYC - Sat., Oct. 14, 2017 - 7 Species of Wood Warblers incl. Cape May
Date: Sat Oct 14 2017 15:07 pm
From: dallenyc AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park, NYC
Saturday, October 14, 2017
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, m.ob.

Highlights: With no rain this morning and only a bit of drizzle at 11am, today's tally included 7 Species of Wood Warblers with 2 Cape May Warblers at the Pinetum. Bob, watching from 6:45am on, did not observe any morning flight. The Dene, a hillside north of the zoo recently planted with native wildflowers and grasses, was a good spot for sparrows early this morning.

Canada Goose - flyover flock of 6
Mallard - Turtle Pond
Mourning Dove - fewer than 5
Great Blue Heron - Turtle Pond (Patty Pike)*
Red-tailed Hawk - immature Ramble
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2 pairs
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 18
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Northern Flicker - 5
Eastern Phoebe - 4
Blue-headed Vireo - 4 (2 at the Dene (Bob - early), 2 at Wagner Cove)
Blue Jay
American Crow - flyover flock of 4
White-breasted Nuthatch - west of Triplet's Bridge
House Wren - the Dene (Bob - early)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 30
Hermit Thrush - 5
American Robin - 50 in Crab Apples west of Delacorte Theater bathrooms
Gray Catbird - NW Great Lawn
Cedar Waxwing - hatch-year Shakespeare Garden
House Finch - flock of 5 Maintenance Field (Patty Pike)
Eastern Towhee - 5
Chipping Sparrow - 30
Field Sparrow - the Dene (Bob - early)
Song Sparrow - 15 mostly at the Dene
Swamp Sparrow - 4 the Dene (Bob - early)
White-throated Sparrow - 18
Dark-eyed Junco - statue of Balto (Bob - early)
Common Grackle
Black-and-white Warbler - 2 (Upper Lobe & west of Triplet's Bridge)
American Redstart - 2 west of Triplet's Bridge
Cape May Warbler - 2 Pinetum
Black-throated Blue Warbler - male west of Triplet's Bridge
Palm Warbler - "western" at the Dene (Bob - early)
Pine Warbler - 2 in pines at King of Poland
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2 (north Maintenance Field, Wagner Cove)
Northern Cardinal - 5 at Chez Armando (Bob - 6:45am)

*Also seen by Andrew Rubenfeld & Anders Peltomaa.


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Subject: Pomarine Jaeger, Robert Moses St. Park
Date: Sat Oct 14 2017 15:01 pm
From: jonathanlstocker AT yahoo.com
 
A quick (20 minutes) early afternoon sea watch at Robert Moses was highlighted by a Pomarine Jaeger. The bird was significantly bigger than the flock of Laughing Gulls it briefly harassed, had a bulky head and body with a broad wing-base. 
Other birds of note were 2 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, 3 Red-Throated Loons, 1 Immature Gannet and a 150+ Laughing Gulls flock following bait fish.

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Subject: Brown Booby, Montauk, Suffolk County, continues
Date: Sat Oct 14 2017 11:58 am
From: queensgirl30 AT gmail.com
 
Brown Booby seen intermittently on green marker to left of Maui sailboat from Star Island Road. (Green marker not visible from further end of causeway.) It appears to be enjoying the constant drizzle, preening, then flying off. 

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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 13 October 2017
Date: Sat Oct 14 2017 3:01 am
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
- RBA
* New York* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County* Oct. 13, 2017* NYNY1710.13
- Birds mentionedBROWN BOOBY+(+ Details requested by NYSARC)
Snow GooseEURASIAN WIGEONAmerican WigeonBlue-winged TealNorthern ShovelerNorthern PintailGreen-winged TealCory's ShearwaterAMERICAN AVOCETAmerican OystercatcherAmerican Golden-PloverWhimbrelHUDSONIAN GODWITMARBLED GODWITStilt SandpiperWhite-rumped SandpiperPectoral SandpiperLong-billed DowitcherPOMARINE JAEGERParasitic JaegerLesser Black-backed GullCaspian TernRoyal TernRed-headed WoodpeckerTennessee WarblerOrange-crowned WarblerCape May WarblerBay-breasted WarblerWilson's WarblerCLAY-COLORED SPARROWBLUE GROSBEAKDICKCISSEL
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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, October 13th 2017 at 9pm. The highlights of today's tape are BROWN BOOBY, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, POMARINE JAEGER, EURASIAN WIGEON, DICKCISSEL, BLUE GROSBEAK and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.
The marvelous opportunity to see a BROWN BOOBY in the southern portion of New York State continues as the adult was still present today on Lake Montauk on eastern Long Island. The BOOBY, present since at least September 27th, is best looked for either from the Star Island entrance road off West Lake Drive or from the end of South Lake Drive. From Star Island entrance road look south at the first cove on the right scanning the visible sailboat masts and buoys for the BOOBY. If not visible there try the end of South Lake Drive, a short road on the north side of Route 27, that offers a very good vista of the southern end of Lake Montauk from where it has often been seen both perched and flying around.
At Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge's East Pond shorebird numbers have declined notably as expected these replaced by large numbers of waterfowl nonetheless on the East Pond an AMERICAN AVOCET was still present at the north end today, an HUDSONIAN GODWIT was present last weekend reported a couple of times during the week to Thursday. An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER also stayed through Sunday. Other lingering shorebird species have featured one or more STILT, WHITE-RUMPED and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. Impressive waterfowl numbers feature mostly dabbling ducks including many NORTHERN SHOVELERS, AMERICAN WIGEON, GREEN-WINGED, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and even a few NORTHERN PINTAIL but are highlighted by a bright female type EURASIAN WIGEON and a few arriving SNOW GOOSE. Also out in Jamaica Bay proper west of the refuge today were a WHIMBREL and a MARBLED GODWIT keeping company with a lingering AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER flock. Four AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER visited Heckscher State Park Sunday and 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were still at Santapogue Creek in West Babylon Saturday.
A watch at Fort Tilden Saturday was highlighted by a PARASITIC JAEGER, 42 ROYAL TERNS and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. But the storm moving through Monday improved on that with Breezy Point site of large tern activity that drew in a POMARINE JAEGER and at least 15 PARASITIC JAEGERS as well as a CORY'S SHEARWATER. Two CORY'S were also noted Sunday off Robert Moses State Park along with a PARASITIC JAEGER, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 6 CASPIAN TERNS and 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS appeared off Coney Island Monday. CASPIAN TERNS also occurred at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge early in the week and at Plumb Beach in Brooklyn while lingering ROYAL TERNS included 13 at Floyd Bennett Field Sunday.
On the landbird front a nice influx of birds occurred mainly on Tuesday with fairly decent numbers of anticipated migrants dropping into the area. Also very encouraging lately have been the numbers of Monarch butterflies moving through the region. Tuesday alone producing an estimated 35 thousand plus moving south along the dunes at Fort Tilden.
Among the rarer landbirds several DICKCISSELS included sightings at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Canarsie Beach Park, Jones Beach West End, Robert Moses State Park Pelham Bay Park and Marshlands Conservancy in Rye. Interesting was a report of two BLUE GROSBEAKS on Governors Island on Tuesday and another visited Manhasset on Saturday. A few CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS sightings mentioned Owl's Head Park, Floyd Bennett Field and Cow Meadow Park Saturday, Prospect Park Tuesday and Robert Moses State Park Wednesday.
In the over 20 species of warblers for the week included such species still as TENNESSEE, CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED and WILSON'S and this is the time when ORANGE-CROWNEDS start coming through in numbers this week's reports including from Central and Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Governors Island plus several other sites.
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Subject: Central Park, NYC - Fri., Oct. 13, 2017 - 11 Species of Wood Warblers plus Pelham Bay Dickcissel
Date: Fri Oct 13 2017 19:00 pm
From: dallenyc AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park, NYC
Friday, October 13, 2017
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, Deborah Allen, m.ob.

Highlights: 11 Species of Wood Warblers. Bob covered Strawberry Fields to the
Pinetum, Deb birded the north end of the park, then around the Pond at
the SE corner of the park. The list is mostly Deb's with some additions
from Bob and does not include his complete list. Northeast winds overnight (Thursday into Friday) moved more birds out of the park than in, and Bob, this time watching from Strawberry Fields, did not observe any early morning flight this morning.

Canada Goose - around 20 Meer, others at the Pond
Wood Duck - male at the Pond
Gadwall - 8 Meer & Pool
Mallard - 60+ (Meer, Pool, Pond, and Conservatory Water)
Northern Shoveler - 27 at the Meer
Mourning Dove - 7 Green Bench, others elsewhere
Herring Gull - flyovers
Great Black-backed Gull - 2 flyovers
Great Blue Heron - hatch-year at the Meer, adult at the Pond
Osprey - over the Green Bench
Cooper's Hawk - 2 chasing around at the Loch, 2 circling SW of Children's Glade
Red-tailed Hawk - juvenile perched at the Pinetum (Bob)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 15
Northern Flicker - 14 at the North End, others elsewhere
American Kestrel - male perched over Compost Area seen from Conservatory Garden (Jane Willington)
Eastern Phoebe - 7 North End (Tom Ahlf & Patty Pike)
Blue-headed Vireo - 2 (1east of Wildflower Meadow, 1 Children''s Glade (Tom Ahlf))
Blue Jay - multiple locations - in acorn-gathering mode
American Crow - very vocal flyover flock of 12 at Green Bench, landed north of Grassy Knoll
White-breasted Nuthatch - the Pond
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2 Pinetum (Bob)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 24
Swainson's Thrush - Grassy Knoll (Deb - early)
Hermit Thrush - 10 (Bob)
American Robin - still plenty around
Northern Mockingbird - singing Conservatory Garden
Brown Thrasher 2 (Ramble & West side of Great Lawn - Bob)
European Starling - flock of at least 50 Grassy Knoll
Cedar Waxwing - flock of 8 over Maintenance Field
Eastern Towhee - 2 females (Grassy Knoll (Deb - early) & Loch)
Chipping Sparrow - 60-80 mostly at the Grassy Knoll
Song Sparrow - 28+ (8 Pond mudflat, 20 North End - very low estimate)
Swamp Sparrow - 5 (1 Pool, 1 East Blowdown, 3 Pond mudflat)
White-throated Sparrow - many
White-crowned Sparrow - 2 (adult Grassy Knoll (Deb - early), hatch-year Wildflower Meadow)
Dark-eyed Junco - 2 Crab Apple Knoll (s. of Great Hill, n. of East Blowdown)
Red-winged Blackbird - female Pond mudflat
Common Grackle - many mid-park
Ovenbird - Azalea Pond (Bob)
Northern Waterthrush - west side of the Pool
Black-and-white Warbler - Great Hill in elm with sapsuckers
Tennessee Warbler - west side of the Pool
American Redstart - Children's Glade
Cape May Warbler - 3 (1 Great Hill in elm with sapsuckers (Jane Willington), 2 Pinetum (Bob))
Northern Parula - Loch (Jonathan)
Black-throated Blue Warbler - male & female west side of the Pool
Palm Warbler - 3 (western near compost (Deb - early), western Great Hill (Tom Ahlf), yellow SE Meer)
Pine Warbler - probable Green Bench
Yellow-rumped Warbler - Grassy Knoll (Deb - early)
Black-throated Green Warbler - 2 Azalea Pond (Bob)
Northern Cardinal - residents

Matthew Rymkiewicz tweeted an Orange-crowned Warbler at the Maintenance Field at 8:23am today.

Matthieu Benoit reported a Dickcissel in the Southern Zone of Pelham Bay Park near the monument Thursday (Oct. 12). This is an excellent area for sparrows generally. Earlier reports in the season came from Patrick Horan (Turtle Cove) and Jared Cole (Landfill), making this Pelham Bay Park's third Dickcissel for the fall.

My apologies for any birds omitted from the report,

Deb Allen

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Subject: Central Park, NYC 10/10, 10/11, & 10/12
Date: Fri Oct 13 2017 6:50 am
From: tomfi2 AT earthlink.net
 
Thanks to Laura Goggin for her Tues. 10/10 [eBirded] report on the 2 non-adult BLUE Grosbeaks at Governor™s Island, in N.Y. harbor & politically considered part of New York County (the same county that contains Manhattan island, & a few other smaller isles) - for Tuesday, Oct. 10th, at around mid-day.  

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Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City -
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 10th, 11th, & 12th October, 2017

An excellent arrival from Monday night into Tuesday morning brought a great many species, some in very good (if expected) numbers to and through the park. There was a notable diurnal, ongoing flight observed as well as the exceedingly evident increase in migrants in place by first light. Some migrants were still re-sorting & moving around at least within the park through the mid-day hours, and at least some of the diurnal movement could be detected in the first 4 hours of the day, in all sections of the park. In addition, there was at least modest local reverse-migration in that too many birds had moved into the southern parts of the park thru first-light & just afterwards (&/or some may have gone beyond the park™s perimeters) and were then pushed to seek less-crowded areas of habitat in which to land, feed, & eventually, to rest. This also could be seen to some extent from many parts of the park, although some of the reverse-course birds were fairly high, well over all tree-tops & also above the highest nearby elevations not to the south (i.e. not so high or higher than the highest skyscrapers that are visible from the park™s southern portion, mainly.)

A minimum of 21 warbler species were found in the 3-day period (& possibly including Orange-crowned, which have been documented recently, if so this would make for a 22nd warbler sp. in the 3-day period. There were a few now running a bit late, although most of the species have been seen in this park, &/or in N.Y. City & vicinity, far later in the year - albeit scarcely for some.

Adding to the variety though have been far more arrivals of expected mid-fall migrants, as well as a very few modestly-early migrants - early though can be relative, and some species not all that regularly reported or observed for Central Park may be exceedingly common migrants & wintering species in the greater N.Y. City area, one example being Atlantic Brant. (There are any number of other examples as well.)

Hundreds of observers (in total) were out & about even on these week-days, some on their own, & many participating in walks led by leaders for such non-profit organizations as the NYC Audubon Society (NYCAS), the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), the Linnaean Society of New York, a newer non-profit known as NYCH2O, and other groups & their associated leaders, all of whom naturally showcase ethical birding as it is logical to expect in any public park, & particularly in such a mega-birded, ever-busy place as Central Park is year-round. All of these leaders and walk participants are thanked, as are all quiet, considerate, and careful birders.

Loon [species] - (some flyovers that were not definitively ID™d to species, & possibly included Red-throated Loon)
Common Loon (several on each day, with a majority seen early Tuesday & early Wednesday; all as flyovers only)
Pied-billed Grebe (ongoing at the reservoir; 1 has been there for weeks)
Double-crested Cormorant (multiple, including fly-overs, as well as in scattered waterbodies, easiest at reservoir)
Great Blue Heron (1, early on Wed.)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (2, poss. 3rd, at the Pond to at least Wed., 11th)
Turkey Vulture (low numbers on Tuesday, later in day)
Snow Goose (approx. 60 fly-overs, late Tuesday/10th)
Canada Goose (within park, & modest no™s. of flyovers)
Brant (small flock of low fly-overs headed SE, Wed. a.m.)
Wood Duck (2 drakes continued at Pond, to Thursday; also some at Meer, Reservoir, Lake early Tues.)
Gadwall (modest numbers continue on at least 4 water-bodies in the park)
American Black Duck (few noted, ongoing at 3 water-bodies)
Mallard (common)
Northern Shoveler (increased numbers, up to 90 present in park by Wed.- & esp. on Meer & Reservoir)
Hooded Merganser (drake & hen, Reservoir - e. sector, early Thursday)
Ruddy Duck (highest count on Tuesday, with more than 75 in total, mainly on Reservoir)
Osprey (1 on Tuesday, getting slightly late for Central, but not even close to record late for the park)
Northern Harrier (at least 2, one on Tues., 2nd Wed.)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (multiple each day, with highest no™s. noted for Tues.)
Cooper's Hawk (at least several each day & hunting in park also)
Red-tailed Hawk (local residents, seen all year-round)
American Kestrel (few noted)
Merlin (1, Tuesday - fly-over)
Peregrine Falcon (local city-resident, can be seen all year-round with some efforts)
American Coot (3, reservoir)
Spotted Sandpiper (1, reservoir, Tuesday - this species has had a big push this week, region-wide)
Ring-billed Gull (common)
[American] Herring Gull (common)
Great Black-backed Gull (all these 3 most-common gull species locally are easily seen at the reservoir now)
['feral'] Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove (many)
Common Nighthawk (quite late for Central, but not a latest date there: 1 at sunrise Tuesday from north end)
Chimney Swift (minimum of 22 on Thursday morning, and similar no™s. or slightly more in preceding 2 days)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1, presumed [!] as a fly-by hummingbird on Tuesday afternoon, from Castle)
Belted Kingfisher (few, in seveal locations this week)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (fairly common resident)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (a major arrival on Mon. night-Tuesday morning, well over 150 for all of the park)
Downy Woodpecker (fairly common resident)
Hairy Woodpecker (1, n. woods, to Thursday)
Yellow-shafted Flicker (very good -& expected- arrival, Tues. as well as Wed. with at least 230 for Tuesday)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (few to at least Wed. - a few giving Eastern calls [NB, a WESTERN Wood-Pewee was audio-recorded & banded this fall in New England])
Emoidonax [genus] Flycatcher (1, Tuesday, Ramble, likely a Least Flycatcher)
Eastern Phoebe (major -and expected- arrival from Tues.-Wed. with 250+ on Tuesday throughout entire park; still very numerous into Thursday)
Blue-headed Vireo (fairly common, but not great no™s., & seemed a bit diminished by Thursday)
Red-eyed Vireo (very few by Thursday, but modest no™s. throughout park on Tues.)
Blue Jay (common & some are, as is typical, migrating during daylight hours)
Common Raven (at some locations, almost-expected, in recent weeks; seen & heard Tues. & Wed., with up to 3 at once on Tuesday)
American Crow (uncommon but regular, max. of about 12 this week in any single grouping)
Black-capped Chickadee (few - very scant no™s. so far this fall)
Tufted Titmouse (also rather scant this season)
White-breasted Nuthatch (relatively few noted)
Brown Creeper (modest numbers all 3 days in various locations)
Carolina Wren (few noted, occ. vocal)
House Wren (1 seen well to Wed./11th)
Winter Wren (multiple, but not all that impressive movement yet)
Marsh Wren (1, very shy & skulking, Meer edges, to Thursday)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (multiple, with perhaps highest no™s. on Tues.)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (many still passing thru, 50++ each day)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (getting quite late, 1 on Wed. in north woods)
Gray-cheeked Thrush (multiple on Tuesday, & some poss. of that other thrush of gray cheeks: Bicknell's Thrush)
Swainson's Thrush (many on Tuesday, & far fewer by Thursday, as Hermit Thrush continued to arrive in droves)
Hermit Thrush (excellent arrivals Tues. & Wed. - 500+++ thru park; still very numerous into Thursday, everywhere")
Wood Thrush (several into Thursday, just modestly late for Central [which has a few well-documented winter records])
American Robin (near abundant lately, many migrants & many - 1,000++ per day in diurnal movements Tues. & Wed.)
Gray Catbird (modest no™s. on Tuesday, with the fresh push, then diminished by Thursday)
Northern Mockingbird (regular resident)
Brown Thrasher (uncommon but some moving thru - as well as a few that may be on winter territories now, or not)
European Starling (common)
Cedar Waxwing (fair numbers, most were noted on Tuesday, & some in diurnal movement)

Tennessee Warbler (several to Thursday, & more than 8 in many locations on Tues./10th
Orange-crowned Warbler (reported word-of-mouth by several keen birders, Tuesday/10th)
Nashville Warbler (many arrivals on Tuesday, also still many on Wed., fewer by Thursday)
Northern Parula (high numbers Tues./10th, 200+ in all of the park; far fewer by Thursday)
Yellow Warbler (several on Tues. & at least 1 to Wed./11th, getting moderately late now)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (at least 2, to Wed., & also getting rather late now)
Magnolia Warbler (multiple on Tuesday & still at least some, but not many by Thursday)
Cape May Warbler (minimum of 15 on Tuesday, some locations up to 5 at once: Great Hill, & Pinetum, also elsewhere; at least several to Thursday)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (modest no™s. on Tues., many non-adults, also still present to Thursday)
Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warbler (good arrivals Tues. & Wed., with pronounced & lasting diurnal movement Tuesday, 3,000+++ on that day - not even close to any high counts for Oct.)
Black-throated Green Warbler (relatively scant no™s. on Tues., & not found by me as of Thurs.)
Pine Warbler (multiple, all 3 days, with the higher no™s. on Tuesday, including many non-adults)
Prairie Warbler (1, Tuesday, wildflower meadow, a first-fall female with rather drab coloration)
Palm Warbler (excellent arrivals on all 3 days in this report-period, max. on Tues. of 400+++, & still easily 200++ as of Thursday - many out in open lawns & sports fields, thru the day)
Bay-breasted Warbler (running a bit late, at least several on Tuesday & Wed. - my attempts to see any by Thursday were fruitless)
Blackpoll Warbler (several to Thursday, with 10+ Tuesday, various locations from n. thru s. ends of the park)
Black-and-white Warbler (good fresh arrival Tuesday, with 40++ then, far fewer by Thursday but still in multiple locations)
American Redstart (few by Thursday, noted only 8+ thru all of park on Tues./10th)
Ovenbird (modest arrival Tuesday, 30+++, & some lingering thru Thursday)
Northern Waterthrush (several or more Tues., and at least 2 thru Thursday)
Common Yellowthroat (modest arrival Tues., 75+ throughout the park, still fair no™s. to Thurs.)
Wilson's Warbler (at least 1 male on Tuesday, s. end of park at Hallett Sanctuary, which is open to the public after 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily &/but not for larger groups of any kind; a quiet zone.

Scarlet Tanager (few by Wed., not that many on Tues. either)
Eastern Towhee (widespread, but not all that many just now)
Chipping Sparrow (modest -& expected- arrival with 400+++ on Tuesday, far fewer noted by Thursday)
Field Sparrow (few noted)
Savannah Sparrow (still not that many, seen each day, best no™s. on Tues.)
Song Sparrow (still early for this typically-late fall migrant; some are probable residents as seen just now)
Lincoln's Sparrow (sparse on Tuesday, not noted by me as of Wed.)
Swamp Sparrow (very good arrival, Tues. & Wed., max. of 200+ on Tuuesday, park-wide)
White-throated Sparrow (rather common throughout park now, fresh arrivals Tues. of several thousand into the park, not even close to a high count in Oct. in Central Park)
White-crowned Sparrow (multiple on Tuesday, many locations, then far fewer by Thursday)
Dark-eyed Junco (still rather few, & still on the early side)
Northern Cardinal (common resident)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (few to Wed., not noted by me as of Thurs.)
Indigo Bunting (minimum of 6, Tuesday, & still at least 2 to Wed. p.m.)
Red-winged Blackbird (modest movements, still somewhat early for biggest no™s.)
Common Grackle (modest no. of fresh arrivals, 500+ have lingered within the park recently)
Brown-headed Cowbird (multiple, and in many locations)
Baltimore Oriole (1 female Wed. in n. end; others seen by other birders on Tues.)
House Finch (fairly common but dispersed flock locations, partial-resident)
American Goldfinch (still rather scant this fall in Central)
House Sparrow (common and pestiferous in the region)

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Monarch butterflies were still about to Thursday, and it is probable that some further push of that migrant species will be discerned in coming days & even weeks; if hard-frost does not arrive regionally, the migrant Monarchs can, and have, remain[ed] thru the month of December in this area of NY - although finding more than a few into December is not expected, in typical years. There was an excellent movement of Common Green Darner dragonflies on Tuesday, with far more than 300 seen just in Central Park on that day. Monarch butterflies had been found in the many hundreds, on many days in Manhattan, thru Wed. but numbers appeared more sparse by Thursday - & many of those Common Green Darners had also moved on by Thursday.

Good observations to all.

Tom Fiore
manhattan



















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Subject: Brown Booby
Date: Thu Oct 12 2017 21:48 pm
From: Tele-Tek AT hotmail.com
 
After a little prodding by Tom Burke, Dad(Ken McDermott) and I finally headed out to Montauk today for the Brown Booby. We had extended looks at the bird from Star Island Rd. over the course of several hours. We left the bird sitting on Green Piling #11
at approx. 4:30PM.


Good Birding,




CurtMcDermott




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