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18 Mar: @ 22:22:13 
Large flocks of Gulls surface-feeding offshore [Thomas Robben]
18 Mar: @ 20:52:29 
Re: [cayugabirds-l] Re: [cayugabirds-l] Ospreys are still rare. Here’s what might be mistaken for one [Ken Haas]
18 Mar: @ 16:53:39 
Evening Grosbeak, Riverside Park, NYC 3/15-18 [Thomas Fiore]
18 Mar: @ 12:19:21 
Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin]
18 Mar: @ 10:21:49 
Reminder: BBC Evening Presentation Grace Markman Homegrown Strategies Saving our Native Flora [Dennis Hrehowsik]
17 Mar: @ 18:27:49 
"Damselflies and Dragonflies" - a Queens County Bird Club presentation this Wednesday, March 20 [Nancy Tognan]
17 Mar: @ 17:59:54 
Central Park NYC - Sun. March 17, 2019 - Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow, Cooper's Hawk [Deborah Allen]
16 Mar: @ 17:27:38 
Central Park NYC - Sat. March 16, 2019 - Rusty Blackbird, E. PHoebe, Brown Thrasher, Fox Sparrow, Bald Eagle. [Deborah Allen]
16 Mar: @ 14:35:39 
NYBG birds [Andrew Block]
16 Mar: @ 14:34:35 
Re: Ospreys are back at Oceanside [Michael Cooper]
16 Mar: @ 10:28:03 
Nassau County - Wild Turkeys [Long Island Birding]
16 Mar: @ 09:51:58 
Ospreys are back at Oceanside [Sy Schiff]
16 Mar: @ 03:46:39 
NYC Area RBA: 15 March 2019 [Ben Cacace]
15 Mar: @ 12:05:03 
Redpoll & Pine Warbler GWC. Bklyn [Rob Bate]
15 Mar: @ 11:08:32 
Manhattan, NYC 3/11-15 (Glaucous Gull, Pine Warbler, E. Phoebe, & more) [Thomas Fiore]
14 Mar: @ 14:08:55 
Kings County Common Redpoll and spring arrivals [Sean Sime]
14 Mar: @ 10:04:23 
Red-necked Grebe, Patchogue Lake, Suffolk Co. [Mike Scheibel]
13 Mar: @ 18:13:54 
Re: Re: RWBB /other spring signs [david nicosia]
13 Mar: @ 07:51:58 
Bryant Park Woodcock [Home]
12 Mar: @ 10:22:34 
BBC Evening Presentation: Grace Markman Presents: Homegrown Strategies Saving our Native Flora [Dennis Hrehowsik]
12 Mar: @ 09:49:15 
Dale Dyer on Birds of Central American - BirdCallsRadio [Mardi Dickinson]
11 Mar: @ 11:22:03 
Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin]
10 Mar: @ 14:53:29 
Black-headed Gull, Georgica Pond (Suffolk) [d Futuyma]
09 Mar: @ 17:13:10 
Common Mergansers [Carney, Martin]
09 Mar: @ 04:43:58 
Jones Beach area [Andrew Block]
08 Mar: @ 20:31:19 
NYC Area RBA: 08 March 2019 [Gail Benson]
08 Mar: @ 07:25:20 
Manhattan, NYC 3/4-8 (Evening Grosbeak, Am. Woodock, & more) [Thomas Fiore]
07 Mar: @ 14:10:18 
10 common mergansers grant park pond Nassau county [kevin rogers]
07 Mar: @ 14:09:58 
another raven nest [Andrew Block]
07 Mar: @ 13:44:46 
Birding Basics Class in Brooklyn [Rob Jett]
06 Mar: @ 14:13:30 
David & Tammy McQuade on Florida Birding - BirdCallsRadio [Mardi Dickinson]
04 Mar: @ 21:34:56 
1 "Gray Ghost" and 22 "T.V's." [robert adamo]
04 Mar: @ 13:20:00 
Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin]
03 Mar: @ 18:01:43 
Re: Extralimital Boreal Chickadee in NJ -yes [John Mora]
03 Mar: @ 17:56:34 
Central Park NYC - Sun. March 3, 2019 - Cooper's Hawks (3) [Deborah Allen]
03 Mar: @ 08:27:03 
Green-Winged Teal - Pond Park (Great Neck) [matt klein]
02 Mar: @ 15:15:01 
Robinsons pond and carmans river [leormand]
02 Mar: @ 11:19:24 
Manhattan Evening Grosbeak continues in Riverside Park, 2 March [Karen Fung]
01 Mar: @ 22:43:41 
NYC Area RBA: 01 March 2019 [Gail Benson]
01 Mar: @ 08:42:48 
Evening Grosbeak, Riverside Park NYC Friday, 3/1 [Thomas Fiore]
27 Feb: @ 15:28:59 
Stephen Moss, Naturalist and Author - BirdCallsRadio [Mardi Dickinson]
27 Feb: @ 13:46:29 
LAST CALL - NYS and County Listing for 2018 [Carena Pooth]
27 Feb: @ 10:34:13 
Dicksissel @ MNSA, Oceanside [Michael Farina]
26 Feb: @ 14:34:48 
Pine grosbeak update [zach schwartz-weinstein]
26 Feb: @ 14:09:54 
FDR Bald Eagles on eggs [Andrew Block]
25 Feb: @ 14:28:04 
Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin]
25 Feb: @ 11:27:43 
Re: nysbirds-l digest: February 25, 2019 [Deb Ferguson]
25 Feb: @ 05:47:33 
"Rain Gardens" - NSAS Meeting this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 [Nancy Tognan]
24 Feb: @ 14:58:37 
Extralimital Boreal Chickadee in NJ -yes [Andrew Block]
23 Feb: @ 14:26:03 
Extralimital: Boreal Chickadee in NJ at Merrill Creek Reservoir [Sean Sime]





Subject: Large flocks of Gulls surface-feeding offshore
Date: Mon Mar 18 2019 22:22 pm
From: robben99 AT gmail.com
 
Dear Birders,We are doing a study of GULLS surface-feeding in large rafts (often in the thousands; one thousand, to ten thousand and more), picking food items out of waters along the US East Coast this Spring, focusing on February, March, April and May.
If you see large numbers of Gulls gathering, swimming around and surface-feeding in large rafts, along the shore or up to several miles offshore, during February-through-May, please email me at [email protected] .
All gull species (and Brant) are of interest, including Ring-billed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Bonaparte's Gulls, and rare gulls such as Little Gulls, etc.
At minimum we would like to know which species, how many, when, exactly where, and any other behavioral notes you may have on the events.
Our accumulated results will be published online in June, including at this listserv.
Thank you,Tom Robben


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Subject: Ospreys are still rare. Here’s what might be mistaken for one
Date: Mon Mar 18 2019 20:52 pm
From: waxwing AT htva.net
 
I was at Meyers Point this morning where I saw, and photographed, an Osprey carrying nesting material to a platform and later got a photo of an Osprey on the platform. I included the photos in my eBird checklist. To me, it seemed a bit skitty, not of me or the other people there, but perhaps due to the loud noises being made by the dump trucks constantly going in and out as they work on the dredged material near the nest.
Ken Haas


On Mar 18, 2019, at 9:27 PM, Kevin J. McGowan <[email protected]> wrote:Good points, Dave. I too saw that Bald Eagle yesterday at Stewart Park and was surprised at how Osprey-like it looked. I also took crappy photos of it, and will try to get them in my eBird checklist soon.
Kevin

From:[email protected] <[email protected]> on behalf of Dave Nutter <[email protected]>
Sent:Monday, March 18, 2019 8:57 PM
To:CAYUGABIRDS-L
Subject:[cayugabirds-l] Ospreys are still rare. Heres what might be mistaken for oneOver the past several days there have been several reports of Ospreys.
Candace Cornell, who has observed and compiled reports of the Ospreys nesting around Cayuga Lake during their expansion for several years, notes that this arrival is an unprecedented couple weeks early, not just for the species, but for the individual birds believed to be returning to Myers Point. In order to figure out what is happening and why (Is climate change a factor?), its essential to have good information.
In winter, reports of Ospreys in Upstate NY are presumed to be erroneous observations of immature Bald Eagles unless theres good evidence for the Osprey ID. Not all birders are aware that one stage of young Bald Eagles plumage includes a white belly and a dark mask on a whitish head on a generally brown large raptor. Today I photographed such a Bald Eagle at Stewart Park, where some Osprey reports have been made. My description of the bird is below in the excerpt of my eBird report. There are 2 rather bad photos taken awkwardly through my binoculars also included in the eBird report, which I hope readers can access via the link.
A plea:When submitting any eBird report which includes a species which eBird says is rare, PLEASE include in the requested details a description of the bird discussing what you observed - field marks such as shape, pattern, color, behavior, sound, anything you noticed about it that helped you ID the bird (or that made ID difficult or any missing field marks), and why you think it was that species and not anything else or something more common. If you can take a photo, even a crappy one, do so, and include it. This makes all the difference between reports that can be useful to others and reports that must be chucked for lack of evidence. Even a well-documented misidentification can be educational to oneself and others and maybe it can help future instructors or MERLIN.
I think Osprey will be removed from the rare category for Tompkins County on March 27, unless eBird staff get tired of all the reports and switch the settings.
As far as I know (and I have not checked this evening), NO ONE has included a photo of a local Osprey in an eBird report yet, and I think I am the only person who made an effort to describe what they thought was and what was not an Osprey. Everyone elses reports are going to be confirmed or not by eBird solely on the reputation of the observers, not the observations, and that makes me uncomfortable.
Thats my rant for the day, since there is no SFO course in which to say stuff like this. Thanks for humoring me by at least reading this far.
- - Dave Nutter
Begin forwarded message:

From:[email protected]
Date:March 18, 2019 at 8:22:01 PM EDT
To:[email protected]
Subject:eBird Report - NY:TOM:Ithaca: Stewart Pk taxi stop in car, Mar 18, 2019

NY:TOM:Ithaca: Stewart Pk taxi stop in car, Tompkins, New York, US
Mar 18, 2019 11:57 AM - 12:39 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
Comments: ...Unsuccessful quest for Osprey for which there have been sporadic reports lacking description or reputation to back them up. But I did find a suspicious immature Bald Eagle with mostly white underparts and a dark mask on a light head.

25 species (+1 other taxa)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1 Immature perched in treetop on Jetty Woods: very large vertical raptor; generally brown above; mostly white belly & neck; blotchy brown breast; dark mask on dirty whitish head; when it flew it showed wing linings largely white; very broad wings; very large hooked bill; large head; rather wide body. Challenging photos through binoculars, rather backlit, and showing the head less well than I hoped. Photo session cut short by model flying away. A birder walking by asked if the bird was an Osprey, as did a person I showed a photo. I hope the photos can be educational.


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Subject: Evening Grosbeak, Riverside Park, NYC 3/15-18
Date: Mon Mar 18 2019 16:53 pm
From: tomfi2 AT earthlink.net
 
Riverside Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City
Friday thru Monday, 15 - 18 March, 2018

Happy to report (& contra my own report here from 3/15), a male Evening Grosbeak has continued, seen each day thru Monday, 3/18, in the area of Riverside Park's sanctuary, with some sightings including my latest Monday being just slightly to the north of many prior recent sightings, in the vicinity of W. 118-119 Streets & also seen moving out of the wooded area to the north of there, which includes the slope up (east of) from the tennis courts. (That latter specific area, which also has a forever wild sign, & rough, narrow trail thru brambles & thicker woods, is where the grosbeak was first discovered, on the Dec. 16th 2018 Manhattan -officially, 'Lower Hudson'- Christmas Bird Count. There is additional habitat that many birds use as much as 1/4 mile farther north however that patch of woods & edge is far less-frequented by birders or regular park-users, and commonsense caution is advised if working thru some of that section of the park, which lacks deisgnated trails.)

This is an unparalleled stay in one site in New York County for this species, at least in the modern era. It will be interesting to watch how long it does continue on there; clearly it has fed well in that area (which has also supported a good many other wintering &/or resident birds over the winter, & in general). Also interesting to note that a small feeder array which attracts a variety of other species seems not to have interested the Evening Grosbeak at all, from many reports & my own months of observing it as well. There can be muddy patches on the foot trails in this area.

good end-of-winter birding,

Tom Fiore
manhattan
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
Date: Mon Mar 18 2019 12:19 pm
From: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
 
RBA


*New York
Syracuse
March 18, 2019
NYSY 03. 18. 19


Hotline: Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert
Dates: March 11 - March 18, 2019
To report by email: brinjoseph AT yahoo DOT com
Reporting upstate counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Oneida, Herkimer, Cayuga, Montezuma Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands complex
compiled: March 18 AT 12:30 p.m. EDT
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondgaaudubon.org




Greetings: This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week on March 11, 2019


Highlights:


RED-THROATED LOON
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
BARROWS GOLDENEYE
KING EIDER
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
PEREGRINE FALCON
GOLDEN EAGLE
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
EVENING GROSBEAK






Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
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3/15: 13 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Millenium Marsh.
3/16: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in flight at Howland Island. Also seen were 56 COMMON REDPOLLS and a drake EURASIAN WIGEON.




Onondaga County
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3/11: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake.
3/12: This was the last report of the BARROWS GOLDENEYE on the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor on West Kirkpatrick Street in Syracuse.
3/16: A BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen on the west shore trail on Onondaga Lake.
3/17: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Jamesville Beach County Park.




Derby Hill Bird Observatory
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463 raptors were counted at Derby this week. The first NORTHERN GOSHAWK and another GOLDEN EAGLE were recorded. Other highlights were ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL and a CACKLING GOOSE. Also the first big push of SNOW GEESE.




Oswego County
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3/12: An ICELAND GULL was seen at Mexico Point on Lake Ontario.
3/15: The last reports of SURF SCOTER and KING EIDER were recieved this day in Oswego Harbor. A RED-THROATED LOON was was seen in Oswego Harbor.A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Bishop Road north of Oulaski. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Rt. 481 near Battle Island State Park.
3/16: 2 BLACK SCOTERS were seen at Oswego Harbor. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Selkirk Shores State Park.
3/17: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Hinman Road north of Pulaski.
3/18: 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen near Williamstown.




Madison County
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EVEN GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Eden Hollow Road near Erieville.
3/16: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near a feeder on Eden Hollow road. An ICELAND GULL was seen on Ditchbank Road near Canastota.
3/17: A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on Woodman Pond near Hamilton.




Oneida County
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3/12: 25 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Hawkinsville Road in Boonville.
3/13: An ICELAND GULL was seen near Barnevald.
3/15: A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on Happy Valley Road near Verona. Another GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton.
3/16: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE wa seen at Verona Swamp near Turning Stone.




Herkimer County
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3/12: A WILSONS SNIPE was again seen on Miner Road west of Dolgeville.
3/15: 5 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Mill Wood Hill Road near Hinkley.




Migrants reported this week
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TREE SWALLOW EASTERN PHOEBE AMERICAN PIPIT RUDDY DUCK GREEN-WINGED TEAL BLUE-WINGED TEAL NORTHERN SHOVELER WOOD DUCK RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD COMMON GRACKLE EASTERN MEADOWLARK SNOW GOOSE AMERICAN WIGEON SWAMP SPARROW AMERICAN WOODCOCK FOX SPARROW SONG SPARROW NORTHERN PINTAIL RUSTY BLACKBIRD RED-SHOULDERED HAWK NORTHERN GOSHAWK GADWALL.









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Subject: Reminder: BBC Evening Presentation Grace Markman Homegrown Strategies Saving our Native Flora
Date: Mon Mar 18 2019 10:21 am
From: deepseagangster AT gmail.com
 
Tuesday March 19th 7pm
BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY, CENTRAL BRANCH AT GRAND ARMY PLAZAGRACE MARKMAN PRESENTS: HOMEGROWN STRATEGIES: SAVING OUR NATIVE FLORA
Grace has worked as a field botanist and educator in New York City and the Northeast for over thirty years.Her workshop will focus on successful strategies that have been utilized to conserve and promote our native flora. A power point presentation will be given on creative projects initiated by both individuals and small groups in New York City and the Northeast. Can you help initiate a native plant arboretum or create a new plant corridor? We will consider positive effective ways to involve our local and state officials. After this presentation we will divide into small groups to share ideas and create new ones that can be implemented to address the vital issues of conservation and promotion of our native flora.http://brooklynbirdclub.org/ev...
Dennis Hrehowsik,
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Subject: "Damselflies and Dragonflies" - a Queens County Bird Club presentation this Wednesday, March 20
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 18:27 pm
From: nancy.tognan AT gmail.com
 
TheQueens County Bird Clubwill be meeting at the Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 NorthernBlvd Douglaston, NY 11362>Map of location<at 8:00 pm this Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Freeadmission. Refreshments served.

QCBC member Steve Walter will present Damselflies and Dragonflies of Long Island. Damselflies anddragonflies the Odonata are one of our most important groups of insects.Theyre all around us, and withtheir beauty, have grown in popularity amongnaturalists. A wide variety of speciesinhabit or pass through Long Island, includingsome that are rare or occurnowhere else in New York State. Photographsof over 80 species will take you from New York City tothe Pine Barrens to thebarrier beaches. A bit about their lifehistories and discussion of why theyre here will provide a greatprimer forthose looking to discover the world of Odonates.
Steve Walter is a long-time naturalist onLong Island, having included in his pursuits the study of hawk migration,butterfly distribution,and the surveying of moth populations at several sites.His passion for Odonata has spanned more than 25 years, and has included thestudy of their migration, the New York State Atlas, and the discovery of speciesnot previously recorded on Long Island.
Hope to see you Wednesday!
Nancy Tognan
[email protected]
Vice President, Queens County Bird Club

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

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

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Subject: Central Park NYC - Sun. March 17, 2019 - Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow, Cooper's Hawk
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 17:59 pm
From: dallenyc AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park NYC
Sunday March 17, 2019
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, Deborah Allen, m.ob


Highlights: Hermit Thrush, uptick in Fox Sparrow numbers, Cooper's Hawks.


Canada Goose - 70+ Reservoir incl. pairs looking for nest sites, 6 Turtle Pond
Northern Shoveler - 49 (14 Turtle Pond, 35 Lake)
Mallard - more than 20 (Lake & Turtle Pond)
Bufflehead - 3 south end Reservoir
Ruddy Duck - Lake
Mourning Dove - 8
Herring Gull - low numbers Reservoir
Double-crested Cormorant - 1 Reservoir
Cooper's Hawk - 2 Evodia Field
Red-tailed Hawk - 2 (1 perched on Beresford, 1 flyover)
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 7
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Blue Jay - 28
American Crow - 8 in flyover flock E. 90th Street
Black-capped Chickadee - 4
Tufted Titmouse - 40+
Red-breasted Nuthatch - Evodia Field feeders
White-breasted Nuthatch - 5
Hermit Thrush - Mugger's Woods (over-wintered)
American Robin - 56 including large flock on Great Lawn
House Finch - pair Boathouse parking lot
American Goldfinch - 12
Fox Sparrow - 11 (10 in Mugger's Woods)
Song Sparrow - 7+
White-throated Sparrow - many
Dark-eyed Junco - 11
Red-winged Blackbird - singing at Oven, Evodia Field & Turtle Pond
Common Grackle - 80+
Northern Cardinal - 8


A Common Raven flying south over Central Park West at 7:45am was inadvertently left out of Saturday's list.


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Subject: Central Park NYC - Sat. March 16, 2019 - Rusty Blackbird, E. PHoebe, Brown Thrasher, Fox Sparrow, Bald Eagle.
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 17:27 pm
From: dallenyc AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park NYC
Saturday March 16, 2019
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, Deborah Allen, m.ob.

Highlights: Rusty Blackbird, Eastern Phoebe, Brown Thrasher, Fox Sparrow & Bald Eagle.


Canada Goose - few Reservoir & Ramble (M. Benoit reported others on the Meer)
Northern Shoveler - 38 (Turtle Pond & Reservoir)
Mallard - 13 Turtle Pond, others on Reservoir & Lake
Bufflehead - 19 (18 Reservoir, 1 Turtle Pond)
Ruddy Duck - low numbers on Reservoir
Pied-billed Grebe - south end Reservoir
Mourning Dove - some courtship - several locations
American Coot - 5 south end Reservoir
American Woodcock - south of Azalea Pond
Herring Gull - 1/2 dozen Reservoir
Bald Eagle - adult southbound flyover Great Lawn & Pinetum (Noriko)
Red-tailed Hawk - 4 (pair Beresford, flyovers - Warbler Rock, Great Lawn/Pinetum)
Red-bellied Woodpecker - at least 5
Downy Woodpecker - near Boathouse
Northern Flicker - Maintenance Field & the Gill
American Kestrel - male over Great Lawn
Eastern Phoebe - 2 Maintenance Field
Blue Jay - sitting quietly in several locations
American Crow - 2 over Reservoir
Black-capped Chickadee - 2 (Evodia Field & Mugger's Woods (Sandra Critelli))
Tufted Titmouse - at least 40
Red-breasted Nuthatch - Evodia Field feeders
White-breasted Nuthatch - at least 4
American Robin - some small flocks foraging on lawns
Brown Thrasher - 2 Turtle Pond (Matthieu Benoit)
House Finch - pair Maintenance Field, another heard
American Goldfinch - 11 Evodia Field thistle feeders
Eastern Towhee - 3 (Shakespeare Garden (Mark Siegeltuch), Maint. Field (Patty Pike), Tupelo Field)
Fox Sparrow - Warbler Rock
Song Sparrow - at least 8
White-throated Sparrow - moderate numbers
Dark-eyed Junco - 2 Evodia Field
Red-winged Blackbird - Evodia Field, others heard
Rusty Blackbird - the Gill near Azalea Pond
Common Grackle - small flocks in Ramble & at feeders
Northern Cardinal - at least 8


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Subject: NYBG birds
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 14:35 pm
From: ablock22168 AT yahoo.com
 
Went to the NYBG to look for the ravens that are supposed to be there and for any early migrants. No sign of ravens, couldn't find a nest anywhere on the building, or any visible anywhere. I tend to think it was a false report. Not a whole lot around except for many robins and grackles. Did have the pair of Red-tailed Hawks mating near their nest site. Also had 1 Great Blue Heron, 6 Wood Ducks, 2 Northern Shovelers, 2 Canada Geese (one neck banded), and 8 Mallards at Twin Lakes and the river. Had a Hermit Thrush and a few Red-breasted Nuthatches in the Pinetum. Otherwise mostly resident birds. Thought I might get a woodcock or two since they are showing in the area, but no luck.
Andrew
Andrew v. F. Block
Consulting Naturalist
20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3
Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629
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Subject: Ospreys are back at Oceanside
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 14:34 pm
From: mike5719 AT icloud.com
 
Also FOY Osprey on a nest platform on the Southampton side of Dune Rd. Great Egret in SHampton and a pair of A.m. Oystercatchers near the Inlet. Mike CooperRidge, LI, NY

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Marine Nature Study Area, 16 MarchSigns of Spring are here with a pair of Ospreys at the nest platform (one arrived yesterday), a pair of Peregrine Falcons in the nest box (per the cam images), a Greater Yellowlegs earlier on the week and a first Tree Swallow today. While we watched, the Brant across the channel erupted and finally a circling speck in the sky proved to be an immature Bald Eagle. A pair of Goldeneye continue in the channel with Red-breasted Mergansers. Red-winged Blackbirds are feeding in the marsh, but otherwise no new small birds.Sy SchiffSent from Mail for Windows 10

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Subject: Nassau County - Wild Turkeys
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 10:28 am
From: michaelzito AT gmail.com
 
Wild turkeys displaying on the entrance ramp/service road to the LIE from South Oyster Bay Road going west near exit 42 , not the exactly the best place for them

(Corner of Robbins Lane north east side of LIE)
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Subject: Ospreys are back at Oceanside
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 9:51 am
From: icterus AT optonline.net
 
Marine Nature Study Area, 16 MarchSigns of Spring are here with a pair of Ospreys at the nest platform (one arrived yesterday), a pair of Peregrine Falcons in the nest box (per the cam images), a Greater Yellowlegs earlier on the week and a first Tree Swallow today. While we watched, the Brant across the channel erupted and finally a circling speck in the sky proved to be an immature Bald Eagle. A pair of Goldeneye continue in the channel with Red-breasted Mergansers. Red-winged Blackbirds are feeding in the marsh, but otherwise no new small birds.Sy SchiffSent from Mail for Windows 10

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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 15 March 2019
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 3:46 am
From: bcacace AT gmail.com
 
- RBA
* New York* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County* Mar. 15, 2019* NYNY1903.15
- Birds mentionedRed-necked GrebeRazorbillBLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKEGLAUCOUS GULLICELAND GULLLesser Black-backed GullBLACK-HEADED GULLTUNDRA SWANEURASIAN WIGEONGREEN-WINGED TEALBlue-winged TealHARLEQUIN DUCKGREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSECackling GooseAmerican WoodcockPiping PloverWilson's SnipeOspreyEastern PhoebeRusty BlackbirdBoat-tailed GrackleEvening GrosbeakCOMMON REDPOLLChipping SparrowTree SwallowPine Warbler
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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, March 15th 2019 at 9pm. The highlights of today's tape are TUNDRA SWAN, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, Eurasian form of GREEN-WINGED TEAL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, COMMON REDPOLL and spring arrivals.
Ah, the March doldrums when birders anticipation generally well exceeds realization. With waterfowl now strongly on the move some unusual species lingering locally have included the two TUNDRA SWANS out on Georgica Pond, the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE still in the Rye area of lower Westchester at least to Tuesday and a CACKLING GOOSE still at Arthur J. Hendrickson Park in Valley Stream Tuesday. The Brooklyn EURASIAN WIGEON, a drake at the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center and a female at Bush Terminal Piers Park were both still present today while the drake in Rye was still around Tuesday. A drake Eurasian form of GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen again at Santapogue Creek in West Babylon from Saturday to Tuesday. A few HARLEQUIN DUCKS were still around the Jones Beach West End jetty last weekend with a pair also continuing around the Moriches Inlet east jetty at Smith Point County Park to Thursday.
Also noted at Jones Beach West End on Monday were an immature BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE and a RAZORBILL. An immature BLACK-HEADED GULL was spotted Sunday at Georgica Pond and a presumably over wintering adult in Oldfield was seen around the southwestern end of Conscience Bay on Wednesday. A GLAUCOUS GULL visited Randall's Island Wednesday and another was still at the Bellport Bay Yacht Club last Saturday. While an ICELAND GULL was seen again at the Austin Nichols House in Brooklyn Tuesday. At least 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted along Long Island's south shore last weekend including at Jones Beach West End, Heckscher State Park and Shinnecock Inlet. A RED-NECKED GREBE spotted on Patchogue Lake on Wednesday was still present today and 2 were off Pelham Bay Park yesterday.
A COMMON REDPOLL was found accompanying a flock of American Goldfinch in Brooklyn's Green-wood Cemetery on Wednesday and has continued there through today. A flock of 8 COMMON REDPOLLS appeared Wednesday near Cross River Reservoir in northern Westchester but the bulk of the REDPOLLS this winter have remained well north of our area.
The Riverside Park EVENING GROSBEAK continuing in northern Manhattan for an unexpectedly long time was last reported on Tuesday but don't despair as spring migration has begun. Arriving this week has been BLUE-WINGED TEAL, the first few PIPING PLOVERS, some WILSON'S SNIPE, a couple of OSPREYS and some of the earlier landbirds including EASTERN PHOEBE, TREE SWALLOW, CHIPPING SPARROW, BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE, RUSTY BLACKBIRD and PINE WARBLER with more on the way and AMERICAN WOODCOCK are now displaying nicely at many appropriate locations.
To phone in reports on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 or call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922.
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Subject: Redpoll & Pine Warbler GWC. Bklyn
Date: Fri Mar 15 2019 12:05 pm
From: robsbate AT gmail.com
 
At the intersection of Union and Southwood in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Redpoll is mixed in with flock of 30+ goldfinches. Pine warbler came through and has been seen elsewhere in GWC as well

Rob Bate
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Subject: Manhattan, NYC 3/11-15 (Glaucous Gull, Pine Warbler, E. Phoebe, & more)
Date: Fri Mar 15 2019 11:08 am
From: tomfi2 AT earthlink.net
 
Monday - Friday, 11-15 March, 2019
Manhattan, N.Y. City (including Central Park and multiple other sites)
Perhaps the most uncommon sighting of the past week in New York County, although just off of Manhattan on Randalls Island (which is a short way to the east in the East River estuary) was Wednesdays (3/13) GLAUCOUS Gull found by Ben Sadock, reported to eBird with a fine photo - https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
Arrivals from at least Thursday (3/14) include a nice bright male PINE Warbler, at the Loch in Central Parks north end; this seen by a small number of folks both in the morning & afternoon, up the slope and on the north side of the Loch / Ravine, & perhaps still in that area. Friday (3/15) brought at least a couple of Eastern PHOEBES, up fairly high in trees when first seen, by the lake, and near the Conservatory Water (sailboat pond) both in Central Park. A few Great Blue Herons have flown over in the last several days, even as at least one has stayed on, an overwinterer that was in various parts of Central Park; the species was also seen elsewhere in N.Y. County thru the winter.
It seems plausible that the very long-staying (just shy of 3 full months) Evening Grosbeak of Manhattans Riverside Park may have moved on, with no confirmed sightings of that one solo male in the vicinity of its long stay in the sanctuary part of that park (near 116-122 Streets) since Tues., 3/12. We will see if there any new sightings there. In the meantime, theres some finch-y excitement over the appearances of Common Redpolls in the area including one at Brooklyns historic Greenwood cemetery (a great place to visit at most any season), & some others in the nearby counties very recently as well. It bears continuing watching out for those & other irruptive species which may be on the move in many areas.
American Woodcock are in town, with a big increase in just a few days, & some sightings in parts of the city where they would not, or did not, fare as well as they could; some have been picked up and brought in to local rehabilitators. There also have been more than a few in Central Park this week, & as reported from not only Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, and likely in a number of the other larger parks, and also in a number of other greenspaces & small parks. Yet more may come thru, even as some are already on territories in the region & starting their display flights.
Regionally, it was a fairly big week for northbound migration of larger (& some smaller) waterfowl. For Manhattan, perhaps not all that evident, unless one were watching the skies for some time, esp. Wed. & Thurs. and also listening-watching at night. Mute Swans appeared along the Hudson, where they have at times in the past, but it had been a while. Plenty of Canada Geese were on the move over the Hudson at times, esp. in pre-dawn hours, some in the daytime as well. Yet some of the more feral Canada Geese of the Central Park reservoir seemed less interested in joining up with their more-migratory kin; nevertheless, their numbers at the C.P. reservoir have diminished by over half in the past week. Other waterbirds have been ongoing, with Buffleheads still in good nos., & at least 1 Hooded Merganser lingering, plus American Coots, Pied-billed Grebe, N. Shovelers, Wood Ducks & some other overwintering ducks. A few Double-crested Cormorants have been noted as well, on the move or at least locally moving in to feed from Central Parks waters.
Numbers of blackbirds, including mostly Common Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds, but also at least a few Rusty Blackbirds & a few Brown-headed Cowbirds have all been around and of the first 2 species, some moving thru in early mornings, these in various sites, including from / in Central Park.
Numbers of some of the sparrow tribe increased as of Thursday, with [Red] Fox Sparrows in much greater numbers in several parks, and the sometimes-ignored Song Sparrows even more so, plus Slate-colored Juncos scattered about, in many more areas than even the day prior. A nice number of these and a lot of other birds are singing much more now (and some have been doing so for even a few weeks already). Also in the sparrow tribe, both Chipping & Field Sparrows that had overwintered were still in Central Park this week.
Various species that have continued to successfully winter in Manhattan include Winter Wrens, both nuthatch species, Gray Catbirds, Hermit Thrushes, E. Towhees, & in lower numbers, Brown Thrasher. The male Common Yellowthroat that held on in Union Square Park was continuing there.
Several species of owls reappeared in Manhattan in the past week, these were likely migrants moving thru, but its also possible some were those that wintered in the county and had been moving around. Long-eared, N. Saw-whet, and Barred were amongst the species found.
Its good to know of 4 SNOW Buntings found on Friday, 3/8 at Governors Island (off the south tip of Manhattan in N.Y. harbor, & politically also within New York County), those birds along with many others including a KILLDEER, noted by A. Barry, a NYC Audobon naturalist who works there.
Very possible a number of additional species may turn up any day with the change of season upon us. A modest number of other migrants are expected, & some have been seen in adjacent counties just recently.
good nearly-spring birding,
Tom Fioremanhattan













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Subject: Kings County Common Redpoll and spring arrivals
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 14:08 pm
From: sean AT seansime.com
 
A Common Redpoll continues for a third day in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn. The bird has been associating with a flock of American Goldfinch and favors the area around the intersection of Dell and Oakwood Avenues. The cemetery closes at 5pm these days so please keep that in mind if making the trip.The birds spend a lot of time on the ground under Sweetgums and the CORE can take some time to find.
While following the slow moving finch flock today I came across three American Woodcock, both species of nuthatch, European Goldfinch, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Chipping Sparrow and multiple singing Fox Sparrow.At roughly 2:45 an Osprey drifted SSE from the vicinity of Prospect Park.
Good birding,
Sean SimeBrooklyn,, NY


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Subject: Red-necked Grebe, Patchogue Lake, Suffolk Co.
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 10:04 am
From: mscheibel49 AT gmail.com
 
Red-necked Grebe found yesterday by Shai Mitra at this location continues this morning , diving actively near south end of the lake; also, found a drake Blue-winged Teal associating with Gadwalls near mid-lake west side.
Mike Scheibel
Brookhaven, NY

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Subject: RWBB /other spring signs
Date: Wed Mar 13 2019 18:13 pm
From: daven1024 AT yahoo.com
 
We had a big "goose" flight down here too. skies were filled, birds were quite high up so you had to really look. Many snows at least from my home. All birds were heading northwest toward Finger Lakes....
On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 6:26:05 PM EDT, Kevin J. McGowan wrote:

A few lunch-time observers at the Cornell Lab today saw hundreds of Red-winged Blackbirds and Grackles migrating past, but the big deal was the number of geese going over. For the almost hour I was out there on "Mt Sapsucker," the hill by the parking lots, one of our enthusiasts counted 22,600 Canada Geese, a few hundred Snow Geese, and 22 Cackling Geese. Before we came out, my son, Jay, had a small group of greater White-fronted Geese, and at least one Ross's Goose.
Few raptors, though. We were all hoping for Golden Eagles, but had to make do with a few Red-tailed Hawks, and singles of Red-shouldered Hawk and Northern Harrier.
Essentially every minute of my hour, we had skeins of Canada Geese in view. It was almost exhausting trying to look at every flock. During the brief moments when we didn't have geese overhead, if you looked with your binoculars into the distance, you could always find dozens of distant flocks.
An impressive migration day. Too bad I had to spend most of it inside behind a computer!
Kevin



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Subject: [cayugabirds-l] RWBB /other spring signsFOY Red Winged Blackbird on Algerine Rd, Lansing. Male on top of lone tree near frozen pond.
26 Wild Turkeys on Davis Rd up the hill southeast of Algerine. None displaying.
A few days ago neighbor at 581 Lansing Station Rd reported 2 mature Bald Eagles exhibiting courting behavior over lake & in tree in their yard. "Two eagles "in love" they called it.
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Subject: Bryant Park Woodcock
Date: Wed Mar 13 2019 7:51 am
From: drogin AT earthlink.net
 
Last winter we had a woodcock sighting almost every week from November through March, sometimes three after a snowstorm.  This winter was quiet.  We did have some overwintering hearties - 2-3 Gray Catbirds, one Song Sparrow that clung to the southwest corner.  A     small group of European Starlings didnt fair as well- I would find their carcasses in the shrubbery of Grace Plaza.  I did get to see the Brown Thrasher in the small park off 45th last month.

So recent reports of the woodcocks return had me hopeful. This morning I had my first for the year quietly sitting in the hedges of the Bryant Park Grill as if patiently waiting for the crews to remove the remains of the ice rink.

Happy Spring Birding,
Alan
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Subject: BBC Evening Presentation: Grace Markman Presents: Homegrown Strategies Saving our Native Flora
Date: Tue Mar 12 2019 10:22 am
From: deepseagangster AT gmail.com
 
Tuesday March 19th 7pm
BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY, CENTRAL BRANCH AT GRAND ARMY PLAZAGRACE MARKMAN PRESENTS: HOMEGROWN STRATEGIES: SAVING OUR NATIVE FLORA
Grace has worked as a field botanist and educator in New York City and the Northeast for over thirty years.Her workshop will focus on successful strategies that have been utilized to conserve and promote our native flora. A power point presentation will be given on creative projects initiated by both individuals and small groups in New York City and the Northeast. Can you help initiate a native plant arboretum or create a new plant corridor? We will consider positive effective ways to involve our local and state officials. After this presentation we will divide into small groups to share ideas and create new ones that can be implemented to address the vital issues of conservation and promotion of our native flora.http://brooklynbirdclub.org/ev...
Dennis Hrehowsik,
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Subject: Dale Dyer on Birds of Central American - BirdCallsRadio
Date: Tue Mar 12 2019 9:49 am
From: mardi1d AT gmail.com
 
Birders et al,

Thought many of your would be interested in my next guest Dale Dyer on Birds of Central American. https://bit.ly/2akUsxp

Happy Birding!

Cheers,
Mardi Dickinson


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Subject: Syracuse RBA
Date: Mon Mar 11 2019 11:22 am
From: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
 
RBA


*New York
Syracuse
March 11, 2019
NYSY 03. 11. 19


Hotline: Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert
Dates: March 04 - March 11, 2019
To report by email: brinjoseph AT yahoo DOT com
Reporting upstate counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Oneida, Herkimer, Cayuga, Montezuma Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands complex
compiled: March 11 AT 11;30:00 a.m. EDT
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondgaaudubon.org




Greetings: This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week on March 04, 2019


Highlights:


RED-THROATED LOON
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
BARROWS GOLDENEYE
CANVASBACK
KING EIDER
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
PEREGRINE FALCON
SANDHILL CRANE
ICELAND GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
VESPER SPARROW
EASTERN TOWHEE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK
PINE SISKIN






Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
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3/5: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen on Gravel Road just east of Rt. 89.
3/8: A SANDHILL CRANE was seen on Morgan Road.




Onondaga County
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FISH CROWS were reported on many occasions from Baldwinsville, the north side of Syracuse and the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. Overwintering EASTERN TOWHEE (Manlius) and VESPER SPARROW (Tully) were again reported.
3/4: 12 species of waterfowl including 52 CANVASBACKS were seen along the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake. A PEREGRINE FALCON, possibly the same bird, was seen in two different locations in Baldwinsville.
3/8: 4 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Bardeen Road south of Fabius. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen in Baldwinsville. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Inner Harbor in Syracuse.
3/10: The BARROWS GOLDENEYE at the west shore trail of Onondaga Lake and the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at Green Lakes State Park were both reported on Saturday but not on Sunday.




Oswego County
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3/4: The male KING EIDER was again reported in Oswego Harbor but has not been reported since. A male KING EIDER has since been seen in Sodus Bay in Wayne County and may possibly be the same bird.
3/5: 2 PINE SISKINS were seen at a feeder in Constantia.
3/8: A MALE BARROWS GOLDENEYE and a RED-THROATED LOON were seen in Oswego Harbor.
3/10: A female SURF SCOTER and a RED-NECKED GREBE were seen in Oswego Harbor.




Derby Hill Bird Observatory
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Eight species of Raptors have been identified as migrants so far this season. Three GOLDEN EAGLES have been recorded.




madison County
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3/8: Up to 25 EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Eden Hollow Road near Erieville.
3/9: Up to 50 EVENING GROSBEAKS are still visiting a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds. A SNOWY OWL was seen at the sod farm on Lakeport road north of Chittenango. A MERLIN and a PEREGRINE FALCON were seen at Ditchbank Road near Canastota.
3/10: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Stephans Road south of South Bay on Oneida Lake.




Oneida County
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3/4: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Westmoreland Road west of Whitesboro.






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Subject: Black-headed Gull, Georgica Pond (Suffolk)
Date: Sun Mar 10 2019 14:53 pm
From: dfutuyma AT gmail.com
 
At 2:15 this afternoon, an immature Black-headed Gull was at the end of Cove Hollow Road, on the mud flat close to the end of the road. After a while, it took flight and went to the left, out of sight.
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Subject: Common Mergansers
Date: Sat Mar 9 2019 17:13 pm
From: carneym AT fordhamprep.org
 
There were 3 male Common Mergansers on Van Cortlandt Lake at 4 pm today.

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Subject: Jones Beach area
Date: Sat Mar 9 2019 4:43 am
From: ablock22168 AT yahoo.com
 
After taking a friend to the airport I decided to take a quick look in the Jones Beach area for stuff. Not a lot around. Had an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Black Scoters, and 4 Pintails at the coast guard station. At Pt. Lookout there were many Red-throated Loons. Other than that not much around. At Cammans Pond I had 3 Black-crowned Night-Herons, several shovelers, and two hoodies. At Merrick Rd. Park I had a large colony of 10 Monk Parakeet nests with more than 25+ birds present at the time. I had never noticed those there before. I also hadn't realized how much had changed since Sandy in this area. I hadn't been down here since before then.
Andrew
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Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629
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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 08 March 2019
Date: Fri Mar 8 2019 20:31 pm
From: gbensonny AT gmail.com
 
-RBA* New York* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County* March 8, 2019* NYNY1903.08
- Birds Mentioned
PACIFIC LOON+(+ Details requested by NYSARC)
Greater White-fronted GooseCackling GooseTUNDRA SWANEURASIAN WIGEONRed-necked GrebeRough-legged HawkKilldeerSpotted SandpiperAmerican WoodcockIceland GullEastern PhoebeCLAY-COLORED SPARROWDICKCISSELEVENING GROSBEAKHouse Sparrow
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Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony LauroCoverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
Transcriber: Gail Benson
[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]
Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, March 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm.
The highlights of today's tape are PACIFIC LOON, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, DICKCISSEL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and EVENING GROSBEAK.
A fairly slow week, thanks mostly to the cold weather conditions, with more drifting north out of our region than coming in.
Our last report of the Oyster Bay PACIFIC LOON was from Monday, when still around the Sagamore Yacht Club boat basin and a little east of there off Florence Avenue. To look for the Loon, enter Oyster Bay on Route 106 and continue on South Street, staying left at the end by the white tanks to reach the parking lot for the Yacht Club and adjacent Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. Search the boat basin or, if not there, off the end of Florence Avenue, where there also is parking.
Two TUNDRA SWANS, presumably wintering around East Hampton despite only occasional reports, have been seen this week around Georgica Cove and Pond, an area birded with some difficulty as it is mostly surrounded by private homes.
The only GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE reported this week has been wintering in southern Westchester County and has recently been visiting Playland Lake in Rye. A drake EURASIAN WIGEON is also in the same area of Rye but, like the TUNDRA SWANS, is often not viewable due to the private homes lining the shore. The WIGEON is occasionally visible from a viewpoint off Forest Avenue east of Rye Beach, but there is really very limited access even at that spot.
Another EURASIAN WIGEON was still at Bush Terminal Piers Park in Brooklyn last Sunday, and one continues at the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center.
CACKLING GEESE this week were reported from Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island and Arthur J. Hendrickson Park in Valley Stream as well as at Hook Pond in East Hampton Sunday.
An ICELAND GULL was still at the Montauk Harbor Inlet Sunday, with another visiting New Rochelle in Westchester County Wednesday.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was still off Floyd Bennett Field to Monday, with another at Glen Island Park in Westchester Thursday.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted at the former Grumman Airport grasslands yesterday, and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER was still at the West Meadow Wetlands Preserve in Stony Brook Sunday.
The Quogue CLAY-COLORED SPARROW present earlier in the year was refound Monday along Post Lane near houses number 18 and 20, this area just north of the bridge to Dune Road.
The DICKCISSEL at the Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area was seen coming into the feeders there with a horde of HOUSE SPARROWS at least to Tuesday morning.
A male EVENING GROSBEAK continues to grace Riverside Park in northern Manhattan around the Forever Wild Trail near West 117th Street or north of there.
Besides waterfowl, birds on the move this week have included KILLDEER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK and EASTERN PHOEBE.
To phone in reports, on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734 4126 or call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922 and leave a message.
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Subject: Manhattan, NYC 3/4-8 (Evening Grosbeak, Am. Woodock, & more)
Date: Fri Mar 8 2019 7:25 am
From: tomfi2 AT earthlink.net
 
Manhattan, N.Y. City - Monday to Friday, 4th to 8th March, 2018
A bright male EVENING Grosbeak was continuing into Friday, 3/8, in Riverside Park, along & near the forever wild trail (white signage at either end of the possibly-icy, or partly muddy-mess trail), & has been semi-regular, if not at all guaranteed, near the very small streamlet thats been flowing thru all the cold weather; the grosbeak also is showing in the thickets on the slope below, and to the north, as well as some forays a short way south - this is all in Riverside at a latitude of about W. 117 - 119th Streets. This bird also may spend a fair amount of time high up in trees, and seems to be so far rather silent, from my experiences with it. It may also be fairly shy, but could pop in at any time. At least 12 observers have seen the grosbeak this week, including 4 of us on Thurs. midday. However, it is also very possible to miss it, & patience may be needed.
American WOODCOCK have started to arrive, some were already being found in late February but unfortunately, among those the majority in Manhattan were being delivered to a bird rehabber, after collisions with buildings. There have been a scant number in at least several parks & at one location off Manhattan island but part of NY County (which is what Manhattan is politically a part of, with the addition of a few islands & even a tiny bit of the mainland, in the SW Bronx). This includes at least two sightings on different days this week in Central Park, with at least one found Thursday in the Ramble, & an earlier one at the north end of the park. There also was one in Riverside Parks sanctuary (where the Eve. Grosbeaks been).
A Rusty Blackbird has continued in the Ravine (Loch) in the n. end of Central Park, this seen regularly for many weeks if not longer; one there Thursday was quite active & gave some calls at times; that one is still in brighter more basic plumage. [Red] Fox Sparrows have been in nice numbers (12+ thru Central Park; also at least a few this week in several other parks; Swamp Sparrows also had overwintered in small numbers, and were seen in several locations this week; the same for Eastern Towhee. A few Chipping Sparrows also have overewintered.
On Monday (3/4) there were a modest number of Turkey Vultures on the move, generally headed in northerly direction, during morning & mid-day hours. 8 were counted from near the Hudson River, north of 125th Street; & lesser numbers were also seen on that day, over Manhattan, from various locations, and multiple observers. Several were again noted on Tuesday. There continue to be sightings of Bald Eagles along the Hudson, seen from a few vantage points; these are most regular as seen from north of the G. Washington bridge. Another raptor seen irregularly thru this winter, and perhaps having lingered for the season, &/or a migrant coming thru: a few sightings of Red-shouldered Hawk & some of these have been photographed as well, eliminating other species. As expected, there are American Kestrels and Peregrines at a number of locations, each with pairs seen mating lately, and both scattered through many parts of N.Y. County. Numbers of Red-tailed Hawks, many paired-up before now, are impressive as that species seems to be continuing to grow in N.Y. City & is going strong in Manhattan, with nests on many buildings as well as in a number of parks. The total numbers of these are likely more than even active birders in the city would suspect, as there are few neighborhoods lacking them, and in some areas, theyre in the many-multiple. Their success in part is pretty clearly based on a lot of available prey. Coopers Hawks were also in fair numbers in a number of parks as well as in neighborhoods this winter in Manhattan & some might be lingering, while some seem to have moved on most recently; worth keeping an eye out for pairs, if seen in the city.
Some of the other sightings of the last 5 days, in or over Manhattan and its islands & near-shore waters:
Red-throated Loon,Common Loon,Pied-billed Grebe (Central Park reservoir),Great Cormorant,Double-crested Cormorant,Great Blue Heron,Black Vulture (north of G.W. bridge and looking across the Hudson River),Turkey Vulture,Canada Goose, [Atlantic]Brant,Mute Swan (2 were still around from Randalls Island viewing),Wood Duck (several, Central Park),Gadwall,American Black Duck,Mallard,Northern Shoveler (Central Park, multiple waterbodies), American Wigeon (ten reptd. on 3/4, Governors Island, by B.C.), Greater Scaup (few, E. River piers in vicinity of Wall Street), Common Goldeneye (E. River-inlet, & NY Harbor), Bufflehead,Hooded Merganser (Central Park reservoir),Red-breasted Merganser (both rivers off Manhattan and NY harbor),Ruddy Duck,Bald Eagle,Sharp-shinned Hawk,Cooper's Hawk,Red-shouldered Hawk,Red-tailed Hawk,American Coot (at least 4, Central Park),American Woodcock (as noted above),Ring-billed Gull,[American] Herring Gull,Great Black-backed Gull,['feral'] Rock Pigeon,Mourning Dove, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (low numbers, but in multiple parks and some smaller greenspaces, all had overwintered that are seen now), Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker (relatively few), Yellow-shafted Flicker (few, some of which overwintered in Central Park), Blue Jay (relatively high numbers in some parks), American Crow, Common Raven (scarce but several sightings, also photos), Black-capped Chickadee (seeming modest up-tick in numbers), Tufted Titmouse (high numbers continue as they have all winter), Red-breasted Nuthatch (scant, but regular in Central Park), White-breasted Nuthatch (fairly high numbers), Brown Creeper (very few, present all winter in Central Park), Carolina Wren (in several parks, including several all winter in Central Park), Winter Wren (a few have been in Central Park all winter, and likely in a couple of other parks), Hermit Thrush (less than in early winter, but more than a few made it to this point in multiple locations), American Robin (either a very modest increase, or a dispersal in the last week+, with slightly more in many disparate areas now), Gray Catbird (multiple parks, large and small, as well as some other greenspaces), Northern Mockingbird (in fairly modest numbers), Brown Thrasher (several or more overwintered, including at least 2 in Central Park & also a few in smaller greenspaces), European Starling, Common Yellowthroat (notably, a male has persisted at Union Square Park thru the winter; & the next few weeks are crucial to its survival into spring; a few other warblers may have also survived but are being reported at best very infrequently in recent weeks), Eastern Towhee (few, in several locations), Chipping Sparrow (at least 2 continued all winter to now, one in Central Park & another in Fort Washington Park), [Red] Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow (few), White-throated Sparrow, (White-crowned Sparrow had been wintering succesfully in several locations and a few may still be, with no very recent reports), Slate-colored Junco (modest numbers and in multiple parks), Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird (small numbers, some had already passed thru in minimal nos.), Rusty Blackbird (as noted above), Common Grackle (modest nos. so far, with very small nos. passing thru already), House Finch, American Goldfinch (modest nos. generally), Evening Grosbeak (the ongoing male, as noted at top), and House Sparrow. Likely a few additional species were also found in NY County.
An occasional reminder: All playing of amplified sounds, at any time and in any part of Central Park is prohibited by NYC law without a permit from the city; this applies park-wide and there are no exceptions; signage indicating this is posted through all areas in Central Park.
Good March birding,
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Subject: 10 common mergansers grant park pond Nassau county
Date: Thu Mar 7 2019 14:10 pm
From: kev31317 AT yahoo.com
 
Strangely there are no geese or mallards here, but one ruddy duck, a gadwall or two, 1 male ring-necked duck, and one male greater scaup to with about 10 common mergansers, at least two are males.
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Subject: another raven nest
Date: Thu Mar 7 2019 14:09 pm
From: ablock22168 AT yahoo.com
 
While observing the eagle nest at the Croton station I noticed a pair of ravens flying towards the St. Augustine Church on the other side of the Croton River in Crotonville. As I watched I saw them in turn going in and out of the steeple of the church a few times and also sitting on top of the church. As I figured there was a nest in there I decided to check it out and low and behold there it was in the belfry on top of the bell. They really are nesting all over Westchester now. Pretty cool.
I also had a pair with food flying low towards Rte. 1 from the beginning of North Ave. in New Rochelle most likely heading to a yet to be found nest. I decided to take a quick check of where they nested on Rte. 1 in the center of town in 2012, but just remains of the nest were there. Oh well someday I'll find it.
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Subject: Birding Basics Class in Brooklyn
Date: Thu Mar 7 2019 13:44 pm
From: citybirder AT earthlink.net
 
If you or someone you know is interested in learning birding basics, Ill be teaching a 2 part class at Green-Wood Cemetery on Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th. Check out the Green-Wood Cemetery events page for more information here:

https://www.green-wood.com/eve...

Good birding,

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Subject: David & Tammy McQuade on Florida Birding - BirdCallsRadio
Date: Wed Mar 6 2019 14:13 pm
From: mardi1d AT gmail.com
 
Birders et al,

Thought many of your would be interested in my next guests David & Tammy McQuade on Florida Birding. https://bit.ly/2akUsxp

Happy Birding!

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Subject: 1 "Gray Ghost" and 22 "T.V's."
Date: Mon Mar 4 2019 21:34 pm
From: radamo4691 AT gmail.com
 
At ~ 1530, while traveling n/e on Northville Turnpike, Riverhead, a male N.Harrier came charging across the road, after passing by an old potato barn at a height no more than half way up the barn - a real "pick-er up a" ! Awhile afterward, between 1600-1615, there were 22 Turkey Vultures on or around the Roanoke Ave Elementary School Roost, Riverhead. There were a total of 9 birds sitting on its chimney ledge, or flying nearby. Another 4 were in the spruces that sit right acrossthe road, along the north property line of the Riverhead Firehouse. There were also 9 "T.V's." in the spruces that sit between the 1st and 2nd houses, on the w/s of Griffing Ave, just s/o Lincoln Ave.
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
Date: Mon Mar 4 2019 13:20 pm
From: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
 
RBA


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Syracuse
March 04, 2019
NYSY 03. 04. 19


Hotline: Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert
Dates: February 25 - March 04, 2019
To report by email: brinjoseph AT yahoo DOT com
Reporting upstate counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Oneida, Herkimer, Cayuga, Montezuma Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands complex
compiled: March 04 AT 2:00 p.m. EDT
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondgaaudubon.org




Greetings: This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week on February 18, 2019


Highlights:


RED-THROATED LOON
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
BARROWS GOLDENEYE
KING EIDER
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
PEREGRINE FALCON
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
SANDHILL CRANE
WILSONS SNIPE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOWY OWL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
VESPER SPARROW
FOX SPARROW
CHIPPING SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK
PINE SISKIN






Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
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3/2: A SANDHILL CRANE was heard from Carncross Road. The next day 4 were seen from Morgan Road.




Onondaga County
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2/27: A PINER SISKIN was at a feeder on Harrington Road in Syracuse.
2/28: A CHIPPING SPARROW continues at a feeder on Comstock Road in Syracuse,
3/1: A CHIPPING SPARROW was at a feeder on Valley Drive in Elbridge. A VESPER SPARROW continues at a feeder on Banner Road in Tully.
3/2: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on #5 Road in Fabius. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at the mouth of Nine Mile Creek on Onondaga Lake. A male BARROWW GOLDENEYE was found on Onondaga Lake at the ampitheater along the West Shore Trail. It was relocated yesterday and today.
3/3: GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were still being seen at Green Lakes State Park. A CACKLING GOOSE was also still present. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Liverpool Marina on Onondaga Lake. A SNOWY OWL was seen at the sod farm north of Chittenango. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was again seen on #5 Road in Fabius.
3/4: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the corner of Conners Road and East Sorrell Hill Road south of Baldwinsville.




Oswego County
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2/28: The male KING EIDER and a SURF SCOTER were again found at Oswego Harbor. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in the Oswego River. A RED-THROATED LOON was rescued by the Oswego Fire Department after being iced in in the Oswego River. A BLACK SCOTER was seen at Port Ontario.
3/1: The male KING EIDER was again seen in Oswego Harbor.
3/2: A FOX SPARROW was seen on Hinman Road near Port Ontario.




Derby Hill Hawk Watch
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The Hawk Watch at Derby Hill officially started on 3/1: So far this week only a small number of BALD EAGLES and RED-TAILED HAWKS were deemed to be migrants.




Madison County
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Up to 100 EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Carpenter Road near Sheds. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK also continues to hunt near the feeder. EVENING GROSBEAKS also continue at a feeder on Eden Hollow Road near Erieville.




Oneida County
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3/3: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen north of Waterville.




Herkimer County
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EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.
3/1: A WILSONS SNIPE was seen on Miner Road west of Dolgeville.






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Subject: Extralimital Boreal Chickadee in NJ -yes
Date: Sun Mar 3 2019 18:01 pm
From: johnmmora AT optonline.net
 
Hi - the Jersey boreal chickadee still at visitor center feeder today, coming in about every thirty minutes for a peanut. Pine Siskin and red breasted nuthatch also at feeder.
At nearby hawk watch platform at the reservoirs dam, there was one hen Barrows goldeneye, many common goldeneye, good number of northern pintails and over 1000 snow geese in flight then settling down.

Worth the long drive despite threatening winter storm.
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On Feb 24, 2019, at 3:56 PM, Andrew Block <[email protected]> wrote:

As of 10am this morning the Boreal Chickadee at Merrill Creek Reservoir in NJ was still there giving good views around the visitor center but not great photos because of the weather. An awesome bird to go for. In the area were also 18 Tundra Swans and 4+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Spruce Run Reservoir and at Round Valley Reservoir there were 15+ Canvasbacks and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls with two probable hybrid adults.
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Subject: Central Park NYC - Sun. March 3, 2019 - Cooper's Hawks (3)
Date: Sun Mar 3 2019 17:56 pm
From: dallenyc AT earthlink.net
 
Central Park NYC
Sunday, March 3, 2019
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, Deborah Allen, m.ob.


Highlights: One adult and two immature Cooper's Hawks. Mild temps. & paths mostly clear after Saturday's snow.

Canada Goose - around 200 Reservoir, others on Turtle Pond & the Lake
Northern Shoveler - 45 (Lake & Turtle Pond)
Mallard - 30+
Bufflehead - a few at the Reservoir
Ruddy Duck - 2 males Lake
Mourning Dove - 3
Herring Gull - steady stream over Pinetum heading to the Reservoir
Cooper's Hawk - 3 (ad. Turtle Pond, imm. male Maint. Field, imm. female near feeders)
Red-tailed Hawk - 2 (adult bringing twig to San Remo, ad. female near Boathouse)
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3
Downy Woodpecker - at least 3 (Ramble & feeders)
Blue Jay - most locations
Black-capped Chickadee - 5
Tufted Titmouse - at least 50
Carolina Wren - heard only south of feeders
Red-breasted Nuthatch - feeders
White-breasted Nuthatch - 7
American Robin - around 20
American Goldfinch - 9 at feeders
White-throated Sparrow - many
Dark-eyed Junco - 2 bridle path east of Reservoir
Red-winged Blackbird - heard
Common Grackle - small flock
Northern Cardinal - several singing males, some females


Deb Allen

On Saturday the Pacific Loon continued at the Sagamore Yacht Club in Oyster Bay.

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Subject: Green-Winged Teal - Pond Park (Great Neck)
Date: Sun Mar 3 2019 8:27 am
From: matt.klein AT hotmail.com
 
There is a Green-Winged Teal currently being observed at Pond Park in Great Neck Estates. It is a nice bird for these parts. 
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Subject: Robinsons pond and carmans river
Date: Sat Mar 2 2019 15:15 pm
From: leormand AT gmail.com
 
2 bald eagles were soaring high over the mouth of the carmans this afternoon as seen from beaver dam creek road. 

Robinsons pond held pintails, common mergansers, mallards, scaup, swans and a great blue heron.
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Subject: Manhattan Evening Grosbeak continues in Riverside Park, 2 March
Date: Sat Mar 2 2019 11:19 am
From: easternbluebird AT gmail.com
 
Looking at it west of the sanctuary path along the small stream ~118th. Wear boots if you come in - the trail is very slushy!

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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 01 March 2019
Date: Fri Mar 1 2019 22:43 pm
From: gbensonny AT gmail.com
 
-RBA* New York* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County* March 1, 2019* NYNY1903.01
- Birds Mentioned
BARNACLE GOOSE+PACIFIC LOON+(+ Details requested by NYSARC)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSECackling GooseWood DuckEURASIAN WIGEONBlue-winged TealKING EIDERRed-necked GrebeAmerican WoodcockRazorbillICELAND GULLLesser Black-backed GullGLAUCOUS GULLEastern PhoebeCommon YellowthroatPine WarblerDICKCISSELRed-winged BlackbirdCommon GrackleEVENING GROSBEAK
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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, March 1, 2019 at 9:00 pm.
The highlights of today's tape are PACIFIC LOON, BARNACLE and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, KING EIDER, EURASIAN WIGEON, GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS, DICKCISSEL, EVENING GROSBEAK and more.
With most of our highlights continuing to be lingering birds as we await a seasonal changeover, fortunately one of those is the winter-plumaged PACIFIC LOON still frequenting the boat basin of the Sagamore Yacht Club in Oyster Bay. Perhaps, locally, a better opportunity to see this species so well will be a long time coming. Enter Oyster Bay on Route 106 and continue on South Street, staying to the left at the end by the white tanks to enter the Yacht Club and adjacent Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, where a large parking lot is available. Search the boat basin carefully; if not there, the loon has at times also moved east along the shore.
Waterfowl recently have been on the move; among the geese out in the Riverhead area the BARNACLE GOOSE was seen early in the week on fields along Reeves Avenue near the Buffalo farm just west of Roanoke Avenue, and today by the Cherry Creek golf course east of Roanoke Avenue. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE plus a CACKLING GOOSE have also been spotted there, and an alternative site to search for these species is at their roost on Merritts Pond in Riverhead, east of Roanoke Avenue, or on the traditional sod fields around Doctors Path and Route 105 south of Sound Avenue. Another GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE remains in southern Westchester but moves between a few golf courses and ponds, including Playland Lake in Rye and a pond off Bowman Avenue in Rye Brook. Other CACKLING GEESE include continuing singles at Miller Field on Staten Island and in the Rye area.
Brooklyn EURASIAN WIGEON were still around the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center and Bush Terminal Piers Park, and a young male KING EIDER was reported again at Shinnecock Inlet last Saturday. A drake BLUE-WINGED TEAL was still at Robinson Pond in Patchogue Saturday, and numbers of WOOD DUCKS have been increasing nicely lately.
A RAZORBILL was off Coney Island Beach last Saturday and off Plumb Beach today, with a RED-NECKED GREBE remaining off Floyd Bennett Field to Wednesday.
Both GLAUCOUS and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, one each, were still at the Bellport Bay Yacht Club early in the week, and an ICELAND GULL was seen again in Brooklyns Gravesend Bay last Saturday.
One nice new arrival this week, possibly wintering nearby, was a DICKCISSEL spotted Wednesday at the feeders at the Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area. The DICKCISSEL was still present today at the sanctuary, accessed from Links Drive in Oceanside.
Northern Manhattans long-lingering male EVENING GROSBEAK was still present in Riverside Park today, usually around 117th street or a little north of these. Union Squares COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was also still around Tuesday.
Though its still winter, AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, one of springs earliest migrants, have been showing up recently and should be displaying in appropriate areas once the weather improves a little. Flocks of COMMON GRACKLES and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have also arrived, and also watch for other early arrivals like EASTERN PHOEBE and PINE WARBLER, among others.
To phone in reports, on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734 4126 or call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922 and leave a message.
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Subject: Evening Grosbeak, Riverside Park NYC Friday, 3/1
Date: Fri Mar 1 2019 8:42 am
From: tomfi2 AT earthlink.net
 
Riverside Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City - Friday, 1st of March

A male Evening Grosbeak has been present in Riverside Park in 4 successive months as of now (first seen on the Dec. 16, 2016 Christmas Bird Count, by CBC participants) and through all of January & February, this now being its 4th (calendar) month to be seen in. The grosbeak remains in the area of the more-wooded sanctuary, & has been somewhat regular, including early Friday morning, near the very small stream that is about half-way along on the foot trail in the sanctuary grove, this around roughly W. 118 St. within the park. Ive had more luck seeking this bird in morning hours, but it is also sometimes seen after noon, sometimes perched fairly high. In the morning, at least, its been regularly coming to the ground, or low within the vegetation. It may take some patience, as it can skulk in amongst the thickets and many trees of this area, & it can be quite shy, too.

Earlier in the week, Bald Eagles were seen from the area of Grants Tomb (over the west side of the Hudson river), and there were small movements of blackbirds, mostly Common Grackles. In Central Park (Manhattan) there were more than 200 Common Grackles in one area, near W. 77th St. late Thursday, and there were a few days prior to then with very modest movement, at least locally, of that species and of Red-winged Blackbirds.

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Subject: Stephen Moss, Naturalist and Author - BirdCallsRadio
Date: Wed Feb 27 2019 15:28 pm
From: mardi1d AT gmail.com
 
Birders et al,

Thought many of your would be interested in my next guest from England, Stephen Moss, Naturalist
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Subject: LAST CALL - NYS and County Listing for 2018
Date: Wed Feb 27 2019 13:46 pm
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If youve already submitted your 2018 report, you should have received an individual email acknowledgment from me. Thank you again!
OTHERWISETHE DEADLINE IS ONLY TWO DAYS AWAY!
If you want your numbers to be included in the 2018 report, dont miss the Friday March 1 deadline. Data may be submitted online at http://nybirds.org/ProjCountyL... via fax, via email, or via USPS (but time is very short for sending paper mail!).
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Subject: Dicksissel @ MNSA, Oceanside
Date: Wed Feb 27 2019 10:34 am
From: michfar AT tohmail.org
 
Dicksissel sighted at the Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside at the
building feeders: 40.623062, -73.624490
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Subject: Pine grosbeak update
Date: Tue Feb 26 2019 14:34 pm
From: zachsw AT gmail.com
 
Currently about 25 pine Grosbeaks by the white church on Eastbound broadway in Salem. 
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Subject: FDR Bald Eagles on eggs
Date: Tue Feb 26 2019 14:09 pm
From: ablock22168 AT yahoo.com
 
On my way to Walmart today I went past FDR park next to the Taconic in Yorktown and saw that the eagles nesting there were on eggs. The female was on the nest and the male was in a tree nearby. So nice to see them in such a visible place even if you can't really stop to look at them. Such awesome birds.
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
Date: Mon Feb 25 2019 14:28 pm
From: brinjoseph AT yahoo.com
 
RBA


*New York
Syracuse
February 25, 2019
NYSY 02. 25. 19


Hotline: Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert
Dates: February 18 - February 25, 2019
To report by email: brinjoseph AT yahoo DOT com
Reporting upstate counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Oneida, Herkimer, Cayuga, Montezuma Wildlife Refuge and Montezuma Wetlands complex
compiled: February 25 AT 2:00 p.m. EDT
compiler: Joseph Brin
Onondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondgaaudubon.org




Greetings: This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week on February 18, 2019


Highlights:


RED-THROATED LOON
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
KING EIDER
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
TURKEY VULTURE
PEREGRINE FALCON
WILSONS SNIPE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
ICELAND GULL
NORTHERN SHRIKE
FISH CROW
AMERICAN PIPIT
EASTERN TOWHEE
VESPER SPARROW
FOX SPARROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
EVENING GROSBEAK
HOARY REDPOLL
PINE SISKIN






Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and and Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC)
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No reports this week.




Cayuga County
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2/23: A possible HOODED MERGANSER/BUFFLEHEAD hybrid was seen at Fair Haven State Park.




Onondaga County
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An EASTERN TOWHEE continues at a feeder south of Manlius. A VESPER SPARROW continues at a feeder on Banner Road in Tully.
2/19: A CACKLINg GOOSE was again seen at Green Lakes State Park. It was also reported on the 24th.
2/20: A FOX SPARROW was seen on the West Shore Trail of Onondaga Lake.
2/22: A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found with Horned Larks on Number 5 Road near Fabius. 31 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were again found at Green Lakes State Park. They were again seen on the 23rd.
2/23: A FISH CROW was seen in Baldwinsville. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found at Three Rivers WMA north of Baldwinsville.
2/24: A WILSONS SNIPE was seen near the Thruway interchange at Rt. 81.



Oswego County
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The male KING EIDER, SURF SCOTERS and BLACK SCOTERS were seen throughout the week at Oswego Harbor.
2/22: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Derby Hill.
2/23: 22 EVENING GROSBEAKS were at a feeder on Hinman Road north of Pulaski.
2/24: An immature male HARLEQUIN DUCK was found in Oswego Harbor. Also seen were a continuing RED-THROATED LOON and 6 AMERICAN PIPITS. An ICELAND GULL was seen at Derby Hill.




Madison County
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2/18: Up to 39 EVENING GROSBEAKS continue daily at a feeder on Eden Hollow Road near Erieville.
2/24: A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Hardwood Island Road north of Canastota. A TURKEY VULTURE was seen from the village of Canastota.




Oneida County
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2/19: TURKEY VULTURES were seen at Spring Farm Nature Sanctuary south of Clinton and on Westmoreland Road west of Whitesboro.
2/22: A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen on Jug Point Road west of Verona Beach State Park.
2/24: 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen on Walker Road quite near the goose seen on Jug Point Road. A CACKLING GOOSED was reported from Lakeport on Oneida Lake. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Utica.




Herkimer County
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2/20: A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen along the Thruway near Herkimer. Up to 51 EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeder on Military Road north of Dolgeville.







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Subject: nysbirds-l digest: February 25, 2019
Date: Mon Feb 25 2019 11:27 am
From: zray.zreee AT gmail.com
 
Look at every chickadee!

> On Feb 25, 2019, at 12:04 AM, & [NYSBIRDS] digest wrote:
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> NYSBIRDS-L Digest for Monday, February 25, 2019.
>
> 1. Extralimital Boreal Chickadee in NJ -yes
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> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
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> Subject: Extralimital Boreal Chickadee in NJ -yes
> From: Andrew Block
> Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2019 20:56:54 +0000 (UTC)
> X-Message-Number: 1
>
> As of 10am this morning the Boreal Chickadee at Merrill Creek Reservoir in NJ was still there giving good views around the visitor center but not great photos because of the weather. An awesome bird to go for. In the area were also 18 Tundra Swans and 4+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Spruce Run Reservoir and at Round Valley Reservoir there were 15+ Canvasbacks and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls with two probable hybrid adults.
> Andrew Andrew v. F. Block
> Consulting Naturalist
> 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3
> Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629
> www.flickr.com/photos/conuropsis/albums
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Subject: "Rain Gardens" - NSAS Meeting this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019
Date: Mon Feb 25 2019 5:47 am
From: nancy.tognan AT gmail.com
 
TheNorth Shore Audubon Societywill hold its monthly program on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, from 7pm to 9pm, at the Manhasset PublicLibrary, 30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset NY 11030. All are invited, free of charge.

Publictransit users: This location is a half-mile walk from the Manhasset LIRR station.
Prof. Rusty Schmidt will present Rain Gardens. Rusty Schmidt will explain what is a rain garden,andwhy it is important for our bays, for Long IslandSound, for birds, and forpollinators.Join us as welearn about rain gardens for ouryards! Rusty is a landscape ecologist employedby Nelson,Pope and Voorhis in Melville, NY.He also is an Adjunct Professorin the Horticulture Department atFarmingdale State College, NY.He is President of the Long Island PlantInitiative (LINPI). Mr.Schmidt helpstrain homeowners and design professionals on thetechniques of rain gardens andhas taught workshops nationwide.He co-authored three books Plants forStormwater Design, Vol 1and 2, and a homeowners guide, Blue Thumb Guide toRaingardens.

For more information on NSAS programs and weekly walks, seewww.northshoreaudubon.org

















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Subject: Extralimital Boreal Chickadee in NJ -yes
Date: Sun Feb 24 2019 14:58 pm
From: ablock22168 AT yahoo.com
 
As of 10am this morning the Boreal Chickadee at Merrill Creek Reservoir in NJ was still there giving good views around the visitor center but not great photos because of the weather. An awesome bird to go for. In the area were also 18 Tundra Swans and 4+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Spruce Run Reservoir and at Round Valley Reservoir there were 15+ Canvasbacks and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls with two probable hybrid adults.
AndrewAndrew v. F. Block
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20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3
Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629
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Subject: Extralimital: Boreal Chickadee in NJ at Merrill Creek Reservoir
Date: Sat Feb 23 2019 14:26 pm
From: sean AT seansime.com
 
Apologies if this is a repeat report, but posts from NJ report a Boreal Chickadee coming to the feeders at the Merrill Creek Reservoir visitor center.
Good birding,
Sean SimeBrooklyn, NY


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